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Thumb Butte Distillery in Prescott has won two gold medals in the American Distilling Institute’s annual competition.

Thumb Butte Distillery in Prescott has won two gold medals in the American Distilling Institute’s annual competition.

Thumb Butte wins again

Thumb Butte Distillery in Prescott has won two gold medals in the American Distilling Institute’s annual competition.

This is the premier competition for spirits in the country. The competitors are certified craft distillers throughout the US. There were more than 1,500 entries from 800 distilleries in blind tastings with judges from all facets of the spirit industry.

Thumb Butte’s grain whiskey, a blend of rye, corn and barley, is a limited special edition at 104 proof bottled in 375ml bottles. It won a gold in blended whiskey aged two-to-five years and also a gold for best in category for whiskeys aged two-to-five years. This product is only available at the distillery in Prescott.

The company has previously won medals for its rodeo rye and western sage gin.

Former law librarian helps navigate court procedures

Prescott Docs, a new business run by Charlotte Anthony, offers document preparation services to help people who are involved in a court case in Yavapai County.

“During the five years that I worked in the Yavapai County Law Library, I saw people on a daily basis who were completely lost regarding how to accomplish whatever it was they wanted to do in court: start divorce proceedings, get custody or guardianship of their grandchild, evict a tenant; the list is endless,” Anthony said. “The average person cannot be expected to walk through the doors of a courthouse and understand what’s going on. The first thing I would tell people in the law library was ‘You’re not dumb’.”

After she left her job, she became certified by the State of Arizona as a legal document preparer, enabling her to fill out court forms for people.

Her service includes filing the documents with the Clerk of the Court, making sure they are legally served on the other party and keeping track of various court deadlines for her clients.

Anthony does not have a physical office, but she can be reached by calling 928-420-6640 or emailing

For more information, go to

Prescott/PV top 10 eateries listed by The Culture Trip

The Culture Trip, a website that generates lists of top-rated art, food, culture and travel in area throughout the world, has two such lists for the top 10 best restaurants in Prescott and Prescott Valley.

The top 10 listed in Prescott are:

The Raven Café

El Gato Azul

Prescott Brewing Company

Bin 239

The Palace Restaurant and Saloon

The Lone Spur Café

Bistro St. Michael

Iron Springs Café

Rosa’s Pizzeria

Papa’s Italian Restaurant

The top 10 for Prescott Valley are:

Cork & Cuisine

Blackboard Café

Jamie’s Waffle Express

Taqueria Guadalajara


Lonesome Valley Brewing

Yellow Leaf Coffee

Sushi J Express

Toi’s Thai Kitchen

Gabby’s Grill

For more information, go to for the Prescott list and for the Prescott Valley list.

Zounds Hearing Clinic celebrates anniversary

The owners of Zounds Hearing Clinic, Dusty and Dee Spitler, are celebrating their third year anniversary in the quad-city area.

The couple has provided hearing health care for more than 700 clients and is rated in the top five percent of Zounds locations around the country.

The Spitlers opened a satellite clinic in Sedona in 2015, expanded their existing clinic in Frontier Village Center in Prescott last month and hired Paula Whitley as their new patient care consultant. They also now have Shelley Dorr as their newest hearing instrument specialist. Dorr has worn hearing aids herself since her late 20s. She was trained and licensed as a professional in 2004, bringing valuable experience both as a wearer and as a provider of most all the brands available. Zounds is a proud sponsor of Boys-to-Men Play It Forward music event, which will take place at The Raven Café in Prescott on May 15. Zounds supports Senior Connection, Animal Disaster Services, United Animal Friends, Wounded Warriors and The Mankind Project.

And for those who care to know, May is Better Hearing Month. Call Zounds at 928-227-2476 for a free hearing checkup.

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