Tania Katan, Author, playwright, performer; Lounge Program Coordinator at SMOCA
Jamie Peachey

Shine Interview: Tania Katan

What is your favorite thing to shop for? Puppies, pens, sneakers, brightly colored wristwatches, and anything orange. The perfect hair product — [it's] stiff enough to hold up my iconic faux-hawk but soft enough for the ladies to run their fingers through. And by ladies I mean, my mom. Eyeglasses so cool that people don't realize I have -5.25 in each eye. Button-down shirts that show my girlish figure but don't have those dastardly darts to reveal my lack of lady parts.

What store/boutique/designer makes you hyperventilate? Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's retail shop wristwatches, Neo 39, Zenni, Fiat, and Piquadro. If it's smart design that facilitates forward motion, being on time and seeing what's to come, I'll take two!

Describe you hallmark score: A cashmere sweater vest hanging unassumingly on the designer clothing rack at Goodwill on 32nd and Thomas Road. A shout-out to all the lady golfers in Arizona: Thank you. Also finding a pair of Modern Amusement pants at Ross in Phoenix on the clearance rack!


Shine: Your Pocket Guide to Scottsdale

Is there anything you are obsessed with and must have? French bulldog. I make daily searches on Craigslist, Humane Society, Bulldog Rescue of Arizona, and obsessively Google "French bulldog puppy + Arizona +Tania Katan + Love."

Best place in Scottsdale to shop? Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Retail Shop, Scottsdale Pen, Cartel Coffee Lab, and Ultimate Body Boot Camp!

What is the one thing you have in your closet that you are certain you will have 20, 30, 50 years from now? The lucky purple rabbit's foot that I've had since I was 4 years old. It's brought me an exorbitant amount of luck. Not so lucky for the rabbit, though.— Laurie Notaro


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