Joys of the Holiday Season

It’s about that time of year where tinsel and glitter adorn the trees, twinkling lights reflect in our car windows and entertainment is of the essence. Whether you’re hosting out-of-town family or friends, December is a month for abundance when it comes to gatherings.  Here at North Scottsdale Lifestyle magazine, we know you are passionate about … Continued

Exquisite Must-See Estate in Estancia

Experience resort-style leisure in this elegant-rustic Arizona masterpiece. Nestled mountainside overlooking Estancia, this 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath, 6,580-square-foot home was built with the finest reclaimed materials from around the world, including hundreds of 150-year-old barn beams, hand-carved doors from India, rusted corrugated metal, reclaimed barn wood siding and 100-year-old pine flooring.

Tastes and Treasure Cookbook Offers a Cozy Selection of Local Recipes for Winter

The closer it gets to the holiday season, the more we start to crave our favorite holiday dishes. There is something about cold weather that makes you want to step into the kitchen and get cooking. Historical League’s cookbook Tastes & Treasures II: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona includes dozens of recipes that range from incredible meatloaf all the way to…

Schubert Insurance and Financial Services Hosts Customer Appreciation Event

Schubert Insurance & Financial Service held its 11th annual Customer Appreciation Event at Harkins Theater. Financially supported charities like Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center were invited. Former SARRC client Matt Cottle, who has overcome the challenges of autism and owns Stuttering King Bakery, attended. Guests received a tasty treat from Matt's Bakery, compliments of … Continued

Second Annual Kierland POP Event Appealed to All Ages

A two-day series of interactive experiences celebrating food, fashion, live music, art and wellness kicked off the holiday season during the second annual Kierland POP experience Nov. 16. The two-day festival took place at Kierland Commons and The Westin Kierland Resort. From food, wine and music to interactive art exhibits and fitness, the family-friendly festival appealed … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Octane Raceway and Bachelor Star Give Back to PCH Octane Raceway celebrated 15 years by hosting a charity event for Phoenix Children’s Hospital and by partnering with local Bachelor Season 22 star Arie Luyendyk Jr. VIP tickets included catered food and kart racing against Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Luyendyk Sr. The event raised more than $6,000 … Continued

Stress Less and Live Healthier in the New Year

The new year is rapidly approaching—a time to make goals and find a fresh perspective to achieve great things. Susan Ginsberg, founder of Stop and Breathe and stress management expert, says she provides soothing and informative corporate "Relaxy Hour" stress-reduction workshops teaching breathing, relaxation and visualization techniques. She also works privately in her home office with individuals wanting to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

The New Chums Creates a Stir on the Local Music Scene

How did one local indie rock band on the rise get their start? Well, as New Chums, of course.

North Scottsdale Retreat Offers Holiday Cheer and Year-Long Customized Care for Your Loved Ones

Finding a facility for parents as they age is difficult. The importance of having the comforts of home while obtaining optimal care to meet their specific needs and keep them active and social are all factors to consider. 

Unwind with a Weekend Staycation

Hosting the holidays this year? Before you run on empty, rejuvenate yourself with a quick getaway to local hot spots that will have you breathing in the crisp winter air and getting the relaxation you need to take on the holiday season. 

Arizonans for Children Gives Back to the Community in Various Ways

The warmth of the holiday season conjures thoughts of family and togetherness. For foster children, there was a need to provide this security and create memories with adults they could trust.

Remaining Financially Responsible This Season

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday right around the corner, it is important to remain aware of our financial budgets. Even with temptations around every turn, this season, take the challenge to give back to the community around you instead of simply spending your money.

Hometown Heroes

 Firefighter Jay Robinson  Jay Robinson is a Scottsdale firefighter with Wildfire Specialty Training. When fires hit the coast in California last year, Jay and his team were up to the task.  “Traveling to other states to assist with wildfires presents challenges because we are going to areas we don’t know and working in different climates and ever-changing conditions. Last year we…

Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa

With fall upon the Valley, there is no better escape than Sedona for a luxurious and refreshing weekend away.

Thankful

As November rolls around, we’re anxiously awaiting the approach of Thanksgiving, the holiday season and time spent with our loved ones. The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us—remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished in months past; looking back on turkey disaster stories, mornings watching the Thanksgiving Day … Continued

The Updated La Hacienda at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort

The best gets better this fall as La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort unveils an expansion and update to its design and menu. The September unveiling revealed design elements brought to life by local legend Testani Design. Popular menu items returned, and new additions are offered including a selection of … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour The nonprofit Sonoran Arts League hosts its 22nd Annual Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Nov. 16-18 and again Nov. 23-25. The free, self-guided studio features 174 artists at 44 studio locations throughout the scenic Desert Foothills communities of Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale. … Continued

A Pet-Friendly Holiday Season

The holiday season means abundance, especially when it comes to gifting and feasting. For our furry friends, this can mean begging for scraps or being welcomed into a new home as a holiday gift. Whatever the case, keeping pets safe and healthy during the holiday season is essential.

Accomplished Dancer Gives Back and Motivates Young Artists

When a 3-year-old begins dance lessons with dreams of being a star one day, most parents know it is an aspiration that most likely won't come true. For Elizabeth Gay, however, she knew her daughter, Avery, had a unique edge that has led her on an amazing journey as both a dancer and as a young philanthropist.

Experience the Diverse World of Wine with Picks from an Expert

Frank Armanetti is the president of The Armanetti Group, a Scottsdale-based company that specializes in business development to the wine and spirits industry. He is a third-generation wine and spirits professional with more than 40 years of experience.

A Decorative Touch that Defines You

When it comes to designing a home, it should not only be a reflection of personal taste but also a way to express feelings.

F Is for Foodie

F is for “foodie,” a person with a particular interest in food. Someone who’s always up for trying new places and has a refined but adventurous palate. And this month at North Scottsdale Lifestyle, we’re all about feasting with foodies as we just scratch the surface of all the fine eats and drinks North Scottsdale … Continued

Experience the Art of Photo-Worthy Food with Arizona Taste

Gary Voorhees and his daughter, Candace, established Arizona Taste Catering and Event Planning in 1990 to provide premier catering and event planning services for private and corporate clients of all types. Now, as the top caterer in the Valley, Candace says that impeccable attention to detail, along with exquisite cuisine and wines are what Arizona Taste blends to create occasions that…

October 2018 Around Town

Career Connectors Scottsdale October Event Career Connectors is a nonprofit organization connecting professionals to quality resources and hiring companies. There are three events a month, available at no cost. Each event includes professional speakers with presentations on relevant job search topics, three to four featured hiring companies, networking, resume help, career coaches, LinkedIn coaches and business … Continued

Modern Market Offers a Fall Favorite Packed with Nutrition

Fast food can still be freshly prepared and healthy. This idea led to the creation of Modern Market in 2009.

Page Springs Cellars

Crisp fall air, flowing streams, lush surroundings. Page Springs Cellars provides the perfect backdrop for a fall escape. A few hours drive from Scottsdale, the vineyard is an oasis for the wine enthusiast looking to engage in all that a winery has to offer.

Innovative Wine Cellar Designs Brings Modern Elegance to Any Home

Innovative Wine Cellar Designs lives up to its name, as its high standards for quality and attention to detail have been unsurpassed since 2002.

Must-Have Items for the At-Home Chef

Sweet Basil Gourmetware & Cooking School opened in 1993 with owner Martie Sullivan's vision to make the fun of cooking and entertaining come alive.

Chef Wade Simpson Keeps on Truckin’ with His Gourmet Mac and Cheese

Before chef Wade Simpson started what is now voted an Outstanding Food Truck in the Valley, he had a diverse culinary background that has led him to success.

Joie Boutique Is Ready for Its Closeup

 Article Staci Hauk | Photography Instagram Images: @joie  Since its inception in 2001, Joie has become one of the most sought-after contemporary lifestyle brands. Joie is feminine and effortless clothing for the modern contemporary woman’s lifestyle. Versatile, easy and refined, Joie embodies a carefree beauty that takes her from Monday through the weekend, all year round.  Joie is conveniently located in…

Beautiful Food Never Goes Out of Style

 Article Staci Hauk | Photography Erica + Jon Photography  Ellen Straine has been a professional food stylist since 1993 and thoroughly enjoys the art of making food camera-ready.  “Some of my friends used to scold me for playing with my food…little did they know it would be my career choice,” she jokes.

iBoutique Focuses on Fall Fashion

 Article Staci Hauk | Photography Erica + Jon Photography  Market Street offers an eclectic range of fine shopping experiences, and one of the most notable is iboutique. Eye-popping accessories and lush fabrics greet you as you enter this distinctively on-trend shop. Owner Brisann Smerz has extensive experience in retail, which led her to open iboutique 12 years ago, with a…

The Brexley

 Article Staci Hauk | Photography Erica + Jon Photography  A hidden gem awaits travelers to Scottsdale this fall. With a keen ability to bring designer elements to life, flourishing landscapes and dripping vines, The Brexley puts luxury accommodations in a new light.  Open the sliding glass doors in the expansive living room to reveal the sparkling pool. Feel the crisp…

September 2018 Around Town

The Horny Toad Celebrates 42 Years  Few restaurants and saloons survive to experience more than four decades in business. However, The Horny Toad, one of the most famous restaurant names in Arizona, continues to thrive as it prepares to celebrate 42 years with “42 to You” on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 10 … Continued

Season of Style

We’ve all had that moment when our closet is full but we can’t find a thing to wear. Whether it’s too big, too small, or just plain last season, it can be difficult to find the perfect thing to put on. It’s no wonder, too. Our style is the first thing the rest of the … Continued

Simple and Sophisticated Style for the Fashion-Forward Man

 Article Staci Hauk | Photography Erica + Jon Photography  Fashion does not have to be complicated. Department stores can overwhelm, with too many trendy pieces that are often out of a comfortable realm for the everyday man. John Hornacek, owner of Scottsdale Men's Shoppe, points out that when a man chooses pieces for his wardrobe, simple style can go a…

Audit Your Closet with Wurth Organizing

 Article Staci Hauk | Photography Erica + Jon Photography  Fall fashion can appear to have a seamless transition from summer, as Arizona temperatures are still warm. However, it is essential to not only discover your individual fashion style but also to define your capsule wardrobe and closet system alike. A capsule wardrobe can best be described as the limited items you…

It’s More than a Dog’s Life for These Pampered Pets

 Article Staci Hauk | Photography Aly Kirkpatrick  Animals add joy and dimension to life. They bring personality and companionship in many forms. An animal comforts, never judges and is the ideal stress reliever after a hard day at the office or out on the farm. For some prominent businessmen and women in the community, animals play an integral part in…

Doggie Day Out

 Article Staci Hauk | Photography Aly Kirkpatrick  Chaparral Dog Park  Sprawling green open space and plenty of shade make Chaparral Dog Park a local favorite for people and their pups alike. Named Scottsdale's best dog park, this location offers three acres of grass, benches, play features and water fountains. Located at the southeast corner of Hayden Road and McDonald Drive,…

Future Architect

 Article Staci Hauk  Meet Sawyer—she’s a kid with a vision. She hopes her passion for the arts will lead her to a future as an architect.  The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation hosts camps for children fascinated with architecture. Sawyer is enrolled in the “Design your Dreamspace” program where children immerse themselves in creating a dream home, giving them a rare…

A House Is Not a Home Without a Pet

 Article Staci Hauk | Photography Aly Kirkpatrick  MIKE DOMER IS A WELL-KNOWN SCOTTSDALE REAL ESTATE AGENT WHO WAS RECENTLY RANKED AS THE NO. 1 RE/MAX agent in the United States. When Mike isn’t out with a client, there’s no place like home for his primary office.  “If you want to be successful, you need to have some space from other…

The JDRF Makes Giving Back a Family Affair

 Article Staci Hauk | Photography Aly Kirkpatrick  Approximately 532,600 people in Arizona have diabetes, 10 percent of whom are type 1 diabetes patients.  Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone people need to get energy from food. T1D strikes both children and adults at any age and suddenly. Though T1D’s causes…

Celebrating Family

When you think of family, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s the people you share your mornings with: the husband or wife who makes you breakfast, the toddler who wakes you up before sunrise or the drooling pup in the kitchen just itching for a full dish of food. Maybe it’s the people you share … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

St. Jude to Host Second Annual Raise a Glass Fundraiser St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a leader in the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer, will host its annual Raise a Glass for St. Jude on Nov. 9 at The Clayton House in Scottsdale. Through this one-of-a-kind event, St. Jude hopes to raise more … Continued

Play the Part

What You Need to Create Unique Play Areas Perfect for Your Kiddos’ Unique Interests Nicolette Martin What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question we were all asked as kids—one that was so innocently answered with whatever our obsession of the week was. Maybe today your child wants to be … Continued

Hunkapi Farms Brings Peace and Healing to the Community

 Article Staci Hauk  Hunkapi Farms may appear to be a horse ranch, but the purpose and focus of this farm is so much bigger. It is a place that connects people with animals while staying deeply committed to the spirit and culture of Scottsdale.  Sitting on 10 acres, this unique location is home to a therapeutic equestrian program that serves a…

Summer Hot Spots 2018: North Scottsdale Edition

 Article Staci Hauk  In the summer, Arizona brings the heat! Several adventures are less than a few hours away and can cool you down, keep you active and help you feel rejuvenated! Whether it's a tranquil visit to an upscale spa, a hike to find a hidden treasure or an adventure in the crisp mountain air, Arizona has many options to…

Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar Spices Things Up with Summer Cocktails

 Article Staci Hauk  Whether it's an evening on the town or a cocktail after a day lounging at the pool, The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort boasts a variety of colorful and creative drinks to suit any taste.  Toro hosts guests looking for distinct Central and South American cuisine with Japanese- and Peruvian-rooted flavors. 

A Cold Brew or Two

 Article Staci Hauk  McFate Brewing Company features a Hatch chile beer called Hatch Chili Gatos. This golden ale coupled with roasted Hatch chiles packs a huge chile aroma, mild flavor and very little heat. This beer won a Gold Medal at the 2018 World Beer Cup.  One of Scottsdale Beer Company's specialty creations is the SBC German-style Hefeweizen.

Artificial Grass Masters Offers Quality and a Lasting Relationship with Customers

 Article Staci Hauk  From two guys and a pickup truck to a thriving business, Artificial Grass Masters is six years into its success in the industry because it views customer service just a little differently.  "We offer 24-hour support and have dedicated staff that communicates with customers so everyone is on the same page. We make sure that no one…