Great Wolf Lodge Opens in Scottsdale

Hear that howl? The Talking Stick Entertainment District is making a splash with the grand opening of Great Wolf Lodge. Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. is North America’s largest family of indoor waterpark resorts.

Tool Frontman’s Merkin Vineyards brings Perfect Pairings to Scottsdale

Lead singer of rock bands Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, Maynard Keenan recently opened a tasting room for his northern Arizona wineries, Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars, in downtown Scottsdale. Merkin Vineyards gives locals a rare opportunity to experience the fruits of Keenan's labor by allowing them to taste a diverse selection of wines from around Arizona. 

Escape to Tanque Verde Ranch

If you dream of riding off into the sunset via horseback, you’ll find deep satisfaction and immense tranquility at what’s dubbed one of the best dude ranches in the country: Tanque Verde. Founded in 1868 and nestled at the base of the Rincon Mountains in Tucson, sits an escape boasting stunning southwest charm. It’s the ultimate spot for a unique…

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport

I’ve always been a Jeep girl. What’s not to love? Jeeps offer endless options and unique ways to make them your own. From removable tops to big, tough tires, Jeeps are truly the perfect vehicle for the true outdoor enthusiast.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As a mother of two young boys and devoted wife, Tracey Hein said breast cancer was the furthest thing from her mind. No family history coupled with a healthy lifestyle meant Hein never expected to be hit with the news that she was afflicted with the disease. 

Cocktail Squad Rolls into Town

Lauren and John Maggio created the concept behind Cocktail Squad, bringing modern luxury to today’s spirit industry. Culture, experiential living, portability and convenience encourage adventure with your own "squad," and Cocktail Squad seamlessly brings these ideals together. Arizona serves as the perfect market, as these cocktails can accompany you on camping and hiking trips or to sporting events like spring…

OBON Sushi Bar Ramen Opens in McCormick Ranch

OBON Sushi Bar Ramen has come to The Grove, a new shopping and dining destination in Scottsdale’s McCormick Ranch neighborhood. OBON was one of the first businesses to open in the new upscale, Santa Barbara-style development center. The new location serves unique interpretations of traditional Japanese dishes with Korean influences.

Feast Your Eyes

Are you hungry? We’re confident you will be when you read this issue! October is the “Food and Wine” issue for North Scottsdale Lifestyle! We are lucky to live in what is quickly becoming known as a true dining destination. Here in North Scottsdale, there is no shortage of restaurants and watering holes to enjoy … Continued

October 2019 Around Town

Platinum Living Realty Collects 10,000 Bottles of Water for Charity Staying cool and hydrated during the Valley’s summer heat is a challenge for homeless and at-risk families. Platinum Living Realty initiated a water drive to collect bottled water for those in need. Co-owners Jay and Michelle Macklin had the goal of collecting 2,000 bottles of … Continued

The 2019 Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships at Westworld

The 2019 Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships returns to Westworld Nov. 2 at 10 a.m.  Enjoy four polo matches, along with VIP field-side seating and VIP tents, party tents, GA experiences and tailgating. Check out the fan-favorite events within the event like the Canine Couture Dog and World’s Longest Cat Walk Fashion Shows plus a Barrett-Jackson 2020 … Continued

Vinum 55 Wine Group

Vinum 55 is a local company with three valley locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Chandler. We are a full-service social wine group that offers the Arizona wine community a variety of personalized wine services from private events and near-cost buying opportunities to professional sommelier services and deductive tasting workshops. Each location offers exclusive members-only events. Visit Vinum55.com … Continued

Medieval Times Brings Good Food and Fun to Scottsdale

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament has opened its 10th castle at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District. Whether celebrating a birthday, organizing a company outing or simply looking for the newest entertainment experience in the Valley, the 80,000-square-foot castle offers an electrifying show that combines jousting, weaponry, horsemanship, falconry and a grand feast.

The Evolution of Luci’s Urban Concepts

Lucia and Ken Schnitzer are the founders of Luci's Urban Concepts, a group of healthy eating restaurants in the Phoenix area. Each with its own look and feel, Luci's at the Grove, Luci's at the Orchard and Luci's Healthy Marketplace have an eclectic ambiance focused on the community they are a part of.  

Brunch Cafe Offers Unique Comfort Foods for Fall

Brunch Cafe was founded in 2008 in the suburbs of Chicago by two brothers and their two brothers-in-law. With a restaurant industry background and strong entrepreneurial spirit between them, the four brothers noticed that there was a “breakfast boom” going on in town, and they wanted to be a part of it.

Bing Hu Designed Loft in SOHO Scottsdale

Astrophotographer Ken Naiff and June Cohen recently moved into a third-floor contemporary loft home designed by Bing Hu in Scottsdale’s first zoned live/work community, SOHO Scottsdale. Although retired, Ken and June had in mind beautiful yet functional living areas from which they could meet and entertain clients and potential clients interested in purchasing Ken’s photography for their … Continued

RUTI Offers Fashion-Forward Style Inspiration

Ruti was founded in 2009 to change your relationship with your closet. Beauty does not have to hurt; Ruti believes you do not have to give up comfort in the name of style nor does there need to be a compromise of sophistication for what is currently fashionable. 

Armani Makeup Artist Tim Quinn Shares Trends and How He Spends His Days

Tim Quinn is a celebrity makeup artist for Giorgio Armani who boasts an impressive portfolio of clientele including actresses Hillary Swank, Kerry Washington and Diane Lane. Tim's words of wisdom have graced the pages of W, Elle, Glamour and Cosmopolitan, and he brought his expertise to the Biltmore Fashion Park recently to teach local women how simple it can be to take everyday…

Tommy Bahama Showcases Fall Style for All Occasions

No matter where you live, fall is the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe. Tommy Bahama, located in Kierland Commons, has versatile and on-trend pieces that provide the key to effortless, anytime style.

Jeremy Mueller of State Farm Shares Donation Tips

With the end of the year approaching, it is the ideal time to donate to your church, school or charity. Setting up a visit with your CPA can ensure you are maximizing all deductions. 

Fall Fashion Forward

This is the time of year where we begin to think about the newest and best looks for the fall season. We start to envision the perfect ensemble for all the upcoming special events and social gatherings this year. In that spirit, we hope you enjoy the September Fashion issue of North Scottsdale Lifestyle. This … Continued

September 2019 Around Town

Childhood Cancer Awareness Some problems, like childhood cancer, can seem too big or too overwhelming to solve. However, researchers are working hard every day to find better treatments and cures for kids fighting cancer—and they’re making progress. Your support helps fund these researchers so their work can keep moving forward. No matter what you can … Continued

Unstoppable Dynamo

In February 2019, Renee Parsons, president of PXG Apparel Worldwide, co-founder of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation and an executive at YAM Worldwide, headed to Korea. She was on a mission: create an exceptional line of golf apparel for PXG (Parsons Xtreme Golf), the innovative, performance-focused, much-celebrated global golf equipment company established by her husband, Bob Parsons. During her trip,…

Purse Designer Sage Aubrey and Wurth Organizing

Luxury handbags can be attainable without the intimidation. That is the philosophy of handbag designer Sage Aubrey. Her line, including the LUNA and VITA handbags, are classic, edgy and have an iconic shape, making them identifiable.

Silverleaf Estate: A True Work of Art

Sweeping views and attention to detail coupled with an extensive art collection makes this estate in Silverleaf a unique find. Architect Mark Candelaria of Candelaria Design Associates LLC, builder John Schultz of Schultz Development, interior designer Kimberly Colletti of KC Design Group and landscape designer Jeff Berghoff of Berghoff Design Group brought their expertise to this exquisite estate, complete with negative-edge pool,…

Phoenix Children’s Receives Grant to Fight Aggressive Brain Tumor

Brain tumors are the most common solid tumor in children, accounting for approximately 25% of all childhood cancers. Diffuse midline gliomas (DIPGs) represent approximately 50% of all pediatric brainstem tumors and due to their location, cannot be removed surgically. However, new hope has been instilled at Phoenix Children's Hospital (PCH) with the Gateway for Cancer Research's approval of a $1.5…

Community Involvement with Furry Friends

Scottsdale is a community known for caring deeply for its four-legged friends. Whether it be innovative ways to enhance a pet's health or getting involved in organizations that help animals find a much-deserved forever home, there are various ways to show love for furry friends this fall.

Easy Grammar Systems Wins Parent Teacher Choice Award

Easy Grammar Systems, the company that inspires students to awaken the scholar within, recently won four Parent Teacher Choice Awards from HowToLearn.com, an internationally recognized organization. Their books, Easy Grammar: Grade 1, Easy Grammar: Grade 5, Daily GRAMS: Grade 5 and Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 9 were selected as gold medal winners in the best of children’s books. 

Fun for All

Looking for some fun around town? These kid-friendly destinations around town provide hours of fun for all.

Ice, Ice Baby

Hot temps, bright sun, air conditioning—summer in Arizona brings many things that can irritate your face and cause it to be sensitive, blotchy and irritated.

Pinnacle Presbyterian Church Youth Mission in the Bahamas

This summer, Pinnacle's Youth Group raised money at their yearly rummage sale, offsetting the cost of their important mission trip to Nassau in the Bahamas. Church members of all ages volunteered many hours so the Youth Group could have this international philanthropic experience. 

Others May Call it Chaos, but We Call it Family.

If you take a look at the photo above, you will see my boys and our favorite fur baby, Ace, who turned 14 last month! You can probably imagine with four energetic boys, our house is anything but quiet. From ages 7 to 15, they each bring so much love and joy into our world! … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

Children’s Learning and Play Festival at West World The Children’s Learning and Play Festival is an amazing free community event that benefits the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy nonprofit. This Sept. 7 will be the fourth year of the event, with last year’s event boasting 13,000 happy attendees. The Children’s Learning and Play Festival is a free educational … Continued

Arizona Science Center Names Two Lifetime Trustees

Arizona Science Center recently honored two longtime supporters and board members, G. Douglas Young and Michael A. DeBell, with the designation of Lifetime Trustee in recognition of their tireless efforts and transformational impact over their many years of service to the Center.     

Local Nonprofit Raises Record Breaking $700,000 for Children’s Charities

The Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club hosted its annual charity sporting competition called Brokers for Kids and Agents Benefitting Children. This year’s event raised a record-breaking amount, garnering more than $700,000 for children’s charities. The 80 teams participated in an Olympiad-style event that included a quarterback challenge, corn hole toss, bocce ball, dodgeball finale and a homerun … Continued

Miss Scottsdale Moves Onto State

The Miss Arizona Organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation devoted to empowering the women of Arizona to achieve their personal and professional goals. Miss Scottsdale 2019, Melody Pierce, will be competing for the job of Miss Arizona June 19–22 where she will promote a social impact initiative of eating disorder recovery and awareness. Follow her journey … Continued

Scottsdale Teen Chosen as a Bank of America Student Leader

Bank of America today announced that five high school students from around the Valley have been selected as Student Leaders. This philanthropic program offers young people an opportunity to build their workforce and leadership skills through a paid summer internship at a local nonprofit. Amongst the five chosen is Sarah Hughner, a Scottsdale resident and graduate … Continued

Dr. Matthew Goetz of Arizona Animal Welfare League Shares Tips

Research suggests humans should do something about how their frazzled feelings affect dogs’ stress levels. We recommend unwinding after work with an activity that makes you both happy. Some dogs are active, and some like the quiet life. Bonding activities that combine your personalities will destress you both. Try reading or visiting a dog park. 

Superhero Summer at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort

Gather up your superheroes and head over to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort for a summer of action-packed adventures. Through Labor Day, the resort encourages families to engage in heroic activities that will allow kids' high energy and active imaginations the opportunity to really take flight.

North Scottsdale Lifestyle Photographer Lindsay Jenks

DC Ranch Marketplace: If you are going for a more upscale and rustic feel for your photos, then North Scottsdale's DC Ranch Marketplace is just the right spot. Several buildings with different colors and textures along with barn doors and bridges mean you can walk the pathways to find numerous photography locations.

Local Lawyer Scott Jenkins Also Advocates for Children

Scott Jenkins is a partner at Quarles & Brady Law Firm. As a commercial litigator and bankruptcy attorney, he is proudly recognized by his peers on the list of Best Lawyers in America and Southwest Super Lawyers. An Arizona native, he and his wife are raising two sons in Scottsdale with the hope that they too will cherish this amazing…

The 2019 Jaguar I-PACE EV400 HSE

I chose this vehicle strategically this month, as it is the perfect fit for our eco-friendly issue. This beautiful all-electric SUV may have the body of a small SUV, but let there be no mistake: for an all-electric vehicle, the acceleration is first in its class going f0-60 in 4.5 seconds. With it’s sleek body and smooth driving this vehicle did…

Pace Art Collective Captures the Essence of Summer

From barbecues to beach visits, showcasing summer memories at home adds warmth to any space. Laura Pace started Pace Art Collective after her extensive work in galleries, and it serves as a complete resource for artwork and picture framing. She shares how to best make it summer year-round in your home.

North Scottsdale Lifestyle Kick-Off Event

The Lifestyle Publications Launch Soiree was hosted by Ocean 44. This location was the perfect backdrop to celebrate the coming together of Paradise Valley Lifestyle and North Scottsdale Lifestyle magazines under the new direction and ownership of publisher Tammy Fellows. Guests included celebrities and community leaders who enjoyed an evening of fun with raffle proceeds donated to Make-A-Wish … Continued

Summer is here!

Summertime is an enjoyable season. It’s that time of year when everything slows down just a bit, the kids are out of school, the sunshine seems never-ending and there’s no shortage of adventures that await.   Many of us spend time cooling down while boating on one of our beautiful Arizona lakes or by taking … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

Pita Jungle Announces New Seasonal Menu Pita Jungle launched a new Seasonal Kitchen Crafts Menu featuring a delicious new selection of modified keto- and paleo-friendly dishes, well-nested within the confines of the Mediterranean Diet. The new dishes include Moroccan Gazpacho: tomato, cucumber, onion, cilantro, celery, jalapeno, garbanzo beans, lemon juice and seasonings served cold with pine nuts, cucumbers or pita chips; … Continued

The Junior League of Phoenix Sixth Annual White Party

The Junior League of Phoenix hosted its sixth annual White Party: A Night at the Races this spring. The derby-inspired evening held at Young’s Market Company raised more than $20,000 to help support the mission of JLP. Guests enjoyed dancing the night away to a DJ, as well as hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, a photo booth, … Continued

‘We Are United’ Luncheon Featuring Lisa Ling

Valley of the Sun United Way raised more than $480,000 at its 2019 “We Are United” Luncheon featuring journalist, author and television host Lisa Ling. Ling currently hosts CNN’s This Is Life With Lisa Ling. Proceeds from the luncheon directly benefit the Valley of the Sun United Way’s efforts to eradicate hunger in the classroom.

Cool Summer Rates Make a Splash at JW Marriott Resorts

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa and JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa offer staycation options this summer: JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa: "Splash Into Summer" JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa: "Casitas & Ritas" JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa, Tucson: … Continued

Healing Cross Project

This project came to life after the death of the founder’s son. The mission is to bring light to the devastation everyday human suffering causes. The second annual charity evening, Derrick’s Night, was held this spring, with entertainment provided by The Groove Merchants. Visit HealingCrossProject.com for information on donating, volunteering and reading about this amazing story!