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.

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…

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

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…

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

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

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…

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

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…

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…

Hometown Hero Joanna Sweatt Gives Her Heart and a Helpful Hand to Fellow Veterans

 Article Staci Hauk  Chief Operating Officer of The Veterans Directory Joanna Sweatt has an organization that is near to her heart. As a fellow veteran, she is familiar with acclimating to civilian life.  Joanna began her work at ASU Tillman Center in 2012 and worked with student veteran affairs. This was her first civilian job, which put her in an…

Outdoor Dining in Scottsdale

 Article Staci Hauk  Quiet music echoes over candlelit tables, draped with old-world charm and coupled with the whimsy and elegance of a European garden. Café Monarch's attention to detail delights all the senses. From upscale and eclectic cuisine to an intimate ambiance, it is a romantic experience.  "We stand out due to our staff," says sales director Phillip Lewkowicz. "All…

Dog Days

Ahhhh, summer. Time for backyard pool parties and family vacations. Time for kids to run after the ice cream truck when the telltale sound of its music turns onto your street to secure the perfect sweet treat to beat the heat. For the loud explosion of fireworks on the Fourth of July, the shriveled fingertips … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

Healing Cross Project This foundation came out of devastating loss — the loss of a child. Sometimes though, our deepest wounds can bring about our greatest achievements. This incredible foundation brings light to the issue of everyday human suffering. Whether grief, depression, disease, addiction, or something else, this project spreads the word that “You are … Continued

A Sky-High Gem

 Article Joyce Selk and Kathleen Blair  You know you are in for a treat when you are given the special code that allows the elevator to take you up to the penthouse at Bella Sirena. Walking inside the beautifully etched doorway of Penthouse C1301, you find yourself in the spacious yet comfortable, living area with a large dining table for 12,…

Signature Fundraising Event Recognizes Community and Impact on Individuals with Autism and Their Families 

“With You, We Can” was the theme of this year’s Annual Community Breakfast, hosted by Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center. More than 1,600 guests gathered on Thursday, April 26, at the Arizona Biltmore for SARRC’s 20th event. Event co-chairs were Kathy and Mike Bosco and Stephanie and Socrates Papadopoulos. All proceeds support SARRC’s mission to … Continued

Game On

Have Some Outdoor Fun this Summer with Lawn Games Perfect for any Get-Together, then Cool Off with a Couple Sweet Treats. Article Nicolette Martin Mölkky Throwing Game Dick’s Sporting Goods, $29.99 Playing Mölkky: In this Finnish throwing game, use a wooden pin (mölkky) to knock over wooden pins (skittles). Be the first to reach exactly 50 points to win! … Continued

Swimming into Summer

 Article Moriah Schowengerdt | Photography Aly Kirk Photo  Often times in Hollywood films, a person who is drowning is making quite a ruckus. They are flailing their arms, splashing and screaming for help. Sadly, this is not an accurate picture of what a typical drowning looks like. Therefore people do not know what to look for. Drowning is often referred…

Outdoor Oasis

 Article Staci Hauk  Whether it's a tranquil reflective pool, a fire feature ideal for entertaining or an edible menagerie, an exceptional outdoor space begins with quality and strong craftsmanship.  Desert Foothills Landscape focuses on creating living art forms on properties around the Valley.

Guys’ Night Out in Scottsdale

 Article Staci Hauk | Photography Aly Kirk Photo  If you haven't been out with the boys in awhile, there is no better location than Scottsdale. A guys' night out means plenty of action-packed activities mixed with downtime to relax and enjoy the finer things in life. From a little friendly competition to hanging out among live music and libations, a…

Pilot Uses His Hobby to Help Others

 Article Staci Hauk | Photography Provided  Me + My Prop Plane  2013 Piper Meridian M500 Turbo Prop Plane

The Bad Boy of Man Caves

 Article Staci Hauk | Photography Provided  Wayne and Penny Mailloux know that what makes a house a home is entertaining. Their more than 10,000-square-foot home at Desert Mountain (Saguaro Forest) in Scottsdale features a farmhouse look with echoes of Europe, their previous home, and is designed with an indoor-outdoor feel. The more than 9 acres of land surrounding the property…

Scottsdale Jeweler Breaks the Mold

 Article Staci Hauk | Photography Aly Kirk Photo  Centrally located in Scottsdale is a jeweler who has taken quality to a new level for more than 35 years.  

Dear Gents

We told you your time would come, didn’t we, guys? Since the May issue was all about the ladies, we thought it was only fair the June issue of North Scottsdale Lifestyle be dedicated to the gents of our community.   While we will celebrate the dads in our lives on Father’s Day, June 17, … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Awards Grant to Arizona Helping Hands Arizona Helping Hands has seen phenomenal growth in every phase of its operations over the past five years, growing into the largest provider of material items to make homes safer and lives better for the 15,000 boys and girls in the state’s foster care … Continued

Third Annual NDP I Heart NDP Breakfast

On Wednesday, April 18, more than 250 people filled the Dale M. Jensen Gymnasium at Notre Dame Preparatory to listen to Arizona State University men’s basketball coach Bobby Hurley, the keynote speaker at the Annual I Heart NDP breakfast. In his talk, he shared stories about the lessons he has learned through sports and how … Continued

Dude Food

Whether You’re Cooking for One or Cooking for Many, These Easy Dishes are Sure to Impress Anyone Gathered at Your Kitchen Table Article Nicolette Martin FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH JALAPEÑO SLAW   INGREDIENTS (SANDWICH)   1 cup all-purpose flour   1/2 teaspoon ground paprika   1/2 teaspoon garlic powder   Cayenne pepper, to taste   … Continued

St. Jude Presents: A Night in Monte Carlo

Saturday, April 28, was a huge win in the fight against childhood cancer as hundreds of Valley philanthropists came together for the second St. Jude Presents: A Night in Monte Carlo held at Scottsdale Hangar One. Supporters across Arizona raised more than $163,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.