Influential Teachers

What makes a teacher great? Typically, the answer is rarely one that is easy to summarize in a word or two. With summer winding to a close and students across the Valley dusting off their backpack and prepare to head back to school, we asked four of the teachers at Notre Dame Preparatory High School to see what makes them…

Back-to-School Fashion

School is back in session for kids across the Valley, and, while everyone wants the latest school supplies, they also want to look stylish, too. Here are a few of our favorite fashion picks for kids that are available locally and online.

The Beat Goes On

Nothing beats live music, but finding a place that does it right can sometimes be a challenge. Fear not, however, as the list below shows, whether your vibe is rock, R&B, jazz or even a touch of country, when a night out on the town calls for a bit of live music, the toughest decision might just be deciding where…

Summer in Sierra Vista

Looking for a great day trip or active long weekend away without even having to leave the state? Located just three hours southeast, Sierra Vista has something for everyone from history buffs to outdoorsmen to even food and wine enthusiasts. The region is also a global leader in military intelligence as well as a bustling hub for cybersecurity research, workforce…

We All Scream for Ice Cream

The weather has hit triple digits, and, besides moving from one air-conditioned location to the next, there’s no better way to cool down during the hot summer months than the classic frozen treat: ice cream. Luckily for locals, the Valley is full of some delightful eateries that specialize in all things chilled and delicious.

Staycations: Survive The Summer In Style With The Perfect Oasis

It’s easy to appreciate desert life in January when temperatures are in the 70s and outdoor activities include hiking instead of shoveling snow. However, during the summer months when the heat is relentless and storm clouds evaporate before breaking the city limits, I recommend swimming in a pool you didn’t clean, sipping on a cocktail you didn’t mix and sleeping…

Movers & Shakers

Happy hour has long been an ideal place for blowing off some steam after a long day at the office. For those in the know, however, a loosened tie with a drink in hand can be about so much more than just washing away the workday. As people let down their guard, it can be the perfect opportunity to get…

Ultimate Man Cave

Imagine for a moment returning from a long trip. You haven’t worried about your luxury home because you live in a lock-and-leave community. While waiting on the tarmac, you fire up your hot tub with a touch of a button on your phone. On the way to your Ferrari, you decide it’s warmer out than expected. You grab your phone…

Smokin’ Good!

If you haven’t already discovered the new restaurant in North Scottsdale, it’s easy to find. All you have to do is follow the tantalizing aroma of premium meats being smoked as they cook for hours at the Liberty Station - American Tavern and Smokehouse. Located on the southwest corner of North Scottsdale Road and the Carefree Highway, this is the…

A Desert Love Story

Stylist Lana Gerimovich, Bespoke Designer, Alis Fashion Design / Photographer David Apeji, Assisted By Steven Fellheimer / Model Hanna Bee / Model Subyn Wadsworth / Editorial Design Danielle Accovelli / Makeup Helen DeMun, Ohana an Aveda Concept Salon / Hair Simone Hall, Ohana an Aveda Concept Salon / Cars Scottsdale Ferrari and Maserati, A Penske Automotive Group Dealership / Location…

Inspirational Women of North Scottsdale

A nearly lifelong Scottsdale resident, Kim Bankofier has been involved in the local community in a variety of capacities. “I have a lot of experience in a multitude of activities—from school years at Kiva Elementary, Xavier Prep and U of A to my work involvement at Scottsdale Citizen Magazine, Westworld, Russ Lyon Realty, and currently Vi at Silverstone,” she says.…

Finding a Family

Arizona’s foster care system is overwhelmed. Presently it finds itself with over 17,000 kids in the system, but less than 700 listed foster homes available. While the majority of those children may be in the system for a short time as the legal process plays itself out, 2,300 children wait patiently, hoping to find their forever families.

Silverado Resort and Spa

Nestled among the rolling hills of Napa Valley, the Silverado Resort and Spa is a dream destination awaiting your visit. Boasting a beautiful and historic white mansion, incredible full service spa, gorgeous grounds, and activities for all, staying at Silverado will not only be enjoyable, but memorable too!

Handpicked Perfection

Cactus Flower imports blooms from around the world. But when Eric Luoma wants something that looks, feels and smells like Scottsdale, he keeps his eye peeled on the side of the road and creates a “Roadsidia” bouquet. He has a good sense of humor, but also recognizes the value in slowing down to smell the creosote.

Fashion In Bloom

Spring’s freshest looks come in the form of romantic ruffles, bold hues, super-sized stripes and dressed-up sportswear. It’s a season heavily influenced by the ’80s, aka the decade of decadent fashion, and minimalism is definitely taking a backseat.

Landscape Lore

Sean Andersen got his start in the landscaping business as an entrepreneurial 15-year-old, carrying his lawn mower behind him on his bicycle as he rode around Paradise Valley. After earning a degree in Engineering and Construction from Northern Arizona University, Andersen founded Mountainscapers Landscaping in 1994, in North Phoenix. Every day, Andersen and his crew work with Valley and Flagstaff…

Market Research

Lots of people can claim to know real estate, but few can back it up like Andrew Bloom. A founding partner of BVO Luxury Group, Andrew has a list of accomplishments that includes the prestigious RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement, Circle of Legends, Hall of Fame and Chairman’s awards, and has sold over a half-a-billion dollars in real estate during his career.…

Inspiring Interiors

Robert Shields, COO and managing partner at RedRover Living, loves to encourage his interior design clients to look within themselves when it comes to designing their personal living spaces. “My advice to every client in creating their home is this: ‘Be yourself, everyone else is already taken,’ a quote from Oscar Wilde,’” he says.

Top of His Class

When Indiana Jones first hit movie theaters back in 1981, he introduced archeology to a generation that has now become leaders in the field. For a kid in Ohio, however, he found his inspiration not just in the adventures of Dr. Jones, but also in his fedora, and with that, crafted a one-of-a-kind career in which he has few peers.

A Colorful Life

For someone who has built such a successful following in the local art scene, it’s hard to believe that Bela Fidel originally didn’t plan on being an artist, having had dreams of becoming a writer before she discovered painting in oils. “Early on in the sixties, on a whim, I started playing with oils and continued ‘playing’ for a couple…

Plain Jane to Glittery Dame

Scottsdale artist and designer Ruby Farias can take anyone’s little black dress and pair of high heeled shoes and paint them with an elegant gold trim to refashion a modest outfit into a chic, one-of-a-kind ensemble. She can breathe life into a plain pair of sneakers with the fabric paint she creates herself, or transform a wall flower into a…

Finding Inner Strength

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get into shape, Scottsdale’s Pulse Fitness is here to help. From getting enough sleep to not buying processed food, here are some key tips for leading a healthier lifestyle from Fitness Director at personal training studio Pulse Fitness, Brent Moore, that will last you into 2017 and beyond.

Getting Healthy With HYPOXI

Valley residents searching for a new exercise method to kick off the new year with will find exactly what they’re looking for in HYPOXI. HYPOXI is a unique training method that was founded in 1997 by a sports scientist in Austria, and has since expanded into more than 50 countries. The first Arizona location opened in 2015, in Scottsdale. Another…

Boundless Bliss

Peru’s majestic 16th-century Inca ruins are a reminder of the mystic civilization that once ruled over the rugged Andean peaks and lush Sacred Valley for centuries. Once the Spanish conquered South America, that civilization all but disappeared. Inca traditions, however, can still be found woven into aspects of Peruvian life, including the country’s most luxurious spa treatments.

Great Gifting

Something Special for Everyone on Your Holiday Wishlist

Sweet Gatherings

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat granulated and brown sugars, butter and egg with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon, until creamy. Stir in flour, 1 tablespoon coffee granules, the baking soda and salt. Stir in pecans and chocolate chunks.

Winter Romance

From the moment Mallory and Jackson got engaged they knew they wanted their wedding to be special; a beautiful reflection of their individual personalities coming together in a perfect union. However, with family flying in from Nashville, Tennesse for the big day and both bride and groom having busy work schedules, planning their dream wedding became much more of an…

A Mother’s Love

They say it takes a village to raise a child; and that is certainly true. Motherhood is a tremendously wonderful journey brimming with endless love, laughter, happiness and small but cherished moments that make up a lifetime of precious memories. Yet, at times, this journey can also be confusing, overwhelming and a little bit lonely without a clear guide book…

Finding a Happily Ever After

When Lauren Daniels was 35, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time of her diagnosis, Daniels, a North Scottsdale resident, had kids who ranged from 1 to 11 years old. And although she had to have a difficult three surgeries in four months, Daniels credits her husband, Sean, her family and her friends with giving her the strength…

Housing Hope

Denise Resnik is dedicated to providing solutions. When her son Matthew was diagnosed with autism 23 years ago, Resnik set out to learn as much as she could about the developmental disorder, and quickly realized that she couldn’t do it alone. So, she co-founded the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) three years after her son was born. And…

Tailgating Treasures

Football and beer are one of those “made for each other” combos that go together like peanut butter and jelly, Batman and Robin, and Arizona and sunshine. While beer fans certainly don’t need an excuse to quaff their favorite beverage any other time of the year, when the temperatures start to (finally) drop and their favorite teams are hitting the…

Jerome Sips and Spirits

Jerome, Arizona, is a tiny mountain town that was once home to the most productive copper mine in the world back in the early 1900s. The wealth from the mine brought thousands to Jerome, and with it a slew of bars, bandits and other unsavory types, earning the city the nickname of "the wickedest town of the West." Even more,…

Saluti!

Stepping into Tutti Santi by Nina is like being transported to Italy; you will enjoy delicious food, fine wine and warm, authentic Italian hospitality. For the past 16 years, owner Leonardo Zacchino has brought the magic of Italy to Scottsdale for his guests to experience, if only for a couple of hours. It’s evident that Zacchino loves what he does,…

Pure Bliss

Twelve-year-old Claudia Rank has a magnetic smile that immediately draws you in. She can be a tad shy when you first meet her, but don’t let that fool you. She’s very insightful for her age, and if you’re lucky enough to get her on a trail ride, she might tell you some of the secrets of the universe. She’s certainly…

Healing Horses

orseback riders are typically viewed as being strong, independent and fierce. Those same attributes are what the staff at Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship, an organization that strives to improve the quality of life for students who have disabilities through horsemanship and outdoor activities, hopes to instill in its riders.

Finding a Forever Home

The statistics earlier this decade for Maricopa County’s homeless pet population were startling for any animal lover. Rather than accepting this grim equation, seven of the state’s animal welfare agencies decided to act. Together they formed The Alliance for Companion Animals, and crafted the Fix.Adopt.Save. initiative to fight the issue head-on.

The Dream 
Team

Like so many influential groups before them, it seemed as if fate had played a part in bringing the musical duo of Haley Gold and Spencer Bryant together. Growing up on either side of 76th Street in North Scottsdale (hence the name of the band), the girls first met in 5th grade; and upon discovering their mutual love of music,…

Your 
Highness 
of Honey

Emily Brown holds many titles. She’s been the Pennsylvania Honey Queen, the American Honey Queen and is currently resident beekeeper at Butterfly Wonderland, as well as owner of AZ Queen Bee, a bee management company in Scottsdale. But despite wearing many different hats, one thing has remained steadfast in her life: her love of bees.

Creative 
Infusion

Whenever local fused glass artist Jacki Cohen opens her kiln, she takes a deep breath. She never knows just what to expect. “The biggest learning curve is figuring out the kiln,” says Cohen. “You have to keep records. Long lists of what works and what doesn’t. Sometimes you can salvage things.”

Great Escape

OPPOSITE: White Lace Top and Floral Maxi Skirt by Lana Gerimovich; Oliver Smith Custom Bezel Set Diamond Necklace in 18K White Gold with Round Brilliant Cut G Color SI2 Clarity Diamond .62 carats, OSJ Custom Sterling Silver Drop Earrings with Bezel Set 9mm Round Checkerboard Cut Amethyst at Top and Bezel Set 13x9mm Pear Shape Checkerboard Cut Amethyst on Bottom…

Locomotive Lore

Traveling by train is typically viewed as a mode of transportation from a bygone era, but historians must have forgotten to tell that to the operators of the Verde Canyon Railroad. The historical train, which departs from Clarkdale, Arizona (just 30 minutes from Sedona), traverses through 20 miles of breathtaking Arizona landscape. The most striking vintage feature of the train…

The California Double

We sat on the beach as pro-surfer Damien Hobgood stood in front of us with a welcoming grin. The waves behind him were tumultuous, a stark contrast to his demeanor, as he welcomed and invited everyone to complete the California Double. I immediately got goose bumps all over my body. For those who don’t know, the California Double is an…

The Rugged Man’s Guide to Camping

Arizona is home to some of the most stunning scenery in the country, and if you're searching for a way to connect with nature, you might want to consider camping. Waking up in the wild can be a rejuvenating experience. You can make it a men-only weekend for a short getaway or bring the whole family if looking for a…

Summer Memories

Nestled into the foothills of Pinnacle Peak is a sprawling resort seamlessly integrated with the Sonoran Desert’s breathtaking beauty and naturally calming ambience. The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is a place where families, friends and couples can reconnect with the desert and each other, creating beautiful summer memories that will last a lifetime.

Behind the Scenes with Barrett Jackson

For four-plus decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been synonymous with classic and collector cars. Every year, the company holds its popular auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale—an event that attracts hundreds of thousands of car enthusiasts and boasts total sales of over $100 million.

Great Heights

Short of moving, it’s virtually impossible to make a small space larger; unless you know all the right design tricks. Lauren Rautbord of Paul Lauren Design Consultants shares her advice on how to transform your tiny dwelling into a grand abode that you’ll love coming home to at the end of the day. Rautbord’s design firm prides itself on making…

High Grounds

Nestled in the exclusive North Scottsdale Desert Highlands community, with sweeping views of Pinnacle Peak Mountain, is a magnificent desert-inspired dwelling with a unique history. Originally designed in the 1980s by renowned architecture firm, Swaback Partners, and led by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice and founding member of both Swaback Partners and Studio V, Vern Swaback, this distinctly contemporary, completely custom…

Modern Marvels

The clean, curved lines and bright tangerine color of this stunning stool will make an instant impression as soon as you walk into the kitchen. The added height makes it a perfect addition to an elevated bar or table. This is one haute-seat!

Nourishing Body and Soul

Ken Singh’s family has been farming the same piece of land northeast of Thomas and the 101 since 1947. While his father farmed naturally, his uncle adopted the practice of using chemicals, which paid off in the form of profits. However, when a young Ken would goad his father by pointing to his uncle’s productivity, the elder refused to relent.…

True Curacao

My tour of the beautiful Caribbean island began in Willemstad, the island’s capital city, and one with a most eclectic vibe. As the tour group made its way through the buzzing streets, my eyes and ears were filled with the variety of different languages spoken and diversity of people passing by. Willemstad’s waterfront, our first stop, is a great place…