The Women Who Inspire Us

 Makenzie Marzluff  Founder, Delighted by Hummus  Makenzie Marzluff started with a healthy cookie-dough dip for a Super Bowl party using chickpeas and other sweet ingredients, and after a year of popularity amongst friends, she decided it was time to bring the first dessert hummus to others. 

Canyon Ranch Offers a Perfect Girlfriends’ Getaway

When it comes to the perfect getaway to take with girlfriends, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your healthy lifestyle to indulge in the fun and abundance a vacation often brings. Enter Canyon Ranch.

AZ on the Rocks Offers Custom Women’s Workout

AZ on the Rocks offers a workout that both challenges and improves your climbing technique. Once a month, they partner with the Arizona Women’s Climbing Coalition to host Women on the Rocks, and the workout is specifically geared toward those looking to work with other women in a supportive environment, focused on strength and fitness. Partaking in this popular activity promotes…

Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Vivienne Gellert Has Redefined how the Community Can Help the Homeless

When a young entrepreneur and aspiring medical professional saw an overwhelming need in the community to assist the homeless, she shifted gears toward a future in philanthropic entrepreneurship with an important mission.

The Annual Junior League Rummage Sale Shares a Passion for Reusing with its Community

The Junior League of Phoenix hosted its 82nd Annual Rummage Sale at the Arizona State Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 23. As one of JLP’s signature fundraisers, the Rummage Sale is “Arizona’s Largest Garage Sale,” which provides shoppers with an opportunity to purchase an array of new and gently used items across 23 departments at deeply discounted prices. The Rummage Sale is…

Hickman’s Family Farms, an Eco-Friendly Staple in the Community

Hickman's Family Farm cares about the community it serves and has for 75 years. In fact, the company is consistently innovating its packaging and processing to go the "egg-stra" mile.

Vertex Wealth Discusses Benefits of Eco-Friendly Investing

When building a portfolio for your investments, do you consider what the companies you invest in stand for? At Vertex Wealth, ecological factors are taken into account when helping clients make sound investments that are also socially and ecologically conscious. Kirk G. Kaprelian, CFP, ChFC, private wealth adviser, explains how to create the ideal portfolio to accomplish these goals.

New Technology Enhances Experience at Desert Mountain

Craig Mitchell, creator of Desert Innovative Map Technology, knew the importance of understanding surroundings to optimize the hiking experience. A hiking enthusiast and tech-minded individual himself, his idea for this product came from a demand for a consistent way to obtain information while hiking. 

Farm & Craft Takes Freshness to a New Level

A modern farm with a contemporary twist exists in North Scottsdale. Farm & Craft is a mecca for ecological enthusiasts. Focused on healthy and sustainable food in a community-style atmosphere, the idea behind the concept was a passion for the health-conscious eater as well as the non-discriminate.

Sonora West Development Showcases Custom Homes with Clever Craftsmanship

A clean, modern design that encompasses soft, earthy tones is key in successful design of a custom home.

Candelaria Captures the Essence of Different Design Styles and Shows How to Approach Each

When it comes to approaching a home's look and feel, Candelaria Design understands that cohesive ambiance that begins outdoors and filters to the interior is key. From color palettes and door and window design to blending textures and materials, choosing a style for the home can determine how items are chosen and how architecture is approached, leaving the owner with…

Crystal Falls Pools Adds Amazing Lighting Elements to Any Outdoor Space

Owner Mike Cohen describes Crystal Falls Pools, Inc. as an all-encompassing pool service company. From service and repair to a full design and build division, they create unique backyard transformations for clients. An emphasis on special lighting is key in making sure each project has a cohesive ambiance and fully integrates with pool automation to make everything user-friendly.

Taliesin West Continues to Be a Scottsdale Staple that Combines Culture, Art and Architecture

Atop the mountains in North Scottsdale is a sprawling property with sweeping views and captivating architecture. Once the winter residence of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West has been a point of interest in the area since it was built in 1937. 

Costume Designer Mathew J. LeFebvre

August Wilson’s Two Trains Running focuses on the crossroads of a revolution. It explores a time of extraordinary change and the ordinary people who get left behind. Produced locally by the Arizona Theatre Company and presented at the Herberger Theater Feb. 14 through March 3, this story is told heavily through visualization of the time period and by character portrayals. 

Recipe Girl’s Creator Lori Lange Shares Her Kitchen Renovation

Lori Lange doesn’t have a background in food, but a college job sparked her passion for entertaining.

The Bourbon Cellar

Valley diners looking for a fresh take on steakhouse restaurants can look no further than Bourbon Cellar. Offering lunch and dinner daily, the restaurant brings guests a high-end steakhouse experience in a warm and inviting atmosphere, with an unparalleled menu.

Art-Focused Excursions Close to Home

 Arcosanti  Paolo Soleri was an Italian architect with a vision. After studying under Frank Lloyd Wright, he branched out with a unique viewpoint on where the world was headed with population explosion. The urban environments were sprawling, and he felt that society needed a shift in how these environments were being designed.  Arcosanti was the brainchild of Paolo and is…

Nutritious and Unique Recipes to Start Your Journey to Better Health

I'm Cori Ashley, a longtime vegetarian, avid home cook and food enthusiast. Eating whole foods and cooking at home are the intertwined foundation of how I live. What can I create that would make me feel satisfied, fulfilled and content? My meals are built on in-season vegetables and fruits because I believe in their unprocessed, seasonal state.

Style and Comfort Are Key with New Activewear Line IBKUL

It's Arizona, and while the winter months keep us cool and active, the summer months can pose a greater challenge when working on fitness.

True Food Kitchen Helps You Stay on Track When Dining Out

Dining out can be a true challenge when beginning a healthier routine. Between craving high-fat foods and being in a social environment, it can be hard to make smart choices and not feel like you're standing out amongst friends and family. 

Advantage Training Has a Results-Driven Mantra Based on Customized Programs

It’s the start of a new year, and with that knowledge comes the mental motivation to work on new goals. Fitness is often the first piece in the healthier lifestyle puzzle that needs to fit into place before good eating habits and increased happiness follow. The intimidation factor or impersonal approach at many fitness facilities can turn a long-term achievement…

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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

The Men Who Move North Scottsdale

 Article Staci Hauk  John Wright, Golf Pro at JW Marriott Desert Ridge  John Wright didn’t pick up a golf club until he was 21. He knew he found his calling when this led to receiving MVP honors for the golf team at Rutgers University.

North Scottsdale’s Female Movers & Shakers

 Article Staci Hauk  The Entrepreneur  Kathy Coover, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Isagenix International