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

A Girlfriend Staycation

 Article Staci Hauk | Photography Provided  A visit to the Fairmont Princess Resort focuses on unique experiences, making it the ideal location for an all-inclusive girlfriend getaway.   

DIY Duotone Statement Earrings

Shake up your jewelry box with these handmade geometric earrings— perfect for yourself or as a gift for your best ladies Article and Photography Nicolette Martin Piece by Piece Use both your bent nose forceps and needle nose pliers to secure each end of the jump ring. Gently twist the jump ring to open the … Continued

The Simple Farm

The Simple Farm in Scottsdale proves it’s easy to get quality produce and skin care products in an urban environment and prides itself on being an integral part of the community. It even became a center for agricultural awareness after some widespread press.

scholl’s helping hands 
& waste not

When it comes to assisting the less fortunate in Arizona, two organizations stand out for providing assistance while remaining environmentally minded.

Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine

Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine is a farm-to-table restaurant steeped in Arizona history with a flair for unparalleled quality without pretension.

A Labor of Love

When gardening enthusiasts enter The Bosque or The Pueblo in Phoenix, they immediately get a sense of the passion for local gardening that comes from a young entrepreneur with a vision for how outdoor life should be viewed in the Valley.

Building a 
Furniture Legacy 
in Scottsdale

What started on a ranch 25 years ago has turned into a thriving furniture business as distinctive as its backstory.

Newt Glass

Newt Grover of Newt Glass has large-scale blown glass masterpieces displayed all over town and the country. They are best described as vibrant, contemporary, original and intricate. Inspired by exhibits of Dale Chihuly's work, Newt decided late into his career of making neon signs and jewelry to switch gears and teach himself the art of blown glass.

Julie Fiedler’s 
Hometown Recipe

The Scottsdale culinary market is blooming with fresh concepts, and perhaps none are more unique and custom then RIPE Personal Chef Services. If you are looking to eat healthier, host a dinner party or are looking for private dining, then RIPE is a concept that will fit beautifully into your lifestyle.

No Place Like Home

At 20243 N. 103rd Way in Scottsdale, sweeping views and a bright open concept take center stage. The floor plan is ideal for family living and entertaining, with a seamless design that resonates the resort-style outdoor living spaces with pool, spa, barbecue and multiple travertine paved patios.

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Best of North Scottsdale

Dr. Lawrence Shaw, The Shaw Center
8913 E. Bell Road, #201, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
480.767.1900 | TheShawCenter.com

A Day with a Local Artist

I am a “SOUL-preneur” who strives to inspire others. My creations not only express but reflect my life, heartbeat and soul. I find tremendous joy in converting art into handcrafted jewelry that echoes a message of hope and encouragement. I draw inspiration from my faith, loving husband, seven kids, family and friends and the lives of others, and I try to embrace…

Innovative Dentistry with a Comprehensive Approach

Nestled at the base of beautiful Pinnacle Peak Mountain, Dr. Sara Vizcarra, DDS, discovered her forever dental home. By March 2006, she became owner of the prestigious Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry, a 1,000-square-foot space that was going to push her past the boundaries of “mouth-focused dentistry.” Dr. Sara—as she is known to her patients and dental family—began pouring countless hours…

A New Drink to Love

It’s a creamy, not too sweet breve spun with Irish cream—just the way we like it! We know you will too!

Post Workout Recipes

Just like the workout this month, the recipes and food options presented are to keep with the same theme. These are to give you great options, save you time, and keep you on track without having to break the bank, or take you off your game plan.

Resort-Style Living

Nestled in the Upper Canyon in Silverleaf is a home that offers the ultimate in exclusive resort-style living. With captivating views of the McDowell Mountains and the city alike, this sprawling estate does not lack in ambiance or amenities. From the moment you enter the community, you immediately take note of the world-class golf course, Silverleaf Club and Spa, fitness…

Perfect Assets and Abs

Jennifer Menzer
Certified personal trainer and nutrition coach
Owner of WellFit Concierge
5115 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85018
WellFitConcierge.com

Winter Wonderland

Proclaimed “Arizona’s Christmas City” by former Gov. Rose Mofford, Prescott is a short two-hour drive from Phoenix and offers the white Christmas that you’ve been looking for.

Decoding the Holidays

‘Tis the season to be jolly, right? That is, until party season starts and we all have to not only find the time to pick the perfect outfit for our annual holiday shindigs, but we have to figure out what in the world to wear. Among office parties, ornament exchanges, Christmas cocktails at the neighbors, family dinners and more, the…

Cheers to the New Year

Dominick’s Steakhouse, located in the Scottsdale Quarter, will be decorated for festivities on New Year’s Eve. They will hold a Champagne toast at midnight. Their full menu will be available, and seating is open. They are located at 15169 N. Scottsdale Road. View their menu at DominicksSteakhouse.com.

‘Tis the Season

There is something magical about the holiday season here in the Valley. That something goes well beyond the sidewalks and streets lined with luminarias and the twinkling lights that adorn saguaros and palm trees just as frequently as they do spruces and evergreens. What is truly special resides within those groups in our community who embody the season of giving,…

Out of the Kitchen

Shaun Adams moved to Arizona in 2000 to become a chef; instead, he ended up in the front of the house. "I realized how much more I enjoyed interacting with guests than working behind-the-scenes in the kitchen," he says. As the sommelier at Talavera at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, Adams uses his creativity to introduce new…

Holiday Traditions

Traditions connect us with family and history as nothing else can. One whiff of my mom’s sweet potato dish mixed with cinnamon and apples then topped with roasted marshmallows induces years of memories and jokes about it being the dessert we pretend is a side dish. But my new traditions are treasured as well. My husband’s family cooks a turkey…

FineMark Bank DC Ranch Announces Dining Option On-site

Fine dining and banking are two words we don’t often hear simultaneously. With modern-day banking vastly done online and via phone, regular interactions between client and associate are somewhat obsolete. This translates to high turnover when choosing a financial institution. FineMark Bank of DC Ranch hopes to change that dynamic, with their new custom dining options on-site. The facility will…