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Summer camp guide 2017

New Fry’s Marketplace has the community abuzz





Locals speak from the heart about motherhood

Vote for your favorite area pet in 85085 Magazine’s Third Annual Cutest Pet Contest






Editor’s note



Fun things to do in May



Teens win Girl Scouts’ highest honor


The Crouch Group


MARKET TRENDS Essential insights



Deer Valley businesses

home 27


The little things



Mother’s Day projects

food 38


A taste of the tropics



Kawaii Sushi and Asian Cuisine

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IV “cocktails”



Top beauty picks



An original puzzle



An original crossword

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Enjoy live music by local bands, as well as food, beverages, cocktails and wine, along with activities at the Eighth Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival, organized by Tonto Bar & Grill and Aerial Solutions. 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Advance ticket prices: Adults, $12; Ages 12 and under, $7; children 2 and under, free. Rancho Mañana Golf Course, 5734 E. Rancho Mañana Blvd., Cave Creek.

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business | SPOTLIGHT


The Crouch Family: Ellie, Andrea, Bryan, and Roy

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A Personal Approach

To real estate agents Bryan and Andrea Crouch, success comes one client relationship at a time. By Michelle Talsma Everson YEARS AGO, when their now college-age kids were young, Bryan and Andrea Crouch were on the other side of the real estate coin. “Bryan was already in commercial real estate when we were selling our home,” explains Andrea. “I felt the process should be improved. This was such an exciting time and should be treated as such. I knew there had to be a better way, so while the kids were in elementary school I got my real estate license and, one client at a time, we built our business, leading to this year, where we are a finalist for the Arizona School of Real Estate Realtor of the Year Award.” With more than 25 years combined experience in the real estate industry, the couple pride themselves on being able to be top producers while still maintaining a personal touch with each client they work with. They also note that their continued real estate training sets them apart. “We are Buffini trained agents; one out of eight homes in the country is sold by a Brian Buffini trained agent,” Bryan says. “We are blessed that our production numbers have been high enough that we are invited to an event for the highest producing agents across the country in La Costa, California, annually. This helps us focus on how to improve our skills and network with other high producers every year by making sure we are keeping this a relational business rather than transactional.” Focusing on relationships over business priorities is key to both Bryan and Andrea. “We have a business coach that holds us accountable to be the best that we can be,” Bryan adds. “We stay in continuous contact with our clients long after the sale has closed. We have two major client appreciation parties [that are] always the highlights of our year. Our clients have helped us build this business and it is a small token of our appreciation to say thank you every chance we get.”

Married for decades with two grown children who are students at Northern Arizona University (NAU), Andrea says that she is honored and humbled to have the opportunity to connect with clients at a deep level. “We know we are serving at an emotionally-charged time, be it purchasing their first home, growing family, getting married, moving in or out of state, losing a job, divorce, short sale, or losing loved ones,” she says. “Being their trusted advisor during these significant life events is a role we take seriously and handle professionally. The best part is when we get to the end of a transaction and the client learns we have other clients. The satisfaction of them thinking they had our undivided attention is priceless and what we strive for one client at a time.” When it comes to working with each other, both Bryan and Andrea admit that they wouldn’t have it any other way. “Some days we don’t see each other and other days we are with each other constantly,” Bryan says. “Through and through, we have empathy for each other as some days the days are long and we understand that client demands are important.” When not working, the couple love to hike the Grand Canyon and have even trained friends to hike it as well. They also serve at their church where Bryan is an elder. In addition, they escape up to Flagstaff to visit their son and daughter, Roy and Ellie, whenever they can. “After years of finding homes for our clients in this area and feeling more drawn here after each one, we made the plunge after our youngest began college at NAU,” says Bryan about the 85085 area. “We love the friendliness of the community, the wide open hiking trails, the hot air balloons twice a day, and the way it smells after a rain.” To learn more, visit, call (602) 377-2332 or e-mail

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Healthcare Professionals

business | MARKET TRENDS

Essential Insights When Leasing or Buying Office Space. By Stephen A. Cross REGARDLESS OF their specialty, most healthcare professionals (unknowingly) overpay for their office space. I surmise that the reason for this is because real estate decisions are typically made every five to seven years, and few healthcare providers can devote adequate time to becoming proficient at a task that occurs so infrequently. The insights I present here are intended to increase awareness of some seldom-discussed nuances of the commercial real estate industry, and to help physicians, dentists, and the managers of their practices make better-informed leasing and buying decisions.

Insight 1: It pays to shop around Claims that “everyone else pays this amount” (besides being unverifiable) are irrelevant when deciding how much you are willing to pay to lease space or buy property. In fact, every transaction is unique; and tenants and buyers not only pay different rates but receive a wide range of concessions.

Insight 2: Time can be your ally, or your enemy It generally takes three to 12 months to complete a medical/dental transaction. This includes the due diligence period during which comparable properties are identified, negotiations are conducted and, if buying a building, financing is arranged. Designing and building out the space typically takes an additional five to seven months. Astute practitioners plan well in advance and are continually looking for ways to reduce, or at least control, their operating overhead.

Insight 3: The negotiation process is, by definition, adversarial That’s because people with opposing interests square off against each other—the property owner trying to determine the greatest amount the tenant or buyer will pay, and the tenant or buyer seeking the lowest amount the owner will accept.

Insight 4: Say less, save more Property managers and real estate agents are the eyes and ears of the property owner. Their tools-in-trade include a friendly manner and the ability to gather revealing information through the guise of innocuous banter. As it’s the seemingly innocent disclosures that can adversely affect your negotiating leverage the most, instruct your entire staff that all questions regarding your current space or future requirements are to be referred to you or your real estate advisor.

Insight 5: The “asking” rate is seldom the “getting” rate Listing agents, property managers, and property owners commonly refer to their “asking” rate as the “market,” “going” or “standard” rate—I call it the sticker price, the amount only an uninformed person would pay. Because the asking rate does not reflect any of the discounts or concessions that purposeful negotiating can achieve, it’s merely the starting point of the process. MAY 2017

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AC & Heating

2 AZ PERFECT COMFORT 26 W. Lone Cactus Dr. #400 Phoenix, AZ 85027 (602) 789-3000


2 ARCHERY CLUB 1115 W. Deer Valley Rd., #1 Phoenix, AZ 85027 (623) 266-4647

Auto License & Title Services

2 DCR TITLE 701 W. Deer Valley Rd. Phoenix, AZ 850027 (623) 879-0341

Electrical Services 2 ANTHEM AUTOMOTIVE 701 W. Deer Valley Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85027

2 APEX AUTOMOTIVE & EMISSIONS 21622 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85027 (480) 588-2250


2 DA VALLEY GRILL 2040 W. Deer Valley Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85087 (602) 904-6356


2 PORK ON A FORK 1515 W. Deer Valley Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85027 (623) 434-1794

2 ALL COUNTRY COLLISION 1920 W. Deer Valley Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85027 (623) 582-2787

Commercial & Residential Glass Repair

2 AMERICAN MOTORSPORTS 21630 N. 9th Ave. #108 Phoenix, AZ 85027 (623) 236-3628

2 COYOTE GLASS 1745 W. Deer Valley Rd., #106 Phoenix, AZ 85027 (623) 587-4816

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2 HAYDEN ELECTRIC 940 W. Melina Lane Phoenix, AZ 85027 (623) 434-0608

Graphic Design

2 DE GRAFFICS 1515 W. Deer Valley Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85027 (623) 869-6720

Kitchen & Bath

2 AVONTI KITCHEN & BATH 941 W. Deer Valley Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85027 (602) 997-7330

Land Surveying & Mapping Services

2 GEOMATICS CONSULTING GROUP 1745 W. Deer Valley Rd., #118 Phoenix, AZ 85087 (623) 580-0921

Marble & Granite

2 ACCENT MARBLE & GRANITE 21609 N. 12th Ave., #800-900 Phoenix, AZ 85027 (623) 582-1501

Printing Services

2 GORDON GRAPHICS, INC. 21640 N. 14th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85027 (623) 582-0099

2 GRAPHTECH GROUP 1515 W. Deer Valley Rd. #A106 Phoenix, AZ 85027 (623) 581-9333

Solar Energy

2 HARMON SOLAR 945 W. Deer Valley Rd., #100 Phoenix, AZ 850027 (800) 281-3189

Vehicle Wraps

2 THE WRAP SHOPPE 1745 W. Deer Valley Rd., #128 Phoenix, AZ 85028 (602) 863-9202

Veterinarian 2 INTEGRATIVE VET MED CENTER 615 W. Deer Valley Rd., #114 Phoenix, AZ 85027 (623) 594-2127

Web & Hosting Services 2 DEER VALLEY DATA 1515 W. Deer Valley Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85027 (623) 434-5294

Shipping Welding

2 AIRPARK PAK-N-SHIP 1855 W. Deer Valley Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85027 Phone: (623) 516-8882

2 VERN LEWIS WELDING SUPPLY, INC. 1745 W Deer Valley Rd Phoenix, AZ 85027 (623) 738-0341 MAY 2017

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By Sondra Barr Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography


Korine Liebman and Tracie Ernst enjoying glasses of wine at the Fry's Marketplace wine bar.


he wait is finally over. The highly anticipated new Fry’s Marketplace is open in 85085 and the community is going wild over its fancy amenities and services. What’s the big deal about this supermarket? For starters, it serves many North Phoenix communities that didn’t have a nearby grocer. It’s also not an average market. One of Fry’s largest stores, the 128,209-square-foot store is a one-stop-shop. In addition to basic grocery staples, the 85085 Fry’s features a wine bar with a knowledgeable wine steward to assist with a wine or beer selection. Want some cheese with that wine. You got it. A Murray’s Cheese shop offers up an array of international cheeses with a specially trained cheese steward on hand with suggestions on how to

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pair a cheese with your favorite bottle of wine or craft beer. There’s also a grilling station in the meat department to make picking up dinner easier. Yes, they grill up steak, sausages, and more, for you. A full-service sushi station offering fresh, made-to-order sushi? Check, Fry’s has that too, in addition to a chef-inspired bistro with seasonal offerings and Pan Asian, fresh rotisserie chicken, fresh salad bar, olive/anti-pasta bar, and more with breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Meanwhile, an expanded selection of natural, gluten-free, and organic products will satisfy even the most health conscious shopper. “I really love the openness and spacious layout. Every department is expanded beyond normal expectations to give the consumer a multi-dimensional selection and grocery shopping experience. I













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As a reminder, we encourage everyone to keep this community contest lighthearted and fun.This isn’t a presidential race, so please keep negativity and mud slinging out of this local contest. It’s designed to celebrate the area’s pets by showcasing their cute faces to the pubic, not incite local unrest. Remember, all the animal contestants are ultimately winners because they have homes with loving owners. Considering that so many domesticated animals end up in shelters—or worse, living on the streets, neglected, becoming victims of cruelty, or dead—the simple fact is that any pet lucky enough to have a caring home comes out ahead, regardless of winning a cute pet contest or not.

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food | COOK

A Taste of the Tropics

Indulge in a perfectly sweet dish that celebrates fresh pineapple. By Leann Grunwald

THE WORD TROPICAL automatically summons images of sandy beaches, warm, Hawaiian breezes, and pineapple. When it drizzles on a sunny day in Hawaii, locals call it “pineapple juice.” Pineapple can be a bit intimidating to cook with; however, once you have a wonderfully golden, perfectly sliced one in front of you, the only thing you really want to do with it is eat it––immediately. Practice restraint because this grand tropical chicken sauce with freshly grated ginger and lemon zest smothered in pineapple and apricot preserves comes together quickly, and it’s perfect for any day of the week.

Tropical Pineapple Chicken & Noodles 4 1 1 1 12 ¼ 1 2 2 1

chicken breasts thin and evenly sliced olive oil as needed sea salt as desired large white onion sliced thin fresh pineapple, cubed package of mini bell peppers, sliced round oz. jar of apricot preserves/more if desired cup full-strength soy sauce Tbs. lemon zest tsp. freshly grated ginger Tbs. cornstarch package egg noodles

NOODLES Prepare according to package directions. Cook noodles to just barely past al-dente. Once drained, place two pats of butter and toss gently. Rice is also a grand substitute. TROPICAL SAUCE In a preheated cast-iron pan add 3 tablespoons olive oil. Next, add onions and sauté 5 minutes. Fold in—one at a time—pineapple, peppers, preserves, soy sauce, lemon, and ginger. Sprinkle in cornstarch and mix. Cook on medium high until the mixture is slightly thickened then turn the heat way down. Sauce will now need to reduce slowly. Stir often, scraping bottom. Be certain to stir with a bottom sweep upward motion. This maintains the integrity of the dish. Continue until the sauce is at a desired thickness. The last 5 minutes I love to add additional peppers for al-dente crunch. This dish is quite forgiving and the best thing about it is that I am giving you more of a method than a recipe. Seasoning can be increased to desired taste as well as preserves. I often use two jars as well as add extra peppers and onions and pineapple. You will need to increase the soy at this point for added liquid. This is where you can explore your inner Julia Child. Pretty please, follow my exact cooking instruction on searing protein (chicken) as it is not forgiving. This dish depends on juicy buttery chicken. Message me I will talk you through it. "Wink" THE CHICKEN Preheat a large cast-iron pan to medium high, Fully coat thinly sliced room temperature chicken breasts with olive oil and then sea salt. Vegetable oil works great too and ensures a higher smoking point, which is good. If more oil is needed, try to place it directly onto chicken. Use caution, tossing more oil randomly into the pan will lower the temp and interfere with the integrity of the sear. Place chicken into pan. Make certain to not move chicken until you see white begin to form around the edges. Turn chicken over and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes. Each stovetop will vary. To ensure proper and even cooking, make certain you don’t have one thin end and one fat end. Once chicken is done, remove and allow to sit 5 to 6 minutes. You can serve whole or slice against the grain for butter like texture. Cover to keep warm. ASSEMBLY Put noodles in a dish and place the chicken on top. Next, smother the noodles and chicken with the most delicious, decadent pineapple tropical sauce—ever!

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“Be like a pineapple: stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside.” —MAMA G.

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WHILE MANY patrons enjoy sushi, invariably there’s usually a member of a dining party or family that still finds the prospect of eating raw fish unappealing. If that’s the case, Kawaii Sushi and Asian Cuisine is the solution. Not only do they have a variety of creative sushi rolls, but they also have a delicious selection of kitchen entrées. We started with a few items from the hot appetizer menu. The first item was the garlic edamame ($4.95). This is a heaping bowl of soybeans still in their shell. Prepared in the traditional style, the edamame is then tossed with garlic and salt. The added blend of the garlic gives an additional punch of flavor and turns this dish from the traditional to the exceptional. An order of crab puffs (six for $7.25) also hit our table. These are small triangles of wonton wrappers filled with a crab and cream cheese mixture then lightly fried and served with sweet and sour sauce. The crisp crunch of the fried wonton mixes well with the warmed crab and cheese mixture. We also ordered the chicken lettuce wraps ($8.95). The dish is similar to the lettuce wraps that you see at many other restaurants, but with a twist. Kawaii serves you three iceberg lettuce cups already filled with the chicken mixture along with a side of hoisin sauce. The chicken filling is full of flavor and the sweet and salty hoisin sauce rounds out the flavor. Next up: sushi rolls. The samurai roll ($15.95) comes as 10 pieces. The roll is similar to a rainbow roll where slices of fresh fish are put on top of a traditional California roll. This version includes tuna, salmon, and yellowtail wrapped up together with avocado and rice in a soy paper wrapper. The flavors are all very crisp and clean on the palate. We also tried the pink lady roll ($14.95), which also features a base of rice and soy paper but with shrimp tempura and lobster meat with avocado and crabstick. Once it’s all rolled and sliced, it’s then drizzled with a sweet eel sauce. The lobster meat is accentuated by the crispy shrimp tempura inside the roll. The Tokyo roll ($13.50) came next. This started with crabstick, avocado, and cream cheese rolled up with rice and then topped with slices of seared smoked salmon and a dollop of spicy mayonnaise. It’s to a California roll, but with smoked salmon and cream cheese. The salmon is so thinly sliced you can almost see through it. The creaminess of the interior of the roll played off the smokiness of the salmon and really made for a delicious roll. Then came the dishes from the kitchen entrée section of the menu. This is when the restaurant moves from Japanese to Chinese. The care in preparation and flavor is the same, but the region of cuisine changed. The first dish we tried was the barbeque pork lo mein ($9.95). It’s a huge plate of noodles cooked together in a wok with vegetables and pork. The food was piled high on the plate and could easily be shared. The flavor of the BBQ pork was sensational and the vegetables, although thoroughly cooked, still had vibrant flavor. The care the restaurant takes with their sushi extends to all facets of the menu. The proposition of having multiple culinary cuisine regions on the same menu often results in none of them being done well. I can attest that is not the case at Kawaii. They put effort and skill into each dish, so that no matter what you order, you can be sure it’s prepared correctly. I look forward to returning and playing matchmaker with various dishes to get a fantastic voyage of food.


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ANDREW LEACH A local Realtor who loves dining out. Arizona's been the home of this New Jersey native for over 20 years.

lize these vitamins is not predictable. There are actually a number of digestive disorders that interfere with or prevent absorption from happening including Crohn’s disease, irritable bowl syndrome, lactose intolerance, colitis, ulcers, and chronic diarrhea. Even under ideal circumstances, the human body can only absorb a certain percentage of vitamins orally through the normal digestive process. As an alternative to oral supplementation, IV therapy safely delivers much higher levels of vitamins directly into the bloodstream, completely bypassing the digestive process. This allows active transportation of nutrients into cells rapidly and effectively, stimulating optimal health. Although vitamin IV therapies are becoming more and more popular, these treatments are not new and have been around and utilized for quite awhile. In the 1960s Dr. John Myers, MD, became the pioneer of vitamin IV therapy by proposing that individuals were only absorbing a fraction of the vitamins and minerals they were ingesting orally and by increasing the absorption of key nutrients through IV administration overall health and wellness could be optimized. Based on this theory, Myers began administering IV injections of nutrients to successfully treat a wide range of clinical conditions including acute asthma, migraines, fatigue, fibromyalgia, muscle spasm, upper respiratory tract infections, and other disorders. Today the most common vitamin IV formulation has been named after him and is deemed The Myers’ Cocktail. This classic cocktail includes a mixture of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and B vitamins. So you ask, “How does all of this impact the condition of my skin?” We all know a healthy person radiates health externally and this is often reflected by a healthy glow to the skin. Vitamin IV therapy delivers a rich intracellular nutrient blast that skin needs in order to be healthy. Vitamin IV therapy works at the cellular level by fighting free radicals that cause aging and by hydrating cells and tissues, thus combatting the signs of aging and resulting in younger looking skin that glows from the inside out. The best part: vitamin IV therapy is safe, effective, minimally invasive, and tolerated by most people.

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