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ChandlerLifestyle.com

MARCH 2020

The Home Issue

HAVING A HOME WEDDING

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LIFESTYLE LETTER

MARCH 2020 PUBLISHER

Joyce Selk | joyce.selk@lifestylepubs.com EDITOR

Michelle Glicksman | michelle.glicksman@lifestylepubs.com ACCOUNT MANAGER

WELCOME TO OUR YEARLY HOME ISSUE! I'm fascinated with design and architecture, so this is a favorite of mine.

Brittny Strubbe | brittny.strubbe@lifestylepubs.com AD DESIGNER

Kaylee Mitchell

The best thing about a home is that it is so much more than just where you sleep.

LAYOUT DESIGNER

It’s a place where you can relax and recharge, and where memories are made. It’s

Emily Stout

your destination. How about this for a memory? Turning your home into a wedding venue, and having it be the backdrop to the start of a marriage. That’s exactly what happened in our story on home weddings. The Chandler home we featured made a stunning setting

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Michelle Talsma Everson, Michelle Guerrero, Alison Stanton CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Jillian Milam

for a momentous event (and if you love it—psst… the home is for sale!). For those who love to decorate, we spoke with Dena Thomas to get the low-down on what décor options are hot right now—and which are on their way out. You can also decorate with a stop at Spice Up Your Home. It’s a furniture and home décor store, as well as a home staging locale for when you’re getting ready to sell.

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore

Speaking of selling, have you thought about real estate as an investment? If you

ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor

have but weren’t sure where to start, we’ve got you covered in our story on renting

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson

or flipping.

AD MANAGER Chad Jensen REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Eric Williams

In this issue we also feature some of the new restaurants in the area, and share

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INSIDE THE ISSUE MARCH 2020

FEATURES 16 Home Weddings The Beauty Of Tying The Knot At Home

20 On Trend Luxury Vinyl Flooring and Other Popular Options

26 The Perfect Look Spice Up Your Home Offers Furniture, Home Décor and Staging Services

16 32

32 Dine Out Three New Restaurants to Try

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DEPARTMENTS

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

12

Around Town

16

Open House

20 City Scene 24 Financial Buzz 26 Locally Owned 30 Tech Savvy 32 Food & Wine 36 Lifestyle Calendar 42 Local Limelight


GOOD TIMES

4th Annual Chandler International Film Festival The Chandler International Film Festival took place Jan. 17-20 at Harkins Chandler Fashion Center. Featuring more than 120 films from over 35 countries, the four-day festival was filled with filmmakers, directors and movie fanatics. There was an opening ceremony; filmmaker workshop; Q&As; after-parties; award ceremony; red carpets; and celebrity appearances, including movie star Michelle Rodriguez. PHOTOGRAPHY ASHUTOSH GANGWAR

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VIP Reception and Ribbon Cutting for SKY at Chandler Airpark Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke was joined by Frankel Family Trust Chief Operating Officer Michael Kron, Foursite Construction Manager Nicklas J.E. Roe, Chasse Building Team President Barry Chasse, Chandler Chamber of Commerce President Terri Kimble, and other Arizona leaders to celebrate the ribbon-cutting of SKY at Chandler Airpark. The property features 11 buildings and 504 total apartment homes. PHOTOGRAPHY HAUTE PHOTOGRAPHY

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GOOD TIMES

25th Annual Multicultural Festival The City of Chandler, in partnership with the Chandler International Film Festival and Cultura Communications, hosted the 25th Annual Multicultural Festival in Downtown Chandler on Jan. 18. There were live performances, food, face painting, games, arts & crafts for children, items available for sale from cultural vendors, and representation from a variety of local businesses, nonprofits and community organizations.

2019 Aquila Dental Cares Day On Nov. 16, 2019 Aquila Dental Cares Day took place in Chandler. Dr. Higgs, Dr. Browning, Dr. Shah and their teams came together at Aquila Dental to provide free cleanings, extractions and fillings to the Chandler community. This event has taken place yearly since 2017.

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AROUND TOWN

CHANDLER OFFERS FREE TAX PREPARATION ASSISTANCE THROUGH EARLY APRIL

ARMORWORKS TO EXPAND AND RELOCATE HEADQUARTERS IN CHANDLER ArmorWorks recently signed a 70,000-square-

Tax season has arrived and Chandler’s Volunteer

foot lease in Chandler at the Lotus Project, located

Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is ready to

near the northwest corner of Kyrene Road and

help residents file their taxes.

Loop 202. The company will consolidate its head-

Chandler’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

quarters—including engineering, R&D and admin

campaign helps working families who earned less

departments, plus certain manufacturing opera-

than $56,000 in 2019 with free tax preparation and

tions—to the new facility.

filing services. For the second year in a row, the

ArmorWorks is a defense and security com-

city has partnered with Mesa United Way to offer

pany that designs and manufactures various

assistance at more East Valley locations, including

types of protective technologies. The company

Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert.

was founded more than 20 years ago and this

Nine tax preparation sites located in and near Chandler will operate through Tuesday,

expansion will increase their headcount from 125 employees to 210 employees.

April 14. Free tax assistance will be available on

“The City of Chandler is thrilled that ArmorWorks

a walk-in basis at numerous locations. One site

chose to expand in West Chandler, our second-larg-

will take appointments.

est employment corridor,” says Chandler Mayor

All sites will prepare basic tax forms on a

Kevin Hartke. “We would also like to thank Conor

first-come, first-served basis. Interpreters also

Commercial and all of the developers that continue

are available at some sites to assist Spanish-

to drive economic growth in Chandler.” “We have

speaking residents.

enjoyed our experience in Chandler over many

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years and the city’s economic development team provided timely assistance when we came to them

Chandler residents making less than $66,000

with this project,” says ArmorWorks CEO Brad

a year can use MyFreeTaxes.com, a self-paced,

Wiggins. “ArmorWorks looks forward to continuing

step-by-step guidance to file tax returns online

our growth in this dynamic community. ”The new

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Consult with a professional interior designer, at a reduced rate, with the Interior Designer for Hire  program from the  Arizona North chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers  (ASID). Through April 30, designers volunteer their time and the funds raised go toward student scholarships and educational programs, including the redesign plan for Project Veterans Pride and the James Walton Home. This program matches homeowners with local ASID designers for a one- or two-hour in-home consultation and is only offered once a year. It’s an opportunity to work with an interior designer, seek their advice, and learn about the benefits of working with a professional in creating your own personal environment. A one-hour consult is $99; a two-hour consult is $175. For information, visit AZN.ASID.org.

BODIE BRYAN TAKES OVER E-COMMERCE COMPANY, NEWACUNIT.COM NewACUnit.com, a local e-commerce company, announced Bodie Bryan as the new owner and CEO. Bryan is the son of owner and founder, Erik Bryan, who owns Precision Air & Plumbing

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in Chandler, which was founded in 1995. Bryan grew up studying under his father and working alongside him. Founded in 2016, the Chandler-based company NewACunit.com  developed an online platform where buyers can enter the information from their current air conditioning units and homes to compare the efficiency of new models and the differences in price, as well as place an order. NewACUnit.com 

CHANDLER FAVORITE WIMPY’S PARADISE MAKES COMEBACK—MENU ITEMS AVAILABLE ON GINGER MONKEY’S FOOD TRUCK The beloved hamburger and hot dog joint with a big reputation in downtown Chandler is making a big comeback—hugs included. Wimpy’s Paradise, which closed in 2018, is partnering with Chandler-based Ginger Monkey Tavern to have Wimpy’s menu items available on Ginger Monkey’s food truck. “Dreams do come true! The burger and hot dogs you have craved for 10 years in Chandler are back.  This time we will bring them to you as

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MY SISTER’S ATTIC OPENS LARGEST LOCATION My Sister’s Attic, part of the Valley’s family of designer consignment stores My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited, recently opened off Ray Road and Loop 101 in the Raintree Ranch Center near Whole Foods. The 15,533-square-foot space is 30% bigger and will replace the existing My Sister’s Attic store at Fulton Promenade in South Chandler. The store features items such

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OPEN HOUSE

home

weddings

THE BEAUTY OF TYING THE KNOT AT HOME

ARTICLE MICHELLE GUERRERO PHOTOGRAPHY DREY JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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IMMANUEL AND ALISON MARTINEZ GREW UP IN A SMALL TOWN IN MICHIGAN, BUT BARELY KNEW EACH OTHER. Alison left for college and Immanuel moved for work, reconnecting years later. With Immanuel in Arizona and Alison in their home state, they became frequent fliers spending time together. “It was a bit of a whirlwind romance. I knew she was the one right about our second date. It was just about one year after we started dating that I proposed,” says Immanuel. The couple was on a getaway, celebrating Alison’s birthday, when he popped the question. “I was looking out the window at the city from our suite, and when I turned around, he was down on one knee with a ring,” says Alison. As their future clicked into place, Immanuel’s cousin, Danielle Wells, offered her home for their wedding. “Before we were engaged, Manny’s cousin and her husband kept dropping hints to us about how cool it would be to have a wedding in their backyard—wink, wink,” Alison teases. “We were hesitant at first because we didn’t want to intrude. We knew it would be a lot of work and invasive to their lives.” The single-story home is 5,700 square feet and set on nearly an acre. They opened the sliding wall of windows leading to a large covered patio for a seamless transition to the lush backyard.

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OPEN HOUSE (CONTINUED)

“The guests could easily move from the living room to the patio,” says Wells. “There was a taco truck set up in the backyard serving the most amazing Mexican food. There were pub tables around the pool, and the DJ had the dance floor under the patio. The ceremony was held on the west side of the backyard where we had bride and groom seating. The whole space worked great.” They rented tables, linens and an arch for the ceremony, as well as a galvanized tub for drinks. The bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages were made in-house. The centerpieces were mason jars filled with firefly lights surrounded by greens. Wells and her husband had a custom ice sculpture made for the dessert table, engraved with the bride and groom’s names. “Dani was a huge help to me with the planning. Ideas, placement, theme, shopping, set up, all of it! Our families also rallied on Friday and Saturday morning to set up and were troopers on Sunday morning when we had to tear everything back down,” says Alison. There were about 110 guests, so they rented a golf cart to direct traffic and chauffer them to the house. As guests arrived, they enjoyed the homemade charcuterie boards displayed on the kitchen island, and the pre-mixed margaritas and Bazooka bubble gum-infused vodka and lemonade. “Our cake was from the Great Gatsby Bakery in Gilbert, our absolute favorite place for a treat,” says Alison. “A home wedding is such a great way to take such a romantic event and make it intimate. My husband and I were so honored to be able to share in such a beautiful day with two of our favorite people. I would host another home wedding in a heartbeat,” says Wells. The Wells’ home is currently for sale. For more information on this home or any others, contact Cathy Carter at RealEstateChandler.com.

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CITY SCENE

AS FOUNDER OF DENA THOMAS DESIGNS IN CHANDLER, DENA THOMAS IS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THE CURRENT TRENDS IN THE WORLD OF INTERIOR DESIGN. For example, when it comes to flooring, luxury vinyl plank (LVP) is an attractive, stylish and popular option. “LVP is an extremely durable, grout-free, easyto-maintain flooring that is a great alternative to hardwood,” Thomas says, adding that it comes in various sizes, finishes, and styles. Depending on which specific type of LVP her clients choose, it can also be an economical option. There is often less labor involved to install LVP, and in some homes, it is possible to lay it over existing tile, as long as the floors are level. Laying the planks in a herringbone pattern has seen the resurgence of this luxury flooring pattern that is timeless. “I use LVP in 60% of my homes currently.  More and more people love the idea of eliminating the grout in flooring, and this is a great alternative,” Thomas says. As a bonus, in addition to looking like real wood, LVP is waterproof—which means it can be used throughout the entire home.  It’s softer on the foot than hardwood or engineered wood, and it’s incredibly durable. It also has acoustic qualities that make it suitable for condos.   Additional types of luxury flooring that Thomas uses are marble, engineered hardwood, and high-end porcelain tiles.    “I have used all of them, and today more and more people are choosing the LVPs,” she says. OTHER CURRENT TRENDS IN INTERIOR DESIGN In addition to LVP, Thomas says there are a number of other popular trends in interior design. These include:

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+ Colors: Deep blues, grays and bold colors are definitely “in.” + Accessories: Black and brass are very hot right now. + Furniture: Both modern and traditional-looking furniture are popular with Thomas’ clients. + Finishes:  Mixing various finishes is a great option for 2020. For instance, instead of a kitchen with all-nickel finishes, Thomas and her clients prefer brass and nickel or brass and black. + Walls: Wallpaper is huge, Thomas says. The bolder the better. + Counters:  Even though quartz and granite are popular surfaces, the newest and most durable product is porcelain counters. + Patterns: In two words, “patterned everything.” As for what is currently “out,” Thomas says the following once-popular trends are now more passé: + Farmhouse anything. “If you must have it, do it in very small moderation,” she says. + All-white kitchens and counters.  Instead, Thomas advises the homeowners incorporate a pop of color in the kitchen. + Faux finishes. + Neon lighting. + Accent walls. In general, Thomas recommends creating a home that is timeless instead of trendy. “Like anything else in life, work in trends in moderation,” she says, adding that at the end of the day, she enjoys her personal style  because that’s what makes her house her home.  “Too many people make the mistake of copycatting their friend’s or neighbor’s style, and do not take into consideration all the elements that are going on in their own home, which may or may not match up to their neighbor’s.” For more information on Dena Thomas Designs, visit DenaThomasDesigns.com.

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ARTICLE MICHELLE TALSMA EVERSON

FINANCIAL BUZZ

TO RENT OR FLIP? EXPERT TIPS ON THE BASICS OF RENTING OR FLIPPING REAL ESTATE

TO THE AVERAGE PERSON, THE IDEA OF BUYING

buy some property together and make money renting

PROPERTY SPECIFICALLY TO RENT TO OTHERS

or flipping as team,” she explains. “I’m hoping to create

OR FLIP (WHEN YOU PURCHASE A PIECE OF REAL

[this] strategy that, with professional guidance, can help

ESTATE THEN QUICKLY SELL FOR A PROFIT) CAN

people who thought that investing was out of reach to

BE DAUNTING. But, local real estate agent Mindy Jones

get started.”

Nevarez, owner of the Amy Jones Group at Keller Williams Integrity First, says that it doesn’t have to be with the right information, research and guidance.

THE PERK OF RENTING A major perk of renting out a property is the long-term income. In the current market, Jones Nevarez says, there is

HOW TO GET STARTED

giving property owners an edge. It often takes little money to

ing out or flipping, Jones Nevarez says that it’s important

ready a property for the rental market, and with rents continu-

to do your research and meet with a lender and real estate

ing to rise, purchasing a property in a low inventory market

professional who you trust. Unless you are purchasing the

can be lucrative. Not only will your property values likely raise

property with cash, you should understand exactly how

in the short term, but you will be able to charge more for your

much money you need to get started, and have a good

rental provided inventory remains low, she adds.

understanding of the local market’s inventory, average days

One concern for many, and often what holds people

on market, and which way pricing is trending, she explains.

back from investing in a rental portfolio, is the fact that the

“One option that I am working to put together is a

property needs to be maintained, all while you’re living in

plug-and-play solution for a small group of investors to 24

more demand for rental properties than properties that exist—

When it comes to purchasing real estate for either rent-

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your own home.


A recommendation for property owners is to keep a home

done right, the money that comes from flipping a home

warranty on the property that can be used as a single point

can be exceptional in a low-inventory market, and the

of contact for repairs. Another is hiring a property manager

money made can be used to invest in more real estate to

who can act as your go-between for tenant-related issues.

expand their portfolio.

THE BENEFIT OF FLIPPING

REAL ESTATE AS PART OF AN INVESTMENT STRATEGY

When it comes to flipping, Jones Nevarez notes that real

When it comes to the local market, Jones Nevarez

estate investors should use money that they have avail-

explains that the Chandler area and its surrounding cit-

able for investing or work with partners in a real estate

ies is one of the strongest real estate markets right now.

investing group that designates money for the purchase,

With exceptionally low prices, continued business devel-

repairs, upgrades, and listing fees.

opment and infrastructure growth, the Southeast Valley

She cautions that what sets many investors in the flip-

continues to be one of the best places to see a return on

ping space apart are their preparedness for the process

investment, she notes.

and the finances associated with it. Many underestimate

To learn more about renting, flipping or for answers to gen-

the investment to make the property market-ready, and

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don’t calculate all of their expenses into the project, mak-

Amy Jones Group at Keller Williams Integrity First at info@

ing their profit much less than expected. However, when

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LOCALLY OWNED ARTICLE ALISON STANTON PHOTOGRAPHY JILLIAN MILAM

SPICE UP YOUR HOME OFFERS FURNITURE, HOME DÉCOR AND

THE PERFECT LOOK

STAGING SERVICES

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DURING HER 13 YEARS WORKING IN THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY, TALIA STENNETT OFTEN SAW HOW A WELLSTAGED HOME COULD MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HOUSE SELLING OR SITTING ON THE MARKET. “Home staging has been proven over and over again to assist homes in selling faster as the presentation of the home is very important,” Stennett says. “Buyers start the search for their new home online, and if the home is staged properly and presented right with professional photos, more buyers will typically view all the photos and make an effort to go see the home fast.” This firsthand experience inspired Stennett and her husband, Kerry, to launch Spice Up Your Home, located at 4140 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, in June of 2018. The Chandler-based company offers all-inclusive home staging services for clients who are looking to make their home stand out in Arizona’s competitive real estate market. As Stennett notes, Spice Up Your Home has two key components: staging, and a furniture store that carries brand-new, oneof-a-kind pieces. For the home staging part of her work, Stennett says their approach is different than many other companies, in part because they own their own furniture. “We only use new designer furniture; it is not rented from somewhere else and therefore it always looks new,” she says, adding that


they always stage a home based on the current trends,

NEW AND ONE-OF-A-KIND

which for 2020 include shades of blue, fuchsia, soft pink,

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purple and soft greens. “We also put a good amount of furniture and acces-

IN THE SHOWROOM

sories into the home to make it look full and cozy, as the goal is to get the buyer ‘wowed’ within the first eight

For homeowners who want to buy some beautiful

seconds, which is when they make the decision if they

and unique furniture items for their home, Spice Up Your

like the home or not.”

Home offers a carefully selected assortment of pieces.

Spice Up Your Home’s approach to staging is defi-

“We attempt to provide more of a design factor to the

nitely working, Stennett notes. Around 92% of the

furniture that we sell that is different from what you will

homes her company stages sell within two days to

find in the big box stores. We will also not carry the same

three weeks, and most of the time they sell for the full

item more than a handful of times; a lot of times, it is a

price or over the asking price.

one-of-a-kind limited edition.”

“We also ensure that the furniture style fits the home

In addition to new and unique furniture, Spice Up Your

that we are staging. We know that some sellers have older

Home’s showroom also features accessories like wall art

homes that have not been renovated, so we like to add a

and décor that shoppers will not find in other stores.

modern twist while still making sure that the home flows and all looks perfect to the buyer’s eye.”

Stennett says she enjoys meeting new customers as they come in and experience this uniqueness in person. CONTINUED >

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“The store always changes with our new inventory, style and selection,” she says, adding that new pieces come in every week. “We invite everyone to come in and see our selection in person.” For people who would like advice on how to decorate their home, Stennett says they also offer a home consultation design service that involves going to the customer’s home. “We like to listen and understand what the client wants and envisions for

their home and help them achieve that, and we then offer suggestions and design ideas to complement the current pieces in the home and their ideas,” she explains. To honor all emergency personnel in the Valley, Stennett says they are proud to offer specials for local law enforcement, as well as veterans and those who currently serve in the military. “My husband is retired from law enforcement after 26 years of service, and so we always run a special for them to thank everyone at 911 for their service,” she notes. Stennett says she gets a lot of satisfaction from their staging work, as well as helping their valued customers find the perfect new pieces for their home. “For the staging, it is the best feeling in the world to cozy up a place and get it ready for sale,” she says. “And I love to help people to love their homes by assisting them in changing one room or the entire home. It is great to be able to go into a home and see what they currently have and help them choose the right furniture, wall art and décor to create the place we all love—our home.” For more information, visit SpiceUpYourHome.com or SUYHStaging.com.

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RING VIDEO DOORBELL 2 This wireless video doorbell alerts homeowners via phones or tablets when visitors trigger the built-in motion sensors or ring the doorbell. No matter where residents are, they can see and talk with people at their door or monitor their property via HD video. Ring has several options on the market. Some have a quick-release battery pack, but others need hardwiring. Some features require a subscription. Available at Walmart.

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EMBER TEMPERATURECONTROLLED MUG

THE SCHLAGE SMART LOCK

DIMMABLE SMART WIRELESS LIGHTING

Set this 10-ounce smart mug to

Schlage offers several keyless

Philips Hue is a personal smart

precise drinking temperatures for

locks with an illuminated touchscreen

lighting system providing lighting con-

hot beverages, track caffeine con-

that are compatible with Apple

trol from smartphones or voice control

sumption and save preset temps, all

HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant or

devices. Set timers, control lighting

from a smartphone app. It’ll maintain

Ring. While options vary, they provide

while away and customize daily light-

the chosen heat for 1.5 hours, or all

keyless access and when connected

ing routines. There’s control options

day with its charging coaster. A cus-

to the home’s WiFi, the locks can be

through the app and the Hue wireless

tomizable LED indicator shows if the

locked and unlocked remotely. Find

dimming switch. Home Depot has a

beverage is ready to drink. Pick one

them at Home Depot.

starter kit that includes four tunable

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FOOD & WINE

Dine Out

NOT IN THE MOOD TO COOK AT HOME? HEAD OUT AND TRY ONE OF THESE NEW SPOTS IN CHANDLER. ARTICLE MICHELLE GLICKSMAN

GADZOOKS ENCHILADAS & SOUP Popular fast-casual Mexican restaurant Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup brings its award-winning build your own tacos, enchiladas and soups—all fully customizable with Modelo braised bison, sweet and spicy cornbread, honey vinegar slaw, pickled onions, hand-hacked guacamole and more—to Chandler. “When I was developing the menu for Gadzooks, I benchmarked every item with what I thought was ‘best in its class.’ This creates the special Gadzooks’ moments, when you layer these different flavors, colors and textures together and have a unique experience. Think, ‘I don’t think I’ve ever had that before,’” says owner Aaron Pool. 290 S. Arizona Ave.; GadzooksAZ.com 32

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THE SICILIAN BUTCHER & THE SICILIAN BAKER “The Sicilian Butcher was the first concept of its kind to launch in the Valley with its build-your-own meatball meal experience,” explains Joey Maggiore, executive chef and co-owner of The Maggiore Group. “The restaurant also has a group-friendly atmosphere with an expansive patio and one-ofa-kind items like our shareable Sicilian in Strada 5-foot long charcuterie board.” The menu was inspired by Maggiore’s Sicilian heritage. It features authentic Italian fare that’s equal parts classic and progressive. “With the create-your-own experiences for meatballs and cannoli at The Sicilian Butcher and The Sicilian Baker alike, these concepts will continue to expand with the fun and unparalleled spirit that they bring and we’re excited to share that fun with Chandler,” he says. 3151 W. Frye Road; TheSicilianButcher.com CONTINUED >

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FOOD & WINE (CONTINUED)

EGGSTASY “Eggstasy is a cheerful breakfast and lunch family restaurant which offers a boisterous, family-friendly atmosphere featuring an updated take on classic American breakfast food with notably large portions,” explains Peter Verros, owner. “We offer something for every taste, from traditional breakfast and lunch favorites to more unique dishes. The menu is extensive and diverse with a mix of sweet and savory options, as well as healthy, vegetarian and gluten-free offerings, including breakfast quinoa and lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes.” The restaurant, which has three other Valley locations, aims to take breakfast to the next level. Everything is made-toorder and baked fresh daily. 2430 S. Gilbert Road; EggstasyAZ.com

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MARCH

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

1-29

7, 14, 21, 28

The music of Frankie Valli & The Four

32ND ANNUAL ARIZONA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

DOWNTOWN CHANDLER FARMERS MARKET AND YOGA IN THE PARK

’63 showcases all the favorite songs from

Be transported back in time as you

Get your local produce, freshly made

Popular songs have included “Sherry,” “Big

roam a 30-acre festival village filled with

goods,

Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Candy

whimsical castles, cottages, pubs and

the Downtown Chandler Farmers Market,

nonstop performances of music, dance,

held every Saturday this month. Plus, take

acrobatics and comedy. Shop, eat and

a break from shopping and join in for Yoga

cheer for brave knights and a cast of

in the Park. This free, 45-minute class,

nearly 2,000 colorfully costumed charac-

taught by Yoga’s Arc starts at 10 a.m. and

ters. The festival is open every Saturday

is for all ages and levels. Bring is a mat,

and Sunday. Arizona.RenFestInfo.com

sunscreen and water. ChandlerAZ.gov

Gold Canyon

Seasons comes to life during this oneof-a-kind concert experience. December Frankie Valli, including the classics that have been thrilling audiences for decades.

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tasty

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Chandler Community Center

Every spring, the Mayor’s Committee for

4, 11, 18, 25

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the Aging brings together an extensive

LIVE AT LUNCH

CHANDLER PUBLIC SAFETY FAIR AND CLASSIC KAR SHOW

Chandler's 50-plus community. Find infor-

Downtown Stage

Live at Lunch is a free lunchtime concert

collection of exhibitors who provide products, resources and valuable services to mation about healthcare, municipal ser-

Chandler Police Department, Main Station

vices, recreation, technology, and enter-

series that runs from noon-1 p.m. through

The Chandler Public Safety Fair and

tainment at this event at Chandler

April 1 and features a different musical

Classic Kar show runs from 9 a.m.-1

Community Center. Also, giveaways and

performer every Wednesday at the

p.m. and offers a day of family fun. Enjoy

free health screenings, including blood

Downtown Stage, 178 E. Commonwealth

department tours; safety information and

pressure checks, cholesterol and glucose

Ave. Bring your co-workers, family,

displays; learn CPR; view SWAT, K9 and

tests (available on a first-come, first-

friends and your lunch—or get a to-go

fire demonstrations; try hands-on safety

served basis). ChandlerAZ.gov

option from one of the Downtown

experiences; browse car and community

eateries—and

vendors; and more. Also, child fingerprint-

enjoy

the

show.

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The Forum Real Estate School

Feature presentations from industry lead-

7 BERNADETTE PETERS

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One of the most popular funk groups of the ’70s, WAR, was also one of the most eclec-

Chandler Center for the Arts

tic, freely melding soul, Latin, jazz, blues,

ers and professionals deliver educational

One of Broadway’s brightest stars, the

reggae and rock influences into an effort-

sessions offering best practices, tips and

iconic Bernadette Peters comes to

lessly funky whole. Guitarist Howard Scott

resources for growing and managing

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renditions of songs from her astronom-

group in 1962. Later, the lineup also featured

Each panelist will share concepts on

ical career—all backed by a 10-piece

keyboardist Leroy “Lonnie” Jordan, bassist

what it takes to overcome your biggest

orchestra. ChandlerCenter.org

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challenges and achieve your biggest goals. Real estate-focused exhibitors, too. Plus, an open bar, appetizers, and an after party featuring the Josh Roy Band. Eventbrite.com/e/reale s t a t e - e x p o - t i c k e t s 88870248305?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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13 DUELING PIANOS The Forum

Dueling

Pianos

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13-15 32ND ANNUAL CHANDLER CHAMBER OSTRICH FESTIVAL Tumbleweed Park

Organized by the Chandler Chamber of

Commerce

and

Steve

LeVine

Entertainment & Public Relations (SLE), this event is known as one of the premier festivals in the Southwest and is a long-standing community tradition. The  family-friendly festival features  live ostriches, national and local entertainment, thrilling stage shows, over 50 exhilarating midway rides and games, classic festival food, and interactive activities for all ages. OstrichFestival.com

MAR 14-MAY 24 PATIOS, POOLS, AND THE INVENTION OF THE AMERICAN BACKYARD Chandler Museum

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19 WOMEN IN BUSINESS: BOOK DISCUSSION & NETWORKING The Forum

This opportunity is for professional women seeking business collaboration, networking, and accountability. Each month, the group discusses a

business

or

self-development

book and how to  implement those strategies

or

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Reading

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Celebrating 25 years as the premier ballroom dance studio.

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Larry the Cable Guy is a multi-platinum recording artist, Grammy nominee, Billboard award winner, and one of the top comedians in the country. Larry’s road to stardom included the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. The tour’s success led to Blue Collar Comedy Tour, The Movie. Larry has won Billboard’s 2005 Comedy Artist of the year, Comedy Album of the year, and Billboard Top Comedy Tour Award. PlayAtGila.com

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GEM CITY SOURS & CIDERS FESTIVAL Cider Corps

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MARCH

LIFEST Y LE CALENDAR breweries and regional cideries, as well as food trucks, music and

other activities to showcase these

two different and unique drinks. The festival will also have live

music on two stages, food trucks, pub games and other activities. SoursAndCiders.Eventbrite.com

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CHANDLER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: WOMEN WILL BE HEARD Chandler Center for the Arts

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This free event (no tickets required) features a program of all women composers, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment. Participating are Vanja Nikolovski, conductor; Jessica Heidt: Fantasy for

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Concerto No. 1; Karalyn Schubring, soloist; and Amy Beach: Symphony in E minor, Op. 31 (Gaelic). Donations accepted. ChandlerCenter.org

27 AN EVENING WITH AMY GRANT Chandler Center for the Arts

Since bursting on the scene as a fresh-faced teenager, Amy Grant has gained a reputation for creating potent songs with strong themes of faith, and deeply personal storytelling. The six-time Grammy Award-winner and recipient of 26 Dove Awards, Grant has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide during the more than three Andrea Stickland, DVM

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Tracy Morgan is one of the most well-respected comedians in his field, known for his roles across seven seasons of 30 Rock, where he received a Supporting Actor Emmy nomination, and Saturday Night Live, which earned him an Emmy nod for Outstanding Guest Actor. Morgan has had standup specials for Netflix, HBO and Comedy Central, and also voices characters. PlayAtGila.com

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This event features live country music on dual stages across the main lawn for uninterrupted, continuous live performances throughout the day, including sets from Lee Brice, Craig Morgan, Locash and Caylee Hammack. Also, a family-friendly expanded VIP zone, petting zoo, carnival, and more interactive experiences, as well as BBQ pitmasters, beer, spirits and novelty food items. ChandlerBBQ.com

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

CHANDLER CHILDREN’S CHOIR ARTICLE MICHELLE GUERRERO | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

THE CANTUS CHOIR SELECTED TO PERFORM AT TEMPLE SQUARE THE CHANDLER CHILDREN’S CHOIR TEEN PROGRAM,

parents' hometown. There will be three generations of family on

CANTUS, WAS INVITED TO PERFORM AT THE AMERICAN

stage. Stewart’s mother, an orchestra violinist, will perform, as will

CHORAL

her daughter, Ivy. Stewart is the conductor.

DIRECTORS

ASSOCIATION’S

2020

WESTERN

REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON MARCH 5. The 29 Cantus singers,

This is Chandler Children’s Choir’s 12th season, and there are 130

who range between the ages of 13-18, will perform at Temple Square

children in the program. Stewart was inspired to start the nonprofit

in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. They are one of 18 choirs perform-

organization because of her 7-year-old daughter, who loved to sing.

ing and the only youth choir selected.

“We recently moved here from Connecticut. Phoenix was such

“The conference is for all the choral directors in the Western

a big city, and everything was downtown. There was nothing in

region. It’s a very arduous audition process and it’s all anony-

the East Valley. There were so many families in Chandler, and

mous,” says Aimee Stewart, founder and artistic director of

such a need for this,” she says.

Chandler Children’s Choir.

Stewart was teaching private voice lessons at the time and felt

The application process included sending live recordings from

strongly that the best place for young singers to improve was choir,

the past three seasons, as well as a proposed program for a

where they could learn to harmonize with others and sing a wide

30-minute concert.

variety of repertoire.

“It’s a really high-profile experience to perform for an entire region

“Choir is a really good avenue to build character in young peo-

of choir directors and to be an example of what a good children’s

ple. It can be really rewarding artistically, socially and emotionally.

choir is. It’s a prestigious honor to be chosen,” explains Stewart.

Kids who come to choir every week are a part of a team. They

Stewart applied several times for this opportunity, but it’s for-

leave feeling good about themselves and go out and make the

tuitous this is the first year they were selected. The conference

world a little better.”

is held every other year in various states, and this time it’s in her

Learn more at ChandlerChildrensChoir.org.

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