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DEC. 2016

Shaken, Not Stirred Mining the mixology of Cocktail Hour

Car Washes

It’s all about service

Curb Appeal

Love your landscape

The Montauk

Scottsdale’s seaside vibe





Lines of Sight

Architecture defines the space we call home. ALSO

33 How well do you know our vicinity? PAGE 12 SHOPPING | DEC. 2016


Luxe Linens


Like New: The Car Wash Evolves


33 Shops and services listings in our vicinity PAGE 13 REAL ESTATE | DEC. 2016

Curb Appeal

We’re keeping it clean in the vicinity. ALSO

Plant for color and texture, and watch out for frost. ALSO

The Carwasher


Shaken, Not Stirred The thriving restaurant scene that has enlivened Arcadia, Biltmore, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley over the last decade has also birthed a busy cocktail bar landscape. Mixologists have become high-profile creatives for new libations but also give testament to the enduring popularity of the classics. Get the

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33 Arcadia Adirondacks

Jacksons Car Wash


Lindstrom Family Auto Wash

The Montauk: Seaside in Scottsdale


Even the menu selections have a beach vibe. ALSO


33 Noontime Breakfast PAGE 15



for all of this issue’s articles and listings.

Here is where cigar aficionados hang out. ALSO


33 Dining & Nightlife listings in our vicinity


It’s All about Meditation

PAGE 10 EVENTS | DEC. 2016


33 Winter Wonderland

December Events

33 European Farmer’s Market

Spotlighting events right here in our vicinity




33 Ballet Arizona’s ‘The Nutcracker’

Seasonally Sushi Roku ALSO

33 Getting Fit & Looking Fit


Opens November 5 For details, visit

33 Guests Arrive On Time



Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular Live

Fri., Dec. 16|holiday-spectacular



Noon Year’s Eve Sat., Dec. 31





Enjoy Our Garden Patio

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3717 E. Indian School Rd. • 602-954-1700 •

It’s All about Meditation Current Meditation’s raison d’être is empowering people to tap into the benefits of meditation and use it every day to improve their quality of life. With meditation its sole focus, Current Meditation specializes in mental fitness and guided meditation practice, combining scientifically backed meditation curriculum with a cutting-edge environment that provides a place for people to focus on the practice of mental fitness as a part of their regular routine. Located in the heart of Arcadia, Current Meditation is a contemporary studio featuring chic décor and technology, such as iPads and proprietary sound proofing in its meditation studio, to embrace the modern world and offer a multi-sensory experience for meditation in the modern world.

CURRENT MEDITATION 4325 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix (602) 522-2000

Winter Wonderland

No, this year is no different. Like the holidays arrive, so does the Winter Wonderland, as we are calling it, at Lee and Patricia Sepanek’s home. Their Holiday Lights are a seasonal tradition running through New Year’s Day. The displays include lights, animated characters, Macy’s-style window displays, Christmas trains, gifts, and, on certain nights, holiday treats and good ol’ Santa. Make this your holiday tradition, too, by either driving by or stopping to truly take in the holiday cheer.

LEE AND PATRICIA’S HOLIDAY LIGHTS 4415 E. Calle Tuberia, Phoenix

European Farmers Market ’Tis the season once again for the famed Vincent’s on Camelback’s gourmet Saturday market, abounding with European flare and European-inspired products, gifts and foods. Savor coffees from around the world, pastries, homemade jams and omelets to order for the early hours. Enjoy gourmet cheeses, Panini sandwiches, grilled items, meat and seafood paella and some great wines by the glass or bottles. Also available are homemade crafts and gifts. Local and imported from France are honeys, fragrant soaps, olive oil and so much more. Relax in quaint shaded eating areas with large tables — perfect for family and a gathering of friends and neighbors. The Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the front parking lot of Vincent’s on Camelback. Parking is available nearby.

Publisher Rick McCartney Editorial Director RaeAnne Marsh Senior Art Director Benjamin Little Contributing Writers Mike Hunter • Mike Saucier




Contributing Photographer Richard Marsh Business Development Tina Bennett • Guil Santos Production Manager Lesia Schneiter

THE CAMELBACK FARMERS MARKET 3930 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (602) 224-0225 market

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Seasonally Sushi Roku Yes, sushi is always in season. But Sushi Roku mixes things up a bit with menu offerings that celebrate a change of season — and change of seasoning. Calling it “truffle season,” the restaurant offers Filet Mignon Tobanyaki with a fragrant truffle ponzu sauce, and Truffle Tempura with a truffle soy sauce. Fans of “sushi without rice” (aka sashimi) can find something new in sweet and savory with Hokkaido Scallop Sashimi, made with kiwi, yuzu jelly and Maldon sea salt. These made their debut just a couple of weeks ago, as fall weather finally showed up on our thermostats. Get the

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Getting Fit & Looking Fit

Yoga, running, exercising and other fitness are what get us in shape — something that sometimes comes in a distant second for our attention this time of year. Lululemon, the high-end athletic-wear store, will dress you for the part, but will also help get you into fitness with yoga classes periodically throughout the year. At the Biltmore Fashion Park location, join in on Thursday, December 8; at the Scottsdale Fashion Square location, on Sunday, December 11. Lululemon Ambassadors will take you through the workout. See the schedule on the store’s website.

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Shaken, Not Stirred

Whiskey Sour via Eddie Garcia of Jade Bar

Mining the mixology of Cocktail Hour BY MIKE SAUCIER

It’s five on a Friday and the glug-glug sound of liquid into glass is on the brain and pulling you to the nearest superb place to escape for a cocktail. Waiting there will be a bartender, or mixologist, or drink artist, or whatever you want to call the person charged with doing the important work of assembling flavorings and spirits in combinations we like to call cocktails. You needn’t look far to find this person. The thriving restaurant scene that has enlivened Arcadia, Biltmore, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley over the last decade has also birthed a busy cocktail bar landscape. Within this growing cocktail world, patterns emerge. Shifts can occur in preferences for sweet or sour, dirty or straight or bitter. Or maybe atmosphere is more valued than before. In looking at some of the trends dominating cocktail bars right now, answers largely depend on whom you ask. It’s fluid … But some indisputable commonalities exist. Whether you seek a balm for your sorrows, a release from work stress, or a place with a comforting glow in which to commune with your smartphone, one thing is for sure: The Happy Hour crowd has gone back to the basics with a taste for the simple components of tried-andtrue cocktails that date back decades. Newfangled showoff drinks get consumed, for sure, but the classics still reign, according to those who would know. Eddie Garcia, manager of Jade Bar, the cozy Paradise Valley retreat at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort, says

The Gladly

although Jade offers new and exciting cocktails, “the classics never go out of style.” At Jade Bar, he says, they pride themselves on having a command of the classics, important because, he notes, “Really, there are no new cocktails, just variations of the classics.” There are still plenty of Old Fashioned and Manhattan drinkers, he says. “Even our own classics such as the Fiery Mandarin and Grapefruit Basil are common. Simple is often the order of the day, although our classic Tiki selection has been received well. In the end, fashions may go out of style but style never goes out of fashion.” For those who want to have that right touch at home, he and Jade Bar mixologist Michael Testa offer mixology classes every Saturday on a variety of spirits. Fellowship, whether with friends, bar strangers or restaurant staff, also has its place in cocktail culture. In fact, there’s no doubt you can’t have a good cocktail experience without the top-flight customer service. A visit to the bar can serve to soothe the anxiety of the day, but the human contact that takes place in that setting is what brings customers back. Whisky also helps. Brian Goodwin, beverage director at The Gladly in Phoenix and Citizen Public House in downtown Scottsdale, says the whisky explosion, which was just getting started when The Gladly opened in 2013, is still going strong. “We’re a huge whisky bar here,” Goodwin says. “There doesn’t really seem to be much of a burst in the bubble on

(strong) 2 oz. Elijah Craig 12 year (sweet) 3/4 oz. simple syrup (sour) 3/4 oz. lemon juice iced bucket glass cherry garnish (Simple Syrup is made by combining equal parts by volume of sugar and hot water.) JADE BAR 5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley (480) 607-2300

The Infuser at The Gladly

the whisky side coming up anytime soon … The trend just keeps going,” he says. “Younger people are taking part in it, women are taking part in it — so that in itself is huge; it’s awesome.” The Gladly trains bartenders to learn 50 classic cocktails in 90 days. “It’s a good broad scope for them to build on,” Goodwin says. After the bartenders have a firm grasp of the classics, they can start getting creative. As for the future, it will be besotted with mescal (“I think it’s going to surge here,” says Goodwin) and tiki cocktails and rum are making a cool resurgence, he says (a view echoed by some of the other mixologists). Fading fast from the bright lights behind the bar are flavored vodkas, or, as Goodwin calls them, “onetrick ponies.”

Beginner’s Luck via Brian Goodwin of The Gladly 1.5 oz. Woodford Reserve bourbon 3/4 oz. Sibona amaro 1 bar spoon of Luxardo Sangue Morlaco 2 dashes Fee’s Barrel-Aged Bitters Expressed orange peel Build all ingredients over ice, stir and garnish with an expressed orange peel. This is also a great cocktail to barrel age! Just multiply for the volume desired and age for at least a month. THE GLADLY 2201 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (602) 759-8132


Jade Bar



Arcadia 4430 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix 602-522-0956

Phoenix (Camelback) 1670 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (602) 279-0540

Scottsdale 7141 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley 480-998-0052

Scottsdale 10320 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale (480) 308-0271

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Like New: The Car Wash Evolves Keeping it clean in the vicinity BY MIKE HUNTER

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7044 East Main Street Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480.949.6296 | Tues--u 5:30 pm- 9:00 pm; Fri-Sat 5:30 pm -10:00 pm

The days of washing your own car seem to be gone in world where a clean, shiny vehicle is a must — and all the more valued in a dusty, dry domain like the Valley. Driving in and getting “the works” or a “VIP” carwash is as easy as knowing where to go. It’s all location, location, location in our vicinity, with simple solutions from the quick “express” wash to the full “detail.” Water waste, long lines and taking hours to complete a wash are a thing of the past. Today, these car wash companies are all about satisfying the customer and getting it done fast. It’s a quality wash job (with the exception of a few wet spots here and there), and a wax and other options can be added on as well. Taking just a little longer but providing a higher level of service, the Lindstrom Family Auto Wash on Indian School Road has been hand-washing and -drying cars for decades. The quality products used and the attention to detail ensure a first-class experience (as carwashes go) and a spotless outcome. With gleaming tires and even a fresh scent, your car is good to go for another week at least. Many services, including hand-detailing, are offered. Family-owned and -operated since the late ’50s is The Carwasher in Old Town Scottsdale. Known for its great care and use of cloth brushes to protect the car, this landmark offers many services that can accommodate the car owner’s every need. This includes an express wash where the driver simply pays outside and drives through the wash tunnel, then goes on his way looking pretty darn cleaned. Jacksons Car Wash purchased Danny’s Family Car Wash, the local trailblazer and longtime leader in luxe one-stop car care, in August 2014. Jacksons is a convenience store business in five states that continues to create a sense of luxury in the most unlikely of places — this time, a car wash. It offers oil changes and other car-care services. Many of the local car washes know that customers are coming in frequently, and each offers various discounts and loyalty programs to keep the dirty clean. Drive in or go online to check on each of their programs and stay clean as you drive through our vicinity and beyond.

THE CARWASHER This is full-service, meaning attendants will clean your vehicle inside and out. Exit the vehicle and wait in an air-conditioned lobby where gifts and other accessories are available.  501 E. Indian School Rd., 7 Scottsdale (480) 949-0933

JACKSONS CAR WASH The company invested millions in renovating the sublime waiting areas, upgrading the wash and service equipment to be state-of-the-art, and building an inventory of the highestquality car-care products on the market. 1954 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix (602) 277-8877

LINDSTROM FAMILY AUTO WASH The business uses the finest professional Maguire® products to make your vehicle sparkle like brand new. And its free email newsletters keep customers in-the-know. 3003 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix (602) 957-8402




Lines of Sight

Architecture defines the space we call home. It’s the art of built space, with strength of character and personality. Skylines may be famous, but it’s individual buildings that create the environment of our days. Vicinity Magazine has focused its lens throughout the zip codes of our vicinity. 85016: Molina Fine Jewelers • photo by Richard Marsh

How Well Do You Know the Vicinity? 85018: Moderne Apartments • photo by Richard Marsh

85251: Desert Stages Theater • photo by Richard Marsh

Let us know where this image was taken. Email us at with your best guess. The first correct answer we receive (please include the full name of the spot and some detail) will win the respondent a $50 gift card to a local restaurant. Good luck! (To find out the answer, look online or in your January 2017 issue of Vicinity Magazine.)

85251: Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West photo by Richard Marsh

85253: El Chorro • photo courtesy of El Chorro

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Four courses of exclusive off-menu dishes. Featuring a new winery every month.

Every Wednesday from 5 to 7pm.

COOL REDUX HAPPY HOUR Every weekday from 4 to 7pm.

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BEER MASTER SERIES Presented by the featured brewery’s Brew Master. Every month, on a Thursday night.




December Days & Nights

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Fri., Dec. 9 – Sun., Dec. 11 Show times Vary

Highlighted events right here in our vicinity

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s strangest and most delightful creations, interweaving four separate plots in four separate worlds with four groups of characters wandering in and out of each other’s world. A night of wonder filled with magic, mayhem and merriment for all. This unique 70-minute production uses the language of Shakespeare, the joy of the season and the beauty of theater to inspire the imaginations of children of all ages.

Kerr Cultural Center 6  110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale (480) 435-6868

Hymns of Hawai’i: George Kahumoku Jr., Uncle Richard Ho’opi’i & Kawika Kahiapo Thurs., Dec. 1 7:30p – 9:30p

This holiday season, three awardwinning music masters from Hawaii, who are also ordained kahu (minister, in Hawaiian), share their deep love of their native hymn traditions. These himeni (songs) are distinctly Hawaiian, yet draw from some familiar church songs.

Musical Instrument Museum 4  725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix (480) 478-6000 •

ARTrageous Benefit Gala Starring Michael Feinstein Sat., Dec. 3 8:30p – 11:00p

Celebrated entertainer Michael Feinstein has built a dazzling career during the past three decades bringing the music of the Great American songbook to the world. He has become an unparalleled interpreter of music legends such as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra and more.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts – Virginia G. Piper Theater 7  380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale (480) 499-8587

21st Annual Arizona Asian Festival Sat., Dec. 3 – Sun., Dec. 4 10:00a – 5:00p

Event features ethnic cuisine, arts and crafts, and such diverse entertainment as martial arts demonstrations, cultural dances and music from nearly a dozen Asian countries. Highlights also include Japanese Taiko drums and a fashion show with traditional Asian costumes. The Arizona Asian Festival also presents a Children’s Wonderland, filled with arts and craft activities.

Scottsdale Civic Center Mall 3  939 N. 75th St., Scottsdale


Tues., Dec. 6 – Sun., Dec. 11 Show times vary MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. This smash-hit musical combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.

ASU Gammage 1 200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe (480) 965-3434 •

Holiday Snowfall Showcase Fri., Dec. 9 4:00p – 7:30p

Unique boutique offerings from famous labels as well as samples of Montelucia’s signature label wine and olive oil gift sets. Tasty holiday bites and drinks will be available. The air will be filled with the soulful sounds by Phoenix’s own Obadiah Parker and the Voices of Shadow Advance Choir from Shadow Mountain High School.

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia 4  949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale (480) 627-3020 •

Sat., Dec. 10 • 6:30p – 9:30p

Richie Darling performs blues. With an extensive wine bar and complete kitchen, serving a wide array of simple, flavorful food at moderate prices in an atmosphere that is comfortable and warm, 5th and Wine presents live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

5th and Wine 7  051 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale (480) 699-8001 •

Princess Ariel Holiday Tea Sun., Dec. 11 & 18 • 1:00p – 3:00p

Participants will enjoy a fun-filled magical afternoon of holiday music, hot tea, cocoa, yummy treats and a visit from a very special princess. Each child will also receive a special gift.

City Lights Movie Nights

Coup Des Tartes

Get into the holiday spirit with ice skating, Santa and a double feature of classic holiday movies Home Alone 2 and Elf. This series is presented free to the community by CityScape in partnership with Downtown Phoenix Inc. Viewers are invited to bring their picnic blankets and chairs for a night of free fun under the city lights.

Live Music: Emmett Deguvera

Fri., Dec. 9 6:30p – 11:00p MAMMA MIA!

Live Music: Richie Darling

Patriots Park at CityScape 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix

63rd Annual Board of Visitors Fashion Show Luncheon Sat., Dec. 10 11:00a – 2:00p

1 725 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix (602) 212-1082 •

Thurs., Dec. 15 • 6:30p – 9:30p

Emmett Deguvera performs rock, folk and country. With an extensive wine bar and complete kitchen, serving a wide array of simple, flavorful food at moderate prices in an atmosphere that is comfortable and warm, 5th and Wine presents live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

5th and Wine 7  051 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale (480) 699-8001 •

Scottsdale Philharmonic Holiday Concert Thurs., Dec. 15 • 7:30p – 9:30p

The Fashion Show Luncheon is a fundraiser that highlights The Board of Visitors’ Flower Girls and heralds the holiday season. Fashions from Dillard’s —modeled by BOV Flower Girls, grandchildren of BOV members and professional models — are showcased.

Arizona Biltmore Hotel 2  400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix (602) 235-9554

Conducted by Robert R. Nichols, the professional musicians of the Scottsdale Philharmonic perform a special holiday program featuring classics of the season.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts – Virginia G. Piper Theater 7  380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale (480) 499-8587

Sunrise in the Skyspace Fri., Dec. 16 • 6:30a – 8:30a

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City Lights Movie Nights

Join the early birds and experience sunrise in James Turrell’s Knight Rise Skyspace, which promises to be well worth the clock’s early alarm. Irish coffee and pastries will be provided.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 7  374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale (480) 874-4666 •

Live Music: Smoot Mahooty Fri., Dec. 16 • 6:30p – 9:30p

Smoot Mahooty performs rock, folk, country, jazz and blues. With an extensive wine bar and complete kitchen, serving a wide array of simple, flavorful food at moderate prices in an atmosphere that is comfortable and warm, 5th and Wine presents live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

5th and Wine 7  051 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale (480) 699-8001 •

*All events are subject to change





Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular Live

Cooking Class – Gingerbread House

Cirque Musica is a concert and visual experience where audiences journey into a world of high-flying adventure with amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer, too. The show blends the spell-binding grace and dare-devil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of all-time favorite holiday songs performed by a live orchestra.

’Tis the season to be jolly and LON’s offers guests an opportunity to get in the holiday spirit by joining LON’s chef on a holiday journey of creating their very own gingerbread house. Once the gingerbread house walls are built, creations can come to life with the endless, edible materials to use. Snacks and beverages will also be provided.

Talking Stick Resort Arena

5  532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley (602) 955-7878

Fri., Dec. 16 7:30p – 9:30p

2  01 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix (866) 820-4553

Sat., Dec. 17 11:00a – 1:00p

Lon’s at the Hermosa

Live Music: Ronnie Winters Wed., Dec. 21 6:30p – 9:30p

*All events are subject to change

Ronnie Winters performs rock music. With an extensive wine bar and complete kitchen, serving a wide array of simple, flavorful food at moderate prices in an atmosphere that is comfortable and warm, 5th and Wine presents live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

5th and Wine 7  051 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale (480) 699-8001

Evening at LON’s feat. Brian Archibald, Moet & Chandon Wine Dinner Thurs., Dec. 29 6:00p – 9:00p

The Boulders’ Executive Chef Brian Archibald will be joining LON’s Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco for a multi-course year-end celebration featuring Moet & Chandon. Cheers to 2016 with two culinary powerhouses and one of the premier champagne houses in the world.

Lon’s at the Hermosa 5  532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley (602) 955-7878

Noon Year’s Eve

‘The Nutcracker’ 2016

Get ready to ring in the New Year at the stroke of … NOON! It’s Noon Year’s Eve at the Phoenix Zoo — a fun-packed party for the whole family that comes 12 hours early. Highlighted by the countdown to a noon ball drop, festivities include 20 tons of snow (for kids of all ages), snowball targets, toast with cider or juice, live music, dancing, games and prizes.

The magic of the holidays comes alive with Ballet Arizona’s classic The Nutcracker. Surrender to the grand sweep of Tchaikovsky’s score and the wonders of childhood.

Sat., Dec. 31 9:00a – Noon

Phoenix Zoo

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4  55 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix (602) 286-3800

Fri., Dec. 9 – Sat., Dec. 24 Show times vary

Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they embark on a thrilling adventure of dancing toys, mischievous mice, waltzing flowers and sparkling snowflakes. Ballet Arizona rings in the season with Ib Andersen’s The Nutcracker, creating memories to cherish forever.

Symphony Hall 7  5 N. 2nd St., Phoenix (602) 381-1096






Alis Fashion Design



Sunny design showroom offering couture alterations, bespoke wedding dresses and custom-made clothing.

Part of a Californiabased chain of salons that solely provide hair-styling service, also known as “blowouts.”

Chain featuring stylish apparel for women, including denim jeans, plus accessories, shoes and bags.

4151 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale (480) 823-1212 •

The Art of Shaving Chain of specialty men’s shaving stores, with razors, brushes, grooming products and gift sets. Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale (480) 994-1136

Luxe Linens

Boutique retailer The Linen Tree is not only a purveyor of fine linens but a font of knowledge to help you be an educated consumer and truly appreciate the quality of your choices. In fact, scrolling through the website is nearly as enthralling as strolling through the store. There’s bedding, from exquisite basics to decorative pillows and shams to the ultimate in handcrafted mattresses. Bath accessories run the gamut from towels to soaps to robes and loungewear. And “linens” also refers to table décor, with an assortment of tablecloths and placemats — and tabletop service for dining à la your own best style. Plus design and décor for all the other rooms of your home — and interior design services to help you pull it all together. —RaeAnne Marsh THE LINEN TREE Hilton Village • 6137 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale (480) 483-2044 •

At Ease Fine Men’s Clothes Casual, classic men’s apparel store with free alteration services and custom orders. 8787 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale (480) 947-3800

Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale (480) 946-3641 •

3172 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (480) 607-5064

One Posh Place Home décor showroom displaying upscale furniture and accents, also offering interior design services.

Free People Women’s clothing chain with a bohemian-inspired collection of dresses, jackets, shoes and accessories.

5625 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix (480) 941-8954 •

Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale (480) 945-1090

Now celebrating 25 years in business, and ranked in the top 200 salons in the country.

Pucci Salon 7293 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale (480) 443-3030 •

Garage Boutique

Buffalo Collection

Clothing retailer offering trendy apparel, swimwear and accessories for teenage girls.

Showroom featuring rustic, Westernstyle furnishings and accessories made from buffalo hide.

7144 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale (480) 556-6900

7044 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale (480) 946-3903 •

Legacy Gallery

Copenhagen Imports, Inc. Bright showroom, part of a familyowned chain, specializing in Danish modern furniture and home décor. 1701 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (602) 266-8060

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Men’s clothing shop since 1969 offering a wide selection of styles in big, tall and short sizes. 4320 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale (480) 947-7070 •

Gallery featuring paintings and sculptures with an emphasis on Western landscapes, wildlife and figures. 7178 E. Main St., Scottsdale (480) 945-1113 •

Thaku’s Mens Wear

Tiffany and Co. High-end American retailer known for fine jewelry, china and silver, plus wedding registry. Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale (480) 946-9100 •

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Boot Camp Classes

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Multiple studios with experienced instructors all under one roof. Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club 4444 East Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85018

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Plant for color and texture, and watch out for frost BY RAEANNE MARSH

Of two distinct landscape styles — traditional style, green and lush with foundation shrubs, or quasi-desert, with low water use — the former is the style most favored in our vicinity. The best look requires appropriate layering and mix of texture and color, explains Melinda Walton, co-owner of Berridge Nurseries on Camelback Road. Roses are popular as a hedge, especially the Iceberg Rose. This rose, which produces white flowers, blooms

the beds ready — turning over the soil and adding fertilizer. Berridge offers free Little rose classes Ollie every weekend in January to help you get the best results. Other special care for your garden

frequently throughout the year — except for what Walton refers to as a forced dormancy in December and January — although somewhat slower during the hot months of summer. Also popular in our vicinity is Little Ollie, a dwarf olive bush with silver-grey foliage. Those are two of numerous options homeowners have for low shrubbery; there are fewer available for ground cover. Trailing varieties of lantana — with white, purple or yellow flowers — are easy to control and maintain. If you want a more lush appearance, go for the wedelia. And then there’s myoporum, which Walton describes as “like a green carpet that just hugs the ground” as she notes that most people don’t want to see any dirt or any of the decorative granite commonly used to cover landscape beds. Spring will be the time to plant bare-root roses, but now is Myoporum a great time to get

this time of year is sheltering vulnerable plants from frost. Most vines are frosttender, notes Walton, also naming lantana, hibiscus, geraniums — in fact, most flowers — and desert plants, too, which are popular here as accents for the garden. There is a special frost cloth available that’s breathable, “so you can leave it on for several days” and not suffer the inconvenience of repeatedly Iceberg putting the Rose cover on and off during extended frosts, says Walton, explaining household staples such as sheets are serviceable but become heavy when wet and are better not left on too long. And burlap sacks and other heavy materials are best avoided altogether.




BERRIDGE NURSERIES 4647 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (602) 952-8080

Arcadia Adirondacks Found throughout the vicinity on the lawns in front of home ranging from the new-build country mansions to the three-bedroom mid-century ranch is the Adirondack chair. This all-weather lawn chair was designed by Thomas Lee and inspired by his need for a summer chair when he was vacationing in Westport, New York, in the early 1900s. Originally made of 11 wooden boards, it was patented and has made its way to many homes throughout our area, looking comfortably at-home among glasses of wine, bikes and kids’ toys. —Mike Hunter

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Noontime Breakfast

The Montauk: Seaside in Scottsdale

Making the first meal of the day the choice also for the second is becoming a very popular way to do lunch, and breakfast places are opening up all around the Valley. Here are some of our picks for great midday morning fare.

Butterfield’s Pancake House Butterfield’s has created a variety of breakfast specialties that are served all day long. Choices span a multitude of world cuisines, and include a traditional American “bacon and eggs” as well as a selection of nutritious and healthy offerings. Open daily until 3 p.m.

Even the menu selections have a beach vibe BY MIKE HUNTER

Inspired by the town of Montauk at the tip of Long Island, this open and airy eatery is a favored hot spot for lunch and dinner. The beach-y look and the coastalinspired menu make this a unique addition to the local scene. The menu offers a selection from light to satisfying, and includes sandwiches, salads and traditional dishes. Start with the Clam Chowder made fresh with thyme and cream, or the Tuna Tartare Guacamole made with cava orange, cilantro and Serrano chile. The Grilled Lobster Wedge is a real treat with egg, bleu cheese, bacon, beets, tomato and crispy shallots doused with blue cheese dressing. Another popular salad is the Avocado and Pink Grapefruit Salad with jalapeno, feta cheese, pumpkin seeds and cilantro tossed in a jalapeno vinaigrette. Delicious and made with top ingredients are the sandwiches. The Italian Turkey Pastrami is layered with a confit of peppers, havarti cheese and house pickles.

A refreshing alternative to the original is the Montauk’s version of Chicken Reuben, which is made with caramelized cabbage, Thousand Island dressing and Swiss cheese on rye. For a main dish, the New York Strip takes a unique twist on the traditional with its pineapple-miso glaze accompanied by oyster mushrooms, edamame and whipped potatoes. In the old location of Bungalow on Scottsdale Road in Old Town, this “hideaway” is surrounded by patios and is bright and very open. The décor, like the menu, is very coastal, with woods and nautical patterns that give it a very appealing atmosphere. The service is quick and very professional. It does get busy for weekday lunches, so allow for

7388 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale (480) 951-6002 •

Matt’s Big Breakfast

KALE SALAD WITH CHICKEN pine nuts, currants, bacon, breadcrumbs, parmesan, lemon vinaigrette $12.00

4360 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale (480) 994-1888 •

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This quick, casual hot spot is a unique, almost Chipotle-style concept for breakfast. The menu offers all the great morning favorites and some great lunch options. Patrons order at the counter and the food is then brought to them at their seat. Open until 2 p.m.

brown butter aioli, chive potato chip dust $19.00

9832 N. 7th St., Phoenix • (602) 374-2294 6590 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale • (480) 404-7264


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825 N. 1st St., Phoenix (602) 254-1074 •

Scramble: A Breakfast Joint

some time if going with a larger party. THE MONTAUK

This charming hot spot may be the reason for the breakfast craze here in the Valley. Freshest “scratch”-cooked meals for breakfast and lunch. Local, organic, natural and fresh ingredients are used. Open daily until 2:30 p.m.

J&G Steakhouse Scottsdale // The Phoenician 6000 East Camelback Road. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480.214.8000 // // @jgsteakhousescottsdale





Bourbon and Bones Steak, seafood and a large bourbon selection offered in a contemporary, industrial-chic setting. 4200 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale (480) 629-4922

Café Forte Bistro offering New AmericanItalian comfort food and wine in a terra-cotta room with a small patio. 7032 E. Main St., Scottsdale (480) 994-1331

Carlsbad Tavern


Farm and Craft Scottsdale Cool bistro serving organic, gluten-free and other conscientious eats in stylish digs with a patio.

3313 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale (480) 970-8164

Culinary Dropout Cool, British-style gastropub chain with quirky décor, serving inventive cocktails and comfort food. 7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale (480) 970-1700

Kelly’s at SouthBridge

Restaurant and bar serving Californian-Mediterranean fare in stylish, bustling quarters with a patio.

Relaxed gastropub with sofas and a buzzy patio scene plus a menu of elevated comfort food.

7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale (480) 751-2200

4302 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale (480) 568-8980

Pasta Brioni

Franco’s Italian Caffe

Old-school Italian fare dished out in a clubby dining room with padded booths and a long wooden bar.

This down-to-earth restaurant serves up elevated Italian pastas and mains in a comfy and elegant space.

4416 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale (480) 994-0028

4327 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale (480) 481-7614

Postino Arcadia

The Mission

Restaurant delivering New Mexican fare in a bat-and-cave-themed interior and on a patio with a lagoon.

Olive and Ivy

Chic, dimly lit restaurant and lounge serving modern, upscale Latin cuisine and craft cocktails.

Italian café serving a wide selection of bruschetta and wine in rusticchic digs with outdoor seating.

3815 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale (480) 636-5005

3939 E. Campbell Ave., Phoenix (602) 852-3939

Nook Stylish establishment featuring New American- and Italian-inspired dishes, pizza and craft cocktails.

Seasons 52 Rotating menu of seasonal American dishes alongside international wines in an upscale setting.

3623 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix (602) 651-1390

Biltmore Fashion Park, 2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (602) 840-5252 •

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7117 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale (480) 393-3205

Mbar Comfy, candlelit lounge in the Omni Hotel featuring classic cocktails, tapas, live music and a patio. 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley (480) 627-3004

The Mix Up Bar Chic lounge at the Royal Palms Resort known for its seasonal ingredients and tequila/mezcal selection. 5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (602) 977-6458

Shade Lounge Poolside lounge in the W Hotel offering drinks and bottle service in hip digs with DJs and a dress code. 7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale (602) 405-0099

CigArcadia The pungent aroma of a well-crafted cigar may be best appreciated in the company of other cigar aficionados. We have several establishments here in our vicinity that will welcome you to stay — or help you select cigars to take home. BAXTER’S CIGARS Tobacco shop also offering two smoking areas with big-screen TVs and Wi-Fi, plus cigar storage lockers. 2017 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (602) 374-4730 • CHURCHILL’S FINE CIGARS Churchill’s on 44th Street features Winston’s Cigar Bar, which also offers a full liquor bar. Also available are humidor lockers. 5041 N. 44th St., Phoenix (602) 840-9080 • FOX CIGAR BAR With one of the biggest humidors in the State of Arizona, Fox Cigar Bar in Scottsdale also features 30 TVs and offers more than 400 scotches. 7443 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale (480) 214-5011 • OWL EAR Cozy tobacco shop features fine cigarettes and accessories plus a walk-in humidor and cigar lounge. 8920 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale (480) 270-5439 • YE OLDE PIPE & TOBACCO SHOPPE Smoke shop with a large selection of cigars and pipes, a walk-in humidor and a smoking lounge with a TV. 4525 N. 24th St., Phoenix (602) 955-7740 •

December 2016 Issue of Vicinity Magazine  
December 2016 Issue of Vicinity Magazine