So Scottsdale May 2022

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THE HOME FRONT Meet five stay-at-home moms who are changing the world

CELEBRATE MOM Mother's Day brunches Luxe gifts A girls' getaway


Mom CEO and President of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Kate Wells, wants every child to feel seen



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Contents Escape the real-world hustle by booking an appointment with your favorite Scottsdale color expert and master stylist, Rodney Gentry. Kick back and relax in Rodney’s private salon suite while he works magic on your hair, taking the utmost care with your beauty and your health. Look gorgeous and feel fabulous this spring!

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ON THE COVER: Kate Wells, CEO and president of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. Photo by Claudia Johnstone.

Features 54 CEO MOM

CEO and President of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Kate Wells, wants every child to feel seen

58 THE HOME FRONT These stay at home moms are changing the world

spring color trends

in your step Put a with the season’s hottest

2021 was, of necessity, all about low maintenance colors, but now it’s time to start having fun with your hair color once more. 2022’s hottest spring trends are all about leveling up your lockdown look, according to Rodney Gentry of Scottsdale’s Saachi Studios. “Spring’s hair colors are showing that it’s time to come out of hiding and start enjoying the world once more,” he says. “From rich, all-over color to fabulous tones for highlights and lowlights, it’s time for your color to be bright, bold and beautiful.” For all-over color, expect plenty of red tones this spring, as well as lighter browns that leave the darkness of winter behind and carry hints of the summer sunshine that’s yet to come. Social media has been awash with influencers framing their faces with bold streaks of color, also known as e-girl streaks. Reds, along with a whole spectrum of other colors, are expected to make an appearance in e-girl streaks this spring. This season, this trend will be taken further, with two-tone streaks and some dazzlingly bright colors. “While e-girl streaks look fabulous set against dark hair, they can also look stunning with blonde locks, making this a versatile and accessible style for everyone to experiment with this spring,” Gentry says. In terms of techniques, balayage will continue growing in popularity over the course of the spring. The hand-painted style produces beautiful, natural-looking color in all tones, while it’s also ideal for pastel colors, for a truly fresh spring look. More traditional coloring techniques also remain popular. “Both highlights and lowlights will continue to remain popular, even as a growing number of clients try out balayage,” Saachi Studio’s Gentry says. “What’s different this spring is that clients are going for brighter highlights and richer, deeper lowlights. 2022 really is the time to celebrate color in a wide range of ways.”

Full-service designer and hair color specialist Rodney Gentry can be reached at Sachi Studios in Scottsdale, AZ. Call 480.639.2000 to make an appointment or visit for more information.

Contents Now 111 HOT TICKET RELEASE After Dark pool party series at Talking Stick Resort

112 LOWDOWN News to know

114 DO Great upcoming events

116 CALENDAR Noteworthy events

118 OUT Cornville’s wineries

120 CULTURE Jules Gissler creates whimsical watercolors

Pulse 43 UP CLOSE

Following a difficult pregnancy, Stacy Lovell started the HonorHealth NICU High Tea to help newborns in the NICU

46 BEAT CEO and Wine Director of the Wrigley Mansion, Paola Embry, is at the top of her game

48 BEAT With her company Founders Organization, Candy Valentino helps entrepreneurs succeed

50 HIS STYLE Meet Ivan Lugo

52 HER STYLE Meet Tebo Dambe


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Contents Style 123 MUST-HAVE A Bulgari Divas’ Dream necklace

124 ALLURE Beauty oils

126 DWELL Vanity fair

128 SHOP Here comes the sun

130 SHOP Game. Set. Match.

136 FASHION Make a splash

Luxe 145 INDULGE A Dyson Supersonic hair dryer

146 WHEELS 2022 Mercedes GLE AMG 53

148 WANT The Allison Inn & Spa offers unparalleled opulence in Oregon wine country

150 HAUTE PROPERTY A hilltop sanctuary



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157 CUISINE In the kitchen with Jenna Leurquin of JL Patisserie

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Contents May is for moms, and we’re celebrating mothers in a big way with this issue. Starting with our cover story star, Kate Wells. Wells is the president and CEO of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. I interviewed her for this issue, and it was fascinating to learn how she started the museum with a few friends and has grown it into a major cultural institution. Learn more about her inspiring story, how her own mother and the women around her shaped her professionally and personally and how she balances motherhood and having a career starting on page 54. We’ve also showcased five stay-at-home moms. They’re doing the very important and priceless work of raising the next generation, and we were honored to spotlight them. It was touching to read about some of their favorite memories and the rewards of motherhood. Meet these women on page 58. In Up Close (page 43), we’ve profiled Stacy Lovell. She founded the HonorHealth NICU High Tea to benefit newborns in the NICU following a difficult pregnancy. Helping others is such an important cause, and people like Lovell are genuinely making the world a better place. In our lowdown feature on page 112, we’ve also showcased a few luxe Mother’s Day brunches in addition to other events like free live music every Friday in May at Kierland Commons. For even more things to do in Scottsdale, check out Calendar (page 116) and Do (page 114). When it comes to gifts to give mom, we’ve covered a luxe Dyson Supersonic hair dryer (page 145), a stunning Bulgari mother-of-pearl necklace (page 123) and showcased chic products that would elevate any at-home makeup counter (page 126). If you’re looking to travel with your mother, consider The Allison Inn & Spa that’s situated in the heart of Oregon wine country. I stayed here years ago, and the natural beauty of the area, the soothing spa and the opulence of the resort have stayed with me. Plus, the nearby wineries were not only gorgeous but had plenty of great wine. If buying mom pastries is in order, consider JL Patisserie. We’ve profiled the chef and owner, Jenna Leurquin, in Cuisine (page 157). JL Patisserie is one of my favorite bakeries in the entire Valley that makes delightful French pastries. I ordered a pumpkin pie from here last Thanksgiving that was just heavenly. Enjoy this issue. Here’s to moms everywhere. All the best, Teresa K. Traverse Interim Editor Instagram: @tktraverse Connect with us! Facebook: @soscottsdalemagazine Instagram: @so_scottsdale_magazine


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Summer is upon us, and May brings more than flowers. In Arizona the temps are quickly climbing and leaving all of us to accept that smaller clothing and swimsuits are here to stay for a bit! We also take this time to appreciate the women in our lives. Mother’s Day in my opinion should be celebrated all month long. Here at The Hills we will be doing just that! Find some of our amazing offerings on the pages to come. Remember that a mother’s work is never done. To all of our working moms out there we see you and honor you. To all of our stay at home moms deep in the trenches we see you too! For me May is a month filled with Summer preparation for myself and my children. What camps or summer sports to sign up for, summer jobs for my high schooler and vacations to dream about. What vacations are you planning?! A lot of women need beauty prep prior to take off and The Hills can get you ready for all of your upcoming adventures! Summer is a time to think about eating healthier and we are so happy to be opening our Wellness Cafe The Clean Counter mid May! Speaking of Summer jobs, you will find my son at the counter this Summer! Imagine Nektar and Starbucks have an organic baby... The Clean Counter. So, whether you want to load up on healthy noshes or get summer beach bod ready The Hills team and myself look forward to being a part of your Summer!

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BEAUTY ADVISING PROGRAM The Hills Beauty Experience revolutionizes the beauty industry with its Beauty Advising Program. Have you ever wondered what hairstyle would best suit your frame and your lifestyle? Do you find yourself curiously combing social media or magazines for skincare tips and tricks? Would you like to maximize your beauty budget and see more results while doing it? The Hills works seamlessly with our clients to help them achieve maximum results while enjoying all the perks of the program. Let our professional beauty advisers guide you through a beauty journey that will leave you looking and feeling better. Book your first session and join us on the quest for beauty done right. At the Hills we offer something no other company offers. Our Beauty Advising program allows us to work with our clients on a deeply personal level. We listen to our client’s needs, wants and desires to design a plan special to them for their beauty routine and maintenance. This plan is proprietary and involves comprehensive intake to assess the best fits across the beauty board. Our advisors are trained to help each individual harness their natural assets and to enhance their look in a way that suits their lifestyle and budget. This process allows us to become very close to our clients and to truly walk this journey with them. Let us be your partner this summer in the unveiling of your beauty!

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The most sophisticated microneedling experience The VirtueRF Microneedling Platform is the most advanced RF microneedling device available today. The combination of radio-frequency and microneedling has become a proven, non-invasive option to visibly improve skin tone, tighten skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

1. HOW DOES RF MICRONEEDLING WORK? Microneedling works by applying sterile microneedles deep into the dermis of the skin. These needles 1) create microscopic channels that stimulate the natural production of collagen and 2) deliver radio-frequency heat energy at the desired depths to promote remodeling of collagen and elastin that tightens and lifts the skin. 2. WHAT MAKES VIRTUERF A VIRTUALLY PAIN-FREE TREATMENT? VirtueRF microneedles are driven into the skin using the exclusive robotic precision delivery (RPD) system. The insertion is so exact that it creates no tearing or trauma to the skin (unlike microneedling pens or other RF microneedling systems that can scratch the skin causing pain, blood and sebum in the channels, and mixed outcomes). Your provider may apply numbing cream prior to the treatment for added comfort depending on the area of concern. 3. HOW LONG DOES A VIRTUERF TREATMENT TAKE? The length of a treatment depends on the area being treated and the protocol being followed. Typically, a full face treatment will take 20 minutes. 4. WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT AFTER A TREATMENT? One of the key benefits of a VirtueRF treatment is that there is no social downtime. The skin may appear red for a few hours but the exclusive post-care regimen works to soothe the skin so most will only notice a post-treatment tightening and glow to their skin. Your provider may recommend no make-up for 24hrs and of course, it’s always important to use sun protection. 5. WHEN CAN YOU EXPECT TO SEE RESULTS? A benefit of RF Microneedling is that the collagen you build is your own so results are natural, immediate and will continue to improve with time. It can take up to 4-6 weeks until the full benefits are apparent.


6. WHO IS THE RIGHT CANDIDATE FOR VIRTUERF? VirtueRF is a truly ageless procedure. It is used as a preventative and a corrective treatment for patients with light to dark skin types. It is important to talk to your provider about any concerns you might have before your VirtueRF treatment. 7. HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED? Most providers will recommend a series of three to four treatments, spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. To maintain results, a treatment every six months is recommended. 8. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A “PLATFORM” RF MICRONEEDLING SYSTEM? Unique to the VirtueRF system is that it has the capacity for multiple handpieces increasing the number of areas, depths and concerns that can be addressed in one treatment session.

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A Breakthrough in Laser Hair Removal for all Skin Types Results. Comfort. Speed.

Laser hair removal is one of the most common cosmetic laser procedures. In general, devices for hair removal beam highly concentrated light into hair follicles. Pigment in the follicles absorb the light which then destroys the hair. The most efficacious laser for hair removal (particularly fine and light hair) has historically been the Alexandrite laser. However, limitations when treating darker skin types kept it from being the universal choice for providers and many patients have had to settle for less efficacious laser hair removal options. Until now. The Motus AY is the first, high-speed Alexandrite laser that makes it possible for even darker skin types to benefit from the effectiveness of this laser type. This breakthrough is possible because of Moveo technology — a handpiece that delivers fast, more efficient energy to destroy the hair in a way that is painless and free from side-effects. MOTUS AY IS EFFECTIVE FOR: • HAIR REMOVAL • PIGMENTED LESIONS • SMALL LEG VEINS • VASCULAR LESIONS IS A MOTUS AY TREATMENT RIGHT FOR ME? One of the breakthrough benefits of the Motus AY is that it is safe and effective for light to dark skin types. Whether you have fine, light hair or a darker skin tone, the Motus AY can be used to target and permanently remove unwanted hair. The Motus AY may also be used with tanned skin however, it is always recommended that you talk with your physician about your specific skin conditions before treatment. WHAT MAKES MOTUS AY DIFFERENT FROM OTHER LASERS FOR HAIR REMOVAL? The three main differences between the Motus AY and other technologies for laser hair removal are: 1) Total comfort 2) Speed and effectiveness of the treatment and 3) Use across skin-types. The Motus AY eliminates the trade-offs that come with other laser hair removal options. For instance, an Nd:YAG laser can be used across skin types but is less effective. Other technologies are highly effective but treatments are difficult to tolerate. WILL MY TREATMENT HURT? One of the major benefits of the Motus AY, is that the Moveo technology eliminates the discomfort of typical laser hair removal. Most people only feel a warming sensation making the experience a highly comfortable one.


HOW LONG WILL MY TREATMENT TAKE? Treatment length will vary depending on the area being treated. The Motus AY is relatively fast and able to complete a large area in under 5 minutes. HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED? The number of sessions required to eliminate hair completely depends on the individual. A typical laser hair removal regimen is 5-6 sessions spaced one month apart and then maintenance treatments as needed. Given the efficacy of the Motus AY, you may need fewer sessions and could go longer before needing a touch-up treatment. MY DOCTOR RECOMMENDED THE MOTUS AY BUT NOT FOR HAIR REMOVAL. While hair removal with the Motus AY is most common, the combined laser technology of the Alexandrite and Nd:YAG effectively treat benign pigmented lesions, vascular lesions, and small leg veins. The built-in Moveo technology ensures 100% energy transmission to reduce lesions in any skin type without discomfort and side-effects. The Nd:YAG penetrates deeper into the skin to be effective in vascular treatment (both face and legs), as well as small leg veins. Talk to your doctor to see if these other Motus AY treatments are right for you.

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Love Your Body Again!

Melt Body Fat! Immediate Results! 2-6 Inches of Loss per Treatment No Recovery time Also tightens and Firms Loose and Saggy Skin on Any Area of the Face and Body.


Body Sculpting treatment with High-Radio Frequency Micro-Current device for cellulite treatment and fat removal. We use heat sculpting technology instead of surgical or invasive treatment for fat removal and reduction. Body Contouring at The Hills Beauty Experience is a non-invasive treatment that frees you from anesthetics and recovery time involved with other procedures. Treatment is comfortable and warm with immediate results and is based on the hydrolysis of skin cells. Body Revive for skin tightening uses High Radio Frequency MicroCurrent (HFMC) which warms up the damaged skin cells and results in regeneration and repair. We use S.T.E.P technology which aims at heating the collagen which helps with draining fat, shrinking and tightening the skin. As a result, the client gets a leaner and more youthful look non surgically. In addition, our Skin Tightening process is non-invasive and does not require long recovery periods.

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Following a complicated pregnancy, Stacy Lovell started a High Tea fundraiser to benefit newborns

Many people count the day their children were born as one of the happiest days of their lives. But, for those who suffer complications or give birth prematurely, the experience can be scary and fraught with anxiety and stress. Stacy Lovell is a mom of three who almost lost her life while pregnant with twins in 2010.

Critically ill with septic pneumonia, pleural effusion and empyema, Aubrey and Brandon arrived prematurely, via emergency delivery at 28 weeks. What could have been a devastating experience for the family turned into a miracle because of the doctors and nurses at HonorHealth Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

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Pulse UP CLOSE to the development of NICU babies. Attendees enjoyed lunch and their favorite hot or cold beverage while hearing from experts who care for the tiniest and most fragile of patients. “This event is so near and dear to my heart because NICU is a huge part of our family,” says Lovell. “I am beyond thrilled at how it has impacted the community. My hope is to continue to create awareness and provide compassion, as well as the necessary resources, for all NICU babies and families to thrive.” And, Lovell explains, the resources don’t always have to be big-ticket items like medical equipment. They can be as simple as pages for parents to create scrapbooks, snacks for the parent pantry, donor breast milk – all of these things provide comfort and tools to help babies thrive and families feel supported. “The doctors and nurses who work in NICUs across the nation are truly miracle workers. Everyone knows someone who has a NICU baby, whether it’s your own child, a family member or a neighbor. It’s never far from home,” says Lovell.

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“The amazing doctors and nurses at the HonorHealth NICU provided strength, courage and hope during our darkest hour,” she says. After her trying experience, Lovell was inspired to give back by making certain that others who faced similar challenges had access to the same resources and support. So, HonorHealth’s NICU High Tea was born. Going on its fifth year, the NICU High Tea benefits the HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea NICU. Last year, the event raised more than $230,000 for the NICU. “The NICU was such a special amazing place,” said Lovell. “We were so fortunate to have such excellent care for Brandon and Aubrey to get them home. I had a vision and a dream for doing this event ever since our experience. So, four years ago, we brought it to fruition.”

What to Expect at a High Tea At last year’s High Tea, two HonorHealth doctors discussed the benefits of caffeine therapy for newborns. Caffeine is one of the most widely used drugs in the NICU. It is used to treat or prevent respiratory and lung problems in premature babies and to reduce the length of time that they need assistance with breathing. At the sold-out event on Sept. 23, 2021, at the J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, attendees learned a little about the nexus of the event – and how caffeine therapy has given a “jolt”


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Lovell loves everything about being a mom – from cooking meals for her kids to watching them participate in their favorite activities. Now 12 years old, Aubrey is into horseback riding, songwriting and composing music. Brandon is in a junior PGA league, loves LEGO and theater. Older sister Mia, 15, is an avid skateboarder. Despite their tough start in life, the twins are active and thriving. “Aubrey didn’t walk until she was almost 2 years old,” says Lovell about those early years. “I’ll never forget the day she was at a play group where there was a little shopping cart. Aubrey pushed herself up on that miniature toy cart and started walking. I cried tears of joy. I wasn’t sure if she would ever walk because she was so delayed physically. Ever since that moment, she’s been off and running.” But her favorite memory is bringing the twins home from the NICU to be reunited with their older sister and starting their life together as a family of five. These days, the family loves traveling and going on adventures together. Last summer, they took a month-long RV trip across the country, enjoying each other’s company, spending quality time together playing games and exploring. They are supportive of one another, cheering Mia’s skateboard tricks in the backyard, Aubrey’s horseback riding and music, and Brandon’s golf and theater ambitions. As all three move into their teenage years, Lovell is glad to have them at the same school and is looking forward to more family travel and exploration. “Our family motto is ‘bonum vibes.’ Good vibes. It is so important to me – and my family – to show gratitude for the good fortune our family has experienced,” she says. The HonorHealth NICU High Tea is one way Lovell spreads those good vibes in her community. “It’s been incredible to see how the NICU High Tea has grown and evolved and touched so many families’ hearts,” she says. “I love when I’m at a grocery store and a NICU mom approaches me and says, ‘Thank you for all that you have done for the NICU.’ And then they share their own experience. It is truly rewarding.”

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Wrigley Mansion CEO and Wine Director Paola Embry is at the top of her game


Paola Embry’s career is the stuff of legends. Since 1998, she’s been the owner of multiple restaurants with celebrated chef Christopher Gross including Christopher’s Fermier Brasserie & Paola’s Wine Bar and Christopher’s and Crush Wine Bar. She currently co-owns Christopher’s Crush at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport with the chef and has served as the CEO and wine director of the Wrigley Mansion since 2010. But even after all these years in the industry, she’s always learning something new. “I get to learn and experience far away, exotic places and tastes through wine,” says Embry, who started in the industry when she was a kid by helping out at her grandmother’s restaurant in Chile. “My days are always different,” she says. “It’s seldom the same. I get excited finding that next amazing wine from a new grape or region and sharing it with our guests. It feels like a mini-adventure every day.” Her job involves keeping track of a staggering number of bottles: The Wrigley Mansion’s wine list is 120 pages long. Managing a wine cellar with over 12,000 bottles--one of the rarest gems is a Madeira collection that dates back to 1908—is obviously a mammoth task. Her team helps her stay organized. No matter which bottles she chooses (British sparkling wine is her favorite at the moment), each one has something to offer. “Wine is ever evolving. You can taste the same wine today, and it can be different in six months, a year, five years,” Embry says. “I love that there is always something new and ever changing in wine.” When searching for a great bottle, she advises others to trust their own palettes and overlook trends. But the most important thing about wine is so often who you’re sharing it with. “I can find as much pleasure and happiness in sharing a $25 bottle of wine with the right person in the right moment as I can from drinking even the most expensive bottle on our list,” Embry says. “Wine is most exciting when it’s shared with friends and loved ones.”


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With her company Founders Organization, Candy Valentino teaches entrepreneurs how to succeed


Candy Valentino is the creator of Founders Organization, a company that focuses on business development and entrepreneur education. With her group, she supports entrepreneurs with training, mentorship, consultancy, peer forums and leadership. She’s worked with everyone from CEOs to members of Congress. Valentino leverages 24 years of experience amassed from creating successful businesses across multiple industries including a hair salon and real estate, among others. Valentino started her first business at 19 years old with no degree, no corporate background, no money and no internet. At 26, she founded Pittsburg-based nonprofit Animal Friends Sanctuary and has since bought and donated a building to the organization that rescues and rehabilitates animals. After visiting Scottsdale in 2005, Valentino fell in love with the area. “I could have moved anywhere, but I am obsessed with everything Arizona offers and am so proud to live and work here,” she says. Founders Organization was created after seeing a huge need in the market. “There are a lot of people who are talking about business but have never first built a business themselves,” says Valentino. “Social media has diluted the term entrepreneur and creates a false narrative where people are regurgitating information that they just learned yet lack experience needed to truly help people create breakthrough.” Her book, Generation Wealth, is slated to debut this fall and complement the multiple business events and retreats she hosts. “I get to leverage my experiences, my mistakes, my resources and my network to help others grow their businesses,” she says. “Everything I’ve done in my life has been very ordinary things which compounded over time to give you extraordinary results.” At her core, Valentino believes in giving back. “Being a voice for others is the sole reason I wanted to start a charity and the driving reason I still keep pushing every day,” she says. “I believe that true fulfillment in life is only obtained when we are generously giving, serving and contributing to others.” Visit and to learn more.


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Ivan Lugo’s classic and confident style is turning heads and changing perceptions BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY BEVERLY SHUMWAY

While Ivan Lugo’s fashion aesthetic isn’t uncommon for Scottsdale, it’s probably unexpected for a dog groomer. An animal lover since he was a kid, Lugo fuses his love of fashion with his career as the owner of Lugari Pet Salon in Scottsdale. The self-described Renaissance man is far from average. His style incorporates a touch of Latin flair and is classic and confident. He draws inspiration from iconic designer Tom Ford. Lugo’s wardrobe is also influenced by comfort, professionalism and tailoring. As the coordinator of The Canine Couture fashion show for the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championship, Lugo dresses to be professional, but not off-putting or unapproachable. “I’ve found a happy medium in what I wear, and my smile is the icing on the cake - something you can’t buy at your local department store,” he says. When he’s not modernizing the pet styling industry, Lugo can be seen sporting his signature look of a sports coat, denim and designer tennis shoes in his spare time. “I’m a big fan of the Burberry pattern, Zara Man, Carolina Herrera polos, Christian Louboutin sneakers, Prada eyewear and Converse by Chuck Taylor,” he says.

What are your favorite colors, patterns, styles and trends? My favorite colors are blue and black. Keep it simple and direct. However, I sometimes throw paisley or plaid into the mix. What is the most prized possession in your closet? My first pair of Dolce & Gabbana jeans that I bought with my first paycheck at the Caesars Palace in Vegas, baby. What is your favorite store and why? My favorite shoe store is Xicaru CDMX in La Roma, Mexico City, and Abraham Zambrana in Jerez, Spain. Locally, I love Xtreme Moda. The owner, Gustavo Negrete, styles me for almost every single event and photoshoot.


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ORIGINAL THREADS Fashion visionary Tebo Dambe’s designs are as bold as she is


Hailing from Botswana, Africa, Tebo Dambe is a stylish visionary who creates custom, luxurious clothing. Bozoma “Boz” Saint John, the former chief marketing officer of Netflix, and Cynthia Bailey of The Real Housewives of Atlanta have both worn her designs. The local fashion designer and creative director for her namesake brand—Tebo Dambe—focuses on creating a personal style that turns heads. “I love color, and I love sophisticated looks with a bit of sex appeal,” Dambe says. Her individual style shifts between brocade and floral to minimalist black and white to bold and creative. She prefers unique and luxurious pieces that are expertly crafted and detailed. One of her primary sources of inspiration is a surprising one: interior design. “I love beautiful interiors from Z Gallerie. I go to interior design stores more than fashion stores,” she says. Not one to follow trends, Dambe prefers to create her own trends and switch up her fashion depending on her mood and the environment. “I am my own style icon,” she says. She is currently gravitating toward olive green and busy patterns based on the occasion. “I mostly love pieces that make people stop and say ‘Where did you get that? Or ‘Who designed that?’’” Dambe says.

What are three things that contribute to your style? Comfort, luxury and personality. I love wearing pieces that make a statement, whether I'm flying or going to the grocery store. What is the most prized possession in your closet? My Tebo Dambe String Atelier Gown. It's my most iconic work of art that took months to create. This gown is really a masterpiece. Complete this sentence: Style to me is … Confidence.


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CEO and President of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Kate Wells, wants every child to feel seen

After visiting many children’s museums and seeing what they had to offer their respective communities, Kate Wells decided to start her own in the Valley of the Sun. She co-founded the Children’s Museum of Phoenix when she was 28 back in 1998 with a few of her friends who also had young children. They pooled together their money and filed incorporation papers. The first iteration was the museum without walls. The second was the museum on wheels. Nine years and 10 months after that initial funding, the brick-and-mortar museum in downtown Phoenix finally opened its doors in 2008. “You can be three moms in the back of a Volvo station wagon and create a major So Scottsdale! May ‘22


cultural institution,” says Wells. She has been involved with the museum for nearly 20 years. “I still walk up to the building in the morning. It's quiet. No one has arrived yet. And I walk in the door, and I'm like, ‘I can't believe I built this. This is crazy,’” she says. “I’m insanely proud of it.” She has a staff member who has fond memories of going to the children’s museum when he was young. Specifically, he remembers seeing his Hispanic culture celebrated and feeling that it was OK to be himself. His experience is what she aims to create: a truly inclusive environment at the museum. “My husband teases me that I think I'm the mother of every child,” she says. “It's fun that the kids can play, and we definitely impact kids’ lives. But when we truly change their lives … That's the best job ever.” She tells us that the museum has a big focus on inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility, or what the organization calls IDEA. The museum is intended to serve children from birth to 10 years of age. Exhibits stay static, but programs like performance groups and art change every day. Three of the most popular exhibits— all of the exhibits were designed by artists, many of them local—include a three-story high treehouse that’s ideal for climbing, a noodle forest that features about 6,000 pool noodles hung vertically and a grocery store, which is the most popular. It’s literally a replica of a grocery store complete with a stock room, checkouts and various food sections. In the summer, the museum is slated to open a café. Wells says the toy store and gift shop complete with a selection of children’s books are also highlights. “We have a pretty well-rounded, inclusionary set of programs that I think represent our community well and that a child can see themselves in any of our programs,” she says. “We are a place for every family.” The museum has a program called the Every Child Program where children in need can receive free and reduced admission. In 2019, the museum served 55,000 kids and their families with this program. As a busy CEO, Wells says she changes her hat 15 times per day. She spends her work days in meetings soliciting feedback from her staff, strategy, planning and fundraising, or as she calls it “friend-raising.”


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“There's time, treasure and talent that people have,” says Wells. “My job is to help them understand why them investing their time, talent, treasure is a great investment in how it impacts the community and kids.”

Handling Professional Challenges

Any journey will be filled with ups and downs, and Wells’ story is no exception to that rule. She left the museum for six years. During that time, she and her husband backpacked around the world with their two children. She also worked as the associate general manager of Arizona PBS. But she found herself drawn back to the museum. At the time, the museum was having financial difficulties. “I was absolutely like, ‘I've put 10

years of my life into this, it will not fail,’” she says. “My intent was to just come back and make it a financially stable place.” The most recent difficult challenge she faced was the pandemic, of course. The museum was one of the first cultural organizations to close in the area and remained closed for eight months. Like other institutions, the museum had to find ways to adapt. The organization had a program called Camp in a Box, a virtual camp, that served about 10,000 kindergarteners and first graders. The museum also popped up a 35,000-square-foot outdoor exhibit area called Adventure Play: 100 percent outside, 100 percent fun from October 2020 to May of 2021. In June of 2021, the museum reopened to the public. During this turbulent time, Wells says her team helped the museum thrive.

“We think more voices are better,” she says. “I practice what I call collaborative leadership. Especially in COVID, we found it very helpful to make very hard decisions collaboratively and really get a lot of input from stakeholders, our board, our staff, our parents. We had a medical advisory committee, and took all of that information and then made decisions. Everyone got to give input, and then people felt very heard, and with great ideas versus it just being Kate has an idea. It was very thoughtful, and then we had buy-in from everyone.”

On Motherhood

She described the museum as her middle child a few times, but Wells has two children of her own. “They’re incredible young people,” she says. Her oldest, Tesla Wells, is 25. They is working on a Ph.D. in aerospace and astro-engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her youngest, Phoebe Wells, will turn 22 in June. She’s graduating from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University with degrees in political science and data analytics with a minor in gender, women and ethnic studies. Growing up, Wells was surrounded by her grandmother, mother and stepmother who helped shape who she is as a parent and a professional. “I’ve had incredible role models. What they imbued in me was valuing the traits that great moms have, which are always learning and be willing to also be a teacher, willing to listen, thoughtful about your choices and being kind,” she says. “Since I had all these great women in my life with all of those things, that way of being corresponds with being a good mom. It weaves its way through my entire life and allows me to be a thoughtful CEO.” She says she wasn’t someone who knew from a young age she wanted to be a mom. But her husband really wanted to be a father. Many of her friends had become parents, and she decided to join them. When her first child was born, she tried staying at home but found it was not right for her. “I was not my best mom being a mom 24 hours a day,” she says. After three months at home, she returned to work. “I was really much happier having the balance.”

She acknowledges that there is no one right path for everyone. Hers just so happened to be one that involved work and motherhood. “It was better for my kids to be around a mom that was fulfilled professionally so that I could bring my best self personally,” she says. “You can choose your own path. It doesn't have to be prescribed because you decide to have kids or decide not to have kids.” When it came to being a working mother, Wells tells us she had plenty of support from a variety of sources that helped her succeed both personally and professionally. “My husband is a very engaged dad, and he sees his role in parenthood as being as important and active as I see

mine. We have a very balanced sharing of the parenting duties,” she says. The couple celebrated 30 years together in April. “I created my own job. When my kids got older I could create my own flexibility. I had the luxury of being able to flex.” In her spare time, she supports local organizations that address housing insecurity. Specifically, she works with Trellis, which aids lower to moderate-income families, and Beatitudes, which helps senior citizens. It would come as no surprise that she is dedicated to serving the community. She has devoted her life to service, and she has a blast while helping children. “I get to move the needle every single day in kids’ lives through my work, and it's also just wicked fun,” says Wells. “It's joyful. I get to make a difference.” So Scottsdale! May ‘22



Meet five stay-at-home moms who are changing the world Anyone will tell you that moms are capable of changing the world. This month, we celebrate moms across the Valley who pour their time, energy and love into their kids day after day. In honor of Mother’s Day, meet five local stay-at-home moms whose passion for their children shines through in everything they do, making the world a better place one act of love at a time.


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Lisa Huff For Lisa Huff, motherhood has been an opportunity to let go of her perfectionism and keep an open mind. “I honestly never thought I was going to be a mom. I was very independent, and motherhood didn’t seem like it could fit effortlessly into my life,” says Huff, who previously worked as a freelance makeup artist, traveling to destinations like the Maldives and Hawaii for commercial shoots. But everything changed when she met her future husband David Huff, a professional baseball player. “We’ve been blessed with two beautiful boys – 7-year-old Ethan and 3-year-old Dylan – and I couldn’t imagine my life without them, craziness and all,” she says. “To any soon-to-be-mamas, get all your sleep while you can! And be prepared for your life to change – your heart will grow in ways you never thought possible, and you will never experience a love like it.” What’s the most rewarding part of motherhood? When my boys run up, wrap their arms around me and tell me how much they love me. There is no better feeling in the world. I soak up every moment because it’s so true when they say the years fly by. What are some of your prized memories as a mom? I’ll never forget when I pulled both babies up to my chest after delivery and saw their sweet little faces. Those two moments will forever be etched into my heart. And I think every mom will tell you that first hearing the word “mama” is so special. It brings tears to my eyes every time I think about it. What lessons do you hope to pass on to your kids? Always be kind, dream and love hard. Know that anything is possible if you work hard enough for it.

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Lily Morrow Lily Morrow always knew she wanted to be a mother. “I even had my children’s names picked out before they were born – Will is now 5, and Olivia ‘Livvy’ is 2,” says Morrow, who loves seeing parts of herself and her husband Brandon Morrow, a professional baseball player, in their children, from Livvy’s compassion for animals to Will’s love of sports. “Nothing can prepare you for the intense love you feel for those beautiful little spirits and the hard work it takes to care for them,” she says. “Most things don’t go as planned with family life. Sometimes we miss big events because someone gets sick or there’s a meltdown at the airport. If I didn’t laugh through those moments, I would lose my mind!” What does self-care look like for you? I find it easier when we have a set schedule, and I can plan my week ahead. I work out regularly and eat well, but life happens and I don’t beat myself up if I miss a day at the gym. Balance is important, but it’s not easy. What’s one thing you wish you knew before having kids? That it’s OK to cry. When Brandon was playing in Chicago, he would often be gone on road trips for days. Will was 2, and I was alone in a new city. I’d like to go back and tell myself that those days will pass quickly – just when you think the baby will never stop crying, he’ll move on to another phase in his little life, and the exhausting days will be replaced with joyous moments I couldn’t have even imagined. Do you have any tips for firsttime moms? Don’t strive for perfection – it doesn’t exist. Celebrate your successes and when the day goes south and everybody is crying – well, there’s always tomorrow. Children can be very resilient. Make sure they know you love them and everything else will fall into place.


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Tera Williams Mom to 5-year-old twins Gavin and Lyric, Tera Williams knows a thing or two about staying busy. After a 10-year career in the fashion industry, Williams’ decision to start a family was heavily influenced by her own childhood. “My mom is my best friend, and I wanted to be that person to someone else,” she says. “I didn’t think I’d be a stay-at-home mom, but I struggled with fertility and quit my job to focus on having a baby. Once I was pregnant, I just couldn’t imagine going back to work. It’s turned out to be the best decision.” In all areas of life – including her role as president of Phoenix Valley Mothers of Multiples – Williams prioritizes patience and flexibility. “Kids keep you on your toes,” she says. “Just when you think you have it all figured out, they switch the script – then you figure that out, and they do it again!” How has becoming a mom affected your style? I still love an excuse to dress up, though my time wearing stilettos for eight hours has passed. When not rocking workout gear, I gravitate to playful dresses or jumpers. Mostly, I went from dressing myself to dressing my family. I’ll coordinate them any chance they let me. What aspects of your own upbringing do you draw on as a parent? My husband and I were raised to be respectful, grateful and kind. We hold our kids accountable but also want to let them be kids and create memories. We both think family dinners are important, too. When life gets busy, it allows us to really connect – and our kids always have great stories to share. What do you enjoy most about being a mom? The hugs, kisses and unconditional love – I seriously think I could squeeze them all day! I love being there to wipe tears, volunteer at their school and teach them new things. But really, they’re the ones that teach me daily.

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Elizabeth Chappell Vulnerability and authenticity are the cornerstones of Elizabeth Chappell’s parenting style. She and her husband Kevin Chappell, a PGA golfer, have three children – ages 6, 5 and 21 months old – who remind them to stay present and push them to be their best selves. “We’re all on this earth to find our true bliss,” says Chappell. “As a mother, I’m constantly learning about myself, and I always try to enjoy the whole process. There will be highs and lows in life, but it’s all part of the journey. I hope my kids look at life that way, too.” What’s one thing you’ve had to learn through trial-and-error? I was so set on a schedule with my first child. Sometimes it worked, but when it didn’t, I got flustered. With my third child, I listened to her cues even as an infant. It didn’t take long for us to create our own schedule based on her needs. Listen to your children – they will guide you along if you’re able to let go. In what ways has motherhood been different than you expected? Before I had children, I thought my role would be to teach them to be good humans. I’ve since learned they are far superior in those areas than I am. Young children already exude kindness. I’m simply here to love them unconditionally and make the space for them to see their value, learn about their emotions and always feel heard. What are some of the most memorable “firsts” in your kids’ lives? I’ll always treasure their first words and first steps, but I’ve really enjoyed the firsts with my older two this year. My daughter included a new student in her friend group. My son decided to hold a meeting with a group of boys to share ideas of how they could be kinder to each other. These moments make my husband and I so proud of them.


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Jennifer Postovit Mom of Deklynn, 6, and Channing, 4, Jennifer Postovit didn’t realize just how rewarding motherhood would be until she had kids of her own. Whether it’s volunteering at field days and art shows or organizing fundraisers at school, Postovit relishes every second she gets to be involved in her kids’ lives. She was raised by a stay-at-home mom herself, and always knew she wanted to do the same if she was able. “When we had Deklynn I was working two jobs, and when I finally left it was financially difficult at first, but I’ve never regretted the decision,” she says. “I know that being a stay-at-home mom isn’t an option for everyone, and even on the hardest days I feel so fortunate to have this time with my kids.” What are some moments you look forward to each day? The quiet ones, sitting on the couch and reading a book together or having a movie night after a busy week. Hearing about their day. Watching them interact as brother and sister. I know things won’t always be the same as they get older, so I treasure our one-on-one time. What’s one thing you strive to teach your children? The hardest part of being a mom is wondering if you’re teaching them the fundamentals of being a good person. At school, they learn math and reading, but it’s my job to teach them kindness, cooperation, empathy. You can be good at math, but if you’re not a good person, it’s going to overshadow everything. Any advice you’d like to share with other moms? Relax! I was so nervous with my first, stressing about milestones and what other people were doing. We’re so bombarded by information nowadays that being a mom can be overwhelming. Just remember that you’re doing a good job, even if there’s a lot of stuff out there that makes you feel like you’re not.

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Dedication to Design

Mother-Daughter duo Josie and Jessica Fratantoni make magic happen


osie and Jessica Fratantoni are no strangers to working with family, a strong legacy that has been passed down through generations. As a young girl, Jessica felt inspired by the showroom and installation visits she accompanied her mother Josie on. It’s a bond that Josie once shared with her parents, going to job sites, contributing early on to the design aspects, and learning firsthand the build and design industry. Established in 1987, Fratantoni Interior Designers was first started by Josie, and after completing her degree, joined by Jessica. Today, Josie and Jessica run Fratantoni Interior Designers together, a custom luxury interior design firm, providing white-glove service across the nation. With over 35 years of expertise, Fratantoni Interior Designers have a vast portfolio of projects throughout the nation, from simply elegant, to intricately detailed properties. Passionate and attentive with a keen eye for detail, they are famous for their hands on approach to every project to make

exquisite dream homes a reality. Aside from designing across the nation for many notable and famous luminaries, both Josie and Jessica are licensed real estate agents’ part of The Fratantoni Group. The Fratantoni brand provides a full-service experience whether you are looking to purchase or sell a piece of real estate with The Fratantoni Group, draw blueprints with Fratantoni Design, build a new home with Fratantoni Luxury Estates, or hire an interior designer. Clients appreciate the streamline process that the brand has to offer. “With a long-standing legacy, we create unforgettable designs that you won’t find anywhere else!” Jessica states. Being a family business, clients are considered members of the Fratantoni family. Fratantoni Interior Designers is a fully staffed firm with a team of highly skilled interior designers. And although they are a national brand with masterpiece homes across the nation, their Scottsdale office has an enticing new addition: An indoor

boutique where people can schedule appointments to shop their fabulous displays. With homes across the nation, inspiration for new cutting-edge designs comes from different cultures, lifestyles, and architecture. “Take every day as an opportunity for new and unique ideas” Josie believes. With travel, comes the knowledge of trends that appeal to their vast clientele. And while Fratantoni Interior Designers certainly work hard creating dream homes, they are just as dedicated to their community. They are a proud supporter of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and MD Anderson Cancer center, where Josie serves as a board member. Motivated by making their clients dreams a reality, Josie and Jessica strive for excellence and elegance in each project. Their customer satisfaction evident by their portfolio of custom luxury homes. Contact Josie or Jessica at 480.621.7878 or visit, 9811 E. Bell Road, Suite 110, Scottsdale, AZ, 85260.

Exceptional Results

Dr. Michelle Cabret provides world-class cosmetic surgery


ichelle Cabret, MD, DDS is a leading cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon in both Scottsdale, Arizona and Austin, Texas who has developed a reputation for achieving superior, natural looking results with a kind, thoughtful, thorough, loving approach. Patients and staff love this woman. She is truly a woman that enjoys and sees it her mission to empower women (and men, too!). Dr. Cabret graduated Magna Cum Laude and High Provost Honors in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego followed by earning her Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) from the UCLA School of Dentistry. Leaving UCLA, she became the first female ever to be accepted into the prestigious double degree program at the University of Texas, Southwestern School of Medicine. She served as Chief for numerous hospitals during her 6th year of surgery residency and earned her Medical Doctorate (MD) from UT Southwestern and completing UT Southwestern’s Hospital System’s General Surgery Internship. To date, since its’

inception 32 years ago, Dr. Cabret is the only female to have completed this acclaimed, illustrious program. In 2002, Dr. Cabret started her private practice in Scottsdale followed by the opening of Austin Cosmetic Surgery in Austin in 2016 and in June will be opening The Spa at Rough Hollow, a med-spa at the exclusive marina on the gorgeous Lake Travis in Austin, TX. They have successfully provided world-class cosmetic, reconstructive, and maxillofacial surgery and med spa services to over 30,000 patients from professional athletes, celebrities, to your neighbors, friends, and family. Throughout her career, Dr. Cabret has been repeatedly praised for her superior surgical skills, extensive breadth of knowledge, and outstanding clinical judgement. She is a Key Opinion Leader for one of the largest laser companies in the world, Lumenis, and truly an expert in carbon dioxide earning the badge of honor in both locations as Centers of Excellence. Dr. Cabret was part of the JET (Juvederm Evaluation Trial for FDA indications) trial which was one of the first

HA injectable products brought to market by Allergan over 15 years ago and served as a physician trainer. Additionally, she has sat on multiple skin care company national advisory boards, served as a state board investigator for anesthesia compliance, and is routinely sought out as a medical expert by multiple law firms in TX and AZ for the evaluation of complex trauma reconstructions. Dr. Cabret is the COO of two ambulatory surgical centers and two med-surgical practices, the medical director and co-owner of the spa, and the “Mamager” to two gorgeous, successful young but formidable daughters. When you meet this woman, you will be wow’d as she is stunning but learn to really like the kind, thoughtful woman with integrity beyond reproach that cares deeply for her patients. She epitomizes Women Empowerment and hence why we believe she is a Woman to Watch. Contact The Carlotti Center at 480.947.7700 or visit, 19120 N. Pima Rd., Suite 120, Scottsdale, AZ 85255.

Marketing Maven

Elyse Flynn Meyer takes an individualized approach to marketing


grew up in an entrepreneurial environment for my entire life,” Elyse Flynn Meyer reminisces. Having grown up with two business-owning parents, it’s no surprise she started her own company. Elyse Flynn Meyer is the founder and owner of the inbound marketing firm, Prism Global Marketing Solutions. Elyse’s team provides clients with a holistic approach to marketing by offering strategy, lead generation, content, email, automation, analytics, and more to amplify the digital footprint of companies around the globe. Prism Global Marketing Solutions believes in creating individualized programs tailored to each client’s unique goals. Elyse works with every client personally on strategy, training, and implementation. Looking ahead, she is focusing her efforts on consulting for businesses looking to optimize their marketing to achieve revenue growth. She also recently published her book, Mastering Inbound Marketing: Your Complete Guide to a Results-Driven Inbound Strategy, a

comprehensive guide for marketers to maximize their digital marketing. To succeed in the ever-changing marketing industry, leaders must constantly evolve. Elyse received her Bachelor of Science in marketing and international business from The University of Arizona and has participated in several executive education programs at prestigious universities, including Cornell, Northwestern, and Pepperdine. Later this year, she will participate in Columbia University’s Chief Marketing Officer Program. But education extends beyond the classroom. Elyse started with a series of internships as an undergrad. Once she graduated, she worked in marketing, sales, and operations. “Working in different facets of business and learning how they were all integrated was critical in developing a comprehensive organizational perspective,” she says. “That differentiated real-life experience has been essential to how we can deliver integrated results for our clients.”

Her persistence and work ethic has been essential to her success. She’s been recognized with several honors, such as American Marketing Association’s 4 Under 40, Arizona Republic’s 35 Under 35, and KNOW Women Phoenix. Her firm is also a HubSpot Diamond Partner and has won numerous HubSpot awards and recognition from the Phoenix Chapter of the American Marketing Association and the Arizona Innovation Marketing Association. Despite the many accolades, Elyse Flynn Meyer finds inspiration close to home. She has worked with her husband for the last six years at Prism Global Marketing Solutions. Her family is always there to provide encouragement and support. She even co-wrote a book – Brand YOU, Brand NEW - on personal development and career growth with her mother. However, her true inspiration comes from being a mom to her daughter, Lennea, and her dog, Sedona. Contact Elyse at 480.720.8552 or visit

Renew Youth

CarolAnn Tutera is dedicated to aging gracefully


arolAnn Tutera helms SottoPelle® and Tutera Medical, the valley’s premier bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT) office that uses pellet implant over pills, patches, or creams for hormone treatments. Pellet implants are often superior to other delivery systems as pellets release hormones on a natural schedule that mimics what the body produces. But, what benefits can one get from hormone replacement therapy? “As we age, our hormones and bodies don’t work quite the same as they used to. Bioidentical hormone treatment is a great option for those wanting improved energy and vitality, a decrease in bone loss, and increases in muscle mass,” CarolAnn says. Tutera Medical also offers patients peptides, IV treatments, among other wellness services that restore the body’s organs, systems and functioning to their healthy youthful state. As SottoPelle’s CEO, CarolAnn, says what she enjoys most about her job is working with her team of experts

in the office. She’s the wife of the late Dr. Gino Tutera, and together they started the company in 1992. BHRT, using pellet therapy, was pioneered by Dr. Gino Tutera, who played a critical role in its development as a viable and successful medical method. He began using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy - BHRT - in 1979 to prevent pregnancy loss. This treatment was not without criticism, but it nevertheless helped a great many people. Tutera Medical is considered the pioneer in hormone pellet therapy. CarolAnn and her team are currently working on a shampoo & conditioner product to further complement their hair repair supplement. Although she’s a leading voice in the field, CarolAnn has been a patient for the past 26 years. “Our staff keeps me actively involved and always leaves me feeling excited about new products and procedures that we bring to both companies,” she says. She also believes strongly in giving patients the best treatment and care at

affordable prices. “We offer pellet hormone replacement therapy that is tailored to meet our patient’s specific needs,” she shares. This year saw further expansion for SottoPelle® throughout the world. As the gold standard in the field, SottoPelle’s reputation is world renown. “I am honored to be part of this company and continue to see it grow,” she says. CarolAnn was listed by Vanity Fair’s Women to Watch and was the face of HRT in Phoenix Magazine for four consecutive years. Tutera Medical was also voted the best HRT office at Ranking Arizona for six years. CarolAnn says the most valuable lesson she’s learned is that everyone has setbacks in life, but how a person handles them and learns from them is what truly matters. Contact Tutera Medical or SottoPelle® at 480.874.1515 or visit,, located at 8412 E. Shea Blvd., #101, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.

Strategy For Success

Tania Kvakic takes a client focused family office approach


anaging wealth and planning for the future is a complex road to travel, especially for athletes. We’ve all read the stories of athletes who excelled during their playing careers only to find themselves with financial challenges because of poor wealth management. But Tania Kvakic is changing that for the better. Born in Montreal to immigrant parents, Tania moved to America and started working in the banking industry at age 20. Her experience led her to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in International Business Management and a Master’s in Financial Planning. Taking her banking experience, she became the Senior Vice President Financial Advisor Senior Consulting Group, International at RBC Wealth Management. She focuses on helping athletes and their families understand their finances, plan for the future and define their legacies. What sets her apart is her unique family-oriented approach, where she develops long-lasting relationships with

both her client and their family. This allows her to view every case differently based on individual needs and instills trust with her clients to guide them through significant life events. “As a member of the RBC Sports Professionals division, I’m part of a team that helps over 1,700 current and retired professional athletes define their own success through planning, education, and preparation. My approach is centered on managing their end-to-end needs, including income planning, investments, retirement planning, tax planning, insurance, and estate planning,” she says. Her work in the industry hasn’t gone unnoticed, as she was awarded Top Women Wealth Advisor in 2022, Forbes Best in State Wealth Advisor in 2021, Forbes Top Women Wealth Advisor in 2021, and Forbes Next-Gen Wealth Advisor Under 40 in 2021. Tania is a trailblazer in the heavily male-dominated sports and finance industries. “There are some amazing women getting an opportunity to

shine, and I want to keep breaking down doors for those coming up just like the women before me have done,” she shares. As the financial industry continues to undergo significant shifts, Tania says it’s more important now than ever for athletes to have an advisor that understands how to navigate the ups and downs of the market during and after their careers. When she’s not helping her clients plan for the future, Tania serves on the board of the Arizona Coyotes Foundation, working closely with team and front office executives to create positive changes in the community. “Investing in women’s sports at all levels is a key priority for me. At RBC, we are dedicated to creating positive change through sponsorships, research, education initiatives, and mentorship programs,” she reveals. Contact Tania at 602.381.5308 or visit, 2398 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 700, Phoenix, AZ, 85016.

CURV Body Lounge

Jenny Hall is detoxing valley bodies one stroke at a time


ith self-care more important than ever, founder of CURV Body Lounge, Jenny Hall focuses on full body lymphatic drainage to promote healing and wellness. “Lymphatic drainage is clinically proven to reduce inflammation, improve circulation, clears body of toxins and gives you a feeling of a clearer mind and leaving your body feeling lighter,” she shares. Growing up in a family of male entrepreneurs, Jenny always knew she would own her own business. “It came so naturally. I had a vision and I put my whole heart and soul into this brand,” she says. A serial entrepreneur, Jenny is not only the founder of CURV Body Lounge but owner and founder of the Henny and Coco children's brand where she designs, manufactures, and sells to top tier resorts and specialty boutiques all over the world. “It's a go big or go home mentality!” she says. All the craze in NYC, LA, and MiamiJenny brought the lymphatic drainage technique to the valley one year ago with

the conception of CURV Body Lounge. The lymphatic drainage technique is beloved by celebrities for its sculpting effect and is a skill that Jenny’s team has mastered. The signature CURV Detox + Sculpt is a full body lymphatic drainage session that gets your lymphatic flow moving while releasing the unwanted toxins in your lymph system. “We also provide pre and post op care to ensure proper healing with our specialized techniques,” she shares. CURV Body Lounge is well known for their use of advanced technology and techniques to help you achieve optimal levels of confidence and body bliss. With the support of numerous surgeons in the valley, CURV was established to bridge the gap in quality post op care and recovery. Since CURV is a concierge style facility, clients receive top tier service in a clean environment. Some clients visit CURV after surgery or pregnancy to combat swelling and some clients are simply looking to feel lighter

in their everyday life or before or after a special event or vacation. Jenny and her team offer perfectly fitted garments for post-surgery, post pregnancy, and everyday use. “Our garments are made from top quality material and make you bounce back in no time!” she says. This year CURV is celebrating their one-year anniversary with nearly 1,000 clients. The brand has expanded the service menu to include full body red light therapy, gua sha lymphatic drainage and sculpting on the face, in addition to monthly memberships. Jenny has plans to expand throughout the valley while maintaining a work life balance. “My number one joy in life is my children, I am big on making memories that will forever be embedded with them,” she says. “I enjoy spending time alone working on selfhealing and growth to be the best mother, partner, person, and business woman.” Contact Jenny at 480.571.4767 or visit, 4207 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

Maximize Your Pilates Potential Nina Smith tailors every session to her clients’ needs


hroughout her dual career as an Attorney in California and Arizona, Nina developed an appreciation for the many benefits of Pilates and achieved Comprehensive Certification from the elite Power Pilates New York City training program. She now owns a lively boutique Pilates studio in north Scottsdale, Muse Pilates. Nina is a trusted and valuable resource for those seeking to maximize their potential. Professional athletes, celebrities, public figures, dancers, golfers, figure skaters, equestrians, triathletes, business professionals, and many others make up her clientele. Muse Pilates has all the classical apparatus used for stretching, strength-building, stability and stamina including specialized equipment for taller individuals. "I ensure proper connections are being made in the body to prevent injury and achieve optimal results," she explains. As an experienced Comprehensively Certified instructor, Nina has training in

Kinesiology and injuries, and works with clients with diverse needs. She tailors every session based on clients' needs and goals and builds upon their progress. "I maintain the highest standards in every aspect of my business and am genuinely committed to my clients' success." she says. Nina's enthusiastic teaching style makes everyone feel welcome and confident, from beginner to advanced practitioners. "I enjoy building relationships with clients. They leave invigorated and happy," she shares. Feeling inspired and inspiring others led to the studio's name. "My hard-working clients motivate me...Professional baseball players who come to stretch and optimize performance...Doctors who trust me with their own health and wellness...Dancers preparing to perform...Iron Man competitors challenging themselves in new ways... Retirees who find a safe workout with Pilates...People rehabilitating from procedures committed to strong recovery... Young adults who care about having good

posture...Men who find Pilates a valuable complement to their fitness regimens... Brides and moms-to-be preparing for life changing events...all of my loyal and appreciative clients who now plan to do Pilates for life," she explains. Nina forms synergistic classes with clients of like skill sets and interests. She is expanding her athletic conditioning classes, including classes for golfers to correct imbalances and improve swing; for bodybuilders to intensify small muscle and side-body work; for cyclists and runners to stretch hamstrings; for equestrians to strengthen core and stamina; and for ball players to enhance range of motion and explosive movement. "I will continue to provide discreet concierge service for public figures,” she shares. Muse Pilates also hosts instructor certification programs, events, and is involved in philanthropy. Contact Nina at 602.619.2948 or, 15641 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260.

Real Estate Standout

Marnie Rosenthal is committed to providing unparalleled service


arnie Rosenthal with Team Marnie Luxury Real Estate has proven herself to rank amongst the top 1% in the real estate industry. "Perseverance, Determination and Experience are the key ingredients to my maintaining a gage on the pulse of the market, knowing what manufacturing and developments are opening in the state and how it all impacts the real estate market," she says. From 12 years in mechanical engineering to the last 16 years dominating the real estate industry, Marnie utilizes her technical knowledge while providing personal attention to every Client, making them feel they are her "only" Client. She specializes in effective marketing solutions to showcase Client properties utilizing result oriented social media strategies. She has always placed priority on building her proverbial toolkit to best fulfill her Client's needs. Through attending seminars and obtaining new designations, aligning with strong companies to ensure smooth transactions, Marnie continues to further her expertise in the evolving market. She

protects Sellers from details in contracts they may have missed and helps Buyers understand what it takes to facilitate an executed contract in today's competitive market. With many awards under her belt for her superior selling status, Marnie was recently honored with finishing in the top 18 agents of her company that grossed $2.6 billion in sales for 2021. Her 100% Client referral base has proven year after year that Marnie's respect from the community, colleagues and Clients is second to none. This year, Marnie is excited to introduce a video series highlighting the many facets of issues related to real estate that are impacting market values i.e., popular trends, new business development, how to merge old finishes with new, the explosion in demand of the furnished short term rental market, the need for "zoom" rooms / home office space and how to compete in the buying and selling process. While many people look to the most successful individuals to inspire and motivate them, Marnie looks to those in

business that have come from nothing and rose to great success despite monumental challenges. As an impressionable young woman, Marnie came from humble beginnings and worked many jobs. Marnie emulated two significant women: Martina Navratilova for fleeing her country with nothing but a dream and Gwen Shotwell, a fellow Engineer from Illinois, with a focus to support the future of women in engineering. Marnie takes great pride in giving back to the community by donating her time and resources to leadership boards, charities, shelters and food banks that help children and families in need. Marnie's product knowledge, her navigating the ever-changing market, her resilience to the roller coaster of market values, along with the expertise and success from her past and present Clients, truly make her A Woman to Watch. Contact Marnie - Team Marnie Luxury Real Estate at 480.298.2971 or visit #MovingWithMarnie

Science Backed Skincare

Bogi Foghi makes radiant, natural beauty accessible to everyone


any teens struggle with the selfesteem issues due to hormonebased acne. Still, few decide to tackle the issue head-on by starting a cosmetics company from the ground up to help people achieve inner and outer beauty through better skincare. But that’s exactly what Boglarka “Bogi” Foghi did. Originally from Pecs, Hungary, Bogi drew inspiration from family trips and vacations to the baths and hot springs where men, women, and children retreated to find natural healing, relaxation, and recreation, and by the accessible local spas that offered affordable facials and skincare treatments. This experience and the self-esteem issues she dealt with as a teen inspired her to help others look and feel comfortable in their own skin. After coming to America, she earned an MBA and Juris Doctorate Degree from John Marshall Law School. She opened her own law firm in the Albuquerque area in 2009 while continuing to study nutrition and the chemistry of maintaining healthy,

vibrant skin. This lead to the formation of ENVIE Cosmetics. Hungarian women take tremendous care of themselves, and are known around the world for their exquisite beauty, yet how they achieve it is so vastly different from American standards, so natural and so simple,” Bogi reveals. ENVIE takes a unique approach to skincare; as Bogi explains, “With a science backed and herbalism infused basic line of skincare essentials for men and women, ENVIE appeals to a sophisticated customer seeking true value and European quality.” Her passion for helping goes beyond skincare and advocacy. Bogi is heavily involved in supporting animal shelters in Arizona and New Mexico and built her love of animals into the ENVIE brand making her products cruelty-free with no animal testing. “Once we get ENVIE into brick and mortars, we’ll be supporting animal shelters with a portion of the proceeds,” she says. “It has always been my goal to be a leader for other women by living with beauty

and feminine power. From advocating for women and children in family law practice to being a role model in beauty pageants to being a mother and wife, I have held to these values,” Bogi says. After starting ENVIE, she received an unexpected offer from Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington to take the company to the next level. “This has been an incredible journey. We did not expect to be growing so soon, but I’m ready. We just went under contract and will begin shooting videos in the next few weeks,” she said. Bogi’s been a fierce advocate for the welfare of children and families and women's empowerment; this, combined with her hard work ethic and traditional values, makes her a woman to watch in 2022. “It’s my goal to share skincare wisdom with my customers through ENVIE, to make radiant, lasting natural beauty accessible to all.” Contact Bogi at 480.448.9171 or, 7147 E. Rancho Vista Dr., Suite B34, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

Concierge Style Real Estate

Yvonne Matejka takes luxury living above and beyond


lients have trusted Yvonne Matejka to help them with their residential, multifamily, land sales and luxury leasing for over 6 years. As a Partner and Real Estate advisor with BlackLabel/Taylor Street Advisors, Yvonne offers a full-service concierge experience to her clients. As a high-touch broker known for her extensive market knowledge and unmatched devotion to clients, Yvonne’s success is based on a broad range of sales, marketing, and real estate experience. Yvonne has developed a resonant ability to ensure a smooth transaction. “I'm always evolving and have creative ways to find solutions for any given problem a client may run into,” she shares. This year, Yvonne intends to break into the large apartment space with properties up to 150 units. Yvonne earns the respect of her clients by working tirelessly on their behalf and by always offering them candid advice. A savvy and experienced negotiator, Yvonne has been consistently ranked in the top 5% Individual Volume in Maricopa

County, nominated twice for Rookie of the Year in Arizona Business Journal, 40 under 40 SAAR recipient, won the Humanitarian of the Year Award presented by Women’s Council of Realtors, and has served on the Board of WCR for two years. Always looking for a partnership rather than a transaction, Yvonne is continuously nurturing relationships with her clients and colleagues. “I’m a great listener, I have the ability to determine what clients' needs are instantly with a quick conversation,” she says. A trusted advisor throughout every step of a real estate transaction, Yvonne is dedicated to helping her clients achieve their goals with patience, diligence, and discretion. Drawing inspiration from her family and giving back to the community, Yvonne is widely recognized for her commitment to Scottsdale Rotary club, Mentor Kids USA, Foothills Animal Rescue, and Scottsdale Leadership Class XXXIV. She has cumulatively fundraised over $20,000 in the past four years for charities including

YWCA, PTSD Foundation/Camp Hope, Child Crisis AZ, 1Mission, Lost Our Home Animal Rescue, Habitat for Humanity and Red Cross to name a few. Her parents immigrated from the Czech Republic and started from nothing to achieve great things. “They taught me the value of hard work and motivate me to do my best every day, “she says. “I am so grateful to them for giving me a better opportunity then they had.” When she's not serving her clients, Yvonne enjoys spending time outdoors, smothering her dog Disko, DJing, traveling, and hosting fundraisers. She devotes her time and resources by organizing monthly charity events benefiting various local nonprofits and recently took up golf. “Music is one of my other passions and I have been DJing/producing music for the past 16 years,” she shares. “One of my favorite residences is at Toca Madera!” Contact Yvonne at 480.334.9590 or visit or www., 2929 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 218, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

Individualized Attention to Accounting CPA Shayne R. Neuwirth is committed to exceptional service


or nearly 11 years, Shayne R. Neuwirth has focused on helping small businesses and individuals develop their tax structure and navigate complex state and local scenarios. After obtaining a degree in Business Marketing, Shayne moved to Scottsdale, where she received her post-baccalaureate in Accountancy from Arizona State University before opening her own fullservice tax and accounting firm. Shayne- a board member of the Miracle League of Arizona, has been recognized as one of the five most influential accountants in 2021 by the Arizona Business Leaders annual publication and her firm ranked #1 by Ranking Arizona for CPA firms of 3 CPAs or less in 2022, 2021, 2020, and 2019. Shayne gained experience by working on the finance side in both the home building and airline industries. But it was after accepting a position at a small public accounting firm that she developed an affinity for providing meaningful advice

and making a positive impact on small businesses. “An opportunity presented itself for me to start my own firm after realizing there was a gap in the tax and accounting industry,” she says. “I wanted to provide accounting services while being savvy, attentive, and approachable.” Communication and organization are two of her greatest strengths. Not only can Shayne connect effectively with clients- but government agencies like the IRS and Arizona Department of Revenue to resolve tax issues. "I can explain in simple terms a client's tax situation and why they may be owing and ways to successfully mitigate their taxes," she says. “I have an overwhelming impulse to get things done fast and be almost immediate with my responses to get matters resolved quickly.” In 2022 Shayne’s firm has adopted software that allows a more streamlined, efficient and productive approach. Her clients are able to have their entire tax

return process done virtually thanks to a secure online portal and digital signature capabilities. “We have a dedicated team of accountants and administrative staff that treats our clients' business as our own.” Looking ahead, Shayne will continue to grow her team of eleven and provide excellent service to the clients. Shayne R. Neuwirth CPA, PLLC was included for the second year in a row on the ASU SunDevil 100 for the fastest growing business led by an ASU Alumni. Recently, she joined the Arizona Women's Foundation as a member of the Professional Advisory Committee and continues to serve as a member of EO Accelerator, a global business network of leading entrepreneurs. In her spare time, Shayne enjoys spending time with her husband Scott and their 3-year-old twins, David and Addison. Contact Shayne at 480.393.0755 or, 10733 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Suite E201, Scottsdale, AZ 85259.

Client Focused

Kelly Hennessy knows that real estate is a business of relationships


hether you’re relocating, buying your first home, changing neighborhoods, or investing, you need a real estate agent to help you negotiate the often-winding roads that can impact your life for years to come. And here in the Valley of the Sun, many people turn to Kelly Hennessy of Kelly Hennessy Homes. After earning her degree in Business and Communications from ASU, she furthered her education, earning her real estate license, and starting her career in 2003 working with Pulte Homes. There, she spent eight years developing her craft and knowledge of the real estate industry and found success after making a move into resale, where she now works with Platinum Living. Kelly’s become known for her relentless work ethic, enthusiasm, and ability to create a positive buying and selling experience for her clients. “I am truly a people person; I love all my clients and think of them like family, so going above and beyond for them comes

naturally,” she said. What makes Kelly a success at her work is her hustle, networking abilities, and extensive knowledge of both sides of the real estate industry, giving her a unique perspective to help her clients better. “I have been doing this full-time for almost 20 years now. I have been on both sides of the spectrum, working on the new build side and also on the resale side,” she says, adding that she gets satisfaction from giving her clients a leg up on the competition by providing them with a more personalized and focused approach. The Arizona native owes much of her success and growth to more than 50% of her business coming from past client referrals and that being from the Valley of the Sun definitely gives her an edge. She’s ranked in the top 4% amongst all active agents in Maricopa County, and she’s received many recognitions, including the Platinum Circle Award and the Circle of Excellence Award from Platinum Living.

No successful person is an island unto themselves, and all draw inspiration throughout their lives. Kelly says her family and daughter inspire and motivate her and are the driving forces behind everything she does. When she’s not helping clients with their real estate and investment needs, she’s helping her daughter with cheering and horseback riding and spends time volunteering with local charities. In a highly competitive market, staying one step ahead is necessary. This inspired Kelly to create an app for easy use and convenience to potential clients. It provides the latest listings with more accurate information along with a direct feed from MLS. Be sure to download KELLY HENNESSY HOMES to stay connected 24/7 “When you love what you do, it’s not a’s your passion, I believe my clients know that when they are working with me!” she says. Contact Kelly at 602.318.6661 or visit

Family Matters

Lauren A. Bostick helps clients build a bridge to a new beginning


nown by many as a natural-born advocate, Family Law Attorney, Lauren A. Bostick, wakes up every day, driven to give her clients a voice who otherwise would not have one, and turning seemingly hopeless situations into promising futures. Lauren is with Rachel Frazier Johnson Law, where she focuses primarily on Divorce, Child Custody, Spousal Maintenance, Child Support, Enforcement, Adoption, and Estate Planning. Lauren takes pride in the fact that the majority of her clients come from referrals. “We are very client-oriented at the Firm and care about getting the best possible outcome for our clients” she says. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Organizational Communication from Northern Arizona University (cum laude), graduated from Arizona Summit Law School (cum laude) in the top ten percent of her class and earned a CALI Award in Trial Practice. Lauren draws inspiration from her parents and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “She

[Ginsburg] was a strong advocate for equality and women’s rights. My mom and dad have also been a huge inspiration to me and I’m so thankful for all their love and support over the years,” Lauren shares. Lauren frequently gives back to the people of Arizona, especially the non-profit sector where she’s provided 1000+ hours of pro bono legal services and volunteered in several legal clinics such as the Veteran’s Legal Clinic, Father Matters, and Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Her dedication to the community earned her recognition by the Peoria School District Board of Education, The Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization, Salvation Army, American Cancer Society, and We’re Moving Forward. She’s been consistently ranked as a top 10 attorney for Family Law nationally and in the state of Arizona in addition to being featured in KNOW Magazine as a top women entrepreneur. Lauren has also been recognized as a top 5 practice leader for Family Law in Ranking Arizona. Additionally, Lauren serves on the

Executive Board of Directors for the Maricopa County Bar Association and is on the Board for the Maricopa County Bar Foundation and is the Committee Chair for the Lawyer Referral Service. She also serves as a mentor for She Leads through Arizona Foundation for Women and is on the Community Legal Services and Swift Youth Foundation Board and actively works with the Alyssa James Foundation. Lauren is a Member of the Scottsdale Bar and Arizona Women Lawyers Association (AWLA) and serves on the Leadership Committee for AWLA and has taught Continuing Legal Education regarding Domestic Violence and Family Law related matters. When she isn’t fighting to give a voice to the voiceless, or volunteering, she can be found spending time with her family, serving on her HOA board, and cuddling her rescue pup, Corky. Contact Lauren at or 602.777.3577, 4808 N. 24th Street, Suite 150, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

Relocation Resource

Colleen Davis is an expert at Relocation in Real Estate


ith the Real Estate market fluctuating like crazy in 2022, relocating from out of state, and finding a Realtor you can trust creates undue stress and anxiety for families, and that’s where Colleen Davis comes in to save the day. When most people enter the Real Estate industry, their focus is on selling, but Colleen took a different approach by focusing on the relocation aspect. She earned her Realtor’s license in 2013 and met her colleague and business partner, Frank Fanelli, 5 years ago while helping families relocating from out of state. “Frank has been in the Real Estate and relocation industry for nearly 40 years and has taught me a tremendous amount about the relocation side of the business,” she says. Colleen’s strong attention to detail, compassion for people, and tremendous communication skills give her the ability to successfully assess her client’s needs and match them with the right Realtor to make tough transitions as smooth and

stress-free as possible. “I have a knack for matching personalities!” she says. Her hard work ethic and loyalty have paid off. After working with Fanelli for several years, she rose to the position of Vice President/Relocation Director and became a partner with eBrokerMatch Relocation & Referral to offer complementary Relocation services to any Realtor or family that is moving to an area where they don’t know a Realtor personally. “I’m very familiar with the stress and anxiety that can be involved in the moving process”, Colleen says. “I take great pride in being able to reduce some of the stress by helping locate a top-notch Realtor in a location where our client is moving to. I’m proud to be affiliated with Relocation and Referral where integrity and customer service is placed above all else.” Colleen’s unwavering success and determination to succeed don’t go unnoticed and she stands by the principle that being independent allows her to provide better results without the influence from

national companies. “We’ve been offered to be purchased by or partner with several national brands. We have turned them all down because we don’t want to lose the ability to make decisions that directly apply to our business. Therefore, our future is remaining independent and we are proud to keep our headquarters in Scottsdale,” she says. eBrokerMatch Relocation & Referral was recently acknowledged as “Most Relevant Real Estate Service” available to consumers and Realtors at a national conference. When she’s not helping families relocate, you can find her spending quality time with her family and enjoying the Arizona outdoors. Davis is proud to be a womanowned, service-oriented business dedicated to taking as much pain out of the Relocation process as possible, making her a woman to watch in 2022. Contact Colleen Davis at 602.510.1029 or visit

Pucci Salon

Debora Gallo-Capaldi leads Arizona’s elite beauty destination


en and women in the valley of the sun know that Pucci Salon is the place to be seen. And once the team of experts at Pucci work their magic, you will be the one to be seen. Debora Gallo-Capaldi is at the helm of the business. As the Owner of Pucci Salon, she has over 30 years of experience in the beauty industry and is constantly sharing her wisdom with the next generation of beauty industry bosses. “I love to give advice and coach young entrepreneurs,” she gushes. “Women need to be encouraged,” Debora adds. With entrepreneurship in her blood and the salon business in her heart, Debora’s passion lies in bringing out the beauty in those around her, teaching stylists something new, empowering others to overcome their challenges behind the chair and helping her employees find their confidence in their career and within themselves. Stylists at Pucci are happy, kind, and empathetic. They don’t just cut hair or paint nails; they truly see their clients and help make them shine.

“We have brought together a dream team with individual style and diverse backgrounds that offers something for everyone,” Debora says. “With extensive knowledge, education, creativity, and personality, you will love the transformative looks!” Pucci offers a wide range of hair, nails, skin, and makeup services and uses only the highest quality brands and products including Oribe, ILe’s Formula, RevitiLash, advanced mineral makeup, Image, and more. At Pucci, the experience matches the quality of the products used. Debora calls it “a place where everyone knows your name.” From the perfect blonde hue and balayage to beach waves and a full face of makeup, Pucci has got you covered. Inherently cool but inclusive, chic, and easy— the environment is comfortable, and carefree. “We want the experience to be fun for everyone,” Debora says. Debora’s commitment to shining a spotlight on her staff has been rewarding both personally and in business. Her clients

and employees reciprocate her loyalty to them, and many of the Pucci stylists have built loyal client bases under her guidance. “We are passionate about small businesses and have over 40 employees who are working hard to build a life and career they have always hoped for,” Debora says. At Pucci, beauty is transformative. Debora and her team draw inspiration from the natural beauty surrounding the salon located in Paradise Valley. “Spring is a time when the desert explodes with magnificent colors,” she says. “The new seasons and the changes they bring inspire the colors, cuts, and simple styles recommended to clients.” In 2022, Debora is looking forward to continually helping people look and feel their very best. “From start to finish, our genuine staff will ensure that you love your time spent at Pucci!” she says. Contact Debora at Pucci Salon at 480.443.3030 or visit www.puccisalon. com, 7293 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253.

Fancy Flies!

Unforgettable customer service is key for Cynthia Thomas


ith 14 years of experience in private aviation, Cynthia Thomas is dedicated to providing clients with a safe and luxurious experience at Paradise Jets. In 2008 Cynthia fell in love with the industry when she first met her husband who is passionate about aviation too. Before she stepped into her role as Sr. Vice President at Paradise Jets, Cynthia worked as a licensed Realtor and as Director of flight control, and Corporate Flight Attendant. Her diverse background and extensive knowledge of the aviation industry including the intricacies of operations planning allow her to strengthen Paradise Jets client relationships through the implementation of strategic planning, technology and customer service enhancements. With fully-enclosed hangars offering state-of-the-art climate control and fire suppression, Paradise Jets has everything covered to keep planes safe and ready at a moment’s notice. “Unless you’ve got an extensive background in the world of

private aviation, purchasing an aircraft or chartering a jet might feel like uncharted territory,” Cynthia says. “No one wants to risk a costly mistake, so it’s to your advantage to work with a team that has your best interests in mind.” Paradise Jets brand new hangar space at Falcon Field offers easy fly-in, fly-out convenience - especially those in Southern California, which is only a 30–40-minute private flight away. Additionally, Cynthia and her team have introduced new management programs - Paradise Select and Paradise Select Plus, which provide aircraft owners with a positive ROI. “We go above and beyond every day by providing our customers with an unmatched level of service and support,” Cynthia shares. "We know we can satisfy even the most discerning clients.” Cynthia’s obsession with customer service and outstanding financial results set her business apart. Taking a dedicated, data-driven approach to her work, she is able to help clients invest efficiently, meet their financial goals and expectations, and

enjoy the most streamlined private flight operations possible. Her full-service team offers consultation, charter, acquisition, sales, and management services to help clients plan, build, and manage private flight operations at any scale. As a working mother, Cynthia is inspired by fellow moms that are successfully balancing a career with motherhood. She is a proud supporter of ASA Now, a non-profit organization created out of the love for foster and adoptive children, their families and the community. Further, she enjoys volunteering in varied capacities, including serving as the president of the Phoenix Chapter of Women in Aviation and getting involved with fundraising events such as the American Cancer Society's Cattle Baron's Ball. Cynthia enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, traveling and exploring the mountains of Arizona. Contact Cynthia at 480.409.5006 or visit, 2443 N. Greenfield Rd., Suite 115, Mesa, AZ 85215.

Full Service

Kimberly Lowe and Shannon Ellermann are a dynamic real estate duo


ntegrity, a vigorous work ethic, and a strategic business approach form the platform that Kimberly Lowe and Shannon Ellermann bring as real estate agents at The Kimberly Lowe Group at The Agency Real Estate. The two talented, driven, and caring women seek to provide their clients with the most convenient and quality service possible, and they truly go above and beyond. “We believe in placing the needs and interests of our clients before our own,” Kimberly shares. “Our clients know that they come first and that we are mildly obsessive about maximizing their overall experience and helping them see the value we bring,” Shannon shares. The majority of their business is based on referrals so building strong relationships and trust are the keys to the duo’s success. By collaborating with different industry partners to provide innovative solutions, the team is able to provide their clients with the inside track to opportunities in this robust environment.

For listings the women provide free home consultations, a pre-listing/prepare to sell consultation, and accessory staging at no additional cost. They coordinate all vendors for listing preparation and have a full marketing team that specializes in SEO, Google, social media, and blogging to guarantee digital exposure. “We meet with our Buyers to understand the home they are looking for and the areas they want to live in,” Kimberly shares. “We also want to understand what their lifestyle is like so we can help them find the right area that will give them the best quality of life.” With their experience and extensive training, Kimberly and Shannon negotiate all the purchase contracts to get their clients the home and results they want. Motivated by their own authenticity and care for others, Shannon explains that her grandmother and parents- all business owners were a large source of inspiration both growing up and getting into Real Estate. She goes on to discuss how wanting to play a part in helping people

achieve their dreams and goals is also a driving force for her. Kimberly, meanwhile, shares that her family is a strong source of motivation. In her case, she wants to set a good example when it comes to the value of hard work for her children. So far, they have sold over $100 million together, and note that they are just getting started. The women share that further growth is on the horizon for them, explaining, “This year we are focused on our growth as a team including expanding our own personnel.” If you’re looking for a truly authentic, successful, and passionate group to sell your home or purchase a new one, look no further than The Kimberly Lowe Group. Kimberly Lowe and Shannon Ellermann bring excellence to the buying, selling, and investing experience. Contact The Kimberly Lowe Group at 602.900.1331 or visit, 7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 1040, Scottsdale, AZ 85253.

Taking the Reins

Alec Maza is focused on her new role as CEO of Volanti


lec Maza, director at Volanti Restaurant and Lounge will soon step into her new role as CEO. While working at the family owned and operated, Volanti, Alec has embodied the caring, high-quality service that the brand represents. Her duties span a wide range of responsibilities including jet catering, events, menu development, the wine program, and community outreach to name a few. “I’ve tried to describe Volanti by traditional restaurant descriptors and each time I come up short with the words,” she says. “Our menu is a combination of my brother's favorite steaks, our long-time guest Chad's self-created sandwich, and cocktails that we’ve spent many nights making wrong until we made them right!” Volanti was founded by Alec’s mother DeeDee, and now Alec is gearing up to fill her mother’s shoes. DeeDee will still be involved with Volanti while focusing on some of her other passions. “Alec came to work for me right out of

college. It’s something I desired all my kids to do. I wanted to provide a front row seat at how hard and rewarding doing what your passionate about can be,” DeeDee says. “My job was to teach her, to push her, to motivate her, to inspire her. In turn she pushed me to levels I never knew existed. I am so proud of the who she has become and where she has taken Volanti and I’m excited to watch her flourish to heights she never knew existed,” Dee shares. Alec is ready to take the reins thanks to a team of phenomenal family members and women by her side. Her Hangar Events Team has produced some of the greatest parties in the airpark. From Super Bowl parties and hotel grand opening celebrations to corporate and personal celebrations, her team can create the party of your dreams. “We are the only full-service team with the production warehouse and kitchen on site at the airport,” Alec says.

Besides a one-of-a-kind view of the Scottsdale Airpark runway and delicious food, Volanti offers luxury experiences including the popular Helicopter packageAlec’s personal favorite way to enjoy the restaurant. ““It’s a three-course dinner for two that takes off and lands right below the patio of our restaurant. It includes a bottle of wine, a bottle of champagne, or cocktails, and a flight around the valley to see the sights!” she shares. In 2022, the team is expanding their flight and dining options from helicopter tours to fully planned trips to Las Vegas and Southern California including flights, hotel, experiences, and of course food and drink. Community is at the heart of Volanti. The team is working to raise funds for the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children through events such as yoga and fun runs. Contact Alec at Volanti at 480.657.2426 or www.volantiscottsdale. com, 15000 N. Airport Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85260.

Solution Focused

Jacque Linaman is in the business of helping people


love making great matches,” Jacque Linaman expresses enthusiastically. And no, she’s not a matchmaker in the romantic sense. Jacque Linaman is a Vice President at the executive search firm Govig & Associates. She started with the company 24 years ago as a project coordinator and worked her way up to her current leadership role. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in Psychology, Jacque took a position with Govig & Associates and there’s no doubt that her studies have come in handy throughout her long career with the firm. Afterall, she and her team owe their success to acting as more than just recruiters. “We’re partners, coaches, and experts,” she says. “I take pride in working hard to change people’s lives.” Aside from her education and experience, Jacque has the personality needed to succeed in executive search. She is passionate about what she does, and remains solution focused while maintaining the perfect combination of empathy and transparency.

Truly “human-centered”, she is authentic, quick to understand, and adaptive. The proof of Jacque’s aptitude for recruiting is in the numbers. She recently set a new record for the highest production revenue in a single month in the company’s history. Working at one of the top executive search firms in Arizona provides Jacque’s preferred boutique style approach with a global uniqueness in their methodologies. “We work tirelessly to find the best match for all parties involved,” she says. Indeed, she calls herself specifically a “precision recruiter,” a role that involves finding just the right fit for each and every situation. Looking ahead, Jacque is focused on building her team, so as to maintain Govig & Associates position as the premier recruiting firm in the southwest. As client demands change, she looks forward to working hard and supporting new needs. This is especially true as the country emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, which may have changed the structure of

the American workforce forever. Jacque’s love for helping others doesn’t end when she clocks out for the day. Since 2012, she’s been a member of The Phoenix Woman’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center. The board, known as PANDA (People Acting Now Discovering Answers) raises money for research into cures and treatments for devastating childhood diseases, as well as public awareness. She was President of the board from 2017-2018, and since the inception of the organization has helped them raise almost twenty-five million dollars. She calls her work with PANDA her “second passion,” behind executive search. In her spare time, Jacque can be found enjoying every minute possible with her twin 17-year-old daughters Campbell and Taylor, supportive husband Greg and new puppy, Zookie. Contact Jacque Linaman at 480.718.6116 or Jacque.linaman@govig. com;, 7150 E. Camelback Road, Suite 555, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

Wonder Women

The Wendy Walker Fine Properties team treats their clients like family


he women of Wendy Walker Fine Properties are a dynamic group of real estate powerhouses hailing from a variety of backgrounds. Wendy Walker, Amanda Malcom, Kristin Oas, Jade Izzett and Rachel Swirtz, make up an inspirational and proficient collective. The team of passionate women believe in advocating for their clients and supporting their every need throughout one of the most important purchases of their lives. Thanks to their diverse experiences in the fields of psychology, sales, marketing, and business the group is able to establish deep relationships with their clients, tradespeople, and other real estate professionals. This edge gives them an innate ability to be proactive and navigate sometimes very emotional and complex transitions for our clients. Wendy is happy to share that her group has recently joined The Agency Real Estate Company. “We know that the real estate market is constantly changing and we wanted to align ourselves with a company that strives to be ahead of the others

regarding innovation and more importantly implementation,” she says. The women share a similar, heartwarming answer when it comes to inspiration to deliver such consistently high-quality service - family. All are working mothers, and explain that setting a good example for their children is one of their biggest motivators. “Our families are ultimately our greatest source of motivation and inspiration. We believe in demonstrating a strong work ethic and showing our children that when you are passionate and truly enjoy what you do, it is both rewarding and gratifying,” Wendy shares. And the Wendy Walker Fine Properties team’s success in the real estate industry speaks for itself; the women prioritize the importance of teamwork and creating personal connections with others. Real estate embodies who they are as people: hard workers, experts, forward thinkers, creative visionaries, and friends. “We aim to be highly innovative, educated on every aspect of the marketplace, proactive and most of all champions for our

clients,” Wendy says. “We believe a team always outperforms an individual and we are willing to share everything together to demonstrate our commitment. Each of us has a unique set of skill sets that collectively help us better serve and create a personalized client experience while having fun!” Service is the team’s top priority, to both their clients and community. All five women are actively involved in various philanthropic efforts. Wendy ongoingly supports The Hope Effect, Women for Women International, and Compassion International, Amanda has volunteered in Haiti, Jade is on The Phoenix Children’s Hospital Beach Ball Committee, Kristin volunteers for numerous golf charity tournaments throughout the year and Rachel supports First Tee Phoenix. This dynamic group is proof that when you put others needs above your own, success will follow. Contact Wendy Walker Fine Properties at 602.888.4162 or office@, 7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite1040, Scottsdale, AZ 85253.


Brains, Beauty, and Business. Shawna Enright can do it all


hawna Enright is dedicated to the art of hair and lashes. The beauty boss is a licensed cosmetologist and owner of Kalon Salon, Kalon Lash Extensions, and Kalon Hair Extensions. Her salon offers a full range of services but her niche is in sew in hair extensions. Kalon Hair Extensions offers 25 hand-dyed colors in different lengths and textures to beauty professionals around the world. The line is launching even more products this spring including halo pieces- a temporary extension option and new influential and uncommon wefts- both modern versions of the traditional hand tied hair extensions that are more cost effective and shed free. During the pandemic, Shawna created a line of reusable, ethically sourced mink eyelash extensions. Kalon Lash Extensions offers 6 different styles ranging from natural every day lashes to pumped up voluminous lashes for a night out on the town. Running three different businesses isn’t easy, but Shawna’s background taught her to take any chance she gets. Growing

up in a family of women who worked in the beauty industry inspired her to pursue her passion from a young age. Her mother, aunt, and grandmother taught her that if she wants something, she has to work for it. “When I went to school, I was told to never say no to an opportunity,” Shawna says. As a result, she gained a variety of professional experience before starting her own businesses. From walking the runway at New York Fashion Week to styling hair and makeup for funerals and teaching internationally, Shawna continually took chances to refine her skills. She is currently working on her certification for a cutting-edge technique that installs permanent toppers to hair and is designed to help clients who struggle with balding, hair loss, and medical conditions that affect their hair. Ambitious and thoughtful, Shawna has created a community at Kalon Salon. “Creating a community within my clientele where they will always feel at home is very important,” she shares.

As her businesses grow, she hopes to work some “me” time into her schedule. Her self-care involves boating and fishing at her parents’ Wisconsin lake house, sipping wine and tequila, practicing her golf swing, and flipping houses and salons. Shawna is living proof that success can be achieved with hard work and determination. “Sometimes going through the muck allows you to have more wisdom on how the next stage of life will work out,” she says. In 2019, Shawna won the SKW Extension Artist of the Year award, and in 2021 Phoenix Magazine included her on their list of the top 20 people to watch. She is also involved in the Powerhouse Women and Know Women organizations. “I truly believe that if you manifest your dreams and goals, you can find a way to make them happen. Find the reward in the challenge. If you put in the work and stay true to your “why” you will always succeed!” she says. Contact Shawna at 262.689.9692 or visit

Décor and Design

Amanda Montemore has a passion for creating beautiful spaces


manda Montemore, Founder and Principal Designer of Martin Grace Interiors, developed a keen eye for color, shape, and material with a career launch as a retail buyer and product developer in the Fashion Industry. She’s been applying these skills in the field of Interior Design for over 15 years in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. “I work to identify a client’s personal style and desired aesthetic for their home, assist with floor plan adjustments and help to make specific finish selections to achieve a cohesive and balanced result,” she says. Amanda knows it’s essential to understand her client’s lifestyle and priorities in order to create both a functional and inspiring space. Her fashion experience sets her apart in the interior design world, with a unique visual perspective that brings her client’s true style to the forefront. “My fashion background contributes to an awareness of trends and relevance with finishes as well as an attention to detail.

I listen and engage with clients from the inception of their project, and we collaborate to achieve their identified goals,” she says. By helping clients make choices that are both forward and timeless, Amanda is committed to the notion that each design decision plays a key role in achieving the optimal result. She implements the client’s vision through planning, designing, and detailing installations. Working in a creative discipline like interior design requires both inspiration and collaboration. The result is the creation of personalized, functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces that are layered with interest and engaging in their orientation. Amanda continues to be energized by the surrounding professional design community. “Our community is rich with talented designers, vendors and tradespeople. One of the joys of working in Interior Design is having talented professionals to interact with, to

draw inspiration from and to build upon my knowledge. It is through these relationships that the best outcome can be reached for my clients,” she says. She is proficient at separating her personal style and preferences from what is truly satisfying to her clients. “Each project is a unique reflection of my client, their life, their space and is conceived by them,” she says. “Each client has their own vision, as well as their own process in making decisions. Respecting their preferences is the foundation from which we create beautiful outcomes.” By keeping her client’s objectives at the forefront, Amanda enhances her knowledge and trade resources so she can graciously serve them. “It is truly a privilege to help clients realize their interior design goals and enjoy a space they will call home.” Contact Amanda at Martin Grace Interiors at 480.221.1438 or visit

Give Yourself Permission to Win Nineveh Madsen says It’s Your Turn!


ineveh Madsen spent over a decade as a broadcaster with a #1 rated daytime television show in Salt Lake City, Utah. From there she went on to 4X company revenue as a marketing executive at a cyber security company. Now, she’s a highly sought after consultant who coaches high achieving women to become one percenters in their bodies and minds. The Swedish-born Assyrian entreprenuer is the co-founder of Supra Human, Inc. which offers custom coaching to individuals all over North America. Nineveh runs the female division of the company, Supra Woman. A top echelon service, the virtual program includes tailored training and nutrition protocols to help individuals get the type of results that most people have a hard time believing are real. “Anything less than extraordinary is living far below our potential and now more than ever, women need a movement that gives them permission to win in every area of their lives.”, says Nineveh who is passionate

about helping women go next-level. A master in both NLP (neuro linguistic programming) and hypnosis, Madsen believes that Supra Woman clients get amazing results because of her ability to help them automate their unconscious behavior in a way that makes the result feel both easy and sustainable. “My strength is my ability to communicate in a way that inspires action. Authenticity is my superpower,” she shares. The Edward R. Murrow awardwinning journalist, is married to her best friend and business partner John Madsen, a former NFL player. Together they have a daughter through IVF. Nineveh credits her parents, both immigrants from Iraq, with having a profound impact on her thanks to their resilience and persistence to keep going despite the challenges they faced. “I am an example of what happens when you take extreme ownership of your life. I don’t want you to watch me; I want you to join me in winning,” she says.

From TV to corporate executive and now a businesswoman, Nineveh loves to bring ideas to life. Supra Woman is currently working on a luxury athletic apparel line for women on the go and they’re expanding their program to an allfemale mastermind, plus live events with the first one scheduled in July 2022 at the W Scottsdale. “We want to have a global impact, and we’re just getting started,” she says. Nineveh believes everything is energy and gives back to several nonprofit organizations including The Starlight Foundation, Especially for Athletes, The Tree of Life Movement Foundation and her non-denominational Church. Madsen is currently penning her first book scheduled to be published in 2023; she hosts a podcast called Becoming Supra Woman, now available on iTunes and Spotify. Contact Nineveh at or visit

Inspiring Hope

Dr. Elesyia Outlaw is humbled, encouraged by her patients


r. Elesyia Outlaw is the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Goodyear, Arizona. Originally from Kansas City, MO, Dr. Outlaw attended the St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Washington University in St. Louis. After ten years in practice in academic and hybrid practices, she accepted a position at CTCA and transferred to Phoenix in July of 2021, stepping into her current role. Interactions with patients are the highlight of her week, “I love my job! Hearing patient stories, learning about their families and what they like to do,” she says. Dr. Outlaw spent most of her career focused on women and pediatric cancers but has transitioned to a GI and Lung Cancer focus at CTCA. “Reflecting on my grandmother’s passing from Lung cancer I feel like this is the place I am meant to be in, helping patients through their cancer journey. I also have a particular interest in Cancer Survivorship care and how to

break down the barriers for patients to live a full life after treatment,” she says. Dr. Outlaw says they are experiencing phenomenal growth at CTCA at their main facility in Goodyear and their community-based outpatient care centers throughout the valley. She takes great pride in helping to expand their radiation oncology services throughout the system. Dr. Outlaw is thrilled to be under the City of Hope umbrella because it allows her and the entire team to provide the best patient care possible while accessing a wide variety of valuable clinical trials. “I am excited to work with a committed group of physicians and employees who exemplify putting the patient first above all else, not only in their words, but their actions.” She credits the success and growth of the program to the organization’s dedication to helping patients feel more connected during what can often be the most difficult time in their lives. “Here at CTCA, we recognize that patients do better when they feel part of a family—whether

that be with friends and relatives or other cancer survivors,” she says. Inspired by her patients, Dr. Outlaw credits them as the driving force behind her work. Not only does she want to see them survive after a cancer diagnosis but thrive well beyond it. “My patients serve as my biggest inspiration and drove me to my deep interest in not only providing the best cancer care for patients but also to see them flourish after completing treatment. To that end, we provide a plethora of supportive care services – from nutrition and rehabilitation services to naturopathic medicine and counseling services,” she says. Besides her work as a board-certified Radiation Oncologist, Outlaw is a Duke certified Integrated Health Coach and a RYT yoga teacher. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and her stubborn beagle, Mr. Marshmallow. Contact Dr. Outlaw at 623.207.3000 or visit 14200 W. Celebrate Life Way, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Commitment to Excellence

Susan R. Linkous develops customized objective advice


ealth management is more critical now than ever, and Susan R. Linkous has dedicated herself during her 30-year career to helping people create, grow, and protect their financial assets and overall wealth. She’s the owner of The Linkous Group, LTD, which is a Registered Investment Advisor and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary. What sets Susan apart from others in the wealth and asset management industry is her focus on client education and finding tailored solutions instead of providing a one-size-fits-all approach. She understands every person's financial situation or objectives are different and whether that is planning for retirement or determining the best way to handle an estate, a cookie-cutter approach is not the best solution. “No two clients have the same needs or investment experiences, and we honor that by customizing every portfolio,” she says. Like all successful people, Susan drew inspiration from many along the way

and seeks to pass that inspiration onto others. “I had great mentors along the way and believe in paying it forward by serving as a guide and support system to 3-5 individuals every year interested in this rewarding profession. It is an incredible honor to be entrusted with the high level of responsibility and ethical standard this work requires. Few careers can bring such a wonderful sense of purpose,” she says. In an always-evolving industry, much has changed during Susan’s 30-year career in finance. She says that technology will push growth in the industry throughout the next decade by allowing people to reach out in ways they couldn’t have done before. “That same technology also allows the investment process to be more transparent than it ever was and gives people peace of mind knowing that they can reach out at any time for help,” she shares. “Clients are welcome to choose how they wish to communicate with me and how they utilize our vast resources in the

areas of tax strategies, insurance needs, retirement income, and estate planning,” Susan says. The Linkous Group operates without conflicts of interest and in keeping with fiduciary standards at all times. Susan and The Linkous Group have won numerous awards including the Five Star Wealth Managers Award, which she won consecutively from 2013 to 2021. She also won the NABCAP Premier Advisor Award in 2013 and the 40 Under 40 Award in 2003. Susan and her team are supporters of public television and radio, and she says the local PBS station, KAET, is an invaluable resource and community service. She admits she’s not active on social media, preferring to hike around Fountain Hills with her German shepherd, Greta, spend time with her daughter, Sophia, or read. Contact Susan at 480.836.2326 or visit, 13225 N. Verde River Drive, Suite 203, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

The English Bulldog

Jane Blacker focuses on making her client’s real estate dreams come true


ane Blacker, has perfected the skills needed to help you buy or sell your home. She provides service beyond your expectations and her integrity and dedication shows. A Licensed Realtor since March of 2021, Jane provides a truly top notch service for her clients. Origionally from England, Jane jumpstarted her career in commercial real estate while living in London. She relocated to Hong Kong and, together with a colleague, built a business that specialized in residential real estate and relocating senior-level executives. “It was while working in Hong Kong that I developed my skill at listening to my clients, understanding their needs, and finding the perfect residence for them. My goal was to make their move and transition to new housing seamless,” she says. In 2000 Jane and her husband moved to Scottsdale to persue a career in residential real estate. Since then, she has been providing her clients with a whiteglove service by offering a complimentary

consultation with a professional stager to help buyers envision themselves living in the home. The next step is professional photos, a virtual tour with drone footage, and hi-resolution video. “I constantly look for the best possible methods of exposing the property to potential buyers by using social media and Sotheby's worldwide marketing opportunities,” Jane says. Between flawless marketing programs and products, and ensuring her clients receive the knowledge and experience to showcase their property effectively, or find the home of their dreams, Jane was recently inspired to sell her home and downsize. “Going through this process reminds me how important it is to have a good realtor that supports and guides their clients through the entire process,” she shares. On the horizon for Jane is to continue to grow her referral business that she has built up over the last 21 years. While ensuring the latest technology and project management systems are in place, the primary focus is always ensuring superior

customer service, professionalism, dedication and integrity. Working under the recognizable Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty brokerage, Jane is continuously inspired and motivated by her passionate colleagues. She looks forward to Sotheby's hosting their global Networking meeting in 2023 and getting the chance to network with more realtors from around the world. Among her passions is giving back to the community. She is on the Board of Directors for Scottsdale Leadership, and on the Board of Directors for the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce in addition to being a member of the Women's Collective. "I am tenacious and focus on satisfying my client's needs and wishes. I am very proud of the community I live in, and my passion is to give back by volunteering." Jane says. Contact Jane Blacker at 480.283.3009 or visit

Reliability, Integrity and Knowledge Keri Scott focuses on industrial commercial developments


eri Scott is living proof that “having it all” is possible. The loving wife and attentive mother of three is a Vice President at the real estate firm Colliers, a global commercial real estate brokerage and investment firm. Keri specializes in industrial and flex commercial property leasing and sales of multi-tenant industrial business parks. She provides an expansive set of services, ranging from market surveys and analysis to demographics and business strategy negotiations. She spent six years working in property management before transitioning to brokerage eight years ago and hasn’t looked back. Taking a client-centric approach ensures her client’s interests are kept in the forefront, so it’s no surprise she works hard to be an equal voice for landlords and tenants alike. Her goal is to make successful transactions for both parties. Her equitable approach has paid off. Keri had her best year to date in 2021, with 72 transactions by

herself. This wasn’t just a personal record; she executed more transactions than any other individual Colliers employee in Arizona. Even more impressive, she set her latest record while still making it to all her children’s games and practices within three different sport leagues. Her goal for 2022 is to continue her streak. Keri’s success in the male-dominated industrial commercial real estate sector has made her a role model to many. Even with her full schedule, she finds time to mentor younger associates while exceeding her client’s expectations. She is a member associate of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), an international organization for industrial and office commercial real estate professionals. An SIOR designation recognizes a professional’s outstanding performance of knowledge and services and the designation is quite exclusive, with only 3,400 members worldwide. She continues to make family a

priority and manages to take a few family vacations every year and shares “I can be all three things with the right set up- a present mom to my kids, a fantastic wife, and a loyal employee and entrepreneur.” Outside of work and family, Keri can be found golfing, coaching flag football, leading a women’s group in Scottsdale for personal and business support and resourcing, working out or attending church regularly. Keri counts herself lucky to have an understanding partner in her husband, Jason. “He respects my profession and all the demands it requires,” she says. That means sharing duties in the home and supporting each other both as spouses and friends. She looks forward to growing her business and bringing on new team members, while still topping her 2021 transaction record year over year. Contact Keri at 602.222.5116 or visit keri-scott. 2390 East Camelback Road, Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

See the Difference

Linda Baer is creating a community of people living vibrant healthy lives


inda Baer is an entrepreneur, health enthusiast, and founder of RenovoVita. The cellular health and regeneration company was founded with the mission of delivering wholebody wellness through better cellular health. Their micronutrient products bring together cutting-edge health and cellular science to maximize cell vitality and regeneration — keeping people youthful while supporting healthy aging. As the owner of RenovoVita, Linda is no stranger to success, owning and running a multimillion-dollar company. She partnered with a small Continuing Medical Education company that garnered $240,000 in yearly revenue and in no time boosted that to annual revenues of over $28 million while conducting over 50,000 educational programs for physicians. She explains that RenovoVita is different than most other anti-aging products on the market today. In her own words, “As we get older, our body’s cellular regenerative functions deteriorate,

leading to less optimal cellular health and the onset of the signs of aging. Our products don’t merely aim to conceal and minimize aging at the surface, instead they go to where aging begins, at the cellular level.” In college, Linda studied Zoology with an emphasis in Chemistry and after graduating, went on to work for a prominent pharmaceutical company. With her background and track record of success in both the fields of science and business, RenovoVita is positioned at the cusp of a modern science wellness initiative. She has an irresistible way of winning people over with her heart and passion, but she backs it up with precision 4d thinking. Taking on a project, Linda examines it from all sides with an eye for evaluation that ensures it is safe and sound. In a health care industry where nothing can be overlooked, she is legendary for her thorough preparation and delivery. Linda’s passion for her company is

evident; she truly strives to help others with her products. “The suite of complex formulations have been designed to work hand in hand with each other, targeting your entire body,” she shares. “For example, our product With-N is the only product available with NMN and 18 additional ingredients. Most NAD+ boosters are single agents. Our serum concentrate Virg-N is a different type of serum with over 30 natural ingredients in it! And, Zero-N is a nootropic that helps us all stay focused on track with our day and our complete all of our tasks.” RenovoVita isn’t the only way Linda seeks to help others, though. She is also on the board of the Women’s Collective, a nonprofit female-run organization that aims to support and inspire women in positions of leadership. So Scottsdale readers are welcome to use discount code Linda25 for a 25% discount on RenovoVita products. Contact Linda at linda@renovovita. com or visit

Community for Kids

Martha Picciao-Mazor is focused on family first


very child needs a cheerleader rooting for their success in life, and that’s exactly who Martha Picciao-Mazor is. Martha is the founder and CEO of Whiz Kids Preschool, a school that provides childcare and education for children from infancy to the age of five. In 2022, Martha will be opening the fifth Whiz Kids location in Scottsdale near Shea and Frank Llyod Wright while expanding her original location. As a certified elementary school teacher, former first grade teacher, and mother to three boys Martha understands the unique needs of children in the earliest years of their education. “It is my life’s work and calling to work with children and teachers alike. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher but I never dreamt I’d be so lucky to be a teacher to so many,” she shares. Martha is generous, optimistic, and persevering. “Grit, hard work, vision and building a team got me to where I am today,” she says. These core values have

contributed to the enormous success of Whiz Kids since its founding ten years ago. Martha has built a dedicated staff who share her commitment to integrity and putting families first. Even as Whiz Kids grows, she prioritizes quality teachers and curriculum in the classrooms. Sustainable growth is key so that she can expand her business without sacrificing the exceptional standard-ofcare at Whiz Kidz. No doubt part of Martha’s success is owed to her understanding of the difficulties many families face when it comes to childcare. She found herself divorced with three children and working hard as a single mom to give her sons a better life. Her dedication paid off, and now she’s determined to help others. “At this stage in life, my motivation is helping others to rise and achieve their goals and dreams,” she says. She cites Tony Robbins and Sharon Lecter among her many inspirations. “I absolutely love stories of people who have paved the way with their own

lives to give others the tools so they too can achieve their goals,” she says. “I truly believe from experience that if you are willing to work hard, be vulnerable, ask for help and take massive action, you can achieve anything,” she says. Having bootstrapped, self-funded and scaled her company to where it is today, Martha attests that “You can have it all, just not do it all without surrounding yourself with a community of supporters.” These days, she is eager to help the community even more. In 2021, she won the INC 5000 & Phoenix Business Journal Community Impact Award and she is currently a board member of A New Leaf as well as a coach for EO Accelerator. When she’s not a “mom taxi” for her boys or at the soccer field, you can find Martha working out early in the morning or travelling the world with her husband. Contact Martha at 480.999.0944 or visit, 7214 E. Jenan Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85260.

The Material Muse

Connie Cracolici has a superior sense of space and style


n experienced interior designer of residential and commercial spaces, Connie Cracolici strives to design unique interiors that will have a positive impact on her clients’ lives. As the Creative Director and Owner of C2 Interiors Design Studio, Connie is dedicated to choosing the perfect color palette, material choice and finishes. She understands how each element is essential to creating one cohesive look that is both resolved and innovative. Thanks to her natural ability to visualize a room’s potential within moments, Connie brings a positive energy and collaborative spirit to every job. "I push my clients out of their comfort zone to achieve their enhanced sense of style," she says. Managing C2 clients and trade interactions comes easy for Connie. She studied Industrial Organization Psychology and how people and business work together. “My education has played an important role in running my own business and client and trade connections,” she says. And Connie’s

experience in the medical sales industry helped solidify her remarkable customer service attitude, excellent communication skills and project management background. Understanding how the space works and what color tones to incorporate, the selftaught designer was destined for design. “I started as far back as I can remember with our family home then friends’ homes,” she shares. Connie was fortunate to meet some very experienced contractors along the way and gained firsthand experience in logistics, terminologies, and processes of remodeling which is what ultimately led to her love of working with complex materials and surfaces. It was this reason she obtained the nickname of The Material Muse. Connie’s professionalism and attention to detail is evident both in her constructive focus on the job site and in the finished product. She can walk into a room and conceptualize the space instantly whether it be space planning, comprehensive design using existing pieces, or working alongside contractors and builders from the ground

up. Each project speaks to her client’s own interests, travels and lifestyle and she remains committed to cultivating valued relationships and helping clients reach the best version of their overall vision. Connie draws inspiration from other female designers' success and assistants she has mentored over the years. “Many designers have become friends and it’s inspiring to share ideas and business practices,” she shares. “My own drive for success motivates me to build an enjoyable lifestyle for my daughter Valentina and I.” This year, Connie plans to expand her mentoring program for design students by focusing on the business aspect of how to build a thriving brand. In her spare time, Connie loves to stay active. Traveling, lounging by the pool, exploring the city’s food scene, as well as serving as a Daisy troop leader and dance mom- she is always on the go and on the hunt for new experiences and inspiration. Contact Connie at 480.514.8272 or

Mack Media Relations

Robyn Patterson thrives on getting her clients the exposure they deserve


obyn Patterson, Founder of Mack Media Relations, shapes stories that make brands industry pacesetters. She is authentic, honest, and a dedicated PR professional who focuses on communication strategies for Arizona based businesses including Pita Jungle, Arizona Facial Plastics, and Neighbor. Prior to owning her company, Robyn worked diligently with the local media for more than 12 years gaining in-depth experience and cultivating relationships. Robyn studied at Arizona State University, where she majored in Journalism and Mass Communications. After her collegial years, she landed jobs in both Phoenix and Los Angeles working for several top agencies. These opportunities are what eventually launched her PR career into success. “In 2016 I had a short break in my career where I was questioning what to do next. It was scary but that’s when I took the chance to start my own PR firm,” she shares. Fast forward to today, Robyn wouldn’t trade where she’s at for anything.

“I get to work with so many different types of businesses and people that constantly challenge me. It’s all about who you know in this crazy world and that’s what has led me to my position today,” she shares. As a businesswoman, Robyn prides herself on her efficient work ethic, effective communication skills, and creativity- a trait that she says is important in her industry. Taking a boutique approach, Robyn collaborates with each client to pitch concepts and materials to maximize on potential brand awareness and excitement. “Public relations is a fun marketing and branding tool to try if you have never considered it for your business,” she says. “I love helping others tell their story in unique ways.” It’s obvious to anyone who meets Robyn that her commitment to the highest quality shines through in all her services. Thanks to her imaginative mind and dedication to her clients, Mack Media Relations was awarded as the Best Boutique PR firm in the valley. “I’ve taken my experience from working for different

agencies and in the media to offer a service that is affordable and impactful,” she says. “I really like to focus on quality over quantity. Plus, I am honest with my clients. I never over promise and under deliver!” Besides elevating brand awareness, Robyn loves to travel and explore the expansive Phoenix dining scene. She prioritizes giving back to the community by serving as a member of The Giving Group AZ and representing the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children. She is a member of the W Source, a women’s networking group and is constantly navigating her role as a new mom. While going out on her own may have been intimidating at the time, Robyn says “I absolutely love what I do for a living. It honestly doesn’t even feel like work most days. If you are ready to be in the spotlight, lets chat!” Contact Robyn at 480.269.0140 or visit 4500 S. Lakeshore Drive, Suite 321, Tempe, Arizona 85282.

Protecting Your Real Estate Investments Combs and Twiss, P.C is a law firm for all your real estate legal needs


arlene Z. Twiss serves as legal counsel to a vast range of clients for their real estate legal needs. After working for national law firms in New York and Los Angeles, Darlene made the move to Arizona, joining Combs Law Group where she has focused on residential purchase and rental agreements, commercial real estate acquisition, development, and finance; commercial leasing and subleasing, as well as business acquisitions and business agreements. Having a broad range of experience representing borrowers, lenders, owners, purchasers, landlords and tenants, Darlene understands the importance of efficient and prompt communication with her clients. She prides herself on building lasting client relationships with those principles in mind. This year Combs Law Group will transition to Combs and Twiss, P.C. as Darlene steps into her role as Partner. “I look forward to further impacting our firm’s growth and the continued success of our clients’ real estate needs under

Combs and Twiss, P.C.,” she says. Darlene’s strong commitment to her clients is reflected in her commitment to their success. She doesn’t take ‘no’ from other attorneys and understands that every client has a story, and every story has value. “During these diverse times in real estate, I want clients to know we’re there for them and no situation is too big or too small,” she says. Since Combs and Twiss, P.C. takes a boutique firm approach, Darlene is able to impact her clients on a deeper level by providing a personalized experience with genuine care, knowledge, and experience. She is able to serve as counsel for many out-of-state businesses and individuals doing business in Arizona, and navigate client cases on a larger scale thanks to her active licenses in Arizona, California, and New York. For as long as Darlene could remember, her parents were a source of inspiration and motivation. "They taught me the values of hard work and

persistence, and they always encouraged me to improve myself and the surrounding community," she shares. As a result, she is highly involved with various youth and fellowship non-profit organizations and enjoys assisting people and giving back. Darlene serves as the President of boys team charity, Catalina Foothills League, Vice President of Communications for National Charity League, Tucson Chapter and Secretary of the Leadership Council of the Arizona Bowl. “I’m very proud of where my journey in real estate law has led me thus far, along with my ties and commitment to impacting our community,” she says. Having lived or worked in four out of the five largest cities in the U.S – New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Phoenix, Darlene is ready to help with your real estate needs in Arizona’s rapidly growing real estate market. Contact Darlene Z. Twiss at 602.957.9810 or visit, 2200 East Camelback Road, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

Emergency IV

Myesha Barbieto helps patients replenish and restore


yesha Barbieto, RN is the founder and owner of Emergency IV, a mobile IV hydration clinic that provides on-demand fluids, vitamins, and medications for quick relief from the comfort of your home. “Our patients are often immunocompromised or unable to leave their homes and can receive treatments without the risk of unnecessary exposure to illnesses,” Myesha shares. Emergency IV offers intravenous therapy for dehydration, migraines, acute/ chronic illnesses, Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease, POTS, food poisoning, before/after traveling to prevent jet lag, and hangovers. Patients can enjoy the rehydrating, revitalizing, and restorative benefits, which are rich in antioxidants and electrolytes. “We are blessed and fortunate to provide a service that improves the quality of our patient's lives, both physically and mentally,” Myesha says. “Our passion for helping others feel their best is what sets Emergency IV apart.” Being adequately hydrated is not only used when someone is sick but to

aid the immune system and improve mental function. With a background in physical fitness, Myesha understands the importance of adequate hydration levels in the human body. She worked as a lifeguard, swim instructor, personal trainer, and stunt woman before finding her passion in nursing. “I had to make the decision after my daughter was born to end my stuntwoman career- I couldn’t risk getting hurt and not being able to be there for her,” she shares. Myesha suffers from MS and understands that maintaining hydration levels is crucial in dealing with her MS symptoms. “Dehydration causes the body to react by an inflammatory response. If you have a diagnosis that inflammation exasperates symptoms, then maintaining hydration levels is vital in having a better quality of life,” she shares. “Dehydration also causes the body to go into fight or flight mode which is stressful on the body and stress is one of the biggest factors anyone with MS has to avoid at all costs.”

2022 is the beginning of a new business venture for Myesha. V.I.P. IV Lounge will be coming soon to the valley while Emergency IV, will continue to grow while providing mobile services. Despite her love of nursing, IV therapy, and being at the helm of Emergency IV, Myesha says that incorporating her daughter, granddaughter, and 3 French bulldogs into her life is also a top priority. “We love working out together in any form. My 2 1/2 year old granddaughter is already taking us through squat work outs with free weights!” she says. Cooking, swimming, dancing, stand up paddle boarding, and staycations are also at the top of her hobbies list. My team is formed by people who share the same values I do. From a young age, I strived to be healthy and active, and it has been a long learning journey that fuels me to help others achieve their well-being goals. Contact Myesha by visiting

Cutting Edge Trailblazer

Jennifer Wehner is a Real Estate Renaissance Woman


f anyone has truly embraced the innovation, creativity, and spirit of rebirth that defines the Renaissance, it’s Jennifer Wehner. Once a teen mom waiting tables in California, she is the founder and CEO of The Wehner Group, a real estate team serving the metro Phoenix area. And they were recently valued at $200 million. In 2019, they won the Arizona School of Real Estate and Business’s Team of the Year Award. From 2013-2019, Real Trends included her on their annual lists of the best national real estate agents. Now, Wehner is creating a community of “Renaissance real estate agents.” While doing research for her book, Wehner realized that there were many parallels between the European Renaissance and contemporary real estate. “We are facing huge competition and changes in technology. It is time to evolve or be replaced,” she says. To her, a Renaissance real estate agent is one who is fully committed to embracing

innovation within their business and providing clients with only the best experiences. She cites Leonardo da Vinci as one of her biggest inspirations. “So much of his work wasn’t realized in his lifetime, but that didn’t stop him from dreaming as big as possible.” Wehner is a true 21st century renaissance woman. In addition to running her eight-figure empire, she is also an upcoming Advantage media | Forbes Book author. Her book is aptly named The Renaissance Real Estate Agent. Her company is also launching a podcast and developing mini courses for real estate agents who want to create their own successful real estate businesses. Outside of real estate, she is a proud mother of four, wife, foodie, yogi, skydiver, and biohacker. On paper, the dynamic Wehner can sound intimidating. But for those who know her, the opposite is true. Wehner considers people her biggest strength. She believes in empowering those around

her to dream bigger. “I am not a drop in the ocean, I am an ocean in a drop.” The former teen-mom is proud to have created an entirely female-led business. The Wehner Group has also partnered with the Florence Crittenton organization that is dedicated to providing safety, education, and enrichment in the lives of young women, so that they too can accomplish their biggest goals. The Wehner Group is also almost finished with “an outstanding entrepreneurial expansion with a platform that serves others.” Life for Wehner is busy, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. She is in a position to do what she is passionate about: pursuing well-being for herself and others as well as developing great agents in an exciting industry. This harmony fuels her with limitless energy to never stop dreaming. Contact Jennifer at 480.470.7883 or visit 8525 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., #125, Scottsdale, AZ 85255.

Relationship Builder

Connecting with people is at the forefront of everything Jamie Wong does


amie Wong has real estate in her blood. She’s the majority partner of RE/MAX Fine Properties (RMFP), a resource for agents, while also maintaining a sphere of clients herself. And if you weren’t aware, the real estate business can be a grueling one to navigate. “Real estate is not as easy as perceived,” Jamie shares. “The agents, for the most part, have little financial foundation. The emotional toll at times causes strains on marriages and relationships with friends and family can be challenging. The job is 24/7. Clients don’t care if it’s your anniversary or kid’s birthday. They want to buy that house, or they want that house sold. The business is taxing but rewarding,” she says. While many people let success create egos, Jamie understands the value of humility as a driving force in her business. “The motivation for my career at whatever milestone is to remain humble. It’s encouraging to be considered at the top of my industry in personal production and as

an owner within our company, but what continuously speaks to me is how you handle success. The fundamental recipe is to remain humble as you can go from a hero to zero in a blink,” she says. “Inspire others through constant support and motivate them; teaching the sustainability of your success will be a reflection of keeping your ego and worth ethic in check.” Life has a way of throwing you curveballs, and Jamie’s had her fair share. In 2021, her business partner of nine years Del Rounds passed. He was formerly the majority owner of RMFP. “Not only was I faced with the catastrophic loss of what most would call an iconic leader. I had 11 offices dropped in my lap. From staffing, profit and loss, and entire systems to learn and lead, I was in the middle of opening our two ancillary companies. With such a tragic loss, our company grew from 2 billion to 2.6 billion. We had 300 agents and grew to 325. We opened five real estate offices and two title offices. I lost my partner, my team

manager of 11 years, and all balance. It has been heartbreaking and rewarding,” she shares. All of Jamie’s hard work hasn’t gone unrecognized. RMFP is the #1 company in Volume in the nation for RE/MAX, the #1 agent in Northern Arizona, the #1 Recruiting Office in the Nation for RE/ MAX, and won Diamond in 2021 and Pinnacle award in 2020. “I continue to enjoy delivering results to clients, friends and family. The achievement of 95% referrals as the base of my business is nothing short of an honor,” she says. Jamie supports numerous charities and organizations, including the American Humane Society and Scottsdale Bible Church. She also enjoys golf, traveling, cars, motorcycles, hiking and yoga, health and fitness, and says her bucket list includes learning to play the piano and rebuilding a car. Contact Jamie at 480.688.8808 or visit, 21020 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255.

Plan Ahead

For Allison Kierman, it’s about taking care of your loved ones


o be present for my kids, I started a business,” jokes Allison Kierman, the owner of Kierman Law, PLC. Allison opened her firm in 2017 and specializes in estate planning, probate, and trust administration legal services. After graduating from law school, she worked as a practicing attorney for large firms in Phoenix since 2005. But her corporate career was taking over and she alongside with her husband made the decision to prioritize family first. Most business owners will say that starting a business doesn’t exactly create more spare time, but the path has been the opposite for Kierman. “As anyone knows, pursuing the entrepreneurial path is hard. But starting my own firm let me set my own boundaries and work on my own schedule. It has been wonderfully fulfilling and freeing,” she shares. Professional and caring, Allison creates customized plans for families so that their loved ones will be taken care

of in the wake of emergency or death. She understands that clients seeking her services are relying on her to protect the people that matter most. Some might find estate planning macabre, but Kierman is passionate about helping others. “If I won the lottery, I’d still show up every day to meet with my clients because they are so important to me,” she says. For Kierman, being great at her job is all about listening to her client's needs, values, and goals. She stays up to date on the latest business and political news-particularly, she has been watching Washington to see if the estate tax limit will be reduced in 2025 as planned. It’s something that could enormously affect her clients, and she’s already preparing for how to best help them with the update. With the rise of digital trading, she is focusing on small businesses and crypto assets in 2022. “I’ve grown my business essentially on my own over the last 5 years. I never expected to have so many clients and so

much work. I feel truly blessed that so many rely upon me to take care of them and their families,” Kierman says. In her spare time, Kierman enjoys travelling with her family, walking her labradoodles, and reading. She is the Vice President of the Board of Congregation Beth Israel, Vice President, Legal, of the Board of the National Counsel of Jewish Women of Arizona, a Board Member for Royal Oaks Lifecare Community, and a volunteer for Girl Scouts and Junior Achievement. Her primary advice to readers is to get their own estate and financial plans organized for their families. But she would also tell others struggling to maintain a life-work balance to not be afraid of leaving a traditional job. “Try to have balance between your professional career and your family,” Kierman says. Contact Allison Kierman at 480.719.7333 or visit www.kiermanlaw. com, 14362 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Suite 1000, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.

A Dream Destination…for dogs! Heather Budde has a passion for pets


uxury vacations aren’t just for humans. At FurBabies Resort and Spa, Heather Budde and her team treat your dog like their own and who better to pamper your pet than professional dog lovers? As the founder of FurBabies Resort and Spa, Heather recognized the love that she, friends, and family have for their furry loved one. It was this reason the luxury pet resort was created to offer dog boarding, daycare, grooming, training, and a luxury dog boutique. FurBabies offers a variety of phenomenal services under one roof. “As a dog owner, I struggled with this in the past. I went one place for grooming, another for training, a different place for daycare, etc.,” Heather says. “I wanted the best service for my dog but it didn't exist at one facility. That is when I saw the opportunity to fix the problem and to also start a business that involved something that I love and am passionate about, dogs.” After graduating from the University

of Kentucky for business Heather moved to Scottsdale and worked at various companies to gain the experience necessary to open her own business. “I used those experiences and skills to take the leap of faith in myself and start my own business that I knew I would love,” she shares. “I can honestly say that I never HAVE to go to work. I GET to go to work and that is such a blessing!” Heather and her team provide an array of services that are crafted to be caring, compassionate, and convenient. “We pride ourselves in providing a luxurious space for your pup that is safe, clean, knowledgeable and a loving environment,” Heather says. Unlike other resorts, her team truly gets to know your dog’s personality to provide the best care for them so parents don’t have to feel guilty leaving their dogs during the day or while on vacation. Inspired by her kids- both human and four-legged, Heather leads by example. Her two sons, ages 3 years and 9 months

remind her daily how wonderful life truly is. “They inspire and motivate me to be the best role model possible for them,” she says. Of course, her two loving Cavalier King Charles puppies cannot go unmentioned! Later this year, Heather will open her second and third locations of FurBabies. Currently located in Old Town, the expansion will include a Resort and Spa next to Scottsdale Quarter followed by a Paradise Valley location near the new Ritz Carlton. Heather is working on a franchise option for fellow entrepreneurial dog lovers as well. In her spare time, you can find Heather spending time with family while staying active and enjoying the outdoors. “I am always busy doing something and I wouldn't have it any other way!” she says. Contact Heather at 480.699.1077 or visit, 7030 East Indian School Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

Caring and Compassionate

Debbie Pontikas is ready to help make your real estate dreams come true


othing is more important to Debbie Pontikas than making sure her clients receive the highest level of service. The passionate, disciplined, and compassionate mother of two is an Associate Broker at The Brokery and focuses on creating a convenient, luxurious experience when it comes to buying and selling homes. “I see every day as an opportunity to better myself and those around me and I want to take the customer journey of selling homes to the next level,” Debbie says. “I will stop at nothing to achieve success for myself, my team and for those who believe in hard work, dedication to their job and living their dream.” Debbie earned her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M before going on to earn an MBA from Rice University. Following graduation from Rice, she ran the marketing and communications departments for several National and Global Real Estate Investment Trust companies where she gained valuable

experience that she applies to her work today. In 2011, she gave birth to twin sons and decided to take time to focus on motherhood before returning to the workforce in 2014. “My passion for real estate, my acumen for business and my expertise in marketing have truly helped me build the successful real estate business I have today,” she shares. “That and my attention to the relationship and overall customer experience is how I have built my brand.” And Debbie provides a truly boutique, full-service approach. “Think Neiman Marcus or the Ritz Carlton, where the focus is on the experience, not the transaction!” she says. Debbie goes on to explain how her family has been a huge source of inspiration. In her own words, “My husband and twin boys motivate and inspire me every day. They are my why. I want to show my boys that hard work, building a business, and living your dream doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your time with family.” In

addition to wanting to be a role model for her sons, she is passionate about helping others. Currently Debbie is building a coaching program for agents looking to take their business to the next level. She is the perfect person to create such a strategic plan, showcased by her receiving several awards for her work including the 2019 & 2020 Diamond Level Producer at The Brokery, 2020 Top Producer of the Year for The Brokery, 2021 Platinum Club at The Brokery (over $20+M), and Top Agent in Phoenix and Top Producing Agent in Phoenix for Phoenix Magazine in both 2021 and 2022. Outside of her work, Debbie is an active member of the Scottsdale chapter of The W Source, a women’s networking group. She also loves spending time with her sons, and that she and her husband enjoy traveling and wine tasting. Contact Debbie at 480.335.8604 or visit 4546 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85018.

Firm but Fair

Deanna Longtin provides a neutral, balanced view


arning a law degree is difficult enough, but the road to getting there is a more challenging drive for some people than for others. Deanna Longtin is one who was determined never to let the road ahead stop her. Deanna wore many hats on her journey to becoming a lawyer: a farmer for over 20 years in North Dakota, a teacher and daycare center director, and a business owner. "While attending law school, I drove 180 miles a day, raised three kids, farmed and operated our small businesses, clerked, and graduated a semester early from law school with distinction!" she shares. Today, Deanna is the proud owner of Longtin Law Office, PLLC, offering mediation services for various issues including divorce/custody, parents/teenagers, HR/employee, and divorce/custody litigation, as well as pre-divorce consultations. “I often hear people say they aren’t ready to file for divorce, but would like to know where they stand.” Deanna can review your circumstances and give you a

synopsis of your situation. The service is discrete and completely confidential. Although there are many law firms to choose from, Deanna says what makes her firm stand apart from others is her training, education, and an innate sixth sense. "I have a unique sense of relationships, along with my personal and professional experience, and education," she says. Her ability to understand relationship dynamics inspires her work every day. "Watching people have that 'aha' moment, that epiphany when they understand the other party in a mediation is inspiring,” she says. And she stresses mediation isn’t only for divorce and custody cases. “If a person has any type of dispute, conflict or issue, they should contact me to discuss and analyze their case, and to brainstorm resolutions.” Currently, Deanna is developing a relationship program and leads a ladies’ group that teaches women how to have a healthy relationship with men called “Understanding Men Isn’t That Hard, Is

It?” found on the MeetUp app. Still, as much as Deanna is a mediator at heart, and aims to settle her cases, she's happy to go to court when necessary. "I always strive to settle a contested divorce or custody case, but I am not afraid to go to court. I actually love it! That courage to go to court brings an added element to my representation," she reveals. Besides being at the helm of her law firm, Deanna is diving into furthering her involvement with the Scottsdale community and recently started the volunteer process with Make-A-Wish Foundation, is a member of the Arizona Country Club, and a Suns’ season ticket holder. "I am bringing a diverse, very valuable background and experience to Scottsdale and the surrounding area, and offering mediation in areas that people may not have ever thought about," Deanna says. Contact Deanna at 602.603.5119 or visit, 6263 N. Scottsdale Road, Unit 395, Scottsdale, AZ 85250.

Desert Blonde – The Salontrepreneur

Amy Stebbins is a visionary when it comes to building salon businesses


pecializing in hair extensions and color concepts, Amy Stebbins, owner of Desert Blonde Salon is as talented behind the chair as she is in business. Her passion for giving clients the ultimate customer experience is solidified by the finest details that go beyond the normal salon services. In addition to being a talented stylist, she’s owned and operated several salons, and most recently opened Desert Blonde Salon in Scottsdale where her mission is to create a desert vibe with luxury experiences. When asked about her background and how it led into her current career, Amy explains that she originally went to college to study Interior Design and Fashion Marketing. While in college, a mentor inspired her to look into a career in the beauty industry. She went on to earn a Cosmetology degree after discovering her passion for finding creative ways to help women feel beautiful. Amy’s perfect mix of high energy and skill, coupled with her business savvy mindset

has enabled her to offer clients a highquality, detail-oriented experience, from start to finish. “I've got a lot of creative energy, a design mind and competitive nature with the ability to roll up my sleeves and get the job done,” she shares.” Many of the businesses I've built, I've actually ‘built’ to make things happen. My first salon started with dirt floors, no windows, no clients, no experience. But I learned fast and turned it into a successful business as quickly as I could!” This experience helped her understand how to manage clients, stylists, schedules, budgets and how to make a salon run smoothly. Amy is optimistic that growth for the Desert Blonde Salon brand is going to happen fast and furious and the opportunities she’s going to create in the next year for the business and community will definitely be something to keep an eye on. Through her consistent collaborations among industry creatives, Amy continues to challenge her skillset and

deliver innovation in the art of hair extensions, color and styles. In addition to the new luxury Scottsdale salon, Amy shares that she is also working on a new business and podcast for those looking to venture into salon ownership. “We are excited to release ‘The Salontrepreneur,’ a coaching and consulting business that will provide the tools aspiring salon owners need to be successful. It’s my opportunity to be a mentor much like I had early in my career. We also look to bring salon owners from around the world to our HQ for industry events and experiencing the energy of Scottsdale.” Amy also enjoys maximizing family time and experiences, travel, fashion and cooking. She notes that the key to her happiness is “living life to the fullest and always looking to ascend both professionally and personally.” Contact Amy at 480.825.4185 or visit, 17060 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Unit C-125, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.

Embody. Empower. Envision.

Tiffany LeRoy says to change your mind to change your life


iffany Rochelle LeRoy is all about getting people motivated to move. She’s a fitness expert, trainer, and the owner of Envision Personalized Training, providing in-person and online training to help people get and stay fit. Tiffany was born and raised in Phoenix and was active as a kid. “I played sports throughout my childhood, with swimming being my bread and butter. I went to the state championships all four years of high school, and my last year there was when I wanted to take my fitness to the next level, and I was introduced to the gym. I instantly fell in love,” she says. Her love for fitness led her to become a personal trainer with a wellknown training company in Scottsdale in 2019. She earned an Associate’s degree in Exercise Science and a PT certification from ASFA. “I originally graduated college in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Business, but I

soon realized that was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, so I made the switch,” she said. After dedicating two years to working and learning as much as possible, Tiffany struck out on her own, forming Envision Personalized Training. “It has been a dream of mine to be where I am today and own my own company that is dedicated to helping others,” she shares. “If I were to just stick with the safe route, none of this would have been possible.” Although gyms and personal trainers are widely available throughout Arizona, Tiffany says what sets Envision apart is her dedication to ensuring every client gets the individual attention and guidance to feel confident inside and outside the gym. “I train women in the gym how to properly perform exercises and execute a successful workout while also teaching them how to find that balance of incorporating their health goals into their lifestyle,” she says. “I am dedicated to devoting my time to teaching people

worldwide how to do fitness the right way. No teas, no quick fixes, no crazy diets, just hard work and effort to make the task of working out and being healthy into a lifestyle.” The drive to help others reshape their bodies and live healthy lives inspires Tiffany to go to work every day, but she also cites her own self-esteem issues as motivation to help others. “I was once in the shoes of many, feeling unhappy about the way I felt and looked, so being able to help someone flip that narrative they have about themselves through fitness really ignites my fire,” she said. When she’s not whipping people into shape, Tiffany enjoys outdoor activities including skateboarding, camping, hiking, and playing with her three wiener dogs. “Anything that keeps me outside and active, I’m all for it,” she says. Contact Tiffany at 602.743.2641 or visit www.envisionpersonalizedtraining. com, 2980 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255. @tiffanyrochelle_

Scottsdale Vibes

Alicia Haygood hosts an entertaining and informative podcast


licia Haygood is the vibrant, passionate, and dynamic creator behind Scottsdale Vibes, a local podcast that showcases all sides of the community, from local voices to small businesses. Alicia explains that this variety is one of the ways her podcast is unique, “There are many other niche podcasts in Scottsdale but we like to feature all sides of Scottsdale. All good news. All new. And always fun!” It is Alicia’s love for storytelling that got her to where she is today. Growing up, she initially planned on following her mother’s steps to become a teacher. However, a journalism class in high school ignited a fire in her. Alicia went on to attend the University of Mississippi before graduating to work in many different aspects of television from long format programming, to live sports, international news stations, television agencies and more. During this time, she gained valuable experience that eventually set the scene for the creation of

Scottsdale Vibes. “So many people don’t realize they have a story. They think that they just need to come on the podcasts to represent their career but we all have a passion in life. That’s the story I’m after,” she says. “From your next-door neighbor to the Mayor of Scottsdale and even Mr. Craig Jackson of Barrett-Jackson. These are just a few of the stories I've gotten to share over the past year,” she reveals. Scottsdale Vibes has already enjoyed a great deal of success since launching last year, with more growth on the horizon. “We’ve expanded and started a Small Business Saturday with Scottsdale Vibes. It's a really cool way for a business owner to tell the story of where they came from and how they started their business,” she says. “It's so great to see everyone supporting each other and learn the story behind the business and what it takes to make a successful business.” Throughout the years, Alicia has noticed that many owners enjoy telling

their stories to help others that may be going through some of the same growing pains they went through. She reveals that Scottsdale really is a city that believes in collaboration over competition. Alicia’s love for fostering encouraging communities is evident outside of her work as well. She has partnered with two organizations that support adolescent mental health, Kid in the Corner and Out is the New In. In her own words, “Our kids are our future. We need them to be their best and that starts with their mental health.” New episodes of Scottsdale Vibes are released every Monday on any listening app and Alicia would love to know what residents want to hear! She is always open to welcoming new guests, getting to know locals, and learning about hidden gems in Scottsdale, so be sure to send your suggestions her way. Contact Alicia at or visit

Caring and Compassionate Dr. Julie Wendt prioritizes her patients


ulie A. Wendt, MD, Owner of Relieve Allergy, Asthma & Hives is a board-certified physician specializing in Allergy & Immunology, providing comprehensive allergy, asthma, and immune system testing and care to patients in Scottsdale. Dr. Wendt was born and raised in Chicagoland and says that her interest in science came at an early age thank to her father, who often quizzed her and explained science facts. “He was a science teacher and the head of his department for years. He’s truly a teacher’s teacher and could make anything interesting,” she says. She draws from those experiences with her dad to educate patients related to allergies and their immune systems. She credits her mother for her inherited tenacity, citing “when she wants to accomplish something, absolutely nothing and no one can stop her.” Dr. Wendt attended the University of Illinois, earning degrees in Biochemistry and Biology Honors, and went on to

graduate from Vanderbilt University. She completed an Internal Medicine Residency and Allergy & Immunology Fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Her practice continues to grow, and she’s currently looking for another allergist to add to the team. She’s also written her first book, “What’s Eating Your Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Food Allergy, Intolerance, and Toxicity,” which is in the editing stage and is slated to be published this year. While there are many allergy specialists to choose from, Dr. Wendt says what sets her apart is that she goes out of her way to ensure her patients are understood, listened to, and cared about. “I truly enjoy listening to my patients and their stories and then problem-solving for them. I love when my patients feel at home in my clinic,” she says. Her dedication to her practice and patients hasn’t gone unnoticed. Dr. Wendt has been named Best Allergist

in Scottsdale three years in a row. She’s won the People’s Choice Award, the Consumer’s Choice Award, and the AMA Physician Recognition Award. She is also involved in local charities, including the Global Orphan Project, OCJ Kids, and Family Promise. When she’s not tending to patients or volunteering, Dr. Wendt enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. “I have not had a whole lot of time for passions other than work since I started my own practice, but I have a lot of eclectic interests like scuba diving, winemaking, fencing,” she reveals. At the end of the day, Dr. Wendt is committed to helping her patients and providing them a place where they feel comfortable. “I love my patients and what I do. I feel very lucky that they are in my life, and I am in theirs,” she shares. Contact Dr. Wendt at 480.500.1902 or visit, 21803 N. Scottsdale Rd, Suite 200, Scottsdale, AZ 85255.


Media Maven

Toni Ferrara connects talent, brands and businesses to tell their stories


orking in Hollywood isn’t for the faint at heart; it’s a world full of being constantly told “no” and heavy competition where only the strong survive and thrive, and that’s what Toni Ferrara has done. Toni is the CEO of Ferrara Media, a full-service talent management and media firm located in Beverly Hills, California, and Scottsdale, Arizona. Ferrara Media connects talent, brands, and businesses, enabling them to stage memorable events, tell authentic stories, and create brand awareness to attract new audiences. She began her career as a Celebrity Fashion Stylist and Fashion Editor in Los Angeles, working with A-list celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, and David Beckham which led her into the world of Management & PR. During her 10+ years in that industry, she noticed that many of her styling clients weren’t getting the media attention they sought, and she began doing brand

partnerships on the side, which led her into the world of media. “Brands would ask me “how much to get my celebrity client in their apparel, jewelry, shoes, etc?” Never did I realize that would ultimately become my dream job. I’m excited to say we turn 5 in July,” she says. Although her base of operations remains in California, Ferrara branched out to Scottsdale in 2022. “It’s been so nice to expand into Scottsdale. What I’m most excited about is bringing our media magic to great brands and venues in Arizona. The Scottsdale office will focus on our sports division,” she says. Media companies are a dime a dozen, but what sets Toni apart from the competition is her 17+ years of industry connections and her insatiable drive to succeed. “This industry isn’t for the weak. It’s a world of rejection that has to make you hungrier for a yes than to throw in the white flag and be defeated,” she says. As with all successful entrepreneurs, inspiration plays a significant role in their

drive to make it. Toni is motivated by her love of life, her clients, and her mom. “My mom motivates me because I was the first one in my family to graduate college, and my goal has always been to take care of my parents. It’s important to have a support system that believes in you even when you sometimes don’t believe in yourself,” she says. Toni’s media company has many plans for the future, including the launch of their sports division and being a part of the Super Bowl festivities next February when Phoenix serves as the host city. When she’s not building brands, Toni loves to travel and give back to charities like Race to Erase MS, Cure Addition Now, and the Brent Shapiro Foundation. When asked what makes her a Woman to Watch in 2022, Toni says, “I’m a disruptor in the digital media industry, and I’m just getting started.” Contact Toni and Ferrara Media at or visit


L O W D O W N / D O / C A L E N D A R / O U T / C U LT U R E


When those temperatures start rising, head to Talking Stick Resort on Saturday nights from 5 to 10 p.m. in May to cool off at the Scottsdale hotel. At the popular pool party series, RELEASE After Dark, attendees can look forward to a lively poolside atmosphere with some of the biggest names in EDM performing live. Guests can enjoy craft cocktails from the poolside bar as they enjoy the music. For a truly VIP experience, reserve one of 18 poolside cabanas—prices start at $1,000–that come with amenities like flatscreen TVs, daybeds, misters and personal attendants. Bottle service is available for an additional charge. Book early as the cabanas tend to sell out. The season will kick off with Dutch EDM duo, Showtek on May 7 and continues on May 14 and 21. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Ticket prices vary. So Scottsdale! May ‘22





The skincare and lifestyle brand Pistol & Fox has recently opened up a retail shop at the Painted Tree Boutique and has relocated its skincare production facility to Scottsdale. The products are inspired by its customers’ favorite vacations. Pistol & Fox handcrafts all of its skincare products with natural, organic and fair trade ingredients. Specifically, find soap, face wash, toner, candles, T-shirts and home goods.

Treat Mom to a special brunch at the Boulders Resort & Spa’s Palo Verde Restaurant. Held on May 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests can soak up The Boulder’s scenery featuring a duck pond and grassy knolls as they enjoy a decadent buffet. Specifically, they can look forward to house-baked pastries, a seafood display, artisan breads, tea

sandwiches and artisan cheese and charcuterie in addition to entrees crafted by the Boulders’ culinary experts. Finally, moms can indulge in a rich dessert display that includes petit fours and pastries. Brunch costs $115 per person and includes bottomless mimosas. www.


Head to Kierland Commons’ center plaza for free concerts every Friday in May from 5 to 8 p.m. Pack your lawn chairs and enjoy hearing local bands play live tunes. This event, dubbed the May Concert Series, is family-friendly.


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Salt and Lime Modern Mexican Grill will be hosting a special Cinco de Mayo popup on May 5. Guests can look forward to festive décor and a lively celebration. Salt and Lime will have outdoor tented bars and tables in the patio and parking lot for more guests to be able to enjoy the celebration and live music. Drink and food specials will be available.

Electric performance car maker Polestar has opened a new retail location—dubbed the Polestar Space—at Scottsdale Fashion Square. The new showroom offers sales, service and test drives of the all-electric Polestar 2. This is the company’s first brick-and-mortar location in Arizona. Polestar owners residing within 150 miles of Polestar Scottsdale can have their vehicles picked up and returned for servicing free of charge. The single-motor Polestar 2 starts at $45,900.


Maple & Ash will be hosting a special brunch and dinner in honor of Mom on May 8. From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., guests can enjoy a special brunch menu. The featured entrée is Lobster Avocado Toast that’s served with chili crunch, radish and herbs. From 5 to 10 p.m., guests can enjoy a special dinner menu. The featured entrée is Australian Wagyu accompanied by bone marrow stuffing and bordelaise. The restaurant also will be giving away custom floral bouquets for mom during brunch and dinner. Each meal costs $90 per person. www.


Find Christian Louboutin’s iconic red-soled shoes at a new 2,344-square-foot boutique at Scottsdale Fashion Square. This is the first Christian Louboutin boutique in Arizona. The boutique is an intimate space that was conceived as a summer lounge and inspired by Louboutin’s holiday home in Portugal. The décor is influenced by the designer’s rich and colorful life. Guests can look forward to two sofas lined with tiger-patterned fabric that invite them to linger. Arches on the store’s exterior and interior are a nod to the original arches at Louboutin’s very first boutique in Paris. So Scottsdale! May ‘22


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Interwoven Now-June 30, Scottsdale Civic Center Library Interwoven, a show hosted by Scottsdale Public Art, will feature various fiber art—a style of fine art that incorporates textiles like natural and synthetic fibers, fabric and yarn—inspired by the state of Arizona. During the 2020 pandemic lockdown, the Telaraña Fiber Arts Guild asked their members to participate in an Inspiration Challenge. Artists captured images of the Grand Canyon State’s plants, canyons, lakes and skies to inspire their creations. Each piece in the exhibit features three parts: the image that the work is based on, the fiber work and a statement from the artist describing the relationship between the two. Free. Times vary. Dancing with the Stars Arizona 2022 May 7, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa Get on Your Feet--the theme of this year’s gala--to cheer on community stars who have partnered with professional dance instructors for a dance competition to benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. Dancing with the Stars Arizona is the organization’s signature gala, raising funds to benefit patient services and programs. The event begins with a cocktail reception and dinner, with the show immediately following. 6 p.m. $500 (individual tickets); table sponsorships start at $5,000. www. Kentucky Derby Lawn Party at Bourbon Steak May 7, Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess It may be the “fastest two minutes in sports,” but Derby Day at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a full afternoon affair. Guests are encouraged to wear their fanciest hats and sharpest suits to compete for prizes. Executive Chef Sara Garrant will prepare a Southern-inspired menu featuring favorites like shrimp and grits, Kentucky hot brown and Derby pie. Sip on a mint julep while the DJ spins musical favorites, take part in lawn games and raffle drawings, and catch the big race on the plasma screens at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak. 1-4 p.m. $169 (advanced tickets required). Uncorked: AZ Wine Fest May 7, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Wine enthusiasts, gather your friends for this fourth annual event that will feature more than 100 wines from across the globe. Vibe to the sounds of a live DJ, and enjoy cuisine from food trucks. Special pours from select wineries are available with the purchase of an early admission ticket. Proceeds from the event benefit Arizona Small Dog Rescue, a no-kill shelter that helps small dogs. 7-10 p.m. (6-10 p.m. with early admission ticket). $65, general admission; $75, early admission. Roars & Pours May 19, Phoenix Zoo It’s happy hour with a wild side. At this 21-and-older event, guests can enjoy craft beverages, wine and food while strolling through the Zoo’s trails and exhibits. One of the Zoo’s equine residents, along with its keeper, will be on hand for a meet and greet. Try your hand at oversized yard games like corn hole and Connect Four. There will be a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Zoo’s conservation efforts in addition to camel rides and safari cruisers for $4. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $10. may-roars-pours. Spring Restaurant Week May 20-29, Valley-wide Arizona Restaurant Week offers the perfect opportunity to support local restaurants. Participating establishments will put together special menus for dine in, take out or delivery. From sizzling Southwestern to five-star dining and international fare – enjoy a variety of cuisine. Menus and prices vary.


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April 28-May 1, Hotel Congress Take your tastebuds to Tucson for the annual Agave Heritage Festival. Headquartered at Tucson’s famous Hotel Congress and spread across multiple venues throughout the city, the all-things agave fest showcases the iconic spirit via a series of workshops, lectures, tastings, tours and more. In addition to learning about agave, festival attendees have the opportunity to unwind on the patio at Maynards for a pairing dinner, boogie to live music and experience fiestas and after-parties. Attendees can even join in on a so-called Mezcrawl that stretches throughout some of downtown Tucson’s most popular bars and restaurants. Times and ticket prices vary.

Mariachi Sol De México® de José Hernández: Cinco de Mayo Celebration May 5, Madison Center for the Arts This May, the Madison Center for the Arts is welcoming Mariachi Sol De México, a lively musical ensemble led by frontman José Hernández. The performance, Legends of My Land, is both a celebration of the Cinco de Mayo holiday and a tribute to the golden era of Mexican film that catapulted mariachi music to a global audience. 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary.


American Farmer Now-May 25, Chandler Museum The East Valley’s Chandler Museum recently debuted a new exhibit, American Farmer. The latest addition to the museum features a collection of 45 portraits taken by photographer Paul Mobley that highlight both the cultural and geographical diversity of the farmers who grow our food. The images unveil the heart of our nation’s farming communities and showcase the pillars of rural culture such as family, integrity, tradition and hard work.


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the lanes for its annual Celebrity Bowling Tournament. The nonprofit Rise & Dream Foundation helps support children, families and the homeless via a variety of programs. Each VIP team of four is matched with a celebrity athlete and trophies will be awarded to the top teams. The fundraising event supports Rise & Dream programs that include Weekend Food for Kids, Homeless Initiative and Bringing A Fresh Start to Families, a twice a year effort that provides entire families with access to dental treatments, haircuts, clothes, shoes, hygiene baskets and gifts for kids. 3 p.m. Ticket prices vary.

American Farmer is a program of ExhibitsUSA. Admission is free. 2nd Annual Wrigley Mansion Wine Festival April 28-May 1, Wrigley Mansion A winemaker dinner, interactive master classes and a grand tasting are among a series of spirited events set to occur at the second annual Wrigley Mansion Wine Festival. The historic hilltop Phoenix property is bringing out the industry’s best, including top sommeliers, winemakers, cheese

mongers and brand ambassadors. The wine-centric event also features live music, chef-prepared bites, panoramic views of the Valley and will conclude with a sparkling Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas. Times and ticket prices vary.

Children Helping Children Fashion Show & Luncheon May 7, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Follow the yellow brick road to Fairmont Scottsdale Princess this May for the 22nd annual Children Helping Children Fashion Show & Luncheon, a Somewhere Over the Rainbow-themed charitable afternoon affair. Sponsorships, live and silent auctions and a raffle are among the philanthropic opportunities. The luncheon is presented by Fox Restaurant Concepts, University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center and People Acting Now Discover Answers (PANDA), an organization whose mission is to support discovery efforts that can lead to improved medical treatments and cures for pediatric illnesses. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ticket prices vary.

Rise & Dream Celebrity Bowling Tournament May 1, 810 Billiards & Bowling Bowl for a cause this May at Chandler’s 810 Billiards & Bowling where The Rise & Dream Foundation will be taking over

Pamper Your Mom Festival May 7, Singh Meadows May is all about Mom. And this Mother’s Day, Tempe’s picturesque Singh Meadows is celebrating Valley moms in the most delightful of ways, with mini massages,

toothsome treats, mommy and me photo opportunities, family-friendly craft activities and a picnic lunch. It’s all part of the Pamper Your Mom Festival, hosted by Enchanted Dream Parties. In addition to the activities, the Singh Meadows café, retail boutique and farmers market will be open throughout the daytime event. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10. Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Derby Day Club May 7, Turf Paradise Searching for a spot to watch the thoroughbreds run for the roses? Bet on Turf Paradise, the Valley’s only live horse racing track. Bulleit Frontier Whiskey and Turf Paradise are going all out for the Kentucky Derby with in-person horse racing and betting, champagne and cocktails, local food trucks and a screening of the greatest two minutes in sports. Times and ticket prices vary. A Country is Not a House: Ronald Rael + Virginia San Fratello May 7-Oct. 9, ASU Art Museum The ASU Art Museum will unveil A Country is Not a House: Ronald Rael + Virginia San Fratello this May. The compelling exhibition addresses the county’s most polarizing architectural feature, the border wall that divides the United States from Mexico. The exhibit features a series of works inspired by the Southwest region, including drawings, prints, videos, models and sculptural installations that fuse activism and design in an effort to transcend forces that seek to divide. Admission is free. Somos Southwest May 13-Aug. 7, Mesa Arts Center The Mesa Arts Center is debuting a new exhibition this month, Somos Southwest. The new collection of works comprises varying pieces from the Judson C. Ball and Nancy Sue Ball Collection. In total, Somos Southwest highlights the artwork of 29 artists inspired by the Chicano Art Movement from across the Southwest region who create in mediums that range from oil and acrylic to pencil, wood and metal. The opening reception for Somos Southwest will feature live music, light refreshments and appearances from artists whose works are featured in the exhibition. Times and ticket prices vary.

BALLET ARIZONA: AN EVENING AT DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN May 17-June 2, Desert Botanical Garden Dancers will step out of the spotlight and into the desert this month as the Desert Botanical Garden sets the stage for Ballet Arizona: An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden. Described as “uniquely Arizonan,” the recurring, open-air ballet performances showcase the natural desert landscape of the scenic botanical garden in addition to the extraordinary talents of the contemporary dancing troupe and the inventive choreography of Ballet Arizona’s Ib Andersen. 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Ticket prices vary.

Celebrate Music from Hawaii May 14-15, Musical Instrument Museum The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), the world’s only global instrument museum, is dedicating an entire weekend to the music of Hawaii this May. The immersive experience will showcase the musical traditions of the Hawaiian Islands with educational workshops and live performances over the course of its two-day run. Times and ticket prices vary. Junior Achievement 2022 Golfer’s Dream Day May 20, McCormick Ranch Golf Club Hit the fairway this May with Junior Achievement of Arizona for the 26th Annual Golfer’s Dream Day.

Junior Achievement of Arizona is an organization that seeks to help Arizona students by giving them the knowledge and skills they need to manage money, plan for the future and make sound academic, career and economic choices. Taking place at Scottsdale’s tourtested McCormick Ranch Golf Club, the daytime fundraising event offers golfers unlimited play all day and encourages attendees to spend time on the links at their leisure. Food and drinks in addition to awards and prizes are all part of the event lineup. Proceeds from Golfer’s Dream Day directly benefit Junior Achievement’s efforts to support Arizona students via work readiness and financial literacy programs. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket prices vary.

12th Annual Thrive Gala May 21, The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) is set to host the 12th Annual Thrive Gala this May. The only one of its kind in the state, this gala honors survivors of sexual and domestic violence and celebrates the allies and advocates that work tirelessly to address domestic and sexual violence in Arizona. Thrive Gala will open with a cocktail reception, silent auction and a raffle. All of which are to be followed by dinner service, live entertainment and an awards ceremony for survivors and advocates. 6 to 11 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www.

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Here’s how to experience wine destination Cornville

Located just 90 minutes north of Scottsdale, Cornville beckons with wineries, stunning scenery and one outstanding fine dining restaurant that’s been in business for decades. Here’s what to do, see and eat in this small town.


Relax at D.A. Ranch If you’re looking for a boutique, family-owned estate vineyard—meaning all the wines are made out of grapes owned by the winery--look no further than D.A. Ranch. The setting is charming and bucolic. Think a hanging swing, a fountain, tall trees all around and a small vineyard. You may even catch a glimpse of baby goats in the pasture. Choice summer wine options include crisp Willow White, a seyval blanc varietal. Drink at Cove Mesa Vineyard One of the newest wineries in Cornville, Cove Mesa Vineyard emerged on the Verde Valley wine scene in 2020. Founded by Emil and Cynthia Molin, the duo released their first collection of wines that included merlot, sangiovese, malvasia bianca, picpoul blanc, vermentino and rosé. The 2020 Rosé is an elegant, French-style blend. The 2020 Picpoul Blanc is a crisp and refreshing white wine. Although Cove Mesa’s tasting room is in nearby Cottonwood, the Cornville tasting room is slated to open this summer. Ride the AZ Wine Wagon The AZ Wine Wagon offers day trips from Scottsdale to Verde Valley wineries and tasting rooms. The hop-on, hop-off bus ride stops at popular wineries including Alcantara Vineyards, Javelina Leap, Page Springs Cellars and Cove Mesa. A tour on the AZ Wine Wagon starts at a pickup location in North Scottsdale at 9 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m. Single seats start at $99. Private bus tours are available. Stay at the Stargazer Cottage or Bungalow After a day of eating and drinking your way through the Verde Valley, retreat to the Stargazer Cottage or Bungalow. Tucked into the hillside and overlooking the greenbelt of Oak Creek, each of the accommodations features a full kitchen, a large deck ​and a spacious bedroom. Both private rental homes boast charming décor. When the sun sets, a propane fire table and zero-gravity chairs make stargazing ideal. www. Eat at Up the Creek Up the Creek was originally a store and gas station that opened in 1956. In the 1970s it transformed into a restaurant and is a cherished local spot. Watch hummingbirds buzz outside the expansive windows overlooking Oak Creek as you nosh on New American cuisine. Pair your food with your choice of more than 60 wines served by the glass. Favored dishes include brandied duck liver pate, rack of venison with blueberry gastrique and the Page Springs burger. Finish your meal with a slice of the signature buttermilk pie. Stroll Page Springs Cellars Nestled on the babbling banks of Oak Creek, Page Springs Cellars is a destination that encourages exploration. From strolling the vineyards on a tour, taking a yoga class or savoring house-made flatbread on the patio. Page Springs is renowned for its Southern Rhône region of France varietals including syrah, petite syrah, grenache, viognier and rousanne. www.


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WHIMSICAL WATERCOLORS Jules Gissler paints pets with personality


Originally from Montana, Valley resident Jules Gissler began painting dogs and cats about 10 years ago. She created cards and prints with humorous titles and would frame the images. As she participated in arts and crafts shows and also grew in popularity thanks to Instagram (@julesAgissler), people would request customized paintings of their pets in her signature whimsical style. “I paint them with pink and yellow eyes and curlicue eyebrows and noses. They are done in acrylic, ink, and I add a splash of sequins … just because,” says Gissler. “Their eyes are never looking straight ahead. Instead, they look up, down or sideways. This adds to the humor of the art.” Gissler understands that pets are truly members of a family. “I get to know them personally by staring into their eyes, while I paint,” she says. “I create them with as much personality as possible.” Sometimes she paints the pets in a plainer style but includes the charming embellishments she is renowned for. She adds hats, sunglasses, outfits, balls on their heads or whatever else portrays the furry family member’s personality. To capture the animal’s uniqueness, Gissler asks questions to learn as much about her subject prior to painting. “I ask the client about their pet and then write a few titles that I include on the side and over the top of the canvas,” she says. “It’s a personal secret for the client.” This past year, Gissler added a more realistic style of painting by mixing watercolor, gouache and colored pencil on watercolor paper. She also has a line of prints, cards, calendars and mugs for furry rescues and has written and illustrated, with her abstract paintings, an inspirational book Getting Your Magic Back. It is about pushing through life's transitions and is a simple, two lines per page read. With philanthropy at the forefront of everything she does, Gissler has donated copies of her book to the Fresh Start Women's Foundation—an organization that provides women with education, resources and support. Rescue organizations are near and dear to the artist’s heart. She was Arizona Animal Welfare League's featured artist in 2018 and the featured artist for the past six years at the Shemer Art Center & Museum's Furry Friends event. One of her paintings, Lenny, was part of a juried show for the Arizona Artists Guild and displayed at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. She also has two paintings, Hope and Joy, permanently displayed at the Phoenix Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. When she was in second grade, Gissler got her first dog and absolutely loves them. “I love the personalities of dogs. They are so full of love and innocence. They will never abandon you,” she says. “They just exude ‘happy.’”


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ne of the best proactive steps you can take to detect skin cancer early is to perform a self-exam. In general, doctors recommend examining your skin once a month and familiarizing yourself with any freckles, moles and other marks. This may help you detect changes. It’s important to report changes to your doctor and to see a dermatologist for skin checks once a year. Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the United States. Among the types of skin cancer, the most prevalent are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, followed by melanoma.

thighs, your calves and the bottoms of your feet. Do this for each leg separately. Ask a partner or spouse, if available, to help with hard-to-see areas. • Next, use the hand mirror to check the skin on your genital area, buttocks, upper back, lower back, the backs of your ears, and the back of your neck. • Part your hair to assess the skin on your scalp. Use a blow-dryer to clear away hair for a better look at the scalp. The American Academy of Dermatology provides a body map to help you keep a record of suspicious spots. It’s a good idea to show it to your doctor during your annual physical.

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• STEP-BY-STEP SKIN SELF-EXAM What you’ll need: A full-length or large mirror, a handheld mirror, a chair or stool, a blowdryer (optional), and a partner or spouse to help (if possible) How often to perform the checks: Once a month Where to go: In a private room, such as a bathroom or bedroom, with plenty of light: • Stand facing your mirror and look at the skin on your face, ears, neck, chest, stomach, your underarms, each side of your arms, your palms, the backs of your hands, under the fingernails and between the fingers. Women should lift their breasts and examine the skin beneath them. • While sitting down, examine your shins and thighs, the tops of your feet and your toes, including under the toenails. • Use a hand mirror while seated to check the skin on the backs of your

WHAT TO LOOK FOR It’s important to remember the ABCDE rule for skin cancer when doing a self-exam. Consider the following signs of skin cancer: • Asymmetry—A spot or mole on your skin with an unusual shape, or two parts that don’t look the same • Border—A jagged or uneven border • Color—An uneven color • Diameter—A mole or spot that is larger than a pea • Evolving—A mole or spot that has changed within the past couple of weeks or months LOWERING THE RISK OF SKIN CANCER If you want to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, an important step is to decrease your exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light by avoiding direct sunlight and tanning beds. Other tips include: • Limit your exposure to the sun,

especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when rays are typically strongest. • Seek shade if you’re outside. • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves and pants. Use sunglasses that protect the eyes from UVA and UVB rays. Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher if you plan to be outside longer than 20 minutes. • The sunscreen should be waterresistant and protect against UVA and UVB rays. • Reapply regularly, especially after sweating or getting out of the water. Check other products for SPF numbers, too, not just sunscreen. • The labels on some makeup, clothing (especially hats) and beach accessories (such as tents and umbrellas) include SPF numbers as part of their product information. Avoid sunburns, which have been linked to an increased risk of developing melanoma later in life. This is especially important for children. Avoid tanning booths and beds that use concentrated UV light. • The risks are so great that several states prohibit and some countries limit and prohibit the use of tanning beds, especially for teenagers.

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BEYOND MICROBLADING As a permanent make up technician and trainer for nearly 30 years I’ve seen many trends come and go. These days one of the first things I hear from people inquiring about services is “I don’t want tattooed eyebrows. I want the soft powdery look that you did for my friend.” This is when I educate the public on the truth about permanent make up and the truth is it’s all tattoo. Years ago when permanent make up was just a fledgling industry in this country many of us worked in the offices of plastic surgeons. We called the procedure micro pigment implantation. Then different techniques were marketed using trade words like soft tap, and recently microblading has been all the rage. Known as the “queen of conservative” My specialty is custom blending colors for each person. Shape, color, technique and science are what create the artistry for beautifully natural eyebrows. Eyelash enhancements. Due to the lockdown most people have lost their eyelash extensions. This is the perfect time to touch up permanent eyeliner before reapplying lashes. I love to create a rich smokey looking lash line rather than a harsh eyeliner look. Safety first. Due to the intimate nature of these procedures safety has always been at the very top of the list. Hospital grade disinfectants are used on surfaces between clients and most importantly all instruments are new, sterile and disposable. Yea! With your safety in mind I will be wearing a mask through your procedure and if you like I will happily provide you with one as well. Because my studio is completely private you need not worry about ever encountering a crowded salon environment.

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Life in the Limo™ Rachell Hall Lifestyle Editor

What’s all the buzz about the Hills beauty experience?

Ah yes … spring, the time of birth, rebirth and botanical blossoms. Even our desert cannot resist, ocotillos and cacti join in the fun of looking their best with spectacular floral displays. The lockdown didn’t seem to affect their attitude, beauty or resilience at all. Let’s take a lesson from nature, It’s time to look and feel fun, fashionable and renewed. So, amazing readers … let’s begin! You have probably been hearing the buzz about the high-end salon The Hills Beauty Experience, I have … and I am starting there! After reviewing the extensive menu of services I am signing up to shed the last of the covid unwanted inches with The Hills Body Revive™ skin tightening

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technology. They boast this treatment as being by far the most superior sculpting technology available. On average clients see 2-6 inches of dramatic loss per treatment. Forget other sculpting technologies, Body Revive™ is leaps and bounds above all of the others … so for sure I’ll be treating myself to this over the next couple of transformational months. ( Next … as a beauty expert for thirty years specializing in permanent makeup, eyebrows, eyeliner and lip color, I am even refreshing my own work after years and years of classic subtle wake up no makeup simplicity. Now’s the time for freshening yours too. Don’t fight smeared eyeliner and après pool non-existent eyebrows this summer, just call me. ( 480-368-9239.) I can’t tell you how many times while doing a permanent makeup procedure on a lovely client that they have looked in the mirror and exclaimed how much they love their new eyebrows and then immediately pick up the little jowls on the underside of their face and ask me “what can I do about this?”. That is when I give them the name of one, two or three of my favorite plastic surgeons.

Noun: Jowls The lower part of a person’s or animal’s cheek, especially when it is fleshy or drooping. After the two-year lockdown, I am standing in the

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mirror performing the same little crazy experiment of lifting up those little jowls, believing that I would look much better without them. However, I am not quite ready to call my talented surgeons just yet. Believe me, it will be soon. The Hills may have solutions for those of you, like me, that can’t really afford the down time of a full-on cosmetic surgery procedure but desire that “wow, you look so rested” effect. After learning that The Hills Body Revive™ skin tightening procedure uses High Radio Frequency MicroCurrent (HFMC) I am pretty sure this is the one made for me. You too? This process uses S.T.E.P technology to warm up damaged skin cells resulting in regeneration and repair. Benefits include draining fat, shrinking and tightening the skin. Who wouldn’t want to look more lean

and youthful with a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure? And no long recovery time?!?! Yes, for sure let’s do this! There is plenty more to “experience” at The Hills Beauty Experience, so amazing readers, as they say, “let’s get this party started”. And while we are talking about fine weather and superb beauty, this is a particularly fine time to adore the blooming desert by visiting Desert Botanical Gardens. You can take in the fabulous Chihuly exhibit before it leaves on June 19. To maximize your enjoyment … plan champagne at Gertrude’s before sunset. It can be found on the premises of the Desert Botanical Gardens. Then relax while you stroll and enjoy the views of the beautiful changing and magical desert living artscape. (https://

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Dyson, arguably, has transformed hairdryers from utilitarian objects to sleek and luxurious styling tools. This silver and fuchsia Supersonic Hair Dryer includes a digital motor that produces a high-pressure, high-velocity jet of controlled air to dry hair in a flash. The hairdryer comes with five different styling attachments designed for various hair types. The new Flyaway attachment aims to tame flyaways in a single pass for a smooth and shiny professional blowout-quality finish. $429.99 at Nordstorm,

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2022 MERCEDES GLE AMG 53 Impressively classy with tech galore BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: 2022 Mercedes GLE AMG 53

I headed east out of Casa Grande, Arizona, taking the backroads home. I wanted to go slow, savor the ride and experience. I wanted it to last. I was behind the wheel of the AMG variant of Mercedes’ mid-sized GLE SUV, powered by the hand-built 429-horsepower turbocharged AMG-enhanced inline 6-cylinder engine, paired with a 9-speed AMG Speedshift automatic transmission. Power is delivered to the AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive with adjustable Airmatic suspension. Mercedes vehicles, including the GLE AMG 53 tested here, are like a suit from Armani, Brioni or Prada. Impeccable styling, indisputable craftsmanship, hugely versatile and expensive but worth every penny. Visually, our GLE strikes a debonair profile, sporting a wide stance, sculptured hood blisters, short overhangs front and rear, massive foot-wide tires on crafted wheels and sleek cabin interior furnishings. This is not a vehicle that demands to be noticed, just admired. The silky revving and mellifluous exhaust notes (with the AMG software tune), and paddle


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shifters hold a gear until the engine valves seemingly come out and dance on the hood. It’s also equipped with EQBoost, a 48-volt mild-hybrid system added to every “53” series Mercedes to improve fuel economy, making it more interesting. And of course, being a Mercedes AMG with nearly $10,000 in options, it was quite wellequipped including AMG black Nappa leather upholstery and natural grain gray oak trim and a gorgeous emerald green paint finish. The GLE AMG 53’s standard Burmester sound system is one of the best I’ve heard. Clarity, separation and tone were on a level most car audio just can’t achieve. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Sirius XM radio come standard. All are housed in dual 12.3-inch infotainment displays that stretch nearly the entire length of the dashboard. Overall, the virtue of the GLE AMG 53 is its refined, elegant class but with enough suggestive performance capability and personality to make it always the right fashion choice and a target of envy for many.

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The Allison Inn & Spa offers unparalleled luxury in the heart of Oregon wine country


Located on the lush rolling green hills in Oregon wine country is the luxurious Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg. Surrounded by mostly rural wine country, the resort is a refreshingly modern and opulent place to stay when exploring Oregon’s Willamette (pronounced “will-am-it”) Valley. Located about 40 minutes from Portland, the modern property boasts 77 guest rooms and eight suites. All guests receive a complimentary welcome snack basket in addition to plush robes and slippers to use during their stay. All rooms feature a gas fireplace, a deep soaking tub and complimentary filtered water. The penthouse suite features a spacious living room with a gas fireplace, two separate bedrooms with private baths, a gas fireplace, a bay window seat, spa-inspired bathrooms and a large balcony where guests can sit outside enjoying views of the surrounding area with a glass of wine in hand. When strolling


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the lushly landscaped grounds, look forward to seeing over 500 original pieces of art from local artists all over the property. The 15,000-square-foot Allison Spa features indoor and outdoor lounge areas outfitted with plush seating. The spa also offers an indoor swimming pool, a whirlpool and a sun terrace that’s exclusive to overnight guests. Spa treatments are largely inspired by the Pacific Northwest, like the signature body treatment Deep Forest Escape. Pine, juniper and bergamot body oils are applied to the body and then warm steamed towels and light massage technique are used to complete the treatment. For a luxe experience, rent the Sky Suite Lounge with an outdoor terrace where you can relax for one hour before or after spa services. The lounge accommodates up to six guests and includes one bottle of sparkling wine. When waiting for treatments or relaxing post-treatment, spa-goers can relax in a new Himalayan salt room. Himalayan salt air is thought to potentially reduce inflammation. It’s fitting that a resort in wine country would have an extensive wine list, and The Allison’s on-site restaurant, Jory Restaurant & Bar, stocks more than 500 bottles. Be sure to try Oregon Pinot Noir—the Willamette Valley is renowned for this varietal. The Pinot Noir burger is a must-try lunch special. Chef Chris Smith recently debuted five and seven-course tasting menus with optional wine pairings. The menu is designed to give diners the chance to experience the bounty of the resort’s garden. Look forward to options like the silk leek soup served with Oregon black truffle and house pancetta and Fort Klamath sturgeon that’s accompanied by buckwheat cappelletti. Cap off the meal with chocolate truffle beat cake. For a truly farm-to-table experience, consider dinner in the chef’s 1.5-acre garden. Visit for more information.

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Perched high on a hilltop, this truly spectacular three-bedroom and seven-bathroom Paradise Valley home features an abundance of lavish amenities. Enjoy 360-degree hilltop views from the 10,656-square foot estate that showcases stunning city and mountain vistas. Expansive glass windows located throughout make good use of those breathtaking views. After entering the property that sits on a roughly 1.4-acre lot, find a resort-style living room outfitted with a granite wall fireplace. The living room leads to an art gallery hallway and a formal dining room. Find marble and granite floors throughout. The home’s west wing includes a powder room in addition to a luxe primary suite that includes a coffee bar, two bathrooms, two large paneled closets, granite showers and even a fireplace. Owners can stay in shape in the fit-for-an-athlete 1,000-square foot gym that comes complete with a bathroom and a generously sized closet that could also serve as a forth bedroom. The east wing includes two bedrooms and a family room. One bedroom is a complete guest suite equipped with a kitchen, a living room and a bedroom—perfect for guests. The expansive family room opens up to a gourmet chef’s-style kitchen with a gas and electric stove, two refrigerators and a butler’s pantry with a freezer and a warming drawer. One of the home’s most spectacular features is a wine collector’s dream closet that can hold up to 500 bottles. The home’s exterior is equally as stunning as the interior. Discover a tiled pool with a spa, two firepits, plenty of space for lounge seating and a barbeque station, making it ideal for throwing parties and entertaining guests. Specimen cactus are sprinkled throughout the interior and exterior to give an authentic desert feel to the property. The home also comes equipped with a four-car garage. Location-wise, the home is nearby the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia and many of the Valley’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment centers. 6044 N. 44th Place, Paradise Valley, Arizona, 85253. Listed for $22,500,000 with Sue Shapiro of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty; 602.809.9242; sue.

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Nashville beckons with top-notch restaurants, a happening downtown and unrivaled music history


Tennessee’s largest city has become a popular destination (especially for bachelorette parties and weekends with the girls) in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. Nashville is home to legendary music venues, vibrant neighborhoods and a thriving dining scene. Discover what makes Music City sing.

What to See Downtown Nashville is teeming with popular attractions. Start your journey with a stroll down lively Broadway. On this street, pop in and out of various honky-tonks—highlights include Robert’s Western World and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge--where you can hear musicians playing mostly modern country tunes for free. Tips are encouraged. Artists like Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty and Johnny Cash have all played at the storied and can’t-miss Ryman Auditorium. It’s where bluegrass was born and the place where Johnny and June Carter Cash first met. A former church complete with wooden pews and stained glass windows, the Ryman is renowned for its acoustics. Strolling around the Ryman is a living history lesson. Learn more about its deep music history roots at various exhibits. No visit to Nashville would be complete without stopping by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The 350,000-square feet museum tells the story of country music. The core exhibit is Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. Additional museum highlights include Presley’s 160 Gold Cadillac and Hank Williams’s cowboy boots. See plaques on the walls of musicians who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The museum also houses historic RCA Studio B where the likes of Presley, Dolly Parton and the Everly Brothers have all recorded. A separate fee is required to see Studio B. Leave downtown and head to lush Centennial Park. The urban park’s most notable attraction is the Parthenon, a recreation of the one in Greece and an art museum with 63 paintings. You can’t miss the 42-foot statue of Athena housed inside.

Where to Shop Nashville’s 12South neighborhood is one of the liveliest areas in the city. It’s renowned, in part, for its boutiques. Highlights include Reese Witherspoon’s stylish clothing boutique Draper James. Housed in a blue and white striped building, find dresses, blouses and accessories in prints and plaids. Additional shopping options include White’s Mercantile, a pet-friendly modern general store that sells everything from handcrafted leather bags to organic dog treats. Local jewelry designer Judith Bright also has an eponymous shop in the neighborhood. Find rings, necklaces, bracelets and


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earrings. One of her signature creations is her wire-wrapped rings, which can be customized. Located just outside of 12South is Fox’s Donut Den. Head here to snag a fresh donut from this shop that’s been in business since 1973. Nearby is another legendary spot, The Bluebird Café. Taylor Swift was discovered here back in 2004 when she was just 14. Hear live music at this storied venue nearly every night.

Where to Eat One of the most recent national food trends is Nashville hot chicken. Head to the restaurant where it all began when you visit Prince’s Hot Chicken. Pick your spice level that ranges from plain to XXX Hot and then enjoy a sandwich, whole chicken, leg, breast or tenders. Hattie B’s is another stand-out hot chicken option. Don’t skip the sides like fries and mac n’ cheese. For more upscale dining, acclaimed chef Sean Brock opened Audrey in honor of his grandmother of the same name back in October of 2021. She inspired Brock’s love of Appalachian-inspired cooking. Enjoy modern Southern fare like Jimmy red grits, foie gras and bay laurel, Edwards’ Surryano ham and sorghum and a beet and black walnut tart for dessert.

Where to Stay The grand Hermitage Hotel opened in 1910. Walk up the stairs and find a breathtaking lobby complete with stained glass on the high ceilings, gold walls and intricate wall decor. The Hermitage features a total of 122 guest rooms. The 1,500-square-foot Presidential Suite features a separate king bedroom, a formal living room area, a marble powder room, unbelievable soft beds by Duxiana, an oversized Jacuzzi tub, custom Molton Brown bath amenities, a butler’s pantry and a full dining table. The on-site Drusie & Darr restaurant is helmed by celebrated French Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and opened in late 2021. The contemporary and elegant spot’s menu features black truffle pizza, roasted black sea bass and Maine lobster. For a more casual spot, The Pink Hermit is a great option. Find coffee and pastries in the morning and a wine bar-vibe in the evening. For more modern lodging, consider the Thompson Nashville. Every room at the Thompson features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking downtown and the city’s Gulch neighborhood, just south of downtown. In-room amenities include hardwood floors, plush bathrooms, a custom bar, a full bath with brass fixtures and even a Marshall Bluetooth speaker. One of the three dining establishments on property, the L.A. Jackson bar is on the top floor of the hotel. Enjoy a craft cocktail or try the signature frose here. So Scottsdale! May ‘22




PASTEL POTIONS Celebrate spring with these seasonally colored cocktails

Spring conjures up images of wildflowers and pastel colors. You can even find those colors on cocktail menus all over town. Here are some of our favorite potent pastel potions of the season.

The Great Bluedini The Hot Chick This baby blue creation starts with Ketel One Peach & Orange Blossom Botanical Vodka. The zesty, juicy vodka is then jolted with a power punch of Red Bull Coconut-Berry and pineapple juice for added sweetness before being topped with blue Curacao and garnished with a single red maraschino cherry. $12. Pink Cougar Grassroots Kitchen & Tap This light-pink colored libation features a refreshing, yet potent mixture of Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka made with real grapefruit juice, sparkling wine and syrup made from chamomile and citrus-mint lemongrass. The grapefruit candy wedge as garnish completes not only the look, but adds a hint of sweetness to the beverage. $14. Cucumber Basil Martini Crust Simply Italian Equal parts sweet and herbal, this pastel green spa day in a glass – it even glows neon when held up to the light – features Green Mark Vodka infused with both cucumber and basil. It is paired with elderflower liqueur, lemon and simple syrup to provide a botanical flavor boost. $12. www.crustrestaurants. com Gin and Juice Campo Italian Bistro & Bar A riff on a classic gin-based sour cocktail and homage to the iconic song of the same name, this iteration uses lavender Empress Gin to elicit the violet color on top. The gin is poured over a combination of grapefruit juice, lemon juice and house-made simple syrup to create a layered look. $13. www.


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Rosé Sangria The Montauk The delicate hue here is thanks to this cocktail’s base spirit of Charles & Charles Rosé Wine, which has rich notes of strawberry and watermelon. The wine is kicked up a notch by the addition of elderflower liqueur and then fresh-cut guava and grapefruit. Finally, it is topped with a dehydrated citrus wheel. $13. www. Violette The Sicilian Butcher This lilac libation starts with a vibrant violet hibiscus liqueur. It is then combined with Cocchi Americano, an aromatized wine, apricot liqueur and acai bitters. It is finished with a touch of butterfly pea flower to imbue the cocktail with gradient violet hues and garnished with a fresh orange wheel. $12. Lucky Lady Blue Clover Distillery The pale indigo color of this Blue Clover Distilled Gin-based libation exudes a floral sweetness thanks to homemade wildflower honey liquor, Crème de Violette, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup. $13. Dry Cranberry Spritzer Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia This light and refreshing pastel pink spritz pays homage to the classic Cosmopolitan cocktail, but adds a nonalcoholic twist. This libation swaps the Cosmo’s traditional vodka or gin for Seedlip Grove 42, a calorie-free, sugar-free citrus blend of Mediterranean orange, lemon peel, lemongrass and ginger for a dry finish. www.




Inspired by the vibrant colors and flavors of spring, Francine is offering this light, bright Smoked Salmon starter ($24) served with frisée, avocado salad and goat cheese croquettes during lunch service and weekend brunch. The croquettes are made by combining tart and tangy goat cheese chevre with chopped chives and lemon zest before portioning into balls, coating them with egg, flour and panko and frying to perfection. Once golden brown, three balls are plated in a shallow bowl with five to six slices of rolled smoked salmon and a salad made from shaved shallots, radishes, cucumbers, diced avocado, heirloom tomato wedges, frisée, fried capers and a drizzle of lemon oil. A dynamic balance of richness, smokiness, bitterness, tartness and just a hint of acid, each bite will awaken your senses. Francine, 4710 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.690.6180; So Scottsdale! May ‘22




Fellow Osteria brings an iconic meme to flavorful life with Feel Better Wojak


In 1996, a moving image of a dancing baby went viral on the early Internet, so much so it was adopted as a sight gag on the quirky 1990s television show Ally McBeal. With that baby, the meme was unofficially born. Among the most-oft used memes in pop culture today is Wojak, an outline of a bald man looking wistfully into the great unknown. “Thousands of versions of Wojak with different expressions have emerged to represent various archetypes in society,” says Chris Carr, a bartender at Fellow Osteria. “But the initial drawing spoke to me. I got it in my head we needed to cheer up Wojak using literal spirits to help lift his spirits.” Enter Feel Better Wojak ($12), which upon being introduced to guests last year became one of the most popular cocktails on the menu to date. “We start the build with our own proprietary Fellow Osteria Spiced Rum, combining it in a shaker with ice with Plantation O.F.T.D. Rum, which stands for Old Fashion Traditional Dark and is a highproof, ultra-warming blend of rums from Barbados, Guyana and Jamaica,” says Carr. A house syrup – nicknamed Wojak syrup and made by reducing sugar, cinnamon, turmeric and Controne hot pepper, which is a ground chili from Italy – is then added, followed by turmeric powder, lime for acidity and sweet Cointreau orange liqueur. The contents are shaken then strained over ice into a snifter glass and garnished with a mint. The drink is finished by a dusting of Controne for one final dash of spice. “We don’t know about Wojak himself, but every sip is meant to lift you up with its punchy rum, clove and citrus notes as well as its tiki feel,” says Carr. Fellow Osteria, 1455 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.207.1864; www.


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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Jenna Leurquin of JL Patisserie


Jenna Leurquin is the head baker and owner of JL Patisserie, a French-inspired bakery specializing in high-end pies, cakes, breads, croissants, macarons and European classics.

Did you know you would be a baker from childhood? Hardly. While I baked with my mother, my focus in Belgium where I grew up was on sports and school. I ended up in the United States after graduating high school in 2010 when Boise State University offered me a full golf scholarship. I double majored in international business and accounting/finance. How did you make the move into the kitchen? Passion and appetite. I missed the rich flavors of bakeries back home so I decided to make my own. This led me to move back to Europe upon graduating college in 2014 to attend Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. I then worked there for a year. How did you end up in Arizona? My then-boyfriend – we met on the golf team at college – is from Arizona. I moved here with him in 2016. We married in 2017. By 2019, after serving as head pastry chef at the Silverleaf Country Club, I was ready to open JL Patisserie in Scottsdale then a second location months later. Things have changed greatly from our first days. How so? We opened just prior to COVID-19. Our focus was on designing a dessert series each season and displaying it like a jewelry collection. We also focused heavily on pastries for high-end events. Once COVID-19 hit, we pivoted by expanding our grab-and-go items like breads and croissants. What are some of your favorite things on the current menu? We have specialty croissants weekly with flavored custards and cruffins, a cross between a croissant and muffin, beloved by our patrons. Do not miss the seasonal pies, baguettes, opera cake and quiche. JL Patisserie, 7342 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.859.4459;

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Masterfully plated dishes that taste as good as they look


Sashimi Chef’s Selection

Roka Akor When guests choose the Sashimi Chef’s Selection, they are treated to a selection of exceptional fish sourced from across the globe, each deboned and filleted by hand. A single order includes two pieces of five types of fish, often yellowtail, tuna, halibut and a selection of whatever is freshest. The fish are arranged atop crushed ice with floral garnishes, resulting in a head-turning presentation. Larger platters are available for an added charge. $38-$250.

Beet-Cured Sea Scallops

Tarbell’s Equal parts briny and sweet, this succulent entrée starts with scallops that have been cured with beets, resulting in a hot pink hue. They are then paired with colorful carrots that have been poached in olive oil and arranged on a plate with strawberries, hemp seeds and micro arugula for a contrast of colors, flavors and textures against the stark white plate. $24.

Grilled American Wagyu Steak

SOL Mexican Cocina Aromatic and visually alluring, this stunning dish starts with grilled American Wagyu steak. Delicious, yet simple on its own, it is paired with shades of green thanks to its accompaniments, which include tomatillo salsa, spinach, a cilantro-infused chimichurri sauce, sliced avocados, grilled scallions and diced jalapenos. $36.

The Orange

The Americano Artists from Monet to Van Gogh have tried their hand at capturing the juicy goodness of ripe fruit. The Americano does it in a delicious fashion with this new dessert. The three-dimensional orange sculpture is made from whipped orange ganache and citrus curd. Surrounding it on the plate are chamomile panna cotta, coconut lemon shortbread and blood orange sorbet. $20.

Nook Spiced Airline Chicken

Some of the Valley’s most talented artists use neither brushes nor paint. They’re chefs whose dishes are their canvases, and entrees are their art. This month, we’re showcasing spectacular, show-stopping culinary masterpieces from local chefs. Each one is as much a feast for the eyes as the appetite.

Nook Kitchen Don’t let the name of this dish deter you. The term “airline chicken” refers to a dish that has a boneless chicken breast with the drumette attached. Here is it doctored up with copious spices and then plated like an abstract painting with turmeric-infused mashed potatoes, roasted cipollini onions, green peas and a splattering of garlic cream in addition to balsamic reduction and Calabrian chilis. $27.

Black Orchid Ahi

Ling’s Wok Shop Here, lightly blackened Ahi tuna is seared rare, thinly sliced and laid upon a bed of Asian slaw. It is topped with a geometric drizzle of soy mustard sauce to complement the Ahi and then delicately sprinkled with sesame seeds and scallions. The garnishment? A blooming live, edible orchid. $13.


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caviar that has graced New York’s famed Jean-Georges menu since 1978, this dish is meant to delight and surprise. Served as part of Christopher’s award-winning eight-course (plus surprises) tasting menu, the dish comes under a large ceramic egg-shaped cloche and is revealed tableside to be a hollow eggshell filled with creamy scrambled eggs topped with Osetra caviar and an edible gold leaf. $275 (tasting menu cost).

Beet Hummus

The Mick Brasserie Arriving at the table more like a bouquet of flowers than a starter dish – thanks to colorful locally sourced crudités and sliced watermelon radish – this hot pink hummus is made with ground chickpeas, ground sesame seeds (or tahini), olive oil, lemon, garlic, cumin and ruby red beets. It is garnished with feta crumbles and herb oil and served with house-made sesame crackers and a thin, north Indian flatbread called papadam alongside ample veggies. $10.

Mediterranean Bass Buttermilk Buns

Mowry & Cotton These freshly baked buns coated in butter and sea salt may sound simple, but Mowry & Cotton’s plating is beyond bold and beautiful. They sit piping hot on a butcher block alongside pink and green pickled vegetables as well as angular slathering seasonal jam, duck fat and fig butter topped with lavender-pickled blueberries and dried corn. The starter is completed with a citrus butter with smoked sea salt and fresh herbs. $9.

Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen Given the name Weft & Warp is derived from the art form of weaving where individual weft threads are loomed together with the tension holding warp threads to create a strong, colorful new creation, each dish on this colorful menu is as visually appealing as appetizing. A perfect example of haute cuisine, the fish is served with the tail on and over a bright bed of spicy green cilantro sauce and surrounded by Swiss chard, golden raisins and buckwheat polenta. $35.

Raw Chilled Zucchini Lasagna

Santé This intricate tower of vegan- and gluten-free flavor features layers of zucchini squash, cherry tomatoes and cashew ricotta, enhanced by a combination of basil, garlic, thyme, oregano, salt and ground pepper. It is topped with a colorful tomato-carrot-celery chutney and drizzled with orange chili oil and infused olive oil. $21.

Toro Carpaccio Sushi Roku Only the highest grade fatty belly of sustainably sourced tuna – a piece called the toro of the tuna – makes it to the plate on this dish. It is served raw, cut ever-so-thin, lined up on the plate atop soy sauce infused with truffles and then garnished with rich Ostera caviar, among the most prized and expensive caviars. A pop of color, courtesy of dollops of Kizami wasabi, completes the dish. $46.

Egg in an Egg in an Egg

Christopher’s at Wrigley Mansion A dish made to honor esteemed French Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s famous egg

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At Unbaked, guests can enjoy both house-made ice cream and edible cookie dough by the scoop. Whether in a cup or a freshly made waffle cone, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with cookie dough choices like brownie batter, funfetti birthday cake or s’mores and finish them with a variety of toppings. There are also gluten-free and vegan options, along with fully baked cookies. Open from 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 3 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 3712 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale; 480.421.8089; www.; $



ARIZONA BBQ SHACK The meats here are dry-rubbed with a special house blend of spices and then smoked for up to 14 hours. A wide selection of barbecue meats – such as pulled pork, brisket and smoked bratwurst – pair well with three choices of house-made barbecue sauce and many Southern side dishes. Stop by on Saturday for the brisket burnt ends special. Closed Sunday. 8471 E. McDonald Drive, Scottsdale; 480.948.4227; www.; $$ BRYAN’S BLACK MOUNTAIN BARBECUE Recently named “Best Ribs in Arizona” by Food Network, Bryan’s offers a variety of barbecue meats, available as sandwiches, plates or combos with sides including baked potato salad and its famous olive coleslaw. Meats are also available by the pound. USA Today notes the ribs, pulled pork, vegetarian pulled spaghetti squash, brisket chili and homemade ice cream sandwiches as reasons to visit Bryan’s. Open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 6130 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek; 480.575.7155;; $$ HANDLEBAR J Known as “Scottsdale’s Original Rib House,” Handlebar J is a one-of-akind saloon that first opened in 1966 and has been owned and operated by the Herndon family since 1975. This Western-themed establishment is famous for its slow-cooked pork ribs glazed with homemade smoky chipotle barbecue sauce. Check out the monthly calendar for live music by The Herndon Brothers and other national acts. Don’t miss the line dancing classes on Tuesday evenings. Open Tuesday through Saturday at 4 p.m. 7116 E. Becker Ln., Scottsdale; 480.948.0110;; $$ STARLITE BBQ AND WHISKEY BAR This casual neighborhood restaurant offers delicious barbecue smoked with Arizona pecan and mesquite woods. Appetizers include porky fries, crispy rock shrimp and mesquite grilled cauliflower. The wide selection of barbecue includes beef ribs, pork, brisket and meatloaf. Starlite supports local businesses, using Arizona beef, produce from McClendon’s Farm and fresh bread from Arizona Bread. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available. Open daily at 4 p.m.; noon on Saturday and Sunday. 7620 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale; 480.553.9330;; $$


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FATTY DADDY’S This local gourmet ice cream shop has made a name for itself with its Almost Famous Fatty Daddy’s Cookie Cup. The frozen confection is made with layers of ice cream, topped with a locally baked macaron and a freshly toasted marshmallow. The menu includes ice cream, gelato and sorbets, with a wide variety of flavors, including seasonal flavors that rotate weekly. Stay for a coffee, Boba tea or pastry, too. Open daily. 1608 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale; 480.634.6460; www.; $ PIEFECTION If desserts are a priority, PIEfection belongs at the top of any sweet tooth list. All of the pies are made from scratch with lots of love. The menu consists of sweet and savory pies, cheesecake-based pies, traditional pies and orchard fruit pies including country apple, triple berry, strawberry rhubarb and wild blueberry. French crumb pie – a traditional fruit pie, finished with a buttery, streusel crumb topping – is also available. PIEfection also provides take-and-bake potpies and an everchanging pie of the month. 9015 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale; 480.218.7437;; $$ SODA JERK CO. AND MILKSHAKE BAR The Soda Jerk Co. is a modern soda fountain with a retro-inspired design, but it’s much more than that. The location also serves as a secret (Shh!) entrance to The Nemesis Club, an elevated escape room interactive experience. Guests with a taste for fun and adventure can charge up that sweet tooth at this fully functioning frozen dessert counter, serving craft milkshakes and floats. Expect treats with flavors such as cookies and cream, peanut butter with chocolate, and orange vanilla cream and rotating seasonal shakes. Open daily. 5350 E. High St., Suite 109, Phoenix;; $ THE SICILIAN BAKER Developed by the Maggiore family who owns several Valley restaurants, including The Sicilian Butcher next door, The Sicilian Baker is an Italian sweet shop that has a build-your-own cannoli bar with your choice of three different shell flavors and cream fillings like Oreo, espresso, fig, lemon, seasonal flavors and more. Coffee and espresso drinks, Italian pastries, savory sandwiches and gelato are also part of the menu. 15530 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 602.612.5590;; $-$$


KHAZANA INDIAN BISTRO Khazana is an Indian term for “treasure” and what a gem this bistro is. Guests are enveloped with beautiful aromas of fresh Indian cuisine as they step inside. If you’re unsure what to order, check out the daily lunch buffet where you can sample everything the restaurant has to offer or bring the family in for a casual dinner. Try one of the dozen specialty breads and naan that pair well with any of the curries and entrees. Vegetarian friendly. 8140 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale; 480.590.0029; www.; $$ MARIGOLD MAISON One of the Valley’s most popular Indian restaurants, Marigold Maison uses the traditional tandoori oven in preparing many of the menu’s dishes, including several varieties of naan. Menu favorites include classics like chicken tikka masala, lamb vindaloo, samosas and pakora. 4720 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix; 602.795.0020; www.; $$ TAJ MAHAL Taj Mahal is an adventure in fine Indian dining. The authentic, made-to-order dishes are gluten-free and always tasty. All menu items can be spiced to suit your palate, whether you prefer it extra hot, mild or with no spice at all. The menu is extensive, featuring favorites like chicken tikka masala, goat curry, taj biryanis in addition to both vegan and vegetarian options. 4225 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale; 480.257.1791; www.; $$ TIKKA SHACK Tikka Shack offers fast-casual Indian cuisine, from street food starters to bold curries and a variety of Indian staples and side dishes. House favorites include chicken tikka masala; the original house curry with chicken; and the chicken tikka wrap, served in handmade naan. Guests can also craft their own curry and visit the beer wall to self-serve their own drink to wash it all down. Vegetarian and gluten-free friendly. At Desert Ridge Marketplace: 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, 602.354.8800; and Scottsdale (Kitchen United), 7127 E. Shea Blvd., 602.635.7363.; $$


BARRIO QUEEN Barrio Queen offers Mexican favorites from tortas and enchiladas to burritos in a fun and festive setting. Start your meal with the renowned Barrio guacamole, elote or shrimp ceviche. The extensive taco selection includes carnitas, carne asada, seafood, chorizo

and the acclaimed cochinita pibil, pork marinated in sour orange and achiote paste, as well as vegetarian options. Two locations: Old Town Scottsdale and Desert Ridge Marketplace; www.; $$ THE CANAL CLUB The Canal Club brings Cuban flair to the heart of Scottsdale, offering a fusion of American and Cuban cuisine and inspiring craft cocktails among the colors and comforts of a 1930s Havana aesthetic. Get island fever with the morning-time Caribbean Benedict – layered with plantains, poached eggs, smoked ham and jalapeno hollandaise – or its signature Cubano sandwich served with chipotle aioli at lunch. From the bar, pick a unique rum punch or sangria to complement your meal. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At The Scott Resort & Spa, 4925 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale; 480.424.6095; www.; $$ JUAN JAIME’S TACOS & TEQUILA Juan Jaime’s is a fiesta of Mexican street tacos and tequila cocktails. The menu consists of tacos, burritos, taco salads and enchiladas. Guests can choose from a variety of grilled meats and seafood and corn or flour tortillas. Head over to the salsa bar for housemade salsas and then over to the actual bar for an ice-cold margarita. Happy hour every day from 4 to 8 p.m. 20343 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale; 480.515.5826;; $$ MASKADORES TACO SHOP It may look like your average fastcasual taco shop, but what comes out of the kitchen at Maskadores Taco Shop is quite gourmet. The street tacos are akin to authentic Mexican style in size and taste, and the carne asada burrito is filling and flavorful. Order your burrito “wet” if you want it smothered in either red or green sauce. Breakfast menu served all day. Vegan and glutenfree options available. Multiple Valley locations; 480.656.9834; $ THE MISSION The Mission offers upscale, modern Latin cuisine including skirt steak, pork shoulder and vegetarian tacos, as well as seafood and cauliflower Veracruz. The chorizo porchetta is a combination of pork shoulder and house-made chorizo served with velvety white bean puree. The Mission also offers a variety of unique margaritas and mojitos from spicy hibiscus to pineapple ginger. Weekend brunch (Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) features chilaquiles; corn, crab and shrimp pancakes; and cinnamon pecan waffles. Two locations: Old Town

Scottsdale and Kierland Commons;; $$$


CRUST BROTHERS This locally owned, family-run pizzeria is a casual and welcoming spot offering pizza, salads and subs including meatball and baked chicken. Pizza specialties include barbecue, pesto and buffalo chicken. Diners can choose from a variety of toppings to create their own pizza, with a gluten-free option available. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 7342 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.525.5949; $$ GRIMALDI’S PIZZERIA In addition to its coal brick-oven pizza, calzones and appetizers like bruschetta and antipasto, Brooklyn-based Grimaldi’s is known for its cannoli filled with sweet ricotta cheese and chocolate chips for dessert. Open daily at 11 a.m. Three Scottsdale locations: Old Town, Market Street at DC Ranch and Scottsdale Quarter;; $$ IL CAPO PIZZERIA This family-owned pizzeria offers both wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza and New York-style pizza, as well as handmade pasta and gelato. Il Capo prides itself on using the finest ingredients either locally grown or imported from Italy. Happy hour daily until 6 p.m. Open daily at 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday and until 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 7366 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.951.0077;; $$ NYPD PIZZA Any New Yorker will tell you that the key to great pizza is in the water. At NYPD Pizza, the water is filtered just like they do it in New York, giving their pizza dough the distinct flavor and texture East Coasters love. Build your own or order specialty pizzas like buffalo chicken, the Wall Street (with pepperoni, sausage, bacon and mushrooms), Mott Street Meat Lover or the Veganizza. Pair your slice with Upstate, Hell’s Kitchen or honey BBQ wings. NYPD also offers salads, pastas, calzones and dessert. Eight Valley locations;; $$


BUFFALO CHIP SALOON Since 1951, Buffalo Chip Saloon has grown to become an Arizona icon and destination for a Wild West event and dining experience. At the saloon, guests can learn how to line dance, watch live bull riding on Wednesday and Friday nights or bring the entire family in for the all-you-can-eat fish fry. The menu consists of classic barbecued meats,

including brisket, spare ribs, sausage and chicken; and traditional sides like macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, beans, collard greens and more. 6823 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek; 480.488.9118;; $$ FOGO DE CHÃO BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE No one does all-you-can-eat meat like a Brazilian steakhouse. The Fogo de Chão Churrasco experience includes servers that continually bring skewers of meat carved tableside including filet mignon, sirloin, ribeye steak, pork, lamb and chicken, as well as Brazilian sides including crispy polenta and caramelized bananas. Seafood appetizers and entrees are also on the menu. 6300 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale; 480.609.8866; www.; $$$-$$$$ J&G STEAKHOUSE Located inside The Phoenician, J&G Steakhouse offers stunning views, craft cocktails and fine wines in addition to delicious steak and seafood entrees including roasted Icelandic cod, sauteed Dover sole, filet mignon and bone-in ribeye steak. A tasting menu is also available. Open nightly for dinner at 5 p.m. with live entertainment on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale; 480.214.8000; www.; $$$$ KEELER’S NEIGHBORHOOD STEAKHOUSE This steakhouse is owned by Keeler Hospitality Group, which also operates both Liberty Station American Tavern & Smokehouse restaurants in North Scottsdale. Keeler’s features an inviting atmosphere with a large patio and rooftop deck. Keeler’s serves Certified Angus beef steaks and chops, including filet mignon, New York strip, ribeye and Porterhouse cuts. Seafood, small plates, burgers and sides round out the menu. At Historic Spanish Village, 7212 E. Ho Hum Road, Carefree; 602.374.4784;; $$$ MASTRO’S The Mastro’s family of restaurants is a favorite for fine steak and seafood dining with impeccable service. Notable menu favorites include the lobster cocktail and bone-in filet mignon with a choice of savory sides like garlic mashed potatoes. The famous 2-foot seafood tower served “smoking” with dry ice also serves as a succulent spectacle. Complete the dining experience with a bottle of wine from the broad list or order an infamous dryice martini. Three concepts in Scottsdale: Mastro’s City Hall, Mastro’s Ocean Club, and Mastro’s Steakhouse;; $$$$

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The Hills Grand Opening Gala attendees celebrated The Hills Beauty Experience’s new Scottsdale location and enjoyed giveaways, prizes, live music, food, drinks and an after-party at Chauncey Social. Child Crisis Arizona was the beneficiary of the gala.

Taylor Wood and April Hill


Jasmine McCoy and Bailee Heinz

Madison Washington and Lenell Washington

Tara and Scot Moses

Diana Hathaway and Stephanie Levario

Peter Zistas and Patritsia Ilieva

Tyler Burke and Samantha Elizabeth

Hayden Merryn

Megan Davies and Rachel Cisney

Michaela Jacobs and Shavonnis Tutson


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Celebrities like Pitbull and Reba McEntire walked the red carpet and entertained guests who enjoyed a cocktail hour followed by performances and a gourmet dinner. Attendees raised funds for Gateway for Cancer Research at the annual Celebrity Fight Night at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.

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Richard and Stacie Stephenson

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At The pARTy: The Show Must Go On!, guests enjoyed a circusthemed gala complete with acrobatic performers, live entertainment, dinner, dancing and a cocktail hour at the Phoenix Art Museum’s Dorrance Sculpture Garden.

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Dina Shacknai and Robert Lavinia

Larry and Sharon Bishop

Patti Mehl and Daryl Weil

John Hoover and Leslie Walker

Adam and Samantha LaSacco

Jennifer and Michiel Schuitemaker

Gordon Lewis and Dr. Kara Stuart Lewis

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Guests gathered at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa for the Honor Ball. The black-tie affair benefited HonorHealth programs and included a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and live music.

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Stephanie and Drew Kinnard

Howard and Ellen Katz

Dr. Asim Khwaja and Sadaf Khwaja

Debbie Peterson and Brooks St John-Smith

Jessica and Zain Casey

Stephanie Mahrer and Jared Langkilde

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Top Valley chefs, restaurateurs and social media influencers gathered at a private home in Paradise Valley to enjoy brunch, barbeque and other top-notch cuisine prepared on Arteflame’s outdoor grills.

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Hilary Anderson and Misty Bencharo

Adrienne and Mark McMillan

Ken Hess and Ineke Rumbouts

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Lynn Fernandez and Susan Jackson

Roxanne Dalt and Ryan Johnson

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At the Tom Londen Memorial Golf Classic’s reception at Talking Stick Resort, attendees enjoyed an auction, raffle prizes, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

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Michelin-starred chef Danny Grant’s etta finally opens at Scottsdale Quarter


One of the most anticipated restaurants of the year, etta, opened its doors on April 6 at Scottsdale Quarter. Etta is the brainchild of two-time Michelin starred chef Danny Grant of the hospitality group What If Syndicate. Etta is the sister restaurant of Maple & Ash. Following the success of Maple & Ash, Grant decided to open another restaurant in Arizona. Grant resided in Scottsdale starting as a teen and says the city is his second home. He tells us that etta is designed to have an approachable, community feel. “It’s really just a fun neighborhood, wood-fired restaurant that serves a lot of my favorite food and gives us a lot more creative freedom,” he says. At etta, the star of the show is the custom-designed wood-fired hearths. Etta is short for Henrietta, French for keeper of the hearth. Grant says the hearth gives him a fun, open palette to play with. Popular starters include Bubbling Shrimp ($18) that’s cooked in a coal oven and Fire-baked Focaccia and Ricotta ($12). The Scottsdale location—there’s a total of


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four etta restaurants located throughout the country—has a focus on simple, vegetable-focused dishes. For example, the woodfired Ramp & Asparagus pizza ($18) that’s topped with pecorino, lemon and black pepper. The Wild Salmon Crudo ($18) is another entrée that Grant intended to be light and refreshing. Another dish that’s unique to Scottsdale is Nonna’s Raviolis ($19) that’s made with ricotta, pesto, spinach, pine nuts, cured eggs yolks and brown butter bread crumbs. “I wanted a pasta that reminded me of my childhood that eats incredibly light, but shows that people with skill and that can cook are making it for you,” says Grant of the dish. Etta also features craft cocktails and an extensive wine list. “The drink menu definitely adds that next level of excitement and fun,” says Grant. One standout offering is the Porron & a Polaroid ($55). Guests’ choice of wine or a margarita is poured into a porron, and customers are given a Polaroid camera to capture the experience. When it came time to design the restaurant, Grant wanted to bring the outside in. The light-filled single-story 8,000 square-foot restaurant features an outdoor patio and an indoor trellis that gives the eatery a garden-like feel. Grant says that he broke up the expansive space to create a more intimate dining experience for North Scottsdale residents. “We want to make sure that we’re here for the people that live here. We’re here for the locals,” says Grant. Etta is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and Sunday to Thursday from 4:30 to 10 p.m., Friday to Saturday from 4:30 to 11 p.m. for dinner. Brunch is slated to be served on Saturday and Sunday starting on April 30. Etta, 15301 N. Scottsdale Road;; 480.939.4444.

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