So Scottsdale May 2024

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The Women’s Issue

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My boyfriend and I bought a Scottsdale condominium in both of our names three years ago. My boyfriend now has a new girlfriend and he moved out last week. My boyfriend wants to sell our condominium, but I want to stay in our condominium with our six-month old baby. If I can’t stay in our condominium, I will have to move to Glendale to stay with my parents. Is there any way that I can stay in our Scottsdale condominium?


No. In no-fault divorce, even if one party doesn’t want a divorce, there will still be a divorce. Similarly, in no-fault partition of a home, even if one party doesn’t want to sell the home, there will still be a partition lawsuit for the sale of the home.

The Judge in the partition lawsuit will appoint a Special Commissioner, usually a real estate broker who “farms” the area, to sell the home and deposit the net sale proceeds with the Court. [“Net sale proceeds” are the balance of the sale price after payment of the mortgage, the broker commissions, any repairs, etc.] The parties can then either settle the distribution of the net sale proceeds, or begin litigation to have the Judge determine who gets what from the net sale proceeds.

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In May, we always celebrate Mom. Though the actual Mother’s Day holiday is on May 12, there’s no reason why moms shouldn’t be acknowledged all month long. And, even if you’re not a mom, this issue is definitely for you – we’re dedicating all 130 pages to moms and women in general.

This month, we aimed to praise fierce females with special gifts and stories. Treat Mom to a smorgasbord of curated cheese and meats by delivery company Boarderie (page 99) or a donut bouquet (page 113), pamper yourself or a loved one with unique spa treatments (page 76), or toast with a special tea party (page 67). Does it just so happen to be her birthday month, too?

Present her with a birthstone ring that symbolizes harmony and growth (page 83). For the woman who loves self-care beauty, consider gadgets and gizmos for an at-home routine (page 84). Or, if she is a jetsetter, we’re sharing two unique trip options: an adventurous meets recharging trip to Montauk, New York (page 106), and a soothing sojourn to a new Maui spa (page 102).

Though there’s plenty to do this month out of town, there’s just as many exciting happenings right here at home. Check out the dog-friendly new Backyard at Desert Ridge hangout (page 130), enjoy a delicious sweet treat at Phoenix’s Valentine (Page 115), sport a cute Tommy Bahama swimsuit by the pool (page 90), or support one of the local female entrepreneurs at their business (page 70).

Last, but certainly not least, if wanting to feel inspired, check out two stories: moms making a difference (page 42) – five local moms who are dedicating their lives to their families and helping others – as well as on Renee Parsons (page 38), whose priorities are clearly to give back and grow both the golf and fashion communities.

Enjoy a little rest and relaxation this month, whether you’re a mom or not – you deserve it!

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Lindsey Callinsky works to encourage the next generation of women leaders

For Lindsey Callinsky, nothing is more important than serving as a role model – both to her own sons, and to any girls who are in the same position she once found herself in.

“My younger sister and I were raised by a single mom who worked really hard at a time when it was not easy for women to

get a leg up in their careers, especially while having kids,” says Callinsky, who, while growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, had difficulty finding many examples of women in leadership roles. “I can’t help but feel it contributed to girls not believing they could be leaders. Seeing is a big part of believing.”

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At age 18, she got a job as a temp at Wells Fargo and began noticing women in executive leadership roles. She also saw a direct correlation between the amount of work she invested in her career and her success at the company. While climbing the ladder from Wells Fargo’s VP regional sales coach to VP of treasury management , she realized how she might be able to serve as the type of role model she had once dreamed of seeing.

In 2013, Callinsky began volunteering with Girls Inc., a nonprofit that advocates for strength and boldness in girls nationwide, supporting the next generation of powerful women while striving to build a more equitable society.

“Through my experiences there I could see what a difference that type of coaching and mentoring would have had on me at a younger age. I fully believe we can change the world by empowering women and girls. Sitting on the board of Girls Inc. for seven years proved that to me.”

Fighting for the Future

Callinsky’s involvement with Girls Inc. was just the beginning of her journey of giving back. After a stint working in marketing

for a startup, she was able to merge her career experience with her passion for philanthropy as Phoenix Children’s Foundation’s director of marketing, a position she still holds today.

Before joining the foundation in 2023, Callinsky’s family had a firsthand experience with the hospital. “My son had a medical event. No parent is ever prepared for that, but when it did happen, I was so glad Phoenix Children’s was here in my backyard to give him the care he needed. I was amazed at the clinical team and all the little things they do to make it a little less scary for kids. Joining the foundation side of the hospital was an easy decision that aligned with my vision for helping the underserved, and those who can’t advocate for themselves.”

Among her favorite parts of the job are supporting the hospital’s medical staff and helping corporate partners see the direct impact of their donations, connecting them with individual patients who have benefitted from those dollars.

“Parents feel helpless enough when their child is sick, but my hope is that we can take care of the other things so they can focus solely on their child, their family. Parents should never have to choose between their child’s health and rent.”

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When she moved to Phoenix, which isn’t currently home to a Girls Inc. chapter, Callinsky was on the lookout for a new way to get involved in the causes closest to her heart. She found a perfect match in Helping Hands for Single Moms.

The Phoenix-based organization helps low-income single mother families while the mom pursues post-secondary education, providing scholarship money, resources for the household and auto repairs, legal counsel and networking and mentoring opportunities. For Callinsky, who has served on the nonprofit’s board since 2021, it’s all about empowering single moms to alter their destinies.

“My mom has always been an inspiration. She worked incredibly hard and I absolutely get that from her. We may have been short on a lot of things, but we were never short on love and support,” she says. “I want young women to know that just because they are here now doesn’t mean this is where they have to stay. You are not your circumstances.”

Callinsky – who is also an executive member of CHIEF, a private network focused on bringing more women into positions of power – is endlessly motivated by her family. Her husband Casey provides a solid foundation that helps her feel she can always reach higher. Her sons are also a source of inspiration – the bravery and boldness of her stepson, who currently lives in Barcelona, and her 10-year-old’s compassion and his fierceness on the soccer field. Both of them dream big and feel deeply, and are never afraid to stand up for girls and all that they’re capable of.

“It is a cornerstone of our family to help others. We don’t just talk about it, we do it, and we want our kids to see that,” she says. “Being in a position where you have enough for your family is a privilege, and I never want to take that for granted. By giving back, whether through money, time or work, you are reminded how plentiful your gifts are that you have extra to give away.”

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Mother and daughter pair honor their loved one with a newly opened microdistillery

As a teen, Trish Ritchie set her sights on working in hospitality as a means to travel, taking a job at a golf resort in her native Florida. Upon graduation, she transferred to a sister resort in Durango, Colorado in 1989, where she met and started dating a handsome bellman named Brad Ritchie.

The couple married in 1995 and welcomed daughter Bren in 1999. In 2007, they made Arizona home. By then, Trish was rising in the ranks at Dave & Buster’s while Brad worked in sales and real estate. Over the next 15 years, the Ritchies raised Bren in the north Valley. “In 2021, Brad and I started talking about opening our own bar and restaurant,” Trish says. “As the conversation progressed, Brad began to fall ill. After a series of tests, he was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.”

Brad underwent chemotherapy and was nearly cancer free by December 2021. “We started talking about the restaurant again at this time, but tragically Brad’s cancer came back, and we lost him in March 2022,” Trish says.

For the next year, the mother and daughter worked through their grief. In 2023, Trish began thinking about moving forward with the restaurant with Bren at her side. At the same time, Bren suggested they develop a private label vodka to honor her dad. By October 2023, they made both dreams a reality with the opening of One Handsome Bastard, Old Town Scottsdale’s only microdistillery (, in the space formerly occupied by Blue Clover Distillery.

“The name is a term Brad would use on himself with a wink while looking in the mirror,” Trish says.

They are working in partnership with Blue Clover to offer the brand’s popular array of premium, smallbatch gin and vodkas. The industrial space also offers a full menu of craft cocktails and elevated bar favorites, flatbreads, salads, and sweets. “Bren has shown a real talent for distilling, so she is working toward becoming our master distiller as well,” Trish says. “We are also very proud to announce the launch of One Handsome Bastard, our hand-distilled vodka named for Brad.”

Ten percent of the sale of each bottle of One Handsome Bastard benefits a local cancer-focused nonprofit. “In June, we will distribute our first donation to The Singletons, which is devoted to meeting the needs of single-parent families battling cancer,” Bren says.

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Laura Linn Knight’s new book provides practical guidance on mold toxicity

Laura Linn Knight – parenting educator, author, mindfulness and meditation leader, mother of two, and former elementary school teacher – is devoted to equipping families with the tools they need to create a calm and healthy home.

In 2019, one of Knight’s daughters, who was 5 years old at the time, started experiencing anxiety and waking up in the middle of the night screaming. Knight, immediately recognizing that something was wrong, set out on a quest to help her daughter, leading her in an unexpected direction: on a journey to address mold exposure and its profound impact on physical and mental well-being.

To find out what was causing her daughter’s suffering, Knight started at ground zero, talking to other professionals, including child psychologists. A functional medicine physician suggested testing for mold toxicity and Knight was astounded to find that there were high levels of mold in her daughter’s body and in the family’s home. Even more shocking: An estimated 10 million Americans suffer from mold toxicity.

Then came the process of healing and education, which led Knight to author a book on the topic. Titled The Toxic Mold Solution: A Comprehensive Guide to Healing Your Home and Body from Mold: From Physical Symptoms to Tests and Everything in Between, the conversational book includes research, expert guidance, case studies, and her experiences with the devastating effects of mold. Though this isn’t the first book released on the topic, according to Knight, her book is meant to be an easier read.

“It’s difficult to read a scientific book when you’re in a stress state,” she says. “This is the book I’d want to give to a friend who has questions.”

While she never set out to be an expert in this area – and wouldn’t wish mold toxicity on anyone –Knight considers it a privilege to be able to give back due to her family’s experience. “I do believe that we get opportunities to show up in the world in a helpful way, and oftentimes, it’s our pain that helps us do that.”

Next, she plans to continue her series of picture books that help children learn emotional regulation, mindfulness and ways to cope with stress.

“We live in an age when so many people are struggling, and so many kids are having a hard time. I think that books can heal people,” she says.

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Kae Marie effortlessly blends sophistication with a playful edge

Kae Marie’s sartorial journey has been a seamless fusion of sophistication and playfulness, peppered with a dash of timeless elegance.

Born amidst the bustling streets of New York City, Marie’s trajectory in fashion began far from the spotlight of the runway. However, her passion for style led her on a westward journey and she found herself entwined with the esteemed designer Nino Aidi at Baron Paris, where she currently works as a leather expert and fashion advisor.

Over the years, Marie has transitioned from trend follower to style connoisseur. “In my youth, I followed the latest trends with fervor. Though I still keep an eye on what’s in vogue, my style has evolved into a blend of timeless elegance with a contemporary edge,” she says.

Drawing inspiration from the golden era of Hollywood, she cites icons like Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren as her style muses. “Both [Hepburn and Loren] always showed a classy sophistication, but were also thought of as bombshells,” Marie says.

With a love for all things vintage, Marie can be found perusing the racks of vintage boutiques like What Goes Around Comes Around in NYC’s SoHo district.

What is your most prized possession in your closet? It’s so hard for me to pick just one, but I have an Oscar de la Renta gown sitting in the back of my closet just waiting for that moment to be worn.

What is your must-have fashion item?

Bags and shoes play a pivotal role in defining style. I firmly believe that accessories hold the key to transforming an outfit. By keeping clothing simple and pairing it with the perfect bag and shoes, one can effortlessly transition from day to evening or completely alter the vibe of an ensemble, all while wearing the same dress.

What are your favorite colors and patterns? Black will always be a favorite color for me because everyone looks good in it and it is an easy color to elevate, but right now I’m really into all things blue! I’m also loving snakeskin patterns and the metallic trends never disappoint.

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Although other practices perform smaller and less expensive procedures, you will be the only patient Dr. Williams and his team will work on for the entire day. This allows maximum hair follicles to be placed with a result that takes 3-5 procedures and many years at other locations. How’s that for VIP service! Yes, it’s exclusive, private, and a very personal service, but that’s what Dr. Williams has built his reputation on. There’s nothing “assembly-line” about his style or his techniques. His patients receive their procedures in his office with little or no discomfort. Be prepared to enjoy a leisurely day of movies, music, and a catered lunch. Licensed in the contiguous states of AZ, CA, UT, and NV, he flies his patients, round trip the same day, via private jet to his institute in Las Vegas. A comfortable experience that will ultimately transform you to a more youthful and natural “You.” Once the “metamorphosis” begins, the results are so gradual that no one will notice you had a procedure done.

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Elisha Trujillo is crafting an intentional, elevated lifestyle

In a world often cluttered with trends and viral sensations, Elisha Trujillo stands out with her intentional style. As an interior and lifestyle expert, she’s on a mission to help women simplify their lives.

With a signature look of crisp modern lines intertwined with natural elements, Trujillo deliberately incorporates fresh white pieces juxtaposed with bold dark tones – a style born out of her own journey from chasing every viral trend to embracing intentional living.

“When I am not wearing my fav Vuori athleisure, you will most likely see me in cute colorful crop tops with a pair of highwaisted jeans, shorts or a skirt,” she says. “In the spring and summer, I like to add fun earrings and in the fall and winter, I opt for cozy sweaters, high-waisted jeans and cute booties.”

Trujillo draws inspiration from women who have the courage to forge their paths, unapologetically embracing their authenticity. Their empowerment and boldness inspire her to strive for her highest self.

While she appreciates trends on social media, she gravitates toward those who bring a fresh perspective rather than merely following the crowd.

What is your favorite local shop? I am really loving Altar’d State for its cute fun feminine dresses, tops and rompers this season!

What are your favorite colors and patterns? I love mixing a neutral base with pops of color or tones. I tend to lean toward less patters and wear more solids. Too much is overwhelming and not enough can just be boring.

What is your most prized possession in your closet? Space! I need the hangers to be able to move. Style to me is about making intentional choices so you can live a life of freedom.

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Entrepreneur and philanthropist Renee Parsons is no stranger to hard work.

“Growing up, a strong work ethic was very much instilled in my sisters and me,” Parsons says. “At 13, I started working in my family’s restaurant in my small hometown in Michigan, riding my bike to work during the summer. I really loved working.”

She decided to study hospitality at Central Michigan University, and during that time, her family ventured into the hotel business. It was working part time at the front desk that solidified Parsons’ passion for the industry. Eventually, she moved to Chicago, where she worked in the hotel industry for over 10 years, specializing in sales and marketing.

“I loved that it was always fast paced, always something different. I really enjoyed the sales process, nurturing relationships with my clients, negotiating and closing on contracts. The people that are attracted to hospitality are pretty social, outgoing and service-oriented, which I was from a young age.”

A Golfer’s Paradise

Flash forward to 2013, and Parsons – who now calls Scottsdale home along with her husband, entrepreneur Bob Parsons –was able to put her many years of hospitality experience to use when the couple acquired The Golf Club Scottsdale, which they renamed Scottsdale National Golf Club. They embarked on a full-scale renovation with one goal in mind – to create the kind of club they would want to be members of.

For Parsons, this goes beyond all-star service and luxurious amenities, like spas and gourmet restaurants, though the club has these in spades.

“We were passionate about having the club wide open, so we didn’t have to have tee times, and we were exclusive enough that it would never be crowded. We wanted it to be relaxing.”

One thing that sets it apart from other private clubs is the lack of rules. At the Parsons’ club, it starts and ends with the golden rule – “No member shall impinge upon another member’s enjoyment of the club.” It comes down to common sense and mutual respect between fellow golfers, rather than arbitrary codes of conduct.

Renee Parsons on golf, fashion and the philanthropic work of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
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“You can wear your hat in the clubhouse if you wish,” Parsons says. “We don’t have a cell phone ban. You can play music on the course. In many clubs still, there is a rule about how long a woman’s skirt should be. We don’t have any such rule.”

One of Parsons’ personal missions was to create a club that was welcoming to both men and women, which she set out to accomplish by bringing women onto the leadership team in a predominantly male industry and curating a welcoming culture for all players. Golf is the great equalizer, she says, and that fact should be apparent on and off the course.

“Because of the handicapping system, anyone can play with anyone. I can play golf with my husband, and with my parents, who are in their 80s now and still playing. It’s really the only sport where you can do that – I can’t play LeBron James in basketball, but we could go out and play golf together.”

New Threads

Since falling in love with golf over 15 years ago, Parsons has also made a splash in the golf apparel world as the president and executive creative director of PXG Apparel (

A lifelong fashion lover, Parsons saw the need for stylish, flattering golf apparel, and after debuting the brand to great success in 2018, it was clear that customers agreed. With a variety of new seasonal and capsule collections released each year –including the sophisticated, retro-inspired Spring/Summer ’24 collection – Parsons is always looking for ways to prioritize versatility and performance while updating the classics.

“The beauty of PXG is that I can wear it on and off the course and feel equally comfortable,” she says. “I wear our joggers and dresses on the course, while running around doing errands, playing pickleball or tennis, even to the office. It was important to me to have things I’d want to wear everywhere because they’re so flattering and chic.”

Highlights of this journey have included wearing clothes of her own design on the course and receiving compliments from friends and strangers alike, in addition

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to helping Parsons Xtreme Golf expand across the country. There are now 24 PXG stores in the U.S., with the most recent opening in Orange County, California. While all PXG stores feature a putting green, high-tech fitting bays and a PXG Apparel showroom; the largest location is in Scottsdale, home of PXG’s five building campus headquarters.

Compassion in Action

Just as Parsons’ family instilled in her a love for hospitality, they also provided a model for giving back.

“I was blessed growing up to see philanthropy at work from my parents, both active in the community and in different charitable organizations in my small hometown.”

In 2013, she and Bob signed the Giving Pledge, a public promise to give away at least half of their net worth. Over a decade later, they’re still going strong. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation gives away an average of $1 million every 14 days to its nonprofit partners, all of whom are making big waves in causes that have special meaning to the Parsons.

“We really want to reach economically disadvantaged and underserved populations, those in marginalized communities, and causes that often are overlooked. By virtue of being overlooked, they’re typically underfunded by mainstream philanthropy or not eligible for government grants.”

Rather than spread their donations thin across a variety of charitable organizations, the Parsons pride the foundation on making targeted impacts on specific nonprofits, each one carefully vetted to ensure funds will directly benefit the people served.

This spring, the foundation was honored by its largest partner, Semper Fi & America’s Fund, for donating over $100 million in support of critically wounded, ill and injured veterans from all branches of the military. Parsons – who is also a member of Women Moving Millions, a philanthropic community dedicated to largescale investment in women and girls – is also passionate about issues surrounding women, children, education, and LGBTQ rights.

Nonprofits close to her heart include

one-n-ten, which supports LGBTQ youth who face discrimination and homelessness; Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine, with a recent grant expanding outdoor programming and providing increased access to low-income families; and Boys & Girls Club of the Valley, which is working to improve the mental wellbeing of school-aged children, something that’s become especially essential since the pandemic.

“In the last several years, we’ve focused a lot on mental health,” Parsons says. “These organizations are doing great

work to mitigate that and provide the support these kids need.”

If there’s one thing Parsons has learned over the years, it’s that following your instincts is crucial on the path to success, but it’s not always easy.

“Women and girls are taught to be nice, polite and all of those things, and sometimes, that confidence isn’t necessarily there. But you’ve got to have the confidence to trust your gut, to believe in yourself. You have a right to be here just as much as anyone else.”

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making a difference

Five women dedicated to family and philanthropy

Anyone will tell you that mothers are capable of changing the world. This month, we celebrate moms across the Valley who work around the clock to raise a family while supporting the community through education and empowerment. In honor of Mother’s Day, meet five local moms whose tireless work inspires change, encourages greatness, and sets an example at home and beyond.

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Two years ago, Julie Dunnigan was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her world changed overnight.

“I was scared and overwhelmed but determined to be strong,” Dunnigan says. “I didn’t want cancer to change anything in my life. Yes, I was delusional – cancer is more than just medicine, it has a profound impact on your mental health.”

Dunnigan, who has nearly 15 years of experience in nonprofit administration and fundraising – including with the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, the Canadian Olympic Foundation and the Goodwill Foundation – took a break from her career during treatment and recovery. When she returned to the professional world, it was to make a big impact on the cause that had become so close to her heart.

“Doctors know the importance of combining strong psychological, social and emotional support with medical treatment for patients to have the best outcomes. That support is not typically available in hospital – that’s where CSCAZ steps in.”

As the CEO of Cancer Support Community Arizona (CSCAZ), she helps provide free emotional and social support for people impacted by cancer. The organization offers over 100 free programs each month, from social activities and educational seminars to bilingual support groups and mind and body therapies, all in the name of catching people who might otherwise fall.

“As a cancer survivor, I have a profound personal understanding of the importance of our mission, including the impact cancer has on the whole family – which is why you can often find my husband and my teenage daughter participating in CSCAZ programs,” she says.

And if there’s one thing Dunnigan wants to model for her daughter, it’s that being strong doesn’t always look how you’d expect it to – sometimes it means bringing love into the workplace, staying genuine and never being afraid to ask for help.

“It takes courage to ask for help. We may assume that strong people have everything figured out, and they can handle things on their own, but I believe the opposite is true,” she says. “If there’s one thing I learned from having cancer, it’s that asking for help made me stronger.”

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Founder and head of school,

Dana Herzberg has always known that she wanted to change lives in the very same way her life was once changed.

“As a child, I was diagnosed with dyslexia and dyscalculia between my third and fourth grade year,” Herzberg says. “Growing up a high-ability child with learning differences in reading and math, my one-on-one tutors impacted my life remarkably by providing me with the foundation to build academic success while empowering me to reach my fullest potential.”

Herzberg discovered a passion for volunteering at age 16 while working in a classroom for those with severe learning differences. From there, she went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on gifted education, both from Arizona State University.

While working as an educational consultant, she noticed the need for a local learning environment that catered to high-potential students with learning challenges. In 1999, she created On-Track Tutoring. The home- and sitebased tutoring service became part of something even bigger in 2010, when Herzberg officially opened the doors of The Jones-Gordon School, (JGS), named after two of her professional and personal heroes.

Located in Paradise Valley, the private school provides individualized education for students in grades one through 12 with language-based learning differences or attention challenges, such as dyslexia and ADHD. Cornerstones include personalized, student-centered programming, experiential learning, small class sizes and a culture of kindness that promotes a tight-knit community among students.

JGS is modeled after the one-on-one tutoring approach that allowed Herzberg to thrive, encouraging creativity, curiosity and courage. In 2023, she celebrated a new milestone – in a fundraising first, JGS’s Dream Big Gala raised over half a million dollars, solidifying the school’s impact on the community while celebrating student achievement.

The overall goal for Herzberg is to leave behind a welcoming and nurturing environment for the student body – which currently includes her 18-year-old son, Nathan. “I have always instilled in him, and all of my students, the power of grit and perseverance. I hope to leave behind a legacy that empowers individuals to achieve their highest potential despite any obstacles they may face in their pursuit.”

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Rare disease advocate

During COVID-19, two of Kendra Riley’s three daughters were diagnosed with metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD). The genetic disease is extremely rare, and the prognosis is poor.

Livvy, the middle child of the three, was already symptomatic, meaning there were no lifesaving treatments available. But Keira, who was a newborn at the time, had not yet displayed symptoms.

“There was one option in the world that could potentially save her life – a gene therapy treatment that was only available in Milan, Italy,” Riley says. “Upon diagnosis, we had one month to raise $500,000 to pay out of pocket for the treatment and move our family to Milan for five months.”

In 2020, Keira became the 32nd child in the world to receive the treatment. “She’s now living the life of a happy, healthy 4-year-old with zero symptoms. Every day is a miracle seeing Keira walk, talk, run, jump and go to school. These are all things that wouldn’t be possible had she not received that treatment.”

Upon returning home, Riley, a seasoned PR professional and founder of Phoenix-based agency Dawning Public Relations, shared her family’s story with national and international news outlets. Her goal was to save other families the experience of uprooting their lives for treatment – a goal she made great headway in by helping pass Right to Try 2.0 in Arizona.

Recently, the advocacy of Riley and others in the rare disease community has paid off even further – this March, the treatment Keira received was approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

“I hope our family’s journey not only helps provide access to lifesaving medical treatments for patients with rare diseases, but that MLD will get added to nationwide newborn screening. No family should have to lose one child in order to save another.”

After symptom onset, Livvy lost the ability to walk and talk, and is now tube-fed. She loves listening to music, watching the birds, going to the aquarium and spending time with her sisters.

Through it all, there’s been one important lesson for Riley and her family – “To have hope and strength in the face of despair. It can turn a tragedy into a triumph.”

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After her husband, MLB pitcher Mike Montgomery, won the World Series with the Chicago Cubs, Stephanie Montgomery knew they could use this victory to create something amazing.

“We realized that we were able to make an impact on the communities we were in thanks to baseball,” Montgomery says. “Our mission has always been simple – we want to recognize people that do amazing things and help wherever we can.”

Their nonprofit, Monty’s Marvels, supports women and children-focused charities. Recently, they’ve focused on a silent crisis, introduced to them by the Kansas City Royals: diaper need. No federal programs cover diaper costs for the nearly half of all families that experience diaper need in the United States.

“If families can’t provide enough diapers, the child can’t be sent to daycare. Then the caregiver may not be able to go to work or school. The health risks for the child are also substantial, ranging from infections to toxic stress – and the risk of depression for the mother goes up as well,” says Montgomery, who experienced postpartum depression and anxiety herself after the birth of their first child.

Now a mom of two, Montgomery – who started her career at Google before transitioning to a full-time TV host focused on techbased content – has recently added “author” to her list of accomplishments. When she couldn’t find the right children’s book about their family’s favorite game, she wrote Max & Ollie’s Guide to Baseball, named after their son Max and their dog, Ollie the Australian shepherd. Max & Ollie has since grown into a baseball-themed lifestyle brand, with a portion of proceeds supporting Monty’s Marvels.

Montgomery hopes that her transparency about her journey can help remove some of the burdens from future generations.

“I want my children to know that you never have to hide something that you’re struggling with,” she says. “I hid my postpartum struggles for so long, and I want them to know they never have to deal with something hard on their own. Every struggle we face can be a blessing – not only to ourselves, but to people who we can help with our newfound knowledge and experience.”

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Founding member, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Rising Leaders

As the founder of a business development firm, Modern Business Development, and the co-founder of Keymakers, a members-only group for purposeful executive connections, Cassie Wells has had an accomplished career. But it’s when she applies her leadership skills to making an impact on the community that she feels the most fulfilled.

In 2022, after making more time in her schedule for nonprofit work, Wells became a founding member of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Rising Leaders. The giving circle allows young professionals the opportunity to support the nonprofit’s mission to feed, clothe, house, and heal, while serving as community leaders and fundraisers.

“My father used to bring my brother and me to help feed the homeless at SVdP [St. Vincent de Paul] when we were little kids. Any Saturday that we were in town, we were there,” Wells says. “Oftentimes people ignore those on the streets, when in reality, they are the ones who need our attention the most. I’m here to help break the stereotypes and help others open their hearts to helping those in need.”

Wells is also a frequent volunteer at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Last year, she served as the executive co-chair for Emerging Leaders for the annual Light the Night Walk, a fundraiser that aims to bring some light to the darkness caused by cancer.

Her first year attending the walk still stands out in her memory. “Seeing the lights walk around Sloan Park was breathtaking. You can see based on the color of the lanterns that people carry exactly how they are affected. Cancer affects so many of us, and together is the only way we can fight to end it.”

Wells hopes that her two children will follow her example of spreading kindness, but she says silent legacies are just as important as loud ones.

“I believe we make the biggest difference making daily connections through random acts of kindness. This can be for strangers, or checking in on friends and family that don’t seem themselves lately. Helping people because it is the right thing to do, not because someone is watching.”

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Championing Change

Dr. Shana Wingo, MD embodies compassionate care with clinical excellence

Dr. Shana Wingo’s journey into medicine was inspired by a childhood dream. Ultimately, her passion for women’s health led her to pursue a career in medicine, with a particular focus on Gynecologic Oncology. It was during her rotation in this field that she found her calling, drawn to the deep bonds formed with patients and the profound impact of their stories on her own life.

Hailing from El Paso, Texas, Dr. Wingo credits her upbringing for instilling in her a strong work ethic and a drive for excellence. Raised by parents who achieved remarkable success in their respective careers, she learned early on the value of determination and resilience. This foundation has been instrumental in shaping her approach to patient care and her commitment to fostering an environment of growth and support.

Throughout her career, Dr. Wingo has encountered pivotal moments that have reinforced her dedication to her

patients. One such moment occurred during a formative experience in Quito, Ecuador, where she witnessed firsthand the power of presence and empathy in difficult situations. This encounter underscored her belief in walking alongside her patients through both triumphs and challenges.

As a Gynecologic Oncologist, Dr. Wingo provides a range of services, from consultations to surgery and chemotherapy, ensuring comprehensive care for her patients. What sets her apart is not only her technical expertise but also her understanding, compassion, and relatability, which form the bedrock of her patient-centered approach. “I am here for the good news and the difficult times, and we walk this journey together,” she says.

In November 2023, Dr. Wingo made the strategic decision to transition her practice to City of Hope, aiming to provide her patients with even greater access to specialized services and clinical trials. She is located in North Phoenix,

serving patients in the greater Phoenix area including Deer Valley.

At the heart of Dr. Wingo’s motivation are her two sons, Mason and Jaxson, who continually challenge her to be better, both personally and professionally. Their presence serves as a constant reminder to live fully and embrace life’s uncertainties with courage and grace.

Dr. Wingo emphasizes the importance of proactive healthcare, urging women to prioritize screenings such as pap smears for cervical cancer prevention. She also highlights the need for understanding and patience amid the challenges faced by healthcare providers, underscoring the importance of effective communication and collaboration.

Balancing her professional achievements with her roles as a wife and mother, she finds fulfillment in making a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

To contact Dr. Wingo visit or call 855.622.4673.

A Healing Heart

Dr. Sagun Shrestha offers hope in cancer care

Dr. Sagun Shrestha’s journey to becoming a medical oncologist has been one of dedication, sacrifice, and unwavering determination.

As a young medical student in India, Dr. Shrestha dreamed of making a difference in the lives of cancer patients. After completing her medical degree, she moved to the United States with her husband, both eager to pursue their medical careers. But the path wasn’t easy. She had to navigate the complexities of medical licensure, exams, and residency programs. “It was challenging,” Dr. Shrestha says. “But with the support of my husband and the determination to follow my passion, I persevered.”

Her resilience paid off. Dr. Shrestha completed her residency in Internal Medicine and then pursued a fellowship in medical oncology. It was during these years of training that she discovered her calling – to be a part of her patients’ journey, to offer them hope, and to provide compassionate care. “From surgical

oncology to radiation and medical oncology, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treatment,” she says.

Dr. Shrestha and her team offer services ranging from GI and pulmonary care to nutrition and rehabilitation. They understand that fighting cancer requires more than just medical intervention – it requires holistic support. City of Hope has grown into one of the largest cancer research and treatment organizations in the U.S. brining a uniquely integrated model to patients focused on innovation, breakthrough treatments and access to more care. Dr. Shrestha is located at the Goodyear hospital and serves patients from around the valley.

As the field of oncology evolves rapidly, with new advancements in immunotherapy, targeted therapies, and personalized medicine, Dr. Shrestha is at the forefront of these innovations, leading clinical trials and implementing cutting-edge treatments like CAR-T therapy.

Yet, amidst the scientific progress,

it is her patients themselves who inspire Dr. Shrestha the most. Their resilience in the face of adversity and their unwavering determination to fight fuel her own passion and dedication. “My patients motivate me every day,” she says with a smile. “Their courage and gratitude remind me of the importance of what we do.”

For Dr. Shrestha, oncology is not just a career – it is her calling. “Love what you do, do it sincerely, and treat others with the compassion and respect you would want for yourself and your loved ones,” she shares. As she reflects on her career, Dr. Shrestha feels a sense of pride in how far oncology has come. But she knows that the journey is far from over. “There are still battles to be fought, patients to be treated, and lives to be saved,” she says.

And with her unwavering dedication and compassionate heart, Dr. Shrestha is ready to face whatever challenges lay ahead, one patient at a time.

To contact Dr. Shrestha, visit or call 855.622.4673.

On The Move

Debbie Vigilante helps auto accident and workplace injury victims

In the bustling world we live in, finding time for personal health and wellness can be a challenge. Yet, for Debbie Vigilante, founder of PTCARE Physical Therapy & Massage, providing convenient and accessible care seven days a week from 7:00AM- 7:00PM is not just a profession but a passion deeply rooted in her own journey to recovery and balance.

Debbie’s career trajectory was shaped by a fusion of personal experiences, professional aspirations, and an unwavering commitment to helping others. Her journey began with a profound realization of the transformative power of physical therapy following her own recovery from back surgeries. This experience ignited her passion for health and wellness and laid the foundation for her future endeavors.

As a single mother balancing the demands of work and family, Debbie recognized the need for accessible healthcare solutions that catered to individuals’ busy lifestyles. Specializing in treating individuals with injuries sustained from auto accidents

and workplace incidents, Debbie employs tailored rehabilitation techniques to facilitate recovery and restore optimal function within Physical Therapy Mobile Physical Therapy & Massage.

The path to success was not without its challenges. Debbie encountered hurdles in navigating regulatory compliance, managing transportation logistics, optimizing scheduling efficiency, and building a loyal client base. However, armed with a business and management degree and bolstered by her determination, she overcame these obstacles with resilience and strategic acumen.

Crucial to Debbie’s journey was the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Robert Walford, a respected Doctor of Physical Therapy and chiropractor, whom she met during her tenure at a large medical company. “His mentorship and training have been instrumental in my professional development, as he provided guidance and support to me and the entire staff,” she shares.

Offering services within 48 hours, personalized sessions lasting 45-55 minutes, and a dedicated mobile app for scheduling, PTCARE Physical Therapy & Massage does not accept insurance but stands out for its client-centric approach and commitment to excellence. “Developing personalized treatment plans and witnessing patients’ functional improvement is incredibly fulfilling,” Debbie shares.

Inspired by her family and motivated by the desire to create a legacy of health and wellness, Debbie remains steadfast in her commitment to her profession and her community. In addition to her professional endeavors, Debbie is actively involved with The Care Organization, a charity dedicated to creating a safe environment for children free from abuse, neglect, poverty, hunger, and illness.

To contact Debbie Vigilante and PTCARE Physical Therapy & Massage visit or call 602.704.2221.

The American Dream

Holly Henbest uses the power of community connection in real estate

Embarking on the journey of buying or selling a home can be a daunting task, but with Holly Henbest by your side, it becomes a seamless and rewarding experience. As a seasoned professional in the valley’s real estate scene, Holly brings passion, creativity, and fearlessness to every transaction.

Driven by her deep love for the industry, Holly is committed to helping individuals achieve their real estate and financial goals. Drawing from years of corporate experience and a genuine connection to the valley, she embarked on her dream career over a decade ago.

In 2007, Holly founded the Henbest Team with her father, Tom, creating a dynamic force in the real estate market. Their approach emphasizes teamwork, ensuring top-notch customer service and results. “At the heart of my work lies a commitment to more than just transactions; it’s about building lasting relationships and ensuring my clients find not just a house, but a home where they can

thrive and create memories.,” Holly says. By truly understanding her clients’ needs and providing transparent guidance, the Henbest Team stands out.

Whether it’s finding the perfect home for buyers or navigating the market for sellers, the team focuses on tailored solutions and clear communication. What sets the Henbest Team apart from other teams is their focused attention on what their clients need and how best to help them achieve their goals with honesty and integrity. “When a buyer is evaluating a home, we want to be sure it suits their needs, so if there is something that causes concern, we let them know,” she reveals.

And their sellers get the same attention too. “For our sellers, we want to set accurate expectations. We’ve finely tuned a listing and marketing strategy for our listings that generate outstanding results,” she says. Through realistic expectations and refined marketing strategies, they consistently deliver exceptional outcomes.

Holly’s dedication and stellar

reputation have earned her a loyal clientele and numerous accolades, cementing her status as one of Arizona’s top agents. Beyond transactions, Holly and her team are active members of the community, showcasing local favorites on social media and fostering a sense of belonging. Holly emphasizes, “Beyond offering real estate guidance, we take pleasure in showcasing our favorite spots, from charming eateries and boutiques to scenic road trip destinations across Arizona. For us, Arizona living isn’t solely about the home; it’s about embracing the essence of the neighborhood.”

This year, Holly will host The American Dream, A National television show on HGTV & Trvl Channel highlighting lifestyle and real estate in the valley. On The American Dream, Holly will focus on educating, empowering, and engaging with viewers to help achieve their personal American Dream through homeownership.

To contact Holly Henbest visit or call 480.266.8785.

The Resilient Realtor

Peggy Young is crafting dreams, one home at a time

With a career spanning across decades and continents, Peggy Young’s journey from marketing and public relations to becoming a leading Realtor is a testament to her resilience, adaptability, and unwavering commitment to her clients.

After witnessing the intricacies of the home-building process while constructing her own abode, Peggy found herself drawn to the world of real estate. From the icy landscapes of Alaska to the sundrenched neighborhoods of Arizona, her career has weathered storms of all kinds. In Alaska, where she kickstarted her real estate journey, she braved extreme weather conditions, quickly establishing herself as a top performer in the industry. However, her relocation to Arizona in the midst of the housing crash of 2008 presented an entirely different set of challenges. “Moving to Arizona and starting a career from scratch without knowing anyone or my way around was definitely a challenge but it helped me

become a stronger and better Realtor,” she says. Undeterred by the adversity, Peggy navigated the turbulent market with finesse, leveraging her expertise to thrive in unfamiliar territory.

Born and raised in Venezuela, educated in Louisiana, and seasoned by her experiences in Alaska and Arizona, Peggy’s multicultural upbringing has endowed her with a unique perspective and an innate ability to connect with individuals from all walks of life. Fluent in both English and Spanish, she effortlessly bridges cultural divides, catering to a diverse clientele with finesse and empathy. “I am comfortable working with a first-time home buyer as much as I am with a luxury high end buyer,” she shares.

At the heart of Peggy’s business philosophy lies an unwavering commitment to her clients. As a solo, full-time agent, Peggy prides herself on providing personalized attention and unwavering support to each individual she serves. “I have excellent negotiation

skills and help both buyers and sellers reach their real estate goals,” she shares. “I am involved in the entire process, from beginning to end.” From first-time homebuyers to seasoned investors, Peggy’s dedication to her craft shines through in every transaction, ensuring that her clients’ real estate goals are not only met but exceeded.

As Peggy embarks on the journey that is 2024, her sights set firmly on the horizon, she remains as driven and determined as ever. “Guiding my clients through the intricate journey of buying or selling a home isn’t just about closing deals; it’s about exceeding expectations, creating trust, and making their dreams a reality, one happy homeowner at a time,” she says. With a steadfast focus on excellence and a passion for her craft, Peggy continues to redefine the standards of success in the real estate industry, one satisfied client at a time.

To contact Peggy Young visit or call 480.241.1040.

Empowering Beauty and Wellness

Cheryl Schaaf, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC is redefining self-love and transformation

Love Aesthetics & Wellness, founded by Cheryl Schaaf, Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, is known for compassion, expertise, and empowerment in aesthetics, intimate wellness, and weight loss.

Cheryl’s journey into the world of nursing and aesthetics began with a pivotal moment during a plastic surgery consultation. Disheartened by the surgeon’s lack of empathy, it was his nurse’s comforting presence that ignited Cheryl’s desire to pursue nursing, particularly in the realm of aesthetics. Driven by the mission to provide others with the same comfort and confidence she received, Cheryl embarked on a transformative career path.

However, her journey was not without challenges. Despite initial academic pursuits in business marketing, Cheryl boldly chose to pivot towards nursing against the advice of her loved ones. Overcoming hurdles such as lengthy waiting lists and a cross country move from California to Florida, Cheryl obtained her Associate’s,

Bachelor’s, and eventually Master’s Degree in Nursing, while working for a plastic surgery team in the hospital setting, laying the foundation for her future endeavors.

In 2015, upon moving to Arizona, Cheryl’s life took a transformative turn when she discovered the profound impact of intimate wellness and sexual health. “Witnessing the transformative effects these procedures had on women’s self-esteem and their relationships solidified my decision to incorporate them into my practice permanently,” she shares.

Today, Love Aesthetics & Wellness offers a range of non-surgical aesthetic treatments, intimate wellness procedures, and medical weight loss programs. Popular treatments include Botox, Jeuveau, fillers, lasers, RF, Femilift, Viora, OShot, peptides, and medical weight loss treatments such as semaglutide with weekly coaching and InBody assessments.

Cheryl’s expertise and compassionate approach have earned her the trust and appreciation of her patients thanks to

her positive and welcoming environment where clients of all ages feel empowered and supported. Cheryl’s many accolades include being named “Best Botox Injector 2020” and “Most Likely to Femilift your Spirits 2022.”

Looking towards the future, Cheryl’s focus extends beyond professional success to prioritize love and fulfillment in every aspect of her life. Inspired by her grandmother’s wisdom and her own personal growth, she cherishes moments of peace, connection, and joy, both within her practice and in her personal life. “As I continue on my journey, I have come to realize that true success lies in finding love and happiness in all that I do,” she shares.

As Cheryl continues to pave the way for holistic beauty and wellness, Love Aesthetics & Wellness remains a sanctuary for those seeking to embrace their unique journey towards self-love and transformation.

To contact Cheryl Schaaf visit or call 480.999.8383.

Livable Luxury

Michelle Pierce is creating havens where memories are made

Visionary Michelle Pierce, Principal and Luxury Interior and Exterior Designer at Creative Edge Interiors isn’t just transforming spaces; she’s creating havens where memories are made, and lives are lived to the fullest.

At Creative Edge Interiors, Michelle leads an award-winning team that specializes in bringing livable luxury to life. From new builds to large-scale renovations, spec homes to white-glove furniture packages, Michelle’s firm offers a personalized touch that sets it apart.

“We believe your environment creates the backdrop for meaningful moments and memories,” Michelle explains. It’s this philosophy that guides every project at Creative Edge. Michelle and her team prioritize building relationships, fostering open communication, and delivering bespoke environments tailored to each client’s unique taste and lifestyle.

Her path to becoming a leading figure in luxury interior design was anything

but conventional. With a background in office furnishings, she received a lifealtering call from her father, a residential general contractor, inviting her to join him in building his company. Despite lacking construction knowledge, Michelle seized the opportunity, diving headfirst into the world of small business. “It was a huge leap of faith,” Michelle recalls. “But I had invaluable skills in sales, customer service, and team building to draw upon, which was a great start.”

One pivotal moment in Michelle’s career came when she co-founded her first interior design firm in 2012. Despite the firm’s success, differences led to its dissolution in 2019. However, Michelle saw this as an opportunity for growth rather than defeat. “I chose to ‘fail forward,’” she says. “Turning that experience into the catalyst for designing the life and firm of my dreams.”

Michelle’s resilience in the face of challenges is fueled by her faith, support network, and commitment to personal

growth. She finds inspiration in diverse sources, from books like “The Gap and The Gain” to her love for adventure, travel, and motorcycles.

“My story is about resilience, grit, and determination,” Michelle reflects. “And sometimes, success has very little to do with interior design—that just so happens to be my creative outlet and one of my superpowers. I believe in cultivating options and opportunities, in creating solutions to the obstacles and challenges in life, and in defining what success means for me as an entrepreneur.”

As she continues to create luxurious spaces and inspire others, Michelle remains grounded in her mission to craft environments where people thrive. Her story is a testament to the power of passion, perseverance, and the relentless pursuit of one’s dreams.

To contact Michelle Pierce and Creative Edge Interiors, visit or call 602.831.2323.

Breaking Barriers

Haille Saal is making a difference beyond the courtroom

In law, there are stories that resonate deeply, reflecting resilience, determination, and the pursuit of excellence. Haille Saal’s journey from journalism to becoming a prominent real estate attorney is a testament to the power of seizing opportunities, navigating challenges, and staying true to oneself.

Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona, Haille’s thirst for knowledge and exploration led her to Arizona State University for a master’s in sports law and business. However, it was the exposure to law classes during her master’s that sparked her interest. The path to success is rarely smooth, and for Haille, law school presented its own set of hurdles, compounded by the challenges of virtual learning in the pandemic era.

Haille’s background, shaped by her diverse heritage and family influences, instilled in her a strong work ethic and a commitment to creating opportunities. In law school, she engaged in diverse

experiences, from advocating for the release of a client from prison to serving as an associate editor on the Sports Law and Entertainment Journal.

As a real estate attorney at Combs Law Group, Haille distinguishes herself through personalized service and collaborative engagement with clients. “We are a very small firm, so we are able to dedicate the time needed to each client,” she shares. “We also create strong relationships with our clients built on trust and mutual respect.”

Haille draws inspiration from her family, particularly her mother and aunts, who exemplify success in their respective fields. Haille also draws inspiration from her boss and mentor, Chris Combs. “I owe all of my learned experience in this field to Chris Combs, who trusted me enough to take on more responsibility than is typical for a new attorney,” she says.

Navigating the legal landscape as a woman presents its own set of

challenges, yet Haille approaches each obstacle with grace and professionalism. Her experiences underscore the importance of perseverance and assertiveness, striking a delicate balance between assertiveness and respect in a predominantly male-dominated field.

Among her proudest achievements is her argument at the Court of Appeals, a testament to her dedication and advocacy skills. Additionally, her impressive performance on the bar exam, securing the fourth highest score in Arizona, stands as a testament to her legal acumen.

Beyond her legal endeavors, Haille is associated with Bunny’s Buddies, a dog rescue organization dedicated to saving dogs from the meat trade in China.

As Haille continues to carve her path in real estate law, her journey serves as an inspiration to aspiring attorneys and women alike.

To contact Haille Saal and Combs Law Group, visit or call 602.957.9810.

Champions of Change

Dr. Brook Choulet, M.D. and Lindsay Benjamin, J.D. are making an impact

Dr. Brook Choulet, M.D., a visionary in sports and performance psychiatry, and Lindsay Benjamin, J.D., a compassionate family law attorney are reshaping the landscape of wellness and legal advocacy. Together, they are not only transforming individual lives but also building a community dedicated to excellence and support.

Well-known as The Performance Psychiatrist, Dr. Brook Choulet stands at the forefront of sports and high-performance psychiatry. As the founder of Choulet Wellness: Scottsdale Concierge Psychiatry & Therapy, she has established a patient-centered approach focused on treating high-achievers. Dr. Choulet’s journey began with a fervent desire to provide personalized care, free from the constraints of insurance limitations.

Dr. Choulet’s previous role as the team consulting psychiatrist for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury ignited her passion for sports psychiatry. Today, Dr. Choulet offers an

array of concierge services, blending evidence-based treatments with a focus on optimizing mental health and performance.

As the founder of Benjamin Legal, Lindsay Benjamin envisioned a firm where clients’ lives and children’s futures were paramount. An Arizona native and graduate of ASU, Lindsay’s journey was fueled by a desire to create positive pathways in relationships, particularly amidst the complexities of divorce.

Benjamin Legal’s ethos centers on providing comprehensive support, from divorce proceedings to custody battles and prenuptial agreements. Lindsay’s dedication to accessibility and empowerment culminates in the launch of “Simple Family Law,” a revolutionary platform offering guided legal assistance to those unable to afford representation. With a non-billable hour requirement for lawyers, the firm prioritizes personalized solutions over quotas or bonuses.

In 2024, Dr. Choulet, alongside Lindsay Benjamin, co-founded Scottsdale Professionals Collective, a dynamic

community uniting leading healthcare professionals and attorneys. This initiative reflects their dedication to collaboration and innovation in professional services. The private network of the valley’s leading attorneys and healthcare professionals aims to create a supportive environment where professionals can share insights, collaborate on challenges, and access resources vital to the success of their practices.

As pillars of their respective fields Dr. Choulet’s accolades include consecutive awards as Best Psychiatrist in the Valley and President of the American Board of Sports & Performance Psychiatry. Ms. Benjamin’s recognition as a Sun Devil 100 honoree and her advocacy in animal welfare exemplify her compassion and commitment to our community.

To contact Lindsay Benjamin J.D. visit or call 602.671.7409. To contact Dr. Brook Choulet M.D. visit or call 480.448.6571.

Heart of Gold

Wendy Ortiz is committed to client satisfaction

Real Estate Dynamo, Wendy Ortiz stands out not just for her sales acumen but for her steadfast commitment to her clients’ well-being. As the force behind Wendy O. Real Estate, Wendy has carved a niche for herself in an industry where personal connections and trust are paramount.

Wendy’s journey into real estate wasn’t a conventional one. “Real Estate sort of chose me,” she says. With a background steeped in sales and a natural inclination towards building relationships, Wendy found herself gravitating towards a career in real estate, despite initially being knee-deep in branded marketing and motherhood. It wasn’t until the Great Recession hit and her business took a hit that she made the pivotal decision to pivot to real estate full-time. Looking back, she describes it as the best decision she ever made.

Throughout her career, Wendy has experienced turning points that have significantly shaped her trajectory. One such

turning point was when she finally “grew into her own,” finding her stride in sales and gaining the confidence to pursue her goals fearlessly. Her unwavering dedication to her clients sets her apart and for Wendy, real estate isn’t just about transactions; it’s about building lasting relationships. She treats her clients like family, guiding them with the same care and attention she would give to her own loved ones.

Looking ahead to 2024, Wendy has exciting plans in store. She has joined REAL Broker, a cloud-based brokerage that is revolutionizing the industry, and is launching a free coaching program to help struggling agents. Reflecting on her own journey, Wendy is passionate about paying it forward and helping others overcome obstacles in their careers. “If you are a Realtor and feel like you need a bit of help, please reach out to me for help!”

But amidst her professional pursuits, Wendy remains grounded by her values

of service and resilience. She attributes her ability to navigate challenges to emotional intelligence, which has taught her that every obstacle has a solution, and if it doesn’t, then it’s not meant to be. “Who you work with matters. and... please don’t REALTOR JUMP if your home hasn’t sold YET- communicate and collaborate with your agent to get it sold,” she advises.

When asked what she’s most proud of in her career, Wendy doesn’t hesitate to answer: raising three amazing children while building her business. Her success isn’t just measured in sales figures but in the lives she’s touched and the relationships she’s built along the way.

As Wendy continues to make her mark in the world of real estate, one thing remains clear: her passion for serving others and making a difference in their lives will always be at the forefront of everything she does.

To contact Wendy Ortiz visit or call 480.695.3709.

Radiant Resilience

Jillian Pittel provides the ultimate glow up

Jillian Pittel, Owner of Blushing Glow Airbrush Tan, not only offers top-notch tanning services but also embodies resilience and empowerment.

Three years ago, Jill made the courageous decision to leave an abusive relationship, leaving behind everything except the most important thing in her life: her son. Amidst the chaos, Jill fought a custody battle and emerged victorious, winning sole custody of her son.

Encouraged to lean on faith and prayer, Jill navigated the challenges of single motherhood while simultaneously striving to secure a better future for herself and her son.

Armed with a background in marketing, Jill initially viewed airbrush tanning as a side hustle to supplement her income and cover legal expenses. However, as fate would have it, her passion for tanning soon eclipsed her previous career aspirations. Recognizing an opportunity to merge her entrepreneurial spirit with her

newfound love for tanning, Jill made the bold decision to dive headfirst into her own business.

For Jill, her clients serve as both inspiration and motivation. The joy she experiences when receiving messages from satisfied clients, expressing newfound confidence in their appearance, is unparalleled. Building genuine connections with her clients, many of whom have become friends, reaffirms Jill’s belief in the transformative power of her work. “Being a part of my clients special days including weddings and photo shoots, is what makes it exciting!”

What sets Blushing Glow Airbrush

Tan apart is not only Jill’s meticulous attention to detail but also her personalized approach to tanning. “I like to contour so that clients look their most natural self,” she shares. “I’m a one woman show so I manage every single client and I take the time to make sure no client leaves without a flawless tan.” Her handmade products, including matte and shimmer

drying powder, further enhance the tanning experience, leaving clients feeling comfortable and refreshed. “I’m currently in the process of labeling my products so I will be selling my prep and aftercare products soon,” she says. “Proper prep before an airbrush tan and the aftercare is the most important for getting an even tan and maintaining that long lasting glow!”

Looking ahead to 2024, Jill has embarked on a new chapter in her journey: writing a book to shed light on the realities of domestic abuse and offer support to those who have endured similar experiences.

Jill’s story serves as a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of perseverance. So, as Jill herself would say, believe in the power of prayer, never give up, and treat yourself to an airbrush tan— you deserve it.

To contact Blushing Glow Airbrush Tan call 602.315.3902 or visit @blushingglowairbrushtan on Instagram.

Empowering Families

Allison Kierman is crafting legacies

Allison Kierman stands out not just for her legal acumen, but for her unwavering dedication to her clients and her deep-rooted commitment to family values. As an esteemed Estate Planning Attorney, Allison has carved a niche for herself, blending professionalism with compassion, and helping clients navigate the intricate realm of estate planning with ease.

From a young age, Allison’s upbringing on her family’s farm instilled in her the importance of family, legacy, and prudent financial management. These foundational values laid the groundwork for her future career path, where she found herself drawn to the legal intricacies of estate planning. “The importance of family-owned business, avoiding government taxes, and legacy were very important to me,” she reflects, tracing the origins of her passion.

Yet, her journey wasn’t without its hurdles. As a young woman in the legal domain, Allison faced her fair share of

challenges. “I was not taken seriously,” she admits candidly. However, undeterred by the skepticism she encountered, Allison forged ahead, driven by her relentless work ethic and determination to prove herself in a male-dominated field.

The turning point in her career came when motherhood intersected with professional aspirations. Faced with the daunting prospect of balancing a demanding career with raising a young family, Allison and her husband made the courageous decision to chart a new course. Stepping away from her corporate job, Allison embarked on the entrepreneurial path, founding her own practice—a move that not only empowered her to be present for her children but also allowed her to tailor her services to better serve her clients’ needs.

Today, Kierman Law, stands as a testament to Allison’s unwavering commitment to her clients’ well-being. Specializing in wills, trusts, estate administration, and probate, she approaches

each case with a blend of expertise and empathy, ensuring that her clients’ wishes are not only legally sound but also reflective of their unique familial dynamics and aspirations.

Her genuine care for her clients is what sets Allison apart. “I love my clients. I am nice to them, listen to them, and create an estate plan that fits their life and their families,” she affirms. While remaining deeply engaged in her community, Allison serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of Congregation Beth Israel and actively volunteers her time to various charitable causes.“I want my kids to see me work hard, and for that hard work to pay off,” she says. “I also want to show them what it means to be of service to others.” It’s this spirit of giving back that underscores her commitment to making a positive impact, both professionally and personally.

To contact Allison Kierman visit or call 480.719.7333.

Best Dressed

Julie Maris wants you to know that It’s Time To Get Dressed

In the heart of Scottsdale, where the sun-kissed streets and vibrant atmosphere meet, lies a hidden gem that is redefining the local fashion landscape. Julie Maris is the visionary behind Quarter Past Dress Boutique, a haven for those seeking timeless elegance and individuality in their wardrobe.

For Julie, fashion isn’t just about trends; it’s about self-expression and confidence. With a background in project management and real estate, Julie’s transition into the fashion world was a natural progression fueled by her love for classic styling. She saw an opportunity to breathe new life into Scottsdale’s fashion scene, which had become increasingly casual and uninspired postpandemic. Drawing inspiration from her time in New Orleans and the charm of the French Quarter, Julie opened Quarter Past Dress Boutique—a reflection of her own impeccable taste and desire for sophistication.

Launching a boutique wasn’t without

its hurdles, as Julie encountered resistance from potential landlords hesitant to lease to a new business. Undeterred, she persisted, recognizing the importance of a prime location and the power of exposure.

At Quarter Past Dress, clients are treated to a curated selection of dresses, shoes, accessories, and jewelry sourced exclusively from international vendors. Julie prides herself on offering unique pieces that defy mainstream fashion, ensuring her clients stand out from the crowd. With a limited number of each style, Quarter Past Dress guarantees exclusivity, allowing every customer to express their individuality with confidence.

As fashion takes a nostalgic turn, Quarter Past Dress remains at the forefront of innovation, blending vintage charm with contemporary flair. Clients are embracing the resurgence of structured, figure-flattering clothing, influenced by international runways and reimagined for the modern woman.

For Julie, Quarter Past Dress is more

than just a boutique—it’s a welcoming retreat for exploring a fashion re-wind. Through exceptional customer service, private appointments, and group events, she creates a space where women can celebrate their individuality and embrace their unique sense of style.

Julie’s journey is marked by resilience, courage, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. From her early days in the tech industry to her adventures abroad, she has faced challenges head-on, emerging stronger and more determined with each obstacle overcome.

Beyond the boutique, Julie is a passionate supporter of the arts, recognizing their importance in enriching the cultural fabric of society. Whether attending live performances or supporting local arts organizations, she remains dedicated to nurturing creativity and expression within her community.

To contact Julie Maris visit or call 480.748.4788.

Capturing Confidence

Abby Gagne is empowering women through the lens

In photography, there exists a genre that goes beyond mere snapshots and delves deep into the essence of self-confidence and empowerment.

Boudoir photography, with its intimate portrayal of individuals, has emerged as a transformative experience for many. At the forefront of this movement stands Abby Gagne, the passionate owner and photographer behind Love And Boudoir.

Abby’s journey into the world of boudoir photography wasn’t a direct path but rather a serendipitous evolution from her decade-long career as a wedding photographer. As the tumult of the pandemic forced her to reassess her photography endeavors, Abby found herself drawn to boudoir photography, a genre she had previously explored with brides for their wedding days. The immediate impact she witnessed on her clients’ faces ignited a spark within her, leading her to fully immerse herself in this newfound passion.

From her humble beginnings

carrying lighting equipment for renowned photographers in Los Angeles to becoming an award-winning wedding photographer, Abby’s journey has been marked by a relentless pursuit of knowledge and skill. In January of 2024, she took a significant leap by opening an expansive 1800 sq foot studio dedicated solely to boudoir photography, right next to the Scottsdale Quarter.

At Love And Boudoir, each session is a full-day affair, complete with professional hair and makeup by lead artist Yolanda Lake, a curated client closet, and a personalized photoshoot featuring multiple scenes and styles. Beyond the shoot itself, Abby offers premium albums, prints, and wall art, ensuring that her clients walk away with tangible reminders of their beauty and confidence. “Always remember that you get what you pay for, cheap photography isn’t good, and good photography isn’t cheap,” she shares.

Looking ahead, Abby is excited

about the expansion of her studio space, the introduction of new scenes, and the launch of her upcoming podcast. Yet, amidst her professional milestones, she remains deeply rooted in her mission to empower women. “For me boudoir photography is not just about capturing images; it’s about helping women rediscover their sense of self-worth and confidence,” she says.

Through it all, Abby’s proudest moments stem from the transformative experiences she facilitates, witnessing women embrace their beauty and reclaim their confidence. As she continues to carve her path in the world of boudoir photography, her message is clear: boudoir isn’t just about photography; it’s about celebrating oneself, regardless of age or circumstance. It’s a journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and unapologetic self-love.

To contact Abby Gagne visit or call 818.310.8310.

Pilates and Progress

Jodi Melton is transforming lives at The Firm Body

Jodi Melton, the Owner and CEO of The Firm Body Pilates Training Center, is not just a businesswoman; she’s a Pilates visionary, a community builder, and a dedicated instructor trainer.

At The Firm Body Pilates Training Center, Jodi offers a diverse range of services, including 1-on-1 Privates, 2-on-1 Duets, 3-on-1 or 4-on-1 Semi-Privates, and Group Classes. The studio even hosts special events like family classes and bachelorette Pilates classes, catering to diverse client needs. Jodi’s commitment to adaptability extends beyond services; she introduced FitSprings, a novel Pilates apparatus, making her studio the first and only one in Arizona to offer this unique experience.

While opening a studio amid a pandemic is undoubtedly a remarkable accomplishment, Jodi finds the most rewarding aspect of her career in her clients’ successes. It’s not just about physical fitness; it’s about transforming lives. Jodi recounts stories of clients overcoming pain, improving their golf game, and even progressing

from osteoporosis to osteopenia.

Jodi attributes her business’s adaptability and innovation to two key elements: her team of instructors and her management style. The studio prioritizes hiring knowledgeable, adaptable, and innovative instructors, investing in their continuous education through workshops conducted by master instructors.

The guiding principle at The Firm Body Pilates Training Center is simple yet profound: teach the body in front of you. Jodi emphasizes the importance of understanding each client’s unique needs, limitations, and background. “Clients are not just names; they are individuals with stories, histories, and goals,” she says.

What distinguishes The Firm Body Pilates Training Center from competitors? According to Jodi, it’s the unwavering commitment to education, personalization, and progression. The studio invests in instructors’ continued education, keeps class sizes small for personalized attention, and focuses on the progression of each

client. Community engagement and social responsibility are integral as well. The studio actively supports clients in their community endeavors and contributes to various charities and non-profit organizations.

“In addition to my role in training clients, I hold certification as a Pilates Instructor Trainer through the esteemed PhysicalMind Institute,” Jodi shares. “Our commitment extends beyond client training, as we strive to certify more instructors, imparting in-depth knowledge of Pilates principles, foundational movements, and anatomy to enhance their teaching capabilities.”

Jodi recently lead her studio through an expansion at The Citadel, and they are now fully functioning in the third expansion space which has now been completed! Additionally, an online video library of classes is in the works, allowing the studio to reach clients beyond Scottsdale.

To contact Jodi Melton call 623.632.9119 or visit

Empowering Beauty

Inside Desert Valley Cosmetic and Medical Tattoo

Finding a balance between enhancing natural features and embracing individuality is an art form. At Desert Valley Cosmetic and Medical Tattoo, the expertise, quality, and empowerment reign supreme. Heather Moore, the owner of Desert Valley, and members of her dedicated team exude passion for their craft and their commitment to providing exceptional services to their clients.

At the heart of Desert Valley’s brand identity is a dedication to helping individuals feel confident. Heather emphasizes this core value, stating, “We all have different reasons for choosing the career paths that we did. The important thing is what we all have in common, and that is helping people to feel comfortable in their own skin.” Whether through makeup for special events or more permanent solutions such as scar camouflage, Desert Valley strives to empower individuals to embrace their unique beauty.

From paramedical tattooing for scar and stretch mark camouflage to cosmetic

tattooing like lip blushing and microblading, their skilled artists specialize in enhancing natural features with precision and artistry. Additionally, the studio provides injections and fillers, eyelash extensions and brow treatments, professional makeup services, facials, waxing, teeth whitening, and more, ensuring that clients receive personalized care tailored to their preferences.

Exciting news emerges for 2024 as they announce their acceptance of insurance for all paramedical tattooing services. This significant milestone reflects the studio’s commitment to accessibility and inclusivity, removing financial barriers and making transformative services more attainable for those who need them most.

At Desert Valley, the client experience is paramount. From the warm and inviting atmosphere of the studio to the meticulous attention to detail during consultations and procedures, every aspect of the client journey is carefully curated to ensure satisfaction and confidence. The team prioritizes open communication, safety,

and professionalism, fostering long-lasting relationships with clients built on trust and exceptional service.

Behind the scenes, Desert Valley’s team dynamics are characterized by collaboration, respect, and a shared passion for excellence. Each team member brings a unique set of skills and perspectives to the table, contributing to a supportive and positive work environment. Through open communication and ongoing education, the team stays at the forefront of industry trends and techniques, united in their goal of exceeding client expectations.

The studio serves as an educational facility, offering training in permanent makeup and paramedical tattooing to aspiring artists and through these initiatives, Desert Valley contributes to the growth and development of the beauty industry while fostering connections within the community.

To contact Desert Valley Cosmetic and Medical visit or call 480.572.0081.

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Rusty’s at The Short Course, located at Mountain Shadows, is now offering a new type of tee time – or shall we say tea time. The Short Course is the resort’s 18-hole, par-3 course, and Rusty’s is the course’s golf grill and lounge. The new Tee Party menu offers a beautiful array of finger sandwiches and housemade petit fours paired with tea or iced tea. Guests have their choice of three finger sandwiches from the following options: cucumber and dill cream cheese, egg salad with smoked paprika aioli, grilled zucchini and romesco sauce, ham and Swiss, and bacon and spinach. Diners have the option to upgrade their tea to sparkling wine or a cocktail. There is a minimum of four guests, and a maximum of eight guests, per reservation. The Tee Party menu is available daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and must be ordered 48 hours in advance. Starting at $79 per person.

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Randy’s Donuts, based in Inglewood, California, is known as one of the most recognized and iconic donut shops around the world. Last month, the famed sweet sensation, which has been open since 1952, made its way to Arizona by way of franchise, with the first Valley location now open in Phoenix off of 7th Street and Montebello Avenue. The shop offers over 60 different varieties of classic, deluxe, fancy, and premium donuts, along with Randy’s Rounds (the brand’s much larger version of a donut hole). Other menu items include a variety of coffee beverages, refresher drinks, boba teas and milkshakes. Additional food items include handmade breakfast sandwiches, burritos and stuffed croissants.


Scottsdale Fashion Square’s newest tenant, Vuori, is making waves around the globe, drawing inspiration from the active California lifestyle. This is the second Scottsdale location for the brand, with the first found at Kierland Commons. Launched in 2015 by an active yogi and surfer, Vuori is a Climate Neutral Certified brand committed to sustainability with its clothing and accessories.


Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch is introducing new wellbeing-focused group experiences for the year. The new activities range from pickleball tournaments to group fitness classes led by local professional instructors. The resort offers eight newly resurfaced pickleball courts and two tennis courts and group fitness classes include all-levels yoga and movement meditation, a “Core & More” Pilates-based class, a cross-training boot camp designed to provide a total body workout, and deep stretch and mobility sessions designed to increase flexibility and release muscular tension.

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The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa recently reopened Agave, The Arizona Spa following renovations and a rebranding. The new Agave Spa features a luxury service menu, which blends traditional and innovate therapies in a tranquil atmosphere. New services include: Comfort Touch Therapy for those living with and beyond cancer, a water-based and heated basalt stones Agua Sol Journey, Red Light Therapy, and a CBD Calm Awakening Ritual. Guests can also now purchase Wellness and Executive Spa Memberships that give access to the resort’s workout facilities and fitness classes, discounts on spa treatments and retail purchases at the shop, plus full use of the eucalyptus steam room, dry sauna, whirlpool Jacuzzi, spa pool, and more. www.marriot. com/phxws.


Talking Stick Resort recently reponed its Showroom after a re-imagining of the space. The multi-use venue is still a destination for an intimate headline performance, but now it is also an ideal place to watch and bet on sports. The open-air concept, which is steps away from the casino floor, has concert seating for up to 480 people, including balcony seating. Sports lovers will enjoy the LED video wall, which spans more than 490 feet – the length of a football field. There are also 92 individual screens with the ability to show up to 30 different sporting events.


Pickleball fanatics can now enjoy the game while giving back as USA Pickleball, the Arizona-based National Governing Body for the sport, announced the launch of the organization’s official charity arm, USA Pickleball Serves. The mission of the initiative is to make a positive national impact through the sport by supporting community enterprises like court enhancements, educational youth programming and inclusive play.

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David Sedaris

May 10, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Renowned humorist and bestselling author David Sedaris will present an evening of wit and wisdom. With iconic works like Me Talk Pretty One Day and Happy-GoLucky, Sedaris is known to captivate audiences worldwide and will do the same for attendees of this special event. Nominated for five Grammy Awards and celebrated with prestigious literary honors, Sedaris' impact on humor and storytelling is simply unparalleled. Attendees are invited to join this memorable event with one of America’s most beloved writers, as he shares laughter, insight, and the absurdities of life. 8 p.m. Starting at $29.

The Four Seasons By Ballet Arizona

May 15-June 1, Desert Botanical Garden

Audiences are invited to immerse themselves in the captivating beauty of the changing seasons at Desert Botanical Garden, where nature serves as a stunning backdrop to this unique performance. Ballet Arizona brings the seasons of winter, spring, summer, and fall to life through exquisite choreography by Ballet Arizona Artistic Director Ib Andersen. Dancers will gracefully lead spectators on a journey through the seasons, moving to the enchanting melodies of Antonio Vivaldi, while donning whimsical costumes designed and hand-painted by Andersen himself. As a bonus, attendees can witness the setting sun and embrace the harmonious sounds of nature, each having their candid moments to shine. 8 p.m. $60.

Passport to Empowerment

May 17, Scottsdale Hangar


Each year, Dress for Success Phoenix takes diners to a new culinary destination, and this year it's all about Greece. Chef Brent Menke and sommelier Jeff Menzer of The Mick Brasserie + Bar will prepare a five-star Mediterranean-inspired menu and wine tasting guide for the special occasion. Event proceeds benefit Dress for Success Phoenix’s life-changing professional development programs and resources that empower women to achieve economic independence and thrive in work and in life. 6 p.m. $375.

Spring Arizona Restaurant Week

May 17-26, Participating Valley Restaurants

For 10 full days, local diners can indulge in the mouthwatering flavors of various cuisines served at restaurants across the Valley. Participating restaurants will offer patrons an unbeatable price on prix fixe dinners spanning comfort food, white tablecloth dining and everything in between. By opting into the Arizona Restaurant Association’s Spring Restaurant Week, diners get to savor hometown favorites crafted by the most renowned chefs in the state, contributing to Arizona’s ascent as a national food destination and stimulating the local food scene. Menus and prices can be found online. Menu prices are set at $33, $44 or $55, depending on the restaurant.

Tee Up For Kids

May 18, Topgolf Scottsdale

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Central Arizona will host this family-friendly event, perfect for all skill levels. Attendees have the option to play as an individual or assemble a team of six to claim a bay all their own, allowing them to play as they wish or compete for incredible prizes. Enjoy a fun-filled day of golf in the sunny Scottsdale weather while creating cherished memories with Valley youth and learning more about BBBS Central Arizona. Proceeds from the event support BBBS and its mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Non-player, $50; player, $200; bay of six players, $1,000.

Justin Timberlake: The Forget Tomorrow World Tour


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Multitalented entertainer, recording artist, record producer, songwriter, actor, and early 2000s heartthrob Justin Timberlake will perform live in the Valley this month. Timberlake’s Forget Tomorrow World Tour, his first tour in five years, is not to be missed. In addition to his latest single, Selfish, concertgoers will enjoy other songs off his newest album, including No Angels, Down and What Lovers Do. Not only will the music be out of this world, but the choreographer accompanying it will have concertgoers dancing in their seats. 7:30 p.m. Starting at $125.

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Through May 5, Phoenix Symphony Hall

Ballet Arizona’s All Balanchine, with musical accompaniment from The Phoenix Symphony, will be comprised of three ballets by renowned choreographer George Balanchine and staged by Ballet Arizona’s Artistic Director Ib Andersen. Andersen is one of a handful of artists worldwide authorized by The Balanchine Trust to stage the late choreographer’s masterpieces. The lineup includes performances such as La Valse, which will revisit the Arizona stage for the first time since 2011, Prodigal Son and Square Dance. $55-$169.

Villa Fleur

Through May 12, Desert Ridge Marketplace

Villa Fleur is a revival of Desert Ridge’s exclusive pop-up dome experience, an immersive journey highlighted by 360-degree projections of art, light and color. Guests enjoy parlor-style seating to enjoy chef-driven fare and elixirs, a curated beer and wine offering, and a state-of-the-art projection show. The experience requires guests to be at least 21 years old and reservations are required. Villa Fleur is open Monday through Sunday for dinner, with brunch service Saturday and Sunday. $30


charge for entry; food and drinks additional.

Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández

May 5, Madison Center for the Arts

Sol de México embraces the romanticism of Mexico’s land, people and beauty of the heart. Founded in 1981 by Maestro José Hernandez, the platinum-selling mariachi band Sol de México has broken countless barriers in mariachi music, including becoming the first mariachi ensemble to be nominated for a Grammy. Their original rhythms, fresh sounds, and inspiring ideas have energized

trucks. Groove to Spanish and Top 40 tunes from Soulitify (May 5); rock out to the music of Paul McCartney with All McCartney (May 12); and sing along to Top 40 hits with JJ’s Band (May 19) and A’lee (May 26).

Food trucks include Snowy Churro, Poky’s Cocina, Lost Burro, Udder Delights, Super Farm, We B Poppin, Pizza Arno, and others. Free. 7-8:30 p.m.

Kentucky Derby Lawn Party May 6, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The Kentucky Derby is as much about fashion as it is about horse racing, so don your best Derby hat and walk the red carpet at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess to experience the fastest two minutes in sports. Enjoy live music, food and drinks, a photo booth, lawn games, and more while watching the 149th Run for the Roses on Bourbon Steak’s indoor and outdoor plasma screen televisions. There will be a men’s and women’s Derby hat and fashion contest. Tickets include complimentary Champagne or a mint julep upon arrival, traditional Derby food favorites, and raffle drawings. 1-5 p.m. $189.

Chocolate Centerpiece

Creation Class

May 7, Valley of the Sun J

Looking for a special Mother’s Day gift this year? Who can resist a homemade — and delicious — centerpiece? Unlock the secrets of chocolate tempering and molding in this wonderfully creative, hands-on course. Learn to differentiate between chocolate and compound coatings while mastering 3D molding and decorative techniques. Create a beautiful and delicious chocolate centerpiece that will be perfect for celebrating Mother’s Day. Get ready for some chocolate fun — and don’t forget your apron! 5:30-7:30 p.m. Members, $45; nonmembers, $55.

the world of mariachi for over 30 years. Mariachi Sol de México is truly a traveling cultural icon that symbolizes extraordinary musicianship and communal cross-generational joy. 7 p.m. $30-$75.

Sundays at the Railroad Park Concert Series

May 5-26, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

The Railroad Park is the place to be on Sunday nights this summer. With Motown, disco, rhythm and blues, and retro ’90s, there’s a little something for everyone. Bring a blanket and the family, pack a picnic, or enjoy food from one of the local food

Disney’s Finding Nemo Jr. May 10-19, Greasepaint Theater

Most are familiar with the tale of Marlin, the anxious clownfish dad who goes on a quest to find his son, Nemo, who is captured and taken to Sydney, Australia. This 60-minute musical adaptation follows the epic adventure with new music by the award-winning songwriting team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Audience members will enjoy the lovable characters from the original — including Dory, Crush the sea turtle, and Nemo’s tank friends — as they explore the world and overcome challenges. $25.

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Celebration in Song 40th Anniversary Concert

May 11, Dream City Church

Phoenix Children’s Chorus will celebrate its 40th anniversary season with a one-night performance featuring alumni from across the country. Current and former members of the choir will sing favorites from past seasons and new songs for the spring season. Phoenix Children’s Chorus is the Valley’s premier mixed-voice choir program, with performance and touring choirs for children in grades 2 through 12, and music exploration classes for kindergarteners through second grade. 6:30 p.m. $20-$30. www.

Children Helping Children Fashion Show & Luncheon

May 11, Arizona Biltmore

The latest in children’s fashion will be on display at this 24th annual fundraiser, themed Here Comes the Sun, to support PANDA, an organization that advocates for the advancement of medical knowledge to improve treatments and find cures for devastating childhood diseases. Each year, the event raises funds for Steele Children’s Research Center, the flagship pediatric medical research center in Arizona, finding insight into diseases that were once thought to be unstoppable. In addition to the fashion show, there will be a silent auction, a cocktail hour, and an afterparty. Noon-4:30 p.m. Tables starting at $3,500. www.

Verde Valley Wine Festival

May 11, Cottonwood

Wine enthusiasts from near and far will gather to celebrate the best of Northern Arizona’s burgeoning wine industry. More than 20 wineries will attend the festival in Cottonwood’s Riverfront Park. While the focus will be on wine, there will also be local beer, spirits, live music, and goods from local artisans to enjoy and browse. Sample cuisine from local favorites like Merkin Vineyards Kebab Wagon, Poppin in the Pines Gourmet Kettle Corn, Batchelor’s Pad BBQ, Rockin’ Rollz Lobster, Carmella’s Joy, Craft Wood Fired, Carolina’s Chocolate, Peace Love and Smoked Cheese, Positively Frosted, and Napoli Gardens & Italian Kitchen. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. In advance, $40; at the door, $50; nondrinker, $10.

Celebrate the Music of Alice Cooper

May 11-12, Musical Instrument Museum

School’s out for summer! Celebrate the musical legacy of Phoenix’s


Through Aug. 25, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West Local middle school students will showcase their talent with new views of the West in the second exhibit by nonprofit organization Kids in Focus. Opened in March, the photographs in the exhibit are the kids’ perspectives of Western Spirit Museum and the Valley taken during their after-school field trips. Open during regular museum business hours. Included with museum general admission.

own Alice Cooper. While there, check out the museum’s collection of more than 7,500 instruments from 200 countries and territories. The Musical Instrument Museum delivers an enriching, inspiring, interesting and fun exploration of music that inspires people around the world. Rock on to Alice’s music and story at this special event. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Spring Music Series

May 11, 18 & 25, Scottsdale Quarter

Sunsets and serenades are perfect for spring. Each Saturday, enjoy the vibes of local music under the palm trees of The Quad at Scottsdale Quarter. On May 11, Pandy Raye and the Contrabanditos will perform; May 18 features Pete Pancrazi; and the Sugar Thieves round out the series on May 25. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free.

local groups and buy plants from the garden’s own nursery. The event will feature demonstrations and discussions about supporting healthy plants and caring for them in Arizona’s extreme temperatures. The garden will sell its own Desert Signature and Preferred line of plants. These plants are specifically selected and grown in the garden’s nursery because of their uniqueness, rarity or lack of availability in the trade. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Included with garden admission.

Friendly Pines Camp Open House

May 18, Friendly Pines


Thinking about what to do with the kids this summer? Pack the car and head up north for a fun-filled day at Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott for a camp preview. The whole family can enjoy camp tours, wagon rides, marshmallow toasting, zip-line rides, archery, door prizes, and more. Meet some of the camp staff who will answer questions about summer sleepaway camp. A complimentary barbeque lunch and shaved ice will be served. Friendly Pines has sessions ranging from one to six weeks for ages 6 through 14, with traditional camp activities. Registration is required for the open house. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. www.

Learn & Lunch Cooking Class

May 18, Marcellino


Sunsets & Sips

May 16 & 23, Taliesin West

Explore the serene outdoor pathways of Taliesin West at sunset, and visit select indoor spaces that vary each visit. During this event, guests will experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural innovation at leisure while enjoying a complimentary cocktail, beer or wine. Admission includes one beverage, and bar service is open for additional beverage purchases until 30 minutes before closing. 6-8 p.m. $35-$40.

The Central Arizona Cactus & Succulent Society Show

May 17-19, Desert Botanical Garden

Master growers will display the finest and most fantastic cactus and succulents in the Garden’s Dorrance Hall. Additionally, attendees can learn how to care for native plants, hear about the conservation efforts of

These intimate, monthly watch-andlearn style classes are held at the Chef’s Island, where chef Marcellino demonstrates how to prepare a signature dish while telling stories of his childhood growing up on a farm in Italy. Following class, enjoy a delectable lunch of the featured dish, plus an organic green salad and a sweet treat of handmade biscotti. The May featured dish will be medaglione de maiale, which are pork medallions rolled with prosciutto and arugula with a port reduction. Reservations are required. 1-3 p.m. Starting at $85.

Boots in the Park

May 19, Tempe Beach Park Country vibes will take over Tempe with line dancing, beer, craft cocktails, local food vendors, art installations, beautiful views, and – of course – country music from country’s hottest artists. Performers include Kane Brown, Lee Brice, Tyler Hubbard, Parmalee, Dylan Schneider, and Luwiss Lux. VIP experiences feature express entry, VIP bars and food vendors, and access to an exclusive viewing area with chairs. 2-10 p.m. General admission, $99; VIP, $225.

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Relax, and say “ah” – or, actually, make that “spa.” Enjoy a day of pampering Mom (or yourself!) with more than just a basic massage. Book outside of the box this Mother’s Day with these unique spa experiences.

Singing Bowl Massage

This 60-minute treatment at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Well & Being Spa blends the ancient practice of sound healing and soothing effects of a professional massage, harnessing the body’s own vibrational and material properties on a cellular level. Shown to regulate energy flow, the bowls are also used to activate the chakras and remove energy blocks to promote good health. $215. www.

International Rituals

There are three 90-minute globally inspired rituals available at Hotel Valley Ho VH Spa this spring. The first is the Istanbul Hammam Experience, which cleanses, exfoliates and massages using coffee, lemon, quince, and fig. The Reykjavik Icelandic Moonflower Signature Treatment, the second, is a full-body renewal that awakens the senses. Last, but not least, the Honolulu Lomi Lomi is an aromatherapy massage using ancient Hawaiian technique. Starting at $245.

Spirit of Life

The 110-minute ritual at Boulders Resort & Spa features Bindi balancing, which is a personalized herbal application and wrap to release energy blockages, as well as Shridhara, a harmonizing treatment for the hair, scalp, and face that taps into the third eye and finishes with a light hand and foot massage. Insider tip: Complement the treatment with a Tipi Cleansing Ritual, one of the spa’s new wellness sessions where guests walk a labyrinth and then experience the 18-foot tipi on property for reflection and intention setting. Starting at $335.

Spirit of the Desert

A two-hour journey for the mind, body and soul, the Civana Wellness Resort & Spa treatment begins with a guided meditation using vibration to ground and reconnect with one’s inner self. The meditation is followed by a massage with steamwarmed poultices filled with delicate flowers and natural herbs that together form a powerful herbal elixir. The experience is finished with nutrient-rich oils. $435.

Himalayan Salt Stone Ritual

Warm, hand-carved salt stones from the Himalayan Mountains are the key ingredient in The Phoenician Spa’s 80-minute massage. The stones work to sooth away stress and tension while nourishing the body and relaxing the mind. After the light-to-medium pressure massage, expect improved sleep and reduced inflammation. $325.

Signature Coconut Sumatra

Enjoy two hours in tropical bliss during The Sanctuary Spa’s full-body sensory experience, which utilizes the healing properties of the coconut and sea salt to restore one’s natural glow. The treatment boasts a 30-minute Swedish massage as well as a head-to-toe exfoliation session followed by a body butter wrap and foot massage. It finishes with a coconut-vanilla lotion. $450. www.gurneysresorts. com/scottsdale.

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entrepreneurs forging their own paths

Thrive Creative Design

Women-owned businesses represent a vibrant and growing sector of the Valley economy, embodying resilience, innovation and determination. From brewing companies to artisanal boutiques, these enterprises are led by visionary women who shatter glass ceilings and challenge traditional norms.

Jessica Siegfried is the owner of Thrive Creative Design, a full-service graphic design firm focused on business branding. With over two decades of experience in the advertising industry, Siegfried founded Thrive Creative to craft visual content that makes an impact. With clients ranging from small businesses to large corporations and nonprofits to sports teams, her clientele is as diverse as their respective industries. She prides herself on crafting distinctive identities that leave an indelible mark on their target audience. From logos and branding, to print, web, package design and more, the company crafts marketing collateral across all platforms that showcases a clear and concise brand identity.

Greenwood Brewing

Megan Greenwood, the woman behind Greenwood Brewing, believes in the power of the purposeful pint. In an industry largely dominated by men, women sometimes feel intimidated or underrepresented in the craft beer scene. And while Greenwood Brewing’s handcrafted ales are for everyone to enjoy, Greenwood’s goal is to create approachable craft beer to allow women to feel welcome in the industry. The brewery, which has a taproom in Downtown Phoenix, doesn’t just offer tasty beer, but it also serves as an avenue for powerful conversations and positive changes. www.

Goddess of Greatness

As an occupational therapist, personal trainer and life coach, “The Goddess of Greatness” Hilary Burton helps women create the life they have always dreamed of. Burton does this by helping women find their “goddess” – unique set of strengths, talents and untapped potential – within. Through a holistic approach that combines physical training, nutrition, mindset coaching, and personal development, the transformative journey is one of self-discovery and empowerment.

Turquoise Sky Custom Spirits

Head downtown to infuse custom spirits by hand at Megan Campbells’ Turquoise Sky Custom Spirits. The owner’s passion lies in the intersection of innovation and tradition, where she combines age-old distillation techniques with cutting-edge flavor profiles to create a truly bespoke drinking experience where each label is specifically designed for each client. www.

Studio Artise

Principal designer Pauline Thomas offers clients a place to explore and experience various design elements firsthand, helping them make informed decisions about their dream spaces at Studio Artise. By offering full-service luxury residential and commercial interior design, Thomas helps with everything from ground-up construction to smaller remodels and renovations. At the showroom located near Paradise Valley, she has curated a selection of products ranging from locally made cabinetry, hardware, flooring, home furnishings, art, decor, lighting, and much more.

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Flavors provides a unique culinary experience supporting the American Liver Foundation

Flavors is the ultimate culinary event for foodies in Arizona. Founded in 1991 by chef Christopher Gross of Christopher’s at Wrigley Mansion, the intimate experience supports the American Liver Foundation, helping to provide lifesaving resources, support, research, and education for the nearly 100 million Americans affected by liver disease.

The dinner is limited to eight tables of 12 guests who have the unique opportunity to have a local top chef prepare a multicourse dinner tableside. Culinary experts will showcase signature dishes that elevate the traditional fundraising banquet to a personal gastronomic adventure.

Chef Gross came up with the idea for the event when he was the chair of the American Institute for Food & Wine. “The pitch was, for most large events, the organization has to pay for the food and the wine. There’s also the organizational part where you have to get the dinners out all at once and of course, there’s rental, plates, tables, chairs,” he says. “My idea had all of those things covered. Each chef or restaurant brings the tables, chairs, plates, silverware, glassware, and cooks, of course, a quality dinner. Guests are attending a large event but having an experience like a restaurant.”

While Flavors started in Arizona, the concept has expanded to several locations around the country. This Phoenix event marks its return after a four-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

In addition to Gross, this year’s participating chefs include: Mark Tarbell, owner and chef of Tarbell’s; David Brito, executive chef of Geordie’s at Wrigley Mansion; Matt Carter, owner of Fat Ox, The Mission and Zinc Bistro; Rochell Daniel, owner and chef of Atria; Sara Garrant, executive chef of Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak; Black Luecke, chef de cuisine of Uchi Scottsdale; and James Porter, chef and director of Terra Farm & Manor.

A limited number of individual tickets are available. These include attendance

at the predinner reception and an eight-course fine dining experience at Christopher’s at Wrigley Mansion.

“I’ve always been impressed with the philanthropic spirit of the Arizona community,” says Lorraine Stiehl, CEO of the American Liver Foundation. “We are grateful for the support we have gotten over the past three decades and welcome the opportunity to raise awareness about liver disease.”

One of the goals of the American Liver Foundation is to advocate for early screening for liver disease. “One in three Americans have some form of fatty liver disease,” Stiehl says. “The liver is a neglected organ, and we need to break down the stigmas associated with liver disease. Mandatory screening in an annual physical should become the standard of care.”


What: Flavors

When: May 22, 6 p.m.

Where: Wrigley Mansion, 2501 E. Telewa Trail, Phoenix

Price: Table for 12, $25,000; Individual tickets, $2,500

Information: www.

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Sarah Byrne shares her colorful creations and passion for art education

Sarah Byrne was first exposed to fired ceramics in elementary school while growing up in Pinetop, Arizona. Little did she know that her first creation – a lidded box with a rose handle sculpted out of clay – would lead her on a lifelong love of the arts and, eventually, opening her business, AZ Art Pottery.

“Education was extremely important to my parents, and they believed that an arts education was just as important as English, math, and science,” Byrne says. “They encouraged curiosity, creativity and learning something new every day. I was exposed to the fine arts growing up and, maybe most importantly, I was given the tools to explore all types of art.”

Byrne went on to be an avid painter and artistic drawer growing up, but it wasn’t until her own children started school – she moved to Scottsdale with her husband in 1996 and has lived here most of her adult life – that she began taking pottery lessons and ceramics became a serious hobby. “My designs come from my life and my experiences, especially my childhood,” Byrne says. “I feel very fortunate that I get to spend my time doing what I love, and I think that shows in my work.”

Byrne received a degree in advertising from Northern Arizona University, and she also has a post-baccalaureate teaching certificate, though she never worked professionally in either of those fields. Her art education came from classes at community-funded art centers like Scottsdale Artists’ School and the Shemer Art Center. “Though I have taken many ceramic and sculpture classes from wonderful artists, I credit Peter Flynn [who teaches at Marjon Ceramics in Phoenix] with giving me a foundation in ceramics,” she says. “Peter is one of those highly talented artist instructors who make it possible to get a quality education outside of a university.”

Byrne’s hobby morphed into a career path in 2019 when she joined the Sonoran Arts League’s Board of Directors, with the goal of raising money for arts education, and was encouraged by other artists on the board to pursue art full time.

While her style is always evolving, Byrne describes it as “joyful, whimsical and uplifting,” and she enjoys creating sculptural, colorful pieces that tell a story. She uses a variety of methods to form her work, from the potter’s wheel and molds to forms and surface design.

Byrne’s work is available at The Finer Arts Gallery in Cave Creek and she exhibits as a member of the Sonoran Arts League at shows in their gallery in Carefree. Her biggest event of the year is the Sonoran Arts League’s Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour. She especially likes Sonoran Arts League – which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – due to its youth art education programs. She sits on the board and was instrumental in starting the Sonoran Arts League Studio at Stagecoach Village.

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Emerald, the birthstone for May, symbolizes growth, renewal and harmony – and some may say it’s also the perfect color for spring. Whether shopping for someone special, or treating yourself, in honor of a birthday or Mother’s Day, Los Angeles-based Shay offers a large variety of alluring emerald pieces that are timeless, elegant, and command attention. The Emerald and Diamond Bezel Heart Band from the brand’s Sweetheart Collection is one of many options. Shown in 18-karat yellow gold, but also available in black gold and rose gold, the ring features heart-shaped emeralds around the entire band, with one single diamond heart breaking up the green. All gemstones used are natural and untreated. $5,600 at Shay,

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Gadgets and gizmos for self-care beauty

Red light neck enhancer mask, Higherdose, $349 at Neiman Marcus, www.

Scalp massage brush, $8.99 at H&M,

Multitasking facial massager, Therabody, $399 at Citrine, www.

Body sculptor, The Skinny Confidential, $89 at Citrine.

Pore extractor and skincare infuser, Dermaflash, $109 at Nordstrom, www.

Facial dry sheet mask, $25 at Charlotte Tilbury, www.charlottetilbury. com.

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New-age tools for cooking and beyond

Six-in-one air fryer and toaster, Our Place, $195 at Nordstrom, www.

Dutch oven, Caraway, $135 at Nordstrom.

Pepper mill, $125 at Pottery Barn, www.

Pizza oven, Zipa, $450 at Neiman Marcus, www.

Coffee and espresso machine, Jura, $1,299 at Neiman Marcus.

Compost caddy,, Simplehuman, $50 at Pottery Barn.

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Accessories that make a statement

Pink beaded tassel earrings, Deepa Gurnani, $60 at Shopbop, www.

Raffia moon tote, Staud, $395 at Shopbop.

Rainbow-hued oval crystal ring, Kurt Geiger London, $68 at Nordstrom, www.

Bold multiband wrist cuff, Panacea, $32 at Nordstrom.

Cord metal necklace, $35.90 at Zara,

Tortoiseshellpatterned square sunglasses, $17.99 at H&M, www.

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A mix of comfort and style make flatforms the most sought-after shoe of summer

Green crossover sandals, $34.99 at H&M,

Slingback jeweled sandals, Kurt Geiger London, $175 at Nordstrom, www.

Striped canvas sandals, See by Chloe, $350 at Shopbop, www.

Black canvas sneakers, Superga, $80 at Nordstrom.

Denim tweed slides, Rag & Bone, $328 at Shopbop.

Light blue rubberized sandals, $39.90 at Zara, www.

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SWIMSUIT: Floral belted one piece, $168. BAG: Tan tote with turtle, Spartina 449, $118. SCARF: Multicolor, Echo New York, $39. All from Tommy Bahama, www.


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COVER-UP: White eyelet button-down, $118. SWIMSUIT: Blue and white pattern triangle top and bikini bottom, $99.50 and $79.50, respectively. HAT: Blue straw, Echo New York, $119. All from Tommy Bahama,

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SWIMSUIT: Navy zip-up one piece, $158. BAG: Blue and white striped tote with hat holder, Hatattack, $164. Both from Tommy Bahama, www.

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HAT: Tan straw, Hatattack, $165. SWIMSUIT: Green V-neck one piece, $148. SHOES: Nude sandals with tortoiseshell buckle, Olukai, $90. All from Tommy Bahama,

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SWIMSUIT: White eyelet one piece, $178. BAG: Pink flamingo tote, Spartina 449, $118. SCARF: Multicolor, Echo New York, $39. SHOES: Gold flip-flops, Olukai, $120. All from Tommy Bahama,

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VISOR: Brown with black accents, San Diego Hat Company, $39. COVER-UP: Tan and cream rugby striped button-down, $110. SWIMSUIT: Animal print tankini top and high-waisted bottom, $85 and $54.50, respectively. All from Tommy Bahama,

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RASHGUARD: Floral long sleeve zip-up, $138. SWIMSUIT: Navy and white gingham halter top and bikini bottom, $115 and $79.50, respectively. SHOES: White flip-flops, Olukai, $75. All from Tommy Bahama,

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SWIMSUIT: Tropical blooms halter top and bikini bottom, $115 and $79.50, respectively. SHOES: White sandals, Olukai, $100. All from Tommy Bahama,

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Exercises unleashes a series of physical reactions in the body, many of which are linked to cancer risk factors. They include those listed below.

Weight Management: Obesity is a known risk factor for multiple cancers, but you can’t lose weight with exercise alone. Weight loss really happens in the kitchen as much as the gym. A healthy diet and regular exercise combined may help to maintain a healthy weight.

Hormone regulation: Fat cells are “estrogen factories,” Dr. Lynch says. And the hormone is linked to some types of breast cancer and endometrial cancers. Exercise may help better regulate estrogen levels and reduce the number of fat cells that produce cancer-feeding hormones.

Immune support: The immune system reacts vigorously to exercise. A 2019 report from sports medicine experts at Appalachian State University suggests that exercise promotes T-cell health, reduces T-cell exhaustion and improves defense activity and metabolic health.

Stress reduction: Regular physical activity helps to reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood and fight depression. Exercise may also lead to better sleep, which, in turn, reduces stress and supports mental health.

Three key points to remember:

• Check with your doctor before launching into an exercise program.

• Exercise is only one ingredient in the recipe for good overall health. Quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol, eating a healthy diet and other lifestyle choices can improve your health and reduce your cancer risk.

• Get regular checkups and screened for cancer as recommended by standard guidelines.

For more information visit Call 602.883.1463 today to schedule a screening.



Celebrate Mother’s Day by sending loved ones (or yourself!) a curated charcuterie board from Boarderie. The company – which is well-known for its successful experience on Shark Tank and place on Oprah’s Favorite Things list – specializes in gourmet grazing experiences with prearranged, ready-to-eat boards featuring artisanal cheese and meats. Boarderie offers themed boards, including sympathy, love and birthday options, but the Mother’s Day Cheese & Charcuterie Board is this month’s must-order item. It is available in three sizes, and the large option feeds up to 10 people. The board arrives sealed, fully arranged, and chilled at 40 degrees. The large size includes 37 hand-selected artisan cheeses, meats, dried fruits, nuts, chocolates, olives, and spreads, along with three full boxes of crackers, an Acacia wood serving board, and bamboo cutlery kits. $249 at Boarderie,

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The performance SUV only Ferrari could build

The idea that the traditional image of the iconic Prancing Horse badge would ever adorn anything other than an exotic two-seat, low-slung sports car completely defies physics and compromises the storied heritage and practicality of the Ferrari brand of impressive cars.

However, for the first time in its 75-year history and amid massive anticipation and caving to intense marketplace pressure, Ferrari has launched a four-door, four-seater SUV. Ferrari has wheeled out quite a few four-seaters in the past. The lineage started with the 250 GT/E, with others being introducing thereafter. The Purosangue literally translates from the Italian “pure” and “sang” to “pureblood” meaning “thoroughbred.”

It’s powered by a front-mid-mounted 6.5liter, 715-horsepower V12, which typically sends torque only to the eight-speed, dual-clutch rear transaxle, ensuring a super sporty, rear-drive character. The all-wheel drive (AWD) comes by way of a power takeoff and a two-speed gearbox that transfers torque to the front predictively when the dynamic controls sense slip at the rear. Notably, the AWD system does not engage the front wheel above fifth gear, which is to keep it feeling more like a sports car than an off-roader.

Suspension technology is Ferrari’s proprietary system. Using those dampers, it combines powerful 48-volt electric motor actuation with precise spool valve technology. Each damper is fitted with its own electric motor. The system is so powerful that the Purosangue does not feature antiroll bars. There’s also no off-road setting, rather the driver can switch between Ice, Wet, Comfort, Sport, and ESC OFF modes.

Inside, the Purosangue is the only Ferrari to offer legitimate room for four and it is kitted with a set of rear-hinged suicide rear doors to ease access to the back seat while retaining a coupe-like appearance. As expected, the interior is finished in over-the-top opulent Ferrari-quality materials and build quality. Most of the operating controls are handled through the steering wheel. A glass roof is optional.

In an ultraluxury segment packed with high-performance SUVS from Lamborghini, Bentley, Aston Martin and others, the Purosangue is the only single-trim, bespoke model in existence. Only one out of every four new vehicles built will be a Purosangue. It’s so special, expensive and coveted, it’s already sold out through the 2026 model year.


2024 Ferrari Purosangue

Base Price: $402,050

Price as tested: N/A Engine: 6.5-L V-12

Horsepower: 715

Fuel Economy: 16 mpg combined city/highway

Seating: 4

Fab features: The most exotic and exclusive SUV in existence

Performance, capability and luxury only Ferrari could build

Artful exterior design and a cabin that delights the senses

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What Makes Us Elite?

Every single visit is with Dr. Suescun. At most hormone replacement centers, you will NEVER see a doctor. You also have direct access to Dr. Suescun via cell, text & email.

There are no weekly visits required as with most hormone replacement centers. All medication is taken at home.

We schedule your visits at your convenience including evenings and weekends.

Membership with Elite includes body composition monitoring to achieve your individual goals. We follow your progress by analyzing & tracking your body fat percentage, muscle mass, weight etc. to track tangible results. All plans are completely individualized and doses of medication carefully adjusted for patients to meet their specific goals based on hormone levels and biochemical markers.

We stress the importance of nutrition in reaching the ultimate level of fitness, strength, and health and therefore provide our clients with personalized nutritional advice along with exercise and fitness counseling. Our goal is to help you stay in the best shape of your life and to achieve optimum health.



With 40 acres of lush gardens, a sprawling white sand beach in the heart of Maui, nine interconnected pools, the world’s first water elevator, the largest resort art collection in Hawaii, and access to three 18-hole championship golf courses, Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, has long been a bucket list destination.

However, after the completion of a $350 million-renovation last year, Grand Wailea should go from bucket list to book it list. The renovation not only introduced a modern refresh to all public spaces, rooms and villas, but also debuted five re-imagined restaurants – notably Botero Lounge at the heart of the resort; a chef-inspired Italian dining addition in Olivine; and an upgrade to storied seafood hotspot Humuhumunukunukuapua'a – as well as an update to Napua, Grand Wailea’s exclusive resort-within-a-resort.

It also resulted in the opening of the $55 million, 50,000-square-foot Kilolani Spa. Now the largest spa in the state, this must-see place for all things pampering is inspired by the Hawaiian moon calendar and uses native plants and botanicals, including macadamia nuts, coconuts, and cocoa, as

well as signature products handcrafted on Maui. Across its 40 treatment rooms, expect massages using an ancient Polynesian method of kneading called lomilomi, chromotherapy, halotherapy, quartz healing, rituals inspired by the cleansing waves of the ocean, and holistic treatments such as sound healing.

Meant to be a full sensory experience over a series of days, the spa features open-air hydrothermal gardens with cleansing showers, a sauna, a steam room, a vitality pool, waterfall showers, and a garden. The hydrothermal circuit, which connects the aforementioned spaces, is designed to welcome groups to experience wellness together. At the heart of Kilolani Spa is Hawaii’s only Hammam, which is a multicultural sanctuary designed for communal rituals and private treatments. There is also a meditation lounge, which invites guests to partake in guided meditation using innovative harmonic therapy, and a reflection lounge, which offers inspiring ocean views. Outside, the saltwater pool is a soothing flotation experience, flanked by halotherapy-infused infrared saunas.

Beyond the traditional and moon-inspired spa experiences, Grand Wailea also offers astrology readings using the Evolutionary Astrology method. There’s also immersive cultural opportunities including hula lessons; craft making; and a luau featuring Hawaiian ceremonies, music and cuisine. All guests also have access to beach yoga and outdoor fitness classes, daily admission to on-property scuba clinics and snorkel lessons, use of beach cruisers, complimentary beach umbrellas and chairs for use on Wailea Beach, and more; all based on availability.

Guests may choose to book a room and treatments separately or opt for a semior all-inclusive wellness package, some of which also include round-trip airfare and ground transportation.

Learn more at

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Grand Wailea opens the doors to Hawaii’s largest spa escape




It’s no secret that Scottsdale isn’t the only beautiful place to be in Arizona. With lower temperatures in the summer and an opportunity to enjoy a snowy winter, Payson is another great option, whether thinking of making a full-time change or investing in a second home. Payson’s Rim Golf Club, just under two hours away by car, should be at top of mind when considering somewhere luxurious to call home.

This 6,749-square-foot residence, located behind the club’s guarded gates, showcases panoramic vistas of the golf course and majestic Mogollon Rim. It spans three bedrooms and four bathrooms, all featuring an array of coveted upgrades and picturesque views from every room.

For entertaining, expect a built-in bar (complete with a popcorn machine!) overlooking both the living and dining rooms, an impressive wine room with space for a table, and a move theater.

The office showcases built-ins and a patio. The kitchen features an island, wood ceiling beams, space for an informal dining table, and a butler’s pantry that connects the kitchen to the formal dining room. The family room’s highlights include a gas fireplace, built-ins, and wood ceiling beams.

The primary suite includes a gas fireplace and sitting area, in addition to a soaking tub and a large shower. The guest en-suite is located in a separate wing of the house. The guest house is where the third bedroom is located. In addition to a complete bedroom, there is a full bathroom with a walk-in closet, a cozy sitting area, a fireplace, and a kitchenette.

Outside, the covered patio wraps around the entire back of the home and is complete with a barbecue and heaters. The home comes fully furnished with furniture and a golf cart. There is also an electric car charger. Residents will enjoy the plethora of amenities offered by the Rim Club, including golf, a spa, tennis and pickleball courts, a pool, state-of-the-art workout facilities, and dining options, in addition to having access to the amenities at Chaparral Pines.

407 S. Decision Pine, Payson, AZ 85541. Listed for $2,750,000 with Holly Henbest of The Henbest Team at Realty One Group, or 480.266.8785.

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The Hamptons hot spot for summertime and beyond

Montauk is often called “The End,” which is ironic given it is among the best places to start the ultimate trip on the East Coast, especially during the summer months.

Located on the easternmost tip – or end – of New York, Montauk and its sister waterfront communities make up the posh South Fork of Long Island. Awash in white sand beaches, the resort town offers experiences for every taste.

Adventurous Itineraries

Outdoor enthusiasts should consider starting their adventure at the Montauk Point Lighthouse, which President George Washington first authorized in 1792. It is located at the idyllic Montauk Point State Park, the jumping off point for countless hiking trails overlooking both water and wetlands that are a stark contrast to any vistas in the valley. Just southwest of the park is Ditch Plains, one of the premiere surfing destinations in the United States. Certainly, watching surfers from across the globe catching waves is worth the visit alone, but thanks to CoreysWave, visitors of all ability and experience levels can hop on either a longboard or a short board for a lesson. Founded by professional surfer and area expert Corey Senese, the team at CoreysWave takes pride in helping its students learn the basics, but also how to take in the enormity of the surrounding beauty both on land and sea. Thanks to Catamaran Mon Tiki, also nearby, there are also a myriad of ecotourism options on the water, notably seafaring adventures on vessels inspired by traditional Polynesian design and stand-up paddleboarding excursions.

Looking for a bigger shot of adrenaline? Due west of Montauk Point State Park is Sea Turtle Dive Charters. Its focus: Certainly, there are ample scuba trips, shipwreck snorkel tours, and even spearfishing adventures from which to choose, but it is also a leading outfitter for shark cage dives. These trips take divers approximately 20 miles off of Long Island to safely dive in cages with both mako and blue sharks as well as an array of sea life including mahi-mahi, tuna, whales, ocean sunfish, porpoises, and giant sea turtles.

Relaxing Respite

If seeking a more restful visit, Montauk has visitors well covered there as well as it is also known as a haven for all things soothing and restorative.

The newly remodeled Montauk Yacht Club, set on 16 acres of pristine coastline, is a quiet waterside resort and sanctuary complete with a private beach, three sparkling pools, and Ocean Club Montauk restaurant. The eatery, from the mind of award-winning chef Jarad McCarroll, opens in June and will be a showcase of locally caught seafood and seasonal produce grown nearby.

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Montauk Yacht Club is also home to the Hamptons’ largest marina, serving everything from small day cruisers to 300-foot superyachts.

Montauk Manor, also newly renovated for today’s sophisticated traveler, is another must-see attraction. Beyond the waterfront rooms and suites, it boasts a stunning day spa, both indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, tennis and pickleball courts, summer sunset yoga, and top rated and historic eatery Monte’s At The Manor.

If visiting with a big group of friends, there is also Marram, which is nestled among the sand dunes along the water. Its rooms and suites are free from televisions to allow for total immersion in the resort’s many amenities and attractions. In addition to more standard offerings like complimentary bicycles, poolside cabanas, private beach picnics, guided nature walks, and oceanfront yoga, Marram offers a host of specialty programming including nightly firepits with complimentary s’mores, stargazing sessions, guided meditation, tarot card and astrology readings, and both private energy healing and crystal workshops. The resort also partners with Mon Tiki for private catamaran charters.

Foodie Finds

Montauk is also a dreamy destination for those looking to indulge in all things epicurean.

The Lobster Roll (Lunch) is an area institution. Do not let its roadside shack design – and massive “lunch” sign so no one confuses it for another meal – fool you; the retro-inspired eatery is so good that celebrities including Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Clinton make regular pilgrimages from their homes in Manhattan for a nosh.

Speaking of Manhattan, one of its most famous restaurants, three Michelin-starred Scarpetta, has an outpost in the area. Located at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, Scarpetta Beach marries a coastal vibe with a menu of the eatery’s most lauded Italian-inspired fine dining dishes and drinks.

The region is also home to both Harvest on Fort Pond and La Fin. Harvest boasts an on-site herb and vegetable garden as well as a pond filled with massive fish and curious ducks. Its cocktail bar is that of legend in the area, beloved by locals and visitors alike, and during the summer months it is among the most serene outdoor dining spaces in New York. On the flip side, La Fin – inspired by the lively atmosphere and aesthetic in St. Barth’s and St. Tropez – is always buzzing. Like Harvest, there is a big focus on sustainable and local ingredients, but with a fabulous French twist.

Finally, no trip to Montauk would be complete without an exploration of its finest spirits. Montauk Brewing Co. is in the heart of town, housed in a quaint red cottage that – upon entry – welcomes guests onto a large patio complete with light ales, hearty stouts, session IPAs, and a host of seasonal inspirations on tap.

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Unmatched city and mountain views from this spectacular single level home, approximately 1.6 acres on a private cul-de-sac lot.

As you enter, you’ll be amazed by the height of the ceilings and walls of glass. No detail was over-looked in this custombuilt contemporary residence.

Gallery hallway running length of the home. Primary suite with sitting room, 2 closets, slab granite baths, wood paneled study with workroom, 1000 sq foot gym with bath & closet,

Marble and granite floors throughout, 2 powder rooms, kitchen featuring butler’s pantry, open to family room, wine closet, bar, formal dining room, guest suite with living area & kitchen, spectacular backyard with tiled pool, spa and pond, 2 firepits. Gated circular drive, 4 car garage and ample parking.

10,656 SQ. FT. / 3BR / 7BA / STUDY / GUEST SUITE / $14,900,000 602.809.9242 Sue Shapiro Specializing in: Paradise Valley • Scottsdale • Phoenix Chairman’s Board 2023. For Excellent Service Give Me a Call.
5419 E SAPPHIRE LANE | PARADISE VALLEY 5 BED | 6.5 BATH | 8,530 SF | 1.01 ACRES | 4 CAR GARAGE | $6,495,000 PHENOMENAL AT EVERY TURN Elegance and sophistication with spectacular Mummy Mountain views. Unique in innumerable ways, this magnificently designed Italian-style villa is elegantly crafted down to the smallest detail. Ideal for a connoisseur of fine residences, it awaits your discovery. | 602-697-7663 | If your home is currently listed with a REALTOR® this is not intended as a solicitation for that listing.

Privacy personified. A long, tree-lined driveway leads to an exceptionally private flag lot where this one of a kind 12,000 sq ft home with a detached artists studio, caters to every family member’s needs. Master suites on both the upper and lower levels, easily accessible by elevator, private office, spacious media and family rooms, both formal and informal dining spaces, chef’s kitchen with butler pantry, back kitchen, and a serving bar. Pool, 4-car garage, ample parking space, delightful tea house and a tranquil pond for moments of quiet reflection. A perfect blend of luxury and comfort.

6644 E. Exeter Boulevard Scottsdale, AZ 85251

5 beds • 6.5 baths • 12,128 SF • $6,188,000





Sparkling sippers that say spring

Tickle the tastebuds this spring by indulging in a cocktail that brings together sultry spirits, spring fruits and sparkling wine. Here are some sensational suggestions on where to start.

House 54

Mon Cheri

Available in a glass adorned with a swan or served in a mini novelty purse for added visual appeal, this is a beautiful blend of rose-infused Hendrick’s Gin, cucumber, apricot liqueur, simple syrup, and fresh lemon. Before it comes to the table, it is topped with sparkling wine to add a touch of bubbly effervescence. $20. www.


Snooze A.M. Eatery

This fruit-forward cocktail combines Espolòn Tequila, strawberry coulis, elderflower liqueur, house sour mix, fresh strawberries, and blackberries with Snooze’s own proprietary sparkling wine. It is served on the rocks with a handful of fresh blackberries and sliced strawberries. $12.25.

Sonoran Spritz

Ironwood American Kitchen at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Bold yet refreshing, Aperol and sparkling wine dominate the palate in this orange dream, complemented by a hint of sparkling water and both orange zest and rind, which provide aromatics and a colorful 3D garnish. $13. www.

Patio Bubbles

Kona Grill

Light and bright, Patio Bubbles combines mango-infused vodka with delicate and slightly sweet La Marca Prosecco, known for its notes of honey, ripe citrus, lemon, green apple, and touches of grapefruit. Spring in a glass, it practically glows as it comes to the table with its vibrant peach hue, and, once enjoyed, it finishes light and crisp. $14.

Mi Amor

The Mexicano

This pink pastel margarita is

served up on the rocks with blanco tequila. To make the masterpiece, tequila is poured into a shaker with triple sec; agave; strawberry; and lychee, which is a sweet fruit juice with notes of citrus and watermelon. Once strained into the glass with a salted rim, it is given a float of cava, which is a Spanish sparkling wine, and it is garnished with edible flowers. $14. www.

Jet Set

Fat Ox

Dry Champagne is the star of the show in this glass. It is paired with vodka that has been infused with sweetened pomegranate and warming cinnamon, coming together to add a sweet-yettart spice that elevates the Champagne to another level. It is served in a glass with a cinnamon-sugar rim, and garnished with a stunning orchid, which provides dreamy spring aromatics. $18.

Senna Spritza

Cala Scottsdale

The Senna Spritz is a delightful concoction blending the vibrant flavors of Marie Brizard Watermelon

Syrup with Lillet Blanc, an aromatized wine infused with fruits and botanicals. Once combined, Chareau, a plant-based aloe-flavored liqueur, and its notes of cucumber, honeydew and mint are added. Once strained into a glass, it is topped with bubbly prosecco. $18.

Sorbet Mimosa

Beginner’s Luck

A traditional mimosa with a twist, this stunning glass of sparkling wine is topped with a heaping scoop of fresh, locally made sorbet, which acts as the “juice” of sorts in the cocktail. The sorbet acts almost like a floating popsicle of flavor, perfect for the warmer days of spring. $12.

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Female-owned and -operated, Chin Up Donuts specializes in both classic yeast-raised donuts as well as inventive recipes that blend spicy and savory ingredients with unexpected glazes and nontraditional toppings. Among its specialties are lavender-glazed donuts; everything bagel donuts; peanut butter and jelly donuts; sweet and spicy wasabi-glazed donuts; and a pizza donut complete with a marinara glaze, pepperoni and shredded cheese. Both gluten-free and vegan offerings are also available, as are brioche donuts on select days. This month, in honor of Mother’s Day, Chin Up is also selling donut bouquets. Starting at $26, these edible bouquets feature the donut shop’s signature scratchmade brioche donuts in a customizable selection of flavors. Orders must be made in advance online or in store. Chin Up Donuts, 7325 E. Frank Lloyd Wright and 7021 E. Main Street, Scottsdale;

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Maple & Ash plays matchmaker for fruit and floral flavors with Illicit Affair

Maple & Ash is all about sweet and savory showmanship, both in its food and drink.

“Our cocktail program in particular embraces the idea of ‘drinking without limitations.’ Often, consumers find comfort in familiar cocktail choices, but we like to challenge norms and encourage guests to push their boundaries, both in flavor and presentation,” says Christina Demas, national spirits and brand director for Maple Hospitality Group.

Take Maple & Ash’s Illicit Affair ($21), for example.

“This vibrant cocktail starts with something very familiar for our guests in Grey Goose Vodka, which we like for its subtle notes of citrus, almond and apple,” Demas says. “We combine it with St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, a floral spirit with pops of honeysuckle and pear that is familiar for some but might still be a bit intimidating to some guests at first blush.”

To weave in refreshing and slightly spicy notes, cucumber and basil are muddled in a tin with the spirits along with lemon juice.

“Before shaking, we also add in something more exotic in our dragon fruit puree,” Demas says. “It adds several layers of complementing flavors to the build, most notably kiwi, citrus and a touch more pear.”

Once shaken vigorously with ice, the velvety smooth magenta cocktail is double strained into a martini glass.

“Before serving, we finish the drink with an oversized artisan ice cube that has been intricately laser-engraved with a stunning rose design,” Demas says. “Funny enough, the original garnish was a spherical ice cube with a carnation encased within, but the popularity outpaced production.”

Thankfully, according to Demas, the new cube is as big of a hit with guests and much easier to produce daily to keep up with demand.

Maple & Ash, 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.400.8888; www.

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In the kitchen with Crystal Kass of Valentine

Crystal Kass, a 2024 James Beard Award nominee for Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker, leads the all-day pastry and evening dessert program at Valentine, where she is focused on elegant, modern sweets infused with Southwestern ingredients and flair.

What are some pastries and desserts at Valentine for which you are best known?

I am enamored with the art and science of lamination, which is the process used to make croissants. We always have a rotating croissant well worth trying, most recently filled with everything from mulberry jam and strawberries, to guava and cream. Our guest-favorite dessert is the churro croissant roll, but I am also partial to our Basque cheesecake and ice creams, especially recent flavors including corn and chocolate-jalapeno.

What inspired you to bake?

It is perfect that this is coming out in May, because I came to love baking – especially banana bread and chocolate chip cookies – by doing it with my mom when I was a child in my native Illinois. And while after high school I initially studied kinesiology, my happy place was always in the kitchen, so much so that I would eventually leave college to enroll in the French Pastry School in Chicago in 2012. It was the best decision I ever made.

How did you make your way to Valentine?

After graduating pastry school, I whet my teeth in professional kitchens in Chicago, notably Vanille Patisserie and Lovely Too: A Bakeshop, before doing what all Midwesterners do at some point: decide to move to the Valley. I moved to Arizona in 2014 and worked my way up at JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Phoenix Public Market, Sweet Dee’s Bakeshop, and Persepshen before joining Valentine in 2021. I was named lead pastry chef in 2022.

What is something readers would be surprised to know about you?

I am an 80/20 vegetarian, meaning I am a vegetarian 80% of the time. However, I give myself grace 20% of the time, especially when chef Donald Hawk – our visionary at Valentine – has a nonvegetarian dish for me to sample.

Valentine, 4130 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix; 602.612.2961;

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Desserts showcasing spring on a plate

In 17th-century France, the court would call its final dinner course “le fruit,” serving fruits and jams to guests to conclude the evening. During the French Revolution, however, the term “le fruit” was considered too pretentious and was replaced with “dessert.” While the term changed, the ingredients did not. Many modern desserts, especially those in the spring, continue to feature fruits prominently. Here are some local favorites.

Lemon Butter Cake

Cala Scottsdale

Cala’s lemon butter cake is a delectable treat featuring layers of tangy citrus custard and moist cake infused with lemon essence. It is topped with a crunchy pine nut crumble and crowned with a refreshing scoop of lavender sorbet, adding complementing floral notes to the prominent zesty citrus flavors. $16. www.

Apple Pie

The Vig

The Vig partners with local icon Pie Snob to source this sweet yet tart treat. A signature on the Pie Snob menu since it opened, fresh apples are combined with ample cinnamon and spice – along with some sugar and water –before being baked in a homemade crust. It is topped with a streusel-like crumble that offers the perfect amount of crunch. At The Vig, it is served warm with a scoop of vanilla gelato. $10.

Banana Cheesecake

McArthur’s Restaurant & Bar at The Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort Crafted with precision, this culinary masterpiece starts with a velvety vanilla-infused cheesecake base, to which ripe bananas are skillfully folded in by hand. Once set, it is drizzled with bananas foster sauce and then additional bananas are delicately bruleed atop the cake. It is garnished with a scattering of both caramel popcorn and sliced bananas. $18.

Lemon Meringue Pie

Buck & Rider

Called more an experience than a pie by staff and patrons alike, this bright, beautiful dessert has a rich and creamy texture thanks to ample lemon custard, revealing a symphony of citrus on the palate. The vibrant bite of the custard is balanced by the cloud-like Italian meringue atop as well as the rustic, sweet graham cracker crust below, making it a true adventure in texture and flavors. $11.

Tepache Float

J.T. Prime Kitchen & Cocktails

In pre-Columbian Mexico, tepache was a sacred drink with aromatics. In more modern times, it evolved into a fermented Mexican beverage made from the peel and rind of pineapples, sweetened most often with brown sugar and spiced with cinnamon. The chefs at J.T. Prime take the evolution even further, transforming pineapple tepache into a dessert float, adding homemade coconut pineapple ice cream to the recipe with great success. $10. www.

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Homemade Peach Cobbler


Crafted with care, this classic dessert embodies comfort and warmth. Fresh, juicy peaches are delicately spiced and baked beneath a buttery, golden-brown crust. Served in a rustic presentation, each spoonful reveals a harmonious blend of sweet peaches, fragrant cinnamon, and hints of vanilla. Finished with a scoop of creamy ice cream, it transforms diners to a summer picnic or cozy family gathering. $10.

Strawberry-Marzipan Shortcake

Sel Scottsdale

This dish was the 2023 Foodist Award Winner for Most Delectable Dessert in the Valley. Chefs start by marrying marzipan – a sweet, uniquely chewy confection often made with sugar, honey and almond – and lighter than air, homemade shortcake. Once baked, it is layered on a plate with macerated strawberries and topped with a giant swirl of Chantilly cream. The cake is served alongside vanilla bean gelato atop a strawberry crumble with salted caramel and balsamic drizzle. $14.

Key Lime Pie Cannoli

The Sicilian Baker

A fusion of the classic Sicilian cannoli and Southern classic key lime pie, this fruit-forward after-dinner delight starts with a crispy and flaky cannoli homemade shell. It is then filled with sweet ricotta cheese and zesty lime curd by hand, and then rolled in graham cracker crumbs

that one would find at the base of the traditional pie. It is garnished with maraschino cherries. $6.

Coconut Panna Cotta

Geordie’s Restaurant & Lounge

This exceptionally tropical – and gluten-free –treat successfully transports all who eat it to island time. It starts with a marmalade made from fresh pineapples. The marmalade is combined with coconut- and yusu-infused sorbet, and then placed in a pineapple-shaped glass before it is finished with coconut meringue. It all comes together similar in flavor to a pina colada, but in an almost custard-like form for the texture. $15.

Lemon Souffle Sponge

Olive & Ivy

The magic behind this dessert is that as it bakes, it separates into two different textures. The top texture is fluffy, and the bottom is rich. When making the batter, egg yolks, sugar, lemon and flour are mixed to create the base of the cake, then egg whites and sugar are whipped to create fluffy, stiff peaks of meringue. During the bake, the meringue adheres to the flour and floats to the top, while the yolks mix with the sugar and lemon juice and drop to the bottom. It is served with custard on top and garnished with honey crema, blackberry compote, lemon oil, basil, and a hint of crunchy hazelnut toffee. $12.

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Founded by James Beard Award-winning chef Tyson Cole, Uchi offers signature tastings, sushi and a seasonal omakase tasting menu. After finding success in seven cities across the country, Uchi opened its newest location in Scottsdale. Open for dinner, local menu favorites include kinoko nabe, a dish of seasonal mushrooms, rice, tentsuyu, and egg yolk; wagyu carpaccio; masu crudo of ocean trout, oat tom kha, and Japanese sweet potato; and the shiso mojito. Specials are updated daily. Happy hour daily from 4 to 6 p.m. 3821 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.916.0916;



In keeping with the Japanese tradition of omakase, guests enjoy a six-course meal designed and prepared by Chef Nobuo Fukuda. Each evening is unique, with courses of vegetables, sashimi, seafood, poultry, meat, and dessert that change seasonally. Ingredients are sourced locally and from abroad and sequenced for the ultimate enjoyment. Alternately, try the dinner or late-night menus, highlighted by the pork belly bun, sunomono, softshell crab and rice noodle, and ceviche tostada. 7017 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale; 480.306.4023;; $$-$$$$


Ling’s Wok Shop is the latest concept from the team behind Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, combining counter

service and full-service dining. By day, it’s a fast-casual lunch spot. For happy hour and dinner, it transforms into a full-service restaurant with beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. The lunch menu focuses on salads, bowls, and noodle and rice dishes. For dinner, try the seafood hot pot, kung pao, spicy basil, pad thai, or other full entrees. The most unique feature is the build your own bao menu with your choice of szechwan duck, char sui pork, sesame cauliflower, or firecracker shrimp, served with steamed bao buns, cucumber salad, green onions, cilantro, and assorted sauces. 20511 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.801.6524; $$


Thai Chili 2 Go is a locally owned quickservice restaurant with a focus on fresh



The meats here are dry-rubbed with a special house blend of spices and then smoked for up to 14 hours, a process that gives each meat style and character. The prime beef brisket and pulled pork are standouts and can be ordered by the pound with beef tritip, pulled chicken, bratwurst, and hotlink sausage. Baby back and beef ribs are also available and can be topped with house-made barbecue sauces in Roadrunner Sweet & Mild, Coyote House Bold Bourbon, and Javelina Spicy Habanero flavors. Sandwiches, hearty Southern sides, burgers, and even some vegetarian options round out the menu. 8471 E. McDonald Drive, Scottsdale; 480.948.4227; www.; $$


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 every Tuesday evening. 7116 E. Becker Ln., Scottsdale; 480.948.0110;; $$


ingredients, colorful Thai flavors, and convenience. It is the destination for authentic fast-casual Thai cuisine, featuring familiar curries, stir-fry dishes, and noodles. Don’t forget to order a Thai iced tea. At The Promenade: 16203 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.653.9158;; $


Chef Tottie Kaya’s namesake restaurant is her vision of bringing together Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese cuisine under one roof. Guest favorites include pad thai, Vietnamese egg rolls, dumplings, and pan-fried noodles. You’ll also find a variety of fried rice, seafood, pho, salads, and soups, as well as chicken wings in both Korean gochujang and Thai red curry varieties. 6204 N. Scottsdale Road.; 480.998.8220;; $$

Liberty Station serves smoked meats, comfort food, vintage cocktails and craft beer. It is the place to go for American comfort food with a regional flair. Some menu items, like the New England clam chowder and Boston cod fish and chips, harken to the founders’ New England roots. Others, like the Arizona pulled pork and the green chili pork stew, cater to Southwestern tastes. The menu offers shareable plates including brisket loaded fries, as well as soups, burgers, sandwiches, seafood entrees and barbecue meat platters featuring brisket, ribs and pork. Happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. Two locations: Terravita and DC Ranch;; $$


NakedQ focuses on smoking meats so guests can customize their barbecue with a variety of homemade rubs and sweet, spicy, and mustard-based sauces. Pulled pork or chicken, chopped brisket, sliced turkey, and jalapeño hot links can be enjoyed as sandwiches or as part of a one- or two-meat platter served with cornbread and sides like Carolina slaw, mac and cheese or

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beans. Try the St. Louis-style ribs as a half or full slab, and order other meats by the pound. 10240 N. 90th St.; 480.912.2102;; $-$$


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 glutenfree options are available. Happy hour daily from 4 to 6 p.m. 7620 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale; 480.553.9330;; $$

Health Food FRESHBOX

Freshbox is a fast-casual restaurant that serves wholesome meals made with locally sourced and organic ingredients. Customers can embrace healthy eating with the menu’s wide selection of superfood salads, wraps and nutrient-packed smoothies. Plus, all nine dressings are made in-house to ensure the highest quality, and they can be purchased by the bottle. Paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan friendly. 10101 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale; 480.245.4469;; $-$$


This healthy, fast-casual juice bar serves made-to-order cold-pressed juices, smoothies and bowls. Quick, healthy bowls and smoothies for on-the-go meals are their specialty. While you’re in, try a wellness shot loaded wiht vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Everything is made fresh, or you can pick up a grab n’ go bottle or juice cleanse to kickstart a healthy eating routine. Seven Scottsdale locations and one in Cave Creek.; $


Pita Jungle has been in the Valley for more than 25 years and has more than 20 locations. The casual restaurant celebrates the art of healthy eating with something for every taste from a delectable variety of hummus and dips to fish, gyros, wraps and wood-fired lavash pizzas with a fresh Mediterranean flair. A wide variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes are available. Multiple locations;; $$



Say “aloha” to this Hawaiianinspired lemonade shop. Wow Wow

Lemonade’s menu consists of handcrafted lemonades in over a dozen of flavors, like lavender blackberry and mango pineapple. For more filling options, the menu features superfood smoothies, acai bowls, a variety of avocado toast offerings, grain bowls, and flatbread sandwiches. Pick up one of Wow Wow’s eye-catching reusable mason jars to fill with your favorite refreshment. 6501 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.508.6036;; $


India has been known as the cradle of vegetarianism. Jewel of the Crown’s sumptuous vegetarian dishes are imbued with curry and aromatic spices and include ingredients like lentils, garbanzo beans, fresh vegetables, paneer (cheese), and more in savory sauces. Meat dishes are also available prepared in the tandoor, vindaloo, karahi, or biryani style. The most common herbs and spices used in the kitchen are turmeric, cumin, coriander, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, saffron, and garam masala, giving the dishes a signature taste and aroma. 7373 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale; 480.949.8000;; $$


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 Road, Phoenix; 602.795.0020; www.; $$


The India Kitchen is an authentic Indian restaurant with a modern twist. All menu items are Halal. The traditional dishes feature delicate flavors and silky sauces, rich with aromatic spices that add subtle fragrance to the food. Favorites like butter chicken, tikka masala, curry dishes, and more grace the flavorful and complex menu. There are plenty of vegetarian entrees, along with chicken, lamb, and seafood. Biryani, samosa, Tandoor items, and South Indian specialties are also available. Complete your meal with Madras coffee, Masala chai, or Irani chai. 14884 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale; 480.203.2699;; $-$$

Pizza CRAFT 64

Craft 64 is a neighborhood gathering place where you can enjoy a casual farm-to-table dining experience. The

restaurant specializes in artisan, woodfired pizza, but you can also find fresh salad, bruschetta, and a chef’s board. Mozzarella is made fresh in-house daily. Guests can choose from an extensive wine and craft beer selection, including Craft 64’s own brews. Pizza options include the Smokehouse with house-smoked sausage and onions, the Honey Bee with pepperoni, jalapeno, and honey, and a vegan pizza. 6922 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.946.0542;; $$


Grimaldi’s pizza-making traditions originated in Brooklyn more than 100 years ago. 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. Three Scottsdale locations: Old Town, Market Street at DC Ranch and Scottsdale Quarter;; $$


Once you step inside Il Bosco, your senses will be immediately awakened by the aroma of crusty handmade artisanal pizza cooking in the 900-degree, hand-tiled, wood-fired oven. Every pizza is hand-made and topped with a fresh assortment of imported cheeses, house-made sauces, and seasonal veggies and meats. To complete your dining experience, share a plate of roasted seasonal vegetables with burrata cheese and a glass of wine or draft beer. Gluten-free crust is available. 7120 E. Becker Lane, Scottsdale; 480.335.8680; www.ilboscopizza. com; $$


This family-owned pizzeria offers both wood-fired Neapolitan-style 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. 7366 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.951.0077;; $$



A family-owned-and-operated fishery that sources sustainable seafood from the Pacific coast, Chula Seafood provides fresh seafood to several local restaurants. The restaurant’s menu can change daily, based on availability, but often features fresh Hawaiianstyle poke bowls, sashimi, and the famous green chile tuna melt. Patrons can purchase never-frozen, sustainable fish by the pound, poke, smoked fish, and daily specials from Chula’s

fish market. 8015 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale; 480.621.5121;; $$


Fans of Koi Poke rave about the fresh “boat to bowl” fish and eight unique sauces used to customize poke bowls here. Meals can be simple or decadent, with eight protein options, a variety of sauces, and savory toppings and garnishes. There’s also a wide selection of beer, sake, and wine to add to any meal. Pick up a bottle of local Rad Juice or try the mochi ice cream for a sweet treat. 18221 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale; 480.209.1137; www.; $$


Modern Oysterbar Chophouse is a family-owned-and-operated restaurant with an open kitchen and a fullsize seafood bar with fresh oysters and seafood brought in daily. A hot or chilled seafood platter is the perfect starter for the table, or try a sampler from the oyster bar. Order from the entree salads, Fins & Shells, or Meat & Bones menus for a main course. End the meal with bacon French toast bread pudding, salted caramel creme brulee, or a dessert cocktail. 10050 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.531.1400;; $$$


Ocean 44 is a seafood creation from the Mastro brothers, occupying 12,000 square feet near Scottsdale Fashion Square. The restaurant offers an array of upscale seafood dishes as well as premium steaks. The 18-foot raw bar features fresh selections of salmon, tuna, oysters, crab legs, and more. Look for the Maine lobster escargot and the chive and cream cheese-stuffed hash brown, and don’t miss out on the woodroasted shellfish. 4748 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.867.0044; www.; $$$


Locally owned and tucked away in the McCormick Ranch area, Rockefeller serves up fresh, chef-sourced seafood in a sophisticated, yet relaxed setting. You’ll find oysters on the half shell, Peruvian ceviche, and lobster risotto to be the sttandout dishes on a menu where classics sit beside elevated seafood specialties. The wine list is well thought out, and the signature cocktails are creative and pleasing to a variety of palates. Happy hour daily from 4 to 6 p.m. Closed Monday. 8260 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.687.3757; www.; $-$$$$

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Wine lovers united at this event, held at The Clayton House, to taste varieties from across the globe in support of Family Promise of Greater Phoenix which serves families with children who are currently homeless or at risk of experiencing homelessness. In addition to vino, attendees enjoyed dinner, musical entertainment, a wine pull, and silent and live auctions.

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Chris and Nino Pascale Jolene Drinkwater and Linda Angeloff Chen Zhang and Chris Schiller Carol and Don Damaso Michael and Kathy Wills Brian and Julie Cieniawski Mike and Jeanie Lynch Bob and Chris Irish Joan and John Rowton Deb Carstens and Suzanne Klapp
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Dana and Don Henninger Joseph and Kristine Locallo Maureen and Tim McGough Susan Wain and Jane Blacker



The annual brunch, hosted by one-n-ten, connects the LGBTQ+ and ally community for a day of fun, food and youth stories. This year’s event took place at JW Marriot Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, and featured a welcome reception, brunch with a program, and a garden reception.

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Susanne Lake and Laura Rogers Kapil Bharath and Taylor Coulson Lee Ann Bohn and Brian Spicker Emily Kindermann and Anastasia Khreshchyk Thomas Urbina and Yessica Molina Natalie Neer Hart and Malcom Porcher Love Felicia and Ky Jackson Aimee Johnson and Jessica Whitney Raquel Crawford and Lisbeth Arescurenaga Lia Drees and Kevin Kempton


The annual gala, hosted by notMYkid, was a fun-filled, 1980s-themed evening complete with a cocktail hour, dinner, and live entertainment by Rock Lobster Band. There was also an impactful program about the nonprofit, which supports vital youth mental health programs.

Angela and Stephen Campbell Kristen Polin and Christy infantino Chris Farruggio and Alena Karlowicz George and Dyan Getz Sulinya Ramanan Chris and Bre Hanrahan
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Phoenix Children’s hosted its tropical soiree, where attendees traded in tuxedos and ballgowns for resort wear. The Ibiza-themed cocktail party, held at Arizona Biltmore’s Spire Bar, featured music by celebrity DJs Pauly D and James Kennedy.

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John and Colleen Lomax Susan Casper-Smith and Sidney Smith Rachel Larsen and Jessica Hendricks Jen and Brandon Chastant Lissette and Eric Bell Kari Trummel and Brady Castro Corinne Barkan and Joy Glasco Brian and Bridget Kautzky James Pillor and Jennifer Rich Alissa Parten and Elizabeth Matus
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Nicole Pillor and Hannah Laizure Michelle Tremblay Dana Ardebili Rebecca Fischer and Myriah Bonsall


A private residence in Silverleaf in DC Ranch set the scene for Scottsdale Professionals Collective’s official launch party. The group, started by two local women, is an invite-only community of attorneys and healthcare professionals in Scottsdale.

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Jessica Siegfried and Janneth Mata Marlene Johnson and Meg Burn Catherine Lewis and Joshua Shaver Juliett Burgess and Sonal Haerter Stefanny Balestracci and Angela Shaba Sarah Patel and Millie Behera Lindsay Benjamin and Brook Choulet Kristine Reich and Mara Linder Jenine Porvin and Adam Loiacono Lorin Saenz and Lauren Scanlon
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s celebration of 70 years of committement to the community took place at Scottsdale Hangar One. In addition to the gala, the evening featured a cocktail hour and a silent auction, all in support of the nine Valley Boys & Girls Clubs. 480.528.7159

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Backyard Desert Ridge offers a dog-friendly bar, restaurant and entertainment pavilion all in one

The Corieri family – founders of Bottled Blonde, Casa Amigos, Chauncy Social, Hi-Fi Kitchen + Cocktails, RnR Gastro Pub, Sandbar Mexican Grill, and The Bevvy – has been shaping the Valley’s entertainment scene for more than 30 years.

And with their latest project, the family is hoping to get tails wagging and mouths watering. Now open, Backyard at Desert Ridge is an 8,000-square-foot dog-friendly, indoor-outdoor entertainment mecca with ample yard games, flatscreen televisions, and menus for both pups and their parents to enjoy. A feast for the eyes as much as for the tastebuds, the mostly open-air space is awash in vibrant hues mixed with wood, metal and grass accents. There are bold art installations, notably massive murals of dogs in one direction and a large-scale painting of a typical sunny day in Phoenix in another, as well as greenery thanks to several plants.

Sports fans need not struggle to catch any game as there are 45 flat screens inside and out as well as four 18-by-10-foot LED projection screens, which can also be used for weekend DJ and live music sets. Guests who would rather play games than

watch them can indulge in bags, Phoenix Suns-themed Pop-a-Shot, giant Jenga, Connect Four, and more to enjoy.

Executive chef Chris Kight, a veteran of both Enchantment Resort and Caesars Entertainment, is the architect of the menu. At lunch, starters and sandwich dominate the options, with early standouts including fried pickles, sticky ribs with gochujang barbecue sauce, a double-fried chicken sandwich, a Southwestern-inspired hot dog, and a hand-cut turkey wrap with bacon and Caesar dressing. There is also a selection of flatbreads from which to choose. For dinner, expect a good mix of light and hearty dishes, notably grilled shrimp with salsa verde and lime, homestyle meatloaf, roasted beets with toasted almonds, barbeque-grilled salmon with andouille sausage, and a family-style turkey pot pie. Of course, there are dog treats upon request, too.

The drink menu is a love letter to beer as there are 20 options on tap and another 20 by the bottle, including local favorites from Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co., The Shop Beer Co., Huss Brewing Co., Sonoran Brewing Co., Four Peaks Brewing Company, and more. There are several wines by the glass and bottle, and more than a dozen signature cocktails as well. The Desert Breeze Margarita, which boasts cactus as one of its ingredients, and High Tea, featuring notes of grapefruit, jasmine and pear, are especially lovely as the temperature rises. There is even a menu of shots, including options that taste like Cinnamon Toast Crunch and peanut butter and jelly. Four-legged friends may sip and savor as well thanks to a full pup-tails menu, too.

Backyard is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Happy hour is offered from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and brunch is served weekend days.

Backyard at Desert Ridge, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 480.585.5900;

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