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Contents Features 44 SMALL SCREEN, BIG TALENT Actor and model Tanisha Harper talks joining the cast of General Hospital

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56 LOWDOWN News to know

58 CALENDAR Noteworthy events

60 OUT Cool Cabanas

62 OUT Indoor workouts

64 CULTURE Misty Soderberg

Pulse 33 UP CLOSE Adriane Grimaldi of Butterfly Wonderland

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It sure feels good to be back! After taking five months off to welcome a little boy into our family, I’m happy to return to all that is So Scottsdale: the events, the people, the food. It’s so exciting to get reconnected to our community and all that it offers – even in the summer! While many people flock to cooler climes during July, there’s still tons of things to keep busy with right here in the desert, from cool cabanas at local resorts (page 60) and water activities for the fam (page 55) to indoor workouts (page 62) and frozen sweet treats (page 102). Beyond that, there’s also new restaurants (page 114) and tons of events to attend (page 58). For those looking to get out of town, pack up a cute duffle (page 67) full of swimwear (page 72) and sunnies (page 73) and head to one of the places we’re highlighting this month: wine-packed Lodi, California (page 96) or beachy Pismo Beach (page 92). Speaking of the Golden State, our cover star Tanisha Harper (page 44) is making it big out there! She was discovered by a talent agent at Scottsdale Fashion Square while living here at age 14, which catapulted her modeling career, eventually leading her to California where she set her sights on acting. We caught up with the actor, who recently joined the cast of General Hospital, on her journey to success and her life on TV. Additional highlights this month include fruity cocktails (page 98), a Q&A with the pastry chef of Andaz (page 101), and a look at an electric vehicle giving Tesla a run for its money (page 90). Enjoy whatever this month brings you, whether it’s cool weather elsewhere or some fun in the sun (or AC!) here.

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SPREADING HER WINGS Adriane Grimaldi educates and inspires at Butterfly Wonderland

“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” So the saying goes, attributed to many different people, including Mark Twain. But no matter the author, the sentiment rings true: work doing what you love, and it will seem more like play. That’s certainly the case for Adriane Grimaldi, the

director of education at Butterfly Wonderland, who has turned a lifelong passion for butterflies and more than 20 years of experience as a teacher into her dream job. Grimaldi’s childhood home in Southern California housed a tree that was a host for mourning cloak butterflies. As a child, she

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Pulse UP CLOSE would gather the caterpillars, put them in jars and feed them during their metamorphosis. When the chocolate-colored butterflies, adorned with blue spots, would emerge, she would name them all. “However, as an 8-year-old trying to come up with a hundred different names, I became incredibly stressed,” she says. “Instead, I decided to name them all ‘Buttercup.’ If I saw one flying in my yard, I would say, ‘Look, there’s Buttercup!’” Shortly after graduating from Arizona State University with a journalism degree, she went on a butterfly tour in southern Arizona with Jim Brock, a longtime lepidopterist (the official name for someone who studies moths and butterflies) and author of several books about butterflies. On that trip, Brock shared something that has stuck with her. “He said, ‘When we see a butterfly, we are seeing a survivor. There is something at each stage of a butterfly’s lifecycle – egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and adult butterfly – that can prevent it from going onto the next stage. Butterflies are fragile yet resilient; when we admire their beauty, color, or species, it’s important to appreciate all it took to get there.’”

Career Metamorphosis Butterfly Wonderland ( is the largest butterfly conservatory in America, where thousands of butterflies fly freely in an indoor rainforest setting. The one-of-a-kind center also features interactive exhibits, a butterfly emergence gallery, a 3D movie theater and more. There, Grimaldi works with a staff of six education employees, plus interns and volunteers, who serve as resources for visitors as they share facts and show them how Butterfly Wonderland receives and cares for more than 1,200 chrysalises each week from butterfly farmers around the world. She also handles school and tour groups, educational programming, workshops, and events. “The beauty of my role is that I never stop learning or taking away new experiences about butterflies and the rainforest – and the creatures that call it home,” Grimaldi says. “Through these incredible opportunities and experiences, I can be the best educator to the visitors at Butterfly Wonderland.” Most of what Grimaldi has learned about butterflies came through reading books, and attending classes, seminars and conferences with other butterfly experts from around the globe — and simple observation of her butterfly garden, which has attracted 25 species to her own backyard. She has built about 30 similar butterfly gardens in cities and schools, giving lectures about butterflies and how to cultivate the gardens. She is a teacher at heart, having designed Butterfly Wonderland’s school field trip curriculum so that it meets Arizona science standards “To be able to share my knowledge with others is what I love most,” she says. “I get to talk about butterflies to students and guests each day. I love seeing the expressions on students’ faces as they see the butterflies at Butterfly Wonderland and watching the guests’ eyes light up in amazement when they realize those butterflies are born in our facility and released into our conservatory that day.”


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Grimaldi’s position has also taken her exciting places. She visited Mexico to see the monarchs over-winter in the Oyamel fir trees and went to the butterfly farm in Costa Rica where Butterfly Wonderland gets their Blue Morpho butterflies (the large, gorgeous iridescent blue butterflies that are most popular with guests). “This position with Butterfly Wonderland has presented me with amazing opportunities that have been extremely memorable, and impactful,” she says. “It puts in perspective their journey from that farm in Costa Rica, as merely a chrysalis, to their arrival at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale where they eventually emerge as beautiful butterflies.”

Beyond Butterflies While butterflies are her main calling, Grimaldi is an accomplished long-distance ocean swimmer, and is currently working on an inspirational book about her swims, which have included the Alcatraz swim, a 5.2-mile swim from one Cayman Island to another, and an upcoming 3-mile swim in Puerto Rico. She was also a foster parent for 10 years, which inspired her to establish the Sewing Project, where volunteers make kidfriendly backpacks out of pillow cases and give them to foster children. “The sad reality is that when children are taken out of the home due to neglect or abuse, they are given a trash bag to carry out whatever personal items or special belongings they are taking with them,” Grimaldi says. “To me, that felt so harsh and sent such a negative message to these kids, who are already going through so much.” Through the project, more than 75,000 pillowcase backpacks have been made and donated to foster children all over Arizona and across the country.

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Francine Sumner is on a mission to shatter the stigma that surrounds mental health. The founder and CEO of Kid in the Corner ( created the nonprofit organization in 2017 after she lost her youngest son to suicide. “The loss of Zach was certainly the catalyst but knowing that we could not change Zach’s story but had potential to change future stories was the true motivation to start Kid in the Corner,” Sumner says. After reflecting on Zach’s story, it was clear to Sumner that stigma played the starring role. By starting frank conversations, Sumner and her team are able to provide youth with the skills, tools and resources they need to reach out to others, take care of their own mental health and be a safe and caring person that others can talk to. Sumner’s background in training and education comes in handy when spreading awareness. As a previous owner of an award-winning jewelry design business, she knew what it was like to build a brand from the ground up. “It is all about having a vision, staying true to your mission and building a great team,” she says. Kid in the Corner started around her dining room table with friends and family that knew the tough conversations with youth that needed to happen. Sumner has reached thousands of youth, changed stories and saved lives with her Penny Pledge Program. “When someone completes the program, they receive a penny with a drilled hole and then they take the Penny Pledge, an individual call to action that reminds them to reach out to the kid in the corner. To date, over 30,000 people have taken the Penny Pledge. This year, Kid in the Corner will reach upward of 5,000 youth, host four community events and begin work on an app that will complement its current programming of providing critical resources, tools and other information. “Every time I hear that a youth has come forward, advocated for themselves and have gotten help, I know what we are doing is working,” she says. “Changing and saving one life at a time makes all that we do worth it.”


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Brooke Hackworth, founder of Sculpt & Sweat in North Scottsdale, provides a comprehensive spectrum of health, wellness and beauty services. “I’ve been in the nutrition field for over 13 years and have an immense passion for healthy living,” she says. In college, Hackworth relied on fast food and couldn’t shake the constant fatigue and unwell feeling. She focused her studies on nutrition and everything changed. “I went from one extreme to the other and was very strict with my food. I wouldn’t even eat out,” she says. “I wasn’t happy in either direction so I decided I needed more balance and implemented the 80/20 rule.” Educating clients on how to still eat the foods they love while losing weight and implementing healthier lifestyle habits is the foundation of Sculpt & Sweat ( Personal training using EMS – or electric muscle stimulation – suits, body sculpting, nutrition programs, supplements, infrared sauna sessions, and hair analysis testing are some of her offerings. In hair analysis texting, using small tweezers to grab three to four hairs from the back of the head, Hackworth is able to obtain information related to food sensitivities, immune system and gut health, vitamin and mineral readings, and environmental factors. “Our hair analysis testing has truly changed my clients’ lives and it’s such a great way to optimize your health to determine what deficiencies are going on within your body,” she says. Recently, Hackworth also added corporate wellness programs into her repertoire. Known by her clients as the “Queen of Healthy Substitutions,” Hackworth enjoys finding nutritious alternatives to incorporate that are still enjoyable. “If you tell me that you love something that might not be the healthiest, I will find an alternative that tastes delicious,” she says. Hackworth finds her inspiration close to home, and even co-founded the business with her husband. Together, they share a passion for helping others. “My husband is hands down my biggest motivator,” she says. “He constantly pushes me to be the best version of myself.”


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Robert Rossi puts a vintage American twist on his tailored European style BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY BEVERLY SHUMWAY

When Robert Rossi recently relocated his talent management agency from California to Arizona, he brought some of his Southern California style with him. Most days, Rossi walks into his office wearing a tailored button-down with a blazer and vintage loafers. His signature look is a blazer paired with G-Star pants and Gucci sneakers, but he does rely on surf culture fashion on the weekend. “You’ll usually find me wearing shirts and shorts by Billabong, Quicksilver, O’Neill and always wearing Vans slip on shoes,” he says. Over the years, Rossi’s style has become much more tailored. “I am a slender, lean guy and buying off the rack can be challenging. When I dress, it is all about the fit,” he says. “As far as colors, patterns, styles, and trends, I find it fun and adventurous to mix and layer color and patterns on top of colors and patterns.” The one thing Rossi is sure to have on hand at all times is a nice watch from his collection that he’s curated his entire life. “My earliest memory as a 5-year-old boy is asking Santa for a watch. And he delivered. A Popeye Timex! Today, I never leave the house without a watch, my favorite being a vintage Rolex,” Rossi says.

What are your most prized fashion possessions? A vintage pair of Carrera Porsche design foldable sun glasses and matching leather case I found at a vintage store in the Hudson Valley and my Tom Ford blue suede satin twill lined jacket. Both pieces are showstoppers and when I wear them, people always stop to ask who and what I am wearing. How does travel inspire your style? Visits to Italy always influence my fashion. I am Italian and the fashion I see in Italy, especially in the Northern Tuscan area where my family is from, is something I find inspirational and familiar. What are your favorite brands? Gucci, Richard James and Tom Ford, Theory, Rag and Bone and John Varvatos. These designers cater to men who like a more tailored and fitted look.


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From suits to casual wear, Elisabeth Pickle’s look is always polished


Wearing pieces and outfit combinations that never go out of style ensures Elisabeth A. Pickle never looks like she’s trying too hard. Effortlessness is key for her timeless style. Hailing from southern Maine, Pickle’s closet has evolved from housing mostly black and gray items that could withstand a harsh East Coast winter to versatile layering pieces in vibrant hues reminiscent of Scottsdale sunsets. “I live in color!” she says. Pickle favors midcentury modern prints and patterns from designers including Trina Turk and Orla Kiely, as well as wide-leg pants, oversized white shirts and structured blazers. As a trusts, estates and intellectual property attorney, a power suit in white or a pop of color is her signature uniform. Influenced by designer Diane von Furstenberg, Pickle incorporates the designers iconic wrap dresses. “There is still no wardrobe that is considered complete without [a wrap dress],” says Pickle, adding she is also inspired by Stevie Nicks. “Her freewheeling style of chiffon skirts and billowing velvet sleeves appeals to my gypsy loving soul.” To top it off, Pickle’s wardrobe includes a modern denim jacket in every color. “You can throw it over everything,” she says.

How does fashion play a role in your career? As a trademark attorney, I represent many entrepreneurs in the fashion and apparel industry. It’s important for me to understand the latest trends and IP issues, opinion and rulings so I keep up to date consistently. What is your most prized possession in your closet and why? My Veronica Beard blazer with interchangeable dickies in leather, tweed, cashmere and hoodies. It’s literally 10 jackets in one! What are your favorite brands? Diane von Furstenberg, Trina Turk, Alice + Oliva, and Veronica Beard for timeless style, structured fit, pops of color, and modern glamour.


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Actor and model Tanisha Harper talks joining the cast of General Hospital



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As a model, Tanisha Harper has been featured in hundreds of magazines, advertisements and runway shows, but her new role as Jordan Ashford on General Hospital may be her most exciting gig yet. Growing up, Harper was known for her love of fashion. “Every summer when visiting my grandmother, I’d show her all these outfits I liked from the magazines,” she says. “We would recreate the looks and I’d go to school in all these crazy, avant-garde outfits.” One day, when Harper was watching a fashion show at Scottsdale Fashion Square mall at age 14, she was approached by a woman who asked if she was interested in modeling. Harper immediately said no – she wanted to be a fashion designer. But Harper and her mom visited the woman’s agency at her insistence and found a warm, welcoming environment. The woman later said she’d sent a photo of Harper to Nike, who was asking if she would join a campaign promoting their newest collection. “When she told my mom how much money it was, my mom was like, ‘OK, where do we sign?” Harper, who started her career with the Ford Model Agency, felt right at home. “I loved it. In Arizona, there weren’t many Black models at the time, so I was working like crazy. It allowed me to be independent – I had my own money and could save for college and go shopping to buy clothes, which was what I really wanted!” But it took a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Harper to realize this wasn’t just a side job. About two years after she began modeling, she entered a national competition to be on the cover of Cosmopolitan – and made it to the top four out of thousands of entries. She was flown to New York, featured on the Today show and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and shot test covers with world-renowned photographer Patrick Demarchelier. “That was a pivotal moment, when I really thought this could be a career for me,” says Harper, who had already decided that being a designer wasn’t the best fit for her. Though she didn’t win the competition, her feature in the magazine exposed her to an array of high-profile clients. Today, Harper’s resume includes names like Vogue, Ralph Lauren and L’Oréal Paris. So Scottsdale! July ‘22


A SHOWSTOPPING ACT Eager to see where her career could take her, Harper finished high school and college early, studying media arts and marketing at the University of Arizona. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles, where she booked her first acting gig on The Bold and the Beautiful. She enjoyed it so much that when a friend mentioned she was auditioning for a different soap opera that was looking to cast a Black model who could act, Harper’s interest was piqued. “Rule of thumb is you never crash an audition you weren’t invited to,” she says. “I was apprehensive, but figured it was worth a shot.” When the casting director saw Harper and asked if she’d auditioned yet, Harper said she was just waiting for a friend – but they handed her a script anyway and thrust her into the metaphorical spotlight. “Funny enough, my girlfriend didn’t get the role, but I did – a series regular on an American telenovela called Desire.” Harper credits the series for giving her a crash course in acting, sparking a love affair that led to her booking roles in a variety of shows and movies, including Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Dear White People. But she was still modeling fulltime, traveling frequently and sometimes missing out on important auditions. And at a time when retouching photos wasn’t as widespread, the pressure of being perfect started to catch up with her. “You couldn’t show up with a scar or bruise because it took time out of the production schedule to cover them up. If I got a pimple, I could lose a job. That was tough for me as a teenager, and as I got older I started to get insecure. I needed to remember that this was supposed to be fun, that you’re supposed to love what you do.” When it came time to choose between the two career paths, Harper bowed out of the modeling industry and decided to pursue her passion for acting. But Harper credits her modeling experiences for helping her hone her persistence. “In both modeling and acting, you’re rejected every day, people constantly looking at your photos or audition tapes and saying yes or no,” she says. “It’s hard not to take criticism to heart. With modeling, I built a tough skin – you just have to keep fighting.”


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Harper’s biggest break to date came at the end of last year, when she had the opportunity to audition for a part on General Hospital. She had weeks to prepare for her screen test, working with coaches and honing her character, who she was told was a district attorney. “I’m really drawn to roles of power, and my mom is an attorney, so I knew this was it – I really needed to get this role” Harper says. And her hard work and preparation paid off – Harper got the job. But when she received her script a few days before going to set, she realized she wasn’t playing an

attorney, but an established character – police commissioner Jordan Ashford. “They had kept it hidden because the producer wanted a fresh take on the character. It definitely came as a shock – it was an even bigger role than I thought I was getting!” Harper, who debuted as Ashford this March, says joining General Hospital has been something of a dream job. “I pinch myself every day sitting there in my dressing room. Working on an iconic set with people I look up to and respect – this is what I focused on, what I created. I just can’t believe this is my life.”

CHEERING ON CHANGE Over the past few years, Harper says she’s noticed more roles available to people of color, members of the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities. “Diversity within the industry is always an ongoing battle. My hope is that the rise of inclusivity continues to grow, with more thought-provoking roles for people with diverse backgrounds.” Looking forward, Harper is excited to further her acting career while sparking change in the industry, hopefully making some more forays into producing and writing along the way. “I’ve written several scripts I’d love to

get developed, one of many hats I’ve worn,” says Harper, who once edited a national magazine and wrote for many others. “Writing would’ve been the next step had my modeling career not taken off. It’s such a powerful tool.” Another powerful tool, Harper says, is knowing how to root for yourself no matter what. “We all have those days where we wonder if we’re on the right path, but you have to really believe in yourself to see your goals achieved. During times where I’d do twenty auditions to no avail, it took me loving myself, continuing to work harder

and make sure I was best prepared for my acting jobs, to see it through.” When not caught up in the hustle and bustle of her career, Harper looks to visiting her family in Arizona and reconnecting with nature as a source of peace. Though her life can be hectic, it’s all by design. “At the end of the day, I love a challenge. In these challenging careers, it’s about rising through – as a writer, getting your words out there; as a model, creating an image; on camera, portraying a character the way you feel they should be portrayed. It’s so important to have your voice heard."

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They’re highly motivated, results-oriented and successful at a young age. And if you’re in the market to buy or sell a home, they’re the people you want on your side. They’re the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors’ 40 Under 40, honored last month for a combination of their business success, professional leadership, community engagement, and industry involvement. Here, we spotlight five of these high-performing young professionals to watch in 2022 and beyond for their community contributions and real estate savvy.

An Arizona Native

Janelle Flaherty is passionate about creating community


or Janelle Flaherty, of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, real estate was in her blood. “My parents used real estate as their preferred investment platform. I nannied for a family in college during the 05-06 boom, and the husband was a very successful agent. I began helping in his office and knew real estate would be perfectly coupled with a Bachelor’s in Marketing, and then and there, the decision to go into real estate was made,” she says. Janelle finds her motivation from the spiritual and earthly realms. “My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Each day, I want my attitude, actions, and success to point to Him, from whom all blessings flow,” she says. “My parents are also a huge inspiration to me.” Because of the volatile and stressful nature of the real estate market, it’s best if an agent enjoys what they do, and Janelle says her favorite part of the job is that she’s able to be a resource for all things,

not just real estate. “Whether it be where to send your kids to school, where to get your hair done, or which restaurants to go to- I love connecting my clients to the best in my community. Having lived in the Phoenix area all my life, I have 30+ years of references to give.” Janelle’s commitment to her clients and the business hasn’t gone unnoticed. She was selected for the Scottsdale Association of Realtors 40 under 40 award in 2021 and 2022, and she’s maintained a Chairman’s Board title given to the top producers in the company. She was also recognized by Real Trends in their 2022 America’s Best list. Not content with resting on her laurels, Janelle looks to expand her business by continuing to create and foster new referrals. “I have a database of people, that I treat like gold. They’re the heart and soul of my business, and I want to make sure they know how much I appreciate them,” she shares. She has enjoyed assisting the reining

horse community with their Arizona Real Estate needs whether it be relocation to a horse property or investment. While she hasn’t been in the saddle for a few years, she enjoys attending shows to cheer on her husband and kids. Janelle supports the Russ Lyon Charity Foundation by volunteering at their events and has made it a point to have supply bags ready to hand out to the homeless. She also plans to continue her women owned business event, The Spring Fling to support women run charities. When she’s not working for her clients, Janelle loves keeping in shape, riding her Peloton, and supporting her kids in various activities. “If and when we ever have down time, you can find us at the lake, where I can still impress my kids by my water skiing or on our favorite Rocky Point Beach!” she says. Contact Janelle Flaherty at 602.615.3251 or visit

Consistency and Collaboration

Ashley Krolak creates the American Dream of Homeownership


shley Krolak is the woman behind the Krolak Group with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. She focuses on helping clients create the American dream of homeownership throughout Phoenix and northern Arizona. Ashley was born and raised in Scottsdale and grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. “Growing up my parents owned a variety of different businesses, and have taught me everything I know,” she shares. “I work with my mother in real estate and my brothers work within my dad’s construction company. We come as a unit and I wouldn’t change it for the world.” As a young woman, Ashley gained experience working for her parents’ different companies, Southwest Garage Cabinets and Catch 22 Sports Grill to name a few. She attended Arizona State University and graduated with a degree in psychology with no intention of getting into real estate. Ultimately, it was her mother, who was in the industry, that urged her to get her license. “I’ve been in

real estate for six years now and have not looked back!” Ashley says. Because of her hard work and dedication to her clients, Ashley has become a top realtor in Scottsdale. “Once you work with me, we become a team and ultimately part of our family. I will dedicate my full attention to every detail needed to get my clients where they need to be. I have their best interest at heart,” she says. What sets her apart from other realtors is that she desires to create long-lasting relationships with her clients, not forgetting them once the job is done. “I truly want to see my clients happy, so I will not stop until they are satisfied.” The real estate industry is fraught with challenges and market fluctuations, so collaboration is essential for success. “Our business is built on referrals. It’s all about who you know, whether it’s another agent or contractor. It’s always in the forefront to create a solid, respectful relationship because you never know when they can help you and vice versa,” she says.

Ashley’s hard work has paid off. She was a recipient of SAAR’s 40 under 40 award, the 40 under 40 award from Homeowner’s Magazine in 2020 and 2022, and part of SAAR Leadership Class XXIII. Charitable giving plays a significant role in Ashley’s life. She sits on the Advisory Council for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Charitable Foundation for the Pinnacle Peak office. Their key charity for 2022 is Arizona Helping Hands, which supplies essential needs to foster children. “We are helping with their Back to School drive this year by collecting backpacks and supplies. I can’t wait to see the look on their faces,” she says. When she’s not serving her clients’ real estate needs or supporting the charitable organizations close to her heart, you can find Ashley enjoying outdoor activities that give her an adrenaline rush, like dirt bike riding, skydiving, boating, kayaking and hiking. Contact Ashley Krolak at 480.993.7136 or visit

Homes For Good

Tim McBride is making an impact on his community


ne wouldn’t usually see a link between the worlds of sports and real estate, but Tim McBride tapped into his past experience to become a top-rated real estate agent in Scottsdale. Before jumping into residential real estate in 2017, Tim spent the previous 12 years working in the sports agency, entertainment and marketing realm. “My career began in Los Angeles, where my dream was to become a sports agent. I worked my way up through the agency ranks, then pivoted to pursue more education in sports marketing through the University of San Francisco.” Tim landed a job at Red Bull North America. He worked in their sports marketing division and eventually moved to San Diego with his wife to launch a high-performance athletic training facility. In 2015, he relocated his family to Scottsdale and founded and launched Pledger, a social impact app that utilized real-time game performance statistics to solicit charitable donations from sports fans.

His entrepreneurial spirit moved him into the world of residential real estate, where he got his first listing through a Zillow lead and has since become one of Arizona’s leading residential real estate professionals. What sets Tim apart from others in the field is diverse background. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve seen that sports had the power to not just entertain but inspire, motivate, mentor, and unify. I see the industry of real estate having similar potential,” he says. “I’m on a mission to be a Change Agent and build a platform that doesn’t just celebrate the narrative of transactions; instead, it celebrates transformation and immediate impact of our community.” Hard work, drive, and perseverance garnered Tim a few much-deserved accolades, including being named to the Scottsdale Association of Realtors’ Forty Under Forty list in 2022, winning the Housing Wire’s 2022 Rising Star award, and being included in the top 1% of Real Estate agents in 2021. Beyond real estate accolades, Tim

works tirelessly to give back to the community through Homes for Good, which raises money for local nonprofit partners through real estate transactions via personal and matching donations. “I make a donation for each home myself, or any member on my Wexler Real Estate Group team closes,” he said. Homes for Good has reached over 25,000 people, raised over $100,000, and benefitted 19 unique Arizona nonprofits with an emphasis on youth and sports like First Tee of Phoenix and Giving-Sole. Tim says he’s currently pursuing growth and expansion with a mission to build a network of like-minded Change Agents stretching into other markets around the country. When asked what makes him a top realtor, he says, “ I’m not necessarily motivated by leaderboards or titles; I’m driven because of my passion for people, and stimulated to challenge the industry to be of greater service to the community. Contact Tim McBride at 858.775.5422 or visit

A Customized Approach

Alison Guelker provides extraordinary service and expertise


lison Guelker is an Arizona native and grew up in Scottsdale. Since she was a little girl, Alison loved architecture and beautiful homes. This love was fueled by walking and touring homes under construction with her father, a general contractor in Arizona. It didn’t come as a shock to anyone when she decided to make her career in real estate, and after working for other companies, she formed the Guelker Girls group. Alison earned her real estate license while in college at the University of Arizona in 2004, and after graduation, she joined a team of realtors in Tucson. She spent five years in Las Vegas working with a top Vacation Ownership Corporation followed by a promotion that brought her back to Phoenix to lead the Arizona Marketing Team. After a successful ten years it was time to transition back to her first love, residential real estate sales. “Real estate is my passion, and nothing gives me more joy than helping my clients with all their needs. As an Arizona native, I have seen firsthand

the changing landscape and have a strong understanding of the market, the neighborhoods, and the growth that has taken place in the Valley,” she says. Every successful person needs the motivation to drive them forward, and Alison’s inspiration comes from her clients and her parents. “I love what I do each day and working with all types of clients. They motivate me to go above and beyond and my parents instilled a strong work ethic in me after watching how they pursued their careers,” she shares. Although the real estate market is highly competitive, Alison stands out thanks to her instincts to quickly adapt to exactly what her clients are looking for. “My specialty is being a chameleon. I’m able to recognize someone’s wants and needs and adapt,” she says. This adaptability allows her to design a customized approach instead of a one-size-fits-all. Another key to her success is collaboration. “Part of the job is creating relationships with everyone involved in the

business. I always treat all parties with respect and kindness, and think cultivating relationships amongst our peers is crucial.” Alison’s unique approach, determination, and work ethic have helped her become a top realtor. She’s recently won the 40 Under 40 awards for the Scottsdale Association of Realtors, and Scottsdale Homeowner Magazine, and she won the Top 1% award for Arizona Realtors. You might think that she is all business, but Alison enjoys cutting loose and having fun like everyone else. Alison loves spending time with her 2 rescue dogs, her family & friends and exploring all the valley has to offer. Alison offers this advice to prospective clients. “Choose your agents carefully. Not all agents are created equally. Make sure you work with someone that is honest, knowledgeable, hardworking, and always has your best interest first, not theirs.” Contact Alison Guelker at 602.920.8101 or e-mail

A Rising Star

Tyler McShane employs his extensive market knowledge


rowing up in Scottsdale, Tyler McShane of The McShane Group at RE/MAX Fine Properties has a unique understanding of the valley real estate market. Tyler, a second-generation real estate professional, specializes in buyer representation and focuses on the luxury market. He attended Notre Dame Preparatory High School, and graduated from ASU in 2016 with a BS in Industrial Engineering. However, he decided that engineering wasn’t the right career path during the final year of his studies. “I worked so hard to earn my engineering degree, I felt it was best to stick it out even if I didn’t choose that career path. Resultantly, I chose a different route. I joined a boutique search firm called Pinnacle Group, which recruits finance professionals for the alternative investment space. After 5 years and midpandemic, I was able to take some time and think about what I really wanted to do. I always had an interest in real estate, grew up around it, and knew it was time to

make the move. I partnered with my dad and hit the ground running” he says. Being exposed to the housing industry his entire life made the transition to his new career path seamless. “My dad has been in the business for 25+ years and has been a fantastic partner, and more importantly, mentor to me. Enjoying and appreciating architecture and design makes real estate fun. I’ve always had appreciation of the global influences that inspire some of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever seen,” he says. Understanding that real estate is an exciting, demanding, and fulfilling career, Tyler draws inspiration from the successful and genuine family members and friends he surrounds himself with. “I’m thankful for the life I have and aim to provide an equal or greater opportunity to my future children as well as others less fortunate. I hope to be a mentor and serve as an inspiration,” he says. And his hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed; he earned a spot on the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors 40 under 40

list and the RE/MAX 100% Club. He credits his success to his extensive market knowledge, dedication to his clients, impressive track record thus far, and passion for the work. Over the next two years, Tyler plans to get his broker’s license and continue his education to grow his business. Besides helping people find their dream home, Tyler continually gives back to the community that’s helped him grow. He’s a member of the Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix, an organization of men who give back to their community by raising money for local children’s charities. “We raised over $1 million this year and have hosted some of the valley’s most iconic events, including the Suitcase Party and Goldwater Classic.” In his spare time, Tyler enjoys golf, traveling, and exploring the new hot spots in and around the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Contact Tyler McShane at 480.295.1868 or visit

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The only thing better than Fridays are Summer Fridays. Celebrate the season all month long at Scottsdale Quarter. Bring the family to the Quad to cool off at the splash pad with water toys, inflatables, goodies from local stores and a DJ. Each event, which takes place Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. through Aug. 12, features a different summery theme. This month, enjoy Sharktastic Friday; Quack, Quack, Quad; Splish-Splash Mermaid Bash; and Beach Ballin’. The first 100 kids at each Summer Friday will also get toys to take home. The events are free to attend.

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Enjoy Latin flavors at this month’s installment of Hotel Valley Ho’s Sip + Shop Summer Market Series – Olé! Latin Flavors. Taking place July 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hotel’s SoHo Ballroom, the seasonal event will celebrate local chefs, purveyors, and wine and spirits. The free indoor market invites locals and hotel guests alike to savor tastes from The Mexicano, Noble Bread and The Cake Studio. Wash it down with tequila, mezcal and watermelon palomas, along with local brews. Additional vendors include Kokopelli Custom Woodworks, Argentine Meat, Mad Tasty and Kill Cliff. Advance RSVP required. www.hotelvalleyho. com.


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Local coffee brand Press Coffee has been serving the community since 2008 and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. The roaster recently opened a shop in McCormick Ranch at the Mercado Del Lago Plaza. Press took over the space that previously housed Lakeview Coffee, renovating the 1,300-square-foot space for a modern look and feel. It features comfortable seating, outlets and a patio. Press sources its beans from coffee farmers around the world, then roasts those beans at its roastery in Phoenix. Press will also soon open a another location at the new Axis Raintree office building.


Change is a good thing at Old Town Scottsdale’s Pop Up Bar. The new experiential establishment will continuously change its concept throughout the year, with each theme featuring original art installations, a curated bar and a scratch kitchen with a seasonal menu. The first concept, 50 Shades of Rosé, opened in late June and showcases a blush bar, a flower wall and green booths. In addition to an extensive beer and wine list, the full bar offers unique cocktails and interesting spins on rosé beverages.


MORNING INDULGENCES Breathe in, breathe out at Tierra Luna Spa’s new Sol Garden. Located at Arizona Biltmore, the recently unveiled outdoor space offers alchemy mud, a crystal bar, sound bowl meditation, full moon rituals, and yoga, all set against the picturesque backdrop of Piestewa Peak. Upon entry, guests are welcomed with a special white quartz during the sacred stone ritual. Additional amenities include a Jacuzzi, a cold plunge, a shower, and an expansive relaxation lounge complete with a fire pit. There’s also the Well Bar, featuring wellness-forward libations. Access to the Sol Garden is included with any 50-minute Tierra Luna Spa treatment or as part of the Tierra Luna Spa DayDream Experience.

Parisian-inspired cafe, bistro and wine bar Zinqué recently expanded its breakfast offerings. Located at Scottsdale Fashion Square, the eatery serves brunch daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Customer favorites, like the quinoa breakfast burrito ($14) and crispy sunny eggs with prosciutto ($16) are still on the menu, but there’s now also a few new items to enjoy. Standouts include the matcha granola ($13), complete with grain-free matcha granola, yogurt berries, mint, and honey; as well as the Le Breakfast Bowl ($15), featuring a poached egg with quinoa, avocado, asparagus, garbanzo beans, cherry tomatoes, and green yogurt.


Swedish luxury bed company Hastens recently opened a new store in the Scottsdale Seville shopping center. This is the second store in the state for the brand, with the first located in North Scottsdale. The new showroom is one of the first times the entire full Hastens bed lineup has been on display in one place. The store also offers all of the brand’s accessories including the sleep mask, the slippers, the robe, and pillows. So Scottsdale! July ‘22




June 28-July 4, Prescott Rodeo Grounds The World’s Oldest Rodeo returns to the Prescott Rodeo Grounds this summer as part of Prescott Frontier Days. Happening since 1888, the annual rodeo showcase features events ranging from steer wrestling and bull riding to barrel racing and team roping over the course of its multiday run. The World’s Oldest Rodeo will also feature a series of specialty acts, live music performances and dancing, an outdoor arts and crafts show, and the running of the 135th annual Rodeo Parade. Times and ticket prices vary.


Flagstaff Art in the Park July 2-4, Wheeler Park This July, Downtown Flagstaff’s Wheeler Park will be brimming with photographs, paintings, and more for Flagstaff Art in the Park. The outdoor arts-centric event will showcase juried fine arts and crafts, spanning from ceramics and fiber works to sculpture and mixed media, by more than 70 artists from across Arizona and the greater Southwest region. In addition to the vast array of artwork on display and for purchase, the event will be complete with food vendors, a beer garden stocked with a


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selection of local craft brews, and nonstop live music. Free. Times vary. www.flagstaffartinthepark. com. Scottsdale 4th July 4, WestWorld of Scottsdale The 9th Annual Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration will take over WestWorld of Scottsdale this Independence Day. In addition to the dazzling sky show, boasting the largest fireworks display in the Valley, the Independence Day celebration will also feature events and performances such as bull

riding, mutton busting for kids, carnival-style entertainment and games, and the Parade of Heroes, honoring Scottsdale’s outstanding community leaders. 5-8 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www.scottsdale4th. com. Arizona Celebration of Freedom July 4, Mesa Convention Center Downtown Mesa will turn red, white, and blue this July Fourth. Guests are invited to ring in Independence Day with a series of patriotic events and performances which will include the

Fallen Soldiers Memorial, Military Showcase, and American Arts & Culture Showcase, featuring crafts and displays from the Arizona Museum of Natural History and the Mesa Arts Center. Additional entertainment will include Revolutionary War reenactments from We Make History, live country-rock music from Mogollon Band featuring Danny Walls, plus an epic fireworks show to conclude the evening. 6 to 10 p.m. Free. www. ARB After Hours July 8, Boyce Thompson Arboretum Founded in 1924, Superior’s scenic Boyce Thompson Arboretum is recognized as Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden. This month locals can experience the sights and sounds across the picturesque upland Sonoran Desert landscape at this recurring happy hour-style event held at the arboretum. Tickets to ARB After Hours include two complimentary drink tickets, access to select areas of the gardens, light bites catered by Bella’s Marketplace and Café. Those who preregister will also enjoy a guided tour of the Smith Display Greenhouses. 5-7 p.m. $35-$45. AJ’s The Art of Wine and Tastes of Summer July 9, Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will play host to this annual affair. Locals will have the opportunity to discover new wines and enjoy delicious bites in a fun and entertaining setting, all while supporting the arts. There will be tastings of over 40 wines, hand-selected by AJ’s cellar masters, along with samples of chef-prepared entrees and desserts. Additional highlights include a silent auction and two exhibits curated by Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation. 1:30-4 p.m. $40. Full Moon Meditation July 16, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa and the Scottsdale-based meditation center Abundant Space have joined forces for a monthly meditation series. Taking place within the resort’s newly debuted outdoor desert garden area, this 30-minute guided meditation will provide participants the opportunity to tune into breathwork practices and set thoughtful intentions

Queen Creek Olive Mill Corn Roast July 22, Queen Creek Olive Mill Queen Creek Olive Mill is a great place to enjoy a farm-to-table lunch. It’s also an agritourism destination where curious visitors can tour olive groves, taste award-winning olive oils and learn about the intricacies of the olive oil making process. This summer, the mill is celebrating the season’s delicious bounty with a community corn roast in The Grove. In addition to the locally grown sweet corn selection, the open-air event is set to have live music, yard-style games, plus a selection of beer and wine. 3-8 p.m. Free. www. Arizona Diamondbacks Star Wars Night July 23, Chase Field Fans of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Yoda will hope The Force is with the Arizona Diamondbacks when the team takes Chase Field to vie for a win against the visiting Washington Nationals for Star Wars Night this month. The first 10,000 spectators at the ballpark will take home a commemorative T-shirt. 5:10 p.m. Ticket prices vary.


July 5-31, ASU Gammage Seen by more than 85 million people worldwide and regarded as one of the most beloved and breathtaking productions to ever hit the stage, this timeless, award-winning performance of a hero’s journey will make its way to Tempe this month. A show that should not be missed, audience members can expect the songs they know and love as well as colorful, intricate costumes. Times and ticket prices vary. www.​​

under the glow of the full moon. The meditation will be followed by a healing crystal bowl sound bath experience. Admission is complimentary for resort guests. 7 p.m. And Let it Remain So: Women of the African Diaspora July 20-February 12, 2023, Phoenix Art Museum This collection of more than 70 portraits, self-portraits, landscapes, and family archival images, is set to debut this month in Downtown Phoenix. The powerfully moving exhibition will feature works from Widline Cadet, Jasmine Clarke, Hellen Gaudence, Nadiya I. Nacordia, and Sasha PhyarsBurgess that share collective experiences as well as shared

and separate understandings of place and displacement, family and history, mobility and migration, and community and belonging. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 12, 2023. Times and ticket prices vary. Sonoran Sippin’ July 22, Desert Botanical Garden There’s nothing quite like a Sonoran Desert sunset. This July, experience the magic of golden hour at one of the most scenic spots in the Valley. The alfresco soiree will be complete with live music, complimentary refreshments and cocktails, and the opportunity to wander the garden’s beautiful trails after the sun goes down. Advance tickets are required. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $10.95-$14.95.

Sips of Summer: A Cocktail Experience July 22, Morton’s Steakhouse Set sail with Morton’s Steakhouse at Kierland Commons and indulge your senses with chef-prepared dishes and craft cocktails, all inspired by the distinct flavors of the tropics. The multi-course menu will feature toothsome dishes, including ahi tuna poke bao buns with Maui onions and a Wakame seaweed salad, shrimp sugar cane skewers, lobster mango fritters, Kalau pork tostones, shrimp and scallop spring rolls served with a champagne and caviar sauce. There will also be Hawaiian lamb chops Pupu, teriyaki pork belly bao buns, and banana macadamia nut bread pudding drizzled with brown sugar caramel sauce for dessert. 6 p.m. $99 plus tax and gratuity. www.

Immersive Monet & The Impressionists July 28-September 18, Lighthouse Artspace Scottsdale’s celebrated Lighthouse Artspace will welcome a new hypnotic exhibition this month. Immersive Monet & The Impressionists will illuminate the expansive art space with a series of notable works from the impressionist radicals that rocked the art world in the 19th century. From Degas to Monet, this new exhibition will bring the highly lauded works of some of the world’s most renowned artists to life. The exhibit will be on view through Sept. 18, 2022. Times and ticket prices vary. Sedona Hummingbird Festival July 29-July 31, Sedona Performing Arts Festival Something is aflutter in Sedona this month. Audubon enthusiasts will swoop into Red Rock Country for a three-day fest dedicated to the tiny, beautiful birds. The festival will feature presentations from hummingbird experts, hummingbird garden tours, demonstrations and exhibits, early morning guided bird trips, and a gala-style banquet. Times and ticket prices vary. www.

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POOLSIDE PARADISE Luxury lounging at local cabanas

From staple resorts with a longstanding history to buzzworthy boutique swim clubs, Scottsdale is known as a premier destination for soaking up the sun. As temperatures soar, there’s no better way to relax than poolside in a private cabana.


Senna House Located within arms’ reach of the energetic pulse of Old Town, Senna House is a desert modern beauty. Join the Sonora Swim Club’s inaugural pool season with a super luxe cabana on the rooftop pool deck. The club’s cabanas glimmer with urban lifestyle luxury from wall to wall. In addition to killer views, cabana rentals come with towel service, a dedicated server and a food and beverage credit for the resort’s signature restaurant Cala. Starting at $400 per day. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Ideal for families and honeymooners alike, the North Scottsdale resort is dotted with some of the most dynamic and inviting pools in the city. Natural desert elements are incorporated throughout the cabanas, which are adorned with wooden slats, a hollowed saguaro coffee table and turf under your toes. Cabanas come with freshly cut fruit, nonalcoholic beverages, and a dedicated server. Starting at $300 per day. The Phoenician The Phoenician’s Mother of Pearl Pool’s hand-laid Mother of Pearl tile sets a luxurious poolside vibe. Original to the resort – which opened in 1988 – the pool showcases iconic Camelback Mountain as a backdrop. The cabanas feature an indoor corner sofa for four, a flat-screen satellite TV, complimentary beverages, two lounge chairs, a dedicated service team, and guest’s choice of one of the Phoenician’s classic food and beverage amenities. Starting at $325. Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Nestled inside Troon North, this desert sanctuary offers a luxury cabana at its adults-only Serenity pool that’s sure to impress. The Luxury cabana, which seats up to six guests, features open air sides for sunning, complimentary appetizers and cocktails, a dedicated server and poolside temptations like chilled oshiboro towels and icy treats. Cabanas are available to rent for overnight resort guests. $425 per day. Mountain Shadows Lounge away at Mountain Shadows in one of eight private, shaded cabanas while enjoying breathtaking mountain views and two sparkling 75-foot pools. Cabanas feature exclusive privacy thanks to sprawling green vines between crisp white slats and showcase ultra-modern lounge seating, a television, a mini fridge, and bottle service. Starting at $295 per day. www. The Scott Resort & Spa A nod toward Hemingway’s Havana, the cabanas at The Scott are trendy meets Old World Charm. The resort has two sprawling outdoor pools, each surrounded by lush gardens. The cabanas have food and beverages provided by The Canal Club; “sun kits” which include sunscreen, lip balm, and sunglasses; a gorgeous daybed; and a Chandon Bucket for four guests. Starting at $250.


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Indoor activities to get your blood pumping

The hottest days of summer are ahead. While it may be too warm to hike the mountains or run the trails once the sun goes up, Scottsdale also offers some of the most dynamic and energizing indoor activities to get the whole family moving.


TriCore Fitness TriCore’s motto is “Tri, you’ll succeed” and that’s the exact ambiance you’ll find at the newly remodeled fitness center. Each one-hour class blends strength training and reformer Pilates, offering the best of both worlds that will not only leave you glistening like a glazed donut, but also feeling supported and confident in newfound mastery. Turn fear into strength, stress into confidence and strangers into friends. AZ On The Rocks Serving the climbing community since 1999, AZ On The Rocks offers a wide range of terrain options from walls for sport and top-rope climbing, to bouldering areas, fitness studios and even a yoga studio. Test your strength with a different type of workout or go big and try out the Ninja Warrior Rig. Ohm Fitness Ohm Fitness is a new concept offering hightech EMS (electro muscle stimulation) training experiences that pack all the benefits of an intense HIIT workout into a low-intensity, 25-minute session. Gain strength, heal from injuries or tone up in the Ohm studio, which provides a luxurious sensory experience by combining the sleek feel of a private spa retreat with a fully immersive fitness 2.0 experience. Ice Den It’s a cool 56 degrees all day, every day at the Ice Den Scottsdale. Lace up your skates and revel in Summer Public Skate at only $10 per skater through July 31. Build your skills or just try something new in a family-friendly environment perfect for catching a chill. www. BATL Scottsdale Short for Backyard Axe Throwing League, BATL was founded in a backyard in 2006. The idea started as a personal passion sparked by a camping trip and soon spread like wildfire. Whether going for the bullseye or playing one of BATL’s axe throwing games, BATL creates a casual and competitive atmosphere with axe throwing lanes, a licensed bar and a full food menu. The Studio @ QQH This Scottsdale studio offers an opportunity to book a private indoor space for yoga and wellness classes. It features a labyrinth, hypoallergenic cork flooring imported from Lisbon, and a large Himalayan salt cave that releases negative ions to promote respiratory health, stimulate energy, and purify air. Hello relaxation!


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Misty Soderberg’s art is inspired by her love of wildlife and Native American culture


Misty Soderberg enjoys getting her hands dirty. As an artist, primarily in sculpture, she has a lifetime of experience getting elbow deep into clay. Misty and her sister, Heather, showed an aptitude for sculpting at a young age, each going professional at the age of 2, and being featured in People Magazine, on Paul Harvey’s The Rest of the Story radio show, and national television’s That’s Incredible! Like many who find an early calling, Soderberg had a good mentor. Her father, John Soderberg, is a sculptor known for creating monumental bronzes that are displayed throughout the country and locally, such as the Merlin and Sacajawea bronzes that grace the public areas of Sedona. Spending a large part of her formative years assisting her father on his monumental bronze figures, she simultaneously carved out a niche as an artist in her own right. “Working with my dad was essentially like having a traditional apprenticeship, where I helped him make molds for his sculptures, doing a lot of the grunt work, and learning through experience and practice,” she says. In developing her own distinct style, Soderberg drew on her knowledge of the master sculptors her father encouraged her to study – such as the Renaissance artists Michelangelo and Bernini – while incorporating touches of fantasy and imagination which add a bit of levity to her subjects. “My personal aesthetic is more stylized and looser, while my dad prefers realism,” she says. “For me, my work is more about a feeling, whether through expression or composition. I want someone to look at my work and know what the piece is about without having to understand the back story.” Soderberg’s current work is comprised of figurative and wildlife sculptures, inspired by her love of animals and Native American culture. Pieces like Free Spirit, an American Indian woman finding joy in nature, may be a mere 13 inches high but invokes an unforgettable feeling of freedom and independence. Growing up in Camp Verde surrounded by nature and animals also inspires her bronzes, which include a menagerie of eagles, frogs, horny toads, geckos, and bats. “I love sculpting figurative, but am also drawn to animals. I am really into owls right now,” she says. In addition to sculpting and mold making, Soderberg recently expressed an interest to return to painting, changing the name of her studio to the Misty C. Soderberg Studio to reflect all of her mediums. “I love all forms of art,” she says. “When I am not creating, there is something missing.” Learn more at


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A L L U R E / D W E L L / S H O P / FA S H I O N


Jet setting by plane, train or automobile this month? Travel in style with the Keepall Bag from Louis Vuitton. The fashion house’s iconic Monogram coated canvas screams cotton candy dreams in the Sunrise Pastel theme, which was released this spring. The color scheme is bright yet soft at the same time, with eye-catching, upbeat hues of purple, pink and turquoise. It’s the perfect size for a carry-on to fit your must-have items or as an overnight bag for the essentials. The double-handle bag is complete with gold-colored hardware, a zip closure, a removeable name tag and an inside zipped pocket. $3,100 at Louis Vuitton,

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LET’S GET LOUD Head-turning hues for July and beyond

Blue eyeliner duo, Charlotte Tilbury, $32 at Nordstrom, www. Pink illuminizer, Kevyn Aucoin, $32 at Neiman Marcus, www. Multicolor face palette, Ilia, $42 at Citrine, www. Green eyeshadow, Nars, $19 at Neiman Marcus. Fuchsia lipstick, Guerlain, $40 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. Red cheek and lip stain, Benefit, $18 at Nordstrom.


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TOTALLY TULUM Textured neutrals for a beachy, boho vibe

Patterned cotton rug, $84.99 at H&M, Fringe pillow, $135 at Jonathan Adler, www.jonathanadler. com. Gold sconce, $519 at Aerin, www.aerin. com. Woven grass vase, Kazi, $180 at Nordstrom, www. Rope oval side table, Jamie Young, $2,379 at Neiman Marcus, www. Wingback seagrass chair, $999 at Pottery Barn, www.


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Fruit print bikini top and bottom, Farm Rio, $75 and $85, at Neiman Marcus, www. Floral sun hat, $24.99 at H&M, www. Beach bag, $295 at Aerin, Slide sandals, Joules, $29.95 at Nordstrom, www. Floral one-piece swimsuit, $128 at J.Crew, www.jcrew. com.


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SUMMER SPECS Fashionable frames for a day in the Scottsdale sun

Gold aviators, $178 at Ray-Ban, www. Green squared, $69.50 at J.Crew, Blue round acetate, Krewe, $275 at Neiman Marcus, www. Purple cat-eye, Celine, $400 at Nordstrom, www. Black metal butterflies, Dior, $470 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. Beige translucent with butterflies, $12.99 at H&M, www.

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Rachell Hall’s



Creating wash and wear Beauty for over 30 years With Rachell Hall’s signature permanent make-up techniques, she creates classic eyebrows and eyeliner with custom colors blended just for you. A soft powdered backdrop of shading to create the illusion of perfect natural brows that are the envy of every woman. Whether you are challenged with short, sparse, or thinning eyebrows, Rachell Hall’s thirty years of expertise in make up artistry, custom color blending, art and science will be your perfect solution.

1. EYEBROWS Eyebrows frame the face like a beautiful frame brings a painted canvass to life. Make your eyebrows all they were meant to be. Because I custom blend my colors for each person even blonds can have permanent eyebrows that look soft and natural.

“Classic Beauty Nothing Trending. Remember that we can always add more.” —RACHELL HALL

Experience Rachell Hall’s expertise, NO pain, NO hassle, NO worries, just CLASSIC BEAUTY. As a thirty year expert in the field of permanent makeup, known as the master in the art of custom color blending, Rachell Hall now explains the reality, the myths and the magic of permanent makeup Imagine never having to touch up your makeup. Never having to worry about your eyeliner running after a dip in the pool or watching a tear-jerker on TV. Never sweating your eyebrows off at the gym. Looking your best even when you’ve just rolled out of bed. It isn’t a fantasy: it’s the reality that Rachell Hall brings to her clients every day. Renowned as the foremost expert in permanent makeup by an international

2. EYELINER With permanent eyeliner, you wake up with lovely eyes enhanced by your wash and wear eyeliner. It is easy to be ready to go at a moments notice.

3. WASH & WEAR BEAUTY Save time, save money, save make-up At the pool, in the shower, or enjoying the hot tub, with permanent makeup you are ready to go anywhere, any time of the day.

clientele, Hall’s artistry provides a naturally gorgeous look. Lash lines are lush, sexy, and subtly smoky. Brows are delicately arched to perfectly frame the eye. Lips are lusciously enhanced with a just-bitten blush. “My basic philosophy is classic beauty,” states Hall. “Nothing trendy: this is your go-to, doanything look.” Permanent cosmetics are the ideal solution for any woman who wants to look pretty and pulled together under every circumstance – without the hassle of applying and re-applying makeup. It can greatly simplify and take tons of time off of your daily routine. Hall’s specialty is custom-blending her

Contact Rachell Hall at 480.368.9239 8075 E. Morgan Trail, Suite 2 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (Off Hayden, between Mountain View and Shea)

own pigments to flatter any skin tone and eye color. She takes into account unique personalities and lifestyles, and works with clients to create an effortlessly beautiful look tailored just for them. Permanent makeup doesn’t run, smudge, or bleed into fine lines: it stays as fresh and polished as if it had just been applied. Again, Hall emphasizes natural beauty, nothing trendy. “I never want my clients to wake up Wednesday morning with their Saturday night makeup on,” she says. “Remember, you can always add more by using traditional cosmetics to enhance your daily look for evening and special occasions.”

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When I turned 60 I was tired of messing with make up everyday. It wasn’t as easy and fun to apply as it had been when I was younger. Terrified I approached Rachell Hall about permanent make up and she assured me there was nothing to be afraid of and boy was she right. I felt no pain, but I have sure enjoyed the GAIN. This was a great decision for me.


Rachell Hall is amazing. She did my final phase of Breasthetics (3-D nipple tattoo and areola restoration) after my double mastectomy. I love the way I look. I feel absolutely beautiful. So choosing to do the other procedures was a ‘no brainer’ once I experienced Rachell’s expertise.

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It actually took me 10 years to finally decide to have Rachell do my eyeliner and eyebrows. Why so long? I was “afraid” it was going to hurt. The best way I can describe the feeling was “a butterfly fluttering on my skin” in other words, NO PAIN! I am so happy I finally “took the plunge” as now I can swim and sun bathe with confidence, never having to worry about my eye makeup looking less than perfect. Fast forward to 2016. Two words no woman ever wants to hear: “Double Mastectomy”. However, I knew after breast surgery I would be able to have a beautiful outcome on my areola tattooing as this is yet another area where Rachell Hall excels! In short, whether you need eyeliner, brows, or nipple area tattooing, I speak from experience, you are in great hands with Rachell Hall.

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I am a very active, get things done, 76 year old woman who did not want to have to slow down just to put on my makeup. But, I do love to look attractive, so when Rachell Hall was recommended to me, I had my eyebrows and eyeliner done. I love my look and how easy it is to wake up and not have to worry. It also looks great when I apply my makeup for a special occasion.

CONTACT Rachell Hall at 480.368.9239 8075 E. Morgan Trail, Suite 2 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (Off Hayden, between Mountain View and Shea)


“Classic Beauty Nothing Trending. Remember that we can always add more.” —RACHELL HALL

Life in the Limo™ Rachell Hall Lifestyle Editor

UP UP & AWAY FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS For the last several months valley residents have been ecstatic over our exceptionally fabulous spring weather. Unlike many years, when we seem to only enjoy spring for one brief week, this year’s season was long and luxurious. One of my favorite new disciplines has been hiking Pinnacle Peak Park I have shared this newly favored mountain with out-of-town guests and new local hiking buddies. The wonderful thing about this particular hiking venue is it can be an easy climb up to the first summit or a two-mountain interval training course. Your choice. I have done both and the views are breathtaking, (get it), no matter what. This new discipline has also led to a new discovery. The splendor of our own Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North.. This new

spring ritual became a morning hike followed by breakfast at Proof Restaurant where you can view the beautiful mountain just conquered. The Sunday brunch has the best Lox ‘N Bagel in town, and an après hike mimosa is a fitting reward for your efforts. Also, try Chef Roxy’s seasonal hummus. The Spring’s beet hummus was fantastic. Now for a Summery snack try the citrus lemon. However, now that summer is officially here, the heat is climbing much more than I am so it’s time to talk Staycation! While people are considering gas prices, the road trips of summers past are not first on

Rachell Hall is an author/photographer/health and beauty expert/food and wine enthusiast and world class adventurer. If you, your service or resort would like to be featured in her column or Life in the Limo please email

the list … and with ongoing talk of the recent air travel hassles, many people just aren’t up for flying high.... So, while we don’t really experience four seasons in this part of Arizona, you can experience THE Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale right here, right now.

Staying at the resort is the ultimate way to enjoy Talavera Restaurant, more romantic views and fantastic dishes with a south of Spain focus. I tried both the Paella and the Lamb shank which made for the perfect Sevillian surf and turf. Enjoy after dinner drinks at the Onyx Bar before a starlit walk back to your casita.

Photo by: My So Called Reality

Photo by: My So Called Reality Check into one of their perfectly appointed casitas early in the day and immediately head for a poolside cabana. No matter where you stroll on this desert property you are constantly awed by the majestic mountain views. This is the perfect place for a couple of hot lazy summer days. Enjoy your Kindle reading list along with the poolside mango spritzers. So delicious and refreshing, I pleaded with the bar manager to teach me how to make this beverage at home and now you can too! FOUR SEASONS GUAVA SPRITZER In cocktail shaker combine: 5 to 7 Crushed Mint Leaves 1 oz. Guava Puree Or Guava Juice ½ oz. Lime Juice ½ oz. Agave Simple

The perfect day two is to take on the early morning mountain hike, even the short one-hour climb will make you feel like you have earned that luxury spa treatment that you have reserved. I suggest the Nopal massage which uses fresh Nopal cactus leaves and essential oils to hydrate, leaving your muscles relaxed and skin silky soft. At check in and poolside you are greeted with chilled Oshibori towels offered with tongs from a silver platter. Oshibori is a wet hand towel and these are delightfully scented with sage, a lovely touch of Four Season’s hospitality throughout the day. Just a mountain away felt like a million miles away, and I never left Scottsdale.

(Agave Simple Is Simply ½ Agave ½ Water)

1-½ oz. Vodka, or my choice Tequila Add Ice … Shake Well. Strain over a large glass of ice. Add a splash of soda or ginger ale. Then make a big splash poolside!

P.S. – Gas price for this adventure, $7.90.

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sun Summery styles in bold prints and colors BY GABBY LEIGHTON

DRESS: Multicolor geometric print, Isle + bar, $115. From Carine, www.


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DRESS: Multicolor leaf print, Isle + bar, $140. From Carine,

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TOP: Red zebra print halter, Isle + bar, $98. SKIRT: Red zebra print maxi, Isle + bar, $130. Both from Carine, www.


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JUMPSUIT: Multicolor striped, Isle + bar, $186. From Carine,


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DRESS: Floral lace, Isle + bar, $155. From Carine, www.

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DRESS: Multicolor tiered, Isle + bar, $130. From Carine,


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DRESS: Blue collared, Isle + bar, $155. From Carine,

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TOP: Multicolor sleeveless bow, Isle + bar, $105. PANTS: Multicolor cropped, Isle + bar, $120. Both from Carine, www.


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DRESS: Green maxi halter, Isle + bar, $180. From Carine,

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W H E E L S / WA N T / H AU T E P R O P E R T Y / P L A C E S


Got a green thumb? Add a little chic shine to your garden with the Sterling Silver Herb Markers from Tiffany & Co. Made from sterling silver and stainless steel, the set includes six markers: sage, parsley, thyme, rosemary, mint, and basil. Part of the iconic brand’s Everyday Objects line, which transforms utilitarian items into works of art, these markers – much like many other Tiffany & Co. items – can be personalized. $600 for the set of six.

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2022 LUCID AIR A remarkable new electric vehicle BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: 2022 Lucid Air Base Price: $87,400

A year ago, the name “Lucid Air” may have brought images of a 70s rock band rather than a luxurious new all-electric vehicle built in a sparkling contemporary factory here in Arizona. Lucid Motors is a multibillion-dollar startup with its sights set as a legitimate alternative to the mega successful Tesla. But the new Lucid Air – producing 800 horsepower – a crazy quick and super luxurious high-end sedan that mixes Mercedes’ elegance with tour de force advanced technology, makes Tesla seem so yesterday. With great fanfare, Tesla recently announced it broke the 400-mile range barrier, a landmark milestone for electric cars. The Air, powered by its 113-kilowatt-hour battery pack, annihilated those results with a neutral testing party, achieving a 517-mile range – the longest driving range of any electric vehicle on the market – on a single charge using simulated EPA testing. Air is also the fastest recharging EV, recouping 300 additional miles of range in 20 minutes using a 900-volt architecture compared to Porsche’s 800-volt and Tesla’s 400-volt setups. Lucid Air also scores with a 9.9-second standing quarter-mile time with the top trim Air


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Grand Touring Performance, packing a stunning 1,111-horsepower. Air also has a drag coefficient of just 0.21, making it, according to Lucid Motors, the “world’s most aero-efficient luxury car.” The Air will come in four trims: Air, Air Touring, Air Grand Touring and Air Dream Edition, with prices ranging from $87,400 for Air Pure to $179,900 for the top trim Air Grand Touring Performance. Powering the base Air sedan is a single electric motor that drives the rear wheels. All other Air vehicles use dual electric motors with all-wheel drive and a set of different horsepower ratings. Lucid Air is a gorgeous luxury car with a cossetting interior, opulent materials and state-ofthe-art technology outdistancing all competitors in the luxury sedan class. The ride is smooth with ample room for five. There’s even optional Executive Rear Seating with a recline function. After a brief test drive, Lucid’s remarkable first effort and intentions made it clear the brand will play a huge role in the future of luxury cars. Lucid has 21 retail sales locations in shopping malls, including one at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall.

Price as Tested: $154,000 Engine: Single or dual electric motors Horsepower: Up to 1,111-HP Fuel Economy: 130/132/131 MPGe city/highway/combined Seating: 5 Fab features: Unprecedented EPA range up to 516 miles 3-year free Ultra-Fast recharging Opulent interior 2022 Motor Trend Car of the Year


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Find sand and surf at The Cliffs Hotel & Spa in Pismo Beach, California


The Cliffs Hotel & Spa in Pismo Beach, California, is mere steps from the beach and overlooks San Luis Obispo Bay, making it an ideal getaway for travelers searching for a seaside escape in California’s central coast. All of the 162 rooms at The Cliffs offer contemporary, coastal interior design. Most feature either private balconies or patios. When it comes to top lodging, the 750-square-foot Sunset Suite on the second floor includes a wraparound balcony with ocean views, a plush king bed topped with Mascioni Italian cotton linens, a rain shower and a deep-soaking tub. Those interested in even more luxurious lodging should head to the hotel any time after October 2022 when the hotel debuts the adults-only Serena Collection, located on the fifth floor. All of the private, tranquil rooms ($229-$609 per night) will feature plush king beds and upgrades to the fireplaces, flooring, lighting, bedding, window treatments and wallpaper. Property-wide amenities abound. One outstanding hotel water feature is the raised pool, which is surrounded by a flowing moat that gives guests the


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opportunity to relax in the water as they gaze at the deep blue sea. Another highlight is the on-site DiaFeliz Spa, offering a plethora of treatments including massages, facials, waxes, and nail services. The signature Cliffs Therapeutic massage incorporates massage oil, essential oils and heated herbal packs to soothe tired muscles. Pre or post-treatment, spagoers can spend time in the spa’s dry sauna, Jacuzzi or relax in the oceanfront pool. After treatment, consider booking a warm coconut milk foot soak, which comes with a complimentary glass of Champagne. The Cliff’s Marisol restaurant serves California coastal fare for brunch and dinner daily. Take in ocean views while feasting on hearty entrees like surf & turf, shrimp risotto, fish tacos and chef’s choice filet mignon. Finish the meal with a peach raspberry creme brulee, a vanilla bean creme brulee topped with raspberry coulis or brandy-poached peaches. Guests can pair their seafood-centric cuisine with beer, wine and cocktails. One noteworthy craft cocktail is the pomegranate lemon fizz, a refreshing concoction of krobar kaffir lime vodka, pomegranate and lemon juices, simple syrup, and sparkling water. When not relaxing at the hotel, Pismo Beach offers a variety of attractions. The hotel is located above the Shell Beach area, which is home to nine secluded beaches tucked below the cliffs. For a lively atmosphere, visitors can enjoy fishing, surfing, sunbathing and even clam digging at Pismo Pier Beach. In nearby Avila Beach, find hand-crafted wines at the Alapay Cellars Tasting Room. Maidenstoen Wine – known for its Rieslings – and Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards are also a short drive from The Cliffs. The hotel is also located by Avila Beach Golf Resort and within a short drive to top courses like the Hunter Ranch Golf Course. Learn more at www.cliffshotelandspa. com.



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Behind the highly exclusive and coveted gates of Silverleaf lies this exquisite estate. The 8,871-square-foot home is located in the Summit of Silverleaf’s Upper Canyon. A mix of modern and European architecture exudes elegance and luxury from the first glance. Inside, the two-story space, which houses six bedrooms and 7 1/2 bathrooms, is a true designer showcase, offering sleek design details, hand-picked finishes, and boundless mountain and city views. Upon entering, to the right of the front door is an intimate formal dining room complete with temperature-controlled wine storage and a fireplace. The formal living room is an entertainers paradise, with an imported marble statement fireplace and wet bar. The kitchen would make any chef proud, with plenty of storage, high-end appliances and waterfall double islands. The kitchen opens up to an informal living and dining space, all showcasing breathtaking views. The living room is anchored by a fireplace and also features a contemporary light fixture and wood ceiling beams. The primary bedroom showcases a beamed ceiling, a marble fireplace and a marble en suite. The bathroom leads way to beautiful custom closets, each equipped with ample hanging space as well as an island of drawers. Views can be seen through one of the many custom Nana doors, which are found in nearly every room of the home. Step outside onto the patio for even more beauty. Beyond the view, outdoor highlights include a covered living space complete with a fireplace, a built-in barbecue, and multiple dining areas. There’s also a negative edge pool and a hot tub. Additional highlights include a six-car garage, two laundry rooms, and an elevator. 11290 E. Whistling Wind Way, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255. Listed for $13,750,000 with Laura Briggs of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty; 480.550.1208 or laura.briggs@russlyon. com.



Central California’s Lodi beckons with boutique wineries, recreation and bucolic scenery


Located 40 minutes from Sacramento, Lodi (pronounced “lowdye”) is considered to be the Zinfandel capital of the world. The city’s Mediterranean climate and soil make it an ideal place for wine grape growing, with more than 85 wineries in town. Besides the stellar wineries – many of which are run by families who’ve lived in the area for decades – Lodi also offers sunshine, recreation and rich agricultural heritage.

Sip Stops Walk up a small hill to find the rolling hills of the vineyards at Bokisch Vineyards. In addition to the gorgeous view, Bokisch is renowned for its Spanish varietals. After moving to Spain in 1992, owners Markus and Liz Bokisch fell in love with the country’s food and wine, hoping to bring their experience back to California. Today, the winery produces seven Spanish varietals, including garnacha blanca, verdejo, garnacha, and monastrell. Housed inside a yellow building, Acquiesce Winery is known for its award-winning white wines. Tastings here include curated food pairings. Inside the barn-like tasting room of Lucas Winery, try a handful of craft wines. One highlight is the ZinStar, made from the organically farmed ZinStar vineyard that was planted in 1933. After seeing the beautiful vines on the property, guests are encouraged to head inside to the barrel room and finish up their tour with Lucas’ dessert wine and some dark chocolate. Cypress trees line the driveway on the way to Mettler Family Vineyards, run by a family who has been farming wine grapes since the late 1800s. Rosemary stalks lead visitors to vines that are farmed organically and sustainably, just a few steps from Mettler Family Vineyards’ modern tasting room. All the wines are estate-grown including the albarino, old vine zinfandel and rosé. Pull up on the property to see a wood tasting room with a red roof at Oak Farm Vineyards. Nearby is the owners’ home that’s surrounded by vines. The interior of the tasting room features soaring ceilings, wood and stone on the walls and a solid gray concrete counter where guests can enjoy tastings like albarino, rosé, barbera and four different zinfandels. Michael David Winery’s restaurant serves hearty fare and delicious, can’t-miss pies. The wines here fruit-forward and highlights include the Freakshow labels in varietals like cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and zinfandel. Be sure to stroll the grounds of this lively spot, which features a fountain, lush landscaping and even a chicken coop. Steve and Lori Felten are fifth-generation grape growers who run Klinker Brick Winery. Taste the flavors of history in the brand’s flagship Old Vine Zinfandel, which is made from vineyards that are up to 120 years old.


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Beyond Wine Downtown Lodi is home to plenty of restaurants and shops. Find handmade goods made by local artists at Local Collective. Head to Cheese Central to sample 80 to 100 types of cheeses in addition to olive oil, craft beers and sparkling wines. For heartier fare, try Lodi Beer Company which offers salads, fish tacos and other larger entrees alongside a long list of craft beers including Raspberry Hefeweizen. Don’t miss seeing downtown’s signature white arch and venture a little outside of the downtown area to Lodi Lake. Visitors and locals alike enjoy plenty of water recreation, including kayaking, paddle boarding and boating. Learn more about the history of Lodi at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum, located in the Micke Grove Regional Park. Outside, see a variety of old vines and farming equipment, some of which were developed in Lodi. Inside, learn more about the area’s agriculture history and the first farmer in the area, Charles Weber. For a moment of calm, head to the park’s Japanese Garden, which features koi fish, flowing water, cherry trees, and a traditional Japanese tea house.

Where to Stay Wine & Roses features 66 rooms and suites, and no two rooms are alike. Most feature plush king beds, spacious bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and balconies or patios. Guests are invited to stroll the landscaped grounds, see hydrangeas in bloom and spend time in the scenic courtyard. The Towne Corner Café and Market is a quaint shop to grab coffee, pastries or breakfast sandwiches and peruse local goods and books. The Town House Restaurant and Lounge serves lunch and dinner. Menus shift seasonally, and diners can look forward to plates like risotto, local salmon and house baked brioche, along with a wine list featuring over 70 Lodi varietals. The hotel’s spa is intended to bring guests closer to nature. Before or after treatments, relax outside on lounge seating or in two different Jacuzzis while listening to a water feature babble and birds chirp. The spa offers massage and body treatments, facials and couples treatments. About 10 minutes from downtown, The Bordeaux Lodi Inn is a bed and breakfast in a 111-year-old home. Inside, find a spacious lobby, a sitting area and a kitchen where breakfast is served every morning. The inn also features three rooms that are individually decorated. Co-owner and chef Rebecca Forrest makes breakfast and teaches Italian cooking classes where participants can learn how to make pizza and pastas from scratch. Afterward, attendees can enjoy their delicious creations with a glass of local wine on the patio. Learn more at So Scottsdale! July ‘22





Embrace the flavors of summer with a refreshing fruity cocktail

From tropical sensations to deep berry temptations, the heat of summer brings about plenty of opportunity to cool down with a fresh fruit cocktail. Here are a few of our favorite colorful creations.

Italian Passion Marcellino Ristorante Perfect for a hot summer day, The Italian Passion is a light, simple summer refresher showcasing tropical and citrus flavors. Here, passion fruit puree, Patron Rocca Silver, fresh lime juice and local honey are shaken with ice and strained into a martini glass. $16.

Peach Paradise Cala Scottsdale Prepare to feel instantly refreshed. Grey Goose vodka is infused on-site with white peach and rosemary. The cocktail pairs the light flavors of stone fruit with the bright citrus of lemon. Gin and rosemary add a spice and an herbal undertone for the perfect balance. $18.

Yes Way Rose Sangria OEB Breakfast Co. Say yes to the best brunch ever with this creative spin on a triedand-true classic. Grapefruit juice and prosecco create a bubbly base. Paired with club soda, rosé wine, simple syrup and fresh strawberries, it’s sure to become a girl’s day go-to. $11.

Dole Whipped Lylo Swim Club at Rise Uptown Hotel Those searching for a little bit of summer nostalgia and a whole lot of fun should look no further than this drink. El Dorado 5-year and Dark Hamilton demerara rums run wild over a pineapple-flavored, soft-serve for a balanced taste. $16.

Cucumber Stiletto STK Scottsdale Cool as a cucumber never looked – or tasted – so good. Grey Goose Le Citron vodka and St Germain liqueur create a gorgeous foundation. Muddled cucumber and mint are added for a light and refreshing flavor. $21. Blackberry Sour ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho The Old Town Scottsdale hotel restaurant’s signature drink is both bold and elegant. The libation begins with Woodford Reserve Bourbon and blackberry liqueur, which are elevated with lemon juice, blackberry syrup, egg whites, and black walnut bitters. $16.


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Mango Tango The Montauk With jalapeno-infused Bacardi at its base, this cocktail gets its tango from a fruit-blended syrup incorporating the flavors of Alphonso mangoes and cane sugar. It’s mixed with freshly squeezed lime juice and a Tajin rim to taste. $13. Blueberry Smash 32 Shea Happy hour is any hour with this refreshing and simple crowdpleaser. Fresh blueberries are muddled with sweet and sour and vodka, creating a perfect summer patio sipper. $8 during happy hour.




At Obon, chef Paulo Im integrates his Korean heritage and life experiences with skilled Japanese technique to craft a uniquely delicious menu. One crowd-pleasing favorite is the colorful Tataki Maki ($15). It starts with a shrimp tempura roll, which is a delicious combination of delicately battered shrimp, fresh cucumber and spicy crab salad. The roll is topped with flash-seared tuna and creamy avocado. A dollop of zesty chimichurri – inspired by Im’s time in Brazil – follows, cleverly accented with Japanese shiso and rice vinegar. Finally, the roll is adorned with slices of ginger-marinated cherry tomato and a sprinkle of basil microgreens. Obon Sushi + Bar + Ramen, 15037 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 602.661.3244;

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Escape to the tropics with the Hawaii 5-0 at Hula’s Modern Tiki


As temperatures soar, colorful rum cocktails in a tropical oasis are a perfect cool-down. And if you can’t hop on a plane, a visit to Hula’s Modern Tiki might just be the next best thing. All three locations are designed to transport guests to an island paradise. “It’s an escape to a tropical realm from all the worries of the outside world,” says owner Dana Mule. “We have great food, strong, tasty drinks and amazing customer service.” Settle in for dishes like Island-style poke and luau pork, along with Tiki classics such as zombies and mai tais. “I think we’ve sold almost 500,000 [mai tais] since we opened in 2009,” Mule says. With its ombre of sunset hues, diners are in for a tropical treat with the Hawaii 5-0. Like many of the world’s delicious Tiki drinks, it starts with the Caribbean spirit staple: rum. Forming the foundation is a split base of Bacardi Superior light rum, sweetened with molasses, and Cruzan 9, named for its warm spices including vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, mace, allspice, pepper, and juniper berry. Fruit juices are also key to the recipe. Pineapple, passion fruit and fresh orange juices are used to enhance the combination of rums. To balance this refresher, a splash of cranberry juice is also added to cut the sweetness with its rich tang. “Imagine all your worries left on the mainland,” Mule says. “You’re on a tropical beach with the sound of the waves and the scent of coconut tanning lotion. That’s what drinking a Hawaii 5-0 will invoke.“ Hula’s Modern Tiki, 7213 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale;; 480.970.4852.


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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Morgan Malzahn of Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows


Morgan Malzahn is the executive pastry chef of Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, where she whips up desserts for the property’s events and shares her sweet treats at Weft & Warp, the resort’s signature restaurant.

What is the best part about being a pastry chef? I love making people happy with food; it’s my love language, I guess you could say. There is nothing better than bringing back a childhood memory with a treat or making someone’s day better with a box of goodies. It warms my heart. What ingredients do you like to work with? Ingredients that are local to Arizona, like rosemary, juniper berries, citrus and pinons. It gives my desserts a sense of place, and it’s always fun to learn new indigenous ingredients that I would never have thought to use before moving out here from Michigan. What is your favorite thing about working at Andaz? I love that Andaz means “personal style” in Hindi. They embrace my quirkiness and encourage my funky desserts and I can really let my imagination run wild. What are some of your signature desserts at Weft & Warp? I make daily cakes, called a Slice of Paradise. I find inspiration from my boys, who are ages 8 and 9, and just have fun with cakes like Creamsicle, S’mores and Cookies & Cream. We end up selling out daily, even sometimes going through two cakes a night. I also like to take savory classics and turn them to the sweet side, like It’s A-Maize-Ing, a play on street corn with sweet corn panna cotta, tajin caramel corn, queso fresco lime cremeux, cilantro-lime sugar, and salted caramel sauce. If you weren’t a pastry chef, what would you be doing? I would have loved to be an architect. Now I get to design cakes, desserts, and gingerbread houses! I guess I just love being creative in whatever it is I do. Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, 6114 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.368.1234;

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COOL CRAVINGS Frozen sweet treats for summer


The Birkin Bar

Luxe Bar Arizona Lucky for you, there’s no waitlist for this Birkin. The trendy Old Town Scottsdale ice cream bar shop offers a delish lineup of luxury novelties, including its signature Birkin Bar. Popular with the likes of both foodies and fashionistas, this exquisite hand-dipped frozen treat is covered in a scrumptious chocolaty shell and is embellished with just the right amount of crushed pretzels, caramel drizzle and sea salt flakes. $9.

Swirl Vegan Soft Serve

BEG Bakery New kid on the block BEG Bakery is making fast friends with Scottsdale’s vegan community. The plant-based bakery-meets-creamery is whipping up an incredible selection of vegan treats of the baked and frozen varieties that are crafted without standard baking ingredients like dairy butter, eggs, or gluten – think muffins, frosted cupcakes, crispy brownies, chewy cookies, gooey cinnamon rolls, and oh-so smooth ice cream. A tried-and-true combination of chocolate and vanilla come together to make BEG’s signature swirl vegan soft serve. Sugar fiends can take their soft serve ice cream, served in a cone or a cup, to the next level with mix-ins and drizzles that range from rainbow sprinkles and gummy bears to mango, strawberry, peach, chocolate, and caramel sauces. $5.69-$7.25.

Pecan Turtle Sundae

This time of year, Scottsdale’s hot, hot summer forecast calls for three things: a daily SPF regime, a pair of take-everywhere sunglasses, and some seriously chilled treats, because on a warm day, there’s nothing better than a frozen treat. And these Scottsdale confectionaries are cranking up the cool factor. From handcrafted vegan soft serve and artisan gelatos to chocolate-draped ice cream bars and craveworthy frozen creations, these sweet treats will keep you cool, all season long.


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Sweet Republic What’s salty, sweet, and drizzled in hot fudge? It’s no riddle, it’s the Pecan Turtle Sundae at Sweet Republic. Truly a treat for the taste buds, this divine dessert is stacked with two heaping scoops of Sweet Republic’s unparalleled housemade salted caramel swirl ice cream, sprinkled with sweet and salty Arizona pecans, dressed up with hot fudge and gooey caramel sauce, and topped with a tasty, lighter than air dollop of sweet whipped cream. $8.25. www.

Spectacular Banana Bowl

Sugar Bowl Scottsdale’s iconic bubblegum pink Sugar Bowl has long been satisfying sweet tooths since its debut in 1958. Today, not much has changed. The time-tested staple churns out old-fashioned ice cream, shakes and malts, a selection of soda fountain-style bites, and an impressive lineup of banana splits. The Spectacular Banana Bowl, just one of the five unique banana split options offered, features a trilogy of ice cream flavors including classic vanilla, Dutch chocolate, and rich cookies ‘n cream. It’s topped with

Oreo cookies to make the ice cream shop’s signature handheld noshable. And it’s all made fresh daily, just like the Midwestern original. $3.25.

Fatty Daddy’s Cookie Cup

Fatty Daddy’s Ice Cream Craving ice cream, a macaroon and marshmallow? At Fatty Daddy’s, diners don’t have to settle for just one dessert. The southeast Scottsdale gourmet ice cream shop’s bestselling Cookie Cup is a stacked culinary creation built on a single scoop of seasonal handcrafted gelato, nondairy sorbet or custard-style ice cream that’s capped with an oversized macaroon and an impressively large toasted marshmallow square. Andy Warhol said it best: one’s company, two’s a crowd, and three’s a party. And this cool dessert can no doubt get the party started. $10.25.

The Luna 1969

strawberries, marshmallow sauce, and traditional chocolate syrup. It is finished with Spanish peanuts, cherry, and sliced banana. $10.50. www.

Luna Gelateria One small step for man, one giant leap for gelato. The North Scottsdale-based dessert shop, from the same owners of award-winning Italian restaurant Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana, specializes in churned artisan gelatos made with fresh, Italian-inspired ingredients. Its signature dessert, The Luna 1969, fuses a smooth, earthy, and slightly sweet pistachio and heavenly chocolate together. The result is an undeniable flavor combo that’s truly out of this world. $10.95.


Shakes & Cones The base of this 12-ounce sweet treat is made with organic vanilla soft serve, which the Old Town Scottsdale ice cream stand is known for. It’s blended with banana (B), caramel (C) and graham cracker crumbs (G), resulting in a mostly smooth finish dotted with a pop of texture from the crumbs. The shake is topped with organic whipped cream and even more graham cracker crumbs. $7.25.

Chip Monster

Get Unbaked Cookie lovers will enjoy this perfect union of edible cookie dough and whimsical blue Cookie Monster ice cream. Served blended, the vivid, blue-hued stunner is complete with a drippy chocolate sauce, topped with spoonable whipped cream, and a sprinkle of crunchy chocolate cookie crumbles for added texture. $8.95.

Handel’s Ice Cream Sandwich

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream The Ohio-born ice cream parlor recently debuted a location in North Scottsdale where ice cream fans can enjoy cold treats, including delicious ice cream sandwiches. A trio of homemade ice cream flavors, guest’s choice of mint chocolate chip, chocolate, or vanilla, are generously sandwiched between two giant

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The high-end Chicago steakhouse opened a Scottsdale location in 2019, offering a modern take on the traditional steakhouse with sleek furnishings and a fun atmosphere. The menu includes caviar, a fireroasted seafood tower and housemade pasta. Steak offerings range from filet mignon and surf and turf to wagyu. Bonus: Don’t miss the restaurant’s decadent brunch, available Saturday and Sunday. At Scottsdale Waterfront: 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.400.8888;; $$$$



BLUE CLOVER DISTILLERY This microdistillery in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale creates handcrafted, small-batch liquors influenced by the owners’ Danish heritage. The restaurant offers craft cocktails that pair with a globally inspired gastropub menu. Notable dishes include chorizo poutine, the green chile cheeseburger, pork shank “wings” and Yucatan jerk chicken. If looking for a cocktail, try the Scottsdale Sunset featuring Blue Clover Grapefruit Vodka. 7042 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale; 480.946.1062; www.; $$ PHX BEER CO. This scenic brewery and restaurant is located in McCormick Ranch, with a beautiful patio along Marguerite Lake. The menu offers several items made with PHX Beer Co.’s brews, including ale house wings, beer-battered cod and chips, and a porter brownie, as well as its signature black iron pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and soups. The patio is pup-friendly and “hoppy” hour, with specials on beer, cocktails, wine and bites, takes place weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m. 8300 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.571.8645;; $$ STATE 48 LAGER HOUSE State 48 started in Surprise and has since expanded to six Valley locations, including Scottsdale, where it brews its lagers on-site. The two-story restaurant has a spacious patio with beautiful views and a menu with shareables as well as bestselling mains like beerbattered fish and chips; and the State 48 burger topped with aged cheddar, beer-battered pickles and IPA-sriracha glazed bacon. 15600 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.659.0048;; $-$$


BERDENA’S Berdena’s is a petite specialty coffee shop in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale that that serves organic and locally sourced food and drinks. Don’t miss unique lattes such as the honey lavender and cardamom rose variations. Breakfast items include an award-winning avocado toast, a breakfast sandwich and a variety of housemade pastries. Closed Sunday. 7051 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.256.1403;; $-$$ CRAVE GROUNDS Crave Grounds is a locally-owned coffee shop that serves hot and fresh mini donuts alongside locally sourced tea and a proprietary four-bean coffee blend from a full espresso bar.


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Whether in the mood for a dirty chai latte, an Americano, iced or hot lattes, a blended coffee, custom brewed tea, or smoothies – Crave Grounds has them all, served in welcoming neighborhood coffee shop setting. The piping hot mini donuts are made to order in varieties with sweet toppings like fruit or cereal, saltier flavors like toffee coffee, traditional favorites, and Arizona themes like Flagstaff (think maple, granola, and chocolate drizzle). 10105 E. Via Linda Road, Scottsdale;; $ ECHO COFFEE Echo Coffee is a micro-coffee roaster and coffee shop in a friendly setting perfect for meetups, working or relaxing. Along with traditional coffee and espresso drinks, Echo Coffee’s food menu consists of fresh, healthy options like a hummus plate and yogurt parfait as well as a large variety of homemade delicious pastries. Free Wi-Fi is available for those who may want to linger, connect to the internet, and snack on a sweet treat or two. 2902 N. 68th St., Scottsdale; 480.422.4081; www.; $-$$ PRESS COFFEE ROASTERS With the addition of an impressive two-story roastery in Phoenix in 2019 and several Valley locations, Press has been attracting even more fans with its delicious brews and skilled baristas. Press sources its coffee from farmers around the world, then roasts locally in small batches to ensure the highest quality and consistency. In addition to freshly brewed coffee, Press has baked goods, breakfast items and sandwiches. Four Scottsdale locations: North Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale Waterfront and Scottsdale Quarter;; $-$$ THE STIR COFFEE BAR Opened in early 2020 on High Street at City North, the Stir specializes in coffee, cocktails and conversation. No matter how you like your coffee – espresso, cold brew, blended, macchiato, and more – you’ll find it here. The menu also includes coffee cocktails in both alcoholic and nonalcoholic varieties, Italian sodas, breakfast items, sandwiches, shareable plates and desserts including an adult sundae and boozy shakes. At High Street: 5415 E. High St., Phoenix; 480.420.3223;; $$


BRAT HAUS Brat Haus is Scottsdale’s premier beer garden and is widely known for its housemade bratwursts and craft

beer selection. Guests can order a la carte or take on a flight of gourmet brats and beer if they want to sample a little of everything. Don’t pass up on the soft pretzel and warm beer cheese fondue or the thick-cut Belgian fries. Inside or on the dog-friendly openair patio, enjoy from-scratch cuisine inspired by European food craftsman. Prost! Closed Monday and Tuesday. 3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.4006;; $$ LE SANS SOUCI Le Sans Souci serves outstanding French cuisine in Cave Creek. Guests can choose a coursed dinner with soup, salad, a main course and dessert. Familiar French fare like trout meuniere and coq au vin are a few of the guest favorites. Happy hour Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. Closed Monday. 7030 E. Bella Vista Drive, Cave Creek; 480.488.2856;; $$$ SOPHIE’S CAFÉ Enjoy a little piece of France at this quaint Parisian-style creperie. French owners opened their bistro to share the traditional flavors of their home country. The menu offers more than two dozen types of savory and sweet crepes. For a sweet citrus tang, the Grand Marnier crepe uses homemade orange syrup, sugar, and a hint of the namesake liqueur. The Forestiere crepe is a standout with ham, melted Swiss cheese, mushrooms and creamy bechamel sauce that is a filling and savory option. Additionally, there is wide selection of quiches, sandwiches, salads and omelets. For a more European vibe, sip on a glass of wine while dining, too. The Shops at Gainey Village, 8787 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.443.2575;; $$


ALBERTO In this little corner of Cave Creek, you can find owner Alberto in his cozy namesake restaurant serving his guests and sharing his passion for Italian cooking. From veal chops to linguine with clams to chicken parmigiana, Alberto Ristorante is a classic Italian bistro. The pizzas and calzones are also cooked in a wood-fired oven. Don’t skip out on a slice of tiramisu for dessert. Closed Sunday and Monday. 7171 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 480.488.5800; www.; $$ CASELLA’S ITALIAN DELICATESSEN For the past 40 years, Casella’s is a family-owned and -operated Italian sub

shop that served South Philadelphiastyle cheesesteaks and hoagies that won’t break the bank. Some fan favorites include their version of a Philly cheesesteak and a Philly-style chicken salad made in-house like all of their other side dishes. Also try the pizza hoagie, a toasted, open-faced sandwich with layers of marinara, cheese and slices of cured meats. Closed Sunday. Cash only. 5905 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale; 480.991.0770; $ CIAO GRAZIE With a stylish yet casual atmosphere and a comfortable dining room, Ciao Grazie has all the essentials of a neighborhood pizzeria and wine bar. Enjoy traditional Italian dishes like stuffed manicotti and lasagna alongside any of the wood-fired brick oven pizzas. A variety of Italian wines are offered to complement your meal. Don’t skip out on the chocolate calzone for dessert. Happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. 18835 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.685.3884;; $$ ETTA From the creators of the award-winning Maple & Ash steakhouse comes Etta. The restaurant centers its menu around the wood-fired hearth, serving a frequently updated menu of wood-fired pizzas, housemade pastas, and seasonal farm-fresh salads, as well as chicken, beef, and seafood dishes prepared in the brick oven. Pizzas come in varieties like wild mushroom; ramp and asparagus; and the fire pie made with sausage, giardiniera and chili de arbol. The Pastas are sophisticated, yet familiar in flavor, such as the cacio e pepe. Etta also serves family-style shared “picnics” aka large protein servings with sides for the whole table. Brunch is served on the weekends and happy hour daily from 3 to 5 p.m. At Scottsdale Quarter: 15301 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.939.4444; www.ettarestaurant. com; $$-$$$$


AHIPOKE BOWL Ahipoki Bowl is a fusion between Hawaiian cuisine and a Californian coastal kitchen concept. Guests can customize their bowls with fresh seafood and select from an assortment of toppings including avocado, edamame, seaweed and several sauces. For the carb-conscious, choose organic salad as a base for your bowl instead of rice. Two Scottsdale locations;; $$ CHART HOUSE With beautiful mountain and lake views, Chart House offers seafood

staples like clam chowder, lobster bisque and crab cakes, as well as steaks and seasonal dishes. Classic dishes include macadamia nut mahi, coconut shrimp, herb-crusted prime rib, and the irresistible hot chocolate lava cake with Godiva liqueur. Happy hour Sunday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. 7255 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.951.2550; www.; $$$-$$$$ OCEAN PRIME From renowned restauranteur Cameron Mitchell, Ocean Prime is an award-winning restaurant and lounge that specializes in exquisite seafood, steaks and exceptional service with many locations across the U.S. Menu favorites include the Chilean sea bass with champagne truffle sauce, the filet mignon and the delicious sea scallops with parmesan risotto. 5455 E. High St., Phoenix; 480.347.1313; www.; $$$ OCEAN TRAIL Located in Talking Stick Resort, this small New Orleans-themed seafood bar is popular for its Creole-inspired menu. Offerings include chilled seafood, pan roasts with diner’s choice of seafood in a lobster-citrus broth, Louisiana gumbo, and crawfish étouffée. Guests can customize their spice level as everything is freshly prepared to order in the open cooking station. Happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale; 480.850.7777; www.; $$-$$$ ROCKEFELLER 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 standout 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 takes place daily from 4 to 6 p.m. Closed Monday. 8260 N. Hayden Road; 480.687.3757;; $$-$$$$


BOURBON STEAK Bourbon Steak is a sophisticated steakhouse by award-winning chef Michael Mina. Guests can indulge in fine cuts of beef and poultry slowpoached in butter along with modern American sides like black truffle macaroni and cheese. The tuna tartare with ancho chile, Asian pear, a quail egg

and pine nuts is an exquisite appetizer. Beef connoisseurs may be particularly interested in the selection of both Japanese and American wagyu beef. Call on the in-house sommelier to find the best wine to pair with dinner. At Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale; 480.629.4922;; $$$-$$$$ BUFFALO CHIP SALOON & STEAKHOUSE Since 1951, Buffalo Chip Saloon has grown to become an Arizona icon and destination for a Wild West event and dining experience. At the saloon, guests can learn how to line dance, watch live bull riding on Wednesday and Friday nights, or bring the entire family in for the all-youcan-eat fish fry. The menu consists of classic barbecued meats, including steak, brisket, spare ribs, sausage, and chicken; and traditional sides like macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, beans, collard greens and more. 6823 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 480.488.9118;; $$ NELLIE CASHMAN’S At Nellie Cashman’s, guests are treated to a taste of Arizona and the Southwest. Highlights of the dinner menu include the Arizona Prime options, which are USDA-graded prime cuts of beef from select ranches throughout Arizona, including tenderloin, New York strip, rib-eye and flat iron. Pair your meal with a handcrafted cocktail using fine Arizona spirits. Sunday bottomless brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with house-cured smoked salmon, crab legs and omelets made-to-order. At The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa: 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.624.1202;; $$ ROARING FORK This Texas-based chain is known for wood-fired cooking and bold American dishes with an infusion of Southwest flavors. Select meats are prepared by either wood-fired rotisserie, an open-flame grill, or wood oven roasting. The rotisserie chicken flatbread – layered with rotisserie chicken, basil pesto, roasted chilis and pepper jack cheese – is a flavorful teaser to start the meal. The sugarcured duck breast with onion jam is a popular entree, while guest favorite sides range from the green chili mac and cheese to Mexican street corn. Happy hour daily in the bar from 4 to 6 p.m. 4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.0795;; $$-$$$

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Guests gathered at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa’s Sunset Lawn for a social hour followed by dinner and a program. The gala benefitted the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

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Dan Fischer and Michele Wilson

Danielle Matty and Stacy Hilgendorf

Alex and Braydon Dennis

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Hannah and Joe Medina

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Mark Hurley and Stephanie Riel

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The James Bond-style casino night benefitted the Scottsdale 20/30 Club and the children’s charities supported by organization. The event was held at the Camelot Homes Bronco location.

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Alex Lehman and Molly Cook

Jeremy Klein and Ashley Orr

Julia Velimorovic and Daniela Valdez

Tatum Stamper and Elliot Stratton

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Attendees gathered at Dominick’s Steakhouse for a night of entertainment and fine dining. The dinner raised money for The Larry Fitzgerald Foundation, which promotes reading proficiency and technology access for children as well as supports efforts to prevent and cure breast cancer.

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Jennifer Moser and J.J. Putz

Michael Bidwell and Larry Fitzgerald

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Chelsea and Scott Hibler

Max and Alexa Wear

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Fred Grise

Loren and Holland Cohen


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Attendees donned resortwear at this Tulum-themed event, which was hosted by Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The Arizona Biltmore set the stage for cocktails, food and a live acoustic performance by country star Chase Rice.


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Guests gathered at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia to celebrate 50 years of Arizona Opera. The event started with a cocktail reception and games, and concluded with an outdoor seated dinner, awards and live entertainment.

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Miranda Lumer and Allyson Califano

Sean Mullan and Susan Echeveria

Mitzi Carr and Courtney Clark

Tom and Ginger Collier

Terrence Chin-Loy and Mack Wolz

Scott Arno and Katie Beck

Joke Verheuvel and Jackie Myers

Oscar De las Salas and Gary Jackson

Jean Cooper and Kristin Atwell Ford


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Ballet Arizona’s annual gala raised $450,000 for the ballet company’s performances, education and community programs. The event was held at the Heard Museum.

Gabriel Wright and Isabella Seo


Amanda Vaughan and Natalie Salvione

Joan and Joe McDonnell

Mia and Kenneth Kann

Eastlyn Jensen and Kate Loxtercamp

Barbara and Joe Guglielmi

Joe Melamed and Sophia Bousson

Emily and Justin Henry

Katerina Anais and Lizzy Shapiro

Ana Gabriela and Camila Ibarra

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ROCKIN’ RESTAURANT Sid’s Garage rolls open its doors at Desert Ridge


When you think about Idaho, the first image that pops up is likely of potatoes. Thanks to the recent opening of Sid’s Garage, a popular restaurant based in the Gem State specializing in half-pound burgers, boozy shakes and craft beers, potatoes may soon have a run for their money. The 3,269-square-foot, two-story space, located in The District at Desert Ridge Marketplace, is equal parts dining and gaming with a steampunk-style, high-energy aesthetic, oversized shaded patio, private dining spaces for rent, and live music several days a week. There are hanging steel keg-like structures from the ceiling along with industrial light fixtures and exposed brick on the walls. Team members amp up the vibe by wearing what feels like glam-rock costumes, some complete with wigs. There is a modern bar that serves as the centerpiece of the space and popular games like Pop-a-Shot, Skee-Ball and Pac-Mac lining the interior with images of Prince, Tom Petty and other rock gods hung above them. Each of the half-pound burgers on the menu is made from a proprietary combination of Wagyu and Black Angus


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beef sourced from Snake River Farms and Double R Ranch but may be subbed for a plant-based patty on request. There are at least 10 burger options on the menu, each piled high with a wild assortment of ingredients. Notable current offerings include: El Jefe, with elote-style corn, mezcal-infused crema, chicharrons, cotija cheese, lime, and cilantro ($12.50); PBB & J, topped with peanut butter, raspberry-cayenne jam, candied bacon, cheddar and lettuce ($12.50); and 2-0-8, which features Granny Smith apples, brie, fig jam, balsamic glaze and spring mix ($13). Nashville hot chicken, grilled salmon and multiple hot dog entrees are also available. In addition to the main offerings, there is also a “nosh menu” featuring starters, sides and shareables for the tables including Bavarian pretzel bites with beer cheese fondue ($9); tempura green beans with basil-siracha aioli ($9); and Bacon & Eggs, which is four pieces of candied bacon suspended on a mini metal clothesline above two flash-fried deviled eggs ($16). The cocktail menu boasts homemade bloody marys, seasonal ciders, and an assortment of standard and rotating craft beers. However, the stars of the liquid show are the milkshakes, which are each available for $12 with the option to add alcohol or up to 25 milligrams of CBD for an extra charge. Currently, there are eight milkshakes on the menu mixed with everything from Fruity Pebbles and Cap’n Crunch to brown butter and toffee. They are then topped with things like full slices of red velvet or dark chocolate cake, lollipops or Drumsticks. Sid’s Garage is open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant is closed Monday and Tuesday. Sid’s Garage, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 623.335.1233; www.sidsgarage. com.

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