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Watermelon wonders

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8 So Scottsdale! July ‘23 Now 41 HOT TICKET Sol to Soul Wellness Retreat 42 LOWDOWN News to know 46 CALENDAR Noteworthy happenings 48 OUT The Valley volunteers 50 OUT Watermelon wonders 52 CULTURE Christiane Barbato of Blue Door Ceramics Pulse 21 UP CLOSE Sybil Francis on helping the state succeed 24 BEAT Christine Alm, co-founder of Dyslexia Road 26 BEAT Parts Pass CEO Stan Mirzayev 28 HIS STYLE Meet Geoff Gray 30 HER STYLE Meet DeAnna DuPree Contents

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12 So Scottsdale! July ‘23 Taste 82 DRINK Sour beers 83 DISH The Canal Club’s Pan Roasted Snapper 84 CHEERS Spirited shakes at Jojo’s Shake Bar 85 CUISINE In the kitchen with Robert Conneway of Sugo Bistro 86 FOOD FILES Coronado Foodcation 88 DINING GUIDE Where to eat The Rest 14 TELL Editor’s note 90 SEEN Who went where and what happened 98 NEW IN TOWN Course restaurant Contents

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How is it already July? That’s a question I ask myself almost every day as I see the temperature rising by the second on my weather app. Though we’re just getting into those hot, hot days, should you find yourself hanging in the Valley, rather than jet setting off to cooler destinations, we’ve got the Scottsdale summer survival kit for this month.

Though the desert doesn’t have an ocean to cool down in, this resort town is no stranger to sparkling cool blue pools. If not going the staycation route, consider a day of fun in the sun and a welcome reprieve from the heat with one of the many resorts offering day passes and cabanas for nonguests (page 54).

Additional in-town activities include volunteering with local nonprofits (page 48), partaking in the Sol to Soul retreat at Arizona Biltmore (page 41) or checking out the new Course restaurant (page 98) before it gets too busy to get a reservation in the fall.

For some frozen fun, head over to the new Jojo’s Shake Bar at Scottsdale Quarter (page 84), offering milkshakes for kids, and spiked versions for adults. Or, if looking for something a little fruitier, consider sipping on some tasty watermelon cocktails (page 50). For those more into beer, cool down with a tasty yet tart locally made sour (page 82), or book a tour with the new-to-town City Brew Tours (page 43).

Hoping to pack up your Béis roller (page 59) with some cute Tommy Bahama dresses (page 66), and head to cooler climes? Phoenicians will flood Coronado, San Diego, this month. If joining the crowd and unsure where to grub, page 90 showcases the top spots for each category on the island, from happy hours and views, to fine dining and hidden gems. Two more unique getaway options to consider: Alaska’s backcountry beauty Camp Denali (page 76) and Loreto in Mexico’s Baja California Sur (page 80).

Last but certainly not least, meet Danielle Kamela (page 32), a local wrestler and former Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader and Phoenix Suns dancer who doesn’t take no for an answer and is determined to make her career dreams come true. We could all learn a thing or two about persistence and hard work from her.

Here is to a fun and hopefully very cool July!

All my best, Gabby Leighton

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Sybil Francis focuses on helping the state succeed through Center for the Future of Arizona

The first Earth Day was observed on April 22, 1970. It featured several thousand events across the nation.

“I still remember the celebration and its profound impact on me,” says Sybil Francis, chair, president and chief executive officer of Center for the Future of Arizona. “That day made me

realize I wanted to devote my life to affecting positive change.”

Francis – raised in both Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. – earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Oberlin College before earning admission into Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she became the fifth woman ever to

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enroll in its Defense and Arms Control Program.

Equipped with her Ph.D. from MIT, Francis forged a lifelong path in change-making that included work on science policy on Capitol Hill and serving in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, all inspired by that first Earth Day. She also worked with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art before relocating to Arizona in 2002 for what she calls her most meaningful work.

“It was love at first sight for Arizona and me,” Francis says. “And I quickly found I was not alone.”

During a conversation with Lattie Coor, the outgoing then-president of Arizona State University, Francis found that she and Coor shared a common bond in their passion for the 48th state and that their combined experience – hers in policy and his in research and education – could help propel Arizona forward.

“By 2003, Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA) was born,” Francis says. “We are a nonprofit ‘do tank’ that is driven by the mission of bringing Arizonans together to create a stronger and brighter future for our state.”

Initially, Francis and Coor used research and policy reports to inform their work and provide guidance to leaders in business, government, and education. “While this analytical approach was sound on paper, it was missing the voice of Arizonans, which should be central to our work and to anyone who want s to advance a bright future for Arizona,” Francis says. “By 2006, we reached a turning point, realizing that we needed to go directly to Arizonans and ask what mattered most to them, compile the information, and proactively do something with it.”

That led CFA to begin investing in extensive survey research, forging a first-of-its-kind partnership with the world-renowned Gallup public opinion survey research organization for what was one of the most robust surveys of Arizonans ever conducted spanning topics from health and well-being to jobs, economic opportunity, the environment, and education.

“We were astounded by the results, discovering Arizonans agree on much more than we disagree as it relates to the most important issues facing our state. The findings completely counter the narratives of polarization and division that we often hear. Through all our survey research since the first survey, we continue to find these same results,” Francis says. “In fact, more than 70% of Arizonans – regardless of age, race, ethnicity, education, or political affiliation, and across urban and rural communities – overwhelmingly agree on many important issues.”

The collective findings from the first survey and those conducted since led to the formation and evolution of “The Arizona We Want,” a shared vision of success based on what Arizonans agree are the most important issues for Arizona’s future.

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, according to Francis, CFA looks forward to building on its accomplishments toward The Arizona We Want, which to date includes The Gallup Arizona Project, which ensures CFA stays up to date on the long-term priorities of Arizonans; the Arizona Voters’ Agenda, which unearths the priorities of voters of all political affiliations during elections

season; extensive efforts to inform leaderships on the local and national levels of the actions Arizonans support; Arizona Progress Meters, which offer communities 80-plus metrics on how Arizona is doing on key issues to help leaders make decisions; and putting promising solutions to Arizonans’ priorities into action through a portfolio of programs.

With a focus on education, workforce development, and civic health, the organization is a driving force in more than a dozen programs statewide seeking to improve the future for Arizonans. This includes Arizona Pathways to Prosperity, which brings together industry and education sectors to collaboratively design, implement, and scale seamless college and career pathways for students. Additional programs are Workforce Leadership Academy with the Aspen Institute, which empowers leaders to create innovative solutions to the challenges faced by workers and businesses; and School Participatory Budgeting, which prepares young people to be informed and engaged in civic life through learning about democracy by doing

To date, CFA works with more than 200 businesses, associations, organizations, foundations, school districts, colleges and universities, and other nonprofit organizations.

“We are more than just talk. As a ‘do tank,’ we are focused on ensuring real work is being done to move Arizona forward while sharing the data-driven message that we are more united than divided,” Francis says.

When the Paradise Valley resident isn’t busy at CFA, she and her her husband, Michael Crow, can typically be found going to the movies and hiking. She also serves on the board of The Nature Conservancy of Arizona and is the standing chair of ASU’s Women and Philanthropy program, which she helped found in 2002.

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Christine Alm, co-founder of Dyslexia Road, provides resources for families affected by dyslexia

When mom of four Christine Alm’s kids were diagnosed with dyslexia, it started them on a journey familiar to many families before them.

Alm, who began her career in the nonprofit sector with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research before going on to work at Gerson Lehrman Group and later what is now LaneTerralever, says that many parents who are helping their kids navigate dyslexia have no background in neuropsychology, education or disability advocacy. And in an area where early identification and intervention is so important, there’s no time to waste.

This was just one factor that inspired her, Christi Brink, Maggie Freeman and Colleen Luke, also mothers of children with dyslexia, to start their nonprofit, Dyslexia Road (

“Even though we had each other to lean on, we still found it overwhelming to navigate our kids’ respective diagnoses, school accommodations, and treatment plans. Our goal was to centralize the information on our website and connect parents with a community who has dealt with similar circumstances.”

Her experiences, Alm says, have helped her realize just what kind of limitations are imposed on children, especially in a school system that tends to prioritize students who fit a certain mold of success. “This approach can be restrictive and does not account for the unique qualities that individuals with dyslexia possess, such as being quick and creative thinkers, empathetic, and resilient.”

At the end of the day, it’s about making sure children with dyslexia receive prompt diagnoses – dyslexia can be identified with over 90% accuracy before age 6 – and the resources they need to keep up with their peers, especially around third grade, when students transition from learning to read to reading to learn.

“We aren’t actually pioneering anything. We know what dyslexia is. We know it affects 20% of the population. We know kids need early, science-based intervention. We have the information, we just have to act on it,” Alm says. “There is power and strength in numbers. The Dyslexia Road community is growing, and the more people we can educate, the more we can unleash the potential in this extraordinary community.”

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Parts Pass CEO Stan Mirzayev is democratizing the automotive industry

Among Stan Mirzayev’s fondest memories are helping his dad in the family repair shop after school. Though he didn’t have a specific interest in the automotive industry to begin with, the hours spent in the shop after school and during summers sparked the beginning of a lifelong fascination.

“Witnessing the intricate workings of vehicles and the satisfaction of repairing them ignited a desire to further explore and contribute to this dynamic industry,” says Mirzayev, who from a young age enjoyed gaining practical knowledge through hands-on work.

Flash-forward to a career as a shop owner and serial entrepreneur, and Mirzayev – who immigrated to the U.S. from the former Soviet Union at age 4 – was able to indulge his passion for helping others every day. And when he noticed the difficulties mechanics faced while sourcing parts, he founded Parts Detect in 2016. But the business-to-business app was just the beginning – last year, he introduced Parts Pass to bring his aptitude for problem-solving to users everywhere.

The auto parts app includes self-diagnosis software and AI integration, making it easier than ever for the general public to locate reputable replacement parts at wholesale prices. And Mirzayev doesn’t just want to revolutionize the process of finding and buying auto parts – he plans to expand Parts Pass to include comprehensive content like maintenance guides and vehicle diagnostics.

“Our goal is to become a trusted and indispensable companion for anyone involved in the automotive industry. We seek to democratize the parts sourcing experience and foster transparency and trust.”

Through it all, Mirzayev finds inspiration from his peers and the dynamic nature of the automotive world. In both his personal and professional life, it’s the chance to make a positive impact that keeps him driven.

“Immigrating to the U.S. had a transformative impact on my life,” he says. “The diverse environment and entrepreneurial landscape fueled my curiosity and inspired me to create innovative solutions. It exposed me to new opportunities, taught me resilience, and instilled in me a drive to pursue my goals.”

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Geoff Gray elevates his fashion with timeless sophistication

As the managing director of the new luxury hotel, The Global Ambassador, Geoff Gray is not only a leader in the hospitality industry but also a stylish trendsetter.

With a personal mantra of “work hard in silence; let your success be the noise,” Gray's approach to fashion mirrors his professional philosophy – elevated, modern, and timeless, yet unassuming. Gray's signature look epitomizes classic sophistication. During the week, he opts for AG Jeans, a fitted button-down shirt, a tailored sport coat, and a pair of exquisite loafers.

“I tend to gravitate toward neutrals like white and navy, but I also find myself having a lot of lavender-colored pieces in my closet,” he says. With careful attention to fit and comfort, Gray ensures that his attire is both stylish and practical for his demanding role.

Originally from San Diego, Gray favors Vuori athleisurewear (founded in Encinitas, California), drawn to the products’ modern fit, vibrant colors, and coastal vibe. With the Arizona sun in mind, he never leaves home without a hat and stylish sunglasses to protect himself from the scorching rays.

What is your most prized possession in your closet? My rainbow flip-flops and my tuxedo – because I know whenever I put either on something fun is about to ensue!

How does your career influence your style? Being in hospitality, I am always presenting myself to the guests, our associates and the community and I want to dress in a way that best reflects who I am while also representing the brand. It’s been geared for the hotel’s construction site lately, but when we open in mid-November, I’ll be back to my go-to looks.

Does social media impact your choices? I find that I am most often influenced by styles and trends when they still feel like me, but introduce me to a new brand.

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DeAnna DuPree, also known as the Fabulous DeAnna DuPree, is a style strategist, transformation coach, and boutique owner who aims to empower and uplift women. Her personal style has evolved over time but remains classic, timeless and chic.

“My signature look includes a highwaisted wide-leg pant paired with a goddess belt, a classic Oxford blouse, pearls, and a colorful or embellished pump and matching handbag,” she says. Alternatively, she opts for a classic shift dress in fire engine red, powder white, or sapphire blue, paired with a multistrand necklace, classic pumps, and a fabulous bag.

DuPree’s style icons are Marilyn Monroe and Jennifer Lopez, who she admires for their timeless beauty, unafraid to flaunt their femininity. She favors recognizable designers such as Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Brandon Maxwell, and Karen Millen due to their functionality, fit, and comfortable fabrics, which help her create day-to-dinner ensembles.

“It’s so refreshing to see young women embracing old Hollywood glamour – a time when women loved and appreciated their curves,” DuPree says. “I’ve created a career and life that honors my style and wardrobe choices.”

What are your favorite colors and patterns? My wardrobe is that of a rainbow. I believe we can wear any color on the spectrum once we know the right hues for our skin tones. I’m a huge fan of seersucker, polka dots, lace, and colorblocking.

What is your must-have fashion item? A classic white Oxford shirt. It’s so versatile! A multiseason, multifunctional piece that looks good on every body type.

What is your most prized possession in your closet? A breathtaking gold multilayer iron belt from a vintage shop over 15 years ago. It has no branding, no engravings, no identity. Think of something Caesar would have been adorned in as a gift by an Emperor. I’ll be buried in it for sure.

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Danielle Kamela always saw wrestling as something of a childhood dream.

The Scottsdale native has fond memories of watching wrestling with her brothers and grandfather, cheering on fellow Samoans like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and a lineup of unstoppable Divas, including Kamela’s biggest inspiration, Sherri Martel.

“I always thought the WWE Divas were strong, powerful, and beautiful,” Kamela says. “It was definitely a dream of mine to become one, I just thought it was so far-fetched that I didn’t even bother to pursue it.”

Team Player

One of four kids in an active family, Kamela’s sports of choice were competitive gymnastics and diving. Flash-forward to her college years at Arizona State University, where Kamela had her sights set on a new challenge, one that would utilize the athletic foundations she’d built up throughout her youth.

“I decided I wanted to try out to be a professional cheerleader,” she says. “I was interested in sports broadcasting, and I thought if I could be around the action, it might help me get my foot in the door.”

The first time she tried out to be part of the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders, she didn’t make the cut. But she came back the next year, and, as it turned out, her timing was impeccable.

“I became a cheerleader the year we went to the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay against the Steelers. Football is my favorite sport, so having the best seat in the house was so incredible. It was definitely intimidating, but when you’re stealing the energy of the crowd at the biggest game of the year, those nerves melt away,” she says.

Still, there was an unaccomplished goal lingering in the back of Kamela’s mind. After her first rejection from the Cardinals, she’d tried out to be part of the Phoenix Suns Dancers with no luck.

“With NFL cheer, you’re doing sharper moves since you’re dancing to the back of a stadium. The NBA is more intimate, people are closer to the court, and you’re doing more detailed dances,” she says. “I’d taught myself everything I knew up until that point and wanted to challenge myself with a team that was more dance-based. I thought I might as well give it another try since I’d already failed the first time.”

Just as Kamela had proven with the

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Professional wrestler Danielle Kamela is determined to make her dreams come true

Cardinals, the second time’s the charm. While dancing for the Suns, she was able to diversify her skillset with styles like hiphop and jazz, in addition to appearing on the jumbotron to announce upcoming arena events and gift shop items. And just like that, another piece fell into place – Fox Sports noticed Kamela on the jumbotron, and her dream of becoming a sports broadcaster became a reality.

As an on-air host for Fox Sports, Kamela, forever a staunch fan of her home teams, was thrilled about the opportunity to cover so many games in Arizona and beyond. Having her voice heard, especially while she was still learning the ins and outs of covering sports, taught her an important lesson.

“In a career like entertainment, you’re going to have people judging you no matter what,” she says. “I’m a perfectionist, but I had to learn that I will make mistakes, and I have to learn and move on from them. We’re never going to be these perfect people. We continue to grow year after year.”

Vanessa is Born

After five great years with Fox Sports, Kamela felt it was time to pursue a career in acting, revisiting the aspiration she’d put on the backseat so long ago.

Deciding to take a chance, Kamela auditioned for WWE Tough Enough, a reality show in which contestants compete for a contract with WWE. “I never saw myself doing a reality TV show, but I thought it would be awesome if I could win a contract. I didn’t end up getting on the show, but they wanted me to come back for a tryout to be part of their roster. I came back and ended up getting signed.”

This launched Kamela into a whirlwind adventure, beginning with an intense training process. As a cheerleader and dancer, she was used to three to four practices each week and performances on game days, but now she was training in the ring five days a week and doing three shows every weekend, plus lifting in the weight room and attending weekly promo classes to refine her character.

A storyteller at heart, Kamela loved the chance to curate a persona of her own, which she approached like creating a piece of art. Inspiration for her character Vanessa Borne – who Kamela describes as “seductive, calculated, and manipulative” – surprisingly came from close to home.

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“In elementary and middle school, I was kind of a loner and a loser. I was made fun of a lot,” she says. “In high school, it shifted – I became a cheerleader, I was more popular, and the role unfortunately reversed. You’d think if you grew up as the loner, you’d try to treat people a little better if the situation reversed, but I turned into that mean girl. So I took all of those negative things about myself and put that into my character. It was kind of therapeutic in a way.”

Purposeful & Persistent

Kamela’s confidence and charisma were on full display from the moment she first stepped into the ring in 2016, a debut she remembers fondly.

“It was a combination of so many different emotions. I was excited, nervous, and happy to have all my hard work pay off, to show what I’d learned, to show my potential and put on the best performance possible.”

For her, it was the chance to prove exactly what she’s capable of. In many ways, Kamela’s resume is also a reminder of all the people who have doubted her –her college counselor said she’d never succeed in the broadcasting industry; she was rejected by the Cardinals and the Suns on the first try; she was turned down for WWE’s reality show. But in each of those instances, she knew she was on the right path even if others didn’t.

“I’ve been told ‘no’ more times in my life than I’ve been able to count,” she says. “At first, I’m devastated, but as I sit on it, I start to have a change of heart – ‘I can’t accept this. I have to change it.’ I take it as a ‘not right now’ because I’m stubborn, persistent, and extremely determined when it comes to my dreams.”

Now a free agent, Kamela has recently appeared in matches with All Elite Wrestling and hopes to find a permanent home for herself this year. She’s excited

about the direction pro wrestling is heading, especially for women.

“When I was little, they were still doing bra-and-panty matches, and women weren’t getting as much time to wrestle. Now, the athleticism and storytelling has grown so much. Wrestling as a whole is constantly changing and elevating.”

Knowing there are little girls watching from home just as she once did is one of many reasons that she stays fired up. And with unwavering support from her personal cheerleading squad – led, as always, by her mom – Kamela feels she owes it to her future self to keep going.

“I want to look back one day and say that I truly lived, that I don’t have any regrets, that I inspired and helped others. To have the story at the end of your life be that you gave up because you thought you couldn’t do it or you thought your time was over is so sad. I’d rather have a story of resilience – it’s not over ’til it’s over.”

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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 2023 and beyond for their community contributions and real estate savvy.

A Commitment to Excellence

Shawna Glazier provides a tailored real estate experience

In the fast-paced and ever-changing world of real estate, finding a trusted professional who can navigate the intricacies of the market and provide exceptional service is crucial. Shawna Glazier, the Owner and Broker of beSpoke real estate, is a shining example of dedication, expertise, and personalized service in the luxury real estate industry and has been selling real estate full time for over 18 years. With a specialization in architecturally significant and luxury properties, Shawna creates a seamless experience for her clients, emphasizing the importance of relationships and community involvement.

With her deep knowledge and passion for modern architecture, Shawna brings a unique perspective to her clients’ real estate needs. From contemporary masterpieces to historical estates, she understands the complexities involved in buying or selling these properties.

Likely the largest transaction of a client’s life, buying or selling a property requires the expertise of a skilled team

of professionals. Shawna believes in the power of collaboration and surrounds herself with a network of dedicated individuals who share her commitment to exceptional client service. By working closely with her colleague Brittainy Williamson, Shawna ensures that each client receives the time and attention they deserve. “Oftentimes, people treat real estate as very transaction-based,” she says. “We believe that real estate should be a relationship-based.”

Shawna’s commitment shines through in every aspect of her business, from the moment clients engage with beSpoke to the closing of their transactions. “beSpokes clients get my full attention and I am available to navigate through all the issues that inevitably arise during the course of a transaction,” she shares. Her tenacity and unwavering work ethic have earned her a reputation as a tenacious negotiator and a reliable partner in real estate.

Recognizing the importance of

networking and community involvement, Shawna has taken an active role in organizations that support the luxury market in the Valley. By immersing herself in these organizations, Shawna stays up-to-date with industry trends, expands her professional network, and cultivates strong relationships. As the 2023 Tour Chair for The Luxury Home Tour, Shawna showcases her commitment to both her business and the community she serves.

Shawna has been recognized as the LHT Realtor of the Year in 2022 and was selected as one of Scottsdale REALTORS® Forty Under 40 Award recipients in 2021, 2022, and 2023 thanks to her business success, professional leadership, community and industry involvement. Additionally, she has served as the Tour Director for The Luxury Home Tour in 2021 and 2022 and is a committee member for the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors member relief fund.

To contact Shawna Glazier call 480.221.9932 or visit

Leader in Luxury Joy Dorvinen is exceeding expectations in real estate

Joy Dorvinen, a dedicated real estate agent with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, has established herself as a leading expert in Desert Mountain and the North Scottsdale/ Carefree area. With a specialization in luxury residential real estate, Joy’s commitment to exceptional service, community engagement, and attention to detail sets her apart from others in the industry.

As an agent, Joy has excelled in cultivating relationships with her clients, leading to a business primarily driven by referrals and repeat customers. Her ability to establish trust and maintain long-term connections has solidified her reputation as a reliable and trusted professional.

Thanks to Joy’s meticulous attention to detail and thoughtful approach to each transaction, she has assembled a team of dedicated professionals who assist with every aspect of the listing and sale of a property, ensuring a seamless experience. Her commitment to providing an unparalleled level of service extends to even the

smallest details, enabling her to exceed expectations. “It’s a pleasure to provide high-end service to my clientele. It’s my passion to support and encourage their lifestyle desire and, in turn, they trust me through the process,” she says.

Specializing in Desert Mountain and the North Scottsdale/Carefree area, Joy’s in-depth knowledge of these communities allows her to provide clients with valuable insights and guidance throughout the listing and purchasing process. She has developed a keen eye for identifying unique properties that cater to the sophisticated tastes of her discerning clientele.

Beyond real estate, Joy serves on the Board of Directors for the Russ Lyon Foundation, a charitable organization committed to supporting the community. Additionally, she is the Phoenix Chapter Leader for her alma mater, Michigan Technological University, where she contributes her time and expertise to help fellow alumni. Her contributions extend

to Finnish cultural organizations as well, as she recently served on the Finlandia University - Finnish Council in America and held the position of President for the Finns and Friends - Finnish Social Club in Phoenix.

In recognition of her exceptional performance in the real estate industry, Joy has been honored with the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Chairman’s Board Recognition Award in 2019 and 2022, as well as the President’s Club Recognition Award in 2021. Her achievements were further acknowledged when she was named a recipient of the SAAR Forty Under 40 award in 2023.

When asked about the keys to her success, Joy credits her faith and dedication. Her unwavering commitment to her clients and her profession is the driving force behind her achievements. “I strive for excellence in everything that I do and my business is my passion,” she says.

To contact Joy Dorvinen call 480.276.2555 or visit

Record Breaking Realtor Laura Briggs is Redefining Luxury Real Estate

Laura Briggs, the CEO of The Briggs Group at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, is setting benchmarks in Arizona’s history with the largest residential real estate transaction in the state’s history at $28,100,000. And fast, too. She has quickly become a force to be reckoned with – within the luxury real estate markets – given her remarkable achievements and dedication to her clients, earning her a well-deserved reputation as one of the industry’s top performers.

Backed by Sotheby’s International Realty – which leverages its own company inventory to drive traffic and more qualified buyers to seller listings across the globe – she is able to extend to clients her brokerage’s multi-million dollar marketing campaigns and exclusive partnerships with over 200 media outlets and publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, the New York Times, and more.

Since venturing into the luxury market, she has focused on developing unique marketing strategies that showcase the story

behind each home. With her menu of tailored marketing services, including captivating videos featuring interviews with builders, homeowners, and community members, Laura ensures that each client receives a personalized and distinctive marketing approach.

With exciting plans to expand her business to new locations, Laura’s clientele can expect even greater opportunities and access to exclusive real estate options. Laura leverages her global connections to ensure that client’s properties receive exposure to both local and international markets.

In addition to her exceptional achievements, Laura has received numerous recognitions within the industry. She was selected as one of Scottsdale REALTORS® Forty Under 40 Award recipients for 2023 and earned the esteemed Lyon’s Elite award from Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. Recognized as the Luxury Agent of the Year by Scottsdale Homeowner Magazine in both 2020 and 2022, Laura’s dedication to her craft is unparalleled. Furthermore, her consistent ranking in the

top 1.5% of agents nationwide, and #19 Top Realtor in the State of Arizona, ranked for individuals by sales volume, as determined by Real Trends: The Thousand in 2022 and 2023 – all showcasing her exceptional performance in the industry.

Leverage has been a cornerstone of Laura’s success and she attributes her growth and ability to scale her business to her talented team, whom she considers instrumental to her achievements. Her first-hand experience living and enjoying the areas she serves, such as her membership at the Silverleaf Country Club and her presence in North Scottsdale, further reinforces her expertise and understanding of her clients’ desires as she too truly lives the lifestyle she offers to clients.

Outside of her thriving career, Laura indulges in various activities during her free time. From playing with her beloved dog, Olive, to cooking as well as golfing, she embraces an active, fulfilling lifestyle.

To contact Laura Briggs, call 480.550.1208 or visit


Embark on a journey of self-discovery with the Sol to Soul Wellness Retreat at Arizona Biltmore’s Tierra Luna Spa. Wellness experts have crafted a retreat to take place July 16 to 19 that includes rejuvenating activities, restful downtime, and nourishing cuisine. The itinerary includes facilitator-led sunrise walks, yoga, aqua fitness, somatic breathwork, sound healing, reiki, and outdoor painting. Additionally, guests also have access to the exclusive Citrus Club and can select either the 50-minute Sonoran Healing Massage or the Tierra Grounding Facial to complete their experience. Rates for the all-inclusive experience begin at $1,499 per night.

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Last month, locally-owned JOJO Coffeehouse in Old Town Scottsdale introduced seasonal drinks to its menu for the summer season. The mix of new cocktails and specialty coffee items will be offered through Aug. 31. For summer brunchgoers, JOJO added three new cocktails to its menu: The JOJO Paloma; a Prickly Pear Margarita, and the Blue Sky Punch. For coffee lovers, there are two new espresso drink specials on the menu: The Honey Bee Latte and a Salted Caramel Cold Brew, both served over ice. The restaurant’s signature coffee flights and mimosa flights, plus a full menu of craft cocktails along with its breakfast and brunch menu, are also available.


Postino’s inaugural Battle of The Bruschetta kicked off in June and will continue through the end of August, inviting diners to come try seasonal bruschetta and give their opinions on which reign supreme. The bracket-style competition will showcase eight limited-time bruschetta recipes, with two competing flavors every two weeks. After guests order and taste the variations, they can vote on their favorite by texting “Battle” to 602.637.1510. The champion bruschetta will earn a permanent spot on the Postino menu this fall. The flavors available to vote on this month include: Chicken Curry vs. Spicy Brussels Sprouts and Strawberry Cheesecake vs. Sweet Potato Pie.


Mediterranean restaurant Cala Scottsdale launched a new summer wine menu in partnership with Los Angeles-based natural wine connoisseur, Felipe P. Cala will be the first restaurant in the city to showcase the three natural, biodynamic wines from different regions of California. The natural wines feature no sulfites or preservatives, and are unfiltered and organic. To go along with the new wine offerings, diners can also now enjoy executive chef Peter McQuaid’s new Summer de Vino three-course prix fixe menu, featuring dishes paired with the three featured wines. The menu is offered Monday through Wednesday starting at 5 p.m. and will change monthly until September.

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Looking to switch things up at the gym? FitReserve just launched in Phoenix, giving users a taste of something new and a little variety to workouts. The multisudio fitness membership offers a simple pricing model where one credit equals one class. Members can enjoy hundreds of fitness studios and over 100,000 classes such as yoga, Pilates, barre, indoor cycling, HIIT and bootcamp, boxing, and dance. Local participating studios include: Get It Movement, Desert Mvmt, Pilates 1st, ESenEM Yoga - Scottsdale, BODI, and Ape Index Climbing Gym.


The Westin Tempe’s Skysill Rooftop Lounge, the Valley’s highest open-air rooftop bar, recently launched its new summer cocktail menu. Curated by master mixologist Nicole RobinsonSanchez, the latest offerings combine Arizona’s signature spices with tropical fruits, tequila and mezcal for an added kick. Summer also brings seasonal dishes as well as a range of seasonal and reoccurring events on its rooftop, from weekly live music to themed pool parties. Themes range from yacht rock pool party and throwback Thursdays to Taylor Swift takeover.


Beer lovers, rejoice! The national City Brew Tours, offering all-inclusive tours and beer-focused experiences throughout North America, recently launched in Phoenix. Each tour is designed to be the ultimate craft beer experience, blending together history, beer knowledge, and great food. Both tours offered (The Original Brew Tour, $110; and Sip of Phoenix Tour, $85) are led by local beer expert tour guides who will direct attendees through each brewery, provide behindthe-scenes access, and share their brewing industry expertise. Tours include transportation, tastings, and customized meals and snacks. Some featured partners are Greenwood Brewing, Walter Station Brewery, Four Peaks Brewing, PHX Beer Co., and Fate Brewery, among others.

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The Advancement in Concussion Treatment at The BioMed Center Scottsdale

Concussions, a form of traumatic brain injury, can have a significant impact on an individual’s overall well-being. In recent years, Dr. Drobot, owner of The BioMed Center Scottsdale has begun investigating the relationship between concussions and brain wave activity, utilizing advancements in non-invasive neuroscientific technologies.


Concussions occur when the brain experiences a sudden jolt or blow, disrupting its normal functioning. They are commonly caused by accidents, sports-related injuries, or falls. Symptoms of a concussion can range from headaches and dizziness to confusion, memory problems, and changes in mood or behavior. Adolescent concussions are a growing concern in today’s society, as children actively participate in sports, playground activities, and other physically demanding pursuits. The developing brain of an adolescent is particularly vulnerable to the effects of concussions, as it undergoes critical growth and maturation processes. Early identification and appropriate management of concussions are crucial to mitigate potential longterm consequences and ensure the child’s healthy cognitive, emotional, and physical development.

age of 12. By using proprietary science-based technology to promote optimal brain functioning across mental, emotional, physical and social domains, the team is able to provide insights into the level of activity in various brain regions.


Understanding the intricate relationship between brain frequency and concussions opens up new possibilities for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation strategies. By utilizing advanced technologies such as EEG, and through his extensive experience in amateur and pro sports, Dr. Drobot can assess brainwave patterns to gain insights into the extent of brain trauma, track recovery progress, and develop personalized treatment plans.

The exploration of brain frequency and its correlation with concussions represents an exciting frontier in the field of neuroscience.


Brain frequency refers to the electrical activity generated by the brain, which can be measured and analyzed using electroencephalography (EEG). Dr. Drobot and his team utilize one of only four Brain Frequency™ AI systems nationwide to take an innovative therapeutic approach to improving brain health and wellness for patients over the

To schedule your individualized brain mapping assessment, call The BioMed Center Scottsdale at 480.614.5820.


July 11, 12, 15, Marcellino Ristorante

Enjoy an Italian culinary adventure this summer – without taking out your passport. Perfect for date night or a friends night out, guests will dine on authentic Italian cuisine from the restaurant’s regular menu or Summer Supper menu while watching an award-winning film, selected for their beautiful Italian settings. The movies are: Eat, Pray, Love (July 11); Roman Holiday (July 12); and The Big Night (July 15). 5:30 p.m. Movie viewing is complimentary, but dinner service is required. Reservations are required.

Children’s Exhibit: Aliens & Outer Space

Through July 31, Herberger Theater Center

The Herberger Theater Center is partnering with First Things First for a children’s art exhibit that showcases the creative abilities of young children. This year’s theme challenges children ages 2 to 5 to think outside of the box. Many of the works are communal classroom projects, giving the children an opportunity to express their creativity, collaboration, fine motor skill development, and communication of ideas. Free. Noon-4:30 p.m. daily.

William Herbert “Buck”

Dunton: A Mainer Goes West

Through June 2024, Phoenix

Art Museum

Organized through a collaboration between Phoenix Art Museum and Harwood Museum of Art, this exhibition celebrates the work of the Taos Society of Artists’ (TSA) resident “cowboy painter.”

Born and raised in Maine, Dunton drew influence from his childhood summers spent in the rural Maine countryside to paint subjects and scenes of the region, contributing to the constructed mythology of the American West. Featuring some of Dunton’s most significant

of gelato (2 to 5 p.m.); two pizzas and two pints (or glasses of wine) for $45 (2 p.m. to close). Board & Bottle antipasto and bottle of wine, $30; and Summer Sippin’ Happy Hour. There will also be weekly summer specials and events like Pizza Date Night and Christmas in July. Times and prices vary. www.

Let’s Roll Summer at the Princess

Through September 5, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Find your jelly shoes, crimp your hair, and deck yourself out in dayglo to celebrate summer at the Princess. The 1980s and ’90s are back and cooler than ever. Skate at an outdoor roller rink, game your way through a vintage arcade and themed laser tag adventure, and get your glow on at the Neon 9 mini golf course. On the weekend, get jiggy with it at Let’s Glo Pool Parties and Dive-in Movies. Firework shows take place every Saturday night at 9 p.m. Room packages are available with $100 per night room credit. Times and prices for events vary. www.

Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo/Cowboys from Cross of the Devil

Through February 2024, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

works alongside a selection of paintings from the Museum’s collection, the exhibition creates a dialog between his work and that of his peers. Hours vary. Exhibit included with museum general admission.

Chill at the Mill

Through September 1, Queen Creek Olive Mill

Queen Creek Olive Mill is an agritourism destination where award-winning extra virgin olive oil meets farm-to-table dining. Summer is the perfect time to chill at the mill with amazing specials that include $2 off single scoops

This captivating photography exhibition by Werner Segarra reveals the hidden world of the vaquero, or “cowboy,” from the rough terrain of northern Mexico. The 57 photographs were captured over 30 years and chronicle a culture influenced by modernity and globalization, where the horse has been replaced by an ATV, the sombrero for a baseball cap, the handmade tehua for sneakers, and the radio for a smartphone. Segarra brings the emblematic figure of the desert frontier to vivid life, showcasing their otherworldly high Sierra Mountain home, attire, and way of life. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. timed entry. $25.

Summer Fridays

Fridays through July 28, The Quad at Scottsdale Quarter

Celebrate summer and stay cool every Friday morning at Scottsdale Quarter. Bring the kids to enjoy water toys, inflatables and swag from shopping center retailers while a DJ spins tunes that’ll keep toes tapping. Themes include Splish Splash Mermaid Bash

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July 15, Sands Venue at Hotel Valley Ho

Farmers markets may be closed for the summer, but you can still celebrate local chefs, purveyors, and local wines and spirits at this festive and free indoor market. Food by top local chefs will be available for purchase while savoring six tastings of wine, beer, and spirits. In addition to the daytime market, the series includes a celebrity chef dinner with a menu curated by executive chef Russell LaCasce and a guest celebrity chef. The event also includes a meet-and-greet reception with the chefs. July’s dinner features world-class chef, entrepreneur, and Food Network host chef Robert Irvine. Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner, 6 p.m. Market, free. Chef’s dinner, $199.

(July 7); Let’s Flamingle (July 14); Quack, Quack Quad (July 21); and Dog Days of Summer (July 28). The first 100 kids will receive free toys to take home. Free. 10-11 a.m.

Sunset Yoga

Thursdays through July 27,

Andaz Scottsdale Resort

Locals and Andaz guests are invited to join yogi Bryan for a relaxing yoga and meditation journey every Thursday evening in July. Attendees can immerse themselves in the serene desert ambiance, with yogi Bryan guiding them through invigorating yoga postures. The event is appropriate for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. Following the class, attendees can cool down, grab a cocktail and mingle at the Turquoise Pool. 6:30 p.m. $45.

Sonoran Sippin’

July 14, Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is a treat at any time of year, but in the summer, take advantage of the cooler nighttime temps and even cooler events. On the second Friday of every month, enjoy refreshing welcome drinks, live music, pop-up activities, garden strolls, and more. All ages are welcome. 6-9 p.m. Event included with membership or garden general admission ($16.95).

NABI Native American Basketball Invitational

July 15-22, Valleywide

Since 2003, NABI has been using the sport of basketball as a tool to unite Native and Indigenous youth and inspire them to use their talents to pursue higher education. More than 1,500 athletes will compete in

the weeklong all-Native American basketball tournament at gyms across the Valley. The championship games will be played at Footprint Center on July 22 and will be livestreamed across the country. The program exposes student-athletes to educational opportunities such as the NABI College & Career Fair (July 17), NABI Educational Youth Summit (July 18-19), and the NABI College Scholarship fund, all powered by Phoenix Indian CenterTimes vary for bracket and pool games; championship games start at 10:30 a.m. General admission, $10; Children 5 and under and adults 65 and over, free.

The String Queens

July 18, Musical Instrument Museum

This acclaimed trio – made up of violinist Kendall Isadore, violist Dawn Johnson, and cellist Éliese

Sharp – will perform a repertoire spanning the baroque era to the Jazz Age, to the current Billboard Hot 100. Their versatile program transports audiences through time and genres with an authentic, soulful and orchestral sound. They have performed around the world and collaborated with top artists across the music industry. 7 p.m. $38.50-$49.50.

Morgan Wallen: One Night At A Time World Tour

July 19 & 20, Chase Field

This native Tennessean is taking the country music world by storm, and his world tour will stop in Phoenix for two nights of his signature indie-meets-R&B-meets-country sound. As usual, concertgoers can expect a party and to sing along to favorites from his first and second albums, If I Know Me and One Thing at a Time, respectively. Wallen will be joined by special guests Hardy, Ernest and Bailey Zimmerman. 5:30 p.m. Prices vary.

Revitalization Retreats

July 23-27, L’Auberge de Sedona

Sedona is renowned for its spiritual healing properties. So, there is no better place for an intention-focused and transformative journey. Led by author Donna Bond, the retreat will include daily workshops, mindful practices, and one-on-one coaching opportunities. Each morning will begin with a restorative activity or hike, and the experience includes three spa treatments at L’Apothecary Spa. Guests will dine at Cress on Oak Creek, with a final celebration dinner featuring the chef’s tasting menu on the last evening of their stay. The retreat will also include access to the resort’s daily guest activities including seasonal yoga, crystal meditation, sound healing, and stargazing. $6,650 for five days and four nights. More at

Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles

August 6, Chandler Center for the Arts

This multimedia tribute will take audience members back in time as Rain delivers a note-for-note theatrical performance of songs from Abbey Road and The Rooftop Concert, as well as favorite hits. Rain has been together longer than The Beatles and has mastered every song, gesture, and nuance of the Fab Four. 7 p.m. $65-$125.

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Great ways to give back this summer

It’s always a good idea to spread some extra love in the community. With a wide array of volunteer opportunities open across the Valley, there’s no shortage of great causes in need of people’s time, energy and skills. Take this as a sign – this summer, it’s time to get out there and give back.

Scottsdale Community Partners

Community Partners is the perfect fit for groups of 10 or more people looking to volunteer together. Large groups of friends, coworkers, or family members can gather to pack weekend lunches for the Healthy Packs Program, which provides nutritious food to some of the over 5,700 children in the Scottsdale Unified School District who qualify for free or reduced-priced meals, many of whom have limited access to food on the weekend. Other initiatives for groups include Adopt a Family and Adopt a Senior.

Wish of a Lifetime

AARP’s Wish of a Lifetime program grants lifelong wishes for the older generation, whether that means rekindling passions, celebrating veterans, or reconnecting with loved ones. Wish discovery – an at-home opportunity well-suited to the curious and friendly volunteer – involves finding and nominating worthy recipients, while wish granters serve as AARP’s boots on the ground, taking recipients to the airport or acting as a companion during the wish itself. For the organization’s nationwide network of volunteers, it’s all about making meaningful connections while changing the way we age, one wish at a time.

Vista del Camino Food Bank

Food banks are a vital resource for community members who are having difficulty meeting their food needs. Volunteers at the Vista del Camino Food Bank help accept and sort donations, assemble food boxes and bags for people experiencing homelessness, and assist with daily operations. Collection containers are also available for those interested in hosting food drives, which are essential for restocking shelves and boosting community engagement. For other ways to help, check the list of mostneeded food items or make a tax-deductible donation.

Pinnacle Peak Park

Calling all nature lovers! Volunteers at Pinnacle Peak Park can soak up the sun doing hands-on trail maintenance, or go for a hike as a trail sweeper – someone who directs guests toward the parking lot at closing time – or trail rover, answering hikers’ questions and helping with emergency situations. With plenty of other opportunities available – including visitor center attendant and educational hike leader – there’s something interesting to match any skillset.

Operation Fix It

“Neighbors helping neighbors” is the philosophy of Operation Fix It, an organization that helps low-income or physically disabled homeowners make improvements to their property. Projects range from painting and weed mitigation to fence repair and facade upkeep, all in the name of beautifying the spaces of people in need and helping them avoid potential code enforcement fines. Recently, Operation Fix It invested over $20,000 to improve Scottsdale Rotary Park, with 125 volunteers working to plant 70 trees and create a picturesque butterfly garden.

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A taste of summer in a glass

Feel like relaxing with a refreshing summer cocktail? These fruit-forward drinks put watermelon in the spotlight to help beat the extreme summer heat with every sip.

Forbidden Fruit

Farm & Craft is an unbeatable destination for summer cocktails. Forbidden Fruit may be served inside a mini watermelon, but this showstopping drink is not just easy on the eyes – the well-balanced blend of fresh watermelon, crisp cucumber vodka, lemon juice, mint, and agave nectar ensures it tastes just as good as it looks. Other standout picks from the healthy eating spot’s cocktail menu include the Watermelon Lemonade Refresher with lemon vodka, honey syrup, and sparkling water ($16); the fresh-pressed Watermelon Squeeze with citrus and basil vodka ($16); and each of the unique kombucha cocktails and skinny margaritas. $22.

Watermelon Mint Margarita

Teremana Reposado Tequila takes center stage in Diego Pops’ twist on the margarita, which also features triple sec and watermelon liqueur. Housemade sweet and sour, muddled watermelon, and mint take this summery drink to the next level. It’s topped off with a mint leaf and watermelon sphere garnish for some extra fragrance – and a little snack. Like it spicy? Order any drink on the cocktail menu “Diego’s way” for some extra kick. All that’s missing is an order of the eatery’s famous nachos. $13.

Roku Refresher

What’s better than a cocktail that’s practically a smoothie? The fresh watermelon in this drink from Bourbon & Bones Chophouse and Bar is accentuated by floral and herbaceous flavors from basil and St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur, plus a dash of lemon juice. But the real star of the show is the Roku Gin, which combines six Japanese botanicals and eight traditional botanicals for a spirit with notes of citrus and pepper with a vegetal finish. $20.

Tijuana Mama

Any drink tastes better among the neon lights and rose-themed decor of one of Old Town’s trendy bars. The Tijuana Mama from 50 Shades of Rosé is ideal for any tequila lover, pairing Maestro Dobel with Ghost Tequila, a full-bodied spirit with a hint of spice that’s produced in small batches with longer fermentation times. Add a refreshing hit of watermelon and lime, and it’s the perfect cocktail to wash down any pick from the Asian fusion menu. If visiting during happy hour (Monday-Friday, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.), consider adding on some bao buns, a pizza box full of sushi – or even a sake bomb or two. $16.

The Pink Bikini Martini

Hula’s Modern Tiki – one of Scottsdale’s reigning champions in the category of fruity mixed drinks – has done it again with this twist on the classic martini. Vodka with pineapple is paired with sweet and sour and triple sec, and who could forget the watermelon liqueur? Other highlights from the expansive beverage menu include the Blood Orange Martini ($12) and the Scorpion Bowl ($25), with enough rum, brandy, and juice to satisfy for four people. $12. www.

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Through Blue Door Ceramics, Christiane Barbato creates stoneware with artistic flair

Since opening its doors in 2013, Blue Door Ceramics studio has become renowned for its beguiling, eclectic stoneware that enhances tables and restaurants worldwide. Created by Brazilian native Christiane Barbato, who serves as the designer and CEO, the online store provides unique, hand-crafted ceramic pieces that double as conversation starters.

Inspired by nature, the organic-shaped dinnerware and serving pieces use glazes imbued with the colors of where Barbato grew up along the South Atlantic Ocean, including off-whites, grays, blues, and aquamarine. The artist sometimes also adds texture to the bottom of her pieces, using linen, fabric, and stamps, for cachet. “I was inspired by an Indian tribe in Brazil that used the technique, and I thought it was beautiful,” she says. “Now it’s starting to become my trademark.”

A single mother of three, Barbato spends seven days a week creating custom products for the public, in addition to interior designers, chefs, stores, and galleries.

“It’s very gratifying to see the chefs’ pictures of their exceptional dishes on my plates,” she says.

Although Barbato has enjoyed ceramics as a hobby since high school, she never envisioned herself running an international ceramic business. She graduated with her MBA and went on to work in business for many years.

Thanks to a case of serendipity, she was able to parlay her ceramic skills into the thriving company it is today. Not pleased with her current dinnerware, Barbato had an “aha!” moment and decided to create her own. Barely out of the kiln, her plates caught on like wildfire with her neighbors, fueling a domino effect.

Her ceramic products took on a life in 2013 when, at age 40, she left her corporate job to turn her part-time hobby into a fulltime labor of love.

“I believe we all came here with a higher purpose,” Barbato says. “My purpose is to send my art and love worldwide and make people happy – that’s why I infuse my ceramic with blessings and love.”

The artist believes strongly in giving back, so a portion of her profits goes to three charities: Casa Brazil, No Kid Hungry, and the Tripura Foundation in India.

“These charities touch my heart because I grew up in a thirdworld country, and I’ve seen how hard life can be,” she says.

Barbato’s ceramics are available at Savale and Valerianne, both in Old Town Scottsdale, Grace Renee Gallery in Cave Creek, and On the Edge Contemporary Gallery in Tubac. Her studio is by appointment only.

Learn more on Instagram @bluedoorceramics, or on her website,

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Dive into sparkling summer resort pool passes

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy – thanks to the bevy of high-end local resorts with crystal-blue pools that boast chic daybeds, sumptuous al fresco drinking and dining options, and sensational seasonal programming. Several are especially popular this time of year as they do not require their pool guests to book hotel reservations in order to access all of the outdoor activities and amenities that they offer. Here are some of the best bets when seeking to book the most spectacular of pool days with friends, family, or that special someone.

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Hotel Valley Ho

The retro-inspired hotel has one of the most happening pool scenes in the Valley. All of the summer action is centered around the circular OH Pool, which is adorned with an “It’s Always Sunny in Scottsdale” mural as well as a combination of loungers, daybeds, and cabanas, many with vibrantly colored accent pieces to add to the vibe. The two biggest cabanas, aptly called The Big Cabanas, have full-size couches, mini fridges, ceiling fans, misters, flat-screen televisions and can hold up to 15 guests comfortably or combine into a 30-person outdoor party palace. There are also standard, deluxe, and premium cabanas available in varying sizes as well. When booking a cabana, which start at $299 depending on size, day of the week, and location, there are also a number of optional add-ons for an extra charge including a bucket of chilled White Claws, a package of five boozy pool mixed drink pouches, and taco platters that may be set up for the group in advance.

Beyond the cabanas, there are also daybeds starting at $139 that accommodate four guests and day passes to the pool for $25 per guest Sunday through Friday. Now through Labor Day weekend, resident DJs are on-site spinning a wide variety of music on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., while the weekdays are a bit quieter. There is also a full bar, with food service from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and drink service from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

This year, the longest running AAA Five Diamond resort in Arizona is taking guests back in time for the biggest series of 1980s and 1990s-themed parties of the year with its annual Summer at the Princess celebration. All summer long, the resort and its four epic pools will host more than two dozen themed activations including dive-in movies, roller-skating, art installations, fishing derbies, firework shows, laser tag, techno-glow parties after dark, complimentary rosé tastings, and more.

If not a resort guest, there are several options to enjoy the fun thanks to ample cabana and daybed rentals as well as day pass and dive-in movie night pass options. The best bet is to choose a package based on the pool where the group wants to spend the most time. Sonoran Splash is family friendly and has a 200-foot waterslide; the Princess Pool offers sweeping views of the resort’s lush lagoons and TPC Stadium golf course; Sunset Beach has a massive sandy white beach; and Sonoran Landing is adults only. Each offers extensive food and beverage service from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and day passes allowing access to all programming start at $70, with discounted rates for children. Daybeds start at $200 per couple and offer complimentary water, sports drinks, and a fruit plate. Cabanas start at $400 and accommodate up to six guests, with some large options accommodating more. They offer everything from flat-screen televisions and plush furniture to complimentary nonalcoholic drinks and snacks, fully stocked fridges, and pool floats.

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Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows

Andaz Scottsdale has opened two of its three pools on property to locals this summer, offering both day passes and cabana rentals by reservation through ResortPass. The Turquoise Pool is the largest and liveliest pool. It features a full-service bar and grill with chair- and poolside service offering items ranging from pitchers of frosé and local craft beers, to chilled fruits, sandwiches and wraps, and tacos from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Every Friday through the end of August, the Turquoise Pool features an “Out of Office” poolside soiree from noon to 4 p.m. with live DJ performances, creative drink specials, and surprises from local vendors.

There is also the Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary pool, which is for adults only and located on the spa patio deck. Though quieter, many opt for this pool as it features chair massages for an additional charge. The Palo Verde pool offers cabana rentals for up to four guests starting at $295, while day passes for the Turquoise Pool start at $49 per person and cabana rentals for up to eight guests start at $295. Each cabana boasts ample shade, couches, reserved lounge chairs, and fans, and come with complimentary bottles of still and sparkling water, a bottle of La Fete Rosé, chips and salsa, chilled pineapple skewers, parking, and a dedicated service member the entire day.

The third pool on the property is primarily reserved for guests of The Retreat, Andaz’s enclave of 20 bungalows, but it is available to rent for summer buyouts and special events.

The Phoenician

For the first time, The Phoenician is offering a Cabana Poolside Pass to the general public through Labor Day. Providing views of both the resort and Camelback Mountain, the multitiered family of Phoenician Pools includes three separate aquatic experiences including an adults-only pool, a tranquil mother-of-pool pearl that is open to all, and a family-friendly pool complemented by an expansive kids zone. The kids zone boasts a treehouse complete with a swaying bridge, sails, and a helm for children’s inner pirates to explore, as well as a 197-foot twisting water slide and splash pad. Each of the options has full service poolside, with dishes and drinks courtesy of The Phoenician’s outdoor Kalio Kabobery, open daily (and featuring bar service) from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Mediterranean-inspired venue, which offers an array of frozen beverages for both adults and kids as well as a full-service bar, sandwiches and salads, and ice cream bars, also has al fresco seating overlooking the pool complex for more formal dining.

The Cabana Poolside Pass is available Monday through Thursday and starts at $495. It includes full-day access to a signature cabana for up to six guests with chaise lounges, an interior sofa, an overhead fan, a refrigerator, sunscreen, a flat-screen television, complimentary bottled water and sports drinks, a storage credenza, choice of Phoenician amenity, and a dedicated service member.

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Mountain Shadows

This summer, Mountain Shadows is treating locals to a relaxing day under the dreamy palms at its Citizen Club, which features two 75-foot sky blue pools connected by a lovely waterfall and sweeping views of both Camelback and Mummy mountains. Daybeds, located at the foot of both pools, start at $155 and include access for four people, while shaded cabanas start at $299 and include access for up to eight people. Those seeking a more intimate experience should consider the Citizens Club, which showcases just eight cabanas, each of which features plush lounge seating, a flat-screen television, and a mini fridge. Enjoy delicious food and drinks while taking in the iconic desert landscape at The Citizens Club. All poolside daybeds and cabanas come with bottled water and the guests’ choice of a bucket of beer, a bucket of hard seltzers or a bottle of house rosé as well as complimentary valet service for one car.

There is a dedicated service team for both daybed and cabana guests, and an expansive menu of shared plates, seasonal dishes, traditional poolside snacks and cool treats is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Beer, wine and cocktail service is offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and there is also outdoor dining available adjacent to the pool at Hearth ‘61. Work in the hospitality industry in any capacity? Each Monday, Mountain Shadows offers 50% off the cost of both daybed and cabana reservations to say thank you to its fellow hospitality workers.

The Scott Resort & Spa

A masterful combination of modern design and posh desert retreat both inside and out, The Scott features two sprawling pools, each surrounded by lush greenery, blooming tropical gardens, and a freshwater lagoon, combining to make a day by (or in) the water feel like a faraway escape. The La Boca pool tends to attract the more adult crowd seeking a relaxing respite, while the La Playa pool and its sandy beach are more geared toward families and those looking to play. Both are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., with food and beverage service from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. thanks to The Canal Club Poolside. An extension of the resort’s tropical eatery, in addition to Latin American and Caribbean cuisine, the second Wednesday of each month, The Canal Club offers a complimentary rum tasting program and on weekdays serves as the backdrop for guest DJs and other live local artists.

Day passes, which also provide access to the fitness center, are available starting at $40 per person while daybeds, featuring all of the amenities of the day pass as well as reserved shaded space, a sunscreen kit, a selection of nonalcoholic beverages, and a duo of chilled 6.5-ounce bottles of Chandon, start at $250 per couple. Cabanas, available for up to four guests, start at $400 and boast the same access and extras as the other two offerings as well as a full-size private daybed, a table and chairs, and a bucket of mini Chandon bottles.

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Travel in style with the Check-In Roller by Béis. Available in 26- or 29-inch sizing, the rolling suitcase is molded from polycarbonate into a sleek, aerodynamic design. Tough and travel-ready, but still eye-catching thanks to its bright orange hue (it’s also available in a lime green!) and contemporary horizontal grooves, the durable luggage piece is equipped with 360-degree wheels, a telescoping pull handle, and side and top padded carry handles. Additional highlights include a zip-around closure with an integrated TSA-approved lock, a weight limit indicator, weighted compression straps, and interior zip pockets. Béis was founded in 2018 by actress and entrepreneur Shay Mitchell. The line of travel essentials is inspired by Mitchell’s own globe-trotting adventures. 26-inch, $308; 29-inch, $328. Both available at Nordstrom,

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Products to make your eyes pop

Waterproof pomade, Benefit Cosmetics, $23 at Nordstrom, www.

Dual-ended brush, Bobby Brown, $45 at Nordstrom.

Brow lift pencil, $26 at Charlotte Tilbury, www.charlottetilbury. com.

Powder/pomade compact, The Brow Gal, $17 at Neiman Marcus, www.

Treatment gel, Kosas, $24 at Citrine, www.citrinenatrualskin. com.

Highlighting cream, Madluvv, $22 at Neiman Marcus.

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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

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.


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.


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.


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

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.”

“Classic Beauty Nothing Trending. Remember that we can always add more.”
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Tic-tac-toe game, $199 at Pottery Barn,

Cotton herringbone throw blanket, Sferra, $350 at Nordstrom, www.

Checkerboard pillow, $98 at Jonathan Adler, www.

Woven abaca cube, Universal, $725 at Daniel House Club,

Bejeweled tray, Jay Strongwater, $1,100 at Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus. com.

Woven hooded cane back chair, Noir, $1373 at Daniel House Club.

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Beat the heat in chic, sheer fashions

Midi dress, Open Edit, $69 at Nordstrom, www.

Crochet maxi skirt, $162 at Trina Turk,

Rectangular sunglasses, Miu Miu, $439 at Shopbop,

Logo visor, Dior, $560 at Nordstrom.

Shopper tote, Balmain, $1,450 at Neiman Marcus, www.

Studded pumps, Valentino Garavani, $1,690 at Neiman Marcus.

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Make a splash this summer in under the sea-inspired styles

Strapless mermaid gown, House of CB, $255 at Nordstrom,

Pearl brooch belt, Lele Sadoughi, $145 at Shopbop, www.

Starfish studs, $125 at Marea, www.

Raffia shell handbag, Mercedes Salazar, $264 at Nordstrom.

Embellished net skirt, $64.99 at h&m,

Iridescent platform sandals, Chelsea Paris, $595 at Neiman Marcus, www.

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DRESS: Orchid garden scarf midi, $158. From Tommy Bahama, www.tommybahama. com.
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DRESS: Pink colorblock tiered midi, $148. From Tommy Bahama, www.
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DRESS: White pineapple embroidered linen midi, $188. From Tommy Bahama, www.
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DRESS: Navy floral one-shoulder maxi, $198. From Tommy Bahama,
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DRESS: Striped ruffle maxi, $178. From Tommy Bahama, www.
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DRESS: Navy gauze tiered mini, $138. From Tommy Bahama, www.tommybahama. com.


Some choices are no-brainers: If you’re allergic to peanuts, don’t eat peanut butter; if you need a good night’s sleep, don’t drink coffee before bedtime; if you don’t want to sunburn at the beach, put on some sunscreen first.

Still, many people are a lot less careful when it comes to preventing cancer, which is second only to heart disease as the leading cause of death worldwide.

A recent comprehensive global study investigated cancer cases that were attributable to modifiable risk factors. It found that nearly half of cancer deaths worldwide, 44.4 percent, may have been avoidable if the victims had paid attention to factors that raised cancer risk and made lifestyle changes to reduce those risks.

The study, published in The Lancet in August, says worldwide preventable cancer deaths rose to 4.45 million in 2019, a 20.4 percent increase from 2010. The risk factors topping the list: tobacco use, drinking alcohol, and being obese or overweight.

Men with cancer were significantly more likely to die from a preventable cancer than women. The study says 50.6 percent of the male cancer deaths were attributable to preventable risk factors, compared with 36.3 percent of the female deaths.

The study in the Lancet, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, used the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019 to analyze how many cancer deaths were due to preventable risk factors. It also calculated the disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) of those preventable cancers, which covers both the reduced years of living following a cancer diagnosis and the years of living with a disabling disease. The study covered 23 types of cancer and 34 risk factors.


Despite decades of anti-smoking campaigns, smoking and other forms of tobacco use were responsible for 36.9 percent of preventable cancer deaths, the study said. Tobacco smoke contains dozens of carcinogens and has been linked to several cancers, including lung cancer and head and neck cancers.

One way to reduce cancer deaths and other negative health outcomes is for active smokers to quit smoking. Breaking the habit isn’t easy because smoking may be a means of self-medicating for many, helping them to focus, stay alert or cope with stress or anxiety. Taking part in a smoking cessation program may help, especially if it addresses the root causes of stress and anxiety and looks for healthier solutions to other concerns.

Non-smokers should remember that second-hand smoke is also a cancer risk and they should avoid situations where second-hand smoke is present.

Alcohol use

An American Cancer Society study says that drinking alcohol was linked to more than 75,000 new cancer diagnoses and 19,000 cancer deaths in the U.S. each year from 2013 to 2016. The study in the Lancet says that alcohol use accounted for 4.9 percent of cancer deaths in 2019, and it says the Global Cancer Observatory showed alcohol responsible for 4.1 percent of new cancer cases in 2020.

Although there is no safe level of drinking, doctors have focused on warning against excessive drinking. The risk of cancer increases the more alcohol a person drinks at any one time (binge drinking), and also by how much a person drinks over time.

Excessive drinking has been connected to oral cancer, throat cancer, esophageal cancer, liver cancer, colorectal cancer and breast cancer.

The standard recommendation is no more than two drinks a day for men and only a single drink a day for women. The recommendation is based on a drink being 12 ounces of beer at 5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), 5 ounces of wine at 12 percent ABV, or a 1.5-ounce shot of 80-proof distilled liquor. The higher the ABV, the fewer the ounces that should be consumed.

Obesity or being overweight (high BMI)

Obesity may be a factor in as many as 10 percent of new cancer cases each year, in part because it produces hormones and growth factors that may promote tumor growth. Also, fat cells sometimes excrete chemicals that damage DNA, which may lead to cancer cells forming. Being overweight increases the risk factors for breast cancer, colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer and other cancers.

The new study attributed 4.9 percent of cancer deaths in 2019 to high BMI. While the risk factor is metabolic, it is often driven by behavioral decisions people make. Reversing weight gain isn’t easy, but people who are obese or overweight may achieve significant and sustained weight loss through a combination of diet, physical activity and stress management.

Poor diets

Healthy diets can keep us physically fit and help stave off cancer. A healthy diet should have ample amounts of vegetables and fruits. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower, come packed with natural ingredients that may help fight cancer. A healthy diet may include leaner meats, such as chicken, as well as fish, which provides sources of healthy proteins rich in amino acids.




Cloud 9 takes on a whole new meaning with the Ether Cloud Settee by Jonathan Adler. Simply described as “Heaven Sent” by the modern, luxurious home decor, furniture and accessories brand, the low, lounge seat was created by Adler himself to look and feel like heaven. The inviting, elegant silhouette, covered in a cool sky-toned velvet (but also available in a warm oatmeal hue), is accented by gleaming brass stiletto legs to bring the piece to a chic, formal level. $4,150 at Jonathan Adler,

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2023 BMW XM

BMW M team’s new plug-in hybrid performance SUV


2023 BMW XM

Base price: $159,000

This three-ton BMW is adorned with flashy body jewelry and illuminated kidney grilles, and features four-wheel steering, a plug-in electric motor, twin-turbocharged V-8 that produces a massive 644 horsepower with 590 pound-feet of torque.

The aforementioned is paired with the entire M Division parts bin of go-fast goodies tacked on, all at an astonishing base price of $159,000. When tested, the vehicle also had the optional Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround System and “Deep Lagoon and extra cost Vintage Coffee Merino Leather” interior, bringing the bottom line to $165,895.

An eight-speed automatic transmission channels the 644 horses to all four wheels.

Packaged inside the transmission case, the electric motor pulls from a 25.7-kWh battery mounted in the underbody. The M Hybrid system also enables purely electric driving with an anticipated range of 30 miles if plugged in overnight.

The XM slots between the smaller X5 and slightly larger X7 and is as luxuriously opulent inside as it is outside with seemingly flawless build quality featuring high-end materials and components. When tested, the seats were

among the best and include a massage function. BMW labels the second row of living space the “M Lounge.” The rear bench seat feels more like a recessed couch, and a posh experience.

While the exterior design is funky, ostentatious, and interesting, the interior is captivating, especially the rich, two-tone saddle and blue combination leather upholstery befitting the cherished Union League Club.

A large, curved display stretches across twothirds of the dashboard. The display serves as both a digital gauge cluster as well as an on-board infotainment center, and it runs BMW’s latest iDrive 8.5 software interface. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. In place of a large panoramic sunroof, the XM can be ordered with a funky yet fancy backlit, Alcantara-covered headliner BMW calls a “three-dimensional structure.”

Overall, the new XM is BMW’s “hot-rod” plug-in hybrid SUV has love it or hate it styling outside and luxurious appointments inside. It’s large and delivers a reasonable amount of electric driving range. It’s nice to drive but the ride might be too firm for some. Still, BMW will easily sell every XM it can build.

Price as tested: $165,895

Engine: Plug-in Hybrid twin-turbocharged V-8

Horsepower: 644

Seating: 5

Fab features: Uber-luxe performance hybrid SUV

Beautiful interior furnishings/colors

30-mile all-electric driving range

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

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

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

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



Camp Denali opens its rustic, all-inclusive adventure resort for the 2023 season

to be completely immersed in the wilderness and wildlife of the park’s magnificent sub-Arctic landscape, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, with naturalist-led hikes.

Every guide is an experienced backcountry traveler, a naturalist, and an educator with tremendous depth of natural history knowledge. Guests can also fill their days with canoeing, biking, fishing, berry picking, touring the onsite greenhouse, or photographing the fascinating micro-flora or awe-inspiring macro landscape. The on-site natural history resource room has museum-quality collections of animal pelts, skulls and insects. Throughout the summer, Camp Denali will also welcome a host of biologists, ornithologists, conservationists, photographers, and others to share their expertise on field excursions, guided outings, and evening programming with guests.

For more than 70 years, Camp Denali – a remote, family-owned and -operated lodge and adventure center nestled at the 89-mile marker in Alaska’s pristine Denali National Park – has welcomed guests from around the world each summer. Now through September, its 19 private, rustically elegant cabins, each with direct views of Denali and adjacent peaks of the Alaska Range mountains, as well as its extensive programming are again accepting reservations.

Accessible only by private charter, Camp Denali guests enjoy a flightseeing tour of Denali on the way into camp, viewing glaciers, mountains, and tundra lowlands from the air upon arrival. Weather permitting, the flight will also include a close-up fly-by of Denali and Alaska Range glaciers and high peaks.

Camp Denali’s historic operator status with the National Park Service gives it the exclusive ability to travel through the park and lead naturalist-guided hikes. It is also the only lodge allowed to moor canoes at Wonder Lake, an iconic 2.5-mile-long lake near the foot of Denali. The absence of tour buses beyond mile marker 43 affords guests the rare opportunity to experience the park with virtually no traffic, and more opportunities to look for Denali’s charismatic megafauna on walking or driving safaris including grizzly bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and wolves. Throughout the stay, expect

The experience is all-inclusive, and 100% of the meat and seafood served is from Alaska. The on-site, off-grid greenhouse and gardens provide nearly all of the salad greens, cooking greens, sandwich lettuce, herbs, radishes, peas, and edible flowers. Meals may be enjoyed in the expansive dining room, which is a three- to seven-minute walk from any given cabin. Also located nearby is a modern shower facility and a historic log lodge with an inviting wood stove, cozy seating, a library, and unparalleled views.

The 2023 summer season at Camp Denali takes place through September 11. Rates are $1,250 per night per person with a three-night minimum. Camp Denali is accessible from Anchorage International or Fairbanks International airports followed by a car, bus, or train to Denali Park. A required private charter, which is arranged as part of the overall booking, from the park entrance to Camp Denali is $600 per person round trip and includes the 55-minute inbound flightseeing excursion. Learn more at

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This superb Pinnacle Peak Estates dwelling sits on just over 1.1 acres. The 5,411-square-foot home was completely redesigned and re-engineered from the ground up in 2022.

Now, the fully re-imagined custom home features five bathrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms and a design that is both modern and homey at the same time.

There are soaring 20-foot vaulted ceilings, accented wooden beams, handlaid blonde oak hardwood flooring, modern steel fireplaces and more throughout the thoughtfully designed living areas.

The front door opens to a foyer, with a formal dining room to the left and a spacious formal living room with a built-in wet bar striaght ahead. The formal living room is made for indoor-outdoor living and is perfect for entertaining. To the left of that room and down a hallway with beautiful built-in storage is the open-concept combination kitchen, breakfast nook, and informal living room.

Just off the informal living room, which contains a statement fireplace and built-ins, a staircase ushers guests toward a lower level retreat. The impressive space accommodates a spacious bedroom, a bathroom, a living room, and a kitchen-bar.

The primary suite features a fireplace, back patio access, a spa-like bathroom, and two closets.

Transitional living environments illuminate the path toward endless possibilities to entertain from the resort-style backyard. There is a covered patio off of the home, with plenty of room for a dining area and multiple seating areas. There is a brand new oversized heated pool adorned with Islamorada tiles, water-lined mosaic artistry and an elevated hot tub with a built-in pergola bringing distant views of the McDowell Mountains within reach.

Additional backyard highlights include a masterfully built outdoor barbecue-kitchen, a pizza oven, a kiva fireplace, warmly lit walkways, and white-pine and hickory wood-burning fire pits.

8433 E. Whispering Wind Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. Listed for $4,089,000 with Jeffrey Serpa of The Agency, or 480.376.1633.

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Providing Sustainable Energy Solutions for Homeowners

United Energy Partners (UEP), a family-owned business, is revolutionizing the way homeowners think about energy consumption. With a strong focus on sustainability and affordability, UEP offers a range of products and services including solar panels, backup batteries, and electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions.

Having accumulated over three decades of experience in the home services industry, UEP was driven by a desire to provide new services that not only save homeowners money but also contribute to a more sustainable future. This wealth of experience positions UEP as a trusted provider, ensuring customers receive topnotch service and expertise.

In an industry often dominated by faceless corporate entities, UEP stands out by infusing a personal touch into every interaction thanks to the family owned and operated business. The UEP team prides itself on treating customers like family, creating an environment of trust and reliability.

Moreover, UEP differentiates itself by offering an end-to-end solution. Unlike many competitors who outsource their installation services, UEP handles every aspect of the process, from solar system design to installation, through their in-house team of technicians. This commitment to maintaining control over the entire process ensures high-quality workmanship and customer satisfaction.

Throughout its evolution, UEP has grown from a sales organization into a comprehensive sales and installation group. This transformation allows UEP to provide exceptional customer service, offering great products at affordable prices. As a testament to their commitment, UEP proudly boasts a 5-star Google rating.

What truly sets UEP apart from others in the industry is their unwavering dedication to customer service and affordability. With a focus on making the transition to solar energy accessible for every homeowner, UEP leverages their extensive experience to deliver five-star service consistently. By keeping their services in-house, they can provide costeffective solutions without compromising quality.

Inspired by the opportunity to offer a product and service that brings financial independence and sustainability to homeowners, UEP remains motivated in their mission. They are driven by the belief that everyone has the power to make a difference, both in their own

lives and in protecting the environment for future generations.

As United Energy Partners continues to make strides in the industry, their commitment to exceptional customer service, affordability, and sustainable energy solutions remains unwavering. With their extensive experience, personalized approach, and dedication to the well-being of homeowners and the planet, UEP is poised to lead the way towards a greener and more prosperous future.



Loreto bewitches with natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and gourmand greatness

For many years, Loreto – located along the Sea of Cortez in Mexico’s Baja California Sur about 500 miles north of Cabo San Lucas – has been one of North America’s best-kept secrets. However, thanks to a new nonstop American Airlines flight from Phoenix Sky Harbor taking passengers directly to the waterfront wonder’s international airport, the cat is out of the bag. Valley residents are now able to easily explore the region dubbed one of the country’s pueblos magicos, or “magic towns,” by Mexico’s Secretariat of Tourism for its astonishing beauty, rich history and extraordinary adventures.

Visually, the area is equal parts rugged and regal. Look one way to see the turquoise-blue ocean dotted with small islands open for discovery. Look another way, and there is the majestic Sierra de la Giganta Mountain range. Yet another, and a wall of green emerges that, upon closer look, is a forest of cacti. Oh, and up in the sky? Thanks to Loreto’s limited city lights, every night is a festival of twinkling stars.

Where to Stay

To say the resorts along the water are sprawling would be an understatement. Case in point: Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto by Danzante Bay. The five-star, all-inclusive palace along the sea stretches across nearly 4,500 acres. The resort makes good use of the space in many ways, especially when it comes to the rooms. Every room is a suite, with many that exceed 1,200 square feet and one that is 5,000 square feet with four bedrooms, making it the ultimate family reunion or couples option. There are ample dining options, ranging from a fine dining steakhouse and an Italian bistro to a casual beach bar and a poolside snack spot.

In addition, there are five pools on the property that, when viewed from above, come together to look like a sea turtle as an homage to their abundance in Loreto, which is a nationally protected park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Villa del Palmar also boasts Mexico’s only TPC golf course in TPC Danzante Bay. This 2022 World Golf Awards’ Best Golf Course in Mexico award winner is an 18-hole masterpiece designed by Rees Jones that challenges its players to navigate across valleys, canyons, arroyos, dunes, foothills, and – of course – water. If seeking to work on golf skills, there are a litany of clinics and instructors to help with driving, putting, chipping, and even trick shots.

The resort is also home to the 39,000-square-foot Sabila Spa, which is equal parts relaxing day of pampering and world of wellness for those seeking a “self-care-cation,” offering something for everyone. There are dozens of treatment options (including a caviar facial and a wrap using mineral-dense moor mud), and before or after a service, guests may indulge in the hydrotherapy

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experience. This hour to 90-minute process features 10 different circuits and combines hot and cold therapies to improve circulation, relieve pain, and melt away stress. The spa is complemented by a full-scale fitness center, Pilates and yoga programming, tennis and pickleball courts, kayaks, paddle boards, and snorkel equipment for guests to enjoy.

Extraordinary Explorations

Given the region’s status as a protected park, it is well worth setting up a series of excursions while visiting to explore the outdoors sans the crowds in other beach towns, which can be made through most resorts or through tour companies with ease. A major bonus when visiting Loreto is the sheer number of glass bottom boats, sport fishing boats, and catamarans available for charter, each offering custom tours across uninhabited islands and coves found in the bay or open water and many with specialized packages for scuba and snorkeling. On any given day, divers can see angel sharks, sea turtles, guitarfish, torpedo rays, manta rays, electric rays, and tropical fish in every imaginable color. When the weather cools, the water is also a popular spot for whales. If fishing, depending on the season, expect that chance to catch golden mahi mahi, tuna, roosterfish, marlin, and sailfi.

The fun in Loreto is not limited to just watersports. Land lovers looking for a little action are in the right place as well. Expect miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Among the most epic and ambitious are the San Javier Mission hike in the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range, which leads to thousand-year-old cave paintings, and the hike up Isla Coronado, which is a volcanic island that ends with a 360-degree view of the entirety of Loreto. There are also horseback riding, ATV, and dirt bike excursions across the Sonoran Desert as well.

Between all the outdoor activities and adventures, both on land and on sea, visitors should also carve out time to visit the main part of the town, starting with Our Lady of Loreto, one of seven buildings in Loreto that are considered historical monuments by the federal government. Our Lady of Loreto is the start of a pathway that Spanish missionaries carved – literally, by erecting missions – starting in the 1600s that eventually ended in Sonoma, California. Along the Malecon, which is Loreto’s breathtaking beachside boardwalk, as well as at the Downtown Plaza, there are also a host of family-owned shops with everything from art and jewelry to clothes and home accessories, and endless mouthwatering eateries and watering holes, including Raiz Creative Cuisine, El Zopilote Brewing Company, Mi Loreto, Los Olivos, Pepegina Restaurant, and Mezzaluna.

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Sour beers abound across Arizona, especially in the summer

Those who love beer but find it too filling to enjoy in the heat should consider ordering a sour, which is an acidic, tart style of brew, often lower in alcohol content and heavy flavor notes. Local brewers are especially adept at this style of beer. Here are some of the best bets to sample all summer long.

Kakigori Sour

Kitsune Brewing Company

Inspired by a beloved Japanese shaved ice dessert, this pastry sour is a delicious collaboration between Kitsune Brewing Co. and Tombstone Brewing Company. Made with more than 1,000 pounds of blueberry, raspberry, and key lime, plus lactose and a heavy dose of vanilla, this fragrant beer tastes a like a refreshing fruit tart in a glass. Sixteen-ounce draft, $7.

Chavez Crossing Sour Cherry

Wanderlust Brewing Co.

This beer feels like a Belgian sour but with its own desert-made style. It is a lactobacillus sour, meaning it uses the same method to impart tartness as yogurt does, with beautiful citrus notes, subtle spice and a burst of both sour cherries off the vine and sour cherry candy. Single can, $6; four-pack, $14.

Watermelon Sour

Huss Brewing Co.

Perfect for the hot summer months, Huss Brewing Co. and its sister brand, Papago Brewing, are both offering this melon-infused marvel on draft all season long. It is less than 5% alcohol by volume and made with fresh watermelon and strawberry puree, resulting in a refreshing zip in every sip. Fourteen-ounce snifter, $7.

Debo’s Sour DBL IPA

Uncle Bear’s Brewery

Named after its master brewer’s dog, Debo, this is the sixth year Uncle Bear’s has collaborated with 1912 Brewing in Tucson to brew this Sour DBL IPA. The citrusy, high-gravity beer was kettle-soured with several strains of lactobacillus and has a massive number of hops in it. Citra and Amarillo, in particular, come together on the nose for a beautiful lingering presence, while the tartness of the sour hides some of the bitterness from the hops. Six-pack, $18.

Still Winter Wild Ale American

Dark Sky Brewing Company

This vegan sour is meant to quench the thirst of those dreaming of cooler days. It is aged for one year in port barrels imported by Caduceus Cellars in Northern Arizona and is considered a mixed fermentation sour. Tart and acidic, it has notes of earth and red grapes on the nose and each sip packs a tangy punch. Sixteen-ounce crowler, $10.


Pedal Haus Brewery

This sour is brewed and anaerobically fermented in the kettle with a type of bacteria that produces lactic acid. After three days, it is boiled to kill the bacteria and a regular yeast is added to ferment the remaining sugar to provide the alcohol and flavor characteristic of beer. At the end of that fermentation, 378 pounds of fruit are added, primarily raspberry, blackberry, dark cherry, and marionberry, to round it out. Growler, $25. www.

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Upon entering The Canal Club, guests are transported to midcentury Havana, Cuba. The menu is perfectly aligned with the aesthetic, celebrating Latin American and Caribbean flavors in every dish. Of note: the Pan Roasted Snapper ($35). First, the chefs create a pineapple salsa using diced Roma tomatoes, pineapple, seeded jalapenos, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt, and refrigerate it to chill. Next, they create a creamy puree with garlic, lime juice, avocados, and seeded jalapenos. Then, cilantro, garlic, pumpkin seeds, chili flakes, and oil are combined to make a Latin American take on pesto, which is paired with steamed rice. Finally, the red snapper is pan roasted with oil, salt and pepper until golden-brown. The resulting tropical, spicy, sweet, and salty elements are stacked on a plate and garnished with edible flowers. The Canal Club, 4925 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.424. 6095;

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JoJo’s ShakeBAR offers adult takes on classic shakes

JoJo’s ShakeBAR, named for the owner’s daughter and located in the Scottsdale Quarter, is a new modern diner and milkshake shop with a nostalgic vibe, recapturing the magic of the 1980s and 1990s.

“Among our most popular sections of the menu is our Biggie Shakes, named as an homage to 1990s rap superstar Notorious B.I.G.,” says Robbie Schloss, owner of JoJo’s. “Like Biggie, these shakes are over the top.”

Each shake is $14 and many have 1980s movies or television shows as their namesakes.

“For a $4 enhancement, CBD may be added to any of the seven biggies, or for $6, spirits may be added for those 21 and over,” Schloss says.

For example, Wonder Years, named for the coming-of-age television show, may be made by blending Bacardi Rum, blueberries, and ice cream. Once scooped into a custom candy-coated glass, it is paired with a marshmallow, whipped cream, cotton candy, and a gummy ribbon.

Rocky IV, named for the 1985 film, can be enhanced with Jameson Irish Whiskey. It contains vanilla soft serve and Reese’s Pieces, topped with toffee marshmallows, additional Reese’ Pieces, a peanut butter cookie, and white chocolate boxing glove.

“Three’s Company, an homage to the classic sitcom, may feature Captain Morgan Spiced Rum along with strawberries, bananas, and vanilla ice cream, and is topped with dehydrated fruits, a nut-covered donut hole, whipped cream, and rainbow sprinkle sugar cookie,” Schloss says.

If ordering an alcoholic enhancement, the shop’s Gold Digger caramel offering comes with Jim Beam Bourbon; the Girl Scout chocolate mint option contains Fernet Branca; and the Chocolate Nirvana Oreo shake has Bailey’s Irish Cream.

JoJo’s Shake Bar, 15279 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; more information at

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In the kitchen with Robert Conneway of Sugo Bistro

Robert “chef Rasco” Conneway is the executive chef and owner of Sugo Bistro, a newly opened restaurant at SOHO Scottsdale with a scratch kitchen whipping up modern takes on Italian classics.

How did you get the nickname “Rasco?”

My grandmother started calling me Rasco (pronounced like Rosco) before I could walk. She told me it was Italian slang. A term of endearment? Sort of. She said it meant loud and obnoxious, but did so with a smile, and so it stuck. I am still loud and obnoxious, and it is still endearing!

Tell us the story behind the name Sugo. This is also thanks to my grandmother, who not only inspired me to get into the kitchen with her, but kept me there for hours stirring her sugo, which is a true Italian red sauce (or gravy to some) made with ripe tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, onions and garlic, and seasonings. The name represents what we do: authentic Italian recipes.

How did you come to open Sugo?

My journey began in the 2000s when I entered culinary school here in the Valley and began mentoring under one of my lead instructors. After graduating in 2006, I worked my way up in the ranks. When Buddha’s decided to move locations, I decided to open Sugo as homage to my Sicilian and Northern Italian roots.

What are some must-order dishes?

Start the meal with one or both of our bread offerings in our Wood-Fired Focaccia with rosemary, garlic, balsamic glaze, imported olive oil, and flaky sea salt, and the Bruschetta Board with the guest’s choice of bread. For the mains, my personal favorite pastas are the penne with lemon butter scampi, gremolata crumb, and pecorino; and the casarecce with artichoke-infused creamy alfredo sauce, crispy basil, and parmesan.

What about dessert?

Both our cannoli and Sicilian doughnuts are blowing guests away.

What would readers be surprised to know about you?

Until about 10 years ago, I competed as a semiprofessional break dancer. And while I had to retire, I am still active in extreme sports as much as I can be, especially skateboarding.

Sugo Bistro, 16580 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale; 480.687.0298;

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The best culinary bets across the island

Every summer, Phoenicians descend upon the resort city of Coronado. Located on a peninsula in San Diego Bay, Coronado offers posh accommodations, golfing, and shops, all with an ocean view. Seeking some recommendations on where to eat while in the area? Here are some of the best across what is affecionately nicknamed “Scottsdale West.”

Fine Dining: Serea

Located at the iconic Hotel del Coronado, the Michelin-rated Serea, which is recognized by James Beard Foundation as a Smart Catch Leader for its efforts in sustainable seafood, offers the ultimate in upscale sea-to-table dining. Every seat in the chic, open-air restaurant features views of the beach and ocean, right along with an ever-changing menu based on the freshest catches and seasonality of produce. During the summer months, the menu offers a bounty of whole catch fish, seafood towers, ceviche, oysters, lamb chops, filet mignon, pork chops, and more. There are ample wine and beer selections, including pairing recommendations, and a modern cocktail menu with exquisite spirits and fresh, whimsical garnishes.

Casual Dinner with a View: Sun Deck

Also located at Hotel del Coronado, but with a wholly different vibe and feel, Sun Deck is a bar and grill with sophisticated fire pit seating that is elevated just above the buzzy beach boardwalk. Its fiberglass walls allow for unobstructed views of the crashing waves and awe-inspiring sunsets. There are a bevy of vegetable-forward offerings and gluten-free dishes as well as elevated takes on pub favorites, including a short rib burger topped with truffle and a charbroiled mahi-mahi sandwich with charred greens and slaw. Not hungry? Indulge in the seductive cocktail menu featuring a wide selection of mixology marvels.

Hidden Gem: Little Frenchie

The only other Michelin-rated eatery in Coronado Island next to Serea, Little Frenchie makes the most of its 1,600-square-foot digs along Coronado’s gorgeous promenade. As the name suggests, the intimate and low-key eatery is a love letter to Europe, from its bistro-style seating to its imported cheese selections to its authentic French technique. Dishes include crispy potatoes paired with Kaluga caviar, onion soup gratin, Burgundy-style escargots, classic moules frites, and perfectly layered tartines. There is also a Champagne happy hour Monday through Thursday offering $20 off any bottle of bubbly from the restaurant’s extensive collection.

Sensational Steakhouse: Stake Chophouse & Bar

Distinguished by its selection of fine USDA

Prime, dry-aged, both Miyazaki and Kagawa prefecture Japanese A5, and Black grade American wagyu beef cuts, Stake is a boutique, intimate steakhouse that is on par with any of the big boys over in San Diego. In fact, it is one of only three steakhouses in the greater San Diego area to earn a Wine Spectators Best of Award of Excellence for the past seven consecutive years. Those in the know opt for The Stake Experience, which features a delicious five-course adventure across the menu, including bites of luscious shellfish and wood-fired sides, in addition to perfectly marbled meat, with optional wine pairings.

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Brew to Do: Coronado Brewing Company

An Island staple, Coronado Brewing has been focused on crafting abundantly hoppy West Coast-style ales since 1996. A titan in the local craft beer scene, the island brewery is a past World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and its Weekend Vibes IPA, Salty Crew Blonde Ale, and Palm Sway IPA have all won copious national medals as well. In 2023, the brand launched Japanese Lager and a seasonal series of hazy IPAs, each of which is available when visiting. Diners can pair their drinks with a slew of pub favorites with a California twist, including, but not limited to, delicious coconut calamari, grilled wahoo tacos and a barbecue chicken pizza.

Brunch and Bakery: Clayton’s Bistro

The brainchild of a pair of female friends, walking into Clayton’s is in many ways a nod to the past. An homage to the style of a bakery one might find in 1900s Europe, Clayton’s offers both a bakery case with goodies ranging from fresh savory and sweet croissants and homemade pastries, to seasonal Danish, donut holes, and cookies, including gluten-free options, as well as brunch all day long. Brunch offerings feature French standards including croque madame but also more beachy and American fare such as egg and sausage wraps, avocado toast, and breakfast burgers. There is also an extensive espresso bar with French roast and more than a dozen coffee and tea-infused drinks.

Pizza: Garage Buona Forchetta

Offering authentic Neapolitan-style pizza and boasting a staff that includes many Italian natives, Garage Buona Forchetta opened just weeks before the pandemic hit yet managed to not only survive, but thrive, thanks to its crave-worthy ingredients and alluring outdoor

patio. There are more than two dozen pizzas on the menu, including those with the more traditional San Marzano tomatoes, Buffalo mozzarella, and meats as well as capers, speck, grape tomatoes, pesto, and nduja, which is a spicy, spreadable meat paste that tastes better than it sounds. The eatery also offers fried pizzas, specialty pastas, calzones, and gluten-free options.

Happy Hour: Jolie

Many know this newcomer to Coronado – it opened earlier this year – as a restaurant, butcher, and specialty shop. However, do not sleep on happy hour here. Available from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Jolie’s “Oyster Hour” features $8 prosecco, rosé, and Bordeaux wines by the glass as well as a menu of fresh oysters with traditional accoutrements for just $2 each. There’s also significant discounts on other dishes, such as a crudo of the day, Ahi tostadas, Peruvian scallops, bay scallops with aguachile, and cheese and charcuterie boards. .

Sweet Treat: Nado Gelato

Nado is churning out crowd-pleasing gelatos by the gallon. The hot spot uses techniques from gelatieris doted across the founders’ native Italy, primarily whipping less air into the ingredients during the crafting process thereby creating a concentration of flavors. It pairs these techniques with fresh California ingredients. There are more than 20 outstanding flavors available at any time, including pear, salted caramel, pistachio, pineapple, pannacotta, tiramisu, raspberry, vanilla bean, and strawberry-basil.

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The Soda Jerk Co. is a modern soda fountain with a retro-inspired design, but it’s much more than that. The location also serves as a secret (Shh!) entrance to The Nemesis Club, an elevated escape room interactive experience. Guests with a taste for fun and adventure can charge up that sweet tooth at this fully functioning frozen dessert counter, serving craft milkshakes and floats. Expect treats with flavors such as cookies and cream, peanut butter with chocolate, and orange vanilla cream, and rotating seasonal shakes. 5350 E. High St., Suite 109, Phoenix; 480.576.7778;; $


The All American Modern Sports Grill is where bar classic meets modern. Not to be missed is their one-of-a-kind cozy bourbon bar – Cask 53 – with a selection of over 90 whiskeys from around the globe, and nearby open-air patio. The kitchen offers favorites like outstanding burgers and sandwiches; wings in a choice of Buffalo, hoisin Sriracha, Jamaican jerk, miso teriyaki or spicy bourbon barbeque sauce; innovative appetizers, salads and entrees, including Moroccan salmon; and scrumptious desserts. Happy hour food and drink specials Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 20751 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale; 480.868.2702;; $$


“Eat, drink, chill” is the motto at Backyards. This spot prides itself on incredible food, ice-cold draft beer, and a fun, backyard-style vibe ideal for watching sports or a casual hangout. Menu favorites include the build-your-own burger or salad, a five-cheese blend mac and cheese, Goliath wings, and more. Happy hour Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. 9261 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale; 480.745.3030;; $$


For a truly intimate dining experience in the heart of Old Town, look for an inconspicuous door that will lead you upstairs to a speakeasy above the main floor of Citizen Public House. There, you’ll find Benjamin’s Upstairs, where Chef Ben Graham has created a culinary experience inspired by fresh ingredients and exciting flavors, including the famous Original Chopped Salad, fresh oysters, cornbread waffles, and a long list of natural wines. Make reservations for private dining, groups, or special events. In addition, Benjamin’s holds monthly dinners featuring dishes created by local chefs paired with wine and more. 7111 E 5th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.398.4208; www.benjaminsaz. com; $$-$$$


An eatery on a mission to create something for everyone, the menu here features a modern take on classic American fare, along with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Cook & Craft makes a conscious effort to support Arizona businesses by sourcing

local products, including coffee roasters, breweries, and distilleries, as well as fresh produce. The eatery serves a vast selection of starters, salads, soups, entrees, and sides, including craft grilled cheese and burgers, the “famous” chicken Philly. The appetizer menu features delights like deviled eggs, cauliflower wings and chocolate bacon. Happy hour daily from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Shea location; Tuesday through Sunday, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on High Street. Two locations: Shea Boulevard and High Street; www.; $$


Wally’s is a family-owned restaurant and bar on the border of Paradise Valley and Scottsdale. The signature S’Mac is a skillet mac and cheese that starts as a simple four-cheese blend but can be upgraded with heirloom tomatoes and basil or andouille sausage and red bell peppers. For a taste of home cooking, the classic meatloaf fits the bill. This casual neighborhood eatery serves hearty, made-from-scratch dishes for lunch, dinner and “Happiest Hour” from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. 7704 E. Doubletree Ranch Road., Scottsdale; 480.596.7978;; $$


Bei is an affordable, neighborhood sushi spot with lunch and happy hour specials. In addition to its sushi offerings, Bei serves a variety of Asian cuisines like Japanese entrees, Korean barbecue, ramen, and rice bowls. It also has a full bar featuring sake bombers and soju cocktails. Vegetarian friendly. Happy hour every day from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and again from 9 to 10:30 p.m. 2200 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale; 480.471.6609;; $$


George Yang has created his restaurant from his experience growing up in Asia and being exposed to several cuisines. The menu features delectable Asian flavors from several countries as well as Yang’s own recipes like citrus chicken and Sun Devil chicken. Some of the most popular dishes are the Singaporean chow fun and sizzling black pepper beef. Live music on Saturday and mimosa lunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open daily. 11291 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale; 480.661.6336; www.; $$


This fast-casual Vietnamese restaurant reinvents the street food of Vietnam, making it simple, customiz-

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able and convenient. Healthy, fresh, and tasty rolls and Vietnamese street food are the specialties of the house, along with pho and spicy noodle soups. Chicken wings and Vietnamese sandwiches are also favorites. Varieties of pho include brisket and meatballs, shrimp, chicken, grilled pork, brisket, rare tender steak, oxtail, and more. The menu also features gluten-free and vegetarian options. Two locations; $-$$


Kasai offers innovative Asian fare, sushi and cocktails. Dishes include filet carpaccio, misoyaki black cod, char-grilled lamb chops and teppanyaki served with fire and flare. The menu also offers signature cocktails, a variety of sake and an extensive sushi selection. Happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. Teppan happy hour Friday through Sunda from 3 to 4:45 p.m. 14344 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.607.1114; www.; $$-$$$


Viet Kitchen takes pride in delivering the flavors of Vietnamese cuisine through a dynamic menu and varied offerings with top-notch service and excellent food that keeps customers coming back. Menu favorites include the flavor-packed pho tai with rare beef and the barbecue pork with rice noodles. There are also vegetarian options. At Cave Creek Marketplace, 20235 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix; 602.788.5535; www.; $-$$


This local gourmet ice cream shop has made a name for itself with its Almost Famous Fatty Daddy’s Cookie Cup. The frozen confection is made with layers of ice cream, topped with a locally baked macaron and a freshly toasted marshmallow. The menu includes ice cream, gelato and sorbets, with a wide variety of flavors, including seasonal flavors that rotate weekly. Stay for a coffee, Boba tea or pastry, too. Open daily. 1608 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale; 480.634.6460;; $


If desserts are a priority, PIEfection belongs at the top of any sweet tooth list. All of the pies are made from scratch with lots of love. The menu consists of sweet and savory pies, cheesecake-based pies, traditional pies, and orchard fruit pies including country apple, triple berry, strawberry rhubarb, and wild blueberry. French crumb pie

– a traditional fruit pie, finished with a buttery, streusel crumb topping – is also available. PIEfection also provides takeand-bake potpies and an ever-changing pie of the month. 9015 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale; 480.218.7437;; $$


Developed by the Maggiore family who owns several Valley restaurants, including The Sicilian Butcher next door, The Sicilian Baker is an Italian sweet shop that has a build-your-own cannoli bar with your choice of three different shell flavors and cream fillings like Oreo, espresso, fig, lemon, seasonal flavors and more. Coffee and espresso drinks, Italian pastries, savory sandwiches, and gelato are also part of the menu. 15530 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 602.777.5140;; $-$$

European BRAT HAUS

Brat Haus is Scottsdale’s premier beer garden and is widely known for its housemade bratwurst 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 open-air patio, enjoy from-scratch cuisine inspired by European food craftsmen. Prost! 3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.4006; www.; $$


Hearty hand pies called pasties have taken the Valley by storm since Cornwall native Dean Thomas founded the original Tempe Cornish Pasty Co. in 2005. The restaurant serves pasties with dozens of filling and flavor combinations like the spicy asiago chicken and the Oggie, a traditional pasty with steak, potatoes, onions, and rutabaga. Pasties can also be ordered partially baked to take home and cook at your leisure. Vegetarian friendly. 3800 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.945.1220;; $$


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. 7030 E. Bella Vista

Drive, Cave Creek; 480.488.2856;; $$$


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. 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;; $$


The Diaz family opened Caliente in July 2020, bringing their authentic recipes and 25 years of restaurant experience to Scottsdale. All of their dishes are made in-house, from scratch, drawing on family recipes from Jalisco, Mexico. All-day breakfast, including revueltos, burritos, chilaquiles, and huevos rancheros are highlights, as are the variety of tacos like adovado, chorizo, blackened fish, lobster or traditional favorites like chicken, ground beef or carne asasda. Burritos and bowls, and lunch and dinner specialties like rellenos, enchiladas, mixed plates, and camarones a la tequila are not to be missed. Friendly service and delicious food. 15600 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.597.6467; www.; $$


A Valley staple since 1978, Carlos O’Brien’s is a unique fusion of a Mexican restaurant and an Irish pub that combines Mexican staples like chimichangas, fajitas and enchiladas with a few Irish favorites like fish and chips. 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix; 480.367.0469;; $$



Diego Pops is a fun, modern Mexican restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale with an ambiance as electric as its neon sign. The tacos and burritos are packed with flavor, and the basket of six salsas presented with your order adds to the experience. The Brussels sprouts nachos are a must-try! Happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and $3 tacos all day every Monday. 4338 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.970.1007;; $$


The atmosphere at El Encanto is a vibrant fiesta of food and fun. The eatery, which has been serving up the classics since 1989, is a celebration for the senses, with a vast list of margaritas and authentic Mexican cuisine.

The slow-roasted pork carnitas and cheesy pollo fundido are some of the most popular entrees. The cantina carries more than 40 different tequilas and a distinctive wine menu, along with a tapas menu with smaller, specialized dishes meant for sharing. Kids menu available. Three locations: Cave Creek, Carefree, and Fountain Hills; www.; $$


Upscale yet approachable, the restaurant’s dynamic, modern cuisine is complemented by the unparalleled tequila bar. Fine details are everywhere from the decor to the freshly prepared dishes. Menu favorites include the tableside guacamole and the carnitas hacienda. The famous flaming coffee is not to be missed. At Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale; 480.585.2694;

Wine Bars


This beloved wine bar is known for its changing selection of wines from Arizona and around the world as well as its delicious bruschetta and boards. Specials include $25 bottle and bruschetta on Monday and Tuesday evenings after 8 p.m. and $5 wines by the glass and pitchers of beer offered daily from open to 5 p.m. Two Scottsdale locations: Highland and Kierland Commons; www.; $$


Scapegoat rotates its taps and seasonal wine list to ensure there is always something new for guests to try. But don’t overlook the gourmet tapas menu items such as The G.O.A.T., Parisian ham with three cheeses baked between local bread; the gruyere cheese puffs, and the weekly rotating food specials. Happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. 7150 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.292.7605;; $$


Enjoy both domestic and international wines in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The wine selection rotates frequently to offer the best variety possible. Pair with food from the “Wine Pub Grub” menu, which includes meat, cheese, and fruit boards, as well as popular favorites like sliders and quesadillas. Paninis, bruschetta, salads, sandwiches, and flatbreads also grace the menu. Not a wine drinker? The pub also has a wide selection of craft beers and microbrews by the bottle. Seville Shopping Center, 7001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.922.3470; www.; $$

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This annual festival, held at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, welcomed attendees to taste curated wines and gourmet specialties from AJ’s Fine Foods. Proceeds benefited the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts.

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Guests took a bite out of unique dishes from top Valley chefs at The ALS Association’s annual event. The sold-out evening took place at Chateau Luxe, where attendees also enjoyed mystery boxes, silent and live auctions, live music, and an impactful program.

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This 13th annual fundraising dinner, hosted by The Larry Fitzgerald Foundation, raised $1 million for the first time in the event’s history. Over 250 business and community leaders gathered at Dominick’s Steakhouse to enjoy inspiring speeches, touching stories, and delicious food to benefit the foundation’s mission to support youth education and breast cancer awareness.

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Lauded chef debuts ambitious fine dining Course and whimsical Morning Would concepts in Scottsdale

entering, the design is modern and simple with a neutral wood palate so that the dishes may serve as the art.

“For me, vegetables serve as the primary paint on each of what I call my culinary canvases,” Oppold says. “Not to say we don’t have a stunning wagyu beef and insane cuts of other proteins, but the vegetables allow so much playfulness in technique, seasoning, and plating that I think they will stand out most to diners.”

During the pandemic, chef Cory Oppold – well-known for winning Chopped on Food Network as well as for his decades of culinary creativity at Atlas Bistro, Binkley’s, and L ’Auberge de Sedona – innovated a cryogenic means to create a multicourse fine dining experience called “Simmer Down” that guests could pick up and easily create at home.

Those innovative courses were just the beginning. “By 2021, in addition to Simmer Down I started doing in-home and special event dining, focused on unforgettable and artfully plated courses getting more elaborate and adventurous with every booking,” Oppold says. “In early 2022, I did a pairing dinner with Clos Solène Winery that allowed me to realize my biggest dream.”

During that dinner, Oppold connected with two guests, Brett and Christian Pezzuto, who would become his partners in Course.

Opened in May, the restaurant – nearly 1,900 square feet inside with a 625-squarefoot patio covered in greenery to evoke a secret garden feel – is the culmination of every single course that has inspired Oppold throughout his career. Light and bright when

Open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday, the Course menu features two options: a five-course offering Tuesday and Wednesday starting at $135 per person, and an indulgent 10-course feast for all the senses Thursday to Saturday that starts at $190 per person. Diners may add wine pairings, curated by award-winning sommelier Nicholas Padua, for $190, and specialty additions to the menu, including A5 ribeye, for supplemental charges. Menus will change regularly but guests can expect experiential offerings ranging from candy cap mushrooms on freshly made ice cream to sturgeon pie that tastes like the world’s greatest version of a Ritz Cracker with spray cheese.

Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Oppold flips the script and converts Course to a whimsical brunch restaurant called Morning Would. “I began playing with the idea of a wholly different brunch concept but in the same building after a series of successful brunch pop-ups, which started back in 2019 at Chula Uptown, across Arizona,” Oppold says.

Still prix fix, the experience takes guests through six courses that look like works of art but taste like comfort classics. The brunch costs $75 per person, with items like bottomless mimosas and Aperol spritz towers available for an added cost.

Reservations are recommended.

Course, 7366 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale;; 480.687.0491.

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