So Scottsdale February 2017

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always find February (and Valentine’s Day) a curious time. What about the other 11 months and 364 days of the year? Maybe it’s the idealist in me, but I believe that love is worthy of driving our words and our actions year-round, every day of every month. After all – as The Beatles so poignantly said – all you need is love, right? And this issue is chock-full of l-o-v-e, starting with our Sizzling Singles feature on page 50. I have to admit that I had, perhaps, too much fun with this story. When I put the call out for people who are single and looking for a relationship, my Facebook account and email inbox were flooded with enthusiastic suggestions of friends, brothers, sisters and coworkers. It was quite interesting to discover both the commonalities and differences in what we all value in a potential mate. While there were a lot of wonderful contenders, we narrowed the selection down from at least 40 people to just 14. In fact, on our cover is one of those singles: Kiki Cordero, the owner of COR fitness studio. If you’re on the market yourself, perhaps your match is merely pages away. In other amorous amusements, there are a few new places for date night (page 92), a stunning pair of shoes for any romantic occasion (page 119), lovingly luxe gifts (pages 120 and 124), dishes sure to set the mood (page 156), and a different sort of rose bouquet (page 154). We also have some Valentine’s Day happenings you won’t want to miss on page 94 – dinner with a side of diamonds, anyone? But for those of you who may be slightly cynical, that’s OK. We have just the potion for you! On page 116, discover a cheeky spin on a valentine-themed cocktail: The Ice Queen. Whether you fall in the “ice queen” camp, you’re an idealist, or somewhere in between, this month in Scottsdale it seems that love makes the world go ’round indeed.

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up close “I was accepted to the University of Maine and recruited to join the cheerleading squad after high school, but fate had other plans,” says Kostis, who was in a severe car accident just after graduation, resulting in facial scarring, mild disfigurement and a brain injury. And though still fighting to recover from the crash, Kostis entered college. But something wasn’t right. “I was cheering – literally – on the outside, and even performing the national anthem at college sporting events in addition to all my classes, but the lingering effects of my accident persisted.” Eventually, she headed back home to work through her brain injury and posttraumatic stress while undergoing regular surgeries and procedures to address the scarring on her face. “While this was anything but the college experience I had planned, the work I did at home to get better changed my life.” During this time, Kostis still loved watching her mother’s steady hands dream up new fashions, but she also got interested in makeup in a very serious way, especially some of the newer breakthroughs in makeup science to help in covering up her scarring and facial discoloration.

“Before long, I found myself enrolling in cosmetology school in Boston, the nearest big city to our little town,” says Kostis, who paid her way through school working at a local salon and doing freelance makeup work. “The salon really took me under its wing, adding hair styling and cutting to my beauty-focused box of tricks.”

Focusing on Fashion As graduation approached, Kostis had a decision to make – take on a full-time job at the salon or focus on clothing styling, her true passion. Fate again stepped in. “My friend was moving to San Francisco with some other girls, and I decided to take the plunge and go with them,” Kostis says. She got a job in San Francisco at a high-end day spa frequented by California’s high society and fashionistas, where she was able to offer freelance styling to them on the side. One of her regulars, as it turned out, was an up-and-coming handbag designer, fresh off a big project for Britney Spears. Soon, this designer lured Kostis away from the day spa, offering her the opportunity of a lifetime.


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“For the next several years, I traveled the globe – from Paris to Florence to Barcelona to Berlin – helping grow her fashion business into an international brand while managing customers including Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus.” Once the economy took a downswing, however, so did the fashion industry. It was time for Kostis to move on – but to where? “New York City, of course, where I began a high-profile position with Prairie NY, a women’s clothing line,” Kostis says. And though she was excited by the move, she was also ready to finish her education and step out on her own. “I moved to the Valley in 2010, working freelance for private clients as well as consulting with fashion bloggers and helping brides and their families with head-to-toe styling for their engagement photos, weddings and even honeymoons,” says Kostis, who graduated from ASU in 2012 with honors and a very robust start to a business. So, rather than move back to a “major fashion city” after graduation, Kostis launched RISTYLE Consulting in 2014, with the goal of bringing fashion, style and body confidence to women all over the Valley. “Today, I work on everything and everyone from Phoenix Fashion Week and the Maxim Superbowl Party to high school students who need a little confidence boost,” says Kostis, who has also made a name for herself by consulting for entrepreneurs and business executives Valleywide. Additionally, Kostis does closet assessments for private clients, both in person and virtually for those out of state. She also offers day-of wedding styling to brides, their families and bridal parties so everyone can enjoy the big day, rather than worry about adjusting a veil or dress for photos – and, instead, leave it to the pro. Beyond styling, Kostis has partnered with local brand Farfetched Apparel to create her own line: The FURtribe Collection, which features cute and comfy clothing for dog lovers (think T-shirts with sayings like, “I only brunch on dog-friendly patios”). Learn more about Kostis’ styling services at


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How to handle fine hair -Ask the expert! Rodney Gentry, Full-service Designer and Hair Color Specialist, Sachi Studios

Q: We’ve focused on the problems and solutions of fine hair here, but are there also advantages to it? RG: Of course! Fine hair can look stunning, just like all other types of hair. Fine hair tends to be soft and silky. This makes it harder to style, but the flip side is that it can almost glow with a wonderful, natural shine. Those with curly fine hair will also find they spend much less time straightening it than their thicker-haired friends. Fine hair is also brilliant for the summer months, when it helps to keep the head cooler. Just like all other hair types, fine hair comes with plentiful advantages, as well as its own particular issues!

From static issues to limp, dull styles, fine hair can sometimes feel impossible to get right. Thankfully, expert color specialist Rodney Gentry, based at Sachi Studios in Scottsdale, is here to help! Q: First, why is it that some of us have finer hair than others? Rodney Gentry: Fine hair results when each individual strand of hair has a small circumference, so that individual strands are not as large as those belonging to other people whose hair has a wider circumference. Q: Do people with fine hair have particular problems as a result of the hair’s fineness? RG: Clients with fine hair tend to come to me with a similar range of complaints. While fine hair can look sleek and beautiful, it can be difficult to style. Many clients also wish for more volume to their hair. Q: How do you help them to overcome these issues? RG: There are plenty of options for those with fine hair. Highlights are one way to add volume and texture, and lowlights can work really well, too. It is really incredible what you can do with color. Clients always get a boost when they see how different their fine hair looks after it has undergone a color treatment. There are also some great products on the market to help with fine hair. I’m loving the René Furterer Volumea range right now. The four products—shampoo, conditioner, conditioning spray and a volumizing foam—harness the power of natural ingredients like carob in order to create long-lasting volume that leaves the hair bouncy and lightweight. Products like these work wonders, and it is great to be able to introduce clients to them and know how much they will enjoy the effect that they have. Simple things like drying technique can also make a big difference. People with fine hair should lift the hair outward and upward as they dry if they want maximum volume. They should also avoid brushing it when wet, as fine hair can break very easily.

Q: What other problems do people with fine hair face? RG: Fine hair can be more prone to damage than thick hair, so those with fine hair need to be careful about over-styling and the use of chemical treatments. Here at Rodney Gentry, we specialize in using products that are kind to the hair, and that nurture it at the same time as coloring it. I don’t believe that there is any place for harsh chemical treatments in a modern salon—they just aren’t necessary anymore. Enzyme-based products can color hair beautifully, and are so much kinder to it than the old peroxide-based treatments. Q: Can you recommend any quick fixes for those with fine hair? RG: Well, a quick trip to Sachi Studios, for one! For those after a quick fix at home, I would recommend always having a deep conditioning masque on hand, ready to be used as a weekly treatment or whenever particularly luscious locks are required. On a daily basis, it really doesn’t get much better than the René Furterer Volumea line for those looking for added body.

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Dale Merritt’s new app makes it easier to hit the links BY TERESA K. TRAVERSE



ale Merritt has worn many hats in his professional life, working in solar energy, energy efficiency, residential security, fixed wireless, and app development. But the Scottsdale entrepreneur’s love of golf – he’s been hitting the links for about 27 years – ultimately led to his latest creation. “I’m an avid golfer and saw some problems that were causing the game I love to be affected in a negative way, so I sought out the answers for those problems,” he says. His solution? Golfpay (www.golfpay. co), a golf reservation app that allows golfers to pay and check-in from their phones. The app is the first of its kind worldwide and launched in Arizona a few months ago, with expansions already underway in other states. Optimized for performance on mobile devices, Golfpay’s unique design and technology includes a number of features such as no booking fees, reservation invites, split payment options, and mobile check-in. “We’ve got features in the platform that really connect well with the younger set and make the whole experience better, more convenient, more interesting and faster.” Merritt hopes that his app will benefit golfers and forever change the industry. “We are making golf more experiential and reconnecting golfers with the golf course using killer technology,” he says. “At the same time, we are giving golf courses more independence from thirdparty marketing channels focused on tee time discounts with no profit margins.”

Etc. What are your favorite courses in the area and why? Wildfire Golf Club and Troon North Golf Club. I just like the contour of the holes. They keep them in really good condition, and they’re just beautiful courses. But, really, whatever course I’m playing on! How can people improve their golf games? Keep your head down and follow through. Any advice for aspiring entrepreneurs? Have patience. Have patience in yourself, but work extremely hard. And don’t do anything that you’re not interested in, that you can’t wake up in the morning and be excited to jump out of bed to do. SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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Irene Catsibris Clary’s luxury live/work community in Scottsdale BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE



rene Catsibris Clary has made a name for herself in the fields of land acquisition, planning, development and construction. Shortly after moving to the Valley from Toronto in 2000, Clary established her own development company, Catclar Investments, in 2003. “I enjoy the ability to create projects that are truly creative and unique to the Valley,” says Clary, who is the principal and creative visionary of her company. While Catclar Investments works on countless projects simultaneously, Clary is set to launch one such unique live/work community Feb. 10: SOHO Scottsdale ( As an 8,000-square-foot luxury project, SOHO Scottsdale will be the first of its kind in the area, offering 10 lofts and 64 townhomes, with state-of-the-art office spaces connected to the luxury, private residences. At its heart, SOHO Scottsdale exemplifies the lifestyle of a modern entrepreneur, affording a stylish, convenient place to live, work and play. “This project is one that will open doors to the way Scottsdale views urban live/work communities in a nontraditional neighborhood for the buyers who want something different and unique.”


How do you manage to keep on top of so many projects? I am a multitasker. I thrive in balancing my life and enjoy having many balls in the air. I work with many talented people who are passionate about what they do and who are integral to my success. What are some amenities of SOHO Scottsdale? It will offer residents many aspects of urban living, being centrally located to places such as Scottsdale Quarter and WestWorld of Scottsdale. Unique design elements include green-certified live/work spaces, public art in the courtyard and townhome rooftop decks. Why is Scottsdale a great place to live and work? Scottsdale surpasses many cities in the migration of tech companies that are exploring nontraditional work settings. With so many of these companies entering Scottsdale, the ability to work and live in the same environment will be innovate enough to encourage more companies to locate here. SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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Nick DiFerdinando takes menswear to a new level BY EMILY GLYNN PHOTO BY JAMES PATRICK

ick DiFerdinando, partner and cofounder of a prestigious hotel brokerage firm, is an unyielding proponent of following his intuition. “I select my attire based on the mood I’m in or the mood I want to be in,” he says. “I’m very spontaneous with my style.” When he’s at the office navigating high-stakes negotiations, DiFerdinando brings bold flair to his masterfully tailored suits with colorful pocket squares, flashy cuff links and, most importantly, the right watch and shoes. Off the clock, he’s slightly more ostentatious. “I go crazy with accessories,” he says. “The Italian sneakers, the racer jacket, the stylish sunglasses – more of a rock star-meets-actor look.” The hotel broker, whose elevated sense of class is not exactly commonplace, holds firm that Scottsdale’s fashion scene is in desperate need of a revival. “This town used to be very strict on dress,” he remembers, grieving the recent shift toward flip-flops and tank tops. “I have a different level of respect for a man when I see he takes pride in his appearance.” And while DiFerdinando is not one to divulge his secrets, there is one bit of advice he’s willing to share: “I highly suggest that every man have his own tailor.” What would we be surprised to find in your closet? My great-grandmother’s handmade shawl. It’s one of those items I don’t leave out, but I can’t bear to pack away. What is your most prized possession? My dog Pima. That’s my little girl. What is the best gift you’ve ever given or received? Time! Both given and received. I truly value when someone makes time for me – personally or in business. It’s the most valuable thing we have besides health. I’ve quietly spent time helping troubled teens and less fortunate children and it is truly rewarding.


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eet Mika Perry, mom extraordinaire and budding lifestyle blogger, whose creative talents rival those of Martha Stewart. Until recently, the accomplished entrepreneur was the owner of NEAT Method Scottsdale, a luxury home organization company responsible for some of the city’s tidiest spaces. Since changing gears to focus on raising her family, Perry has continued to inspire her clients and Instagram followers (@mikaperry; she’s just shy of 6,000) through her personal website and blog, The site gives a charming glimpse into her beautifully busy life – a compilation of organizational genius, mommy escapades and her simple, well-balanced style. “It may be the type-A organizer in me, but I believe less is more and I love having the details matched,” she says. Drawing inspiration from fellow Instagram queens and mom bloggers, Perry has created a wardrobe that is uniquely her own, built on structure, comfort and a little bit of glam. The seasoned mother of three beautiful girls, Perry accepts that predictability is often a moot point. “Getting ready with kids around is a challenge,” she admits. A color-coordinated closet stocked with distressed jeans, fedoras and dresses from local boutiques (her current favorites are Crush and Ruby Boutique) is just another tool in her admirable repertoire. Anything more and she’d conquer the world. Favorite way to break a sweat? Working with my trainer – it’s all stairs and heavy lifting. Last time you were starstruck? I ran into 50 Cent at Costco! I was instantly brought back to my college days while pushing a cart filled with diapers, applesauce and organic chicken. What beauty/style lesson do you plan on passing down to your daughters? Two lessons my grandparents taught me: My grandmother showed me the importance of taking care of your skin and my grandfather always said “never wear cheap shoes.”


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In honor of Valentine’s Day, we decided to borrow Cupid’s arrow to play matchmaker. So if you’re in search of that special someone, perhaps you can turn the month of love into your year of love. May we introduce our list of 14 singles looking for their better halves.



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Tim Lake, 32

Kathryn Barr, 50

Regional manager at Cisco Systems and board member of one•n•ten

Nurse practitioner in headache/neurology at a local hospital

“I am an Arizona native, a technology enthusiast and professional. I am passionate about making a difference in the community and changing the way we work, live, play and learn.”

“I consider myself a passionate person about life in general. After turning 50 this year, my priorities have changed in regards to what is important to me. My children are grown and on their own and my learning curve with my career has become less steep, leaving me time to do the things that make me happy. My life motto is best summarized in a Frances Mayes quote, ‘Never lose your childish enthusiasm and things will come your way.’ That has definitely been my experience.”

I love: A martini up, with a twist. A filet from Steak 44, pre-sliced and served at the bar. A snappy dresser. A day at the lake. Wine and premade sushi from the Arcadia Safeway. An effective skin care regimen. International travel. Witty banter. I dislike: Big egos and social situations I can’t Google etiquette guidelines for.

I love: What I am most passionate about is balancing my life with equal time for career, leisure and rest. Leisure activities include travel, yoga and anything that gets my creative juices flowing, like sculpting with clay. With travel, any place I’ve never been, especially if it involves an adventure. I’ve had the opportunity to climb some of the world’s highest peaks, night dived with manta rays, and drank a pint at Oktoberfest in Germany.

My ideal date is: Portland Street near Downtown Phoenix is really something these days – and a great place to step away from the typical spots to get to know someone. We’d start with drinks at FEZ, then head over to dinner at MATCH in the FOUND:RE Phoenix hotel. Or just Netflix and chill – literally or figuratively.

I dislike: Aggressive drivers and bad manners.

What I am looking for in a significant other: I’ve always preferred men from out of town. But I was in their town, not them in my town (I used to travel a lot). Now I’m ready to settle down and shop local.


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My ideal date is: Surprise me! Anything is fine. I just prefer the first date be planned by him. What I am looking for in a significant other: I think for a relationship to be successful, you both have to come from similar backgrounds. The relationship is then sustained by common interests and grows by common goals. Simply put.



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Emmanuel Hightower, 32

Michelle Krue, 32

Designer of clothing brand ForgivenLove “I’m a graphic designer turned creative visionary who gets to foster change and inspire positive lifestyles everyday through my own premium fashion brand. Most of my days are spent planning my next career move, but really, at my core, I’m just a down-to-earth, adventure-seeking guy who enjoys family, good food and football.”

Realtor at HomeSmart “I’m an outgoing and independent woman who lives life to the fullest and enjoys trying new things. I have a big heart and an entrepreneurial spirit with a desire to laugh, have fun and be spontaneous.” I love: Spending time with my family and friends, practicing yoga, being by the water, traveling and all of the Arizona sports teams.

I love: A person who is a bit more of a free spirit – someone who’s not afraid to get out of their comfort zone and roll with the punches. It’s refreshing for someone whose life and career is so structured around routine and deadlines! I dislike: I’m a pretty simple person with more likes than dislikes. But if I had to pick a few things I’m not a fan of, dishonesty and inconsiderate people would definitely top that list. My ideal date is: I’d prefer something with an experiential element. A bit unconventional, I can appreciate a girl who isn’t afraid to step out of her comfort zone and put on some sneakers for a hike or enjoy the excitement of a football game. What I am looking for in a significant other: Life is hard enough already without having to worry about whether or not someone really has your best interest in mind. That being said, honesty, sincerity and reliability are definitely at the top of my checklist. Friendship is another vital quality. I don’t know any guy that wouldn’t want a woman who can be serious when they need to but also makes jokes, shares secrets, and enjoys the simple things in life. Lastly, faults, failures and all, a woman who can appreciate me for me is a must. SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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I dislike: People who are egocentric and close-minded. Also, bad tippers – that says a lot about someone! My ideal date is: I’m pretty easygoing. As long as it’s a thoughtful date with a special person, I’d be happy. But, I’m always down for a nice dinner and something fun like bowling, Dave & Buster’s or a sports game. What I am looking for in a significant other: A nice, honest and affectionate guy with a good sense of humor. It’s important to find a relationship where we make each other want to be better people. Basically, best friends with butterflies!



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Joen Romero Martinez, 44

Alisa Glutz, 39

Medicare services advocate at United Health Group and managing director of the Arizona Teen Universe Pageant

Licensed mortgage professional and certified instructor for Arizona Department of Real Estate

“As a true Latin man, originally from Venezuela, I exude passion as one of my driving forces, especially when motivated. I am also very creative and spontaneous.”

“I’m a mortgage banker momma of two girls (seven and nine), author and creator of Color My Credit (a method of understanding how to improve your credit score), a professional encourager, a real estate teacher, financial and women empowerment speaker, radio show host and all-around lover of life.”

I love: People that are true to themselves fascinate me. Family centers me. Fashion and interior design give me life. Italian and Mediterranean food are everything. I love traveling and spending time with friends.

I love: Laughing, live performances, anything related to art or music, new experiences, encouraging others, spreading kindness, singing, dancing, and learning about others. I love being outside in Arizona from around October through May, and then I love being outside in California from May through October – preferably on the beach.

I dislike: I’m very sensitive to smells, and I can’t stand cigarette smoke. I don’t like when people make empty promises. My ideal date is: Ideal date? Hmm, this is hard. I live for surprise dates, movies and road trips with a lover. Ideally, I’d love to have dinner by the ocean, then take a long walk soaking our feet as we talk holding hands. But we’re in Arizona, so …

I dislike: Big crowds, bullies, being stuck on an airplane or any small space, cooking, ineffective communication, and mayonnaise. My ideal date is: I don’t care so much about location or the activity these days. I care much more about who I spend that time with. I have had the best dates at dive bars and the worse dates at five-star restaurants. I like dates where we can focus on conversation and having fun or experience something new.

What I am looking for in a significant other: I don’t think I am looking for something specific in a man; that list would be too long. I’d like for him to be true to himself. I also admire someone who is open with their feelings and doesn’t hold back. The perfect partner would be family-oriented, kind, accepting, romantic and affectionate.


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What I am looking for in a significant other: A professional guy who focuses more on the contributions he is making than the contributions everyone is making to him. I love an underdog and a guy who is blunt and honest but still knows how to be kind and tactful. I love a guy who knows how to use words and affection romantically. Positive mindset and good emotional self-control are essential.



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Sarah Beth Brooks, 26

Stephen Baker, 36

Coordinator of charitable giving at FOX Sports Arizona

Regional sales director at Highland Capital Management

“I’m outgoing with an adventurous soul, but I always find time to give back to my community by volunteering at local nonprofits. I love all animals but I could never see myself without a dog, and I use recipes as mere ‘guidelines’ when I’m cooking or baking.”

“Rare breed: A blue-eyed silver fox not to be taken too seriously. Some might call me the All-American man as an Irish Catholic who played competitive sports (hockey, baseball, football and golf) and possesses very tight bonds with family and friends.”

I love: Going on weekend getaways and being around people who can make me laugh. I am a big sports fan, so going to a game or playing in a local beer league is my kind of fun.

I love: I’m passionate about hockey (I play every Monday night at the Ice Den in North Scottsdale); golf; and interacting with my family, friends and business associates. I’m also a big movie buff.

I dislike: It’s never fun to have a conversation with someone who has a huge ego. Materialistic items don’t tell me anything about the type of person you are.

I dislike: When folks are constantly on their cell phones and taking selfies. My ideal date is: On an ideal date, it’s good to enjoy some wine and get to know someone. Second Story Liquor Bar and 5th and Wine are great spots to kick things off.

My ideal date is: Something outdoorsy! If there’s a hike that neither of us have done, then we have to go conquer it! Follow it up with lunch or dinner and good conversation.

What I am looking for in a significant other: My ideal match would be an energetic, fun-loving, classy, clumsy, sweet, caring, healthy, fit, smart, and beautiful woman.

What I am looking for in a significant other: A man who has ambitious goals but doesn’t take himself too seriously. Everyone is busy these days, so if you can still find time to enjoy the small things in life, I’ll be impressed. Lastly, I’ve always jokingly said there are only two things I need to know about a man: 1) How he treats the waiter and 2) How he treats his mother.


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Michael Auerbach, 50

Steve Glacy, 60

Chef and owner of FOOD4U

Owner of ESenEM Yoga in Flagstaff and Scottsdale

“My motto is, ‘to thine own self be true.’ My life is about finding out who and what I am.”

“I’m an optimistic, high-energy, very positive guy taking care of my 12-year-old twins, running my yoga studios, consulting to doctors, assisting various charities, managing properties, and staying fit for that next adventure. I try to continuously learn, embrace change and approach each day with a sense of gratitude.”

I love: My passion is food, from shopping for the freshest ingredients to cooking them to presenting a plate that is as beautiful as it is delicious.

I love: Long walks on the beach and my favorite color is blue … just kidding. There’s so much in my life that I love, starting with my beautiful twins, good friends, yoga, golf, hanging out in Flagstaff, and new experiences. I’m especially drawn to happy, open people.

I dislike: A lack of sunshine. My ideal date is: A gourmet dinner at a French restaurant. What I am looking for in a significant other: The woman I am searching for enjoys intellectual challenges and dark humor. She should be comfortable in her own skin and want a man who knows how to take the lead and be the man.

I dislike: There’s really not much I dislike. I love all types of people, food and experiences. On that rare occasion when something comes into my life with which I disagree, I simply move on. My ideal date is: I’m pretty low-key and relaxed, although I have no problem going high-class. My ideal date would be a yoga class at my studio for that perfect physical and mental relaxation, then off to a dog-friendly spot with my Australian Shepherd, Mukha (her name is Sanskrit), for lunch or dinner filled with great conversation. What I am looking for in a significant other: An adventurous woman with a sense of humor who’s not afraid of the challenges in life, whether it’s scuba diving, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, traveling in a foreign country, cooking a new dish or figuring out how to hit a golf ball.


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Kiki Cordero, 36

Kevin Anderson, 26

Pilates instructor and owner of COR

Strategic account manager at O’Reilly Media

“I’m a Puerto Rican peach, aka a little Latina with Southern charm. I’m a tomboy at heart, who dresses like a lady … with the mouth of a sailor and a heart of gold.”

“I am a hardworking, ambitious, well-educated former collegiate athlete who doesn’t accept mediocrity in any facet of life. Along with that, I live my life with a smile on my face. I am naturally optimistic and strive to see the positive side of life in any situation that arises.”

I love: Good energy! With my career, my charities, the friends I keep, and the places I frequent. Give me good food, a good beat, a glass of wine and witty banter and I’m a happy girl.

I love: My family, my goldendoodle, playing tennis and golf, and doing anything that involves being outside enjoying the Arizona weather.

I dislike: Negativity, no sense of humor, close-mindedness, games, loud chewing, burpees, running and clowns – but I’ll definitely run if a clown is chasing me.

I dislike: Slow walkers, tangled headphones when you take them out of your pocket, and people who eat takeout food on airplanes.

My ideal date is: My ideal date is for the man to pick! I have to be in charge of everything all day long, but here’s some help: I love good food, craft cocktails, wine, live music and sports. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just a good time.

My ideal date is: I am a simple man; I just want to have a great conversation. The date could be anywhere, as long as the conversation flows and is natural. Ideally, that date would involve pizza and red wine.

What I am looking for in a significant other: I’m looking for a partner. I need a man who’s not afraid to be the man, who’s not jealous without reason, who can wear chucks or a tux, is into health/ fitness but will still eat a burger with me, who loves my bulldog (Lily), and who knows useless movie trivia because I’m kind of a nerd at heart.

What I am looking for in a significant other: I am looking for a woman who makes me a better man. I need to be with someone who has similar aspirations to me and can assist me in accomplishing my goals in life and vice versa. It is also very important to me to find someone who is active, makes me laugh, who is witty, and occasionally sarcastic!


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Heather Smith, 50

Allison Rodriguez, 30

Elementary school teacher

TV journalist at ABC15 “I’m a family-oriented Latina who’s the aunt of five amazing human beings and enjoys playing in the makeup aisle and dancing until my feet hurt. I’m a silly knowledge nerd who found herself telling people’s stories for a living, and I try to get involved in community outreach programs.” I love: My family, my faith, dancing, eating lots and watching movies. Traveling to new places is always an adventure because I love different cultures, and I’m always trying to learn a new language. I dislike: Scary movies and Brussels sprouts can go as far away from me as possible.

“I am the patron saint of stray dogs (I only own two!), typically supporting local businesses and charities. Running to pick up my class from PE or music in four-inch heels is my true superpower. Supporting human rights and engaging in playfulness both play large, albeit diverse, roles in my life.” I love: You’ll often find me patronizing locally owned establishments with my two brothers and our assorted friends, engaging in spirited discussions about politics, religion and anything else likely to shake things up. I have a passion for connecting people and projects, as well as planning themed social events. I dislike: It is disheartening when people neglect to consider the impact of their actions and words upon others.

My ideal date is: I like to leave the date details to the guy. As long as we’re having a good conversation with lots of laughs, I’m a happy camper.

My ideal date is: An ideal date includes the opportunity for conversations of substance, as well as those of “stupidity.” As Ralph Waldo Emerson says, “it is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” And laughter, there’s always laughter.

What I am looking for in a significant other: A nice, cute and funny man who cares about family, faith and giving back, and embraces me for exactly who I am.

What I am looking for in a significant other: To keep up with me, a man must excel at communication and conversation, be able to find humor in the most frustrating of experiences (lost luggage, slow internet) and joy in the mundane. It’d be a bonus if he can appreciate my love of organization and order combined with my battle against balancing work and social projects – and if he can love dogs that snore, that’s a plus.


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here’s no doubt Valley businesses are booming and that the people behind them are innovative, intelligent and, above all, influential. As we delve into 2017, we’re eagerly looking ahead to those who are advancing their fields, growing local commerce, and forging the path to success – across all types of vocations. From what they’re doing now to the plans they have for the remainder of the year, take note on the people to watch this year.


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Gift of Excellence

Dr. Bryan Gawley delivers results and customer service


r. Bryan Gawley has become one of Arizona’s most sought after plastic surgeons, spearheading his practice growth based on extensive credentials, cutting edge training, experience, and a compassionate bedside manner. Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Gawley has created a full spectrum practice that includes, Gawley Plastic Surgery, North Scottsdale Outpatient Surgery Center, and his clinical skin spa - MD Skin Lounge. He is the former Chief of Plastic Surgery at HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center, and has been voted “Top Doctor” by his peers for six consecutive years. Gawley’s passion stems from a love of people and the positive ways in which he can affect change in a patient’s life. Whether performing breast reconstruction or performing facial rejuvenation, Gawley loves the variety in his practice. “The diversity and profound effect I can have on an individual’s life was my attraction to plastic and reconstructive

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surgery,” Gawley says. Dr. Gawley’s reputation is based upon outstanding results in breast surgery (reconstructive and cosmetic), facial rejuvenation, and post-pregnancy procedures like tummy tucks and body lifts. He insists on providing the most natural results in the safest environment, and patients come nationwide seeking his services. Because of this self-imposed standard, Gawley opened the North Scottsdale Outpatient Surgery Center, an accredited operating facility. Gawley has an impressive career built on 13 years of education, training and an artistic eye, but it’s his staff that he credits with setting his practice apart from others. “I am continually amazed at their teamwork and compassion, providing patients with the best experience from the first point of contact on the telephone through their last post-operative appointment,” Gawley says. Gawley’s most recent career success is the opening of MD Skin Lounge; it celebrated its first anniversary in November, 2016. MD Skin Lounge was developed

on Gawley’s belief that the natural leaders in the skin care and med-spa business should be plastic surgeons and dermatologists, not businesses looking for a profit. “MD Skin Lounge is my concept of an elegant and fun environment that creates an amazing experience,” Gawley explains. “MD Skin Lounge is the marriage of these concepts: fun location combined with the highest level of training, experience, and safety in the aesthetic business.” For 2017, Gawley and his staff are offering state of the art, non-surgical facial and body contouring procedures such as the Silhouette Lift, Ultherapy, Kybella and CoolSculpting, as well as an extensive menu of facial fillers and laser services. Lastly, Gawley believes in educating his patients. “My vision of excellence includes educating patients on how to achieve and maintain healthy skin,” he says. Contact Dr. Gawley at 480.696.6362 or 8913 E. Bell Rd, Suite 101B, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.

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Area Professionalism First

Lisa Westcott-Wadey leads by example


isa Westcott-Wadey, owner of The W Group real estate company, had a very diverse career path before finding her niche in luxury real estate. She was a nanny and assistant to a developer, a junior analyst at a mutual fund, and in sales at Channel 3. It was her experience assisting the developer that gave her a taste for her true passion. “I got to learn so much from that, and learned I was really interested in real estate,” she says. She went to work for another luxury home developer in sales, got her license in 2002, and subsequently hung her license with Reality Executives. One of the reasons why WestcottWadey loves her career so much is that she is a people person, and genuinely enjoys everyone she encounters and helping people find their dream homes. “I love the people I get to work with and work for,” she says. On one occasion, she had a close friend who could not have children. After

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fostering a pair of twin girls through Childhelp for several years, the couple was finally approved to adopt the twins, and called Westcott-Wadey because they would need a new home to fit their family. “The first time the girls got to see the home, I could hear their conversation about their bedrooms,” she recalls. “They were excited and afraid; they’d never had their own bedrooms. It was super cool watch this friend foster, adopt, and raise these girls in the home I helped them purchase.” Westcott-Wadey is a huge advocate for professionalism. She is on the Board of Directors of the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors, and started a professionalism path course for her peers. “My motto is do the right thing for the right reason,” she says. Westcott-Wadey’s professionalism and commitment to her clients has earned her awards, such as #1 Realtor at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty in

2014 and in first quarter 2015, and she remains in the top five. She also was named Top 10 producer in Homes and Land magazine, Top Agent in Scottsdale’s Business Journal, and is in the top one percent of Arizona realtors. To prepare for 2017 business growth, Westcott-Wadey expanded her team and changed the branding in 2016 to indicate a united team working for the client. “I took my name out of it, so people know we really are a team,” she explains. Westcott-Wadey believes in continuing development for her team, and brings in guest speakers to remain up-to-date and knowledgeable about the real estate industry. “I spend a lot of time with my team,” Westcott-Wadey says. For more information on buying or selling your unique property, please contact Lisa Westcott-Wadey at 480.229.3455 or by email at

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Expect the Extraordinary

Darlene Richert brings rare art and furnishings to Scottsdale


arlene Richert, owner of Avery Lane Fine Consignments, has always had a love for quirky treasure trove furniture boutiques, especially those found in places like Paris, France; New York or San Francisco. A hobby decorator and designer, Richert worked in the private golf club development industry in sales and marketing. Working in that capacity meant she was surrounded by spectacular luxury homes and furnishings most of her professional career. “I’ve been fortunate to have befriended some of the top local designers who did superb work and they were most definitely an inspiration,” Richert says. When the golf development company for whom she worked went through a hostile takeover, Richert decided it was time to reinvent herself and move into something more creative and tactile. “I wanted a local business so I wouldn’t be travelling 40 plus weeks a year,” she says. “And perhaps I wanted a business where my daughters could work

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alongside me and learn job skills and a strong work ethic.” The shop is named after her daughters, Avery and Delaney. The Avery Lane team strives to have fun and make shopping at Avery Lane a remarkable experience. The tag line is “Expect the Extraordinary” and they want patrons to see exceptional one-of-a-kind home furnishings, rare antiquities and art that speaks to them. Internally, the team motto is “Step Up, Step In and Step Above,” encouraging staff to always go the extra mile to help a customer with measurements, load their car or share a design opinion. “We strive to provide a level of service far above the expectations of our discerning clientele,” Richert says. Avery Lane offers some of the best original art pieces in the valley at a fraction of gallery prices. They carry furniture inventory such as Natuzzi leather, Kreiss upholstery, Theodore Alexander, Restoration Hardware and Hendredon. Delivery can normally happen within 24 hours.

Avery Lane hosts an annual holiday extravaganza, with 250 guests last year, to thank their loyal following. They plan to continue the tradition with a festive 5th anniversary party this March. Avery Lane will re-introduce its “Consign Star” competitions in which a local designer creates a “Presto Chango” room makeover in 90 minutes while clients watch and enjoy a champagne lunch. Richert wants to expand her in-house design services to better serve customers who live here part-time and need work done while they are gone. “In the meantime, the Avery Lane team will concentrate on curating a spectacular collection to surprise our clientele each visit and we want to continue providing a stellar consignment experience to all our valued customers who trust our team,” she says. For more information, contact 480.991.0700 or www.averylanehome. com 15613 N. Greenway Hayden Loop, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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Beauty for Good

The Mosharrafas seek to improve the lives of many


or Drs. Ali and Tamir Mosharrafa, their plastic surgery center is more than just a business. It is their “home” where they welcome every patient into the “Mosharrafa Family” and provide care that truly reflects that, and a means to give back to the community. For nearly 20 years, Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery has been impacting the community through service to patients and local charities. In 2015 the brothers formally launched a non-profit organization, Beauty for Good. The mission: “To make beautiful changes in individuals help beautiful changes in our community.” It was created to be more purposeful with their charitable efforts. By donating a portion of their profits, they are able to provide support to several local charities, like The Phoenix Dream Center, Singleton Moms, 2nd Act and Prevent Child Abuse Arizona. Beauty for Good also helps raise awareness for the organizations it supports through events and fundraisers. “Cosmetic surgery is a beautiful thing

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when it improves the life of one person,” Tamir says. “What an even greater experience it is when it improves the lives of many.” They will host the first annual Beauty for Good Gala April 29, 2017 at the Arizona Biltmore. Ali has been practicing in the valley for 20 years, and Tamir 14. Ali was mentored by Dr. Melvin Spira, one of the leading pioneers in plastic surgery, who instilled Ali’s passion for improving patients’ quality of life. He also trained under the inventor of the breast implant, Dr. Frank Gerow. Tamir was influenced by his brother, and found his passion in the variety of the specialty. “We always had intentions of finishing training and joining in practice together,” Tamir explains. In 2012 things fell into place and they combined their practices. Desiring to have a facility which offers all aspects of plastic surgery, as well as a comprehensive skin care and a private surgery center, they established their current location

and it was a perfect fit. They have been recognized by their peers as “Top Docs” 16 years in a row. Offering a full range of procedures from body and facial surgery to cosmetic breast augmentation and breast reconstruction, the doctors established a philosophy of personalized hands-on care for their patients. They have a fully accredited outpatient surgery center on site. Mosharrafa Skin Rejuvenation Center offers the newest anti-aging treatments including Venus Freeze, and new injectables Kybella and Volbella. They also offer traditional treatments such as fillers, Botox, facials, peels, laser hair removal and microneedling. “We are also expanding our services for men,” Tamir says. For more information on Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery or to purchase tickets to the Beauty for Good Gala, call 602.513.8133 or www. 4611 E. Shea Blvd, Ste 230 Phoenix , AZ 85028.

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The Personal ‘Obstacle Course’ Doctor

Dr. Shepherd Pryor helps patients navigate life’s race


r. Shepherd G. Pryor is one of the few revision rhinoplasty experts in the South West, and has been in private practice for ten years in Scottsdale. “One of the highlights of my career is that I have been able to be in business in the Valley for ten years,” said Pryor. “Scottsdale and Phoenix are a very aggressive and congested market full of those that practice plastic surgery, facial plastic surgery or consider themselves a cosmetic surgeon of some sort. I feel like if you can thrive in that situation past about 3 years you clearly must have done something to distinguish yourself.” In addition to serving the Valley, Pryor does pro bono work for an organization called FACE to FACE which helps women who are or have been victims of domestic abuse. “I was trained by some marvelous surgeons who are well known to be world class experts in their fields of interest,” explains Pryor. “Giving back to your community, any way that you can. It’s the best way

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to be connected within your community.” Pryor trained at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and completed a facial plastic surgery fellowship under the tutelage of the Academy President at the time. “I began as a primary reconstructive head and neck cancer specialist which honed my skills for those patients as well as turned my eye to the aesthetic to better treat those seeking only to change or enhance their appearance.” The passion of Pryor’s practice is nasal surgery. “Following nasal surgery I perform the gamut of facial surgery procedures from skin cancer reconstruction, to face-lifting and blepharoplasty, as well as in office procedures such as Botox, Fillers and chemical peels,” said Pryor. For 2017, Pryor’s practice is starting a new campaign focused on a comprehensive approach to enhance their own health and beauty, “Going the Distance” for personal and aesthetic goals. I bring that spirit to my patient’s where there is always hope for improvement. I can always help.

Together as a team my patients and I can come up with a full plan to better their life,” explains Pryor. Pryor, an avid Obstacle Course Race participant, believes that his spirit helps patients get back to their life, and wants to help anyway he can. “Whether it’s something simple like erasing those facial wrinkles or something more complex like finally fixing their nose after that surgerygone-wrong all those years ago to be able to improve breathing and function and up their endurance, or get them back on a bike or hiking a trail, or maybe, I can convince you to run an obstacle race.” “I train constantly and am always seeking to better myself, and that’s what my patients come to me for. To better themselves and to continue to go the distance for your personal and aesthetic goals,” said Pryor. Contact Dr. Shepherd G. Pryor at 480.273.8688 or, 8952 E. Desert Cove Ave, Suite 205, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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Aging Gracefully While Finding Balance CarolAnn Tutera and SottoPelle’s Success


arolAnn Tutera is the face, owner and CEO of SottoPelle® an international medical company with over 400 affiliated physicians/medical practices across the globe. Under CarolAnn’s management SottoPelle® is helping thousands of patients every day with hormonal imbalance issues. SottoPelle® was founded searching for answers to questions that impact everyone; how can we “Age Well and Be Healthier?” CarolAnn shared in her late husband’s, Dr. Gino Tutera’s, vision and drive. Their focus has always been on healing and quality of life with a holistic and scientifically based methodology. The brand’s mission is providing a medically based, safe, and effective Bio Identical Hormone Therapy (BHRT) to age well and have healthier, happier lives. “We are technology driven to support the most human aspects of patients’ lives. SottoPelle’s reputation is for its specialized services and a comprehensive approach to the patient’s entire health status, not

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just one symptom. “Many people think that BHRT is just for menopause but there are many other beneficial uses of the therapy,” stated CarolAnn. “We provide a concierge atmosphere and approach that reaffirms to patients that they matter. These types of services and amenities have been so outstanding that it has attracted attention from notable celebrities, athletes, and anyone seeking a true medical partner in health management.” CarolAnn notes that “SottoPelle® has become so much more than a career or business; for our team it is a way of life.” She is very proud of the many successes that happen every day when a patient can resume their normal life activities. For some it is after many years of feeling crippled by menopause, andropause, or other hormonal imbalance. For those impacted with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), athletes, veterans, or those terribly injured have shown a dramatic improvement in their quality of life with SottoPelle®, that it is hard not to be humbled by their strength and courage…

and positive outcomes. Many might call this a highlight to a career, we call it an honor. SottoPelle’s devotion and dedication to the community has been very consistent, ongoing, and unwavering. CarolAnn has been instrumental in creating partnerships with many charities such as: NFL HOF Players Foundation, Baehr Challenge, TankChair, and many local and national charity events and fundraisers. 2017 is bringing the most recent and exciting evolution of our technology and services for both patients and physicians. We are excited to be on the forefront of our newest technology and infrastructure that is evolving the integrated approach with which doctors treat SottoPelle® patients. Patients trust SottoPelle® for BHRT, and we are working very hard every day to maintain that respected position. We are allocating many resources to growing and supporting our best assets – our physicians and patients. Contact SottoPelle® at 480.874.1515 or 8412 E. Shea Blvd., #101, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.

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Flight of Fancy

Pulver Aviation offers world class charter flight services


ulver Aviation is an aviation company located at the Scottsdale airport that offers on-demand private jet charter and aircraft management services. David Pulver, CEO, and Brandon Kearns, President, are the driving force behind Pulver Aviation, and both share a passion for aviation. Pulver, a serial entrepreneur who originally had a career in the technology industry, loved airplanes since childhood and obtained his pilot’s license as a hobby, entered the aviation business full-time in 2005. “I have been very fortunate to achieve success with my technology companies, which afforded me the opportunity to pursue my passion for aviation,” Pulver says. Kearns, also a life-long lover of airplanes, obtained his pilot’s license at 17, and was a flight instructor at 18. His devotion to flying was solidified at the age of 5 on a flight from Wichita, Kansas to Washington Reagan National Airport. At the age of 29, he was the youngest

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Director of Operations for an air carrier in the United States. “Where I am today has been the result of a lifetime of seeing where the next day would take me, and how far I could with my dream of being a pilot,” Kearns says. Pulver and Kearns pride themselves on the integrity and honesty that is the foundation of their business philosophy, and are proud of the team they have built. “We have a team of professionals which combine decades of aviation expertise and experience,” Pulver says. “We strive to provide world class service and build long-term trusting relationships with our customers.” 2016 was a year of change for Pulver Aviation. Pulver partnered with Kearns and together decided to completely reboot the company, and it went through a restructuring. In 2017 Pulver Aviation will add another four to six aircraft, including a Gulfstream. Pulver Aviation is expanding its flight operations

by the end of first quarter 2017 by offering world-wide operations. Another unique offering at Pulver Aviation is air medical services, offering the fastest medically configured aircraft in the world. Pulver and Kearns each have their own philanthropic activities. Pulver, because of his son’s passion for trains, is a member of the Maricopa Live Steamers, a non-profit train club. He volunteers at the Adobe Mountain Desert Railroad Park which includes giving free train rides to the public every Sunday and at the holidays. Kearns and his wife, Karynda Kearns, created a non-profit called Drive By Blessings, which assists homeless and disabled veterans as they transition from being homeless to being in a home by providing those essentials necessary for living in a home such as furniture, dishes, beds, and more. For more information, contact 480.420.4047 or www.pulveraviation. com 7332 E. Butherus Dr. Suite 101, Scottsdale AZ 85260.

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Optics offers modern service with family friendly feel


ptics is a highly progressive concierge type optometry practice. Between Dr. Jill Rago, optometrist, and Brad E. Whipple, licensed optician, they bring a combination of 50 years of experience in the optometry field. Rago and Whipple opened Optics in 2008, and have managed to build a successful practice that focuses on individual patient care within a family friendly environment. Patients are considered family and frequently stop by simply to update them on their own life events and milestones. In support of Optics’ growth and continuing to advance patient care, they recently added a new optometrist to the practice, Dr. Sophie Robinson. “One of our greatest successes is the fact that we have built our practice from the beginning on the referrals from our existing patient base,” Rago says. Wanting a uniquely modern and progressive feel, Rago and Whipple personally designed the interior of their practice. “Our practice has a very unique and

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inviting feel from the moment you first walk into our office,” Rago says. Rago and Whipple have a passion for assisting patients with their visual needs, and in pairing the right glasses for the patient. Their opticians are all specialized in selecting the best eyewear that is unique to the patient’s lifestyle, budget, prescription needs and overall personal style. Optics carries designer frames such as Fendi, Tom Ford, ProDesign, and Derek Lam. “Since eyewear is one of the first things you see when you meet a person, people can literally reinvent themselves and how people portray them by changing their eyewear,” Whipple says. Not surprisingly, Optics is also passionate for its philanthropic efforts highlighted through a partnership with Earth Conscious Eyewear, or Eco, through Modo. The majority of the eyewear is 95 percent recycled material, with some frames that are 65 percent biobased material. Modo plants a tree for every frame sold at Optics. Optics recently began offering the

latest in digital lenses, also called HD lenses. Digital lenses are different from traditional lenses in that digital computer technology is used to make the lenses. Digital lenses have sharper edge-to-edge clarity, are thinner and lighter, and the resulting effect is literally high definition. “Offering our patients the latest advances in eyecare and informing them of the new technology is of upmost importance,” Whipple says. Optics’ equipment is cutting edge and provides an efficiently modernized eye exam that enables delivering advanced and individualized patient care. “While we have a very modern practice when it comes to our equipment and the products that we use, we like to think of our services as going back to a grassroots feeling where every patient feels special,” Rago explains. For more information, contact 480.991.0509 or 20301 North Hayden Rd., Suite 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85255.

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Land Lover

Anita Verma-Lallian continues her father’s dream


nita Verma-Lallian, Director of Marketing of Vermaland, began helping her father Kuldip Verma with his different businesses. She always knew she would be involved in the family business one day. She acquired both her Bachelor of Science in business administration and her Master of Business Administration, and worked for several well-known corporations such as Honeywell and American Express before coming to her father’s company. Ten years later, Verma-Lallian is an important part of the company, especially regarding the solar sector. When Phoenix entered a real estate recession in 2006, her father had the instinct that the solar industry was going to expand. VermaLallian, who was just joining her father’s company, was instrumental in running the solar division and dedicated herself to learning about it. Since then, Verma-Lallian has helped the company expand, with Vermaland investing more than $5 million in the solar industry.

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“As the solar companies have acquired more land, the land supply has gone down, which has kept pricing high,” she explains. This strategic land acquisition is symbolic of Vermaland’s mission: to acquire large tracts of land about 10-15 miles away from existing development for commercial, residential, agricultural or utility projects. Vermaland has approximately 25,000 acres of land currently, in parcels of 20-1100 acres in the Phoenix metro area. “As the path of growth heads towards our land, we develop these tracts of land for the appropriate end user or investor,” Verma-Lallian says. For 2017, Vermaland will be busy developing several of their housing subdivisions, one of which is in Waddell, Arizona. It’s a custom, one-acre gated community. “We are looking forward to this project, since it’s been on hold after the market crash in 2007,” Verma-Lallian says. Vermaland also has several solar projects with some large Fortune 500

companies that are in progress. In 2013, Verma-Lallian and her sister, Jennifer Verma, formed the Verma Charitable Foundation in honor of their parents. Jennifer had the idea after studying the philanthropy of other large companies while in business school. Through the foundation, the sisters have raised nearly $1.5 million and are actively identifying causes they hoped to donate to. In the past, the Verma Charitable Foundation provided scholarships to underprivileged students and has a proposed religious retreat center to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle through yoga and meditation. Charities that interest Verma-Lallian are those that would help people from India. “My parents are from India and have grown up seeing the poverty that exists there,” she explains. “Helping those from India is something my family would love to do!” For more information, contact 602.274.0700 or 3001 W. Indian School Rd. Suite 140, Phoenix, AZ 85017.

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Raising the Bar

Rodney Gentry perfects hair color


odney Gentry, a Chicago native, has had a life-long fascination with hair color: the way it moves, how the color can enhance a skin complexion. “I’ve always loved hair,” Gentry says. “Color is my passion.” Gentry moved to Scottsdale in May 2010 after dealing with arthritis in both hands stemming from serious injuries sustained in a biking accident. Moving to Scottsdale and opening his Rodney Gentry at Sachi Studios salon, and bringing his knowledge and expertise to his new clients is a career highlight for him. Highly in demand for his color expertise, Gentry is particular about how he achieves his results, from the beginning to the end of the process. Formulas are measured out and weighed, the time a color is left on is precise, which results in consistent color and hair texture every time. “I treat it like baking,” Gentry

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explains. “If you leave something in the oven 34 minutes instead of 30, it dries out. Color is the same way. It dries your hair out if it’s left on too long.” Other ways that Gentry assures consistent results is in the types of chemicals he uses as well as the brands of products. For example, Gentry will not do highlights without Olaplex, a protective treatment. For all hair types, Gentry offers Goldwell Kerasilk hair masks. Another example is he uses enzymebased formulas, rather than peroxides. “Enzymes are chemically refined more times than peroxide, and are healthier and shinier than a peroxide look,” he says. “We give 110 percent to make sure our clients’ needs are met,” Gentry says. For 2017, Gentry is transitioning his salon to a color bar. Currently he offers cuts and styles, but is switching to devoting his time solely to color, his true passion in hairstyling. Gentry is adding another new product line to his salon

this year, Goldwell Topchic with Elumen technology, a permanent color solution that provides 100 percent gray coverage and durability. “I’ve used Goldwell my whole career,” Gentry says. Gentry does his part to build up the hair stylist community by bringing in stylists that are trying to build a loyal and strong clientele. “It’s extremely satisfying to be able to bring people together through something as beautiful as hair,” Gentry says. Like many stylists, Gentry keeps a watchful eye on hair trends for 2017. He sees longer locks being in style; and color duos and Sombre hair, which emphasizes a soft connection between two colors, will be some of the popular trends customers will see. Finally, feminine hair accessories will be a must-have. For more information, contact 480.639.2000 or www.rodneygentry. com 10201 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 28 Scottsdale, AZ 85258.

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Connecting the Dots

Dr. Richard Jacoby is on a mission to eliminate nerve pain


r. Richard Jacoby is passionate about treating patients experiencing neuropathy in their extremities, especially in diabetic patients. With 40 years as a doctor, his interest in nerve pain was inspired by his work with Dr. Lee Dellon in 2001. That ensuing passion is the reason he opened his comprehensive treatment center for foot and ankle conditions. Jacoby offers the complete range of available treatments for foot and ankle conditions in his facility, ranging from surgical to laser to wound care to neuropathy treatment and more. He offers the Dellon procedure for peripheral neuropathy, a treatment developed to counter the medical industry’s belief that neuropathy can only be masked and not cured. It involves freeing up pressure areas in the extremities, similar to a carpal tunnel procedure. Jacoby has had a perfect success rate in using the Dellon procedure. “I’ve treated over 10,000 patients

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using stem cells, laser or Dellon, and I’ve had no amputations,” Jacoby says. That kind of track record is what has earned Jacoby four peer nominations as Top Doctor in Phoenix. Jacoby is a former president of the Arizona Podiatry Association, and for the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons. Jacoby’s passion for his field isn’t just about treating these conditions, he’s equally passionate about educating his patients in the hopes of prevention. In 2015, he released his first book, “Sugar Crush,” which details a diet filled with sugar, processed carbohydrates and wheat causes damage to the peripheral nerves of the body and how eliminating sugar can reverse the damage. This book was the result of Jacoby connecting the dots over the years in both in his own clinical work and that of Dellon and Dr. John Cooke. “I’m trying to get patients to understand they are causing their own

disease,” he says. “The food pyramids have it all wrong. They are based on the premise that fat is bad.” As a follow-up to his first book, Jacoby anticipates the release of his second book in 2017, tentatively titled “Nerves on Fire,” which will continue his explanation of how sugar inflames the nerves. “It’s so radical, it’s simple,” Jacoby says. “It’s never been said before. No one gets the connection like I do.” For his practice, a new offering in 2017 is Calmare, a new scrambling procedure for the management of peripheral pain. It’s a non-invasive, drug-free treatment in which electrodes are placed on the skin and a “no pain” message is sent to the brain. Calmare is especially effective in pain management of chemo neuropathy in cancer patients. To contact Dr. Jacoby, call 480.284.4188 or 8962 E. Desert Cove Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.

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A Girl’s Best Friend

Lisa Garber designs to make women feel beautiful


isa Garber, the owner and designer behind Galicia Fine Jewelers, was destined to be a jewelry designer. Her father was a diamond wholesaler, working in the diamond district of Manhattan, New York, and her mother was a jewelry designer. Her first design was a choker and bracelet she made for her high school prom, from a collection of estate Parisian jewelry left to her by a family friend who babysat her as a child. After attending the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and getting her graduate gemology degree, Garber opened a small shop in the NY diamond district, as well as a small shop in Staten Island NY, that catered directly to women. She realized that most jewelers designed for the men buying jewelry for women, but not for women directly. “I wanted to design for women,” she says. “Women like to buy for themselves.” Realizing she had an advantage being a woman in a man’s industry, she established her business motto

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and philosophy: One Purpose…Be Glamorous. “I want to make women feel absolutely beautiful in their own style,” Garber says. “It’s all about femininity for me, whether bold, classic or simple.” Garber’s designs are all created inhouse. She creates the designs, and pays attention to details such as how it will lay on the body. She has a separate shop with bench jewelers and diamond setters who make her creations. She also has an in-store jeweler to do repairs. Garber is a stickler for providing the utmost in customer service. She recalls a client who called in a panic because she dropped a diamond earring down her bathroom sink. The client was asking having a replacement made for the one lost. “Instead, my bench jeweler went to the woman’s house,” Garber says. “He opened the pipe and retrieved the earring for her.” Garber has numerous career highlights in nearly 30 years of business, but

her favorite moment was the excitement of designing Mariah Carey’s butterfly phone cover made with crystals. “I meet some unbelievable people,” she says. Some of my dearest friends, I’ve met through my business.” For charity, she does trunk shows and gives 20 percent of the proceeds to the receiving organization immediately afterward. Each November, if customer mentions “trunk show,” 20 percent of the customer’s purchase goes to the previously designated charity. One of Garber’s passions is creating new modern pieces out of recycled jewelry, and wants to focus on more of that work in 2017. “I love to recycle for clients,” she explains. “Make an appointment, bring in your old or estate jewelry. Bring me your treasures, we’ll play!” For more information, call 480.421.9688 or 15147 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite H-145, Scottsdale, 85254.

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‘Confidence to Go’ – one Blowout at a Time Melodi Harmon brings luxury to the everyday lady


rimp and Blow is a blow dry bar that specializes in professional blowouts, makeup, hair extensions and other salon luxuries for an entire primping experience, all in one place. Melodi Harmon, founder and CEO opened the first location six years ago in North Scottsdale. “We intend to embrace our customer’s beauty, both inside and out. We instantly fell in love with how our various salon services helped customers gain a stronger sense of confidence by the end of their visit,” said Harmon. “By offering more than just blowouts, our additional services inspire customers to get a complete look that’s worth smiling for as they start their day looking, and feeling, their best.” Primp and Blow’s mission is to be the best in the industry and franchise location across the US. Their philosophy is to constantly evolve with new trends and styles and share with ladies at any of their eight locations. “We offer “confidence to go” by way of luxurious shampoo blowdry’s

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and professional makeup services to complete a fabulous look”, said Harmon. “We also offer 3 levels of prestigious memberships for ladies desiring services monthly. We loved the idea of providing a place for ladies to go on a regular basis to get Luxurious Shampoo Blowouts and Professional Makeup done.” Primp and Blow is proud to offer blowouts that aren’t the usual quick “blow dry” received at the end of a haircut. The stylists put extreme focus into each section of your hair, to ensure a smooth and silky style that lasts for days, leaving each customer to walk out feeling more fabulous than ever. Primp and Blow’s Valley success has spurred the chance to offer franchises, to bring the momentum across the country. About three years after opening their first location, the studio began to expand their brand to ladies everywhere. Primp and Blow currently has eight locations in three states, and has no plans to stop there. Locations in Arizona include North Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, High

Street, Chandler, Biltmore and Old Town Scottsdale. “We are excited to have recently opened our 8th location in Chandler, Arizona. We have been consistently expanding and we are looking forward to more locations opening in 2017,” said Harmon. For Harmon, it’s all about the services that are offered to the customer that sets them apart. “Our signature blow dry bar experience is unique to us, but made for your way of life. Our comfortable, boutiquestyle setting is a getaway for busy stayat-home moms, a pit stop for corporate women before a big presentation, and a place for precious brides to get pampered. Our range of beauty services and talented team of professionals make Primp and Blow a blow dry bar for anyone,” Harmon explains. Contact Melodi Harmon at 877.311.5539 or www.primpandblow. com. To find the location nearest you, visit

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Selling In His Own Backyard

Kevin Owens provides boutique-style service in real estate


evin Owens, a Scottsdale native top-producing luxury REALTOR®, is known in the industry for his unique property marketing strategies and expert representation, making him a frontrunner in the residential real estate industry. With a passion for sales that he finetuned in his previous retail and restaurant management career, Owens realized he loved real estate while attending real estate school. “I fell in love with the industry and decided to make it my lifelong career. I have never looked back!” Once he earned his real estate license, Owens joined Coldwell Banker in 2008, and has been with the brokerage since, citing his respect for its history since 1906 and lengthy track record of being a company that prides itself in ethical practices. “Today, our parent company still makes the ‘World’s Most Ethical’ companies list,” he says. Whether buying or selling their home, Owens’ clients benefit from his

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client-focused service and personal touch. “I provide client-centric service, offering the experience of boutique-style service with the resources and strength of an international brand,” Owens explains. Owens’ support staff of licensed professionals provide behind-the-scenes support enabling Kevin to provide personal service to each client. “What sets my business apart from other real estate teams is that most of the time you never talk to the person whose name is on the sign in your front yard,” Owens says. “I didn’t want that for my clients. I wanted it to be a seamless experience for them while still getting the personal attention they deserve.” Owens’ career highlights include ranking in the top 6 percent of agents worldwide, and in the top 10 Arizona agents based on sales production. He’s also been voted “Best REALTOR® in Scottsdale”, “Top Luxury Agent”, and received’s “Online Marketing Award of Excellence”. In addition, Owens has set local market records

and has been successful in selling luxury homes that other agents have failed to sell. When marketing homes, Owens couples the power of the internet with conventional, time tested marketing. He provides online video showcases, international internet exposure, and tailored marketing campaigns. In 2017, Owens is amplifying his business by adding additional support staff and expanding his bespoke marketing strategies. “I can now serve more clients and provide the same level of service that my clients love,” Owens says. With the expansion of his support staff, Owens is now focusing on further increasing exposure of his listings to international buyers, such as in China and the United Kingdom. Owens is also in the process of expanding his online video showcase offerings for the properties he markets with innovative ideas that are destined to go viral. Contact Kevin Owens at 480.217.9184, kevin@fineAZliving, or; 7975 N. Hayden Rd. Suite C100, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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In a League of Her Own

Lisa Williams succeeds with her can do approach


isa Williams, owner of Ultra Smooth Skin, is a rarity in her field because she is a nurse practitioner, successfully practicing on her own. In her early career, she started out as a clinical case manager at a large hospital as well as owned a business providing expert witnesses to attorneys. While studying at ASU to be a nurse practitioner, she decided cosmetic dermatology was the field she wanted to specialize in. “I finally asked one of my professors if she thought it would be a good idea to pursue this career field knowing there were very few nurse practitioners practicing on their own,” Williams says. “She told me if anyone can do it, you can.” At Ultra Smooth, the philosophy is to embrace everyone’s attractiveness or beauty, inside and out, and provide a natural outcome with realistic expectations. The providers at Ultra Smooth encompass 42 years of experience in cosmetic dermatology, and offer the most advanced dermatology treatments and laser treatments.

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Williams continues her education on the latest available treatments, and it’s earned her recognition such as the Black Diamond certification by Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox. “The Black Diamond is awarded to leaders in the medical aesthetics field who demonstrate a commitment to the highest level of patient care, which we do,” she says. Ultra Smooth Skin has provided philanthropic support since 2005 by donating time and services to silent auctions. Most recently they supported Trends Charitable Fund, which helps women and their families, and the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC). For 2017, Ultra Smooth Skin is one of the few med spas to offer 35 minute CoolSculpting, which is a decrease from the original 60 minute sessions. CoolSculpting is a highly favored nonsurgical fat removal treatment. Another new offering coming soon to Ultra Smooth are recently FDA-approved lasting fillers for the lower face. Starting in

2017, Williams will offer Nu-Lift techniques with PDO threads, a new non-invasive, non-surgical procedure for in-office tightening and repositioning of the skin. Another of William’s favorite new artistic procedures to do is Volbella, which was recently FDA approved and works well in the tear troughs and the lips, where vertical lip lines and tiny skinny lines are difficult to fill with bulkier fillers. “Volbella has less swelling, less discomfort and a smoother, natural looking result,” Williams says. Another new option at Ultra Smooth Skin is the injection of Botox platysma neck bands to relax the muscles responsible for causing unwanted lines and wrinkles, as well as unattractive enlargement of the tissue in the area. “It can prolong the time needed for a surgical neck lift,” Williams says. For more information, contact 480.991.3038 or www.ultrasmoothskin. com 7477 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85258.

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A Perfect Pairing

Mitchell Fox modernizes the cigar bar concept


itchell Fox, owner of Fox Cigars, is no stranger to the liquor and cigar business. At the age of 20, he opened his first liquor and cigar stores. He sold those off, and 7 years ago opened his first cigar bar in Gilbert, and then in Scottsdale 18 months ago. “I decided that my business was going to offer one of the best experiences in the valley for any kind of lounge,” Fox explains. With a natural passion for scotch, whiskey, bourbon and cigars, Fox is dedicated to his cigar bar businesses, putting everything he has into them and earning his customers’ trust. “I spent well over a million dollars to open not just one of the best cigar lounges in the state, but one of the best bar experiences in the country,” he says. By merging his liquor store mentality and applying the basics to a high-end cigar experience, Fox believes he’s created the perfect pairing of a premium

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drink menu with an extensive selection of cigars. With hundreds of brands of cigars, over 100 whiskeys, over 100 scotches, 16 craft rotating taps, and over 400 premium spirits, Fox Cigars is sure to have what the most discerning palette is seeking. “We have the most aggressive prices and the absolute best customer service in the industry!” Fox says. Fox ensures the atmosphere in Fox Cigars is top-notch with comfortable seating indoors and outdoors, 34 TVs, and state-of-the-art smoke eaters and air filtration systems. His staff are knowledgeable and ready to serve and provide drink and cigar suggestions. “Cigars are about taking some time out of your busy day to relax, enjoy and appreciate the finer things in life,” he says. Fox’s vision is not to provide this experience just to the stereotypical cigar guy, but to make it comfortable for all demographics of cigar smokers.

“I made my bars modern with the right vibe to attract the younger new generation of cigar smoker which includes women,” Fox explains. For 2017, Fox is amplifying his social media presence and has launched his new website. He plans to have cigar and liquor events for a more interactive approach, to emphasize the cigar experience and educate customers about what they are smoking or drinking. The humidor staff makes suggestions based on the customer’ taste, not their own. There will be events focused on pairings with flights of scotch and craft beers that Fox Cigar carries. “We actually bring in the experts to talk about their products, the master distillers, the craft beer makers, the master cigar blenders and the owners of the companies to teach you!” Fox says. For more information, contact 480.214.5011 or 7443 E. 6th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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Step by Step

Jodi Books-Stokes’ career leads her to empowering women


odi Books-Stokes has a passion for empowering women, and when she opened her fitness studio, Goddess Fit, in January, 2016, it was the pinnacle of a 30-year career in fitness for her. As Arizona’s only full service women’s preferred gym facility, Goddess Fit offers unique training, workshops, and equipment to the Scottsdale area. Books-Stokes originally started out getting a degree in finance, but her interests were in something more physical and ultimately to something to help people. She switched programs and graduated with a degree in exercise science. “I can’t sit still, and I like to help people,” she says. Books-Stokes, an Arizona native, lived in California and opened gyms for other people and corporations for 17 years. During a personal life transition, and in the middle of an arduous opening of a corporate-owned women’s preferred facility, she had an epiphany of going in her own direction. Taking a weekend in Sedona, she

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developed the concept of Goddess Fit, and completely changed direction. “I honestly feel like every step I’ve taken has brought me here,” Books-Stokes says. The Goddess Fit philosophy is driven by Books-Stokes’ motivation to help people. “We are passionate about helping women find balance in their busy lives by offering a comprehensive and compassionate fitness and nutrition-inspired wellness program,” she says. “At the end of the day, I want to know I made a difference in the world.” Unique programs at Goddess Fit includes being the only Arizona facility with Spivi, an indoor cycling and tracking program that attaches the rider as an avatar on a group ride through different countries, and emails the rider’s results. The energyefficient treadmills have virtual walk/runs, and the SportsArt strength equipment is user friendly. Classes include pound, barre, roll it out, Zumba, yoga, Pilates, Pi Yo, cycle, and personal training. Books-Stokes also has a running club.

Goddess Fit offers girls’ night out events, and in 2017 will be offering corporate girls’ night out options as well. Another event at Goddess Fit are the “EmpowHer” workshops, in which different topics to empower women are presented, such as self-defense, feeling sexy in lingerie, and team building workshops. In addition to those offerings, Books-Stokes also does a weekly video called “Thank Goodness It’s Goddess Fit” (TGIGF), which is available through Goddess Fit’s Facebook page. Other new offerings in 2017 include online courses and afterschool enrichment programs for teen girls. Teen girls must be 13 or older. As if that weren’t enough, BooksStokes is a member of Soroptimist International of Phoenix, Women of Scottsdale, and the Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact 844.433.7348 or 8260 N. Hayden Rd. Suite 105A, Scottsdale, AZ 85258.

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A Cut Above the Rest

Kelly Cole blends the art of beauty with good karma


elly Cole, creator of Choppers Hair Salon, one of the top-rated salons in Scottsdale, has had a diverse career. Once into creating custom chopper motorcycles, Cole spent 4.5 years as an interior designer for Planet Hollywood, where he lived and worked internationally in numerous places such as Berlin, Germany; Bangkok, Thailand; and Tokyo, Japan. He created stimulating environments and simultaneously developed his skills as a hair stylist, and found his true vocation. Knowing that women’s hair is a powerful medium and people’s self-esteem is deeply tied to their appearance, he and his team of stylists create looks that ensure their clients look and feel good as they go about their daily lives. His mantra is “Relax, it may be your hair, but it is my work.” Having worked on a national level assisting well-known names in the industry such as Paul Mitchell, Vidal Sassoon

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and Frederic Fekkai, Cole thrives in being useful to others. “I love setting the stage for others to perform,” Cole says. “It is much more fun to be behind the scenes.” He has brought together some of the best hair stylists in Scottsdale and is very proud of their popularity and earned success. “They are the most skillful and caring team of stylists I’ve seen,” he says. One of the specialties at Choppers is hair coloring. In Cole’s observation, color technology and application technique has changed more in the last 3 years than in the previous 20 years. He is proud of how his stylists share information with each other. “The girls educate each other daily,” Cole says. “We don’t compete, we share.” Chopper’s new location is esthetically unlike most other salons. You’ll find influences of Cole’s creative past: a melding of his love of music, past collaborations in the design industry, and elements

of Buddhism throughout the salon. “Nothing is more important than what we leave behind,” he explains. “Karma is real. I wanted to create a stimulating yet meaningful environment for people.” His belief in karma is the motivation for his newest efforts in 2017, the Buddha Bath Shop with Karma Cleansers, a handcrafted, natural bath product line that is a community service business model. A percentage of all proceeds benefit a local shelter or women’s crisis center of the customer’s choice. All packaging is returnable and customers can redeem the packaging for karma points in their Karma account. Points are used to gift points or soap products to a shelter or someone else. “Instead of the pursuit of profit, I wish to add a meaningful emotional value experience to the purchase act that will help others” Cole explains. Contact Kelly Cole at 480.922.0262 or 10610 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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Flexing Her Muscles

Laura Sliman expands her hot yoga studio


aura Sliman came into hot yoga accidentally. In the middle of coping with several major life events including divorce and death, as well as a dog attack on her son Michael, a close friend introduced her to hot yoga as a release. “I hated it, then I loved it,” she says. She was working two jobs, and tired and burned out. She attended teacher training for hot yoga, and realized she was at a crossroads in her life. “I picked yoga, and started the Biltmore Studio,” Sliman says. Eight years later, Sliman is proud of her business growth and expansion, and the relationships she’s built along the way. “I place family first, and I built this studio, so I could hire people, so I can be with my family,” Sliman explains. With a staff of 40, including her 17-year-old daughter Megan, who is the youngest teacher at the Biltmore Studio, Sliman feels like she’s created a second family.

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“We don’t view ourselves as a club or a gym,” Sliman explains. “We are a family; we are a community.” Her mission is a promise to her students that they will feel better than when they came in. She and her teachers strive to help students find their inner strength. Another important aspect of her business is her customer service. “Our customer service is based on the Nordstrom philosophy,” she says. Sliman just opened a second studio, located in Scottsdale, with the support of not just staff, family and friends, but also her landlord, Jim Shough. She’s also looking to franchise her studios. “The opening of the second studio was a collaboration,” Sliman says. “So many people wouldn’t take no for an answer.” Sliman is excited about the amenities at the new Scottsdale location, such as the infrared heaters, which is most like the heat from natural sunlight. Both

studios have new class offerings, such as hot barre, which combines ballet barre, yoga, Pilates, sliders, and weights for an intense but low-impact workout that isn’t just for women. “It’s an ass-kicker for men, too!” Sliman says. The Biltmore Studio offers 200hour Yoga Alliance teacher training for those looking to take their yoga commitment to the next level. When it comes to giving back to the community, Sliman is quite charitable. Through the Biltmore Studio, she does a lot of school events and fundraisers, and has donated to Ryan’s House, PANDA, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and the Humane Society. “I try to never say no to a just cause,” she says. For more information, contact 480.684.2959 or 6378 N Scottsdale Rd #140, Scottsdale, AZ 85253.

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20-20 by 2020

Dr. Robert McCulloch is driven to help everyone see better


r. Robert McCulloch, owner of Horizon Eye Specialists, is a man with a mission, along with the love of his life, Camerone Parker: to help as many people as possible see with 20-20 vision by the year 2020. With almost 30 years as an ophthalmologist specializing in cataract and refractive surgery, McCulloch has a record of being the first in Arizona to perform new procedures such as the Tecnis Multifocol IOL, an implantable contact lens used in cataract surgery. McCulloch was influenced to become an ophthalmologist both by his own need for glasses at the age of 10, and by his grandmother’s diagnosis of breast cancer by her ophthalmologist when he noticed a small tumor in her retina. That tumor was discovered to be a result of her having breast cancer. McCulloch’s business mission is “Eye care like no other.” Starting as a one doctor practice in 1999, McCulloch has expanded his center to 9 doctors and over 100 employees in 2017.

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“As a patient, you know you will always come first,” he says. Among its unique offerings, Horizon Eye Specialists is the only private practice in Arizona to have a neuro ophthalmologist, Dr. Angela Herro. This is critical for Parker, who in 2017 will also be the new face for Horizon Eye Specialists new marketing campaign. Parker, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1998, has ocular complications because of MS. McCulloch will perform a refractive lens exchange individually for each eye, and Parker will have a two-day recovery period each surgery. “Because of Robert’s expertise, knowledge and know-how of his whole staff, I’m given the hope of not losing sight in the future,” Parker says. Horizon Eye Specialists offers the latest, state-of-the-art cataract, LASIK and corneal transplant surgical procedures including Symfony IOL, CustomVue iLASIK, PRK Laser Eye Surgery, KAMRA, Intraocular Contact Lens, and Tecnis Multifocal IOL. Cataract surgeries are performed at Eye

Surgery Center at the Biltmore with expert nursing and technical staff who specialize in eye surgery. “Additionally, we have a trendsetting optical eyewear division,” McCulloch says. For 2017, a new procedure for patients over the age of 50 is refractive lens exchange with Symfony Intraocular lens, like the one that Parker will receive. Another new procedure is corneal crosslinking, an in-office treatment that stabilizes and repairs warping of the cornea caused by keratoconus., radial keratotomy (RK), and other refractive surgery complications. This procedure may prevent a more complex surgery such as a corneal transplant in the future. McCulloch and Parker have donated personally to charities and community service. Parker is a past recipient of AFP’s National Philanthropy Day Volunteer of the Year Award. For more information, contact 602.Horizon or 18325 N. Allied Way, Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85054.

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Patients and Understanding

Dr. Semone Rochlin commits herself to her patients’ needs


r. Semone B. Rochlin, a cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon, seemed destined to be in the medical field. Her father was a physician, and as a child she would go with him to his office and sit in his lap while he read x-rays. “Dad was down to earth,” she says. “It’s where I learned my bedside manner.” Dr. Rochlin offers tummy tucks, breast augmentation, blepharoplasty, and non-invasive procedures such as dermal fillers and botox. She believes her greatest strength is that she brings a woman’s perspective to her work. “I know what women want because I want it,” she explains. Dr. Rochlin establishes a caring relationship with her patients, and leaves her ego out of the practice. “I listen to my patients,” she says. “I’m a great listener, and I educate my patients, so they can make the best decision for themselves. Dr. Rochlin first began her medical career by obtaining her BSN from

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Arizona State University and working as an Intensive Care Unit nurse. Realizing how much she wanted to know in the medical field, she attended the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa to become a physician. “The knowledge base was limiting, and I wanted to know more,” she says. Her internships included a traditional internship at John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix, and a general and trauma surgery residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in San Bernardino, California. Dr. Rochlin also participated in two fellowships in burn and reconstructive surgery and in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Rochlin began her cosmetic surgery practice in 2008 at a challenging time in the economy, and is proud of the growth and longevity of her practice. “They don’t teach you business in medical school,” she says. “I like to say I have an MBA in the school of hard knocks.” She is very pleased with the team that

she has in place at her practice, which has locations in Scottsdale and Gilbert. “I finally have a great staff,” she says. “We work well and complement each other. Kalie Scully, my aesthetician, has been here since she graduated from school in 2013 and she’s a terrific member of the staff.” A new service that she is offering is J-Plasma, an innovative skin resurfacing treatment. J-Plasma resurfaces the skin using inert helium gas and removes fine lines and uneven coloring. Other benefits are: lifts and tightens the skin around the eyes, mouth, and lower face; erases freckles, age spots and uneven coloring; and reduces scarring and associated skin discoloration. J-Plasma can enhance other facial cosmetic procedures by softening under eye wrinkles, tightening the eyebrow area, and smoothing the skin on the lower cheeks. Contact Semone Rochlin at 602.653.0540 or www.drrochlin. com. 11000 N. Scottsdale Rd. #235 Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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A Professional Approach to Modern Dating Pat O’Neill: Changing the Way Area Singles Meet


or over two decades, Phoenix Singles has been in the business of connecting people in meaningful ways. What makes them different, according to director, Pat O’Neill, it’s their concierge style approach, their comprehensive process that goes beyond what is found in “online dating.” For the folks at Phoenix Singles, helping people find love is a very serious business. A one-time member herself, O’Neill understands the anxiety that can accompany dating. “Especially in your forties and beyond, the whole concept of “getting back out there” can be an intimidating one,” she explains. “And with online dating sites offering little by way of screening, the instances of people getting scammed or fooled by disingenuous profiles are unfortunately high.” Phoenix Singles – state-registered and boasting an “A” BBB rating – about ensuring real people meet. From having potential members fill out profile questionnaires, to performing background checks, to interviewing prospective singles, they

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find out everything they can before granting membership. Have there been people turned away? Certainly. O’Neill, an 18 year veteran of the company, is quite open about the fact that should a background check turn up something questionable, that person will not be accepted. Unlike most dating sites, members are assured that the pictures associated with a given profile are right on the money. Having their members professionally photographed, O’Neill and her team want those searching for love to know that this is the real deal, this is what the person actually looks like and who they truly are. It’s all about making legendary introductions. “You have to consider everything, from that very first photographic impression to the initial meeting,” O’Neill says. Coupling modern day methods of helping people find romance with that traditional human touch, Phoenix Singles provides a variety of events and outings that enable people to mingle in a relaxed and safe setting.

“It’s not a blind date,” O’Neill explains. “Rather, members come together whether for a pub crawl, speed dating event, or dinner cruise, and interact more comfortably than they would in say some anonymous online chat platform that lacks depth or structure.” O’Neill is ecstatic about what lies ahead for the company. With some wonderful events planned for 2017 to include a singles cruise to Mexico, the possibility of finding love in Scottsdale has never been so exciting. “We are a turn-key dating service, for those professional singles who don’t have time for playing games, but also don’t want to be alone anymore,” she says. “We handle everything from getting them tickets to a show, to finding a babysitter if they need one. We are just that invested in our members’ happiness!” For more information, contact 480.494.8527 or 5635 N. Scottsdale Rd, Suite 190, Scottsdale, AZ 85250.

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Your Money Matters

Susan Linkous is committed to your financial health


usan R. Linkous formed her company, The Linkous Group, 25 years ago with the vision of creating, managing and preserving wealth for her clients. As a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) she is poised to continue the tradition in 2017. Her career path began in the insurance industry for a company specializing in commercial risks. As they moved into the financial planning arena, so did Linkous. “I quickly fell in love with investment planning, selection and management,” she says. “I couldn’t wait to start my own firm,” Linkous says. “The rest is history.” Among the firm’s specialized and individually tailored services are: financial education, investment management, business succession planning, divorce planning and expert witness services. Over the years, Susan has received numerous awards: she is an alumna of The Business Journal’s 40 Under 40; she was recognized by the National Association of

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Board Certified Advisory Practices; and she is a multi-year recipient of the Five Star Wealth Managers award. When asked about what contributes to her success, her answer is quite simple. “Efficiency,” she says. “Investment advisory work entails much and being able to maintain efficient processes is key to accomplishing goals for the clientele. It also keeps costs low and the firm’s clients appreciate that.” Serving clients in a fiduciary role is something she has done for many years and Linkous finds the new legislative environment most welcoming. “I’m proud of my industry for taking steps to ensure that the client’s needs should always come first,” she explains. 2017 will be an exciting year and The Linkous Group is positioned well to embrace change. Linkous encourages investors to educate themselves, stay involved in the process, contain emotions, and never be afraid to ask questions. She makes herself available to speak to community service

organizations like Rotary, classrooms, and fund raising dinners without compensation to promote financial literacy. “Financial health, all health, is yours to own,” she says. The blessings of the firm’s success are regularly shared through support of public television and radio, local food banks, and outreach ministries. As 2017 progresses, Linkous will continue to work hard for local charities by not only donating personally, but helping them raise the funds so needed for their function and continuation. “I raised my daughter while I built the business and, now that she’s nearly grown, I plan to fill that time with expanding the business and serving on local charitable boards,” she says. “It feels great to be here now with years of experience through every market condition imaginable, great clients, and tons of energy for what comes next.” For more information call 480.836.2326 or www.linkousgroup. com 13225 N. Verde River Dr. Suite 203, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

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Policy of Truth

Shahe Koulloukian believes in empowering his customers


hahe Koulloukian, owner of Mazvo Auto Care Center, doesn’t care about selling the latest auto technology and deals that money can buy. He cares about helping customers understand the fundamentals of car repair to make smart choices on vehicle repair needs. His passion for assisting people began when he was a teenager, working in his uncle’s auto repair shop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At 14, he taught a customer to jump start his vehicle and the experience stayed with him. “The look of joy he gave me was glorious!” Shahe says. “I just couldn’t stop educating ever since.” Shahe Koulloukian continued his mechanical education to achieve his masters and managed various dealerships until opening Mazvo Auto Care Center in 1996. He attributes his 21 years of success to staying true to his business philosophy.

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“We are determined to solve, not sell,” Shahe explains. He is also proud of the fact that 85% of his customers are female. “I believe our passion for empowering is what ignited the word of mouth referrals,” he explains. Shahe equates his business to that of an emergency room. “We are like the emergency room,” he says. “We see our customers during their most desperate of emotions.” He believes that taking away the fear of needing mechanical work is only with trust, building a relationship built on honesty, and by he and his staff passionately loving what they do. Due to Mazvo’s referral base he now services fleet accounts for several large Phoenix metro businesses. Mazvo provides a comfortable boutique style lobby and offers many amenities, such as free wifi and complimentary drinks and snacks. He also offers complimentary cruise bikes for customers to hop

on and explore the neighborhood. For 2017, Mazvo Auto Care is increasing the size of their semiannual women’s free car care classes from 20 seats to 40 seats. The popular classes fill up within 48 hours, and are usually in the spring and fall. Attendees learn how to change a spare tire, check tire pressure, jump start a car, change the air filters, and check oil levels. Mazvo even brings in a female police officer to teach road side safety when a vehicle is broken down, especially at night when a driver may be alone. “It’s a long class, but people aren’t bored,” Shahe says. “There’s nothing more exhilarating than watching a 70 years young grandmother change her spare tire and then throw her cane in the air screaming ‘I did it!’ That’s all I need to feel good about what I do day in and day out.” Contact Mazvo Auto Car Care at 602.248.8711 or 4610 N 7th St. Phoenix, AZ 85014

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Relieving Pain and Giving Hope Dr. Nikesh Seth Offers Patients a New Life


r. Nikesh Seth, owner of Integrated Pain Consultants, one of the top-rated double board certified Anesthesiologist and Interventional Pain Management experts has been helping relieve pain in his hometown of Scottsdale since 2011. “I have always had a passion to make a difference in a person’s life. Medicine is one of those specialties that allows you to help people on a daily basis,” said Dr. Seth. Dr. Seth credits his training at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Northwestern University with giving him the unique ability to understand cancer pain management and some of the complications that arise from cancer treatments such as spinal compression fractures and neuropathic pain. Integrated Pain Consultants offers the full gamut of pain management techniques from medical management to the most advanced minimally invasive procedures. In addition to offering epidurals, facet injections and radiofrequency ablations, Dr. Seth

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also offers minimally invasive treatment options for CRPS, neuropathy, joint pain, headaches, spinal stenosis and even spinal compression fractures such as kyphoplasty. “I believe in a patient centered comprehensive approach to pain management. Having the ability to learn about the patient allows me to get to the root cause of a patients pain,” explains Dr. Seth. “Our mission is to improve a patient’s functionality and get them back to enjoying the things that they cherish the most.” Enjoying this profession is easy for Dr. Seth, by seeing patients recover, it makes his that much more rewarding. “The benefit of my profession is that I get to enjoy business success every day. Every patient that leaves my office in less pain is considered a success. My goal is to make my community a better and more productive place by removing people’s pain,” said Dr. Seth. Integrated Pain Consultants prides themselves on making the community a better and more productive place by removing people’s pain, and giving

patients a second chance. “Many patients have come to our office in severe pain after having been to many other pain practices or having tried many other modalities. By giving them a comprehensive evaluation I have been able to help these patients. The gratitude and joy that comes over them is daily positive feedback in our clinic,” said Dr. Seth. One thing that Dr. Seth constantly monitors is the advancing state of medicine. Medicine is rapidly changing and there is new technology and treatment being offered every day. Dr. Seth is leading the medical community in offering PRP and amniotic fluid injections to help with modern regenerative medicine. “I believe in continuing to follow the newest and most innovative research being presented and that allows me to offer the best treatments for my patients,” said Dr. Seth. Contact Dr. Nikesh Seth at 480.626.2552 or 9500 E Ironwood Square Dr. Suite 101 Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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Clothes Make the Woman

Carine Wang creates her fashion empire


rom the time she was a child, Singapore native Carine Wang loved fashion and design and wanted to pursue a career in it. At the age of 15 she learned sewing. Later, she attended the Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, California. She took a career detour after moving to the United States and marrying her first husband. For ten years, they ran an Asian supermarket together in Phoenix. After their divorce, she returned to the fashion industry by working first as a tailor and then as a retail employee before opening her first store in 2002. Wang has expanded her business tremendously. She now has four retail outlets in the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas, and she has created two apparel lines of her own that are carried throughout the United States. She focuses on dressing the hard-to-fit woman who cannot easily find clothes in department or chain stores. “My wholesale business is

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successful because I have the retail stores and I know what women want,” Wang explains. “We offer designer quality and styles at a much lower price point.” “My clients often come from referrals,” Wang says. “They like to come in and buy their entire wardrobe for the season.” Wang is proud that she has a loyal customer base, some of whom have followed her since she opened her first store 15 years ago in the Seville Shopping Center in Scottsdale. “My customers know I will not let them buy something that does not fit them well,” she says. Newport by Carine is a line of colorful, easy-wear shirts that is now available in over 300 stores nationwide. Her shirts are made of soft natural rayon fiber material with spandex. Her second apparel line – Carine – offers high-end designer styles. The wearable ease of Wang’s

clothing is a result of her experience in running her retail stores. She carries other designers’ clothing, especially at her flagship Gainey Village store. Before anything is put on the rack, Carine has her own employees try it on to test the fit, comfort, and fabric quality. “If a style doesn’t make my employees look good, I won’t sell it,” she says. As part of her service to dressing women, Wang offers custom fitting, image design, and alterations. “We save customers hours of wasted time in searching through mall stores,” she says. For 2017, Wang opened a new store at the Phoenician Resort and Hotel for the Spring season. Wang will also introduce another new line made from bamboo fabric in the Fall. For more information, contact 480.483.3888 or Gainey Village, 8787 N. Scottsdale Rd, Suite 210, Scottsdale, AZ 85253.

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Local Gynecologists Changing the Game Dr. Webb and Dr. Bartels are the go to doctors


ussell Bartels, M.D., and Burt Webb, M.D., Gynecologists at Scottsdale Center for Women’s Health pride themselves on being leaders in the field of Women’s Health. Dr.Webb, a world-renown surgeon with over 30 years of experience, and Dr. Russell Bartels, a nationally recognized hormone expert with over 15 years experience, transformed a traditional practice into a cutting-edge state-of-the-art practice where they continue to offer the best in women’s health care services and now much more. “We offer the latest in ultrasound and lab evaluations to guide patients through solving their problems, whether it’s fibroids, bleeding, pain, or low energy and low libido,” said Dr. Webb. They were the first surgeons in Scottsdale performing vaginal rejuvenation and began helping women regain and rejuvenate their femininity. For these issues there aren’t any other physicians in Arizona as qualified or knowledgeable as Dr. Bartels & Dr. Webb. “We’re proud and honored to

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be the pioneers and experts when it comes to hormone optimization and vaginal/bladder rejuvenation,” explains Dr. Bartels. Over the past few years Drs. Webb and Bartels have focused on non-surgical vaginal and bladder rejuvenation with the addition of the FemiLift laser, The O-Shot and most recently Geneveve. They are the first physicians in Arizona, and amongst five in the country to offer Geneveve vaginal rejuvenation. Another innovative treatment is the “The L.O.V.E. Procedure” (Laser. O Shot. Vaginal. Enhancement).This procedure was born after Dr. Bartels found great success with individual procedures and decided to combine them into one. “These procedures are excellent ways to help reduce bladder leaking, tighten the vagina, cure vaginal dryness and painful sex, as well as increase sexual sensitivity and orgasm. They are performed in our office without the need for anesthesia because they are virtually painless and there’s no downtime. These procedures have been absolute game changers for women suffering from

these conditions,” said Dr. Bartels. Scottsdale Center for Women’s Health continues to grow, but hasn’t lost sight of what their patient’s needs are and what additional services they ask for. Over the years they responded by adding male hormone optimization, an aesthetic service line which includes: Botox, Fillers, laser treatments and CoolSculpting (a nonsurgical body contouring alternative to liposuction). “My greatest accomplishments are having one of the most advanced vaginal health/rejuvenation centers in the US, and having an advanced pelvic pain program that deals with fibroids, endometriosis using advanced techniques to diagnose and treat the problems, often without using surgery,” said Dr. Webb. “We welcome new patients and look forward to helping them with their problems. We want only the best for our patients, and I think that shows.” For more information on Dr. Webb and Dr. Bartels, 8415 N. Pima Rd. #210, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 480-425-8700

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The Time of His Life

Don Edwards collects estate jewelry and timepieces


on Edwards, owner of The Estate Watch and Jewelry Company, has made high-end luxury jewelry and watches his life’s work and passion. He has spent the last 35 years cultivating a collection of one-of-a-kind estate jewelry and timepieces, selling confidence and originality to those who step through the door of his beautiful store in Old Town Scottsdale. His loyal customers trust his industry knowledge as well as his eye for unique and timeless fashion, and they are guaranteed friendly service 100 percent of the time. The jewelry industry veteran joined the family business when he was 15. After several years of working under his father, Edwards decided to branch out and open his own store with a small loan from the bank and only three watches to sell. He has worked tirelessly to grow his collection over the years, and now he can offer additional services like watch and jewelry repair, custom jewelry design, and certified diamond and gemstone appraisal.

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Edwards prides himself on offering stunning jewelry and timepieces in a variety of styles, eras of fashion, and price points, all of which are priced significantly less than anything found in a traditional retail store setting. From designer jewelry brands like Tiffany & Co. and David Yurman to high-end luxury watch brands like Rolex and Patek Philippe, his collection is expansive and is always marked below retail. “Buying high-end jewelry is like buying a new car,” Edwards says. “When you buy a brand-new piece from a designer, the second you leave the store, it’s value depreciates. We offer like-new fine watches and jewelry at a fraction of retail, saving our customers money for the same exact look.” In the last five years, Edwards has begun to offer custom engagement ring and jewelry design. Edwards and his staff work directly with each client to design the perfect ring for the big day. In addition, Edwards has expanded his extensive

Swiss timepiece collection to be one of the largest in Arizona. “Getting engaged is an exciting time in someone’s life, and I like to make sure that the buying experience is flawless,” he says. “If I do not have the perfect ring already in the case, I work with my designers and full-time bench jeweler to create the perfect ring, literally custommade for each client.” When he is not in the store, he’s passionate about spending time with his family, playing ice hockey, and working with non-profit organizations like Diabetes, Inc. and Tanner’s Kids to find a cure for juvenile diabetes, a cause in which his entire family is involved. Edwards and his team are looking forward to expanding their selection to even more fine Swiss watch brands and luxury engagement lines in 2017. For more information, contact Don Edwards at 480.946.9940 or visit www. 7121 E. 5th Ave, Ste. 23, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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Not Your Average Dentist Ash Kaushesh of Serenity Smiles


or those who fear the dentist, whether from a bad past experience; because you dislike the sights, smells or sounds of dentistry; have very sensitive teeth or a gagging reflex; or have a big problem mouth, there is hope. Serenity Smiles of Scottsdale, founded by Dr. Ash Kaushesh, offers a way to treat all of it in a controlled, scientific and safe manner while achieving life-changing results. During his time in practice for the past 12 years, Dr. Kaushesh has trained at some of the most prestigious institutions in the country – six universities and two residencies to be exact. His love for patient care and dentistry permeates every aspect of his practice. Beyond that, Dr. Kaushesh is at the forefront of taking the fear out of dentistry; he is the only master dentist locally to offer advanced cosmetic, high-end implant and anxiety-free IV sedation for any procedure under one roof. With the IV sedation, virtually any procedure – from simple fillings

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to advanced full mouth makeovers and implants – can be performed under conscious sedation. With this, patients can get multiple procedures that usually take many visits done in just one or two appointments. Plus, patients can relax, something that Dr. Kaushesh is passionate about. Dr. Kaushesh became board-certified in dental implants, and achieved three mastership and diplomate level awards in general dentistry and sedation. He remains the only dentist to have all four, which are the highest achievements in the field. “These credentials are best utilized in offering life-changing dentistry to my patients and I am glad to be of help,” says Dr. Kaushesh, who with his humble and positive traits, passes that attitude on to his caring staff. “I enjoy the field because I can truly find myself valuable and productive through my attitude towards patient care,” he says. The pulse of Serenity Smiles lies in its philosophy to treat patients holistically,

listen to their needs, and make actionable plans that create unique solutions. Dr. Kaushesh and his staff also recognize that the amount of skill needed to keep people smiling and functioning on a daily basis is paramount. “We are proud to be part of a small percentage of dental offices that are truly experts in handling complex care,” he says. “We give our patients more options because we’re capable of so many more procedures.” From simple dental work to more complex work, Dr. Kaushesh offers many advanced unique solutions for individual, patient-centric problems – and does so with compassion. “I love being a dentist! When patients give the staff or myself a hug, or tell us they are happy with their results, that is something to smile about.” For more information contact 480.400.5000 or www.serenitysmiles. com 8390 East Vía de Ventura F200, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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Attorneys That Make a Difference Tyler Allen and Lindsay Benjamin


yler Allen Law Firm prides itself on providing superior representation, personalized service, and costeffective solutions to legal issues, and that’s exactly the mission that attorneys Tyler Allen and Lindsay Benjamin abide by. “Rather than being a “jack of all trades,” each attorney handles one or two practice areas. This allows us to provide focused representation and remain knowledgeable about new case law rather than being spread over numerous practice areas,” said Allen. One of the things that Allen credits with setting his firm apart from others is the culture. “Over 7 years, we have grown from a one-attorney firm to a fiveattorney firm, with six support staff. We have been able to maintain superior client service receiving excellent client reviews. However, it’s always been important to me to provide a healthy life-work balance for our attorneys and staff.” Both Allen and Benjamin knew they wanted to be attorneys as children, and

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life seemed to have a natural path for them to take that route. Allen graduated from Arizona State University Law School and was admitted to the Arizona Bar in 2009. He represents clients in Employment Law, Estate Planning, Criminal Defense, and DUI & Traffic Defense matters. Benjamin graduated from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and was admitted to the Arizona Bar in 2004. She focuses exclusively in family law. “I started my own law firm in 2006, and joined up with The Tyler Allen Law Firm in an Of Counsel role last year as I could no longer solely handle the workload on my own. Tyler and the people in his firm are second to none, and joining his team was one of the greatest business decisions I have made to date,” explains Benjamin. “I specifically focus on family law, so I can stay on top of all updates and changes in the law to best serve my clients. When handling my cases, I think about how I would want

someone to treat them if they were my friend or my mother, and then I emulate that onto my clients.” In addition to making a difference in their clients lives, Tyler Allen Law Firm also makes a point to make a difference in the community they serve. “Each attorney is heavily involved in the community. We support teachers and education through our Back-to-School Give Back grants, animal rescue organizations, LGBT youth organizations, and Big Brother Big Sisters,” said Allen. Looking forward to 2017, the firm is excited to grow their practice. “We have expanded our practice areas and provide assistance with Criminal Defense, Family Law, Employment, Estate Planning, and DUI/Traffic Defense matters,” said Benjamin. Contact Tyler Allen and Lindsay Benjamin at 602.456.0545 or 4201 North 24th Street, Suite 200 Phoenix, AZ 85016

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There’s a new venue on the block in Old Town Scottsdale – and a different type of venue at that. Among the area’s boisterous clubs, Ellure Lounge offers an upscale alternative: A luxurious martini lounge suited for working professionals. The intimate lounge, owned by the former director of marketing for SIX, is located on Stetson Drive. Contemporary and imaginative, the seductive space has sleek wood floors, sumptuous leather, plush crimson walls, and flickering candlelight. A VIP room that features a separate entrance, personal bar service and music is well-equipped for private events; even the furniture, lighting and artwork is customizable! PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER SAMPLE, STUDIO LXV

Dishing out American comfort food with regional touches – think a Boston lobster roll, mouthwatering Texas brisket or a New England clam boil – Liberty Station is the latest culinary endeavor from the folks behind Market Street Kitchen in DC Ranch and Executive Chef Michael Hunn. Set to open this month, Liberty Station will serve lunch, dinner and classic cocktails. You’ll find a selection of sandwiches, pasta (even vegan gnocchi!) and salads as well as fresh seafood, steaks and chops – and many of those meats, such as St. Louis spare ribs and jidori chicken, will be expertly cooked on a custom-made smoker.

Last month, Phoenix-based Tuft & Needle, which has revolutionized its industry as an e-commerce mattress company, opened its first Scottsdale store at Scottsdale and Thomas roads. As only the third brick-and-mortar location in the country, the store complements Tuft & Needle’s contemporary aesthetic; a fluid layout featuring four semi-private rooms with queen-sized mattresses is accompanied by a fresh color scheme and plenty of natural light. Stop by to try one out, and know that you can rest easy – every mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial, free returns and a 10-year warranty.


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Fans of North Scottsdale’s La Locanda, which was open from 1994 to 2008, are in luck. The Italian restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Andrea Volpi and Chef Guillermo Alcala is back! Now located in Old Town, La Locanda, which means “the inn” in Italian, is as welcoming as an Old World Italian villa, with wine-colored accents and reclaimed barn wood decorating the walls. The lunch and dinner menus take inspiration from Northern Italy, where the likes of creative housemade pastas and seafood entrees such as seared scallops with risotto are crafted from organic, locally sourced ingredients. Buon appetito!



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Red Carpet Rendezvous

An evening of glitz and glam awaits you at the Hermosa Inn’s annual PreOscars Party on Feb. 16. In honor of Grace Kelly, this year’s theme is “A Touch of Grace.” As a prelude to one of Hollywood’s most fashionable nights, the evening will commence with a red carpet arrival and cocktail reception with special guest and actor Susan Claassen, renowned for her portrayal of celebrated Hollywood stylist and costume designer Edith Head. Following, indulge in a four-course dinner worthy of an Oscar itself, plus a fashion show that will highlight elegant, vintage, one-of-a-kind designs from Robert Black’s personal collection. Reservations are required and seating is limited. 6:30 p.m. $99 per person.

Head to the Heard

For the first time in 11 years, the Heard Museum will welcome a new gallery, the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery. The inaugural exhibit, Beauty Speaks for Us, will debut Feb. 10 and showcase more than 200 American Indian artworks – many of them rarely seen. In celebration of the new 7,000-square-foot space, an opening night gala on Feb. 9 will include Champagne, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and food stations. 6-9 p.m. $100.


In the Name of Love

A Fanciful Facial

Bring on the romance with a treatment that uses the edible elements of amour: strawberries and Champagne. For the entire month, Gainey Village Health Club & Spa will offer a Savor the Strawberry Mimosa Facial Treatment ($125). The scrumptious ingredients also do wonders for your skin – the strawberry exfoliates and a mimosa spritzer, comprised of orange essential oil and antioxidant-rich Champagne grape extract, lock in hydration. Even better: Go on Valentine’s Day to receive complimentary Champagne, mimosas and chocolate-covered strawberries.

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As we enter the height of engagement season, a new line of wedding dresses is entering the Scottsdale market. Almond Tree, a local wedding boutique located at High Street, recently launched their own line of wedding gown designs, named Almond Tree Originals. The line is available for brides-to-be to try on in store, and it includes five unique dress designs encompassing today’s trends with flattering lines and a modern, romantic style.


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Dinner and Diamonds

This Valentine’s Day, have your dinner with a side of diamonds. Old Town’s cozyromantic Marcellino Ristorante will cook up a five-course dinner paired with Chef Marcellino’s reserve wines, or you can order off the Valentine’s Day menu (which even includes heart-shaped gnocchi!). So, where do the diamonds come into play? Jeweler Black, Starr & Frost will provide 18-karat white gold diamond hoop earrings with .5-carats of round brilliant-cut diamonds. This dazzling special course will be presented during dessert, and the cost for dinner and diamonds is $2,000.


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A Love Not Forgotten Gala Feb. 11, 5:30 p.m. The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter invites you to celebrate the month of love at a gala that raises funds for Alzheimer’s care, research and support. Held at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, this year’s black-and-white, 1920s-themed event will feature silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing and musical entertainment. Individual tickets, $250.

Feb. 10-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thunderbird Artists invites you to celebrate fine art with a fine glass of wine along the banks of the Scottsdale Waterfront. Enjoy strolling through a juried, open-air market with spectacular paintings, bronzes, glass stone and photography while sipping wine, tasting delectable chocolates and hearing live music. Cheers to art and vino! $3.

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Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The fourth annual Concours in the Hills auto show returns to Fountain Park in Fountain Hills. In 2016, the event attracted 513 cars, 67 sponsors and about 15,000 spectators who raised $90,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs. The casual gathering brings automobile enthusiasts together and showcases a diverse range of ultra-high performance, luxury and classic vehicles from both imported and domestic manufacturers. $50.

Feb. 11, 10 a.m. Rally up your Western attire, lawn chairs and family members for this 64th annual parade and festival. Held in Downtown Scottsdale, the celebration includes live musical entertainment and shopping. Parents and kids can hop on the Hashknife Pony Express for a ride around Scottsdale and marvel at the parade’s floats all while gaining a rich history of the West. Free.

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Blue Door Ball

Feb. 17-April 25, 5-7 p.m. Just in time for spring, Friday Night Lights at The Westin Kierland Golf Club will return every Friday to offer fun for all ages, including golf games, 20-minute clinics with the golf pros, a nine-hole glow putt course, music, and beverage cart service right on the driving range. There is no better place to spend your Friday evenings than at the picturesque Westin Kierland Golf Club fore golf, games and fun! $10.

Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m. Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale for this signature event that recognizes the clubs’ Youth of the Year finalists. More than 30 club kids compete to be named Youth of the Year – the organization’s highest honor. Held at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, there will be silent and live auctions, dinner, live entertainment and sharing from the club youth finalists. Individual tickets, $250.

Beach Ball Feb. 25, 6 p.m. The 24th Annual Beach Ball Gala: Escape to the Cape will be held at Scottsdale Hangar One. Over the past two decades, the gala has been a vital source of funding for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Attendees will be whisked away to a Cape Cod-themed celebration full of entertainment, food and spirits, keynote speeches, and special packages up for grabs in an effort to raise money for the important cause. Individual tickets, $750.



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Fresh Start Gala March 4, 6 p.m. The 21st annual gala for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation will be held at The Phoenician and will include a cocktail reception, a gourmet dinner, live entertainment, dancing and an inspirational Founders’ Award presentation. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the programs and services of the foundation, which empowers women to transform their lives by providing education, resources and support. Individual tickets, $600.


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AN EVENING WITH RALNA ENGLISH Feb. 8, ASU Kerr Cultural Center Ralna English performs more than 125 concerts each year throughout North America, displaying a range of music including jazz, blues, gospel, country and songs from the ’30s and ’40s. Performing with symphony orchestras, English has been a favorite on The Lawrence Welk Show since 1969 and is returning to ASU Kerr for this extra-special evening of song. 7:30 p.m. $27-$45. WESTERN SPIRIT ARTWALK Feb. 9, Scottsdale Arts District Galleries will come to life on this Westernthemed Thursday night ArtWalk. As part of the Scottsdale Gallery Association’s Gold Palette ArtWalk Series, this event will focus on Western art and will also include music and entertainment. Collectors, spectators and aspiring artists are all welcome to take a stroll through the sea of diverse artwork. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. NATIVE TRAILS Through March 30, Scottsdale Civic Center Mall This festival is an outdoor celebration of Native American cultures of the Southwest through song and dance. Events will take place Thursdays and Saturdays and will highlight traditional instruments, colorful dances and authentic attire to share the stories of Southwest tribes. Artisan vendors will showcase and sell jewelry, baskets, pottery, instruments and paintings, and Native American fry bread will also be available for purchase. Guests are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Noon-1 p.m. Free. DAVID SPADE Feb. 3, Talking Stick Resort Laugh it up with legendary comedian and Saturday Night Live cast member David Spade. Known for his unique comedic style and sarcasm, the former Scottsdale resident has spent years honing his trademark combination of sarcasm, self-deprecation and sharp wit. This show will have you trying to catch your breath between your laughter! 8 p.m. $40-$100. MUSIC IN THE GARDEN Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24, Desert Botanical Garden Desert Botanical Garden’s spring concert series kicks off this month. This event features local bands including Guitarras Latinas (Feb. 3), Big Pete Pearson Blues Band (Feb. 10), The Rave (Feb. 17) and The Louis Landon Trio (Feb. 24). Delicious food and beverages will also be available while you sit beneath the sky and listen to the music. 7-9 p.m. Members, $25; general public, $30.


Galaxy Gala Feb. 4, Arizona Science Center Unleash your intellectual curiosity at the Arizona Science Center’s annual celebration to benefit the center’s STEM educational programs. Galaxy Gala guests will be among the very first to experience the center’s exhibition premier of Planet Shark: Predator or Prey?. Interactive and engaging, this experience challenges visitors’ fears, misunderstandings and ignorance regarding the plight of the shark. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by dinner and a dessert after-party with DJ Kimmie J. 6 p.m. $500.


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ROMEO & JULIET Feb. 9-12, Symphony Hall The most famous love story will come to the stage this Valentine’s Day weekend as Ballet Arizona weaves the story of Romeo & Juliet with the accompaniment of the Phoenix Symphony. Set in 16th-century Verona, Romeo & Juliet chronicles Shakespeare’s tale of two passionate teenagers from great families on opposing sides of a bitter feud. With its sweepingly regal ballroom scenes, vivacious swordplay and poignant pas de deux, Ib Andersen’s production is a feast for the senses. Showtimes vary. $25-$159. CHINESE WEEK CULTURE AND CUISINE FESTIVAL Feb. 10-12, Margaret T. Hance Park Celebrate the Year of the Rooster and experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the 27th annual Phoenix Chinese Week’s Culture and Cuisine Festival. Entertainment will include famous dragon and lion dances, marital arts demos, folk and traditional dances, musical performances, children’s activities and a history booth. And, of course, there will be plenty of authentic Chinese cuisine to sample. Feb. 10, 9 a.m-3 p.m.; Feb. 11-12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. EXPERIENCE CANADA Feb. 11-12, Musical Instrument Museum Honor Canadian culture and music for a celebration of Arizona’s Canada Week – it’s Canada’s 150th birthday, after all! There will be musical performances, cultural talks and a Canadian-inspired cafe menu. While at the museum, be sure to check out the new Randy Bachman display in the Artist Gallery. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Included with paid museum admission.


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do WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HOOP DANCE CONTEST Feb. 11-12, Heard Museum In this unique event, top American Indian and Canadian First Nation hoop dancers will compete at the Heard Museum to win the prestigious title and cash prizes. Showcasing a variety of hoop dancing, dancers will be judged on precision, timing, creativeness and speed. Individual routines are presented using as few as four to as many as 50 hoops, which are manipulated to create a variety of designs including animals, butterflies and globes. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $7.50-$18. 20TH ANNIVERSARY ALUMNI DINNER Feb. 12, Cowboy Ciao Downtown Scottsdale’s Cowboy Ciao will celebrate 20 years of its Southwest-infused eats with an alumni dinner featuring a “who’s who” of local chefs and beverage masters from owner Peter Kasperski’s restaurants over the past two decades. They will collaborate to present a five-course meal with beverage pairings. 6:30 p.m. Dinner with wine pairings, $150; with cocktail pairings, $125. Reservations required. GREATER PHOENIX JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL Feb. 12-26, multiple locations Get out your popcorn and soda for the 21st annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, which will showcase cultural films from around the world. The festival will offer a wide variety of movies based on the historic and contemporary Jewish experience. Highly esteemed guest speakers will also be in attendance to give their insights on the films. Showtimes vary. Individual tickets, $10; festival pass, $150. THODOS DANCE CHICAGO Feb. 17, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Dedicated to the American voice in contemporary dance, Thodos Dance Chicago has performed with captivating style described as “breathtakingly athletic” and “powerfully beautiful.” The ensemble of 12 dancers has toured nationally and internationally, sharing its award-winning repertory works and story ballets. Thodos Dance Chicago’s program will include the critically acclaimed A Light in the Dark: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. 8 p.m. $39-$59. CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION Feb. 17-18, Mesa Arts Center Get ready to laugh, have fun and be amazed by magic! This Old World illusion show is perfect for anniversaries, date nights and special evenings (like Valentine’s Day weekend). The show blends an international travel theme with all the elements of a Vaudeville-inspired theater show and will have you searching for answers and keep you wondering how the mysterious magic happens. Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. $45-$60. HEARTS OF GOLD GALA Feb. 18, JW Marriott Camelback Inn Co-chaired by Wanda and Tom Eaton, the

Dancing with the Stars Live! Feb. 11, Comerica Theatre ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars will once again take the stage in Phoenix. Fans of the show will get the opportunity to see some of the best dancers in the industry, including Season 23’s finalists. Dancing with the Stars Live! – We Came to Dance showcases every type of ballroom and modern dance seen on the show, including sizzling group performances, romantic duets, contemporary numbers and original pieces created specifically for the nationwide tour. 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. $30$299.

Hearts of Gold Gala will benefit Save the Family Foundation of Arizona, which supports families in overcoming homelessness. The event will include a cocktail reception, a “Wall of Wine,” a silent auction and a dinner. During dinner, enjoy entertainment from TreJa Vu, award presentations and a live auction. After dinner, there will be casino games with prizes, a cash bar and more. 6 p.m. Individual tickets, $175. SINGLETON GALA Feb. 18, Talking Stick Resort Put your masks on and be prepared to dance the night away at a Carnival celebration in Rio! The eighth annual Singleton Gala will be Carnival-themed and will include a charming evening of illumination and fundraising. The semi-formal event will include dinner, dancing, auctions and raffles raising funds to support Singleton Moms’ efforts in helping single parents with cancer. 5:30 p.m. General individual tickets, $125; VIP individual tickets, $175. WINE FOR WOOFS, BEER FOR BARKS Feb. 24, Facings of America Help put a roof over homeless pets’ heads by enjoying libations and bidding on luxurious designer doghouses at this third annual fundraiser. Architects, interior designers and SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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engineers will compete in a designer doghouse competition, and patrons can bid on swanky pet palaces. Proceeds will support the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA, the state’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter. 5-9 p.m. $60. THE GREAT FAIR Feb. 24-26, Avenue of the Fountains There is something for everyone to enjoy at this giant annual fair featuring skilled artists and craftsmen from around the world offering unique works of art. This three-day juried art fair will also feature food booths, a beer garden, seating areas throughout the venue and live musical entertainment. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 80TH ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE Feb. 25, Arizona State Fairgrounds Bargain hunters are in for a treat with thousands of items up for sale at this event hosted by the Junior League of Phoenix, which raises funds for nonprofit programs supported by the League. New and gently used art, accessories, clothing, housewares, electronics and more will all be available to purchase. In addition to the sale, the Junior League of Phoenix will be providing 40 free mammograms to women on a first-come, firstserved basis. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $5.


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13th Annual Subway D-backs Fan Fest Feb. 18, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Fans can partake in the ultimate Arizona Diamondbacks experience at this festival. Attendees willl have access to current players, coaches, alumni and broadcasters, including photo and autograph opportunities, baseball activity areas, and game-used memorabilia for sale. With the move to the team’s Spring Training home at Salt River Fields this year, the event will encompass new opportunities, including unique access throughout the award-winning complex. Noon-4 p.m. Free.

BLUES BLAST 17 Feb. 25, Margaret T. Hance Park Get ready to enjoy the sounds of soulful blues bands at this festival presented by the Phoenix Blues Society. This family-friendly event in its 26th year will bring together local and national blues artists to ensure a great day of music. In addition to a large variety of vendors and food, Blues Blast 17 has a great Kidz Zone – and everything in the Kidz Zone is free. 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. $18-$30. COOKING CLASS AND LUNCHEON Feb. 25, Rusconi’s American Kitchen Brush up on your culinary skills with Chef Michael Rusconi as he instructs you in the preparation of some of his signature dishes, including Key West shrimp, blackberry-glazed pork tenderloin and dark chocolate bread pudding. The cost includes instruction, recipes and a three-course lunch; wine pairings with lunch are available for an additional cost. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $65; added wine pairings, $12. MESA ARTS CENTER FOUNDATION GALA Feb. 25, Mesa Arts Center Join the diverse crowd of elected officials, artists, musicians and art lovers for a captivating night of music and fun at this annual gala. Proceeds from the event will benefit MAC Engagement Programs to provide youth and artists with opportunities and educational programming. The attire is “fun and festive.” 6-10 p.m. $150.

WALK WITH ME FAMILY FUN WALK Feb. 25, Scottsdale Civic Center Park Southwest Human Development will host this ninth annual event to benefit young children with disabilities. Presented by the Arizona Coyotes Foundation, the event will include a one-mile walk, a kids zone, entertainment, food and a community resource fair. 7-10:30 a.m. $10-$30. www.

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CORONADO HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD HOME TOUR & SPRING FESTIVAL Feb. 26, Coronado Park Get a historical experience unlike any other with a chance to see restored homes at the 30th annual Coronado Home Tour. Attendees will gather at Coronado Park to enjoy food and music, a lively street fair, homes and gardens open for tour, and the Coronado Classic car and bicycle show. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $20.

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GLITZ GLAM GIVE GALA Feb. 26, Arizona Biltmore This 23rd annual gala is full of Hollywood sophistication, where the red carpet will be rolled out in support of the Arthritis Foundation. The evening will feature an Academy Awards viewing party, a fashion show, mystery boxes, a live auction, a VIP red carpet reception, and an awards presentation. All proceeds will support research for a cure for arthritis. Red carpet reception, 4:30 p.m.; dinner, 6 p.m. Individual tickets, $500.



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ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE A New Leaf continues to help families and change lives through its annual Camaraderie Gala BY CHELSEA YOUNG


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WHAT: A New Leaf Camaraderie Gala WHEN: Feb. 11, 6-11 p.m. WHERE: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale TICKETS: Individual, $250; tables start at $2,500 INFORMATION:


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eatlemania is coming to town for A New Leaf’s 33rd annual Camaraderie Gala at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of the Fab Four, the evening will be one of hope and inspiration reflected in a theme of the band’s beloved anthem, All You Need Is Love. The gala, which benefits A New Leaf’s homeless and domestic violence shelter programs, celebrates the donors, volunteers and partners who support the nonprofit’s mission of helping families and changing lives. Last year, A New Leaf served 22,000 individuals and families across the Valley, and the Camaraderie Gala helps provide funds to make it possible to serve more people in the future. At the festive evening, you’ll be swept into a world of The Beatles’ music, live and silent auctions, dancing, delicious food, casino games and a few surprises along the way. Honorary chairs of this year’s event are Bob and Christi Worsley. The evening will include inspirational speakers, plus entertainment by The Beatles cover band Marmalade Skies, which will surely have you twisting and shouting the night away.


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Dr. Ken Danyluk of Team Orthodontics is ready to help give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Dr. D, as he is affectionately known, is a widely recognized leader in the field of orthodontics and has been instrumental in the improvements made to lingual braces that provide patients with rapid, thorough and visibly undetectable correction. He has traveled internationally to perfect his latest techniques relevant to lingual braces. Dr. D has cared for more than 2,000 patients with lingual braces and is recognized as North America’s most prominent practitioner of this advanced form of orthodontic treatment. In addition to being a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics, Dr. Danyluk holds the additional distinction of being a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

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The 62nd Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show trots into town BY CHELSEA YOUNG

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ince 1955, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has set the pace in the Arabian Horse world. As the largest event of its kind in the world, it also has a deep local history. The first show was held on the grounds of the Arizona Biltmore and later transitioned to Paradise Park, the horse facility created by Ann McCormick, which hosted the show for many years. Since that time, the show has been held at WestWorld of Scottsdale, and it has grown from 50 horses to nearly 2,400 horses, bringing in top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world to compete for a chance at winning. Competitions will include reining, dressage, Western and English pleasure, and under saddle. In addition to these exciting competitions, there will also be gala parties, educational seminars and an international cuisine court. And for all you shoppers, the event will feature more than 300 vendor booths, offering everything from lavish jewelry and clothing to household goods and works of art. If you have kids, saddle up the troops because there are also plenty of activities for families to enjoy. Family fun will include behind-the-scenes barn tours, pony rides, a petting zoo, opportunities to meet an Arabian Horse, ceramic horse painting (free for the first 400 kiddos), a dog adoption station, and art and photo contests. On Feb. 21, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show will honor those who have served in the armed forces with free allday admission for military, veterans and their families. The 2017 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show will benefit the Arabian Horseman’s Distress Fund, ASU Western Equestrian Team, SCC Equine Sciences Scholarships and March of Dimes.


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Indulge your sugar-loving side at the annual Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

Proof at Four Seasons Scottsdale Flower Child Olive + Ivy As the reigning challenge champion for the most money raised in 2016, Olive + Ivy Chef Kelli Sappington dreamt up Trefoil-infused Cherry Cheesecake Gelato to try her hand at winning again. Proof at Four Seasons Scottsdale Inspired by Girl Scout camping trips and warm, gooey fireside s’mores, Proof’s Triple Decker Do-si-do Delight layers a Do-si-do graham cracker cake, rich chocolate ganache, toasted marshmallows, caramel sauce, and a salted Do-si-do cookie crumble.


ove over, Valentine’s Day! There is an even sweeter event this month – the Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge, where more than a dozen Valley chefs have partnered with the Arizona CactusPine Girl Scouts on this special event. Their mission? Use their culinary prowess to reimagine one of the beloved flavors of Girl Scout cookies into a custom dessert menu item. Each restaurant has agreed to feature said dessert on its menu through Feb. 28, with a portion of the proceeds from each dessert sold directly supporting the local Girl Scout Council in our community. Your mission is to taste them all at these Scottsdale locations!

Rhythm & Wine and Jalapeno Inferno Chef Terry Craig layered the Trefoil’s shortbread flavor into a rich Girl Scout Banana Cream Pie topped with whipped cream and Trefoil crumbles, and he’s offering it at his Valley restaurants. and

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Char Kitchen + Bar Founders Peter and Pal Micakaj’s first-ever challenge creation is a chocolate mousse with Thin Mint cookie crumble. Chompie’s Their “The Mint” Cheesecake features a Thin Mint cookie crust and crumbled Thin Mints swirled into the cake itself. It’s topped with a Thin Mint cookie wedge. Drexyl Modern American Chef Scott Paget’s sweet creation is a Tagalong cookie dark chocolate sphere with a decadent peanut butter filling. Flower Child Flower Child’s gluten-free dessert offering features the Toffee-tastic Girl Scout cookies in a rich, chocolate pudding.


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Rusconi’s American Kitchen This is the eatery’s second year taking on Samoas – this time with Chef Dave Rico dreaming up an indulgent Chocolate Chunk Samoa Pecan Pie. Sorso Wine Room The #MintHappens dessert created by Chef Paige Murphy is comprised of a chocolate mint cheesecake mousse with a Thin Mint cookie crust and chocolate gelato. Twisted Grove Parlor + Bar In homage to the Girl Scout’s famous Tagalong cookie, Chef Christopher Collins’ Tagalongs Are Great (T.A.G.) is a shortbread cookie with creamy peanut butter and Sweet Provisions Tagalong ice cream covered with chocolate ganache. Enjoy Girl Scout Cookies at home, too – they’ll be available through March 5. For more information, or to download the app, visit


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RAISE YOUR GLASS Food and drink festivals abound all month long BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

February has something for food and drink lovers of all kinds – here are five of the major events we can’t wait to sink our teeth into this month.


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Brewer’s Bowl: Feb. 4 Created to showcase the growing craft beer scene in Arizona, the Brewer’s Bowl will feature beer tastings from nearly 20 local breweries, plus live music, giant bar games and food trucks. The event will be held in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale along Brown Avenue. General admission is $35 and includes 20 beer-tasting tickets, while VIP admission is $55 and includes 25 tickets, plus early entry into the event at 4 p.m. A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank. Street Eats: Feb. 11-12 This premier food truck event will return to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for a weekend packed with more than 70 food trucks dishing out everything from comfort classics to gourmet grabs. The Gorilla Cheese Truck, Queso Good, Burgers Amore, Rockstar Hotdogs and Wok Sticks are just a few of the headliners signed on for this year. All samples are $2, but this year, the $12 entry fee also gets guests access to a new attraction called UnCommon Markets, which features an array of handmade goods, art and upcycled home furnishings. Arizona Cocktail Week: Feb. 17-24 Arizona Cocktail Week honors the craft of the cocktail with everything from parties, spirit tastings and educational seminars to mixology competitions, drink specials and cocktail pairing dinners. The majority of the main events take place at or near the Hotel Valley Ho. The signature event, Cocktail Carnival, will take place Feb. 17 and will feature mixologists from all over the country. Tickets for the Cocktail Carnival start at $40 and tickets to individual events vary. Corks & Cactus: Feb. 18-19 The Desert Botanical Garden plays host to this annual foodie event, which features tastings of 40 boutique wines each day, almost all of which are available for purchase by the bottle during the event to benefit the garden’s education, research, exhibition and conservation programs. The festival will also include cooking demos, small bites and live performances by Obadiah Parker and Sydney Sprague. Tickets start at $35. CRUSHBREW Festival: Feb. 18-19 Celebrating and promoting the craft beverage movement, CRUSHBREW Festival puts craft beer, small boutique wines, hard cider and artisan distilled spirits in the spotight. Taking place at the Scottsdale Waterfront, the event will benefit Southwest Human Development, Arizona’s largest nonprofit dedicated to early childhood development. It will also include food pairings; hourly cocktail, wine and/or beer demonstrations; live music; and an afterparty at the W Scottsdale. Tickets start at $45.


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The cutting-edge public art event returns to the Scottsdale Waterfront with inspired installations BY OFELIA MONTELONGO PHOTOS COURTESY OF SCOTTSDALE PUBLIC ART


he Scottsdale Waterfront will transform into an interactive playground during the fifth annual Canal Convergence Water + Art + Light. The free, four-day event takes place from Thursday, Feb. 23 to Sunday, Feb. 26 from 4 to 10 p.m., featuring eight large-scale installations and artists from all over the world. Presented by Scottsdale Public Art and Salt River Project, Canal Convergence combines interactive artworks, dance, live music, hands-on activities, a beer and wine garden, and a series of artist talks. According to Scottsdale Public Art Director Donna Isaac, the event serves as a way to highlight and educate the community about the importance of water, sustainability and living in the desert. Especially of note this year, local muralists and painters Isaac Caruso and Ashley Macias will return to present Canal Creatures ­– Where Are They Now?, a 48-foot-long and eight-foot-high interactive mural painting installation located at the

underpass of the Marshall Way Bridge. In 2013, the artists spent a week painting temporary underwater creatures on the 200-foot walls of the drained canal between the Soleri Bridge & Plaza and Goldwater Boulevard. The new installation will focus on the supposed changes of such creatures and how they would look now, four years later. “They’ve seen things and done things,” Caruso says. “They are older and wiser now.” Not only have the creatures changed, the artists’ styles have also developed in the last four years. “Things that we learned in our own lives will be reflected on that,” he says, describing the murals as dynamic, fun, whimsical and intriguing. Aspiring artists and the general public will have the opportunity to watch Caruso and Macias bring the same colorful characters back to life and witness the full creative process. During the first two days, they will be sketching and painting


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the bulk of the mural. On the third day, the public will be able to participate and have fun with eco-friendly paint. Caruso and Macias will be there every step of the way, guiding the community on how to create a mural. On the fourth day, the artists will add final touches to conclude the artwork. Other Canal Convergence highlights include the critically acclaimed New York City-based dance troupe RIOULT Dance NY performing outdoors at dusk, plus alllevel dance workshops. Hands-on activities will include lamp- and music-making workshops as well as those on how to make LED-lit folded geometric flowers. New to the event this year, the public will have the opportunity to interact with the artists during a series of artist talks, which will take place at the Casablanca Rooftop Lounge, and will be ongoing throughout Canal Convergence. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit


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trawberries and Champagne, anyone? “Well, sort of,” laughs Jeremy Key, bar manager of Virtù Honest Craft, when talking about the award-winning bar and restaurant’s cheeky play on this Valentine’s Day menu mainstay. “We call our take the Ice Queen, and she most certainly rules.” As Virtù’s only vodka-based cocktail, the Ice Queen ($13) is also the prettiest. “We joke that the Ice Queen likes to cause a scene,” Key says. “The contrast of the bright red in the cocktail and cloudlike foam on top is eye-catching.” The cocktail begins with Tito’s Handmade Vodka as the base. Key then makes a shrub – much like a preserve, but in more of a syrup form – using strawberry puree, white balsamic vinegar and sugar. The result is a sweet, yet tangy and tart, complement to the vodka. “We also add Art in the Age Rhubarb Tea Liqueur and fresh lemon juice, which further cuts the sweetness of the strawberry and kicks up the tartness,” Key says. All of the ingredients are shaken with ice and strained twice into a coup glass. “Then there is the Champagne foam,” says Key, who uses an iSi whip canister to beat together equal parts Champagne and egg whites. “The canister adds carbon dioxide to the mixture while pulling the egg whites, resulting in a stark white foam exploding with Champagne flavor.” After Key tops the concoction with the foam, he finishes the cocktail with cracked pepper for added spice and crowns the Ice Queen with a strawberry garnishing. Virtù Honest Craft, 3701 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale; 480.946.3477;


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Follow February’s lead of romance, and step out for date night in a pair of heels that will give your favorite LBD an eye-catching pop of pizzazz. Crafted in Italy, Christian Louboutin’s Sova Broda Jeweled Sandal features the brand’s classic (and may we add, Cupid-approved) red lacquered sole along the four-inch stiletto heel, while the black patent leather straps are bedazzled with bold multicolored crystals. In true Louboutin fashion, the sandal is feminine and chic – with a distinctly sassy, fierce edge. $1,695 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. FEBRUARY 2017 |

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Wow your special someone with these sparkling accessories BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH

(Clockwise from top) 18-karat yellow gold diamond chandelier earrings, Isadora, $6,999 at London Gold, 480.367.1717. 1.31-carat cushion-cut diamond ring with rose and white gold double halo, $19,995 at London Gold. 18-karat white, rose and yellow gold bracelets, $5,800 each at Galicia Fine Jewelers, 480.421.9688. Rose gold Love bracelet, Cartier, $5,250 at Biltmore Loan & Jewelry, 480.991.5626. 18-karat white gold earrings with white and cognac diamonds, $8,900 at Galicia Fine Jewelers. 18-karat white gold ring with diamonds, $2,800 at Galicia Fine Jewelers. Custom 14-karat recycled white gold 7-carat diamond bracelet, price upon request at Paul Johnson Jewelers, 480.970.4341. Estate 21-karat yellow gold pendant with bezel-set jewels, Kesar, price upon request at Paul Johnson Jewelers. SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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CLUTCH CONTROL Playful purses fit for date night


(Clockwise from top) Applique floral with skull closure, Alexander McQueen, $2,395.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700. Clear with interchangeable pouches, Charlotte Olympia, $675.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique. Black suede flap with silver metal triangle applique, Gucci, $395.95 at To Be Continued…A Consignment Boutique. Distressed gold with logo, Tory Burch, $99.95 at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575. Quilted rose lambskin with studs, Valentino, $1,545 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Blue snakeskin with gold buckle detailing, Jimmy Choo, $145 at My Sister’s Closet. Nude patent leather baguette, Christian Louboutin, $850 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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Be Mine! Super soft Goochie Goo Garbs boast inviting textures that little ones love to touch! Playful patterns comprised of soft and cuddly center fabrics with silky satin trims. Visit our New Store at 8912 Pinnacle Peak Road Suite F-7 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (N E corner of Pinnacle Peak & Pima, Next door to Starbucks in the La Mirada Center)

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GLAM GIFTS Luxe beauty products for your loved one BY LACI LANGSTON

Chantecaille Le Magnolia Eye and Cheek Palette Each eye and cheek shade in this palette is embossed with a beautiful magnolia, symbolizing the beauty of nature. Designed with a color scheme that inspires a variety of looks for every occasion, the shades vary from subtle elegance to bold and playful. Its serene formula is infused with natural botanicals sourced from around the world, creating an effortless, romantic look. The multi-dimensional palette can be used for highlighting, brightening, contouring and adding that final pop of color. $83 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111.

Feeling a little nervous about what to get your significant other on the most romantic day of the year? Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all candy and roses. Gift your special someone (or yourself!) with a unique surprise. From a sophisticated scent to a luxurious lipstick, we’ve rounded up five products that will make your loved one look and feel beautiful.

Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour in So Tango Presentation is everything and Christian Louboutin most definitely delivers with this velvet matte lipstick. Presented in a jewelry box and dressed in a silk carrying pouch, the fiercely rich color applies as full coverage, setting with a suede matte finish. The lipstick is enriched with natural oils and seed butters, bearing infinite moisture and seamless definition. Revamp your look and bring a bold color impact with the shade So Tango – a must-have hue that makes your lips the ultimate weapon of seduction. $90 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Trish McEvoy The Power of Brushes Collection – Simply Chic You can have all the high-end products that stores have to offer, but your makeup routine isn’t complete without a brush collection that is equally as luxe. Devised of the highestquality and cruelty-free hair, this coveted eight-piece brush set for eyes and face will enhance your overall application experience and restore a new level of confidence. Inside the brush clutch you’ll find a signature piece – the professional sponge, which cultivates a flawless finish. Not only are the tools super mod, but the clutch itself is a stunner. $225 at Neiman Marcus.

Tom Ford Santal Blush Eau de Parfum An enticing aroma that exudes sophistication and a hint of mystery is what you’ll find when you apply this perfume. The fragrance wears like a veil of creamy sandalwood, warmed with exhilarating florals and Eastern spices. The scent, described as pure elegance in a bottle, captures the senses and leaves an enduring trail. This gem is a jack of all trades, exploring every exotic note there is with a spirit of modern earthiness. $225-$595 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100.


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Tory Burch Marion Embossed Metallic Leather Cosmetic Case Your vanity isn’t the only place to store beauty essentials. Whether you’re on the go or need a case to hold your stylish staples, this diamond-embossed leather pouch will do the job. Decorated in metallic luster with intricate detailing, it meets the needs of storage and style. With a zip-around closure and an inside slip pocket to hold additional items, this bag makes for the perfect accessory to toss in your purse or rest fashionably on the vanity. $125 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000.



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Whether you are challenged with short, sparse, or thinning eyebrows, Rachell Hall’s 28 years of expertise in makeup artistry, custom color blending, art and science will be your perfect solution plus... Remember, discounted prices are not an indicator of value in permanent cosmetics. Trust YOUR face only to the very best. For over 20 years Rachell Hall has eased the makeup woes of an international clientele with her exclusive perfected signature procedures. Be beautiful at breakfast and still look fresh at four! Work out or go out your permanent make up will be perfect! Save time with any procedure. Always natural, always pretty, always perfect. Don't you deserve wash and wear beauty? • Powder soft eyebrows create the illusion of fullness, frame your eyes with the perfect arch, and of course save all that time in the morning! • Smokey eyeliner, never smears, enhances your lash line and eliminates daily tugging at delicate eye tissue • Custom contoured lips- naturally full and blushed lips with contour and colors blended just for you! • Restores lip fullness without the "duck lip effect" and eliminates lipstick bleeding into fine lines • Breasthetics, 3-d nipple areola restoration post mastectomy

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Ignite romance at home with the color of love BY GABBY RICHMAN | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

(Clockwise from top) Vintage-style wall clock, Uttermost, $158.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond, Ceramic table lamp, $129 at west elm, 480.948.1950. Roses giclee print on canvas, iCanvas, $124 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Chevron alpaca throw, Jonathan Adler, $295 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Petal lumbar pillow, $25 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987. Velvet swivel chair, Bryn St. Clair, $1,399 at SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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his stunning Paradise Valley residence was voted No. 1 on the Phoenix Home & Garden home tour. Designed by Mark Candelaria and built by Nance Construction – two of the top names in their craft – this exquisite, 7,179-square-foot home features many architectural details and first-class finishes that will certainly impress the most discerning of buyers. The four-bed, six-bath property is designed in a quintessential Mediterranean style, with a tile roof, warm stucco and stone that comprise an open and inviting


interior. With mountain views and north/ south exposure, the front of the home greets you with a courtyard entrance that includes a fountain and private patio. The well-appointed master suite also features a private patio as well as dual bathrooms. There is plenty of natural light from skylights and windows, illuminating the contrasting ivory and rich wood finishes. Beautiful lines of sight down hallways draw your eyes to water features behind French doors; a centrally located courtyard with a fountain is perfect for a bistro table SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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and morning coffee al fresco. A Europeaninspired backyard with a heated resort pool and spa is meticulously landscaped with an abundance of trees and colorful flowers, a built-in barbecue, a children’s play area, a fire pit and outfitted with a misting system. Rarely does a special home like this come to the market. 6536 E. Hummingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. Listed for $4,750,000 with Mark Lindabury of Walt Danley Realty/Christie’s International Real Estate, 602.663.1327 or


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Explore the nation’s capital with a floral festival unlike any other BY SUSAN LANIER-GRAHAM



ashington, D.C. is much more than politics and what happens behind the closed doors of Capitol Hill and the Oval Office. One of the most iconic symbols of Washington, D.C. in the springtime is the cherry blossom tree. Celebrate the nation’s heritage among the beautiful blooms during the month-long National Cherry Blossom Festival (www.nationalcherryblossomfestival. org), which runs from March 20 through April 16 this year.

History of the Trees Cherry trees haven’t always been a part of the District’s landscape. In March 1912, Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki transferred 3,000 cherry trees from the banks of Japan’s Arakawa River to the banks of the Potomac as a gift to First Lady Helen Herron Taft. Three short decades later, however, the U.S. found itself at war with Japan, and after some of the trees were cut down, the government started calling them “Oriental flowering cherry trees” to protect them. The ploy worked and the trees survived. Following the war, the trees became a symbol of renewed goodwill between the U.S. and Japan. In 1965, Japan gifted another 3,800 trees to Lady Bird Johnson.

The gifts and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the U.S. and Japan.

National Cherry Blossom Festival With so many flowering trees dotting the nation’s capital city, it seems only appropriate to celebrate them. For four weekends stretching from mid-March through midApril, millions of people come from around the world to celebrate the arrival of spring, marked by the trees’ iconic pink blooms. The festival is filled with events, most of which are free and open to the public. One of the most beautiful events is the SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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Blossom Kite Festival held April 1, where attendees can watch kites flying in front of the Washington Monument. The Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival takes place during the final weekend with live music, food trucks, a beer garden and activities at the District Wharf, followed by fireworks. Of course, simply ambling along the National Mall, strolling from the Capitol toward the Lincoln Memorial is an event in and of itself with the cherry blossoms in full bloom.

Luxury Lodging The Mayflower Hotel, now part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, opened in the District more than 90 years ago and has been a landmark ever since. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, it has had some famous guests walk through its doors, including every U.S. president as well as visiting royalty and celebrities. The Mayflower recently underwent a $20 million renovation, and a stay there is an ideal central location during the Cherry Blossom Festival. The hotel is a few steps from the Metro, which delivers you right into the heart of the festival activities. Even walking through the marble lobby, which retains a touch of yesteryear, gives you an appreciation for the history of our country.


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dental breakthrough can now correct receding gums without painful cutting and stitches – or the need to take time off work for recovery. Experts say the newly developed pinhole gum rejuvenation is quick, painless and can be done in the time it takes to eat lunch. Dr. Erik Svans and Dr. Steven C. Chang of Scottsdale's SC Dentistry is now offering the instant transformation of the defective gum line which will enable thousands of people achieve a healthy and beautiful smile immediately, virtually pain free and with no stitches and no downtime. Gum recession is the loss of gum tissue along the gum line. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease, the natural aging process or bad teeth brushing habits. When gum recession occurs the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed, meaning tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gum line and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness. Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation is done by Dr. Erik Svans and Dr. Steven C. Chang numbing the gum tissue with a local anesthetic. Then a tiny entry point the size of a ballpoint pen tip is made above or below the teeth

being treated. Then, Dr. Erik Svans and Dr. Steven C. Chang passes specialized instruments carefully under the gum tissue to reposition it to cover the recessed area. Dr. Erik Svans and Dr. Steven C. Chang will then pass tiny collagen strips through the opening and insert them under the gum. The strips keep the tissue in place until the patients body produces new collagen to fix the receding gums. The procedure takes about an hour to an hour and a half depending on how many teeth are involved. The hole heals quickly and is almost undetectable in a day ERIK P. SVANS DDS or so. This revolutionary method replaces the old painful technique where tissue would have to be removed from the roof of the mouth and then be grafted into the area where the gum had moved away from the tooth. This was very painful, and consisted of stitches followed by two to three weeks of recovery time with pain medicine. The results were sometimes hit or miss. Don’t continue to suffer with the discomfort of sensitive teeth or be afraid to smile! SC Dentistry provides all aspects of Dental Care, from cleanings to full mouth rehabilitation and works STEVEN C. CHANG DDS with many insurance plans.


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HIT THE ROAD A self-guided cycling excursion perfect for two BY CHELSEA YOUNG


or an out-of-the-ordinary experience right in your backyard, grab your significant other, another couple for a double date, or even a group of friends to experience the Sonoran Desert in a new way – on a customized cycling excursion with a resort stay. Through April 15, Arizona Outback Adventures will offer a self-guided cycling tour through the beautiful wilderness of Scottsdale and Cave Creek, encompassing scenic rides, challenging climbs and unparalleled views. With the weather at its prime for the next few months, now’s the ideal time for cycling enthusiasts and fitness fanatics to take advantage. While the tour is self-guided, everything is planned for you, including the bike routes, lodging and luggage transfers – all you need is a bike (your own or a rental), plus the enthusiasm and endurance for an exhilarating trek. The five-day, four-night excursion offers daily cycling lengths of 28-68+ miles, depending on your experience level, from casual road bikers to triathletes

to avid cyclists. Tailored to each traveler, the trip incorporates the area’s best cycling routes as well as suggestions for meals and wildlife to observe. Once the pros at Arizona Outback Adventures know the type of ride you’re looking for, they’ll help customize your trip. Though routes may differ based on ability and preferences, sights you might see include the charming towns of Carefree and Cave Creek, Bartlett Lake, McDowell Mountains, Four Peaks Wilderness, Verde River Valley and Tom’s Thumb Trail (offered as a hiking option when paired with a shorter ride). As for lodging, the price includes a four-night stay at Carefree Conference Resort, with available upgrades to the Boulders Resort & Spa. No matter which resort you choose, fuel up on breakfast each morning before your journey and then wind down after your ride with dinner at your property or at a nearby restaurant. SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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Your trip includes a personal orientation to go over your route; bike set up; four nights lodging (double occupancy); daily breakfast (lunch and dinner on your own); gloves, helmet and clipless pedals upon request (with bike rental); a detailed route book with maps, cue sheets, suggestions for stops, water and restaurants; a Garmin Touring GPS; and telephone support throughout your trip. The price is $819 per person with two participants, and the price to upgrade to a stay at the Boulders Resort & Spa is $1,699 per person with two participants. Costs decrease with added participants and may vary depending on the day you start your journey. Though the tour is not available for solo travelers, there’s an option to pay extra for your own room if traveling with a group. Learn more at www.aoa-adventures. com, or call 480.945.2881 to make your reservation.


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LONDON GOLD, IT'S THE BEST! London Gold has been the Valley’s fine jewelry retailer for 40 years. London Gold carries only the finest jewelry made of gold, platinum, silver, certified GIA diamonds, fine gems, vintage and estate pieces, and fashion jewelry. The family owned and operated jeweler has developed a reputation for high quality, excellent service, and unique craftsmanship. London Gold carries exclusive, beautiful, and unique pieces from 20 prominent jewelry designers and recently held a special designer trunk show to feature the designers and their new collections. Some of the latest additions to the designer collections include Sophia by Design, Hera, Beverley K Collection, Meira T, I.Reiss, Isadora, and Yael Designs. London Gold is also a leader in custom jewelry design and creation, allowing its clients to see their imagined jewelry designs come to life. London Gold jewelers are masterful,

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and use state-of-the-art technology, including computer-aided design (CAD) and 3D printing, to ensure precision in craftsmanship. The ability for clients to work with exceptional staff and see their visions materialize in-house is a distinctive treat in the Valley. London Gold serves the Phoenix-metro area in Scottsdale, Arrowhead, Chandler, and at Its flagship location in Scottsdale just finished a beautiful remodel and expansion. The new building design marries classic with contemporary, and the results are spectacular, both inside and out! Because London Gold works so hard to provide an exceptional experience, its committed clients have repeatedly voted it the “Best of Phoenix” and “Best of the Valley”as a jewelry retailer. London Gold is always proud to provide the finest jewelry, service, and experience, and it knows that it’s the best because its customers are the best.

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vital stats: 2016 BMW 328i Sports Wagon Price: $42,950 Price as tested: $57,620 Seating: Up to 5 Engine: 2.0-L turbocharged four-cylinder Horsepower: 240 Fuel economy: 22/34 mpg city/highway Fab features: Gorgeous “wagon” styling Beautiful driving dynamics with exceptional comfort Harman Kardon surround sound system

2016 BMW 328i SPORTS WAGON A revitalized station wagon with unexpected excitement and styling appeal BY JIM PRUETER


ars are an emotional choice, an expression of our personal style, likes and aspirations. As an automotive journalist, I’m first and foremost an automotive geek and an automotive enthusiast. I don’t know anyone who loves cars more than I do and, for whatever reason, I have always been attracted to station wagons. Of course, automakers abhor the “station wagon” nomenclature, favoring terms like sports wagon, cross country or, simply, wagon. All this brings me to this month’s narrative on the BMW Sports Wagon. Whether the make is Audi,


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Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Subaru or BMW, I love everything about a station wagon. So imagine my elation in grabbing the keys of a Mediterranean blue metallic 2016 BMW 328i Sports Wagon. The BMW 328i Sports Wagon is nowhere near the class of the MercedesBenz E63 AMG – the world’s fastest and rarest wagon – but it doesn’t have to be for you to fall in love with it. After all, not all cars need 500-plus horsepower and foot-wide tires to make them thrilling. But why the fascination with wagons? It’s true that most Americans lump wagons into the same category as minivans when it comes to personal appeal. But to others (like me), wagons are cool. Perhaps it’s because – in a world full of sedans, utility vehicles and hatchbacks – wagons really stand out, especially when they are decked out with sporty wheels and attractive trim modifications like the BMW 328i Sports Wagon. Since the 2017 Sports Wagon was not yet released at press time, I tested a 2016 model available in two engines: a diesel and a 2.0-liter, 240-horsepower four-cylinder (my test car), matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The only change for 2017 will be an increase of eight horsepower to the engine and the model nomenclature will change from 328i to 330i. The 328i Sports Wagon isn’t particularly fast, but it feels fast and it handles magnificently, commanding serious cornering grip. It’s a handful of a sports wagon that’s nothing short of brilliant behind the wheel. It can carry more than double the amount of cargo as the BMW 328i sedan – and if you need even more space, the rear seats flip forward, yielding 61 cubic feet of cargo area. My test vehicle was fully kitted with $14,000 in options including upgraded audio, technology packages, convenience packages, safety features and more. Added all up, the 2016 BMW 328i Sports Wagon has killer good looks, impossibly precise handling, impressive performance and loads of cargo space. It’s supremely equipped, comfortable and an absolute riot to drive. The excitement will last as long as you own the vehicle.


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NECKLACE: White woven wrap choker, Chan Luu, $249. TOP: Floral embroidered blouse, Johnny Was, $199. BRACELETS: Garnet energy, Gorjana, $39 each. PANTS: Rose ultraskinny ankle jeans, Paige, $209. All from Loop Jean Company, 480.621.8400.

SHIRT: Pine long-sleeved waffle crew neck, Ralph Lauren, $125. WATCH: The Runwell 47 mm white face, Shinola, $550. PANTS: Raw selvedge jeans, 3sixteeen, $229. All from Loop Jean Company, 480.621.8400.


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SHIRT: Blackand-white checked button-down with skull details, Robert Graham, $395. PANTS: Black jeans, 34 Heritage, $195. Both from Loop Jean Company, 480.621.8400.


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NECKLACE: Brown wrap choker, Chan Luu, $79. JACKET: Denim, Mavi Jeans, $129. TOP: White V-neck long-sleeved T-shirt, WILT, $89. PANTS: Olive green ankle zip jeans, Paige, $229. All from Loop Jean Company, 480.621.8400.


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SHIRT: Gray-and-white houndstooth, Robert Graham, $179. WATCH: The Runwell 47 mm green face, Shinola, $750. PANTS: Olive green slim fit jeans, Citizens of Humanity, $209. All from Loop Jean Company, 480.621.8400.


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NECKLACE: Purple beaded choker, Chan Luu, $109; gold disk, $299. TOP: Purple-andblue striped blouse, Rails, $149. PANTS: Dark skinny jeans, rag & bone, $239. All from Loop Jean Company, 480.621.8400. FEBRUARY 2017 |

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EARRINGS: Gold paisley drop, Chan Luu, $195. SCARF: Mixed floral silk scarf, $89. TOP: White asymmetric blouse, HEATHER, $89. PANTS: Open hem wine-colored jeans, Margaux Lonnberg, $179. All from Loop Jean Company, 480.621.8400. SHIRT: Navy plaid button-down, Rails, $149. PANTS: Sporty indigo jeans, 34 Heritage, $189. Both from Loop Jean Company, 480.621.8400.


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NECKLACE: Layered short beaded, Chan Luu, $269; long beaded dagger, Chan Luu, $295. JACKET: Black embroidered kimono, Johnny Was, $229. TOP: Gray silk blouse, HEATHER, $139. BRACELETS: Black-andsilver beaded wrap, Chan Luu, $115-$235. PANTS: Black high-rise skinny jeans, Citizens of Humanity, $189. All from Loop Jean Company, 480.621.8400.


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Waste Management Phoenix Open Tee-off Luncheon BY BEN ARNOLD

The Tee-off Luncheon signified the kick off to the Waste Management Phoenix Open and included many exciting announcements for the 2017 tournament, held at TPC Scottsdale. The luncheon took place at The Phoenician and U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps made a special guest appearance.

Ed Grant and Nikki Erickson

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Sen. Jeff FIake and Vanessa Ruiz Rob Harris and Alvan Adams

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Britni Mattison and Billy Malkovich Darra Volrich and Holly Alexander

Meet Artists Working in Studios 480-837-7163 26540 N Scottsdale Rd January 13 - March 26 10-week Season Pass $10; Military/Seniors $8 • Open Daily–Rain or Shine–10-6

Carola and Omar Alvarez

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Parties of Note celebrated the beginning of its sixth season at the Paradise Valley home of Deidre and Kenneth Vecchione. Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz mingled with guests as they enjoyed cocktails and dinner from The Herb Box as well as performances by Phoenix Symphony musicians.

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his Valentine’s Day, why not give that special someone in your life something a little more creative and thoughtful than a standard bouquet of flowers? Something like bourbon. “While it may not initially seem like a romantic gesture, the story behind Four Roses Bourbon is nothing short of a fairy tale,” says Al Young, brand historian of Four Roses Bourbon Distillery. According to Young, the legend of Four Roses began with a man in love. “In the 1860s, eventual Four Roses founder Paul Jones Jr. became smitten with the charm and beauty of a Southern belle. It is said that he sent a proposal to her, and she replied that if her answer was ‘yes’ to his bold advances, she would wear a corsage of roses on her gown to the upcoming grand ball,” Young explains. The night of the ball, the beauty arrived in a gown fit for a princess – along with a corsage of four red roses. Just a few years later, Jones crafted his first batch of bourbon, naming it Four Roses as a symbol of his devotion and passion for the Southern belle, who became his wife. “It [bourbon] was the only thing in the world that he had as much passion for as her,” Young says. And like any true love, Four Roses has more than stood the test of time. It has thrived despite Prohibition, two world wars and even 40 years of exile from the U.S. – when its makers temporarily shipped it off to Europe for exclusive sale overseas. It has also been named the American Whisky Distiller of the Year for four of the past five years by Whisky Magazine. “Four Roses is the only bourbon distillery that combines five proprietary yeast strains with two separate mash bills to produce 10 distinct bourbon recipes, each with its own unique character; spiciness; and rich, fruity flavors. All 10 of these recipes are gently aged undisturbed in new white oak barrels in our one-of-a-kind single story rack warehouses,” Young says.


Forgo the flowers for a bouquet of bourbon BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

The core range of the brand is Four Roses Bourbon Yellow, Four Roses Small Batch and Four Roses Single Barrel, each available at most fine liquor stores in the Valley.

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floral aromas and mix with flavors of honey and spice. Available for $19.99.

Four Roses Small Batch (90 proof) Four of the bourbon recipes have been expertly selected and blended by the master distiller at the peak of maturation to create a perfectly balanced small-batch bourbon that offers a mellow symphony of rich, spicy flavors along with sweet, fruity aromas and hints of sweet oak and caramel. Available for $29.99.

Four Roses Single Barrel (100 proof) This premium single barrel bourbon gives a complex, full-bodied flavor that begs to be savored again and again. It contains hints of ripe plum and cherry with fruity, spicy aromas including maple syrup and cocoa. Available for $39.99.


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Zinc Bistro’s popular wild boar ($46), native to the French island of Corsica, is a perfect marriage of heartiness and refined detail. A cross between pork and beef, the citrus-brined boar is grilled and mesquite-smoked then paired with pee wee potatoes and saffron – among the world’s most expensive spices, which complements the rich meat with a subtle creaminess – as well as salt-roasted beets and a pistachio oregano gremolata. Finished with sour cherry bordelaise, a classic French red wine sauce named after the Bordeaux region, the dish is topped with delicate edible flowers. Zinc Bistro, 15034 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.603.0922; FEBRUARY 2017 |

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Set the mood with foods that feature tried-and-true aphrodisiacs BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

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s the old adage goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, yet this actually applies to anyone. To up the romance factor, try using food – no, really! There are hundreds of foods with aphrodisiac properties – from avocados to pomegranates – that have been proven to stimulate the senses, liven up the libido and add some spark to many a date night. Following are 10 restaurants dishing out eats with ingredients that are sure to woo and wow.


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food files EVO DISH: Focaccia Rustica, $15 About: This wildly popular, freshly made focaccia with crème de brie, mascarpone and Maldon salt has one additional secret ingredient sure to stimulate all of the senses: Blue Sky honey. Not only sweet, honey is one of the world’s strongest naturally occurring aphrodisiacs thanks to its high levels of boron, which regulate hormone levels. Honey also contains nitric oxide, which is known to expand the blood vessels. Info: 4175 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.265.9814;

FLOWER CHILD DISH: Mother Earth Bowl, $9 About: The Mother Earth Bowl contains avocado, which has been used as an aphrodisiac as far back as the Aztecs. Not only does its sensuous pear shape stir the senses, but high vitamin E content also helps maintain energy levels. Info: 10460 N. 90th St., Scottsdale; 480.240.4400;

GRABBAGREEN DISH: Mango Bowl, $7 About: For many, the libido is naturally at its peak in the morning. To keep the feeling going, this breakfast mango bowl is teeming with the tropical fruit. Once considered a status symbol throughout Southeast Asia, mangoes actually contain compounds that mimic estrogen, are believed to increase male virility, and are loaded with vitamin E, which balances hormones and is known as “the sex vitamin.” Info: 15689 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.991.9901 and 7366 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.991.8999;

HAND CUT BURGERS + CHOPHOUSE DISH: Harris Ranch Prime Filet with Truffle Butter Lobster Claws, $47 About: A juicy steak and/or lobster are certainly dishes that come to mind

when planning a romantic night out. But, it is actually the truffle butter that is the real star here when it comes to setting the stage for romance. Truffles, in fact, have been heralded as the sexiest of foods since the days of Napoleon, who ate them daily to increase his masculine potency. It is actually the musky scent – not the taste – that elicits desire in both men and women. Info: 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.494.2008;

THE HASH KITCHEN DISH: Aphrodisiac Oyster Hash, $14 About: Perhaps the most famous food for romance is the oyster – and for good reason. Oysters are brimming with zinc, a mineral that increases testosterone production and has been proven to boost sex drive, especially in men. In this dish, the oysters are complemented by a sweet potato and corn hash as well as a spicy chorizo hollandaise to further stimulate the senses. Info: 8777 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.3214 and 14838 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.361.5228;

HULA’S MODERN TIKI DISH: Spicy Thai Chicken Bowl, $14 About: In addition to the aphrodisiac properties of the spicy peanut sauce and fresh avocado on the chicken breast, the sweet plantains in this dish are a real stimulating stand out. Bananas are rich in bromelain, an enzyme that naturally boosts male libido, as well as potassium and vitamin B, both essential to hormone production and increased energy levels. Info: 7213 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale; 480.970.4852;

SAUCE PIZZA AND WINE DISH: Prosciutto & Fig Pizza, $12.50 About: The ancient Greeks associated figs with love and fertility, and the Romans thought they were a gift from the gods. Sauce’s Prosciutto & Fig Pizza will excite your taste buds with the perfect


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combination of prosciutto and creamy goat cheese to accompany the historically sexy fig. Info: 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.321.8844 and 14418 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.321.8800; www.saucepizzaandwine. com.

SOCIAL TAP EATERY DISH: Red Wine Braised Short Rib, $19 About: This ultra-tender masterpiece incorporates red wine in its sauce, which contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that helps boost blood flow and improves circulation. Info: 4312 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale; 602.432.6719;

TRUE FOOD KITCHEN DISH: Chioggia Beet Bruschetta, $9 About: In addition to boasting a rich almond ricotta, this bruschetta is topped with a pomegranate molasses. The pomegranate was regaled as a culinary symbol of Aphrodite by the ancient Greeks, and some say the forbidden fruit of the Bible was not an apple at all but, instead, a pomegranate fruit. Info: 15191 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.265.4500;


DISH: Smoked Chicken Chile Relleno, $15 About: Chile peppers of all kinds are highly regarded for the effect they can have on the body. Chiles contain capsaicin, which is a powerful antioxidant that stimulates circulation and is a well-known aphrodisiac. The grilled-to-perfection, smoked chicken chile relleno is stuffed with mouthwatering ingredients including pecans, apricots, raisins, pepitas, Jack cheese, green chiles and sour cream. Spicy and sweet, this dish is sure to cause the heart to race. Info: 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.946.4171 and 10625 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 480.948.9010;


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Approximate price a meal for one person, with drink, tax + tip.

NOTE: Restaurants are randomly selected from a rotating master list. While the information about each restaurant is routinely checked, changes can occur. Please confirm all information, and we solicit your help in correcting any errors found in this guide. If you wish to have your restaurant considered for inclusion in this directory or have any corrections for this list, please email

EMILY’S CAFÉ Emily’s Café is serving up food from the heart day after day. Come in and feel like you’re right at home at your favorite aunt or grandmother’s house. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner most days and while all their menu items look absolutely delectable, the true stand out is their Sunday Brunch. Pomegranate mimosas, eggs Benedict, crispy fried potatoes – there is no greater comfort meal. 8700 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale; 480.513.2000; $$ GOLDMAN’S DELI Since opening in 2000, the Goldman family has been serving up some of the best traditional Chicago and Jewish specialties. For breakfast, you’ll find an array of freshly baked bagels and plenty of toppings along with dishes like latkes, blueberry pancakes, blintzes and corned beef hash. At lunch you’ll find a variety of soups and sandwiches, while dinner brings about hearty hot plates and salads. 6929 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.367.9477; www.; $$ ORIGINAL CHOP SHOP Healthy, fresh and delicious food for people on the go is what the Original ChopShop Co. offers up daily. Whether you’re looking for a smoothie, pressed juices or a complete and satisfying meal, you’re covered. Their protein plate is so filling that you’ll almost forget how good it is for you. 7158 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.794.1536;; $$


AZ 88 AZ 88 has long been known as a place to see and be seen and is a great option to get a bite before visiting either of the neighboring museums. The food is consistently excellent and they have some of the best burgers in the area. The burger is elevated with the generous ground sirloin patty and the Burger Las Brisas is a spicy twist on the all American classic with melted Monterey jack cheese, avocado, jalapenos and a touch of salsa. 7353 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale; 480.994.5576;; $$ BOURBON JACKS BAR & GRILL If you’re looking for a little down-home entertainment with your dinner, Bourbon Jacks is ready and waiting for you. With frequent live musical acts along with a menu that features Southern classics with a twist and a bar that boasts 140 bourbons and whiskeys on tap, what’s not to love here? The whiskey jack burger is a definite must try, complete with full and complementary flavors. 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.473.0716;; $$ EL DORADO BAR & GRILL Catch a game, live music and great deals on food and beverage at this welcoming establishment. Mondays feature Build Your Own Burger for $6.50 while Fridays indicate a fish fry. The menu spans bar favorites such as wings, sliders, burgers and hearty sandwiches, while the bar pours out chilled beer, cool cocktails and wine. 8708 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale; 480.945.2606;; $$

ARI SUSHI Ari Sushi offers a variety of Japanese dishes that will please the tastes of everyone in your party, from sushi to teriyaki. Using only the freshest ingredients available and an artful touch, your dishes will arrive with beautiful presentation and will taste as good as they look. Besides excellent dinner options, they also offer up to three rolls for $13 at lunchtime. 29605 N. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 480.585.9709; $$ BEI Looking for a wide variety of Asian dishes? Bei is serving up sushi, Japanese, Korean barbecue, ramen, rice bowls and much more. They offer a wide variety of sushi rolls at reasonable prices as well as generous sashimi combinations. One menu highlight is the Bei bulgogi entree; a generous serving of marinated ribeye that is seasoned perfectly and has bright and full flavors. Stop by for happy hour and sushi roll prices that are hard to beat. 2200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.471.6609;; $$ PHO KING KITCHEN The popular food truck now has a brick and mortar location serving up Vietnamese-French fusion. They offer a variety of signature dishes from stir fry to pho, but one of the most interesting menu items is their burrito phorrito. This dish is a mix of stir-fry veggies, melted cheese, kimchi, pickled veggies, cilantro-lime rice and Sriracha mayo all in a grilled flour tortilla. It’s an unexpected combination of flavors that is nothing short of delicious. 8018 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.5100;; $ SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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SUSHI ROKU Sushi Roku offers a bold and diverse menu that incorporates non-traditional ingredients to create art on your plate. They offer a unique culinary experience while melding new ideas and techniques into their menu. With exciting dishes like salmon sashimi carpaccio and American Kobe meatballs, as well as intriguing sushi creations, your meal is guaranteed to be an experience to remember. 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.970.2121;; $$$ TEHARU SUSHI There is a lot to be said for the convenience and fun of visiting a sushi joint with conveyor belt options. Once you get the hang of the color convention (different colored plates are associated with different costs) the choosing ends up being one of the best parts. Sushi novices can sometimes be overwhelmed or confused with the descriptions without being able to see what they are ordering. The concept at Teharu Sushi allows you to see all the options roll before you, making your decision a bit easier. 15801 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.661.1188; $


BENEDICT’S CAFE This quaint eatery offers up breakfast and lunch options, making it a perfect spot to stop in for brunch on the weekends. Order up a fluffy omelet, decadent French toast or a perfectly crafted coffee, and you will leave with a full and happy belly. Chef Donna Londot also teaches cooking classes here, so she just might share your favorite dish’s recipe with you. 5555 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale; 602.992.3337;; $$ GROTTO CAFÉ Everything here is big – the menu, the servings and the smiles you’ll receive as you order your meal at the counter. Settle in at any one of the tables in their spacious dining room or take it outside to the expansive courtyard perfectly outfitted with lots of desert greenery. Don’t miss out on the Red Wagon specials for a hearty way to start the morning. 6501 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 480.499.0140;; $ SNOOZE AM EATERY Do you have a serious love for eggs Benedict? With six distinct combinations, deciding which one to settle upon could very well be the toughest decision of your day. Snooze’s Benedict offerings range from the classic to combinations like chilaquiles and chile verde. The best part of all these possibilities is that you can mix and match if you just can’t quite settle upon one version. Snooze also offers breakfast burritos, tacos, pot pies and corned beef hash along with tons of sweet pancake offerings. 5054 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.664.3133;; $$ STREET CAFÉ & COFFEE LOUNGE Can you imagine a restaurant that’s serving up phenomenal breakfast dishes, pastries and hearty lunches? Of course, but what if you found out that a portion of the proceeds go to feeding the less fortunate? That is exactly what Street Café is all about. You’ll find an ever-evolving


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guide menu featuring items like French toast, filling pasta dishes and sandwiches and well-crafted coffee drinks. This mindful restaurant stands to show that eating nourishes the body and soul. 10435 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.607.2733;; $


BOSS COFFEE In a time when there is a new franchised coffee shop on every corner, it’s nice to find a place where locals can go and not feel like another number. This independently owned and operated coffee shop wants you to feel comfortable and they really want to get to know you better. They hand-select and test every roast that they serve and feature several micro-roasts. The offerings include a wide range of coffees, espressos, frappes and smoothies along with hot teas and cocoa. 23015 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 1.800.590.4092;; $ FOURTILLFOUR This quirky coffee spot has a great vintage vibe, complete with the owner’s classic Porsche out front. The space is small, along with their menu, but good things some in small packages, right? Really good things. The small space is by design in hopes that customers will interact with one another. They feature Four Barrels coffee, which is wildly popular in Northern California and its distinctive flavor has a growing following here thanks to FourTillFour. If you have an appreciation for classic cars and craft coffee, you’ll love it here. 7105 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale; 602.300.5200;; $ REGROUP COFFEE + BICYCLES If you’ve had occasion to savor the coffee made with a Slayer espresso machine in Seattle and lamented that you couldn’t get it here in town, turn your frown upside down, hop on your bike and head out to Regroup. Not only are they the only local coffee shop to feature a Slayer Espresso machine, Regroup is also sourcing their Presta roasts from Tucson. Aside from the smooth brews, they also have a pretty sweet bicycle boutique and repair shop on property. 4227 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale; 480.648.8309;; $ SIP COFFEE & BEER HOUSE Who knew that high-end coffee and craft beers went so well together? The folks behind Sip Coffee & Beer House had a hunch, and its paying off. The space itself is funky and fun, with bright colors and an eclectic mix of furniture and artwork. Cartel Coffee is their primary source of coffee, and they also feature a variety of local craft beers. Guests can enjoy a simple, no-nonsense menu and happy hour specials throughout the week. 3617 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.625.3878;; $


ALBERTO ITALIAN RESTAURANT On any given day you can find Albert, the restaurant’s namesake, entertaining tables or in the back preparing pasta and sauces from scratch. The fresh-made bread served with an array of dips and olive oil is a great way to start your meal. The artichoke salad is a

creative take on the traditional salad. For an interesting take on fettuccine alfredo, opt for the Fettuccine Alberto, which is served with a cheesy tomato sauce that’s so comforting it feels like you’re being wrapped in blanket of delicious love. 7171 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 480.488.5800; $$ NICK’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT For more than 18 years, Nick’s has been creating happy diners with their homemade pasta, pizza and seafood dishes. One local favorite is their veal marsala; the tender meat is not overpowered with a heavy tart sauce. The light wine-based sauce allows the depth of flavor to complement the veal. Pasta options are seemingly endless and they also have an extensive gluten-free menu, creating the perfect local spot to share a meal with the whole family. Nick’s on Frank Lloyd Wright, 13910 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.314.9445; Nick’s at Pinnacle Peak, 23417 N. Pima Road, 480.515.0096; Scottsdale; Nick’s at Tatum and Shea, 10810 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 602.953.1110;; $$ POMO PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA This is the only local restaurant to offer a truly authentic Neapolitan pizza. In fact, the pizza is certified by the V.P.N. (Verace Pizza Napoletana) and the A.P.N. (Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani) from Italy. In addition to authentic Italian pizzas – which are all homemade, of course – Pomo offers salads, soups, pastas and paninis. 8977 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.998.1366; www.pomopizzeria. com; $$ ROSATI’S AUTHENTIC CHICAGO PIZZA Since 1964, Rosati’s has been crafting authentic Chicago-style pizza from recipes passed down through the Rosati family. The pies are served up in four styles of Chicago pizza –traditional thin crust, their unique double dough, Chicago deep dish and authentic stuffed -with dough that’s made fresh daily.7570 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.999.5400; www.rosatispizza. com; $$ UNCLE SAL’S ITALIAN RESTAURANTI & BAR A local family owned and operated restaurant, Uncle Sal’s offers up great food and warm, inviting and friendly service. You’ll find plenty of seating options and a wraparound bar. Note that the bar and dining areas have separate menus, making it easy to find selections that fit any budget. Daily specials make this a place worth multiple trips a week. 3370 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.990.2533;; $$


BARRIO QUEEN With all the eclectic dining options in Old Town, Barrio Queen is a great choice for Mexican food, and the decor and feel of the restaurant make them a shining star in the area. With topnotch tacos on the menu like cochinita pibil, nopalitos cactus y huevo and al pastor paired with daily specials and intoxicating drink menu, you’ll find yourself wanting to settle in and stay awhile. 7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale; 480.656.4197;; $$ DIEGO POPS This trendy urban eatery in Old Town has quickly garnered a well-deserved reputation for SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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some of the best hearty and healthy Mexican fare in the area. Their Brussels sprout nachos are a game changer as far as snacking while watching a game goes. You can opt for their taco selections in corn, flour or crispy as well as in a bowl over cilantro-lime or brown rice. They also have three different types of tuna poke, all of which are fresh and light. 4338 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.970.1007;; $$ RITA’S KITCHEN Rita’s Kitchen within the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa highlights the exquisite flavors of the Southwest, and you’ll find a variety of home-style dishes that are popular in the Southwest and Mexico. Elevate your overall dining experience by taking advantage of the tableside guacamole preparation. 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale; 480.948.1700;; $$ THE BLIND PIG This clever little spot is home to a cafe, butcher shop and bar. Pop in and order some specialty cuts of meat and enjoy some impeccable dishes while you wait. The short rib tacos are perfectly tender and hold just the right amount of spice, and the house rice is an interesting combination of sweet, salty and spicy. 3370 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.994.1055; ww; $$


5TH AND WINE The name alone may trick you into thinking that only charcuterie is available with your wine selections, but you would be really missing out if you passed this little spot by simply because of the name. The majority of the menu items have an Italian influence and obviously all pair well with their available wines. If you’re not sure which glass to choose for your meal, the staff here are well-versed and eager to help you pick the perfect pairing. 7051 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.699.8001;; $$ BOOTLEGGERS MODERN AMERICAN STEAKHOUSE With a rustic yet modern decor, traditional barbecue dishes with a kick, and a clever nod to the Prohibition era with an assortment of moonshines, this hot spot shines amongst the trendy joints in the area. Don’t leave without ordering the bacon board. 7217 E. 1st St., Scottsdale; 480.404.9984;; $$ CENTRO LOUNGE The Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia is host to one of the most beautiful and relaxing resort pools; imagine lounging by the pool and having a light salad or flatbread delivered to a cushy cabana. The menu consists of classic dishes and signature libations. Try their blackened fish tacos or the Centro burger sliders with an apple or Champagne mojito. 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley;; $$ FARM & CRAFT Farm & Craft features dishes that help to increase your probiotic levels, assist in antiinflammatory efforts and even items that contribute to reducing stress. They’ve even worked wellness into their cocktails. You are able to enjoy their healthy-without-being-bland


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CRAB & MERMAID The freshest offerings are waiting for you at Crab & Mermaid’s exquisite raw bar, like daily oyster selections, ceviche, sashimi and a variety of other delightfully chilled items. The menu also spans regional favorites across the U.S.; try the New England clam chowder representing the East Coast, a flavorful po’ boy straight out of the Gulf Coast or some beer-battered fish tacos inspired by the West Coast. 4218 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.758.4994;; $$ EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD Feast on extremely fresh seafood in a sophisticated environment with an upbeat live jazz band. The menu provides a wide variety of seafood dishes as well as steak offerings. The Scottish Salmon is a light, fresh option and might counteract the decadent indulgence of the can’t-pass-up truffled macaroni and cheese. 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.730.4800;; $$$ SALT CELLAR The Salt Cellar has been a Valley staple since 1971 and consistently ranks among the top seafood restaurants. As the chef is able to procure different seasonal fish throughout the year, you will see their menu board changing which can equate to a new experience as the year goes by. They always have seriously large live Maine lobsters on the menu. If lobster isn’t your thing, you really can’t go wrong with any of the Salt Cellar specialties. 550 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.1963;; $$$ WILDFISH SEAFOOD GRILLE Wildfish Seafood Grille is a bustling and sophisticated eatery with great views of the sleek bar and busy exhibition kitchen. Fresh seafood is key here, with deliveries coming in from coastal waters all over the U.S. The half-

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pound Australian lobster tail crowns an impressive menu that also includes Chilean sea bass, Georges Bank scallops and Pacific ahi tuna. Make sure to start out your visit with a trip to the oyster bar. 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.994.4040;; $$$


BOURBON STEAK Any dinner that starts off with complimentary duck fat fries has all the signs of an amazing experience. The dining room at Bourbon Steak – housed within the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess – is created to invoke a romantic, intimate feel. With so many enticing selections, your best bet is to leave it all in the hands of the chef with their tasting men, so all that’s left for you to do is settle in and prepare to be dazzled. 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale; 480.513.6002;; $$$$ FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR Whether you’re stopping in for happy hour or for dinner, you’ll be greeted with a warm smile and treated like royalty for the extent of your visit. The masculine decor and attentive service are rivaled only by the quality menu options from the traditional cuts to their steak companions like the truffled poached lobster. 6333 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.596.8265;; $$$ MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE Guests have long known that Morton’s is a fantastic place to celebrate a special occasion. Diners who call ahead to let the staff know of their occasion will arrive to congratulatory greetings as well as a decorated table. It bears mentioning that Morton’s also features an eclectic and enticing “Bar Bites” menu, encouraging you to pop in after a long day and enjoy selections such as mini crab cake BLTs, tuna tacos and petite filet mignon sandwiches, among many others. 15233 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.951.4440;; $$$$ FEBRUARY 2017 |

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THE CAPITAL GRILLE Regarded mainly as a special occasion destination, The Capital Grille can fulfill a variety of dining needs. The atmosphere provides an opulent and posh feel, ensuring that you’ll feel like a king or queen as you dine on a Delmonico steak in the dining room or nosh on mini-tenderloin sandwiches at the bar. 1689 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.348.1700;, $$$


B&R WINE – FOOD Unwind with wine, craft beer and a menu of shareable bites at this charming neighborhood bistro. Menu selections range from a deli board to pizza and bruschetta. Stop in for a stellar happy hour every day from 3 to 6 p.m. (any glass of wine is $6!). Closed Monday. 7366 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.483.5396; www.; $ DECANTUR – THE WINERY AT DC RANCH Aside from the extensive list of uniquely crafted wines that Decantur offers, this winery has a variety of unique experiences. The wines that they feature are available by the glass, terzo, bottle or case. You’ll also have the opportunity to craft your own wines with their distinctive program. You’ll be led through the entire process from fermentation all the way to labeling. 18245 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale; 480.209.1137;; $$ KAZIMIERZ WORLD WINE BAR As an off-shoot of Cowboy Ciao, Kazimierz is a perfect complement to the restaurant as a rich and sexy lounge. The menu consists of small bites sure to create the perfect nosh to pair with your choice of wine, ranging from marinated mixed olives to an array of charcuterie options. Kazimierz will tell you that their wine list is akin to Mr. Toad’s Wild ride – a flurry of options from varying regions and flavor profiles. If, for some reason, you can’t find the wine you desire, among their more than 275 selections, they will be happy to order it for you. 7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale; 480.946.3004; $$


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Dr. Tony Hashemian’s modernized dental boutique BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE


hen you walk through the doors of almost any dental office, a coffee table with magazines and an aquarium full of colorful fish seem to be quintessential decor. At Smile Health, however, Dr. Tony Hashemian welcomes his patients with a modern take on the waiting room – a dental store boutique, complete with luxurious black-and-white flooring, a glowing chandelier and high-end dental products showcased in a way that’s reminiscent of jewelry displays. Here, patients can shop the latest and greatest in dental merchandise, including unique brands and products from Switzerland, before or after their appointments. “Some of the products we carry include black toothpaste with activated carbon, supersoft Curaprox toothbrushes with 5,460 bristles, Bluetooth toothbrushes by Philips Sonicare, proxy brushes and many more,” says Dr. Hashemian, who attended Creighton University School of Dentistry and later moved from his home of Omaha, Nebraska, to Arizona in 1997. Since relocating, Dr. Hashemian has been practicing dentistry in the Valley for nearly 20 years, and his resume is quite impressive. During that time, he has practiced general and cosmetic dentistry, owned multiple dental practices, started a dental plan with 400 providers, and has been ever-present in academia. Along with the D.D.S. attached to his name, Dr. Hashemian is also the Associate Dean for Global Oral Health at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH). “I have represented ASDOH in

over a dozen countries, including those in South America and Asia. The two programs I have created, Text2Floss and PH20H, are programs that I am very proud of,” he says. “It is a truly satisfying experience to educate the ASDOH students and my patients about oral health.” Smile Health, which opened in December 2016, is a unique concept not traditionally seen in North America. The space harmoniously marries two venues under one roof: a dental store boutique in the front followed by the dental clinic with digital technology in the back. “I decided to pursue this concept because I believe we need to be more creative and build a greater experience for people about their oral health,” Dr. Hashamien says. “The boutique at Smile Health introduces dentistry in a very SO SCOTTSDALE! |

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unique way – you must see it!” Dr. Hashemian has revolutionized the typical waiting room experience into an extraordinary space where patients can achieve and maintain long-term dental health and a beautiful smile. “Being able to truly have a positive impact on people’s oral health and make a difference in their lives is why I love what I do.” Smile Health, 15029 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.860.4444;


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