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Meet seven married couples navigating the entrepreneurial world together

IGNITE ROMANCE Intimate dining experiences

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Features 40  THE BUSINESS OF LOVE Meet seven married couples navigating the entrepreneurial world together

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Perfection A one-on-one interview with renowned French stylist Jo, owner of Jo Paris Salon


o Paris Salon features the lavish, luxurious surroundings you would expect in any upscale locale, but there’s a crucial difference within the welcoming atmosphere, suffused with a familial warmth that puts you instantly at ease. And the differences don’t end there; in every facet of the experience is the evidence of a deeply connected team, each member striving to provide premium-quality services and unforgettably gracious treatment. The salon is the kind of place its owner and namesake, Jo, had always dreamed of opening. With an innate sense of beauty and talent, he began his career in Paris mentored by France’s most celebrated stylists. After moving to Cannes, Jo quickly gained an illustrious reputation as the premier stylist of the Cannes Film Festival, where he spent a decade styling celebrity clientele. But it was another move, this time to Arizona, that led him to open Jo Paris Salon – and the Valley has never looked better. We sat down with Jo to find out a few things about his salon, his stylists, and which products he can’t live without. Q: Your salon has quite a sizeable staff. How do you choose your stylists? A: I make sure that we don’t have a revolving door of stylists. We try to make sure we hire stylists with years of experience who add something to the team. Everyone has a specialty, and we try to showcase that strength – we are one of the few salons that can accommodate just about any client with any kind of hair. Q: So you have specialists for every need? Amazing! What services do you offer? A: We offer almost anything. Color, cuts, extension, ombre, balayage, perms, relaxer, keratin treatments, updos and Olaplex. We offer services to men, women, and children. We also have an amazing aesthetician and offer Microblading. Q: With such a variety of services, you must use a lot of products. Are there certain lines you swear by? A: We use four different styling lines. The most prestigious line we offer, and we are incredibly proud to have, is Oribe – they’re the best products I have ever used. They are specially formulated for every hair type and super-concentrated. I’m not sure I have ever used an Oribe product on my client and they aren’t absolutely in love with their hair. The smell alone keeps people coming back, but it really does what it says it will do. For curly hair, we are also a Ouidad salon. Our color

line, Goldwell, is the only one that actually has hair preserving protein in the color itself. It’s easy to work with, true to tone color that lasts much longer than most. It’s also one of the few color lines that we found to be friendly for people with sensitive skin or color allergies. We also happen to have our own in-salon Goldwell educator as part of our staff, so the education we get for color trends makes us experts in the line. Q: Do Jo Paris Salon stylists participate in any other continuing education? A: Yes. You never stop learning, and we try to expand our knowledge. The staff is constantly choosing to learn new things and stay ahead of the trends. They love what they do, and it shows! Q: Your friendly, hospitable service makes everyone feel comfortable. Why is that important to you? A: Everyone deserves to be pampered. We do have some very prominent clients, but we also have everyday regular people. I wanted to make a place where someone could come in as they are, have a cup of coffee and maybe make a friend while doing it. Our guests can expect that every experience they have with us will be a great one, from their very first visit.

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Contents Pulse 25 UP CLOSE Anna Ortiz shares how she brings hope, provides health and transforms communities through Esperanca

28 BEAT Hank Arens creates unique interior spaces while also giving back

30 BEAT Creativity and uniqueness are the keys to Sarrah Gaboury’s success in the event planning industry

32 HIS STYLE Meet Thurston Adams




Women on the scene

Concours in the Hills

50 LOWDOWN News to know

54 DO Great upcoming events

56 CALENDAR Noteworthy events

60 EVENT Dancing with the Stars Arizona

62 EVENT Evening of Dreams Gala

64 OUT Creative date night ideas

66 OUT Intimate dining experiences

68 CULTURE Violins of Hope


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Taste 96 DRINK Cocktails with a kick

97 DISH A culinary journey at Sel Restaurant

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102 DINING GUIDE Restaurants to know


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Ah, February – the second and shortest month of the year, and the month where love is officially celebrated. Though often thought of as a Hallmark holiday, Valentine’s Day is also a reminder to pause and acknowledge all the love in your life, whether it’s with a spouse, a significant other, a friend, a family member, or even a beloved pet. And boy, do we have some ways in which you can treat those in your life, or simply treat yourself. After all, you deserve some TLC, too! Spice things up with sizzling sippers (page 96), get creative on your next date (page 64), or cozy up for an intimate dining experience (page 66). You could also take your sweet out for sweets (page 100) or a cocktail made with love in mind (page 98). Look the part in Cupid-approved couture (page 80), and find a special gift for your special someone, including one that pays it forward (pages 71 and 72). We also got the scoop on a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day package – we’re talking Louis Vuitton luggage and long-stemmed roses delivered to your door, a Rolls Royce limo ride, a personal shopping experience at Saks Fifth Avenue, a couples massage, a four-course dinner, and a stay at a local resort. Find out how to book it on page 50. And speaking of resorts, should you want to whisk your significant other away, we’re sharing our list of top Western resorts for exclusive experiences and luxury stays – with a dose of romance, of course (page 94). For some people, though, love transcends spending quality time together and translates into the business world, too. As a tribute to that, this month’s feature story (page 40) spotlights seven married couples in business together. Duos like Kristen Aldridge and Seth Mattison – our cover couple and the founders of Luminate – share how they balance a marriage while managing a business, giving us all serious relationship goals. Whether you’re single, coupled or somewhere in between, may you find a few ways to share the love this month and every month thereafter. All the best, Chelsea Young Editor-in-Chief Instagram: @young_chelsea Connect with us! Facebook: @soscottsdalemagazine Instagram: @so_scottsdale_magazine


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Dr. Richard Jacoby, DPM of Extremity Health Center THE DOCTORS AND staff at Extremity Health Centers offer a combined 40+ years of experience in podiatric medicine to residents who live in and around the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. Under the medical direction of podiatrist Richard P. Jacoby, DPM, the practice provides diagnosis and treatment for stubborn, chronic foot and ankle pain and comprehensive and successful treatment of diabetic neuropathy. After graduating from college, Dr. Jacoby attended Villanova University before receiving his doctorate of podiatric medicine at the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine. He has participated in and taught thousands of hours of Continuing Medical Education over the past few decades. Additionally, he is a past president of the Arizona Podiatry Association and the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons and co-authored the book “Sugar Crush: How to Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Nerve Damage, and Reclaim Good Health,” correlating a relationship between sugar and inflammation. Extremity Health Center offers a variety of on-site extremity diagnosis and medical services, including surgery that are available for a wide range of issues, including foot and heel pain, bunions, ankle fractures and sprains, varicose veins, foot and ankle arthritis, diabetic foot, plantar fasciitis, toenail fungus and peripheral neuropathy and neuroma. Dr. Jacoby’s specialty is working with diabetic patients and he has a proven formula to resolve diabetic neuropathy. “What I’ve found is that the progression of most neuropathies is aggressive, insidious and invasive throughout the body.” “Stem cells from umbilical cord blood are the best product out there today, especially for neuropathy,” says Dr.


Jacoby of the most effect treatment he uses. “ Stem cells are miraculous in that they actively seek out inflammatory tissues and repair and restore tissue, tendon, tissue, bone, nerve or muscle. Stem cells also work in the repair of foot and ankle fractures and Achilles tendonitis. “Stem cells are the biggest paradigm shift in medicine since the germ theory and it’s absolutely true,” Dr. Jacoby explains of stem cell use in diabetic neuropathy. “Patients will get off their medicine, and in most cases will avoid surgery.” Dr. Jacoby uses the Dellon procedure for decompressing peripheral neuropathy. He has utilized the surgical procedure successfully on thousands of patients and none of them have needed a subsequent amputation. He says, “Dr. Dellon perfected the Dellon technique and did the research back in the 80s. I adopted his technique and trained with him 20 years ago.” There have been 100,000 amputations annually due to diabetic neuropathy since the implementation of the Dellon procedure and Dr. Jacoby says that adds up to two million avoidable amputations. “It’s a national disgrace,” he says. It is his belief that the FDA pushes medications that don’t work, which in turn, create situations where amputations are done. The Dellon procedure utilizing stem cells could save thousands of people from avoidable amputations. “Stem cells are the fountain of youth and I’ve used them myself for a severe herniated disc,” finishes Dr. Jacoby. “I was back playing tennis in three days and haven’t needed another injection since.”


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ASSISTANCE WITH INTEGRITY Anna Ortiz shares how she brings hope, provides health and transforms communities through Esperanca

Anna Ortiz grew up in Gadsden, a small border town outside of Yuma, Arizona, with a population of less than 1,000 people. “Living in a border town, both social justice – the idea of breaking barriers for social mobility – as well as community activism were concepts I saw in action from a young age,” Ortiz says.

Ortiz’s mother worked as a nurse, spending significant time volunteering at local health fairs to provide free medical services to those in need. Her father volunteered with AmeriCorps, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, and preparing for disasters.

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Pulse UP CLOSE “I would often go with my dad to service projects, though I doubt I was all that helpful at age 7,” Ortiz laughs. “Jokes aside, however, I think my dad took me with him to ensure my head and heart were always working together, finding ways to be of service to others.” Once she graduated high school, Ortiz moved to the Valley in 2006 to attend Arizona State University, where she studied sociology while deciding on a career path. “After sophomore year, I took a summer job back down south for Chicanos Por La Causa, where my dad was also working at the time,” Ortiz says. “Chicanos Por La Causa provides direct service to those in need – today helping those who are Hispanic and otherwise – across Arizona, Nevada and Utah.” Once back in the Valley, Ortiz was delighted to learn there was a position open on the prevention team in Phoenix. For the next two years, Ortiz worked part time for the team, first offering after-school assistance to at-risk students, and then serving in an administrative and evaluative capacity over the entire program. “As I prepared to graduate in 2010, though I loved my work with Chicanos, I yearned to gain greater perspective, knowing all too well what a big world existed beyond the U.S. borders,” Ortiz says. “So, I applied for the Peace Corps.”

Spreading Her Wings By January 2011, Ortiz was on a plane to Panama to serve with the Peace Corps, where she lived and taught English for more than two years in the small, rural community of Las Margaritas. Part of the first Peace Corps English-teaching group in Panama, Ortiz was able to provide feedback and help shape the direction of the program moving forward. “While there, for the first time I also witnessed public health, which is the organized effort it takes to prevent disease, prolong life and promote wellness, in action,” says Ortiz, noting it encompasses everything from ensuring safe drinking water to preventing disease. Inspired, once back in Arizona in 2013, Ortiz earned a position at Esperanca. “Esperanca is a Valley-based nonprofit with two distinct functions,” Ortiz says. “The first gives children, adults and seniors from low-income Hispanic communities access to nutrition and health education, often partnering with school districts and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health on programming and outreach.” The other, according to Ortiz, is providing support on a global scale. “This side of the organization works within some of the poorest communities in the world, including those in Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, Mozambique and Ecuador, by coordinating volunteer surgical missions, ecological housing, disease prevention and education, food security, and access to clean water,” Ortiz says. Esperanca takes great pride in seeking out indigenous nonprofits that are already working to help their populations – those intimately in tune with the local culture, its people and their needs.


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“Our mission is to expand on and enhance services to people, not to come in and dictate entirely new protocols and programming. It is about serving with integrity and serving with respect,” Ortiz says. When she began her journey at Esperanca in 2013, it was as a surgical coordinator. In this position, she was responsible for organizing volunteer teams of medical personnel from across the nation, including every aspect of their journey from flights and housing to meals and safety, not to mention ensuring they have critical supplies such as sutures and surgical instruments. “By 2015, I knew I needed to continue my education if I was going to be of more service to my team and the world at large,” says Ortiz, who left Esperanca to focus on earning her master’s degree in public health at the University of Arizona in Tucson. After graduating magna cum laude and serving a quick stint in Washington, D.C. to assist with a project for the World Health Organization, Ortiz made her way back to Esperanca in February 2018 for a full-time position overseeing the entire surgical program worldwide. By June 2018, her dedication led to her current role as an international program director. “Today, I oversee every aspect of our surgical trips, home improvement projects, and even our work to get clean water to those who are impoverished across Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, Mozambique and Ecuador,” Ortiz says. “And I proudly provide service every single day with a smile, both here and when abroad, just like my parents taught me.” To learn more or get involved with Esperanca either locally or abroad, visit

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

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.

ents 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: 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: 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: 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 Goldwell Kerasilk Repower range right now. The four products—shampoo, conditioner, volume plumping cream, volume blow-dry spray—harness the power of natural ingredi-

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

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basis, it really doesn’t get much better than the Goldwell Kerasilk volume line for those looking for added body. 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!

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TIMELESS FUNCTIONALITY Hank Arens creates unique interior spaces while also giving back


Backed by 14 years of experience in interior design, Hank Arens, the owner and principal designer of Hank Arens Designs, specializes in creating timeless spaces that are functional and utilize long-lasting furnishings. “I have always been interested in the arts and knew I wanted to do something creative,” Arens says. “Interior design was a great fit, and I love what I do every day.” After completing a high-end residential interior design program at Scottsdale Community College, Arens worked for several years with the design team at Interior Studio Group. Having gained a wealth of knowledge working with architects, builders and homeowners, Arens set out to open his very own studio. In 2011, he launched his eponymous company near Old Town Scottsdale. A few years later, he opened a second studio in Flagstaff. Arens works alongside his senior designer, Laura Finsterwald, to create luxurious interiors for Arizona-based clients with a variety of styles and for projects spanning residential, commercial, new construction and remodels. From contemporary and transitional to urban modern and French farmhouse, Arens’ design repertoire is diverse. His commercial projects have included office buildings and retirement homes as well as remodeling preschool classrooms, which was no easy feat. “Meeting the needs of teachers and kids while understanding the limitations and expectations of the school and certifying board of preschools was tough,” Arens says. “Creating a timeless, functional and fun atmosphere was a big goal we achieved.” Although Arens isn’t a big fan of trends – his M.O. is to create spaces that stand the test of time – he predicts that taupes will replace shades of gray this spring and ethnic interiors will make a comeback. One of his go-to design elements? “Original art is always encouraged in my book,” he says, adding that a design tip he lives by is creating authentic interiors using quality materials, such as using real wood. When he isn’t designing, Arens spends much of his time volunteering at local nonprofits. He chaired the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Promise Ball auction in 2018, helping raise over $2 million dollars, and will be the gala’s chair this year. “Being involved in the nonprofit community in my spare time is so rewarding,” Arens says. “I hope to raise awareness in our community about the incredible work JDRF is doing so that we raise as much or more.”


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Creativity and uniqueness are the keys to Sarrah Gaboury’s success in the event planning industry


Scottsdale native Sarrah Gaboury has an instinct for planning. “I’m a very creative person, and it has always felt natural for me to be in [the event planning] industry,” Gaboury says. When she was a child, Gaboury assisted her mother with designing homes, noting that she was drawn to the transformation involved in that process. As she got older, she began planning events for friends and family, from birthday parties to retirement parties and bridal showers. “I truly loved being able to create and design experiences for people, so when an opportunity opened up in the event industry, I jumped on it,” Gaboury shares. Gaboury holds a dual degree in supply chain management and marketing from Arizona State University, which prepared her for her current role as co-owner and principal planner and designer with Imoni Events. “It was the perfect way to combine my love for design with my logistics background,” she says. A full-service boutique planning and design company, Imoni Events has earned recognition in the form of both praise and awards. Gaboury and her team, which includes business partner Jennifer Thye, specialize in high-profile, highly unique events and celebrations. “We service a limited number of events each year. This allows us to focus on the clients we have and to make sure their experiences are amazing from start to finish.” A typical day for Gaboury varies depending on what event she’s working on and what stage of the process she’s in. For each event, she creates a custom design plan and a timeline to ensure perfect execution. “On my calendar, you will see a lot of floral appointments, linen appointments, rental appointments, design showings, timeline meetings, venue walk-throughs, tastings, and vendor or client meetings,” she says, noting that the client relationship is of the utmost importance. “I love meeting and building relationships with my clients that last a lifetime. I feel so grateful I get to help create memories that my clients will always cherish.” With all her passion for event planning, Gaboury still has time to enjoy the company of her husband and their families. Cooking, trying new restaurants, and working out fuel her private life. “And I can’t live without my passport,” she says.


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KEEPING IT SIMPLE Thurston Adams dresses for his dynamic, entrepreneurial lifestyle BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY BEVERLY SHUMWAY

Thurston Adams strives to maintain a classic, simple style that supports his career as an entrepreneur in the automotive industry. Currently, Adams is building technology for autonomous vehicles, and, inspired by the cars he designs, he appreciates individuality when it comes to style. “We’re all unique and should be thankful for individuality. I’m agnostic to fashion trends, but the most important thing is to feel comfortable in your own appearance,” Adams says. With a home base in Scottsdale, the world traveler attends many philanthropic events in the Valley where well-tailored suits are vital. He favors Hugo Boss for suits and swears by fitted Ted Baker dress shirts to complete his looks. Although he has a closet full of designer suits, his favorite is the one he wore on his wedding day. “I will always cherish that day, and every time I wear that suit, I will remember the feeling I had in that moment,” Adams says. When it comes to fashion advice, Adams advises to start with the shoes and work your way up. “Shoes dictate comfort, location and activity levels,” he says. “They are the last thing you put on, but the first thing you should think about.”

How do you transition from work to nighttime? When you’re an entrepreneur, work is your nightlife so there’s no difference. The best thing to do is be naturally comfortable in your environment at all times. And drink lots of water. That’s important in Arizona. How does your career influence your style? There are no days off in entrepreneurship, nor is there a dress code. That’s why people say entrepreneurship is a lifestyle. What would someone say if they peeked in your closet? They’d probably ask why there are suitcases next to my closet. It’s because I’m used to living out of suitcases.


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Natalie Varty blends her fashionable sensibilities with eco-conscious clothing


With a background in dance, Natalie Varty fills her days as a choreographer and dance instructor while maintaining her role as a managing partner in her family’s business, Varty & Partners. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Varty credits her keen eye for style to her mom and her favorite fashion bloggers. “Following so many different types of bloggers helps me form my own creative fashion palette,” she says. Varty also knows a thing or two when it comes to dressing in a sustainable manner without compromising her fashion sense. “Eco doesn’t mean expensive – I found a pair of black trainers by the French brand Veja at Club Monaco for $100,” she shares. “Veja is a brand that uses recycled plastic bottles and wild rubber to create the soles.” Whether Varty’s day is spent inside the dance studio sporting trendy athleisure wear by Lorna Jane or hitting the town in her favorite red Ted Baker heels, she upholds dressing for herself while reducing her carbon footprint. “I believe in dressing for me and wearing what makes me happy. Sporting a smile adds to the beauty of fashion, as well as the beauty inside.”

What trends do you love right now? I love the “glam sneakers” with dresses and skirts trend. I think it’s a great look on most as it proves that dressy and comfy can be done simultaneously. What is your must-have item? I’m all about shoes. When wearing a great pair of shoes, I think a woman commands a room, is a boss babe, and truly feels like Cinderella. Those can be anything from stilettos to killer knee-high boots. If you could trade closets with someone, who would it be? I wouldn’t mind trading closets with Emma Watson. Her eco-conscious, vibrant and bold outlook on ethical fashion is truly inspiring.


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Seven couples navigating the entrepreneurial world together





The old adage says business and pleasure don’t mix, but husband-and-wife teams around the world are becoming great successes in their co-owned ventures. A spouse is a person’s greatest support system, so why just be romantic partners when you can be business partners, too? Here, we got to know seven local married couples who share a passion for their work – and each other.


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Kristen Aldridge and Seth Mattison Founders of Luminate

Sometimes, two people’s separate paths can lead to one amazing journey. This is the case for Kristen Aldridge and Seth Mattison, who are both successful in their own right. Kristen is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, TV host and anchor as well as the creator and producer of Project Luminary, a new original series in partnership with Entrepreneur and Facebook Watch. Seth is an internationally renowned business and leadership expert, author and speaker. Together, they have built Luminate (, an inspirational digital media platform that brings together luminaries, leaders and influencers from around the globe. On the site, visitors can be inspired by transformative digital content, including articles and videos, as well as find courses, assessments and live events. “Our vision was to work with leading brands, institutions, influencers and leaders to help facilitate a shift in consciousness around what work and leadership will mean in the 21st century,” Kristen says. “We want to highlight the role individuals can play in intentionally creating meaningful careers and companies that bring value to the world.” Both originally from Minnesota, they met when Kristen was assigned to interview Seth for a television segment. Their relationship gradually grew into a happy marriage and gave them the opportunity to cultivate successful careers while building Luminate together with a very specific vision. “We’ve intentionally focused on diligently pursuing our passion and purpose, becoming individuals of empathy and humility while relentlessly refining our own individual crafts,” Seth says. “The vision has always been to support each other’s individual pursuits while finding opportunities to build businesses and projects together.” Building a business together can often be a challenge, but both Seth and Kristen find it intensely rewarding. “It takes tremendous communication, honesty, and deep knowledge of oneself,” Kristen says. “You have to be open to understanding where your blind spots are. In the end, we’re best friends and we just love spending time together.” HAIR AND MAKEUP BY ALLISON PRYNN So Scottsdale! February ‘19


Angela and Bill Knutson

Owners of Uptown Design + Build

Angela and Bill Knutson have built a dynamic company blending their respective design and construction expertise. What began as two separate companies, Driftwood Living – which helped people find and fix up homes – and Uptown Construction, have now merged to become a full-service company specializing in architecture, interior design and construction. The family-run firm, Uptown Design + Build (on Instagram as @uptownphx) specializes in premium-built, luxury homes. Alongside their team, the couple does everything required to build beautiful custom homes including the architecture, floorplans, interior and exterior details, and material selections. The company even offers a fully licensed general contractor to manage the build through completion. The Knutsons’ business has been a labor of love for them both, but they are careful to remember that their business doesn’t always take priority. “In business, you need to make the best decisions, keeping emotion out of the equation,” Angela says. “When it comes to family, emotions play a much larger role. Keeping those identities separate requires a high tolerance to stress and actively making the effort. You always need to support each other and show appreciation to your partner. If each spouse feels empowered, the sky’s the limit!” Angela and Bill's journey began in high school, where they met and remained friends throughout college. It wasn’t until Bill needed a photographer to take shots of a house he was flipping that the sparks started to fly. Together, they have grown a successful business – and more importantly, built a family. “We both respect what the other partner brings to the table,” Bill says. “Angela’s design ability is at the leading edge of trends and mixed with classic details, creating clean and fresh spaces that will stand the test of time. I can create a house to meet a client’s needs out of a few basic guidelines. We don’t necessarily build in the exact same way as other builders. We try to be inventive, think outside the box, and we’re definitely not afraid of a challenge.”


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Amy and Jordan Demos Owners of Amy & Jordan Photography

After just a few moments with Amy and Jordan Demos, it’s clear that these two high school sweethearts are best friends and partners in many areas of life. The Demos met during their freshman year at Horizon High School and continued to date long distance throughout college. Married in 2009, the couple worked as elementary school teachers until 2013, when they took the leap into their shared dream job as photographers. They founded Amy & Jordan Photography ( to educate other photographers while providing business coaching. “With teaching, we spent years of our lives taking complicated concepts and making them fun and easy to learn. We wanted to bring that same approach to teaching adults,” Jordan says. “That’s the gap we saw. We created our business because we wanted to help raise up an army of welltrained, quality photographers all over the country who will love and serve people the way we do.” The duo has been featured in the pages of People and on national TV including The Martha Stewart Show and E!, but the pair didn’t pursue their business for fame and fortune. “The important thing [to us] is that, every day, we’re working as a team to solve problems and accomplish goals,” Amy says. “Our business has been one of the most unifying things about our marriage. It gives us so much in common.” And through their business, they help educate other aspiring photographers on how to accomplish their goals. The Demos offer business coaching as well as tips and tricks for other photographers, including a blog covering aspects of the photography industry, a shooting and editing course, recommended readings, suggested photography gear, and inspiration boards for future brides. “We committed to each other that, until our dying days, we would do everything in our power to maximize the amount of time we could spend together on this earth and bear witness to each other’s life,” Jordan says. “The first reason we do what we do is so that we can be together all day, every day.” So Scottsdale! February ‘19


Kat and Brad Moore

Owners of Short Leash Hot Dogs & Rollover Doughnuts Phoenix-based Short Leash Hotdogs & Rollover Doughnuts ( started as a small food truck, and it has since grown into a local phenomenon. Serving up gourmet hot dogs and decadent doughnuts, the two-fold culinary brand has made a name for itself in foodie circles. Now with a brick-and-mortar location in the Melrose District and another one in the Biltmore area, owners Kat and Brad Moore have their hands full. “We started Short Leash Hotdogs & Rollover Doughnuts as a husband-andwife team who wanted to try something different, and because we believe in doing the things you love in life, eating well, and surrounding yourself with people who make you happy,” Kat says. “Short Leash Hotdogs & Rollover Doughnuts combines these things and allow us each to work with the person who makes us happiest.” The idea of starting a food truck first came about in 2008. Both Kat's and Brad’s jobs were impacted by the banking crisis, and the recession was taking its toll on the couple. Brad had always wanted to start a food truck, and when he finally worked up the courage to mention it, Kat pushed to make it happen. The couple, who met at a YMCA in 1994, like to think they create a perfect balance with Brad as the trailblazer and Kat as the creator and grounding force behind the brand. “We trust each other’s strengths and balance each other’s weaknesses,” Brad says. “It’s hard to keep the lines clear when you work and live with each other, so we make time to be boyfriend/girlfriend and not just business partners. Everything we do and every decision we make, we do equally and with each other in mind. When you come from a place of love, trust and respect, everything else falls in place.”


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Lauren Nguyen and David Dodge Founders of CodaKid

David Dodge and Lauren Nguyen’s company CodaKid ( has an inspiring mission: to train and equip the next generation of engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs, all in an effort to make the world a better place. Since 2016, CodaKid has taught nearly 10,000 students to code in 15 countries – and counting. The tech camps educate youth of all ages to create games, apps and Minecraft mods using real programming languages and professional tools. The husband-and-wife owners use their individual talents to make sure this mission is successful. “As far as our roles go, we each handle completely different things,” Lauren says. “David runs product development, marketing and sales, and he is more of the front-facing part of the company. I handle operations and finance, and make sure that the company delivers on our brand promise.” For most of his 20s, David developed video games for Sony PlayStation, Sega and computers in Silicon Valley. After business school, he and Lauren founded and ran a successful academic tutoring company for nearly 10 years. CodaKid merges these accomplishments in software development and education, and their collective years of experience have given David and Lauren some working wisdom to live by. “Be patient and kind with one another,” David says. “Entrepreneurship is stressful, and especially when things aren’t going well, it is easy to take it out on one another.” Building a business from the ground up requires hard work and flexibility, and this is truer than ever when your partner is also your business partner – but David and Lauren make it work. “I think one area that David and I have, perhaps, stood out is in our grit and determination,” Lauren says. “We’ve taken a lot of knocks over the last few years but have always found a way to learn from our mistakes, get back up, and keep going.”

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Kinsey-Beth and Neal Kendrick

Founders of Couple of Bartenders

Kinsey-Beth and Neal Kendrick have certainly seen their fair share of love connections. As the owners of Couple of Bartenders (, a mobile bartending service, they often get to see the first sparks served up alongside their signature concoctions. From weddings to catered events, Kinsey-Beth and Neal work side by side shaking up their version of specialty cocktails. “It all started one evening when we looked at each other and said, ‘Every event could use a couple of bartenders’ – and so it was born,” Kinsey-Beth says. “We also knew that we enjoyed business and truly wanted to create something that was not only going to complement our strengths but also could make a living for us and our family. We busted our butts all the way up to this day and beyond to create what it is today.” When booking Couple of Bartenders, customers can select from a variety of packages, all offering a certified “liquid caterer” who arrives in professional attire with all the tools needed to serve guests. Mixer packages and signature cocktail creations are also offered. As part of their business, the Kendricks also operate Tap Truck AZ, which is a 1966 Chevy panel truck with five taps down the side. From it, the couple serves up frosty beer, a selection of wine, kombucha, and cold-brew coffee – basically anything that can be served from a keg.  “Even though we work together, we are also raising a family together and actually love being with each other,” KinseyBeth says. “It is super important to pat each other on the back. [Your business] can get overwhelming, and when you are in the thick of it, you sometimes don’t always see the positives, so take time to celebrate even the little moments and successes.”


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Ana and Brian Wells Owners of urbAna

Ana and Brian Wells’ dream started with a journal. Brian’s grandmother kept one in the 1950s and ’60s, filled with pages about entertaining and party planning back in a time when it was an art form. Reading the entries sparked a fire in the couple, and, together, they opened a shop with the purpose of inspiring others to revive the “lost art of the dinner party.” Thus, urbAna (www. was born. “We wanted urbAna to be a unique boutique offering a curated collection of goods for you, your home, and your celebrations,” Ana says. “There is a story behind most of our products and the artisans who made them. We love sharing those stories with our customers.” At urbAna, the Wells have consolidated a sophisticated line of entertainment wares and accessories with an urban sensibility. Additionally, the store – which is located in Arcadia – offers furniture, dinnerware and flatware rentals as well as a boutique wedding registry where handwrapped gifts are delivered directly to soon-to-be married couples. “Brian and I adore entertaining, and we love being able to help others fulfill their vision for their own special events,” Ana says. One of the early bonds that connected the couple was a shared love for retail. Ana worked for Anthropologie for 10 years and always dreamed of being a shopkeeper while Brian spent years opening stores for Tommy Bahama before working for CBRE doing retail market research and analytics. Their individual talents and combined passion keep the business going. “urbAna only works because both of us are involved,” Brian says. “Ana focuses on operations of the shop, while I’m more of the visionary. While it’s exciting that urbAna has established its own identity as a brand, it wouldn’t be here without each of us contributing as partners.”

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On Feb. 9, head to Concours in the Hills for a different kind of car show, one that takes place among a spectacular setting by the lake that surrounds Fountain Hills’ towering namesake fountain. Now in its sixth year, the relaxed auto event provides attendees with the chance to display and admire automobiles, including both imported and domestic vehicles ranging from classic and muscle cars to hot rods and high-performance autos. There will also be plenty of trucks – food trucks, that is – serving breakfast, lunch and refreshments. Last year, the auto extravaganza raised more than $117,000 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which is also this year’s charity partner. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Vehicle entry, $60 minimum donation; admission and parking, free.

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Grab your significant other and take your artistic sides for a spin during Valentine’s Day weekend when Ballet Arizona presents the world premiere of Artistic Director Ib Andersen’s original work, The Firebird, Feb. 14-17. The performance will be presented alongside La Sylphide, one of the most iconic romantic ballets, at Symphony Hall. With live music by The Phoenix Symphony, the performance features choreography by Andersen and costumes created by famed designer Fabio Toblini. While the story of The Firebird  stems from a classic Russian tale, Andersen’s rendition reimagines it through a futuristic lens that explores the alluring themes of love, fantasy and escapism. $25+.


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Upgrade your bath game with new services featuring all things bubbly (for soaking and for sipping) at Mountain Shadows and Hotel Valley Ho. At Mountain Shadows, the Bath Butler experience – available in the resort’s Immerse Guestrooms – brings in

an expert bath butler to set up a relaxing ambiance, including a coconut milk bath soak, bubbles, chocolate-dipped strawberries, candles, and a bottle of wine ($150, reserve by calling 480.624.5446). Meanwhile, at Hotel Valley Ho, the Bathtub

Bottle Service – available in Studio Guest Rooms – grants you a bottle of a premium wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, a technicolor bath bomb, candles, and, of course, plenty of bubbles ($100, reserve by calling 480.421.7712).


Celebrate your better half with an extravagant, one-of-a-kind Romance in the City Valentine’s Day package, available throughout February from locally owned Ford’s Travel. Pairing top Valley resorts with a bevy of exclusive experiences sure to fuel the flames of love, the package includes luxury suite accommodations for two nights at Arizona Biltmore, Royal Palms Resort & Spa, The Phoenician, or Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia with round-trip transportation via a Rolls Royce limousine, complete with Cristal Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. You’ll also get a four-course dinner, a couples massage, and a $500 gift card to Saks Fifth Avenue with a private personal shopping experience. Bonus: Before your staycation, expect Louis Vuitton luggage and long-stemmed red roses delivered to your home. The package starts at $7,000.

The Sex (And More) Docs

Drs. Cristina Romero-Bosch and John A. Robinson of The Hormone Zone “Power couple” is a term used to describe two successful individuals that are in a monogamous relationship with each other. Beyoncé and Jay-Z and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are great examples of this. There are, however, power couples that exist outside of the limelight. In fact, one resides right here in the Valley. Enter: Drs. Cristina Romero-Bosch and John A. Robinson. In addition to being life partners, Bosch and Robinson own and operate their shared practice, The Hormone Zone, in Scottsdale. With over 24 years of combined experience in naturopathic medicine, this husband-and-wife team offers real health and healing to their patients by way of advanced hormone replacement therapy. Their M.O. is to provide personalized care that optimizes the health of every single patient that walks through their doors. Bosch and Robinson were both called to the health industry early in life. Bosch

gained her appreciation for natural medicine through osmosis, as she comes from a family of doctors. By age 18, Robinson was already dabbling in acupuncture and herbal medicine during a stint at the Spa at Camelback Inn. The pair met in medical school, fell in love and practiced separately for several years before opening The Hormone Zone together in 2015. Their practice isn’t your typical doctor’s office. But then again, these two aren’t your traditional doctors. Affectionately known as The Sex Docs by their patients, Bosch and Robinson offer a portfolio of hormone balancing therapies that promote sexual wellness and age management. They work their magic in a space that is more reminiscent of a five-star spa than an actual medical facility. Of the countless therapies available at The Hormone Zone, Bosch and Robinson cannot speak highly enough about hormone pellets. Beneficial for both men and

women from ages 18 to 100, hormone pellets are an ideal way to restore hormones back to their optimal levels. From relieving menopausal symptoms to increasing one's libido, this unique therapy is a miracle remedy for the body at all stages of life. “We have been doing pellets for over 12 years now and have treated thousands of patients.” Robinson adds, “Our key difference is we know how to incorporate the pellets in a comprehensive treatment.” Though we cannot control our chronological age, we do hold the reins on how we biologically feel. By enlisting the expert help of Bosch and Robinson, the power couple who specialize in hormone replacement therapy and age management medicine, feeling and looking your absolute best has never been easier. Contact The Hormone Zone at 480.338.8070 or www.hormone-zone. com, 9377 East Bell Road, Suite 361, Scottsdale, 85260.



For the sixth year, chefs at more than two dozen restaurants across the Valley will go head-to-head to create a winning dessert using one of the Girl Scout Cookie flavors. The new creations will be sold in the restaurants through Feb. 28, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the local girls. You can get your cookie creation fix at a number of culinary contenders including The Thumb, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, PNPK Craft Slider + Wine Bar, Lovecraft, Ocean Prime, ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho, Rusconi’s American Kitchen, Herb Box and 32 Shea.

Calling all fashionistas: The Winter Progressive Sale at all My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited locations makes its return this month. Score great deals on fabulous fashions during the sale, which offers deep discounts on everything in store Feb. 2-5 (50 percent off) and Feb. 6-8 (70 percent off), including deals on designer clothes, shoes and accessories. Then, get ready for the next season with the annual Spring Unveiling on Feb. 9 at 8 a.m., where thousands of never-before-seen items will be ready for purchase.


Recently, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows unveiled additions you won’t want to miss if you’re looking for a fun staycation or an idyllic outdoor event space. The resort’s new Cattle Track Suites are inspired one-bedroom accommodations with colorful custom artwork and furniture crafted by artists at the nearby Cattle Track Arts Compound. The suites feature two private terraces, two full bathrooms, and a spacious living area. The property also introduced the Sonoran Lawn, an outdoor space with breathtaking views among pine and olive trees and other indigenous vegetation. www.


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A Scottsdale staple for years, Asian eatery Sapporo has revamped and rebranded into a new concept called Kasai. Owned by Sapporo’s original owners, who sold Sapporo in 2009 and went on to open Humble Pie and The Living Room, Kasai is a sleek Japanese eatery with elevated teppanyaki tables where seven-course meals are prepared, a redesigned sushi bar, and an expanded bar patio. Kasai, which is Japanese for fire, features an ambiance inspired by the element of fire and offers an expanded and reimagined Asian-fusion menu. A generous happy hour (3-7 p.m. daily) includes 50 percent off all cocktails, beer and wine by the glass and 25 percent off appetizers.

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First Press Fine Wine Dinner & Auction Feb. 9, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa The 17th year of First Press’ black-tie affair promises a wine-tasting reception, experiential auction lots, live classical music, and picks from distinguished wineries that have been expertly paired to a five-course gourmet meal. Proceeds from this event support SPOT 127, a youth media center for low-income and at-risk teens, and K-BACH, the only radio station in Phoenix that plays classical music 24/7. 6 p.m. Individual, $350; table, $3,250. AAHA! An Auction of Heirlooms and Art Feb. 16, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa At Hospice of the Valley’s AAHA! An Auction of Heirlooms and Art, guests will enjoy the same format from past years, including a gourmet dinner and auctions where the finer things in life are on sale (i.e. art and grand trips). But something new this year is wine. Vintage varietals will be included in the lot of auction items, and guests can sample tastings throughout the night. Funds raised will support care programs for Hospice of the Valley patients and their families. 6-10 p.m. $350. A Night of Bollywood Feb. 16, We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center You can travel to Mumbai, India, this month – sans jet lag. Fountain Hills Theater’s annual gala celebrates the beauty of Hindi culture with dance traditions from the East to the Southwest, Bollywood entertainment, and Asian cuisine with American influences. There will be a silent auction with top-tier items up for sale, including Fountain Hills Theater tickets, golf experiences, stays at local resorts, and spa treatments. Guests are encouraged to don Bollywood-style garb or casual evening dress attire. Proceeds from this bright and lively gala will benefit Fountain Hills Theater. 5:30-10 p.m. $125. Street Eats Food Truck Festival Feb. 16-17, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick This mouthwatering festival rallies more than 55 food trucks at Salt River Fields, with each truck offering discounted prices on menu items. Most will offer a $2 sample option so that guests can indulge in as many cuisines as possible. Food trucks including Mediterranean Majik, Dough Licious Desserts, Maine Lobster Lady, and International Truck of Tacos will be parked and serving hungry festivalgoers all weekend long. With your F&B in tow, enjoy live bands, lawn games, a local vendor marketplace, eating contests, and other exciting festivities. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. General admission, $12 ($15 at gate); VIP, $75. Blue Door Ball March 1, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and guests will gather to celebrate youth the annual Blue Door Ball, where they can hear the inspiring stories of transformation from the Youth of the Year finalists. Celebrate the achievements of these eight finalists, selected from a pool of 26 teens for demonstrating academic excellence, community service and club leadership, as one of them is named the Youth of the Year. A dinner and exciting auctions round out this momentous evening. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. 5:30 p.m. $300. Beach Ball March 2, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa This 26th annual Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation fundraiser will transport guests to a party in the Florida panhandle. Break out the beachwear to celebrate and support advancements in children’s health care at this signature gala, which will feature live entertainment, a cocktail reception, and a gourmet dinner. Cocktail reception, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7:30 p.m. $1,000+.


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Feb. 2-10, various locations The City of Scottsdale welcomes the return of Western Week, which features festivities that pay homage to the area’s Old West history while celebrating its vibrancy today. Events taking place throughout the week will include a look into Arizona’s official Western Film Historian’s top 10 Western films (Feb. 2), a Western Week Gold Palette ArtWalk (Feb. 7), the 61st annual Hashknife Pony Express arrival (Feb. 8), the Arizona Indian Festival (Feb. 9-10), and the 66th annual Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Festival (Feb. 9). Times vary. Free.

HEARTS OF GOLD GALA & CASINO NIGHT Feb. 9, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa This memorable evening will feature silent and live auctions, a hosted cocktail hour, a delicious dinner, and a heartwarming program hosted by Fox 10 weather anchor and reporter Kristy Siefkin. Proceeds will support Save the Family in its mission to equip families to overcome homelessness and address poverty. 6 p.m. Individual, $225; table of 10, $2,250. CORKS & CACTUS Feb. 9-10, Desert Botanical Garden An adults-only event, this afternoon in the garden will bring in representatives from an array of wineries to dish out samples of more than 40 wines. Guests will be able to buy their favorites by the bottle or case in the garden’s retail store, with all purchases benefiting the Desert Botanical Garden’s education, research, exhibition and conservation programs. 1-4:30 p.m. $40-$45.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HOOP DANCE CONTEST Feb. 9-10, Heard Museum Hoop dancing honors indigenous cultural traditions from across the U.S. and Canada. This annual competition features dancers, from below five years old to over 50, competing in a display of artistry and athleticism for the title of World Champion Hoop Dancer. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Prices vary and ticket prices include museum admission.

BODYTRAFFIC Feb. 8, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Experience the troupe that’s been taking the contemporary dance world by storm. Los Angelesbased BODYTRAFFIC has gained international recognition for their use of innovative and diverse choreography. Boasting a repertoire with dozens of talented dancers, this troupe is well-versed in weaving a unique and engaging evening out of music and movement. 8 p.m. General admission, $35$55; member, $47.


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SCOTTSDALE WATERFRONT FINE ART & WINE FESTIVAL Feb. 8-10, Scottsdale Waterfront Thunderbird Artists will host the eighth year of this waterfront festival, where guests can listen to live music and sip fine wines while strolling through selections of work from 125 juried artists. This year’s featured artist, Al Glann, specializes in capturing the spirit of horses and other wildlife in 3D metalwork. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission, $3; wine-tasting ticket (includes a souvenir glass), $10.

ARIZONA STRONG BEER FESTIVAL Feb. 9, Indian Steele Park Now in its 19th year, this annual event boasts local bands, food vendors, and hundreds of craft beers on tap. Tickets include a commemorative hat and 40 tastings. Guests can upgrade to VIP for early entry and a food voucher. Super VIP tickets earn access to the VIP area and private restrooms, as well as a Sunday Brunch Brewers Reception at Copper Blues. 1 p.m. General admission, $60; VIP, $80; Super VIP, $100.

FRESH BRUNCH Feb. 10, The Phoenician Celebrating a decade of this signature fundraising event, one.n.ten will highlight their vision for the upcoming year as a nonprofit in support of LGBTQ youth and adults. Enjoy youth performances, stories, and a cocktail reception in support of the organization’s programs that promote self-acceptance, self-expression, and healthy life choices. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Individual, $100; table of 12, $1,500. CHICAGO Feb. 12, Celebrity Theatre Take a satirical look at showbusiness with this renowned American musical. The Jazz Age will come to life in this engaging commentary on corruption and the celebrity


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THE ARTISTS OF SCOTTSDALE RANCH ART SHOW Feb. 16, Scottsdale Ranch Community Center Now in their 11th year, this group of community artists will come together once again to sell and display their artwork. Speak with the artists to learn more about their selections of handcrafted oil and resin paintings, sculptures, glasswork and more, all while enjoying complimentary beverages and light snacks. Each artist will donate an item from their collection for a silent auction benefiting the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. ARIZONA COCKTAIL WEEKEND Feb. 16-18, Downtown Phoenix The eighth annual Arizona Cocktail Weekend will include numerous events like The Cocktail Jam at The Van Buren, educational seminars led by industry professionals, and plenty of spirits. Proceeds from the weekend will benefit The Jupiter Foundation. Times vary. $40+. EXPERIENCE SPAIN Feb. 19-20, Musical Instrument Museum Travel to Spain with this interactive experience where you can learn some moves from professional flamenco dancers, try your hand at traditional Spanish percussion instruments, craft your own iconic flamenco accessories out of recycled materials, and enjoy music and dance performances. Souvenirs and a Spanish-inspired lunch will also be available for purchase. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with museum admission; free for members. THE BIG NIGHT OUT GALA Feb. 21, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona is celebrating an adventure-themed evening at their Big Night Out Gala, featuring a kickoff dinner and inspiring stories about the transformative influence of mentorship. Guests can purchase a mystery box for $100 to support the organization’s programs and


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Feb. 14-24, WestWorld of Scottsdale See the world’s largest Arabian horse show in action as nearly 2,400 horses are brought in from around the world by top owners, breeders and trainers. Proceeds from the 64th annual “Super Bowl of the Arabian World” will benefit the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund, ASU Western Equestrian Team, Scottsdale Community College’s Equine Sciences Scholarships, and March of Dimes. Times vary. General admission, $10; seniors and military, $7; ages 12 and under, free.

receive gift cards, jewelry, stays at local resorts, and more. 5:30 p.m. Individual, $150; table, $1,500. SWING INTO SPRING SOCIAL Feb. 23, Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale The Diamondback Wives are pairing up with The Singletons to celebrate the organization’s work for single-parent families with cancer. Enjoy raffles, silent and live auctions, entertainment, cocktails, a slider bar, and appearances from MLB players and other sports celebrities. VIP tickets include a tequila tasting and access to VIP seating with the MLB players. 6-9 p.m. General admission, $75; VIP, $125. TODAY’S KIDS, TOMORROW’S STARS Feb. 23, The Westin Kierland This event for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix includes

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package, $105; VIP package, $205. HONOR BALL March 2, The Phoenician Guests at this annual fundraising event will experience lively entertainment, a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing. Proceeds will benefit HonorHealth’s cancer research as well as the programs and services at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center. 6:30 p.m. Individual, $750; couple, $1,500. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE March 5, Talking Stick Resort Arena Spend a night singing along to hits from the “President of Pop.” With a career spanning decades, Justin Timberlake, now in his sixth concert tour and celebrating the release of his most recent album, Man of the Woods, sure knows how to put on a show. 7:30 p.m. $49-$225+.


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The National Kidney Foundation of Arizona’s annual fundraiser dances into town


On Feb. 22, the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona will present Dancing with the Stars Arizona: Fire & Ice at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. The dazzling event will feature 17 notable people in the commuity in a quest to win over the judges and audience with their cha-chas, sambas and foxtrots. Each celebrity is paired with a professional ballroom dancer and equipped with elaborate choreography and several months of dance training. In a display of rhinestone-encrusted dresses and sequined suits, the recognizable personalities will take center stage to raise funds and awareness to help fight kidney disease throughout Arizona. The 13th annual event is patterned after ABC’s popular Dancing with the Stars show and is more of a entertainment showcase than a traditional charity gala. Throughout the evening of music and dancing, attendees can get in on the action by purchasing votes for their favorite dancer, waving signs, and tossing flowers onto the dance floor. The 2019 dance champions will be selected by both audience votes and a professionally trained panel of dance experts. The dancers will compete in two award categories: The Judges’ Choice Awards are based on technical merit and the People’s Choice Awards are based on total votes received. One man and woman in each category will walk away with a championship trophy. Chairing this year’s event is former Dancing with the Stars Arizona celebrity contestant Jamie Andersen, who first hit


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the dance floor in 2015 and returned as a Legends Dancer in 2016. Additionally, the event will honor Nancy Speltzer with the Guiding Star Award, which is given to a member of the Phoenix philanthropic community who has shown continued generosity and support for the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. Spetzler and her husband, Dr. Robert Spetzler, danced in the inaugural Dancing with the Stars Arizona in 2007, and she will return with a special exhibition performance at this year’s celebration. This dazzling dance competition has raised more than $6 million over the years, providing the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona the means to continue lifesaving patient aid and organ donation advocacy programs throughout the state.

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AN EVENING OF DREAMS Colleen’s Dream Foundation’s annual gala celebrates its sixth year


IF YOU GO… What: Evening of Dreams Gala When: Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m. Where: JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale Tickets: Individual, $400; table of 12, $5,000 Information: www.

Each year, Colleen’s Dream Foundation hosts its annual golf tournament and gala (Feb. 22 and 23, respectively) to help raise funds for ovarian cancer reserch. Last year, the gala raised $200,000 from the live auction alone. These funds, combined with generous donations, enabled the foundation to award local research organization Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) a clinical trial for a new ovarian cancer drug treatment. “For some ovarian cancer fighters, these clinical trials are the only treatment options they have left and are their last hope of a normal life,” says Nicole Cundiff, CEO of Colleen’s Dream Foundation. Now in its sixth year, the Once Upon a


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Dream-themed gala on Feb. 23 is expected to reel in a larger crowd than ever before – an estimated 750 guests, which is 100 more than last year. Along with that, the foundation hopes to raise record-breaking funds in the name of ovarian cancer research and education. “It’ll be the biggest turnout yet at our Evening of Dreams Gala, where the fundraising supports cutting-edge research, broadens our understanding of this exceptionally tragic disease, and delivers hope to women,” Cundiff says. Taking place at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, gala attendees will start off the black-tie optional evening with a hosted cocktail

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CREATIVE DATES Go beyond Netflix and chill with these date night ideas

Sometimes a good ol’ dinner and a movie is just what you need, and sometimes date night (or day), especially if it’s Valentine’s Day, calls for something a bit different. From interactive fun to daytrip excursions to taking your taste buds on a tour of the town, let these creative date ideas inspire you to wow your significant other with something new.


Treat Yourselves Skip the traditional dinner by starting your evening at Carlson Creek Vineyard’s Scottsdale tasting room ( The award-winning wine bar doubles as an art gallery that features paintings by local artists, serving as the perfect starting point for a stroll around Old Town Scottsdale as you make your way to dinner at the uber-romantic Cafe Monarch (www. End your evening by digging into a warm, gooey butter cake – try the all-new chocolate version available only this month – and toasting the one you love over live music and candlelit espresso martinis at Mastro’s City Hall ( Stay Active Rev your engines with indoor kart racing and a trip to Velocity VR at Octane Raceway. Test your limits with racing in a professional race kart reaching speeds up to 45 mph, or experience a new reality with Velocity VR, a free roam virtual reality. ( Let the adventure continue with Taste It Tours (, through which you can indulge in five different restaurants over the course of one meal. These walking food tours teach the early history of Scottsdale, take you on a ride aboard the Scottsdale Trolley, and treat even the most experienced foodies to the expansiveness of Valley dining. Go Alfresco Taking date night outdoors is easy, especially this time of year. To get the best views of the Valley (and for a cute photo), take a hike up Camelback Mountain. Continue your outdoor pursuits at dinner with a culinary experience curated by Cloth & Flame. The creative dining company creates dining experiences among picturesque natural backdrops, putting a focus on community, collaboration and sustainability ( Hit the Road If you’re looking for an easy escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, head 90 minutes up the Beeline Highway to Payson. Relax by feeding the ducks at Green Valley Park or work up an appetite by trekking across the Tonto Natural Bridge. Then, enjoy dinner at a New American farm-to-fork restaurant, The 703 on Main, where tapas, appetizers and shared plates including black truffle ravioli and steak and ale potpie are perfectly portioned for two ( Travel the World Make sparks fly with a visit to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, where intriguing contemporary art, architecture and design from around the world and around the corner are presented in ever-changing exhibitions (www. After your museum visit, indulge in dinner at Nonna Urban Eatery. With an always-changing menu, Nonna offers a unique selection of globally inspired dishes, such as those from Italy, Asia and Mexico ( Follow your meal with an outof-this-world treat, including one crowned with an edible gold leaf, at the recently opened Alien Donuts (


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Intimate, immersive dining experiences in the Valley Whether you’re seeking an extra-special date night or are simply eager to experience a more intimate, foodie-focused feast for all the senses, these VIP dining options in the Valley won’t disappoint.


Wine Me, Dine Me Twice nightly at SWB, a southwest bistro at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, chef Jordyn Fitzner takes guests on a culinary journey for the ages. Limited to just six people and available by reservation at either 6 p.m. or 8 p.m., Wine Me, Dine Me takes place in front of the demonstration kitchen and features four courses – all made right before guests’ eyes – each paired with tequila and/or wine. Guests are able to interact directly with Fitzner and his culinary team, learning firsthand about Southwest flavors, ingredients and techniques, not to mention indulging in an amazing meal. Epicurean Experience The Epicurean Experience at Latin hot spot Deseo at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is available on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and takes place at the venue’s “Rail,” a series of 12 seats that line the exhibition kitchen. The experience has been enhanced to now offer a mojito-muddling demonstration and tasting by Deseo’s mixologist, followed by a traditional ceviche presentation and sampling by the culinary team. A three-course interactive meal concludes the intimate experience. Via Cappello Via Cappello – named in homage to a street in the historic center of Verona, Italy, that also served as Juliet’s home in Romeo and Juliet – is a specialty dining experience offered at Royal Palms Resort and Spa any day of the week upon reservation. It features a personalized dinner set in one of three private enclaves within the resort and starts with a Champagne toast followed by a multicourse dinner and limitless optional upgrades including flowers, handwritten love notes, custom decor, and private musicians. Friday Pop-Ups When award-winning chef Josh Hebert closed down his Posh Restaurant in 2017, Valley foodies were up in arms. Thankfully, he didn’t make the public wait too long for his next endeavor: Chef Lounge. And while it is more of a hybrid demo kitchen and private dining space than a formal restaurant, fans can still catch Hebert in action most Fridays at 6:15 p.m. during Friday Pop-Up dinners. Focused on fine dining ingredients and techniques, Hebert prepares a seven-course dinner limited to 10 guests with wine pairings in a laid-back atmosphere. In 2019, some events will also take place at pop-up locations including fellow restaurants, culinary schools, and even private homes. In the Kitchen Culinary Experience Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows offers guests several VIP opportunities to join the culinary team in their plancha-style open kitchen for regular culinary experiences. Programs vary from breakfast and lunch dining options to dinners, often paired with wine. During each event, up to 12 guests can sit in the kitchen to watch the chefs craft menu items, and, of course, taste the results.


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INSTRUMENTS OF INSPIRATION Violins of Hope comes to the Valley


Music has the power to break down barriers, to unite us. And now through March 26, some of the most inspiring instruments are coming to Scottsdale. Known as the Violins of Hope (www.violinsofhopephoenix. com), the instruments are restored violins owned by musicians during the darkest of times: The Holocaust. “Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Today, these instruments serve not only as powerful reminders of an unimaginable experience, but also reinforce lessons of tolerance, inclusion and diversity,” says Rachel Hoffer of Violins of Hope Phoenix. The violins were first discovered by Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein, who, as a young violinmaker more than 50 years ago, was asked to restore a particular violin. “The customer shared with Weinstein – who himself lost hundreds of relatives during the Holocaust – that the violin was played by a musician at Auschwitz as he marched to the gas chamber,” Hoffer says. “The musician was spared by the Nazis but forced to play at the camp afterward.” Weinstein was unable to restore that instrument, as the memory was too painful. But in 1996, Weinstein put out a worldwide call for violins from the Holocaust. “He sought out to restore every single one he could find as a way to reclaim his lost heritage and to give a voice to the victims.” The Violins of Hope have now been played in concert halls and exhibited in museums worldwide. They’ve been featured in books, print, film and television, with their stories and messages impacting thousands of individuals. “And now, thanks to the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and other community partners, Violins of Hope is here,” Hoffer says. Over the next two months, the Violins of Hope program will feature more than two dozen events showcasing the role of the violin and music not only as an important aspect of Jewish culture but also as a symbol of strength and optimism in the face of adversity. Upcoming events at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts include: Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra Opening Concert with violinist Gil Shaham (Feb. 23, 8 p.m.), Violins of Hope exhibit with docent-led tours (Feb. 26-March 24), a tribute concert honoring Holocaust survivors and their families with special guest Amnon Weinstein; (March 19, 7:30 p.m.), a lecture and concert honoring Kurt Klein (March 20, 2 p.m.), an American officer who rescued 120 women from Nazi concentration camps. The Heard Museum, Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, Grand Canyon University, Arizona State University, and Arizona Science Center – among others – will also host Violins of Hope events.


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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you may be in the market for a special something for your special someone, and Buddha Mama’s London Blue Topaz Ring certainly makes quite the impression. Twenty-karat yellow gold hardware features an eye-catching, cushion-cut London blue topaz center set with white diamond pavé accents, totaling 17.68 topaz carat weight and .77 diamond carat weight. With a tapered, half-round shank, the ring stands nearly three-fourths of an inch high. In the spirit of love, the Buddha Mama collection is rooted in the philosophy of contribution. Beyond making a statement, each piece sold makes a difference – Buddha Mama donates a portion of proceeds from sales to select organizations and people in need. $5,300 at Neiman Marcus,

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Glam gifts that say “I love you”

Fucshia Supersonic hair dryer, Dyson, $399 at Nordstrom, French lavender massage oil, $20 at The Body Shop, www. Lipstick with limited-edition design in Rose Saint Germain, Yves Saint Laurent, $38 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. La Vie est Belle eau de parfum, Lancome, $73-$123 at Sephora, 480.945.0100. Rose Hamami bath salts, Vie Healing, $48 at Neiman Marcus, www. Daphne flower bubble bath, Antica Farmacista, $38 at Neiman Marcus.


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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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LA DOLCE VITA Decor inspired by the Italian countryside

Citrus print side table, Deny Designs, $165 at Nordstrom, Acanthus leaf and rope chandelier, $1,706 at Pottery Barn, www. Gold iron equestrian fireplace screen, $400 at Neiman Marcus, www. Italian Chic coffee table book, $85 at Assouline, www. Acacia wood outdoor bench, $799 at West Elm, Isle of Capri limited-edition print, Courtney Crane, $21-$150 at Minted, www.minted. com.


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Driving on the course, fun. Driving to the cleaners, not so fun.

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CORAL CRAZE Make a splash in Pantone’s Color of the Year

High-rise corduroy skinny jeans, Rag & Bone, $195 at Intermix, www. Floral off-theshoulder dress, Saloni, $619 at Farfetch, www. Striped turtleneck sweater, Diane von Furstenberg, $498 at Nordstrom, www. Flower crystal and enamel stud earrings, Kenneth Jay Lane, $90 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. Leather tote, Danse Lente, $560 at ModeSens, www. Glitter block heel sandals, Giuseppe Zanotti, $750 at Saks Fifth Avenue.


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Add feminine flair to your wardrobe with ruffled accents

Linen boat-neck tie top, Iro, $195 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. Asymmetrical canvas skirt, SelfPortrait, $265 at Net-a-Porter, www. Gold faux leather clutch, Sole Society, $44.95 at Nordstrom, Leather low-top sneakers, Tory Sport, $228 at Neiman Marcus, www. Floral midi wrap dress, Borgo de Nor, $775 at Saks Fifth Avenue.


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Ensembles fit for a romantic night on the town



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NECKLACE: Silver and pink hearts and keys, Christian Dior, $595.95. HANGBAG: Swarovski crystal Faberge Egg convertible clutch, Judith Leiber, $3,595.95. DRESS: Magenta and black strapless gown with sequin embellishments, Dolce & Gabbana, $895.95. All from To Be Continued, www.

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NECKLACE: 18-karat gold half-moon, Shay, $2,595.95. DRESS: Chartreuse V-neck wrap long-sleeve, Alexandre Vauthier, $395. HANDBAG: Silver python leather with silver-tone hardware, Tom Ford, $2,695.95. SHOES: Black leather booties with studded cuffs, Saint Laurent, $695.95. All from To Be Continued, www.


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TOP: Lavender with ruffle trim, Gamba, $185. RING: Lavender and clear-stoned silver, $225.95. HANDBAG: Silver textured leather wristlet, Alexander Wang, $175.95. SKIRT: Silver stone fringe, Khoon Hooi, $1,600. All from To Be Continued, www.

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TOP: Red and cream chiffon silk long-sleeve with lip embellishments, Gamba, $271. SHOES: Woven platform sandals with ladybug print, Gamba, $174. SKIRT: Gray pleated mini, Burberry, $195.95. All from To Be Continued, www.


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EARRINGS: Gold drop, $925.95. DRESS: Strapless mini with metallic and crystal embellishments, David Koma, $1,995.95. BRACELET: Goldtone oversized cuff, $425.95. HANDBAG: Vintage gold-tone and beaded evening with faux pearl embellishments, Gants Saint Roch, $345.95. SHOES: Black patent leather platform sandals, Saint Laurent, $375.95. All from To Be Continued, www.

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DRESS: Embellished cream long-sleeve with gold-tone ribbon embroidery, $395.95, Marchesa Notte. HANDBAG: Cream quilted satin with gold chain, Chanel, $695.95. All from To Be Continued, www.


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EARRINGS: Oval-shaped crystal, $795.95. NECKLACE: Silver metallic mesh with pink gems, $1,295.95. DRESS: Red silk satin longsleeve gown, Adriana Iglesias, $1,295.95. HANDBAG: Clear resin clutch, Charlotte Olympia, $595.95. SHOES: Black embroidered peeptoe heels with black leather piping, Christian Louboutin, $525.95. All from To Be Continued, www.

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Arizona Charitable Tax Credit & Foster Care Tax Credit

Your tax credit gift to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale directly helps local kids today and is building a brighter tomorrow for everyone. We now qualify for the Foster Care Tax Credit along with the Charitable Organization Tax Credit.

This year, give to both … It still won’t cost you a dime. 10533 E. Lakeview Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (480) 344-5520 |


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


What better way to show your love while having a little romantic competition than with Xs and Os? Edie Parker’s Tic Tac Toe Game Board is both fun and functional, doubly serving as date night entertainment and a colorful conversation piece for a coffee table or bookshelf. Comprised of nine brass letters, the set is crafted by hand from poured acrylic and is 14 inches wide by 11 inches long. True to Edie Parker’s aesthetic, the board game maintains a sense of optimism, luminosity and luxury with a side of playfulness – a tic-tac-toe battle to see who makes dinner, perhaps? $2,495 at Saks Fifth Avenue,

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2019 GENESIS G70

The genius of Genesis Motors’ luxury, entry-level sport sedan BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: Base price: $34,900

Genesis Motors, the luxury car division of Korean auto giant Hyundai, started in 2015 as a stand-alone brand, primarily designed to compete against European luxury brands like Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, not unlike Toyota’s Lexus and Nissan’s Infiniti divisions. Launched with just two large executive-style vehicles – the G80 and G90 – Genesis is now adding the smaller, entry-level G70. It’s a supremely credible challenger to established German sport sedans like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes C-Class. The G70 is available with either a 2.0-liter, 252-horsepower, inline four-cylinder engine or a 365-horsepower, twin-turbo V-6 with standard rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive as a $2,000 option. My test car was the V-6, whose power is delivered through an excellent eight-speed automatic transmission, running on 19-inch Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires, which are standard on all trim levels. The G70 is gorgeously styled with muscular, taut lines; a short front overhang; a long wheelbase; and a pushed back cabin. Most noticeable is the large diamond-latticed grille flanked by thin LED running lamps.


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Inside, attention to detail and luxurious materials belie the G70’s price tag. The front seats sport diamond-quilted Nappa leather and are supremely comfortable. The instruments are sleek and simple, providing a refreshing break from the comparatively flashy and overcomplicated infotainment systems that are often the go-to for many luxury brands. All switchgear and trim use real metal with an attractive look and feel. On the road, I fell in love with how the G70 performed. Power is instantaneous, with easy-to-activate launch control and a zero to 60 time of just 4.4 seconds. Drivers can select numerous drive modes with just a twist of a knob. The chassis is solid, refined, and, when pressed, meets or exceeds the high standards that reign in this class of cars. Plus, its huge Brembo brakes are among the best in the world. After a week of testing, my impression is that G70 completely lives up to its critical acclaim as the 2019 Motor Trend Car of the Year and excellent ratings from J.D. Power and Consumer Reports. It has everything competitors offer and more for thousands less. Now, it just has to be discovered by those who aren’t familiar with the Genesis badge.

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At 6,373 square feet, this spectacular contemporary custom estate located in the Berneil Estates neighborhood of Paradise Valley is perfect for entertaining, with a split floorplan providing an ideal layout for families and guests. The main residence features four bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms, with fresh finishes of white, neutrals, skylights and custom lighting, which lend a clean, modern feel to the space. At the heart of the home, the kitchen is complete with a large serving island, a prep sink, and a wine fridge. The kitchen also features stainless steel appliances, dual ovens, granite countertops, a myriad of cabinets, and a built-in desk station. The kitchen opens to a warm and inviting formal dining area and informal living area with both displaying a wall of windows showcasing the stunning backyard. There is also a wet bar and strategically placed niches for hanging artwork. The beautifully appointed large master wing sits next to the office and includes a workout room, a gas fireplace, and a private exit to the backyard. It’s spa-like en suite bathroom boasts dual sinks, a large shower, and oversized closets. The three secondary bedrooms – each with their own en suite bathroom and walk-in closet – share a common flex room that works as a playroom, a media room or an additional office. The thoughtfully designed backyard is an oasis in itself. There are numerous patios and private areas placed throughout the backyard, all surrounded by a refreshing saltwater diving pool complete with a swim-up bar, lounging/sun-bathing platforms and a spa. With a built-in grill, inviting fire pits, grassy areas, a putting green, and a sport court, the entertaining options are seemingly endless. The addition of sail shades makes the backyard a year-round living space. There is also a three-car garage as well as space to store a boat, RV and motorcycles. Nestled in the backyard, a private 1,203-square-foot guesthouse includes a full kitchen and a family living area. 6979 E. Berneil Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. Listed for $2,065,000 with Teresa Herriot of Hague Partners; 602.499.9841;

To Be Continued… To Open Its First International Showroom in Paris in February 2019 SCOTTSDALE, AZ. JANUARY 15, 2019, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE To Be Continued…(TBC) today announced that it will open its first international location in Paris, France in early February 2019. The showroom is located in a classic Haussmann building just off of the Champs-Elysées on the right bank. An area popular with shoppers from all over the world, it is often referred to as the “Golden Triangle.” Available by appointment, fashion lovers can shop previously-loved, contemporary and vintage designer handbags, accessories and women’s apparel. Consignors can drop off and receive a free valuation of items they are looking to sell. The Company plans to launch its collaborations with emerging and established designers during fashion week in February and March of this year. TBC is committed to the finest in luxury resale, offering a highly edited, globally-sourced selection of

haute designer merchandise at reduced prices while providing consignors with unparalleled customer service and top returns in a trusted environment. With three boutiques in Scottsdale, AZ, Dallas, TX and plans underway to expand in Los Angeles, CA, Paris will be the first location outside of the US. Chrissy Sayare, co-owner of TBC, commented that “Opening a showroom in Paris has been a dream since we opened our doors in Scottsdale, AZ five years ago. Our sophisticated and fashionable consignors and shoppers come to our boutiques from all over the world in search of the most unique, pre-loved designer treasures . It is only fitting that we expand our brand to the most fashionable city in the world. We are looking forward to partnering with consignors, designers and boutiques in Paris and beyond.” The new location is located in the prestigious 8th district on rue de Bassano. It will be open for shoppers and consignors by appointment. More details regarding current inventory and consigning with TBC can be found on the Company website and online store: http://


WONDERS OF THE WEST Resorts that delight as much as the destinations themselves


With more than a dozen luxury resorts in the Valley, Phoenicians have come to expect a lot more than a clean room and free coffee when it comes to hotel ambiance and amenities. Luckily, select Western U.S. resorts will impress even the most discerning traveler with sensational luxury suites, award-winning dining, exclusive adventures, and rooms with far more than just a view. As you plan upcoming travel, consider these resorts worthy of your bucket list.

Waldorf Astoria Park City: Park City, Utah Situated at the base of Park City Mountain, Waldorf Astoria Park City was recently honored by Conde Nast Traveler with Readers’ Choice awards for both “Best Spa in North America” and “Top 10 Resorts in the West.” The rooms range from traditional to massive three- and four-bedroom suites (some with as many as five bathrooms!) designed for helping couples and families relax after a day on the mountain. The resort’s 16,000-square-foot spa uses a personalized program that draws on local products, environmental inspiration and contemporary techniques. A truly unique offering, the resort has its own “Snowman Alley,” an outdoor space dedicated to snowmen with snowman-building kits and professionally built snowmen throughout.

Auberge du Soleil: Napa, California As if its prime location in the heart of wine country, 13-time Michelinstarred restaurant, and five-star rating by Forbes Travel Guide weren’t enough, over the past several years Auberge du Soleil has been in the midst of an awe-inspiring renovation, featuring new guest rooms and suites. The new suites, some offering as much as 1,300 square feet of indoor-outdoor space, feature spa-like bathrooms and fireplaces in bedrooms and living spaces. Some even offer sculptural stand-alone tubs in private outdoor bath gardens. The grounds have also received a contemporary makeover that highlights wine country views and intimate spaces have been created throughout the property, perfect for lingering among the vines and ancient olive trees.

The Ranch at Rock Creek: Philipsburg, Montana Situated on 6,600 acres of rugged ranchland and wilderness in the small western Montana town of Philipsburg, The Ranch at Rock Creek is the only guest ranch in the world recognized as a Forbes Travel Guide five-star hotel four consecutive times. It features rustic yet elegant accommodations including bespoke lodge rooms, historic barn suites, private log homes, and luxury canvas cabins that deliver the definitive Montana “glamping” experience. As part of its all-inclusive designation, the ranch provides twice-daily adventures, including horseback riding, ice skating, sleigh rides, archery, hiking, mountain biking and wildlife viewing.


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Post Ranch Inn: Big Sur, California Post Ranch Inn is an environmentally sustainable resort that sits high atop the cliffs of Big Sur, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In fact, it’s the only resort in Big Sur that offers ocean views. The property's 39 guest rooms are built to blend into their natural surroundings and perfectly combine rustic elegance, comfort and privacy with panoramic ocean or mountain views. Amenities include an array of activities, such as complimentary morning yoga classes, culinary tours through the on-site organic vegetable garden, dining at Wine Spectator’s Grand Awardwinning Sierra Mar restaurant, and lavish spa treatments in-room or at the award-winning spa.

Four Seasons Resort and Residences: Jackson Hole, Wyoming One of just five mountain resorts in America with a Forbes five-star rating, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole boasts 18 lavish suites and 34 residences in addition to its 100-plus beautifully appointed rooms. It is a true ski-in, ski-out resort with its own ski concierge as well as rentals and fittings on-site. There is also a concierge at base camp to ensure the perfect apres-ski experience. Beyond skiing, the resort has its own dedicated team of naturalists, each of whom can lead guests on wildlife safaris, fly-fishing expeditions, and stargazing opportunities. Its three dining options use locally sourced ingredients from across Wyoming, Utah and Idaho including tomatoes, cheeses, elk, potatoes and fresh-caught trout.

Salish Lodge & Spa: Snoqualmie, Washington Consistently ranked among the best small resorts in the world, Salish Lodge & Spa overlooks the 268-foot Snoqualmie Falls, one of Washington’s most popular scenic attractions, and sits in the foothills of the picturesque Cascade Mountains. The guest experience is authentically inspired by these surroundings. For example, honey and herbs from the lodge’s own apiary and garden appear in treatments at the spa, and nearly all of the food and drink at the lodge’s dining venues are inspired by and sourced from the Pacific Northwest. Another reason to visit: In 2018 the lodge completed a $12 million renovation to its 86 rooms (each with its own fireplace and soaking tub), spa and public spaces.


Shore Lodge: McCall, Idaho A former logging town, McCall, Idaho, is a pristine mountain hideaway in the Payette National Forest that’s been named one of the best hidden ski towns by National Geographic. Shore Lodge, a four-season lakefront resort nestled on Payette Lake – and on the edge of the largest area of protected wilderness in the continental U.S. – offers visitors access to a variety of outdoor adventures, including cliff-jumping, visits to nearby hot springs, and paddleboarding as well as a restful place to relax and unwind. The property houses 77 rooms, a private lakeside cottage, an award-winning Andy North-designed golf course, a spa, and three dining concepts including a Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence” steakhouse with a 5,000-bottle wine cellar. So Scottsdale! February ‘19




SPICE IT UP Cocktails with a kick

Got love on the brain? Fire up you and your significant other’s palates this month with sizzling, spicy cocktails.

Saguaro Belle La Senora at The Saguaro This amped-up spin on a mimosa combines pineapple vodka, lime juice, Champagne, housemade honey water, and jalapeno-infused simple syrup. It is a balance of sweet and spicy and pairs brilliantly with La Senora’s brunch menu. $12. Sweet & Spicy Twisted Grove Parlor & Bar A modern twist on a margarita, the Sweet & Spicy features Camarena Silver tequila with housemade sour mix and jalapeno-infused agave syrup. If you’re craving more heat, opt for cayenne pepper salt on the rim and the pièce de résistance: a sliced chili pepper garnish. $11. Bee’s Sting Ling & Louie’s Enjoy a bit of bite thanks to the Thatcher’s Organic Chipotle Liqueur and Thai chili-infused honey. These ingredients are combined with Jim Beam Black Bourbon and fresh lemon for some “spirited” balance, quite literally. $11.95.


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Ferrand Orange Curacao; a choice of lemon or lime juice; agave nectar; pineapple and a serrano pepper. The cocktail is light with a bright, slightly sweet pineapple flavor and a notably spicy finish. $14. La Vida Verde Culinary Dropout True to its name, La Vida Verde embraces all things green, especially the jalapeno. The pepper is paired with Hangar One Vodka, cilantro, fresh pineapple, and an in-house mint verdita, which is a mixture of fresh mint along with jalapenos, cilantro and pineapple juice that acts like a spicy sour drink mix. $11. Spiked Apple Cider True Food Kitchen Hot in both taste and temperature, the Spiked Apple Cider – made with mulled spiced brandy, cinnamon, lemon, and topped with cayenne – is sure to spice things up while imparting a cozy feeling, as it’s served in a dainty tea cup that will warm you and your S.O. right up. $12.

Caliente Michelada Blanco Tacos + Tequila Turn up the heat with this fiery cocktail that delivers the taste of a hot chile in a glass. It’s made with blanco tequila, which is mild alone, but when combined with spiced tomatoes, Cholula, lime and chile con sal, it erupts with delicious spice in every single sip. $10.

Double Dragon Blind Dragon Try this stunner, which is made with tequila that’s been infused in-house with dill jalapenos and then mixed with habanero bitters, pureed guava, organic agave nectar, and fresh lime and pineapple juices. Garnished with fresh dill, the Double Dragon will have you singing karaoke on-site all night. $12.

Tale of Two Daisies Jade Bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain The Tale of Two Daisies is a unique cocktail that demonstrates the versatility of different spirits. It features a choice of Woodford Reserve Bourbon or Pisco Porton Acholado, which is a premium pisco handcrafted at the oldest distillery in the Americas; Pierre

Salt River Society The Canal Club Ever hear of aji amarillo? This chile pepper with a full-bodied fruitiness and a touch more heat than Tabasco or cayenne pepper is the star of the Salt River Society, which also features smoky mezcal and herbal amaro, paired perfectly with lemon and pineapple. $12.




At Sel Restaurant, chef Branden Levine aims to give guests an intimate fine dining experience featuring progressive, contemporary American cuisine. He offers a four-course, fixed-price menu nightly for $80 and a vegetarian option for $65, with supplements such as wine pairings ($70), foie gras ($35), caviar ($140), and dessert (prices vary). Guests may also order items a la carte. Menus change every few weeks, and each of the first three courses is a choice between two items. For the first course, expect seasonally inspired soups and high-concept appetizers. The second course is progressively heavier – think robust pasta and savory beignets – while the third course is meant to be the lightest, usually shellfish or seafood. Finally, the fourth course features six-plus items, always with beef and seafood options as well as adventurous dishes like duck and bison. Sel Restaurant, 7044 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.949.6296; So Scottsdale! February ‘19



MY SWEET VALENTINE The Mix Up Bar mixes up something sweet in homage to the day of love


The Mix Up Bar is a cozy cocktail spot nestled inside the iconic Royal Palms Resort and Spa, beloved by resort guests and locals alike. “Our locally inspired drink menu changes regularly to reflect the seasons,” says Tyler Strasser, mixologist at Mix Up. “Each February, the menu reflects both the impending emergence of spring and, of course, Valentine’s Day.” Among Mix Up’s signature February offerings is My Sweet Valentine ($15). It starts with Ketel One Citroen Vodka, which is made by infusing vodka with four varieties of lemons and two types of limes. “We then add housemade raspberry shrub to the vodka,” Strasser says. “The shrub is made by combining fresh raspberries with sugar and letting them sit for about four hours, then adding vinegar and mashing until it turns into a balanced syrup – or shrub – with bright tartness.” Mix Up also uses its own in-house orgeat syrup in the cocktail. It’s made by heating almonds with cinnamon sticks, baking spices and lime juice on a stovetop, then hitting it with a blast of sugar at the end. “Finally, we squeeze some fresh lime juice into the shaker before shaking with ice and double straining into a coupe glass,” Strasser says. “It’s garnished with a lemon twist and Peychaud’s Bitters, which we use to draw a heart atop the cocktail.” Much like love itself, My Sweet Valentine is equal parts nutty, sweet and tart all at the same time. The Mix Up Bar at Royal Palms, 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.283.1234;


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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Anthony Apolinar of Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse


Anthony Apolinar is the executive chef of the recently opened Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse, which offers Certified Angus Beef specialty-cut steaks and American comfort food in a relaxed environment.

Tell us how your nana got you into cooking. When I was six, I wanted to eat eggs and chorizo every single day. I am not exaggerating. So, my grandmother – my nana – brought me into her kitchen and told me if I really wanted them every single day, then I needed to learn how to make them myself. Once I got my fill of chorizo and eggs, she continued to teach me how to cook throughout my youth. But being a chef wasn’t in your initial plan? Professional baseball was the initial plan, until football got in the way. I played catcher at Cesar Chavez High School. To stay in shape in the offseason, I took up football. After multiple football-related injuries to my right knee, I was told if I kept up either sport, I wouldn’t be able to walk by the time I was 30. How did you transition into the kitchen? In 2003, with no formal training outside of my nana, I enrolled at Scottsdale Culinary Institute. Diploma in hand in 2005, I paid my dues everywhere from The White Chocolate Grill and The Herb Box to Tonto Bar & Grill and Culinary Dropout before joining Keeler Hospitality Group at Market Street Kitchen in 2017. Still with their team, I took on the challenge of developing the menu for Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse earlier this year. Tell us about your menu. Starters include shareable lobster macaroni and cheese as well as crab cakes and mussels. There are some definite entree standouts, especially our double bone-in pork chops, seared lamb loin chops, and braised short ribs. Specialty sides include blue cheese creamed spinach, white cheddar mashed potatoes, and loaded hash browns. Any foods you personally don’t like? I try to keep an open mind, but I hate fennel. Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse, 7212 E. Ho Hum Road, Carefree; 480.255.6143;

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Indulge in the Valley’s most desirable desserts during the month of love


Tres Leches Flan

Stonegrill at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Not your average flan, this version is exotic, light and delicate, featuring vanilla bean custard with subtle caramel notes and a caramel-infused sauce atop a decadent devil’s food cake soaked in three milks. It’s served with blood oranges, kumquats and pomegranate for a light acidity that perfectly rounds out this end-ofmeal treat. $8.

Ten Layer Carrot Cake

Ocean Prime This carrot cake will ruin you for all other carrot cakes. Made by hand daily, each layer includes cinnamon and shredded carrots with rich cream cheese icing in between. Stacked 10 layers high, the leaning tower of goodness is served with whipped cream and a pineapple coconut sauce. $14.

Chocolate Toffee Brownie

Grassroots Kitchen & Tap Here’s a brownie as it’s meant to be: warm, gooey and extra chocolatey. Made in-house daily, each brownie is paired with a scoop of freshly made vanilla ice cream from the award-winning Sweet Provisions ice cream shop next door and then topped with caramel and toffee crumbles. Each of the flavors is amplified by a garnish of sea salt flakes. $8.

Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake

Marcellino Ristorante Crafted by chef Marcellino Verzino, this dense, velvety smooth cake comes with a dose of caffeine – espresso is added to a traditional flourless chocolate cake recipe. The final result is soft and rich with “poco zucchero,” an Italian phrase which translates to “just a little bit of sugar.” $14.95.

Desserts can be traced to ancient civilizations thousands of years ago, albeit back then in the form of fruits and honey. When sugarcane began making its way across the globe more than 1,500 years ago, using it in desserts became a symbol of wealth and status, especially to royalty. Though the first apple pie recipe was published in the 1300s, it wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s and 1800s that desserts were able to be mass-produced, preserved and canned for Americans-at-large to enjoy. And since then, we’ve certainly continued to enjoy sweet indulgences, especially during special meals with those we love. So, what better time than February to share some of our favorite Valley desserts?


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Classic JW Cheesecake

Lincoln, a JW Steakhouse at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Delightfully creamy, this New York-style cheesecake was first developed at Lincoln’s sister restaurant in London and has since gained a cult following. It’s thoughtfully trimmed with a buttery graham cracker crust and topped with vanilla bean sour cream whip, fresh raspberries and raspberry coulis. $14.

Gianduja Chocolate Tart

Fat Ox Savor a true taste of Italy with this decadent dessert featuring gianduja, which is a smooth

Bananas Foster Beignets

Salty Sow A French term, beignets are known throughout the U.S. as a New Orleans specialty. Most people, however, don’t know that bananas foster is not only a Southern comfort dish, but native to New Orleans and invented there in the 1950s. A delicious combination of this region’s delicacies, these beignets are infused with sweet banana puree and deep-fried before being dusted with powdered sugar, drizzled with cane syrup and honey, and then paired with a scoop of ice cream. $7.

Chocolate Sphere

Palo Verde Restaurant at Boulders Resort & Spa This decadent dessert begins with a dark chocolate sphere that is filled with mango mousse, coconut sponge cake, and ginger streusel. It is then topped with hot, silky chocolate ganache, which collapses the sphere into a warm confection sure to transport romantics into pure happiness. $9.

Butterscotch Cake

spread made of chocolate and ground hazelnuts that was first developed in the northern Italian region of Piedmont, where hazelnut confectionery is common. The nutty spread is served on top of a shortbread cookie, then garnished with fennel brittle, candied orange, and an orange gel. $9.

The Vig Baked in a cast-iron skillet with poppy seeds and butterscotch chips, this butterscotch cake is also infused with a secret ingredient – a maple glaze made with a hefty helping of whiskey. This brings out the butterscotch flavor and also adds a smoky and savory dimension. The skillet is topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and even more mouthwatering glaze before being served. $10.

Warm Cinnamon Sugar Donut

The Greene House Both a perfect breakfast and a perfect dessert, you can never go wrong with a doughnut. This light, airy treat is dusted with cinnamon and sugar while still warm, then topped with luscious vanilla custard. It’s paired with seasonal berries and an additional side of vanilla custard for dipping. $8.

Baked Alaska

J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician A baked Alaska is ice cream and cake topped with browned meringue. It is said to have been named in honor of William Seward’s famous purchase of Alaska in 1867, though many assume its similar appearance to an igloo earned the confection its title. This version ups the wow factor by caramelizing the meringue. $14.

Warm Apple Crumble

Bourbon & Bones The star of this delectable dessert is the warm, melt-in-your-mouth apple crumble made with slow-cooked Granny Smith apples, cinnamon and a brown sugar crust. It’s topped with vanilla ice cream, creating a sweet and tart combination as it melts into the crumble. $10. So Scottsdale! February ‘19




Executive chef Tomaso Maggiore, also the owner of Tomaso’s Italian in Phoenix and Tommy V’s, takes on traditional central Italian cuisine with his latest concept. As the name suggests, Tomaso’s When in Rome is an Italian trattoria inspired by Roman recipes, which means simple yet ingredient-driven dishes like cacio e pepe and his “Best Ever Spaghetti Al Pomodoro” with meatballs. For vegetarians, the eggplant torte and gnocchi is a multi-layer bake with cheese fondue and tomato basil sauce that is sure to please. Happy hour takes place all day Monday through Sunday from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. 23655 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.404.6085;; $$-$$$



ATLAS BISTRO Atlas Bistro is Scottsdale’s premier BYOB fine dining destination. Executive chef Cory Oppold creates culinary art using organic, local produce and sustainable meats and seafood. The eclectic menu changes daily and patrons can purchase bottles from the wine shop next door to pair with dinner. Open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Reservations highly recommended. 2515 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.990.2433; www.atlasbistrobyob. com; $$$ CARTWRIGHT’S MODERN CUISINE Located in Cave Creek, Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine serves New American dishes focusing on prime beef, game, wild seafood, and unique regional ingredients celebrating Arizona. Daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. and dinner nightly from 4 to 9 p.m. 6710 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 480.488.8031;; $$$ FNB FnB has as enough accolades to fill their highly acclaimed wine cellar – and for good reason. The superb seasonally inspired menu is curated by chef Charleen Badman, also known as the “veggie whisperer” for her ability to bring vegetables to life on a plate. Guests are invited to enjoy FnB’s worldly cuisine and wine pairings Tuesday through Sunday starting at 5 p.m. From 3 to 5 p.m., special food and drink offerings are available at the bar. 7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.284.4777; www.; $$$ LON’S AT THE HERMOSA INN Lon’s is consistently rated as one of Paradise Valley’s top restaurants. Executive chef Jeremy Pacheco has embraced the region’s freshest ingredients, offering farm-to-table food integrated with rustic cooking methods. The outcome is globally-inspired Arizona fare. The expert sommelier is always on hand to assist guests with wine pairings. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, all with varying hours. At The Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley; 602.955.8614; www.; $$$-$$$$ PNPK CRAFT SLIDER + WINE BAR Named in homage to Pinnacle Peak Mountain, PNPK is located near Scottsdale Airpark, so it’s fitting that the innovative spot is known


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for flights of wine and craft sliders. Succulent sliders range from a classic burger to turkey meatloaf and a falafel slider for vegetarians. Guests can also order flights of deviled eggs or bruschetta in a wide range of variations. For dessert, there’s even a flight of doughnut holes, brownies and butterscotch budino. Happy hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 23335 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.305.0907; $$ VIRTU HONEST CRAFT Tucked away in the Bespoke Inn is the Italian- and Mediterraneaninfluenced New American cuisine of Virtu Honest Craft. Chef Gio Osso is the brains behind this lauded restaurant. Virtu is wonderful for a romantic dinner or anyone looking for a sophisticated, handcrafted dining experience. Brunch is served daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. 3701 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale; 480.946.3477;; $$$


MARIGOLD MAISON At Marigold Maison, guests can luxuriate in the ornate decor while enjoying bold Indian cuisine prepared by executive chef Sunil Kumar. The traditional tandoori oven is heavily utilized in preparing many of the spot’s popular dishes, such as the garlic naan. And as with most Indian cuisine, a variety of vegetarian-friendly options are available. Open for lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner nightly starting at 5 p.m. 4720 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix; 602.795.0020;; $$ ROKA AKOR Roka Akor is an award-winning upscale Japanese restaurant that offers steaks, seafood and unique sushi plates. Menu features include Australian wagyu steaks and fresh fish flown in daily. Roka Akor’s dessert platter is a masterpiece of several sorbets, gelatos and desserts, all made in-house. Open for dinner nightly starting at 4:30 p.m. Happy hour is available in the lounge daily from 4:30 to 7 p.m. 7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.306.8800; www.; $$$ SOI 4 BANGKOK EATERY Dishes like the Thai taco utilizing panseared paratha Indian flatbread with braised short rib and the lamb yang, a grilled ginger-marinated Australian rack of lamb, are unique to this eatery. Happy hour daily from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Lunch Monday through Friday from

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner nightly starting at 5 p.m. At The Shops at Gainey Village, 8787 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.778.1999;; $$ SUMOMAYA The colorful and energetic decor is fitting for this Mexican-Asian fusion restaurant. The menu is a mix of Latin American and Asian small plates, including guacamole served four ways, assorted sushi rolls, a variety of ceviche, and non-traditional fried rice and noodle dishes. Open weekdays starting at 11 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday starting at 9 a.m. Bottomless Brunch is available on weekends starting at 9 a.m. 6560 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.397.9520;; $$-$$$


ARCADIA FARMS CAFE This quaint little cafe in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale dishes out seasonally inspired American dishes perfect for enjoying on the lush garden patio. The farm-to-table breakfast and lunch spot serves baked-daily pastries, bountiful salads, omelets and crepes. Gluten-free and vegetarianfriendly menus are available. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 7014 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale; 480.941.5665;; $$ THE BREAKFAST CLUB It is not unusual to see groups of guests waiting out front to grab a table at this breakfast hot spot, which should speak to its appeal. Menu favorites include the cinnamon challah French toast and huevos rancheros. The lunch menu offers traditional sandwiches, wraps and salads. Open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and weekends from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4400 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.222.2582; www.breakfastclub. us; $-$$ THE GROTTO CAFE Boasting a gorgeous patio, The Grotto Cafe has great eats and gourmet coffee. The red truck burrito and the chicken salad sandwich are some of their most popular items. They also proudly served locally roasted organic coffee from the Roastery of Cave Creek. Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. to noon. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 6501 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 480.499.0140;; $$ NOCI CAFE Noci Cafe is a quaint coffee shop run by the Noci family, serving an eclectic European breakfast and lunch menu.

Guests can start their morning with a variety of breads and pastries or with a ham and cheese omelet and a side of hash browns. For lunch, options include hot paninis and the more filling chicken Parmesan. Open at 7 a.m. daily. 9619 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.922.5201;; $


GELATO CIMMINO Naples-native Mario Cimmino brings authentic Neopolitan-style gelato to Old Town Scottsdale. He sources most of his ingredients directly from Italy, such as lemons from the Amalfi coast, walnuts from Sorrento, and apricots from the base of Mount Vesuvius. His gelato base is shipped frozen from Naples and then blended here with local Danzeisen Dairy milk. Open daily at 11 a.m. 7140 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.584.5151; www.; $$ LE MACARON FRENCH PASTRIES This national franchise specializes in traditional French macaron cookies, and also serves an array of sweets including pastries, gelato, chocolates and crepes. The main feature, macarons, come in 19 varieties and can be packaged in a giant tower for gifts or special occasions. Open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.948.1099; www.lemacaron-us. com; $-$$ SWEETDEE’S BAKESHOP SweetDee’s is a beautiful Frenchinspired bakeshop with pastry cases filled with sweet treats. They specialize in custom cake designs for special occasions and other gourmet baked goods like doughnuts, cookies and macarons. Additionally, they serve savory breakfast and lunch items. Gluten-free and vegan menus available. Open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Sunday. 7350 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale; 480.994.6733; www.sweetdees. com; $$ SWEET REPUBLIC This award-winning small-batch ice creamery has gotten the attention of the Food Network with their signature toffee banofi sundae. Made with two scoops of Madagascar vanilla ice cream, almond toffee brittle, fresh bananas and salted caramel sauce, it is sundae funday in a waffle bowl. Open Sunday through Thursday

from noon to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m. 9160 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.248.6979;; $ UNBAKED At Unbaked, guests can enjoy both housemade ice cream and edible cookie dough by the scoop. Whether in a cup or a freshly made waffle cone, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with cookie dough choices like brownie batter, funfetti birthday cake, or s’mores and finish them with a variety of toppings. There are also gluten-free and vegan options. Not so much a dough eater? Don’t fret, as they have fully cooked cookies, too. Open from noon until late daily. 3712 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.912.5490; www.getunbaked. com; $$


DOMINICK’S STEAKHOUSE An elegant fine dining experience, Dominick’s is a high-end, New Yorkstyle chophouse with added Italian dishes. Beyond the quality food, what is most impressive is the luxurious pool in the main dining room. Along with their award-winning wine list, Dominick’s is an ideal restaurant for hosting a special event. Open Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15169 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.272.7271;; $$$$ THE KEG STEAKHOUSE A national restaurant located across several states, The Keg serves classic American steakhouse fare. All of the steaks and prime rib are aged and cooked with the signature Keg seasoning. Open nightly for dinner Monday through Friday starting at 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday starting at 3 p.m. Cocktail hour is offered from open to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and open to close on Sunday. At Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 480.419.7772; www.kegsteakhouse. com; $$-$$$ MASTRO’S RESTAURANTS The Mastro’s family of restaurants is a favorite for fine steak and seafood dining with impeccable service. Notable menu favorites include the lobster cocktail and bone-in filet mignon with a choice from any of their savory sides like garlic mashed potatoes. The famous two-foot seafood tower served “smoking” with dry ice also serves as a succulent spectacle. Mastro’s has live entertainment

every night in the lounge and opens nightly at 5 p.m. Three local concepts throughout Scottsdale: Mastro’s City Hall, Mastro’s Ocean Club, and Mastro’s Steakhouse;; $$$$ TALAVERA Talavera puts a modern spin on the classic steakhouse. Using the freshest ingredients and sourcing from boutique Arizona purveyors, the creative minds in the kitchen put together worldly steak and seafood pairings, seasonally inspired desserts, and inventive side dishes. For a unique taste, try the bacon-wrapped buffalo tenderloin with Oaxacan mole sauce and foie gras, or the Chilean sea bass with braised oxtail in sherry wine butter. At the Four Seasons Scottsdale, 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale; 480.515.5700;; $$$$


POSTINO WINECAFE Postino WineCafe is the Valley’s original neighborhood wine bistro with complementary noshes like bruschetta and paninis to pair with an extensive collection of Arizonan and worldly wines. Locals pack the restaurant on Monday and Tuesday evenings after 8 p.m. for their $20 bottle and bruschetta special. And they offer $5 wine by the glass and pitchers of beer daily from open to 5 p.m. Two locations in Scottsdale: Highland and Kierland Commons;; $$ SORSO WINE ROOM Sorso has a fantastic cellar and a gourmet menu perfect for pairing. Salads, sandwiches and charcuterie boards are available for lunch and dinner to elevate the wine-tasting experience. In the market section of the store, guests can stock up on bottles, growlers, sweets and wine accessories. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.951.4344;; $$ SU VINO WINERY This Old Town Scottsdale wine shop is a tasting room for this Grapevine, Texas-based winery. It offers a selection of appetizers like antipasto and cheese platters and desserts such as chocolate truffles to accompany tastings. As a retailer, Su Vino Winery sells gift sets and wine accessories, too. Open at noon Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday. 7330 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.994.8466;; $$

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Attendees gathered at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts for this one-of-a-kind gala to enjoy immersive art experiences, sophisticated culinary offerings, unique objects and adventures for auction, and a performance in support of Scottsdale Arts’ programs.

Phillip Johnson and Ryan O’Meara


Billie Jo Herberger and Aaron and Cie Scott

Dieter and Heidi Schaefer

Eileen Wilson and Youngju Lee

Stephanie Lopez and Steven Schwinghamer

Kate Wenquist and Michelle Peck

Nancy Schamadan and David Allen

Angela Lowery and Gilbert Galindo

Meribeth and Matt Reeves

David Itzkowitz and Mimi Mayer


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The Arizona Burn Foundation’s 20th anniversary gala, held at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, included a silent auction, a cocktail reception, dinner, and a live tree auction to benefit programs for burn survivors and their families as well as burn prevention advocacy and education.

Brooke and Michael Morgan


Kelsey and Drew Hollenback

Alan and Tiffany Haynie

Marisa Noble and Nathan Bolek

Jacqueline d’Estries and Shawn Jones

Miranda and Steven Snyder

Travis Robb and Liz Conwell

Kassy and Eric Immel

Crystal Cortez and Renee Warthman

Lindsay and Chris Walsh


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Golf fans kicked off the Waste Management Phoenix Open at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa with lunch and special guest appearances.


Rochelle and Jens Beck

Susan and Michael Richardson

Amy and Dan Mahoney and Todd Davis

Ben Heglie, Shannon Gulbas and Keith Bierman Dianne McSweeney and Paula Davey

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Guests enjoyed a lunch that supported fashion design at the Phoenix Art Museum as well as a presentation from speaker Stephen Jones, who has had his work featured at The Met and at the royal wedding.


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The JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa hosted the 65th annual Fashion Show Luncheon, the Board of Visitors’ annual holiday fundraiser. Guests enjoyed a gourmet lunch and celebratory cocktails as well as luxury raffle items and experiences.

Richard and Mary Martin


Alexis Hardy and Patricia Hardy

Donna Gladding and Perras Maira

Jenna Campbell

Julie Rauch and Marjorie Jackson

Valery Lodato and Farnaaz Maurice

Ingrid Glass and Robin Vitols

Katie Phillips and Sarah Phillips

Christel and Mike Tiffany

Mary Mayfield and Deb Cain


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Cindy Good and Shannon Jones

Colleen Limpic and Charla Lentz

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The Women’s Empowerment Luncheon at the Montelucia supported the YWCA in its mission to give light to women’s issues.


Julie Heiland and Kristin Boyd


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Connect and collaborate at one of the newest coworking gems in Scottsdale


At The Emerald, a new women-only coworking space in south Scottsdale, sun streams through the oversized windows as the chic space buzzes with inspiration and a girl boss attitude. The 4,200-square-foot workspace, designed by the creative team of ladies behind The LifeStyled Company, was thoughtfully curated to empower women and encourage innovation around every corner. A neon green “Treat Yo’Self” sign glows against a backdrop of shiny subway tiles, and pictures of powerful females including Ellen DeGeneres, Beyonce, Princess Diana, and even Miss Piggy are displayed throughout the entry. Midcentury modern furniture in hues of blush and green dots the floor amid exposed brick and pleasing accessories. As the leading ladies behind The Emerald, Ashlyn Rowe and Abby Leadon are the co-founders and visionaries of the brand. With uniquely different backgrounds ranging from years in the corporate fashion and beauty industries to the technical start-up world, the friends knew they wanted to create a place for women to connect and foster their entrepreneurial dreams together.


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“I was inspired to start The Emerald after reading an article in ForbesWomen about a similar concept in New York,” Rowe says. “Our long-term goal is to take The Emerald national and open locations in other metropolitan cities across the country to discover other multifaceted ‘gems’ around the nation.” Located within The Quad at 64th Street and Thomas Road, The Emerald is part of a women-only coworking trend that’s taking root across the nation. For a monthly fee (from $95 to $450), women can purchase a membership that grants them use of the shared space during the day and access to workshops, events and private rental space during off-hours. The open seating concept encourages members to connect between calls or while taking a break from e-mails and spreadsheets. Dedicated desks and conference rooms are available as needed, as well as women-approved necessities like flamingo wallpapered bathrooms, Drybar dry shampoo, and SkinnyPop popcorn. Wi-Fi, printing, a quiet room, a coffee bar and lounge, weekly events, and basic office provisions are included with every membership. “In Arizona, woman-owned businesses are growing at exponential rates, so we wanted to create a place for women to grow, connect and be inspired,” Leadon shares. “Through opening The Emerald, we have met so many incredibly talented women in our community from all walks of life and from different areas of expertise. I love watching the connections being made between these women and seeing them find increased success in both their personal and business lives.” Interested in checking out The Emerald yourself? You can register for a free day pass online. The Emerald, 6340 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale; 602.388.4033;


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So Scottsdale February 2019

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