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THE BUSINESS OF LOVE Five couples navigating the entrepreneurial world together


Monique Porras, founder and CEO of The Kempington Group, is all about living fearlessly and giving back to the community

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Features 40 TO LIVE IS TO GIVE Monique Porras, founder and CEO of The Kempington Group, is all about living fearlessly and giving back to the community

42 THE BUSINESS OF LOVE Five couples navigating the entrepreneurial world together


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52 DO Great events this month

54 CALENDAR Noteworthy events

58 EVENT Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

60 EVENT Celebrity Game Night

Pulse 27 UP CLOSE Tracey L. Martin is on a mission to transform the lives of teens, young adults and families

30 BEAT Mikyla Harter upcycles used bottles into luxurious, eco-friendly creations for the home

31 BEAT Karen Gleason combines her passion for fashion with glee for the greens

32 HIS STYLE Meet Luis Gonzalez

34 HER STYLE Meet Hayden Van Hulzen

36 NOTICED Women on the scene


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With Valentine’s Day on the horizon (it’s Feb. 14, in case you needed a reminder!), we look to love in a multitude of ways this month. First, there are some ways to show your love: a special date night at Scottsdale’s newest wine bar (page 106) or at one of its hidden gem hot spots (page 62) and gifts that say “be my valentine” (pages 67 and 83). Then, there are some ways to experience new things with the person you love: a romantic escape to Vail’s wintry wonderland (page 88), a tropical excursion to a luxury resort in Mexico (page 85), or staying close to home and cozying up at one of Sanctuary’s private villas (page 50). And then there are some love-themed goodies: wine with heart (page 90) and restaurants showing a love for and commitment to sourcing local (page 94). Finally, there those who are living love out loud through their professions: the people in our feature story and the woman on our cover. First, our feature spotlights five married couples in business together (page 42), who share the lessons and triumphs of professional partnership with their significant other. Whether these couples are in retail, hospitality or health care, they all have one thing in common: a love for what they do and for each other. And second, the powerhouse on our cover, Monique Porras, is an example of infusing love into all things. Her story (page 40) shares her mission to humanize recruiting through her company, The Kempington Group; give back to the community; inspire younger generations; and empower her peers to help those around them. If you take anything from these stories, I hope it’s to infuse some love into yourself and your life – however that may look for you. You deserve it! ll the best, A Chelsea Young Editor-in-Chief Instagram: @young_chelsea onnect with us! C Facebook: @soscottsdalemagazine Instagram: @so_scottsdale_magazine


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Tracey L. Martin is on a mission to transform the lives of teens, young adults and families

An immersive transformational life coach with more than 25 years of experience, Tracey L. Martin has helped hundreds of people change their lives by living and communicating intentionally. Raised on an organic farm in Missouri, Martin was imbued with the values of hard work, respect and kindness from a young

age. “My parents truly poured into me on every level,” she says. “I realized early in life that everything is connected and everything matters.” Martin began her career as a personal fitness trainer, eventually opening her own fitness facility. Her upbringing also infused

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Pulse UP CLOSE her with a passion for sustainability. A fourth-generation entrepreneur, Martin has founded four fashion brands that each work to raise awareness about eco-friendly style. She even wrote a book on the subject – Sustainable in Stilettos: A Style-Conscious Guide to Navigating the Evolving World of Fashion and Beyond – that aims to start a conversation about responsible consumption and ethical living in multiple areas of life. Navigating various industries taught Martin about the importance of the individual. “I realized that I don’t care what you do, I care about who you are while you’re doing it,” she says. This concept, along with the principles of holistic health and sustainability, became the hallmarks of Martin’s approach as an immersive transformational life coach. Over the last 25 years, she has worked with individuals who seek to overcome a variety of obstacles. “At the end of the day, no matter what you do for a living, if you are not whole, healed and focused, you will never reach the pinnacle of your life,” Martin says. “This is where I come in.” Martin helps people in all stages of life advance in their personal journeys. “Oftentimes, I coach high-level CEOs who are killing the business game but sacrificing their health, well-being and family to do so,” Martin says. “I also work with families who are so distracted that they haven’t sat down to connect in months or years, and high-performance teens who are asking for more in life but don’t know where to go or who to ask.” Through all of her coaching, Martin aims to help people better their communication, overcome harmful habits, and help them take their lives to the next level. For families, she even offers an intensive program in which she moves in with a family for maximum impact. Over the course of this three-day program, she coaches her clients – who are typically experiencing transitions such as a graduating child, divorce, or a new addition to the family – in everything from choosing healthy, organic foods to strength and conditioning exercises at a local track. “I consult with each family member separately before bringing the group together as a whole to discuss specific goals and main concerns,” she says. “This opens up communication, which is the catalyst for a healthy and healed family.” In her own career, Martin’s personal mission informs her every move. “I truly want people to get the message that they are here for a reason, and they do such a disservice to themselves and those around them by not putting in the work to figure that out. Every day is a gift and you better wake up and create the life you truly want to live.”

Creating Clarity In addition to one-on-one sessions, small group coaching sessions, and video calls, Martin added a curriculum-based program to her repertoire in 2017. Titled Transformation Declaration, the program has since evolved into nationwide seminars for teens and adults, respectively. The goal of her immersive, weekend-long Transformation Tour event is to showcase new ways to approach a variety of life’s challenges. “I believe there are so many events that are great for


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inspiration, but they often lack in equipping the attendants so they can actually begin to transform their lives after they leave,” says Martin, noting that her event differs by providing guests with tangible skills and tools to take away and integrate into their lives. The hands-on seminars cover topics including mental health, relationships, physical health, and personal growth. The events also feature renowned speakers and step-by-step presentations to help individuals become more authentic and engaged in their own lives, as well as in their communities and families. Martin herself is familiar with the notion of drawing encouragement from one’s family, her own consisting of her husband of 25 years and two daughters. “One of my biggest accomplishments in my personal life is raising two incredible girls, who are my teachers every day,” she says. “Inspiration is everywhere – I am inspired by my family, those around me, our world, and life in general.” And it’s this passion for life that drives Martin to help others become the best versions of themselves, a mission she describes as her calling in life. “I have experienced so much with so many. It truly humbles me to be a part of so many people’s journeys,” she says. “I am on a mission to create a movement, to do my part to make this world a better place for however long I am here.”

The Perm is Back and Why You May Actually Want One with Color Specialist, Rodney Gentry

Move over perms of the past! The newest hair trend coming out of Europe and New York City is fun, different, and complements all hair types. If you’re old enough to remember the tight, frizzy perms of the 80’s and 90’s, you may cringe when you hear that perms are making a comeback. But Rodney Gentry, hair color expert and master stylist, assures us the new perm is worth the buzz. “No one has done perms since the 1990’s, but the new perm style is completely different,” he says. “These aren’t the tight perms of years past. Instead, it’s a softer, more modern approach to add volume and movement to your hair.” Perms are so new, in fact, that not many hair stylists even offer it. Staying ahead of the game, Rodney Gentry is excited to offer texture waves to his clients. Sometimes referred to as a textured wave or body wave, today’s perms look marvelous with all hair types. “Perms are great for fine hair because there’s

less heat damage. It will also make fine hair look and feel fuller. It’s exciting to see how the perm transforms a person’s hair and, really, their whole look,” says Rodney. “We use foam rollers for less heat damage. The new formulas are much gentler but every bit as strong, leaving the hair softer and less damaged,” he continues. And if you still have nightmares about the unmistakable odor, never fear! Today’s formulas don’t have that strong chemical-ly smell that forever marked the 90’s. With today’s curls, there’s less upkeep, leaving more time to show off your gorgeous hair. The loose, natural curls are achieved with varying sizes of perm rods. By using larger rods, Rodney creates a loose, soft bend in the hair. And the rods are not set in perfect rows like they once were, offering more than one finished look—anywhere from the big, corkscrew curls to looser, beachier waves. “It’s no longer a one-size-fits-all approach in a world where individuality

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matters. You can choose to have really defined curls or just a bit more movement and wave,” Rodney explains. “There are techniques where it can be straighter in the top half with the bend in the hair starting at mid-length and ends.” Rodney suggests people put aside the image of the stiff curls from decades past. “Today’s perms allow your curls to move in the wind for a beautiful, natural look.” Schedule your appointment with Rodney Gentry at Sachi Studios 480.639.2000 or visit

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Mikyla Harter upcycles used bottles into luxurious, eco-friendly creations for the home

Mikyla Harter has made a career out of upcycling. Using her own creativity and a lot of elbow grease, Harter, along with her boyfriend, makes luxury candles out of Champagne and liquor bottles that would otherwise be thrown away through their company, Scottsdale Candle Co. ( “We actually bought the company in March 2019 from some friends that started it while working in the hospitality industry,” says Harter, who previously worked at Riot Hospitality Group, the parent company of nightlife venues such as Riot House and El Jefe. While working in this industry, she witnessed firsthand the high volume of waste that restaurants and bars produce and how little they recycle. “Not only do I get to create something with my bare hands, but I’m helping the environment by recycling bottles that others don’t,” Harter says. “When you think of it on a grand scale, it seems like a bottle here and there won’t make a difference, but every little bit helps.” Today, Harter’s house doubles as the place in which her candles are made. To make, she first picks up bottles from local eateries and bars two to three times a week. Next, bottles are cut and ground in her backyard until they are smooth and polished. She then cleans the bottles in her kitchen before pouring a coconut-soy wax blend that’s 100 percent paraffin-free. The candles are – quite literally – homemade products. Though there are more than 65 bottles to choose from, they all have one thing in common: a signature scent of grapefruit mangosteen. “Our signature scent is similar to that of an Anthropologie candle and works beautifully in any room,” Harter says. “It’s a sweet blend of tangy grapefruit, citrus and peach with a hint of vanilla.” The candles are available at local boutiques and spas, including The Merchantile of Scottsdale, The Village Spa (Camelback and DC Ranch locations), Urbana, and Luv Luxe. And if you have a special bottle you want to commemorate into candle form (such as one from a wedding, anniversary or graduation), Harter takes custom orders – even for herself! “We bought a bottle of Veuve Clicquot in Paris and drank it under the Eiffel Tower,” Harter says. “We brought the empty bottle home and turned it into a candle, so now every time I look at it, I am reminded of our travels. I love anything sentimental and swoon anytime someone has us do a custom bottle for them.”


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Karen Gleason combines her passion for fashion with glee for the greens


As a child, Karen Gleason’s mother taught her how to sew. “I adored it and actually sewed my own clothing throughout the rest of my childhood and teen years, falling in love with all things fashion along the way,” says Gleason, who moved from her native South Dakota to study fashion merchandising at Arizona State University in 1979. Upon graduation in 1981, Gleason earned a position with Star of India Fashions, a wholesale apparel manufacturer. “The job took me to New York in 1987, where I learned from designers around the world,” she says. “Soon, I was ready to spread my wings.” She moved back to Arizona in 1989 and partnered with colleague and friend Kay McDonald to launch Regalia Accessory Co., a clothing and accessory company she led for the next 18 years. “During that time, I also took up golf,” Gleason says. “It was actually during golf with friends that I got inspired to pursue what would become my life’s passion.” Tired of the generic, white golf gloves on the market at the time that were geared toward men’s tastes, Gleason envisioned a line of colorful, boldly designed female gloves. In 2002, she brought her vision to a few PGA Merchandise Shows, and by year’s end had a manufacturing partner to help turn her dream into reality. “I started the company, which I named Glove It, out of my home while still leading Regalia. I even wrote designer Nicole Miller a letter, expressing my desire to license her whimsical designs for my line, to which she agreed,” Gleason says. She expanded Glove It’s offerings into golf bags, visors, club covers, shoe bags, towels, tote bags, and tennis accessories over the next 10-plus years. “The business grew so fast that I sold Regalia in 2007 to focus on Glove It full time.” Glove It ( eventually opened an office in Tempe and then a formal headquarters in Scottsdale in 2016. Today, the brand is sold in golf clubs, tennis clubs, resorts and country clubs around the world. “We have distribution across Europe, Australia and Canada and locally at The Phoenician, Troon North, The Boulders, and Arizona Biltmore golf clubs, among others,” says Gleason, who recently launched a pickle ball collection as well.

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Lifelong adventurer Luis Gonzalez steps up his style in and out of the water


Luis Gonzalez believes life is an adventure, and his fashion choices reflect his work hard, play hard attitude. When he’s not working as a hospital administrator, you can find Gonzalez cycling, skating, snowboarding or surfing in style. From nine-to-five, Gonzalez turns to subtle and well-tailored looks in neutral tones to maintain a professional appearance at work. “I prefer textures and fabrics over bright colors,” he says. “It keeps me grounded to the Earth.” With a deep Italian lineage, the avid thrill-seeker is drawn to small, made-by-hand manufacturers where craftsmanship matters. “Starting with and appreciating quality, handmade clothing is empowering,” he says. On the contrary, Gonzalez is nearly unrecognizable in board shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops when out of office. “I’m in the wave pool four to five days a week after work and in the ocean every few weeks,” he says. Drawn to smaller, independent brands, Gonzalez appreciates Birdwell Beach Britches surf clothing — which has been made by hand since the 1960s in Orange County, California – and lesser known, brands like Boglioli, Adolfo Domínguez, Belstaff, Deus Ex Machina, and Etxeondo for their quality construction.

What is your must-have item? Handmade shoes. Cheaply made shoes ruin any effort made. Dress shoes always with a stitched-on leather sole and never a slip-on or loafer with a suit. I also always wear a mechanical watch. Tell us about your favorite items. Old England, bench-made boots, Italian everything, and wonderful ties. And I love my Belstaff jackets. Nearing 100 years in business, their products stand the test of trends, time and nature. Where is your favorite place to shop? I love Deus Ex Machina. It’s an Australian surf-moto-workwear company and the only U.S. store is in Venice, California.


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Hayden Van Hulzen arms herself with originality and a killer pair of shoes


With a knack for delivering creative messaging, Hayden Van Hulzen’s expertise in the marketing industry lends a hand to her fashion-forward style. By accessorizing everyday outfits with statement necklaces and designer shoes, Van Hulzen’s signature look includes designer denim, a cute sweater, and a powerful belt that matches her shoes, topped off with an opal-face diamond Rolex and a mini designer bag. “It’s amazing how you can completely transform a look from simple to glam with a few good accessories,” she says. When putting outfits together, Van Hulzen takes cues from Hailey Bieber, Olivia Culpo, and Kim Kardashian for different elements to support her fashionable looks that range from grunge-chic to simple monotones. For shopping, Van Hulzen gravitates toward Neiman Marcus for perfume, skin care, clothing, and her favorite department: shoes. “Neiman Marcus has recently upped their shoe game and many times they carry limited editions,” Van Hulzen says. “For someone who loves shoes as much as I do, I appreciate that we get personal access to designs that most people only get to purchase online before they sell out.”

What is your most prized possession? A pair of pony hair Gucci boots. They were incredibly hard to find, are a great piece that you can dress up and down, and they are so comfortable! If you could trade closets with anyone, who would it be? Kim Kardashian. She’s got everything from high-end athleisure to Met Gala art. Getting dressed in the morning would be a dream. How do you transition from work to nighttime? I change my shoe to something less functional and more fashion-forward. I also transition my makeup from natural to glam!


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Desert Foundation Auxiliary’s 54th annual gala took place at The Phoenician in suppot of ElderTLC and Gigi’s Playhouse


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This annual fundraiser for the Women’s Board of the Barrow Neurological Foundation was held at Arizona Biltmore BY BEVERLY SHUMWAY

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Tahnia McKeever

Diane Might and Lynne Sonntag

Nan Howlett and Donna Johnson

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Monique Porras, founder and CEO of The Kempington Group, is all about living fearlessly and giving back to the community Monique Porras’ life has come with its fair share of obstacles, but through it all, her determination to do good, both for herself and in the lives of others, has never wavered. Porras grew up in the Washington, D.C. metro area. “My parents were phenomenally motivating,” she says. “They helped shape me into the woman I am now, and that has been huge in what I do today.” Part of that process involved developing the determination and fearlessness that have since become staples of Porras’ personality. At age 19, while she was in her sophomore year at George Mason University, her mother passed away from breast cancer. “In her final days, she asked that I keep on going and complete college,” Porras says. “This would be hard for anyone to fulfill. But not only did I fulfill what she asked and graduate, but I finished college early.” A degree in communication with an emphasis in broadcasting under her belt, Porras was a field reporter for a local news channel in Washington, D.C. before making a switch to the radio industry, becoming the youngest national director of marketing for a major media conglomerate. When the industry started to decline, Porras visited a recruiter, without fully understanding what they do in the first place.


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“I was offered a job by the recruiting firm on the spot,” she says. “That’s all she wrote!” But after establishing a successful career in recruiting on the East Coast, Porras decided to take a risk. Putting her fearlessness to the test, Porras and her son, then just a toddler, moved to Phoenix for a fresh start in 2005. As a single mother with no connections in the Valley, things were up in the air for Porras, but she didn’t let that hold her back. “I channeled my energy into making things work instead of worrying that it wouldn’t work,” she says. “Being a mom is incredibly hard, and as a single parent, you gain survival skills that are extraordinary.” Porras and her “failure is not an option” mentality thrived in the Valley, and in 2014, she launched an executive recruiting agency of her own, The Kempington Group. With a name derived from her mother’s maiden name (Kemp), the company embodies the integrity and ethics that her parents taught her. Specializing in technology, health care, consumer and creative companies, Porras’ goal with The Kempington Group is to humanize recruiting by making meaningful connections with those in her network, all while maintaining the transparency that sets her and her company apart. “I hope to show other business owners how to stay humble and also remind them about human kindness,” Porras says. “As business owners, I strongly believe it is our duty to use our influence to give back to our communities.” PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH An active advocate for philanthropy, Porras believes in paying it forward. A founding member of Phoenix Suns Charities 88, she chaired Slam Dunk – a street party benefiting children’s charities – for four years, an endeavor that earned her the reputation of “sponsorship queen.” In addition, Porras was asked to chair the 58th annual American Cancer Society’s Evening of Hope Gala, working with a committee she helped build to rejuvenate the event and diversify its support base. “This hit close to home because my mom passed away of cancer. I was determined to make her proud!” Porras also serves as a Phoenix ambassador for the annual Know Book, which spotlights women in business, and

helped found Know Cares, the philanthropic arm of the Know organization. “I believe in truly and honestly supporting other women,” she says. “My vision was to not just make the book about us, but to utilize the power and influence of each woman to give back to the community.” This mentality can also be seen in another one of Porras’ philanthropic endeavors – BE Empowered BE Fearless. The mentoring program, held at R E Simpson Middle School in Phoenix, was born out of her desire to do more to lead young girls in the community. Twelve girls are selected out of the pool of applicants to participate in the yearlong program, in which Porras brings in female leaders to mentor on specific topics, including emotional and financial independence, presentation and confidence – subjects she selected based on what she was taught by her own parents. “To see these girls grow has been indescribable,” Porras says. “It is one of the most fulfilling things I have done. We have all built a real bond.”

And after Verizon donated iPads to the school, Porras figured there was no need to stop there – The Kempington Group donated styluses for each student and teacher. “We presented this in a ceremony right before the holiday break, and I was so touched at the students’ appreciation. I could feel the energy and gratitude – and that’s priceless!” As the program continues at that first school, and as other Title I schools ask her to work with them as well, Porras hopes that the mentorship and guidance provided through BE Empowered BE Fearless can help teach the next generation that they’re capable of making a change in the world. “There are so many ways to help others, and every bit helps advance a cause or those in need,” Porras says. “I share all that I do on social media to influence my network to do something more, to get out there and make a difference. I often hear people say ‘I’m too busy,’ but we can all fit something in. Even small gestures of philanthropy have huge outcomes.” So Scottsdale! February ‘20


Five 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 get to know five local married couples who share a passion for their work – and each other. BY HEATHER LYNN HORVAT / PHOTOS BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE


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Chrissy and Mitch Sayare

Co-founders of To Be Continued Chrissy and Mitch Sayare are the heart and visionaries behind To Be Continued (TBC;, a highend consignment boutique with two locations in Scottsdale as well as one in Dallas and one in Los Angeles that provides services for buyers and sellers of luxury items. With a master’s degree in business and more than 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur in the high-tech industry, Chrissy has helped set the strategy for TBC’s growth in the ever-changing world of luxury resale. Similarly, Mitch’s guidance – from his 30-plus-year career – has fueled this growth and helped build a foundation of trusted relationships with shoppers and consignors. “Mitch and I each bring different skill sets to the table. We have very different ways of looking at the same problem and strategizing, which makes us twice as strong,” says Chrissy, co-founder and CEO. Chrissy and Mitch met 15 years ago while living in Boston, and after moving to Arizona in 2011, they opened TBC in 2013. The luxury consignment store combines the couple’s business acumen with Chrissy’s passion for high-end fashion. “I want to make luxury accessible to all women,” Chrissy says. “I was always a bargain hunter for luxury clothing, believing there’s power in beautiful clothes. Not only do women feel confident wearing great clothes and accessories, but doors open that would otherwise be closed, allowing opportunities to arise simply because we look and feel our best.” It’s this notion that drives the couple forward in TBC’s expansion. “We give this business our all,” Mitch says. “These stores are like our children. We’re building a life together and the business is part of that.” For Chrissy and Mitch, the joy of working as a team plays a large part in running a business together. “We enjoy creating something that resonates and adds value to others’ lives,” Chrissy says. “We are doing what we love every single day with a partner we truly respect.” So Scottsdale! February ‘20


Claudia and Eric Sieb Principals of The Sieb Organization

After a mutual friend spent two years insisting that Claudia and Eric Sieb meet, the two finally did and hit it off. “Really, we had googly eyes for each other from the first moment. We met in November 2001 and were engaged by February,” Claudia says. Once Claudia and Eric merged their personal lives, it became clear the next step was to merge their respective marketing companies to create The Sieb Organization (, which specializes in hospitality consulting and marketing. “Merging was initially rocky, but we had the same values, ethical standards, and drive, so once the rocks were smoothed out, we found a much better, smarter, stronger, and more client-centric company than we could have ever achieved solo,” Claudia says. “While not every decision is perfect, we have each other’s best interests at heart. This allows us to not second-guess one another and move things forward.” Sieb’s work is two-fold. In real estate development, Sieb provides branding, marketing, and sales lead generation to developers of mixed-use, master-planned, second home, and resort communities. In hospitality, it provides consulting, procurement, marketing, and distribution services to hotels, restaurants, private clubs, and destinations. Clients include companies such as Sysco, Anheuser-Busch, and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. “On our best days, we are creating a great American small business that provides income and stability for employees and incredibly forward-thinking, profitable solutions for our clients,” Claudia says. While the couple checks in with one another throughout the day, each has their own role at Sieb. “We do bring work conversation home, but rarely conflict,” Claudia says. “Ultimately, our work at Sieb is a vehicle that is recreated every single day. Just like a marriage, if you don’t create it, there is nothing there.” Eric adds, “We work well together because we work hard, do our jobs, and don’t quit. We balance work and our personal lives by staying optimistic, developing good habits, and maintaining a sense of humor.”


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Dr. Janice Johnston and Dr. David Berg Co-founders of Redirect Health

Dr. Janice Johnston and Dr. David Berg challenge the status quo of today’s health care industry by putting people and the businesses that employ them first to efficiently deliver the best care to the most people. Created by the couple (along with former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson) in 2013, with Janice as medical director and David as the president, Redirect Health (www. differs from the traditional health care system by offering easy and truly affordable health care for everyone, allowing both patients and employers to save time and money. After moving to the U.S. from Toronto, the pair noticed flaws in the American health care system that were contributing to continuously rising costs and poor outcomes for patients. “We saw the potential to build a comprehensive, convenient multi-specialty business," Janice says. “We listened to our customers and heard they wanted things to be easy, and that patients wanted their doctors to be in sync regarding their care plans.” The couple met during their first week of classes at the University of Toronto in a physics lab. “Over the years, we’ve taken the time to understand what we each need, and then work as a team to accomplish both of our goals together. We both enjoy each other’s differences,” David says. By streamlining patient care and internal processes, Redirect Health has helped many businesses and families around the country benefit from affordable and accessible health care. “America has the best health care in the world,” David says. “Unfortunately, we have let complexity and excessive price gouging limit our great health care from being meaningfully accessible for so many people.” It’s this obstacle that Redirect Health – and the couple – are on a mission to change, starting with advice both couples and business owners can use. “Risk more together, love more together, care more together, and especially, fail more together than the world says is reasonable,” David says. So Scottsdale! February ‘20


Kimberly and Eugene Pak

Co-founders of The Merchantile of Scottsdale At The Merchantile of Scottsdale (www., a new shopping destination in Old Town owned by Kimberly and Eugene Pak, local businesses, artists, designers, and makers are showcased under a single roof where they can display and sell their products. Wares include clothing, candles, handmade jewelry, kids’ items, and decor. “It's a modern indoor marketplace to inspire vendors to grow their business and for people to shop and support local,” Kimberly says. The pair met while working for the same company. “It was love at first sight,” Kimberly says. “We’ve always encouraged each other to pursue our dreams. That’s how the idea for The Merchantile started.” The couple’s dream for launching their own business became a reality when The Merchantile opened in October 2019. Eugene’s background in sales and managing large teams and Kimberly’s decade of experience as a pop-up vendor selling repurposed jewelry and handmade scarfs lend to The Merchantile’s success. “We wanted to create a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, something that’s not like normal retail,” says Eugene, noting that The Merchantile is Kimberly’s vision that she built from the ground up, and that he is there to support her. The business itself is continuously evolving, with updates and events posted frequently on The Merchantile's social media. “Kimberly is constantly thinking about what can be changed or added to make The Merchantile the ultimate experience for customers and vendors,” Eugene says. The couple makes use of a schedule to help them keep track of their relationship and their business. “Being in the moment and giving that moment our full attention is the way we try to approach everything,” Kimberly says. Eugene agrees: “It helps to define your time, then give it your all. When we’re at work, we give it 100%. During family time, we don’t work.” But the real secret to their success isn’t really a secret: “We love each other,” Eugene says.


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Matt Cooley and Olivia Laux

Co-founders of Cloth & Flame Matt Cooley, CEO, and Olivia Laux, COO, are the adventurous duo behind Cloth & Flame (, a company that’s working to change the landscape of events – literally – by giving guests unique outdoor dinner experiences around Arizona. “We want to create experiences that have a deep connection to the place they’re being held,” Matt says. “Phoenix is an extraordinarily unique place with our deserts, rocky buttes, art culture, and rising food scene, and we want to showcase this uniqueness.” Within naturally stunning landscapes, Cloth & Flame creates temporary venues for community dinners, private and corporate events, and one-of-a-kind weddings. No matter the occasion, the goal is for guests to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life by savoring a chef-prepared meal among wild landscapes and under the stars. This is the couple’s second business together, so they know a thing or two about balance. “We understand that the value of the other’s impact on our work and our relationship are separate. The secret is knowing that one doesn’t qualify the other,” Olivia says. Matt and Olivia met through their mutual love of travel on a home-sharing website, in which they learned they lived down the street from one another. They became friends and stayed in touch between moves and career changes. “We reconnected while I was on a cross-country bike tour,” Matt says. “I stayed in Arizona for sweet love.” This love translates into their business, too. Cloth & Flame has built trusted relationships with private landowners, historic buildings, and other spaces that allow them to not only share these precious areas with guests, but to – through each event – provide passive income to landowners without changing or developing their property. “Hospitality and connection are the root of our business. We are trusted by many companies and individuals during some of their most important moments,” Olivia says. “Delivering incredible, connective experiences is very important to us and our team.” So Scottsdale! February ‘20



L O W D O W N / D O / C A L E N D A R / E V E N T / O U T / C U LT U R E


On Feb. 8 and 9 at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, attendees at the Arizona Indian Festival will learn about the 22 tribes native to Arizona, experience traditional American Indian villages, listen to legendary stories told by tribe elders, and enjoy performances of traditional music and dances – all with the goal of promoting tribal tourism and awareness of Arizona’s indigenous communities. For food lovers, the Arizona Native Edible Experience (Feb. 8) will showcase traditional and fusion foods and drinks with cooking demonstrations from Native American chefs across five tasting stations at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Festival: Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Feb. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m; free. Arizona Native Edible Experience: 6-9 p.m.; $25.

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A morningtime hot spot at Scottsdale Quarter in recent years, Breakfast Kitchen Bar has opened its second location at Desert Ridge Marketplace. The made-fromscratch eatery is well-known for decadent dishes but also for its carefully curated menus for special diets such as keto and gluten-free. Health-conscious options include gluten-free protein pancakes, an egg white wrap, and sweet potato avocado toast, while more indulgent dishes like chilaquiles, a churro waffle, and the must-try avocado fries with Sriracha aoili round out the menu.


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Looking for a unique place to whisk your special someone off to this month? You won’t have to go far with the recently upgraded villas at Sanctuary on Camelback Resort and Spa. The Villas at Sanctuary are eight distinctive homes that provide the intimacy of an private retreat with access to the resort, including the spa, dining and


recreational activities. Situated on more than an acre each, the villas offer amenities such as private pools and hot tubs, wrap-around terraces, and home theaters. As part of this unveiling, the resort is offering a Sanctuary Elevated package available throughout the year. Beyond staying in a luxe villa, the package includes


a $500 resort credit toward spa services or food and beverage as well as access to tennis and pickleball courts. You’ll also get to take part in private activities, including a guided hike, aerial yoga, and yoga nidra. Rates start at $3,414 and require a minimum two-night stay. www.

Carlson Creek’s Scottsdale tasting room is taking its roots to heart. Housed in a former art gallery, the winery will keep the original vision for the space alive with its annual Art Installation Series. Featuring a different local artist each month, the series will include opening receptions with artist meet and greets, $5 glasses of wine, and complimentary light bites. The lineup and receptions will include Connie & Archie Tucker (Feb. 6), Joe Ray (March 5), Sai’la Guo’I (April 2), and Josh Vella (May 7). All receptions are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., free to attend, and open to the public.




Celebrate Galentine’s Day (Feb. 13) with your best gal pals at the Spa at the Village, located at the Village Health Club and Spa. Taking place at the Gainey Ranch and DC Ranch locations, this special event is open to the public and will offer spa demos, consultations and mini treatments; the opportunity to try different fitness classes; complimentary light bites; and mimosas, wine or Champagne (depending on the location you go to). Gainey Ranch, 9 a.m.-noon; DC Ranch, 5:30-8 p.m. Given that the majority of people in the culinary industry are male – nearly 80%, to be exact – The Phoenician is celebrating its women chefs (they have four!) in a new monthly series called Fierce Females at The Phoenician to honor local flavor and female representation in food. The series features an all-women chef lineup serving up a community-style, multicourse meal in Mowry & Cotton’s Vermillion Room. Each installment of the four-part series will highlight a different, seasonally driven menu as well as cocktail pairings by two of The Phoenician’s female mixologists. Event dates: Feb. 20, March 19 and April 16. 6:30 p.m. $65 per person. For reservations, call 480.423.2530.



Head to the VH Spa at Hotel Valley Ho to treat yourself with an all-new skin ritual inspired by the classic French 75 cocktail: the fun and fizzy French 75 facial. Available throughout 2020, the facial features a variety of farm-to-facial botanicals; citrus antioxidants; a lemon exfoliant; and a firming, fizzy face mask that all work together to hydrate, protect and brighten skin. And it wouldn’t be complete without getting to sip on an actual French 75 after – which is included! $125+.

One of the Valley’s homegrown breakfast icons, Matt’s Big Breakfast, recently opened its first Scottsdale location at Thunderbird and Scottsdale roads. Known for its farm-fresh ingredients and generous portions, the Food Network-famous eatery first launched in Phoenix in 2004. The menu is a hearty mix of breakfast and lunch classics, including a breakfast sandwich piled with eggs and bacon, griddle cakes made with sweet cream butter and Vermont maple syrup, and a BLT. www.

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Concours in the Hills Feb. 8, Fountain Hills Park Concours in the Hills is a relaxed and fun car show that raises funds for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Held in the spectacular setting of Fountain Hills Park, cars from leading clubs, collectors, enthusiasts and dealerships will line up for viewing. All kinds of cars will be accounted for, including both imports and domestics, hot rods, high-performance, sports, classic, and race. Food trucks will also be on-site selling their goods for an additional cost. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Think & Drink Feb. 12, Desert Botanical Garden Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company’s Jonathan Buford and Patrick Ware take to the garden to discuss the importance of The Wilderness Way, the brewery’s waste management practice. The Wilderness Way reverts the brewery’s waste from Arizona landfills by putting it back into the soil for nutrients. Buford and Ware will also unpack their newest garden-inspired beer made entirely of indigenous ingredients. Be among the first to try it! 7-9:30 p.m. $35; garden members, $25.


Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala Feb. 15, The Phoenician Complete with an impressive lineup of entertainers, mesmerizing decor, and stellar food and drinks, Childhelp’s 16th annual Drive the Dream Gala is a can’t-miss philanthropic event. Chaired by longtime supporter and volunteer Ivy Ciolli alongside vice chairs Dru Hammer and Jacqueline Nerguizian, this year’s Mary Poppins-themed gala will include a gourmet dinner, a live auction, and plenty of dancing. Proceeds will benefit the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona, which has served more than 140,000 abused, neglected and at-risk children. 6-9 p.m. Individual, $1,000; table of 10, $10,000+. Arizona Cocktail Weekend Feb. 15-17, Downtown Phoenix Bartenders, industry professionals and locals who appreciate good cocktails and fine spirits will take over Downtown Phoenix for the ninth annual Arizona Cocktail Weekend. It’ll be an exciting weekend of parties, including the new Cocktail Carnival kickoff which will feature national touring marching band MarchFourth, happy hours, seminars and bartending competitions. Returning this year is Top Bars, where bars from around the world showcase their finest cocktails to a Valley audience. Proceeds will benefit local charities, including Child Crisis Arizona, Local First Foundation and C-Cap. Specific venues, times and prices vary. A Night in Morocco Feb. 29, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Vibrant colors and intricate patterns will abound at Child Crisis Arizona’s annual gala, themed A Night in Morocco. Guests are encouraged to don Moroccan attire (think colorful, flowy tunics) to fully immerse themselves in the experience. There will be a cocktail reception to start followed by dinner, silent and live auctions, entertainment and dancing. Proceeds will help fund the organization’s programs that serve vulnerable children and families. 6 p.m. Individual, $300; table of 10, $3,000. Hero Awards Feb. 29, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia Arizona Pet Project’s 17th annual Hero Awards will celebrate the difference pets make in our lives by honoring five local animal heroes. The evening will also recognize a human hero who demonstrates a commitment to improving and protecting animal welfare. There will also be live and silent auctions, dinner, inspiring pet stories, and, of course, plenty of photo opportunities with the four-legged heroes. Proceeds will help the community’s most vulnerable residents – including veterans, domestic violence victims, and the homeless – with basic care for them and their beloved pets, all in an effort to reduce pet homelessness by keeping fur babies with their families. 5:30 p.m. Individual, $275; pair, $550; table of 10, $2,750.


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SCOTTSDALE’S PAIN DOCTOR CHRIS SERAFINI OFFERS A NEW APPROACH TO TREATING PAIN. By the time a patient comes to me at Valley Spinal Care-Kierland, often they've already seen other specialists—medical doctors, neurologists, other chiropractors. They've tried numerous other methods, treatments, and medicines. Some patients admitted that I was their last hope for pain relief. I've had so many great success stories from patients suffering from headaches and migraines, neck pain, back pain, and even pain in the extremities like the knees and shoulders. These successes are due to the holistic approach I take to your health no matter the underlying cause. I treat you as a whole individual, not simply targeting the pain area. Early on in my practice, I was getting good results for my patients, but something seemed to be missing. I didn't feel like I was seeing enough improvement with some of my patients. I sought out the top chiropractors in the US, so that I could learn from them. In doing so, I learned techniques they were using and getting great results with. I incorporated these new techniques that have proven to be successful into my practice at Valley Spinal Care-Kierland. I can now say with confidence that I offer a diverse number of treatment options that are hard to find anywhere else. These additional techniques I offer truly have helped patients become pain-free. I can honestly say that I'm getting amazing results that I can be proud of, because these results give my patients a better quality of life. They have less pain, they're happier, they are overall healthier, and that makes me extremely happy to witness. My techniques are all nonsurgical and drug-free. I go beyond the surface pain to find the root cause with holistic and noninvasive solutions. I have a figurative treasure box of various techniques that I reach into

when I see a new patient. Every patient is unique, their bodies are individual, so I create a personalized treatment plan based on the specific needs of each person. My techniques include the Gonstead Technique, a type of highly focused manual adjustment, as well as Fascia Work, Dry Needling, Laser Therapy, Spinal Decompression, Spinal Rehab, and BrainTap. We also have a physical medicine & therapeutic procedures room to offer a full range of chiropractic and wellness options. I've created a healing environment to promote a comfortable yet effective setting. I surround myself with friendly, intelligent, passionate, like-minded staff, and we are all in agreement that our patients are like family to us. We care for our family and want to help them live their life pain-free. Whether you are suffering from headaches, migraines, or pain in your neck, back, or joints, I would love the opportunity to help you feel better and live your best-quality life! To learn more about Dr. Chris Serafini, DC or to schedule a consultation, call Valley Spinal Care-Kierland at 480.443.7678 or visit




Feb. 20-23, Talking Stick Resort Arena Named after the Portuguese word for “egg,” this show is a charming exploration of the lives of insects and the colorful ecosystems they call home showcased through the magic and whimsy of Cirque du Soleil. The production – and its breathtaking acrobatic choreography – have been enjoyed by more than 6 million people in 24 different countries since its premiere in 2009. Times vary. $45+.


cooking classes and more, all while satiating their appetites with food from around the globe. VIP tickets include five beverages, four food tokens, private restrooms, and access to a VIP lounge. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission, $12; VIP, $75. FRESH BRUNCH Feb. 9, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa The 11th year of this fundraising event from one.n.ten will continue to highlight its vision for 2020 as a nonprofit in support of LGBTQ youth and adults. Enjoy performances, stories of triumph, 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.-1 p.m. Individual, $125; table of 12, $1,500. GREATER PHOENIX JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL Feb. 9-23, Harkins Shea 14 Theatres Support the longest-running film festival in the Valley, now celebrating its 24th year. This year’s all-new films showcase themes of Jewish life from the past, present and future, demonstrating the richness and variety of Jewish culture. Some screenings will be followed by enriching guest speaker commentary and a Q&A session. Times vary. Individual, $11-$18; festival pass, $150.

AMERICANO! Through Feb. 23, Phoenix Theatre Company Experience the true story of Tony, a child of immigrants who learns of his undocumented status when he attempts to enlist in the Marines. With an original score and a touching perspective on what it means to be a “Dreamer,” this musical is sure to make an impact on audiences. Times and prices vary. WESTERN WEEK Feb. 1-9, Old Town Scottsdale Western Week is a celebration that


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pays homage to Scottsdale’s Old West history while recognizing its vibrancy today. Events will include a Western-themed Gold Palette ArtWalk (Feb. 6), the anticipated arrival of the Hashknife Pony Express (Feb. 7), and Parada del Sol followed by the Trail’s End Festival (Feb. 8). Times vary. Free. LIBRARY FUNDRAISER GALA: IMAGINE Feb. 8, Desert Foothills Library This 11th annual gala will include a gourmet dinner, hosted cocktails, a wine pull, live entertainment, and

a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit Desert Foothills Library, a pillar of the community for 66 years built on the foundation of donations and volunteerism. 6 p.m. $200. STREET EATS FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL Feb. 8-9, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick More than 55 food trucks will sell $2 samples of their food, in addition to their regular offerings, at this tasty two-day festival. Guests can enjoy lawn games, live music, eating competitions,

THE BACHELOR LIVE ON STAGE Feb. 13, Mesa Arts Center Revel in the spirit of the fan-favorite reality romance series at this live event, in which an eligible bachelor will be introduced to women from the audience for a chance at love. The evening will feature The Bachelor alums Becca Kufrin and Ben Higgins, as well as an entire season’s worth of drama. VIP tickets include a meet and greet with the contestants and show hosts. 7:30 p.m. $40-$80; VIP, $150. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Feb. 13-16, Symphony Hall Experience the critically acclaimed choreography of Ballet Arizona’s artistic director Ib Andersen accompanied by live music from The Phoenix Symphony at this reimagining of a Shakespeare classic. The performances will include more than 80 costumes made by local artisans, as well as the opportunity to learn more about


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the artistic vision during pre-show chats on Feb. 13 and 14 and a post-show chat on Feb. 15. Times vary. $34+. GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON Feb. 14, Arizona Biltmore Enjoy a luncheon, networking, and a program by a medical speaker from Dignity Health at this event that seeks to prevent heart disease and stroke by raising critical funds for research and education initiatives. VIP tickets include access to the exclusive Red Room Reception and a hosted beverage experience. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Individual, $250; VIP, $500. MY FURRY VALENTINE Feb. 15, Chaparral Park Fall in love with a new furry friend at Arizona Small Dog Rescue’s popular adoption event. Participate in a few rounds of “speed dating” to find the right pup for your family or enjoy a doggy kissing booth and a kids corner complete with arts and crafts. Adoption fees include vaccines, microchips, spay/neuter, a free vet visit, and 30 days of pet insurance. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. ARIZONA VEGETARIAN FOOD FESTIVAL + SYMPOSIUM Feb. 15-16, Scottsdale Civic Center Mall This unique festival will showcase how varied and innovative vegan dishes can be. The weekend will include a variety of speakers, all well-informed about a plant-based lifestyle, as well as vendors selling tasty treats. VIP tickets will include a swag-filled goody bag and early admission to both days of the festival. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. General admission, $20-$30; VIP, $75 (online only); ages 65+ and under 10, free. ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO LEADERSHIP Feb. 20, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch YWCA’s annual event celebrates the accomplishments of women who are working within the community to eliminate racism and empower women. The 16th year of this celebration, themed Dare to be Powerful, will include a luncheon and an awards presentation. 10:30 a.m. $175. BEACH BALL Feb. 22, Arizona Biltmore Don your beachwear for the 27th year of this annual fundraiser for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which will include a cocktail reception, live entertainment, and a gourmet


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March 6, The Clayton House This annual fundraiser benefits GateWay Community College and its programs that support the retention and success of its predominantly nontraditional and under-represented student population. The evening will include a runway fashion show highlighting clothing from a local designer as well as GateWay students sharing their stories. Co-chaired by Oscar De Las Salas and Lauri Termansen, the evening will feature Carey Pena as emcee and Letitia Frye as auctioneer. 5:30-9 p.m. $125.

dinner. With a theme of “dive into the French Riviera,” proceeds will support advancements in children’s health care. 6 p.m. $1,000. www. TODAY’S KIDS, TOMORROW’S STARS Feb. 22, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa Celebrate the 13 Youth of the Year finalists, enjoy delicious food, participate in live and silent auctions, and hear stories of how the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix has impacted the lives of youth of all ages at this inspiring event. 5 p.m. Individual, $800; table of 10, $8,000. DEVOUR CULINARY CLASSIC Feb. 22-23, Desert Botanical Garden The most anticipated culinary festival in the Valley is back to showcase the best food in Arizona. The VIP package will include access to a private lounge, early admission to meet the chefs and enjoy samples, two tickets for a return visit to the garden, access to all tasting and beverage experiences, a commemorative wine glass, and more. As of press time, general admission is sold out and only VIP tickets are

available. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $205. CELEBRATE YOUTH GALA Feb. 28, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa At this gala for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, guests will enjoy dinner, silent and live auctions, and a program of teens’ inspiring stories as they celebrate the Youth of the Year finalists. 5:30 p.m. $300. DANCING WITH THE STARS ARIZONA Feb. 29, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa Spend an evening in Eden as local superstars participate in dance performances with their professional partners. This sequined soiree will benefit the patient services and programs of the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. Cocktail reception, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. $500. DOGFEST Feb. 29, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts This sixth annual family- and dogfriendly event hosted by Canine Companions for Independence will include a kids zone, music, food, dog demonstrations, a raffle, and a

silent auction. All funds raised will support the organization’s mission to match trained assistance dogs to children, adults, and veterans with disabilities free of charge. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. TEE IT UP FOR TEENS March 1, TopGolf Scottsdale A fundraiser for Bloom365, this golf event will feature a fun tournament, a raffle and a silent auction. Proceeds will support the organization’s digital advocacy line, which provides crisis intervention, emotional support, and listening for teens suffering from dating abuse. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Spectators and brunch, $50; individual golfer, $125. FIRST PRESS FINE WINE DINNER & AUCTION March 7, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa First Press’ formal gala will include a five-course gourmet dinner with expertly paired wines, as well as an exclusive wine-themed auction. The elegant evening will support Friends of Public Radio Arizona and Spot 127, a youth media center that helps low-income and at-risk teens better engage with the community. 5:45 p.m. $350.

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For decades, top Scottsdale plastic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Wolin, has sculpted thousands of Arizona faces, creating results that please patients and impress their families and friends. Through that vast experience, Dr. Wolin discovered that the patients with the very best outcomes were also those who started out with the healthiest skin. Dr. Wolin wondered, “is it possible to help my patients grow vibrant, youthful skin before surgery, to improve final results?” Thus began his quest to crack the code of skin renewal. Using the combination of exclusive medical-grade products for a period of time before facial plastic surgery, Dr. Wolin’s patients reduced recovery time, sped up healing and ultimately enjoyed significantly better looking results. “But these aren’t just over-thecounter, one-size-fits-all products. I custom formulate compounds for each patient’s unique needs to help invigorate and plump up their skin for a younger, youthful look, both before and after surgery,” says Dr. Wolin.


“Then something really remarkable happened,” recalls Dr. Wolin. “We started getting visits from friends of our patients, who just wanted our skin building products.” Dr. Wolin and his staff discovered that these products worked wonders


not just for surgery patients, but nearly anyone who wants fresh, younglooking skin. To make these remarkable products available to more people, Dr. Wolin set up an on-line store with his exclusive products. “But to really get the best results, I need to examine new patients first-hand, to create a skin-building program customized for their unique needs,” advises Dr. Wolin. With this personalized plan, patients can reorder these medical-grade products for fast and easy delivery right at home. You may start your own personalized skin-building program right away with a consultation appointment with Dr. Wolin by calling 480-945-8440 or visit to learn more about these innovative new products.



EQUINE EXCELLENCE The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show celebrates 65 years


IF YOU GO… What: Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show When: Feb. 13-23; gates open at 8 a.m. Where: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale Tickets: General admission, $10; seniors, military and veterans, $7; children 12 and under, free Information: www.

The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is a celebration of horses – and so much more. The 10-day event, taking place Feb. 13-23 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, will include dynamic competitions, educational seminars, and family-friendly activities. Since the inaugural show in 1955, the event has become a staple of Arizona’s culture. “Over the past 65 years, the show has grown from 50 to over 2,400 horses,” says Taryl O’Shea, executive director of the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona. “The Arabian horse has a large audience, as they are the oldest and most versatile horses in the world. The event attracts over 300,000 people.” The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show will include a wide variety of competitions


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and events with more than $3 million in prize money for the winning horses. In addition to the competitions, this year’s show will offer an array of unique events and activities. “We work to make this an exciting, affordable and fun family event,” O’Shea says. Attendees will be able to meet an Arabian horse, take a tour of the barns and show grounds, do crafts, participate in contests, take a pony or camel ride, and more. On Feb. 21, guests will receive free admission to the evening performance for Family Fun Night, and on Feb. 18, Military Appreciation Day will include free admission for veterans, members of the military, and their families. For souvenirs, equestrian-related

goods abound at the shopping expo, where more than 350 exhibitors will showcase jewelry, clothing, art, boots, saddles, and gifts. For a bite to eat, stop by the international cuisine court and check out one of the 50 diverse food vendors. As the annual event celebrates 65 years, giving back has remained an important element of the festivities. “The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show donates money to charities we feel make a difference in the community,” O’Shea says. “Each year we give away over $100,000.” The 2020 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show will benefit several local charities including Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Refuge, Horses Help, Scottsdale Community College, Youth for Troops, and March of Dimes.


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Celebrity Game Night will honor baseball legend Luis Gonzalez while raising funds for Treasure House


Celebrity Game Night offers the unique opportunity to engage in friendly competition with some of Arizona’s most admired sports figures while supporting a worthy cause. The annual event raises funds for Treasure House, which provides an accessible, supportive and safe living environment for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Treasure House started as the vision of former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda, who were inspired by their son Zachary. “The third Celebrity Game Night will be the biggest and the best since our inception,” says Laureen Tanner, chief executive officer of Treasure House. “The event’s popularity has increased significantly over the past few years, and this year will feature even more celebrities, games and surprises, as well as some great prizes and auction items.” Last year, more than 600 people attended Celebrity Game Night to honor the Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald, with the event raising more than $300,000 for Treasure House. This year, Celebrity Game Night, which will take place at Scottsdale Hangar One, will honor former Arizona Diamondbacks player Luis “Gonzo” Gonzalez for his impact on and off the field. As an icon for the Diamondbacks’ World Series win in 2001, Gonzalez has also been an advocate for a number of charitable causes, including the work of Treasure House. The evening will pay tribute to Gonzalez while giving guests the opportunity to play games like giant Jenga and air hockey with well-known names. “Attendees will have the chance to meet and participate in a number of games and interactive contests alongside Kurt, Gonzo and other celebrities and athletes,”


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Tanner says. “In addition, Kurt will host an in-depth conversation with Gonzalez during the event, giving guests an inside glimpse into his life and career.” Celebrity Game Night guests will enjoy elevated ballpark fare and libations, a silent and live auction, and entertainment by Dizzie Ramsey. Guests who purchase VIP tickets will have early access to the event and a special reception with Warner and Gonzalez. “Celebrity Game Night is a unique experience for guests to mingle with celebrities, participate in games, and give to a great cause,” Tanner says. “The event is one of the most engaging and interactive charity events in the Valley.”

IF YOU GO… What: Celebrity Game Night When: Feb. 22, 5:3010 p.m. Where: Scottsdale Hangar One, 15220 N. 78th Way, Scottsdale Tickets: General admission, $300; VIP, $1,000 Information: www.

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Hidden gems of the culinary and cocktail persuasion abound

Looking to shake things up for happy hour, dinner or date night (hint: for Valentine’s Day)? Try one of these a bit more under-the-radar food and drink finds in Scottsdale to give your night out an in-the-know refresh.


The Beverly on Main At first blush, this swanky mash-up of a gastropub and cocktail lounge with rich woods, antique novels and candelabras throughout seems like it should be in Los Angeles or Chicago. Yet, it is nestled along the art gallery-lined Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale. The food menu offers shareable items and upscale salads, flatbreads and sliders, but the cocktail program is where The Beverly shines with its signature and classic options as well as “Flexin’ Cocktails,” which are libations with ultra-premium and limited-edition spirits ranging from $50 to $500. Confluence Back when Binkley’s was hidden away in Carefree, Brandon Gauthier served as its chef de cuisine under Kevin Binkley. In addition, he helmed the far more casual (and oh-so-tasty) Cafe Bink, also in Carefree but tucked into an unassuming small strip mall. When Cafe Bink closed in 2018, Gauthier and his wife, Victoria, purchased it and reimagined it as Confluence to offer healthy items – especially locally sourced vegetables – bursting with flavors from around the world. The menu changes daily but expect a walk on the wild side with dishes like miso-marinated eggplant and Szechuan-poached mussels. Volanti Restaurant At first glance, this may seem like a run-of-themill regional airport bar. But it isn’t – not by a longshot. Instead, Scottsdale Airport’s open-tothe-public restaurant and lounge is a feast for the senses. Sweeping views of the McDowell Mountains are coupled with the sights and sounds of jets coming and going, plus elevated takes on cocktails and contemporary dishes including ahi tuna bowls, steaks and salmon. The restaurant also offers a helicopter experience, complete with a surprise flight around the Valley and a three-course meal including wine. DeFalco’s Italian Eatery, Grocery & Deli Since 1972, the DeFalco family has served up all things authentic Italian at their combination market and casual restaurant. A true throwback to a deli one might find in New York, it is the place in town to shop for specialty wine, olive oils, cured meats and artisanal cheeses – and a great place to pick up all the fixings for an Italian date night at home. It’s also one of the unassumingly best spots for pizza, sausage, lasagna and pasta. Oh, and its bakery case and catering options? Delicious! Straight Up Whiskey Bar At Hotel Adeline, be sure to take notice of an inconspicuous door that appears to be connected to an antique telephone booth in the hallway near the check-in desk. It’s no ordinary telephone booth. It’s actually the clandestine door to Straight Up Whiskey Bar, a secret bar – open Thursday through Saturday nights – that requires a password to enter (ask the front desk and then use the phone booth to whisper said word for entry). There, enjoy premium and rare whiskeys as well as specialty cocktails and a great menu of wines.


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Brent Artman creates intricate designs with heat and copper


Visual artist Brent Artman uses flames to create colorful hanging art and wall clocks out of copper. A Scottsdale native, he has always been drawn to the visual arts. “When people ask why I became an artist, I jokingly tell them it’s because my last name is Artman, so I felt a little obligated. But really, art has been a form of therapy for me,” Artman says. “When I was younger, if I would get sad or stressed about something, I would make art. I would be so focused on what I was creating that I would forget whatever I was worrying about.” Each of Artman’s pieces are one-of-a-kind. His favorite piece to create, called Burst, resembles feathers and has a Native American feel. “I’ve made it several times and probably haven’t made it the same way once. I’m always finding some way to change it slightly to make something new,” he says. Before working with flame, Artman dabbled in spray paint art and filled notebooks with detailed pencil drawings. While still in high school, he apprenticed at an auto body shop, learning the ins and outs of auto body paint. Today, he uses an automotive clear coat – a trick of the trade he learned from this experience – to seal all of his pieces and prevent the copper from oxidizing further. “My biggest artistic influences are my teachers, Skip and Racheal Matthews. Skip has been flame-painting for over 30 years,” Artman says. “I stumbled upon the art form while exploring online and thought it looked cool. I took Skip’s class in Arkansas, and I was hooked.” Creating copper flame art is a hands-on, continuous process that can take anywhere from two to six hours. First, Artman grinds and cleans the copper so that it shines like a new penny. He then heats the copper until it’s dark gray, which signifies the metal is extremely hot and ready to work with. “Once the copper is about as hot as it can get, I begin laying out my design using a unique oxidation technique developed by Skip. I can add color to the piece or remove it depending on how much oxygen I use in my flame,” he says. “Because the color is determined by the heat of the copper, I have to do all my colors in layers starting with the hottest and going down from there as the piece cools off.” Short videos of Artman’s process can be viewed on his Instagram page: @phoenix_flame_art. Artman regularly brings his work to shows around the Southwest, including ArtFest of Scottsdale last November. Recently, his flame art has been added to Splash of Copper Art Gallery in Globe, Arizona. His work can be viewed and purchased online at


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A revolutionary new way to achieve your best smile! BEFORE A University Study revealed that 89% of patients over 20 years old have gingival recession. Receding gums can be caused by gum disease or because of excessive brushing, certain medications, clenching or grinding, or smoking. Not only are receding gums painful and unattractive, but the actual bone underneath is being lost, leading to tooth loss. The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a revolutionary procedure that solves the problem of receding gums. PST offers natural-looking, long-lasting healthy smiles to those suffering from receded gums, giving patients a beautiful new smile in as little as an hour. Since nothing more than local anesthesia is needed, patients can return to work after their appointment. The Pinhole Surgical Technique takes the place of traditional gum grafts, with minimal discomfort or pain. In fact, recovery time is virtually nonexistent with PST. The results are more predictable, less noticeable, and will last as long as any other gum correction procedure. Stunning new smiles can be seen immediately. Dr. Erik Svans, DDS was among the first dentists to study the Pinhole Surgical Technique under its inventor, Dr. John C. Chao, DDS in 2014. Since introducing

AFTER PST to his practice, Dr. Svans has seen very predictable and reliable long-term results. There is no scalpel, incision, or stitches with PST, making it virtually painfree. This innovative procedure uses a .1 inch “pinhole” opening to reposition a patient’s receded gumline to its healthy, natural location. After repositioning the gum tissue to cover the exposed root surface, Dr. Svans strategically places collagen through the Pinhole to stabilize the tissue in place. The collagen resets the gum tissue and makes it stronger than before. Patients can return to normal eating that very night.


Previously, treatment for receded gumlines was very painful and required cutting donor gum tissue from the roof of a patient’s mouth. The donor tissue was then stitched to the receded site, which had also been cut or “flapped” in preparation for the graft. Recovery for this traditional surgical technique requires two to three weeks with prescription pain medicine. In contrast, PST is a kinder, gentler procedure since it only requires a repositioning of existing gum tissue over the exposed root surface. With PST, Dr. Svans can treat one to all teeth in one visit, in as little as 30 minutes. Patients are amazed with the results, instantly falling in love with their healthy, beautiful new smiles. If you’re ready to stop living with the pain and embarrassment of recessed gums, the Pinhole Surgical Technique may be right for you! Schedule a complimentary consultation by calling Dr. Erik Svans at 480.219.8760 or visit

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FASHION SHOW, LUNCHEON AND AUCTION Sunday, February 23, 2020 10:30 am - 2:30 pm JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort, 5402 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85253 Advanced registration required Information and online registration: Children’s Cancer Network is a Qualified Charitable Organization (QCO) for the Arizona State Tax Credit

Please join us for Children’s Cancer Network’s signature event, Inspirations 2020: Desert Blooms on Sunday, February 23, 2020! This uplifting and unique event is not just any fashion show, but rather a chance for you to celebrate survivorship with our families! Join us in cheering on over forty survivors and siblings as they walk the runway with pride and share their hopes and dreams with you! Enjoy our fabulous silent and live auctions, engaging raffles, scrumptious lunch, excellent service, and the warmth and community of Children’s Cancer Network! We look forward to sharing the day with you.


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Turn up the romance at home with products that pamper

Lip exfoliator, Tom Ford, $48 at Cosbar, Exfoliating and hydrating hand scrub, Oribe, $52 at Neiman Marcus, www. Scented massage oil, Le Labo, $69 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www.saksfifthavenue. com. Love flower elixir, Lotus Wei, $35 at Citrine, www. Floral bubble bath, Antica Farmacista, $38 at Nordstrom, Lavender and rosemary bath salts, Agraria, $28 at Saks Fifth Avenue.


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Set the mood with plush, comfy decor

Striped faux fur accent pillow, Rachel Parcell, $69 at Nordstrom, www. Three-piece goldplated candle holder set, Georg Jensen, $295 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. Charcoal gray sweater pouf, $99 at World Market, www.worldmarket. com. Blush brown handcrafted rug, Exquisite Rugs, $6,699 at Horchow, Red velvet love seat, $1,499 at West Elm, www.westelm. com. Blush faux mink throw, Fabulous Furs, $350 at Neiman Marcus, www.


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DR. MANSOOR IS THE DENTAL IMPLANT SPECIALIST! Having missing teeth can make it hard to eat, speak, and swallow. What’s more, missing teeth can affect a person’s self-esteem, making them feel self-conscious whenever they smile. Luckily, dental implants are the perfect solution for when someone has a gap in their grin. Dr. Hanna Mansoor is an expert at placing these implants to provide patients with the picture-perfect teeth they’ve always dreamed of.

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Make a statement in metallics and sequins

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Rainbow crystalembellished leather sandals, Aquazzura, $1,350 at Saks Fifth Avenue, www. Brown snakeskin print platform sandals, $69.95 at Chinese Laundry, www.chineselaundry. com. Reflective ankle strap pumps, Gianvito Rossi, $945 at Nordstrom, www. Black leather stilettos with stone straps, $845 at Joan Dominique, www. maisonjoandominique. com. Red patent mules with translucent strap, Schutz, $170 at Saks Fifth Avenue. Rose satin platform pumps, Tom Ford, $1,490 at Neiman Marcus, www.

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EARRINGS: Gold clips with black center, Chanel, $380.95. DRESS: Black-and-white gingham, Monse, $795.95. RING: Silver with pearl, Angelique de Paris, $195.95. HANDBAG: Black with rhinestone logo, Chanel, $1,295.95. SHOES: Black satin mules with jewels, Manolo Blahnik, $295.95. All from To Be Continued, www.


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NECKLACE: Gold and pearl collar, Chanel, $4,195.95. DRESS: Yellow spaghetti strap, Jacquemus, $260. Both from To Be Continued, www.


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JACKET: Light brown suede, Yves Saint Laurent, $995.95. DRESS: Silk animal print, Veronica Beard, $245.95. HANDBAG: Clear with leather trim, Ermanno Scervino, $995.95. SHOES: Tan peep-toe pumps, Christian Louboutin, $595.95. All from To Be Continued, www.

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JACKET: Tan double-breasted blazer, Balmain, $1,665.95. DRESS: Cream sleeveless fitand-flare, Alaia, $995.95. RING: Gold-tone lucite with yellow crystal and cubic zirconia, Angelique de Paris, $195.95. HANDBAG: Tan with gold hardware, Hermes, $9,995.95. SHOES: Cream and gold leather platforms, Chanel, $495.95. All from To Be Continued,


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JACKET: Black leather, Off-White, $2,195.95. DRESS: Black and pink sleeveless silk with tiered ruffles, Chanel, $557. SHOES: Black leather with buckles, Givenchy, $995.95. All from To Be Continued, www.

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STACIE J. STEPHENSON Co-chair, Vino con Stelle Benefiting Gateway for Cancer Research BY KRISTINE M. BURNETT

Stacie J. Stephenson, DC, is known for many things, including being a recognized physician and lecturer on regenerative, functional and natural medicine; champion of holistic, patient-centered care; and philanthropic force behind a wide range of charitable causes. Having spent 15 years in private practice, Dr. Stacie, as known by friends and colleagues, serves as the chair of functional medicine for Cancer Treatment Centers of America. She also is vice chair of the board of directors for Gateway for Cancer Research, a nonprofit organization that for nearly three decades has been funding early phase clinical cancer trials at some of the world’s most renowned institutions. It is her commitment to improving quality of life for cancer patients that guides Dr. Stacie’s leadership of one of Scottsdale’s newest and most meaningful fundraising events – Vino con Stelle. Now in its fourth year, Vino con Stelle is Gateway for Cancer Research’s second signature fundraising affair. For more than two decades, the organization has hosted the annual Cures Gala near its headquarters in Chicago. Recognizing Arizona’s philanthropic spirit and expanding commitment to cancer care and research, Dr. Stacie and her husband, Richard J Stephenson, founder of Gateway and Cancer Treatment Centers of America, hosted the inaugural Vino con Stelle in Scottsdale in 2017. Dr. Stacie’s vision proved to be a welcome departure from the Valley’s typical fundraising scene. Blending a love of exquisite wines with unparalleled live entertainment, amazing auction experiences, and an enviable setting, Vino con Stelle is as stylish and captivating as the woman behind


it. But more than just an evening of glamour and giving, it’s an opportunity for those who recognize the value of investing in cancer research to be the gateway to ending cancer as we know it. The landscape of cancer care in Arizona continues to evolve with powerhouses like Mayo Clinic, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, TGen, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and others stepping up their presence. Through Vino con Stelle, Dr. Stacie is helping the philanthropic community seize the opportunity to bring some

of the most novel ideas in cancer research to fruition. A testament to her ability to spur support for a cause that impacts so many, proceeds from Vino con Stelle have more than doubled year over year. Join Dr. Stacie, Mr. Stephenson, and philanthropists from all walks of life at the 4th Annual Vino con Stelle on Friday, April 17, 2020 at Scottsdale Hanger One in Scottsdale. Your support will give hope to those facing cancer. For more information visit


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With love in the air this time of year, the Bouquet Heart Box from Jay Strongwater serves as a sweet token for that special someone. Part of the Great Gifts Collection, the delicate box is crafted from glossy porcelain and adorned with whimsical jeweled flowers. Embellished with Swarovski crystals as a gleaming addition to 14-karat gold accents, the small box serves as a charming home for earrings or rings – or simply acts as colorful decor. $395 at Saks Fifth Avenue,

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2020 MERCEDES-BENZ GLB The all-new compact SUV joins Mercedes’ expanded offerings of utility vehicles BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB

The GLB is joining Mercedes’ SUV lineup for 2020, slotting between the smaller, urban-inspired GLA and the larger, less streamlined GLC. Visually, the GLB forgoes the popular swooping look in favor of a classic, upright boxy shape, designed to give this small SUV – with dimensions about the size of Honda CR-V – an interior that’s surprisingly roomy. It’s offered in configurations of either two rows for up to five passengers or three rows for up to seven passengers, with standard frontwheel drive or optional 4Matic all-wheel-drive. It’s the first vehicle in the segment to offer three-row seating, though it does have limited room – even Mercedes concedes that the third row is best left to passengers under 5 feet, 6 inches tall. As expected, the cabin is lavishly appointed, with superb build quality. A pair of 7-inch screens that house the infotainment system span the instrument panel. Most functions can be accomplished with voice commands by saying “Hey, Mercedes,” similar to Alexa or Siri voice assistants. The interior is smoothly and richly adorned with sleek dials and soft-touch materials. Heated or ventilated seats, as well as leather upholstery,


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are available for an additional charge. The turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine delivers 221 horsepower. It’s connected to an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission with manual shift mode, helping it go from zero to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds. Programs include Eco/Comfort, regular driving mode, and Sport, the preferred setting. The power is more than adequate, with plenty of reserve for two-lane highway passing. The ride is composed, with confident cornering and handling and precise steering and braking. The quietness of the cabin, even at highway speeds and on rougher pavement, is impressive. Overall, the GLB exceeds expectations. And while the base price is certainly affordable, the list of options is, as with all Mercedes products, quite extensive. Checking the boxes for desirable features like a panoramic sunroof, Sirius XM radio, wireless charging, upgraded wheels, driver assistance, and AMG trim packages quickly ups the MSRP to more than $55,000. Even at that, it’s likely the German automaker will have little trouble selling all the GLBs they can make.

Base price: $36,600 Price as tested: $55,340 Engine: 2.0-L four-cylinder Horsepower: 221 Fuel economy: 23/31 mpg city/ highway Seating: Up to 7 Fab features: Posh, spacious cabin Sporty and comfortable driving dynamics Advanced technology and safety features



FROM MEXICO WITH LOVE Opulent resort community offers impressive touches for couples BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY GRAND SOLMAR RANCHO SAN LUCAS

Rancho San Lucas, a stunningly beautiful 834-acre resort community set along 1.2 miles of Los Cabos coastline in Mexico, has gone the extra mile to set the stage for couples looking for sun, surf and so much amor south of the border, be it for a quick resort getaway or an actual beachfront home of their dreams. The new waterfront community is a collaboration between the Solmar Group – considered one of the pioneers of high-end Cabo tourism – and the Norman Design Group and Greg Norman Real Estate, both headed by World Hall of Fame golfer Greg Norman. Today, the former No. 1 golfer in the world is the name behind more than 100 golf course designs across six continents, a worldwide real estate collection, and award-winning wine, among other global entrepreneurial endeavors. For those seeking a quick escape to this pristine paradise, there are two resorts: Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas and Grand Solmar The Residences. Both resorts are an especially great choice for couples given their expansive rooms, adults-only pool and newly opened Spa by the Ocean.

This full-service spa offers elegant seaside cabanas, outdoor spa beds, outdoor treatment bungalows, and specialty treatments for both individuals and couples. The resort also offers couples an opportunity to book its Luxury Balinese Dinner, which costs $499 per couple and takes place nightly at sunset. Those partaking in the experience will be greeted at one of the three exclusive Balinese cabanas on property by a private server. There, they will enjoy the stunning view of the lagoon on one side and vibrant sunsets on the other. In addition to exclusive privacy and service, the romantic dinner includes a gourmet candle-lit, four-course meal accompanied by a bottle of sparkling, red, or white wine selected by the resident sommelier. For those looking for more long-term luxury, consider an investment via home ownership with Norman Estates at Rancho San Lucas. The gated estate homes and residences mark the first professional real estate collaboration between Norman and his interior designer wife, Kiki. There are only 32 Estate Homes within Norman Estates, which are priced from $3.7 million to $7 million. Each of the single-story Estate Homes has an open floor plan, a private pool, and sweeping unobstructed ocean views. Construction will soon begin on 36 residences, which are the chicest of condos with only two units on each floor and include penthouse options, starting at $1.75 million. Both resort guests and residents are able to take advantage of the entire community’s amenities, including the Greg Norman Signature golf course at Rancho San Lucas Golf Club, which has a multithemed, 18-hole layout with ocean views from every hole; fine ocean view dining at multiple restaurants; a 15-acre lake with a picnic area; a shopping and entertainment village; a tennis club; and 15 miles of biking and hiking trails. For more, visit

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With four bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms spread across 7,417 square feet, this modern villa boasts a Tuscan-inspired design that makes it a piece of art as much as it is a home. Situated in Desert Mountain, the house is surrounded by natural desert with gorgeous views of the mountains. The circular auto court leads to the gated front entrance and brick-paved patio complete with the first fireplace of a grand total of six throughout the home. Past the courtyard and through the front entrance is the intricately tiled foyer and a great room with access to an outdoor patio. The patio functions as an expansion of the living room thanks to fully retractable French doors. The gourmet kitchen, which is decked out in cool granite, has multiple ovens, a walk-in refrigerator, and a large island. Dining areas include a breakfast room surrounded on two sides by glass doors and a formal dining area outfitted with luxurious hardwood floors. There is also a custom wine vault and a butler’s pantry. Additional spaces include a game room, a wet bar, two guest bedrooms, and a multipurpose library and office area with access to the garden. The master bedroom includes a fireplace, as well as a chandelier and elegant molding that serve as a focal point of the space. The bathroom has double vanities, a jetted tub, and an expansive shower, all bookended by his-and-hers walk-in closets. The outdoor living space features a built-in barbecue on one of the many patios, which are kept warm in the winter and cool in the summer by heaters and misters. In addition, the negative-edge pool is heated, so it can be enjoyed no matter the season. With over 900 square feet, a detached casita has its own gated entrance, fireplace, kitchenette, garage, and bathroom. Beyond the house itself, the Desert Mountain community gives residents access to seven golf courses, seven restaurants, a spa, a fitness center, and a tennis complex. 42243 N. 112th Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85262. Listed for $5,595,000 with Karen Baldwin and Kathleen Benoit, both of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. Karen: 480.694.0098; karen.baldwin@russlyon. com; Kathleen: 480.544.5565; kathleen@

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The snow-capped mountain paradise is a quintessential romantic winter escape


For those seeking a Rocky Mountain high unlike almost anything they’ve experienced before, consider a visit to Vail with someone special. Located just two hours from Denver, Vail is home to the largest ski mountain in Colorado (and the third largest in the United States), as well as some the most awe-inspiring views, tastes, sips and experiences in North America. Vail Mountain, the epicenter of the region, boasts more than 5,300 acres of skiable terrain. Snuggled at the base of the mountain range are three small Alpine villages – Vail Village, Lionshead and Golden Peak – each with its own ambiance and charm and all just a short walk from one another. As the largest, Vail Village is known for its shopping, galleries and nightlife. Just a 10-minute walk (or two-minute free shuttle ride) from Vail Village is Lionshead, which is closed off to vehicles and looks like a scene out of a dreamy Charles Dickens novel. It boasts a massive ice rink as its centerpiece and features several upscale dining options. Then there’s Golden Peak, a five-minute walk from Vail Village and the smallest of the villages, known for its views of the nearby ski slopes for those who prefer to cozy up and watch the winter sports versus taking part the entire time themselves. While walking along the village’s heated streets, don’t miss Gorsuch, Arriesgado Clothing Company, and Avalon Clothing Company, each with the perfect combination of glitter, glam and couture. And for art lovers, galleries abound – Vail International Gallery, Raitman Art Gallery and Vail Village Arts are all home to plenty of coveted works of art.

Culinary Chops The culinary scene in Vail, both in the villages and on the mountain, showcases some of the pastoral dishes Colorado is known for in addition to chef’s tables, steakhouses and internationally influenced options. Those who prefer a more intimate setting should try Game Creek Restaurant, widely considered one of the most unique romantic dining experiences in the state, which is located in a private mountain chalet and only accessible via gondola or snowcat. There, enjoy either a four-course, fixed-price menu using locally sourced cuisine or a five-course chef’s table option that changes weekly. If you’re seeking views of the mountain, there’s no going wrong with Gessner, which is situated along an idyllic creek. The menu features local trout and cured meats as well as pasta and extensive vegetarian and vegan options. Mountain Standard, a rustic tavern that’s a popular choice for its gastropub-inspired fare, is the only restaurant in the area that cooks over an open wood fire. Another standout pick is Matsuhisa, the hottest Japanese restaurant in town, which was founded by none other than celebrity chef


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Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa. Additional must-try options include Pepi’s Restaurant & Bar, which serves traditional Austrian food; Swiss Chalet, a Swiss eatery; and Alpenrose, a German and Austrian restaurant.

Snow Day, Every Day The main attraction at Vail is, of course, winter sports. There are so many options when it comes to where to go and what to do on the mountain that it’s been divided into eight bowls, ranging from beginner trails to advanced to a backcountry experience. Can’t decide on a trail? There are a bevy of guided tours and private experiences, including snowmobiling, available based on your preferences, desired views, experience level and age group. Vail also has three terrain parks with designated areas of jumps, hits, ramps, banks, boxes, jibs, rails, half-pipes, quarter-pipes and more. And there are both nighttime ski opportunities and evening snow bike treks for those looking for a sunset ride, many limited to those 21 and over.

Romance & Relaxation Those who want to up the romance quotient can look into the scenic gondola ride for skiers and non-skiers alike, book a snowshoeing experience that explores the mountain’s pristine forest together, or book a day as a couple at one of the area’s award-winning spas. One of the newest spas happens to be found in one of the hottest places to stay – the Grand Hyatt Vail, a 285-room luxury ski-in/ski-out resort, sits at the base of mountain on the banks of Gore Creek and offers guests a private ski lift and personal ski valets. In addition to the aromatherapy steam room, the salt sauna, and the Swiss jet showers inside, the spa leads to the resort’s creekside, coed infinity pool, hot tubs and fire pits. There are also multiple oversized treatment rooms, all with gorgeous views and meant for couples and small parties, where treatments using mountain botanicals are provided. Beyond the spa and ski lifts, the property is also gaining acclaim for its apres-ski scene, notably the fireside lounge that features local musicians and the Gore Creek Terrace, which has cozy rocking chairs, blankets and seasonal cocktails. Its signature suite options include the 1,860-square-foot, two-bedroom Talisa Suite with three sweeping balconies, a double-sided fireplace, and massive living and dining areas. Other impeccable accommodation options in the area include the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail; Vail Marriott Mountain Resort; and The Lodge at Vail, a RockResort. To learn more, visit,

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Arizona’s own Heart Wood Cellars fuses love into its wine


Located in Verde Valley, Heart Wood Cellars is true to its name, producing wine full of heart – quite literally, as its owned by husband and wife, Valerie and Daniel Wood. The Woods first met as peers, working in California at a Fortune 200 company in the mid-1990s. Her career took the couple, who married in 2001, from California to Chicago to Tokyo. And though Valerie was from Michigan and Daniel from Hawaii, when the time came for them to move back to the states in 2009, Arizona was already in their hearts. “I visited Sedona and the surrounding Verde Valley in the 1980s and felt so passionately about area that I proclaimed I would one day make it my home,” says Valerie, who purchased a vacation home in Cornville in 2003. When she suggested retiring at her Cornville vacation home, she did so delicately, expecting Daniel to want her to at least consider the island paradise of his native Hawaii. But to her surprise, Daniel (who had family in the area), jumped at the chance to settle there.


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“We went from a metropolitan city with millions of people to a farm-filled, unincorporated area of about 3,000. Within a week, all of our senses came alive in the fresh air and the star-filled nights,” Valerie says. “And after we reacclimated to U.S. life, we wanted to take on a retirement adventure together, choosing winemaking after becoming members at several local wineries and taking a riverboat wine cruise in France with fellow Page Springs Cellars and Pillsbury Wine Company members.” At this time, early in 2013, Yavapai College was launching its first viticulture and enology program, the Southwest Wine Center. The Woods enrolled in the program’s classes, eventually becoming members of the school’s first graduating class. “Through the program, we helped plant 13,000 acres of vines. We also developed a business plan for our own winemaking endeavor,” Valerie says. She and Daniel put the plan into action in 2015, launching Heart Wood Cellars. “Our vision was to create bold, complex, elegant red wines from 100% Arizona-grown grapes.” Each of their first five vintages won gold or silver medals at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Their 2016 Heart Wood Cellars Tannat was also an AZ Central Arizona Wine Competition winner. Today, Heart Wood has nine total wines, ranging in price from $38 to $48. And while the gold medal award-winning Tannat and Love are sold out, both of the San Francisco Wine Competition silver medalists – the 2016 Petit Syrah ($48) and 2016 Heart ($44), a red blend with petite sirah, syrah and tannat – are available. They also have two port-style wines, including a white port with notes of honeysuckle and apricot called Diamond Reserve ($40), and ruby port with blueberry, dark plum and dark chocolate called Ruby Reserve ($40). The Woods, who previously only sold their wines to wine club members or by referral, have now opened sales to the general public and are currently offering their full slate of 2016 and 2017 vintages. To purchase, contact them via email at or call 928.274.8126. For more information, visit




Meritage, an urban tavern, which is among the signature eateries at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, is well-known for its elevated take on American classics, craft cocktails and microbrews. What’s lesser known about the eatery, however, is that every menu item has at least one ingredient sourced from a regional farm. Take chef Dejan Djukic’s light and bright Prosciutto & Peach Salad ($17). It features sweetly rich white figs, both red endive and a curly endive called frisee, pomegranate seeds, and juicy peaches, all from McClendon’s Select Organic Farm in Peoria. Djukic then adds salty prosciutto, buttery marcona almonds, creamy Humboldt Fog goat cheese, and a tangy pomegranate glaze made using cane sugar and fresh pomegranate and lemon juices. Combined, it is a perfectly refreshing salad heading into springtime. Meritage, an urban tavern, 5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix; 480.293.3939; So Scottsdale! February ‘20




Ride the flavor wave with Culinary Dropout’s Full-on Boat Drink


When Fox Restaurant Concepts’ beverage manager Aubrey Mansene closes his eyes, his mind often drifts to one of his favorite places: Hawaii. “There’s not much better than cruising along the Hawaiian Islands, lava flow cocktail in hand,” Mansene says. “So, I set out to bring that feeling to the Valley.” Enter the Full-on Boat Drink ($12), available at Culinary Dropout. “Not wanting a carbon copy of the lava flow, which is a pina colada and strawberry daiquiri hybrid, I tested a variety of tropical flavors and spirits that best suited the overall island vibe.” He settled on Sailor Jerry, a spiced rum made from a blend of Caribbean rums, as the base spirit. “We then combine it in a shaker with draft ice cubes and a tropical mix that we make ourselves from coconut milk, coconut syrup, strawberry puree and pineapple juice, which explodes with zest and freshness,” says Mansene, who also adds lime juice for acidity and balance. Once the ingredients are shaken, the coconut milk activates, resulting in a flavorful foam. After the foam appears, all the contents are poured into a short hurricane glass. “We garnish it with a house bramble, which is a muddle of blackberries, raspberries and simple syrup made fresh daily, as well as a light sprinkling of mulling spices to play up the spice in the rum,” Mansene says. To Mansene, it has all of the base flavors of the lava flow, taking great care to use only fresh ingredients, and transports those who drink it onto some boat, somewhere fabulous. Culinary Dropout, 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.970.1700;


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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the Kitchen with Aurore de Beauduy of Sapiens Paleo Kitchen


Aurore de Beauduy is the executive chef of Sapiens Paleo Kitchen, offering French cuisine with paleo nutrition principles in mind.

What inspired you to cook? My parents could not cook. Subconsciously, I think it inspired me to get into the kitchen and see what it was all about. Thankfully, my grandmother and aunt – both amazing cooks – were there to help. How did you get your professional start? I began formal training in my native France in the 1970s, graduating from Le Cordon Bleu and Ferrandi Paris. I then worked at Potel et Chabot, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, La Tour d’Argent, and Les Ambassadeurs. What brought you to the United States? The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago recruited me in 1988. I worked there as well as at several country clubs and as Boeing’s executive chef before moving to Arizona in 2004, where I took on the executive chef role at Silverleaf Country Club. Then, my husband Roman and I opened our first restaurant, Vogue Bistro, in 2006. Tell us about your first venture. Located in Surprise, Vogue is a quintessential French bistro. In 2017, we were approached by an investor who wanted to purchase it, with an interest in taking it national. Health issues helped us make the decision to sell it, just as they helped us make the decision to open Sapiens in 2019. How so? At that time, I was dealing with a thyroid disorder and Roman was suffering from chronic gastritis. Doctors wanted us on long-term medications, so we decided to educate ourselves about how food could help heal our bodies. The paleo lifestyle saved our lives. So that brings us to Sapiens? It sounds crazy, but I developed a menu of sumptuous French cuisine without using creams, sugars or gluten. I even developed a recipe for exquisite paleo bread. This menu is meant to treat one’s body with respect without sacrificing on flavor. Both those living with conditions ranging from diabetes to celiac disease and those who want to eat good food that’s good for you are welcome. Sapiens Paleo Kitchen, 10411 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Road, Scottsdale; 480.771.5123;

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Shining a light on ingredients grown and made next door


Duncan’s Trading Company

For four generations, the Duncan family has sustainably farmed more than 150 types of fruits and vegetables at its West Phoenix farm. To give an idea, there are currently 18 varieties of summer and winter squash, 18 varieties of lettuce, 15 varieties of tomatoes, eight varieties of melons, and six varieties of beets. Owner Pat Duncan is also the visionary behind the Farmer in the House dinner programs around the Valley each year, wherein Duncan’s partners with seven chefs for a series of wine dinners that best showcase the spring harvest. Always on the menu at: Hearth ’61 at Mountain Shadows, Elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, and Confluence Restaurant.

Danzeisen Dairy

Each of the happy heifers at Danzeisen Dairy in West Phoenix, where a cow nutritionist visits monthly to monitor the quality of the alfalfa-based feed, lives a life free of hormones and is safely milked twice a day. The resulting products, which come in glass bottles to preserve freshness, range from whole, skim and reduced fat milks to creamer and naturally flavored milks, including an orange varietal that tastes exactly like a Creamsicle. Beyond dairy offerings, there is also a line of juices – currently including lemonade, orange and strawberry lemonade – made using Purely Sedona Artesian Spring Water and natural ingredients. Always on the menu at: Merkin Vineyards Old Town Scottsdale, Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn, and Luna Gelateria.

Queen Creek Olive Mill

The term “handmade” takes on a whole new meaning when describing the bounty that bakers, farmers and ranchers across Arizona craft each day. From fruits and veggies to dairy and baked goods, here is a look at some of our favorite local purveyors and where to taste their phenomenally fresh products around town.

This Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business of the Year is Arizona’s only working olive farm and mill. Located on a whopping 100-acre farm with more than 7,000 olive trees, Queen Creek Olive Mill produces dozens of different oils, balsamic vinegars, tapenades, sauces and – of course – olives. The mill has also gotten into the health and beauty industry with its Olivespa studio, which makes all-natural, plant-based skin care products. Those who visit the mill can tour and sample both the beauty products and the edible offerings. Plans are also in place to eventually add a restaurant, brewery and boutique hotel on-site. Always on the menu at: Fat Ox, The Mission, and ZuZu.

Crow’s Dairy

This fifth-generation family dairy was once bestknown for its Grade A (legal) raw cow milk. But in 2008, Crow’s Dairy made the move to start raising Nubian dairy goats. Though they


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to adopt polyethylene terephthalate packaging, which is a nontoxic, recyclable material. Always on the menu at: Hash Kitchen, U.S. Egg, and Ironwood American Kitchen at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

McClendon’s Select

Across its two family-owned and -run farms in West Phoenix, more than 100 varieties of organic vegetables and fruits – notably 20 varieties of citrus – are produced, along with dates, honey, bee pollen, and soaps. One of the only USDA-certified organic farms in Arizona, residents come in droves to the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market (Saturdays through May 15) and to the year-round Uptown Farmers Market every Saturday to purchase McClendon’s produce direct. Their fruits and vegetables are also regularly used in dishes at more than 80 restaurants and hotels across Arizona. Always on the menu at: JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, FnB, and Atlas Bistro.

Mediterra Bakehouse

started with just 25, the results were stunning, and today they raise and regularly milk more than 300 goats in order to fulfill their hundreds of orders for goat-based milk and cheese products statewide. The hay and grain the goats feed on are non-GMO, and the farm does not use any growth hormones or prophylactic antibiotics on the animals. Always on the menu at: Maple & Ash, The Covenant, and Cafe Monarch.

The owners of this bakery hail from a small community in Chios, a Greek island known for its bakers who use a combination of brick ovens, hand-kneading, and slow fermentation to craft their full-flavored breads. The owners brought this tradition to the states, including the use of a traditional stone hearth and techniques that result in their signature “dark crust,” which is standard at European bakeries and has caramel and nutty notes. Among the 20 to 25 flavors available at any time are rosemary olive oil, Parmesan pepper, and chili cheddar loaf. There are also plenty of other baked goods made daily, including pastries, croissants, cookies and brownies. Always on the menu at: Luci’s at the Grove, Kaleidoscope Juice, and JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa.

Noble Bread

Founded in 2012, the 30-plus types of bread made at Noble Bread – which each take 36 hours to craft – use whole and ancient grains, resulting in complex flavors no matter which loaf one chooses. They are also made using only organic GMO-free flours, sea salt versus table or cooking salts, and an organic levain starter. Among the can’t-miss flavors are the marble deli rye, New England loaf, sunny flax, cranberry walnut and pide. Always on the menu at: Citizen Public House, Twisted Grove, and Grassroots Kitchen & Tap.

Hickman’s Family Farms

Over the past 76 years, Hickman’s has grown from an operation of just a few hens to the largest egg producer in the Southwest. Locally owned by the Hickman family since its founding in Glendale in 1944, the farm has more than 7 million hens living cage-free on property and is a member of the American Humane Certified program, which ensures the birds are raised humanely while being protected from predators. They are also the first egg producer nationwide

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Named for a French term that means salt, this intimate chef-driven restaurant serves a four-course, fixedprice menu with an optional wine pairing that changes regularly to offer guests beautiful and composed dishes featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients. Sunday brunch items include oysters, crab cake Benedict, a wagyu burger, and steak and eggs. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations recommended. 7044 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.949.6296;; $$$$



BLAST & BREW California chain Blast & Brew opened its first Scottsdale location in fall 2019, featuring pizzas, salads and sandwiches with a variety of toppings and options. The restaurant also features local and regional craft beers that diners can tap themselves. Open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix; 480.257.3300;, $$ FAMOUS 48 Famous 48 serves a menu of allAmerican classics, including tacos, burgers, pizza and sandwiches, prepared with high-quality, fresh ingredients. There are also craft cocktails and a wide selection of beer and wine. Open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m. Happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and brunch available Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., closing at 10 p.m. Sunday. The Shops Gainey Village, 8989 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.361-4933; www.; $$ PAUL MARTIN’S AMERICAN GRILL Enjoy classic American fare served in a sophisticated setting, from shareable starters such as deviled eggs to hearty burgers and entrees including buttermilk fried chicken and a variety of seafood and steaks. Open daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. except Sunday until 9 p.m. Weekend brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and happy hour daily at the bar from 3 to 7 p.m. 6186 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.991.9342;; $$


FLO’S For more than 20 years, Flo’s has been a staple of the Valley’s Asian restaurant scene for quick lunches, casual date nights and family dinners. The menu is a compilation of dishes inspired by cuisine from various regions across Asia, including teriyaki chicken, Singapore noodles, Mongolian beef, and Thai-style curries. Open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends from noon until 10 p.m. with happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. daily. Two locations in Scottsdale: The Promenade and McDowell Mountain;; $$ HOT NOODLES COLD SAKE Chef Josh Hebert serves traditional Japanese ramen as well as salads,


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gyoza, edamame, steamed buns, beer and sake. Ramen is available for $9.99 for lunch and $13.99 for dinner with pork, seafood and vegan options. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. At Sonora Village, 15689 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.432.9898;; $$ KYOTO A longtime favorite in Old Town Scottsdale, Kyoto is known for teppanyaki, ideal for parties and group gatherings wanting dinner and a show. The extensive sushi menu showcases a variety of rolls. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. 7170 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale; 480.990.9374;; $$-$$$ UMAMI BBQ & SUSHI Umami is a term used to describe savory flavors and this new restaurant offers a variety of options that fit this description. The extensive menu includes many types of sushi and sashimi, tempura, teriyaki and edamame, as well as salad, ramen, poke and lunch specials. Open daily for lunch and dinner with happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix; 480.504.4557; www.; $$


THE CITY CREAMERY The City Creamery is a family-owned and -operated ice cream shop specializing in small batch, hand-churned ice cream made daily using oldfashioned rock salt and ice. The City Creamery offers traditional and unique flavors like the popular huckleberry honey and lavender or prickly pear. Enjoy your frozen treat as milkshake or in a homemade waffle cone or bowl. Open daily. 6268 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 480.397.1130;; $ JL PATISSERIE Jenna Leurquin is the brilliant baker behind JL Patisserie, a high-end French bakery in North Scottsdale. Her creations of pies, cakes, macarons, cookies and pastries are seasonally inspired. For special occasions, be sure to order ahead via phone or online. Gluten-free items available. 7342 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.859.4459;; $ THE SICILIAN BAKER Developed by the Maggiore family who owns several Valley restaurants including the Sicilian Butcher next

door, The Sicilian Baker is an Italian sweet shop with a build-your-own cannoli bar, coffee and espresso drinks, Italian pastries, savory sandwiches and gelato. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 15530 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 602.612.5590; www.; $-$$


FLOWER CHILD Flower Child’s menu offers the opportunity to mix and match a variety of fresh vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins offered as salads, bowls and wraps with several vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. The seasonal lemonade flavors are always refreshing. Several Valley locations, including Scottsdale Fiesta Shopping Center and Desert Ridge;; $$ KALE & CLOVER This mindful kitchen focuses on healthy pressed juices, salads and entrees with seasonal ingredients. The menu has rolls, bowls, salads and handhelds like a portobello mushroom burger and a chicken panini. There are many vegan, vegetarian and glutenfree options, and guests can also enjoy glass of wine or craft beer. Open from 11 a.m to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 20511 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.568.8707;; $$ NEKTER JUICE BAR This healthy, fast-casual juice bar serves made-to-order cold-pressed juices, smoothies and acai bowls. Nekter also offers vegan ice cream, chia parfaits and pre-packaged juice cleanses as a grab-and-go option. They also serve Skoop, a vegan frozen treat. Order online or via their app to skip the line. Five locations throughout Scottsdale.; $ ORIGINAL CHOPSHOP A quick-service eatery, Original ChopShop offers produce-packed juices, protein shakes and healthful bowls and sandwiches. The menu includes vegan, vegetarian, glutenfree, dairy-free, soy-free and lactosefree items. Open daily starting at 7 a.m. Several locations throughout the Valley, including Old Town, North Scottsdale and Paradise Valley; www.; $$


MARIGOLD MAISON One of the Valley’s most popular Indian restaurants, Marigold Maison uses the traditional tandoori oven in preparing many of its dishes, includ-

ing several varieties of naan. Menu favorites include chicken tikka masala, lamb vindaloo, samosas and pakora. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner Sunday through Thursday as well as 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 4720 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix; 602.795.0020;; $$ TAJ MAHAL Taj Mahal is an adventure in fine Indian dining. Specials include tandoori mix grill, pasta masala, goat curry, a variety of vegetarian specialties, and traditional Indian desserts. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 4225 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale; 480.257.1791; www.; $$ TIKKA SHAK Tikka Shack offers delicious fastcasual Indian cuisine, from street food starters to bold curries and a variety of Indian staples and side dishes. House staples include chicken tikka masala and the chicken tikka wrap in handmade naan. Guests can build their own dish and visit the beer wall. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. At Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 602.354.8800;; $$


CARLOS O’BRIEN’S This fusion of a Mexican restaurant and an Irish pub has been in the Valley since 1978. It combines Mexican dishes like chimichangas, fajitas and enchiladas with a few Irish favorites like fish and chips, as well as Irish beers and whiskeys alongside Mexican beers and tequilas. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with happy hour daily from 3 to 6:30 p.m. 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix; 480.367.0469;; $$ MODERN MARGARITA Modern Margarita has a large selection of margaritas and cocktails, and delicious dips, tacos and tostadas served in a lively atmosphere with a spacious patio. Open daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Sunday and Monday and open until late the rest of the week. Happy hour is from 3 to 6:30 p.m. weekdays and all day Sunday. At High Street, 5410 E. High St., Phoenix; 602.795.8111; www.; $$ TALAVERA Led by acclaimed chef and Mexican native Samantha Sanz, Talavera has transformed into a high-end Latin steakhouse with beautiful decor, stun-

ning views, and an exceptional patio. The menu includes tapas, charcuteria, paella, fresh vegetables, seafood and steak. Open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. At Four Seasons Scottsdale, 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale; 480.513.5085;; $$$$ TOCA MADERA In October 2019, Toca Madera opened at Scottsdale Fashion Square. The chic restaurant features an expansive dining room with views of the kitchen. The menu includes ceviche, tacos served on housemade tortillas, shared plates, and a custom tasting menu based on the regional cuisine of Mexico. Toca Madera has a lively bar with mixologists creating farm-to-glass cocktails. Open at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday with happy hour until 6 p.m. 4736 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.930.4357;; $$$


KEELER’S NEIGHBORHOOD STEAKHOUSE Keeler’s features the finest certified Angus beef steaks and fresh seafood with a beautiful courtyard and rooftop deck. Daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Dinner is served nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday brunch is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In the Historic Spanish Village, 7212 E. Ho Hum Road, Carefree; 602.374.4784; www.; $$$ MAPLE & ASH Opened in fall 2019, this high-end Chicago steakhouse offers a modern take on the traditional steakhouse with sleek furnishings and a fun atmosphere. The menu includes caviar, a fire-roasted seafood tower, and housemade pasta. Steak offerings range from filet mignon and surf and turf to wagyu. Open daily at 4:30 until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, www.; $$$$ MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE Morton’s is a nationwide chain of steakhouses known for its upscale atmosphere and the premium cuts of USDA prime-aged beef as well as fresh seafood and delectable side dishes and desserts. Open at 5 p.m. daily until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Power Hour beverage and food specials are available in the bar from 5 to 6:30 p.m., 9 p.m. to close,

and all day on Sunday. At Kierland Commons, 15233 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.951.4440;; $$$-$$$$


BRIX WINES Try and buy a variety of wines at this charming wine bar and store. Guests are walked through the unique wine selections, and can order snacks and create their own charcuterie plate to pair. Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 37636 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree; 480.595.2749; www.brixwinesaz. com; $$ MERKIN VINEYARDS Merkin wines are produced in Arizona’s Verde Valley, and at the tasting room in Old Town Scottsdale, guests can try red, white and rose wines from Arizona. The food menu highlights fresh ingredients including vegetables sourced from Arizona farms, cheese and charcuterie, as well as locally made gelato and sorbet. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 7133 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 480.912.1027;, $$ POSTINO WINECAFE With several Valley locations, this beloved wine bar is known for its changing selection of wines from Arizona and around the world as well as its bruschetta boards. Specials include $25 bottle and bruschetta on Monday and Tuesday evenings after 8 p.m. and $5 wines by the glass and pitchers of beer offered daily from open to 5 p.m. Open weekdays at 11 a.m. with weekend brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Two locations in Scottsdale: Highland and Kierland Commons;; $$ SORSO WINE ROOM Sorso Wine Room is a sampler’s paradise with its wall of wine taps allowing guests to try different wines. Wine is also available by the glass or bottle as well as beer. On the food front, there is bruschetta, salads, sandwiches and charcuterie boards. There’s also a shop with bottles, growlers, sweets and wine accessories. Open at 11 a.m. daily, until 10 p.m. on Sunday and Monday and until midnight Tuesday through Saturday. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and all day on Wednesday. At Scottsdale Quarter, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.951.4344;; $$

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THE FRENCH CONNECTION Zinqué opens at Scottsdale Fashion Square as a bistro, cafe and wine bar all in one


In late 2019, Zinqué (pronounced zin-kae) made its debut in the new luxury wing at Scottsdale Fashion Square. The opening marked the first location of the Parisianinspired bistro, cafe and wine bar outside of California, where it was founded in 2012 and quickly grew to five bustling locations in Venice Beach, West Hollywood, Newport Beach, Downtown Los Angeles, and Downtown San Diego. Lauded for its design, decor and menu, the concept is known as a favorite of celebrities, including the Kardashian family, Gigi Hadid and Justin Bieber. Zinqué was born out of a desire to create a place mimicking a European cafe where guests can start their day with a cup of coffee and end it with a glass of rosé, anchored with a simple yet delicious menu. In line with that, the 2,930-square-foot Scottsdale restaurant is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Visually, the space has a chic industrial design created in homage to the original location in Venice Beach. It is also open and airy, complete with a fireplace, wooden tables, concrete walls, and stunning wrought-iron windows. In addition to the


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main dining room, there is a bar, a semi-private dining and event space, and an outdoor patio with a 30-foot oak tree adopted from nearby Moon Valley Nursery. The menus are eclectic and modern but also include classic French options. For breakfast, one can get Parisian staples like a freshly baked prosciutto and Gruyere croissant as well as tartines, which is what the French essentially call bread with sweet or savory toppings. At brunch, French favorites like quiche and croque monsieur are some highlights. Lunch includes a variety: rotisserie chicken, a grass-fed burger, smoked salmon carpaccio, soups and salads. For dinner, there is an impressive charcuterie and small bites menu as well as entrees, including moules frites, steak frites, lasagna and seafood. Additionally, there is a flatbread and tartine menu, which feels like a more daring version of what one might expect on a local bruschetta board menu. Think smoked salmon and tomato options, but also tuna tartare (a must-try!) and salade nicoise as toppings. Of particular note is the bistro’s approach to sourcing, importing bread from the famous Poilâne Bakery in Paris; craft coffee from world-renowned La Colombe; and Époisses cheese from Burgundy, France, as well as its wines. With an emphasis on organic and sustainable wines, the comprehensive wine list is thoughtfully selected and focuses on independent producers from around the world. The globally inspired bar program has apertifs and innovative craft cocktails, while an ample beer menu – with options on tap and by the bottle – has selections from North America and Europe. Zinqué is open Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Zinqué, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 623.745.9616; www.lezinque. com.

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