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Isaac Jewelers makes its mark in its 15th year BY BRITTANY MARONEY

When you desire decadence, refinement and luxury, think no further then Isaac Jewelers. Whether you are seeking a custom-designed piece or a rare Smart Cut diamond, they not only hold the standard for incredible selection, they are the authority when it comes to an exclusively designed dream piece. Yet, it’s their personalized service, unique showroom and incredible staff that keeps Phoenicians coming back for more, year after year. It’s the sense of pride that they put into each piece that makes them unique and sought-after like no other jeweler in the Valley. “We are so fortunate because we get to experience all of the best moments of our customers’ lives and get to be part of some of their most personal experiences,” says Frank Isaac, owner of Isaac Jewelers. “It’s my sole desire that every customer will walk in with high expectations and walk out inspired by the personalized experience, amazing selection, and our unique approach to their individual piece. We understand they are investing in more than a ring or a watch. They are investing in a moment and in an experience. We are so proud that we can be a part of that.” Isaac’s unique approach also extends to the way the business operates and its foundation in the Scottsdale community. The company is familyowned, and Frank is a frequent guest on the showroom floor, greeting lifelong customers and, even more often, second and third generations that have bought his custom pieces. The company is also an active proponent for fundraising and philanthropy in the local community. Along with fundraisers for charities such as Child Crisis of Arizona, March of Dimes and the American Cancer Society, Isaac Jewelers also donates proceeds from summer sales to local veteran foundations.

Now, going on its 15th year as a pillar in the jewelry industry and the local community, Isaac Jewelers has a lot to celebrate. On March 24th, they will host an anniversary celebration, thanking their loyal fans and welcoming new customers into the Isaac family. The festivities will include a red carpet experience, craft cocktails, a DJ and models showcasing custom pieces from

Isaac Designs, ALOR and KC Designs. Frank Isaac and the rest of his experienced and knowledgeable staff will be on hand to share some of their most stunning pieces, along with their large variety of highly sought-after Smart Cut diamonds. Isaac Jewelers is located at Kierland Commons, 15044 N. Scottsdale Road; 480.941.9090;

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Teenage Hair Loss – Helping Kids & Parents Find Their Answers

Our team has seen an ALARMING TREND of more and more teenagers experiencing substantial hair loss. Many families have used injections with good results – however, other families have struggled with finding a solution to aggressive alopecia & genetic hair loss. Before we were treating people in their 60s-70s, now we are seeing kids and teens with various forms of hair loss. For many families, we are their last resort in finding a successful treatment.

“My 13-Year-Old Daughter Has Extreme Patchy Baldness”

“I first noticed my daughter’s hair loss as a small bald spot that quickly grew back. About a year after the first bald spot, she started to loose hair aggressively. As a mother it made me feel helpless, I didn’t know what was causing such significant hair loss in my child. It broke my heart. During that time I was hoping it would grow back on its own and I purchased her a stylish fedora to help conceal the hair loss. At school children didn’t understand what alopecia was. I noticed a change in her self-esteem. She went from being open and outgoing, to avoiding social situations and at times depressed. I took her to a dermatologist, who didn’t provide much help or support. I looked into many options including a medicated topical, ultraviolet laser (but the cost and time were too much), many wig stores, and a beautiful custom wig. Then we found National Hair Loss through social media on Instagram (@nhla_hairLoss). National Hair Loss offered a custom Hair Recovery Program based on my daughter’s alopecia. Many of their treatments I had already been researching, which made me feel comfortable in my decision to move forward. Shortly after beginning her program we really started seeing hair regrowth results! Her hair continues to grow in. She is much happier and is loving being able to enjoy all the girl things we do as teens. She is able to express herself through her hair, coloring it, straightening it, and styling it. All things she has missed out on for the last 4 years.” (Mother of National Hair Loss Patient)


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Another success story is working with a 14-year-old teenager, his parents describe him as outgoing and a talented athlete. He has been experiencing episodes of Alopecia Areata, causing more than half of his hair to fall out. The excessive hair loss and trouble finding the answer to his alopecia was causing distress to him and his family. As parents, they noticed the hair loss was distracting him. Under the care of National Hair Loss, they obtained a Hair Analysis Scan of a list of foods and drinks their son was intolerant too. This was their guide to the items he needed to stay clear of in order to reduce his internal inflammation and boost his immune system. We provided the family with game plan and an outline to follow, including additional National Hair Loss treatments to stimulate hair growth. Once their son started eliminating the intolerances, he was able to grow back hair in the balding patches. It was incredible seeing his hair growth; the rewarding part was hearing about the positive changes their son was making.

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The Toughest Divorce Arm Wrestler In Arizona

When the challenges of divorce come your way wouldn’t it be nice to have someone on your side who wasn’t afraid to take on the best arm wrestler in America? That’s exactly what Kaine Fisher, head of Rose Law Group’s Family Law practice, did when Travis Bagent came to Scottsdale. Out on the field of a spring training stadium. And when you think of it arm wrestling can be a lot like divorce. Back and forth. Both sides positioning. Both sides trying to win. So if you want someone who’s never afraid of the moment, with the right experience to take on the toughest opponents, give us a call.

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Features 50 KRISTIN CHENOWETH The Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer will entertain guests at the 24th Annual Celebrity Fight Night

74 LUCK O’ THE IRISH Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Emerald Isle style


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


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

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

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Contents Pulse 35 UP CLOSE Mandy Holmes on life as The Real Housewife of Scottsdale and the inspiration behind her new company

38 BEAT Local artist Justin Pierce seeks to inspire and uplift through his vibrant works

40 BEAT How Juliaette Chamberlain turned her children’s diagnoses into an opportunity for children to shine


Now 55 HOT TICKET Celebrity Fight Night

56 LOWDOWN News to know

60 DO Six great events this month

62 CALENDAR Noteworthy events

66 EVENT Cirque du Soleil Crystal

68 EVENT Compassion with Fashion

70 OUT Favorite festivals

72 OUT Alternative outings

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44 HER STYLE Meet Vita Galore

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This month marks my five-year anniversary in the Valley. I’ll always remember when I moved here from foggy San Francisco – as much as I loved it – I felt as though I’d landed in paradise. After all, March is one of the most idyllic times to be a Phoenician. And as a newbie Phoenician, there’s plenty of “first time for everything” experiences, like your first spring training game and your first festival when most of the country is still bundled up indoors. I even recall diving into a board and bottle deal at Postino WineCafe as one of my first must-try meals, according to locals I’d met. Those tried-andtrue traditions continue – check out five fun springtime festivals (page 70) and some yummy board and bottle deals (page 110). And for those who have, perhaps, “been there, done that” when it comes to outings, read up on some ideas for doing something new on page 72. Looking for more? Pamper yourself with floral spa treatments (page 56), catch Cirque du Soleil’s first on-ice performance (page 66), try your hand at art (pages 56 and 58), celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (page 74), indulge in a foodie fete (page 107), or simply laze in a cocoon-like chair within the comfort of your backyard (page 99). Or, plan your next trip to the Lone Star State – specifically, to my hometown of Dallas – on page 104. March also brings a 24-year tradition to the Valley: Celebrity Fight Night. And this year, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth will make her debut at the soiree, performing alongside some of the biggest names in music on March 10. Get to know the woman behind the superstar and how she’s impacting young, hopeful performers on page 50. Happy spring and happy reading! All the best, Chelsea Young Editor-in-Chief Instagram: @young_chelsea Connect with us! Facebook: @soscottsdalemagazine Instagram: @so_scottsdale_magazine


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FASHION & PHILANTHROPY Mandy Holmes opens up about life as The Real Housewife of Scottsdale and shares the inspiration behind her new company, Drink Down 64

Scottsdale native Mandy Holmes can be seen at high-profile events and fundraisers around the Valley and dishing out fashion and lifestyle inspiration on her blog-turned-brand, The Real Housewife of Scottsdale. The Horizon High School graduate went

on to earn her degree in nutrition communications at Arizona State University and worked her way up to becoming a mompreneur, not only with her blog but also with a new business venture. Holmes’ blog began in 2015 after she found herself giving

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Pulse UP CLOSE out tips for the latest happenings in town. “People were constantly asking me for recommendations, like where to go on date night or where to go for dinner. Because I was born and raised here and have such a huge network and knowledge of the city, I thought, ‘I’m going to use my degree in communications for a good cause and start writing everything down.’ That’s how the blog took off.” Since then, Holmes has been rocking her brand with finesse everywhere she goes while showcasing great people, worthwhile causes, fun events and local businesses. Almost immediately after founding the blog, local businesses began reaching out to her wanting to be featured. “It really took off and has become so much more than a creative outlet,” she says. The fashionable mom and wife has a knack for what’s new, what’s hot and what’s happening – with a heart that’s rooted in her hometown. “I enjoy seeing how Scottsdale has changed. I remember when Kierland was just a dirt lot. It’s really evolved, and there’s never a shortage of things to do.” Though, she is careful to curate her content to fit her audience of like-minded women. “I only feature brands that I personally use or events that I personally attend. My blog readers are women like me – busy working moms, girl bosses and entrepreneurs.”

Helping Through Hydration Last year, after Holmes’ grandparents passed away from kidney failure within a month of each other, she saw an opportunity to help others. Her newest business endeavor, Drink Down 64 (, was born out of the realization that others could benefit from her own painful experience. “My grandparents’ caregivers in hospice told them to drink water,” Holmes says. “But since they suffered from dementia, they didn’t know if they were drinking their water. I remembered that I had seen something on Pinterest – people would take a gallon of water from the grocery store and write on it with a Sharpie,” says Holmes, noting she thought there had to be a cuter way to keep track. After talking with family and friends, the feedback was clear: Even those who weren’t sick could benefit from a water bottle with a tracking feature. “I saw the opportunity as it literally could appeal to every single person on earth. When my grandparents passed away, I knew it was the right time to start Drink Down 64. I launched in January 2018. It’s been great, and the response has been overwhelming.” The bottle, which fits into car cup holders, includes a time notification and shows how much water should be consumed by a certain time each day. When it is refilled at lunch, the time and amount to drink starts over, and by the end of the day, 64 ounces of water will have been consumed –the daily hydration recommendation for the average person. The easy and healthy concept of Drink Down 64 has hit home, even with Hollywood. “One of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Meghan King Edmonds, ordered a water bottle,” Holmes says. “She put it on her social media, tagged me in it, and I got 1,000 orders the first day.” With Drink Down 64’s early success, Holmes is ready to


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move forward with more marketing, realizing that there are large communities of people that can benefit from the BPA-free plastic bottles. Future incarnations of Drink Down 64 will include a glass bottle, different color choices, bottles with sports tops and straws. Drink Down 64 is also connected to a cause dear to Holmes’ heart. With each bottle sale, $2 will go to an animal charity located in the state in which a bottle is ordered. “My passion is animals. I have 50 animal rescue partners – one in every state – and that will be the designated rescue. I write checks to all the state rescues based on the sales for that month.” In Arizona, the rescue foundation that receives a portion of each purchase is Rockstar Canine Rescue & Sanctuary in Phoenix. Visitors to The Real Housewife of Scottsdale blog will become immersed in Holmes’ world – and that is exactly what she wants. “I will never make a million dollars with my blog, and I’m OK with that,” she says. “The goal of the blog is to share cool people, places, events and charities for those in the community.”

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

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

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

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

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COLORFUL CREATIONS Local artist Justin Pierce seeks to inspire and uplift through his vibrant works

Justin Pierce brings art to life with his colorful, energetic and positive creations. Growing up, Pierce was constantly drawn to bright colors, which is a constant theme throughout his artwork today. “Let’s just say I was always drawn to color to help make my life seem happier than what it was, but I take my negative childhood experiences and channel them into positive art,” he says. Inspired by artist Keith Haring’s street art, Pierce combines his love of bold colors with his urban California “sunshine state” influence to create the unique artistic style of his brand, J. Pierce. Every creation is painted by freehand and no two paintings are the same, giving Pierce an edge in the creative world. Not only has he created one-of-a-kind pieces for professional athletes, celebrities and art collectors worldwide, Pierce is also currently working on designs for the W Hotel and PayPal offices in Scottsdale. In 2017, Pierce had the privilege of creating the sweet graffiti-like murals at The Art of Ice Cream Experience in Old Town Scottsdale and has showcased his art throughout North America. Although Pierce can’t narrow down his favorite creation to date, he recently had the opportunity to put his art in motion. “I had my BMW wrapped with my artwork. It’s such a blessing to have my art on my car for people to see and smile at because it’s so colorful and animated.” In addition to the countless murals he has devoted to underprivileged schools in Arizona, Pierce recently designed a line of luggage and backpacks for Planet Traveler, shoes for Joy & Mario, and clothes for Liberty Clothing. “I love to inspire youth and impact their lives in a positive manner,” Pierce says. “I want everyone to know that dedication and passion go a long way.” In regards to the future, Pierce notes, “I want to let Arizona know who I am and have my colorful artwork out there for people to enjoy.” Follow Pierce at on Instagram at @iamjpierce and learn more about his work at


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How Juliaette Chamberlain turned her children’s diagnoses into an opportunity for kids to shine

Just three words – “Mommy, I’m thirsty” – transformed Juliaette Chamberlain’s world. Two hours later, she learned that her son William was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, a disease that would require a carefully controlled diet and routine insulin injections for the rest of his life. “One of my most haunting memories will always be of chasing my little boy around our living room trying to give him his insulin shot,” Chamberlain says. “He was screaming for me not to hurt him.” Type 1 diabetics can only receive insulin via shots, unlike Type 2 diabetics who can sometimes control their blood sugar with oral medication and diet. A year later, the Chamberlain family experienced another heart-wrenching moment when their youngest child, Cy, also tested positive for Type 1 diabetes – an unfortunate rarity as multiple diagnoses within a family is uncommon. Rather than taking this laying down, Chamberlain reached out to her local community and found a support system in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a Phoenix-based organization focusing on Type 1 diabetes research and advocacy. “Getting involved with JDRF has given me the hope and community I need so my boys have the best chance to thrive,” Chamberlain says. “As an organization, they are lobbying for a cure and educating the communities around them. It is an outstanding charity to support because we are on the cusp of such big medical breakthroughs.” While Chamberlain awaits that next breakthrough in diabetic intervention, she has been inspired by her own children’s strength and curiosity. In 2015, she launched a business, Worldly Kids (, which provides a way for children to learn foreign languages, particularly those that are uncommon. Using children’s songs and basic vocabulary, she found a way to make learning languages fun and inviting. “Worldly Kids exposed my boys to Mandarin and Arabic, and they now want to attend Global Minds, a Mandarin immersion preschool here in Scottsdale,” Chamberlain says. “Their ear for intricate pronunciations is incredible, on top of knowing vocabulary. Best of all, it keeps their minds off of what makes them medically different and highlights what makes them special. I think every child can benefit from that.”


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DAPPER DANCER Jeremy Gatlin’s artful take on style


Professional ballroom dancing champion Jeremy Gatlin takes his sleek, debonair style from the dance studio to the streets of Scottsdale. Growing up, Gatlin idolized Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire not only for their charismatic dance moves, but also their impeccable sense of style. Today, he takes a sophisticated approach and applies inspiration from both men when it comes to his dance-inspired wardrobe. “The ballroom world has a certain sense of elegance and refinement and calls for a higher-end clientele, so you must always look the part,” Gatlin says. “I love to find fitted clothes that allow me to move freely while still being comfortable, stylish and edgy.” Recently, on a trip to Rome, Gatlin revealed he was thrilled to see that men weren’t afraid to be fashion-forward. “I’m not afraid of colors or having a more European sense of clothing. “I like dressy button-down shirts with ornate embroidery from brands like English Laundry, and I like to layer my clothing for a more three-dimensional look.” Whether you’re talking about his dancing career or his wardrobe, Gatlin acknowledges that Walt Disney said it best, “If you can dream it, you can do it!”

What is your must-have fashion item? I love to dress up my basic daily outfits with a vest. I have one in my closet that I wear a lot, and it’s double-layered with two different kinds of material and colors to give it more dimension. What is your most prized possession in your closet and why? I have several dress jackets that I love! When used the right way they can really dress up an outfit. How do you transition from the dance studio to a night out? I always carry a nice dress jacket in my car to wear in the evening, or my Guess leather jacket is trendy for a night out on the town.


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Vita Galore’s whimsical, feminine fashions are all about self-empowerment


It’s not every day you meet a woman who has tiaras sprinkled throughout her house should the moment arise to pop one on. Vita Galore – the pseudonym of Allison Contris meaning “life abundance” – is a woman with humble roots, and no matter where she goes, she has an impeccable sense of style. With a whimsical elegance and inspirational fashion sense, Galore embraces her eccentric side by combining classic couture with vivid color palettes and vintage inspirations. Not only is Galore the face behind, she is in the process of expanding her lifestyle brand, where she shares everything from fashion to advice on leading your best life, to create a luxury clothing line that engages women’s empowerment on a global level. When it comes to her style, Galore admits to being obsessed with the Louis VI era. She is a big fan of Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s creative director, saying, “He inspires me to mix modern style with vintage flair.” Though Galore is inspired by trends, she also embraces whatever her fashionable heart desires. “When Fendi introduced their Marie Antoinette collection, I was mesmerized. It’s as if they went loco for rococo when creating functionality from an era of opulence and formality,” Galore says. “I also adore wearing glitter cosmetics and sequin jumpsuits. I’ll wear glitter even after it trends.”

What’s your favorite piece of clothing? A custom-made silk kimono blouse created by my friend. I feel invincible every time I wear it. How does your blog influence your style? It gives me permission to embrace my variegated style. I create looks based on my mood and sometimes there’s no rhyme or reason. What is your must-have fashion item? Gucci’s faux fur Princeton leather slippers. They can be dressed up or down, are travel-friendly, and make a statement.


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A LOVE NOT FORGOTTEN GALA The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter hosted its eighth annual event at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa


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Arizona Science Center’s annual fundraising soiree transported guests to “A Night in Pompeii”


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Whether you’ve caught her on numerous TV shows, including Glee, The West Wing, and her Emmy Award-winning role on Pushing Daisies, or on the big screen in Running with Scissors or The Peanuts Movie, one can’t help but be captivated by the pure Midwestern charm of Kristin Chenoweth. The singer, actress and Broadway powerhouse – who starred as Glinda in Wicked and won a Tony Award for her role in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown – will appear in the Valley to perform at Celebrity Fight Night on Saturday, March 10. In addition to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, the star-studded event will support the Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Disorders Program at Barrow Neurological Institute, as well as other charities. “I had been invited to Celebrity Fight Night one other time and wasn’t able go,” Chenoweth says. “I was so upset. Not only was this for a good cause, but it sounded fun. I thought I could hang with Reba and Andrea Bocelli, plus David Foster, who I love, and just meet some cool people. Then I got the invitation again, and I started clearing my schedule for it.” Celebrity Fight Night also has a corresponding European event each year, and it played a part in getting Chenoweth to the Valley. “I didn’t realize the history of Celebrity Fight Night and that Muhammad Ali and Andrea Bocelli had partnered and begun this incredible work together. I knew it was charity and it was doing


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good things, but I really didn’t know what it was.” In 2017, she was able to attend Celebrity Fight Night in Italy and her experience was profound. After that, she says, “I knew I wanted to be part of it.” Regarding Chenoweth’s involvement, Jimmy Walker, the founder of Celebrity Fight Night, says, “Kristin Chenoweth was a favorite among many Europeans at our Celebrity Fight NightAndrea Bocelli Foundation charity event last September when we were in the historic Colosseum in Rome. Kristin is not only a superstar on stage, where she is extremely talented. More importantly, she is a superstar in real life, where everyone loves her.” Chenoweth has been personally touched by her experience with Celebrity Fight Night as it relates to her own philanthropic endeavors, too. “I have my own theater in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, where I grew up. This past summer was our third summer arts camp for kids to come and audition and learn singing, acting and dancing. It’s really changed my focus in this area.” In 2012, the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center Foundation joined forces with the actress to name The Kristin Chenoweth Theatre and form The Kristin Chenoweth Arts & Entertainment Fund. Initiatives include bringing internationally acclaimed artists and Broadway productions to Broken Arrow, scholarship programs, educational outreach classes with touring artists, summer and after-school workshops, and creating opportunities for students to perform at the national level. “I wanted to watch David Foster, Andrea Bocelli and Jimmy Walker and see how they did this event,” Chenoweth says. “My foundation is young, and I want to learn. I want to learn.” During her time in Italy, Chenoweth recalls having one of the best weeks of her life. “I met some incredible people. I’m sitting there and Steven Tyler gets up and performs and I’m just like, ‘Now wait a minute!’ And then Andrea Bocelli sings, and he has a son, Matteo Bocelli, who is following in his footsteps. He is someone that I personally want to mentor, but he doesn’t know it yet! I see the big picture. I see what they’re doing, and it’s really changed my life. “Musically, it was one of the happiest times I’ve had,” Chenoweth adds. “I got to go up and sing a couple of songs and that was cool. But all of a sudden, David Foster asked [if I wanted] sing The Prayer with Andrea Bocelli. I was like, ‘What?!’ That was a bananas moment.” During her time at Celebrity Fight Night in Italy, Bocelli asked Chenoweth to perform with him at Madison Square Garden. She particularly identified with Bocelli in that they have a mutual love of getting young performers on stage with them, along with other wellknown performers and artists. Chenoweth adds, “Andrea gets it, too.”

CELEBRITY FIGHT NIGHT IN SCOTTSDALE “Jimmy [Walker] and I have an unlikely friendship, and I didn’t know it,” says Chenoweth, noting that although he comes from the world of investments and she comes from the world of performance, they have a bond through helping others. “He and I share a similar fate,” Chenoweth says. “Being with him, the few times that I have, it is a reminder to me that he is a representative to the stars and


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he remembers what this is about and that is a big draw.” She feels that, for her, Celebrity Fight Night is absolutely the right event in which to be involved. In addition to supporting Celebrity Fight Night and her initiatives with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center Foundation and The Kristin Chenoweth Arts & Entertainment Fund, she raises awareness and support for various causes. “Kind of like how Andrea Bocelli is involved with kids in the arts, that’s a big one for me. But I’m also involved with cancer awareness and anything to do with breast cancer. I’ve lost an aunt to cancer, my mom has had cancer three times, and another one of my aunts has had cancer,” she says. “In New York, I like to give back to the homeless.” With great sincerity, Chenoweth says she loves to give back to those who are less fortunate and she supports numerous organizations that help the poor. Though she lives in Los Angeles, Chenoweth has a heart for Scottsdale and Phoenix. “In Oklahoma, we don’t have a

professional football team. I’ve adopted the Arizona Cardinals because I grew up in Phoenix until I was in second grade. My dad and I have always rooted for the Cardinals.” In fact, Michael Bidwell approached Chenoweth during the Cardinals’ Veteran’s Day game in November about doing a free concert for the families at Luke Air Force Base. This was a no-brainer for Chenoweth. “I have several military members in my family, so I know their sacrifices. There are just certain places I feel drawn, and Phoenix is one of those places.” She will be back in the Valley again shortly after Celebrity Fight Night to perform at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on March 17. The 24th Annual Celebrity Fight Night will be hosted by the Grammy Award-winning leading lady of country music, Reba McEntire, for her 13th year. It will take place at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa at 5 p.m. on March 10. For tickets or additional information, visit

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Now in its 24th year, Celebrity Fight Night is a star-studded gala that unites celebrities and professional athletes for an action-packed evening benefiting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute. Held at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge on March 10, the evening will feature incredible performances, plus Grammy Award-winning country singer Reba McEntire will host for her 13th year, while Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer David Foster will return for his 19th year as musical director. Other acts will include headliner Steven Tyler, Smokey Robinson, Kristin Chenoweth, Matteo Bocelli, The London Essentials, and America’s Got Talent rising star, Angelica Hale. This year’s event will specifically benefit the Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Program at Barrow Neurological Institute as well as other charities. 5 p.m. Individual tickets start at $1,500-$5,000. So Scottsdale! March ‘18








Rub elbows – and paintbrushes – with regional artists at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain’s Artist in Residence program. Open to both locals and resort guests, this month will feature jewelry maker Rosa Kilgore, who will lead two workshops (March 10 and 17, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.) using sterling silver, semi-precious charms and amulets to create wearable art. Guests are then invited to join the artist for lunch at elements. In addition to the workshops, there will also be a complimentary outdoor sunset reception with Kilgore (March 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.). Workshops are designed for all levels and are $125 per person.

Nothing says spring in Scottsdale like an afternoon ball game followed by an ice-cold drink – and even better when it’s at a steal. Hit a home run with all-day happy hour (starting at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday) at The Phoenician’s Thirsty Camel. Just bring in your same-day ticket stub through March 27 for $2 off all specialty cocktails and SandReckoner wines, plus $5 beers.


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Fitness and fun are top of mind with The Westin Kierland Golf Club’s latest way to navigate its 27-hole golf course. The club, which already has some unique fleets – Segways, the golf bike and the GolfBoard – recently launched Kierland Turfriders, two-wheel scooters with golf bags on the back. Easy to ride, the battery-powered scooters can cruise on and off the path with turf-friendly tires and also add speed with an 18-mph setting that’s recommended for getting around the course and climbing most hills. Also worth noting: The Westin Kierland Golf Club was named the 2017 Arizona Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association of Arizona.

Take springtime florals to a new level at the Hotel Valley Ho’s VH Spa with specials on a selection of rosy treatments. Choose from three services dedicated to the rose, including a Moroccan rose aromatherapy massage ($155; regularly $190), a rose quartz facial ($95; regularly $130), and a sandalwood rose pedicure ($55; regularly $65). Afterward, relax on the spa deck and take a dip in the hotel’s two pools. Specials are available through May.

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Upgrade your game day grub at Downtown Scottsdale’s Brat Haus, just a few minutes from Scottsdale Stadium. The eatery’s new executive chef, Jeffrey Schoening, revamped the menu to focus on locally sourced ingredients and creative spins on contemporary Euro-style fare. Post-game, post up with new artisan sausages like the jalapeno cheddarwurst, rattle snake and rabbit (yep, you heard that right!), or the venison chorizo. For those seeking something on the more traditional side, you can always go for a good ol’ all-beef hot dog. The menu also features a plethora of new sharable plates and sides as well as 28 craft beers on tap.


A new attraction is heading to Scottsdale in 2019, but it’s never too early to get excited for something this unique. North America’s largest family of indoor waterpark resorts, Great Wolf Resorts, recently broke ground on an 18-acre site adjacent to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The 350room Great Wolf Lodge Arizona will make a splash with an impressive 85,000-square-foot indoor waterpark featuring slides, raft rides and activity pools for all ages. Other amenities will include a family entertainment center (think ropes courses and miniature golf), dining and family-friendly suites. The property will also have nearly 6,500 square feet of flexible conference space.



Did you know Scottsdale Artists’ School is one of the oldest historic buildings in Old Town Scottsdale? Listed on the City of Scottsdale’s Historic Register, the building was constructed in 1928 and was home to the city’s second grammar school. Beyond its storied past, the school has weekly local programs and three- to five-day workshops for everyone, whether you’re an artistic novice or pro. With around 35 courses offered this month, the programming – taught by professional artists – ranges from painting your four-legged friend (March 27) to painting atmospheric landscapes (March 14-17). Pricing varies.


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Original ChopShop has landed in North Scottsdale at The Promenade. The fast-casual concept, rooted in the mantra of “Just Feel Good Food,” is the first of six openings this year. Like its predecessors, it will serve up protein, acai and pitaya bowls; fresh-squeezed juices; protein shakes; salads and sandwiches that are all made from scratch. And through March 15, Original ChopShop will host a “Feel Good, Share Good” campaign, where you can sign up on Facebook for a chance to receive a complimentary protein bowl for yourself and a friend. One lucky fan will even win 30 days of feel good food.

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Celebration Dinner March 7, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia This annual event makes its return for an evening titled Building Stronger Together. Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour, dinner with programming, and the chance to hear inspiring stories from current members and alumni. This year’s honoree is Kitchell, a generous supporter of Teach For America Phoenix since 2003. Proceeds from the Celebration Dinner will help the organization’s continued efforts to ensure that children throughout the Valley have access to an excellent education. 6 p.m. $500. For more information, email 2018 Gala Luncheon March 17, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia The theme of this year’s annual event, Luncheon on the Rhine, pays homage to Arizona Opera’s spring production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold. Nearly 300 guests will be in attendance for a program, awards ceremony, cocktails on the lawn, a seated luncheon, opera performances, and a live auction. Also on the docket is a special guest appearance by the internationally acclaimed baritone Richard Paul Fink. Proceeds will support Arizona Opera’s mainstage and community activities. 11 a.m. $150. An Evening to Paws March 17, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia What do you get when you combine the luck of the Irish with furry friends? An Evening to Paws “St. Pawtrick’s Day Celebration.” The event is Arizona Animal Welfare League’s (AAWL) largest fundraiser with proceeds supporting Valley animals rescued, rehabilitated and cared for by AAWL. Guests can quench their thirst with green beer after dancing to some Irish tunes. There will also be silent and live auctions full of unique treasures, a traditional Irish dinner, and, of course, plenty of puppies on site. Be sure to wear green! 5 p.m. $250. Parties of Note March 21 and 28, locations vary The Phoenix Symphony’s Parties of Note events provide guests the opportunity to dine in select homes while enjoying live orchestral music. First up this month is A Frank Lloyd Wright Experience on March 21. David E. Dodge, a renowned composer and architect, will invite guests into his Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home in Scottsdale to listen to one of his compositions featuring a Phoenix Symphony ensemble, followed by a buffet dinner. On March 28, Architectural Artistry will celebrate Camelback Mountain and the surrounding desert in the Symington home. Before dinner, the Phoenix Symphony Brass Quintet will provide musical entertainment. Proceeds will benefit The Phoenix Symphony’s Annual Fund, which helps sustain the organization’s yearly operations. 6 p.m. $200.


Teaming Up for Girls Luncheon March 22, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa This 16th annual luncheon will bring more than 800 business leaders and community members together to support the healing of at-risk and disadvantaged girls. Proceeds will provide significant funding to aid in Florence Crittenton’s mission of providing safety, hope and opportunity to girls. The 2018 event, which celebrates 120 years of service, will welcome Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress Chrissy Metz, star of This Is Us, as the keynote speaker. VIP reception, 10 a.m.; silent auction, 10:30 a.m.; programming, 11:45 a.m. Individual, $275; table of 10, $2,750. 2018 Awards Luncheon March 26, Arizona Biltmore Arizona Foundation for Women has an unparalleled dedication to creating a better life for Valley women and children. The annual Awards Luncheon, which honors leaders who are changing the status of women in Arizona and around the world, helps support the organization’s general operations and grant-making. This year, two-time Golden Globe-nominated actress and humanitarian Ashley Judd will be honored with the Sandra Day O’Conner Lifetime Achievement Award for her work and advocacy in women’s rights, health and equality as well as helping individuals around the world living with AIDS. Reception, 10:30 a.m.; luncheon, 11:30 a.m. $250.


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Through March 27, various locations This month, spring training continues from its start in late February. The Cactus League is comprised of 15 MLB teams at 10 ballparks, including two in Scottsdale: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies) and Scottsdale Stadium (San Francisco Giants). Times and prices vary.


country, the Parada del Sol Rodeo includes bull riding, wrestling, calf roping, and barrel racing, along with other family fun. Thursday to Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $5-$45. SCOTTSDALE ARTS FESTIVAL March 9-11, Civic Center Mall This celebration of visual, performing and culinary arts has 200 jury-selected artists from the U.S. and Canada showcasing their work. There will be live music and entertainment on two stages, food trucks, creative activities for kids, and an interactive art installation by Scottsdale Public Art. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Two-day pass, $20; one-day pass, $12.

ARIZONA SUN COUNTRY CIRCUIT QUARTER HORSE SHOW March 3-11, WestWorld of Scottsdale Saddle up the troops to watch 1,500 of the country’s best quarter horses compete for $200,000 in prizes at this annual show. Horses and riders come from around the world to ride and to compete in this five ring event. As one of the top 10 American quarter horse shows in the nation, this circuit will have six shows including three that feature youth. While there, be sure to shop more than 100 vendors featuring Southwestern furniture, clothing, jewelry, and, of couse, horse items. Food vendors will also be on site. Times vary. Free.


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TEAL TREK WALK March 4, Chaparral Park Presented by Arizona Oncology, Teal Trek is the signature fundraising event for the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Arizona, raising funds to provide support, advocacy and awareness to the community. The trek helps support the alliance’s commitment to informing Arizona women about the symptoms of ovarian cancer in order to diagnose the disease earlier. 8:3011:30 a.m. Prices vary, but ovarian cancer survivors are free. www. RYAN HOUSE COMMUNITY BREAKFAST March 8, Arizona Biltmore This 10th annual event provides guests with the opportunity to

learn more about Ryan House and hear stories about the inspiring work done by the organization for children with life-limiting medical conditions. During the breakfast, guests will have the chance to contribute mission-critical funding that will provide care, comfort and community to 300 children and families at Ryan House in the coming year. Registration, 7 a.m.; breakfast, 8 a.m. Prices vary. PARADA DEL SOL RODEO March 8-11, WestWorld of Scottsdale The 65th annual Parada Del Sol Rodeo is a is PRCA Sanctioned Rodeo with four action-packed performances. As one of the oldest officially sanctioned rodeos in the

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX GALA March 10, Children’s Museum of Phoenix Celebrate the museum’s 10th birthday, marking a decade of bringing joyful learning to children and families. Festivities will begin with a cocktail party offering hors d’oeuvres prepared by Valley restaurants. Guests will take a seat under the stars for a sumptuous sit-down dinner, followed by entertainment, a live auction, and a celebration of the Kids at Heart Award recipients. The evening will culminate in after-dinner drinks and dancing. 6-11 p.m. Individual, $275; table of 10, $2,500. www. FRESH START GALA March 10, The Phoenician Guests of the 22nd annual Fresh Start Gala will enjoy a cocktail reception, a gourmet dinner, incredible live entertainment, dancing, and an inspirational Founders’ Award presentation, recognizing Jacquie Dorrance and the philanthropic work she has contributed to the community. The evening will honor more than two decades of

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March 9-11, Symphony Hall Gioachino Rossini’s greatest masterpiece, The Barber of Seville, is brought to life at Arizona Opera. When the handsome Count Alaviva falls in love with the beautiful Rosina, he solicits Figaro, the town’s crafty barber, to help win her favor and make a fool of her guardian. Audiences will delight in this plot, which is full of twists and turns, mistaken identities, and the triumph of young love, all wrapped up in Rossini’s masterful music. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $25-$135.

TEMPE SPRING FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS March 23-25, Downtown Tempe Head to the 41st annual Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts, which is among the top 20 art festivals in the nation with more than 400 national artists and craftspeople. Enjoy food, entertainment on multiple stages, street performers and hands-on activities for children. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. HARU IN THE GARDEN March 24, Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix Presented by the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, this cultural event celebrates the sights and sounds of spring among the garden’s lit pathways. There

will be music, a variety of Asian dishes and food trucks, and, of course, a Japanese bar serving wine, beer, plum wine and sake. 6 p.m. Advance tickets, $5-$25; at the gate, $5-$30. ARIZONA WINE & DINE April 5, Scottsdale Quarter AZ Wine & Dine will showcase Arizona’s culinary scene with premier chefs, resorts, restaurants, fine wines and craft beer. While sipping and sampling, guests can listen to music by Nate Nathan and The MacDaddy-O’s. A portion of proceeds will benefit the educational and scholarship efforts of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association. 6-9 p.m. Individual tickets, $79; two tickets, $150

(prices increase March 15). www. BOARD OF VISITORS ANNUAL CHARITY BALL April 7, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn The Board of Visitors Annual Charity Ball is the longest-running philanthropic event in Arizona, with 2018 marking its 103rd year. The soiree will help support nonprofits in the greater Phoenix community that serve the healthcare needs of women, children and the elderly. At the gala, guests will be greeted with an outdoor cocktail reception, followed by a presentation of this year’s Flower Girls. The evening will continue with dinner and dancing. 6 p.m. $600+. www.





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Cirque du Soleil debuts its first-ever spectacle on ice


IF YOU GO… What: Cirque du Soleil Crystal When: March 8-11; times vary Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix Tickets: Individual, $44-$160+ Information: www.

Magical. Whimsical. Defying the laws of gravity. These are just a few descriptors of the renowned Cirque du Soleil family of shows. As the world’s largest theatrical producer, Cirque du Soleil creates out-ofthis-world experiences, and for the first time ever, the wondrous show is taking its repertoire to the ice in the production Crystal. This month, Talking Stick Resort Arena will transform into a frozen playground for four days where world-class ice skaters and acrobats will perform amazing human feats in a “breakthrough ice experience.” From double axels to amazing acrobatics,


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the show combines circus arts over ice, sweeping spectators away in a flurry of excitement. “It is fantastic to share the stage not only with ice skaters – extreme, freestyle, solo and pairs – but also acrobats. We learn a lot from each other and I get to show some of my unique tricks,” says Zabato Bebe, an Austrian solo figure skater in Crystal. Among the troupe of eloquent and agile skaters is Crystal, the show’s leading lady who is on a journey of self-discovery. Bystanders will accompany her as she

skates her way to her destiny, proving to herself that she has always been a confident, liberated and empowered young lady. The ice rink at Talking Stick Resort Arena will take on many forms, including an extreme skating playground and a ballroom where Crystal and her male counterpart will blur the boundaries between ice and sky in a mesmerizing pas de deux. In another scene, the ice rink becomes a playful pinball machine. “It will be my first time in Phoenix, and I can’t wait to see the city and hear the audiences cheering for us,” Bebe says.



Compassion with Fashion celebrates its 20th anniversary


Amid wagging tails and generous hearts, the Arizona Humane Society’s (AHS) annual fundraiser, Compassion with Fashion, will take place on Sunday, March 25 at the newly renovated Arizona Ballroom at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. More than 1,000 animal-loving guests will gather for the 20th anniversary celebration that will aim to raise over $1 million to support the innovative programs and services necessary for the furry friends who make their way through AHS’ doors. “After seeing the homeless and injured lives saved by AHS, there is nothing I would rather do than work to raise money for this amazing organization,” says Ann Siner, event co-chair and AHS board member. “Dogs and cats that arrive sick or injured at AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital are literally given a new lease on life and the chance at a better life.” New this year, the afternoon’s festivities will feature a live auction spotlighting a custom, one-of-a-kind Ron Burns painting valued at more than $19,000 and a designer fashion show featuring Chanel, Versace and Diane von Furstenberg, courtesy of My Sister’s Closet. Event co-chairs and owners of My Sisters Closet, Ann Siner and Tess Loo, have taken every detail into consideration to make the 20th anniversary of Compassion with Fashion the most successful yet. “My goal is to have people leave the luncheon exclaiming with excitement that this was ‘paws down’ the best Compassion with Fashion event ever! I want to hear big wows and sighs of joy,” Loo says. Of course, the stars of the show will be the adoptable dogs as they strut their stuff down the runway in true furry fashionista style while guests dine on a gourmet


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lunch and highly anticipated themed dessert. The ballroom will mirror the bubblegum pink and white artistic theme and feature 20 animal caricatures created by Loo throughout the afternoon. In addition to the seated lunch and program, animal lovers will be able to peruse a silent auction filled with items ranging from unique dining and shopping experiences to high-end artwork from artists such as Nancy Pendleton and Chad Little. Exotic travel packages – including a trip to Iceland – will be up for grabs, as well as local staycations for those looking to unwind closer to home. VIP ticket holders will be treated to a brand-new VIP after-party, runway seating, limo service to and from the event, and leave with a packed VIP swag bag.

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Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival: March 16-18 This 23rd annual festival, which takes place in downtown Carefree from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, will feature 150 juried artists displaying more than 5,000 pieces of artwork including paintings, pastels, sculptures, hand-blown glass, handcrafted jewelry, photography and more. The event will also include live performances, food trucks, samplings of sweets, and tastings of wine, beer and even rum. Admission, $3; drink tastings with a souvenir glass, $10. Burger Battle: March 23 The title of Best Burger in the Valley is again up for grabs, and it’s up to you to help choose this year’s winner. Hungry patrons are invited to the Scottsdale Waterfront from 7 to 9:30 p.m. to enjoy mouthwatering burger creations from eateries such as The Porch, Joe’s Midnight Run, Hopdoddy, and Tavern Americana. Along with all the burger samples you can eat, tickets include ice-cold beer, milkshakes, fries, dessert and live music. VIP admission allows for early admission to the event as well as exclusive access to the VIP Lounge. Tickets start at $65. Innings Festival: March 23-25 This first-ever festival at Tempe Beach Park is a can’t-miss spring training celebration for music lovers and baseball fans. With three stages and more than 35 rock, pop and alt-country artists, the festival’s headliners will include Chris Stapleton, Queens of the Stone Age and The Avett Brothers. Counting Crows, Young the Giant, The Head and the Heart, and The Decemberists will also take to the stages. On the food front, there will be culinary demos with chef Beau MacMillan, plus professional baseball player meet and greets and fun family activities. Tickets start at $89. The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival: March 24 This southeast Valley festival returns to downtown Chandler for its ninth year. The event, which takes place from noon to 10 p.m., will feature more than 40 barbecue pitmasters from local, regional and national restaurants and barbecue competition teams. Plus, for the first time ever, the festival will have more beer, wine and spirit selections including vodka, whiskey and bourbon. New experiences will include two added stages, live cooking demos, art installations, and more. Tickets start at $20. Italian Festival: March 24-25 Hosted by the Italian Association of Arizona, this fifth annual festival at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall celebrates all things Italian. Starting at 11 a.m. both days, the event will feature demonstrations by renowned Italian DJ and food evangelist Don Pasta as well as performances by Quartetto Aires and solo performer Pietro Rainone – all visiting from Italy for the festival. Of course, there will be plenty of Italian foodie favorites, including gelato, pizza, handmade meatballs, sausages, pasta and wine. Tickets start at $10.


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Get out of your comfort zone with these alternative outings Feel like you’ve “been there, done that” when it comes to date night or girls night (or day) out? Consider these unique alternatives to spice things up and add in some fun activity to your standard meet-for-drinks outing.


The Brush Bar This Scottsdale art studio offers classes Thursday to Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in a relaxed group setting where an artist guides you through replicating the night’s featured painting step by step. It’s meant to be for everyone, from beginners to aspiring Van Gogh’s. The best part: Not only does the class include all brushes, paint, a canvas, an easel and even an apron, it also includes a glass of wine, Champagne or beer. Additional glasses (and bottles) are also available thanks to a cash bar. Prices range from $25 to $50. L8 Night Bingo Every Friday and Saturday night, grab a dauber and your lucky troll as Casino Arizona transforms its 1,000-seat bingo hall into a late-night party. Doors open at 10 p.m. with food and drink specials, giant flat-screen TVs throughout, live DJs, and even dancing if the mood strikes. Actual bingo play starts at midnight with a little traditional play and a lot of fun twists on classic games. Prices vary. Mimosas & Monet One Saturday each month, The Hermosa Inn opens its patio for a program called Mimosas & Monet. Led by their artist in residence, Carrie Curran, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., this entertaining morning of outdoor art instruction is paired with mimosas. Curran teaches guests how to gracefully paint acrylic on canvas and guides them on an artistic journey to create their very own masterpiece. Upcoming classes, each offered for $75, are on March 10, April 14 and May 12. Pinspiration For all things crafty and creative, check out Pinspiration on High Street. This studio – complete with a full menu of small bites, beer and wine – provides staff, tools, materials and a clean, inviting place to dream up a DIY project. Customers can create their own idea on the spot, choose from an array of ever-changing monthly projects, or take part in classes like embroidery and cookie decorating. Pinspiration hours vary, but it is open to the public starting at 10 a.m. Thursday to Sunday, and closes at 8 p.m. or later. Prices vary, and formal classes range from $25 to $55. Skylanes Housed on the second floor of the two-story space formerly occupied by Livewire, Skylanes is a boutique bowling club with bottle service late into the night. Featuring striking retro-modern decor, Skylanes offers a high-energy mix of modern pop music and throwback ’80s and ’90s jams. And, if needing a bowling break, simply head downstairs to Casa Amigos Tacos + Tequila – Skylanes’ sister cantina – for fun takes on traditional Mexican fare.


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This month, St. Patrick’s Day parties will pop up around the Valley, toasting Irish culture with plenty of festive fanfare on March 17 and even surrounding the official holiday. Whether you’re of Irish descent or just enjoy a good shindig, celebrate like the Irish do: Drink great (and maybe green) beer, eat hearty pub grub, and dance until your feet give out. To commemorate St. Patrick’s Day, 12 venues invite guests to raise a glass to all things Irish with some lucky, one-time only specials saluting Emerald Isle tradition.

K O’Donnell’s Sports Bar & Grill

Calling all sports fanatics: K O’Donnell’s Sports Bar & Grill is the hangout for you. Sports memorabilia fills every nook and cranny here, from famed jerseys of notable local athletes to college football flags that hang from the ceiling. No matter


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where you sit – the patio, bar area or main dining room – you’ll be in perfect view of a high-definition TV (there are more than 60 in the restaurant). This North Scottsdale Irish pub will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. There will be an authentic Irish food menu, live music

on the patio during the day, and a DJ spinning tracks at night, plus a wide selection of Irish beers, cocktails and whiskey. For March Madness lovers, K O’Donnell’s will also have all the games streaming on the TVs. 14850 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.922.7200;

Kelly’s at Southbridge


Through its large wooden doors, Kelly’s at Southbridge transports guests to Ireland with an elegantly decorated gastropub, complete with sectionals and tufted chairs that create intimate dining nooks. Patrons can also enjoy shareable plates and craft cocktails on the venue’s sprawling patio. The laid-back atmosphere is perfect for celebrating all kinds of events, especially St. Patrick’s Day. The St. Paddy’s celebration this year runs all weekend from March 16 to 18. Green beer will be served every night for $3 and Irish-inspired items like corned beef and bangers and mash will be on the menu. There will also be musical entertainment each night, including a dueling piano band and bagpipers. 7117 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.393.3205;

Pattie’s 1st Avenue Lounge

Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Pattie’s 1st Avenue Lounge is a longtime local favorite. Inside the nondescript brick building you'll find a come-as-you-are neighborhood bar with pool tables, shuffleboards and even a pingpong table on the partially enclosed patio. The bar offers affordable drinks and also functions as a nightclub on weekends with local DJs getting the party going on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The best part? There is no cover charge. With a name like Pattie’s, you know St. Patrick’s Day is taken very seriously here. The bar will start celebrating at 8 a.m., offering $3 domestic long-neck beers, $5 well drinks, and $2 Jell-O shots (and, yes, they will be green). 7220 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale; 480.990.0103;


Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

With its prime location at Scottsdale Fashion Square, Thirsty Lion is an ideal spot to unwind after some serious retail therapy. This elevated gastropub offers seasonal menus, craft beer and cider, and a selection of handcrafted cocktails. Equipped with a private event space, a patio and catering, Thirsty Lion also welcomes patrons in for special occasions like business lunches, birthdays and holiday parties while celebrating one of its own every year. Each March near St. Patrick’s Day, Thirsty Lion hosts a fundraiser where participants pledge to shave their heads for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-based charity that supports childhood cancer research. The fundraiser takes place at the Tempe location on March 17 from 1 to 3 p.m., but all three locations will have a special menu in honor of St. Patrick’s Day with items like bacon cheddar potato cakes, Scotch eggs, and an Irish beer flight. The menu is available March 1-18. Multiple locations;


Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub

Owner Seamus McCaffrey and his family bring the flavors and hospitality of their Irish home to Valley residents with three authentic Dublin pubs. In 2002, Rosie McCaffrey’s, the youngest of the bunch, opened its doors. The pub brings a piece of the Emerald Isle to Camelback Road by serving traditional pub fare like its award-winning fish and chips, streaming live Glasgow Celtics football matches, and, of course, serving pints of Guinness poured correctly (a two-step process). Rosie’s Backside, an enclosed back patio, accommodates 50 guests and also offers catering and bar services for private events and business functions. On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day festivities

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will start at 8 a.m. and go until 2 a.m. There will be beer trucks, performances both inside and outside, and a special menu featuring corned beef and cabbage. 906 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.241.1916;

Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant


Seamus McCaffrey’s and Rosie McCaffrey’s were once under the same ownership. Today, Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant runs separately. Despite the switch in leadership, the pub remains true to its original Irish roots. TV sets adorn every corner of the pub to ensure optimal views of sports games. Come in Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and enjoy happy hour discounts like a 20-ounce Guinness draft for $5 and $4.50 well drinks and house wines. Seamus McCaffrey’s will close down and take over 1st through Central avenues for its St. Patrick’s Day Party on March 17. There will be food trucks, three live bands, and several other fun promotions and drink specials. Entry to Seamus McCaffrey’s St. Patrick’s Day Party is $10 per person and is cash only. 18 W. Monroe St., Phoenix; 602.253.6081;

Clancy’s Irish Pub

Clancy’s Irish Pub gives Phoenicians a taste of Midwestern mentality. Originally established in 1977 in Omaha, Nebraska, the venue’s relaxing atmosphere and welcoming staff is meant to make every patron feel at home. Clancy’s is happy to turn on Arizona Cardinals games for natives, but its loyalty lies with the Midwest as it is the official venue for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Green Bay Packers. Come in early on St. Patrick’s Day and get free green eggs and ham with the purchase of a beverage. There will be live music throughout the day, including performers Trevor Scott, Harley Harkins and Stompbox. Those who stop by March 16-17 wearing Irishinspired garb (translation: lots of green) have a chance to win Clancy’s best-dressed contest. The pub opens at 6 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. 4432 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale; 480.990.8797;

Skeptical Chymist

This apothecary-themed pub is the namesake of the 1661 book The Skeptical Chymist written by Irishman Robert Boyle, who was deemed the founder of modern chemistry. With wooden accents, antique spice cabinets, and medicine bottles and jugs scattered throughout the space, the bar pays homage to old pharmacies that doubled as pubs back in the day. The majority of the venue’s decor hails from Ireland, giving guests a true taste of an old-school Irish pub. This St. Patrick’s Day, an Irish breakfast will start at 8 a.m., and there will be live Irish music throughout the day from 11 a.m. to midnight. Plus, drink vendors will be on site to dole out special promos and giveaways. After 11 a.m. there is a $10 cover charge. 15689 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.609.8677;

The Rose & Crown Pub

There is only one locally owned joint that’s been awarded Best English Pub six times in the Valley, and it’s The Rose & Crown. Located in a historic Victorian-style bungalow, the pub sits in one of Phoenix’s oldest standing neighborhoods, Heritage Square. Adding to the venue’s charm is British-inspired artwork hanging from the walls


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and a friendly team pouring more than 50 local and imported beers. The quaint pub also doubles as an American bar with Yankee favorites like foosball, pool, cornhole and several high-definition TVs for watching sports. In keeping with the pub’s endearing ways, there will be a small (free) block party surrounding the area on St. Patrick’s Day, with festivities going from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Attendees can anticipate live music, DJs and classic Irish dishes like Guinness stew and corned beef and cabbage. 628 E. Adams St., Phoenix; 602.256.0223; Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery 
A kilt is a traditional garment found in Celtic nations, namely Scotland. While Arizona is not exactly a Celtic nation, it does indeed celebrate the pleated skirt at Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery. Home to more than 30 beers on tap and a menu of bar favorites like mozzarella sticks, chicken wings and a good ol’ burger, Tilted Kilt also offers daily specials and plenty of fanfare for Arizona sports teams. Though, perhaps it is St. Patrick’s Day that’s Tilted Kilt’s favorite day of the year – through March 31, they will offer an Irish hooley (party) menu, paying homage to the pub’s Irish origins. Plus, they usually have a celebration with live music and green beer. Two locations;

Four Peaks Grill & Tap

Thanks to Four Peaks Brewery, craft beer in the Southwest has become a force to be reckoned with. Four Peaks’ Scottsdale pub boasts a laid-back atmosphere with a mezzanine balcony that accommodates 40 guests, a menu of pub favorites, and, of course, beer tastings. All of the brews are on tap, ensuring a fresh pour each and every time. Don’t miss out on this year’s St. Patrick’s Day happenings, which kick off bright and early at 7 a.m. The first 50 guests will receive a free commemorative shirt as a keepsake. Don’t fret if you’re guest No. 51, though, because shirts and tank tops will be available for purchase throughout the day for $20. Irish breakfast staples will be served until 10 a.m., with other traditional fare, including corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and Irish stew, dished out all day. To drink, enjoy $4 pints, $6 Irish car bombs, and Irish coffee. 15745 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.991.1795;

Harold’s Cave Creek Corral

Itching to get a taste of the wild, Wild West? Since 1935, Harold’s has provided an authentic Western saloon experience; even celebrities and cowboys were known to frequent this Cave Creek hangout. In fact, the venue set the scene for big screen films like Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins and Electra Glide in Blue. Harold’s keeps the charm of the Western spirit alive with free country dance lessons every Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. But, on March 17, lasso the troops and head over to Harold’s for one spectacular St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The day’s music agenda includes the Shelia McGuire Band, Karen O, and Crown Kings. Get your Irish fix with traditional items like corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, and shepherd’s pie – plus pints of green beer, a shot of Jameson chased with Smithwick’s Irish Ale, Irish car bombs and Guinness. This may be an Irish celebration, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave your cowboy or cowgirl hat at home! 6895 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 480.488.1906;

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With a contemporary facade and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the desert stands Chad Little’s new art studio in Paradise Valley, designed by local architects Chen + Suchart. The self-taught painter envisioned creating a remarkable workspace that functions as a working studio rather than a gallery. Though, he also wanted a place that can turn into a space for special events and art exhibitions. Successfully, Little opened his modern, light-filled studio around August of last year, and even though he still considers himself pretty new to the game – he started painting in 2015 – he has been an artist his whole life. He even published a book titled Becoming a Computer Artist in 1994. With a graphic design and tech entrepreneurship background, and inspired by abstract impressionism, he moved from his computer screen to the blank canvas. Often, vintage photographs of strangers inspire his oil paintings. “I have a pretty dry sense of humor and find some of these personal photos to have a story that paints itself,” he says. “I’m typically looking for something that makes me smile in a silly and dry way. The vintage part has to do with the era; a time when design ruled so much of everyday life. Avocado-colored appliances. Fins on an old Chevy car. The clothes!” When asked about his artistic process, Little says there is a special instant at the beginning of the creative moment that’s hard to describe. “It’s a bit of butterflies in your stomach when something looks or feels right. It hits you and you know you’re on the right path. It’s instinctual and hard to find.” His next solo show, titled Crooked, will compile a series of oil and mixed media paintings inspired by 1920s mug shots. The painter came across an archive of these in Sydney, Australia, and since then he has been impressed with the stories behind those photos. “Everyone is dressed up in amazing hats,” he says. “And most have detailed stories of their ‘crimes.’” The exhibit opens on April 5. In the past, his solo shows’ profits have been centered on supporting charities, including Altered Tails, a nonprofit organization specialized in veterinarian services, and one•n•ten, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving LGBTQ youth. “Our mission is to find and support the charities that struggle with keeping a balance between raising money and getting the job done,” he says. Little and his wife, Sophia, recently opened their own foundation called SkinnyPig with the objective to support other organizations. All of the proceeds from his artwork go to their charity and the causes it supports. You can find Little’s studio on 60th Street off of Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley and schedule a time to visit by emailing Learn more at

PAINLESS FIX FOR RECEDING GUMS! Pinhole Surgical Technique



A University Study revealed that 89% of patients over 20 years old have gingival recession. If you are concerned about receding gums due to gum disease or have gum recession because of aggressive brushing, smoking or medications, turn to Dr. Erik Svans, a Certified Pinhole Surgical Technique® Provider. This surgical treatment rebuilds the gum line without cut and suture surgery. You can walk out of our office with a beautiful new smile in a single visit! In fact, the Pinhole Surgical Technique® is often called the “Lunchtime Gum Lift” as it takes as little as an hour to perform and is done under local anesthesia so you can return to work after your appointment.



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


There’s no need to sacrifice style for the ability to manage your activity level or stay connected to friends, family and coworkers. For those who prefer a chic, feminine look over sportier fitness trackers on the market, WiseWear’s Calder Activity Tracker Bangle ($325) – available in gold, rose gold and palladium – is a blend of fashion and functionality. Compatible with both iOS and Android devices, the modern statement bracelet is water-resistant and Bluetooth-enabled, providing alerts for texts, calls and emails when synced to your phone as well as tracking your steps, distance and calories burned via the WiseWear app. Even better, integrated safety technology adds an additional level of personal security. If ever in distress, simply tap the bracelet three times to alert your emergency contacts and drop a pin to your location. For a more minimalistic look, check out WiseWear’s Kingston Activity Tracker Bangle ($295). Both at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. So Scottsdale! March ‘18




MASTERING MONOCHROME Black-and-white hues for a glamorous space

Framed lion photographic canvas, $79.95 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987. Wall clock, Citizen, $135.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond (online only), www. bedbathandbeyond. com. Embroidered fringe accent pillow, Cupcakes and Cashmere, $49.99 at Nordstrom, www. Zigzag tissue box cover, MacKenzieChilds, $48 at Horchow, www. Metal and wool chair, $1,900 at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, 480.444.5790.


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Two Beautiful Brand New 2018 Homes in Desert Mountain Presented by Linda Salkow Just Completed - Saguaro Forest lot#10

5,535 Sq. ft / 4 bed / 4.5ba / 4 car garage / NO steps. Open concept design - City lights, Sunsets and mountain views. Offered at $2,999,999

Just Completed - Gambel Quail Lot #67

4540 sq. ft / 4 beds, + study / 4.5 baths / 3 car garage NO STEPS Mountain & Sunset views in quiet cut de sac. Offered at $1,775,000

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Location, Location & Linda!


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These days, women on the go barely have enough time to workout, let alone get an extra hour to stop at home for a full beauty refresh before heading to work, running errands or enjoying happy hour with the squad. Achieve a quick turnaround post-workout by packing effortless, yet high-quality, beauty essentials in your gym bag to cleanse, refresh and enhance your natural look to take on the day (or night!).

GreatShape Contour Kit in Cool, $49 at jane iredale, Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths, $18 at Biossance The Wanderer fragrance refillable travel case, $28 at PHLUR, www.phlur. com. Professional Strength BosRenew Volumizing Dry Shampoo, Bosley, $19 at B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray, $31 at Urban Decay, Line-N-Define Dual Dimension Eyeliner in black, $24 at Laura Geller, www.


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Rachell Hall’s Permanent Makeup

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

"My motto is Classic Beauty, nothing trendy. Nobody wants to look like they had their makeup tattooed on! That’s why all my signature treatments are designed to look soft and natural. Remember you can always add more! My clients never wake up Wednesday morning with Saturday night makeup! Classy, classic and conservative is my specialty look.

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CANDY COLORS Find your perfect pastel for spring

Mint faux drusy tassel earrings, Panacea, $32 at Nordstrom, www. Stretch chino shorts, $45 at J.Crew, www.jcrew. com. Leather top-handle tote, Longchamp, $565 at Nordstrom. Suede ankle-strap heels, Steve Madden, $89.95 at Zappos, Calf-length floral skirt, $34.99 at H&M,


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With over 32 years of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgical experience, Dr Wolin and his staff not only Talk the Talk… they also Walk the Walk. Listen to what his patients have to say about their care and surgical results… (Verified independent interviews) BEFORE


MY FACELIFT, MY EYELIFT AND MY COMPLETE FACIAL FAT TRANSFER: “The Wolin Team provided an excellent experience! They are all amazing. I Interviewed many other surgeons and no one compared. Dr. Wolin and his entire team were professional, skilled, caring and competent start to finish, just an amazing experience.”



“My breast revision outcome was fabulous. I¹ve had three breast surgeries since 1987 and beyond none, this was the best. Dr Wolin really knows what he is doing.”



MY FAT TRANSFER: “I was well prepared for my surgery. The outcome was fantastic. It’s been 18 months since my procedures and my face still looks full and youthful.”



Visit Dr Wolin’s website at to view his patient¹s unbiased comments on their care and surgery. Dr. Andrew Wolin has been a leader in the plastic surgical community of Scottsdale since 1985, and his extensive years of experience benefit each patient. His top-notch reputation as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and for cutting-edge procedures draws patients from near and far. Dr. Wolin is the Medical Director of the Wolin Plastic Surgery Center. His practice offers a full-range of face and body procedures, including facelifts, browlifts, nose surgery, facial fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic, fat transfers, fotofacials™, laser skin resurfacing, ear surgery, breast augmentations, breast implant/exchanges, breast reductions, breast lifts, arm lifts, bodylifts, liposuction, tummy tucks, and Coolsculpting to freeze away your unwanted fat. Dr Wolin also offers the newest technology in Permanent Hair Restoration, NeoGraft for men and women. Dr. Wolin is located at 8415 North Pima Road, Suite 110, Scottsdale 85258. You can call 480.945.8440 or visit to set up a consultation to learn more about these incredible procedures.

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SPARKLE IN SEQUINS Put a spring in your step with the season’s glitziest trend

So Kate Pailette Pumps, Christian Louboutin, $695 at Barneys New York, Silver pointed-toe booties, IRO, $735 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Pinata slide heel sandals, Sam Edelman, $100 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Rose gold slide sandals, Tory Burch, $248 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Black slip-on sneakers, Dirty Laundry, $59.95 at Zappos, com.


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EARRINGS: Pink tassel. TOP: Pink off-the-shoulder lace blouse, Frank Lyman. PANTS: Black flair, analili. BAG: Pink envelope, JJ Winters. Prices upon request. All from Classy Jazzy, 480.513.1480.


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EARRINGS: Long fringe. NECKLACE: Gold chain choker. TOP: Navy-andwhite striped offthe-shoulder blouse, Frank Lyman. PANTS: Distressed cropped jeans, Cello. Prices upon request. All from Classy Jazzy, 480.513.1480.


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EARRINGS: Mesh flower. DRESS: Chartreuse fringe maxi, Frank Lyman. BRACELET: Gold coin charm. RING: Yellow stone. Prices upon request. All from Classy Jazzy, 480.513.1480.


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EARRINGS: Blue rhinestone. TOP: White button-down sleeveless blouse, Frank Lyman. PANTS: Blue sequin, Leelo. BRACELET: Silver cuff with rhinestone detail. RING: Oversized silver with rhinestone detail. Prices upon request. All from Classy Jazzy, 480.513.1480.

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EARRINGS: Black long ball. DRESS: Long-sleeved leopard print, Savee Couture. BRACELET: Gold bangle with stone detail. RING: Rose gold trio (sold separately). Prices upon request. All from Classy Jazzy, 480.513.1480.


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EARRINGS: Silver hoops. NECKLACE: Purple pendant. DRESS: Multicolor butterfly, Savee Couture. Prices upon request. All from Classy Jazzy, 480.513.1480.

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DRESS: Blue and leopard multiprint belted, Savee Couture. Price upon request. From Classy Jazzy, 480.513.1480.


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EARRINGS: Silver and pearl. NECKLACE: Rhinestone pendant. DRESS: Coldshoulder black-andwhite check, Fifteen Twenty. BRACELET: Wire bangle set. RING: Oversized silver with stones. Prices upon request. All from Classy Jazzy, 480.513.1480.

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


During the spring (before the temperature heats up), give a new meaning to “hanging out” with the Pod Hanging Chair from CB2. Made to withstand the outdoor elements, the faux wicker pod is handwoven by artisans using off-white recyclable resin on a powdercoated aluminum frame with a galvanized metal chain and hook. It comes with a weather-resistant tufted cushion in taupe, providing a comfy hideaway to curl up with a book or take an afternoon nap right in your own backyard. $758.95 at CB2,

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SPOTLIGHT: UPDATED OASIS Timeless design and quality finishes exude the Arizona lifestyle in this stunning ranch-inspired home within the prestigious Whisper Rock community. The interior and exterior of the 6,404-square-foot residence have been thoughtfully updated, adding charm and elegance. Updates include new hardwood floors, designer light fixtures, custom furniture-grade cabinetry, and a Savant smart home system. A split floor plan offers formal and casual living and dining areas, a fantastic billiards room with a wet bar, a spectacularly renovated kitchen with new flooring, a rebuilt island and cabinetry, and a new 48-inch gas cooktop. The four-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath home also features a wine area and vaulted ceilings. A split master suite includes a luxurious spa bath and an adjoining den/workout room, which provides an ideal owner’s retreat. An office with custom built-ins and a powder room rounds out the east wing. Additionally, two spacious secondary bedrooms with private baths provide eloquent areas for family or guests. A fully appointed guest casita with a private entrance in the backyard offers the ultimate in accommodations, including a kitchenette and a stone fireplace. The exterior improvements have taken outdoor living to a new level, with specimen cacti and Arizona flora among the pool, spa, outdoor barbecue area, and expansive patios, including one that’s covered and an open area with plentiful seating and an outdoor fireplace. The property’s interior cul-de-sac location at Whisper Rock offers privacy and a truly tranquil setting, with mountain views, north/south exposure and proximity to the wash, all within a guardgated golf community. 7414 E. Lower Wash Pass, Scottsdale, AZ 85266. Listed for $2,650,000 with Sally Cashman, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, 602.339.2680 or sally.cashman@


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2018 MERCEDES-BENZ AMG C63 S CABRIOLET An exceptional vehicle inside and out BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: Base price: $81,500

On a weekly basis, a press vehicle is dropped off at my house, and the previous vehicle is picked up. They range from pickup trucks to economy cars, electric vehicles, SUVs and so forth. But a few times each year, something really special arrives that I don’t want to give back. Such was the case with the Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S Cabriolet. With 503 horsepower, 516 pound-feet of torque, and a seven-speed automatic transmission, the hand-built 4.0-liter, V-8 bi-turbo engine is the same used in the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT, E-Class sedan, and other C-Class models. Add in AMG forged cross-spoke wheels – 19 inches up front and 20 in the back – and one can reach zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. It’s brought to a smooth but certain stop by large 15.8-inch ceramic brakes with red-painted brake calipers. An optional performance exhaust system with flap control varies the exhaust notes depending on the selected transmission mode. This produces awesome, throaty growls, popping and cracks. It isn’t loud enough to wake the neighbors, but the effect is delicious. A Dynamic Select driving control


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menu on the center console enables the driver to customize the C63’s performance from the plush “Comfort” mode to the aggressive “Sport” or the distinct “Sport+” and “RACE” modes. All this goodness is wrapped in a sleek, sophisticated selection of colors with a drop-top. This car is the bomb. Inside, the C63 S has some of the best bucket seats I’ve ever occupied. Leather seats and trim, brushed aluminum precision switchgear, and gorgeous turbine-styled air vents – all materials are top-rate with exceptional build quality. Although, I’m not in love with the placement of the center LCD screen, which looks like it was added after the car had been completely built. Without question, this car is a beast. But, for such a high-performance vehicle, it’s actually quite friendly, easy to drive, and even thoughtful. That’s because, while cars keep getting faster, the people who buy them are not necessarily becoming better drivers. So what you get with the AMG C63 S is a very track-capable car that’s also perfect for daily driving. Just be prepared to open your wallet.

Price as tested: $100,235 Engine: 4.0-L bi-turbocharged V-8 Horsepower: 503 Fuel economy: 17/22 mpg city/ highway Seating: 4 Fab features: Incredible acceleration and braking Sinister exhaust notes Intoxicating to drive

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The Lone Star State’s third-largest city is a mecca of art, entertainment, eats and outdoor experiences


The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area (the DFW Metroplex as locals call it) is a diverse place with more than 7 million residents. It offers everything from downhome hospitality to chic galleries and funky neighborhoods. With more than a dozen nonstop flights each day from Phoenix, there’s no reason not to head south.

Exploring Downtown Dallas


The DFW Metroplex is massive, covering an area bigger than the states of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined. You’ll want to be strategic about what you plan to visit, and Downtown Dallas must be on the list. Downtown, stop by the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The modern cube-shaped building is famed for its glass-encased escalator on the outside of the structure. Inside, the museum is filled with interactive exhibits, including an earthquake simulator and a Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall with an assortment of digital electronics. For sky-high views, head 470 feet above ground to the GeODeck at the top of Reunion Tower. There are telescopes that let you view the streetscape, and if you return at night, dine at Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty, which is even higher, at 560 feet. This elegant restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows all around, offering 360-degree city views as the room revolves. Another downtown must-see is The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. It was from here, in the former Texas School Book Depository, where significant evidence of a sniper was found following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. For a respite from the bustling city, the 66-acre Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden in East Dallas, on the shores of White Rock Lake, is especially lovely in spring. Each day, enjoy tastings of recipes made with vegetables harvested from the local gardens. Find out more at

Neighborhood Know-how Dallas is filled with a variety of neighborhoods, many of which offer an eclectic, artsy look at the city. Deep Ellum is an entertainment district filled with street murals, quirky art galleries, and indie concert venues. In the 1920s, this was the place to go for jazz and blues, and you can still find great music here, including April’s annual Deep Ellum Arts Festival. The Bishop Arts District is a hip area with more than 60 boutiques, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, theaters and art galleries. Pegged as “Dallas’ most independent neighborhood,” you won’t find chain restaurants or big-box stores in this indie district. Though more of a micro-neighborhood near downtown, Trinity Groves is a popular entertainment destination filled with start-up


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restaurants, shops and galleries. In fact, it’s a “restaurant concept incubator program” that encourages chefs and restaurateurs to open unique ventures in an area once filled with industrial warehouses. In addition to being a foodie haven, there are galleries, a brewery and ongoing events. Head north of downtown to Highland Park to explore the upscale shopping at Highland Park Village. HP Village opened in 1931 as the country’s first shopping center and became a National Historic Landmark in 2000. The center has a variety of high-end retailers including Hermès, Valentino and Dior as well as restaurants and Texas’ first luxury theater, Village Theatre.


Exploring Nearby Cities When you fly into Dallas, you will either fly into Dallas Love Field on Southwest Airlines or DFW Airport on American Airlines. DFW Airport is located near the town of Grapevine, which has a historic downtown area filled with art galleries and boutiques. Grapevine’s Urban Wine Trail also makes it a fun destination for wine tasting. There are several options throughout town, but don’t miss Messina Hof Grapevine Winery with its cozy Victorian setting or the Sloan & Williams Winery where you can pair drinking wine with wine ice cream. If you head to Wine Fusion Winery, you can blend your own wine. For music lovers, nearby Irving is home to the Dallas area’s newest music and entertainment scene. The Toyota Music Factory recently opened with three venues in one – two theaters and a large amphitheater. In addition to live entertainment, there are 25 restaurants either open now or opening throughout 2018.


Where to Stay Dallas has a variety of accommodations, and one of the most convenient luxury hotels is the Grand Hyatt DFW. Located inside DFW Airport’s International Terminal D, it offers sumptuous accommodations, and, as a guest, you can access the shopping inside security. Simply ask the concierge and they will escort you through the TSA checkpoint, even without a boarding pass. The guestrooms offer fun runway views without any airport noise, and the rooftop pool is a welcome oasis. Dining at Grand Met is a treat, which is unexpected for an airport location. If you prefer to soak up neighborhood flavor, head to the trendy Uptown area’s Hotel ZaZa Dallas. This upscale boutique hotel captures the quirky side of the city with themed rooms and suites, easy walking to restaurants, and pampering at ZaSpa. With so many great things to experience in Dallas – and a short 2.5-hour flight from Phoenix – you’ll be pulling on your boots for the Lone Star State.

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A TASTE OF SPRING Expand your palate with unique Arizona-made white wines

Spring has sprung – and so have Arizona’s vines. We sipped and sampled our way around the state to unearth some of its most interesting white wine varietals.

If you like classic chardonnay, try … Page Springs Cellars 2015 Colibri Roussanne, $26 Many people direct “oaked” (aka more traditional) chardonnay sippers to sample Arizona viogniers, but these roussanne grapes, which grow in the shadow of the mighty Chiricahua Mountains of Southern Arizona, are silky and rich with hints of clean springtime flavors like apricot, lemon and peach. Like a chardonnay, there is a creamy feel to the wine, but the dry finish makes it a little lighter and airier.

If you like unoaked chardonnay, try … Coronado Vineyards 2016 Dry Riesling, $16 In recent years, unoaked chardonnay – which is aged in stainless steel versus oak barrels for a less buttery result – has become all the rage. This riesling is similarly aged in stainless steel, resulting in a lemony yellow color with hints of apricot, apple and honeydew. Its subtle sweetness doesn’t overpower, making it more akin to an unoaked chardonnay than a traditional, sweet German riesling.

If you like pinot grigio, try … Kief-Joshua 2015 Chenin Blanc, $25 Light, bright and a bit fruity, this delightful alternative to pinot grigio always turns heads. It has a medium acidity, ideal for white wine lovers who aren’t quite ready for the full crispness of a sauvignon blanc, yet want a little more zest than a basic pinot.

If you like sauvignon blanc, try … Pillsbury Wine Company 2016 Chardonnay, $24 This wine, which earned a Gold Medal from the San Francisco Chronicle, is aged for six months in neutral oak, so, like the dry riesling, it isn’t buttery. Instead, there are clear notes of florals, shortbread and all sorts of citrus, a favorite for sauvignon blanc lovers. Also like sauvignon blanc – and spring itself – it’s crisp, clean and loves to be chilled.

If you like a white blend, try … Bodega Pierce 2016 Pandora, $18 This blend features the award-winning winemaker’s estate pinot gris, sauvignon blanc and Malvasia Bianca in every delightful sip. Together, these grapes combine to give the drinker the sweet crispness of a pear and floral notes of both lilies and dreamy hibiscus.

If you like sparkling white wine, try ... Aridus 2016 Sparkling Malvasia, $47.25 This particular effervescent sparkling wine features intense aromas of peach, tangerine and honeysuckle. The palate is predominantly citrusy – especially with orange blossom – and has a lingering floral finish. There are also some surprising notes on the second and third sips of ginger and spice.


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At The Phoenician, Mowry & Cotton’s “Porch Party” ($39 per person) offers resort guests and locals alike a communal brunch experience featuring samples of chef Tandy Peterson’s fan favorite dishes and house specialties every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The indulgent menu includes monkey bread made with brown butter pecans, blueberry fig jam and white chocolate creme fraiche; carne asada breakfast tacos; shrimp and grits; and scrumptious doughnuts. And because brunching and cocktailing are often synonymous, Mowry & Cotton has a solid lineup of beverages for morning-time diners including a Fro-mosa Journey ($18) – a flight of three frozen sorbet mimosas – and a Blueberry Buzz ($11), a buzzy vodka cocktail equipped with bacon and a mini waffle. Mowry & Cotton, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.423.2530; So Scottsdale! March ‘18




Sip on The Sicilian Butcher’s springtime sensation


All of the cocktails at The Sicilian Butcher, a butchery-inspired eatery that opened late last year, have two things in common: Each is based on a classic, and each has an Italian or Sicilian twist. The Grazie ($10), for example, is inspired by the gin sour, which is known for its froth and herbaceous, yet refreshing, flavor. The Sicilian Butcher’s recipe starts by making a puree from fresh strawberries and sugar then adding Italian red wine and reducing the mixture for 25 minutes. “We use nero d’avola wine, a grape directly from southern Italy and Sicily that tastes much like a New World shiraz with sweet tannins and plum, peppery flavors,” says mixologist Sheldon Wiley. The reduction is then combined with gin in a shaker. “When we can, we use a Sicilian gin, but most respected brands have the herbal notes needed to balance the sweetness in the reduction,” says Wiley, who also includes fresh lemon juice for acidity before adding in a secret ingredient – aquafaba. “Aquafaba is chickpea brine and used as a vegan substitute for egg whites,” Wiley says. “Like with egg whites, we add it to the shaker and dry shake vigorously, then add ice and shake again, which gives us the froth.” The contents are strained and poured into a snifter glass and then garnished with shaved cinnamon and a sprig of mint. “Seventy percent of what we taste comes from what we smell, so these agents work to bring out the sweetness, bitterness and freshness of the cocktail on the nose,” Wiley says. The Sicilian Butcher, 15530 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 602.775.5140;


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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Sara Garrant of Bourbon Steak

Sara Garrant serves as the new executive chef of Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, delivering fine cuts of beef, poultry and fish, all slow-poached in butter and grilled over wood-fueled flames.


You’re originally from Alaska? I am! I grew up in tight-knit community of commercial salmon fishermen in south central Alaska. From a young age, my mom and I would spend summers cooking for our “adopted family” of fishermen – when I wasn’t fishing myself, mind you. How did you make your way to Arizona? After high school, I attended Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa, Ontario. Believe it or not, my first foray into the culinary world in the “lower 48” was right here in the Valley after culinary school. So Alaskan and homegrown, in a way? Yep. In 2008, I landed a position working under chef Chris Curtiss at Noca. He really helped me develop my culinary style. While working with him, I learned a true appreciation of local produce, sustainable seafood, and a general respect of the products used on a daily basis. How did you come to join Bourbon Steak? This is actually my second stint with Bourbon Steak. After Noca, I relocated to San Diego briefly before coming back to Scottsdale to open Isabella’s Kitchen in 2012. In 2013, I joined Bourbon Steak when my mentor, chef Curtiss, moved to the venue. In 2015, I transferred cross-country to take on a position at Michael Mina 74 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Culinary chops honed, I came back to Bourbon Steak, this time as executive chef. What is your approach in the kitchen? Give everything and everyone a little love. If you take the time to treat the products you are lucky enough to use – and the people you are lucky enough to work beside – with respect, guests can taste the difference. Do you have a favorite thing to cook? Given my roots, my heart belongs to seafood! Bourbon Steak, 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale; 480.585.2694;

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BOARDS & BOTTLES Dine and drink deals that delight


Postino WineCafe

It’s no secret that Postino is the pioneer of the board and bottle concept in the Valley. On Monday and Tuesday nights after 8 p.m., guests can choose any house bottle of wine and a bruschetta board, which includes four varieties and enough to share, for $20. Bruschetta options include warm artichoke spread or ricotta cheese with dates and pistachios, and gluten-free bread is available. 7030 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale; 602.899.1111 and 4821 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 602.428.4444;

32 Shea

Starting at 4 p.m. until close every Tuesday, 32 Shea offers a similar board and bottle program as Postino. Theirs, priced at $20, includes any bottle on their always-evolving happy hour wine list and a custom bruschetta board, which gives the option of three flavors including prosciutto, mascarpone, figs and honey; goat cheese and dried cranberry relish; and classic mozzarella, basil and tomato. Gluten-free bread is available. 10626 N. 32nd St., Phoenix; 602.867.7432;


On Mondays, any bottle of wine purchased gets your party a free bruschetta board, which includes your choice of three types of bruschetta, such as smoked salmon with goat cheese and capers, salami with homemade pesto, a tomato relish delight, or creamy Brie with fig jam. Insider tip: If you miss Monday’s deal, visit on Wednesday where a bottle of wine gets you a free select pizza from 4 p.m. to close. 4175 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.265.9814;

Farm & Craft Bored of the same old happy hour? Then why not try an actual board – a board and bottle deal, that is. Here are eight of the best bets for boards, bottles and other out-of-the-box options at local restaurants right now.

On Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to close, Farm & Craft has a $20 bottle and flatbread board deal. There are eight wine options – a mix of red and white to please wine lovers from both camps – and each of the flatbreads features housemade flax and whole wheat dough. But don’t get scared off by the healthy crust ingredients, as each tastes like a good ol’ (albeit fancy) pizza through and through. 4302 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.568.8980;


This new pizza hot spot in Desert Ridge offers a smoking deal on their bottle and cheese board on Wednesday nights. Called Wine and Cheese Wednesday, for just $19.95 guests can enjoy


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with their wildly popular Kitchen Platter for just $9. The board combines artisan charcuterie and cheeses, house-spiced olives, pickled vegetables, and grilled artisan bread with chef Rusconi’s outstanding pesto, which changes flavors seasonally. 10637 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 480.483.0009;

North Italia

The only almost-daily board and bottle deal in town, North offers this $20 option to guests Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and all day on Sunday. It includes your choice of pizza, bruschetta, or a chef’s board, which serves two to three people and includes artisan meats and cheeses, marinated eggplant, roasted peppers, olives and marcona almonds – plus a select bottle of red or white wine (options vary monthly). 15024 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.948.2055;

AT FARM & CRAFT, THERE ARE EIGHT WINE OPTIONS – A MIX OF RED AND WHITE TO PLEASE WINE LOVERS FROM BOTH CAMPS – AND EACH OF THE FLATBREADS FEATURES HOUSEMADE FLAX AND WHOLE WHEAT DOUGH. a sizeable cheese board (cheeses change regularly, but are always served with toasty fresh bread) along with a select bottle of wine from 5 p.m. to close. 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 480.247.7377;

Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila

A twist on the traditional bottle concept – it is a Mexican restaurant, after all – Cien Agaves in North Scottsdale recently launched a pitcher deal. Dubbed Late Night Hook Up and offered on both Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to close, guests are treated to either a pitcher of house margaritas or a pitcher of draft beer along with an appetizer for $20. Some favorites are the ceviche, green chile cheese crisp and tinga chicken quesadilla. 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix; 480.467.4455;

Rusconi’s American Kitchen

For those who want to sample multiple wines versus buying an entire bottle, visit the bar area at Rusconi’s Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. to indulge in a selection of more than 20 by-the-glass options priced from $5 to $9 along



For over 20 years, Flo’s has been a staple of the Valley’s Asian restaurant scene. They are a go-to for quick lunches, casual date nights and family dinners. Flo’s menu is a compilation of dishes inspired by cuisine from various regions across Asia. From teriyaki chicken and Singapore noodles to Mongolian beef and Thaistyle curries, there is a little something for everyone. Lunch, dinner and happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. served daily. Two locations in Scottsdale: The Promenade and McDowell Mountain;; $$



6 DEGREES URBAN KITCHEN This vibrant chef-driven gastropub serves modern American cuisine with worldly influences in a sophisticated yet inviting space. Dinner is divided into small and big plates featuring many fresh seafood dishes, creamy pastas and robust steak entrees. Happy hour from 2 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the Shops at Gainey Village, 8989 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.912.6774;; $$ BACKYARDS PATIO SPORTS LOUNGE The fun, backyard-style vibe here is ideal for watching sports or a casual hangout. Menu favorites include a five-cheese blend mac and cheese and a tender, mesquite-smoked and slow-roasted brisket known as the M.O.A.B., or Mother of all Briskets. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. Open daily. 9261 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale; 480.745.3030;; $$ COLD BEERS & CHEESEBURGERS As their name hints, CBCB is famous for their beer and cheeseburgers. Some of the burgers are quite inventive, like one with bacon, peanut butter, grape jelly, cheddar cheese, and chipotle sauce. Open daily with happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Multiple locations throughout Scottsdale and Phoenix;; $$ THE HERB BOX The Herb Box offers a fresh take on world cuisine. Whether dining for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch, dishes are inspired by Asian, Latin and European flavors. The pastries and desserts are all made in-house and should not be missed. Gluten-free and vegetarian friendly. Two locations in Scottsdale: DC Ranch and Southbridge;; $$-$$$ TAPHOUSE KITCHEN TapHouse Kitchen boasts 20 different craft beers on tap, many of which are brewed here in Arizona. Along with ordering a flight of brews, consider pairing them with bites from their elevated pub menu. There are many salads, burgers, sandwiches and hearty entrees to choose from. Happy hour daily from 3 to 7 p.m. Brunch starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. At Hilton Village, 6137 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.656.0012;; $$


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WHITE CHOCOLATE GRILL At White Chocolate Grill diners can find comfort in classics like steakhouse-quality cuts of meat, rotisserie chicken, and Maryland-style crab cakes. But what they are really known for are their white chocolate desserts, most notably the French white chocolate bread pudding. Children’s menu and gluten-free menu available. Open daily at 11 a.m. 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix; 480.563.3377;; $$ ZIPPS SPORTS GRILL At Zipps, you’ll find more than just homemade food and cold drinks. This neighborhood sports grill provides all sorts of entertainment including shuffleboard, pool, darts and other games. Catch the big game on one of their many flat screen TVs or cool off with a beer and a basket of wings on the spacious patio. Open daily with happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Several locations throughout Scottsdale and Phoenix;; $$


HIRO SUSHI Cozy up at the sushi bar where the chef greets guests with a warm towel, and dine on delicate pieces of sashimi or any of their savory grilled entrees like the Saba Shioyaki (grilled mackerel). The restaurant is small so reservations are recommended for parties of five or more. 9393 N. 90th St., Scottsdale; 480.314.4215; www.; $$ NIRVANA INDIAN CUISINE Nirvana Indian Cuisine’s menu consists of traditional tandoori dishes, curries, biryanis and pakoras. The tandoori baked breads like naan and roti come in a range of seasonings and toppings that captures some of the spices that make Indian food distinct. Vegetarian menu available. Lunch buffet offered daily. Dinner nightly from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Closed Monday. 14891 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.483.9284;; $$ THAI HOUSE Enjoy savory Thai cuisine in this affordable family-friendly restaurant that is great for dining in or take out. Thai House also has a full bar so guests can pair a bottle of beer or glass of wine with their meal. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. Lunch specials are served only on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Two locations in Scottsdale: Shea Boulevard and Pima Road;; $-$$


BOOTLEGGERS Bootleggers is a casual American tavern and smokehouse with craft barbecue and stiff moonshine cocktails. Any of the tacos and their barbecue entrees are fantastic options for sampling smokehouse favorites. Enjoy an express lunch for $15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Happy hour is offered daily from 3 to 6 p.m. 7217 E. 1st St., Scottsdale; 480.404.9984; www.; $$

MCFATE BREWING COMPANY Local brewer Steve McFate started crafting small-batch beers in his home and in a matter of a few years, his business expanded to two Scottsdale pubs. Snack on chips and dip, nosh on pizza, or enjoy Sunday brunch at the North Scottsdale pub. The South Scottsdale location has a beer garden with a dog-friendly patio and expanded menu. Two locations, North Scottsdale and South Scottsdale;; $$

LIBERTY STATION Liberty Station is open for lunch and dinner, serving up American comfort food, vintage cocktails, and local craft beers. High-quality meats are smoked in a custom smoker prominently displayed on their patio. Menu items like Boston cod fish and chips and New England clam chowder are a nod to the Keeler family’s Boston roots. Happy hour is offered daily from 3 to 6 p.m. 34522 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.595.9930;; $$

TWO BROTHERS TAP HOUSE & BREWERY Hailing from Chicago, this familyowned craft beer company has nearly two decades of brewing history. The Scottsdale tap house features exclusive Scottsdale brews with a menu that includes pimento mac and cheese and a regionally-inspired Sonoran dog. Happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. 4321 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.378.3001;; $$

NAKED BBQ Naked BBQ focuses on rubbing and smoking meats so they can be served “naked,” or without sauce, though guests can customize their barbecue with the variety of homemade rubs and sauces. Monday through Thursday, Naked BBQ is open for lunch starting at 11 a.m. until they sell out (or 4 p.m.). On Friday and Saturday, they are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 2340 W. Bell Road, Phoenix; 602.439.4227; www.thenakedbbq. com; $$ THE THUMB This gas station-barbecue joint is located inside the Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market. Guests can stop by for gas and a car wash, then pop inside for some tasty barbecue. Try the famous breakfast brisket stack that was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives. Open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily for all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner. 9393 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale; 480.513.8186;; $$


GOLDWATER BREWING CO. Goldwater Brewing Co. is a familyowned and -operated craft beer brewery in Old Town Scottsdale. The tap room boasts more than 20 of their own craft beers and some specialty brews. Guests can stop in for tastings, but no food menu is offered at this time. 3608 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.350.7305;; $-$$


BABBO ITALIAN EATERY Babbo serves contemporary Italian cuisine in a casual family-friendly atmosphere. Housemade focaccia bread is brought fresh from the oven and served tableside. Open for lunch and dinner daily starting at 11 a.m. Multiple locations throughout the Valley, including Scottsdale and Cave Creek. 480.291.5050;; $$ BLAZE PIZZA At Blaze, diners are treated to pizza made-to-order using dough prepared from scratch, topped with fresh ingredients, and flash-baked to perfection in less than three minutes in a blazing hot oven. Gluten-free crust is available. Multiple locations throughout the Valley, including at The Promenade in Scottsdale and on Bell Road in Phoenix;; $-$$

 VIRTÚ HONEST CRAFT Tucked away in the Bespoke Inn is the Italian- and Mediterraneaninfluenced cuisine of Virtú Honest Craft. This lauded restaurant is wonderful for a romantic dinner or those looking for a sophisticated, handcrafted dining experience. Serving brunch and dinner daily. 3701 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale; 480.946.3477; www.; $$$


BARRIO QUEEN Barrio Queen focuses on the unique cuisine of Mexico City. The Barrio

Guacamole is nationally renowned and prepared tableside. Celebrate Margarita Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, and happy hour daily from 2 to 6 p.m. with food and drink specials. Two locations: Old Town Scottsdale and Desert Ridge Marketplace;; $$ CARLOS O’BRIEN’S Like its namesake, Carlos O’Brien’s is a unique fusion of a Mexican restaurant and an Irish pub that has been in the Valley since 1978. You’ll find the usual chimichangas and enchiladas as well as a few Irish staples like fish and chips. On the bar menu, Irish beers and whiskeys can be found alongside Mexican beers and tequilas. Open daily at 11 a.m. 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.367.0469;; $$ LOCO PATRON This casual restaurant is great for getting together with friends over filling Mexican food or stopping in for an ice-cold beer with lime. Dishes range from an award-winning crunchy pork taco to a protein bowl tossed with chipotle ranch. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Multiple locations throughout the Valley, including Old Town Scottsdale and their newly opened North Scottsdale Mexican brewery;; $$ OLD TOWN GRINGOS With a lively bar and patio scene, Old Town Gringos serves up Hatch green chile queso dip and tater tot nachos that are great for sharing. Enjoy food and drink specials throughout the week, including Taco Tuesdays and happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 4209 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale; 480.423.3800;; $$


TOMMY BAHAMA RESTAURANT Tommy Bahama’s vibrant theme is well-represented in their tropical concoctions like the Tahitian limeade and the second-story lanai-style dining room. They are known for their world-famous coconut shrimp and are proud partners of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program, serving sustainable seafood. Happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. Located at Kierland Commons, 15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.505.3668; www.tommybahama. com; $$-$$$ KOI POKE Fans of Koi rave about the fresh “boat

to bowl” fish and eight unique sauces used to customize poke bowls here. Meals can be as simple as desired or as decadent as adding lobster and Champagne butter as toppings. They also have a wide selection of beer, sake and wine. Open daily starting at 11 a.m. At DC Ranch, 18221 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale; 480.209.1137;; $$ MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB Part of the Mastro’s collection of restaurants, Ocean Club focuses on high-end seafood, steaks and sushi. The seafood tower is a masterpiece that should be experienced, while the sushi menu was developed exclusively for Mastro’s and showcases signature plates with decadent ingredients. Open nightly starting at 4 p.m. At Kierland Commons, 15045 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.443.8555;; $$$


DON & CHARLIE’S A local steakhouse favorite since 1981, Don & Charlie’s menu combines hearty barbecue entrees with American comfort food. In keeping with their Chicago roots, all steaks are prepared with a char-crust seasoning. While there, grab a drink at the bar and admire the impressive collection of sports memorabilia that adorns the restaurant walls. Open nightly from 5 to 9:30 p.m. 7501 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.990.0900;; $$-$$$ HOUSTON’S Find familiar steakhouse plates like a chilled jumbo shrimp cocktail, an iceberg wedge salad, and a USDA prime center-cut filet as well as originals like a kale and rotisserie chicken salad tossed in a roasted peanut vinaigrette and a Hawaiian rib-eye steak. At Hilton Village, 6113 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.922.7775;; $$$ MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE Morton’s is a nationwide chain of steakhouses known for serving the best cuts of USDA prime-aged beef. The recipes are so popular that they are published in Morton’s Steak Bible and Morton’s The Cookbook for home chefs to replicate. Open nightly starting at 5 p.m. Power Hour beverage and food specials in the bar Monday through Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close and all day on Sunday. At Kierland Commons, 15233 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.951.4440;; $$$-$$$$

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Held at the Phoenix Art Museum, this 50th anniversary celebration featured a reception, silent and live auctions, a raffle, dinner, and an awards ceremony. Funds raised benefited the Back-to-School Clothing Drive, which provides students with new school uniforms, backpacks and school supplies.

Preston and Breanna Naegeli


Destiny Goodman

David and Katie Callaway

Rebecca Heft and Nick Reed

Laura and Jason Sixkiller

Ashley Jacobson

Ryan and Danielle Downs

Debbie Accomazzo

Carlos and Sandra Luna

Daniil and Kate Gunitskiy


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Hosted by the Phoenix Business Journal, the annual Book of Lists Party honored top business leaders. The event took place at Clayton House where attendees enjoyed networking.


Tony Urbanovich and Dr. Ilyne Kobrin

Kenneth Speer and Gelie Akhenblit

Ashley Moran and Tara Neal

Julie and Grant Crone

Marlee Mauvis and Louis Hernandez

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KNOW PHOENIX LAUNCH EVENT Hundreds of guests celebrated the launch of KNOW Phoenix, a network of the Valley’s top women entrepreneurs, at Mountain Shadows. Attendees enjoyed a hosted bar, hors d’oeurves, and the unveiling of the first KNOW Phoenix book as well as meeting the women featured in it.

Kristina Guerrero


Amanda Larson and Julie Xander

Sarah Benken and JoAnn Holland

Brandon Eban and Desree Hawes

Christina Barrueta and Rochelle Daniel

Risa Kostis and Olivia Hood

Lauren Wohlin and Caitlin Smith

Lindsay Holt and Coley Arnold

Nancy Kinnard and Heather Rausch

Lisa Glowacka and Heath Holloway


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Stephanie Clarke and Allie Marconi

Meet Artists Working in Studios PLUS—Glass Blowing Classes!

480-837-7163 26540 N Scottsdale Rd Every Day of the Week through March 25 10-week Season Pass $10; Military/Seniors $8 • Open Daily 10am-6pm

Jean Laninga, Yvonne Matejka and Lisa O’Connell

Shelby Lippincott and Rachel Elise and Beau Trimble

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Meet renowned artists, stroll throughout juried fine arts, enjoy sipping fine wines and listening to live music. $3 Admission • Held Outdoors • 10am-5pm • 480-837-5637 Isabella Palazola, Angie Nielsen and Stephanie Christou

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DANCE WITH ME – A BALLET GALA This annual gala was held at the Phoenix Art Museum, where longtime Ballet Arizona supporters, Rose and Harry Papp, were honored. More than 350 guests enjoyed excerpts from Ballet Arizona’s performance of Cinderella, and the committee raised more than $510,000 supporting the ballet’s artistic and community programming.

Daryl Weil and Adrienne Schiffner


Sarah Stokely and Oscar Ortega

Jayson and Christy Joseph

Dr. John Demenkoff and Dianne Bradshaw

Garry and Char Eastwood

Julie Shelby and Molly Stockley

George Abrams and Billie Jo Herberger

Janie Kozemczak and Kate Groves

Curt and Leslie Smith

Dana and Bruce Macdonough


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Sarah Stockwell, Tracy Hernandez and Anne King

Come Experience the Difference In Class & Cleanliness! 480.998.9554 8320 N. Hayden Rd, Scottsdale 85258 (One block North of Via De Ventura)

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Dr. Robert and Camerone McCulloch


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The 24th annual YWCA Tribute to Leadership Luncheon took place at the Montelucia honoring seven women and four corporations.




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Juanice Oldham and Marion Donaldson


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Stephanie Cons, Jodi Towns and Andja Langseth

Alexandra Bradberry and Leiah Scheibel

Deborah Bateman and Natalie Vandeventer

Latasha Causey and Danielle Williams

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Hotel Adeline opens its doors in Scottsdale


local favorite Original ChopShop, the three new concepts boast fresh ingredients, made-to-order dishes, and plenty of vegan and gluten-free options.

Selfmade Open for dinner daily, Selfmade is Hotel Adeline’s full-service restaurant serving seasonal American dishes with Mediterranean influences. Signature dishes include the roasted chicken “porchetta” with smoked garlic quinoa stuffing and braised short ribs with chamomile caramel squash, Brussels sprouts and mustard jus. Guests will also enjoy an inventive beverage menu featuring wine, craft beers and creative cocktails.

Good & Proper Scottsdale’s hospitality scene continues to grow. This month, after a soft opening with limited offerings in January, Hotel Adeline makes its formal debut. The 4.5-acre property, which initially opened in 1970 and has been a Clarion, Fairfield and Days Hotel, underwent a $12 million renovation as part of its transformation. Now a contemporary urban retreat, the boutique hotel offers 213 guestrooms including five spacious 700-square-foot king suites. Each room features modern wood furniture with retro flair, built-in live edge work desks, mixed textures and geometric patterns, walk-in rainfall showers, and 50-inch smart TVs. Hotel Adeline’s 3,000-square-foot negative-edge pool serves as the centerpiece of the property and is surrounded by 16 chic cabanas, spacious courtyards with cozy fire pits, and a multi-purpose elevated deck. There are several buzzing communal spaces and 1,800 square feet of private event space. But perhaps the most intriguing element of the hotel is its culinary offerings, open to locals and guests alike. Created in partnership with restaurateur Ryan Jocque, the creative force behind


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As the hotel’s casual cafe concept, Good & Proper features a range of fast-casual and grab-and-go items. The breakfast and lunch menu offers a selection of egg dishes, breakfast bowls, sandwiches, salads, and made-to-order plates. Plus, late-night graband-go snacks are available until midnight daily, while fresh-squeezed juices, wine and beer complete the offerings.

Freestyle At the heart of the hotel’s pool sits Freestyle, a trendy pool bar with a “see and be seen” vibe offering a selection of starters, housemade pizzas and drinks.

Insider Tips Guests “in the know” will stumble upon Hotel Adeline’s own hidden gem, a speakeasy-type hideaway that will pair 100 whiskeys from around the world with specialty ice and boutique glassware. And it’s definitely worth noting that locals who present their Arizona ID at check-in will receive 12 percent off of their stay. Hotel Adeline, 5101 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.284.7700;



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