So Scottsdale November 2020

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A HELPING HAND Founders of local nonprofits share the inspiration behind their work

FEELS LIKE FALL Cool weather wear Seasonal skin care Root veggie dishes

Creator and activist Laura Madden spreads her sustainability message through art and style





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Call 480.419.6242 or email to consign or send photos.

Also accepting western clothing, boots, art and home furnishings.


Bring us your Southwest and Native American jewelry in advance of our event happening at our Pinnacle Peak location on November 21st.




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Galicia Fine Jewelers is Offering Shoppers a Limited Time Luxury Shopping Experience

Nestled within Scottdale Quarter, Galicia Fine Jewelers is home to more than dazzling diamonds and glittering gold. For Lisa Garber, owner and one of the most imaginative designers of custom jewelry, inspiration is no longer confined to traditional jewelry with the addition of Galicia Luxury. The new brand and pop up store will be located across from Galicia Fine Jewelers in the central area of Scottsdale Quarter and will feature estate jewelry, designer purses, and various high-end items including Garber’s one-of-a-kind pieces. Shopping local is important to the Garbers, which was the inspiration behind creating the new limitededition shopping experience just in time for the holiday season. Lisa’s designs are unique and combine a balance between timelessness and modernity. Her designs evoke feminine beauty and strength and are created to empower the women who wear it, allowing themselves to express their unique tastes and personalities.. While Galicia Fine Jewelers has always specialized in GIA certified diamonds and custom designs- the new aspect of the business will compliment the luxury lifestyle brand while maintaing the above and beyond customer service that Galicia is known for. As far as custom designs, Lisa is a master of head-turning combinations. Her collections include a variety of designs and contemporary pieces that are perfect for any occasion.

Lisa Garber Owner/Designer 8-TIME WINNER Female Jewelry Designer of the year

Rubies and gold, Sapphire and diamonds, pearls and emeralds all mix freely in her collection of one-off wonders. “Anyone who appreciates beauty and has an eye for fine workmanship will enjoy their experience at Galicia,” Lisa shares. Whether shoppers are looking to repurpose old jewelry, purchase a gift, or treat themselves, shopping local has never looked so good.

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Contents Escape the real-world hustle by booking an appointment with your favorite Scottsdale color expert and master stylist, Rodney Gentry. Kick back and relax in Rodney’s private salon suite while he works magic on your hair, taking the utmost care with your beauty and your health. Look gorgeous and feel fabulous this summer! For an appointment, please call 480.639.2000, or visit for more information.

ON THE COVER: Laura Madden. Photo by Claudia Johnstone.

Features 46 THE REFASHIONISTA Creator and activist Laura Madden spreads her sustainability message through art and style

50 A HELPING HAND Founders of local nonprofits share the inspiration behind their work

The Hair Color Expert, Rodney Gentry Specializing in hair coloring, corrective color, dimensional hair color, highlights, lowlights, and smoothing hair treatment services. Rodney Gentry’s meticulous method of hair coloring combined with state of art products produces healthy, shiny, naturally beautiful hair every time. Rodney creates a natural look that highlights the assets of one’s face and complexion. By constantly seeking out the newest styles and most advanced techniques Rodney achieves the look that is perfect for you. Rodney excels in creating a classic look with a modern edge and an emphasis on healthy hair as he focuses on your preferences and concerns. After consultation, Rodney’s attention to detail provides a style that is easily cared for and easily managed on one’s own. Your hair will not only look better, but also feel better. Most clients become life-long customers. The loyalty of Rodney’s clientele is attributed to his keen eye, attention to detail, down-to-earth personality and for the wonderful experience he provides during the process. With Rodney Gentry in control of your hair you will look forward to the appointments, enjoy the experience and leave excited to show off your gorgeous hair. Book to experience his services to understand why he is considered one of the top hair coloring experts in Scottsdale Arizona!

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Contents Now 65 HOT TICKET Taliesin West’s new self-guided audio tour

66 LOWDOWN News to know

70 OUT Seasonal self-care

72 EVENT Canal Convergence

74 EVENT Kierland POP

76 NEW IN TOWN The Craftsman Cocktails and Kitchen

Pulse 35 UP CLOSE Sean Sachs is continuing a legacy of service at Scottsdale Plaza Resort

38 BEAT Erica Ptak and Ashley Sheen further statewide water conservation efforts with Desert Dweller Co.

40 BEAT Kelsey Guthrie is the Valley’s mom concierge

42 HIS STYLE Meet Trent Hancock

44 HER STYLE Meet Kim Azari


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78 CULTURE Jason Napier






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Contents Style 81 MUST-HAVE Faux fur outerwear

82 ALLURE Pumpkin beauty products

84 DWELL Curved decor

86 SHOP Punky plaids

88 SHOP Transitional booties

90 FASHION Feels like fall

Luxe 101 INDULGE A suspended daybed

102 WHEELS 2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge

104 WANT Exploring Napa and Sonoma

106 HAUTE Mountain sanctuary

108 PLACES Greater Palm Springs


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111 DISH OEB Breakfast Co.’s French Toast Trifle

112 CHEERS The Dude at The Boozy Breakfast

113 CUISINE In the kitchen with Brian Bieganski of Kasai Japanese Steakhouse

1 14 FOOD FILES Deep roots

116 DINING GUIDE Restaurants to know

The Rest 30 TELL Editor’s note


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Contents This year more than ever before, I’ve really stopped to think about what I’m thankful for: my health, my husband (and rescue pup, Hank!), my family, my close friends, and working with So Scottsdale! all come to mind. As Thanksgiving approaches, I think it’s safe to assume many people are feeling the same way. The month of November always signals a month of reflection and gratitude, but COVID-19 has really put things into perspective for me. This month we focused on people who are making our community a better place (something I think we can all be thankful for!), starting with Laura Madden. Her passion for sustainability is truly inspiring. From her chic wardrobe – check out that killer dress she’s wearing on the cover – to her unique artwork, she’s made it her life’s mission to advocate for creativity that doesn’t hurt our planet. Read about her work on page 46. We also talked to seven founders of local nonprofits that are either new to the scene or aren’t super well-known yet (but should be!). They share the personal inspiration behind each one of their organizations starting on page 50. Additional helping hand highlights include two businessowners on a mission to aid in Valley water conservation and a local mom with a passion for sharing her knowledge with other moms (pages 38 and 40). The rest of this issue is made up of all things fall: cute booties (page 88), dishes made with root vegetables (page 114), spa services utilizing seasonal foods (page 70), pumpkin skin care products (page 82), and fashions fit for autumn (page 81, 86 and 90). For those looking to get outdoors and enjoy the cooler temps, consider Taliesin West’s new tour audio tour (page 65), Canal Convergence (page 72) or Kierland POP (page 74). While Thanksgiving may look a little different this year, I hope you take a few minutes to reflect on what you’re grateful for and take in all that the season has to offer. We’re surely thankful for all of our readers and wish you a happy and healthy holiday. All my best, Gabby Leighton Editor-in-Chief Connect with us! Facebook: @soscottsdalemagazine Instagram: @so_scottsdale_magazine


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Sean Sachs turned an entry-level job at a locally owned resort into a lifetime of service

As a child, Sean Sachs wasn’t sure what he wanted to be when he grew up. “I had some pretty strong feelings about what I didn’t want to be, though,” Sachs says. “I was raised in the small community of Wiggins, which is in rural Colorado. Within the community, my

mom was a teacher, my dad was a principal, and nearly everyone else was a farmer.” As such, Sachs shied away from both the education and agricultural paths, instead setting his sights on finding a career and making a life for himself in a larger city where more

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opportunities existed. “I ended up in the Valley on a whim and – in part – thanks to a men’s singlet, which is that tight, leotard-like uniform that wresters wear,” Sachs says. “Toward the end of high school, a close friend happened to be being recruited by Arizona State University and I thought I’d take a look at it as well.” While that friend ended up choosing another school, Sachs fell in love with the vibrant atmosphere of the campus, not to mention the weather, and enrolled at ASU in 1994 to study marketing. Degree in hand by 1998, Sachs was ready to make Arizona his long-term home. “I just needed a job so I could afford to stay,” says Sachs, who relocated from Tempe to Scottsdale. “And while she wasn’t wearing a singlet, a different good friend is to thank for introducing me to the job that would change my life and lead me to starting my own family.” Said friend had a job at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, one of the few independently owned and operated resorts in Arizona. She got him an interview for an entry-level sales position at the hotel, and after interviewing, he started the job weeks later.

Continuing a Legacy Now, after 23 years, Sachs serves as the resort’s senior vice president, tasked with being part of the leadership team that manages the entire property. He credits his longevity to finding strong mentors, notably owner John Dawson, an icon in the Scottsdale business and philanthropic communities who passed in 2019. In the 1980s, Dawson famously purchased the resort – then the Sheraton Scottsdale Inn and Villas – and not only renamed it the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, but took it through a $40 million renovation that expanded the property from 20 acres with 260 rooms to 40 acres with 404 rooms and an additional 30,000 square feet of meeting space. “Almost 40 years ago, John had a vision for Scottsdale as both a preeminent global tourism and meeting destination when others still looked at it as a desert with a few golf courses. While you can’t teach vision; I feel I learned through unparalleled passion and commitment on how to set clear goals, be persistent and relentless and make what might seem to many a dream into reality,” says Sachs, who worked with Dawson and the executive team in more recent years on another sweeping renovation to ensure the resort’s viability and legacy would continue. Through the most recent $15 million renovation completed in 2018, every room and suite on property was given a headto-toe modernization that included upgraded furniture, artwork, lighting, charging stations and mounted televisions. In addition, all common areas, the ballroom and meeting spaces received a similar upgrade, as did AV and technical capabilities property wide. “With the addition of an incredible director of food and beverage, we elevated our offerings throughout the resort, including investing in our wood-fired pizza oven and significantly enhanced banquet options,” Sachs says.


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Plaza of Love Beyond mentorship, Sachs also credits his longevity at the resort to true love. “While yes, I love the Plaza itself; if not for my job here I would have never met Lauren,” Sachs says. In 2005, as Sachs earned his way to a national sales director role, a woman named Lauren Lotito joined the team in his former entry-level role. “It took me nearly a year to get her to agree to let me take her on a date,” Sachs says. “But when she finally agreed; she fell fast. And I mean it literally. On the night of our first date, she tripped down the stairs.” Thankfully, the rest of the date was far smoother sailing, and Lotito kept falling for Sachs. The two married in October 2009, welcomed their first child, Collin, in 2011, and their second, Emma, in 2013. Lotito, now Sachs, still works at the resort today as the senior national sales manager. “As you can imagine, the past several months have been very different both at work and home for both Lauren and me,” says Sachs, who had to brush up on his fourth grade math and second grade science in recent months to help their kids with virtual learning alongside leading the Plaza through the most precarious time in its history. Looking to 2021, Sachs plans to continue diligent, roundthe-clock efforts to keep employees and guests safe, but also has an eye to additional upgrades both inside and out. “Lauren, the longstanding team here and I all want to ensure John’s legacy continues for another 40 years,” Sachs says. “And hopefully more.”





Kerry Zang, DPM Diplomat, American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery


Q: What is neuropathy? A: Burning, tingling or

Q: What if you’re already being treated?

numbness often leads to a

A: If you’re not finding

diagnosis of neuropathy, yet

relief from medication or

in many cases it’s not. As

treatment, it may be time

If medications and surgeries haven’t stopped the tingling, pain and numbness in your feet—you may be one of the countless people who are misdiagnosed each year. Symptoms of neuropathy often feel very similar to symptoms of poor circulation in your legs and feet. It’s time to stop playing the neuropathy pain game.

doctors, we were taught

to consider it may not be

that neuropathy is a

neuropathy. Get a second

neurological condition that


Q: What has changed in diagnosing neuropathy?

concern with tradition


A: I’m now doing a more

problem, all we are doing is

extensive exam to evaluate

suppressing the symptoms

circulation in the foot. I also

allowing the condition to

work with endovascular

progress. If we can increase

specialists who can evaluate

the circulation, oxygen and

if there are blockages in the

nutrition can get to the

blood vessels below the

affected nerves and

ankle. A blockage affects

regeneration may occur.


only gets worse. In recent years, I’ve started to look at neuropathy as more of a vascular disease (related to poor circulation) rather than a nerve condition.

circulation and may be the cause of neuropathy symptoms.


Q: What is the concern with traditional treatments? A: Just treating the symptoms is my biggest treatments. If we don’t find out what’s causing the

Q: When should someone seek help?

Q: If there is a blockage, what’s next?

A: There is no benefit to

A: Patients who are

make an appointment

candidates can have a

at the first signs of a

minimally invasive

problem. But, it’s also

procedure performed in an

never too late to ask

office setting that basically

for help.

clears the blockages and allows for better circulation in the affected areas.

waiting to see a doctor. I always say it’s best to

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Erica Ptak and Ashley Sheen launch lifestyle brand Desert Dweller Co. to further statewide water conservation efforts


Arizona natives Erica Ptak and Ashley Sheen became fast friends while working alongside each other doing marketing and branding for luxury resorts. “We worked so well together, it almost felt like we shared a brain,” Sheen says. In 2018, the duo left their corporate jobs and founded A+E Creative Co., a strategic branding and marketing company. This August, they used their branding and design expertise to launch Desert Dweller Co., a contemporary accessories and apparel brand conceptualized under A+E Creative Co. to aid water conservation efforts. The company ( sells T-shirts, hats, water bottles, totes and candles in earth tones depicting modern cacti, elements of water, and dreamy script logos. “We had the idea for a retail line celebrating the love of our home state and we’re into conscious living and sustainability,” Ptak says. “Our premise with that is to directly contribute a portion of each sale to water conservation initiatives in Arizona,” Sheen adds, noting 10% of every purchase goes toward funding their cause. The first project they will put proceeds toward is installing Source — formerly Zero Mass Water — hydropanels for families on the Navajo Nation, many of whom do not have access to water. “The owner [of Source], who is from Gilbert and a professor at Arizona State University, created the technology,” Ptak says. “We loved the company’s connection to the state and thought it tied into an extension of our brand.” The panels use sunlight to absorb water vapor from the air, even in dry climates, and can make up to 3 to 5 liters of water per day. “We think this is an incredible opportunity to make an impact in an area of our state that needs water support, especially during this devastating pandemic,” Sheen says. Through their merchandise and blog, Ptak and Sheen hope to inform consumers on eco-conscious practices. In addition to showcasing informative articles about their mission, their blog gives readers a behindthe-scenes look at their design process and features curated Spotify playlists.


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Kelsey Guthrie’s passion project helps Valley moms find the right services to fit their families’ needs


Kelsey Guthrie has mastered the art of list-making and utilizes this skill in both her professional and personal life. Guthrie is an event planner by trade and recently celebrated 14 years as senior events project manager at Experience Scottsdale. “I am a natural-born organizer, detail oriented and work best when I am multitasking,” she says. “Planning an event from start to finish and seeing it come together is very rewarding.” Guthrie also works around the clock raising her children, Mary, 6, and Jack, 4. From maintaining her kids’ routines to chauffeuring them around and coordinating their play dates, this mom’s to-do list never seems to get any shorter. Fortunately, her event planner’s mind keeps her afloat. But not all moms possess the same organization chops, so Guthrie decided to help them out. “Already the go-to for referrals in my mom group, I realized I could help other moms in a new way,” she says. “I started to think if I could find the experts we all need to keep our households going, serve it up in one spot and have the info sent directly to moms/parents, I could help moms be more efficient.” She started her blog The MomSpot (www. in 2019 as a passion project. The MomSpot ships curated party boxes across the U.S. to help moms pull off their child’s themed celebration without a hitch. Guthrie’s blog also has a complimentary concierge service that sends information about Valley businesses and exclusive discounts directly to local moms’ inboxes. Unlike other referral lists, Guthrie’s is exhaustively researched and vetted by her. “I conduct phone interviews with concierge subscribers on the referral list to ensure each one is a business I would use myself,” she says. Her list includes service providers of every category imaginable, including home organization, healthy living, tutoring and nannying, pediatric care, family photographers and more. Plus, there is no obligation to book services to receive Guthrie’s mom-approved list. “I find passion in helping others, especially other moms, because as a mother myself I know it takes a village. It has been rewarding to see something I have spent hours creating finally come to fruition.”


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Friday December 4th & Saturday December 5th

Award Winning Jewelry Designer Erica Courtney Will be Debuting Her One-Of-A-Kind Designs for the First Time in Arizona! Hosted by Galicia Fine Jewelers ABOUT THE DESIGNER Erica Courtney designs chic statement jewelry for today’s most stylish women. Referred to as one of the most influential creative visionaries of her generation, Erica’s iconic fine jewelry collection pushes the boundaries of artisan jewelry. Based out of Los Angeles, Courtney’s collection is making it’s way to Scottsdale at Galicia Jewelers located at Scottsdale Quarter. Her signature Drop Dead Gorgeous collection, full of vibrant colored jewels such as Paraiba tourmaline and colorchange Csarite and intricate details marry to create the perfect blend of whimsical charm and attraction. Inspired by feminine beauty, Courtney’s collections are comprised of pieces that assert a powerful statement for those who wear them. Her designs showcase the pristine hand craftsmanship of renowned master Goldsmiths. Recognized for her passion for colored gemstones, Courtney continues to travel to thrilling and exotic destinations in search for the rarest and most extraordinary gemstones to enrich her award-winning collections. Stylists and celebrities including Jessica Alba, Sandra Bullock and Sofia Vergara turn to Courtney for red carpet events and television appearances, such as the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, America’s got talent, Scandal, Dancing with the Stars, Castle, and American Idol. Her timeless jewelry designs have also graced the pages of the most influential and elite fashion and lifestyle publications from The New York Times to Vogue. Courtney is a longtime member of the prominent and exclusive Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and has accumulated countless awards from highly esteemed industry associations including one of the “Top Ten Jewelry Designers in the World” by United Brands.


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Trent Hancock’s impeccable wardrobe is influenced by some of the biggest names in the music industry BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY BEVERLY SHUMWAY

Trent Hancock, former full-time musician-turned-head of marketing for Camelot Homes, mixes wardrobe basics like vintage T-shirts and jeans with luxurious touches, like structured custom hats from The Wise Hatter and Hugo Boss suits, to create his hipster chic style. “I think having a background in music has totally influenced my style,” he says. “I’m always looking to music and musicians for inspiration. Just because Hancock draws inspiration from rock and roll legends like David Bowie and Lenny Kravitz, doesn’t mean his wardrobe is all ripped jeans and grungy tees. “My favorite trends include form-fitting clothes in general, cuffed jeans with boots, custom-tailored suits, and shoes with no-show socks that show off the ankle,” he says. Hancock’s go-to look includes jeans, a vintage T-shirt, a jean jacket, and his signature mismatched socks. The most essential part of his outfit? Boots. “A great pair of boots is a must-have since they are the most versatile. They can be worn with a suit or jeans, or even jorts (jean shorts) if you’re going for that Joe Dirt look,” he says.

If you could trade closets with anyone who would it be? David Bowie probably has the most eclectic closet of all time. What is your No. 1 style tip? Be yourself and be confident. Also, don’t be afraid to wear mismatched socks! What is the most prized possession in your closet and why? I have a custom embroidered jean jacket that my buddy Kai Brown from All My Relations made, and it has the Figure 8 album cover from my favorite Elliot Smith album. It looks amazing and I love the fact that I was made by one of my best friends.


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Pharmacist Kim Azari ditches her daytime scrubs for simple yet trendy off-the-clock ensembles


Arizona native Kim Azari works as a pharmacist during the day and looks forward to evenings and weekends to show off her classic style, which is chic but not too over the top. “I have a bunch of stuff I bought right before the pandemic that I’m hoping is still in style when the world fully opens back up!” she says. In the meantime, leggings have become a staple in Azari’s closet. When she’s not working, Azari draws inspiration from powerful women who appreciate classic styles. “Besides Olivia Palermo and Sivan Ayla Richards, my mom has always influenced my style. My whole life she’s always been stylish and definitely someone I look up to,” she says. Loving the high-waist trend, thanks to the flattering cut, Azari can often be found pairing high-waisted Levi’s jeans or shorts with a classic white T-shirt and fun belt. “A nice belt is a great item to have. It can take a plain outfit and make it chic and I love wearing white – it’s so classic,” Azari says.

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Creator and activist Laura Madden shares her sustainability message through art and style

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Laura Madden was a tried and true shopaholic – but that changed in 2015 when the former fitness professional and model saw a documentary on the realities of the clothing industry. “I’ve been obsessed with fashion for as long as I can remember, all the while being curious and concerned about the environment,” Madden says. “This documentary, The True Cost, completely changed my life. I learned that fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world, marred with widespread social injustice. It led to a complete shift in my focus.” When Madden began her first foray into secondhand clothing as a personal shopper at a Minneapolis thrift store, she was amazed by the pieces she found and realized she could make a positive impact on the planet without sacrificing style. Madden was inspired to not only make changes in her own shopping and lifestyle habits, but to encourage others to do the same through her work as a stylist, blogger, and advocate. “Unfortunately, our environment is suffering, and mainstream fashion happens to be a large part of the problem – but it doesn’t have to be,” she says. “As consumers, all of us can be part of the solution, not the problem, even with the simple choices we make – how and where we purchase our clothes, how we take care of them, and how we dispose of them. Every dollar is a vote for more of what we want to see in the world.”


According to Remake, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that Madden works closely with, the U.S. alone sends around 21 billion pounds of textile waste to landfills annually, with only 10% to 15% of donated clothing ending up in the secondhand market. “This is why I emphasize that knowing our true style is a paramount step to curating a more conscious closet,” Madden says. “The fashion we wear should be looked at as a long-term relationship. When we prioritize only purchasing what we love, need, and will wear, we ultimately find that we need less because we’re fulfilled with the clothes we have.” Madden began her journey with fashion early in life. “I have always been heavily influenced by aesthetics, but I believe that growing up with a weight problem for much of my childhood brought me to falling in love with the fantasy of fashion and it’s transformative powers,” Madden says. “The possibility that wearing something special could elevate how you felt about yourself is what grabbed me.” After becoming a model at age 19, Madden, originally from Boston, received a degree in exercise science and kinesiology from the University of New Hampshire and began a rich and varied career, with a resume that includes life coaching and teaching classes in cooking, yoga, and aerobics. Her wardrobe is heavy on classic prints and timeless black pieces in a variety of textures. Madden, who serves on the board of Arizona Costume Institute and recently joined the Arizona board of Fashion Group International (FGI Arizona), uses accessories like belts, jewelry, scarves, hats, and shoes to give new life to her favorite pieces, a technique she champions in her virtual consulting sessions, where she dives into her client’s wardrobe to help them identify their true style and restyle what they already own. Along with this approach, Madden emphasizes the


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importance of shopping secondhand instead of buying new clothing, the production of which often consumes large amounts of energy and resources while contributing to pollution. “So much of my purpose in sharing what I wear on social media is to demonstrate that secondhand is not second best,” says Madden, who uses her platform to educate her followers about sustainable practices. Every November, she does a Nothing New November social media challenge (@iamlauramadden) to encourage people to become conscious consumers. To find gems at the thrift store, Madden recommends putting on your blinders and only buying what fits your personal style, remembering that attitude can make or break an ensemble. “Confidence will make any outfit look killer, whether it’s designer,

thrifted, or homemade,” she says. “It’s an inside-out approach that I’ve been practicing for a long time!” While thrift stores are rife with trendy options and more brands focus on responsible and ethical manufacturing, Madden believes that continuing to buy in excess, which fuels the demand for faster and cheaper clothing options, does little to help the problem of consumption. “As a maximalist when it comes to my wardrobe, I don’t like it either, but the bottom line is that we all need to buy less, love those clothes, and wear them as much as we can for as long as we can,” Madden says. “It’s ok to wear the same look twice – I’m notorious for it! I always tell people to restyle, repair, repurpose, rewear. Repeat, repeat, repeat.”

Last month, Madden received the 2020 Fashion Humanitarian Award from local nonprofit The Garment League for her activism work in the fashion world.


Madden’s love of aesthetics also extends to the world of art. After exploring and practicing art for much of her life, Madden and her husband became especially interested in it early on in their 20-year marriage. “What we choose to surround ourselves with is powerful,” Madden says. “Surrounding myself with things that are beautiful to me does a lot for my psyche. I even consider it a wellness tool, very much like my wardrobe.” Instead of investing in art, Madden and her husband began making it themselves – and they got hooked. “I loved the pieces each of us were creating better than what I was finding on the market, and you can’t beat the price of DIY art! Every time we moved, I would make more art to decorate our new home. It was quicker, cheaper, and made me feel so fulfilled.” After moving to Arizona for the second time two years ago, Madden was determined to fill the walls of their new home with her playful, abstract art until it resembled a gallery space, and in August of 2019, she created her own brand, ReFashioned Art. “All of my art is made using repurposed materials. I scour thrift stores, estate sales, and sometimes even my neighbor’s trash (there’s no shame in my game!) for items that are no longer seen as valuable and need a refresh,” says Madden, who recently built an art studio on her property. “I’m basically rescuing and repurposing other people’s discards. It’s a cliche, but my brand is built on this – one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure.” Madden’s work, which can be viewed and purchased both on her website ( and on her business Instagram (@refashionedart), frequently features leftover house paint and other building materials to avoid the need for new purchases, all with the goal of lessening her impact on the environment. To showcase the upcycled artwork in her home gallery, Madden dons her cocktail attire each week to host ReFashioned Art Live Art Shows on Instagram, offering exclusive deals on featured works. The live art tours – complete with cameos from Madden’s rescue dogs – are held on Monday and Friday, with previous shows available to watch on her website and YouTube channel. “My life is hugely influenced by fashion and art, each affecting the other,” Madden says. “Some days, my fashion is my art, and some days my art is like an accent to my fashion, but both are an expression of my truest self.” Through both of her endeavors, Madden wishes to show others that living a sustainable lifestyle can be not only fun, exciting, and cutting-edge, but purpose-driven. “Above all else, I hope people feel uplifted and empowered by my content. Aside from the glamour that I hope will entice people to consider sustainable practices, I hope they grasp the urgency of jumping on board with this movement,” Madden says. “It’s time we all pay attention to what’s happening with our environment – we can do that and still balance style and beauty.”

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Founders of local nonprofits share the inspiration behind their work

This season is all about giving thanks, and with new nonprofits setting down roots in the Valley, there’s no better recipient of our gratitude than the people who have made it their life’s mission to serve others. Every day, these leaders work to inspire others, spark change in the community, and lend support to those who need it most. Here we meet seven founders of local nonprofits and learn what personal experiences inspire them to fight the good fight.



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Peggy Baze Founder and CEO, GK Legacy Foundation and Artful Giving After a fulfilling 30-year career in real estate, Arizona native Peggy Baze realized it was time to listen to her heart and dedicate herself full-time to charity work. “I loved my job and the company I worked for, but I knew there had to be more to life,” says Baze, who had discovered a hidden talent for painting at age 48. In 2014, Baze founded Artful Giving (, and has since spent thousands of hours creating murals, paintings, and notecards for local nonprofits, with sales of the latter benefiting notMYkid, UMOM, First Place AZ, and more. She also hosts a spring festival for pediatric cancer patients at her studio in partnership with Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels. “Artful Giving opened doors to an entirely different world where the reward for my work wasn’t represented by a paycheck, but by the art I created and the joy that came from helping others,” Baze says. But after Baze’s father, George Keown, passed away in 2018, she felt trapped by her grief. “My dad was my mentor, my friend, and my hero,” she says. “‘Keep your chin up, kid,’ was his favorite thing to say to my siblings and me anytime we faced adversity. A year after he passed away, I heard his words, and it was at that moment I knew what I needed to do.” By that evening, Baze had created nonprofit GK Legacy Foundation (www. and the Keep Your Chin Up Scholarship Fund, which grants funding for books and tuition to Arizona residents age 25 and over. Since its inception, Baze and her family have awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to adults achieving their dream of higher education. “Adults face so many obstacles when going back to school. We want to help lighten that load,” Baze says. “My dad strongly believed in perseverance and overcoming obstacles. He was the greatest man I knew, and now his legacy will continue to live on in others. It doesn’t get more rewarding than that.”

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Bridget Pettis Founder, Project Roots AZ As a former player and coach for the WNBA, Bridget Pettis relied on good nutrition to help her do her best on the court. But growing up in east Chicago taught her that for many, access to healthy food is a luxury. “All too often, the most vulnerable among us are left to eat junk or go hungry,” says Pettis, whose WNBA career began in 1997 when she was drafted in the first round by the Phoenix Mercury. “From this awareness, I was inspired to not only grow my own food, but to teach others how to grow.” Through founding Project Roots AZ (, Pettis aims to address the lack of nutritious foods in urban areas while promoting a healthier and more sustainable way of life. In its first year, the nonprofit has established two community gardens, located in South and Central Phoenix, which allow youth and families to learn about healthy choices through various educational outreach programs. The nonprofit also aids the homeless population by providing hygiene items, clothing, and shelter as well as distributing cooked meals through a mobile soup kitchen. To support these initiatives, Project Roots AZ sells fruits and vegetables in seasonal produce bags (with free delivery to Scottsdale and Phoenix residents), at Uptown Farmers Market, and through a garden box program that equips growers to establish a flourishing home garden. For Pettis, taking time off the court for the season was a necessary step in expanding Project Roots AZ. This summer, after a professional career of over 20 years, Pettis stepped down from her role as an assistant coach with the Chicago Sky to focus on eliminating food deserts and increasing the accessibility of healthy foods – a decision she calls a “growmotion.” “I want to give my time to educate my community,” Pettis says. “I’m going to keep getting my hands dirty and acquire more farmland that will allow us to reach out to those in need.”


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Eric and Jen Weinbrenner Co-founders, Paint For A Cure On the day before Thanksgiving in 2019, Eric Weinbrenner received a diagnosis that changed his life – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a rare neurodegenerative disease that currently has no cure. “I’ve always been a go-go-go person with a passion for family and business,” Eric says. “Rather than sit back and do nothing, I formed Paint For A Cure to help others diagnosed with ALS that need financial support.” Paint For A Cure (www.paintforacure. org) advocates for treatments and therapies while providing medically accessible housing and monetary assistance for those with ALS. Since January 2020, the organization has raised over $125,000 for young families through donations and art auctions. Eric and his wife of four years, Jen, applied their backgrounds in real estate to Paint For A Cure’s home building initiative. As Eric’s partner in both life and business, Jen saw this endeavor as a natural next step for the couple and their two young children. “Our nonprofit is such a key part of who I am at my core,” Jen says. “We appreciate the patients, caregivers, and families that realize the importance of being there for their loved ones with ALS. We want to be part of that extended support.” Paint For A Cure helps others through the power of painting, which Eric views as a form of therapy. “After I was diagnosed, rather than going to my in-laws’ for a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, I painted,” he says. “When I’m in the zone, it’s amazing how my mind clears as I concentrate on the piece I’m working on.” Paint For A Cure’s first event, complete with an art auction, live entertainment, and a fundraising goal of $150,000, is scheduled for March 2021. “Seeing a young child cry because they’re watching their mom or dad lose their life over this disease is heartbreaking,” Jen says. “We want to ensure families can spend time together with less worries about paying a mortgage as they battle this diagnosis.”

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Raquel McNabb Executive director and co-founder, Caris Sports Foundation As a former collegiate athlete, Raquel McNabb knows firsthand the countless benefits of participating in sports. During her time on the women’s basketball team at Syracuse University, McNabb was named MVP twice over in addition to earning the Athlete of the Year distinction in 1997. “I’ve always felt sports are a microcosm of life,” McNabb says. “As a young athlete, you face conflict on the playing field. Athletes learn how to navigate difficult situations, align themselves with team goals, challenge their comfort zones, and respond to failure.” McNabb and her husband, former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb, encouraged their four children to play sports from a young age. But as her children progressed to club level sports, she learned that for some families, the cost of participating – which can include equipment, uniforms, team fees, and travel expenses – often keeps kids off the team. Through her research, she discovered that a family’s income level has a direct effect on their child’s participation in sports. This inequity inspired her to help athletes of all economic backgrounds experience the physical, social, and emotional growth fostered by athletics. From that goal of leveling the playing field for financially disadvantaged children, Caris Sports Foundation (www.carissportsfoundation. org) was born. The recently established organization combats economic disparities by providing monetary support to local K-12 athletes. Arizona families struggling to meet the costs associated with recreational and competitive sports can apply for financial aid for their children on the foundation’s website. “Sports open doors, and a family’s financial situation shouldn’t dictate a child’s ability to play,” McNabb says. “There’s nothing like being at a game and watching the athletes on the field, even if the kids are 4 years old, picking daisies in the outfield. That kid could grow into a Hall of Fame outfielder one day, but we’ll never know if he or she never has a chance to get on the field.”


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Bob and Katie Tipton Founder/president and co-founder/vice president, Beanies On Brains Bob Tipton turned a near-fatal brain injury into a chance to give back. As a third-generation ironworker in Chicago, Bob fell 30 feet onto concrete in 2010 when the metal deck beneath him collapsed. He was hospitalized with broken ribs, facial fractures, a shattered wrist, and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). But Bob understood that his experience – including a two-week coma, six months of brain rehab, and five years of recovery in his parents’ home – wasn’t the end of his life, but a chance to begin anew. “After meeting other TBI survivors, I knew I was extremely lucky to have the recovery I did. My doctor encouraged me to visit survivors and their families so they could see me, learn about my recovery, and have hope,” Bob says. “I want to show others that life after TBI is possible.” Named after the comforting headwear he was known to sport in the hospital, Bob founded Beanies On Brains to promote brain injury awareness and connect TBI survivors. As a professional dancerturned-yoga instructor, Bob’s wife and co-founder of Beanies On Brains (www. Katie Tipton holds the organization’s annual ballroom dance and yoga fundraising events close to her heart. Though Bob’s injury occurred just two days after their first date, Katie knew they had something worth fighting for. The couple moved to Arizona in 2016 in pursuit of a fresh start, marrying and founding their nonprofit in 2017 and welcoming their first daughter the year after. “Watching Bob throughout his recovery, I realized the power of his story and the work we could do to help others,” says Katie, who learned firsthand that preparing for a brain injury is impossible. “Families and survivors often have no way to find people who understand what they’re going through.” It’s Bob’s mission to change that, and to reassure TBI survivors that no injury can change your soul. “Recovery never stops,” he says. “We must surround ourselves with a good support system, embrace the new beginning, and never give up.”


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the practice was named one of Scottsdale’s Top Med Spas and Allison was voted Best Filler Injector of 2020. Additionally, Moderne Medical has been ranked and reviewed as one of the top aesthetic practices in the state, and holds 5-star reviews across all online platforms. “Our office takes pride in personalized service, a conservative treatment approach, natural results, and promoting graceful aging with the latest treatments available in non-surgical facial rejuvenation,” says Woodworth. “I have always had an innate sense of artistry and have found a profession that combines my passion for both art and science in medical aesthetics!” she says. Known for excellent customer service, quality results, professionalism, integrity, honesty and a desire to cultivate long-term, trusting relationships, Moderne Medical has a loyal following, in part, due to the friendliness, professionalism, and honesty of the staff. Here, patients are treated like family and love seeing the same provider each visit. Patients can expect to receive an individualized treatment plan with a conservative approach to ensure quality, natural-looking results. “We take our time and never rush or pressure our patients. And we always deliver natural results” says Allison. Contact Moderne Medical Aesthetics at 480-477-7726 or 9180 E Desert Cove Avenue Suite 103 Scottsdale, AZ 85260.


A LUXURY CONCIERGE EXPERIENCE National Hair Loss Offers Cutting-Edge Treatments National Hair Loss is quickly becoming the most well-rounded center for hair loss and skin aesthetics excellence. National Hair Loss (NHL) provides concierge care, cutting edge medical treatments, and customized patient care fueled by passion to give people their self-confidence back. In 2007, Carly Klein found her passion as she was Vice President of a Dermatology group in Scottsdale and with more than a decade of working with hair loss clients, she grew a love for helping with all aspects of hair. Serving clients across the nation and internationally, Carly is an industry leader and speaker in the hair restoration field. NHL was established to help others renew and restore their confidence. Carly established one of the first Cancer programs to help achieve accelerated hair regrowth and increase funding to specific charities while bringing community awareness. Each patient at NHL receives a custom consultation and individual program whether they’re dealing with autoimmune, genetic, or chemo induced hair loss. NHL offers various programs and innovative therapies to promote healthy hair in addition to a private salon that has specific extensions and additions for hair loss clients. Known for offering extensive programs for women, men, and children, in addition to utilizing Telemedicine, NHL follows up with every client to track their progress and ensure results. “Every client is unique, and needs to be treated as such and

we take pride in being education leaders in the industry while taking a compassion-based approach,” Klein shares. NHL takes a team approach for anyone who has searched for solutions to their unexplained hair loss or thinning. NHL has introduced a new Root Mapping test due to the increasing amount of people who are dealing with autoimmune, thyroid, stress, postpartum, or pregnancy induced hair loss. Your hair breaks down data contained in your DNA, holding up to 90 days of data in a single strand. Stress and environment play a vital role and can weaken immune systems, in turn depleting your hair, skin, and nails and NHL has seen an increasing number of younger patients. While hair loss can occur in any age group or walk of life, NHL has a program for you. “We work extensively with those who are experiencing an internal affect from stress, environment, and dietary deficiencies,” Klein says. “By addressing internal concerns through the Root Mapping Test, we optimize the body’s full performance and identify underlying contributors of hair loss.” It goes without saying that hair loss - regardless of gender can be devastating. It can weaken a person’s self-esteem and negatively affect their overall quality of life. To book a complimentary consultation contact National Hair Loss at 602-283-2355 or 15169 N Scottsdale Rd suite c3-340, Scottsdale, AZ 85254


NUVELL, NEW YOU Nuvell Clinics Delivers Results. Located in the heart of Scottsdale, Nuvell Clinics is the Premier Cosmetic Laser Center in the United States with over 35 individual laser systems and close to 100 interchangeable headpieces to achieve life changing results. Led and founded by Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Shelly Friedman, Nuvell Clinics offers a variety of female rejuvenation procedures to help restore intimacy, aesthetic and proper function of the vagina in addition to offering the very latest in Body Contouring and Facial Rejuvenation. “What separates us from the typical medspa is our ability to treat almost any skin imperfections and all skin types from light to dark, as well as reversing the signs of aging” states Dr. Shelly Friedman. Under the direction of Dr. Friedman, nationally recognized Certified Laser Trainer Eric Jantze, medical director and Nurse Practitioner Dr. Ashleigh Ortega, and Licensed Aesthetician and Certified Laser Technician Rumur Stamps, Nuvell Clinics offers cosmetic laser treatments that can enhance a person’s life. Meeting the specialized health and wellness needs of women is at the heart of Nuvell Clinic’s mission as the team takes an approach that provides the most comprehensive opportunities. “I believe in treating patients holistically and not just relying on symptoms,” says Dr. Ortega. The clinic not only performs laser rejuvenation treatments, the staff also trains physicians and laser technicians through their in-house NALA Institute.

Popular treatments include the FemiLift and the O-Shot, known more commonly as the orgasm shot, to help with cell development in the vaginal tissues. Vaginal rejuvenation may sound intimidating, but both of these procedures are comfortable and quick. Dr. Friedman and his team’s commitment to the highest standards of patient care is reflected in the superior quality of treatments and the dedication of the Nuvell staff combined with the results they attain. Nuvell Clinics also offers a variety of non-invasive services, including facial rejuvenation, body sculpting, wrinkle reduction and cellulite treatment. All of Nuvell’s treatments are clinical grade and deliver real results. The list of lasers Nuvell Clinics has available for procedures include: Venus Viva for Radiofrequency Ablative Resurfacing, Vivace Fractional Micro-Needle Radiofrequency, Alma RF Pixel, LaseMD Thulium, Venus Legacy Skin Tightening & Cellulite Reduction, Cool Sculpting, Cool Tone, hair reduction lasers, Tattoo Removal, and more. “Most patients around the country are being undertreated, but at Nuvell Clinics we can achieve patient’s goals much faster with the combination of our technology and multiple years of experience” says Advanced Training Instructor Eric Jantze. For a complementary consultation contact Nuvell Clinics at 480-459-5262 or 8700 East Via de Ventura, Suite 130, Scottsdale, Arizona 85258


LOOK AND FEEL BETTER Arcadia Wellness Center is Helping You Live Your Best Life As daily life gets busier and more challenging, the pressure on valuable self-care is at an unprecedented high. We need every hour to count and every treatment to serve a purpose which is what Arcadia Wellness Center excels at. “We consider ourselves a boutique medical practice that treats people both inside and outside- not strictly a med spa,” Sarah Quinn, Owner and Nurse Practitioner says. Located in the heart of the Arcadia district, Arcadia Wellness Center offers the most cutting-edge aesthetics products, techniques and laser services; Quinn and her team treat a large amount of people for bioidential hormone replacement therapy, weight loss, Chelation therapy, food sensitivities, peptide therapy and provide interventional pain management. Arcadia Wellness Center has been open nearly 7 years and was started by Quinn to provide the type of care she felt was important in able to produce the best results while not rushing patients in and out. The practice continues to grow and the team continues to add services based on patient’s needs while monitoring what can be best done to improve longevity and health. The extensive assessment process is what sets Arcadia Wellness Center apart. Patients sit down in a one-to-one setting to assess their current condition, note their medical history and make a determination for an appropriate treatment plan. From cosmetic injections and hormone therapy to pain

management and IV infusions- Quinn’s experience working in both hospital and clinic settings gives her a broad perspective and understanding of the needs of her patients. From the moment you walk in, Arcadia Wellness patients are treated in concierge style. “We pride ourselves in providing outstanding, individualized care to all our patients,” says Quinn Each patient is given top-of-the-line service and personalized attention and our aim is to provide the very best of everything regenerative medicine has to offer. Arcadia Wellness clients receive a bespoke experience, where your specific concerns are addressed, and every aspect of your experience is catered to along the way while the team ensures that your every need is met and your expectations are exceeded. Known for the personal and consistent care and cuttingedge advancements, Arcadia Wellness Center is well respected thanks to the highly educated and trained staff. “We do the research and vet the best and newest procedures for health and wellness while providing care for a patient as a whole,” Quinn shares. Catering to both men and women, Quinn aims to help her patients reach their aesthetic and weight and health goals so they leave her office feeling as if they had the best experience from the front desk to the facility, to the treatment and check out. Contact Arcadia Wellness Center at 480-351-3688 or 2701 E Camelback Road #163 Phoenix, 85016

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West recently reopened to the public, debuting a new experience. Visitors can now explore Wright’s famed winter home and desert laboratory through the interactive Self-Guided Audio Tour ($20). Accessible through all smartphone devices, the in-depth audio tour of Arizona’s only cultural UNESCO World Heritage site showcases the architect’s own spoken words through original audio recordings as he discusses the connection of his work to nature, poetry and art, along with other sources of inspiration. The preexisting guided Insights Tour (students, $30; adults, $40) has returned as a restructured experience mainly taking place outdoors with masks, fewer people per group, and social distance practices enforced. Tours are offered Thursday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tours must be booked online in advance as capacity is limited. So Scottsdale! November ‘20






The owner of locally based Mesa pie bakery PIEfection recently opened a second Valley location in Scottsdale, on 90th Street and Via Linda. The award-winning pie shop is best known for its sweet varieties (with over 30 types of pies to choose from!), filled with fruit and seasonal ingredients. All pies are made fresh, in-house daily. Pies can be purchased whole or by the slice. Cheesecakes are also available. www.piefection. com.


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Fox Restaurant Concepts’ Culinary Dropout recently opened a fifth Valley location at Scottsdale Quarter, equipped with live music, games and big screen TVs. Open for lunch and dinner daily in the dining room and on the open-air

patio, the menu features Culinary Dropout classics, such as the soft pretzels with provolone fondue and the meatloaf entree, as well as new offerings. New items at the Quarter location include three variations of


Detroit-style pan pizza, the Evil Jungle Princess tropical cocktail, and the candy bar brownie dessert, among others. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.

Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town opened last month, marking Old Town Scottsdale’s first new hotel in over a decade. Boasting a vibrant Southwest-meets-midcentury modern design, the hotel is equipped with 177 rooms and 2,000 square feet of meeting space. Under the direction of chef Patrick Gaudet, the hotel has also launched Cobre Kitchen + Cocktails, its signature American brasserie inspired by the Southwest serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Outrider Rooftop Lounge, perched atop the hotel’s seventh floor at the pool.



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WHAT’S COOKING A SHOPPER’S PARADISE The vintage, artisan-made and handcrafted goods Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market has become known for are now available for purchase at a new holiday pop-up at Scottsdale Quarted in The Quad. Open through December, the carefully curated storefront will feature over 25 vendors from Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market in an intimate setting. For those looking to shop from their couch, Junk in the Trunk also has an online marketplace with items from over 80 vendors from the semiannual event, which was cancelled this year due to COVID-19. The pop-up is open during the Quarter’s operating mall hours and is closed on Monday.

In need of some new recipes? Hotel Valley Ho executive chef Russell LaCase along with hotel general manager-turned-guest sous chef Ronen Aviram recently launched The R+R Show, teaching viewers at home how to make some ZuZu favorites. Complete with recipes, the show airs one Friday per month beginning at noon on the hotel’s YouTube channel, and features expert tips along with cocktail pairing ideas and chef-approved leftovers. This month’s episode will feature the restaurant’s Petaluma chicken on Nov. 20.


Austin-based cowboy boot and leather accessories brand Tecovas recently landed in Scottsdale. The brand’s 11th retail location (and its first in Arizona) is located at Kierland Commons and carries boots, bags, apparel and accessories. Shoppers are also able to personalize purchases with complimentary custom leather debossing and refresh past purchases via complimentary boot shines. Each pair of Tecovas boots is crafted in over 200 handmade steps.


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Scottsdale-based platinum award-winning music producer and engineer Otto D’Agnolo is the subject of a new reality show on Prime Video. The Recording Artist follows D’Agnolo as he sets out to find unsigned, talented bands to record. A new episode airs every Wednesday, giving viewers an inside look at the process of D’Agnolo’s online subscription-based web platform, The Recording Artist, which offers insight and guidance to musicians recording online. Subscribers can expect six to eight episodes in the first season, with each including footage from a few of the weekly webcast recording sessions, along with behind-the-scenes interviews and rehearsals.

It’s time to regain control! Are constant trips to the restroom or leaking accidents affecting your quality of life? You no longer need to suffer in silence. Scottsdale Urologic Surgeons offers a long-lasting solution that may help you regain control of your bladder. Axonics® Therapy is clinically proven to provide long-lasting symptom relief if you are suffering with overactive bladder, bowel incontinence or urinary retention. Stop coping with your symptoms and take back control of your life.

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Spa services utilizing autumn ingredients Fall harvest isn’t just for the holiday dinner table. These foods – such as cranberries and pumpkins – offer nourishing skin benefits. As such, local spas are incorporating them into treatments for hair, skin and nails.


Pineapple and Pumpkin Rich in beta carotene, the Pumpkin and Pineapple Anti-aging Facial Treatment ($125) at the Village Spas utilizes a pumpkin latte masque with pineapple pulp to hydrate the skin while reducing the appearance of pigmentation, fine lines and sun damage. The treatment is finished with customer’s choice of dermaplane or microdermabrasion. Gingersnap, Whiskey and Pecan Expect all of the scents of fall with the Brown Sugar + Gingersnap Body Scrub ($195) at The Spa at The Camelback Inn. Part of the new seasonal Bourboun Spice and Everything Nice menu, which also inlcudes a Bourbon Spice Massage ($190) and Pumpkin Spice Pedicure ($90), this gingersnap- and pecan-scented scrub is made from brown sugar and real Kentucky whiskey. Cranberry and Vanilla The Cranberry Enzyme Oxygen Facial ($79) at Remedy Salon and Spa starts with an exfoliating cranberry enzyme. Next, oxygen therapy is applied in a unique cloud-like effervescence, helping skin breathe. Finally, the face is infused with a booster serum of nutrients, including peptides and plant-based stem cells, followed by a final touch of tinted UVA/UVB daily moisturizer. Additionally, try the Vanilla Spice Conditioning Treatment ($49), which is a plant-powered, bond-building hair treatment finished with a head massage before the final blowout. Pumpkin Say goodbye to combination skin frustrations and too apparent pores and hello to the deep clean of your dreams with the Pumpkin Mini Facial ($130) at the Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. This three-step facial is designed to unclog pores and banish bacteria and oil buildup for a glowing complexion. The treatment includes a farm-to-table take-home facial kit with an organic pumpkin puree mask, cleanser, and moisturizer to keep skin glowing through the holiday season. Add a pumpkin purifying or cherry enzyme peel for an additional $25. Cinnamon and Nutmeg Enjoy the aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg during the Pumpkin Spice Massage ($119-$209) at Serene Life Day Spa. The Swedish massage includes a warm pumpkin spice oil, a scalp massage with warm coconut oil, and an exfoliating foot scrub complete with a relaxing foot massage using pumpkin spice scrub and buttercream. Finish the fall experience with a complimentary cup of warm pumpkin spice chai tea. Pumpkin Spice M3V The Nail Bar’s latest fall service, the Pumpkin Spice Deluxe Pedicure ($55), includes a pumpkin sea salt soak, a pumpkin sugar scrub, a pumpkin mud masque and pumpkin massage butter. The pedicure also includes a nail trim and shape, a hot towel, a massage, a polish, and a mimosa or glass of wine to enjoy throughout the service.


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THE TRUTH ABOUT SKIN CANCER Dr. Anne Walter, founder of Dermatology & Skin Surgery Specialists Dr. Anne Walter is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship trained Mohs surgeon practicing in Scottsdale, Arizona. She founded Dermatology & Skin Surgery Specialists over five years ago. She has a special interest in procedural dermatology, including the treatment of skin cancers and cosmetic procedures. Q. How often should I get checked? Dr. Anne Walter: Most adults should get a skin check to establish a baseline exam in their early 20’s. From there, your dermatologist will likely recommend annual skin checks. More frequent exams may be recommended for those with a family history of skin cancer or personal history of skin cancer, precancers, or other risk factors. Q. What does a “skin check” entail? Dr. Walter: A skin check is an appointment where your dermatologist reviews your skin in order to identify precancerous lesions and skin cancers, as well as educate you about benign lesions and what to look for that should raise concern in the future. Your dermatologist should thoroughly examine your skin, hair, and nails during the skin check. Q. How common is skin cancer? Dr. Walter: One in five Americans develop skin cancer during their life. Approximately two people die from skin cancer every hour. The most common

types of skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. Melanoma occurs in approximately two percent of the population. When detected early, melanoma has a 99% five-year survival rate!

swimming or sweating) to maintain your protection.

Q. What other types of problems do dermatologists treat? Dr. Walter: Dermatologists are able to treat any problems with your skin, hair, and nails. These include skin cancer, Q. I use sunscreen, am I okay? Dr. Walter: Sunscreen provides a screen, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, rashes, and more. Your dermatologist can also but it is by no means a protective cloak help you fight signs of aging using topiagainst damage from the sun. Sun protective factor (SPF) 30 means that you can cals, chemical peels, lasers, microneestay in the sun 30 times as long as without dling, and cosmetic injections. sunscreen before getting a sunburn. Q. What else can I do to fight sun damHowever, that does not mean that that age besides using sunscreen? you can stay in the sun 30 times as long Dr. Walter: I always encourage patients to before getting a skin cancer. Sunscreen make good decisions. Wear sun protective selection is very important. I encouraged clothing and stay covered up when you patients to use sunscreen with an SPF between 30-50. The sunscreen should say are able to. Choose to stay in the shade. Avoid peak sunshine, which in Arizona “broad spectrum” and “water resistant.” feels like 7am-7pm. Lastly, make sure you Apply your sunscreen generously. One get your annual skin check. Early diagnosis ounce, the size of a shot glass, should provide a single application of sunscreen is the key to effective treatment! to someone in a bathing suit. Make sure For more information call 480-405-1035 to reapply your sunscreen every two or visit hours (and more frequently if you are



Augmented reality experiences and spaced out displays abound at the annual Canal Convergence


IF YOU GO… What: Canal Convergence When: Nov. 6-15, 6-10 p.m. Where: Various locations in Old Town Scottsdale Tickets: Free Information: www. canalconvergence. com

Though some things may be changing in the world, there’s one thing that remains the same: At this year’s annual Canal Convergence, attendees will still enjoy the large-scale, light-based art installations that have come to define the Scottsdale Public Art event. However, the event will still be taking precautions to ensure the public health and safety of everyone present. “The key is safety, distancing and viewing things at a level that is comfortable for visitors,” says Kim Boganey, director of Scottsdale Public Art. To achieve this goal, local, national and international artists will display their artwork at locations around Old Town Scottsdale instead of solely along the Arizona Canal at Scottsdale Waterfront to


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minimize crowding. One of those artists will be Ryan Edwards of Boston-based MASARY Studios. Joined by his friends and colleagues, Sam “Samo” OkerstromLang and Jeremy “Dr. J” Stewart, Edwards and his team will be presenting Massively Distributed, a community-driven art expression. “We have had so much fun developing the artwork we are coming to share, and while that is satisfying in its own right, it is really all about releasing it into the wild and being there to observe the interactions by the public,” Edwards says. Some in-person events will go virtual this year, like live-streamed musical performances and artist workshops, which will be accessible on Zoom, and augmented reality

experiences. By scanning a QR Code near a work of art, visitors can learn more about the installation from the artist on their tablet or smartphone – think Pokemon Go, but for art. There will also be two augmented reality artworks on-site, including Magnified Mundane Magnificent by local artist Jen Urso. Her artwork reveals a world of complexity through a series of drawings of organic matter. “The use of augmented reality was a concept explored to provide safe ways to view artworks in this time of COVID-19, but we believe it may become a permanent feature of Canal Convergence and public art in Scottsdale moving forward,” Boganey says.




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CULTURE & COMMUNITY The fourth annual Kierland POP is all about entertainment, art and philanthropy


Fall in Scottsdale wouldn’t be the same without the outdoor events that have come to define the season. As such, Kierland POP will return this month for a fourth year, in the form of a two-day festival as well as a 5K Fun Run/Walk. “This annual experiential outdoor community event gives an opportunity to engage with local artisans, musicians, and performers in a unique setting and offers up the opportunity to kick off the holiday season, which so many of us are looking forward to,” says Victoria Buscher, senior marketing manager of Kierland Commons. Complete with social distancing and increased sanitation, the fully outdoor celebration will be presented by the Kierland Master Association and a collaboration between Kierland Commons, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) and Adventure Fitness. The event will take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of patrons. The weekend will kick off on Nov. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. with a 5K run and walk around The Westin Kierland Golf Club to benefit local breast cancer nonprofit Don’t Be a Chump! Check for a Lump! The race will be limited to 150 attendees and social distancing will be enforced at the start line and throughout. “We will have sanitizing stations throughout the resort and at the race beginning/end, there is a separate beginning/end location for participants to ensure no crossover, and masks are required all throughout the property, though do not have to be worn while on the 5K course,” Buscher says. This year, the festival portion will be two days as opposed to the oneday festival in previous years to ensure distancing. “Guest will have a larger timeframe to attend and enjoy the festive at their leisure,”


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Buscher says. Taking place Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), guests will have the opportunity to peruse almost a dozen local artists, creators and makers selling a variety of handmade creations at the artisan market on Kierland Commons’ Main Street. In addition to holiday shopping, the free event will also feature live music, entertainment and arts performances. For those looking to continue the fun, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is offering a staycation package (booking code LRR) for Kierland POP guests, including 25% off room rates, a $25 resort credit per night, plus two complimentary registrations to the night run.

IF YOU GO… What: Kierland POP When: Nov. 13-15 Where: Kierland Commons and The Westin Kierland Golf Club Tickets: Festival, free; run/walk, $35 Information: www.

Realtor AND real estate attorney Audrey Myers makes buying and selling a home easy! One of the largest financial transactions of a person’s life is buying or selling a home, neither of which require an attorney present in the state of Arizona. Without legal advice, buyers and sellers often lose money during the closing process, turning what should be an exciting experience into an unnecessarily stressful one. For Audrey Myers’ clients, this is never the case. Originally from rural Illinois, Myers is both a realtor and real estate attorney, “a two-for-one deal,” as she likes to refer to herself. She collectively has 18 years of experience in both real estate and real estate law. “I’m lucky I get to pursue both of my passions,” she smiles. Myers knew early in life that she wanted to use her analytical mind to help people, so law felt like a natural fit. After earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Illinois Wesleyan University, she continued her studies at DePaul University College of Law. While taking her property law classes, Myers took an unexpected liking to real estate. The rest fell into place from there. Before moving to Scottsdale in 2014, Myers represented banks in mortgage foreclosures and was in-house counsel for a private equity group in Chicago. For the past two years, she’s been with Arizona real estate company Tru Realty (, where she is a masterful negotiator (translation: she keeps money in her clients’ pockets). Myers also specializes in contract review and challenging transactions such as trustee sales, bankruptcies and other distressed sales. She offers pro bono or low-cost legal services to those in need as well. Her client philosophy is quite simple: to always go above and beyond. “I treat [my clients] like family. From our first meeting, I learn everything about them and their wants and needs. In-person meetings are essential to really listen to my clients and make them happy,” she says. Considering the number of sterling testimonials and recommendations Myers receives from her clients, it’s clear that she delivers on her philosophy daily. Her agency recognizes this as well, having awarded Myers with the Best Use of Social Media Award in 2019 and naming her the #3 Top Tru Realty Producer for two years running now. Scottsdale Homeowners Magazine featured Myers in the 2018 feature “Who to Watch for in 2018.” When she isn’t around the negotiation table or showing properties to clients, Myers loves to spoil her four-year-old nephew, Miles, work out and travel to new places in her spare time. She also enjoys soaking up the Valley’s sunshine. “I was used to gloomy days living in Chicago for 10 years, so I definitely appreciate the sunny days nearly every day here.” Contact Audrey Myers at 602.717.5415 or audrey@


CRAFTED TO PERFECTION Creative cuisine and in-house distilled spirits abound at Scottsdale’s newest bistro


The word “craft” is used a lot these days. There is craft beer, craft cocktails, craft food…and the list goes on. The word itself is derived from craeft in Old English and essentially means strength and skilling in planning, making and executing something. “At our restaurant, we certainly use it [craft] to describe our approach to food and drink, but we added the word to our name in homage to more the Old English usage, and to honor one man,” says Letty Ebel, co-owner of The Craftsman Cocktails and Kitchen at Hayden Peak Crossing. “My husband Jason’s grandfather Victor Ebel was a hardworking and skilled farmer and woodworker who loved his family, the land and working skillfully with his hands.” When Victor passed, Ebel’s family put “craftsman” on his headstone. “His memory inspires everything we do at The Craftsman, from our ‘come as you are’ attitude to our use of farm fresh ingredients and even our design, which – of course – has thoughtful touches of wood throughout,” Ebel says. Every menu item, from starters to entrees, is prepared from scratch daily


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using locally sourced ingredients. The kitchen is headed by chef Christopher Nicosia, an Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame inductee and the former executive chef of Sassi restaurant. “Our approach to the menu is to pair quality with creativity,” says Nicosia, whose menu highlights include a housemade lamb belly sausage flatbread, a beet caprese salad with farro, wood oven roasted desert branzino, and more. Adding to the uniqueness of the restaurant, select entrees and desserts are infused with in-house distilled spirits and craft beers. “We feature our own line of distilled spirits, including vodka, gin, rum, barrel-aged amaro, bourbon, and coffee liqueur,” says Nicosia, noting bottles of The Craftsman Distillers spirits are available for sampling at the 6,357-square-foot venue, as well as to purchase and take home. In addition to spirit sampling, the smallbatch liquors and liqueurs are used as the base ingredients in most of The Craftsman’s signature cocktails. Beyond the food and drink, the overall look of the space is meant to evoke the spirit of Victor, with hand-carved wood, stone, soft leathers and greenery. Rugged finishes and rustic textures are sprinkled in as well. To adhere with COVID-19 safety and health guidelines, the tables are currently spread out throughout the large space for social distancing and outdoor dining is available. In addition, the restaurant has large garage windows that are kept open whenever weather permits. The Craftsman is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Craftsman Cocktails and Kitchen, 20469 N. Hayden Road Scottsdale; 480.401.1102;

A Passion for Real Estate Law Christopher Combs, president of Combs Law Group, has a deep-seated commitment to his craft Christopher (Chris) Combs lives and breathes real estate law. After earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from Arizona State University, he studied at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, where he penned articles for the Arizona Law Review, a student-run academic legal journal. Combs would go on a medley of different adventures postlaw school. And while each was different in its own right, they all focused on his passion for law. For instance, he was a captain in the United States Marine Corps’ Judge Advocate Division, “a distinction reserved for the few who have what it takes mentally, morally and physically,” according to In 1990, he established Combs Law Group, a boutique real estate law firm in the Biltmore neighborhood. Combs and his team of experienced real estate litigators and trusted transactional advisors offer premium legal representation to large companies, small businesses and individuals. From real estate and commercial disputes to disclosure issues to foreclosures and forfeitures and beyond, Combs Law Group specializes in it all. “Real estate law is fascinating to me, and it has so much history. For example, an “X” on a rock was deemed in early English law to be a signature to comply with the statute of frauds.” Combs continues, “Also, the law of adverse possession arose because the King of England wanted land to be used, so land had higher value with increased tax revenue.” When he isn’t in-office helping clients with their legal needs, Combs leans on his experience as a former Arizona Law Review member and writes. More specifically, he answers the public’s law- and real estate-related questions every Sunday in The Arizona Republic. If you miss his column, don’t fret. Combs archives each question/answer online at www.combslawgroup. com/articles. “Even in law school, I enjoyed the Socratic method of teaching based on questions and answers. I think readers understand legal principles better in that Q&A format,” Combs says. He also enjoys traveling the world to educate others on the Foreign Investment in Real Estate Property Act and other aspects of foreign investment in Arizona real estate. He has given lectures in Asia, Mexico and Canada and has represented foreign investors in the Valley from these countries. Apart from real estate law, Combs is an avid sports fan. Some of his favorite teams include the Phoenix Suns and Pittsburgh Pirates. Combs is a former member of the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league baseball organization, and while he served in the United States Marine Corps, he was on the All-Marine Corps basketball team.

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Bronze artist Jason Napier’s work will take center stage at this month’s Hidden in the Hills studio tour


Self-taught acclaimed artist Jason Napier has been creating for nearly three decades, and best known for his lifelike bronze animal sculptures showcasing a trademark style patina. Along with his wife Danielle Napier, who runs the business side of things, Jason recently moved to Scottsdale full-time after previously splitting time between the Valley and Washington. The couple first met in high school and have been inseparable ever since. “Danielle and I have been together since we were 15 years old,” Jason says. “We fell in love at first sight. There is no me without Danielle. She’s there every step of the way.” Danielle was even by Jason’s side when he became an artist and honed his craft. While in her late teens, Danielle was working at a fine art gallery in Portland, Oregon, that had a bronze casting foundry located underneath. Jason started working at the foundry to help pay for college – and to be closer to Danielle. Soon, he learned bronze casting and fell in love with the process. “Throughout these stages, we would melt down cold heavy ingots of bronze, and at the end this cold metal eventually turned into something that felt like it was breathing life and had all these warm colors,” says Jason, explaining how he would assist other artists in creating. “To me, it was really inspiring.” He became skilled at and increasingly inspired by utilizing acid to create patinas on bronze, eventually taking the step to make his own art pieces. The gallery owner upstairs put Jason’s sculptures up for sale and they started selling. The couple opened Napier Sculpture Gallery in Washington in 1996, eventually spending winters in Arizona. Jason’s sculptures depict all types of animals, including horses, eagles, fish, dolphins, deer, dogs, and giraffe, among others. “I was born an animal lover,” he says. “I was fortunate enough to have a family that let me have pets. That was important to me.” Jason’s wildlife sculptures allow him to tell stories to others through his art. One example of this is Weedeater, a whimsical bronze jackrabbit inspired by a hike he took with Danielle. The sculpture was chosen among more than 100 pieces of fine art entries submitted for consideration to grace the cover of this year’s Hidden in the Hills ( studio tour artist directory. This is the first time the pair will participate in the event, which is a self-guided art tour taking place Nov. 20 to 22 and Nov. 27 to 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 24th annual event will feature more than 139 artists at 35 private artists’ studios throughout the Desert Foothills communities of Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale. During the tour, Jason’s work will be showcased at the Mark Lewanski Glass Studios and Weedeater will be getting a “brother” titled Big Jack. Learn more at


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BEYOND MICROBLADING As a permanent make up technician and trainer for nearly 30 years I’ve seen many trends come and go. These days one of the first things I hear from people inquiring about services is “I don’t want tattooed eyebrows. I want the soft powdery look that you did for my friend.” This is when I educate the public on the truth about permanent make up and the truth is it’s all tattoo. Years ago when permanent make up was just a fledgling industry in this country many of us worked in the offices of plastic surgeons. We called the procedure micro pigment implantation. Then different techniques were marketed using trade words like soft tap, and recently microblading has been all the rage. Known as the “queen of conservative” My specialty is custom blending colors for each person. Shape, color, technique and science are what create the artistry for beautifully natural eyebrows. Eyelash enhancements. Due to the lockdown most people have lost their eyelash extensions. This is the perfect time to touch up permanent eyeliner before reapplying lashes. I love to create a rich smokey looking lash line rather than a harsh eyeliner look. Safety first. Due to the intimate nature of these procedures safety has always been at the very top of the list. Hospital grade disinfectants are used on surfaces between clients and most importantly all instruments are new, sterile and disposable. Yea! With your safety in mind I will be wearing a mask through your procedure and if you like I will happily provide you with one as well. Because my studio is completely private you need not worry about ever encountering a crowded salon environment.

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ROADWAY ETIQUETTE IS IMPORTANT EVERY DAY, but especially now that stressed-out pandemic drivers are behind the wheel. Shahe Koulloukian of Mazvo Auto Care Center shares his best practices for being a polite driver. There is no question that the pandemic has had a dramatic impact on our driving habits, with the number of trips we take and miles we drive along with changes in driving behaviors. Personal mobility is now emotional mobility. Every day we hear epidemiologists advocating that we practice “social distancing” as way of slowing down the spread of the virus. Social isolation is what driving is all about. You are rolling down the road in an isolation box, essentially removed from the world. One can’t help but enjoy a moment of safe, blissful solitude. Unfortunately, the pandemic has thrown every aspect of our lives for a loop — and that includes not only our driving habits, but our driving etiquette too. Under normal conditions we know how to focus on road rules and engage sensibly (most of the time). Now, behaviors of aggressive speeding and braking are normal, along with higher speed car crashes. Let’s start to recognize, and understand, the subtle art of controlling our emotional driving habits. Will it be easy? Maybe not so much. But being a good driver isn’t just a matter of following the rules of the road; it’s being polite as well. Here are a few steps to improve your

etiquette on the road. CONTROL YOUR TEMPER. Sure, it’s easier said than done — but aggressive, angry driving is a leading cause of car crashes. If you flip out, pull over, take some deep breaths and put some chill music and ask yourself if your reaction is worth it. Try and remember to be empathetic and reflect on why the other person may be angry. Avoid road rage at all costs, and practice patience and compassion. BE THANKFUL. Expressing gratitude is as important on the road as it is elsewhere. If you’re granted a pass to merge, give a hand wave or nod. If they were kind enough to let you go first, then you can be kind enough to convey your thanks with a gesture or smile. These tiny yet impactful moments can completely change someone’s attitude. You never know: your smile or thanks can make someone whose own temper may be simmering feel a little better, and be a better driver in turn. HONK WITH RESPECT. Remember that your horn is a communication tool, not a stick for you to scold someone with. It’s crucial to know how to use it properly. It’s so unfortunate that over 48% of the U.S. drivers honk to display being annoyed or angry. Remember to recognize what happened first. Your horn is to be used to alert others of danger or prevent a crash, not because they mouthed vulgarities at you. STAY BACK. In our current pandemic times, we’re growing accustomed to

giving other ample personal space when we are on foot. Yet, when we’re in our vehicles, we seem to have a power trip and start tailgating, forcing others to drive uncomfortably. Let’s understand that tailgating is leading cause of rearend crashes. Leave room between you and the other vehicle to give you enough reaction time in case something unexpected happens — especially during fog or inclement weather. CHANGE LANES PROPERLY. Remember that little flashing thingy called a turn signal? Use it! When on the highway, the left lane should be reserved for passing; once you’ve overtaken the slower vehicle, make sure to move back to the right in heavy traffic. Avoid constant lane changing, which is all an illusion that you will get to your destination faster. You won’t! LAY OFF THE BRAKES. There is no reason to stop in the roadway unless absolutely needed. Slowing down and rubbernecking to watch a crash, or gawk at someone being pulled over, is disrespectful and impolite. (Besides, either scenario could happen to you!) It just creates a huge traffic jam and is bad for your brakes with all the stop and go — you can’t complain about your brakes squeaking if you do this, because that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Our lives may be in a period of upheaval, but if we all do our part to practice good etiquette on the road, maybe a drive could be our way to de-stress rather than having the opposite effect.

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2021 VOLVO XC90 RECHARGE Volvo’s flagship SUV delivers luxury, class and efficiency BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: Base price: $63,450

The XC90 Recharge (last year’s T8) is an all-wheel drive luxury SUV with seating for six or seven. The Inscription Expression variation, tested here, includes a 400-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that’s both supercharged and turbocharged, plus an 87-horsepower electric motor in back, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A full charge allows for 18 EPA-rated miles of electric-only driving, topping out at 78 mph before hybrid mode engages. While testing, the car averaged at 29 mpg equivalent in more than 500 miles of mixed driving. Inside, the cabin is banded with a sensual rhythm of book-matched laser-shaved linear matte finish walnut wood inlays and a topstitched leather instrument panel. It’s smart and debonair, flush with top-shelf materials and honed with skilled craftmanship. The elegance and attention to detail continues with a raised, knurled ignition knob, and an Orrefors crystal gearshift. Midnight zinc tailored wool seat coverings uphold Volvo’s reputation for having the industry’s most comfortable seats. Apart from being big and luxurious, there’s a wowing list of tech, starting with a 12.3-inch


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digital instrument cluster and a 9-inch iPad-like touchscreen housing most operational controls. Buttons are small and the system is not intuitive. XC90 also comes with an extensive suite of standard safety features and received the highest possible rating of Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Additionally, there’s a standard pilot assist system, and an optional built-in second-row child booster seat. The big Volvo is pleasing to drive, with responsive and predictable handling, restrained body lean and ample power for acceleration. It’s neither sporty nor spirited, but luxurious and balanced. The ride is on the firm side but comfortable nonetheless. Visibility is excellent, helped by large mirrors and a 360-degree surround view camera. The cabin is exceptionally quiet, even at highway speeds and over rough pavement. While it is equipped with all-wheel drive, XC90 is not intended for off-road duty. With restrained luxury, bank vaultlike safety, impeccable Scandinavian design and pleasing driving characteristics, XC90 is well worth a place on luxury shoppers’ “must test drive” list.

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Explore Sonoma and Napa wine countries through the Best of Both Valleys package


Though just a short drive separates them, Sonoma and Napa offer distinctly different wine country experiences. Napa is known for its bold cabernet sauvignons, sparkling wines, merlots and chardonnays as well as its high-end culinary experiences. An hour from its northernmost to southernmost point, the region is best explored along one of two main routes. In comparison, the more laid-back Sonoma is far larger in size and – as such – offers dozens of routes. Because of its size, each of Sonoma’s subregions tend to focus on a different varietal. For example, Dry Creek and Healdsburg make some of the best zinfandels and sauvignon blancs in the world while Russian River Valley tends more toward chardonnay and pinot noir. So, how does one choose one wine country over the other? Thanks to the Best of Both Valleys package, winegoers don’t have to choose at all. Offered through December 31, 2021, this immersive five-day, four-night experience includes luxury stays at both the boutique, chic Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma and the Forbes Five-Star award-winning Meadowood Resort in Napa.


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Radiating local charm and sophistication, each resort boasts an expansive spa, a Michelin-starred restaurant, heated pools and spas, and spacious accommodations. Starting at $4,500 for a weekday stay and $5,500 for a stay that falls partially on the weekend, guests will enjoy two nights at each resort with a daily curated itinerary featuring the best hand-selected experiences to seamlessly join both valleys and make planning effortless. Upon checking into the junior suite at Farmhouse, expect a welcome bottle of Russian River Valley wine, a $50 daily breakfast credit and one lunch for two at Farmstand, the inn’s Michelin-starred eatery known for utilizing the very best produce, meats and artisan products that Sonoma has to offer. Once your personal tastes have been discussed with the concierge teams, the staff will make a reservation for a tasting experience at one of over two dozen local partnering wineries, included in the package cost. At Meadowood, which is nestled into a charming valley surrounded by mountains and serene swan-filled ponds and is the only Napa Valley resort with a full-time wine expert on-site, guests will enjoy a similar experience with two nights’ accommodation provided (room based on availability when booking), a welcome bottle of Napa Valley wine and curated experiences across its wine country. Additionally, both a $50 daily breakfast credit and a $200 estate credit are included in the package. The estate credit can be used toward dining, the spa, golf or to reserve one of the four cabanas located at the adults-only pool, which is one of three new pools added on property earlier this year. And for those who need more than five days of viticulture and culinary delight, additional nights are available for an added cost. Learn more at

FASCIA: THE KEY TO IMMUNITY, ANTI-AGING, AND PAIN RELIEF Fascia is the connective tissue and watery fluid (with its associated proteins, fibers and gels) that interconnects all 70 trillion cells that make up the human body. This system has been long overlooked in the western world, but it is finally becoming heavily researched. You may have tried different therapies to manage stress and pain like meditation, yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, stretching, mindfulness, and frankly anything that involves moving, touch, and mind-body connection. Your fascia is the system responsible for creating the benefits that come from these therapies. Your fascia can be something that you mindfully work on to make healthy, and in turn you WILL BE healthy. If you neglect the fascia, it can cripple you. When we perform repetitive stress movements; including prolonged sitting with poor posture, playing a sport, or even holding a cell phone, we start to create more collagen fibers along the line of stress that can over time become fibrotic. This means that the connective tissue becomes so dehydrated, thick and stiff that it no longer allows for a gliding motion to occur between the tissues. Ultimately this can lead to the proliferation of fascial adhesions capable of compressing up to 2000 pounds of force. This zone of compression acts as a vice grip or boa constructor on your nerves, blood vessels, lymphatic system, muscles, tendons, cells and even bone. The millions of tiny nerve endings that live amongst the fascia can create 1000 times the pain response when chronically compressed. Fascia is responsible for debilitating pain. One of the most interesting findings in my practice has been the Fascia release at the forearms to heal neck pain, and calf and shin release to heal low back pain. If you think about it, what parts of the body do we use the most on any given day? Our hands and our feet. We use our forearm muscles and associated fascia to control our hands. Our

hands grip weights, cell phones, groceries, babies, steering wheels, knives, golf clubs, hair dryers, curling irons, computers, etc. And the calves, shins, and feet endure the body’s tireless ability to walk, run, stand and move. This fascial compression in the extremities becomes the same fascia

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breast cancer. The group that received 10 min of chest stretching every day for four weeks, noticed a 52% reduction in cancer! Why did this happen? I believe it is because when we move, stretch, and create glide in our connective tissue, we generate water. This zone of tissue that was fixed, and matted with cancer was able to receive new channels of watery rich flow that allowed for white blood cells to get close enough to the cancer cells to start destroying them. Other areas of human healing associated with the fascia include any and all musculoskeletal pain, cellulite reduction, skin rejuvenation and releasing trapped emotions and energies. To see what Doctor Fascia can do for you call or visit Treatments offered include one-on-one myofascial therapy sessions, group workshops and online Telehealth sessions where Dr. Bryan Geier guides you toward your own healing.

that turns into the neck and low back. That is why it is the missing link medical practitioners have unwittingly overlooked in the efforts to relieve consistent, chronic neck and low back pain. Another topic of current relevance is understanding how fascia plays a vital role in the overall health of the immune system. It’s quite simple, your fascia system is your immune system. The majority of our white blood cells live in the watery matrix of the fascia where they roam from cell to cell detecting harmful viruses, bacteria, fungi, and cancer. In a study published in January of 2018, mice were injected with


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This 6,811-square-foot home with four bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms is situated on Lone Mountain and bordered by a nature trust. With breathtaking mountain and city light views along with total privacy, there’s no better place to spend crisp fall nights than this contemporary yet cozy retreat’s patio. The custom home is constructed of block and steel, making a statement yet still letting its surroundings of lush foliage and desert landscaping shine. Inside, the custom home features tigerwood and maple floors that accent the floor-to-ceiling glass and sliding doors, aiding in seamless indoor-outdoor living and showcasing picturesque views. Designed with entertaining in mind, the gourmet kitchen, which flows into the bar, great room and formal dining area, features Wolf and Subzero appliances, dual dishwashers, a large island with two sinks, and a built-in Miele coffee maker. The master bedroom is a retreat on its own, showcasing incredible views from both inside and on the extensive private patio. The spa-like master bath nestles into the mountain while the walk-in closet is one dreams are made of, with plenty of built-ins, an island and space for a washer and dryer. Each guest suite also features its own private patio and access to the cozy library, equipped with built-ins and a fireplace. For more entertainment options, hop on the four-stop elevator, which is adorned with a maple interior and marble flooring, to descend to the home theater, game room and office. On the lower level, there’s also a wine cellar, racked to hold 750 bottles, and a walk-in vault. The air-conditioned garage accommodates six cars and has an attached hobby room. Additional home highlights include the fully automated, electric shades throughout as well as the outdoor patio, which features an infinity pool and spa with water features; an outdoor kitchen with a rotisserie grill, wok and sink; two levels for seating; and an outdoor fireplace. 8300 E. Dixileta Drive #268, Scottsdale, AZ 85266. Listed for $2,995,000 with Mike Domer of Mike Domer Group; 480.861.8883; mike@

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Greater Palm Springs is an escape from the ordinary for nature lovers, foodies and wellness seekers alike


Just a four-hour drive from the Valley, Greater Palm Springs – which includes Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, and Coachella – offers a vivid tapestry of diverse experiences from hot springs and healing spas to foodie adventures and animal encounters.

Where to Stay Greater Pam Springs happens to be the locale of choice for the current season of The Bachelorette, which was filmed almost entirely at La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort over the summer. With filming complete, the resort is now welcoming back guests, and it is the perfect home base to discover all the region has to offer. The 45-acre desert hideaway first opened in 1926 as a health retreat for the Hollywood elite including Greta Garbo and Clark Gable, and has since evolved into an escape from the ordinary for travelers worldwide. Dotted with citrus trees and cacti, the 796-room mission-style resort boasts hundreds of spacious casitas, suites and villas, with almost all accommodations showcasing ample mountain views. Of particular note are the Eisenhower Suite, where President Dwight D. Eisenhower frequented after he left office, and the Capra Junior Suite, where Frank Capra wrote It’s a Wonderful Life, both equipped with one king bed. In terms of entertainment, there are 41 pools on property as well as 23 tennis courts (which can double for pickle ball courts); ample gardens; hiking and biking trails; a state-of-the-art fitness center; five championship golf courses, one of which was designed by Greg Norman and another by Jack Nicklaus; and the ultra-lux Spa La Quinta. There, expect a combination of traditional treatments and more adventurous offerings, including the wine down massage, which starts with a flight of wine followed by a 50-minute massage incorporating essential oils that match the wines’ aromatics and is concluded with a full glass of your favorite varietal from the flight.

Wine and Dine Speaking of wine, hundreds of bottles are paired for guests dining at the resort’s eateries, especially at the exceptional Morgan’s in the Desert, which is one of the most romantic restaurants in Southern California. Among the other top haunts to experience the area’s gourmet greatness: Copley’s on Palm Canyon, which is located in the actual city of Palm Springs at the former Cary Grant estate and features upscale American cuisine with European influences; Le Vallauris Restaurant, also in Palm Springs and offering a lavish fixedprice, French menu and dreamy patio setting; and Jillian’s in Palm


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Desert, which is located in an enchanting garden and known for its globally inspired cuisine with seasonal California ingredients.

Outdoor Explorations For those seeking a soothing sanctuary in addition to Spa La Quinta, a visit to Desert Hot Springs in Greater Palm Springs is a must. Thanks to an underground aquifer, the area boasts some of the world’s purest hot mineral springs, which have been known to help improve circulation, lower blood pressure, promote sleep, reduce stress and relieve chronic pain. Unlike some, these springs are also sulfur free, which means one can float without the smell sometimes associated with the practice. Today, many of the springs are located at small inns and hotels that offer day passes to take part in the experience. Among them: the luxurious adults-only Two Bunch Palms, El Morocco Inn & Spa, and Aqua Soleil Hotel and Mineral Water Spa. In 2021, Azure Palm Hot Springs Resort & Day Oasis will open with the only geothermal mineral spring oasis in California. Before leaving Desert Hot Springs, be sure to also check out Mission Creek Preserve, a protected part of the Wildlands Conservancy that includes lush wetlands, a perennial stream and native flora and fauna. The nearby Palm Desert also boasts a great way to experience wildlife via The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, which was named by Conde Nast Traveler among the top 10 zoos in the United States and features more than 1,600 species of plants, and 140 species of animals, including hyenas, mountain lions and cheetahs. Another top outdoor attraction, less wildlife and more wild ride, is one of only two BMW Performance Center’s in the country. The 32-acre gearhead’s dream features a road course where amateurs can try their hand at reaching speeds of up to 135 miles per hour, take a multiday driving school or even learn to drift and make figure eights from behind the wheel. Fans of fast cars are likely also into jet engines, so also be sure to visit the Palm Springs Air Museum, where 63 flyable and static aircrafts are on display inside four climate-controlled hangars totaling 86,500 square feet. The museum also offers rides, with advance reservation, in one of its four vintage aircrafts. Finally, no trip to Greater Palm Springs would be complete without taking in the best of the region’s famed midcentury modern architecture. To fully appreciate it, consider booking a guided experience via The Modern Tour, which whisks guests around to see the work of noted architects, including Richard Neutra, Donald Wexler, and William Cody as well as the homes of Frank Sinatra, William Holden, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Lawford and several other stars of stage and screen who once called Palm Springs home. Learn more at



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Mezcal Carreño’s award-winning flavor is rooted in family and friendship BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ

While working at a Valley Circuit City in 2003, Mexico-born, Arizona-raised Ivan Carreño and third-generation Arizona native Abel Arriaga became best friends. “Though always Arizona proud, we both have significant Mexican heritage, a point of pride for us,” Carreño says. In 1904, Carreño’s great-grandfather Don Apolonio Carreño planted the seeds (literally) for both of the young men’s futures in San Dionisio Ocotlan, a small central valley of Oaxaca, Mexico, when he grew wild agave on sugar cane fields. After harvesting the agave, he used handcrafted methods to make and bottle his own mezcal, which was soon named in his honor as Mezcal Carreño. For many years, the fruits of his family’s labor were strictly enjoyed in their community as mezcal had not caught on in popularity in the rest of the world. According to Carreño, in fact, Apolonio Carreño himself only sipped it on special occasions three times a year: his birthday, the start of the planting season and the end of the harvest. “In 2010 as mezcal began earning more notice outside of Mexico, my aunt Lorena went through the process of certifying our family’s mezcal with the Mexican Regulatory Council of the Quality of Mezcal, and it wasn’t until 2018 when Abel and I brought it to Arizona that we realized the market for it,” Carreño says. “We sold our first bottle in February 2019, and it changed our lives forever.” Today, there are five unique varieties of Mezcal Carreño: Espadín, which takes six to eight years to mature and is the most traditional in flavor; Tobalá, which takes 10 to 15 years to mature and has a sweet, delicate floral flavor; Tepeztate, which takes at least 25 years to mature and features full-bodied and earthy characteristics; Tobasiche, which takes 12 to 14 years to mature and boasts rich earth tones with a sweet papaya finish; and Ensamble 7, a unique blend of seven wild agave varietals to represent the seven Carreño sisters. The resulting taste of Ensamble 7 is complex yet delicate, with light notes of pineapple. “This past February, just prior to the onset of COVID-19, we entered each of our varieties in the San Francisco World Spirits competition, which is more or less the Oscars or Grammys of spirit competition,” Carreño says. “Not only did all five of our expressions earn silver, gold or double gold medals; we took home the coveted Best Mezcal award for Ensamble 7.” In total, nearly 3,000 spirits were entered into the competition, and Mezcal Carreño was the only overall best in class honoree from Arizona. Currently, Mezcal Carreño can be sipped or sampled at more than 250 venues across Arizona, including Maple & Ash, Francine, Toca Madera, Modern Oysterbar Chophouse, Sel, Cafe Monarch, Beverly on Main, Evo, Citizen Public House and The Americano. It can be purchased at Total Wine & More, fine liquor stores statewide and online at


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The letters in OEB Breakfast Co.’s name stand for outstanding people; embracing evolution; and bold food integrity. The “O,” however, should also stand for out-of-this-world flavor, especially when it comes to the restaurant’s French Toast Trifle ($15). To begin, two slices of Noble Bread that have been dipped into a rich batter made of eggs, cream, cinnamon and a hint of orange are cooked on the stove until an almost-caramelized crust appears. The toast is then stacked on a plate with layers of Meyer lemon curd and topped with both fresh berries and housemade torched Pavlovas, a merengue-based dessert that is crispy on the outside yet fluffy on the inside. It’s garnished with additional berries and pistachio slivers. The sweet, salty and tart flavors in each bite combine for the ultimate morning indulgence. OEB Breakfast Co., 17757 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.597.4463; So Scottsdale! November ‘20



COLD-BREW COCKTAIL The Boozy Breakfast offers a tipsy take on coffee with The Dude


The Boozy Breakfast, open since August, is the first restaurant on High Street to serve breakfast and brunch seven days a week. The menu boasts morning classics and Southwestern takes on the most important meal of the day. “Given our name, we also have an extensive menu of a.m.-inspired cocktails,” says Clark Mitchel Penney, assistant general manager of The Boozy Breakfast. “Certainly, the more standard offers of bloody marys and several riffs on mimosas are on the menu, but we also offer a line of signature options for guests looking for a little something different.” Among Penney’s favorite signature sippers is The Dude ($12). “I developed this in homage to Jeff Daniels’ iconic character in The Big Lebowski, simply named The Dude. It is a twist on a White Russian; The Dude’s favorite cocktail in the film.” Penney says. As with a traditional White Russian, this recipe calls for vodka (Penney uses Deep Eddy), Kahlua coffee liqueur and halfand-half. “Our twist is the addition of nitro coldbrew coffee, which is made with actual nitrogen to give it a foamy head,” says Penney, noting each ingredient is layered into an Irish coffee glass with ice and gently stirred versus being built in a shaker. To accentuate the creaminess from the half-and-half and cold brew as well as to balance the coffee flavor, The Dude is topped with sweet whipped cream. It’s also sprinkled with cinnamon and garnished with three espresso beans. “You’ve likely seen this three-bean garnishment before,” Penney says. “The trio of beans represents health, wealth and happiness, which is our wish for all guests, especially now.” The Boozy Breakfast, located at 5450 E. High St., Phoenix; 480.590.4278; www.


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CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Brian Bieganski of Kasai Japanese Steakhouse


Brian Bieganski is a teppanyaki chef at Kasai Japanese Steakhouse, providing dinner using high-grade steak and seafood as his chief ingredients while also putting on a show as he cooks live in front of guests on a 5-foot iron griddle.

Tell us about Kasai’s recent renovation. We refreshed our interior decor and reconfigured the space itself to open the floor plan. We also added four hoodless iron griddle – or teppanyaki – tables, which are the first in the Valley, to complement the 10 traditional teppanyaki tables we have at the restaurant. How do you describe the teppanyaki experience? It is a Japanese style of dining wherein an iron griddle is used to cook the food versus a grill, oven or stove. For many, teppanyaki cooking is done at a massive showpiece of a griddle that doubles as a table. It makes for an interactive dining experience on top of being delicious. How did you get into the cooking style? I started as a fan. Growing up in the Valley, our family loved Ayako of Tokyo (formerly) at the Biltmore Fashion Park. Fast forward to 2009, I earned my first culinary big break at Benihana in Scottsdale, where I trained to cook on the iron griddle before moving over to Sapporo in 2010. And though I left the griddle to hone my skills at Tonto Bar & Grill, Binkley’s, Zinc Bistro and even the Scottsdale Airport for a spell, I got back into it when I joined Kasai in 2018. What are your favorite menu items to cook right now? Right now I would have to go with our wagyu filet mignon or the sea bass dinner, each served with a shrimp starter, mushroom soup, house salad, fried rice, seasonal vegetables and a Dole Whip Hawaiian pineapple frozen dessert. Tell us something surprising about you. I am a professionally trained musician. After graduating from Chaparral High School in 2007, I studied at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences. Any other hidden talents? I make my own dog food for my two pups, Chuck and Lola. Kasai Japanese Steakhouse, 4344 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.607.1114;

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DEEP ROOTS Local dishes that feature the flavors of fall


Cali Coast

Stratta Kitchen The colorful Cali Coast bowl features toasted quinoa, rainbow cauliflower, avocado, marcona almonds, medjool dates and garnet yams, which are named for their dark reddish-brown skin and known for their slight sweetness and abundance of earthy nuttiness. Each entree comes with guest’s choice of homemade sauce, with the chef’s recommendation for this particular dish being chimichurri, Green Goddess, or Caesar’s dressing. Guests can add grilled protein skewers for an additional cost. $10.

Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich

Wildflower Life is like a sandwich – you must fill it with the best ingredients. The Roasted Sweet Potato sandwich at Wildflower does just that, bringing together the delicious flavors of fall in a truly unique (not to mention conveniently handheld) way. The vegetarian-friendly sandwich starts with freshly made herb focaccia bread, which is piled high with creamy goat cheese, sweet fig confit, juicy tomatoes, organic arugula, fennel and house roasted sweet potatoes that have been dressed in a balsamic vinaigrette. $9.49.

Beet Carpaccio

Nook Kitchen Arcadia This clever twist on traditional carpaccio substitutes the standard paper-thin slices of raw beef or fish with thin cuts of roasted beets, making it both a great seasonal and vegetarian offering. The slices are topped with creamy avocado, peppery arugula, zingy goat cheese and crunchy pistachios. The finished dish is topped with mint and a roasted shallot vinaigrette, resulting in a bright, tart umami flavor in every bite. $15.

Crab, Avocado and Celery Root Salad Let’s not beet around the bush: root vegetables including yams, carrots, parsnips and – of course – beets not only scream fall, but they are nutritious, too. They absorb all the best nutrients directly from the soil because they grow underground and are jam-packed with antioxidants, iron and vitamins A, B and C. Here are some of the most delicious dishes to get your root veggie fix this season.


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Vincent’s on Camelback Back just in time for the fall and winter months, this seasonal dish is a trio of salads. The first features celeriac (also known as celery root), which is crisp with a nutty sweetness while also carrying a warm, buttery quality on the palate. Once chopped, it is mixed with basil, lime juice and olive oil. In a similar fashion, the second salad variation showcases fresh crab that has been combined with chives, cilantro, lime juice and olive oil. In the third part of this trio, smooth, rich avocado is blended with freshly chopped cilantro salt and pepper. Each salad variation is garnished with a cherry tomato in the center. $18.

A garnish of mind-blowing, crunchy, candied pistachio dust is the finishing touch. $11. www.

English Pea Risotto

Rusconi’s American Kitchen Sweet, savory, creamy and rich, this buttery beauty is a fall harvest in a bowl. The risotto itself has that signature salty yet ever-so-slightly sweet flavor, made a bit sweeter in some bites thanks to the English peas and roasted corn. The earthiness in the dish comes from asparagus as well as the most common root vegetable: the carrot. To add complexity and contrasting flavors, the risotto is topped with a vinaigrette infused with beets as well as a touch of crema made from goat cheese. $19.

Parsnip Puree

Leek and Gruyere Quiche

Zinqué Leeks, which are similar in taste to an onion and add a depth of flavor, are the star of this winning dish. To make the quiche, chefs combine leeks, whisked eggs, milk and copious amounts of gruyere cheese in a tart pan, which is then baked until puffed and lightly browned. The result is light and airy with a hint of herbaceous leek flavor. It’s served with a basic mixed green salad. $13.

Citizen Public House Often described as either the love child of a potato and a carrot or of a potato and a turnip, the parsnip has only gained the hearts and minds of local foodies in recent years, thanks in great part to restaurants, like Citizen, trading out mashed potato recipes for pureed parsnips instead. The lower-calorie vegetable has a brighter flavor profile than the potato and takes on herbs, seasonings and butter or cream just as well. This straightforward take can be ordered as a standalone side or enjoyed as an accompaniment to the popular coffee-rubbed short ribs entree, where the puree gets a little saucy thanks to the dish’s dried cherry barbecue sauce. $5/$32.

Seared Pork Chop

Stonegrill at JW Desert Ridge Resort & Spa Though this tender, juicy 10-ounce seared pork chop bursts with flavor, it’s the meat’s accompaniments of three root vegetables – sunchokes, parsnips and beets – that take this dish over the top. The pork is paired with a vibrant purple roasted beer puree made from roasted beets, charred sunchokes, and buttery parsnips. The dish is also served with Romanesco and nutty cranberry apple butter. $27.

Roasted Beets and Figs Salad

The Sicilian Butcher This unlikely pairing of earthy beets and figs, which are exceptionally sweet with an almost honey-like aftertaste, proves that opposites attract as the two join for a symphony of fall flavor. The salad is complete with crumbled Cypress Grove goat cheese and arugula, topped with a luscious, tangy vinaigrette featuring Italian-imported Saba, which is a balsamic-like syrup made from reduced grape must.

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This Texas-based chain is known for wood-fired cooking and bold American dishes with an infusion of Southwest flavors. Select meats are prepared by either wood-fired rotisserie, an open-flame grill, or wood oven roasting. The tortilla soup – layered with rotisserie chicken, avocado and tortilla strips – is a flavorful teaser to start the meal. The sugar-cured duck breast with onion jam is a popular entree, while guest-favorite sides range from the green chili mac and cheese to Mexican street corn. 4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.0795;; $$-$$$

of TVs. Shared plates for the table include crispy cheese curds, a nacho stack and toasted pretzels with dipping sauces, while entrees range from custom burgers and fish and chips to freshly made pizzas and salads. For those looking to game and grub on the weekend, check out brunch, which is served until 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. At Mavrix, 9139 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 85250; 480.291.7500; PHILADELPHIA SANDWICH COMPANY Established in Old Town Scottsdale in 2005, Philadelphia Sandwich Company has long been serving up the famous sandwich and follows the golden rule it opened with – staying true to the name it was given. The menu at PSC features a wide selection of, you guessed it, authentic, homemade sandwiches and hoagies, but one can never go wrong with the classic Philly cheesesteak. PSC uses fresh, simple ingredients like the thinly sliced eye-round steak, melted cheese (American, provolone or Cheez Whiz), and lightly grilled onions, served on freshly baked bread. To truly authenticate the Philly experience, PSC also sells TastyKakes, a rare and true treat for tri-state transplants. 7318 E Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 85251; 480.970.1102; $$



As of press time, all restaurants included are open for dine-in service, unless otherwise specified. Due to COVID-19, many restaurants have modified hours and specials – call or go online to verify before dining in.


BENJAMIN’S UPSTAIRS A gem within a gem, Benjamin’s Upstairs is located in the space formerly used for private dining at Citizen Public House. Guests enter through a hidden door, up a back staircase and into a dimly lit, swanky setting with a speakeasy vibe. Chef Ben Graham put plenty of thought into the menu, limiting the offerings but amplifying the details. Look for signature dishes like fried chicken, oysters and a selection of small plates. 7111 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.398.4208; www.benjaminsaz. com; $$ COOK & CRAFT An eatery on a mission to create something for everyone, the menu


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here features a modern take on classic American fare, along with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Cook & Craft makes a conscious effort to support Arizona businesses by sourcing local products, including coffee roasters, breweries and distilleries, as well as fresh produce. The eatery serves a vast selection of starters, salads, soups, entrees and sides, all available for dine in, delivery or even takeout through the drive-thru. Happy Hour is served daily from 3:30 to 6 p.m. 7306 E. Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale; 480.201.1541;; $$ JOJO’S COFFEHOUSE JoJo’s Coffeehouse is a communityfocused restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale that serves craft products

using natural and organic ingredients. Swing in for a mouth-watering JoJo breakfast sandwich or a light salad for lunch. And for extra fun, pick from a wide array of craft beer, wine or mimosa flights. For extra ambiance, enjoy live coffeehouse music from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the weekend. 3712 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.907.6100; www.jojocoffeehouse. com; $$ TROPHY ROOM GRILL AND PATIO Located inside Mavrix, an entertainment epicenter in Scottsdale where guests can bowl or play laser tag, arcade games and billiards, this scratch kitchen and sports bar serves up a chef-driven menu of entrees and cocktails surrounded by dozens

AKITA SUSHI Lunch and dinner spot Akita Sushi caters to instant gratification with a revolving sushi bar. Diners sit next to a conveyor belt that trails throughout the dining room with plates of various sushi and small bites ready to be picked up and enjoyed. The sushi rolls range from classics to house specialties. There’s also a variety of salads and hot appetizers from the kitchen. 9011 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale; 480.451.8888;; $$ HOT NOODLES COLD SAKE Chef Josh Hebert, a student of Japanese cuisine, serves traditional Japanese ramen as well as salads, gyoza, edamame, steamed buns, beer and sake at this casual ramen shop. Ramen is available for $9.99 for lunch and $13.99 for dinner with pork, seafood and vegan options. At Sonora Village, 15689 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.432.9898;; $$ OBON SUSHI + BAR + RAMEN Known for its bold sushi offerings and hearty ramen, OBON’s menu encompasses a variety of Asian flavors including in the Korean bibimbop, poke bowls and papaya salad. The

inventive cocktail list will provide the perfect complement to any dish. Happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. Two Scottsdale locations: Scottsdale Quarter and The Grove at McCormick Ranch;; $$ THAI HOUSE Whether dining in or ordering takeout, enjoy savory Thai cuisine in this affordable, family-friendly restaurant. Popular dishes include panang curry, pad Thai, and tom ka gai soup. Thai House also has a full bar so guests can pair a bottle of beer or a glass of wine with their meal. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. Lunch specials are served weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Two Scottsdale locations: Shea Boulevard and Pima Road;; $-$$


BRYAN’S BLACK MOUNTAIN BARBECUE Recently awarded to have the best ribs in America by Food Network, Bryan’s offers a variety of barbecue meats available as sandwiches, plates or combos with sides including baked potato salad and its famous olive coleslaw. Meats are also available by the pound. USA Today notes the ribs, pulled pork, vegetarian pulled spaghetti squash, brisket chili and homemade ice cream sandwiches as reasons to visit Bryan’s. 6130 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 480.575.7155; www.bryansbarbecue. com; $$ LIBERTY STATION AMERICAN TAVERN & SMOKEHOUSE Liberty Station serves smoked meats, comfort food, vintage cocktails and craft beer. The menu offers shareable plates including brisket loaded fries, tacos and green chile pork stew, as well as soups, burgers, sandwiches, seafood entrees and barbecue meat platters featuring brisket, ribs and pork. Two locations at Terravita and DC Ranch; www.libertystationtavern. com; $$ PHAT TURTLE BBQ Phat Turtle BBQ is serving up Kansas City ‘que in the heart of Cave Creek, featuring all the KC favorites like baby back ribs, brisket, burnt ends and pulled pork with all the fixin’s! Phat Turtle has daily lunch and dinner specials and sells meat by the pound. 30845 N. Cave Creek Road; 602.527.3257; www.phatturtlebbq. com; $


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of the day and the Butterfield’s menu can satisfy the heartiest appetite as well as those who are looking for something nutritious and healthful. The pancake house offers more than a dozen different specialty pancakes, including the Oreo cookie s’mores cakes and the cinnamon roll cakes. There are even Dutch Baby and apple oven-baked pancakes with maximum fluffiness and flavor – just bring your patience as they require a 30-minute bake time. 7388 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.951.6002;; $$ DJ’S BAGEL CAFÉ DJ’s Bagel Cafe is a New York-style deli and bagel shop located in the heart of Fountain Hills. It has a local reputation of having the some of the best bagels in the Valley since opening in 1997, so do not be surprised if it’s crowded or if there’s a line out the door. The menu consists of over a dozen bagel flavors as well as a variety of omelets, sandwiches, salads, baked goods and wraps. 13693 N. Fountain Hills Blvd., Fountain Hills; 480.816.4155; $-$$

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LO-LO’S CHICKEN & WAFFLES What originally started in a small home in south Phoenix has now expanded to three locations across the Valley and two out of state. Lo-Lo’s is famous for its Southern fried chicken and fluffy waffles that have gotten the attention of celebrities and locals alike. Soul food favorites like fried catfish and shrimp and grits are hearty alternatives to the all-day breakfast menu. Don’t forget to order a jar of Kool-Aid and a thick slice of red velvet cake! 3133 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.945.1920;; $$ NEW YORK BAGELS ’N BIALYS New York Bagels ’N Bialys brings East Coast-style delicatessen fare to Scottsdale. Fresh bagels (and bialys, of course) are made from scratch daily in the kosher kitchen. In addition to over three dozen types of bagels and bialys to choose from, there’s also hearty breakfast and lunch options. Try the potato pancakes, cheese blintzes or the New Yorker sandwich with corned beef or pastrami, swiss, coleslaw and Russian dressing on rye bread. Three Scottsdale locations;; $-$$

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STREET BREW COFFEE Offering quality locally roasted coffee and housemade pastries with a hip-hop vibe, this coffee joint has everything needed to obtain that buzz – caffeine, that is. Expect drip, lattes,

fresh-brewed teas, cold-brew coffee on tap and kombucha. Enjoy your fix with a housemade croissant or seasonal baked good. Hip-hop greats adorn the wall and both retro and current beats are pumped through the speakers. 10634 N. 71st Place, Scottsdale; 480.525.2060; www.; $ THE VILLAGE COFFEE SHOP Locally owned by Russian native Marina Matatov, The Village was created as an establishment to share her grandmother’s famous crepe recipes. The menu offers both sweet and savory crepes. The coffee and espresso drinks are made using a fine selection of organic coffee beans from Roastery of Cave Creek. At Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 480.488.3835;; $$ TEMPTATIONS CAFE Locally owned and operated by longtime Scottsdale residents Milo and Nancy, Temptations Cafe is quiet and unassuming. Grab a seat on the pet-friendly patio and enjoy a warm breakfast and coffee while reading the morning paper. In addition to a vast breakfast menu, fresh soups, salads and sandwiches round out the lunch offerings. Coffee is roasted locally by Picasso Espresso. Open Wednesday through Sunday. 8322 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.2198; www.cafeinscottsdale. com; $ TOP MARKS CAFÉ At Top Marks Café, grab a cup of Lavazza coffee or nibble on a variety of crepes, sandwiches and gelato. The menu is very friendly to those who have food allergies and intolerances, offering gluten-free crepes, gluten- and sugar-free gelato, and coconut and almond milk. If not in the mood for a crepe, try the Scottish smoked salmon bagel sandwich with organically raised, never frozen and imported smoked salmon from the U.K. 7240 E. Main St., Scottsdale; 480.219.8744; www.topmarkscafe. com; $-$$


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Taste DINING GUIDE perfect for party favors, gift-giving or as a sweet treat pick-me-up. 20801 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 85255;; $ CHEZ VOUS French owners Sophie and Frederic opened their Parisian-style creperie to share the traditional flavors of their home country. The menu offers more than two dozen types of savory and sweet crepes. For a sweet citrus tang, the Grand Marnier crepe uses homemade orange syrup, sugar, and a hint of its namesake liqueur. For a hearty, savory option, order the Forestiere crepe with ham, melted Swiss cheese, mushrooms and creamy bechamel sauce. Additionally, there is wide selection of quiches, sandwiches, salads and omelets. At The Shops at Gainey Village, 8787 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.443.2575;; $$ DESSERT IN DESERT These Instagram worthy, Californiastyle treats taste just as good as they look. Dessert in Desert specializes in unique, Asian ice cream flavors such

as taro, matcha and sesame, served in taiyaki (golden fish shaped cones) and colorful waffle cones. There’s also bubble waffles, Asian-fusion cotton cheesecake and a variety of color drinks, all colorfully and beautifully presented. 18511 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 85255; 480.597.7351; $ PARIS RENDEZ-VOUS This French pastry shop specializes in macarons, cannele de Bordeaux, croissants and other French sweets. The cases showcase more than two dozen mainstay flavors of macarons as well as seasonal flavors. Enjoy a cup of Illy espresso or a tea from Dammann Frères with your sweets. Gluten-free options available. Macaron baking classes available. At Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 480.404.6378;; $$


ARRIVEDERCI CUCINA ITALIANA Originally from San Diego, Arrivederci is a family-owned Italian eatery offering traditional Italian dishes as well as modern twists on the classics. Some

signature items include the melanzana arrivederci, a new version of eggplant parmigiana rolled with four cheeses, and the ciambotta di pollo e salsiccia, a popular chicken and sausage dish served over penne pasta. Don’t forget to order the chocamisu, the restaurant’s signature dessert. Happy hour at the bar from 3 to 7 p.m. daily. 12645 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills; 480.816.5895;; $$ BABBO ITALIAN EATERY With multiple locations throughout the Valley, Babbo serves contemporary Italian cuisine in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere. The menu features both classic and contemporary dishes like spaghetti and meatballs, Neapolitan-style pizzas, and a roasted Brussels sprouts beet salad. Housemade focaccia bread is brought fresh from the oven and served tableside. There’s also zoodles and cauliflower pizza crust for those who are gluten-free or carb conscious. 8440 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. 480.291.5050; www.babboitalian. com; $$


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BASIL & GARLIC BISTRO Basil & Garlic Bistro is a family-run neighborhood Italian restaurant. The menu showcases classic southern Italian cooking, including toasted sub sandwiches, Sicilian-style pizza, classic chicken entrees, stromboli and pasta. Try the florentino sub with grilled chicken, spinach, garlic and provolone. Guests can also bring their own beer or wine when they dine in. Closed Monday. 9330 E. Poinsettia Drive, Scottsdale; 480.661.3912;; $$ FRANCO’S ITALIAN CAFFE At Franco’s, guests can experience authentic Italian Florentine cooking in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale thanks to owner Franco Fazzuoli who was born in Italy and made his way to America at age 25. Escape for a romantic evening dining on creamy fettuccine tartufo or a hearty 32-ounce bistecca fiorentina. Franco’s also offers an extensive selection of Italian wines to pair with your meal. Closed Sunday and Monday. 4327 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.481.7614;; $$$


BOURBON STEAK A sophisticated steakhouse by awardwinning chef Michael Mina, here guests can indulge in fine cuts of beef and poultry slow-poached in butter along with modern American sides like black truffle macaroni and cheese. Beef connoisseurs may be particularly interested in the selection of both Japanese and American wagyu beef. Call on the in-house sommelier to find the best wine to pair with dinner. At Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale; 480.629.4922; www.; $$$-$$$$ MAPLE & ASH The high-end Chicago steakhouse opened a Scottsdale location in 2019, offering a modern take on the traditional steakhouse with sleek furnishings and a fun atmosphere. The menu includes caviar, a fire-roasted seafood tower and housemade pasta. Steak offerings range from filet mignon and surf and turf to wagyu. Bonus: Don’t miss the restaurant’s decadent brunch, available Saturday and Sunday. At Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.400.8888; www.mapleandash. com; $$$$ RUTH’S CHRIS The nationally recognized steakhouse chain is known for its signature 500-degree sizzling plates with butter-topped steaks and award-winning wine list. The Scottsdale location boasts beautiful sunset views from the second-story patio and terrace. At Scottsdale Seville, 7001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.991.5988;; $$$ MASTRO’S The Mastro’s family of restaurants is a favorite for fine steak and seafood dining with impeccable service. Notable menu favorites include the lobster cocktail and bone-in filet mignon. The famous 2-foot seafood tower served “smoking” with dry ice also serves as a succulent spectacle. Complete the dining experience with a bottle of wine from the broad list or order an infamous dry-ice martini. Three concepts in Scottsdale: Mastro’s City Hall, Mastro’s Ocean Club, and Mastro’s Steakhouse; www.; $$$$ THE CAPITAL GRILLE The national chain serves high-quality food in an upscale atmosphere. Chef’s suggestions include Kona-crusted New York strip and seared tenderloin with butter poached lobster tails. At The Promenade, 16489 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.348.1700;; $$$-$$$$

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