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Pulse 18 UP CLOSE Kate Wells on The Children’s Museum of Phoenix’s 10th anniversary

20 BEAT Mark McCloskey’s zen outlook on life and business

ON THE COVER: Sandra Munoz, photo by Claudia Johnstone,

Features 28 FIERCE. FABULOUS. FEMALE. Seven must-know Valley women looking for love

22 BEAT Meet the owners of Rott n’ Grapes

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Even though Valentine’s Day falls on the 14th of this month, it’s almost like the whole month of February is reserved for all things love. We’re incorporating this ideal into this month’s issue, highlighting romance in practically every section. In our feature (page 28), you’ll meet seven eligible Valley females open to love. They are fierce, fabulous and giving you a glimpse into who they are, what they do and what they are looking for in a significant other. These women are so fantastic, we decided to put one of them, Sandra Munos, on this month’s cover. As a lady boss, she is the creator of, an inspired lifestyle and auto blog with Latina flair. On the cocktail front, we’re featuring after-dinner drink spots (think picturesque patios and cozy corners) on page 46, drinks using bitters (page 68), and Geordie’s new passion fruit-filled menu item on page 70. Spice things up with your partner…in terms of food – on page 72, we are showcasing 12 fiery menu items. And, turn to page 60, for red-hot beauty products. Not sure what to get your cutie? Flip to page 51 for a roundup of both men and women gift ideas. On our other shop, we’ve found some heart-shaped, -embellished, and -patterned fashionable items on page 50. What’s not to love?

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ALL FOR THE CHILDREN Kate Wells proudly ushers in the 10th year of a beloved museum

“I’ve always been a ‘glass half full’ kind of person,” says Kate Wells, co-founder and CEO of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. “And my perception of the world as a child definitely influenced me as an adult to always find the good in every opportunity.”

When a special opportunity presented itself to her about two decades ago, Wells delved in with absolute fervor. It was a grassroots effort, conceived in the minds of a small group of friends in a living room one afternoon. Using their combined experiences and skills, dogged determination, and a shared vision, they would

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create a children’s museum to serve the rapidly growing Phoenix population. By 1998, the friends had successfully laid the groundwork and raised enough money to open the Phoenix Family Museum, a place meant to enrich, educate and inspire the minds of children. Following great success, mass numbers of visitors, and the need and desire to evolve and expand, the museum morphed into today’s hugely popular and innovative Children’s Museum of Phoenix, which opened under the new moniker in 2008. “I am blown away every single day at the joy and learning that happens at the museum,” Wells says. “Seeing children try new things, master things they’ve tried before, make new friends, explore their creative side, conquer fears, engage with the bigger world – all of these things are building cognitive connections that will help them thrive in school and be lifelong learners.” Wells credits her own childhood learning and life experiences to giving her the courage to pursue the creation of the museum. “I spent most of my childhood in South Florida, splitting time between my mom and dad’s houses,” she explains. “I was given a lot of freedom as a child to explore and try things on my own – the beach and the edge of the Everglades were my


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playgrounds.” And Wells, being an adventurous child, explored every inch. “I know those early experiences helped make me the fearless adult that I am.” Midway through high school, Wells’ mother secured a job in Phoenix, and they moved from the swarthy swamps of the Everglades to the scorching heat of the Sonoran Desert. “I spent my junior and senior years at Horizon High School in Scottsdale,” she says, adding an enthusiastic, “Go Huskies! After graduation, I attended Arizona State University for a year and a half, where I met my future husband, Jeff.” Wells transferred to San Diego State University to finish her schooling, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science. After graduation, she and Jeff moved back to Phoenix, opened coffee house and antique shop, Blue Bottle Cafe, and started a family. It was when Wells’ first daughter was 18 months old that she and her friends had that momentous living room conversation. “This year at the museum, we’ll celebrate not only our 10th birthday, but we’ll also welcome our 3 millionth visitor, which is astonishing to me, given our very humble roots. But what I’m most proud of,” she says, “is our Every Child Program. Through Every Child, the Museum annually provides over 50,000 free and deeply reduced admissions to at-risk children and their families. Some of the families are economically disadvantaged, others have children with special needs, and others might be socially isolated. Through our program, they have the opportunity to take part in the joy and learning that the museum provides. Pretty much all of the fundraising we do is to support the Every Child Program.” That includes, of course, the 10th anniversary celebration happening March 10. At the 10 Years of Magical Moments Gala, the museum promises a fun, interactive evening comprised of a glittering cocktail party, dinner under the stars, silent and live auctions (with the option to buy a “Magic Wand” and steal anyone else’s prize), a celebration of the annual Kids at Heart Award recipients, and drinks, desserts and dancing to cap things off. Tickets for this adults-only fête are available online for $275 per person. Ten years is truly something to celebrate, but according to Wells, the museum is just getting started. “Not many people know this, but the building we’re in – the historic Monroe School – is 70,000 square feet, and we currently only use 50,000 square feet of it. We have big plans for the empty spaces, and just completed the first phase this January. Our new Children’s Garden is in full bloom, and the ever-popular Art Studio re-opened in its new light and bright space, along with a great new Thing-a-ma-jig space. The KIDchen, the Rumpus Room, a new classroom, and The Monroe (a beautiful 3,000-square-foot multipurpose space) all opened this January.”  In 2018 Wells looks forward to continuing the growth and mission of the Museum, and says that she and her team will be exploring, as she says, “Some very ambitious ideas.” For more information or to buy gala tickets, visit



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NAMASTE, EVERYDAY Real estate exec Mark McCloskey goes with the flow


By his mid-30s, then-uber competitive real estate professional Mark McCloskey had already conquered several goals in business, including sales and development for both Third Avenue Lofts in Scottsdale and Centerpoint Condominiums in Tempe. A similarly hyper-driven athlete, he’d also conquered most of the Valley’s trails on his mountain bike, when he wasn’t playing basketball, golfing or hitting the gym. “But, just as we began to feel the financial pain of the real estate market downturn around 2009, I began to feel the physical pain of sciatica radiating down every nerve in my lower back on a near-daily basis,” says McCloskey, who joined The Village in 2010, seeking an alternative means of exercise. On a whim, he signed up for yoga, determined to Downward Dog his way to the head of the class, and fast. “But here is the thing – in yoga, practice doesn’t make perfect. It isn’t about being the best, or besting those around you at all, in fact,” McCloskey explains. “True yogis learn to check their egos at the door, and eventually learn to check them altogether.” Once he did, he was surprised to find new opportunities coming to him both personally and professionally. His biggest opportunity to date: CONTOUR on Campbell. In 2017, McCloskey was named sales manager for the 111-home luxury condo project, which is just two blocks from 24th Street and Camelback Road and walking distance to all of the Biltmore area’s restaurants, shopping and other lifestyle-focused amenities. The condos, which McCloskey spent the past year helping to design, develop and sell, start in the high $200,000s, with residents moving in next month. “The developer, LivUrbn, and our team spent a lot of time digging deep into the character and heritage of the area to understand its history, pulse and presence so this community would immediately embed into the local fabric,” says McCloskey, who’s especially proud of their use of post-tension concrete to ensure optimal energy efficiency as well as the rooftop terrace and lounge, resort-style pool, and the two-story fitness studio. And, within said studio … space for yoga instruction, of course.


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t’s February, and love is in the air. But one thing nobody loves is getting their hearts (and bank accounts) broken by a hefty car repair bill. Now, imagine how much that would sting if your bill were higher based solely on your gender. For women, this is often the unfortunate reality – the stereotype that women know less about cars makes it easier for repair shop owners to take advantage. But we can change this unfair practice, and one area business owner is leading the charge. We spoke with Shahe Koulloukian, owner of Mazvo Auto Car Care Center, whose longtime mission has been empowerment of his clients, both female and male. He believes that no one should feel intimidated by car repairs, or pay an inflated price because they aren’t familiar with what they should actually be paying. “When the consumer has no idea how something works, they are dependent on the repair shop to inform them of the truth,” says Shahe. If your repair shop lacks integrity, you’re ripe for a rip-off. No matter your gender, familiarize yourself with your owner’s manual so you have an idea of what your car needs. “Never call a repair shop and say, ‘I have no idea about cars! What is this supposed to cost me?’” Shahe warns. “You’ve just set yourself up for a higher bill.” There are many reputable shops with professionals making an honest living, but a few bad apples will try to cheat drivers – mainly women – out of their money. To avoid being taken for a ride, Shahe recommends these five tips: Do your research. Have a solid idea of what to expect before you even set foot in the repair shop. Find out how long they have been in business and whether they offer a warranty. Get an idea of their reputation by asking around. You want value over price, so don’t be led by lowball pricing; the cheapest quote isn’t necessarily the best one.

Get it in writing. Before you agree to any service, make sure your estimate is in writing. Ask for the final price, including tax and shop fees. Know your car’s suggested services. Dig out that handy-dandy owner’s manual that you might have shoved into your glove compartment, buried under Target receipts and parking tickets. Check to see when your car will need certain services, like spark plug replacements or oil changes, so that you can have the mechanic perform those services only when necessary. If the mechanic attempts to perform an action prematurely, ask for a detailed explanation before deciding whether to allow it. Understand the difference between the types of repair. The first type is recommended repair work, or maintenance that could improve your car’s performance, such as acceleration or fuel efficiency. The second type, preventative, is work that isn’t urgent right now, but will likely need future attention. By agreeing to preventative work now, you could be saving beaucoup bucks on a more serious problem later. Finally, necessary repair work is absolutely vital for your car’s safe performance. Sometimes it’s just expensive. There’s really no way around the fact that repair costs can be expensive. Even required parts and labor can cost a pretty penny. You may not want to pay for 12 hours of labor, but a mechanic who takes the time to perform a thorough, quality service is worth the price. Shahe’s best advice for anyone, but especially women: “Ask and tell, don’t get pushed around.” Trust your instincts. Women who tell the repair shop they’ve done their research about the facility, who aren’t afraid to ask for explanations, and who understand the difference between a necessary repair and one that can wait are more likely to pull out ahead of being taken advantage of. And that’s definitely something to love.

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PUPS AND PINOT Patty Gii and Keith Shanks of Rott n’ Grapes


Meet Patty Gii and Keith Shanks, the Rottweilerrescuin’, wine-lovin’ husband and wife team behind Rott n’ Grapes ( The wine and beer bar serves over 90 different grape varietals. The couple first played with the idea of opening their own bar over glasses of wine in Italy. Throughout both of their careers, they aided in startup business for other people. This time it was their turn. The couple traveled to wine meccas, including Napa Valley in California and San Gimignano in Italy, immersing themselves in both regions and cultivating an appreciation for wine and craft beer. “Italy is calling. They said we are overdue for a visit,” Shanks laughs. After extensive research that iinvolved a lot of sampling, they opened Rott n’ Grapes – a namesake for their two passions: Rottweilers and wine – in June 2016. Shanks is the numbers, handling growth strategies and investments. Gii, as the creative, is the brand and marketing manager. Their strengths come together to create a fun environment where picking out wine (and craft beer) is approachable and enjoyable. “We want our locations to feel warm, welcoming and comfortable. Thus explaining our slogan, ‘Make America Grape Again,’” Gii explains. The couple is slated to open a second location on Roosevelt Row this summer, which is four times bigger than the original spot on Central Avenue. Just last month, they launched a wine club for people who want to expand their vino knowledge. The couple anticipates more opportunities to come at the larger location with one being a potential beer club. “The American dream is doing something that you really enjoy. At Rott ‘n Grapes, we are being the man instead of working for the man. The best part is that we get to do it together!” Shanks explains. In addition to wine, the pair also advocates for dogs. They have rescued countless Rottweilers throughout the years. Their current fur babies are Onyx and Dolcetta. HALO Animal Rescue, a local non-kill facility, and Veterans of Foreign War – Shanks served as a Naval officer for 15 years – are a few of their favorite organizations. “Every year, we raise money and donate to these organizations either through raffling off items or in-house contests,” Gii says.


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Hokey Begay shapes his sense of style around the two things he knows best: comfort and technology. The IT guru opts for simple apparel paired with cutting-edge technology – or shall we say accessories – that any geek squad would be jealous of. “My favorite pieces are my glasses and my Apple Watch,” he says “I like to change out the Apple Watch bands to match my outfit most times. And, I can never leave home without my iPhone!” Although he is very plugged in to the IT industry now, tech wasn’t always Begay’s plan. He majored in exercise and wellness at Arizona State University before working his way up to his current position at Food Services of America. While tech destination Silicon Valley isn’t known for high fashion, don’t expect that to stop Begay from taking pride in his everyday getup as there is a certain chic quality to his self-proclaimed “simple-comfortable” vibe. “I love darker colors such as navy blue, black or gray,” he says “I like to keep my style simple by wearing mostly solid colors, Levi’s regular tapered stretch jeans/pants with [Converse] Chuck Taylors.”

What is your favorite season to dress for? Wedding season, of course! But, I also like to dress for the fall so I can wear shirts with jeans. When you are not at work, where can we find you? I spend most of my spare time with my dog, Riley at dog parks, dog-friendly restaurants or we go hiking. I also enjoy spending time with family, friends, going to the gym and playing video games when possible. What is something that would surprise people to know about you? I love bowling – I’ve been bowling since I was 8 years old.


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Emilie Andrews’ innovative and classic look shines on air


Emilie Andrews, current senior marketing director at Tempe Marketplace, began gleaning inspiration from fashion magazines as a youngster. “I was entranced with models, wishing on day I could mimic their mesmerizing beauty, glamour and grace,” Andrews says. Christy Turlington and Kate Moss were a few of her favorites as a girl. Nowadays, she turns to the likes of Cate Blanchett and Jessica Chastain for inspiration. Andrews is often found in separates, pairing billowy blouses or tailored button-downs with a signature black skirt, trousers or leggings. She’ll typically mix bright colors and patterns reminiscent of the ’60s and ’70s into her wardrobe. In fact, she cannot leave the house without her big, Jackie-O-style shades. Vestar, a shopping center company, sought out Andrews’ fashion expertise to coordinate fashion TV segments. Andrews does it all, from pitching on-trend segments to hand selecting outfits to booking models. “Curating looks is an outlet for my creativity. I love presenting each ensemble on air and describing how to wear the trends.” She adds, “I’m chatty and communication is a strength of mine.”

What are some of your favorite designer labels? I tend to only splurge on designer labels for accessories. My philosophy is that shoes, handbags, sunglasses and jewelry truly polish up, finish off and elevate any look. I invest in quality shoes like Chanel, Stuart Weitzman, Prada and Christian Louboutin. I’m always carrying my Gucci tote. As a jewelry junkie, I love Rolex, David Yurman and Gauthier. When accessorizing looks, is less really more? For me, more is more. I love layering on lots of fine jewelry and tend not to edit as much. I typically wear multiple bracelets and rings, along with a watch, earrings and necklaces. I mix silver and gold with diamonds and different gemstones daily.

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The Desert Foundation Auxiliary held its 52nd annual event at The Phoenician


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Holly Van Winkle and Kristin Billings

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Echo Reynolds and Maizy Orcutt


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DRIVE THE DREAM GALA The 14th annual event benefiting Childhelp took place at the Arizona Biltmore


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FIERCE. FABULOUS. FEMALE. February is the month for all things love and lovely, including seven fabulous women you need to know about – at least, if you’re a single male looking for your special someone. While we usually feature both men and women, this year we decided to change things up. Even with a tight deadline, demanding careers and busy lives, they were able to multitask – as women so masterfully do – to be part of this. And, above all, they were willing to share themselves, their hopes and their dreams for the future. Now, that is powerful. Here’s to the ladies.



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Kelsey Waite Marketing Supervisor, Homeowners Financial Group

Age: 27 How would you describe yourself? I’m an active, family-oriented Arizona native who overuses the cry-laughing emoji and is easily won over by dark chocolate. As an avid lover of aerial fitness and flexibility training, you are more likely to find me upside down than rightside up! I live by the Dalai Lama quote, “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Giving back through the local nonprofit Care Fund makes my heart feel full. What do you love? I love the smell of rain, Sunday brunch with friends, conquering a hike, giving unexpected compliments, Hulu marathons in my new unicorn onesie, warm chocolate chip cookies, feeling butterflies on a date, putting your phone away at dinner, exploring new cities, and a good challenge. What do you dislike? People who bite into string cheese. Where’s the fun in that? Describe your ideal date. I love to laugh, so it would be fun to go to a comedy show or maybe just to dinner if my date thinks he’s up for the challenge with some jokes! What are you looking for in a significant other? I am a planner and always on the go, so I’m looking for someone who can keep up with a busy lifestyle but appreciates a relaxing vacation or cooking dinner at home and isn’t afraid to remind me to stop and smell the roses. Celebrity crush: I love a man with dance moves, so it’s a definite toss-up between Channing Tatum and Stephen “tWitch” Boss! Dating deal-breakers: Lack of chemistry. I keep an open mind with people and believe in compromise, but you can’t force a connection or those dating butterflies! My ideal partner is … motivated, communicative and affectionate. Favorite restaurants: My go-to spots are Sushiholic, Ingo’s Tasty Food, Malee’s Thai Bistro and Olive & Ivy. If you haven’t tried the bottomless brunch at SumoMaya, it’s the bestkept secret in town (well, until now). The food just keeps coming!


Most prized possession: When I was a baby, my mom started a gold charm bracelet for me. Each year until the age of 18, she added a charm relevant to my life and interests that year. It is such a special piece of jewelry as I am very close with my family. I still wear it often!

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Kristen Iwuc Event Producer at The Farm at South Mountain & Santa Barbara Catering

Age: 25 How would you describe yourself? I’m a fun, loving, energetic gal originally from Rhode Island. I moved to Arizona three years ago and have been living my life to the fullest working as an event producer. If I’m not producing some of Arizona’s most exciting events, you can find me in Old Town Scottsdale playing giant Jenga with a mimosa in my hand!   What do you love? I love spontaneous adventures, the beach, brunching, the sound of rain, reading a great book on my patio with a cup of coffee, and watching The Bachelor/ Bachelorette with my girlfriends every Monday.   What do you dislike? I don’t like mustard, pickles, spiders, roller coasters, and avocados (but if you’re lucky, I’ll get them on the side for you!).   Describe your ideal date. Grabbing dinner with an amazing view and a nice big glass of red wine, followed by churros for dessert.   What are you looking for in a significant other? A simple guy who likes to travel, makes me laugh, and is able to handle me when I’m hangry.   Celebrity crush: Thomas Rhett. How could you not love him after seeing the music video for Die a Happy Man?!   Dating deal-breakers: A smoker is a major turn off. Also, someone who is too smothering in the beginning of a relationship; everyone needs their personal space here and there!   My ideal partner is … funny, adventurous and ambitious.   Favorite restaurants: There is nothing better than a farm burrito at Morning Glory Cafe after a hike on South Mountain. I also love AZ88 for their chicken sandwich, waffle fries and contemporary atmosphere.   Most prized possession: After my dad passed away, I kept his Bruce Springsteen concert T-shirts to remember the fun times we had jamming out around town in his 1987 Corvette with the top down.



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Jaime Cerreta Anchor/Reporter at Arizona’s Family 3TV/CBS5

Age: 41 How would you describe yourself? I am a vivacious, driven and social woman. I pursue my work with passion and my life with zest! I’m a natural explorer who loves to learn about the people and the world around me. What do you love? As a Phoenix native, I love everything local. It’s from that love that I developed Jaime’s Local Love, which I host every Wednesday on 3TV’S Good Morning Arizona. It brings me so much joy to share the stories of our Arizona entrepreneurs and give them the attention they deserve. What do you dislike? Internet trolls and bad attitudes.  Describe your ideal date. I love a man with a plan – and maybe even reservations! I’m a good planner so I find it very special when someone else takes the lead on how to spend the evening.  What are you looking for in a significant other? A faith-based man of integrity. He must be kind, a good decision-maker and have a love for travel. Mandatory: Must laugh at my jokes ... sometimes they flop and I need backup! Celebrity crush: Patrick Dempsey. Then and now. Dating deal-breakers: A man who’s bad with numbers. (I never want to calculate the tip again!) My ideal partner is … a good man. Favorite restaurants: I have a soft spot for a patio with twinkling lights and live music. View of Camelback Mountain, too? Sold! Most prized possession: My experiences – past, present and to come!


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Sandra Munoz Founder of, auto journalist

Age: 46 How would you describe yourself? I’m a vivacious Latina that lives in the fast lane with a soul as bright as an Arizona sunset. I’m a proud mother to a handsome college student. I love inspiring others to pursue what sets their soul on fire. What do you love? I’m Latina – we are passionate about everything! I love life and all that is alive. What do you dislike? Ungrateful people – those who seem to think the rest of us were put on this earth to serve them or fix the messes they get themselves into. Describe your ideal date. As an auto journalist, my ideal date is a fun evening at Bondurant Racing School and burning rubber on the race track. What are you looking for in a significant other? I’m looking for a best friend and a man of character. Someone who is fun, adorable, kind, intelligent, and emotionally fit who loves my Hispanic culture. Celebrity crush: Ben Affleck. Dating deal-breakers: Dishonest and inconsistent behavior. My ideal partner … must love dogs. Favorite restaurants: Fàme Caffe and Two Hippies Beach House. Most prized possession: I’m not a possessive person. What I value most is life itself.



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Annica Benning Public Affairs Specialist, Arizona Diamondbacks

Age: 23 How would you describe yourself? I’m an import to Arizona by way of France, Germany and California. I live for immersive travel, late nights laughing with dear friends, and recipes involving chocolate. By day, I work for the Arizona Diamondbacks at the intersection of public and government affairs and baseball. What do you love? Hosting dinner parties. An early morning on Camelback Mountain. George Strait. Lux’s chocolate chip cookies. Spending time in London, Mexico City or Hvar. Playing polo with the Arizona Polo Club. What do you dislike? Name dropping. Describe your ideal date. Surprise me! What are you looking for? Someone who is ambitious but understands that there is more to life than work. Not afraid to take the lead, loves adventure, and appreciates the finer things in life but also doesn’t mind ordering in pizza and watching a movie. Celebrity crush: I don’t have one! Dating deal-breakers: Drug use, excessive drinking and smoking are all not hot. My ideal partner is … fun, intelligent and honest. Favorite restaurants: Dieci, Ocotillo, Virtù, True Food Kitchen, St. Francis and Kaleidoscope Juice. Most prized possession: My custom Carrara marble coffee table. A dear friend of my rabbi’s gave the marble to me, and I designed the base. I love how personal the piece is. I also have a vintage Wassily Chair that I would probably grab in the event of a fire before anything else (marble is heavy!). So, can I have two?


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Kelli Leslie Owner of Kelli Leslie Photography, makeup artist

Age: 48 How would you describe yourself? I’m definitely loving, loyal and happy! I love to laugh, and I love to make life fun. Family and friends mean the world to me. I believe in beauty from the inside out. A positive mindset and attitude are important to me. What do you love? I love the beach. I’ve also I always said, “I work to decorate,” as decorating is one of my favorite things to do. I’ve been told, “Your house just hugs you when you walk in.” That made me smile! What do you dislike? Too many distractions. Describe your ideal date. It would be a day on a boat or a day at the beach and then having some dinner and listening to live music with a nice ambiance and drinks.  What are you looking for? I am looking for, of course, attraction from the inside out. All in all, I think it’s important to laugh a lot together! I want funny and fun, yet a good overall balance, and trust and commitment. Someone that believes in the importance of goals and wants to create a great life together! Celebrity crush: Matthew McConaughey. Dating deal-breakers: Negative attitude or not being present with me. My ideal partner is … loving, handsome and funny. Favorite restaurants: Houston’s, Los Olivos and Mastro’s restaurants. Most prized possession: My house because it represents family to me, and home is my happy place!



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Brandy Wells Vice President of External Affairs at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Age: 33 How would you describe yourself? I’m a science nerd at heart, eager to talk about natural history, bioscience and astronomy. Sometimes my sense of humor gets me into trouble. I say what I’m thinking. I love political activism and get deep satisfaction from long drives on wide open roads with loud music. What do you love? I like long conversations about Jurassic Park, philosophy and current events. I admire avocados. I appreciate sarcasm and enjoy good-natured, intellectual sparring. I love reading books and listening to podcasts in the sunshine. What do you dislike? I don’t like parallel parking or waiting behind people who block store entrances while meticulously wiping down their shopping carts with sanitizing wipes. For hundreds of years human civilization thrived in spite of dirty shopping carts. Describe your ideal date. My ideal date would be a trip back in geologic time roughly 540 million years ago to explore earth after the Cambrian Explosion. Or maybe just a trip to Disney World for a week to hang out in Frontierland. What are you looking for in a significant other? I’m often drawn to deep thinkers with beards. But I don’t want to list a bunch of subjective qualities, so I’ll be specific: An Arizona man with whom I have chemistry. Celebrity crush: Oh gosh, Nicolas Cage in the ’90s still makes me swoon. Now, it’s most certainly the looks of Bradley Cooper and Joaquin Phoenix. Dating deal-breakers: I go to a lot of events and functions, and if he won’t go with me, we won’t work. If he doesn’t like dogs, is he even a good person? My ideal partner is … reliable, strong and funny. Favorite restaurants: I can’t get enough of Casa Añejo (those guacamole choices!) and The Parlor Pizzeria. And weekend mornings are for the Breakfast Club or Chelsea’s Kitchen. Most prized possession: A little chug (pug-Chihuahua mix) named Kanga after his kangaroo-like bouncing abilities. MAKEUP BY JALIA PETTIS AND HAIR BY VION EUBANKS, BOTH OF STYLE EXHIBITION, 702.907.5208; WWW.STYLEEXHIBITION.COM

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Left to Right: Tamir Mosharrafa MD, Co-Founder, Brandie Barclay, Creative Director, Kara Schell, Executive Director, Ali Mosharrafa, MD, Co-Founder

Truly Using Beauty for Good Anyone can write a check and send it off to a charitable organization. In return, they get a short-lived “I did a good deed” feeling and a tax deduction. This is enough for some. But for more than 20 years, Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery has been impacting our community through service to patients and personal giving to various local charities by doctors Ali Mosharrafa and Tamir Mosharrafa, brothers and plastic surgeons. They had a desire to do more than write a check to support local nonprofit organizations who are doing tremendous work in the Valley. “In our medical practice, over the span of our careers, we can and will do a lot of good, and that will impact the lives of our patients who walk through our doors,” says Dr. Tamir Mosharrafa. “Through Beauty for Good, we are able to reach countless people and impact many more lives beyond our patients. One day, these doors will close, and we will no longer perform lifechanging cosmetic and breast reconstruction surgeries. But through our foundation, we have an opportunity to build a legacy that will continue to reach many.” In 2015, the doctors co-founded The Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery Foundation (dba Beauty for Good), a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Beauty for Good’s mission is “to help beautiful changes in individuals inspire beautiful changes in our community.” Their goal is to bring awareness to and support causes in the Valley that are close to them – causes they believe in. Dr. Ali Mosharrafa is the chairman of the advisory board for Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, and Dr. Tamir Mosharrafa has given his time and talents removing branding from human trafficking victims for The Phoenix Dream Center. Kara Schell, managing director of Beauty for Good, has volunteered many hours for the charities that they support and is part of a mentoring group with Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. They truly have a personal, hands-on approach to their support of local nonprofits. “Being involved is more than writing a check. We choose our charitable partners carefully, and we commit to be a true partner, not just a sponsor to their cause,” Kara says. “Many small nonprofit organizations are unheard of, and the work they are doing could make a significant impact with more resources and support from Valley residents and businesses. We help those organizations showcase their mission in many ways through Beauty for Good by providing monetary gifts and hosting events to bring awareness to our charitable partners.” Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery is preparing to host the Second Annual Beauty for Good Gala at the Arizona Biltmore on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The gala will benefit five local charities and is co-hosted by emcee Olivia Fierro, Good Morning Arizona news anchor. You can learn more, support the cause, and purchase your tickets by visiting

A2ndAct.Org – A2ndAct. org was founded by breast cancer survivor Judy Martens. Judy has an unwavering belief in two things: one, valuable lessons can come out of all journeys, even the difficult ones. And two, we all owe a payback to humanity. While recovering and preparing for “life after cancer” she found herself asking, “I have beat cancer, now what?” The question was no longer “Why me?” but, rather, “What next?” This was a common question in the survivor community. A2ndAct. org provides many resources and support for women asking themselves that very question, women who have beaten cancer and are now creating their own “Second Act” in life. provides workshops and support groups that allow survivors to find strength in healing each other and giving back. It also provides microgrants to women who are starting a new venture in life, their own “Second Act.” To learn more about the impact that A2ndAct. Org is making in our community, visit

Pearce Family Foundation (PFF) – The Pearce Family Foundation is committed to being the bridge between the hospital and the home. They are devoted to giving back to families in their community by making a positive impact everyday. PFF was founded by Meghan Pearce Alfonso, whose mantra is “Service to others is how you pay for your room here on earth.” She feels that it is important to help those in need, which is how PFF was born. The foundation’s main initiative is Angels Around Us, which helps families get back on their feet by providing grants of monetary support for the home, so parents can focus on their child’s journey to get well without the worry of losing their homes or utilities – since care costs can consume financial resources that would otherwise go toward rent or electricity. The foundation’s newest initiative, Angel Pups, helps pay for a service dog for children in need of one. To learn more about PFF, visit

Phoenix Dream Center – The Dream Center started with one goal: “To find a need and fill it, to find a hurt and heal it.” From housing 60 people and outreach services for 500 in the streets with food, they grew to providing housing to over 450 each night and reaching 36,000 in the community. They provide resources for many, from a simple hot meal and a pillow at night for the homeless to supporting young adults who have aged out of the foster care system and now have nowhere to turn to women who have been pulled into human trafficking by choice and force. They provide invaluable services to our community, including medical care and education. Their efforts in providing rehabilitation services to human trafficking victims is supported by Beauty for Good fundraising and awareness campaigns. Programs are designed to give women a safe place and show them their value to our community. To learn about The Phoenix Dream Center, visit

Prevent Child Abuse Arizona (PCAAZ) – Prevent Child Abuse Arizona is shifting the public conversation about child maltreatment so that prevention is the priority, finding ways to prevent child abuse and neglect before it happens. PCAAZ provides training, parenting education and prevention services to families, foster parents, child welfare professionals, social service providers, law enforcement, court personnel, and the public. PCAAZ has been the state’s leading child maltreatment prevention organization for more than 25 years. Through programs, advocacy and training, PCAAZ implements strategies to keep children safe and support families in our communities. The PCAAZ family of programs are designed to promote child well-being, strengthen families, and prevent child maltreatment. Research confirms that providing education and support to parents prior to or just after birth of a child is the most effective prevention strategy. To learn more about PCAAZ, visit

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Campaign (BRA) – Breast reconstruction following a mastectomy or lumpectomy is not for every woman, but every woman should be informed of the options to which she is entitled. In this spirit, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF) lead the Breast Reconstruction Awareness USA Campaign, one of the few breast cancer campaigns dedicated to building awareness around breast reconstruction. The Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund supports research focusing on breast reconstruction and provides financial assistance to uninsured or under-insured women seeking breast reconstruction following a lumpectomy or mastectomy. We believe that education is key to awareness, most women are not education on options available to them on their journey to become whole again post mastectomy following breast cancer treatment. To learn more: www.

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Top American-Indian and Canadian First Nations hoop dancers will gather at the Heard Museum on Feb. 10 and 11 to compete for the prestigious World Champion Hoop Dancer title. The premier event – combining artistry, athleticism, tradition and suspense – celebrates the grace and beauty of traditional hoop dancing, honoring the cultural traditions from multiple indigenous communities that first employed hoop dance as a healing ceremony. Today, hoop dance is shared as an artistic expression to celebrate, share and honor indigenous traditions throughout the U.S. and Canada, incorporating new and creative designs and intricate footwork while still respecting the fundamentals of the classic tribal dance. Through stunning performances, the men and women vying for the title will weave elegant stories of nature, animals, insects and culture using only their decorative hoops and dance moves. Prices vary. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Uptown February '18







At the end of last month, Huss Brewing Co. opened its all-new Huss-Desoto Pop Up Taproom at at DeSoto Central Market. During its three month residency, the taproom is tempting beer lovers with 12 different craft drafts, plus gourmet bar bites inspired by the menu at Huss’ Uptown Taproom. Huss is the first in a series of three-month-long “Brewery in Residence” pop-ups, highlighting a rotating collection of top local breweries. or

Late night grub goes gourmet with Crudo’s new weekend late night banh mi menu. For the 24-7 foodies, the restaurant begins serving the menu at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday eveinings, until close. Chef Cullen Campbell will be dazzling with build-your-own late-night sandwiches, along with $8 cocktails including the Ramona, weekly mason jar cocktails, and Weekly 50/50. What better way to cap off the weekend?


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Last month, Beckett’s Table launched its Sundays Unplugged Live Music Series. Guests are invited to relax and unwind before the new week with live acoustic music from local artists, a delectable dinner and half-priced bottles of Arizona wines. Live music takes place Sunday evenings from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Featured local artists include Korbe Canida, Amelia and Michael Land.

The Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge is back! For the fifth year, local chefs will use culinary prowess to reimagine Girl Scout cookies into a custom dessert menu item from Feb. 1 to 28, with a portion of the proceeds supporting local girls. Area hot spots taking on the challenge include: The Henry, The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s, Ocean Prime, Grape Wine Bistro, Rita’s Kitchen at JW Marriott’s Camelback Inn, and Presidio.


Brunch at Match Restaurant & Cocktails just got better with endless bubbles and bloody marys during brunch. On Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., guests at the restaurant, located in Downtown’s FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, can enjoy their choice of ($15) mimosas or bloody marys, with refills available for just one cent. Brunch specialties include a breakfast sandwich, huevos rancheros, blueberry-lemon pancakes, an Asian duck salad, a wild mushroom flatbread and more.


My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited are back with their Winter Progressive Sale, taking place through Feb. 9. Swing by any of the locations and take advantage of 20-70 percent off everything in store. Another highlight? The Unveiling, where shoppers can take a peek at which trend will be hot come spring 2018. Snag those items you’ve got your eye on by arriving early on Feb. 10, for the annual event. Doors open at 8 a.m. with over 100,000 never-before-seen items with unbeatable prices on sale.



Through Feb. 11, Phoenix Theatre presents It’s Only a Play, written by Tony Award-winner Terrence McNally. Filled with fan-favorite local actors, the show takes place on opening night of Peter Austin’s new play. At the home of his wealthy producer, Peter is joined by his best friend, the show’s aging starlet, the director, and a drama critic, as the unlikely group anxiously awaits the late-night newspaper reviews. The production promises kooky characters and big laughs in this smart comedy. Tickets start at $29.


As part of Urban Farm’s annual Fruit Tree Program, it’s fruit tree pop-up nursery event is taking place Feb. 16-17 and 23-24. Thousands of trees are set to arrive in Phoenix and are ripe for picking. Shoppers can choose from an incredible selection of deciduous, citrus and tropical trees, like lemons, limes or blood oranges. Owner Greg Peterson will answer questions throughout day and offer tips for new tree owners. Prices begin at $10. Uptown February '18


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Child Crisis Arizona 2018 Gala Feb. 10, Sheraton Grand Hosted by the friends of Child Crisis Arizona, the annual gala is a chance for attendees to enjoy a beautiful evening — a masquerade ball, to be exact — full of fun and entertainment while simultaneously supporting the organization’s mission to keep kids safe and families strong. Taking place at Sheraton Grand Phoenix, silent and live auctions, a reception, dinner and live entertainment is on the evening’s agenda. Last year’s event raised more than $500,000, and this year’s lavish affair is expected to raise even more. 6 p.m. Individual tickets, $300. FRESH Brunch Feb. 11, Arizona Biltmore One•n•ten, a nonprofit organization that empowers and serves LGBTQ youth and adults, invites you to its signature fundraising event, the ninth annual FRESH brunch. The brunch celebrates one•n•ten’s program achievements and highlights the organization’s vision for 2018. There will be a signature cocktail upon arrival, stories of resilience, and youth performances by the organization’s members. A reception on the Arizona Biltmore’s historic Squaw Peak Lawn caps off the night. FRESH benefits one•n•ten’s programs and services that promote self-expression, self-acceptance, leadership development and healthy life choices. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Individual tickets, $100. Dine With Your Dog Feb. 11, Heritage Square Why wouldn’t you dine with your best furry friend? PetSmart Charities pondered the same question, thus creating Dine With Your Dog. The eleventh annual event is a space for animal lovers to mingle, enjoy a silent auction, take their pooches to pet play areas, and nosh on a Champagne brunch spread. Proceeds from the event support PetSmart Charities’ Paw Can Heal Animal-Assisted Therapy program, which enables the patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital to reap the outstanding benefits of therapy dogs. Garden attire and comfortable shoes are encouraged! 10:30 a.m. Individual tickets, $125. Goldy’s Bowling Bash Feb. 22, Lucky Strike Lace up your bowling shoes because it’s time for Goldy’s Bowling Bash! Paul (Arizona Diamondbaks first baseman) and Amy Goldschmidt, founders of Goldy’s Fund 4 Kids, welcome bowlers (and non-bowlers) to a night of fun and bowling in support of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. There will be celebrity team captains, food, drinks and an after party at Gypsy Lounge in Lucky Strike. The after party will include dinner, cocktails, a silent auction, prizes and live entertainment. Bowling begins at 5:30 p.m.; after party, 9 p.m. Individual tickets, $500. Parties of Note: Broadway in the Biltmore Feb. 22, Arizona Biltmore Estates Enjoy the moving melodies of a Phoenix Symphony String Quartet in a recently remodeled home within the Arizona Biltmore Estates during the second event in this series, now in its seventh season. Following the music is a family-style dinner prepared by Alexi’s Grill. Funds raised benefit The Phoenix Symphony’s Annual Fund, which helps sustain the organization’s yearly operations, artistic offerings, musician’s salaries, world renowned guest artists and education programs. Hurry – space is limited to 50 guests! 6 p.m. Individual tickets, $200. An Evening of Dreams Gala Feb. 24, JW Marriott Camelback Inn This annual gala raises funds to develop an early detection test for ovarian cancer. Hosted by Colleen’s Dream Foundation, the fifth annual gala is held on the anniversary of Colleen Drury’s passing (the foundation’s namesake). The vibrant “Dream in Color” theme pays homage to how colorfully Drury lived her life before losing her battle to ovarian cancer and guests are invited to wear their brightest. Event highlights include a hosted cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, dinner, event program and live music by The JJ’s Band. 5:30 p.m. Individual tickets, $300.


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Arizona Cocktail Week-End moves to Phoenix

Arizona’s biggest and brightest salute to spirits and the local cocktail culture is back for its seventh year with some major changes. Arizona Cocktail Week-End, formerly Arizona Cocktail Week, is shaking up its format by squeezing in all of fun from previous years – along with some new surprises – into 72 hours over Presidents’ Day Weekend. In addition, all of the major festivities surrounding the event will now take place in Downtown Phoenix. The move from Scottsdale to Downtown is meant to create a more walkable, pedestrian-friendly event lineup, while showcasing the area’s red-hot cocktail scene and exciting new venues. As in year’s past, Arizona Cocktail Week-End will kick off with a big, opening night party. But, as with the rest of the event, it has a wholly new look, location and feel. “The 2018 Arizona Cocktail Week-End kicks off on Saturday, February 17 with The Cocktail Jam,” says Arizona Cocktail WeekEnd co-founder, Damon Scott. “Hosted at Downtown’s hottest new music hall, The Van Buren, The Cocktail Jam will pair trending spirit brands and amazingly crafted cocktails with live music by the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra to create a one-of-a-kind experience in the Valley.” According to Scott, the festivities will then go full steam ahead the rest of the long weekend. Top Bars, the annual showcase of pop-up versions of the hottest local, regional, national and even global bars, is back on Feb. 18 and will be hosted by The Croft, a historic warehouse in Downtown Phoenix that has been transformed into a hip music venue. Previous Top Bars participants include a who’s who list of iconic and award-winning mixology hotspots such as Singapore’s The Manhattan Bar, London’s The Savoy, and New York City’s The Dead Rabbit. The cost to attend this event starts at $40 in advance. Furthermore, starting Saturday, Feb. 17 through Monday, Feb. 19, the top lounges, bars and restaurants across Downtown will be hosting AZCW events, dinners and


exclusive cocktail tastings. Just some of the venues with tastings, dinners and special events in the works include: Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour; Blue Hound & Luster Rooftop Pool Bar; Chico Malo; Nook Kitchen; The Arrogant Butcher; The Breadfruit & Rum Bar; and Bar Bianco. “Most importantly, the Arizona Cocktail Week-End is also dedicated to giving back to the local community, including its own 501(c3) charity, The Jupiter Foundation, which is focused on providing a safety net for all industry professionals, including assisting with medical bills or helping in time of need when they have no other options available,” Scott says. “We’ve also partnered with the Local First Arizona Foundation and Child Crisis Arizona, two local organizations that are helping to make our Valley a safer, healthier and more prosperous better place.”

IF YOU GO… What: Arizona Cocktail Week-End When: Feb. 17 to Feb. 19 Where: Downtown Phoenix (multiple venues) Tickets: Starting at $40 Information:

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Feb. 24, Margaret T. Hance Park In its third year and nearly doubling in size, this year’s event will include some of the state’s most beloved vegan restaurants and food trucks and vegan-friendly vendors. In addition to edible creations, vendors will be showcasing and selling their vegan-friendly offerings, including household products, body care items, and accessories. GA, $25 in advance or $30 at the door; VIP, $50. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.



7 p.m. Starting at at $30. www.

24th Annual Tribute to Leadership Feb. 9, Montelucia Resort For the last 24 years, the Phoenix area YMCA has been championing and mentoring women through leadership, advocacy and community service. This annual luncheon recognizes those women who locally dedicate their time to empowering and supporting social programs for women. Over a delicious catered lunch, guests will be inspired by the incredible women who share their stores and are celebrated in their fight for gender equality and liberty. 11 a.m. Starting at $150.


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Miranda Lambert Livin’ Like Hippies Tour Feb. 10, Talking Stick Resort Arena With colorful new soundtracks from Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings album, this concert showcases her vocal talent and personal strength as she battled a heartbreaking divorce. Since its release, The Weight of These Wings has won Academy of Country Music Association (CMA) Album of the Year, two Grammy Awards and five nominations for the CMA Awards. Country fans will be delighted with this romp down country roads with

the superstart 7 p.m. Starting at $39. Mulan Feb. 10, Orpheum Theatre Disney’s animated musical action comedy-drama film comes to life. Attendees will enjoy the inspiring story of one brave girl and how she faced down the world, as well as her own cultural traditions. The performance will be bursting with martial arts, incredible choreography and mesmerizing dance. Packed with culture and beauty, Mulan lives on in this incredible show sure to bring the Orpheum house to tears, laughter and awe.

Hearts of Gold Feb. 10, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Amid the sparkling romance of Scottsdale’s most beloved resort and inn, attendees can look forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day by giving back and winning big. Guests will enjoy the extravagant silent auction, mystery boxes, divine dinner and cocktails, all to the accompaniment of the band, Treja Vu. In addition to listening to stories of hope and inspiration, gala goers will also enjoy faux casino tables and an amazing cigar bar under the Arizona stars. 6 p.m. Starting at $200. 62nd Annual VNSA Used Book Sale Feb. 10-12, Phoenix Fairgrounds Calling all readers, music lovers, movie watchers and children at heart! The 62nd annual Used Book Sale, presented by the Volunteer Nonprofit Association, features more than just leafy pages. Browse over 500,000 books, paperbacks, videos, DVDs CDs and record albums, all with most items at half price. From classics to fiction, and everywhere in between, this event will titillate book worms and a whole new generation of readers. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Cinderella 2018 Feb. 14-18, Phoenix Symphony Hall Stepping from the pages of the classic storybook comes the delightful childhood favorite, Cinderella. The promise of “happily ever after” is brought to life by the choreography of Ib Anderson and music by the esteemed Sergei Prokofiev. This

majestic, enchanted ballet promises to delight with a dose of humor and splendor that only Ballet Arizona can provide. 7 p.m. Starting at $60. Kinky Boots Feb. 16-18, Orpheum Theatre Meet Charlie Price, the unlucky inheritor of his father’s failing shoe factory. On the verge of bankruptcy, Charlie finds an unlikely muse in Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of sturdy stilettos. The delightful show will be filled with lessons of acceptance and personal growth. As the winner of six Tony Awards, Kinky Boots is a fun romp through a star-studded cast of choreographers and music composers. Show times and prices vary. 28th Annual Chinese Week’s Culture and Cuisine Festival Feb. 16-18, Margaret T. Hance park For the year of the Dog, Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc. and Phoenix Chinese Week Committee present the 26th annual Chinese Week’s Culture and Cuisine Festival. Enjoy everything that Chinese culture has to offer, including folk dance performances, martial art demos, Chinese cuisine and the much beloved dragon dance. Children will love the hands-on activities, musical performances and fun arts and crafts. Times vary. Free. www. 18th Annual Chinese New Year - Year of the Dog 5k Run & Wok Feb. 17, Papago Park There’s no better way to celebrate the Chinese New Year then a stunning run through the scenic area of Papago Park. Race your way around the area that surrounds the Phoenix Zoo and past the iconic Hole in the Rock. Celebrate the new year by dressing in a dog costume to win free running shoes from Fleet Feet. Racers in the annual 5K can expect a free T-shirt and a finishers medal upon completion. 9 a.m. Starting at $30. Danny Zelisko Presents STYX Feb. 22, Celebrity Theatre After a 15-year hiatus, STYX is back at historic Celebrity Theatre. In a collaboration that took over two years to complete, the band’s new album, Mission is sonically sweet and features Tommy Shaw and co-writer and collaborator Will Evankovich. Often referred to as a 43-minute thrill ride, this band still fires on all cylinders, 45 years after their debut. 6:30 pm. Starting at $45.

seeks to raise resources to fight this devastating disease. 6 p.m. Tables of 10 starting at $5,000.

DEVOUR PHOENIX CULINARY CLASSIC Feb. 25-March 4, Phoenix Art Museum A temptation of culinary delights will greet attendees at this annual culinary event. Chefs, wineries and industry purveyors, in collaboration with the Phoenix Art Museum, present this weeklong culinary adventure. For wine lovers and foodies alike, Devour Phoenix is the premier event for local artisans and culinary leaders that call Phoenix home. Guests will taste and learn about the industry with various events throughout the week. Times and prices vary.

2018 Cactus League Season Feb. 23, Phoenix Area Cactus League Stadiums Baseball fans, rejoice! The Cactus League is back with one of its earliest season starts in history. Running through March, the Valley will be flooded with baseball fans from around the country and with the early start date, locals shouldn’t wait to snatch up their tickets. With over 15 league teams across 10 ballparks, there is nothing sweeter then spring training in Phoenix. The season kicks off with seven different matchups. Times and prices vary. 34th Annual Camaraderie Gala Feb. 24, Omni Scottsdale Resort Benefitting A New Leaf, this annual gala is a celebratory event that

honors all of the Phoenix-based patrons who give their support and strength to fight Valley homelessness. This year’s theme is all about superheroes and guests will be networking with some of the most influential “superheroes” that Phoenix has to offer. 7 pm. Starting at $250. Bon Sante Ball Feb. 24, The Phoenician Scottsdale Bringing together some of the best and brightest physicians, academics and medical professionals, with the Banner leaders and philanthropists across Arizona, the Bon Sante Ball is the premier event for Banner medical. With heart disease being the number one killer in our state, the Bon Sante Ball

Colleen’s Dream Golf Tournament Feb. 24, Biltmore Golf Club, Adobe Course In its first year, this highly anticipated charity golf tournament sold out, and this year will be no different. Golfers will head to one of Phoenix’s best courses for a day on the links all in the name of charity. Participants can expect an afternoon of golf followed by a hosted cocktail hour, dinner, awards ceremony, and tee gifts. All proceeds benefit the Colleen’s Dream Foundation to fight ovarian cancer. Shotgun start at noon. www. 34th Annual Matsuri: A Festival of Japan Feb. 24-25, Heritage Square The art and magic of the Japanese traditions come to life at this annual festival at Downtown’s Heritage Square. This year’s theme is Kokeshi Dolls, handmade from wood with delicately painted faces. Don’t miss the amazing Japanese art exhibits, four live music stages, bonsai displays and the beer and sake garden. Children will enjoy arts and crafts and tasting the unique food of Japan. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Beach Ball 2018, presented by Phoenix Children’s Hospital March 3, J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Trade your ball gown for resort wear and prepare for the fiesta that is the Beach Ball 2018, Noche en Havana. Benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital, this gala is always one that delivers hope, healing and funds that aid hospitalized babies and children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. This year’s silent and live auctions proceeds will benefit the expansion of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the hospital. 6 p.m. Starting at $10. AAHA! An Auction of Heirlooms and Art March 3, Arizona Biltmore This year, the Hospice of the Valley has decided to “Swing into Spring” with its 41st annual live auction. Guests will be treated to hors d’oeuvres, a live auction, dinner and dancing. With countless pieces of art to choose from, guests will enjoy the artwork with the chance to support the patients (and their families) of Hospice of the Valley. 6 p.m. Starting at $250.

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End the night right at five places that ignite romance You know that feeling when a date is going so well you don’t want it to end? Thanks to these picturesque patios, cozy corners and romantic rendezvous spots, it doesn’t have to.


Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar Slip away for a Valentine’s Day nightcap at this Biltmore neighborhood hotspot known for its craft cocktails and playful art. Located at The Camby, locals can explore the hotel’s urban playground and escape the ordinary while sipping on one of the bar’s crowd favorite cocktails including the Gettin’ Figgy With It, made with Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, banana liqueur, demerara syrup, and AZ Bitters Lab Figgy Pudding Bitters. Another option is The Dirty Word – a heady combination of New Amsterdam Gin, green chartreuse, fresh lemon, simple syrup and egg whites. Camp Social This eclectic and fun yet romantic spot offers guests the chance to cozy up and swing together along the bar’s tire swings, or to even imbibe after dinner inside a retro camper. Oh, and did we mention the s’mores menu? There is surely no better way to end the night than with something sweet. Different Pointe of View Nestled atop a mountain 1,800 feet above the city, Different Pointe of View (DPOV) of Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort is often best known for its views, fine Modern American cuisine and internationally acclaimed wine cellar. But, those who haven’t tried its cocktail program after dinner, which uses fresh herbs from the mountainside Chef’s Garden as well as house-made syrups and even crafts its own bottled cocktails, are missing out. Honor Amongst Thieves What’s sexier than a speak-easy? Not much, especially one tucked away and hidden above Stock & Stable on 7th Street. Stylish, dark and striking, the wood-accented Honor Amongst Thieves tempts with an extensive list of handcrafted drinks that honor the classics but still provide unique twists as well as small bites – and ample privacy. LON’s at the Hermosa Nestled in the heart of Paradise Valley, with picturesque views of Camelback Mountain, the iconic outdoor patio at Lon’s at the AAA Four Diamond Hermosa Inn is notably considered one the Valley’s most romantic outdoor spots. It’s flanked by lush, colorful gardens, towering trees with sparkling lights, market-style umbrellas, a large trickling water fountain and five outdoor fireplaces with intimate enclaves and cozy conversational couches.


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An iconic stretch of pavement provides the gathering place for one of Phoenix’s most popular events


Mark your calendars for March 3, when the Melrose on 7th Avenue Street Fair blooms into colorful life for the 16th consecutive year. According to Rochelle Poulton, associate board member of the Seventh Avenue Merchants Association (SAMA) and committee chairwoman of the event, this unique, ever-evolving event draws nearly 25,000 people from all corners of the Valley. And why shouldn’t it – when it features hundreds of handmade arts and crafts, wares from local businesses, hours of exploring for antique lovers, more than a dozen food trucks, a classic car show, and live music all along a one-mile stretch of road in one of Phoenix’s most charming areas? The Melrose District, spanning 7th Avenue between Camelback and Indian School roads has really become a destination for people seeking unique shops, quaint eateries, and live entertainment in the past years; but that was not always the case. “In 1998,” Poulton explains, “a group of 7th Avenue merchants (now SAMA) decided to join together to improve their neighborhood. Challenged with crime and blight, the Melrose District was struggling to stay alive. Given the mission to facilitate safety, community, revitalization and beautification, and relying solely on funds generated by grants and support of the surrounding neighborhoods, the district has begun to rebuild itself.” The fair is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., giving visitors plenty of time to peruse and shop while enjoying live music from local groups such as Pearl Ridge and the Fire Drum Marching Band. Be sure to bring your appetite, because there will be an impressive array of food trucks – 16, in fact – allowing you to sample every type of cuisine under the sun. Oh, and did we mention the beer garden? Children can hang in the Kid Zone while adults get to enjoy the Melrose Patio; a beer and margarita garden sponsored by Hensley Beverage Company and Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine Premium Tequila. One of the most popular experiences, according to Poulton, is Chester’s Classic Car Show, which showcases over 100 classic cars and hosts a friendly, yet highly competitive contest for the “best” in several categories; including a People’s Choice Award. To enter the car show, email Poulton credits the continued growth and improvement of the fair to the SAMA’s many generous sponsors, and can’t wait to welcome this year’s crowd. “It’s a great time to get together and see the vast improvements to the District,” she says. “Year over year, the new shops, restaurants and bars drive people in on fair day, and beyond that.” Melrose District; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; free admission; www. Uptown February '18


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Guerlain’s gorgeously packaged Le Bouquet de la Mariee – meaning “bouquet of the bride” in French – is an extra-special gift for your valentine, and even more specifically, your bride or bride-to-be. In fact, the 4.2-ounce bottle was created as a must-have accessory for a woman’s wedding day, though it is sure to make any day memorable. With notes of rose, vanilla and orange blossom, the tender floral scent is displayed in the brand’s iconic quadrilobé bottle that’s cut like a diamond, with lace enveloping the glass like a bride’s graceful veil. Delicate white florals are the finishing touch for this extravagant elixir. $1,000 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100.

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Style SHOP



Sweeten things up with the trademark of love

Heart-shaped sunglasses, Saint Laurent, $490 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Printed zip-front top, $55 at Topshop, Textured gathered skirt, J.Crew, $110 at Nordstrom. Diamond and turquoise bangle, Chopard, $2,840 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Metallic crossbody bag, Rebecca Minkoff, $195 at Neiman Marcus, 480.990.2100. Snakeskinembossed sneaker with embellished design, Gucci, $830 at Nordstrom.


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SWEET SOMETHINGS Unique his and hers gifts for Valentine’s Day

Crystal-encrusted mosaic drop earrings, Alexis Bittar, $265 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. The One for Men Eau de Toilette, Dolce & Gabbana, $100 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. Taiga striped leather wallet, $745 at Louis Vuitton, BR 123 GMT 24H watch, Bell & Ross, $3,600 at Barneys New York, Lip print bag, Prada, $1,300 at Barneys New York. Printed infinity loop scarf, Lily Pulitzer, $68 at Zappos,

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in ROBE: Red lace, Paul & Joe for Cosabella, $225. BODYSUIT: Golden garden nude and gold lace, For Love & Lemons, $237. Both from Blossoms & Beehives Lingerie Boutique; 602.955.1594.

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WRAP: Blush cropped ballet, ELSE lingerie, $220. CHEMISE: Blush silk, ELSE lingerie, $248. Both from Blossoms & Beehives Lingerie Boutique; 602.955.1594.


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ROBE: Black lace, Cosabella, $225. BODYSUIT: Black lace, Hanro, $185. Both from Blossoms & Beehives Lingerie Boutique; 602.955.1594.

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BODYSUIT: Black ruffle longsleeve, For Love & Lemons, $190. From Blossoms & Beehives Lingerie Boutique; 602.955.1594.


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ROBE: Black lace, Eberjey, $264. TOP: Half-cup pink and black marquis bra, Aubade, $149. BOTTOMS: Pink and black marquis garter belt, Aubade, $109; pink and black floral embroidered thong, Aubade, $89. All from Blossoms & Beehives Lingerie Boutique; 602.955.1594.

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ROBE: Black fairy print, Only Hearts, $171. TOP: Black balcony lace detail bra, Marie Jo, $129. BOTTOMS: Black lace briefs, Marie Jo, $65. All from Blossoms & Beehives Lingerie Boutique; 602.955.1594.


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ROBE: Blue and nude lace, Lise Charmel, $356. CHEMISE: Blue and nude lace babydoll, Lise Charmel, $268. Both from Blossoms & Beehives Lingerie Boutique; 602.955.1594.

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RED HAUTE Rosy hues for the month of romance

Whether getting dolled up for date night or going glam for a Galentine’s Day party, nothing says va-vavoom like the color red. From lipstick to nail polish and everything in between, these bold beauty products will leave you looking radiant with a rich pop of color.

Curlipops 1 1/4inch Tourmaline Ceramic Wand, Bed Head, $29.99 at Ulta Beauty, Ash and Ember Eye Soot in Viscera, Rituel de Fille, $38 at Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, Cream Blush in Above and Beyond, Kjaer Weis, $56 at Citrine Natural Beauty Bar. Nail Lacquer in Carnal Red, Tom Ford, $36 at Saks Fifth Avenue, wwww. Color is Bae Lip Crayon in Cherry, $20 at Elizabeth Mott, www.elizabethmott. com. Va-Va-Plump Shiny Liquid Lipstick in Boldly Go, $20 at Buxom Cosmetics, Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Pigalle, $24 at Stila Cosmetics, www.


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BEYOND THE BOUQUET Floral finds for your home

White carved wood frame mirror, $259 at Pier 1 Imports, 480.922.3987. Indigo side table, Deny Designs, $149 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Printed square throw pillow, $99.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond, Dandelion wool rug in Sky, $449-$1,399 at west elm, www. Tufted upholstered chair, Haute House, $1,899 at Horchow,

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Flowers are a token of love, and if your love is long-lasting, don’t you think that token should be, too? Made in Los Angeles, The Million Roses collection specializes in (somewhat) forever florals. Roses are preserved by hand using a delicate technique that allows them to retain their natural appearance and feel, as if they were fresh-cut flowers. Delivered in a handcrafted box (with your choice of gold, silver, white, pink or black), the flowers will last one to three years, perhaps even longer. Even better, they don’t need to be watered. There are a range of sizes, colors and patterns – from a solid display to an alternating blend – though the large Million Eternity box (pictured) features 80 to 90 roses, with the center lovingly shaped into a heart. Pricing varies; display shown is $649 plus shipping. Uptown February '18





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Behind the 24-hour guard-gated community of The Biltmore Estates is plush, desert landscaping, a community tennis court, and – above all – luxury homes. Case in point: this contemporary remodeled space. Completed by a professional interior designer, the house oozes understated elegance. The 3,219-square-foot home is made up of three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The majority of the space features premium engineered light hardwood floors, with the exception of the custom tiled bathrooms. The open-concept features soaring 14-foot ceilings and a sleek, clean vibe that will please any who enter. Designer light fixtures and fine finishes can be found throughout, adding a touch of glamour and uniqueness, with plantation shutters completing each room. The living and dining room combination, equipped with a built-in buffet near the dining area, is just after the entrance. Past that, you’ll find the wet bar equipped with storage and a 36-bottle wine refrigerator, an area that flows perfectly into the great room. The family room area contains a true statement wall, with textured tile, built-ins and a gas fireplace. The custom kitchen and breakfast nook are another major highlight of the dwelling. Upgraded marble and quartz countertops, along with a textured backsplash add to the white, pristine cabinetry. Additional highlights include Thermador appliances and an oversized island. The master provides a retreat with a large bedroom and impressive en-suite. The stylish space includes a soaker tub, separate shower, detailed tilework and an extensive walk-in closet with custom builtins and a marble island. The remaining space features a mini-master suite with an attached bath, an office complete with built-ins, an additional bedroom, and another full bathroom. The backyard has a partially-covered patio, plush grass and greenery, and views of the community’s beautiful desert grounds. 6522 N. 29th St., Phoenix, Arizona 85016. Listed for $1,296,000 with Melody Zediker of HomeSmart International, 480.266.7682 or



2018 JEEP WRANGLER The beloved auto debuts a redesign for the first time in 11 years BY JIM PRUETER

VITAL STATS: Base price: $26,995

Jeep Wrangler may be the most recognizable vehicle in the world. As such, when a new Wrangler is introduced, it’s a big deal not only for the company but also for the millions of Jeep owners around the world. A redesign happens only about every 10 years, and great care is taken to respect the brand’s history and legacy. For 2018, the time for a redo has arrived. Jeep loyalists will be pleased to know that the new Wrangler is an absolute home run, the best in the brand’s 75-plus-year history. Its off-road capabilities boggle the mind, and its on-road manners are significantly improved. Much is familiar, but better. All trim levels – Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon – come standard with a removable soft top and are available with two or four doors (Sahara is four-door only). Previously, removing the top was labor intensive, and reinstalling it was madly frustrating. The all-new Sunrider soft top takes less than four minutes to fold. Same goes for the folding windshield, and a new head bar keeps the rearview mirror in place. Replacing the zippered side windows is a new, easy-to-use, slide-in configuration. An optional Sky One-Touch power top (available

on Sahara and Rubicon four-doors) retracts with the push of a button. Driving the new Wrangler about 40 miles on paved roads, I immediately noticed the improved ride. Steering is much more precise thanks to the electro-hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering system, a new and welcome standard for Jeep. And, the new model improves on Wrangler’s already world-class off-road capability. Approach, departure and breakover angles are better, minimizing undercarriage scraping during off-roading. Ground clearance is up across the board, and the Wrangler can ford up to 30 inches of water. Visually, the new Wrangler pays tribute to Jeep’s design heritage. The legendary seven-slot grill has been updated, with the outer slats intersecting the headlights. The interior recaptures the original Jeep’s “horizontality;” round gauges and air vents are simply aligned. A 5- (standard), 7- or 8.4-inch touchscreen houses the Uconnect system; the latter two have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s a perfect blend of old and new. The improvements to the 2018 Wrangler render the previous generation practically ancient by comparison. I expect it to fly off dealer lots.

Price as tested: $53,110 Engine: 3.6-liter V-6 Horsepower: 285 Fuel economy: 18/23 mpg city/highway Seating: 5 Fab features: Variety of new engine options Improved on-road ride and handling Enhanced world-class off-road capabilities

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MEET ME IN MONTEREY Wine, whales and wonder await in Northern California


Less than a two-hour flight from the Valley, Northern California’s Monterey County boasts the gorgeous locales of Carmel, Pebble Beach, Big Sur and, of course, Monterey Bay. With a fraction of the crowds that descend on the area in the late spring and summer months, this time of year marks the sneaky best time to visit. Here is our handy guide on where to stay and what to do all season long, and you can find even more information at

Stay Inn at Spanish Bay If there is a golfer in the family, this resort needs no introduction. The Inn at Spanish Bay is situated on the historic, iconic Pebble Beach (and its golf course), which is on the western edge of the Monterey Peninsula along the Pacific Ocean. A blend of old-world charm and luxury, the resort has newly renovated rooms and suites with cozy fireplaces, a sophisticated design and unrivaled views of the course, ocean and surrounding forest. With first class always in focus, the resort offers complimentary Lexus test drives to guests as well as five award-wining dining destinations, nightly bagpipers who “put the golf course to sleep” at dusk, and even its own wine cellar experience with more than 250 bottles by the taste, glass and bottle. Carmel Valley Ranch Upon arrival at the newly renovated Carmel Valley Ranch, it’s impossible not to drink in the heady fragrance of fresh lavender growing on the nearby hillside. In addition to the sheer beauty of this family-friendly resort, because of its location, the climate tends to be a lot warmer, sunnier and less foggy than the coast – especially during winter months. In addition to being one of the top resort destinations in the U.S. (opt for a lavender suite, by the way) they have one of the most unique on-site activities you’ll find anywhere: A bee experience, which puts you in a beekeeper suit for the buzziest adventure in the area.

Play Carmel Valley Wine Tasting The Carmel Valley Wine region is among the most beloved in the world, and for good reason. Many of the area’s award-winning wineries – including Bernardus Winery, Holman Ranch Vineyards, Cima Collina Winery and Joullian Vineyards – are within walking distance of each other and focused on giving guests personal interactions versus simply tasting and selling wines day in and day


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Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey Bay Aquarium is the ultimate window to the magical marine world for all ages. It is home to 35,000 creatures and more than 550 types of sea life including sea otters, sharks, seahorses, jellyfish and penguins. In addition to ever-evolving special exhibitions, their acclaimed permanent exhibits include a towering three-story Kelp Forest (one of the tallest aquarium exhibits in the world), touch pools and other hands-on exhibits, the award-winning Splash Zone family galleries, and the million-gallon Open Sea exhibit.


out. Insider tip: While not on the main wine path as the others, take the short drive to Folktale Winery & Vineyards, which is less than a mile from Carmel Valley Ranch and oozes otherworldly charm. The tasting room is whimsical, and the expansive outdoor space is filled with games, sparkling lights and gorgeous greenery. The winemakers’ goals are to express the beautiful acidity and minerality of Monterey’s cool climate and rocky soils, succeeding on all levels, especially in their pinot noir and chardonnay offerings.

Discovery Whale Watch Think of Monterey Bay as ground zero for whales, with winter being prime time to see the mighty gray whale and several species of dolphins. When fully grown, the gray whale can measure more than 50 feet long. Discovery Whale Watch, the most respected tour outfitter in the region, not only guarantees you to see the majestic mammals on their daily three- to four-hour trips, but has a marine biologist and/or naturalist aboard each trip to narrate the entire adventure.


Jacks Monterey This newly renovated restaurant in the heart of downtown Monterey, at the Portola Hotel & Spa, focuses on the globally inspired traditions on California cultural cuisine, emphasizing small plates, fresh seafood and a selection of house cocktails, local wines and craft beer.   jeninni kitchen + wine bar Redefining the modern wine bar experience, jeninni kitchen + wine bar offers a contemporary take on the sultry cuisines of the Mediterranean coast – with a special emphasis on southern Spain – alongside unique wines and housemade specialty beverages.    Seventh & Dolores Steakhouse If you have something a little more seductive and sophisticated in mind when considering dining options in the area, look no further than Seventh & Dolores Steakhouse, which uses the rich, fertile land of California and the nearby Pacific Ocean as well as specialty ingredients from the owners’ travels around the world to source nearly everything on the ever-changing menu. Located in the heart of Carmel (and near many of its best wine-tasting rooms), it is the ultimate special occasion restaurant in the region.



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GO AHEAD, GET BITTER(S) Valentine’s Day drinks with bite

This year, forget sweets for your sweetie! Whether you’re single, coupled up or something in between, it’s the perfect time to get a little bitter – or at the least in regards to your drink. If unfamiliar, bitters are the botanically infused agents of flavor that give cocktails an extra dose of taste and tang. We’ve rounded up 10 musttry cocktails that incorporate bitters.

Walnut 46 Steak 44 Heaven in a glass, this concoction uses walnut bitters to infuse a nuttiness to its base spirit, Maker’s Mark 46. A Luxardo cherry and oranges are then added to the shaker and it’s strained over ice. $18. www.

No. 04 Windsor The gin-based drink combines fresh-squeezed grapefruit, hop bitters (yes, as in beer hops!), and cardamom syrup. The result – it tastes like the IPA of cocktails, but less filling and more flavor forward. $10.50.

First Mate Little Cleo's Seafood Legend Thoroughly tropical, the First Mate is made with Kraken Rum, Gran Torres Orange Liqueur, orgeat syrup, lemon juice and cherry bark bitters, which – fittingly – anchor the drink with its earthy notes. $11.

AZ Orange Gin & Tonic The Refuge Cafe This citrusy and light drink comes together perfectly, just like an early morning Arizona sunset. It is made with local O.H.S.O. #Gin, tonic, and a few dashes of orange bitters, garnished with a fresh orange slice. $6.50.

Kentucky Apple Crusta The Henry Think grown-up apple cider. Warm and boozy, it features Copper & Kings Brandy, spiced curacao liqueur, apple cider and the warming spices of cinnamon and allspice, courtesy of Elemakule Tiki Bitters. $11.

High Five The Gladly With Cointreau for a slight citrus flavor, a riesling-infused cherry cordial adding sweetness, and Iwai Japanese Whisky resulting in a bite, this cocktail is nearly perfect. But, the addition of bitters made with Lapsang Souchong (a black tea with smoky aroma) bring earthiness. $12.


Rye the Way Crudo The Latin-inspired cocktail is marked with warm, smoky and chocolaty flavors thanks to Mas Mole Bitters, which are combined with Rittenhouse Rye Whiseky and Chichicapa Mezcal. It’s topped with spiced Benedictine and sweet doline blanc to round it out. $13.


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Martinez Honor Amongst Thieves This dynamic take on a martini starts with Hayman’s Old Tom Gin and vermouth, and then a hint of sweetness is added via maraschino liqueur. It’s finished with angostura bitters to give an herbal note on the nose and mouth. $14. www.

Your Money or Your Life Buck &Rider For a new take on the OldFashioned, this signature cocktail highlights housemade orange bitters, resulting in a citrus zing. The remainder of the recipe contains Old Forester Bourbon and then two liqueurs: herbal Benedictine and Combier, the world’s first-ever Triple Sec. $11. Spicy Javarita Wright’s Bar at the Arizona Biltmore A hot twist on a classic margarita, the Spica Javarita features Cazadores Reposado, Cointreau, fresh made sour and housemade chili-coffee bitters. $16. www.




Since its inception in 2014, Mark Tarbell’s restaurant, The Tavern (located next to his orginal Tarbell’s and attached to The Wine Store), focuses on a fun, fast and friendly eating and drinking experience. These crispy chicken lettuce wraps ($15) truly embody that concept. A signature dish for the eatery and a favorite of the regulars, the tempura-battered, gluten-free chicken is hot and crisp, served with Boston Bibb lettuce, a freshly made robust slaw, and sweet chili tangy vinaigrette. The light and bright assemble-your-own wraps lend bold flavors, leaving you craving them time and time again. Pop over to the attached wine store (The Tavern’s “Walk In Wine List”), pick out a bottle at retail price and have it added to your dinner bill (with no corkage fee) to enjoy with your meal. 3209 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.955.7730; Uptown February '18




Geordie’s pours up passion in a glass

Geordie’s at the Wrigley Mansion has a new face around, chef Christopher Gross, known for the Biltmore-area restaurant, Christopher’s & Crush Lounge. Taking Gross’ love for classic sippers and Wrigley Mansion Owner Jamie Hormel’s adoration of Negroni, Geordie’s General Manager Ben Sinon set out to create a cocktail fit for Valentine’s Day. The result is the Je t’aime ($13), a seasonal take on the classic Negroni using rarely used passion fruit bitters. “Bitters are utilized more and more today in drinks and the passion fruit added just a hint of sweetness (along with the needed passion for a Valentine’s drink),” Sinon says. And for the most romantic holiday of the year, there’s nothing like a bright, red hued drink to add to the mood. Thanks to the Campari, Boy Drinks World Passion Fruit Bitters and cranberry juice, the cocktail is following the theme of love. In addition to the above ingredients, Sinon adds CasWerks Gin, stirs all the components and the cocktail is served up in a martini glass with a squeeze and drop of lemon wedge. “The words I would use to describe it [the drink] are: bitter, sweet, orange, tart,” Sinon explains. As far as what to nibble on while imbibing? Sinon suggests it as a starting drink with cheese and charcuterie or with the new Wrigley House Smoked Salmon. Don’t get too comfortable with the current menu because once the flowers are blooming and the temperatures rise, Geordie’s will do some menu spring cleaning. “The cocktails will change in spring with a focus on the classics,” Sinon says. “[There will be] less reinvention of drinks and more classic staples.” Geordie’s at Wrigley Mansion, 2501 East Telawa Trail, Phoenix; 602.955.4079;


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In the kitchen with Rich Hinojosa, co-founder and executive chef of CRUjiente Tacos Prior to opening Arcadia-located CRUjiente Tacos, executive chef Rich Hinojosa worked at luxury hotel restaurants, from the blue waters of Hawaii to the Aspen mountains. The co-founder, who has deep roots in Texas, creates reimagined interpretations of street-style tacos at his Latin-inspired taqueria.


When did you know you wanted to be a chef? I knew really early on that I loved and enjoyed food more than most people I knew. When I was about 18 years old, I knew I wanted to work in hospitality after experiencing the industry with my first restaurant job. When I was 20 years old, I realized I wanted to pursue a career in cooking. I was on a cruise with my aunt where I was able to experience different cuisines and a great hospitality experience. Shortly after the cruise, I researched culinary schools and moved to Scottsdale to attend the Scottsdale Culinary Institute. When you’re not cooking, where would we find you? You can find me with my beautiful wife, Amy, and our daughters, Addison and Madelynn, and we enjoy hiking and watching movies together. If I have time, I love watching live sporting events. Being a Texan, I’m a huge San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Cowboys fan! What is your guilty pleasure? If you ask 10 people who have known me for at least two years, they know that I love hot dogs. I love to experience, and create the most complex dishes but I love a simple, old fashioned hot dog with mustard and onions. If there’s a gourmet hot dog shop when I’m traveling, I will make it a point to visit and try new hot dog combinations with unique toppings. What inspired your passion for Latin cuisine? It’s part of my heritage as I come from a Hispanic family. It’s a big part who I am. After working in restaurants for over 25 years, I’ve worked with people from all over the world including Puerto Rico, Honduras, Argentina, Mexico, El Salvador, and Peru and they introduced me to their cultures’ different foods, ingredients and family meals. What is your favorite Southern dish? I can’t get enough of Texas barbecue. I have many favorite barbecue joints in Texas and each one is special to me. Some are nostalgic because I’ve been going there with my family since I was a little kid. Others have the best brisket, sausage or pork ribs that I’ve ever had. 3961 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.687.7777;

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HOT, HOT, HOT! Amp up the night with a little spice


New Mexican Sausages

Rokerij Four grilled Schreiner’s pork sausages are handstuffed with jalapeno and cilantro for an extra kick and served over wood oven-roasted sweet onions and pinto beans. $15. 6335 N. 16th St., 602.287.8900;

Shishito Peppers

jade bar at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Shishito peppers, which are known for their distinctive medium heat and smokiness, are blistered on the grill to bring out their spice and then paired with a sweet and savory soy caramel sauce and hint of garlic to cut the heat while bringing a touch of zest to the tongue. $14. 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley; 480.607.2300;

Hell’s Fire Chips

AZ88 Billed as the appetizer tailor-made for the devil himself, these homemade potato chips are drizzled with a specialty hot sauce and then topped with melted blue cheese to help quell the intensity. $9. 7353 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale; 480.994.5576;

Carne Adovada Enchiladas

Jalapeno Inferno

Los Dos Molinos Featured on Food Network for its full menu of dishes bursting with heat, the restaurant’s flavorful enchilada dish is a standout. The pork is marinated in chilies for hours to enhance the flavors and then paired with a fried egg, your choice of red or green sauce, rice, and beans. $14.95. Two locations;

Exit Wound Bowl There are many ways to make the month of love even hotter. Candlelight and slow music may come to mind, but hot food is the real recipe for romance. Spice up your meal (and love life!) with these 12 fiery finds to raise the temperature on a cool winter’s night.

Moto Sushi Moto’s Exit Wound Bowl is particularly intense, featuring crispy shrimp, grilled chicken breast, and vegetables tossed in Moto Hell Fire sauce and served with cooling white rice. $12.95. 6845 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.263.5444;

Hellfire Wings

R Bar at JW Marriott Camelback Inn The name says it all, as these fiery, meaty wings are slathered in habanero sweet chili sauce and served with a side of ranch dressing and crudités. $12. 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, 480.948.1700;


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Crispy Hot Chicken Sandwich

Salty Sow How hot can you handle it? All-natural chicken is first rubbed in a medley of heated spices, including those from jalapeno and cayenne peppers, then deep-fried to perfection. It’s served on a toasted brioche bun piled high with kale slaw and bread and butter pickles. $15. 4801 E. Cactus Road, Scottsdale; 602.795.9463;

Hatch Tacos de la Calle

Jalapeno Inferno Grilled chicken is stuffed into small, double-layered corn tortillas (made locally) and topped with onions, cilantro and spicy Hatch chiles. $14. Two locations;

Ring of Fire Burger

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers A hand-formed, half-pound burger is piled high with pepper jack cheese, jalapenos and a spiced onion ring topped with buffalo sauce and spicy mayo. $12.50. Multiple locations; Salty Sow


Spicy Seafood Hot Pot

Clever Koi Hearty udon noodles swim in an aromatic, spicy broth brimming with shrimp, calamari steak, scallops and catfish. $17.50. 4236 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.222.3474;

Diabla Shrimp Taco

Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila Shrimp sauteed in guajillo sauce – made from dried guajillo peppers, garlic, charred grilled onions, tomatoes and habaneros – is served on a bed of Mexican rice and a warm tortilla. $5. Two locations;

Spicy Fettuccini

Pomelo at the Orchard Spanish chorizo lights up this pasta dish and is further revved up with peppers and sun-dried tomatoes. The flavors are rounded out with garlic cream sauce, broccolini, earthy mushrooms and Parmesan cheese. $16. 7100 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.633.2600;

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The relatively new Twisted Grove is making a name for itself by creating from-scratch modern American fare that is extremely approachable, in name as well as in price. Highlights include small plates, sandwiches and flatbreads. 3160 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.730.3533;; $$



CHELSEA’S KITCHEN Situated just off the canal, Chelsea’s Kitchen is the perfect spot to stop in after a bike ride with the family or a quick jog. The weekend brunch is complete with all the traditional dishes along with some clever additions like the La Grande Orange Caesar and the new style crudo. Chelsea’s lunch and dinner menu also features a delightfully spicy green chile burger that is a definite fan favorite. 5040 N. 40th St., Phoenix; 602.957.2555;; $$ LUCI’S AT THE ORCHARD Looking for a fully immersive Arizona experience? Luci’s at the Orchard offers a gourmet marketplace as well as a full-service cafe located in a repurposed historic ranch home in the heart of Uptown. The menu embraces the Arizona citrus legacy with many of the items highlighting this Arizona specialty. Luci’s serves breakfast all day and offers savory lunch items like sandwiches, burgers and hearty salads. This isn’t just a dining experience, it’s a fun one, too. Bring your children along to enjoy the lush greenery and splash pad. 7100 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.633.2442;; $$

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RICE PAPER Rice Paper is housed in what was certainly at one point a charming little house. Because of this parking can be a little challenging, but the owners have created some space in the back to accommodate. Once you overcome the parking challenge, you will find that the decor and ambiance of this spot are well worth it. Rice Paper has about 18 different types of spring rolls (both fresh and crispy styles) to match to anyone’s tastes. The menu also has several varieties of pho and banh mi. 2221 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.252.3326; www.; $$

SOUTHERN RAIL Justin Beckett’s Southern Rail brings, you guessed it, flavors of the American South to the Valley. You won’t want to miss the fried green tomatoes or the mac ‘n’ cheese small plates. The smoked chicken and grilled andouille gumbo are perfect representations of what this place is all about, true southern flavors recreated perfectly. 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.200.0085; www.; $$

THAI LAHNA This unpretentious family-owned and -operated eatery has been delighting valley diners for over 35 years, with sumptuous seafood dishes and portions that will astound you. Brightly lit and always ready with a cheerful greeting, Thai Lahna has satisfying noodle dishes, seafood and chicken specialties and more. The house-made chile paste is a key element in many of the dishes. Whether you are thoroughly acquainted with Thai dishes or trying them out for the first time, the crew here will make you feel at home and guide your culinary adventure every time you visit. 3738 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.955.4658; www.; $$



PURE SUSHI COLONY This sleek and modern sushi spot will welcome you in and the wait staff will make you want to keep coming back again and again. If you have questions or need suggestions on menu items,

DUZA’S KITCHEN Duza’s Kitchen is nestled quietly in the Coronado District and is a little hard to find on your first visit, though

CHINA CHILI Whether you are looking to enjoy Cantonese-, Szechwan- or Hong Kong-style dishes, you will be met with many options at China Chili. You’ll find many familiar choices as well as some potential new favorites. The seafood blossom soup and chicken corn chowder soup are local favorites. The service is always friendly and food comes out of the kitchen in ninja-like speed. 302 E. Flower St., Phoenix; 602.266.4463;; $$


the staff is very familiar with the menu offerings and happy to help. Pure’s nigiri and sashimi are fresh and masterfully cut, and the restaurant’s bowls and bento boxes are plentiful and varied. No matter your selection, you are guaranteed to be served a plate of beauty; presentation is honored at Pure Sushi. 5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.730.3566; $$$

CORNER BAKERY CAFÉ This neighborhood bakery and cafe takes you back to a simpler, slower time, one where you don’t feel rushed. You can settle into a table with the paper and a coffee and enjoy a variety of freshly baked pastries, made-to-order scrambles and fluffy pancakes with any side you can think of. Corner Bakery Café has you covered if you are looking to take things a little slowly to start your day, or if you need to grab-and-go on the run. 1949 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.314.6000;; $$

once you’ve found it you’ll find yourself driving there again and again. This quaint spot offers up a variety of breakfast favorites with new ingredient components. The shepherd’s biscuit takes your basic breakfast sandwich to the next level and the pumpkin quinoa porridge would make Goldilocks green with envy! 2243 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 480.252.3787;; $$ MATT’S BIG BREAKFAST It’s unlikely that you’ve never heard of Matt’s Big Breakfast, especially after having been profiled on the Food Network and many outlets around town. I’m not going to lie, you’re going to have to wait for a table, but that’s okay, it is going to be worth it. You won’t find a lot of over-complicated dishes, just straightforward and hearty breakfast staples made with the best local ingredients and a sincere care for quality with a dash of perfectionism. Stop in before 2:30 p.m. and enjoy breakfast or lunch. 3118 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.840.3720; www.; $$


AIELLO’S EAST COAST ITALIAN Dine in, delivery, take out and catering; Aiello’s does it all. One of the restaurant’s best features is the Dinner for Four special, featuring a different entree every day. Call in your order and then pick it up on the way home and dinner is taken care of, guaranteed to be delicious. Have a special request for in house dining? Just say the word and Aiello’s is more than happy to oblige. 777 East Thunderbird Road, Phoenix, 602.547.3354, www., $$ CRUDO Chef Cullen Campbell is turning your ideas of Italian cuisine upside down. You’ll find four main menu elements at Crudo; raw, cooked, cheese and grilled. The ingredients are simple but exquisite and you can order a la carte or in coursing options. The menu here changes from time to time, but be sure to ask about the feature dish. 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.358.8666;; $$$ THE PARLOR PIZZERIA Urban eating at its best, The Parlor provides all the things that you should expect; great atmosphere, stellar food and friendly service. The menu is heavy on pizza as the name would suggest and contains combinations sure to please any palate, but the pizzeria also has delightful pasta and salad options. The yukon gold pizza is a great traditional alternative providing an earthy,

comforting and unexpected taste. 1916 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.248.2480,, $$


BLANCO TACOS & TEQUILA You’ll find a little bit of an escape here at Blanco with the food and ambiance transporting you to a beachside taco shop. Come in and start a relaxed lunch or dinner with a margarita and some sweet corn salsa. You can pick from over 10 different styles of tacos, four different burritos and three different enchiladas. Your hardest decision here will be salt or no salt. 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.429.8000;; $$ TACO GUILD With tacos created in a former church, there may be some divine intervention at hand in the kitchen because the tacos served here are heavenly! As a nod to the history of the building, many items throughout the restaurant are originals that have been repurposed. You’ll find a story in the furniture, the menu and the service ware. To continue the theme, guests can choose from Old World or New School tacos. Taco Guild also has a great selection for weekend brunch and specialty cocktails. 546 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix; 602.264.4143; www.; $$ RICHARDSON’S CUISINE OF NEW MEXICO Melding all the best culinary creations from the Southwest, Richardson’s tweaks the recipes and brings them to new, spicy heights. The creative pasta Heidi features a green chili linguini with chicken and a tangy chipotle cream sauce. Pair this with a prickly pear margarita to douse the flames and you’re in a spice lover’s paradise. 6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602.265.5886;; $$ UBERRRITO Uberrito takes your traditional “build your own” concept and adds fresh new flavors and elements. Think you know how you like your tacos or burritos? Take a stroll on the wild side and add some jicima, spinach or queso cheese. Stir things up even more by trading in the tortilla for a bowl, salad or nachos. You’ll even discover vegan and allergy-friendly options on the menu, no matter how you prefer to build your feast. If you’re not feeling creative, you can always rely on their “ten tasty tacos,” an eclectic collection of tried-and-true recipes. 4325 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix ; 602.667.6000 ;; $

Modern American

ARTIZEN The menu at Artizen reads like a love letter to local growers, with local ingredients being utilized as often as feasible. Chef Dushyant Singh’s menu varies regularly, based on seasonal regional elements, so it’s always a good rule to review the restaurant’s website for current offerings. This regard to detail ensures that you’re getting the best of the best the Valley has to offer, all with Chef Singh’s unique viewpoint and talents. The brightly decorated dining area provides oodles of spacious seating along with an interesting and alluring aesthetic. 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.522.6655;; $$ GRASSROOTS KITCHEN & TAP As implied by the name, this Town & Country plaza restaurant is focused on the community; serving it and sourcing from it. You’ll find a fromscratch menu of Southern-influenced American cuisine including favorites like brisket sammies, po’boys and delicious plats like shrimp and grits and braised short ribs. You’ll be pleased with the diversity of the food and cocktail menu – think gimlets, iced tea takes and martinis. 2119 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.368.8766, www.grassrootsaz. com, $$ THE MARKET BY JENNIFER’S Founded by classically trained Chef Jennifer Russo, The Market will soon become your one stop shop for anything from delicious brunch to a quick lunch to picking up a fully prepared dinner to serve at home. The clean lines of the quaint cafe allows the food to speak for itself, and it surely does. Opt in for anything from shrimp po’boys to chicken schnitzel sandwiches and more. 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.626.5050;; $$


DONOVAN’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE Donovan’s is renowned for being a classic steakhouse; serving the highest quality meats, seafood and original sides. If you’re planning a celebration or event, make sure to check out the steak house’s private dining rooms, of which they have seven and can seat anywhere from 12 to 100 guests. Prepare to be catered to from the second you arrive. 3101 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.955.3666;; $$$$

FEENEY’S RESTAURANT & BAR Originally one of several Cork ‘n Cleaver restaurants in the Valley, Feeney’s has long maintained the tradition of serving great food at excellent prices. You’ll find the standard steakhouse fare on the menu as well as some Greek and Italian option along with a bountiful salad bar. The beef Wellington, a great dinner option, is served with a rich sherry sauce. The lunch menu is presented with the same level of quality and you will always find the staff to be welcoming and attentive. 6314 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.274.9700;; $$ GEORDIE’S Creating a synergy of modern energy and the art deco style of the 1930s sounds like a daunting task, but Geordie’s seems to pull it off effortlessly. The elegant decor and stellar service paired with the unrivaled views atop the 100-foot knoll can only be matched by the polished menu. Cozy up to your dining partner and take in all this Italian steakhouse has to offer. 2501 E. Telewa Trail, Phoenix; 602.955.4079;; $$$

Wine Bar/ Lounge

ORIGINAL GRAVITY Can a spot easily convey casual and elegant at the same time? One visit to Original Gravity and the answer will be clear. The sleek, clean space is illuminated thanks to a wall of windows and the art and evening lighting really exude a refined atmosphere. Comfortable seating and expressive art along with around 20 rotating craft beer handles, wine and sake on tap make this the ideal spot for a night out with friends or a meeting amongst colleagues. The dinner menu contains an array of options for any taste (but the pork belly pomme frites is a clear winner!) 4700 N. 12th St., Phoenix; 602.583.7628;; $$ POSTINO CENTRAL With six Postino locations in the Valley, it’s likely that you’re familiar with at least one. They all follow the same playbook: A stunning wine list and a menu created especially for enhancing the wine-drinking experience. Every item on the menu is the perfect complement to the carefully selected wine list, from the charcuterie boards to the many bruschetta options to the fresh, flavorful paninis. Insider tip: On Mondays and Tuesdays after 8 p.m., you can get any house bottle of wine and a bruschetta board for just $20. 5144 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.274.5144;; $$

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This festive event, hosted at the Arizona Biltmore, featured fashions from Dillard’s modeled by the Board of Visitors (BOV) 2017 Flower Girls and the grandchildren of the organization’s members. Proceeds benefited the BOV mission, serving the healthcare needs of women, children and the elderly.

Cindy Quinn and Cindy Willis


Pat Mattingly and Gina Anthony

Holly Van Winkle and Beeda Weissmueller

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PANDA PROWL The Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center at the UA College of Medicine organized this 5K at Arcadia Park to raise awareness for PANDA (People Acting Now Discover Answers).


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Jackie Ceran and Jordan Ragland

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The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction returned to WestWorld of Scottsdale for its 47th annual year with more than 1,500 auction autos and rare cars auctioned for charity.


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Scott Pasmore and Ron Pasmore

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This women’s luncheon, held at Symphony Hall, raised funds for The Phoenix Symphony’s programs that support more than 125,000 people in the community each year.


Tyler Butler and Vanessa Valero-Williams

Carol Poore and Molly Stockley

Jenn Godsey and Deanna Zelinka

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The Phoenix Symphony’s annual New Year’s Eve Gala celebrated the symphony’s 70th anniversary season at the Arizona Biltmore with a cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment by The JJ’s Band and The Phoenix Symphony, dancing, and a Champagne toast. Chaired by Jeff and Leslie Rich, the program paid tribute to past Phoenix Symphony Board of Directors.

Thomas McCaan and Karilee Ramaley


Louann Phillips and Ina Kort

Victor and Ciara Bhattacharyya

Mike Davis and Paige Pataky

Jacklyn and Michael Suleiman

Gladys and Bruce Tharrington

Teresa and Mike Dempsey

J. David and Heather Smith

Amy and Paul Pfeifer

Vanessa and Ryan Williams


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Julie and Eric Morris

Bethany and Todd Kurtchner

Sarah Jennings and Colleen Clancey

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DELI TAVERN A tavern the city can call its own


Phoenix is a happening place. Between museums, theaters, art and concert venues, shopping, sports, restaurants and bars, it has it all. Or so you’d think. Tucker Woodbury, executive partner of Genuine Concepts (the titan organization behind popular Valley venues like Linger Longer Lounge, Cobra Arcade Bar, and The Vig) thought differently. “This city was missing that one thing that every big city has,” Woodbury says, “which is that dog-eared, broken-in kind of corner, Downtown bar.” Think Cheers, for the modern age. In a word, what he and partner Charlie Levy (collaborators of Crescent Ballroom, Valley Bar and other venues) wanted to bring to Phoenix was a tavern. A warm, welcoming, centrally located meeting spot for


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all walks of life, offering good eats, plentiful drinks, and a front-row seat to Phoenix’s bustling Downtown area. As luck would have it, Woodbury and Levy already owned the perfect piece of property for such a venture. About two years ago, long-standing Phoenix hotspot, The Downtown Deli, closed its doors after 46 years, leaving behind a valuable piece of real estate near the corner of Central Avenue and Monroe Street. They purchased the space, and have been leasing it until recently, when the restaurant operating within went out of business. Instead of leasing again, the partners realized they wanted to bring their tavern idea to life, and this was the perfect place to make it happen. Since opening its doors in December 2017, Deli Tavern has already captured

the attention of the Downtown crowd, and Woodbury credits a lot of that to the vibe the bar exudes. “There’s nothing intimidating about it,” he says. “Everybody’s welcome. We crank up the classic rock, and you’ll notice that we have a deli T-shirt, but our staff is allowed to wear a T-shirt from any kind of Downtown bar, restaurant, or coffee shop. It’s just that whole community over competition idea, where we’re all in this together.” Everything about the tavern exudes character – from the vintage, wooden collapsing doors at the front, to the checkered flooring and mismatched bar stools, to the flamingo wallpaper and old black-and-white photographs of a Phoenix era gone-by. “One thing you’ll notice,” says Woodbury, “are the caricature walls. We’re trying to kind of resonate with Phoenix, so the pictures we put up may be famous people; they may be icons; they may just be recognizable Downtown characters. Maybe there’s a regular who sits on the corner of the bar that comes in for a beer every day, and we put up a picture of him. Who knows?” The tavern is also attracting patrons thanks to a menu that offers hearty American comfort food (like burgers and meatloaf), breakfast any time of the day or night, and, of course, a healthy selection of spirits, including wine, craft cocktails, and draft beer from Arizona breweries only. Woodbury is immensely pleased that Downtown finally has a tavern to call its own. “Phoenix is a happening and bustling metropolitan area,” he explains. “And this is that little bar that the city deserves to have.” Deli Tavern is open Monday through Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.; Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.; Saturday, 3:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.; and is closed Sunday. 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.583.7564; www.

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