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19 BEAT Local jewelry business RileyBea

20 HIS STYLE Meet Jason Barclay Morris



Seven couples navigating entrepreneurship together

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34 LOWDOWN News to know

36 DO Great upcoming events

37 OUT Stop and smell the roses

38 CALENDAR Noteworthy events

40 EVENT Arizona Cocktail Weekend

41 EVENT Melrose Street Fair

42 CULTURE Violins of Hope

Style 45 MUST-HAVE Gift and give back

46 ALLURE Glam gifts

47 DWELL Italian romance

48 SHOP Coral craze

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64 CHEERS The Monet

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The month of love is back again. It’s funny that out of all 28 days of February, so much focus is put on one day. Like many other holidays, Valentine’s Day really evokes a spirit that takes over the entire month. We’re here to enforce that lovely feeling, celebrating the holiday for sweethearts, chocolate and flowers in the pages of this month’s issue. For starters, we got to know seven couples (page 24) that are living the entrepreneurial life together. They are building both a business and marriage. They talk about balancing work and play, finding their shared passions and what makes them strong both individually and as a pair. Looking to spice things up? Turn to page 62 for cocktails with kick. Then, take your sweetie for some sweets. Page 66 features delectable desserts. If you’re looking to spend some quality time with your loved one (or friends!) turn to page 37 for activities involving roses, the symbol of Valentine’s Day. In terms of gifts, turn to page 46 for glam finds that your lady will love. Though V-Day is a big deal, it’s still only a small portion of the month, and February has so much more going on. We have the scoop on all the happenings: Melrose Street Fair (page 41), AZ Cocktail Weekend (page 40), the Phoenix Vegan Festival (page 33), and Violins of Hope (page 42). And, if you’re looking to try something new, head over to Uptown Plaza’s new edible cookie dough spot, Scoopwell’s Dough Bar (page 74). Enjoy all of this month’s festivities! Best, Gabby Leighton Editor-in-Chief Find our magazine on Facebook!

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MAKING AN IMPACT Courtney Beller campaigns for animals and businesses in need

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Pulse UP CLOSE without years of hard work and perseverance. Growing up in Tucson, Beller focused on school but always had to work at least one, if not two, part-time jobs while studying. Some of the best life lessons (including how to become a pro at using chopsticks!) were taught during her days working at a Chinese food restaurant, teaching children piano lessons and doing pulmonary research with veteran communities. “[My jobs] made me understand the importance of hard work and taught me crucial negotiating and social skills. They also helped me figure out how to confront life's challenges.” Now a facilitator for everyone from Fortune 100 companies to family-owned businesses, Beller typically gets called when her clients are looking for the best possible outcome to get back to the business of running their business. She earned the title of director which, as any fan of the USA legal TV drama Suits would know, is a huge professional accomplishment for anyone, and especially for a woman. “Did you know that only 25 percent of partners in law firms are women?” she asks. “My goal is to use my platform to expand female representation in the legal and executive field.” In addition to her legal work, Beller is on the frontline when it comes to her family and community. “The biggest movements in history didn’t happen because powerful people in faraway places decided to change things,” she says. “They happened because individuals chose to come together to remedy a wrong in their own backyard. I care deeply about this community and strongly believe that each of us has the power to make real and impactful change.” Beller spends most of her days shuffling between client meetings, community impact engagements, and tending to her duties as a member of the Arizona Humane Society’s Board of Directors. “I had a client tell me that no matter how successful I become as a lawyer, my work with the Arizona Humane Society will always be the thing I will be most proud of,” says Beller, who is gearing up for Compassion with Fashion 2019, the Arizona Humane Society’s annual fundraising luncheon. The afternoon of fashion, fun and, most importantly, adoptable pets takes months of behind-the0scenes effort and Beller plays a key role as the engagement chair on the planning committee. “I’ve been involved in planning this event for several years, and as an Arizona Humane Society Board member, it is so exciting to see it sell out every year,” she says. With a new role within the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and a project that will connect exceptional professional women with female entrepreneurs on the horizon, the multitasker isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Though Beller has set and accomplished many of her goals, the animal loving community champion has set her sights on becoming governor of Arizona someday. “My passion is solving problems. I’ve learned to trust my instincts and realize that I can and will figure out the answer,” she says, when it comes to strategizing.


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Applying her analytic mentality to every area of her life is one of Beller’s many strengths and just may earn her the powerful seat in Arizona politics she aspires for in years to come. Although she’s an Arizona native, Beller loves exploring hidden gems throughout the state. That includes supporting local businesses and restaurants like Cibo, Jewel’s Cafe and Chelsea’s Kitchen. She will never turn down a weekend in Sedona and she explores Tucson like a tourist every time she goes back. Spoken like a true enthusiastic dog mom, Beller says, “When I’m home, I love hosting dinner parties. Life’s too short not to throw a party, especially when it’s for your dog’s birthday!”

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The radio business is in Dr. Adrian McIntyre’s blood. “I grew up in the nonprofit radio station my dad founded in Southern California, called KSGN – Keep Sharing the Good News,” McIntyre says. It was there that McIntyre got his start in broadcasting. “When I was 5 years old, we launched a children’s storytelling show called The Happy Day Express,” he recalls. “It was recorded in our home studio and featured my entire family.” The show was taped every week for three years, but was so popular, it aired in reruns for more than 20 years, making it the longest running children’s radio program in California history. But McIntyre did not jump directly into the radio business in his adulthood, instead whetting his teeth in journalism and communications first. “I reported for Newsweek during the invasion of Iraq in 2003,” McIntyre says. “Then, in 2004, I moved to the Sudan for 14 months to serve as the media spokesperson for global nonprofit Oxfam International, bringing awareness to the genocide in Darfur.” He also earned a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, where he remained as an adjunct professor until 2012. “We moved to the Valley in 2013, and I began consulting with business leaders on how to tap into the power of storytelling to grow their brands and transform their corporate culture,” McIntyre says. “Along the way, I began compiling some impressive stories.” By 2018, as he was itching to develop a platform to broadly share the positive business stories that traditional media ignores. He learned about Business RadioX. “This digital radio network was founded in Atlanta more than 10 years ago and has since grown to Florida and Arizona,” says McIntyre, who launched Valley Business RadioX in January. Currently, McIntyre hosts two shows on the network – Valley Business Radio and Tech of the Town. “The house show, Valley Business Radio, is taped at our studio in Arcadia and shines a light on the Fortune 500,000, not just the Fortune 500,” he says. Tech of the Town is a traveling show, where McIntyre and a revolving co-host interview guest experts and share entrepreneurial stories and lessons from the Valley’s most inspiring technology leaders.


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Kendall Beas and Mackenzie Riley turn their hobby into a business with RileyBea


Jewelry designers Kendall Beas and Mackenzie Riley are bringing their creative craftsmanship to the social media savvy generation. Friends since they were teenagers, the former sorority sisters went separate ways after college to pursue careers out of state. By chance, they found themselves relocating back to Phoenix at the same time for new opportunities and rediscovered their shared passion for all things statement jewelry. It wasn’t long before the pair’s hobby of handcrafting earrings turned into a successful business venture and RileyBea was born. From bold earrings to everyday staples, the RileyBea collection is filled with pieces to make women feel on trend for every occasion and the duo believes that there’s something special about wearing or gifting handmade earrings that are only produced in small quantities. Every product used is personally sourced by Beas and Riley. “Through this process, we always consider weight as we want every pair to be light enough to wear all day. Because we self-source from various places, we create a limited supply making them more exclusive and distinctive,” Riley says. In addition to comfort, affordability is a top priority for the women. They are conscious to keep the materials they use reasonable and attainable while offering their customers a guilt-free price point. “The creative process is probably the best part of what we do,” Beas says. Sometimes spending months traveling to collect beads then conceptualizing the designs is what they thrive on. “We come up with a handful of concepts that we both love, show them to friends and family, have them rank their favorites, then decide what to move forward with. It’s a blast,” Beas shares. The most rewarding part is seeing their designs come to life on RileyBea customers. “We love to see how everyone styles them,” says Riley, who appreciates when she gets a notification that another happy RileyBea customer has tagged the growing brand on social media (@shoprileybea). Next up? Custom designs for brides and bridal parties. “We work with the bride on her vision and come up with a concept she loves. It’s so much fun and adds a sweet, ‘something new’ flare to her special day,” Beas says. Uptown February ‘19




Lawyer Jason Barclay Morris showcases professionalism with a pop of pizzazz


Father of two, Jason Barclay Morris enjoys creating an individual style for himself as much as helping shape his sons’ personal flair for clothes. These days, the practicing zoning lawyer often finds himself bouncing between various businesses, so finding a single look that works for his revolving schedule is a constant challenge. “I try to balance the boredom of a lawyer’s wardrobe with a little bit of pizzazz,” Morris shares. And pizzazz he has. Continually surrounded by architects, designers and artistic types, Morris is inspired to be less conservative and often tries to mirror the creativity in the room, whether that means rocking loud socks, a bright tie, interesting cuff links, or his signature pocket square. “A pocket square with a splash of eye-catching color allows you to stand out without sticking out,” he says. Morris appreciates assisting his sons with their wardrobe design and shopping at The Clotherie at Biltmore Fashion Park thanks to their unique brands and on-site tailoring. Overseas, his British roots take him to Saville Row in London.

Who influences your style? My older brother, because I always wanted to be as cool as him. He taught me to take some fashion risks, not to fear color, how to spot quality and, most importantly, what to avoid. What is your No. 1 style tip? A good tailor is as important as good clothes. The right person can make sure it fits like it was made for you. What is your most prized possession in your closet? My father’s vintage Rolex. He passed away less than a week after my 15th birthday. It reminds me daily of what an incredible influence he was to me, and how important it is to make every day count.


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FULL-SERVICE FASHION Michelle McGinty on dressing for success


Michelle McGinty is used to telling other people’s stories, not usually her own. As the president of DRA Collective, a full-service public relations and communications firm, she spends her days helping Arizona leaders grow their public presence through strategic communications and by connecting them with other community leaders. In a role like hers, she always has to be dressed for success, balancing full days at the firm and mornings and evenings at her other favorite job. “My day always begins and ends in mama mode,” McGinty says. “The rest of my day is work and community commitments, board meetings to creative sessions, to coffee catch ups. Being out and about in this great city is always top of the agenda.” Versatility is key with the many hats she wears. She has a preference for a look that is classic and simple, one allows her to go from business meetings to her daughter’s school functions, but she’s also not afraid to throw in a little vintage flair. “I adore vintage fashion, so it always thrills me when I get compliments on what I think are great finds,” she says.

What is your favorite fashion quote? I’m always inspired by this quote from Ralph Lauren: “Fashion is about something that comes from within you.” What is your favorite part about living in Arizona? I absolutely love Phoenix and the business community that lives here. I also love when the weather turns just a bit and you can start layering your clothing with different textures and pieces. How do you pick out items when shopping? I always consider whether it is timeless and easy to care for. And you should always dress for the day you imagine.

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Desert Foundation Auxiliary presented select young ladies from the community at The Phoenician in support of For the Love of Travis and Kids in Focus BY BEVERLY SHUMWAY

Anne Marie Collins and Sarah Helena Agnone

Aprill Holliday

Lauren Cowley and Alyson Murney

Gina Forster and Jennifer Ellis

Rachel MacWilliam

Jayme Devary and Krissy Behr


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This annual soiree supported The Phoenix Symphony at Arizona Biltmore with a celebratory evening of music to ring in 2019 BY BEVERLY SHUMWAY

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Josie Chalmers

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Seven couples navigating the entrepreneurial world together





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


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Angela and Bill Knutson

Owners of Uptown Design + Build

Angela and Bill Knutson have built a dynamic company blending their respective design and construction expertise. What began as two separate companies, Driftwood Living – which helped people find and fix up homes – and Uptown Construction, have now merged to become a full-service company specializing in architecture, interior design and construction. The family-run firm, Uptown Design + Build (on Instagram as @uptownphx) specializes in premium-built, luxury homes. Alongside their team, the couple does everything required to build beautiful custom homes including the architecture, floorplans, interior and exterior details, and material selections. The company even offers a fully licensed general contractor to manage the build through completion. The Knutsons' business has been a labor of love for them both, but they are careful to remember that their business doesn’t always take priority. “In business, you need to make the best decisions, keeping emotion out of the equation,” Angela says. “When it comes to family, emotions play a much larger role. Keeping those identities separate requires a high tolerance to stress and actively making the effort. You always need to support each other and show appreciation to your partner. If each spouse feels empowered, the sky’s the limit!” Angela and Bill's journey began in high school, where they met and remained friends throughout college. It wasn’t until Bill needed a photographer to take shots of a house he was flipping that the sparks started to fly. Together, they have grown a successful business – and more importantly, built a family. “We both respect what the other partner brings to the table,” Bill says. “Angela’s design ability is at the leading edge of trends and mixed with classic details, creating clean and fresh spaces that will stand the test of time. I can create a house to meet a client’s needs out of a few basic guidelines. We don’t necessarily build in the exact same way as other builders. We try to be inventive, think outside the box, and we’re definitely not afraid of a challenge.” Uptown January ‘19


Kristen Aldridge and Seth Mattison Founders of Luminate

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


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Amy and Jordan Demos Owners of Amy & Jordan Photography

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


Kat and Brad Moore

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


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Lauren Nguyen and David Dodge Founders of CodaKid

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

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Kinsey-Beth and Neal Kendrick

Founders of Couple of Bartenders

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


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Ana and Brian Wells Owners of urbAna

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

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Are you ready for some veggies? Whether you’re a vegan or just want to try something new, the fourth annual Phoenix Vegan Food Festival is the time to indulge in some meatless meals. Nearly 100 of the state’s most beloved vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, food trucks and vendors, as well as some out-of-town favorites, will be serving up their delicious creations at Margaret T. Hance Park on February 23 and 24 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There will also be an artisan market featuring vegan-friendly food and products, a kid’s zone, live musicians as well as presenters and cooking demos. VIP tickets get attendees entry one hour early as well as an extra beverage token and a swag bag. General admission: One day, $25; two-day pass $40. VIP: One day, $60; two-day pass, $90.

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Through Feb. 23, Lisa Sette Gallery is showcasing Mayme Kratz’s exhibit, Dark is Light. The limely exhibit shines light on the issue of Bears Ears National Monument, which comprises over a million acres of Utah canyonland and contains an estimated 100,000 Native American archaeological and ancestral sites. The site was reduced by 85 percent to allow for resource extraction and other commercial activities. Dark is Light features limpid, expansive resin panels and sculptural arrangements that underscore the area’s spare, severe beauty and the pervasive presence of ancient human cultures.


On Feb 27 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mora Italian will celebrate two years in the Valley with free appetizers and a welcome cocktail. There will also be a wine tasting station, where guests can taste three Italian wines from the restaurant’s menu. Additional festivities will include a live DJ, photo booth and cake celebration. For dine-in guests, there will be an interactive discussion with celebrity chef, cookbook author and restauranteur, Scott Conant at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.


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Calling all beer lovers! On Feb. 9 at the Arizona Strong Beer Festival, Huss Brewing Co. will launch its new CenPho Citrus IPA. To honor the area’s historic citrus roots, the beer is made with donated communitygrown citrus – anyone with a backyard tree had the opportunity to donate their citrus. In addition to the festival, the IPA will be served on tap at neighborhood bars, including Main Ingredient Ale House, Short Leash Hotdogs, and The Causal Pint, as well as canned and sold at independent neighborhood craft beer convenience stores, such as King Beer & Wine and Virginia Market.

FUTURISTIC PHARMACY These days you can get practically anything from a vending machine, from cupcakes to cars. New company SpotRx is now bringing things like cough medicine and medical advice with its first kiosk in the Valley. Recently opened the Biltmore Center, individuals who visit the kiosk can consult an e-doctor or pharmacist, transfer a prescription, and pickup (or opt for delivery of) their medications.


For the sixth year, chefs at more than two dozen restaurants across the Valley and Flagstaff will go head-to-head to create a winning dessert using one of the Girl Scout Cookie flavors. The new creations will be sold in their restaurants through Feb. 28, with a portion of proceeds benefitting the local girls. You can try these cookie creations at a variety of local spots, including Original Gravity, Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen, Babbo (all locations Valleywide), and ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho.


Get ready to shop until you drop this month for the Winter Progressive Sale at all My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited locations. The annual sale invites shoppers to visit all locations of the boutiques for impressive discounts (Feb. 2-5, 50 percent off; Feb. 6-8, 70 percent off) on all fashions in-store including designer clothes, accessories and shoes. Then, on Feb. 9 at 8 a.m., the store will preview the new season with more than 100,000 never-before-seen items on view and ready for purchase at its Spring Unveiling event. Uptown February ‘19


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Galaxy Gala: Mummies Alive at the Museum Feb. 9, Arizona Science Center Come face-to-face with the largest collection of mummies ever assembled! Attendees of this year’s Galaxy Gala will be the first to experience the newest exhibition at Arizona Science Center, Mummies of the World: The Exhibition. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Center’s Science Teacher Residency (STaR) Program. The gala’s presenting sponsors are Ellie and Michael Ziegler and the evening honors new lifetime trustees, Michael A. DeBell and G. Douglas Young. Exhibition premiere and reception, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7:30 p.m. $150. Fresh Brunch Feb. 10, The Phoenician One∙n∙ten’s 10th annual Fresh Brunch puts other brunches to shame. This nearly eight-hourlong celebration kicks off with a delicious brunch and finishes with a funfilled after-party on the resort’s lush Orchid Lawn. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with a morning cocktail and listen to stories of resilience and the organization’s plans for the future. There will also be a medley of performances by the organization’s members. one∙n∙ten unites the city’s LGBTQ and straight alliance community through programs and services that promote self-expression, self-acceptance and self-love, leadership development and healthy life choices. 9:30 a.m. $120. Evening of Dreams Gala Feb. 23, JW Marriott Camelback Inn Once Upon a Dream is the theme of this sixth annual event, hosted by Colleen’s Dream Foundation. Guests can expect to learn more about the foundation’s mission, hear personal accounts from guest speakers who have been affected by ovarian cancer and enjoy a cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, evening bites and plenty of dancing. The foundation will also honor the Dreamer of the Year, an individual who went above and beyond in terms of fundraising for the foundation, at the annual gala. 5 p.m. $400. Turquoise & Tuxedos 2019 Arizona Historymakers Gala Feb. 23, Arizona Biltmore The Historical League, Inc. – a group of individuals with a zest to preserve Arizona’s history – will honor the 2019 Arizona Historymakers and their contributions to the state’s heritage and culture at this gala. There will be a cocktail reception, silent auction with Arizona-inspired goods and experiences up for sale and a dinner. The attire for the is evening is Western black, and guests will pair their finest tuxedos and gowns with bolo ties and turquoise accents for an elegant, but truly Arizonian, look. Proceeds from the gala benefit The Historical League and the Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park. 6 p.m. $350. Devour Culinary Classic Feb. 23-24, Desert Botanical Garden Devour Culinary Classic is the main event of Devour Week. The classic brings together the creme de la creme in the Valley’s food and beverage industries. Join foodies for a weekendlong feast where local chefs and food artisans will be on-site doling out their flavorful creations. Helen Yung of Sweet Republic, Justin Beckett of Beckett’s Table & Southern Rail and Greg Arias of OHSO Distillery are just a few on this year’s roster. Proceeds from Devour Culinary Classic benefit local organizations, including Local First Arizona, Desert Botanical Garden and Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The Tasting Package, $105; The VIP Package, $205. M3F March 1-3, Margaret T. Hance Park The McDowell Mountain Music Festival (M3F) is a 100 percent nonprofit music festival that benefits Arizona nonprofit organizations. It fosters community, culture and charity and is a lot of fun! Margaret T. Hance Park will be taken over by an impressive lineup of artists, including ODESZA, Empire of the Sun, Big Wild, Umphrey’s McGee and many others. The M3F experience encompasses so much more than just music. Other activities include a Kid’s Zone, a drum circle and live art throughout the festival. A bevy of food and drink vendors and a marketplace with one-of-a-kind apparel and art will also be at on-site. Times vary. Starting at $60.


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STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES Creative ways to work the iconic flower into Valentine’s Day

Sometimes stopping to smell the roses isn’t about the actual flowers. It’s a reminder to slow down and be present in every moment. In this case, it’s all about the roses and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite rose-inspired happenings around town.



Take a Stroll Transport yourself to another world at the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, a 3 1/2-acre Japanese stroll garden complete with an authentic tea garden and tea house. As you stroll, you’ll see a bridges, lanterns, a variety of birds and over 50 species of plants. The tranquil following streams, water fall and koi pond are the perfect backdrop to stop and smell the roses, literally and figuratively. Visitors can choose from a self-guided tour ($7), walking tours ($10), kimono-clad tea ceremonies ($30), and special events including Love in the Garden, a romantic Valentine’s Day experience for two ($300) capped off with a Japanese rose arrangement. Arrange This Featuring a variety of flower arranging classes including hand-tied bouquets, mason jar arrangements, spring centerpieces and succulent workshops, Camelback Flowershop has created an environment for floral exploration while having fun with friends over drinks and bites. If you've ever wondered what the trick is to creating professional looking floral arrangements at home, grab a friend and find out. Haute, Haute, Haute Thanks to websites such as Pinterest, over-thetop floral arrangements have never been more popular. Haute Haus Luxury Events and Fine Floral specializes in all things flowers, ranging from weddings to high-end architectural floral structures and artistic photo shoots to unique holiday decor. Haute Haus has the ability to transform traditional roses into living art with a modern twist. The environmentally conscious floral experts believe in giving back to the community by donating leftover flowers to various long-term care facilities.


Body Shop Transform your skin, and ease your mind with the essential hydrator body treatment at The Red Door Salon & Spa by Elizabeth Arden ($140). Featuring a rose oil-infused body wrap, the intensely hydrating treatment restores the skin’s vitality with a nourishing scrub, deep conditioning lotion, and soothing scalp massage to leave you feeling as fresh and radiant as a freshly picked rose. Politics Aside Located in the basement of Valley Bar, the Rose Room is named after Arizona’s beloved first female governor Rose Mofford. The AllAmerican softball player, politician and pillar of the local community lends her name to Arizona's Rose Mofford Day (June 10) and to a signature cocktail available only at the Rose Room. The Rosé Mofford ($8), is a mix of vodka, violette, lemon juice, rose water, and simple syrup. If floral drinks don't tickle your fancy, the speakeasy-style lounge features eight beers on draft and a drink menu with over 50 wines and signature cocktails named after local politicians and notable figures including John McCain.

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Feb 9-10, Desert Botanical Garden Boutique wines and desert beauty blend at this two-day event. The beautiful Desert Botanical Garden will act as a backdrop as you sample, sip and savor your way through boutique wines. There will be 40 different wines available to sample each day to the sounds of talented musical entertainment, with food for purchase. Mix and mingle with representatives from a variety of wineries and purchase your favorite wines from your tastings by the bottle or by the case at the Garden’s Wine Retail Store. 1-4:30 p.m. General admission, $45 per day; Garden members, $40 per day.


Arizona Beer Week Feb. 7-16, Multiple Locations Around Phoenix Nine years later and Arizona Beer Week is still going strong! It’s a weeklong celebration of Arizona craft beer, featuring more than 200 events across the state, each hosted by individual breweries, craft beer bars, hotels or restaurants. Individual events include beer tastings, education behind the scenes, pairing dinners and much more. Visit the website for details on all the week's 200-plus events. Times and ticket prices vary.


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Arizona Renaissance Festival Feb. 9-28, Festival Village Don't miss all of the raucous revelry of the Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 14-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast — all rolled into one incredible family adventure. This unique outdoor event combines entertainment and wares reminiscent of what would have been experienced in a 16th century European village market. Walk through the gates to be

transported back in time. 10 a.m.6 p.m. Discount tickets are $26 for adults, and $16 for children 5-12 when purchased at Fry’s Food stores; children under 5 are free. Arizona Strong Beer Festival Feb. 9, Indian Steele Park Cheers! The Arizona Strong Beer Festival is back and serving up samples from over 150 Arizonabased and national breweries. Although strong beers (those with high alcohol content) are the focus of the offerings at this festival, a large variety of craft beers, as well

as specialty styles, will also be available. Because food and beer just naturally go together, there will be plenty of top-notch food vendors on-site, all serving up tasty eats to go with your brew. Each ticket holder will receive a commemorative tasting cup and drink tickets. VIP, 11:30 a.m.; GA, 1:30 p.m. Tickets start at $60. www. Grilled Cheese Festival Feb. 9-10, Festival Area at Horse Lovers Park Get ready for ooey, gooey fun as top chefs from around the Valley are pitted against each other in a grilled cheese competition like no other. Taste from each chef's very own gourmet grilled cheese recipe, while live bands play. In addition to delicious and awesome gourmet between-bread eats, there will be craft beer, wine and other liquor pop-up experiences. This event is family-friendly with free admission for anyone up to 12 years old. Noon. VIP, $30 (access to VIP bar and restrooms); GA, $15. www. The Firebird Feb. 14-17, Symphony Hall While the story of The Firebird stems from a classic Russian tale, this passionate, romantic version from Ib Andersen reimagines the story that transports the audience into a futuristic world of love, fantasy and escapism. The Firebird unfolds in a dreamlike setting, where the warriors, monsters and aliens combine to create an otherworldly experience unlike any other performance presented by Ballet Arizona, with La Sylphide choreography by August Bournonville. Experience the fire and fantasy that is The Firebird, set to music by The Phoenix Symphony. Prices and ticket prices vary. www.balletaz. org. Street Eats Food Truck Festival Feb. 16-17, Salt River Fields of Talking Stick Start your engines and race on down for the biggest food truck event in town. Over 55 food trucks will sell an incredible array of tasty offerings, with every menu including a $2 sample. The event will feature live bands, lawn games, eating contests, a local vendor marketplace, a kid’s zone, cooking classes and more. 11 a.m.-6p.m. General admission, $12 in advance and $15 at the gate; VIP, $65; children 12 and under, free.

Devour Bartending Competition Feb. 17, Portland Parkway Park Kick off Devour Week and celebrate the best of local cocktail culture at the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition. Attendees can root for their favorite bartenders from the Devour Phoenix Coalition of restaurants, as they sip on their competition creations. Facing a celebrity lineup of judges and armed with a selection of Arizona’s best locally distilled spirits, local bartenders will be up on stage shaking it up to take the title as Arizona's Star Bartender. 3-6 p.m. $40. www.devourphoenix. com. Seven Chefs Dinner Feb. 17, The Gladly Join the James Beard-hosted "Arizona Seven" for a one-nightonly dining event at award-winning restaurant, The Gladly. This year's Seven Chefs Dinner will feature seven great local chefs working together to bring you a once-ina-lifetime meal paired with their favorite vineyard collections. A uniquely intimate, yet over-thetop dining event, you’ll enjoy a farm-fresh feast paired with fine Arizona wines all served by some of Arizona's top chefs. 4-7 p.m. Tickets start at $175. www. 13th annual Dancing with the Stars Arizona Feb. 22, JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa Local celebrities and celebrated professional dancers collide on stage at the 13th Annual Dancing with the Stars Arizona celebration, all to raise funds and awareness to help fight kidney disease throughout the state. The friendly dance competition has raised more than $6 million, providing vital education and life-saving patient aid programs to those in need. Funds raised by Dancing with the Stars Arizona allow the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona to continue life-saving patient aid and organ donation advocacy programs throughout Arizona. 7 p.m. Individual tickets, $500. www. Arizona Matsuri: Festival of Japan Feb. 23-24, Heritage Square and Science Park Immerse yourself in the splendor, elegance and traditions of Japanese culture at this year’s Arizona Matsuri: Festival of Japan.


Feb. 15, The Van Buren Celebrities as well as current and former professional athletes will gather at this second annual event to raise funds and awareness for Treasure House, a supportive living environment for young adults with developmental disabilities. Hosted by Hall of Fame Quarterback Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda, the event will honor legendary Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. The Van Buren will be converted into a giant game room full of favorites, such as giant Jenga, pop-a-shot, air hockey and more. The event will also include a special VIP Reception with Kurt and Larry where attendees will have an opportunity to rub elbows and take photos with the two legendary Phoenix sports figures. 6:30 to 9 p.m. General admission, $300; VIP, $1,000.

This awe-inspiring event features Japanese exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, children's activities, bonsai displays, Japanese food, a Japanese beer and sake garden, games and contests, and live entertainment on four stages throughout Heritage & Science Park in Downtown Phoenix. Expect a great experience for the whole family. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. www. MUSE: Simulation Theory World Tour Feb. 26, Talking Stick Resort Arena It's Muse's neon night world, we're just ready to rock in it. Earlier this year, Muse announced its must anticipated Simulation Theory World Tour and now the group is headlining Talking Stick Resort Arena. Past tours included flying drones in stadium arenas, a

360-degree rotating stage and an interactive pyramid. While we don’t know what theatrical experience the band will unleash upon fans this time, we do know it’ll be a rockin’ good time. 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Worlds of Wonder Feb. 28-Mar. 3, Herberger Theater Produced by Center Dance Ensemble, Worlds of Wonder is an imaginative spellbinding performance of new and old works. The first act is based on Creation, choreography by CDE Assistant Artistic Director, Diane McNeal Hunt; Amber Robins and guest artist, Nicole Olson. Next, you’ll be treated to the raw and fascinating Rite of Spring, choreographed and set to Stravinsky’s magnificent score. It’s a performance sure to leave you breathless. Thursday

through Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.. Ticket prices vary. Arizona Opera Presents Silent Night Mar. 1-3, The Phoenix Symphony The Great War rages. It is 1914 and Europe has descended into darkness as British, French, and German soldiers agree to a truce across the trenches. On one quiet night, thousands of soldiers briefly put aside their weapons and met one another face-to-face in no man’s land. Based on inspiring true events, this Pulitzer Prizewinning show lands at Arizona Opera and explores the human cost of war and the ultimate price of peace. Sung in five languages with a heart-wrenching score, this interwoven story is a modern masterpiece not to be missed. Times and prices vary.

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SIP SIP HOORAY Arizona Cocktail Weekend toasts to year two

Coffee. Mushrooms. Activated charcoal. These are just three of the ingredients reported to be trending – along with Middle Eastern spices, housemade tonics and superfoods – in cocktails for 2019, according to the annual Culinary + Cocktail Trends Forecast reported by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in recent months. And guess what? Each of them (and more) will be on display to tempt and tantalize your taste buds this month during Arizona Cocktail Weekend, which is back in Downtown Phoenix for the second year in a row. Arizona Cocktail Weekend was developed – initially as an entire week and more recently as a long weekend – to inspire imbibers to try something new while celebrating the maestros of mixology who are working to elevate the industry locally, nationally and even abroad. There are three signature events that make up Arizona Cocktail Weekend – The Cocktail Jam, Top Bars and Last Slinger Standing – as well as smaller-scale events and brand activations.

The Cocktail Jam The 2019 program kicks off with this music-meets-mixology party hosted at The Van Buren on Feb. 16. The event pairs trending spirits and amazingly crafted cocktails with live music. This year, the event is being headlined by DJ Z-Trip, an award-winning DJ, producer and musician who has performed alongside everyone from LL Cool J to Public Enemy.

Top Bars On Feb. 17, The Croft will host Top Bars, where more than 30 bar and lounges from across the globe will set up pop-up versions of their concepts all in one location. Local favorites including Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, Blue Hound & Luster Rooftop Pool Bar, Chico Malo, Nook Kitchen, Pobrecito, Portland on the Park and The Breadfruit & Rum Bar will be on


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hand as will national and international offerings from Las Vegas, New York City, Austin, Denver, Los Angeles and London.


Last Slinger Standing

When: Feb. 16-18

The grand finale of Arizona Cocktail Weekend will take place at 7th & Union at Young’s Market Company on Feb. 18. This event features head-to-head competitions between the best and brightest 12 bartenders across Arizona over several rounds. In each timed round, the competitors are given a mystery ingredient – much like on Iron Chef or Chopped. They are judged based on the technique, creativity, flavor and visual presentation of the resulting cocktail they develop, with only one challenger ultimately taking home the 2019 crown. Proceeds from the events will benefit The Jupiter Foundation, Child Crisis Arizona, Local First Foundation and C-Cap.

What: Arizona Cocktail Weekend

Where: Downtown Phoenix (multiple venues) Tickets: Starting at $40 Information: www.



MELROSE (IS THE) PLACE Seventh Avenue Merchants Association hosts the 17th Annual Melrose Street Fair


IF YOU GO… What: 17th Annual Melrose Street Fair When: March 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Along 7th Avenue from Camelback to Indian School Road Tickets: Entrance is free; food and drink costs vary by vendor Information: www.

Teeming with culture and bursting with flavors, the Melrose District – along 7th Avenue approximately from Camelback to Indian School Road in Phoenix – is home to some of Arizona’s top art galleries, restaurants, bars, clubs and independent small businesses. It’s a can’t-miss region of the Valley. It’s also can’t-miss – quite literally – thanks to the massive, iconic “Melrose Arch” that hangs across the road on 7th Avenue just north of Indian School Road. Today’s bustling Melrose District is actually a result of a group of merchants in the area who joined together more than 20 years ago: the Seventh Avenue Merchants Association (SAMA). Rewind to 1998, when that particular area of town was challenged with blight and crime. In an effort to fight back on behalf of the entire community, a group of local business owners – with the help of the City of Phoenix’s Fight Back program

– partnered with Arizona State University’s School of Architecture and developed a master plan to revitalize the area. At the onset, the group had to rely on funding solely from grants and assistance from neighborhoods nearby. Somehow, over the past 20-plus years, these “small businesses that could” have lifted up their community, as well as those around them. Their work has, in fact, earned the Melrose District worldwide attention and acclaim and now serves as a model to city leadership for the direction and focuses that the citizens of Phoenix desire. Each year, in celebration of the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the area, SAMA hosts the Melrose Street Fair. Now in its 17th year, the 2019 event expects 25,000-plus guests and will feature more than 200 booths by local artisans and independent businesses; more than a dozen local food trucks; the “Melrose Patio”

craft beer garden; a kid’s zone with face painting, video gaming truck, and more; and live entertainment with local bands. Both the Phoenix Men’s Chorus and Phoenix Women’s Chorus will also perform during the festivities. Back as a partner this year is also Chester’s Classic Car Show, a massive car show that promises more than 200 vintage automobiles, each of which will be displayed at the event. Thanks to a grant SAMA earned for the event this year, it will also be a zerowaste event, meaning all materials used at the event – even the marketing materials being used to promote it in advance – are made from recycled materials and/or completely compostable post-event. Parking is free throughout the neighborhood and general vicinity, and there will be pedicabs available for guests who do not wish to hoof it all the way from their spots. Uptown February ‘19




Music has the power to break down barriers, to unite us. And now through March 26, some of the most inspiring of instruments are coming to Phoenix. Known as the Violins of Hope, the instruments are restored violins owned by musicians during the darkest of times: The Holocaust. “Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Today these instruments serve not only as powerful reminders of an unimaginable experience but also reinforce lessons of tolerance, inclusion, and diversity,” says Rachel Hoffer of Violins of Hope Phoenix. The violins were first discovered by Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein, who, as a young violinmaker more than 50 years ago, was asked to restore a particular violin. “The customer shared with Weinstein – who himself lost hundreds of relatives during the Holocaust – that the violin was played by a musician at Auschwitz as he marched to the gas chamber,” Hoffer says. “The musician was spared by the Nazis but forced to play at the camp afterward.” Weinstein was unable to restore that instrument, as the memory was too painful. But in 1996, Weinstein put out a worldwide call for violins from the Holocaust. “He sought out to restore every single one he could find as a way to reclaim his lost heritage and to give a voice to the victims,” Hoffer explains. The Violins of Hope ( have now been played in concert halls and exhibited in museums worldwide. They’ve been featured in books, print, film and television, and their stories and messages have impacted thousands of individuals. “And now, thanks to the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and other community partners, Violins of Hope is here,” Hoffer says. Over the next two months, the Violins of Hope program will feature more than two dozen events showcasing the role of the violin and music not only as an important aspect of Jewish culture but also as a symbol of strength and optimism in the face of adversity. A sampling of upcoming events in Phoenix: A free photography exhibit by renowned artist and photographer Daniel Levin called Amnon Weinstein, The Man Behind the Music at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center (Feb. 3-Mar. 27), a ticketed theatrical performance recounting French writer Charlotte Delbo’s survival during the Holocaust called Who Will Carry the Word at Grand Canyon University (Feb. 16), the Arizona Opera’s performance of Defiance through Art, with operatic selections from The Emperor of Atlantis and A Beautiful Place at the Heard Museum (Feb.19), and a ticketed concert with pianist Elizabeth Pridonoff and violinist Steven Moeckel at the Phoenix Art Museum (Feb. 20).


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


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


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

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Glam gifts that say “I love you”

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


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LA DOLCE VITA Decor inspired by the Italian countryside

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

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Style SHOP


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

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


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Add feminine flair to your wardrobe with ruffled accents

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

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Ensembles fit for a romantic night on the town



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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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2019 GENESIS G70

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

VITAL STATS: Base price: $34,900

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


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

Price as tested: $48,995 Engine: 2.0-L, inline four-cylinder Horsepower: 252 Fuel economy: 22/30 mpg city/ highway Seating: 5 Fab features: Powerful engine and acceleration Superb handling and agility Elegant interior and design




With all of the new builds in Arcadia leaning toward the farmhouse or cottage style, it’s not every day you come across an exceptionally designed, true-blue midcentury modern home. With direct views of Camelback Mountain, this dwelling embodies the popular design movement. The 7,020-square-foot home, which was built in 1963, is broken out into two spaces – a 5,133-square-foot main house and a three-story casita coming in at 1,887 square feet. In the main house, you’ll find four of the five bedrooms and three of the four bathrooms along with formal living and dining areas and two additional rooms for family lounging or offices. Once through the large double doors, brightness comes to mind. The walls are all a clean, sleek white and natural light fills every room. The kitchen follows suit with simple pendant lights, white cabinets paired with silver appliances, and gray countertops. Here you’ll also find countertop island seating as well as room for a kitchen table. There is a bar area right off the kitchen equipped with a wine refrigerator and cabinets that can be used for entertaining and storage. There are a few tan and brown built-in shelves throughout, adding a gentle warmness to the space without straying from the house’s true style. The white brick on the outside of the home makes its way inside on a few different accent walls for a touch of texture. Both the master bedroom and the family room have fireplaces. There is a sun room/living area lined with a wall of windows and pocket doors that reveal the backyard. The property sits on around 3/4 of an acre, providing ample space for outdoor fun. In addition to a private tennis court, there is also a pool, play house, fireplace, fire pit and barbecue. 5159 E. Calle Del Norte, Phoenix, AZ 85018. Listed for $1,850,000 with Kelly Jones of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, 480.399.9322 or kelly.jones@ Uptown February ‘19




SPICE IT UP Eight cocktails with kick

Winter weather means it’s time to turn up the heat – in your glass that is. Fire up your palate this month with sizzling, spicy cocktails.

Hells Bells Linger Longer Lounge This stunner starts with Ancho Reyes Verde, a spicy, smoky and sweet chile liqueur that adds depth and a complex spice to cocktails. It is combined with Suerte Blanco Tequila, which is herbal with a citrus aroma and a subtle sweetness as well as cilantro, lime and a simple syrup made from bell peppers. $9. Mexican Coffee The Refuge Café A drink that is both quite literally hot and full of flavorful heat, this coffee cocktail features The Refuge Café’s own locally roasted espresso and a heavenly coffee liqueur as its base. It is then combined with a cayenne simple syrup, made daily in the kitchen, as well as chocolate sauce, making it the ultimate mocha sipper for those who like it hot. $7.50.


Caliente Michelada Blanco Tacos + Tequila Turn up the heat with this fiery cocktail that delivers the taste of a hot chile in a glass. It’s made with blanco tequila, which alone is mild, but when combined with spiced tomatoes, Cholula hot sauce, lime and chile con sal, it erupts with delicious spice with every sip. $10. OG Spicy Martini Original Gravity This surprising twist on a martini features gin, dry vermouth, Tabasco sauce and a tart, housemade pickle juice. It’s poured over ice in a martini glass that’s been rimmed with crushed red peppers, smoke paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. It’s garnished with cucumbers to cool and balance the palate. $8. La Vida Verde Culinary Dropout True to its name, La Vida Verde embraces all things green,


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especially the jalapeno. The popular pepper is perfectly paired with Hangar One Vodka, cilantro, fresh pineapple and an in-house mint verdita, which is a mixture of fresh mint along with even more jalapenos, cilantro and pineapple juice that acts almost like a spicy sour mix in the balanced drink. $11. Spiked Apple Cider True Food Kitchen Hot in both taste and temperature, True Food Kitchen’s Spiced Apple Cider – made with mulled spiced brandy, cinnamon, lemon, and topped with cayenne – is sure to spice things up. But have no fear, it’s served in a dainty tea cup so no one will be the wiser to your penchant for all things hot in Phoenix (or anywhere else for that matter). $12. Mangonada Sierra Bonita Grill Reminiscent of the chile-dusted mangos sold by street vendors in Mexico, the Mangonada is a perfectly balanced sweet and tart cocktail, with a slight bite at the finish. To make it, the mixology maestros combine Hanson Habanero Vodka, Peychaud’s Apertivo, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and Real Mango Puree then shake and strain it into a chile-salted coupe glass, garnished with a lime twist. $9. Sazona Vida Taco Guild The Sazona Vida – which loosely translates to “season (or seasonal) life” – is prepared with housemade green pepper tequila, jalapenos, both Anaheim and poblano chilies, habanero hot sauce made in house, and lime. It’s strained into a glass that has been rimmed with tangy tajin seasoning and Spanish paprika dust that’s been topped off with green chile agave and a lime wheel for a fresh garnish. $11.




For 12 years, Hana Japanese Eatery has been a go-to Phoenix spot for fresh sushi and Japanese entrees. The fish served at Hana is sourced from places around the country as well as from Japan, Australia and New Zealand. With a vast menu, offering everything from unique live sea creatures to hearty bowls of ramen, deciding on a dish can be tough. Chef Lori Hashimoto suggests ordering a “boat load of sushi,” aka chef’s choice. The chefs will mix and match sushi, sashimi and rolls so diners can try a variety of their popular items. “When I was a kid my aunt would take my brother and I to a small mom-and-pop restaurant in Gardena (CA) called Maui Boys. I thought it was the coolest thing that their hot dishes as well as their sushi and sashimi came out on large boats. I guess it just stuck with me,” Hashimoto says. Sizes and prices vary. 5524 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix; 602.973.1238; Uptown February ‘19




Match makes flavorful magic with this artfully inspired cocktail


Each cocktail at Match Restaurant & Lounge, which is located inside Found:Re Phoenix, is a work of art in a glass. “It’s only fitting then that we name each of them after actual artists, mostly painters,” says head bartender Randall Koenig. One of the best-sellers since last fall when it was added to the menu is The Monet ($13). “It’s our take on a Moscow mule and in homage to Oscar-Claude Monet,” Koenig says. “Monet was a French painter and one of the founders of impressionism, a 19th-century art movement focused on depicting something not as it literally appears, but the artist’s impression of it.” The Monet is true to its name as it smells a bit like a traditional Moscow mule, yet looks and tastes like an artist’s interpretation of it. “The cocktail starts with Stoli Vodka, a premium vodka made of wheat and rye grain,” Koenig says. “We then muddle in fresh watermelon and Cock’n Bull Ginger Beer, which brings a fresh effervescence to the mixture.” After adding orange bitters and freshsqueezed lime juice to balance the sweetness, Koenig shakes with ice and strains into a rocks glass over ice. “We finish it with a skewer of fresh watermelon and mint sprig. The mint is essential in giving it that mule aroma, but it’s left out of the build to avoid overpowering other flavors,” he explains. “It also keeps the mint from getting in one’s teeth, which has happened to all of us while enjoying a classic mule.” The result is fresh, fruity, bubbly and balanced. Match Restaurant & Lounge, 1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.875.8080;


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In with the kitchen with Franklin Thompson Jr., executive chef of Artizen at The Camby Hotel Franklin Thompson Jr. is the new executive chef of Artizen Crafted American Kitchen & Bar at The Camby – the same building where his culinary career began more than 20 years ago.


What brought you to The Camby? I worked in this very building from 1990-1996 when it was the Ritz-Carlton. It was my first hotel cooking job of my career as a pantry line cook. When did you know you wanted to be a chef? I knew it after starting with the RitzCarlton and learning all the different techniques, various ingredients, working with a lot of personalities in the food and beverage environment, which was always changing. In other words it was, and still is, never boring. To you, food is… Like music. It should stimulate your senses while capturing a special moment in time that creates a memorable experience. When you’re not cooking, where would we find you? Probably listening to some good jazz, relaxing with my wife and family, enjoying a good hike with my dog, or at a sporting event. What is your guilty pleasure? Good New York-style pizza or Asian cuisine. Favorite food memory: Preparing a charity wine dinner with chef Roy Yamaguchi and chef Lidia Bastianich in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Do you have a favorite thing to cook? Almost anything that involves seafood What is your approach in the kitchen? My approach is to be involved with my team. I like to be in the trenches with them so that they know that I am there for support, and also so that I can see the product that goes out to the guests first hand which can be corrected or adjusted on the spot. How did Southwestern-meets-Latin cuisine become your specialty? It is the basis of what my career started on as a young culinarian. As I was starting my career here in Phoenix I was fortunate to work with some great chefs that took me under their wing, trained me and I just took to it. I love the flavor profile that comes with this cuisine and its many layers of taste that hit all the taste pleasure points 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.522.6634;

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SWEET SOMETHINGS Indulge in Phoenix’s most desirable desserts


Almond Joy Trifle

Doughbird Pizza & Rotisserie Ah, the Almond Joy. For those unfamiliar with the classic candy bar by Hershey’s, it features a sweet, coconut-based center topped with one or two almonds and is covered in a layer of milk chocolate. At Doughbird, they deliver all of those beloved flavors, but ramp it up a notch, layering rich chocolate mousse with coconut, Magic Shell and heavenly almond-infused toffee. $7.

Churro Ice Cream Sandy

The Dressing Room The bad news: there is only one dessert on the menu at The Dressing Room. The good news: it is darned near perfect. It starts with Tahitian vanilla bean gelato, which is made locally. A heaping scoop is sandwiched between two piping hot churros, dusted with a perfect portion of cinnamon and sugar. It is flaky, chewy, gooey and melts in your mouth with every bite. $5.

Baked “Arizona”

Dust Cutter at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel Almost everything on the Dust Cutter menu is in homage to the Old West or authentic Arizona flavors, and its desserts are no different. Take, for example, its locally focused version of a baked Alaska, which is ice cream and cake topped with browned meringue. Dust Cutter’s desert dessert starts with an olive oil cake made from local Queen Creek Olive Oil as well as syrup made from a saguaro cactus. It also features saguaro cactus seeds and burnt meringue to elicit the smells and flavors in our own backyard. $6.

Ironwood Porter Brownie

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


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The Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen You can’t go wrong with this decadent brownie, which is made with real Ghirardelli chocolate and Phoenix Ale’s malty Ironwood Porter. The Porter is stronger than most with prominent cocoa and coffee flavors, which only adds to the richness of the brownie. It’s baked in a cast-iron skillet to ensure crispy edges and a gooey center. The brownie is topped with salted caramel gelato from Grateful Spool and a milk chocolate sauce. $7.

Donuts & Sauces

Gertrude’s Restaurant The name may not be fancy, but it gets to the point. Both a perfect breakfast and a perfect dessert, you can never go wrong with a doughnut. These doughnut holes are served warm and layered in hand-tossed cinnamon and

peanut butter goodness throughout. The cake is topped with candied peanuts and caramel, and served with a scoop of banana gelato on the side to balance the richness and enhance the overall sweetness of the dish. $8. www.

Shot Glass Desserts

Seasons 52 Can’t decide on just one dessert? At Seasons 52, you don’t have to decide, or feel guilty for having more than one. That’s because the eatery offers half a dozen mini desserts – ranging from just 220 to 350 calories individually – each perfectly portioned in a shot glass. Flavors range from a poached pear cheesecake option with a pecan crust and almond crisp to a Belgian chocolate s’more flavor explosion with chocolate cake, rocky road mousse, toasted marshmallow and a chocolate-dipped graham cracker. $3 each.

Housemade Crepes

sugar. They come with three tasting sauces for the table: smoked hot fudge, salted caramel, and house prickly pear jam. There are even gluten-free versions available on request. $9.

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

Cibo Urban Pizzeria There are six sweet reasons to stay for dessert at Cibo, and they are all crepes. Each of these light, sweet, thin pancakes is filled with different decadent ingredients including the Suzette, which is a warm crepe filled with Grand Marnier and orange marmalade then topped with granulated sugar, and Nutella e Mascarpone, a warm crepe filled with Nutella and mascarpone cheese, topped with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce. Prices range from $6.50 to $8.50.

Nook Kitchen Downtown Thanks to a partnership with famed local dessert designer Tracey Dempsey, both the Nook Downtown and Nook Arcadia are sneaky great places for desserts. Each location boasts its own custom-developed options. One of our favorites, available only at the downtown location, is this cake made from cream cheese. It is topped with a bright blueberry compote and graham cracker ganache and served with both a scoop of ice cream and mini graham cracker for dunking. $10.

Butterscotch Cake

The Vig Baked in a cast-iron skillet with poppy seeds and butterscotch chips, this dazzling butterscotch cake is infused with a secret ingredient: a maple glaze made with a hefty helping of whiskey. It not only brings out the butterscotch flavor, but adds a savory dimension to the entire dish. The skillet is topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and even more glaze before its served. $10.

Peanut Butter Molten Cake

The Henry Peanut butter lovers, this dessert is especially for you. It is a gooey, warm molten chocolate cake kicked up about 10 notches, infused with

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This fast-casual spot is catering to those looking to eat masterfully crafted dishes with their health in mind. It is offering high-quality dishes to all diners, whether you are gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan. Give the Vietnamese Crunch salad a try and enjoy the flavor contrast of the spicy lemongrass vinaigrette with fresh herbs like cilantro and mint. Meat lovers, don’t despair, there are plenty of health-focused items for you to enjoy, too. 5013 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602.429.6222;; $$



BERTHA’S CAFE Whether you wander in to catch breakfast or lunch, you are assured to be greeted with a smile and a meal that will have you telling all your friends. The breakfast and lunch options are pretty even and complete with all the dishes that you would expect to find as well as a few that will surprise. If you’re headed in for lunch, make sure to go for their halfand-half special to try a great soup and sandwich combo like the asparagus and havarti panini alongside one of their salads or warming soups of the day. 3134 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix; 602.955.1022;; $ HIGH DIVE Neighborhood good vibes are on the menu at High Dive. This eclectic spot melds eras and textures in unexpected ways; from the long boards and movie posters intermingling with large flat screen TVs on the walls to the cozy leather furniture alongside concrete countertops and steel stools. The menu reads like a who’s who of comfort foods with fried pickles, flatbreads, sliders and mac ‘n cheese. Settle in to catch a retro flick with your meal and perfectly paired draft beer or meet up with friends and this high-class dive bar. 4231 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.296.5655;; $$


ACROSS THE POND Sleek, sexy and sophisticated; Across the Pond’s aesthetic is only rivaled by its stellar cocktail program. Located just across the street from the spot’s sister concept Clever Koi, ATP features an omakase sushi menu along with a collection of Asian-inspired cocktails that come across very citrus forward thanks to the clever use of unexpected ingredients. The tuna, yellowtail and salmon sushi are available in three ways: nigiri, maki and sashimi. 4236 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.296.5629;; $$$ SUSHIHOLIC Perfect for a relaxed dinner or as a gathering spot for an upbeat happy hour with friends; there is room here for everyone and every occasion here. Sushiholic’s kitchen receives fresh fish daily and all items are made to order, so there is no need to wonder how long that roll has been sitting out. The sushi spot has a wide variety of creative sushi rolls and the descriptions are so enticing, you’ll be coming back to try them all.


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3957 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.956.2354;; $$ THAI RECIPE BISTRO The neatly appointed dining room dotted with pops of color is mirrored in the dishes served within its walls. You’ll find a variety of curries in the menu as well as noodle dishes like pad Thai and drunken noodles all served to your specific heat preferences. If you like your dishes on the hotter side of the spectrum, simply request a side of sauce to layer the heat. Portions are ample so be sure to bring your appetite and space in the car for your to-go containers. 2234 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.283.5265; www.; $$


LITTLE MISS BBQ When visiting Little Miss BBQ, keep in mind that old adage, “good things come to those who wait.” Oh, and also the one about the early bird getting the worm. Only open for five hours a day, its best to get there as close to opening as possible. The reputation of the first location in south Phoenix has created a devoted following which results in them selling out many of their most popular meats early and often. With dine-in and carryout options of the brisket, pulled pork, ribs and more along with their skilled staff, the line moves quickly. Your patience is rewarded with some of the best smoked meat in the Valley. 8901 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.314.6922; www.; $$ HOG WILD PIT BAR-B-Q Close your eyes and envision what the ideal barbeque joint looks like. Likely everything that you imagined is what you’ll find at Hog Wild; red gingham tablecloths, brick detail and paper towels on the tables. Your dream experience goes beyond aesthetics with Kansas City-style beef brisket, pulled pork, hot links, turkey breast, pulled chicken and ham. Great prices, ample portions and friendly service will make all your barbecue dreams come true! 4046 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix; 602.354.8194; www.; $$


HELIO BASIN BREWING Helio Basin Brewing strives to embody the flavors and vibe of all things Arizona. The brewery features a concise menu that highlights ingredients indigenous to our state and a mainstay of seven handcrafted beers to complement the flavors. With ample seating, a variety of board games

and friendly, accommodating staff, Helio Basin is an ideal spot for meeting friends. 3935 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix; 602.354.3525;; $$ HELTON BREWING COMPANY Helton Brewing Company’s outdoor games and large seating areas will be appealing to visitors but it’s the phenomenal in housemade beers and upscale pub fare that has everyone talking. The hearty portions and friendly, knowledgeable staff create a welcoming atmosphere that creates loyal repeat customers. The appetizers alone, like the tap room nachos, jalapeno bacon mac n’ cheese, tacos and duck wings, are enough to fuel a full day of games with friends on the patio. 2144 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.730.2739;; $$ THE PHOENIX ALE BREWERY CENTRAL KITCHEN The Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen brings together the great pairing of craft brews and classic pub fare in an accessible setting. You’re invited to bring your children and furry friends to enjoy the friendly atmosphere. With 16 brews on tap at all times and a menu that includes a variety of dishes that incorporate their specialty beers, there’s something for everyone here. 5813 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.8713; www.; $$


GREEKFEST Though I have never been to Greece, I imagine that the whole country is like this restaurant. The space is decorated with many of the items the owners brought to the U.S. with them. You’ll find traditional Greek favorites and one of the longest lists of Greek wines in the Valley. 1940 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.265.2990; www.thegreekfest. com; $$$ PA’LA Chef Claudio Urciuoli wants you to connect with your food; from the richness of the olive oil to the way the smoke from the wood-fired grill dances around ingredients and brings them to life. The menu here reflects the seasons and therefore changes frequently, but regardless of when you visit you’ll be greeted with light, fresh dishes that truly highlight the benefits of the ingredients and the soul and intention of the chef. 2107 N. 24th St., Phoenix; 602.795.9500; www.palakitchen. com; $$

WAAMO RESTAURANT WaaMo is not your traditional Mediterranean restaurant; the menu is also influenced by Northern Africa and Somalia which creates a truly diverse culinary experience. The expansive menu may be intimidating for those unfamiliar with the cuisine but you can’t go wrong with the sambusas, perfectly fried pastries filled with aromatic beef and spices. A great introductory entree is the WaaMo plate made up of tender chicken, citrus, cream, traditional seasonings as well as a mix of rice and pasta. This is truly a culinary adventure with no passport required. 5050 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix; 602.244.1206; $$


DILLA LIBRE CANTINA If you’ve lived your whole life thinking that quesadillas are just simple tortillas filled with cheese and the occasional shredded chicken, Dilla Libre Cantina is about to blow your mind. With more than 10 varieties of gourmet “dillas,” there is an option for any craving you might have. You’ll find traditional flavors like carne asada and carnitas available alongside the popular buffalo chicken- and bahn mistyled dillas. There’s even a vegetarian option made with the Impossible Burger. The exiting menu, full bar and creative cocktail menu are sure to make this a neighborhood favorite. 1339 E. Northern Ave., Phoenix; 602.399.4024;; $$ OTRO CAFE The simple design and the industrial feel of this restaurant ensure that nothing distracts from the star of the show: the food, of course! Otro Cafe features as many locally sourced ingredients it can and this shines through in every plate. You’ll find the al pastor to be incredibly tender and the meats in the paella Mexicana are only intensified by the fresh seasonal veggies added. 6035 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.266.0831;; $$ TACO CHELO If you have an equal appreciation for art and great Mexican fare, you’ll be delighted to find both at Taco Chelo. Artistic talent surrounds you, from the walls to the menu. You’ll enjoy flame-cooked tacos encased in hand-pressed tortillas with custom design installations from Mexico and hand-designed tiles and brick accents. All your senses will be engaged from the moment you walk through the doors. 501 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix; 602.368.5316; www.; $$

Modern American

HATTER AND HARE When you step into Hatter and Hare, you’re enveloped in moody lighting, with black and red blackout curtains suffocating the bright sun. You’ll find several nods to Alice in Wonderland throughout the space, from the themed decor to the food and beverage menu. Creative cocktails named Jabberwocky, Tweedledee and Cheshire Cat use unique ingredients like butterfly pea extract and California poppy. The toasted sandwiches and salads are full of flavor and texture, sure to please any palate. 6101 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 480.865.2447;; $$ THE LITTLE WOODY A little hard to find, but definitely worth your efforts, The Little Woody is one of those places that everyone feels comfortable at. Whether you pop in after work for a quick bite and drink to let go of the stresses of the day or if you want to make a night of it, you’re always welcomed warmly. After your dinner, enjoy a game or two from foosball to skee ball. 4228 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.955.0339; www.thelittlewoody. us; $$ STOCK & STABLE This American gastropub brings Italian influences to The Colony. The restaurant’s charcuterie, or salumi board, is one of the most impressive displays of carefully selected meats, cheeses, and accoutrements in the area. The salads and entrees feature locally sourced ingredients that radiate quality and freshness in every bite. The cocktail menu is equally impressive. Pop in for lunch, dinner, happy hour or brunch on the weekends to see what the hype is all about. 5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.1001;; $$


NAMI Nami offers up a bevy of vegan pastries along with breakfast and brunch options that could easily convert the most devout meat eater, at least for one meal. When you are ready to relax and fully enjoy the flavors, ingredients and craftsmanship of stellar wholesome and healthy offerings, get yourself to Nami for the breakfast or brunch. The menu varies from decadent doughnuts to hearty biscuits and gravy; the food will fill your belly and the community feel will fill your soul. 2014 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.258.6264;; $

WHYLD ASS If you’ve visited their Flagstaff location, you already know that the hype is real and WHyld Ass has brought that to the Valley. From the on tap kombucha and specialty smoothies, fresh juices and chlorophyll water to the beloved breakfast burritos and falafel burgers, everything here is scratch-made with your health and the environment in mind. All the ingredients are 100 percent plant-based, organic and GMO-free, served on and with biodegradable and compostable materials. 4810 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.237.6724;; $$ VEGGIE VILLAGE Veggie Village is not only a mecca for local vegetarians, but also a place to learn more about the practice and associated beliefs. The menu features a variety of dishes that were thoughtfully crafted to impart the most flavor and texture. There are several items that will sound familiar, but have been updated with vegetarian proteins like mutton curry, sweet-and-sour chicken and lettuce wraps. The vast menu definitely has something for everyone and new items are popping up all the time. 1255 E. Northern Ave., Phoenix; 602.944.1088; www.vegvillage888. com; $

Wine Bar

REWINED BEER AND WINE BAR If you’re looking for a bit of nostalgia, Rewined Beer and Wine Bar offers is up in spades. It has board games galore and even old-school Nintendo gaming systems to keep you busy while the drinks are flowing. If the kitschy throwback touches don’t draw you in, the fact that the bar offers over 70 bottles and canned beers, more than six types of cider and over 25 wines (many of which are local to Arizona) surely will. 3308 N. 24th St., Phoenix; 602.429.9660; ROTT N’ GRAPES RORO Located conveniently off the light rail, Rott n’ Grapes provides a cozy meeting spot for friends to grab a glass of wine from the carefully crafted and ever-evolving menu. The intimate space is warm and inviting with a larger meeting space just across the breezeway with ample outdoor seating in between. The knowledgeable and friendly staff will help guide novices through the drink menu whether you’re looking for the perfect pairing for your choice of bruschetta or the best lager to go with your charcuterie. 4750 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.888.1667; www.rottngrapes. com; $$

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Partygoers donned their best 1920s-themed outfits for a New Year’s Eve party that payed homage to the decade that Royal Palms Resort and Spa was built. Guests enjoyed a live jazz band, DJ, bites and Champagne toast at the hotel.

Irene and Craig Amrine


Barry Nelson and Natalia Carmack

Julie McLaughlin and Daniel Bolton

Annabelle Sanchez

Ester Ades and Larry Dustin

Candida Kirkpatrick and Tess Gantucongco

Lisa Ahern and Michael Amine

Erin Rose and Stephanie Park

Cathy and Mike Etheridge

Ryan Garrison and Perla Herrera


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The annual Phoestivus holiday market, inspired by both the famed German Christmas markets, or Weihnachtsmarkt, and Seinfeld's Festivus, took over the Downtown Farmers Market. Locally grown and produced goods from more than 150 local vendors, as well as handcrafted gift items, jewelry and holiday decorations by local artisans were available for purchase.

Cynthia and Nabor Hernandez


Meredith Bishop and Cindy Wilkins

Holly Sherman and Austen Sherman

Jordan Davis and Brittany Heyns

Ken Clark and Sara Matlin

Rodney McManamy and Tammy Osterosky

Emily Taylor and Andrew Sandquist

RJ Price and Sara Scoville-Weaver

Ally Hammond and Emily Feldman

Allie Paulus and Aaron Gough

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

Richard and Mary Martin


Alexis Hardy and Patricia Hardy

Donna Gladding and Perras Maira

Jenna Campbell

Julie Rauch and Marjorie Jackson

Valery Lodato and Farnaaz Maurice

Ingrid Glass and Robin Vitols

Katie Phillips and Sarah Phillips

Christel and Mike Tiffany

Mary Mayfield and Deb Cain


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

Brooke and Michael Morgan


Kelsey and Drew Hollenback

Alan and Tiffany Haynie

Marisa Noble and Nathan Bolek

Jacqueline d’Estries and Shawn Jones

Miranda and Steven Snyder

Travis Robb and Liz Conwell

Kassy and Eric Immel

Crystal Cortez and Renee Warthman

Lindsay and Chris Walsh

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SCOOPWELL’S DOUGH BAR Safe, raw cookie dough at Uptown Plaza


Whether you lick off the delicious homemade remnants on the mixing spoon or take a generous bite out of the storebought stuff, eating raw cookie dough is just a part of the cookie baking process. And while we all know it’s not the healthiest decision in the world, we still do it because it’s that good. Now you can indulge in the ooey gooey goodness that is unbaked cookie dough in a totally safe way thanks to Uptown Plaza’s newest resident, Scoopwell’s Dough Bar. Brought to life by husband-and-wife team John and Kendra Scheer, Scoopwell’s – which had its grand opening last month – is a whimsical-meets-industrial wonderland full of light and bright colors. Cartoonish machine gears and cogs adorn the space, from the cups to the menu. Let’s just say


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that the Scheers did Willy Wonka proud. The owners, who are both originally from New York City, have a quintessential love story. They met as kids, became high school sweethearts and now have four children – two sets of twins to be exact! It was a no-brainer to go into business together, especially since they have a shared passion for cookie dough. After relocating their family to the desert, the Scheers decided to make their cookie dough shop a reality. “We’re excited to have a business where our kids can grow up,” Kendra says. “Starting any business is challenging, but we know each other so well that making all of these decisions together was pretty easy,” John adds. What exactly can you expect from Scoopwell’s? Eleven scratch-made gourmet cookie dough flavors will always be offered, with one or two rotating seasonal flavors. The “Invent Your Own” option allows customers to choose between plain or chocolate dough and dress it up with the shop’s impressive selection of toppings – we’re talking Twix bars, chocolate fudge, toasted marshmallows and more. Fresh-baked cookies, dough to-go and duffles (dough truffles) are also available. Plus, equipped with two dough carts, the Scheers are able to bring their scrumptious doughs to any special event. The best part? The dough here is made with heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs, so there is absolutely no risk of E. coli or salmonella. Finally, we all can eat unbaked cookie dough guilt-free! “The most rewarding part is seeing the joy our dough brings to people. You can’t help but smile when you have a bite,” Kendra says. Scoopwell’s Dough Bar is open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 100 E. Camelback Road, #164, Phoenix; 602.296.5146;

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