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Don’t let trigger finger keep you locked in pain. Painful swelling and inflammation of the tendon in the palm of the hand can now be treated with a quick and easy outpatient procedure. Trigger finger typically results from activities that require prolonged repetitive motion, such as playing an instrument or operating machinery. It may also be caused by underlying health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes. In addition to pain, trigger finger can cause locking or an inability to fully straighten the finger. The Endotech Endoscopic Trigger Finger Release System was developed by Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice and is available exclusively at the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in Phoenix. It uses a small incision to allow Dr. Fitzmaurice to see the tendon and repair the damaged tissue. This patent pending procedure takes less than ten minutes and is done with local anesthesia only, meaning you can eat the morning of the surgery and won’t even need an IV. The procedure has been so successful in treating trigger finger and restoring pain-free movement that most patients return to normal hand function in as little as one or two days!


few years ago, I had the privilege of meeting singer Josh Groban on the red carpet at Celebrity Fight Night. We chatted for a few minutes, and it was easy to quickly see that he was a genuinely down-to-earth, nice guy. Fast-forward a few years, and now we were lucky enough to interview him for this issue as he prepared to head to the Valley to once again participate in and perform at the event. And you know what we quickly learned? That he’s still just as nice, just as down-to-earth, and just as (if not more) amazing. Celebrity Fight Night is one of my favorite events of the year. It’s the way an event should be—a fabulous time, and for a great cause. I’ve attended the past few years, and each year has been just as incredible as the previous one–and this year promises to continue the tradition. Take, for example, the headliners. This year’s emcee is once again superstar Reba McEntire, and the performers include such stellar acts as Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Ronnie Dunn, as well as Josh Groban. Josh shared with us that Celebrity Fight Night was one of the first events where he ever performed. He also shared with us the stories of fate that led him to where he is career-wise today, and about what he’s doing now. You can read the story on page 30. Celebrity Fight Night, which will be held on March 28, benefits the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute (the event is presented in honor of Muhammad Ali), as well as numerous other charities. In addition, we have lots of other great stories in this issue. Still looking for your soulmate? Perhaps they’re one of the amazing people we feature within our Most Eligible Singles story this month (page 35). Looking for a place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Check page 49. I had a lot of fun putting together this issue. I hope you enjoy reading it. And, I hope to see you at Celebrity Fight Night on March 28. A great event for a great cause! Yours, Michelle Glicksman Editor-in-Chief Twitter: @MGlicksman


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New Phoenix Art Museum Director Amada Cruz is ready to get to work BY SHANA SCHWARZ PHOTOS BY CARL SCHULTZ

As the largest art museum in the Southwestern United States, the Phoenix Art Museum has built a reputation for excellence since it opened in 1959. A huge part of that success can be attributed to its director. Recently, the Board continued‌

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up close of Trustees named Amada Cruz as The Sybil Harrington Director of the Phoenix Art Museum, succeeding James K. Ballinger, who announced his intention to retire last April. Cruz, formerly executive director at San Antonio-based Artpace, one of the premier artist residency and exhibition programs in the world, assumed her new responsibilities in February. Her selection, with counsel and guidance from one of the nation’s most respected executive leadership and search firms, Russell Reynolds Associates, concludes an intensive seven-month process conducted by the Museum’s executive committee, which served as the search committee. “Amada has a solid track record of building programs and new initiatives at Bard College, USA Artists and, most recently, Artpace,” says Phoenix Art Museum Board of Trustees Chairman Jim Patterson. “The search process was thorough, comprehensive and demanding, and the search committee was unanimous in choosing Amada as the new director to build upon the remarkable foundation established by Jim Ballinger and his staff. She brings a very high-energy, creative and entrepreneurial approach to museum leadership, and we are confident she can lead us to the next level of distinction.” Ballinger, who served as the Museum director for 32 years and celebrated his 40th anniversary with the museum in December, will assist in the transition “for as long as my input, assistance and counsel is needed to ensure that the transition is smooth so Amada can hit the ground running and continue the Museum’s forward progress,” he says. “She is a highly respected arts professional whose diverse experience, extensive background, knowledge and innovative spirit will serve Phoenix Art Museum and our community well for years to come.” Understandably, Ballinger leaves behind big shoes to fill, something Cruz is aware of, but not afraid of. “Like Jim, I have a long career devoted to nurturing and promoting excellence in art,” she says. “But I am arriving as an outsider with a varied career as a contemporary art curator, a grant maker in

the arts, as well as a museum and artist residency director. All these experiences will contribute to a different approach as we move the Phoenix Art Museum to its next phase. And by the way, I wear heels.” Cruz developed a love for art early in her life, and not surprisingly, reports loving “too many” artists to have a favorite. “It's an eclectic mix,” she explains, “from Spanish Old Masters like Diego Velasquez and Zurbaran to conceptual Brazilian art to contemporary American innovators like Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman. I was dragged as a kid to museums like The Metropolitan [Museum of Art] in New York and the Art Institute in Chicago, and loved those places. My family had an appreciation of culture, so it seems preordained that I would end up with a career in the arts.” There are many things that excite her about this opportunity—“The Museum's strong collections and the beautiful space they live in; the chance to engage with and grow a varied audience; and the sense of Phoenix as a new, still-evolving city, at least to me,” she says—as well as a long list of reasons that drew her to accepting the position.



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“Also the sheer numbers of supporters,” she says. “It claims to have more volunteers at every level than any museum in the country, and I believe it! It means that the Museum matters to so many people here, and that kind of support is very powerful and inspiring.” Accepting the position also meant moving to a brand new city, something that intrigued Cruz. “It really does seem like a city that's still in formation, and that's exciting because you can make an impact,” she explains. “The hierarchies and traditions aren't as set as on the East Coast. I also find the landscape exotically beautiful.” Cruz, who enjoys reading, travel, good food and wine with friends, and yoga, considers herself lucky to be in this position, an outlook that will help if stress creeps in. “It's a privilege to be making a living in the arts, and any occasional stress is well worth the joy and intellectual buzz,” she says. Visit for more information on current and upcoming exhibitions, events, or planning a visit to the Phoenix Art Museum.

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PROFESSOR OF THE WORLD Steven Gonzales puts his expertise to work, making a difference a half a world away BY SHANA SCHWARZ PHOTO BY CARL SCHULTZ


ver been called into a meeting to serve as an expert on a subject? It’s a great feeling. Now imagine that meeting is taking place a world away—and you’ve been invited by the United Nations. Arizona Summit Law School professor and founding faculty member Steven Gonzales was invited by the United Nations to assist the Industrial Court of Botswana on the development of the court’s alternative dispute resolution (ADR) system. It was quite the honor. “For more than 10 years, I have had the privilege of serving as a representative to the United Nations Forum on Indigenous Issues, and was pleasantly surprised when the Industrial Court of Botswana decided to use their United Nations grant to invite me to train their judiciary and staff, and help design an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program,” says Gonzales. “This is exciting because it will help the country, and has the potential for being applied in other African countries. I am very proud to bring my experience in the law, and as a law professor, to other countries.”


Were you familiar with Botswana prior to helping with this initiative? Yes, this was my second trip to beautiful Botswana. Both trips provided me with the opportunity to work with members of the courts, as well as visits in the community, rural bush and safari. Can you explain in layman’s terms what the issue is that you are helping with, and how you are helping? ADR is a system of resolving disputes outside of trial and traditional litigation. Mediation is a major form of dispute resolution and is commonly used because it helps to more amicably resolve a dispute fairly, and in a time-efficient and cost-effective way. Through a working ADR system the backlog will be reduced, and ultimately it brings expedited, amicable resolutions for both workers and the businesses. What was it like to travel to Botswana? Botswana is actually quite similar to Arizona! The climate, terrain and dry desert climate are shared by both. It’s a journey getting there, but well worth it. UPTOWN |


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t all began when Stephen Baxter moved to Arizona to get involved in real estate. He worked his way from the bottom up, learning every phase—from finding investors to remodeling and flipping homes, all while working towards owning his own company. In 2013, Baxter launched The Investor Hub (602.840.3073;, which provides great options for all parties involved—investors, sellers and buyers. He explains that Investor Hub provides both the clients and the investors numerous ways to be involved, from the sale to the remodeling of a home, essentially bridging the gap between the buyer and the seller to make a home sale less stressful and tailored to each individual. On a daily basis, Baxter works closely with the company’s investors, and oversees operations both with buyers and sellers. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family—he has two young children and coaches their sports teams.


What is your favorite part of the flipping process? I can think of a couple of homes that the most rewarding part was purchasing the home from someone who really needed to sell. I sometimes still hear from those people thanking for me being there and helping them get through a challenging time in their life. I have also sometimes walked those same homes with the original sellers after I—or an investor—transformed it, only to see the excitement and enjoyment as they reminisce about what they remember about the home. For me it’s about the experience. What are a few of your favorite places to travel? My wife and I were married on the island of Kauai, so Hawaii is near and dear to our hearts. This past Christmas I took my wife and kids to Aspen. It was the first time any of them had seen real snow (meaning more then an inch or two) and that was awesome to watch them take in. UPTOWN |


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Olivia Laux touts a style combination of the eras BY GRETCHEN PAHIA PHOTO BY CARL SCHULTZ

ixing practicality and hip–for Olivia Laux, owner of Float Balloon Tours, it’s her go-to fashion look. Laux spends much of her day outdoors and has to dress appropriately, but also knows that for the days she is inside, she wants to be just as comfortable. “My favorite outfit to pull together would be black skinny jeans with a basic shirt and a denim button-down shirt or jacket,” says Laux. “I feel like our style era is a combination of the different style turns of the past, and I like to incorporate those all into my look.” The fashion favorites which Laux likes to wear daily include Rachel Comey, Karen Walker and Alexander Wang. Laux tends to drift to these styles due to their contemporary looks mixed with pulling past fashions forward. Laux adds that she enjoys fashions with a history. “I love things that are old. I am always drawn to vintage, passeddown clothing that has a story. These are the pieces I find I connect to the most.”

Is there a particular celebrity whose style you emulate and why? Hmmm, so many stylish celebs—I love Chloë Sevigny and Alexa Chung's ability to perfectly mix vintage and modern pieces while managing to look effortlessly put-together. What style is the home you live in? Does it match your personal clothing style? Definitely matches! Our house looks like it organized itself through use, which feels lovely to me. It's filled with a mix of Danish furniture, estate sale treasures, and tons of plants. What is the one piece of clothing in your closet you simply cannot live without and why? I'm an Arizona native and I freeze at about 85 degrees, so as silly as it sounds, it has to be my denim button-down. It's such an easy layer to throw on at a movie theater, or the park, or while inflating a balloon. UPTOWN |


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RUSSELL SMOLDON Adding a splash of color into the political community BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE PHOTO BY CARL SCHULTZ


aw and suits—they go together like peanut butter and jelly. The Arizona political community has a tendency to stick with what is traditionally safe—think black or navy suits paired with nondescript ties. But Russell Smoldon, the chief executive officer of B3 Strategies in Phoenix, values variety in his wardrobe. Fashionably speaking, he puts a spin to the classic PB&J. Smoldon has always beat to his own drum. He distinguishes his company from other lobbying firms based on its unique concept, “The Public Policy Architects— [architects] that build policy brick-by-brick, developing and implementing strategies from the ground up.” Similarly, his garb reflects his personality and the personality of B3 Strategies. For Smoldon, it’s all about the details, from a must-have French cuff shirt with a contrast collar for effect to vintage flair cufflinks. “I have always loved the pocket hankies, long before they were a fad, but I try to keep it interesting by not doing the matchymatch to my tie. I like mixing prints,” he says. This mixed-patterned, colorfully dressed CEO is in good company when it comes to learning about fashion fads and faux pas. “I attribute my eye for fashion to my wife, along with my daughter who is in New York and majoring in fashion future trending,” he admits. Smoldon of course gets asked a lot of public policy questions, but “one of the first questions I get in any meeting is what color I am wearing today!”

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Reading about Josh Groban’s voice is like hearing someone describe the ceiling of the Sistene Chapel: you understand that it’s amazing, but you have to experience it to really get it. If you are somehow not familiar with Groban, come on out from that rock you’ve been living under and give him a listen. We got to chat with him before his performance at this year’s Celebrity Fight Night, a star-studded evening presented in honor of featured guest, Muhammad Ali, and discovered the only thing more incredible than his voice is his graciousness. Seriously, he might be the nicest guy in show business.

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That may be because, despite having a voice for the ages, he kind of fell into stardom backwards. He wasn’t looking for it, but it found him anyway. When his voice coach introduced him to music industry legend David Foster, the rest, as they say, is history. When Italian singer Andrea Bocelli couldn’t make a Grammy rehearsal to sing “The Prayer” with Celine Dion, Groban stepped up—and has never looked back. “The Grammy stage is kinda where so much of my career began with David Foster calling me in for rehearsal,” explains Groban. “I was 17 at the time. Singing with Celine and being a part of that—it was one of those moments I’ll never forget. Four or five years ago I got to sing that song with Bocelli at the Grammys, so it was kind of a crazy full circle. It’s an incredible song and I was so lucky early on to have done it so many times—with Celine, with Charlotte [Church]—it was incredible. It’s kind of a modern classic. What I love most about it is that two very different voices can come together to make something so beautiful, and I was very lucky to have a song like that early.” From there, he was discovered by a broader audience, thanks to one of the biggest television shows of the late 1990s. “That was another serendipitous moment, like the Grammy thing,” he says. “I was thrown into these kind of insane situations where I had to become a professional and be a student at the same time. The Ally McBeal situation was a complete fluke. I was singing at something in Los Angeles and David E. Kelley (the creator of Ally McBeal) was there and he said, ‘I want you to sing for 30 seconds at the end of this episode,’ and I said, ‘Sure, great.’ I didn’t think it was a big deal at the time. And then Robert Downey Jr. was not available to come to set suddenly. He was having a bit of a hard time in his life at that moment and so David Kelley said, ‘I’m going to write you into this whole episode. I know this is a bit of a surprise, but I hope you can act because you’re now the star of the episode.’ “It was kind of unprecedented and it was kind of insane to have jumped in there and have that kind of experience. I had just come from a theater background in school so it was great, especially with my kind of music where things like radio

aren’t always a factor. When you can put a song like ‘To Where You Are’ or ‘You’re So You,’ the two songs I did on that show, and put them within a storyline, and really be able to express what those songs mean through a character in a show that was so huge at the time, it really hit home for a lot of people and it was a great starting point for me.” Lucky for David E. Kelley, Groban can act—and he captivated the audience so well that fans begged to have him back. Before his music career took off, in fact, Groban thought his life would follow a much different path. “I’m not going to pretend I had it all figured out at 16- or 17-years-old, which is why I’m such a proponent of kids getting well-rounded arts educations from a young age; I didn’t know what I wanted at that point,” explains Groban. “I loved to act, I loved to sing, I loved theater. I didn’t UPTOWN |


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say to myself, ‘I’m going to be this one thing or nothing.’ I enjoyed doing it all. The path that I kinda had for myself on paper was that I was going to go to Broadway and do some musical theater. I felt like my voice would be right for a lot of those shows. Meeting David Foster, of course, is not the kind of thing you can prepare for, although some people do. There are certain people, especially growing up in Los Angeles, where their goal is, ‘I’m going to drop everything and I’m going to get a record deal.’ That was not my bag. That was something that happened really just so by surprise for me, that someone would say, ‘Hey, I think your voice is something we can sell to the masses.’ Nobody was more surprised than me. “When I think about the growth that’s happened since then, it’s come full circle for me to be releasing an album of show tunes in the next few months. It’s really

“It’s great to see how much the organization has grown in the last 14 years, and for them to have continued to be supporters of mine and to be able to pay that back... it’s been a great partnership and a great friendship.”

been a labor of love for me and such a passion project for me because that’s really where this whole thing started. I had to leave many of those songs behind when I wanted to embark on this solo career, but to be able to sing these songs that I love so much and really be able to present them in a way that I feel is finally right is really gratifying.” In addition to those early television appearances, an Arizona event also played an important role in Groban’s career launch. “I was first introduced to Celebrity Fight Night through David Foster, who introduced me to Jimmy Walker, and that was really early on in my career,” says Groban. “I was probably about 19 at the time, and it was one of the first events that I ever performed at and it was an incredible experience. Whenever you get to lend your musical side to an event that is so important like that one and to

support the great work that Jimmy Walker and Muhammad Ali are doing, and at such a young age, it’s amazing, and we’ve kinda grown up together. It’s great to see how much the organization has grown in the last 14 years, and for them to have continued to be supporters of mine and to be able to pay that back… it’s been a great partnership and a great friendship.” Groban will perform at this year’s Celebrity Fight Night, which will be held on March 28 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, and, as always, he’s looking forward to the people he’ll see. “I get starstruck at Fight Night,” he admits. “In the music world, you’re always around musicians all the time and it’s kinda hard to get starstruck for music stars just because you do get a little jaded because you wind up kind of running into each other at lots of different things. But I get really starstruck for sports people because they MARCH 2015 |



aren’t people I get to meet every day. So, of course, getting to meet Muhammad Ali was one of the great thrills. He was somebody that I actually first met when I was about 8-years-old. I was in a restaurant and my parents and I were walking out of the restaurant, and he picked me up and gave me a kiss on the cheek. And my dad said, ‘Oh my God, that was Muhammad Ali. You’re going to remember this day for the rest of your life.’ I was 8-years-old, so I was like, ‘Ok, cool, that man just gave me a kiss on the cheek.’ He was so nice to me and he was playing around with me, so for all these years later to have been able to support him and his incredible vision, and just to be able to put a smile on his face, has been a great thrill. It’s impossible to not be starstruck around him.” In addition to Celebrity Fight Night, Groban has performed at events supporting other great causes around the world, and is now working with a new group that is close to his heart. “My fans raised a huge amount of money for me and said, ‘We want you to start your own foundation,’ and so long story short, it became what is now the Find Your Light Foundation,” says Groban. “It’s my passion now. My foundation is about providing young people with that arts foundation; getting that cultural awareness into the hands of young people around the country and around the world. That’s something that I have a very personal experience with, that I lived through, that my success is a direct result of, and so through Find Your Light, we want to become one of the go-to organizations for people who need that help. It’s been fun and it’s going to be great.” Celebrity Fight Night was founded in 1994 in hopes of raising money for local charities through a premier event. Each year, the gala, which is recognized as one of the nation’s elite events, attracts celebrities from the sports and entertainment worlds. In addition to Groban, who will be honored at this year’s event, other performers this year include Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and Ronnie Dunn. For more information on Groban’s new album, upcoming tours and news, follow him on Twitter (@joshgroban) or visit his website For more information or tickets for Celebrity Fight Night, visit

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“I’m a very involved dad of two active boys who enjoys staying fit. I’m smarter than the average bear and can laugh at myself and the world.” I Love: Time with my boys, being outside in nature, and making a difference in people’s lives.

“Extremely close with my family, driven, passionate and focused. Love spending time with my dogs and wake up each day excited about my life... my passion became my purpose!”

“I’m constantly focused on self-improvement in every area of my life. I believe in constantly challenging myself creatively and intellectually. For most of my life I’ve travel extensively on a mission to inspire others.”

I Love: Humor and kindness.

I Love: I love people, business, writing music, and playing the piano.

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I Hate: Closed-minded people. I Hate: How much time kids spend on social media instead of outside living life.   What I Am Looking For In A Significant Other: A person who is intelligent, witty, kind, passionate, athletic and driven. Someone who has a wonderful sense of style and likes to be active. Someone who enjoys cooking together while listening to music, sipping wine, and enjoying the moment.

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What I Am Looking For In A Significant Other: The person best for me would be someone who is loving, kind, passionate, and young at heart. I’m attracted to women who are driven and can keep up with my fast-paced lifestyle. I believe in working and playing hard. The most important factors for me are flexibility, understanding, and willingness to grow together.

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Associate broker premium realty associates team, ReMax Platinum Living, and owner of Staged To Sell Design Services “Energetic and enthusiastic, creative (I can connect the dots) and bold, funny, determined, open-minded and present… I’m always happiest going somewhere I’ve never been and doing something I’ve never done.”   I Love: Ideas, change, travel, hot yoga, deep conversations and worthwhile philanthropies. Right now I’m crazy about the song “I Lived” by One Republic… that sums it up well. I Hate: Monotony (I didn’t say monogamy, I said monotony-ha!).    What I’m Looking For In A Significant Other: A man who is spiritual, honest, intelligent, kind, healthy and fit, attractive and authentic… and generous both emotionally and financially. There is something very sexy about a man who willingly gives back at every level and can accept from others in return.



“I am an outgoing and positive person who enjoys seeing the world and making a difference with people. Cooking/fitness/ storytelling/health advocate/thinking man/ smiles often.”

“I’m a genuine, passionate and driven person who loves dogs, volunteering and working out. I work hard, play hard and love hard.”

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I Love: Connecting with people and learning every day. Evolving. I Hate: Negativity and sour attitudes. What I Am Looking For In A Significant Other: I thrive on positivity and am looking for a supportive woman who I can have fun with anywhere in the world, from a hole-in-the-wall diner in Death Valley to a world-class restaurant in Paris. A woman who loves my strengths and doesn’t care at all about my weaknesses. And vice versa.



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I Love: Positive and passionate people. I Hate: Negativity and people who lack compassion. Describe Your Ideal Date: Location and activity of the date are irrelevant. Great conversation, connection and romance make an ideal date for me.  What I Am Looking For In A Significant Other: Someone who is passionate, driven, and loves dogs.


Serial entrepreneur; partner/creative director at Blind Society (a branding agency); partner/director at Cultivator Content Labs (a film production company); partner at Kelly’s at SouthBridge (a bar and restaurant) “I’m a creative guy who lives to color outside of the lines. Fun at parties with white boy dance moves. And totally willing to share the remote.” I Love: Making people smile… and my dachshund, Conan. I Hate: Any of the “Real Housewives” from Jersey. Describe Your Ideal Date: One where you just don’t want it to end. What I Am Looking For In A Significant Other: For me, intelligence is a turn-on. Confidence is sexy. Style makes my head turn. A great smile is irresistible. And trust will seal the deal.

GAYLE BASS, “MORE THAN 40 BUT LESS THAN 50” Host on the national TV show RightThisMinute

“I’m a bit of a geek, anglophile, minor league foodie, news junkie, and former Sunday school teacher. So, I can always be counted on to be the designated driver.” I Love: Horses, dogs, seafood, bacon, sci-fi, jazz and Journey, California beach towns, people who read more than menus and don’t take themselves too seriously.” I Hate: Vladimir Putin is at the top of the list right now. Mac-n-cheese from a box. People who don’t pick up after their dogs. Describe Your Ideal Date: Some kind of adventure—skydiving, paragliding, horseback riding, and a picnic.  What I Am Looking For In A Significant Other: He MUST have brains and a general working knowledge of the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars.  MARCH 2015 |



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“I’m a pretty simple guy. Traveled the world from the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the Russian side of the Arctic Circle. But an evening of laughs with friends or family is what I value most.” I Love: Kitesurfing, motorcycling, and loyalty. I Hate: Camping. Describe Your Ideal Date: I’d start with something that really gets us out of our comfort zones. Maybe a class like trapeze or sushi-making. Then get ready to go out and enjoy each other’s company over a proper meal at a new place a friend recommended or an old favorite.  What I Am Looking For In A Significant Other: Somebody who is comfortable with themselves. Who goes with how she’s feeling. Who can delight in a new adventure, as well as just a regular day.


Residential real estate with HomeSmart Elite Group & CEO of Platform Scottsdale “I am a mother, daughter, sister, philanthropist and friend. I’ve been in real estate for 18 years and specialize in McDowell Mountain Ranch. I am very social and I choose to see the good in people and situations.”    I Love: To laugh. I Hate: Bad manners. What I Am Looking For In A Significant Other: I’m looking for the rare combination of successful/responsible, yet fun and adventurous. Someone who can make me laugh and likes my jokes! A person who is honest, intelligent, optimistic, and well traveled. Someone who places a high value on God, their family, and doesn’t take themselves too seriously.


Partner at the law offices of Elardo, Bragg, Appel & Rossi “Highly competitive and driven in most facets of my life, but tempered by a desire to relax and generally enjoy life.” I Love: A great steak, a good pool floatie, saying the word “Haboob,” being greeted by my boxer when I get home, 4 a.m. workouts, weekend adventures, time with family and friends, successful outcomes with lawsuits, volleyball, and scuba diving. I Hate: Costco on Saturdays, long flights, slow drivers in the left lane, and people who do not replace candy in the candy dish. Describe Your Ideal Date: A mix of being active during the day followed by some quiet time over drinks and dinner. What I Am Looking For In A Significant Other: I am most attracted to witty, sarcastic, inquisitive, driven and athletic women. UPTOWN |


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I travel. I run. I eat good food. I drink good wine. I run a company in my spare time. “I am an incredibly sensible person who wears ridiculous shoes. I value education, new experiences, compassion, and–well— puppies.” I Love: The thrill of the unknown perils in any new adventure. I Hate: Stagnancy and incompetence. What I Am Looking For In A Significant Other: Someone with a sense of adventure that equals my own; a sense of humor that leaves my sides sore from laughing so hard; a generous soul who is kind to others regardless of their position; a keenly developed intellect who can engage me in thoughtful conversations; the wherewithal to tolerate my large, noisy extended family.


Director of client solutions at Exeter Financial LLC & CFO of Platform Scottsdale “I’m a goofy science nerd turned financial geek, collegiate swimmer turned recreational triathlete. I enjoy giving back to non-profits and somehow found a talent for creating fondant and diaper cakes.”   I Love: My family, my career, the beach, and mint chocolate chip ice cream… oh, and bacon—everything is better with bacon!   I Hate: Insincerity, disrespect, big egos, extreme political views, and little critters that you can’t see at night.   What I Am Looking For In A Significant Other: Honesty, compassion, strength, security, ambition, unconditional love, and loyalty as my best friend.

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Director of public relations at Allison+Partners, specializing in hospitality and lifestyle brands “I am a positive, successful and driven woman who enjoys traveling, shopping, working out, supporting the community, and socializing.” I Love: Healthy living, communicating, running, yoga, working out, traveling, fashion, design, tropical beaches, palm trees, fire, water, music, white wine, and Harper’s Bazaar and Architectural Digest magazines.  I Hate: Hate is a strong word. Things I dislike include: dishonesty, disrespect, closed-mindedness, lack of communication, and negativity.  What I’m Looking For In A Significant Other: Compatibility, honesty, and an awesome personality with a sense of humor. Someone who is successful, fashion-minded, and driven. Someone who challenges me and yet complements me.



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NOW THERE ARE TWO EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES TO JOIN CELEBRITY FIGHT NIGHT IN 2015! Celebrate Reba McEntire’s birthday in Phoenix, with the Champ, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, David Foster and a host of stars, March 28th.

Join Andrea Bocelli in his home country for 6 exciting days, with Reba McEntire, David Foster and friends, September 9th–15th.

Previous guests have included Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lopez and countless more!

Last year’s celebrities included George Clooney, Sophia Loren, Lionel Richie, John Legend, Ronnie Dunn and many more!



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13th Annual Teaming Up For Girls Luncheon

Herberger Theater Objects D’Art Auction

March 6, 10:30 a.m. Olympian Amy Van Dyken-Rouen will be the keynote speaker at this Florence Crittenton event. Held at the Arizona Biltmore, guests will also enjoy a luncheon, raffle, mystery boxes, and the HOPE Award presentation by human trafficking activist and survivor Shanna Parker. The event raises funds for at-risk girls in the Valley. $275.

March 20, 6:30 p.m. Ready for an evening of visual art from local artists? Enjoy a live and silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and dessert by iL TOCCO, music by Kiri Guldner, live painting by AztecSmurf, and entertainment by Dennis Rowland and the Greg Warner Trio at this event at the Herberger Theater that benefits the theater’s Arts Education and Outreach programs for youth. $75.

AAHA! An Auction of Heirlooms and Art

An Evening With The Friends March 21, 5:30 p.m. The Friends of The University of Arizona Cancer Center “raise more than hope” at this event, which is a fundraiser to support the Arizona Cancer Center’s mission to prevent and cure cancer. Enjoy a silent auction, dinner and dancing at this evening at the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center. $250.

March 7, 6 p.m. This annual art auction by Hospice of the Valley, which will be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, will also feature a silent auction, dinner and dancing. The event benefits the organization’s patients and families. $250; $200 for those 40 and under.

GO GAGA: Golden Gammage Gala

46th Annual Gold Ball 2015

March 7, 6:30 p.m. Ready for a star-studded evening? This gala features Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster and comedian/TV personality Mo Rocca, as well as producer of Broadway’s smash hit Wicked, David Stone, as the inaugural GAMMY Award honoree. In addition to entertainment, guests at this event at the Arizona Biltmore will enjoy a dinner. The event benefits the Golden Gammage Initiative. $500.

March 21, 6 p.m. This John C. Lincoln Health Foundation ball at The Phoenician benefits the healthcare and community service programs supported by the foundation, including Health Network programs for active duty military and veterans. $500.

2015 Children’s Museum Gala: Havana Nights March 14, 6 p.m. Head to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix for this event that will leave you feeling like you traveled to a steamy, spicy, sensational and seductive new world. This Latin-inspired event includes food from some of the Valley’s hottest restaurants, a silent auction, Latin-inspired entertainment, a dinner, dancing, a cigar lounge, and more. Proceeds benefit the museum’s Every Child Program. $250.

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Celebrity Fight Night March 28, 5 p.m. Reba McEntire, Josh Groban, Ronnie Dunn, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson… the star power at this event goes on and on. Guests at this event at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa will be treated to a night of performances, a dinner, and a live auction. The evening benefits the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, as well as other charities. $2,000$2,500.


MAZVO AUTO CAR CARE CENTER’S SHAHE KOULLOUKIAN EXPLAINS WHY, WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR CAR, THE INTERNET DOESN’T ALWAYS KNOW BEST. Though it’s great for watching funny cat videos (admit it!), the Internet isn’t always the most trustworthy place to get reliable information. It’s like when you look up a minor cold symptom and suddenly you’re convinced it’s a deadly disease: sometimes it’s difficult to know what’s accurate and what’s not, especially when you’re not a professional. The same holds true for diagnosing problems with your car, says Shahe Koulloukian, owner of Mazvo Auto Car Care Center. “Customers call or come in all the time with fear that there is something wrong with the vehicle because of a certain noise or smell,” he says. “This fear is ignited by being a student of ‘Google University.’ ‘The Internet says it could be this and the Internet says I need to do this.  I’M WORRIED, BECAUSE I READ ON THE INTERNET THAT MY CAR COULD BLOW UP!’” But Shahe has some sage advice for all the Google gurus: remember that the Internet didn’t create the information – just relayed it – and it isn’t always right. “Man can make mistakes regardless of good intentions, and provide wrong information that can lead to false fear and panic,” he points out. “The first step in solving a problem is recognizing there is one. Do the Internet research to give you an idea of what you’re dealing with, but don’t let it dictate the end result of what’s going on with your vehicle.” For that, Shahe says, you need an open dialogue with your auto repair facility; the better you’re able to convey to a mechanic what’s wrong with your vehicle, the easier it is for a technician to diagnose and fix the problem. He advises writing down ahead of time what kinds of problems you’re having, noting specific sounds, sensations, odors, or leaks, and when and how frequently they occur. What happened just before the car stopped running? Did it function normally the day before it didn’t start? Of course, many of these problems could be avoided altogether with a few measures of preventive maintenance. The basics – oil changes, tire pressure checks, and scheduled inspections – are like getting regular checkups at the doctor. They maintain overall

health and vastly improve your chances of catching anything serious before it becomes a major problem. “The best way to save money over the life of a vehicle is to choose a high-quality, fullservice repair shop and allow them do all of the necessary maintenance and repair work,” says Shahe. “Make the connection with your repair facility and have a dialogue about what’s truly going on. This will lead to recognizing what sort of problem your vehicle is having, and whether it’s safe to hold off on repairs.” Developing a good relationship with your auto care provider is not only beneficial for your car, saving you time and money in the long run. It can also help you to make informed decisions, no second-guessing – or Google – required.

Mazvo Auto Care Center | 4610 North 7th Street, Phoenix | 602-248-8711 or

do junk drawers that keep accumulating junk. The time has arrived—spring cleaning! Get the latest tips and tricks to keep your house in order at the Live and Learn Lunch held at Kincaid's Classic American Dining in Downtown Phoenix. The event features Doreen A. Collins, Organizing by Doreen, LLC. Meet new people, enjoy a delicious lunch, and hear various presentations to help launch your cleaning spree. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $20. JERRY SEINFELD March 6, Comerica Theatre Who could forget Kramer, Elaine, George, Newman, and the leader of the pack himself, Seinfeld? American comedian, actor, writer and producer, Jerry Seinfeld, will perform his stellar stand-up comedy in the Valley of the Sun. His show is a culmination of his favorite sketches growing up as a kid, as well as new material. 7 p.m. $62-$170.

DEVOURED CULINARY CLASSIC: BARTENDING COMPETITION March 1, Crescent Ballroom Celebrate Phoenix's cocktail culture with “Star-tenders.” These star-tenders represent nine Phoenix restaurants and are armed with a selection of Arizona's best locally distilled spirits to see who can make the best cocktail. See who will win this mix-off of epic proportions! Proceeds from the event will benefit Local First Arizona Foundation's Mission to Build a Better Arizona. 2 p.m. $20. DEVOURED CULINARY CLASSIC March 7-8, Phoenix Art Museum Devoured Culinary Classic is the region’s premier annual culinary event hosted by Phoenix Art Museum, Local First Arizona and Devour Phoenix. The event's goal is to showcase the fine food and drink producers and purveyors of Arizona while furthering Metro Phoenix as a dining destination worthy of international prestige. Attendees will have the chance to get hands-on experience during the innovative culinary demonstrations, meet top chefs and restaurateurs, as well as taste a plethora of culinary goodies from the region’s best chefs, restaurants, local food artisans, brewers and vintners. Is your stomach grumbling yet? 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $150. LIVE AND LEARN LUNCH: SPRING INTO AN ORGANIZED LIFE March 6, Kincaid's Classic American Dining We can no longer ignore those dust bunnies in every nook and cranny or the countless


Andy Warhol Portraits March 4-June 21, Phoenix Art Museum

Famed pop artist Andy Warhol’s colorful portraits will be displayed at the Phoenix Art Museum beginning this month. The exhibit includes nearly 200 portraits, paintings and drawings that were produced by Warhol from the 1940s to the 1980s. His unique visual language tells his narrative as an artist fascinated with the phenomena of fame and celebrity. This exhibit, both classic and whimsical, will be loved by audiences of all ages. Call for pricing.



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BARBER'S CELLO CONCERTO March 6-7, Symphony Hall Guest Conductor Mischa Santora makes his Phoenix Symphony debut to lead a dynamic program of Revueltas, Barber and Schumann. Cellist Christian Poltera, selected as a BBC New Generation Artist, performs Barber’s romantic Cello Concerto on his 1711 “Mara” Stradivari cello. This program also presents Schumann’s challenging yet richly expressive and popular second symphony and Mexicanborn Silvestre Revueltas’ Redes Suite, representing his score from the powerful Mexican film The Wave. 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. $18$79. MUSIC IN THE GARDEN SPRING CONCERT SERIES March 6, 13, 20, 27, Desert Botanical Garden Before the weather starts to heat up, join the Desert Botanical Garden every Friday this month for some lovely spring performances. Situated at the base of a saguaro-lined butte, Music in the Garden pairs great live local bands with the most enchanting venue in the Valley. This month's performers include Pick and Holler, The Brazen Heads, and the Chuck Hall Band. Savor Arizona's spring weather with a soundtrack of sweet melodies. 7-9 p.m. $25. 31ST ANNUAL MY NANA’S BEST TASTING SALSA CHALLENGE March 7-8, Steele Indian School Park Arizona Hemophilia Association’s 31st Annual My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge is back and hotter than ever before. Salsa creators from around the Valley will have the chance to find out if their salsa really packs the heat during this two-day event. The Challenge features three categories of contestants: individuals, restaurants and businesses. The winner claims a $1,000 cash price and the prestigious honor of the best salsa-maker in the Valley. The winner will also win a retail opportunity to sell their creation with El Sol Foods. All proceeds go to programs that provide services for those living

do with chronic bleeding disorders. Make Nana proud, Arizona! 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $12-$55. RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA March 10-15, ASU Gammage This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific has been delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. Enjoy all the moments you love, as well as some surprising new twists. Showtimes vary. $28-$144. LISA SETTE GALLERY'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY March 10-28, Lisa Sette Gallery Celebrate 30 years of awe-inspiring art at the Lisa Sette Gallery. The show promises to delight followers of contemporary art and devotees of gallery founder Lisa Sette's adventurous and discriminating curatorial eye. The gallery has been offering attendees a sense of self since the mid 1980s—a considered reaction to the circumstances of time, beauty, and geographical place. Now, in 2015, the gallery continues to exemplify striking contemporary art. Happy Anniversary, Lisa Sette Gallery! Open Tues.Sat. KEVIN NEALON March 13-14, Stand Up Live Kevin Nealon sets himself apart from other comedic performers with his unique sense of humor, dry wit and likeable demeanor. Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series Weeds. Come see this comedic genius in the flesh. 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. $25. 2015 XAVIER SCHOLARSHIP FASHION SHOW March 15, The Phoenician The Xavier Mothers' Guide, in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, invites you to the 2015 Xavier Scholarship Fashion Show. The show will honor its Founder Award recipients, Cathy and Ron Hart, proud parents of Xavier alums who went on to attend prestigious universities like Brown, Carnegie-Mellon, Northwestern, Princeton and the University of Arizona. This year's event will begin with a social at 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon and fashion show at 11:30 a.m. Saks Fifth Avenue will showcase spring fashions on models, and then Xavier and Brophy students will take to the runaway. The Xavier Scholarship Fashion Show benefits the more than 40 percent of Xavier students who receive financial assistance. Call for pricing. HOMES THROUGH TIME TOUR March 15, Cave Creek Museum A tour of homes from the past two millennia will take place at Cave Creek Museum. The unique tour includes five residences ranging from prehistoric Hohokam ruins to modern luxury. All proceeds benefit the Cave Creek

Today’s Masters March 26-29, Orpheum Theatre

Today’s Masters puts today’s acclaimed choreographers in the spotlight for a program of creative and diverse works. This month, Alexi Ratmansky’s delightful Le Carnaval des Animaux (Carnival of the Animals) is put on center stage. Le Carnaval des Animaux is a whimsical menagerie of animals who come to life. The quirky, cute and comical narrative is beautifully executed by the Valley’s finest dancers. 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $15-$158.

Museum. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $35-$40. www. 20TH ANNUAL CONTEMPORARY FORUM DINNER AND AUCTION March 20, Cummings Great Hall at Phoenix Art Museum Nearly 60 pieces of contemporary art from some of the nation’s finest artists will be available for purchase at the 20th Annual Contemporary Forum Dinner and Auction. The artwork up for auction includes ceramics, paintings, mixed media, photography, sculptures, and glass created by renowned local and national artists including Uta Barth, Nathan Mabry, Miguel Palma, and Bassim Al Shakir, among many others. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, art preview, silent auction, a delicious meal, and a live auction. Get those auction signs ready because one of these fine pieces could be yours. 6 p.m. $250. PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL March 26-April 2, Harkins Scottsdale 101 Now in its 15th year, The Phoenix Film Festival has been named one of “The 25 Coolest Film Festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine, and is a program of the 501c(3) non-profit Phoenix Film Foundation. The event was started in 2000 by independent filmmakers as an opportunity to showcase independent filmmaking, and it has quickly become Arizona’s largest film festival. The event screens over 150 films, hosts energetic parties, and provides filmmaking seminars to audiences. Eight days of motion

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picture screenings and seminars? Why, this is any moviegoer or budding writer, producer, or director's dream. Event times vary. $13-$300. WINGER March 29, Talking Stick Resort Catch the chart-topping group Winger as they perform their classics, as well as new tunes from their latest album, Better Days Comin’. The group first made history with their selftitled debut album, and this show will prove that they’re still going strong and are just as talented. 8 p.m. $25-$55. 2015 INDEPENDENT WOMAN LUNCHEON March 31, Cummings Great Hall at Phoenix Art Museum I'm a woman... hear me roar! This mantra is quite fitting for the 2015 Independent Woman Luncheon, a premier philanthropic event in the Valley that celebrates the contributions of creative, successful women as they support Phoenix Art Museum. This year's keynote speaker is Alex Hampton, one of eight “Female Leads” in the design industry. She was also named one of 12 “Fun, Fearless Females” by Cosmopolitan magazine. Hampton leads the famous New York design firm of her late father, Mark Hampton. This beautiful event spotlights women who are doing beautiful things around the world— you do not want to miss out. All proceeds from the event benefit Phoenix Art Museum. Noon. $250.



Fashion, fun, and furry friends—animal advocates gather to help animals in need BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN

If You Go…

WHAT: 17th Annual Compassion with Fashion: Once Upon a Tail WHEN: March 29, 11 a.m. WHERE: The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Road TICKETS: $175 INFORMATION: www.azhumane. org/cwf


his is a “tail” to remember—a homeless animal’s “tail,” that is. At the 17th Annual Compassion with Fashion event, those tails—and tales—will be top-of-mind, as the Valley’s most passionate animal advocates raise money to help care for thousands of homeless animals. The luncheon event will begin with a bubbly champagne raffle, presented by Schmitt Jewelers, as well as a silent auction that will be presented by Hill’s Science Diet. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on items ranging from trips and staycations to a one-of-a-kind, limited-edition “Petcasso” Art Collection. The event will continue with a luncheon, as well as a fashion show featuring selections from Biltmore Fashion Park. And of course, the true stars of the day will be there—the more than dozen adoptable pets who will be given a second chance at life through the Humane

Society’s programs and services. The animals are hoping to find their “furever” family and home while at the event. And hopefully they will—at last year’s event, 20 pets found homes, and $533,000 was raised, which was enough to help care for more than 1,600 homeless animals.



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very year on March 17, locals celebrate the promise of spring by donning a splash of green and raising a glass—and a fork—to all things Irish. Get in on the merriment and don’t miss your one chance a year to down a green beer or pinch a stranger. Eat, drink and be Irish at one of these local pub-style destinations.

Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Every day is St. Patrick’s Day at this hometown Irish-owned and operated pub where dark woods, stained-glass windows and portraits of Irish rebels will transport you to the Motherland. Pair up your Irish whiskey or lager (both Harp and Guinness are on tap) with the kitchen’s famous Corned Beef & Cabbage or Bangers and Mash. If you go, don’t forget to wear green—consider this fair warning. 906 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.241.1916;

Arcadia Tavern

Famous for their glass goblet beer mugs and sports-fueled vibe, Arcadia Tavern is a lively, family-friendly spot to raise a mug this St. Patrick’s day. Snag a spot on the outdoor patio and chow down on starters like Pigs in a Blanket featuring Irish sausage in a flaky pastry, or dive into their hearty Corned Beef Brisket or Shepherd's Pie. Be prepared for a high-spirited crowd and stake your place early. 4801 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.840.3950;

Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill

A staple for sports fans, Half Moon has an atmosphere that beckons for a high-octane St. Paddy’s Day celebration. The menu has a Chicago-style leaning with classics like the Chili Cheese Dog and Chicago Thin Crust Pizza, along with pub grub like their award-winning wings, which are served with a choice of tasty dipping sauces including their “stupid hot” Nuclear sauce. With a variety of local brews on tap and a menu with something for every taste, this modern

ST. PATRICK’S DAY, PUB-STYLE Raise a pint to the luck o’ the Irish at these pub-style watering holes BY LISA KASANICKY

tavern promises to be a spirited spot to meet up at on St. Patrick’s Day. 2121 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix; 602.977.2700;

Keegan’s Grill

From breakfast plates like Corned Beef Hash and Eggs to dinner dishes like Pepper Cured Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin, Keegan’s on Camelback offers a classic twist on comfort food and makes it a hot stop on your St. Patrick’s Day list. Always waiting on tap is a rotating selection of craft and local beers, as well as bottles and cans of specialty brews. 3114 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.955.6616; MARCH 2015 |



Wally’s American Pub ’n Grille

Wally’s Arcadia location captures the neighborhood pub feel with a laidback style and welcoming wood center bar. The American-Irish inspired menu boasts a mouthwatering selection of grub, from starters like lightly battered Jumbo Wings and Maytag Bleu Cheese Escargot, to entrée favorites like Bangers & Mash and slow-cooked, fork-tender Pot Roast. Add a side of S’macs—skillet mac ’n cheese with a spin—to your order and wash it down with a cold Guinness brew or a shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey from the fully stocked bar. 5029 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602.954.2040 or



My career as a chef has been inspired and influenced by so many, from my family’s baking legacy to the migrant field workers who we sold handmade Mexican pastries to. My travels and living in Mexico brought me to the core of Mexico’s cuisine, inspiring me to want to change the perception many Americans have of true Mexican cooking. WHAT WAS INTRIGUING ABOUT HAVING YOUR OWN RESTAURANT?

No one tells me what to do! I never like to play it safe—with anything. And, for the most part, I love making people happy with the food I prepare and represent. CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE NEW BARRIO URBANO?

Barrio Urbano is nothing like the original Barrio Café (or any of my other concepts). It's meant to be an energetic and casual neighborhood Mexican eatery featuring all-day dining. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DISH ON THE MENU?

Never a fair question! First, I love the idea of featuring an appetizer for breakfast by putting fresh local produce on the menu, topped with piloncillo sugar glazed rolled oats, nuts, raisins and local honey. I also love that we always use local cage-free eggs, 100 percent maple syrup, and items like our house-cured jalapeño bacon. But, my biggest love right now is probably the Relleno off of our dinner menu, made with Maytag blue, goat, and Oaxaca cheeses stuffed in a flameroasted poblano pepper, topped with marinated skirt steak and homemade puff pastry dough.   

CHEF CONVERSATIONS In the kitchen with Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza of Barrio Urbano BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN PHOTO BY CARL SCHULTZ

Barrio Urbano recently opened inside The Yard, Uptown Phoenix, 5632 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.287.9000; Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Happy hour is Mon.-Thurs., open until 6 p.m.



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rohibition era, meet modern times—and the Regan’s Final Word cocktail at The Henry. “This drink is a variation of the prohibition-era cocktail that originally contained gin, lime, Maraschino, and Green Chartreuse. With the resurgence of these Prohibition era-type cocktails, a bartender in New York City, Phil Ward, created what became a particularly well-known variation of the drink. Ward substituted gin with Rye Whiskey, lemon for lime, then Green for Yellow Chartreuse, and The Final Ward cocktail was born. Regan’s Final Word is play on both cocktails, featuring Rye Whiskey, Maraschino, lime and Green Chartreuse,” explains Mat Snapp, the beverage director at Fox Restaurant Concepts. Snapp explains that the cocktail is a great way for someone to be introduced to Green Chartreuse and Luxardo Maraschino if they’re not already familiar with the spirits. As for why this version is called Regan’s Final Word? “Well, I would make it for Regan Jasper, our vice president of beverage, to sip on during the last of our soft opening parties,” Snapp explains. “It became part of the opening tradition–when Regan had completed coaching and teaching, he’d ask for his signature cocktail. ‘No more teaching tonight, no more words,’ he’d say. When we opened The Henry, I refined it a bit, snuck it onto the menu without telling him, and it was like a wonderful little surprise.” 4455 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.429.8020;

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OUTTA THIS WORLD Home design inspired by outer space BY ANDREA BAZILUS

Let modern design and outer space collide in your home! From futuristic lounge chairs to a classic sunburst clock, these celestial accents are sure to be stellar in any space!

(Clockwise from top) Stilnovo metal starburst wall clock, $159 at 2B Mod, 480.941.8256. Stilnovo spoon lounge chair, $1,658 at 2B Mod. Jonathan Adler Santorini Pandora box, $78 at Jonathan Adler, 602.957.3056. Platner dining table, $3,572 at Design Within Reach, 480.970.8800. Platner dining chair, $3,112-$3,363 (fabric) at Design Within Reach. Random Light, $642-$686 at Design Within Reach. Fornasetti Soli e Lune candle, $190 at Barneys New York, 602.337.6000. Zoffoli Quadra globe, $395 at Barneys New York. Table lamp in sand chrome, $219 at Copenhagen, 602.266.8060. Artwork by Phoenix artist Michael David Little. Andrea J. Bazilus is an interior designer and the owner of Red Egg Design Group. She can be contacted at 480.619.9930 orÂ



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Appropriately named “Nudist,” these sexy shoes from Stuart Weitzman are a shoe-in as the perfect new wardrobe addition. A subtle texture lends depth and luster to this minimalist sandal, which is topped by a slender, delicate ankle strap. It definitely allows you to put your best—stunning—foot forward. $398 at Stuart Weitzman, 602.956.2330 or Nordstrom, 480.946.4111.

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Add some sun fun to your day with one of this season’s “it” colors. Bright, cheery, and oh-so-flattering


Bag It Handbag with cut-out pattern, Inzi, $159 at Classy-Jazzy Cutique, 480.970.1894. Flower Power Flower design leggings, Shinestar, $59 at Classy-Jazzy Cutique.

(Clockwise from top) The Tops Dress Up Flowy top, Young Fabulous Multicolor dress, MSGM, & Broke, $28.99 at Urban $165 at To Be Continued… Exchange, 480.948.6343. A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700. Into The Wild “Nephthy” maxi dress, Comfy & Cozy $249 at Elan Style, Poncho top, Planet, call for pricing 480.941.5575. at A Cool Breeze, 480.663.3182.



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Feelin’ Shady Sunglasses in style 221, Derek Lam, $255 at Optics, 480.991.0509. Short Story Cropped pants, Pure Amaici, $123 at Judy Arizona, 480.585.9190.


THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT Necklaces that wow


(Clockwise from top) Black rubber and metal necklace, $185 at A Cool Breeze, 480.663.3182. Multilayer necklace with ring design, $54 at Elan Style, 480.941.5575. Multicolor necklace, Brighton, $58 at Urban Exchange, 480.948.6343. Black rubber and metal necklace, $185 at A Cool Breeze. Jewel and diamond lariat necklace, Marco Bicego, $1,599.95 at To Be Continued‌ A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700. Turquoise and gold metal necklace, Jewelry by Rachel, $45 at A Cool Breeze. Bar necklace, $130 at A Cool Breeze. Artwork necklace, call for pricing at Classy-Jazzy Cutique, 480.970.1894. MARCH 2015 |





Put a little muscle behind your spring cleaning routine BY LISA KASANICKY



As the name implies, this highly concentrated exfoliating cleanser covers all the bases. The potent Amazonian superfruit, camu camu berry, delivers 30 times more vitamin C than an orange—leaving skin bright and firm while diminishing the appearance of lines and uneven skin tone. Baltic amber exfoliates clogged pores, while bamboo and rice powder gently cleans. $45 at www.peterthomasroth. com and select Sephora stores.

topping cellular build-up in its tracks, exfoliating facial powders are the newest superheroes of radiant skin. Part topical exfoliator, part cleanser, and part fairy dust, the latest formulations are packed with innovative and highly effective ingredients. Plus, you can easily integrate one into your daily routine and customize the experience to your needs. Add more water to your powder for a light, daily cleanse or less for a denser, more exfoliating experience. You can even mix the powder in with your own daily gel or oil cleanser for the best of both worlds. Either way, the beauty of this fresh crop of grime-fighters is that in powder form, they last forever. And more good news: these no-spill powder formulas make the perfect travel companion. Here are six that are hard to resist.



Used for centuries to sustain a youthful complexion in Eastern cultures, Japanese exfoliating powders are traditionally made from dried bean grains and rice bran. The powder is then transformed into a paste when mixed with oil or water. Boscia (pronounced b-sha) took the traditional formulation a step further by drying the grains and then coating them in antioxidant-rich Tsubaki oil. The result is a gently exfoliating cleanser that balances, nourishes and protects skin. $36 at www.boscia. com and select Sephora stores.


This two-in-one wonder wash uses a refined, plant-based exfoliant to buff away dead skin cells and impurities. A blend of purified nano-sulfur and arbutin work together to brighten, exfoliate, purify and calm skin, while the antioxidant compound Genistein helps prevent DNA damage. $37 at

The science behind this bottle is mindboggling. Formulated with BareMineral’s proprietary RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex, the powder delivers 72 skin-renewing macro and micro minerals extracted from dense soils around the world. Colloidal oatmeal and natural rice powder sooth skin, while yucca extract gives this power powder a frothing action when activated with water. $26 at www. and select Ulta stores.


Finely crushed shells from the argan nut mingle with rice powder to refine and brighten the complexion. Natural antioxidants, including tea tree, ginkgo biloba and green tea, team up to battle blemishes and blackheads while balancing and renewing skin. Activate the powder with water or with Josie’s cult classic Argan Cleansing Oil for a creamier, luxury spa experience. $40 at and select Sephora stores.


A fusion of the science of spa, this professional-grade treatment banishes dead skin without sapping skin of moisture. Natural scrubbing agents polish away dullness while arbutin works to reduce the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone. Loaded with hyaluronic acid, the cleanser gives skin a final hydration boost. $60 at and Bliss Spa at the W Scottsdale Hotel, 877.862.5477.

Our resident spa and beauty maven Lisa Kasanicky is founder of and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Girlfriend Getaways.



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Artist James Randle uses his talents to give back to the community BY GRETCHEN PAHIA PHOTO BY CARL SCHULTZ


rban realism. That is how you would hear artist James Randle describe himself and his own works of art. The oil painter puts a lot of focus on manmade elements, items that spark his interest, including cars, buildings and other things that would make a bold statement. Randle has been working from his Biltmore-area studio for more than two years now, and is finding himself growing more and more involved in the surrounding art community. Randle’s support for the community can be seen at the upcoming Art from the Heart art auction, an annual event benefiting Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, which will take place on March 7. “I knew from a young age I was going to be an artist,” says Randle. “These sort of art events are a great way to not only showcase my work, but to get out there in the community and give back to so many.” Randle says he works in a very realistic manner, meaning he works off of references all around him. “I travel a lot. We have strong ties to the Bay Area and I am always taking photographs wherever I go. I then take those pictures to the studio and pick several photos out and put them together to

create one image.” Randle takes his inspirations from across the board, trying not to limit himself to one source. When it comes to artists and photographers, Randle takes some of his personal aspirations from names such as Richard Estes, Edward Hopper and Stephen Shore. Randle says these artists most reflect the direction his work is going in today, as well as where he hopes to take his artwork in the future. Focusing on what is around him is very important to Randle. “I always take a camera with me no matter where I am going; I just take photos where I am,” he says. “You have to be flexible with your work. I would say with MARCH 2015 |



my work I am about 80 percent painting, and 20 percent taking photos, always keeping my body of work moving organically with life.” Right now, Randle’s studio is not open to the public, but he is always open to anyone who contacts him directly and would like to check out the works of art that may be currently underway. He also has several shows on his schedule throughout the year. If you would like to view the artwork Randle has donated to the Art from the Heart art auction, the event is on March 7 from 7 to 9 p.m., at Neiman Marcus at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Tickets are available online at

TOP: Orange wrap top, Prada, $59.95. PANTS: Tan and white striped flowy pants, Ella Moss, $34.95. BRACELET: Jeweled wide metallic bracelet, $14.95. All at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575.



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TOP: Yellow silk buttondown blouse, Equipment, $59.95. SKIRT: Neon green pleated skirt, Nanette Lepore, $49.95. HANDBAG: Pink mini messenger bag, Kate Spade, $125. All at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575.

TOP: White striped sheer top, J Brand, $24.95. SKIRT: Pink and purple floral skirt, Nanette Lepore, $69.95. Both at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575.



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JACKET: Blue military jacket, Burberry, $145. TOP: Green and black animal print sheer tank, Isabel Marant, $49.95. SKIRT: Multicolor floral skirt, Milly, $34.95. All at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575.

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TOP: Cobalt blue silk blouse with yellow cuffs, Equipment, $59.95. PANTS: Neoprene multicolor leggings, Cynthia Rowley, $39.95. SHOES: Neon yellow peep-toe Mary Janes, J. Crew, $24.95. HANDBAG: Pink “Saffiano” mini, Prada, $1,295. All at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575.



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DRESS: Multicolor maxi dress with side slits, Missoni, $195. BRACELETS: Gold and tan snap zipper bracelet, $14.95, rose gold leather braided bracelet, $17.50, white resin bangle bracelet, $19.95. All at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575. JACKET: Denim threequarter sleeve jacket, Max Mara, $59.95. TOP: Multicolored sheer top, Leofsdottir, $24.95. PANTS: Pink and brown animal print skinny pants, Moma, $17.50. HANDBAG: Green dual strap handbag, Michael by Michael Kors, $395. All at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575.

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Craig and Barbara Barrett

Nanci Bruner and Sallie Brophy

Joe Anderson and Congressman Ed Pastor

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Joe Buck, lead play-by-play broadcaster for FOX Sports, was honored with the Pat Summerall Award at this event that was held at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, as part of Super Bowl week.

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The new cocktail trend? Tea Peach Bellini Punch


 EACH BELLINI PUNCH P 1-2 tsp. TeaRoyalty Peach Bellini Green Tea 12 oz. bourbon 6 oz. fresh lemon juice 4 oz. simple syrup Lemon peel or peach slice (garnish) Soak tea leaves in bourbon overnight and strain. Mix together all other ingredients. Serve in an old fashioned glass with garnish.


ea is an amazingly versatile beverage,” says Chris Sossaman, a local tea educator and founder of TeaRoyalty, an Arizona purveyor of fine loose leaf teas that recently launched a cocktail-inspired line available Valleywide. But, while the idea of these uniquely flavored teas like Peach Bellini, Pink Champagne, Mighty Mojito, Royal Icewine and Piña Colada Green sounds delicious, can actual tea be used as an ingredient in a cocktail itself? Yes! According to Sossaman, the basic guideline in creating great “TeaTails” is to start with a good loose-leaf tea, and then simply add something sweet, something sour, and a spirit. “Voilà, instant party,” says Sossaman, who shares some popular local TeaTails from Valley menus, as well as some recipes to try at home.

LOCAL MENU SPOTLIGHTS DIRTY CHAI MARTINI AT STEAK 44 3 oz. Grey Goose vodka 2 oz. chai tea syrup 1 oz. simple syrup 1 oz. espresso 1 oz. cream Shake over ice and serve up in a martini glass with three espresso beans. Serves one.

MIGHTY MOJITO TEATAIL 2 oz. brewed and chilled TeaRoyalty Mighty Mojito Herbal Tea 1½ oz. white rum ½ oz. simple syrup ½ oz. lime juice Splash of club soda Sprig of mint (garnish) Brew one-to-two tsp. of tea in one cup of boiled water and allow to cool for at least 10 min. and strain. Mix with the first four ingredients and serve on the rocks with a splash of club soda. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig.

ROYAL ICEWINE TEATAIL 1 oz. brewed and chilled TeaRoyalty Royal Icewine 1½ oz. vodka ½ oz. grenadine syrup Blackberry (garnish) Pour 1 cup of just-boiled water over 1-2 tsp. of Royal Icewine black tea. Brew six minutes, then strain and cool. Combine with other ingredients and shake with ice. Serve in a martini glass, with garnish.

Philadelphia Fish House Punch at Second Story Liquor Bar

 HILADELPHIA FISH HOUSE PUNCH P AT SECOND STORY LIQUOR BAR 1 bottle Christian Brothers Brandy 1 bottle Appleton VX Rum ½ bottle peach brandy 1 deli container fresh lemon juice 2 deli containers simple syrup 1 pitcher iced black tea ½ pitcher water Combine all ingredients in a large punchbowl or insulated Cambro container and store. Serves 20 or more. UPTOWN |


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ELDERBERRY FAIRY ½ oz. TeaRoyalty Very Elderberry Simple Syrup 1½ oz. botanical gin ½ oz. pomegranate juice 1 splash club soda To make simple syrup, simmer one cup of water with one cup of sugar, pour over two Tbsp. Very Elderberry loose leaf tea. Steep until cool, strain into a sterile bottle or jar (makes one cup). Mix with other ingredients, except club soda. Shake in cocktail shaker. Serve in Collins glass with a splash of club soda.

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Cheesesteak Eggrolls. Yes, that sounds unique—and it is. That’s what makes them so good. This dish is amazingly tasty—so much so that we guarantee that once you try these, you’ll be coming back to order them time and time again. You’ll find them at Del Frisco’s Grille, a modern and fun destination that offers a selection of creative twists on American classics. From the burgers to the steaks to items such as the DFG Chicken Alfredo and the flatbreads, you can’t go wrong. And of course, there are always the Cheesecake Eggrolls. Open for lunch and dinner daily (hours vary); happy hour from 3-7 p.m. daily; and Sunday brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 2425 E. Camelback Road, Ste. 110, Phoenix; 602.466.2890; MARCH 2015 |



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ou think of them as your children and very rarely like to leave the house without them. If you could bring them to work, they would be by your side every day of the week. If you could take them out to dinner with you—oh, wait! You can! While not all restaurants welcome your canine companions, there are some really great pet-friendly patios around town to choose from. Whether or not you drop a morsel or two under the table is completely up to you.

DOG-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS The local spots that offer petfriendly patios (no Fido, you don’t have to stay home!) BY TARYN JEFFRIES

for both two- and four-legged guests. Whether you pop in for lunch or dinner, don’t leave without an order of the cheese curds. If you’re unfamiliar, while there is a complicated scientific explanation, essentially they are the squeaky fresh cheddar cheese in its natural and random shape prior to it being processed into blocks. The curds here are lightly battered and fried, and served with a tangy tomato sauce—and may very well cause an addiction.


FORGE 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 602.955.0334; Head to Biltmore Fashion Park for a little shopping on any given day and you are sure to find plenty a shopper accompanied by their pet, whether they’re on a leash or in a very stylish carrier or stroller. For those shoppers in search of a great meal and a special spot for their furry friend, Forge has just the answer. The patio offers high top tables along with traditional and communitystyle seating, creating a large enough space

Scramble: A Breakfast Joint

2119 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 602.368.8766; With your choice of two patios on two different sides of the building, providing completely opposing sceneries, Grassroots provides a number of options both inside and out. Stop in for lunch with your pooch after a walk around the neighborhood and enjoy a comfortable space, attentive service, and a diverse menu. Start things off with their Pork Belly, which is cut in-house and served with a spicy tomato jam, candied pancetta

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and toast points. The Farmer’s Vegetable Chop salad is a cornucopia of cabbage, beets, grapes, butternut squash, corn, radishes, tomatoes, scallions, cucumbers, edamame, feta, basil and parsley dressed with a champagne vinaigrette, which adds an additional crispness to the garden fresh flavors. If you’re looking for a little decadence, the Southern Shrimp & Grits is rich and velvety, infused with jalapeño cheddar and a bit of Tasso ham relish alongside some grilled focaccia, so that no morsel goes without savoring.

INGO’S TASTY FOOD 4502 N. 40th St., Phoenix 602.795.2884; Dog or no dog, the patio at Ingo’s is always a great choice for seating, but it is especially exceptional when your pup is in tow. The brightly colored and amply shaded patio provides a comfortable spot for all diners, and the service staff will make sure that your dog is treated just like family, making sure that your companion has a full water dish. The simple and approachable menu is created with high-quality ingredients, and all the burgers are made with grass-fed beef. Their Fresh Shattered Potato Chips are more than delightful—fresh-cut, thick and crisp potatoes dusted with salt and accompanied by lebni, a Lebanese yogurt dip. Their salads are ever-evolving, and the sandwiches offered are interesting and substantial. But, their burgers are where it’s at. These burgers aren’t complicated with

infused oils or a multitude of ingredients. They’re straightforward, and tasty. Ingo’s Cheeseburger is the perfect example of a simple but intense burger made from Strauss grass-fed beef, Black Creek cheddar, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and a house made dill pickle.

MILAGRO GRILL 4280 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix 602.773.5844; Milagro Grill offers a unique take on the modern flavors of Mexican-American cuisine. The family behind the restaurant, the Johnsons, have an impressive collective 40-plus years in the industry, which ensures that the flavors, ambiance and service are all something that you will be raving about to your friends and family. The patio is perfect for you and your best four-legged friend—they even have water dishes on hand and misters for those really hot days. Find yourself out for a walk early enough on Saturday or Sunday morning and you can pop in for brunch and enjoy items like Enfrijoladas (corn tortillas stuffed with chicken and sofrito topped with white bean chipotle sauce, queso fresco, and two eggs) or Pancakes Unicos (cinnamon banana pancakes with dark chocolate chunks, topped with peanut butter and real maple syrup). Since you’re walking, make sure not to miss a glass of Sangria Unico, a delightful combination of sangria topped off with St. Germain and sparkling wine. MARCH 2015 |



9832 N. 7th St., Phoenix 602.374.2294; Whether you are out for a leisurely stroll or a nice jaunt, you and your pet pal can pop into Scramble for a Fresh Fruit Smoothie (your choice of banana peach, berry-berry or mango strawberry), a Vegan Veggie Scramble (tofu scramble with squash, zucchini, sun dried tomatoes, red onion and bell peppers) or a Chicago Brizza (sausage, hash browns, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses), and you are sure to be welcomed on their pet-friendly patio. Large portion sizes, and seemingly never-ending drink refills, matched with a knowledgeable and friendly wait staff, make Scramble the perfect spot for you and Fido any morning.

WINDSOR 5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 602.279.1111; The Windsor Historic neighborhood is all about tradition and family, and there is no exception with the restaurant of the same name. The folks at Windsor created a space that is akin to being in your own home—comfortable and relaxed, just maybe with better food. And as they welcome you to come in and relax, Fido is invited to do so as well on their ample pet-friendly patio. Their menu provides a plethora of options, such as Deviled Egg Dip & Chips dressed up with tender belly bacon and gorgonzola. The Falling Out is an eclectic salad comprised of mixed greens, pears, grapes, apples, pomegranate seeds, gorgonzola and a red wine herb vinaigrette. The burger and entrée options will have you drawing straws, as there are so many great options to choose from.

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HOME SWEET HOME An exclusive peek at Two Biltmore Estates BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN


t’s luxury at its finest—not to mention set in a prime location. Renowned Arizona Biltmore father-and-son developer duo Sam Robinson and Taylor Robinson of Geneva Holdings recently unveiled plans for the final phase of Two Biltmore estates, the palatial luxury villa enclave nestled within the iconic Arizona Biltmore neighborhood. The community includes a private, gated enclave of just 38 residences, and this final phase will consist of just 18 homes. The homes will showcase architecture that respects the Biltmore style established in 1929 by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and is the first new community at the Biltmore in more than a decade. Fusing indoor and outdoor areas for resort-style living, the luxury spaces will include gourmet kitchens with premium appliances, sumptuous master baths, innovative home offices, large private patios, and more. “Smart” technology will also be incorporated as the homes are being built, with security and features available at the touch of a button or via a smartphone or iPad. The location is stunning, as well. In addition to the tranquil garden settings and meticulous landscaping around the courtyard, there’s also a private pool, fitness center and clubhouse—not to mention the panoramic views of all five fairways of the legendary Biltmore golf course and the backdrop of the Phoenix skyline that set the stage for the locale. “There is no other community in Arizona with views that are as expansive as Two Biltmore Estates,” says the listing

agent and top Valley real estate agent Keith Mishkin. “To be able to overlook five golf fairways, plus the water, plus city lights, plus the mountains, is rare and exceptional. The floor plans are some of the largest, going from 3,000 square feet to 5,000 square feet, and were designed as single family layouts in a maintenancefree condominium setting.” For more than two decades, Geneva Holdings has been envisioning and creating luxury residences for those who embrace a higher level of lifestyle, and Two Biltmore Estates will set a new benchmark in that regard. “I'm excited about this project UPTOWN |


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because of its uniqueness,” explains Taylor Robinson of Two Biltmore Estates developer Geneva Holdings, LLC. “These residences are incredibly built using masonry and steel, acoustically engineered, and are outfitted with the most luxurious standard finishes in the Valley. When you show someone a home here for the first time, they get excited to see the architecture, the design, the finishes, the thought put into every detail, and then the view takes their breath away. Those who live here get that experience every single day.” Home prices start at $1.5 million. For more information, visit


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