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Nicole and Billy Cundiff had, for the most part, a sort of charmed life. He with an NFL career and she as a lawyer, following in her father’s footsteps. Life changed dramatically in September 2007 when Nicole’s mother, Colleen Drury, was diagnosed with Stage 3C ovarian cancer. That terminal diagnosis, which ended in Drury’s death in February 2013,

up close may have left some people broken. Not the Cundiffs. Instead, it motivated them to share Drury’s passion for life, to make the world aware of ovarian cancer, and to help find an early diagnosis screening test for the deadly disease by creating Colleen’s Dream Foundation.


The Cundiffs met at Drake University in Iowa and have been together since they were 20. Now married for 11 years, they’ve had what Billy calls a “fun ride together.” He finished college and launched his football career with the Dallas Cowboys. While in Dallas, Nicole finished law school. In the ensuing years, Billy has played for 13 teams, spending the past two years with the Cleveland Browns. The couple moved to Phoenix part-time in 2005, and Nicole practiced law with her father. They were expecting their first child when life turned upside down. “My mom was amazing,” says Nicole. “She was stunningly beautiful, but even more beautiful on the inside… she was a total sap and cared about everyone.” Drury didn’t fit any of the stereotypes for a cancer patient. She was active, worked out daily, ran marathons, and traveled the world. In fact, as with many ovarian cancer patients, her symptoms were easily dismissed. “Ovarian cancer is known as the silent killer,” explains Nicole. “Most women and their doctors don’t recognize the symptoms until they’re in Stage 3C or Stage 4. The symptoms are so vague because they are things women experience every month. For my mom, it was only when the pain became so debilitating did we recognize that there was a problem.” According to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, 22,280 women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012 and 15,500 died. Most diagnoses are in women over the age of 40 with advanced stage cancer. If ovarian cancer is diagnosed in the early stages, it has a 92 percent five-year survival rate. The Cundiffs, through Colleen’s Dream, work to raise money to fund scientific research that they hope will someday lead to an accurate early detection test. The couple partnered with some of the best

doctors in the world to set up the grants. Just as important as the grants, however, are the lives they touch. “It’s important for men to understand ovarian cancer,” explains Billy. “Not everyone has a sister, wife or girlfriend, but everyone has a mom. Basically, if the symptoms a woman experiences every month persist for more than two weeks, go talk to your doctor.” Those symptoms include back pain, bloating, pressure/pain in the abdomen, feeling full quickly, constipation or diarrhea, and abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge.


Not only is there no early screening for ovarian cancer, many times the CA-125 blood test used in diagnosis gives false positives or negatives. For Drury, a CT scan provided the definitive and surprising answer. Rather than give up, Drury fought to the end, helping conceptualize Colleen’s Dream while spending her time with family and traveling. The organization’s goals are best summed up in Drury’s own words: “As I look out in the future, I dream of a time when women of all ages will have a reliable early detection test for ovarian cancer and more humane treatment for those women with late stage ovarian cancer.” Today, Billy echoes those words. “We want to fund a diagnostic test,” he explains. “I don’t want my own daughter to go through this. We need a test similar to the Pap smear used to diagnose cervical



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cancer. Our goal is to have a party one day to say we did it, we have a test.” To help fund that research, the Cundiffs—now full-time Phoenix residents even though Billy spends much of his time in Cleveland—donate their time to the organization and work throughout the year to raise funds and educate the community. “This is personal,” says Billy. Since the birth of their third child two years ago, Nicole quit practicing law to be with the kids and donate her time to Colleen’s Dream. In the past two years, the organization has awarded more than $250,000 in research grants.


As part of Colleen’s Dream, the Cundiffs launched “Kicking for the Dream” in which kickers—professional athletes such as Nick Novak and Spencer Lanning, alongside high school and college athletes and the general public—raise money for the cause. The money stays in the local communities and has helped young researchers at such places as Johns Hopkins, the Cleveland Clinic, Memorial Sloan Kettering, the Hollings Cancer Center at University of South Carolina, and Georgia Tech. “This is so personal for us,” says Nicole. “We don’t want to lose touch with what our mom wanted. It’s about these women.” For more information on Colleen’s Dream and ovarian cancer, visit

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ridging the gap between active wear and lifestyle wear is what Kim Roach is aiming to do with her new yoga clothing line, Stelari. “What I am really focused on is building something you could not only wear to yoga and running but then wear on the street or throughout your day,” says Roach. “Bohemian chic is our target look, with not only a lot of symbolism and meaning, but looks that simply resonate with the person who is wearing them.” The aim is for Stelari to also give back to the earth with its products. The tank tops are made from about 94 percent recycled materials, and the towels use as much recycled materials as possible. Roach says, “I am really passionate about what I am doing, and after building the brand for several years, now is the time I decided to take this to the next level.” You can find Stelari items in a variety of boutiques, yoga studios and spas in the Valley. You can also purchase the tank tops, towels and Kimonos online at


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t all began when Arcadia resident Jeffrey Shaw wanted to do something exciting. Shaw, who was raised in Phoenix, was an entrepreneur at heart and had started a photo ID badge business for corporate companies. After it was acquired, he saw an opportunity to do something different. As he thought about what his next venture would be, he realized he enjoyed drinking wine—and so Underground Cellar ( was born. Underground Cellar is an online marketplace where wineries can showcase wines at full price, but throw in swappedout surprises like wine upgrades or large and autographed bottles for a customer. This offers wineries a chance to sell their wine while still maintaining their brand and pricing structure, and allows customers to try wines they wouldn’t normally be able to purchase without having to commit to purchasing full cases. Shoppers can keep their purchased wines in the company’s “cloud cellar,” and choose which bottles they want shipped to them at what time. Shaw’s team has tasted every wine from over 500 featured wineries, and he is very involved as CEO, managing the website and the overall vision on a daily basis.


What are a few of your favorite types of wine? Cabernet from Napa Valley—especially Duckhorn Vineyards. Pinots from Oregon— especially Willamette Valley Vineyards. Sparkling Red Zin—especially from Wattle Creek. Buttery Chardonnay—especially Buoncristiani. What have been some of the accomplishments of this company so far? Barbara Corcoran from Shark Tank is an investor, and we were also recently invited to participate in the prestigious Y Combinator program in Silicon Valley. What do you enjoy doing in the free time that you have? I frequent farmer’s markets and enjoy getting my hands dirty growing my own fruits and vegetables at home. UPTOWN |


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shley Zettler has a personal sense of style that is certainly influenced by her work and business. The yoga instructor and business owner has been doing yoga for more than a decade, and teaching for five years. The peaceful and calm nature of her work has spilled over into the way she dresses. She loves to look cute, but has to be ready to do yoga on most days. Since where she works also features a collection of yoga clothing, mats, towels and jewelry, she always has new wardrobe pieces to consider. She also loves to shop at stores and boutiques that are at UNION Biltmore. Zettler loves that she gets to work with and instruct people who are all likeminded, who want to be healthy, and who want to feel better and be comfortable with themselves. The Arizona native loves living in the Arcadia area and counts the fun activities, delicious restaurants and fantastic shops as her favorite things. She also likes that it’s centrally located and not far from her business.

In your daily fashion, do you go for a broad color palate? When I dress in my personal life in my regular clothes, I mostly wear black, gray and white. When I dress for yoga, I go all over the place. I have all kinds of rainbow-colored pants and fun-colored things. What is the one piece of clothing that you can’t live without? Right now, it’s my flowered Onzie yoga pants. What celebrity or high-profile woman do you most admire for their style, and why? Lately, I’ve thought that Emma Stone has really cute hair and makeup, and I like what she wears. She has a cool sense of style. I was just looking at a picture of her and I thought, “I want to do my hair like that.”



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hen Jeff Geyser, co-founder of Lawrence and Geyser Development, goes to work, he typically wears something quite versatile. “Thankfully, we are a fairly casual work environment,” he explains. “What I wear depends on the circumstances.” Although he enjoys his Armani suits, the area real estate investor says his day might include time on a job site, at the office, or inside a courtroom. “Early on, I made the mistake of wearing suits to construction sites, but learned fairly quickly—don’t wear a suit at a job site,” he jokes. “I prefer Michael Kors and Hugo Boss, but if I see something else I like, I’ll buy it.” Geyser, who is enjoying his 20th year in business, explains that while he prefers to wear an open-collared oxford shirt with a colorful pocket square to a shirt and tie, he will sport a lightweight, tailored suit at a special event or important occasion. And although the local businessman often deals with multimilliondollar projects, he rarely wears ties, and is a huge fan of well-fitting jeans. The Harvard grad, who attended Arizona State University for law school, says he just likes to be “comfortable, stylish, and wear clothes that fit.”

What do you do to relax? For a stress reliever, I run. We live near the Dr. Art Mollen fitness path, and I run that every afternoon. I have competed in 5ks and half marathons, but I am more competitive with myself than I am with others. What is your guilty pleasure? We like to dine out at local Arizona eateries. A few of our favorites are Tarbell’s, Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn, and Steak 44. I am also a big fan of Four Peaks Brewery. Where did you go on your last big vacation? We like to go away to Coronado, but we are planning to spend three weeks on the East Coast visiting friends and family in Boston and Washington, DC. UPTOWN |


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ason Rowley, the president of the Phoenix Suns, says he’s as close to an Arizona native as possible. He loves Arizona and the professional basketball team he presides over. Rowley was born in the small town of Paynesville, Ohio—not far out of Cleveland—into a media family. But his fondest childhood memories are of Arizona.

Making Arizona home Back in the late 1940s, Rowley’s grandparents bought an operating cattle ranch near Tubac. The rural Arizona spread was a haven for the young Rowley, who spent summers at the ranch ever since he can remember. “My earliest memories are of Arizona,” he explains. Then in 1980, his father moved the family to the ranch fulltime. “I really had the best of both worlds,” says Rowley. “I grew up in this Western ranching environment, but my dad was working in Tucson.” Rowley’s parents continue to live on the ranch today. Rowley attended South Point Catholic High School in Tucson, and says he just always planned on attending law school. “Early in life I concluded I wanted to go to law school, but I’m not really sure why,” he says, laughing. “I wasn’t really argumentative like you think of most people who want to be lawyers. It was probably because I thought when I was younger that I wanted to be involved in politics. My dad says that when I was 5 and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I told them President of the United States.” With that lofty goal in mind, Rowley headed off to college— in his adopted hometown of Tucson. “I actually enrolled at Ohio State, but after visiting in the winter, I decided it was way too cold,” he says. “I decided to stay in Arizona and graduated from University of Arizona (UofA) with a degree in political science and a minor in journalism.”

Learning a life lesson After graduation, Rowley went to work for his dad for a year before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. “It was something I really wanted to try,” he explains. “I wanted to go out and see the rest of the world.” Rowley says it was one of the best choices of his life. “I had a college degree, but I enlisted. Here I was a 23-year-old recruit and many of these guys were barely 18. APRIL 2015 |



skillsets were always better suited with law and writing.” It turns out that practicing law paved the way for the career he has today—a career he calls his dream job. Back in 2004, when Robert Sarver was putting in his bid to acquire the Suns, he hired an attorney at Snell & Wilmer to negotiate the deal. Rowley heard about the deal and volunteered to help out the partner who was working on the project.

Joining the Phoenix Suns “I always tell people that when you see an opportunity, you have to take it. You never know when you can use one opportunity to get another.” That’s exactly what happened to Rowley. As part of the team working with Sarver, he met many of the people involved with the Suns at the time and created many friendships. Just four short years later—and only seven years after he first started practicing law—he was asked to come on board as general counsel for the Phoenix Suns. “It was a phenomenal opportunity and I knew that immediately,” says Rowley. He laughs as he recounts his first week on the job. “I started in 2008, about a day or two before Shaquille O’Neal started with the Suns. I was in my new office, unpacking my stapler or whatever it is you put on your desk in a new office, and I looked up through the glass window and saw Shaquille O’Neal walking down the hallway. I told myself then that I had landed in a whole different world.” A different world, but one Rowley has embraced with enthusiasm. After just four years with the Suns, Rowley was named chief operating officer for a short eight months, and then named president in July 2012. “In all candor,” he says humbly, “to move that quickly through the ranks was exhilarating. It was a dream come true.”

Leading the Phoenix Suns into the future—and a championship

Joining the military was a great experience,” he says. “It taught me the biggest lesson of my life. It made me be a person who can relate to so many different types of people. We talk about the U.S. being a melting pot, but the military is the real melting pot. The minute you get off the bus at Great Lakes, you’re all equal. You all have the same level of expectations and have to set your differences aside. It’s also a place where you have to live up to your commitments. The discipline I learned was amazing.” Rowley spent just under four years in the Navy, and then returned home to Tucson, where he enrolled in law school at UofA. After being in the military, Rowley says he found law school comparatively easy. It was challenging, but he believes the military helped prepare him for his future.

Rowley says that the biggest challenge was the learning curve in dealing with so many multiple departments, people and personalities. “I’m always learning,” he explains. “When running a business, you have to let people do their jobs, but you also have to be in the weeds. Sometimes it’s a difficult balance.” He says that being at the helm of the business side of the Suns is both rewarding and challenging. “You can’t be afraid to acknowledge the good calls and the bad calls. You have to learn from the mistakes.” The Phoenix Suns organization is a major business. Rowley explains that some professional sports organizations run the team but nothing else—no ancillary businesses, no arena. As president of the Phoenix Suns, however, Rowley is ultimately responsible for the NBA franchise, managing US Airways Arena (soon to be Talking Stick Resort Arena after this season) with the city of Phoenix, helping manage the Legends Entertainment District, serving as president of the WMBA Phoenix Mercury, overseeing the employees for not only games at the arena but all other events, overseeing employees at nearby Chase Field, and overseeing the real estate holdings of the Phoenix Suns. In

Practicing law Following law school, Rowley joined the firm of Snell & Wilmer, Arizona’s largest commercial law firm, where he remained for about six years. Rowley says commercial law was a good fit for him. “If I have to argue, I will, but I prefer to find ways to bring people together,” he explains. “From the beginning, my goal was to eventually get out of practicing law and run a business, whether my own or some other business. I considered also getting an MBA, but decided to just get the law degree. My UPTOWN |


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total, there are more than 300 full-time employees and, depending on the time of year, between 700 and 1,000 part-time employees. Despite the many challenges, Rowley says the organization is “a lot of fun to operate.” His biggest hope for the future is that he can contribute to the organization and help bring a championship to Phoenix. “I hope the fan base has patience to see that it takes time. We’re a young team and we are ready to go. We are an innovative organization and our brand is well respected. Our challenge is to stay in front of that.” Rowley is confident the team will bring a championship to Phoenix. “We have a great management team and we are always pushing the envelope,” he explains. “We have one of the best analytics teams here at the Suns. At the end of the day, it’s about the guys on the court. The fans come to watch them compete. Jeff Hornacek, the new head coach, is a huge asset. We love to see the fans getting behind the team, and the fans will take them to a championship.”

Community outreach and making the fans happy Rowley finds great reward in serving as spokesman for the organization on the business side. He says it is such an honor to represent the team to the community. The Suns support a number of charities throughout the state. Phoenix Suns Charities was founded in 1988 to help Arizona families. The organization now distributes more than a million dollars annually to literally hundreds of statewide charities. Rowley explains that, combined, the players give thousands of hours to the community through volunteer work. “These guys have a huge commitment to the game,” he APRIL 2015 |

explains. “They play 82 games a year—41 home and 41 away. Their schedule is rigorous, so getting them to the fans takes a huge commitment. But they commit. These guys show up. They genuinely care about the community.” Whether it’s entertaining the kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, visiting families in need, preparing meals at St. Vincent de Paul, visiting patients at St. Luke’s, or hanging with the kids at the Boys & Girls Club, the Phoenix Suns are always out in the community. That outreach and treating the fans well is a huge goal for Rowley. “One of my biggest focuses is the Fan Zone and creating the best guest experience. We try to make as many people as happy as possible as often as possible.” Rowley is always looking for ways to reach out to the fans and make them happy. “It’s all about making people forget, for a brief moment in time, about their problems. I love running a business and the daily challenges with that, but what’s special about it is to be able to put a smile on the fans’ faces.” Rowley loves looking to the future. His own little girls—ages 5 and 9—have grown up with the Suns, and still enjoy going to games with their dad and laughing at the antics of the Suns Gorilla. Rowley is engaged to Kristin Dishner, whom he plans to marry this May at his family’s ranch in Tubac—although his fiancée understands that the date may have to change if the team goes to the playoffs. Rowley is excited for the future of the team as well, and considers himself lucky to be president of such an innovative organization. “Every day when I pull up to the arena, I smile that I get to work in such a great place and in such a great job.” For all the schedules on the Phoenix Suns and more on the team, visit



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Mobile app development in Scottsdale, Arizona

BUILDING APPS CAN BE INTIMIDATING But it doesn’t have to be. CodeRed-I provides a sense of trust and simplicity. by Rita Templeton


hen sharp business sense meets tech savviness, remarkable things happen. Through state-of-the-art technologies, companies are revolutionized. Revitalized. Streamlined. Made more efficient. Commerce thrives; customers multiply. It’s amazing what something as seemingly small as an app can do – but great potential lies within its scope of possibility. And that’s precisely what Tina Machado and Jerry Schwalbach, principals of Rarity Investments, wanted to share with the world when they founded CodeRed-I: a company that provides exciting new opportunities for growth and revenue via cutting-edge mobile applications. With nearly a century of combined business experience between them, Jerry and Tina are a dynamic duo with impressive credentials. Jerry provides his financial and legal expertise to an illustrious list of well-known corporations, acting in numerous capacities and building respected partnerships; Tina’s extensive background in operations, strategic acquisitions, brand creation and representation has clients seeking her proficiency from as far away as Japan. Together, Tina and Jerry envisioned blending conventional business sense with the technology industry to provide an increased bottom line profitability. Thus, CodeRed-I was born. Tina and Jerry took their time in bringing together the CodeRed-I team, meticulously selecting only the brightest talent with solid educations and industry experience. By choosing solely the “best-of-the-best” developers, designers, and animators they could guarantee an unparalleled product for


their clients – and a service that would set itself apart. Officially unveiled almost one year ago, CodeRed-I has quickly established a presence throughout the area, and has become renowned for not only its premium-quality work, but a strong sense of integrity and community altruism as well. CodeRed-I’s research and development team takes great ideas and expertly nurtures them into fruition through a comprehensive development process. Your business is closely analyzed to determine crucial information such as target demographic, potential markets, and previously unrecognized opportunities for monetization. Additionally, CodeRed-I researches competitors to give you an edge. They work tirelessly to make an app into what it’s meant to be: not merely an extension of a website, like so many, but a valuable tool for your clients that will enhance their experience – and consequently, your professional reputation (and bottom line!). Whether it’s a gaming or social app for entertainment, or one that improves efficiency and conveys information, CodeRed-I is your go-to source. The CodeRed-I team prides itself

What you can expect is a product that will strengthen and upgrade your business in ways you may not have dreamed of.

on its forward-thinking strategies, and providing new and unique ways to give your company a competitive advantage. These apps greatly streamline processes for both your customers and yourself. CodeRed-I ensures that the app makes sense for your business, taking into account your specific needs and the services you provide; keeping your brand strong and consistent throughout. Sound, glitch-free coding and analytics-based improvements guarantee that your mobile app or game is as smooth, user-friendly, and functional as it is aesthetically appealing.

As President of CodeRed-I, Tina has made it her personal mission to make sure each person walks through the door feeling welcomed and leaves feeling educated, empowered, and inspired. She understands that it can seem like an overwhelming process, and strives to provide a sense of trust and simplicity for CodeRed-I clients. “There’s no reason for anyone to be intimidated,” she says. “We make it absolutely clear what you can expect from us.” And what you can expect is a product that will strengthen and upgrade your

business in ways you may not have dreamed: something not only clean and beautiful, but revolutionary. You will be supported each step of the way by a team built on pure talent, backed by decades of experience and an intimate understanding of business and marketing. You’ll be amazed at what technology can do to bring your company – and your customers – invaluable benefits. To learn more about how CodeRed-I provides smart, strategic solutions, please visit us at, or call today at 480-378-3681.




With the possibilities of app function only limited by your imagination, not all apps fit into just one category. Specializing in business-tobusiness solution apps across a multitude of industries from medical and social usability, education and gaming; CodeRed-I’s creative technologists and agents of change, manifest your idea and share it with the world.




Gabi – We can all agree that social media has changed the way we interact with one another on a global scale. Social apps are fun and interactive, becoming the norm of our culture. Set to release in Fall 2015, Gabi promises to be a game changer.


Receipt Cube – Utility apps make day-to-day living so much easier. They bring simplicity to your everyday needs by assisting you in quick, convenient ways all with the swipe of your finger.



Cool Clubs – Reference apps allow companies with sizable databases to provide their data to the public in a beautiful, easyto-use interface, which allows their followers to compare and contrast the data in a meaningful and purposeful way.





Plakosaurus Jess – In the app world nothing is more fun and economically beneficial than games. Our office creates games that mix ​uniquely innovative visuals, with pleasantly addicting sound and they make for a great esca​p​e.


8 to Glory – Giving those with social influence, such as athletes, politicians, or celebrities, an app as a platform provides the ability to expose and expand their brands. An influencer app, whether it be in a game format or business app, provides the opportunity for our high-profile clients to leverage their celebrity status in a fun, creative way. For example, set to release August 2015, is five-time Pro Bowler and defensive end for the Chicago Bears, Jared Allen’s 8 to Glory.



Apraxia Picture Sound Cards – Educational apps allow teachers, therapists, and parents to engage in an interactive, exciting, and fun manner. Education, in general, has plateaued and we offer a platform to elevate it. For example, Apraxia by FDH Kids, allows therapists and parents to engage and collaborate for the benefit of the child.



Kitchell – Enterprise apps are developed for our clients’ operational needs and serve several industries. They support the business and the consumer as well, creating bottom line efficiency and instant, impeccable service for that client’s customers.


MyDentist – A business solution app means staying ahead of the curve​. A​ nalytical data allows for in-depth analysis of how your customers are interacting inside the app, making client relations much more e​ffe​ctive.




We live in an age of dramatic progress,​and medical apps provide a proven platform that medicine and today’s newest mobile technology can coexist and improve upon one another. EyeMD is a light reachable way to motivate potential patients to get their eyes checked.



Everything you need to know about app development There is often a lot of jargon thrown around our industry, which in turn can be overwhelming and confusing to the most important person, the end customer or client. Here are a few frequently asked questions that will shed some light on mobile applications and educate you on the process.

DO I NEED A MOBILE APPLICATION? A) The statistics speak for themselves • • •


According to Nielsen Ratings, consumers spent 89% of their time on media through mobile apps and only 11% through mobile web. According to an IDC research study, 79 percent of Americans between the ages of 18-44 check their smartphones within 15 minutes of waking up each morning. According to Flurry, apps command 86% of the average U.S. consumer’s time, or 2 hrs and 19 min per day, while mobile web usage has continued to decline to an average of 14% or roughly 22 minutes per day. The average user checks their phone 1,500 times each week. They use their phones for three hours and 16 minutes each day, adding up to almost an entire day each week.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A WEB APP AND A NATIVE APP? A) If you have to stretch your screen to view it, it’s not a native app. Put simply, native apps are separately developed platforms that are distributed and downloaded from stores such as iTunes and Google Play and they give you more company/brand interaction instantly with the push of one button. Web apps are merely mobile versions of their original desktop form and open in a browser.

WHAT DOES IT COST TO DEVELOP A NATIVE APP? A) They can range from $10,000 to $250,000. That’s why it’s imperative you go to a company who can guide you through the process and make it work for your budget.


WHAT IS THE PROCESS? A) In short, we analyze your business within the industry, provide a competitive analysis, integrate your customer’s needs, and present a preliminary concept to assure that everyone’s on the same page. After implementing any changes, we take your concept, develop it and execute a full market launch. Depending on the stage of your project, should you come in with a full-fledged concept or an idea that needs to be vetted, our involvement can range to suit your needs.

WHY DO I NEED AN APP? A) Today small businesses have the power to obtain information on their organization like never before. Apps give you detailed backend analytics regarding your customers, clients and employees, while also providing higher interaction rates. In other words, apps help you run your organization more efficiently so you know where you’re heading.

in the market. Therefore, we take it upon ourselves to include our customers in our marketing initiatives. In essence, our extensive marketing efforts and campaigns champion our customers.

IF YOU BUILD MY APP, DO I OWN IT? A) Absolutely. We develop it for you, so it’s yours.

DO YOU HELP MAINTAIN MY APP? A) We can if you like. That’s part of having a long-term relationship. While there’s a cost involved, as with managing anything, it’s about ensuring that your app constantly provides value, runs your business and improves your bottom line.

ARE YOU HIRING? A) I have a tight, exclusive team that I’m proud of and I’m always looking for amazing talent to join our team. However, it takes a special person to become a part of CodeRed-I.

WHY ARE YOU DIFFERENT? A) Our clients are our partners. It’s not enough to develop apps for them at the highest premium quality, but they also have to do well


Discover the benefits of a native application FEATURES YOU WANT IN AN APP



Push notifications and real-time alerts Native multitouch interactions; including double tap, swipe, zoom and shake Greater control of the user interface and experience (not limited to web browser) Usability of app offline (limited to saved content) Access to device specific instruments including GPS, camera & microphone Secure offline storage of private data










dental breakthrough can now correct receding gums without painful cutting and stitches – or the need to take time off work for recovery. Experts say the newly developed pinhole gum rejuvenation is quick, painless and can be done in the time it takes to eat lunch. Dr. Erik Svans and Dr. Steven C. Chang of Scottsdale's SC Dentistry is now offering the instant transformation of the defective gum line which will enable thousands of people achieve a healthy and beautiful smile immediately, virtually pain free and with no stitches and no downtime. Gum recession is the loss of gum tissue along the gum line. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease, the natural aging process or bad teeth brushing habits. When gum recession occurs the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed, meaning tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gum line and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness. Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation is done by Dr. Erik Svans and Dr. Steven C. Chang numbing the gum tissue with a local anesthetic. Then a tiny entry point the size of a ballpoint pen tip is made above or below the teeth

being treated. Then, Dr. Erik Svans and Dr. Steven C. Chang passes specialized instruments carefully under the gum tissue to reposition it to cover the recessed area. Dr. Erik Svans and Dr. Steven C. Chang will then pass tiny collagen strips through the opening and insert them under the gum. The strips keep the tissue in place until the patients body produces new collagen to fix the receding gums. The procedure takes about an hour to an hour and a half depending on how many teeth are involved. The hole heals quickly and is almost undetectable in a day ERIK P. SVANS DDS or so. This revolutionary method replaces the old painful technique where tissue would have to be removed from the roof of the mouth and then be grafted into the area where the gum had moved away from the tooth. This was very painful, and consisted of stitches followed by two to three weeks of recovery time with pain medicine. The results were sometimes hit or miss. Don’t continue to suffer with the discomfort of sensitive teeth or be afraid to smile! SC Dentistry provides all aspects of Dental Care, from cleanings to full mouth rehabilitation and works STEVEN C. CHANG DDS with many insurance plans.


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POWER PERFORMERS 6 up-and-coming performers to watch BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN


These six performers are on the way up—in a big way. All are based here locally, and we’re pretty confident that they’ll be household names nationwide—or more—pretty quickly. Catch a performance in town while you can!



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JARED KOLESAR, 25 Singer/songwriter

Performs with his group, Jared & The Mill (he’s pictured here, third from right, with the group). Currently on a nationwide tour through early May. Upcoming Arizona date: April 18, at the Chipotle Cultivate Festival at WestWorld. What drew you to singing? That’s hard to say—I don’t consider myself as much of a singer as a songwriter. I loved writing and creating songs. Performing them vocally was kind of secondary until I got serious about wanting to pursue music. I always enjoyed singing along with Disney movies when I was a tyke though—that was probably the stem of it.   Your favorite genres to sing are: Folk music is a lot of fun because of how

heavily it relies on expression rather than vocal talent. But it’s hard to resist a good rock tune. I also love singing along with Miss Norah Jones in the car. I’ve been pretty heavy on her tunes lately. Your inspirations behind your music: It’s cliché to say, but my life is my main source of inspiration. I gather emotions and feelings and experiences as I follow my course through life. These things I know better than anybody else because they’re mine, after all, so I express them. However, I do from time to time write about things I witness.   Accomplishments you’re most proud of so far: I think everything I do in this crazy life I live is worth being proud of. I think I’m most proud of getting together a group of gentlemen for a band and seeing them develop into best friends. It’s been incredibly inspiring and humbling to have the opportunity to share this career with them.  

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How has music and this group changed or affected you? Music is something that helps people sort things out in their mind. And playing music and writing songs has helped me better establish my perception of myself, including my self-worth. Playing music with these lads has pointed my bearings in a fairly unexpected direction, but I couldn’t be happier about the purpose it’s brought to my life. In 10 years, you hope to be: Eating peanut butter.   When you aren’t performing, you’re usually: Reading–Hemingway most likely. Although, I’ve found that playing pool is a wonderful way to get to know people lately, so I’ve been inviting a lot of acquaintances and friends to play pool in my free time, which there isn’t much of that. I work three day jobs when I’m not on tour. Find more information, music, and show dates at



Metropolitan Opera tenor Neil Rosenshein. The training is ongoing, and so are the challenges.

What drew you to music? From a very young age, I was exposed to music of all types. My parents introduced me to country, classical, jazz, and everything in-between, while my four older brothers kept me educated on the more modern genres.

Accomplishments you’re most proud of so far? Performing my first leading tenor role in an opera at age 21 was a proud moment for me. You aren’t an opera singer until you sing in an actual opera, and for the first time I was able to prove to myself that I could do it. I was now a real tenor.

Opera singer

How have you trained? I was an aspiring soccer player until the age of 17, when I started taking voice lessons with a great local teacher, Stephen Crawford. I later moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music and to study with my current teacher and mentor, former

Your favorite song(s) to sing: The great thing about this art is that there is such a vast repertoire from different composers over the last 400 years. My favorites are too many to name and too hard to rank!



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In 10 years, you hope to be: My goal is that a decade from now I will have the opportunity to sing for audiences in major opera houses across the country and the world. That would be my dream. If you could sing with any person in the world, it would be: My father! He is a wonderful singer. We would spend hours in the evenings after school, singing to backing tracks together. We still spontaneously burst into song from time to time when hanging out together! When you aren’t singing, you’re usually… Playing soccer, watching boxing, and eating BBQ. Find more information, and upcoming show dates, at


Upcoming performances: April 22 at Stand Up Live and April 29 at the Tempe Improv. What drew you to comedy? My love of being able to make people laugh drew me to comedy. Laughter is a powerfully positive addiction, and I want to infect the world with it! Where do you perform? I perform at bars, clubs, and other venues all over the Valley including Stand Up Live, Tempe Improv, Stand Up Scottsdale, and CrackUps. Accomplishments you are most proud of so far? Playing my first out-of-state show in Las Vegas, performing at Stand Up Live, and doing an interview with WBMC Radio are my most proud accomplishments. Things that inspire your comedy routine? My friends, family, job, and daily life occurrences all add color to my comedy. Life is comedy, and therefore, is the greatest topic to draw material from. Are any topics ever off-limits? I don’t think any topics are really ever offlimits but, for the time being, I choose to stay away from politics and religion. In 10 years, where do you hope to be? I hope to be traveling the world on tour, working on film and TV projects, as well as charity and fundraiser events. I would also love to do a USO tour! When you’re not performing, you’re usually... When I’m not performing I’m usually at the gym, writing, going out to support other comedians’ shows, or working on material with Brandonn BHouse.


Find more information, and upcoming show dates, on the Gyrl Kyng Facebook page.

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Pre-professional ballet dancer Accepted an offer to join the prestigious American Ballet Theater Studio Company in New York in Sept. 2015. Upcoming performances: In May at the Mesa Arts Center. Information and tickets at www. Prior to May she is working on two special pieces choreographed specifically for Phoenix Ballet (the ballet company associated with Master Ballet Academy) by renowned choreographers that will be performed at the Mesa Arts Center and then also in Poland in May. What drew you to ballet? The artistic quality of movement and the beauty of ballet drew me to the discipline. When I am on stage I want to bring the happiness that comes with the art to the audience. Accomplishments you’re most proud of so far: Training for and winning a gold medal at the USA IBC (International Ballet Competition) in Jackson, Miss. in June 2014. It was wonderful to meet so many exceptional dancers from all over the world. Accepting an offer to join the American Ballet Theater Studio Company in New York. Being a spokesperson for Grishko World, a world-renowned pointe shoe and dance wear manufacturer in Moscow. Any favorite role/show to perform? The peasant girl Giselle from the ballet Giselle. I have only performed variations from the ballet, but I love it because I love the character, and I have her name! How much time do you spend training each week? Thirty to 35 hours a week, about six hours a day. [Ed. note: She attends the online school Arizona Connections Academy to allow for her training and performance schedule.] In 10 years, you hope to be: I would love to be touring and performing with a major ballet company as a principal dancer. When you aren’t performing, you’re usually: Training! But if I’m not at ballet, I like to do outdoor activities with my family like wakeboarding at the lake or riding in my dad’s sand rail at the dunes. We are a little crazy, but oh so FUN! Find her on Facebook as Gisele Bethea and also on Instagram at giselebethea.



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SEAN MULLANEY, 25 Singer/actor

In addition to performing as a solo artist, is currently also performing with The Instant Classics through June, when he leaves for a West Coast tour. You sing and act. Any preference or are they intertwined? I definitely prefer to sing because I actually know how to do that and have more confidence with it. I love to act, but I kind of make it up as I go and don’t take it so seriously, which has oddly only helped me as it turns out. What drew you to performing? I started to take singing lessons in high school because I had this genius idea that if I could sing, I would for sure get all the girls. It didn’t pay off for me then, but I did find my fiancée while doing musical theatre later, so mission accomplished! Your favorite genres to sing are: Rock mostly, but I love a song full of heartfelt emotion. If it’s something that I can get behind emotionally, I know I will love it—and usually that will translate to the audience loving it. Do you write your own songs? If so, what inspires them? I co-write all my songs with a brilliant musician named Billy Cioffi. I like to think I bring the clay and he sculpts it into a piece of art. I love writing about what I care about, and that’s bettering the world by raising awareness of important societal issues with a rocking beat. Accomplishments you’re most proud of so far: I’m hopefully in the process of that answer with my current album, but I’ve also found true love at a young age, and that is a very rare feat in my opinion. In 10 years, you hope to be: Touring the world spreading uplifting messages of hope and eternal optimism through my music to massive crowds by day, and living with my beautiful family on a large plot of land where we can have everything we need by the power of our own hands by night.


When you aren’t performing, you’re usually: I enjoy living my life in the present and learning about life through experiences in the world, or playing Xbox. Find more information, and upcoming show dates, on his Sean Mullaney page on Facebook. His website,, will be debuting shortly.



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many acting workshops in Phoenix and Los Angeles. Mostly I train by doing theater and by auditioning for roles in L.A.

Currently performing in Avenue Q at the Mesa Arts Center, April 10-26.

Your favorite show/character to perform has been: Lefou in Beauty and the Beast.

Actress and student

What drew you to acting? I saw my first Broadway show, The Lion King, when I was 3 and loved it. Soon after I went to a smaller, more intimate production at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre. I pleaded with my mom to audition for Wizard of Oz. We waited with 400 other kids to audition, and I got the part of a munchkin, ozian and cat. After one show I was hooked, and I never looked back. How do you train? Weekly voice and dance lessons. I do

If you could act alongside any one person, who would that be? Jim Carrey or the late Robin Williams. Accomplishments you’re most proud of so far: Singing and dancing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for three years. Participating in community and professional theatre all over the Valley for the past 14 years with amazing fellow actors, directors and crew. Winning Artist of the Year 2014 from National

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Youth Arts. Securing an agent and manager in Los Angeles, as well as Arizona. In 10 years, you hope to be: A bi-costal working actor in theatre and film. My dream is to be on Broadway. Any mentors? Some of my mentors in Arizona have been Laurie and the late Gerry Cullity of Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, Maureen Watson of Greasepaint Youtheatre, and my voice teacher Stephanie Bianchi, as well as countless directors. When you aren’t acting, you’re usually: Acting... singing in the shower, hanging out with friends. Find more information at

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Batter up! Spring training is popular here in the Valley. Fans turned out to enjoy the great weather and America’s favorite pastime at a game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 22. Here, some fans can be seen leaving at the end of the game. Photo taken at 3:48 p.m. PHOTO BY CARL SCHULTZ

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Dinner with Wolves

100th Annual Charity Ball

April 6, 4 p.m. At this unique event benefiting Defenders of Wildlife and Arizona’s Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, guests can either drive themselves or catch a ride on the private bus departing from the Montelucia Resort & Spa to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. There, attendees will enjoy a cocktail hour, tours of the center, a presentation, dinner, and a silent auction. The event helps save the Mexican gray wolf. $275.

April 18, 6 p.m. Held at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, this black-tie Board of Visitors event begins with a cocktail reception and dinner, as well as the presentation of this year’s flower girls. $1,200 per couple.

2015 Make-A-Wish Arizona Wish Ball

17th Annual SARRC Community Breakfast

April 11, 6 p.m. The theme of this year’s Wish Ball, which benefits Make-A-Wish Arizona, is Studio 540, in honor of the more than 540 children in Arizona who are diagnosed with a lifethreatening medical condition that would make them eligible for a wish. The ball, which will be held at The Phoenician, includes a program, silent and live auction, dinner, and entertainment. $500.

April 24, 7:30 a.m. Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) hosts its 17th Annual Community Breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore. The event raises funds for the organization’s outreach, education and research programs. The event is free, but reservations are required and donations are requested.

The Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl: Beauty & The Beast

16th Annual PANDA “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show & Luncheon

April 18, Gates open at 9:30 a.m. The Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl: Beauty & The Beast will be held at Scottsdale Stadium. In addition to various rugby matches, there will also be a fashion show, and a World Arm Wrestling League Qualifier. $10 in advance; $15 at the door.

April 25, 11 a.m. The Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center at the University of Arizona presents this event at The Phoenician. This year’s theme is When You Wish Upon a Star. Proceeds from the event support the PANDA Children’s Anti-Tumor Immunity Program. $150.

19th Annual Boots-N-Saddles April 18, 5:30 p.m. This Phoenix-Camelback Rotary Club fundraiser benefits local charities that support children and families in need. Enjoy a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner, and entertainment by the Dina Preston Band. The Master of Ceremonies will be Marshall Trimble, and the event will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix. $100. sonikoskela@

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54th Annual Picnic Under the Stars April 25, 6 p.m. More than 500 guests are expected to attend this event that will be held on the lawns of the Phoenix Country Club. The glamorous, outdoor, Hollywood-themed picnic will include dinner, silent and live auctions, entertainment, and dancing. The event benefits the American Cancer Society. $350. or 602.952.7509.



For a long time, auto mechanics have gotten a bad rap. They’re often perceived as dishonest, swindling crooks, their business practices as greasy as the floors of their shops. But just as a few bad apples shouldn’t spoil the bunch, auto repair shops in general shouldn’t be mistrusted. In fact, says Shahe Koulloukian, owner of Mazvo Auto Car Care Center, the myth of the untrustworthy mechanic should be put to rest once and for all – and he’s helping us debunk it with some straight talk. Myth: Recommended maintenance schedules are actually about getting you to spend more money. Reality: Many believe that auto repair shops only suggest a specific car maintenance schedule just to get you to spend more. Sure, modern vehicles last longer with less maintenance, but preventative maintenance is still crucial in order to avoid costly future repairs. “If you

do correctly maintain your automobile, you could go over 100,000 miles without needing major auto repair,” says Shahe. “The Mazvo Auto Car Care Center team is happy to sit down with you and put together a suggested maintenance schedule to keep your car safe and worry-free!” Myth: Auto repair shops will often suggest extra work on your vehicle so you’ll spend more money.  Reality: If an auto repair shop isn’t looking for potential problems, they’re actually doing you a great disservice. Professional auto repair shops will examine your vehicle in great detail in order to find any indications of wear and tear before they lead to pricey repairs – or worse, replacements. “You’d hate to have your car break down on the roadside and have to pay an expensive towing bill, as well as a repair bill, because your mechanic didn’t investigate your car thoroughly enough,”

Shahe points out. That’s why at Mazvo Auto Care Center, ASE-certified technicians always take the time to do a courtesy inspection before every repair, giving each vehicle a thorough checkup. Myth: A shop can give you an accurate auto repair estimate over the phone without seeing your vehicle. Reality: There’s no way that an auto repair shop can give you an exact price quote over the phone. Unless they have an opportunity to personally inspect and test-drive the vehicle, they cannot properly diagnose the problem; chances are they’ll give you a low initial quote, and charge you a higher price later. To ensure accuracy, Shahe doesn’t offer quotes until his shop has examined the vehicle. “If you bring your automobile in to Mazvo, we can provide you with an auto repair estimate that you can trust,” he advises. Myth: All auto repair shops are the same. Reality: “So false!” says Shahe. “There are big differences between auto repair shops and even the technicians that work there.” Car manufacturers are constantly incorporating new technology into vehicles, he explains, so it’s important to have a repair shop that is up-to-date with all those changes. Technicians should obtain constant training to keep up with certifications, and the shop should have the latest diagnostic equipment available. Not all auto repair shops have the skill, expertise, and equipment to work on foreign and domestic cars, which is why it’s important to find one that fits your specific needs. Mazvo has the latest diagnostic equipment, enabling them to work on any type of vehicle – car or truck, gas or diesel, foreign or domestic. All technicians are up-to-date with their ASE-certifications, and are consistently incorporating new, innovative technologies into their repairs and services. It’s important to develop a relationship with your auto repair facility: an open, effective communication that allows you to discuss your car’s needs and question repair options. And like any relationship, it should be based on trust. “When consumers develop this trust, they’re more likely to comply with their mechanic’s recommendations, having the needed repairs taken care of,” Shahe states. “If you passively take in what your mechanic tells you, you’re not involved – and less likely to be on-board to getting your vehicle back to normal to keep you safe on the road.”

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



PLATINUM: CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY April 1-5, Phoenix Art Museum This exhibit brings together four leading photographers who are all currently working in the historic platinum process. Lois Conner, Scott Davis, Kenro Izu and Andrea Modica work in different genres and styles, exploring the distinct characteristics of the material to include landscapes, nudes, still-lifes and portraits—all rendered in one of photography’s most admired processes: platinum. These innovative and compelling prints are a must-see. Open during museum hours. Included with museum admission. LEONARDO DA VINCI'S CODEX LEICESTER AND THE POWER OF OBSERVATION April 1-12, Phoenix Art Museum The Codex Leicester, a collection of fascinating writings by Leonardo da Vinci, features observations on various topics, particularly properties of water, and is filled with diagrams, quick sketches, and Leonardo’s distinctive backwards handwriting. This will be the first time a work by Da Vinci’s own hand is shown in Arizona. Open during museum hours. Included with museum admission. ARIZONA BILTMORE'S WINEMAKER DINNER April 2, Arizona Biltmore Held in the resort’s historic signature restaurant, Wright’s at The Biltmore, the Winemaker Dinners combine innovative gourmet dining with acclaimed wines. The winemakers themselves are on hand to discuss their wines with after-dinner drinks and cigars. Diners will also have the opportunity to win bottles of wine and a stay or dining at the Arizona Biltmore. This month's winemaker comes from Napa Valley at Robert Mondavi Winery. 7 p.m. $105. UPTOWN GIRLS April 2, Herberger Theater Center 16 Bars presents a marvelous reunion of smart and sassy stars as they dish the dirt


The Progress Project April 3-4, Tempe Center for the Arts

Movement Source, an innovative, nonprofit contemporary dance company, presents a multimedia showcase called The Progress Project. The performance includes modern dance works, as well as documentary clips by Stephen Perry that explore the nature of personal progress through the lives of individual company members. Attendees will experience powerful choreography that dives deep into what propels us as humans, both on a personal level and on a global scale. Movement meets music—that is what this project is all about. Fri. at 8 p.m.; Sat. at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $15.

and plate the music. Hear the words and songs of leading ladies when they recall the greatest moments from their iconic work. Join them as they hop on the bandwagon and perform the favorite songs of dynamic artists such as Liza, Ethel, Judy and Carol. 12:10 p.m. $6.



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ARIZONA BILTMORE EASTER WEEKEND April 3-5, Arizona Biltmore The Arizona Biltmore will transform into an Easter extravaganza for Phoenix families. Activities include a gala egg hunt, Easter petting zoo, photo booth, face painting, a rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, snow cones and cotton candy, and, of course, an appearance from the Easter Bunny, himself. Arizona Biltmore's historic Gold Room will host a lavish Easter brunch with a variety of stations including fresh fruit, pastries, omelet station, antipasto bar, and more. 5 a.m.-noon each day. $95 for adults; $40 for children. CRUDO'S BLANK SPACE DINNER SERIES April 6, Crudo How much do you trust your favorite local chef? If you answered "completely," then you'll have no problem trusting Cullen Campbell, chef and owner of Crudo restaurant, put together a blank space menu. Campbell's blank space menu is comprised of surprise ingredients with no rules or parameters to follow. Guest chefs are invited to join Campbell every month to push culinary limits. This month's guest chef is POSH Restaurant's Josh Hebert. Sit back, relax, and get ready for delicious foods with no boundaries. $75; 6 p.m. ARIANA GRANDE PERFORMS LIVE April 6, US Airways Center We first fell in love with her on Nickelodeon's television series, Victorious, in 2009. Audiences found more of a reason to adore this pop sensation when she released her debut album, Yours Truly, in 2013. Grande has received national acclaim for her powerful vocals, with critics comparing her wide range to Mariah Carey. See her perform fan favorites like “The Way” and “Break Free.” 7:30 p.m. $36-$79. THE 5TH ANNUAL DOWNTOWN MUSIC STROLL April 11, Downtown Phoenix Phoenix Symphony Young Professionals presents The 5th Annual Downtown Music Stroll. Stroll to fabulous restaurants in Downtown Phoenix and enjoy live music, delicious culinary concoctions, and refreshing beverages. The funds raised benefit The Phoenix Symphony’s Education and Community Engagement programs. 2 p.m. $30. PATTERN PLAY: THE CONTEMPORARY DESIGNS OF JACQUELINE GROAG April 11, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Join textile collectors Kirk Brown and Jill Wiltse for a talk on Czech-born textile designer Jacqueline Groag, whose playful and modern textiles uplifted the spirits of Great Britain in the postwar era. It will begin with an illustrated talk of his collection of mid-century modern textiles. Next, guests will visit the gallery to view the textiles, laminates, and other featured decorative surfaces. 3p.m. $5.

do THE SLEEPING BEAUTY April 11-12, Dorrance Theatre Ballet Arizona Studio Company presents the enchanting tale full of fairies and fantasies, The Sleeping Beauty. The School of Ballet Arizona's abridged version of the ballet will feature the entire fanciful story, allowing you the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the next generation of ballet dancers. Sat. at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 5:30 p.m. $25. 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION DINNER April 16, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn & Spa Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona celebrates its 60th birthday at this event that will also recognize the community volunteers and donors who have supported the agency to help them help more than 50,000 children throughout their history. The event will include a dinner, program, award recognitions, and mystery boxes. Larry Fitzgerald will be honored with the Common Good Award. 5:30 p.m. $250. THE 14TH ANNUAL PHOENIX IMPROV FESTIVAL April 16-18, Herberger Theater Center The Phoenix Improv Festival returns for its 14th year with 27 unscripted theatre pieces from around North America. Experience each performance as it is performed for the first and last time at the festival. Times vary. Showcases: $10-$20. LIVER LIFE WALK April 18, Steele Indian School Park The Liver Life Walk in Phoenix is the 13th annual dog-friendly fundraising walk. Nearly 1,000 walkers will be pounding the pavement for this 5k/1k walk. Individual walkers and team walkers are encouraged to register. All walkers that raise $100 or more will receive the National Walk Shirt to commemorate the day. 8:30 a.m. CHARLES PHOENIX: ARIZONALAND April 18, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Your Arizona pride will swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, takes you on a time travel “field trip” to explore classic and kitschy local landmarks throughout the Valley. With his gracious sense of humor, unbridled enthusiasm, and keen eye for oddball detail, Phoenix reveals the very best of his found slides of Arizona in the ’50s and ’60s. Think mid-century tourist traps, roadside attractions, cultural wonders, and much more, all in glorious Kodachrome color! 5:30 p.m. $25. KIDNEY WALK 2015 April 19, Chase Field The Kidney Walk is the nation's largest walk to fight kidney disease. The walk presents an opportunity for patients, transplant recipients, organ donors, families, friends, groups and businesses to come together to celebrate life and create lasting advocacy and long-term support for Arizona patients. The Kidney Walk is a non-competitive 5k event. 9 a.m. There

17th Annual Art in the Garden April 11, Berridge Nurseries

Berridge Nurseries welcomes the blossoming season of spring with its annual springtime celebration, Art in the Garden. The garden transforms into a gallery, where local artists sit amid the nursery's beautiful plants to display their masterpieces. Mediums include everything from paintings to pottery, jewelry to sculptures, and much more. A farmer's market will also be on site, offering guests local products that include everything from sauces and desserts to farm-fresh veggies and flowers. Food trucks and several garden-related demonstrations complete this year's celebration. 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Free.

is no cost to participate, but fundraising is encouraged. A PHOENIX NIGHT WITH PAULA WOLFERT April 22, Private residence Celebrate the influential work of Paula Wolfert—a distinguished chef, author and spokesperson for Alzheimer's disease. Six Valley culinary masters will prepare a dinner inspired by Wolfert's years of cooking. Only 100 seats are available, so claim your ticket today. All proceeds fund Early Stage Alzheimer's programs in Arizona. The address (in Paradise Valley) will be provided upon ticket purchase. 7 p.m. Table packages start at $2,500-$10,000. AMERICAN VOICES–LUNCH TIME DANCE THEATER April 22-23, Herberger Theater Center Join Center Dance Ensemble company members as they perform in their annual celebration of National Poetry Month. Dancers will perform a special one-hour abridged performance complete with new choreography. 12:10 p.m. on both days; $6. SUMMER OF 69: NO APOSTROPHE April 23, Comerica Theatre Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally's tour, Summer of 69: No Apostrophe, comes to Phoenix this month. Married for more than a decade, the duo's famed sexual chemistry

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is something each has discussed in various interviews, works and performances, and it has made for some of the most delightful and hysterical moments on Parks and Recreation. Attendees should expect a variety show packed with banter, songs and humor that exposes the comedy of the super-couple's marriage. In other words, leave the kids at home. 8 p.m. $52.50. JOE BONAMASSA April 30, Comerica Theatre Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock musician, singer and songwriter. Bonamassa opened for B.B. King when he was only 12-years-old. In the last 13 years, Bonamassa has put out 15 solo albums through his independent record label, J&R Adventures. 8 p.m. $82-$128. A WEEKEND WITH PABLO PICASSO April 30-May 17, Herbeger Theater Center The work of Pablo Picasso forever changed the way that the world looks at art. This one-man show, written by and starring the actor and artist Herbert Siguenza, will forever change the way that you think about this famed artist. In a vibrant performance, Picasso’s most intimate thoughts rip through the air with each thundering brushstroke as Siguenza creates six new masterpieces live on stage at this Arizona premiere. 7:30 p.m. $36-$60.



Get ready for a feast of the senses at the Desert Botanical Garden


hose who have attended before know—the Desert Botanical Garden’s Dinner on the Desert is a feast for the senses. This 29th annual event will celebrate the Heart of the Sonoran—the essence, culture and beauty of the Sonoran Desert. You’ll experience the Garden’s oneof-a-kind landscape, which is equally grand and intimate.

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WHAT: 29th Annual Dinner on the Desert WHEN: April 25, 6-11 p.m. WHERE: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix TICKETS: $600 INFORMATION: Esther Battock at 480.481.8182 or ebattock@



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As the sun sets, you’ll head to the Ottosen Entry Garden, where you can sip a signature cocktail while you enjoy the magnificent display of succulents and cactus framed by the stunning views of Papago Buttes. Next, you’ll stroll through the new Desert Terrace Garden, and Jan and Tom Lewis Desert Portal on your way to the silent auction, which will be held in Dorrance Hall. There, you can try the sumptuous passed hors d’oeuvres while you consider bidding on distinctive plants, pots and garden art, as well as unique and exciting experiences. Later, the magical outdoor setting of the Garden sets the stage for an evening of elegant regional cuisine prepared by Chef Brad Gillespie of Copper Square Kitchen/Hyatt Regency Phoenix. To end the night you’ll enjoy the farewell experience, which will bring the sights and sounds of the Sonoran alive.




pring is starting to bloom across the state, and before things warm up too much, now is a perfect time to get out and see some of the more unique mustsee places across Arizona. Whether you are just looking for a day trip or something that may take a little bit more adventuring, here are a few areas worth checking out. Why not head to Benson and take a look at Kartchner Caverns? This Arizona State Park is a great location for the whole family to enjoy. With the world’s largest stalactite formation, Kartchner Caverns State Park is one of the state’s most popular outdoor activities, especially this time of year. You may want to hurry out there, however, if you want to catch a glimpse of the Big Room. This part of the Caverns will close mid-April through midOctober because it is a nursery roost for cave bats. Kartchner Caverns is located about 55 miles southeast of Tucson. If you would rather head north of the Valley to check out something a little different, you can visit Montezuma Castle National

5 UNIQUE PLACES TO VISIT AROUND ARIZONA From caves to airplanes to dinosaur tracks, these are must-see spots BY GRETCHEN PAHIA

Monument near Camp Verde. These dwellings were built and originally used by the Sinagua people, which was a preColumbian culture much like the Hohokam Indians. These “castles” aren’t actually castles, but really more like prehistoric apartment living. Montezuma Castle National Park is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, except for Christmas. Always wanted to see petrified wood? Head to Petrified Forest National Park. This landmark is located east of Holbrook, along Interstate 40. The Petrified Forest was declared a national monument back in 1906, and a national park in 1962. Nearly 600,000 people visit every year to hike, backpack, and sightsee. The park is open every day except Christmas, and times vary depending on the season. APRIL 2015 |



The dinosaurs may be long gone, but the signs of their existence are still with us. If you head out towards the Four Corners on Route 160, you will see signs for Dinosaur Tracks near Tuba City. The tracks have been viewed by thousands of tourists, as well as verified by paleontologists from Northern Arizona University. Tourists will find hundreds of the three-toed tracks that belong to the dilophosaurus, and which are forever preserved in the desert floor. If you head into Tuba City you can find a guide to the tracks, as well as other ruins in the area. Perhaps aerospace is more your thing. If so, head on down south to the Pima Air and Space Museum. Great for visitors of every age, the Air and Space Museum is a great location to learn about the history of flight and aircraft. The museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (last admission is at 4 p.m.) every day except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Action! If you are hoping to take in a movie, or at least some film history, check out Old Tucson. You’ll step back in time at this Old West town, which has been made famous as the location of more than 300 movies and TV shows. Not only is Old Tucson great for film and entertainment buffs, but also those looking to relive the Western experience. There are daily history presentations and tours. Open 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. through the end of April. Hours will change in May.


We caught up with Rebecca Tillman, who recently stepped into the executive chef role at the resort. Her job entails overseeing all culinary operations of the resort's signature restaurant Rico's American Grill and the historic BBQ smokehouse Hole-In-The-Wall, as well as banquets. WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT THE MENUS AT THE RESTAURANTS YOU NOW OVERSEE?

We are returning to a more simple, fresh approach to the menus, and really highlighting more seasonal ingredients and locally-sourced when available. ANY FAVORITE DISHES ON THEM?

At Rico's American Grill, the Grilled Pacific Corvina, served with wilted spinach, green chile risotto, and charred lemon butter, is a great dish. Corvina is not found too often on menus, but is a great option for those who love fish and for those who are wanting to try a great mild fish. At our BBQ restaurant Hole-InThe-Wall, the Smoked St. Louis Pork Ribs and Fried Green Tomato BLT are great! WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY AS A CHEF?

Celebrate the wins and learn from the struggles. Embrace the ever-changing trends and palates of the guests. Make what you do count and give back when you can!  



In the kitchen with Rebecca Tillman, executive chef at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

Invest in great cooking vessels—Le Creuset pots, Falk copper pans...they do make a difference! Experiment with flavors. Use fresh herbs, and try growing them at home. When shopping, go to the butcher shop and ask what they like, and go to a bakery and ask what they like.  



I would probably be an ER doctor. I love the excitement and satisfaction of helping people. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N 16th St., Phoenix, 602.997.2626;



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hen Mat Snapp, the beverage director for Fox Restaurant Concepts, had the opportunity to taste the Chareau Aloe Liqueur when it first came to Arizona, he was captivated by how versatile and approachable it was. “It maintains a distinctive lightness throughout with slight vegetal notes from some cucumbers, natural sweetness with the muskmelon, and an appropriate amount of brightness from lemon peel and spearmint essence to round out the edges. I just knew it would work great in a springtime margarita,” he says. And so the Aloe You Long Time ($10), made with Maestro Dobel Tequila, Chareau Aloe Liqueur, and Lemon and Lime Sour, was born. “There is a handful of fresh citrus present in this drink. We have fresh lime and lemon juices, plus muddled citrus. That tart brightness plays off the sweet muskmelon and spearmint perfectly. This allows the cocktail to resemble kind of an ‘amped up spa water’ with, of course, a touch of tequila,” Snapp explains. The drink is a different approach for The Arrogant Butcher, where it is served, since the cocktail menu here tends to lean more towards brown spirit and classic cocktails. This drink was the perfect addition, Snapp feels. As for what food to order to go along with it? “It would pair well with dishes on the savory side with some saltiness to it. I’d recommend the Jambalaya, and Oysters or Shrimp Cocktail from our raw bar.” 2 E. Jefferson, #150, Phoenix; 602.324.8502; APRIL 2015 |





Spring buds are blooming. Showcase them in these vases—they make the perfect accessory BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

(Clockwise from top) “Devies vase 12” in gold, Etro, $406 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000.

Blue vase with dot pattern West Elm, $30 at West Elm, 480.948.1950.

“Pebble twist” bud vase designed by Steve Cozzolino, nambé, $50 at nambé, 480.483.0664. UPTOWN |


“Elis Street” rose bowl in blush pink, Kate Spade, $75 at Dillard’s, 480.949.5869. | APRIL 2015

Handpainted geometric pattern in black and white, West Elm, $24 at West Elm.

“Bloomsbury Park” vase in pink, Kate Spade, $74.99 at Dillard’s.


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These clutches are truly works of art. Created by internationally collected artist Heather Offord, each is made using pigments such as gold dust, diamond dust, and embedded diamonds and precious stones. In fact, it took Offord years to master her layered technique. Original versions are available at and range in price from $1,500 to $15,000. Print versions are available for just $138 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. Fun fact: Actress Meta Golding recently carried an original at the premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. APRIL 2015 |





Perfect golf weather needs the perfect outfit. Men, we’ve got you’ve covered BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID

(Clockwise from top) Gray belt, Nike Golf, $50. Dri-Fit gray plaid shorts, Nike Golf Tour Performance, $80. Plum golf shirt, Travis Matthew, $70. Golf glove in pearl, Titleist, $19.99. “Approach S6” golf watch, offers course views, pin shot assistance, touch screen, and more, Garmin, $399.99. “D.N.A.” golf shoe, FootJoy, $189.99. Supersoft golf balls, Callaway, 12 for $21.99. All at PGA TOUR Superstore, 480.214.4350. UPTOWN |


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STRAPPED FOR FUN Gladiator sandals are once again a wardrobe staple this season


Olive studded gladiator sandals, Balenciaga, ask for price at TBC… A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.

Multicolor studded gladiator sandals, Valentino, $1,095 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 602.955.8000. APRIL 2015 |



“Lo-Anja” gladiator sandals in cookies n cream/russet, Louise et Cie, $129 at Dillard’s, 480.949.5869.


DRESS: Zebra satin dress, Celine, $759.95 at To Be Continued… A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.




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JACKET: Brown fringe jacket, $345.95. DRESS: Long-sleeved, multicolored midi dress, Basso Brooke, $275.95. SHOES: Brown wedges, Louis Vuitton, $225.95. All at To Be Continued‌ A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700. APRIL 2015 |



NECKLACE: Black beaded necklace, $379.95. DRESS: Black and tan beaded gown, Reem Acra, $1,595.95. HANDBAG: Lace and leather bag, Valentino, $1,195.95. All at To Be Continued‌ A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.



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EARRINGS: Vintage earrings, $55.95. TOP: Pink sleeveless top with bead and feather details, Oscar de la Renta, $245.95. SKIRT: Silver sequin skirt, BCBG, $125.95. BRACELETS: Bangle bracelets, Chanel, $795.95. SHOES: Mesh and crystal champagne heels, Valentino, $499.95. HANDBAG: Pink and black Swarovski handbag, Judith Leiber, $725.95. STOLE: Fox stole, Garlands, $745. All at To Be Continued… A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.

SCARF: Multicolor scarf, Emilio Pucci, $165.95. SUNGLASSES: Champagne sunglasses, Gucci, $125. JUMPSUIT: Vintage beaded lavender jumpsuit with tunic, Chanel, $2,995. BRACELET: Multicolor vintage bracelet, Bulter Wilson, $125. HANDBAG: Lavender and green crystal evening bag, Moo Roo, $395.95. SHOES: Crystal heels, Tabitha Simmons, $495.95. All at To Be Continued… A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700. APRIL 2015 |



JACKET: Leather jacket with stud details, Phillip Plein, $2,499.95. SKIRT: Gray metallic skirt, $125.95. BOOTIES: Gray and black sparkle booties, Chanel, $1,195.95. All at To Be Continued‌ A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.



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DRESS: Red leather laser-cut dress, Runway Valentino, $5,995.95. HANDBAG: Silver snake clutch, Lambertson Truex, $425.95. Both at To Be Continued… A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.

HAT: Straw hat with flowers, Hattitude, $55.95. SWEATER: Cable knit maxi sweater, Chanel, $1,895. TOP: Cream silk blouse, Michael Kors, $99.95. PANTS: Denim bellbottom pants, Chanel, $222.95. SHOES: Cork wedges, Oscar de la Renta, $429.95. HANDBAG: Signature print crossbody bag, Louis Vuitton, $325.95. All at To Be Continued… A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700. APRIL 2015 |



Ron Trimarchi and Belinda Barcaly-White Maggie Larsen and Karen Greenberg

Kelly and Neil Sparks

Symphony in the Canyon

Guests at this event, which celebrated the new Crown Canyon community, enjoyed sounds of the Symphony, cocktails and appetizers alongside some of the Valley’s finest contemporary art and jewels.

Mayor Greg Stanton and Kevin Groman

Katie Lincoln and Chris Perez

Maddie Bosc, Stacy Eden and Jordan Peralta

Dana Tafelmeyer, Jayne Gauthier and Tim Larson

Steve Larsen and Steve Pittendrigh

Vern Swaback

Mackenzie Hale and Kirsten Garber

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Brad Denton and Tess Loo

Lisa Pagel and Kelly Persellin

The pARTy 2015

Held at the Phoenix Art Museum, this museum fundraiser offered a glimpse of the Andy Warhol: Portraits exhibit, and a Warhol-inspired evening with contemporary cuisine, disco dancing, mod-cocktails, fashion, and more. It was chaired by Tess Loo and Ann Siner.

Cheryl Londen and Ann Siner

Cheryl and Senator Jeff Flake

Stephanie Quincy and Dr. Robert Groves Shannon Jones and Amy Louis

Christopher Thompson and Mari Ehlert

Tara Davis and Amy Paul

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Eva Rack and April Urals

Troy and Jamey Israeli

Jacqueline and Brent Nerguizian

Samantha and Lindsey Maraburg


Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Beach Ball 2015: The Lemonade Soirée, held at The Phoenician, included dinner, dancing, a live auction, and surprise entertainment The Railers. The event is one of the hospital’s largest fundraisers. Casey and Teresa Struck

Aaron and Carey Mitchell

‘Ohana Salon’s 7th Annual Earth Month Event! Sunday April 19th 10am-4pm

Come get pampered & beautified all while doing something good for the planet! Every year ‘Ohana partners with Aveda and Western Resource Advocates Group in an effort to raise money for clean water. We will be offering services at discounted prices with all proceeds going to the charity.

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Donald Hesselbrock and Amy Willaby

Diane Mark and Carey Sweet Tara Miller and Brian Goodwin

Grand Opening Two Biltmore Estates

This cocktail party celebrated the launch of the Final Phase at Two Biltmore Estates. There was food by Chef Bernie Kantak, Two Biltmore signature cocktails by The Gladly, and live jazz by The Giant Steps.

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Taylor Robinson and Michael Baxter Felipe and Shakirah Martinez

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Keith Mishkin and Susan Aavang

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Chateau on Central | Design Challenge Kick-Off

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Luxury real estate expert Monica Monson with Monson Luxury Group at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty and MSI West Investments LLC hosted the Chateau on Central | Design Challenge Arizona, an exclusive and exciting design competition hitting the Valley’s luxury real estate market this spring. The competition’s designers were announced at this kick-off event.

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Three if by Desert

Restaurant: Clever Koi Creator: Joshua James Drink: The Honey Trap Local Ingredient: The whiskey-based cocktail features local honey from McClendon Farms. Cost: $10

No. 23

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Restaurant: Kelly’s at SouthBridge Creator: Kelli Casey Drink: Revelry Local Ingredient: The vodka-based cocktail features both locally grown mint and basil. Cost: $10

The Honey Trap

Restaurant: Bar Crudo Creator: Micah Olson Drink: Violet Femmes Local Ingredient: The gin-based cocktail features both Arizona Distilling Company brand gin and locally grown cucumber. Cost: $12

Violet Femmes

Restaurant: Windsor Creator: Matt Farrow Drink: No. 23 Local Ingredient: The rum-based cocktail features both locally grown apples from Willcox, Ariz., and locally grown garnish. Cost: $10



ore and more, smart restaurants in the Valley are turning to locally grown products–and using the ingredients beyond just dinner menus. “For us, creating both food and drink menus spotlighting local products is two-fold,” says Brian Leeds of Proof, An American Canteen at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. “It allows us the chance to offer our guests the opportunity to experience Arizona using all five of their senses, and it also gives us a chance to not only support, but brag about the amazing farmers,

distillers and winemakers in our own backyard.” In addition, according to Leeds, since the items do not travel long distances, chemicals are not needed to preserve them, which means the consumer gets the freshest, most natural end product. There is no better time than spring to sip and savor from a myriad of cocktail options featuring local produce, and even locally developed spirits from right here in the Valley. Here are some of our favorites.



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Restaurant: Proof, An American Canteen Creator: Brian Leeds Drink: Breakfast at Tiffany’s Local Ingredient: The vodka and sparkling wine-based cocktail not only features local vodka from Arroyo Vodka, but strawberries from Maya’s Farm in the Valley. Cost: $14 Restaurant: Pink Pony Creator: Shawn Gabor Drink: Three if by Desert Local Ingredient: The gin-based cocktail features both citrus and ginger from McClendon Farms, as well as local gin by the Arizona Distillery Company. Cost: $11 Restaurant: Counter Intuitive Creators: Micah Olson and Jason Asher Drink: Decanter’s Delights Local Ingredient: The rye and Mezcalbased cocktail features locally made “Mi Casa” bitters from AZ Bitters Lab. Cost: $12

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The motto is “Everyone is welcome,” and it’s definitely true. Windsor, a casual neighborhood bar and restaurant tucked into its namesake Phoenix neighborhood, is a place for everyone. It offers a fun, easy vibe (not to mention a great patio), and everything from soups and salads to sandwiches and burgers to fish and ribs. The Oyster Po’ Boy is served all day on the weekends. Open Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-midnight; Sat., 9 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 9 a.m.-10 p.m. 5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.279.1111; APRIL 2015 |



food files Sierra Bonita Grill Cowboy Hash

Windsor Brunch Cart


fter a long week, and perhaps a little revelry to celebrate the end of the workweek, be kind to yourself and sleep in. Roll out of bed as late as you can get away with, make yourself presentable, and then venture out into the world for the best meal invented: Brunch. Brunch first became popular in the U.S. in the 1930s as a way to replace the early Sunday supper, and has quickly evolved into something that friends and family look forward to all week. Brunch is relaxed, cheerful, and incredibly social. So gather your friends together and pick any one of these great locations and plan your next brunch.

CRUDO 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix 602.358.8666; Crudo has created a specialty menu that is incredibly straightforward and simple, while still being creative and adventurous. Take the brunch menu for example—it’s broken down into Eggs and Not Eggs. While that seems simple enough, when you add in

Crudo Pork Belly Poutine with Fingerlings, Gravy, and Fonduta

items like Bacon Risotto, Brisket and Beef Hash with Poached Eggs, and Hayden Mills Polenta Hoe Cakes you can see that this is not going to be a pedestrian brunch. One dish that is sure to get your taste buds dancing is the Pork Belly Poutine. A traditional poutine is made from French fried potatoes, gravy and cheese curds… but Crudo doesn’t really do “traditional.” Chef Cullen Campbell takes his poutine to a new level by topping thick-cut fingerling potatoes with generous cuts of velvety pork belly. That is then lovingly dressed with a light gravy and fonduta. This dish alone is worth getting out of bed for. Brunch is available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sun.



5 great spots where you can get your brunch on BY TARYN JEFFRIES



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5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 602.279.1111; Now, if we’re being honest, one of the best factors of brunch is the Bloody Mary. If you had an epic Saturday night you just might need to start of your day with a little “hair of the dog”–and that cannot come in a tastier concoction than the Bloody Mary. At Windsor, you start out with your choice of two bases for your Mary. The Traditional base is made of tomatoes, roasted vegetables, Fresno chiles and fresh horseradish, while the Verde base is comprised of cucumbers, tomatillo, Poblano chiles and fresh herbs. Once you have made that difficult decision, you’ll make your

food files Bink's Eggs Benedict

way with your glass to the Bloody Mary Cart and add in your choice of additions, which include things like pickles, olives, cocktail onions, sport or pickled peppers, lemons and horseradish. And of course, there is food, too. Southern Style Sausage & Gravy, Homemade Donut Holes, and Windsor Egg Benedicts will all help you recover from the fun of the night before. Brunch is available beginning at 9 a.m. on Sat. and Sun.

DICK’S HIDEAWAY 6008 N. 16th St., Phoenix 602.241.1881; Feel like brunch on a Tuesday? How about a random Thursday? That’s no problem for Dick’s Hideaway–the restaurant serves up brunch every day until 4 p.m. That means any time that a craving for a Benedict or Huevos Rancheros hits, just head over to Dick’s. As far as Benedicts go, you’ll have your choice of three here: the Eggs Benedict Jalapeño, the Tenderloin Benedict, and the much-sought-after Carne Adovada Benedict. You’ll be delighted regardless of your Benedict choice, but the Carne Adovada really is a thing to behold. The generous portion of sweet, smoky and juicy pork is piled so completely on the English muffins that you can barely see them—and then they are topped with two perfectly poached eggs. The best part is the culmination of

the creamy jalapeño hollandaise and the velvety egg yolk. Get a bite of all three together and your taste buds will think they have died and gone to breakfast heaven. Brunch is served daily until 4 p.m.

BINK’S MIDTOWN 2320 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix 602.388.4874; Chef Kevin Binkley is changing the landscape of dining in the Valley, with a total of four restaurants… for now. Bink’s Midtown focuses on the bounty of the area when creating contemporary dishes that are sophisticated and artistic. While the brunch menu may not be extensive, the items offered are masterfully crafted and will be as much a work of art on a plate as they are an explosion of flavor. One dish not to miss is their Eggs Benedict. I realize a Benedict is typical brunch fodder, but when you incorporate Applewood smoked pork belly, you’ll find a dish that has been infused with love and peppered with happiness. You’ll want to have this dish for every meal. Every single one. If you have room— and you will want to make sure you do— order the cinnamon roll. Never one to stick with “traditional,” Chef Binkley has created a roll made with a luscious butterscotch sauce. The sweet flavor will make your heart and belly happy and almost forget that your weekend is almost over. Brunch is available from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Sun. APRIL 2015 |



SIERRA BONITA GRILL 6933 N. 7th St., Phoenix 602.264.0700; When you wake up and find yourself in need of a little kick in the pants, head over to Sierra Bonita Grill for their innovative take on Southwestern fare. The restaurant got its moniker from the historic Arizona Sierra Bonita Ranch that is widely known for its innovative ranching methods, and now the restaurant is known for its innovative Southwestern cuisine. Some might ask how exciting can you really make rice and beans? Well, the fact of the matter is that Southwestern cuisine is so much more than rice and beans (though they’re pretty tasty here). How about some Atole Pinon Hotcakes? These are so much more than a simple pancake. The hotcakes are made from griddled blue corn masa and toasted pine nuts that are topped with a generous amount of sweet strawberry butter and a side of bacon. The combination of masa and pine nuts creates an entirely new flavor that explodes in your mouth, and the sweetness of the butter balances out the savory flavor of the cake. If you prefer to save the sweet flavors for later, give their Cowboy Hash a go. The roasted root vegetables combined with Schreiner’s linguisa sausage would make any cowboy want to stay on the range as long as that was on the menu for breakfast. The addition of the fried eggs, salsa verde and salsa fresca will wake you right up and give you all the fuel you need to wrangle all those on your ranch! Brunch is available from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sat., and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sun.

Sierra Bonita Grill Atole Pinon Hotcakes

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HOMES FIT FOR ROYALTY Crown Canyon will be the jewel of the desert BY SHANA SCHWARZ


ew homes pop up in the Phoenix area every day, but most of the development has been taking place on the outskirts of town for years now. Thus, the announcement that 12 new homes will be developed in the heart of town is big news, and the team behind Crown Canyon is excited to share it. Garth Wieger of Montage Acquisitions and architect Vernon D. Swaback, FAIA, FAICP, who served as Frank Lloyd Wright’s youngest apprentice, spoke with us about the community, which sits nestled at the end of 40th Street, less than one mile north of Lincoln Drive. As to what sets it apart from other communities in town, the answers are abundant. “The main element is its location,” says Wieger. “It’s truly five minutes from 24th and Camelback; it’s sort of the central of the urban core of the Phoenix Biltmore area, and yet you are completely surrounded by mountains in a beautiful Sonoran landscape setting. It’s a dramatic site. Because of the situation of the site, there are other benefits. Everywhere else in Paradise Valley you can hear Lincoln Road, and you can’t hear it at all from this site because there’s a ridge as part of this canyon that blocks all sound. The other thing that it provides is security. There’s only one way in and one way out. It’s a very safe and secure and also exclusive neighborhood. We’re also going to provide access to the Phoenix Mountain Preserve through a trail in our community that will allow for Crown Canyon residents to go through a gate and have access to that system. It’s the most beautiful site I have ever seen.” Charged with keeping the development cohesive and worthy UPTOWN |

of its natural surroundings is something Swaback takes very seriously. This is a project that allows his unique experience to come shining through. “The center line of all of that training [with the Wright organization] and all of that subsequent work is that you’re basically trying to turn the living environment into a large scale work of art,” he explains. “Now, in order for that to happen, there has to be an enabling agent. It’s an extraordinary site. It’s large enough to do something significant and small enough to control it in a very orchestrated way. What I’m hoping to come out of it is a place in which the built environment is as sensitive and beautifully related to itself as it is to the beauty and miraculous nature of its setting. Just as the music produced by an orchestra requires that everyone is playing from the same score, that everybody is totally aware of the instruments and sounds around them, to put that into the built environments where people live is probably the highest calling of architecture. And this opportunity offers that as the goal that I am committed to.” Homesite reservations are currently being accepted. Lots range in size from one-and-a-half acres to more than five acres. Buyers will be able to choose their own designer and builder for the custom-built homes. Of the 12 lots, there will be 10 homesites available for purchase. Crown Canyon is located at 7139 N. 40th St. Visit, or to reach the listing agency, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, call 602.919.6511.


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Uptown Magazine April 2015

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