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fter building a successful career in the Valley, Susan Kricun is now adding a new focus to her realm—the practice of learning to love yourself, no matter what. “For a little over three years, I have been battling a health crisis,” she explains. “And, there were two options—either navigate to a new normal, or let this stop me from being me.” Kricun (www.susankricun.com) figured out a way to turn the challenges she’s been experiencing on her road to recovery into positive, healthy changes in her life. Through this, she developed a new mission to inspire a shift in the mindset of women through her personal experiences in better understanding the concepts of self-love and extreme self-care. Kricun has dreamed of writing a book, and that book is finally becoming a reality thanks to the lessons she’s gleaned these past few years. “If I can inspire even just one woman who is experiencing personal struggles with self-love to adopt the mindset that there’s beauty in imperfection, then this whole journey has been worth it,” she says. “Making a difference in someone else’s life gives my struggles and challenges meaning.
What’s your advice for other professionals who are looking to chase new dreams? Take it one step at a time. Have an idea and a road map, and follow the steps—but don’t get lost in the finer details. Be open to different approaches to reach your end goal. What do the next few years look like for you? Getting out there and sharing my story! I am writing my first book, creating seminars, workshops and webinars, and doing more public speaking events to get my story out there and help others.
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ammy Glassman, an associate broker at HomeSmart Real Estate, lives by the motto of being “all in.” Her motto defines both her personal and professional approaches to life—in everything, she gives her all. Glassman enacts her “all in” motto with her fashion selections, as well. She takes her business owner role seriously, and always dresses the part with a tailored look, such as a pencil skirt and top, or a dress and heels. “When I am out showing properties, sometimes 10-plus at a time, I will be wearing flats for sure!” she admits. When she isn't with clients, she likes to be “all in” and spend quality time with family and friends. Glassman keeps it classically comfy with Chucks and her latest obsession, lululemon Studio Pants, which she admits to wearing “all weekend long.” “The key to my wardrobe is finding clothes that are classic, that fit me well, and that allow me to move freely. The goal is fashion that allows me to be comfortable and ‘all in.’”
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Do you have fashion pieces that you cannot live without? I love my pencil skirts from White House | Black Market and have them in many colors, including white, beige, pink and black. You will always find me wearing my necklace with my baby shoes—a reminder of how lucky I am to be a mom. Where/who do you gain your fashion inspiration from? My mom. She has always worn the cutest clothes and is always comfortable. I remember as a child picking out outfits for her to wear when she volunteered at my school. Now my daughter, Eliana, does the same for me. Is your style a reflection of your personality? My fashion style definitely is a reflection of my personality. I am classic and fun all at the same time! While I have mostly neutral colors of black, navy, white and beige in my closet, I love to accent with colors like pink, red and green.
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What is your favorite part about working at The Clotherie? My clients and the ability to meet people at the top of their game. What is one thing in your closet that people might be surprised to hear you have? A vintage smoking jacket that belonged to the late Edward Guggenheim. What is a style trend you think is hot right now? Right now there is a crossover between the current American heritage-inspired casual clothing and a sophisticated version of West Coast surf. Brands like Faherty and Billy Reid are leading the way.
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Sewell THE ARIZONA HIGHWAYS TELEVISION STAR TALKS BROADCAST JOURNALISM, WHAT TYPES OF PEOPLE INSPIRE HER, AND HER FAVORITE SPOTS AROUND THE STATE BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN PHOTOS BY CHRISTINE JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY
ou may know Robin Sewell from back in her anchor days with ABC 15. Or, you may know her from the long-running Arizona Highways Television, which debuted in 2004. Sewell is the creator, executive producer and host of Arizona Highways Television, which she loves and which suits her personality. “I am extremely inquisitive by nature, have a hunger for learning, and am fascinated by other people’s stories,” she says of what drew her to broadcast journalism initially. “I’m also an information junkie and I can never do enough research on all subjects. This, combined with my passion for writing, telling stories, wanting to get to know people from all walks of life, and yearning to experience a myriad of different places and cultures, drew me to journalism and reporting. Not to mention, I had a theatrical side and wanted to be ‘in front’ of the camera!” UPTOWN |
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“By showcasing what’s great in all these communities, we can help drive economic sustainability, especially in rural Arizona. We also do outreach events across the state called Celebrate Arizona and help communities with marketing across various media platforms.”
across the country including Florida, San Diego, Seattle, Sacramento, and then here in Phoenix as the main anchor at ABC 15. However, not wanting the chapters of my book to be the same, I decided to switch careers and embark on a new challenge. I wanted to combine my storytelling skills with my former ‘entertainment’ aspirations and produce ‘feel good’ programing about a place I had grown to love and call home, and hence, in 2004, Arizona Highways Television was born. For Arizona Highways Television, Sewell and her team comb the state in search of unique stories and treasures about people, places and things. However, as she points out, it is so much more than just the 30-minute television show. “By showcasing what’s great in all these communities, we can help drive economic sustainability, especially in rural Arizona. We also do outreach events across the state called Celebrate Arizona, and help communities with marketing across various media platforms,” she says. “I feel like a kid in a candy store. I am always discovering new places, experiencing some sort of adventure, learning something new, or meeting someone with a great story. I also love the enthusiasm of our viewers who tell me they never knew somewhere existed until they saw it on the show, or that they went skydiving, rock climbing, traveled to another part of the state, or tried a new food because we introduced them to these experiences on Arizona Highways Television. I think Arizonans love Arizona, and our show showcases this great state.” In addition to her Arizona Highways Television role, Sewell owns Lonetree Productions and Sewell Media Group, which are content creators for various companies across all different media and digital channels. She helps companies strategize ways to communicate their brand and offers media training. But, that’s not all that’s on Sewell’s full plate. In addition to many public speaking engagements, she’s also working on new show concepts and is expanding her Arizona brand to include the business, technology and entrepreneurial sectors; is a mom; and oh yes, is a newlywed. There have been many defining career moments in Sewell’s life, and she points to two that have really resonated with her. “I had two moments in my career that were milestones. Covering 9/11 as a reporter changed me personally and taught me eternal gratitude and what was truly important in life. Watching the debut episode of Arizona Highways Television was a watershed moment because I was met with so much opposition as I was changing my career path from people who said that a local television show would never succeed, and I was so fearful
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that I made a mistake and that they were right until the moment I saw on screen what we had created. Then, I knew that taking this leap of faith was one of the best decisions I’d ever made. “ Taking leaps of faith comes easier when you have people in your life who are helping to shape who you are. For Sewell, those people are her mom and daughter, and she draws inspiration from others around her, as well. “My mother for always believing in me and for constantly telling me I could become whatever I wanted to be,” she shares. “My daughter for teaching me to live in the moment, not to take myself seriously, and be grateful for all that I have. “I [also] have great admiration for those who look at obstacles as merely a welcome challenge they will overcome and who are not afraid to change the course of their lives. People who refuse to be victims and instead take responsibility for their happiness.” Since Sewell spends her days talking about other people’s neighborhoods, we asked her what she loved most about her life in Arcadia. “I love my ’hood because it is the quintessential neighborhood with treelined streets and homes that all look and feel different. People are outside walking their dogs, riding their bikes, jogging, and pushing their kids in strollers. It’s the kind of neighborhood where my daughter can have a lemonade stand and neighbors will turn their cars around to buy a cup and a cookie. Everything feels very local and homegrown, from the coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores, yoga studio, juice bar, and yes, to even the pharmacist who knows your name. I love that we have the sweet familiarity and flavor of a neighborhood within a metropolitan city.” As for what she loves around the state, Sewell points to the fun restaurants in North Central and the theatre and museums and funky shops in Downtown Phoenix. “I am also in awe of Sedona’s landscape and love the hiking in Northern Arizona. Everyone in this state needs to visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Some of my other favorite places include Prescott, the White Mountains, Bisbee, Tubac and Tucson. It’s really tough for me to choose a favorite because I’ve had so many fun adventures, from Yuma to Lake Havasu to Alpine to Sierra Vista and in between!” Adventures she is definitely having, and she’s obviously loving every minute. For this inquisitive storyteller, this was the perfect career. Watch Arizona Highways Television on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. on KPNX 12 News and Sundays at 4:30 p.m. on 12 News. Follow her adventures on Twitter at @AzHighwaysTV, or on Facebook at azhighwaystv or her public page, Robin Sewell.
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en t r e p reneuria l e n d ea v ors FROM START-UP TO SUCCESS, THESE SIX ENTREPRENEURS SHOW THAT SOME IDEAS ARE TRULY GREAT. HERE, THEY SHARE THEIR INSPIRATIONS, LESSONS LEARNED, AND WHAT THEY HOPE IS ON THE HORIZON.
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COMPANY NAME: The High Road Design Studio YEAR FOUNDED: 2013 WHAT IT IS: A design studio specializing in the design needs of cannabis retail businesses, which has been featured in such places as Forbes magazine.
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INFO: www.thrdesignstudio.com What inspired you to found this? My belief in the benefits of design. My passion for the cannabis experience. My intuition that cannabis retail was/is our country’s next great social experience. After being involved in the cannabis industry for six years, I had to find a way to elevate these businesses and help them better serve their patients and communities. What was the most difficult challenge you faced? Inventing a career based on intuition and passion. And, convincing the cannabis retail industry that design was and is essential to its success. What was the biggest lesson you learned? The importance of good contracts and clear communication, especially when selling professional services to an unstable industry. What is one thing you wish people had told you? That a career based on intuition and passion requires more time, money, sweat and tears than you ever could expect. What do you hope is the future of the company? More clients. More challenges. More success. More talented team members. More innovation.
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Kelley Bird, 45, Keely Newman, 45 COMPANY NAME: Grabbagreen® YEAR FOUNDED: 2013 WHAT IT IS: Grabbagreen is a fast food and juice restaurant where great-tasting, healthy food meet the speed and convenience of traditional fast food. There are currently three Valley locations. And, the pipeline of committed franchise stores since Grabbagreen’s franchise announcement in April now contains more than 16 franchise deals signed, and more than 150 development agreements that are slated to open over the next several years around the U.S. INFO: www.grabbagreen.com What inspired you to found this? We were moms and childhood friends, and found it increasingly difficult to feed our growing families nutritious meals between sports and all of the other extracurricular activities. Cooking was not always an option, and we were fed up with unhealthy fast food options. With convenience and health consciousness in mind, we decided to create Grabbagreen, a place to quickly grab healthy, whole and organic food. What was the most difficult challenge you faced? Operations. Neither one of us had prior restaurant experience, so we were challenged in the beginning with the immense popularity and lines in the store, and executing our orders in a timely and accurate manner.
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What was the biggest lesson you learned? That anything is possible if you put everything you have into it. It is incredible when your vision comes to life, and with the success of Grabbagreen in less than three years, we truly are leading the charge in making fast food healthy. What is one thing you wish people had told you? “No” will never come between you and your dream job.
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COMPANY NAME: State Forty Eight LLC YEAR FOUNDED: 2013 WHAT IT IS: A clothing company for men, women and children offering items where “Arizona passion meets Arizona fashion.” INFO: www.statefortyeight.com What inspired you to found this? We are Arizona born and raised and we share a passion for this great state. From Arizona sports teams to the beautiful outdoors and the diverse culture, there is a lot to be proud of and we wanted to give people a stylish way to showcase that local pride. What was the most difficult challenge you faced? Balancing State Forty Eight with our full-time jobs. It limited what we could do and we sacrificed a lot of our free time to work on the company— but we’ve come a long way, and between the three of us, we have done a great job growing the business.
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What was the biggest lesson you learned? Realizing that being a business owner doesn’t always mean you are right or that your ideas are the best ones. Listen to people who have been there before you, and most of all, listen to your customers. That’s key. What do you hope is the future of the company? We would like for State Forty Eight to become the apparel line of Arizona. We aim to be a household name within the community while still appealing to tourists. Down the road, we hope to create even more options for our customers and make the clothing more physically accessible in other parts of the state. It’s only up from here.
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COMPANY NAME: Yazamo YEAR FOUNDED: 2012 WHAT IT IS: A digital marketing company that counts names like Arianna Huffington as clients. INFO: www.yazamo.com What inspired you to found this? I spent my senior year in college sleeping on a broken air mattress. I started my business out of a necessity to survive. What was the most difficult challenge you faced? About a year ago we grew too fast and discovered we didn’t have a scalable and repeatable business model. We lost a few customers and a huge chunk of our revenue. What was the biggest lesson you learned? It’s critical to find ways to manage and deal with stress. My favorites are exercise, nutrition, meditation, prioritizing tasks, and growing a thicker skin.
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What is one thing you wish people had told you? I wish someone drilled into me the need to set aside money for taxes! What do you hope is the future of the company? Our goal is to connect 20 million consumers with companies that will provide value and leave a positive impact on them over the next five years.
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COMPANY NAME: Apex Fun Run YEAR FOUNDED: 2011 WHAT IT IS: A company that collaborates with school PTO/As and faculty to build student leaders through a meaningful, “hassle-free” and financially successful school fun run. The company is already a national franchise, with more than 60 franchisees. INFO: www.apexfunrun.com What inspired you to found this? The desire to help hardworking teachers, like Scott’s wife, by providing money for their classroom, and build tomorrow’s leaders by teaching students leadership skills and fitness awareness, all while raising much needed funds for schools. What was the most difficult challenge you faced? Creating the technology to support the program and enable schools to raise more money. What was the biggest lesson you learned? Outsource things that are not your core competencies. You can’t be good at everything.
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What is one thing you wish people had told you? How difficult it can be for people to take the risk of buying a franchise and leaving their stable salaried jobs... What do you hope is the future of the company? To be the organization that helps raise the most money for schools in America.
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COMPANY NAME: Carrie Bloomston YEAR FOUNDED: 2009 WHAT IT IS: She is a self-described “creativity enabler,” as well as an artist, fabric designer, and leader of creativity workshops for individuals and businesses. Her book The Little Spark was recently featured in Oprah magazine. INFO: www.carriebloomston.com What inspired you to found this? I’m a creativity enabler. I created my new brand to inspire creativity through workshops, events, my books, art, and textile design. I help others hear the loving voice in their head and step into a passionate life. Creativity is the new black. What was the most difficult challenge you faced? Money. Time. They are both the same. There is only one me in my business and I’m wearing all the hats. What was the biggest lesson you learned? The only thing that matters in business is people. Period. Connect with your tribe. Honor your tribe. Kindness is the only way.
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What is one thing you wish people had told you? If someone had told me sooner to make a map to get me from point A to point B instead of wandering organically with an open heart, I probably wouldn’t have listened to them. But I wish they had told me anyway. What do you hope is the future of the company? Six figures? Haha!
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Ahh… now that the weather is finally cooling down, it’s the perfect time to enjoy patio dining. Here, people enjoy a beautiful evening while dining at Central Bistro, a restaurant serving New American cuisine with an international twist. 3160 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; www.centralbistroaz.com. Photo taken Oct. 23 at 6:04 p.m. PHOTO BY CARL SCHULTZ
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Paint a Picture
Artist Michelle Darvis (www.michelledarvis.com) gave guests at The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician a treat with her recent painting demonstration during the resort’s daily Hour of Joy, an exclusive complimentary wine tasting. Lucky for all of us, the on-site production will remain on display at the hotel. At the end of the demonstration, Darvis unveiled pieces from her “A Year in Plein Air” collection, featuring outdoor works created during 365 consecutive days in 2014. This passionate interpretation of nature is also on exhibit throughout the United States this year. www.canyonsuites.com.
Big Exhibit, Local Tie
When the internationally acclaimed fashion design exhibit, The White Shirt According to Me. Gianfranco Ferré makes its U.S. debut at Phoenix Art Museum on Nov. 4, there is one angle that makes its debut even more special—one of Gianfranco Ferré’s former models, Clarissa Burt, lives here in Phoenix. Burt will act as a community ambassador while the exhibit is in the country. Organized by Gianfranco Ferré Foundation and Prato Textile Museum Foundation, the exhibition displays 27 of Ferré’s most significant white shirts dating from 1982 to 2006, for an in-depth overview of his career. The white shirt had been a major theme throughout his 30-year career, and one of his hallmarks. Beyond the physical garment, sketches, technical designs, photographs and videos from the archives of the Gianfranco Ferré Foundation further invite attendees to examine his methods and precise techniques for each design. The exhibit runs through March 6, 2016. www.arizonacostumeinstitute.org. UPTOWN |
A New Branch Opens
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix recently opened its 13th location, the Bob & Renee Parsons Branch. The new club signifies a partnership between the Balsz School District and the organization. Located near 44th Street and McDowell, it includes a teen center, art room, cafeteria, learning center, gymnasium, and more. More than 600 children are expected to utilize the club throughout the year. 4309 E. Bellview St., Phoenix; www.bgcmp.org.
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Wright’s at The Biltmore
Those of you who love to organize will be happy that The Container Store recently opened its 75th store. Located at The Shops at Town & Country, the 24,000-square-foot space offers a selection of organization solutions from custom closets to storage containers, and everything in between. Bonus: As part of the retailer’s commitment to its local communities, it donated a percentage of its recent grand opening weekend sales to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation—an organization it has partnered with for over five years in Phoenix—making a contribution totaling $11,500. 4949 N. 20th St., Phoenix; 623.435.4070; www.containerstore.com.
The Market Restaurant + Bar
Some people love to cook; others give thanks when someone else does. For those of you who fall into the latter category, these hot spots offer one more thing to give thanks for this holiday season. Need a healthy but tasty dish that goes with a Thanksgiving spread? True Food Kitchen will not only be serving its famous Squash Pie on the menu this holiday season, but will have it available for pick-up. A healthy swap for pumpkin pie! And— bonus!—it’s vegan, too. Pre-order by Nov. 18. $18 each. www.truefoodkitchen.com. Say “thanks” amongst the gorgeous setting of the Arizona Biltmore. You can enjoy a four-course Thanksgiving menu at the signature Wright’s at The Biltmore, a holiday feast at Frank & Albert’s, or an extravagant Thanksgiving buffet with all of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes in the Gold Room. If you’d rather eat in the comfort of your own home, enjoy gourmet take-out prepared by the resort’s culinary team. Prices vary. www.arizonabiltmore.com. Spend the day relaxing and instead pick up food at Luci’s Healthy Marketplace. The locale is offering everything from a complete Thanksgiving meal for 6-8 people for $159.99 plus tax to a la carte items, just the turkey ($7.49 per pound, approx. 12-14 lbs.), and a la carte desserts. Orders must be made by Nov. 19, either in person at the store or via phone. www.lucishealthymarketplace.com. Another take-out option comes from The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s Thanksgiving Curbside Catering. The restaurant is offering a full meal for 6 for $179.99 plus tax, which includes everything from the turkey and sides to a salad, bread and a dessert. www.themarketphx.com.
A True Gem
Black, Starr & Frost, America’s First Jeweler Since 1810 recently opened its first Phoenix location. With a strong history—the innovative company was the first retailer on New York’s Fifth Avenue, the inventor of the safe deposit box system, created the first class ring, and was the first wristwatch designer in the country’s history—the salon marks its next chapter with this location. Acquired by Alfredo J. Molina in 2006, the jewelry salon will be located next to Molina Fine Jewelers, and the two will operate side-by-side to meet the full range of clients’ needs. 3140 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; www.blackstarrfrost.com. NOVEMBER 2015 |
21st Annual Faces of Success Luncheon
36th Annual Friends of Erma Bombeck Authors Luncheon
Nov. 4, 11 a.m. Join AWEE for this event at the Arizona Biltmore, where you’ll hear the victory stories of participants who have overcome significant challenges to change their lives through the dignity of work. The luncheon will be full of prizes and surprises. $250. www.awee.org.
Nov. 7, 11 a.m. This year’s authors luncheon, by the Arizona Women’s Board and held at the Arizona Biltmore, features author and emcee Adriana Trigiani, and authors Jacques Pépin, Karen MacNeil, Lela Rose, Jason Gay, and Tess Gerritsen. The event benefits Arizona kidney patients. $175. www.authorsluncheonaz.org.
13th Annual Heroes Patriotic Luncheon
7th Annual Signature Chefs Auction
Nov. 6, 11 a.m. This event honors our military and veterans for their service to our nation. In addition to honoring veterans from previous conflicts, this year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Alexander White, US Army Captain, (Medical Corps), a Holocaust survivor and veteran of the Korean War. Held at the Arizona Biltmore, the event benefits the VMLC Returning Warrior Program. $100. www.arizonavmlc.org.
Nov. 8, 4 p.m. This event, which benefits the March of Dimes, features samplings of signature dishes from the area’s finest chefs. There will also be items and packages up for bid in two auctions. $275. www.marchofdimes.org.
Chiles and Chocolate
Phoenix Rotary 100 Annual Gala
Nov. 6-8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This spicy event promises to be a sweet time. Enjoy the outdoor beauty of the Desert Botanical Garden while you indulge with gourmet chocolates, zesty salsas, and other Southwestern treats. Products will also be available for purchase. There will also be Latin American music and dancers. $22. www.dbg.org.
Nov. 14, 6 p.m. Enjoy dinner, as well as silent and live auctions, at this event at the Phoenix Art Museum. This evening marks the biggest fundraiser of the year for the organization, and supports the Phoenix Rotary Club Charities’ youth and veteran programs. $175. www.rotary100.org.
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Stronger Together Fundraising Luncheon Nov. 6, Noon Learn about Child Crisis Center and Crisis Nursery at this annual fundraising luncheon, which will be held at the Arizona Biltmore. You’ll enjoy a program and complimentary lunch. Help the organizations prevent, support and advocate. Free. www.childcrisis.org.
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Pizza Festival Nov. 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Held at Civic Space Park, get ready to enjoy a day of cheesy goodness. About 15 pizza makers—including il Bosco, Fabio on Fire, Rosati’s, and more—will be on hand, serving $2 slices, full pizzas, and everything in between. There will also be craft beer and wine tastings, lawn games, live bands, and dessert vendors. $10. www.phoenix.pizza.
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do ARIZONA STATE FAIR Nov. 1-8, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix Nothing says fall fun like the iconic Arizona State Fair. The fairgrounds are home to a number of different tradeshows, events, entertainment, food booths and vendors. And of course, what's a fair without rides? The Arizona State Fair has 75 amusement rides, ranging from ones for the kiddos to ones that will make any adult scream. Adults: $10; children: $5. www.azstatefair.com. BEYOND BLUE: CYANOTYPES OF LASZLO LAYTON Nov. 1-Jan. 10, Desert Botanical Gardens The captivating nature portraits of celebrated artist Laszlo Layton will be on display in the Valley's scenic botanical gardens. The exhibit features cyanotype photographs of fascinating animals and objects that evoke wonder and awe. The cyanotype, also known as the “blueprint,” is created with a simple chemical solution that forms a light sensitive emulsion known for its cyan-blue color. Layton hand paints each photograph, giving his subjects a vivid, lifelike whimsy. $22. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.dbg.org. FRIDA KAHLO—HER PHOTOS Nov. 1-Feb. 8, Heard Museum Frida Kahlo's worldview becomes visible to viewers thanks to well-known Mexican photographer and photography historian Pablo Ortiz Monasterio. The exhibit consists of more than 240 images from the 6,500 that are part of the Blue House archive. The photographs, along with Frida Kahlo’s personal items, were locked in a room of the Blue House, the residence where she spent most of her life, and revealed to the public in 2007. Monasterio effectively showcases the importance of this medium in Kahlo's life. $18. Regular museum hours. www.heard.org. SWEET AND SAVORY HOLIDAY COOKING Nov. 4, Desert Botanical Garden It is hard to believe that it is already November! You know what that means—holiday food and lots of it. If you want to broaden your food-making knowledge or brush-up on new techniques, this workshop is for you. Students will create delectable dishes that are low in salts, sugars and fats. Don’t worry— the tastes of these holiday dishes are not compromised. What is compromised is the part where you take a TUMS following any holiday feast. Not this year! $62. 6:30-8:30 p.m. www.dbg.com. 3RD ANNUAL SALVAGE THIS! Nov. 6, The Showcase Room at The Yard In effort to educate and get people to become voracious re-users, this event is meant to inspire individuals to build a more sustainable community. During the event, teams of interior designers will be competing for the Design for Hope Award by presenting their reclaimed kitchen design for one of Devereux Arizona's respite homes for foster children. The winning kitchen will be determined by a team of judges from the design community, and event attendees who vote for their favorite design. Proceeds from the event will support the Stardust Building Supplies programs. Recycle, re-use and reimagine
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MEGA featuring Zach Braff Nov. 12, Orpheum Theatre
Actor, director, screenwriter and producer Zach Braff headlines a fun, interactive evening at the annual Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix MEGA Event. The event includes a post-performance dessert reception. $75-$100. 7:30 p.m. www.megaevent2015.org. a greener Arizona. $40-$100. 5-8:30 p.m. www.stardustbuilding.org. TOUCH-A-TRUCK Nov. 7, Paradise Valley Mall This is a family-friendly event that offers children a hands-on opportunity to explore a medley of machinery and to meet the people who build, protect and serve the Valley
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communities. Vehicles on display include construction trucks, emergency responders, tractor-trailers, utility trucks, and a helicopter. The event also features area mascots, food trucks, games, and a market of local vendors. All proceeds from Touch-A-Truck benefit local community programs and training sponsored by The Junior League of Phoenix. $5. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. www.jlp.org.
do 6TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Nov. 7, Herberger Theater The Festival of the Arts is a diverse celebration of the arts. There is something for everyone— live music, theater and dance performances, children's activities, food, film shorts, pet adoptions, and more. The festival is a fun and inexpensive opportunity to experience a variety of art platforms and cultures in our Valley. $5. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. www.herbergertheater.org. WALK TO SAVE ANIMALS Nov. 7, Tempe Town Lake Help the Arizona Animal Welfare League reach its goal to save over 5,000 animals before the year ends. Thousands of homeless pets are counting on you, me, and the Arizona Animal Welfare League for their survival. How to help? Simple—walk the walk. Walk To Save Animals is a 2K or 5K pet walk that helps aid the survival of our furry friends. The walk also features exhibitors, demonstrations, food and activities for the entire family. Moreover, this year's walk is a special one because it is going to set a record for the Guinness Book of World Records for having “the most adopted pets at one time in one location.” That is ruff-tastic. $20-$30. 8 a.m.noon. www.aawl.org. ASSOCIATION FOR FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS: SPIRIT OF PHILANTHROPY AWARDS Nov. 11, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel Do you know someone who is an exceptional supporter and goes beyond the call of duty for a Valley organization? Do you think this person deserves to be recognized for his or her dedication and achievements in making a brighter tomorrow? The Spirit of Philanthropy Awards is an annual ceremony and event that celebrates Arizona's finest fundraisers, volunteers, philanthropists and corporations who serve our community through their dedication of resources, time and generosity. Give back to someone you know for his or her effort in giving back to the Valley. $125. 11 a.m. www. afpgreateraz.afpnet.org. INFOCUS PHOTOBID GALA ART AUCTION Nov. 13, Phoenix Art Museum Art lovers and collectors gather under one roof for an exciting fundraiser that showcases more than 50 signed limited-edition photographic prints and books by acclaimed photographers from throughout Arizona and the United States. Attendees can bid on museum-quality photographs in a diverse variety of media. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or collector rookie, INFOCUS Photobid is a fun, welcoming event where you can dialogue with others who also share a passion for photography. Proceeds benefit INFOCUS, Phoenix Art Museum's support organization that fosters the appreciation and advancement of photography through educational programs, exhibitions and publications. $49-$60. 6-9 p.m. www.infocus-phxart.org. RESTORING HOPE—COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST Nov. 20, Arizona Biltmore Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when it’s at St. Vincent
Las Noches de Las Luminarias Nov. 27-Dec. 31, Desert Botanical Garden
The Valley’s best holiday event is back. More than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags create a stunning backdrop against the setting of the Desert Botanical Garden. The event is only open sepcific nights. $25. 5:30-9:30 p.m. www.dbg.org.
de Paul's fundraising breakfast. This is one meal you do not want to miss. The morning meal and event spotlights how the essential support the shelter gives to homeless and working-poor families and individuals helps them make a 180-degree transformation. You will leave the Arizona Biltmore feeling full, encouraged and uplifted. Free. 7:30 a.m. www.stvincentdepaul.net. 19TH ANNUAL HIDDEN IN THE HILLS ARTIST STUDIO TOUR Nov. 20-22 & 27-29, Desert Foothills of Cave Creek The Hidden is the Hills event is the largest and longest-running six-day tour. The event is, quite literally, hidden in the hills of Cave Creek. During this self-guided tour, Sonoran Arts League artists open their private art studios to the public. Attendees will observe artists at work and gain insight into their materials and techniques. Attendees will also have the chance to purchase original works of art directly from nationally recognized artists and emerging new artists, like Kyle Hobratschk. Hobratschk has mastered woodsmanship with his elegant and timeless furniture pieces. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.sonoranartsleague.org. 1964—BEATLES TRIBUTE Nov. 27, Celebrity Theatre The clean-cut Englishmen who stole listeners' hearts and became regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era is, of course, The Beatles. The Beatles left a huge imprint on the music industry with timeless songs like, “Hey Jude,” “All You Need Is Love” and “With A Little Help From My Friends,” all of
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which still stream from headphones, speakers, and appear on movie soundtracks to date. Pay tribute to one of the world's most beloved musical groups as a tribute band honors the legacy that was, is, and will forever be, The Beatles. $25. 8 p.m. www.celebritytheatre.com. ALTERNATIVE BLACK FRIDAY VINTAGE MARKET Nov. 27, CityScape It is time to get your holiday shopping list out and check it twice. This Black Friday, sleep in without fearing that those holiday deals are slipping through your fingers thanks to this alternative shopping spectacular. Over 30 local, vintage and handmade vendors will be set up in the heart of Downtown Phoenix for this one-of-a-kind event. In addition to these vendors, CityScape tenants, including Urban Outfitters, Charming Charlie, Jos. A Bank, and more will also be offering Black Friday deals. Happy shopping! Free entry. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. www.cityscapephoenix.com. 1ST ANNUAL DOGGIE STREET FESTIVAL Nov. 28, Steele Indian School Park Valley residents and their leashed dogs will act as the guests of honor at the 1st Annual Doggie Street Festival. The festival will feature live performances, fabulous fare, and specialty vendors offering the greatest and latest in pet foods, services, fashion, health supplements and training. Additionally, more than 20 rescue groups will be in attendance with adoptable animals on-site. Come and celebrate your four-legged companion with other Valley pet lovers. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. www.doggiestreetfestival.org.
Whether you prefer a helicopter tour with a catered lunch stop or to race luxury cars, these adventures keep you in the lap of luxury BY GRETCHEN PAHIA
uxury and adventure don’t have to be two opposite concepts. With the weather getting nicer outside here the Valley, it’s the perfect time to be outdoors and perhaps kick things up a notch with some exciting adventures. Here, four adventures to try that are not only exciting, but throw in a dose of luxury, as well.
High-Flying Adventure Ready for an upscale adventure in the skies? Check out Sun State Helicopters. While the tour group isn’t allowed to land on mountains around town due to specific permissions needed from police and fire departments and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, they are able to take you up for a beautiful skyline tour of the Valley and then land at select spots around town including the Boulders Resort, the Chart House, and near the Top of the Rock restaurant, where you can enjoy
a catered lunch or dinner. Get whisked away for a high-flying adventure and land among some of the most beautiful scenery in town for a personally catered meal. 480.993.3223; www.sunstateheli.com.
Float Away Float Balloon Tours, a boutique balloon company out of Phoenix’s Deer Valley Airport, is reinventing the traditional balloon experience. The group now offers customizable itineraries with personal, “white glove-level service.” Float has partnered with local businesses including Pizzeria Bianco, Cartel Coffee Lab, and Arizona Hops and Vines to offer gourmet food-filled experiences. The tours launch out of the Northwest Valley and float over amazing views including the Bradshaw Mountains, Lake Pleasant and the Sonoran Desert. 480.256.8695; www.floatballoontours.com. UPTOWN |
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Desert Splash Adventures takes you on a tour that is out of the ordinary. The Island Brunch is a fun trip where you can charter your own nine-passenger Cessna Caravan Amphibious Seaplane to Roosevelt Lake. The plane lands on the shore of Rabbit Island, where you’ll be greeted with the sight of a table filled with delicious food prepared by renowned Chef Charleen Badman and Owner Pavle Milic of FnB. From the plane, guests will admire the beautiful views of the McDowell Mountains, Apache Trail and Indian Ruins of the Tonto National Forest. 877.588.8819; www.desertsplashadventures.com.
The Need for Speed Maybe you are feeling the need for speed and would rather take a spin in a luxury sports car? Check out Racing Adventures, where dreams can become reality. At Racing Adventures High Performance Driving School, you’ll get the chance to get behind some of the fastest and most luxurious cars around. From Driving School classes to exotic supercar laps on the course, if your dream is to get yourself into an Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche or Cobra, this is your perfect opportunity. The offices are located in Scottsdale, but you’ll actually hit the course at the Arizona Motorsports Park for a ride you’ll never forget. 888.572.7223; www.racingadventures.com.
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ongtime Phoenix resident Martha Shemer wanted to give something back to the community. So, she searched for a well-located, scenic property and found the perfect home in the Arcadia community—it was the first house ever built in the neighborhood. Since that day in 1984 when she purchased the house with help from the City of Phoenix, Shemer Art Center & Museum has come to life. One of Shemer’s goals was to preserve the historic property and provide a community art center for residents. Today, it provides a home for the arts, and nurtures creativity and imagination. Since its creation, Shemer Art Center has become a cultural center for all ages. The center has quickly become one of the best spots in the Valley for artists and art lovers alike. It is a City of Phoenix Point of Pride, and was recently named one of the 10 best museums in Phoenix by USA Today. The museum has a permanent collection consisting of over 100 artworks by contemporary Arizona artists. The exhibits switch eight to 10 times a year, and each is on display for four to six weeks. And, keeping the local tradition alive, the museum recently launched an outdoor sculpture competition. The sculptures that are chosen will be displayed in the outdoor sculpture garden for two years, beginning this month. This year, one of most popular
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Shemer Art Center & Museum offers art, culture BY KELLY POTTS
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exhibits was “Force of Nature.” The exhibit featured 50 works of art from Arizona artists who deal with nature in concept, form or material. In its tradition of supporting local artists, Shemer Art Center & Museum also hosts community outreach exhibits, such as the New Horizons High School art exhibit, which showcases talented juniors and seniors from around the Valley. In addition to featuring already established local artists, the center helps aspiring artists perfect their craft. There are several art classes offered throughout the year, including drawing, painting, print-making, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, photography, metals and jewelry-making. Open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tues.-Sat., with Thurs. evening hours from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 5005 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.262.4727; www.shemerartcenter.org.
THE FLYING PIGEON FOOD TRUCK
Imagine a food truck that specializes in world fusion fare, inspired by real people, travels, and recipes passed down for generations. One with a diverse menu, its cuisine an original medley of ethnic twists and fresh, exciting flavors. Sounds amazing, right? Now imagine you can find it parked at the same place you trust to fix your car – and operated by the same people who have spent nearly two decades educating their customers on the fundamentals of auto repair. It’s the slightly-strange-but-totally-true story behind The Flying Pigeon, Phoenix’s newest addition to the thriving food truck scene. The chefs, husband and wife team Shahe and Lena Koulloukian, are well-known as the owners of Mazvo Auto Car Care. They have earned a reputation locally as providers of expert automotive service, and have raised the stakes on the perception of auto repair shops. But they’ve never been able to showcase their extensive culinary training and restaurant experience, at least not to the general public… until now. Incorporating local and organic ingredients, The Flying Pigeon’s mission is to serve high-quality, gourmet-casual food – with a flair for the fun and funky. Even the names of the dishes highlight the fun-loving fare (“Korean Wedgy,” anyone?). “We try and stay away from the monochromatic composition style of food,” says Shahe. “With a name like The Flying Pigeon, it’s
hard to take ourselves too seriously, and we’re okay with that.” While the idea for The Flying Pigeon may have originated on a trip to L.A., the Koulloukians are continually inspired by their fellow Phoenician foodies. “The culinary reawakening of high-end food at street prices is most definitely something we recognize here in Phoenix,” says Shahe. “There’s much love for all of the food trucks vitalizing the street food scene.” Though The Flying Pigeon will be making appearances at festivals and food truck roundups, its home base is right on the property of Mazvo Auto Car Care. Mazvo will continue as usual with its normal Monday through Friday hours – but as soon as the sun goes down, the space at 4610 North 7th Street transforms into a whimsical pop-up restaurant. Lights, tables, chairs, music, and movies keep diners comfortable and entertained, while The Flying Pigeon’s global cuisine takes them on a gastronomic adventure featuring flavors from the Far East to Philly. Shahe and Lena strive to maintain their food truck the same way they have Mazvo Auto Repair: with the utmost quality, backed by sincere smiles, familiar faces, and a fun, relaxed experience. Servicing hungry customers and their cars? Why not! The Koulloukians are excited to share their passion for food and their vibrant culinary heritage with the community – while continuing to set the bar for excellence in automotive repair. After all, variety is the spice of life.
www.theflyingpigeonphx.com (669) 235-9464 | (facebook.com/flyingpigeonfoodtruck) | www.mazvo.com (602) 248-8711
Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden opens this month
et ready for a spectacular and visually stunning exhibit that will debut that the Desert Botanical Garden late this month. Internationally acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro (www.brucemunro.co.uk) will share his interpretation of the Sonoran Desert with an array of materials and hundreds of miles of fiber optics set throughout the Garden in a custom installation. Munro, who is best known for immersive large-scale, light-based installations, is inspired by his interest in shared human experiences. He records his responses to things such as music, literature, science, and the world around him in a sketchbook, and then creates both monumental temporary experiential artworks and intimate story pieces from his inspirations. This exhibit, which uses light, glass, water bottles, acrylics and pottery, will include Field of Light. It will feature 30,000 individual spheres of gently blooming light nestled on the side of the Garden Butte, cascading down onto the Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail, and is a unique iteration of Munro's best-known artwork. Other pieces include Saguaro, the colossal cactus, which stands as a marker, to show what caught Munro's imagination and how that time and place was interpreted. Munro's desert inspiration continues
If You Go…
WHAT: Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden WHEN: The exhibit is open various days from Nov. 22, 2015May 8, 2016 WHERE: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix TICKETS: $25-$30 INFORMATION: www.dbg.org
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with Temperate Zone, his interpretation of the ingenious cooling pots created by the indigenous communities in Arizona hundreds of years ago, as well as WaterTowers, where 69 colored towers will grace the Garden among the iconic saguaro. The prismatic monumentality of Chindi will suspend in elegant form from the structures in the Sybil B. Harrington Succulent Gallery. Elsewhere Eden Blooms, Beacon, and Fireflies will further engage in dialogue with visitors and the desert landscape. "It is an honor to have been invited to exhibit as part of the Desert Botanical Garden arts program and to present my work for the first time in the desert landscape,” says Munro. “I have always been fascinated with landscape and none more so than the desert. Indeed Uluru in Central Australia was the place that inspired Field of Light. It is a landscape I am constantly drawn to. It was for this reason that the Sonoran Desert held a familiarity for me. Spending time in the Desert Botanical Garden felt like a homecoming of sorts. I will never forget the clarity of light like cut crystal, a dry desert heat, and the sentinel cacti. And of course, joyfully pondering these thoughts at the end of the day under the vapor cloud of a veranda mister.”
THE EVENT WITH A HEART
The 56th Annual Phoenix Heart Ball promises to wow
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WHAT: 56th Annual Phoenix Heart Ball WHEN: Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix TICKETS: $750 INFORMATION: www.phoenixheartball.ahaevents.org
et ready to don your ball gowns and tuxes, because the Phoenix Heart Ball is not only one of the premier fundraising balls in the Valley, but one of the premier American Heart Association fundraising events both locally and across the nation.
Held at the Arizona Biltmore, this evening event celebrates the lives saved and improved by the community’s ongoing commitment to make heart health a priority. The Heart Ball is the culmination of Chairman Kimberly Afkhami’s yearlong mission to fight childhood obesity in Arizona and across the nation. “The Heart Ball committee spends the year tirelessly fundraising for our cause, which was childhood obesity this year,” she says. “The Heart Ball is our opportunity to thank our donors and the community for their contributions this year, which have helped to fund key initiatives, and the Halle Heart Children’s NOVEMBER 2015 |
Museum—the only nutrition and heart health learning experience like it in the United States.” This year’s event, which features the theme “Passionate Hearts,” promises to be a night filled with fun, and includes a formal dinner, live music, and dancing. Last year, the Phoenix Heart Ball raised over $1 million, and the Heart Ball campaign raised over $59.7 million nationwide to fund its life-saving mission of fighting heart disease and stroke—our country’s leading health threats. Heart disease and stroke are the number one and number four killers in Arizona. The commitment of Valley donors each year continues to make an immeasurable impact on crucial American Heart Association research, awareness, and funding that can save lives. This year, the Heart Ball honors beloved Valley philanthropists Billie Jo and Judd Herberger for their decades-long passion for the American Heart Association.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, surround yourself with reminders of the season
BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID
“Give Thanks” wall décor, $59.95 at Pier 1, 480.922.3987. “Be Thankful” napkin rings, $11.95 at Paper Source, 480.219.1640. Pumpkin accent décor, $24 at west elm, 480.948.1950. Turkey napkin holder, $9.95 at Pier 1. Nordstrom at Home “Thankful” pillow, $38 at Nordstrom, 480.946.4111. “Give Thanks” tea towels, set of two, $14.95 at Paper Source. UPTOWN |
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These handcrafted side tables are the epitome of functional art BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN
These beautifully handcrafted side tables, called Pueblo Plum, are available in walnut, pine, dark cottonwood and light cottonwood, and are part of Millicent’s classic line of wooden furniture. They include hand-carved relief patterns on the exterior. The patterns were inspired by owner and designer Emily Henry’s upbringing in Taos, New Mexico. She grew up on the edge of Taos Pueblo, and along the acequias (irrigation ditches) dense thickets of wild plum grew. These are available in both two-door and three-door options, and can be ordered by a designer through John Brooks Showroom at the Scottsdale Design Center, 2712 N. 68th St., Scottsdale. Designer net pricing for the side tables starts at $10,373.
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AN ACCESSORY TO STYLE Fashion goes neck-in-neck with these statement necklaces
BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID
(Clockwise from top) Necklace with crystal, Tom Ford, $1,895.95 at To Be Continued… A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700. Black necklace with hammered silver detail, zzan jewelry, $140 at Judy Arizona, 480.585.9190. Silver necklace, uno de 50, $329 at Diva Divine Boutique, 480.585.2570. “Psychodahlia necklace collar,” Kunplatt certified, $895 at Classy Jazzy Cutique, 480.970.1894. Brown chain necklace, Luv AJ, $59.95 at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575. Flower detail necklace, $44.99 Urban Exchange, 480.948.6343. Crystal accent necklace, $62 at Elan Style, 480.941.5575. UPTOWN |
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ON THE FRINGE
From clothes to bags to shoes and more, fringe is everywhere this season
BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN | PHOTOS BY BRIAN R. SMITH | ITEMS COORDINATED BY SAMANTHA LAPID
(Clockwise from top) Sleeveless stop with fringe, Banana Republic, $59.50 at Urban Exchange, 480.948.6343. Black jacket with fringe, Alfani, $17.50 at My Sister’s Closet, 480.443.4575. Bell-bottom leggings with fringe, T Party, $79 at Classy Jazzy Cutique, 480.970.1894. Black shoes with cutout back and fringe details, Dolce Vita, call for pricing at Judy Arizona, 480.585.9190. Brown handbag with fringe, j.j. winters, $125 at My Sister’s Closet. Blue fringe earrings, $49 at Elan Style, 480.941.5575. NOVEMBER 2015 |
et in the heart of Arcadia, this 5,218-square-foot, four-bedroom, fourand-a-half bath home sits on a nearly oneacre lot in the heart of Arcadia. You’ll love the newly renovated kitchen, which boasts a Sub Zero refrigerator, Dacor six-burner gas range, wine storage, Dacor double ovens, and a microwave drawer. There’s also a remodeled butler’s pantry, extra beverage refrigerator, and a coffee bar.
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When you’re ready to relax, you can head to your master suite, which includes a gas fireplace and cantilever hearth. Soaring ceilings throughout provide an open and airy feeling, as does the floor-to-ceiling windows that grace the back of the home. The windows frame a view of a lush backyard, which also features a large covered patio, built-in barbecue, and children’s play area. Home sweet home, indeed. 5520 E. Calle del Norte, Phoenix, AZ 85018. Listed for $2,475,000 with Shawna Warner, The TEAM, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, 602.743.7006. UPTOWN |
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vital stats: 2016 Lexus RX Base price: $44,000 (estimated) Price as tested: N/A Seating: 5 Engine: 3.5-Liter V6 or 3.6-Liter Hybrid Horsepower: 295-hp or 308-hp–hybrid Fuel economy: N/A Fab features: Completely restyled for 2016 Attractive interior, impeccable build quality Supremely quiet, smooth ride
2016 LEXUS RX
The popular luxury RX gets a bold makeover BY JIM PRUETER
or almost two decades, the Lexus RX has been the benchmark for luxury midsized crossovers and SUVs. The yard marks are wide, but you’re going to shell out anywhere between $45,000 and $70,000 to purchase one. The competitive set includes the cream of the crop: Audi Q5, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and a few others. I recommend leasing such nonsense. Price notwithstanding, this segment is growing so fast, it seems that within five years, Americans will be issued one with their learning permits. You just knew that when Lexus decided to redo the RX, it was going to be awesome. And it is. The RX is a fantastic vehicle and has been a huge seller—absolutely saving the brand for more than a decade. NOVEMBER 2015 |
There’s no denying that Lexus makes some of the world’s best and most beautiful automobiles. I can’t help thinking the RX would have won the Lexus swimsuit contest had it not been the latest of its siblings born with the “spindle” grille. More about that in a minute. Slip into the driver’s seat and you’ll be greeted by Lexus’s handsome, rational interior, lined in lustrous aluminum trim, gorgeous wood veneers, French-stitched leather dash and door gussets, perforated leather seats, and an immense array of technological features. Among the exterior details, Lexus presents a challenging bit of design with the RX’s unfortunate proboscis. Let’s say it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. The cavernous opening of the brand’s signature grille, set between spear-shaped LED light tubes and severe sanguinary headlamps, encompasses nearly the entire front end. It’s even more acrimonious and equivocal than the one adorning the new NX compact crossover. I couldn’t stop looking at the maw—like that of Donatella Versace— more out of ravenous bewilderment and curiosity than enchantment. Behind the grille is the familiar 3.5liter V-6 that makes 295-horsepower and is mated to a new eight-speed transmission. There’s also an RX450h hybrid model powered by the 3.5-liter V-6 and an Atkinson electric motor for a combined 308 horsepower. The hybrid model sports a less-in-your-face grille. We drove three different RX models and each was consistently smooth, quiet, well constructed, and delivered more-thanadequate power. All told, the new RX is by far more visually outgoing in its redesign. We’re guessing it will not only appeal to RX loyalists, but will bring converts to the brand. Overall, a smart pick for a luxury five-passenger crossover. Automotive writer Jim Prueter is a spokesperson for AAA, and his auto reviews and travel stories appear nationally in print and online. You can catch him on several local TV stations, and can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEAR THIS Are you ready for the world’s first 3D printed headphones? BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN PHOTOS BY ERIC NATHAL
ith technology so prevalent nowadays, it seems everyone has a pair of headphones. But not everyone has a pair of these. V-MODA, a company known for its high-fidelity headphones, recently introduced the world’s first 3D printed, custom-designed headphones. Want your family crest on your headphones? No problem. What about a design you’ve created? Yes, that’s fine, too. Everything is customizable. Fist you pick the base color and 3D shield materials (choices include stainless steel, solid 14k gold, 14k rose gold, 14k white gold, and platinum), and then you choose one of V-MODA’s own designs, or you can upload your own to them for use.
“This new offering is not merely a game changer, it is the first time in history mass customization merges jewel-grade 3D printing with consumer electronics,” says Val Kolton, CEO of V-MODA. “Additive manufacturing for wearable technology is not only a product, but a 360-degree service and paradigm-shift for design and manufacturing.” Fiber 3D shields are included in the purchase of a new XS and Crossfade M-100, and the custom ones are compatible with the hundreds of thousands of V-MODA Crossfade series and XS headphones that are already in use, says the company.
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“3D printing has captured the imaginations of people, but this is the first application that can be worn every day on an award-winning product. This technology ends the ubiquity of carbon copy, plastic consumer electronics and ushers in an era of bespoke designs and metals that transform products into hand-crafted designer relics,” says Val Kolton. “What seemed impossible is now a reality with V-MODA’s new platform.” The prices range from $200$40,000. www.v-moda.com.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
What’s not to love about the city that never sleeps? BY MICHELLE GLICKSMAN
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right lights, big city—yes, it’s true that New York is the city that never sleeps. Wander outdoors in the middle of the night and there’s a good chance you can still find a restaurant open somewhere, and people still out and about.
Sights If New York is on your bucket list, there are few must-include sights to see. To get a perspective on the city, start with the Top of the Rock Observation Deck, where you’ll be greeted with breathtaking views of the city below. A walk through Central Park should also be on your list—an oasis in the middle of buildings, with expanses of green grass in the summer and winter snow and an ice rink in the winter, with lots of little nooks and crannies to investigate. For those of you who enjoy art, there are enough museums to keep you busy for a long time. The Metropolitan Museum of Art should be one that makes your list. If you’re able to, get tickets to a show on Broadway or at Radio City Music Hall. There are also many TV shows that film in the City, though you often need to get tickets well in advance. Though touristy, don’t leave without a visit to Times Square— the energy there is palpable (and I’m partial to the M&Ms store nearby, as well!). You’ll also want to make sure you stroll through Little Italy and Chinatown. NOVEMBER 2015 |
Now that it’s getting to be holiday time, you should also head to Rockefeller Center—the Christmas Tree will be lit this year on Dec. 2, and it’s a great way to ring in the holiday season. Of course, so is taking a spin on the ice rink there, as well! One other must-see is The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum. There are no words to describe it, except to say that you need to go.
Staying There From The Plaza Hotel to the Four Seasons Hotel New York, there are more hotels than you can count. One popular locale is the W Hotels New York, which has five locations throughout the city. They are all great, though the one on Lexington and the one in Times Square are my personal favorites due to their convenient locations. Bonus—you receive Bliss Spa products in your bathroom at all W Hotels!
Food Food, oh the food. It’s everywhere, and oh so good. You can simply restaurant hop, or take a food tour, but make sure you pick up all the basics, from bagels to “New York pizza,” as well as gourmet eats. Two favorite stops for dessert are Serendipity 3 for its famous frozen hot chocolate and Schmackary’s for its cookies.
Nightlife You won’t want for things to do at night in New York. Whether you’re into clubs, pubs or bars, or comedy clubs or coffee shops, there’s something open somewhere nearby. New York truly is the city that never sleeps, and if there’s something you’re looking for—from culture to music to food and more—you’ll find it here.
Head out in style for a special evening in these fun fashions. Special occasions require special clothes
NECKLACE: Pearl strands, $275.95. DRESS: Cream and metallic lace dress with beaded side, Nina Ricci, $795.95. SHOES: Gold Cassiane heels with metal fringe detail, B Brian Atwood, $175.95. All from To Be Continuedâ&#x20AC;Ś A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.
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NECKLACE: Pearl strands, $275.95. DRESS: Black low-cut dress with flower detail, David Szeto, $405.95. HANDBAG: “Eye Want You” clutch, Charlotte Olympia, $995.95. All from To Be Continued… A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.
PHOTOS BY CARL SCHULTZ | HAIR AND MAKEUP BY LORI GREGORY, WWW.SALONTWOBYTWO.COM STYLING BY STACEY RICHMAN AND SAMANTHA LAPID | MODELS FROM FORD/RBA AGENCY SHOT ON-SITE AT THE ROYAL PALMS RESORT AND SPA, 5200 E. CAMELBACK ROAD, PHOENIX; 602.840.3610; WWW.ROYALPALMSHOTEL.COM NOVEMBER 2015 |
EARRINGS: Gold swirl earrings, Oscar de la Renta, $245. JACKET: Gold velvet zip-up jacket, Louis Vuitton, $795.95. PANTS: Brown sequin wide-leg pants, St. John, $275.95. RING: Gold cuff ring, $15.95. HANDBAG: Bronze beaded bag, Fendi, $695.95. All from To Be Continuedâ&#x20AC;Ś A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.
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NECKLACE: Pearl necklace with rhinestone charms, Chanel, $895. OUTFIT: Cream bell-sleeve sweater and skirt with crochet detail, Chanel, $1,295.95. BELT: Pearl chain belt, Chanel, $1,195.95. All from To Be Continuedâ&#x20AC;Ś A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.
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TOP: Ruffle front buttonup with large cuffs, Daniela Corte, $125.95. SKIRT: Black and white long tulle skirt, Lana Gerimovich, $595.95. BRACELET: Black bow cuff, Red by Valentino, $75.95. All from To Be Continuedâ&#x20AC;Ś A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.
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BROACH: Oversized broach, Lanvin, $555. DRESS: Green strapless dress, Lanvin, $595.95. BRACELETS: Gold bangle set, $25.95. HANDBAG: Cheetah crystal clutch, Jimmy Crystal, $575.95. All from To Be Continuedâ&#x20AC;Ś A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700. NOVEMBER 2015 |
GOWN: Black gown with feather bottom, Roland Nivelais, $995. GLOVES: White leather gloves, $49.95. Both from To Be Continuedâ&#x20AC;Ś A Consignment Boutique, 480.699.2700.
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10th Annual It’s In the Bag
This Women’s Metropolitan Arts Council annual gala was held at the Phoenix Art Museum, and featured a silent auction, live music, men’s lounge, drinks, food, and more. The event benefited the museum.
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Deborah Lawson and Melissa Ho
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The Flying Pigeon Grand Opening
The Flying Pigeon food truck opened its doors for the first time at this event at Mazvo Auto Repair. The food truck offers global fusion fare.
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56th Annual Phoenix Heart Ball Addressing Luncheon
Carolyn Jackson and Jen Moser
Kimberly Afkhami and Lisa Bell
Mckenna Bruner and Jennifer Carmer
This event at Phoenix Theatre was a working luncheon, where Heart Ball committee members helped stuff the invitations to the ball. There was also a fashion show by Neiman Marcus and handbag raffles.
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This event was held on the rooftop of @51. There was food, drinks, dancers with fire sticks, an arcade lounge, and DJ Robbie Winehouse spinning tunes as people mingled around the pool. The evening benefited the Phoenix Pride LGBT Center.
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drink In addition, the brands have collaborated on custom 007 shakers, now available at Fry’s and fine liquor stores across Arizona, as well as specialty cocktails— available across the Valley throughout November—to celebrate the partnership. Here are some of our favorites. BELVEDERE SPECTRE 007 1 ½ ounces Belvedere 007 Vodka ½ ounce lime juice ¼ ounce simple syrup 4 fresh raspberries Top Fever Tree Ginger Beer Combine all ingredients except ginger beer in the base of a mixing tin, add ice, and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice in a highball glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a wedge of lime and a raspberry.
BELVEDERE DOES BOND BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
elvedere Vodka, created exclusively from Polish Dankowskie Rye and quadruple-distilled to create the perfect balance of character and purity, has long been known as the world’s first luxury vodka. Completely free of additives, including sugar or glycerin, the product has long been lauded for its naturally smooth finish and bold character. So, it is no surprise that the brand has now aligned with another smooth, bold character—James Bond. This November, Belvedere is officially partnering with 007 himself to create collector’s edition bottles in honor of SPECTRE, the highly anticipated 24th installment of the James Bond series, which will be released on Nov. 6 in theatres nationwide.
The Belvedere 007 SPECTRE Bottle features the iconic James Bond gun barrel. A closer look reveals the mark of the SPECTRE organization and a recipe for the timeless “Shaken Not Stirred 007” martini. Available at most high-end grocery stores, pricing starts at $24.99.
The 1.75L Belvedere 007 Silver Saber Bottle features elegant lines and a polished metallic finish. Etched by a laser, the iconic 007 mark illuminates in homage to the cutting-edge style celebrated by Belvedere and Bond. The Silver Sabers will be available at high-end nightlife venues including the W Scottsdale, Maya Day + Night Club, Dakota, and Bottled Blonde. Pricing will vary. UPTOWN |
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BELVEDERE DOUBLE O ¾ ounce Belvedere 007 Vodka ¾ ounce French dry Vermouth ¾ ounce Italian sweet Vermouth 1 slice olive 1 slice orange Build in highball. Top with sparkling lemonade. Garnish with olive and orange slice. BELVEDERE SPECTRE 007 MARTINI 2 ounces Belvedere 007 Vodka ¼ ounce dry Vermouth .15 milliliters Sicilian green olive brine 1 Sicilian green olive (washed) Gently muddle olives in base of mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients and shake hard with ice. Double strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a single Sicilian green olive. REVERSE VESPER MARTINI 2 ½ ounces Belvedere 007 Vodka ¾ ounces Tanqueray 10 Gin .25 ounces dry Vermouth Lemon zest Shake all ingredients until very cool. Fine strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon zest.
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If you’re looking for the best enchiladas around, they’re here at Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup. Aaron Pool, the founder, had a passion for enchiladas—and wanted to make them right. And he does. You get to pick your ingredients, which include selections such as green chile pork shoulder or guajillo braised short ribs, pickled onions, scratch-made crema, and so much more. You can also make a vegetarian option. Really, you can’t go wrong no matter which ingredients you include in your meal. And, the tacos and soup options are also just as amazing. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 3313 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.279.5080; www.gadzooksaz.com. NOVEMBER 2015 |
TACO THE TOWN BY TARYN JEFFRIES
e are blessed to live in a place where tacos are bountiful and seem to be on every menu, no matter where you go to eat. What makes a taco great can cause a heated debate, but we scoured all the menus we could get our hands on and tastetested countless hand-held treats to find the best our neighborhoods have to offer. Whether you are looking for the flavors of street tacos or something more non-traditional or gourmet, these local spots have you covered.
La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop 1919 N. 16th St., Phoenix 602.254.6330 www.lasantisimagourmet.com You’ll never hear the food at La Santisima described as “TexMex.” The owners have worked hard to change the perception of Mexican food here in the Valley. You’ll find dishes that celebrate the flavors found just off the beaches of Cancun and Baja. The creative dishes here show a passion for cooking and a desire to elevate your expectations. UPTOWN |
What to order: Aztec Tinga Taco: The chicken is full of flavor, never dry, and paired with pickled onions and an Aztec chipotle salsa. The sharp flavors of the onions pair with the smokiness of the salsa. You can dress your taco with your choice of salsa at the massive salsa bar. | NOVEMBER 2015
food files Otro Café 6035 N. 7th St., Phoenix 602.266.0831 www.otrocafe.com Chef Doug Robson has taken everything that was wonderful about Gallo Blanco and infused it into Otro Café. You’ll find fresh, atypical Mexican cuisine that exhibits a passion and love for the culture and regional flavors. They offer seven different types of tacos, all with a quirky spin on what one might perceive as traditional dishes. The urban spin that Otro Café puts on these time-tested traditional items creates a fun and playful atmosphere where you just want to try everything. What to order: The Pork Belly Tacos will delight your palate with the richness of the slow-roasted heritage pork belly dressed with a citrus glaze and then dusted with spice relish and avocado. The citrus glaze manifests itself in an almost marmalade state, and that sweetness, paired with the salt of the pork and the richness of the fat of the belly, are nothing short of perfection.
Taco Guild 546 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix 602.264.4143 www.tacoguild.com The building that Taco Guild inhabits has a rich history, having once been a one-room schoolhouse and later a church. The creators of Taco Guild have embraced that history of the Guilds of the 1600s in Western Europe by creating a space where their culinary master craftsmen provide an overall experience that showcases their talents, from the plate to the overall surroundings. What to order: If you are looking for something traditional, you’ll enjoy the Pork Adovada taco. The tried and true flavors of salty pork and sweet mango jicama relish play off of each other in the most delightful way. New school more your style? The Chipotle Cherry taco is comprised of steak poblano straws, chili aioli and blue cheese, creating an unexpected combination of flavors.
Sierra Bonita Grill 6933 N. 7th St., Phoenix 602.264.0700 www.sierrabonitagrill.com Sierra Bonita Grill truly sets itself apart as an Arizona original, paying homage to Arizona history and its Western traditions. The restaurant has a rustic charm without being campy with its wooden beams and original artwork adorning the walls. The restaurant itself was named after a historic Arizona ranch. The menu is imaginative, combining Old World traditional dishes with New World techniques and flavors. What to order: The Marinated Carne Asada Tacos combine perfectly seasoned meat with a creamy pesto mayonnaise, cabbage, salsa fresca, panela cheese, rice and beans. The panela NOVEMBER 2015 |
cheese, a crumbly cheese, provides a fun texture to the creaminess of the pesto mayo and the strong flavors of the marinated meat.
Joyride Taco House 5202 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 602.274.8226 www.joyridetacohouse.com Joyride Taco House has quickly become a Valley favorite for its fun environment and delicious cocktails. It offers a variety of tacos with varying degrees of spice and complexity. As a bonus, all of the tacos are served on made-to-order corn tortillas, and they even offer gluten-free options. What to order: For the best taco experience, be sure to get The Bandit Taco Platter. With that you will be able to enjoy their three best tacos: Chicken Tinga, Carne Asada and Carnitas. In addition to the tacos, you will also get fresh corn torn tortillas, rice, black beans, avocado, and their own pico gringo. It’s the perfect way to immerse yourself in all the flavors they have to offer.
Most Wanted Taco Shop 9822 N. 7th St., Phoenix 602.943.1156 www.mostwantedtacoshop.com Sometimes when heading into a new restaurant it can be hard to figure out the best option for you to order since you’re not familiar with their preparation or seasonings. The beauty of Most Wanted is that they will let you sample their meats prior to submitting your order, to ensure that you know what you’re getting. Be warned, while this may seem super helpful, you may quickly fall in love and find it difficult to choose just one meat! What to order: Build your own! With the option to test-drive all of the flavors, you will easily be able to find the perfect-for-you flavors. Can’t quite decide on one combination? They offer small and large tacos, so order up as many small tacos as you can handle, and enjoy!
new in town
hoenix has a new concept in urban gardening. DIG IT urban gardens and nursery opened recently on 16th Street—part urban garden, part community space, part artisan hub. The concept is fun, a little bit funky, and completely homegrown. When Baker’s Nursery closed in 2014 after more than 45 years in the Valley, residents felt the void. Two Arizona natives, Tim Bishop and Ryan Jerrell, thought it was the perfect opportunity to turn their love for plants into a business that could also give back to the local community.
Community Roots Bishop, a lifelong Phoenix resident and landscape designer, and business partner Jerrell from Mesa, were both plenty passionate about plants. They conceived a unique idea to create a centrally located neighborhood hangout that combined quality organic plants and practical knowledge with a hub for art and food events. To get the project off the ground, they turned to that very community for help. A GoFundMe.com campaign raised $150,000 for the concept. They broke ground in August and in just a few short months, transformed the space on 16th Street into a 22,000-square-foot boutique nursery.
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Locally Sourced Plants and More DIG IT focuses on offering high quality products, from unique types of cacti and succulents to a full line of vegetable garden starts and fruit trees. DIG IT grows as much as possible on its five-acre farm in south Phoenix. UPTOWN |
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“With our combined passion and love for plants,” explains Bishop, “we had a vision to create a business to promote green, healthy living. We want to share our knowledge with others so that they can achieve their garden goals at home.” Bishop explained that DIG IT hopes to be an epicenter of knowledge and innovation. The inspiring environment— think plants draped on suitcases, air plants growing out of margarita glasses, and secondhand furniture as display cases—will hopefully showcase ways customers can use plants they haven’t previously considered. DIG IT wants to also keep everything environmentally friendly. Packaging is recycled, biodegradable, compostable, or at least a more eco-friendly option than you might find in one of the big box stores. In addition to plants, you can pick up pottery, trellises and garden art supplied by local artisans.
Event Hub In addition to the plants, DIG IT hopes to become a neighborhood hangout. Bishop and Jerrell plan to host gardening seminars, art events, and even serve as a foodie venue. With a plant-savvy staff that offers impeccable customer service, along with the hip space, DIG IT hopes to become a central hub for the neighborhood. Jerrell envisions a bright future. “We hope this space inspires a new generation of plant-lovers.” DIG IT urban gardens and nursery is open 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily at 3015 N. 16th St., Phoenix; www.digphx.com.
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