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By Tristan Ettleman When the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board (SUSD) votes on the SUSD Maintenance and Operations Budget on June 26, staff will see a significant increase in pay. A final budget proposal was presented to the board on June 12 and includes a 10 percent pay increase for certified staff including teachers, speech pathologists, guidance counselors and others the board deems certified. Classified, or hourly, staff pay increases will be 4 percent, while administrators will receive a 1






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Peter Helms (left), ZipSit CEO & co-founder, and Josh Benveniste, ZipSit CMO & cofounder (Photo by Adrian Baird Photography)

A new app connects Scottsdale parents with babysitters, part of an ongoing trend in the tech service industry that brings strangers into the home. Location-based apps, whether for rides, deliveries, games, dating or babysitting, have accelerated human behavior and social conventions, Arizona State University law professor Diana Bowman said. “This is the next generation of what we’ve done historically,” Bowman said, but users should be aware of the dangers.

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COMMUNITY The SUSD governing board will vote on final approval for the 2018-19 budget on June 26. From left to right: SUSD board member Allyson Beckham, SUSD board vice president Kim Hartmann, SUSD board member Pam Kirby, and SUSD board member Sandy Kravetz.

SUSD...continued from page 1 percent raise and substitute teachers will receive $8 more per day worked. “I think that 10 percent was a goal for the teachers, because they really wanted to get into that double-digit range, which is also what the state had promised in its own funding announcement,” SUSD public information and marketing officer Erin Helm said. Though she noted the state of Arizona added several millions of dollars to the budget, teacher salaries were originally slated to receive just a

3.56 percent increase, as the district could not afford the desired doubledigit increase. While looking at the 2017-18 financial year, the five-member governing board found the previous budget had money slated for unfilled staff positions, as well as a contingency (or “rainy day”) fund for emergencies that was over-funded for the needs of the district. “It turns out more than necessary was put aside, so now looking at the next year’s budget, they realized we can actually use those extra funds to put

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toward staff salaries, without having to worry as much about where that pay increase can come from,” Helm said. “We’re still going to have that contingency fund, and based on our district size and the amount of people, we can confidently say that we’ll have enough to deal with whatever comes down the line still.” Because the contingency fund money will be combined with additional funds coming from the state, Helm says no additional funds should be needed to increase staff salaries. Though the budget will not be finalized until the official vote on June 26, the board has already voted on and approved the staff salary portion, which Helm says was made first priority. “When our CFO brings the budget forward this month, that part is already approved,” she said. “There might be other discussions about moving money around other areas in the budget, but the salaries have already been approved, so they won’t impact that proposal.” Helm also noted that budget discussions were not impacted by the indictment of former SUSD chief

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financial officer Laura Tenison Smith, who is facing 11 felony charges, including two counts of fraudulent schemes and practices and eight counts of conflict of interest from her time in office in 2017. “That whole process really doesn’t affect this budget at all,” she said. But the raises in base salary still did not come easy, as the original proposed budget had just a 2 percent increase for classified staff, which includes employees such as security personnel and custodial workers. Some staff voiced displeasure to the board, so the increase was doubled to 4 percent. Pointing out that Arizona is still near the worst in the United States in paying school district employees, Helm said the increases serve as progress toward rewarding the state’s hardworking staff properly. “Anecdotally, I’ve heard the governing board now is hearing good things from those staff with the increase,” she said. “And I hope the teachers are happy with the raise, but as we know, Arizona is coming from behind, so teacher pay is still probably not as much as they want or deserve, but it’s a step in the right direction.”

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App...continued from page 1 Such apps are efficient and convenient but often don’t include detailed security measures for users, putting responsibility on consumers rather than relying on industry or government oversight. ZipSit in Scottsdale is a perfect example, Bowman said, of a potential solution to a problem plaguing parents for decades: finding good people to care for their children. The app uses a 30-mile proximity radius, a recommendation score and a user’s social circle to populate a list of available sitters. A parent can set the price and send a request to any sitter – the first sitter to accept gets the job. The process is comparable to the business model popularized by ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft. “Everyone wants to model themselves after Uber,” said Josh Benveniste, ZipSit co-founder. He said the service seeks to eliminate the awkward communication and payment situations that arise between a babysitter and employer. Venmo or bank account information is tied to a user’s account, and the app verifies identity for the financial information. But the service doesn’t extend to background checks of a sitter – or of parents. “We let the community vet the sitters,” said ZipSit co-founder Peter Helms. Being connected with trusted fellow parents will prioritize their favorite sitters, creating a system that weeds out unreliable sitters, he said. Parents and sitters can block any profiles they choose, Benveniste said, and sitters have to be at least 17 to show up

in public searches. Sitters are also able to sign up at 13, but until 16, they can only approve requests and be added manually by parents seeking sitters. Kelley Morrison, a mother of two, had trouble with other babysitting services. “I found ZipSit because I was looking for an easy solution,” she said, but she wanted something safe. “The thing that you care most about is the kids.” As for the emergence of apps that bring strangers into the home, she said, “There is a hesitation for anything new,” but the ZipSit community, which her neighborhood has adopted, eased some of her fears. Her husband, Chris Morrison, said the rating system and trust within the family’s social circle lessens risk. “It’s not like Uber, where you hit a button and someone shows up at your house,” he said. “If you’re not good at what you do, people will tell other people.” After “more than one ZipSitter” tidied up her home, Kelley Morrison said she considered less traditional babysitting roles, such as driving her children to and from soccer practice. She didn’t expect the app to vet that responsibility, adding that trusting a sitter with transportation involves her getting a sense of the sitter’s maturity, similar to what parents did before babysitting apps and websites sprang up. Tim Verhoek, who has one child, still is seeking a babysitting service that fits his family. “It’s been kind of tough finding somebody,” he said. “I personally like to see people ahead of time… and anybody can really put in a picture of whoever online. That’s a concern with all the apps, that you’re not just hiring a weirdo.”


Jody Powell connected with the Hurlburt family through ZipSit and plays with Hendricks and Vivienne during a sit. (Photo by Amanda Slee/Cronkite News)

He said a lack of background checks by babysitting apps doesn’t concern him because he prefers to set up interviews outside the home regardless. Still, Verhoek said he would be cautious to have a quick booking set up with an unknown sitter for his 2-yearold son. He said he likes the idea of reworking the traditional babysitting dynamic, which ZipSit allows with special notes when submitting a booking. Verhoek’s wife works a schedule almost opposite of his, so hiring a sitter to watch his son around the house while he does chores and catches up on work from home would be helpful, he said. Bowman, the ASU law professor, studies legislation to see whether it would be a barrier to technology or consumer protection. In general, she said, online services have a regulation problem: “The whole privacy and security debate has been kind of ignored.” “The owner or business waives any and all responsibility” for what happens because of their online service, but that’s how our digital age works, Bowman said. Bowman, who teaches at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and School for the Future of Innovation in Society, said services based on technology can seem faceless and disconnected, but users need to understand they’re still dealing with the unpredictability of humans. The processes offered by such apps as Uber and ZipSit, she said, aren’t much different from what society has used in the past. “There was this dependency on a network,” but on a smaller scale, Bowman said. Apps and websites with many users convey a “sense of legitimacy,” Bowman said, adding that as a mother, she’d be more likely to use an app based on community recommendations and vetting, such as ZipSit. However, there still needs to be a way to keep consumers safe, Bowman said. The automatization of the world could remove some accountability, she said, but service developers must figure out ways to better secure apps that connect users and strangers. “Consumers will have to be self-regulators,” Bowman said. “We still haven’t worked out ways to keep pace with what’s coming to market.” - Tristan Ettleman is a reporter for Cronkite News

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Neighborhood for adults with disabilities set to open in 2019 By Eric Newman

Luna Azul, a unique residential neighborhood welcoming people with disabilities, is set to finish construction and open to residents in 2019. With 30 two- and three-bedroom condos grouped into an inclusive neighborhood, Luna Azul hopes to offer permanent living arrangements for people with a wide range of special needs. Mark Roth, a practicing lawyer for over 25 years, has spent years worrying where his daughter Emma, an 18-yearold with special needs, was going to live when she became an adult. Luna Azul provides a solution. Rather than placing his daughter in a government-approved group home where she could be paired with unknown roommates, or alone in a standard apartment or condo that could leave her feeling isolated or trapped in her unit, Roth figures Emma will be satisfied in the new location. “The goal was finding where she was going to live, and so much of the focus for us is, will she have a shot at a social life and independence,” he said.

Officials celebrated the groundbreaking of Luna Azul in May. (Photos courtesy Luna Azul)

“Best case, she’s politely tolerated by neighbors who are talking down to her. Worst case is, she’s getting tormented or abused, and even if they’re being nice to her, she’s not really going to be part of the community.” The social aspect is what Roth

considers the centerpiece of the community. With a clubhouse set to host daily activities, a movie room, a full-time activities director and neighbors who not only understand, but have their own special needs, the community will allow those with disabilities to truly belong. Having read up on the physical ailments loneliness and isolation have on people, Roth says the group of houses will provide the chance for families to select roommates or guests that benefit the disabled family member the most. “My daughter can help some neighbors, and some others can help her. And if she’s getting tired of her roommate or something, she can get out and take a walk to a friend’s house, or to the clubhouse where we’ll have a bunch of activities and things going on,” he says.

The cost of care for disabled adults can be high, and the state pays for room and board in group homes but will not pay the rent on an independent home or condo. However, Roth says families that can afford to buy a condo initially will receive government help to pay for support service members to provide care inside the home. Families and guardians will have to create an individually designed living arrangement, or IDLA, but will receive funds from Arizona to help give proper services. Partnered with a homeowners’ association that provides a locked gate, overnight staff for emergencies and more, Luna Azul provides people with special needs the best possible care without them having to even leave home. Roth also hopes families buying the homes can save significant money purchasing homes, as opposed to paying for long-term leases or monthly rent at other residences in the Valley. “The rent we’re seeing for congregate living starts at as much as $3,000 a month if not more, but if you took that for 45 years, even if the rent never went up, it would be over $1.6 million,” Roth said. “And that money’s just gone, but if I could buy one of the condos for $300,000 to $400,000, you’re still way ahead of the game, even in the case the value literally goes down to nothing.” Money aside, Roth hopes the community of homes will provide the highest quality of life for Emma, and for numerous other people with special needs in the area. “Her disability doesn’t make her stand out,” he said. “It helps her fit in.” Condos at Luna Azul will include one- and two-bedroom units.

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Lulu Belle: Scottsdale’s first upscale restaurant In the mid-1950s, Scottsdale saw its first “glamour restaurant” – as one early Scottsdale resident phrased it – when prominent hoteliers Evelyn and Bobby Foehl opened Lulu Belle on Main Street and Scottsdale Road. The Foehls also managed the modern and luxurious Hotel Valley Ho, so they brought considerable connections to wealth and celebrity to the establishment. With its “Gay Nineties” Western theme, Lulu

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Belle injected a new level of fun and whimsy into downtown Scottsdale. Bartenders, dressed as 1890s saloon-keepers, poured drinks behind a heavy wooden bar reminiscent of the Old West and costumed servers delivered food to two themed dining rooms: the Garter Room and the Rose Room (both featuring a rose on every table). Lulu Belle quickly became a center of nightlife in Scottsdale and one of the best places in town to “see and be seen” for the next two decades. In 4


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1957, for example, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner celebrated their wedding dinner at Lulu Belle. For many Scottsdale residents and visitors, the ornate and festive restaurant served as the backdrop for many special celebrations. Beginning in the 1970s, Lulu Belle saw a series of ownership changes and modifications to the original Gay Nineties theme. Today, the Lulu Belle concept is gone, but its Main Street building remains, along with several surviving details of the original restaurant. More enduring than the building, however, is 3

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1. One of Lulu Belle’s two dining rooms. 2. This view of Main Street shows the exterior of Lulu Belle. 3. Lulu Belle staff and patrons pose by the bar. 4. In this photo from 1960, city leaders who helped bring spring training baseball to Scottsdale enjoy a celebration at Lulu Belle. 5. Lulu Belle staff wave in front of the restaurant at Christmas time.

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SUSD’s 2017-18 school year finishes on high notes By Nancy Norman, SUSD

When Scottsdale Unified School District’s (SUSD) more than 22,000 students said farewell to their teachers on May 24, another school year of outstanding achievement came to a close. More than 1,800 students graduated that night from the district’s five high schools, including Coronado High School’s first-ever Flinn Foundation Scholarship recipient, Christopher Hernandez Salinas. All told, the Class of 2018 earned nearly $63.7 million in college academic and athletic scholarships. Four seniors received appointments to the nation’s military academies: Megan Falls, Saguaro High School; Jeannie Ko, Chaparral High School; and Kelly Huffer, Chaparral High School, accepted appointments to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Max McCauley, Arcadia High School, heads to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the fall. This spring, two SUSD elementary schools, Redfield and Laguna, were named Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) A+ Schools of Excellence™. Redfield, located at 9181 E. Redfield Road, is an A+ winner for the first time in its nine-year history; this is the second time Laguna Elementary, located at 10475 E. Lakeview Drive, had its 2010 A+ title renewed. Laguna first became an A+ School in 2003. To receive the AEF award, a school commits to a demanding, introspective look at itself. In a lengthy, written application, the school must describe its programs and practices, document its parent and community involvement, profile its principal, provide

demographic data, and be able to demonstrate its commitment to excellence, equity, service and sustained high achievement. SUSD is home to nine A+ Schools of Excellence™: Cherokee, Cochise, Hohokam, Laguna, Navajo, Redfield and Tavan Elementary schools; Copper Ridge School; and Chaparral High School. The awards are valid for threeand-a-half years. Over at Mountainside Middle School and Desert Mountain High School, both schools have been named candidate schools for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) for grades 6 through 10. The two schools are pursuing authorization as IB World Schools, known for their high-quality, challenging, international education. The candidate school designations mean extra online and local resources will become available. The IB MYP empowers all students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally, and, in so doing, elevates student creativity, and critical and reflective thinking. This summer, Desert Mountain and Mountainside teachers continue their MYP preparations by participating in training sessions and writing curriculum units that meet both IB MYP and state standards across all subject areas. Read more about the IB MYP Programme at Desert Mountain has been home to SUSD’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for nearly 20 years. On the web at

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Mighty Mud Mania Everyone’s name was mud on Saturday, June 9, as the 43rd Annual Mighty Mud Mania took over Chaparral Park. Participants waded through the muck and the mire of watery, muddy obstacle courses and also cooled off in the waterslide area. hearsay

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1. Nizhoni Touchine is all smiles at Mighty Mud Mania. 2. Nanette Smith uses her upper body strength on an obstacle course. 3. Evan Buckmaster gets mud sprayed off his face. 4. Alyxandria Rodriguez, 5, gets ready to jump in the mud. 5. Josslyn McGinnis, 7, was up to her armpits in mud. 6. Preston Meulenaere poses for a photo. 7. Trent Wakefield watches people run through the mud. 8. Flint Hollins loved the dirty fun. 9. Ella Stephens takes a slide through the mud. 10. Haleigh Soto and Emily Adcock keep cool near the rinse station.





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Story & photos by Crystal Lewis Brown Having to work on the weekend is usually a bummer, but not when it means checking out one of North Scottsdale’s newest hot spots, Bowlero. The bowling center, which held its grand opening in mid-May, houses more than 33,000 square-feet of bowling, video games and more. Full disclosure: I am a terrible bowler. In fact, it’s rare that I would ever go bowling, let alone suggest it. I usually can’t even work the module in which you input each bowler’s name. But with family in town, I knew it would be a great way to find something fun that multiple people could enjoy. After getting our bowling shoes, we headed over to our lane, passing a full bar, an Airstream trailer and a vintage Mustang (more on that later). I

(Above) Cameron Brown (left), 9, and his brother Jordan, 5, atop the classic car at Bowlero. (Right) Jordan Brown, 5, eyes the bowling balls as he prepares for his turn.

thought it was a good sign when I was able to quickly and easily input the names into the computer, including adding bumpers that would pop up automatically when the younger kids were ready to bowl. That’s where the good luck ended – at least as far as my bowling was concerned. If you’ve never been bested in a game by a 5-yearold, consider yourself lucky. Ric Stanfield, Bowlero general manager, said the center was created to be fun for people of all ages. “We have something for everybody, from the full arcade for the kids and the full bar for mom and dad,” he said. The arcade consists of more than 35 arcade games, plus laser tag and pool. The chef-inspired menu is also one of the things that sets Bowlero apart, Stanfield says. Sure, there are your

North Scottsdale’s Bowlero features more than 30 bowling lanes.

usual favorites like chicken tenders, except theirs are hand-breaded and cut in-house. And yeah, you can get an ordinary burger, or you can share the five-pound Behemoth Burger with a few of your closest friends. The Behemoth Burger is one of several “oversized shareables” on the menu. “It’s not your typical bowling alley food,” Stanfield said. “Everything we do is to bring the bowling experience to that next level.” Once we finished bowling, we took turns taking photos inside the vintage Mustang that sits in the middle of the center next to the bar area. And while I never did get the story behind why the car was there, I agree with the bartender that regardless of why, it was pretty cool. Stanfield said Bowlero offers a variety of special promotions throughout the week, including their $2.22

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Tuesdays, which offers games, tacos and certain drinks for just $2.22. And their Sunday Funday special is perfect for big groups or families, with games and shoe rentals costing just $3.09 after 6 p.m. They also have their version of happy hour – Chill Session – with $3 food and drink specials from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. One of my takeaways took me back to the last time I decided to make an impromptu trip to a bowling alley, only to find out we’d come on a league night and couldn’t play. Stanfield said if Bowlero’s doors are open, walk-ins are welcome. “We want to be that place you can go anytime of the week,” he said. Bowlero is also available for group events and parties.

IF YOU GO What: Bowlero Where: 7000 E. Mayo Blvd, Phoenix Hours: 4 p.m. – midnight Monday through Thursday; noon to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 11 p.m. Sunday Cost: $5.80 per game, plus shoe rental. Various specials are available throughout the week. Info: 480-909-3600, location/bowlero-north-scottsdale

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Valley-based teen author inspires locals to read more By Andrea Estrada They say the hardest part about writing a novel is finishing it. That, however, was not the case with Zachary Astrowsky, 14, who started jotting down ideas four years ago and recently published a book titled The Uncontrolled. Astrowsky’s 320-page novel takes readers into a fictional society where mind-control is possible through

tracking devices, which are implanted in humans at the age of 14. Throughout the novel, three teenage friends fight against all odds to remain “uncontrolled” and to ultimately defeat those “in control.” The inspiration for his story’s plot came from his imagination as a child, Astrowsky said. “I started writing this book when I was ten, and being younger gives you more creative ideas.” Two years later, those very ideas resurfaced, and Astrowsky wanted to stand out. “I mainly worked on it when I was 12 years old, because I was trying to be more unique than others and find a way to really be different. So I got back to my book,” Astrowsky said. The Uncontrolled (available on amazon. com) has gained praise around the Valley and even across the country from readers of all ages. “It makes me feel really great that I was able to inspire people to read my book, and to read more books, hopefully,” Astrowsky said. “It also makes me want The Uncontrolled is a 320page science fiction novel.

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to write another book – which is what I’m doing, so that I can inspire people to read more. I am going to be working on a sequel this summer.” Since he published his novel, Astrowsky has talked to students at a number of local schools, including high school seniors. “He just finished eighth grade, so we weren’t sure how some of the high school presentations would go, because older kids don’t always want to listen to a younger kid,” said Zachary’s mother, Adena Astrowsky. “But he even really touched those Scottsdale resident Zachary Astrowsky will work on a sequel to students, and his first book this summer. (Photos courtesy Adena Astrowsky) that was really interesting and fun to experience.” Adena said. Watching her son motivate students Zachary Astrowsky is scheduled to to read – something she says is hold two meet-and-greet events in imperative to a successful life – makes Scottsdale this month – one at 3:30 Adena proud. “Seeing how influenced p.m. Wednesday, June 27 at Yogurtini, they (students) are, their comments to 13610 N. Scottsdale Road; and Zachary after a presentation or even another at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at when a lot of them try to reach out to Maverick Coffee, 10269 N. Scottsdale him through social media, that’s just Road. For more information on The been really humbling and amazing Uncontrolled, visit theuncontrolled. as a parent to see my kid being able to inspire so many other children,”

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Phoenix Fine Arts Fest The student-planned and -led Phoenix Fine Arts Fest gathered more than a hundred creative works by students from three Scottsdale schools, which were on display in three galleries at Shadow Mountain High School on Friday, May 18. Hosted by North Valley Arts Academies, the event included visual art from Desert Cove Elementary School, Shea Middle School and Shadow Mountain High School students, in addition to live musical performances. Student-run workshops and food trucks added to the fun.


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1. The princess booth crew. From left: Sarah Triplett, Shaley Young, Cara Super, Addy Davis, Amy Bautista and Vy Dao. 2. Senior Thomas Judd and sophomore Aunah Johnson dressed up for wandering performance art. 3. Students created posters portraying iconic music artists for the event. 4. Student artwork was on display at the Phoenix Fine Arts Fest 5. Sophomore Chenoa Covington (left) and freshman Tierney Emmons looked great. 6. This rock captured the creative spirit of the event. 7. Demi Moreno (left) and Angelica Haun, both 9th graders, dressed up for the princess booth. 8. More than a hundred original artworks were on view at the festival. 9. This group worked on special effects bruises. From left: 10th grader Melissa LaCross and seniors Emma Prejs and Katherine Hann.







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Bring the family out to The Phoenix Zoo to celebrate Independence Day with your favorite animals. Enjoy a barbecue and watch fireworks from the Tempe Town Lake Fireworks Spectacular show in a special VIP seating area. When: 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 Where: Phoenix Zoo, Arizona Center for Nature Conservation, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix Cost: $35 to $45 Info: 602-286-3800,

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s Concert Series

The Eagles tribute band, One of These Nights, showcases its songs in front of the crowds at the railroad park. Bring snacks, blankets and chairs to enjoy the show. Food will be available for purchase. When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 24 Where: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale Cost: Free Info: 480-312-2312,

Mystery in the Museum: The Mischievous Beast

Families get the chance to explore the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art during Mystery in the Museum, in which a critter from a painting gets loose. It’s up to families to find the critter. When: 6 p.m. Saturday, July 14 Where: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second Street, Scottsdale Cost: $15, $25 for pairs Info:

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North Scottsdale United Methodist Church is hosting its five-day summer day camp for kids ages 3 to 12. It will include music, activities, science experiments and Bible puppetry. When: 9 a.m. to noon Monday, June 25, to Friday, June 29 Where: North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, 11735 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale Cost: $45 Info: 480-948-0529,


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Celebrate local and international artists with Caribbean and island music and refreshments. When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 12 Where: Scottsdale Arts District, Main Street from Scottsdale Road to Goldwater Boulevard, and Marshall Way from Main Street to Fifth Avenue Cost: Free admission Info:

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and prosciutto with arugula; spicy fig jam with jalapeño and cream cheese; and balsamic marinated tomatoes and goat cheese. There’s not a bad choice among them, but the roasted red bell pepper and goat cheese is one of the best, with the creamy and slightly bitter cheese offsetting the subtle spicysweet tango of the peppers. Babbo’s pastas are also noteworthy. Cooked al dente and served with an ideal ratio of sauce-to-pasta, these dishes stand out among the entrees. There are a whopping 29 pasta options on the menu, including stellar spaghetti and meatballs and a worth-thewait lasagne. Four new pastas top the menu: Zoodles Arrabbiatta (zucchini noodles in a spicy marinara sauce that includes pomodoro tomato, anchovy paste, onion and fresh basil); Pasta Francaise (fettucine pasta with caramelized onions, sun-dried tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and parmesan in a garlic butter wine sauce); Super Food Pasta (fettucine noodles with pesto, Tuscan kale, spinach, green onions, red chili and garlic in a white wine sauce); and What the Kale? (penne pasta with artichoke, garlic, kale and Roma tomatoes in a creamy three-cheese sauce). Any of the pastas on the menu can be substituted with zucchini noodles for $1.50. Babbo’s menu is rounded out with salads, sandwiches, calzones, and of course, pizzas. New to the salad selections are a “Super Chopped Mediterranean” and a “BBQ Crispy Chicken Salad.” There are three new sammies: a prosciutto and fig variety that’s remi-

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niscent of the bruschetta, a crispy chicken parmesan sandwich, and a “remodeled” Buffalo chicken Caesar sandwich (served with blue cheese and topped with a Caesar salad). Five 12-inch Neopolitan-style pizzas have been added to the menu, as well, including a flavor explosion called the “Greek Garden” topped with artichoke, kalamata olives, red bell pepper, pepperoncini, red onion and feta. Also notable: the meaty Farmhouse pizza studded with sausage, bacon and capicola and topped with a sunny side-up egg. And keeping with the restaurant’s thing for fusing fig and prosciutto, there’s a new fig and prosciutto pizza (the Italian sausage and gouda cheese make this perhaps the tastiest fig-andprosciutto iteration on Babbo’s menu). If you manage to make it through appetizers and entrees and still have room for dessert, the Lemon Cooler Cookie is a must-try. This massive cookie (be prepared to share!) is filled with gooey, lemony goodness and topped with white chocolate and coconut ice cream and big, fragrant mint leaves. It’s downright dreamy. If you imbibe in alcohol, the new Electric Lemonade cocktail (a blend of passion fruit vodka, lemon juice, lime and mint) pairs perfectly with this sweet treat. It’s the kind of dinner denouement any dad would dig, Italian or not.

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Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade brings island flavors to Scottsdale By Allyson Wittekind Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade brings the spirit of Hawaii to Arizona with its handcrafted fresh lemonade. Using natural produce grown at local farms, they provide customers with an array of delicious gourmet flavors including watermelon basil, strawberry lychee, lavender blackberry and lilikoi (Hawaiian passion fruit). None of the drinks are pasteurized so customers

get more nutrition and live enzymes. The menu also includes other healthy items like avocado toast, acai bowls, overnight oats and smoothies. Founders Todd and Chloe Casselberry built their company in the spirit of Aloha. After the death of their first son, they started a small handcrafted lemonade and street waffle business in the farmers’ markets in California.

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Their goal was to pursue a life centered on community. When the Casselberrys went to Hawaii to visit friends, they were touched by the community’s love and generosity. Being surrounded by the beauty of the island and the support of their friends, they decided to make Maui their home. The goal of Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade is to serve every part of the community. They serve their growers by using locally sourced produce, they serve customers by handcrafting drinks that feature Hawaii’s finest

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For what you’ll pay a gourmet grocery store or bakery for a couple of slices of fruit tart, you can buy yourself a tart pan and make this incredibly simple fresh fruit tart anytime you want! It’s going to really surprise you how easy it is to make a cookie crust, whip up some pudding and top with a few pieces of colorful seasonal fruit. In fact, I’m about to bust the myth that it’s a dessert to admire and buy, but never attempt. You will need a pan with a removable bottom, but it’s a pretty inexpensive purchase. I bought the traditional rectangular 14-inch by 4-inch tart pan, but you can buy an 8-inch square or even mini tart pans. The base is made from

Easy Summertime Fruit Tart Ingredients: - 8 oz. (about 24) cookies (shortbread, cream-filled, chocolate, lemon, etc.) - 4 cups whole milk - 2 packages (3.5 oz.) instant vanilla pudding (or other flavors of your choice) - 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted - Fresh fruits including mango, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, pomegranate - Mint for garnish - 1/2 cup jelly (apricot, strawberry or red raspberry), optional for fruit glaze Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grind cookies in food processor to fine consistency. If you don’t have a food processor or grinder, you can put the cookies in a zippered bag and smack it with a rolling pin to get fine cookie crumbs. Place ground cookies in a bowl. Melt butter and pour over cookies. Mix until consistency is like

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the cookie of your choice. I love the shortbread flavor with pudding and fruit so I opted for Pepperidge Farm Chessmen. You can also use vanilla, chocolate or lemon cream sandwich cookies (like Oreos). It just depends on what pudding and fruit you are using. For this recipe, I stayed with the traditional vanilla base. Want to know how bake shops get that shiny glaze on the fruit? I’ve included the directions for that, too. Want a “wow” dessert? You’ve got it! wet sand and presses together. Press into base and halfway up the sides of tart pan (mine is a 14-inch by 4-inch tart pan). Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown. Add milk to large bowl. Sprinkle both packages of instant pudding over milk and whisk continually until pudding thickens. (You can also use a mixer.) Spread pudding over baked crust, filling to top of tart tin. Refrigerate for 15 minutes so pudding thickens. (Note: Depending on the size of the tart tin or tins, you may have extra pudding left over.) Clean and slice your desired fruit. Arrange over top of pudding. Add a few whole mint leaves for garnish. For a glazed finish, microwave jelly for about 7-8 seconds or until liquefied. With a pastry brush, coat fruit lightly with liquefied jelly glaze. (This will allow fruit to not wilt if making tart in advance.) Slice and serve. Watch my how-to video here: https://



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From playing country to blues to rock and roll with a touch of jazz, the Sugar Thieves have their own take on what it is to be unique in the music industry. The Phoenix-based band will be performing at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch on Friday, June 29, but it isn’t the band’s first time taking the Hyatt Regency stage. “We’ve played at the Hyatt a couple of times, and what a great venue! The atmosphere is energetic and upbeat, with that relaxed lounge feel. We love that it’s family-friendly, and the food is great too,” lead singer Meridith Moore said. With its singular sound, the band has been gaining followers and fans all over the world since 2006. “We started performing as a duo back in 2006 with Mikel Lander on guitar and vocals, and me on vocals. We were given a night at a local Tempe club, to host a jam on Wednesdays. We had a couple of musicians come out every week for a year,” Moore said. “We decided to ask them to join us as a

band, and we released our first album in 2007.” Today the band is made up of Todd Chuba on drums, multi-instrumentalist Shea Marshall, bassist Jeff Naylor, and Lander and Moore. Together they have performed in smoky dive bars and on big festival stages and can clearly grab the attention of almost any kind of audience. And although the Sugar Thieves call Phoenix home, the band has traveled all over the country and all over the world performing. Intriguing people with their energizing performances, it’s no surprise this band seems to have really taken off, reeling their crowds in with a soulful experience. “Have you ever been to church? We will send you home feeling like you have

been. Our shows are full of emotion. We’ll lift you up and turn you around. We’ll get you on your feet, and then sit you back down,” Moore said. Their sound could only be described in one way: good old American Roots, with a blend of blues, jazz, country, folk, gospel, and rock and roll. Throughout the years, the Sugar Thieves have wanted to create a sound that engages and moves every audience they are performing for. And as for their upcoming Hyatt performance, the audience can expect nothing less from them. “We will focus on our blues and singer-songwriter tunes for the Hyatt. We will bring out that classy lounge style, with some upbeat blues songs as well,” Moore said. Through their many successes, from sharing the stage with Willie Nelson, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, and The Flaming Lips, to name a few, the band is clearly on the rise and unstoppable. “Music is important to humans all over the world because it is an integral part of our past, present, and future. It is our culture, our sense of purpose, and a representation of where we are as a species. There is rhythm in nature, and at a time when people have turned their backs on our planet, we need that rhythm to remind us of what is important in this world,” Moore said. As they become more seasoned and experienced musicians in the industry, there is only one piece of advice that they would give young or aspiring musicians. “Taj Mahal told me once that ‘No matter what, you’ve got to just keep on playing.’ His message was that even you may be down on your luck, you may be lost, keep on playing. Keep singing,” Moore said. “Use this gift and use it to do something positive in the world.”





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John Travolta had one thing in mind when John Gotti’s family asked him to play the infamous mob king in the film Gotti: Get it right. “It was important for me to accurately portray the dad/husband to that family,” Travolta said during an interview at Grimaldi’s in Old Town Scottsdale. “It took a long time to get it done. There were increments of different actors, increments of different directors and different scripts until we decided on the right one. It was important to get it right.” Based on the book by John Gotti Jr., Shadow of My Father, the film Gotti shares the story of John V. Gotti’s rise to power to take the mantle of boss of the Gambino crime family. The film, which opened Friday, June 15, also focuses on the relationship between father and son, when John Jr. approaches his father for his blessing to leave the crime syndicate. While in prison, Gotti is forced to reexamine his life and priorities, and determine if, for the first time, he can put the needs of his family over those of his crime syndicate. “I thought it was admirable of John Jr. to fight for getting out of the mob because that took a lot of courage to confront a powerhouse like his dad,” Travolta said. “Then the RICO Act moved in and made the mob disassemble. There wasn’t a lot of future in it anyway. At the end of the day, his dad wanted him to be happy because he loved his son, so he let him leave the group with his permission.” Travolta, who is joined in the film by

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his wife, Kelly Preston, and daughter, Ella Bleu, admitted there was a lot of pressure to play the “Teflon Don.” “It was a good pressure, though,” he said. “I like a challenge. I knew I could challenge myself to really make them believe I was him and I did, for their criteria. I did my job.” It proved to be a learning experience for the entire cast, as well. including Spencer Lofranco, who plays John Jr. “I learned (John Gotti) was a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week gangster,” Travolta said about his experience. “They helped me understand ‘La Cosa Nostra,’ the integrity the original mob had, which had nothing to do with what evolved in this present day, the time in which the movie is based. There was honor and integrity to it in its own moral envelope. I finally understood that. I don’t think I did hither to the film.” But Gotti doesn’t set out to persuade audiences to see a lighter side of John Jr. or his father, who died in 2002 in prison of throat cancer at age 61. Instead, Travolta wants the audience to make their own judgment about the family. “I’m not a message person, per se,” Travolta said. “I don’t tune into that. I tune into, ‘Did the audience enjoy the experience? Did they get something from it subjectively?’ “So far, the people who have seen it have gotten something different from it. That’s what I think is a good piece of art. I had a similar experience with Pulp Fiction. Everyone had a different take on it. That’s what you hope for in a good film or a good painting or a good piece of music.”

See Phoenix-based Ken Koshio bring together musicians and artistic groups, adding Japanese taiko drumming. New beginnings and positive energy will be promoted. When: 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23 Where: Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale Cost: $30 to $50, $20 to $40 for students Info: 480-499-8587,

Crystals: Clearing You and Your Space Learn about the benefits of crystals and the effect they have on our bodies and surroundings by presenter Tracy Martinez. When: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28 Where: OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via De Ventura Scottsdale Cost: Free Info:

Cash Cash Cool off at the end of the day with a night swim and performance by Cash Cash at the Maya Day & Nightclub. Expect to hear songs like “Finest Hour” and “Jewel.” When: 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 Where: Maya Day & Nightclub, 333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale Cost: $10 Info:,

Johnny Rivers Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Johnny Rivers brings hits like “Poor Side of Town” and “Memphis” to the casino. When: 8 p.m. Friday, July 6 Where: The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale Cost: $60 to $95 Info:

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Lee Greenwood Sing along to the most well-known patriotic song, “God Bless the U.S.A.,” with Lee Greenwood to keep the Independence Day celebration going. When: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 7 Where: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale Cost: $35-$100 Info: 480-850-7777, talkingstickresort. com

EDX EDX has remixed songs by the likes of Charlie Puth, Janelle Monae, Calvin Harris and Avicii. Those who are older than 21 can enjoy the show. When: Noon Sunday, July 8 Where: Maya Day & Nightclub. 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale Cost: Free Info:,

Rita Coolidge After a brief hiatus, Rita Coolidge returns to the stage to promote her album Safe in the Arms of Time. Safe in the Arms of Time’s songs are the first new music Coolidge has recorded since the 2015 death of her sister, Priscilla, a recording artist and member of Walela, the Native American trio she and Coolidge founded with Priscilla’s daughter, Laura Satterfield. When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 13 Where: Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix Cost: $43.50 to $63.50 Info: 480-478-6000,

Spanish Harlem Orchestra The 13-piece, all-star salsa Big Band celebrates its 15-year anniversary with a concert in support of the aptly named sixth album, Anniversary. When: 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, July 14 Where: Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix Cost: $28.50 to $48.50 Info: 480-478-6000,

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PROSE could be the most pristine, clean and fashionable mani-pedi business you’ll ever see. In March, the boutique hand and foot care salon opened a second Valley location in Scottsdale, and it’s already built up a loyal clientele who come for the upscale atmosphere, aesthetic artistry and emphasis on health. The first thing one notices upon stepping inside PROSE is the air – it’s clean and cool, and completely devoid of the caustic scents (ethyl acetate, toluene, methyl methacrylate and other chemicals used in nail polish and removers) that typically permeate the air at a nail

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salon. The lack of olfactory assault is for two reasons: First, PROSE doesn’t do acrylic nail services or give treatments that utilize toxic chemicals, and their globally curated nail polishes, hand lotions and exfoliants are as natural as possible. Second, there’s a proprietary ventilation system built into the manicure tables that eliminates odors. After taking a deep breath, guests check in on iPads near the front door before settling into one of the comfortable and stylish chairs for a treatment. Pedicure stations have sterilized foot tubs, built-in power outlets so customers can charge their phones (the manicure stations also have outlets, and there’s a basket of various loaner chargers nearby), cushy oversize charcoal-

By Tim Johns IVs commonly are associated with illness and hospitals. But in recent years, businesses across the country – including here in metro Phoenix – have begun using them to deliver health and wellness treatments. The Drip Room in Old Town Scottsdale provides a range of intravenous drips, from detox and anti-aging to hydrogen peroxide. Sarah Ortolf, a businesswoman and marathon runner, said she comes in about once a month to get a vitamin drip. “I came in on their soft-opening weekend and had a drip for the first time, and I loved it and have been coming ever since,” she said. Intravenous vitamin therapy techniques have been around since the 1950s. However, they recently became more common, in part because of their popularity among Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes. The idea is to deliver vitamins and nutrients directly into the bloodstream, which allows the body to immediately absorb the liquid, according to the Drip Room and sites such as That doesn’t occur when vitamins are taken orally. However, the science behind the treatment is inconclusive and subject to debate. Dr. Ather Ali, a doctor of naturopathic medicine and health researcher at the Yale School of Medicine, told NPR that some of the benefits that people feel can probably be

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attributed to a placebo effect. Even with the skepticism, the industry continues to expand. Customers say they feel the difference. “As soon as, within, like, 15 minutes or so, I always feel better,” Ortolf said. “Even if I wasn’t feeling anything negative before, like sick or not feeling good, I always feel better really quickly and I notice the benefits really well.” Shirley Kelly is a registered nurse and founder of the Drip Room. For her, the success of her business and other IV vitamin bars across the country speaks for itself, and she plans to open another location in north-central Phoenix later this month. Kelly said IV vitamin drips provide a multitude of positive effects. “Most people will experience better sleep,” she said. “It will help with sleep patterns, improved mood. It can help with allergies, energy – but it’s nice, natural energy. It’s not that wired kind of feeling that some might get after caffeine or something like that.” Ortolf said she thinks the trend will grow as more locations open nationwide. “It’s one of those things that will move its way into being much more mainstream or isn’t something just new and exciting for certain people because I think there are so many health benefits.” - Tim Johns is a reporter for Cronkite News

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Kent Circle Partners, a Scottsdalebased commercial real estate and investment company, announced the new occupants of a 3,424 squarefoot office space in Tatum Corporate Center. Fendon Injury Law, PLLC and Robert J. Hommel, PC leased the space

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Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes new CEO The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce has appointed Mark Stanton as its new president and CEO. Stanton will be taking on interim leader Don Herringer’s post. Throughout the years, Stanton has held leadership positions that have ultimately equipped him with knowledge in the areas of business, govern-

ment and nonprofit agencies, which Steve Helm, chairman of the chamber’s board, said will be beneficial. “Mark brings a wealth of business development, marketing and public affairs experience and expertise to the chamber that will serve our members and mission well,” Helm said.

White Horse community wins PCBC awards Mark Stanton is the new president and CEO of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce. (Photo courtesy Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce)

Rents are on the rise in Scottsdale According to the latest report by, rents are on the rise in Scottsdale. The monthly report showed that in May, rents in Scottsdale remained relatively level, but have increased 2.3 percent year-over-year. The report also states that Scottsdale’s median two-bedroom rent of $1,280 is higher than the national average of

and are expected to move in by the end of June. Fendon Injury Law, PLLC practices social security disability law and workers’ compensation law. Similarly, Robert J. Hommel, PC also practices workers’ compensation law, as well as bad faith and personal injury.

$1,170. However, the report also posts that rents are increasing all over the metro Phoenix area – of the largest ten cities had data for in the Phoenix metro area, all have seen rents rise. The greatest increase was in Gilbert, where rents increased by 5.7 percent.

The Vig McCormick Ranch opens new event space

The new White Horse gated community by Camelot Homes in North Scottsdale has been recognized by PCBC, the largest homebuilding tradeshow on the west coast, earning merit awards including Gold Nugget honors in PCBC’s annual competition. According to judging chairman The White Horse community (interior model pictured here) won PCBC awards in three categories in May. (Photo courtesy DRA and Gold Nugget Collective) ceremonies adCammie Hancock Beckert, managministrator Lisa Parrish, Gold Nugget Award winners reflect the industry’s ing director of Camelot Homes, said best, brightest and most innovative her family invested a lot in perfecting architects, planners and builders/de- the floor plans that are in the running. velopers. Grand Awards will ultimately “White Horse has been a personal pasbe chosen from 2018 Merit Award win- sion project for our family. We extensively researched talented architects ners. Camelot Homes received Merit and interior designers, pursued our viAward honors in three design cat- sion of indoor and outdoor resort livegories: Best Single Family Detached ing and incorporated personal touches Home – 3,500-4,500 square feet, Best on the homes,” Beckert said. Grand Awards will be announced at Single Family Detached Home over 4,500 square feet, and Best Indoor/ the 55th Annual Gold Nugget Awards in San Francisco on June 28. Outdoor Lifestyle for a Home.

New SolarUp app calculates solar projects The Gameroom at The Vig McCormick Ranch can be rented for special events. (Photo courtesy Genuine Concepts)

Working toward an even more playful, fun-filled environment at The Vig McCormick Ranch, Genuine Concepts has expanded the restaurant’s patio and opened a new area – The Gameroom – that effuses a modern tavern vibe. The Gameroom can be rented out for events like holiday parties, birthdays, rehearsal dinners and business meetings. The 1,273 squarefoot space, which accommodates up to 80 guests, is furnished with pubheight banquette-style seating and features a bar, several 65-inch HDTV

screens equipped with sound systems, a shuffleboard table and its own restroom. Genuine Concepts owner Tucker Woodbury said his team is always reaching for the utmost quality for every level of the restaurant. “We’re continually trying to make every detail of The Vig more enjoyable, so this expansion was the logical next step,” Woodbury said. The Vig’s new private dining experience can be booked by emailing or calling 602-390-9381.

A new app developed in Scottsdale aims to make designing solar power projects for homes and businesses easier, faster and more economical. The app, named SolarUp, develops accurate energy modeling with sizing and allows users to edit, create and share their solar designs. Consumers can determine what size solar

equipment their property needs and what size panels their roof space can accommodate with the app. SolarUp will be available in app stores and will include a “fremium” version that provides three free designs. Users can also request a solar proposal within the app. For more information, visit

Scottsdale elections will wait until November There will be no primary election in Scottsdale on August 28. Only six candidates filed to run for three City Council seats by the May 30 deadline, making a Scottsdale primary election unnecessary. The general election takes place Tuesday, November 4. The

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PROSE...continued from page 24 gray chairs that complement the natural wood features throughout the salon, and a large, flat-screen television showing peaceful nature scenes. The new PROSE location is owned and operated by a group that includes Valley entrepreneur Rick Federico, the longtime CEO of P.F. Chang’s, and his wife Peggy, the CEO of Upward Projects, which includes Postino WineCafe. Lauren Bailey (a P.F. Chang’s veteran) and Lorrie Fickas are also owner-operators. The design of the 2,000-square-foot space emphasizes an appealing visual flow that’s clean and comfortable. Even the selection of more than 200 high-quality nail polishes is thoughtfully displayed on custom wooden shelves on the wall. Before every service, all equipment is cleaned using medical-grade sterilization machines – yet another way PROSE tries to differentiate itself from other hand and foot salons. “The first time we visited PROSE, it was evident that (founder and CEO) Dave Crisalli spent considerable time listening to consumers and crafted the PROSE experience to be the better and different alternative,” Frederico said. “We were very impressed with the simple elegance of PROSE and, as entrepreneurs, believe the brand is worth investing our resources and time. We look forward to working with Dave to propel PROSE to many other communities across the country.” To celebrate its grand opening, PROSE Scottsdale is offering a limited-time premium manicure and pedicure for $50 to first-time guests. Monthto-month memberships are available, which provide three services per month for women for $105 and one service per month for men for $35 (both memberships break down to $35 per manicure or pedicure; non-member rates are $45 per manicure and $55 per pedicure). A kid’s membership (two services per month) is also available for $70.

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