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Sunday, September 25, 2016

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Four weeks of online polling resulted in thousands of votes to highlight the best Chandler has to offer. OUR READERS DECIDED WHAT THEY LIKE MOST ABOUT THE CITY, from the best places to take the kids to the best spot for breakfast to the best shop to get a haircut. Some of the winners are well known and well-established landmarks, while others might be new to you. PLEASE JOIN US IN CONGRATULATING THE WINNERS — along with the second- and third-place finishers — and stop in to see what makes these businesses, restaurants, people and places so special.


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EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE BEST OF CHANDLER 2016

BEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER

CHRISTINE THORNTON

Kindergarten, Carlson Elementary School • 5400 S. White Drive 480-224-3800 • mychandlerschools.org/carlson

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t takes a village to raise a child, or just one amazing teacher. Christine Thornton is a kindergarten teacher at Carlson Elementary. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education at St. John’s University and got her master’s degree in teaching English as a second language from Queen’s University. This is Thornton’s fifth year teaching kindergarten in Chandler. She has taught at Tonalea Elementary in Scottsdale, Ryan Elementary and Estrella Mountain Elementary before coming to Carlson. This will be her 23rd year teaching overall. “I love watching them grow and succeed and achieve,” Thornton said. She said each day is a new adventure. “Every day, I laugh.”

SECOND PLACE

Rebecca McLendon, Tarwater

Fifth Grade, Tarwater Elementary School 2300 S. Gardner Drive 480-883-4300 mychandlerschools.org/tarwater THIRD PLACE

Jennifer Pearce,

First Grade Chandler Traditional Academy-Independence Elementary School 405 W. Lake Drive 480-224-2700 mychandlerschools.org/ Domain/1316

BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER

PAULA JONES, ORCHESTRA TEACHER Casteel High School 24901 S. Power Road, Queen Creek 480-424-8100 cusd80.com/caseteelhigh

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aula Jones has the good fortune to teach at the only Chandler school for students in seventh through 12th grades. Perhaps it’s her exposure to more students at more grade levels or her love for her work, but she was chosen by Tribune readers as the best junior high school and best high school teacher. Jones teaches orchestra classes at Casteel High School. The Chandler Unified School District school just began its second year of classes. This year students in grades 7-10 attend Casteel. One more grade level will be added for each of the next two years until it becomes a seventh through 12th-grade school. “It’s a great opportunity to teach in a real sequential fashion,” Jones said. “Kids can develop and build on their skills year after year.”

Jones wants her students to grow, learn and develop a desire to keep learning, “to not be satisfied unless they are learning.” Jones has taught in the Chandler district for 15 years and taught two years prior in another school district. Teaching is her second career. In addition to having dual degrees in education and instrumental and choral conducting from Northern Arizona University, she also has a master’s of divinity from Claremont University in California. Jones tells her students that learning to play an instrument will prove valuable for many reasons, mostly because it will allow them to express things “in a way they might not be able to do with their mouths.” Music also helps develop a sense of community, self-discipline and molds minds in ways that allow people to think outside the box, she said.

SECOND PLACE

THIRD PLACE

P.E. & health teacher Hamilton High School 3700 S. Arizona Ave. 480-883-5000 mychandlerschools.org/HHS

assistant principal for athletics Perry High School 1919 E. Queen Creek Road 480-224-2800 mychandlerschools.org/phs

Manny Palomarez,

Jennifer Burks,


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BEST MIDDLE SCHOOL

BOGLE JUNIOR HIGH

1600 W. Queen Creek Road. • 480-883-5500 mychandlerschools.org/Domain/676

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ounded in 1992, Bogle Junior High focuses on the personal and academic achievement of its students. However, one of its main goals is to give students the confidence they need to continue on and tackle high school. With smaller, more focused classrooms that allow the teachers to understand the individual needs of their students, any child can succeed. Bogle Junior High also recognizes the

importance of extracurricular activities and gives many different options that can appeal to any student’s interests. The positive classroom environment promotes student effort and celebrates personal success. Along with striving for academic excellence, Bogle Junior High also stresses the importance of teaching students to be good citizens in the community.

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THIRD PLACE

Santan Junior High

1550 E. Chandler Heights Road 480-883-4600 mychandlerschools.org/ Domain/3826

Arizona College

Preparatory-Oakland Campus 191 W. Oakland St. 480-224-3930 ww2.chandler.k12.az.us/ Domain/1466mpsaz.org/mesa

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BEST MASCOT

HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL HUSKIES

3700 S. Arizona Ave. • 480-883-5000 • mychandlerschools.org/hhs

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his year, The Hamilton Huskies lead the pack. Huskies are known to be quick and light on their feet. That is how their Husky takes the field every game to cheer on his winning team. Check out the pouncing dog at any of Hamilton High Schools events, from pep rallies to sporting events. Every year, the Chandler High School Wolves and Hamilton High School Huskies fight for who’s best and this year, it goes to Hamilton.

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THIRD PLACE

350 N. Arizona Ave. 480-812-7700 mychandlerschools.org/chs

3201 S. Gilbert Road 480-270-5422 chandler.legacytraditional.org

Chandler High School Wolves

BEST PRESCHOOL

Legacy Traditional School Titans

BEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WEE BLESSINGS

RIGGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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1751 E. Queen Creek Road • 480-634-4788 • weeblessingspreschool.com or nearly a decade, Wee Blessings has provided religious preschooling in Chandler, preparing children to enter all different kinds of schools. Whether your child will enroll in public or private elementary school, Wee Blessings will give them the skills they will need. Wee Blessings owners Phil Chavez and Debi-Larkin Chavez strive to keep class sizes to a minimum, maintaining the ratio to 12 students for every teacher at the most. Enrollment is open for some preschool and Pre-K sessions at their Chandler and Queen Creek locations.

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Kinderbugs Academy 1095 W. Queen Creek Road 480-899-3130 kinderbugs.com

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BRiDGES Preschool and Kindergarten 1997 W. Elliot Road 480-963-8300 bridgespreschool.com

6930 S. Seville Blvd., Gilbert • 480-224-3400 • www.cusd80.com/Riggs hat makes Riggs Elementary special? “It helps when you’ve got an amazing group of students, parents and staff,” Principal Jan Weyenberg said. Since the school opened its doors to Seville and surrounding neighborhoods, Riggs Elementary in the Chandler Unified School District has routinely racked up honors and achievements. But the school received an extra-special feather in its cap earlier this year when it was named an A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation. The foundation looks for high levels of student achievement, high levels of student, teacher and parent satisfaction, and innovation in classroom instruction and programs. “We really focus on helping children be their best, and being successful academically, socially and emotionally,” Weyenberg said.

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Navarrete Elementary

6490 S. Sun Groves Blvd. 480-883-4800 www.cusd80.com/Navarrete THIRD PLACE

Carlson Elementary

5400 S. White Drive 480-224-3800 www.cusd80.com/Carlson


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BEST CHARTER SCHOOL

LEGACY TRADITIONAL SCHOOL 3201 S. Gilbert Road • 480-270-5422 • chandler.legacytraditional.org

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egacy Traditional School, formerly Athlos Traditional Academy, is Arizona’s largest and highest-ranked K-8 charter school network. It was founded in 2007 and has 12 campuses including two in Chandler, two in Nevada and one in San Antonio. Legacy Traditional has a goal to create and maintain a school culture where students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. To that end, it has a back-to-basics

curriculum that promotes the mastery of reading, writing and mathematics, along with science, history and social studies. Also included in the curriculum are music, computers, physical education, library and art. The globally accredited program of instruction provides a solid foundation of fundamental and higher thinking skills. Its structured curriculum is consistent within each grade level and sequential throughout the grades. In addition, the kindergarten through eighth grade curriculum is taught in teacherdirected instructional style, where the teacher stands in front of a classroom and presents the information. The school’s core values include work ethics, integrity, patriotism, leadership, discipline, teamwork and character.

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THIRD PLACE

1951 N. Alma School Road 480-855-5410 chandlerprep.org

4825 S. Arizona Ave. 480-907-6072 basischandler.org

Chandler Preparatory Academy

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Casteel H.S. • 24901 S. Power Road, Queen Creek • 480-424-8100 Jones tells her students that learning to play an instrument will prove valuable for many reasons, mostly because it will allow them to express things “in a way they might not be able to do with their mouths.” Music also helps develop a sense of community, self-discipline and molds minds in ways that allow people to think outside the box, she said.

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Douglas Mitchell,

Life connections and careers, media and yearbook teacher Arizona College Prep-Oakland Campus 191 W. Oakland St. 480-224-3930 cusd80.com/acpoakland

John Studzinski,

band and guitar teacher Willis Junior High School 401 S. McQueen Road 480-883-5700 cusd80.com/wjhs

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aula Jones has the good fortune to teach at the only Chandler school for students in seventh through 12th grades. Perhaps it’s her exposure to more students at more grade levels or her love for her work, but she was chosen by Tribune readers as the best junior high school and best high school teacher. Jones teaches orchestra classes at Casteel High School. The Chandler Unified School District school just began its second year of classes. This year students in grades 7-10 attend Casteel. One more grade level will be added for each of the next two years until it becomes a seventh through 12th-grade school. “It’s a great opportunity to teach in a real sequential fashion,” Jones said. “Kids can develop and build on their skills year after year.” Jones wants her students to grow, learn and develop a desire to keep learning, “to not be satisfied unless they are learning.” Jones has taught in the Chandler district for 15 years and taught two years prior in another school district. Teaching is her second career. In addition to having dual degrees in education and instrumental and choral conducting from Northern Arizona University, she also has a master’s of divinity from Claremont University in California.

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EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE BEST OF CHANDLER 2016

BEST HIGH SCHOOL

HAMILTON HIGH

3700 S. Arizona Ave. • 480-883-5000 mychandlerschools.org/hhs

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amilton High School is the largest school in the state and carries with it a reputation of excellence. “Diversity is a positive for Hamilton,” Principal Ken James said. “We have a wide range of students who all want to be a part of a winning tradition.” Hamilton not only teaches students, but also focuses a lot of attention preparing them for after high school. “Every content area we have there’s AP (advanced placement),” James said. “We offer the most AP classes in the state.” The Huskies were also nominated as an A+ school program that celebrates outstanding public schools for their efforts.

SECOND PLACE

Casteel High School 24901 S. Power Road, Queen Creek 480-424-8100 cusd80.com/casteelhigh THIRD PLACE

Chandler High School 350 N. Arizona Ave. 480-812-7700 mychandlerschools.org/chs


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BEST BREAKFAST SPOT

THE HANGAR CAFE

1725 E. Ryan Road • 480-899-6965

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he Hangar Cafe at Chandler Municipal Airport sees several kinds of regular customers. There are the private pilots, of course, and all the instructors and mechanics who work for the airfield’s three flight schools. You might see a group of veterans who flew in Vietnam or Korea making three-egg omelets disappear.

And then there are moms and dads and kids who are excited to see small planes take off and land. “The kids always shriek because the pilots head right for the cafe before they turn,” said manager Emily Clark. A lot of those moms and dads came to the cafe as kids. Started 18 years ago by Lillian

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George, who runs the cafe with her brother, Fadi Assouad, the Hangar keeps them coming back with friendly service and great portions of great food. You can see the owners’ Lebanese heritage shine through in the gyro and spinach and feta cheese omelets. For many regulars, only the biscuits and gravy will do. The lip-smacking, homemade sausage gravy also figures prominently in the popular chicken fried steak, which can also be ordered as the Airport Burrito. Delicious, scratch green chili sauce adorns the Mediterranean frittata, the Hangar Green Chile Burrito and The Hash Wrap. Most entrees are $8.99. Light eaters can grab the Mediterranean Sandwich—one over-hard fried egg, spinach, tomato and feta cheese on an English muffin with a cup of fruit on the side. The best way to enjoy your meal and see the planes, during the fall-winter-spring months, is on the covered patio. The inside of the cafe has an old-school diner ambience and is decorated with humorous, retro signs. Model airplanes dangle from the ceiling. If you haven’t been to the Hangar in a while, don’t be alarmed if some of the guests are enjoying a bloody Mary, mimosa or Irish coffee. Last winter, the pilots also talked Lilly and Fadi into hosting Friday happy hours from 4-7

p.m. It got so popular, they added an all-youcan-eat fish fry and plan to do it again this year. These recent innovations, Clark notes, have had the added benefit of drawing her fellow millennials to the restaurant. “Chandler is growing so much,” she said, “and we’re trying to grow with it. I love it here. It’s like family.” The Hangar Cafe is open for breakfast every day from 7-11 a.m. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

SECOND PLACE

BLD Restaurant

1920 W. Germann Road 480-779-8646 or bldchandler.com THIRD PLACE

Biscuits Cafe

Two Chandler Locations 2040 S. Alma School Rd. 480-899-0758 2090 N. Dobson Rd., Suite 4 480-726-6852 biscuitscafe.com

BEST SPORTS BAR

COLD BEERS & CHEESEBURGERS

1980 W. Germann Road 480-899-2007 coldbeers.com/restaurants/chandler/

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he name says it all. At Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers, the burgers are made to order, there are multiple beers on tap and the big game can always be seen on one of the many big-screen TVs that are all over the restaurant. “Everything on our menu is made in house,” general manager Brandon Juniper said. “We take great pride in being able to cater to everyone; whether you come in with your family, a group of friends to enjoy a game or for our Happy Hour after work, it’s our goal to make sure you have a great time.” Not feeling a burger? Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers offers breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and Sundays.

SECOND PLACE

Native Grill and Wings 2885 S. Alma School Road 480-883-8284 2110 S. Gilbert Road 480-782-0840 THIRD PLACE

Zipps Sports Grill 3950 W. Ray Road 480-782-8877 zippssportsgrills.com


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BEST WAITER/WAITRESS/BARTENDER

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BEST ASIAN FOOD

PF CHANG’S

3255 W. Chandler Blvd. • 480-899-0472 pfchangs.com/arizona/9800-chandler

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ocated at Chandler Fashion Center, the 24-year-old, Arizona-based chain provides Americanized Chinese cuisine at a reasonable price. It’s the full-service largest casual dining Chinese restaurant chain in the country. Reservations can be made online and the restaurant is available to cater. P. F. Chang’s also offers gluten-free options and has been recognized by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America.

SECOND PLACE

THIRD PLACE

4055 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 8 480-895-9090 phochandler.us

757 E. Chandler Blvd. 480-777-5050 facebook.com/Singing-Pandas-AsianRestaurant-Bar-301206443383259/

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BEST HAPPY HOUR

JOSH BROWN

The Perch Pub & Brewery • 232 S. Wall St. • 480-773-7688 perchpubbrewery.com

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t takes only a few minutes of sitting at the bar to gain a true understanding of the staff that works at The Perch Pub & Brewery. There is a sense of kinship and respect that is shown in their work. Josh Brown is not shy in saying, “We are all friends outside of work. There is no bad blood.” Brown has been a bartender at The Perch for almost a year and a half. Seeing how they work together and treat each other, it’s no surprise when Brown says, “Honestly, I think there are better bartenders here than me. We all work hard.” At first, Brown didn’t even know he was in the running for Best Bartender in Chandler. A manager told him in passing

about the contest. “It took me by surprise. Once I checked it out, I added the link to my Facebook. 150 likes later, it must have worked.” Despite some teasing from his fellow servers, they are all proud of his work. Another server jumped in, “We love to bug him. Josh, as the best bartender in Chandler, how do you feel about this menu change?” The Perch has an inside bar and rooftop bar. Outside seating includes a misting system, “look, don’t touch” exotic rescue birds, and patio games. The rooftop bar offers amazing views of downtown Chandler and a bird’s-eye view of the courtyard seating below. Happy hour is available Monday through Friday, 2-6 p.m.

THIRD PLACE SECOND PLACE

Tiffanie Carpenter The Hungry Monk 1760 W. Chandler Blvd. 480-963-8000 hungrymonkaz.com

Singing Pandas

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El Palacio Crossroads Towne Center, 2950 E. Germann Road 480-802-5770 epfamilyrestaurants.com

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232 S. Wall St. • 480-773-7688 perchpubbrewery.com

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hile September continues to see weather in the 90s, it is easy to pick the indoor seating option at most bars and restaurants. At The Perch Pub & Brewery, outside seating is a treat despite what the thermostat reads. Walking into The Perch can be compared to entering a hidden forest, complete with a treehouse. The calming chirp of exotic birds and a fantastic misting system transforms this restaurant into a unique experience for any desert dweller. General Manager and Chef Timothy McGovern believes there are several reasons why The Perch won best happy hour. “The atmosphere is amazing. We have great customers and a hard-working staff,” he said. The Perch has 40 craft beers on tap. A full bar in available for those who prefer a specialty cocktail. Happy hour is Monday thru Friday, 2-6 p.m. This includes $1 off all draft beers, well drinks and house wines. An assortment of appetizers and food specials are included in the happy hour and are considered upscale craft food.

SECOND PLACE

Kona Grill

Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd. 480-792-1711 konagrill.com THIRD PLACE

El Palacio

Crossroads Towne Center, 2950 E. Germann Road 480-802-5770 epfamilyrestaurants.com


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BEST COFFEE SHOP

COFFEE RUSH

1949 W. Ray Road, Suite 40 • 480-855-9815 • coffeerushcafe.com

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BEST MEXICAN FOOD RESTAURANT

VALLE LUNA

1949 W. Ray Road • 480-786-310 • valleluna.com

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offee Rush sits in the scenic Boardwalk At Andersen Springs at the southeast corner of Dobson and Ray. It’s a relaxed place to get a coffee, smoothie or iced tea while people-watching. Sit long enough and you’ll see joggers, bicyclists and wandering groups of ducks from the Anderson Springs lake. The well-known gathering place has been there for 15 years, and owner Moe Muraweh doesn’t plan on making any changes to his successful formula. “The only thing that changes is the coffees available. We have pumpkin spice now, and other holiday drinks,” he said. Muraweh credits his long success to his customers.

“We believe that we have the best customers in the world, honestly,” he said. “It takes two to tango, and I love our customers, and our customers love Coffee Rush.” It opens early for patrons, at 5 a.m. during the week and 6 a.m. on Sunday. Coffee Rush boasts extended hours—to 11 p.m. all week, for that late-night coffee need.

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Peixoto Coffee

11 W. Boston St., Suite 6 480-275-2843 peixotocoffee.com

alle Luna has been providing Mexican food in the Sonoran tradition in the Valley since the 1980s. It was founded by Tia Rita, who first tried out her recipes in upstate New York in the mid1970s to much acclaim. After Tia Rita’s passing, her son Bill and his wife Janice took on what they call an “oldfashioned” operation. Employers say that the restaurant is popular for a combination of factors. Being family owned and operated helps, they said, while the food, children’s menu, drink specials and atmosphere are appealing to many looking for a quiet lunch or a robust evening out. Valle Luna’s Sonoran-style Mexican food is different from Tex-Mex, New Mexican or Baja styles of cooking. Examples are the emphasis on beef in the dishes and the flour tortillas that are stretched thin and cooked on a griddle to produce small blisters that gives them a different flavor. “We’re part of a lot of people’s lives and have been for many, many years,” said regional general manager Chris Espinoza. “It’s a tradition for a lot of people.”

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he West Coast’s favorite fast food is also Chandler’s. The fresh, high-quality ingredients In-N-Out Burger prides itself on are available at three locations within the city’s limits. Everything on the menu is inexpensive, providing a quality meal for anyone, anytime. Its minimal menu prioritizes quality over quantity, preferring to make burgers, fries and shakes better than anyone else. In-N-Out Burger is also known for its secret menu. Ask for a mustard-fried burger for a different taste, or grilled onions. “Animal style” fries are topped with cheese, onions and the restaurant’s famous burger spread. In-N-Out Burger is open from 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. at all Chandler locations, providing a cheap late-night dining option.

Si Senor Restaurant

600 N. Alma School Road 480-857-1217 sisenorrestaurants.com THIRD PLACE

El Palacio Mexican Restaurant

2950 E. Germann Road 480-802-5770 epfamilyrestaurants.com

BEST PIZZA

IN-N-OUT BURGER 2790 W. Chandler Blvd. 7050 W. Ray Road 2910 E. Germann Road 800-786-1000 • in-n-out.com

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Germann Towne Center 1880 S. Alma School Rd. 480-917-0077 2050 N. Alma School Rd. 480-963-4720 Riggs Landing, 950 E. Riggs Rd. 480-895-2555 • barrospizza.com

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Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers

1980 W. Germann Road 480-899-2007 coldbeers.com THIRD PLACE

Smashburger

2925 S Alma School Road 602-892-0658 smashburger.com

ith three of Barro’s 37 Valley locations in Chandler, the restaurant has proven to be a favorite among readers. The proof is in the Barro’s family recipe that dates back to grandmother Angelina Barro, who made pizza and pasta in her Sarconi, Italy, home, according to Teri Scholz, spokeswoman for Barro’s. “Her recipes were passed down through the generations and are now used in the family business that is dedicated to customer satisfaction. Barro’s Pizza is honored to place among the top pizza restaurants in Chandler, she added. “It is our promise to continue to provide our customers with pizza just like Grandma Barro used to make with thick and fluffy crust, perfectly tangy and sweet, spiced sauce, and generous amounts of the highest quality mozzarella for the flawless trifecta of pizza ingredients.”

SECOND PLACE

Floridino’s Pizza and Pasta

590 N. Alma School Road, Suite 35 480-812-8433 floridinos.net THIRD PLACE

Rosati’s Pizza

Provinces, 1050 E. Ray Road, 480-899-5444 Shoppes at Clemente Ranch, 2040 S. Alma School Road, Suite 11, 480-899-2255 rosatispizza.com


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BEST BAKERY/DESSERT

KNEADERS BAKERY AND CAFÉ

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t’s difficult not to be stuffed after a meal at Kneaders Bakery and Café because of its wide variety of food options, how can you pick just one? Gary and Colleen Worthington founded the restaurant in 1997 when they decided to make homemade artisanal European breads. The restaurant now has over 50 locations.

1090 W. Queen Creek Road • 480-355-0533 • kneaders.com

Their menu includes mouth-watering soups, salads and sandwiches. Plus, there are enough sugarfilled pastries to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth, from moist cheesecakes, pies, rolls, cannoli and more. To top it off, Kneaders has such a warm and inviting seating area, it’s hard not to just sit inside and enjoy pastries all day.

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Ice Cream Sammies 135 W. Boston St. 480-739-9221 originalsammies.com THIRD PLACE

Downtown Chandler Cafe and Bakery 40 S. San Marcos Place 480-855-3212

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NATIVE GRILL & WINGS

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2110 S. Gilbert Road • 480-782-0840 • nativegrillandwings.com 2885 S. Alma School Road • 480-883-8284 • nativegrillandwings.com raving wings? Look no further than Native Grill & Wings. With 21 different flavors to choose from, including the all new chicken n’ waffles dry rub, Native wings are the perfect option to stimulate anyone’s taste buds. With options such as Native Style Strippers and boneless wings, which are offered in half-pound to a pound portions, to traditional wings offered in a six-pack up to a 48-pack, no matter what your style is, Native has it covered. Having trouble deciding between all of the flavor options? The traditional wings are offered by the single and sauced individually.

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3950 W. Ray Road 480-782-8877 zippssportsgrills.com

5965 W. Ray Road 480-961-0945 teakwoodstavern.com

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590 N. Alma School Road • 480-812-8433 • floridinos.net eff Weninger and Shaun Kelley opened Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta 20 years ago to offer a family oriented, full-service Italian restaurant. Since 1996 they’ve done so, according to Tribune readers who chose the restaurant tops in the Italian food category. Floridino’s has grown and expanded in the last two decades, Weninger said. Besides traditional dining, the restaurant offers monthly special events, a banquet facility that seats 70 and catering. “When we started there were only about five restaurants in Chandler,” he said. Because they were early comers, they’ve had the opportunity to develop long-standing relationships with their customers. “People who came here with their parents now come here with their children,” Weninger said. And, when they’re there, they all seem to find other customers who they know.

SECOND PLACE

Oregano’s

1960 W. Germann Road 480-265-4580 • oreganos.com THIRD PLACE

La Stalla Cucina Rustica

68 W. Buffalo St. 480-855-9900 • lastallarcr.com


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BEST STEAKHOUSE

DC STEAK HOUSE 98 S. San Marcos Place 480-899-4400 dc-steakhouse.com

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pened in 2010, the Downtown Chandler Steak House—abbreviated as DC Steak House—harnesses owner Dean Laplant’s extensive steak house experience. He began grilling at his family’s Wisconsin establishment, The Rafters, at the age of 13 and started his own successful restaurant, Steakout, in Milwaukee at age 28. After moving from Wisconsin to Chandler with his wife Lorie 14 years ago, he eventually saw the perfect opening for a steak house in downtown Chandler’s historic main square. In addition to the goals of offering amazing grilled food and excellent service, Dean also wanted to embrace the spirit of Chandler. When you visit, you’re greeted by murals, painted by Lorie, that show scenes from Chandler’s history. In DC Steak House’s six years of operation, Chandler residents have come to love Dean’s style of grilling steaks, as well as the walleye and lobster tails. Dean credits the restaurant’s success to the consistency of the product, and says, “We are honored to be chosen the winner of best steakhouse. Years of dedication have brought us this reward. Many thank yous to our returning customers.”

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CHoP Chandler

2​ 625 W. Queen Creek Road 480-821-0009 chopchandler.com THIRD PLACE

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill 3435 W. Chandler Blvd. 480-814-8003 chandler.firebirdsrestaurants.com

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BEST BBQ

FAMOUS DAVE’S BAR-B-QUE

Chandler Fashion Center, 3250 W. Frye Road • 480-782-1212 • famousdaves.com

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Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que manager in Chandler appreciates East Valley Tribune readers picking his restaurant as the best barbecue in Chandler. But the manager, “Famous Jon Jon,” otherwise known as Jonathan Sherman, is not exactly surprised by the honor. His restaurant, at Chandler Fashion Square, also was rated as Number 1 in the chain of 198 restaurants. “Everything is fresh, everything is smoked daily” for hours at a time, Sherman said. “I’m not surprised at all” by the Best of Chandler honor. He said it’s hard to pick a most popular dish because many of his guests enjoy combo plates. The beef brisket and the ribs are among the top sellers. The meat combos include choices of Georgia Chopped Pork, Texas Beef Brisket, Southside Rib Tips and Country Roast Chicken. “We go through so much of everything,” Sherman said. Famous Dave’s also is known for it’s bread pudding, when customers somehow find room for dessert.

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1445 S. Arizona Ave. 480-899-7675 porkopolisbbqaz.com

7300 W. Chandler Blvd. 480-874-6440 rudysbbq.com

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Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q

CELEBRATING 6 YEARS IN CHANDLER Serving Midwestern CAB beef in Wisconsin for over 30 years. Now serving it in Chandler for over 6 years. Steak, Seafood, Chops, Wine, Cocktails Open 7 Nights a week!

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BEST PLACE TO SHOP

CHANDLER FASHION CENTER 3111 W. Chandler Blvd. 480-812-8488 shopchandlerfashioncenter.com

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handler Fashion Center is the second largest mall in the Valley, and the center of shopping life in Chandler. With more than 180 stores and services, Chandler Fashion Center has drawn shoppers for nearly 15 years. Top restaurants, an outdoor gathering space, four top anchors (Dillard’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom and Sears) and a 20-screen Harkins Theatre fill out the space, at Chandler Boulevard and the Price 101 Freeway. The mall is holding up well against economic forces, according to business reports. While nationally most malls have sales of about $400 per square foot, Chandler Fashion Center averages $600.

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2620 W. Chandler Blvd. 480-722-2000 shop.nordstrom.com

2660 W. Chandler Blvd. 480-792-1749 tjmaxx.tjx.com

Nordstrom Rack

T.J. Maxx

BEST PLACE TO EXERCISE

TUMBLEWEED RECREATION CENTER 745 E. Germann Road • 480-782-2900 chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed

BEST SENIOR LIVING FACILITY

THE VILLAGE AT OCOTILLO

990 W. Ocotillo Road • 480-630-3428 • srgseniorliving.com

Tumbleweed features scores of youth programs and child care. For Chandler residents who want to give Tumbleweed a test drive, daily passes can be bought for $3 (55 and older) or $4 (20-54). A punch pass good for 10 visits is $27 or $36. A variety of monthly, annual, children’s and family passes are available as well.

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ew residents of Chandler who ask for fitness center recommendations are often surprised to learn that one of the best is operated by the city. “We are the home to the goalsetters, believers and achievers,” said Tiffanie Hawkins, marketing and communications coordinator. The 62,000-square-foot facility in Tumbleweed Regional Park has 50 state-of-the-art cardio and 45 strengthtraining machines. The center also offers 52 group exercise classes every week.

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Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa

4200 S. Alma School Road 480-656-0045 villageclubs.com/locations/ocotillo THIRD PLACE

StudioFIT

1075 W. Queen Creek Road, Suite 4 480-855-3005 studiofitaz.com

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he Village at Ocotillo is described as a luxurious senior community. Residents can play golf, use the swimming pool and spa, hang out in the internet lounge, go to the on-site beauty salon and barbershop, dine in the bistro and lounge, work out at the fitness center, catch a movie in the on-site theater, find books in the library, get crafty in the arts and crafts room and eat in the full-service restaurant that’s open 12 hours a day. The Village at Ocotillo offers three kinds of living options: independent living, assisted living and in-home care.

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Chandler Memory Care 850 S. Pennington Drive 480-718-9055 chandlermemorycare.com THIRD PLACE

Gardens at Ocotillo Senior Living

1601 W. Queen Creek Road 480-359-3088 spectrumretirement.com


PLACES TO SHOP

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BEST NEW BUSINESS/PLACE TO WORK

CHANDLER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 1525 W. Frye Road • 480-812-7000 • cusd80.com

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handler Unified School District has five core values when it comes to its employees: excellence, collaboration, equity, integrity and efficiency. CUSD spokesman Terry Locke said that’s part of the reason why his district is a prime place to work. “Chandler Unified School District is committed to employing outstanding individuals from a culturally diverse community and providing the resources to enable them to achieve success, satisfaction, accomplishment and pride in fulfilling the mission of the school district,” he said. This isn’t the first time the CUSD has been honored. “A third party conducts an annual climate survey of all employees,” Locke said. “This year, 95 percent of employees reported they are proud to work at CUSD, and 89 percent said ‘Other CUSD employees treat me with respect.’ In addition, 94 percent said CUSD schools maintain high standards of learning for all students and 93 percent

believe that communication with families is a top priority.” The governing board adopted a 10-year strategic plan called Journey 2025 in an effort to become the top school district in the country with focuses on world-class employees, organizational culture, effective resource management and outstanding students.

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HeartStrings Pet Resort and Pet Day Care 930 E. Riggs Road 480-895-4683 heartstringspetresort.com THIRD PLACE

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BEST AUTO SHOP

CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AUTOMOTIVE 290 E. Ocotillo Road 480-264-0990 cbac.com/south-chandler

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t Christian Brothers Automotive, it is owner Tony Schottenbauer’s mission to offer the highest-quality customer service and repairs in Chandler. In addition to the big leather chairs and a well-kept waiting area with Wi-Fi, Christian Brothers Automotive strives on making every part of the customer’s experience a great one. Not sure what the problem is? The auto technicians at Christian Brothers are knowledgeable in multiple areas like A/C repair, brakes, electrical systems and suspension. Christian Brothers Automotive believes the owner should play an integral part in day-to-day operations to better understand its customers. From the stellar reviews Christian Brothers receives, this philosophy is working out great for Schottenbauer and company.

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Sun Devil Auto

895 E. Chandler Blvd., Bldg. B. 480-300-7516 sundevilauto.com/locations/ az/chandler/chandler-22

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Desert Car Care Center

95 N. Dobson Road 480-420-3555 desertcarcare.com/chandler-autorepair-mechanic-shop/

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENCY/AGENT

BILL RYAN/THE RYAN-WHYTE TEAM AT RE/MAX INFINITY 2450 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 1 • 480-726-7000 • ryanwhyteteam.com

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ill Ryan’s roots in Chandler run deep, growing up on a 320-acre family farm operated by his mother and father in south Chandler. Ryan opened his realty office in 1974, when the city had much more of an agricultural flavor. The Ryan-Whyte Team at RE/ MAX Infinity is still on a small portion of that farm, along his family homestead, at Arizona Avenue and Germann. Ryan, the broker at the realty firm, developed much of the farm into Ryan Estates, a custom home community. A partnership with Cody Whyte, the realty office also has four additional Realtors and

specializes mainly in Chandler, Kerri Wade, team leader, said people call Ryan “Mr. Chandler” because of his longtime place in the city. Ryan is a past president of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and the Chandler Horizon Rotary Club. She said the firm is especially proud that 81 percent of its business comes from past clients and referrals. It is more typical for about 40 percent of a realty agency’s business to come from past customers, Wade said. “We’ve been around here a long time. We’ve been a presence in our community,” she said. “Our clients love us.”

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225 E. Germann Road, Suite 110 602-524-6126 pamwatson-brown.com

4050 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 4 480-706-1600 or westusarevelation.com

Pamela Watson-Brown/ Arizona Elite Properties

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BEST FAMILY EVENT

BEST GOLF COURSE

OCOTILLO GOLF RESORT

3751 S. Clubhouse Drive • 480-917-6660 • ocotillogolf.com

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ater, water everywhere, and so many ways for a golf ball to go kerplunk. But fans of Ocotillo Golf Resort near Alma School and Ocotillo roads wouldn’t have it any other way. They’ve been teeing it up and loving every minute of the challenge since the course opened in 1986. Immaculately maintained and managed by Troon Golf, Ocotillo features three nine-hole courses—Gold, Blue and White. Golfers can play a quick nine, or mix courses for 18 according to their skill level and time. The Blue-Gold combination from the back tees stretches the course to more than 7,000 yards and pushes the slope (difficulty rating) to 133. (A standard slope is

about 113; the maximum is 155). Designed by Ted Robinson, Ocotillo’s lush fairways, waterfalls and colorful planting beds stand in stark contrast to the desert landscaped courses traditionally found in the East Valley. Robinson’s design often requires golfers to hit their first shots—and sometimes second—over water. But wellstruck balls create birdie opportunities for golfers who think their way around.

EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE BEST OF CHANDLER 2016

RAWHIDE WESTERN TOWN AND EVENT CENTER

5700 W. N. Loop Road • 480-502-5600 • rawhide.com

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100 N. Dakota St. 480-963-3358 sanmarcosgolfourse.com

t Rawhide, every member of the family can enjoy the travel back through time to the Old West. With shops, live action stunt shows, bull riding, and an award-winning steakhouse, Rawhide offers many different experiences. “First and foremost, we are here to be the host of making memories - creating long-lasting family traditions and memorable experiences with friends and loved ones,” Rawhide director of sales and marketing Amber Riley said. With free admission every weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), Rawhide gives families the option to skimp on the price, but not on the memories.

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500 E. Riggs Road 480-883-8200 bearcreekaz.com

141 W. Boston St. 480-559-8016 burstofbutterflies.com

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San Marcos Golf Course

Bear Creek Golf Complex

Burst of Butterflies Create and Paint Studio

THIRD PLACE

Ice Den

7225 W. Harrison St. 480-594-9444 or coyotesice.com

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BEST ANNUAL EVENT

OSTRICH FESTIVAL

Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road • 480-588-8497 ostrichfestival.com

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or close to 30 years, the largest and flightless birds in creation have taken center stage during a festival in Chandler. The Ostrich Festival, which features ostrich racing in addition to high-flying Frisbee dogs, pig races and a high wire motorcycle demonstration among an extraordinary lineup of attractions, gets underway every spring at the Tumbleweed Park. Last year, the three-day community festival attracted 86,000 people, while more than 1,000 volunteers and staff members manned it each day. It features local and national vendors that sell everything from cotton candy and funnel cakes to deep fried brownies, and maybe even an ostrich burger, which is considered red meat and is low in cholesterol and fat. There’s something for each age group— last year, for example, there were Batman and Superman meet and greets, a petting zoo, camel and pony rides for the young; wild science exhibits, Disney stars and fame racing for the teens; and a beer garden and falcon exhibit were among

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the crowd-pleasers for adults. The festival harkens to Chandler’s early days of ostrich ranching, when the big birds from Africa were raised for their plumes that went on to adorn the hats of the society’s fashionable of the day. The area used to have many ranches, and at the time of Chandler’s founding, a rancher could expect to make a tidy profit from its business venture. When the fashions changed, however, the demand for the feathers dropped around 1915. But the gangly birds still have their day in Chandler; they are the center of attraction when the chariot-like races get underway at the festival. It’s hard not to topple when you’re on top of an ostrich, as many racers found out first-hand. The bird runs fast, around 40 mph, though not necessarily in the direction you may want it going. In addition, there’s no sturdy mane to hold on to, such as when racing on a horse. Riders have to grab their hairy necks and hope for the best.

The Great American BBQ & Beer Festival 3 S. Arizona Ave. chandlerbbq.com

THIRD PLACE

Rockin’ Taco Street Fest

3 S. Arizona Ave. rockintacoaz.com

BEST PUBLIC POOL

Burst Of Butterflies

MESQUITE GROVES AQUATIC CENTER

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5901 S. Hillcrest Drive • 480-782-2635 • chandleraz.gov

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Birthday Parties, Special Events, Ladies Night & Date Night!

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he city of Chandler operates Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center all year. It features a competition and lap pool, the big blue bucket, two diving boards, two water slides, a lazy river, toddler slides, a water vortex and a family play pool. Swim lessons and classes are offered and swim teams use the pool. A full schedule of open times and fees is on the city’s website. Click on the residents tab, open the parks and recreation section and click on the aquatics button.

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Hamilton Aquatic Center

3838 S. Arizona Ave. 480-782-2630 or chandleraz.gov THIRD PLACE

Desert Oasis Aquatic Center

1400 W. Summit Place 480-732-1061 or chandleraz.gov

Call for details, reservations and BYOB requests Pottery Painting, Canvas Painting, Clay Wheel Throwing & Sculpting, Glass Fusing and MORE! Visit BurstOfButterflies.com for additional information and class schedules. Gift cards available! Holiday items in stock!

burstofbutterflies.com Store Hours: Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

480-559-8016 141 West Boston Street

Located in Historic Downtown Chandler Visit us online for a full calendar of events!


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BEST DANCE STUDIO

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DANCE LOFT

2450 E. Germann Road, Suite 1 480-963-9911 thedanceloftaz.com

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2250 E. Germann Road 480-558-2055 danceconnection2.com

1880 S Alma School Road, Suite 10 480-300-5620 starzinmotion.com

Dance Connection 2

Starz in Motion

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

BIG TWO TOYOTA OF CHANDLER

1250 S. Gilbert Road • 480-302-4650 • bigtwotoyota.com

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ig Two Toyota of Chandler, one of the East Valley’s largest dealerships, has been selected as the winner of Best of Chandler in the customer service category. The award is an affirmation of the dealership’s longstanding commitment to customer service, said Chris Henkel, general sales manager. “It’s everything. That’s what keeps us going, is repeat business and referrals,” Henkel said. “Some of our guests have been coming here so long.” Henkel said that part of Big Two’s philosophy is to take care of customers well when servicing their cars, making it more likely that they will purchase their next car from Big Two. “To have people come back and do business, that’s the best feather in our cap,” Henkel said. Big Two has several attributes aimed at making customers feel comfortable at the dealership. It offers a salon and serves customers complimentary water, coffee

and snacks. A shuttle bus is available to take customers home or to work while mechanics fic their vehicles. Big Two has deep roots in the East Valley. It was founded in 1937 by Lon Hoeye, whose son, Chris Hoeye, still operates the dealership. Big Two was an institution in central Mesa, but the move to a larger, more modern facility in Chandler has paid off handsomely for the company. Henkel said Chris Hoeye feels strongly about giving back to the community and that he has been a significant donor to the Chandler ICAN program, which helps disadvantaged youths avoid drugs, alco

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2121 N. Arizona Ave. 480-899-0131 earnhardtchevroletaz.com

2050 N. Alma School Road, Suite 5 480-963-0015 tokyohouseaz.com

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ll Chandler wanted to do was dance, and Dance Loft will let you do it. With five dance rooms, Marley floors to aid in preventing injuries, and a staff of professional dancers, Dance Loft is dedicated to providing dance education that will foster creativity and self-esteem. Dance Loft owner Chris Vierkoetter says, “getting to learn the art form from amazing professional dancers and choreographers” is the best part about coming to the studio. Every teacher is versed in their respective style and will inspire and strengthen each student in dance. With ballet, jazz, contemporary, hiphop, theatre, pom, tumbling, among others, Dance Loft has a class for anyone, at any skill level. It’s hard not to topple when you’re on top of an ostrich, as many racers found out first-hand. The bird runs fast, around 40 mph, though not necessarily in the direction you may want it going. In addition, there’s no sturdy mane to hold on to, such as when racing on a horse. Riders have to grab their hairy necks and hope for the best.


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EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE BEST OF CHANDLER 2016

BEST BARBER/HAIR SALON

DOLCE SALON & SPA

“Natural, Permanent hair again..”

3325 W. Chandler Blvd. • 480-722-0500 • dolcesalonspa.com

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olce Salon & Spa is the quintessential one-stop shop for beauty in Chandler. Dolce’s unique services, products, stylists and atmosphere stand out among the myriad of salons in the Valley. They have repeatedly proven that superlative service is in the details, whether it’s exclusive nail designs, signature massages or customized blending stations for makeup application and facials. Not only do the beauticians at Dolce pride themselves on providing supreme services and using the best products, but they also strive to share their knowledge and passion by frequently offering tutorials and workshops. Dolce offers premium relaxation and rejuvenation services like massages, facials, reflexology and body wraps as well as haircuts, color, blowouts and custom styles. They also provide makeup, nails, waxing, tanning and brow and lash tinting services. Dolce knows it’s important to be commended for hard work and commitment, so the salon offers a 20 percent discount to anyone in the military or cosmetology school. The salon also proves that beauty isn’t skin deep by working with local organizations like Arizona Princess Program

and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Whether they’re making a bride feel beautiful on her special day, supporting local charities or sharing tricks of the beauty trade, it’s no secret that Dolce Salon & Spa is the premier place to get pampered in Chandler.

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Leiden Mitchell Salon and Spa 2177 W. Queen Creek Road 480-857-4200 leidenmitchell.com

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Country Clipper Barber Shop

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BEST LIVE PERFORMANCE

CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS 250 N. Arizona Ave. • 480-782-2680 • chandlercenter.org

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ow entering its 27th year, Chandler Center for the Arts continues its mission of promoting performing arts, creativity and education in the Chandler community. As the largest indoor cultural venue in Chandler, it works to attract high-quality artists and performers at competitive costs for audiences and the performers themselves. With of its three theaters and 2,000 square-foot exhibition space, the facility hosts more than 1,000 events annually. This includes both local and national artists who bring music, dance, visual art and theater productions to more than 300,000 yearly attendees from around the Valley. During the week, Chandler Center for the Arts plays host to thousands of children who participate in a wide range of artistic and

educational programs. This is no surprise as the facility is a joint venture between the City of Chandler and the Chandler Unified School District. In all, more than 150,000 students a year receive an enriching exposure to the arts that they might not get otherwise. This year marks the third win for Chandler Center for the Arts in the Live Performance Venue category, which underscores the important role it plays in the Chandler community.

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improvMania Comedy Club

250 S. Arizona Ave. 480-699-4598 improvmania.net


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BEST PET SERVICES

HEARTSTRINGS PET RESORT AND DAYCARE 930 E. Riggs Road • 480-895-4683 • heartstringspetresort.com

hen René Overleese steps into the HeartStrings Pet Resort and Daycare play room, the excitement from her furry friends fills the room with a series of playful barks and howls. For Overleese, the owner of HeartStrings, it’s a dream come true. HeartStrings opened on May 9 and it already has many loyal regulars who enjoy both the daycare and overnight stays. Owners send their pets because the quality of care and appreciation for

animals is evident in their staff’s dedication. “I have always loved animals. I have a soft spot for them,” Overleese said. Dogs will never be bored during their stay at the resort. There are designated play times in the playroom which features many of toys. Plus, there’s always a staff member who has plenty of love and affection to give to every dog. The best part is that they never shy away from a slobbery lick to the face. The suites include Kuranda beds, lambskin blankets and a night light. Pets will sleep comfortably in their own cozy suite. The staff members share an equal fondness for animals and have the experience to make any dog owner feel comfortable leaving their fur baby at HeartStrings. All staff members are pet CPR and first aid certified. Some of the staff members even have plans to become veterinarians or zoologists. “We’re all animal lovers here,” Overleese said.

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Chandler Dogs 24/7

6125 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 1 480-940-1955 chandlerdogs.com

Fancy Fur ’n Purr

3875 W. Ray Road 480-899-5562 facebook.com/Fancyfurnpurr

All Breeds Dogs & Cats - No Tranquilizers -

We would like to thank our customers for their support. We appreciate your business, and we look forward to pampering your valued pets.

480-899-5562

3875 W. Ray Rd., #9, Chandler

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BEST VETERINARIAN

DR. ANDREA STICKLAND, ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER OF CHANDLER

270 W. Chandler Heights Road, Suite 3 • 480-339-0406 • amcofc.com

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outh Chandler veterinarian Andrea Stickland attributes her Best of Chandler award to the human touch she practices at Animal Medical Center of Chandler. “I think I try to treat people the way I like to be treated myself,” Stickland said. She said she realized during her medical training that some doctors might be competent at treating the illness of pets, but that is not enough. She also focuses on the best interests of pet owners, making them feel welcome. She said it is important to recognize that pets are important family members. “I thought what was missing was the welcome feeling, that you can ask any question,” Stickland said. She looks not only at the pet’s wellness, but at how the pet fits into a home and whether the pet’s health might be affecting an owners’ health. She said the practice mainly serves south Chandler and recently added a third veterinarian to the staff. The practice focuses solely on treating dogs and cats. Stickland said she is very happy to be selected

as the Best of Chandler in the veterinary category for the third time by East Valley Tribune readers. “It will be amazing. I won last year. It’s such a cool award,” she said. “It’s just a great reward for my staff.”

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Ocotillo Animal Clinic & Pet Resort 3333 S. Arizona Ave. 480-899-8181 or ocotilloanimalclinic.com THIRD PLACE

Dr. Dwight Benesh, Chandler Small Animal Clinic 1286 W. Chandler Blvd. 480-963-3003 or chandlersmallanimalclinic.com


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BEST ORTHODONTIST

SONORAN SMILE ORTHODONTICS

4015 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 7 • 602-842-6592 • sonoransmile.com This gives the kids a chance to play or do homework while the parents run errands. Afterward, the kids can be picked up and the parents receive an update on the progress of their dental care. The orthodontists at Sonoran Smile look forward to seeing their patients and getting to know them better.

BEST AUDIOLOGIST

Fynes Audiology, LLC: Cassandra Fynes, Au.D, CCC-A Roger Knighton, M.N.S., CCC-A Dr. Cassandra M. Fynes, Au.D. CCC-A Roger Knighton, M.N.S., CCC-A

FREE BLUETOOTH ACCESSORY ($400 Value)

With Purchase of Hearing Aids

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he staff at Sonoran Smile Orthodontics makes hearing the phrase “you need braces” less painful. Sonoran Smile has been in the area for more than 10 years and has a reputation of great patient care with kids and adults. It helps that the two orthodontists, Dr. Shadow Asgari and Dr. Samantha Vu, both have children of their own. While the thought of shifting teeth and metal parts in your mouth may be scary, the orthodontists know how to calm children and make them feel comfortable, prepared and even excited for braces. There’s even a large Kids Center for busy parents to be able to drop off their kids up to an hour before their appointment.

Local Care You Can Depend On “My hearing loss cost me three friendships that I know of, a strained relationship with my husband, two grandchildren who think I don’t understand them, boredom at church, and lost interest in attending get-togethers.”

2058 S. Dobson Rd., Ste 9 Mesa, Arizona 85202

480-456-0176

www.fynesaudiology.com

SECOND PLACE

Blacker Orthodontist 3200 S. Alma School Road, Suite 201 480-917-7977 extremesmiles.com THIRD PLACE

Every Smile Dentistry and Orthodontist 2160 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 20 480-732-7874 everysmilechandler.com

BEST AUDIOLOGY

TRI-CITY AUDIOLOGY

595 N. Dobson Road, Suite D79 • 480-619-6150 or tri-cityaudiology.com

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ith three offices in the Valley—including one in Chandler—Tri-City Audiology has been the go-to place for all things ear-related since 1976. A full-service clinic, it offers hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings, hearing aid repair, ear plugs and protection, Cerumen management and tinnitus care.

SECOND PLACE

House of Hearing

2051 W. Warner Road, Suite 4 480-821-4633 thehouseofhearing.com

THIRD PLACE

Arizona Hearing and Balance Center 224 S. Dobson Road 480-558-5306 azhearingbalance.com


MEDICAL

EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE BEST OF CHANDLER 2016

BEST CHIROPRACTOR

APEX MEDICAL GROUP

A comfortable place to

CALL HOME

4955 S. Alma School Road, Suite 10 480-895-3775 • apexmedicalaz.com

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hen Rick Shand was kicked in the head in college while competing in martial arts, the last thing he thought about was how it would end up opening a door to his lifetime career. “It actually really hurt my neck for quite a while,” Shand said. “I went to a medical doctor over and over again and finally ended up going to a chiropractor. After just one visit, I felt so much better. “It changed my whole focus from that point.” Shand decided to pursue a career as a chiropractor. After his senior year at Northern Arizona University, he earned his doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic West. Today, having opened Apex Medical Group in Chandler, Shand takes prides in his practice for becoming the go-to chiropractor for patients of all ages. “Our oldest patient was 101 years old

SECOND PLACE

The Joint Chiropractic

2895 S. Alma School Road, Suite 6 480-656-3697 thejoint.com/arizona/chandler/ ocotillo-48017

Actual Spectrum Resident

and our youngest was just a few days old,” Shand said. “From athletes to just every day normal wear and tear, we treat it all.” One aspect that Shand believes sets Apex Medical Group apart from other practices in Chandler is the overall timeliness of treatment, allowing walk-in appointments when treatment is needed. “We just do relief care for neck and back pain,” Shand said. “We used to do long-term care plans but we found that consumers are more interested in getting the problem fixed and to be on their way.” Apart from catering to on-the-go patients, Apex Medical Group has maintained success in Chandler for 15 years now for becoming the go-to place for quick pain relief and friendly service. “All of our staff genuinely cares about each person and we really get to know them,” Shand said. “We have built up that reputation for 15 years, being here whenever people need us.”

Memory care that celebrates the individual! • Personalized care plans and private apartments • Supportive staff available 24/7

480.734.2005

Voted one of the “Best Senior Living Facilities” in the Best of Chandler.

1601 West Queen Creek Road, Chandler, AZ 85248 GardensAtOcotilloSeniorLiving.com At the corner of Queen Creek Road and Pennington. Independent Living | Assisted Living Transitional Memory Care | Memory Care A SPECTRUM RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

OCO East Valley Tribune Best of Chandler 9 25 16

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BEST URGENT CARE

NEXTCARE URGENT CARE 600 S. Dobson Road, Suite 26 480-814-1560 • nextcare.com

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f you need quick medical attention in Chandler, look no further than NextCare Urgent Care. With locations throughout the East Valley and Arizona, there are plenty of urgent care centers to choose from no matter where you are. NextCare is open 8 a.m. until midnight, 365 days per year for medical assistance, providing care to Valley residents virtually constantly.

SECOND PLACE

THIRD PLACE

FastMed

2875 W. Ray Road, Suite 8 480-899-3070 fastmed.com

Dignity Health Urgent Care

4545 E. Chandler Blvd. 480-728-4000 dignityhealth.org

BEST MEDICAL PRACTICE

DESERT SHORES PEDIATRICS 965 W. Chandler Heights Road • 480-460-4949 desertshorespediatrics.com

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he primary colors and the beachthemed offices of Desert Shores Pediatrics is crafted to put kids’ minds at rest when they walk in through the doors. The clinic offers wellness care, acute sickness care, chronic care management, sports physicals, minor surgical procedures, immunizations, ADD, ADHD and behavioral health care. A large team of experienced providers is available. Desert Shores Pediatrics has a mission to serve the community by providing excellent pediatric medical care. Its goal is to make a difference in the lives of children by providing quality healthcare in an environment built on knowledge, innovation, honesty and fun, according to its website.

SECOND PLACE

THIRD PLACE

60 S. Kyrene Road, Suite 1 480-785-8700 mesapeds.com

3950 East Riggs Road 480-786-4441

Mesa Pediatrics

Grand Canyon Family Medicine


PLACES TO SHOP

EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE BEST OF CHANDLER 2016

BEST EYE CARE

OCOTILLO EYECARE

3940 S. Alma School Road, Suite 5 • 480-812-3937 • ocotilloeyecare.com

750 Off

$

Dr. Samantha Vu, DMD, MS

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cotillo Eyecare has been a sight for sore eyes in Chandler since 2004. Founded by Dr. Timothy Powell, who has been practicing optometry in the Valley for 25 years, the practice has grown to include two additional eye doctors and a small staff that is dedicated to providing the best service. The office is updated with the most modern equipment available to execute comprehensive eye exams, pre and post-op care for cataract surgery, Lasik surgery and management of eye diseases like macular degeneration and glaucoma. Ocotillo Eyecare also has a dynamic team of licensed opticians that are experts at customizing eyewear. The office has a diverse selection of frames from discount

SECOND PLACE

Chandler Eyecare

916 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 1 480-963-7172 chandlereyecare.com

Dr. Shadow Asgari, DDS, MS

to designer and also fit single vision, bifocal, toric and sports contact lenses. The practice has recently introduced Digital Retinal Photography exams, which offer revolutionary technology that reviews and records the retina at 100 times its normal size. Ocotillo Eyecare has been consistently celebrated for its excellent eye care services. The practice has received the Angie’s List Super Service Award for the past four years, which is awarded to the top 5 percent of businesses. With the latest technology that guarantees precision and a knowledgeable and friendly staff that provides quality care, it’s no surprise Chandler residents have their eyes on Ocotillo.

THIRD PLACE

Visionworks-Chandler Locations 3111 W. Chandler Blvd. 480-782-9380 visionworks.com 3977 S. Arizona Ave. 480-802-0199 visionworks.com

Behind Every Great Student is Confidence. Give your teen the confidence they need with an attractive smile. 4015 S. Arizona Ave., #7, Chandler AZ 85248

480-400-6212

TWO S! C LO ATION

3336 E. Chandler Heights Rd. Bldg 2 Ste. 111 Gilbert AZ 85298

480-988-0028

www.SonoranSmile.com

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