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2016 Foodist Award Winners Announced

The Arizona Restaurant Association is pleased to announce the 2016 Foodist Award Winners. Some of the categories featured at the ceremony included Uniquely Arizona, winner Lon’s at the Hermosa; Food Pioneer, winner Joe Johnston (Liberty Market, Joe’s Real BBQ, Joe’s Farm Grill); Top Chef, winner Kevin Binkley (Binkley’s, Bink’s Midtown, Bink’s Kitchen + Bar, Café Bink); Most Innovative Restaurant Concept, winner Kai; Emerging Restaurant of the Year, winner Ocotillo; Outstanding Multiple Location Restaurant, winner Nook Kitchen, and more. For more information, please visit

Father’s Day Specials at Roaring Fork

This Father’s Day, Roaring Fork will be offering a “Burger and a Drink” special on Sunday, June 19th beginning at 4:00pm.  Available in the saloon and patio only, dear old dad can treat himself to the restaurant’s signature burger, with a glass of wine or a cocktail for only $15.00. Roaring Fork Wood Fired Cooking captures the spirit of bold American cuisine, creating flavors that crackle with a rugged edge. For more information, please visit

Local Fashion Designer 
Opens Fourth Boutique

Local fashion designer Carine Wang is no stranger to opening fashionable and classy boutiques. Wang opened the first Carine location in 2001, and the success that has followed her is the result of hard work, perseverance and strong business savvy. Wang’s fourth location opened late March at 44th Street and Camelback in the Camelback Village Shops near AJ’s Fine Foods. Open seven days a week, Carine offers distinctive and contemporary clothing in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The 44th Street location is Wang’s first venture in Phoenix, and the immediate reception has certainly been warm. Other Carine Boutiques are located in Scottsdale at the Quarter, 5th Avenue Shops and Gainey Village Shops. For more information, please visit

Paradise Valley Resident 
Publishes New Thriller

Long-time Paradise Valley resident Diane Lynn has published a new book, The Secondary Target, a unique and fascinating combination of mystery and romance, with the backdrop of Manhattan and the medical community, and written exactingly from Diane’s perspective as a former surgical and emergency room nurse. Diane’s passion for writing began in childhood and has culminated in this fast-paced and suspenseful thriller, taking readers on a riveting joy ride with murder, secret codes, threatening letters and ruthless characters. Although Diane grew up in Virginia, she has made Paradise Valley her home for the past thirty-seven years. To learn more about Diane and to read an excerpt from The Secondary Target, please visit

Poolside Serene Summer Yoga Series

Work on your warrior and practice your plank with the Serene Summer Yoga Series at Hotel Valley Ho. Experience a one-hour, all-levels flow class at the tranquil OHasis Pool or in the movement studio. VH Spa for Vitality + Health’s skilled instructors will tailor each class to match your level of practice. On Fridays, rise and shine with an invigorating yoga session in the bright VH Spa movement studio. On Sundays, enjoy a fun class around the serene water feature at OHasis Pool. The Sunday class is offered poolside June through September, weather permitting, and year-round in the movement studio. For more information, please visit

Summer Happenings at The Phoenician

Celebrate summer at The Phoenician with one-of-a-kind offerings like the new Aquamermaid School, where you will learn how to swim like a mermaid, wearing a specially-designed, colorful tail. A fusion of synchronized swimming and monofin swimming, these one-hour sessions held at the Oasis Pool Complex are a fairytale come true for children, as they master various moves and techniques; and for adults, it offers a fun and unique core workout. Returning favorites include Culinary Countdown, featuring offers at J&G Steakhouse, Relish Burger Bistro, and for the first time, Afternoon Tea; The Centre for Well-Being Summer Spa Special and the famous Fourth of July Weekend “IGNITE” at The Phoenician. For more information, please visit The

Western Spirit Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has announced that the museum’s building has been certified LEED® Gold. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of environmentally conscious buildings. Western Spirit achieved LEED Gold certification (60-79 points earned) for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, material selections and indoor environmental quality. For more information, please visit

Desert Storage 
Opens New Self 
Storage Center

Desert Storage at Scottsdale Road and Acoma recently celebrated the opening of their newest facility. The event included wine tasting, gourmet food trucks and radio station giveaways. Members of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce were in attendance for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Locally owned and operated, with over 25 years in the storage business, Desert Storage is committed to providing customers with clean and secure storage options, convenient locations and top quality service, offering air-conditioned self-storage spaces with drive-in access to allow for a hassle-free moving experience. For more information, please visit