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Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria Opens in Uptown Plaza

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria has officially opened the doors to its first out-of-Chicago pizzeria; and it’s not a moment too soon for the company’s deep dish pizza-loving faithful, who have been waiting for the opening since the news was first announced nearly ten months ago. The new location has approximately 6,800 square feet of inside space and 1,500 square feet of outdoor patio space, with carry-out, delivery and catering services also available. The company has big plans for the Valley too, with Malnati predicting to open an additional eight to ten locations. For more information, please visit

Celebrate Summer at Scott Resort & Spa (formerly FireSky Resort & Spa)

Summer in Scottsdale, Arizona means hot deals on cool poolside fun, including spirited packages from $149 per night at Scott Resort & Spa; Spa in Old Town Scottsdale. Summer guests can hit the “beach” at the beach-style pool featuring a sandy shore, or take a swim in the expansive torch-lit pool while indulging in refreshing bites and drinks at Aqua Bar. Taking a dip after dark is an unforgettable experience as fires roar and illuminate the pool, creating a magical setting for a refreshing evening swim. For more information, please visit

Heard Museum Grand Gallery Crosswalk

The Heard Museum officially broke ground to create a “grand gallery” from two smaller existing spaces, connecting formerly separate upstairs areas by way of a second-floor crosswalk. The two galleries will be combined to become the 7,000-square-foot Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Gallery, which will include energy-efficient, state-of-the-art technology, including digital communications platforms and interactive exhibit capabilities. Once completed, this important project will further the Heard Museum’s ability to educate and inspire audiences about the indigenous cultures and peoples of the Southwest. For more information, please visit

Pinot’s Palette Honors Paradise Valley Franchise Owners

Proving that great art makes great business, Pinot’s Palette, the fastest growing paint-and-sip franchise in the nation, recently recognized its top franchise owners at the Fourth Pinot’s Palette Annual Retreat in Galveston, Texas. Paradise Valley franchise owners Samantha and Soral Karim brought home two of the highest honors, receiving both the Decanter Award and the Customer Service Award. The Karims run the Pinot’s Palette studio located at 10625 Tatum Blvd. D142, in Phoenix. For more information, please visit

Saks Fifth Avenue Names Anna Chung General Manager

Saks Fifth Avenue Phoenix is proud to welcome Anna Chung as the store’s new General Manager. Anna previously served as Assistant General Manager at Saks Fifth Avenue in Atlanta, GA and Costa Mesa, Orange County, CA. Anna has had a 26-year career in retail, with experience spanning from boutiques to Macy’s. She received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University. Anna has relocated to Phoenix with her husband and they are happy to now call it home. For more information, please visit

First Release of Ritz-Carlton Residences

The developer of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Paradise Valley recently debuted the first release of 91 villas during a one-day, private event. The collection of single-level villas sit within six, two- and three-story buildings and range in size from 1,500 to more than 4,000 square feet. Floor plans feature one- to four-bedroom residences, many with an additional den option. The villas’ timeless, modern architecture emphasizes clean lines and a comfortable, refined setting. With the balanced use of rich woods and glass, they exude an inviting warmth that perfectly complements the lush desert setting and stunning Camelback Mountain views. For more information, please visit

Chris Orkild Named Treasurer of Shemer Art Center

The Board of Directors of the Shemer Art Center and Museum Association, Inc., (SACAMA), have elected Chris Orkild, a vice president and senior investment strategist at Wells Fargo, to serve as board member and treasurer of the non-profit organization. Orkild has spent the past 20 years in the financial industry, currently working for The Private Bank of Wells Fargo, where he specializes in managing diverse and complex portfolios of stocks, bonds and other specialty assets. According to Orkild, who moved to Arcadia just over a year ago, this position will provide him with the opportunity to assist a neighborhood legacy while also meeting many of the residents. For more information, please visit

Summer Happenings at Royal Palms Resort & Spa

There is no better time to explore one of Arizona’s most celebrated resorts—Royal Palms Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel—than during the summer months when rates are more than half the price of high-season. The resort combines the grace and sophistication of a storied Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat, leaving a lasting impression on all who visit. New this summer, Executive Chef Todd Allison is ushering in a seasonal summer menu that honors Northern Mediterranean cuisine, specifically the regions of Spain, Northern Italy and Provence. For more information, please visit