December 2016 Around Town


Alyshaan Fine Rugs Launches Samsara Rugs

Alyshaan Fine Rugs is pleased to announce the launch of its incredible, new contemporary line of fine rugs, Samsara RugsTM.  What makes this brand unique? Samsara Rugs are one of the best handmade products in the market based on quality and price. The cost is half the price of a typical hand knotted rug. The rugs are also green and fair trade, which makes them a humanitarian product; with a mission to make this world a better place while conducting great business. For more information, please visit

Griffin Estate Sales Holiday Special

Judi Scanlon is the successful owner of Griffin Estate Sales LLC.  Judi and her team have liquidated some of the most prestigious estates in the Valley, including celebrities and athletes. She has been in the furniture/design business for over 23 years. Scanlon started her Griffin Estate Sales business inside Scottsdale Market Place, where her distinguished Griffin logo hangs in her retail shop. People have asked me about my business name, it’s an old family name from Ireland and Griffins have long been associated with strength. Once inside Scottsdale Market Place, you will find over 35 of the best vendors in the state. Dealers are handpicked to sell antiques, along with new home décor and gift items. Be sure to check out this multi-vendor shop in the heart of Scottsdale at 6310 N. Scottsdale Road, and mention you saw this for a 10-percent discount on items over $100.00— just in time for the Holidays! Contact Judi at

Debbie Gaby’s Celebrity Catwalk

Debbie Gaby’s Celebrity Catwalk celebrated its 10th Anniversary with the PURRFECT 10 and yes, it was exactly that, along with Presenting Sponsor, HonorHealth, and Fashions By Dillard’s at Paradise Valley Mall at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia on Tuesday, October 11th!  Debbie Gaby truly does know how to have FUN with FUNdraising, along with her Co Chairs, Jennifer Moser and Allison DuBois, this sold-out event had it all—with Urban Electra, ASU Air Force ROTC Color Guard, Emcee  Jill Kimmel, Celebrity Catwalk Fashion Show, Auctiontainer Letitia Frye, Hope Award recipient Brenda Warner and Legacy Award recipient Dr. Gladys Taylor McGarey, along with two highlighted charities, VALLEYLIFE and Homes for Our Troops, as well as Debbie Gaby Charities— all beneficiaries of the proceeds. Debbie Gaby Charities is committed to improving our communities. For more information, please visit

Pita Jungle’s “Empty Bowls” Fundraiser

For the third year in a row, Pita Jungle will host an “Empty Bowls” event in which guests can purchase hand-crafted clay bowls created by local artisans this coming holiday season to benefit Waste Not, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has been feeding the hungry in the Valley for more than 25 years. All 15 Metro-Phoenix Pita Jungle locations will sell a limited quantity of Empty Bowls through December 15, with 100-percent of proceeds benefitting Waste Not. For more information, please visit

The Herb Box Appoints Alex Stratta as Director of Culinary

The Herb Box has welcomed a new addition to its leadership team. James Beard Award-winning and Michelin-starred Chef, Alex Stratta, has taken on a newly created role within the company as director of culinary. Stratta will oversee all culinary aspects of The Herb Box’s three restaurant locations, its catering division, as well as its grab-and-go market. Stratta will ensure the menu evolves, including the introduction of seasonal menu changes that are in the same spirit as The Herb Box’s existing style. For more information, please visit

Hotel Valley Ho Celebrates 60 Years

Hotel Valley Ho in Downtown Scottsdale is celebrating 60 years as a true icon of mid-century modern design. To commemorate this significant milestone, the hotel is offering the 60th Anniversary Special from December 20 through the end of 2017. It includes 10-percent off a room, two welcome drinks, $10 in hotel bucks nightly, an evening arrival amenity and a $10 room upgrade upon arrival (based on availability). Additionally, every day the special is available, one lucky guest will be upgraded to a suite and enjoy two welcome drinks with the Upgrade A Day promotion. For more information, please visit

Wallick & Volk Mortgage Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Wallick & Volk Mortgage and Engel & Völkers celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Grand Opening of their brand new Scottsdale location across from Fashion Square mall in Old Town. Attendees were treated to hors d’oeuvres, wine, champagne and live music while getting the first look at their new showroom. The partnership between Wallick & Volk Mortgage and Engel & Völkers allows them to offer one stop shopping for mortgage financing and real estate needs in Arizona’s most prestigious neighborhoods. For more information, please visit