Last Drop Ornamentini "Beyond the wildly imaginative presentation and pour, the house-made syrup combines traditional holiday flavors (cranberry, orange and cinnamon) that are perfectly balanced with the Purity Vodka and fresh lemon juice to create a smooth and refreshing martini. Holiday cocktails often lean towards super sweet peppermint drinks or nightcaps, so we wanted to create a cocktail that started the…
When Robyn DeBell lived in Tucson, she witnessed her neighbor and friend, Louise Thomas, rise from the ashes after losing her young son, Michael, to a blood cancer. Louise raised the money to build the Steele Children’s Research Center. Their goal is to improve children’s health. Robyn, in turn, was inspired.
The holiday season is upon us, and many of us are looking for ways to give back to the community. Dan Thompson, CFP, regional president of First Western Trust, Arizona and California, shares that giving back with your “time, treasure and talent” through the holiday season and year-round can benefit not only the giver but the community at large.
Almost every single Monday for the past 11 years, Jimmy Walker—the iconic local businessman, philanthropist, and CEO and founder of Celebrity Fight Night (CFN)—has kept the same appointment, which Jimmy says, “is one of my favorite meetings of the day, maybe of the week.”
The holidays spark an interest in abundance and all that glitters. Hosting a posh dinner party can be exciting but may seem like a daunting task. Adding a personal chef and event planner to the mix means helping your guests feel at home with elegance and warmth, coupling a delicious meal with on-point ambiance.
Those looking for a luxurious, don’t-have-to-think-about-a-thing, travel-the-world vacation find it all with Regent Seven Seas, an all-inclusive cruise line that offers an unrivaled experience to luxury cruisers.
Executive Chef Jeffrey (Jeff) Pilditch helped roll out Lincoln Steakhouse in 2017. He shares a long list of things that make this place special: the creative menu, the Josper charcoal oven, the ambiance, and especially, their welcoming arms open to the local community.
It all started with a rare date night at a cocktail bar. Lauren and John Maggio were in the throes of the early years with their four children and had the opportunity to be spelled by a sitter for the evening.
Three-time Emmy Award-winning storyteller Karen Schaler says that her heart is here in Arizona, and because of that, she’s exclusively trusting The Phoenician with her pride and joy—the Christmas Camp experience. The experience, which takes place in December, brings to life her Christmas Camp Hallmark movie, and the novels Christmas Camp and sequel Christmas Camp Wedding, published by HarperCollins.
Every month, ZuZu—the signature restaurant at Hotel Valley Ho—serves up a unique, over-the-top "Show Stopper" shake. This month's tasty treat, created by Clarissa Robinson, pastry chef of Hotel Vally Ho, is an ode to October.
When Mark Candelaria of Candelaria Design Associates (CDA), one of the leading custom luxury architecture firms in the United States, was brought in to design this home in Paradise Valley, it was a blank slate—literally.
Oscar De las salas works at Gensler, a global architecture, design and planning firm, where he is a project manager and contributes to business development. Currently, he has his pulse on the happenings in and around Phoenix, with two large Roosevelt District hospitality projects, urban projects for local municipalities, and a series of projects that include helping developers to bring hospitality…
Scylvia-Elvira Danese, owner of Danese Creations, is a one-woman powerhouse of all things fashion and sewing. You’ve likely seen her gown designs on local or national TV—they’ve been everywhere from morning news shows to worn by celebs at the Emmy Awards and the Country Music Association Awards. They’ve appeared on Oprah and Inside Edition, too. Whether it’s custom designs, tailoring,…
Arizona will once again be in the spotlight for fashion as Phoenix Fashion Week returns for its 11th year from Oct. 3-5 at Talking Stick Resort. More than 5,000 attendees from around the world will be on hand for a mix of runway shows, trunk sales, fashionable workshops, and hip after-parties.
Chloe Hiller, 15, enjoys playing volleyball, drawing and hanging out with friends and family. She also enjoys participating in pageants and is currently Miss Paradise Valley’s Outstanding Teen. She recently competed in the Miss Arizona State competition and placed as first runner-up.
The Arizona Humane Society has spent more than 60 years working to provide a good life for pets across the Valley through medical services, foster and adoption services, behavioral programs and disaster relief.
At first, Jason Valasek was a skeptic. Although the initial technology Bodcor uses has been extremely popular in other areas of the world for the last 10 years, he was still hesitant to try what is touted as a non-surgical body contouring option, not believing it could really work as well as the hype.
For 16 years, Kristine Thompson has been a champion for heart health as a member of the Phoenix Heart Ball committee. This year, as the ball celebrates its 60th year of raising funds to advance the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association, she embraces her newest role: chair of the Phoenix Heart Ball.
In a setting unlike any others, tucked into the Ponderosa pines of Arizona’s high country in Flagstaff lies the 600-plus-acre Pine Canyon, a private, master-planned golf course and residential community.
Howie Mandel has visited the Valley many times throughout the years. The popular comedian, actor and television host was the headliner at the Arizona State Fair for many years and performed at Celebrity Theatre, amongst others, but he and his wife enjoy visiting spas in town, as well.
The 2019 McLaren 570S Spider truly delivers the ultimate driving experience. This undeniably brought me to my roots. My late grandfather, Bob Montana, was a race car driver who competed amongst racing legends including the great Bruce McLaren in the CanAm Circuit.
CrossFit PHX is ideal for men at all levels, from those training in their athletic offseason to those looking to achieve new goals in their training. To begin on a healthier path, founder Mycal Anders says all someone needs to do is show up.
The VIG is an upscale neighborhood restaurant that appeals to all with happy hour, lawn games, large patios, brunch and an eclectic menu. The historic feel and architectural elements, housed in an all-encompassing atmosphere, is as intentional as it comes. Founders Tucker Woodbury and Jim Riley have built this dream with purpose and were inspired by its neighborhood at 40th…
Tieken Gallery presented a special joint exhibition showcasing two artists. Fred Tieken has created a series using photography, collage and acrylic, all in the form of digital manipulation, printed on archival photo paper. Sabine Meyer Zu Reckendorf is best known for her playful sculptures made from repurposed industrial surplus and materials scavenged from America’s consumer … Continued
Chevy Humphrey, the Hazel A. Hare president and CEO of Arizona Science Center, has held six different positions since starting her journey in 1998. Chevy has been in her current role for 14 years, and while she wears several hats, ultimately, she and her team aim to bring the most engaging and inspiring content and experiences to the Center.
Brie and Nikki Bella are best known for being a powerful duo in the wrestling ring. These sisters are natives of Arcadia and currently reside in the area, bringing their brand and magnetic personalities to venues all over the Valley. The impressive way they have parlayed their notoriety into empowering women is only trumped by their quality and diverse portfolio…
Melissa Mickelson and Jessica Stellwagen are dynamic sisters and co-founders of Bodify, a boutique solely dedicated to CoolScultping. While the sisters have wildly different personalities and styles, they complement each other beautifully and have built a successful business together.
The coupling of beautiful weather and abundance of outdoor dining options this time of year are what make the Valley the ideal place to live. Spring colors cascade across backyard spaces, adding whimsy and romance for a magical garden party.
The JW Marriott Desert Ridge values “togetherness” with the intent of cultivating and fostering a sincere sense of belonging, and Meritage embraces that tenfold with its communal tables, comfortable patios, lawn games and outdoor fire pits. The ambiance is warm and welcoming and appeals to families, couples, golfers, local residents and of course, resort guests. Look closer, though—the ingredients in…
Once the winter home of Delos Cooke and his wife, Florence, the Royal Palms sits on a lush 9-acre parcel near the base of Camelback Mountain. Against this dramatic backdrop, the Cookes modeled their estate after their beloved grand European adventures. The vision for Florence was that of a Mediterranean villa. When all was complete, the lavish grounds housed more than…
The Hovey family is internationally known for their unique architectural style. Since launching the family-owned architecture and development company Optima in 1978, the Hoveys have brought to life more than 5,300 units spanning 30 multifamily projects, some in Arizona.
In 2009, fashion designer Tory Burch started the Tory Burch Foundation to support the empowerment of women entrepreneurs. Seed Box is a curated selection of products made by women entrepreneurs and sold to benefit the Foundation. Local entrepreneur and beauty and botanical enthusiast Lylah Ledner was fortunate to have her Rose Geranium Facial Tonic included (from Lylah Ledner, formerly TSF…
The Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia is an exclusive oasis inspired by the exotic flair of Morocco and Andalusia in Southern Spain. Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, the resort boasts 293 spacious guest rooms, including 38 luxury suites and two presidential suites, along with award-winning culinary experiences. Amongst these is the Chef's Secret Garden…
Relics Antique and Furnishing Consignment is home to European, indoor and outdoor antiques, ironwork and salvaged architectural pieces. Created by Tim Harris and his husband, Todd, this unique and longstanding antique store showcases hundreds of hand-selected items that allow customers to creatively mix and match to create the look and feel they hope to achieve in their homes. Once heavily…
John Sebald founded Santorini Homes, Inc. in 2001 after years of experience in property acquisitions, entitlement and custom home building. John has continued to raise the bar in regard to the level of quality and attention to detail that building a luxury home entails. He has focused on building beautiful properties in established and sought-after neighborhoods.