Hometown Heroes Help Fellow Veterans this Holiday Season

Veterans in our community have not only served our country, but they also are proudly serving others here at home. These hometown heroes know the difficulties veterans face when they return to civilian life and have worked closely with their comrades to make the transition easier and protect their families, while also providing them with stability and friendship.

Arizona Adventurer Takes You on Journeys Ideal for Fall Travel

 Havasupai Falls, Supai  Skill level: challenging  Permits must be acquired online: HavasupaiReservations.com

From Actresses to Activists

Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson not only have a friendship that expands decades, but they also have a limitless passion for helping children and blending their talents with their heartfelt dedication to the community.

KOVO Puts a Modern Twist on Mediterranean Fare at its New Paradise Valley Location

A unique concept to the Valley, KOVO highlights a wide selection of cuisine from the Mediterranean region. KOVO showcases the traditional cuisines of the Mediterranean region, combined with new world flair and ingredients.  

Local Chefs Serve Up Elegant and Unique Dining Experiences

 Chef Paul Valenzuela, Lincoln at Camelback Inn  Creative freedom and a flair for simplicity in his dishes are what make chef Paul Venezuela unique in his craft.  “My motto is, if it looks good and tastes good, it should be good, right? That is the standard I teach my staff and that I stand by myself. It’s that easy,” he…

Let the Cooler Weather Drive You to Apple Annie’s

With crisp autumn air comes much-anticipated activities connected with the season. Apple Annie’s has long been the ideal road trip for Phoenicians to participate in all things fall including a festival, delicious seasonal foods, fruit picking and choosing the perfect pumpkins.

Eddie Merlot’s Offers a Wine Selection for Any Occasion

Eddie Merlot's is a prime steak and seafood restaurant that prides itself on pairing your meal with the perfect wine. 

Sunfare Offers Chef-Prepared Meals that are both Delicious and Nutritious

Food intolerance, time constraints and not knowing where to begin when starting a diet or adapting to a healthier lifestyle can leave you with meal burnout and have you reaching for the takeout menu. Instead of giving into something unhealthy, focus on an option that is good for you, your budget and your dietary needs.

Coming Home

 Article and Photography  Fashions Kiss Me Kate Boutique, KissMeKateAZ.com / Photographer CJ Gershon / Models Madi Esteves & Madison Kemp, represented by MTM Model and Talent Management / Hair & Makeup Simone Hall, Ohana an Aveda Concept Salon / Hair & Makeup Wayne Brawner, Ohana an Aveda Concept Salon / Editorial Design Danielle Accovelli and Kat McMahon / Car Lexus…

Earnhardt Lexus

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Wade Griffith Photography  When Tex Earnhardt became the youngest Ford franchise owner in the country in 1951, he had no idea the family business would grow to 21 dealerships throughout the Valley and Las Vegas. Tex, who grew up in Southern Texas before moving to Chandler with his family, is known as the cowboy car…

Buon Appetito!

 Article Danielle Accovelli | Photography CJ Gershon  Tucked away along Camelback Corridor, The Parlor, with its modern brick exterior, hardly looks like an imposing structure. But once situated inside with one of their signature dishes, be prepared to be transported to the height of Italian culinary greatness. Co-founder Aric Mei opened The Parlor in 2009 with one singular culinary vision: to…

Timeless Designs

 Article Kathleen Blair  Nina McLemore has spent her life in fashion. She and her mother, who was an artist and florist, made her clothes growing up in Mississippi. They would choose fabrics, design and sew the outfits. Even at a young age, Nina wanted clothing that was more stylish and had a higher quality than those available in stores.   Nina graduated from…

Love at FURst Sight

 Article Danielle Accovelli | Photography CJ Gershon  Pets are undeniably important members of our family. They teach us responsibility, care, compassion and the true depth of unconditional love. From that first good-morning lick to get you ready for the day to snuggling at your feet on the couch while the night winds down, for many people it’s hard to imagine…

Five Favorite Things

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Sean Egan  Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, which has been in the Valley for more than 30 years, is the recipient of the 2018 Paradise Valley Lifestyle Reader’s Choice for Best Orthodontist. Husband and wife team Dr. Tal Masserman, an orthodontist, and Dr. Danielle Masserman, a pediatric dentist, joined the practice six years ago. Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics provides pediatric…

The Phoenician Rising

 Article Danielle Accovelli | Photography Provided  Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, the grand and majestic Phoenician has continued to redefine the luxury resort experience since its opening in 1988. True to form, the resort has recently embarked on a redesign of its accommodations, amenities and grounds to be completed in 2019, transforming it into an elegant example of…

A Sky-High Gem

 Article Joyce Selk and Kathleen Blair  You know you are in for a treat when you are given the special code that allows the elevator to take you up to the penthouse at Bella Sirena. Walking inside the beautifully etched doorway of Penthouse C1301, you find yourself in the spacious yet comfortable, living area with a large dining table for 12,…

Staying Cool in the Desert

 Article Kathleen Blair  Yes, the scorching weather has arrived, and it’s here to stay for another few months. If you are not fortunate enough to be able to get away to a cooler climate, then you’ll need to find ways to survive the summer’s torrid temperatures. Here are a few fun ways to escape the heat for a couple hours…

The Man Behind the Business

 Article Mindy Haskins | Photography Cj Gershon  Two days after graduating from Scottsdale's Coronado High School, Erik Bryan enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.  "Special forces was my angle. It fit my personality," he says. 

Relax & Light Up

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography David Apeji  Cigar smoking is recognized as a way to relax, and one of the finest smoking lounges in the Valley is Churchill’s Fine Cigars located off Camelback Road and 44th Street. Noted as the largest cigar store in Arizona, Churchill’s offers a wide selection of the finest cigars that include many limited and hard…

A Rugby Workout

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Provided by Phoenix Rugby Club  Rugby, the oldest sport ever played, is one of the fastest-growing sports worldwide. It is played with a football with 15 players on each team. In 1969, Bob Blakely and his fellow Arizona State University law students formed the first rugby team in Arizona, The Phoenix Rugby Club. The club’s…

Dude Food

Whether You’re Cooking for One or Cooking for Many, These Easy Dishes are Sure to Impress Anyone Gathered at Your Kitchen Table Article Nicolette Martin FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH JALAPEÑO SLAW   INGREDIENTS (SANDWICH)   1 cup all-purpose flour   1/2 teaspoon ground paprika   1/2 teaspoon garlic powder   Cayenne pepper, to taste   … Continued

Men Making an Impact

 Article Mindy Haskins  Larry Lytle, First Vice President of RBC Wealth Management  Larry Lytle’s path into wealth management was long but intentional. Sixteen years ago, he and his father reflected on the question, “If there were no barriers, what would you do with your day?” This led to monthly meetings to discuss potential careers.

Local Female Movers + Shakers

 Article Mindy Haskins | Photography Tony Marinella  The Agent  Robin Orscheln

Girlfriend Weekend on Coronado Island

 Article Kathleen Blair  White sandy beaches, fantastic shopping, great restaurants and historical charm are all waiting to be discovered and enjoyed on the charming resort town of Coronado Island. Located across the bay from San Diego, its a great weekend escape to a beach town with a carefree lifestyle.   

Live Your Life in Style with Great Design

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Provided by Camelback Interior Designs  For more than 30 years, interior designer Lynda Martin has been creating beautiful, functional yet comfortable and inviting spaces. Her goal is to always design spaces that best reflect her client's style and aesthetics.   

Singh Urban 
Farming

Ken Singh, a farmer and entrepreneur of Singh Farms and Singh Meadows, is passionate about cleaning up toxic dirt. He has transformed a plot of barren desert and a chemical-laced golf course and turned the dirt into healthy, toxic-free soil. Ken's secret is the compost he developed that puts nutrients back into the earth. He’s been so successful doing this…

produce with a purpose

More than 20 years ago, two mothers met regularly with their developmental pediatrician to find ways to help their children with autism. That was the beginning of Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC). The center’s programs, services and research help autistic individuals of all ages develop skills to help them engage in the community and live independent lives. On…

Room to Grow

Perfect for those who don’t necessarily consider themselves “gardening-inclined,” but also like to keep live decorations in various parts of the home, succulent plants are generally low-maintenance and come in an array of shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Grow them in unique containers—from coffee tins to books or shoes—for eco-themed decor you actually have to put in some effort to…

Chef Zipora

On a cool night in Tuscany, Zipora Einav, also known as Chef Zipora, perfected her vegetable soup recipe. 
She found inspiration in the beautiful countryside and bountiful selections of fresh, colorful vegetables.

Tone + Texture

Decorate your space with handmade textures such as the modern, maker revival of 1970s macramé and year-round tropical feel of wicker. MACRAMÉ Made through knotting instead of weaving, macramé can add a unique touch in many various ways. Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill suggests incorporating it as nursery decor, plant hangers, wall hangings and modern fiber arts. WICKER According to Houzz…

Get Inspired

This potting shed was custom built in a rural Mediterranean-style home in the heart of Paradise Valley and features a spectacular view of Camelback Mountain. The indoor-outdoor feel of the space allows the air and sun to flow in, giving plants much-needed nourishment to grow and bloom. Scottsdale-based Candelaria Design Associates worked carefully to create this space with the end-user…

Building 
Modern Homes

According to Bill Knutson, owner of Uptown Construction, getting to know the people and the community they live in is key to building successful custom homes. 

Feels
 Like Home

Joey Maggiore is the executive chef of the Maggiore Group’s latest concept, The Sicilian Butcher. One of the most favored dishes on the menu is the Sunday Sugo, an all-time favorite of the chef’s that was served in his childhood home every “Domenica” as a cultural tradition on Sundays.

Outdoor Living

With Arizona’s wonderful climate, it’s only natural for homeowners to expand their living space onto their patio and yard. Ryan Roberts, owner of Arizona Iron Furniture, has many designs and color choices of beautifully handcrafted patio furniture made here in Arizona. His keen business sense, superior quality and customer service have grown his business into five stores over the last 10…

Best of Paradise Valley

Nothing Bundt Cakes
17025 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 110, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
480.502.8900 | NothingBundtCakes.com

Terra Pike

Terra Pike, owner of Tailored to You Home Management, considers herself part concierge, part home inspector and part personal assistant. 
She ensures each home she manages is professionally cared for while clients are away. This career was a natural transition for Pike after years of managing luxury condominium complexes and master planned communities.

Our Contributors

Mindy Haskins was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Chandler. She's a wife and mother of two young girls and enjoys freelance writing, cooking, reading and seeing movies. She has a fitness goal to complete 100 workouts in 2018. Mindy loves the scenic beauty of Paradise Valley, a hidden treasure amongst the vast Phoenix area. 

Trending Workouts

Every new year brings renewed motivation to improve health by increasing fitness activities and reducing calories. HYPOXI Senior Marketing Director Judi Merrick, who is also a certified personal trainer, notes a critical element often missing from these programs is recovery.
At its core, recovery methods help the body to rest, repair and return to a normalized state.

Perfect Assets and Abs

Jennifer Menzer
Certified personal trainer and nutrition coach
Owner of WellFit Concierge
5115 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85018
WellFitConcierge.com

Goat Cheese, Spinach and Pecan Farro Salad

1 cup of farro (preferably 
 Arizona Hayden Flour Mills)
+ 1 ounce of herbed goat 
 cheese, crumbled
+ ¼ cup of dried cranberries, 
 coarsely chopped
+ ¼ cup of pecans, 
 coarsely chopped
+ 1 cup of packed baby spinach 
 leaves, thinly sliced
+ 2 bay leaves
+ 2 sprigs of fresh thyme 
+ Salt and pepper

Winter Wonderland

Proclaimed “Arizona’s Christmas City” by former Gov. Rose Mofford, Prescott is a short two-hour drive from Phoenix and offers the white Christmas that you’ve been looking for.

‘Tis the Season

There is something magical about the holiday season here in the Valley. That something goes well beyond the sidewalks and streets lined with luminarias and the twinkling lights that adorn saguaros and palm trees just as frequently as they do spruces and evergreens. What is truly special resides within those groups in our community who embody the season of giving,…

Fernet Hot Cocoa Gifts Sets

Need a gift idea? Or just a little boozy cocktail to get you in the holiday spirit?

Decoding the Holidays

‘Tis the season to be jolly, right? That is, until party season starts and we all have to not only find the time to pick the perfect outfit for our annual holiday shindigs, but we have to figure out what in the world to wear. Among office parties, ornament exchanges, Christmas cocktails at the neighbors, family dinners and more, the…

Out of the Kitchen

Brian Downey discovered his love for wine while working at Penelope, a French restaurant in Tucson in the late 1990s. After the sommelier was let go, the owner needed someone to step up and learn wine fast. Downey was game. As the owner pushed and quizzed him on the restaurant's wines, Downey became increasingly more passionate about the subject. He…

Holiday Traditions

Traditions connect us with family and history as nothing else can. One whiff of my mom’s sweet potato dish mixed with cinnamon and apples then topped with roasted marshmallows induces years of memories and jokes about it being the dessert we pretend is a side dish. But my new traditions are treasured as well. My husband’s family cooks a turkey…

Holiday Wine Pairings

“Rich, full-bodied whites like Chardonnay, Viognier, Gewürztraminer and Rhône White Blends pair delightfully with many of the dishes found on the Thanksgiving table. For example, pumpkin soup or butternut squash with brown butter and sage is a delicious match for a richly textured Chardonnay. The warmer spices of autumn, like nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, are complementary to this style of…

Cooking with Wine

Ingredients

1 butternut squash
¼ cup butter
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup red wine
½ teaspoon herb seasoning mix
½ teaspoon clove
Salt
Pepper
Pumpkin seeds

Lifestyle’s Guide to Local Fall Sports

While the rest of the nation goes inside to warm up, we're cheering on our hometown teams while grilling outside and wearing flip-flops. Welcome to fall in the Valley of the Sun.

For the Love of the Game 

As the president of sports management for FineMark Bank, David Highmark helps professional athletes achieve their financial goals. An athlete himself, David’s life has woven together his love of both sports and business for more than 30 years. Here, he shares four of his most memorable highlights.