‘I’m Not Disabled, I’m Enhanced’

It was Aug. 27, 2015, and Abriel “Abri” Bentley had just started second grade. She was lying in bed, saying her prayers to her dad.

Miss Paradise Valley’s Outstanding Teen

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.

Protecting Our Furry Friends

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. 

Fun for All

Looking for some fun around town? These kid-friendly destinations around town provide hours of fun for all.

The New, Painless Body Contouring Option

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.

Sixty Hearts

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.

First Fish

It was 7 a.m. on a recent Thursday morning when Marc Lupino, chief executive chef at the Valley’s Ocean 44, found himself on a small private company jet headed from Phoenix to Cordova, Alaska.

Howie Mandel

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.

Fun in the Pines

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.

Outrageous Success

It was May 2008, and Frankie Muniz was in Los Angeles standing in line to purchase a grill for his home when a random thought struck him.

2019 McLaren 570S Spider

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 Workouts Ideal for Men

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

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…

New Works Debut at Tieken Gallery in Paradise Valley

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

Life Lessons

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.

The Bella Twins

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…

Bodify Co-Founders, Sisters and Friends

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.

Fashion Designer Aims to Inspire and Empower Women

Nina McLemore is a designer with an eye for fashion, coupled with a keen sense of what styles of clothing will convey elegance and confidence for the woman on the go.

Surreal Escapes Gives Advice to Optimizes Your Outdoor Entertaining Space

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. 

Meritage: An Urban Tavern Offers a Fresh Take on Healthy Fare

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…

Ecological Art Abounds at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa

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…

Hovey Residences Promote an Environmentally Friendly Lifestyle with Modern Living Spaces

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.

Lylah Ledner Skincare Line Offers Pure and Simple Beauty

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…

Scottsdale League for the Arts Gives Back to the Community

The Scottsdale League for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer organization of accomplished members who support the arts through social and educational opportunities.

Omni Montelucia’s Chef’s Secret Garden Dinner Series Provides the Perfect Backdrop for Arizona Locals

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…

Add a Personal Touch to Your Next Housewarming Gift with Custom Finds at Relics

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…

Santorini Homes Showcases Custom Arcadia Property

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.

Artist Richard Retter Uses His Vast Knowledge to Help Others on Their Artistic Journeys

Artist Richard Retter has coupled his passion for art with a yearning to help those in need to put forth a philanthropic project that combines both.

The 2019 Ferrari Portofino Is a True Masterpiece

Succeeding the company's successful V8 grand tourer, the California, the Portofino aims to strike the same balance between an easy-to-drive GT car and a typical Ferrari sports car. It carries over the same philosophy as its predecessor but is now more refined and agile, courtesy of its new design and technical elements. Faster, smoother and more efficient, the Portofino has…

Local Artist Marless Fellows Draws Inspiration from the West

Marless Fellows feels her journey to becoming a well-known local artist was a slow and steady process.

Mountainside Fitness CEO and Founder Tom Hatten Pens New Book about an Exciting Fitness Journey

Tom Hatten, CEO and founder of Mountainside Fitness, has built a fitness empire based on simple principals, like a philosophy of teamwork and finding those with a passion for what they do. His recent book, Dream On, is available for purchase, and it details the beginnings of Hatten's success but delves into so much more.

Healthy Lunches for Kids that Pack a Simple and Nutritional Punch

The new year is a time when we resolve to make life changes. Eating healthier is often at the top of the list, however, packing lunches that are well-balanced and cost-effective for kids can take a backseat. Kids can be fickle when it comes to lunchtime, especially at school with limited time and social distractions. Making sure to pack a…

At Kathy Sweet’s Venue, Nonprofits are the Main Event just ‘because’

When Paradise Valley residents Kathy Sweet and her husband, Dave, set out to create an event venue, they faced challenges that allowed them to open what is now a thriving business with hefty philanthropic undertones.

Former Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman Inspires Others with a Sustainable Fitness Routine

Former Olympic Gold Medalist and Paradise Valley resident Misty Hyman spent many years training for excellence in swimming. She has parlayed that passion and motivation into a career and way of life for her and her family. She knows that fitness is essential, and fitting it into a busy lifestyle can make it attainable as well.

The Ultimate Gift Guide

Gift-giving shouldn't be stressful, but gifting friends and family items that are both on-trend and meaningful can be a daunting task. Make this a holiday season your loved ones will remember, with ideas that they will not only appreciate but also be excited to showcase all year long.

Hearth ’61 Is the Place to Be for New Year’s Eve

The perfect meal coupled with ambiance and celebration is why Hearth ’61 is the place to be for New Year’s Eve and throughout the holiday season.

The Human Services Campus Brings Hope and Homes to Those in Need

Homelessness plagues our society and can have long-term damaging effects to those who fall victim to it. It is difficult for someone who is experiencing homelessness to reach out for help, and often they are unsure where to turn or who to trust. This is why the mission of the Human Services Campus in Phoenix is so important in tackling…

Christmas by Design Book Showcases Paradise Valley Designs

As the weather cools down and days get shorter, it is the perfect time to de-stress with a decadent cocktail and gather inspiration for your holiday and home decor from a good book.

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…