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.

Author Charles Babbitt

Birding Arizona: What to Know, Where to Go is written by author Charles Babbitt and shares Babbitt's 40 years of birding experiences to show when, where and how to see the many of Arizona's most fascinating, rare and beautiful birds. With its maps and descriptions, it is the ideal guide for beginning and experienced birders who want to enjoy some of the best…

New Life Juice and Wellness

Bob Worley, founder of New Life Juice and Wellness, went on a natural health journey after a horrific accident in 2016. 

Destined to Design

 Erik B. Peterson has always been fascinated with design.  “It was basically all the way back to sixth grade,” he recalls. “I just had some infatuation with design, and I was artistic. I loved watching This Old House, and the programs that they had in school with technical drafting and mechanical engineering were interesting to me.”  In high school, he…

Gentlemen, We Honor You!

Luck was on my side when I became a mother of four boys. Yes, that’s right: I am surrounded by male energy in my house (four boys, my husband and even the dog is a boy). I wouldn’t trade it for the world! For any young man, it is essential to have a great male influence … Continued

June 2019 Around Town

Bobby Q’s Now Offers Brunch Options Legendary restaurateur Bob Sikora is bringing weekend brunch to Bobby Q Great Steaks & Real BBQ Biltmore location, a Valley favorite for all things smoked and grilled. Features include house-made brunch favorites such as avocado toast with mashed avocado and cilantro-chimichurri; Brussel sprouts and cauliflower mash with eggs; acai bowl featuring fresh … Continued

The Board of Visitors 104th Annual Charity Ball

The Board of Visitors hosted their 104th Annual Charity Ball in April. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of 58 beautiful Flower Girls by their fathers at JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. The presentation was followed by dinner and dancing in the ballroom. Photos: Scott Foust Studios and Steven Yap  

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.

All about the ladies…..

As a little girl, my mother always taught me to be authentic, embrace who I am, stand strong and believe in myself. My father taught me that there are no limits, to follow my dreams, work hard and never give up. I am grateful for their lessons because it made me realize that ANYTHING is … Continued

May 2019 Around Town

The Hermosa Inn’s Special Summer Getaway Package The Hermosa Inn, a AAA Four Diamond hotel nestled in the heart of Paradise Valley, offers plenty of options to unwind and dine at this boutique hideaway of 43 luxury casitas, which was ranked #8 of the Top 10 Hotels in the U.S. and the #1 Hotel in … Continued

2019 Maserati Levante Granlusso

The Maserati Levante is the first-ever SUV under the Maserati brand with a Ferrari-developed engine making for a perfect addition to the family of SUVs within the luxury car market. The Italian carmaker Maserati has a remarkable history of crafting high-quality vehicles with a beautiful combination of sport, comfort and classy sophistication.

Beach Ball 2019 Raises Money for Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH)

The Beach Ball was held at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in March. This year’s “Party in the Panhandle” celebrated the Flora-Bama Coast. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and dinner, photo ops and an auction. The Tennessee River Band capped off the evening. Generous guests and sponsors raised more than $1.65 million … Continued

Four Peaks Burger Battle

Four Peaks Burger Battle is a fundraising culinary event that was held in March. The 21+ event took place at the Scottsdale Waterfront. Competitors included Aioli Gourmet Burgers, BurgerFi, Burger Theory, Culinary Skol, Handlebar Diner, ZuZu Hotel Valley Ho, Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill, plus french fry tastings by Frites Street and boozy milkshakes by Four … Continued

Dorothy Fratt Artwork Showcased at Mountain Shadows Resort

Color-Line-Form was an exhibit at Mountain Shadows Resort through April that showcased works by Dorothy Fratt along with other artists. Attendees were encouraged to explore each artist's varying points of entry, and foundations that were strongly highlighted and defined. 

ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER AMAZES COMMUNITY WITH AN IMMERSIVE ARCHEOLOGICAL JOURNEY

Guests gathered in Heritage and Science Square as Arizona Science Center was transformed into a mysterious seven-story, antique vault using 3D image mapping along with high-powered, state-of-the-art lighting effects and a custom soundtrack to celebrate the Center’s incredible Mummies of the World: The Exhibition. Guests participated in this immersive storytelling production, created in partnership with … Continued

Cameldale Estates Groundbreaking

Under beautiful Valley skies, the new pinnacle of Paradise Valley real estate was unveiled. A groundbreaking ceremony for Cameldale Estates took place in March. More than 150 guests attended the event and enjoyed live acoustic music, food and drinks as they learned about the development’s impeccably-designed contemporary homes. For more information visit cameldaleestates.com or call Chris Karas … Continued

Florence Crittenton Luncheon Raises $391,000 for At-Risk Girls

Florence Crittenton’s 17th Annual Teaming Up for Girls Luncheon brought together over 700 guests at the Phoenician Resort. All of the proceeds will benefit the nonprofit’s life-changing programs for girls and their families. The event featured Emmy nominated professional dancer Cheryl Burke and honored author, philanthropist and Cleveland kidnapping survivor Lily Rose Lee and Tahnia … Continued

Timeless Beauty

With just a few products and a few minutes, these quick makeup routines add a little something extra when you don’t have time to spare Makeup brush 101 Your guide to must-have makeup brushes   01 | ANGLED CONTOUR Use this to apply blush, bronzer or highlighter. The angled cut flawlessly defines and highlights your features. … Continued

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.

The 2019 Jaguar I-PACE EV400 HSE

I chose this vehicle strategically this month, as it is the perfect fit for our eco-friendly issue. This beautiful all-electric SUV may have the body of a small SUV, but let there be no mistake: for an all-electric vehicle, the acceleration is first in its class going f0-60 in 4.5 seconds. With it’s sleek body and smooth driving this vehicle did…

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. 

Going Green

As we dive into April, we can be comforted by the amazing weather and colorful flowers in full bloom which make it easy to appreciate how beautiful our surroundings are. I aspire to be better at embracing a “green” lifestyle. There are so many ways to incorporate an eco-friendly way of living, from recycling, buying organic goods, practicing … Continued

April 2019 Around Town

Sir Ringo Starr Brings His All Star Band to Phoenix Danny Zelisko presents an evening with Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band on Aug. 26 at the Celebrity Theatre. Tickets are now on sale at CelebrityTheatre.com. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the band. The 2019 All Starr Band features Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and alum Hamish Stuart.   “My dream has always been, … Continued

Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala

Childhelp held its 15th annual Drive the Dream Gala, which celebrated the 60th anniversary of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit advocating for abused and neglected children. The Diamond Jubilee took place in February at the Phoenician Resort. The sparkling celebration marked a significant triumph for Childhelp and the children and families served over six decades of caring.     

Ninth Annual Larry Fitzgerald Double Play Celebrity Softball Game April 27

Join Larry Fitzgerald and a host of his celebrity and professional athlete friends as they support the Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund. The Ninth Annual Larry Fitzgerald Double Play Celebrity Softball Game will take place on Saturday, April 27 at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. Giveaways, live auction, child zone and more await at this memorable event! LarryFitzgerald.com    

Heart Ball Kick-Off Event for Sixty Hearts

New Chairman of the Heart Ball Kristine Thompson is focused on proactive measures to help people live lives free of heart attack and stroke. The 60th anniversary campaign kicked off at Saks Fifth Avenue at Biltmore Fashion Park in February. Past Heart Ball Chairmen and the Heart Ball committee were in attendance, viewing sustainable fashion by Stella … Continued

Valley Youth Theatre’s ‘Oscar at the Oscars’ Viewing Party

Valley Youth Theatre held an Academy Awards Viewing Party presented by Billie Jo Herberger and Oscar de las Salas. VYT Alums Emma Stone and Kimiko Glenn were nominated, providing highlights of the evening. "Our goal is to help children become the best they can be, using performing arts as their vehicle," VYT’s Producing Artistic Director Bobb … Continued

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…

Galaxy Gala at the Arizona Science Center

Galaxy Gala: Mummies Alive at the Museum generously supported by presenting sponsors Ellie and Michael Ziegler, raised a record-setting $735,000 for Arizona Science Center. The event drew nearly 500 guests who were welcomed to the Science Center by dramatically lit full-size mummy-inspired figures before making their way to the Center’s SRP Canyon Terrace to enjoy drinks, … Continued

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…

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…

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.

The 2019 INFINITI QX80 LIMITED

The king of the road is what comes to mind while driving the 2019 INFINITI QX80 LIMITED. This vehicle is anything but petite in stature. The front end of the vehicle makes you feel like nothing can stop you. From the outside, it may not look any larger than other standard SUVs, but once you sit inside, you feel a sense…

Spring at Last!

Springtime in the valley is my absolute favorite time of year! March 20 marks the first official day of spring. It’s a time to celebrate new life with endless flowers in bloom, sunny, beautiful weather and perfect temperatures. These are just a few reasons so many of us call this beautiful place our home. Home—that is … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

Mountainside Fitness to Open New State-of-the-Art Location Mountainside Fitness is excited to announce it has acquired what will be its 18th Valley-wide location at one of Arizona’s legacy properties, La Camarilla Racquet Club. The highly sought-after property is located at the intersection of 53rd Street and Shea and serves as a gateway to Paradise Valley, … Continued

Historic Castle Hot Springs Reopens

Throughout the early 20th century, Castle Hot Springs was one of the world’s most luxurious resorts. It has recently reopened with 32 luxury accommodations. Each bungalow will have direct plumbing right from the hot springs into large tubs with an open ceiling for soaking under the stars. There is even an organic farm and a greenhouse for their … Continued

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…

AZ Jet Center Event During Auction Week

AZ Jet Center is the only event during auction week which combines exquisite auto collections with personal aircraft in a lifestyle reception atmosphere. Featuring live music, a cigar lounge, interactive displays with fine artists and the opportunity to raise money for Childhelp and Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary, this special evening was the most talked-about event of the … Continued

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.

Local Band the Flippin’ Switches Hopes to Bring Out the Rock Star in All of Us

Much like superheroes, the Flippin' Switches have careers by day and turn into their rock star alter egos at night. 

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 Sicilian Butcher Offers Guinness Book of World Records Drink and Delicious Italian Cuisine

The Sicilian Butcher combines skilled butchery and creative dishes all set in a modern-casual restaurant. The choose-your-own-meatball and build-your-own charcuterie board experience is unlike anywhere else. The hand-rolled meatballs and saucy attitude pair well with fresh-made pastas and Italian butcher-style meats. Located in Phoenix at 15530 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 160, this unique experience is perfectly paired with a drink…