Fun hobbies to try
Detoxifying spa treatments
Fresh culinary finds
Festivals and fundraisers
Supporting those who serve
The actor and humanitarian auctions a
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and first responders at the 48th Annual
Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction
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42 SUPPORTING THOSE WHO SERVE
Actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise auctions a customized
1981 Jeep CJ7 to benefit veterans and first responders at
the 48th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction
47 CONCIERGE CONVERSATIONS
Get to know the stories of eight local experts who have
made it their mission to serve others
A one-on-one interview with renowned
French stylist Jo, owner of Jo Paris Salon
Jo Paris Salon features the lavish, luxurious surroundings
you would expect in any upscale locale, but there’s
a crucial difference within the welcoming atmosphere, suffused
with a familial warmth that puts you instantly at ease.
And the differences don’t end there; in every facet of the experience
is the evidence of a deeply connected team, each
member striving to provide premium-quality services and unforgettably
The salon is the kind of place its owner and namesake,
Jo, had always dreamed of opening. With an innate sense of
beauty and talent, he began his career in Paris mentored by
France’s most celebrated stylists. After moving to Cannes, Jo
quickly gained an illustrious reputation as the premier stylist
of the Cannes Film Festival, where he spent a decade styling
celebrity clientele. But it was another move, this time to
Arizona, that led him to open Jo Paris Salon – and the Valley
has never looked better.
We sat down with Jo to find out a few things about his salon,
his stylists, and which products he can’t live without.
Q: Your salon has quite a sizeable staff. How do you choose
A: I make sure that we don’t have a revolving door of stylists.
We try to make sure we hire stylists with years of experience
who add something to the team. Everyone has a specialty,
and we try to showcase that strength – we are one of the
few salons that can accommodate just about any client with
any kind of hair.
Q: So you have specialists for every need? Amazing! What
services do you offer?
A: We offer almost anything. Color, cuts, extension, ombre,
balayage, perms, relaxer, keratin treatments, updos and
Olaplex. We offer services to men, women, and children. We
also have an amazing aesthetician and offer Microblading.
Q: With such a variety of services, you must use a lot of products.
Are there certain lines you swear by?
A: We use four different styling lines. The most prestigious
line we offer, and we are incredibly proud to have, is Oribe –
they’re the best products I have ever used. They are specially
formulated for every hair type and super-concentrated. I’m
not sure I have ever used an Oribe product on my client and
they aren’t absolutely in love with their hair. The smell alone
keeps people coming back, but it really does what it says it
will do. For curly hair, we are also a Ouidad salon. Our color
line, Goldwell, is the only one that actually has hair preserving
protein in the color itself. It’s easy to work with, true to
tone color that lasts much longer than most. It’s also one of
the few color lines that we found to be friendly for people
with sensitive skin or color allergies. We also happen to have
our own in-salon Goldwell educator as part of our staff, so the
education we get for color trends makes us experts in the line.
Q: Do Jo Paris Salon stylists participate in any other continuing
A: Yes. You never stop learning, and we try to expand our
knowledge. The staff is constantly choosing to learn new
things and stay ahead of the trends. They love what they do,
and it shows!
Q: Your friendly, hospitable service makes everyone feel comfortable.
Why is that important to you?
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I wanted to make a place where someone could come in as
they are, have a cup of coffee and maybe make a friend while
doing it. Our guests can expect that every experience they
have with us will be a great one, from their very first visit.
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It’s no secret that January in
Scottsdale is like the holidays for car
lovers. Collector Car Week brings in
auto shows aplenty, and the largest
one of them – the Barrett-Jackson
Scottsdale Auction – is more than just
fun and games, though it’s that too.
Returning for its 48th year,
Barrett-Jackson is known for bringing
in high-profile vehicles auctioned
for charity by even more high-profile
people. This year highlights actor
Gary Sinise, who you’d recognize
as Lieutenant Dan from Forrest
Gump and his roles in Apollo 13 and
Ransom, auctioning a custom 1981
Jeep CJ7 with all proceeds going
to his eponymous charity, the Gary
Sinise Foundation, benefiting veterans
and first responders.
As you’ll read in his cover story
(page 42), Sinise has worked with veterans’ organizations since the ’80s, but it was his
portrayal of Lieutenant Dan that spurred him to build a platform of his own to support
those who serve.
I’ll admit I’m no car lover myself (though I do know quite a bit thanks to our Wheels
page and my former years as an editor at AAA Arizona’s magazine!), but the charitable
efforts of Barrett-Jackson, and its partnerships like those with Sinise, are certainly something
I’m on board with.
Other things I’m on board with? Trying something new (page 98), taking care of
yourself and your skin (pages 100 and 106), anything blue (pages 105 and 123), soothing
soups in winter (page 134), drinks almost too pretty to sip (page 130), discovering
new places to dine (pages 84 and 146), and finding something that tugs at your heart
strings. For me, that was stumbling upon a new gourmet popcorn shop in Downtown
Scottsdale called Ollie Pop (page 86). Because Ollie was the name of my dog who
crossed the rainbow bridge last year, I became an instant fan of this shop before I even
tried the popcorn. Sometimes the most seemingly small things – whether they are places
or gestures – can hold the greatest significance.
On that note, may you begin 2019 with a month of discoveries, both big (perhaps
scoring the auto you’ve always admired) and seemingly small (such as finding your own
version of Ollie Pop). If I have learned anything in the last year that I am taking into 2019,
it’s that kindness – to others and to yourself – counts. Taking a cue from our cover star, pay
it forward when you can and be kind always.
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Olenka Cullinan helps women pursue their passions and build their businesses
Olenka Cullinan is passionate about empowering women to
level-up their businesses and mindsets via her 30-day online challenge-style
bootcamps, speaking engagements, and #iStartFirst
Summit. As a best-selling author and success coach, Cullinan
has dedicated the majority of her professional career to helping
people, especially millennials, develop the skills needed to succeed
in entrepreneurship, leadership and business.
The mindset that drives Cullinan has been with her for many
years – when she was 14, her mom gave her a card that said,
“Always play by your own rules” and she never stopped doing
So Scottsdale! January ‘19 27
just that. After moving to the U.S. from Russia at the age of 19
with $450 of borrowed money in her pocket, Cullinan quickly
learned the value of hard work and perseverance. While working
three jobs with no financial aid or scholarship to pay for college
and basic living expenses, she maintained her position on the
dean’s list every semester and graduated with several degrees,
including a master’s in European studies.
With entrepreneurship in her blood thanks to a mother who
built a wine-making business, it was only a matter of time before
Cullinan started her first company. A mom herself, Cullinan
launched Rising Tycoons when she saw that high school and college
students were struggling with the basic life skills that would
enhance their business trajectory.
“They were being trained to pass tests, but not provided the
tools to spring them forward in their careers,” she says.
Rising Tycoons was started as a youth-driven company
for teens that taught them skills through entrepreneurship and
leadership training. In 3 1/2 years, she helped more than 10,000
teens and 1,500 educators through the program, but she knew
she could do even more.
Around the same time, Cullinan noticed the glaring gender
gap in the business and leadership worlds and turned her focus
to helping women step into the spotlight.
“While I wanted to fix the gender gap in business, I knew
nothing about working with women,” Cullinan says.
After creating and implementing the hashtag #iStartFirst
into her female-geared speeches, the hashtag’s popularity grew
like wildfire. Soon, the inaugural #iStartFirst Summit took place,
followed by online bootcamps limited to 20 ladies at a time and
in high demand today.
“I realized that if we, as women, are willing to go through
bootcamps for diets and exercise, we can most certainly go
through one for business and mindset,” Cullinan says. “And to
do it in a collaborative and safe environment, in competition with
yourself only and no judgment, I could create something that
would make the business map easy.”
Finding Her Calling
When Cullinan was invited to co-author her first book, Passionistas:
Tips, Tales and Tweetables for Women Pursuing Their Dreams, it
solidified that working with women is what she was meant to do.
“I met the most incredible group of talented, brave, passionate
and brilliant ladies, and I realized that I had to inspire more of
them,” she says, noting that a large part of her philosophy is to
teach women to stop preparing for the perfect moment and start
Cullinan has always had the natural ability to help and inspire
people, and that’s how the #iStartFirst Summit evolved. The summit
is a one-day transformational event of workshops, tools and
strategies to empower women into action. Watching women succeed
and build their dreams is what fuels Cullinan, who explains,
“It’s truly never about the spotlight; it’s always about the impact.”
As a woman in business, Cullinan believes there is still so
much to unlearn from our past, our parents’ pasts, and society’s
rules. She feels honored to facilitate this authentic, raw and vulnerable
female movement and considers it to be a learning process,
as each gender leads and runs businesses very differently.
“Women are nurturing by nature. They are givers and often
need to learn to put themselves first,” Cullinan says. “When I see
another woman come into her powerful self, shining her light –
and I’m a part of her journey – that fills me with joy.”
Call it a superpower if you will, but Cullinan is categorically
good at believing in women’s best versions of themselves before
they can see it in the mirror.
With two best-selling books and two TEDx talks under her
belt, the young girl from Russia with a few hundred bucks in her
pocket turned business mogul is on the road to global domination.
“2019 is the year of expansion for #iStartFirst. I’m looking
to bring bootcamps to other states and to launch the summit in
one more city outside of Phoenix. This brand is truly a legacy for
me; it’s not about me, but about the incredible tribe of women
who are ready to set their journeys on fire,” Cullinan says. “On a
personal note, I want to be able to have the freedom to travel and
meet other inspiring women globally so I can show my daughter
that she, too, can always play by her own rules.”
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How to handle fine hair -Ask the expert!
Rodney Gentry, Full-service Designer and
Hair Color Specialist, Sachi Studios
From static issues to limp, dull styles, fine
hair can sometimes feel impossible to get
right. Thankfully, expert color specialist Rodney
Gentry, based at Sachi Studios in Scottsdale, is
here to help!
Q: First, why is it that some of us have finer
hair than others?
Rodney Gentry: Fine hair results when
each individual strand of hair has a small circumference,
so that individual strands are not
as large as those belonging to other people
whose hair has a wider circumference.
Q: Do people with fine hair have particular
problems as a result of the hair’s fineness?
RG: Clients with fine hair tend to come to
me with a similar range of complaints. While
fine hair can look sleek and beautiful, it can
be difficult to style. Many clients also wish for
more volume to their hair.
Q: How do you help them to overcome these
RG: There are plenty of options for those
with fine hair. Highlights are one way to add
volume and texture, and lowlights can work
really well, too. It is really incredible what you
can do with color. Clients always get a boost
when they see how different their fine hair
looks after it has undergone a color treatment.
There are also some great products on
the market to help with fine hair. I’m loving
Goldwell Kerasilk Repower range right now.
The four products—shampoo, conditioner,
volume plumping cream, volume blow-dry
spray—harness the power of natural ingredi-
ents like carob in order to create long-lasting
volume that leaves the hair bouncy and lightweight.
Products like these work wonders, and
it is great to be able to introduce clients to
them and know how much they will enjoy the
effect that they have.
Simple things like drying technique can
also make a big difference. People with fine
hair should lift the hair outward and upward as
they dry if they want maximum volume. They
should also avoid brushing it when wet, as fine
hair can break very easily.
Q: What other problems do people with fine
RG: Fine hair can be more prone to damage
than thick hair, so those with fine hair need
to be careful about over-styling and the use of
chemical treatments. Here at Rodney Gentry,
we specialize in using products that are kind
to the hair, and that nurture it at the same time
as coloring it. I don’t believe that there is any
place for harsh chemical treatments in a modern
salon—they just aren’t necessary anymore.
Enzyme-based products can color hair beautifully,
and are so much kinder to it than the old
Q: Can you recommend any quick fixes for
those with fine hair?
RG: Well, a quick trip to Sachi Studios,
for one! For those after a quick fix at home,
I would recommend always having a deep
conditioning masque on hand, ready to be
used as a weekly treatment or whenever particularly
luscious locks are required. On a daily
basis, it really doesn’t get much better than the
Goldwell Kerasilk volume line for those looking
for added body.
Q: We’ve focused on the problems and solutions
of fine hair here, but are there also
advantages to it?
RG: Of course! Fine hair can look stunning,
just like all other types of hair. Fine hair tends to
be soft and silky. This makes it harder to style,
but the flip side is that it can almost glow with
a wonderful, natural shine. Those with curly
fine hair will also find they spend much less
time straightening it than their thicker-haired
friends. Fine hair is also brilliant for the summer
months, when it helps to keep the head cooler.
Just like all other hair types, fine hair comes
with plentiful advantages, as well as its own
Full-service designer and hair color specialist Rodney Gentry can be reached at StainD
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Cafe Au Plait owner Danielle Pyatt has created an ideal space for coffee, kids and camaraderie
While some people look for tranquility in their favorite
coffee shop, Cafe Au Plait owner Danielle Pyatt
has fostered a space in which parents can enjoy a cup
of joe while their children play and socialize in a safe,
Pyatt and her husband Taylor share a passion for
coffee shops, but after their daughter was born, they
realized it was difficult to find a place that caters to
families, where gourmet beverages and snacks are
paired with a space in which little ones can get their
wiggles out. As a result, in October 2018, the Pyatts
opened the European-inspired Cafe Au Plait along
McDowell Mountain Ranch Road to do just that.
With midwestern roots and a background in culinary
arts, Pyatt followed in her parents’ footsteps by
starting a small business, something she had always
“There is such a sense of community that comes
with owning a small business,” she says. “I wanted to
build something like that for my daughters to grow up
Pyatt says the inspiration for both their business
and their personal life comes from the various cuisines,
cultures and fashions they’ve been lucky enough to
experience thanks to Taylor’s career in professional
hockey and the opportunity to live and travel throughout
“We take away pieces of what we love from each
of those places, and we’ve been able to integrate them
into our business and home life,” Pyatt says.
Today, the Scottsdale transplant is busy settling
into her new home, chasing her two-year-old, and
getting ready for the family’s newest addition, arriving
The focus on family stays as strong as ever as
Pyatt works on the next phase of Cafe Au Plait, which
will include options for private parties, children’s birthday
parties, baby showers and more.
“My favorite thing about our business is getting
to do it side by side with my husband,” Pyatt shares.
“Being able to create a business that goes along with
our current lifestyle and seeing that other people in similar
situations appreciate what we’ve built is gratifying.”
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For Joe Cunningham, the forecast is always sunny
While most of the country settles in for what will
likely be a long, dark winter, Arizona is expecting sun all
season long – which is exactly what Joe Cunningham,
the co-founder of Sunny Energy, likes.
Cunningham’s road to Sunny Energy, one of
Arizona’s largest providers of residential and commercial
solar energy systems, began in New York.
“In my teens, I was an avid road cyclist in
Buffalo, and then I studied civil engineering at Cornell
University in New York City,” Cunningham shares.
“Solar energy was a topic of study, and it immediately
fascinated me. Given it was the 1970s, however, the
concept was still in its infancy.”
It was so new that Cunningham, who moved to
the Valley in 1985, spent the next 20 years leading the
charge for other technologies, including computers,
cable television, and wireless internet.
“By the mid-2000s, solar technology was finally
gaining steam. I started selling and installing solar systems,
then connected with one of the largest producers
of solar technology, CentroSolar, whose U.S. operations
were based in Scottsdale,” Cunningham says.
He joined the CentroSolar team, eventually managing
its entire North American footprint.
In 2014, Cunningham and colleague Chris Wood
began developing Sunny Energy. “The business didn’t
happen overnight. In fact, it wasn’t until 2016 that I fully
left CentroSolar,” Cunningham says. “A year later, I also
co-founded the Distributed Energy Resource Alliance
(DERA), a nonprofit dedicated to the development of
solutions to ensure reliable, clean, renewable energy.”
Today, while growing Sunny Energy’s footprint
across the region – with a recent acquisition in
Northern California – as well as heading up DERA
and still making time to cycle 5,000-plus miles a year,
Cunningham is focused on ensuring a new generation
of engineers is prepared to continue the charge of creating
sustainable solar solutions worldwide.
“Right now, I’m working with students in ASU’s
professional science master’s program in solar
energy engineering and commercialization, taking
them beyond the classroom and into the real world to
develop hands-on projects that will drive our industry
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When he’s not presenting the latest
update in the world of finance, David
Kaufman can be found traveling the globe,
most recently seen looking stylish in the
front row during the prestigious London
Fashion Week thanks to his wife, Venessa’s,
success in the world of fashion blogging.
From formal monk-straps to casual
Oxfords, Allen Edmonds is his footwear
brand of choice due to their characteristic
look and durability. T.M. Lewin dress shirts
and Hugo Boss suits are also part of
Kaufman’s well-stocked closet, as is his
watch collection, which includes a Rolex that
he hopes to pass on to his son one day.
With a preference for classic and polished
ensembles, Kaufman turns to iconic
men such as Paul Newman and James
Bond for inspiration, and he admits that
having a wife with a natural knack for fashion
has certainly benefited him.
“My awareness of the latest fashion
trends has been elevated just from being
involved in her journey,” Kaufman says.
Despite his desire to wear a three-piece
suit daily (if desert temperatures allow), the
father of two keeps things realistic and simple
on the weekends. Monochromatic, fitted
V-necks and gray, blue or black jeans with
sneakers and an Apple Watch round out his
dress code on days off.
What is your top style tip? I know this will
sound cliche, but my mentor always told me
to “dress for the job you want, not the job you
Tell us about your most prized possession.
My vintage Saint Laurent tweed sports
coat. I picked it up from an online vintage clothing
retailer and it screams sophistication (even
the smell – in a good way!). It was in rough
shape when I bought it, so I had it cleaned and
tailored to give it new life.
What are your favorite stores? In the
U.S., Uniqlo in San Francisco has to be at the
top of my list. Internationally, the Hermes boutique
just off the Champs-Elysees.
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As an interior designer, Andrea Bazilus stays true to her knack for style
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As the owner of Red Egg Design Group,
Andrea Bazilus believes that fashion and
design go hand-in-hand. And because of
her role as an interior designer, she loves
taking risks when it comes to style, whether
it’s a trendy new dress for herself or a funky
throw pillow for a client.
Since Bazilus works with so much
color, she prefers to dress in neutral tones
and dark hues, incorporating a few hippie
and bohemian elements into her overall,
self-proclaimed classic and timeless look.
The busy mom appreciates Blake Lively’s
effortlessly hip style, and swears by eyeliner,
a bold lipstick and killer high heels to
take her look from day to night.
Although she is typically running
around shopping for projects, Bazilus errs
on the casual side for her everyday look
and shares, “I love that my career lets me
express myself through my style, and I don’t
have to follow any type of dress code.”
Saks Fifth Avenue is her favorite local
store, but the travel fanatic loves to peruse
the boutiques when exploring new places.
“Some of my favorite clothing items
have come from European travels and stores
off the beaten path,” says Bazilus, adding
that she plays by a few of her own fashion
rules. “Know what works best for you, your
lifestyle, and what you enjoy to wear. If a
trend doesn’t feel right, then don’t do it!”
What trends are you into right now?
Growing up in the ’90s, I’m enjoying the fresh
take on some of the trends that I wore as a kid.
I especially love all of the velvet and crop tops
that are back.
What is your must-have item? A really
nice handbag. It can elevate any outfit and will
last for decades with the proper care.
What is your most prized possession?
A cream lambskin woven handbag that was
custom-made for me in Florence, Italy. The artist
hand-embossed my initials in 24-karat gold leaf
and it’s one of a kind!
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Actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise auctions a
customized 1981 Jeep CJ7 to benefit veterans and first responders
at the 48th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction
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Award-winning actor, director and musician Gary Sinise
is known and loved for his many roles, but his portrayal of
Lieutenant Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump is ingrained in the hearts
and minds of audiences. It’s a character that made people feel
the realities of war and experience the heartache of military service.
It’s also a character that imprinted itself on the man destined
to play him. Sinise admits it changed him in ways he was completely
“Little did I know at the time that the role of the wounded
soldier I portrayed in Forrest Gump would play a bigger role in
my life going forward,” Sinise says. “Over the years, I have met so
many real-life Lieutenant Dans. It meant something to them that,
in the end, that character was OK – that he was able to move
on and succeed in life. It seems that the story of that particular
wounded Vietnam veteran continues to resonate with our current
conflict veterans in a positive and hopeful way.”
After his role in 1994’s Forrest Gump, Sinise’s inclination
toward supporting veteran charities and missions only continued
to grow. Sept. 11, 2001, would shake the nation and leave a
lasting imprint on Sinise. In response to that shattering day, military
men and women were deployed to the front lines of Iraq and
Afghanistan. Inspired by their selfless service, Sinise volunteered
for his first of many USO tours – his way of personally thanking
the military members called to duty. Sinise would go on to tour
with his band, the Lt. Dan Band (for which he plays electric guitar),
in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Japan,
Korea, Guantanamo Bay, Alaska and throughout the U.S., among
other locations, to help boost the morale of the troops and military
“I knew I had a responsibility after that role, and I didn’t want
to let our veterans down, especially our Vietnam veterans,” Sinise
says about his lifelong commitment to supporting the military. “I
never get tired of veterans calling out ‘Lt. Dan! Lt. Dan!’ because
he represents hope and a story we want for all veterans returning
from war – that even in the face of tragedy, all isn’t lost.”
It was when Sinise met the first post-9/11 quadruple amputee,
U.S. Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco, that he would truly
find his path to purpose. Marrocco was severely wounded in Iraq
when his vehicle sustained a catastrophic hit from a bomb blast.
Approached by the New York City Fire Department, Sinise agreed
to donate his band to help raise funds for Marrocco at an outdoor
concert. Proceeds went to build Marrocco a specially adapted
smart home in his native city of Staten Island.
It was in this moment that Sinise realized that supporting
these heroes was a responsibility that meant everything to him
and that he had a unique platform to raise funds and build hope.
Thus, the Gary Sinise Foundation (www.garysinisefoundation.org)
“Having veterans in my own family and having been involved
with supporting our military veterans going back to the ’70s, ’80s
and ’90s, I decided to become much more active for our defenders
however and wherever I could.”
Since 2011, the Gary Sinise Foundation has been dedicated
to reducing gaps in the care of deserving first responders, military
heroes and servicemen. Each program shows appreciation
to America’s heroes through entertainment, family support and
direct acts of gratitude. Since its inception, more than 70 specially
adapted smart homes have been constructed, over 160,000 meals
donated, and 943 veterans and their guardians have participated in
the foundation’s Soaring Valor experiences, which bring World War
II veterans and their guardians to New Orleans to tour The National
WWII Museum built in their honor. In addition, the charity provides
emergency relief grants as well as adapted vehicles and mobility
devices to injured, wounded, ill, and/or aging first responders and
veterans from assorted military conflicts.
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“IT HAS BEEN
MY HONOR TO
SERVE THE MEN
AND WOMEN WHO
CITIES. THEY ARE
PROVIDERS, AND I
FEEL THAT WHILE
WE CAN NEVER DO
ENOUGH FOR OUR
THEIR LOVED ONES,
WE CAN ALWAYS DO
A LITTLE MORE.”
HEADING TO SCOTTSDALE
Sinise’s mission now brings him to the Valley and to the limelight
of the iconic Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction this month.
Hoping to raise money for the foundation, Sinise sought out the
support of longtime foundation partner Sunbelt Rentals, as well
as Fast N’ Loud reality star Richard Rawlings, to bring a unique
and highly anticipated car to the stage. On Jan. 18, Sinise will
debut his fully restored 1981 Jeep CJ7. It’s a special vehicle, perfect
for the awe-inspiring event that is Barrett-Jackson.
“I wouldn’t say I’m a car guy, but I definitely have an appreciation
for them and I know the connection they carry with many of
our military,” Sinise says. “I went to Richard Rawlings with the idea
of working on some Jeeps as part of his show Fast N’ Loud, but
I had no idea it would turn into what it did. Knowing that Richard
and his team can do amazing things with restoring classic cars, we
thought, ‘Why not also have him restore an old Jeep and auction it
to raise money?’ It was a big ask, but Richard stepped up and boy,
did he deliver beyond anything I could have imagined.”
The classic 1981 Jeep CJ7 is sure to delight the crowds of
the 48th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, and it is being
auctioned at no reserve with 100 percent of the hammer price
going to the Gary Sinise Foundation. The renovated and completely
remodeled vehicle features customizations including foundation
logos inlaid on the sides of the vehicle, logos incorporated into the
gauges, and challenge coins embedded into the body of the Jeep.
“It’s priceless as far as I’m concerned,” Sinise says. “I can’t
wait for people to see it [on TV] when it airs on Fast N’ Loud and
in person [at the auction]. I have to be honest, part of me kind of
wants to bid on that Jeep myself.”
Sinise holds a special fondness for the Scottsdale area.
His parents once owned a house in Cave Creek, and he returns
often to perform concerts with the Lt. Dan Band at Luke Air
Force Base. While Sinise is in town for the auction, the band
is scheduled to play at both Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista and
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.
“One of my favorite memories is bringing my family on
vacation to Phoenix for spring training,” Sinise shares. “As an
avid Chicago Cubs fan, I spent a week watching my Cubbies get
ready for the season. There are so many teams in the area – it
truly is baseball heaven. I can’t wait to do that again.”
This return to the Valley carries with it just as much excitement
and anticipation. It’s a day that took dozens of spare parts,
months of rebuilding, hundreds of man hours, and all of the skills
of the Fast N’ Loud crew that will culminate in the bright lights of
Barrett-Jackson’s auction block. Countless men and women will
benefit from the money raised from the very special 1981 Jeep
CJ7, as all proceeds are going to improve the lives of our nation’s
heroes. It’s a passion that runs deep for Sinise and a mission he
“I will never stop doing whatever it takes to do my part,” says
Sinise, whose new book, Grateful American: A Journey from Self
to Service, will be available Feb. 12. “It has been my honor to
serve the men and women who defend our country and protect
our cities. They are our freedom and security providers, and I feel
that while we can never do enough for our defenders and their
loved ones, we can always do a little more.”
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The role of a concierge is to provide vacationers (and staycationers) with suggestions on
where to go and what to do while making someone’s resort stay as memorable as possible.
But beyond dishing out tips and tricks, concierges have unique stories of their own – and it’s
through these experiences that they have become experts in serving both people and places.
Go behind the concierge desk and get to know eight of them here.
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
PHOTOS BY CLAUDIA JOHNSTONE
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Concierge Team Lead and
Assistant Front Office Manager,
The Scott Resort & Spa
Thank goodness for homework.
“I was studying business at Mesa
Community College with aspirations to be
an entrepreneur when I was ‘saddled’ with
a class project that would change my life,”
says Valley native Tyler Staten.
The project required Staten to design,
staff and open a fictional hotel from scratch.
“Every second of what was supposed
to be a taxing assignment – from deciding
how many pieces of furniture to put in each
room to developing the hotel’s signature
guest experiences – was pure bliss,” recalls
Staten, who got into the hotel industry after
the project, taking a job at the Sheraton
Grand at Wild Horse Pass in 2015.
In 2016, he moved over to Firesky
Resort (now The Scott Resort & Spa) as a
front desk supervisor, eventually also taking
on the concierge role.
“The hotel had just been acquired by
Classic Hotels, and plans were put into
motion soon after on an $18 million renovation
and its ultimate transformation into The
Scott,” Staten says. “Being at the forefront
of the transformation was like watching that
school project come to life.”
Over the past 2 1/2 years, Staten has
been watching each phase of the renovation
come together firsthand, setting up surprise
birthday celebrations, proposals and excursions
daily along the way.
“One of my best memories was helping
a regular guest, whose family visited this
hotel in all of its iterations for decades, to
locate a special blanket,” Staten says. “That
might sound odd, but her family loved the
older blankets the hotel used to have in the
rooms, so I scoured every nook and cranny
and found her one for posterity.”
Today, the evolution of the resort has
reached its impressive completion, and
Staten serves as both the concierge team
lead and assistant front office manager. He
is also beginning an evolution of his own.
“I am currently enrolled in Northern
Arizona University’s School of Hotel and
Restaurant Management, focused on
furthering my education and bringing everything
I learn back here to The Scott,” says
Staten, who is slated to graduate in 2020.
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Concierge, Andaz Scottsdale
Resort & Bungalows
Jennifer Hecker’s road to the hotel industry
is a “whale” of a tale.
“I worked at SeaWorld in San Diego
at 16,” Hecker says.
She initially dreamt of becoming a
veterinarian before seeing firsthand the
profession involved far more than playing
At SeaWorld, however, Hecker found
that beyond the animals, she loved helping
people plan their visits to the park.
“In hindsight, it was perfect training for
a career in hospitality,” Hecker says
After five years at SeaWorld, she
moved to the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in
1990 and spent the next 10 years working
her way up to a concierge supervisor at the
“When I moved on, it wasn’t to another
hotel, per se,” says Hecker, who joined a
San Diego real estate development company
as its in-house concierge for residents
at a luxury housing community. “Think of it
as a concierge, but for guests who never
While there, she earned her bachelor’s
degree from National University in La Jolla,
just in time for the real estate boom to bust.
“By 2010, developers downsized, so I
moved to Arizona for a new adventure,” she
says. In the Valley, Hecker worked in marketing
and events for local colleges while
earning a master’s degree in hospitality and
tourism management, graduating in 2014.
She then ventured back into real
estate concierge services, this time for
Toscana in Desert Ridge in 2014 before
joining Andaz Scottsdale in 2018.
“I was drawn to Andaz, in great part
to its commitment to the local culture and
artisans,” explains Hecker, whose role
is partially focused on creating unique
relationships with the local art community
so she can curate unique experiences for
One of her favorite artsy offerings is
Andaz's private tours of Cattle Track Arts
Compound, which recognizes and celebrates
Scottsdale’s cultural heritage by providing
opportunities – and actual spaces –
for artists, craftsmen and students to learn,
grow and showcase their works.
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Concierge, Arizona Biltmore, A
Waldorf Astoria Resort
Phoenix native Julie Baxter always knew
what she would be when she grew up.
“It sounds old-fashioned now, but my
mother was a homemaker, so I planned on
getting married, having kids and taking care
of our home, like her,” Baxter says.
But, as the saying goes, the best-laid
plans often go awry.
“After college, I found myself unmarried
and in need of a career, so I got into
real estate,” she says. “Then it gets interesting.”
At 31, Baxter ran off with her boyfriend
to the U.S. Virgin Islands, where they
started a powerboat business. By 33, she
moved to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and
started a parasailing business.
“Americans would often come to me
for advice on what to do while in Cabo. I
became an unofficial concierge of sorts,
offering sailing customers tips on the best
attractions the city had to offer,” Baxter says.
Given parasailing instruction wasn’t
a career option in Phoenix, Baxter opened
the newspaper and surveyed the “help
wanted” ads when she made her way back
to the Valley in the mid-1990s.
“There was an ad for a concierge position
at the Arizona Biltmore, which required
expertise in helping people navigate activities
and attractions at the resort and across
Phoenix,” she says. “It married my unofficial
position in Cabo with my lifetime of knowledge
of the Valley, so I applied.”
That was 23 years ago. Since then,
Baxter has become an icon within the
concierge community as an active member
of the Valley of the Sun Concierge Network
for 20 years and a certified Biltmore Resort
Historian for 10 years.
“And whenever I think I’ve seen and
done it all, something comes up,” says
Baxter, who fondly remembers one of her
biggest challenges – planning a woman’s
leap year-themed birthday party, which had
to dazzle the well-heeled guests in attendance,
including Diana Ross.
This year brings perhaps the biggest
challenge of her career to date: Celebrating
the Biltmore’s 90th birthday all year long
with monthly events, culinary programs and
plenty of other festivities.
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Guest Loyalty Relations, Fairmont
Remember the Nintendo Power Pad?
“I loved that thing,” Darvá Fields
recalls. “It got me into gaming in such a
So major that he studied computer
science at Northern Arizona University in
the early 2000s with an eye to becoming a
professional game designer.
“Except, I was into the art of designing
more than the math and science, especially
the complex algorithms and binary
codes,” says Fields, who transferred to
the University of Advancing Technology
(UAT) in Tempe in 2002, where they had
Upon transferring, Fields’ parents told
him his days as a full-time student were
over: It was time to get a job.
“I needed something that allowed me
to attend classes by day, so I took a night
position at a Fairfield Inn in Chandler,”
After just a few months, he was offered
an assistant manager position and a salary.
Once he graduated UAT in 2006, he
couldn’t bring himself to leave hospitality.
“I loved hospitality even more than that
Power Pad,” Fields says.
He joined Hotel Valley Ho in 2007 to
hone his skills, where he met his mentor,
Ronen Aviram. When Aviram moved over to
the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in 2009,
Fields went with him.
But, it wasn’t until he gained experience
in all levels of service from 2012
to 2018 – including as general manager
of Kai Restaurant at the Sheraton Grand
at Wild Horse Pass, general manager of
restaurants at L’Auberge de Sedona, and
general manager of Fat Ox – that he was
truly ready for his concierge role at the
“I came back in 2018 to lead our
concierge team as head of guest loyalty
relations, where we do it all from transforming
our lagoon into a fishin’ hole for kids
to putting on full-scale, multimonth events
such as Christmas at the Princess and
Summer at the Princess,” Fields says.
And he does it all while he and his wife
raise their young daughter and son, who is
an avid gamer, coincidentally enough.
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Concierge, The Westin Kierland
Resort & Spa
Initially, Catherine Linamen, a native of
Washington, attended Central Washington
University to study business. That is, until
she and one of her sisters – they are two
of nine kids in the family – visited the historic
Inn at Death Valley in California for a
“We vowed to come back to the
hotel a year later and get jobs there – and
we actually did it,” says Linamen, who
would venture with her sister to the Grand
Canyon a few years later, similarly vowing
to get jobs there.
Linamen got a sales job at the Grand
Canyon National Park Lodges in the early
1980s, eventually serving as their sales
manager before heading to the Bay Area to
take a position with the Hyatt brand.
“And then I took a 25-year break to
raise a family,” Linamen says.
By the 1990s, she had made
Scottsdale home. And in 2009, once the
youngest of her four kids was in college,
Linamen got an itch to get back into the
hotel industry, but only if it was at The
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa nearby.
“Not only was it our neighborhood
resort, but I was in constant awe of their
seemingly endless list of activities and
attractions for families, couples and travelers
alike,” Linamen says.
She got her foot in the door as a
barista in the coffee shop before her
decades of experience – not to mention
sheer knowledge of the resort itself –
quickly attracted attention resort-wide.
Within a year, she transitioned into her
current role as concierge and eventually
also took on the title of vacation services
“For nearly nine years since, I’ve
curated princess-themed picnics, arranged
for animals to visit us from the Phoenix Zoo,
and helped people celebrate the biggest
milestones in their lives,” Linamen says.
“We see lots of proposals and weddings,
but my favorite experience was helping
several families come together to celebrate
their mother, who was a recent cancer
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Lead Navigator, Renaissance
Phoenix Downtown Hotel
Irma Rosario grew up in New Jersey, where
most of her family owned small businesses.
“After high school, it was natural
for me to study business management,
assuming I would eventually open a small
business, too,” Rosario says.
But then, she fell in love … with Phoenix.
“I vacationed here in April of 2006,”
Rosario says. “I went back to Jersey, packed
my bags, and moved here the same year.”
During the first several years here, she
threw herself into the fundraising and event
planning industries while soaking in everything
from Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row Arts
District to the Downtown Phoenix Walking
“My pet peeve is when people say
there is nothing to do here outside of golf
and spas,” Rosario says. “From the museums
and art installations to restaurants and
bars, there are about 100 things happening
at any given time downtown.”
Eager to share “her Phoenix” with others,
Rosario set her sights on becoming a
concierge, or navigator, at the Renaissance
Phoenix Downtown Hotel in 2014.
“The navigator role at the Renaissance
is unique in that it features all of the traditional
responsibilities of a concierge,
but it also focuses on building community
connections,” she says, explaining that navigators
take a lead role in bringing in local
artists, musicians and other vendors to the
hotel as well as helping guests navigate
their actual stays.
In 2014, however, all of the navigator
roles were filled. Undeterred, Rosario took
a front desk position until a spot became
available two years later.
“Since then, I’ve not only taken on the
role of navigator – and now lead navigator
– but helped reimagine the position into an
all-encompassing role as an ambassador to
this city for our guests,” Rosario says.
This includes overseeing the hotel’s
participation in Renaissance Hotels’ Global
Day of Discovery, which takes place annually
at the brand’s 160 hotels around the
world and focuses on helping guests and
locals alike discover the hidden gems that
give neighborhoods their soul, from underground
art scenes to exotic local cuisines.
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Lead Concierge, Hyatt Regency
Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey
In the life of Tami Henry, necessity has
been the mother of invention, or, more
Born in Kansas in the 1960s and raised
in New Mexico in the 1970s, Henry got into
banking after high school, which eventually
took her to Colorado in the early 1980s.
“While engaged, my fiance was transferred
to Arizona,” says Henry, who moved
to the Valley sight-unseen in 1987. “I distinctly
remember interviewing for a banking
job in Gainey Ranch and having to ask for
directions home afterward, given we’d only
been here a week.”
Though she stayed in the industry a
few more years, banking never fed her soul,
so in the late 1980s she enrolled in a travel
school, which trained people on how to
handle all areas of travel for individuals and
“This led me to working in the rental
car industry, assessing transportation
needs,” Henry says.
She stayed in the Valley until 2004,
when her brother passed away. Once that
happened, Henry dropped everything and
moved back to New Mexico to reconnect
with her mom.
“While there, I noticed a new hotel had
gone up called Hyatt Regency Tamaya and
applied for a position so I could stay with
my mom,” she says.
Henry was hired in the housekeeping
department. There, she paid her dues for
nearly a year before earning her first concierge
position in 2005. She excelled.
“But in 2007 my father – who lived in
Arizona – developed a brain tumor. I knew I
had to come back and be with him,” Henry
Her team helped get her transferred
to the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort &
Spa at Gainey Ranch.
Being a part of the resort since 2007,
Henry finally feels like she’s found her
forever home. Today, she serves as the
resort’s lead concierge.
“From arranging gondola boat rides
to helping guests charter private jets, this
is what I was put on this earth to do, and I
was meant to do it here,” Henry says.
54 So Scottsdale! January '19
Chef Concierge, Hotel Valley Ho;
Member of Les Clefs d’Or USA
Like so many others, golf brought Judy
Kabler to Arizona.
“I grew up in New Jersey and worked
as a flight attendant in Chicago before getting
married to a golf pro who was hired at
a country club in Wisconsin in the 1970s,”
Kabler says. “While he served as director
of golf, I ran the pro shop and served as a
buyer for the club.”
But golf is not a year-round business
in Wisconsin, so Kabler and her husband
began dividing their time between
Wisconsin and Arizona in the early 1980s.
By 1984, Kabler used her golf
prowess to earn a position at the original
Mountain Shadows Resort as a concierge.
Though she would still move between
Arizona and Wisconsin for several more
years, Kabler quickly made a name for herself,
eventually moving to The Scottsdale
Plaza Resort in 1989.
By 2004, the same year Arizona
became her full-time home, Kabler was
ready for a new challenge.
“Hotel Valley Ho was undergoing its
multiyear, $80 million makeover,” says Kabler,
who joined the hotel as its chef – the term
for “head” in French – concierge in 2005.
Kabler went on to build the concierge
program from scratch, developing an open
line of communication between her team
and guests that starts the moment they
make their reservation and ensures their
every need is met – and then some.
“No request is impossible. I love finding
ways to surprise and delight our guests,”
says Kabler, who is one of just 15 Arizona
concierge professionals that’s a member of
the Les Clefs d’Or USA, the only national
organization of hotel lobby concierges,
where membership is by invitation only.
In addition to her busy schedule at
Hotel Valley Ho, Kabler will join fellow
Arizona members of the Les Clefs d’Or
USA this June, as Phoenix was chosen
to host the organization’s 2019 Annual
Congress, a gathering of 250-plus members
worldwide. She is also a three-time
winner of the Valley of the Sun Concierge
Network’s Silver Plume Award, the local
industry’s highest honor.
So Scottsdale! January '19 55
There’s no doubt Valley businesses are booming and that the
people behind them are innovative, intelligent and, above all, influential.
As we delve into 2019, we’re eagerly looking ahead to those who are
advancing in their fields, growing local commerce, and forging the path
to success - across all types of vocations. Take note on the people to
watch this year.
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
A Better Chemical
Ryan Esner is changing chemicals & materials science
Environmental Fluids’ is a turn-key
chemical research, scale-up and
production company specializing
in the synthesis of renewable and bioderived
materials. Ryan Esner serves as
the founder & CEO and has maintained
this role since the company’s inception in
“My interest in chemistry stems from
my family’s multi-generational experience
in the industry. My paternal grandfather
and father ran chemical companies
servicing the industrial cleaning and
metal working industries throughout the
Midwest,” he explains. “I have always had
an interest in using chemical processes
to design new materials that change the
way chemicals around us are perceived. I
was asking myself “How can we engineer
and produce safer and more ecologically
friendly chemical materials?” I found that
there was a lack of innovation in new
materials that could ultimately outperform
previous generation’s work without
harming the environment.”
Environmental Fluids’ products are
designed for use in industrial and personal
care applications, including cleaning
products, paints and coatings, adhesives,
elastomers, metal-working, oil field and
energy, electronics, textiles, mining,
construction, printing and water treatment.
At Environmental Fluids, they
consult with organizations and work
alongside quality control departments
and laboratories to better understand
their processes, clients and markets.
This is all done with the intention of
designing superior products built for
specific customer applications. The use
of advanced technologies and research
also enhances the rate at which they can
produce new materials. The company
delivers these specialty chemistries to
various market verticals ranging in size and
scope and always operates on the basis
that no two clients are the same with no
two problems solved in the same manner.
“Our main goal is to design safer
materials and compounds that comply
with EPA and FDA regulations, prioritizing
the needs of humanity and the protection
of the environment over simply production
output and consumption,” said Esner.
“We base our approach on providing endto-end
solutions to multinational brands
and manufacturing companies around
the world by working alongside them as
technological partners, including those
in the personal care, agriculture, food
services, construction, aerospace and
Looking towards 2019, Esner and
Environmental Fluids have one goal:
continue to deviate from the status quo,
transitioning into a greener future through
the production and supply of bio-based
materials that will make products cleaner
and safer, enhancing their efficiency and
eliminating the damage they cause to the
Contact Environmental Fluids, Inc. at
480.945.8400, or www.efmaterials.com,
4241 N Winfield Scott Plaza #101,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
Better Way to Shop
My Sister’s Closet continues to change the resale industry
Why borrow clothes from your
sister’s closet, when you can
raid the closet of every sister
My Sister’s Closet has been a staple
in Arizona since 1991, specializing in the
resale of top brands, at up to 90% off and
in great condition.
“I was on a business trip in 1990 and
I went into a consignment store. That’s
when the wheels started turning about
doing our own store and making it look like
a high end boutique rather than a typical
resale store,” said Ann Siner, cofounder
of My Sister’s Closet. “My younger sister
Jennifer and I took a gamble and I left a
great job. We were either really dumb or
By the success they have found over
the last 27 years, the argument answers
itself with “lucky”. Since opening their flagship
location, they have opened four My
Sister’s Closet boutiques in AZ, two in CA
and have expanded the brand to include
four My Sister’s Attic stores, focusing on
home furnishings, and four locations of
Well Suited, a consignment shop for men.
“We provide great product and customer
service. It’s fun to shop our stores for
hidden treasure and beautiful luxury items.
We are open seven days a week and an
appointment is never needed for dropping
off consignment. It’s an easier way to shop
– for all,” said Tess Loo, who joined her
sisters in the family business in 2010.
“We believe in giving the customers
what they want - great quality at unbelievably
low prices. Most of our items are
priced 70 to 90 percent below the retail
price, and all in great condition,” says
In addition to changing the way
people shop, Siner and her sisters are on
a mission to change the way companies
give back to their community.
“My sister and I have co-chaired the
pARTy gala for the Phoenix Art Museum,
the gala for The Fresh Start Women’s
Organization and this was our second year
to chair Compassion with Fashion for the
Arizona Humane Society,” said Loo.
And, they aren’t stopping at chairing
and volunteering with events; they have
made commitments with My Sister’s
Closet, as well. “A few years ago we
gave 33 percent of our net profits to
charity! This year we made a $1 million
commitment to the AZ Humane Society.
We started our own 501c3 foundation,
My Sisters’ Charities, explains Siner. “My
Sisters’ Charities raised over $300,000 in
2017 for several of our favorite nonprofits
throughout the Valley, and we are excited
to continue this throughout our time in the
My Sister’s Closet has the same mission
today as when they started out almost
30 years ago: being able to turn your current
wardrobe into cash just makes sense
… and shopping current labels and looks
for up to 90 percent off isn’t a bad deal,
Contact My Sister’s Closet at info@
mysisterscloset.com or www.mysisterscloset.com.
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
All That Sparkles
Isaac Jewelers helps Scottsdale shine
Specializing in Scottsdale luxury
jewelry, Isaac Jewelers has one
mission: to provide each and every
customer with an unforgettable experience
that exceeds all his or her jewelry
“I’ve always had a passion for diamonds,
watches and jewelry designs. I
worked at a jeweler while going to collage
at ASU so I was able to learn the
business, and found my calling,” said
Frank Isaac, owner of Isaac Jewelers.
The highly trained staff of proven
professionals is ready, willing and able
to address everything from simple ring
sizing and watch battery replacements,
to delicate restorations and magnificent
custom designs. With Isaac Jewelers
unrivaled capabilities and the most modern
techniques available to fine jewelry
manufacturers to date, each client can
rest assured that the perfect design they
have been dreaming about will be made
to the exact expectations.
At Isaac Jewelers, the number one
priority is customer satisfaction. The
cornerstone of this foundation and focus
begins with the owner. To best meet
this principle, Isaac has hand selected
a diverse group of knowledgeable and
capable staff representing a variety of
different cultures and traditions. With
this focus, Isaac Jewelers is able to cater
to customers that walk through the door
and provide them with an experience that
they will never forget.
“We love to create an experience for
clients. When it comes down to custom
designs, we listen to what the client
wants but we always like to add a twist
to make it a truly one of a kind item,” said
Frank Isaac. “I truly believe in customer
service and quality … and giving clients
Along with their exceptional service,
Frank and his staff pride themselves on
keeping up with all the latest products
and knowledge in the industry. Together,
with this combination, Isaac Jewelers is
able to make each and every experience
one that is extraordinary and memorable.
“One thing that has surprised us
over the years is the changes in the
industry such as the boom of online business,”
said Frank Isaac. “But, customers
prefer that one on one experience and
a knowledgeable staff that can talk with
them, and answer any questions about
watches, diamonds, etc. Shopping online
can only go so far in answering their
questions, and nothing can replace the
human factor. We are blessed with our
loyal clients that believe in supporting a
local family business.”
Heading into 2019, Frank Isaac
expects to continue to see the popularity
of yellow and rose gold, as well as new
ventures for him. “I’m designing a new
fashion line that’s very cool, affordable,
and intended for casual daily wear. It will
be both exciting and unprecedented.”
Contact the Isaac Jewelers at
480.941.9090 or www.isaacjewelers.
com, 15044 N. Scottsdale Rd. #130,
Scottsdale , AZ 85254
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
Giving and the Secret to Success
Wendy Ortiz’ innovative approach to exceeding client expectations
Wendy Ortiz has been in Real
Estate for nearly 15 years, and
has the same mission now as
she did when she first started out. “Work
diligently, with care and concern for each
client. Every transaction is important and
deserving of the same attention, regardless
of financial level. I feel a tremendous
sense of gratitude when someone offers
me their trust. I genuinely feel like I do
not HAVE to work in this profession,
instead, I feel that I GET to,” explained
Ortiz is part of the team at Wendy
Walker Fine Properties, specializing
in the luxury markets of Scottsdale,
Paradise Valley, and surrounding cities.
The #1 Team for Coldwell Banker
Arizona for the last few years, to her,
those are not the benchmarks where she
measures her success.
“It has been an honor to be part
of the top team for many years, yet it
surprises most people to learn that the
awards and accolades we receive are
not the successes I am most proud of,”
said Ortiz. “The true highlights of my
career are the ones that would never be
considered “spotlight” worthy, like quietly
helping an unexpected widow transition
into her next chapter or assisting a family
in buying their dream home as they welcome
their first child.”
The extra touches, and the care her
team gives each client isn’t the only thing
that sets her apart from others. It’s a
mindset and a philosophy, that Oritz feels
was best captured in the book, “The
Go Giver” by Bob Burg and John David
Mann. The Authors say “the secret to
true success is giving.” Ortiz believes in
this philosophy whole heartedly, bringing
it to her business each day. “Caring for
my clients and their needs is ultimately
the bottom line”, says Ortiz.
That approach has lead to what
Ortiz describes as her best year yet.
“Business has thrived in 2018 - from
repeat clients and referrals to forming
strategic alliances with agents from
around the world. Surpassing our projections,
our team continues to be a leader
in technology and innovation.
Yet it’s the success she’s experienced
with Wendy Walker Fine
Properties that has provided a new way
for her to give back to the community
that has given her so much. “I have had
the opportunity to work with many elderly
clients, this has made me passionate
about helping our aging population
navigate through the frightening and
oftentimes lonely transitions. I started a
group called North Scottsdale Senior
Resources that includes people from all
different areas of expertise, to help those
who are often overlooked.”
At the end of every day – and every
transaction, Wendy Ortiz has one goal.
Bring clients the best experience and
outcome... never anything less.
Contact Wendy Ortiz at
602.468.8888 or www.wendywalkerfineproperties.com,
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
Jewelry for Generations
Galicia Jewelers designs lasting pieces for all styles
Galicia Jewelers is a jewelry boutique
offering the latest in gold,
diamond and platinum jewelry.
Founded in New York in 1995 by Lisa
Garber, Galicia Jewelers has found a second
home in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Lisa Garber, a GIA certified gemologist,
is a second generation jeweler who
takes pride in offering her clients exceptional
service and quality. She also takes
great care in making her clients feel welcome
and will give her personal attention
to help clients find that perfect piece.
“Having grown up in the business,
my family members were in all different
parts of the industry. I was blessed to
have grown up in New York’s Diamond
District because it allowed me to learn
in depth all the aspects of jewelry making
and what goes into creating not just
a beautiful piece of jewelry, but also to
make sure it functions properly as well,”
Garber has one mission throughout
her business, to help spread beauty
through her designs and keep them alive
from one generation to the next. “As
such, my niche has become redesigning
pieces that have been passed down to
clients by family members. Together we
come up with a design that will represent
who they are while using the same metal
and gemstones. The feeling that you are
wearing your mother or grandmother’s
diamonds but in a style that is special to
you, is so rewarding.”
Throughout her career, there are few
things that make her so happy, “My successes
can be as simple as changing a
necklace clasp for a larger one so that the
owner of the necklace can put it on easier.
Simple but to see the client so happy,
makes me happy,” said Garber. “And, a
fun story - when I was 20, I designed a
crystal phone cover with a butterfly for
“My collections for 2019 will consist
of more colored gemstones, such as
Paraiba tourmaline, Morganite and Opals.
Of course there will always be diamonds
mixed in the designs,” says Garber. “I’m
also debuting bolder necklaces that should
be layered with multiple large pendants.
I’m adding a couple of different styles to
my already popular monogram dog tags.
Wearing both silver and gold pieces
together are also spectacular looking!”
For 2019, Garber predicts the return
of the maximalist jewelry: big necklaces,
shoulder duster earrings, and big colored
gemstone rings to worn on multiple fingers
at the same time. “More is more will be the
theme for this coming year.”
Whatever 2019 brings, Garber has
one reminder for shoppers, the importantance
of shopping local. “We are part of
the community you live in, our children
may be friends, we eat at the same
restaurants. We support your favorite
charities by donating our designs to raise
Contact Galicia Jewelers’ at
480.421.9688 or www.galiciajewelers.
com, 15147 N Scottsdale Rd H-145,
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
Beyond The Blowout
Primp and Blow brings the confidence
Primp and Blow is a blow dry bar
that specializes in professional
blowouts, makeup, hair extensions
and other luxuries for an entire primping
experience, all in one place, hence the
name. Primp and Blow is more than your
typical blow dry bar limited to strictly
blowouts. From downright gorgeous fullface
makeup, high-end hair extensions
to a variety of add-on luxuries like scalp
massages and a variety of hair therapy
treatments, feeling put together never felt
Melodi Harmon, Cynthia Dawson
and Vivian Lopez opened their first
location in December of 2010, with one
mission: Getting made up to feel beautiful
shouldn’t be an occasional luxury; it
should be a way of life!
“We loved getting our hair and
makeup done, but longed for a salon
that made it easy to get an appointment
or even just walk-in for these services.
We felt it should be something that is
done more regularly than only on special
occasions,” said Dawson.
Primp and Blow provides a range
of primping services to enhance our
customer’s self-confidence while
celebrating each clients individually. While
most blow dry bars focus solely on the
blowouts, Primp and Blow have taken
it to the next level. “We are good at all
things beauty. We specialize in not only
blowouts but in makeup, hair extensions,
braids, lashes, bridal services and more,”
Primp and Blow is a blow dry bar
based on a simple concept: “Confidence
to go”. Harmon, Dawson and Lopez have
seen and will continue to see in 2019
new trends in hair extensions, contouring
makeup, air brush makeup, lashes and
more. The “selfie-era” has made the
concept of getting your hair and makeup
done on a regular basis exceedingly
popular and Primp and Blow predicts this
will continue in a big way into the future
Primp and Blow was originated in
Scottsdale, AZ and the owners take a
lot of pride in their company and being
the first blow dry bar in the state of
Arizona and currently have nine locations
nationwide with six of them here in the
valley. Primp and Blow is scheduled
to open three more locations here in
Arizona, and is on schedule to open 22
locations nationwide over the next two
years. In the last few years Primp and
Blow decided to take our concept to
the next level and have recently started
franchising locations. “We are incredibly
grateful for our continued success since
taking this leap and excited to watch
our Scottsdale originating concept take
shape into many other states around the
nation,” said Lopez.
After all, nothing makes a customer
more beautiful than them believing they’re
beautiful – the Primp and Blow way.
Contact Primp and Blow at
For Franchise information,
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
A True Hidden Gem in Scottsdale
The Diamond Guys helps clients find their shine
When owner Elan Efune founded
The Diamond Guys in 2005,
with Australian partner Ivor
Winik, they understood from experience
that buying the perfect diamond engagement
ring can be challenging and stressful
for most of the guys, and they set out
to change that.
“We want to provide an unmatched
diamond buying experience. We have
industry-leading technology and the best
people available in the market to deliver
our renowned unparalleled service.
We also have established relationships
with the diamond industry’s leading
manufacturers worldwide, facilitating the
finest selections at the most competitive
prices,” explains Efune.
The Diamond Guys currently have
two locations in the United States,
Scottsdale and Los Angeles, and two
locations in Australia, with plans for two
more locations in the next two years. It’s
their exceptional customer service, and
spacious showrooms that set them apart.
As Efune says, “our goal is to make the
diamond purchase process easy, enjoyable
and free of pressure. All you have to
do is come in, grab a beer, and we’ll help
you select the perfect diamond.”
Their philosophy is enablement
through education. At The Diamond
Guys, Elan shares his knowledge and
experience in diamonds with each client
and explains any aspect of the diamond
that a client cares to know.
“We are not a traditional jewelry
store and don’t want to be. We specialize
in a very specific experience. From
our technology to our showroom experience,
we believe we are a different and
unique destination,” said Efune. “We
believe that jewelry business is still best
conducted between people, not a person
and a digital device. No two diamonds
are alike, and websites cannot explain
the small, but most pertinent details we
encounter from one diamond to the next.”
While buying diamonds online has
become a popular option for Millennials,
The Diamond Guys urges consumers
to be mindful and cautious with online
diamond purchasing. “We feel that it is
fraught with risk. The average consumer,
untrained in what to look for, is overconfident
in their online research and has no
idea what characteristics and nuances
to focus on before making a decision.
Consumers who shop online often end
up buying something that has a small
anomaly simply due to a lack of knowledge.
Likewise, when purchasing from
a local traditional store that has limited
inventory and untrained sales personnel.”
The Diamond Guys record proves
that they are on to something with their
exceptional service. “We are proud of
our perfect track record of all time 5-star
reviews – and we are proud to continue
to offer unmatched service.”
Contact The Diamond Guys
at 480.656.0652 or www.thediamondguys.net,
15444 N. Greenway-Hayden
Loop, Suite 202, Scottsdale,
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
Finding Gems in the Desert
Schumer & Sapp: Specializing in Luxury
Melissa Schumer and Patty
Sapp are the powerhouse duo
of Schumer & Sapp at Russ
Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty,
specializing in luxury real estate sales in
Paradise Valley, Phoenix and Scottsdale.
Schumer had sold real estate for 4
years and Sapp has been actively selling
for 3 years. Their extensive business
background in sales leadership, which
includes international business, golf,
resort and MLB industry sales, product
development, and apparel buying.
This diversity has been beneficial in all
aspects of their real estate careers.
“Our team provides our clients
with a high level of professionalism,
knowledge, experience and integrity to
successfully guide them through the
process of buying and selling real estate.
We maintain the highest levels of ethics
in conducting our business transactions
and align our business with other strategic
business partners who share our values
and commitment to giving our clients
an amazing real estate experience,” says
Schumer & Sapp help their clients
realize their dreams of home ownership,
and enjoy showing off the Scottsdale
scene. The team enjoys educating and
helping others achieve their goals, and
help each client that comes to them find
their best fit – home and real estate wise.
“We always stress the importance
of finding a real estate agent who is a
great fit for you. Clients should interview
multiple real estate agents to make sure
they choose the most professional and
experienced agents to help them with
their real estate needs,” said Sapp.
“There is this saying we tell our clients
when looking for a home…“85% perfect”.
There is always something about a
home our clients want to change which
helps them stop focusing on absolutely
everything being perfect.”
They believe that the best endorsement
is a genuine reinforcement from a
happy client. It drives their success and
speaks to their determination, dedication
and work ethic, and it helps the
team have a goal to earn the business
of clients for life. “A large amount of
our business comes from referrals from
clients who want their friends and family
to have the same great real estate experience
that they did when they worked
with Schumer & Sapp Partners for their
real estate needs. We are grateful for
the wonderful recommendations we
have received from past clients,” says
For parting words to 2018 the team
exclaims, “We have been fortunate to
double our business each year we’ve
been in our partnership, so we intend to
continue our same exceptional level of
service to each of our clients and welcome
our new clients into the Schumer
and Sapp Luxury Real Estate family!”
Contact Schumer & Sapp at
262.527.606 or 480.861.0425,
8669 E. Pinnacle Peak Road Suite 110,
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255.
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
Feel Better, Function Better, Look Better
Helping patients live more satisfying lives
Dr. Russ Bartels is a boardcertified
Ob/Gyn, co-founder of
Scottsdale Center for Women’s
Health, founder of Vitality Hormones for
Men, and co-founder of the Laser Vaginal
Rejuvenation Institute of Scottsdale.
“My goal is to provide the best treatment
options to my patients so they may
live healthier and more satisfying lives by
combining traditional proven remedies with
cutting edge techniques,” said Dr. Bartels.
Hormone optimization is one of
his passions and he has been solving
his male and female patient’s hormone
imbalances with bioidentical hormones,
including the sought-after pellet method.
He uses bioidentical hormones to treat
the usual symptoms of hormone decline
as well as ailments such as fibromyalgia,
migraines and chronic fatigue
In 2005 he recognized a need
in Arizona for an expert in the field of
Cosmetic Gynecology and Vaginal/
Bladder Rejuvenation. He completed
additional training and certification,
becoming the first in Scottsdale to
provide these services. Since then, he
has been an early adopter of, and the
leading expert in, the various non-surgical
vaginal, bladder, and penile rejuvenation
devices and techniques. He is a nationally
recognized educator and instructor on
the Viveve, Femilift, O Shot, P Shot, and
“I’m fortunate that my field of
medicine allows me to combine well
established medical treatment options
with cutting edge noninvasive modalities
to provide optimal patient outcomes.
Furthermore, I’m surprised that so many
other physicians ignore the most common
patient complaints and just tell them
everything is ‘normal’ when ‘normal’ does
not mean ‘optimal.’ Optimal is my goal for
Dr. Bartels offers specialized treatment
options that correct common issues
including leaky bladders and sexual
dysfunction. He prides himself on the
fact that no one else in Arizona has as
many synergistic options to choose from.
“I want people to know that they should
seek out an expert who is passionate
about listening to their concerns and who
offers the latest innovative treatments and
combines them with traditional treatment,”
In addition, Dr. Bartels offers routine
gyn care, PRP injections, weight loss programs,
thyroid management, food sensitivity
testing, CoolSculpting, Botox, fillers,
and many age defying skin care products
and aesthetic procedures.
Dr. Bartels’ mantra is, “Feel Better,
Function Better, and Look Better.” In fact,
every time a patient tells him that he’s
helped them feel better, guided them
through a difficult medical situation, or
helped them live a more satisfying life, he
feels like he’s succeeded in his mission to
provide the best medical care that he can.
Contact Dr. Bartels at 480.725.5012
or www.RussBartelsMD.com, 8415 N
Pima Road Suite 210, Scottsdale, AZ
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
Helping Women Fight Breast Cancer
Dr. Mahdieh Assar, M.D., Saving Lives Through Early Diagnosis
Dr. Mahdieh Assar, M.D., of
Advanced Breast Imaging LLC, is
on a mission to help women with
early diagnosis, treatment and fighting
breast cancer and saving their lives.
The board certified radiologist with
fellowship training in breast imaging
has been helping women for 15 years
“When I started to work as
a radiologist and reading tons of
mammograms and breast ultrasound, I
realized how much I can help other women
to fight against this horrible disease and
how early diagnosis of breast cancer can
affect their lives and their loved ones,”
she explains. “This became my goal and
passion to offer my services to women
in need in order to fight against breast
cancer. My services in ABI include 3D
screening breast ultrasound, diagnostic
breast ultrasound and body ultrasound
With her experience in breast imaging
and knowing the difficulties in diagnosis
of breast cancer in dense breasts, she
decided to offer the most advanced
technique in breast screening, 3D breast
ultrasound SOFIA. This technique is fast,
painless and provides excellent resolution
to detect small size breast lesions. Fifty
percent of women have dense breast and
they are 4-6 times more prone to breast
cancer which is a higher risk factor than
family history of breast cancer, therefore
these women need more screening beside
mammograms and that is the screening
ultrasound which has not been offered to
them and they have not been educated
about it. The goal is educating these
women about their breast density and let
them know there are other techniques that
can help them with diagnosis of breast
cancer in this situation since screening
mammograms are very limited.
“This a brand new fast scanning
machine that has not been used in
Arizona, yet. I am positive that we can
help many women in early diagnosis of
breast cancer in 2019. The key in survival
of breast cancer is early diagnosis, which
with this technique we can achieve it in
higher levels. I want to let women with
dense breast know that mammogram is
very limited in diagnosis of breast cancer
for them and they need another type of
screening to increase the sensitivity.”
Dr. Assar is excited for what 2019 will
bring for her business, and the women she
“The great thing about this technique
is the whole breast will be scanned in
30 seconds, in a nice quiet and spa type
office that has been designed for women
to decrease level of stress and anxiety,”
she explains. “It has been designed by a
woman, who has experienced the same
level of discomfort and anxiety herself and
wanted to change this. I am excited to
offer this to all of women who need more.”
Contact Mahdieh Assar MD
at 480.272.7899 or www.
11000 N Scottsdale Rd, Suite 135,
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
Luxury Property Hunter
Allison Cahill helps clients define their luxury
Sometimes, it’s the unique background
that brings the best assets
to a real estate deal, and that’s
exactly the case for Allison Cahill.
Cahill has been in the real estate
industry for nearly seven years, but prior
to her luxury real estate career, she
was a corporate attorney with a focus
in asset protection. Her experience as
a corporate attorney has given her the
skills necessary to negotiate and do
extensive research for the benefit of any
client. “My legal background means that
I bring strong negotiation skills to the
table resulting in my clients walking away
with a financial success,” said Cahill.
In addition to Allison Cahill &
Partners Luxury Properties, she recently
started with Walt Danley Christie’s
International Real Estate, where she
works with a private clientele in purchasing
and selling luxury properties. Cahill
focuses on the real estate needs of
executives, professional athletes, and distinguished
clientele. She offers a discreet,
full service real estate plan for each client,
which includes concierge services.
“We run a full service, concierge
type of business model. For our listings,
this means that all our properties will
have a professional video, drone photography,
high res media, and national
and international marketing on a digital
platform spanning over 1,000 websites.
This starts before the property is on
the MLS,” she explains. “In addition, we
stage all of our listings. We have always
provided this service, but we brought it
up a notch this past year. I started my
own staging business in 2017. I own the
furniture and accessories, meaning that
there are never any issues in regards
to stagers having to lease furniture and
coming up short due to lack of furnishings
in the warehouses or subpar accessories.
We are constantly updating our
staging items to be consistent with the
Cahill is looking to take all of the
advances she has made in 2018, and
bring them up to the next level in 2019
– even if the housing market becomes
“We are still technically in a seller’s
market, but as we begin 2019, we will
enter into a balanced market,” said
And, the same will be seen in the
luxury market. “One of the biggest
impacts on our luxury market in 2018
were the Federal Tax changes that limit
mortgage interest deductions and property
tax deduction. As the newer limits on
mortgage interest deduction and property
taxes have had an impact on many
luxury markets across the United States,
I predict that this can only help The
Valley’s luxury market in that our property
taxes are considerably lower here than
other cities. This has already created an
influx of luxury buyers from California and
Contact Allison Cahill at 215.262.7066,
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
Age Defying Procedures
Lisa Williams helps turn back the clock
Lisa Williams, ANP-C, Nurse
Practitioner, Scottsdale native and
Arizona State University alumni,
offers a comprehensive approach to
cosmetic dermatology. She has been
practicing cosmetic dermatology for over
At Ultra Smooth Skin, the philosophy
is to embrace everyone’s attractiveness
or beauty, inside and out, and provide a
natural outcome with realistic expectations.
Ultra Smooth encompass 50 years of
experience in cosmetic dermatology, and
offer the most advanced dermatology and
“I am committed to learning about the
most current and effective treatments for
our patients, as well as ensuring that I continually
participate in cosmetic dermatology
research. Excellence in academic education
and clinical training allows me, as a
nurse practitioner, to provide quality health
care to patients,” said Williams.
Williams is an expert with laser hair
reduction, BOTOX® Cosmetic, Restylane,
Juvéderm, spider vein therapy, scar &
stretch mark reduction, laser skin resurfacing,
radio frequency skin tightening, laser
treatment of: wrinkles, blood vessels, telangiectasia,
melasma, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation.
She also performs IPL Photo
Rejuvenation, acne therapy, chemical peel
and RF Pixel Microneedling treatments.
Ultra Smooth Skin has been awarded
the “Black Diamond” certification from
Allergan – a prestigious designation that
fewer than 1 percent of medical aesthetic
Ultra Smooth Skin has provided philanthropic
support since 2005 by donating
time and services to silent auctions. Most
recently they supported Trends Charitable
Silent Auction Fund and Soul Sanctuary
Arizona Veteran’s Charity.
“I have a fine selection of top of the
line effective and efficient devices for hair
removal, reversal of skin damage, prevent
signs of aging and provide noninvasive
facial and body contouring. We are
authorized to conduct laser training and
certification of aestheticians, registered
nurses and nurse practitioners so although
we have years of experience in training
others, we never cease to keep learning.
We make it a priority to provide clients
with the utmost quality, comfort, and care.”
In 2019, Williams says we will continue
to see an increase in people wanting
our services, including men and younger
Millennials getting Botox and other injectable
procedures in order to prevent aging.
Williams also expects to see a larger shift
from treating the face to treating areas
on the body like the legs, abdomen and
arms. “We will see more treatments with
radio-frequency energy, that works well to
tighten slack skin, as does Sculptra with a
mixture of injectables and we will continue
to see an increase in CoolSculpting.”
Contact Lisa Williams at Ultra
Smooth Skin – 480.991.3038 or
www.ultrasmoothskin.com. 7477 E
Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale, AZ
85258; 18501 N Thompson Peak Pkwy,
Scottsdale, AZ 85255.
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
The Perfect Smile
Dr. Rick changing lives, one smile at a time
Dr. Rick Kariotoglou is proud to
be one of the top dentists in
Scottsdale. He is committed to
offering his patients only the very best
that dentistry has to offer, by implementing
a soft touch and the latest technologies.
Because he has a passion for learning
and staying on top of the advancements
in dentistry, he makes a point to
attend numerous continuing education
programs each year, to be able to offer
his patients the best of the best – which
starts in his office.
“Our environment isn’t one of a typical
dental office. Most people describe our
office as a spa that meets boutique hotel,
which makes each dental appointment
an experience that is much different than
your typical appointment,” said Dr. Rick.
“Having a beautiful smile gives you the
confidence you need to enjoy life and be
successful. Your smile, or lack of a smile, is
one of the first things people notice about
you. Our dental practice offers cosmetic
dentistry, teeth whitening, cosmetic smile
makeovers, implant dentistry, Invisalign and
Botox for TMD to help you achieve the
smile you have always wanted.”
Dr. Rick has been practicing dentistry
for 19 years, and was he was
offered a full-time faculty position at the
University of Detroit School of Dentistry,
after graduating. Soon recognizing his
passion for working with patients and
transforming smiles, he moved to New
York City where he fell in love with the city
while practicing and advancing his knowledge
of Cosmetic Dentistry. In 2009, the
beauty of the desert and warmer climate
inspired his move to Arizona.
Since acquiring his practice in
Scottsdale, Dr. Rick is passionate about
continuously learning about new innovative
methods and techniques to offer
the best and most updated care for his
patients on a personal level. He looks
forward to positively impacting the lives of
his patients and the community. He has a
passion to educate people on a healthy
lifestyle and help them put their best face
forward in their daily lives.
“Our goal is to provide ethical and
honest healthcare to each patient, and for
our patients to know that their provider
truly cares for their patients – and does
everything it takes to offer new and innovative
procedures,” said Dr. Rick. “The
care we provide, and the way our office
is set up, makes an experience so much
different for the patient - especially for
those who are apprehensive about dental
Dr. Rick is enthusiastic and dedicated
to giving only the best unwavering
care and treatment. His passion is designing
beautiful functional smiles for people
who want to look younger and feel better
about their teeth and overall health. The
biggest reward for Dr. Rick is changing
someone’s self-esteem and confidence –
all through their smile.
Contact Dr. Rick Dentistry at
480.585.4244 or www.drrickdentistry.
com, 19120 N Pima Rd Suite 110,
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
Turning Back Time
Van Dyke Aesthetics helps clients prevent aging … gracefully
Susan Van Dyke MD is a board certified
dermatologist, owner of Van
Dyke Aesthetics, and has been a
leader in skin resurfacing, injectable fillers
and non-invasive cosmetic procedures for
over three decades.
Van Dyke Aesthetics opened their
first office in 1985, at a time when there
was no medical specialty known as
‘Aesthetic Dermatology’. Van Dyke started
her career practicing medical and surgical
dermatology treating skin cancers
and cutaneous diseases, but as the field
of aesthetic dermatology developed,
she was on the ground floor. Van Dyke
explains, “the very first filler was introduced
in the early 80’s and I was one of
the first to use it. When Botox was introduced
I was part of the launch. I didn’t
invent lasers but I was there when they
Van Dyke Aesthetics was one of the
first medical practices to be 100 percent
aesthetic based. The aesthetics industry
has been their only focus for nearly 25
years, and is proud to be in the unique
position to provide comprehensive and
integrated approaches to noninvasive
aesthetic medical services.
“I am very proud that Van Dyke
Aesthetics sets that bar for the practice
of aesthetic dermatology. In the beginning
it was just myself and one medical
assistant, and we were wondering how
patients would find us,” recalls Van Dyke.
“Over the years they did find us and we
developed a reputation of quality and
honesty. People trust me to give them
guidance on what procedures are or are
not appropriate for them.”
Van Dyke Aesthetics offers a range
of aesthetic services to their patients,
including laser and other energy-based
services, injectables and physician grade
skin care services. Their mission is to
inspire clients to achieve natural beauty at
all ages. They achieve this through vision
and passion for obtaining and making
available the most scientifically advanced
“I could not have predicted the
meteoric rise of the field of Aesthetic
Dermatology. I was nearly alone in a field in
its infancy and now fillers, Botox and lasers
are household terms,” explains Van Dyke.
“The non-invasive options for cosmetic surgery
have just exploded in popularity; no
longer is a cosmetic procedure something
to hide, but now something to brag about!”
Looking forward to 2019, Van Dyke
and her team are excited for what will
continue with the aesthetic industry.
“2019 will bring increasingly advanced
techniques to sculpt and contour the
face using a wide variety of new fillers
that deliver a natural and more youthful
appearance. We will see more options
for prejuvenation: with preventive Botox,
reduction of sun damage, and supporting
collagen and elastin generation to keep a
young dewy complexion,” said Van Dyke.
Contact Van Dyke Aesthetics at
480.948.5045 or www.vandykeaesthetics.com,
5206 N. Scottsdale Road,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253.
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
Treating You Like Family
The Luckys prove buying a home is a family affair
Matt and Lisa Lucky, along with
their daughter Laura, are not
only your powerhouse real
estate team; they’re here for you every
step of the way … just like family. The
Luckys are dedicated to bringing the
highest level of service and technology
to today’s homebuyers and sellers. They
are committed to creating enjoyable real
estate transactions through their attention
to detail, exemplary customer service, and
high ethical standards.
It was Honeywell that brought Matt
and Lisa’s family to Arizona in the late
1990s, where Lisa began her thriving
career in real estate. The decision for
Matt to partner full-time with Lisa came in
2005, and by 2006, Lisa earned the Top
1 percent status at Russ Lyon, which she
is proud to have attained every year since.
“We live and work in North
Scottsdale and have found success
with a self-imposed “15-minute rule.” We
acknowledged early on that the best way
to serve our clients is to only take on
business that’s within a 15-minute drive
from our office,” said Lisa. “That way,
we’re essentially always “on call” and
readily available for any buyer or seller
that we’re working with. I also find that
it allows us to have the highest level of
service by providing focused and specific
knowledge of a particular area.”
“Loving where you live and living
what you love is our secret to good business,”
confirms Lisa. “We love living in
North Scottsdale because of the hiking,
fine dining, great weather and elevations,
horses, cars, golf, views, and the melting
pot of friendly people from all different
regions and backgrounds. Everyday we
get to experience God’s country by just
walking outdoors and seeing the sunshine
over Pinnacle Peak Mountain. We are
truly blessed to call Scottsdale home.”
Looking forward to 2019, the Luckys
believe buyers will continue to have
Scottsdale on the brain. “Buyers will
continue to look for quality over quantity.
Market bubbles in CA, WA, and Denver,
CO will continue to drive more buyers to
Their success speaks for itself. Lisa
Lucky has been ranked as the No. 1 agent
from among nearly 1,000 agents at Russ
Lyon | Sotheby’s International Realty for
the last three years. Further, The Phoenix
Journal’s 2018 Book of Lists ranks Lisa as
the No. 2 Residential Real Estate Agent
from among tens of thousands of Realtors
in the Valley, and The Wall Street Journal
has recognized Lisa as one of the “Top
250 Agents” in the nation.
Lisa takes none of the success she,
Matt and Laura have achieved for granted.
“We have worked tremendously hard from
‘day one’ and feel very blessed to have
built the business that we have,” she says.
“Our clients always come first, and we
treat each and every client as though they
were our only one.”
Contact The Luckys at
480.390.5044 or www.LisaLucky.com,
7669 E Pinnacle Peak Road Ste 110,
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255.
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
A New Dining Experience
Dee Dee Maza brings the food and the atmosphere
Volanti Restaurant and Lounge,
located on the second floor of
the Aviation Business Center at
Scottsdale Airport, is now serving up a
new dining experience.
Volanti serves a classic breakfast,
brunch, lunch and dinner menu with
a farm to table focus and influences
from around the world in an unbeatable
location with views of the airport and
For owner Dee Dee Maza, the inspiration
has always been close to home. “I
grew up with two grandmas that loved to
cook. I spent most of my childhood getting
recipes from them and trying, most
of the time very badly, to cook like they
did. After years of helping them cook for
all occasions and seeing what an impact
cooking had on the friends and family
they cooked for; I grew to love it even
more and I even got really good at it.”
The new restaurant isn’t the only
thing Maza and the team at Volanti are
building, they are also tapping into Maza’s
experience in catering for a private event
space. The Venue at Volanti is a 4000
square foot private event space and is
dedicated to providing personalized service,
exceptional food and beverage in an
unbeatable atmosphere. In addition, they
have 12 different exclusive footprints at
the Scottsdale Airport for events and do
Private Jet Catering.
“I have had the opportunity to meet
many different people from all over the
world. I have catered to celebrities, musicians,
presidents, princes, authors, and
each one has made an impact on where I
am today,” said Maza.
Events large or small, the Volanti
team aims to make your next event
unforgettable. They pride themselves
on providing premium service, creative
menu options and organized production
throughout the venues and the Scottsdale
In addition to the amazing views that
the Airpark provides, for Maza starting the
restaurant in Scottsdale was a no brainer.
“Scottsdale is a powerhouse for business.
I love the many people that I meet that are
from all over the world. I love the environment
that thrives on the success of building
relationships,” she said.
“My vision has always been to gift
my guests with an experience from the
second my phone rings or they walk in
the door,” explains Maza. “I have found
my number one goal, above profit, above
sales, above everything is the power
of relationships and how I can relate
to each guest, employee, vendor, and
give them an experience they will never
Coming in November 2019, Maza
and her partner Christine Key, along with
Scottsdale Hangar Events, are creating
a nonprofit and hosting The Scottsdale
Airfest. This event will be a combination of
music, art, aviation, food and libations!
Contact Volanti Restaurant and
Lounge at 480.657.2426 or www.volantiscottsdale.com,
15000 N Airport Drive,
Scottsdale, AZ 85260.
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
Stem Cell Leader
Dr. Kaye leads the pack in innovative medical care
Dr. Mitchell Kaye began his medical
career at Georgetown University
School of Medicine in 1983. Dr.
Kaye completed six years of specialty
apprenticeship in urologic surgery at
the Cleveland Clinic, one of the world’s
premier centers of medical education and
“Early on during my formative years
I developed a keen interest in science,
particularly the science of health. In high
school and college I was most challenged
by the responsibility of understanding the
human body and providing care and comfort
for people compromised by illness
and disease,” explains Dr. Kaye.
Dr. Kaye, owner of Natural
Restoration Centers of America, has
specialized in critical health issues affecting
both women and men for almost 3
decades. Dr. Kaye settled in Scottsdale,
AZ where he has strived to care for his
patients with sound judgment and compassion.
“Over the past several years, it has
been a personal highlight to see the
growth of Natural Restoration Centers
of America, a facility that utilizes state
of the art biologic therapies, including
stem cell treatments, to combat a range
of conditions including neuropathy, back
and joint pain, erectile and vaginal dysfunction,
restless leg syndrome, multiple
sclerosis, stroke, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s
and colitis, to name a few,” said Dr. Kaye.
“In addition to offering contemporary care
and management for urologic conditions
that are in my realm, my practice has
expanded in the past decade to include
a think outside the box approach to both
urologic and non-urologic conditions. As
part of this unique approach the use of
biologics including “stem cell therapies”
are routinely incorporated into the care of
Throughout his career Dr. Kaye has
strived to offer his patients “state of the art
care.” “The field of medicine is a constantly
changing environment. Our personal desire
to always be the best and provide the best
is often challenged by thoughtless regulation,
limited resources, and insurance company
meddling! Despite these pressures,
I have been able to grow and develop a
tremendous amount of experience utilizing
futuristic regenerative techniques and procedures.
It has been fascinating to me to
observe and be responsible improvements
in numerous conditions that have impacted
people for years despite “standard”
treatments.” Dr. Kaye offers non-invasive,
safe/low-risk procedures with little to no
Dr. Kaye has lead the pack for innovative
treatments and world class care
during his career, and he has no plans to
slow down. For 2019, Dr. Kaye has high
hopes for Natural Restoration Centers of
America as it continues to expand in the
field of regenerative medicine. Amongst
next years plans our clinical trials include
a new prostate cancer vaccine.
Contact Dr. Kaye at 480.990.8544
or www.nrcoa.com, 10210 N. 92nd St.
Ste 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
The Perfect Fit
Scylvia-Elvira Danese: The Fairy Godmother of Fashion
Scylvia-Elvira Danese, owner of
Danese Creations, has been in business
since 1971. Through her gift
of custom designing, men and women can
get all their custom designing, tailoring,
alterations, bridal wear and all accessories,
fabric, jewelry and the best fitting bra.
“I’m a 3rd generation Custom
Designer/Tailor in my family, I follow My
Mother Maria and Grandmother Chapita,”
said Danese. “My designs have made it to
the Emmys, The Country Music Awards,
the Oscars, the White House, The Oprah
show, I’ve also been featured on First
Edition, total Divas, all the local TV channels.
It’s been an amazing ride for these
last 47 years!”
While Danese is proud of the accolades
and the high profile clients that
have graced her designs, some of her
fondest memories are the ones that have
changed the lives of others. “I saved a
brides wedding day by making a beautiful,
custom wedding gown from scratch, on
the day of the wedding, in 2 hours and
50 minutes, that is how I got dubbed
“the Fairy Godmother Of Fashion”, she
explains. “I’m also called “The Boob
Whisperer” for the expert bra fittings that
I do. Your boobs can either make you
or break you. If they look good, you look
good and feel good, sexy, young, (even if
you’re old) thin, (even if you’re heavy), and
your clothes fit well.”
Danese is committed to helping
every man or woman find their perfect
fit, in addition women can get a free bra
fitting. Clients need to set an appointment
with her shop, and with zero obligations
to purchase bras from her. “Most women
just don’t know what a bra is supposed
to do, how a bra is supposed to fit, how a
bra has been designed, or what bra size
is right for them. Industry estimates are
that anywhere from 70 to 80 perfect of
women are wearing the wrong size bra,
although in my opinion, informed by more
than 47 years of experience, it’s more like
90 percent. And there’s been no reliable
source for women to go to and find out
the truth about bras, bra measuring and
bra sizing, until now.”
If clients are not in the market for
custom designing, you will find original
Danese Creations designs, ready-to-wear
one of a kind bridal gowns, mother of the
bride or groom gowns, evening gowns,
cocktail dresses, skirts, blouses, and more.
Danese Creations prides themselves
on being able to make custom garments
from a picture or a drawing or an idea
and she can do this all without requiring
the client to be local. Above all, Danese
has one goal for her shop “To do the
impossible to get to solve all the sewing
problems that come my way. My
motto that I got from my Father Giacomo
Danese is “Nothing is Impossible, Difficult
but not Impossible”, she explains. “We
never say no, it’s always yes we can, just
Contact Danese Creations at
602.955.1313 or www.danesecreations.
com, 3902 E Indian School Rd #3,
Phoenix, AZ 85018.
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
Bringing Charity Home
Christine Espinoza connects communities
Christine Espinoza is a connector.
She brings together sellers and
buyers in her real estate career,
local women with her non profit women’s
group, friends and neighbors by sponsoring
community events and works with
several charities around town.
Real estate has been a passion of
Christine’s since she was young. Her
father had been a broker from the time she
was born, trained hundreds of agents and
owned several real estate companies. After
graduating from the University of Arizona,
Christine got her real estate license and is
now celebrating 22 years in the business!
“I treat clients like family and believe
in the golden rule. I want my clients to be
so happy with the service they’ve received,
they are compelled to refer me to their
friends and family,” explains Espinoza.
Espinoza has taken community service
to a new level throughout her real estate
career. “I sponsor events in my neighborhood
and organize donation stations at our
community center collecting items for the
charities I work with, including the Changing
Lives Center, the Phoenix Rescue MIssion
and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She also
does Facebook Live Videos interviewing
neighbors and business owners as part of
her “Community Video Series.”
In addition to the community events,
Espinoza takes time to give back through her
charity organization. “I started a non-profit
women’s group in 2012 called Platform
Scottsdale. We partner with several charitable
organizations to bring awareness to
their cause and collect donations for those
in need, as well as organize hands on volunteering
events for our members. Last year
we hosted a dinner for the women of the
Changing Lives Center. “Helping others is
a passion of mine, whether it’s volunteering
with the homeless or helping a friend’s business
to grow. Winston Churchill said, and I
agree, we make a living by what we get, we
make a life by WHAT WE GIVE.”
“In 2018 we did our first “Platform
Promotes- Women in Business” event.
We celebrated over 30 women business
owners, giving them the opportunity to
showcase their product or service to local
women,” she said. This trunk show type
event was held at the beautiful new venue
Volanti, featured a keynote speaker, live
music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. It
was truly an honor to host an event that
promoted women business owners in our
Espinoza is setting her sights on 2019,
with big changes ahead. She’s partnered
with Helene Cass, a broker at RE/Max Fine
Properties who runs the #1 real estate
team in the McDowell Mountain Ranch
community over the past 20 years. Starting
in 2019, “Helene & Christine’s Team” are
combining forces. Helene’s long standing
neighborhood success and Christine’s
marketing expertise utilizing video, strategic
networking and social media are sure to be
a winning combination!
Contact the Christine
Espinoza at 602.989.7492 or
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
Robin Orscheln Elevates Her Industry & Her Community
Tenacious, collaborative, strategic,
and creative; these are words that
describe Robin Orscheln, leading
real estate visionary at the RO Luxury
Group. Robin and her team are industry
leaders in the Arcadia, Biltmore, Paradise
Valley, Phoenix and Scottsdale luxury neighborhoods.
Robin’s approachable demeanor
combined with her extensive market experience
have propelled her on the forefront of
luxury real estate in the Valley.
Robin has worked in both national
and local real estate for over 20 years.
She has used her leadership position to
steward the luxury market to move away
from the long-held “me culture” to a more
collaborative “we culture” that benefits
the client, her team, and ultimately the real
estate industry as a whole.
Robin is deeply rooted in her community.
She has a passion for building
relationships that often find her at the
center of initiatives that transcend her
industry. Her success and penchant for
innovation have propelled her relationship
with investors, builders, local business
owners, as well as mentorship opportunities
and civic speaking engagements. She
consistently ranks in the top 1% of real
estate agents and is well known for her
support of numerous charities including
Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which is
closest to her heart.
This past fall Robin forged a partnership
with North&Co., a move that pairs
a preeminent market leading luxury team
with arguably the most ascendant real
estate brokerage in the Valley. She will
serve as a strategic partner in the brokerage
with CEO Brian North and COO
Stephanie Gonzalez. While in this role,
Robin will continue to provide leadership
to the RO Luxury Group that will further
cement her role as an innovative thought
leader in the Phoenix real estate market.
North&Co. will benefit from her leadership,
reputation, experience and unparalleled
Together, Robin, Brian and Stephanie
are committed to growing what is being
recognized as the most culture driven real
estate brokerage in all of Arizona. The
growth of both brands will be accelerated
by momentum that a partnership of this
magnitude creates. Orscheln states, “This
move marks the beginning of a new and
very exciting season of my career. One
that will continue to provide me growth in
new ways, every day.”
For 2019, Robin has a list of projects
that she is anxious to tackle, “I am eager
to develop a comprehensive training
program for my peers and the next generation
of real estate agents. My goal is to
help them elevate their business practices
in this increasingly competitive industry.
In addition, my team is advancing in all
facets of customer service so we can
continue to provide an unprecedented client
experience for the Phoenix real estate
Contact The Robin Orscheln
Luxury Group at 602.380.8735 or
www.roluxurygroup.com, 5635 E.
Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018.
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
Balance, Lifestyle and Optimization
Power couple offers unique practice
Meet Cristina Romero-Bosch,
NMD, and John A. Robinson,
NMD. The power couple, of the
Scottsdale-based The Hormone Zone, are
global experts in hormone replacement
therapy and age management medicine.
“We do things a little different than
most doctors,” Dr. Robinson said. “Our
goal is to make you better than healthy.
We want you to operate at your prime,
enhancing your whole life.”
Since 2006, Drs. Bosch and
Robinson have specialized in Advanced
Hormone Replacement Therapy, age management
and sexual wellness. Recognizing
the complexity and sensitivity of the body’s
hormone system – and that each person
is unique – they work to fully understand
each patient’s individual hormone system
to provide real health and healing.
“Over time, your body’s hormone
system can drift,” Dr. Bosch said. “We
design a personalized treatment based on
comprehensive medical analysis utilizing
innovative methods. And, we listen. We
hear the things that are often missed.
Ultimately, we help patients feel the way
they did when they were younger.”
According to Drs. Bosch and
Robinson, the natural process of aging
does not mean you have to feel old.
In fact, hormonal changes that cause
fatigue, low libido, and issues with mental
clarity can be reversed – helping people
renew their sense of youth.
“We use natural, bio-identical hormones
and nutrients,” Dr. Bosch said.
“These are absorbed and processed more
effectively with fewer side effects for effective
hormonal and metabolic balance.”
At The Hormone Zone, it’s not just
about fixing the issue; it’s also about
unearthing the cause of disease and then
leading you to an optimized self. Often,
hormone imbalance, thyroid disease and
nutritional deficiencies are at the root of
“In 2006, there was an emerging science
for natural approaches to hormone
imbalance and performance optimization,
which continues to grow,” Dr. Robinson
said. “We have been doing this for a long
time and have watched it evolve.”
In addition to hormone therapy and
age management medicine, The Hormone
Zone’s comprehensive approach to wellness,
longevity and hormone balance
includes options for sexual health, medical
aesthetics and stem cell therapy.
As advocates for healthy, intimate
relationships, Drs. Bosch and Robinson
have become known as The Sex Docs,
whose mission is to help patients improve
their intimate relationships.
As experts in their field, they are also
the couple’s couple – truly, a husbandand-wife
duo who are advocates for other
couples, with a goal of providing the best
health strategies to enhance people’s
sexual wellness, overall well-being, and
quality of life.
Contact The Hormone Zone
at 480.338.8070 or hormone-zone.
com, 9377 E. Bell Road, Suite 361,
Scottsdale, AZ 85260.
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
Finance Like Family
Ashton Thomas: Where your wealth and life work in harmony
Ashton Thomas Private Wealth
has one mission: to provide their
clients with clarity about their
finances. Once each client understands
their present situation and their goals, a
plan is put in place for them. This, in turn,
becomes the inspiration to improve all
aspects of their financial lives.
The firm’s wealth advisors deliver
indispensable intelligence and personalized
insight in the complex business of
protecting and enhancing wealth. They
provide the tools in the form of a Wealth
Blueprint which can help clients live richer
and more rewarding lives.
Collectively, the team at Ashton
Thomas has decades of experience in
many disciplines including financial planning,
portfolio management, investment
research, tax planning and retirement plan
advisement. They pride themselves on
thinking differently about wealth management,
challenging the status quo and
constantly push for reinvention.
Ashton Thomas advisors thrive
because they are at their best when they are
building enduring relationships and personal
connections. The team succeeds by creating
an experience that comes to life, in large
part because of how employees, advisors
and clients are treated and how they are
encouraged to give back to their communities.
The firm’s core values of independence,
excellence, integrity and respect form the
foundation of everything the team does.
Keeping life in harmony means keeping
up with their clients and industry trends.
Ashton Thomas believes technological innovation
– particularly in how advisors engage
with clients – will continue to lead much
of the change on the horizon. Clients will
demand more connectivity to their financial
lives, and considerable time and capital is
likely to continue flowing in the direction
of solutions focused on simplifying and
enhancing the client experience.
Accumulating wealth throughout one’s
life takes clarity, persistence and focus. It’s a
journey, and reaching each financial destination
can mean a better life and security for
clients and their loved ones. Ashton Thomas
believes a family’s life and wealth should
work in ongoing harmony, and the firm’s
Wealth Blueprint is designed to help clients
map out their ideal financial life.
Ashton Thomas represents the next
generation of wealth managers, having
built a proprietary digital ecosystem to
engage with tomorrow’s digitally-enabled
client base and the advisors who serve
them. They believe adapting for the future
will involve more than simply tweaking a
website, creating an app or offering more
Today’s clients want all aspects of their
financial life to work together, enriching their
lives today and making sure their wealth and
life work in harmony into the future.
Investment Advisory services provided
by Ashton Thomas Private Wealth, LLC, an
SEC registered investment adviser.
Contact Ashton Thomas at
602.732.4745 or ashtonthomaspw.com,
15279 N Scottsdale Road, Suite B2-215,
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
Look Amazing, Feel Amazing
Charles Small helps clients ‘Glo’
Glo Medspa is dedicated to providing
clients with an enjoyable
atmosphere, and attention to
every detail. Charles Small, owner of Glo
Medspa, ultimate goal is to achieve a
“My philosophy is to provide the
highest level of care with the best possible
results. Honesty and fair pricing is
what I have built my success on,” said
Small. “Our services are focused on
advanced injections that not many other
places will attempt or do not perform
Charles Small started Glo Medspa
to help people feel better about the way
they look, and in turn feel better on the
inside as well as on the outside. He
strongly believes that when you look
amazing, in turn it makes you feel amazing.
Providing exceptional client care and
really listening to what people have to
say, produces great results in the end.
Small likes to spend time with all his clients
and really get to know each one.
“Glo Medspa has been in business
for 6 years. I began my practice in a
small room doing injections with only
Botox and Juvederm. Some of the biggest
highlights of my career so far, is
seeing clients come in from all across
the country who fly out to see me. It
totally blows my mind to see how far I
have come since starting my business,”
said Small. “I knew I wanted a more hip
and trendy type of spa atmosphere, with
a cutting edge in new procedures and
techniques, and that is exactly what we
have accomplished at Glo Medspa. It’s
a safe, warm and inviting place to help
Small has an extensive background
working in critical care for the past
15 years. He has many certifications
including basic and advanced techniques
of Botox and Juvederm injections.
He is also an active member of
the Dermatology Nurse Association as
well as the American Society of Plastic
Looking forward to 2019, Small has
big plans for Glo Medspa. “The hot trend
of 2018 was ‘Jaw Contouring’... While
we are not sure what trends will hit in
2019, I can promise we continue to push
the envelope and challenge ourselves to
come up with the most innovative procedures
on the market. Typically, I look at
what is being done over in Europe and
Korea to get an idea of what is coming
soon – and how we can be at the forefront.”
Glo Medspa is also dedicated to
making the community, and world, a
better place. Small and the team at Glo
Medspa is currently helping to raise
money for children in Ukraine with cancer
are looking for investors, and community
volunteers, to get involved and help make
this dream come true.
Contact the Glo Medspa at
480.245.6881 or www.glomedspas.com,
6990 E Shea Blvd #218, Scottsdale,
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
1179 Covering the Risk
Christina Church covers clients’ lives - literally
Christina Church has been working
in the insurance industry for 20
years with North Star Resource
Group. Growing up in an insurance family,
she has been around it her entire life.
“As I started learning more about the
industry I was shocked that my own family
was so underinsured. It actually frightened
me. Thank goodness nothing catastrophic
happened during that time, we could have
lost everything we have worked so hard
for. I had no idea that your wages can be
docked for years if you are underinsured,
and you can’t pay out of pocket. There is
almost no education on this topic, I want
to change that” said Church.
When North Star Resource Group
made the decision to expand into the
property and casualty industry and open
Borealis Insurance Services, Church
jumped at the opportunity. Borealis was
formed to work side by side with North
Star’s 160 financial advisors to analyze
their clients’ current risk management
program, educate them about coverage
options available in the marketplace, and
empower them to make the appropriate
changes to fulfill what is important to their
family or business. As an independent
agency, Borealis has access to many of
the industry’s premier carriers and the
ability to find the best coverage and value
for their clients.
“It is simple, “When your values are
clear, decisions are easy. My goal is to
educate families and small businesses
and to protect them from the unknown.
My niche is getting my clients higher
coverage to eliminate any gaps they may
have, while potentially saving them some
money. Surprisingly, this actually happens
the majority of the time, which is amazing!
I am very proud of the fact that much
of my training has been acquired in the
trenches. I am naturally inquisitive and ask
a lot of questions. No two cases are the
same and I have the opportunity to learn
something from each one. It also, makes
my job very interesting and keeps me on
While some find insurance boring,
Church is proud to take on the ‘boring’
part of life and ensure that her clients are
covered from risk. She is also certified in
working with Premier Families. “This gives
me even more insight to help the client
who may have multiple homes, antique
cars, fun toys, etc. These clients usually
have heirlooms and/or collections that
they have worked their entire life to accumulate
and these need specialized protection.
I pride myself on asking the right
questions that someone else might over
look,” she said. “When someone has a
catastrophic occurrence and can call me
up and know they are covered financially,
they no longer think insurance is boring,
they are just grateful that they have one
less thing to worry about.”
Contact Borealis Insurance
Services – a Division of North Star
Resource Group at 480.712.7285 or
6710 N Scottsdale Road, Suite 210,
Scottsdale, AZ 85253.
PEOPLE TO WATCH 2019
Unparalleled Patient Experience
Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery pride themselves on patient experience
Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery prides
itself on three words: integrity,
relationships and results. These
principles have guided their practice philosophy
for the past 20 years, helping Dr.
Ali Mosharrafa and Dr. Tamir Mosharrafa
become recognized as leaders in the
Phoenix plastic surgery community.
Drs. Ali and Tamir utilize a combination
of tried and true techniques as well as safe
and effective new technologies to give each
patient an unmatched quality of care. “What
makes the Mosharrafa Experience so unique
is the time and attention that the doctors
commit to each patient. Every aspect of
surgery, every office visit and every phone
call is handled directly by myself or Dr.
Tamir,” said Dr. Ali. “This commitment to the
doctor/patient relationship is essential to our
practice and is one of the reasons so many
have trusted us over the years.”
The Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery Skin
Rejuvenation Center offers a comprehensive
array of medical grade skin care
products and aesthetic treatments in order
to help patients achieve a more radiant,
youthful skin texture and tone that can help
each patient look years younger.
“Plastic surgery is not superficial.
What we do in the industry of cosmetic
surgery is change the lives of those
who want to make a change. It is why
we became plastic surgeons,” said Dr.
Ali. “When we look as good as we feel,
many aspects of our lives are enhanced.
With modern plastic surgical techniques,
expertly performed, I can offer my patients
natural and beautiful change.”
“My passion began in medical school
where I connected with the specialty’s
unique combination of science and art.
Connecting with people in this way and
helping them to experience their best self still
brings me great joy every day,” said Dr. Tamir.
Along with expertly performed plastic
surgery techniques, Drs. Ali and Tamir offer
the highest quality surgery procedures in
their Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery Outpatient
Center. MOSC is a fully accredited outpatient
surgical center that offers a safe and
private experience ensuring the highest clinical
standard. Each member of the surgical
staff is qualified with extensive experience
and they are committed to ensuring that
patients receive the highest quality care,
consistent with the Mosharrafa Experience.
The business philosophy at Mosharrafa
Plastic Surgery is embedded in the core
values of the practice. They provide outstanding,
individualized care to each patient
and achieve the highest quality clinical outcomes
with integrity and professionalism.
“We strive to provide each patent with an
experience that exceeds their expectations.
We promote teamwork where we hold one
another accountable for their individual
actions. Here at Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery,
we constantly monitor the performance of
our staff in a critical, non-condemning way
to be unique for the sake of our patients
and fellow co-workers,” said Dr. Tamir.
Contact Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery
at 602.513.8133 or www.mosharrafa.
com, 4611 E Shea Blvd, Ste 230,
Phoenix, Arizona 85028
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LOWDOWN / DO / CALENDAR / EVENT / OUT / CULTURE
BY CHELSEA YOUNG / PHOTO BY DEEN VAN MEER
Discover a whole new world at Disney’s Aladdin, which will make its local debut at ASU Gammage on Jan. 31. From the producer
of The Lion King, this hit Broadway musical brings to life Disney’s iconic 1992 film, which was based on the classic Arabic folktale
of Aladdin and the Magic Lamp. The “shining, shimmering, splendid” story will sweep audiences into the enchanted world of a street
rat-turned-prince – who finds love along his journey – with colorful costumes, spectacular scenes, and music (both familiar and
brand-new) by award-winning composer Alan Menken. With nostalgic Disney charm, Aladdin is sure to take you on a magical ride
through its final Valley show on Feb. 17. Times and prices vary. www.asugammage.com.
So Scottsdale! January ‘19 83
Now LOWDOWN BY CHELSEA YOUNG
If you’re trying to
eat healthier in
the new year but
also crave the
flavors of Mexican
Organica is your
ticket to satisfy
both. Founded in
its first Arizona
location at Kierland
menu uses locally
– think colorful
sides (such as
sprouts), and classics
like tacos and
burritos. Nearly all
menu items can
be made vegan or
filled with grassfed,
meat and fresh
Many items are
And in case you
want to indulge
a bit, Tocaya also
offers a selection
of beer, wine and
The much-anticipated luxury
wing at Scottsdale Fashion Square
is now open, which marks phase
one in the shopping destination’s
multiyear expansion and
renovation. Anchored by Neiman
Marcus and Dillard’s, the new
wing beckons discerning shoppers
with a grand entrance featuring a
striking two-story glass entry.
Other elements include highend
furnishings and finishes, a
new Swarovski-inspired light
column, valet parking, and new
retailers like Saint Laurent, Trina
Turk and Breitling. Adding to
its innovation, the property will
soon be the first permanent
location for an art installation
concept called Wonderspaces.
The area’s first Apple flagship
store – a two-story work of art
itself – has also found a home at
Scottsdale Fashion Square, and
an equally luxe coworking space,
Industrious, is set to open this
ART & APPRECIATION
The Scottsdale Gallery Association’s first Gold Palette ArtWalk of
the year (Jan. 17, 6:30-9 p.m.) will honor first responders and thank
them for their service. The event will serve as a fundraiser to benefit
the 100 Club of Arizona, a nonprofit organization that has aided
statewide public safety agencies, officers, firefighters, EMT/paramedics
and their families since 1968. Themed “Demonstrate and
Donuts,” this special ArtWalk event will feature samples from local
doughnut shops at many of the Downtown Scottsdale art galleries.
Other activities will include bagpipe performances, artist demonstrations,
and community safety demonstrations from the Scottsdale
Police Department’s K-9 Unit. www.scottsdalegalleries.com.
84 So Scottsdale! January ‘19
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NEW MENU FOR
A NEW YEAR
Just in time for a post-holiday detox, Farm & Craft has debuted a new menu
featuring a plethora of new items from starters to entrees as well as updates to
existing items. The menu refresh includes listing all of the restaurant’s local and
responsibly sourced vendors, using grass-fed beef throughout, more organic
products, and additional vegetarian dishes that can be made vegan. New items
include a health-packed probiotic bowl, a roasted half chicken, a super green
salad, and vegan banh mi. In other news: Turkey has been removed from the
entire menu to reduce sodium-heavy items and the farro mac and cheese has
made its return (with a gluten-free option available). www.ilovefarmandcraft.com.
BOURBON & BITES
The Bourbon Cellar has relocated from
Carefree to North Scottsdale – at Scottsdale
and Pinnacle Peak roads – with an all-new
menu, fresh decor, an expanded cocktail list,
and a larger patio and space. Owned and operated
by former veteran Doug Smith, who is also
the executive chef, the restaurant uses farmto-table
foods from local purveyors, meat from
Smith’s own butcher shop (French’s Meat), and
fresh seafood flown in daily. True to its name,
The Bourbon Cellar has 300 bourbon selections,
bourbon-tasting flights, and barrel-aged
cocktails. And true to Smith’s roots, veterans
are honored every third Thursday from 5 to
6:30 p.m., where 100 percent of the proceeds
from a $15 buffet benefit American Legion
posts in the Valley. www.thebourboncellar.com.
PHOTO BY TRACI BRANDON
The Saguaro has
launched a special
new program called
Desert Nights on the
patio of its Mexican
eatery, La Senora.
from 5 to 10 p.m.
through Feb. 28, it
snacks while warming
up with a selection
of toasty drinks next
to a roaring fireplace.
Snacks include both
savory and sweet –
fondue fries, pulled
pork sliders, and buildyour-own
– while the beverages
put a crafty spin on
For a unique snacking option, pop into Ollie
Pop, a new gourmet popcorn purveyor in
Downtown Scottsdale that’s lovingly named
after the owner’s Yorkie. The shop goes
beyond the traditional butter variety (though
it has that too) with flavors that include
hot wings, salt ‘n’ vinegar, Fruity Pebbles,
Champagne and strawberries, and birthday
cake. Prices range from $7 to $11, and
event catering is also available. Bonus: An
Instagram wall with the store name colorfully
scripted provides the perfect background to
snap a popcorn pic. www.olliepop.com.
86 So Scottsdale! January ‘19
PAINLESS FIX FOR RECEDING GUMS!
Pinhole Surgical Technique
CASE OF THE MONTH: Pinhole Surgical Technique ® by Dr. Erik Svans: 6 month Post Op
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WHEN YOU CAN BE THE AFTER!
A University Study revealed that 89% of patients over 20 years old have gingival recession. If you are concerned about receding gums
due to gum disease or have gum recession because of aggressive brushing, smoking or medications, turn to Dr. Erik Svans, a Certified
Pinhole Surgical Technique® Provider. This surgical treatment rebuilds the gum line without cut and suture surgery. You can walk out of
our office with a beautiful new smile in a single visit! In fact, the Pinhole Surgical Technique® is often called the “Lunchtime Gum Lift” as it
takes as little as an hour to perform and is done under local anesthesia so you can return to work after your appointment.
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GREAT UPCOMING EVENTS
BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE
Arizona Fine Art Expo
Jan. 11-March 24, North Scottsdale
At the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Jomax roads, you’ll find the Arizona
Fine Art Expo. For 10 weeks, 120 global artists will set up their studios within a
44,000-square-foot tent and create fine art. Enjoy art by way of charcoal, pastels,
mixed media, sculptures and beyond. Visitors can meet and mingle with artists to
learn more about their passion and inspiration. Glass-blowing classes will be held in
the sculpture garden throughout the 10 weeks. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Season pass, $10;
seniors and military, $8; children under 12, free. www.arizonafineartexpo.com.
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Celebrating Rachmaninoff
Jan. 15, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Join renowned pianist Jeffrey Siegel for a night of music as he hosts his 40th season
of Keyboard Conversations. Siegel will play music by Claude Debussy and Sergei
Rachmaninoff, two musical pioneers from the early 20th century. Siegel will then provide
commentary on the works played, comparing and contrasting the impressionism
of Debussy music with Rachmaninoff’s late-romantic take and concluding with an
Q&A session. 7:30 p.m. $29-$49. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival
Jan. 18-20, Downtown Carefree
There’s nothing better than a weekend of art, wine and music. Thunderbird Artists
will host its 26th annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival, bringing together more
than 155 artists from around the world to showcase creations in a variety of art forms
including pastel, acrylic and jewelry. For an additional fee, festival-goers will get a
souvenir wine glass and six wine-tasting tickets. There will also be bites from local
food trucks parked nearby. This year’s featured artist is Austin Casson, who works
with stone, bronze, resins and forged steel to create magnificent sculptures of eagles
and other birds of prey. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission, $3 (free for Carefree residents);
tasting tickets, $10. www.thunderbirdartists.com.
Dance With Me Gala
Jan. 25, Phoenix Art Museum
Leap into the new year with Ballet Arizona at their annual gala, a black-tie affair that
exudes elegance and grace, much like the company’s dancers. The evening will honor
longtime Ballet Arizona supporters Judd and Billie Jo Herberger for their generous
contributions throughout the years. Guests will raise a glass to the Herbergers during
a gourmet dinner before taking to the dance floor with Arizona Ballet dancers. There
will be also be an opportunity for a sneak peek at Ib Andersen’s The Firebird (which
will open Feb. 14 at Symphony Hall), with a short documentary called The Making of
a World Premiere. 6:30 p.m. Individual, $600; tables, $6,000. www.balletaz.org.
Barrow Grand Ball
Jan. 26, Arizona Biltmore
This annual black-tie event celebrates the philanthropic achievements of the Barrow
Women’s Board of the Barrow Neurological Foundation. This year, the board is highlighting
the Barrow Innovation Center for collective support. Gala attendees will enjoy an
evening including a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing alongside well-known Valley
leaders and philanthropists. 6:30 p.m. $1,000. www.supportbarrow.org.
Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala
Feb. 2, The Phoenician
Childhelp, a nonprofit committed to aiding victims of child abuse, celebrates 60 years
of miracles with its annual Drive the Dream Gala. The Phoenician sets the stage
for this inspiring evening of fine dining, dancing and world-class entertainment. Mix
and mingle with influential and philanthropic leaders as you help those affected by
child abuse. Dr. Stacie J. and Richard J Stephenson will be this year’s event chairs.
Proceeds from the 15th annual gala will benefit the Childhelp’s programs that serve
abused children and their families. 5:30 p.m. $1,000. www.childhelp.org.
88 So Scottsdale! January ‘19
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RUSSO AND STEELE
Jan. 16-20, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Russo and Steele is a born-and-bred Scottsdale enterprise that will host its 19th annual
automobile auction this month. Join buyers, sellers and car lovers for a five-day extravaganza
where 800 cars will cross the auction block. Russo and Steele touts an impressive
portfolio of exclusive and diverse cars – from European sports cars and American
muscle cars to hot rods and custom builds – to wow spectators and potential buyers.
Additionally, a pavilion will feature 130 vendors, including food trucks and a jumbotron
streaming the live auction. Gates open at 9 a.m. $20-$30. www.russoandsteele.com.
BY KAYLOR JONES
GOODING & COMPANY
Jan. 16-19, Scottsdale Fashion
Join fellow gearheads at Gooding
& Company’s automotive marketplace.
Adjacent to Scottsdale
Fashion Square, the show draws in
auto enthusiasts to view an array of
cars, bid on high-quality vehicles,
and connect with other car collectors.
The viewing showcase opens
Jan. 16, and the auctions will take
place Jan. 18 and 19. Times vary.
General admission, $40; auction
catalogue, $100; bidder registration,
DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS
DARE TO DREAM
Jan. 17-20, Talking Stick Resort
Enjoy the classics in a new and
magical way as the wonderful
world of Disney comes to life in
this dazzling production. Guests
will be able to relive the stories of
beloved Disney heroines Moana,
Rapunzel, Elsa, Cinderella and
Belle in an icy show hosted by
Mickey and Minnie Mouse bound
to incite childlike awe in everyone.
Times vary. $15-$140. www.
LIT & SIP
Jan. 17, Desert Botanical
Kicking off the new year, this new
monthly event is a 21-plus venture.
Enjoy a cocktail while wandering
through the Electric Desert exhibit,
where vibrant projections meet
original music for a mesmerizing
experience. Afterward, grab a pair
of headphones for a silent dance
party, with two DJs playing different
genres of music to cater to the
tastes of each garden-goer. 7-10
p.m. Members, $25; public, $35.
ART ON THE AVENUE
Through Jan. 17, Avenue of the
Now in its ninth year, this weekly
art show is home to a wide range
of local artists. Peruse selections
of handmade jewelry, metal art,
pet paintings, furniture and much
more in the park-like area adjacent
to the 560-foot fountain that gives
this town its name, all while connecting
with the community at this
kid- and dog-friendly art walk every
Thursday. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.
Jan. 12, DC Ranch Village
Health Club & Spa
Make your relationship a priority in
the new year with this uplifting and
growth-focused workshop. With
an emphasis on building essential
communication skills and emotional
intimacy between you and
your partner, the workshop will be
led by sought-after speakers and
relationship coaches. 11:30 a.m.-
4:30 p.m. Individual, $127; couple,
Jan. 13, 20 and 27, Scottsdale
Civic Center Mall
The Sunday A’Fair outdoor concert
series – which has taken place
for 32 years – features top local
musicians, an arts and crafts market,
and free guided tours of the
park sculptures. Friends and family
can pack a picnic basket and lawn
chairs to gather for an afternoon of
live music and fun activities. Food
and drinks will also be available
for purchase. Noon-4 p.m. Free.
NIGHTLIFE AT ODYSEA:
Jan. 17, OdySea Aquarium
Party among the fishes with live
music and multiple bars at this
adults-only event. Sip a drink in the
3D Theater-turned-lounge, enjoy a
visit from an Animal Ambassador,
or get a sneak peek into exclusive
areas of the aquarium with behindthe-scenes
tours. Upgrade your
ticket to enjoy a meal that includes
seafood pasta and grilled pork loin
with quinoa. 6-9 p.m. Admission,
$25.95-$29.95; VIP, $39.95-
$44.95. Passholders get free general
admission and discounted VIP
admission ($15 in advance or $20
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Dr. Andrew Wolin has been a leader in the plastic surgical community of Scottsdale since 1985, and his extensive years of experience benefit
each patient. His top-notch reputation as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and for cutting-edge procedures draws patients from near and
far. Dr. Wolin is the Medical Director of the Wolin Plastic Surgery Center. His practice offers a full-range of face and body procedures, including
facelifts, browlifts, nose surgery, facial fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic, fat transfers, fotofacials, laser skin resurfacing, ear surgery, breast
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CIRQUE SWAN LAKE
Jan. 18-20, Mesa Arts Center
See the classic Swan Lake as
never before as Troupe Vertigo
combines forces with The Phoenix
Symphony in an awe-inspiring –
and gravity-defying – performance.
Enjoy the story of Prince Siegfried
and Princess Odette performed by
strong men, contortionists, aerialists
and jugglers, all set to Tchaikovsky’s
iconic score. 7:30 p.m. $45-$89.
DOGS’ DAY IN THE GARDEN
Jan. 19, Desert Botanical
Bring man’s best friend with you for
a walk on the garden trails. Guests
will be able to meet other dog owners,
shop for dog merchandise at
the “Barketplace,” get family photos,
and learn about local dog-related
nonprofits. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free with
garden admission ($22); $4 for
dogs, which benefits the Arizona
Humane Society. www.dbg.org.
FRANKIE VALLI AND THE
Jan. 19-20, Celerity Theatre
Join the original Jersey Boy for
an unforgettable evening and fall
in love with the classics all over
again as Frankie Valli and The Four
Seasons perform their time-honored
hits. From Sherry to Big Girls Don’t
Cry, revisit the ’60s with the unforgettable
sounds of this beloved
music group. Times vary. $66-$126.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MARATHON
Jan. 19-20, various locations
Come together with an expected
30,000 participants for this
annual race through the streets of
Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.
The event includes a full- and
half-marathon, a 10K, a 5K and a
kids race. Runners and spectators
will be able to enjoy live music at
every other mile, and the Grammynominated
headliner will be the
Plain White T’s. Times and prices
THE FAB FOUR
Jan. 25, Mesa Arts Center
The Beatles are known as one of
the most influential bands of all
time thanks to a sound that revolutionized
the music world. Now,
this well-respected tribute band will
give concert-goers Beatlemania all
over again with performances of the
group’s most beloved hits. The Fab
Four combines uncanny physical
resemblance with meticulous attention
to detail, interspersing their
note-for-note renditions with multiple
costume changes that will make
you think you’re experiencing the
real deal. 8 p.m. $29.50-$59.50.
Jan. 28-Feb. 3, TPC Scottsdale
Gear up for the “Greatest and Greenest Show on the Grass,” which is now in its 84th year in
Phoenix. For the third time, the tournament was named PGA TOUR Tournament of the Year,
and it has garnered acclaim for its high-energy holes and luxe options, especially the skyboxes
at the 16th hole and the Bay Club at the 17th hole. The 2019 Phoenix Open has commitments
from a number of high-profile players including Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and
Bubba Watson. At night, the fanfare will continue in the Coors Light Birds Nest with musical
headliners such as Jake Owen and Lee Brice (Jan. 31) and Martin Garrix (Feb. 2). Times
vary. General admission: Monday and Tuesday, free; Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday,
$45; Friday and Saturday, $60. VIP and package prices vary. www.wmphoenixopen.com.
GRAND WINE GALA
Jan. 25, Orange Tree Golf Club
Now in its ninth year, the Arizona
Wine Growers Association’s gala
celebrates the growth and production
of local wine. The event, which
highlights local and independently
owned wineries, will include wine
samples, a three-course dinner,
live music, an hors d’oeuvres
reception, a silent auction, and an
awards ceremony. Reception, 6
p.m.; dinner and awards, 7 p.m.
& THE STRANGERS
Jan. 25, Celebrity Theatre
Listen to the tunes of Country
Music Hall of Famer Kris
Kristofferson, a seasoned musician
known for his gravelly voice and
rugged looks. A winner of both
a Grammy Award and a Golden
Globe Award, this renowned
singer and songwriter will provide
attendees with an enjoyable evening
savoring the timeless sounds
of country rock and folk music.
Doors, 7 p.m.; show, 8 p.m. $30-
INDIAN MARKET AND
SOUTHWEST ART FESTIVAL
Jan. 25-27, Avenue of the
This highly acclaimed festival
features one-of-a-kind vendors
with Native American tribal creations.
Shop unique handcrafted
jewelry, pottery and paintings while
enjoying traditional storytelling as
well as flute and hoop dancing
at this culturally informative and
family-friendly event. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jan. 26, Phoenix Art Museum
Going into its 51st year, this annual
gala hosted by the Back-to-School
Clothing Drive helps provide Valley
children with new backpacks,
uniforms and school supplies. The
event will include a raffle, a silent
auction, dinner and an awards
ceremony. 6 p.m. $175. www.
Jan. 29, Scottsdale Center for
the Performing Arts
At this screening of a surprise
movie, audience members will get
a preview at an upcoming independent
or foreign film followed by a
discussion led by film scholars and
other special guests. 7 p.m. $14.
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CREATE & CONNECT
The Celebration of Fine Art continues its 29-year tradition of bringing together artists and art admirers
BY MANDY HOLMES / PHOTO BY TIMOTHY WAMPLER
The annual Celebration of Fine Art connects
100 artists with art enthusiasts from
Jan. 12 through March 24, showcasing
artists from Arizona and throughout the
country who have been selected for their
exceptional art and celebrated designs.
Located in North Scottsdale under the
hard-to-miss signature “big white tents,”
the art show will feature 40,000 square
feet of interactive space, including working
studios, that frequently evolves throughout
the 10-week exhibition.
“Over the course of the past 28 years,
the tradition, passion and dedication of
connecting people to art has remained a
constant focus, sparking conversation and
fostering newfound friendships between
art lovers and artists,” says Susan Morrow
Potje, the co-owner and show director.
“We’re incredibly lucky to work with such
a wide range of talented artists – from
painters, sculptors and jewelry makers to
photographers, fiber and glass artists and
more. The variety of skills our artists bring
to the show only contributes to its energetic
atmosphere, making it a true destination
for all art lovers.”
Each Friday from 4 to 5 p.m. during
the show’s run, a panel of admired artists
will discuss rotating topics ranging from
metalworking to art history as part of the
popular Art Discovery Series. In previous
years, one of the major draws for guests
has been the artist-attendee camaraderie
and learning about the artists’ inspiration
over conversation, wine and gourmet bites.
It’s been 29 years since the
Celebration of Fine Art debuted in
Scottsdale, now attracting an average of
nearly 50,000 visitors from around the
globe each year. With thoughtfully curated
galleries ranging from realistic to impressionistic
and abstract to contemporary,
the transformative show has something for
every art connoisseur.
Returning this year is the outdoor
sculpture garden, perfect for an alfresco
stroll through nearly 100 life-size sculptures,
followed by a visit to the shared
workspace where artists can be found
welding, working in kilns and pouring
bronze. Tickets act as a season pass, good
for the duration of the 10-week show.
IF YOU GO…
What: 29th Annual
Celebration of Fine
When: Jan. 12-March
24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Road and Loop 101,
Tickets: Adults, $10;
children under 12,
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The 48th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction rolls into town
BY ELIZABETH LIBERATORE
IF YOU GO …
What: 48th Annual
When: Jan. 12-20,
of Scottsdale, 16601
N. Pima Road,
Tickets: All week
pass, $190 (advance);
$195 (at the gate);
prices vary for
individual day tickets
and VIP packages
Known as “The World’s Greatest Collector
Car Auctions,” Barrett-Jackson is nirvana
for auto enthusiasts. A Scottsdale tradition
each January, Barrett-Jackson specializes
in the auction of collector cars, from
vintage and muscle cars to modern supercars.
Politicians, celebrities, professional
NASCAR drivers and major car manufacturers
have attended the highly acclaimed
event in years past. Now celebrating its 48th
year, the roster is expected to draw in even
more attendees than ever before.
“The Barrett-Jackson auction has been a
staple of the Scottsdale community for nearly
half a century,” says Craig Jackson, chairman
and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “[This year’s
auction] will bring with it a diverse selection
of collector cars; guests from around the
world; and celebrities from the worlds of
entertainment, sports and business.”
More than 1,700 vehicles will be on
display and crossing the auction block,
including a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette custom
coupe, a 2005 Ford GT, and a 1964 Ford
Falcon Sprint race car. These beauties,
among others, will decorate WestWorld of
Scottsdale’s indoor-outdoor grounds.
In addition to vehicles, Barrett-Jackson
offers an impressive lineup of automotive-related
memorabilia, including a vintage carousel.
With 200-plus interactive displays and
shopping opportunities in the vast Exhibitor
Marketplace and hundreds of vehicles up for
auction each day, Barrett-Jackson is equal
parts a car show and a lifestyle event.
A selection of VIP packages are
available, including getting access to Craig
Jackson’s own box. Other options include
a Gold package – with floor seats, access
to the Staging Lanes Hospitality venue, and
viewing the cars before they cross the auction
block – and the Luxury Lounge package,
which offers access to the VIP Skybox
At Barrett-Jackson’s core, though, has
always been community outreach. This year,
more than a dozen vehicles will be sold to
benefit charities like the Arizona-based TGen
Foundation, Barrow Neurological Foundation
“My father, Russ Jackson, and his
business partner, Tom Barrett, founded our
company on the principle of giving back to
the community,” Jackson says. “I’m proud to
continue that tradition this January by raising
funds and awareness for deserving charities
across the country.”
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NEW TO DO
Welcome 2019 by taking up a fun hobby
Now that it’s a new year, you’ve got a fresh 365 days to fill with whatever
you choose, and what better way to get started than by trying a new hobby or
two? Whether you long to become a culinary master or want to spend some
time outdoors, there are plenty of creative pursuits to check out.
BY MANDY HOLMES
Earn Your Green Thumb
Grow your mind while you learn to grow desert
fauna at the Desert Landscape School, a program
at Desert Botanical Garden that offers six
certificate programs such as desert design and
sustainable desert landscapes. Most programs
consist of 20 hours of instruction that can be
completed in 11 to 12 weeks. Professional and
novice gardeners alike will plant and cultivate
new knowledge with the opportunity to learn
from experts about all aspects of desert landscaping,
earning a credential upon completion.
Class times and prices vary. www.dbg.org.
Take a Cooking Class
Sweet Basil Cooking School at Shea Boulevard
and Scottsdale Road offers classes led by
experienced chefs. Classes such as preparing
healthy desserts, making noodles of all kinds,
and how to cook Italian and French cuisines
are offered throughout the day, ranging in price
from $60 to $75 per lesson. The fun, hands-on
classes are taught in a relaxed atmosphere,
with no previous cooking experience required.
Attendees get to eat the prepared dishes at the
end of the session, plus take home a handful of
new recipes. www.sweetbasilgourmet.com.
Become a Barbecue Expert
Earn your grilling chops at a BBQ Island barbecuing
class. Taking place monthly, they are
geared toward education, frequently featuring
talented pitmasters such as Jess Pryles of
Hardcore Carnivore and BBQ Pit Wars judge
Moe “Big Moe” Cason. Classes are focused on
competition smoking barbecue, typically lasting
about three hours and varying in price from $40
to $200. Each session has its own style and
menu, and participants get to taste the fruits of
the pitmasters’ labor. www.bbqislandinc.com.
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Ride a Fat Bike
Sonoran Outdoor Adventures is the only company
that offers guided fat bike tours in the
Phoenix area. Fat bikes provide a great option
for exploring local trails and desert terrain
with the security of enhanced stability due
to the bikes’ larger tire size. If you prefer the
do-it-yourself approach, the company offers fat
bike rentals for individuals in addition to hiking
tours, corporate outings and after-dark bike
Looking for new arts and crafts ideas? Paper
Source, located in Scottsdale Quarter, offers
weekly classes on new and trendy craft ideas
ranging from handmade greeting cards and origami
to rubber stamp art projects. If you can’t
make it to a scheduled class, not to worry –
you can throw a private event with five or more
of your friends. www.papersource.com.
Let the Good Times Roll
From beginners to pros, Bowlero in North
Scottsdale has plenty of sociable bowling
options. Whether you want to practice your
game, compete in a tournament, or just mingle,
there are both social clubs and leagues for
bowling alley fun. New bowlers can join an existing
group to meet new people, or team up with
friends and start their own. www.bowlero.com.
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Start fresh with a holiday detox
The holiday season has a habit of tiring your body out, from overindulging
to shopping fatigue to one too many late nights. With the festivities behind
you, now is the perfect time to indulge in something else – a refresh of muchneeded
TLC for the mind and body with detoxifying spa treatments.
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
Holiday Body Detox Treatment
At the recently renovated Luna Spa at The
Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch,
this 80-minute body treatment nourishes
at the cellular level. Starting with a cup of
nutrient-packed detox tea, it continues with
an exfoliating coconut sugar scrub containing
shea butter, cane sugar, vitamin E and coconut
water, followed by a body detox wrap using
chocolate mud. While snuggled in the warm
mud, which also contains ginseng extract,
cocoa, live carrot cells and a vitamin blend
rich in antioxidants, guests will get a relaxing
peppermint oil scalp massage. The treatment
concludes with a sweet cream body milk
containing cucumber extract and a blend of six
natural essential oils. $179 (through Feb. 28).
Magnesium Detox Wrap
The Revive Spa at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert
Ridge Resort & Spa offers several water-based
treatment options with a myriad of benefits
for the mind and body. One tailor-made for
this time of year is the 50-minute Magnesium
Detox Wrap, which alleviates muscle cramps
and improves muscle function and energy generation.
It begins with a gentle, but effective,
exfoliation meant to increase circulation and
strengthen vascular tissue. A light wrap using
a gel mask made of magnesium, which helps
more than 300 enzymatic reactions within the
body including the metabolism of food and synthesis
of fatty acids, is then applied. Finally, a
rich body lotion application with aloe and algae
extracts will soothe and protect the skin. $155.
Recovery Algae Wrap
The brand-new Phoenician Spa’s Recovery
Algae Wrap is an ideal solution for both
overworked muscles … and hangovers. This
50-minute remineralizing wrap, which is infused
with the uplifting aromas of grapefruit, rosemary
and peppermint, features an exotic combination
of algae, kelp, seaweed and a deep detox
mud. The ingredients work together to flush
out impurities in the body and skin as well as
boost the immune system. It also increases
cellular metabolism, which directly impacts
the body’s energy and its ability to rid itself of
excess empty calories and sugars. $185-$195
depending on the day. www.thephoenician.com.
Adobe Clay Purification Wrap
This 60-minute Native American-inspired
healing treatment at JW Marriott Scottsdale
Camelback Inn Resort & Spa exfoliates, nourishes
and detoxifies. It begins with an aromatic
conditioner, which is massaged into the hair.
Then, adobe clay, which is known for absorbing
into the skin and drawing out toxins as well as
for relaxing muscles, is applied to the body.
Southwestern-inspired soap and cactus fiber
cloth are provided to shower off the clay, after
which heated juniper and sage oils are applied
to the body. The treatment is completed with a
short stint in the sauna to infuse the oils deeper
into the skin. $165. www.camelbackinn.com.
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Holly Ruggles imparts whimsy and wonder into her marine-inspired art
BY HEATHER LYNN HORVAT
Holly Ruggles may be a new artist to Scottsdale’s On the Edge
Gallery, but she has been making art her entire life. Growing up,
Ruggles’ father owned a flower shop where she watched him create
stunning arrangements with flowers and other materials.
“He always let me experiment with anything I could find: castoff
flowers, ribbon, wire, Styrofoam, spray paint,” Ruggles says.
“The impact on my art is undeniable, and becoming a collage artist
was a natural outcome.”
Her early experimentation in creativity led to receiving a master’s
degree in art education and teaching art for 35 years. She
also received several notable grants for graduate work in art and
art history, including a National Endowment for the Humanities to
study in Florence, Italy; a Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher
grant; and two Freeman Foundation grants for East Asian studies.
Through her education and experience, Ruggles has found
inspiration in East Asian art and culture, leading to her specialization
in gyotaku, a Japanese method of nature printmaking using
fish to create an image. However, her approach is different than
traditional gyotaku artists.
“Reality is not my goal. Rather, I combine my gyotaku fish with
watercolor and collage to create unique underwater worlds,” says
Ruggles, noting that she uses multiple methods for her fish images
that include molds, original silkscreen prints, and patterned paper.
Ruggles often works on several pieces at once, with each fish
painting having three stages. First, she uses multiple techniques
to paint watercolor backgrounds. She then begins the time-consuming
process of printing the fish by painting the fish’s body with
acrylic, often blending in metallic paints to create shimmer.
“Each print involves repainting the fish body [to add additional
color and highlight], so no two are exactly alike,” Ruggles explains.
She notes that collaging, the final step, is when “the creative process
kicks into gear and the real fun begins.”
Drawing from her time in the flower shop, Ruggles takes a
similar approach with her underwater scenes. Her hunt for interesting
items never stops – pressed leaves, butterfly wings, wool
fiber, and miniature sand dollars are some of the objects that often
adorn her paintings.
“I always hope to create worlds where viewers will become
intrigued and want to follow my fish as they swim through mysterious
waters,” the artist says.
The environment is a concern for Ruggles, and she hopes
her gyotaku works transcend art by serving as a reminder of how
important it is to protect Earth’s precious waterways and oceans.
Ruggles’ work can be viewed and purchased at the On
the Edge Gallery, 7050 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.265.8991;
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a small jewelry case (not pictured), a vanity case, and four suitcases with lengths of 18, 20, 26 and 30 inches. Trimmed in leather,
each refined piece features a double-lock closure with keys as well as the addition of leather buckle fastening straps, wheels and a
retractable handle on the trolleys. Prices range from $1,200 for the vanity case to $2,700 for the 30-inch trolley. www.tiffany.com.
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BY JALIA PETTIS
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU
Nourishing products that add some TLC to your beauty routine
$68 at Dermalogica
lifting and firming
eye patches, Peter
Thomas Roth, $75
at Nordstrom, www.
toner, Chanel, $45 at
Metier de Beaute,
$225 at Neiman
Lip treatment oil,
at Sephora, www.
hair and nail oil, $65
at Laura Mercier, www.
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ice bucket, Tom
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suede, IRO, $620
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Burberry, $390 at
Patent leather with
square toe, $370
at Madewell, www.
Brown suede with
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$395 at Neiman
$268 at J.Crew,
at Nordstrom, www.
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Rich florals to brighten up winter days
shirt dress, Derek
Lam, $1,290 at Saks
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Tassel silk scarf,
Treasure & Bond, $79
at Nordstrom, www.
Gucci, $2,290 at
Neiman Marcus, www.
pant, $198 at Johnny
silk blouse, Elie
Tahari, $250 at
at Farfetch, www.
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Canali. VEST: Quilted
SHIRT: Gray mock
G-Style. All from
Lot #1431, 1966
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POCKET SQUARE: Blue, Eaton. SUIT: Black peak lapel, Jack Victor. TIE: Paisley silk, Ermenegildo Zegna. SHIRT: Pink button-down, Eaton.
All from The Clotherie, 602.956.8600. CAR: Lot #1130, 1947 Cadillac Series 62.
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tribal print, Faherty.
from The Clotherie,
CAR: Lot #7575.2,
1959 Chevrolet 3100
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JACKET: Plaid gray
sports coat, Canali.
Gray, Zanella. All
from The Clotherie,
Lot #1327, 1957
SCARF: Cashmere Scottish plaid. JACKET: Black-and-white checkered zip-over, Eaton. SHIRT: Black cotton T-shirt, Reigning Champ. PANTS:
Slim jeans, Paige. All from The Clotherie, 602.956.8600. CAR: Lot #1305, 1955 Chevrolet 210 Custom Sedan “X-Box.”
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JACKET: Gray silk
and wool blend
sports coat, Jack
Thermal red wool,
Black jeans, AG. All
from The Clotherie,
CAR: Lot #1295,
1953 Buick Skylark
JACKET: Westport Crown fleece in arctic night, Peter Miller. SHIRT: Floral button-down, Eaton. PANTS: White straight jeans, AG.
All from The Clotherie, 602.956.8600. CAR: Lot #1071. 1971 Dodge Challenger Custom Hardtop.
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2019 JAGUAR I-PACE
The all-new, all-electric crossover challenges the standard for luxury electric vehicles
BY JIM PRUETER
Until now, if you wanted a luxury electric crossover
utility vehicle, your choice was limited to
one – the Tesla Model X. However, Jaguar has
started delivery of its own luxury crossover electric
vehicle, the I-Pace.
The I-Pace is a sleek, sharp-looking five-passenger
crossover with a pair of electric motors
that are powered by a 90-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion
battery. It delivers 394 horsepower with an
estimated electric range of 240 miles on a single
charge, matching the range of the Tesla Model X
75D. In just 45 minutes, it can recharge up to 80
percent via a 100-kW DC charger.
The Jaguar I-Pace is nothing short of spectacular.
It has gorgeous sleek-as-a-sports car
styling with futuristic LED headlights; an aerodynamically
curved front grille; and slim, deployable
door handles. Powerfully quick, it handles like a
Jaguar F-Type, reaching 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
Its all-wheel drive with off-road capability fords
water almost 20 inches deep and can tackle deep
sand, muddy ravines, and steep mountain trails
akin to a Land Rover. By contrast, Tesla can void
your warranty if you take their vehicles off-road.
Unlike the cold, sober minimalism of the
Tesla Model 3, the I-Pace’s interior is beautiful
and stimulating. Much like the Jaguar E-Pace,
it combines sport and sophistication, featuring
exceptionally comfortable seats and a convenient
center console. The option for remote pre-conditioning
ensures the cabin reaches the ideal
temperature before use. Its extra-long 117.7-
inch wheelbase allows for a very large interior
contained in a small package, with a notable
25.3 cubic feet of cargo space, or 51 cubic feet
with the rear seats folded. A sizeable number of
switches, dials and operational hardware means
you don’t always have to fumble around with
menus on a languorous touch screen.
The driving experience is, for the most part,
quiet and calm. Jaguar engineers have included
a feature that creates an artificial interior sound
informing the driver of speed and acceleration
that proves to be stimulating without mimicking
the sound of an engine roar.
The 2019 I-Pace is available in a variety of
trims: EV400, S, SE, HSE, and a First Edition
(tested here) model available only for the first year.
Base price: $69,500
Price as tested:
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Scottsdale, AZ 85258
DC RANCH 480.502.8844
18501 N Thompson Peak Pkwy.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Designed by renowned architectural
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estate resides in guard-gated Troon
Village on six hillside acres. The cocoon-like
ambience of the five-bedroom, 7 1/2-bath
home combines extraordinary elegance
with refined relaxation among 360-degree
views of the surrounding landscape.
True to Bing Hu’s meticulous style and
legacy of excellence, every square inch of
the multilevel, 8,800-square-foot home’s
decor is dressed with dramatic finishes and
attention to detail, beginning with the private
gated entry, welcoming fountains, and
lighted stairs that ascend to the doorway.
A stroll across the threshold reveals a
wealth of gorgeous gathering spaces ranging
from intimate mingling areas to rooms
that will host the grandest of soirees. The
formal rooms are backdropped by towering
walls of sheer glass windows and doors
framing a hypnotic palette of views.
Not far away, the ultra-posh kitchen is
flattered by a menage of split-tone accents,
chef-quality accoutrements, and windows
overlooking the exterior. The neighboring
family room features walls of telescoping
doors that open to a covered terrace, blissfully
blurring the line between indoor-outdoor
living, dining and entertaining.
The master suite is a retreat comprised
of a sun-kissed boudoir, a lavish private
bath, and galleria corridors ideal for showcasing
treasured artwork. Adding to the
convenience quotient is a cozy coffee bar
and a fireplace sitting area with tall glass
doors leading to the alfresco amenities.
Regarding the outdoors, the backyard
features a double infinity-edge pool, a
heated spillover spa, a barbecue island,
two fire pits, two gently cascading fountains,
and a plethora of terraces and expansive
patios among the mesmerizing views.
Other features include a professional
theater, executive-style twin offices, an integrated
home automation system, three wet
bars, an elevator, a color video intercom
system, a four-car garage, five slab parking
spaces, and a fitness room.
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Scottsdale, AZ 85255. Listed for
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DISH / DRINK / CHEERS / CUISINE / FOOD FILES / DINING GUIDE
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS
In Italy, an “osteria” serves simple food with an emphasis on local specialties and homegrown ingredients. At Fellow Osteria, which
opened at ASU SkySong in December, the aim is to pair that traditional concept with contemporary touches. A seasonal menu
highlight, the eatery’s tangy, savory and lightly sweet House-made Swiss Chard Ravioli ($14) starts with made-from-scratch ravioli
crafted with water, eggs and imported Italian flour. It’s filled with locally sourced red Swiss chard as well as pecorino, Parmesan and
ricotta cheeses. After a quick boil, the ravioli is transferred to a Paderno pan and cooked with sage, butter and olive oil. The ravioli is
then plated and finished with the same sage-infused butter before being topped with fresh sage and delicate Parmesan.
Fellow Osteria, 1455 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.207.1864; www.fellowosteria.com.
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Taste DRINK BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
Libations that make you look twice
They say that you eat food with your eyes first, and the same
can be said with drinking cocktails. From alluring glasses to bold
colors to from-the-garden garnishes, here are sippers that look as
good as they taste.
Parma Italian Roots
Light as a feather but with an unexpected twist, the Italian Bird
melds gin, elderflower, ginger beer, refreshing citrus and butterfly
pea flowers, which alter the color of the cocktail to purple upon
being added. $12. www.parmaitalianaz.com.
Blanco Tacos + Tequila
Made with rose petal-infused mango liqueur, organic Azunia
Blanco Tequila, and lime, this cocktail is refreshingly romantic. The
fastest way to a woman’s heart might still be roses and chocolate,
but tequila served this seductively goes a long way too. $10.
Put on your mittens and dive into this seasonal rosé snowcone,
which is made with fresh grapefruit, blackberry and pomegranate
juices as well as provincial rosé. $11. www.moraitalian.com.
Mastro’s Lemon Drop
Mastro’s City Hall
Lemon-infused vodka, sweet and sour, triple sec and fresh lemon
are served up and smoking over dry ice. Its sweet lemon-sugar
rim is made by Little Waisted, recognizable from CNBC’s Billion
Dollar Buyer. $18. www.mastrosrestaurants.com
This cocktail starts with a familiar flavor from childhood: Martinelli’s
Apple Juice! It is mixed with lime juice, blood orange liqueur and
Espolón Tequila Blanco, and then finished with a float of Gosling’s
Ginger Beer for a pop of flavor and a hefty sprig of mint. $9.95.
SumoMaya Mexican-Asian Kitchen
Patrón Citrónge Liqueur, an all-natural orange liqueur, acts as
the base of this fresh take on a margarita. It’s paired with blanco
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tequila, housemade prickly pear puree, fresh lime juice and rich
honey, resulting in a tasty cocktail as potent as it is pretty. $12.
Equal parts delicate and stunning, Penny Lane features rye whiskey,
blanc vermouth, sherry and aged calvados, which is a fruit-infused
brandy from the Normandy region in France. The kicker: It
also features soothing chamomile in the recipe as well as chamomile
flowers for garnish. $15. www.restaurantprogress.com.
OBON Sushi + Bar + Ramen
Little-known fact: The Chiltepin is the only wild chile native to the
United States. Smoky and hot, the wild flavors of Chiltepin syrup
are deftly balanced in this cocktail with tangy lemon juice, muddled
maraschino cherries, herbaceous gin, and blanc vermouth. $12.
La Rosa Dama
This Downtown Phoenix cocktail bar’s vibrant version of frozen
sangria begins with sparkling Spanish cava rosé wine as well as
an Italian aperitif that are combined with grapefruit liqueur and
pineapple and lime juices. It is served frozen with a burnt lime
wedge and grapefruit peel. $13. www.pobrecitophx.com.
Discovery Lounge at Boulders Resort & Spa
Floral and fruity, this stunner blends liqueur de violette, vodka,
lemon, and blueberries. The result is smooth with a hint of tartness
as well as a kick of sweetness. $16. www.theboulders.com.
Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse
Handcrafted with peach vodka, fresh lemon juice, rose water,
housemade hibiscus simple syrup, and ripe blueberries, this drink
is topped with fresh flowers and herbs to give it something extra.
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No Smoke Without Fire lights up the Liberty Station DC Ranch cocktail lineup
When Liberty Station American Tavern
& Smokehouse DC Ranch opened last
year, the beverage program was centered
on classic, vintage cocktails.
“Over time, we evolved,” says Matt
Keeler, Liberty Station’s director of operations.
“Today, our cocktails are modern –
and often cheeky – riffs on vintage varieties
for today’s guests. Given they’re riffs, we
even named each one after a classic rock
album with great riffs of their own.”
For example, No Smoke Without Fire
($12), which is named after the 1988 Bad
Company song, is a twist on the sazerac.
“Like a classic sazerac, we start by
rinsing the mixing glass with absinthe,”
Keeler says. “But rather than cognac or
whiskey, which are the base spirits in a
sazerac, we start with Sotol Por Siempre.”
Sotol is derived from the desert spoon
plant, a relative of agave, making the spirit a
cousin to mezcal and tequila.
“It’s almost as smoky as mezcal with
more of a peppery earthiness,” says Keeler,
who combines the sotol with housemade
cherry anise liqueur to bring out the black
licorice flavor of the absinthe rinse while
enhancing the sweetness.
He then adds simple syrup and St.
Elizabeth Allspice Dram, which pulls out the
pepper and spice notes of the sotol and
“We stir the ingredients and then pour
them into a bucket glass over an artisanal
ice cube,” Keeler says.
The cocktail is finished with rumsoaked
cherries that have been dipped in
cinnamon, skewered and lit on fire at the
bar before being brought to the table.
According to Keeler, the final, fiery
step isn’t just your average garnish – it’s a
Liberty Station DC Ranch, 20825 N.
Pima Road, Scottsdale; 480.278.7044;
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS
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In the kitchen with Cory Oppold of Atlas Bistro
At Atlas Bistro, executive chef Cory Oppold creates multicourse, fixed-price
menus that change regularly based on seasonal – and often local – ingredients.
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS
What would we be surprised to know
I didn’t work in a professional kitchen until age
How is that possible?
I grew up on a dairy farm in a small Illinois
town, milking cows and helping with our crops.
My sister lived in the “big city” of Phoenix and
loved it, so I moved here in 1998, at age 18,
to attend school with plans to be an architect.
I soon found myself eating out more than
studying, fascinated with food I never saw on
the farm. In 2001, I enrolled at the Scottsdale
Culinary Institute to marry studying and eating
together as best as I could.
So how did you finally get into the
In 2002, an instructor saw something in me and
helped get me my first job working at Different
Pointe of View (DPOV) under then-executive
chef Ivan Flowers. I would spend the next seven
years mentoring under him, first at DPOV and
then at L’Auberge de Sedona in 2007.
How did you make your way back
In 2009, I came back to the Valley to put some
advice from Ivan into action. He suggested I
take time out from working in busy kitchens to
teach, which would help me master my process
for effectively and efficiently developing talent.
So, I became an instructor at Le Cordon Bleu
Was he right?
Yes, the slower pace not only taught me how
to develop talent, but it also allowed me to
develop my own signature approach to cooking:
building complex flavors by combining
multiple simplistic ingredients, treated as they
were meant to be.
And, finally, tell us about coming to
After quick stints at Binkley’s and Tarbell’s,
I joined Atlas in 2014 as the executive chef,
where owner Todd Sawyer embraces my
approach to food and my passion for artful –
and often abstract – plating concepts.
Atlas Bistro, 2515 N. Scottsdale Road,
Scottsdale; 480.990.2433; www.atlasbistrobyob.com.
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Spoonfuls of scrumptiousness to warm you up
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ
Butternut Squash Soup
A perfect wintertime favorite starter, this soup
features full-bodied flavor and a velvety-smooth
texture thanks to a surprisingly simple medley
of freshly pureed butternut squash topped with
earthy, buttery sauteed oyster mushrooms. $10.
Lentil Curry Coconut Soup
Phoenix Public Market Cafe
Made with the bold flavors of curry and coconut,
this chunky vegan soup is perfect for spicing
up a chilly day. Lentils round out the dish for
a protein-packed bowl that’s even better when
used to dunk locally baked Noble bread. $4
(cup) or $8 (bowl). www.phxpublicmarket.com.
Green Chili Pork Stew
The restaurant’s famous recipe is made with
pepper jack cheese, boneless country-style pork
ribs, onions, jalapenos, dried New Mexico green
chiles, and garlic. The sharable dish is served
with warm buttered tortillas and a charred serrano
pepper on top. $10. www.saltysow.com.
Spicy Potato Corn Chowder
Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup
This is a creamy, spicy, veggie-packed chowder
that includes three types of peppers as well
as mashed potatoes, corn, salsa, cilantro and
Southwest spices. You can also add one of
Gadzooks' house-braised meats, including pork
shoulder and bison, to make it even heartier.
PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS
The dip in Valley temperatures during winter months doesn’t warrant ski jackets
or snow tires. It does, however, give you an excuse to dive into hot, hearty
soups – and their history – all month long.
The word soup itself derives from the French word “soupe,” and evidence
of the cold-weather favorite can be found dating back to 20,000 B.C. when
our ancestors used animal hides to help waterproof vessels so they could boil
water needed for the base of their version of soup.
Thankfully, chefs have upgraded both their vessels and recipes over the
years. Here are a variety to try this month.
Onion Soup Gratinee
The Collins Small Batch Kitchen
Available all month long for lunch or dinner,
slow-cooked onions and housemade beef
stock are topped with a crunchy crouton and
bubbling Gruyere cheese, resulting in a savory
bowl of comfort. $8. www.thecollinsaz.com.
Slow-simmered, the Posole Rojo is a spicy kick
with flavorful, warming layers from the charred
tomato and roasted chile-based broth, pork,
hominy, lime, jalapeno, onion and cilantro. $9.
Sierra Bonita Grill
Perfect if you’re feeling under the weather, the
Azteca Soup is like a Mexican version of a classic
chicken noodle soup. A smoky, spicy broth
of chipotles, onions, roasted tomatoes, garlic
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and chicken stock is mixed with slow-roasted
chicken, then topped with avocado, cilantro,
panela cheese and crispy tortilla strips. $8
(cup) or $11 (bowl). www.sierrabonitagrill.com.
Three Sisters Soup
A classic winter veggie – butternut squash
– is this soup’s foundation. Pureed roasted
poblanos, cumin, coriander and coconut milk
are added as well as tri-color hominy and crisp
garbanzo beans, all garnished with cilantro oil.
For those who prefer to chill out even when
there is a chill out, don’t miss Delux’s gazpacho.
The cold soup has a tomato base packed with
seasonal vegetables. It’s garnished with avocado
and goat cheese for an added dimension
of flavor. $7.95. www.deluxburger.com.
The Market by Jennifer’s Restaurant & Bar
Using both pureed and grilled corn, the addition
of bacon bits and creme fraiche provide crunch
and richness. Garnished with a parsley leaf, this
bisque can also be prepared vegetarian-style
upon request. $9. www.themarketbyjennifers.com.
Artizen at The Camby
A selection of ingredients with a kick – fireroasted
tomatoes, poblanos, chipotle in adobo,
and cumin to name a few – are sauteed in olive
oil and simmered in chicken stock. Tortilla chips
are then blended in until the soup is thickened.
Lime juice brightens the spiced flavor, and it
PHOTO BY ALISA SHELTON
is garnished with fresh avocado, crema and a
blue corn crostini made in-house using Hayden
Mills blue corn meal. $9. www.artizenaz.com.
French Onion Soup
To get this iconic dish just right, a five-onion
mix is sauteed until caramelized. A rich housemade
broth is then added and simmered for
hours. Once ordered, freshly cut croutons and
Gruyere cheese are the crowning delicacies
before it’s baked until melted. $5.95 (cup) or
$9.95 (bowl). www.eddiemerlots.com.
Cream of Endive Soup
This delectable soup is everything you want for
your seasonal comfort food. The creamy endive
base, topped with caramelized portobello
mushrooms, is equal parts earthy and sweet.
It’s served with toasted Noble country bread for
dipping. $10. www.ogphx.com.
Baja Chicken Enchilada Soup
A guest favorite, it’s a creamy, spicy blend of
chicken, chipotle, chilies, jalapenos and colorful
peppers. A bonus: Guests can order it while
dining in, to go, or through the drive-thru window
(great for days when it’s too chilly to leave
the heated car). $4.25 (cup) or $5.75 (bowl).
Long Life Chicken & Rice Soup
Ling & Louie's Asian Bar and Grill
Blending traditional comfort food with Asian
flair, this savory, slightly spicy soup broth is
served with jasmine rice, chicken, cilantro and
green onions. It is both oh-so-good and oh-sogluten-free.
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Eddie Merlot’s is a premium chain of steakhouses that
serves prime-aged steaks, seafood, and an extensive
wine list to complement. The posh dining room makes
this restaurant an ideal setting for celebrating a special
occasion or a romantic night out. They source the freshest
and highest quality produce and make many items
from scratch. For the steak connoisseur, Eddie Merlot’s
USDA prime beef is aged a minimum of 21 days to give
exceptional flavor and richness. Dinner service begins
at 4 p.m. daily. 23207 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale;
480.699.0480; www.eddiemerlots.com; $$$$
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KELLY’S AT SOUTHBRIDGE
Kelly’s at Southbridge is a laidback
gastropub in the heart of Old Town
Scottsdale. Offering elevated comfort
food and unique cocktails, Kelly’s
is great for meeting up with friends
or a date night. Try one of their
award-winning burgers made with a
signature four-cut blend of short rib,
sirloin, chuck and brisket. Social Hour
means half-priced bottles of wine as
well as cocktail and appetizer specials
from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through
Friday. Open daily. 7117 E. 6th Ave.,
Scottsdale; 480.393.3205; www.kellysatsouthbridge.com;
POSTINO WINE CAFE
Postino Wine Cafe is the Valley’s
original neighborhood wine bistro with
dishes like bruschetta and paninis to
pair with an extensive collection of
Arizonan and worldly wines. Locals
pack the restaurant on Monday and
Tuesday evenings after 8 p.m. for their
$20 bottle and bruschetta special.
And they offer $5 wine by the glass
and pitchers of beer daily from open
to 5 p.m. Two locations in Scottsdale:
Highland and Kierland Commons;
STARLITE BBQ & WHISKEY BAR
Hailing from the folks behind Ocotillo,
Starlite BBQ is a casual neighborhood
barbecue joint offering a variety
of smoked and grilled meats along
with specialty cocktails, craft beers
and wine. Chow down on ribs, brisket
and chicken that are smoked with
local pecan and mesquite woods.
Appetizers and sandwiches, like the
porky fries and the smoked and
grilled meatloaf sandwich, bring
variety to the menu. Vegan and
vegetarian friendly. Closed Mondays
and Tuesdays. 7620 E. Indian School
Road, Scottsdale; 480.553.9330;
WHITE CHOCOLATE GRILL
At this contemporary American restaurant,
diners can find comfort in
classics like steakhouse-quality cuts
of meat, cheeseburgers, rotisserie
chicken and Maryland-style crab
cakes. But what they are really known
for are their white chocolate desserts,
most notably the French white
chocolate bread pudding. Children’s
menu and gluten-free menu available.
Open daily at 11 a.m. 7000 E. Mayo
Blvd., Phoenix; 480.563.3377; www.
Brat Haus is Scottsdale’s premier beer
garden and is widely known for its
housemade bratwursts and craft beer
selection. Guests can order a la carte
or take on a flight of gourmet brats
and beers if they want to sample a
little of everything. Don’t miss the soft
pretzel and beer cheese fondue or
the Belgian fries. 3622 N. Scottsdale
Road, Scottsdale; 480.947.4006; www.
CORNISH PASTY CO.
These hearty hand pies called pasties
have taken the Valley by storm
since Cornwall native Dean Thomas
founded the original Tempe Cornish
Pasty Co. in 2005. They serve pasties
with dozens of filling and flavor
combination, and they can also be
ordered partially baked to take home
and cook. Opens at 11 a.m. daily with
late hours until 2 a.m. on Friday and
Saturday. 3800 N. Goldwater Blvd.,
Scottsdale; 480.945.1220; www.cornishpastyco.com;
THE CREPE CLUB
The Crepe Club brings the French
tradition of crepes to sophisticated
palates across the Valley. Their menu
is designed for guests to enjoy
crepes for any and every meal with
both savory and sweet options. Do
you have an event? Have the crepes
come to you with their catering service.
At Scottsdale Fashion Square,
7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale;
Zinc Bistro’s menu is a reflection of
chef Matt Carter’s passion for traditional
French cuisine. Contemporary in
ambience but classic in taste, the restaurant
is known for its French onion
soup gratinee topped with bubbling
gruyere. The roasted Jidori chicken is
also a fantastic entree choice. Fresh
shellfish is flown in daily and served
at the 25-foot oyster bar. Open daily
for lunch and dinner. At Kierland
Commons, 15034 N. Scottsdale
Road, Scottsdale; 480.603.0922;
D’LITE HEALTHY ON THE GO
D’lite is a health-conscious kitchen
and coffee house that features a
convenient drive-thru for those who
want a nutritious fast food alternative.
The ‘Man’ Salad is especially proteinpacked
with a tuna-stuffed avocado,
chicken and bacon served on mix
greens, and the California Club is
their signature breakfast sandwich.
The coffee is fair trade, all natural
and locally roasted. Three locations in
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Flower Child is on a mission to bring
peace, love and fast-casual healthy
food to a happy world. Their menu is
great to mix and match a variety of
fresh vegetables, whole grains and
lean proteins. Items like the crushed
avocado toast and hummus are fantastic
guilt-free snacks. The seasonal
lemonade flavors are always refreshing.
Very gluten-free and vegetarian
friendly. Several locations throughout
the Valley, including Scottsdale and
Desert Ridge; 480.240.4400; www.
KALE & CLOVER
This mindful kitchen focuses on
healthy pressed juices, salads and
entrees. Flavors range from a bold
spicy tofu Thai curry to a bright farmers
market salad served with a citrusacai
vinaigrette. Whether on the beautiful
patio or naturally designed interior,
guests can enjoy glass of wine or craft
beer with their meal. Vegetarian and
gluten-free friendly. 20511 N. Hayden
Road, Scottsdale; 480.568.8707; www.
ORIGINAL CHOPSHOP CO.
Original ChopShop Co. is an Old Town
favorite for produce-packed juices,
protein shakes, and healthful bowls
and sandwiches. This quick-service
restaurant is committed to offering
tasty fuel for the body by using fresh,
whole ingredients. Open daily for
breakfast starting at 7 a.m. Several
locations throughout the Valley,
including Old Town, North Scottsdale
and Paradise Valley; www.chopshopco.
This pizzeria serves trays of square
– yes, square – pizza in Old Town.
Pizza chef Adrian Langu has his craft
down to an art, from the housemade
dough to the hand-crushed tomato
sauce. His crisp and airy pizzas can
be ordered by the slice or as small or
large pies. Open daily for lunch and
dinner. Happy hour in the bar only
from 3 to 7 p.m. daily. 7111 E. 5th
Ave., Scottsdale; 480.874.2747;
FRANCO’S ITALIAN CAFFE
At Franco’s, guests can experience
authentic Florentine cooking in the
heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Escape
for a romantic evening dining on
creamy fettuccine tartufo or a hearty
32-ounce bistecca fiorentina. Franco’s
also offers an extensive selection of
Italian wines to pair with your meal.
Open Tuesday through Saturday from
5 to 9:30 p.m. Closed Sunday and
Monday. 4327 N. Scottsdale Road,
Scottsdale; 480.481.7614; www.francosscottsdale.com;
The Scottsdale location of Lou
Malnati’s is its largest Arizona outpost,
with a full-service bar and a
wrap-around patio. Beyond pizzas
with buttery crust, vine-ripened plum
tomatoes from California, and stretchy
Wisconsin mozzarella cheese, the
menu also offers appetizers, salads,
sandwiches and pastas. Open daily
for lunch and dinner starting at 11
a.m. for dine-in, carryout, delivery and
catering. 17787 N. Scottsdale Road,
Scottsdale; 480.681.3400; www.
TUTTI SANTI BY NINA
Take a journey to Italy through recipes
by chef Nina Vincent that have enamored
the Valley for nearly 20 years.
Tutti Santi takes pride in their freshmade
pastas and classic Italian flavors,
and the menu offers Nina’s original
recipes for other Italian classics
such as the mozzarella Caprese, calamari
fritti, and four different specials
every evening. Open daily for dinner
at 4:30 p.m. 6339 E. Greenway Road,
Scottsdale; 480.951.3775; www.tuttisantiristorante.com;
Barrio Queen focuses on the unique
cuisine of Mexico City, and the guacamole
is nationally renowned and prepared
tableside. Celebrate Margarita
Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, and happy
hour Monday through Friday from 2
to 6 p.m. with food and drink specials.
Two locations: Old Town Scottsdale
and Desert Ridge Marketplace; www.
BLUE ADOBE GRILLE
Blue Adobe Grille cooks up dishes
influenced by Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Guests will find New Mexican staples
like dishes featuring hatch green
chiles and red chile pork pozole mixed
with familiar Mexican items like quesadillas,
tamales and tacos. Happy
hour from 3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays
and brunch on the weekends. Open
daily. 10885 N. Frank Lloyd Wright
Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.314.0550;
FRANK & LUPE’S
For over 25 years, Frank & Lupe’s has
been sharing its best family recipes
with guests. The menu is blend of
Mexican and New Mexican foods with
familiar items like enchiladas, tacos,
chiles rellenos and chimichangas. Try
the Santa Fe fresco caprese with a
hint of New Mexican chile oil as an
appetizer for the table. Patio happy
hour is Monday through Friday from
3 to 6 p.m. Open daily from 11 a.m.
to 9 p.m. 4121 N. Marshall Way,
Scottsdale; 480.990.9844; www.
SOL MEXICAN COCINA
Sol is Baja California-inspired
Mexican cuisine. True to the peninsula
region, the menu is an array of vibrant
surf and turf combinations. Highlights
include the selection of almost two
dozen tacos, like adobo-marinated
or grilled fish. Sol also makes over
24 types of salsa fresh daily. Tequila
& Taco Tuesday goes from 3 p.m. to
10 p.m. with live music. At Scottsdale
Quarter, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road,
Scottsdale; 480.245.6708; www.solcocina.com;
Family-owned and -operated, Chula
Seafood is a wholesale business to
several local eateries, a marketplace
for fresh sustainable fish, and a restaurant
in its own right. Fish is caught
by the family off of the California
coast and then transported straight
from the boat to Arizona. Rightly so,
they have earned their reputation as
the premier seafood purveyor in town.
Open Tuesday through Saturday from
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 8015 E. Roosevelt
St., Scottsdale; 480.621.5121; www.
The seaside-themed Montauk is the
perfect Old Town Scottsdale setting
for seersucker pants and boat shoes.
Aside from the expected lobster rolls,
they also serve lighter entrees like
cauliflower rice and tuna tartare guacamole.
Their beach bungalow-style
patio and dining room is often host to
lively groups, especially during brunch
on the weekends with tableside
mimosas. 4360 N. Scottsdale Road,
Scottsdale; 480.994.1888; www.themontaukaz.com;
This New Orleans-themed seafood
bar is located inside Talking Stick
Resort. Ocean Trail seats only 19, but
they serve exceptional seafood with
Creole flavors unlike any other restaurant
in the Valley. The menu consists
of raw oysters, Cajun-style boils and
steamers and creamy clam chowder.
Guests can sip on cocktails and customize
their spice level as everything
is freshly prepared to order. Happy
hour Monday through Friday from 4
to 7 p.m. Open daily at 11 a.m. At
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 Talking
Stick Way, Scottsdale; 480.850.7777;
BOURBON & BONES
A modern and upscale steakhouse,
Bourbon & Bones specializes in topquality,
wet- and dry-aged steaks and
fresh seafood. And as implied in its
name, the bar is stocked with more
than 75 high-end bourbons. The
interior consists of studded leather
and crystal lighting, perfect for an
intimate evening. Slow-roasted prime
rib is a Sunday and Monday special.
Happy hour is in the bar Monday
through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. 4200
N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale;
CHOLLA PRIME STEAKHOUSE
As an intimate retreat from the
gaming floor, Cholla is the fine dining
choice at Casino Arizona. Menu
favorites include crab-stuffed prawns,
New York steak and elk tenderloin
among steakhouse classics like filets
and lamb chops. They also offer
many wines by the glass, half and
full bottles. Open for dinner service
daily starting at 5 p.m. At Casino
Arizona, 524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale;
Executive chef Charles Schwerd
honors his grandfather’s legacy in the
meat-packing industry by providing
an exemplary dining experience. Allnatural
steaks are carefully selected
and cut by hand. The rest of the menu
combines traditional steakhouse
favorites, like shrimp cocktail and
iceberg wedge salads, with exclusive
bites such as lamb chop goat cheese
fondue. Open nightly for dinner starting
at 3 p.m. Happy hour daily from
3 to 6 p.m. 8700 E. Pinnacle Peak
Road, Scottsdale; 480.629.5087;
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE
Ruth’s Chris is a nationally recognized
steakhouse known for its signature
500-degree sizzling plates with buttertopped
steaks and an award-winning
wine list. The Scottsdale location
boasts beautiful sunset views from the
patio and terrace. Along with classic
steakhouse dishes, guests can try new
menu items as they are offered seasonally.
Open nightly for dinner. Happy
hour Sunday through Friday from 4:30
to 6:30 p.m. Located in the Seville
Shopping Center, 7001 N. Scottsdale
Road, Scottsdale; 480.991.5988;
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BENTLEY SCOTTSDALE POLO
The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships featured six polo matches, a
Sunday brunch by M Culinary, and performances by local arts organizations.
Taking place at WestWorld of Scottsdale, the event also saw a first-time
appearance by world-famous polo player and Ralph Lauren model Ignacio
“Nacho” Figueras, representing the reigning Aspen Valley Polo Team.
BY BEVERLY SHUMWAY
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Held at the Embassy Suites
by Hilton Scottsdale Resort,
the 33rd year of the Sterling
Awards continued to embody
the spirit of the Scottsdale Area
Chamber of Commerce by
honoring local businesses and
BY ELIZABETH MARIE
Katie Blanchard, Robyn Julien and Trish Moeck
Sarah Kearney, Damian Vega and Andi Robertson
Brandi and Brian Richardson Susan Bitter Smith and Geoff Beer Andrea Rios, Dani Smith and Stephanie Davidson
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Pawsitive Vacation Pet Sitting
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Held at Galicia Fine Jewelers, this event supported the
Mother’s Grace foundation in their mission to provide
support to mothers who have experienced life tragedies.
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LIVE & LOCAL
The sixth annual Live & Local took place at Desert Ridge Marketplace
where guests enjoyed samples from more than 20 local restaurants, craft
cocktails from some of the Valley’s leading mixologists, and live music.
Proceeds benefited the youth development initiatives of the Boys & Girls
Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.
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The Phoenix Youth Symphony’s
33rd annual Holiday Prelude
included a luncheon and fashion
show at the JW Marriott
Scottsdale Camelback Inn.
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NEW IN TOWN
Ocean 44 makes its triumphant debut in Scottsdale
BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ / PHOTOS BY J. MARTIN HARRIS PHOTOGRAPHY
After more than a year of anticipation,
Ocean 44 has opened its doors. And the
12,000-square-foot ultra-luxe seafood
restaurant, located in the former Harkins
Camelview Theatre adjacent to Scottsdale
Fashion Square, and owned by the lauded
Mastro family, was worth the wait.
“This is different than anything we
have done in the past,” says co-founder
Mike Mastro, who owns Dominick’s
Steakhouse and Steak 44 along with his
brother Jeff, father Dennis, and partner
Scott Troilo. “The atmosphere is second to
none, featuring dramatic and intimate dining
settings. At the core of the Ocean 44 experience
is our chef-sourced, highest-grade,
sustainable, fresh seafood from around
from the world, enhanced with unique and
interesting appetizers and side dishes that
go beyond the traditional seafood menu.”
The concept marks the Mastro’s first
foray back into a seafood concept since
their massively successful Mastro’s Ocean
Club in 2007. Leading the culinary program
is Siegfried Hohaus, who helped launch
Mastro’s Ocean Club before the family sold
the concept, and Mark Lupino, the executive
chef for the family’s current brands.
Much of the menu is served a la carte
so guests can mix and match. To start,
there is a raw bar menu as well as shellfish
and appetizer menus. Offerings in these
categories run the gamut from iced whole
Maine lobster (MP) and Prince Edward
Island mussels ($27) to New England lobster
rolls ($29) and crispy shrimp deviled
eggs ($18). There are also non-seafood
highlights on these menus including prime
steakhouse meatballs ($10-$14) and
wagyu beef tartare ($29).
“For main course offerings, there is
an a la carte fresh fish menu as well as a
lobster and crab menu, and all items are
sourced from sustainable fisheries when
available,” Jeff says.
Standouts include pepper-crusted
bigeye tuna ($49), twin whole live Maine
lobsters (MP), New Bedford sea scallops
($44), and Shetland Island salmon ($39).
“There are also several options for
meat lovers, including nearly a dozen
steaks from the Steak 44 menu,” Mike says.
Several of Steak 44’s potato dishes
and side items also made the Ocean
44 menu, but there are some Ocean 44
exclusives, too, notably Maine lobster and
browned butter noodles ($36).
“The wine and cocktails are also a
point of pride as we feature more than 40
wines by the glass and 750 by the bottle
as well as all of our most popular signature
cocktails from Steak 44, along with some
new options,” Jeff says.
Visually, the massive-yet-intimate
space similarly impresses – especially the
glass expo kitchen where guests can watch
the culinary team at work – and the large
bar with modern, sleek finishes.
Ocean 44 is open for dinner 4 to
9 p.m. Sunday, 4 to 10 p.m. Monday to
Thursday, and 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and
Saturday. The bar stays open later nightly.
Ocean 44 is located at 4748
N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale;
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