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2016 Foodist Award Winners Announced

The Arizona Restaurant Association is pleased to announce the 2016 Foodist Award Winners. Some of the categories featured at the ceremony included Uniquely Arizona, winner Lon’s at the Hermosa; Food Pioneer, winner Joe Johnston (Liberty Market, Joe’s Real BBQ, Joe’s Farm Grill); Top Chef, winner Kevin Binkley (Binkley’s, Bink’s Midtown, Bink’s Kitchen + Bar, Café Bink); Most Innovative Restaurant Concept, winner Kai; Emerging Restaurant of the Year, winner Ocotillo; Outstanding Multiple Location Restaurant, winner Nook Kitchen, and more. For more information, please visit

Scottsdale Fused-Glass Artist Launches Online Store

Scottsdale-based fused glass artist, Jacki Cohen, recently expanded her website to respond to the growing demand for her work nationwide. The online store now features more than 100 unique pieces that make exceptional gifts and collectibles. Working with fused-glass designs for the past decade, Cohen has an array of functional and decorative pieces in her inventory, including elegant plates, bowls, platters, stunning vases, and decorative hearts and crosses. She is also well regarded for her beautiful Judaica collection featuring menorahs, Seder plates, mezuzahs, Shabbat candles, and more. Her work is also widely used in furniture and masonry installations with glass cabinet knobs, drawer pulls and custom tiles. To shop the online store, please visit

Indie/Rock Duo Haley & Spencer Release New Single

Dynamic singer/songwriters Haley & Spencer of 76th Street have been engaging audiences from 30 to 3000 with their stories of strength, independence and love at music venues throughout the Western States. With a clear voice and powerful harmonies, Haley & Spencer bring their upbeat personalities to every performance: Haley with mature vocals, powerful keyboard and a touch of humor; and Spencer with an energetic voice, spirited guitar and personal warmth. The release of their latest single “You and I” was a sweet moment for the duo. Carrying the theme of independence throughout their songwriting, the single is a complete realization of self-empowerment. For more information, please visit

MIM Announces New Director 
of Institutional Advancement

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) has announced Melissa M. Santana as its new director of institutional advancement. Santana brings to MIM more than twenty years of experience in developing fund-raising strategies for institutions in the arts and education. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, where she studied music education and voice performance, along with a Master’s Degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing, from the University of Turabo in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. In July 2015, Santana was named one of the “15 Women Who Lead” in Puerto Rico by Caribbean Business. For more information, please visit

The Westin Kierland Summer 
Fun Forecast

Enjoy cool summer savings and plenty of freezing family fun with The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s Big Chill Package, available from May 30 through Sept. 5, 2016. Every day throughout the summer, The Westin Kierland’s own FUN Team will lead thrill- and chill-seeking adventurers in a wide range of wintery-themed activities perfect for escaping the summer heat. Each Saturday afternoon, the Resort hosts the Polar Plunge, as hundreds of pounds of ice are dropped into the pool and a DJ spins his cool tunes at the Friday and Saturday night Pool Parties featuring Smokin’ Jack’s BBQ. Plus, guests can “Surf Into the Sunset’ with discounted pricing on Kierland FlowRider. For more information, please visit

Anytime Fitness Opens at Pinnacle Peak

Anytime Fitness is pleased to announce it’s grand opening located at The Peak’s Corporate Center, 7679 E. Pinnacle Peak, Suite 10 in Scottsdale, AZ, the first week of June.  “For many people, joining a gym can be an intimidating experience,” says Kim Redus, Anytime Fitness club owner. “Our gym is small enough that we can provide personalized attention for all of our members. Whether weight-loss is your goal, or increased strength, or improved balance and flexibility – or a combination of some of those things – at Anytime Fitness, we’re able to help you achieve whatever results you seek.” For more information, please visit

Desert Storage Opens New Self Storage Center

Desert Storage at Scottsdale Road and Acoma recently celebrated the opening of their newest facility. The event included wine tasting, gourmet food trucks and radio station giveaways. Members of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce were in attendance for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Locally owned and operated, with over 25 years in the storage business, Desert Storage is committed to providing customers with clean and secure storage options, convenient locations and top-quality service, offering air-conditioned self-storage spaces with drive-in access to allow for a hassle-free moving experience. For more information, please visit

Martin Miracles Holds Inaugural Fundraiser

Martin Miracles recently held their first big fundraiser, Swing & Score for the Kids, raising over $14,000. The organization raised over $40,000 this past year and granted ten scholarships this school year. Martin Miracles is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit helping children transform their disabilities into abilities by providing them with a secondary learning environment that is conducive to their learning style. For more information, please visit