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Mountainside Fitness Fights Against Leukemia

When one of their cycling instructors was diagnosed with leukemia, locally owned and operated Mountainside Fitness immediately wanted to help. That is why Arizona’s Friendliest Gym began selling Mountainside Fitness Cycle t-shirts and tanks before every cycling class at its Indian Bend, Shea, Ice Den and Desert Ridge locations. The shirts and tanks are $25 each, with 100-percent of the proceeds from sales being donated directly to Natalie and her family to assist with the cost of her treatment and recovery. Despite missing Natalie, cycling classes at her locations are still being scheduled and attendance is at a record high as people come to support her fight and show their solidarity. For more information, please visit

St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer

Thousands of individuals will gather at Chase Field on Saturday, September 24 to support the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, supporters in Phoenix, along with nearly 60 other communities nationwide, will join together in this family-friendly walk/run event to raise funds and awareness for children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The charitable event supports the lifesaving mission of St. Jude, where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. For more information, please visit

Fall Arizona Restaurant Week

Prepare for ten nights of delectable dining during the Arizona Restaurant Association’s Fall Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW), which is back for its 9th season, from September 16-25, recognizing the Valley’s most epic cuisine. During Fall ARW, more than 200 participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu for just $33 or $44 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. These carefully crafted menus give Valley foodies the chance to sample some of their favorite dishes, whether at a best-loved eatery or someplace new, and savor what are sure to be memorable dining experiences. For more information, please visit

Crab & Mermaid Fish Shop’s New Summer Menu

The restaurant has announced its new seasonal menu, offering light and fresh dishes ideal for the summer heat, as well as generous specials all season long. The summer menu features savory items such as One-Half Dozen Snow Crab Claws dressed with cocktail sauce and lemon; Fettuccine Con Vongole, a delicious blend of fettuccine, fresh clams, garlic, chorizo, tomato, red pepper flakes, butter, extra virgin olive oil and oregano; and the Crab Club, stuffed with colossal lump crab meat, double smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and avocado on toasted multigrain bread. For more information, please visit

Eddie Merlot’s Introduces Two New Dishes

Always looking for the most unique, distinctly different and highest quality of products to give their guests an exceptional experience and one-of-a-kind product that’s not readily available in the marketplace, Eddie Merlot’s has introduced two exclusive products to their menu, a Wylarah Wagyu Filet with a marble score of 9+ and Elysian Fields Lamb. Eddie Merlot’s will be the first, and only, restaurant in the United States to have the Wylarah Wagyu filet mignon, and will be setting new standards for healthy eating with their holistic Elysian Fields Lamb. For more information, please visit

Papa Murphy’s New 
Scottsdale Location

Papa Murphy’s Pizza recently opened the doors to its newest Scottsdale location at 14692 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Suite 142 in the Safeway Plaza at Thompson Peak Parkway. The store will be open from 10:00a.m. – 9:00p.m daily. Owned by Ed and Linda Holmes and James Lovelace, it is one of 19 locations owned by this team throughout the state. For more information, please visit

The Boulders Reveals New Palo Verde Restaurant

As part of the multi-million dollar resort renovation project, the Palo Verde restaurant reopened sporting fresh, modernized décor that complements its new Contemporary Southwestern Cuisine. Inspired by the outdoor panoramic vistas, the new design items include new furnishings, a new wine exhibition room, wood patchwork panels hung in the hexagon dome of the ceiling and new geometric parquet wood flooring. Under the direction of new executive chef, Brian Archibald, the menu respects the integrity of the region and incorporates local Arizona ingredients from local farmers and purveyors. For more information, please visit

Watson’s Hat Shop Summer Announcements

This summer, Watson’s Hat Shop was commissioned to make all of the NetFlix western film series, Godless, hats, awarded the Premier Business Spotlight Award Congressional Award from the US House of Representatives for 2016, and shot footage to be aired on the hit national TV show Handcrafted American in October. They are now the official hat-maker for the Arizona Quarter Horse Association, Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln. For more information, please visit