Kainoa Spenser Knows ‘It’s About the Climb’

1. For those who are unaware, please share your miraculous journey with them.

Dancer Zachary Kelley Taps Into His Full Potential

Imagine wanting to dance and feeling like you are an enigma. That was six year old Zachary Kelley, when he realized dance intrigued him. 

Escape to Carmel, California

If you’re a fan of Big Little Lies, you’ll love indulging in a stunning escape to Carmel, California. Located on the Pacific Coast, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a small beach city on the Monterey Peninsula. It's known for flaunting a fairytale-esque town full of restaurants and niche retailers targeting an affluent audience. 

Complete Your Holiday List with our Gift Guide

Those hard to buy for people on your holiday gift list will be pleasantly surprised to find an eclectic surprise awaiting them this year. An array of unique options for him, her, and even the kids can be found locally, complete with high-end touches, a luxurious feel and lots of sparkles.

Holiday Hot Spot Guide

Good food means a good time when going out on the town with family and friends. Whether going to see holiday lights, or delighting in the beautiful Arizona weather with a local staycation, there are several dining options that are steeped in festive ambiance and delicious holiday fare. 

McNight to Remember Gala Chairmen Discuss Importance of Organization

The McNight to Remember Gala was held in November with a theme of 'Around the World in 80 Days.' The Gala was presented by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, exploring international escapades and intrigue, including Victorian ambiance and a whirlwind expedition inspired by the global travels of Englishman Phileas Fogg. A gourmet dinner, silent auction and the possibility to win a fabulous…

Avery Lane Uses Consignment to Raise Funds for Charity

While there are many successful ways to raise money for charity, there is often little effort made to look outside the box for fresh concepts that could yield tremendous results.  

Modern Yoga Owners Speak to Their Inspirations

John and Nicole Salisbury are co-owners of Modern Yoga, a vinyasa studio located in the heart of McCormick Ranch. With more than 60 weekly classes for all levels of yoga practitioners, they pride themselves on operating a family-owned studio with the philosophy that yoga is for everyone, even if you can’t touch your toes.

The Perfect Dinner Party

The holidays spark an interest in abundance and all that glitters. Hosting a posh dinner party can be exciting but seem like a daunting task. Adding a personal chef and event planner to the mix means helping your guests feel at home with elegance and warmth, coupling a delicious meal with on-point ambiance.

Toy Barn—The Perfect Place for Big Holiday Gifts

It's the holiday season, and while purchasing those large ticket items you've been dreaming of all year sounds appealing, where is the best place to house everything from a luxury car to a high-end boat? 

Letitia Frye’s Inspirational Journey

Known as the"'Auctiontainer," a nickname given to her by Alice Cooper, Letitia Frye is a leader in her industry for giving each event her innovative flare that has become the trademark of her career.  Although her impressive resume speaks for itself, it is her passion for helping others, and the path she has overcome to find happiness and success, that truly…

Great Wolf Lodge Opens in Scottsdale

Hear that howl? The Talking Stick Entertainment District is making a splash with the grand opening of Great Wolf Lodge. Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. is North America’s largest family of indoor waterpark resorts.

Tool Frontman’s Merkin Vineyards brings Perfect Pairings to Scottsdale

Lead singer of rock bands Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, Maynard Keenan recently opened a tasting room for his northern Arizona wineries, Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars, in downtown Scottsdale. Merkin Vineyards gives locals a rare opportunity to experience the fruits of Keenan's labor by allowing them to taste a diverse selection of wines from around Arizona. 

The Evolution of Luci’s Urban Concepts

Lucia and Ken Schnitzer are the founders of Luci's Urban Concepts, a group of healthy eating restaurants in the Phoenix area. Each with its own look and feel, Luci's at the Grove, Luci's at the Orchard and Luci's Healthy Marketplace have an eclectic ambiance focused on the community they are a part of.  

Brunch Cafe Offers Unique Comfort Foods for Fall

Brunch Cafe was founded in 2008 in the suburbs of Chicago by two brothers and their two brothers-in-law. With a restaurant industry background and strong entrepreneurial spirit between them, the four brothers noticed that there was a “breakfast boom” going on in town, and they wanted to be a part of it.

RUTI Offers Fashion-Forward Style Inspiration

Ruti was founded in 2009 to change your relationship with your closet. Beauty does not have to hurt; Ruti believes you do not have to give up comfort in the name of style nor does there need to be a compromise of sophistication for what is currently fashionable. 

Unstoppable Dynamo

In February 2019, Renee Parsons, president of PXG Apparel Worldwide, co-founder of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation and an executive at YAM Worldwide, headed to Korea. She was on a mission: create an exceptional line of golf apparel for PXG (Parsons Xtreme Golf), the innovative, performance-focused, much-celebrated global golf equipment company established by her husband, Bob Parsons. During her trip,…

Purse Designer Sage Aubrey and Wurth Organizing

Luxury handbags can be attainable without the intimidation. That is the philosophy of handbag designer Sage Aubrey. Her line, including the LUNA and VITA handbags, are classic, edgy and have an iconic shape, making them identifiable.

Silverleaf Estate: A True Work of Art

Sweeping views and attention to detail coupled with an extensive art collection makes this estate in Silverleaf a unique find. Architect Mark Candelaria of Candelaria Design Associates LLC, builder John Schultz of Schultz Development, interior designer Kimberly Colletti of KC Design Group and landscape designer Jeff Berghoff of Berghoff Design Group brought their expertise to this exquisite estate, complete with negative-edge pool,…

Community Involvement with Furry Friends

Scottsdale is a community known for caring deeply for its four-legged friends. Whether it be innovative ways to enhance a pet's health or getting involved in organizations that help animals find a much-deserved forever home, there are various ways to show love for furry friends this fall.

Superhero Summer at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort

Gather up your superheroes and head over to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort for a summer of action-packed adventures. Through Labor Day, the resort encourages families to engage in heroic activities that will allow kids' high energy and active imaginations the opportunity to really take flight.

North Scottsdale Lifestyle Photographer Lindsay Jenks

DC Ranch Marketplace: If you are going for a more upscale and rustic feel for your photos, then North Scottsdale's DC Ranch Marketplace is just the right spot. Several buildings with different colors and textures along with barn doors and bridges mean you can walk the pathways to find numerous photography locations.

Local Lawyer Scott Jenkins Also Advocates for Children

Scott Jenkins is a partner at Quarles & Brady Law Firm. As a commercial litigator and bankruptcy attorney, he is proudly recognized by his peers on the list of Best Lawyers in America and Southwest Super Lawyers. An Arizona native, he and his wife are raising two sons in Scottsdale with the hope that they too will cherish this amazing…

Community Showstoppers

The Phoenix Theatre Company turns 100 this year and as a staple in the community has planned an evening featuring an original musical tribute highlighting the history of the company and its significant contributions to the community. The Applause! Gala will be a star-studded event this fall benefiting The Phoenix Theatre Company’s great work, both on stage and in the community.

Open and Filled With Light:

Recipe developer, cookbook author and the founder of RecipeGirl.com Lori Lange shared her home renovation "before" process in February. With the home and notably the kitchen space completed, Lori reflects on her vision coming to life.

Actor Sean Dillingham Discusses Success with Arizona Roots

Perseverance is key in achieving success under the lights of Hollywood. As actor Sean Dillingham explains, Hollywood is less of a place and more of a state of mind actors strive for. For him, he loves when Hollywood calls him but finds comforts in his roots here in Arizona, where he lives full-time with his family.

Shop for Summer Style at Piece and Story

It was through a shared passion for vintage goods and owning a business that Shelley Adelson and Sophia Kobs, the owners of Piece and Story Vintage Goods, opened their Scottsdale store, a haven for unique, quality vintage finds.

Frank Schubert

Schubert Insurance & Financial Services (Allstate Insurance) is located on Pinnacle Peak and Pima and has long been known for its friendly and attentive staff. This is in large part due to the community feel owner Frank Schubert and his wife hoped to bring to North Scottsdale.

Hometown Superheroes

The world needs more superheroes. Not necessarily the kind who can fly, but rather the kind who step up to find ways to assist those in need at times where they may feel powerless. Two men in North Scottsdale are consistent in their efforts to make an impact and bring awareness to worthy causes, caring for children and the homeless in…

Mastro’s Ocean Club

Sophisticated and refined are words that exemplify a night out at Mastro's Ocean Club. Adjacent from the Westin Kierland Golf Club, it provides the ideal Guys' Night Out after a day on the course. Enjoy an American bourbon, like Woodford Reserve, Garrison Brothers, Basil Hayden or any of the Jack Daniels selections at the lively bar, then gather around the table…

Boulder Boats

Founded in 2004 by Stuart and Kristina Litjens, Boulder Boats combines the couple's passion for watersports and a goal of creating a family-friendly environment with quality products.

The Women Who Inspire Us

 Makenzie Marzluff  Founder, Delighted by Hummus  Makenzie Marzluff started with a healthy cookie-dough dip for a Super Bowl party using chickpeas and other sweet ingredients, and after a year of popularity amongst friends, she decided it was time to bring the first dessert hummus to others. 

Canyon Ranch Offers a Perfect Girlfriends’ Getaway

When it comes to the perfect getaway to take with girlfriends, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your healthy lifestyle to indulge in the fun and abundance a vacation often brings. Enter Canyon Ranch.

AZ on the Rocks Offers Custom Women’s Workout

AZ on the Rocks offers a workout that both challenges and improves your climbing technique. Once a month, they partner with the Arizona Women’s Climbing Coalition to host Women on the Rocks, and the workout is specifically geared toward those looking to work with other women in a supportive environment, focused on strength and fitness. Partaking in this popular activity promotes…

Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Vivienne Gellert Has Redefined how the Community Can Help the Homeless

When a young entrepreneur and aspiring medical professional saw an overwhelming need in the community to assist the homeless, she shifted gears toward a future in philanthropic entrepreneurship with an important mission.

The Annual Junior League Rummage Sale Shares a Passion for Reusing with its Community

The Junior League of Phoenix hosted its 82nd Annual Rummage Sale at the Arizona State Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 23. As one of JLP’s signature fundraisers, the Rummage Sale is “Arizona’s Largest Garage Sale,” which provides shoppers with an opportunity to purchase an array of new and gently used items across 23 departments at deeply discounted prices. The Rummage Sale is…

Hickman’s Family Farms, an Eco-Friendly Staple in the Community

Hickman's Family Farm cares about the community it serves and has for 75 years. In fact, the company is consistently innovating its packaging and processing to go the "egg-stra" mile.

Vertex Wealth Discusses Benefits of Eco-Friendly Investing

When building a portfolio for your investments, do you consider what the companies you invest in stand for? At Vertex Wealth, ecological factors are taken into account when helping clients make sound investments that are also socially and ecologically conscious. Kirk G. Kaprelian, CFP, ChFC, private wealth adviser, explains how to create the ideal portfolio to accomplish these goals.

New Technology Enhances Experience at Desert Mountain

Craig Mitchell, creator of Desert Innovative Map Technology, knew the importance of understanding surroundings to optimize the hiking experience. A hiking enthusiast and tech-minded individual himself, his idea for this product came from a demand for a consistent way to obtain information while hiking. 

Farm & Craft Takes Freshness to a New Level

A modern farm with a contemporary twist exists in North Scottsdale. Farm & Craft is a mecca for ecological enthusiasts. Focused on healthy and sustainable food in a community-style atmosphere, the idea behind the concept was a passion for the health-conscious eater as well as the non-discriminate.

Sonora West Development Showcases Custom Homes with Clever Craftsmanship

A clean, modern design that encompasses soft, earthy tones is key in successful design of a custom home.

Candelaria Captures the Essence of Different Design Styles and Shows How to Approach Each

When it comes to approaching a home's look and feel, Candelaria Design understands that cohesive ambiance that begins outdoors and filters to the interior is key. From color palettes and door and window design to blending textures and materials, choosing a style for the home can determine how items are chosen and how architecture is approached, leaving the owner with…

Crystal Falls Pools Adds Amazing Lighting Elements to Any Outdoor Space

Owner Mike Cohen describes Crystal Falls Pools, Inc. as an all-encompassing pool service company. From service and repair to a full design and build division, they create unique backyard transformations for clients. An emphasis on special lighting is key in making sure each project has a cohesive ambiance and fully integrates with pool automation to make everything user-friendly.

Taliesin West Continues to Be a Scottsdale Staple that Combines Culture, Art and Architecture

Atop the mountains in North Scottsdale is a sprawling property with sweeping views and captivating architecture. Once the winter residence of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West has been a point of interest in the area since it was built in 1937. 

Costume Designer Mathew J. LeFebvre

August Wilson’s Two Trains Running focuses on the crossroads of a revolution. It explores a time of extraordinary change and the ordinary people who get left behind. Produced locally by the Arizona Theatre Company and presented at the Herberger Theater Feb. 14 through March 3, this story is told heavily through visualization of the time period and by character portrayals. 

Recipe Girl’s Creator Lori Lange Shares Her Kitchen Renovation

Lori Lange doesn’t have a background in food, but a college job sparked her passion for entertaining.

The Bourbon Cellar

Valley diners looking for a fresh take on steakhouse restaurants can look no further than Bourbon Cellar. Offering lunch and dinner daily, the restaurant brings guests a high-end steakhouse experience in a warm and inviting atmosphere, with an unparalleled menu.

Art-Focused Excursions Close to Home

 Arcosanti  Paolo Soleri was an Italian architect with a vision. After studying under Frank Lloyd Wright, he branched out with a unique viewpoint on where the world was headed with population explosion. The urban environments were sprawling, and he felt that society needed a shift in how these environments were being designed.  Arcosanti was the brainchild of Paolo and is…

Nutritious and Unique Recipes to Start Your Journey to Better Health

I'm Cori Ashley, a longtime vegetarian, avid home cook and food enthusiast. Eating whole foods and cooking at home are the intertwined foundation of how I live. What can I create that would make me feel satisfied, fulfilled and content? My meals are built on in-season vegetables and fruits because I believe in their unprocessed, seasonal state.

Style and Comfort Are Key with New Activewear Line IBKUL

It's Arizona, and while the winter months keep us cool and active, the summer months can pose a greater challenge when working on fitness.