the holidays.

My most memorable Christmas was during one of the hardest periods of my life. My mother was battling a serious illness, which had landed her in the hospital just a few days before Christmas. Knowing that I was going to spend the holidays in a hospital while my mother struggled with her health really hit me hard. I would just…

Alis Fashion Design Boutique Opening

Bespoke designer Lana Gerimovich opened the doors to her new boutique with a wonderful soiree shared with many close associates, clients and friends to celebrate the bright future of Alis Fashion Design.

Firefighters Charities Dinner

The 15th annual soiree at Dominick's Steakhouse recognized all of the department's firefighters, raised funds for Valley 
charities and featured motivational keynotes by Amy Van Dyken-Rouen and Arizona Hotshot widow Juliann Ashcraft.

December 2015 Around Town

All is merry, bright and full of delight as the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess transforms into a desert winter wonderland from November 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016. Christmas festivities include a Princess Express train ride and new holiday characters Christmas Princess Noel, Peppermint the Penguin and Selfie Elfie. The Lagoon Lights this year include a new 3D whale, five skating…

Gracious Gifts

Infused with subtle undertones of rich, earthy oak, this signature scent will transport you to a whimsical woodland. Custom blended from the finest aromatics, these candles create pure winter magic. $35-$199

Rocky Mountain Retreat

There is an undeniable sense of serenity one feels when they are in the midst of nature’s awe-inspiring beauty. Aspen, Colorado in the winter is certainly no exception. A hushed stillness seems to wash over the town as fluffy snowflakes gently descend upon massive fir trees and the freshly-powdered ground creates a sea of sparkling white against a backdrop of…

Yuletide Delight

As the holidays approach, one of Dana Dumas’ favorite desserts to make is cherry pie. Dumas, chief executive officer and founder of SugarJam Bake Shop and Bistro located in the North Scottsdale Airpark, says the fruit’s bright red color makes it a perfect festive pie for the season.

Bountiful Gatherings

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort has all the right ingredients to transform its beautiful grounds into a magnificent winter wonderland complete with a polar express train, ice skating rink, 45-foot high Christmas tree and 2.8 million lights for their guests and the community to enjoy. Also consider celebrating Christmas Day there, choosing from a selection of delicious holiday cuisine at one…

The Gift of ‘Don’t Need To’

You know how some people get giddy at the sight of Christmas merchandise when it shows up in Costco in August? While others are bemoaning the appearance of St. Nick and his requisite team of reindeer long before the pumpkins and ghosts have made their annual October appearances, these holiday-philes are counting down the days until they can put up…

Celebrations in Paper

After years of helping other people get their own businesses up and going, Rene Showalter knew the time was right to start focusing on something of her own. She had plenty of experience in the interior design industry, but as she looked at the prospect of going into business for herself, she also knew that she wanted to do something…

Season of Giving

When Rob Perelka was a teen going through a challenging time, someone wisely taught him that every kid counts, even him. This notion was something that stuck with Perelka as he grew up and what eventually inspired him to help start the nonprofit organization Every Kid Counts, Inc. (EKC).