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Amanda Ventura

About Amanda Ventura

Amanda Ventura is an editor, award-winning writer and pop culture enthusiast. When she's not up against deadlines, she is exploring Arizona, trying recipes that require every dish in her kitchen be used, collecting 5K swag bags and race numbers and volunteering at a local animal shelter. Her bookshelf is full of autobiographies and her desk is covered in Sticky Notes. She dislikes the Oxford comma and still cannot believe she gets to meet and write about interesting people for a living.

Thirsty Thursday: ‘Marvel’ous nerd juice

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Comicon San Diego is just around the corner, Phoenix! If you were lucky enough to snag tickets to the kind of event where Dothraki, Darth Vader and various incarnations of Doctor Who creep through the halls as one giant Pop Culture du Force, we suggest you celebrate the impending awesomeness with some Comicon-themed beverages, courtesy… Read More →

Agent Kevin Owens holds the key to living in luxury

Southern Cross Ranch. Listing Courtesy Of Kevin Owens, Best REALTOR® In Town
11250 E. Arabian Park Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

Kevin Owens understands the finer things in life ― he sells some of the nicest homes in the Valley to some of the most affluent residents in Arizona. The Scottsdale native, who works with Coldwell Banker, has been in the business for nearly six years. His family has a history in Valley real estate that… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: The Cove Trattoria’s Summer Cocktails

The Cove Trattoria's Blackberry Cooler

The Cove Trattoria, nestled among the shops at Seville shopping center (located at Indian Bend and Scottsdale roads) is a family-owned Italian joint that opened in 2002. While the restaurant’s menu contains a bit of Old World Italy, its space is outfitted as a modern eatery with a cocktail menu that boasts more than a… Read More →

Different Pointe of View’s summer menu is breathtaking

Different Pointe of View

On the summit of Phoenix’s North Mountain sits a restaurant that serves up culinary experience that rivals the dining room’s breathtaking view. Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort’s Different Pointe of View restaurant (11111 N. 7th St.) sits on the edge of the cliff, where an open-air patio looks out over the Valley of the Sun. It… Read More →

James Monaci brings taste of Italy to Luci’s Healthy Marketplace

James Monaci cooking at Luci's Marketplace.

James Monaci has a certificate in craft brewing from UCLA, was an owner of a Picazzo’s Italian eatery for eight years and began working as the sales manager at a wine and spirit distributor two years ago. He’s the kind of guy you wish was always there to fill your kitchen with the finest foods… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Honeydew Cucumber Sour

courtesy of jade bar

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is one of our favorite places to spend a day at the spa. But that isn’t the only way for the resorts’ guests to get refreshed. Sanctuary’s newly renovated jade bar is serving up a new Honeydew Cucumber Sour ($14) with its summer menu, and we can’t wait to give it … Read More →

No Ties Allowed: Five simple Father’s Day gifts

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June 14, 2014 by in Featured | Lists

Dads — the patriarchs of society, the guys who fought refs and umpires for us when we were just in little league and too innocent to defend ourselves, the fellas who took you camping or golfing or bought you a book on investment when you were 15 years old and asked for a car. Once… Read More →

It takes two

The "Class of 2014" advocates visit DMB Associates' masterplanned community Eastmark.

Valley principals host young professionals in inaugural advocates program A look around the room at a Valley Partnership Friday Morning Breakfast (FMB) reveals a who’s who of Arizona’s commercial real estate industry. You’ll see seasoned professionals sitting next to up-and-comers, and though these are an effective networking tool, Valley Partnership took the concept to the… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: National Bourbon Day

Bourbon

Being so far from the Southeast, Arizonans are as acclimated with America’s rich history with bourbon as they are with the sting of tequila. However, just for a day, we ask you to put down that margarita and consider the beautiful amber spirit that has been all but tattooed across Uncle Sam’s heart. About 95… Read More →

A valley of partners

Marina Heights is a development partnership between Ryan Companies and Sunbelt Holdings. Fellow Valley Partnership member Cushman & Wakefield was awarded the leasing assignment.

When Valley Partnership was founded 27 years ago, it was on the principles of responsible development. It has since grown to thousands of members throughout the commercial real estate community.

Thirsty Thursday: Bitter & Twisted

The not-so-secret ingredient in Bitter & Twisted's house punch is tequila!

The Luhrs Tower, aka the majestic old geezer nestled behind CityScape, aka downtown Phoenix’s first high-rise, just got a double dose of dapperdom with the grand opening of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour on its ground floor. For those who enjoy a bit of trivia and irony, it’s said the Luhrs Tower was the nerve… Read More →

ROIs on commercial properties see some uncertainty

roi

Asking about a solid investment is a loaded question, says Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Jason Eisenberg, vice president of development and acquisitions for the Eisenberg Company. Commercial real estate investment returns are expected to remain steady through year-end, according to a forecast released by Real Estate Research Corp. Deloitte and the National Association of… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Wine Smoothie

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Luci’s Healthy Marketplace is the spot to go for a conscious meal — the kind with transparent origins and packaging stamped with seals that confirm it the food choice of world-conscious people. It’s the kind of place that manages to work kale, wheat germ and healthy foodstuffs into sandwiches and breakfast burritos in all sorts… Read More →

Things to Do: May 27-June 4

wine country

Who’s feeling a bit nostalgic this weekend? From reliving three decades of award-winning chart-toppers by pianist Billy Joel, catching up with Tim Allen, running through downtown Tucson or watching Prescott reenact crucial events in Arizona history at its 150th anniversary, take some time to enjoy the past! Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying… Read More →

Seeing green: Bank roles shift in real estate market

phx-skyline

Phoenix is a city of extremes, but lenders will see some balance in the market this year. There’s more capital flowing through the system than there was a year ago and, despite a slow recovery, Phoenix investors should find it easier to get loans in the market. “This is an exceptional time to acquire financing… Read More →