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Over the Edge 2

Thrill-Seekers to Rappel CityScape Office Tower

In an exhilarating demonstration of their support for Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ), 100 Arizonans will go “Over the Edge”, rappelling 27 stories down one of the tallest buildings in Phoenix on Saturday, Dec. 14.

CityScape Phoenix and RED Development will sponsor this adrenaline-rushing event at its office tower where each participant will take their support to new heights, raising a minimum of $1,000 in donations to support SOAZ athletes. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and spectators are encouraged.

“Over the Edge is a fresh, fun approach to fundraising and is one the most exciting events we do,” Tim Martin, CEO of Special Olympics. “We are receiving tremendous interest in this year’s event and it’s inspiring to know how many people will literally go ‘over the edge’ for our athletes. CityScape is the hub in downtown Phoenix and is the perfect location to host such a vibrant event.”

Participation in “Over the Edge” requires creating a personal fundraising page to attain contributions from family, friends and coworkers. Each person that rappels will raise a minimum of $1,000 in donations, which is the amount needed to support at least two athletes in 2014. Participants must be at least 18 years old on the event date and not weigh more than 350 pounds. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Arizona.

“It’s going to be an exciting afternoon at CityScape to watch thrill-seekers rappel down our office tower, all for the sake of a great cause,” said Jeff Moloznik, vice president of development at RED. “Special Olympics Arizona is an organization that has done inspiring work in the Valley and we’re pleased to participate in this signature event. We hope this will be the beginning of a longstanding tradition at CityScape Phoenix with the potential to grow the event into the largest of its kind in the country.”

Special Olympics Arizona provides every person with intellectual disabilities a place of welcome, acceptance and the chance to be their best. The organizations mission is to empower over 180,000 Arizonans with intellectual disabilities to be healthy, productive, and respected members of society through sports training, competitions, and support programs.

For more information how to rappel “Over the Edge”, visit For more information on CityScape Phoenix, a retailer directory and a parking map, visit Ample and convenient underground parking is available for the day of the event and validated by most tenants.


$27.6M of Real Estate Breaks Ground in Scottsdale

Cypress Development broke ground today on the second phase of Sterling at Silverleaf, bringing 12 luxury estate villas priced from $2.2 million to the private golf community of Silverleaf.

The new $27.6 million second phase will be built to the same gold-level LEED certified standards as the sold-out first phase of 16 villas. Sterling at Silverleaf made national headlines in 2012 when it was named Arizona’s first and only single-family new construction project to be awarded gold-level certification by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), making the villas the greenest homes in Arizona. Just this month, the U.S. Green Building Council also awarded the project gold-level LEED certification

“We are changing the way our industry builds luxury homes and proving there is a way to create the ultimate in green, luxury living,” said Nathan Day, president of Cypress Development Group. “Demand has been high since we announced the second phase at Sterling because our product is so unique to the marketplace. This is about building smart, innovative homes that provide a real value for our buyers.”

Sterling’s estate villas offer three different floor plans of two-story homes ranging from 3,980 to 4,800 square feet with an attached cabana or casita with a private entrance. The three and four-bedroom villas come standard with top-of-the-line custom estate features such as Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, exotic stone countertops, natural stone and marble floors, custom cabinetry, custom hand-forged iron stair railing, 9’ ceilings in second story,  a full masonry fireplace, a private two or three-car garage, a game room with a mini bar, professionally designed walk-in closets, his and hers bathroom vanities, a Jacuzzi bathtub in the master bathroom and a climate controlled wine room.

All 12 estate villas are being built at once with completion expected in late 2014.

Four iPads are installed throughout each villa that control the home automation and security systems providing the ability to remotely control every element within the home such as audio, video, lighting, window coverings, security and wine room temperature. Sterling at Silverleaf also developed a proprietary Eco-Mode App with Crestron, which dims the lighting in the home to 80 percent of full power levels, automatically saving 20 percent on the energy bill.

Phase two at Sterling at Silverleaf is now for sale and The Silverleaf Group of DMB Realty Network manages sales for the community and can be reached at (480) 502-6902. For more information, visit

Westgate Entertainment District

Coyotes Season Kicks off at Westgate District

The Phoenix Coyotes are back in action starting Thursday, Oct. 3 for the home opener against the Rangers and fans can expect special offers and discounts all season long.

Westgate Entertainment District is the perfect place to grab a bite, sweet treat or refreshing beer or cocktail before or after the game and tenants are pulling out all the stops when fans show their ticket stub on home game days. Coyotes discounts and specials at Westgate include:

15 percent off your total bill after any Coyotes with a game-day ticket stub., 623-872-0022

Whiskey Rose
15 percent off your total bill after any Coyotes with a game-day ticket stub. , 623-877-7673

Calico Jack’s
Receive a complimentary House Margarita or Domestic Draft with the purchase of any entrée with a game-day ticket stub., 623-877-5225

Just Sports
20 percent off one regular-priced item with a game-day ticket stub. , 623-872-9490

Which Wich
FREE house chips or a cookie with the purchase of any Wich and $10 off any catering tray. Offer valid any day of the week with a Coyotes ticket stub. , 623-977-9424

Shane’s Rib Shack
FREE 10-piece traditional chicken wings with the purchase of 20-piece traditional wings and 15 percent discount on all catering orders with a game-day ticket stub. , 623-877-7427

Hell’s Half Acre
Coyotes fans who show their ticket game-day ticket stub will receive their first drink on the house., 623-877-8447

Razzleberriez Frozen Yogurt
Buy one yogurt, get one 50 percent off of equal or lesser value with a game-day ticket stub., 623-877-3542

The Shout! House
Free cover for you and a guest with a game-day ticket stub.. Must be 21 or older. , 623-772-1500

Cold Stone Creamery
10 percent discount to those who present their game-day ticket stub. , 623-877-1580

15 percent off bulk candy purchases with a game-day ticket stub., 623-877-8124

Johnny Rockets
10 percent off your entire bill when you present a Coyotes ticket stub any day of the week, except game days. , 623-877-2977

Mama Gina’s
10 percent off your entire bill (excludes personal pizza and liquor) with a game-day ticket stub., 623-872-0300

la Lady Boutique
FREE hair accessory (up to a $10 value) with your next handbag, jewelry, or hat purchase over $25 with a game-day ticket stub. , 623-872-9677

20 percent off the Ultimate Haircut or shave with a game-day ticket stub. , 623-772-7279

Samira’s Accessories
15 percent off your next purchase with a game-day ticket stub. One coupon per day, per purchase.

So-Oh! Fashion
$10 off any purchase of $30 or more with a game-day ticket stub.

For more information, visit

Architectural Photography by Michael Baxter, Baxter Imaging LLC

Sterling at Silverleaf Sells Out Phase 1

Sterling at Silverleaf, the luxury, custom-home community in Silverleaf featuring a collection of 16 villas designed by world-renowned architect Bing Hu, is now 100 percent sold.

Developer Nathan Day of Sterling Collection Development Group has sold more than $15.5 million in real estate since the project came back from foreclosure in November 2011. Phase 2, an additional 12 villas, is scheduled to break ground later next month.

Sterling at Silverleaf is the only private development within the gates of Silverleaf and provides a 12-acre respite in the Sonoran Desert with timeless Mediterranean architecture and refreshing design surrounded by lush landscaping and fruit trees. Sterling at Silverleaf is Arizona’s first and only single-family new construction project to be awarded gold-level certification by the National Association of Homebuilders, making the villas the “greenest homes in Arizona.” While offering a high-desert lifestyle, Sterling at Silverleaf is conveniently located minutes from first-class restaurants, shopping and entertainment destinations.

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Phoenix Doctor 1st in Arizona to utilize Innovative implant

An innovative, first-of-its-kind MRI-safe neurostimulator recently released from Medtronic is now available in Arizona at Center for Pain and Supportive Care in Phoenix to patients suffering from chronic pain, but whose reoccurring need for MRI scans prohibited neurostimulation as a treatment option.

Dr. Lisa Stearns considered the world’s leading physician in intrathecal drug delivery and an expert in neurostimulation was selected by Medtronic as the first doctor in Ariz. authorized to implant the new device. With SureScan® Neurostimulators, Medtronic provides the only neurostimulation systems that have FDA-approved labeling for MRI scans under specific conditions of use.

“This new MRI-safe neurostimulator revolutionizes our industry and opens the door for so many people suffering from chronic and debilitating pain,” said Dr. Stearns, founder and medical director of Center for Pain and Supportive Care. “Patients with cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS), diabetes and anyone who receives reoccurring MRI scans, have never had stimulation as a treatment option because of the risks. We can now look at people previously treated with medication and offer them a drug-free approach to treating their pain through stimulation with no risk of drug interactions. For cancer patients in particular, this is what we’ve been waiting for.”

A neurostimulator is a device that is surgically placed inside the body that delivers mild electrical signals to the epidural space near a patient’s spine through one or more thin wires, called leads. The electrical signals cause a tingling sensation in the area of a patient’s chronic pain. It sends out mild electrical impulses that reach the brain faster than the pain signal can arrive. Neurostimulation provides pain relief by blocking the pain messages before they reach the brain.

Neurostimulation provides advantages over other therapies for chronic pain. Unlike other treatments or surgeries, it does not involve medication, it does not have to be a permanent procedure as the neurostimulator can be surgically removed if a patient decides to pursue an alternative treatment and unlike oral medications that circulate throughout a patient’s body, neurostimulation targets the precise area where pain is felt.

For more information, contact Center for Pain and Supportive Care at 480-889-0180 or visit

CityScape Phoenix

Sunday Funday at CityScape Phoenix

Sundays just got a whole lot more fun in Downtown Phoenix with the launch of Sunday Funday at CityScape Phoenix where participating tenants are offering unique specials and outstanding discounts now through August.

In addition to all the special offers from tenants, the Splash Pad located in the center of CityScape is the perfect place for families and kids to cool off.

Sunshine Underground at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden
LUSTRE is the place to be every Sunday for one of the coolest pool parties in the Valley. DJs William Reed, Sean Watson and Deux Yeux spin indie rock beats while patrons soak up the sun and splash around in the rooftop pool that has outstanding panoramic views of the city. Every Sunday from 2pm -9pm. $10 at the door. Runs through Labor Day., 602-256-0231

Sunday Funday Package at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix
For those that aren’t quite ready to let their weekend end or if you want to take the elevator home after an afternoon at Sunshine Underground, Hotel Palomar Phoenix lets you extend the weekend just one more day with their Sunday Funday room package. Rooms from $109 per night. Sundays only. Rate code: SDAY., 602-253-6633

Buy One, Get One Free at Stand Up Live
Buy one ticket, get one free on select Sunday comedy shows at Stand Up Live at CityScape using promo code “CityScape”. Valid for the following dates: 7/21 (Suzanne Westenhoefer), 7/28 (Sullivan & Son), 8/4 (Amazing Johnathan) and 8/25 (Tom Cotter). , 480-719-6100

Hair of the Hound Brunch at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Enjoy $13 bottomless brunch cocktails including Bloody Mary’s (traditional, smoked or kimchi), Mimosas and Belinis during Hair of the Hound Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am to 2:30pm. *Ongoing promotion that does not expire in August. , 602-258-0231

Drink Discounts at Tilted Kilt
Every Sunday, enjoy discounted drink specials including $4 Blood Mary’s, Mimosas and Screwdrivers and $5 Jack & Coke., 602-293-3888

Native Sunday at Copper Blues
Enjoy $3 local beer all day Sunday at Copper Blues. With 20 local beers to choose from, the first local resident group (four or more people) to buy a beer at Copper Blues on Sunday will decide the local special of the day. Whatever beer is chosen will be $3 all day that Sunday., 480-719-5005

Squid Ink Sushi
The newest restaurant at CityScape is hosting Go Deep, eclectic Sunday sessions, with $3 Deep Eddy Vodka from 7pm to midnight every Sunday. Direct from the UK, international DJ/Producer Michael Hooker takes you on an eclectic musical journey guaranteed to inspire your Sunday evenings. Enjoy fresh sushi and beats amidst the summer heat. , 602-258-0510

Lucky Strike Lanes
$3 well drinks every Sunday evening after 8pm. , 602-732-5490

The Strand Urban Italian
$2.50 16 oz. Shock Tops on draft from open to close (4pm to 9pm) every Sunday. , 602-253-1600

Gold’s Gym
Take advantage of 50 percent off the enrollment fee and a free personal training session through August when you enroll on a Sunday at Gold’s CityScape location. , 602-368-1221

Yogurt Time
Enjoy 20 percent off your yogurt order all day on Sunday. Mention “Sunday Funday” as the secret password.

For more information, a tenant directory and to see what’s happening today, visit


Massive Downtown Phoenix Pillow Fight coming

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a flurry of feathers during the largest pillow fight to ever hit Downtown Phoenix. On June 5th in the hotel’s second-floor Living Room, hotel staff will provide pillows and be on-site to share tips for friendly battles and proper techniques. Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, a Kimpton restaurant, will offer $1 signature cocktails and snacks from 5-6pm in celebration of the anniversary.

Following the pillow fight, the hotel will host a party from 6pm – 10pm to debut LUSTRE Rooftop Garden that recently underwent several upgrades in addition to launching a new menu designed by Chef Stephen Jones. Guests will enjoy complimentary fresh bites, cool cocktails, a juice bar, sphere dancers and games of tennis table all to the beats of DJ Al Page.

Perched on the third floor pool deck, LUSTRE Rooftop Garden is an oasis in the heart of Downtown Phoenix with sweeping views of the city’s stunning skyline. The new menu highlights fresh bites, juice-infused cocktails and a fun and vibrant environment where guests can play table tennis. Local, seasonal ingredients are staples of the new menu, which features leafy green salads, veggies, local and grass-fed beef, a variety of flatbreads, kombucha on tap, fresh-squeezed juices and cocktails.

Both events are free and open to the public. The LUSTRE Rooftop Garden Debut Party is open to guests 21 and older.

To learn more about Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape, visit


Developer's Dream of a Sterling Collection of Luxury Villas Comes True



Back in 2011 in the midst of the recession, everyone in the residential development industry was scaling back, tightening their belts and putting their projects on hold.

For one young, up-and-coming developer, the changing tides were an opportunity to dive in – head first. In one of the most depressed real estate markets in the country, Nathan Day, who was 28 at the time, launched Sterling at Silverleaf in November 2011.

Sterling is a 12-acre luxury development within the sought-after Silverleaf community in north Scottsdale featuring a collection of 16 villas designed by world-renowned architect Bing Hu.

“We were able to position ourselves on the leading edge of luxury development as the market began to recover,” said Day, president of Scottsdale-based Sterling Collection Development Group (SCDG).

“It was a big risk to launch a luxury residential community in an economy that indicated the timing wasn’t right. But, for us, we wanted to get ahead of the market and we knew our product was unlike anything in the area. We priced the community aggressively. Buyers took notice of our value-driven approach and our rapid sales success proves it was the right decision.”

A few months later, Sterling at Silverleaf made national headlines for being named the greenest homes in Arizona after the community was awarded gold-level certification by the National Association of Homebuilders green building program, NAHBGreen.

This is the first and only single-family, new-home construction project to be awarded this level of certification in Arizona. There are fewer than 400 communities nationwide to hold this distinction and Day is the youngest developer to ever achieve this level of green certification.

Green development has become an important aspect of SCDG’s vision for future projects.

“At Sterling, we’ve accomplished something that no other homebuilder in the country has – we’ve built a luxury-home community that is gold-level certified,” Day said. “When people think of “green” homes, they think they have to sacrifice comfort. We’ve proven that you can actually improve a luxury home by going green – you decrease energy costs, increase its value and improve health benefits.”

Day has sold more than $11M of real estate, with just two villas remaining available for purchase in phase one. His company has plans to break ground on phase two of Sterling in early 2014 on 213 luxury condominiums that are adjacent to the villas.

The condominiums, also being developed to green standards, will average 1,892 SF and residents will have access to five-star amenities including a dedicated concierge, valet service, an elevator attendant, among others. These will be the first and only condominiums in the entire master-planned community of DC Ranch.

“I’m overwhelmed with how the market has responded to our homes,” Day said. “We feel like we timed things perfectly and offered a product that exceeds anything else in the market. The success of phase one has allowed us to expand our offering and begin phase two, where we hope to have the same success.”

Before his entrance into real estate development, Day was an accomplished bond trader, venture capitalist and also specialized in private equity financing for development and deployment of intellectual property.

A financial expert with a keen eye for market trends, Day funded several successful projects that achieved national and international brand status as well as raised funds for multiple rounds of Neodyne Biosciences, an IP-based company that develops innovative tissue repair devices to minimize scar formation.

rsz_1nathan_dayToday, Day’s 5-year-old company, Sterling Collection Development Group, has a portfolio that includes multiple real estate investments totaling more than $30M. The vision for his company is to constantly challenge his team to move in a different direction and to defy convention. He believes there is always a smarter, faster, easier way to do something.

“You have to have the ability to swim upstream when everyone wants to go the other way. You need to think with your gut sometimes when adversity is telling you something different,” he said.


Westgate Entertainment District

Generating Big Business out West

Nearly all retailers and restaurateurs will tell you that the key to having a successful business is largely based on the old adage – location, location, location.

For several national entertainment and restaurant brands with Valley-wide locations, revenue figures indicate that the West Valley now ranks number one in market share, with their top-producing stores at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale.

The bolstering of year-over-year revenue figures for nearly all of the big-name tenants at Westgate is largely attributed to the support of iStar Financial, who took ownership of Westgate Entertainment District in September of 2011. More than $300,000 in improvements and beautification have been made to Westgate’s common areas over the past year. Additionally, a strong focus has been placed on a better targeted and promoted events schedule, the hiring of Vestar to aggressively market and manage the property and the engagement with tenants to refocus their marketing and promotional efforts.

“By far, my most profitable store in Arizona is at Westgate,” said Rip Riva, owner of Johnny Rockets and JR Burger Grill, who has four other Valley locations of the popular all-American restaurant, including Scottsdale Fashion Square, Shops at Norterra, Arrowhead and Gateway Pavilion in Avondale. “I’ve been in the restaurant business for 40 years and have owned more than 30 different franchise restaurants. There’s now a synergy at Westgate that you can’t find anywhere else. With all of the events taking place, we’re seeing a constant increase in new customers. In the past few months, there is a new feeling, a new look and a new attitude. I’ve been at Westgate since the beginning and I just extended my lease another five years.”

Similarly, AMC Theatres at Westgate, which is the largest AMC in the state featuring 20 screens and an IMAX, is the top revenue producing AMC Theatres in Arizona. Yard House, with three Arizona locations, notes Westgate as its biggest revenue generating restaurant in the state. And, Saddle Ranch Chop House, with one location in Old Town Scottsdale and the other at Westgate, cites Glendale as its top-producing restaurant.

“The West Valley is a big market for us,” said Jeff Hall, owner of Which Wich at Westgate. “Westgate is our cornerstone location and our success there has allowed us to expand to other parts of the state including Tucson and two soon-to-open locations in the East Valley. We’ve seen about a 15 percent increase to our top-line revenue over last year. Between the concerts, on-site and nearby sporting events, movie theatre and very loyal office lunch crowd, there’s a formula there that just works.”

In September, Just Sports expanded their Westgate location, adding an additional 1,000 square feet to the existing 2,000 square feet, making it the company’s flagship location. Their Glendale location is their highest producing store among 18 stores on the West Coast.

Westgate Entertainment District encompasses more than 25 restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues including Yard House, The Shout! House, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, Johnny Rockets, Which Wich and AMC Theatres. More than 250 events take place a year ranging from live music every Friday and Saturday night at Fountain Park to Bike Nights, Radio Disney Wednesdays, a holiday ice rink and fan experience events.

Westgate is anchored by Arena, home to the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, headlining concerts and major events, and is adjacent to the University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.

For more information about Westgate Entertainment District and a retailer directory, visit