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Ice skaters at Fairmont Princess

There is still time to book a memorable holiday party

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for a party. With the economic downturn slowly starting to appear in the rearview mirror, the office holiday party might be something that slipped your mind because it hasn’t been in the budget in years past. So if you still need to place to host your happening, here are a variety of options to create a memorable holiday event for employees.

Bar North at the Kierland Commons
With a gorgeous view of the main Kierland Commons courtyard, Bar North can host up to 60 guests reception style. The inside dining area is perfect for cocktail parties or lavish business dinners for up to 50 people.
How to book: 480-905-3278 or email asomers@foxrc.net

Blanco Tacos + Tequila at The Biltmore Fashion Park
Blanco’s private dining has the perfect spot for your fiesta. The private dining space is a hacienda style and comes complete with its own bar. Guest can mingle reception style up to 75, or sit down family style for up to 60 guests.
How to book: 480-905-3278 or email asomers@foxrc.net

The Clubhouse at Tonto Verde
The Clubhouse is just minutes from North Scottsdale and offers both indoor and outdoor event venues. Its experienced staff and culinary team will customize and handle every detail of your holiday party to assure that it is worry free.
How to book: 480-471-2582 or tontoverde.org

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
You will enjoy a one-of-a-kind, high-energy experience in our warm and inviting space. Guests are welcomed to savor Whiskey Row’s award-winning, made from scratch menu. Features also include: live bands and DJs, karaoke, liquor and beer tasting, personal beer taps, decorations, games and more.
How to book: 928-710-8985 or email tinapeterson@riothg.com

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
With two 23,000 square-foot ballrooms, outdoor courtyards and three distinctive restaurants (Michael Mina’s Bourbon  Steak, La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval and the new Toro Latin Restaurant opening at the TPC Scottsdale) plus The Plaza Bar in the main plaza, there are endless possibilities for holiday parties, from intimate gatherings to grand galas.
How to book: 480-585-4848 or scottsdaleprincess.com

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Old Town
With Frank Sinatra crooning in the background and the tantalizing aromas of over 100 years of pizza-making tradition in the air, Grimaldi’s combines classic pizzeria charm with a modern, stylish, loft-like atmosphere. Grimaldi’s is an excellent cost effective way to feed large parties and intimate gatherings, alike.
How to book: 480-874-8209 or email events@grimaldispizzeria.com

The Henry   
From the large private room with industrial touches, to a private kitchen that feels like the best home chef’s kitchen, The Henry is set to accommodate 10 to 100 guests. Like any seasoned host, The Henry offers reception menus or limited coursed menus of its tried and true favorites.
How to book: 480-751-2934 or email lbyke@foxrc.net

Hotel Valley Ho
Downtown Scottsdale’s historic icon offers fabulous fare for holiday parties and hip venues like the panoramic Sky Line Rooftop, high-tech SoHo Ballroom, and Sands, a private indoor-outdoor event space. Hotel Valley Ho has you covered, whether you’re hosting 50 guests or 500.
How to book: 480-248-2017 or hotelvalleyho.com

Kelly’s at SouthBridge
Located on Sixth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, the 8,000-square-foot swanky pub offers traditional pub classics mixed with exceptional modern cuisine. Their private and semi-private dining spaces and patios offer a variety of options for any event. They can accommodate groups between 10 and 300 people.
How to book: 480-393-3205 or email events@kellysatsouthbridge

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix
Savor holiday fare and craft cocktails at this Downtown Phoenix boutique hotel. Choose from three different party packages to create a custom event including a holiday mixer, a festive buffet or the fare with flair package. Invite your guests to take the elevator home and spend the night while enjoying 20 percent off the best available rate when you book an event.
How to book: 480-478-1730 or email catering@hotelpalomar-phoenix.com

North in Arcadia
North has turned a modern lens on Italian cooking. Transport your guests to what feels like a charming Italian side street culinary gem with a patio event that seats up to 55, or can accommodate 70 guests reception style. The warm glow of the fireplace with set the mood and heaters will keep guests warm throughout the winter months.
How to book: 480-905-3278 or email asomers@foxrc.net

Octane Raceway
Octane Raceway offers the 45 mph Sodi-RTX karts, a Segway obstacle course, rock wall, video games and billiards. Octane also offers state of the art conference rooms with full A/V hookups, as well as a full kitchen and bar.
How to book: 602-302-7223

Olive & Ivy
At Olive & Ivy, discover an enticing selection of unexpected and familiar dishes in a rich, elegant, laid-back atmosphere. For special occasions or business meetings, the restaurant offers two private dining areas and beautiful patio space accommodating a varying number of guests.
How to book: 480-905-3273 or email nlasker@foxrc.net

The Phoenician
From grand ballrooms to intimate salons to a variety of signature dining venues, The Phoenician designs elegant holiday events for gatherings of all sizes.
How to book: 480-423-2722

Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse
Rawhide Western Town promises to deliver up a true western experience with 14 unique venues within town to host your private events perfectly along with multiple Wild West attractions and shops. Features include live action stunt shows, stagecoach rides and mechanical bull rides.
How to book: 480-705-2946 or email toni.mennuti@rawhide.com

Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy
Forget about Ho! Ho! Ho! and say Ha! Ha! Ha! Join Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy and make this holiday the merriest yet. They can accommodate groups of 10-300 and do it all — drink, dine and laughs. They will even pick on the boss for you!
How to book: 480-420-3553 or email az@houseofcomedy.net

The Rocket
Let the party come to you. The Rocket, the food truck brought to you by North Italia, is a 700-degree wood burning pizza oven on wheels. It’s built to turn fresh ingredients and hand-stretched dough into a piping hot pizza pie in less than eight minutes. With five different signature pizzas, fresh salads, charcuterie and bruschetta, you can proudly cater a private party or corporate event for up to 300 people.
How to book: 480-751-2202  or email kmahoney@foxrc.net

Royal Palms Resort & Spa
For 12-18 people, the historic resort offers a variety of venues including the Delos room at T. Cook’s, The Study at The Mix Up Bar or the architecturally rich Vernadero boardroom overlooking the lawn and reflecting pool. The resort, built in 1929 as a private mansion, has cobblestone pathways, tucked-away courtyards with fountains and an enchanting atmosphere.
How to book: 602-808-3206 or email wstark@destinationhotels.com

SOL Mexican Cocina
Add a little Baja flavor to your holiday festivities. From sit-down, coursed meals to family style sharing or the more informal cocktail style party, SOL Mexican Cocina in Scottsdale Quarter can cater any holiday event to your needs. Available for private events are the patio and the private dining rooms.
How to book: 480-245-6708 or email scottsdaleevents@solcocina.com

Stand Up Live
The downtown Phoenix comedy club offers all-inclusive holiday packages to fit any budget that include show ticket, plated three-course dinner or appetizer, one top-shelf cocktail, tax, and gratuity. Stand Up Live can accommodate groups ranging from 20-500 guests with no waiting in line, waived service fees and all-inclusive pricing.
How to book: 480-467-3162 or email justine@standuplive.com

Taco Guild
Taco Guild’s Key Room holds 24 people, offers full kitchen, bar and wait staff. The innovative tacos at the celebrated restaurant in North Central Phoenix were recently named by Travel + Leisure Magazine as among the best in the United States.
How to book: 602-264-4143 or tacoguild.com

Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort invites guests to end the year in style when it hosts its Fire and Ice New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31. Kicking off at 6:30 p.m. in the Salt River Grand Ballroom, the two-day celebration will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet, cocktail specials and live performances by the legendary Sam Moore and Boogie Knights.
How to book: 480-850-7734 or talkingstickresort.com.

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill
Whether your group’s small or large, Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill can provide a great experience and value for any holiday event. They feature multiple options including a private event room and bar. Enjoy your choice of their 52 local, craft, import and domestic beers on draft or one of their unique specialty cocktails.
How to book: email ashelton@ceghospitality.com

Uptown Alley
Uptown Alley has 60,000 square feet of fun for everyone including 40 lanes of state-of-the-art bowling, an upscale, casual full service restaurant, two high-energy bars, a sports theater, billiards, laser tag, over 80 video and prize games, live entertainment, private party rooms and much more. Special packages that include game play, rock and bowl, holiday menu and laser tag are available.
How to book: email kjovic@uptownalleysurprise.com

Wrigley Mansion
The Wrigley Mansion Venue and Restaurant, a landmark building constructed between 1929 and 1931 by chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr., offers breathtaking views of the Valley and can accommodate private events ranging in size from 10 to 1,200.
How to book: 602-553-7295 or wrigleymansion.com

By James McDonald

Jonathan Adler to open first Arizona store Aug. 22

JonathanAdlerLampert_112_JLJonathan Adler is pleased to announce the addition of an Arizona store to its retail portfolio. Jonathan Adler Biltmore Fashion Park is slated to open August 22nd.  It will be the brand’s 27th boutique and its first in Arizona.

The new store features about 2,900 square feet of selling space and will be the fourth largest Jonathan Adler store in the world.  It showcases Jonathan Adler’s complete range of home décor, furniture, rugs, tabletop collections, bedding, gifts, candles, and more.  The fashion accessories collection – including handbags, wallets, scarves, tech cases, and scarves, men’s neckwear – as well as the legwear collection for men, women, and children round out the assortment and make the store a true lifestyle destination.

The Biltmore Fashion Park boutique includes a “lighting wall” that displays the fullest assortment of lighting of any Jonathan Adler store.  It also features the “gift bar” merchandising concept which inspires clients with the perfect gifts for a variety of recipients and occasions.  Clearly defined room vignettes give the store a residential feel and allow clients to envision how pieces will work in their own homes.

Additional services available at Jonathan Adler Biltmore Fashion Park include complimentary in-home design consultations, a design-your-own program to create custom rugs, pillows, and throws, and a custom upholstery program where customers can bring in their own fabrics for a one-of-a-kind creation.

“Arizona is one of the most stunning places in the world, and Biltmore Fashion Park is a refreshing oasis in the desert. I’m thrilled to be opening in Arizona and to be bringing style, craft, and joy to the Wild West,” said Jonathan Adler.

Visit Jonathan Adler at Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix:  2502 E. Camelback Rd., Space 1D

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Colonnade Apartments sell for $25.5M

Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona’s Multifamily Advisory Group recently negotiated the $25.5 million sale of The Colonnade Apartments, a 415-unit multifamily property located at 1930 E. Camelback Road.

Built in 1968/1973, The Colonnade is an urban, garden-style apartment community located in the heart of the Camelback Corridor, providing a live-work-play experience for residents. The property is 257,648 square feet with 27 buildings and features well-designed, desirable studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans.

The property benefits from drive-by exposure on Camelback Road with ease of access to the SR-51 and close proximity to the high-end office complexes at 24th Street and Camelback Road.  It is also within one-half mile of the Biltmore Fashion Park and the Biltmore Resort and Golf Course.

“This urban in-fill location with frontage on Camelback Road really got the attention of the investment community,” said Jim Crews. “We had significant interest from numerous groups with varying business plans that includes rehab/value add and redevelopment.”

Gelt Inc. of Tarzana, Calif., sold the property to MCS Capital Partners of Phoenix. The sale price brought $61,446 per unit, which equates to $98.97 per square foot, and was 94 percent occupied at the time of the sale.

Crews and Brett Polachek of Cushman & Wakefield, both Senior Directors, represented the seller in the transaction.

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Blancos Tacos + Tequila to Open in Biltmore Fashion Park

Blancos Tacos + Tequila will open its first Phoenix location by the end of this year.

It will occupy the former Ling & Louie’s Kitchen and will neighbor Zinburger and True Food Kitchen, all owned by Fox Restaurant Concepts.

“It’s no secret that we think the Biltmore area is a great place to open a restaurant,” said Sam Fox, Founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts. “It’s the city’s intersection for business professionals, shoppers and neighbors, who, we hope, will enjoy Blanco’s fresh approach to Mexican cuisine in an energetic environment.”

The popular Mexican eatery gained esteem at its first location in Tucson, which opened in 2007.  Shortly after, they opened a second location at Scottsdale’s Borgata in Fall 2008.

Blanco’s is known for its wide variety of taco’, enchiladas, and queso chips, margaritas, sangria and rare tequilas.

According to a restaurant spokesperson, “While the clean, vibrant, come-as-you-are atmosphere will mirror the original Valley locale, the third generation is defined by a twist to the concept’s hip cantina vibe.  A walk-up window will open to the Biltmore’s busy courtyard offering on-the-go ordering for those fueling up between rounds of shopping or those quickly retreating back to the office.”

The new Blancos Tacos + Tequila will be at 2502 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix.

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Ling & Louie’s Kitchen closes at Biltmore Fashion Park

Ling & Louie’s Kitchen, an upscale urban brand extension of the successful Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, today announced its Biltmore Fashion Park location has closed.

Ling & Louie’s Kitchen debuted in December 2012 and the Camelback corridor location was established to test the new menu and concept. It was the only Ling & Louie’s Kitchen location.

Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill continues to be a successful and popular restaurant with locations in Chandler and Scottsdale as well as Anchorage, Boise, Denver, and Dallas with a new location opening soon in Minneapolis.

Michael McDermott, CEO of Ling & Louie’s Restaurants, LLC, said veteran restaurateur, Sam Fox will open a Fox Restaurant Concept in the Biltmore location late this year. Ling & Louie’s Kitchen closed Monday, July 1. Previously issued gift cards will be honored at Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill locations.

For additional information on Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, visit www.lingandlouies.com.

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Ling & Louie’s Kitchen closes at Biltmore Fashion Park

Ling & Louie’s Kitchen, an upscale urban brand extension of the successful Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, today announced its Biltmore Fashion Park location has closed.

Ling & Louie’s Kitchen debuted in December 2012 and the Camelback corridor location was established to test the new menu and concept. It was the only Ling & Louie’s Kitchen location.

Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill continues to be a successful and popular restaurant with locations in Chandler and Scottsdale as well as Anchorage, Boise, Denver, and Dallas with a new location opening soon in Minneapolis.

Michael McDermott, CEO of Ling & Louie’s Restaurants, LLC, said veteran restaurateur, Sam Fox will open a Fox Restaurant Concept in the Biltmore location late this year. Ling & Louie’s Kitchen closed Monday, July 1. Previously issued gift cards will be honored at Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill locations.

For additional information on Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, visit www.lingandlouies.com.

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Jane Iredale Makeup Event at Citrine Natural Beauty Bar

Get naturally glamorous for summer at Citrine Natural Beauty Bar! Beat the heat and enjoy a pampering day on Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Enjoy a complimentary Jane Iredale full-size lipgloss and deluxe samples with any purchase of $100 or more. Spend $200 and Citrine will also provide you with a $20 gift card to use on your next purchase.

Light refreshments, amazing gifts and complimentary makeovers will be available.

The skin care professionals at Citrine will also be showing you how you can protect your skin from the summer rays with their amazing makeup and skin care.

Call to book your makeover now: (602) 955-2354.

Citrine Natural Beauty Bar is located at UNION at The Biltmore Fashion Park. 2502 E. Camelback Rd. Ste 148-K, Phoenix, Arizona 85016. 

Top 5: Arizona Malls, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Arizona Malls (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Malls — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Scottsdale Fashion Square

7014-590 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 941-2140
fashionsquare.com
Scottsdale Fashion Square is a diamond in the desert, with more than 225 retailers, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York. It’s the ultimate shopping destination.


Scottsdale Quarter

15279 N. Scottsdale Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 270-8123
scottsdalequarter.com
This new city district is one of the most unique shopping, dining and entertainment destinations in the Valley. With lounges, bars, movies, art and fashion shows, Scottsdale Quarter is a bustling hub of activity.


Kierland Commons

15205 N. Kierland Blvd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 348-1577
kierlandcommons.com
An intimate, open-air lifestyle center with extensive landscaping, upscale shops and restaurants, walkways, patios and courtyards that invite pedestrian interaction.


Biltmore Fashion Park

2502 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 955-8400
shopbiltmore.com
The original luxury-shopping destination in Phoenix is a newly polished classic. Think Saks, Ralph Lauren, Escada, Apple and more. A delicious collection of restaurants, including True Food Kitchen and The Capital Grille, let you order up levels of flavorful virtue.


Desert Ridge Marketplace

21001 N. Tatum Blvd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(480) 513-7586
shopdesertridge.com
Desert Ridge Marketplace delivers the ultimate shopping experience in a distinctive outdoor setting. Immerse your shopping senses in a unique blend of specialty retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues spread over 110 acres. The center’s 1.2 million square feet of retail space – home to more than 110 retailers and restaurants – bursts with color, energy and fun, creating a one-of-a-kind lifestyle destination you’ll want to come back to again and again.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

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Ling & Louie’s Kitchen Concept will Debut at Biltmore

Restaurant industry entrepreneurs Randy Schoch, founder and CEO of Desert Island Restaurants and Michael McDermott and Jason Merritt, co-founders of Kona Grill and Rojo Mexican Grill, have joined forces to launch a joint venture dining concept in the Biltmore Fashion Park in early December. Ling & Louie’s Kitchen, an upscale urban brand expansion of Schoch’s successful Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill concept, will introduce the Ling & Louie’s story (where Ling’s Asian flair meets Louie’s American comfort food) to the Camelback corridor.

Similar to Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, Ling & Louie’s Kitchen will offer Asian inspired cuisine with a contemporary American twist, but with even more exciting variations of American favorites including salads, burgers and sandwiches. Their signature dishes include Firecracker Chicken, Black Orchid Ahi, Braised Duck Flatbread and New Wave Pad Thai. Ling & Louie’s Kitchen will feature an upbeat full-service bar offering a variety of specialty cocktails, such as Ling’s Margarita and their famous Thai Mai, as well as a vast variety of beer including Ling & Louie’s Copper Ale, which is locally brewed, and a world-class selection of sake.

“With our modern Asian Cuisine and sophisticated take on American comfort food, Ling & Louie’s Kitchen will bring an inviting, but edgy lunch and dinner destination in a category of all its own to the Biltmore area,” said McDermott.

Development of the centrally-located 7,500 square-foot space, currently occupied by McDermott and Merritt’s Black Chile Mexican Grill, will begin Monday, Nov. 19. Black Chile will be open regular hours until Sunday, Nov. 18 at 9 p.m. Ling & Louie’s Kitchen will open in early December.

Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill has locations in Chandler and Scottsdale as well as Anchorage, Boise, Denver and Reno with a new location opening soon in Dallas. In addition to Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, Schoch is well known for many notable concepts, including Nick’s Fish Market, Thaifoon-Taste of Asia, Black Orchid, and as a franchise owner of multiple Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Roy’s Pacific Rim and Romano’s Macaroni Grill restaurants. McDermott’s more than 20 years in the restaurant business include the development of popular dining concepts such as Kona Grill, Black Chile Mexican Grill and Rojo Mexican Grill.

For updates on Ling & Louie’s Kitchen, the first phase of this unique partnership between two hospitality industry innovators, visit www.lingandlouies.com.

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Celebrity Designer David Meister Creates Fashions Suitable For All Women

David Meister Cocktail DressThe next time you’re shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue in Biltmore Fashion Park, you may notice a couple new additions — celebrity fashion designer and dress guru David Meister’s fall 2012 and signature collections. Whether you are walking the red carpet or enjoying a picnic on a warm, fall day, Meister has a dress that will flatter and suit you.

Meister says his fall 2012 collection will consist of a lot of shine, both metallic and sequins.

When describing his fall 2012 collection, Meister says there will be a lot of color, but dark, subtle colors. “There are still going to be touches of illusion and embroidery with the sequins, but it’s mostly really great, easy, clean shades.”

Known for using fabrics with ample stretch and give, Meister says an important aspect to keep in mind while designing is not only ensuring the garment looks great, but that it feels great as well.

“I think stretch and knit is so important because it’s more David Meister Cocktail Dressmodern,” Meister says. “It’s comfortable, fits more body types, travels well, and it doesn’t wrinkle. I think very rigid clothing just doesn’t really suit or fit in with many women’s lives today.”

Speaking of suiting women, he has recently expanded his collections to include sizes 14W to 24W. Meister says some dresses work in larger sizes better than others; it’s all about finding the perfect fit — which is No. 1 on his list of styling tips.

“Fit is so important,” Meister stresses. “I always tell people that you can take a $10 dress, and if it’s altered beautifully to your body, it can look amazing. And you can take a $10,000 gown, and if it doesn’t fit, it looks like 10 bucks.”

No. 2 and No. 3 on his tip list include wearing the right undergarments and making sure you feel confident in what you are wearing, respectively.

David Meister and Sophia Bush, wearing one of his designs.“In order to look great, you have to feel great,” Meister says. “If someone is fidgeting and pulling at themselves, they are not going to look good because you can tell that they are not comfortable with themselves.”

These tips apply to everyone, including celebrities.

Meister has dressed countless celebrities, including Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Viola Davis and many more. He says he wants his clients look and feel great and that his designs are timeless both on and off the red carpet.

“To me as a designer, something that is well designed should have a sense of classic-ness or timelessness to it,” Meister says. “So if the dress is beautiful now, you should be able to pull it out five years later, and it should still look beautiful and wearable.”

For more information about David Meister, visit davidmeister.com.

To view Meister’s fall 2012 and signature collections in person, visit Saks Fifth Avenue:
Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 955-8000
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Biltmore Lands All Natural Beauty Boutique

Coming in November, Citrine Natural Beauty Bar will be one of the many élite boutiques and local retailers to join Biltmore Fashion Park’s new UNION concept. A custom perfumery and all natural apothecary of beauty, Citrine uses the finest essential oils from all around the world, making it the Valley’s first and only custom perfumery bar where customers can blend their own alluring scent, based of essential oils.

Citrine Natural Beauty Bar will feature all natural beauty and makeup products, organic skincare and custom fragrances for those who love to pamper their skin naturally without harsh chemicals or parabens. Many will come from the most luxurious and naturally glamorous products from the beauty industry’s most exclusive product lines like Jane Iredale, Patyka, Per-fekt, REN, Kai, Apothia LA, Pure Plant Spa.

Customers can sip a glass of champagne (or tea!) while they blend the perfect scent customized to their personal preference. With options like French lavender, sandalwood or more exotic scents like cocoa and basil, Citrine Natural Beauty Bar is sure to give just that zest any scent seeker is looking for.

Citrine Natural Beauty Bar owner Melissa Lenberg hopes to benefit from the Biltmore name, but mainly wants to make her mark on the retail scene as being among luxury retailers.

“Biltmore Fashion Park is staple in Phoenix and being a retailer among some of the major power players puts my store right in the limelight that it should be,” said Melissa Lenberg, owner. “The new UNION concept will not only bring that Biltmore regular into my store but also new and fabulous local clientele.”

After working in the makeup industry for 13 years, now at the age of 30 owner Melissa Lenberg , decided to use her  knowledge and love for natural beauty  products by turning her expertise into a business. True to her entrepreneurial spirit, it was always important for Melissa to use the highest quality natural ingredients, with no chemicals, or parabens.

“I want to teach women you can be natural but glamorous at the same time.  You can use essential oils and natural products and still be done up like Marilyn Monroe if you want. The skin is the largest organ in our body and we should pamper it with the greatness it deserves.”

For additional information on Citrine Natural Beauty Bar visit http://citrinenaturalskin.com or visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CitrineNaturalBeautyBar.

Top 5 Arizona Malls (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Arizona Malls (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Malls — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Biltmore Fashion Park

2502 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-955-8400
shopbiltmore.com
The original luxury shopping destination in Phoenix is a newly polished classic. Think Saks, Ralph Lauren, Escada, Apple and more. A delicious collection of restaurants, including True Food Kitchen and The Capital Grille, let you order up levels of flavorful virtue.


Arizona Mills

5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle,
Tempe, AZ 85282
480-491-7300
arizonamills.com
Arizona Mills features outlet stores for H&M, Hurley, Rue 21, , Forever 21, Kenneth Cole Company Store, Nike Factory Store, Sak’s 5th Avenue Off 5th, Tommy Hilfiger Outlet, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, G by Guess, Crocs, Burlington Coat Factory, JCPenny Outlet, and Victoria’s Secret.


Kierland Commons

15205 N. Kierland Blvd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
480-348-1577
kierlandcommons.com
An intimate, open-air lifestyle center with extensive landscaping, upscale shops and restaurants, walkways, patios and courtyards that invite pedestrian interaction.


Scottsdale Fashion Square

7014-590 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-941-2140
fashionsquare.com
Scottsdale Fashion Square is a diamond in the desert, with more than 225 retailers including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York. It’s the ultimate shopping destination.


Desert Ridge Marketplace

21001 N. Tatum Blvd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85050
480-513-7586
shopdesertridge.com
Desert Ridge Marketplace delivers the ultimate shopping experience in a distinctive outdoor setting. Immerse your shopping senses in a unique blend of specialty retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues spread over 110 acres. The center’s 1.2 million square feet of retail space – home to over 110 retailers and restaurants – bursts with color, energy and fun, creating a one-of-a-kind lifestyle destination you’ll want to come back to again and again.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

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Biltmore makes room for small, local retailers

When shoppers think of Biltmore Fashion Park, they most likely think of luxury department stores, such as the state’s only Saks Fifth Avenue, or high-end national chains, such as Williams Sonoma.

But the center’s owner has launched an effort to put more focus on small, local retailers and offer customers a unique boutique experience.

Owner Macerich will open the Union at the Biltmore, near 24th Street and Camelback Road, in November. Project managers have worked on the concept — which provides smaller spaces for these businesses — for nearly a year.

Four locally owned independent boutiques — Whoopie Baking Company,Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, Paris Envy and Frances — recently announced they will open locations at the Biltmore.

“We have about 18 (retail) spaces total, and we have 11 of the leases signed and the rest are in negotiation,” said Karen Litton,Biltmore senior property manager. “We’re in really good shape,”

Union will have space for a dozen 200- to 500-square-foot shops. The project also will house six smaller kiosks with one small restaurant and a coffee shop.

The stores will be on the east end of the shopping center between Stingray Sushi and restaurant Season 52.

Litton says local small businesses have responded well to the opportunity to be a part of the project.

“One of Biltmore’s competitive advantages is its mix of national, regional and local retailers, and so we thought, ‘How can we do more of the one-of-a-kind shops?’ and this is what they came up with,” she said.

While Litton said several businesses moving to Union already have stores in Phoenix, many of them likely would not have been able to afford the rent at the Biltmore apart from this project.

“If they’re renting 200 square feet, it’s certainly going to be less than making a commitment to a 10-year lease that is 1,000 to 2,000 square feet or larger. It gives them an opportunity to be in a great location and to start a business or to continue their business,” she said.

The Biltmore has expanded during the economic downturn because the recession did not hit its client base as hard, Litton said.

“Biltmore Fashion Park is strong, and we’ve been one of the original luxury centers for some time, and we have some very strong players here, so even though the economy is challenging right now, we certainly are doing very well in the center,” she said.

Frances owner Georganne Bryant hopes to benefit from the Biltmore name, but mainly wants to reach a customer who wouldn’t usually have wandered into her shop on Central Avenue and Camelback Road. Frances sells gifts and clothing for men, women and children.

“I was looking to expand, and I really love Phoenix, and they approached me with the project and it just seemed like a perfect fit,” she said. “It’s just kind of a different traffic area and a different location.”

She plans to use her Union location to draw customers to her larger shop, which will carry items not found at the Biltmore location.

“It’ll be like, ‘If you like this (the 500-square-feet shop), you’ll love this (the 2,000-square-feet shop),” she said.

Another attractive part of the move: The Union entrepreneurs will mix with larger, more well-known retailers.

“That will be great energy,” she said. “… Being in a mall like the Biltmore that is centrally located and has a lot of traffic, that’s really exciting and will bring more exposure for our businesses.”

Arizona’s small-business community leaders said the Union project could encourage other malls to increase their relationships with small businesses.

“I think it’s just an absolute fantastic idea to carve out a large space for several smaller businesses,” said Kimber Lanning, executive director of Local First Arizona, a Phoenix-based nonprofit representing small businesses.

“We’re starting to see these types of projects in adaptive re-use situations, meaning what are we going to do when big boxes fail and how are we going to fill them?”

Because Union isn’t filling an open space, and the Biltmore is a desirable location, the project does not have the sense of desperation to find tenants that some other projects seem to, she said.

“This is the first time I’ve seen (adaptive re-use) in a vibrant setting where there are already tons of businesses and customers introducing them to independent-concept stores they can’t see anywhere else,” said Lanning, who was a consultant for the project.

Valley residents will respond well to Union as long as developers listen to what the buyers want, Lanning said.

“I think all the national polls are showing that more and more people are thinking about shopping locally,” she said.

“I think people are looking for a unique experience. There’s a lot of people out there that are tired of the same old, same old.”

UNION - Biltmore Fashion Park

Union at Biltmore Fashion Park Announces Inaugural Tenants

Four independently-owned boutiques will be the first tenants at UNION at Biltmore Fashion Park, which is scheduled to open in November.

Whoopie Baking Company, Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, Paris Envy and Frances are the first wave of retailers announced for the one-of-a-kind, urban and independent shopping experience.

The 7,200 SF UNION will be located on the east end of the shopping center between Stingray Sushi and Seasons 52, offering shoppers a mix of more than a dozen one-of-a-kind boutiques ranging in size from 200-500 SF, as well as a casual eatery.

UNION is an opportunity to bring small, independent entrepreneurs and artists to Biltmore replicating the unique retail mix historically found at Biltmore Fashion Park.

“We are really excited to be part of UNION and surrounded by local entrepreneurs who have a passion for their business in a well-established shopping destination,” said Laurie Lavy, owner of Paris Envy.

Paris Envy will offer a collection of handcrafted vintage and vintage-inspired home furnishings, décor and accessories. From zinc kitchen tables to crystal chandeliers, Paris Envy offers a diverse mix of specialty items including candles, jewelry and special gift items.

Whoopie Baking Company will bring its signature whoopie pies in assorted flavors such as Spicy Pumpkin, Mimosa, Sweet & Salty and Peanut Butter Cup to UNION, as well as other specialty ingredients related to the sweet treats including salted carmel and marshmallow fluff. Dog lovers can pick up a special treat — woofie pies for their beloved canine companions.

Local entrepreneur Georganne Bryant of Frances will join the UNION line up offering women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, books, paper goods, novelty items and art. Frances will also keep their original location on Central Avenue and Camelback.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with Biltmore Fashion Park and expand my business into this exciting new urban concept. Biltmore Fashion Park has always been a great landmark and I’m grateful for this opportunity,” said Georgeanne Bryant, owner of Frances.

Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, will offer discerning beauty and makeup buffs all natural, organic skincare and beauty products and custom fragrances for those who love to pamper their skin naturally without harsh chemicals or parabens. Citrine will carry exclusive lines and favorites such as REN, Jane Iredale and Kai fragrances beloved by celebrities.

To learn more about the UNION at Biltmore, visit shopbiltmore.com and become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/ShopBiltmore.

True Food Kitchen

P.F. Chang’s Acquires Majority Ownership In True Food Kitchen Concept

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc. announced its agreement to acquire a majority equity ownership position in True Food Kitchen, a Fox Restaurant Concept specializing in healthy, locally sourced and globally inspired meals.

Rick Federico, Chairman and CEO of P.F. Chang’s, said, “We are extremely excited about this opportunity, as True Food Kitchen is a great brand with tremendous potential. The True Food Kitchen concept is aligned with the rising demand for healthier menu options, and the restaurants provide a fun and innovative dining experience. True Food Kitchen has already established a dedicated consumer following, and we believe the concept has significant opportunities for growth.”

In 2009, P.F. Chang’s extended a loan facility to fund early stage development of True Food Kitchen, with a right to convert its loan into a majority equity ownership position. In February 2012, after receiving authorization from its Board of Directors, P.F. Chang’s and True Food Kitchen’s partners mutually agreed to exercise the Company’s conversion option, which is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2012. Upon completion, P.F. Chang’s will own 51 percent of True Food Kitchen, with potential rights and obligations that would enable the Company to increase its ownership to 90 percent or more in the future. Further details on the terms of the True Food Kitchen agreement are contained within the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K that will be filed today.

Sam Fox, Founder and CEO of Fox Restaurant Concepts, said, “Dr. Andrew Weil and I believe True Food Kitchen is well positioned to capitalize on the current direction of the food industry. We have formed a great relationship with the P.F. Chang’s management team and are extremely pleased by their commitment to continue our partnership. We look forward to making a difference in the lives of so many guests through the continued expansion and development of our True Food Kitchen restaurants.”

Federico added, “Sam and his team have done a great job creating a unique concept in True Food Kitchen. Upon completion of the conversion, all operation and development activities will continue to be executed by Fox Restaurant Concepts and the True Food Kitchen team, as our primary focus remains on driving growth at P.F. Chang’s Bistro and Pei Wei concepts.”

True Food Kitchen currently has four locations:

Biltmore Fashion Park

2502 E Camelback Rd #135
Phoenix, AZ 85016
P: 602.774.3488
F: 602.774.3489

Scottsdale Quarter

15191 N Scottsdale Rd #100
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
P: 480.265.4500
F: 480.265.4505

Fashion Island

451 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
P: 949.644.2400

Santa Monica Place

Santa Monica, CA 90401
P: 310.593.8300
F: 310.593.8301

Two additional True Food Kitchens are planned for 2012.