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42 Saint to Open on High Street End of March

Portland-based real estate private equity firm ScanlanKemperBard Companies (SKB) and Wayzata Investment Partners (Wayzata), announced that 42 Saint, a local men’s and women’s boutique, will be relocating to its development on High Street this month from its current location at Kierland Commons.

42 Saint will be opening in a 2,000 SF space on the north side of High Street between AZ Body Mechanics and Modern Margarita. The boutique features an eclectic mix of clothes from the catwalks to the sidewalks, everything from haute couture to tee shirts. From small designers to big, if it’s different, clients find it at 42 Saint.

“The opening of 42 Saint on High Street will be a welcome addition to our entertainment-driven destination,” added Leslie Himley, vice president of marketing for High Street. “Their collection of small, hard to find designers as well as the best mainstream designers will be well-received by our residents and office tenants as well as the surrounding community that frequents our popular restaurant and bar collection.”

42 Saint’s owners Jennifer & Mark Manion have owned the boutique for 15 years launching in the downtown Scottsdale’s art district and operating there for five years, then moving up to Kierland for the past 10, and now High Street. The boutique will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and noon to 6 pm. on Sunday in suite 109.

“We offer a unique shopping experience, we’re very much the neighborhood feel with amazing clothes and accessories, great tunes, and ice cold beverages on the house,” explained Mark Manion. “While fashion continually changes, Jennifer and I will always work to give the small designers the recognition they deserve while brining our loyal clientele the best product and lines from the big boys.”

“The announcement of 42 Saint follows the positive perception shift that has already occurred in eleven short months,” said Todd Gooding, president and principal of SKB. “This has always been an extraordinary real estate asset, created by a developer with a reputation for high caliber work. Our team, in conjunction with Jones Lang LaSalle and Southwest Retail Group has quickly elevated it to one of the most sought-after locations in Phoenix.”

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Product of the week: Creme D'Olives

Unlike other products, Creme d’Olives is not an exfoliant, a peel, or an agent which temporarily puffs up the skin. Instead, one of the key ingredients in Creme d’Olives – olive leaf extract – is a powerful anti-oxidant, and another, pea extract, protects elastic tissue, which is so important to the maintenance of proper skin tone. Together, these naturally occurring ingredients help slow down the aging process.

Creme d’Olives provides four key benefits that are easily remembered by thinking of the word “Acme” – which appropriately means – the highest point, as of perfection.

A – Antioxidant: Oxidation is a complex process caused by free radicals that break down the skin’s structure. The natural antioxidants from the olive leaves in Creme d’Olives inhibit this process and help prolong the skin’s youthfulness.


C – Circulation: Creme d’Olives is applied by gently patting the skin which, in combination with its ingredients, increases micro-circulation, boosting nutrient levels and flushing waste by-products.

M – Moisturizing: The painstaking way in which oil and water are bonded together in Creme d’Olives results in a formula that increases moisture retention in the skin.

E – Elasticity: Creme d’Olives helps preserve the skin’s elastic components and produce a paradoxical “firm-softness” effect, which decreases the appearance of aging, eliminates dryness, and leaves the skin feeling protected, relaxed, and radiant.

Available for purchase at Cos Bar at Kierland Commons.
15205 N Kierland Blvd
,  Suite 150, 
Scottsdale, AZ 85254 | (480) 607-277

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The Greene House Embraces Southern California Flavors at Summer Wine Dinner

For the final installment of The Greene House’s summer wine dinner series at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, executive chef Raymond Suto promises a fabulous, Southern California-inspired meal accompanied by excellent wines and good company.

The first dinner in the series showcased traditional American farm-to-table cuisine while the second dinner featured California cooking with Asian influences. For the third and final dinner, Chef Raymond is embracing the Mexican and Spanish influences of Southern California.

“California is truly a melting pot of cuisine. There are tons of influences from wine country to fresh west coast fruits and vegetables to various ethnic styles of cooking. My menu is inspired by the very unique tastes, textures and ingredients that make California special,” said Chef Suto.

The dinner, which will highlight an array of wines from Cep Vineyards, will begin with a wine reception, followed by a three-course meal and wine pairings. The featured menu includes:

First Course: Ceviche of Halibut Cheek and Beet chips
Wine Pairing: 2012 Cep Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley

Second Course: Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Corn Tamale, Black bean Puree, Romesco
Wine Pairing: 2010 Cep Vineyards Syrah, Sonoma Coast

Third Course: House Churro with Horchata Gelato, Pilloncillo Carmel
Wine Pairing: 2012 Marenco Strev Moscato D’Asti

Space is limited and reservations are required. Dinner is $50 per person, tax and gratuity not included. Reserve your seat in person or by calling 480-889-9494. Those who cannot make the dinners can take advantage of The Greene House’s Sunday wine special and enjoy half price bottles of wine all day every week.

About The Greene House:
From menu to décor, The Greene House is inspired by the California lifestyle and craftsman-style charm. The menu showcases signature fare made with farm-fresh seasonal ingredients. These signature items evolve throughout the year, based on ingredients that are fresh, plentiful and in-season. The extensive wine list features over 35 wines from boutique California wineries offered by the glass, half decanter or bottle. For more information, visit www.foxrc.com.

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The Greene House Embraces Southern California Flavors at Summer Wine Dinner

For the final installment of The Greene House’s summer wine dinner series at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, executive chef Raymond Suto promises a fabulous, Southern California-inspired meal accompanied by excellent wines and good company.

The first dinner in the series showcased traditional American farm-to-table cuisine while the second dinner featured California cooking with Asian influences. For the third and final dinner, Chef Raymond is embracing the Mexican and Spanish influences of Southern California.

“California is truly a melting pot of cuisine. There are tons of influences from wine country to fresh west coast fruits and vegetables to various ethnic styles of cooking. My menu is inspired by the very unique tastes, textures and ingredients that make California special,” said Chef Suto.

The dinner, which will highlight an array of wines from Cep Vineyards, will begin with a wine reception, followed by a three-course meal and wine pairings. The featured menu includes:

First Course: Ceviche of Halibut Cheek and Beet chips
Wine Pairing: 2012 Cep Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley

Second Course: Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Corn Tamale, Black bean Puree, Romesco
Wine Pairing: 2010 Cep Vineyards Syrah, Sonoma Coast

Third Course: House Churro with Horchata Gelato, Pilloncillo Carmel
Wine Pairing: 2012 Marenco Strev Moscato D’Asti

Space is limited and reservations are required. Dinner is $50 per person, tax and gratuity not included. Reserve your seat in person or by calling 480-889-9494. Those who cannot make the dinners can take advantage of The Greene House’s Sunday wine special and enjoy half price bottles of wine all day every week.

About The Greene House:
From menu to décor, The Greene House is inspired by the California lifestyle and craftsman-style charm. The menu showcases signature fare made with farm-fresh seasonal ingredients. These signature items evolve throughout the year, based on ingredients that are fresh, plentiful and in-season. The extensive wine list features over 35 wines from boutique California wineries offered by the glass, half decanter or bottle. For more information, visit www.foxrc.com.

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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The backstory: RA Sushi

What started as a childhood friendship during grade school at a Scottsdale elementary school grew into an enduring business partnership. At the age of 28, Rich Howland and Scott Kilpatrick, along with two of their college friends, founded the now national sushi restaurant chain, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant.

Fresh out of college from The University of Arizona, Rich and Scott began their professional careers separate from one another, but it wasn’t long until the two concocted an idea to start a business together in their hometown of Scottsdale. Another college friend, Todd Belfer, was brought in as a business partner. It started when they purchased an Old Town Scottsdale restaurant called Trappers. With great enthusiasm, they decided to open an upscale Mediterranean restaurant in its place featuring complex entrees and an upscale design. The restaurant fell flat in less than eight months.

Back to the drawing board, longtime sushi fans, Rich and Scott realized there was something missing in the sushi restaurant scene in the Valley. Many traditional sushi restaurants were drawing crowds, but they didn’t have an alluring ambiance to combine with quality sushi.  The pair realized there was a demand for sushi restaurants, but they thought they could improve the concept by combining quality Japanese fusion cuisine, with a hip, stylish decor that would appeal to a younger crowd.

The concept was born, but the owners knew little about sushi operations. In June of 1997, they sought out a longtime acquaintance from their days in college, Tai Obata – a sushi expert and someone they trusted. Tai accepted a proposal to become a partner. To obtain funds to transform the failed Mediterranean restaurant into a trendy, contemporary sushi bar and restaurant, they brought in a number of colleagues who served as part owners. By adding investors, the original owners were able to greatly expand their circle of friends and customers. They credit much of their start-up success to this business decision.

The original team of owners quickly became the construction crew, interior designers and marketing professionals. Tai drew on his expertise as a native of Japan and longtime sushi chef to design the sushi bar and create the menu. Rich, Scott, Tai and the crew rolled up their sleeves and began building the restaurant’s interior all the while touting the new restaurant concept to locals.

In less than six months, the four business partners and a host of local investors opened the first RA Sushi in Old Town Scottsdale in October 1997. The concept took off and the place soon became the hotspot. By mid-1999, RA Sushi opened its second location in Tempe. The concept thrived and although there were some growing pains along the way, Rich and Scott remained at the helm. With a new bank loan and an extremely tight budget, RA opened two more locations in the Phoenix area in 2001 and 2002. In 2002, they were surprised to learn that Benihana Inc., operator of the nation’s largest chain of Japanese theme and sushi restaurants, was interested in purchasing the company.

Benihana purchased RA Sushi in late 2002 and immediately began expansion of the concept. What four young friends started has grown into a successful national restaurant concept with 25 locations throughout the United States. Initially, Scott, Rich and Tai stayed on board to oversee the exciting new adventure. To this day, RA’s corporate office remains in Scottsdale, with Scott as the Vice President and Tai as the Executive Chef. Rich has since moved on to other restaurant ventures.

 

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RA Sushi Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary

Valley-based RA Sushi Bar Restaurant opened their first restaurant in 1997 in Old Town Scottsdale, founded on the premise of great sushi and good times. Fifteen years later, the company has grown to 25 locations nationwide, including five in Greater Metro Phoenix. To celebrate 15 years of successfully combining fresh sushi, Japanese fusion cuisine, and a “RA”ckin’ vibe, RA Sushi is hosting a customer appreciation day and throwing the mother of all parties on Thursday, November 15!

RA’s anniversary celebration will be all about good food, good times and good deeds! As a way of saying “thank you” to the loyal guests who have supported RA over the years, all day long on November 15, receive a 15 percent discount off your tab at any RA Sushi location. RA also feels it’s important to continually give back to the communities in which it does business. During the customer appreciation day on November 15, RA will donate 15 percent of all profits to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, whose mission is to provide food assistance to those who need it the most in the community.

Time flies when you’re having fun, and RA has made sure this anniversary celebration will be the bomb! On November 15 from 7 p.m. to close, take a trip down memory lane to the 90s and enjoy a variety of slammin’ food and drink deals. A selection of $5 drink specials include: The Usual Suspects (Jack and Cola), Teen Spirit, Baywatch Punch, Pineapple or Grapefruit Gin and Juice, Vanilla Ice Martini, Boombastic Bombers (Kirin & Kirin Light), or go for a $3 Spud’s Suds (Bud or Bud Light). Treat yourself to 90s-inspired sushi, such as the Fresh Prince Roll ($7), Kramer Roll ($8), Show Me the Money Roll ($9), and the “RA”dical Roll ($10).

Visit RA Sushi on November 15 at any one of five Valley locations:

* Ahwatukee: 4921 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix, Ariz., 85044. For more information, call 480-940-1111.

* North Scottsdale at Kierland Commons: 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85254. For more information, call 480-951-5888.

* Downtown Tempe: 411 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, Ariz., 85281. For more information, call 480-303-9800.

* Mesa at Dana Park: 1652 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa, Ariz., 85204. For more information, call 480-632-9500.

* Old Town Scottsdale: 3815 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85251. For more information, call 480-990-9256.

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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UMB opens Scottsdale banking center

UMB Bank Arizona, a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: UMBF) announced the opening of a new full-service banking center in Scottsdale. Positioned in Kierland Commons, the new UMB Bank is located at 16210 North Scottsdale Road.

In addition to full-service consumer banking, the Scottsdale location will include private banking, investment and wealth management services and commercial banking. Customer amenities will consist of a drive up ATM and night depository.

Given UMB’s commitment to sustainability, the banking center is seeking LEED certification. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green-building rating system is a national benchmark for environmentally friendly, high-performance buildings.

The building was constructed according to the standards set forth in the LEED certification guidelines. The standards implemented include: daylighting and lighting controls, a highly efficient heating and cooling system, reflective roofing and concrete paving, using recycled and regional materials, recycling on site during and after construction, water-saving plumbing fixtures and the use of low-emitting materials such as paint, carpet and sealants.

“UMB offers an array of banking services with expertise our clients can count on,” said Jim Patterson, chief executive officer, UMB Bank-Arizona.  “Our continued expansion in Scottsdale and Phoenix will allow UMB to be a convenient banking alternative.”

The Kierland Commons banking center will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To contact the Kierland Commons UMB Bank, call (480) 315-6800 or visit the UMB website at www.umb.com.

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor To Open New Concept Store At Kierland Commons

A new Ann Taylor concept store will celebrate its grand opening Friday, August 17, at Kierland Commons in Scottsdale. This will be Arizona’s second Ann Taylor concept store; the first opened last summer in the Chandler Fashion Center.

These concept stores are part of the brand’s effort to promote its recently revamped collection, which initially launched in the fall of 2009. Since it’s beginning, Ann Taylor has prided itself on offering iconic, classic American style for the modern working woman. However, throughout the decades, Ann Taylor has adapted to meet changing needs and emerging styles.

“The new Ann Taylor is chic and stylish with a more fashion-forward direction to address the needs of today’s modern working women,” says Lisa Axelson, head designer and a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). “Our new concept stores are a reflection of our new fashion direction. They are light, modern, feminine and designed to showcase the full Ann Taylor collection while making our client feel comfortable and welcome.”

The new Ann Taylor boutiques, designed in partnership with S. Russell Groves architects, are inspired by a modern, contemporary home feel that can provide an intimate shopping experience that is both chic and inviting. Such accessories as modern-tufted furniture, elegant crystal chandeliers and flattering backlit mirrors serve as the focal points for the stores’ shoppers. New wardrobe niches allow for a broader assortment of products than previous Ann Taylor stores.

“The shopping experience is better on many levels,” says Andrew Taylor, style director for Ann Taylor. “For one, curated fashion presentations and expert styling services add to the new store experience and make shopping easy. At the front of the store, Lisa Axelsons’ favorite looks of the season greet the client and help with wardrobing and styling ideas.”

In addition to the wardrobe niches, a private lounge area features a touchscreen monitor that provides access to the Ann Taylor website. Such accessibility to the brand’s website allows shoppers to view and order the complete product assortment outside of the particular store they are in, including additional fashion and wear-to-work styles, a broader assortment of shoes and petites, and online exclusives.

“The key fashion message is complemented by shop-in-shop destinations, including the Career Chic shop, a petites shop and an accessories shop,” Taylor says. “Dedicated stylists are also on staff and available for both walk-ins and appointments to help clients put together perfect individualized looks for any occasion.”

Ann Taylor locations throughout Arizona:

  • Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., in Chandler
  • Biltmore Fashion Park, 2582 E. Camelback Rd., in Phoenix
  • Scottsdale Fashion, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., in Scottsdale
  • La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Dr., in Tucson

For more information about Ann Taylor, visit anntaylor.com.

Home Accents Today

Home Accents Today Honors Four Phoenix-Area “Retail Stars”

Four Phoenix-area retailers have been honored as four of Home Accents Today’s “50 Retail Stars” for 2012.

Scottsdale retailers Abode Fine Living, The Embellished House, and home-ology, and Phoenix-located In the Pink Boutique, were all named to the list by the editors of the market-leading, home accent industry trade magazine.

In an effort to promote and support local entrepreneurship, the editors focused on independently owned and operated businesses that have demonstrated strength in merchandising and marketing, as well as those that maintain a positive presence in their local communities.

“We’re a new store,” said Catherine Crandall, owner of Abode Fine Living, which opened last fall. “We don’t have the foot traffic of stores located in places like Kierland Commons. We hope being on the list will help our brand-name recognition.”

Each of the “Stars” is a first-time honoree, as a business may only be selected once for the list. Now in its eighth year, the list, sponsored by AmericasMart Atlanta, is compiled of retailers specifically considered specialty, home accent or home furnishing stores.

“We’re proud to be recognized by Home Accents Today,” said home-ology owner Ryan Pruett. Home-ology’s philosophy of a “greener way of living” helps them stand out from the competition by offering eco-friendly and stylish options for their customers.

The Embellished House is a self-described “workshop extraordinaire” and features unique items ranging from reclaimed architectural salvage, to vintage postcards and maps.

Interior designer Andrea Evans’s In the Pink Boutique is a treasure trove of collectibles, gifts, home furnishings and “Poo-Pourri,” a line of scented bathroom sprays.

“Those who are celebrated [on the list] have created businesses that embrace the powers of excitement, innovation, and creative ingenuity,” said Jeffrey Portman, Sr., president and COO, AmericasMart Atlanta. “They understand that excitement equals engagement. And engagement delivers sales.”

“There has never been a tougher time to be an independent retailer, with ongoing competition from chain stores, the increasingly significant role of online retail and the difficult economic climate,” said Jenny Heinzen York, editor in chief, Home Accents Today. “The 2012 Retail Stars have taken on these challenges with a combination of clever entrepreneurship, innovation, merchandising, customer service and marketing. We are delighted to recognize these talented merchants, and, as always, encourage everyone to support their own local businesses.”

The complete report is published in the May 2012 issue of Home Accents Today, and includes individual store descriptions, websites and sales estimates. It will soon be available for purchase and download from the publication’s online store.

For a copy of the report, visit Home Accents Today at homeaccentstoday.com. For more information on the businesses mentioned, visit:

Abode Fine Living
15505 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
(480) 659-3646
abodefineliving.com

The Embellished House
10802 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 991-2610
theembellishedhouse.com

home-ology
6137 N. Scottsdale Rd., B103, Scottsdale
(480) 488-0010
homeologyaz.com

In the Pink Boutique

4422 E. Camelback Rd., Suite B, Phoenix
(602) 957-7270
inthepinkboutique.com

TK's Urban Tavern

TK's Urban Tavern: Fantastic Food In A Trendy, Sophisticated Atmosphere

I have to admit that when it comes to Kierland Commons, Scottsdale Quarter and CityNorth, I have a hard time keeping up with what is new and where it is located within the three similar destinations. A friend of mine recommended TK’s Urban Tavern located in Scottsdale Quarter, and I was looking forward to checking out the new hot spot.

Named after the founding owner, Tom Kelly, TK’s offers a comfortable atmosphere and an expertly placed patio, perfect for taking in the Quarter and enjoying cocktails.

Joining a friend for an impromptu Saturday evening dinner, we headed to TK’s to sample what they have to offer. The restaurant has a trendy, sophisticated feel with an open dining room. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, willing to confidently recommend their favorite dishes.

Initial observation of the appetizer and drink options revealed a nice balance of pricing and options without being overwhelmed by a 10-page menu. Warning: The description of the “You Call It” Smirnoff Vodka accompanied with your favorite mixer for $6.95 was not as it seemed. After commenting to the server that it was a great deal, my friend ordered a Raspberry Smirnoff and soda. It wasn’t until the bill arrived that we were made aware that we were charged much more for flavored vodka. Of course, it could be argued that we should have known. However, I feel it is the responsibility of the server to pay attention to what the guest is commenting on to ensure that they understand the menu appropriately. Aside from the vodka miscommunication, the drink prices were reasonable, and the options were plentiful and provided something for everyone.

A summary of what we experienced at TK’s Urban Tavern:

Appetizer: Housemade Mac & Cheese

With a good choice of unique appetizers, we chose to start with the Housemade Mac & Cheese ($7.95). Made with local white cheddar, elbow pasta and topped with panko bread crumbs, I found the dish to be a bit bland in flavor. Once we added some much-needed salt and pepper, the taste was actually very good.

Entrées: Shrimp Linguini and Rock Shrimp Corn Chowder

Although on the pricier side, there were great options available for our main dish. I chose the Shrimp Linguini served with tomatoes, garlic white wine sauce and lemon parsley ($17.95). I was blown away by this dish! The lemon and garlic complimented the shrimp beautifully. The portion was appropriate and overall fantastic.

We also ordered the Rock Shrimp Corn Chowder ($8.95). Unlike many types of chowder, the TK’s version wasn’t super thick and heavy. The chowder was light and full of flavor. We were also impressed by the amount of shrimp included in the chowder, making it an overall great choice when you visit.

Dessert: Root Beer Float

It brought a smile to my face to see a root beer float option for dessert — I couldn’t resist! Simply served with vanilla bean ice cream in a large chilled mug, it was a great way to end our meal ($4.00).

Overall, the visit was enjoyable. The look and feel of TK’s makes it a good choice for an evening out in Scottsdale if you are willing to spend a little more than normal for a relaxed meal. I was happy with the quality of the food for the price I paid, but would not recommend it as a regular stop for anyone on a budget.

TK’s Urban Tavern Rating:

Food: 4 out of 5
Service: 3 out of 5
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5

TK’s Urban Tavern
15037 N. Scottsdale Rd., #J-195
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 664-0873
tksurbantavern.com
Bobby's Restaurant

Bobby’s Restaurant And Jazz Lounge: A Happy Hour Hot Spot

It’s always a challenge to stay motivated at work the week after the holidays. The cure: mid-week happy hour! To help me through my hump-day blues, I joined a friend at Bobby’s Restaurant and Jazz Lounge at Kierland Commons for a drink and a few appetizers.

At first thought, the perception of Bobby’s would be that it would be a bit pricey for a quick drink after work. However, its happy hour menu offers a great variety of food with even better pricing.

Available only in the lounge, the appetizers range from $3.50 to $8, and cocktails start at $4. In addition to the food and spirits, there is also live entertainment every night of the week.

When I entered into the restaurant and headed up the ornate staircase, I was slightly concerned that I was underdressed, but I was wrong. Once I entered the lounge, I immediately felt like I was in a local jazz bar — but with much better décor. The service was friendly and prompt; the lounge was almost full, and the live jazz music was about to start.

We surveyed the menu and decided on the following:

Kalamata Olive Hummus

Bobby's Restaurant: Kalamata Olive HummusServed with cucumbers and gluten-free rice and seed crackers, the portion was large, and the hummus had just the right amount of kalamata to make it unique. However, the rice and seed crackers had such a strong flavor that it almost overpowered the taste of the hummus. When we received the bread served with the dinner, I was able to enjoy the hummus with the more mild bread. I would order it again but ask for a different choice of cracker.

Butternut Squash Ravioli

Served with a light tomato sauce, tomatoes, butter, parmesan and sage, this appetizer is amazing. The mix of the squash and sage was more unique than any butternut squash recipe I have tasted. I would order this dish over and over.

Bruschetta

Bobby's Restaurant: BruschettaBobby’s version is served with a large portion of diced tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic and Italian bread. Like all of the other dishes, the bruschetta portion was large enough to share with more than two people. The tomatoes were full of flavor, and the basil was fresh. The bread was drizzled with just enough balsamic to compliment the rest of the ingredients. Although it was a simple dish, it was done well.

Mac and Cheese

I wanted to sample something more traditional and ordered mac and cheese — my trusty comfort food of choice. It was what you would expect in a mac and cheese dish. It had a great, sharp cheese flavor and was served with spiral pasta. It was a great accompaniment to the rest of our order.

From start to finish, Bobby’s was a great choice for happy hour. It is a perfect location to start off a date or meet your significant other after work. The elegant décor and live music gave it a classy feel without going overboard. The bartenders are friendly, and the service was great. Aside from their weekly happy hour, they also do a Ladies Night every Tuesday in the lounge offering discounted cocktails.

If you need a little mid-week fun, Bobby’s could be the right spot for your next outing.

Bobby’s rating:

Food: 5 out of 5
Service: 5 out of 5
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5

If You Go: Bobby’s Restaurant and Jazz Lounge

7122 E. Greenway Parkway
Kierland Commons
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254
(480) 556-0770
mancusosrestaurant.com

Retail Centers - AZRE Magazine July/August 2011

Arizona's Retail Centers Are Top Economic Drivers

Arizona’s Retail Industry, Retail Centers Top Economic Driver

The world of retail has come a long way since Arizona’s first shopping center, Park Central Mall, opened in 1957. Back then, the state was known mostly for cowboys, cactus and critters.

How times have changed.

Arizona’s retail industry is now one of the state’s top economic drivers, as spectacular shopping centers have sprung up from the desert floor over the years.

The History of Arizona’s Shopping and Retail Centers

Built in 1961, trendy Scottsdale Fashion Square is Arizona’s largest retail center at 2 MSF. The Westcor-developed mall is home to high-end retailers such as Barneys New York, Nordstrom, Gucci and Neiman Marcus.

To appreciate the history of retail in Arizona, however, one simply needs to return to its roots: Park Central Mall.

Located on Central Avenue in midtown Phoenix, Park Central Mall originally was anchored by Goldwater’s, Diamond’s and a “five-and-dime” store. It was an open-air facility that helped put Arizona on the real restate map. It served as the first stepping stone to Arizona’s long history of retail. The next two major projects — Christown Mall and Metro Center — also are key milestones on that timeline. Rick Hearn, director of leasing at Vestar Development Company, recognizes their historical importance.

“Christown, Metro Center, Park Central — what was happening in Arizona was also happening around the country. We were in step with the rest of the world,” Hearn says.

Christown, now known as Phoenix Spectrum Mall, was Arizona’s third shopping center. As the state’s first closed center, it also was one of the first air-conditioned malls in the Western United States.

According to Stan Sanchez, president and partner of De Rito Partners, much of Christown’s appeal and success were a result of the surrounding mixed-use amenities. There were multiple components including hotels, auto malls and other retail stores. These elements enhanced Christown’s viability in particular, and Arizona retail in general.

Metro Center, at 1.39 MSF, is Arizona’s second largest retail center. When it opened in October 1973, it was considered one of the largest malls in the country. With two levels and a series of popular anchors, Metro Center set a great precedent for later retails projects in Arizona and the U.S.

According to Hearn, Metro Center was a step away from the typical “mom-and-pop centers,” but certainly a step in the right direction. It wasn’t just a retail center; it was a commercial location as well, building on the mixed-use components for which Christown had previously become famous.

Malls such as Metro Center catered to typical shoppers and enabled them to purchase multiple, everyday needs in one easy trip.

“As (retail) developers we really have to cater to the retailers,” says Jim Pederson, chairman of The Pederson Group. Pederson, along with other real estate developers, also made it a point to identify the needs of the consumers.

Metro Center was a stepping stone to the next level for Arizona, De Rito’s Sanchez says. And that next level would be achieved with each additional project after Metro Center. Scottsdale Pavilions, recently renamed The Pavilions at Talking Stick, was built in 1989. It was one of the first retail centers built on Native American land in Arizona.

Today it’s a 1.1 MSF open-air “power center” with retailers such as Sports Authority, Target, Home Depot and Walmart. According to Chuck Carlise, president of De Rito Partners, the strongest anchors for shopping centers are grocery stores. As the “bread and butter” of De Rito and other developers, grocery stores have proven to be a very successful format for retail.

But more goes into building a successful retail center in Arizona than just anchor stores, especially in the unavoidable heat of the desert. In the middle of summer, shoppers need a place to go and a place to eat that will shelter them from the blistering sun. With retail centers such as Mesa Riverview and Tempe Marketplace, there is the option to shop, eat or play inside and out.

“It’s important to withstand the extreme temperatures while still taking care of the people’s needs” Pederson says.

Mesa Riverview, a De Rito development that opened in 2007, targets a broad audience and all aspects of the consumer with office buildings, auto malls, retail stores and other commercial businesses. From a trendsetter’s standpoint, Hearn of Vestar understands the need for people to avoid the heat and the need to design projects that can keep them cool and happy.

Part of what keeps shoppers happy is the lifestyle component of destinations such as Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarters, which include residences, hospitality, entertainment, office and retail.

Designed in 1997 to be the first urban village to integrate mixed-use with outdoor shopping, Kierland Commons (on the Phoenix-Scottsdale border) opened in 2000 and has served as a benchmark for similar mixed-use projects around the nation.

“If you were able to take a look from a satellite view, it was really the evolution of the communities that led to the method the developers used to custom tailor the development to Arizona’s lifestyle and how they wanted to live” Sanchez explains.

CityScape in Downtown Phoenix is another example of how Arizona retail has evolved. As Phoenix grew, CityScape, a mixed-use skyscraper, became a part of the downtown skyline. Part of the appeal, according to Hearn, is the downtown office, urban feel that CityScape provides. It’s unique to the area, but gives Phoenix a great deal of character. The only aspects missing are quality residential developments.

Despite the recession and record-high vacancy rates in Arizona’s retail sector, there is hope for the future.

“Phoenix has always rebounded,” Hearn says. “We’re in the top 11 states for job growth and for relocation. We have a quality of life that no one else has.”

That quality of life is evident at such retail projects as Scottsdale Fashion Square, Chandler Fashion Square and San Tan Village in Gilbert

From its start in 1957, Arizona retail has grown into a formidable industry across the state. With mixed-use, open air and luxury options, shoppers have every aspect of retail at their fingertips.

“The beauty of how Arizona’s retail has evolved is the fact it created your Saturday mid-day experience,” Sanchez says. “Arizona developers have given the public all they need for every day of the week.”

AZRE Magazine July/August 2011

For the first time, Dial Corp.'s research and development will be housed with the company's headquarters.

Dial Corp. Gets Ready To Move Into Its New Headquarters

By year’s end, Dial Corp. expects to have moved into a new 350,000-square-foot national headquarters in Scottsdale, and for the first time it will house its research and development operations under the same roof.

What’s more, Dial Corp. will be the first tenants in One Scottsdale, a luxury retail and lifestyle community at the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Loop 101. In addition to Dial’s presence, One Scottsdale will consist of high-fashion retail shops, upscale restaurants, boutique hotel rooms, office space and a diversity of residential housing.

The move from existing facilities in North Scottsdale was set in motion in 2005.

“Faced with an expiring lease at the end of 2008 on its R&D facility, Dial began searching for a new location,” says Natalie Violi, director of corporate communications for Henkel of America Inc., Dial’s parent company. “The goal was to purchase a large enough parcel of land to house a world class R&D facility and at the same time be located in a desirable location for our employees.

“It was during this process that Dial decided to also move its headquarters to the same location as its R&D facility to inspire collaboration between our scientists and businesses.”

Dial’s current R&D facility is located at 15101 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, where it has been for 32 years. It is near its current headquarters for the past 11 years at 15501 N. Dial Blvd. in Scottsdale. The current research center across from Kierland Commons likely will be razed as the new Scottsdale Quarters project takes shape. The owners of the existing headquarters building are looking for new tenants.

Violi says housing the headquarters and R&D facility under one roof is a first for Dial, including its former location on North Central Avenue in Phoenix, and before that in Chicago.

The amenities Dial employees enjoyed as neighbors of the Kierland Commons mixed-use development were a factor in choosing the new site, says Brad Gazaway, vice president and corporate counsel, who is the Dial executive in charge of the new building project.

“Finding a location that would afford similar — and possibly more — amenities was an important consideration in our selection process,” Gazaway says. “We believed this not only for the convenience that nearby hotels, restaurants, homes and retailers offer our employees and business on a day-to-day basis, but also the fact that such amenities and creative architecture and surroundings found in mixed-use developments can foster inspiring innovation and development that will bring about increased business productivity and results. Such environments also serve as a valuable platform for employee recruitment and retention.”

By relocating to One Scottsdale, Gazaway says, the move enables Dial to be “a part of an exciting and innovative environment in which our employees will thrive and flourish.”

Total cost of the project, says Gazaway, is “north of $100 million.”

Dial is looking for LEED certification for its new home. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings are healthier work and living environments, which contribute to higher productivity and improved employee health and comfort.

Going “green” may add somewhat to the cost, but should result in savings and other benefits in the long run. The building has many “green” aspects, such as workstations designed to be safe, healthy, comfortable and functional.

Gazaway mentions other “green” features. Natural lighting is emphasized, and a roof garden on the fourth floor with trees and benches is ideal for employee use at lunchtime, and for parties and receptions, he says. All of the wood used in construction is from recycled material. Excess materials were separated — wood in one pile and paper products in another — for recycling. Sundt Construction, the project’s general contractor, spearheaded the recycling effort, Gazaway says.

Furthermore, an enhanced heating and air-conditioning system meets LEED standards for performance. Additionally, Dial will provide special parking spaces for carpoolers, spaces for bicycles, changing rooms and a fitness room.

“In today’s environment, Dial wants to be in the forefront of consumer products as far as sustainability measures,” Gazaway says. “We want to show that we’re building a new facility and we are taking our environment seriously. We want to provide a building that our employees can enjoy for years to come. It’s important for us to take a leadership role in establishing new buildings. We’re falling in line with the city of Scottsdale’s mandates. Scottsdale wants all new buildings to fall under this LEED certification. It sets the right tone.”

Violi adds that being environmentally conscious is a core value of Dial’s parent company, Henkel of America.