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Bad Water Brewing hosts Labor Day weekend BBQ

On Saturday, September 5 from 4 to 10 p.m., Bad Water Brewing is hosting the first annual Scottsdale Streetside BBQ, a laid back, backyard BBQ-inspired summertime gathering. Held in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, this 21 and over event will feature live music, food and beverages from local vendors, outdoor lawn-style games, plus a TV tent for cheering on ASU in its first season game against Texas A&M.

The Scottsdale Streetside BBQ was created to deliver a fun entertainment option for locals who are staying in town during the holiday weekend. Although summer in the Valley is still going strong, the Scottsdale Streetside BBQ will have plenty of shade tents and misters to create an inviting outdoor affair. This end of season, holiday weekend celebration aims to become a reoccurring event.

According to Bad Water Brewing’s Founder, Lewis Kubitz, “Labor Day screams barbecue, and what better way to ring in a work free weekend than a low-key gathering with friends, enjoying food, ice cold beer, football and entertainment.”

Festivalgoers can indulge in plenty of refreshing beverages, delicious food, and fun. Bad Water Brewing will have a beer truck and will be pouring their Saison and IPA, as well as introducing their brand new Paradise Ale. Arizona’s Own craft sodas will be serving their popular Sarsparilla, in addition to debuting a new Mesquite Ginger Ale. Morrell Presley from Morrell’s BBQ will be rolling out his massive, decked out BBQ trailer to serve up slow smoked ribs, brisket and more. Sweet Lew’s ice cream cookie sandwiches will be an irresistible cool treat for those with a sweet tooth. A big screen TV tent, outdoor games and live music by Bluesman Mike and The Blues Review Band will keep guests entertained all evening.

The Scottsdale Streetside BBQ will be held in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale near Bad Water Brewing’s Tap Room at 4216 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85251. The festival will be set-up on Brown Avenue between 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue, which will be closed to vehicle traffic.

Admission to the event is only $10, and food and beverages are an additional cost. To purchase tickets, visit www.scottsdalestreetsidebbq.eventbrite.com.

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Sperry Van Ness Advisor sought out by New York Investors

After working with New York City REITs finest, recent buyers traveled thousands of miles from their hometown to start up a new business in “Old Town” Scottsdale, but wait, that is not where they ended up.  Judy Jones with Sperry Van Ness, LLC sold them a property at 2546 E. Indian School Rd. for $275,000 and here’s why.

“Buyers don’t usually end up buying what they describe as the property they want to buy.” Those were the words of Jones’ mentor, a successful broker when she first began commercial real estate.  With Jones’ savvy background and her own successes over the years, her mentor referred the New York investors to Judy Jones and the rest is history.

“It is great to work with buyers who have experience, creativity and vision.  When a buyer can appreciate the value of seller financing, and has the motivation, skill and initiative to completely change a property through renovation, it is a very gratifying experience,” Jones said of their multi-family quest to redevelop the Indian School corridor because it was a better investment.

The Lockhart’s, the buyers expressed, “through her experience in the Phoenix/Scottsdale real estate market, and as an investor/landlord, Judy was able to identify properties for us that fit perfectly into our investment strategy.”

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CBRE completes $2.1M sale of single-tenant retail property

CBRE has completed the sale of a single-tenant retail property located at 7316 E. Stetson Drive in Scottsdale, Ariz. The asset, which is currently home to Red Revolver Night Club, commanded a sale price of $2.1 million.

Steve Julius and Jesse Goldsmith with CBRE’s Phoenix office represented the seller, GEM Realty Advisors, LLC of Phoenix. The buyer, Zephyr Cove, Nev.-based Tornga Family, LLC, was represented by Robert Jones with Torrey Pines Real Estate Investments, Inc.

“Old Town Scottsdale is one of the healthiest submarkets in Metropolitan Phoenix,” said CBRE’s Julius. “Scottsdale has several new multifamily developments underway, has recently announced high-profile office-users entering the market, and continues to have one of the most vibrant night-life and retail scenes in the Valley. The Stetson building is well situated for long-term success.”

This transaction marks the second sale the CBRE retail investment team has completed in Old Town in recent history. The previous sale was the US Bank Plaza building located at 4273 N Scottsdale Road, which sold for $3.94 million. Julius and Goldsmith note that investor interest in the submarket has been strong through the first quarter of 2015 and they expect that demand to remain steady.

 

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Valley ‘Condo Queen’ tapped for Inspire on Earll

The Valley’s reigning “Condo Queen” has been selected as the Exclusive Listing Agent for one of the Valley’s most exciting and ambitious new projects set to redefine South Scottsdale. Deco Communities has chosen an emerging area just south of Old Town Scottsdale to debut its latest, exciting residential concept: Inspire, and Roberta Candelaria with Phoenix Urban Spaces has been chosen as the project’s Exclusive Listing Agent. The $42 million dollar project will offer contemporary-styled residences in a hip, up and coming area of South Scottsdale.

“This is by far one of the most exciting projects to be announced for the Valley, given the proximity to highly desirable neighborhood amenities including Spring Training baseball, unique local shops and restaurants, challenging and fun hiking, biking and recreation and the exceptional investment opportunity in an an area of Scottsdale that is booming with growth and activity,” said Roberta Candelaria, Exclusive Listing Agent for Inspire on Earll. 

Located at 7300 E. Earll Drive, Inspire on Earll combines exceptional location with superior design and amenities, creating an urban sanctuary on the edge of vibrant Old Town Scottsdale, affectionately dubbed SoSco as of late. The complex will include 97 stylish condominiums offering fresh and luxurious common areas, with state-of-the-art fitness facility, central courtyard, pool, spa and Dog Park.

Drawing inspiration from everything from the sunrise atop Camelback Mountain, to Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, to local icons like Sandra Day O’Connor and Michael Crow, a cold Four Peaks beer enjoyed on a Friday in March at a Spring Training game, and even Charleen Badman’s braised leeks dish revered by Food & Wine Magazine, Inspire on Earll is about community. Inspire on Earll is about authenticity. But most of all, Inspire on Earll is about people.

With Inspire, Deco Communities offers modern, yet timeless design from interior to exterior. Starting at $299,000, Deco’s latest condominium development will compliment their other developments – super-luxury Envy project set to be developed in the thumping heart of Scottsdale’s Entertainment District and its urban relative, the hipster Edison Midtown project set for downtown’s Central Corridor.  

Once again, Deco Communities has assembled a team of top talent to construct its latest project. Daniel Gehman of LA-based Harley Ellis Devereaux, an award-winning architecture firm whose credits include a collection of high-profile designs across the US will lead the project’s design. Private Label, a Valley-based interior design firm specializing in cultivating lifestyle experiences through strategic design will curate the interior and exterior spaces.  Inspire combines bold, striking design with warmth and comfort.

With Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, Scottsdale Stadium and the Old Town Scottsdale Farmer’s Market within walking distance, Inspire on Earll will appeal to homebuyers looking for the best the Scottsdale lifestyle has to offer including easy access to world-class sports and recreation, outstanding arts and entertainment, premier shopping, nationally-renowned restaurants and nightlife and key downtown services and amenities in the heart of the city’s walkable, bikeable grid.  

“There is significant demand for new construction multi-family in Scottsdale and Roberta is at the top of her game in new condiminium product sales,” said Rob Lyles, partner for Deco Communities. “She knows what today’s buyers are looking for when purchasing a condiminium and has been instrumental in our design process in ensuring all of our new condiminiums offer the highest level of quality, unique design and unmatched amenities,” he said.

The property will offer several floor plans ranging from approximately 800 square foot one-bedroom units up to a 2100 square foot two-bedroom, split-master with den. The property will offer state-of-the-art amenities including a sprawling courtyard pool and spa, health-club inspired fitness facilities, WI-FI common areas, City of Scottsdale recycling, bicycle storage, electric car charging stations and secured underground parking.

Individual units will cater to the needs of today’s high-end condominium buyer including expansive split master plans, grand 10’ ceilings, open floor plans, gas appliances and modern finishes.

“This project appeals to the traditional Scottsdale buyer looking for an extremely high-quality new build product that delivers luxurious city living and an impeccable investment in the heart of Scottsdale’s most buzzed about up-and-coming neighborhood,” Lyles said.

Inspire on Earll expected to break ground in April and be completed in late 2016.

Interested buyers can register for VIP Showings at www. InspireCondos.com or call 480.947.7004. 

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Deco Communities announces $42M ‘Inspire on Earll’

Deco Communities has chosen an emerging area just south of Old Town Scottsdale to debut its latest, exciting residential concept: Inspire. The $42M project will offer contemporary-styled residences in a hip, up and coming area of South Scottsdale.

Inspire on Earll, to be located at 7300 E. Earll Drive, combines exceptional location with superior design and amenities, creating an urban sanctuary on the edge of vibrant Old Town Scottsdale, affectionately dubbed SoSco as of late. The complex will include 97 stylish condominiums offering fresh and luxurious common areas, with state-of-the-art fitness facility, central courtyard, pool, spa and Dog Park.

Drawing inspiration from everything from the sunrise atop Camelback Mountain, to Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, to local icons like Sandra Day O’Connor and Michael Crow, a cold Four Peaks beer enjoyed on a Friday in March at a Spring Training game, and even Charleen Badman’s braised leeks dish revered by Food & Wine Magazine, Inspire on Earll is about community. Inspire on Earll is about authenticity. But most of all, Inspire on Earll is about people.

With Inspire, Deco Communities offers modern, yet timeless design from interior to exterior. Starting at $299,000, Deco’s latest condominium development will compliment their other developments – super-luxury Envy project set to be developed in the thumping heart of Scottsdale’s Entertainment District and its urban relative, the hipster Edison Midtown project set for downtown’s Central Corridor.

Once again, Deco Communities has assembled a team of top talent to construct its latest project. Daniel Gehman of LA-based Harley Ellis Devereaux, an award-winning architecture firm whose credits include a collection of high-profile designs across the US will lead the project’s design. Private Label, a Valley-based interior design firm specializing in cultivating lifestyle experiences through strategic design will curate the interior and exterior spaces.  Inspire combines bold, striking design with warmth and comfort.

With Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, Scottsdale Stadium and the Old Town Scottsdale Farmer’s Market within walking distance, Inspire on Earll will appeal to homebuyers looking for the best the Scottsdale lifestyle has to offer including easy access to world-class sports and recreation, outstanding arts and entertainment, premier shopping, nationally-renowned restaurants and nightlife and key downtown services and amenities in the heart of the city’s walkable, bikeable grid.

“There is significant demand for new construction multi-family in Scottsdale,” said Rob Lyles, partner for Deco Communities. “This new project will bring 97 brand new condominiums to an area of Scottsdale that has not seen new construction for quite a long time,” he said. “We are thrilled to be the first to bring brand new, architecturally unique residences offering contemporary styling and modern amenities to exciting, emerging neighborhood that has its own identity unique from Old Town and the rest of Scottsdale,” he said.

The property will offer several floor plans ranging from approximately 800 square foot one-bedroom units up to a 2100 square foot two-bedroom, split-master with den. The property will offer state-of-the-art amenities including a sprawling courtyard pool and spa, health-club inspired fitness facilities, WI-FI common areas, City of Scottsdale recycling, bicycle storage, electric car charging stations and secured underground parking.

Individual units will cater to the needs of today’s high-end condominium buyer including expansive split master plans, grand 10’ ceilings, open floor plans, gas appliances and modern finishes.

“This project appeals to the traditional Scottsdale buyer looking for an extremely high-quality new build product that delivers luxurious city living and an impeccable investment in the heart of Scottsdale’s most buzzed about up-and-coming neighborhood,” Lyles said.

Inspire on Earll expected to break ground in April and be completed in late 2016.

Interested buyers can register for VIP Showings at www. InspireCondos.com or  call 480.947.7004.

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RED Awards 2015: Best Multifamily Project

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 10th annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2014 and the construction teams involved. RED Award trophies were handed out in 10 project categories, to six brokerage teams and safety, subcontractor, architect, general contractor and developer of the year awards were also presented. AZRE also recognized Sunbelt Holdings President and CEO John Graham with a lifetime achievement award. Click here to view all 2015 RED Awards Winners.

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by Mark Skalny

Broadstone Lincoln

Developer: Alliance Residential Company
Contractor: Alliance Residential Builders
Architect: ORB Architecture, LLC
Size: 219KSF
Location: Paradise Valley
Completed: June 2014

Apartment living is all about the amenities these days. In an area where home values average $390,000 and household incomes surpass $100,000, Broadstone Lincoln is a 264-unit community on 5.31 acres in Scottsdale/Paradise Valley. It’s intended to attract residents who are 35+ or empty-nesters with its upgraded fixtures and appliances, gas cooktops, hard-surface counters, climate-controlled interior corridors, direct-access elevators, underground parking, private garages, fitness center, common areas for entertaining and a flex studio. The building is also Alliance Residential Company’s second LEED Platinum certified in the country.

Dallas company buys Camelback Square

Velocis, a private equity real estate fund, today announced the purchase of Camelback Square, a three-story Class-A office project in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona. The asset was previously owned by Lincoln Property Company (LPC), along with a fund managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (Oaktree).

The sale underscores the attractiveness of the project and Old Town Scottsdale.

“The Old Town Scottsdale office market is an extremely popular area that is experiencing steadily rising rents and values,” said Velocis Principal Paul Smith. “Camelback Square is our first acquisition in the Phoenix market, and one we hope to build on as we pursue additional assets in the Southwest region.”

The project buyer, Dallas-based Velocis, has been active in real estate investment since 2011, purchasing 16 assets located in markets in Texas, Colorado, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina. Velocis is led by a team of five seasoned principals who are directly responsible for the acquisition, asset management and disposition of assets.

LPC will continue to manage the property for the new owner.

“Over the last few years, we’ve witnessed a strong tenant demand in Old Town Scottsdale due to the surrounding amenity base of high-end residential, luxury shopping, hotels and entertainment options,” said Oaktree Managing Director Mark Jacobs. “We believe the tenant demand will continue and are looking to make additional investments in Old Town Scottsdale along with other areas of Phoenix.

The 174,917-square-foot Camelback Square is located at 6991 E. Camelback Rd., at the southwest corner of Camelback and Goldwater roads. It is currently 95 percent leased to tenants including Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse, ZocDoc, Regus, Ashton Woods, Echo Global Logistics and Digital Airstrike. The project’s on-site amenities include the award-winning Mastro’s (a top 10 steakhouse in the U.S.), a bistro, tenant collaboration space and common area Wi-Fi.

“Old Town Scottsdale is an example of the new creative office environment, with the amenities investors look for to deliver solid rent growth, rising values and strong tenants year after year,” said Lincoln Property Company’s Executive Vice President David Krumwiede, who completed the deal along with Vice President Amr Ceran. “We recognized this when we purchased Camelback Square almost four years ago, and that foundation is even more evident today – following the execution of a repositioning plan that re-energized this asset as a long term centerpiece project.”

LPC and Oaktree purchased Camelback Square out of special servicing in June 2011. Since that time, they have completed a major renovation including new building entrances, modern lobby and common area finishes, a courtyard water feature and patio furniture, and upgraded building signage. They also initiated an aggressive leasing plan that – in partnership with Bill Blake, Craig Coppola, Andrew Cheney, Colton Trauter and Gregg Kafka of Lee & Associates – moved the project from just 50 percent occupied to almost 100 percent occupied.

Barry Gabel, Chris Marchildon, Kevin Shannon, Ken White and Paul Jones of CBRE led the project’s investment sales listing campaign.

Camelback Square sits adjacent to the 2 million-square-foot Scottsdale Fashion Square regional shopping center featuring the state’s only Barney’s New York and Neiman Marcus. It is located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, a submarket that consistently attracts forward-thinking companies seeking the area’s contemporary mix of office, residential, dining, arts and entertainment destinations.

For leasing information on Camelback Square or to discuss additional investment opportunities in the Desert West Region, please contact David Krumwiede or Amr Ceran at (602) 912-8888.

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ENVY Residences Phase 1 now sold out

ENVY Residences announced it has completed the sale of 21 luxury condominiums within the Old Town Scottsdale development, which will break ground early this spring. This completes the first phase of sales for ENVY Residences. The units were purchased by a number of buyers from Arizona, California, New York and Canada and ranged in price from $350,000 to $1.4 million each. The developer, Deco Communities, says demand appears quite strong for high-end new condominium construction in Scottsdale and across the Valley.

“With the development of ENVY Residences we are introducing a new luxury living experience to the Valley, and buying activity has been robust,” said developer Rob Lyles with Deco Communities. “Luxury condominium buyers tend to be sophisticated in their purchasing decisions as it relates to architecture, interior design, premium amenities and lifestyle offerings. Given the lack of new luxury condominium supply in the market, we see that our project is filling a void with the pent-up demand we’ve experienced.”

ENVY Residences aims to fuse art and architecture in the sleek and contemporary concrete and steel construction of the building. The interiors aim to convey a sense of sophistication and style by focusing on modern and usable living spaces, quality details in the kitchens and bathrooms and VIP services such as 24-hour concierge and security, a 4,000 foot fitness facility designed by Phoenix celebrity fitness trainer Lucas James, a pool area with cabanas, the Black Label Club which is a private entertaining area and an underground private and secured parking garage.

With 10 richly-appointed floor plans including eight sophisticated penthouse designs, ENVY offers units ranging from 750 to over 2,400 square feet.  Each residence will have modern amenities including European-style kitchens with Bosch appliances, 9- to 11 foot ceilings, quartz countertops, backsplashes, designer fixtures and hardware,spacious walk-in closets, wood floors and large balconies.

“Old Town Scottsdale is experiencing robust demand that is fueling economic growth in the area and bringing the city’s work, play and live vision to fruition,” said Roberta Candelaria, Exclusive Listing Agent for ENVY Residences. “We have had significant interest in ENVY since opening our pre-registration at the beginning of November with several buyers indicating they have been patiently waiting for a project like this to emerge,” she said.

ENVY Residences Phase Two will be released later this month and will offer an additional 20 residences.  The eight story condominium development will overlook the Entertainment District, home to popular culinary, nightlife, gallery and retail establishments. ENVY’s location and design are intended to offer residents panoramic views of Camelback Mountain, the McDowell Mountain Range and the city.

The ENVY Residences Presentation Center is now open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm and on Mondays and evenings by appointment only. To inquire about living at ENVY or to join the VIP reservation list visit www.envyresidences.com or call 480.588.6951.

Experience ENVY Residences on Facebook by visiting facebook.com/envyscottsdale and on Instagram @EnvyResidences.

New boutique brings boho-chic to Scottsdale

5 two 3 opened its doors in November to its first-ever retail store in the heart of bustling Old Town Scottsdale, Ariz. Located at the southwest corner of Goldwater Boulevard and Fifth Avenue.  The boho inspired boutique offers handmade, free-spirited women’s clothing and yoga headbands in a myriad of vibrant prints and comfortable fabrics.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the buzzing Scottsdale shopping and fashion scene,” said 5 two 3 co-founder Brittany Garcia. “We believe our clothing and accessory line brings something fun and totally different to the community.”

5 two 3 offers everything from stylish sweatpants, faux fur vests and groovy bell bottoms dubbed “peace pants,” to rompers, vintage t-shirts and yoga headbands. Shoppers can expect to see patterns and fabrics change seasonally. “Our brand is unlike anything you’ll see at the mall. You won’t find the girl next to you in yoga wearing anything like it.”

All items are handcrafted in Phoenix using American made fabric sourced from California. In addition, patrons can feel good about their purchase because the local business donates 5.23 percent of proceeds from each item sold to organizations benefiting women entrepreneurs in developing companies who have their own apparel companies.

Garcia and co-founder Karah Eaton founded 5 two 3, named after the May 23 birthday they share, in January 2013 while working together at a yoga studio in Phoenix. The duo launched the brand modestly with a simple line of yoga headbands they sewed by hand with a thread and needle in their apartments. Today, in addition to the newly opened brick and mortar locale, limited quantities of 5 two 3 apparel and yoga headbands can be found at all Kaleidoscope Juice, Madison Improvement Club and True Hot Yoga locations, and at Pepper Boutique.

5 two 3 is located at 6957 E. Fifth Ave. in Scottsdale. The boutique is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call (480) 946-0856 or visit www.5two3.com.

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Marcellino’s redefines romance in the restaurant business

Being a romantic restaurant isn’t just about candlelight, exclusivity and good design. Although those are all qualities of Old Town Scottsdale’s Marcellino’s, too, true romance is embodied in the artistry of the menu items, the story behind its owners and the dedication of its kitchen staff.

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Marcellino’s

Marcellino’s Ristorante has made a quiet spot of its own in Old Town Scottsdale. With a “piazza” feel to its outdoor patio, the dark wood and candlelit dining room that bring a romantic flair designed and built by its chef, Marcellino’s is a piece of Italy in the center of downtown Scottsdale.

Just last week, there were three engagements at Marcellino’s, says its public relations spokeswoman Nadine Allen, president of Rockingwood Studio. As she spoke, white petals were being crushed and camera flashes were going off during the restaurant’s first wedding ceremony, taking place on an intimate patio outside the window behind her.

This event has some special meaning for Chef and his wife (and business partner), Sima Venzino, who were married in 1996 at a restaurant in New York. In fact, his first restaurant gig after moving to New York from Rome started two days after their wedding.

Marcellino is more than a chef, Venzino says. He’s an artist. He designed a fountain constructed out of wine bottles on the restaurant’s patio used for the wedding ceremony, he decorated (and built portions) of the restaurant’s interior, he cultivates a garden at home and in planters outside the restaurant, and he designs menu items that Venzino says he never tastes until it’s completed.

Chef Marcellino

Chef Marcellino

You’ll never see salt and pepper on any of the tables at Marcellino’s either. This is part of the aforementioned artistry, Venzino says. Everything is prepared exactly as patrons should experience it. However, waiters will offer pepper and Parmesan when delivering plates of pasta or salad.

Though Marcellino has cultivated his skills in the kitchens of various restaurants, everything goes back to his roots on a farm. Marcellino was 11 when his mother passed away. He took her role in the kitchen and began preparing meals for his sister and father. In terms of training, that’s as far as Marcellino ever got. Family remains an important quality in the restaurant; staff eat at a big family table in the back of the restaurant around 4 p.m., Venzino says.

Table for two at Marcellino's

Table for two at Marcellino’s

Playing into Marcellino’s roots on an Italian farm, everything at the restaurant is fresh. Chef Marcellino roasts eight eggplants a day for a red pepper, eggplant and basil spread served with table bread. On the patio, Marcellino has a herb garden that he and his bartenders use for dishes and drinks. Marcellino also has an impressive garden at his home in Moon Valley, says Allen. While many chefs use fresh ingredients or may have strong roots to a homeland of their cuisine, Venzino articulates what sets Marcellino’s apart.

“It’s a tremendous gift,” says Venzino of her husband’s approach to food. “He takes a classic recipe and puts an enhancement on it with the respect for the dish intact.”

The way to structure dinner at Marcellino’s is as such: antipasti (appetizer), pasta, secondo (main course/protein) and dolce (dessert).

Make a reservation, though. During the peak season (read: now), Venzino says the restaurant can turn down up to 50 couples who try to get a seat for dinner.

Bright plates and vibrant platefuls.

Bright plates and vibrant platefuls.

Dinner began with an antipasto of buffalo mozzarella wrapped in pancetta and served with basil, red peppers and a sundried tomato.

The pasta dishes we tried were Paccatelli al Ragu di Salsiccia — a pasta served with tomato sauce and sausage ragu — and spinach ricotta ravioli with sage butter sauce. All pasta is handmade. For secondo, Chef served up seared ahi tuna with a tomato balsamic vinegar sauce and a dollop of mashed potato.

Dessert was a win all-around — and it comes with flaming sugar cubes in tow, by the way. Tiramisu was light and perhaps the best we’ve had at Scottsdale Living. Panna cotta, a baked vanilla cream, is made with vanilla beans from halfway around the world. And the chocolate mousse is a rich, yet light dish that is big enough to share, if you can get yourself to part with a bite of it — now that’s a true test of romance.

Visit Marcellino’s Ristorante: 7114 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, marcellinoristorante.com

"Blondie" margaritas at The Barrio Queen

Thirsty Thursday: Barrio Queen Tequileria y Restaurante

July 24 is National Tequila Day, and there’s only one place you’ll find us in Scottsdale celebrating happy hour — Barrio Queen in Old Town. All tequila, mescals and sotols are half-off. You can also swipe a tequila flight for $10 and a margarita for $6.

Barrio Queen, head by renowned Chef Silvana Salcido Esperanza, just launched its Tequila Passport program at the end of June. The way it works is thus: For every tequila you try at Barrio Queen, you get a stamp in a Barrio Queen-provided passport (You know you’ll need help keeping track after a few!)

Not only does the restaurant serve some of the most delicious Mexican dishes in the Valley (with occasional French flairs) and makes its pomegranate and craisin guacamole table-side, but it also offers the largest selection of tequila in the Valley with which to wash it down.

Barrio Queen offers more than 400+ tequilas, mezcals, bacanora and sotols and a huge mix of blancos, reposados and anejos. It’s located at 7114 E. Stetson Drive, Suite 105. Happy hour is Monday to Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. (all day Tuesdays).

 

Here’s a margarita recipe we found in the back of our passport:

La Mula Mexicana

What you need:

2 oz. Don Julio Blanco

1 oz. lime juice

.75 oz. house ginger syrup (see below for recipe)

Topped off with Mexican Coca-Cola

To prepare:

Add all ingredients, except Coca-Cola, to shaker with ice. Shake and strain over cracked ice in highball or hurricane-style glass. Top off with 3 to 4 oz. of Coca-Cola. Garnish with lime.

To prepare ginger syrup:

.75 cup of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of water

Bring ingredients to a summer in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Gently simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, then strain through a sieve and cool to room temperature.

 

4141 N. Scottsdale Rd.

Cushman & Wakefield negotiates two leases at Scottsdale office building

Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona, Inc. negotiated leases totaling 24,486 square feet for a commercial real estate advisory firm and a medical care company at 4141 N. Scottsdale Rd.

Fresenius Medical Care of Waltham, Mass., signed a 12-year lease for 15,317 square feet. Fresenius provides dialysis treatment through a network of more than 1,800 facilities nationwide. Keyser signed a 6-year lease for 9,169 square feet. It is relocating from 1048 N. 48th St. in Phoenix.

“Both tenants saw an opportunity to plant a flag in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale,” said Chris Latvaaho. “Scottsdale continues to attract innovative companies that see the value of locating their business in what has been branded as the live-work-play that is unique to Scottsdale and not easy to replicate anywhere else in the Valley.”

The anchor tenant is Aetna Life Insurance. With the two leases, occupancy will be 89 percent.

Latvaaho and Tim Whittemore of Cushman & Wakefield represented the landlord, an entity owned by certain affiliates of Westport Capital Partners LLC. Keyser was represented by company owner Jonathan Keyser. Fresenius was represented by Pete Wentis and Jim Greene of CBRE.

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SkySong creates outdoor work environment

Sometimes, a little fresh air is all it takes to get the creative ideas and innovation flowing.

So, as part of efforts to enhance an already exceptional work environment, SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center has created a new “Outdoor Living Room” work environment where employees working at the project can collaborate and conduct business while enjoying Arizona’s weather and scenic beauty.

The Outdoor Living Room space is the first of its kind in the Valley of the Sun, and includes a combination of stunning furniture and public spaces along with the wifi connectivity and power supply necessary for working in the 21st Century business world.

And the outdoor spaces will be expanded and enhanced in the coming months to prepare for the opening of SkySong 3 and other new features in the project.

The Outdoor Living Room includes comfortable chairs from renowned architect and designer Frank Gehry’s collection as well as high-top seating for meetings and collaboration. Hayes Architecture + Interiors is leading the project from a design standpoint, with the goal of creating a truly unique environment for interactive work and brainstorming.

It’s one of a number of steps being taken at SkySong to enhance the SkySong experience and create more connectivity in the project.

Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of SkySong, said the Outdoor Living Room spaces are part of the spirit of collaboration that has defined the project from Day 1.

“We are very proud of the work environment we have created for the companies at SkySong, where they can come together and make the most of technology to grow and enhance their businesses,” she said. “We heard from many people working at SkySong each day that they wanted more opportunities to interact with other professionals in the project, and we thought that creating inviting outdoor amenities was a great way of meeting that need for the companies working there.”

SkySong has already added food trucks on the fourth Thursday of each month as well as a First Friday trolley service into Old Town Scottsdale. These new additions will culminate with the opening of SkySong 3, scheduled to take place this summer.

SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is a home to a global business community that links technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and education to position ASU and Greater Phoenix as global leaders of the knowledge economy.

SkySong is a 42-acre mixed use development designed to:

  • Create an ecology of collaboration and innovation among high-profile technology enterprises and related researchers;
  • Advance global business objectives of on-site enterprises;
  • Raise Arizona’s profile as a global center of innovation through co-location of ASU’s strategic global partners; and
  • Create a unique regional economic and social asset.

outdoor-living-room-plansCompanies located at SkySong enjoy a special relationship with Arizona State University, which has more than 73,000 students at four metropolitan Phoenix campuses. Its campus in Tempe is the single largest campus in the U.S., and is located less than three miles from SkySong.

In addition to locating its own innovative research units at the center, ASU provides tenants with direct access to relevant research, educational opportunities and cultural events on its campuses. Through ASU’s on-site operations, tenant companies have a single point of contact for introductions to researchers, faculty and programs to address their specific needs.

For more information on SkySong, visit www.skysongcenter.com or www.facebook.com/skysongcenter.

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Jimmy John’s Leases Space in Old Town Scottsdale

SRS Real Estate Partners has leased another space for Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. The former Qdoba space is 1,875 SF, located at the SWC of Indian School and Scottsdale roads. Jimmy John’s will open spring 2014. The space is located on the hard corner of the high traffic intersection adjacent to the Starbucks in prominent Old Town Scottsdale.

Brian Polachek with SRS Real Estate Partners represented Jimmy John’s in the transaction.  Michael Feldman and Danielle Davis at LevRose Real Estate represented the landlord, PMC Enterprises, LLC.

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Old Town Scottsdale to Get a Jimmy John's

“Free smells” are coming to Old Town! After a night of pub crawling, you can fill your stomach with delicious subs make freakishly fast!

SRS Real Estate Partners announced Wednesday it has leased another space for Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. The former Qdoba space is 1,875 square-feet, located at the southwest corner of Indian School and Scottsdale roads. Jimmy John’s will open later this spring. The space is located on the hard corner of the high traffic intersection adjacent to the Starbucks in prominent Old Town Scottsdale.

Brian Polachek with SRS Real Estate Partners represented Jimmy John’s in the transaction.  Michael Feldman and Danielle Davis at LevRose Real Estate represented the landlord, PMC Enterprises, LLC.

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Old Town Scottsdale Office Building Sells for $2.15M

A 7,707 SF office building located at 7000 E. 1st Ave. in Old Town Scottsdale was recently sold for $2.15M. Price per square foot was calculated at $278.97.

The entity, Laguna Holdings, LLC dba Bigfish Creative Group was the buyer of the property. The design and marketing agency will occupy the space when interior upgrades are completed by the first of the year.

Comptrol Technologies was the seller of the property and included a short-term sale leaseback until the end of November. Bill Blake and Colton Trauter, Principals with Lee & Associates Arizona negotiated on behalf of the buyer. Barry Lammersen of Lammersen & Associates represented the seller. Tom Alteri, Senior Vice President with MidFirst Bank provided financing.

There are more than 3,400 businesses with 43,000 employees located within one and-a-half miles of the property.

The two-story building, built in 1974 and renovated in 2012 has high-end features such as double-pane windows, vessel sinks with waterfall faucets and seven new HVAC roof units.

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Amenzone Fitness Opens Old Town Scottsdale Location

Primal-fitness purveyors Amenzone Fitness will open their newest fitness facility Saturday, June 15 in Old Town Scottsdale.

The free grand opening event will be a fun-filled, action-packed afternoon of classes showcasing the primal workouts that the Amenzone philosophy is founded on:  “true healthcare is self-care.” Guests will have the opportunity to meet the trainers and experience the 30-minute long workouts that will begin at 11 a.m. and go until 1 p.m. The class schedule is as follows:

·         Primal Class 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
·         Boxing Class 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
·         Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class – 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Amenzone Fitness is a back-to-basics primal approach for all ages where you won’t find weights, machines or even mirrors in the facility but instead, recycled tires, sandbags, boxing bags, pull up bars, and hammers. This primal method promotes a natural form of body movements and is complimented by Amenzone’s intrinsic motivational training style leaving one not only physically strong, but mentally strong as well. Amenzone’s tagline reads “Training for Life” and one would say Amenzone is indeed just that, a training facility… for Life!

The success of Amenzone’s corporate owned locations, in North Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, has led to the opening of the Old Town location along with the launch of Amenzone Franchising. Recently, Amenzone hosted a “Training for Life” tour with stops in San Diego and Orange County, which brings the high-intensity primal workout on the road, to promote franchise opportunities as Amenzone looks forward to the addition of more regional locations in Arizona, as well as nationally in the coming months.

Take advantage of Amenzone’s Primal Preferred memberships currently being “grandfathered” in for the Old Town location at $95 per month (originally $125). This offer will end on June 15 following the grand opening. A free three-day pass and a fitness assessment are also available through July 31. Personal training is offered as well; call 480.704.4800 for pricing.

For more information visit www.amenzone.com

Amenzone Fitness is located at 4260 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Suite 100

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The Venue Brings Back the 70s and 80s

The Venue Scottsdale, the premiere special events venue in Old Town Scottsdale, is launching Boogie Nights – a recurring party that will merge 70s and 80s dance music spinning from DJ Pauly. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their best attire from that era and dance the nights away to a state of the art sound system, lighting and more. EVA 95.5 FM, “the Valley’s old school station” has partnered with The Venue to create a party filled with your favorite groovy dance music.

The event will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and reoccur every 6 weeks beginning April 20. There will be a $15 cover for each night which will include costume contests, drink specials and a really funky time. Tickets can be purchased at www.boogienightsscottsdale.eventbrite.com/ or at the door.

The Venue Scottsdale is located at 7117 E. 3rd Avenue in Old Town, Scottsdale.

“This is our opportunity to bring back some of the great events The Venue has a history of hosting,” says Director of Marketing David Twigger. “We’ve had the idea to host a themed dance party and Boogie Nights will allow guests the chance to let loose, dance to their favorite tunes and dress up in their outrageous retro threads costumes if they choose.”

The Venue Scottsdale has reinvested in the 29,000 square foot event space to upgrade the facility to a sleek upscale look. The roughly $1 million remodel includes Israeli limestone work throughout the venue, granite countertops, a re-inspired entry way, new doors and flooring, a new HVAC system, grass roof covering, an upgraded audio visual system and more.

The Venue Scottsdale has also announced plans to open a new concept, V&V. The two story lounge will be complete with a beautiful spiral staircase leading to a third floor roof top experience. V&V is slated to open to the public in fall 2013.

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Saguaro Scottsdale Is Giants' Official Hotel

Less than a half mile, depending on the route.  That’s the distance from Scottsdale Stadium to The Saguaro Scottsdale, the official spring training hotel of the World Champion San Francisco Giants.

The Saguaro Scottsdale, a chic hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, will be pouring bubbly for the legions of Bay Area fans who travel to get the season’s first look at the reigning World Champs.  Of course, The Saguaro also welcomes the oodles of San Francisco transplants who now call Arizona home.

“There’s always a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding spring training, and The Saguaro Scottsdale is thrilled to be an official partner with the San Francisco Giants,” Alan Klein, Saguaro’s general manager, said. “The Saguaro is a natural hub for Giants fans.  We welcome the sea of orange and black that traditionally marks the arrival of March at our hotel.”

Splashed with vibrant colors and cushioned by an active arts district, the Saguaro Scottsdale offers a quiet yet connected retreat for baseball fans and anyone else looking to slip away from the daily grind.  The Saguaro Scottsdale is home to Distrito, a restaurant by Iron Chef Jose Garces, featuring traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist.  Distrito was among the region’s best new destinations as ranked by the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Magazine, and was named as the “Best Place To Take A Foodie” by the Phoenix New Times.

The hotel is also home to the Saguaro Spa, a sanctuary offering replenishing treatments from wraps to massages to facials.  For information regarding reservations at The Saguaro, call 877-808-2440 or visit http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/arizona/saguaro.

Saguaro pool

Saguaro Scottsdale Is Giants' Official Hotel

Less than a half mile, depending on the route.  That’s the distance from Scottsdale Stadium to The Saguaro Scottsdale, the official spring training hotel of the World Champion San Francisco Giants.

The Saguaro Scottsdale, a chic hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, will be pouring bubbly for the legions of Bay Area fans who travel to get the season’s first look at the reigning World Champs.  Of course, The Saguaro also welcomes the oodles of San Francisco transplants who now call Arizona home.

“There’s always a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding spring training, and The Saguaro Scottsdale is thrilled to be an official partner with the San Francisco Giants,” Alan Klein, Saguaro’s general manager, said. “The Saguaro is a natural hub for Giants fans.  We welcome the sea of orange and black that traditionally marks the arrival of March at our hotel.”

Splashed with vibrant colors and cushioned by an active arts district, the Saguaro Scottsdale offers a quiet yet connected retreat for baseball fans and anyone else looking to slip away from the daily grind.  The Saguaro Scottsdale is home to Distrito, a restaurant by Iron Chef Jose Garces, featuring traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist.  Distrito was among the region’s best new destinations as ranked by the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Magazine, and was named as the “Best Place To Take A Foodie” by the Phoenix New Times.

The hotel is also home to the Saguaro Spa, a sanctuary offering replenishing treatments from wraps to massages to facials.  For information regarding reservations at The Saguaro, call 877-808-2440 or visit http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/arizona/saguaro.

Saguaro pool

Saguaro Scottsdale Is Giants’ Official Hotel

Less than a half mile, depending on the route.  That’s the distance from Scottsdale Stadium to The Saguaro Scottsdale, the official spring training hotel of the World Champion San Francisco Giants.

The Saguaro Scottsdale, a chic hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, will be pouring bubbly for the legions of Bay Area fans who travel to get the season’s first look at the reigning World Champs.  Of course, The Saguaro also welcomes the oodles of San Francisco transplants who now call Arizona home.

“There’s always a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding spring training, and The Saguaro Scottsdale is thrilled to be an official partner with the San Francisco Giants,” Alan Klein, Saguaro’s general manager, said. “The Saguaro is a natural hub for Giants fans.  We welcome the sea of orange and black that traditionally marks the arrival of March at our hotel.”

Splashed with vibrant colors and cushioned by an active arts district, the Saguaro Scottsdale offers a quiet yet connected retreat for baseball fans and anyone else looking to slip away from the daily grind.  The Saguaro Scottsdale is home to Distrito, a restaurant by Iron Chef Jose Garces, featuring traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist.  Distrito was among the region’s best new destinations as ranked by the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Magazine, and was named as the “Best Place To Take A Foodie” by the Phoenix New Times.

The hotel is also home to the Saguaro Spa, a sanctuary offering replenishing treatments from wraps to massages to facials.  For information regarding reservations at The Saguaro, call 877-808-2440 or visit http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/arizona/saguaro.

Saguaro pool

Saguaro Scottsdale Is Giants' Official Hotel

Less than a half mile, depending on the route.  That’s the distance from Scottsdale Stadium to The Saguaro Scottsdale, the official spring training hotel of the World Champion San Francisco Giants.

The Saguaro Scottsdale, a chic hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, will be pouring bubbly for the legions of Bay Area fans who travel to get the season’s first look at the reigning World Champs.  Of course, The Saguaro also welcomes the oodles of San Francisco transplants who now call Arizona home.

“There’s always a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding spring training, and The Saguaro Scottsdale is thrilled to be an official partner with the San Francisco Giants,” Alan Klein, Saguaro’s general manager, said. “The Saguaro is a natural hub for Giants fans.  We welcome the sea of orange and black that traditionally marks the arrival of March at our hotel.”

Splashed with vibrant colors and cushioned by an active arts district, the Saguaro Scottsdale offers a quiet yet connected retreat for baseball fans and anyone else looking to slip away from the daily grind.  The Saguaro Scottsdale is home to Distrito, a restaurant by Iron Chef Jose Garces, featuring traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist.  Distrito was among the region’s best new destinations as ranked by the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Magazine, and was named as the “Best Place To Take A Foodie” by the Phoenix New Times.

The hotel is also home to the Saguaro Spa, a sanctuary offering replenishing treatments from wraps to massages to facials.  For information regarding reservations at The Saguaro, call 877-808-2440 or visit http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/arizona/saguaro.

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Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Celebrates 10 Years, Hosts Upscale Birthday Party Charity Event

Best known best for its award-winning, coal-fired oven-baked pizza, calzones, fresh salads and delicious deserts, Arizona-based Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is celebrating 10 years of flourishing business in the Valley. Despite the recession, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has experienced a continuing double-digit growth with no sign of stopping.

Grimaldi’s has experienced a 33 percent increase in 2011 and 21 percent increase in 2012.  Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has seven locations throughout Arizona and 22 more throughout the U.S. With no sign of slowing down, it’s continuing its growing trend into 2013 with the opening of six new locations in Colorado, California, Missouri, Texas and Florida. To accommodate its new locations, Grimaldi’s is planning to hire 500 more people, bringing the total employee count to more than 2,500. In a time when jobs are crucial to the economy, the pizzeria is not only maintaining a steady growth of its own business, but also attributing to the economy with jobs to the workforce.

Grimaldi’s goal to provide the finest meals, customer service and warm atmosphere has attributed to its growth.

“In challenging times, customers are looking for quality and consistency and that is what Grimaldi’s Pizzeria continues to provide; our philosophy has always been to serve the finest ingredients and maintain great customer service,” said Joe Ciolli, president and CEO of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. “This has paid off tremendously, and whether Grimaldi’s is located in Arizona, California or Texas, customers are guaranteed a delicious meal and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.”

The pizzeria is not only an Arizona favorite, with seven locations (two in Chandler, one in Gilbert, three in Scottsdale and one in Peoria and Tucson), but it also consistently wins Zagat’s best pizza year after year.

In celebration of “10 years in the Valley,” on February 24, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will celebrate with an upscale birthday party event benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) at its Old Town Scottsdale location. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will go to PCH. At the event, guests will enjoy a meal of their choice for $50, and local celebrities will be serving guests, a World Champion dough-thrower will be present as well as a Frank Sinatra impersonator — in addition to other exciting birthday surprises.

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane will also declare February 24 as “Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Day.”

To purchase tickets or for more information about Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, please visit grimaldispizzeria.com or call (480) 994-1100.    

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
“Celebration of 10 Years in the Valley” Birthday Party

When: Sunday, February 24, 2013, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Old Town Scottsdale
4000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Cost: $50 per person
Contact: (480) 994-1100
Online: grimaldispizzeria.com

 

The Mint

Be "Pretty In Pink" And Raise Breast Cancer Awareness At The Mint

The month of October calls for gals and guys alike to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness month — just by dressing in pink. And The Mint in Old Town Scottsdale is hosting its “Pretty in Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness party on Thursday, October 4 — so you have a place to wear your LPD or pink polo.

Lyndsie LouThe premier restaurant and ultra-lounge’s Pretty in Pink event will raise funds and awareness for those suffering with breast cancer. The evening’s emcee will be Lyndsie “J” Lou, the host of The Valley Catch, which is a videography company equipped with a Spokesmodel to help and promote local businesses. Lou is also the host of “Destination TV,” an upcoming ABC show. But, attendees may best recognize her from “The Bachelor: Season 16,” as one of the bachelorettes vying for Ben Flajnik’s heart.

Entertainment includes beats by DJ Knick Knack. Specialties pink cocktails will be served, including the Blueberry Margarita, the Elevated Awareness (Hypnotic Harmonie, Chopin Vodka, freshly squeezed lemon juice, topped with champagne and a slice of strawberry served in a flute) and the BCA Sangria (a medley of dry white wine, strawberries, raspberries, lemon, lime and orange infused with Chopin and Hypnotic Harmonie, topped with a splash of ginger ale).

But what makes this cocktails even sweeter is that for every drink sold, $1 will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. It doesn’t stop there, though. Every pink drink sold throughout October will net an additional $1 toward the foundation.

But the big event of the night is the live auction, hosted by Lou. Items include a one-of-a-kind pink dress by Ted Baker, a signed basketball by Suns player Channing Frye, and a signed Jared Dudley jersey. All proceeds from these items will directly benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

For more information about The Mint’s “Pretty in Pink” party, visit themintaz.com.

The Mint’s “Pretty in Pink” Party
When: Thursday, October 4 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: 7373 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Call: (480) 947-6468
Online: themintaz.com
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