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Terés Nail Bar, The Best Thing to Happen to Nails Since Polish

There’s a new nail bar in town, and I must forewarn you, don’t step inside unless you can come back again and again. terés | A NAIL BAR, located on Indian School Rd. in Old Town Scottsdale, is a quaint space with high ceilings, boasting an earthy feel to it. This might seem contradictory, but terés is a contradiction in and of itself.

As a self-proclaimed “avid nail consumer,” nail bar founder Courtney Steele felt there was no middle ground in service or quality for nail salons and explained that every aspect of her salon comes back to value. This emphasis is definitely nailed into the salon’s concept.

Along with the mango-flavored aloe water you are handed as you walk in, you also receive a “bar tab” that can be customized to your needs. This can especially come in handy on mother-daughter dates when a mom wants to be pampered and her daughter simply needs a color change. Each mani/pedi can have an add-on luxury, ranging from a sugar scrub to a 10-minute massage, and each luxury comes with a “remedy” — the aromatherapy of your choice depending on your mood of the day.

The selection of treatments is just as diverse as the women who work at terés; there’s the punk-rock girl with bright red hair; the cute, little hipster blonde chick; and Vicki Zarek, the 50-something Illinois native who’s seemingly too cool for her age. I had the pleasure of getting my nails done by Vicki, who’s also the co-manager of terés. She explains terés’ business plan best: “luxury services at affordable prices.” While this is definitely true, you can find yourself getting so sucked in by these “affordable prices” that they slowly add up until you’re walking out with a $70 mani/pedi — like I did.

However, the salon is definitely the trendiest I’ve seen, and coming from a NYC native, that is saying something! The salon may be lacking on its color selection, but it makes up for it with a glitter tray that has every shade of ROY G BIV a girl can ask for. The nail bar also offers caviar nails, the newest thing in 3D nail art. Courtney is also open to suggestions, and explains that Pinterest is the greatest source for all things new. If you want to come in and have your nails done a certain way, bring a picture, and the girls will try their best to accommodate you.

terés | a nail bar

7120 E. Indian School Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 499-4901
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sat., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Extreme Sport, Arizona Adventures

Extreme Sports And Other Arizona Adventures For Thrill Seekers

Extreme Sports And Other Arizona Adventures For Thrill Seekers

If you ever heard yourself complain about the lack of things to do in Arizona, look no further than your front door. Heavy in natural wonder, Arizona is an extraordinary place to do out-of-the-ordinary things, especially extreme sports.

Trapeze U

Extreme Sport, Arizona Adventures

Have you ever dreamed of trapezing P.T Barnum style? At Trapeze U, dubbed the “Institute of Higher Learning,” your dreams of flying high can become your reality. Located in Gilbert, classes range from “fly-bys” (one-time go arounds on the swings) to an eight-week long “fundamentals of flight” course. A juggling course is also offered. Fun for the whole family, children as young as four years old can have a test run on the swings.

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If You Go:
14407 E. Pecos Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(888) 872-7101

Skydive Phoenix

Skydiving: what many consider the ultimate adrenaline rush. While it can seem more than a little frightening, the truth is you’re actually more likely to die in a car accident backing out of your driveway. Plus, humans have no perception of height, so at 15,000 feet up, you’ll still feel like you’re simply on a roller coaster. Located at the Estrella Sailport in Maricopa, Skydive Phoenix offers the “highest tandem (14,000 ft.) for the lowest price” in all of Arizona!

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22548 N. Sailport Way
Maricopa, AZ 85139
(480) 557-JUMP (5867)

Phoenix Hang Gliding

Hang gliding … it gives us wings! Although the best place to soar in Arizona is Mingus Mountain in Prescott, South Mountain in Phoenix offers an amazing experience as well.

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(800) 260-8763

360 Adventures (rock climbing and more)

You can’t talk about extreme sports in Arizona without stating the obvious: rock climbing! If you don’t have much outdoors experience, no problem. Tours such as those offered at 360 Adventures are available for beginners and advanced climbers alike. 360 also offers canyoneering, biking, hiking and other tours of the sort for your enjoyment.

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If You Go:
(888) 722-0360


Desert Dog (ATV desert tours)

Desert Dog, as seen on the Travel Channel, is Arizona’s premier ATV desert tour company. Adventures range from scenic and sonoran to extreme and “desert stormin’.”

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17212 E. Shea Blvd.
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
(NW corner of Shea Blvd & Beeline Hwy (Hwy 87)
(480) 837-3966

Davidson & Belluso

Davidson & Belluso Advertising/Design Agency Celebrates 10 Years

Advertising and graphic design agency Davidson & Belluso recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Since putting their creative juices together, the husband-and-wife team of Rob Davidson and Michela Belluso have branded entities such as the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (whose logo earned the North America’s Excellence in Marketing Award) and the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Working with the Scottsdale Culinary Festival for five years, the duo received many industry awards and created marketing materials for the popular event, which raised more than $3.5M to support local arts and art education charities.

Although the couple had small beginnings as a duo working from home, their business is now thriving with 11 full-time employees, an array of diverse clientele and a contemporary, 10-room office suite.

“When it was only Rob and I, the company was, for better or worse, a direct reflection of ourselves,” says Belluso, owner and creative director. “I look at the company now and, although the two of us are still very much present in the overall vision, the work and culture is the result of our diverse team. Everyone contributes to the company’s success with unique talents and personalities. I’m proud of what we have all built together.”

Davidson & Belluso graphic design teamWhile in recent years there has been a collaboration of many minds, it was Davidson and Belluso who put the gears in motion 10 years ago.

When working at E.B Lane Marketing Communications, the couple came together and left together to start their own business. At the time, Belluso says, she thought of that first year filled with brainstorms and brilliance as thrilling. “Today, looking back, I think it was more like crazy,” she adds.

Davidson & Belluso has survived two major economic downturns since their arrival on the scene in 2001. “Even in a good economy, most start-ups don’t make it to their third year, so the biggest hurdle we’ve overcome is simply staying in business despite the odds,” Belluso says.

Belluso adds that the key to success is honesty.

“You have to be true to yourself and your values,” she says. “You also have to be honest with the people you work with. With honesty you gain trust which leads to confidence. You can’t have success without confidence.”

Their honest approach to business has presented them with many accolades, such as American Graphic Design Awards, MAME Awards, Medallion Awards, Aster Awards in Healthcare Marketing and North America’s Excellence in Marketing Awards. The company has also worked with Childhelp to develop a national preventative program entitled “Speak Up, Be Safe” that teaches elementary students about child abuse and predators. They’ve also donated their time, money and energy to Phoenix-based charities such the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Mountains of Hope, a charity searching for a cure for breast cancer.

Belluso says the duo is focused on satisfying their clients.

“We are listening to our clients and are committed to improving and expanding our services to better serve their needs,” Belluso says. “We have learned a lot in the last 10 years — especially this past year — and we’re ready to start putting what we’ve learned into action.”

For more information about Davidson & Belluso, visit davidsonbelluso.com.


Yucca Tap Room

Yucca Tap Room Stays True To The Bands For 40 Years

When Rodney Hu’s father founded Yucca Tap Room nearly 40 years, he wanted to stay true to the bands, never wavering any commitment to the local music scene. So they decided against charging a cover. 

And they still don’t.

Yucca Tap RoomSo how does the family owned and operated music venue stay successful and remain afloat?

They give the bands a percentage of the bar tab — considered a win-win situation for both the patrons of the show and the musicians playing the show. Customers are getting more bang for their buck, with the would-be $5 or $10 going towards alcohol rather than their foot in the door.

“It gives the bands motivation to promote the show because they aren’t tied to the door charge,” says Hu, owner of Yucca Tap Room.

Hu has seen Yucca Tap Room transform from a “local cowboys bar, to a bikers bar to a local cheers bar.” But the loyalty to the music has never changed.

While Yucca has had no problem attracting a variety of crowds, entertaining the crowd of social media enthusiasts is still the biggest change that Yucca, like most businesses, has had to adapt to.

Yucca Tap Room“Before, it was the occasional radio or newspaper ad, but now there are so many different social networking tools that we must be on top of with other channels of advertising,” Hu says. “It adds a whole new element to things.”

Although its one of oldest venues in the Valley, Yucca continues to strive to “stay relevant.” About two years ago, Yucca Tap Room added a microdistillery, which has since boomed in popularity.

“Customers’ palettes have changed,” Hu says. “They’re no longer simply craving Coors Light or Bud Light. As the public gets more educated, they request more craft beers. Everybody wants to try new flavors.”

Hu’s next phase? Adding more unique whiskeys, gins and vodkas. The process has already started with specialty bourbon and scotch, and the bar has already doubled in size.

Finding your own niche is key, yes. But for potential entrenprenuers and struggling ones alike, Hu gives this advice: “Make sure before you take the leap, to look at your project from all angles,” he says. “Know what you’re getting into. Study what it’s about and all the different headaches and risks involved.”

According to Hu, the most important universal entity for any business is the customer.

“At the end of the day, customers keep it running,” Hu says. “Give the demographic you’re catering what they want. You don’t want people talking bad about your business.”

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If You Go: Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282
(480) 967 4777


AVEDA Concept Salons

AVEDA Concept Salons

Everyone needs a little rub down every once in a while, but if you don’t have the time or the money to make it to one of Arizona’s world-renowned spas, there are still plenty of places in the East Valley that won’t leave your bank account sore — including AVEDA Concept Salons.

AVEDA, a beauty company that tries to keep it as green as possible, has more than 10 locations in the Valley alone — each salon bearing a different concept but the same key rituals.

AVEDA is Sanskrit for “all knowledge,” based in the Hindu science of longevity, so no matter what salon you go to, you know you will leave with a more spiritual experience than usual.

All of the AVEDA Concept Salons are unique in their specialization of Aromatherapy, with services for all five senses. Upon walking in, you are told to choose a card that will guide your treatments of the day. The card has a little blurb to inspire you, and it describes in detail the aroma that all your treatments will be dowsed in. Stress relieving scalp massages, hand facials or finishing touch to make-up may also be given, free of charge.

AVEDA Mood Swings Salon & Skin Spa

Located on Mill Ave., this Salon is geared more towards the college student than the business woman, which is why they keep it trendy and fresh by displaying a different local artists’ work every two months. Mood Swings is so trendy in fact that it was actually the first of AVEDA’s Lifestyle Salons to make a debut in Arizona. The 5,000-square-feet salon was voted “Best Trendy Salon” by the East Valley Tribune as well as one of the “Top Ten Fastest Growing Salons in the World” at AVEDA’s Congress Festival.

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Mood Swings Salon & Skin Spa

520 S. Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 968-0268
No walk-ins; make a reservation in advance.


‘Ohana Salon & Spa

Located in Scottsdale, this Polynesian-inspired spa tries to take you out of your everyday life and give you a little tropical getaway, if only for an hour or two. ‘Ohana, meaning family in Hawaiian, has a very personal feel to it, and their team makes sure you are treated as if you are the only one in the joint! Winning the AVEDA Earth Month Leader award in 2009 and 2010, ‘Ohana is especially conscious about the products that go into their customers hair and body and if they are good for the mind and body as well as the Earth.

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‘Ohana Salon & Spa

6870 E. 5th Av.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 945-271
Salon Tru

Also located in Scottsdale, Salon Tru is exclusively a hair and nail salon, where walk-ins are welcome. It won the Talk of the Town award for 2009 and 2010 for its exceptional customer service, as well as the No. 1 salon in Scottsdale for 2006 and 2007.

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Salon Tru

7050 E. Indian School Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85281
(480) 947-4830

Perry Monge Salon & Spa

Perry Monge, one of the original AVEDA pure-fessionals, owns and operates this salon. Every service includes a custom hair and scalp analysis with scalp massage, a stress-relieving ritual for your hands and AVEDA color make-up finishing touch. The Perry Monge Salon has won a handful of awards, being featured in Marie Claire and Elle in 2008 as one of the Top Hair Color Salons as well as Top Salons Impacting Hair, respectively.

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Perry Monge Salon
Collier Centers

3 S. Second St., Suite 212
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 253-8885

SaVant Wellness Salon

This Glendale Salon is all about the modern person looking their most sleek; specializing in runway looks and has even been featured on channel 15’s Sonoran Living & Shopping A to Z. If you’re ready to change your look, this is the place to go.

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SaVant Wellness Salon

5860 W. Thunderbird Rd.
Glendale, AZ 85306
(602) 896-9140


For more information on AVEDA Concept Salons and the rest of their award-winning salons in the Valley, visit aveda.com

Galeria de los Muertos

The Spirit Of Art Is Surely Alive At Galeria De Los Muertos

The Spirit Of Art Is Surely Alive At Galeria De Los Muertos

If you’re not a fan of First Fridays crowd, Roosevelt Row is hosting virtually the same event, except it’s on the third Friday of each month. Don’t worry about your favorite local artist not being there; if an artist is on the roster for First Friday, they must attend Third Friday as well.

Cindy Dach, executive director of Roosevelt Row, CDC, explains that “Third Friday is less about the crowds and the people watching; it’s focused on the art in the galleries — meeting the artist, celebrating an opening reception … where as First Friday is an arts walk, and it’s as much about the art in the spaces as it is the art on the street — the crowd, the performances, etc.”

“Roosevelt Row’s goal is to become a destination more than one night a month,” Dach says.

However, she says the “attendees are resistant” to transition into nights outside of First Friday because most attendees enjoy attending more crowded events.

“The community needs to be part of the process and not just wait for the end result,” she says. “It’s a transformation that will happen in partnership with the galleries, businesses, restaurants and the community at large.”

Galeria de los Muertos: One-Year Anniversary

Galeria de los Muertos

At October’s Third Friday extravaganza, there will be a special event celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Galeria de los Muertos. The gallery combines traditional Mexican macabre art with rowdy events, and its birthday party will prove no different.

The infamous Dr. Reverend Stephen Strange, leader of the Strange Family Circus, will be hosting the event. It also happens to be the opening of the gallery’s Dia de los Muertos exhibit and the debut American exhibition of award-winning Italian artist Natascia Raffio.

Strange has been a major part of the Phoenix art community for years, and as the ringleader of The Strange Family Circus, his blend of freak and funk is what ultimately lead to his hosting of Galeria’s first anniversary.

The Stange Family Circus — or as an audience member dubbed “Penn and Teller meets Jackass meets Cabaret” — will also be performing their sideshow act, reminiscent of early 20th century circus road shows.

Galeria de los Muertos

Other events include a fashion show by local Phoenix designers, such as MissConstrued, Modified Minds and El Vaquero Muerto, an art raffle benefiting the Brenda Casten Leukemia fund and a fire dance by Burden Blossom, which will complement Romantasy Cabaret’s sensual burlesque act.

Photographer Tommy Pemberton, who will be running a photo booth, is delighted to be part of the celebration because the gallery has held his attention from the moment he walked in.

Catering will be provided by the Tamale Store and Mama Toledo’s pies, for a night of food, fun and funk.


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If You Go: Galeria de los Muertos

905 N. 5th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(818) 802-2002



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The Row also has live music nearly every night at places such as Lost Leaf, Carly’s, Turf, Revolver, Modified Arts, etc.

For more info on Roosevelt Row and a calendar of upcoming events, visit their website.


Crescent Ballroom

Musicians Begin Howling At The Crescent Ballroom

For those looking to drink and dance rather than drink and drive, consider the Crescent Ballroom, located off the Van Buren and Central Ave. light rail stop in downtown Phoenix — also walking distance from Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus.

Owner Charlie Levy considers the location ideal himself. “Opening up my own music venue is something I’ve always wanted to do, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon this place that I thought ‘this is it.’ ”

Along with the crowd-friendly location, the ballroom, which can accommodate about 500 people, has historical significance that ultimately hooked Levy. The 7,000 sq. foot space, built in 1917, was once the F.L Hart Garage for cars along the Dixie Overland Highway, America’s only coast-to-coast highway, now known as U.S. Highway 80. This building has been here to watch Phoenix transform from a farm-heavy community to a pavement-heavy metropolis.

Although Levy is originally from Louisiana, he himself has watched Phoenix transform before his very eyes; he says it’s “unbelievable” how exponentially Phoenix is growing.

While attending ASU, Levy started his work in the field as a concert director for the student government and then briefly left school to work as a production assistant and talent buyer for a local production company, the Evening Star. He left the Evening Star to go back to school, and has since ventured on his own, leading to the creation of the Crescent.Crescent Ballroom

Crescent hosts local favorites such as Black Carl and Courtney Marie Andrews, as well as a variety of nationally known singers/songwriters in every genre, including Deer Tick (indie-folk), Rachael Yamagata (blues-rock) and Das Racist (alt. hip-hop). And Crescent Ballroom doesn’t have a booking policy.

“We love good music and host a wide range of singers and songwriters, from R&B to pop — there’s something for everyone,” Levy says.

The concert hall does not stand alone, however. There is also a lounge with full-bar service and free, live music everyday, as well as the option to order food from its restaurant, Cocina 10.

Cocina 10 is located within the ballroom, and while the menu is still in progress, the cuisine will be “Mexican-accented road food,” Levy says. He assembled his two favorite chefs from the Valley, Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco and Doug Robson of Gallo Blanco, and he also teamed up with Tucker Woodbury, owner of the Rocking Horse and the Vig in Arcadia, to make the Crescent all it could be. Woodbury has had a long-time background in night life and eateries, especially in the Phoenix area.

Levy’s goal? “To have a place for people to come and enjoy live music, and for the artists to also have a great night and experience.”

For more information and for a calendar of upcoming concerts, visit the Crescent Ballroom’s website.

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If  You Go: Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Parking is $5; exact change is a must.