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Thunder

Talking Stick offers packages for Thunder From Down Under

Talking Stick Resort is bringing Australia’s Thunder From Down Under back to the Showroom this September. But this time around, ladies can grab their girlfriends and enjoy a ‘Girls Night Out’ package. The five exclusive packages, which include admission tickets and a variety of party perks, will be available for table purchases during all five Thunder From Down Under performances on Sept. 24-26.

“The Thunder From Down Under performers draw big crowds, interact with the audience and bring a lot of energy to each show, so we’re thrilled they’re returning to the property,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Talking Stick Resort. “Enhancing guests’ experiences remains one of our leading goals and we believe the ‘Girls Night Out’ packages do just that. Now, our attendees will be able to take in a great show and select a customized package that fits their needs.”

Thunder From Down Under will perform once on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. The Aussies will take the stage the following day, Sept. 25, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Scottsdale patrons will then have a chance to see the Australian troupe during their Saturday, Sept. 26 performances at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The ‘Girls Night Out’ packages will be available for all table purchases. For $350, a group of six will receive entry tickets and a table. For just an additional $100, guests can enjoy a table, six entry tickets and a bottle of champagne.  The $500 package includes a table, six entry tickets, a bottle of champagne, decorations and party favors, while the $600 package includes all the aforementioned elements as well as a VIP section in the casino-level lounge, Palo Verde, after the show. For just $799, guests can party at the resort in a two-bay suite. The package also includes a table, six entry tickets, a bottle of champagne, decorations and party favors as well

General admission tickets are also available for $25. To purchase tickets for Thunder From Down Under or learn more information on the ‘Girls Night Out’ packages, call the Talking Stick Resort Box Office at (480) 850-7734 or visit http://www.talkingstickresort.com/thunder-from-down-under.aspx. Must be 21 or older to attend.

guns

Arizona repeats as No. 1 state for gun owners

For the third straight year, Arizona was ranked best state in the nation for gun owners by Guns and Ammo magazine, which praised the state’s self-defense and carry laws, its shooting sports and strong gun culture.

“Arizona combines strong laws with an unmatched shooting culture and a strong industry presence,” said the magazine, which said it gave the state full points in each of the five categories in which it ranked states.

“I’m very proud of this ranking, most certainly,” said Noble C. Hathaway, president of the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association. “Gun shooting is a wonderful, safe sport to be enjoyed.”

But where gun-rights advocates saw cause for celebration, others saw cause for concern, pointing to another No. 1 ranking for the state: The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence finding that Arizona is the best state for criminals to get access to guns.

The gun-control group in March put Arizona at the top of its “criminals’ choice” states, which it said have weak gun laws that make it easy for criminals to get their hands on guns.

“In some areas, this ranking is not a bad thing,” Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, said of the Guns and Ammo ranking.

“But when Guns and Ammo magazine and others do not look at the easy accessibility to weapons by people that should not have them, that’s not something we should be bragging about,” he said. “No one should be bragging about that.”

Gallego’s comments came at a Washington event last week, when he was joined by Scottsdale gun shop owner Chris Kitaeff to call on gun dealers to adopt the Brady Campaign’s “gun dealer code of conduct.” Kitaeff asked if being No. 1 on the Guns and Ammo ranking was a good thing.

“I roll my eyes at the Guns and Ammo ranking because some of the criteria and variables on why we’re first, like there’s no law for concealed-carry, didn’t make sense,” said Kitaeff, who owns Newport Firearms.

That was echoed by Dan Gross, the president of the Brady Campaign.

“‘Best’ is not exactly the term I would use for states with lax gun policies like Arizona. ‘Best’ should be reserved for those states that promote responsible gun ownership and gun-sale practices,” Gross said in an emailed statement.

The Brady Campaign rankings were based on dozens of factors in several areas, including background checks, the state’s supply of guns and the amount of gun-related violence and crime in the state. States could get up to 100 points on the ranking: Arizona scored -39.

But one gun-rights activist called the Brady score “meaningless.”

“I see no statistical claim that their claim is true. It’s made up. As with most of their stuff, it’s made up,” said Charles Heller, spokesman for the Arizona Citizens Defense League.

“Don’t penalize the law-abiding for the acts of the guilty, which is what the Brady Campaign wants to do,” Heller said.

The Guns and Ammo report ranked states in five categories, including right-to-carry laws; the ability to own military-looking weapons, or “black rifles”; and the presence of Castle Doctrine or Stand Your Ground laws, allowing deadly force in some self-defense situations.

Hathaway said the No. 1 ranking is good for the state’s economy as well as its gun owners.

“Personally I feel, come and out and enjoy the guns in our state – come to our events, our competitions,” he said. “Enjoy our hotels, restaurants, weather, take advantage of it all.”

Gallego, who said he is a gun owner, agrees that Arizona should encourage people to visit it for hunting, camping, shooting and fishing, but that the state can do that and still toughen its gun laws.

“There are so many loopholes that need to be closed,” he said.

Kitaeff said he has not seen a drop in business since he adopted the gun dealer code of conduct.

“The funny thing about guns sales is that it’s recession proof,” he said. “Whatever is going on, people seem to like their guns, and us implementing the Brady Campaign standards haven’t impacted our bottom line at all.”

Melissa Pruitt: Future owner of LaGattara Cat Café.

A feline first: Cat café coming to the Valley

Seventeen years ago, an entrepreneur in Taipei, Taiwan opened the world’s very first café with cats as the guests’ accompaniment. With this attraction being as bizarre as it sounds, word got out and the cafés began to blossom worldwide.

These “cat cafés” have become such a trend that they have gained publicity on shows like “Shark Tank” and “The Amazing Race.”

Entrepreneur and cat lover, Melissa Pruitt, decided it was Arizona’s turn. Pruitt plans to open LaGattara Cat Café by January 2016. As of now, there is not an exact location. However Pruitt says, “We are looking at some locations in Old Town Scottsdale. Old Town is a great area that is walkable and quite central.”

Thinking back, Pruitt proudly explained that rescuing cats is in her blood. Her father, the sheriff of a small town in Illinois, was always one to feed, rescue and find homes to stray alley cats.

“I say it’s in my blood, because I only met my dad once and I have all the same traits as him when it comes to cats,” she says.

Pruitt’s inspiration to take action came from Adam Myatt and Anne Dunn, the owners of Cat Town, the United States’ very first cat café in Oakland. After paying a visit, Pruitt immediately knew that this is what she wanted to do. She loved the idea that cats can get out of the stressful environment of a shelter, and into a safe place where they can roam free, relax and receive healthy attention.

“The ultimate goal for the café will be to provide a calm open space for the cats and people to come together,” explains Pruitt. The cafe will have roughly 15-20 cats, all of which will be able to sleep freely about the café, as well as have access to a private room where they can be alone.

Pruitt is also making adoption an option.

“All cats will be adoptable!” Pruitt exclaims. “We are still working out the details with our partner shelters, but most likely we will do the application process at the café, and all adoptions fees will go back to the partner shelter.”

The café is currently in the process of finalizing these partner shelters, including All About Animals. There will be adoption packets loaded with information and Pruitt plans to go over it in detail with each adoption as every situation is different.

There will also be some new, exciting ideas that will make her cat café unique and fun. Not only will LaGattara Cat Café be incorporating a wine bar, Pruitt plans to include events with the cats like yoga and paint night. Customers can also rent out the café for birthday parties and corporate events.

Pruitt has lived in the Valley for 12 years and has independently rescued more than 300 cats and kittens with her own money.

“Making this a business, I’ll be able to help in a bigger way,” she says. “I’ve been in property management for almost 20 years and I’m ready to follow my heart and do what I love.”

Arizona Green Jobs Increase

FirstBank increases Arizona deposits by more than 32%

FirstBank Holding Company, with 16 banking locations throughout Arizona, has announced its 2015 second quarter financial results for its Phoenix, East and West Valley markets.

As of June 30, the FirstBank branches in Arizona increased deposits by 32.8 percent from $228.4 million in 2014 to $303.4 million in 2015. The bank also saw significant growth in total loans, growing from $440.2 million to $587.9 million year-over-year, an increase of 33.6 percent. Additionally, FirstBank opened one new branch in Scottsdale on N. Scottsdale and E. Pinnacle Peak, growing the company’s Arizona footprint to 16 total branches.

“We’ve enjoyed tremendous success over the last several years in Arizona and look forward to building on this momentum in the second half of 2015,” said Kevin Classen, FirstBank Market President of the West Valley. “Our success generating double-digit lending and deposit growth has allowed us to open more locations to better serve Phoenix-area residents with a number of banking products and services.”

FirstBank offers a variety of checking and savings accounts, including its Anywhere Account with eSave, which automatically transfers 1 cent up to $99.99 to customers’ savings account each time they use a debit card, pay a bill electronically or transfer funds. FirstBank also offers mortgages, home equity loans and a full range of commercial loans and business accounts and services.

SOL TACOS

SOL Mexican Cocina offers Baja cuisine with a modern twist

SOL Hot & Raw Tropical CevicheWhen the food on a plate is so seductive that it’s devoured before it can be photographed and shared with the social media stratosphere, you know it’s something special.

SOL Mexican Cocina in the Scottsdale Quarter is something special.

Executive Chef Deborah Schneider has created bold, modern interpretations of traditional coastal Mexican cuisine with a focus on fresh, sustainable ingredients.

SOL does an impeccable job of matching the mood with the menu, creating an environment that is the perfect juxtaposition of Old World charm and hip, urban comfort. Located at the Scottsdale Quarter, SOL is the ideal place to sit back, relax and sip on a margarita with friends. The perfectly shaded patio features plush seating, an outdoor bar and a view overlooking the heart of Scottsdale.

SOL does something else most restaurants don’t do: It features an open kitchen with seating so guests can see their dinners being created.

“I insist on cooking in an open kitchen (for) two reasons,” Schneider says. “One: The kitchen is the heart of the restaurant. Two: Because they can see us and we can see them. I am cooking for a real person, and I think it creates a deeper connection in each direction.”

Scheider, author of “Baja! Cooking on the Edge,” has created a menu that offers an alternative to the Mexican food we are used to eating. SOL’s chefs focus on flavorful cuisine in smaller, healthier portions. Don’t think that healthy translates to boring and tasteless. SOL’s dishes are as vibrant and dynamic as you will find anywhere. Some of the dishes that stood out during a recent visit:

“Naked Guacamole,” made with ripe avocados, cilantro, lime, onions, serrano chiles, tomatoes and served with tostadas. It’s in the running for the best guacamole in the Valley.

“Coconut Calamari,” deep-fried calamari steak dusted with dried orange peel and sesame seeds, with spicy lime dipping sauce.

“Grilled Fish Taco Zarandeado Taco Plate,” adobo-marinated and grilled, with pineapple-cucumber salsa, salsa quemada, cabbage and avocado sauce. My mouth is watering at the memory.

“Pork Carnitas,” premium pork slow-roasted and shredded, served en cazuela with diced avocado, onion and cilantro, tomatillo salsa and chicharron. So perfectly cooked, it melts in your mouth like cotton candy.

“Carne Estofado,” angus skirt steak grilled and sliced, tossed with pan-seared peppers and onions, garlic and cilantro and served with chimichurri sauce, avocado and a grilled jalapeno. This may be the most flavorful mouthful of red meat we’ve ever experienced.

To complement the amazing dishes, SOL’s dynamic bar offers inventive hand-made cocktails, featuring more than 60 artisan tequilas and the best margaritas in Scottsdale.

Make sure to take your friends when you visit SOL, because words won’t be able to capture the deliciousness of the dishes. And your Facebook friends won’t get to see pictures because the plates will be empty before you can say “click.”

CHECK IT OUT

SOL Mexican Cocina

15323 N. Scottsdale Rd.

Scottsdale, AZ 85254

(480) 245-6708

solcocina.com

envy

Private club coming to ENVY Residences in Scottsdale

There isn’t even a doorman for the soon-to-be most exclusive nightlife destination in Scottsdale. In fact, the only way it can be accessed is by key. Dwelling within the $47M ENVY Residences building, the latest edition to the Scottsdale nightlife scene is a unique private venue open only to ENVY owners and their guests.Designed for only the most discerning clientele, The Black Label Lounge will offer a space for owners-only private entertaining that’s truly unlike anywhere else.

“Privacy, exclusivity and style are what ENVY buyers are looking for in a social space,” said developer Rob Lyles, a partner with Deco Communities. “Some people can reserve a private table or area at a lounge or nightclub, but very few can reserve the entire venue for their own private use, which was what inspired the creation of The Black Label Lounge within the ENVY building,” he said.

Drawing inspiration from membership-based venues like SoHo House, The Black Label Lounge aims to deliver a sophisticated space for socializing and entertaining with other like-minded individuals. Accommodating up to 50 guests in high style, the space is designed to cultivate a feeling of iconic glamour. The grand entry and lobby lounge combines a bold black, white and gold palette with draped chandeliers, statement furniture and large scale flooring patterns to create a space that is classic, yet daring, elegant yet provocative, a fitting embodiment of the tastemakers that will call ENVY home.

In designing The Black Label Lounge, Deco Communities paired with experiential design firm Private Label to create a visual, sensorial, conceptual and pleasure-filled space. By day, the lounge will be a creative and collaborative space optimal for business meetings, socializing and other private gatherings. By night, the space will transform into the glamorous backdrop for an intimate dinner party, tequila tasting, dance party, or whatever you please – after all, what happens in The Black Label Lounge, stays in The Black Label Lounge, and the experience is entirely curated by you.

Within The Black Label Lounge, owners will experience a heightened sense of the ENVY aesthetic – ultramodern city chic, razor-sharp and luxe – yet playful, cheeky and fun. The lounge makes a statement of racy sophistication with dramatic lighting, a large-scale metal ceiling sculpture and shimmering gold and bronze throughout the space. Custom furniture, and layered in rich materials and finishes to give every resident and guest a unique sense of city living. The sumptuous lounge setting will be complete with flat-screen TV’s, a caterer’s kitchen, wine-storage, WiFi and sleek furnishings. Owners will have the opportunity control the music and lighting to create a vibe that’s unique to their desired lounge experience.

Access to The Black Label Lounge is just one of many other VIP amenities that make the ENVY lifestyle unlike any other. ENVY owners enjoy access to a private aviation flying time allowance, a personal fitness program with premier celebrity fitness trainer Lucas James, and concierge-level VIP treatment for when they want to experience the electrifying restaurant, nightlife, arts and cultural scene of Old Town Scottsdale that lies just outside their door.

Construction is now underway for ENVY Residences, and Phase Two of the building is nearing sell out.

TaliesinWest

Taliesin West offers summer discounts for Arizona residents

Architecutral Achievements - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011Taliesin West is a national historic landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale. And with the warmer weather comes a hot deal to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural wonder for a special price.

Wright’s Taliesin West offers Arizona residents a 50 percent discount on all tours until September 30. Book your tour on zerve.com/taliesinwest or call 888-516-0811 and use code AZRESIDENT. This offer only valid on tours booked through Zerve.com.”

Taliesin West is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Wright’s beloved winter home and the bustling headquarters of the Taliesin Fellowship, Taliesin West was established in 1937 and diligently handcrafted over many years into a utopian world unto itself. Deeply connected to the desert from which it was forged, Taliesin West possesses an almost prehistoric grandeur. It was built and maintained almost entirely by Wright and his apprentices, making it among the most personal of the architect’s creations

A lively community, Taliesin West is open to the public and offers a broad range of tours. Come experience the place that Wright called “the top of the world.”

technology

ACA announces spring Innovation Challenge winners

The Spring 2015 round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge culminated today as the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) announced the six winning companies. These grant recipients represent early-stage Arizona companies that are creating innovative technological solutions with the potential for significant economic impact. 

The Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge Grant Recipients are:

• CampusLogic – Gilbert, AZ (IT – Software): CampusLogic’s cloud-based software solutions are the TurboTax of higher education financial aid administration. Its suite of products saves time, cuts costs, and increases student satisfaction.

• eVisit – Gilbert, AZ (IT – Software): eVisit is physician-first software platform that enables physicians and providers to increase revenue and quality of care by providing online treatment, billing and e-prescription solutions, and daily patient health data and analytics.

• RBar Energy – Tucson, AZ (Advanced Manufacturing): RBar Energy utilizes high-pressure and high-moisture manufacturing techniques for food made with all natural ingredients. 

• RevolutionParts, Inc. – Tempe, AZ (IT – Software): RevolutionParts is a highly-specialized software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that makes it easy for automotive dealerships to sell factory car parts online.

• RightBio Metrics – Scottsdale, AZ (Bio & Life Sciences): RightBio Metrics’ three pH measurement devices (RightSpot pH Indicator, RightSpot Infant pH Indicator, and RightLevel pH Detector) allow clinicians to safely and accurately obtain a pH measurement of aspirate from NG feeding, suction, and PEG tubes. 

• Swimlane – Tempe, AZ (IT – Software): Swimlane is a platform that allows enterprises and government agencies to streamline and automate their security operations and incident response.

A panel of expert judges evaluated 138 applications for the Spring 2015 AIC round, from companies based in Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Texas and Wisconsin. Each company was assessed on a set of criteria including technology potential, marketing strategy, quality of management team and economic impact. These companies represent high-value industry sectors that include IT software, IT hardware, bio and life sciences, cleantech/renewable energy, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing, and aerospace and defense. In June 2015, a total of 10 finalists were named in this round.

“Congratulations to the winners in this latest round of the Arizona Innovation Challenge,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “As they commercialize their technology, these innovative companies will continue to create high-quality jobs that have a positive economic impact, and we’re thrilled to support them in that journey.”

 

Arizona is nationally recognized as a top state for entrepreneurial activity due to the strength of its innovation ecosystem, which includes programs such as the AIC that support early-stage companies. Under the Arizona Commerce Authority, eight rounds of the AIC have been completed and more than 1,400 applications received for the program since 2011. Including the most recent Spring 2015 recipients, the ACA has awarded 50 AIC grants to Arizona’s entrepreneurs to help them accelerate their businesses and advance technologies.

Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates, Arizona Organizing Committee Co-Chair Brad Wright, Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Tempe Vice Mayor Corey Woods, Mesa Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, Glendale City Councilman Sammy Chavira and Arizona Organizing Committee Co-Chair Win Holden.

Sky Harbor unveils football championship countdown clock

With 195 days and counting until the College Football Playoff National Championship, the Arizona Organizing Committee (AOC) and several Valley mayors and city leaders, unveiled a countdown clock at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. This clock will mark the days, hours and minutes until Arizona shines on center stage with the kick-off of the big game.

“The countdown for the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship has officially begun. This marks another milestone for the AOC and the community as we prepare for one of the most exciting times in Arizona’s sports history,” said Brad Wright, co-chair of the Arizona Organizing Committee. “Everyone traveling through Phoenix Sky Harbor will see the clock and know that Arizona is the destination for the biggest celebration of college football.”

Located in Terminal 4, which serves 80 percent of Sky Harbor’s passengers, the digital clock is illuminated on a 55 inch high-definition LED screen at the west end of Baggage Claim. An additional countdown clock will soon be illuminated on east end of Baggage Claim.

“The first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship was a major success, and we expect an even bigger and better experience for fans when the Valley hosts the second National Championship in 2016,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “That phenomenal fan experience begins at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which serves as the gateway to the Valley for the thousands of fans traveling in to attend the game. This clock is our way of showing how much we look forward to welcoming them and providing a world-class experience.”

The second ever College Football Playoff National Championship will be played on January 11, 2016, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. This will be the Valley’s first time hosting the game which debuted in its new format last year in Arlington, Texas.

More than 85,000 people are expected to visit the Valley of the Sun for the game and surrounding festivities. Phoenix Sky Harbor will serve as the gateway to the events, and provide easy access to Valley-wide activities. The PHX Sky Train® connects with Valley Metro Rail to provide a quick, convenient, and seamless ride from the airport to downtown Phoenix, where a multi-day fan festival called Playoff Fan Central will be held, giving fans the opportunity to be a part of the national championship experience.

Valley leaders in attendance at the countdown clock unveiling included Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, Mesa Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh, Tempe Vice Mayor Corey Woods, Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates, Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, and Glendale City Councilman Sammy Chavira.

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SimonCRE adds Peter Krahenbuhl as Project Manager

PeterKrahenbuhl_web-picCommercial real estate developer SimonCRE added Peter Krahenbuhl as Project Manager to assist with the development responsibilities of SimonCRE’s growing portfolio of projects. SimonCRE currently has over 50 projects in the pipeline valued at over $100 Million, creating thousands of jobs across the country.

Krahenbuhl will work closely with the Vice President of Development coordinating as well as other team members and will be responsible for tracking project timelines, submittals and file management.  He will be vital in the daily planning and processes associated with successfully driving projects from inception to completion.

“We are pleased to add another talented professional to our dynamic team,” says Joshua Simon, president and founder of SimonCRE. “Peter has a variety of commercial real estate skills and experience that will really attribute to the growth of the company.”

Krahenbuhl has experience in condo conversions and was vital in the planning of several multi-family condominium developments in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Flagstaff totaling over $100 million dollars in sales revenue.  He also brings site selection, acquisitions knowledge and several other tenant representation brokerage and leasing experience to the position.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort

Scottsdale resorts offer hot discounts that beat the heat

When you envision Scottsdale during the summer, do you see a dry, barren desert, where weather-worn locals proclaim through parched lips, “At least it’s a dry heat”? Well, think again. Locals have a secret weapon that helps them survive May, June, July and August. We’ll let you in on the secret. Scottsdale’s 70 hotels and resorts offer ridiculously hot deals with rates as low as 60 percent off peak season. Take a cue from locals and rise early to hike in the breathtaking, lush Sonoran Desert, hit the golf course during the cool morning hours, soak up sun in your bathing suit while sipping a chilled margarita at a resort pool, and head to the spa for a heavily discounted, relaxing afternoon. After a few days in this warm weather destination, you’ll gleefully proclaim, “It is a dry heat!”

KEEP COOL AND CARRY ON

Beat the heat this summer at The Saguaro Scottsdale with the “Desert Splash” package. Lounge poolside under a shaded cabana while cooling off with a refreshing complimentary pitcher of Casamigos Tequila Margaritas. Every Saturday afternoon, the brightly-colored boutique hotel in the heart of downtown transforms into one big pool party, complete with DJs and a sunscreen station. Stay at the resort June 1 through Sept. 30 and you’ll also receive Saguaro sunglasses, Chap Stick and a drink cooler. Rates start at $109.

Jump into the “Summer Splash” package with rates starting at $129 at We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center. Doubling as an adult playground, the resort boasts a 24-hour casino, seven restaurants and two of the top-rated golf courses in Arizona. We-Ko-Pa has everything you need for a grown-up’s summer getaway. Stay April 30 through June 30 to receive a $50 food and beverage credit valid at the Pool Bar & Grill, Ahnala Restaurant or in-room dining. The package also includes $5 and $10 Casino Slot Play vouchers, so you can test your luck at Fort McDowell Casino.

While you’re getting a healthy dose of vitamin D and slathering on the tanning oil, why not enjoy a tasty margarita? With the “Tequila and Tanlines” package at FireSky Resort & Spa, you’ll receive a complimentary pitcher of margaritas from Taggia Bar. The “Tequila and Tanlines” package is available May 19 through Sept. 6 with rates starting at $109 per night.

Stay hydrated with summer spirits and ales at these Scottsdale bars and breweries:

  • Partake in a bar experience like no other at Second Story Liquor Bar. Your taste buds will thank you as you sip craft cocktails created by “Whiskey Man” John Christie. His bar menu guides you through a selection of fine spirits and the evolution of cocktail culture, from Sazeracs to mules.
  • Vegas meets South Beach in the heart of downtown’s Entertainment District at Maya Day and Nightclub.This high-end club offers an outdoor beach club with a resort-style pool, VIP cabanas and a floating stage for deejays. At night, the club transforms, bringing in some of the hottest electronic dance music entertainers such as Cedric Gervais, Steve Aoki and Bingo Players.
  • Explore downtown Scottsdale’s suds scene with a day of sipping and inadvertent spilling on Scottsdale’s ale trail. With stops at Sip Coffee & Beer House, Union Barrelhouse, Two Brothers Brewing and Bad Water Brewing, there’s no doubt you’ll cool off in no time.

A FAMILY AFFAIR

Your entire family will be eager to dive in to summer at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Relax poolside with complimentary cabanas and enjoy nighttime entertainment with “Dive-In” movies every Saturday night throughout the summer. While you relax and recharge, the kids will relish in the Kids for All Seasons program open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with scheduled activities and complimentary access to board games, ping pong and more. Stop by Proof, an American canteen for “Sundaes on Sunday” and treat the family to an old-fashioned ice cream social with “buy one, get one” sundaes. Rates begin at $179 per night, valid June 1 through Aug. 31.

Zoom across a zip line, cool down on waterslides and watch fireworks light up the night sky this summer at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The “Sip, Savor and Splash” package equips guests with a $50 resort credit perfect for sampling any of 240 tequilas at La Hacienda or retreating to Well & Being Spa. Seeking a thrill? Poolside is the place to be with the spinning water adventure, SplashRider X-treme, and 200-foot waterslides. Guests are also able to upgrade to a Casita Signature Jr. Suite with the “Upgrade Your Summer” package. Rates for both packages start at $169 per night, May 22 through Sept. 6.

Need to escape the heat? Check out one of these off-site activities to cool off:

  • Bring your flashlights to Desert Botanical Garden Thursdays and Saturdays May 23 through Sept. 5 to explore the Garden’s trails by night. Flashlight Tours run 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., letting you experience the Sonoran Desert’s flora and fauna beneath the stars.
  • Have the need for speed? Octane Raceway has you covered with high speed electric karts, trackside bar and grill, billiards, rock wall and arcade. Test your racing skills at the only full-time indoor- and outdoor- track in the United States.
  • Giddy up, cowboy! Take the kids to the recently unveiled Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the Westto browse the museum’s vast collection of paintings, sculptures and artifacts that tell the history of the ever-evolving American West.

STAY AND PLAY

Boulders Resort & Spa is the perfect destination to de-stress this summer, with two award-winning golf courses and the 33,000-square-foot Spa at The Boulders. If you’re looking to combine the best of golf and spa, the resort is offering the “Two by Fore” package. The package includes private casita accommodations, one round of golf per paying adult with same day replay, a 20 percent spa discount at the spa, as well as complimentary access to spa facilities and unlimited fitness classes. Rates start at $189 per night May 26 through Sept. 10, with a two-night minimum stay.

Challenge yourself to two championship, 18-hole golf courses at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. Stay now through Dec. 31 and receive casita guest room accommodations and a $100 resort credit per night, which can be put toward golf at 36 holes of championship golf at Camelback Golf Club. The “$100 Resort Credit” package rate starts at $229 per night with promo code: P50.

Can’t get enough of golf? Keep hitting the links at these spots:

  • Combine competition with entertainment at TopGolf Scottsdale at Riverwalk. Perfect for kids or adults with any range of skill level, this state-of-the-art facility challenges you and your friends to score points by aiming for lit-up targets on an outfield with microchipped golf balls. Celebrate your victory or ease the pain of your loss at TopGolf’s full service bar.
  • Golf enthusiasts, listen up. Prepare to rejoice this summer at TPC Scottsdale as you get your greens fix with unlimited golf on the Champions Course. The offer grants you as many rounds in the same day as you’d like June 1 through Sept. 13 with rates starting at $39 per player.
  • Retreat to Starfire Golf Clubfor a challenging 27 hole-course, designed by legendary golf pro Arnold Palmer. Tee times are available throughout the summer with rates starting at $25 per player Monday through Friday, and $35 on Saturday and Sunday.

LAP OF LUXURY

Step into a luxurious paradise at Royal Palms Resort & Spa with the “Luxe Lounging” package, offered May 26 through Sept. 30. Enjoy two refreshing welcome cocktails and a room upgrade upon arrival before indulging in a hearty meal at T. Cooks with a $25 dining credit. And restore yourself at the Alvadora Spa with a massage or body therapy compliments of two $40 spa credits. Rates start at $149 per night with promo code: PLL.

Channel your inner Monet, Van Gough and O’Keefe with The Hermosa Inn’s “Artist for a Day” summer package. Brush up on your painting skills and retreat to the Inn’s Blue Door Art Studio & Gallery May 1 through Sept. 7 to enjoy a 90-minute private painting lesson with on-property artists, two drink tickets to Last Drop at The Hermosa Inn and accommodations in a luxury casita. Rates start at $355 per night.

Continue the indulgence at one of these off-site restaurants:

  • In the heart of the Scottsdale dining scene, Bink’s Scottsdale offers a relaxed atmosphere and a menu crafted by James Beard nominee Chef Kevin Binkley. His dishes feature locally produced organic meats, fruits and vegetables, paired up with an extensive wine list and a cocktail list from master mixologist Richie Moe.
  • Treat your taste buds to Pig & Pickle. This chic gastropub features eclectic comfort food, hand-crafted cocktails, homemade aioli and freshly grown herbs. With dishes like braised duck and wood-oven-roasted bone marrow and old-school cocktails, this Scottsdale gem will leave you more than satisfied.
  • Hand over the culinary reins to Chef Joshua Hebert when you dine at the upscale Posh “Improvisational Cuisine.” Provide Chef Hebert your dining preferences and dietary restrictions, and he’ll whip you up a customized menu on the spot.
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Walt Danley ranked No. 1 AZ agent by Wall Street Journal

Walt Danley ranked as the No. 1 selling real estate agent in Arizona by sales volume, according to the REAL Trends “The Thousand: 2015 Top 1,000 Real Estate Professionals.”  The list was published in The Wall Street Journal on June 26, 2015.

Danley is ranked No. 61 in the U.S. for individual sales volume, having sold $142,112,657 in residential real estate last year. Notably, he has been the top-ranked Arizona agent every year since “The Thousand” list’s inception. The list is comprised of third-party data and honors the top one thousand real estate professionals and teams in the nation.

Walt Danley is the president and namesake of Walt Danley Realty, a Scottsdale-based luxury residential real estate brokerage. The firm is Arizona’s exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate and boasts the finest inventory of million-dollar estates within Arizona. Danley has sold over $3 billion during his 38-year real estate career, and has been ranked in the top one percent of real estate agents nationally every year since 1977.

“For nearly four decades, I have had the privilege of working with clients in the Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Phoenix areas,” said Walt Danley, president of Walt Danley Realty. “While market and industry knowledge is imperative in the luxury real estate business, just as valuable is understanding the unique needs and objectives of those I represent. I am humbled that I have built longstanding relationships with many of our clients, and am entrusted with their major life decisions.”

Walt Danley Realty represents luxury homebuyers and sellers in the Northeast Valley of Phoenix including Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Rio Verde, Arcadia, Biltmore, Cave Creek and Carefree. Walt Danley Realty is located at 6720 N. Scottsdale Rd., #140, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. For more information, visit www.waltdanley.com.

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Princess will host 4th of July Freedom Fest

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is unfurling its 5th annual “4th of July Freedom Fest,” a two-day event with vintage air shows, concerts, fireworks, all-American fare, military tributes and poolside fun, with vacation packages benefitting military families, July 3-5, 2015.

Saluting Heroes & Vintage Air Shows

Saluting America’s heroes, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess will host a one-of-a-kind vintage air show July 3 & 4, where a dozen military aircraft that flew in World War II, Korea and in Vietnam will fly over the resort, flown by retired veterans. (Photos and the history of each plane will be on display in the resort’s main lobby.) Both air shows will conclude with a military parachutist from the All Veterans Parachute Team soaring through the skies and landing with an American flag. Miniature flags will be provided to guests on the ground to cheer on the crews. Over at Trailblazers Kids Club, veterans will meet with kid campers.

Fairmont ‘Freedom Fest’ Tribute Concerts & Fireworks

Revelers can dance and celebrate with live music under the stars on the Princess Lagoon Lawn, July 3 & 4. The Freedom Fest tribute concerts, with a patriotic introduction and fireworks intermission, are complimentary for overnight guests or those dining in La Hacienda, Bourbon Steak, Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar or Ironwood American Kitchen.

Friday, July 3

4:45 pm:          Vintage Air Show, best viewed from South Pool & Lagoons

7:30 pm:          Concert seating on the Lagoon Lawn

Show Opener: Grammy-Nominated Kid Hop Artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

8 pm:               Presentation of the Colors and Special Military Presentation

8:30 pm:          Boogie Knights Concert

Bringing the best of everything ’70s, Boogie Knights is a four-man disco band playing that funky music in platform shoes, angel flights and plenty of polyester. 

9 pm:               Fireworks Show (Five minutes)

9:05 pm:          Boogie Knights Concert resumes

  Saturday, July 4

4:45 pm:          Vintage Air Show, best viewed from South Pool & Lagoons
7:30 pm:          Concert seating on the Lagoon Lawn

Show Opener: Grammy-Nominated Kid Hop Artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

8 pm:               Presentation of the Colors

8:30 pm:          The Spazmatics

As self-proclaimed “nerds who rock,” this ‘80s New Wave cover band of geeks are high-energy and sure to “blind you with science” and make you party like it’s “1999,” when, really, it was more like 1982.

9 pm:               Fireworks Show (15 minutes)

9:15 pm:          Spazmatics Concert resumes

Patriotic, Poolside!

Celebrating America, poolside is the place to be. At the 6,000 square-foot Sonoran Splash pool complex, families can have a ball surfing in the SplashRider X-treme water ride and sliding down 200-foot waterslides, while the Fairmont Fun Team is on deck leading games with music from DJ Splash. Red, white and blue frozen drinks and watermelon eating contests round-out the fun. At night, the Sonoran Splash turns into the Techno Glo Party After Dark, with fog, lasers, professional glow-in-the-dark hula hoopers and DJ Splash spinning the hottest beats.

Family Fun at the Lagoons

The Zipper is a speedy 25 mph zip line, stretching 240-feet across the lagoons, available weekends, all summer long. Also at the lagoons, guests can enjoy catch-and-release fishing derbies and nature walks led by Ranger Rick…or test their aim at the new water balloon battle.

4th of July Vacation Packages Benefit Military Charities

The summer’s popular Sip, Savor & Splash Package includes a $50 daily resort credit that can be applied toward spa, dining or Trailblazer’s Kids Club. During the 4th of July Freedom Fest, there is a two-night minimum and this vacation package starts from $179 per night for a three-night stay and $219 per night for a two-night stay, plus taxes and daily resort fee.

A percentage of proceeds from every vacation package during Freedom Fest will benefit the Snowball Express, Honor House and Friends of Freedom, all non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting veterans, active duty service members and their families.

For reservations, please call (480) 585-4848, toll-free at (866) 540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com.

The 4th of July Freedom Fest is one of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ signature “Legacy Events,” a series of memorable special events for the local community and resort guests. The first event to be introduced was “Christmas at the Princess” in December 2010, which has grown to include “Summer at the Princess,” “4th of July Freedom Fest” “Labor Day Dreamcation” and “Bunnyland” at Easter brunch.

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Tina Machado: Game changer for Arizona tech sector

Tina Machado’s business background is eclectic, to say the least.

She specialized in land development in Hawaii. She was the CEO of a Phoenix-based bottling company. She is the current president of Scottsdale-based Rarity, which provides working capital to early stage startups.

Machado’s latest venture is CodeRed-I, a mobile app development company that she hopes will grow Arizona’s technology sector.

“It is a major objective of mine to connect with other app development studios,” Machado says. “Together as a whole, we can strengthen the technology industry in Arizona and create the next major hub for app and game development here in our state.”

Az Business sat down and talked tech with Machado.

Az Business: Why did you get into the app development business?

Tina Machado: We had been investing in technology quite a while and once of the companies we were investing in came to us and said the future is really in mobile applications. It’s going to be everything. So we invested in that company, but sometimes when you make investments the business owners aren’t business minded, they are more creative people. As I researched it, I saw that there were a lot of start-ups in Arizona but there weren’t any type of conventional businesses that offered app development. I mean old school, shake your hand and offer substance. Business is business and tech is tech and this is a big investment for companies to develop an app. So we developed CodeRed-I to bring a more traditional business model to app development and give people more confidence when they come in.

AB: What has been your biggest challenge?

TM: Part of what I’m trying to do is educate people about the difference between a Web app and a native app and what you should expect when you want an app. It’s intimidating for many people to understand the difference and what it should cost. We know there is a niche in Arizona, even though there are many start-ups; but the start-ups don’t have the conventional business experience that we offer. If a company comes in and wants to build an app that is going to aid them in a mobile sense, we understand their business, we look at their competitors and we make a difference. We develop apps that make a bottom-line difference.

AB: How do you explain the technology to business owners who may not be tech-savvy?

TM: I’m 56 years old, so I’ve seen the transition. The majority of the population utilizes their phones. We don’t even realize how many times they go on their phones. What we usually do is we give them a concept; we show them what it’s going to look like, what it’s going to do and how it’s going to impact their business. Once they see that and gain that confidence, they’re in. They see how it transitions them sleeker and more efficient business model.

AB: Who is your target market?

TM: Business to business. We target everyone from retail stores to contractors. Contractors have a lot of subcontractors and a lot of people to watch. They can actually see when the subs show up on the site. The client can have all the documents and have change orders on the app.

AB: Is is tough being a woman in a the male-dominated technology sector?

TM: I know there are a lot of women in technology who are trying to stand out, I just think we’re a bit more quit when we do things. We just have a different demeanor. As a woman in technology, I just look at it as another business opportunity. I know what I know and I know what I don’t do. I let my team know that if I get too involved and become too knowledgable about what you’re doing, then you’re not doing your job.

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Coconut’s Fish Café to open Friday at Scottsdale & Shea

Coconut’s Fish Café will open a new location at 7366 East Shea Boulevard, Suite 110 on Friday June 19. Coconuts Fish Café will be open daily from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. This tasty fish café was founded in 2009 on Maui and local owner Kim Kuhljuergen opened the first mainland location in North Scottsdale in 2013.

Coconut’s newest location will feature an expansive patio, bright and airy interior and the same fresh and healthy menu featuring Mahi Mahi and Ono fish tacos, grilled fish burgers, the infamous “Taco Mountain,” fish pasta and more.

“The success of our first location has been outstanding—and we know there are many more Hawaiian food fans throughout Scottsdale and beyond. We are very optimistic about our future in Arizona,” said Kuhljuergen.

Kuhljuergen first experienced the fish taco bliss at Coconut’s Fish Café’s Hawaii location while vacationing in Maui in 2010.

“From the grilled Mahi Mahi and Ono to the coconut milk coleslaw and mango salsa I had never tasted a fish taco like this in Arizona,” said Kuhljuergen.

Coconut’s Fish Café has won numerous national accolades including a near perfect score from the Zagat Guide, one of the best places to “Eat like a local” from Travel +Leisure magazine and many more.

Kuhljuergen is set to open two additional locations of Coconuts’ Fish Café in the Phoenix Metropolitan area in the next four years.

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16 Arizona companies make Fortune 1000 list

Sixteen Arizona-based companies earned spots on the Fortune 1000 list, a reference list of the 1,000 largest American companies, ranked on revenues alone.

The 16 Arizona companies on the Fortune 1,000:

  • No. 108 Avnet, Phoenix
  • No. 137 Freeport-McMoRan, Phoenix
  • No. 323 Republic Services, Phoenix
  • No. 386 PetSmart, Phoenix
  • No. 493 Insight Enterprises, Tempe
  • No. 502 Northern Tier Energy, Tempe
  • No. 593 Swift Transportation, Phoenix
  • No. 645 Magellan Health, Scottsdale
  • No. 683 Pinnacle West Capital, Phoenix
  • No. 692 First Solar, Tempe
  • No. 722 ON Semiconductor, Phoenix
  • No. 726 Amkor Technology, Tempe
  • No. 735 Taylor Morrison Home, Scottsdale
  • No. 746 Apollo Education Group, Phoenix
  • No. 762 Sprouts Farmers Market, Phoenix
  • No. 957 Meritage Homes, Scottsdale
Health Resolutions to Make Before the New Year

HonorHealth-affiliated NOAH receives $1.2 million grant

HonorHealth-affiliated NOAH, or Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health, was awarded $1.2 million by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Health Resources Administration to help increase access to affordable, quality primary care services for low-income, underserved and special populations.

Through this grant, HonorHealth Desert Mission clinics will become a new access point of NOAH. This includes the Desert Mission Community Health Center, Children’s Dental Clinic and Marley House Behavior Health. Desert Mission is an organization of charitable and community services whose purpose is to meet the basic needs of our most vulnerable community members and help them reach their full potential for health and self-sufficiency.

“This is excellent news for our patients and community, and will allow us the resources to provide additional and more comprehensive services for Desert Mission clients,” said Marcia Mintz, John C. Lincoln Health Foundation president. The John C. Lincoln Health Foundation’s fundraising through corporate and individual sponsorship helps to support Desert Mission programs and services.

Community health centers like NOAH provide a medical home for patients in need so they can receive coordinated care. They help improve public health, reduce the burden of non-urgent care services in hospital emergency rooms and provide needed services such as free immunizations for uninsured children.

Currently, four community health centers throughout the Northeast Valley are operated by NOAH:

• Cholla  Health Center, Scottsdale

• Palomino Health Center, Phoenix

• Balsz Health Center, Phoenix

• Heuser Family Medicine Center, Scottsdale

A mobile NOAH health bus also visits local groups, residential group homes for the elderly, businesses and schools to provide health programs.

NOAH clinics are designated federally qualified health centers. NOAH is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization governed by an independent community-based board.

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Calico the Band will play Saturday at MIM

What better way to treat your ears than with some California country music sung by three of the most amazing voices you’ll hear?

Calico the Band will be playing the MIM MusicTheater in Phoenix on Saturday, June 6th.

Calico the Band is Kirsten Proffit, Manda Mosher, and Aubrey Richmond. All are great and dedicated musicians, each with accomplished and celebrated solo careers under way. That is, until Calico brought them together. As powerful as each is individually, an undeniable magic occurs when all three come together. It’s at the heart of their debut album, Rancho California, which is replete with singularly strong songwriting chops, rich harmonies, and a pervasive Americana passion. Like the expansive spirit of Laurel Canyon that spawned so many famous bands and artists, now comes this new spirit, rooted in the vast valleys and canyons of Los Angeles.

Calico stands for California country. It’s about that eternal place where the big city meets that lonely desert, where the freeways converge at the ocean. It’s about timeless roots music; it’s about voices singing in harmony. CALICO the band extends the tradition of groups like Crosby, Stills & Nash, Fleetwood Mac and Eagles, both in terms of its Los Angeles roots, and by being a band of songwriters. Formed in 2013, CALICO the band started touring right away performing over two hundred shows a year, which led to a National Touring Artist of the Year award at the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2013. CALICO played at STAGECOACH Festival 2014 along with many of today’s top Country and Americana acts, and were joined onstage by special Foo Fighter guests, Chris Shiflett & Rami Jaffee. You can hear CALICO the band’s music on TV shows such as ABC’s hit series Nashville, and NBC’s the Night Shift.

ARIZONA STOPS ON TOUR:

6/5/15 @ Orpheum Theatre Lounge Flagstaff, AZ

7:00pm. $ 11.00 /12.00 @ door/ All Ages. Box office: tba. /15 W Aspen Ave. Venue phone: 928.556.1580. http://ticketf.ly/1Ledfn9

 6/6/15 @ MIM MUSIC THEATER Phoenix, AZ

7:00pm. Admission: tba./ All Ages. / Musical Instruments Museum 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard. http://mimmusictheater.themim.org/calico-band

Keep kids drug-free

Karrin Taylor joins board of notMYkid

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Scottsdale-based notMYkid (pronounced: Not My Kid), a  nationally focused non-profit organization focused on empowering and educating youth, families and communities with knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior, announced Karrin Taylor has joined its Board of Directors. 

“We’re thrilled that Ms. Taylor has joined the Board of Directors for notMYkid and that she will share her expertise and passion for youth to help our organization continue to grow and expand.” said Aimee Runyon, CEO of notMYkid.  “Karrin’s extensive expertise in public/private partnerships, along with her vast community involvement experience will benefit our organization as we look for new ways to grow our efforts to inspire youth towards positive life choices.”

Karrin Taylor is Executive Vice President for DMB Associates and is responsible for ongoing land use entitlement matters and other value enhancing efforts for DMB communities and businesses. Taylor also provides oversight for the company’s governmental and political affairs efforts and economic development activities at the local, state and federal level. She has been a member of DMB’s entitlements team for 15 years. Under her leadership, the entitlements team has worked on public-private partnership agreements, negotiated GPLET agreements, CFDs and other complex development plans for projects around Arizona. She has been responsible for the successful entitlement of many of the company’s projects, including Eastmark, Verrado, Marley Park, Centerpoint, One Scottsdale and DC Ranch. 

 Prior to joining DMB, Taylor was a Principal with the law firm of Biskind, Hunt & Taylor, P.L.C., where she practiced in the areas of land use, development and zoning law representing large landowners (including DMB) on significant and complex land use cases. 

Taylor has served on several boards and commissions, including: Foundation for Environmental and Economic Progress (FEEP), where she was President of the Board; State Bar of Arizona – U.S. District Court for Arizona; Maricopa County Bar Association; Maricopa Association of Governments (Transportation Policy Committee); Arizona State Land Department (Conservation Advisory Committee); U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Corporate Leadership Advisory Council); Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series; Phoenix Suns Charities; Luke Air Force Base, where she was Honorary Wing Commander; U.S. Air Force Air Education and Training Command (Commander’s Group); U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff (Civic Leaders Group) in Washington, DC; Greater Phoenix Economic Council Executive Committee; Valley Partnership, where she was Chairman of the Board; Great Hearts Preparatory Academies; Veritas Preparatory Academy, where she was Co-Chair of its capital campaign; Arizona Aerospace Institute; Maricopa County Parks and Trail Foundation; Joe Foss Institute; and Xavier College Preparatory Academy (Board of Trustees). She received a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University, as well as a Juris Doctorate from ASU’s College of Law. 

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Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort offers summer fun

There’s summer fun for everyone at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa. The resort’s “Splash Into Summer” package is available through September 7, 2015. From just $155 to $195 per night, guests will receive:

  • Deluxe Guestroom (50% off second room)
  • Free Dinner in SWB for one child with each paying adult (12 or under)
  • Kids Play Free Golf, ages 15 and under, when playing with a paying adult.
  • 50% off Camp Hyatt each day for up to two children per room (ages 3-12, half- or full-day programs offered daily, advance reservations required)
  • Free Beach and Pool activities
  • Free Self-Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Welcome Margarita upon check-in 

    Guests can splash into the 2.5 acre water extravaganza complete with 10 pools, experience the thrill of spiraling down the 30’, 3-story, high-speed waterslide or take to our sandy beach. From nighttime cosmic waterslide races, Xtreme games, big ball aqua volleyball, water basketball and everyone’s favorite dive-in movies, there’s a summer full of fun-filled family activities for all ages. Adults can get away from it all in the “adult only” pool. There are even family and adult poolside cabanas, and H20asis, offering favorite foods alfresco and novel “can’t resist” retail.

Resort amenities include 27 holes of championship golf, world-class tennis and Spa Avania, providing a holistic, total immersion experience choreographed to the science of time and the body’s internal daily rhythms. Guests dine in SWB, a southwest bistro featuring wood-fired specialties and Alto ristorante e bar, offering eclectic Italian fare, complete with evening gondola rides along the resort’s waterways and singing gondoliers. From intimate americana, acoustic/soul & pop, edgy folk and young indie/pop, guests can top off their day in Center Stage Bar enjoying the live nightly entertainment. There’s our 24 hour Canyon Market, a hiking lifestyle store, featuring Starbuck’s Coffee, home-made ice cream, sandwiches, salads and daily organic offerings along with performance food and gear essential for an active lifestyle and Noh featuring sushi and sashimi.

Reservations can be made by calling 800-55-HYATT, 480-444-1234 or visit scottsdale.hyatt.com (offers not applicable to groups, conventions, tours or other discounts.) When reserving “Splash Into Summer,” reference offer code SPLASH. Rates do not include taxes, gratuities or resort fees and are subject to change and availability.

SPA AND SALON AVANIA

Promoting harmony and tranquility, Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch is one of the world’s first resort spas to create a one-of-a-kind, holistic, total immersion experience. Treatments are synchronized to the time of day and natural light. De-stressing begins the moment you arrive. A healthy, pre-spa ritual includes a French Celtic Mineral Pool, steam, sauna, inhalation room, hot and cold plunges and rain and storm showers.

Summer Spa Specials featured include our “Green Tea & Cucumber Collection,” five treatments created to replenish the body with antioxidants, flush out toxins and soothe and refresh your skin. To further enhance the experience, we have created “spa bites” and refreshments infused with Green Tea & Cucumbers to hydrate and nourish your body. (Available May 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015).

  • 60 minute Green Tea & Cucumber Massage
  • 60 minute Green Tea & Cucumber Facial
  • 60 minute Green Tea & Cucumber Body Polish Vichy Scrub
  • 45 minute Green Tea & Cucumber Hand Renewal
  • 60 minute Green Tea & Cucumber Luxury Foot Renewal*A rejuvenating eye treatment to lift, revitalize and refresh for a youthful appearance can be added.

    For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 480-483-5558 or visit www.spaavania.com.

Gary Baker, chief executive office, HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center.

Scottsdale Shea Medical Center in ‘100 Great Hospitals’

HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center was recently named one of the “100 Great Hospitals in America” by healthcare industry trade publication Becker’s Hospital Review.

With its selection of HonorHealth, the editorial team from Becker’s noted several positives including surgical expertise, patient safety, education and research capabilities.

Editors also highlighted the hospital’s orthopedic programs and involvement in drug development research through the HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center and HonorHealth Research Institute, which led to new treatments for advanced pancreatic cancer and basal cell carcinoma being approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center is one of the economic anchors of the City of Scottsdale’s Cure Corridor along Shea Blvd. near Loop 101. The 433-bed medical center is designated as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

“This recognition is for the dedicated team of physicians, staff, volunteers and leaders who provide the care, support, research and resources that make honors like this possible,” said Gary Baker, chief executive officer of HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center. “We do not go about our work seeking these recognitions; it is truly a byproduct of the wonderful team that provides care in this community.” 

To develop the list, Becker’s Hospital Review‘s editorial team conducted research and evaluated reputable hospital ranking sources, such as U.S. News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, The Leapfrog Group and several other resources. The final result is a group of 100 hospitals that are leaders in their region, their state and the nation in terms of high-quality patient care.

“Defining a hospital today, let alone a great hospital, has become an unusual sort of challenge. A hospital is no longer just a facility where people go to have a baby or undergo surgery. It’s become an organization that coordinates care for the masses and ensures patients stay healthy in the future,” editors noted in announcing the 2015 “100 Great Hospitals in America” list.

According to Becker’s Hospital Review, each of listed institutions has a rich history, strong credentials and a growing focus on how to best care for patients in an era of reform. “These organizations have played home to some of the greatest medical advancements in U.S. healthcare history, and they are also the bastions of their respective communities — serving the roles of academic hubs or local mainstays,” said Becker’s editors.

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Booker expands tech operations to Scottsdale

Booker, the leading platform for service commerce, announces plans to expand their operations to Scottsdale. With headquarters in New York City, and offices in Orange County, Calif. and Singapore, Booker’s decision to grow into Scottsdale at SkySong is a great addition to the companies who have already selected SkySong to grow.

Booker’s platform allows services businesses of all sizes to provide accurate, up to date information with their clients to connect them with various services. With Booker, businesses are able to engage with clients and expand their reach to a larger customer base. 

“We are excited to become a part of the unique ecosystem in Scottsdale’s SkySong ASU Innovation Center” said Josh McCarter, Booker CEO. “Scottsdale’s talent pool, world-class technology presence, and university partnerships make it an ideal place to expand our business and continue our mission of helping small and medium service businesses grow intelligently while serving their customers better.”

“Scottsdale continues to attract growing technology companies like Booker to Arizona,” said Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “We believe that Scottsdale is cultivating a culture of innovation and leadership that fosters a spirit of collaboration amongst creative technology companies that wish to live and work in a community that emulates their lifestyle and beliefs.”

“Building upon the growing critical mass of technology companies in metro Phoenix, Booker joins the ranks of major tech companies such as Weebly and Zenefits, who have chosen to grow their operations in the region,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “This emergence of tech companies into the market is indicative of the robust talent pool that exists, and the great livability our communities offer these workers.”

“We are pleased to welcome Booker Software in joining more than 70 companies affiliated with SkySong,” said Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, senior vice president for Knowledge Enterprise Development at ASU. “We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship, learning from Booker’s tremendous success and offering a collaborative innovation environment as well as connections with ASU’s student talent.”

To learn more about Booker, and their current openings in the new Scottsdale location, visit http://www.booker.com/careers.

FirstBank opened a new branch at the corner ofScottsdale Road and Pinnacle Peak on May 13th and will host aribbon cutting on May 28

FirstBank expands with North Scottsdale branch

FirstBank Holding Company, a holding company with multiple banking locations throughout Arizona, announced the opening of its newest branch in north Scottsdale at 23399 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. E101, Scottsdale, AZ 85255.  The major cross streets are Scottsdale Road and Pinnacle Peak.  The 4,000 square-foot location officially opened on May 13th and marks FirstBank’s 16th branch in Arizona.  The Colorado-based bank now has 123 branches nationwide. 

To celebrate its opening, the public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting on Thursday, May 28 at 5:30 pm.  Appetizers and beverages will be served, and there will be giveaways including a chance to win cash prizes.  The Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, of which FirstBank’s Metro Phoenix President Bryce Lloyd is currently the Board Chairman, will be part of the ribbon cutting event.  The Mayor and Scottsdale City Council members have also been invited to attend.

“FirstBank’s rapid growth throughout Phoenix has been very exciting and we’re proud to add another Scottsdale location and to play an active role and make a positive impact within our local community,” said Bryce Lloyd, President – Phoenix Market.  “Since we entered the Phoenix market eight years ago, we have worked hard to become a resource to individuals, families, businesses and non-profits across Arizona.  Adding this new branch in north Scottsdale helps us expand that footprint to become an even greater resource to our customers.”

In its short history in Arizona, FirstBank has repeatedly shown its commitment to community involvement.  The commitment has been again demonstrated in just the last few months by its recent donation as the presenting sponsor of Arizona Gives Day, which raised over $2 million for Arizona non-profits in one day.  In addition, FirstBank made a $1 Million community development investment with Trellis (formerly Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix), an organization dedicated to making financially stable homes, neighborhoods and communities possible in Maricopa County.

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Summer at the Princess kicks off Memorial Day Weekend

Good day, sunshine: it’s a summer to remember at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, where sunny days start with cool rides down waterslides, zooming across a zip line and finish with fireworks lighting up the night.  This AAA Five Diamond play-cation paradise is presenting “Summer at the Princess,” a three-month calendar of robust entertainment for the entire family, all with a splash of savings. Memorial Day weekend begins with the “Princess Party on the Pier,” followed by the 4TH of July “Freedom Fest” and the “Dreamcation” finale of a South Seas cruise theme Labor Day weekend.

All summer long, poolside is the place to be with the resort’s SplashRider X-treme, a thrilling, spinning water adventure and 200-foot twisting waterslides, which turns into the Techno Glo Party After Dark weekend nights. At the lagoons, Ranger Rick leads nature walks and fishing derbies.

Other unique experiences include sampling any of 240 tequilas at La Hacienda, escaping to Well & Being Spa, savoring an exquisite dish at Bourbon Steak or enjoying the sunset and Pan-Latin fare at the new Toro Restaurant at TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course. Then, fireworks light up the sky every Saturday evening.

Memorial Day Weekend Kick-Off

Kicking off summer boardwalk style, the “Princess Party on the Pier” is May 22-25, 2015, bringing a throwback to the heyday of seaside amusements with caricaturists, speed painters, chalk artists, a Sugar Shack for sweet treats and steel drummers by the pool.  As an added bonus, guests may lounge a little longer with a complimentary late check-out of 4 p.m. on Monday, May 25.

Weekend Fun, All Summer, Poolside

The SplashRider X-treme, a rolling water ball for both kids and adults, operates on weekends at the Sonoran Splash Pool. This attraction for resort guests lasts three to five minutes, creating a constant wave of water and allows one or two riders at a time.  Tickets can be purchased individually or packaged with The Zipper zip line for unlimited rides.

It’s a disco down the slides at the Techno Glo Party at Sonoran Splash pool. Black lights, lasers, fog, LED hula hooping, glow-in-the-dark bubbles, drinks and pulsating techno music from DJ Splash rock the pool 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights this summer.  Over at the South Pool, families can just chill at the Dive In Movies also offered complimentary Friday and Saturday nights. Movie-watchers can float on inner tubes or enjoy movie snacks on deck, as the family flick begins at 8 p.m., with an intermission for fireworks at 9 p.m. on Saturdays. 

Every weekend afternoon, the Fairmont Fun Team leads dancing games, tie dye t-shirt making, limbo and underwater bingo with music from DJ Splash. Other daily activities include badminton, volleyball and bocce ball.

Sonoran Splash, the resort’s 6,000 square-foot water oasis is perfect for families, with two twisting waterslides, pop-jet fountains, cabanas and games. For tots, there is a zero-entry deck area as well as a large, shaded sandbox complete with Tonka trucks and beach toys, sure to keep the little ones entertained for hours. 

Sonoran Splash is one of three pools that offer luxurious cabanas for rental, with amenities such as a flat-screen TV, ceiling fan, sofas, reserved chaise lounges, refrigerator, bottled waters and fresh fruit.  The resort has five pools in total throughout the 65-acre property.

Lagoon Adventures

Resort guests can soar a speedy 25 mph, 240-feet across the lagoons on The Zipper, a 37-foot-high zip line, available weekends, all summer long.  There are prices for individual rides or packaged for unlimited rides, combined with the new SplashRider X-treme.

For more adventure, Ranger Rick helps guests cast a reel for bluegill at the fishing derbies and leads nature walks to observe any of the waterfowl who make the lagoons their home… and feeding Cecil, the resort’s resident desert tortoise at his habitat near the Cactus Garden and La Hacienda.

A fun new way to stay cool at the lagoons this summer will be water balloon battles from large, custom-made launchers, as part of the Fairmont Fun Team’s activities.

Trailblazers Family Adventure Center & Kids Club

Trailblazers is a fun-filled program for ages 5-12 where kids pan for real gold, learn to solar cook, play sports, swim and even meet a reptilian friend or two. Half-day and full-day sessions are available year-round for overnight guests. A la carte pricing is $35 for a half-day or $60 for a full-day session.  Included in the hotel’s daily resort fee of $29, up to three children per family receive half-day admission to the Kids Club, which is a savings of more than $100 per day. (Lunch is additional for $12.)

The Trailblazers Family Adventure Center is open 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. nightly, complimentary, year-round for resort guests of all ages to play Ping Pong, foosball, basketball, air hockey, shuffle board, videos and board games.

More for the Little Ones, Just Ask!

To ensure families have the comforts of home, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess covers all of the bases with an assortment of in-room amenities for children. Full-size cribs complete with bedding, high chairs, strollers, night lights, safety outlet covers, portable playpens, humidifiers, baby monitors, baby bathtubs, baby shampoo, kid’s robes and step stools are available for resort guests upon request, complimentary. 

Pets Are Treated Like Royalty at the Princess

Dogs and cats want to go on vacation too, so with Princess Posh Paws, pets can experience the ultimate luxury resort experience. Owner and pet stay in a room that comes complete with a “Pet in Residence” door hanger, a plush pet bed, food and water bowl, a food mat, pet toys and of course, treats. Pets (and people) are also greeted in the lobby by the resort’s official new Canine Ambassador, Bixby, a yellow Labrador retriever.

Retreat to Well & Being Spa

Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has all-new “Live it Well” programs, sizzling specials and soothing spa treatments to keep you refreshed and energized all summer long.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the spa’s “Good Life” team of fitness, nutrition and beauty experts are planning a “Happy & Healthy” calendar of interactive events including the new Hoopnotica hula hoop and beach body legs classes, tips for making healthy smoothies, acupuncture for sleep and laughing yoga, to name a few.

Well & Being Spa is 44,000 square foot sanctuary situated on three levels with exercise and work-out facilities, waterfall grotto, steam, sauna, salon, Well & Being Market, café and a scenic rooftop pool. For the first time, the spa is offering a summer “Happy Pass” for local residents, with unlimited access to the spa for $49 for an entire day, mid-week.

For an overnight spa getaway, the new “Stay & Spa” package includes accommodations, plus the choice of one 45-minute facial, massage, pedicure or body wrap, starting from $241 May 1 – September 3, 2015.

Summer Dining

La Hacienda is celebrating summer with the return of its popular “Guacamole Fest” sampler of various guacamoles, from pork belly to seafood and pomegranate, as well as Fresca Floats made with traditional Mexican sodas. (Prices of these a la carte items vary.)

The summer Kids Resort Dining Passport is a super deal for families for $29 per day that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at resort dining outlets such as Ironwood American Kitchen, Trailblazers Kids Club, the pools, La Hacienda and Toro, plus a kid’s snack at the South Pool during the Dive-In Movie. These meals are from the children’s menus and are exclusive to overnight resort guests. Passports are available for overnight guests for purchase upon arrival at the Leisure Services Desk in the main lobby.

Spicing up the weekends is Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar’s new a la carte brunch, with live Latin music from 11 am – 2 pm, overlooking the 18th green of the TPC Scottsdale. Spanish mimosas, Brazilian French Toast (brioche bread topped with fried plantains, mescal maple syrup and whipped cream), an all-you-can-eat sushi bar, a build-your-own Bloody Mary cart and 111 types of rum are just a few highlights of this new hotspot.

Day Guests, Overnight Guests

Most of the resort activities mentioned are exclusive for overnight guests.  Day visitors are invited to enjoy a treatment at Well & Being Spa or dine in any of the resort’s award-winning restaurants. Saturday nights throughout the summer are a terrific time to come have dinner and enjoy a fireworks show over the lagoons at 9 p.m.

Vacation Packages

Celebrate summer with the new “Upgrade Your Summer” package includes an upgrade to a newly renovated Casita Signature Junior Suite at a Fairmont room price, starting from $169 per night weekdays and $189 weekends. These accommodations are more spacious, secluded and residential in style.

The popular Sip, Savor & Splash Package returns, starting from $169 per room, per night Sunday through Thursday and $189 weekends and includes a $50 daily credit for dining, spa or kid’s club. Summer package dates are based upon space availability, May 22-September 7, 2015. Taxes and daily resort fees are additional.

For reservations or more information on summer programs at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, please dial ((866) 540-4495 or visit www.scottsdaleprincess.com.  The resort is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale.