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Grand Prix of Scottsdale producers

Vintage Kart Company hosts Grand Prix of Scottsdale

Vintage Kart Company is hosting the Grand Prix of Scottsdale on November 7, 2015 as the inaugural race in its Vintage Mini Racing Series. The streets of Downtown Scottsdale will transform into a cinematic modern day version of the Roaring 1920s as attendees from across the Valley will gather to participate in Grand Prix races and festivities.  Sponsored racing teams will have the opportunity to custom design their own Vintage Mini Racer™ through Vintage Kart Company and compete against friends, colleagues and corporate rivals. The race day will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 6 p.m.

“We are proud to introduce the Grand Prix of Scottsdale to the Arizona community,” said co-founder and producer Napoleon Smith III. “Scottsdale is a vibrant city that is known for unique experiences with attractions, arts, culture, culinary destinations and nightlife. It is a refined destination for the inaugural event to become an all-American tradition.”

The Grand Prix of Scottsdale will kick-off with a Gatsby-era gala where charity partners including Armed Services war veterans will be recognized and driving teams will have the opportunity to showcase their custom Vintage Mini Racers in prior to Race Day. The morning of the Grand Prix, driving teams and guests can attend the ‘Dine & Drive’ trackside breakfast where a special unveiling of the Grand Prix winner’s cup will be presented. Scottsdale Mayor, Jim Lane will serve as the flagman for the morning 30-lap charity race and will commence the Americana Promenade between races. Local artisans, restaurants and businesses will have the opportunity to participate by adapting to the 1920s-era and, if racing, display their own Mini Vintage Racer at their downtown Scottsdale storefront. The Grand Prix of Scottsdale will serve as an opportunity to celebrate Americana, heritage, quality craftsmanship and the local businesses that aided the progression of the Downtown Scottsdale community.

The Grand Prix main event will begin at 2 p.m. with ongoing track and safety procedures. The race course measures just under a mile and will weave through the landmarks and retail venues of Downtown Scottsdale, starting on the Marshall Way Bridge at the Scottsdale Waterfront and finishing where it began. The main event Grand Prix is 50 laps with 40 Vintage Mini Racers expected in the field.  Driving teams and will watch racing action from ‘Pit Row’ and other VIP viewing areas.  The Grand Prix event is free to the public.

The Grand Prix of Scottsdale will coincide with the AZCentral.com Food & Wine Experience hosted at Scottsdale Fashion Square, with the post-race Vintage Victory Awards celebration set for The Food & Wine Experience’s main event pavilion.  The sponsored celebration will incorporate the presentation of the Grand Prix winner’s cup, special sponsor heritage presentations and a Prohibition-era musical act.

Schedule of events surrounding Grand Prix of Scottsdale:

November 6, 2015

6 to 10 p.m.                             Gatsby Gala Grand Prix Kickoff Party

November 7, 2015

8 a.m.                                      Race Day ‘Dine & Drive’ Breakfast near Starting Line

10 a.m.                                    Morning Charity Race

12 p.m.                                    Americana Promenade

2 p.m.                                      Main Event Grand Prix Race

6 p.m.                                      Vintage Victory Automotive Awards Bash

Ongoing                                   AZCentral’s Food & Wine Experience, VIP/ Pit Row Luxe

Ongoing                                   Main Street and Legacy Garages ‘Brand Prix’ Brand Experience

Photo Credit: Kris Mocny

Locally owned Fired Pie opens 10th location

In 2013, locally-owned and operated Fired Pie, exploded on the dining scene in the Valley as the first fast-casual pizza restaurant.
The eatery announced the opening of their tenth location at Scottsdale Fashion Square. The fast-casual movement has continued to see an upward trend and Fired Pie’s attention to fresh ingredients and great customer service has helped them carve their own piece of the pie in this competitive food market. 
“We are excited to continue growing here in the Valley,” said Fred Morgan, one of the restaurants three founders. “We carefully consider every space we open and have no plans of slowing down.” 
With nine locations valley wide and one in Tucson, Fired Pie will open four more restaurants before the end of the year. 
“We are responding to the demands of the customers,” said Co-Founder Doug Doyle. “Every day we hear from people who want another location closer to them.”  
Fired Pie allows you to take on the role of chef by picking and choosing your own type of dough, sauce and toppings. The sophisticated-yet-affordable pizzeria also offers build-your-own salads. The concept behind the restaurant was born from the minds of Morgan, Doyle and Rico Cuomo. The trio worked together for more than 15 years, rising through the ranks of different restaurant concepts. They found themselves brainstorming about the art of making a great pizza pie: dough, sauce, cheese, fresh herbs, meats, sourcing local and organic ingredients—and knew with the right precision, they would create and build a pizza empire. 
“In the past pizza was about calling in your order and waiting 15 or 20 minutes before you went and picked it up or had it delivered,” said Cuomo. “That’s not the case anymore. People want their pizzas completely customizable in as little as four minutes.”
For more information, menus, hours and locations, visit firedpie.com or you can like their Facebook page at facebook.com/FiredPie.
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Valley malls offer innovative Santa experience

Chandler Fashion Center and Scottsdale Fashion Square  introduces a thoroughly modern, extraordinarily experiential visit with Santa C — the new Santa HQ, presented by HGTV.

Set to open on November 8th at Chandler Fashion Center and November 15th at Scottsdale Fashion Square, HGTV’s Santa HQ invites families to experience the unparalleled wonder of Santa’s world in the modern and digital age. Visitors can take an ELFIE selfie and star in their own holiday video, explore Santa’s Observatory using ELF-RAY Vision, test out the ‘Naughty O’ Nice Meter,’ and enjoy a memorable photo with Santa. Consumers can also plan ahead this year by booking a reservation online at www.Santa-HQ.com to the experience easier than ever to enjoy.

Santa HQ also features “Sleigh Ride” – a featured track on the recently-released Pentatonix holiday album, That’s Christmas To Me – as part of the experience’s light show.  That’s Christmas To Me is available in stores and online, and will be available to those visiting Santa at Chandler Fashion Center and Scottsdale Fashion Square  throughout the holiday season.

The two shopping centers also invites our guests to enter the HGTV Home for the Holidays Sweepstakes for a chance to win $10,000. The sweepstakes is scheduled to begin on November 11, 2014. To see how they can enter, guests of Santa HQ centers can text “santahq” to 36500 to be directed to www.santa-hq.com, or they can enter at Guest Services.

Visitors to Santa HQ can expect a jingle-filled sensory overload, in which the sights and sounds of the season will be up front and personal. The striking set was handcrafted in Atlanta where Santa’s HGTV elves were hard at work designing the new environment for the  local shoppers.

“Our goal at these two centers  is to enhance the customer experience in every way possible, and we are delighted to have  a partner like HGTV that shares our passion  about delivering exciting opportunities  guests can’t find anywhere else, “ said Kimberly Hastings, Macerich. “Visits and photos with Santa at the mall are a well-loved holiday tradition, and this year we are enhancing the entire experience with Santa HQ.”

Marcella's Advertising shoot. -- photo by Mark W. Lipczynski copyright 2009

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill opening in Scottsdale

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill is excited to announce its second Arizona location at Scottsdale Fashion Square, following the success of their first valley location that opened in the Valley, at Tempe Marketplace, in 2011. The gastropub will open its doors to the public in February of 2015 and will feature 8,500 square feet of interior seating, handcrafted food, 24 craft beers on tap, signature cocktails and over 1,500 square feet of prime patio space for enjoying the great weather.

“We are extremely excited to open our newest location in Scottsdale,” said Thirsty Lion CEO John Plew. “Thirsty Lion is the perfect fit for this area of town and we look forward to providing Scottsdale with great service, a diverse menu, local quality ingredients, and a great selection of local craft beer”.

This is the second property Thirsty Lion as opened within a Macerich property.  In November 2011 Thirsty Lion opened up in Tigard, OR at Washington Square Mall, the success of which spawned the current growth of the brand. The continued growth of downtown Scottsdale, as well as the addition of Dicks Sporting Goods and Harkins Theater in the center, were all factors in Thirsty Lion’s decision to call Fashion Square its new home.  This will be the 6th Thirsty Lion location, following a hugely successful opening in Denver, CO at the new Union Station project.

Thirsty Lion’s culinary commitment is to provide an eclectic variety of cuisines, with an emphasis on local ingredients and bold flavors. A seasonal fresh sheet will focus on the changing season’s offerings, featuring unique ingredients including fresh seafood, quality meats and local vegetables and fruits. The bar will feature 24 craft beers on tap, many of which will be local, offering a beer on hand for every plate and every palate. The gastropub also features unique craft cocktails that utilize combinations of fresh fruit purees, juices and premium liquors, as well as 25 different wines by the glass.

“We work hard to combine quality ingredients and scratch recipes to create menu items that satisfy the ‘foodie’ in all of us,” said Thirsty Lion Executive Chef Keith Castro. “The flavor profiles are complex, yet blend well in their simplistic approach to create ‘craveable’ food; an intense desire for more.”

Thirsty Lion will incorporate 2 bars into the space including an indoor/outdoor bar that services the patio as well as an interior space that can be used for private events. The open exhibition kitchen and centerpiece bar create a sense of community. Multiple flat screens also make it the perfect spot for sports fans to enjoy delicious food, drinks and friendly service, while cheering on their favorite teams.

Fashion Square adds retail, entertainment

Arizona’s retail powerhouse, Scottsdale Fashion Square, is delivering more great names for shoppers with today’s announcement that DICK’S Sporting Goods will join Harkins Theatres Camelview at Fashion Square 14 in the center’s redevelopment. DICK’s Sporting Goods is expected to open fall 2015.

DICK’S Sporting Goods, the leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will bring an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories to serve the athletes and outdoor enthusiasts of the Scottsdale community.

“DICK’S Sporting Goods will bring an exciting new element to the center,” said Emily Ginzl, Senior Marketing Manager for Scottsdale Fashion Square. “Scottsdale Fashion Square features more than 250 stores and restaurants and we feel strongly that the sporting goods favorite will be a great complement to the extensive offerings already located at this popular center. The new theatre will be absolutely beautiful and provide terrific entertainment for locals and the region’s robust set of visitors.”

In addition to expanding its retail and entertainment lineup, Scottsdale Fashion Square continues to attract top national and international brands, including the recently opened ZARA, Lorna Jane, lululemon athletica, ivivva, Diane von Furstenberg and Robert Graham. The high-performing property is anchored by five department stores and features more than 250 stores and restaurants. The center continues to draw shoppers from across Arizona, as well as tourists from all over the globe. Starting January 26 through February 1, Super Bowl Sunday, Scottsdale Fashion Square will host Fan Fest Scottsdale on property in partnership with ESPN. Look for more details soon.

Red Sangria, Kona Grill

Thirsty Thursday: Kona Grill's Red Sangria

As one of the many restaurants at Scottsdale Fashion Square, Kona Grill has not only updated its decor to a newer and lighter feel with fantastic fish tanks, television screens playing major sporting events, and light silvery tables and flooring, but it has also updated its cocktail menu.

Kona decided to put a twist on tradition with a Red Sake Sangria. The beautiful, red

The spicy Picasso roll complements the smooth sangria.

The spicy Picasso roll complements the smooth sangria.

concoction is smooth, fruity and refreshing. There is no bite or aftertaste like a sangria mixed with brandy, but the sake makes it smooth and gives it its own flair. Since being added to the menu in July 2013, it has been the best-selling cocktail at the restaurant. This drink is perfect for patio weather and is sold by the glass or in a pitcher for four. This drink is a perfect mix with the spicy Picasso roll or the avocado eggrolls.



  • 1 bottle (750ml) Bogle Merlot
  • 8 oz Sake
  • 4 oz simple syrup
  • Juice of 3 fresh oranges
  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • Juice of 1 fresh lime
  • Sprite
  • Raspberries, diced kiwi, half orange (sliced) to garnish


Red Sangria 2[3]Directions:

  1. Combine juices, simple syrup and sake into a cocktail shaker
  2. Shake and pour into a chilled glass pitcher (with ice if desired)
  3. Add Merlot, a handful of raspberries, half a diced kiwi, and orange slices to pitcher
  4. Stir, and top with sprite
  5. Sangria is best served in a red wine glass with ice, garnished with a half orange wheel


If you don’t want to make it at home, try the Red Sake Sangria at Kona Grill at Scottsdale Fashion Square during happy hour for $6.50. Other Kona Grill locations include Chandler Fashion Center, Santan Village, and City North.


Historic Harkins at Camelview Gets 21st Century Upgrade

Harkins Theatres announced Thursday that development is underway on a new 14-screen luxury megaplex cinema at Scottsdale Fashion Square. The Scottsdale-based company says the new Camelview at Fashion Square will feature unparalleled luxury amenities and an expanded offering of independent, foreign and art films along with a choice selection of the very best wide release films.

“The Camelview at Fashion Square will be unlike anything that exists in the marketplace today,” said Mike Bowers, President of Harkins Theatres. “Our new theatre will feature modern elegant finishes, unequaled amenities and state-of-the-art technology throughout.”

Highlights of the new theatre include:
§         Reserved seating
§         Harkins Ultimate Lounger™ seats
§         Wall-to-wall curved screens
§         4k digital projection
§         Dolby Atmos object-based 3D sound
§         Expanded menu with elevated food choices, decadent desserts and espresso drinks
§         And the Vérité Lounge, Harkins’ first lobby lounge with a full bar

The theatre lobby will incorporate a modern take on iconic elements from its predecessor and will provide guests with a place to meet, eat and drink before their film.

“Everything about this theater will be the absolute best,” said Dan Harkins, owner of Harkins Theatres.  “I will be one of the most frequent moviegoers at this theater, so I can’t wait for opening day!”

The Camelview at Fashion Square will debut the new Harkins Ultimate Lounger™.  Moviegoers will reserve their seats and sink into plush lounge chairs with electronic reclining mechanisms that allow them to select their own perfect viewing position.

Harkins’ already immense concessions menu will be amplified with a robust offering of gourmet appetizers, sliders, crêpes, personal pizzas, decadent desserts and an espresso bar. Additionally, the Vérité Lounge will expand to create an indoor/outdoor rooftop terrace and boast a full bar with a wide range of mixed cocktails, unique wines and beers, including local craft favorites.

“This theatre will be a moviegoer’s dream come true,” said Dan Harkins. “We intend to transplant the soul of our beloved Camelview into this amazing new cinema.  Independent, foreign, and art films are a part of our DNA and we are proud to be able to continue and expand Camelview’s legacy to include even more films in a dazzling new venue.”

Harkins anticipates opening Camelview at Fashion Square in the spring of 2015 at Scottsdale Fashion Square mall located on the northwest corner of Scottsdale and Camelback roads.


Construction employment stalls in August

Construction employment stagnated in August, while the industry unemployment rate fell and a majority of companies reported difficulty finding workers, according to an analysis of new government data and an industry survey by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials called for education and immigration reform measures needed to ensure an adequate supply of skilled workers.

“After a strong rebound in 2012, construction hiring and spending have been stuck in neutral through most of 2013,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Yet the unemployment rate for former construction workers hit the lowest August level in five years, suggesting that experienced workers are leaving the industry rather than returning to it. As a result, firms are already having trouble finding workers.”

Construction employment totaled 5,798,000 in August, matching the July total, which was revised up by 5,000 from the initial estimate released four weeks ago. The August total is 3.0 percent higher than in August 2012 but has been nearly flat since March 2013. Similarly, a Census Bureau report on construction spending released on September 3 showed spending had changed little between May and July, the latest month available. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for workers actively looking for jobs and last employed in construction declined from 11.3 percent in August 2012 to 9.1 percent last month—the lowest August rate since 2008.

“Over the past three years, the number of unemployed, experienced construction workers has dropped by half,” Simonson noted. “Unfortunately, the construction industry has been able to hire only about a third of those workers, while the rest have left construction for other industries, schooling, retirement or have dropped out of the labor force. The recent leveling-off of construction hiring means the industry risks losing more of its experienced workers, setting up a potentially grave shortfall when demand for construction resumes.”

Nearly three-fourths (74 percent) of the construction firms that responded to a survey that the association released on September 4 reported they are having difficulty filling some craft-worker positions. More than half (53 percent) of the respondents also said they are having difficulty filling professional positions.

Association officials said that the fact that hiring problems appear so widespread when overall construction employment is flat was particularly worrisome in light of the high demand for workers expected in the near future. They urged elected officials in Washington to support construction education and training programs and to treat construction equitably in guest worker provisions of immigration reform legislation.

“Construction employment has leveled off for now, but retirements and selected areas of demand mean there is still a need to address worker shortages before they become acute,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “We need to make sure there is an adequate supply of skilled construction labor to meet future demand.”


Cooper, Cardinal and Company sell apartment complex

Cooper, Cardinal and Company LLC, a boutique multi-family investment brokerage firm with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, recently closed the transaction for Rossmore Apartments, an 26-unit multi-family community located in Glendale, Arizona near Westgate City Center and Historic Glendale District. The sale price of $635,000 represents a capitalization rate of 7.10% on Proforma income. It equates to $24,423 per unit or $42.50 per square foot.

Gary R. Cooper, a Managing Director and Jack A. Cardinal, a Managing Director of the firm, represented the Seller in the transaction. “Rossmore Apartments is a great example of the premise that commercial real estate is not a zero sum game. The Seller purchased the property in distress and did well by taking risks when others would not. The Buyers own in the area and have a great vision for the property and thus will be able to take the property to new heights creating a true win-win transaction’,” stated Cooper.

The 14,940-square foot apartment community, built in 1963 is situated on a 1.61-acre lot and was 85% occupied at the time of sale. Jack A. Cardinal added, “With recent capital improvements such as a new roof and ceramic tile flooring, the bones of this 1963 asset are rock solid. We were very pleased with the outcome of this transaction and in helping execute the exit strategy as the Exclusive Listing Agents for our opportunistic, Canadian based Seller. This was an important assignment for a repeat client in helping the client reach his market goals and reinvest the proceeds on the East Side.”

SanTan Village Furniture Center photo - August deals

De Rito Partners Announces Recent Transactions

New bike shop opening in Tempe

The Pedal Bike Shop signed a lease for 3,763 square feet at 405 W. University Drive, near the Arizona State University campus. The shopping center is located at the southeast corner of University Drive and Wilson Street in Tempe. De Rito Partners’ brokers John Palmieri and Chris Corso represented the landlord in the deal.

Dental Care of Mesa to open at the Village at Superstition Springs

De Rito Partners’ brokers Gordon Heckaman and Steve Berman represented the landlord in signing a lease for 2,615 square feet at the Village at Superstition Springs. Dental Care of Mesa will be joining the center located just west of the northwest corner of Power Road and Baseline Road.

Verizon Premium Dealer set to open in Gilbert

MyBullfrog.com, a Verizon Wireless Premium Dealer, signed a lease for 2,000 square feet at the northwest corner of Gilbert Road and Warner Road in Gilbert. Gordon Heckaman and Morey Fischel of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in signing the lease.

Van’s Golf Shop coming to SanTan Village Furniture Center

Van’s Golf Shop signed a lease for 7,500 square feet at the northwest corner of SanTan Village Parkway and Market Street, in the SanTan Village Furniture Center. De Rito Partners’ broker Matt Morrell represented the landlord in completing the deal.

L’Mage Salon Suites adding location in Gilbert

One of Metro Phoenix’s top salons, L’Mage Salon Suites, signed a lease for 3,598 square feet at Gilbert Town Square. The center is located just south of the southwest corner of Gilbert Road and Warner Road. Stan Sanchez represented the tenant; and Bill Bones and Carl Jones, Jr. represented the landlord in completing the deal.

TitleMax opening a store in Sierra Vista

De Rito Partners’ broker Bill Bones represented TitleMax in signing a lease for a new 5,592-square-foot store in Sierra Vista, Arizona. The new store is located at 822 W. Frye Boulevard, near the corner of Frye Boulevard and Buffalo Soldier Trail.

Cabinets Beyond expanding at Cave Creek Plaza

Cabinets Beyond is relocating within the Cave Creek Plaza to a 2,793-square-foot space, an increase of 1,353 square feet from their previous location. Chris Corso and Lizette Fonseca of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in signing the lease at the center located at the southwest corner of Cave Creek Road and Bell Road.

Scottsdale adding a new bicycle shop

Javelina Cycles Owner Rick Marquis signed a lease to open Giant Scottsdale/Liv Giant Bicycle Shop at 68th Street and Thomas Road in Scottsdale. Morey Fischel of De Rito Partners represented the tenant in signing the lease for a 5,000-square-foot space.

Pet groomer to open first location in Chandler

Paws Attractions, a pet sitting and grooming service, is opening their first location at Monterey Vista Village in Chandler. The tenant leased a 1,265-square-foot space at the center located at the northwest corner of Pecos Road and McQueen Road. Steve Bonnell of De Rito Partners represented the tenant in the deal.

NexTech Repair coming to Scottsdale

NexTech Repair, a repair service of smartphones and personal communications electronics, is set to open a new location in Scottsdale at Loop 101 Freeway and Via de Ventura. Gordon Heckaman of De Rito Partners represented the tenant in signing the lease for a 1,000-square-foot space.

New furniture store being added to Verde Valley Plaza in Cottonwood

Classic Home Furnishings is opening a new furniture store in the Verde Valley Plaza. The tenant signed a lease for a 3,800-square-foot space at the center located at the southwest corner of Highway 89A and Highway 260 in Cottonwood, Arizona. De Rito Partners’ broker Dale Harsh represented the landlord in completing the deal.

Styles for Less adding new location in Scottsdale

Styles for Less will be opening a new location at Scottsdale Fiesta Shopping Center located at the southeast corner of the Loop 101 Freeway and Shea Boulevard. Paul Serafin of De Rito Partners represented the tenant in signing the lease for a 4,000-square-foot space.

Public charter school to open in Downtown Phoenix

Arizona School for Integrated Academics and Technologies, part of a nationwide network of public charter schools, will be adding a new school at the southwest corner of 12th Street and Washington Street in Downtown Phoenix. Carl Jones Jr. of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in signing the lease for a 10,194-square-foot space.


Metro North Corporate Park Signs 2 New Leases

Metro North Corporate Park recently signed the following two new Leases at their 13450 N. Black Canyon Highway facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

  • The State of Arizona signed a 30,000 s.f. five-year Lease and will be utilizing the space for its Department of Economic Security – Child Protective Services Division.  The space will be used primarily for administrative activities.
  • Peckham, Inc. (Lansing, Michigan) signed a 40,000 s.f. five-year Lease.  Peckham, Inc., a nonprofit vocational rehabilitation organization, provides job training opportunities for persons with significant disabilities and other barriers to employment.  Initially, Peckham plans to employ approximately 100 people and eventually they should have approximately 250 employees within the facility.

The Leases were negotiated by Cashen Realty Advisors, Inc.

Bernards & Construction

Construction Spending Rises 0.6 Percent in July

The nation’s builders were busy in July as construction spending increased 0.6 percent to $900.8 billion—the largest upswing in four years—according to the Sept. 3 report by the U.S. Commerce Department.

Nonresidential construction spending also rose 0.6 percent in July, but is down 0.8 percent compared to one year ago.

Private nonresidential construction spending grew 1.3 percent, only to be offset by a 0.2 percent decline in public nonresidential construction spending. On a year-over-year basis, private nonresidential construction is up 2 percent while public nonresidential construction spending has dipped 3.7 percent.

Eleven of 16 construction sectors posted monthly gains in spending. The largest gains were in lodging, up 5.8 percent; conservation and development, up 3.6 percent; manufacturing, up 3.3 percent; and transportation, up 2.4 percent. Six subsectors experienced higher spending on a year-over-year basis, including lodging, up 29.9 percent; commercial, up 1.6 percent; power, up 6.1 percent; sewage and waste disposal, up 3.8 percent; water supply, up 9.5 percent; and manufacturing, up 0.2 percent.

In contrast, spending in five nonresidential construction sectors declined in July, including educational, down 0.7 percent; religious, down 3.1 percent; public safety, down 8.1 percent; amusement and recreation, down 2.7 percent; and highway and street, down 1.1 percent. On a year-over-year basis, construction spending has softened in 10 subsectors. The largest losses occurred in religious, down 18.1 percent; public safety, down 14.1 percent; amusement and recreation, down 12.6 percent; and communication, down 12.5 percent.

Residential construction spending increased 0.5 percent for the month and is 16.8 percent higher than the same time last year.

Nikki Reed Collab Available at Scottsdale's 7 For All Mankind

Effortlessly cool denim label 7 For All Mankind ( 7FAM) merges the worlds of fashion, film and art through a collaboration with actress and newlywed Nikki Reed in an exclusive jewelry line launched last week. The rock-chic collection of limited jewelry is a marriage between 7 For All Mankind’s California luxe aesthetic and Nikki Reed’s cool bohemian style. The exclusive collection offers five pieces designed by Reed directly inspired by 7 For All Mankind’s Spring 2013 collection.

collage2“I worked with 7 For All Mankind in the past and have always been a big fan of the brand, so when they approached me about collaborating on a jewelry line, I was ecstatic. I’m honored that Mattlin Era will be sold in all their stores,” said Reed.

An avid lover of crafts, Reed launched Mattlin Era last year in order to pay homage to her grandmother and expand her artistry into the realm of jewelry design. For the collaboration, Reed worked closely with 7 For All Mankind to create fun and eclectic pieces that truly embody the Spring collection and blend well within the line. Each item reinforces the ideology behind 7 For All Mankind’s Spring campaign: the ideas of Love and Connectivity coming to life amongst a white wedding.

“When they told me the inspiration for the line was love, it was an organic match. Mattlin Era has always stood for the love in my heart and I seek direct inspiration from my family and loved ones,” said Reed. “Once I saw the collection the jewelry was to compliment, it immediately felt like a perfect fit. “

PicMonkey Collagenikkiereed3The five pieces include the exclusively designed sterling silver plated “Starry Knight Seven Station Necklace” ($78) and “Starry Knight Earrings” ($48) that were inspired by the 7 For All Mankind Photo Real Embellishment jean with Swarovski Crystals. The “Story Telling Bangle” ($84) reads “Live with Love” on the back; the “Humility Earrings” ($48) and “Humility Necklace” ($68) are recreated in high shine gold and rose-gold to accompany the “Illuminate” collection of opalescent and iridescent denim from the 7FAM Spring 2013 collection.

“Not only was it important for the jewelry to engage with the denim, but to also tell the same story. It’s all about giving an extra boost of confidence to take on the world with sophistication and style,” said Barry Miguel, President of 7 For All Mankind.

This collaboration serves as the perfect accompaniments to the Spring 2013 collection. The bracelets, necklace and earrings is available now at the 7 For All Mankind boutique at Scottsdale Fashion Square.


Local Youth Honored at Digikids Film Festival

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale recently partnered with the Microsoft Store located at Scottsdale Fashion Square to showcase young Club members’ excellence in the area of multimedia art as part of the Digikids Film Festival. The program encourages Club members to learn and practice in digital arts, including movie making, music making, and graphic design.

The young honorees and the public got the chance to view their movies on the big screen, courtesy of the Harkins Theatre at Scottsdale Fashion Square. After the movie screenings, the festival moved to the Microsoft Store where a red carpet and awards presentation took place.

Award Winners
Pinnacle High School students Parker Bradshaw and Harrison Mosbaugh, members of the Club’s Vestar Branch in Desert Ridge, both took home “Best Actor” honors during the event for the exceptional work in their branch’s film “Living the Dream.”

Pueblo Elementary student Nhi Tran, a member of the Rose Lane Branch in Scottsdale, was named “Best Actress” for her work in her branch’s film, “Evil Dentist.”

Desert Mountain students Jake Davis and Aaron Fugelberg, members of the Virginia G. Piper Branch in North Scottsdale, earned the “Best Music Video” crown for their “White and Nerdy” musical short.

Rounding out the North Valley-area honorees were Copper Ridge Elementary students Jillian Miller and Samara Hamideh, members of the Thunderbirds Branch in North Scottsdale, won in the category of “Best Stop Motion” for their “Koala Cake” short.

Taking home “Best Movie” honors for their “Prison Break” movie submission during the event was none other than the team from Arcadia’s own Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch, including:
* Christa Palacio, 9, of Pima Elementary School
* Diego Davila, 9, of Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center
* Adyson Anaya, 9, of Pima Elementary School
* Iliana Morales, 10, of Pima Elementary School
* Kimberly Sierra, 9, of Tonalea Elementary School

In addition, children from the Club’s Paiute Outreach Center in Arcadia were also honored with the “Best Scary Movie” award for their “A Pauite Haunting” short film submission. These honorees are:
* Jasmine Silva, 9, of Tavan Elementary School
* Jhosevetd Gutierrez, 13, of Ingleside Middle School
* Maria Gutierrez, 13, of Ingleside Middle School
* Melonie Alvarez, 9, of Tonalea Elementary School
* Jonothan Garcia, 7, of Tavan Elementary School
* Annay Lopez, 11, of Tonalea Elementary School

Taking home “Best Action Sequence” honors during the event was none other than the team from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa’s own Lehi Branch, including:
* Thalisie Paukgana, 11, of Kerr Elementary School
* Anthony Shippley, 11, of Kerr Elementary School
* Alex Miranda, 11, of Lehi Elementary School

In addition, taking home “Best Sound Effects” honors during the event was the team from the Club’s Red Mountain Branch, also on the reservation, including:
* Victoria Maynard, 10, of Whittier Elementary School
* Mekkhi Chiago, 11, of Whittier Elementary School
* Vincent Chiago, 10, of Whittier Elementary School
* Nate Wood, 12, of Whitman Elementary School
* Jared Wood, 11, of Whitman Elementary School
* Gregorio Martinez, 11, of Whittier Elementary School
* Alacia Carlisle, 11, of Whittier Elementary School
* Georgia Carlisle, 10, of Whittier Elementary School
* Hastiin Reina, 11, of Whittier Elementary School
* Elisette Hayes, 10, of Salt River Elementary School
* Amber Dorchester, 10, of Salt River Elementary School
* Arianna Flores, 11, of Salt River Elementary School

Taking home “Best Harlem Shake” honors, a new award based on the popular viral videos popping up online each day, during the event was none other than the team from Fountain Hills’ own Mary Ellen & Robert McKee Branch. Dozens of youth members helped plan the “shake” and participated in the video.

Each team of winners will now be entered into the national competition where it will be up against regional winners in all 50 states. National winners will be announced later this summer.
In addition to seeing their work on the big screen, the kids were honored at the event with a Microsoft Store goody bag filled with over $75 worth of items including a lunch pail, sunglasses, store discount cards, games and more.

Club members worked all year to master the skills of digital art through the program. The arts, which develops creativity and cultural awareness through all different types of mediums, is just one of five core areas focused on at the Boys & Girls Clubs. The non-profit organization also promotes leadership development, education, life skills and sports, fitness and recreation through their 100 youth development programs.

“We fully support creativity through technology, and we’re excited to deepen our commitment to the Scottsdale communities by providing technology and resources to the Boys & Girls Clubs,” says Melissa Brewer, Community Development Specialist at the Microsoft Store. “We were so impressed by the grasp youth have today on software tools and technology.”

z'tejas - opening a new location

Z’Tejas Opens Fifth Location in Central Phoenix

On the heels of celebrating its 20th anniversary in Arizona, Scottsdale-based Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill is announcing the opening of their fifth Valley location in central Phoenix located at 16th Street and Bethany Home Road, opening to the public April 22, 2013. This Z’Tejas location was one of the first “ground-up” construction projects in the neighborhood, with the restaurant modeled after famed architect, Ralph Haver, to blend in with the surrounding homes.

“This location is a sign of perseverance and support from the neighborhood,” says Z’Tejas CEO Steven Micheletti. “We are excited to open our doors in the heart of central Phoenix.”

The new location features five uniquely designed dining rooms each with a different feel, side panels that open to the outside, a greenhouse room with a retractable roof and “living wall” inset with live plants and greenery. The restaurant will seat roughly 290 guests and conveys a light, airy design.

The first Arizona Z’Tejas restaurant opened December 1991 in Scottsdale Fashion Square and continues to thrive in the community. The concept then continued to grow with three other locations at Shea & Tatum in Phoenix (1996) Tempe (2000) and Chandler in (2001).

Z’Tejas is at the forefront of unique Southwestern fare with seasonal menu items and specialty cocktails, including their award-winning Chambord margarita. Visit www.ztejas.com for more information and follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ztejassouthwesterngrill and Twitter @ZTejas.

Ann Taylor Concept Store Image 3 Fall 2012

A New Ann Taylor is Coming to Scottsdale Fashion Square

Ann Taylor is unveiling a new concept store at Scottsdale Fashion Square on Friday, May 3. The brand recently opened redesigned stores at Scottsdale’s Kierland Commons and Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix, among others.

Ann Taylor Concept Store Image Fall 2012Iconic style for modern working women is the focal point of Ann Taylor, and Creative Director Lisa Axelson says, “Our new stores are a reflection of our fashion forward direction – designed to address the needs of today’s women.”

The new boutique will offer an intimate shopping experience. The home-inspired shop will feature white washed maple hardwood floors, crystal chandeliers, modern furniture and luxurious styling rooms.

Favorite looks of the season will be on display at the front of the store and style experts are on hand to guide clients through the wardrobe selection experience.

“Ann Taylor is really changing things up, giving us more of what we love – more fashion and more choices, in a setting that’s super chic and inviting,” said Brand Ambassador Kate Hudson.



Ann Taylor opening new concept store Fashion Square

There is a NEW Ann coming to town. On Friday, May 3, Ann Taylor will be opening a brand new concept store at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

This marks the brand’s second concept store in Scottsdale; the first opened in August 2012 at Kierland Commons. Inspired by a stylish modern contemporary home, the new Ann Taylor boutiques provide an intimate shopping chic, warm and inviting. Features of the new store will include:

· White washed maple hardwood floors, luxurious crystal chandeliers, modern tufted furniture and sleek feminine fixtures inspired by the ultimate closet.
· Wardrobing niches that allow for strong fashion stories as well as a broad assortment of product.
· Styling rooms that feature unique floral wall coverings, luxe ottomans, plush carpeting, and a new proprietary lighting system with flattering backlit mirrors.
·  Curated fashion presentations and expert styling services add to the store experience making shopping easy and fun
· Dedicated stylists on staff and available for both walk-ins and by appointment to assist clients in putting together perfect individualized looks for any occasion.


Macerich 4Q results beat analysts’ expectations

Macerich said Wednesday that a key measure of profitability improved in its fourth quarter on better revenue from rent and increased occupancy at its malls.

The real estate investment trust reported that its funds from operations rose to $132.6 million, or 90 cents per share, for the last three months of 2012 from $118.8 million, or 83 cents per share, a year earlier.

Macerich runs 62 shopping centers. They include Tysons Corner Center in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Scottsdale Fashion Square, Queens Center in New York City, Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, Calif., and Washington Square near Portland, Ore.

Analysts polled by FactSet predicted funds from operations of 87 cents per share.

Funds from operations, or FFO, adds charges including amortization and depreciation back to net income and is considered a measure of core operations for a REIT.

Net income increased 7 percent to $174.2 million, or $1.27 per share, from $163.1 million, or $1.23 per share, in the prior-year period.

Revenue climbed 15 percent to $251.2 million from $217.8 million.

Revenue from minimum rents rose to $140.2 million from $118.8 million.

For the year, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based company reported FFO of $577.9 million, or $3.99 per share. In the previous year FFO was $399.6 million, or $2.79 per share.

Mall occupancy climbed to 93.8 percent by year’s end, compared with 92.7 percent for the prior year.

Net income more than doubled to $337.4 million, or $2.51 per share, from $156.9 million, or $1.18 per share.

Annual revenue increased 11 percent to $891.9 million from $803.3 million.

For 2013, Macerich Co. anticipates FFO between $3.32 and $3.42 per share.

Analysts expect FFO of $3.36 per share.


Macerich 4Q results beat analysts' expectations

Macerich said Wednesday that a key measure of profitability improved in its fourth quarter on better revenue from rent and increased occupancy at its malls.

The real estate investment trust reported that its funds from operations rose to $132.6 million, or 90 cents per share, for the last three months of 2012 from $118.8 million, or 83 cents per share, a year earlier.

Macerich runs 62 shopping centers. They include Tysons Corner Center in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Scottsdale Fashion Square, Queens Center in New York City, Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, Calif., and Washington Square near Portland, Ore.

Analysts polled by FactSet predicted funds from operations of 87 cents per share.

Funds from operations, or FFO, adds charges including amortization and depreciation back to net income and is considered a measure of core operations for a REIT.

Net income increased 7 percent to $174.2 million, or $1.27 per share, from $163.1 million, or $1.23 per share, in the prior-year period.

Revenue climbed 15 percent to $251.2 million from $217.8 million.

Revenue from minimum rents rose to $140.2 million from $118.8 million.

For the year, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based company reported FFO of $577.9 million, or $3.99 per share. In the previous year FFO was $399.6 million, or $2.79 per share.

Mall occupancy climbed to 93.8 percent by year’s end, compared with 92.7 percent for the prior year.

Net income more than doubled to $337.4 million, or $2.51 per share, from $156.9 million, or $1.18 per share.

Annual revenue increased 11 percent to $891.9 million from $803.3 million.

For 2013, Macerich Co. anticipates FFO between $3.32 and $3.42 per share.

Analysts expect FFO of $3.36 per share.


Posh Restaurant Boasts Improvisational Cuisine, Interactive Environment

Check, cross, and relax. Dinner is that easy at Posh — but only for the bold and daring.

I had heard of Posh, the contemporary American restaurant located within the Optima Camelview condos near Scottsdale Fashion Square, from a few people; and each have had nearly the same reaction about the improvisational restaurant — “go into with an open mind,” and “get ready to try things you would normally never try.”

So into it with an open mind I did, expecting quite a culinary adventure. Instead of a “choose your own journey,” it was more of a “tell us which paths are off limits, and we’ll surprise you with the rest.” (Control freaks, beware.)

Instead reading a three-page menu front and back a few times, hesitantly choosing an appetizer and entree at the last minute, at Posh all I had was one half-sheet of paper with a few options.

First, you decide how many courses you want, ranging from four to eight; we chose five. Then, you cross off the main ingredients you dislike, which, for me, included frog legs and oysters; I was game to try the alligator and quail. This list of ingredients changes based on “what is fresh and seasonal,” according to Posh’s ever-changing menu. Next, mark the temperature you’d like your meat and fish cooked; and, lastly, specify any other ingredients to which you are allergic and/or ingredients you generally dislike that you want Joshua Hebert, chef and owner of Posh, to avoid completely.

And that was it. Now it was time to wait for the first course, which would be either a salad or soup.

We sat with our wine and chatted in the warm, candlelit environment. The day we visited was the day of a surprise thunderstorm, so it was quite the intimate setting with just myself, my dinner companion and one other table on the far side of the restaurant.

Just before I began to wonder when we’d receive our first course, my salad arrived. Beautifully presented, the glacier lettuce atop beets and topped with thinly sliced apples literally bursted with flavor. The waitress had mentioned the ingredients were locally sourced, and the salad proved it with its clean, fresh flavors.

We received everything from wild boar bacon; shrimp atop cabbage, lettuce, red onions and red wine sauce droplets; and soft shell crab served with white and green asparagus and a drizzle of Chinese BBQ sauce; to a harmonious chocolate symphony of chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, white chocolate shavings, shortbread, blackberries, raspberries and banana syrup to drizzle atop. Of course, there were a few other dishes in-between, including foie gras and a cheese platter wiped clean within the first five minutes of it landing on our table.

Each dish we received throughout the night was an appropriately-sized portion — small dishes that gave you just enough food to savor the flavors and hold you over the 20 minutes or so until the next entree arrived. Not once did I feel like a glutton, and only once, at the end of our two-hour-plus culinary ride, did I ask my companion, “Where did the time go?”

What’s unique about Posh is no two similar dishes would be served, ever. However, one must take note that Posh is more than just the presentation and taste of its courses — though, don’t get me wrong, every dish was nothing short of innovative and appetizing. It’s also about taking advantage of the interactive environment and the way Hebert builds anticipation and that element of surprise; you don’t know what you’re going to eat or when you’re going to eat it.

That night, Chef Hebert proved to me that, sometimes, allowing others to make the decisions for me can be a great thing. We all have to take risks sometimes; make your next bold move at Posh.

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Where: 7167 E. Rancho Vista Dr., Scottsdale
Contact: (480) 663-7674
Online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Searsucker Scottsdale

Searsucker Scottsdale's New American Dishes With A Twist Are A Hit

Only at Searsucker Scottsdale is it possible for the food to overshadow the fact that I both shook Brian Malarkey’s San Diego-tanned hand and exclaimed in my starstruck stammer that “Everything is incredible!” at least three times when he made his rounds that typical Tuesday night. As someone who obsessively watches Top Chef (even during my lunch hour if I happen to miss an episode), Searsucker quickly made its way to the top of my “eateries I must try” list.

The restaurant

Nestled on the corner of Camelback and Goldwater, Searsucker Scottsdale has found an appropriate home at Scottsdale Fashion Square. The warehouse-chic interior is comprised of distressed furniture and oversized drum lamp shapes, exposed ceiling beams, lumber-embellished windows, and entwined ropes and light bulbs dangling from fixtures above various tables and seating areas in the restaurant.

Searsucker’s environment alone appeals to a diverse crowd, the restaurant capable of suiting any type of occasion — from a girls’ or guys’ night out to a romantic dinner for two. And I noticed just that during my visit, even mid-week.

But what was most apparent to me was just how comfortable the open environment made me, and the rest of the patrons, feel. The tables were arranged in a way that didn’t make everyone feel as though we were literally rubbing elbows with one another, the lighting Searsucker Scottsdalewas dimmed perfectly, couches were abound, and the music was at a level low enough to hear the person next to you. The only way to complement such a homey atmosphere is by pairing it with comfort food, which is exactly what Searsucker Scottsdale’s menu consists of.

The menu

Searsucker’s menu, divided into categories like Bites, Smalls, Greens, Ocean, Ranch and Farm, Searsucker Scottsdaleconsists of classic New American dishes with a twist.

After scanning the menu at least five times over, simultaneously munching on the cheddar-cheese-stuffed and cayenne-seasoned cheddar puffers ($2) served to us upon arrival, I’m almost positive our waitress was familiar with our overwhelmed and indecisive response to the menu and immediately began pointing out the more popular items. Due to the very impressive speed at which she spoke about every possible detail of the dishes, we trusted she wouldn’t let us down, and we opted for her suggestions.

The most popular cocktail? The Indian Summer. You can’t get more American than this with its fresh-pressed apple Searsucker Scottsdalejuice mixed with Grey Goose La Poire — delicious!


As I slowly made a dent in my Indian Summer, savoring every sip, a large spoon was set on our table, soon followed by our “small bites”: the shrimp “spicy” + bacon grits ($12). This popular appetizer boasts a handful of Cajun-seasoned shrimp swimming in the bacon-buttermilk-and-cheese grits. We finished that so quickly, we could have had seconds and thirds, easily.

Main entrees

Once our plates were taken and my Indian Summer finally came to an end, it was time for our main entrees: the loin “filet” with lobster butter + cognac ($35) and the duck X’s 3 breast + confit + orange ($26). Flavorful and juicy in the center, the hearty filet mignon and its cognac paired perfectly with our two sides — the jalapeno-chorizo “corn off the cobb” ($6) and the fried brussels + walnuts ($7). With the cognac on the sweeter side, the spiciness of the “corn off the cob” complemented the filet well. As for the brussels, which is the most popular item on the menu, these were the most lively, bold and mouthwatering sprouts I’ve ever had. Pair the filet with a cabernet, and you’re set.

The judges’ table

Searsucker Scottsdale was a definite hit for me and my dinner companion. Malarkey may have been a Top Chef finalist, but Searsucker is a winner. But who am I kidding? Head there, and you be the judge.

Searsucker Scottsdale

Where: 6900 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Contact: (480) 664-3777
Online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

golf fashion tips

Golf Fashion Tips From Sassy Golf: Dressing In Layers

Greetings, Sassanistas! This month we’re going to be talking about dressing in layers. I know that Phoenix is no Denver, but it still gets nippy from time to time — especially those winter mornings. However, the difference is it doesn’t stay that way. Thanks to the abnormally strong desert sun, the day can warm up to a perfect 70 degrees. That’s why I think layers are more of a necessity here than anywhere else.

The key to mastering this trend (yes, layering is not only practical; it just happens to be trendy as well!) is cutting out the bulk. Ensuring that your layers are lightweight will save you from a lot of discomfort both early and late in the day. Not only will you be able to have free range of motion, you’ll also be able to store them without having to drag a suitcase along with you.

What’s even better is the fact that manufactures have made a point of creating lightweight apparel without sacrificing function. Simply put: You’ll still be warm. The three most efficient ways to layer include jackets, vests and leggings. I’ll show you how to rock each look.

Golf Fashion Tips: Dressing In Layers

The Jacket

Calvin Klein Performance, $74.25 We’ll start with the most obvious choice for layering — the jacket. Again, lightweight and limiting excess bulk is key here. I would avoid any type of down jacket because you’ll feel very restricted. Although fashion is a ton of fun, the first priority is the game, and you need full range of motion, in your arms especially, for your swing.Try something like the blue, or almost periwinkle, zip-up of the Calvin Klein Performance line found on Bonton.com for $74.25. It’s almost like a down vest and zip-up in one. This is a perfect compromise because the arms are still knit and allows you that range of motion. This zip-up also comes colors ranging from a classic black to a flaming, fire-engine red; it just depends on how bold your personal style is. Just remember: If you make it a statement piece, the rest of your outfit should be toned down.

Or, try something a little more classic like the Bogner jacket to the left for $499. It fits the lightweight and movable bill, and it has this classic golf plaid pattern in a neutral black, white and gray. This makes it very versatile because it will compliment any outfit.

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To me, there is nothing worse than freezing your ass (and legs) off. But a lot of times, the lower half of your body is literally left out in the cold because it’s much more difficult to layer. My solution is leggings and legwarmers.

Leggings are great because it allows you to wear that little skirt you love no matter what the weather looks like. You can try the capri-cut, like those on the bottom left from Nordstrom for $24; or strut your stuff in a loud pattern. Leggings also come in a rainbow of colors, so feel free to play away. Again, remember a bold pattern or color should be the focal point of the outfit; keep the rest toned down.

Legwarmers, unbelievably, got reincarnated from the ’80s, and I love it. They are a lot easier to take off than leggings, if need be, and can pull your whole outfit together. For instance, I have a pair that are argyle, and they’re one of my go-to items. Just another way to add in some of that classic golf style. Check out the Burlington Classic pair (bottom, center) for $21.24. They come in almost any color combination you can imagine on Hosiera.com.

Finally, I just have to show you these. Do you remember those ill-designed cargo pants that zip off into capris and shorts? Good idea, bad design. Well, I found someone who managed to get it right. They are black J Brand skinny jeans to the bottom right. I know they’re jeans but if the denim is more of a stretch blend, which most women’s jeans are moving towards, they’ll be workable. Talk about easy and stylish.

Nordstrom, $24 Nordstrom, $40 Burlington Classic Hosiera, $21.24 J Brand, $328 J Brand, $328 Capri

The Vest

Bogner, $499 Finally, we’ll talk about the vest. This section is for those of you who just can’t fathom wearing anything other than down because no matter what people say, it’s the warmest stuff out there.A full-blown down jacket is simply not going to work, but a vest will. It’s the best of both worlds. You’re warm in your down and have complete range of motion. This is another place where you can play with color. I love this hot-pink Bogner vest (to the left) for $499. It also comes in bright orange, black and white.

Or, try something less bulky, like the sleek, black-and-white Calvin Klein Performance vest (bottom left) for $79.50 Not only does it look nice, but it’s also made out of a quick dry material to keep you comfortable in the rare occasion that it rains.

Calvin Klein Performance vest, $79.50

Where do you find all this stuff you ask? Well, online, of course; but if you are one of those people who just has to try things on, you’re in luck. Calvin Klein Performance has a store at the Scottsdale Quarter, GrayHawk Golf Club carries Bogner apparel and a Nordstrom is located at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Hopefully now you’ll know longer say that it’s just a little too chilly to hit the golf course. If you can master layering, you’ve mastered being physically comfortable (skills aside that is) while in the game. See you later, Sassanistas!

Be strong, be smart, be sassy!



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

Top 5: Arizona Malls (Fall-Winter 2012)

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

Scottsdale Fashion Square

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

Scottsdale Quarter

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

Kierland Commons

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

Biltmore Fashion Park

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

Desert Ridge Marketplace

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

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012


Westgate Entertainment District

Generating Big Business out West

Nearly all retailers and restaurateurs will tell you that the key to having a successful business is largely based on the old adage – location, location, location.

For several national entertainment and restaurant brands with Valley-wide locations, revenue figures indicate that the West Valley now ranks number one in market share, with their top-producing stores at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale.

The bolstering of year-over-year revenue figures for nearly all of the big-name tenants at Westgate is largely attributed to the support of iStar Financial, who took ownership of Westgate Entertainment District in September of 2011. More than $300,000 in improvements and beautification have been made to Westgate’s common areas over the past year. Additionally, a strong focus has been placed on a better targeted and promoted events schedule, the hiring of Vestar to aggressively market and manage the property and the engagement with tenants to refocus their marketing and promotional efforts.

“By far, my most profitable store in Arizona is at Westgate,” said Rip Riva, owner of Johnny Rockets and JR Burger Grill, who has four other Valley locations of the popular all-American restaurant, including Scottsdale Fashion Square, Shops at Norterra, Arrowhead and Gateway Pavilion in Avondale. “I’ve been in the restaurant business for 40 years and have owned more than 30 different franchise restaurants. There’s now a synergy at Westgate that you can’t find anywhere else. With all of the events taking place, we’re seeing a constant increase in new customers. In the past few months, there is a new feeling, a new look and a new attitude. I’ve been at Westgate since the beginning and I just extended my lease another five years.”

Similarly, AMC Theatres at Westgate, which is the largest AMC in the state featuring 20 screens and an IMAX, is the top revenue producing AMC Theatres in Arizona. Yard House, with three Arizona locations, notes Westgate as its biggest revenue generating restaurant in the state. And, Saddle Ranch Chop House, with one location in Old Town Scottsdale and the other at Westgate, cites Glendale as its top-producing restaurant.

“The West Valley is a big market for us,” said Jeff Hall, owner of Which Wich at Westgate. “Westgate is our cornerstone location and our success there has allowed us to expand to other parts of the state including Tucson and two soon-to-open locations in the East Valley. We’ve seen about a 15 percent increase to our top-line revenue over last year. Between the concerts, on-site and nearby sporting events, movie theatre and very loyal office lunch crowd, there’s a formula there that just works.”

In September, Just Sports expanded their Westgate location, adding an additional 1,000 square feet to the existing 2,000 square feet, making it the company’s flagship location. Their Glendale location is their highest producing store among 18 stores on the West Coast.

Westgate Entertainment District encompasses more than 25 restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues including Yard House, The Shout! House, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, Johnny Rockets, Which Wich and AMC Theatres. More than 250 events take place a year ranging from live music every Friday and Saturday night at Fountain Park to Bike Nights, Radio Disney Wednesdays, a holiday ice rink and fan experience events.

Westgate is anchored by Jobing.com Arena, home to the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, headlining concerts and major events, and is adjacent to the University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.

For more information about Westgate Entertainment District and a retailer directory, visit www.westgatecitycenter.com.