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AZ Big Media starts social media merger

AZ Big Media is merging all of its social media accounts into one account for each social media platform to keep its readers better informed of the latest and most important business, real estate and lifestyle news.

Currently, AA Big Media is maintaining separate Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for each of its popular magazines, including Az Business, AZRE, Az Business Leaders, Ranking Arizona, Scottsdale Living and Experience AZ.

“People want to get all their news as quickly, accurately and as easily as possible,” said Ashley Incardone, digital coordinator for Az Big Media. “People simply don’t want to have to check multiple accounts, so we are responding to readers’ needs and merging our social media accounts into one account that will cover the most interesting stories and trends from all of our publications.”

 All accounts will be merged into Az Big Media’s account, which can be found here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/azbigmedia

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AZBigMedia or @azbigmedia

Instagram: @AZBIGMEDIA or https://instagram.com/azbigmedia/

The Twitter and Instagram official merge date is set for March 11 and Facebook is set to merge March 20. After these merging dates, the separate accounts will no longer exist and AZ Big Media will be the only account remaining on all platforms.

On the new account, followers can expect to see news on everything Arizona, from real estate to business to tourism to dining to financial planning.

“This merger is very exciting for us as a company because it will not only allow us to build our Web following as a whole, but it allows us to provide our readers and our partners with a single, strong and accurate online news source,” said Incardone. “I encourage our readers, followers of the old accounts, or anyone interested in following the state’s most sophisticated business and lifestyle news source, to follow AZ Big Media.”


AZ Big Media supports animal rights

Scottsdale Living magazine and the Scottsdale Home & Garden Show, both products of Az Big Media, has been subjected to unwarranted criticism after ShapeUp US announced on 12 News TV on Saturday that they would be giving away live bunnies as prizes at the Scottsdale Home & Garden Show.

“While ShapeUp US will be conducting a health and wellness event for families at the Scottsdale Home & Garden Show, we never approved or would allow rabbits to be given away as prizes at any of our events,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “As long-time supporters of the Arizona Animal Welfare League, we are advocates for the humane treatment of all animals and would never allow the mistreatment or misuse of animals at any of our events.”

Beyond the health and wellness event, there will be hundreds of amazing vendors and features to explore at the Scottsdale Home & Garden Show. We invite you to download a free ticket at http://exposaz.com/tickets.

Sagewood Casita Patio, WEB

Construction on Sagewood Senior Living Casitas Begin Due to Market Demand

Strong community sales and a recovering housing market has spurred the second phase of casitas now under construction at Sagewood, a Life Care Services community featuring resort-like amenities and health care services for senior living.

The detached casitas range from 2,173 to 2,326 SF for a two bedroom, den and two-and-a-half bath design offering a large patio with a fireplace and water feature in addition to extensive desert landscaping. The single-story casitas also feature a two-car garage and provide majestic mountainous terrain and pristine Sonoran Desert views located where north Phoenix meets Scottsdale.

“As a response to market demand and record sales at our Sagewood community, we’re building this second phase of 14 casitas, of which just four are remaining for sale,” said Stewart Ingram, the community’s executive director. Sagewood sold out of its original 24 casitas and the community is 83 percent reserved, with prices starting at $323,300 for residences featuring detached casitas and villas to lofts and apartment homes with a choice of 19 floorplans.

“Our new casita design offers double the patio space from our original plan including a fireplace and water feature in addition to enhanced desert landscaping in the backyard,” he said. “Offering spacious floorplans, generous standard features, and superior construction quality combined with our resort-style amenities and the Acacia Health Center make the casitas a great value for living at Sagewood,” said Ingram.

Construction completion for the casitas is planned for late summer. General contractor is The Weitz Company and Smith Group JJR served as the architect, both of Phoenix.


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

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

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

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

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

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

terés | a nail bar

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


Phoenix Fashion Week 2011

Snapshot: Phoenix Fashion Week 2011

I had the chance to go to Phoenix Fashion Week at the Talking Stick Resort and take as many pictures as I could manage!

Getting a media pass is always fun for me. And this was no exception.

I got to dive in with the rest of the photographers at the end of the runway. Each of us positioned ourselves carefully to get the standard straight-on shot, or the slightly-angled shot from off the left or right of the runway. Many photographers brought benches and long monopods to get over the heads of everyone else.

The audience diligently took in each design as it went down the runway into the storm of flashes given off by the photographers. Loud music that ranged from popular dance jams to classic hits by the Beatles played on the speakers to keep the energy up, and everyone had a great time.

With all sorts of different styles and designs, there was something there for everyone to enjoy.

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[stextbox id=”grey”]Want to see more photos from Phoenix Fashion Week 2011? Visit Scottsdale Living’s website, where you’ll also find recaps of Thursday and Saturday nights’ runway shows.[/stextbox]