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SOL Cocina teams up with Nekter Juice Bar

Need a refreshing drink for those hot summer afternoons? SOL Cocina and Nekter Juice Bar have teamed up to make that a reality! Known for its fresh juices, Nekter Juice Bar has introduced Nekter on the Rocks, a collection of three low-calorie, premium cold-pressed mixers that transform ordinary spirits into vibrant, flavorful cocktails.

Visit SOL Cocina at Scottsdale Quarter and enjoy the SOL Sunset—created by Sol’s Beverage Director, Colin Pflugradt, using the Arizona Sunset flavor from the Nekter on The Rocks line. The SOL Sunset, made with grapefruit, orange, blood orange, peach and agave is available there until mid-August. Order this refreshing cocktail at SOL and you will also receive a recipe card with instructions on how to make your own drink at home. The cards can also be used at Nekter for $2 off a mixer. Below are instructions on how to make your own SOL Sunset:

Fill a martini shaker with ice
Add 1-1/2 oz premium blue agave tequila
½ oz St. Germain Liqueur
4 oz Arizona Sunset Mixer
Shake well and strain over fresh ice


American Girl plans new store at Scottsdale Quarter

Girls in the Scottsdale area will soon have a new reason—and place!—to celebrate. On August 22, American Girl unveils its new 12,000-square foot retail experience at Scottsdale Quarter, the premier open-air lifestyle center located in Scottsdale, Arizona. American Girl Scottsdale features a fun, casual environment where girls and their family members and friends can shop for their favorite American Girl products, enjoy lunch and dinner, or an unforgettable dessert in the Bistro, treat their doll to a new ‘do in the Doll Hair Salon, design their own doll T-shirts at the “Creativi-Tees” Boutique, and celebrate birthdays or other special events.

“We’re delighted to debut a beautiful new store in Scottsdale and welcome our American Girl fans in the area to a special place designed just for them,” says Jean McKenzie, executive vice president of American Girl. “Whether they’re celebrating a birthday, shopping for the latest American Girl products, or sharing a meal in the Bistro, girls and their families will find that the new store promises to provide a lasting memory they’ll treasure for years to come.”

The American Girl store will feature a complete assortment of the company’s popular historical and contemporary dolls, along with a selection of doll outfits, accessories, Dress Like Your Doll® clothing, and a variety of the company’s best-selling books. Beyond shopping, girls who want to treat their dolls to a new look can visit the Doll Hair Salon, where they can choose from a variety of salon services—from ponytails to pampering to pierced ears. And, for fashionable young fans, the store will feature a “Creativi-tees” boutique, where girls can create stylish T-shirts for themselves and their dolls. Girl-friendly events and activities based on the American Girl characters and award-winning books will also be available throughout the year.

Guests can also drop in for a relaxing meal, a decadent dessert, or for Afternoon Tea in the fun and casual 25-seat Bistro. Whether it’s familiar favorites like Cheesy Cheese Pizza and Best-Ever Chicken Tenders or more sophisticated dishes such as Mediterranean Chicken Salad, the Bistro menu features nourishing choices with playful twists that are sure to be a hit with girls and their parents. To enhance the dining experience, favorite dolls are seated next to their owners in American Girl’s trademark “treat seats” and provided their own doll-sized menus.

The new American Girl store is also designed as the ultimate place to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions. Girls can have a Bistro party or opt for a deluxe celebration in a private party room where they can enjoy an organized game and craft, special food and cake, and party favors.


Arizona Musicians give free concerts at Scottsdale Quarter

Cooler temperatures are just one more reason to enjoy evenings at Scottsdale Quarter with your favorite Valley bands. After shopping around the eclectic mix of retailers or experiencing the latest in irresistible cuisine, stick around for the Fall Concert Series, a series of free live music performances taking place in The Quad. Beginning Saturday, September 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and every Saturday after for eight weeks, guests can relax and enjoy live music of popular artists spanning across all genres.

The 2015 Fall Concert Series lineup includes:

Saturday, September 5: Elvis Before Noon
 This local band modernizes the 90’s Tempe music scene, sticking to the same power-pop, indie-rock style.   
Saturday, September 12: Vinyl Station 
This sultry cover band will illuminate the audience with a variety of renditions from popular artists such as U2.
Saturday, September 19: Ryan Sims 
This nationally recognized artist and his own band of local talents will captivate audiences with their unique blend of rock-infused country sound.
Saturday, September 26: The Rave 
Phoenix’s hottest variety rock band covers a wide variety of popular songs from the 50’s all the way up to current hits.
Saturday, October 3: Crown Kings 
This band will entertain the audience with hits from the 70s through today.
Saturday, October 10: Rock Lobster 
One of the best cover bands in Arizona, this retro 80’s group will have you singing and dancing along to the best of the 80’s and beyond.
Saturday, October 17: Shallow Water 
This hybrid rock group will captivate the audience with their alternative, punk and modern rock sound.
Saturday, October 24: Nine Ball
 This cover rock band combines the cream of the crop in the local music scene.


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.”


SOL Mexican Cocina

15323 N. Scottsdale Rd.

Scottsdale, AZ 85254

(480) 245-6708


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Vince opens first Arizona store at Scottsdale Quarter

Scottsdale Quarter announced Vince opened its first retail location in Arizona on May 15.

Signature design elements include bright brass fixtures and our Mondrian-inspired grey felted wall with brass Vince logo, as well as cozy grey flannel-upholstered furniture, Corian fixtures and touches of walnut wood. It is reflective of the design concept seen at Vince’s Brookfield Place NYC store location.

The Scottsdale location will carry women’s, men’s and handbag collections.

Scottsdale Quarter is located on 15257 N. Scottsdale Rd.

JOIE opens Scottsdale storefront

Women’s contemporary brand, JOIE, will open the doors of its first Arizona boutique in Scottsdale Quarter. The 1600 square foot store will house all of JOIE’s mainstay collections – JOIE, JOIE Soft, JOIE Shoes and marks the company’s eleventh U.S. retail location.

“Scottsdale Quarter is a great center for us to launch our first store in Arizona. We are extremely excited for the opportunity to be a part of this premier shopping destination” says Joie CEO Jack Schwefel.

Much like the JOIE collection, the Scottsdale boutique recalls the sophistication and ease of the California lifestyle while drawing inspiration from its Parisian heritage. Reminiscent of a Parisian apartment with its elevated ceilings and minimalistic appeal, the boutique features weathered French architecture, a polished interior of grey walls and white oak floors and refined feel throughout. The signature décor, accented by a vintage aesthetic serves as the perfect backdrop for the collection which is at once modern and timeless in its appeal.

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Fashion Week 4 Kids comes to Scottsdale Quarter

Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations (SLE) is hosting the inaugural “Fashion Week 4 Kids” that is coming to the Valley this Fall with a week of activities beginning October 19 and culminating with a full day of fashion shows and children’s activities on Saturday, October 24 at Scottsdale Quarter.

“We have produced upscale fashion events in Scottsdale with some of the most established designer brands including Betsey Johnson and Ted Baker for years,” said Steve LeVine, SLE’s chief entertainment officer. “We recognized that fashion events for kids is an untapped market here in the Valley and we are excited to put Arizona on the map for a kids fashion week.”

Fashion Week 4 Kids will boast an multi-day schedule of events including fashion shows, kids and family activities, special shopping discounts, celebrity and media bashes and much more. Arizona is well known for its high-end, luxury fashion scene and for the first time children and children’s fashion designers will have the opportunity to participate in a fashion week of their own.

As the popularity of pint-sized fashionistas continues to grow, SLE will provide a highly-anticipated annual kids fashion event for the media, designers, families and even the tiniest trendsetters.

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A favorite culinary festival returns to Scottsdale

The Valley’s stars of the culinary scene will gather at the hip, urban setting of Scottsdale Quarter, for a high-energy and upscale celebration of food and wine, at the fourth annual AZ Wine & Dine, hosted by the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, Thursday, April 2, from 5:00-8:00 pm.

AZ Wine & Dine is not just a food fest; it’s a FOODIE FEST, as it boasts 19 of the Valley’s top resort and hotel restaurants, plus several Scottsdale Quarter favorites and a stellar selection of wine, provided by Young’s Market Company and craft beer, provided by Hensley Beverage Company. Each restaurant booth features a winery offering at least two different varietals that are beautifully paired with the delectable dishes, providing a perfect opportunity to discover new flavors and new favorites.

Participating restaurants include:

Alto ristorante e bar, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch

Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa

The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

deseo, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Different Pointe of View, Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

District American Kitchen & Wine Bar, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley – Scottsdale

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

The Phoenician

Prado, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

SOL Cocina

Stonegrill, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa


T. Cook’s, Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Top of the Rock, Marriot Phoenix Tempe at The Buttes

Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The intimate Scottsdale Quarter venue lends itself to a decidedly fashionable and festive party, with the entertainment provided by Shining Star Band and a silent auction offering amazing deals on vacation getaways and gift certificates from Scottsdale Quarter’s eclectically rich mix of specialty shops. Plus it’s a party with a cause, as much of the proceeds benefit the educational efforts of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association.

 “It is important for us to produce a culinary event where local foodies and business executives can be tourists in their own town, enjoying beautiful wines and sweet and savory samplings from our top resorts in a festive atmosphere,” said Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association President & CEO, Debbie Johnson.  “We strive to raise awareness of the quality of life benefits that Arizona’s tourism industry provides its residents and it’s clear that the Valley’s finest chefs, combined with this venue, is a recipe for success.”

Event Details:

Thursday, April 2, 2015

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Scottsdale Quarter (Scottsdale Road and Greenway) 15037 North Scottsdale Road

*No one under 21 years of age will be admitted

AZ Wine & Dine will be held rain or shine.

Information, Sponsors and Participants: www.AZWineandDine.com

Tiered ticket pricing is being offered again this year:

March 1 — March 31:  $65

April 1 and AT THE DOOR:  $75

Skin Laundry California clinic

Skin Laundry can clear away years of coverup

Skin Laundry founder Yen Reis

Skin Laundry founder Yen Reis

I have struggled with acne most of my adult life. After decades of spending money on expensive topical products and innumerable painful chemical peels and prescriptions from the dermatologist, I have finally found a solution. Skin Laundry has been my answer to a decades long embarrassment.

Melasma, brownish patches of hyperpigmentation, has also been a significant problem for me. I’ve spent the last six years trying to blend, cover and conceal it with layers of makeup, but all that did was contribute more the acne issue. However, Skin Laundry has rescued me from that affliction as well.

The results from my very first appointment were staggering. Within minutes, my face felt lighter and tighter and so much brighter. I left the clinic without any makeup, but felt a new sense of confidence. After a few hours, I noticed that my blemishes were dry and clearing. I awoke the next morning to find that the patches of Melasma appeared to be breaking up a bit.
I have had four treatments at Skin Laundry now and I’m really seeing a huge difference in the overall tone and evenness of my skin. My face is softer and it feels so healthy.

Obviously the acne and Melasma were my biggest concerns, but a great bonus has been the reduction of the fine lines I had. I’m only 34, but I’ve spent all of those years in the sun. The Skin Laundry laser treatments have begun to reverse the damage that’s done.

Just as your physical health is improved with ongoing fitness, Skin Laundry believes that it takes commitment to improve your skin – your body’s largest organ. Regular Skin Laundry treatments will visibly improve your skin’s smoothness, evenness, tone, texture, radiance and clarity, while diminishing the appearance of pores, reducing the look of lines and wrinkles, and restoring firmer, tighter skin.

Every Skin Laundry treatment leaves the skin deep-cleaned and toned. More frequent treatments result in more dramatic improvements in the areas of acne, redness, unevenness, dullness, hyperpigmentation and photo aging. Over time, significant and noticeable improvements in the overall look and health of the skin are realized and sustained.

Skin Laundry has announced the opening of its first laser skin clinic location in the Scottsdale Quarter, 15037 N. Scottsdale Rd., # 160, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Skin Laundry at Scottsdale Quarter is the beauty brand’s sixth clinic in the US. Inspired by LA’s healthy living lifestyle, Skin Laundry opened its flagship location in Santa Monica, CA in 2013 and the seventh clinic is set to open in NYC later this year.

Skin Laundry is a simple, smart and safe laser skin treatment solution designed to make maintaining healthy skin both accessible and convenient. Skin Laundry’s signature 10 minute medical-grade treatment delivers deep down skin cleaning and improvement with no downtime. Using modern technology and advanced noninvasive lasers and light therapy, Skin Laundry’s proprietary system vaporizes the dirt, debris, pollutants and toxins in the skin deep within pores. The result: better brighter, cleaner and clearer skin. Each Skin Laundry clinic is staffed with a team of certified healthcare professionals highly trained on proven methods and overseen by a team of medical advisors.

The clinics are designed to be contemporary and casual. Skin Laundry’s distinct environment blends the comfortable, relaxed California lifestyle with clean, quality and inviting clinic experience, a refreshing departure from a typical medical facility. The friendly and efficient staff consistently provides guests with a seamless and effortless check-in system.

Skin Laundry has also developed a line of everyday skin products aimed at helping maintain and improve a person’s results between treatments. My favorite product so far has been the Hydrating Radiance Facial Treatment Mask.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, go to skinlaundry.com.

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Santa and his sleigh return to Scottsdale Quarter

Looking for a place to take your holiday photos? Grab the family and head to Scottsdale Quarter for The Santa Social, and even Fido is invited. This signature event, now in its third year, will feature FREE photos with Santa for kids and pets, animal adoptions with the Arizona Animal Welfare League, interactive holiday entertainment for kids, a holiday concert and the official lighting of the holiday tree. In addition to a great family experience, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is one of the best days of the year to shop; post-Thanksgiving shopping means great deals and discounts, just in time for holiday presents!

WHAT:   The 3rd Annual Santa Social

WHERE: Scottsdale Quarter, 15037 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

WHEN: Saturday, November 29, 2014
2pm – 6pm: Free photos with Santa for kids and pets
2pm – 5pm: Pet adoptions with the Arizona Animal Welfare League
3pm – 5pm: Interactive Holiday Entertainment for Kids
5pm – 7pm: Holiday concert with Pete Pancrazi
6pm: Official lighting of the holiday tree

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Scottsdale Quarter leases first ‘Block M’ office

Glimcher Realty Trust and CBRE announced the first office lease for Scottsdale Quarter’s new±170,000 SF Class A, mixed-use building in North Scottsdale, Ariz. Located at the southeast corner of the high-end lifestyle center, the new, six-story tower will be the new home of Phoenix-based hospitalist group Apogee Physicians’ corporate headquarters.


Vince Femiano with CBRE’s Phoenix office represented Apogee Physicians in negotiating the ±27,727 square-foot, long-term lease. CBRE’s Brad Anderson and Michael Strittmatter represented the landlord and developer, Glimcher Realty Trust.


“Scottsdale Quarter is the most exciting development that I remember in 20 years of living in Arizona,” said Michael W. Gregory, M.D., CEO of Apogee Physicians. “World class shopping, dining and amenities, combined with the premier office space in Scottsdale promises our people the very best environment to pursue our dream of making lives better for our patients.”


This lease marks an expansion for Apogee Physicians, currently headquartered in the Camelback Corridor, as they plan for future growth. Founded in 2002 as a nine-physician group, Apogee is now comprised of more than 750 physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.


“We are pleased to welcome Apogee to the great mix of Scottsdale Quarter tenants, especially so early in our construction cycle. We commend Dr. Gregory and the Apogee team for what they have built and look forward to this new relationship,” said Marshall A. Loeb, president and chief operating officer for Glimcher.


Glimcher Realty Trust broke ground on Block M at Scottsdale Quarter in late summer. The new tower will feature premier office space, above ground-floor retail plus an additional parking garage for both tenants and visitors. IBEX Construction out of New York City has been selected as the general contractor for the new building. American Girl has already been announced as the anchor retail tenant, which will occupy 12,000 square feet for their experiential store. This will be the first American Girl store in the state of Arizona. The tower is expected to deliver in the summer of 2015.


Existing office space in the center is nearly 100% leased as momentum at the property continues. In May, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, another premier office tenant at Scottsdale Quarter, expanded to more than 67,000 square feet.


“Apogee’s commitment to the Quarter is another great example of the trend towards employers seeking a unique urban lifestyle office experience,” said Anderson.


Scottsdale Quarter, which sits on 28 acres at the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and the Greenway-Hayden Loop, includes 370,000 square feet of upscale retail, restaurant and entertainment options and 203,000 square feet of class A office space. The new six-story building will feature contemporary architecture perfectly integrated into the project, with high ceilings and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.


Following the development of the south parcel, Scottsdale Quarter will be a 1.2 million square foot lifestyle center offering a premier, experience-centered environment. The addition of the luxury residential component of Crescent Scottsdale Quarter, combined with the existing upscale retail amenities, provides office tenants a premium, all-inclusive environment.


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Glimcher breaks ground on 170KSF at Scottsdale Quarter

Glimcher Realty Trust has broken ground on Block M at Scottsdale Quarter, a six-story, approximately ±170,000 SF Class-A, mixed-use building in north Scottsdale, Ariz. Located at the southeast corner of the high-end lifestyle center, the new tower will feature premier office space, above ground-floor retail plus an additional parking garage for both tenants and visitors. The tower is expected to deliver in the summer of 2015.

Glimcher has partnered with Brad Anderson and Mike Strittmatter at CBRE to market the new office space.  IBEX Construction out of New York City has been selected as the general contractor for the new building. American Girl has already been announced as the anchor retail tenant, which will occupy 12,000 square feet for their experiential store. This will be the first American Girl store in the state of Arizona.

“We are extremely pleased to continue development of phase three at Scottsdale Quarter with the groundbreaking of Block M,” said Marshall A. Loeb, president and chief operating officer for Glimcher. “Demand for space at The Quarter continues to be high further signifying the center’s appeal for businesses looking for a vibrant, upscale office environment.”

Existing office space in the center is nearly 100% leased as momentum at the property continues. In May, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, a premier office tenant at Scottsdale Quarter, expanded to more than 67,000 square feet.

Following the development of the south parcel, Scottsdale Quarter will be a 1.2 million square foot lifestyle center offering a premier, experience-centered environment. The addition of the luxury residential component of Crescent Scottsdale Quarter, combined with the existing upscale retail amenities, provides office tenants a premium, all-inclusive environment.

Scottsdale Quarter, which sits on 28 acres at the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and the Greenway-Hayden Loop, includes 370,000 square feet of upscale retail, restaurant and entertainment options and 203,000 square feet of class A office space. The new six-story building will feature contemporary architecture perfectly integrated into the project, with high ceilings and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

“Leasing activity on the building is very strong considering how early we are in the construction process,” said CBRE’s Anderson.

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White, hot trends for summer

Some shudder at the thought of white apparel, but I’m here to tell you that there is nothing to fear. Not only is white the most perfect color to keep you cool during the hot Arizona summer, it’s flattering and versatile. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to fashions in white. And whether you prefer a dress, shorts, or a jumpsuit – this summer, white is it. And that “No White after Labor Day” rule? So passé. You can wear this color year round.

Alison Goodman is the marketing director of Scottsdale Quarter

look one There is nothing easier than throwing on shorts and a girlie shirt. What I love about this combo from CALYPSO St. Barth is that the pieces are great together while easily standing on their own. White denim shorts will soon become your summer staple and that easy-breezy-gauzy top? Pair with your favorite black slim pants and a black tank for fall – this summertime piece just transitioned you into next season.
look two Well, hello sexy! This one-shoulder ruched dress from Ruby Boutique is the perfect piece to bring with you on your next beach vacation. You can wear it during the day by throwing on a pair of metallic gladiator sandals and simple jewelry, like the necklace shown here, but this piece works for nighttime as well. I’d recommend a pair of cork wedges and statement earrings – done and done.
look three This look from H & M is definitely for the fashion risk-takers. We saw sweatshirts explode on the runways a couple of seasons ago and there are no signs for a slow-down. Designers have kicked things up a notch by including catchy slogans and phrases, like the one shown here. Keep this masculine piece feminine by pairing it with a flouncy skater skirt like the one shown here, but for daytime, I’d wear a pair of black Converse to keep it interesting.
look three I’m a true sucker for a simple tank dress and this little number from GAP does not disappoint. There’s nothing better than putting on a single item and being ready to head out the door. Here, the store has paired the dress with leather wedges, but it can definitely work with flat sandals too. I’m loving the metallic slides that were all over the spring 2014 runways – think Birkenstocks gone rose gold and in a more feminine shape.

Danny’s Family Car Wash in Scottsdale sells for $2M per acre

Danny's Family Car Wash 1ORION Investment Real Estate is pleased to announce the successful ground lease sale of the Danny’s Family Car Wash located at 15515 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale, Ariz., for $6.5M to Pacific Scottsdale, LLC. The seller was Scottsdale Place, LLC.

The car wash, detailing center, gas facilities and 2 convenience stores, totaling approximately 17,700 square feet did not convey in this transaction and are currently owned by Danny’s Family Car Wash, who in turn leases the 3.25 acres. “A property like this does not come along very often. It is over 140,000 square feet of prime North Scottsdale real estate with Scottsdale Road frontage. It is in the middle of 3 marquee projects, namely the Scottsdale Quarter, Kierland Commons, and the Scottsdale Promenade. It is also in close proximity to a couple of major future redevelopments, the former Robb & Stucky site and the Cracker Jax site.”

The buyer, a partnership of high net worth local investors, was drawn to the site because of its superior location and plans to hold for redevelopment. “This was truly a win-win transaction in which the Seller sold at a premium at nearly $50 per square foot for the land, but still left some ‘meat on the bone’ for the next Buyer,” noted Ari Spiro, ORION’s lead broker on this transaction.

The property was purchased for cash after a 45-day escrow. ORION’s Principal, Sean Stutzman summarizes, “Great real estate always gets better and there are few intersections in the entire Southwest quite like this.” ORION should know having transacted over $50 million in real estate at or adjacent to the intersection of Scottsdale Road and Greenway-Hayden Loop in recent years, including most recently assembling the former Barcelona nightclub and adjacent office building. That site, currently nearing completion, is being developed by PB Bell and IPA and later this year will open as Liv Scottsdale, a 240-unit apartment project across from Scottsdale Quarter.

Spiro concludes, “this part of Scottsdale is just booming with high density mixed-use development as it continues its maturation into one of the most dynamic commercial and residential areas in the west. It will virtually be unrecognizable in five years!”


INTERMIX Scottsdale opening in July

On July 14, fashion’s leading multi-brand retailer, INTERMIX, opens its newest boutique in Scottsdale, Arizona. Expanding its distinct shopping experience while embracing a “chill luxe” and “refined chic” vibe, the Scottsdale location brings the brand to 39 stores throughout North America. With locations in top luxury markets including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago, and its international door in Toronto, INTERMIX has established itself as a premier specialty retailer boasting an unparalleled selection of exclusive designer apparel and accessories.

“We look forward to introducing INTERMIX’s unique vision to the market, bringing the Scottsdale consumer the intimate shopping experience that has positioned INTERMIX at the forefront of specialty fashion retail,” states Khajak Keledjian, INTERMIX Chief Executive and Co-Founder.

The 1,500 square-foot boutique is strongly localized in design. Inspired largely by the neutral color palette of Arizona, the boutique incorporates a juxtaposed mix of natural and polished materials. The store features white-washed oak wood paneling, rich brown-stained wood floors and leather tabletops as a neutral backdrop for the stores unique product assortment. These natural elements are balanced with elegant touches of luxury, seen in the satin black and polished stainless steel fixtures, custom rugs, Italian leather seating in fitting rooms and natural suede upholstery in the accessories area.

INTERMIX partnered with Pieter Ceizer, ELEVENPARIS and Go Figure Barre Studio to celebrate the opening:

1. INTERMIX teamed up with ELEVENPARIS and typographical artist Pieter Ceizer to create limited-edition sweatshirts. The collaboration features exclusive artwork inspired by the cities of upcoming INTERMIX store openings and will debut online and at their corresponding store locations upon opening. The Scottsdale themed sweatshirt features a custom “A to Z” graphic and will retail for $98, at the new Scottsdale store and on intermixonline.com beginning July 14th.

2. INTERMIX Scottsdale is partnering with Go Figure Barre Studio. An exclusive tote bag with an INTERMIX yoga mat and water bottle will be given to the first 75 clients to make a purchase at INTERMIX Scottsdale, in addition to a free class at Go Figure Barre Studio. Go Figure’s top 15 clients, and the first 60 people to purchase a full-price package, will receive the tote, yoga mat & water bottle and $50 off a purchase of $300 or more at INTERMIX Scottsdale.

American Girl coming to Scottsdale

American Girl®, a division of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT), has announced plans to open its newest experiential retail store at Scottsdale Quarter, the premier open-air lifestyle center owned by Glimcher Realty Trust (NYSE: GRT), located in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 12,000-square-foot American Girl store is slated to open in late summer of 2015 and will be located within a new 180,000 square foot expansion of the property.

“For 16 years, American Girl retail stores have created unforgettable memories for millions of girls and their families, and we’re thrilled to now bring the American Girl experience to even more fans in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area,” said Wade Opland, American Girl’s vice president of retail. “As a leader in experiential retail, American Girl has found a great partner in Scottsdale Quarter, a well-established premium shopping center with an upscale mix of stores and restaurants. It’s an ideal location to introduce American Girl to the area and we look forward to opening our doors in summer 2015.”

“We are very excited to welcome American Girl to Scottsdale Quarter and to have such an iconic brand anchor the next phase of development at The Quarter,” said Michael P. Glimcher, Chairman and CEO of Glimcher.

“Scottsdale Quarter has become the pre-eminent shopping destination in the Arizona market and a model for experience-centered retail development. American Girl fits seamlessly with our focus on bringing the best mix of retail, entertainment and dining to market.”

Visitors to Scottsdale Quarter’s new American Girl store will find all of the company’s popular historical and contemporary dolls, along with a large assortment of doll outfits, accessories, girl-sized clothing, and a variety of best-selling American Girl books. In addition, American Girl fans will be able to enjoy a meal and a delicious dessert or celebrate a birthday in the store’s fun and casual 25-seat Bistro and treat their dolls to a new hairdo in the Doll Hair Salon. A variety of girl-and-mom-friendly events and programs will also be offered throughout the year.


Scottsdale Quarter welcomes European men’s store Suitsupply

Milan, London, Brussels, New York, Chicago and now Scottsdale. Distinguished men’s label Suitsupply, is the latest first-to-market retailer to land at Scottsdale Quarter. Recognized for its refined international men’s fashions, Suitsupply will open at the 28-acre shopping, dining and entertainment destination on May 22nd.

As the latest addition to a roster of fashion, design, wellness and tech boutiques, Suitsupply will bring the one-of-a-kind panache and freshness of their signature style to a retail location known for its style-conscious clientele. Alongside their unbeatable customer service and knowledgeable staff, Suitsupply’s new 5,611 square foot spot will feature a private shopping room, and an in-store tailor to ensure that no one leaves with anything less than a perfect fit. With an outdoor terrace, you can kick back and enjoy an espresso while waiting for alterations.

Suitsupply Scottsdale will offer a complete collection of suits, jackets, trousers, shoes, shirts and accessories. Additionally, the spring/summer 14‚ season will feature all-new shorts; perfect for the summer season.

“We wanted to create a collection and atmosphere that was suited for the style-conscious men of Scottsdale,” says CEO and founder Fokke de Jong.

“That’s why you’ll find plenty of lightweight linen and cotton fabrics, seersucker shorts, and a comfortable outdoor space to lounge in while taking in some scenic views.”

Established by Fokke de Jong in 2000, Suitsupply has grown from its beginning in Amsterdam to more than 44 stores in Europe and the U.S. De Jong was 27 years old when he fell in love with the fashion business and started organizing tailoring parties in the university campus and offices. He started the business from the trunk of his car, 6 months before graduating from a law degree. Eventually he decided to quit school and pursue his business in the world of tailoring.

The new location will be in Scottsdale Quarter at 15037 N. Scottsdale Rd. For more information follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fb.suitsupply or you can find them on Twitter under @MrSuitsupply.

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Zinburger beefs up presence with Scottsdale Quarter location

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, an upbeat, contemporary gourmet burger eatery and wine bar from Fox Restaurant Concepts, opened its fourth Arizona location on April 22, 2014 at Scottsdale Quarter. This popular eatery has been featured on the Food Network and has won Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Burger Battle each year since inception.

“We are confident that the fun and casual atmosphere of ZInburger will fit in perfectly with Scottsdale Quarter’s undeniable energy,” said founder Sam Fox. “The large patio overlooks the quad perfect for enjoying a meal with your family, people watching and enjoying the warm Arizona weather.”

Burger lovers will enjoy 17 signature burgers including the award-winning Zinburger made with certified Angus beef and topped with manchego cheese and Zinfandel braised onions, the Kobe Burger with cheddar and wild mushrooms, and Zinburger’s reinvention of the Breakfast Burger, which combines certified Angus beef with Neuske’s applewood smoked bacon, fried egg, avocado and American cheese, for a matchmade in heaven. Can’t find your perfect match? Build your own burger with topping varieties ranging from goat cheese and jalapeños to roasted peppers and fried egg, resulting in more than 4 million potential combinations of proteins, cheeses and toppings.

Zinburger caters to every appetite by offering non-carnivores several entrée-size salads and a lineup of beefless burgers including a Turkey Sloppy Joe, Seared Ahi Sandwich, veggie and turkey burgers and two chicken sandwiches. No experience is complete without a flavor-packed sharable side like Double Truffle Fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings or perfectly crisp zucchini fries. Newly added to the roster are the “Loaded” Fries topped with Applewood smoked bacon, gooey melted cheese, sour cream and chives, and the Spicy Green Chili Fries smothered in green chili cheddar cheese sauce, roasted jalapenos and Cotija cheese.

Zinburger’s beverage selections are as equally varied. According to Fox, “Burgers and wine make an excellent combination, which is why we’ve hand selected each wine to pair perfectly with every style of burger on the menu.” You’ll find light and refreshing white varieties like Tangent Pinot Grigio (Edna Valley, Calif.) and Crossings Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand), and food-friendly reds including Manifesto Zinfandel from California, Terrazas de los Andes Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina), and Fox Restaurant Concepts’ own private label pinot noir, Fox Block 9 (Santa Barbara, Calif.). As an alternative, you’ll find an ample selection of beers and microbrews available on tap or by the bottle, and a well-crafted cocktail list, including the Bacon Bloody made with bacon-infused Smirnoff Vodka, Worcestershire, pepper and a bacon strip garnish.

Zinburger’s sweeter side features delectable hand-dipped milkshakes blended to perfection in flavors like salted caramel, Nutella Hazelnut Crunch, Butterfinger and strawberry; root beer and orange cream soda floats; and rich and delicious pies including chocolate cream and banana cream.

The restaurant itself is filled with bright and youthful energy. ZInburger’s décor is minimalistic, yet playful, featuring earth tones, light polished wood, steel fixtures and comfortable, stylish seating. A splash of color is added with the use of chartreuse accents. Much like the concept’s existing locations, Zinburger at Scottsdale Quarter has the familiar, lighthearted mural of cows grazing in a vibrant green pasture under the clear blue sky.

The original Zinburger opened in Tucson in the winter of 2007 followed by a second Tucson location in 2011. The contemporary burger spot was brought to Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix in the spring of 2010. The new location at Scottsdale Quarter joins existing Fox Restaurant Concepts, True Food Kitchen and Juby True, at the center.

Zinburger serves lunch and dinner daily, along with happy hour specials from 4-6 p.m. on weekdays. The new location is at 15257 N. Scottsdale Road, #F150, Scottsdale. For a current menu, hours of operation and more information, visit www.zinburgeraz.com.


ASICS at Scottsdale Quarter Now Open

Sports performance footwear, apparel and accessories brand ASICS America is expanding its retail footprint this weekend. With the addition of a storefront in the quad area of the Scottsdale Quarter, the retail store will provide runners, athletes and fitness enthusiast of all types with the largest collection of ASICS products. In addition, the ASICS Scottsdale store will feature its unique ASICS Foot ID®, offering customers a free, state-of-the-art, computerized gait analysis resulting in the perfect shoe pairing.

“With its beautiful climate, varied attractions, and vibrate business growth, Scottsdale is the ideal location for our newest Western storefront,” comments Kevin Wulff, ASICS America President and CEO. “As the first ASICS store in Arizona, we’re hoping to motivate the Scottsdale community and surrounding area full of young, active and style-conscious individuals, to better their best with ASICS’ wide variety of high performance athletic footwear, apparel and accessories.”

The new storefront will feature the brand’s 2014 Spring collections of high tech apparel, accessories and footwear including the 20th edition of the award-winning GEL-Kayano®. Beyond providing an exceptional product offering, the store will also look to become a pinnacle in the running and fitness community, hosting various group runs and workouts regularly as well as looking to sponsor other various events in the area that promote health and wellness.

The storefront, located at 15257 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 140, Scottsdale, Ariz., is set to open on Friday, February 21.


Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2014

Valentine’s Day — you either love it, hate it or (sometimes) forget it. If you have a special someone (yourself included!) to celebrate this glorious holiday, take a quick stroll through the Scottsdale Quarter. With the help of the Stephanie Ingersoll, who knows the Quarter better than even the most dedicated shopper, Scottsdale Living has compiled a gift guide to the most excessively romantic day of the year.

look one There’s nothing more romantic than a sensual fragrance. If you’ve been dating a long time and your S.O. Knows every word to Seal’s “A Kiss From a Rose,” there’s a good chance this gift will go over well.
Try: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Gift Trio, $144.25 or Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Gift Set, $90 from Sephora.
look two Does the Sun have nothing on the warm fuzzies you get when you look at your honey? Help buffer that beautiful shine with these products.
Try: GLAMGLOW Clearing Treatment, $69-$88 or CLARISONIC Mia2 Hollywood Lights Collection, $150 from Sephora.
look three At the heart of a budding relationship is laughter and good times. Plus, you know the saying — the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. These appetite-satisfying gifts are great for a guy (and gal) whose eyes are bigger than their stomach.
Try: Edible bra and panty, $9.99; an XL beer glass that holds four brews, $14; box of chocolates or giant candy bars, $7 to $19.99, from It’s Sugar.
look three Show your better half how well you know them with a gift that aligns with their passions.
Try: Marilyn Monroe gear — $13 to $39.99, from It’s Sugar.
look three Is your beloved a classic? Don’t be afraid to take the classic route of gifting jewelry! For trendy items, Kendra Scott has both of you covered with cufflinks for him and gorgeous jewelry sets for her.
Try: Emerson, Daniel or Loren cufflinks, $44 to $75; Stevie necklace, Marissa earrings or an Erika cuff bracelet, $150, $125, $160, from Kendra Scott Jewelry.
look three If your lady has high-end taste, you may want to check out the LUXE Collection’s offerings.
Try: Baquette Caged Tennis Bracelet in Black Tourmaline, $450; Stone Nest Pendant Necklace in Black Tourmaline, $250; Pave Oval Stud Earrings in Black Tourmaline $195, from LUXE Collection.
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Looks Fit for a Valley Winter, Pt. 3: Lindsay Lou

Wintertime in the Valley is one of the most enjoyable times of the year. There is a reason why the snowbirds flock to Scottsdale, and it may have something to do with the warm temps. Unfortunately, dressing the part seems to be a challenge for many, but thanks to Scottsdale Quarter’s Marketing Director Alison Goodman, we have great tips for looking your best during the winter months. Alison’s sense of style is on point and for the next three weeks she will take us to three different store’s located at my favorite mall to give us examples of outfits that you can use as inspiration to spruce up your wardrobe.

The final weekend for holiday parties before Christmas is approaching quickly and we are winding down our shopping spree. Our go-to and knowledgeable shopping expert has taken us to Free People where she taught us how to incorporate some of our favorite decades fashion styles into our holiday wardrobe as well as introduced us to patterned leggings. Next stop on our shopping spree was to the GAP, where we learned that it’s never too late to wear white after Labor Day and that “gray is the new black.” Our final store is the cute little boutique Lindsay Lou, where Alison will show us some great ideas for looking super chic this holiday season!

look one Lindsay Lou is the perfect place to find that LA-inspired and trendy look and this outfit is no exception. Leather pieces are huge this holiday season and this dress is combining two trends: sheer paneling amidst a luxe fabric. And remember, it’s never a bad idea to update that LBD category in your closet.
look two ‘Tis the season for the sweatshirt! Paired with jeans, pencil skirts and everything in between, this gym-going staple is having its moment. Some great finds come from Wildfox at Lindsay, where the fabrics are soft and the sayings are tongue-in-cheek. There are no rules when it comes to your sweatshirt – rock in anytime and every time.
look three Layer, layer and layer some more – this look combines the comfort of a slouchy boyfriend jean with a girlie floral top and strategically placed scarf. For the warmer mid-days of Arizona winter, this look will take you far. Add a pair of open-toed booties to the ensemble to dress up the distressed denim.
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Looks Fit for a Valley Winter, Pt. 2: The GAP

Wintertime in the Valley is one of the most enjoyable times of the year. There is a reason why the snowbirds flock to Scottsdale, and it may have something to do with the warm temps. Unfortunately, dressing the part seems to be a challenge for many, but thanks to Scottsdale Quarter’s Marketing Director Alison Goodman, we have great tips for looking your best during the winter months. Alison’s sense of style is on point and for the next three weeks she will take us to three different store’s located at my favorite mall to give us examples of outfits that you can use as inspiration to spruce up your wardrobe.

Last week, we featured Free People. This week, it’s the GAP!

I think my love for fashion first started with GAP advertisements. I dreamed of being a GAP kid but now that I’m older, my vision has evolved into being a walking GAP advertisement. Its clothes are fresh, clean, crisp and sophisticated. This season, I am definitely taking a page out of the GAP catalog and applying it to my winter wardrobe. Luckily, I don’t have to do too much research on the best ways to dress this winter, because Alison Goodman is giving us some excellent tips to fashion your GAP clothing to look your best this season.

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To say “gray is the new black” this season is an understatement. We’re seeing the color on everything from velvet skinnies like you see here to the classic quilted Chanel handbag (drool!!). Not only is this GAP outfit on trend – velvet is having a major moment this winter season as well – it’s comfortable and cozy. One of the best features of this ensemble is the striped waffle sweater – the knit and fabric makes it the perfect sweater for Arizona winters as it’s breathable and will keep you both warm in the shade and cool in the sun.

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Afraid to wear white after Labor Day? So passe! Winter white is one of the chicest ways to change up your wardrobe when the weather cools down – not only will you stand out in a sea of navy blues, blacks and chocolate browns, you’ll also have the perfect pieces to transition from winter to spring. Here, an off-white chunky knit sweater adds depth to the GAP outfit – another fabric that is huge this season. And of course, you can’t go wrong with a peach-hued scarf. Another perfect transitional piece.

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We’re back to basics in the trendiest of ways with this layered look from GAP, where peach skinnies add a girlie element to a masculine outfit. The major players here? A ’90s-inspired plaid button-up under a crew neck sweater and a nylon, quilted jacket – quilted fabrics are one of the biggest designs we’re seeing this holiday season. Another important key to this ensemble is the layering – a necessity during Arizona winters.

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Looks Fit for a Valley Winter Pt. 1: Free People

Wintertime in the Valley is one of the most enjoyable times of the year. There is a reason why the snowbirds flock to Scottsdale, and it may have something to do with the warm temps. Unfortunately, dressing the part seems to be a challenge for many, but thanks to Scottsdale Quarter’s Marketing Director Alison Goodman, we have great tips for looking your best during the winter months. Alison’s sense of style is on point and for the next three weeks she will take us to three different store’s located at my favorite mall to give us examples of outfits that you can use as inspiration to spruce up your wardrobe.

First stop on our shopping spree: Free People!

look one Layering is key during the Arizona winter months and a casual ensemble like this one from Free People is an absolute perfect choice. Flared denim is back in a big way, which coincides perfectly with the ’70s fashion influence we saw all over the fall runways. Here, a cozy tribal print cardigan tops a thin, gauzy tee, making the outfit cool-weather appropriate while providing the option to strip off the top layer should the day warm up. With a ’70s-esque floppy hat to top it all off, it’s the perfect look to channel your inner hippie chic fashionista.
look two As everyone knows, fashion is cyclical and this season, it’s all about the 90’s influences and bringing back the “grunge” look in a new way. Here, we have a pretty, girlie baby doll dress in pale pink with embedded embroidery. Knee socks not only make this dressy frock appropriate for day, but are a great alternative to tights in order to keep legs warm during the chilly mornings and evenings. Throw a gray leather bomber jacket over this dress to complete the look – Beverly Hills 90210’s Donna Martin would be proud.
look three We’ve been seeing printed pants since the spring, and they aren’t going anywhere this winter. Patterned pants are the perfect way to spice up your wardrobe and are most appropriate for the fashion risk-takers out there — these pants are definite attention-getters. What’s most eye-catching about this ensemble is the subtle way different prints have been combined, a trend that is huge going into the New Year. The key to combining different patterns is staying within the same color palette. In this case, a classic black-and-white color scheme keeps the outfit in check.
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Summer Styles Sizzle at Apricot Lane Boutique

Warm weather and constant sunshine are here – but it’s no time to get into a fashion rut! Apricot Lane Boutique has the most trend setting looks for the season of the sun, including head-to-toe outfits for under $100 that can easily be taken from day to night.

“This summer it’s all about staying cool while looking hot!” explains Jody Todd, owner of Apricot Lane Boutique Scottsdale. “We really took time to find styles from the LA fashion district that will appeal to different generations and let our customers be true to their individual comfort level all while staying within budget.”

Bright, breezy patterns, high low hems and flowing dresses will help complete the perfect summer ensemble. Staples such as colorful shorts, maxi dresses and playful sandals are must haves and will go with everything for the beach to the boardwalk during any travels. Colorful accessories brighten the season’s all white trend, helping to break up the texture and feel of an outfit. Of course, a cool cotton sweater is essential for evening strolls – pair it with a lightweight scarf to add the final touch on any look.

Mint, corals and bold color are staples throughout the locally-owned boutique while global patterns, tribal looks, watercolor and floral prints galore make this a must stop shop for your summer’s most anticipated events! Outdoor festivals, fairs, concerts and chic parties are no longer a fashion dilemma but instead an excuse to find the next must have summer style.

Created for both mothers and daughters, teens through fifties, Apricot Lane features clothing, accessories, shoes and gift items for any need. Always ahead of the curve, the store offers fashion parties for girl’s night out events, charity organizations, sororities, moms clubs and more!

Check out www.apricotlanescottsdale.com or visit them on Facebook for the most current promotions and announcements!