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Holiday Tree Auction

Valley Shops, Sports Teams And More Participate In Holiday Tree Auction

Still looking for a Christmas tree? Or, are you looking for a way to give back this season? At The Holiday Tree Auction on Saturday, December 15 at the Scottsdale Quarter, you can do both.

Presented by Scottsdale Quarter and Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations (SL), The Holiday Tree Auction will present trees, decorated by Valley shops, restaurants, brands and professional sports teams. The trees will be decked out with the latest merchandise, exclusive offers and gift cards for a good cause — the Leadership Children’s Foundation (TCLCF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children. TCLCF gives money throughout the year to children’s causes that help preserve childhood and improve the quality of life for young people across the nation.

The event is open to the public, and admission is free. Shoppers are invited to bid on their favorite tree. For those who would like to take a look at the trees before placing a bid, they are welcome to stop by the Scottsdale Quarter plaza to do so. Jazz/pop recording artist Scott Keo will be in attendance, performing a collection of holiday songs prior to the action as well.

Participating tree vendors include:

  • Arizona Diamondbacks Major League Baseball team
  • Beach Bunny
  • Brillare Hairdressing Academy
  • Cobalt Mortgage
  • Evening Entertainment Group
  • FLOR
  • Free People
  • Fresh Produce
  • Gap
  • GapKids
  • iPic Theaters
  • IT’SUGAR
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
  • The Phoenix Coyotes National Hockey League team
  • The Arizona Rattlers Arena Football League team and more.

The Holiday Tree Auction

Where: Scottsdale Quarter Plaza
15279 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
When: Saturday, December 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Scottsdale Quarter Reaches Leasing Milestone

 

Scottsdale Quarter, the 28-acre, mixed-use shopping, dining and entertainment center, has reached full occupancy of its office space with the addition of Balboa Capital Corporation, a leading equipment leasing and financing company in the U.S.

Scottsdale Quarter is also home to 18 office tenants with more than 1,000 employees. The open-air center’s largest office tenants include Starwood Hotels & Resorts; Maracay Homes, a Weyerhaeuser subsidiary; iCrossing, a division of Hearst Media; and Superior Home Services.

“Reaching full occupancy is a significant milestone in this still soft, but improving, market,” said Marshall Loeb, President and COO for Glimcher Realty Trust.

“Scottsdale Quarter’s mix of distinct, first-to-market retailers and restaurants was an added incentive for potential office tenants,” Loeb said.

In comparison, the Phoenix office market witnessed a 75.6% occupancy rate in 3Q 2012.

Since breaking ground in 2007, the office leasing at Scottsdale Quarter has been handled by the CBRE team of Jerry Noble, Pat Devine, Greg Mayer and Katie Kelley.

“Scottsdale Quarter delivered into a tough economic climate, but quickly outpaced other projects that delivered at the same time,” Noble said. “Its contemporary urban design and amenity-rich environment are unique to this market and distinguish the property from its competition.”

 

Drybar Phoenix

Drybar Opens Second Location In Phoenix, With 50-60 Positions Open

Who doesn’t love Zooey Deschanel’s signature hair? Or, Jennifer Garner’s always-luscious, flowing locks? And women in Scottsdale have been following their lead, trusting one blowout salon in particular with their hair — Drybar. Due to the shop’s success at the Scottsdale Quarter, Drybar is opening a second location in Phoenix on the Camelback Corridor.

“We are thrilled to be opening our second Drybar in Arizona,” says Alli Webb, Drybar founder and longtime stylist. “Our existing Scottsdale shop in the Scottsdale Quarter has been warmly embraced by the lovely ladies in Arizona, and we are ecstatic to open Drybar in Phoenix.”

With the opening of the Phoenix location scheduled for the end of October, the blow dry bar is also looking to hire 50 to 60 people. Positions include stylists and front desk personnel.

Drybar has locations open in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, San Diego and Atlanta, and the concept — offering no cuts, no color, just blowouts — has a following of more than 200,000 loyal clients nationwide.

DrybarAnd it isn’t the shop’s customer service that’s over-the-top (in a positive way, of course); its design is, too with custom Italian chairs, tufted fabric walls, marble bar with built-in iPhone docking stations, and flat screens featuring your favorite chick flicks.

Drybar has also recently added some high-profile names to its Board, including Paul Pressler, former CEO of Gap, Inc. and a president at The Walt Disney Company; and Janet Gurwitch, founder and former CEO of Laura Mercier Cosmetics and executive vice president at Neiman Marcus.

“Drybar has created an incredibly cool and innovative experience for the consumer,” says Gurwitch. “I am excited to be joining this impressive team to further expand the Drybar brand.”

For more information about Drybar, its services and/or to apply for one of the open positions, visit thedrybar.com.

Drybar Phoenix
Where: 3172 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Contact: (480) 607-5064
Online: thedrybar.com
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Scottsdale Quarter Phtography

Making the Retail Experience, Well, An Experience

Shoppers can buy just about anything they’d like or need on the Web. What they can’t do online, however, is make a craft, have their hair done by a blow-dryer-wielding stylist or munch on gourmet snacks delivered to their reserved seats as they’re watching a movie. Call it the retail experience.

It’s non-Web entertainment options such as these that mall developers are banking on to help them compete against online shopping, which over the next four years is expected to reach $327 billion in sales in the U.S. alone, according to Forrester Research Inc. Experience retail represents the future of the mall.

“Experience retail refers to how people enjoy the mall,” said Michael Glimcher, CEO of Glimcher Realty Trust, developer of Scottsdale Quarter, an open-air shopping district located near Scottsdale and Greenway roads. “Today, shopping isn’t about selecting a color and size. You can do that online. You can’t have a salad and glass of wine with girlfriends online. Going to the mall today is about entertainment, brand engagement and socializing with friends and family.”

Scottsdale Quarter has pioneered the concept of experience retail for Glimcher. Since early 2011, the shopping destination has integrated experience-based merchants into its tenant mix, including the addition of several stores and restaurants that shoppers won’t find anywhere else in Arizona. While there are still clothing-only retailers there, more than two thirds of Scottsdale Quarter’s 58 tenants offer shopping experiences and in-person-only opportunities – such as the rear-viewing booty cam at Industrie Denim – that can’t be replicated online.

At Make Meaning, for example, shoppers paint pottery, make soap and decorate picture frames. Nearby at Drybar, salon clients can have their hair straightened or curled by stylists using nothing but a brush and a blow dryer. Fitness enthusiasts tap into their inner peace at Blissful Yoga, where traditional or hot yoga classes, and the gravity-defying Yoga Wall, offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of life.

The experience retail concept exists at other Glimcher properties nationwide including Polaris Fashion Place in Columbus, Ohio; The Outlet Collection | Jersey Gardens outside New York City; the Mall at Johnson City in Tennessee; and River Valley Mall in Lancaster, Ohio. Other national retailers experimenting with the concept include the Shadow Lake Town Center in Omaha, Nebraska, and The Shoppes at Chino Hills in California.

According to Glimcher officials, experience retail benefits all of a mall’s tenants by keeping shoppers at the center for longer periods of time, and by offering people a reason to return. Activities at Make Meaning often have wait lists, so shoppers spend time by eating at the mall’s restaurants or buying merchandise at nearby stores. Crafters must return to pick up their creations also, which means an extra visit and perhaps another stop at a neighboring merchant.

Scottsdale Quarter’s upscale food establishments seem to be doing extraordinarily well with the leasing strategy. Restaurant sales have grown substantially over the last few years, despite the soft economy.

“Experience retail gets people off the computer and into the store,” said Richard Hunt, general manager of Scottsdale Quarter. “It makes shopping fun and interactive, and — as the other developers who have toured Scottsdale Quarter to see what we’re doing can attest — it’s working.”

 

 

 

 

 

minibar.ber.shop

"Get Buzzed” At minibar.ber.shop

minibar.ber.shop at Scottsdale Quarter offers excellent, affordable food, drink and barber services.


A Brazilian for your face. That’s how the barbers at minibar.ber.shop in Scottsdale Quarter describe their “manzilian” straight razor shave. Having never experienced the traditional Brazilian, I can’t definitively say how similar the two are, but it’s my suspicion that my “manzilian” was far more relaxing and absent of tears than the alternative. And here they serve beer.

Upon entering the shop, I’m greeted by a friendly receptionist. I’m presented with a list of services including the “geraldo” mustache trim, the “zz top” beard trim and, of course, the “manzilian.”

minibar.ber.shopI decide on the straight shave and my barber, Darryl, leads me to a white leather chair, which sits in front of a massive full-length mirrored cabinet. Several of these cabinets divide the shop, with barber stations on either side. The black cabinets contrast the stark white of the chair, floor and ceiling, creating a minimalist, very masculine feel.

And, did I mention they serve beer? Darryl asks me if I would like a drink from the bar (more on that later), but I decline saying that it would probably get in the way of his razor. He laughs and says “yes,” reclining my seat. He explains that ordering a drink is more common when receiving a hair cut, or any other vertically-oriented service, I imagine.

What follows is 20 minutes that feels like two hours of hot towels and luxurious oils, creams and balms. Darryl opens the side of the cabinet, retrieving the first of countless hot towels. He places the towel over my beard and wraps the ends up over my face. After a couple of steamy minutes, he removes the towel and massages pre-shave oil into my beard. He places another hot towel on my face, allowing a few minutes for the oil to soften my beard.

Darryl removes the second towel and applies a warm lather of minty shaving cream. As he shaves me with an incredibly sharp straight razor, it is immediately clear that this isn’t anything like my practice of dragging a Mach 3 across my face for a few minutes. I am at the hands of a skilled artisan with 25 years of experience. Each stroke of the razor is precise, and it’s obvious that Darryl has developed a “feel” for how to carefully trim each section of a beard.

After the first pass, yet another hot towel is applied, followed by a second lather and shave against the grain. A final hot towel steams my bare face, after which an antiseptic/ingrown hair treatment is applied. This stings in a Macauley Culkin-esque way at first, but quickly becomes refreshing, and I know it will prevent any irritation. A soothing after-shave balm is rubbed onto my skin followed by a couple minutes of an ice-cold towel on my face to end the service.

I sit up from my reclined position refreshed, and with a face smoother than any part of any baby I know. The whole process takes only 20 minutes, but I feel as relaxed as if I’d taken an afternoon nap. Darryl explains that this is a new shave that he himself designed, and that while the regular price is $30, for the month of July they’re offering this brand new treatment for $15.

And, oh yeah, they serve beer. Attached to the barbershop is the place whence the hair-cut beers flow: a bar serving up an array of beers, wines, sakes and signature “saketinis.” But don’t worry, while the bar can stay open until 2:30 a.m., the barbershop closes at 9 o’clock. No drunken straight shaves or impromptu mohawks happening here.

I take a seat at the bar and bartender Cassouki gives me the rundown: $2 beers, all day, every day. Happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7p.m. every day, featuring half-price signature drinks and panini sandwiches. I ask what she likes, and she suggests the “yogatini,” a not-too-sweet combination of ginger, lemonade and sake, garnished with a stick of blue sugar crystals.

She whips up the drink while I look over the menu. I order a prosciutto and brie panini. Both are delicious, made more so to the frugal-minded as they are both half-price for happy hour.

minibar.ber.shopWe chat as I eat and drink, and I admit that a barbershop is not the first place I would think to stop and have a drink. She tells me that they’re actually quite busy most nights. Wednesday nights feature a new energy drink called Exhale. Thursday is “Quarter Night,” where first beers are 25 cents for employees of Scottsdale Quarter, which always draws a crowd. A DJ performs on these nights as well as on Saturdays.

And draw a crowd minibar.ber.shop should. It is a very unique concept, providing upscale barber services as well as delicious, affordable food and drink. As far as I know, there’s nowhere else in town where you can leave with a fresh face, a full stomach and a snootful.

For more information about minibar.ber.shop, visit minibarbershop.com.

minibar.ber.shop
15037 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 948-3900
minibarbershop.com

SOL Cocina

Mimosas & Mexican Food: Brunch At SOL Cocina

On June 23rd, SOL Cocina began serving brunch with a south-of-the-border, Baja twist.


When I think brunch, I picture myself, mimosa in hand, mingling and schmoozing with socialites donned in their Sunday best — nay, more like their Kentucky Derby attire (floppy hats, sun dresses, the whole shebang).

But, in reality, brunch is nothing like that. Well, the mimosa is still in the picture, of course; those are always involved.

For this particular Sunday morning/afternoon, we decided on SOL Cocina, which had a newly added brunch menu. Now, I had only ever ventured to Olive & Ivy for brunch, and its menu consisted of dishes with typical items, including potatoes, eggs, toast, bacon, etc. So when I asked myself if Mexican food at 11 a.m. was a good idea, I had no idea what to expect. My stomach wasn’t used to digesting south-of-the-border food before the dinner (or fourth meal) hour.

After roaming the Scottsdale Quarter, we finally found SOL Cocina, and I’m still not sure how we missed it with its bright, bold-red awning. Here’s one thing to note: There is, in fact, a parking garage located right next to the restaurant.

While waiting for our other two guests, we were greeted by our spunky waitress, who informed us that the limes, hot sauce and salt on the table were considered in Mexico the “salt and pepper of the table.” Thank goodness because I was starting to worry I wasn’t wild enough for this place, thinking margaritas were in store.

If you’re a wimp like me and can’t handle spicy or hot food, go easy on the “mild” salsa when tostada dipping. Considered an eight (out of 10) by the restaurant, the waitress swore it was more of a two. No, that salsa had a spicy kick when I least expected it. Looks like I have at least one thing in common with the one who gave the salsa that eight rating — we’re salsa soul mates.

So as I washed down the salsa with my mimosa — which, by the way ladies and the only 20-something male in the restaurant that day daintily sipping on one, SOL offers $1 refills, after paying the initial $7; what a deal! — I skimmed the menu, looking over the brunch options, and this caught every one of our eyes: “Enough to feed the whole family — ”. We scoffed. Papas ‘Papi’, challenge accepted. We also ordered the Machaca Wrap Ahogado, the Breakfast Torta and the Souffle Carlotta.

Rounds of coffee, orange juice and water later, our food — or shall I say, “feast” — arrived.

Two things: One, they weren’t kidding about the Papas ‘Papi’ feeding the entire family; and two, just how big of a family are they referring to anyway?

The Papas ‘Papi’ was a heart-stopping heap of food, with potatoes, onions, melted cheese, pork chorizo, bacon, serrano chiles, green onions and pice de gallo — all smothered with crema. It made the rest of our dishes look like amuse-bouches. Surprisingly, the Papas ‘Papi’ was my favorite of the four dishes.

The Souffle Carlotta came in second, with its soft and sweet Mexican kick. Considered SOL’s version of the French toast, the Souffle Carlotta had a hint of Patron Citronage and lemon zest in the bread pudding, which, for a slight moment, brought back memories of my grandmother’s flan. (The language isn’t the only thing the Mexican and Filipino cultures have in common, even if just slightly.) Topped and drizzled with organic agave syrup, mango, berries, vanilla whipped cream, almonds and powdered sugar, this dish quickly became a favorite.

As for the Machaca Wrap Ahogado, who doesn’t love machaca? Growing up in Yuma, Ariz., I had yet to find a Mexican food restaurant in the Valley that ever came close to the authentic food found in the town bordered by both Mexico and California; but with this machaca dish, SOL Cocina is now the closest thing.

Cooked with ancho chile, onion, cumin and oregano, the shredded beef concoction folded in a flour tortilla with eggs, cheese, refried beans, all topped with red salsa and pico de gallo, had “great flavor composition,” according to one of my brunch companions. The layers of ingredients complemented one another and wasn’t as overwhelming as I thought it would be.

The Breakfast Torta, on the other hand, was a more traditional brunch entree, compared to the flavor combinations of the other three dishes. The telera roll stuffed with eggs, cheese, bacon, avocado and pickled jalapenos, however, was still a delicious treat. Compared to other greasy, messy tortas I’ve had in the past, this one tasted fresh and didn’t weigh me down. (And this is probably due to the fact that SOL Cocina works with fresh, seasonal ingredients.)

With its old world charm, SOL Cocina not only offers a comfortable, cozy environment to gather with friends and family on an early Sunday afternoon, it also offers authentic Mexican, Baja California inspired cuisine and authentic flavors.

In hindsight, I’m glad we parked on the other side of the Quarter; I definitely needed to walk off all of that food — and window shop, of course.

For more information about SOL Cocina, visit solcocina.com.

SOL Mexican Cocina
15323 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 245-6708
solcocina.com

TK's Urban Tavern

TK's Urban Tavern: Fantastic Food In A Trendy, Sophisticated Atmosphere

I have to admit that when it comes to Kierland Commons, Scottsdale Quarter and CityNorth, I have a hard time keeping up with what is new and where it is located within the three similar destinations. A friend of mine recommended TK’s Urban Tavern located in Scottsdale Quarter, and I was looking forward to checking out the new hot spot.

Named after the founding owner, Tom Kelly, TK’s offers a comfortable atmosphere and an expertly placed patio, perfect for taking in the Quarter and enjoying cocktails.

Joining a friend for an impromptu Saturday evening dinner, we headed to TK’s to sample what they have to offer. The restaurant has a trendy, sophisticated feel with an open dining room. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, willing to confidently recommend their favorite dishes.

Initial observation of the appetizer and drink options revealed a nice balance of pricing and options without being overwhelmed by a 10-page menu. Warning: The description of the “You Call It” Smirnoff Vodka accompanied with your favorite mixer for $6.95 was not as it seemed. After commenting to the server that it was a great deal, my friend ordered a Raspberry Smirnoff and soda. It wasn’t until the bill arrived that we were made aware that we were charged much more for flavored vodka. Of course, it could be argued that we should have known. However, I feel it is the responsibility of the server to pay attention to what the guest is commenting on to ensure that they understand the menu appropriately. Aside from the vodka miscommunication, the drink prices were reasonable, and the options were plentiful and provided something for everyone.

A summary of what we experienced at TK’s Urban Tavern:

Appetizer: Housemade Mac & Cheese

With a good choice of unique appetizers, we chose to start with the Housemade Mac & Cheese ($7.95). Made with local white cheddar, elbow pasta and topped with panko bread crumbs, I found the dish to be a bit bland in flavor. Once we added some much-needed salt and pepper, the taste was actually very good.

Entrées: Shrimp Linguini and Rock Shrimp Corn Chowder

Although on the pricier side, there were great options available for our main dish. I chose the Shrimp Linguini served with tomatoes, garlic white wine sauce and lemon parsley ($17.95). I was blown away by this dish! The lemon and garlic complimented the shrimp beautifully. The portion was appropriate and overall fantastic.

We also ordered the Rock Shrimp Corn Chowder ($8.95). Unlike many types of chowder, the TK’s version wasn’t super thick and heavy. The chowder was light and full of flavor. We were also impressed by the amount of shrimp included in the chowder, making it an overall great choice when you visit.

Dessert: Root Beer Float

It brought a smile to my face to see a root beer float option for dessert — I couldn’t resist! Simply served with vanilla bean ice cream in a large chilled mug, it was a great way to end our meal ($4.00).

Overall, the visit was enjoyable. The look and feel of TK’s makes it a good choice for an evening out in Scottsdale if you are willing to spend a little more than normal for a relaxed meal. I was happy with the quality of the food for the price I paid, but would not recommend it as a regular stop for anyone on a budget.

TK’s Urban Tavern Rating:

Food: 4 out of 5
Service: 3 out of 5
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5

TK’s Urban Tavern
15037 N. Scottsdale Rd., #J-195
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 664-0873
tksurbantavern.com
AZ Wine & Dine

AZ Wine & Dine Makes Use Of Forks, Corks [PHOTOS]

The mission of first-ever AZ Wine & Dine on April 12 at Scottsdale Quarter, which took the place of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association’s long-running culinary event Forks & Corks, was to highlight the distinct variety of culinary outlets at Arizona hotels, resorts and restaurants while offering a variety of wines and craft beers designed to satisfy any palette.

Judging by the more than 750 guests who enjoyed tantalizing tastes from the renowned chefs at the Four Seasons Troon North, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Montelucia, Arizona Grand Resort and many more, as well as the sumptuous sips provided by Hensley, Young’s Market Company and others, it was a mission well-accomplished.

And then some.

While the final numbers are still being tallied, organizers estimate that the event raised about $20,000 to support the Arizona tourism industry.

Arizona tourism’s impact, by the numbers:

  • 36.9 Million: Number of domestic and international overnight visitors who experienced Arizona as a travel destination.
  • $48 Million: Amount of direct traveler spending being contributed to our state’s economy every single day.
  • $2.5 Billion: Amount of local, state and federal tax revenues generated as a result of direct traveler spending.
  • $1,040: Tax revenue generated by the tourism industry lessens the tax burden by $1,040 for every Arizona household.
  • No. 1: Where the travel and tourism industry ranks among Arizona’s export-oriented industries.

According to guest feedback, among the biggest and brightest highlights of the event:

  • Live music, which was provided by The Shining Star Band
  • Silent auction, which offered amazing vacation packages from the state’s top resorts, restaurants and spas
  • “Foodie” food, including short ribs from Westin Kierland, Kobe sliders from the Phoenician, and cioppino from the Montelucia
  • Libation innovations, including Moet Champagne from Narcisse, flaming coffee drinks from La Hacienda, and sangria from New Age Winery

Based on the event’s overwhelming success, plans are already underway for next year.

For more information about AZ Wine & Dine, please visit azwineanddine.com.


AZ Wine & Dine

Photos: Cory Bergquist

 

SOL Mexican Cocina

SOL Mexican Cocina: A Healthy Approach To Mexican Food

Push away that heaping plate of beans, rice and melted cheese, and take a healthier approach to Mexican food with SOL Mexican Cocina.

SOL Mexican Cocina offers an alternative to Mexican food we are used to, focusing on healthy but flavorful cuisine in smaller portions. Opening its second location at the Scottsdale Quarter within the first two weeks of March, SOL Mexican Cocina models the cuisine and atmosphere of Baja, Mexico.

Rich Howland, operating partner of SOL Mexican Cocina, says that the goal of the restaurant is for diners to feel like they are on vacation while enjoying traditional cuisine and handcrafted cocktails.

“What you will find on our menu is a large selection of appetizers that have very bold flavors and are really designed to share,” Howland says. “You order three, four or five different things, and it keeps that social environment we discovered down in Baja.”

Deborah M. Schneider, executive chef of SOL Mexican Cocina, says her inspiration comes from Mexico, not from other Mexican restaurants in America. Schneider who is the author of “Baja! Cooking on the Edge” as well as five other books on Mexican cooking says traditional Mexican food is lighter and better for you.SOL Mexican Cocina

Most of the items on the menu are vegetable-based, high in fiber and include healthier items like brown rice. But this does not go along with the myth that all healthy food has to be boring and tasteless. In fact, at SOL Mexican Cocina it is quite the opposite.

Schneider says the trick to healthy, flavorful food is keeping it simple with fresh, high-quality produce.

“Chef always emphasizes letting the flavors speak for themselves,” Howland says. “If you take a really fresh, high-quality tomato, it tastes how a tomato should.”

Even the bar uses only the freshest, best-quality ingredients. For instance, the margarita sour mix is made from fresh juice everyday, and all cocktails are handcrafted with muddled fruit that also arrives daily.

SOL Mexican Cocina has created 20 to 25 original cocktails switched in and out throughout the year based on what fruit is in season.

Howland says SOL Mexican Cocina also strives to stimulate your visual senses and in doing so created a sophisticated but casual environment for their diners to enjoy.

“We hope the end result is people feel comfortable, but they also look at it from a standpoint of being stimulated visually because great food is enhanced through your other senses: smell, taste and sight,” Howland says.

The open kitchen may contribute to that.

“I insist on cooking in an open kitchen because of two reasons,” Schneider says. “One, the kitchen is the heart of the restaurant, and 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.”

Howland says a successful restaurant has to include more than great food nowadays.

“It has to be about atmosphere, ambiance and the environment that you create within the restaurant,” Howland says. “I think that really is our goal, to capture not just the great food, which you would expect but also focusing on creating a comfortable, social, fun and high-energy environment.”

For more information about SOL Mexican Cocina, visit solcocina.com.

Brandon's Best List: Best Valley Food

Brandon’s Best List: The Best Valley Food

Brandon’s Best List: The Best Valley Food

1. BEST Greek Food /Gyro Sandwich:
Gyros Express / Gyros Restaurant

Price: $

What to order:

  • Gyro Sandwich with extra creamy homemade tzatziki sauce
  • Compliment your sandwich with a basket of freshly made crispy french fries.
7132 E Becker Ln
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 483-0300
Best Valley Food, Best Greek FoodIn a bit of an awkward location lies a gem of a restaurant … that is of course if you enjoy the traditional Gyro Sandwich as much as I do. Throughout my travels, I have come to try more than a few Greek eateries in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area that claim to have the best gyro. However, there is only one in my opinion that deserves the crown. Gyros Express is family owned and operated and has been located at its Scottsdale location since 1980 for good reason. As you watch the lamb being cut directly off of the leg rotisserie, one thing that’s apparent is nothing’s frozen here.

2. BEST French Dip: Houston’s Restaurant

Price: $$$

What to order:

  • “Famous French Dip Au Jus” with a side of creamy horseradish
  • Try the hand-cut shoestring french fries or a baked potato if it’s dinner time; you won’t be disappointed.
6113 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(480) 922-7775
hillstone.com
Best Valley Food
There is no shortage of places in the Valley where one can order the classic prime rib French dip au jus sandwich. However, few restaurants get it right. Houston’s, part of the Hillstone Restaurant Group, provides a rich, sophisticated atmosphere, all the while serving up one of the best french dips around. It consists of thinly sliced roasted prime rib cooked to perfection, piled high upon a toasted house-made French roll.

3. BEST Hot Dog: Taste of Chicago

Price: $

What to order:

  • Hot dog or Polish sausage with your choice of toppings, but make sure to include cheese as one of them.
  • Share a basket of cheese fries, and enjoy a soda.
13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 130
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 951-1615
Supplied by Vienna Beef, Taste of Chicago is one of the best places in Phoenix and Scottsdale to satisfy your hot dog craving.

4. BEST Barbeque Baby Back Ribs: Charleston’s Restaurant

Price: $$

What to order:

  • House salad that includes eggs, cheese, bacon with creamy garlic dressing and a honey butter croissant
  • Barbeque baby back ribs with a baked potato; try the glazed carrots instead of the beans.
1040 N. 54th St., Chandler
(480) 961-9434
1623 S. Stapley Dr., Mesa
(480) 635-9500
17001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 563-7666charlestons.ehsrg.com
Best Valley FoodEverything here is made in-house; from the salad dressings to the soup, it’s all freshly concocted just for you. That being said, you can pretty much order anything on the menu and not be disappointed. However, if you like ribs, you’re at the right place. Topped with Charleston’s signature barbeque sauce, “fall off the bone tender” doesn’t even begin to describe how good these ribs are.

5. BEST Steak: Eddie V’s at the Scottsdale Quarter

Price: $$$$

What to order:

  • Start off with a bowl of the Main lobster and Shrimp bisque made with fresh Maine lobster, cream and cognac.
  • Dinner entree: Filet Mignon (cooked medium) with a side of Bearnaise sauce
  • Share a side of crab fried rice or scalloped potatoes au gratin.

 

15323 N. Scottsdale Rd., #E1-160
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 730-4800
www.eddiev.com
Best Valley FoodOne thing is for sure about Arizona — it does not have a shortage of steakhouses, most of which are on the expensive side. That being said only a handful dish out great dining experiences that are worth the drain on your wallet. Whether it’s a special occasion or you just feel like indulging, Eddie V’s is the place to do it. An elegant contemporary atmosphere provides the perfect setting for some of the best cuts of beef in town.

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iPic Theatre, The Luxury Experience On A Budget, 2011

iPic Theaters, The Luxury Experience On A Budget

Since its recent opening, iPic Theaters — located in Scottsdale Quarter — has been creating a local escape with a luxurious atmosphere for its guests on a budget.

While the movie selection is similar to other theaters, the service is on a new level: to provide guests with selection, choice and comfort.

Here, you’ll enjoy fine dining and the comforts of home while you watch a movie. There are two choices of seating, including gold class seating and premium seating, for non-members and members. Gold class for members and non-members includes reserved seating, valet parking, reclining seats, complimentary popcorn and in-theatre service. Premium seating includes reserved seating and leather seats.

“Why should anyone choose iPic?” asks Mark Mulcahy, VP marketing of iPic Theaters. “Movies are about escape, and this movie experience takes you there.”

On Tuesdays, members receive all-day happy hour, discounted menu and drinks, and membership is free.

What else sets iPic apart?

  • The seating is always reserved. Once you purchase your tickets, you know exactly where you will be sitting.
  • Guests are able to sample wine prior to purchasing.
  • iPic provides a fine dining experience, serving Caesar salads, fresh short bread pizza, grilled calamari, and more.
  • When guests purchase candy, it’s brought to you in a martini glass.

Guests also have the opportunity to order food from Tanzy, the restaurant located in the theater, and they can expect to receive this service 20 minutes into the start of the movie.

Salt Ultra Lounge, on site, is Scottsdale’s newest gathering place for evening cocktails and music. Reverse happy hour takes place from 9 p.m. to midnight on weekdays, and every one of the drinks are organic and made fresh.

“Guests say this is the ultimate escape, and they keep coming back,” says Jacqi Richardson, GolinHarris.

The Scottsdale Quarter location, one of eight locations nationwide, houses eight intimate auditoriums, wall-to-wall movie screens and state-of-the-art digital technology.

 

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If You Go:

iPic Theaters
Scottsdale Quarter
15257 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite F-230
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 483-3232
www.ipictheaters.com

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20 Lounge, Scottsdale, Ariz.

20 Lounge, Beauty Bars Make Fashionable More Financially Friendly

20 Lounge, Beauty Bars Make Fashionable More Financially Friendly

When forced to make tough financial decisions in this tough economy, some women may be sacrificing routine beauty regimens to save money.

But staying fashionable and getting pampered doesn’t have to be something that gets cut from the budget.

Beauty bars are making it possible for women to save money and still get the beauty treatment they crave.

The concept of beauty bars is one that has recently spread from California to Arizona. Beauty bars specialize, excel, and focus on just a few services, rather than having a full spa and salon.

Valerie Griggs, CEO of 20 Lounge, went to typical corner nail salons because they were affordable. There was no upscale option for her to go to without paying a fortune.

Griggs realized that there was a huge market for high-quality, affordable nail services, and founded 20 Lounge, a stylish nail salon named for 10 toes and 10 fingers.

Griggs wanted her nail salons to be chic and hip, while providing great services at a reasonable price.

“We decided that in order to have our experience be a better experience, it had to be a lounge environment,” Griggs said. “People can get a great service at a value.”

20 Lounge focuses on giving people an unforgettable experience that can’t be found at a typical nail salon, Griggs said.

Walk through the doors of 20 Lounge, and you’re greeted by a space that is bright, sleek and trendy.

You’re either taken to the white, high-top bar to get a manicure or to a luxurious white-leather lounger for a pedicure. You’re offered a goblet of iced cucumber water, which will be champagne or wine when 20 Lounge is approved to serve alcohol.

The walls are decorated by inspirational quotes and several flat-screen televisions that play music videos that will undoubtedly get your polished fingers and toes tapping.

With creatively named manicures and pedicures such as “The Standard,” named after The Standard Hotel & Bar; “The Ritz,” named after the bar at the Ritz-Carlton; and “The Roxy,” a dry manicure named after the Whiskey a Go-Go in Hollywood, women will truly feel like they are getting celebrity treatment.

For women looking to take their daughters out for a girls’ day, the “Little Lounger” is the perfect manicure or pedicure for petite hands or toes.

20 Lounge also offers facials and waxing, and a special menu of manly choices including a Man-i-cure or Man-i-ped.

Griggs opened the first 20 Lounge in November 2009 in Scottsdale and quickly followed with two others, a second one in Scottsdale and one in San Diego, where she lives.

She plans to open four more by the end of 2011, and is in the process of raising $3 million to infuse capital into the brand so she can start the 20 Lounge franchise program.

“We want to have a 20 Lounge on every corner, like Starbucks,” Griggs said. “We’re trying to be a really great nail bar.”

20 Lounge isn’t the only beauty bar that has sprouted up in Arizona.

Drybar, located at the Scottsdale Quarter, is a beauty bar that offers blowouts instead of pedicures.

Drybar’s menu is simple, offering traditional blowouts for $35 and several upgrades including hair shots and scalp massages for small added fees.

According to Griggs, 20 Lounge and Drybar have talked about opening locations next to each other in order to provide women with the convenience to get their hair and nails done all in one day at affordable prices.

Park Avenue Blow Dry and Beauty Bar in Phoenix offers several services for $3,5 including the traditional blowout, a spray tan, makeup application or mini facial.

Each Valley beauty bar also offers special memberships where people pay a monthly membership fee and receive a set amount of services per month, along with discounts and incentives for continuing membership.

Whether you’re looking for something to do for a girls’ night out or just wanting a change from your traditional nail or hair salon, beauty bars provide an experience that will leave you feeling stylish, refreshed, and with a little more money in your purse than you’d have if you’d gone to a spa.

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20 Lounge

7001 N. Scottsdale Road
(480) 699-8900
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Drybar

15147 N. Scottsdale Road, #115
(480) 607-5064
www.thedrybar.com

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Park Avenue Blow Dry and Beauty Bar

4801 E. Indian School Rd.
(480) 321-7780
www.parkavenueblowdry.com

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Winners & Finalists for RED Awards 2010

2010 RED Awards Winners & Honorees

2010 RED Awards Winners & Honorees

The RED Awards, Real Estate and Development Awards, are Arizona’s most comprehensive annual real estate awards. The biggest, best and most notable commercial real estate projects and transactions for the previous year are honored each year by the RED Awards. Awards are given to developer, general contractor, architect and broker/teams. All award winners and honorable mentions are featured within a special awards section of AZRE Magazine as well as honored at an annual awards ceremony.



Congratulations to all the 2010 RED Awards Winners

Best Hospitality Project

Winner:

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

Honorable Mention:

aloft Hotel

Best Industrial Project:

Winner:

Rockefeller Group Distribution Center

Honorable Mention:

Spectrum Ridge, Phase I

Best Medical Project:

Winner:

Banner Ironwood Medical Center

Honorable Mention:

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center Tower

Most Challenging Project:

Winner:

Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites

Honorable Mention:

3900 Camelback Center

Best Office Project:

Winner:

One Central Park East

Honorable Mention:

Orbital Sciences Corp.

Best Multi-Family Project:

Winner:

Grigio Metro

Honorable Mention:

Ninety Degrees Paradise Ridge

Brokerage Team: Leasing

Winner:

Tom Adelson, Kevin Calihan, Jim Fijan & Jerry Roberts

CB Richard Ellis

Brokerage Team: Sales

Winner:

Cushman & Wakefield

General Contractor of the Year:

Winner:

McCarthy Building Companies

Best Retail Project:

Winner:

Scottsdale Quarter

Honorable Mention:

Aspen Place at the Saw Mill

Most Sustainable Project:

Winner:

Appaloosa Branch Library

Honorable Mention:

Flagstaff Courtyard by Marriott

Best Redevelopment Project:

Winner:

300 M, Studio Darek

Honorable Mention:

Phoenix Country Club Modernization

Best Public Project:

Winner:

Surprise City Hall

Honorable Mention:

Camelback Ranch Spring Training Facility

Best Education Project:

Winner:

ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovation

Honorable Mention:

Ironwood Hall

Best Tenant Improvement Project:

Winner:

Barneys New York Interior Build-Out

Honorable Mention:

Arcadia Gateway Reimaging

Developer of the Year:

Winner:

Ryan Companies US Inc.

Architect of the Year:

Winner:

SmithGroup

 

For information on sponsorship opportunities, corporate tables or attendance, please email events@azbigmedia.com or call (602) 277-6045.

2010 RED Awards Winners & Honorees

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Best Retail Project 2010

Scottsdale Quarter

Sustainable design elements were incorporated throughout Scottsdale Quarter. Unique challenges, such as phasing of the project around an operating laboratory and organizing the installation of building services to meet space requirements, were faced and overcome. One of Glimcher’s design goals was to create a “place” and not a “project,” therefore the architectural expression is organic in nature, complementing and creating diversity through a strong urban rhythm, form and materials. The architecture is complex, contemporary and clean, and the palette of materials is regional in nature.

Developer: Glimcher Development Corp.
Contractor:
Whiting-Turner Construction Company
Architect:
Nelsen Partners
Broker:
The Corritore Company: John Corritore
Size:
600,000 SF
Location:
15279 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Completed:
October 2009

Honorable Mention: Aspen Place at the Saw MillBest Retail Project 2010

Developer: The Aspen Group
Contractor:
Ryan Companies US Inc.
Architect:
DAVIS
Broker:
The Corritore Company: John Corritore
Size:
155,000 SF
Location:
320 S. Cambridge Ln., Flagstaff
Completed:
March 2009


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RED Awards 2010 - AZRE Magazine March/April 2010

2010 RED Awards Winners & Honorees

On Thursday, March 4, 2010, AZRE | Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine presented the 5th Annual RED Awards — Arizona’s most comprehensive annual real estate awards. The reception honored the Biggest, Best and Most Notable commercial real estate projects and transactions of 2009. The top projects were announced and awards given to the developer, general contractor, architect and broker/teams of each winning project. All of the award winners and honorable mentions were featured within a special award section published within the March/April 2010 issue of AZRE Magazine.


2010 RED Awards Winners & Honorees

Best Education Project:

Winner:

ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovation

Honorable Mention:

Ironwood Hall

Best Hospitality Project:

Winner:

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

Honorable Mention:

aloft Hotel

Best Industrial Project:

Winner:

Rockefeller Group Distribution Center

Honorable Mention:

Spectrum Ridge, Phase I

Best Medical Project:

Winner:

Banner Ironwood Medical Center

Honorable Mention:

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center Tower

Best Multi-Family Project:

Winner:

Grigio Metro

Honorable Mention:

Ninety Degrees Paradise Ridge

Best Office Project:

Winner:

One Central Park East

Honorable Mention:

Orbital Sciences Corp.

Best Public Project:

Winner:

Surprise City Hall

Honorable Mention:

Camelback Ranch Spring Training Facility

Best Retail Project:

Winner:

Scottsdale Quarter

Honorable Mention:

Aspen Place at the Saw Mill

Best Re-Development Project:

Winner:

300 M

Honorable Mention:

Phoenix Country Club Modernization

Best Tenant Improvement Project:

Winner:

Barneys New York Interior Build-Out

Honorable Mention:

Arcadia Gateway Reimaging

Most Challenging Project:

Winner:

Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites

Honorable Mention:

3900 Camelback Center

Most Sustainable Project:

Winner:

Appaloosa Branch Library

Honorable Mention:

Flagstaff Courtyard by Marriott

Developer of the Year:

Winner:

Ryan Companies US Inc.

Architect of the Year:

Winner:

SmithGroup

General Contractor of the Year:

Winner:

McCarthy Building Companies

Brokerage Team of the Year for Leasing:

Winner:

CB Richard Ellis

Brokerage Team of the Year for Sales:

Winner:

Cushman & Wakefield


For information on sponsorship opportunities, corporate tables or attendance, please email events@azbusinessmagazine.com or call (602) 277-6045.


AZRE Magazine March/April 2010