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The Phoenician resort is nestled in the Sonoran Desert, with the breathtaking Camelback Mountain its backdrop. Photo: The Phoenician

The Phoenician offers family-friendly summer luxury

The Phoenician, Arizona’s premier AAA Five Diamond resort destination, and its boutique hotel, The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, are welcoming summer with sizzling rates and signature activities.

Beginning Monday, May 25 through Monday, September 7, 2015, guests of the 250-acre Phoenician can take advantage of the best rates of the year, starting from just $159 per night.  At The Canyon Suites — Arizona’s only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel — a more personalized, intimate experience is available, with guestrooms starting at $219 and suites at $329 per night.  

Visitors to both properties will discover a diverse collection of activities, including Smartphone photography classes, special wine tastings with Arizona’s only Master Sommelier, dive-in movies, Glo at the Pho neon pool parties, Pop! Up movies, animal encounters and the Flight of the Phoenix, a mythological bird of prey show.  Exclusive Canyon Suites offerings are highlighted by culinary and cocktail demonstrations, complimentary Electra bicycles for touring the resort grounds or nearby communities, and a library presenting the latest New York Times best sellers.  

In addition, the two properties combined feature a total of eight spacious pools, full-service cabanas, a 165-foot water slide, the interactive “sprayground,” SURGE, a championship golf course, renowned spa and numerous award-winning restaurants offering select dining specials.

For more information and to make reservations, please call (800) 888-8234 and mention rate plan SUMMER, or visit www.thephoenician.com/offers  or www.canyonsuites.com/offers.

“We had a tremendous response to our summer programming last year, which has translated into even more events, activities and special offerings for 2015,” said Mark Vinciguerra, managing director.  “We look forward to sharing these many memorable experiences with staycationers and visitors alike in the coming months.”

During the summer holiday weekends, entertaining, themed programming and activities will be offered, sponsored by Infiniti on Camelback.   Memorial Day Weekend kicks things off with a Surf’s Up!  Block Party featuring the band Southwest Surfers; along with face painting; a sidewalk chalk art competition; and a Hawaiian shirt contest.  Following a Father’s Day “Weekend Off” event showcasing all things Dads like to do, the Independence Weekend gets under way with – IGNITE.  On Friday, July 3, fireworks on the Casita Lawn will be preceded by a live performance from the band Young Country.   An indoor carnival featuring a Shock Wave Obstacle Course, mechanical bull, a basketball shootout and football throw skill game will highlight the Saturday, July 4, activities.  To wrap up the season, The Phoenician will host “On the Boardwalk” during the Labor Day Weekend with food trucks, rides, a magician and a special concert.

New Spring menu comes to Paul Martin’s American Grill

Paul Martin’s American Grill is celebrating its one-year anniversary in Scottsdale with the rollout of a fresh, new springtime-inspired menu. With a focus on seasonal ingredients, Paul Martin’s is committed to using local produce, sustainable fisheries, free-range and natural meats, artisanal cheeses, and house-infused spirits. To welcome warmer weather, Paul Martin’s has added a dozen new, lighter menu items for lunch, dinner and happy hour, as well as several refreshing cocktail selections.

Paul Martin's Vegetable PastaFor a starter, go for the Salt and Pepper Shrimp ($17) featuring crispy Pacific wild prawns, served with a pesto aioli; or the Chicken Tortilla Soup ($10) topped with avocado, poblano salsa, crispy tortillas and cilantro. Veggie lovers will enjoy the Spring Vegetable Pasta ($19) made with fresh lemon fettuccine tossed with white wine, parmesan and garlic, then topped with a toasted walnut pesto; or the Seared Ahi Salad ($18) accented with snow peas, red onion, daikon sprouts, red peppers and mint in a sesame ginger dressing.


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For a heartier lunch option, try the Turkey Sandwich ($15), with house-smoked turkey, Havarti, tomato, arugula, and pesto aioli on whole wheat. For lunch or dinner, the Hanger Steak ($22 lunch/$24 dinner) is served chimichurri style with fries.


PMAG_222 (2)Additional new dinner selections include the Grilled Lamb Sirloin ($32), served with wild mushroom farro, Bloomsdale spinach and cipolline onions; or the St. Lois-style BBQ Pork Ribs ($25) with slaw and fries. For seafood dishes, try the Linguine and Clams pasta ($24), tossed with la quercia prosciutto and chile flakes, in a white wine, garlic butter sauce; or the Seared Ahi Tuna ($28), served with a salad of bok choy, watermelon radishes and snow peas, in a sesame ginger vinaigrette. Finish the meal with Lemon Crème Brulee ($10) with lemon infused vanilla bean crème, with shortbread cookies.

To complement the new menu items, several craft cocktails were added to the bar menu. A simple, yet powerful cocktail, the Woodford Reserve Spring Splash ($11) features Woodford Reserve Bourbon, and fresh lemon juice on the rocks, garnished with toybox tomatoes and fresh basil. The Fresh Berry Cooler ($11) is a mix of Absolut Vodka, Cointreau, muddled blackberries, fresh lime juice, and sparkling water. A twist on a classic, the American Mule ($11) is shaken with Tito’s Vodka and fresh lime juice, topped with Fever Tree Ginger Beer. A refreshing cocktail for two, the St. Germain Cocktail ($15) features Piper Sonoma Sparkling Wine, St. Germain, and fresh fruit. Explore Paul Martin’s extensive spirits menu with a new Rum Flight ($15) of Pusser’s British Navy 5 year, Appleton Reserve 8 year, and Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva 12 year.

PMAG_244 (2)Paul Martin’s has a generous happy hour daily from 3 to 8 p.m. that features a variety of appetizers and entrees exclusive to this menu. New $9 happy hour options include a Butcher’s Board featuring a selection of local cheeses and artisan salumes; and the Fresh Ahi Poke with cucumber, lime, avocado, onion, cilantro, and crispy wontons. The Fresh Berry Cooler, American Mule, and Woodford Reserve Spring Splash are also offered for $9.

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Helix acquires new Sonoran Corporate Center

Helix, an Arizona-based commercial real estate Investment, Development, Brokerage and Management Company, recently acquired another Scottsdale commercial property, Sonoran Corporate Center Building 5, for $3.93 million.

Located at Princess and Hartford Drive, in Scottsdale, Sonoran Corporate Center includes a 21,064 square foot building. Helix will be converting much of the building to medical and corporate offices for Freedom Pain Hospital who will occupy the entire building. Freedom Pain Hospital operates a 35,000 square foot hospital adjacent to this parcel.

Helix Properties will manage the new acquisition. The property was purchased from CRE Ventures XIX, LLC. The broker for the seller was Brennan Watkins with Realty One Group and the broker for the buyer was Mitchell Stravitz with CBRE Inc.

This marks Helix’ second Scottsdale-area medical/office acquisition in four months.

With expertise in acquisition, construction, development and disposition of millions of square feet of real estate in Arizona and throughout the Southwest, the Helix team has worked in nearly every segment of the commercial real estate industry: office, retail, industrial, land, self-storage multi-family housing, assisted living and medical.


Scottsdale’s Airware Labs expands sales into India

Scottsdale-based Airware Labs Corporation announced 37 Apollo Hospitals and 250 Apollo pharmacy retail outlets across India will now sell Airware Labs’ innovative AIR ALLERGY product. Apollo Pharmacy is the largest retail pharmacy chain in India. Apollo Hospitals, based in Chennai, India, encompass over 10,000 beds across the country. A number of Apollo Hospitals have been among the first in India to receive international healthcare accreditation. Apollo hospitals and pharmacies are a part of the Apollo Group.

Airware Labs’ AIR ALLERGY will be available in retail and hospital-based outlets in the Hyderabad Region, Chennai Region, Mumbai Region, Delhi Region, Kolkata Region and Bangalore Region. According to Airware Labs CEO Jeffrey Rassas, “We are very excited about the opportunity to partner with an organization that is dedicated to giving every citizen in India access to the highest quality of healthcare. Airborne pollutants remain a devastating problem across India. Many people may not realize that New Delhi is now the most polluted city in the world. With air pollution cited as the 5th largest killer in India and more than 30 percent of the population suffering from one or more allergens, our AIR ALLERGY product offers an effective, affordable choice in addressing serious health challenges.”

AIR ALLERGY is a discreet personal filter that features a 3M filtration media to stop allergens as well as a blend of proven, therapeutic premium oils to provide additional antimicrobial protection and symptomatic relief. AIR ALLERGY is part of the line of Airware Labs’ healthcare products that are marketed under the brand name of AIR and include pioneering, over-the-counter consumer products that address airborne bacteria and viruses, allergies, congestion, snoring, insomnia, nausea, headaches, and enhanced sports performance. Unlike external products such as strips, these soft, comfortable, and discreet, latex- and drug-free products fit just inside the nose, utilizing an FDA-approved medical-grade material. Nearly invisible for use anytime and anywhere, the AIR products’ microstructure enhances normal nasal airflow with every breath and is clinically proven to deliver up to 40 percent more oxygen.

The sale of Airware Labs’ AIR ALLERGY product in India marks another step forward in the successful execution of the company’s plan to rapidly grow its domestic and international market penetration through partnerships with leading retail and health locations. “With the ongoing interest in preventive healthcare, our leading-edge products represent effective, affordable choices for consumers. We are delighted by the growth in consumer awareness and adoption of our pioneering products, which we expect will fuel continued growth going forward,” commented Rassas.

Recently, Airware Labs announced a new domestic partnership with Winn Dixie and BI-LO stores across the country. Airware Labs’ products are also available in the U.S. through a number of brick and mortar retail locations including Walgreens, Albertsons, Acme, Shoppers, Shop n’ Save, ACME, and Farm Fresh along with individual distributors in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Online the products are available at a variety of retail sites including Walmart, Walgreen’s, Target, Drugstore.com, CVS, Amazon and Airware Labs.


Angel-inspired artist opens gallery in Scottsdale

Angel-inspired jewelry artist Cheryl Senkfor and dichroic glass artisan Bobby Harr are pooling their creative resources to open The Creating Spot, a contemporary art studio-gallery in Old Town Scottsdale, on Thursday, April 23.

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Cheryl Senkfor

Senkfor says her hand-woven metal jewelry line was inspired by angels after she suffered a traumatic brain hemorrhage in 2003. “I saw three angels,” Senkfor recalled, “who told me I would survive and touch as many people as possible with my creativity.”

She not only survived, but developed fine motor skills that allow her to weave precious metals using the lost art of Viking Knit which dates back to 8th Century Ireland. Last year, she won the Ornamental Jewelry Award at Tempe Festival of the Arts.

“I wasn’t inspired by angels,” admitted Harr, “but do share Cheryl’s desire to teach and give back to the community.” A portion of their proceeds from The Creating Spot will benefit the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona.

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Bobby Harr bobby pin

Harr is self-taught and began his journey into the world of fused and kiln-formed glass art in 1998. His work has been displayed in more than 160 galleries and shops across the U.S. and Canada.

Located between Stetson Drive & Scottsdale Road at 7127 E. 6th Avenue (across the street from Geisha A Go Go and directly behind Photo Fusion), The Creating Spot will offer a variety of hands-on classes including  wire and epoxy-clay jewelry, fused glass art objects and silk painting to “stir souls, ignite minds and open hearts to boldly create,” said Harr.

Senkfor and Harr, who have taught fine arts and crafts to hundreds of students at remote locations across the Valley, will now teach group or private lessons in their own studio.


5 things to do now to get ready for bikini season

Spring break has come and gone and summer now looms on the horizon…and with it that dreaded moment when you’ll find yourself shopping for a bathing suit. Don’t fret, if you act now there’s still time to tighten up before hitting the beach.

Do these 5 things NOW to quickly get yourself into bikini shape…

1. Eat more Veggies: Your mom was right, eating vegetables really is a good idea, especially when preparing to shimmy into a bathing suit. Why? There are a couple of reasons. First, veggies are low in calories and high in fiber, which means that you’re filling up without packing on pounds. Second, the vitamins and minerals in fresh vegetables nourish your body and cut down on cravings.

2. Add five Minutes: Each week, between now and your beach debut, I want you to add 5 minutes to your workouts. Just five more minutes. The slight increase from week to week will hardly be noticeable, but the extra fat burn will pay off nicely. Use these extra five minutes to do intense burst of exercise, such as burpees, squat to presses and walking lunges.

3. Double up on Water: Not only will staying extra hydrated help your skin to have a healthy glow, it will also speed up your fat loss efforts. Most of us are walking around in a state of chronic dehydration, which contributes to fatigue, stubborn weight gain and constipation. By drinking more water throughout the day, and by limiting your intake of caffeinated beverages, you’ll become healthier, more radiant, and sexier in that bikini.

4. Eat low Carb (after 4pm): One of the easiest ways to drop a few inches around your waist before the warm weather hits is to eat low carb after 4pm each day. This means eating dinners that are centered around salads and vegetables rather than breads and pastas. If you simply must have your oatmeal or whole grain bread each day, then eat it for breakfast or lunch and give low carb dinners a try. Don’t forget that sugar counts as carbs, so skip that sugary dessert and try a grapefruit for dessert.

5. Train with Me: If you’re not yet one of my beloved clients, then now is the time. I’d love to get you into beach season shape, and to give you the foundation that will keep you lean and healthy for life. Call or email today and we will get you started this week on an exercise program that will get you back in control of your body.


The 37th annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival winners

The forks and knives were clamoring during a busy week at the latest Scottsdale Culinary Festival, with more than 35,000 people attending this year’s fun food events. But for a select few, they’re leaving with another tasty takeaway: bragging rights, and for some, donations made to their charity of choice. Without further ado, here is the complete list of winners from the 2015 SCF.

Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame

Since 1992, the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame has been tasked with identifying and awarding the state’s best chefs, restaurateurs and beverage masters. Winners receive an Ed Mell-designed trophy, plus a $500 donation to the charitable organization of their choosing.

·       Beverage Master of the Year: Travis Nass (Last Drop at the Hermosa)
·       Chef of the Year: Gio Osso (Virtu)
·       Restaurateur of the Year: Sam Fox (Fox Restaurant Concepts)
·       Lifetime Achievement: In memoriam of Glenn Humphrey (Arizona Culinary Institute)
·       Alex Simons Lifetime Achievement Award: Judy Wolf (Young Arts Arizona)

Burger Battle

In its fourth year, the Burger Battle presented by Leinenkugel was fought in front of a large crowd at Hotel Valley Ho.

zinJudge’s Choice

·       1st Place: Hopdoddy (Primetime Burger: Akaushi Beef patty topped with Brie cheese, truffle aioli, arugula, caramelized onions and steak sauce)
·       2nd Place: Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar (The Mel Brooks: Snake River Farms Kobe beef patty topped with pastrami, shredded cabbage, pickle and a spicy stone ground mustard)
·       3rd Place:  ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho  (Gala Burger with freshly-ground chuck, ménage cheese and baco bacon – Gala apple jam)

People’s Choice

·       1st Place: Aioli Gourmet Burgers (Signature Italiano Slider with fresh mozzarella cheese, tomato, balsamic reduction, crispy pancetta and basil garlic aioli)
·       2nd Place:  ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho (Gala Burger with freshly-ground chuck, ménage cheese and bacon – Gala apple jam)
·       3rd Place: Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse (Bootastic Burger with house-ground beef, smoked bacon and onion jam, artisanal American cheese, dill pickles and secret sauce on a Chompie’s rye bread bun)

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A lucky group of Great Arizona Picnic judges ate their way through the booths to determine the best food, dessert and booth display at the Great Arizona Picnic.

·       Best Food: Sushi Roku, Pork Belly Hanabi
·       Best Dessert: Angelo’s Italian Ice & Gelato, Tiramisu Gelato
·       Best Booth: Blasted Barley “Fun Zone”


Crowdfunding law gives Arizona startups a boost

A bill was introduced at the Arizona State Legislature during the 2015 session and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey that allows entrepreneurs to raise equity for their company from the general public.

The passage of HB2591 allows people to invest and potentially hold stock in companies that raise money through crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

“It’s basically the idea that companies shouldn’t be limited to having just rich people be their investors, and individuals shouldn’t be restricted from investing small amounts of money in companies that they know and love,” said Jonathan Frutkin, a Scottsdale attorney and author of “Equity Crowdfunding: Transforming Customers into Loyal Owners.”

Crowdfunding has become a popular method used by up-start businesses to raise money for product launches or other business ventures. It works by allowing anyone to funnel money into thousands of projects you can find online.

However, concerns over fraud loom over the different crowdfunding websites. Although many remain hesitant to give money to companies electronically, concerns over fraud and embezzlement may be unfounded, Frutkin said.

“When an organization may ask ‘hey, you want to raise money online?’ Give me a copy of your articles of organization, your lease, intellectual properties.’ When you ask those question the fraudsters say, ‘there’s a lot easier ways to steal money that this,’ ” Frutkin explained.

HB2591 was originally introduced to the legislature by Rep. Jeff Weninger, R-Phoenix. The Arizona Small Businesses Association helped write it.

Besides Arizona, 17 other states have passed crowdfunding bills. Frutkin said he expects at least 25 states total to have passed similar bills to HB2591 by the end of 2015.

Only Arizona residents would be allowed to invest in Arizona companies, according to the bill. Investors can donate up to $10,000, while companies can raise up to $2.5 million through crowdfunding campaigns.

Arik Tasa-Bennett, a finance major at Arizona State University, has run his own phone-resale business for several years. Tasa-Bennett said he hopes to become a successful entrepreneur, and sees the potential for future businesses to grow through crowdfunding.

“I think this system could be more efficient than traditional ways of financing a product,” Tasa-Bennett said. “With this idea, where the public can see the product and get an opportunity to invest in it, the advantage is that it brings the product closer to the end-user. That’s the whole goal of marketing. You want to know your consumer as well as possible.”

Said Frutkin: “The ability for the small investors, regular people, to invest $100, $200 in a company they love, a night club or restaurant they go to, that really doesn’t exist now. That’s what the Arizona crowdfunding bill will allow. It will allow Arizona people to invest in Arizona businesses.”

The 2015 DSN Awards Ceremony in Dallas, Texas.

Plexus Worldwide ranked among top direct-selling firms

Scottsdale-based Plexus Worldwide, a leading direct-marketing weight-loss and health-supplement seller that was recently named No. 8 on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies, announced it was named No. 30 on the Direct Selling News (DSN) List of Top 50 Revenue-Generating Companies in Direct Selling within the United States, and No. 56 on its Global 100 list.

The 2015 lists, featured in the June issue of Direct Selling News magazine, represents aggregate revenue of more than $82 billion from companies based in 14 countries. This is the first year where DSN’s Global 100 was also broken out to show the top 50 in North America. 

Last year, Plexus Worldwide rankedNo. 76 on the Global list, again indicating Plexus Worldwide continues its rapid growth within the Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM) and direct selling industry as demonstrated by its rise toNo. 56.   The list states that Plexus Worldwide showed revenues of $310 Million in 2014, compared to $160 Million in 2013. 

“Plexus Worldwide continues to grow at an exceptional rate, and we’re excited to make such a significant jump, up 20 spots, in this year’s DSN Global 100 list top revenue-generating companies,” said Tarl Robinson, CEO of Plexus Worldwide. “Just four years ago, Plexus had revenues of less than one million and in 2014 Plexus surpassed $310 Million. Our growth numbers so far this year in 2015 show even more impressive figures, which we attribute directly to our amazing Ambassadors who continually share their personal success stories leading to our rapid growth.”

“The DSN Global 100 ranking is more than a list of who’s who and what was accomplished in terms of revenue for the prior year,” said John Fleming, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Direct Selling News within its website announcing this year’s winners. “By doing the research and publishing such a list, we spotlight the contributions that the top direct selling companies are making in communities and economies around the world.”

“We continue to see increased numbers each month as more people learn about our incredible products like Plexus Slim, ProBio5, Accelerator+ and many others,” said Alec Clark, Chief Marketing Officer of Plexus Worldwide. “The personal testimonial stories we hear daily from our product users and Ambassadors are awe inspiring, and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this company that is helping improve lives.”

For the third consecutive year, Ada, Michigan-based Amway claimed the No. 1 rank in the DSN Global 100, with $10.8 billion in revenue. Avon, Herbalife, Mary Kay and Vorwerk rounded out the top five on this year’s list.

Plexus recently broke ground on a 70,000 SF national headquarters office building in Scottsdale, which is adjacent to its 30,000 SF warehouse operations center.  Plexus Worldwide currently has more than 200 employees in Arizona and more than 200,000 associates, which it calls Ambassadors, across the United States and Internationally. 

Karen Anderson, a researcher at the Biodesign Institute, started out with about 10,000 possible biomarkers for ovarian cancer.

ASU researchers find potential clues to ovarian cancer

Arizona State University researchers said they have identified three promising biological signals that could help detect ovarian cancer before patients display any symptoms.

Researchers from the Biodesign Institute said identifying the biomarkers – a type of blood-born signal – is another step toward early detection.

ASU’s new study is the first use of high density microarray technology that uses a sample of the patient’s blood to identify biomarkers for ovarian cancer, researchers said.

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths for women, according to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

Doctors generally don’t diagnose the cancer until it’s in the advanced stages, and only 15 percent of ovarian cancer patients are diagnosed early, according to the alliance.

In the U.S., ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynecological cancer “with over 15,000 deaths per year,” said Dr. Kristina Butler, a gynecological oncology specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.

“Ovarian cancer is often detected late in its course, and by the time it is detected, it is too late to really have a big impact,” said Dr. Josh LaBaer, director of ASU’s Biodesign Center for Personalized Diagnostics.

Researchers said the biomarkers can combat that late detection.

Biomarkers are autoantibodies, a type of protein produced by the immune system. These autoantibodies don’t cause the disease. Rather, they act as an early warning system that abnormal proteins produced by cancer are present in the body.

Physicians already use biomarkers to diagnose other diseases. For example, cholesterol tests are biomarkers for heart disease, and blood pressure can indicate hypertension.

The institute, which focuses its research on finding natural solutions to address global challenges in health care, also is researching biomarkers in other cancers, including breast cancer.

Karen Anderson, a researcher at the institute, and LaBaer started out with about 10,000 possible biomarkers for ovarian cancer and after about 10 years of research, they narrowed it down to about a dozen biomarkers.

The institute used the microarray technology to identify three of these autoantibodies as promising biomarker candidates in the new study.

“Now it is time to come up with more serious validation studies to figure out how to put them together in a panel to get a better test,” LaBear said.

Some of the biomarkers discovered by ASU are in the clinical studies phase, and researchers must validate and vet the findings in national studies, Anderson said.

The current tests used for screening for other types of cancer ¬– like mammograms or colonoscopy – are great tools, but they are expensive.

“If we use that as a benchmark for what these tests usually cost,” blood tests can be more cost effective, Anderson said.

Diagnostic tests similar to what the researchers are trying to develop are relatively inexpensive, Anderson said. The molecular test for colon cancer only runs in the several hundred-dollar range.

Photo illustration of model Celina Maas taken at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix by Shavon Rose, AZ Big Media.

Valley surgeon develops alternative to traditional facelift

New research reveals that people in Arizona show signs of aging much faster than other parts of the country. After 20 years of research, renowned Valley-based plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Shapiro has developed a new alternative to the face-lift tailored specifically to each where each individual falls on the aging spectrum. The GENXLIFT™ is a revolutionary new procedure developed by Shapiro that addresses the continuum of aging that begins in the 30’s and continues through the 50’s and the first minimally-invasive procedure of its kind that offers rapid-healing and a less invasive alternative for patients not ready for a ‘full facelift’ or want shorter downtime.  This procedure does not need to be performed in the operating room and can be done as an in office procedure with local anesthesia and oral sedation, making the GENXLIFT™ an ideal alternative to the traditional facelift for Generation X, or people whose birth date fall between 1961 and 1981 and are roughly 33 to 55 years old.

The GENXLIFT™ was created specifically with the Sunbelt population in mind. A board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Daniel Shapiro spent over two years researching and developing the procedure after studying how and when faces age in the desert climate over the course of two decades.

“Living in Arizona, people show significant signs of aging much earlier than in other parts of the country where sun exposure isn’t as prevalent,” said Dr. Daniel Shapiro,a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery with over 22 years of experience,  and creator of the GENXLIFT™. “It’s not uncommon for me to see a ‘Generation X’ patient in their 40’s or 50’s that could benefit from some aspects of a face lift, but not everyone who wants to look younger needs or wants a full face lift. Until now there hasn’t really been a procedure that specifically addresses just the intermittent signs of aging that are different for each person depending on their age, their genetics and other factors,” he said.  “For years, surgeons either turned people at this stage away from their practice entirely or overly plumped them up with Botox and fillers in hopes of bridging the gap yielding less than ideal results. For the first time ever, the  GENXLIFT™ offers a way to address each nuance of your facial aging, and not a one size fits all approach,” he said.

With the GENXLIFT™, Dr. Shapiro’s innovative multi-tiered procedural approach merges the latest anti-aging technology with the most advanced, minimal incision surgical techniques. 

GENXLIFT™ Stage I will focus on the skin changes that occur in the 30’s along with early fat reabsorption.  If needed, non-invasive or minimally invasive neck tightening with fat removal can be coupled. A four-day laser peel is applied to treat changes of sun damage including broken capillaries, enlarged pores and fine lines. Fat transfer to the face would be performed to achieve more youthful volume as needed beneath the eyes, along the cheekbones, around the mouth, along the chin, and into the lips.

GENXLIFT™  Stage II will typically involve a combination of Stage I treatments coupled would be non-invasive or minimally invasive treatment of neck laxity. In this more flexible stage, treatment possibilities can include different modalities involving Ultrasound, laser, or radiofrequency to induce tightening of the skin of the neck and the reduction of fat of the neck. All treatments of Stage II would  amount to approximately7 days of downtime, significantly less than a full facelift.

GENXLIFT™ Stage III will impact advanced signs of aging. Signs of significant cheek laxity, jowl formation and neck laxity are the focus of this stage. It will consist of Stage I treatments, a pro-fractional four-day peel with Fat Transfer plus a Limited Incision Facelift. The Short Scar Facelift would address the cheek, cheekbone, and neck laxity. This minimal incision facelift would result in a total of seven to ten days of downtime, an incredibly rapid-healing alternative to the traditional face lift.

For those who have always wanted to fight facial aging and had reservations regarding facelift surgery, GENXLIFT™ provides the perfect opportunity to get the desired results with minimally invasive procedures that fuse the best in technique and the latest in technology to restore the look of youth.

For more information about Dr. Daniel Shapiro and the GENXLIFT™ visit www.shapiroplasticsurgery.com or call 480.451.1700.

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notMYkid presents Young Philanthropist Award

The bullying began in fourth grade, and grew in the coming years to include verbal, social and cyber bullying. Hailey tried to handle it on her own by keeping everything bottled up inside, but that didn’t work. She tried to stand up for herself, but the voice inside herself told her she wasn’t good enough and that no matter what she did or said that she would still be wrong. Her parents tried to help, and she even told her teachers and the Principal.  That only led to more aggressive bullying at school and online through social media, texting apps, Snapchat, and Instagram. 
Finally, Hailey’s parents learned of notMYkid (pronounced: Not My Kid), a national non-profit organization based in Scottsdale that is focused on empowering and educating youth, families and communities with knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior.  Hailey admits she was scared as she walked into the office with her parents the first time, but by the time she left Hailey says that she finally felt like someone understood her.
notMYkid provided Hailey and her family resources that helped to empower them in getting help. Hailey recalls, “With the help of not-MY-kid, I came through the situation a stronger, and more confident person. Now I can help other kids who maybe going through the same thing I did. I absolutely love working with not-MY-kid.”
Hailey’s positive experience led her to choose notMYkid to be the focus of her Bat Mitzvah project—which is an expectation of each Bar or Bat Mitzvah age child to donate their time and effort towards benefiting others and making the world a better place.  By raising money and awareness for notMYkid, she hoped to help other kids going through the same situation.
notMYkid will be honoring Hailey as the 1st recipient of the Inspiring Young Philanthropists Award during its 2015 Gala: Back to the Boardwalk, which will be held on Friday, April 17 at 6:30pm.
The Gala, which will also celebrate notMYkid’s 15th Anniversary, will be held at the Yard in Tempe located at 149 South Farmer.  Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their retro carnival best.  Event sponsors include First Check, Fox Restaurant Concepts, Crescent Crown Distributing, Oracle Ford, Fry’s Food Stores, Pfizer, Sundance Journey Healing Centers, Spellbinders, Schwartz Insurance, Henkel, Dorrance Family Foundation, Alliance Bank of Arizona and Snapbooth Entertainment.

Tickets starts at $250 with $175 being tax deductible. Please visit www.notmykid.org/gala to RSVP, donate or become a sponsor.   Funds raised help support notMYkid’s mission to inspire positive life choices in youth/teens.


Pink Pony kicks off Summer Crafty Dinner Series

This May through August, Pink Pony in Scottsdale will be kicking off its Summer Crafty Dinner Series.
Each Crafty Dinner will pair craft beer, local spirits and ingredients with Executive Chef, Stephen K. Eldridge’s, playful contemporary comfort cuisine. Each dish on the menus will be custom crafted to specifically partner with each crafty beer or cocktail.
Each meal will be prix fixe and will include multiple courses of individual and family style plates.

The Lineup:
Thursday, May 14, 2015 – SanTan Brewing Company, Chandler, AZ
Thursday, June 4, 2015 – Green Flash Brewing Company, San Diego, CA
Thursday, June 25, 2015 – AZ Bitters Lab, Chandler, AZ
Thursday, August 6, 2015 – Uncle Bear’s Brewery, Phoenix, AZ
Thursday, August 27, 2015 – Rare Beers from Around the Land

Stay tuned for the menus and additional information at www.pinkponyscottsdale.com
If you choose to participate, there will be live campaigns running on social media using these hashtags:

The Contis

Video series teaches kids about cancer diagnosis

The Purple Society, a Scottsdale-based non-profit that supports families during their fight against pediatric cancer, has produced an educational video series about cancer designed to help kids understand their diagnosis.  The first, four-minute video will be distributed to dozens of hospitals nationwide, and utilized when physicians deliver a pediatric cancer diagnosis to a family.

“We’ve been there. We understand the confusion, the fear, the anxiety. We understand it all,” Anthony Conti, founder and president of The Purple Society, said. “Our mission, from the beginning, has been to provide support to families living with pediatric cancer, and to arm them with valuable knowledge. These videos do that.”

The Purple Society is a pediatric cancer support network that utilizes groundbreaking technology to make research and real-time information accessible to anyone. It was born out of the struggle the Conti family experienced during their daughter Nitalia’s battle with and devastating loss to brain cancer. But, it was also born out of the support they received during that turbulent time in their lives.

Nitalia’s younger sisters, Isabella and Aviona, voice the animated series.  Episodes will feature different types of cancers and treatments and present the information in a way that children can understand.

“This series is a powerful tool in helping families understand their options, while also letting them know they will not have to fight pediatric cancer alone,” Conti said. “By partnering with hospitals, this series further extends the reach of The Purple Society. And that’s a good thing.”

The Purple Society was founded in 2011, and has since amassed tens of thousands of followers across its social media networks. Its self-updating clinical trials map receives up to 15 million visits every month, while local chapters continue Nitalia’s mission of comfort and support by delivering meals to oncology units and handmade blankets to children in treatment.

View the first video in the series here: https://vimeo.com/123770981


Troon celebrates 25-year anniversary

Troon,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development, and marketing, recognizes the company’s 25-year anniversary in 2015.

Since its beginnings in 1990 with the management of the iconic Troon North Golf Club, the company has grown to become the industry leader with more than 250 managed courses in 36 states and 27 countries and with international offices in Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia, Dubai and Switzerland. Troon has successfully captured a dominant niche within golf and hospitality, creating partnerships with other industry leaders including its current capital and strategic partner, Kohlberg & Company.

“This marks a very exciting time for Troon as we take a moment to reflect back on the success we’ve experienced the past 25 years and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead,” stated Dana Garmany, Troon’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. “Without having the best in the industry on our team doing incredible work throughout the world, we never would have grown to where we are today. We are truly excited about the next 25 years as we position our strategy for continued growth by delivering successful operations for our clients, and memorable experiences for our guests and members,” added Garmany.

Major accomplishments in Troon’s history include its first international expansion into Australia in 1998, along with its involvement with Turnberry Resort in Scotland the same year. Troon’s international growth continued from that point expanding from 10 domestic facilities to more than 100 by 2007, reaching into parts of Europe, Middle East, and Asia. International expansion continued into Russia and Africa along with parts of North and South America to bring the company where it stands today as the world’s largest third-party golf management company with more than 10,000 employees.

After the recent transaction with Kohlberg & Company, new capital has been infused into Troon, positioning the company for accelerated growth in the golf and hospitality industry. In late 2014, Troon acquired Honours Golf, the premier golf management company in the Southeastern United States. The acquisition added 16 golf courses to the Troon portfolio, located across Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and North Carolina.

A special anniversary issue of Troon Golf & Travel magazine has also been published and distributed across Troon-managed facilities and select newsstands. Throughout the commemorative issue are exclusive stories that take a look back at the company’s early days through the eyes of Chairman and CEO Dana Garmany and the employees who have been with the company since the beginning. Additionally, Tom Weiskopf, who co-designed the first course at Troon North Golf Club (with Jay Morrish), recounts some of his earliest memories of those days as well. A third feature examines Troon from a business perspective, describes the company’s progress through the years via a timeline, and details the top achievements along the way.

During its 25-year history, Troon has earned a reputation for having pristine golf course conditions, personalized member service, outstanding food & beverage experiences and world-class retail offerings at its facilities. This reputation has helped Troon win the loyalty of millions of golfers with 95% of all guests who play at Troon-managed facilities indicating that their experience exceeds their expectations and 97% saying they would not hesitate to recommend Troon courses to others.

Troon’s expertise has grown to span across multiple areas of hospitality, taking its proven services to achieve success in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Within its current portfolio, Troon oversees operations at more than 20 spa facilities, 10 lodging facilities, 35 fitness facilities, 45 tennis facilities and 10 equestrian centers.

Troon’s resources combined with now 25 years of experience operating a myriad of private, daily fee, and resort operations in states and countries all over the world, have given the company the opportunity to develop the strategies and talent that the industry demands today. Combined with its past experience and strategic position for growth, Troon is poised to see its best years still to come.

To celebrate the exciting milestone, Troon has launched a 25-Year Anniversary “Ultimate Golf Vacation Sweepstakes” offer during the month of April. Participants can visit www.Troon25.com to enter to win a three-night stay at The Phoenician Resort for two people, including two rounds for two players at Troon North Golf Club; a round for two players at The Phoenician Golf Club; complimentary Callaway Club Fitting Experience for two people at Troon North Golf Club with a $100 Callaway Gift Card; and dinner for two people at Relish Burger Bistro and Il Terrazzo at The Phoenician.

OutboundEngine is latest techie to lease in Scottsdale

The Phoenix office of JLL has signed OutboundEngine, the 100 percent done-for-you email, social media and content marketing platform, to a new lease at 4110 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Old Town Scottsdale, a market that is becoming increasingly flush with high-tech and internet-related corporate office tenants.

Based in Austin, OutboundEngine specializes in content, email and social media marketing to drive engagement, leads and referrals. The company will use the new location as a regional sales and business development center, and plans to hire 60 employees over the next year.

“Phoenix has a vibrant economy that is attracting a great deal of top talent,” said Branndon Stewart, founder and CEO of OutboundEngine. “As we looked to expand our office and grow our sales team, the Phoenix area seemed like the ideal next step.”

“Scottsdale’s thriving downtown, quality education opportunities and urban lifestyle continues to attract growing companies like OutboundEngine,” said Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “We find that tech companies from across the U.S. are discovering Scottsdale to be the place when they’re looking for a unique, business friendly community to locate and grow their corporate operations.”

“More and more companies are discovering opportunities in the Greater Phoenix region to expand their operations,” said Chris Camacho, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “Mayor Lane and his team, led by Danielle Casey, do a tremendous job emphasizing the benefits of living and working in Scottsdale. And the brokerage team at Jones Lang LaSalle has been pivotal in ensuring companies such as OutboundEngine find the right real estate solution in a thriving community.”

“Projects like the Galleria and Camelback Square are quickly filling with tech tenants looking for the same setting that attracted OutboundEngine,” said JLL Managing Director John Pierson, who represented OutboundEngine along with JLL Associate Trevor Pratt. “When it comes to the ideal mix of dining, entertainment and business synergy, Old Town Scottsdale offers a venue that is difficult to beat.”

Greg Mayer of Cushman and Wakefield represented the project landlord.

OutboundEngine is scheduled to move into its new space, at the corner of Scottsdale and Indian School roads, in April.

Brunch deals make Easter ‘eggs’ hunt easy

Central Bistro
Open 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
3160 E Camelback Rd.

Osio Culinary Group’s Local Bistro and SumoMaya will also be open on Easter Sunday
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Local Bistro
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. SumoMaya

$32 per person
With bottomless bloody marys or mimosas: $45 per person

Includes Fresh Pastries, Bottomless Coffee, Orange Juice, Iced Tea

Choice of:
Stuffed French Toast:  brioche, sweet cream mascarpone, bananas + peanut butter maple syrup
Fried Egg BLT: bacon, lettuce, tomato, roasted tomato mayo
CB Burger: Creekstone beef, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, “sauce”
Veggie Omelette: asparagus, onion, squash, mushroom, zucchini, feta + bell peppers
Egg whites $2
The Standard: 2 eggs any style, sausage, bacon, potatoes
Club: house-smoked turkey, ham, bacon, gruyere, lettuce, oven dried tomato aioli
Classic Benedict: 2 poached eggs, ham, english muffin + hollandaise
Prosciutto Benedict: prosciutto, arugula, oven-dried tomato hollandaise
California Benedict: spinach, avocado, artichoke + lemon thyme hollandaise
Tuna Sashima Salad: sushi grade ahi, marinated vegetables, cilantro, mint, Asian pear
NY Lox & Bagel: smoked salmon, herb cream cheese, red onion, tomatoes + capers
House Made Granola & Yogurt: strawberries, bananas, vanilla yogurt, granola + banana chips
Steak & Eggs: wood-grilled hangar steak, 2 eggs your way + breakfast potatoes

Drink Menu
Bloody Mary’s: Fresh Lemon Juice, Olive Juice, Celery Salt , Worcestershire + Pickled Perfections accutraments: $6
Mimosas: Orange Juice + Champagne: $6
Peach Bellini: White Peach Puree, Champagne + Crème De Framboise: $9
Grapefruit Margarita: Milagro Reposado, Cointreau, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Fresh Lime Juice + Organic Agave Nectar: $9

Kids Menu – 12 and under $10
(includes beverage)
Basket fresh baked pastries
Scrambled Eggs, Bacon + Fruit
Naked Waffle + Fruit

Open 10 a.m.-2p.m.
3603 E. Indian School Rd.

$30 per person/ $10 for children
Course One (please choose one)
Wedge, apples, carrots, pesto, & green goddess
Bone marrow, pimento, N’Duja, & salsa verde
Buttermilk biscuits, fried chicken skins, & honey
Ricotta, walnut, olive oil, honey, & grilled bread

Course Two (please choose one)
Smothered cornbread, sausage gravy, & spigarello
*Add egg for $2
Ham hock, Homeboy hot sauce, & polenta
Hoe cake, syrup braised bacon, & easy egg
Spinach scramble, Iitois, & avocado toast
Mushroom, hash browns, mozzarella, truffle, & easy egg

Course Three
Dolce By Tracy Dempsey

Two Courses – $10 per person
Cheesy risotto
Grilled cheese
Chicken Fingers
Dolce By Tracy Dempsey

J&G Steakhouse
6000 E. Camelback Rd.

$50 per person
Reservations Recommended

1st Course (choose one)
Arugula & Boston lettuce salad, fine herbs, mustard vinaigrette
Sweet pea soup, Parmesan foam
Three cheese ravioli, spring peas and basil

2nd Course (choose one)
Slowly cooked salmon, braised mushrooms, poblano pepper, dill
Marinated filet mignon, creamed basil favas beans
Grilled lamb chops, green chili and mint, sweet pea puree

3rd Course (choose one)
Warm chocolate cake, caramel ice cream
Mango upside down cake, basil ice cream
Vanilla lemon crème brulée

Social Box
1371 N. Alma School Rd.
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Join Social Box for a family-fun day on Easter Sunday!

Social Box Neighborhood Eatery is offering an expanded brunch menu on Sunday, April 5 including ham and cheese omelets, biscuits and gravy, waffles, breakfast burritos with a choice of meat and a fruit bowl. They will also host an Easter egg hunt from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Bistro Du Lac
9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
8320 North Hayden Rd., Suite D-101

Easter Buffet including: Salads, cheese platters, lamb with vegetables, fish stew and an array of other dishes and dessert options.
$18/PP++ children 6-12 Years old
Free for children under 5 years old

Perfect Pear
9 a.m.- 12:00 noon
9845 South Priest Dr. (Tempe)
1241 East Chandler Blvd. (Avondale)

Bottomless Mimosa and choice of frittata and side $22.50
Mimosa options include Fresh Orange Juice, Pear, Peach or Pomegranate

Mimosa special alone:  $13.50

Complete menu online

Los Sombreros
11 a.m.- 4p.m.
2534 N. Scottsdale Rd. (Scottsdale)
14795 N. Northsight Blvd. (Scottsdale)

3 Course Easter Special, includes mimosa or Bloody Mary
(Regular menu available)

Course 1: Pork Pozole
Course 2: Chilaquiles with roasted tomato sauce, chicken topped with an egg. Served with rice and beans.

Course 3: Bailey’s or Kahlua Flan

$24.95/PP ++
$5 split charge will include 2 cups of pozole


T. Cook’s
9 a.m.-3p.m.
5200 E Camelback Rd.

Easter Brunch Menu at T. Cook’s

Prix-fixe menu with your choice of three courses including Frittata, Eggs Benedict, Pink Grouper, Short Rib, French Toast, Arizona Wheat Berry Salad, Carrot Cake, Passion fruit Peeps, Raspberry Frangipane and more.

$75 per person, $25 for children under 12 years old. Does not include tax or gratuity.

18 percent gratuity will be added to parties of six or more; loyalty discount and/or promotions will not be offered.

Reservations are required.

Easter Holiday Buffet
Specialty Holiday Buffet with carving stations will include Herb Crusted NY Strip, Leg of Lamb, Loch Duart Salmon, Chilled Poached Shrimp, Oysters and Crab Claws, Waffle Station, Chocolate Sea Salt Parfait, Banana Coconut Trifles and more.

$65 per person, $20 for children ages 6-12 years old, gratis 5 years or younger. Does not include tax or gratuity.

20 percent will be added to parties of six or more.

Reservations are required.

Brunch: 11 a.m.-3p.m
Dinner: 5 p.m.-10p.m.
4925 N Scottsdale Road

Adults – $60 / pp Includes choice of Bellini/Mimosa/Bloody Mary
Kids (UNDER 12) – $28

Freddo: cold displayed
Colazione :croissants and assorted breakfast breads with butter and preserves
Salmone Affumicato: hot smoked salmon with mini bagels and traditional accompaniments
Insalata di Caprese: fresh cilengine mozzarella, heirloom cherry tomatoes, basil, olive oil and saba
Uova: devilled eggs with truffle mustard, chives, and candied pancetta
Insalata: baby romaine hearts, endive, red radicchio, red onion, cucumbers, and lemon herb dressing
Salumi e Formaggi: assorted artisanal salumi and cheeses
Fruta: assorted fresh berries and fruits
Dolci: assorted mini sweet pastries and tarts

Caldo hot entrée
French Toast: cinnamon brioche with maple syrup and berries
Colazione Salssicia: southwest pork sausages
Pancetta: lightly smoked apple wood bacon
Uova: “cooked to order” eggs and omelets with selection of fresh ingredients
Carne: roasted striploin carving with shallot-mushroom and barolo demi glace
Pesce: baked sole “piccata” with lemon-caper butter sauce
Tartina di Patate: baked “scalloped potatoes” with roasted garlic and parmesan
Vegetale : assorted grilled vegetable platter with fresh herbs

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
10637 N Tatum Blvd. Suite 101 B

$49.00 Per Guest, plus tax & gratuity

Starters, choice of one

House smoked salmon and dill blini
Lemon crème fraiche, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and frisee
Warm strawberry and mascarpone crepe
Cinnamon whipped cream and spring berry sauce
Spring tomato red pepper bisque
Goat cheese crema
Baby field greens and amish blue cheese fritters
Toasted macadamia nuts, grilled peaches and blackberry balsamic vinaigrette
“RAK” Caesar salad with roasted corn relish
Creamy garlic dressing, cilantro pesto and foccacia croutons
Chili seared ahi tuna
Cranberry bean salad, black olives, basil, breakfast radish

Main Courses, choice of one

Easter quiche with roasted chicken, grilled vegetables and aged pecorino
Organic spinach, asparagus and mild red chili sauce
Steak and eggs
Poached eggs on focaccia with wood grilled beef tenderloin
Sweet potato hash and tarragon emulsion
Gulf shrimp and blue crab Benedict
Crisp bacon on focaccia
Apple glazed pork tenderloin
Green chili mac n cheese, agave glazed carrots
Pecan wood grilled leg of lamb with goat cheese polenta
Organic carrots, swiss chard and tarragon jus
Grilled sea bass with sonoran paella
linguica, grilled vegetables, roasted chicken, gulf shrimp and lobster butter sauce
grilled beef tenderloin with wilted organic spinach
spaghetti squash and blue cheese dumplings

Desserts, choice of one

Butterscotch budino with salted carmel sauce
Peppered cream and molasses cookie
Madagascar vanilla bean and ginger crème brûlée
Grilled peach and dark chocolate empanada
Blackberry sauce and caramel ice cream

Pink Pony
9:00 a.m.-close
3831 North Scottsdale Rd.

Champagne Cocktails $8
Local Orange Juice Mimosa
Fresh Berry Bellini
Seasonal Sparkler

Henriot Champagne $25
Half Bottle

Roasted Ham $24
Green Chile & AZ Dairy Jack Potatoes Au Gratin – Braised Swiss Chard
Whole Grain Mustard & Horseradish Ham Jus

Roasted Niman Ranch Prime Rib $32
Mashed Potatoes – Creamy Horse Radish – Seasonal Veggies – Au Jus

French Toast $14
Carrot Cake French Toast – Cream Cheese Glaze – Pure Maple – Bacon

Frittata $12
Roasted Onion & Mushroom – Grana Padana – Arugula – Beer Mustard Vinaigrette  – Pony Home Fries

Organ Stop Pizza
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  (Doors open at 11:15, show starts at 11:45)
1149 E Southern Ave
480-813-5700 ext. 945

ALL YOU CAN EAT PIZZA and Salad, plus unlimited Soft Drinks.
Adult Admission: $12 (includes tax)
Children 9 and under: $10 (includes tax)

Alcoholic beverages and ice cream available for additional charge
Tickets are available online at organstoppizza.com or you can purchase them in the restaurant gift shop.  Advance ticket purchase is REQUIRED, this event SOLD OUT last year!

Coconut’s Fish Café to open new location in Scottsdale

Coconut’s Fish Café is opeing a new location on Shea Boulevard in mid-June. This tasty fish café was founded in 2009 on Maui and local owner Kim Kuhljuergen opened the first mainland location in North Scottsdale in 2013.

Coconut’s newest location will feature an expansive patio, bright and airy interior and the same fresh and healthy menu featuring Mahi Mahi and Ono fish tacos, grilled fish burgers, the infamous “Taco Mountain,” fish pasta and more. Coconut’s new location will be open seven days per week from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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


woman performing yoga pose on wood floor

New fitness studio opens with free yoga

PowerTrainYoga opened its first Arizona location in Scottsdale on Monday, March 30.

The modern 10,000 square foot studio will open its doors to the public with a free month of unlimited access to more than 130 group fitness classes offered each week from March 30 until April 29.

PowerTrain features a mix of workouts including heated and unheated Yoga, Hot Pilates, TRX suspension training, Kettlebells, Barre, Battleropes, Bootcamp, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and more. In an effort to make group fitness more affordable and accessible to people, they will offer unlimited memberships at a competitive rate.

The wide variety of class offerings are geared toward all ages and fitness levels. Aspects of yoga including flexibility and balance are incorporated into every class to promote good health and reduce the risk of injury. This gives members a well-rounded, safe workout with ultimate results.

The facility features a sophisticated environmental control system which monitors the heat, humidity and carbon dioxide levels in each training room. To give members the optimal workout environment, fresh air is pumped into training rooms when needed to increase comfort while reducing fatigue.

“Our goal is to bring group fitness to the community at an affordable price,” said Steve Gregory, PowerTrainYoga CEO. “We want everyone to experience our wide variety of classes, try something new and most importantly, see results.”

With so many classes being offered daily, busy schedules won’t compete with getting in or staying in shape. Members have access to many different class types, giving them a total fitness experience in one location.

PowerTrainYoga is located just north of Thunderbird Rd. on the west side of Scottsdale Road at 14202 N Scottsdale Road #114 Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

For more information, class schedules and details, visit www.powertrainyoga.com or call 805.440.8761.


Boomtown! is latest tech firm to expand to Scottsdale

San Francisco-based Boomtown! is the latest tech company out of California to announce their plans to expand their operations to Scottsdale. Founded in February 2014, the company has continued to grow, and has selected the Greater Phoenix region for its first expansion.

Boomtown! fixes everyday merchant technology problems in real time, providing on-demand installation and support of in-store technology, resulting in reduced business costs, increased revenue and the prevention of lost sales.

“Being a Chicago transplant I’ve had the privilege of watching the evolution of the Phoenix/Scottsdale Start-Up scene over the past four years, all while building a company that was headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area. It’s been exciting to see the likes of Weebly, Zenefits and Apple as they set up shop here and also watch locally grown successes like WebPT, GoDaddy, and Infusionsoft, said Paul Wyer, Boomtown! Head of Operations and co-founder.

“I’ve met some really talented people in the valley that wish they had similar “bay start-up opportunities” and they felt like they had to move to California to get access to those kinds of jobs. I want to keep Arizona talent in Arizona, so we decided to build-out our Boomtown Operations Team here,” Wyer continued. “It’s a ripe location for start-up growth and we get access to eager and technically talented candidates from Valley-based universities and companies.”

Using new age technology, Boomtown! provides merchants with immediate support, remotely though the app. This saves businesses time and money. With more than 350 technicians across the country, Boomtown! is also able to dispatch local technicians to businesses when needed.

“I’m glad to learn that Boomtown has chosen to expand its operations to Scottsdale. We believe our community is a natural fit for vibrant companies who value quality of life as much as the bottom-line,” said Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane.

“Greater Phoenix has a larger base of qualified software workers than any other market in the mountain region, and is poised to grow by 14 percent over the next five years,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “The availability of talent coupled with a competitive operating environment, continues to draw companies like Boomtown! to the region. We look forward to seeing their growth in Scottsdale.”

To learn more about Boomtown!, visit www.goboomtown.com

Beer Palooza returns to WestWorld June 20

The second annual Beer Palooza will take place on June 20 at WestWorld of Scottsdale between 1 and 6 p.m. You’ll find food, yard games, craft beer a beer store and, most importantly, air conditioning.


CRAFT BEER: Over 30 breweries such as Four Peaks, SanTan, O.H.S.O., Sleepy Dog, Oskar Blues, Mudshark, Prescott, New Belgium, Mike Hess, Stone, Nimbus, College Street, Odell, and many more, will be poured.

BEER STORE: Attendees will be able to purchase all of the beer they tasted during the event at SBP’s Beer Store. This is a great opportunity to stock up for the next day’s Father Day party! Leave with six packs, growlers, or single cans/bottles. Attendees can even check their personal growler in at the “growler valet” station!

FOOD: A beer-friendly menu of sausages, pizza, nachos, burgers, and more will be prepared by Chef Michael DeMaria and his M Culinary Concepts. A special appearance by The Mustache Pretzel food truck will round out the offerings.

GAME ZONE: Cornhole, badminton, arm wrestling, giant Connect 4, giant Jenga, and a huge chalk drawing area will keep crowds entertained.

TICKETS: $30 and come with 20 4-ounce samples of beer. ($35 at the gate.) VIP tickets cost $50 and come with 25 4-ounce samples, as well as one hour earlier access to beat the lines and try some special brews only available during the VIP hour. Both ticket levels include a collectible mini-mug. Designated Driver tickets are available for $10 and include two non-alcoholic beverages.

Besides air-conditioning, Scottsdale Beer Palooza is a place for beginners. Craft beer drinkers only account for 7.8% market share of the beer-drinking population. The remaining 92.2% are convertible consumers who are typically intimidated by the “beer nerds” at other more serious craft beer festivals. Scottsdale Beer Palooza is the gateway to craft beer for that 92.2%. We focus on creating a fun, relaxed environment where breweries can convert the regular “six-pack Joe” into an educated craft beer consumer.

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Former White House doctor will speak at healthcare awards

Although she doesn’t, Dr. Connie Mariano could boast about her title as the first Filipino American in history to receive the rank of Navy Rear Admiral. However, when she reflects on her past, this “first” may not seem quite as significant as another first: “the first patient.”

This is how Dr. Mariano, former White House physician, referred to her most important patient: the president of the United States.

Mariano served for nine years as the White House physician under President George H.W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush.

Mariano will be the keynote speaker at Az Business magazine’s Healthcare Leadership Awards dinner and awards ceremony on April 9  at the Arizona Grand Resort. Click here to see a list of the 2015 finalists.

Mariano published a captivating book about her experiences at the White House. The memoir, titled “The White House Doctor: My Patients Were Presidents,” is written in such a way that you feel as if you’re sitting down with Mariano herself, listening to stories about her years caring for the most important patients of her medical career.

Since 2001, Mariano has lived and served people here in the Valley. After four years working as a consultant in the Executive Health Care Program at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Mariano established the Center for Executive Medicine, a medical concierge practice for CEOs and their families. Framed pictures of Mariano being sworn in as Rear Admiral and posing with Presidents and other world leaders adorn the walls of her medical office, furnished to resemble the West Wing of the White House.

While Mariano has spent her life in innovative service to others, she’s not finished yet. Recently, Mariano was nominated and chosen to sit on the board of directors for Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Ever since Mariano’s younger sister came close to death at the age of 3 after accidentally ingesting poisonous liquid, Mariano, who played a vital role in saving her sister’s life, has recognized the importance of quality pediatric care.

Now, a mother of two and a stepmother of two, Mariano continues to see the need for excellent pediatric medicine and as a physician who cares for adults, oftent sees the dangerous effects of unhealthy choices that could have been prevented in childhood.

“As a parent, I can definitely see the importance of (pediatric care),” said Mariano. “But also as a physician who believes in preventative medicine, I think if you can give good care in the pediatrics world, get (children) started with good prevention of disease and good health habits, as well as educate the parents, you’ll have a healthier population.”

When discussing what excited her about the board position with PCH, Mariano said, “The most significant thing was to be part of a great team of people who are really going to make a difference in childcare here in the Valley.”

Mariano looks forward to acting as a liaison between Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the federal government and using the connections she has in Washington to contribute to the growing institution.

“There’s a reason I’m in this position in my life,” Mariano said. “The best thing to do about it is to touch lives.”

With every life she encounters, Mariano asks, “How can I help that life be better?” As a board member for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Mariano will be able to contribute to the betterment of thousands of young lives.


Nautilus Insurance Group announces changes to management

Scottsdale-based Nautilus Insurance Group, comprised of Nautilus Insurance Company (“Nautilus”) and Great Divide Insurance Company (“Great Divide”), member companies of W. R. Berkley Corporation, has announced two changes to the management team of the organization.

Michael J. Kilgas, who has served as Senior Vice President of Claims, will move to a new role as Senior Vice President of Special Projects and Operations, effective March 16, 2015. In this newly created position, Kilgas will oversee multiple projects within the Company, as well as have involvement with driving operational objectives. Kilgas has been with Nautilus since 1987, and has over 37 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Joining Nautilus, in the role of Senior Vice President of Claims, is Thomas Joyce. An accomplished insurance veteran with 30 years of claims industry experience, Joyce holds an ASLI designation and a Bachelor of Science from Northern Arizona University. His expertise in strategic leadership and technical claims skills have made him a recognized leader who is committed to the success of growing organizations.

“Mike has provided Nautilus many years of dedicated service as Senior Vice President of Claims, and I look forward to his leadership in this newly formed role,” said Tom Kuzma, President and CEO of Nautilus. “Additionally, I welcome Thomas to the Nautilus management team and am confident that with his expertise, our Claims Department will continue to reflect the highest industry standards.”

Class-A office space in Scottsdale sold to private investment firm

Laurus Corporation, a U.S.-based private real estate investment and development firm, acquired Canyon Village, a 93,890-square-foot, four-building, institutional quality office park, occupying approximately 5.6 acres in the heart of DC Ranch, a mixed-use development, in North Scottsdale, Arizona. The building is approximately five minutes from the Loop 101 Pima Freeway, the primary Scottsdale access for those living or working in the neighboring communities.

Scottsdale is a submarket of the Phoenix market, the 13th largest metropolitan area in the country. Greater Phoenix has consistently outpaced the U.S. population growth over the last 18 years, with projections indicating the region is expected to grow 58 percent by 2030 reaching 6.3 million people. Forbesmagazine recently named Phoenix as one of the fastest-growing cities in America.

North Scottsdale, located between Phoenix and the McDowell Mountains, is consistently ranked among the nation’s best cities to live and work in and is currently the most actively developed area in Arizona. This submarket also claims many of the most upscale residential developments in the State with homes ranging from $1 million to more than $7 million.

The modern stucco development of Canyon Village features four distinct buildings housing high-end office, retail and restaurant tenants, as well as a 289-car parking garage. All tenants enjoy panoramic views of Metropolitan Phoenix or the majestic McDowell Mountains. Its location in the Scottsdale Airpark submarket places it at the epicenter of robust technology, real estate development, restaurants and business services region. The architectural features establish Canyon Village as a unique trophy property, surrounded by inviting water features and beautifully manicured gardens, boasting an impressive 20-foot high obelisk.

Canyon Village is at the heart of Scottsdale’s most exclusive communities. It sits directly southwest of Sterling at Silverleaf, which offers the most elite households in the area, enjoying stunning views of high desert canyons and a world-class golf course. Canyon Village is also an immediate neighbor of the DC Ranch Village Health Club and Spa, and Silverleaf Club and Spa, both award-winning and top-ranking health clubs.

Scottsdale is the sixth largest city in Arizona, with thriving technology, biomedical, booming tourism and retail sectors. The city of Scottsdale is home to more than 70 resorts and hotels catering to a higher-end market and attracting more than 7.5 million visitors a year providing an economic impact of more than $3.1 billion. Businesses find Scottsdale a great place to thrive.

The Scottsdale Airpark is the second largest employment center in Arizona boasting approximately 48,000 employees in more than 2,000 businesses. The famed Mayo Clinic has one of its three major branches in Scottsdale. The aviation industry has also grown with the construction of the Scottsdale Airport with a combined economic impact of more than $3 billion annually and growing. Major employers include Scottsdale Healthcare, Mayo Clinic, General Dynamics, CVS/Caremark, Go Daddy Group, Vanguard Group, Scottsdale Insurance and Henkel. The broad range of industries provides the foundation for a vibrant economy, and this strong employment base consistently keeps Scottsdale’s unemployment rate well below the metropolitan area.

“Currently 76% leased, Canyon Village presents strong upside potential through current rental rate growth and a unique opportunity to acquire an institutional-quality project in a growing area that is only getting better,” said Andres Szita, Chairman of Laurus Corporation. “The project is particularly desirable as it represents one of only a few opportunities tenants have who are looking for Class-A office space in the northern Scottsdale area.”

“The sought after Scottsdale Airpark has seen some of the most consistent demand for office space in all of Phoenix with four consecutive years of positive net absorption,” said Philip Cyburt, Chief Executive Officer of Laurus Corporation. “As well, this acquisition represented an ideal opportunity to allocate capital from Laurus’ private equity platform, the Ethika Diversified Opportunity Real Estate Fund, we expect that its investors will benefit greatly from this investment.”

Canyon Village is located at the corner of Thompson Peak Parkway and Legacy Boulevard in Scottsdale, Arizona.