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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.

Colliers International completes $3.3M sale of church in Scottsdale

Colliers International in Greater Phoenix recently completed the sale of the Impact Church building in North Scottsdale for $3.3 million or $143 per square foot.

Scottsdale Training Facility Partners LLC of Scottsdale purchased the building, located at 15650 North 83rd Way, from Impact Church of Scottsdale.

Greg Hopley, executive vice president with Colliers International, represented the seller. The buyer’s broker was John Quatrini, associate broker with Shell Commercial Investment Real Estate of Scottsdale.

The 23,000-square-foot commercial flex building was built-out and ready to occupy. It provides existing offices, classrooms, conference room, kitchen, sanctuary and outdoor play area.

“These amenities were important for the buyer as Scottsdale Training Facility Partners provides sales training and motivational speaking for large companies in the U.S. and abroad,” Hopley said.

Constructed in 1999, the building is situated on 1.51 acres or 65,766-square-feet of land on the southwest side of Hayden Road and 84th Street. The property sits just east of the Scottsdale Municipal Airport airstrip.

The building offers lush landscaping, Southwestern architecture, ample parking, private entrances, available building signage and easy access to the Loop 101 via Hayden Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. It is also in walking distance to hotels, restaurants and shopping.

“This excellent location is surrounded by some of the highest demographics in Greater Phoenix,” said Hopley, adding, “This was very significant to the buyer in purchasing this asset for its corporate headquarters.”

The sale was timely for Impact Church of Scottsdale, one of the fastest growing churches in the country, which is building a new facility on the east side of Hayden Road.

“This was a great opportunity for the buyer to purchase a building ready to occupy, and conduct business literally the day after close of escrow,” said Hopley, adding, “It was an absolute win / win transaction for both the buyer and seller.”

 

GPE closes deal on Scottsdale medical office building

GPE Commercial Advisors, one of the oldest privately owned commercial real estate firms in Arizona, secured the sale of a 5,274 SF one-story medical office building located at 7700 East Indian School Road in Scottsdale. The building sold for $975,000 ($185/SF).

Executive Vice President, Julie A. Johnson, CCIM, and Senior Vice President, Alexandra Loye worked on behalf of the seller, 7700 Medical, LLC.. Executive Vice President, Nicholas A. Pelusio, and Senior Vice President, Kevin Helland, worked on behalf of the buyer, Diamondback Commons II, LLC, whom intend to occupy the property for administrative use.

Asked why the buyer acquired the building, Kevin Helland stated: “The building was purchased to permit Diamondback Drugs, a locally-based, rapidly growing veterinary compounding pharmacy; to expand its footprint in the Old Town Scottsdale sub-market.”

Massage Envy Spa ranks #16 on “Fast and Serious” list

Massage Envy Spa, the pioneer and national leader of professional, convenient and affordable massage and spa serviceshas been named to the Franchise Times’ “Fast and Serious” list for the second consecutive year.  This year, the brand was ranked #16 among 40 top growing brands in the country.

“We’re honored to be named among the ‘Fast and Serious’ companies for the second year in a row,” said Joe Luongo, chief operating officer, Massage Envy Spa. “The growth we achieved in 2014 with the opening of our 1,000th location, expanding the brand’s presence into our 49th state, and reaching $1 billion in system-wide sales has given us momentum as we roll into 2015. It’s exciting to see the company recognized in the industry as a successful brand that continues to grow and thrive, while introducing more people to the benefits of massage and facials.”

The Franchise Times’ “Fast and Serious” list is based on a formula that identifies fast-growing franchise systems that also have staying power. Franchise Times developed a proprietary 10-point formula, including percentage of sales growth, percentage of unit growth, dollar sales growth and numerical unit growth over the past three years, with more weight given to acceleration in years two and three. The Franchise Times’ Top 200 plus 300, the annual ranking of the largest franchise systems by revenue, is used as the database for “Fast and Serious.” The team identified companies with system-wide sales above $40 million, the floor for consideration for the listing.

Today, Massage Envy Spa is the largest system of franchised massage clinics in the industry. The company is also the world’s largest employer of licensed/registered massage therapists with more than 25,000 therapists and estheticians providing over 18 million massages a year to a total of more than 1.5 million members.

Over the next several years, Massage Envy Spa plans to continue to grow across the country and is seeking franchisee candidates who have the ability and the desire to learn and follow a system that values customer service and satisfaction. Franchisee candidates should have business sales or management experience, but do not necessarily need to have a massage therapy or spa operations background. They also should possess a minimum net worth of $500,000 and liquid assets of at least $150,000. Depending on the real estate, Massage Envy Spa franchisees can expect their initial investment to range from approximately $412,600 – $938,900, including the franchisee fee.

Those interested in exploring Massage Envy Spa franchising opportunities may visit Massage Envy Spa’s franchising website at MassageEnvyFranchise.com, then select “Request Info”. The assigned representative for the market of interest will respond with next steps.

 

Independence Day Music Festival expanded to two days

Salt River Fields is announcing its Fifth Annual Independence Day Music Festival, expanding it to two days, Friday and Saturday, July 3rd and 4th.
The two day festival features Wilco with Dr. Dog on Friday, July 3; and Little Big Town with Brandy Clark on Saturday, July 4.
Both shows begin at 5:30pm with doors opening at 5pm. Additional bands will be announced.  Following the concert, each evening will end with the metro area’s largest fireworks display.
Tickets on sale Fri., Mar. 6, 10am at www.ticketmaster.com.

 

Partnership brings more EDM to the Valley

It’s going to be an exciting summer for fans of Electronic Dance Music (EDM). Scottsdale’s Talking Stick Resort has entered into a contract with Relentless Beats, a groundbreaking enterprise that’s booked and promoted EDM acts throughout the Valley for nearly two decades.

By teaming up with Relentless Beats, the resort will be able to bring the hottest names in EDM to the resort’s venues. “We’re really excited about expanding our entertainment offerings,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort.

The names of the EDM acts coming to the resort will be released soon. “We are very excited to start bringing world class DJs to Talking Stick Resort this May,” said Ryan Auhl of Relentless Beats. “We look forward to making it one of Arizona’s premier EDM destinations.”

In addition to Electronic Dance Music shows, the resort will host a variety of musical performers this summer. Pool cabanas and daybeds are available for purchase on a first come, first served basis and can be reserved in advance.

For the latest list of acts scheduled to perform visit talkingstickresort.com.

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Scottsdale Massage Envy recognized for rapid growth

Massage Envy Spa, the pioneer and national leader of professional, convenient and affordable massage and spa services, has been named to the Franchise Times’ “Fast and Serious” list for the second consecutive year.  This year, the brand was ranked #16 among 40 top growing brands in the country.

“We’re honored to be named among the ‘Fast and Serious’ companies for the second year in a row,” said Joe Luongo, chief operating officer, Massage Envy Spa. “The growth we achieved in 2014 with the opening of our 1,000th location, expanding the brand’s presence into our 49th state, and reaching $1 billion in system-wide sales has given us momentum as we roll into 2015. It’s exciting to see the company recognized in the industry as a successful brand that continues to grow and thrive, while introducing more people to the benefits of massage and facials.”

The Franchise Times’ “Fast and Serious” list is based on a formula that identifies fast-growing franchise systems that also have staying power. Franchise Times developed a proprietary 10-point formula, including percentage of sales growth, percentage of unit growth, dollar sales growth and numerical unit growth over the past three years, with more weight given to acceleration in years two and three. The Franchise Times’ Top 200 plus 300, the annual ranking of the largest franchise systems by revenue, is used as the database for “Fast and Serious.” The team identified companies with system-wide sales above $40 million, the floor for consideration for the listing.

Today, Massage Envy Spa is the largest system of franchised massage clinics in the industry. The company is also the world’s largest employer of licensed/registered massage therapists with more than 25,000 therapists and estheticians providing over 18 million massages a year to a total of more than 1.5 million members.

Over the next several years, Massage Envy Spa plans to continue to grow across the country and is seeking franchisee candidates who have the ability and the desire to learn and follow a system that values customer service and satisfaction. Franchisee candidates should have business sales or management experience, but do not necessarily need to have a massage therapy or spa operations background. They also should possess a minimum net worth of $500,000 and liquid assets of at least $150,000. Depending on the real estate, Massage Envy Spa franchisees can expect their initial investment to range from approximately $412,600 – $938,900, including the franchisee fee.

Those interested in exploring Massage Envy Spa franchising opportunities may visit Massage Envy Spa’s franchising website at MassageEnvyFranchise.com, then select “Request Info”. The assigned representative for the market of interest will respond with next steps.

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

Plastic surgeons, tourism industry build enhanced partnership

A nip here, a tuck there. A growing number of tourists are traveling to Scottsdale to go under the knife and recover in high-end resorts with top-notch treatment.

Cosmetic surgeons in Scottsdale are attracting patients from all over the United States by partnering with local hotels and resorts to upgrade the recovery experience. Accommodations are made prior to the surgery for guests to recuperate in a resort of their choice, with medical care nearby. Some surgeons say there is untapped potential to capitalize on this trend and create a lucrative partnership.

Doctors say people are traveling to Scottsdale to undergo cosmetic procedures ranging from breast augmentation to facial rejuvenation, with pricetage ranging from $3,000 to $30,000.

“I think Scottsdale is a destination point,” said Dr. Daniel Shapiro, M.D., FACS, of Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Shapiro Skin Klinic. “I think it has a very cosmopolitan reputation and usually larger cities with that discretionary income tend to have reputations for things like plastic surgery. We’re selling a luxury. We are providing the best possible results for somebody, with the best possible experience.”

Shapiro has practiced plastic surgery in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley for more than 22 years. He estimates that as many as 40 percent of his patients are from out of town.

“I think a lot of people are very private about whatever they do (in regards to plastic surgery),” Shapiro said. “It’s a win-win all the way around if somebody can have some improvements and go back home and they just look better. It’s at their discretion whether they want people to know. I think that’s why a lot people go out of town and have plastic surgery done.”

Building the brand

Scottsdale hotels and resorts have seen an increase of 3.2 percent in room occupancy and in 8.8 percent increase in RevPAR (room revenue divided by rooms available), according to Megan Doyle, community affairs manager at the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“Our resorts and hotels are wonderful places in Scottsdale for rest and relaxation,” Doyle said. “I can imagine that anybody recovering from any kind of surgery or simply just needing a vacation can definitely come to one of our resorts and rejuvenate.”

Here’s how Shapiro said the medical tourism industry works in the Valley: After the surgery is completed, the patient and family stay in the clinic’s recovery center for a couple days and are then transferred to a hotel or resort where they will stay for approximately a week to 10 days.
“Whether there is a package deal or not, usually the hotel will basically give revision rates based upon the length of stay,” Shapiro said.

The accommodations depend on what kind of surgery the guest underwent and what his or her needs are. The surgical clinic conducts research based on the patient’s criteria and circumstance. Some special services that are provided are transportation to and from the hotel and clinic, food delivery to hotel rooms, an itinerary for a spouse or significant others while the patient is recovering and an on-call nurse.

“The package varies in terms of what people are looking for,” Shapiro said. “We’re not a deal kind of practice. We’re more of a discriminating kind of taste in population practice. We get what people want and we help them achieve that.”

Working together

Dr. Pablo Prichard is the senior partner at Advanced Aesthetic Associates and has two in-house concierges who work in compliance with local hotels and resorts to schedule patients’ stays. Prichard offers a “fly-in program,” where all of the details are scheduled and calculated prior to the procedure.

“Once they have their consultations and decide to have surgery, they discuss the matters with the surgical concierge, who discusses their stay, hotel, food service, nursing service, and transportation,” Prichard said.

Financially, the clinic and resort work together to find a financial fit for the patient based on what he or she needs for a comfortable recovery.

“We do give the options for resorts that are close to us and in different price ranges,” said Jadie Peck, cosmetic concierge at Advanced Aesthetic Associates, “but we do have some deals with the resorts in the area that we give the options for. That way, they are not paying full-price for these resorts. They are nice. They have the complimentary breakfast and things like that so the patients don’t have to go out.”

Peck emphasizes that recovery will take the same amount of time regardless of where the patient stays, but location can aid in a comfortable convalescence.

“We do try and figure out resorts that are higher end so the clients that we have get more of an upscale feel to their surgery and their overall experience,” Peck said.

The business side

One of Shapiro’s recent out-of-state patients received a thigh lift and stayed at the Doubletree Resort in Scottsdale. The thigh lift surgery cost $17,200, an additional $3,230 went for the operation room and $1,598 for anesthesia. A two-night stay at the recovery center was $1,400 and each additional night at the Doubletree Resort in Scottsdale cost approximately $500 per night.

“One of the things they are saving is time and energy,” Shapiro said. “It’s stressful trying to accommodate all of those things. Some of the deals that hotels will bundle is based upon how many days you are going to stay. You can save hundreds of dollars per night as compared with booking it independently.”

This type of agreement is not unusual in the medical industry. The Mayo Clinic has a corporate room rate agreement with  Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch for special seasonal room rates, according to Ann Lane, senior director of public relations at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch.

The partnership started with clinics reaching out to the hotels and resorts in Scottsdale, due to the needs of their patients undergoing surgery and wanting to stay for an extended vacation to recover.

“(Clinics) started talking to hotels and resorts because we had out-of-town patients coming in,” Peck said. “We started talking to the hotels and working with them to get a mutual agreement going because we did have patients asking for that and we did it in order to accommodate the patients.”

Shapiro and Prichard both agree that it is a collaborative effort between the clinics and resorts to make a patient’s stay exactly what he or she wants and to recover successfully.

“Collaborative efforts with hotels is important, because a hotel can co-market a surgeon and the surgeon can co-market the hotel on their various websites,” Prichard said. “Co-marketing on a lot of different fronts helps with patients being aware that this is a possibility in that they don’t have to be restricted in one part of the country. They do have wide opportunities to go anywhere they want.”

The increase in the medical tourism industry shows great opportunity for the surgical facilities and resorts in Arizona to work together.

“I think it would be nice if the City of Scottsdale or the Chamber of Commerce would somehow get together with professional organizations and plastic surgeons and have a meet and greet with them and come up with an idea of how they can help each other in terms of public relations, package deals and any kind of incentives,” Shapiro said. “It is not only the traveling and lodging patients are paying for, there is money to spend in recreational activities, such as golfing and shopping. It’s good for business all the way around.”

March at the Food Truck Caravan Scottsdale

The Food Truck Caravan, which is held every Saturday night from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the NW corner of 5th Ave. and Goldwater in Scottsdale, has an announced its delicious March line-up.

March 7 lineup includes: Buzz N Bee, Affogato, Best Dressed, Grilled Cheese TruckSweet Magnolia, Roadriggers, SuperFarm SuperTruck and Udder Delights. The Caravan Café will feature Sugar Jam Cookies and Chocolade Van Brugge.

Special Feature: The Nail Studio Wall by Sally Beauty Supply will host a truck tour at Food Truck Caravan offering FREE mini manicures while showcasing the features of the new in store Nail Studio Wall.  The truck will display a replica of the 12-foot wall with over 750 nail polishes, two professional manicurists and a DIY station for women to experience the latest nail tools and treatments from Sally Beauty Supply. It’s the perfect way to spend Girls Night Out! Grab your friends and head over to Food Truck Caravan for the best street food, live music and manicures! 

March 14 lineup includes: Buzz N Bee, Triple Dot, Aioli Burger, Best Dressed, Burgers Amore, Roadriggers, and Saffron JAK.  The Caravan Café will feature Go Coffee and Sugar Jam Cookies.

March 21 lineup includes: Affogato, Aioli Burger, Frank’s, Grilled Cheese Truck, Roadriggers, Nicastro Wood Fire Pizza, Queso Good, Roasted Shallot, Rooster Kountry Kitchen, Lobster Lady, Buzz N Bee, SuperFarm SuperTruck and Udder Delights.  The Caravan Café will feature Sugar Jam Cookies andChocolade Van Brugge.

March 28 lineup includes: Buzz N Bee, Triple Dot, Aioli Burger, Frank’s, Sweet Magnolia, Nicastro Wood Fire Pizza, Queso Good, Satay Hut and YataiRamen.  The Caravan Café will feature Go Coffee and Sugar Jam Cookies.

Caravan Cafe is our new open air market serving specialty coffee drinks and gourmet pastry and desserts from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.  We have live music, bistro style seating and heaters each week.

Other Happenings:

Caravaner’s can reserve an exquisite tent designed and sit back and enjoy the evening as a local chef takes you through a five course culinary adventure. The décor in the Mirage Tent is Moroccan themed with comfortable seating, posh pillows, blankets and lighting. The Mirage Tent rents for $100 and up.

The Pharaoh Tent is another exquisite tent that guests can rent for private parties.  It’s decorated with comfortable seating, posh pillows, blankets and lighting and can be reserve for groups of 6-10 people.  For $200.00 a night, you get a private place to sit, gourmet fruit bowl and herb infused water.   To reserve either tent, call Lori Baker at 480.251.1769.

Networking groups and large private parties can make reservations to attend any Food Truck Caravan.

 

Scottsdale’s SouthBridge Italian Festival returns

Scottsdale’s SouthBridge is going to transform again into an Italian “piazza” on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, 2015. The celebration will begin Saturday afternoon with Italian music, Italian wine tastings and delicious Italian bites from over ten local Italian bistros. Visitors can stroll along the exhibits while shopping for hand crafted items, products and enjoy the different types of Italian food and wine. The two-day event will also feature different cooking demonstrations and “all you can eat” competitions.

 WHO:   The Italian Association

 WHAT: The second annual Italian Festival of Arizona is a two-day show celebrating Italian culture, food, music, arts, fashion and commerce. Visitors will enjoy authentic Italian cuisine, dancing and live music from the Italian folk group La Ziarella from Benevento, a city in the Campania region of Italy. Experience Italian culture and purchase Italian hand crafted items from a variety of vendors.

WHENSaturday, March 21, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: SouthBridge in Old Town Scottsdale

COST$10 Entrance fee. Children under 12, Veterans and Italian Association members free.

Open to the public, for more event details visit: http://italianassociation.org or https://www.facebook.com/italianassociation.

For more information about the Italian Festival, interested restaurants, vendors and sponsors can contact the Italian Association at 480-745-7020 or email info@ItalianAssociation.org.

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ACG names finalists for ‘Deal of the Year’

Three finalists have been named for an award recognizing the most significant mergers and acquisitions transactions in Arizona.

The “Deal of the Year” is an award given by the Arizona Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) to recognize a company or private equity firm for their accomplishments regarding a merger, acquisition or capital market transaction.  The award will recognize a deal/transaction in the Arizona marketplace involving established businesses with between $10 million and $750 million of revenue that closed in calendar year 2014.

The three finalists for the award are:

• Vonage’s purchase of Scottsdale-based Telesphere Networks in a $114 million transaction. 

• Merz Pharma’s purchase of Mesa-based Ulthera, Inc. in a $600 million transaction. 

• Evergreen Pacific Partners’ purchase of Phoenix-based Vantage Mobility in a transaction valued between $50 million and $100 million (exact amount not disclosed for confidentiality reasons).

The Deal of the Year Award will be given out on March 10 at a dinner at the Arizona Biltmore. The ACG signature event begins with a networking session at 5 p.m. and culminates with the award presentation starting at 6:45 p.m.

“The three transactions nominated for Deal of the Year are ones that helped drive Arizona’s economy in 2014,” said Sanat Patel, Board President for ACG-Arizona. “These transactions have a profound effect on our economy, and this award is a recognition of the individuals and companies that were involved in helping move our state and our region forward.”

 

The award criteria are:

·       Deal-making that either created or demonstrates a real potential for substantial return on investment

·       Deal-making that evidences the unlocking of value and/or contribution to the strategic development of the business

·       Deal-making that produces a wider business impact, such as the development of new markets, products, services and/or technologies and the creation or retention of quality employment opportunities in Arizona

·       Deal-making that reflects a high level of professional expertise in the design of the transaction and tested creativity and deal-making skills in completing the transaction

·       At least one company involved in the transaction must be headquartered or have a majority of its operations in Arizona

Tickets for the March 10 event are available for $135 for ACG members and $155 for ACG non-members if purchased by midnight on March 3, and $155 for members and $175 for non-members after the 3rd. They may be purchased by visiting www.acg.org/arizona or calling 602-448-3981 or e-mailing acgarizona@acg.org

Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) is a global association for professionals involved in corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions. Today ACG stands at more than 14,000 members from corporations, private equity, finance, and professional service firms representing Fortune 500, Fortune 1000, FTSE 100, and mid-market companies in 56 chapters in North America, Europe, and Asia. The Arizona chapter of ACG includes representatives from corporate investment and private equity groups, financiers, venture capitalists and supporting consultant services. For more information, visit www.acg.org/arizona

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Baseball City brings stars to Scottsdale

The City of Scottsdale and Baseball City, have announced an impressive list of Baseball Legends, All-Stars, Hall of Famers and Current Major League Baseball Players joining the premier FanFest happening Saturday and Sunday, March 7th and 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the heart of Spring Training at the Scottsdale Civic Center.

The 2015 Baseball City line-up includes:        

Michael Brantley – Cleveland Indians

Billy Butler – Oakland Athletics

Steve Garvey – Los Angeles Dodgers & San Diego Padres Legend

Wily Peralta – Milwaukee Brewers

Scott Kazmir – Oakland Athletics

Ferguson Jenkins – Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer

Bill Buckner – Boston Red Sox Legend

Yangervis Solarte – San Diego Padres

Mike Aviles – Cleveland Indians

Arismendy Alcantara – Chicago Cubs

Melky Cabrera – Chicago White Sox

Orlando Cepeda – San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer

Aaron Hill – Arizona Diamondbacks

AJ Pollock – Arizona Diamondbacks

Andre Susac – San Francisco Giants

Tyler Matzek – Colorado Rockies

Sean Newcomb – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Archie Bradley – Arizona Diamondbacks

Baseball City, presented by the City of Scottsdale and Scottsdale CVB serves as the symbolic kick-off to Arizona Spring Training and is the premier, largest and only interactive FanFest around Spring Training. Admission is FREE and this year the interactive FanFest will be located in Scottsdale’s Civic Center, just minutes from the spring training homes of the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and several other teams.

Come and swing for the fences, test out the newest baseball products and meet Hall of Famers and All-Stars, the ultimate baseball fan experience!

Now through Thursday, March 5th at midnight score an activity bracelet in-advance for just $7 at Baseballcityexperience.com. Activity Wristbands can be purchased on-site for $10.

“If you love baseball as much as we do, then Baseball City will be your paradise for two action packed days come March,” said Michael Principe, CEO of The Legacy Agency.  “From meeting your favorite baseball stars, to the hands-on action, the excitement doesn’t stop and we have it all, including free contests and giveaways all day long at Baseball City.” 

Baseball City offers something for every baseball fan, including numerous activities and interactive elements to ensure a hands-on baseball experience. Check out Baseball City Field surrounded by a number of interactive games like speed pitch, professional batting cages, running the bases competition and lil’ sluggers.

Baseball City is also proud to announce its partnership with the Arizona SciTech Festival. From weighted bats to curveballs, the Science of Baseball presented by Arizona SciTech Festival brings unique partnerships with Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Midwestern Scientists to engage the public in hands on opportunities with the science behind sports.

Some of the Baseball City Highlights:

  • Clinics and panel discussions with current and former baseball stars
  • Fans can take a swing for the fences on the Baseball City Field
  • Test your base running abilities at the Running the Bases Competition
  • How hard can you throw? Find out at the Speed Pitch Competition
  • Kids will give it all they can at the Lil’ Sluggers Field
  • Check out some of the newest baseball products and gear
  • Player photo opportunities
  • Free contests and giveaways all day long!

In 2014, Baseball City partnered with the MLB Network to broadcast, MLB Tonight on site. MLB’s signature show joined some 6,500 fans participating in all of the action and aired the clips from the event on the show. It allowed Baseball City to reach more than 71 million subscribers nationally.  

More information on the event can be found at www.baseballcityexperience.com.  

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WestWorld hosts first Scottsdale Home & Travel Show

Are you looking for ways to turn your house into your dream home? Or are you dreaming of finding that ideal getaway that’s the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation? This weekend, you’ll be able to do both with one stop.

AZ Big Media will debut the first Scottsdale Home & Travel Show March 28-29 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. This annual weekend event will showcase hundreds of companies offering thousands of products and services for your home and travel adventures.

The Scottsdale Home & Travel Show offers hundreds of home products and services for homeowners of all varieties; from the do-it-yourself remodeler, to homeowners working on a new build. Attendees will be able to take advantage of special discounts and deals from professional vendors.

WHAT: The Scottsdale Home & Travel Show will feature an abundance of home-related items and vendors for any home or remodeling project, as well as ideas and deals to make your travel dreams come true.

WHEN: Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 29 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: WestWorld of Scottsdale (16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260)

TICKETS: Free tickets at http://exposaz.com/tickets

The Home Furnishing & Design Show will debut March 28-29, 2015, at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

Get free tickets for Home Furnishing & Design Show

AZ Big Media is preparing to host Scottsdale’s biggest home furnishings and design show.

“The Home Furnishing & Design Show will feature the very best Arizona has to offer,” said Mike Atkinson, president and CEO of AZ Big Media. “Homeowners are going to see the newest and highest-quality items, unique countertops and floors and meet upscale designers that will help them create their dream homes.”

The Home Furnishing & Design Show will debut March 28-29, 2015, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 29. Tickets are $5 at the door or you can click here to get free tickets. This annual weekend event will showcase the best of Arizona’s home furnishing and interior design industry and will be open to the general public.

The Arizona North Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the Arizona Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) and Creative Designer magazine are sponsors of the inaugural Home Furnishings & Design Show, which will be held in the award-winning Tony Nelssen Center at WestWorld.

Hand selecting only top-of-the-line exhibitors to participate, the Home Furnishings & Design Show will strategically target the luxury home buyer market, showcasing hundreds of home furnishings, materials and professional services in the only show of its kind in the Southwest. The Home Furnishing & Design Show will feature valet parking, upscale food and beverages and seminars for both the public and design professionals.

All exhibit spaces will be reserved for high-end designers and retailers, trade showrooms and professional service providers. The Home Furnishings & Design Show will raise awareness for professional interior design and products not always available to the public. ASID and IFDA will serve as ambassadors for the show and also facilitate seminars and an “ask the professional” program.

For more information or to get the latest information about the show, call (602) 277-6045 or visit http://exposaz.com/.

OdySea will break ground March 5

McCarthy Building Companies will break ground at 5 p.m. March 5, 2015, on the OdySea Aquarium, which will be located adjacent to Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale. The groundbreaking celebration has been organized by OdySea founders Amram Knishinsky, Ph.D., and Martin Pollack and also involves the facility designer Deutsch Architecture Group.

Poised to be one of Arizona’s premiere attractions, the OdySea Aquarium will offer unrivaled marine adventures with a high-tech, high-entertainment, oceanic educational journey. The 14-acre attraction that spans more than 200,000 sq. ft., is a three-level facility designed to accommodate up to 15,000 visitors daily. Revolutionary design features will move visitors to each level via an acrylic tunnel while viewing some of the mostfascinating animals of rivers and oceans in the world from the bayous and coral reefs to deep abysses of fresh water and salt water.  A sampling of the planned exhibits includes Rivers of the World, American Rivers, Amazon Rivers, Shores, the Great Barrier Reef, Penguins, Sharks, Red Panda and “the Bizarre & the Beautiful” featuring Jellyfish, Octopus, large King Crabs and Seahorses. The facility will also include a Lighthouse Café serving a full menu and light snacks, and the OdySea Treasures Gift Shop.

Among some of the unparalleled features will be the SeaTREK experience that will allow guests to descend deep into the “ocean” where they will be surrounded by sea life on all sides. There will also be a state-of-the-art 3D theater and “a surprise visitor’s experience that has never been accomplished in any aquarium in the world,” Knishinsky said.

“This project involves large-scale aquatic displays and will be a great educational resource and entertainment destination once completed,” said Jim Brandt, project director for McCarthy. “We look forward to building the aquarium, which is destined to become a community treasure.”

The OdySea Aquarium is slated to open summer 2016. It will be both a for-profit facility employing more than 250 individuals while its 501c3 non-profit foundation will administer educational programs and services.  For more information call OdySea Aquarium LLC at

480-951-2100 or visit www.odyseaaquarium.com

 

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Identi-Kit Solutions releases new facial composite software

Identi-Kit® 7 HD software is the most advanced facial composite sketch solution and represents a major improvement in features and functions.

  • Intuitively designed interface includes a wizard to create an initial draft sketch on the expanded workspace.
  • Changes to a facial feature can be previewed on the browser bar feature, which can be scaled to view from two thumbnails to 32 thumbnails on larger displays.
  • Expanded suite of editing tools that improves flexibility for more accurate sketches.
  • 200 dpi high definition facial feature library with 70% more features than previous versions for amazingly sharp composites.
  • Export sketches to Microsoft Word® to create customized bulletins for distribution via fax, email, website or social media.

“To expand the facial feature library, we took head shot photos of hundreds of people and edited each face for their individual features,” said Paul Wright, president of the Scottsdale-based company. “Since the new images were all being processed in 200 dpi high def, we started to explore the idea of remastering the older images in high def. Working with professional photo labs to reprocess every one of the legacy library images from their original photo, some of which dated back to the early 1960s, we now have a completely remastered image library that is 200% sharper and has nearly twice the number of facial components of the previous version.”

Technical support and training will also receive upgrades in support of the new application. One new feature is the Training Portal with a library of short self-help videos that users can access directly from the app. Identi-Kit will also resume the presentation of live hosted webinars where users can earn certification on the software. More than 1100 students have attended certification training classes over the past decade.

Twisted Root Parlor opens next week in Scottsdale

Serving modern, approachable new American cuisine with plenty of local flare, Twisted Root Parlor + Bar is set to become Scottsdale’s favorite new hangout when it opens on March 1, 2015.  The newest restaurant concept from Common Ground Culinary, a restaurant development company founded by Christopher Collins that includes staple neighborhood brands like Grassroots Kitchen & Tap and Wally’s American Pub ‘n Grille, Twisted Root stands as the cool millennial in the family – balanced, casual, and likes to hang out all day.  Located at the NW corner of Hayden Road and Via de Ventura, Twisted Root joins it’s culinary sibling Grassroots inside the Village at Hayden shopping center (8220 N. Hayden Rd. Scottsdale AZ 85258, 480.699.0811).

Housed inside a stylish industrial space accented with colorful artwork, including a massive vintage Hobart mixer, Twisted Root is the perfect spot to sip and savor an expansive collection of craft beers and handmade cocktails, and nosh well into the night.  Offering a compact yet cravable all-day menu seven days a week, guests are invited to cozy up at one of the three community tables, sink into an oversized booth, or soak in some fun in the sun on the spacious outdoor patio featuring a massive brick fireplace and an eclectic collection of brightly colored, cozy chairs. From the stained concrete floors and cream painted walls accented with alder wood and bands of rolled steel, there’s nothing fussy about this striking indoor-outdoor space. Even the glassware is all stem-free. That said, there are plenty of fun, light-hearted accents, including one wall painted with old school bicycle blueprints and another duded up with wallpaper designed by Mike D of The Beastie Boys.  There are even two large, digitally equipped banquet rooms to handle an array of private or semi-private event needs.

The menu, designed for everyday affordability, runs the American culinary gamut with modern takes on classics.  “We wanted Twisted Root to be the dependable, staple spot in your mental rolodex, the sort of place you can visit several times a week and always find something fun to eat or drink,” says owner, Christopher Collins.  At Twisted Root, this means sharable small plates such as $9 pepper-glazed goat cheese, served gratin style with spicy tomato jam, peppadew peppers and buttermilk crackers, the signature $11 Twisted oysters, which are broiled and paired with creamed spinach and béarnaise sauce, or build-your-own bruschetta boards. Dig into five different sandwiches such as the $12 Topher’s tri tip, shaved thin and topped with melty gruyere and steak aioli, or fork a farm-fresh salad such as the ‘deconstructed’ $12 Sunny cobb, perked up with crispy pancetta and toasted pecans. Finally, for heartier appetites Twisted offers five varieties of stone oven flatbread, including the $11 angry bird (goat cheese, pulled chicken, sweet corn, angry sauce, basil) and nine delicious entrées such as $18 airline chicken & proscuitto with skin-on breast, Borsin cheese, basil, jus redux and glazed baby carrots.  Perhaps best of all, the restaurant will feature a special Twisted Hour menu featuring food & drink specials daily from 3 – 6 pm daily.

 

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Intravest Title adds sixth Arizona location

Intravest Title Agency, Inc. has officially secured its sixth location: the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) new headquarters. The title company has been rapidly expanding since March 2014 and was chosen by SAAR to be one of only four carefully selected tenants to join its new building. Intravest Title is one of the premier title and escrow companies in the state and has grown from four employees to more than 40 in the past 11 months and has captured a top 25 market share ranking.

“We are excited to open our new office and give more of the Valley’s top escrow officers the opportunity to join our team,” said Dylan King, CEO/President of Intravest Title. “We strive to be a great place to work and put a real premium on maintaining a family culture and providing a true work-life balance for all of our employees.”

Intravest Title offers employees the perks of corporate America while still encouraging quality of life. The company boasts a proven sales team that is dedicated to building each escrow officers’ client base and an executive leadership team that truly values each employee and their ideas. Employees are provided with the latest technology, up-to-date training and administrative support to ensure their continuing success.

The new Scottsdale office joins the existing Camelback Corridor, North Phoenix, Peoria, Tempe and Prescott locations. SAAR will be hosting a grand opening for its new building on February 26. Stop by the Intravest Office if you are interested in learning more. For more information about Intravest Title or to inquire about employment opportunities, contact Dylan King at 602-300-9969 or via email at dking@intravesttitle.com.

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Scottsdale’s Foosia announces new happy hour menu

Foosia – Asia Fresh, Scottsdale’s fast, fresh and healthy alternative to casual dining, announces its new Happy Hour menu with specials every day of the week.

From 3 – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday guests can take part in Foosia’s Beer For A Buck! promotion. For every bowl purchased, they’ll get any beer for only $1.

Foosia features premium imports, domestics and I.P.A. beers. Imports include Asahi Select, Hinano, Lucky Buddha, Stella Artois, Tiger, and Tsing Tao. Domestic beers include Bud Light and Coors Light. And, its featured I.P.A. is Hop Shock.

On Saturdays anytime from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., guests can enjoy Sake Saturdays where they’ll get any sake featured on Foosia’s menu for only $5. Foosia’s signature sake selection normally ranges from $10 – $12 each.

The restaurant features both domestic and imported chilled sake’s including Gekkeikan Zipang Sparkling Sake (Japan), Gekkeikan Nama Draft (USA), Momkawa Diamond Jumai Ginjo (USA), Shimazu-No-Mai, Pure Dawn, Junmai Ginjo (Japan), Fudo Myoo Nigori (Japan), and Moonstone Coconut Lemongrass (USA)

And on Sundays anytime between 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., guests can enjoy Foosia’s Lazy Sundays promotion and enjoy all featured wine for half off. Foosia’s signature wines by the glass are normally $15 each.

Foosia’s white wine selection includes Murphy Goode, Fume Blanc – North Coast, CA, The Crossings, Sauvignon Blanc – Marlborough, NZ, Cambria, ‘Katherine’s Vineyard’ Chardonnay – Santa Maria Valley, CA.

Red wines include Carmel Road Pinot Noir – Monterey, CA, J Lohr ‘Seven Oaks’ Cabernet Sauvignon – Paso Robles, CA, and Matanzas Creek Merlot – Sonoma, CA.

The OH Pool Bar + Cabanas at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale.

Hotel Valley Ho anchors Cactus League experience

Original Hotel Valley Ho owner Robert Foehl, Ted Williams and Bob Feller.

Original Hotel Valley Ho owner Robert Foehl, Ted Williams and Bob Feller.

To truly embrace Arizona’s spring training experience you need to start with an anchor. For Cactus League baseball fans, there may be no better anchor than the retro-chic Hotel Valley Ho in Downtown Scottsdale.

The hotel has hosted Baseball Hall of Famers Ted Williams, Bob Feller, Ferguson Jenkins, George Brett, Rickey Henderson and Leo Durocher. More recently, the Hotel Valley Ho has been the spring training home to Tim Lincecum, Ryan Howard, Coco Crisp, Ichirio Suzuki, Barry Zito and Hideki Matsui, to name just a few.

But beyond the baseball history, the Hotel Valley Ho is centrally located with easy access to all spring training facilities in the valley, features some rooms equipped with kitchens and all rooms have access to the hotel’s amazing OH Pool Bar + Cabanas.

The hotel really hits a home run with baseball fans by offering a Spring Training Weekday Savings special. The special is valid Sundays to Wednesdays through March 31 and includes 15 percent off the best available room rate, a welcome amenity and two drinks upon arrival. Click here to make reservations or call 866-882-4484.

For a complete guide to every Cactus League team and stadium, check out the digital issue of Play Ball magazine.

STAYING CLOSE TO SCOTTSDALE?

If you’re staying at the Hotel Valley Ho or somewhere else in Scottsdale, here are some of the best hotspots to make your Spring Training game day complete:

SOL Mexican Cocina

Located at the Scottsdale Quarter, SOL Mexican Cocina’s patio is the ideal place to sit back, relax and sip on a margarita before or after a day at the ballpark. The restaurant’s menu features Executive Chef Deborah Schneider’s bold, modern interpretations of traditional Coastal Mexican cuisine with a focus on fresh, sustainable ingredients. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Monday you can stop by for SOL’s happy hour. Try some of the restaurant’s baja inspired dishes or refreshing margaritas at a discounted price. SOL is located at 15323 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254. For more information, visit www.solcocina.com.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Old Town

Enjoy your favorite pizza while you soak up the Desert sun and spring breeze. Each of Grimaldi’s eight Arizona locations has a distinct patio. So if you’re in the mood for pizza and a cannoli or just want to enjoy a glass of vino or beer, Grimaldi’s in Old Town is a perfect place to unwind after a game. Grimaldi’s in Scottsdale is located at 4000 North Scottsdale Rd. Ste. 105. For more information, visit www.grimaldispizzeria.com.

Kelly’s at SouthBridge

To enjoy the cool weather and feel the awesome Old Town atmosphere, hit Kelly’s at SouthBridge before or after your spring training game. It’s the perfect place for some pre/post game day drinks. Join them on Wednesdays for their live music on the patio after 5 p.m. Located on Sixth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, the 8,000 square foot upscale restaurant offers traditional pub classics mixed with exceptional modern cuisine and the perfect laid back atmosphere. Kelly’s is located at 7117 E 6th Avenue, in Scottsdale. For more information, visit www.kellysatsouthbridge.com.

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Save some money before you hit the game with those ballpark prices and enjoy specials on their “Hoppy Hour” menu throughout the week. The dishes range in price from $2 to $5 and are offered daily. Visit their Scottsdale location at 7077 E. Bell Rd or try out their Paradise Valley location at 4731 E. Cactus Rd. www.tiltedkilt.com.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

Scottsdale’s newest dining addition, Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill, opened in February at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Hail a golf cart to take you to the games from the comfort of their 1,500 square foot patio. Enjoy happy hour, seven days a week from 3:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m. & again from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Choose from $4 featured pints, house margaritas, well drinks and featured wine. There’s even a $3.95-$5.95 food menu. The venue is located at 7014 East Camelback Road Suite 1423, in Scottsdale. For more information, visit thirstyliongastropub.com/scottsdale.

HEADING WEST?

From March 3 through April 4, baseball reigns supreme in the West Valley with five ballparks hosting more than half of the MLB teams in the Cactus League. If you’re heading toward the West Valley to check out spring training game, Westgate Entertainment District is the hub of activity for baseball fans looking to grab a bite, a few beers and sweet treats or enjoy live music and a little shopping before or after the game.

All season long, fans are encouraged to show their ticket stub to take advantage of the many deals offered by Westgate tenants including:

Saddle Ranch Chop House

20 percent discount on total food bill. Does not apply to happy hour.

http://www.srrestaurants.com/glendale, 623-889-7770

McFadden’s

20 percent discount on total bill.

http://www.mcfaddensglendale.com, 623-872-0010

Just Sports

20 percent discount on one regular-priced item.

www.justsportsaz.com, 623-872-9490

Calico Jack’s Mexican Cantina

20 percent discount on total bill.

www.calicojacksglendale.com, 623-877-5225

Crave Waffle Sandwich Creations

Buy one, get one 50 percent off. Applies to all menu items except alcohol and discounted items. Must be of equal or lesser value and cannot be combined with any other offer.

www.icravewaffles.com, 623-772-0622

OPA Life Greek Café

20 percent discount on any order.

www.opalifegreekcafe.com, 623-242-8338

Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill

Receive one free appetizer with the purchase of one regular-priced entrée.

www.whiskeyrosewestgate.com, 623-877-7673

As You Wish Pottery

50 percent discount on a regular studio fee.

www.asyouwishpottery.com, 623-772-5403

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant

15 percent discount on total bill. Offer valid for same-day ticket stubs only.

http://www.kabukirestaurants.com, 623-772-9832

IT’SUGAR

$5 off a purchase of $20 or more with same-day ticket stub.

www.itsugar.com, 623-877-8124

Fractured Prune Doughnuts

One free 16 oz. fountain soda drink with the purchase of two or more made-to-order Fractured Prune Doughnuts. Not valid in the US Airways Center, must show game-day ticket stub and valid on game days only.

www.fracturedprune.com, 623-872-0008

Cold Stone Creamery

10 percent discount on any order (excluding gift card purchases).

www.coldstonecreamery.com, 623-877-1580

Fresh Healthy Café

10 percent discount on any order.

www.cafefresh.com , 623-505-3277

Shane’s Rib Shack

20 percent discount on one regular-priced item.

www.shanesribshack.com , 623-877-7427

Mama Gina’s Pizzeria

20 percent off one regular-priced item.

www.mamaginaspizzeria.com , 623-872-0300

Johnny Rockets

10 percent discount on any order.

www.johnnyrockets.com , 623-877-2977

The Shout! House

Show your ticket stub to receive a $1 domestic draft, well wine or well liquor drink.   

http://www.theshouthouse.com/az, 623-772-1500

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PowerTrainYoga comes to Scottsdale

PowerTrainYoga announced the opening of its first Arizona location in Scottsdale.  The modern 10,000 square foot studio will open its doors to the public on Friday, March 20th and will initially offer more than 130 group fitness classes per week. They will eventually offer close to 200 classes per week.

PowerTrain offers 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 more accessible to more people, memberships (which include UNLIMITED classes) are just $99 per month.

“All of our classes are “yogacentric”, meaning that each class contains elements of yoga. We believe that flexibility and balance are essential to good health while simultaneously reducing the risk of injury. This is why so many college and professional sports teams require athletes to take yoga classes,” said Steven Gregory, owner of PowerTrainYoga.

The facility features a sophisticated environmental control system which monitors the heat, humidity and carbon monoxide 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 Gregory. “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. 

Kale & Clover’s Scottsdale location offering free meals opening week

Kale & Clover: Mindful Kitchen is offering free meals during its opening week as a fundraiser held to benefit Amy’s Army, the nonprofit headed by Amy Van Dyken.

All of this takes place Monday, Feb. 23 to Sunday, March 1 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Kale & Clover, 20511 North Hayden Road at Hayden Peak Crossing.
Details: Kale & Clover: Mindful Kitchen will offer diners a chance to try their menu at no cost from Feb. 23- March 1. A select number of diners can experience breakfast, lunch or dinner on these dates at no cost.
Some restrictions do apply and they include:

Limit one free meal per person during the entire time frame from Feb. 23-March 1.

The first 30 guests for breakfast, 30 for lunch and 40 for dinner each day will receive a complimentary meal (up to $18 value).

Donations will be accepted to benefit Amy’s Army, which benefits individuals with spinal cord injuries.

Restaurateur German Osio and his team at Osio Culinary Group are pleased to announce the opening of their fourth restaurant, Kale & Clover: Mindful Kitchen. Kale & Clover will open on Feb. 23 at 20511 N. Hayden Road at Hayden Peak Crossing in Scottsdale, the same shopping plaza as Osio’s sister restaurant, Local Bistro. Kale & Clover is open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.

Kale & Clover offers fresh, healthy food, cold-pressed juices, espresso drinks and craft beer and wine. Kale & Clover also offers convenience. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, diners have the option to eat in, carry out or grab a ready-to-eat meal. For those choosing to dine in, Kale & Clover provides a clean and modern décor in which to enjoy a chef-created meal. A lunchbox program for both adults and children will be available.

Chris Mayo, Corporate Chef for Osio Culinary Group, has spent several months diligently crafting the menu for Kale & Clover.

“We are using responsibly-sourced, seasonal ingredients and have taken special care to focus on nutritional balance and flavor,” Mayo said. “It has been a treat to work on Kale & Clover’s menu. Our mission is to bring the best quality ingredients to our guests without compromising flavor.”

As Chef de Cuisine, Nick Kennedy will oversee daily kitchen operations. Kennedy comes to Kale & Clover from Heritage Prairie, an organic farm in Illinois. Originally from Chicago, he spent two years with Heritage, first as sous chef and later executive chef.
Kale & Clover’s menu is mostly vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. Carnivorous diners will have the option to add protein to many of the dishes.

“My hope is that Kale & Clover makes it easier for people to eat healthily. Our menu is chef-crafted, so it will appeal to everyone—even those who shy away from healthy ingredients,’’ Osio said. “We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner so that the option for clean food is always available. And our grab-and-go and eat-in components are intended to provide utmost convenience.”

Some of Kale & Clover’s signature menu items include:

· Superfood salad: kale, romaine hearts, sprouted quinoa, beets, avocado, almonds, apricots, lemon dressing.

· Faux Pho: red miso shiitake broth, rice noodles, tofu, Thai basil, sprouts, chilies, lime.

· Avocado summer roll: pickled veggies, mint, house made sambal dressing.

· Caramelized cauliflower steak: caper-raisin jam, lentils, local carrots, curry vinaigrette.

· Seared Salmon: red quinoa, marinated cherry tomatoes, avocado, light herb vinaigrette.

Guests will enjoy an array of cold-pressed juices, smoothies, nut milks, herb-infused spa waters, locally roasted coffees, and espresso drinks with house made mix-in options that are mostly vegan. The restaurant also features beers and wine.

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Scottsdale’s Sanctuary on Camelback offers a taste

Those looking to kick the Sunday blues (or blow off some mid-week steam) can enjoy a taste of the good life at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s jade bar and elements restaurant.
The resort’s chill beats and cool drinks are a natural winter antidote – available seven days a week.
Monday through Sunday: 
The Pour, jade bar’s premium daily happy hour offers the Valley’s best crafted cocktails and savory small plates. (4-6 p.m.) Elements’ dining deck is available for guests during breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers prime views Scottsdale’s painterly sunsets over Camelback, Mummy and Four Peaks Mountains.
Wednesday through Saturday: Live jazz, pop and R&B from acts like Angela Ferrari, The Waters andKyle Phelan is on tap during an extended weekends at jade winter schedule. (Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m., Thursdays from 7-10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 7-11 p.m.)
Saturday: Cocktail enthusiasts can learn from true masters of mixology during weekly Mixology 101.The hour-long sessions include how-to instruction, trivia and tips focused on a different spirit each week, with plenty of sampling. (1 p.m.; $30 per person.)
Sunday: End the weekend on a delicious high note with Executive Chef Beau MacMillan’s brunch. Guests can pair seasonal dishes like Old Bay Poached Shrimp, Thai Chicken Salad and Brioche French Toast with 50 percent off any bottle or half bottle of wine from the regular or reserve wine list. (7 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Reservations are available online at www.sanctuaryaz.com or by calling 855-706-1643.