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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.

Hailey 2

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.

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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:

#CraftyBeerDinner
#PinkPonyAZ
#EatAndDrinkAtThePony
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.
480-646-8560
centralbistroaz.com

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
Or
Naked Waffle + Fruit

Crudo
Open 10 a.m.-2p.m.
3603 E. Indian School Rd.
602-358-8666

$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

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

J&G Steakhouse
6000 E. Camelback Rd.
480-214-8000
www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com

$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.
480-899-6735
Socialboxeateries.com
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
480-203-2075
bistrodulacaz.com

Easter Buffet including: Salads, cheese platters, lamb with vegetables, fish stew and an array of other dishes and dessert options.
$40/PP++
$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)
www.perfectpearbistro.com

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)
480-994-1799
14795 N. Northsight Blvd. (Scottsdale)
480-991-1799
lossombreros.com

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.
602-808-0766
www.royalpalmshotel.com

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.

Taggia
Brunch: 11 a.m.-3p.m
Dinner: 5 p.m.-10p.m.
4925 N Scottsdale Road
480-424-6095
www.taggiascottsdale.com

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

Rusconi’s
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
10637 N Tatum Blvd. Suite 101 B
480-483-0009
www.rusconiskitchen.com

$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.
480-945-6697
www.pinkponyscottsdale.com

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
www.organstoppizza.com

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.

 

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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.

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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.

Highlights:

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.

PALOOZA STATS:
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.

insurance

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.