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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.

Equus Announces $58.85 Million Sale of Lincoln Towne Centre

Equus Capital Partners, Ltd. (Equus), one of the nation’s leading private equity real estate fund managers, announced today the sale of Lincoln Towne Centre, a two building property totaling 226,112 square feet located at 4150-4250 N. Drinkwater Boulevard in downtown ScottsdaleArizona, acquired by Transwestern Strategic Partners on behalf of its TSP Value and Income Fund for $58,850,000Transwestern Strategic Partners is the discretionary investment management arm of Transwestern Investment Group based in Dallas, TX

 

Situated at the intersection of Drinkwater Boulevard and Indian School Road, Lincoln Towne Center provides easy access to the Loop 101 and is directly across from the Scottsdale City Hall. It is also in close proximity to the nearly two million square foot Scottsdale Fashion Square, the Scottsdale Waterfront development and the W Hotel, providing a 24/7 environment within walking distance to numerous retail amenities, restaurants, hotels and condo and apartment homes. The property also features a rare, four-level subterranean parking structure allowing for a parking ratio of 4.1 spaces per 1,000 square feetNearly half of the property is occupied by investment grade tenants including CNA (S&P: A), Catlin (S&P: A) and EMC2 (S&P: A).

 

Chris Toci, Chad Littell, Jerry Noble, Pat Devine and Greg Mayer of Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona represented the seller in the disposition.

 

The acquisition of Lincoln Towne Centre in February 2012 was the first asset acquired by Equus Capital Partners on behalf of its value-add fund, BPG Investment Partnership IX, L.P.  “Lincoln Towne Centre was a classic value-add office investment for our firm”, said Jonathan Praw, Vice President and Head of West Coast Operations for Equus Capital Partners, Ltd. while adding When we acquired the complex it was just 67% leased while the submarket vacancy rate was in the mid-20% range. We were able to quickly improve occupancy to 99% at the time of sale and benefited from the 30% increase in Downtown Scottsdale rental rates. Mr. Praw oversaw the acquisition, reposition, and disposition efforts. 

 

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WGM expands cyber security efforts

Recognizing and responding to growing online threats and information security breaches, WGM Associates, a Scottsdale-based information technology consulting, security and application development firm, has expanded its information security services and added key talent to manage the increased demand for cyber-related management and IT services.

WGM Managed Information Security Services will enhance WGM’s focus on intelligence-driven security programs aimed at reducing cyber liability risks which have become commonplace in today’s business environment. To lead the team, WGM has hired industry technology veteran, Scott Shedd as Practice Leader. Shedd brings high-level certifications and security technology skill sets to help WGM clients understand and assess risks, mitigate vulnerabilities and defend against ongoing technology threats.

“As larger organizations continually fortify their security defenses, small- and medium-sized businesses are increasingly being targeted by cybercriminals, cyber-spies and hacktivists,” said Chuck Matthews, CEO of Scottsdale-based WGM Associates. “Unlike larger organizations, smaller businesses typically lack adequate in-house security defenses, knowledgeable resources and the expertise and ability to effectively protect confidential and valuable data residing on their networks.”

WGM’s Security Services division will provide security program assessments, policy development, response readiness planning, vulnerability management, gap assessments and remediation services in addition to managed networking security, application security, web and mail security, mobile device management and client administration portals. Targeted industries include financial services, health care, nonprofits, legal firms, education, real estate and other businesses handling sensitive client or customer information.

Founded in 2011, WGM Associates is a local provider of consulting, security, managed IT services and application development for small- and medium-sized businesses. WGM’s leadership team works with clients and businesses to play an integral role in all IT decisions including technology platforms, information governance, regulatory compliance, strategic initiatives, future requirements and budgetary planning.

A huge benefit afforded by Managed Information Security Services, WGM will remotely monitor and manage critical systems 24/7 throughout the Southwest via its secured network operations center.  The new WGM division will help bridge the gap between risk and limited internal resources, which can leave sensitive customer and employee records and intellectual property inadequately protected and at risk for theft or exploitation.

“Every organization must comply with a host of security and privacy issues surrounding the sharing of sensitive information. They need an increasingly fortified process to manage security and privacy more effectively,” Matthews added. “Our new division makes the development and administration of a security program seamless by providing the business with a keen understanding for security expertise and technology to minimize the risk.”

Matthews observed that many small- to mid-sized businesses feel immune to attacks, but instead face a multitude of destructive threats. Another common tactic involves hackers who target smaller businesses to obtain entry to their larger business partners and weaknesses in their cyber security as well.

“Currently, there is a huge void in the market for this service and WGM has the expertise and solution-set knowledge to help businesses handle these ongoing changes,” said Matthews.

Chandler Hotel Group Adds Seven New Properties

 Chandler Hotel Group (CHG), a Scottsdale-based, industry-leading hotel management company, has expanded its reach by adding seven new hotel properties to its portfolio. The new properties are located in South Carolina, Texas and New Mexico and collectively add nearly 1,200 new rooms to CHG’s cache of properties.

“We are eager to introduce these new properties to Chandler Hotel Group’s long-held, unwavering commitment to comprehensive service,” Jared Chandler, CHG founder and CEO, said. “All of these properties will undergo significant upgrades, if they haven’t already, elevating the overall guest experience and creating a renewed staff investment in the property.”

The addition of the Wyndham Garden Inn in Amarillo, Texas, comes amidst a $6 million renovation for the 259-room hotel. The Wyndham property was built in the early 1980s and was previously recognized as the Ambassador Hotel.

The remainder of the hotel properties joining Chandler Hotel Group have already, or will experience extensive upgrades in the coming months. The group of properties includes a trio of Red Lion hotels in Farmington, Gallup and Grants, New Mexico, a Best Western in Roswell, New Mexico, a Quality Inn and Suites in Albuquerque, New Mexico and a Ramada in Columbia, South Carolina.

The strategic addition of these branded hotels represents Chandler Hotel Group’s desire to grow and further its involvement with full-service hospitality properties. Chandler Hotel Group has successfully managed four and five-diamond resorts and full service conference hotels, as well as boutique hotels, across more than 180 transactions totaling more than $2 billion.

 

CBRE Completes Sale of Rose Garden Apartment Community

CBRE has negotiated the following multi-family sales transaction:


Arcadia Place Condominiums LLC from Scottsdale, Ariz. has purchased Arcadia Rose Garden condominiums, a 30-unit multi-family property located at 3445 North 36th Street in Phoenix from TSR, Inc., also of Scottsdale. Brian Smuckler and Jeff Seaman of CBRE’s Phoenix office represented both buyer and the seller in negotiating the $1.8 million transaction.

North Scottsdale gets a new luxury apartment community

Investment Property Associates (IPA) celebrated the grand opening of its first multifamily development in Scottsdale with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Liv North Scottsdale. The luxury apartment community is situated on 5.83 acres near the corner of Scottsdale Road and Greenway Hayden Loop in North Scottsdale. IPA co-developed the property with PB Bell & Associates.

This Class A apartment community consists of 240 units located in four, four‐story buildings constructed over podium parking. The unit mix includes one‐bedroom, two‐bedroom and three-bedroom units, with sizes ranging from 540 to 1,350 square feet. The contemporary, open floor plans feature full-size washers and dryers, private master baths, plank flooring throughout living areas with carpeted bedrooms, and entertainment kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel, energy-efficient appliances. All units include a patio or balcony—many with premium mountain and city views.

Community amenities are available to residents 24/7 and include a resort style pool and spa with a signature water and fire feature, an outdoor “billboard” television, a fully equipped fitness center overlooking the pool area, indoor and outdoor lounge areas, a game room, a rooftop lounge with outdoor kitchen and expansive views of the valley, secured parking garages, an enclosed Bark Park and much more. Concierge services, valet recycling/trash services, fitness classes, mobile massage, dry cleaning and other high-end amenities are also available. The community is conveniently located directly north of The Scottsdale Quarter and kitty‐corner to Kierland Commons, providing easy access to a multitude of dining and retail options.

Scottsdale‐based MT Builders served as general contractor, with design services by L.R. Niemiec Architects, Inc., also of Scottsdale.

“We are thrilled to be opening our first Scottsdale community that is among the most ‘walkable’ apartment communities in the valley,” said Bill Fettis, partner of IPA. “The North Scottsdale market, and specifically The Scottsdale Quarter and Kierland Commons are dynamic, high‐energy destinations that match‐up ideally with the living environments we create for our residents.”

IPA’s current Arizona multifamily portfolio consists of four Liv-branded apartment communities in the metropolitan Phoenix market, which it plans to grow.

“With a physical setting and amenities designed to help people live fuller lives, our communities encourage residents to embrace the company’s values by offering daily opportunities for residents to enjoy activities and events centered on community, wellness, technology and sustainability.” said Scott Brooks, partner at IPA. Our goal at IPA is to support personal growth and meaningful connections with others through thoughtfully planned amenities and genuine, caring team members who actively participate in community events as well”. R. Chapin Bell, President of P.B. Bell Companies added, “It is our pleasure to participate with IPA in this exciting, thoughtful North Scottsdale apartment home community.”

Class-A trophy locations shine in office market rebound

As the Phoenix office market continues a steady recovery, buildings in trophy Class A locations are quickly differentiating themselves as leaders of the pack. Representing 4141 N. Scottsdale Holdings LLC, JLL’s Capital Markets experts today closed on one of these assets, located in the heart of downtown Scottsdale, Ariz. JLL also secured $26.5 million in acquisition financing on behalf of the new buyer, Palisades Capital Realty Advisors LLC.

Senior Vice President Brian Ackerman and Senior Managing Director Dennis Desmond led the JLL team on the $34.5 million sale, while JLL Managing Director Chris Casey and Executive Vice President Reid McGlamery secured the financing.

“This is a highly walkable, Class A environment that is packed with the market’s most popular shopping, dining, entertainment and urban residential amenities,” said Ackerman. “The combination has attracted all types of vibrant, tech-forward companies, quickly pushing rental rates to almost $30 per-square-foot and causing vacancies to drop into the low single digits.”

“We received a tremendous response from lenders who were impressed with the location and quality improvements at the project, as well as the high occupancy, credit tenancy and strong borrower,” added Casey.

The three-story, 147,356-square-foot 4141 building is 91 percent occupied with leases to credit and blue chip tenants. Built in 1989 and renovated in 2013, the project is located at the northeast corner of Scottsdale and Indian School roads, within walking distance to the iconic Scottsdale Fashion Square. It is approximately two miles from the Loop 101 freeway and less than 10 minutes from the Loop 202 freeway and Sky Harbor International Airport. The property features a classic red brick façade, efficient floorplates and 360-degree views of the Camelback and McDowell mountains.

JLL Capital Markets is a full-service global provider of capital solutions for real estate investors and occupiers. The firm’s in-depth local market and global investor knowledge delivers the best-in-class solutions for clients — whether a sale, financing, repositioning, advisory or recapitalization execution. In 2013 alone, JLL Capital Markets completed $99 billion in investment sale and debt and equity transactions globally. The firm’s Capital Markets team comprises more than 1,300 specialists, operating all over the globe.

For more news, please visit The Investor, an online and mobile app news source providing real-time commercial real estate news to asset buyers and sellers around the world. For more news, videos and research resources on JLL, please visit the firm’s U.S. media center Web page: http://bit.ly/18P2tkv.

Construction completed on Livewire music venue

LGE Design Build has completed the construction of Livewire, Arizona’s newest premier 14,000-square-foot live music venue bringing fresh nightlife to the former development known as Axis/Radius in the entertainment district of Scottsdale.

Livewire, located at 7340 E. Indian Plaza, includes a stage, two interior bars and a second floor balcony fronting the street. Livewire also has a box office and a first floor retail booth to sell shirts and souvenirs. With capacity to entertain more than 1,100 people, national touring acts and select up-and-coming local bands play at Livewire.

“Livewire is designed to exceed to the customer base’s expectations of Old Town Scottsdale with engaging spaces to foster nightlife activity, plenty of sightlines to the street and captivating lighting, creating a stunning music venue,” said David Sellers, president of LGE Design Build.

Next door at Bottled Blonde, LGE completed renovations in 2014 for the pizzeria and beer garden’s open bar area, patio areas near the sidewalks and an open casual setting around a fireplace. Bottled Blonde serves a contemporary Italian menu at picnic-style tables.

Evening Entertainment Group of Scottsdale operates Livewire and Bottled Blonde, which are both open.

AV3 Design of Phoenix served as the project architect and interior designer.
LGE’s other projects in Old Town Scottsdale include Triyar Phase I & 2 (a three-building, 12,500-square-foot restaurant/retail project), Scottsdale Retail Plaza Phase I (four retail, restaurant, bar and nightclub venues), Mint and Lo- Lo’s Chicken & Waffles.

The Enclave At Borgata has unveiled The Debut, a preview center showcasing the new luxury condominium homes on the former Borgata retail site.

The Enclave at Borgata opens preview center

Scottsdale’s new luxury condominium residence, The Enclave at Borgata, has opened its preview center, called The Enclave Debut. It is located near the southwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Lincoln Drive, on the former Borgata retail site at 6176 North Scottsdale Road – between Blanco and Paul Martin’s. The Debut offers an introduction to the only new luxury condo homes to come to market in central Scottsdale in many years. It is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, or by appointment. “We are thrilled to open The Debut during the height of the winter visitor season, showcasing the superior quality of this condominium community, as well as the convenient access to the restaurants and retail offerings that are within walking distance from The Enclave at Borgata,” said Mike Jesberger, President of Phoenix-based Antera Development.

Staffed by uniquely qualified sales associates who understand the needs of the luxury buyer, The Debut features interactive technology to explore the various homes and features. And, prospective buyers can also learn about the engaging community lifestyle and amenities.

The Enclave at Borgata will include only 90 home opportunities, ranging in size 1,500 to 3,100 square feet. There are select opportunities to combine two units to create a home upwards of 5,400 square feet. Pricing starts at approximately $500 a square foot. Special attention has been paid to a high level of quality, inside and out, including Wolf and Sub Zero appliances, generous patios and balconies, and views of Camelback Mountain. On site amenities include gated entry, lush landscaping, generous fitness facility, resort-style pool, demonstration kitchen, outdoor kitchen, resident clubroom, lounging/conversation areas inside and out to connect with neighbors, walking path and a dog park.

For more information visit EnclaveAtBorgata.com or call (480) 362.5283.

The Enclave at Borgata is a 90-unit luxury condominium residence community being developed at the northwest corner of Rose Lane and Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona. It will fill a unique buyer niche based on pricing, quality, amenities and unsurpassed location . The project is being built by Antera Development and is funded by JEN Partners. www.EnclaveAtBorgata.com andFacebook.com/EnclaveAtBorgata.

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Photo Credit: Grace Stufkosky

Bistro du Lac brings French cuisine to McCormick Ranch

Bistro du Lac, a new French bistro and bakery will officially open its doors on Monday Feb. 2 in Scottsdale at 8320 North Hayden Road, Suite D-101 in the space that was formerly Buster’s on the Lake.

Bisto du Lac located on the lake in McCormick Ranch will be open seven days per week for lunch and dinner starting at 11:00 a.m. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Founded by longtime French-born friends, the restaurant will be operated by Restaurant and Bakery Manager Catherine Berraud Dufour and Lounge Manager Thierry Voisin. Bistro du Lac’s Executive Pastry Chef is Jean Claude Melito who will provide an array of mouth-watering authentic French pastries daily including croissants, macaroons, fresh-baked breads and more. Executive Sous Chef Charles Delli Pizzi currently heads the kitchen and the Executive Chef will be named shortly.

Bistro du Lac’s menu is very classically French with a few twists including a Caesar salad with slow roasted tomatoes, hearts of romaine and fresh basil, Ahi Poke and watermelon “martini” with a sweet chili sauce and cream of mushroom soup with brie filled profiteroles.

“We will feature French favorites like steak frites, bouillabaisse, and beef bourguignon on the menu as well some twists that will give the menu a broad appeal,” said Berraud Dufour.

The atmosphere at Bistro du Lac is bright and cheerful with tomato-red walls offset by white accents and crystal chandeliers. The space also features two expansive patios on the lake, a large lounge and French bakery and market.

“We are truly a neighborhood French bistro in the heart of Scottsdale and we cannot wait to get to know our neighbors,” said Berraud Dufour.

Arizona Commerce Authority awards grants to innovators

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced the six winning companies in its Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC). These grant recipients represent innovative Arizona entrepreneurs who are creating technological solutions with the potential for global impact.

The Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge Grant Recipients are:

·       Iris PR Management – Phoenix, AZ (IT – Software): Iris PR Management is the developer of the first core management system for the public relations industry. The SaaS platform enables PR teams to manage and automate all of their daily activity, streamline efficiencies, measure performance and prove value. No other software solution for the PR industry addresses these core needs.

·       Iron Horse Diagnostics, Inc. – Scottsdale, AZ (Bio & Life Sciences): Iron Horse Diagnostics is the creator of a diagnostic platform for neurological traumas and diseases. The company’s tests support the diagnosis and management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, as well as traumatic brain injury, concussions and other neurological diseases.

·       NuvOx Pharma – Tucson, AZ (Bio & Life Sciences): NuvOx Pharma is the creator of a therapeutic biotechnology for improving oxygen delivery in the bloodstream to help treat life threatening conditions, including radiation-resistant cancers. The nanotechnology platform is based on dodecafluoropentane (DDFPe) nano-emulsion, which transports hundreds of times more oxygen per dose than other materials.

·       Park Genius – Tucson, AZ (IT-Software): Park Genius is the developer of a mobile application allowing motorists to conveniently pay for parking using their smartphone. The software solution also gives parking providers a cost-efficient way to process cashless payments for their parking operations and avoid the need to purchase new and expensive hardware designed to accept credit cards.

·       Pure Chat – Scottsdale, AZ (IT-Software): Pure Chat is the developer of a live chat solution for websites that helps businesses connect to their customers from anywhere.

·       Spotlight Software – Peoria, AZ (IT-Software): Spotlight Software is the developer of a SaaS-based sales performance management platform. It is the only remote sales performance optimization tool that tracks and measures individual behavior and soft skills to drive the actionable insight required to build a high-performance sales team.

A panel of expert judges evaluated 154 applications from the Fall 2014 AIC submitted by companies based in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia. The judges assessed each application on a set of criteria including technology potential, marketing strategy, quality of management team and economic impact. These companies represent high-value industry sectors that include IT software, IT hardware, bio and life sciences, cleantech/renewable energy, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing, and aerospace and defense.

“Congratulations to our newest AIC winning companies. They demonstrate the innovative spirit and next-generation thinking that make Arizona one of the top hubs for entrepreneurial excellence in the nation,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority.

Under the Arizona Commerce Authority, seven rounds of the AIC have been completed and more than 1,200 applications received for the program since 2011. Including the Fall 2014 recipients, the ACA has awarded 44 AIC grants to Arizona’s entrepreneurs to help them accelerate their businesses and advance technologies, which are diversifying Arizona’s innovation economy.

Jane Poynter, CEO of Tucson-based World View Enterprises, a Spring 2014 AIC grant recipient knows the importance of Arizona’s support of its startup community. Her company develops and manufactures high-altitude balloon technology that provides trips to near space for tourism, R&D and industry uses. World View’s unmanned balloons carry payloads for communications, surveillance, research, and launching microsatellites.

“Winning an AIC award last spring represented a key milestone for our company as well as for our relationship with Arizona,” said Poynter. “We are using our grant to begin standing up our balloon manufacturing facility. It is a key enabler for our company, and affirms that Arizona is interested in supporting innovation and the creation of manufacturing jobs in the state.”