Local Spotlights

  • Calvin Charles Gallery Presents ‘The Art of Giving’ December 10-January 5

    Opening Reception 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10Calvin Charles Gallery has been a fixture in the Arts District of Historic Downtown Scottsdale for nearly two decades. Managing partner Veronica Graffius has the distinction of incorporating a unique selection of artists at the gallery that include those who create in homage to the gallery’s earliest focus on Asian art and artists who speak to th ... Read More

  • Girl Friday to the Rescue with Holiday Shopping and Wrapping Services

    Nearly everyone would agree that during the busy holiday season it would be great to have an extra helping hand with the dozens of tasks that need to be completed. Between parties, cooking, out-of-town guests and house cleaning, sometimes it is challenging to find the time to do thoughtful shopping for family, friends and loved ones. Girl Friday has years of experience in helping its clients compl ... Read More

  • Bob the Psychic Creates a Positive and Engaging Psychic Experience for His Clients

    Having a session with Bob the Psychic is a fun, insightful and often surprising experience. As he channels his messages, his clients never really know what communications might be relayed. Whether someone is seeking information or insight into their job, love life or perhaps to reach out to someone who has passed on, Bob the Psychic has a natural ability and talent to bring positive and inspiratio ... Read More

  • Looking for Something Different and Exciting to Do This Holiday Season? All Aboard The Dolly Steamboat!

    Many people in the Valley know Dolly Steamboat – the majestic boat that offers cruises around Canyon Lake.Arizona's World Class Cruise, the Dolly Steamboat is a gorgeous sternwheeler that transports up to 140 passengers on Canyon Lake, taking them through colorful canyons as they enjoy scenic desert vistas and beautiful wildlife. This holiday season, why not do something different and take a cru ... Read More

  • “Disgraced” by Arizona Theatre Company Explores Themes Ripped from the Headlines

    Photos by Tim FullerArizona Theatre Company’s “Disgraced” was penned by playwright Ayad Akhtar, won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and in 2015 was nominated for a Tony Award for “Best Play.” Presented in ATC’s home theater in Phoenix at The Herberger Theater Center, “Disgraced” is a unique story in identity politics as it relates to Muslims living in the United States post 9/11 ... Read More

  • NAK Productions Explains What to Say About Your Business and How to Say It Effectively

    One of the main services offered by NAK Productions is what is known as “The Business Selfie.” It is a brief signature-style video that showcases a business owner or business in a 30 second video that encourages viewers to learn more or become more engaged with a person or business. Because the video is 30 seconds in length, the message has to make an impact quickly. Owner of NAK Productions, ... Read More

  • Venezia’s Thrills Diners with New Low-Carb Pizza Bowl Offering

    By Lynette CarringtonTake everything you love about pizza, take away the dough and you have a delicious and satisfying low-carb pizza bowl. Venezia’s New York Style Pizzeria has introduced a variety of tasty low-carb pizza bowls designed to fit your unique taste. The addition of low-carb pizza bowls gives Venezia’s diners yet another way to enjoy the restaurant’s Italian flavors!Founders Fra ... Read More

  • Macayo’s Depot Cantina is the Cornerstone of Fun and Great Mexican Food in Tempe

    By Lynette CarringtonMacayo’s has been a cherished Valley tradition since 1946. Macayo’s Depot Cantina in Tempe has long been the destination in Tempe for exceptional Mexican food and cocktails. The unique location makes it a perfect place to enjoy a meal and cocktails or throw a party.Director of Marketing and Brand Management for Macayo’s, Ashley Negron explains, “It used to just be the ... Read More

  • BVC Luxury Group Welcomes Chey Castro as New Senior Partner

    For nearly 20 years, the partnership of Bloom and Van Omen has captured significant market share and the trust of their community. Chey Castro has joined Andrew Bloom and David Van Omen and the agency will now be known as BVC Luxury Group. By adding Castro’s depth of knowledge and success in the luxury real estate market, the team is positioned to provide an unparalleled experience to home buyer ... Read More

  • Barleens Arizona Opry Features Outstanding Dinner Show with Music, Comedy, Improv and More

    By Lynette Carrington For musically gifted twins, Barbara and Brenda Barleen, running and performing in their family-owned and operated musical dinner show is a rewarding labor of love. With comedy, a bit of acting and improv and lots of live music by wonderfully talented musicians, there is never a dull moment on the Barleens Arizona Opry stage in Apache Junction. From classic country wes ... Read More

  • ‘Cooking With Eddie’ on November 30 Is a Tasty Way to Discover Culinary Tips and Holiday Recipes

    By Lynette Carrington Chef Eddie Matney is at the helm of the wildly delicious Eddie’s House in Old Town Scottsdale. The well-respected and talented chef has been an established part of the Valley’s culinary scene and also happens to be a fun and engaging cooking instructor, too! Chef Eddie’s next class will take place 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 and will cover tasty tips for holiday celebr ... Read More

  • Bevvy – The Upscale Gastropub Lounge is a Swanky and Fun Scottsdale Destination

    By Lynette Carrington The Old Town Scottsdale Entertainment District is the hottest destination. Bevvy is the place you won’t want to miss and is the place to meet friends, enjoy a few drinks, have a great meal and see and be seen! The gastropub occupies the space of the former Derby and has been re-imagined as part sports bar, part restaurant, part laid back lounge and 100 percent fun. Be ... Read More

  • Kierland Life and Health-Health and Life Insurance Answers in a New Age of Insurance

    By Lynette Carrington Insurance agent Teresa Ferrin has experienced the past 19 years of the health and life insurance industry in the trenches. She has seen the trends and experienced where the industry is now in an Obamacare society. Much has changed in the world of health insurance and Teresa Ferrin has decades of experience to help her clients make good health insurance decisions and assist ... Read More

  • John A. Robinson, NMD of The Hormone Zone-Your Hormone Solutions for Life & The Leader in Hormone Replacement Therapy

    There can be many culprits to some unfortunate medical issues such as weight gain, fatigue, memory problems, mood swings, loss of libido and the inability to sleep. Although proper diet and exercise are always a help, sometimes skilled intervention by a doctor can pinpoint specific areas such as various hormonal imbalances that when addressed, are the true key to improved health and true life chan ... Read More

  • ‘Insure Your Future’ Delivers Income and Asset Protection Results

    By Lynette Carrington Getting disability insurance is not something that most people have at the top of their to-do list, but it very well should be. In the event that that you or your partner become incapacitated or permanently disabled, a properly written disability policy from agent René Apack of agency Insure Your Future can help save you or your family from financial disaster. November i ... Read More

  • Offbeat, Unusual and Rebellious Weddings Come to Life at Weddings for Rebels

    By Lynette Carrington Some gals and guys march to the beat of a different drummer. You know who you are – you love the offbeat, the strange, the unusual and the outlandish. Weddings for Rebels is the perfect way for those with a different outlook on their wedding to envision their special day in an entirely unique way. Owner Theresa Morales has been orchestrating unusual weddings for eight ye ... Read More

  • Vidogi Salon & Boutique is a Dream Come True for Owner

    By Lynette Carrington Working in the beauty industry has been a dream of Denise Tanigawa since she was young. Her intuition and keen eye for all things related to beauty have come full circle at Vidogi Salon & Boutique in Old Town Scottsdale. Much more than a hair salon, the luxurious, upscale and spacious location provides a beautiful and professional space to receive a variety of beaut ... Read More

  • Venezia’s Pizzeria Has 8 Different Daily Slice Specials for under $8

    By Lynette Carrington Venezia's Pizzeria is a family-owned and operated series of restaurants in the Valley that incorporates the finest flavors of Italy and the fun and nostalgia of New York style pizzerias into their business. Founders Frank and Clara have retired and son Domenick Montanile has taken over the delicious Venezia's empire with the commitment to food quality, devotion to outstandin ... Read More

  • Now is the Time to Get Your Carpets and Upholstery Ready for the Holidays

    By Lynette Carrington The holiday season will be upon us before you know it. Now is the time to think about getting your carpets and upholstery in tiptop shape! When you have a few festive parties in your home, you never know what kind of stain disaster looms. Whether it’s cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie spilled on the carpet or turkey gravy or butter that falls on your chair cushions, the ... Read More

  • Your Website Is the Foundation of Your SEO

    By Lynette Carrington Your website is the most important online tool that your business has and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is how your website is found and ranked by Internet Search Engines. Ultimately, your website is the foundation of how easy it will be to use SEO to rank your site. As part of its commitment to its clients, Rising Phoenix SEO offers insight about different types of SEO a ... Read More

  • Body Beautiful Med Spa and Day Spa Offers a Boutique Spa Experience with World Class Service

    By Lynette Carrington Nearly nine years ago, the valley economy and real estate market was starting to head into a nose dive. Owner and founder of Body Beautiful Med Spa and Day Spa, Marlena Krueger had a great building located at 24th Street and Campbell and was seriously contemplating what to do with the space. She pulled herself up by her bootstraps and committed to developing out her b ... Read More

  • Helping Hands for Freedom to Be Recipient of Fundraiser at Local Restaurant Chain

    By Lynette Carrington In September, Macayo’s unveiled a new look and a new menu at its Scottsdale Macayo’s Mexican Grill & Cantina. During that event, a fundraiser was also held for local nonprofit organization Helping Hands for Freedom. The CEO of Helping Hands for Freedom Darin Fishburn explains, “The grand re-opening of the Macayo’s Scottsdale was a huge success with over 180 din ... Read More

  • Insure Your Future - Income and Asset Protection Solutions

    By Lynette CarringtonThe future is never certain. Protecting your assets and income stream are vitally important for your well-being and the future of your family and love ones, but often times, people don’t stop to think about “what if?” That “what if” could come in the form of a devastating auto accident or an unforeseen illness. Disability Income, Life and Long Term Care Advisor René ... Read More

  • Operation Enduring Gratitude-Veteran’s Serving Veteran’s Supporting Our Armed Service Members with Housing Repairs

    By Lynette CarringtonAs a military service member, Founder of Operation Enduring Gratitude Charlie Ellis has experienced first-hand the trials and tribulations of being in the service. He has also experienced camaraderie from his fellow servicemen and women that will stick with him for a lifetime. With 10 years in the Arizona Army National Guard and soon to be re-enlisting in the Air National Gua ... Read More

  • Raven Events Orchestrates Social Events, Business Networking, Charity Fundraisers and So Much More!

    By Lynette Carrington One thing is for certain, when you mention the name “Raven” in just about any social or business circle in the Valley of the Sun, people know exactly who you are talking about and immediately want to know what the next event is going to be! Raven Valdes is the Founder and CEO of Raven Events, LLC.After meeting this dynamic, intelligent and exciting woman, it’s hard ... Read More

  • Eagle Eye Retail Intelligence Receives the Support of Industry Competitor

    By Lynette Carrington Perhaps there is no greater vote of confidence or business success as when a competitor whole-heartedly endorses and supports what a competing company is doing. “The Shadow Agency is an industry leader in video mystery shopping,” explains Russell Wood, who is president of the company. “We have been doing video mystery shopping since 1994. We do all types of mystery ... Read More

  • NetworkingPhoenix Annual Event Is Overwhelming Success

    By Lynette CarringtonNetworkingPhoenix.com held its large annual networking event on August 20 at the Chaparral Suites in Scottsdale. The event included more than 50 vendors and nearly 1,500 people who networked into the evening. Co-founder of NetworkingPhoenix.com Gelie Akhenblit has harnessed the power of tens of thousands of creative, savvy and entrepreneurial business minds with her company an ... Read More

  • Homegrown Spa Concept Giving Opportunity to Break Into Lucrative Skincare Industry

    Fuchsia Spa co-owners and Arizona natives Lisa Vukonich and Erin Owens will host an informational seminar for individuals interested in learning more about franchising opportunities with their skincare-driven, membership-based concept. The event will be held at Fuchsia Spa located at 1822 S. Val Vista Dr., Suite 103, 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1. It will serve also as a celebratory event to rec ... Read More

  • CallTeks Security Helps Raise Awareness for Fall Prevention Week with Cutting Edge Technology

    Fall Prevention Week is September 23-29. While some people may not have a reason to think twice about this, the awareness it raises potentially affects nearly everyone who has elderly family members or those who may have challenges with their balance. CallTeks Security has a special connection to this important issue and has solutions to assist those who are at risk for falls or concerned loved on ... Read More

  • NBAZ Charities to Host Signature Events in 2015

    By Lynette Carrington National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) has always been involved in the community. In April 2015, the company formed the philanthropic arm of the bank designed to assist a variety of worthwhile organizations in Arizona while improving the communities in our state. Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for National Bank of Arizona, Deborah Bateman, sat down with me to bring Scottsd ... Read More

  • Terri Edwards of Pluma Designs Wins over Clients with Style and Industry Expertise

    By Lynette Carrington Master stylist Terri Edwards is establishing her business in Scottsdale through the heat of the summer and the constant flow of clients entering Pluma Designs. In growing her clientele base, she relies heavily on positive word‐of‐mouth and her referral program from her satisfied clients. The referral program is based on social interaction and satisfaction. A client is giv ... Read More

  • Armadillo Grill

    Armadillo Grill might be known for its famous fried pickles but this cool, fun and exciting neighborhood bar and grill boasts something for every type of guest. Owner Brenda Lambrecht originally bought the restaurant located in the prime Camelback corridor with a business in 1997 but has since taken it over and grown and evolved the Armadillo Grill. We looked at thirteen restaurants a day for five ... Read More

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  • About TempeTempe may be famous for being the home to Arizona State University and its Sun Devils students, but there is much more to love about this historical and beautiful city. The City of Tempe al...Read More
  • Arizona State University was the largest university in the nation in 2015 and it's no secret why.The atmosphere that the all five campuses bring to the university and all the events and academics as w...Read More
  • The Tempe Skate park is 32,000 square feet of concrete skating enjoyment. The Tempe Skate park is located within The Tempe Sports Complex in the center of Tempe, Arizona. The Tempe Skate park was desi...Read More
  • Tempe - A Golf Lovers Paradise Do you love golf? Chances are if the answer is yes that you have been to or are considering a trip to the greater Phoenix area. While Scottsdale and Phoenix seem...Read More
  • Things To Do In TempeWhether you are a visitor to Tempe or a local, there are plenty of fun things to do in Tempe. There are concerts, festivals, tourist hot spots and sporting events to name a few. A...Read More
  • Traveling in TempeTempe, Arizona is a growing metropolitan that houses Sparky the Sun Devil, along with his fans, which include 80,000 plus Arizona State University students. Combine that with Tempe r...Read More
  • Demographics of TempeTempe, Arizona (formerly known as Hayden’s Ferry) is a city in Maricopa County, home to Arizona State University and the world-renowned Hayden Butte, which partially lies on ASU...Read More
  • Your Spiritual Home Away from Home in TempeAll Saints Catholic Newman Center offers is not only a great place to worship, but also provides the ability to register for classes in everything from Catho...Read More
  • There are Many Wonderful Venues for Conferences in TempeTempe, Arizona is a great place to hold a conference or attend a convention. It has many comfortable and modern hotels that can accommodate larg...Read More
  • Tempe Nightlife: Endless Entertainment PossibilitiesIf there is one thing for which Tempe, Arizona is known, it is the city’s vibrant nightlife and entertainment. Whether one is looking for world cl...Read More

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