Local Spotlights

  • Jennings Strouss Foundation to Host Gateway to a Better Education Silent Auction

    The Jennings Strouss Foundation’s Gateway to a Better Education Silent Auction will be held online from November 30 through December 11 The Jennings Strouss Foundation, a 501(c)(3), non-profit that exists to enhance the communities that it serves, will host its “Gateway to a Better Education Silent Auction” online at www.32auctions.com/jsfoundation beginning November 30. All proceeds from th ... Read More

  • Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter Gives Memory Loss Warning Signs/Holiday Tips

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, we will be seeing family, friends and loved ones at parties, dinners and get-togethers. Especially in older family members and friends, there may be warning signs that someone you care about might be struggling with early memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease.Director of Programs and Advocacy for Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, James Fitzp ... Read More

  • Spotless Carpet Care Has a Devoted Community of Customers Valleywide

    Spotless Carpet Care has been known for its impeccable work and its outstanding customer care since 2002. Owner Steve Cordell founded his own carpet care company because he had a vision of a special way that his customers should be treated. Thirteen years later, the company has built up a solid reputation and an East Valley and Valleywide clientele base that appreciates quality work at a fair pric ... Read More

  • Vidogi Salon & Boutique Offers Stellar Hair Tips for Fall and Winter and Hosts Special Event on December 3

    Photos by Phuoc Le - Fule Photography Model - Miss AZ USA 2015, Maureen Montagne Vidogi Salon & Boutique has always been on the cutting edge of hair design and style. It is the mission of Vidogi to provide exceptional customer care and information on hair trends and tips as well as tricks to getting the perfect look and hairstyle.Co-owner, master stylist and beauty expert at Vidogi Salon &am ... Read More

  • Let Kierland Life and Health Insurance Help You Navigate Health Insurance More Easily

    There’s no doubt about it, with the implementation of Obamacare, the entire industry of health insurance has been shaken to its core for consumers, health care providers and insurance agents, brokers and companies. Insurance agent Teresa Ferrin of Kierland Life and Health Insurance has experienced the past 19 years of the health and life insurance industry and took the time to share some insight ... Read More

  • 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

  • Scottsdale Gallery Association Shines During November ArtWalk in Old Town Scottsdale

    Each Thursday evening, Downtown Scottsdale springs to life in a unique way with Scottsdale ArtWalk. The November 5 ArtWalk was a momentous occasion for Art One Gallery, Inc. Celebrating 22 years in Scottsdale’s Arts District, the evening was marked with a large crowd of artists and art fans and gallery volunteers served up homemade tacos and salsa and a variety of wine samples. All of us with Sc ... 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 Mexican Grill & Cantina Thrills with New Flavors and Time-Honored Favorites

    By Lynette CarringtonMacayo’s has been a cherished Valley tradition since 1946. When the Scottsdale location recently decided to gently rebrand and bring some new and vibrant menu items into the fold, it was met with enthusiastic response, both inside the restaurant and at local culinary festivals. Director of Marketing and Brand Management for Macayo’s, Ashley Negron explains, “In honor of ... Read More

  • Macayo’s Mexican Grill & Cantina in Scottsdale Holding Paradiso Tequila Dinner November 19

    By Lynette Carrington The unique flavors of Mexico and the Southwest come alive at Macayo’s Mexican Grill & Cantina in a special and unique way in November. The Paradiso Tequila Dinner takes place 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 and showcases a variety of quality tequilas expertly paired with some of Macayo’s own dishes and entreesMacayo’s own Chef Luis Martinez will be orchestrating the P ... 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 western to ... Read More

  • Dynamic Leadership Solutions Delivers Proven Results with Organizational Consulting and Staff Development

    By Lynette Carrington Dynamic Leadership Solutions is entering its 10th year as a leader in the fields of staff development and organizational consulting. Owner and founder Rachel Lutowsky has orchestrated her dynamic business to answer the needs of business owners looking to assess employees, improve employee performance or perhaps seek out the one perfect staff addition who will take the company ... Read More

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

    By Lynette CarringtonThe 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. Bevvy alw ... Read More

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

    By Lynette CarringtonInsurance 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 the ... Read More

  • Operation Enduring Gratitude Holds ‘Operation We Can’ Food Drive to Benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank

    By Lynette Carrington Operation Enduring Gratitude assists veterans when there are instances of them needing specific home repairs. But another component of the nonprofit organization is that it also assists other nonprofits and worthwhile causes within the community. Operation Enduring Gratitude is holding Operation We Can October 19 through November 13 in conjunction with Western Maricopa Educat ... 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 CarringtonThe 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, there are a ... Read More

  • Dr. Jeffrey J. Ptak MD, F.A.C.S. of Silhouette Surgical Spa of Scottsdale Offers Insight into Unique Procedure That Restores Fullness and a Youthful Appearance

    By Lynette Carrington There are two universal truths in the process of aging-getting older takes a toll on everyone’s appearance and no two individuals will age the same way. The beauty of Dr. Jeffrey J. Ptak’s practice at Silhouette Surgical Spa is that there is such a wide variety of both non-invasive and surgical options for men and women who want to look their best or reverse the hands of ... Read More

  • NAK Productions Provides the ‘Business Selfie’ and Other Creative Business Video Integration

    By Lynette Carrington There is no doubt about it - video is king! When it comes to creative content for your website or compelling messages for your business and your social networking channels, nothing can tell a story or convey meaning quite the way a polished and professional video can. What would you say about your business, your special event or even yourself on video that would entice po ... Read More

  • Your Website Is the Foundation of Your SEO

    By Lynette CarringtonYour 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 and ... 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 building ... Read More

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

    By Lynette CarringtonIn 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 diners. ... Read More

  • Core Fitness Suggests Taking It Easy When Getting Back in Shape after Baby

    By Lynette Carrington Getting back in shape after having a baby is often a concern for a new mom. Primarily, it is most important to always consult your OBGYN and your general physician before starting any type of an exercise regimen when pregnant, or after giving birth. In past generations, exercise during pregnancy was frowned upon, but times have really changed. Owner and personal trainer at Co ... 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

  • ​ Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter Raises Awareness and Funds for Programs and Research

    By Lynette Carrington When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease it can be a confusing and challenging time for both the newly diagnosed individual and the people around them. The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter works to support and empower anyone affected by Alzheimer’s or a related dementia while funding the latest advancements in research that will hopefully o ... 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

  • 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 Guar ... 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 shop ... 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

  • 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

  • Bob The Psychic -Connecting You to Your Future

    By Lynette Carrington There are those in the general population that possess the unique gift of a higher sight. Bob The Psychic is one of those people. Just a few minutes with the warm, funny and talented psychic will make anyone a believer. Whether someone is receiving a reading through the use of Tarot or Angel cards, channeling, clients are ensured a one-of-a-kind experience and additional inf ... Read More

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