Hi, I’m Mindy 1

It’s great to “meet” all of you. I’m so excited to be the new editor of Chandler Lifestyle magazine.

Even though I’m not from Arizona (I was born in Seoul, South Korea), I moved to Chandler when I was 4 years old so I like to consider myself a native.

I grew up in this town. Back when there was a Smitty’s on the southeast corner of Alma School and Warner. Back when all the teenagers went back-to-school clothes shopping at Miller’s Outpost across the street from that Smitty’s. Back when there was no Loop 101 Freeway—it was called Price Road. In high school I wasn’t allowed to drive south of Ray Road because it was all farmland and there were no streetlights.

Look how far we’ve come.

In the decades since, I flew the nest and left Chandler to discover the world. When I got engaged to my now-husband, it was a no-brainer to come back here and rebuild my roots. And now, we’re raising our family here.

Sometimes, I take our kids to my favorite spots (I’m looking at you, Aloha Kitchen) to share with them a slice of my childhood. And while it’s fun to reminisce, it’s also a delight to discover all the neat and new spots popping up around town. I hope you’ll share with me some of the places that make it “your Chandler” by sending me an email at Mindy.Haskins@LifestylePubs.com.

It’s good to be home.