It’s Finally Here!

December. It's the month I've been waiting for all year long—and I don't think I'm alone in this when I say the holiday season is my FAVORITE time of year!

Top 100 Chandler Companies Honored

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce honored the top 100 companies in Chandler at The State of the Business Community on Oct. 26. This year’s festivities were held in the Quantum Helicopters hangar in the Chandler Airpark with over 300 people in attendance. 
Photography by Everardo Keeme. 

Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play

Families and kids of all ages came out to Tumbleweed Park on Oct. 21 as it transformed into a playground! Kids enjoyed life-sized board games, sporty inflatables and interactive games.

Halloween Spooktacular

The city of Chandler hosted an evening of safe family fun to kick off Halloween weekend! There was food, games, arts and crafts, costume contests and a haunted house for everyone to enjoy.

Kustom Karz for K-9z and Katz

The fifth annual Kustom Karz for K-9z and Katz Kar Show in Downtown Ocotillo was their largest yet. They raised around $5,000 for Lost Our Home Pet Rescue and had one on-the-spot adoption!

Community Shred-A-Thon

The second annual community shred-a-thon was held on Oct. 21 in Downtown Ocotillo. People dropped off their sensitive documents for safe disposal and said hello to the Chandler Fire and Police Departments. The event was sponsored by the Kari Zurn Team, the Amy Nelson Team and the Craig Lloyd Agency.  

SanTan Brewery Mural Project

The Chandler Arts Commission, with input from the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and SanTan Brewing Company, held a reception to unveil a new mural on the brewery’s wall by artists “Such Styles” and “Champ Styles.” Photo courtesy: Chandler Center for the Arts. 

MassageLuxe and Rita’s of Chandler Ribbon 
Cutting Ceremonies

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce officially welcomed MassageLuxe and Rita's of Chandler into the community by celebrating with a ribbon cutting ceremony for both businesses. 

Break Out of the Box Challenge

Three middle schoolers took top honors at the Break Out of the Box Challenge on Nov. 4. Thirty-four students entered the design-and-build challenge, in which they received a box of materials and instructions to build whatever they imagined. CK Valenti Designs of Chandler hosted the event.

Client Appreciation Open House

Animal Medical Center of Chandler hosted a Client Appreciation Open House on Nov. 3 for the South Chandler community. Food trucks, inflatables, face painting, pet vendors and hospital tours were on hand for people to enjoy. Photography by David Apeji. 

December 2017 Around Town

Inventive and fashionable garments made from recyclable materials were a huge hit with the crowds at Chandler Fashion Center, when designers modeled their unique creations during Chandler’s Trashion Fashion Show. This was the third year for the runway-style fashion event featuring original designs created from repurposed and discarded materials. Nicolette Tate took first place in the 10-13 age category, modeling…

For Our City Day Chandler

Hundreds of volunteers came together on Oct. 28 for the seventh annual “For Our City Day Chandler.” The city partnered with nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, local businesses and individuals who worked together on improvement projects in the San Tan neighborhood near Gazelle Meadows Park. Photography by Robin Finlinson.

Home For the Holidays

For over 22 years, I have been able to create inspiring designs that personalize my clients’ desires. The result enables each style to emerge into a design that captivates and fulfills their individual needs. My detail-oriented, client-focused approach makes me flexible and fun to work with, too. As an interior designer, my primary focus is serving the customer. I have worked…

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Show some love to the P-H-X with these locally crafted goodies. 

Christmas Customs

We may not experience a White Christmas, but here are four ways that the community is making spirits bright in this great city of ours. 

Giving Hearts, Giving Back

This month, otherwise known as the busiest time of the year, people may be looking for a way to stop the hustle and bustle—at least for a little while—and gather together with friends and family members to give back to the community.

Flavor a Fuoco

Tucked away in a small shopping center on the southwest corner of Alma School and Warner roads, owners Matt Nobile and John Araujo dream came true when they opened their urban pizzeria in March 2016. They named it Bella Gusto, which translates to “Beautiful Flavor,” and that is exactly what you’ll find at this pizza bistro.

Holiday Traditions

For as long as I can remember, our family had a special breakfast item that was reserved for the holidays: Dutch Babies. These delicious, fluffy casserole concoctions were regularly made on holiday mornings. I remember running down the stairs to the smell of these perfectly baked golden brown vessels that could be topped with everything from fruit and nuts to sugars and syrup.…

Bridgette Balmes’ Picks

Bridgette Marie Balmes has been a lifestyle and wedding photographer in the Chandler area for over 10 years. At home, she and her husband Brendan stay plenty busy with their four kids. To see her work or book a session, visit  

Be the Light

I don't know if you feel the same, but lately it feels like there's been a lot of darkness in the world. It seems like whenever I turn on the TV or scroll through Facebook, it's grim news. Hurricanes and wildfires and mass shootings and abused dogs. It makes my heart hurt (not to mention it makes me want to…

‘The Vietnam War’ Preview Screening and 
Panel Discussion

On August 30, Chandler Public Library partnered with Arizona PBS to host 260 people at the Valley’s only sneak peek showing of The Vietnam War, by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. After the preview, attendees engaged in discussion with a panel of Vietnam veterans.

Patriot Day Assembly

Weinberg Elementary School’s student council organized the Patriot Day Assembly to honor and recognize military and first responders. 
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Instruction Frank Narducci shared the message while Perry High’s Junior ROTC presented the colors and Perry High’s marching band played the National Anthem.

“A Night for Rescue” Benefit Dinner

The Exodus Road, a nonprofit that helps find and free victims of human trafficking, hosted its first Arizona benefit dinner on Sept. 21 at The Falls Event Center in Gilbert. Proceeds from the event will fund The Exodus Road’s search-and-rescue investigations in the U.S. and South America. 

Shoe Thrill Fifth Anniversary Party

Local Chandler store Shoe Thrill recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with a party featuring great deals and local treats from Peixoto Coffee, Ghett' Yo' Taco, Lisa's Rum Cake and much more!

SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest

Downtown Chandler transformed into Munich for SanTan Brewing’s 10th Annual Oktoberfest. Everyone enjoyed German food and craft beer while being entertained by crowd favorites such as a brat-eating contest and wiener dog races. Reel Big Fish and Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers rocked out on the main stage. 

November 2017 Around Town

Popular mattress company Tuft & Needle opened its third retail location in Arizona at Heritage Marketplace in Gilbert. The grand opening event on Sept. 23 was full of surprises, including complimentary T&N pillows to the first 100 guests. As part of its commitment to community, Tuft & Needle donated 100 percent of in-store sales made that day to Furnishing Dignity,…

Neighbors Who Care

Charlotte Gould has a message that she wants to share with the world: Little people can do great things. The fourth grader at Jacobson Elementary School is a living example of her own words. Charlotte was born with a cleft lip and palate and has undergone two surgeries and numerous procedures. 

Full Bellies, Full Hearts

On Aug. 30, Even Stevens opened for business in Downtown Chandler. The craft casual sandwich shop, which is the seventh location in Arizona for the Salt Lake City-based company, is attracting a lot of repeat customers who enjoy Even Stevens’ delicious variety of sandwiches. From the Pot Roast Dip, featuring turkey pot roast, Swiss cheese, red onion and locally made…

Perfect Thanksgiving Pairings

You’ve spent days, maybe even weeks, making sure every dish is ready to shine. But, Thanksgiving dinner prep doesn’t end there. If you’re stumped—or just plain too exhausted—to deliberate over the wine component, our certified sommeliers are here to assist. You’ll notice some versatile wines that can be used for more than one dish, which makes pairing even more of…

Wrapped in Warmth

Andra Good realized something while watching a video of an orphanage in Africa. The children had clothes on their back and shoes on their feet, but not a single child had a blankie. Good thought about her children, who take their blankies with them everywhere, providing them a sense of comfort and security. She also thought about the stacks of…

Let the Record Show …

After 50 years of collecting advertising pieces from around the world, Michael Pollack was awarded the Guinness World Records title for the Largest Collection of Advertising Statues in the world with 8,917 pieces. Pollack started collecting vintage advertising memorabilia at the age of 12. As a young entrepreneur, he would buy electric beer signs at the flea market in San Jose,…

Eat, Drink, Sing

A unique experience fits the unique name of this restaurant gem in Chandler. Customers rave about the authentic Asian cuisine served at Singing Pandas Asian Restaurant & Bar, but that’s not the only reason they keep coming back. The restaurant offers free nightly entertainment—a fun element for those who want some live music with their Moo Shu Pork.

The Miles Man

With the holidays fast approaching, that can only mean airfares are rising even faster. Sure, you can use Google Flights (or, for the more advanced, the ITA Matrix) to get close to the bottom-dollar rate, but I advocate the method I've been using for the past 10 years: Fly for free!

I’m the Luckiest Man in the World

Growing up as a small-town farm boy in Colwich, Kansas, I was always surrounded by the values of hard work and patriotism. I remember trying to enlist for the infantry in the U.S. Army with some friends as soon as we heard about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, only to be denied admittance because I was 16 at the time.…

The Evolution of Travel 

I've been thinking about how traveling evolves with you. When I was a kid, I have memories of going to Rocky Point with my family and camping on the beach. We'd look at the rings sold by the Mexican ladies and buy fresh shrimp from the fishermen and bean burritos from street vendors. Yum-o!

Chandler Lifestyle Hosts Happy Hour

Chandler Lifestyle magazine hosted a happy hour at Meridiem Kitchen & Lounge, a new restaurant on the Price Corridor. Chandler locals mingled and networked while enjoying appetizers and cocktails and the live music entertainment. Photography by Bridgette Marie.

October 2017 Around Town

A Chandler Recreation Division’s program that provides teens with real-world work experience and leadership training has won the Outstanding Education Program Award from the Arizona Parks & Recreation Association (APRA). The award recognized Chandler’s Leaders In Training (L.I.T.) program, which prepare teens for the professional world. Since 2001, the program has invited young adults to turn their summer downtime into…

Sun, Surf and Sand

When on vacation in Laguna Beach, California, you could check out the numerous art galleries in the quaint downtown. You could shop till you drop in funky, upscale-meets-bohemian boutiques. You could try your hand at surfing in the gentle, albeit cold, waves. Or you could sit on your balcony at the Surf and Sand Resort and enjoy the vast ocean…

A Guide to Rocky Point

Puerto Peñasco (nicknamed Rocky Point) is a growing seaside village and beach destination that is an easy four-hour drive from Chandler. Once you cross the border, you will travel less than an hour on the Mexican highway, which is clearly marked along the way as a “hassle-free zone.” Almost every car you see will have an Arizona or California license…

Glamp it Up

The newest peach on Schnepf Farms isn’t something you can bite into. The Cozy Peach—a quiet area nestled among pine trees that boasts views of the San Tan Mountains—is the new glamping site on the popular family-run agritourism hot spot known for its U-Pick peaches and seasonal festivals.

A Smoky Scene

Chandler has a new place to unwind called Puro, a cigar bar offering premium cigars, craft beers and spirits. The place has a light, airy feel with its open floor plan and wall of retractable windows. Their high tables make it easier for guests to mingle and adds to the open atmosphere. Guests can also relax outside and enjoy the…

Eliminating the Fear

For some women, getting a mammogram isn’t something they want to do, but it’s an important appointment that should not go ignored. Solis Mammography is changing the way mammograms are perceived and performed by providing a comfort-driven, patient-centric environment that helps put patients at ease while offering advanced, top-of-the-line breast-imaging technology and expert interpretations.

Southern Arizona Paradise

To many, Sierra Vista is best known as a global leader in military intelligence as well as a bustling hub for cybersecurity research, workforce development, testing and certification. But, beyond serving a hub that protects us—not to mention our computers and smart phones—from everything that goes bump in the night, Sierra Vista is one of Arizona’s best-kept tourism secrets. At…

The Best Vacation I Ever Took

In August 2011, I flew into Portland, Oregon, to visit friends and family. Portland is such a cool city filled with fantastic food, vibrant music and arts scene, and really cool eclectic boutiques. At this point in time I had been working at Shoe Mill in Tempe for nine years. I am a self-professed shoe addict and love working in…

Minimalism Makeover

One of the newest trends to hit Pinterest is the capsule wardrobe. If you search it, you'll see loads of color palettes and dozens of themes—it can get overwhelming! I'm here to break down this trend and help you build your own capsule wardrobe.

Chandler, You’ve Changed

It's safe to say that Downtown Chandler is not what it used to be. Back in the mid-1980s, I recall walking down a less busy Boston Street to get immunizations for school. My memory is foggy but I do remember the area being a little sleepy and quiet; not the bustling, foot-traffic-heavy place that it is today.

The Real Men of Chandler Reception

The finest men in Chandler were honored at a reception held at Cuisine & Wine Bistro. Attendees enjoyed appetizers, cocktails and conversation as each man was individually recognized for his contribution to the community. Sponsored by Chandler Lifestyle magazine and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Photography by Bridgette Marie.

Fifth Annual Operation Back to School

Operation Back to School provided FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies, shoes, socks, underwear and uniforms as well as haircuts for students in need attending a school in the Chandler Unified School District.

July Was a Big Month for Experimac

July was a special month for one of our business partners, Priya Kalra. She celebrated her birthday on the 27th, became a U.S. citizen on the 28th and hosted a Chandler Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony for her new business, Experimac! Congratulations, Priya!

Virtual Reality to Fight Distracted Driving in Chandler

To promote safe driving habits, AT&T brought a virtual reality simulator to the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Compadre Branch on Aug. 2. Local students had the opportunity to try the simulator and see the dangerous consequences of distracted driving.