Committed to ‘Shop Local’

We are one month into 2018 and many resolutions have already come and gone. While we always start the New Year with the best intentions, only 7 percent of those commitments are ever realized.

Wicked Awesome Happy Hour

There was a huge turnout at the Wicked Awesome December Happy Hour, which was held on Dec. 27 at The Local Chandler. The social networking event is held monthly at various Chandler locations. For more information, visit HappyHour. Photography by David Apeji. 

Chandler Playground Build

On Nov. 4, more than 200 volunteers gathered at Gazelle Meadows Park to build a playground. Volunteers assembled pieces and mixed concrete, among other things, to get the playground up and running in less than five hours! 

Meet The Elected Officials Breakfast

On Jan. 5, Chandler Chamber members had the opportunity to eat breakfast and chat with Arizona state legislators, federal and local politicians, and school governing board officials. 

February 2018 Around Town

Nothing says date night quite like dinner and a movie! The Alamo Drafthouse in Chandler is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Make plans to see the last installment of the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, opening Feb. 8. If you’re a regular guest at the Alamo Drafthouse and looking for a special menu, check out The Birdcage…

Readers’ Choice Awards Part I

We're pleased to bring you the inaugural Readers' Choice Awards for 2017! In the following pages, you'll read about 41 of the best businesses and services in Chandler—chosen by you, our readers. This wasn't an easy task. We had 1,703 nominees, 226 finalists and over 4,400 ballots with more than 176,000 votes. It's clear that the people of Chandler love…

Readers’ Choice Awards Part II

 Sonoran Smile Orthodontics          4015 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 7, Chandler  480.400.6212

Readers’ Choice Awards Part III

 Top Golf                     1689 S. Santan Village Pkwy, Gilbert  480.240.1282

Readers’ Choice Awards Part IV

 California Pools & Landscape  4320 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 1, Chandler  480.345.0005                                                                                             

Sustaining the Small Business

four local influencers chime in on their thoughts about the climate of small business in Chandler and why it matters to "shop local." (Hint: It means a lot more than you might think.)

Welcome to 2018

I feel like there are two kinds of people: Those who make New Year's resolutions and those who don't. Which one are you? I used to be the former and, thanks to my charming Type-A personality (insert smirk here) I was pretty intense about it. It was black or white, all in or all out. When I made resolutions, I kept them—there were…

2017 Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights

Nothing brings the Chandler community together like the annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights. This year, attendees enjoyed stage performances, Santa's House and Workshop, vendors, pony rides and, of course, the time-honored parade and tree lighting ceremony. 

Second Annual Pictures with Santa

The Amy Nelson Team of Keller Williams East Valley, and Your Loan Gal, Kari Zurn with RedStone Mortgage, were back with their annual free Pictures with Santa event in Downtown Ocotillo. Dozens of families came out to see Santa, decorate cookies and donate to the Toys for Tots Drive.

Ocotillo Friends Wrap Party

Ocotillo Friends and Ocotillo Empty Nesters came together for the Second Annual Adopt-a-Family Wrap Party, hosted by d’Vine Gourmet. Members of the community gathered to wrap presents for 17 families in the Chandler Unified School District. 

Aquila Dental Cares Event

Aquila Dental is proud to announce they donated $31,200 in services during their recent event, Aquila Dental Cares. The practice saw 78 patients in the Chandler community and performed 62 extractions, 19 fillings and had 24 hygiene appointments.

CFHM Annual Toy Drive

The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical (CFHM) Department held its annual toy drive on Dec. 9 at Chandler Fashion Center, where they collected items for children who might otherwise go without. The highlight was the Holiday Toy Ride, where anyone who donated got to ride in a fire engine. 

Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off

More than 5,000 people enjoyed good food, great weather and a little history at the Eighth Annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, held at Tumbleweed Ranch on Nov. 10 and 11. Although there was live music, interactive exhibits and cooking demonstrations, it was the 1880s chuck wagons that took center stage. 

Taste of Ocotillo 

Downtown Ocotillo celebrated the grand opening of Realty Executives and the inaugural Taste of Ocotillo event on Nov. 18. Event highlights included live music, wine tastings and featured cuisine from Downtown Ocotillo restaurants. 

Fit Society Crib Crawl

Community is one of the core values at Fit Society. On Nov. 18, 130 members attended the Second Annual Crib Crawl, hosted by Fit Society members, where they biked from house to house on a beautiful Arizona day partaking in adult beverages along the way. 

January 2018 Around Town

Book lovers across the U.S. now have a quick and simple way to find local writing talents of more than 2,000 authors in 75 locations across the country. started the #ReadLocal movement in hopes that people will patronize local independent bookstores to combine the magic of shopping local with the treasure of reading books from local authors. “With more than 12 million books on Amazon and…

Feeling the Burn

If your workout routine is becoming, well, routine, perhaps it’s time to breathe new life into what makes you sweat. And, there’s no shortage of hot exercises that are sure to get your heart pumping, muscles burning and mind racing—all in a good way.

Hometown Glory

Cody Bellinger, first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers and recipient of the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year Award, started chasing his baseball dreams as a kid living in Chandler. His dreams, drive and hard work led him all the way to the World Series during his debut season.

Nutritional Nourishment

Maybe you overindulged on the holiday cookies and eggnog last month or perhaps you are determined to keep your New Year’s resolution to eat better. Whatever the reason, you want to eat more healthily. But you also want to enjoy eating out on those days when you are too busy or tired to cook.

This Mother Won!

Joan Novelly is a mother of two, a dental hygienist and is known in the community for her family’s business, Novelly Dentistry. Her husband, Arthur Novelly, DDS, is a devoted family man who has always gone above and beyond his call of duty for his family and his extended family of dental patients in the Chandler/Gilbert area. For a woman…

Never Give Up

Joe Jackson was a 16-year-old Hamilton football player when his life was forever changed. During a November game in 2005, Jackson was playing defense and ran to the other side of the field to make a tackle. The next thing he knew, he was on the ground. He tried to get up, but he couldn’t. His coaches told him it…

Reboot Your Body

In his 30s, Dr. Noel Abood was told he had high visceral fat and high triglycerides. Despite his efforts to exercise and eat well, his triglyceride number didn’t go down so for a while, he gave up. Then, at age 49, he had a heart attack and it made him realize that he needed to truly find a solution for his…

How I Got Into The Best Shape of My Life

I was at the Arizona MVD, nervously approaching the counter, driver’s license application in hand, thinking there had to be some mistake. They want to know my weight? I politely asked the clerk about the little box awaiting my answer, and suggested that since Pennsylvania, where I’m originally from, didn’t require a weight on my license so I shouldn’t have…

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.