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.

September 2017 Around Town

The Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) is celebrating 6,000 adoptions at its PetMatch Adoption Center. Since it took over a former puppy mill store location in 2012, the shelter’s center has helped homeless animals find their “furever” families. Over one-third of the adoptions were cats and kittens with the remainder being puppies and dogs. The no-kill animal shelter was hoping…

The Shape of You 

It was an overcast day when I met several ladies at Desert Soul Boutique in Ahwatukee for a private shopping session and photo shoot. As a personal stylist, I love helping people find the perfect outfits for their unique body types.

New Builds, New Looks, New Life

Chandler has many exciting projects revitalizing downtown and the surrounding areas. City of Chandler Downtown Redevelopment Manager Kim Moyers shares some of the new and innovative projects taking place. “It’s an exciting time to be in Downtown Chandler,” says Moyers. “The city council’s vision is to create a balanced downtown with a mix of multi-family, office and retail/entertainment. We are…

The “Plastic Surgeon of Commercial Real Estate”

Drive around Chandler and you will probably notice one name prominently displayed over and over again on a number of shopping centers. The Pollack name in the signs refers to Michael A. Pollack, President and Founder of Pollack Investments.

A Revolutionary Space

When Chuck and Angela Fazio’s company, Revelation Real Estate, started to outgrow their building on the southwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Ocotillo Road, it was time to find a new space. As leading real-estate experts in the Valley, they had the resources to search everywhere but they kept running into the same problem: They had a vision for what…

A Taste of Mexico

Look out Chandler, there’s a new Mexican restaurant in town that has created quite a buzz for serving delicious, authentic Mexican recipes. Owner Ruben Sahagun, who also has restaurants in Washington as well as two in the Tucson area, opened La Hacienda this past February.

Lauren Snow Beauty’s Picks

Local beauty expert Lauren Snow shares her favorite makeup and skincare products. Her boutique located in Downtown Chandler offers facials, waxing, eyelash extensions and makeup for special occasions. Reach her at

Fill Your Feed With Inspiration

Feeling like you’re in a fashion funk but adopting what’s flaunted in trendy Vogue photo shoot spreads isn’t quite your speed? Get inspired by these Instagram influencers to discover what’s cool and hot in the Valley’s fashion and lifestyle scenes.

Animal Style

If you're in the mood to lighten up your wardrobe, aim for natural tones inspired by nature. Shades of neutrals with pops of camel and olive green will make you feel like you're coming straight off the plane from the Serengeti. These light colors ooze with warmth and coziness, which are perfect for everyday wear.

My Family’s History

Being a fourth-generation Chandlerite, I have some advantages when it comes to helping my clients find their next home in the South Chandler area. My family has deep roots here. My father’s side of the family was farmers and my mother’s side was cattle ranchers. A fun fact: What is known as the Ocotillo area today was known as Goodyear…

Chandler Horizon Rotary Club’s Thank You Breakfast

The Chandler Horizon Rotary Club held their Thank You Breakfast at Grill 60 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort Pro Shop. This annual event serves as a celebration to award funds to charitable organizations, along with thanking their sponsors, volunteers and winners. Photography by Larry Gardner.

Dog Days of Summer

Everyone loves kids and pets, right? I'm sure most of you have either one or both in your home. As for my family, we have two tiny humans and one adorably curmudgeonly schnoodle in our household. Baxter is 13 years old but our young, highly energetic daughters sure know how to keep him on his toes!

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular

The city of Chandler held a fun-filled, family event to celebrate America's birthday. Residents came out to Tumbleweed Park for a night of activities, music and dancing, which ended with a traditional fireworks show.

Summer Reading Program Kick-Off

The Summer Reading Program Kick-Off event was held on June 3 at Chandler Hamilton Library with community partners Chandler Museum and SRP, as well as Chandler Police and Fire departments.

Our Stories: A Brief History on the Gila River Community

The Chandler Museum, Chandler Public Library, Chandler Historical Society and the Friends of the Chandler Public Library presented A Brief History of the Gila River Indian Community. Billy Allen told the story of how his O’odham people have endured as the world around them changed.

Chandler Compadres Distribute Over $800,000 to Local Charities

The Chandler Compadres held an event to distribute over $800,000 in funds to local nonprofit organizations. The Compadres were established in 1980 with the sole mission of providing support for East Valley families in need. The group works to raise funds through their annual events and tax credit campaign.

August 2017 Around Town

Young love was in the air when Karen Wamback Trezza posted on Facebook with a rather odd request. Her son, Gabe, was head-over-heels for his classmate named Reagan and wanted to invite her to his birthday party, but Wamback didn’t know how to find the girl. Facebook came to the rescue when she posted a request looking for the girl…

Gather ‘Round the Kitchen Table

Marcy Makoviecki combined her passion for food and community to create Mix Cooking School. Foodies of all ages can come together to learn new skills and great recipes and then enjoy a dining experience at the end of class.

Bring the Kids!

The temperatures have been in the triple digits for weeks, the kids are bickering for hours on end and your patience has hit its limits. Welcome to summertime in the Valley of the Sun! While residents of the East Coast talk about being snowed in during the winter months, here in the East Valley, we have our own version: We…

Spreading Joy

A volunteer veteran at the Arizona Animal Welfare League, Julia Strazz, 17, has seen all kinds of cute and cuddly adorableness—but one moment has been especially endearing, and it involves story hour of a slightly different nature. Strazz works with 9- to- 12-year-olds attending the league’s summer camps at its main Phoenix location. Sometimes, their day includes reading to dogs.…

Global Citizens in Our Backyard

Three weeks in 2015. That’s all it took to get Riya and Eshan Kalra hooked. The socially conscious siblings learned about Syrian refugees in Belgium and felt the need to do more than read and hear about their plights from the comfort of their Chandler home. “We were both very touched. We wanted to do everything we could to make…

August 2017 Local’s Choice

April Gould and Sarah Williams have changed thousands of lives. They’re told that constantly, and they feel it. In 2016, they made the offbeat decision to meld Gould’s love of animals and Williams’ yoga talent into AZ Goat Yoga, a program they say encourages positivity, fun and healing. “People always tell us that it’s the best day of their lives,”…

Express Yourself

Fun back-to-school looks to copy—without getting in trouble!

Understanding Our Pets

Becoming a veterinarian was not the obvious choice for Dr. Andrea Strickland. “I’m not a typical vet,” she says. “I actually wanted to study human medicine.” But she grew up with dozens of pets (“My mom kind of collected them”) and was good at handling and bathing and taking care of them. Fast forward to college and she found herself…

Kibbles and Nibbles

It was time for Lisa LeComte to make a change from her stressful career in healthcare management to something that made her happy. One day, she turned to her fur buddy, Isis, and asked for advice. Isis said, “Arf!” Translation: “You like baking, you’re creative and you love me. Start a dog cookie company. You can keep me supplied and…

Be a Responsible Pet Parent

Don’t get bitten – know the laws for responsible pet ownership. The city of Chandler adheres to the laws and ordinances involving cats and dogs adopted by Maricopa County. For more information visit

How Force-Free Training Led Us to Our ‘Fur’-ever Friend

I started working with dogs from an early age, teaching basic behaviors and tricks. It wasn’t until I started volunteering with a local foundation that I got into more serious training. I was asked to work with dogs that had various behaviors that made them unadoptable. But the one thing that remained consistent in my approach was that I was…

Food, glorious food

If you know me, then you know I'm a huge foodie. Like, the kind of person who may or may not stand in line for hours to get my hands on a cronut or a ramen burger or whatever is the latest buzzworthy food. What can I say, I'm a sucker—and not just for trendy food but also for really…

Hamilton High School Graduation

Hamilton High School held its graduation ceremony at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe on May 31. The school expected 857 students 
to receive their diplomas. Photography by Heather Hackett Creates.

Perry High School Graduation

Congratulations to Perry High's Class of 2017! This year, 825 seniors were expected to graduate on May 31 at the commencement 
ceremony held at the school. Photography by Renee Clancy.

30th Annual Chandler Chamber Community Awards

The 30th Annual Chandler Chamber Community Awards was held on June 1 at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. The event honors local businesses and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the community. Photography by Everardo Keeme Photography.

Arizona College Prep – Erie Graduation

Arizona College Prep - Erie recognized 87 graduating seniors on May 31, its largest class to date. The students have earned more than 
$12.3 million in scholarships. Photography by DElizabethBishop Photography.

Vision Gallery Hosts Reception for New Exhibit

Vision Gallery hosted an opening reception for a new exhibit that features the art of three female artists who use TechShop to hone their craft. From Thin Air II: Art from TechShop features pieces from Lauren Copley, Jamie Cordelier and Emily Longbrake.

Greenhouse Gardens – Pawsitively Fetching Photos

Greenhouse Gardens held a "pawsitively" fabulous pet event for a good cause. Professional pet photographer Christina Armstrong 
( took pet photos and donated a portion of the proceeds to rescue group One Dog Arizona ( Pups from the rescue were in attendance and available for adoption.