Hi, I’m Mindy

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.

Hamilton One-in-Four Fundraiser

Chandler Lifestyle, along with OnTrac, Ginger Monkey, d’Vine Gourmet, Local Listing Pro, Hamilton High School’s social worker Rajani Rastogi and the HOPE Committee, co-sponsored the Hamilton One-in-Four Fundraiser at a private home on April 22. The event raised money for the Hamilton Homeless Fund, which helps underprivileged students in the CUSD. Photography by David Apeji.

The Great Southwest Cajun Fest

Fans of crawfish, craft beer and good times gathered to celebrate the heart and soul of New Orleans paired with Arizona fusion and flavor at the Great Southwest Cajun Fest in downtown Chandler on Saturday, April 22.

Matthew’s Crossing’s Annual Night to Fight Hunger 

Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank hosts its Night to Fight Hunger each April. The event is a vital part of the food bank’s ability to continue to serve record numbers of clients. Matthew’s Crossing provides emergency food boxes, holiday food boxes and weekend backpack meals. 
Photos by Bob Bobber Photography.

Chandler Craft Spirits Festival

For the fourth year, the Chandler Craft Spirits Festival delighted those looking to sample and sip on a variety of cocktails and spirits. Local music entertained the crowds on April 29 in downtown Ocotillo while attendees tasted cocktails from a variety of distilleries. 
Photography by Levitate.

Chandler Compadres Golf Classic

The Chandler Compadres Golf Classic was held on April 21 at Talking Stick Golf Club. Beneficiaries this year includes the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, ICAN Positive Programs for Youth, Chandler Christian Community Center, Chandler Education Foundation, Fans Across America and Arizona Brainfood.

CTE Boat Races

Chandler High School hosted the First Annual CUSD Inter-High School Cardboard Boat Races at the CHS pool on April 28. Thanks to the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Engineering students across CUSD for organizing and participating in this fun and educational event! Photography by Keith Kagen.

Chandler Kiwanis Club Donates Accessible Swings

The Chandler Kiwanis Club raised $6,000 to have accessible swings and ramps installed at four Chandler community parks. On April 18, they held their weekly meeting at one of the parks to witness, for the first time, one of their donated swings being used.

Chandler Historical Society Luncheon

Nearly 200 people from across the community were in attendance at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort on April 28 to share their love and passion for keeping Chandler’s heritage alive today and tomorrow. Photography by Dan Francis.

June 2017 Around Town

Laura Thornburg, a librarian at Weinberg Elementary School, was recently awarded a grant from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Over 300 schools applied for the grant and only 22 were awarded for a total of $100,000. The grant was used to purchase 30 Makey Makey kits and five Dot and Dash robot kits for coding. The Dbacks also gave the school 500…

Making the Cut

At V’s Barbershop, getting a haircut isn’t simply something to check off the to-do list; it’s a nostalgic experience. The brainchild of Jim Valenzuela (Mr. V), the barbershop opened its first location in Phoenix in 1999 as a tribute to Nick’s Barbershop in Tucson. In order to bring a first-class, old-fashioned barbershop experience to his clients, Valenzuela pays meticulous detail…

2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Give Him What He Really Wants This Year

Choose Your Brew

Mix-and-Match the Perfect Six Pack for Summer

Irish Banana Hammock

A lot has changed in Chandler since it was founded in 1912. The buildings have improved and the dirt roads have been replaced. You probably won’t see many Model T-Fords buzzing around town and Arizona Avenue no longer ends at the town plaza. But one thing remains the same: You can still take dad out to downtown Chandler for a…

The Real Men of Chandler

With the success of our Women’s issue, it seemed to be a no-brainer to carry it forward and feature The Real Men of Chandler in the June Men’s issue. We found these guys everywhere—donating their talents, time and/or money to make a difference in our great community.

Let’s Talk About Some Amazing Women

Just a year ago, May was my first edition as Publisher of Chandler Lifestyle. I had recently moved from the Midwest, retired and felt totally disconnected with my community. I could have never imagined the wonderful journey I was about to begin when I decided to join Lifestyle Publications!

The 29th Annual Chandler Ostrich Festival

The Chandler Chamber’s Annual Ostrich Festival and Kickoff Weekend hosted a crowd of more than 100,000. It included the
 Mayor’s Fun Run, a public safety fair, a classic car show, a parade, live entertainment, carnival rides, games ... and ostriches, oh my!

The Ocotillo Women’s League (OWLS) Fashion Fundraiser

The Ocotillo Women’s League (OWLS) held a fundraising fashion show to raise money for The Perfect Place, an Adult Day Care in Chandler. Models and clothes were provided by Chico’s San Tan and beautiful gift baskets were raffled off to raise over $3,000.

Community Easter Egg Hunt and Photos with the Easter Bunny

Once again, Amy Nelson and Paula Chavez of The Amy Nelson Real Estate Team, and Kari Zurn with RedStone Mortgage, joined forces to hold a free Community Easter Egg Hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Chandler History Museum Unveils Plans For New Addition

The Chandler Museum invited the community to an open house to unveil the designs for the new museum. Construction is slated to begin later this summer.

Chapman BMW Hosts PAW-ty Adoption Event

Chapman BMW hosted a PAW-TY adoption event for six local rescues, Maricopa County Animal Care and Take Me Home AZ. Thirty-six furbabies found their forever home! Woof, woof!

May 2017 Around Town

Sharp, modish curb appeal is underway at Overstreet, Downtown Chandler’s imminent shopping, dining and entertainment destination, expected to open in December 2017, injecting an invigorating new lineup of restaurants, retailers and entertainment options. Developed by MDB Properties and driven by Arizona-based LGE Design Build, with design by Brick & West, architecture by Cawley Architects and design-build by LGE, the new…

(Re)Freshen Up Your Face

The staff at Cielo Aesthetics & Wellness are master injectors and national educators, bringing more than 60 combined years of nursing experience—nearly half of which has been focused on aesthetic medicine. From wrinkle relaxers to dermal fillers, including a full line of custom services for men, they offer a variety of treatments that can improve the appearance of facial lines,…

Meet the Real Women of Chandler Part 2

An educator since 2000, Shore has always felt led to teach. As a teacher, dean and now, as principal at a Title 1 school in the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD), Shore and her team work tirelessly to meet not only their students’ academic needs but basic needs as well, including clothing, food and furniture.

The Best Spring Pie Ever

I absolutely love fresh strawberries when they are in season and my favorite way to enjoy them is when they are covered in chocolate! My mom was always a great cook, as is my sister. But I never did well following recipes because I loved improvising. A few years back, I was about to make a cheesecake and some chocolate-covered…

House Smoked, Ocean Fresh

After just two months of being open, word is out that Smokin Fins is a great place for delicious seafood, fresh sushi and amazing smoked meats. The concept started five years ago by three friends who had ties to Boise, Idaho, and took their years of restaurant experience to create a great selection of food choices at affordable prices in…

Meet the Real Women of Chandler

When planning our May Women’s issue, I wanted to find a way to focus on some of the wonderful ladies of Chandler. So many are impressive, inspiring, innovative, creative, selfless, determined ... I could go on forever! Let’s just say, I knew I would have a lot of material to work with so the idea for a feature on the…

5 Summer Vacation Styles Seen at Phoenix Fashion Week 2017

It's felt like summer here in the Valley for awhile, so hopefully you're gearing up to head for cooler climates. That means: Shopping, list-making and more shopping! Vacation is a great time to try out new styles and trends as you embark on exciting adventures to new places. So grab a cold sangria, relax and get ready to "unpack" these…

Fond Farewells & New Beginnings

Spring has finally arrived, and all the tell-tale signs of it are clear: days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, flowers are starting to pop-up along the roadside and the promise of summer lingers in the air. For many, spring is a time of growth, renewal and new beginnings with the coming of a new, brighter season. Yet…

Alice In Wonderland Performance

Haley Elementary put on a wonderful production of Alice in Wonderland, with all 144 students in the drama club participating in the play. Teachers Amy Miller and Kim Abrahamson should be very proud!

Smokin Fins Grand Opening

The American Fusion concept, focusing on sushi, seafood and a modern approach to bringing smoked flavors to the table is now open. Serving food with “attitude,” and always committed to serving high-quality ingredients at maximum value.

Chandler Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

The Chandler Chamber held a Ribbon Cutting event for some new (and not so new!) Chandler Businesses. Among those included were, East Valley School of Music, Back & Beyond, Element Hotel, Honey Baked Ham Co. and The Cays.

Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Chandler Sports Hall of Fame, in partnership with Chandler Museum, inducted its 13th class of outstanding Chandler athletes during a wonderful ceremony held at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Photography John Rubalcaba

EV School of Music New Location Celebration

Mike and Tabitha Kaminski celebrated the opening of their new location for East Valley School of Music with an Open House and Chandler Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

April 2017 Around Town

This month, Aji Spa at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass is pleased to announce the addition of three new, citrus-focused experiences to the treatment menu. Each of these fresh offerings celebrates the invigorating benefits of citrus in harmony with ingredients that hydrate, exfoliate and renew the body. This citrus series addition arrives along with a striking, reimagined spa…

Farm-to-Fork Finery

The resort offers a Chef’s Secret Garden Dinner Series that gives Valley foodies the chance to learn about and enjoy locally grown ingredients, masterfully combined by award-winning chefs. “Each Chef’s Secret Garden Dinner Series invites guests to indulge in quality ingredients sourced locally in a live demonstration format,” says Chloe Dake, Public Relations and Communications Manager for Omni Scottsdale Resort…

Handpicked Perfection

Cactus Flower imports blooms from around the world. But when Eric Luoma wants something that looks, feels and smells like Scottsdale, he keeps his eye peeled on the side of the road and creates a “Roadsidia” bouquet. He has a good sense of humor, but also recognizes the value in slowing down to smell the creosote.


Just a little over a year ago, Jeannine and Cameron McChesney opened Greenhouse Gardens, a unique urban market garden in Chandler. It is located in the original Riggs family farmhouse, and the two are the first non-family members to own the property since 1948.

Refresh Your Life

Spring has finally arrived in the East Valley. The temperatures are rising, the wildflowers are blooming and, with Spring Training behind us, the MLB games are underway. Spring is also traditionally a time to deep clean your home from top to bottom, donating or tossing items you don’t use anymore and organizing everything that’s left. As Rachel Winter, Founder and…

Garden Delights

If you have lived in the Valley for a while, you’ve probably heard about the legendary Singh Farms in Scottsdale. Owners Ken and Lee Singh closed their weekly farmer’s market and brought it to Tempe, where the 72-acre Rio Salado Golf Course operated for 30 years. Now, the Singh’s are slowly transforming the property into an organic farm, community market…

Dive Right In

It is no secret that Valley residents love their pools. And with the spring and summer heat officially knocking at the door again, the time has finally arrived for homeowners to make sure they have all their pool needs met before cooling off and enjoying the refreshing water.

Fashion In Bloom

Spring’s freshest looks come in the form of romantic ruffles, bold hues, super-sized stripes and dressed-up sportswear. It’s a season heavily influenced by the ’80s, aka the decade of decadent fashion, and minimalism is definitely taking a backseat.

Memories of Home

Although I’ve lived on the West Coast for almost 15 years now, I always look back at my childhood home in a small little Connecticut town with a sense of nostalgia. Maybe it’s because I spent my carefree years of youth there, or maybe it’s because I lived there the longest of any place so far. Either way, I will…

Chandler International Film Festival

The CIFF, held at SoHo63 in downtown Chandler, screened over 100 films representing more than 25 countries. Mitesh Patel, Festival Founder & Director, says "the goal of CIFF is to support creative, emerging filmmakers from all over the world and their projects."

Chandler Community and Cloud Covered Streets Help the Homeless

Community members joined forces with Robert Thornton of Cloud Covered Streets to assemble and deliver "blessing bags" for the homeless. Special thanks to Brooke Barr, Ocotillo Friends, Kneaders Ocotillo, Knockerball Scottsdale, Rita's Burritos and the Kalras with Help Humanity Today.

Welcoming Ceremonies for Three New Chandler Businesses

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed three new businesses to our community: Press Coffee, Eat Fit Go and VB Lounge. Remember to shop local!

Tarwater Toros Elementary Celebrations

The Tarwater Toros recently celebrated two momentous events with fun-filled activities. Students “walked the runway” and modeled fabulous shirts for the 100th day of school, and held a beautiful Chinese New Year party in honor of the holiday.

Mayor’s State of the City Address

The City hosted a reception followed by Mayor Tibshraeny's State of the City address, which detailed Chandler’s many successes and important topics from the past year, including economic development, quality of life, public safety and transparency in government.

March 2017 Around Town

To honor the 16,655 individuals who were incarcerated at the Gila River Japanese Internment Camp, the Museum is reaching out to the community— individuals, schools and organizations—to fold 16,655 origami cranes. The cranes will be used in an installation piece alongside the Un-American Exhibit. For more information, please visit ChandlerAZ.gov.

Tastefully Made

Nestled in the center of downtown Chandler is a new restaurant called VB Lounge. Owners Sasha and Donna Cosic opened the restaurant this past December, and the buzz hasn’t stopped since. Elegant yet casual describes the warm, sophisticated ambiance created by the restaurant’s high ceilings, wrap-around bar and tasteful European décor. It’s the perfect backdrop for the amazing cuisine served.