On My List…

 John and Brigid Hornacek  John and Brigid Hornacek met five years ago, marrying in March 2016. Between the two of them, they own four businesses: two Hornacek’s House of Golf stores (one in Scottsdale and one in Chandler), one men’s clothing store, and a blow dry bar called Primp and Blow in Paradise Valley. They also have three dogs and two cats. Says the…

Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa

Zen, fun and amazing food all at one location—Kimpton Amara Resort & Spa. This 100-room boutique resort, set amongst the stunning red rocks of Sedona and nestled against the banks of Oak Creek, just below the main uptown shopping area, offers a laid-back and serene, yet fun, experience.

Meaningful Moments

This is the time of year when I want to slow down and savor all the little things in my world. Revel in my good fortune and reflect on my blessings. Instead, it has become the most demanding time of the year—cooking and baking, gift-buying and wrapping, decorating, parties, visits with family and friends, acts of charity and giving back. 

Happy Holidays!

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun—and time sure has flown by this year. We can’t believe we’ve put together the final issue of Chandler Lifestyle in 2018! There’s a unique perspective that working in publishing brings. While we certainly don’t want to wish our lives away, we’re always looking toward the … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Phoenix Rescue Mission Holiday Campaign Phoenix Rescue Mission is running a holiday campaign through Dec. 31 to ensure the Valley’s homeless and disadvantaged populations do not go hungry this holiday season. With a goal of serving more than 100,000 meals, the nonprofit is asking the public to help support the cause through a variety of … Continued

Chandler Lifestyle’s Meet the Winemakers

Chandler Lifestyle held a Meet the Winemakers event in partnership with Farmboy Market, Meats, Sandwiches; Carlson Creek Winery; and d'Vine Gourmet. Attendees enjoyed a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, two wine and food tastings, followed by a wine and dessert pairing. Photos by David Apeji

Pumpkin Dunk

Arizona may be the only place in the country where it's hot enough to wear flip flops and tank tops to the pumpkin patch, especially if it's floating. Forget bobbing for apples; Chandler Aquatics invited the community try dunking for pumpkins this past Halloween. Photos courtesy of Sherrie Buzby Photography

Shred-A-Thon

A group of Chandler business owners, all part of the grassroots group Ocotillo Business Professionals, joined with the Chandler Police Department to once again host their semi-annual Shred-A-Thon. More than 17,000 pounds of documents were shredded, hundreds of old prescriptions were taken back by the police, and over $1,400 in voluntary donations for the 5013C charity, The Hamilton Homeless … Continued

3rd Annual #livelikelexi Charity Event

The 3rd Annual Live Like Lexi Charity Event was held at Majerle's Sports Grill Chandler Fashion Center, and included bully awareness booths, food, live music, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, a kids' corner, and a cornhole tournament. Proceeds go towards scholarships for community youth leaders who encompass the same Anti-Bullying Character as Lexi did, beginning in 2020.

Fundraising for Light the Night

Shea Homes Arizona joined with individuals and businesses around the Valley to fundraise $50,000 for Light the Night, which supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as it researches blood cancer treatments. On Oct. 26, Bourbon Jacks in Downtown Chandler joined the Shea Homes Arizona team and partners with food, raffles and more. The Light the Night walk took place Nov. 17. Photos courtesy Shea Homes … Continued

Home Sweet Home

Bring the holidays indoors and let your décor set the tone of the season! Here, one fireplace, three different ways. All looks styled by Dena Thomas of Dena Thomas Designs. Reach her at 480.330.6072 or Facebook.com/DenaThomasDesigns.

Get Your Grub On

With a design that radiates fast-casual-sleek accented by dark wood furnishings, high loft-inspired ceilings, a mix of communal tables flanked by backless stools, and soft booths and large windows for natural light, the new Chandler Grubstak begs to be noticed.

Not Home for the Holidays

Our plans may include little more than sleeping in, lying in the throes of food coma, raising a glass of champagne under fireworks, watching football, relaxing with family or letting loose among friends. However, not everyone will be experiencing those luxuries on year’s biggest holidays. For many of the men and women of Chandler’s police and fire departments, Thanksgiving, Christmas,…

Green Bean Casserole

Thanksgiving always reminds me of my grandmother’s Green Bean Casserole. It was my most favorite dish of the year. From the canned green beans to the French’s Crispy Fried Onions, it was warm and creamy, baked in a casserole dish, and served after just a bit of spooning to mix the ingredients. It took her less time to make than…

Make An Impact

Nonprofit organizations require a few things to keep operations moving smoothly—they need passionate people to fulfill the mission and donor dollars to make it happen. Here are some programs making a positive impact in the community, and how they put a $100 donation to good use.

Let the 2018 Audi Q7 Take You Over the River and Through the Woods…

The holiday season will be in full swing before we know it, and for many Chandler families, this means planning at least one road trip to visit friends and family.

Ring in the holidays at Chandler’s Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights

Some things are simply synonymous with the holidays—pumpkin pie, peppermint mochas, gingerbread houses, and of course, the City of Chandler’s Annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights. 

’Tis the Season to Be Thankful

So many days I just try to get through my to-do list. The hours fly by and I race through them, taking care of one thing after another, mentally checking off my list. In the back of my mind I know that I should slow down and enjoy the moments—and I know that most, if … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Chamberlain-Young Orthodontics Will Feature a Giving Tree Chamberlain-Young Orthodontics is partnering with the Chandler Compadres and offering a Giving Tree at its offices. With your help they have the ability to bring smiles to some disadvantaged children this holiday season. The Giving Tree will be adorned with ornaments listing the children’s ages. So when are you … Continued

#LoveUp #LovePup

Five years ago, Johnjay Van Es, from 104.7 Kiss FM’s nationally syndicated morning show Johnjay And Rich, received a text from a friend that changed his life. Kurt Warner, Hall of Fame NFL Super Bowl quarterback, was his son’s football coach, but Warner had to be away for a game. Van Es texted updates. Their boys made a winning play…

Experimac Chandler partners with Love is in the Bag

Experimac Chandler partnered with Love is in the Bag, a nonprofit organization that donates "love bags" with healthy, quality, top-of-the-line basic needs to families of children fighting cancer. In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness month in September, Experimac Chandler made it their mission to fill 100 bags.

Thank You, Veterans!

On Nov. 11, we recognize and pay respect to military veterans who served our country in the armed forces.

2018 Pancakes and Pavers

Nearly 50 city employees and 500 volunteers joined forces in September to perform labors of love at Chandler public housing sites, the senior center, Jewish Community Center and AZCEND.

ChandLore

Visitors to Downtown Chandler were transported back in time during ChandLore. The event showcased live actors and musicians telling eclectic stories of yesteryear. Stationed along Boston Street and San Marcos Place under the historic colonnade, actors from ImprovMania brought bygone characters to life. Alongside the lively actors was a variety of musical acts playing the harmonies of … Continued

Innovative Wine Cellar Designs Brings Modern Elegance to Any Home

Innovative Wine Cellar Designs lives up to its name, as its high standards for quality and attention to detail have been unsurpassed since 2002.

Culinary Cravings

They spend the majority of their waking hours crafting mouthwatering dishes that are showcased at some of the city’s most popular and buzzy restaurants. A chef’s schedule leaves little time for leisurely anything—let alone dining. So when they get a night off to let someone else do the cooking, the choice is made wisely.

Andrew McCreery

What started as a surprise birthday present has turned into a record-breaking, world-class competition for one Chandler resident. Andrew McCreery, whose genealogy traces back to one of the original Scottish clans, has always identified with his heritage “and all things Scottish.” For his 50th birthday, his wife and sisters conspired to surprise him with a family kilt and a registration to…

October 2018 Around Town

Chandler Debuts the Wave, a Free Downtown Shuttle The City of Chandler contracted with Electric Cab North America to provide free shuttle service using an eCab dubbed the “Wave.” Two electric vehicles, able to accommodate a driver and five passengers, will pick people up from Chandler’s four downtown parking garages and take them to destinations … Continued

FitDC

Combining the camaraderie of Chandler’s community with the best outdoor space in the City, FitDC brought high energy and heart-pumping fitness fun. FitDC will return to Chandler in January 2019. For additional details visit ChandlerAZ.gov/fitdc. PHOTOGRAPHY BY FULL EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRIS CASAS 

Perfectly Paired

Ever wonder what type of wood you should use when grilling meat? Yes, it matters. And yes, there are pairings you should follow. For advice from the master, we turned to Oren Molovinsky, the owner at Farmboy Market—Meats, Sandwiches, located in south Chandler. The restaurant specializes in smoked/grilled meats and sandwiches that are made using Arizona ingredients, and Molovinksy recommends…

Chandler Food Trucks

There are common threads that bind many of the Chandler food truck business owners and managers together. They have a passion for delicious and often creative food, along with a strong desire to share it. An entrepreneurial spirit is a must. Most have Instagram and Facebook pages and use them as a homing beacon for foodies. Many have a knack…

Well, Now I’m Hungry!

Love to eat and drink? Then this issue will whet your appetite! This month we celebrate all things food and drink. To start, we hit the road to check out some of Chandler’s fabulous food trucks (pg. XX). Learn the stories and people behind the ventures, as well as what tasty treats each truck offers. … Continued

Barre3 Grand Opening

Chandler welcomes barre3, where instructors lead a full body balanced workout combining strength conditioning, cardio and mindfulness. They locale kicked off its grand opening with a celebration attended by the Chandler Chamber, several community partners, and a barre3 member appreciation class. For more information, visit Barre3.com/chandler.

Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s Breakfast With the Governor

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast with Governor Doug Ducey in August at Soho63. The Governor was greeted by more than 130 attendees representing Chandler’s business community and local government. It was an interactive session with ideas exchanged that indeed gave Governor Ducey a clear picture of the vibrant Chandler business climate.

Hashing it Out

 Article Lynette Carrington  Hash Kitchen boasts the biggest Bloody Mary bar in Arizona, with nearly 50 craft toppings for guests to enjoy. Choices include a variety of skewed bacons, craft pickles, deviled eggs, baby corn, pickled pineapple and a number of craft olives.  Chandler welcomed its newest restaurant, which is already making quite a splash in the community. Brunch hot…

Watson’s Hat Shop

 Article Michelle Guerrero | Photography Lindsay Borg  Their tale is the making of an old Western. Eric and Emily Watson trekked across the country seeking work during the recession and planted roots in the town of Cave Creek by opening a hat shop. Eric is the master hatter, and Emily, the business manager who does lovely ribbon work on the…

Power Pieces

 Article Mindy Haskins | Photography David Apeji  When it comes to fashion, a bold accessory can make a powerful and creative statement. After all, a bit of bling is meant to capture the attention of onlookers, right? We spoke with three prominent men in our community and asked them to tell us more about their favorite accessory and why it means…

Undercover Veggies

 Article Michelle Guerrero | Photography Lifestyle Media and Branding  Mark Coakley, executive chef at Ginger Monkey Tavern and father of three, is passionate about inventing delicious dishes for people of all ages. He also knows a few things about encouraging kids to eat their veggies and offers his family secrets to making it enjoyable.  “One thing that always helped us…

Who Are You?

 Article Mindy Haskins | Photography Lindsay Borg  Ashley Greenway, DVM Owner, Sun Lakes Chandler Animal ClinicSLCAC.com  TELL US ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE. Sun Lakes Animal Clinic was opened in 1985 by Dr. Randy Walker. After he passed away suddenly in October 2016, my husband and I purchased the clinic. It was a hard decision, having just gotten married and wanting to…

Dog’s Day Out

 Article Annemarie O'Donnell | Photography Provided  With four dog parks in Chandler, tons of hiking trails and countless restaurants with dog-friendly patios, it's beyond fair to say the city caters to families with pets. But the hot months limit activities that are safe for pups, leaving the question, "How does our dog exercise during the summer?"   One approach is to…

Shine Bright

 Article Georgann Yara | Photography Asea Tremp  Many girls dreaming of a music career envision themselves being the next Taylor Swift—singing to sold-out stadiums, flaunting designer duds on magazine covers and redefining what it means to be A-list famous.  Lois Zozobrado has two albums under her 18-year-old belt, but she's not one of them. The Perry High School graduate eyes…

Fit to Last

 Article Mindy Haskins | Photography Donna Dudley  When it came time to go shopping for their little ones, moms Maribeth Sublette and Jill Mancuso would browse the usual children's clothing stores and walk out empty-handed, feeling uninspired. The mass-produced prints, the poor-quality fabric that would shrink after one wash, the boring designs. It wasn't for them. They wanted something else.…

Water Wise

 Article and Photography  More Safety Tips  • Never leave a child alone near water—at the pool, the beach or in the tub. If you must leave, take your child with you.

People + Their Pets

 Article Lynette Carrington | Photography David Apeji  Pets are an important component of families. Chandler Lifestyle talked with local animal owners who share their passion for their pets ... and their pets also responded with their own thoughts!   Asgari/Engle Family + Pets

All Good Things Must Come to an End

It’s bittersweet to write this letter, as it will be my last as editor of this magazine. Over the last 14 months, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this post but the time has come for my reign to end. This wasn’t an easy decision but after weeks of long discussions with my husband and some soul-searching, I’ve decided to scale … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Local Nonprofits Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Duet: Partners In Health & Aging and Clothes Cabin has formed a partnership to offer a support group and other resources for grandparents raising grandchildren in Chandler. The support group takes place the third Friday of every month at Clothes Cabin, located at 1100 N. Alma School Road, Suite … Continued

Residence Inn Chandler Ocotillo Grand Opening

The Chandler Chamber hosted the grand opening and ribbon cutting for Residence Inn Chandler Ocotillo on June 20. The new hotel is located at 2727 W. Queen Creek near Dobson and Queen Creek roads. 

MassageLuXe Anniversary Party

MassageLuXe celebrated one year in Chandler with an anniversary party for its employees at Topgolf. Congratulations! 

Chandler Compadres GIVE Day Event

The Chandler Compadres held its second annual GIVE Day Event on June 28 at Meridiem by distributing over $1 million in funds to local nonprofit organizations. The Chandler Compadres was established in 1980 with the sole mission of providing support for East Valley families in need. 

Chandler’s End of Summer & National Sunglasses Day

From art to sports to nature and science, the city of Chandler's Parks & Recreation division offered a variety of camps and activities for the community this summer. They celebrated National Sunglasses Day by giving out green-colored sunglasses to more than 300 happy campers. Photos courtesy of An Pham Photography, Gina Sowell and Chandler Parks … Continued