2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Give Him What He Really Wants This Year

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.

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.

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…


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.

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.

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.

A Shore Thing

In the early 1980s, four local property owners had a dream: to create a beautiful, water-filled oasis in the middle of a desert. As City Planner at the City of Chandler, Jeff Kurtz, notes, the Dobson, Bogle, Lockheed and Smith families joined their properties in south Chandler together to create the master planned Ocotillo community.

Sophisticated Splendor

Since Starwood Custom Homes first opened for business in Chandler, the company has earned a well-deserved reputation for building spectacular custom homes using the highest-quality of craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technology and innovation.

Laid Back Luxury

To capture a modern yet sleek formal dining space, touches of classic elements were introduced, starting with a solid maple wood floor. A black solid wood table and grey cloth high-back chairs with nail-heads make for a stunning fixture at the center of the room. Agreeable grey walls soften the space, and surround chair rail moldings and framings give it…

Neighborhood Romance

If love were a latte, then the drinks at Press Coffee would be a whirlwind romance. Beautiful, bold, steamy and decadent down to the very last drop, every sip will make you fall even more in love. Ask for a frothy heart-shaped design to top your latte or cappuccino for an added touch of romance. Enjoyed with one of the…

Global Artist, Local Presence

Andre Kohn wears many hats: artist, interior designer, fine art collector and gallery owner. Originally from Russia, his youth was spent surrounded by art. At age 15, he formally began his art education as an apprentice to some of Moscow’s most well-known artists. Kohn then pursued a classical fine arts education at the University of Moscow, where he worked hands-on…

From Trash to Treasure

Vesna Taneva-Miller heads to an unlikely place when she’s searching for materials to make her crafts: the trash pile. “That’s where my passion is: I make crafts out of things that are usually considered garbage,” says the Chandler artist, who creates her signature paper-bead necklaces out of everything from Christmas gift tags to patterned envelopes for bills.

Love Your Body

If one of your New Year’s resolutions includes getting in shape, the experts at Chandler’s Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa are here to help. From eating throughout the day to lifting lighter weights to start with, these tips will keep you healthy and fit for the months ahead.

The Real Men of Chandler

Derek Dodd and Craig Paschich are best friends and business partners. While some may shy away from mixing their personal and professional lives, these two wouldn’t have it any other way. In fact, their bond is so strong that they both moved their families from Texas to Chandler to open up Arizona’s first Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

A World of Wellness

Since the day Cielo Aesthetics & Wellness first opened for business, their caring and experienced staff has been committed to offering outstanding services to clients, leading to positive changes in their lives.

Great Gifting

Something Special for Everyone on Your Holiday Wishlist

A DIY Holiday

Add baking soda and cornstarch to a small pot. Mix in water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir vigorously to create a play dough like substance. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

Sweet Gatherings

Bloggers From Around the Valley Share Their Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipes

Community Connectors

Melinda and Paul Gunther are the co-founders of Live Love, a “nonprofit organization working to establish long-term partnerships that build on the strengths and assets of neighborhoods in order to promote stronger caring communities.”

A Mother’s Love

They say it takes a village to raise a child; and that is certainly true. Motherhood is a tremendously wonderful journey brimming with endless love, laughter, happiness and small but cherished moments that make up a lifetime of precious memories. Yet, at times, this journey can also be confusing, overwhelming and a little bit lonely without a clear guide book…

A Thank You to Our Veterans

With the Holiday Season fast approaching many of us have a lot to be thankful for, particularly as Veteran's Day arrives. We must all be thankful for the sacrifices that our Armed Forces have made for our country, and for those who sacrificed and gave all. We also have to remember that behind every soldier, airman and sailor that there…

Jerome Sips and Spirits

Jerome, Arizona, is a tiny mountain town that was once home to the most productive copper mine in the world back in the early 1900s. The wealth from the mine brought thousands to Jerome, and with it a slew of bars, bandits and other unsavory types, earning the city the nickname of "the wickedest town of the West." Even more,…

Tailgating Treasures

Chad and Amy Eby have always had a passion for craft beer. “Amy and I even met in a craft brewery,” recalls Chad. In August, the married couple transformed their love of craft beer into a business when they opened The Casual Pint in Chandler.

An Underground Affair

Connoisseurs of fine wine have traditionally had to make do with storing their favorite beverage on wine racks, or by spending a great deal of money to have a custom wine storage system installed in their home. Thanks to Vinum55, a business that opened in Chandler in late March, wine collectors now have a safe and secure place to store…

The PAWS Program at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center provides comfort to patients, four paws at a time

Every day at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center, teams of physicians, nurses, and other health specialists all work hard providing medical care for their patients. In addition to this dedicated group of medical professionals, there is another team that is devoted to helping patients feel better and heal faster—only this group walks on four legs instead of two.

Protecting, Serving, and Wagging Tails

Dogs provide us with love, protection, loyalty, and compassion. While many of us count on these cute companions to greet us happily after we return home from putting in a hard day at work, they can play a much more vital role in our communities. Dogs working in the K-9 unit with officers provide protection and much needed service to…

Local advocate fights animal cruelty

On a peaceful acre of land, surrounded by a cow, three goats, two pigs, eight chickens, three turkeys, two ducks and 11 cats, Michelle Lukasiewicz has created a life that many animal lovers dream about. “From a very young age I always felt compassion for animals,” says Lukasiewicz.

Bashas’ Family of Stores gives back to the local community

Both Bashas’ headquarters (corporate office is located near Alma School and Ocotillo Roads in south Chandler) and distribution center (located at I-10 and Chandler Blvd.) are based in Chandler. In addition, the company has at least one Bashas’ (two locations) AJ’s Fine Foods (one location) and Food City grocery store (one location) operating in Chandler. Learn more at Bashas.com.

Highland Yard Vintage Market

In a quiet building behind Merchant Square, vendors work to finish filling a 6,000 square foot warehouse. The space will soon come alive for four days to showcase home furnishings and garden décor. As designers put their final touches on arrangements, the doors open and music plays. Customers dance through the aisles of this air conditioned venue and browse through…

Tumbleweed Park

Chandler is home to a multitude of beautiful parks, none of which would be here if it were not for the hard work and dedication of the community. This is well demonstrated by Tumbleweed Park, which holds the title of the city’s largest park. Claud Cluff, the park maintenance supervisor, explains how the park was grown by the committed and…

Explore Napa now

Beginning in the 1860s, wineries including Charles Krug, Schramsberg and Inglenook began to spring up in Napa Valley, California. In 1976, the Judgement of Paris took place, pitting Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays from California against the best wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy in a blind tasting. Thanks to big wins by the likes of Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley earned respect…

Ice Den Chandler offers blessed relief from the relentless summertime heat

During the winter on the East Coast and other frozen parts of the country, residents often complain about being snowed in. Here in the uber-hot desert, we have our own version of this weather-caused problem in the summer: we are baked in!

Scottsdale RV

Summertime means summer vacation, and for many people the best way to relax and unwind is to venture into the great outdoors. For those who like to bring along some of the comforts of home while camping in style, Scottsdale RV has been there to help for the past 10 years.

Tex Earnhardt and His Family Have Strong Roots in Chandler…and That Ain’t No Bull

Earnhardt, who spent his early years on a ranch in the Rio Grande Valley in Southern Texas, eventually moved to Chandler, Arizona with his family. When he was awarded a Ford franchise in Chandler in 1951, Earnhardt became the youngest Ford franchise owner in the United States.

Medmetrics compounding pharmacy

Growing up, Adam McCown was always interested in math and science in school. He knew a career in healthcare was the goal, but it wasn't until the end of college that he knew pharmacy would be his path to follow. McCown explains that he chose pharmacy because, “it is a great field that combines clinical expertise with an opportunity to…

The Manliest of Menus, Porkopolis

When you think of the men in your life, what are their favorite dishes? A slab of ribs, a juicy burger, hot chicken wings? Porkopolis is the metropolis of all these menu items and more in Chandler. Located in the Santan Gateway South Shopping Center, this locally-owned restaurant has not only created a reputation for its meats smoked in-house, but…

Painting your home? Simple steps to refresh your space

Brassberrys Painting and Coating owner and licensed painting contractor Carole Amsberry Anderson has been transforming Valley homes and commercial properties with high quality workmanship for more than 20 years. She sat down with us and shared expert advice and tips for DIYers or those seeking a professional paint job.

Arizona Barn Doors

For 20 years, Chandler resident Kevin Davis worked in commercial glass. One day, while working on a bathroom project, a client asked Davis to build her a "barn door." Not knowing what creating a barn door entailed, he told the client that he would look into it. Intrigued, Davis went home to work up barn door sketches. He presented these…

A desert oasis in Chandler

The two newest home models in Echelon Ocotillo in south Chandler offer home buyers what most communities in the Phoenix area can’t: lake views. “Ocotillo is really the premier master plan in southwest Chandler. It’s arguably the premiere master plan in all of Chandler,” says Reed Porter, division president in the Phoenix area for CalAtlantic Homes, the fourth largest home…

Desert Botanical Garden offers wide variety of classes for kids and adults

Since the Desert Botanical Garden first opened in 1939, it has inspired both locals and visitors with its beautiful exhibits. In addition to visiting the 55 acres that are under cultivation and viewing some of the 50,000-plus plant displays that call the Phoenix location home, the Desert Botanical Garden offers a huge variety of outdoor-themed classes for kids and adults.

Enjoy hiking, fishing and wildlife at Veteran’s Oasis Park and Environmental Education Center

Who would have thought that an empty lot of land would be transformed into an integral part of a city? But that is exactly what happened in Chandler with the Veteran’s Oasis Park and Environmental Education Center. Ariane Francis, who oversees the Center and facilitates programs throughout the park, shares insight on how the park came to be and the…

Recycled City makes composting easy

Recycled City will be participating in Eastmark AwesomeFest on Saturday, April 9 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Eastmark Visitor and Community Center, located at 10100 E Ray Rd. in Mesa. AwesomeFest is an evening of awe, inspiration and fun for all ages with interactive experiences, national arts, musical acts and food from local eateries. Learn more at www.eastmark.com.

Chandler Center for the Arts welcomes Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding

Since “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” first opened off-Broadway in 1988, the hilarious show has enamored tens of thousands of theater-goers with its loud and lively antics. On Tuesday, March 8, Tony, Tina and all of their boisterous Italian-American friends and relatives will return to Chandler Center for the Arts for an eight-show run that ends on Sunday, March 13. Michelle…

The art of ice dancing

For some, it can take several years, even a lifetime, before they find their true passion. But for Karina Manta, that was not the case. Since the age of five, Manta has pursued her love of skating. She explains that it all started when she attended a friend’s birthday party at a skating rink and enjoyed the experience so much…

Locally Owned : Burst of Butterflies Pottery Painting & Art Studio

Burst of Butterflies Pottery Painting & Art Studio is a local art studio that allows anyone and everyone the opportunity to catch the creative bug. Located in Chandler at 141 West Boston St., Burst of Butterflies Pottery Painting & Art Studio is a go-to place for creative family fun. Cheryl Tisland co-owns the art studio with her mother Margaret Peters.…

Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank offers compassion, dignity and hope

Executive Director Jan Terhune says the food bank got its start inside the small kitchen at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. By 2005, the food bank had become too big so leaders applied for 501(c)3 status, and moved to a standalone location. They named the new location Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank.