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…

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,…

#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…

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

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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

Keeping Cool, Having Fun

 Article Alison Stanton  When the temperatures climb into the triple digits and seemingly stay there for weeks on end, people of all ages in Chandler seek out cool activities—both literally and figuratively. Fortunately, there are plenty of great ways to beat the heat this summer. Check out the following ideas that are ideal for kids, adults and families.  For Kids: Giggles

Silently Strumming Along

 Article Georgann Yara  His work is world famous. Yet in his home state, renowned luthier Jason Kostal is a well-kept secret in the acoustic guitar and musical instrument worlds.  One of his guitars holds a permanent spot at the Musical Instrument Museum in the North American room that showcases all handmade instruments made on the continent. Kostal recalls museum personnel…

Local Escapes

 Article Lynette Carrington | Photography Provided  The Phoenician Resort  The Phoenician has wrapped up an extensive and gorgeous multi-year renovation—the largest undertaken since the property opened in 1988. Everything but the golf course has been completely updated and ready for guests to enjoy fun in the sun and some much deserved indoor pampering, too.

Guy’s Night Out

 Article Michelle Guerrero  There are plenty of places to choose from in and around Chandler when planning your next guy’s night out. Enjoy delicious barbecue and blues music at West Alley BBQ & Smokehouse, make your way through a long list of brews while watching a game at H.O.P. Central or, for a flair of sophistication, try out Fox Cigar…

Dude Food

Whether You’re Cooking for One or Cooking for Many, These Easy Dishes are Sure to Impress Anyone Gathered at Your Kitchen Table Article Nicolette Martin FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH JALAPEÑO SLAW   INGREDIENTS (SANDWICH) 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Cayenne pepper, to taste Boneless, skinless chicken breasts Vegetable … Continued

The Men of Chandler

Article Alison Stanton and Georgann Yara | Photography Lifestyle Media and Branding

Bridal Bazaar

 Article Mindy Haskins | Photography The Amburgeys  When the owners of Uptown Bridal were looking for a new home for their shop, they didn’t have to look far. Located behind the neighborhood where they grew up sat a charming and empty 1920s farmhouse.   

The 2018 Real Women of Chandler

Article Alison Stanton and Georgann Yara | Photography Lifestyle Media and Branding

Girlfriend Weekend on Coronado Island

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Images provided  White sandy beaches, fantastic shopping, great restaurants and historical charm are all waiting to be discovered and enjoyed on the charming resort town of Coronado Island. Located across the bay from San Diego, it's a great weekend escape to a beach town with a carefree lifestyle.   

The 2018 Women of Chandler

Article Alison Stanton and Georgann Yara | Photography Lifestyle Media and Branding

Planting It Forward

From ground-breaking greenhouses to grass-roots education, these companies have their green thumbs on the pulse of produce.

The Tastes of Spring

Chef Kit Tang of Ko’sin and Chef Fabrice Buschtetz of Cuisine & Wine Bistro share their favorite recipes using local, in-season ingredients for the freshest of flavors. Many of these vegetables can be acquired from local farms and farmers markets. 

Renewable Waste

When Lyndsey Bennett and her husband opened Raw Juice Bar in Chandler in October 2014, they quickly realized that they wanted to do something environmentally friendly with the vast amounts of raw pulp their business generates on a daily basis.

Bringing the Indoors Out

Whether you live in the pool all summer or relish lounging fireside in the winter, a well-designed and furnished outdoor space feels just as—if not more—comfy and cozy than your favorite plushy sofa in a family room packed with creature comforts.

The Modern Ranch

When Lance and Uyen Carlson started shopping around for a new home two years ago, they had one major thing on their must-have list: Lots and lots of space. But as the East Valley continues to rapidly grow, finding enough space posed to be a problem—until they came across this home in south Gilbert. 

Clean House, Clear Mind

Katy Krupnik was born with the inherent ability to organize and make sense out of chaos. She’s so good at it, she became a professional organizer and started her own business, The Tidy Cottage.

Readers’ Choice Awards Part II

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

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 III

 Top Golf                     1689 S. Santan Village Pkwy, Gilbert  480.240.1282

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.)

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.

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…

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.

Neighbors Who Care

Charlotte Gould has a message that she wants to share with the world: Little people can do great things. The fourth grader at Jacobson Elementary School is a living example of her own words. Charlotte was born with a cleft lip and palate and has undergone two surgeries and numerous procedures. 

Perfect Thanksgiving Pairings

You’ve spent days, maybe even weeks, making sure every dish is ready to shine. But, Thanksgiving dinner prep doesn’t end there. If you’re stumped—or just plain too exhausted—to deliberate over the wine component, our certified sommeliers are here to assist. You’ll notice some versatile wines that can be used for more than one dish, which makes pairing even more of…

Wrapped in Warmth

Andra Good realized something while watching a video of an orphanage in Africa. The children had clothes on their back and shoes on their feet, but not a single child had a blankie. Good thought about her children, who take their blankies with them everywhere, providing them a sense of comfort and security. She also thought about the stacks of…

Let the Record Show …

After 50 years of collecting advertising pieces from around the world, Michael Pollack was awarded the Guinness World Records title for the Largest Collection of Advertising Statues in the world with 8,917 pieces. Pollack started collecting vintage advertising memorabilia at the age of 12. As a young entrepreneur, he would buy electric beer signs at the flea market in San Jose,…

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.