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.

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.

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…

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.

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.…

Express Yourself

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

Meal Time Makeover

Traditionally, being too tired or busy to cook dinner has meant dashing out for fast food or ordering a pizza. Now, thanks to a number of local, ready-to-eat meal services (most offering delivery!), busy cooks, healthy-eating enthusiasts and those who are not excited about using a hot oven or grill in triple-digit weather can find plenty of delicious and convenient…

Fresh, Local Flavor

When Michelle Jacoby and Mark Lipczynski first started Bite Magazine, they were looking for a creative outlet through which they could share their mutual love of food as well as all of Arizona’s wonderful locally made products. Three years later, the flourishing online publication showcases the best of Arizona’s culinary scene with a focus on storytelling and getting to the…

Your New Neighborhood Spot

The owners of Twisted Cactus Brewing Company want you to come in for the beer, but stay for the food. And, it turns out, that won’t be hard to do. Since it quietly opened in November 2016, Twisted Cactus has received a warm reception and garnered rave reviews from locals who were looking for a comfortable and inviting space in…

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…

LOCAL GROWTH

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.