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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.