Great Gift Ideas

 Personalized Circular Cutting Board  At Everything Etched, located in the Valley, find a variety of handmade etched items and personalization options, including this circular cutting board. $59.99 at EverythingEtched.com.  3-Piece Gift Set

Cruise the World in Ultimate Comfort and Luxury

Those looking for a luxurious, don’t-have-to-think-about-a-thing, travel-the-world vacation find it all with Regent Seven Seas, an all-inclusive cruise line that offers an unrivaled experience to luxury cruisers.

Setting Your Holiday Table

A true tablescape is more than just your centerpiece. It involves the overall look of the entire table, from the décor to the linens and place settings. While the highlights of most parties and celebrations are the food and drink, you can convey a specific theme or mood with a well-planned tablescape that will make your party an experience to…

Toy Barn

Toy boxes aren’t mere storage containers. They’re childhood dream-keepers, brimming with wonderous things. They keep treasures safe. But as kids grow, so do their toys. Grown-ups need a place for their wonders too, and when a box won’t do, there’s always Toy Barn.

Mom and Daughter Spend Time Together, Serve the Community

When one of Olivia Mulford’s friends asked the teen and her mom, Gina Mulford, to join National Charity League (NCL) last year, the two readily agreed, joining the NCL San Tan Chapter in 2018, when Olivia was in the eighth grade.

Inspired To Greatness

 Amy Barro  Barro’s Pizza  Amy Barro is the corporate vice president for Barro’s Pizza and a half-time reading specialist at Ashland Ranch Elementary. Amy moved with her husband and two sons to Chandler in 1998 because they fell in love with the Ocotillo area, the school system, and the family-friendly atmosphere. Her sons are grown, but the couple still lives…

Leader in Assists

In her storied career in the Valley, Diana Taurasi has won three WNBA championships (2007, 2009, 2014), one WNBA Most Valuable Player Award (2009), two WNBA Finals MVP Awards (2009, 2014), four Olympic gold medals, (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), five scoring titles (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award (2004) and three FIBA World Cups…

The Power of Play

Seeing kids romp and frolic with pals on grassy fields appears to be an ordinary component of childhood.

Recipes From Our Readers

 Butternut Squash & Bacon Casserole   3 lbs. butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes   3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided 3 Tbsp. fresh sage leaves, minced  1 red onion, chopped

Bring on the Bubbles

 Andrew McCreery, CS CSW, knows a good glass of wine.  “There’s so much in a glass of wine,” he shares. “There’s the history, who bottled it, who made it, where it’s from… so many things can be expressed in a single glass.”  While champagne and sparkling wine are used almost interchangeably, Champagne technically only comes from the Champagne region of…

Life in the Sweet Zone

Ask L.T. Smith whether his current job as the head pastry chef at Tempe Public Market Café shares similarities with his former life as a football player and he enthusiastically spouts off a list.

A Chef’s Playground

Ryan Swanson, head chef of Kai Restaurant at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, was inspired to become a chef after watching a documentary on Chef Marco Pierre White in the ’90s. Fast-forward to today, and he continues to make culinary waves at Kai Restaurant.

Taste of Success

When restaurateurs talk about why they opened their businesses, many have a glossy story about following a passion for food or life-long dream to helm a high-profile kitchen.

Strength, Comfort, Style

Chandler’s fashion industry may still be fledgling, but there are talented designers making their mark locally and in the Valley. Two of these designers are Jummy Salami and Joy Li. They have different vibes, but share common goals to make comfortable, durable clothing bursting with style and versatility.

Renovation Transforms Dated Kitchen Into a Beautiful Space

Thanks to the hard work and expert advice from Chandler Interior Designer Dena Thomas, a local family is enjoying their newly renovated and modern-looking kitchen and breakfast nook.

Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel has visited the Valley many times throughout the years. The popular comedian, actor and television host was the headliner at the Arizona State Fair for many years and performed at Celebrity Theatre, amongst others, but he and his wife enjoy visiting spas in town, as well.

Looks for the Links

As the weather cools down it’s the perfect time to hit the golf course. Do so in style with these fashionable looks, found and photographed at Hornacek’s Golf in Chandler (HornaceksGolf.com; 480.802.5555).

A Dog’s Life

 Two Pups Wellness Fund  Two Pups Wellness Fund recently launched Grown Pups for Grown Ups to address issues that may prevent older dogs housed at Maricopa County Care and Control from being adopted. They provide funding for wellness blood tests, treatment for some diseases, adoption fees and behavioral training. They also support community awareness and events to help older pups…

Having a Ball

It’s late June and in a desolate stretch in San Bernadino County, Tri-City Christian Academy athletic director and varsity boys basketball coach Paul Brown is standing under a windmill on his mobile phone.

Saving Lives

Kristopher, who attends Arizona Connections Academy, is on a mission to save lives.

Move Over AstroTurf

Weather in the Valley can be costly and cumbersome on any landscaping. Shaded areas, a lack of moisture and excessive heat can prevent even the most maintained lawns from remaining green or keep them from growing at all. ForeverLawn set out to change the landscape industry by developing a high-quality, technologically advanced synthetic grass.

Zero Edge Spas

Jeremy Smith, the owner of California Pools & Landscape, has seen a rising popularity of zero edge spas. They differ from the traditional variety for several reasons, but perhaps most notable is the aesthetics. Water floats over its edges into a hidden trough, giving the illusion of a vanishing edge. They can also be built above ground, creating a waterfall…

Yes, You Can

It all started with a rare date night at a cocktail bar. Lauren and John Maggio were in the throes of the early years with their four children and had the opportunity to be spelled by a sitter for the evening.

Wonderful Watermelon

The temperatures are rising, and nothing says summer in the kitchen like the cool, juicy taste of watermelon! This versatile annual fruit has many places at the table, from breakfast to dessert, sweet to savory, and salads to slushies—there’s almost no summer dish that isn’t enhanced by the watery bite of this ancient melon.

Winning in the Game of Fun

This summer has special meaning to many members of the Gila River Indian Community—that’s because Gila River Hotels & Casinos will kick off its 25th Anniversary with a series of special events and promotions over the next six months. This celebration will culminate with a massive party and concert on New Year’s Eve at Gila River Hotels & Casinos –…

Car Craze

Rev your engines! Two new car destinations have opened in the Valley. Since often, cars and guys just seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly or football games and cold beer, we thought our Men's Issue was the perfect time to introduce you to these locales.

Meet the 2019 Men of Chandler

 Photographed on-site at The Sleepy Whale  Edward Upshaw  Precinct Commander, Chandler Police Department

Boulder Boats

Founded in 2004 by Stuart and Kristina Litjens, Boulder Boats combines the couple's passion for watersports and a goal of creating a family-friendly environment with quality products.

Home for Generations

When brothers Peter or Andy Ray meet someone new who is from Chandler, their last name is one of the first talking points. Grandsons of Milton and Gwen Ray—part of the original local family that Ray Road was named for—the two are part of a large family with roots that go back a century to Chandler’s beginnings.

Chandler’s Power Women 2019

 Photographed on-site at Chandler Center for the Arts  Heather Anguiano  Principal, Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary

Fashion & Family

Judy Dragoo’s first passion was teaching, but she’s always had a love for fashion. Because of this love, the mom of two grown sons has recently opened Judy Wear Boutique—a place that features timeless pieces for women from all walks of life.

The Willow Tree Foundation

Ann Schrooten is the founder and president of The Willow Tree Foundation. She has a tremendous gift to give, but is faced with an interesting challenge. More often than not she has to convince the parents who have been referred to her to take what she has to offer: time for themselves.

Simply organic

The sunrise to beyond sunset buzz fueled by a steady stream of hungry patrons grabbing seats for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner is the result of Tryst Cafe owners Lisa and Sami Khnanisho simplifying their lives.

Garden Party

If the gorgeous springtime weather is inspiring you to host a dinner party for some of your closest friends, Peter M. Deeley, Jr. encourages you to plan a meal made entirely from foods grown right here in Arizona.

Having a Healthy Home: Nature In Your Living Room

For those craving a little green in their living space, indoor plants help not only to spruce up the décor, but the atmosphere as well. Brian Whitfill, owner of Whitfill Nursery, says that plants help to create more oxygen and clean the air.

Local Blogger’s Eco-Friendly Must-Haves

Stella McCartney Handbag. From the beginning, this luxury brand has been committed to sustainable practices and creating animal-free products. A favorite among celebrities and the fashion set, Stella McCartney’s edgy, signature bag is simply iconic. SaksFifthAvenue.com

Food Worth Cherishing

PULL QUOTE IF WANT: “Chandler is a community where a lot of people care about what they eat. They want food that tastes good and is good for them, but also comes from suppliers they can trust.”

Chandler’s Historic Houses

If these houses could talk, they could share stories of Chandler’s agricultural history and how they witnessed the fields shrink as a new city grew roots. They could also reminisce about the days when an indoor bathroom was a luxury. Here are three homes that have witnessed generations of change.

Multi-generational living is increasingly popular trend

Over the past couple of years, Mindy Jones Nevarez, realtor and owner of the Amy Jones Group at Keller Williams Integrity First, has noticed an interesting and common thread among some of her clients: a desire to combine households with other, usually older, generations of family members.

Home Design Trends

Updating countertops, backsplashes and flooring can easily transform a space from old and dated to fresh and new. Get inspired with these 2019 home improvement trends.

Chandler Woodworker Creates Custom Designs

Tim Anderson, a Chandler resident, has come a long way since the 1980s when he started working with wood as a teenager. He restored an old dresser in high school and helped his grandpa repair the door on his barn. The first thing he built was a dog house.

A Timeless Design

When it comes to activity per square footage, the bathroom is perhaps the busiest room in the house. When it needs some well-deserved sprucing, making sure the new look is durable, lasts, and is resistant to design-of-the-moment fads should be a priority.

A Place To Call Home

A decades-long journey to give Chandler history and legacy the spotlight it deserves culminated last December when the new Chandler Museum opened its doors and welcomed visitors.

Makers in the Community

When you think of the word “artist,” you might envision someone who paints portraits or creates beautiful pieces out of clay or glass. While this is definitely the case, artists can go beyond the traditional skills and mediums to include gifted cake sculptors and entertainers.

Photographer Greg Wickenburg

Greg Wickenburg is a self-taught professional photographer who specializes in taking in-camera double exposures. He photographs one subject, reloads the digital image, and takes a second shot on top of the first. He creates something unique and different between the two blended images. He never edits his photographs. Occasionally he crops, but only because it can be a challenge maneuvering…

Night Out with the Arts

One of many great things about living in Chandler is that residents don’t need to travel far to experience a night of culture and the arts. There’s live music, theater, and entertainment options close to home. Here are some fun places to explore.

Shannon Jay Dougherty

Shannon Jay Dougherty, Chandler resident, wife and mom of two, co-founded Fit Mom Diet with Kim DeLorenzo six years ago to help moms make positive changes in their lives.

Former Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman Inspires Others with a Sustainable Fitness Routine

Former Olympic Gold Medalist and Paradise Valley resident Misty Hyman spent many years training for excellence in swimming. She has parlayed that passion and motivation into a career and way of life for her and her family. She knows that fitness is essential, and fitting it into a busy lifestyle can make it attainable as well.

Wellness Weekends

Nearly 90 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail. If you want to help turn your 2019 goal to get fit into reality, kick-start a healthy lifestyle with a wellness staycation.

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…