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…

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