The Road to Rich’s

Talking Competition, Family and Life with a CrossFit Legend Article Nicolette Martin | Photography Paul Versluis About 80 miles east of Nashville, among the winding roads of Putnam County, Tennessee, between a brick house and an old red barn, there’s a gravel road. It’s easy to miss in the expanse of rolling hills that, in … Continued

Dip into Cool Total-Body Routines

Water is just about the most versatile training tool out there, and with Chandler Aquatics, the options for getting a killer H2O workout abound. Land-based exercises only target one muscle group, while water-based routines workout several muscles groups in every move you make. The water is pushing on your muscles from every direction and provides more resistance than air does,…

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.

Filling a Void

Every Thursday during the school year, a group of women gathers to stuff 660 backpacks with granola bars, trail mix, canned fruits and vegetables, soup, tuna, applesauce and easy-to-prepare mac & cheese. Sometimes, bananas and toothbrushes made it into the mix.

Dr. Chris Heetland and Insight Eyecare & Eyewear keep local residents’ eyes healthy

As the son of a veterinarian, Dr. Chris Heetland grew up with a strong interest in the life sciences, anatomy and physiology.

The Chandler Film Festival—Films, Expos, Parties, Celebrities and More

Now in its third year, the Chandler International Film Festival (CIFF) is right around the corner. The unique and pioneering festival makes downtown Chandler ground zero for filmmakers, celebrities, industry experts and film fans of all stripes from Jan. 17-21. Over these five days, CIFF will screen over 200 diverse films from passionate, independent global filmmakers—but it's about much more…

Bring on 2019!

Welcome to 2019! January marks the beginning of not only a new calendar year, but also the opportunity for setting personal goals. Perhaps you’ve resolved to exercise more regularly, take up a new hobby or volunteer at the local animal shelter. Whatever your goals may be, we hope the people, places, recipes and tips in … Continued

January 2019 Around Town

New App Teaches Kids About Money TruWest Credit Union launched a new way for parents to teach their kids about managing money. BusyKid is a chore and allowance platform where kids can earn, save, share, spend and invest money they’ve earned. The user-friendly app promotes work ethic, responsibility, accountability and smart money decisions. TruWest recently partnered with BusyKid … Continued

ICAN’s 4th Annual dreamBIG gala

  ICAN: Positive Programs Youth held its 4th Annual dreamBIG gala at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. The theme was “Under the Big Top,” and over 300 attendees enjoyed a lively evening with circus acts, gourmet cuisine and a rocking after-party with dueling pianos. The event raised over $400,000—all to benefit ICAN’s free out-of-school time and … Continued

Chandler Compadres Rock the Cause for Kids

On Nov. 10, more than 1,800 guests attended the Chandler Compadres Rock the Cause for Kids, which has become Chandler’s biggest party and fundraiser of the year. This year’s theme was One Night is Vegas, and it only took one night to make a huge impact—the event raised a record $925,000 for disadvantaged children in the community.

2018 Ocotillo Friends Adopt-A Family

Twenty local families were blessed by the generosity of some very special members of Ocotillo Friends and Chandler residents with food, clothing and gifts for each family. D'Vine Gourmet hosted and donated refreshments to the "It's A Wrap" party. Also, Amy Barro, owner of Barro's Pizza, helped organize everything and donated their pizza. For more information about the group, visit OcotilloFriends.com.

Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights

Every December brings local businesses, community organizations, families and floats together for one glowing evening in celebration of the holidays. More than 20,000 revelers filled historic Downtown to behold the lighting of the City’s iconic Tumbleweed Tree, marvel at Parade Of Lights floats, and visit with the Jolly Man, himself, Santa. Photos courtesy of Sherrie … Continued

2nd Annual Taste of Ocotillo Event

The 2nd Annual Taste of Ocotillo attracted more than 2,000 people to beautiful Downtown Ocotillo in November. The free community event, hosted by Jason and Tanya Dawson of Local Listing Pros & Realtors, featured food and wine tastings, live entertainment, kids’ activities and photos with Santa.

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…

Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa

Zen, fun and amazing food all at one location—Kimpton Amara Resort & Spa. This 100-room boutique resort, set amongst the stunning red rocks of Sedona and nestled against the banks of Oak Creek, just below the main uptown shopping area, offers a laid-back and serene, yet fun, experience.

Meaningful Moments

This is the time of year when I want to slow down and savor all the little things in my world. Revel in my good fortune and reflect on my blessings. Instead, it has become the most demanding time of the year—cooking and baking, gift-buying and wrapping, decorating, parties, visits with family and friends, acts of charity and giving back. 

Happy Holidays!

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun—and time sure has flown by this year. We can’t believe we’ve put together the final issue of Chandler Lifestyle in 2018! There’s a unique perspective that working in publishing brings. While we certainly don’t want to wish our lives away, we’re always looking toward the … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Phoenix Rescue Mission Holiday Campaign Phoenix Rescue Mission is running a holiday campaign through Dec. 31 to ensure the Valley’s homeless and disadvantaged populations do not go hungry this holiday season. With a goal of serving more than 100,000 meals, the nonprofit is asking the public to help support the cause through a variety of … Continued

Chandler Lifestyle’s Meet the Winemakers

Chandler Lifestyle held a Meet the Winemakers event in partnership with Farmboy Market, Meats, Sandwiches; Carlson Creek Winery; and d'Vine Gourmet. Attendees enjoyed a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, two wine and food tastings, followed by a wine and dessert pairing. Photos by David Apeji

Pumpkin Dunk

Arizona may be the only place in the country where it's hot enough to wear flip flops and tank tops to the pumpkin patch, especially if it's floating. Forget bobbing for apples; Chandler Aquatics invited the community try dunking for pumpkins this past Halloween. Photos courtesy of Sherrie Buzby Photography

Shred-A-Thon

A group of Chandler business owners, all part of the grassroots group Ocotillo Business Professionals, joined with the Chandler Police Department to once again host their semi-annual Shred-A-Thon. More than 17,000 pounds of documents were shredded, hundreds of old prescriptions were taken back by the police, and over $1,400 in voluntary donations for the 5013C charity, The Hamilton Homeless … Continued

3rd Annual #livelikelexi Charity Event

The 3rd Annual Live Like Lexi Charity Event was held at Majerle's Sports Grill Chandler Fashion Center, and included bully awareness booths, food, live music, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, a kids' corner, and a cornhole tournament. Proceeds go towards scholarships for community youth leaders who encompass the same Anti-Bullying Character as Lexi did, beginning in 2020.

Fundraising for Light the Night

Shea Homes Arizona joined with individuals and businesses around the Valley to fundraise $50,000 for Light the Night, which supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as it researches blood cancer treatments. On Oct. 26, Bourbon Jacks in Downtown Chandler joined the Shea Homes Arizona team and partners with food, raffles and more. The Light the Night walk took place Nov. 17. Photos courtesy Shea Homes … Continued

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,…

Green Bean Casserole

Thanksgiving always reminds me of my grandmother’s Green Bean Casserole. It was my most favorite dish of the year. From the canned green beans to the French’s Crispy Fried Onions, it was warm and creamy, baked in a casserole dish, and served after just a bit of spooning to mix the ingredients. It took her less time to make than…

Make An Impact

Nonprofit organizations require a few things to keep operations moving smoothly—they need passionate people to fulfill the mission and donor dollars to make it happen. Here are some programs making a positive impact in the community, and how they put a $100 donation to good use.

Let the 2018 Audi Q7 Take You Over the River and Through the Woods…

The holiday season will be in full swing before we know it, and for many Chandler families, this means planning at least one road trip to visit friends and family.

Ring in the holidays at Chandler’s Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights

Some things are simply synonymous with the holidays—pumpkin pie, peppermint mochas, gingerbread houses, and of course, the City of Chandler’s Annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights. 

’Tis the Season to Be Thankful

So many days I just try to get through my to-do list. The hours fly by and I race through them, taking care of one thing after another, mentally checking off my list. In the back of my mind I know that I should slow down and enjoy the moments—and I know that most, if … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Chamberlain-Young Orthodontics Will Feature a Giving Tree Chamberlain-Young Orthodontics is partnering with the Chandler Compadres and offering a Giving Tree at its offices. With your help they have the ability to bring smiles to some disadvantaged children this holiday season. The Giving Tree will be adorned with ornaments listing the children’s ages. So when are you … Continued

#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…

Experimac Chandler partners with Love is in the Bag

Experimac Chandler partnered with Love is in the Bag, a nonprofit organization that donates "love bags" with healthy, quality, top-of-the-line basic needs to families of children fighting cancer. In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness month in September, Experimac Chandler made it their mission to fill 100 bags.

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

Innovative Wine Cellar Designs Brings Modern Elegance to Any Home

Innovative Wine Cellar Designs lives up to its name, as its high standards for quality and attention to detail have been unsurpassed since 2002.

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.

Andrew McCreery

What started as a surprise birthday present has turned into a record-breaking, world-class competition for one Chandler resident. Andrew McCreery, whose genealogy traces back to one of the original Scottish clans, has always identified with his heritage “and all things Scottish.” For his 50th birthday, his wife and sisters conspired to surprise him with a family kilt and a registration to…

October 2018 Around Town

Chandler Debuts the Wave, a Free Downtown Shuttle The City of Chandler contracted with Electric Cab North America to provide free shuttle service using an eCab dubbed the “Wave.” Two electric vehicles, able to accommodate a driver and five passengers, will pick people up from Chandler’s four downtown parking garages and take them to destinations … Continued

FitDC

Combining the camaraderie of Chandler’s community with the best outdoor space in the City, FitDC brought high energy and heart-pumping fitness fun. FitDC will return to Chandler in January 2019. For additional details visit ChandlerAZ.gov/fitdc. PHOTOGRAPHY BY FULL EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRIS CASAS 

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…

Well, Now I’m Hungry!

Love to eat and drink? Then this issue will whet your appetite! This month we celebrate all things food and drink. To start, we hit the road to check out some of Chandler’s fabulous food trucks (pg. XX). Learn the stories and people behind the ventures, as well as what tasty treats each truck offers. … Continued

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.

Hashing it Out

 Article Lynette Carrington  Hash Kitchen boasts the biggest Bloody Mary bar in Arizona, with nearly 50 craft toppings for guests to enjoy. Choices include a variety of skewed bacons, craft pickles, deviled eggs, baby corn, pickled pineapple and a number of craft olives.  Chandler welcomed its newest restaurant, which is already making quite a splash in the community. Brunch hot…