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.

Gifts for Guests

Guests coming to visit and staying at your home? Welcome them to Arizona with a gift basket that offers a true taste of Arizona. Each of the items in this DIY basket, put together at Chandler's d'Vine Gourmet, has a tie to Arizona.

Building Community

When Lisa O’Hearn moved to Chandler from San Diego, she was surprised to find that there wasn’t already a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity Women Build, an organization she had been involved with in California. So, she did what any go-getter and community-minded person would do—she organized a new chapter.

Welcome Home

“Home is where the heart is.” It’s a common phrase meaning that our homes are a central place in our lives—where we rest our heads, nourish our bodies, and make fond memories with loved ones. It’s the epicenter of our worlds, where we start and end each day, and where we keep our most prized … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

Chandler ranked among top communities for people with disabilities Chandler has been ranked among the best places to live if you have a disability by WalletHub, a financial website that produces state and local rankings on a number of topics. WalletHub compared some of America’s most populated cities across 31 key indicators of disability-friendliness, including … Continued

Volunteer Recognition Breakfast

Volunteers were recognized for the time, talents and energy they dedicate to the betterment of the Chandler community during the City’s annual Volunteer Recognition Awards Program. Awards were presented in numerous categories, including a People's Choice Award. Volunteers with more than 1,000 hours were also recognized with a certificate signed by the Mayor and a … Continued

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.

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.

Chandler International Film Festival

The Chandler International Film Festival returned to the Valley for its third year, showcasing more than 150 creative and diverse films from independent global film makers. There were also workshops, discussion panels, a film market and expo, and a red carpet gala and award ceremony. Photos by Ashutosh Gangwar

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.

Kira Brown

Kira Brown, who previously had sung under the name Honeygirl, is releasing her first EP under her own name in early 2019. Her music is rooted in country and her lyrics come from the heart.

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.

Flix Brewhouse Serves up Great Films, Brews and Food

Chandler-area movie buffs who wish they could enjoy a current film with a side of something other than the usual popcorn and soda are getting their wish.

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.

The Eddie Basha Collection

Chandler’s rich history is steeped in Native American culture, the city built on the backs of ranchers and the sky painted with colors of the Southwest. Our past is personified through The Eddie Basha Collection, housed in the Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American and American Indian Art, located in the Bashas' Chandler corporate offices.

Roy’s

At Roy's Restaurant, food is art. Founded by culinary pioneer and James Beard Award-winner Roy Yamaguchi, the restaurant features Hawaiian fusion cuisine. It boasts locations in five states, with two restaurants in Arizona (Chandler and Desert Ridge). Here, the tantalizing and well-plated Class Four.

February 2019 Around Town

Cielo Aesthetics & Wellness Welcomes Sarah Erdman Cielo Aesthetics & Wellness recently welcomed Sarah Erdman, licensed esthetician and certified laser technician, to its team. Erdman has nearly 14 years of experience in the skin care industry. Passionate about her work, she provides a comprehensive assessment of each individual’s needs, and performs comfortable, minimally invasive aesthetic treatments. Aside from facials and chemical peels, she … Continued

Sonoran Sunset Series

It’s a music in the park kind of night, the third Thursday of the month, when you attend Sonoran Sunset Series. With blankets, chairs and coolers in tow, concert-goers enjoy free live music in Veterans Oasis Park under the stars. Concert series runs October through March. Photos courtesy Sherrie Buzby Photography

Zoppé Italian Family Circus Returned to Chandler for 10th Season

The Zoppé Italian Family Circus at Chandler Center for the Arts has been a decade of delight, becoming synonymous with the holiday season for many Valley families. Commemorating the milestone in Chandler, the Zoppé Circus featured time-honored, crowd-favorite acts along with brand new performances specifically added for this season. Photos courtesy Chandler Center for the … Continued

Curating Creativity

February—it’s the shortest month of the year, but there’s definitely no shortage of exciting things happening here in Chandler! When thinking of ideas for our Arts + Makers issue, we were inspired by the talented local creatives who beautify our community with their work. Whether it’s local theater performances, improv shows or musical performances, we … Continued

Cielo Aesthetics & Wellness’ Holiday Client Appreciation Event

Cielo Aesthetics & Wellness recently held its annual Client Appreciation event and had a great turnout!  Attendees noshed on food and beverages while learning more about services and products. Amazing raffles/contests were held, allowing quite a few attendees to win items such as dermal fillers, microneedling or a year's worth of Botox treatments. It was an event not to miss! 

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

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.

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