Discover your roots

I moved across the country the summer before my junior year of high school. As an emotional 16-year-old girl, being transplanted from the East Coast to the Wild West was devastating. I was heartbroken and homesick and I can honestly say that I never thought I would permanently stay in Arizona.

Chandler Businesses and Residents Come Together for First Chandler Lifestyle Event

More than 60 local businesses and residents came together on June 22 at Otaku restaurant for the first annual Chandler Lifestyle social event. Thank you to our generous advertising partners who provided door prizes and favor bags to make the event a great success!

Around Town

During the June 16 Annual Meeting for Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, Peixoto Coffee was named Downtown Chandler Business of the Year. The award, which is voted on by community members, was given to Sibley’s West, the Chandler and Arizona Gift Shop last year. During this year’s Annual Meeting, John and Michelle Sibley of Sibley’s West presented Julia Peixoto-Peters of Peixoto…

Bashas’ Family of Stores gives back to the local community

Both Bashas’ headquarters (corporate office is located near Alma School and Ocotillo Roads in south Chandler) and distribution center (located at I-10 and Chandler Blvd.) are based in Chandler. In addition, the company has at least one Bashas’ (two locations) AJ’s Fine Foods (one location) and Food City grocery store (one location) operating in Chandler. Learn more at

Hometown History in a Vintage Café

Hidden inside the Merchant Square Antique Market on Arizona Ave, is American Way Market, a new lunch restaurant open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. What most people don’t realize when visiting the quaint café, is that the restaurant was built with pieces of Arizona history. The booths were from a country western bar that closed in…

Long-time Chandler resident fulfills dream of owning a local business

When he was 15, Kellen Sears began working in local restaurants. Over the years, Sears realized that although he loves the restaurant industry, he has an entrepreneurial spirit that yearned to own his own business.

Highland Yard Vintage Market

In a quiet building behind Merchant Square, vendors work to finish filling a 6,000 square foot warehouse. The space will soon come alive for four days to showcase home furnishings and garden décor. As designers put their final touches on arrangements, the doors open and music plays. Customers dance through the aisles of this air conditioned venue and browse through…

Linguine with feta, tomatoes, fresh oregano and shrimp

Looking for a light summer dish? Queen Creek Olive Mill provided this delicious meal using simple and fresh ingredients such as vine-ripened tomatoes and local olive oil. Queen Creek Olive Mill is a place where people can come and enjoy a real Agritourism experience in Queen Creek, featuring olive oils, balsamic vinegar, olives and specialty goods. Queen Creek Olive Mill…

Party in the Park at Chandler’s July 4th 
Fireworks Spectacular

The City of Chandler rocked the town red, white and blue with the return of its annual July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at Tumbleweed Park. The high energy celebration was complete with live music, food vendors, family-friendly activities and a sky-illuminating fireworks display, presented by Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers.

Tumbleweed Park

Chandler is home to a multitude of beautiful parks, none of which would be here if it were not for the hard work and dedication of the community. This is well demonstrated by Tumbleweed Park, which holds the title of the city’s largest park. Claud Cluff, the park maintenance supervisor, explains how the park was grown by the committed and…

A garden of possibilities

There is just something special about spending time in a garden. Whether it is simply sitting and enjoying the surrounding beauty or getting our hands deep into the soil, all of our senses can be engaged and so many lessons can be learned.

Amazing Lash Studio Grand Opening Celebration

A grand opening event was held on June 7 to celebrate the ninth Valley location of Amazing Lash Studio, now in the Boulevard Shops near Chandler Fashion Center. If you want natural-looking lashes to enhance your own, make your appointment today by calling 480.467.4425 or visit for more information.

Make Your Outdoor Space Wildlife-Friendly

As we take the time to make ourselves more comfortable during the heat of the summer, we can do the same for the wildlife around us. Krys Hammers, president of the Desert Rivers Audubon Society, explains that it is important to do so because “as cities grow and sprawl, we are taking up much of that habitat that used to…