December 2016 Lifestyle Letter

Coming from a large, New York Italian family, cherished traditions passed down through generations play a large role in celebrating the holidays—think of a five-hour long “Feast of the Seven Fishes” dinner with the entire family on Christmas Eve that lasts well into the night and classic Pantone and coffee while opening presents in the morning.

December 2016 Around Town

Revelation Real Estate broke ground on a new building, which will be an upgrade and expansion from Revelation’s current, 8,000-square-foot headquarters in Chandler. It will boast a real estate school, a brokerage firm, title company “Magnus Title,” an event center and a bar and café all in one. Ultimately, Chuck and Angela Fazio want this facility to serve as a…

Chandler Lifestyle Fall Good Times Event

Friends and business partners all gathered together at d’Vine Gourmet for a fabulous evening of delicious appetizers, drinks and giveaways. Denise and Andrew McCreery did a wonderful job hosting the event, which saw guests leave with over $1,400 in door prizes. Emotions & Memories Photography

d’Vine Gourmet’s 13th Anniversary Party

The beloved local shop commemorated the mile stone with a wonderful gathering that included live music, fine wine, beer, food, activities and special door prizes. Chandler is lucky to have such a great community partner! Tonia Johnston Photography

Cheers 2 Chandler Social Networking Event

The group held its second social network event at Chop in Downtown Ocotillo, with great fun and networking with some of Chandler’s finest had by all.  Bridgette Marie Photography 

Animal Medical Center of Chandler’s Open House

The Tricks and Treats-themed event saw pets of all shapes and sizes drag their humans along to this fabulous event, donning their very best costumes and hoping to win the coveted “Best Costume” prize. Natalie Lynn Photography 

Ginger Monkey’s Pre-Opening Event

Before making its public debut, the restaurant held a private event, where partners Doug Collins and Jackson Armstrong served up beer taps, wine, cocktails and some of their delectable “New American” cuisine to party-goers. Emotions & Memories Photography 

Debbie Gaby’s Celebrity Catwalk

The event celebrated its 10th Anniversary with the PURRFECT 10, and yes, it was perfect, with presenting sponsor HonorHealth. Fashions By Dillard’s and local community supporters gathering at the Omi Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Motelucia. Marion Rhoades and Kay & Co. Photography

Believe to Achieve

It’s amazing what youth can achieve when encouraged. Mackenzie Ryanne Spade, a 17-year-old Chandler resident, was told that anything is possible. She believed it. She was taught the value of giving back to one’s community and how volunteering makes a difference in the lives of both the giver and receiver. As a result, she volunteered often, and in the process…

Chandler Compadres

For one group of men in the East Valley that are passionate about making an impact in the community is an effort they have been devoted to for nearly four decades. Today, with more than 100 active and lifetime members, the Chandler Compadres have certainly struck the right chord, all to the benefit of local kids and families in need.

Coffee Connections

Steve Kraus, owner and coffee enthusiast, has mastered the art of roasting and serving up some incredible java. He and his wife, Tram Mae, opened their first store in North Phoenix, followed by Scottsdale, Sky Harbor Terminal 4, then Tempe, and now Chandler. And to ensure the continued growth and success of future development, Steve partnered with Jason Kyle in…

Great Gifting

Something Special for Everyone on Your Holiday Wishlist

Neighborhood Steakhouse

Dean and Lorie Laplant were both looking to escape their native Midwest’s blustery winters and make the move to Arizona’s sunnier clime when fate struck in the form of a building for lease in the heart of Downtown Chandler. They soon decided it would be the perfect place to open up a steakhouse in Arizona, and in 2010, DC (standing…

A DIY Holiday

Add baking soda and cornstarch to a small pot. Mix in water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir vigorously to create a play dough like substance. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

Sweet Gatherings

Bloggers From Around the Valley Share Their Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipes