Local Spotlights

  • Calvin Charles Gallery Presents ‘The Art of Giving’ December 10-January 5

    Opening Reception 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10Calvin Charles Gallery has been a fixture in the Arts District of Historic Downtown Scottsdale for nearly two decades. Managing partner Veronica Graffius has the distinction of incorporating a unique selection of artists at the gallery that include those who create in homage to the gallery’s earliest focus on Asian art and artists who speak to th ... Read More

  • Girl Friday to the Rescue with Holiday Shopping and Wrapping Services

    Nearly everyone would agree that during the busy holiday season it would be great to have an extra helping hand with the dozens of tasks that need to be completed. Between parties, cooking, out-of-town guests and house cleaning, sometimes it is challenging to find the time to do thoughtful shopping for family, friends and loved ones. Girl Friday has years of experience in helping its clients compl ... Read More

  • Bob the Psychic Creates a Positive and Engaging Psychic Experience for His Clients

    Having a session with Bob the Psychic is a fun, insightful and often surprising experience. As he channels his messages, his clients never really know what communications might be relayed. Whether someone is seeking information or insight into their job, love life or perhaps to reach out to someone who has passed on, Bob the Psychic has a natural ability and talent to bring positive and inspiratio ... Read More

  • Looking for Something Different and Exciting to Do This Holiday Season? All Aboard The Dolly Steamboat!

    Many people in the Valley know Dolly Steamboat – the majestic boat that offers cruises around Canyon Lake.Arizona's World Class Cruise, the Dolly Steamboat is a gorgeous sternwheeler that transports up to 140 passengers on Canyon Lake, taking them through colorful canyons as they enjoy scenic desert vistas and beautiful wildlife. This holiday season, why not do something different and take a cru ... Read More

  • “Disgraced” by Arizona Theatre Company Explores Themes Ripped from the Headlines

    Photos by Tim FullerArizona Theatre Company’s “Disgraced” was penned by playwright Ayad Akhtar, won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and in 2015 was nominated for a Tony Award for “Best Play.” Presented in ATC’s home theater in Phoenix at The Herberger Theater Center, “Disgraced” is a unique story in identity politics as it relates to Muslims living in the United States post 9/11 ... Read More

  • NAK Productions Explains What to Say About Your Business and How to Say It Effectively

    One of the main services offered by NAK Productions is what is known as “The Business Selfie.” It is a brief signature-style video that showcases a business owner or business in a 30 second video that encourages viewers to learn more or become more engaged with a person or business. Because the video is 30 seconds in length, the message has to make an impact quickly. Owner of NAK Productions, ... Read More

  • Venezia’s Thrills Diners with New Low-Carb Pizza Bowl Offering

    By Lynette CarringtonTake everything you love about pizza, take away the dough and you have a delicious and satisfying low-carb pizza bowl. Venezia’s New York Style Pizzeria has introduced a variety of tasty low-carb pizza bowls designed to fit your unique taste. The addition of low-carb pizza bowls gives Venezia’s diners yet another way to enjoy the restaurant’s Italian flavors!Founders Fra ... Read More

  • Raven’s 10th Annual Thanksgiving Eve Party to Take Place at Copper Leaf Gastrolounge November 25

    Thanksgiving is that special holiday during the year where we give thanks and show appreciation for everything wonderful in our lives. Raven Events is no different and is taking the opportunity to show its own gratitude to its extended community of friends and family! Raven’s 10th Annual Thanksgiving Eve Party will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25 at Copper Leaf Gastrolounge located at 42 ... Read More

  • Barleens Arizona Opry Features Outstanding Dinner Show with Music, Comedy, Improv and More

    By Lynette Carrington For musically gifted twins, Barbara and Brenda Barleen, running and performing in their family-owned and operated musical dinner show is a rewarding labor of love. With comedy, a bit of acting and improv and lots of live music by wonderfully talented musicians, there is never a dull moment on the Barleens Arizona Opry stage in Apache Junction. From classic country wes ... Read More

  • ‘Cooking With Eddie’ on November 30 Is a Tasty Way to Discover Culinary Tips and Holiday Recipes

    By Lynette Carrington Chef Eddie Matney is at the helm of the wildly delicious Eddie’s House in Old Town Scottsdale. The well-respected and talented chef has been an established part of the Valley’s culinary scene and also happens to be a fun and engaging cooking instructor, too! Chef Eddie’s next class will take place 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 and will cover tasty tips for holiday celebr ... Read More

  • Bevvy – The Upscale Gastropub Lounge is a Swanky and Fun Scottsdale Destination

    By Lynette Carrington The Old Town Scottsdale Entertainment District is the hottest destination. Bevvy is the place you won’t want to miss and is the place to meet friends, enjoy a few drinks, have a great meal and see and be seen! The gastropub occupies the space of the former Derby and has been re-imagined as part sports bar, part restaurant, part laid back lounge and 100 percent fun. Be ... Read More

  • Vidogi Salon & Boutique is a Dream Come True for Owner

    By Lynette Carrington Working in the beauty industry has been a dream of Denise Tanigawa since she was young. Her intuition and keen eye for all things related to beauty have come full circle at Vidogi Salon & Boutique in Old Town Scottsdale. Much more than a hair salon, the luxurious, upscale and spacious location provides a beautiful and professional space to receive a variety of ... Read More

  • Kierland Life and Health-Health and Life Insurance Answers in a New Age of Insurance

    By Lynette Carrington Insurance agent Teresa Ferrin has experienced the past 19 years of the health and life insurance industry in the trenches. She has seen the trends and experienced where the industry is now in an Obamacare society. Much has changed in the world of health insurance and Teresa Ferrin has decades of experience to help her clients make good health insurance decisions and ass ... Read More

  • John A. Robinson, NMD of The Hormone Zone-Your Hormone Solutions for Life & The Leader in Hormone Replacement Therapy

    There can be many culprits to some unfortunate medical issues such as weight gain, fatigue, memory problems, mood swings, loss of libido and the inability to sleep. Although proper diet and exercise are always a help, sometimes skilled intervention by a doctor can pinpoint specific areas such as various hormonal imbalances that when addressed, are the true key to improved health and true life ch ... Read More

  • ‘Insure Your Future’ Delivers Income and Asset Protection Results

    By Lynette Carrington Getting disability insurance is not something that most people have at the top of their to-do list, but it very well should be. In the event that that you or your partner become incapacitated or permanently disabled, a properly written disability policy from agent René Apack of agency Insure Your Future can help save you or your family from financial disaster. November i ... Read More

  • Offbeat, Unusual and Rebellious Weddings Come to Life at Weddings for Rebels

    By Lynette Carrington Some gals and guys march to the beat of a different drummer. You know who you are – you love the offbeat, the strange, the unusual and the outlandish. Weddings for Rebels is the perfect way for those with a different outlook on their wedding to envision their special day in an entirely unique way. Owner Theresa Morales has been orchestrating unusual weddings for eight year ... Read More

  • Venezia’s Pizzeria Has 8 Different Daily Slice Specials for under $8

    By Lynette Carrington Venezia's Pizzeria is a family-owned and operated series of restaurants in the Valley that incorporates the finest flavors of Italy and the fun and nostalgia of New York style pizzerias into their business. Founders Frank and Clara have retired and son Domenick Montanile has taken over the delicious Venezia's empire with the commitment to food quality, devotion to outstandin ... Read More

  • Now is the Time to Get Your Carpets and Upholstery Ready for the Holidays

    By Lynette CarringtonThe holiday season will be upon us before you know it. Now is the time to think about getting your carpets and upholstery in tiptop shape! When you have a few festive parties in your home, you never know what kind of stain disaster looms. Whether it’s cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie spilled on the carpet or turkey gravy or butter that falls on your chair cushions, there are a ... Read More

  • NAK Productions Provides the ‘Business Selfie’ and Other Creative Business Video Integration

    By Lynette Carrington There is no doubt about it - video is king! When it comes to creative content for your website or compelling messages for your business and your social networking channels, nothing can tell a story or convey meaning quite the way a polished and professional video can. What would you say about your business, your special event or even yourself on video that would entice po ... Read More

  • Your Website Is the Foundation of Your SEO

    By Lynette Carrington Your website is the most important online tool that your business has and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is how your website is found and ranked by Internet Search Engines. Ultimately, your website is the foundation of how easy it will be to use SEO to rank your site. As part of its commitment to its clients, Rising Phoenix SEO offers insight about different types of SEO ... Read More

  • Body Beautiful Med Spa and Day Spa Offers a Boutique Spa Experience with World Class Service

    By Lynette Carrington Nearly nine years ago, the valley economy and real estate market was starting to head into a nose dive. Owner and founder of Body Beautiful Med Spa and Day Spa, Marlena Krueger had a great building located at 24th Street and Campbell and was seriously contemplating what to do with the space. She pulled herself up by her bootstraps and committed to developing out her build ... Read More

  • Helping Hands for Freedom to Be Recipient of Fundraiser at Local Restaurant Chain

    By Lynette Carrington In September, Macayo’s unveiled a new look and a new menu at its Scottsdale Macayo’s Mexican Grill & Cantina. During that event, a fundraiser was also held for local nonprofit organization Helping Hands for Freedom. The CEO of Helping Hands for Freedom Darin Fishburn explains, “The grand re-opening of the Macayo’s Scottsdale was a huge success with over 180 din ... Read More

  • Insure Your Future - Income and Asset Protection Solutions

    By Lynette CarringtonThe future is never certain. Protecting your assets and income stream are vitally important for your well-being and the future of your family and love ones, but often times, people don’t stop to think about “what if?” That “what if” could come in the form of a devastating auto accident or an unforeseen illness. Disability Income, Life and Long Term Care Advisor Ren ... Read More

  • Operation Enduring Gratitude-Veteran’s Serving Veteran’s Supporting Our Armed Service Members with Housing Repairs

    By Lynette CarringtonAs a military service member, Founder of Operation Enduring Gratitude Charlie Ellis has experienced first-hand the trials and tribulations of being in the service. He has also experienced camaraderie from his fellow servicemen and women that will stick with him for a lifetime. With 10 years in the Arizona Army National Guard and soon to be re-enlisting in the Air National Guar ... Read More

  • Eagle Eye Retail Intelligence Receives the Support of Industry Competitor

    By Lynette Carrington Perhaps there is no greater vote of confidence or business success as when a competitor whole-heartedly endorses and supports what a competing company is doing. “The Shadow Agency is an industry leader in video mystery shopping,” explains Russell Wood, who is president of the company. “We have been doing video mystery shopping since 1994. We do all types of mystery sho ... Read More

  • Raven Events Orchestrates Social Events, Business Networking, Charity Fundraisers and So Much More!

    By Lynette Carrington One thing is for certain, when you mention the name “Raven” in just about any social or business circle in the Valley of the Sun, people know exactly who you are talking about and immediately want to know what the next event is going to be! Raven Valdes is the Founder and CEO of Raven Events, LLC.After meeting this dynamic, intelligent and exciting woman, it’s hard ... Read More

  • Wild & Wonderful Out of Africa Wildlife Park

    Get a completely different view of wildlife! Not a zoo or a circus, Out of Africa Wildlife Park is home to hundreds of exotic animals from around the world roaming in spacious habitats that give you a chance to see these beautiful creatures and their natural behavior up-close. Nestled on over 100 acres of rolling hills and valleys, it’s the perfect home to raise the awareness of o ... Read More

  • Excitement is IN THE AIR on the Predator Zip Line

    You stand on the edge of the platform.  You look down and your heart pounds as you gauge how high you are above the ground.  From the top of the towers, you can see majestic red rocks, the San Francisco peaks, and the whole breathtaking Verde Valley.   You look above to the blue sky... and JUMP!  Adreneline races through your body as you accelerate and the wind blows faster ... Read More

  • Fort McDowell Resort and Casino Offers Adult Gaming Fun

    The Fort McDowell Casino is open 24 hours a day and offers Live Keno, Live Bingo, Poker, Blackjack, and of course plenty of slot machines. Located just minutes from Fountain Hills, the casino offers a variety of gaming entertainment for adults, all within the cool air conditioned comfort of the beautiful resort. The Keno games run every 3 to 5 minutes where players mark their tickets with u ... Read More

  • CCTV - Closed Circuit Television Is a Critical Component of Business and Home Security Systems

    By Lynette Carrington Home security systems offer extra peace of mind, but what can they provide for a business? A security system offers many different options to monitor and review what goes in various areas of a business to give manager, security officers and decision makers the unbiased information they need. CallTeks Security knows that one huge benefit of business security systems are ... Read More

  • Fountain Hills Artists' Gallery

    Fountain Hills has long been known as a haven for gifted artists. Some of the finest artists in Arizona and the nation hail from Fountain Hills or sell their works from the town. Fountain Hills Artists Gallery is the premier cooperative gallery in the greater Valley that offers fine art, jewelry and gift items that are sold directly from the artists. The gallery is owned and operated by the ... Read More

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