From the Road: Distinctly Durango

We’ve all heard the phrase “there’s something for everyone.” There is no better illustration than the city of Durango, Colo. Durango respects its “cowboy culture” roots and is best described as a laid-back, never-met-a-stranger, dog-and family-friendly place to visit. You can either drive from the Valley, which takes approximately 7.5 hours, or fly direct from […]

Creating Culture: A Gift for the Ages

Long-running tradition makes the Desert Botanical Garden shine It began as a token of appreciation for the community. A holiday gift, lighting up the desert for one night, to thank those near and far who embraced the vision of the Desert Botanical Garden. The gift, thoughtfully made possible by the Garden’s former executive director, Rodney […]

10 Questions with… Jason Alexander

Tell us about your show coming to Arizona Musicfest in January. This is the same show I often do with symphony orchestras —a celebration of theater, music and life stories. But the music is scaled down and intimate and makes for a fun, funny and engaging night with the audience. Songs you know, lots of […]

Tea Time in the Valley

While the tradition of afternoon tea originated in England in the 1800s, it has become popular across the U.S., including in the Valley.  Jo Gemmill, who is from England, opened the English Rose Tea Room in Carefree in 2002. “I wanted to provide a beautiful space in the desert for a good cup of tea and homemade food,” […]

The Heart of Holiday Hosting

Walt Disney once said, “There’s no magic in magic. It’s all in the details.” Traci Chandler, owner of Oh Sugar! Event Design + Paperie, agrees. She has been sweating the details since she planned homecoming back in high school.  Today, with her event design company, Chandler creates magic through personal details, ensuring no two events […]

Key to the Good Life: Gifts & Glitz

To Please a Lady These holiday picks will certainly delight   Gentleman’s Favorites  The perfect additions to a man’s routine   Kids Picks Destined to become daily favorites   Janod Big Cooker Reverso | $279.99 The Gift Shop at Children’s Museum of Phoenix childrensmuseumofphoenix.org Cooper Cowboy Doll and Clementine Cowgirl Doll | $48 each Arcadia […]

Serving Joyfully

“I should have gotten you a St. Vincent de Paul ball cap,” said Shannon Clancy, handing me a hairnet before we begin meal service in the Family Dining Room. She is serving chicken marsala and mashed potatoes while I am spooning out squash. Clancy doesn’t typically serve meals —a blessing she likes to save for […]

A Cultural Dining Adventure

Kai at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass is a dining experience unlike any other, as evidenced by its impressive accolades, including being the only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star restaurant in the state. Two things that set Kai apart are the exceptional guest experience and the focus on indigenous and local ingredients. […]

Next Doors: Promise of a New Day

Many people think that people who are experiencing homelessness are always experiencing homelessness, or close to it. But nothing could be further from the truth, especially when the economic factors of the past few years come into play. While rising property values are great for home and property owners, that upward pressure has raised rental […]

Charity Spotlight: A Mother’s Love

Organization: The Kyah Rayne Foundation Leadership: Founder: Lisa Cohen Origin: Lisa Cohen launched the Kyah Rayne Foundation (KRF) in August 2019 to honor her daughter, Kyah Rayne, who died of anaphylactic shock at the age of 21 after mistakenly eating peanut sauce during a family vacation in Mexico. Cohen considers it her life’s work to […]