Next Doors: The Importance of Being Present

Sometimes, simple things in life can cause a chain reaction. For instance, what happens if you’re a student and you don’t show up to school? Simple — you probably miss an assignment, which you can make up later.  But what happens if you’re a student and your particular circumstance results in you missing a lot […]

Style Unlocked: Pretty Is in the Air

Spring Fling Fresh looks for event season Starlight Brocade Dress | $498 Kate Spade, Scottsdale Fashion Square, Scottsdale Silvana Clutch | $298 Reformation, Scottsdale Quarter, Scottsdale  Clairene Jacket | $595 Theory Knotted Cutout Gown | $2,795Nordstrom, Scottsdale Fashion Square, Johanna Ortiz Maxi Dress | $1,550Saks Fifth Avenue, Biltmore Fashion Park, […]

Kitchen Doors: Celebrity Chef Angelo Sosa Opens Kembara

In December 2023, Kembara opened at JW Marriott Desert Ridge in North Phoenix. The menu at Kembara, which means “to wander,” is inspired by a variety of Asian flavors. It is the second restaurant at the resort from celebrity chef Angelo Sosa and restaurant developer Mark Stone, who opened Tia Carmen in 2022. “The menu […]

Bookmarked: Emma Garcia

Emma Garcia is the chief community development and engagement officer at Valley of the Sun United Way Recommends: “Energy Rising” by Dr. Julia DiGangi Her Take: “This well-researched book left an indelible impact on me, resonating on multiple levels as I reflected on how my upbringing and childhood experiences shaped who I am as a […]

Office Doors: A Day With Matt Byrnes

Matt Byrnes is the senior Vice President of proprietary brands and sourcing at PetSmart 4:30 A.M.  >>  ME TIME I’m an early riser, and my mornings are my selfish time. I use this time to take care of myself and make sure I’m ready for the day. I start with a cup of coffee while […]

Experience a Taste of Japan at Valley Restaurants

The Japan External Trade Organization and the Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles are partnering with 10 Phoenix area restaurants to host Taste of Japan: Specialty Seafood and Sake Series, which runs through March 9. Each restaurant offers dishes highlighting Japan’s renowned Hokkaido scallop with a sake pairing. Restaurants participating in the series include […]

Kitchen Doors: Local First Arizona Supports Entrepreneurs Through Community Kitchens

Local First Arizona is supporting entrepreneurs in the food business through its three Community Kitchens, with a fourth scheduled to open soon.  “We are helping businesses in underserved communities that may not have access to resources due to barriers like education and language,” said Jose Gamiz, food entrepreneurship coordinator at Local First Arizona. Local First […]

Cover Story: Power Up

There is a painting in Kristen Sandquist’s office. Hand-painted from four photographs, it shows her working with children at an orphanage, holding the hands of a young boy, guiding a team up Kilimanjaro and standing triumphantly on top of the summit. The painting was a gift after summiting Kilimanjaro for the 15th time. (Sandquist has […]

From the Road: Another Page

The whole point of going to Page is to experience nature — and the options for doing it are almost endless. Located in Arizona on Utah’s southern border, Page boasts some of Arizona’s most spectacular scenery. Close to Lake Powell’s stunning red rock formations, the area is a summer favorite for boating, fishing, kayaking and […]

Office Doors: A Day with Jennifer Gage

4:30 A.M. >> THE EARLY RISER GETS THE BIRD I wake up and go to bed early. I quit drinking coffee a couple of years ago and now have my daily Celsius. I like to listen to the birds for about an hour and find it’s a great way to start my day. I use […]