A Family Legacy

Restaurants and hospitality run through the veins of the Keeler family, who own and operate three Valley restaurants. “My father, Paul Keeler, owned and ran restaurants in the Boston area, where my brother and I started working at a young age, washing dishes and bussing tables,” said Matt Keeler. In 2003, the Keelers opened a […]

New in Town: Creative Cocktails and Shareable Plates at St. Urban

One of the newest additions to the lively restaurant scene on Seventh Street in Uptown Phoenix is St. Urban, which offers light bites, handcrafted cocktails and elevated city and mountain views. Common Ground Culinary opened St. Urban in September, right above Neighborly Public House, which opened in November 2021. Founded in 2011, Common Ground Culinary has nine concepts throughout […]

Office Doors: A Day with Taryn Norley

5:45 A.M. >>PRECIOUS MORNINGS My 5 year old is in Kindergarten, so I wake up and get myself ready before waking him. I make breakfast, pack lunches for both of us, and then drop him off at school because my husband goes to work much earlier. I love that I get the opportunity to walk […]

A 2nd Act: Bond of Brothers

It’s indisputable: Little brothers look up to big brothers. But what Christopher Rodriguez learned from his big brother impacted not only him, but many others along the way. T.J., four years older than Chris, was born with IDD (intellectual and developmental disabilities). Watching his older brother navigate life inspired Chris. “T.J. is my only sibling, and I […]

Next Doors: Moving Arts & Culture Forward

A new initiative by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust funds arts organizations throughout the Valley. There’s an old saying that if you give someone a fish, they will eat for a day. But if you teach someone to fish, they’ll eat for the rest of their lives. That philosophy is somewhat unofficially at the core of […]

Charity Spotlight: Stretching the Bounds of Imagination

Organization: Greasepaint Youtheatre Leadership: Executive and Artistic Director: Maureen Dias-Watson Board President: Lance Ross Origin: In 1965, Scottsdale Community Players built the theater Greasepaint calls home with private funds on land that the City of Scottsdale owns. Greasepaint became the sole tenant of the Stagebrush Theatre after the theater company was founded in 1984. By 2006, Greasepaint […]

Tasty Bites and Creative Cocktails at The Womack

The Womack opened in 2016 in uptown Phoenix as an homage to the Chez Nous Cocktail Lounge, a Phoenix staple for more than 40 years that was originally owned and operated by Andy and Maureen Womack. The Womack aims to recreate the intimate and nostalgic lounge atmosphere of Chez Nous.  “The Womack strives to pay […]

New in Town: Earth Meets Art at Tía Carmen

In April, celebrity chef Angelo Sosa, known for his appearances on “Top Chef,” opened Tía Carmen at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in North Phoenix. ”Tía Carmen is named after my aunt, who instilled in me a passion and love for cooking, teaching me the impact and the power that food can have […]

Wandering in Wickenburg

Did you know that you can be in downtown Wickenburg within one to one-and-a-half hours from most places in the Valley? What awaits you is an authentic Western experience filled with history, art and a storybook town.  How easy is it to get to Wickenberg for a day, overnight or family vacation? Simply drive north […]

Creating Culture: The Strongest Link

Connection is where it’s at — in the home, our neighborhoods, at school and work, and at Frontdoors, where we illuminate organizations and unsung heroes in our community. Shining bright in the unsung heroes’ space for more than 33 years is a nonprofit that personifies connection as the heart of its mission. Artlink has been […]