In Treatment

By Alison Bailin Batz W hile self-care is critical to one’s health, physically and mentally, we all could use an extra hand when it comes to properly taking care of ourselves from time to time.  Thankfully, the North Valley features some of the top spas in the nation, each of which is always innovating, updating and reimagining its treatments and spaces to relax, rejuvenate and reinvigorate guests’ minds, b ...

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Surf’s Up!

By Christopher Boan Ayears-long prophecy came to fruition in mid-January, as Dana Mulé’s Hula’s Modern Tiki opened its High Street location. The restaurant is a stone’s throw from the Loop 101 at 5450 N. High Street. The company’s newest restaurant features a garage door opening up to a spacious patio, to go with floral patterned booths, tiki features on walls and other Hawaiian mainstays. It joins location ...

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Surveying the Mexican border

Surveying the Mexican border The storied Army Corps of Topographical Engineers was a hand-picked group of West Point graduates. In its short lifespan of only 23 years as a separate corps, it probably did more, in proportion to its small numbers, than any other group. The corps was a combination of science and romance, the prototypes of the original seven astronauts of the 1960s. When the Mexican War ended i ...

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Finding a New Home

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Vernon Aviation business manager James Pera says when people hear the words “private jet,” they automatically assume it’s not within reach financially. They’re wrong, he says. “Once educated, our clients are pleasantly surprised to find out that there are various price points, aircraft and options for all budgets,” Pera says. “The business owners are pleased when they find out ...

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Bella Mode!

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Just because Valley natives Nikki and Brie Bella are pregnant, it doesn’t mean they can’t throw a party. The former WWE Divas will kick off Cabanas After Dark, the Hotel Valley Ho’s poolside parties under the stars, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6. The party and a VIP rooftop meet-and-greet also introduce their new Bonita Bonita rosé, and signed bottles will be available. “We’re s ...

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Causing a Commotion

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Lloyd Cole and the Commotions found success with their 1984 debut album, “Rattlesnakes.” Since then, Cole has continually reimagined his career. Born in Buxton, England, Cole moved to New York to reinvent himself after a series of albums and tours with the Commotions. Arizona fans will get the rare chance to see a retrospective of his career during his show at the Musical Instr ...

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A Fire Inside

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski E rin Naas was born obsessed with horses. From the time she could walk or talk, Naas and her mom attended Mommy and Me riding lessons in her home state of California. “I would ride sassy, little bad ponies and she would trot along next to us, leading me,” Naas says with a laugh. “That’s how I started, and I’ve ridden ever since.” A supermodel and actress, Naas has shown horses ...

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Holiday Fitness Goals

By Joella Hopkins Yes, it is possible to stay healthy and fit during Christmas The holiday season is officially here and, inevitably, most of us gain weight during this time of year. ‘Tis the season to attend lavish holiday parties, eat to our heart’s content, and indulge in alcohol and sugary drinks that are not part of our normal diet during the rest of the year. It’s all fun and games—until it isn’t  Sud ...

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A Virtual Eggs-plosion

Breakfast joints are sweeping the area By Kristine Cannon Earlier this year, Oregon-based Biscuits Café expanded into the northern Scottsdale area. In late spring, popular Phoenix-based Matt’s Big Breakfast announced its expansion into the Scottsdale area, to take place sometime in the fall. In September, Tucson’s popular brunch hot-spot, Prep & Pastry, celebrated its grand opening at the Scottsdale Wat ...

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Right Tool for the Job

Ford Edge ST is truly a sharp ride By Greg Rubenstein When a segment offers no fewer than 50 different models, you know there is going to be fierce competition and something for just about everyone. So, it is among mid-size sport utility vehicles, where options include SUVs with two-row or three-row seating, unibody or body-on-frame platforms, FWD, RWD, AWD, or driver-selectable 4x4 drivetrains with turboch ...

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The Roastery of Cave Creek

The facility serves more community than coffee By Devan Sauer In the high hills of Cave Creek lies the town’s only roastery, the Roastery of Cave Creek. Surrounding ROC2, as it’s affectionately known, is the smell of the morning pot of brewing coffee, with subtle hints of chocolate. ROC2’s only roastery is a small, industrial-looking building with a shipping container in its parking lot. It distributes coff ...

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Drinking in Success

Celebrating its third anniversary, Quench Naturel is all about love By Annika Tomlin Gina Mynatt-Galdi and her daughter suffered from severe eczema. The two struggled to find products that would help with it. So Mynatt-Galdi founded Quench Naturel and the Get Whipped Body Souffle to relieve the skin condition. But the next step for the North Scottsdale resident was to find a partner, someone who would help ...

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Gotta Have Art

Acclaimed artists head to the ‘festive white tents’ By Susan Kern-Fleischer Cave Creek award-winning pencil artist Dick Mueller relies heavily on the Old West for his artwork. He didn’t live on a ranch, though. He credits his passion for the Old West and cowboys to radio. “I grew up pre-TV and listened to old radio programs about the west and its people,” Mueller says. “Some of the programs were ‘The Americ ...

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Roots Run Deep

By Abbie S. Fink The Cabots impact the North Valley one volunteer opportunity at a time Since moving to the Valley of the Sun almost 40 years ago, Howard and Vicki Cabot have been committed to making the local Jewish community bloom and grow. Married for 50 years, the Cabots moved to Arizona from New Jersey in 1981, where they have raised four children, Heather, Melissa, Courtney and Tyler and are now the p ...

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Massacre Cave at Canyon Diablo

By Marshall Trimble When a group of Apaches raided a Navajo encampment near the Little Colorado River in 1878 and killed all but three people, the Navajo leaders sought vengeance. Twenty-five Navajo warriors were sent to find the attackers and take revenge. They eventually found them in a cave near Canyon Diablo. The Apache sought shelter for themselves and their horses but the Navajo scouts felt the hot ai ...

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