On Pins and Needles

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Before returning to Scottsdale, the city they call home, Marissa Abdo and Morgan Renfro were team members of Dr. 90210 in Beverly Hills, one of the top 10 practices in the nation for Allergan and Galderma injectables. Working full time, Abdo, MS, RN, CANS, and Renfro, RN CANS, saw nearly 2,000 patients per year. According to Renfro, the average plastic surgeon will see around 5 ...

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Buzzworthy: Tim Ummel shares his love of Arizona with Kierland eatery

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski The Buzz Eatery & Treats is aptly named. Customers “buzz” in and out of the new addition to Kierland Commons. The concept serves as a “hive” where shoppers, residents, neighbors and visitors can enjoy everything from a cup of coffee in the morning to a glass of wine in the evening. Guests will also find craft beer on tap, wine, seasonal cocktails, and homemade “buzzy” popsi ...

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Best-Kept Secret Toyota’s Supra star is reborn

By Greg Rubenstein Few vehicles inspire driving enthusiasts’ passion as the Supra. Toyota’s 2+2 sports car hadn’t been sold in the United States for more than 20 years, until it wondrously reappeared as a 2020 model. It was a true two-seater, sharing a platform with the BMW Z4 and powered by a 335-horsepower, turbocharged, 3.0-liter, straight-six engine. Fast forward one model year, and this fifth-generatio ...

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What really happened to Curly Bill Brocius

By Marshall Trimble The other day I received a letter asking, “What really happened to Curly Bill? I’m hearing two different stories.” I replied, “That’s because there are two different stories.” During the months following the street fight in Tombstone, the cowboys, after the Spicer Hearings, cleared the Earps of murder and resorted to ambushing their enemies.  On the evening of December 28, 1881, Virgil E ...

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Giving People Hope: Dr. Laura Brockel amplifies her patients’ lives

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski As a child, Laura Brockel often visited her great aunt, who fell deaf after a case of the measles. She watched her struggle with amplification devices and doctors. “She found it difficult to find someone who was reputable and had the qualifications to handle someone with the profound hearing loss she had,” the North Scottsdale resident says. “She had had cords running up her dr ...

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Weathering the Storm: Avery Lane sees growth despite pandemic, hopeful for future

By Connor Dziawura The COVID-19 pandemic came at an unfortunate time for Avery Lane, a consignment store that specializes in items on the high end, from furniture, antiques and fine art to other home accessories. After seeing steady growth and expansion over the first several years in the Scottsdale Airpark, owner Darlene Richert signed for yet another expansion in December 2019, pushing the showroom past 3 ...

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Servicing the Community: Prestige Cleaners puts its neighbors and staff first

By Bridgette M. Redman Prestige Cleaners has been committed to doing the right thing by its customers, employees and community since 1964. It wasn’t about to let a thing like the pandemic change that. President and CEO Denise Testori says she’ll never forget when the news of the pandemic and the lockdowns hit. “It was St. Patty’s Day and there were a lot of rumors swirling around of what was going on,” Test ...

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Rediscovering Herself: Kaylavon Middleton emerges as a top insurance broker

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Kaylavon Middleton is a proud, card-carrying Medicare member and, as a licensed Certified Medicare Insurance Planner, she enjoys helping others navigate the system.  “I’m there as a bridge when people get ready to retire,” Middleton says. She’s a retiree herself, well, sort of. She left BlueCross BlueShield after 16 years and knew how to tread the Medicare waters herself. Five ...

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‘You Can have it All’: Scottsdale mother empowers women as leading expert in innovative dentistry

By Jordan Houston When it comes to leadership, Dr. Sara Vizcarra sets the tone, not only as a professional but as a woman, Latina and mother as well. Dr. Vizcarra, an esteemed dentist at North Scottsdale’s Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry, has built a reputation for herself as a knowledgeable, personable and compassionate doctor in a variety of services, including cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, orth ...

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Gem Floral and Rentals: Mariam Chekmeyan’s dream is blossoming

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Mariam Chekmeyan was working full time for a construction company and made a great salary.  But the desk job stifled the North Phoenix woman’s creativity. “I’m a very creative person,” the Sandra Day O’Connor High School graduate says. “I couldn’t be myself doing things with construction and office work. I told my boyfriend, ‘I am quitting my job.’ “He says, ‘Not until you figu ...

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A Touch of Class: The Langham Huntington is Pasadena’s ‘jewel’

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Nestled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, the Langham Huntington, Pasadena, is an oasis among lush landscaping. Kindness and beauty exude from the Spanish Mission Revival-style resort. Attendants readily share facts about the resort, which is peppered with Pasadena’s trademark roses. Wedding parties rush around the Langham Huntington, as brides and grooms are photograph ...

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Around the Pen: Nonprofit sanctuary recruiting volunteers to help pigs and piglets

By Annika Tomlin Danielle Betterman was gifted her first pig, Beezers, 12 years ago. She researched the ins and outs of raising a pig in the Valley. Wanting to impart her knowledge and her love of pigs, she opened Better Piggies Rescue in 2017. “I started doing research and quickly started volunteering with other organizations around the Valley, like Ironwood Pig Sanctuary and Circle L Ranch (Animal Rescue ...

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HR Pro to Health Care Leader: Deborah Hillman Toll vows to help vulnerable people

By Alison Bailin Batz After graduating from Eastern Illinois University in 1999, Deborah Hillman Toll moved to the Valley to begin what would become a legacy of leadership and giving back. Initially, she worked with executives to build and execute human resources strategies. A significant project with a local chief executive officer early in her career proved to be a pivotal moment on Toll’s professional pa ...

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Pour the Paso, Please! Exploring the best bottles from the emerging wine region

By Alison Bailin Batz Paso Robles is a winemaking region on the rise. Located along California’s Coast, Paso Robles winemaking dates back to the 1980s, but it was the well-received Saxum brand in 2010 followed by Wine Enthusiast naming it the Wine Region of the Year in 2013 that really brought acclaim to the area. Today, there are more than 200 wineries and 40,000 vineyard acres producing at least 60 types ...

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The Amazing Gunshot Physician

By Marshall Trimble Dr. George Goodfellow of Tombstone is best remembered as the “Gunshot Physician.” He patched up outlaws like Curly Bill Brocius and doctored the wounded Virgil and Morgan Earp after the Gunfight at O.K. Corral. When the mortally wounded Billy Clanton asked to have his boots removed so he could “die with his boots off,” Doc Goodfellow obliged. Afterward, Ike Clanton, whose big mouth start ...

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