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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A Fresh Start

Stephanie Kotula gives back to organization that aided her By Annelise Krafft Stephanie Kotula was used to making fresh starts. “As a child, my father’s job moved us around,” says Kotula, who formerly lived in snowy cities across Michigan and Ohio. “In high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to do it somewhere warm.” But, getting out of the cold took some time. While still in hig ...

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It’s in his Blood

Grant Ganzi finds his peace on the polo grounds By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Grant Ganzi is busy. Ganzi balances studying international business at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, and sharpening his polo skills for events like the 2019 Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships at WestWorld on Sunday, November 3. “I’m not going to sugarcoat it,” Ganzi says. “It’s not easy. It’s easier in the fall semest ...

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Honor Their Sacrifice. Educate Their Legacy.

Folds of Honor Arizona supports veterans’ families By Alison Bailin Batz O n November 11, the nation will observe Veterans Day, honoring the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. But for Folds of Honor Arizona, Veterans Day is every day. “Folds of Honor Arizona was technically founded in 2015, but our history goes back far longer than that,” says co-founder Rod Martin. In 2007, Ma ...

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Making Dreams Happen

AXA Advisors goes beyond rainy day funds By Alison Bailin Batz The team at the North Valley’s AXA Advisors Southwest works under one simple principle: we make dreams happen. “As a financial planning firm, that seems a pretty obvious mission statement,” says executive vice president of AXA Advisors Southwest Dillan Micus, who took the role in 2005 at 29. At the time, it made him the youngest executive vice p ...

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Understanding Epilepsy

The disorder has a variety of potential causes By Dr. Joseph Sirven, Neurologist, Mayo Clinic Epilepsy is a surprisingly common neurological disorder. It affects 1 in 26 Americans, including men and women of all races, ethnic backgrounds and ages. Yet many people don’t understand epilepsy unless they have first-hand experience with it. After spending my entire medical career focused on treating patients wit ...

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Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona

Sandwiches are helping to save the day of area youth By Alison Bailin Batz Several local Subway franchisees were at a cross roads in 1999. The brand had been growing in the Arizona market since 1983. Given their successes, while the franchisees were fulfilling as many food donations for local charities as possible, they wondered how they might do more. Although it had never been done by a market, brand lead ...

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Fictional Crimes, Real Places

Author James L. Thane’s books are a study in the North Valley By Madeleine Williamson North Scottsdale crime novelist James L. Thane brings fiction and reality together into his books by creating settings using Valley landmarks. Eddie V’s, Mastro’s and Pinnacle Peak all make cameos in his three books, “No Place to Die,” “Until Death” and his recent offering, “Fatal Blow.” “I just simply enjoy the area so mu ...

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