From haute couture to high-rises, from the classic hot spots to blazing newcomers, here are some shining examples of what’s trending right now in Scottsdale and beyond.
ART & CULTURE
Downtown Phoenix Gets a Fresh Canvas
The transformation of the dated Lexington Hotel on Central Avenue into the trendy FOUND:RE Phoenix includes much more than the addition of shiny, new amenities. The hotel will be the first in the Valley employing an art curator—a position created to help entrench the property in the local art scene and manage the hotel’s second function as a working art gallery. “All work will be for sale,” says Mike Oleskow, who was hired for the prestigious position. “Whether it’s an original piece in the lobby or a hotel-commissioned giclee print in the room.” Although art sales via hotel are nothing new, FOUND:RE Phoenix’s ability to promote artists itself is a groundbreaking concept. If a guest seems particularly interested in an artist, Oleskow can arrange anything from a studio tour to cocktails on property. Guests staying over any First Friday will enjoy an opening-night party in the hotel’s dedicated, freestanding art gallery next to the pool. “This is the space I want to push the envelope,” says Oleskow. As the former owner of After Hours Gallery and president of Artlink, Oleskow is no stranger to the scene. “There are so many great artists in Phoenix,” he says. “If they’re investing in the city, then we should invest in them.” Rooms from $199; suites from $299. 1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602.315.3162
Top 5: Art Galleries
Here are the five best places for perusing, pondering and purchasing great artwork.
1. Lisa Sette Recently relocated to an Al Beadle-designed building in Midtown Phoenix, Lisa Sette Gallery is now hosting Forbidden Futures, a mind-bending solo exhibition of paintings by Claudio Dicochea, through Oct. 29. 2. Andre Kohn Fine Art This beautiful new space highlights figurative and impressionist artwork by Andre Kohn, as well as national and international artists. Kohn personally crafts all framing. 3. Gallerie Gersten This gallery by artist Geoffrey Gersten is a rollicking menagerie of pop culturally eloquent works. Gersten’s nostalgia-laced sardonic paintings and sculptures are heating up with local and international collectors, who drop as high as $10,000 for originals. 602.769.3804 4. monOrchid Gallery This downtown Phoenix hot spot is home to some of the city’s buzziest underground soirees, usually on First and Third Fridays—everything from wine tastings and fashion shows to concerts and independent artist exhibitions. 5. J Klein Gallery Artist Jim Klein shook up the Scottsdale art scene when he opened The Jim Klein Art Factory, where passersby could watch Klein create his masterpieces live and give him real-time feedback. The Factory concluded in May, but Klein will reportedly reprise the concept this fall.
The Piano Guys
America’s favorite viral accompanists are coming to Phoenix in August.
Seeing The Piano Guys perform at Comerica Theater will be a far cry from watching them on YouTube—along with their 4.7 million loyal subscribers—where they play against spellbinding backdrops, like the Mayan ruins at Mexico’s Chichén Itzá or the Great Wall of China. But the essence of what wows folks is how they mix timeless classical music with contemporary film scores. Steven Sharp Nelson, Jon Schmidt, Al Van der Beek and Paul Anderson, four dads from Utah, have taken their classical-pop group literally around the world, but their current tour only covers North America. Thankfully they will be stopping by the Valley Aug. 5 (8pm, tickets $35 to $170) to share their take on everything from “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction (RIP) to “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen. We can only imagine the rendition of “Desert Symphony” our saguaros will inspire. 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602.379.2800
Nothing But Treble
The Phoenix Symphony will kick off the new season with powerhouse performances. Here are the highlights.
Obviously Phoenix Symphony’s 2016-17 programmers really took the mission “something for everyone” to heart. The excitement starts on opening night, Sept. 16, at 7:30pm with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, led by Virginia G. Piper’s music director, Tito Muñoz, with a formal reception following. Other enlightened classical performances fill out the season, dotted with a series of shows highlighting everyone from Leonard Bernstein, Paul McCartney and Frank Sinatra to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and the Texas Tenors. Some Broadway, Disney, Harry Potter and classic rock made it in the mix too, along with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, who makes her Phoenix Symphony debut Jan. 6 to 8 (7:30pm) in the Spanish-inspired Carmen, Falla and Granados. Most performances take place at Symphony Hall. Individual tickets from $18; subscription of four concerts from $90.
1 N. First St., Ste. 200, Phoenix, 602.4495.1999
Life is Beautiful
Broadway will come to Tempe when Cabaret shimmies into town Sept. 13 through 18. Critically acclaimed Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall direct this naughty tale of a cabaret performer who falls in love with an American writer in pre-World War II Berlin. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, 480.965.3434
Come for the horses; stay for the fashion, music and people-watching.
The sixth annual Bentley Polo Championships returns to WestWorld Nov. 5. This year, GQ model Nic Roldan and the Aspen Valley Polo Club return to defend their title. While the action on the field is hot, it’s the scene off-field that draws the crowds. Fitting the pageantry of a polo event, the Arizona Opera will play music, and The Phoenician Resort will host high tea. Barrett-Jackson and the Arabian Horse Show will give a sneak peak of its 2017 events. And everywhere you turn, you’ll see gorgeous women in hats and men in seersucker suits befitting the Kentucky Derby. Don’t miss the singles auction benefiting The Care Fund. Get a VIP pass to the Molina Fine Jewelers Drivers & Players Lounge, which includes food, cocktails and parking, or the Barrett-Jackson Champagne & Jazz Lounge, with the only full Champagne bar on-site. Tickets from $17-$4,000, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 480.423.1414
Feed Your Ego
Natasha Duran-Lynch keeps the fashion world guessing with her thoughtful creations.
When Duran-Lynch was named Phoenix Fashion Week’s couture designer of the year last October for her Hues of Ego Woman Reborn collection, it gave her much-needed validation. After studying architecture at ASU, Duran-Lynch switched to the now-shuttered Collins College to focus on fashion and was soulfully searching for her visual storyline ever since. She gradually won PHXFW-sponsored competitions along the way. “It has been a discovery path,” she says. Duran-Lynch realized her clothing pieces, which range from $80 to $1,099, were going to have to fit womankind outwardly, as well as superficially. “My designs are all based on a multifaceted woman,” she explains. ‘Hues’ are the different lives we live. My aim is to help women find their alter egos and bring them out!” Since the win, her career has been booming. In April, she appeared on the television network Evine Live, where three of her designs were mass-marketed, while sales from her website have steadily climbed. Her exaggerated collars, extra stitching detail and reimagined silhouettes garnered national attention. Duran-Lynch says the Woman Reborn collection illustrates a search for balance and destiny and she is putting the finishing touches on It’s a Woman’s World, which she describes as “bold, unique, fierce, sexy and smart.”
Number Crunch: 200
The number of luxury watches now on display at Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers in Chandler after completion of a $300,000 renovation. That includes a dedicated Rolex store-within-a-store. Time to go shopping!
“Come fall, we’re going to see a resurgence in faux or real fur in Scottsdale. Every designer is adding a touch of it to their collections this season.” –Stephanie Inzalaco, boutique owner, Stephanie’s
Top 5: Personal Shoppers
1. Risa Kostis Celeb clients include Giuliana Rancic, Nancy O’Dell and Your Life A to Z host Gina Salazar. Kostis describes her looks as “simple and feminine. “I believe in taking risks while holding tight to what you feel best in,” she says. From $100 per hour 2. Tiffany Tank For $399, Tank will audit and overhaul your closet, replacing outdated or unflattering pieces with sleek, fashion-forward garments. “I love adding a little something bold or a unique statement piece,” she says. $75 per hour for personal shopping 3. Spree! The Art of Shopping If you want a comprehensive tour of the Valley’s luxury stores, this service will create a personalized itinerary and whisk you away in a limo for a three-hour tour de couture around Phoenix and Scottsdale. From $495 4. Omor Okagbare With more than 20 years of experience in the fashion industry, this Nordstrom style consultant is celebrated for his luxe, elegant, professional looks for men. Styling for women also available. Price for services upon request 5. Amy Videan The former director of marketing and personal shopping for Saks Fifth Avenue at the Biltmore Fashion Park recently decided to forge a new path as an independent stylist. Videan crafts looks head-to-toe, including hair and makeup. Prices by request, 602.762.0354
Editor’s Choice: Dapper Digs
Men looking to rack up extra sartorial points have some new boutiques to check out.
Whether it’s crisp wardrobe essentials; sleek, trendy attire; or the perfect polo for practicing your golf swing, there are plenty of new options for discerning gentlemen in Scottsdale. DaVinci Luxe (15059 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.471.6743) opened up a second location at Scottsdale Quarter this year to complement its original Seville Shopping Center spot. DaVinci specializes in elegant, tailored European menswear from designers in France, England and Italy, to name a few. City Royals Menswear (7056 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, 480.737.8449) in Old Town dials up the edge, with fabrics and pieces from independent labels. “We hand-pick weekly all the clothes we feature in the shop,” says owner and stylist Veronica Garmo. Golf enthusiasts should check out Travis Mathew at Scottsdale Fashion Square (7014 E. Camelback Road, Ste. 1121, Scottsdale, 480.616.2278). Stock up on all the essentials, from polos and sweaters to shorts and hats. Fore!
An exclusive peek into the designer with the brilliant touch.
The Celebrities tab on Jacqueline Nerguizian’s JN Jewels website resembles an issue of US Weekly. There is photo after photo of A-listers modeling her edgy yet dazzling creations. A third-generation jeweler, Nerguizian recalls spending time with her father at the L.A. Jewelry Mart as he worked with Ed McMahon, John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone and Farrah Fawcett. Today, she splits time between her home in North Scottsdale and the Hollywood Hills working with her own glamorous clientele by appointment only. Nerguizian ships the bling to trusted clients, but she rarely does trunk shows. “I do mostly custom designs,” she explains. “I don’t want my clients to have the same pieces as their friends. Nobody wants that.” On her desk sits an opal butterfly ring with movable wings, a 25-carat diamond rosary and a collection of studded gold cuff bracelets commissioned by fashion designer Michael Costello. At home, the Armenian beauty typically sports a showstopping cushion-cut yellow diamond ring, along with bejeweled hoop earrings and multiple gold chains as she cares for five kids. “It’s time to buckle up,” she says. “Soon it will be the holidays and then, through February, every awards show. I’m loving yellow gold. It’s coming back huge. I’m making lots of cuffs, bangles and bracelets.”
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Skinapeel is at the cutting edge of facial care in the Valley.
One of the hottest skin-care trends also happens to be noninvasive. Thank goodness! Microneedling employs tiny needles—even smaller than Botox shots—to create undetectable microchannels that turn on the body’s own healing system to create collagen, growth-factor cells and elastin. The result is firmer and smoother skin. Kimberly Nicole Scharffbillig, owner of Skinapeel, says it’s not exactly new, but the treatments are seeing an upsurge in the Valley as residents seek all-natural solutions to skin problems. Scharffbillig, whose holistic approach to skin has quietly grown her exclusive skin salon in Gainey Ranch the past three years, has a background in esthetics and corporate beauty marketing and training and is constantly on the hunt for skin care innovations. “Microneedling provides instant gratification and long-term results in a natural way,” Scharffbillig says. “Additionally, you get 80 percent better product penetration. It’s like fertilizer for your face!” While you’ll get a collagen boost from just one session, doing a few sessions a year will help keep collagen production from dropping as you age. “It’s like a personal trainer,” she says. “You don’t go once and expect to lose 50 pounds.” From $275, 7704 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Ste. 165, Scottsdale, 480.788.2664
Top 5: Spa Treatments
1. Well & Being Spa The signature Havasupai Falls Rejuvenation service is two hours of pampering using local Southwest ingredients like sage, jojoba and neroli, harmonized in a scrub, soak, massage, wrap and ayurvedic shirodhara. $329 2. The Four Seasons Scottsdale Using salt stones and bamboo sticks in combination with heat, the new Sticks and Stones treatment is customized to deliver tension relief and overall relaxation. From $230 3. Joya Spa Enjoy the Arnica & Hot Towel Massage, designed to ease tight muscles through a relaxing combination of heat, arnica and herbs. Insider tip: Request Tarryn as your therapist. $239 4. Agave, The Arizona Spa The Tequila Lime Refresh Facial is one of the most popular services. Citrus-based cleansing rids impurities, while exfoliation with a tequila-infused toner brightens. From $159 5. Bliss Spa A 90-minute Fully Loaded Facial includes deep-cleaning with fruit acid wash, seaweed mask, age-proofing collagen serum and a blast of pure oxygen. Then you are treated to a hand, foot and neck massage, plus hair treatment. $210
A new 3,500-square-foot Spa House at Sanctuary features a private fitness studio and room dedicated to exclusive spa treatments.
The Spa House at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort is the hottest new spot for VIP retreats. The four-bedroom main home can accommodate up to eight guests, but for larger parties, four additional terrace suites across the lawn are also available for booking. A top resort therapist, or sensei, is on hand to provide treatments and spiritual guidance throughout the stay. The house also includes exclusive amenities. Take a private sunrise yoga class on Spa House’s courtyard lawn; a water aerobic class in the pool; or use the in-home movement studio with Pilate’s reformer, stationary bikes, yoga mats and props, free weights, stability balls and more. Personal training is available as well. Spa House guests can also enjoy a menu of treatments not available to others, including an aromatherapy hand and foot massage before bedtime. If fitness isn’t your thing, have the masseuse come to you for a bit of pampering in the home’s secluded treatment room. From $1,900 per night, 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, 480.948.2100
Editor’s Choice: Suck It In
HYPOXI will literally squeeze the fat out of you, and Scottsdale fitness fanatics are loving it.
Opened in 2015 in Scottsdale and January at the Biltmore, HYPOXI uses compression technology, low-impact exercise and clean eating to trim and tone the body. The concept was born in the late ’90s when an Austrian sports scientist noticed that the combination of compression and exercise produced better results in eliminating fat. A single 30-minute session features easy pedaling or walking while wearing a compression suit that is hooked up to a vacuum system. It’s specially designed to increase blood flow and body temperature while accelerating the release of fatty acids from the targeted areas. The HYPOXI method has proved three times more effective at targeted fat and cellulite reduction than standard exercise. Of course, that includes a healthy eating plan, which the HYPOXI coach supplies. The rule of thumb is to avoid carbs for four to six hours post-exercise. Most people see results after the first six sessions. After three months, people lose an average of 13 to 18 inches and 11 to 15 pounds. Sessions from $42, packages from $684, 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 7001 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. 138, Phoenix, 844.449.7694
Number Crunch: 3
The amount of organic produce (in pounds) used to make a single juice drink at Kaleidoscope Juice in Phoenix and Scottsdale.
DESIGN & REALTY
Now that the vertical gardens have matured at Optima’s Biltmore Towers, Camelview Village and Sonoran Village, it’s time for the luxury developer to break ground in the desirable Kierland area.
Currently under construction, Optima Kierland is slated for occupancy in 18 to 24 months. “The initial buyer response has been fantastic,” says David Hovey Jr., president of Optima. “The unmatched location in the heart of North Scottsdale’s urban core [has] attracted a diverse and discerning clientele.” Although the building’s exterior will be articulated in a similar vernacular to other Optima projects (think lush vertical gardens, floor-to-ceiling glass, and room-size patios for every residence), the most attractive feature of this $500 million project is the ability for buyers to customize floor plans during this early construction phase, combining units as they desire. To date, the largest combo unit was created by the merging of four homes into one 4,111-square-foot residence on an upper floor. Although this new high-rise neighbors world-class shopping and dining at Scottsdale Quarter and Kierland Commons, it will be difficult for owners to justify ever leaving home, considering there is a rooftop lap pool and spa with negative-edge railing, indoor basketball and squash courts, a golf simulator, steam rooms and saunas. Rates from $300,000 to $2.5 million. Sales gallery, 15450 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.630.1200
“Transitional design, a freely interpreted mixture of modern and traditional, is trending right now in the Valley. It appeals to a broad spectrum of all ages.” –Mark B. Candelaria, AIA, principal of Candelaria Design Associates
An expanded showroom creates an enlightening experience at Ferguson.
Ferguson recently completed an extensive remodel of its showroom, including the addition of a lighting lab and gorgeous kitchen and laundry room vignettes. Top brands, including Whirlpool and LG, are now on display in the more than 7,000-square-foot space. 8340 E. Raintree Drive, Scottsdale, 480.556.0103
Top 5: New Design Showrooms
Here are the Valley's best new spots for a home refresh.
1. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams This new 11,000-square-foot showroom at Scottsdale Fashion Square features soft, modern decor with simple, clean and functional color palettes. 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 480.444.5790 2. Design Within Reach After spending 10 years in the former Valley National Bank in Old Town, the modernist furniture store doubled its space at Scottsdale Quarter late last year. 15050 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. 180, 480.970.8800 3. CC Patio Outdoor space in Arizona is arguably just as important as the interior, which is why we were psyched when this luxe custom patio furniture store debuted. Designs evoke that coveted breezy resort-style contemporary look. 7001 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale, 480.949.4500 4. Studio41 A Chicago import, this 8,400-square-foot kitchen and bath oasis sports an array of fixtures, cabinetry and hardware. 15551 N. Greenway-Hayden Loop, Airpark District of Scottsdale, 480.999.1575 5. Artitalia Second- and third-generation Italian artisans use reclaimed European woods—some with romantic origins, like palaces and country homes—to custom-craft one-of-a-kind flooring, furniture and decor. 1466 N. 74th St., Scottsdale, 480.367.0905
History in the Making
Some of the hottest restaurants in the Valley right now have been the result of Brick & West. This highly sought-after boutique architecture firm specializes in adaptive reuse and urban infill restaurants and mixed-use buildings. Founder Michael Rumpeltin and his team of six have tackled big projects like The Yard, which turned an old Ducati garage into a multirestaurant concept; smaller projects like Joe’s Midnight Run, where a drive-thru liquor store was converted into a hip, late-night dining destination; and, most recently, Postino Highland. Although Rumpeltin is an architecture industry veteran, his new firm was founded just three years ago. Brick & West has since completed over 20 projects, including Joyride Taco House, The Crown (home to Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails), The Colony, Culinary Dropout, Taco Guild, CHoP, Dakota, the Art Annex in Tempe and Little Cleo’s, among others. “I love working with old buildings because it’s all about achieving continuity of history,” he says. “Otherwise, many of these buildings would probably get demolished.” The trick to working with historic properties, Rumpeltin says, is “addition by subtraction.” But when designing a project from the ground up, he adds, “the building should look like it has been there the entire time.” 602.539.2160
FOOD & NIGHTLIFE
Once known as Phoenix’s rising star chef, Alex Stratta returns to the Valley with a new perspective.
The reason celebrity chef Alessandro “Alex” Stratta returned to The Valley after a successful run in Las Vegas is simple, he says: “I spent 18 years in Vegas, and I did everything. Now I want to take care of my twin 8-year-olds. It was time to come back.” Stratta, who has been bestowed with nearly every commendation an American chef could seek, even took down Marcus Samuelsson on Iron Chef America. Formerly, the executive chef of The Phoenician just before he left town, Stratta opted not to open another namesake restaurant, choosing instead to be Prado’s chef de cuisine at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. “I want to go back to the basics,” he explains. “Focus on quality and execution.” Since his return in January, Stratta has been changing the menu entirely, eliminating the Italian influence and honing in on Spanish cuisine exclusively. Now it features dishes like fabada, a bean and tomato stew with sausage and his signature Rioja-braised beef with Spanish blue cheese dumplings. Stratta says he is happily readjusting. “I love the fun, convivial nature of Spanish cooking, and I spend a lot of time at Prado because I want to. It’s a labor of love.” 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, 480.627.3004
Top 5: Best Tasting Rooms
These are the best local spots for tippling wines in the Valley.
1. LDV The volcanic soil in the foothills of Chiricahua Mountain in Southeastern Arizona has a surprisingly rich terroir for growing Rhone-varietal grapes. Tastings from $8, bottles from $18 2. Sorso Former MLB player Mark Teahen decided to open this laid-back vino lounge after a memorable experience at a self-serve wine bar in Chianti, Italy. Interactive wine taps dispense 32 kinds of wine. Glasses from $10 3. Decantur Taste one of 39 varietals ($15) or get creative and make your own bottle and label. The minimum for custom creations is 14 bottles (from $30 each). 4. Phoenix Wine of Scottsdale Vino-loving insiders in the Valley hit up this small but charming store at Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard for its exceptional wine selections at warehouse prices. Special tasting events spotlight varietals from top labels. Tastings from $5 5. Aridus Wine Company This stunning tasting room in Old Town Scottsdale practices sustainable winemaking and features elegant pours of Aridus’ homegrown, Willcox-made wines. Tastings $10
All bets are off at Counter Intuitive, an intimate cocktail bar in Old Town Scottsdale that switches up the decor, menu and vibe every few months. Its newest “episode,” or series, fittingly debuted on Cinco de Mayo and pays homage to agave spirits and the historic Agua Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana. During Prohibition, wealthy Americans headed south of the border to freely imbibe at this glitzy, multimillion-dollar racetrack, where agave-based spirits dominated the scene. Bartenders began creating many cocktails we know today that use these spirits—tequila, mezcal, bacanora, sotol and raicilla. At Counter Intuitive, modern renditions of these classics are presented. Try the Sh’maker ($15), made with blood orange, fennel, lime, El Silencio Espadin Mezcal and Tapatio 110 Blanco Tequila. Open from 8pm to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays only, Counter Intuitive also dishes out gourmet Mexican street food to help keep you in the race a little longer. 7133 E. Stetson Drive, Ste. #4, Scottsdale
Like firecrackers announcing the Fourth of July, new restaurants are popping up like crazy.
Perhaps the most highly anticipated restaurant opening this year was Tratto, the fifth concept from Chris Bianco. With only 35 seats and no pizza whatsoever, this eatery takes a formal turn, serving coursed meals featuring classic Italian preparations in a bright, airy setting. The new Postino Highland is also a welcome addition. Housed inside a former bank, this wine cafe has a vibe as delicious as its bruschetta boards. Hotels are adding to the culinary mix, including The Camby with Artizen. This modern American eatery is focused on local sourcing and out-of-this-world flavors. Match Cuisine & Cocktails at the artsy FOUND:RE Hotel, which should be opening any day now, features sharable plates of globally inspired street food and family-style entrees. The Valley is also brimming with its share of “ands,” one of which is in Bourbon & Bones, an upscale chophouse with 75 bourbons. Stock & Stable, an American gastropub with Italian influence, is also a newcomer. Hope you’re hungry!
Phoenix native Jacob Cutino was always angling to acquire his stepfather’s coveted hot sauce recipe. “He is from Trinidad, where it’s common to guard such a thing,” says Cutino. “So, I tried to figure it out myself.” Cutino was a restaurant manager when he first began toiling with peppers. “I’d leave sauce samples in the office for staff to try, and they’d always say to one another, ‘Have you tried homeboy’s hot sauce?’” Since the habanero recipe was a crowd favorite, Cutino launched Homeboy’s Hot Sauce with that flavor, as well as a milder jalapeno option ($8 each). It took off. Top Valley restaurants such as Virtú, Nico, Pig & Pickle, La Grande Orange and about 30 others now offer it as a condiment and use it in recipes. Chef Stephen Jones at The Larder + The Delta uses Homeboy’s in his popular buffalo cauliflower; chef Cullen Campbell even collaborated with Cutino to develop a proprietary recipe for his Okra restaurant. “That style is more vinegar-forward to complement his Southern cuisine,” says Cutino. This summer, Homeboy’s will debut a third core flavor called Verde, a tomatillo blend, and a blazingly hot seasonal flavor made with ghost pepper.