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  • A Perfect Progressive Date Night in Downtown PHX

    Progressive Date Night in Downtown PHX: A Perfect Evening Out Looking for an exciting and diverse date night in downtown Phoenix? Let us take you on our recent progressive date night adventure that showcases some of the best spots in the area! 🍸 1st Stop: Drinks at Rough Rider Our evening began with drinks at Rough Rider, an atmospheric basement bar that sets a perfect nighttime vibe, even if you're starting on the earlier side. Sitting at the bar, we indulged in the hiramasa crudo, which was a delightful treat with its unique caper relish. The intimate and stylish ambiance of Rough Rider made it an ideal place to kick off our night. 🚶🏻‍♀️ Exploring First Fridays By chance, our date night coincided with First Fridays downtown, an event held on the first Friday of every month. This vibrant street fair features local vendors, a variety of food trucks, and an array of street performers. Strolling through the bustling streets, we soaked in the lively atmosphere and explored the diverse offerings. 🥘 Dinner at Farish House Next, we headed to Farish House for dinner. This charming and intimate spot provided a quieter atmosphere, perfect for some dinner conversation. Among the dishes we tried, the Caesar salad stood out as our favorite, with the scallops coming in a close second. The cozy setting and delicious food made Farish House a wonderful choice for a relaxed and intimate dinner. 🥃 Nightcap at Killer Whale Sex Club To cap off our night, we made our way to Killer Whale Sex Club. The vibrant decor and fun drink options created a lively and entertaining atmosphere. With its unique charm and extensive drink menu, it's no wonder this place is a hit. Just remember to make a reservation, as it tends to get busy. Our progressive date night in downtown Phoenix was such a fun night, offering a perfect blend of vibrant energy, intimate settings, and delicious food and drinks. Whether you're a local or just visiting, these spots are sure to provide a fantastic evening out. Enjoy!

  • Steph's Spotlight: Black Rifle Coffee Company, the best coffee shop in Phoenix

    If you're a coffee aficionado in Phoenix, there's one spot you absolutely cannot miss: Black Rifle Coffee Company. Nestled in the heart of Arcadia, this coffee shop has quickly become a beloved local gem. Here’s why Phoenix locals including myself can’t get enough of it. First off, the coffee is simply unbeatable. Black Rifle Coffee Company is known for its rich, robust flavors that are a step above your typical cup of joe. They take pride in sourcing high-quality beans from around the world and roasting them to perfection. Whether you're grabbing a classic espresso or indulging in one of their creative seasonal brews, every sip is a testament to their dedication to quality. But it's not just about the coffee. The atmosphere at Black Rifle Coffee Company is something special. The moment you walk in, you're greeted with a warm, welcoming vibe. The interior is a blend of modern design and cozy, rustic touches, making it the perfect place to unwind or catch up with friends. Plus, the staff are some of the friendliest folks around. They're always ready with a smile and happy to chat about their latest blends or recommend a new favorite. Perhaps the biggest standout feature of this coffee haven is its strong community spirit. Black Rifle Coffee Company is veteran-owned, and they make a point to support and honor our military, police force, and first responders. They frequently host events and fundraisers that bring the community together, creating a sense of camaraderie and giving back in meaningful ways. As a daughter of an Air Force veteran, it’s this commitment to our heroes that resonates deeply with myself and many others here in Phoenix. And let’s not forget the delicious treats. Pair your coffee with one of their mouthwatering pastries or hearty breakfast sandwiches. Everything is made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, which means you’re not just supporting one great local business, but several. For those of us who appreciate a good brew and a good cause, Black Rifle Coffee Company hits all the right notes. It’s more than just a coffee shop; it’s a place where quality, community, and a passion for coffee converge. Next time you’re in the area, do yourself a favor and drop by. You might just find your new favorite coffee spot in Phoenix.

  • Picture Perfect Location in the highly desired Biltmore Heights

    3323 E Oregon Ave, Phoenix Picture perfect location! This completely remodeled single-story, modern-style ranch home is located just north of 32nd Street and Camelback Road in the highly desired Biltmore Heights neighborhood. Immaculately cared for and in pristine condition this beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 bath home offers both curb appeal and a prime location. Just minutes from The Biltmore Fashion Park and some of Phoenix's best restaurants, you do not want to miss this move-in-ready masterpiece. Upon entering through its noteworthy blue front door you walk into a spacious great room with designer finishes and soaring vaulted ceilings. The kitchen is well-appointed with a quartz island, walk-in pantry and custom cabinetry. The owner's suite exudes modern elegance and charm with an impressive walk-in closet and bathroom with custom-designed cabinets. The 2 additional bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. This south-exposure backyard is thoughtfully designed to maximize space and comfort with a built-in BBQ, fireplace, and artificial grass providing privacy and a serene backdrop to watch the beautiful Arizona sunset. Whether you're lounging by the fire, grilling up a feast, or simply enjoying the tranquility of your surroundings, this outdoor haven is an extension of the home's luxurious interior. A must-see! For more information or to schedule your private showing give me a call at 602-525-7717 or send me a DM on instagram: @ErinDenk

  • Arcadia Wild Life...A wild time in the neighborhood. (And you thought Old Town was Wild)

    Although south Scottsdale and Old Town is known for its party scene, its upscale bars, trendy nightclubs, and lively entertainment districts, I have found, that there is a DIFFERENT kind of excitement found right next door in Arcadia. I'm referring to actual wildlife. For example, wild packs of coyotes share our neighborhood. Just like human party animals, coyotes make A TON of noise, strut the streets, and have lots of fun socializing... only it's in our yards. Photo © Rachel Stepien Coyotes were top of my mind this past February. I own two small dogs (and three chickens) and everyone knows that coyotes don't look at our dogs as pets...but rather as prey. February and March are mating season for coyotes and during this time they become extra vocal. This is the time of year when we open our doors and windows to bring in the cool night air, and orange blossom smells. We live for this season! When a pack of coyotes began to howl in my front yard, I immediately assumed that they were celebrating a kill. Was it my chicken?! Where are my dogs? Was it the neighbors dog? Was it the neighbor!? Contrary to popular belief, coyotes don't celebrate "the kill" with a chorus of howls. (Huh! Who knew?!). But, I know this now, and I STILL have a hard time "enjoying" the sound becasue I'm just certain that they are up to no good. (Turn on your volume and listen) Play video (below) with sound to hear the coyote "party" that was in my front yard. Here's why coyotes actually shout out their song-like howls into the night. Communication: Howling is a way for coyotes to communicate with one another over long distances. It helps them coordinate activities, locate each other, and establish territory boundaries. Howls can convey information about the presence of food, potential danger, or the location of pack members. Social bonding: Howling serves as a form of social bonding among members of a coyote pack. Territoriality: Coyotes use howling to defend their territory from rival packs. By vocalizing their presence, they warn intruders and assert their ownership of a particular area. Reproductive behavior: During the breeding season, coyotes may howl more frequently as part of their courtship and mating rituals. Howling can attract potential mates and signal reproductive readiness to other coyotes in the area. Expression of emotions: Like other social animals, coyotes may howl to express emotions such as excitement, anxiety, or distress. In addition to being noisy, coyotes will also take on a bit more RISK during the time of breeding and having pups. They NEED to provide food for their young and if your tiny, dog is chillin' in your back yard alone, it is likely to become the next meal. I mean, that's a lot easier than catching the wild bunny that makes a regular game of bolting out into the street (like lightening) and touching the rubber on my car's tire before turning back and running back to the curb for safety. Play video (below) of coyote puppies shared by neighbor T. Higgins July 4, 2023 3am. So, let's not let our pets be prey. Supervise Pets Keep Pets Indoors Motion-Activated Lights and Alarms Keep Small Pets Close Educate and Notify Neighbors Be Vigilant Coyote Proof Dog Vest: It's a real thing. You can find several varieties on Amazon. Many Other Kinds of Wildlife in Arcadia I've personally seen predators like Bobcats, Great Horned Owls, Harris Hawks and little (Kestrel) falcons in my yard. However, to name all of other interesting, animals that we share Arcadia with would be a cumbersum task. One of my favorite finds was a Blind Snake. (It's skinny and tiny the size of an earth worm.) (Stock photo. I definitely didn't hold it. My pics weren't as good.) Leave a picture or a comment of an example of Arcadia wildlife that you've encountered. We'd love to hear about it.

  • Arcadia Create's latest development

    4218 N 45th Place, Phoenix Welcome to Arcadia Create's latest development, a Modern Coastal home generously appointed with hand-curated designer finishes and custom cabinetry throughout every space. The abundant windows and natural light punctuate the many views of Camelback and the Preserve making this property that feeds Hopi Elementary School one of a kind. The thoughtful 3,960 square feet floor plan features 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, with the Junior Primary Suite on the lower floor and Primary Suite on the second floor. The chef's kitchen boasts an oversized reeded island with a stunning Taj Mahal Quartzite slab, a large walk-in butler's style pantry, and Thermador appliances. Perhaps the most unique feature of the home is the entertainment lounge on the second floor complete with wet bar and a walk out balcony with stunning views of Camelback Mountain. Located in the heart of Arcadia, this residence is just minutes from top schools, fine dining, and boutique shopping, offering the ultimate balance of suburban peace and urban amenities. For more information or to schedule your private showing give me a call at 602-524-1030 or send me a DM on instagram: @Chrissy.Heller

  • Pizza to the Rescue: Arcadia’s New Favorite Spot for Pizza Lovers and Dog Enthusiasts

    In Arcadia, two things unite us all: a love for pizza and an affection for dogs. Enter "Pizza to the Rescue," the delightful new restaurant that seamlessly blends these passions. This place is more than just a pizza joint; it's a community hub with a heart. By donating 25% of their proceeds to Almost There dog rescue, Pizza to the Rescue is not only serving up delicious food but also helping dogs find their forever homes. A Culinary Delight Opened earlier this year, Pizza to the Rescue has quickly become a local favorite. The menu is packed with a variety of mouth-watering options including appetizers, salads, wood-fired pizzas, and pasta entrees. Whether you're in the mood for a casual meal or a sophisticated dining experience, this place has you covered. Family-Friendly and Perfect for Date Night I recently visited with my family, and I can confidently say it's a kid-friendly spot. The kids' menu, complete with crayons for drawing, kept my little ones entertained and satisfied. However, the ambiance is upscale enough to make it an excellent choice for a romantic date night. The décor is chic, the lighting perfect, and the overall vibe is just right for any occ asion. A Patio with a Purpose One of the most charming features of Pizza to the Rescue is its patio. Dogs from Almost There dog rescue have a permanent reservation here and love to mingle with the guests. Imagine enjoying a slice of your favorite pizza while petting a sweet, adoptable dog. It's a win-win for both diners and the furry friends looking for a home. Full Stomachs, Full Hearts I highly recommend Pizza to the Rescue. You'll not only leave with a full stomach but also with a full heart. And who knows? You might even leave with a new four-legged family member. This restaurant is a fantastic addition to our community, combining great food with a noble cause. Head over to Pizza to the Rescue for an experience that satisfies your taste buds and your soul. So, next time you're craving pizza or looking for a new place to dine out, think of Pizza to the Rescue. It's the restaurant we didn't know we needed, but now can't imagine living without.

  • Arcadia's Wallpaper Queen

    The Mulberry Project is an Arcadia-based wallpaper business that offers a boutique collection of specialty wallpaper with design and installation services. The Mulberry Project was inspired by founder Heather Cohen’s love for patterns, textures and pops of color that bring joy to the spaces where she spends her time with family and friends. Heather handpicks lines designed by artists from around the world, curating a unique collection of boutique wallpaper. The concept has been an exciting work in progress since 2008 when Heather moved onto Mulberry Street with her husband and four kids. When she first stepped foot into their new home, it was love at first sight. After meeting her fun and creative neighbors, she knew they had moved onto the street of their dreams! Heather and her friends on Mulberry are endlessly working on projects to enhance their 1950s ranch- style homes. Wallpaper is a favorite design element they use to create charming spaces where they relax and unwind or gather with family and friends to make memories. Heather is absolutely crazy about wallpaper, and passionate about helping clients select and install the perfect wallpaper for their homes and businesses, to create charming, inspiring and unique spaces where they will enjoy spending time. The Mulberry Project offers the following services: -ON-SITE CONSULTATION -DESIGN SERVICE -INSTALLATION SERVICE Visit: https://www.mulberrywallpaper.com/

  • Phoenix's Trash Game Gets an Upgrade: Say Goodbye to Waiting

    In the upcoming months, the City of Phoenix is set to implement changes to its bulk trash collection process. Commencing on September 30, residents will have the option to schedule bulk trash pick-up through an online platform, departing from the previous practice of relying on quarterly collection dates determined by geographical zones. According to city authorities, this transition aims to offer residents greater flexibility in arranging pick-ups following projects, clean-up efforts, and adverse weather events. Additionally, the new system is expected to result in shorter durations for bulk trash piles being left out. By enabling drivers to optimize their routes based on scheduled pick-up requests, as opposed to combing through every street in search of trash piles, the city anticipates improved operational efficiency. Certain blackout dates will be enforced around select holidays to accommodate logistical considerations. Despite these changes, residents will still be entitled to avail up to four bulk trash collections annually, reaffirms city officials. The fundamental guidelines pertaining to the placement of bulk trash and the specification of permitted and prohibited items will remain unchanged.

  • A Cold Treat for the Arcadia Heat!

    Arcadia's newest ice cream shop is open just in time for summer! Stop in for a cold treat! Located in the Safeway Center at 4730 E Indian School Rd. My wife and I opened Scooptacular in Laveen in May 2010. We saw a need for a family-friendly destination. At the time several businesses were closing along with several families leaving the area. I love to eat and love my kids! At the time we had 1 daughter and were expecting our second child. I wanted a place where I could do daddy-daughter dates and just be a light to our community.  A place where people could step away from the stresses of life and just take a break. We saw in December 2009 that a national chain had closed its doors. Out of curiosity, we called the landlord, and that started a snowball effect. We had never worked in ice cream before and didn't know anything about making it either! I graduated with my Masters in March, April 4 our second daughter was born and we opened our doors May 4! It was a whirlwind. We decided to make our ice cream as a way to differentiate ourselves. Our very first creation was the Laveen Concrete mix, a caramel-based ice cream with caramel swirls, graham crumbs, and chocolate crunch. It has become one of our best sellers!!! Our employees are our lifeblood, without them, there is no Scooptacular. We want to equip our crew to be leaders and people of change as they move on from us. We have instituted a book reading policy, a weekly gratitude sharing, work on financial literacy, and teaching life skills in how they engage with our customers. Our goal was to really get into the community and make a positive impact as well. We started working with our local schools by doing various fundraisers and school nights. Providing free cone cards for positive student incentives. We also have done various fundraisers and sponsorships with local athletic programs and churches. Over the years our brand has grown. We supply several valley restaurants with ice cream, local ice cream shops and serve at one of Phoenix's professional stadiums. We've wanted to expand and have waited for the right spot to come up. In 2023 Arcadia came into our sights and we were excited to join this community. We saw that there were limited ice cream options nearby. Staying true to our goals, we want to bring amazing ice cream to the area and serve it with excellence. We are sponsors of Arcadia Little League, and are working with the local schools to set up partnerships.

  • Steph's Spotlight: Bicycle Haus and Skoop Organic Ice Cream in Scottsdale

    Nestled in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona, lies a haven for biking enthusiasts: Bicycle Haus, my favorite and in my opinion best local bike shop. But, this local gem isn't just a bike shop; it's a vibrant community hub where cyclists of all levels come together to share their passion for two wheels and a shared sweet tooth for the best ice cream in town! As you step into Bicycle Haus, you're greeted by a warm and inviting atmosphere. The friendly staff are not just salespeople; they're avid cyclists themselves, eager to share their knowledge and expertise. Whether you're a seasoned rider or a newcomer to the sport, you'll find a welcoming environment where you can ask questions, get advice, and connect with like-minded individuals. One of the things that sets Bicycle Haus apart is its impressive selection of bikes and gear. From sleek road bikes to rugged mountain bikes and everything in between, they have something for every type of rider. Their knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect bike for your needs, whether you're tackling the trails of McDowell Mountain Park or cruising along the scenic roads of the Sonoran Desert. But Bicycle Haus is more than just a place to buy bikes. It's also a hub for community events and group rides. Whether it's a casual weekend ride through Old Town Scottsdale or a challenging mountain bike excursion, there's always something happening at Bicycle Haus. Their events calendar is packed with group rides, clinics, and workshops designed to help cyclists improve their skills and connect with fellow riders. And if you're in need of repairs or maintenance, Bicycle Haus has you covered. Their expert mechanics can handle everything from basic tune-ups to major overhauls, ensuring that your bike is always ready to hit the road or trail. Adding a sweet twist to their offerings, Bicycle Haus recently partnered with Skoop Organic Ice Cream, bringing a delightful treat to cyclists and visitors alike. After a long ride under the Arizona sun, there's nothing quite like indulging in a refreshing scoop of organic ice cream. Whether you prefer classic flavors like vanilla and chocolate or more adventurous options like salted caramel swirl, Skoop Organic Ice Cream is the perfect way to cool off and reward yourself for a day well spent on the bike trails. This addition further enhances the sense of community at Bicycle Haus, providing a place where cyclists can come together to share their love for both biking and delicious treats. So whether you're a hardcore cyclist or just someone looking to explore Scottsdale on two wheels, be sure to stop by Bicycle Haus. With its welcoming atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and vibrant community, it's the perfect place to fuel your passion for cycling in the Arizona desert.

  • The essence of Arcadia living in this Gather Projects built home

    6122 E Calle Tuberia, Scottsdale Designed by Gather Projects, this home embodies the essence of Arcadia living. Situated on a picturesque Arcadia street, its curb appeal is enhanced by a welcoming gas brick fireplace and seating area in the front courtyard. The layout is meticulously planned, featuring 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and an additional flex space. Every aspect of the home, from the wide plank hardwood floors to the custom-built features, reflects thoughtful design choices. Designed for hosting, the kitchen boasts an expansive quartzite island, a butler's pantry, La Corunue range, dual dishwashers and sinks, and an additional butler's pantry. The primary suite offers spacious luxury with a stunning French door shower entry and indulgent soaking tub. Generously-sized guest rooms all feature walk-in closets, while built-in desks maximize functionality in the guest wing. The mud room and laundry room provide ample storage, ensuring every corner of the home is utilized efficiently. Camelback Mountain views grace both the living space and backyard, which is complete with a covered patio, pool featuring a Baja step, and expansive grassy areaa true sanctuary for relaxation and entertainment. For more information or to schedule your private showing give me a call at 602-524-1030 or send me a DM on instagram: @Chrissy.Heller

  • Spring Training!

    t’s the Perfect Day for a Ball Game The 2024 Spring Training Baseball at Scottsdale Stadium passed its half way mark this weekend. It’s not too late to get out to the ballpar and enjoy the perfect March weather. Six games remain for the San Francisco Giants at their home ballpark in Old Town Scottsdale. Located at the corner of Drinkwater Boulevard and Osborn Road, the Stadium has a near history as old as spring training itself. The Scottsdale Baseball Club was formed in May 1955 with the intention of building a ballpark that could host an MLB spring training season. Soon after, ground was broken on the 3,000-seat, $72,000 ballpark. Once construction was completed, Scottsdale Stadium became the home of the Baltimore Orioles in 1956 and was soon the most widely utilized of all Cactus League facilities. The old wooden stadium became a local landmark for nearly four decades until 1992 when it was razed. Now the home of the San Francisco Giants, a new red brick stadium was built with an $8.4 million bond approved by Scottsdale voters—a vote that kept the Giants in town and spurred growth in the Cactus League resulting in new parks in Peoria, Maryvale, and expansion of the Cactus League into the West Valley. In 2005, a $23 million upgrade was completed at Scottsdale Stadium. And, after the final game of the 2019 spring training season, construction began again. This time a $50 million makeover to improve ambiance and functionality. The new stadium aligned with a new contract between the Giants and spring training baseball hosts the Scottdale Charros to ensure Scottsdale will remain the Giant's home stadium through 2044. Don't miss your chance to view a spring training baseball game from Scottsdale Stadium. Remaining games are March 13, 16, 17, 22 and 23. Visit SpringTraining.com for tickets.

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