Isabella’s Kitchen North Valley Magazine’s managing editor, Sondra Barr, tries out different restaurants to offer you a no-holds-barred—pardon the pun—opinion about the experience––food, ambience, service, location, and whatever else strikes her. This issue, she steps inside Isabella’s Kitchen. By Sondra Barr While the North Valley certainly isn’t lacking in Italian joints, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more charming spot to sit back and relax... Read More
All That Glitters May Be Glass There’s a difference between natural and man-made gems, jewelry expert Scott Bohall explains why. Would you pay the same price for a poster as you would for the original painting? Would you pay the same price for a Mercedes if it were... Read More
Increase Your Club Head’s Speed Golf pro Scott Sackett explains how to increase your distance by focusing on point of contact. A lot has been written over the years about how to gain club speed. Lifting weights, yoga, stretching, diet, and equipment are all some of the common... Read More
Closing the Educational Achievement Gap Established in 1985, Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) is nationally recognized as a premier community college. One of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges, PVCC’s main campus is located just west of the SR 51 Union Hills exit. The college was recognized by... Read More
House of Broadcasting, Inc. Tune in to Arizona’s radio and TV history. By Julie Carlson If you’re interested in television and radio history, stop by the House of Broadcasting, Inc. (HOBI). The museum’s a hidden gem—located, in fact, on the second floor of the Silver Land jewelry shop... Read More
The Fall welcomes those of us who live here in Scottsdale by saying farewell to extreme heat as our taste buds prepare to savor some yummy fall favorites! We have survived yet another summer and we are rewarded with a cooler breeze as local farmers set up tents... Read More
Eye in the Sky With much of the summer heat behind us, we now venture into some of the best weather of the entire year. Fall in Arizona has a special feel, one that will encourage even the most particular observer to venture out and look skyward. October... Read More
Ask Dirk A guy’s perspective on matters of the heart and hearth. Desperate Housewife Dear Dirk, I have two young kids that exhaust me day in and day out. I am always home with them, and some days I feel like I am lucky to get through the... Read More
Ali Brown Company: Coach/consultant for women entrepreneurs alibrown.com City of residence: Scottsdale Where did you get the idea for your business? When I launched my first business back in the late ’90s—a small marketing company in NYC—I had a lot of women asking me things like “How did... Read More
Day-Off Dining Destinations Young culinary gun Chef Matthew Grunwald chews the fat about where he likes to dine out. After a 52-hour workweek in the kitchen, I will truthfully admit that it’s occasionally pleasant to not have to cook on my days off. One of the most relaxing... Read More
Ways to Save Create a healthy budget for your family for long-lasting fiscal health. By Kristin Caliendo Raising a family is not cheap. Many families come up short at the end of the month for a lack of proper planning, and what’s the result? Relying on credit cards... Read More
The Day the Rails Reached Arizona––the day Phoenix was finally connected to the outside world by rail
The Day the Rails Reached Arizona Arizona’s official state historian recounts the day Phoenix was finally connected to the outside world by rail. By Marshall Trimble The building of the transcontinental railroad along the 32nd Parallel was a major milestone in Arizona history. Up to then, the main... Read More
The Latest in Concerts, Movies, and TV Shows By Sara Goodwin Concerts Oct. 16 Zac Brown Band Ak-Chin Pavilion The Zac Brown Band is on a Great American Road Trip and is making a pit stop in Phoenix. The Atlanta-based country band has a large following that’s well... Read More
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Sunny skies, breathtaking desert landscapes, and a carefree lifestyle are what you can expect to find any time of the year in Scottsdale. It’s much more than just a resort town.
Visitors come to get pampered at some of the most luxurious five-star resorts in the country, and locals stay for the near-perfect weather and plenty of other reasons.
It’s no surprise that the The New York Times named Scottsdale as one of the "hippest and most happening" places in the country, Scottsdale is home to a variety of beautiful nightclubs, restaurants, furnished rentals, hotels, casinos, lounges and bars - what makes Scottsdale such a great place to live is no mystery.
Scottsdale has made a point of preserving its Western history and culture, and creating a strong art community. With a population of over 230,000 and counting, Scottsdale has become regarded as one of the best places to live... Read More