Travel Deal Alert!

August 15, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

Isn’t it about time you went on a vacation? We would gladly trade the Valley’s brutal summer for the humidity of a tropical coast. Costa Rica sounds about right.

If you’re thinking a trip to Costa Rica isn’t in your budget right now, we’ve got some news for you. Daily Candy Deals has just announced a 50% discount on a four night stay in one of Hotel Paradora’s Tropical Rooms. Enjoy the beauty of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. For just $711, you can enjoy views of both the ocean and the jungle, complimentary breakfast, and a hiking tour for two.

Hotel Paradora has more adventure waiting for you with jet skis, a tree-top canopy zip line, and white water rafting. But we won’t blame you if you just want to relax on the beach with a cold drink in hand, preferably one with a tiny umbrella in it (you know, to get the whole effect.)

To learn more about what the trip has to offer, click here. You better act quick, because this deal is only good until August 29. If you need some company, we’d be glad to go with you.

Seasons 52 Offers Wine, Flatbread Summer Deal

August 8, 2012 | 11:40 AM | Deals | By Kara Philp

Seasons 52 has a summer deal that will have you thankful for the absurd temperatures this season guarantees.

For the month of August they have designed a new, personalized wine tasting experience to help guests explore their adventurous wine list and signature flatbreads for $15 per person.

For the wine tasting you will first select a flight of three pours from a hand-selected list chosen by Master Sommelier George Miliotes. After you’ve tasted your selections, you may then choose a full glass of your favorite selection to pair with your choice of flatbread.

This limited-time experience is available daily until 6 p.m., and will run through August 31st.

Back to School Trend: Hair Chalking

August 3, 2012 | 1:38 PM | Deals | By Staff

Some of latest trends around town have been neon. Neon colors everywhere. Whether it’s jeans or nails, bright colors are dominating this summer. So what’s the next step in this craze? Neon hair, of course but with a twist: hair chalking. It’s exactly what it sounds like, chalk for the hair.

With hair chalking, you can complement any outfit with streaks of color. The best part about hair chalking is that there is no commitment. Unlike other hair dying options, it’s not permanent and comes out with a simple shampoo, which means your hair’s color can change at the same pace as your outfit.

Mane Attraction, the salon behind the chalking, offers a shampoo, blow-dry and chalking as part of a special package.


Some Like It Hot: Barrio Queen’s $2 Tacos

August 1, 2012 | 10:00 AM | Deals | By Alanna Watson

Have you heard the news? Barrio Queen has just started offering $2 tacos all day every Tuesday. No, this is not a scam, we just went and experienced the mouthwatering reality for ourselves and let us tell you, it was worth every penny – and far less pennies at that.  The delicious Old Town Mexican restaurant is under the same famed magical chef wand of Silvana Salcido Esparza, head chef of Phoenix’s Best Mexican Restaurant, Barrio Cafe,  and the food is every ounce as delicious with just the right amount of spice…if you like it spicy. The extended happy hour also allows you to drink house margs, beers and select wines for just $3 a pop all while picking and choosing from dozens of different tacos for prices that rival T-Bell.  With excellent service, delicious table-side guacamole and amazing atmosphere, we recommend you make a reservation for all Tuesdays in the foreseeable future. We also recommend that you try the Barrio Pollo and Chorizo taco (pictured). Heck, try two, they’re cheap!

Also, if you happen to own a lowrider vehicle (or know some distant cousin who does), you can drive it in after 7 p.m. to snag the same tacos for just $1. It’s called the Summer Park-N-Shine and we think it’s the greatest idea…ever.

7114 E. Stetson Drive, 105 l Scottsdale, 85251 l 480.656.4197


Don’t Miss Free Heard Museum Admission Sunday

July 26, 2012 | 10:00 AM | Deals | By Kara Philp

Have you Heard? There may only be one Sunday left in July, but it’s not too late to visit the Heard Museum free of charge. July 29 is the last opportunity to receive free admission for everyone as part if their Summer Sundays at the Heard promotion.

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A variety of hands-on and interactive activities are available for children from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Steele Auditorium. Storytelling is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and ice cream will be served at 1 p.m.

Sunday attendees will also receive a 10 percent-off coupon for one children’s book at Books & More, the museum’s bookstore and souvenir shop. The Courtyard Café is also offering kids and family lunch options.

2301 North Central Ave. | Phoenix | 85004 | (602) 252-8848

Escape The Elements With Early Back-To-School Shopping

July 13, 2012 | 12:00 PM | Deals | By Kara Philp

Whether you find yourself in the sweltering summer heat or in the middle of a July thunderstorm, there is always retail therapy to cure what ails you. Since back to school shopping is inevitable, why not make the most of it and cash in on some deals and giveaways before it becomes a last minute chore.

Spend $200 or more in the same day at Tempe Marketplace (including Vestar Gift Cards) before July 31 and receive two free general admission passes to Big Surf Waterpark (a $54.00 value). Qualifying receipts must be submitted to the management office, more details here. Additionally, Arizona State University students receive a variety of discounts at Tempe Market retailers. For a complete list, click here.


State Fair Announces Concert Series Lineup

July 10, 2012 | 11:00 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Kara Philp

Although it’s an entire season away, we have news regarding the Arizona State Fair that will be the topic of conversation for months to come.

The 2012 fair is scheduled set for October 12 through November 4 with the fair’s annual concert series scheduled for various nights of the week.

This is your chance to see artists from all genres live at the Veteran’s Memorial Colosseum for free (general admission section) with the purchase of fair admission. Upgraded tickets are also available.

This year’s artists have just been released, here’s the lineup:


Did Someone Say Free Starbucks?

July 10, 2012 | 8:30 AM | Deals | By Staff

Starbucks Coffee Company has found a way to harness the goodness in unroasted coffee beans. It’s perplexing. What will they think of next?

Remember last year when they teased us with those delicious “Refreshers” only to take them away under the guise that we were a “test market” and they might be back. Might be? Well, they are. And good thing too, as it is not polite or smart to take away someone’s morning beverage. The crazy part?  Although they look and taste like tea, they are actually caffeinated coffee drinks. Now that’s science.

Not only did these tasty summer beverages launch (again) today, but on Friday you can stop by any Starbucks for a free tall Berry Hibiscus or Cool Lime refresher from 12 to 3 p.m.


4th Of July Essentials Part 2: The Location

July 2, 2012 | 1:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Kara Philp

When it comes to a fireworks display only one thing matters: location, location, location. In order for you to plan accordingly and get the most out of your Independence Day, here is our 4th of July fireworks guide.

July 3:

The Anthem Independence Day Celebration begins at 6 p.m. at the Anthem Community Park. Fireworks are scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Water slides and other attractions available at an additional cost.

Harold’s Corral Fireworks Extravaganza in Cave Creek will take place from 5 to 11:30 p.m. and will include a barbecue, live music with fireworks scheduled for sunset. Reservations required and a cover charge applied for tables inside Harold’s. Admission is free outside for open seating on a first-come, first serve basis.

July 4:

Chandler’s Fireworks Spectacular begins at 4 p.m. with fireworks scheduled for 9:30 p.m. The event will feature live music, kids carnival, dunk tank, water games


Summer Sunday At Fleming’s

June 29, 2012 | 2:30 PM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

Honestly, who doesn’t love prime rib? Back by popular demand, Fleming’s Steak House presents its Summer Sunday three course meal, starring 12 ounces of succulent prime rib. Starting this Sunday, July 1, the three-course meal is available every Sunday through Labor Day Weekend for only $29.95 per person.

The meal features a 12 ounce prime rib served with a trio of sauces, choice of The Wedge, Fleming’s or Caesar salad, choice of a side dish (with 10 to choose from), and your choice of dessert.

Oh, it gets better. Fleming’s also offers a B.R. Cohn Cabernet Sauvignon for $40 a bottle. So bring the family and indulge in this great deal.

For a location near you, click here.

Studio, Photographer Partner For Free Foto Friday

June 29, 2012 | 9:00 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Kara Philp

Photo courtesy of Marlen Adams Photography and Tagg Ryan Media Studios.

The weekend is only a day away and that means it’s time for another installment of Free Foto Fridays at the Tagg Ryan Media Studio in Tempe.

All models, actors, musicians, Arizona State University students and everyone else is welcome today from 5 to 9 p.m. for a free professional photo shoot courtesy of photographer Marlen Adams. Choose from a variety of themes and props. Last week the studio brought in celebrities and a Maserati from San Diego, so come see what this week’s photo shoot has in store.

Why not stop by 1370 E. 8th St. in Tempe on your way home, have a free professional photo taken, check out the retail shop and then start your happy hour right next door at Four Peaks Brewery.

For more information, visit Marlen Adams Photography or Tagg Ryan Media.

Local Attractions Offer Evening Events, Summer Hours

June 22, 2012 | 11:00 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Kara Philp

Photo by Kara Philp

Call it romantic, call it family fun, but whatever you do save yourself the sunburn by taking advantage of these local attractions once the sun has set thanks to their evening events and summer hours.

Take a sensory adventure and see, hear and feel the desert night. The Desert Botanical Gardens host summer flashlight tours from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays through September 1. This self-paced stroll along the main trail and 10 discovery stations is perfect for dates, families and children of all ages. Please bring your own flashlight. Member and nonmember garden admission rates apply. For more information call (480) 941-1225

The Phoenix Zoo offers several evening events for enjoying the zoo animals in a less conventional (and much cooler) manner during summer months. Prowl & Play at the zoo after dark July 14 or August 11 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy animal encounters, cool off at Yakulla Caverns and Leapin’ Lagoon water play areas or get soaked at the Squirt Gun Water Wars. Cost is $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers. For more information on summer camp outs and night tours at the zoo, click here.

Save Your Dimes, Become a Dime Piece

June 22, 2012 | 9:00 AM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

Hey there, hot stuff. We all know that looking as good as you do is mostly just your natural beauty, but some things money can buy and the upkeep can get a little pricey. This is why we are pleased to share that Fuchsia Spa in Mesa is offering great summer deals to keep you looking your best on a budget. A one-stop-shop for all your beauty needs, Fuchsia is a full-service day spa that offers a refreshing twist from the norm. In other words, just the place to go to maintain such a flawless look

Custom Airbrush Tanning $17.50

We all know by now that tanning in AZ (or in general) is pretty stupid, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have that bronzed bod you’ve been coveting. Custom airbrush tanning allows you to choose the color you want with no orange streaks and, more importantly, no risk to your health.

Blow Outs $17.50

Fuchsia, being the only blow out bar in the Mesa and Gilbert area, is just the spot to make your hair ‘just been done’ fabulous without injuring your good arm by way of endless round brushing. Lasting up to a week (with the help of a little dry shampoo) blowouts provide extra volume in these dreadful summer days. It’s a great way to get ready for a girl’s night out on the town and not look like a train wreck the morning after.

Fuchsia Facelift Package $90

During July, Fuchsia will be offering its Fuchsia Facelift, that includes a Microdermabrasion, a facial,  a 2 layer eye-lift, and a micro-current in addition to a blow out for just $90.

These are just some of the deals going on, check out the full Fuchsia Service Menu and witness affordability for yourself. Call (480) 813-7465 to book your appointment. Oh, by the way, Fuchsia is the only full-service day spa that offers a membership program for only $59. Yeah, we thought you’d like that.

Fuchsia Spa | 1854 South Val Vista | Mesa, Arizona 85204

The Valley’s First Men’s Night

June 19, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Bars | By Maxfield Barker

Wait, what? Yes, you read correctly. We all know that countless bars, clubs, and restaurants have exclusive Ladies’ Nights where fine females don’t have to pay a cover and get free booze. That’s cool, but where’s the motivation for opposite sex? In a society where gender roles are slowly going the way of the Dodo, Blue Wasabi Sushi and Martini Bar in Scottsdale and Gilbert is starting a revolution.

Starting tonight, Blue Wasabi is introducing the Valley’s first men’s night with ‘Rocks and Rolls,” which features smoking deals on drinks on the rocks and awesome sushi rolls. Clever, no? Sorry ladies, this deal is for the guys only. With names like the ‘Chuck Norris Roll’ and the ‘Fightin’ Irish’ cocktail, these guy-specific items are definitely playing to a certain crowd.

“There’s no shortage of Ladies’ Nights around town, so we thought it was about time the guys had a night of their own — Rocks and Rolls at Blue Wasabi is exactly that,” Jim Moran, owner of Blue Wasabi said. 

The deal gets even better. Every Wednesday the guys will get the chance to win a pair of Arizona Diamondback tickets in a raffle and all you have to do is show up and enter.

“New drinks, the same great Blue Wasabi food on special and for a limited time, the chance to win Diamondbacks tickets,” Moran said. “Wednesdays officially belong to the guys now.”

For your nearest Blue Wasabi location, click here.


The Perfect Bachelor/Bachelorette Experience

June 13, 2012 | 1:30 PM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

Doesn’t it always feel like one of your best friends is about to get married? If you find yourself in the admirable position of Best Man or Maid of Honor, then you know you’ve got a lot on your plate. Planning parties, showers, and preparing your tear-jerking toast can be quite a handful. That’s why the W Scottsdale wants to help you out this summer. 

The W, one of the Valley’s best hotels, will be offering a bachelor/bachelorette party experience when you contract 10 or more rooms per night, any weekend from June to September.

So, what does the W have to offer? Well, you will have the opportunity to stay in the luxurious Wonderful King room for only $149 a night, 20% discount on Bliss Spa services, a 40% discount on bottle service that includes your choice of 10 Crane, Ketel One, Ciroc, Belvedereor Don Julio, unlimited golf for $30 per person at the Phoenician Golf Club.

To make reservations or to find out more info, send your emails to [email protected] or click here.

The W Scottsdale | 7277 East Camelback Road | Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

Yo Ho Ho and a Trip to Rum Bar

June 13, 2012 | 10:00 AM | Bars | By Alanna Watson

Work week got you down? If the daily grind is taking its toll on your, you know, “you-ness”, it might just be time to take a little trip somewhere more exotic for your nightly happy hour. Don’t fret, you don’t really have to travel far, just to Downtown Phoenix’s Rum Bar for their new ” A-RUM-a Therapy” punch social hour. Every weekday from 5-7 pm, you can now enjoy $5 rum punch and specially priced (delicious) food to help you relax after a tough day. The ever-changing bowl of punch will always feature the best ingredients, the freshest of fruits and the most carefully made concoctions to quench your thirst and relax your mind (as if owner, Dwayne Allen, would have it any other way). You can also look forward to a new menu of summer cocktails that Arizona’s only everyone’s favorite exclusively rum establishment rolled out just last week. Take a peek here  and be sure to take a little time to stop in Rum Bar or neighboring restaurant, The Breadfruit, to eat some authentic Jamaican cuisine and adopt a more Caribbean state of mind, if only for a little while.

Rum Bar l 108 E Pierce St., Phoenix, AZ 8500 l 602 267 1266 

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Summer Sale (Sponsored)

June 6, 2012 | 11:00 AM | Deals | By Staff

Looking for an excuse to relax? Now is the time to dive into summer savings by booking a staycation in your own backyard, or by traveling merely one state north or west to enjoy the experience of the some of the finest resorts. When you book your next vacation by June 15, 2012 – you’ll receive hotel and resort savings up to 40% off. Indulge poolside at world class hotels and resorts from The Phoenician Resort & Spa, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, W Scottsdale and more across Arizona, Las Vegas and Palm Springs. The offer ends soon, so mark your calendars for a welcome retreat.

Visit Offer ends June 15, 2012.

Slim Down for a Steal at The Body Lab

May 25, 2012 | 10:00 AM | Deals | By Alanna Watson

There’s really no other way around it, if you want a smokin’ hot bod for summer, you’re going to have to put in the work at the gym and in the kitchen. Let The Body Lab help you with at least one of those stipulations with their amazing deal on classes this summer. From May 28th- August 3rd, both new and existing members of the local Pilates studio will be able to get a screaming deal on class packages. You can purchase 10 classes for $180 (usually $225) or 20 classes for $340 (usually $445). The classes expire in 60 days after purchase, which means you will have to get your butt in gear to take full advantage of the offer. With two locations, one in Arcadia and a new location in North Scottsdale, there really is no excuse as to why you can’t get all tone and taut for the season of skin.

Humble Your Mother With Humble Pie

May 9, 2012 | 4:28 PM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

With only a few days until Mother’s Day, finding the right way to show her your appreciation can be difficult, especially if you’re on a budget. This Sunday is indeed Mother’s Day and Humble Pie wants to help you and your mom celebrate. On May 13, all Humble Pie locations will be offering all mothers a free pizza. Of course restrictions apply, for instance the deal only caters to dine-in patrons, but who would want to miss out on Humble’s relaxed, friendly atmosphere?

She brought you into this world, the least you can do is take her to a nice restaurant to dine on free, delicious pizza. With four Valley locations, there is definitely one close to you. So grab a bottle of wine, enjoy some pizza and don’t forget to tell your Mom you love her.

Experience San Diego With Rates from $119 (Sponsored)

May 3, 2012 | 7:00 AM | City Guides | By Staff

For decades, Arizonans have migrated the city of San Diego in the cruelest Summer months like it’s in our DNA. Why? Because out there when the sun shines, it doesn’t melt your skin off and the average temperature is a cool and breezy 70 degrees. There is also the promise of all of San Diego’s popular family attractions, dynamic downtown, historic parks, museums, dining and nightlife. Since this trek has become such a tradition, Starwood Hotels is offering a special rate for Arizona residents now through June 30th. Simply book your stay with at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, The Westin Gaslamp, The US Grant or the W San Diego to take full advantage of rates starting at just $119 per night.  Seems like quite a steal for such a welcome escape.

Ditch the Lenses With Free Lasik

April 26, 2012 | 12:00 PM | Deals | By Alanna Watson

While we admit a nice pair of nerdy spectacles can be charming from time to time, the aggravation of wearing glasses and contacts every day can really take its toll. Fear not for Southwestern Eye Center is giving away one free lasik surgery to one lucky person who participates in their pretty adorable-sounding Facebook contest. All you have to do is upload a (creative) photo of something you would do (or see) if you had perfect vision. The contest, “I Can See Clearly Now My Glasses Gone”, ends June 4th, so feel your way over to their Facebook page  for all the details and enter for a chance to be frames free.

Getting a $13 Tattoo is EZ

April 10, 2012 | 7:55 AM | Deals | By Staff

Instead of watching out for all ladders, black cats and broken mirrors this Friday the 13th, celebrate your fearlessness with a tattoo! EZ Tattoo definitely is: this Friday, the state-of-the-art Scottsdale shop will offer $13 tattoos (typically the size of a nickel) and buy one, get one for $13 piercings with free standard jewelry from noon to 11 p.m. The shop’s tattoo artists say the $13 marking adequately displays simple initials, small hearts or, if you’re feeling lucky, the number 13.

“It’s a great deal, no matter if you choose the piercing or the tattoo,” said EZ Tattoo owner Myron Larrabee. “Or you can choose both and walk out of our shop with a quality tattoo, two piercings, free jewelry and sea salt aftercare products. You can’t beat that.” For more information or to schedule an appointment, click here or call 480.941.8720.

EZ Tattoo and Body Piercing |909 North Hayden Road |Scottsdale, AZ |


Westin Kierland Resort & Spa Says Thank You with Special Rates

April 6, 2012 | 9:30 AM | Deals | By Staff

Beginning this month, our favorite local resort, the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, will celebrate the start of warm weather season with discounted summer rates (we’re talking $99 to $119 per night) for vacationers and stay-cationers alike from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The resort’s “Thank You” Summer Sale will be available with through April 22 and will provide families, singles and couples with relaxing and endless summer fun, from the Family Fun program, which includes activities like Kids in the Kitchen, Digital Kid’s Club, Kierland Kampfires and journeys to the Phoenix Zoo, to the all-ages action at Adventure Water Park, which features a 900-foot lazy river, a 110-foot waterslide, partying at the OK Corral and outside games like chess, limbo, relay races and RC Car Race Tracks. Adults will enjoy the air-conditioned outdoor driving range, top golf instruction by Mike and Sandy LaBauve, or a day at Agave, the Arizona Spa, a wellness-focused retreat with treatments indigenous to Arizona as well as the Far East. When the action-packed (or relaxation-packed) day is finished, guests will be treated to the resort’s Bagpipes at Sunset Series in Dreamweaver’s Canyon Courtyard after a five-star dining event courtesy of deseo, Brittlebrush Bar and Grill or the famous Nellie Cashman’s.

These hot best-available rates are available through April 22. To make reservations, click here or call 480.624.12o2.

The Spot is The Spot for Saturday

March 28, 2012 | 12:30 PM | Deals | By Maxfield Barker

Gilbert’s The Spot restaurant will the be the spot (you better believe pun intended) on Saturday, March 31. The Spot want’s to say thank you to the residents of Gilbert for being fans of the upbeat restaurant by inviting you to the Pedal Party. On the 31st, guests are encouraged to bike to the restaurant to enjoy live entertainment from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and will be offering 5 favorite entrees for just $5 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The first 100 Pedal Party guests will also receive a rollback gift of $5 off a future visit and the day keeps getting better. The Spot will also be presenting its new beer and wine menu, offering canned craft beers and selections of wines by the glass or by the bottle, to enjoy.

The Spot | 1493 South Higley Road | Gilbert, Arizona 85296

Dysport For a Cause

March 22, 2012 | 7:55 AM | Deals | By Staff

If the grass always looks greener younger and smoother on the other side, here is why. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) has recently reported that during 2011, 9.2 million cosmetic procedures net more than $10 billion dollars in the United States. The Society, which has been taking statistics since 1997, says the overall number of cosmetic procedures has increased a whopping 197% since the tracking of the statistics first began. The most frequently performed surgical procedure was lipoplasty (liposuction) and the most popular nonsurgical procedure was injections of Botulinum Toxin Type A (including Botox and Dysport). These statistics align with Arizona’s state statistics, and Valley plastic surgeons like Shapiro Plastic Surgery say demand for plastic surgery procedures is on the steady incline thanks to a competitive job market, aging population and more men going under the knife.

If the recession hit you a little harder than that and you’ve got your own frown lines you want smoothed, DeRosa Medical in Scottsdale has got your back…and your forehead, cheek bones and stretch marks. From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 3, the nationally-recognized experts in women’s health will have a Dysport Happy Hour featuring a buy fifty units of the frown-line-reducing injection and get fifty units free deal. In addition, while those who sign up by March 31 will also get a $50 rebate, the event will not just benefit you and your the look: all proceeds will go to DeRosa’s medical mission trip to Guatemala in the summer of 2012. Space is limited. For more information, click here. To RSVP, call 480.619.4097.

McDowell Mountain Medical Center | 9377 East Bell Road, Ste 361, Scottsdale, AZ | 85260

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