Two of our favorite things finally came together: wine and global awareness. Page Springs Cellars will be the first winery in the state to implement solar technology in their operations. It’s about time. There’s plenty of sun in Arizona to not. In fact, aside from making great wine, the winery has been extremely dedicated to the preservation of Arizona lands and reducing its environmental impact. Page Springs has tasked Harmon Solar, one of AZ’s leading solar panel companies, with installing more than 375 new solar panels at its operations in northern Arizona. This has the potential to produce an astounding 85% of the winery’s energy. We couldn’t be more excited when we heard this news and you should be, too.
During the summer, we try not to talk about the heat. Us Arizonans should be used to it by now, but when it’s super hot out there, it’s hard not to talk about it. It’s a good thing we have air conditioning every where we go. To combat the weather, the Thirsty Lion Pub in Tempe once again will be offering their Beat the Heat promotion. Whenever the temperatures are a scorching 110 degree or higher, you can get half-off margaritas and mojitos. How? Just head to Thirsty Lion and show the server the temperature on your phone and boom, half-off. It’s as easy as that. It’s about time we started to get rewarded for the heat. Also, people need to stop defending the weather by saying, “it’s a dry heat.” Yeah, we get that. It still sucks.
It’s hot. We don’t have to remind you. When the temperature are 110 and higher, cooling off becomes a necessity while living in the Valley. With Independence Day coming this Friday, you’re going to need a way to keep your temperature down. Sure, there’s always beer and the pool, but let’s add a sweetness to the mix. All Gelato Spot locations will be offering half-off gelato on the Fourth. From noon to 9:00 p.m. this Friday, you’ll be able to taste the red, white, and blue by trying their Blueberry Mascarpone, white Coconut, and red Blood Orange Creamsicle flavors. So, maybe on your way to the pool party, you can pick up a treat for everyone to enjoy. That’s what we would do.
It’s time to start planning that summer vacation. If you’re like us, you might be able to afford one, but there is something you can afford. The W Scottsdale will be having a sale on the rates for their Wonderful King room. At just $109, you can have a luxury stay-cation for a fraction of the cost of another vacation. The catch is, you only have 48 hours to book the room. Starting on July 1, at 12:00 am through July 11:59 pm, you can book the sales-rated room for anytime between Thursday – Sunday through September 6, 2014. Maybe you have a special someone who has a birthday coming up or you just need some me-time, either way, you should take advantage of this deal.
Have you all been paying attention to the World Cup? If you haven’t, you really are missing out. Currently, the USA is in second place. Can you believe that? We’re a country that normally makes fun of soccer, but we’re number two. Tomorrow morning, at 9:00 am, the U.S. will play number one Germany. It’s an important game and all we really need to advance is a tie (among other things.) There are a million scenarios that could happen, but you should cheer on our boys as they hit the pitch, tomorrow. So, where are some the best spots to catch the game? Here are some of our favorites.
Handlebar Tempe: The popular Mill ave bar will be opening at 8:00 am for early USA games. A breakfast menu and drink specials will be available. This place will get rowdy.
George & Dragon English Restaurant and Pub: They open at 7:00 am for every early game. It’s an English pub, so be wary of English fans there.
Four Peaks Brewing Co.: Both locations (north Scottsdale and Tempe) will be open for the 9:00 am game and will feature a special breakfast menu.
El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria: Old Town’s happening weekend spot is also a soccer hangout, apparently. The taqueria will be open for all USA games.
You’ve all heard of My Sister’s Closet, My Sister’s Attic, and Well Suited, right? They are some of the most popular resale stores in the Valley (you’ve likely seen their billboards.) The trio of sisters (pictured right) have just announced their newest creation, My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store. Opening next month, the new store will have an incredible selection at the same price of any other thrift store. One thing that stands them out is that fact that there will be no sales tax when making a purchase there. The store will be located Chandler at Fulton Promenade near Alma School and Chandler Heights. The sisters will do like helping people out. In fact, this past year, the three of them donated 32-percent of the net profits from the My Sister’s Closet stores to charity. A grand opening event planned for some time in July. We’ll keep you posted.
With all the news of the Veteran Affairs fiasco going on, it’s important to remember that our veterans sometimes need a helping hand. Locally owned and operated Keep It Cut has become a designated drop-off location for the National Nonprofit Cell Phone For Soldiers. Apparently, July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month and throughout the month, the men’s hair salon will be collecting your used to phones to give to veterans in need. When you donate, you have the chance to win free haircuts for six months. If you plan on upgrading to latest iPhone, this is the perfect opportunity for you to do something good. The promotion will begin on July 1 and go through the 31st. The winner will be announced on Aug 1.
Traveling and going on vacation are a must for this part of the year. Some people just can’t handle the heat. That’s okay. Other people can’t afford to get out of town and that’s okay, too. You can save a little bit of cash and take advantage of the weekday spa and cabana package at the Hotel Valley Ho. For just $179, you can enjoy spa treatment and poolside cabana. You can choose a 60-minute treatment from the resort’s spa’s Mo’ Mojo menu, and then kick back in a private cabana at the OH Pool with access for you and five friends. You can always enjoy 60 additional minutes at the spa for an extra $60 or 90 minutes for $90. To make your reservations, call 480.248.2000. This deal is good through September.
Whether you have just left a D-Backs game at Chase Field or were scoping the art at the Phoenix Art Museum, the Phoenix Public Market Café is one of the best spots to finish out the day. With the slow summer, they have announced some pretty stellar happy hour specials. Every day, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, you can get $5 bites and from 3:00 pm to close, you can enjoy $5 pitchers of beer, wine and cocktails. Do you want to know more? Check it out:
Eats 3-6 pm
BBQ PULLED PORK SANDWICH
mesquite-roasted, BBQ sauce, coleslaw
HOUSE PRETZELS (vg)
handmade pretzels with a jalapeño white cheddar sauce
DOWNTOWN DEVIL FRIES
pequin chili, garlic, parsley, parmesan served with 3 dipping sauces
MINI CEVICHE TOSTADAS
cucumber, jicama, peppers, red onion, sweet potato, lime, house-made chips with a Cholula crème
rotisserie chicken, aged cheddar, pickled Fresno, roasted green chiles, with home smashed guacamole
Drinks 3 pm – close
$5 pitchers of
Phoenix Public Market Ale – Amber Ale
Mama’s Little Yella Pils – Pilsner
$5 Glasses of House wine
$5 (select) Cocktails
This has to be one of the oddest collaborations we’ve ever seen. Not that it’s a bad thing. Ballet Arizona has teamed up with Phoenix Ale Brewery for a weekend of beer and ballet. Craft beer will taste even better when paired with the rich culture of ballet… We think. Anyway, it’s a pretty stellar deal. When you purchase tickets for the their latest production, Innovations, you can enjoy a free tasting flight at the Phoenix Ale Taproom before or after the show. The cool thing about this show is that the production is completely choreographed by the dancers themselves. This deal is only good for shows running from Thursday, May 29 to Sunday, June 1. Regular tickets are $55, but you can take advantage of this for only $30.
Can you feel it? The warmth of a new summer is here. Pretty soon, that warmth is going to turn into almost unbearable heat. That’s okay, they’re are plenty of ways to cool off in the desert. Arizona Biltmore has just unveiled some new summer fun for your enjoyment. It’ll keep you cool and comfortable. The major renovations are scheduled to be completed by this fall. The work will be done in phases, so don’t worry about your summer plans being spoiled. You can still enjoy activities like getting pampered poolside at the DJ Pool Parties, Kids Cooking Classes, and guided hikes. The 92-foot waterslide in one of their three pools is bound to be fun. They also have foods grilled poolside and movies to watch from floats at Splash Cinema. Basically, there’s a lot to do to keep cool. Summer rates, from Memorial Day to September 1, start at $109 a night.
This Friday, May 9, America’s Taco Shop is helping out kids in need. They will be giving back to Phoenix Children’s Hospital by donating 20% of all proceeds that day from all 9 of their Valley locations. This is the third year the popular Mexican food restaurant will be holding its Carne for a Cause day. It’s always great seeing restaurants do something for the community. We’re all lucky because if you’ve never had America’s Taco Shop, Friday will be the perfect day to try it for the first time. You can enjoy a delicious burrito or some of their namesake tacos and you know you’ll be directly helping a hospital devoted to making kids healthy. Stop by the nearest location on May 9 and get a taco or two for us.
All week long, we’re going to be sharing great gift ideas for Mother’s Day, which is this Sunday, in case you forgot. Why? Because it’s your mother and she deserves it. You can treat mom to a whole weekend of beauty, glamour and fun at Citrine Natural Beauty Bar in Phoenix. On Saturday, May 10, the beauty bar will be offering mini facials with a representative from Tata Harper, a natural and nontoxic luxury skincare line. You will also receive a free gift with the facial. On Sunday, May 11 (Mother’s Day) you can receive beautiful makeovers all day long for $50. Those of you who receive a makeover, will be pampered with Per-fekt Mascara and a Jane Iredale lip gloss of their choice. Complimentary mimosas, juices, and bites will be served, as well.
Not everyone can afford a nice, long vacation and that stinks. It’s good for the body and soul to get out of town for, at least, a little while. If you have a few bucks laying around and need some serious R & R, a staycation at the Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix is right up your alley. Their summer packages start at just $100 per night. The 100 Days of Summer includes a choice of either 2 welcome cocktails at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden or complimentary valet parking for one vehicle. For $119 a night, Tequila and Tan Lines will get you margaritas and Arizona sunshine. Also, you’ll recieve deluxe rooming and a welcome pitcher of margaritas from LUSTRE Rooftop Garden. With the Night on the Town deal, you’ll receive a $25 gift card to Copper Blues at CityScape Phoenix. There are more deals, as well, and they will all be available all summer long.
Yes, National Star Wars Day is a real thing. Deal with it. Seriously, everyone has seen Star Wars, right? Well, May 4, or May the 4th Be With You, is that day. If any of the men in your family needs a haircut, this Saturday is the time to do it. The men’s hair salon, Keep It Cut, will be giving out free haircuts to anyone who shows up dressed as their favorite Star Wars character. Not everyone has a Star Wars costume, but you can also bring in some memorabilia or clothing inspired by the film. The only things you can’t bring are the movies themselves.
Living in the Valley, we’re willing to bet that there are plenty of you who golf. You see, the weather here is so perfect, you can golf all year long. Both men and women enjoy the sport and if your mom does, we’ve got a heck of a deal for you. Sunday, May 11 is Mother’s Day and The Boulders Resort will let any mom golf for free. Yes, we’ll say that again. For every paid player, moms get to golf for free on Mother’s Day. We’re at the tail-end of golf season (before it gets too hot out) and that means you’ll be saving quite a bit of cash. The Boulder’s beautiful course is one of the nicest places in the Valley to spend Mother’s Day. It’s an all day thing, too. So if you’re an early bird, play 18 holes then grab some breakfast or vice versa. Either way, it sounds like the perfect day.
The Boulders Golf Club | 34631 North Tom Darlington Drive | Carefree, AZ 85377
It’s true, dogs are man’s best friend. If you have a dog, you know the love and warmth they can bring. It’s amazing how intuitive they can be. Being a dog owner takes a lot of work, though. Not everyone is suited for it. If you wish to rescue a pup in the near future, here are some tips on how to be a responsible dog owner from the good people at Camp Bow Wow:
- Sign your dog up for a training class – It is important to create a bond with you and your dog, as well as learn how to communicate with your dog. By teaching your dog commands, it will help you learn how to tell your dog what you want and don’t want them to do in your household.
- Exercise your pup – Dogs that don’t receive enough exercise can resort to bad behaviors like chewing, digging and barking. Make sure your dog gets a brisk 30-minute walk a day to get their energy out.
- Purchase a microchip and ID tag – Make sure to get them microchipped and also have an ID tag with your contact information on them at all times. On average, 80-85% of dogs and 98% of cats that go missing will not return home, but proper ID tags and microchips help to increase the likelihood of a reunion with a lost pet.
- Research local veterinarians and schedule an appointment – Find a veterinarian and get your pup a check-up every six months. Preventative care will keep your dog healthier and will help keep medical costs down.
- Educate children on how to interact with your dog properly – If you have children, teach them the proper way to interact with your dog. Most dog bites occur with kids under 12 years old, so educating yourself, as well as your kids, on the proper way to be around their four-legged family member is a must.
- Give your pet lots of love and attention– Dogs love their humans and it is important for them to spend time with you. Leaving a dog alone in the back yard or for extended periods of time is not healthy for them. If you work long hours, hire a dog walker to get your dog out during the day for some exercise and companionship.
It’s a win-win situation. Everyone loves pizza, right? Right. The Arizona Highway Patrol Association kicked off their annual Comfort Bear Toy Drive on April 7 and goes April 30. The drive’s goal is to help console children impacted by tragedy. To do your part, all you have to do is drop off a new stuffed animal at any participating Phoenix, Tucson, or Yuma Papa Murphy’s Pizza location. Nicknamed appropriately “Comfort Bears,” the stuffed animals are handed out to law enforcement personnel to keep in the trunk of their patrol cars to give to children after traumatic experiences. Papa Murphy’s will be offering $5 off any family sized pizza for donating a stuffed animal. The toys help comfort children when they need it most, so donate. Also, pizza.
You know, not everyone gets a giant tax return. A lot of people have to pay a lot, for one reason or another. Next Tuesday is the big day. April 15 will soon be here and that’s the due date for those of you who have to pay. Depressing, isn’t it? Fear not, there are plenty of Tax Day deals going on in the Valley, that won’t exactly soothe your wallet but will most certainly soothe your soul. Here are our favorites:
Sprinkles: Buy one cupcake, get one free (limit one per person) on Tax Day. All you have to do is whisper the words “tax-free” when checking out.
Salut Kitchen Bar: Glasses of wine for $5 will be available all day.
The Melting Pot: Saying “Cheese me, please!” will get you 15% off of your entire purchase.
Fired Pie: This pizza joint will give you a one-topping pie for just $4.15.
Okay, this may be the strangest deal we’ve ever seen. And we’ve seen a lot. Local medical practice Affiliated Urologists is offering free pizza and wings for patients who get a vasectomy procedure during the March Madness college basketball tournament. Because when we think of basketball we naturally think of bar food and vasectomies. Regardless of how ridiculous it sounds, we’re guessing there are some of you are or know of people looking to get the procedure done. Well, starting this week, you can get some free food out of it. Win, win? We think so. The urologists (pictured) are calling it March VASNESS.
Spring training is a huge deal in Arizona. With thousands of visitors from out town, spring training is an important economic device in the Valley. Downtown Phoenix’s newest hotel, Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar, is offering a “Batter Up Package.” The hotel is in the ideal location, CityScape Phoenix, for fans visiting any of the Valley’s 11 ballparks. Rates start at $249 and include deluxe accommodations, two local craft beers, a baseball themed welcome amenity, complimentary morning coffee and tea service in the Living Room, hosted evening wine reception from 5-6pm daily, and complimentary access to Gold’s Gym Elite.
There’s more to Sprinkles than just cupcakes. They have a philanthropic heart and that makes us love them even more. Recently, Candace Nelson, founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes, created Candace’s Cupcake Challenge. She asked local students around the Valley to submit their own, unique cake and frosting recipes. Candace chose her favorites and now it’s your turn to lend a helping hand. From today until Feb. 28, you can help choose the best of the three semi-finalists. The top selling cupcake will receive $1,000 cash donation and a cupcake party for the entire school. Don’t worry, the second and third place cupcakes will each receive a cupcake party for the submitting classroom and cash donations to the school for $500 and $250. And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for. Here are the semi-finalists:
1. Pioneer Elementary – Mrs. William’s Third Grade Classroom – Oreo Sundae Cupcake
2. Horseshoe Trails Elementary – Ms. Skelton’s Second Grade Classroom – Stallion Specialty Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcake
3. Montessori Academy – Mrs. Corbin – Scottsdale Rocks Cupcake with Cayenne Pepper
While a majority of the country is freezing, we’re enjoying some beautiful weather here in the Valley. We’ll take 80 degrees and sunshine over snowstorms any time. Perfectly coinciding with the weather comes another year of baseball. Spring Training is almost upon and that will attract thousands of visitors, many of which from out of state. The Hermosa Inn’s Play Ball Package will welcome Spring Training travelers from all over. Valid from Feb. 22 to March 30, the deal will offer 10% off the best available rate, a Hermosa Inn baseball hat, a Cactus League game schedule, two drink tickets per night to Last Drop at the Hermosa, sunscreen, peanuts and cracker jacks. So, basically, it will cover everything you could want out of Spring Training. Play ball, folks. To book the package, call 602.955.8614.
Crazy right? That’s a pretty good promotion. Keep It Cut, one of Phoenix’s newest men’s salons, will be offering free haircuts to guys who share a last name with the current or former presidents. So all you Washingtons, Johnsons, Obamas, Clintons, Bushes, and yes, even you lesser-known Buchanans, should take advantage of this deal and get your ears lowered. The deal is good on President’s Day which is Monday, Feb. 17. If you end up really liking the salon, they have a unique subscription based payment concept that is pretty much unheard of. If you pay $23, you can get unlimited haircuts. Call (623) 396-5337 to make your appointment.
Keep It Cut | 2824 East Indian School Road | Phoenix, AZ
Remember your high school prom? You spent hours getting ready and made that ever-important trip to the salon, didn’t you? Ah, to be young again. With Valentine’s Day coming up, Mane Attraction Salon will be offering “Blow Dry Boot Camp” On Feb. 12 and 2-For-1 Valentine’s Day Haircuts for couples. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the salon will be hosting the boot camp at 6:00 pm. There, for $30 per person, attendees will learn how to achieve that perfect salon-style at home. You’ll receive a personal consultation along with and tips and tricks. Space is extremely limited and attendees should bring their own blow dryer, brushes, and styling products. Call the salon at 602-956-2996 to reserve your spot. Also happening Valentine’s week is the “Couples Who Style Together, Stay Together” special. From Feb. 10 to Feb. 16, any couple who books an appointment for that day will receive the 2-for-1 deal.