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.
There are a lot of good things about Valentine’s Day being on a Friday this year. For instance, you have no problem spending the night out. Why not throw a little stay-cation into the mix? The Hotel Valley Ho has some great, romantic deals going on for V-Day that we feel you should be aware of. You can have a picturesque candlelit dinner at ZuZu and finish the meal with a Dessert Trio for Two with chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate gelato, and mini red velvet cupcakes. If you and your special someone have been feeling stresse recently, a trip to the spa is right up your alley. A 60-minute Aromatherapy Massage before enjoying a glass of Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries on the spa deck will clear that right up, which is available Feb. 14-15 for $150 per person. The possibilities are endless. You can make your reservations by calling 480.248.2000.
You always have to support the home team. Local sauce maker, Madison’s Hot Sauce, was named not one but two-time winner of the 2013 The Hot Pepper Awards. The sauce company achieved first place in the World’s Best Marinade in the condiments category for its “M” Sauce and third place in the Unique Sauces Overall for their “O” Sauce. Hosted in New York City in December, sauce makers from around the world went head-to-head in the competition. That’s a pretty big deal and we’re happy that the Valley is making waves in the international food scene. During the competition, dozens of sauces duked it out in over 186 categories. If you’re interested in trying the sauces out, we recommend the “M” sauce. Where can you purchase them? Valley Whole Food Markets and AJ’s Fine Food have a steady supply, along with restaurants like Bold Roost, Lux Coffee, and Downside Risk. Congratulations, Madison’s.
It’s finally here. The last day of 2013 is upon us. Throughout the year, there have been ups and downs, heartbreaks and passionate romances. Tonight is the night we celebrate all of our accomplishments during 2013 and what we hope to accomplish in 2014. Seeing how New Year’s Eve is probably the biggest party night of the year, getting home safely can be difficult. This is the night where the police are out in full-force, and that’s okay. It’s their job to make you safe. Obviously, don’t drink and drive. That’s pretty much the dumbest thing you can do. If you don’t want to leave your car somewhere, you should try out AAA’s Tipsy Tow. Basically, they tow your car, you and a passenger who have been drinking home. The best part is that you don’t even have to be a AAA member. So, be safe, and happy New Year.
If you have a roof over your head and a hot meal every night, you’re doing better than more than 90 percent of the world. It’s easy to take things for granted, especially around this time of year. When you’re sitting around, excited for the gifts your going to receive for Christmas, remember there are those in the Valley are not as fortunate as you are. You can still help, though. There is Toys For Tots drop-offs at every Grimaldi’s location where you can donate new and unwrapped toys. Grimaldi’s DC Ranch location will be hosting a special event tomorrow, Dec. 21, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The fundraiser will feature FREE refreshments, live entertainment and pictures with Santa and Marines in uniform.
There are plenty of places you can still donate to help those children. Even though it’s Dec. 20, that gives you just about five whole days to donate toys and clothes, whether it be Toys For Tots, the Salvation Army, or wherever is accepting donations. Here’s a list of where you could do so.
The college bowl games are about to start. With the Sun Devils heading to San Diego to take on Texas Tech for the Holiday Bowl, one of the Valley’s biggest college football moments every year is the Fiesta Bowl. Taking place at University of Phoenix Stadium on New Year’s Day, Baylor and UCF will attract fans from around the country for one heck of a football game. If you’re a fan of either team, the Westgate Entertainment District is offering plenty of parties for you to enjoy. There will be a pre-game party with live music and games at WaterDance Plaza, a Baylor Tailgate Party at Saddle Ranch with hundreds of tickets already purchased. Don’t worry UCF fans, the UCF Alumni Association’s Official Tailgate Party will be at McFaddens. For more information, click here.
We know it doesn’t exactly feel like winter yet, even though we’ve gotten a lot rain today. Pretty soon the weather will actually cool down and we’ll have to bust out our winter jackets. When that happens, you’re going to need some way to stay warm. Have you ever tried hot yoga? Imagine a window-filled room heated to 104-degrees Fahrenheit with 60% humidity overlooking the scenic desert of North Scottsdale. That’s what you’ll find at DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa’s new hot yoga studio. Available in 60 or 75 minute sessions, instructors Megan, Connie, and Kristen know how to make you sweat. There are multiple classes available seven days a week. To learn more, click here.
The 36-year-old Phoenix salon has recently unveiled its new look. The purpose of the remodel was to “improve the appearance and overall feel of the salon, as well as to help better serve its clients today and for generations to come.” Mane Attraction Salon has already served for clients for multiple generations, so good on them for the new look. The remodel includes custom high-tech, super-efficient lighting, such as lights added to the inside of the mirrors to create truer, more natural reflection. Lining the walls are a new wallpaper from Piet Boon that compliment an almost seamless dark-tinted porcelain tile. The new look has Zen feel to it that will surely make their clients feel at home. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself.
Tennis really isn’t as popular as it was 20 or 30 years ago, is it? That’s okay. There are still enough people who love the sport that they will always support it. For you fans, we have some good news. The DC Ranch Village Health Club has just opened at state-of-the-art tennis center. According to a Physical Activity Participation study, 30 million people still play the game. A lot of whom are younger people. So, it was about time those kids got a new and hip place to play. The brand new center will feature 10 outdoor lighted tennis courts, top-of-the-line 2,000-sq-ft clubhouse with men’s and women’s locker facilities, a lounge area, child care, and an expansive patio to view the matches. Both Village Choice and DC Ranch Village members will have full access with no additional charge. The club will be celebrating with a ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow. Don’t worry, the racquets aren’t as big as the picture to the right. Though, it would be fun to play with one of those.
It’s always nice seeing one of our favorite restaurants give back. Seeing how Veteran’s Day is almost upon us, Salut Kitchen Bar in Tempe wanted to lend a helping hand. From Oct. 14 to Oct. 18, Salut will be giving 100% of their proceeds to the Pat Tillman Foundation. For those of you who don’t know, Pat Tillman (but really, any Valley resident knows who he is) was the ASU and Arizona Cardinal football star who gave up a luxurious NFL life to help fight the war on terrorism. After giving his life for the country, the Pat Tillman Foundation was formed. They provide resources and educational scholarship support to veterans, active service members and their spouses. The Tillman Military Scholars program aids all veterans, specifically the ever-growing population of veterans of Post-9/11 conflicts.
The arts are important. A lot of people may think otherwise, but having a creative outlet has proven to be beneficial to society. The last five years, the U.S. has seen a lot of downturns. The recession, housing market crash, and the current partial government shutdown has put a dent in spending and that includes funs to the art community. The Scottsdale League for the Arts, a non-profit that provides grants, has just announced where it will spend the $200,000 it made at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Every year, the League donates 100% of the proceeds from the culinary fest. Organizations that will receive grant money for the 2013-2014 year are the Arizona Theatre Company, Center Dance Ensemble, Childsplay Inc., Desert Sounds Performing Arts, Heard Museum, Jazz in Arizona Inc, Musical Instrument Museum, and many more. We just to say thank to the The Scottsdale League for the Arts for keeping art alive in the Valley.
It’s probably time for you to treat yourself with another spa day. We really don’t think we need to tell you twice. Seeing how it’s autumn, The Spa at Gainey Village’s Seasonal Treatments have just arrived. The seasonal treatments are available through Thanksgiving and include pampering facials, massages, pedicures, and body treatments that use the freshest ingredients and aromas of autumn to soothe your entire body and mind.
Harvest Glow Hot Honey Treatment – a skin-softening mixture of whole milk and chicory root, followed by a vitamin E and rice-bran oil sea salt scrub, a hot honey glaze drizzled over the legs, feet, arms, and hands, and a vanilla-citrus fragranced shea butter massage application.
Pore-Fection Pumpkin Facial – a soothing application of steamed milk, whipped shea sugar micro-polish, a tingly organic pumpkin puree, and moisturizing sweet agave nectar and milk. Exclusively available as a facial.
Orange Spice Pumpkin Treatment – a nectar and whole milk softening soak, a brown sugar pecan-whisky scrub, warm, tingly organic pumpkin puree mask brimming with rich muds and yogurt, and a silky-soft honeysuckle orange cream massage.
Spiked Pecan Pie Treatment – a whole milk soak scented with notes of crème brulee, bourbon-infused pecan-scented sugar exfoliating scrub, and a velvety caramel peppercorn body milk massage.