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Why Glendale is Arizona’s “Antique Capital”

Glendale AZ sign photoAre you a fan of antiques shopping? Are you the kind of person who is willing to drive out of your way to get the best deals on antiques in your area? Did you know Glendale is widely considered Arizona’s antique capital? The next time you find yourself in the Glendale area, you may want to set aside a few hours (or even a few days!) to go peruse the antiques shops that give this town its unofficial title. You never know what you might find when you give yourself a chance to shop and treat yourself to some of the best antiques around!

Why the Antique Capital?
Downtown Glendale is a historic district that is packed with over 70 antique vendors to choose from. If you love to buy and browse for antiques, this is the place to be. In the Catlin Court Historic District, you can even check out antique shops that are located in converted bungalows that were once used as residences in the area. Overall, the antique shopping district is made up of ten blocks of walkable, safe roads and includes a free parking lot, a public library, and a city park. This is a great way to spend a day or several in Glendale either treating yourself or enjoying the experience with friends and family.

Historic Downtown Glendale
Start your antiques experience by parking in the covered lot and exploring the historic downtown area. Pick up a walking map from the Visitor’s Bureau or print one from the city’s web site before you venture out for your day of antiquing. It’s a good idea to have some idea of the direction you want to take when you start walking, but remember that all the streets are laid out in a simple grid pattern, so it’s very hard to get lost in this area. There’s more in the downtown district than just antiquing, of course, so don’t forget to take some time to pamper yourself at a nail salon, grab a cup of coffee, or enjoy a bite of lunch or brunch with friends while you’re exploring.

Glendale Glitters
Want to check out a fun local event while also browsing the antique shops? Stop by during December to enjoy Glendale Glitters, a popular holiday event that includes plenty of sparkling lights, food trucks, live music and more to keep you entertained all day and all night without having to leave downtown Glendale.

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What’s Happening in Glendale in September

Glendale AZ sign photoDo you live in the Glendale area or will you be visiting during the month of September? If you’re looking for something fun and exciting to do in Glendale and Peoria, we’ve recommend some activities for you and anyone else in your family who might want to tag along! Check out our top picks below for the next time you want to get out and about in the Glendale area.

13th Annual Teddy Bear Day

Do you love teddy bears? Are you looking for some wholesome family fun in the Glendale area? If so, check out the 13th Annual Teddy Bear Day on September 9! This event will be held at Murphy Park in Glendale from 10am to 4pm. Walk around town and check out special deals and discounts that will be going on during the teddy bear festivities and don’t forget to stop by the Visitor Center for more information about all the excitement! Kids in the family can enjoy arts and crafts activities at many locations throughout the area during Teddy Bear Day, too.

Movies by Moonlight

As part of Glendale’s Fall Family Movie Series, you can bring yourself and the whole family to the Sahuaro Ranch Sports Park for a fun night filled with movie magic! This is a recurring event that takes place on a monthly basis so don’t forget to check back again in October and see what’s happening next time, too. For September, the movie is Moana. Bring along your picnic blanket and snacks to enjoy a comfortable night outdoors on the grass at the park. Don’t forget to arrive an hour early so the younger members of the family can enjoy some fun activities before the show starts! Admission is free to this event.

U2 at University of Phoenix Stadium

If you prefer an activity that’s a little more grown-up, don’t forget about U2 in concert at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on September 19! This exciting event is sure to draw big crowds, so get your tickets ahead of time if you want to enjoy the show. Tickets are still available!

There’s even more going on in the Glendale area during September and in the months ahead, so don’t forget to check out the local events calendar to find out more. You never know when you might come across something you’d love to go do with your friends and family the next time you want to plan for something exciting!

Mark your calendar for a family fall event in October that will include complimentary photos and pumpkins!  Click here for more info.

Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015

Arizona Restaurant Week

Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015 is September 18-27. This affair offers foodies and those looking to expand their Arizona restaurant experiences a plethora of dining options they might not typically choose, often in different neighborhoods, providing a great opportunity to experience something new. Options are endless, ranging in cuisine type, all offering special pre-fixe menus and pricing during restaurant week, so it’s the perfect time to try new fare. The goal of Arizona Restaurant Week is to position Arizona as one of the nation’s top culinary destinations by increasing awareness of the available dining experiences while stimulating business for the restaurants. Prepare your palates for some of the best food in the Valley!

Having been to more than half of the some 200 restaurants participating in Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015, here, I outline some of my favorite participating places. Be sure to check out the Arizona Restaurant Week website for all participating restaurants. Click on any of the restaurant names below to visit their website.

My favorite restaurant:

The Gladly: Contemporary American; Don’t miss the chimichurri chicken or the whiskey list, I’m a whiskey snob & the list here is phenomenal

My favorite fine-dining:

T. Cook’s; Contemporary Mediterranean; At this AAA four diamond & Zagat #1 rated restaurant in Phoenix, located in The Royal Palms Resort, anything you order will not disappoint

My favorite appetizer:

Barrio Queen; Mexican; Don’t miss the signature guacamole app, it’s borderline life changing. Also, a beverage is included with the pre-fixe deal. Margarita? Yes, please!

My favorite entree on a participating pre-fixe menu:

The Arrogant Butcher; Gastro Pub; Don’t miss the Short Rib Stew, one of my favorite entrees in the Valley

My favorite Latin cuisine:

Ticoz Latin Kitchen: Many delicious options here, but the pork chile verde mac n cheese is a definite winner. And, the pre-fixe comes with a beverage. You will not be disappointed with a glass of the Sangria; it’s my favorite in The Valley.

Some of my other recommendations not to miss during Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015: Central Bistro, Chelsea’s Kitchen, Nook, The Henry, The House Brasserie

Especially great deals: This fall, several restaurants are offering a pre-fixe menu priced at just $44/couple. If you are looking for a foodie experience to get the most bang for your buck, check out one of these options:

5th and Wine, as expected they offer a great wine selection and it’s a great casual atmosphere for a fun group dinner; Blanco Tacos & Tequila, the legit cuisine at all Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC) restaurants make this a solid option, my go to here are any of the seafood taco options; Culinary Dropout, also a FRC restaurant, the expected modern cuisine and atmosphere deliver, order the 36 hour pork ribs and bourbon black bottom pie, you’re welcome; Porkopolis, I don’t often venture to Chandler for dining, so this is the only restaurant with the couple pre-fixe option I can’t personally recommend.

If you’re looking to dine out near home, there are a few Arrowhead Ranch area restaurants participating in Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015. If you have to get home to a babysitter and don’t want to spend time driving to Scottsdale or Downtown, spend an evening at Arrowhead Grill, Firebirds or The Melting Pot. They all deliver great cuisine a stone’s throw away from the Arrowhead area.

Bon Appetit!

Businesses Love Glendale AZ

Glendale AZBusinesses LOVE Glendale AZ.

Doing Business in Glendale:  Yes once again Glendale will be host to the 2015 Superbowl.  The first one in Glendale in 2008 put the city on the map as it was recognized as one of the most successful Superbowls in history. As Glendale prepares for this Super Event, there are other projects which have been set in motion; again helping to make Glendale a destination city.

St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center broke ground in Jan 2013 on its new 35-acre Glendale medical campus. Glendale’s 3rd hospital they will be investing more than 44 million for the new 24 bed location in 2014.  This year Midwestern University will also debut its new veterinary school.

In other big news, Luke AFB will have more F-35As assigned to its base in Glendale, more than any other in the Air Force. They will have 6 squadrons totaling 144 jets when the base fully transitions to an F-35A training center.

Glendale Glitters award-winning festival has been recognized by CBSnews.com as one of the top five holiday light displays in the country. This free event which just completed its 20th year typically attracts tens of thousands of people each year. The award also recognized the neighborhood and business participation throughout the city. So who were the other cities on this list? San Diego, Portland Oregon, Arlington Texas, and Somerville Massachusetts.  Yeah for Glendale!

Luke Days is Back!

Luke DaysLuke Days is back on the calendar.

Luke Days 2014 – March 15th and 16th at Luke Air Force Base is an open house and air show. The US Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, will be performing both days. A display of the F-35A Lightning II should also be available for viewing. Previous crowds at Luke Days typically average more than 100,00 spectators each day. There will be food, games and attractions for the whole family. Visit www.luke.af.mil for more information.

 

 

Sedona’s Cathedral Rock-“8th Wonder of the World”?

Sedona to have the “8th Wonder of the World”?Sedona Arizona

Yes it’s true…Cathedral Rock is in the running to become the “8th Wonder of the World”.
Inspired by the newly developed 8th Wonder of the World contest created by Virtual Tourist, The Sedona Chamber of Commerce asked our 30,000 Visit Sedona Facebook fans “What are the 7 Wonders of Sedona?” Below are the complied results in order of popularity:

  1. Cathedral Rock
  2. Boynton Canyon
  3. Bell Rock
  4. Slide Rock  State Park
  5. Devil’s  Bridge
  6. Palatki  Heritage Site
  7. West  Fork Trail

As you can see from the results above, our fans, visitors and locals alike choose Sedona’s Cathedral Rock as the #1 most iconic spot in Sedona, Arizona. We therefore nominated Cathedral Rock into the running to become the 8th Wonder of the World. It seems obvious that with vivid crimson spires and copper sandstone monoliths, Cathedral Rock was a perfect nomination choice.

Official voting is now open until September 30, 2013; and Cathedral Rock is listed as one of the 324 locations around the world. Although Sedona is small, sometimes considered to be a hidden gem, we know we can count on the support of locals and national/international visitors who have marveled at the beauty and majesty of Sedona’s Cathedral Rock. Ideal for a romantic hike, a family adventure, a photographer’s greatest ally or thrill seeking adrenaline junkies; Cathedral Rock has something to offer all ages and interests.

We hope we can count on your VOTE for Cathedral Rock as the 8th Wonder of the World. You can vote every day until September 30, 2013!

Reprinted courtesy of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce.

New Restaurants-Glendale Arizona

New Restaurants Coming to Glendale, Arizona

Glendale will be home to a new restaurants this summer.  One of the most anticipated openings is Oreganos.  Oreganos is new to the West Valley, opening in August 2013 at 6738 W. Bell Rd. (at the former location of Joey’s of Chicago)

The Italian eatery serves Chicago-style thin crust pizza, stuffed and pan pizzas, salads and pastas. For more information visit Oreganos.

Surprise is home to another new and exciting restaurant, Pinoy’s Bistro. Pinoy’s which opened in May 2013 in Surprise Arizona-just west of Glendale, serves Filipino and American Food. Currently they serve 4 kinds of noodles and jasmine rice in a Filipino style, beef, chicken and pork as well as some American fare of burgers, sandwiches, salads and even pancakes! Filipino food is sweet and salty and not too spicy.

Jonathon Torrato, owner of Pinoy’s Bistro is from llo llo in the Philippines. Four years ago his wife suggested they move to the United States for more opportunities. They settled in Surprise because of the large Filipino community. A year ago he opened up Pinoy’s  Best Gourmet Coffee in Arrowhead Towne Center. Pinoy’s Bistro opened May 8th in Surprise and it did not take long for word of mouth to spread throughout the community.

Torrato has plans to have live music on the weekends and eventually to add outdoor seating and Filipino barbeque..delicious meet on skewers.

Check back often for some great new West Valley restaurants. On a personal note I have had some great Filipino food when I lived in NY and I can’t wait to try Pinoy’s!  Pinoys Bistro

Sprouts Comes to Arrowhead Ranch

Finally….Sprouts Farmers Market Comes to Arrowhead RanchSprouts Farmers Market

Sprouts Farmer’s Market will be opening a new store at 67th Ave and Deer Valley, in the old Basha’s location.  Basha’s left in 2009 and ever since then residents have been lobbying for Sprouts to take its place. The 27,000 square foot store will open in August and employ about 80 people. Check out their website for job postings.

For those not familiar with Sprouts, it is a neighborhood grocery with the feel of a local farmers market. You will find fresh fruit and vegetables, specialty foods, gourmet cheeses and barrels of whole grain nuts and sweets. Thousands of natural, organic and gluten free foods to help you make healthy choices for you and your family. Oh and their fruit and vegetables…sweet, ripe and their prices are great.

There is a lot of excitement in the community and we are all looking forward to having our very own neighborhood grocer. For more information on Sprouts, check out their site.

Sonoran Mountain Ranch, Peoria AZ

Sonoran Mountain RanchSonoran Mountain Ranch, Peoria AZ

In the Northwest Valley north of 67th Ave & Happy Valley Rd, you will find Sonoran Mountain Ranch with its breathtaking desert views. The high desert setting offers homeowners views of the surrounding landscape while dedicated to preserving the open space and natural beauty of the desert. There are extensive hiking trails, parks, natural washes and spectacular mountain views.

There are many different floor plans and builders to chose from in Sonoran Mountain Ranch; some of these include Camelot Homes, Cresleigh Homes, Element Homes, Maracay, Morrison, Shea Homes, Standard Pacific and custom homes by Desert Cove Homes.

There are approximately 1468 homes in Sonoran Mountain Ranch. 345 of these homes have pools, 660 are single story.  Roughly 100 homes sit on lots that are larger than 15,000 Square Feet.

The schools served by Sonoran Mountain are some of the best in Deer Valley School District; Terramar, and Sandra Day O’Connor High School. There is also some great shopping, hiking, and walking paths nearby. The shops at Norterra on Happy Valley Rd, just east of the 101 offer fantastic shopping, boutiques and a variety of dining choices as well as some of your big box stores and a Harkins Movie Theatre.

If you are looking for a community with expansive desert views but still close to all the conveniences, then Sonoran Mountain Ranch will have a home just for you.