Author: Melissa Larsen

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Nonprofit of the Month: GiGi’s Playhouse

With a mission to alter the way the world views a Down syndrome diagnosis, GiGi’s Playhouse Phoenix was founded in 2015, as one of more than 50 brick-and-mortar locations across the United States and Mexico. Here, Jennifer Gage, Phoenix founder/president emeritus, discusses GiGi’s Playhouse’s upcoming “hybrid” fundraiser and the nonprofit’s goals for the coming year.

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Restaurant of the Week: Clever Koi Gilbert

We already knew 2020 was a bummer when the East Valley was deprived of Clever Koi Gilbert, which was out of service after a serious kitchen fire at the end of 2019 (and then, you know, the pandemic). Months after closing, the restaurant is now open, bringing its incredible cocktails and ramen back to Downtown Gilbert.

Food & Wine Gifts

LDV Winery Experience Arizona Gift Basket With two books from one of Arizona’s top food writers, Christina Barrueta, an Arizona wine map placard, caramel corn from Scottsdale’s Super Chunk and your choice of bottle from LDV Winery, this gift basket is jam-packed with goodies for the grape-loving gourmand in your […]

Home & Hostess Gifts

Swept Away Scents Home for the Holidays With a cozy blend of vanilla and cinnamon, the Home for the Holidays hand-crafted candle ($15) by Swept Away Scents fills the air with a classic holiday aroma. The 100 percent soy wax candle is crafted with the highest quality fragrance oils. Shop via […]

Experiential Gifts

Chef’s Kitchen and Herb Garden Dinner at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia Cheers in the new year with a Chef’s Kitchen and Herb Garden four-course dinner from Executive Chef Marcos Seville at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. Each month, the resort hosts uniquely themed dinner parties […]

Beauty & Fashion Gifts

Sage Aubrey Mini Luna Sage Aubrey is offering an epic Black Friday sale this year, with 30 percent off site-wide (some exclusions apply). Our pick? The perfect-sized Mini Luna bag ($495), with Valley brand’s iconic shape and Italian-made beauty. Shop online at

Gifts That Give Back

Kendra Scott Everlyne Gold Friendship Bracelet in Blush Dichroic Glass The perfect gift for your sister or bestie, the pretty-in-pink Everlyne Gold Friendship Bracelet in Blush Dichroic Glass ($40) is rounded out with a braided cord, a medallion accent and two playful tassels. Twenty percent of proceeds from every purchase […]