Author: Melissa Larsen

Kids & Pets

Custom Pet Portrait The Painted Ladies offer handmade, hand-sketched and hand-painted works of art, from cute signs for the home to stickers and nursery accents. But we’re smitten with the custom pet portraits, which are one-of-a-kind recreations of a photo and typically turned around within two weeks (the company will […]

Food & Beverage

A Modern Cookie Crafted from scratch by a Tempe-based home baker, A Modern Cookie offers the most precious custom-decorated sugar cookies, including 12 Days of Christmas cookies and a cookie advent calendar. Prices vary. To learn more, visit

Gifts That Give Back

Shop It Forward at Scottsdale Fashion Square Through Dec. 15, shoppers are encouraged to log their receipts from any Scottsdale Fashion Square retailer and restaurant center-wide to earn points for the participating nonprofit partners via the Shop It Forward Program. That’s right: simply crossing some gifts off your list at […]

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Wren & Wolf to Open in Phoenix This December

Scheduled to open in Downtown Phoenix at Renaissance Square this December, Wren & Wolf will be an all-day dining and drinking destination from an all-star team of culinary and cocktail pros. Wren & Wolf will be the first experience within the new brand, Pretty Decent Concepts.

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Restaurant of the Week: Cooper’s Hawk Chandler

With locations across 10 states, Cooper’s Hawk was welcomed with open arms when it launched outposts in Scottsdale last year and Chandler this fall. The restaurant specializes in modern casual dining with an emphasis on handcrafted wine, which is best enjoyed in Cooper Hawk’s very own on-site tasting room.


Thanksgiving Dining 2021

From luxurious wine-paired prix-fixe menus to casual, but scrumptious, to-go feasts to enjoy at home with loved ones, read on for 30-plus ways to sip and savor this Thanksgiving holiday in Phoenix.