Meet the Perfect Family

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Dave Perfect and his son, Tim, live and run a successful family business in Cave Creek, the same town Dave’s parents retired to many years ago when, no doubt, it was a very different community. Together, Dave and Tim have grown with the town and strived to meet its needs every step of the way. They have had their share of struggles, both business-related and personal, but have only become stronger in the process.   Dave was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1939, and attended grade and high school in Wisconsin and Michigan. He attended Stanford University, graduating with a degree in electrical engineering. While in California, he met his wife-to-be, who gave birth to their daughter, Jacque. He worked for General Electric in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. While living there, his sons, David Jr. and Tim, were born.   Despite their Midwestern roots, the elder Dave’s parents ultimately retired from Wisconsin to Cave Creek. Retirement is subjective, though, and Dave’s father, Dallas,... More

A Sense of Place; Bob Bacon

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Seated in the expansive, yet intimate living room of the award-winning Bowman House in North Scottsdale, I met with its celebrated designer, Bob Bacon. My objective was to gain insight into the philosophy and career of this distinguished designer who has for several decades been involved with high-end planned developments, world-class resorts, exclusive golf communities and premier custom homes.   Aware that I was feeling more relaxed and serene than usual while conducting this interview, wanting only to sink back into the sofa and put my feet up, I was curious why I was having that reaction. Through our conversation, it became evident — it was part of the genius of Bacon’s design, principles and process.    The process began when Boulders residents Carol and Bill Bowman approached Bacon after he had completed the Boulders Resort and asked him to build them a custom home that evoked the feelings they have when they are among those magnificent boulder formations and... More

Meet the Barnett Family

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Even though Luke Barnett grew up in the church — especially a well-established church like Phoenix First Assembly — he had no intention of following in his father’s footsteps when it came to ministry.   “Although I was heavily involved in our church, I didn’t see myself leading or pastoring like my father,” says Luke. “I really enjoyed sports and played professional golf on a mini tour in college while working on my degree in business administration.”   Luke’s father, Pastor Tommy Barnett, always told him that people shouldn’t go into ministry because of any push; rather, it should be God’s calling. During that same conversation, his father mentioned that if Luke was ever asked to go speak at a neighboring church, he should try it. Two weeks later, a man called asking for someone to speak at a church in Goodyear.   “I immediately accused my dad of setting this whole thing up,” Luke says, laughing. “He swore he had nothing to do with it, and so I agreed to... More

Grape Uncorked

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Most people have a usual — that dining spot you return to again and again because you know exactly what you’ll get, and it’s exactly what you want.   There’s nothing wrong with having a usual, but sometimes breaking with tradition is equally rewarding … especially when wine is involved.   Over the next several months, we will be profiling wine bars, bistros and casual neighborhood restaurants featuring fine wine. We hope to introduce you to new places — or perhaps reacquaint you with established venues that deserve a spot on your usual list.   Wine is the star at these contemporary establishments, and its story began a long, long time ago. The origins of wine are lost in prehistory; however, archaeological evidence suggests that wine was first produced during the Neolithic period, between 9000 and 4000 B.C., in the region that roughly corresponds to modern Armenia, Georgia and Northern Iran.   As civilizations progressed, so did enthusiasm for winemaking and wine... More

Green Beauty; Charlie Green

2016-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

After years of globe-trotting glamour, British-born celebrity makeup artist Charlie Green has found inspiration and a new path in the unlikeliest of places: the Arizona desert. The frenetic pace of life in New York City first led to vacation time here, but she eventually decided to make her permanent home in Carefree. New York’s loss is Arizona’s gain; local women will soon have individual access to her 20-plus years of experience.   “Arizona has helped me,” says Green. “The slower pace of life, nature, live music, the friends I’ve made; it has helped me become the kind of person I want to be. It inspires my sense of color and has given me time to reflect and think about what’s next for me. Though I still travel internationally for photo shoots and private clients, one of my favorite things to do is work one-on-one.”   Green is eager to put her experience to work for Valley residents in a personal setting and is currently developing a website,, in... More

Successfully Growing Veggies and Herbs

2016-03-19 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Learn how to grow delicious vegetables and herbs with master gardener Carol Stuttard. Topics include how to lay out your garden, soil preparation, watering and choosing plants that can grow successfully in Cave Creek’s slightly higher elevations. $5 donation requested. 9:30 a.m. Carefree Town Council Chambers, 100 Easy St., 480-488-3686, More

Cave Creek Museum Home Tour

2016-03-15 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Admit it. When you visit someone else’s home, you’re secretly taking mental notes about what you like and storing it away for the next time you redecorate, renovate, move or simply change the landscaping. The best homes are the ones where you have an eye-opening moment — where you see extraordinary architecture, a unique design accent or something that adds character to the home. The icing on the cake is when you hear the backstory about the home’s history and learn what inspired the current homeowners to build, design or renovate it the way they did.   Cave Creek Museum’s fundraising committee feels the same way, which is why the museum will host a “Homes Through Time” home tour, its seventh such fundraiser, on April 3. This year’s event features three spectacular homes ranging from Western to modern. And, new this year, one of the homes will include a kitchen and garden boutique. Home tour tickets cost $25 per person through 5 p.m. on March 29. After that, tickets... More

Scottsdale Philharmonic; Classical Music for the Masses

2016-03-15 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

The Scottsdale Philharmonic, a symphony orchestra comprised of 92 professionally trained musicians, has made it their mission to make classical music accessible to all.   Young and old, rich or poor, everyone can enjoy the timeless beauty of classical music by attending one, or all, of the orchestra’s first-rate performances — for free.   “The Philharmonic does not charge admission,” says volunteer Fran Droll. “They want to reach an audience that includes everyone, from young people and families to senior citizens. The musicians perform for free, giving their love of music and extraordinary talents as an act of philanthropy.”     The nonprofit is strictly volunteer only and funded by the contributions of the general public and business community.   “This is a unique orchestra,” says executive director Carl Reiter. “It’s a group of professional musicians who dedicate their time and talent, and are eager to present the finest quality concerts to the... More

Taking Flight; Out West Balloon Fest and Fun Run

2016-03-15 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Fifty hot air balloons will decorate the sky during the second annual Out West Balloon Fest and Fun Run at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, March 4-6.   The event will be the largest balloon race in Arizona where pilots will be competing for the Arizona State Champion title. Spectators will witness the launch and landing of the most beautiful vehicles in the sky and partake in a weekend full of special activities to keep the whole family entertained.   “It not only generates a competitive edge for our balloon pilots, but it’s also a magnificent sight to see by spectators,” says Vanessa Clifton, owner of Aerial Solutions, event operators for the Out West Balloon Fest.   This year, spectators will be able to watch the balloons launch each morning, as well as watch them fly toward the spectator field and glow on Friday and Saturday evenings.   After each morning mass ascension, the Prescott Regulators and their Shady Ladies will be putting on one of the best gunfighter... More

Invest in Yourself Health and Wellness Expo

2016-03-05 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

A variety of booths provide information for healthy living, from heart health, dental care and fitness, to nutrition, youth exercise and risk behavior prevention programs. Inflatables, stage performances, super heroes and fun activities make for a great afternoon for the whole family. Free. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Black Mountain Elementary School, 33606 N. 60th St., More

The Jewel of the Desert - Arizona Biltmore

2016-03-05 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Rob Razavi is a man on a mission. The head historian at the famous Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, wants to share his vast knowledge of the Biltmore’s rich history that is an essential component of the resort and makes it so special to its many visitors. And so he does, on regularly scheduled history tours.Rob is a worldly man of French and Iranian parentage, who grew up in the south of France. After graduating from Georgetown University, he returned to the French Riviera, where he started his own restaurant. That experience came in handy when, after the 1979 Iranian Revolution, he moved to Walnut Creek, California and started a French bakery there. He got to know something about Phoenix when he supplied product to the owners of a French bakery in the area, and subsequently moved and went on to manage several restaurants here. After a few years, he found himself at the Arizona Biltmore. “My first job at the Biltmore was as the lobby ambassador — the first lobby... More

Fountain Hills Fine Art and Wine Affaire

2016-03-04 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Juried, nationally acclaimed and award-winning fine artists from throughout the United States and abroad will showcase their works in paint, bronze, clay, glass, wood, mixed media, metal sculptures, photography, jewelry and more. $3 admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Avenue of the Fountains, between La Montana Drive and Saguaro Boulevard, 480-837-5637, More

Fitwall Opens in Scottsdale

2016-03-01 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Exercise enthusiasts now have a new workout location in Scottsdale. Fitwall, a franchise that offers high-intensity interval training in 40-minute workouts, opened its newest location at 18221 N. Pima Rd. The business, owned by six-time MLB All-Star Paul Konerko and his wife, Jennifer, as well as Division I college football standout Matanda Doss and his wife, Tena, opened in February and joins existing locations in San Diego, Newport Beach, Los Angeles and Detroit, with Denver slated to open in March. For more information, visit More

Tour d’Artistes Studio Tour and Sale

2016-03-01 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Interact with more than 60 local artists and view original work in their homes and studios during this self-guided tour. Downloadable maps available on website. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Various locations throughout Fountain Hills, More

Pinnacle Concert Series: Phoenix Boys Choir Presents “Vision for Peace”

2016-03-01 | ImagesAZ | Lifestyle

Join the world-renown Phoenix Boys Choir in this moving concert expressing mankind’s universal desire for peace on Earth. $23-$28. 7:30 p.m. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., 480-585-9448, More