Preserving a slice of history: Oregano’s moves into a seasoned Cave Creek landmark

2014-08-26 | ImagesAZ | Community

Anyone who spends time in Cave Creek knows it’s a place rooted in and rightfully proud of its Western heritage. Tourists and townspeople alike appreciate the eclectic, unrepeatable style of local businesses as surely as they note the deliberate lack of big-box stores and restaurant chains.   Which is why for some residents, it came as a surprise to see Oregano’s Pizza Bistro open its doors along the historic main drag this spring – marking its 14th dining location in Arizona.   “A lot of people already loved us and didn’t think twice about us coming in, but others thought hey, you can’t be here, you’re a chain,” says Mark S. Russell, Oregano’s founder and CEO. “But what it came down to is that we’re not just a chain, we’re a homegrown Arizona chain with an appreciation for history, and you can see that represented in the buildings we choose.”   The North Scottsdale location, for example, was once a bar called the Crystal Pistol. According to Russell,... More

Café Provence's Soccer Star son Goes Pro

2014-08-23 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Writer Tom Scanlon Photography by raphotos.com   “Sure, Sarge,” they would say, rolling their eyes. “It could happen, sure.”   And they would nudge each other, laugh and wink – whispering, “And my boy is going to fly to Mars!”   Ever since little George Malki started kicking a soccer ball around, his father Sarge would marvel at his natural skills, and tell his family and friends: “Look at Georgie – he’s going to be a pro some day!”   Sarge recalls, “Even when he was 6 years old, I told everybody Georgie would play professional. Everybody laughed at me.”   The laughter slowed down, once George Malki started making youth national teams, then when he led Pinnacle High to two state championships and was an all-American, then when he was granted a soccer scholarship at Cal Poly.   The laughter started again in January. This time it wasn’t mocking laughter, but peals of joy.   Little Georgie has grown up and gone pro.   Four years after graduating from... More

Raul Midón in Concert

2014-08-12 | ImagesAZ | Community

  Raul Midón erupted onto the national scene in 2006 with a much-needed fresh acoustic take on soul music. Described by People magazine as an “eclectic adventurist,” singer-songwriter and guitar wizard Midón melds the influences of Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Bill Withers into a uniquely percussive approach to acoustic steel-string guitar. Join Midón in concert at the Musical Instrument Museum Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.50–$32.50.   480-478-6000 www.mim.org... More
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