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What's New August 2017

Author: Carly Scholl
Issue: August, 2017, Page 46
Saloon in the City
A swanky resort may not be the most obvious place to find authentic cowboy culture, but the newly renovated Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel has brought the charm of the Old West into the 21st century with its new signature restaurant, Dust Cutter. Named for the stiff whiskey drinks often thrown back by cowboys to wash the grit from their mouths after a summer haboob, the modern urban saloon serves up a variety of gourmet dishes and creative cocktails that tip their Stetsons to the rugged residents of Arizona’s early days. Executive Chef Josh Murray’s locally sourced, Sonoran-inspired fare, such as zesty taquitos or mesquite-flour waffles topped with crispy fried chicken, is especially tasty alongside lead mixologist Tony Escalante’s innovative libations. Try the Mezcalito—a fruity mezcal-and-bourbon concoction—for a refreshing summer treat. Enjoy these culinary delights next to the 25-foot-long sculpted fire table or grab a seat at the live-edge ‘Post and Perch’ bar to take in the authentic atmosphere. (

Buried TreasureLocated 45 miles southeast of Tucson, the town of Benson may not be familiar to many, but its famed Kartchner Caverns State Park was recently voted the Best Arizona Attraction by USA Today’s Readers’ Choice group. “The fact that this award comes directly from readers’ votes makes it even more meaningful,” says Sue Black, executive director of Arizona State Parks and Trails, which manages the state’s natural and recreational resources. “We really believe that Kartchner Caverns—and all our state parks—are amazing experiences that showcase the beauty and diversity of Arizona.” Narrowly besting Tucson’s Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden for the premier spot, Kartchner Caverns’ fascinating underground landscape cemented its reputation as a state treasure. Discovered in 1974, the park is home to a number of spectacular and rare formations, including one of the world’s longest ‘soda straw’ stalactites, the world’s most extensive grouping of brushite moonmilk and the first cave occurrence of ‘birds nest’ needle quartz. Discover these and many other features during 75-, 90- and 105-minute tours. Ticket prices start at $23/adults, $13/kids ages 7-13 and $5/children 6 and under. (

Phoenix Goes West
West Elm’s second Arizona location has arrived at Uptown Plaza, and it’s stocked with the contemporary and Modern goodies the brand’s fans love. Located at 14 E. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix, the 9,500-square-foot space will house furniture, decor, kitchenware and accessories from the brand’s national inventory along with a selection of items from Arizona-based artisans and designers who are part of the West Elm LOCAL program. “We are flattered that West Elm chose this location,” says David Scholl of Vintage Partners, the developer of Uptown Plaza. “They embody the same midcentury Modern inspiration that we aimed for in the renovation of the shopping center, and I think they’ll be a great fit for this historic neighborhood.” (
Inspired LivingArizona’s ever-growing business and tech scene has made cutting-edge living spaces a necessity, and Inspire Downtown Scottsdale, Deco Communities’ newest residences, is meeting that need. Located at 7300 E. Earll Drive, the 97-unit housing complex is set in the middle of Scottsdale’s arts, culture and entertainment area and offers such amenities as an on-site desert garden walk, a bicycle repair station and a bocce court. The condos, which range from 800- to 1,500-square-foot suites, are defined by open floor plans; large patios; and warm, contemporary finishes that are both on-trend and timeless. (

High Praise
The Valley’s own Erik Peterson was named June’s Designer of the Month by the HGTV Professionals Network. “To be chosen as the very first architect selected for this program is a true honor,” says the Phoenix Home & Garden Masters of the Southwest award winner. “They have aligned their brand with quality national design firms that have the privilege of being featured on their exclusive web network.” Peterson is the founder and president of PHX Architecture, which itself has garnered numerous accolades in the design world, such as the Best of Houzz award for 2016, ’15 and ’14, as well as two  PCBC Gold Nugget awards, which recognize those who improve communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development. (

Rustic RetailKnown for their bamboo-centric linens store Cariloha at the Scottsdale Quarter, husband-and-wife team Brian and Melissa Bodine recently opened their second business in the Valley. Urban Silo Market, located at Uptown Plaza, features many popular brands, such as Woodwick Candles, Black Oak Art  and Willow Tree, as well as items crafted by local artisans. One brand in particular will stand out to fans of HGTV “Fixer Upper” stars, Chip and Joanna Gaines. The Waco, Texas-based Magnolia Home Furniture, designed by Joanna, is known for its rustic-chic line of furniture and decor, which is largely available at the new Urban Silo Market. “There is something special about having that perfect piece that will fit into someone’s home, that special item that will become part of their story,” says Melissa Bodine. “Our shop is the place where you will be able to find that treasure that speaks to you. Whether that’s a piece of furniture, a home decor item, a gift or that special flavor of tea, it’s about the little things that make someone’s heart happy.”

Fresh DirectionFollowing a national search, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is welcoming a new director. Amy Nesbitt comes to Arizona from Michigan, and she’s looking forward to the change in scenery. “Scottsdale Arts offers remarkable creative and collaborative opportunities,” she says. “I’m excited to join their excellent team and to share new performing arts experiences—from renowned marquee artists to emerging talents—with this dynamic community.” With two decades of experience at arts organizations around the country, Nesbitt now leads the programming team at SCPA and will curate music, dance, theater, comedy, film and family events for the calendar year. (
Continuing the LegacyThe School of Architecture at Taliesin, the brainchild of Modern architect Frank Lloyd Wright, has expanded to include another iconic building. The David and Gladys Wright House, located in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix, was donated to the school by owner Zach Rawling, who intends for the home to be used as a place where administrators, professors and students can live and become artists in residence. The building’s unusual spiral shape was an early iteration of Wright’s work on the iconic Guggenheim Museum in New York City and serves as an innovative reminder to the city of Phoenix that some of the architect’s most brilliant work was completed here in the desert. (;

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