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What's New September 2017

Author: Carly Scholl
Issue: September, 2017, Page 80
Business is Blooming
Phoenix-based Dig It Gardens, known for its broad and diverse inventory of plant species, is debuting some exciting new growth this fall. The current property, located at 3015 N. 16th St., will be expanded by 2,500 square feet to accommodate larger trees and specimen cacti, a propagation shade house, DIY potting station, demo garden and a kids’ area. Joining Dig It in the renovated space will be Urban Cactus Landscape Design Studio, a local business that specializes in redesigns for the home. They will offer customers an array of services, including consultations, design of interior plantscapes, metal fabrication, masonry and landscape design. “Bringing both of my businesses together in one space just makes sense,” says Ryan Jerrel, founder of Dig It and Urban Cactus. “The enhanced experience will provide the customer with comprehensive gardening and landscape assistance. We are very excited that we are able to listen to what the community wants and provide that for them.” (

Taking Home the GoldIt was a banner year for Scottsdale-based interior design firm Est Est Inc., which won numerous local and national awards for several of their luxury home projects. The Home Builders Association of Central Arizona presented the firm with three 2017 Major Achievements in Merchandising Excellence awards, including one for Custom Home of the Year Under $3 million, a project completed in partnership with Cullum Homes. On the national level, Est Est received six awards, including Home of the Year in collaboration with Toll Brothers, at homebuilding tradeshow PCBC’s 54th Annual Gold Nugget Awards, which recognizes those who improve our communities through exceptional design, planning and development. “I’m so proud of the efforts we put forth and the recognition we get both locally and nationally for the influence we have in our vast range of project types across the country,” says Tony Sutton, owner and head designer of Est Est Inc., of his team’s high-caliber work. (

New Digs For vintage decorModern Manor, a local resale shop specializing in authentic midcentury furnishings, is moving locations to an iconic spot in Phoenix’s Melrose District. “I’ve driven past the Paris Laundry & Dry Cleaning building so many times and thought it was the coolest design in the neighborhood,” says Modern Manor owner Ryan Durkin of the structure’s memorable bright blue facade. “When the opportunity arose to buy it and move our business in, I just couldn’t pass it up.” Located at 5130 N. 7th Ave., the repurposed 11,000-square-foot space will not only house Durkin’s stylish inventory of retro furniture and decor but will also include an eatery that serves as a cafe by day and a bar by night. (
Shop for Shabby ChicAntique lovers and home decor enthusiasts, rejoice! Scottsdale’s beloved Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market is returning to WestWorld Sept. 15-17. “With more and more shopping opportunities popping up in the Valley, we really strive to make Junk in the Trunk a unique experience you can’t get anywhere else,” says co-founder Lindsey Holt. “The market will feature more than 170 vendors coming from every state on the West Coast and as far east as Tennessee.” Stop by for a fun-filled day of thrifting for retro treasures, discovering artisan goods and enjoying a host of food trucks and live music. Tickets for the Friday night VIP event are available online until Sept. 10 for $50, and at the door for $65. General admission tickets for Saturday and Sunday can be purchased at the door for $8. Admission for kids 12 and younger is free. (

Old Town TransformationA longtime mainstay of the Downtown Scottsdale hotel scene, the Firesky Resort & Spa recently debuted a thoroughly modern makeover and a brand new moniker. Renamed The Scott, the boutique resort features redesigned guest rooms, suites and public spaces, including the lobby, on-site meeting room, two pools and the signature indoor-outdoor Lobby Bar and Restaurant. The renovation aimed to maintain the property’s Southwestern design and Spanish-inspired architecture while incorporating fresh influences including Cuban and Bauhaus styles. (
an Epicurean’s DelightFor the fifth year in a row, Phoenix will play host for a weekend to the James Beard Foundation Taste America. The annual 10-city tour celebrates fine dining and cutting-edge chefs in such culinary destinations as Seattle, Austin and Los Angeles. The Phoenix itinerary kicks off on Sept. 21 with a welcome reception at Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend at The Yard, where guests can meet the participating chefs while enjoying a cocktail and tasting reception. On Sept. 22, Mountain Shadows resort will host A Night of Culinary Stars, an exclusive dining event featuring gourmet delights from lauded local chefs, including Charles Wiley of Hearth ’61, Beau MacMillan of Elements at Sanctuary, Nobuo Fukada of Nobuo at Teeter House and Dustin Christofolo of Quiessence. The Phoenix leg of the tour wraps up on Sept. 23 with cooking demonstrations, tastings and book signings from Taste America All-Star Traci Des Jardins, a California-based chef and owner of renowned Jardinière restaurant, and James Beard Award winner and hometown favorite Chris Bianco at Scottsdale Fashion Square’s Sur La Table. Tickets for all events are available online. (

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