PHOENIX Magazine Editors’ Picks for April/May 2022
Something to Do
If you haven’t been to Roosevelt Row in a while, you might do a double-take as you drive or stroll through it—especially in the northeast section of Downtown Phoenix’s famed arts district. Historically, “Upper RoRo” was the less developed half of the ’hood, but thanks to a crop of upstart restaurants, shops and murals, it’s buzzing with an infectious new energy. Here’s a day trip in three steps:
1 Skip your old, tried-and-true RoRo haunts and spend a day or two exploring the “new-new.” Kahvi Coffee + Café, Golden Margarita and Sottise are a few of the area’s newest foodie destinations, while a guided street art tour stops at two beloved local establishments: Carly’s and The Churchill. For some retail therapy, pop into Phoenix General or Pemberton Phoenix.
2 Continue your sojourn in the Evans-Churchill section of Roosevelt Row, where you can find a stretch of beautiful murals created by 12 local artists. The subject matter of each piece varies, but they all come together to form a stunning body of work that embodies the artistic essence of the neighborhood.
3 Want to make an overnighter of it? Located a block north of Roosevelt Street, Cambria Hotel Phoenix Downtown blends right into the neighborhood with its artistic flair, modern decor and local touches. Enjoy the Phoenix skyline and drinks from the rooftop lounge, or start the day on a sassy note at Breakfast B*tch, the Phoenix imprint of a Santa Monica/Venice Beach A.M. favorite.
Something to Eat
When former professional ballerina Sarah Chisholm suffered a career-ending injury, she ventured into the kitchens of friend and local restaurateur Aaron Chamberlin, where she became enamored with pastries. In November 2021, she launched Wild Rye, specializing in artisanal cake mixes (Olive Oil, Chocolate, Pink Velvet and Vanilla, $14.95) and frostings (Vanilla, Chocolate Sea Salt, Peanut Butter Coffee and Coconut Matcha, $10.95). Chisholm has also formulated vegan and gluten-free versions of the cakes and aims to give people who might lack cooking confidence the opportunity to make high-quality baked goods at home. “I wanted to remove the stress and make it fun and enjoyable,” she says. Chisholm’s finished products have the look and lush taste of professionally made cakes. Her tour de force? A nutrient-dense, Madagascar vanilla-tinged mix for Almond Flour Pancakes ($11.95) that doubles as waffle batter, “perfect for an indulgent Sunday brunch or a busy Monday morning.” wildryebaking.com
Somewhere to Go
Even among luxury resorts, Sensei Lanai is not your typical property. The Four Seasons-affiliated getaway is located on the private Hawaiian island of Lanai and is the brainchild of Oracle founder and billionaire jet-setter Larry Ellison. Sensei specializes in “optimal wellness packages,” or curated stays with experiences based on growth, mindfulness and improving guests holistically. “We’re in the center of the middle of the ocean, and it’s really private. It’s quiet,” says Kelly Georgiou, manager of program development. “There’s many off-site excursions for the guests to take part in. There’s a ton of wellness programming, whether someone’s coming to meditate and reset, or if they’re coming to improve their golf or tennis game.” To wit: new optimal wellness packages tailored for golf and tennis. “We’ve had a few beta testers, and their responses and reactions have been really great,” Georgiou says. “Guests went home, and their friends and family were in awe of how much their golf game or tennis game improved.” Sensei Lanai’s regular optimal wellness package begins at $1,355 a night, while the golf and tennis packages begin at $1,700 and $1,615, respectively. sensei.com
Someone to Know
Chee-Chee Stucky, M.D.
As a self-proclaimed “cancer nerd,” Mayo Clinic surgical oncologist Chee-Chee Stucky is acutely focused on how tumors develop and why they manifest in different ways. We sat down with the 2022 Top Doc—one of 631 Valley healers celebrated in our current issue—and found she had a scalpel wit.
As a cancer doctor who came into the field through a surgical residency, how is the treatment you provide different from a typical oncologist?
As a surgical oncologist, I treat patients with surgery rather than chemotherapy or radiation. However, at Mayo Clinic, all the diagnostic physicians and oncologists work together as a multidisciplinary team with one goal in mind: curing cancer.
What innovations in your field excite you the most?
Recently, we’ve been very aggressive with our surgical resections, or removals, because of advances in preoperative therapies, particularly for pancreas and liver cancer patients. Watching patients fill up with the hope of being cancer-free is the most exciting part of oncology, for sure.
You have, by far, the coolest and most repeatable name of any Top Doc profile this year. Is there a story behind Chee-Chee?
Ha! Thanks a lot to my parents for giving me a name that is unforgettable. My name is a Chinese word that, when combined with my middle name, Hwei, means “Hope and Prayer for Understanding.”
What kind of hobbies and interests do you have outside medicine? We hear you’re a solid violinist.
Yes! I was a violinist before I was a surgeon, and today music is my No. 1 way to beat stress. Recently, my husband, kids and I have been keeping our sourdough starter alive and desperately trying to get our orchids to rebloom.