Best Bookstores in Scottsdale

February 12, 2009 by Allison Davis  
Filed under Bookstores, Businesses, Featured

Whether you are looking for a good book, or simply a stress-free destination to relax and browse through some high quality literature, these booksellers have what you are looking for.  Below are the ten best bookstores in Scottsdale:

1. Barnes & Noble Booksellers

10500 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

2. Borders Books & Music

7135 E Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

3. Family Christian Book Store

8684 E Raintree Dr # 102
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

4. Bookstar

8919 E Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

5. Adventists Book Center

13405 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

6. Poisoned Pen A Mystery Book Store

4014 N Goldwater Boulevard
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

7. B. Dalton Booksellers

8919 E Indian Bend Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

8. Bookmaster

10818 N Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

9. Devotion Christian Store

32531 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85262

10. Charles Parkhurst Books

4242 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Best Spas in Scottsdale

February 11, 2009 by Allison Davis  
Filed under Featured, Lifestyle, Spas

Looking for a luxurious spa experience?  Well then you are in luck, because Scottsdale offers some of the top relaxation destinations in the Southwest.  From soothing massages to invigorating facials, this city will will help relax away your stress, one session at a time.  Below are the ten best spas in Scottsdale:

1. Dolce Salon & Spa at the Borgata

6166 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85226

2. Spa Avania

Hyatt Gainey Ranch
7500 E Doubletree Ranch Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

3. Firesky Resort and Spa

4925 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

4. Moss Wellness Spa

7135 E Camelback Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

5. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Willow Stream Spa

7575 E Princess Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

6. Centre for Wellbeing

The Phoenician
6000 E Camelback Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

7.   Bare Skin of Scottsdale

10155 E Via Linda
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

8. Bella Tu Day Spa

11015 N Scottsdale Rd Ste 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

9. Carefree At Troon

28150 N Alma School Pkwy
Scottsdale, AZ 85262

10. Body Solutions Laser & Skin

20511 N. Hayden Suite, Suite105
Scottsdale, AZ 85255


Best Jewelry Stores in Scottsdale

February 11, 2009 by Allison Davis  
Filed under Featured, Jewelry Stores

Scottsdale’s natural beauty can be found throughout the city, however it can also be discovered at these premier jewelry stores.  From custom made designs to price-conscious pieces, these establishments have what you are searching for.  Below are the ten best jewelry stores in Scottsdale:

1. Diamond Showcase

6900 East Camelback Rd. Suite 1050
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

2. Casablanca Fine Jewelry

6339 E. Greenway Rd # 105
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

3. Shane Co.

7144 E Acoma Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

4. Chief Dodge Indian Jewelry & Fine Indian Arts

1332 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

5. Michael’s Creative Jewelry

7704 E Doubletree Ranch Rd Ste 165
Scottsdale, AZ 85258-2328

6. Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers

7131 W Ray Rd Ste 22
Chandler, AZ 85226

7. Tiffany & Co.

7014 E Camelback Rd Ste 1272
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

8. Hamra Jewelers

15435 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

9. Mill Avenue Jewelers

414 S Mill Ave Ste 121
Tempe, AZ 85281-2817

10. Moore & More Jewelry Designs

4205 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Best Bars in Scottsdale

February 11, 2009 by Allison Davis  
Filed under Bars, Featured, Restaurants

Scottsdale has evolved into one of the Southwest’s most vibrant nightlife destinations.  From high class lounges with exotic drinks and bottle service to college bars, this city has plenty of establishments for you to have a great night out on the town.  Below are the ten best bars in Scottsdale:

1. Scottsdale Mondrian

7353 East Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

2. Drift

4341 N 75th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

3. Barcelona

15440 N Greenway Hayden Loop
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

4. Crown Room

7419 E Indian Plz
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

5. Dos Gringos

4209 N Craftsman Ct
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

6. Bar North

15024 N Scottsdale Rd Ste 140
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

7. Billet Bar

3752 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

8. Coyote Grill

7077 E Bell Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

9. Geisha A Go-Go

7150 E 6th Ave
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

10. Handlebar-J

7116 E Becker Ln
Scottsdale, AZ 85254


Best Florists and Flower Shops in Scottsdale

If you are like many and get mesmerized by the natural beauty of Scottsdale, you will also be pleased to know that this same beauty is displayed in the many wonderful flower shops throughout the city.  Whether you are searching for a magazine-styled arrangement or a single red rose, these establishments will have what you need.  Below are the ten best florists and flower shops in Scottsdale:

1. Bloom Room

20707 N Pima Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

2. Botanical Elegance

7464 E Tierra Buena Ln Ste 108
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

3. Deizinz

7845 E Redfield Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

4. Flora Europa

7825 E Evans Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

5. Enchanted Florist

3011 N Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

6. Gatsbys Fine Florist

4222 N Marshall Way Ste A
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

7. Paradise Valley Florist

6934 E 5th Ave
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

8. Bella Floral

10749 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

9. Aj’s Purveyor of Fine Foods

10105 E Via Linda
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

10. Bradys Floral Gallery

7745 E Gelding Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85260


Best Tutors and Learning Centers in Scottsdale

Whether you are looking to get your kids an edge in the classroom or simply augment their classroom experience, hiring a tutor or learning center can be very beneficial.  Below are the ten best tutors and learning centers in Scottsdale:

1. Sylvan Learning Center

6969 E Shea Blvd Ste 550
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

2. Kumon Math & Reading Centers

5555 E Bell Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

3. Chyten Tutors of Scottsdale

13951 N Scottsdale Rd Suite 211
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

4. Huntington Learning Center

8670 E. Shea Blvd Ste 103
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

5. The Reading Clinic

9350 E Cactus Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

6. Club Z! In- Home Tutoring Services

11529 N 99th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

7. Scottsdale Education Center

9151 E Bell Rd Ste 102
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

8. All Star Kids Tutoring

15950 N 76th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

9. Buddy System In-home Tutors

10105 E Via Linda
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

10. Oxford Learning

8889 E Bell Rd Suite 200
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Best Wedding Businesses in Scottsdale

Every bride and groom tries to plan a wedding that will please their families, their guests, and, of course themselves. There are so many plans to make, meetings to be held, and details to keep track of so whether you are walking down the aisle soon, just got engaged, or are dreaming of a wedding day far off in the future here are some of the top wedding vendors in Scottsdale that will result in a day to remember.

1. Distinctive Weddings, Amy Mancuso - Wedding Consultant

602-482-7792 (by appointment only)
[email protected]

Amy Mancuso is one of the premiere wedding consultants in Arizona and is a preferred vendor at the finest hotels and resorts throughout the valley. Let Amy show you how she can make your wedding an exquisite occasion that will be remembered forever.

2. Destiny’s Bride - Bridal Gowns

6166 N Scottsdale Rd Ste 609
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

A wedding gown maybe the most important dress a woman will ever wear. Destiny’s Bride has become the largest and most prestigious couture salon in the state of Arizona. They offer an elegant and comfortable environment with a multitude of designer gowns such as Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, Augusto Jones and my personal favorite Amy Michelson among many more.

3. Lillian Lottie Couture - Bridal Accessories (Veils, Garters, Headpieces, Wedding Jewelry & Shoes)

7142 E 5th Ave
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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This is the only bridal salon nationwide where clients can work directly with the expert designers and highly trained staff to style their wedding attire. Lillian Lottie Couture is a full service bridal salon featuring high end bridal gowns, and custom bridal accessories like veils, garters, headpieces, wedding jewelry, shoes, and services seen no where else.

4. Twirl Boutique - Bridesmaid Dresses

Hilton Village
6137 N Scottsdale Rd Ste B101
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
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This boutique is the perfect place to chose your bridesmaid dresses. Designers from New York and San Francisco have made their debut in the valley , exclusively a t Twirl’s Scottsdale boutique, bringing a cosmopolitan sophistication to the Arizona bridesmaid. They carry designers such as Thead, Lynn Lugo, Alvina Valenta, the Vineyard Collection and many more.

5. Kelly Ashworth Design - Invitations

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Save the date & Wedding Invitations are a wonderful way to express the tone and feel of your wedding to your guest. Kelly Ashworth Design makes every element of the planning process fun and imaginative. They are filled with creativity and attention to detail and will help bring the spirt and emotion of your wedding.

6. Blume Events - Florist

1829 S. Horne, Suite 8
Mesa, AZ 85204
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My favorite aspect of any wedding are the flowers! Specializing in  wedding events, Blume creates unique fresh floral arrangements, and limits the number of events they work with each weekend so they can give special attention to each wedding. They have been In business for ten years and offer their clients a complementary consultation with the owner.

7. Cathy’s Rum Cake Caterers

4807 E Greenway Rd # 5
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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Bring in a picture of that special border you have been dreaming about and Cathy will combine it with her delectable flavors. Your favorite flavors can be included, as each tier can be a different flavor. For a wedding cake the will leave your guests with a lifetime glow of enchantment you must choose Cathy’s Rum Cake.

8. Diamond Showcase - Jewelry Store

6900 East Camelback Road, Suite 1050
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Diamond Showcase is where educated consumers from Arizona and beyond go to find a diamond inventory that surpasses $15 million in G.I.A. graded diamonds. They offer an outstanding selection of engagement rings, men’s wedding rings, and women’s wedding bands.

9.  Rebecca Bouck Photography

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When it comes to commemorating your special day  you will simply want the best and most professional photograher. Rebecca’s photographs have graced the pages of People Magazine, Destination I Do Magazine, Arizona Bride Magazine and a myriad of others.

10.  Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain - Reception Site

5700 East McDonald Dr
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
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Scottsdale offers many beautiful reception sites but to give your wedding reception extraordinary flair Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain surpasses them all. They offers ballrooms indoor and out with breathtaking views, spectacular lawns, a garden terrace and patio.

Boutique, Antique & Specialty Stores

Since Scottsdale is a resort and retirement city, you would expect it to have an excellent variety of specialty shops, and you would not be disappointed.  This vacation city boasts some of my favorite boutiques, topping off the list is my personal favorite, The Willows.  At The Willows you will find a wide variety of unique home decor pieces and you are always met with helpful service.

1. Scottsdale Marketplace

6310 N Scottsdale Rd
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

2. Taggywail Inc.

16071 N.76th Street Suite 101
Scottsdale   Arizona

3. D. Frank Designs Home Boutique

7107 E. Stetson Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

4. Mediterránia

15770 N Greenway Hayden Lp#103
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

5. Dos Cabezas

Hilton Village Shops
6137 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ  85250

6. Two Plates Full

6166 N Scottsdale Rd # 402
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

7. Casa del Encanto

6939 E. 1st Avenue.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

8. Chez Antiques

Pima Crossing Shopping Center
4848 E Cactus Rd # 600
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

9. Souvia Tea

4320 N. Miller Road  Suite 107
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

10. Twig & Twill Boutique

The Borgata
6166 N Scottsdale Rd, Suite 604
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Top Scottsdale Neighborhoods

Considering that Scottsdale has become a top retirement destinations for some of the World’s wealthiest individuals, you will find beautiful homes and breathtaking scenery.  Growing up in Scottsdale gave me a unique perspective on the best places to live in the city.  Topping the list as the best place to live in Scottsdale is the Arcadia community.  From its large lots to unique architecture and high quality school district, it’s simply the best neighborhood to reside in Scottsdale.

  1. Arcadia
  2. Dessert Highlands
  3. DC Ranch
  4. Paradise Valley Farms
  5. Equestrian Manor
  6. Troon
  7. Scottsdale Country Club
  8. Greyhawk
  9. Gainey Village

Sushi Restaurants

November 23, 2008 by Allison Davis  
Filed under Featured, Restaurants, Sushi

You wouldn’t think that the landlocked Scottsdale would offer a great Sushi restaurant selection, however there are some great choices that the many athletes and celebrities frequent on a regular basis.

1. Sakana Sushi & Grill

6989 N Hayden Rd Ste A12
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

2. Satori

10115 E. Bell Rd. #109
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

3. RA Sushi Bar Restaurant

3815 N. Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

4. Hiro Sushi

9393 N. 90th Street
Scottsdale, AZ

5. Sushi On Shea

7000 East Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

6. Pearl Sushi Lounge

4252 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

7. Pure Sushi Bar & Dining

20567 N Hayden Rd Ste 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

8. Sushi N’ Rock

15111 N Hayden Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

9. Sushi Brokers

17025 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85382

10. Stingray Sushi

4302 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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