The Palmeraie

Rodeo without the Drive 

Scottsdale and Paradise Valley recently broke ground on a brand-new “mega project” that is expected to be complete by the end of 2020. The Palmeraie is a 122-acre expansion of retail, real estate and resort along the border of Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. This $2 billion project will have a 200 room Ritz Carlton resort, luxury villas and estate homes and high-end shopping and dining experiences – Fendi will even build its first private residences in North America here.  


Who’s Hungry 

The Breakfast Club will open its newest location at Biltmore Fashion Park in the near future. The breakfast shop currently has locations in Old Town and downtown Phoenix serving breakfast favorites such as biscuits and gravy, benedicts and frittatas, plus sandwiches and salads for lunch. Breakfast Club is open until 3 p.m. on the weekends, so you’ll have plenty of time to get up and get moving. For more:


Views and Brews 

A new restaurant concept has replaced Relish Burger Bistro at the Phoenician Golf Resort. The Phoenician Tavern, opening this month, will have pub-style favorites such as burgers and fish and chips, plus sharables and a signature cocktail menu. Open for lunch, dinner and happy hour, this spot will be ready when the game starts or after a round of golf with your buds. “The tavern is the ultimate get-away-from-it-all spot,” said The Phoenician’s Director of Food and Beverage, Lisa Mercer. For more:


Oh, Honey 

California-based Honeymee Ice Cream has opened at Biltmore Fashion Park on Camelback Road, but it’s not your typical ice cream – it’s topped with raw honey and honeycomb pieces. So not only are you eating a treat, but there’s also health benefits. Flavors include traditional, caramel and chocolate. Honeymee also offers tea, coffee and milkshakes plus cheese cream honey tea, which is exactly what it sounds like. Belgian waffles are also available to snack on. Be happy AND healthy. For more:


Pei Wei Re-Grand Opening 

The Pei Wei located at 44th St. and E. Indian School Road unveiled its all-new interior remodel in mid-February. The remodel includes new wall graphics, digital menu boards, rustic furniture and modern lighting, and 100 percent reclaimed wood. Guests will also see new uniforms, a new beverage menu and a take-out station for guests who order online or through the mobile app. “The Arcadia community has been extremely supportive of our restaurant, which is one of the reasons we chose to remodel this location,” said CEO J. Hedrick. 


Give me the Dough 

Scoopwell’s Dough Bar opened up in early January at the Uptown Plaza on Camelback and Central Ave. After living in New York City for 10 years, the husband and wife team made it back to the Valley of the Sun to provide customers with cookie dough – that’s right, gourmet unbaked cookie dough. It’s safe to eat because of the heating process. There are multiple flavors and mix-ins, so you can customize the dough to your liking and if you feel like baking it into cookies, you can do that, too. For more:


9 to 5 

Arcadia resident Katherine Pappas is the director of newly-launched online career site called Pipeline AZ. The site “focuses on connecting our community of job seekers with local pathways to education or directly to employment that specifically matches personal skills and interests.” Clients of Pipeline AZ are connected with other job seekers as well as career counselors, educational institutions and government entities that have similar skillsets. For more or to register:


Small Business Workshop 

Throughout March, the city of Scottsdale’s Economic Department is hosting a free 10-week Small Business Training Series. Held at ASU SkySong Innovations, the series is available to all existing or aspiring small businesses and entrepreneurs. Each session features guest speakers from local business as well as workshops and resources from Scottsdale Economic Development. The series is held on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. For more:


Get Fit  

F45 Gym opened its doors in early February on the corner of 32nd St. just south of Indian School. This is the third center in Arizona. F45 Training combines elements of high-intensity interval training, circuit training and functional training with 31 different “fitness training styles.” The workouts and training exercises are coming to Arcadia all the way from Australia, where F45 was founded in 2012. For more:


Neighborhood Meeting

Arcadia’s 32nd annual Neighborhood Meeting event will be held March 2 at 8:45 a.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3641 N. 56th St. This meeting is a way for Arcadians to get together and address concerns in the neighborhood with elected officials and city representatives. On deck for this year’s meeting is the Camelback Mountain Preserve Park, final design for the 56th Street Improvement Project, re-development of Camel Square, and Arcadia preservation concerns. The 2019 Arcadia Mayoral debate will follow at 11 a.m. For more:


Kids in Focus Exhibit 

March 29 marks the grand opening of the latest Kids in Focus exhibit at the Arizona Center, 455 N. 3rd St. in Phoenix. Kids in Focus is a local nonprofit that uses photography to inspire and instill hope in youth who have dealt with backgrounds of poverty, homelessness and abuse. Thirty kids were mentored by 15 local photographers; this exhibit will showcase their work with digital point-and-shoot cameras. Biographies from each photographer will be placed next to their artwork. On opening night, the exhibit is free and open to the public. For more: