Maple and Ash


Founded in 2015 in Chicago, Maple and Ash celebrates its newest location at the Scottsdale Waterfront on Camelback and Scottsdale Road. Opened in August, the restaurant is an “innovative take on the traditional steakhouse, mixing a modern aesthetic with authentic service to deliver classic wood-fired dishes.” Two-Michelin-star Chef Danny Grant creates plates such as the Snake River wagyu filet mignon, seafood and handmade pasta. For more: 


Congratulations are in order for General Southwest Insurance, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Arcadia. Opened in 1969 by Jay Binsfield, the insurance agency took up post near the corner of 56th St. and Thomas and has been there ever since. All five of the Binsfield children grew up and spent time working in the business. The Arcadian-owned agency strives to continue its mission of “Customer Service with a Community Focus.” 


Fans of White Castle will no longer have to travel far for one of their sliders, as the first Scottsdale location is set to open in September. The restaurant is located at The Block at Pima Center near the Loop 101 and Via de Ventura at the Talking Stick Entertainment District. For more: 


Shemer Art Center has started its food truck roundup for the fall season. On September 18, three to five food trucks will park at the center and offer dinner options such as Chef Wade’s Mac-n-Cheese, The Chicken Coop AZ, Eur Haus and Satay Hut. Take a night off from the kitchen and head to Shemer for dinner. The next roundups will be on October 16 and November 20. For more:


The Biltmore area welcomed Biltmore Nail Bar at the end of June. Located on the northwest corner of 32nd St. and Camelback, this upscale nail salon offers standard manicure and pedicure services for men, women and children, plus waxing and facial services. Prices range from $30 to $150. Guests are also welcome to check out the VIP room for exclusive amenities and packages. For more: 


Crane and Carbon is a wellness brand of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) made to optimize nutrition for face and body. Originally an online shop, the brick-and-mortar business opened its doors in June at 24th St. and Osborn. Products include detox cleansers, bath crystals, lotions and a variety of multivitamins to enhance fitness or battle allergies. Crane and Carbon also hosts workshops such as “Soap Making.” For more:  


Located in the Camelback Colonnade Shopping Center on Camelback just north of 20th St. is a new fast-casual dining experience called The Buffalo Spot. This is the sixth location for Arizona, but this chain started in Long Beach, California in 2013. There are more than 20 locations. The Buffalo Spot’s signature dish is buffalo chicken french fries, but it also serves wings, salads and buffalo chicken burritos. For more: 


Harkins Theatres recently announced that construction has started on a brand-new $32 million campus off of Loop 101 and McDonald Dr. The 13-acre development will house the company’s new corporate headquarters and a mixed-use space. Harkins’ McDonald Village will offer a health club, coffee shop and other shopping amenities.