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THE SCENE While I love our new office at The Quad business/restaurant complex in the south Scottsdale/Arcadia area, there are quite a few things I miss about our old office at Scottsdale Quarter in north Scottsdale. Chief among them are Press Coffee (where I was a daily visitor) and Sorso Wine Room, the first wine bar I fell for as a nascent wino and a frequent happy hour haunt for PHOENIX and Phoenix Home &...

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Donut Bar’s Scottsdale location closed abruptly last week, according to an Instagram post from franchise owner Sheley Brien. The San Diego-based donut shop known for its extravagant, Instagram-worthy culinary concoctions, opened in The Promenade shopping center in November 2018. “We regretfully announce the closure of Donut Bar Scottsdale on Monday, October 16th, 2019. We have enjoyed being a part of our hometown community and appreciate how welcoming everyone was to us,” the post says. “We...

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I admittedly don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I’m certainly a sucker for a good selfie opportunity. That’s why I decided to check out Candytopia, an interactive art installation that would make Willy Wonka jealous. The spectacularly sweet pop-up, which features candy-coated art, a massive marshmallow pit and confetti cannons, just landed at Scottsdale Quarter. Candytopia allows you to roam from room to room, where you’ll find everything from the Mona Lisa made...

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Fast fashion and Amazon Prime are dominating the shopping world, but that doesn’t mean that the era of brick-and-mortar is over – at least, not in Scottsdale. The Merchantile, an indoor boutique marketplace currently under construction, plans to host a mish-mash of local businesses under one roof. Slated to sell jewelry, clothes and home decor, the “co-retailing experience” is meant to support local vendors by alleviating the stress of pricey overhead costs. These woes are...

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Cabo San Lucas. Photo courtesy Pauline Martinez.

“There is such unadulterated beauty in Cabo,” says Pauline Martinez, owner of Perk Eatery and CHAR Kitchen+Bar in Scottsdale. Martinez visited the Baja California city with her husband this summer to draw inspiration from their culinary traditions to bring back to her restaurants – as well as to kick back a little and enjoy the view. “There’s this big juxtaposition between this party scene and this...rich beauty that is so natural,” she says. And Cabo's seafood, she adds, is delicious. Her recommendations for making the most out of this lively tourist magnet:

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