Hugo Rodriguez designs silver jewelry that is really unique at Platella. On top of that, it looks fabulous on women and he's fun to work with. He also does custom designs and works with stones, too. He designed a ring for me that I really love. Truth to tell, I love all his work. His store in the Borgata is very welcoming. Sit. Eat. Drink. Beautiful jewelry.
Dr. Bindu Jayavelu at Southwest Kidney Institute is what anyone wants in a doctor: someone who listens thoroughly then explains thoroughly. Then she'll do it again if you don't get it! And she has a great sense of humor, too! They're easy to get to, near the 60 and Power, in Mesa. Highly recommended.
This small store tucked away in a nearly empty strip center in Scottsdale is a real find. They have certain designers/name brands (i.e., I get all my Cambio jeans there) on a regular basis that are discounted all the time. Give yourself some time; the clothes are really packed in there. In the back, check out the handbags. Peppy handles the front and the clothes. Mel, her husband, runs the business end from a desk in the back. Stop in and say, "hi."
Chef Brian Banasek and front man Bryan Miller partner well together to provide fine dining in downtown Mesa. S'Bistro offers imaginative appetizers, salads and main dishes. Prices are reasonable. I haven't found the desserts spectacular, but probably because I was too full to try them! This is a bring-your-own beer and wine place (yes, they re-cork and you'll take home what you don't finish).
Alan Young and his team "provide Arizona's nonprofit organizations with capital development planning, management and counsel." Alan is extremely knowledgeable and thorough. He has every form, outline, agenda, meeting plan ready and really stays on you from start to end. He is pricey. You get what you pay for.
We put security doors made by Designer Doors on our house 30 years ago, when the only designs they had were very ornate. Nowadays, there are almost too many options! These wrought iron, glass and screen doors offer security that looks great! With glass in the lower half and screen in the upper, you get airflow, but the doors feel really substantial. Given the way they're made, they also serve as security doors, so feel free to leave your other doors open and enjoy the evening air! One warning: they are pricey! We recently switched out the ornate ones of 30 years ago with a more geometric style and OUCH!! The prices have REALLY shot up!
The Phoenix Marriott Mesa is located in the heart of downtown Mesa, within walking distance of the amazing, state-of-the-art Mesa Arts Center, the Mesa library, Amphitheatre and Convention Center. The Arizona Museum for Youth and Southwest Museum are just a few more blocks away. This hotel has had a tough time of it: many owners, many chefs, and lots of turnover. A pricey remodeling a few years made a huge difference in the lobby and the rooms. Great coffee bar, but slow. The restaurant still struggles for locals to buy in, but they're still trying.
I went to see Trisha Anderson at the Anderson Plastic Surgery Center because she is the whiz kid with the Diolite Laser. I had some spots on my face that another doc had recommended I see her for. She took one look and said she could try, but she really didn't think it would do any good. She recommended I try her dermatologist, Neel Patel. Trisha didn't charge me for the visit, despite the time I took. I liked that.
I had a really bizarre, specific need for plexiglass and I was able to order it, in bulk, through the nice folks at Arcadia Glass. While I was there, people came in looking for glass for cabinet fronts, shelving and all sorts of other things. This is a family-owned business that's been in Mesa for a long time and it's no wonder. They're nice folks. If you're in need of glass (or plexiglass or mirrors) for ANYTHING, give them a call. They can probably help!
This is small establishment in the Hyatt Shops at Pinon Pointe in Sedona offers some of the most unique hand-made jewelry I've every seen. Much of it is made by the owner, George Preschler, but he displays others' work, too. What I went wild over were the really unique purses. Made in Germany, the leathers can be customized so that your purse is just what you want. The hardware is brushed steel. If you like a clean, contemporary look and want something NOBODY else has, come here. George's wife, Kelly, runs the store and she's super!