Soap Opera: Preteen cleaning up with her products

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski When the pandemic forced Stevie Gillies to attend school virtually, her father thought it would be fun to experiment with creating soap. “My friends and family liked it, and they encouraged us to sell it,” says Stevie, an 11-year-old Anthem Prep student who lives in Cave Creek. With the help of her parents, Steve and Teri Gillies, Stevie caught the entrepreneurial bug and toget ...

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Ever the Optimist: Lisa Dahl opens her 2nd Pisa Lisa

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Acclaimed chef Lisa Dahl is ever the optimist — even when it came to opening her second Pisa Lisa in the Village of Oak Creek in July. “I didn’t like the idea of opening the slowest month of the year, but, in a way, it’s a godsend,” Dahl says. “The busiest month is around the corner — September, October. This is giving us the opportunity to ease into it. What I’m thrilled about ...

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Era of the Impressionist: Show takes patrons through the world of Monet

By Alex Gallagher After taking viewers to the world of Vincent Van Gogh and piloting patrons through the Klimt Revolution, Lighthouse Immersive is leaping into France’s impressionist movement. “Immersive Monet & the Impressionists” is largely centered around the works of Claude Monet and features pieces by 20 other artists — including Édouard Manet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edga ...

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‘Can’t Imagine Doing Anything Else’: Estate attorney approaches work with empathy, touch of humor

By Alison Stanton Growing up in a small ranching and farming town in Texas, Allison Kierman remembers often hearing the phrase, “You’d have to sell the farm to pay the taxes.” “This always resonated with me. So, I think I always knew I wanted to be an estate attorney,” says Kierman, managing partner at Kierman Law in Scottsdale. Kierman’s grandparents also helped influence her decision to get into estate pl ...

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Multiples Hats: Esteemed local dentist paves the way as ‘supermom’

By Jordan Houston While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to womanhood, today’s “modern woman” is typically expected to strive to “have it all.” She is complex and juggles multiple hats, shifting roles as a mother, homemaker, daughter, successful entrepreneur and everything in between. But with the increasing pressure to balance motherhood with a healthy work-life balance, it begs the question, what do ...

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Love In Luxury: Scottsdale showroom offers contemporary European design

By Jordan Houston Unlike many businesses during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Paris-Milan Home founder Nathalie Chianura saw a boost in sales. Boasting more 29 years of experience in high-end European furniture, the French native opened the Paris-Milan Home luxury showroom, located at 15551 N. Greenway Hayden Loop, Suite A110, at the beginning of 2019. She has since made waves in the Scottsdale inter ...

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Small World, Big Smiles: Pediatric dentistry puts kids at ease through comfort, care

By Jordan Houston A Small World Pediatric Dentistry founder Daniela Vasquez-Bolduc is celebrating 15 years of her practice, all while balancing the most important job of all — being a mom. The Scottsdale-based dentistry, located at 5533 E. Bell Road, Suite 115, since its inception in 2007, has built a reputation for itself as a hub for family-friendly and patient-oriented care for infants through adolescenc ...

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Written In the Stars: Family law attorney, true crime author focuses on ‘narrative’

By Alison Stanton Kerrie Droban Zhivago knew she was going to be a writer from the time she was 7 years old. “I come from a family of writers — one, the former editor of ‘The New York Times,’ wrote a true crime book about the Kitty Genovese murder. I wrote and studied poetry for years, before turning to plays and eventually novels,” Zhivago says. While she loved spending time writing, Zhivago needed to find ...

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Life. Change. Naturally: Aging gracefully from the inside out with the SottoPelle® Method

By Jordan Houston At age 42, CarolAnn Tutera was told she had the insides of a 92-year-old woman. She had all the classic signs of menopause. “I don’t know how I was putting one foot in front of the other,” she says. She turned to her now-late husband, Dr. Gino Tutera, for help with feeling better. She wanted to get her life back by enjoying working out, remembering where she put her keys and stopping the n ...

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Inspiration Inspires Inspiration: Lee Perreira continues to raise funds and awareness

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Veterans are personal to singer Lee Perreira. His father was in the Air Force, and his grandfathers were in the Air Force and Marines. Following his mantra of “inspiration inspires inspiration,” Perreira ran 16 marathons in 16 days in mid-June to raise $5,000 for an egress door and a handicap ramp at the Buckeye VFW. “That was my attempt at running 100 miles in 24 hours to rais ...

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Choose Wisely: Call Mark and Alexis Breyer

By Christopher McDonald Hiring the right injury lawyer after a serious collision can be one of the most important decisions somebody will have to make. And to make it even more challenging, people are faced with this decision at the worst times in their lives. So how should somebody search for an injury lawyer at a critical moment? What questions should even be asked? And what can go wrong if high-level spe ...

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More Than a Catchy Jingle: Lerner and Rowe emphasize philanthropy as ‘the way to go’

By Jordan Houston Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys has built a reputation as one of the most reputable and successful law firms in the country. Founders Glen Lerner and Kevin Rowe — with catchy slogans like “One Call, That’s All,” “In a wreck, Need a check?” and “Lerner and Rowe is the way to go, call 977-1900” — have dominated daytime TV, billboards and radio stations for years. Boasting over 50 attorneys ...

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Promoting Health: Sundial Pilates in Carefree helps clients ‘return to life’

By Allison Brown Trainers at Sundial Pilates in Carefree use decade-old methods to help clients strengthen their core, increase flexibility, tone muscles and even reduce pain. The studio doesn’t just call its workout Pilates, it strictly adheres to the methods developed by physical therapy pioneer, Joseph Pilates, who developed the movements and exercises over a span of 60 years. “Utilizing the specialized ...

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‘A Love Letter’: Celebrity chef debuts Phoenix restaurant honoring aunt

By Jordan Houston Widely known for his appearances on TV shows like Bravo’s “Top Chef” and HBO Max’s “Selena + Chef,” Angelo Sosa recalls two contrasting childhood experiences that shaped his culinary career. The renowned chef, born in Connecticut to a Dominican father and Italian mother, grew up in a “strict” and “militant” household. He spent most weekends laboring in the garden and preparing ingredients ...

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The Rocking Realtor: Luke Van Wyhe trades the steering wheel for homes

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Luke Van Wyhe spent 15 years shuttling the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Snoop Dogg and Britney Spears from show to show. He calls his life “something out of a dream.” “It’s a shock when (country singer) Miranda Lambert wants you to escort her out of a sold-out show so that she can wave to all the fans that make her career possible,” Van Wyhe says. But the late-night drives and the ...

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