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The Thrilling World of Polo: My Exclusive Chat with Ricky Cooper

When it comes to sporting events in Scottsdale, there’s one name that’s been echoing louder and louder: the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championship. As winter embraces its chilly grasp, the sprawling fields of Westworld in Scottsdale transform into a battleground for some of the world’s most accomplished polo players. And now, the most anticipated season in Scottsdale has officially begun.

Ricky Cooper Polo

For those unfamiliar with the sport, polo might appear to be a sophisticated form of croquet on horseback. However, when you delve deeper into the game, the athleticism and strategy involved are nothing short of breathtaking. To shed light on this thrilling sport and offer a sneak peek into its intricacies, I had the pleasure of hosting two eminent personalities from the world of polo on the podcast: Sterling Jones and Ricky Cooper.

While both Sterling and Ricky are remarkable in their own right, Ricky Cooper, hailing from Wales, stood out with his charm and expertise. He has been a part of the national polo team since its formation in the 2008-2009 season. Over the years, Ricky has not only showcased his skills in Scottsdale but has also played in countless international matches. What’s more, off the field, he’s an avid marathon runner and ice hockey player, exemplifying the very definition of a multi-faceted athlete.

How it Started

Ricky’s journey into polo wasn’t one he had envisioned. It all began in the heart of the UK when a twist of fate had him residing near the prestigious Sunningdale Golf Course. It was there that he crossed paths with the esteemed polo coach, Peter Grace. Under Grace’s mentorship, Ricky was introduced to the sport, and what started as a curious venture soon transformed into a passionate pursuit.

Polo is not just about galloping horses and hitting a ball; it’s about understanding the beast beneath you, syncing with its rhythm, and mastering the technique to guide the ball’s direction. As Ricky fondly recalled, the initial stages were akin to learning a dance where he was constantly out of step. But with perseverance, dedication, and countless hours on horseback, he soon became one of the most revered players globally.

Polo and Royalty

However, the glamor and glitz of polo matches, especially those in Scottsdale, aren’t just about the game. These events often turn into fashion parades, with attendees showcasing their finest attire, making them as much social gatherings as they are sporting events.

Behind the scenes, there’s a fascinating connection between polo and the British Royal family. Ricky’s team, the Wales polo team, boasts the royal insignia, having been sponsored by none other than Prince Charles himself. These affiliations brought not only prestige but also a sense of responsibility. The team has actively participated in numerous charity games, contributing significant amounts to various causes.

While the future of the Wales polo team’s royal patronage remains uncertain, Ricky remains optimistic. His journey in polo has been about more than just accolades and championships. For him, it’s the spirit of the game, the camaraderie with fellow players, and the joy of giving back to society that truly matter.

As Ricky fondly reminisced about a particular match in Scottsdale around 2013, which remained etched in his memory, it became evident that this sport holds a special place in his heart. As the Scottsdale Polo Championship approaches, scheduled for November 4th at Westworld, the anticipation is palpable. With outstanding players like Ricky Cooper gracing the field, it promises to be an event that combines sport, fashion, and community spirit, truly celebrating
the essence of Scottsdale’s vibrant vibes. Until next time, Scottsdale, See you around town!

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The Essence of Scottsdale: Janet Kessler’s Artistic Journey to Vintage Car Collecting

Janet Kessler

In the heart of Scottsdale, where community, passion, and craftsmanship converge, there’s a unique story waiting to be told. It’s the story of Janet Kessler, known simply as “just Janet” by some, whose journey took her from the world of fine arts into the captivating realm of vintage car collecting. This remarkable transition serendipitously bridges her artistic background with the allure of vintage automobiles. As the host of the Scottsdale Vibes podcast, I’m excited to share Janet’s inspiring tale on this week’s episode.

A Journey Unplanned

Janet’s foray into the world of car collecting was anything but planned or gradual. She was deeply rooted in the fine arts sector when she met Clive Kessler, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author. Clive’s literary world was filled with adventures led by the charismatic Dirk Pitt. However, Janet soon realized that her life with Clive would mirror those very adventures. It was Clive’s inherent passion for life and adventure that rubbed off on Janet. Their escapades weren’t confined to the pages of books; they embarked on weekend getaways to Mexico, embraced random explorations, and held an unwavering thirst for the new and the unknown.

The Shift from Art to Cars

But what solidified Janet’s transition from fine arts to vintage cars? It was an auction in Scottsdale where the magic happened. Despite her initial reluctance to delve into the mechanical underbelly of cars, it was the external charm of one car that captivated her. As she began to see cars not merely as vehicles but as rolling pieces of art, her interest soared. It’s worth noting that women have made significant contributions to the automotive world, from inventing windshield wipers to reconfiguring car interiors to accommodate women in skirts. Janet’s appreciation for these unsung heroes, coupled with her intrinsic artistic sensibilities, kindled her love for cars as more than mere machines.

A Growing Collection

Janet’s initial acquisition was an Art Deco car, a style she had always admired. As she delved deeper into the world of vintage cars, her collection soon outgrew its space. Clive had a solution – a bigger space. What began as a single storage unit quickly expanded to four in just five years. Today, the Janet Kessler car collection stands as a testament to her incredible journey from the world of fine arts to the mesmerizing allure of vintage automobiles. Each car in her collection is not just a vehicle; it’s a story, a piece of history, and, above all, a work of art.

The Heart of Scottsdale

As you navigate the streets of Scottsdale, remember that it’s more than just a city; it’s a melting pot of stories, adventures, and dreams. And among those dreams is Janet Kessler’s exquisite car collection, a bridge connecting her past with her present, art with machinery.

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Exploring Scottsdale Real Estate with Shawn Shackleton

Shawn Shackleton Scottsdale Real Estate Broker

On this week’s episode, we have the privilege of chatting with none other than Shawn Shackleton, a seasoned expert from the Shackleton Group, a name well-known and respected in the real estate world. Scottsdale’s real estate market is like a rollercoaster, constantly changing and shifting. Lately, there has been a noticeable slowdown in home sales. However, don’t let that mislead you; home prices remain fairly consistent. This dip in sales isn’t a cause for alarm, as it signifies a return to more typical seasonal patterns after a period of unpredictability driven by global events like the COVID-19 pandemic. October marks a resurgence in interest in the Scottsdale market, mainly driven by the arrival of snowbirds and the cooler weather, which draws people back to the area.

Understanding Mortgage Dynamics

One key factor in today’s real estate landscape is the current interest rates, which are hovering around 7.4%. This figure might raise eyebrows, especially among potential buyers who’ve grown accustomed to historically low rates of around 2.75% to 3%. But let’s put things into perspective. Seasoned homeowners, particularly those from Gen X and the Baby Boomer generation, might fondly recall locking in rates of 12% to 18%. So, while today’s rates may seem
steep compared to recent lows, they are relatively modest when viewed historically. For prospective homeowners, it’s essential to focus on their potential mortgage payments rather than just the overall mortgage amount. This approach allows buyers to understand what they can afford over the long term, taking into account potential future rate fluctuations.

The Locked-In Effect and Popular Scottsdale Zip Codes

Interestingly, many homeowners who locked in historically low rates are feeling “locked in” to their homes. They’re hesitant to give up their enviable rates for the unknowns of a new purchase. This ‘locked-in effect’ means that even those desiring to relocate are carefully weighing the financial pros and cons. For those still eager to jump into the market, certain Scottsdale zip codes are exceptionally appealing. The 85255 area maintains consistent demand due to its prime location near the McDowell Mountains and easy access to the 101 freeway. The 85254 zip code, often referred to as the “magic zip code,” offers the best of both Scottsdale’s prestige and Phoenix’s favorable tax rates. It’s an ideal spot for those looking to avoid homeowners’ associations, though the architectural style here might not suit everyone’s taste.


Autumn in Scottsdale promises a blend of community spirit and festive cheer. So, gear up, mark your calendars, and prepare to make the most of this season. Until next time, keep vibing, Scottsdale!

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Discovering Scottsdale’s Vibrant Pulse: Dreams, Reality, and Community Synergy

In this week’s episode, I’m thrilled to take you through a journey into the very soul of Scottsdale. Our city is more than just scenic landscapes and luxury; it’s an intricate tapestry of dreams, passion, and community spirit.

Scottsdale’s Essence

Adriana Licitra

Through Local Tales Every week, I aim to amplify the spirit of Scottsdale by delving deep into the lives of our unique residents. It’s through these conversations that the heartbeat of our community becomes more tangible. And while our podcast paints a vivid auditory picture, don’t miss out on the rich visual experiences on our Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube channels. For those who love flipping through pages, the Scottsdale City Lifestyle Magazine is your gateway to our city’s very essence.

In a memorable episode, I had the pleasure of hosting the talented Adriana Licitra. Originally from Long Island, New York, Adriana’s journey is one of dreams shelved and rediscovered. From aspiring to be an actress, to taking a detour into journalism, and then circling back to the world of acting, her story epitomizes resilience. With notable roles in the series “Scottsdale” and the movie “12 Steps to Recovery,” she’s not only following her dream but also pioneering a sketch comedy show specifically for women. Adriana’s narrative underscores that our early passions, even if momentarily overshadowed, can rekindle with vigor if nurtured right.

Scottsdale: An Unexpected Acting Haven

For many, the words “acting hub” might conjure images of New York or Los Angeles. However, our very own Scottsdale is steadily emerging as a sanctuary for budding artists. Adriana’s initial reservations about the city’s acting scene melted away once she discovered its burgeoning artistic community. With the guidance of mentors like Amanda Melby at Verve Studios and representation from Ruth Layton at the Layton Agency, she’s not only found her footing but is making significant strides in the local film circuit.

But what truly sets Scottsdale apart? It’s the combination of a supportive community, lesser competition, and proximity to major film markets. In today’s digital age, local actors can leverage remote auditioning, bridging the gap between Scottsdale’s charm and the glitz of larger cities.

Communal Thriving in Scottsdale

Scottsdale is more than its individuals; it’s a collective force. And within this force, stories like Adriana’s shine bright, exemplifying the support and encouragement that our community provides. Here, achievements aren’t just personal milestones; they uplift and inspire everyone around.

Stay Connected

To stay connected with the ever-evolving narrative of our city, I invite you to subscribe to our lifestyle page and podcasts. Because at the end of the day, Scottsdale isn’t just a location; it’s an emotion, a vibe. So, whether you’re a long-time resident or a newcomer, I hope you dive deep and thrive with us in this magnificent community.

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Scottsdale’s Interior Design Community: Meet Emmy Couture

For many, interior design is a mere orchestration of furniture and color palettes. But if you delve deeper, it’s a soulful translation of one’s essence into a living space. And when we talk about such heartfelt transformation in Scottsdale’s interior design community, Emmy’s name shines the brightest.

Meet Emily ‘Emmy’ Marek

Scottsdale's interior design guru, emmy merrick

Beginning her academic journey at Northern Arizona University with summa cum laude honors, Emmy’s passion and drive led her through prestigious stints at architectural and luxury design firms. By 2016, she crystallized her experience and fervor into the establishment of Emmy Couture Designs. Today, she’s not just another name in the
industry; she’s the name.

Emmy’s journey from a childhood surrounded by her mother’s home makeovers, to working at Kirkland’s home store, to finally diving into interior design full-time speaks volumes about the influences that shape our futures. These early exposures honed her distinct design aesthetic, making her the renowned designer she is today.

The Signature Emmy Couture Approach

What’s truly captivating about Emmy’s design process is its deep-rooted connection with fashion. To her, fashion and interior design are two reflections of the same aesthetic spirit. This philosophy, combined with her innate talent to resonate with her clients’ personalities, ensures each space she crafts is both unique and deeply personal.

Your journey with Emmy Couture Designs initiates with a thorough questionnaire, progressing to on-site meetings to grasp the intricacies of your lifestyle and preferences. Then, through collaborative mood boards and detailed planning, Emmy meticulously brings each room to life.

Her background in architectural firms gifts her the capability to infuse architectural genius into her designs, bridging the gap between functionality and aesthetics. Clients often find solace in her multifaceted approach, especially when she fluently converses with contractors, ensuring every detail is executed perfectly.

The Art of Furnishing

For Emmy, a home’s essence is captured not just by its layout but by the unique furnishings that populate it. Leveraging her extensive network, she procures singular pieces, often journeying to places like High Point, North Carolina, to remain at the forefront of furniture trends.

A National Footprint

While Scottsdale is Emmy’s primary canvas, her designs have beautified homes from Florida to Newport Beach. Managing these nationwide projects, especially in the remote-work era, was made possible by her senior designer, Andrea, based in Wisconsin. With aspirations to further expand, especially in the Midwest, Emmy’s ambition knows no

Crafting Stories, Not Just Spaces

Each Emmy-designed space is a narrative, a reflection of its inhabitants, intertwined with the ambiance of its location. Whether it’s the desert charm of Scottsdale or the breezy allure of a Florida beachfront, Emmy crafts each design to resonate with its surroundings.

Having called Scottsdale home since 1999, Emmy’s love for the city runs deep. Its eclectic blend of urban vibes set against serene nature offers her perpetual inspiration, reminiscent of her fond memories from St. Louis.

Wrapping It Up

To experience Emmy Couture Designs is to step into a world where spaces become stories, where every corner is a blend of memories, emotions, and unmistakable vibes. Under Emily Merrick’s adept hands, every project isn’t just about aesthetic appeal—it’s about encapsulating a life, a dream, a story.

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Scottsdale’s Rise in the Fashion World

Scottsdale Fashion Week

On this week’s episode we discuss a place you might not associate with high fashion: Scottsdale, Arizona. When you think of iconic fashion cities, the timeless trio of New York, Milan, and Paris always come to mind. But there’s a new contender in town, and it’s none other than Scottsdale!

A New Star on the Fashion Horizon

Have you felt the electrifying buzz? With Scottsdale Fashion Week just around the corner, this desert city is quickly making its name known on the global fashion stage. The remarkable thing about Scottsdale’s style is its authentic blend of modern trends with desert inspirations.

Not Just for the Ladies

Contrary to the typical women-centric fashion focus, Scottsdale’s fashion arena is breaking gender norms. The city’s
stylish men are setting their own rules, curating looks that echo personal identity, and proving that style isn’t just about following trends; it’s an extension of oneself.

Throwback to the ’90s

Isn’t it fascinating how trends have a way of circling back? In the heart of Scottsdale, you can sense a nostalgic ’90s vibe intertwined with its modern essence. From oversized sweaters to classic rock tees, the city’s youth and older generation alike are reveling in this fashion revival.

A Digital Revolution

It’s impossible to discuss fashion without acknowledging the transformative power of social media. Platforms like Instagram and TikTok have become the fashion compass, with the younger generation steering the ship. Their influence is undeniable in shaping Scottsdale as a budding fashion hub.

Scottsdale Fashion Week

Kicking off from September 28th to October 1st, Scottsdale Fashion Week is more than just a fashion event. It’s a celebration of creativity, a testament to Scottsdale’s rising prominence in the fashion arena.

Sheree: A Visionary in the Fashion Landscape

At the center of Scottsdale’s fashion transformation is Sheree, owner of Ford Robert Black Agency. Beginning as a young model, Sheree soon realized her true passion lied behind the scenes. Partnering with Jamie, another visionary, the duo breathed life into Scottsdale Fashion Week, ensuring it wasn’t just another fashion event but a grand fusion of
style and entertainment.

A Melting Pot of Opportunities

Scottsdale is not just a haven for designers but also a burgeoning market for global brands. Sheree observed an increased interest from international designers keen on tapping into Scottsdale’s affluent audience, adding yet another feather to Scottsdale Fashion Week’s cap.

In Conclusion

Scottsdale is unfolding as a multi-faceted gem: breathtaking landscapes, luxurious homes, and now a buzzing fashion scene. And with dynamic figures like Sheree and Jamie leading the charge, the city’s fashion potential seems limitless. So, if you’re looking to immerse yourself in a city that offers luxury, style, and a dash of desert charm, Scottsdale awaits you.

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Protégé Footwear: From Heels to Comfort With Candice Chen

Candice Chen, owner of Protégé Footwear

I recently had the distinct pleasure of diving deep into the bustling heart of Scottsdale, Arizona. Among the myriad of unique offerings the city is teeming with, one gem caught my eye – or should I say, my feet? Candice Chen, the genius behind Protégé Footwear, might have cracked the age-old code of merging fashion with comfort in high heels. Yep, you read that right!

Golf Courses to Runways: Candice’s Unexpected Pivot

I was fascinated to learn about Candice’s transition from designing for golf apparel to revolutionizing the world of high heels. Who would’ve thought? A networking event turned out to be the catalyst. After a night in heels, Candice’s discomfort pushed her to study and innovate heel designs. And boy, the discoveries she made about even some high-end brands were startling!

Heels with a Purpose: The Protégé Approach

Candice’s heels are far from the usual. She’s combined her engineering background with the intricacies of foot anatomy to craft shoes that are as comfortable as they are stylish. Forget the usual compressed cardboard; think triple-layer foot padding, shock-absorbing gel foam, and memory foam. She’s on a mission to banish ailments like Newton’s neuroma from the lives of high heel enthusiasts.

I believe in celebrating pioneers like Candice. While many in the fashion world have maintained a status quo, Candice’s Protégé Footwear is disrupting the space, proving that fashion and function can coexist harmoniously.

Inside the Design Room: My Chat with Candice

During our conversation, I delved into Candice’s inspirations. Candice shared her love for heels and the desire to seamlessly blend style with comfort. She passionately walked me through her unique stiletto design, the versatility in her footwear range, and even a sneak peek into their upcoming boots. I was genuinely impressed by how her engineering mind influenced these fantastic designs. As she wrapped up, she reflected on her time in Scottsdale, and how it has influenced her preferences and observations.

On The Horizon: Scottsdale’s Stylish Future

The quest for the perfect heel might just be over, thanks to Candice. Protégé Footwear isn’t just about shoes; it’s a brand that understands and addresses women’s needs. If you’re as intrigued as I was, check out Candice’s feature in the Scottsdale City Lifestyle’s style issue, or head over to YouTube for an in-depth view into her venture.

To stay plugged into all things Scottsdale, don’t forget to tune into the Scottsdale Vibes Podcast. Join our community on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube.

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Gateway Academy: Shaping the Future of Children With Autism

Scottsdale, often celebrated for its vibrant culture and stunning locales, has a unique gem nestled within its bounds – Gateway Academy. This institution isn’t just any school; it’s a beacon of hope for high-functioning autistic children and their families.

Gateway Academy Seeking Balance

Founded by the indomitable Robin Sweet, Gateway Academy fills a void that many families face in the education system. While children with high-functioning autism are intellectually brilliant, they often grapple with social, emotional, and sensory challenges. Schools that cater to children with learning disabilities don’t always cater to
these unique needs. This gap is what prompted Robin, whose son also falls under this category, to venture into the educational sector, giving these children a place where they truly belong.

An Evolutionary Journey

When Robin first moved to Scottsdale, she hoped to find a school suited to the needs of children with Asperger’s syndrome. But the options available mainly addressed more general learning disabilities like dyslexia or behavioral issues. Disheartened but undeterred, Robin decided to create what she couldn’t find.

Today, Gateway Academy specifically caters to students from grades six to twelve. Initially, the academy had an expansive grade range starting from kindergarten. However, younger students required a different kind of individual attention. With the academy’s commitment to providing only the best, they narrowed their focus to grades where
they could truly excel.

More Than Just Education

What sets Gateway Academy apart isn’t just its targeted educational curriculum. The academy recognizes the profound intelligence of its students. Discussions can rapidly evolve from general topics to deep dives into subjects like physics, driven by the students’ diverse passions.

Teachers at the academy are equipped to nurture these passions, even if they change week by week. The curriculum is dynamic, molded around the ever-evolving interests of the students. This method not only keeps the learning process intriguing but also ensures that students remain engaged and excited about education.

Anthony Terrell, the Director of Education at Gateway, resonates with the mission deeply. Having grown up with a brother on the spectrum, Anthony has firsthand experience of the challenges and joys. This personal connection drives him and the rest of the team to offer an environment where students can thrive both academically and

Lessons Beyond The Classroom

While Gateway Academy is designed for children with high-functioning autism, it offers lessons that everyone can embrace. Anthony highlights a simple but powerful practice: taking a break. Whether it’s a bad day or a challenging task, sometimes stepping away for a few moments can change the perspective and outcome. It’s not about
giving up but allowing oneself the space to regroup and return stronger.

A Future Full of Possibilities

Gateway Academy isn’t just about imparting knowledge. The goal is to prepare its students for life beyond school. Whether it’s pursuing higher education, embarking on a career, or building personal relationships, the academy aims to equip its students with the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the outside world.

As the conversation around autism becomes more widespread, institutions like Gateway Academy remind us of the importance of specialized education. Every child, regardless of their needs, deserves an environment where they can flourish. With its dedicated team and innovative approach, Gateway Academy is undoubtedly leading the way.

We work closely with parents to ensure that they have all the necessary information and support to apply for the ESA scholarship. Our goal is to ensure that financial constraints don’t become a barrier to a child’s education, especially when they require specialized attention and care.

In terms of transportation, we recognize the challenges many parents face, especially those who live farther away from the school. We’re constantly exploring options and partnering with transportation services to make it feasible for parents. We have a number of parents who carpool, which has been beneficial for many.

The Most Important Message

The main message we want to get across is that we’re here to support not just the students, but also their families. We’re in this together, and we’ll do whatever it takes to ensure our students receive the education they deserve.

Lastly, I want to emphasize the community aspect of Gateway Academy. From parent support groups to collaborative community projects, we believe in the power of unity and working together. It’s not just about academics; it’s about shaping well-rounded, confident, and capable individuals who can thrive in the real world. And we’re committed to that mission, every step of the way.

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Scottsdale’s Real Estate Market and The Art of Balanced Living

courtney fox yoga

On this week’s podcast episode, I had the privilege of chatting with seasoned real estate agent Shawn Shackleton, touching on Scottsdale’s real estate intricacies, and the dynamics of buyer behavior. Then I got to talk with the ever-inspirational yoga instructor Courtney Fox talking about how yoga can keep you balanced through all life throws
at you.

The Unpredictable World of Interest Rates

Oh, interest rates—everybody’s favorite topic, right? In Scottsdale, it seems like they’re the unsung hero (or villain) in every real estate story. Shawn pointed out that while the rates hover around 7%, it’s not the same for every aspiring homeowner. Your credit score and debt-to-income ratio can make all the difference. And before you ask, no, the experts like Barbara Corcoran don’t think home prices are going down anytime soon—maybe leveling off if we’re lucky.

Supply, Demand, and The New Construction Wave

Despite those high rates, y’all, people are still clamoring for quality homes. Shawn emphasized that properties in hot spots often receive multiple offers, sometimes exceeding the listing price. And for those of you stuck between choosing a resale or new construction home, here’s a tidbit: new constructions have been steadily outpacing
resales. So builders are clearly having a heyday. There’s something about that new home smell, isn’t there?

Debunking Myths: No, Scottsdale Isn’t a Foreclosure Haven

Shawn was quick to dismantle the myth about Scottsdale teeming with foreclosures. Mortgage delinquencies are at an all-time low since the ’80s, making the 2008 housing crisis comparisons moot. So, for now, stability seems to be the keyword.

Seasonal Changes and Buyer Behavior

Being patient is great advice for life and particularly for navigating Scottsdale’s real estate market. Shawn noted that the market has been following its typical seasonal ebbs and flows. So, don’t lose hope; your perfect home is out there somewhere!

The Shawn Shackleton Difference

What sets Shawn apart isn’t just her decades of experience, it’s her ability to really “get” what you’re looking for. She’s not just any realtor; she’s your real estate guardian angel. So, if you’re serious about home-hunting, give her a call at 480-734-7277 or pop into The Shackleton Group.

Balancing It Out With Yoga and Courtney Fox

Switching gears a bit, let’s talk about the balance in life. My conversation with yoga instructor Courtney Fox was nothing short of enlightening. Courtney left the corporate world in 2015, and it’s been a whirlwind of mindfulness, meditation, and some incredibly flexible poses since. Her holistic approach to yoga is not just about physicality; it’s about enriching your life and your interactions with the community. She’s got the credentials and the hours logged in to back it up.

Mindfulness Off the Mat

And it’s not just yoga poses. Courtney emphasized the role of mindfulness in everyday life, whether it’s taking a pause to appreciate your meal or engaging deeply in conversations. She even passionately talked about her husband’s food truck venture, “From the Wildfire,” adding yet another layer of balance to her life.

The Scottsdale Community Vibe

Courtney adores Scottsdale, and I can see why. Our local community vibe is a mesh of outdoor brunches, yoga, and, of course, real estate. Scottsdale seems to be the nexus where wellness, community, and investment collide. Courtney’s favorite part? The brunches, especially those with a wellness twist. Hey, who can blame her?

In Summary

Whether it’s navigating Scottsdale’s ever-changing real estate market or achieving a more balanced life through yoga, the advice and perspectives of experts like Sean Shackleton and Courtney Fox are invaluable. So, if you’re pondering when to make your next move—literally or metaphorically—remember that knowledge and balance are your best allies.

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The Heartbeat of Scottsdale: A Personal Reflection on Our Local Businesses

Hidden amidst the desert charm of Scottsdale, Arizona, is a thriving
haven for small business owners. Stroll along the bustling streets and
you’ll discover quaint coffee shops, state-of-the-art dentistry
clinics, and everything in between. Indeed, Scottsdale’s identity as a
bustling entrepreneurial hub is growing, and I’m here to give you a
glimpse into this remarkable ecosystem.

When I decided to delve deeper into the heartbeat of our city’s businesses, I was fortunate to have Jeremy Mueller of State Farm Insurance and Dr. Rob DiVito of Arizona Central for Laser Dentistry share their stories. What struck me was the unanimity in their experiences: both attributed their success to Scottsdale’s robust economy, the immense support from the community, and the relentless passion that its residents exude.

Small Business Challenges

Every small business owner knows the mountains that stand between an idea and its realization. Dr. Rob touched on these challenges, emphasizing that while starting a business is daunting, Scottsdale’s unique support system ensures entrepreneurs never face these trials alone. I remember during the challenging period of the COVID downturn, the Scottsdale economics bureau extended a lifeline to many small businesses, showcasing the resilience and adaptability of our community.

But success in Scottsdale isn’t just about profit margins. As Jeremy astutely noted, it’s akin to raising a child – the effort is immense, but the real reward is in the relationships built, the community served, and the tangible impact made. Dr. Rob further highlighted the power of genuine interactions, pointing out that in a world so digitally connected, the magic of face-to-face encounters still holds its ground.

Scottsdale’s Economic Forum

Navigating the Scottsdale business landscape, one can’t help but recognize the role of the Scottsdale Economic Forum. Josh Utterback, representing the forum, shared the multitude of services they offer. From business consulting to networking events, this forum has firmly positioned itself as the backbone of Scottsdale’s economic success.

Choose Scottsdale

In our conversation, Josh introduced me to “Choose Scottsdale,” an initiative committed to showcasing Scottsdale as a prime business destination. Through programs like the Business Assistance Program and the Partnership Program, they’ve created a harmony between businesses, local talent, and resources. Their success stories, like that of a local tech startup that expanded manifold with their support, exemplify the difference such programs make.

To anyone contemplating starting or expanding their business in Scottsdale, Josh had a message: “Scottsdale is more than a tourist hotspot; it’s a goldmine of innovation, talent, and unmatched opportunities.” With the guidance of initiatives like Choose Scottsdale, the journey for entrepreneurs becomes significantly smoother.

As I wrap up, I’d like to echo the sentiments of our interviewees and the countless entrepreneurs who call Scottsdale home. Our city isn’t just about the picturesque landscapes or the bustling markets; it’s about the people, the community spirit, and the relentless drive towards innovation and growth. If you’re an entrepreneur, there’s no
better time to be in Scottsdale.