Cartel Coffee Lab Heads North with Two New Phoenix Locations

The longstanding Tempe-based coffee purveyor, Cartel Coffee Lab, known for sourcing and roasting some of the best coffee from around the world is launching new locations in Paradise Valley and Uptown Phoenix. Located at the northeast intersection of Tatum and Shea, the Paradise Valley location is scheduled for a grand opening Dec. 20 . (Open holiday hours 7am–3pm through Christmas Eve; 6am–8pm regular hours.) Visitors can look forward to free coffee all day and a chance for one winner to receive free coffee for a year. The 1,200 square foot Paradise Valley location features a state of the art La Marzocco Linea PB espresso machine, draft cold brew and Chemex pour overs of rotating single origin coffees.

As a part of its continuing partnership with boutique hospitality brand ARRIVE Hotels, Cartel will be opening inside ARRIVE’s upcoming hotel at Fourth Avenue and Camelback in Uptown Phoenix in 2020. This will be the third in a series of successful cafe/hotel partnerships after locations in Palm Springs and Austin.

“We’ve always been cautious when it comes to choosing locations or partners; both of these new cafes represent a lot of consideration and these are two communities we are excited to grow with,” said Jason Silberschlag, owner and co-founder of Cartel.

Husband and wife Jason and Amy Silberschlag began Cartel 12 years ago with a mobile cart, which will now have expanded into 10 retail locations across three states supported by their two Arizona roasteries in Tempe and Tucson. “From day one, it’s been about neighborhood cafe culture first and foremost,” said Amy. “We can’t wait to make new friends in North Phoenix!”

It isn’t just the Silberschlags who are excited.

“I’m personally thrilled that they’ll be just across the street from me,” says Woo Jonathon, general manager of neighboring restaurant The Covenant. “I’m always up for more local business in Paradise Valley.”

The name Cartel Coffee Lab was inspired by oil cartels; instead of stifling competition, Cartel has an ambitious goal to band together like-minded coffee producers and professionals to drive customer appreciation for hard work and quality. To date, Cartel partners with 110 rotating coffee farms spread across the globe who are guaranteed to be paid 30 percent to 150 percent above their costs, far above pricing set by Fair Trade.

Through the years, Cartel has received recognition from the likes of Alton Brown, Vogue and Food & Wine as a gold standard in specialty coffee craft and service. The secret is in their 90 percent retail focus, which has allowed them to prioritize the experience of the end user in all their decisions.

For additional information, visit or find Cartel Coffee Lab on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Photos courtesy of Cartel Coffee Lab

Sanctuary Spa Remodel Offers Revitalized Space For Summer Rejuvenation

Just in time to welcome summer travelers and stay-cation locals, Sanctuary Spa at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa has completed a top-to-bottom refurbishment and expansion that has introduced a fresh new look throughout and a brand-new feature, the Women’s Quiet Room. An intimate retreat, the celebrated spa features separate women’s and men’s spas, with a total of 12 indoor and outdoor treatment rooms and a private, stone-walled outdoor treatment room called Sanctum.

Sanctuary Spa’s inspired redesign is the work of interior designer Lynne Beyer, whose ongoing relationship with the resort has spanned the design of jade bar and Table XII private dining room; the expansion of Sanctuary’s signature restaurant, elements; and last year’s Spa Casita and Suites remodel. Mark Philp of Allen + Philps Architects is the project architect.

The Women’s Spa has been expanded from 12,000 to 13,200 square feet. New features include a Women’s Quiet Room and steam room that’s twice the size of the original and capitalizes on natural light. The transition from the foyer to the locker room has been reconfigured for privacy, and seating in the lounge has been expanded.

Women’s Quiet Room: This windowless, cocoon-like room offers spa-goers a tranquil alternative to the more social environment of the women’s lounge. Its design, too, is a departure from the rest of the spa — intimate and insular with an emphasis on curves. Sculpted ovals suspended from the 11-foot ceiling cradle a one-of-a-kind, eight-foot-long light fixture crafted of paper and wood by artist William Leslie and titled “Wave after Wave.” Sheer, off-white luminescent panels create privacy between the 12 chaise lounges, each of which is covered in a subtle neutral tone and complemented by a small side table — perfect for a cup of tea retrieved from the stone-topped cabinet that serves as a refreshment station. Lights are all dimmable. Walls are softly draped and accented with cool-toned artwork. And underfoot is a scallop-patterned carpet tile with a sculpted feel in a dark neutral that evokes the color of wet sand.

Foyer: A new color scheme of warm, deep browns and natural tones greets women as they enter the spa. Where once the view to the locker room was open, a dramatic plexiglass-backed screen has been installed to enhance privacy while allowing an interplay of light and shadow to create a sense of mystery. Storage has been expanded with new quarter-sawn oak cabinetry in a warm, medium tone. A base cabinet topped with alpine granite serves as a reception desk. The foyer also features new carpet tile in a pattern that hints at a wood plank deck, as well as new wall covering and lighting.

Women’s Lounge: Seating has been increased in the women’s waiting area by as much as one-third to accommodate up to 20 spa-goers. All furnishings have been custom designed to fit the space and to maximize flexibility. A beverage station topped in alpine granite sits below two lattice screens from the original spa, that have been repurposed to adorn the wall above it. Lit from above, they frame a long LED sconce with a light-diffusing mica valance.

The lounge’s long exterior wall is an expanse of floor-to-ceiling windows and glass bifold doors that maximize natural light. Sheer drapes soften the light and billow when the doors are opened. Along this wall, several floor-to-ceiling stone dividers create smaller spaces for conversation and support curved backless banquettes covered in light, neutral upholstery. An abundance of toss pillows adds pops of color and comfort.

On the opposite wall, a long banquette upholstered in serene blue seats up to six and is punctuated by five small round movable tables. Another intimate seating area is positioned by the windowed wall at the far end of the lounge. There, a glass bi-fold door opens to an outdoor water element.

Women’s Locker: This area continues the new carpet tile pattern from the foyer. Ottomans have been re-covered in a dark blue and LED lighting has been added above the original lockers. The previous cement-topped vanity has been replaced with one of engineered quartz stone, and the existing mirror refurbished with new lighting on dimmers.

Women’s Showers: A fourth shower has been added, and large-format white-and-gray rectangular tiles line the floor and shower walls, with the same tile in round mosaic form on the back wall of each shower for contrast. The wall opposite the shower bank is now clad in dramatic black-and-white marble tile. Leading into the lavatory, a recessed niche with a stone Buddha illuminated against dark tile creates a focal point. The lavatory sink has a new engineered quartz stone countertop, new lighting and faucets, with shallow niches in the side wall to neatly display amenities, keeping them off the countertop and bringing them up to eye level.

Women’s Jacuzzi: This area now features the same white-and-gray porcelain tile as the shower area. A new, built-in upholstered corner seat is covered in solution-dyed acrylic fabric in a light neutral, accented with black and white geometric throw pillows.


The Men’s Spa keeps its original footprint with all new finishes and furnishings. The one architectural change to this side of the spa was to open up the vestibule leading to the foyer.

Men’s Foyer: Entering the foyer, guests check in at a desk topped in leather. To the right is a marble-top game table seating four in comfortable club chairs — ideal for a casual breakfast or game of cards with friends. Natural light illuminates this cozy, multipurpose area through a floor-to-ceiling window. On one wall, a backlit lattice screen adds visual interest. The textured wall covering, carpet tile, and furnishings in this area are all new and feature a warm, neutral palette.

Men’s Lounge: To the left of the vestibule is the Men’s Lounge, which features an all-new color scheme of grays and tans, new furnishings, wall covering and artwork. The original layout has been altered, moving the large flat-screen TV to the opposite wall and adding a substantial cabinet that serves as a beverage station, with room to display magazines and newspapers alongside refreshing drinks for a more residential ambience. Four large leather upholstered chairs — very tailored and masculine in feel — are arranged in pairs with accent pillows in pops of blue and gold around a simple, Parsons-style coffee table. On the walls are framed black-and-white abstracts and architectural etchings.

Men’s Locker: Moving into the locker area, the addition of a large round mirror creates a bold focal point above a shelf of engineered quartz stone. The original lockers have been outfitted with digital locks. The wet area of the locker room has large-format porcelain tile in two color schemes — one light gray, the other dark charcoal — on the floor and wall. A new vanity of engineered quartz stone is topped with a new mirror with mounted sconces for enhanced lighting. Recessed niches on either side of the vanity move amenities off the counter and up to eye level. Like the women’s showers, mosaic stone tile adorns the back wall of each shower while side walls are large-format rectangular tile.

Men’s Jacuzzi: A new tile surround continues the same large-format porcelain tile of the locker room wet area and complements the Jacuzzi’s original underwater tile. Two upholstered cube-shaped benches are topped with accent pillows for comfortable seating.

Men’s Waiting Area: This tranquil area features three new ergonomic chaises with light neutral leather-like covers that contrast with the charcoal textured carpet tile. A deep navy wall complements the room’s original stonework, and four framed etchings are illuminated for dramatic effect.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa is located at 5700 East McDonald Drive in Paradise Valley. Learn about Sanctuary at For reservations, call 480.948.2100.


Spa Casitas And Suites Renovation Caps Multi-Year Enhancement At Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

Two-million-dollar refresh follows 2016 opening of Spa House, 2015 Mountain Casita redesign

The early 2017 unveiling of $2 million in renovations to its Spa Casitas and Spa Suites completes a comprehensive, two-year capital investment at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa. Conducted in three stages, the campaign also saw the 2016 introduction of Spa House, an exclusive mountain enclave for small groups, and a complete redesign of the resort’s Mountain Casita accommodations in 2015. Together, the projects reaffirm the exacting standards that have secured Sanctuary’s position among the most celebrated resorts in the U.S.

Sanctuary’s Spa Casitas surround the resort’s stunning infinity-edge pool and award-winning Sanctuary Spa. All 12 of the casitas have been refreshed with new upholstered beds, nightstands and tables, as well as outdoor patio furniture. Lighting, artwork, upholstery, rugs and bathroom draperies have also been replaced. Their spacious bathrooms feature double sinks, separate tubs and showers, and walk-in closets accommodate longer-term stays with ease.

The resort’s 12 Spa Suites, with glass rock fireplaces and Paradise Valley views, have received extensive indoor and outdoor upgrades. These include new sleeper sectionals, dining tables, fresh upholstery, and living space rugs. Master bedrooms feature all new furnishings and their original built-in shelving has been removed for a more streamlined, open look. Outdoors, there are new patio daybeds with canopies for privacy. Back patios with oversized soaking tubs have new teak decking and privacy screens for an enhanced outdoor bathing experience. Many suites also have new carpet in the master bedrooms as well as upgraded lighting throughout.

In addition, both the Spa Casitas and Spa Suites have been freshly painted in a new Deco palette, and enhanced with new entry planter bowls, entryway mirrors, refreshed cabinetry and larger flat-screen HD smart televisions. Additional dimmer switching allows guests to create mood lighting, and recessed lighting for reading has been added above beds. All also have new energy-efficient AC units and quieter fan coil units.

The renovation of Sanctuary’s Spa Suites and Casitas comes on the heels of the opening of Spa House in May 2016. This 3,500-square-foot private mountain home, with its own treatment room, movement studio, and open-flow home design ideal for entertaining, was conceived as an exclusive spa escape for groups of up to 16. The Spa House’s four bedrooms accommodate up to eight guests, and an additional eight can be housed in four new 875-square-foot Terrace Suites.

In October 2015, Sanctuary completed a full-scale transformation of its Mountain Casitas and Suites. The project not only resulted in the reintroduction of 41 renovated Mountain Casitas and 40 Mountain Suites, but also introduced a fourth room category, Camelback Casitas and Camelback Suites. Eight Camelback Casitas and Eight Camelback Suites were exclusively selected based on their premier panoramic views. All four accommodation types reflect the Arizona desert setting in their interior design and artwork while offering dramatic vistas of the Sonoran landscape.

Sanctuary is a striking boutique property on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, just minutes from Downtown Scottsdale. Learn about Sanctuary at For reservations, call 480.948.2100.

PV Out to Lunch Bunch: Dining & Doing Good In The Community

out-to-lunch-bunch-2Last month, ladies from the Out to Lunch Bunch from the Town of Paradise Valley Women’s Association experienced a “wonderful” lunch and helped the community at the same time.  Each month, the group gets together for a social lunch at a local restaurant and this past month they met at Kitchen on the Street Cafe, located at 10435 North Scottsdale Road.  The restaurant is a 501(c)3 organization, founded by Vince and Lisa Scarpinato with the purpose of using proceeds to provide food assistance to low-income families, especially those with children.

Submitted Photo:
Front row, L-R: Lisa Scarpinato (owner and co-founder), Nancy Blomeyer, Gerda Ray, Nan Murley
Second row, L-R: Nancy Monthofer, Pam Finkbeiner, Mary Ann Kelly, Anne Marie Garvey, Sandie Vanosdall, Jane Fennessey
Third Row: Vince Scarpinato (owner and co-founder)

2016 Arizona Presidential Preference Election Public Meetings To Be Held

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan will hold three public meetings to listen to voters describe their experience as a part of her review of the frustrations related to the 2016 Presidential Preference Election.  Upcoming meetings in Phoenix and Gilbert include:

Monday, April 11
Cartwright School District Building
3637 North 55th Avenue, Phoenix, 85031

Wednesday, April 13
Church of the Beatitudes
555 West Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, 85021

Thursday, April 14
McQueen Park Activity Center
510 North Horne Street, Gilbert, 85233

Additional meetings are expected to be announced soon. For additional information, call 602.542.8683 or visit

Celebrate Yoga Month At Sanctuary

yogaSeptember is National Yoga Month and Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain wants to help ramp up your Zen routine with a change of scenery and a variety of packages, classes and wellness retreats for yogis (or those looking to try something new).

Sanctuary offers an array of unique yoga experiences and retreats in its inspiring desert setting of Scottsdale:

  • Indoor classes including Flow Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga are available throughout the week for all hotel and spa guests.
  • For those looking to upgrade their yoga practice, Sanctuary offers Zennis – a unique hybrid of yoga and tennis. Sanctuary’s tennis pros instruct a movement-based tennis clinic, emphasizing the principles of sport-specific yoga along with functional stretches. Participants focus on body awareness, movement and mechanics, heightening their sense of balance and allowing dormant skills to naturally emerge through the program. The Zen portion of Zennis helps promote relaxation, proper alignment and the fluidity necessary for the athletic portion of tennis. Zennis is $50 per person.
  • Travelers seeking a yoga-centric escape can customize their getaway to meet their wellness goals with Sanctuary’s Satori Wellness Retreat. Satori Wellness includes four or five days of activities custom-designed by a certified personal trainer who will personally guide the spa-goer through an individualized health and fitness program. Activities include an automated weight management plan (based on lifestyle information provided by the guest in advance), a fitness assessment conducted upon arrival, guest’s choice of wellness classes, a selection of spa treatments and spa pampering at the world-renowned Sanctuary Spa. About two weeks after departure, the trainer will follow up with each participant to provide further motivation and adjust the guest’s personal plan as needed.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is located at 5700 East McDonald Drive in Paradise Valley. For additional information, call 480.948.2100 or visit

PV Police Launch Extensive Social Media

The Paradise Valley Police Department recently announced the launch of several new online tools for the public. Town officials have been working in recent months to increase use of technology and better engage the community after recommendations for a technological overhaul were identified by the Paradise Valley Public Safety Task Force. The Task Force was created after a number of residential burglaries occurred in the area. The launch of new online tools include the following:

New website is online:

Twitter account at

Facebook account at

YouTube channel at

Online crime mapping at

Mobile app at

Online crime tip reporting at

These tools will allow the Police Department to provide better community interaction quickly and more effectively with the public in several areas.

Police Department Offers Summer Security

Paradise Valley PD offers vacation check

Town of Paradise Valley sign

With the uptick in the Town of Paradise Valley burglaries this year, residents need to exercise caution in securing their homes, especially when leaving for vacation. If you’re planning on being away for an extended period of time, there is a service available to residents of Paradise Valley called vacation watch. The Paradise Valley Police Department will conduct security checks of homes that are temporarily unoccupied during vacation time.

  • Vacation watches will be provided for a minimum of seven days and a maximum of four weeks.
  • Arrangements should be made with a private security company beyond four weeks.
  • The home must be unoccupied during the indicated times.
  • Homeowners or occupants must complete a new vacation watch form for each service request and submit in person at the Paradise Valley Police Department.
  • If the homeowner or occupant returns home earlier than the time indicated on the vacation watch form they must notify Paradise Valley Police Department immediately of their return.
  • Officers only will inspect readily accessible areas of the property.

Visit to download form.

Scottsdale Holiday Happenings

From ice skating and sledding – to holiday lights and horse drawn carriages – get into the holiday spirit throughout Scottsdale this month.

Scottsdale Civic Center
Grab your sleds and head to the Holiday Harmony on Sunday, December 2, at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, located at 3939 North Drinkwater Boulevard. Enjoy live holiday performances, a snow slide and snow sledding. Starts at 3:30pm and goes until the Mayor’s tree lighting at 6:15pm.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Holiday Lights
Take a train ride through more than 100,000 lights and a variety of holiday displays beginning December 14. Runs 6:30-9pm nightly through January 5 (excluding December 24, 25 and 31). Visit

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Ice Skating in the Desert
The Princess brings its new Desert Ice Holiday Rink now through January 6. The 5,400-square-foot rink, made with real ice, is open daily to the public. Visit

Kierland Commons

  • Miracle on Main Street runs December 1, 8 and 15 with Saturdays full of holiday cheer:
  • Photos with Santa (fee applies)  – 12-8pm
  • Storytime with Mrs. Claus – 3:30-5:30pm (every hour on the half)
  • Live, festive music – 3-6pm
  • Snowfall – 6pm, 7pm, 8pm
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides – 6-9pm

Across the street, Scottsdale Quarter’s iPic Theatre presents The Nutcracker from Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet on December 5 at 6:30pm. Visit

Foundation in Faith Forum: Child Victims of Sex Trade

On July 30, Ascension Lutheran Church will host a Foundation in Faith Forum. The top for discussion is Child Victims of Sex Trade. This is a not-to-miss opportunity to hear two outstanding experts on the field of anti-trafficking. The forum speakers will be:

Jodi Liggett – former CEO of the Arizona Foundation for Women and current policy advisor to Mayor Greg Stanton.

Barb Strachan –Social Justice Program Manager of Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Inc. Strachan has B.S. and M. Ed with 12 years of experience building programs to help break intergenerational cycles of incarceration, substance abuse, poverty, violence and sexual exploitation.

Liggett will address the issue of child sex trafficking from a policy perspective: the current state of the law in Arizona and how we protect trafficked individuals, especially minors, and hold abusers and traffickers criminally accountable. She will also cover the problem of “demand” and how our culture creates a market for the sexual exploitation of children and what everyday citizens can do to stop it.

Strachan will present a workshop that will provide an interactive experience that attendees will not forget. She will discuss the myths and realities of child sex trafficking, the law and ways to get involved in stopping this horrific crime.

The forum will take place from 9-11am. Please RSVP by July 26 to Jayne Baker, Diaconal Minister at Ascension Lutheran Church is located at 7100 North Mockingbird Lane in Paradise Valley. For additional information, call 480.948.6050.

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