Meeting Trend – Healthier Food for Focused Attendees

Over the course of my 16 years in the events industry (eight working on the planning side and eight on the hotel side), I’ve seen many trends come and go. Fortunately, the Macarena was one that didn’t last too long. One trend that’s just starting to evolve, and I have no doubt is here to stay, is choosing food and beverage menus with the intent of maximizing the productivity of the attendees.

One of the most important aspects of a meeting is for attendees …

Holiday Gifts and Mid-Century Delights at Nido Vintage Furnishings

Have you been to Nido Vintage Furnishings in Downtown Scottsdale? Pronounced like “neato”, this shop opened in August and has filled the void of vintage furnishings in the area. You can find furniture, clothing, home accessories, and gifts. Husband and wife Charity and Dino Recla opened the store after twenty years of collecting mid-century items. We stopped in to chat with Charity about her store and holiday shopping.

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Explore the Downtown Scottsdale Bar Scene with Tour De Tavern

We saw this strange bike contraption cruising Downtown Scottsdale and wondered…what is that thing? The Tour De Tavern is a bike that accommodates up to 15 people for a ride around Old Town Scottsdale. It takes you to bars like RnR, Dos Gringos, Old Town Tavern, and Cien Agaves, while a driver handles all the steering and braking.

Tour De TavernIt’s a fun activity for birthday parties, team building, …

See Inspired Glass Art by Dale Chihuly at the Desert Botanical Garden

It’s hard to imagine the Desert Botanical Garden being more beautiful than it naturally is, but somehow the installation of glass art designed by Dale Chihuly manages to do just that. The organic shapes of Mr. Chihuly’s glass designs juxtaposed with the desert plants is truly inspired. I experienced the glass at night when the pieces were lit, adding a glow to them. They seemed to naturally grow from the desert floor as if they have always been a part of the landscape.

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Marshall Shore, The Hip Historian

Today we caught up with Marshall Shore. He was named the “2013 New Times Best Phoenix Historian” and does fun slideshows and tours of the Valley and beyond.

Marshall Shore

Marshall grew up in a farming town of 25 in Indiana. His “love affair with information” led him to get his Master’s Degree in Library Sciences. After living in New York City, Marshall moved to Phoenix 14 years ago. …