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Vista Living Expands Assisted Living and Memory Care Service to Paradise Valley, Arizona
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vista Living Senior Care, Inc. is proud to announce the opening its fourth assisted living home in the Phoenix area and the first in...
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vista Living Senior Care, Inc. is proud to announce the opening its fourth assisted living home in the Phoenix area and the first in Paradise Valley. The other three homes are in the Arcadia neighborhood on the other side of Camelback Mountain. The new home offers a similarly welcoming and intimate experience where residents can connect with nature, walk in the courtyard, and even practice on a putting green.
“We believe that the Paradise Valley market is undersupplied, and we look forward to providing a great convenient location to residents and families in this community.”Tweet this
"After tremendous work, we are excited to announce our expansion into Paradise Valley. We believe we have created an exceptional property. It is a new market for us but just minutes from our three other homes in Arcadia. One of our greatest joys is putting smiles on our resident's faces. Our residents' care is our number one priority, and we have a great team who are passionate about helping our seniors," commented Vista Living CEO Brett Weisel. He continued: "We believe that the Paradise Valley market is undersupplied, and we look forward to providing a great convenient location to residents and families in this community."
Even though Vista Living Paradise Valley is a 10,000-square-foot home, it strikes a nice balance between the amenities of large communities and the intimacy of smaller assisted living homes. Residents receive more one-on-one care while thriving among a group of peers to prevent isolation. Residents and families can enjoy views of the Camelback Mountains to the south, Mummy Mountain to the east, and the Phoenix Mountains Preserve to the north. Residents can take in the 270-degree views while walking on the property's extensive 1.1-acre paths and lush garden.
The inside of Vista Living Paradise Valley is just as breathtaking as the outside. The home is designed to maximize its residents' and families' enjoyment of light, nature, and mountain views. The home includes 12-foot-high ceilings and an impressive 35 feet of floor-to-ceiling windows and doors in the living room and dining area. Each of the ten suites has 8-foot-high by 8-foot-wide patio doors that open to the resident's private patio. The kitchen, dining, and living room are open to a large courtyard with unobstructed views of the area. Residents can take advantage of our well-thought-out amenities, including an on-site beauty salon with pedicure chairs and barber services. The home offers wide-open walking trails around the property. Residents can enjoy a large saltwater fish tank in the living room. Indoor entertainment and activities are provided along with HDTVs, raised garden beds, and all the amenities seniors need for daily living. Vista Living Senior Care invites interested families and seniors to schedule a tour of Vista Living Paradise Valley.
Founded in 2016, Vista Living has a mission and passion for providing each resident in our homes with the highest level of personalized care that is loving, warm, and quick to respond to ever-changing health needs. We, including our activities directors and caregivers, leave enough time to socialize, laugh and spend quality one-on-one time with each of our residents. We welcome our families to join us for weekly music events and daily activities. Our homes are best when they are filled with family, music, and laughter that warms everyone's heart. We strive to give family members the peace of mind that their loved ones are thoroughly cared for every day. At Vista Living, caring for seniors is our way of life, where each resident is a family member. Learn more at: Vista Living Website.
Phoenix & Scottsdale Destination Guide
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Your desert oasis vacation starts now. There really is no bad time to visit Phoenix and Scottsdale. Check out our guide below, courtesy of journalist Ashley Fern.TO STAY:The newly remodeled Scott Resort & Spa is just minutes away from Old Town Scottsdale and has a true calming, oasis-escape vibe. Warm wooden furniture and old world bronze details welcome you to the vibrant Sonoran style property. You can’t go wrong with any of their super reasonably priced rooms but we recommend the Pool View Guestroom, which overlo...
Your desert oasis vacation starts now. There really is no bad time to visit Phoenix and Scottsdale. Check out our guide below, courtesy of journalist Ashley Fern.
The newly remodeled Scott Resort & Spa is just minutes away from Old Town Scottsdale and has a true calming, oasis-escape vibe. Warm wooden furniture and old world bronze details welcome you to the vibrant Sonoran style property. You can’t go wrong with any of their super reasonably priced rooms but we recommend the Pool View Guestroom, which overlooks one of the two beautifully landscaped pools plus comes with a private patio or balcony. Make sure to grab dinner at Caribbean Redux, a cozy dining experience that features American classics with Caribbean-inspired flavors. Afterwards, toast to the night at The Canal Club, the festive lobby bar filled with live trees and plants throughout the space.
If you’re looking for an upscale relaxing and romantic getaway, look no further than The Hermosa Inn right in the heart of Paradise Valley. What is now an intimate hotel, started off as famed artist Lon Megargee’s private personal escape. Now, it features 43 hacienda-style guest rooms and casitas all decorated in welcoming, Southwestern style. The property is located within minutes of shopping, sporting events, golf, dining, art, bars, and more of both Phoenix and Scottsdale. Make sure to make a reservation at Lon’s subterranean wine cellar where guests and residents can enjoy a delicious six course tasting menu along with a sommelier selected wine pairing.
Once you walk into Cala Scottsdale, you’ll feel as if you were transported to the Mediterranean with the menu featuring dishes straight from the coastal regions. The focus here is centered all around handmade pasta, fresh cheeses, bread, locally-grown vegetables, and fresh seafood. The food is light, delicious, and most importantly fresh. The drink offerings mimic the same vibe with fresh local ingredients with tasty flavors. The restaurant is spacious yet super intimate with beachy decor and accents throughout the space. It’s a fun, hip vibe that’s attracting a high energy crowd and exactly what the area needed.
Toca Madera is about to be your new fav place to eat and drink in Scottsdale. This modern Mexican steakhouse started in Los Angeles and has made its way over to Arizona. Bringing along its farm-to-glass cocktail program, you really can’t go wrong with anything you order. Once you walk into the space, you won’t know if you’re inside or outside as you’re welcomed by a huge tree at the center with open ceilings and windows. Earthy elements elevate the space with live greenery everywhere. The lighting throughout the restaurant makes this large space feel super intimate and as if you are dining in someone’s upscale living room.
If your idea of a fun evening is sipping on intricate, upscale cocktails at a low key speakeasy, add 36 Below to your list of places to visit in Phoenix. Walk 12 steps down from Sip Coffee and Beer and away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets to this underground greenhouse. Its name comes from the 36th verse in Genesis 2:5, which is all about the creation story. The trinity at 36 Below honors detailed drinks (think drinking out of a bee shaped glass), elevated experiences (moving scenic panels across the walls), and delicious food (make sure to order the Joyful Provision). Make a reservation online in advance to secure your experience.
Just 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix, you’ll find one of the area’s best hikes and most famous attractions: Camelback Mountain. There are two trails that ascend 1,420 feet to a summit, similar to that of the hump of a camel’s back (and thus where the name comes from) that offer 360-degree views of the city. Thousands of people travel here just to hike and for good reason. It’s right next to the Arcadia neighborhood and Paradise Valley – areas filled with tons of shopping, dining, bars, and more.
Arizona is synonymous with R&R and if you’re looking for the ultimate relaxation escape, book one (or more) of the many luxurious treatments at The Phoenician Spa. If you’re going to choose just one though, we recommend booking their famous Fire & Ice Massage, which combines warm and cool treatments to target all your tense muscles. Your day of indulgence doesn’t have to end there – spend the day at the rooftop pool reserved for spa guests only with stunning views of the full resort and Camelback Mountain. Continue your day of luxury by booking a private cabana and enjoying food from their tasty, healthy menu.
You can easily spend multiple days inside the heart of the city. Located within 9 walkable neighborhoods, you’ll find endless amounts of restaurants, art galleries, nightclubs, public art installations, shops, hotels, and museums. Think western vibes meets urban chic. There are more than 100 restaurants, bars and nightclubs in Old Town to choose from but our favorites include: Hula’s Modern Tiki, Maple & Ash, Sushi Roku, The Canal Club, The Beverly, and CALA. When it comes to shopping, our best advice is just wander around the neighborhood and gravitate into whatever stores call your name. Grab a cup of coffee at Cartel Coffee, Sip Coffee & Beer House, or Press Coffee along the waterfront. If you’re more into juice and smoothies, there’s tons of options for you too – Healthy Shake, Juice Core, and Best Life Nutrition.
If you’re a cocktail connoisseur or just love a good fancy, inventive cocktail, you’ll be spending a night here. Century Grand is home to three historic inspired cocktail bars that serve specialty craft cocktails within immersive environments that will take you back in time. First, step aboard Platform 18 in a Presidential Pullman-inspired train car where guests will enjoy a virtual train ride through the Rocky Mountains. Choose a cocktail from their extensive list of 45+ different options. Seating is limited (36 seats) so be sure to make a reservation ahead of time.
Next, hit up Grey Hen Rx, who’s theme is Inspired by New Orleans, the first city to license a professional pharmacist in the US. You’ll be fully engulfed within the experience as the environment features audio and lighting changes, loud noises, low visibility, and occasional haze and smoke. The menu features hand-selected fine spirits, elevated cocktails, and a specially curated selection of the best bourbons and whiskeys.
Lastly, enter UnderTow, a nautical-inspired cocktail bar serving tropical drinks in what feels like a sunken ship. Indulge in another sensory experience while sipping on world-class cocktails and rare rums from around the world.
FYI: they don’t offer any food service in any of the bars and encourage guests to visit one of the many restaurants in the area before or after experiencing Century Grand. All experiences are 90-minutes.
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Eat Up Drive In restaurant thriving in Arcadia, reducing some prices
In addition to reducing some prices, they’re also offering a special for the week of April 18-24th to celebrate their one-year anniversary.PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Restaurants have been fighting an uphill battle since the pandemic — and now they’re dealing with inflation and labor shortages. However, one eatery in Arcadia says they’re doing so well, they’re reducing some of their prices.“We cut our prices for our cheeseburger and double cheeseburger, which we added, and some of our sandwi...
In addition to reducing some prices, they’re also offering a special for the week of April 18-24th to celebrate their one-year anniversary.
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Restaurants have been fighting an uphill battle since the pandemic — and now they’re dealing with inflation and labor shortages. However, one eatery in Arcadia says they’re doing so well, they’re reducing some of their prices.
“We cut our prices for our cheeseburger and double cheeseburger, which we added, and some of our sandwiches,” said Eat Up Drive In General Manager Alison Salazar. “It’s a reality of our loyal customers. We have people coming in every day ordering our burger because they love it.”
Eat Up Drive In opened in April 2021. In addition to reducing some prices, they’re also offering a special for the week of April 18-24th to celebrate their one-year anniversary.
“One year, one dollar for one week — so we have our fries, we have our mac n cheese for a dollar, three cookies for a dollar, and dollar size any drinks: teas, lemonade, and coffee,” Salazar said. “We want to say thank you. We’ve been here for a year; everyone’s been super welcoming in the community and the neighborhood. So we want to say thanks for hanging out with us, thanks for being loyal customers.”
Steve Chucri, the CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association, says he applauds their success during such a strange time in the restaurant industry.
“In any case, we’re very happy for them. We’re seeing the fast-casual segment and the quick-service segment of our industry because they have drive-thrus, and they’re less dependent on staffing issues than a casual full-dining restaurant; we’re seeing they’re doing very well in spite of that,” said Chucri. “As it relates to this industry, sometimes it’s a teeter-totter. One part of the industry is up, one part is down, but we do the best we can, and we’re grateful for our patrons who come and see us every day.”
Chucri says the biggest problems restaurants face right now are labor shortages and supply chain issues. “You might have gone into a restaurant that said, ‘hey, we’re out of that.’ The likelihood is not poor planning; it’s that they’re not able to get it,” Chucri said.
Salazar says they get many of their ingredients locally. Eat Up Drive In sells single meals and family-sized meals, all available for pickup through a drive-thru.
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MODUS Companies partners with HercuTech for Arcadia View Lofts
Known as one of the country’s leading developers of Net Zero communities, MODUS Companies, is now poised to open multiple projects equaling 1,200 units throughout the Valley. The first to be built are the Arcadia View Lofts, located at 2640 N 52nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008, where MODUS has partnered with Kinella Construction and HercuTech, the manufacturer of HercuWall™, to supply a patented “green” wall building system, to add to the project...
Known as one of the country’s leading developers of Net Zero communities, MODUS Companies, is now poised to open multiple projects equaling 1,200 units throughout the Valley. The first to be built are the Arcadia View Lofts, located at 2640 N 52nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008, where MODUS has partnered with Kinella Construction and HercuTech, the manufacturer of HercuWall™, to supply a patented “green” wall building system, to add to the project’s earth-friendly appeal.
“Our work with Kinella and HercuWall will truly give an edge to our Net Zero technology making this development unlike any other,” said Founder of MODUS Companies Ed Gorman. “Location, design and technology are our three cornerstones, and with that we have been able to also address increasing affordability issues within our communities. For example, utility bills will be a third of the norm.”
The Arcadia View Lofts were specifically designed with a single-family feel and multifamily amenities, two floor plan options will be featured in the community: one being a two-bedroom loft in a two-story building and another being a one-bedroom in a one-story building.
This will be the first ever Net Zero Energy multifamily project in Phoenix using HercuWall™ technology – the combination of which Gorman and his team have coined “The Tesla of Built-to-Rent.” HercuWall™ Is a patented steel reinforced concrete insulating form building system engineered for superior strength and durability to wood frame. It is environment friendly and resistant to mold, moisture, insects and natural disasters. It is also extremely cost efficient because of its light weight and ease in installation.
“HercuTech is proud to partner with MODUS Companies and build sustainable, healthy housing with our innovative and patented HercuWall technology,” said Jason Rhees, CEO of HercuTech. “Our building system is manufactured sustainably, recycles 100% of scrap foam, produces no onsite waste, decreases the carbon footprint of the project, and results in longer-lasting, energy efficient structure. MODUS’ decision to build with HercuWall is affording residents peace, comfort, and protection that can only come from building better. HercuTech is putting the ‘E’ in ESG.”
Conveniently located just south of the Biltmore and Arcadia neighborhoods, and blocks from Scottsdale, Arcadia View Lofts is in an ideal, centrally located area within greater Phoenix. In addition to being Net Zero Energy and using HercuWall™ technology, the property will also feature solar panels, Energy Star appliances, Nest thermostats, advanced home automation, a community pool/spa and ramada, and each unit has its own back yard with pet door.
Read about 9 unique service mission experiences
Traditionally, when Latter-day Saints talk about “serving a mission,” the expectation has been that the individual would serve a full-time proselyting mission for 18 months to two years. But a growing number of young men and young women are fulfilling service missions.As of Aug. 30, there are 2,238 young service missionaries in 234 service missionary areas across the world.The p...
Traditionally, when Latter-day Saints talk about “serving a mission,” the expectation has been that the individual would serve a full-time proselyting mission for 18 months to two years. But a growing number of young men and young women are fulfilling service missions.
As of Aug. 30, there are 2,238 young service missionaries in 234 service missionary areas across the world.
The purpose of a service mission is “to help others come unto Christ by serving them as the Savior would.”
Worthy young men ages 18-25 and young women ages 19-25 may serve a service mission for six to 18 months, as close to full time as their capability and circumstances allow. These missionaries live at home and serve locally, and each young man or young woman is provided a customized mission experience uniquely tailored to his or her talents, skills and gifts.
The key objectives of a service mission are to:
Below are stories of nine unique service mission experiences.
1. Building the Kingdom through service and love
When Sister Kaytlin Jenks’ stake president first asked her if she would consider a service mission, shewondered if the calling meant there was something wrong with her — but she didn’t yet see the bigger purpose behind service missions.
“Ultimately, I realized that I wasn’t called to a service mission because I was inadequate, but because this was Heavenly Father’s direction for me,” she wrote in the Liahona magazine.
“I wasn’t ‘less than’ proselyting missionaries; rather, He needed me to help build His kingdom through other means of service.”
2. Texas missionary honored for giving his all during service mission
“I’ve been asked several times why serving is so important to me,” Elder Wood said. “The more I answer that question, the more I realize my answer is kind of selfish — I like making others happy, and making others happy makes me happy.”
Elder Wood, 20, has brain tumors and mobility and cognitive struggles due to complications from the tumors. But pushing through his limitations brings him joy, satisfaction and peace.
3. Missionary wins 3 medals at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games
Among the thousands of athletes, coaches, volunteers and spectators in Orlando, Florida, in June for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, one young man stood out — he was wearing a missionary name tag.
Elder Max Reynolds, 22, is serving a full-time service mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Gilbert, Arizona. He’s also a really good swimmer, and he was selected to represent Arizona and swim at the Games June 5-12.
Elder Reynolds has autism and serves as his capability and circumstances allow, with a customized mission experience uniquely tailored to his talents and skills.
4. Service after the Almeda Fire in Oregon
Seth Cannon began a service mission for the Church in August 2020 at United Way in Jackson County, Oregon. When the Almeda Fire hit, CEO Dee Anne Everson asked then-Elder Cannon to review applications for aid under the fire relief program.
Cannon said his assignment was unlike anything he expected or thought a mission could be. “There were certainly times when I thought I couldn’t handle any more tough stories, but getting to wake up and spend all day at United Way helping fire survivors was a true gift.”
Everson hopes more young adults choose a service mission: “Our community is only better for good young people. My life is so much better for knowing Seth.”
5. How 5 missionaries from one family made an impact in their Arizona community
Chad, Ashley, Amy, Caroline and Hailey McKendrick all served service missions in Gilbert, Arizona. They are five of Kelly and Christina McKendrick’s 24 children, who range in age from 5 to 40 years old — 17 of whom were adopted.
Some have developmental delays or health challenges, and a service mission gave them flexibility and a tailored experience to their needs. One returned home early from a teaching mission and transferred to a service mission, which taught her how to deal with change and have faith.
When asked how watching her children serve service missions has strengthened her testimony, Christina McKendrick said: “Heavenly Father knows these kids. He knew where they needed to be.”
6. Getting to know one of Australia’s first service missionaries
Elder Domonic McKendry from Ballarat, Australia, loves his calling.
“Our purpose is to help others come to Christ by serving them as the Savior did,” the 23-year-old said.
The missionary serves in a variety of ways including cooking, gardening, temple ordinance work, indexing and volunteering at the local family history center and charities. He encourages others deciding to serve missions to not be scared, but rather be open and rely on Jesus Christ’s love.
7. Serving a service mission with a smile in New Zealand
Elder Alex Murphy always wanted to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Now, despite physical and mental disabilities, he has become what is believed to be the first service missionary for the Church from New Zealand.
He serves in a variety of capacities such as at the Church’s Camp Tuhikaramea, which was developed by his great uncle. Here, Elder Murphy does maintenance and enjoys driving the “buggy” utility vehicle.
In addition, the New Zealand elder teaches early morning seminary alongside his mother, attends weekly classes for the institute of religion, sings in the Hamilton Interfaith Choir, takes piano lessons on his great-grandfather’s piano, has helped the St Vincent De Paul organization and his personal favorite: groundskeeping work at the Hamilton New Zealand Temple.
8. Continuing to serve after going home early
When then-20-year-old Sister Bekki Andrews learned she would have to leave the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission early in March 2020 because of COVID-19 precautions and her asthma, she was devastated.
Before Sister Andrews was released, her stake president in West Covina, California, suggested she consider transferring to a service mission. She got the necessary approvals and began serving at home.
“She jumped right in and she was just so enthusiastic about serving,” said Elder Rod Hulet, service mission leader in the California Arcadia Service Mission Area.
9. Artist missionary makes mural for Utah’s ancient tabernacle exhibit
Many visitors to an ancient tabernacle exhibit in northern Utah were drawn to a large mural on the wall in the visitors’ center section of the tour.
“The Covenant Path,” by Nathan Hale of the Roy Utah Stake, measures 8 feet tall and 20 feet wide. Hale made the mural in March while serving a Church service mission.
President Kelly L. Taylor, Hale’s stake president and mission president, said the mural came about in just a matter of days, which was truly miraculous for something of this magnitude. And it shows how the Lord uses His people when they offer their time and talents and get to work.