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Shopping & Restaurants


Like everything in Arizona, the shopping is exquisite, and Joan takes advantage of as much as she can (possibly too much ????). The Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall is home to retailers such as Cartier, Bottega Veneta, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Bulgari, Prada, Neiman Marcus and Tesla. It is currently undergoing a massive renovation to its luxury wing that will elevate its shopping experience further. Scottsdale Quarter, the Biltmore Fashion Square, the tony Kierland Commons and numerous small shops add to the shopping experience of the Phoenix metro area.


Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley have a very well established gastronomy scene, which includes perhaps surprisingly- THE top rated pizza restaurant in the nation, Pizzeria Bianco. Top chefs with prestigious awards including James Beard Awards, share their culinary expertise throughout the valley.

For a more nuanced sense of the wonderful blooming foodie scene in Arizona, head over to one of Joan’s favorite sites, the Arizona Foodie Mag