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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Scottsdale, AZ

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Scottsdale, AZ offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are refurbished grade or better
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Scottsdale, AZ, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Scottsdale, AZ, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Scottsdale, AZ. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


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Call her Martina: Mexican restaurant with a “twist” opens in Scottsdale

--> Sorry, we're having issues playing this video.In the meantime, try watching one of the videos below.SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Call Her Martina is now open in Scottsdale!The modern Mexican restaurant is owned by the Moreno family, whose goal is to share “traditional recipes” with a “twist” so that the east Valley has a new take on what Mexican cuisine “is nowadays.”“WE’RE MEXICAN WITH A TWIST”The Morenos are originally from Sonora, Mexi...


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SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Call Her Martina is now open in Scottsdale!

The modern Mexican restaurant is owned by the Moreno family, whose goal is to share “traditional recipes” with a “twist” so that the east Valley has a new take on what Mexican cuisine “is nowadays.”


The Morenos are originally from Sonora, Mexico, but once the father of the family had to go work in Mexico City the family became heavily influenced by northern & central Mexican dishes.

“The purpose of [Call her Martina] was to share what a restaurant experience is when you go to a city like Mexico City… We just wanted to change the stereotype that people have of like a Mexican restaurant," said Elisa Moreno, co-owner of Call her Martina.

"Yes, we love traditional tacos, we love enchiladas, we love rice and beans… But we just want people here to experience what Mexico really is now a days,” Moreno said.

According to Moreno, the family is heavily influenced by women. The name is an homage to the strength and power of the women in the family and the concept for the restaurant is about creating a brand around a character with a personality, Martina.

“[She’s] mysterious… We wanted her to be a little sexy, elegant but fun,” said Moreno.


The Mexican modern restaurant uses the expertise of local tattoo artist Miguel Mora, who is the bar manager and creator of their cocktail menu.

“A lot of the flavors that we have aren’t necessarily like what you would see anywhere else. A lot of people in bars like to use a lot of mixes, a lot of syrups,” said Mora. “A lot of the stuff that we do, is as fresh as the food that we serve. So we do: low citrus, low sugar, all natural sugars- cane sugars- and stuff like that for easier digestion… all kind of really fresh essentially."

According to Mora, creating tattoos and cocktails have a lot more in common than one would think.

I kind of put it in the same aspect where like the colors have to match or the colors have to pop off each other. It has to look just as delectable as like you would looking at a tattoo essentially.”


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Why This Weekend's Arizona Tiki Oasis Convention Is a Party for Everyone

It’s pretty clear the past few years have had an adverse impact on the hospitality industry. From social distancing to mandatory face masks to stay-at-home orders, the pandemic was a viral wet blanket to anyone wanting to have a particular kind of social fun in their community.Thankfully 2022 is looking brighter for lifting that pall and social gatherings are getting a well-deserved renaissance. In that vein, there might not be anything more colorful or exuberant than the Arizona Tiki Oasis, happening from April 28 through May 1...

It’s pretty clear the past few years have had an adverse impact on the hospitality industry. From social distancing to mandatory face masks to stay-at-home orders, the pandemic was a viral wet blanket to anyone wanting to have a particular kind of social fun in their community.

Thankfully 2022 is looking brighter for lifting that pall and social gatherings are getting a well-deserved renaissance. In that vein, there might not be anything more colorful or exuberant than the Arizona Tiki Oasis, happening from April 28 through May 1 at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale.

At least that’s the feeling you get when you talk to event founders, organizers, and married couple Baby Doe and Otto Von Stroheim, who also produce the popular sister tiki event in San Diego.

“We are bringing the pizzazz and excitement of what we do in San Diego, but allowing people to have more of a curated experience,” Baby Doe says. The excitement in her voice seems fueled by her devotion to the project and everything it entails. It’s contagious.

The Arizona Tiki Oasis started here in 2019, but its inception goes back more than two decades. The duo began a mutual interest in tiki culture in Palm Springs at the Caliente Tropics Hotel, a midcentury architectural marvel that had lost some of its Polynesian pop. Doe and Von Stroheim came to its rescue and helped it to become a tropical paradise.

Then in 2006, nearly 140 miles southwest, they set their sites on a San Diego hotel with a Polynesian theme, The Town and Country.

“We're all about architectural preservation of historic tiki bars and midcentury modern architecture,” Otto says. This “Ohana spirit,” as they call it, is what led them to Scottsdale and the Hotel Valley Ho, where they started the annual Arizona Tiki Oasis.

The Valley Ho was designed by acclaimed architect Edward L. Varney. His design included cast concrete, natural stone, and huge windows. For the time, the hotel was cutting edge. But when it was sold in the ’70s, many of its design features were considered out of date and covered up by the new owners.

With the advent of today's renewed interest in midcentury modern architecture, the Valley Ho was renovated and reopened in 2005 almost as it had looked 50 years prior.

It caught the eye of the Von Stroheims.

“The Hotel Valley Ho had a Trader Vic's there [at the time], you know,” Otto says, “so that's what really piqued our interest. We have a strong relationship with Trader Vic's. And you know, we wanted to do something back then but we weren't able to do it. We weren't able to have the resources to do it.” (Trader Vic's closed five years after the remodel.)

More than a decade later, not only do they have the experience to organize a large event — they were finally able to create Arizona Tiki Oasis at the Hotel Valley Ho. People living the tiki life can come dressed in their favorite flowered wiggle dresses and guayabera shirts, sipping tropical drinks poolside amid tall tikis and wooden masks. Cocktails are a part of the costume, with garnishes ranging from brightly colored orchid clippings to fresh fruit slices. It’s a huge social affair with quite a following.

“This one in Arizona is a slightly different concept,” Baby Doe says. “It's a slightly smaller scale event [than the San Diego event]. We want folks at Arizona Tiki Oasis to have plenty of time to have a conversation or learn something new. At one of our seminars, you get to be part of what we call the ‘Ohana Spirit’ of the event, which is people being together. So we really kind of make that event about opportunities for people to connect a little bit more than say, like, a larger-scale event.”

At one point during the weekend, there’s going to be a caftan and cabana suit strut. Baby Doe describes a cabana suit as “matching short-shorts and Hawaiian shirts.” She adds, “It’s very popular in the tiki.”

This all might sound a bit kitschy to some, and if you were living in the '80s you wouldn’t be alone. Tiki culture fell out of fashion in that decade and became almost a joke. Hawaiian shirts were almost offensive as fashion statements and were the bastion of island tourists and casual golfers.

Still, if something falls out of vogue, just wait about 20 seasons and it'll be back in style once again. However, it’s rare for fashion trends to also have architectural ties. Otto looks at tiki culture as more than just tropical pret-a-porter. Its midcentury roots came at a time when American artists had visions beyond what was traditional and new generations were taking notice. Future generations would come to appreciate their creativity.

“Tiki is very, very egalitarian,” Otto says. “I think the tiki culture permeated every aspect of America and every rung on the ladder of life; it was open to everybody, and I think that's what's appealing to it now. It's not divisive. It's not confrontational. There's no competition.”

Still, the tiki culture has been accused of appropriating the Polynesian ethos. The Von Stroheims are aware of that criticism and even address it on their event website.

“Tiki is this Americanized version of Polynesia, right? So, you know, we think of maybe like ticky-tacky 1950s barbecues and wearing your Hawaii shirt and eating pu pu platters,” Baby Doe says. “But there's a deep history of Polynesia. And so we want people to realize that. We want to be respectful of other people and that this is their culture that tiki is built on, and just to be aware of that and to make decisions that are thoughtful around what you wear.

"I think that is important for us that we put that statement out there so that people can make the best, most informed decisions of how they can celebrate this fun party without offending anybody.”

“We're doing a seminar called ‘Conscious Tropical,’ which is presented by Be for Change,” adds Baby Doe, “which is an organization that is basically all about conversations. You know, 'Let's talk about the history. What is it? What's the history from the past? Where are we at now? How do we move forward?'”

Arizona Tiki Oasis is moving forward, and this year’s event is adding a few things such as a cigar and whiskey pairing. Renowned genre artists John Mulder and Hector Guerrero will be in attendance. Celebrated mixologists like Adam Rains from The Golden Tiki, Las Vegas; Chris Coy from the Inferno Room; and Just Abby from Australia are serving up cocktails. Kyla Hein, the winner of 2019’s bartender battle, will make special punches and different drinks over the weekend.

Whether you think tiki is just some kitschy slice of Americana design, or you’re all-in for its comic-book colored tropical immersion, Arizona Tiki Oasis has something for everyone. And that seems to be what the culture is all about. At least that’s what the Von Stroheims are serving beyond the luau.

“Everybody's friends in a tiki bar,” says Otto, “and I think that's what's appealing about these tiki events is when you go, you just start meeting people, and then you come back the next year and it's like a high school reunion or a family reunion where you know you're going to see your friends again.”

Your Guide to This Weekend's 2022 Arizona Tiki Oasis in Scottsdale

The scene at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale may look a little different than usual this weekend when Arizona Tiki Oasis comes to town. The four-day celebration of all things Polynesian, tropical, and midcentury modern will take over the boutique hotel and fill it with visitors from around the country and more events than you can shake a lei at. Want to go? Here's what you need to know.When and Where Is Arizona Tiki Oasis Happening? Arizona Tiki Oasis will be held Thursday, April 28, through Sunday, May 1, at Hotel Valley Ho, 685...

The scene at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale may look a little different than usual this weekend when Arizona Tiki Oasis comes to town. The four-day celebration of all things Polynesian, tropical, and midcentury modern will take over the boutique hotel and fill it with visitors from around the country and more events than you can shake a lei at. Want to go? Here's what you need to know.

When and Where Is Arizona Tiki Oasis Happening? Arizona Tiki Oasis will be held Thursday, April 28, through Sunday, May 1, at Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 East Main Street, Scottsdale.

How Much Does It Cost? It depends on what you want to do. The vendor marketplace, held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, is free to check out (and offers excellent people-watching). The Tiki-Tiki-Ho-Ho Luau, held at 7 p.m. on Friday, is $139 per person. All of the seminars have individual ticket prices ranging from free to $50.

How Do I Buy Tickets? Visit

What's Parking Like? Parking is limited, especially during marketplace hours. There's some free self-parking available, but it may be easier to valet or park nearby and take a Lyft or Uber.

What Should I Wear? Whatever you like — you won't feel out of place in regular clothes, but this is the perfect time to bust out the wiggle dresses, Hawaiian print shirts, or anything else you've got that's midcentury or tropical. Just keep the necessary bits covered, as there may be kids around.

So I Can Bring the Kids? All ages are welcome at Arizona Tiki Oasis, but there are certain evening and cocktail-themed events that are only open to the 21-and-up crowd.

What Should I Do There? The Arizona Tiki Oasis schedule is packed with events from Friday to Sunday. Here are a few of our recommended picks. Keep in mind that seminars can sell out; all of our recommendations had tickets available at press time.

Agave Spirits in Tropical Cocktails: Join mixologist Adam Rains for a lesson in Agave Spirits 101, a discussion of the how and why of tequila in tiki, and examples of agave spirits in classic tiki drinks. (1:30 p.m. Friday, $50)

Arizona Tiki Oasis 2022 Bartender Battle: Come watch some of the best bartenders in Arizona compete in a cocktail throw-down. Sample some of the best, most innovative tropical cocktails while you cheer on your bartending champion. (2 p.m. Saturday, $40)

Conscious Tropical: A conversation on how to celebrate tropical culture without appropriating it. The focus will be on how to be an ally, the three main regions in Oceania (Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia), iconography, and how to diversify your feed. (3 p.m. Saturday, free)

Desert Soiree Art Show: Tiki-themed works by almost two dozen artists. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, free)

From Voodoo to Vampires: Collector Pam Ashlund will discuss the long, sordid, and fascinating history of swizzle sticks. (11 a.m. Saturday, $15)

Rudi Gernreich — Beyond the Topless Bathing Suit: Whether or not you caught last year's fascinating exhibit of the work of groundbreaking fashion designer Rudi Gernreich at Phoenix Art Museum, you shouldn't miss this lecture about the style icon by collector and curator Audrey Moorehead. (2 p.m. Friday, $15)

Saving Neon — The Struggle to Keep Its Glow Alive: Jay Mark will explore the history of neon, from the discovery of the fifth most abundant gas in the universe, to its emergence as a powerful and colorful advertising tool, and from its near demise to a renaissance of this once-dying art. (10 a.m. Saturday, $15)

Victoria’s Secrets: A+ for Arizona

With a school break, it made it possible for me to take my daughters and three grandchildren away for a wonderful week together in Scottsdale, Arizona.I’d been with them to Scottsdale B.C. (BEFORE COVID), but this year flying into the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on American Airlines made me realize the airlines are packing us in and are completely sold out. I’ve even received offers to “buy” back my seat!We arrived to 90-degree weather and soft breezes r...

With a school break, it made it possible for me to take my daughters and three grandchildren away for a wonderful week together in Scottsdale, Arizona.

I’d been with them to Scottsdale B.C. (BEFORE COVID), but this year flying into the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on American Airlines made me realize the airlines are packing us in and are completely sold out. I’ve even received offers to “buy” back my seat!

We arrived to 90-degree weather and soft breezes rushing into our bathing suits for a swim in The Westin’s multiple pools.

Jonah (13), Morgan (13) and Addy (11) are great friends and love spending time together. But we still missed Blake, who was touring colleges, as well as Hudson and Sloane, who did not have an Easter/Passover break from school.

Scottsdale is a city with one-story homes whose exteriors are mostly “earth” colors. I loved seeing the area’s many large cactus plants that look like statues throughout the landscape.

Sadly, there were not as many as I remembered from our last trip, but palm trees abound, which reminded me of my marvelous time in Palm Beach, Florida, this winter.

Although The Westin’s pool was our daily treat, we did get to go horseback riding at a nearby ranch as the sun set.

As an added treat to my western vacation, I visited good friends Jerry and Carol Levin, who have a “compound” on the grounds of the world renowned and luxurious Canyon Ranch in Tucson.

The couple and I had seen each other in Seattle to meet the great artist Chihuly and then at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s fundraising gala honoring Barry Manilow, whose show, “Harmony: A New Musical,” we had the opportunity to preview.

But I jumped at the opportunity to see them again!

I took a 2 ½-hour drive southwest of Scottsdale to Tuscon. Despite the long drive, it was a delight to see my friends again! To step into Carol and Jerry’s lives is to be embraced by the most special people! How lucky am I!

Their home in Tucson has a main house with huge plate glass windows that is surrounded by cactus “sculptures” and overlooks the majestic Catalina mountains, as well as a guest house that includes Jerry’s office. He still sits on many boards and runs companies from his office, holding Zoom meeting after Zoom meeting.

As business people, we have reinvented how we do business and I jokingly say, “I’ve turned from a Boomer into a Zoomer!”

Between the two houses is a yoga studio that Carol had built and I was happy to be a student there, taking a class with her and her visiting granddaughter Laila.

Her talented and respected hatha yoga instructor has the unique legal name, Bonne Cookie Baker. And guess what? She is a cookie baker!

We had an hour of stretches that felt so good and took the tension and stiffness out of my neck after my lengthy airplane flight and a long drive. I told her she should record her sessions and create videos so her students can keep up with her great guidance.

I’d visited the Canyon Ranch Spa property in Lenox, where I spent a mother-daughter weekend many years ago.

Here, the multiple buildings are built as if they hug the earth, all crimson-colored that match the earthy tones around them.

We all had services in the spa. Mine included a rejuvenating massage and a precious facial that cleansed my skin.

In the spa is a hot tub, which I sat in, and a cold tub that I just looked at! There is also a steam room, a sauna and relaxation rooms. I used one outdoors to feel the hot sun warm my bones and body. What a treat!

It was only an overnight stay, but we had a precious time together.

I got back to Scottsdale for a fun hibachi dinner with my family. They squealed, laughed and shivered as the chef lit up the grill with flames from the fires he created. It’s a communal meal they seem never bored by and I enjoy their joy!

We had several great meals during the trip, my favorite being at Etta – Scottsdale Quarter, where we sat outdoors at a spacious round table and enjoyed the American cuisine that was brought course-by-course out from the kitchen as soon as it was ready.

We shared all the dishes, including the scrumptious, soft and flavorful meatballs with a rich tomato sauce. They were so good, we ordered two more servings! We also had the perfectly seasoned, cut up chicken pieces on the bone, a serving of marvelous and creamy mashed potatoes and delicious desserts.

Dinners were our big evening activities except for one precious night at the Footprint Center arena.

We enjoyed our meal of hot dogs, chicken wings, popcorn and salty big pretzels as we cheered on the Phoenix Suns at their playoff basketball game in the sold out arena.

Many marvelous memories were made that week that I hope will be cherished for all our lifetimes!


My good friend Ted Vassilev, who I met in Palm Beach and who sponsored our Dan’s Papers Palm Beach launch, invited me to lunch at the New York Athletic Club on Central Park South.

It was a glorious afternoon and members of the Appraisers Association of America were there for their 16th Annual Awards Luncheon.

To my delight, artist Hunt Slonem, whose work was featured on our first edition, joined us at the luncheon. He recently moved his studio from Brooklyn to Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, where I plan to visit him!

Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu were recognized for their creation and support of artists with the Magazzino Italian Art Foundation, based in Putnam County.

My friend Pat Condren joined us after the luncheon and took me on a tour of the historic club’s billiards room, rooftop deck, pool and multiple dining rooms!

Rural community outside of Scottsdale divided on its water future

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth of a five-part series called “KTAR Water Watch,” which will explore the present and future of the water supply across Arizona and metro Phoenix.PHOENIX — Rio Verde Foothills has a water problem.The rural community more than 30 miles northeast of Scottsdale in unincorporated county has its water come from wells on the property or from water tanks filled by hauling trucks.For decades, Scottsdale was one of the primary water suppliers for those trucks. That ...

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth of a five-part series called “KTAR Water Watch,” which will explore the present and future of the water supply across Arizona and metro Phoenix.

PHOENIX — Rio Verde Foothills has a water problem.

The rural community more than 30 miles northeast of Scottsdale in unincorporated county has its water come from wells on the property or from water tanks filled by hauling trucks.

For decades, Scottsdale was one of the primary water suppliers for those trucks. That changed last year.

The city announced that by the end of the year, Rio Verde Foothills residents will no longer use Scottsdale as a source for their hauled water.

It was a decision Scottsdale said had been in the works for a while. The drought didn’t help the arrangement, according to Scottsdale Water Executive Director Brian Biesemeyer.

Linda Vinson, a Rio Verde Foothills resident, was caught off guard.

“We’d heard a little bit about maybe this or maybe that but when heard for sure… it was pretty scary,” she said. “That’s when we found out about the effort for the DWID.”

DWID, or Domestic Water Improvement District, is one of the ideas for Rio Verde Foothills’ water future.

Sarah Porter, director of ASU’s Kyl Center for Water Policy, describes it as “a governmental entity with the power to acquire water supplies and get the financing to develop infrastructure for delivering water or treating water.”

For Rio Verde Foothills residents like Karen Nabity, a DWID wasn’t a new idea. She became involved in the effort to form one in 2018.

“Our group is looking at an outside source of water that we can bring in,” she said. “So that these people who rely on hauled water can still have a source of water.”

Nabity relies on hauled water for her house, as does Meredith Deangelis, who has used her public relations background to promote the pro-DWID effort.

“There has to be five people who are part of the board for the water district… voted on by the community [and] overseen by Maricopa County,” she said. “It’s not like they’re a company that’s going to come in here and try to do rate hikes.”

A DWID isn’t favored by everyone in the community.

Christy Jackman, a Rio Verde Foothills for 13 years, has been skeptical of the idea for year. She’s a vocal opponent.

Not only does Jackman worry about the level of control the DWID could have, but she thinks the opt-in nature of the community’s proposed water district would leave some residents vulnerable.

“[I started] gathering signatures against it,” she said. “In a matter of about two weeks, I got 660 signatures from residents up here and turned it in to the Board of Supervisors.”

A Domestic Water Improvement District can be proposed by residents and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has to put it up.

The supervisor for the area at the time, Republican Steve Chucri, began holding neighborhood meetings.

Linda Vinson, who supports the DWID, was at some of those meetings.

“There was a large vocal group against and the group for,” Vinson remembers. “The meeting was less than cordial.”

Amy Wolff was one of the residents against the DWID. She thinks both sides got their points across well, but she still doesn’t believe the DWID is the answer.

“There’s a lot of history here,” Wolff said. “I’ve been here for almost 17 years and every few years somebody comes up with some kind of scheme to be in control of the water.”

A big issue for Wolff is control.

“I moved out here because I hate HOAs,” she says with a laugh. “I certainly don’t want a government entity formed by the neighbors… it’s more about my personal freedom.”

Wolff also says she’d much rather continue using private water haulers than enter into a DWID.

“I can be my own consumer,” she says. “There are already water haulers all over the state that have kind of been advertising out here.”

John Hornewer, a resident of Rio Verde Foothills and a water hauler himself, disagrees with that sentiment. He supports the DWID because of experience with other Domestic Water Improvement Districts in the state.

“So long as we don’t have dedicated water, we’re always going to be vulnerable to be in this position,” he says. “Private utilities will not be dedicated water… we’re just kicking the can down the road.”

The discussions between the two sides of the DWID debate were interrupted in September 2021, however, when Supervisor Steve Chucri resigned following comments he made about the other supervisors’ handling of the 2020 election audit.

Former Supervisor Chucri’s replacement, Thomas Galvin, was appointed months later in December of 2021. In the minds of some residents who support the DWID, he isn’t moving fast enough on the issue in Rio Verde Foothills.

So some of the residents decided to sue the county in an effort to speed up the process.

“All we want is for them, in a timely manner, to put us on their agenda so they can vote yes or no on the DWID,” said Deangelis.

DWID opponent Christy Jackman disagrees, and thinks Supervisor Galvin is just taking his time to examine the issue.

“He has been thoughtful and he’s studied it,” she says. “I appreciate his efforts to go slow and do it right.”

Maricopa County declined to comment because of the pending lawsuit.

New District 2 Supervisor Thomas Galvin spoke about Rio Verde Foothills’ water situation just months after he was appointed.

Galvin explained that he was focused on learning more about the issue and weighing every option.

“There’s still plenty of water to go around in Arizona,” he stressed. “I don’t want people to panic or for anyone to think we’re running out of water.”

He also made his commitment clear.

“The residents deserve someone to come in and to help them get a solution done quickly and done the right way,” Galvin said at the time. “I intend to be that person.”

Nabity is worried that time is running out.

“We have to be in intergovernmental agreements that usually take over a year to go into place, and have those in contracts in June,” Nabity said. “We need approval now.”




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