Dog-Friendly Patios in Chandler

June 22, 2017
By: Karli Ragan

Photo courtesy of Instagram user RohanLuca

Photo courtesy of Instagram user RohanLuca

Before I dive in, let's lay some foundations that I'm sure everyone knows, but like the flight attendant going through the safety procedures, kindly give me your attention. All of these places ask that your dog is well-behaved, not barking or roaming and isn't aggressive to other dogs... Basically, make sure your 'kiddo' is actually ready for this experience. 

Whew.

Now that we have that out of the way, on to the fun stuff.

The following restaurants all have dog-friendly patios; some go above and beyond and offer water bowls, and even treats for your four-legged friend. 

ChopShop Co.
ChopShop Co., the local health foodie hotspot has a dog friendly patio! The patio also has some umbrellas/shade and some oversized lawn games for the humans of your group. 

Murphy's Law Irish Pub
Want to get a pint with your pup by your side? Murphy's Law Irish Pub has a dog-friendly patio. Order up some fish and chips and enjoy. 

Wimpy's Paradise
Wimpy's Paradise offers house-made burgers that taste like a summertime barbecue. The meals are affordable, and dogs are welcomed at the outside seating. 

Ice Cream Sammies: 
Wanting to cool down with some ice cream?  Ice Cream Sammies has a picturesque patio with white picnic tables, lawn games, and hanging lights. Bring that pup along because they have dog 'cookies' from Gryphen Speciality Products and Services, an organization who’s mission is to help train and employ adults within our community that have developmental disabilities.

Crisp Greens
Bring your dog and get some greens, because Crisp Greens allows dogs at their outdoor seating. Set a good example to your fur baby and get that serving of vegetables through their wraps, salads, sandwiches and juices. 

VB Lounge
Want to still enjoy a foodie lifestyle, but also with your dog? VB Lounge allows dogs on their patio and they'll provide water for your buddy. We recommend getting their pork belly 'lollipops' and funnel cake for dessert. 

Crust Chandler
Another dog-friendly patio is Crust Chandler. Why not recreate the Lady and the Tramp scene with your furry friend? We promise no judgement. 

Paletas Betty:
It's Arizona, in the summer...it's hot. Cool down with your pup by heading to Paletas Betty. They sell paletas (a Mexican popsicle) and 'perroletas,' paletas for dogs that include a rawhide instead of a wooden stick. Plus, they also have water bowls.

La Stalla Cucina Rustica
Head over to the dog-friendly patio at La Stalla Cucina Rustica for some wine-ing and dine-ing. 

SanTan Brewing Co.
Want to really spoil your pooch? Head on down to SanTan Brewing Co. to visit their dog friendly patios. They'll give your buddy a bowl of water and FREE spent grain peanut butter dog treats when you and your fellow roll-up.

Father's Day in Downtown Chandler

June 7, 2017
By: Karli Ragan

He's the first person you contact when you car is stalled on the side of the road, he has the coolest music taste, and he taught you the rules of football so you don't look like a doofus; it's time to celebrate the hero we all call 'dad.' 

Unless otherwise noted, these specials and events take place on Father's Day; Sunday, June 18. 

Vision Gallery will offer 20% off purchases of $50 or more, from June 12-16, great for the dad that enjoys something made by local artists. 

Take your dad to a cool spot, and save some money on the bill; Murphy's Law Irish Pub is letting dads eat free on Father's Day (with the purchase of another entree)!

Does your dad have a hard time picking just one thing off the menu? SanTan Brewing Co. will have a Father's Day All Day Buffet. $25 per person, $15 per kiddos (6-12), not including tax or tip. Priority seating available via their website. Find out more at the Facebook event.  

Saba's Western Wear will have $20 off any men's boot purchase of $100 or more, a sale on some of their men's shirts, and 20% off their long guns, 10% their pistols and ammo.

For the dad that likes to create; take him to TechShop Chandler for the day and get that project done that he's been wanting to do since forever. All fathers will get a free day pass at the Chandler TechShop on Father's Day. 

Crust Chandler is giving dads an entree or specialty dish of choice, on them, at the Dad's Eat Free Father's Day event. 

Paletas Betty will have a buy one get one free paleta deal for dads. 

Bourbon Jacks Chandler will have specialty menu items and drink specials; including brats, shrimp and grits, surf and turf, and bourbon cake with ice cream. Drink specials are all day and include $3 domestic pints, $4 import/craft pints, $5 domestic 22oz., $6 import/craft 22oz. and $4 wells.

Restaurants in Chandler that have Private Dining rooms or Accommodate Large Parties

May, 9 2017
By: Karli Ragan

Whether you're celebrating a graduation, birthday, wedding, bridal shower, baby shower, or anything in between, you're most likely searching for a restaurant that will be able to host your special event. These locally-owned businesses in downtown Chandler are the perfect spot to host your event: 

SanTan Brewing Co.

SanTan Brewing Co.'s private room is a popular space for rehearsal dinners, corporate events, and even weddings. The space includes both an indoor space and outdoor space, and can hold a  maximum capacity of 130 people.

They let you choose from plated entrees, stationed appetizers, or buffets (or combos of these options), and work with you to determine your perfect menu. It's a beautiful, modern space with red brick, stainless steel brew tanks and neutral-colored dining tables and chairs.

Cost varies greatly depending on your date, your menu, and the way you choose to serve your food. They also offer catering services, including kegs. Contact Kaitlin Godziela for more information; kaitlin@santanbrewing.com & (480) 710-6603

The Ostrich

Looking for something dramatic and special? The speakeasy, The Ostrich, is available for large parties and even restaurant buy outs.

The cost associated with renting the space depends on your number of guests and the time of the week; the venue fee can be as little as $95. One caveat: they don't allow you to rent the space out on a Friday or Saturday night. There is a virtual tour of the space available at this link.

To inquire about booking, call: (480) 917-4903

VB Lounge

VB Lounge is another restaurant with a private dining space available for special occasions. The capacity for the room is 40 guests, and the venue cost depends on seating arrangements, presentations, event-type and date.

The room does not have a minimum if booked on a weekday. The restaurants evoke feelings of new age Hollywood glamour, perfect for a special occasion.

Contact them for more information at: (480) 284-7447

La Stalla Cucina Rustica

If you're wanting to make a large reservation and still have the intimate feeling of a private room, we recommend La Stalla Cucina Rustica, where, they take reservations and can divide the dining room space into smaller, more secluded areas.

The atmosphere is warm and elegant, with white table cloths, a brick oven, a wine list and delicious Italian food. Call them at (480) 855-9990 to make a reservation. 

 

Restaurants that allow you to show up (no reservations required, first come, first served) with your large party:

Perhaps you're a bit 'late to the party' in setting the reservations for your gathering. Procrastinators rejoice because the following businesses are open to you coming in and pushing tables together for your group.

Ice Cream Sammies

Ice Cream Sammies has a patio that can seat 15-20 people. The patio is first come, first serve, so there is no charge for the space. Also, it's dog-friendly!

The space is relaxed with umbrellas, picnic tables and large yard games to play like corn hole and Giant Jenga. The space has been used for baby showers, birthday parties, bridal showers and other gatherings of friends and family. 

While they don't accept reservations, or reserve the space, they suggest calling in to let them know your party is coming a day or more ahead of time so they can make sure to have their staff ready to help you with your party needs: (480) 739-9221

ChopShop Co. 

Last on our list is ChopShop Co. Chandler, like Ice Cream Sammies, they have a side patio that sits 15-20 people. Dogs are allowed in this area, and they also have lawn games to play. Since you cannot reserve the space, there is no fee to use the area.

The patio is located under the breezeway, so you have some coverage if you're looking for a reprieve from the sunshine. The vibe is casual. 

 

 

Celebrate Mom in Chandler

Apr. 27, 2017
By: Karli Ragan

Get off your bum and go ahead and book something for the momma in your life! She's dealt with tears and bruises and snot and all things unlovely in the name of raising you or the children you share with her; let's knock her socks off this Mother's Day, shall we? 

Starting things off are all the dining options on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14:

From 11 a.m.-3 p.m., VB Lounge will serve up a brunch with options like Steak and Eggs, a Red Chile Pork skillet and a Crab Louie salad.

How about a champagne brunch at Murphy's Law Irish Pub? We think yes! Best part? Mom eats free! Brunch runs 8 a.m.-2 p.m., champagne only costs $9.95. Cheers!

Speaking of moms eating free; Bourbon Jack's is offering a buy one entree, get an entree free for mom from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Coffee rubbed tri-tip, agave glazed ham carving station, breakfast buffet, shrimp and grits... Oh did you think you would have to eat a fruit plate at Mother's Day Brunch? You just weren't taking her to the right place! SanTan Brewing Co. will have all these options, buffet-style, on Sunday, May 14. Cost is $25 a person and $15 for kiddos aged 6-12, tax and tip not included. 8 a.m.- 3p.m. 

After a brunch, mom typically always saves room for dessert. Go for gold and head on over to Paletas Betty where mom can choose from options like Mango Basil to Mexican Hot Chocolate. Best part? They're doing buy one get one free for the day! 

Next up are unique ways to celebrate mom, beyond the typical brunch:

Hate shopping for a gift, but still want to make the mother in your life's day special? Take her to The Vision Art Gallery on Mother's Day to pursue a local art exhibit and shop their local artisan wares. Let her pick out her perfect gift, they're offering 20% off purchases $50 on May 13. 

Want a gift to cue the water works and win the best daughter/son/partner award? Through May 14, Jared Platt Photography is offering 50% off all child life portrait sessions. You can call the studio to get a gift card, and mom can call to work out a time and day that works for her. Their pricing starts at $1500 and includes gift prints, digital images, and an art print. 

On May 21, from 3-4:30 p.m., Lauren Snow Beauty will host a Mask & Mimosas event just for the moms (and soon-to-be moms). They'll give tips on skincare, makeup tricks for sleepless nights, and give instructions for a 10-minute beauty routine. Attendees will make a DIY mask concoction to take home and use in between super mom duties. Plus, mimosas will be included. Cost is $35 and seating is limited, go ahead and save mom a spot by clicking here. 

Summer Camps in Downtown Chandler

If you can believe it, summer camps are already starting to fill up. Instead of doing countless Google searches and calling up the phone tree for gathering intel on the best ones to enroll your school-aged child, we made your life easier and have a round-up for you below. Classes below are for kiddos as young 5 and as old as 17, with interests in music theatre, improv, STEM and fine art. All camps listed are located within downtown Chandler and are day camps. 

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These next two weeks are a busy time in our beautiful downtown for some of our most popular annual events! Returning tomorrow, March 25, is the popular Great American BBQ and Beer Festival, and the week after that is the 18th Chandler Jazz Festival on March 31 and April 1. Sandwiched between (and after) these annual events is the Chandler Farmers market. Keep scrolling for information on the next two weeks, and some special, insider tips on what to bring, where to park and what to expect. 

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Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day. Now that you've stopped the mental cheering/dancing at your office desk, let me fill you in on the St. Patrick's Day activities that will be doing on in downtown Chandler. The best part is the events are very different in nature; one for those that are ready to party and another for those looking for an art/culture fix. In addition, a merchant in the downtown will have Irish food specials and live music. Go for the (pot of) gold, and experience them all. 

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Your Friday Night Plans are Covered

Feb. 13, 2017
By Karli Ragan

Who ya gonna call when you have no weekend plans? Your mom, your sister, your partner? Well dial them up and let them know that Friday night plans are set because the Family Flicks Art Walk is this Friday, Feb. 17. Grab a blanket, find your spot on the grassy lawn of Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, and enjoy the original Ghostbusters movie. Oh, did we mention this event is free-to-attend? 

Here's a run down on the activities that will be happening for the night. 

·  Arizona Ghostbusters group (yes, they'll be bringing a Marshmallow Man and a Ghostbusters vehicle) will be doing a costume contest. Dress as a ghost or dress as a Ghostbuster. Let's see which side wins... Costume contest is at 6:30 p.m.

·  East Valley Engineering for Kids will be providing a green slime activity for the kids (or kids at heart) from 6-7 p.m. Because, what's a Ghostbusters event without some green slime? 

·  Chandler Christian Community Center will be accepting new socks and underwear for their program iHelp, which helps those experiencing homelessness. You can win a $50 gift card to a Downtown Chandler business if you bring items to donate. 

·  Murphy's Law Irish Pub will be giving free green apple cider as supplies last. 

·  For the first time, this event will be tied with the Chandler Art Walk, so you can also shop local artisans. 

·  Oh yeah, and we'll have a foam machine. *drops mic*

You don't even need to hide your Twizzlers in your purse because you're allowed to bring your own snacks and beverages (non-alcoholic beverages only please). There will also be popcorn for purchase.

This event kicks off a weekend of science in Downtown Chandler. The following day, on Saturday, Feb. 18 is the City of Chandler's Science Spectacular event.

The event runs 6-9:30 p.m., movie starts at 6:30 p.m. Address for the event is: 
Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, west
3 S. Arizona Ave.
Chandler, AZ 85225

Check out all the free parking locations via this map. 

You need to make plans Because Valentine's Day is Coming

 

Feb. 6, 2017
Karli Ragan

If you've started to notice all the pink and red hearts, you have probably realized Valentine's Day is quickly approaching. We know you like to procrastinate, but it's time to make those plans. Whether you're looking for a romantic date night, a gift for a loved one, or something to do with your friends or little ones, downtown Chandler has you covered. 

Paletas Betty
They make your life simple by offering a special flavor; called their San Valentin flavor; it's strawberry with a dark drizzle (excuse us, got a lil' drool on the keyboard), and letting you order online. Yes. Online. You're probably reading this while sitting in pjs and mopping the sweat off your forehead as you realize you haven't made any plans, but you're also lazy, like us. Fear not! Just go to their website (or GrubHub, or Ubereats - you have options), and order your sweetheart, your friend, your sister, some delicious paletas. 

SanTan Brewing Co. 
It's a win-win for couples that have both a brew-loving partner, and another that's more interested in the food (raises hand *cough* me *cough*). Support local by ordering one of their house made beers and something off their special Valentine's menu.  

Sibley's West: The Chandler and Arizona Gift Shop
Okay, but what about those loved ones that prefer a tangible gift, something they can hang on to? Please don't get one of those generic teddy bears from Walmart again. Instead, call up the good people at Sibley's West and order one of their Valentine gift baskets. It includes 1lb. assorted chocolates, a votive candle with heart-shaped ceramic holder, a lavender eye pillow (to steal the night after Valentine's Day, because you can finally relax, you did good kid), and 2 oz. lotion (because we live in a desert and it's dry). All of these items usually cost $60, but they're offering a special of $49.95 while supplies last because they're charitable and they probably really don't want your loved one to have to get another synthetic teddy bear again. 

Burst of Butterflies - Create & Paint Studio
Looking to add some romance a la the iconic Ghost ceramic scene? Or maybe just something fun to do while you talk about how there are no good options available with your girlfriends? How about that little one in your life that just ate a whole box of sweethearts and is now bouncing off the walls? Head on down to Burst of Butterflies Art Studio for one of their many classes they're offering for the week of Valentine's day. Offerings include a heart fused glass project and BYOB painting on canvas classes. In addition, they're offering 14% off (Get it? No? You really need to be better at looking at your calendar) all pottery and canvas painting, all day on Valentine's Day. That day will be kid-friendly from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and turns into BYOB (beer or wine, you crazies) Adult Date Night from 6-9 p.m. Visit their website for more information and to sign up for a class. 

DC Steakhouse
Hello love birds; this one is for you! Sit across from that special someone at DC Steakhouse and enjoy their special Steak and Lobster Valentines Sweetheart Dinner. They'll be offering the dinner all-week-long (into the weekend). Don't forget to add some of their wine in for good measure. 

Chandler Center for the Arts
You've stared into each other's eyes long enough that it's time to look at something else. Enter the Chandler Center for the Arts. Enjoy the Sunday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m. showing of National Dance Company of Ireland's Rhythm of Dance at a special of buy one get one free. Just mention you would like the Downtown Chandler Valentines Special when you stop by or call. Limited quantities, so dance to it! 

TechShop Chandler
Maybe your loved one loves wine. Therefore, they need a lot of wine glasses. Enter TechShop Chandler. They'll have an Etched Wine Glass Date Night on Valentine's night. For those looking for something to do with their little ones, they'll also have a Tie Dye Night and a plushy 'love craft' build night earlier in the week. 

The Brickyard Downtown
Score some major brownie points and schedule reservations at one of downtown Chandler's newest hotspots, The Brickyard Downtown. They're offering a 4-course dinner ($65++ per person) with an optional (do it) cocktail pairing ($35 per person). Call for reservations; 480.963.1373. 

Lauren Snow Beauty
This one is for the ladies. Those familiar with the show Parks and Recreation should recall Galentine's Day. Now, you too can enjoy this holiday Leslie Knope style, sans waffles. Lauren Snow Beauty, a new merchant to our downtown, is hosting a Galentine's Day Bash on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 7-9 p.m. Kendra Scott will have a pop-up Color Bar shop at 15% off and Couple of Bartenders will be serving up sips while you shop. Finishing things off, Lauren Snow Beauty will offer complimentary makeup touch-up and they'll give $10 off your first service if you book an express facial. 

Bourbon Jack's
The perfect spot for a couple with an affinity for country music, dancing, and good times is Bourbon Jack's. They'll have surprise (you'll just have to wait and see) Valentine's Day food specials and they'll have free two-step dance lessons starting at 7:30 p.m. They promise the lessons are perfect for all levels of dancers, even those with two left feet. You're welcome to even attend Han Solo style (sans date). 

Cup O'Karma: A Community Café for a Cause (inside the Downtown Chandler Library) 
For those who have never been, the Cup O'Karma coffee shop is a hidden gem. Yes, it may be a bit scary trying to find the place if you're against libraries (we hope not), but all you have to do it enter the main entrance of the library and then a hang a right to find this coffee spot. This a coffee shop with heart, they remind us that February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and they'll be accepting donations at the shop to spread awareness. Any donation over $5 scores a free stuffed animal. The cherry on top? Their specialty drink this month is a White-Mocha Raspberry Latte, can be served ice, hot or frappe-style to keep up with the ever-evolving weather.