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Phoenix Rises

execs with the sophisticated atmosphere that’s synonymous with The Ritz. Located near the upscale Camelback Corridor in the Biltmore area, a premier address for corporate headquarters and designer shopping. Bistro 24 is “not noisy and conducive to conducting casual business.” The menu is a feast of innovative twists on French classics.

Brown Sugar Thursdays and The Studio are theme nights at Marjele’s Sports Grill (24 N. Second Street, Phoenix; 602-253-9004; tailored to R&B, hip-hop, spoken word, and contemporary jazz aficionados. “If you don’t mind tight quarters, you get great music,” says de’Shay. Marjele’s is owned by former Phoenix Suns guard Dan Marjele.

The Biltmore Fashion Park (2502 E. Camelback Road; 602-955-8400; is where those who like fine fashion and jewelry go for luxury merchandise from Cartier, Gucci, Escada, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

The most distinctive outdoor experience in Arizona requires a five-hour drive north of Phoenix to the natural wonder and breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon (, which can be toured by bike, raft, and horseback.

To find out more about the Phoenix metropolitan area, visit the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau at