For a Breath of Fresher Air

by Mike Hunter

Plants are more than an esthetic reprieve for our eyes. Since NASA began researching ways to improve air quality for astronauts in closed environments in space, we’ve learned that they can counter some of the toxins our made environment surrounds us with — in addition, of course, to recycling our carbon-dioxide exhalations into the oxygen… [More]

Defense Alert

by Gloria Marcott

According to data from the National Crime Survey and the Bureau of Statistics, 73 percent of women and 89 percent of men will be a victim of violent crime in their lifetime. Workplaces have barriers in place to keep employees safe on the job, but out in the field or during personal time threats become… [More]

Joltin’ Joe

by RaeAnne Marsh

Many of our days at the office start with our favorite brew of caffeine as a necessary jolt to kick ourselves into gear. Here are some travel mugs that can help give a boost to that commute from home to office — and keep that drink handy for hours on the desk. AUTOSEAL® West Loop… [More]

Of Course

by Mike Hunter

Making the 18 holes count means mixing business with pleasure. Meetings on the greens are most effective at a course that embraces the players’ needs. Here are our picks for the top courses to make that business foursome a success. Quintero — Peoria This 18-hole, Rees Jones-designed course is consistently ranked as a top course… [More]

Sealed in Ink 

by Mike Hunter

In an age when electronic devices do it all, the flourish of a strong signature to finalize a transaction makes the occasion momentous. These writing instruments take it up another notch. Cartier Roadster Rollerball From pens of black composite with palladium-finished details up to full palladium finish, this Cartier pen will stop any negotiation and… [More]

Date & Time: Business Calendars for 2018

by RaeAnne Marsh

Schedule and time may be the two most precious assets a businessperson has. While apps are great, here are our picks for stylish accessories that let us really take time into our hands. Tiffany 1837 Perpetual Calendar This calendar will last a lifetime. The desktop sterling silver frame, inscribed with the year Tiffany was founded,… [More]

Fit for Travel

by Mike Hunter

Enforcement of “carry-on size” in airline travel is often more random than certain, but having an approved size can eliminate one worry of traveling this often-overbooked holiday season. eBags offers a chart of carry-on size and weight restrictions for many airlines. www.ebags.com/buyingguides/luggage-and-travel/carry-on-luggage-size Away Travel “The Carry-On” is built with two compartments and a lifetime guarantee.… [More]

Health Is Our Best Asset 

by Mike Hunter

The holiday season regularly incites resolutions of “getting back in shape,” but consider getting into a healthy routine ahead of that season. Orangetheory Fitness The fitness center’s 60-minute workout creates “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption,” which is what burns calories after the workout and gives noticeable, lasting results. Numerous Valley locations Current Meditation The Valley’s first… [More]

Car ID with Personality

by RaeAnne Marsh

License plates are more than car identification. In Arizona, the choices of personalized plates from the Department of Transportation offer car owners the opportunity to support their team (there seem to be a lot of Cardinals fans in Phoenix), or create awareness for causes (Honoring Fallen Officers, It shouldn’t hurt to be a child). People… [More]

Love of the Bean

by Mike Hunter

Coffee is a standard drink in the morning or even all day in many offices. The surge of gourmet coffee over the last 10 years has brought new machines and brands to what was once a simple can of coffee at the office. Here are our picks for the best: Press Coffee Roasters This seed-to-cup… [More]