ABOUT TSG PHOENIX & SCOTTSDALE EDITOR SASHA CLEMENTS:

A native of Virginia, Sasha was drawn to the wide-open spaces and expansive skylines of the Sonoran Desert. In the same way the Arizona desert inspired her husband’s ancestors five generations ago, Sasha embodies the progressive pioneer spirit that is the American Southwest. Both newcomers and natives alike find Phoenix to be a place where anything is possible, with room for the imagination to roam and natural beauty that finds its way inside through architecture, art, design and food.

Sasha’s love of living locally can be attributed to the vision of the man who founded her hometown of Reston, Virginia: Robert E. Simon, who designed the community to be a place for its residents to “Live, Work, and Play.” Patronizing local business meant then and there what it means here and now: helping your friends and neighbors live out their dreams while flourishing together as one community.

Sasha sees stories to tell behind every storefront, and she understands the power of elevating and promoting local businesses to reveal the distinct characteristics of a community’s unique identity. The flavor, the vibe, and the feel of a place are its people, and telling their stories has always been Sasha’s profession, both during her career in public relations when she worked for businesses as large as Anheuser-Busch Inc.—where making friends is their business—and as a mother helping her children set up their homemade Arizona lemonade stand on a hot summer day.

SASHA’S THREE FAVORITE REASONS TO VISIT PHOENIX & SCOTTSDALE:

  1. Nature. “The desert landscape is invited inside here, and at the same time draws you outdoors to explore. Appreciating and exploring nature is essential to experiencing the Valley like a Phoenician.”
  2. Arts and culture. “Creating, enjoying, and supporting the arts is a way of life here. The Scottsdale Art Walk in Old Town, offered every Thursday, is not-to-be-missed.”
  3. The vibe. “There’s a feel to this place, a creative spirit you have to experience to appreciate. And yes, you can still come West young (wo)man. There’s room here for the imagination to wander and dreams to flourish.”

WORDS SASHA LIVES BY:

“Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.”
―Mary Oliver