About Janis

How did a sophisticated, urban, well-traveled native New York fashion executive wind up living in a charming western town smaller than her Upper West Side neighborhood in Manhattan?

My husband convinced me that we had done everything possible in New York and it was time to relocate to a smaller, quieter, stress-free town, close to nature and California (where his family lived).

So, we flew to Arizona, checked out a number of cities and finally got to Prescott. The minute I saw the Courthouse Square I was sold and completely captivated by this charming, classically western city, chock full of character and history.

In about a week, we sold our gorgeous Hudson River coop, sent our furniture ahead, packed up our car and Brandy Alexander (our Shih Tzu) and traveled cross-country to our new life.

Now my challenge was figuring out what to do to keep busy, earn some money, meet people and have some fun. I went through lots of ideas ranging from a clothing and antique gardening shop to doggie daycare and a luxury spa.  Although I did join the board of the Yavapai Humane Society, I still needed more.

Nothing seemed to be “just right”.  That’s when I phoned a friend who owned some radio stations and suggested that Prescott gals would really enjoy a radio show that talked about beauty, fashion, style, wellness, travel, philanthropy, home design and more. And, there were none in the entire state! I came up with the name , AZ GIRLFRIEND, while walking Brandy Alexander along the creek and the show was born.

Three years later and a change in programming I needed to find a new radio partner and that’s when I cold called and met the amazing Tom Erickson, Director and President of Prescott Public Radio who became my new champion along with the best producer in the universe, Steven Ayres.  A dream come true, THE JANIS BEST SHOW was a reality along with this website and blog.

I’m a curious, fun loving kind of gal who loves to discover something new and share it with my friends. So I hope you do the same. My blog is about what I’m doing and thinking, interesting people, places, products and things and that includes YOU!