Not only is the Slide Fire burning thousands of acres of beautiful Arizona land, it could certainly affect tourism in Flagstaff and Sedona for Memorial Day weekend.The Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau has released a statement saying both cities are "open for business."
In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
Like some other local business owners, Cheddatruck's Nick Watts isn't happy with SB1062, the controversial legislation that would allow Arizona business owners to deny service to gay and lesbian consumers on religious grounds. So tonight Watts is taking his food truck to the Arizona State Capitol to ... More >>
It's been just a few months since Lylah and Michael Ledner's The Simple Farm was named a finalist in the 2014 Good Food Awards for their salted goat milk caramels. And now they're bringing them to Anthropologie Scottsdale Fashion Square for a pop-up event featuring a handful of local businesses.
Senator Leah Landrum Taylor is making her bid for Arizona Secretary of State official as she winds down on nearly 16 years as a state lawmaker. In pre-campaign announcement -- her official announcement is expect at 10 a.m. today at the Capitol Rose Garden -- she said that as she's entering her fina ... More >>
Phoenix, and Arizona in general, may always seem to be on the crappier side of rankings (see: high suicide rates, low levels of freedom) but we've found a good one -- according to one analysis, Phoenix is one of the top 10 big cities in the country for small business.Well, it's not that good -- Phoe ... More >>
We're big fans of the farmers market scene, really. But sometimes, Saturday mornings just have to be spent sleeping in, and it's not like we can go two weeks without getting our local food fix. Enter, Edible Exchange Market. See also: - The Edible Exchange Lets Small Businesses Barter for Their ... More >>
Sheriff Joe Arpaio's latest "employer sanctions operation"/illegal-immigrant roundup resulted in the arrest of about one-quarter of a Glendale small business' employees yesterday.Sonoran Concrete was the small business raided in operation number 68, and 18 people were arrested for allegedly using fa ... More >>
Former Arizona House Speaker Kirk Adams -- who's facing off against fellow Republican Matt Salmon in Arizona's Fifth Congressional District primary -- got the stamp of approval from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.A nod from Palin might scare the neighborhood liberals, but if history tells us any ... More >>
See also: Our Lady of Cupcakes Takes on Sprinkles See also: Chef Chat: Our Lady of Cupcakes, Part Two We can thank crowd-funding websites like Kickstarter for two things. One, the digitalization of businesses hitting you up for money, and two, a few really cool local businesses. It's a double-edged ... More >>
A Worsley TV ad, part of a $10K ad buy, according to the Worsley campAs disgraced ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce recycles old signs from last year's historic recall election, his GOP primary rival Bob Worsley is running $10,000 ad buys on cable TV and racking up endorsements from Mesa Mayo ... More >>
There's a new business-to-business food program here in town using the good old fashioned bartering system to feed small business owners and provide valuable services to food producers. It's called The Edible Exchange and it's an offshoot of the The Barter Group, a longtime local company that fac ... More >>
As I anticipated in a blog item late last year, the Arizona version of the Utah Compact, called the "Arizona Accord," was introduced to the public at the state Capitol yesterday. It argues for a rational, humane approach to immigration reform.The accord's statement of principles, which you can read, ... More >>
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Where does America go from here, Karl? Hey, maybe we could invade some Middle-Eastern country unnecessarily and kill a bunch of people. Oh, snap, we already did that.The first thing that sprang to mind when I got the above flier in my e-mail in-box announcing that "Bush's Brain" Karl Rove will be sp ... More >>
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â€‹If Tiger Woods winds up in Wickenburg for rehab over his apparent sexual compulsion and pill addiction, local businesses are ready. As the rumor mill seems to suggest, Tiger would be checking into the Meadows Rehabilitation Center in Wickenburg just after New Year's, and despite be ... More >>
Deputies are taking boxes of files from the Chicanos Por La Causa buildings at 11th Street and Buckeye Road as the group's supporters prepare for a possible anti-Sheriff-Joe-Arpaio demonstration. (See update below -- a demonstration is now looking less likely). A regional conference of Chicanos Por ... More >>
Valley residents have often bemoaned the gentrification of Mill Avenue. Up until the late 1990s, the Tempe strip was a cultural mecca of mom-and-pop shops and rock clubs. But when corporate entities started moving in, landlords started raising the rent on retail spaces, forcing small business off Mi ... More >>
By Michele Laudig Here's a real head-scratcher. The seemingly successful Soma Cafe, at Tatum and Shea, unexpectedly closed its doors over the weekend. According to one of my colleagues (who was a Soma regular to the point that it was like his second office), there was a note on the door yesterday ... More >>
By Michele Laudig If you've ever seen the kooky headlines I come up with for my restaurant reviews, you know I appreciate a little wordplay once in awhile. So I'm loving the name of Local First Arizona's annual celebration of groovy local businesses: Independents Week, which runs June 30 through ... More >>
Al Pages soiree aint fancy, but it bangs
Goober works the room prior to making Chamber of Commerce chin-music. Most mayors of great cities are not afraid of the press, even a hostile press. Indeed, as much as I despised Rudy Giuliani for various reasons when I was living in New York, I admired the way he'd regularly appear before crowds ... More >>
A peek at the future cityscape
Three years ago, Mayor-elect Phil Gordon promised to make it easier for small businesses to renovate old buildings. But the problems faced by one indie restaurateur show that, if anything, it's harder than ever
Shirts 'n' Things
ASU President Michael Crow's emergence provides Phoenix a preferable alternative to Jerry
As long as the Godfather's gangsters roam City Hall, will Jerry's reign ever be over?
Could downtown Phoenix get more soulless? Yep! Check out Jerry Colangelo's secret plan.
Downtown businesses are struggling to stay afloat
Richard Florida jump-starts downtown dialogue
Jerry Colangelo and his pals have gobbled up the lion’s share of public development dollars. If downtown’s to be saved, City Hall’s got to share the wealth.
Tower Records at Desert Ridge
Major gas companies are driving away independent station operators, all in the name of greed
Small businesses continue to flee downtown Tempe. Restaurant Mexico is the latest.
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Tempe council challengers seek access to city's popular Web site
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