Author Archives: Amanda Ventura

Amanda Ventura

About Amanda Ventura

Amanda Ventura is an editor, award-winning writer and pop culture enthusiast. When she's not up against deadlines, she is exploring Arizona, trying recipes that require every dish in her kitchen be used, collecting 5K swag bags and race numbers and volunteering at a local animal shelter. Her bookshelf is full of autobiographies and her desk is covered in Sticky Notes. She dislikes the Oxford comma and still cannot believe she gets to meet and write about interesting people for a living.

Where to stay on your next trip to San Diego

Botanical gardens at Balboa Park.

Before booking your next weekend getaway or business trip to San Diego, read through these four wildly different lodging options — from resort-style chic to downtown ritz, here are four of Az Business’ favorites! 1. The Westgate 1055 2nd Ave., San Diego westgatehotel.com Ocean and silhouettes of the harbor peak out between the slivers of… Read More →

Biltmore’s Unleashed Holiday Gift Mart to benefit local animal shelter

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What has a wet nose, floppy ears and can brighten anyone’s day? One of the dozens of dogs kept at Arizona Animal Welfare League’s adoption facility! Adopting a dog can be the gift that keeps on giving, and pet-lovers and shopaholics can gather next weekend to support the shelters that care for thousands of homeless… Read More →

After Hours: Jerry Thomas

Jerry Thomas (Right)
November 21, 2014 by in After Hours | AZRE Magazine | Featured

Jerry Thomas Superintendent, Wespac Construction Years at HINES: 11 Jerry Thomas handles on-site supervision of day-to-day construction activities, including quality control, material delivery, subcontractor schedules, daily reports, safety meetings, detailing, project closeouts and project meetings for owners, architects and subcontractors. After a long day of work, though, Thomas puts in a few extra hours at… Read More →

Marcellino’s redefines romance in the restaurant business

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Being a romantic restaurant isn’t just about candlelight, exclusivity and good design. Although those are all qualities of Old Town Scottsdale’s Marcellino’s, too, true romance is embodied in the artistry of the menu items, the story behind its owners and the dedication of its kitchen staff. Marcellino’s Ristorante has made a quiet spot of its… Read More →

AZRE now accepting 2015 RED Award nominations

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November 14, 2014 by in AZRE Magazine | Events | Featured

AZRE magazine is dedicated to bringing the stories about innovative and outstanding real estate development to its readers in each issue. Every February, AZRE shines a special spotlight on the industry through its annual Real Estate Development (RED) Awards. Arizona’s commercial real estate industry is a tremendous economic engine for the state and is making… Read More →

2014 ULI: A Special AZRE Report

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November 12, 2014 by in Archives | AZRE Magazine

Footloose When people hear I survived in Phoenix without a car during college, their reaction is universal. How did I get anywhere? You walked. It helped that I actually lived in Tempe. All the essentials to a balanced life were within reasonable distance of my front doors over the years. But, everything changed when I… Read More →

2014 Valley Partnership: A Special AZRE Report

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November 12, 2014 by in Archives | AZRE Magazine

Footloose When people hear I survived in Phoenix without a car during college, their reaction is universal. How did I get anywhere? You walked. It helped that I actually lived in Tempe. All the essentials to a balanced life were within reasonable distance of my front doors over the years. But, everything changed when I… Read More →

2014 AAED: A Special AZRE Report

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November 12, 2014 by in Archives | AZRE Magazine

Footloose When people hear I survived in Phoenix without a car during college, their reaction is universal. How did I get anywhere? You walked. It helped that I actually lived in Tempe. All the essentials to a balanced life were within reasonable distance of my front doors over the years. But, everything changed when I… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday pours one out for Thanksgiving

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Oh, snap! It’s almost Thanksgiving, one of our favorite drinking holidays, and in anticipation of the holiday of “Second Helpings,” we’re sharing two seasonal cocktail recipes from Valley mixologists after our own hearts. First up is The Cognac Snap from Taggia at FireSky Resort & Spa (495 N. Scottsdale Rd.), which blends fruit, spice and… Read More →

The Dish: Chef Eddie Matney’s braised beef short ribs

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Chef Eddie Matney, of Eddie’s House, is prepared to show the Valley’s most charitable residents how to put their money where there mouth is. Every year, local nonprofit Camp Soaring Eagle’s Annual Affair raises money for its year-round safe camp programs for seriously ill children and their families. It’s free for them to camp, and… Read More →

Project News

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➤ THE NEW SCHOOL Kitchell, Haydon Building Corp. and SmithGroupJJR have broken ground on a new building for the Foundation for Blind Children’s Phoenix campus. The 36,600 SF single-story building will replace several outdated facilities planned for demolition. Its main campus will continue to serve adults who are visually impaired. ➤ WHERE THE ‘BELL’ TOLLS… Read More →

Meet Tempe’s biggest parking advocate Darwyn Harp

Darwyn Harp

Darwyn Harp handles property management and business development services for Hines by day. By night, however, Harp is Tempe’s biggest parking advocate. AZRE caught up with the Aggie alum to see just what keeps his meter running for Tempe’s 8,500 parking spots. What does it mean to be a parking advocate? It is one who… Read More →

Incentives for Sale

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The predictable Arizona weather may not be for everyone, but there’s at least one group that can appreciate it for what it is — data center owners. Last September, Arizona’s House Bill 2009 went into effect, offering data center owners tax incentives for investing in the state. Twelve months later, there hasn’t been a rush,… Read More →

2014 NAIOP-AZ Roundtable

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It’s an exciting time for commercial real estate. With technological advances and a new generation entering the workforce, office space is undergoing a significant paradigm shift. NAIOP Arizona’s roundtable members discuss the state’s reputation and role in the market — its strengths, weaknesses and promising statistics ­— as well as what companies need to do… Read More →

NAIOP-AZ 2014 Notable Projects

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NAIOP-AZ Projects Criteria: • Property must be owned or have non-refundable earnest money in escrow by 8/1/14 • Property must have proper zoning in place by 8/1/14 • Property must be bigger than 100KSF 1. 10 West Logistics Center Developer: Wentworth Property Company General Contractor: Graycor Architect: Butler Design Group, Inc. Location: 6200 W. Van… Read More →