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Hayden Harrison

About Hayden Harrison

Hayden Harrison is a sophomore at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She is studying print and digital journalism with hopes of writing for a travel magazine in the future. She is from Batesville, AR and enjoys cooking, traveling and meeting people.

Minimalistic Kitchens, Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

Homeowners Go For A Minimalistic, Tech-Savvy Kitchen

With homeowners putting more time and money into their abodes, kitchens are becoming more sustainable, technologically advanced and filled with cool appliances. One current trend is giving the kitchen a facelift with a minimalistic look, which tends to give one of the most popular rooms in the house a contemporary, European feel.

“Different people have a different idea of what contemporary is,” says Pam Josey, director of corporate relations and education for SunWest Appliance Distributing in Tempe. There are different forms of the contemporary look homeowners go for, but most tend to be a softer form of contemporary, which involves the presence of clean, functional
appliances that help prevent the kitchen from feeling lifeless, Josey says. One way to get that minimalistic / contemporary look? Hide appliances.

Minimalistic kitchensOne appliance that an increasing number of homeowners are tucking away is the refrigerator. Manufacturers are not only downsizing refrigerators in order to hide them within a kitchen’s cabinetry, but they are also strategically placing them around the kitchen. This is called modular refrigeration.

Refrigerators are placed where its contents are most conveniently served, such as a unit that contains only vegetables next to the vegetable sink. Another example is placing refrigerators containing drinks at the end of an island. Having multiple small refrigerators allows easy access to the foods needed in a certain area in the kitchen.

Refrigerators are also taking a step forward in terms of technology. Designers are adding Wi-Fi to them, which will inform owners when the door is left ajar. Other appliances have USB ports that update and search for problems the appliance may have.

However, among all of the kitchen appliances, coffee makers are making the biggest splash. “Built-in coffee makers are kind of the hot appliance everyone wants to get their hands on,” says Megan Still of Allstate Appliance in Scottsdale. Built-in coffee makers allow for increased countertop space and enhance the minimalistic look.

Not only are homeowners saving money with built-in coffee makers by avoiding the morning trip to the coffee shop, they are also saving money by investing in environmentally friendly appliances.

Companies are using recycled material, making appliances more energy efficient and decreasing water consumption. They are also helping to lower the running cost as well as the amount of energy it takes to run kitchen appliances, according to Still, in turn decreasing your electric bill.

As an example, Sub-Zero markets a line of fridges that cost less than $75 a year to run compared with the average $126 a year. As for dishwashers, its water usage is lower than the average 5.8 gallons required for new dishwashers, some using just two gallons of water per load.

However, homeowners are still interested in receiving the “best quality in the best price they can get it in,” Josey says. “People are willing to pay more for something that’s going to last longer,” Still adds, because people are staying in their houses longer instead of moving around.

Upcoming trends include the use of less upper cabinets, linear cabinets and adding pops of color to the kitchen with appliances.

For more information about Allstate Appliance or SunWest Appliance Distributing, visit or to create your own minimalistic, tech-savvy kitchen.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012

GoodSearch & GoodShop for Charity

GoodSearch Offers An Online Option To Charitable Donations

GoodSearch offers an online option to charitable donations

In 2005, Ken and JJ Ramberg started a way for people to “give without giving.”

After their mother died of cancer, the siblings wanted to find a way to give back to the community.

“Her death was not the thing that inspired this,” JJ says, “Her life did.”

They wanted to create something that was “game-changing in the world of philanthropy,” and did so by launching GoodSearch.

GoodSearch, an online search engine powered by Yahoo, allows Web users to search and donate to a charity at the same time. By choosing a school or charity, each time a person uses the GoodSearch search engine, that nonprofit receives a penny.

So far it has raised $8 million with more than 100,000 schools and charities having benefited. The schools and charities like using GoodSearch as a fundraiser because it is a “simple way to raise money,” says CEO Scott Garell.

The Humane Society of Yuma, Grand Canyon Association, Desert Star Community School and United Way – Pinal County, are a few of the many organizations in Arizona that use GoodSearch as a way to receive donations.

The idea of GoodSearch is to take everyday actions, such as searching the web, shopping and eating, and using them as ways for people to give back to the charity of their choice.

“People love to – if it’s easy – give back to their favorite school or charity,” Garell says.GoodShop

A few years after GoodSearch was started, GoodShop was launched. GoodShop is an online mall with more than 2,500 stores at which to shop. The website provides coupons to shoppers, and 3 to 20 percent of the final cost is given to the charity the shopper choose.

“They (people) are going to shop anyways, why not save money and give back?” Garell adds.

Since the addition of GoodShop, GoodSearch has grown 15 percent yearly, and a new addition to this growth is a way to donate while dining out, according to Garell.

On Nov. 8, GoodSearch came out with its newest venue, GoodDining.

GoodDining has 10,000 restaurants that diners can eat at that will donate up to 6 percent of their check’s price to their charity.

GoodDining is partnered with Rewards Networks, and all customers have to do is register their card on the site, choose their charity, and eat at the participating restaurants.

According to Garell, this is a great way for businesses to donate to a charity they support without costing the business any money.

GoodSearch came out with a toolbar that allows searching without having to go to the GoodSearch website every time. If this toolbar were installed on all of a business’s desktops, workers would raise a penny for the companies’ cause, whenever they searched the Internet.

The toolbar also reminds users that they can use GoodShop to shop, too. It does this by lighting up a GoodSearch button if the user searches for a store that is available on the website.

Businesses can also use GoodDining by taking their clients out to eat at the restaurants on the site, or using it when they travel.

GoodSearch is a daily tool to users, but studies have shown that GoodShop tends to follow the American shopping schedule, with Christmas being the most popular.

Garell said that because of the recession, many might not be able to donate to their usual charity during the holiday season as they usually do. By using GoodShop to do their Christmas shopping, they can save and still give back to their charity.

Ken and JJ had worked in the Internet prior to creating GoodSearch. Ken and his mother founded JOBTRAK, which they sold to, and JJ was an employee when started.

Because they knew how much money a search engine could bring in, they wanted to redirect those funds to nonprofits and schools that people care about.

We work with about 100,000 organizations now and have donated $8 million, but as far as we’re concerned, this is just the beginning,” JJ says.

For more information about GoodSearch, visit