Author Archives: Perri Collins


As You Wish opening 7th studio at Westgate

Children explore art at As You Wish.

Local “paint your own” pottery studio, As You Wish, celebrates its 19th anniversary and business success with the opening of its 7th studio in Glendale, Ariz. One of the first paint-your-own pottery studios in the nation and the first in Arizona, As You Wish’s planned 2,109 square-foot studio next to AMC Theatres at the Westgate… Read More →

Nancy K. Sweitzer – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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August 31, 2014 by in Az Business Leaders

Nancy K. Sweitzer – Director, UA’s Sarver Heart Center Sweitzer, an advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist and physiologist, hopes to build bridges between clinical and science enterprises and increase discovery in the areas of translational and personalized cardiovascular medicine. Greatest accomplishment: “Becoming director of the Sarver Heart Center and chief of cardiology at the… Read More →

ASU receives rare space rock gift

Meenakshi Wadhwa, director of the Center of Meteorite Studies in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, holds lunar meteorite NWA 7611. The gift will be on display for the short term, but there are plans to use it for research purposes in future years.
Photo by Andy DeLisle.

Arizona State University’s Center for Meteorite Studies recently received a precious gift. Aside from its price tag, what makes this space rock so special is where it came from: the moon. The new sample belongs to the rare class of meteorites originating from the moon called “lunaites.” Of all known distinct meteorites in this world,… Read More →

Tickets to the Polar Express Now on Sale

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August 20, 2014 by in Experience AZ Magazine | Play

The mercury may be hitting 100, but those in the know are already booking their reserved tickets on the Polar Express™ presented by the Grand Canyon Railway. From November 7 through January 3, the Railway will run special trains from Williams, Ariz., to the North Pole. Polar Express reservations can be made by calling 1-888-848-3511… Read More →

American Junkie gets an overhaul

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Introducing the ALL-NEW American Junkie 2.0. After 5 years of serving up good times, good eats, and, hosting the best sports teams in America: American Junkie in Scottsdale was ready for a major overhaul. Bringing back the American Junkie that everybody loves; the colorful drinking spot, sports bar, and, nightlife destination. Located on the eastern… Read More →

Gilbert launches tool for small businesses

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Small businesses in Gilbert are seeing how they “size up,” with a new, free online tool offered by the Gilbert Economic Development Department. The SizeUp SBI tool allows users to access information that could help their business, including demographics information, competitor locations, potential workforce, and more. At a launch party on Thursday, small business owners… Read More →

Italian association hosts “The Best of Italy” in Scottsdale

Italian food: Bruschetta

Join The Italian Association on Friday, September 12th, 2014, for a culinary experience that will leave your taste buds satisfied. The inaugural food and wine event will feature five top Italian chefs in the Valley and five top Italian wineries. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. and lasts till 9 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott… Read More →

The scoop on this year’s Gelato Wars

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The Gelato Spot’s annual Gelato Wars are back! Through August 31, patrons of Gelato Spot can try 10 flavors whipped up by local chefs and vote for their favorite. Gelato Wars is a month-long competition for bragging rights, a customized copper trophy and $500. It’s also a fund raiser with the goal of donating at… Read More →

Michele Finney – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Michele Finney – CEO, Abrazo Health In May, Finney, an accomplished healthcare leader who ran health networks in California, was named CEO of Abrazo Health, the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona with six hospitals and a network of primary care and specialty clinics. Greatest accomplishment: “I led a multi-phase development plan for… Read More →

Abrazo announces new trauma program manager

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Abrazo Health, the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, has announced the appointment of Tiffiny Strever as Trauma Program Manager for West Valley Hospital. As Trauma Program Manager, Strever will be responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining a quality, cost-effective system of care for trauma patients and their families. She will manage trauma… Read More →

New to Market: Lolo’s Chicken & Waffles

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An iconic Valley restaurant has turned to a venerable area design build contractor to complete its new ground-up restaurant project in Scottsdale. LGE Design Build, the Valley’s premier design build contractor for the pas two decades, has been tabbed to build the new location for Lolo’s Chicken and Waffles, the soul food restaurant that has… Read More →

Facebook’s $19B for WhatsApp was only the 4th biggest tech buyout in 2014

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In 2005, Rupert Murdoch, a veteran business mogul with a solid reputation in creating empires out of companies was so sure of social media’s future that he bought MySpace for a whopping $580 million.  He couldn’t be any more right… and wrong. Social media was (and is) the future, but the future belongs to Facebook,… Read More →

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine campus extension

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Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) broke ground Jan. 8 on a new 47KSF mixed-use building. The $9.5M campus expansion supports the college’s record enrollment numbers, growing patient volume in the medical center and plans to add new degree programs and community classes to match the growing interest in naturopathic medicine. The campus expansion will… Read More →

RED AWARDS 2014: Most Challenging Project

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March 4, 2014 by in Blogs

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 9th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2013 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and more than 100 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in… Read More →

RED AWARDS 2014: AZRE Magzine Honors Best in Commercial Real Estate

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February 28, 2014 by in AZRE Magazine | Events

A crowd of almost 350 packed the Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom at the Arizona Biltmore Feb. 26 as AZRE magazine presented the 9th Annual RED Awards, recognizing the best commercial real estate projects in Arizona in 2013. RED Award trophies were handed out in 13 project categories and the three “Of the Year” honors. Best… Read More →