Author Archives: Sara Parker

Sara Parker

About Sara Parker

Sara is an editorial intern for AZ Big Media. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Spanish and is currently attending Arizona State University in the Scholarly Publishing certificate program. She has also written for AZTechBeat. Sara's favorite place in Scottsdale is the Sugar Bowl.

Financial Experts Applaud Financial Literacy Law

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Arizona has joined 24 other states in passing Senate Bill 1449, which requires schools to teach financial literacy in a K-12 setting. It comes after a report from the Center for Financial Literacy, which gave Arizona a “B” for its efforts to improve financial literacy in high schools. “The new law has tremendous value in… Read More →

Green development stays sunny side up

APS Hyder II solar power plant located in Hyder, Arizona.

Debates over energy consumption, reduction and alternatives occur frequently in the increasingly “green” world. Arizona stands as a leader in the alternative energy market with the use of solar, geothermal energy and natural gas as alternatives to more traditional energy providers. Even through the decline of green building projects, as reported by Forbes, major companies… Read More →

Buffalo Exchange celebrates 40 years of success

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Like some of the fashion items it sells, Buffalo Exchange is going retro for its birthday. The Tucson-based fashion reseller is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a cross-country tour featuring a renovated 1969 Airstream trailer converted into a vintage pop-up shop. The sleek, silver trailer is decked out with the store’s name, hippie buffalo logo,… Read More →

EDDE Awards

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May 19, 2014 by in AZRE Magazine | Events

Every year, the Arizona Association for Economic Development fields nominations for individuals and organizations that have a significant impact on a city, a community and the state. These Economic Development Distinguished by Excellence (EDDE) awards are a tough-earn and a new year doesn’t always guarantee a winner; the “Best of Arizona” has only been awarded… Read More →

Flancer’s Café & Pizzeria serves prickly pear perfection

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Flancer’s Café & Pizzeria has two locations in Gilbert and Mesa. The restaurant features salads, sandwiches and pizzas with unique flare. However, Flancer’s has become a local favorite because of its use of the prickly pear. How did the prickly pear become a favorite among diners? Owner Jeff Flancer explains that the prickly pear items… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: SOL Cocina

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If you are looking for an authentic Mexican restaurant, look no further than SOL Cocina. The restaurant’s food and drinks are inspired by traditional Baja cuisine and are simply delicious. Pair the carne asada tacos, xolo tacos, or ceviche with a fruity watermelon margarita (my favorite), a classic SOL Granda Casa Noble Reposado Margarita, or… Read More →

Girls on the Run: Local organization races to empower young women

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“Girls on the Run” is part three of a series about local views on women’s rights issues facing local businesses. Part one addresses the Ban Bossy campaign and part two addresses the Paycheck Fairness Act. There are many groups dedicated to the empowerment and well-being of pre-teen and teenage girls. Many of these groups are… Read More →

Historic Rancho de la Osa up for auction

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At the end of April, it was announced the historic Rancho de la Osa in Sasabe, Ariz., is on the market for $1.9 million by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s. The 300-year-old ranch hosts one of the oldest buildings, a Spanish hacienda, in the U.S. Past: Home to the oldest building in Arizona, the Altar Valley was… Read More →

Make mom proud with these Mother’s Day deals

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This Sunday, May 11, is Mother’s Day. Every mom deserves some extra special treatment for the things she does all year long. Businesses all over the valley are treating moms this weekend with beauty, health, food, drinks and entertainment. Treat your mom to a great weekend at one of these local spots! Health and Beauty… Read More →

Thirsty Thursdays: Thirsty Lion

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Thirsty Lion in Tempe is a local favorite for happy hour, dining, parties, and watching sports. The menu expands from traditional bar food to include delectable appetizers, entrees, and cocktails. I tried two cocktails, each paired with a specific entrée, to create a delicious meal. The Blood Orange Cosmo was packed with a sweet, orange… Read More →

Get down and ‘derby’ deals in the Valley

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If you are looking for something other than Cinco de Mayo celebrations this weekend, maybe the Kentucky Derby is more your style. Saturday, May 3, presents the 140th Kentucky Derby, which some describe as the most exciting two minutes in sports. There are several Kentucky Derby parties for women to dress up in spring dresses… Read More →

Tastes of Cinco de Mayo

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Although Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, but rather a small win for the Mexican army in Puebla against the French in the Franco-Mexican War, the holiday is recognized in the United States as a day of awareness and celebration of Mexican culture. Many restaurants provide special menus with Mexican-inspired cocktails and appetizers… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: TapHouse Kitchen

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May 1, 2014 by in Dining | Eat | Featured

TapHouse Kitchen lives up to its name by providing all of its beers and wines on tap. The new Scottsdale restaurant has achieved a great start with its fabulous patio (equipped with comfy chairs, a fireplace and heaters for cold weather and misters for the summer), delicious appetizers and entrees and of course its long… Read More →

Equal Pay for Equal Work

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President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order for the non-retaliation for disclosure of compensation information on April 8, 2014. The next day, April 9, 2014, the Paycheck Fairness Act failed to pass in the Senate with a vote of 53-44, missing the needed 60 votes. In part one of this article, the Ban Bossy campaign… Read More →

Thirsty Thursdays: Kelly’s at Southbridge

The 4th Amigo: a spicy and tart margarita served at Kelly's. Photo by Sara Parker.

Kelly’s restaurant in Oldtown Scottsdale is set within a block of small shops and restaurants. The first noticeable aspect of Kelly’s is the fun patio that wraps around the restaurant from front to back. Along with this fun atmosphere, Kelly’s serves fun and unique drinks. The Loose Goose Mojito is a spin on the traditional… Read More →