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10 Top Famous And Infamous Arizona Alumni

Arizona Centennial Series - 10 Top Headlines Spotlighting Arizona

10 Top Most Famous and Infamous Arizona Alumni Since 1885, both the University of Arizona and Arizona State have graduated hundreds of thousands of students — many of which have gone on to lead successful lives utilizing their education and experience. From the two largest schools in the state, alumni include those involved in wide… Read More →

Arizona’s Tourism Industry Has A Legacy Going Back More Than 100 Years

The Wigwam, litchfield Park, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

As one of the largest economic drivers, tourism has helped to shape Arizona’s culture and lifestyle long before it even became a state in 1912. The Arizona Office of Tourism won’t be releasing 2010s tourism economic impact numbers until July, but in 2009, more than 35 million visitors spent $16.6 billion in Arizona. In addition,… Read More →

235th Independence Day Celebration at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel

Cliff Castle Casino July 4 Celebration 2011

Cliff Castle Casino Hotel is celebrating the 235th Independence Day July 1 – July 4 with the Hot Seats Drawings’ $18,000 giveaway over a four-day period. The drawing will take place Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Monday, July 4, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests playing with their Castle… Read More →

Big Surf Now in Full Swing for Summer Months

Wave Pool, Big Surf, Tempe, Ariz.
June 15, 2011 by in Around Arizona | Events

It started with a fascination with surfing. Phil Dexter wanted to bring the waves to Arizona; and so plans were made, designs sketched and within a year of construction, his dream waterpark Big Surf opened to the public — with just one wave pool. This was the first of its kind to ever be built… Read More →

Father-Son Duo Puts A Twist On Barbecue Dining At Cave Creek’s Las Tiendas

Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue, Las Tiendas, Cave Creek, Ariz.

Within two years since its opening, Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue has not only helped create Cave Creek’s well-known Las Tiendas, run by a father-son duo, but it has become a destination family eatery in the area as well. At a time when the economy has hurt most of the restaurant business, Bryan Dooley’s twist of… Read More →

Show Phoenix Pride And Take Favorite Cities In The U.S. Survey

Show Phoenix Pride, Photo: Michael Ruiz, Flickr

Travel & Leisure is back with its annual survey: Favorite Cities in The U.S. Residents and visitors rank 35 major cities based on eight major categories with Phoenix a contender. So which city is the best? That’s for you to decide — and we’re hoping Phoenix! The survey first inquires whether or not the submission… Read More →

Traveling To Arizona Just Got Easier With Experience AZ Magazine’s New Website

Experience AZ Magazine Now Online

Celebrating its debut last week, is designed to help local and out-of-town travelers plan their Arizona itineraries with its unique “Where to Eat,” “Where to Stay” and “Where to Play” features. Experience AZ Magazine took to the web on June 1, 2011 by launching, a 24-hour resource for everything that is uniquely Arizona.… Read More →

Finding Filipino Food in Phoenix

Lumpia, Filipino food in Phoenix, Ariz.

Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Mexican… But, not once have I heard Filipino food as a plausible suggestion whenever it’s “let’s mix it up and not have pizza tonight” night. So tonight, venture off the beaten path and head into unfamiliar land. Yes, Filipino food can be a bit heavy on the vinegar, soy sauce, oil… Read More →

Showing Another Side Of Tempe Nightlife

View from Papago Peak, Tempe, Arizona

Tempe can be a pretty beautiful place if you know where to go — especially at night. Instead of going to a number of different bars or clubs in Tempe, it is worth it to take a walk and see how the light in darkness changes the normal, dry look we are all so accustomed… Read More →

Centennial Series: Photos Then And Now — Mesa, Ariz.

Centennial Photos Then and Now, Mesa - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

The saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same” aptly describes the relationship the city of Mesa and the Chicago Cubs share. Major League Baseball first came to Mesa for spring training in 1952. Back then, the Cubs made Rendezvous Park their home until it was razed in 1976 and replaced with… Read More →

Experience AZ Magazine Is Now Online

Experience AZ Online
June 3, 2011 by in Around Arizona | Travel

Experience AZ is officially online! offers everything found within the Experience AZ magazine, including statewide activities as well as options for lodging, dining, shopping, and so much more. But on Experience AZ’s website, you’ll always find timely deals, travel offers, articles and blogs. In fact, you — the visitor and reader — have the… Read More →

10 Top Discoveries In Arizona

centennial top 10, AZ Big Media
June 1, 2011 by in Around Arizona | Lists

10 Top Discoveries in Arizona There are many mysteries about Arizona. Before it was officially established as the 48th state in 1912, and far before colonization, there was life here. Archaeologists and investigators have been discovering ancient life and civilizations across the state, telling stories about the land before it became what it is today… Read More →

An Afternoon Riding On The Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway, Arizona

I officially have one item checked off my “see the seven wonders of the world” list. Six more to go. For anyone living in Arizona, it’s pretty common to make at least one trip to the Grand Canyon. However, not everyone is lucky enough to take an entertaining train ride from the town of Williams,… Read More →

New Retail And Restaurants To Attract People To Dowtown Phoenix

CityScape, Phoenix, Ariz. - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

With the opening of CityScape at One E. Washington St., Downtown Phoenix now has an urban-style, mixed-use development where people can eat, shop, meet friends after work, relax at a boutique hotel, and even blow off some steam at the gym or roll a few frames at a bowling center. Developers of CityScape envision retail… Read More →

Sonoran Boulevard Project Raises Concerns From Local Homeowners

Sonoran Boulevard Project, North Valley, Homeowner Concerns

Construction for a road in the northern Valley is underway, but not everyone agrees with it, especially homeowners in the area. Issues have surfaced regarding the nature and purpose of the road and its impact on the surrounding neighborhoods. The Sonoran Boulevard project broke ground this month, but it won’t be completed until 2013. According… Read More →

Roosevelt Row: Vintage, Recycling And Growth

Roosevelt Row: vintage, recycling and growth, 2011 Photo: Stacy Ayiers

One area — or street, to be specific — in downtown Phoenix has businesses teaming up to benefit, cater to and converge the community via consignment goods, community gardening and recycling. It’s called Roosevelt Row, home of the GROWop Collective, the Greenhouse and Butter Toast. GROWop features items you wouldn’t find in your local retail… Read More →

Building Achievements Turned Arizona From Frontier Outpost To Thriving Haven

Hoover Dam Construction, 1933-1936 - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

In 1912, when it became the nation’s 48th state, Arizona was a challenging place to live. It was sparsely populated with small communities scattered hither and yon. Travel between towns was grueling. The lower desert was unbearably hot in the summer, and water was scarce and unreliable. Arizona would have had a dim future if… Read More →

Snapshot: New Times Dirty 6 Mud Run

New Times Dirty 6 Mud Run, Phoenix, Ariz.

New Times Dirty 6 Mud Run is… 13 obstacles, BBQ, beer and, oh yeah, group outdoor showers! It is a biannual event that has three courses, including: a 6 mile, 3 mile and Kids 1K run riddled with obstacles, a wall of water, two river crossings, a down-and-dirty mud crawl, obstacle course, giant slip ‘n… Read More →

SRP and Banner Strive for Energy Efficiency

SRP and Banner Strive for Energy Efficiency, 2011

Banner Estrella Medical Center and Salt River Project (SRP) are teaming up to save money, conserve energy and promote sustainability. Banner was the first recipient of the SRP PowerWise Retrocommissioning Solutions Program. Instead of purchasing new equipment, Banner has received a tune-up on its existing systems, includes heating, ventilation, air conditioning, central plants, lighting systems… Read More →

iPic Theaters, The Luxury Experience On A Budget

iPic Theatre, The Luxury Experience On A Budget, 2011

Since its recent opening, iPic Theaters — located in Scottsdale Quarter — has been creating a local escape with a luxurious atmosphere for its guests on a budget. While the movie selection is similar to other theaters, the service is on a new level: to provide guests with selection, choice and comfort. Here, you’ll enjoy… Read More →

10 Top Arizona Headlines Over The Past 100 Years

Arizona Centennial Series - 10 Top Headlines Spotlighting Arizona

Arizona became the 48th state in the Union, officially gaining its statehood February 14, 1912. Since that time dramatic events have captured the news medias attention more than others. Over the past 100 years, Arizonans have become impacted by events that have not only shocked locals but also people across the nation; the following includes… Read More →

Ranking Arizona: Companies Gone But Not Forgotten

Ranking Arizona: Companies Gone But Not Forgotten, Arizona Centennial 2012
April 28, 2011 by in Around Arizona | Economy | Small Biz

As part of the Arizona Centennial, AZ Big Media has been digging deep into the archives and thinking back — way back — about Arizona’s history and past. Nostalgia hit, and reminiscing ensued, and before we knew it, we began thinking about all of the businesses we grew up with and haven’t forgotten, but are… Read More →

Bonfire Grill And Bar: A Modern Twist On An Arizona Pastime

Surf and Turf, Filet and Shrimp, Bonfire Grill & Bar
April 28, 2011 by in Around Arizona | Dining

Gather around the Bonfire for some wood-fired comfort food, great company and, of course, mouth-watering s’mores – but eliminate the dry, desert heat and the constant upkeep of that roaring, crackling flame. Instead, add a roof over your head and marvel at the sight of a more than 6-feet-tall bonfire projected on one wall. Replace… Read More →

Scottsdale Adventure Center Shows Visitors a Different Side of Scottsdale

Scottsdale Adventure Center, Scottsdale Fashion Square

While visitors may consider Scottsdale to be the golfing and spa mecca of the Valley, the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is working to change that by showing visitors a side of the city they may have never seen before. It’s sending the message that visitors can embark on an adventure of their own that… Read More →