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Local business owners weigh in Ban Bossy campaign

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The Ban Bossy campaign led by Facebook COO and Lean In founder, Sheryl Sandberg, and the Girl Scouts of USA works to help empower girls and women. The campaign partnered with celebrities and businesses to share quotes, stories and tips for girls, parents, troop leaders and managers to help women become leaders. The basis of… Read More →

Fun Ways to Spend Your Tax Return

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April 10, 2014 by in Blogs

Tax season has been looming over all of us for quite sometime. Many of us dread it, but few, we lucky few, are excited for the almighty tax return. If you’re fortunate enough to get a tax return or one that is actually big enough to play around with or be creative with, then here’s… Read More →

HCLA 2014: Medical Center or Hospital

April 1, 2014 by in Blogs

WINNER Scottsdale Healthcare As a nonprofit, Scottsdale Healthcare not only employs 6,500 staff members, but also is comprised of 1,400 volunteers who donate more than 155,000 hours of service each year. They are the largest employer in the City of Scottsdale and is known for its innovative medical technology, research and patient care. FINALISTS Banner… Read More →

NAIOP-AZ Elects Molly Carson to Board of Directors

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March 27, 2014 by in Blogs

The Arizona chapter of NAIOP, the commercial real estate voice for the state, elected Molly Ryan Carson, Vice President of Development with the Ryan Cos., to the 2014 Board of Directors this month.   Carson joins the board leadership of NAIOP Arizona Chapter with a three-year term, after having been an active NAIOP member for… Read More →

The Dish: Raspberry Vinaigrette

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Jazz up your spring salads with this homemade raspberry vinaigrette recipe. It’s light and fresh, and super simple! Store bought dressings are full of hidden calories; making your own is much healthier and very easy. If raspberries aren’t your thing try this recipe with strawberries or blackberries. Back in January I gave you my personal… Read More →

Local’s Choice: The State of Arizona’s Ballparks

March 23, 2014 by in Blogs

One of my favorite things about growing up in Arizona is the fact that I could play sports outside all year long. I played softball from the time I was 5 years-old until I was a senior in high school at 18 years-old with my younger sister. Even through the grueling heat in the summers,… Read More →

The Dish: Asparagus Pizza

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This time of year more than any other I like to utilize what’s in season. Spring fruits and vegetables are so delicious and only around for a short time in Arizona. It’s true, you can purchase them year round but they’ll never taste as good as when they’re perfectly in season. Case in point: asparagus.… Read More →

5 Things to Do This Weekend


After the long work week, gear up for a fun filled weekend where you get to enjoy nothing but talent. Get ready to feel Scottish, grab a few laughs or listen to the lovely music of Cher as Arizona offers fun, fun, fun. Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the… Read More →

Marcus & Millichap Releases Office Market Report

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March 19, 2014 by in AZRE Magazine | Blogs | Brokerage

“Continued economic strength has begun to lift office performance, staging the sector for dramatic gains in 2014. Steady employment growth over the last several years has been slow to translate into absorption, but much of the extra space held by companies is rapidly filling up. As a result, many markets may reach a tipping point… Read More →

Local’s Choice: The Golden Hour

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AZ Big Media’s staff is full of Arizona know-it-alls, and we love to gush about everything we love about the Grand Canyon State. We finally created a forum for our staffers to share the wealth on our “Local’s Choice” feature. Arizona is known to be a little rough around the edges, from cacti to cowboys.… Read More →

Safeway sale creates looming cloud over Phoenix retail real estate market

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Over the past two years, the Phoenix retail real estate market continues to improve with lowered vacancy rates and strong absorption. The one area that persists as a cause for concern is the number of vacant big boxes in the market. With the recent announcement of the impending sale of Safeway to one or more… Read More →

Daisy Dukes & Cowboy Boots Unite at AZ BBQ Festival


The 5th Annual Arizona BBQ Festival will feature more than 25 top barbecue purveyors, but that’s only a fraction of what’s expected to draw more than 15,000 event-goers to Salt River Fields Sat., April 5. The biggest attraction is an expansion of last year’s wildly popular Redneck Games Arena. “Absolutely no part of this event… Read More →

Tim Nelson Becomes First Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional in Arizona

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March 14, 2014 by in Blogs | Real Estate

Scottsdale-based V.I.P. Mortgage, Inc., announced that Tim Nelson is the first mortgage professional in Arizona to achieve the designation of Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional (CRMP).   The National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) bestowed the certification on Nelson after he demonstrated a superior knowledge and competency in the area of reverse mortgages and a dedication… Read More →

The Dish: Porter Cake

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If you’re like me, you’re over the bar scene associated with St. Patrick’s Day. Skip the green beer this year and make yourself a proper Irish breakfast. Pour a nice cup of Irish Breakfast tea or better yet an Irish coffee and enjoy a slice of Porter Cake. If you’re interested in a true Irish… Read More →

Six Arizona Couples Competing in $50K Wedding Sweepstakes


Six Arizona couples are in the running to possibly win a designer wedding ceremony and reception at Encanterra Country Club worth more than $50,000. The couple who receives the most votes on their “Say Yes” Wedding Sweepstakes proposal video submission, will get to have Encanterra host their wedding and pick up the tab. Voting opens… Read More →

Local’s Choice: Fishing in Greer

"Bunch Reservoir is approximately 63 acres at an elevation of 8200 feet. Apache, Rainbow and brown trout are the main catches." - / Photo from

AZ Big Media’s staff is full of Arizona know-it-alls, and we love to gush about everything we love about the Grand Canyon State. We finally created a forum for our staffers to share the wealth on our “Local’s Choice” feature. This post about fishing in Greer, Ariz. is by editorial intern Jesse Millard. Enjoy! To… Read More →

The Dish: Spring Pea Puree

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One of my favorite things to make each spring is pea puree. It’s so fresh and light; perfect for a spring day. In truth, you can make it any time of year, but I like to make it in the spring and summer when you need a great no-cook recipe. Don’t let the preconceptions about… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Three of the Best Bars for Margaritas

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By Sara Parker Nothing tastes better with Southwest fare than an ice cold margarita. Three Valley restaurants spilled on what goes into their mouthwatering margs. Try ‘em at home or check them out next time you stop by! Z’Tejas is known for its strong margaritas and delectable variety of food. The menu offers anything from… Read More →

RED AWARDS 2014: Most Challenging Project

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 →

5 Local Unique Bike Shops, Products

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Cycling in Phoenix is slowly becoming a staple, with Phoenix’s Grid Bike Share opening up in the city soon, and for near perfect cycling weather conditions lately, biking in Phoenix has become increasingly popular. The best way to support the local cycling scene is to go local, either with bikes, parts, or accessories. Phoenix has… Read More →

The Dish: Mardi Gras Cocktail

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Laissez les bon temps rouler! It’s alright if you didn’t take high school French, “let the good times roll” is a way of life in New Orleans especially around Mardi Gras. What better way to celebrate the wildest day of the year than with a cocktail featuring one of the South’s greatest exports: bourbon! Blood… Read More →

3 Skin Care Tips to Help You Weather the Changing Seasons

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Spring is right around the corner, and just like fashion, our skin changes with each season. As Valley women pull out their summer dresses and prep their body for bikini season, they need to prep their skin for a summertime glow, too. 20 Lounge Nail and Beauty Bar offered to share the skinny on skin… Read More →

Tommy Anderson Plays Great Arizona Beer Festival

Tommy and OvO at The Spirit Room, August 2013. [Howard Photography]
February 28, 2014 by in Around Arizona | Blogs | Events | Play

For the fourth time, The Great Arizona Beer Festival will have local artist Tommy Anderson rocking out on stage with his acoustic guitar as he plays a wide range of party songs for the attendees. Though Anderson has played guitar for 33 years, and many others he picked up while in the Army, he got… Read More →

5 Things to Do This Weekend

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February 28, 2014 by in Blogs

It’s the first weekend of March, meaning that spring is nigh. So get ready to soak up the rays and head on out for a wonderful weekend, even if the weather reports let on about rain. Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #sl5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on… Read More →