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Cox Communications honors Latina entrepreneurs

Cox Communications announced a partnership with Prensa Hispana newspaper, Azteca América Phoenix and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC) to recognize successful Latina entrepreneurs whose innovative business strategies are perfect examples of many small businesses blooming in Arizona.

The one-of-a-kind campaign is back for the third year and it includes a series of 30-second spots produced by Cox Media in English and Spanish that highlight two outstanding Latina Entrepreneurs in Phoenix. The spots will run across the Cox channel line up throughout the month of June and July. Through the media partnerships, honorees’ stories will also appear on the pages of Prensa Hispana newspaper, Azteca América Phoenix’s channels and through communication vehicles of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Latinas make up the single largest minority group among women-owned businesses. According to the 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, Latina entrepreneurs have an estimated 1,033,100 businesses as of 2014. In addition, Latina-owned businesses generated $71.1 billion in revenue and employed over 400,000 workers.

“We are honored to highlight the accomplishments of these exceptional Latina entrepreneurs in Phoenix,” said John Wolfe, Vice President and General Manager, Cox Communications. “These Latina entrepreneurs are not only contributing to the thriving Arizona economy, but also to the communities that they live in.”

“The success of minority small business and women owned businesses here in Arizona is at an all time high,” said Mónica Villalobos, Vice President for the AZHCC. “The Cox Latina Entrepreneurs program is a testament to the growing force of accomplished Latinas in Phoenix and it’s with great pleasure that the AZHCC is partnering with Cox Business to support this wonderful program for the third year in a row.”

The individuals featured in the Phoenix campaign are:

Silvana Salcido Esparza: Owner of Barrio Café and Barrio Urbano
Silvana was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in the San Joaquin Valley. Raised in a family whose ancestors were once appointed the official pastry chefs to Spain’s royal family, Esparza’s family immigrated to Mexico in the 1600’s. Silvana has been nominated for the prestigious James Beard award in 2010, 11, 12 & 14. Esparza now owns and operates Barrio Café and Barrio Urbano in Phoenix.

Lety Garcia: Owner and CEO of Prensa Hispana
When Lety Garcia and her husband, Manny Garcia, started the newspaper in 1990 the circulation totaled 5,000 and was primarily distributed in the Phoenix area. Today, it has a weekly circulation of 65,000, making it the leading Spanish newspaper publication in the valley catering to the growing Hispanic population.

 

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Sky Harbor renovations elevate travelers’ experience

Friends embrace. Families explore an art exhibition. Shoppers admire handcrafted wares and hungry travelers survey a myriad of local eateries before settling on a lunch destination.

This is the scene at the newly renovated Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It’s where about 85 percent of the airport travelers, more than 100,000 people a day, have their first encounter with Arizona — an encounter that will help shape their impression of the state and the Phoenix metro area.

“For many travelers, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the first experience they have of the Phoenix area, so our goal is to provide them with a world-class experience,” explains Heather Lissner, acting public information manager for the City of Phoenix Aviation Department.

Impact on tourism

The $590 million facelift is more than strategically placed art displays, designer walkways and vibrant southwest décor. Seamless transportation, sustainable design and streamlined customer service enhance the airport’s reputation and reflect upon the local tourism industry.   

“The recent additions to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, from the Sky Train to public art to the abundance of local restaurant options, have extended the unique qualities of the metro Phoenix area and created an improved visitor experience,” says Toni Smith, director of communications for the Tempe Tourism Office. “We’re lucky to have an airport that travelers want to see, which helps set us apart as a destination and encourages repeat visits.”

If travelers’ destinations are along the Valley Metro light rail line, the PHX Sky Train provides a seamless transition between the terminals and the 44th Street and Washington Street station. From there the light rail transports travelers east through Tempe and Mesa, or west into Phoenix.

Douglas MacKenzie, director of media relations for Visit Phoenix, appreciates the 15-minute trip from the airport to the downtown area. “Phoenix is primarily a fly-in market for both our leisure and meetings visitors so the airport is very important to our convention and leisure business.” Whether travelers are coming for a convention or mega event like the Superbowl, the transition from airport, to PHX Sky Train, to Metro light rail adds great value.

“It’s a wonderful plus for attendees. It’s the ease of convenience for our meeting delegates to get into downtown,” MacKenzie says. “It’s a perfect tourism factor in more people choosing Phoenix as a destination.”

Authentic Arizona dining

MacKenzie says a mix of eateries that includes delicious local choices can also encourage return visitors.

Two companies, HMSHost Corporation and SSP America, have orchestrated a blend of local, regional and national eateries with more than 40 establishments providing dining options from the fast food national brands to locally owned wine bars. Part of the strategy to provide authentic Arizona dining was to offer the best restaurants in the area and keep the street prices.

Among the eateries chosen to enhance Phoenix’s reputation as a foodie destination are Barrio Café, Cowboy Ciao, Sauce Pizza & Wine, Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles and Joe’s Real BBQ.

“What has truly happened is that the culinary offerings at Sky Harbor for the first time ever are probably some of the best in the nation,” says Tad Peelen, operating partner at Joe’s Real BBQ in Gilbert. “I think people who travel a good deal recognize the fact that it is not the preponderance of national chains.

“We are happy to have a Gilbert presence at the airport for the first time,” Peelen says. “We think the brand extension is fantastic. We like the fact that when people get off the airplane they see a logo of a place east of the airport and in many cases more of those people are staying east of the airport.

“They say they are America’s friendliest airport and I think this is an extension of that. It was a very passenger friendly thing to do to give so many independent really tasty options at the airport.”

MacKenzie agrees. “It’s a wonderful culinary entrance into the southwest. If people don’t have a chance to visit all of our local restaurants, it gives them a taste of what they’ve missed,” he says.

Memorable connection

Passengers with connecting flights also benefit from the new design and abundant shopping and dining.

Additional amenities include water bottle filling stations, strategically placed kiosks and a pet park. Airport navigators wearing purple jackets and “Ask Me” buttons answer questions and direct travelers needing assistance.

There is also an indoor walking trail with ample views of the area.  “It’s a little over a mile long,” Lissner says. “You can see Camelback Mountain, the Buttes at Papago Peak, the Sky Train bridge and South Mountain. At Terminal 3, the Phoenix Sky Train station has some very gorgeous views of downtown Phoenix as well as the airfield.”

Sustainably styled

The beauty of the project is supported by an environmentally conscious design. The first phase of the electric-powered PHX Sky Train construction received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold designation from the U.S. Green Building Council, while the Terminal 3 segment earned a LEED Silver designation.

The PHX Sky Train is part of the overall sustainability management plan that consists of investing in renewable energy, improving air quality, minimizing greenhouse gases, reducing waste and conserving water.

“We do strive for sustainability,” Lissner says, adding that the plan aligns with the City of Phoenix in terms of recycling and sustainability goals. “ We’re doing our part to help the environment.”

Continuing renovations

When renovations are complete, Terminal 3 will have a consolidated security checkpoint, additional ticket counters, new baggage carousels and expanded curb area. More shops and restaurants are included in the plan.

“I think Terminal 3 is going to be stunning,” says MacKenzie, who has seen the plan. “It’s going to be more open, with more windows and more restaurants. It will certainly enhance the service and experience of every traveler.”

Eventually, Terminal 2 will be closed and those airlines will move to Terminal 3, Lissner says. The project is scheduled to be complete by 2020. The approximately $590 million price tag is being paid by airport revenues generated through parking, tenant and concession fees. Local tax dollars are not used to support the airport, which has an annual economic impact reported to be nearly $29 billion.

Lissner says the changes are essential to quality travel.

“We pride ourselves on being America’s friendliest airport,” Lissner says. “We’re really looking to provide travelers with a world-class experience that is more efficient, more pleasant and something they can really enjoy so we can really welcome them to the state of Arizona.”

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Top 5 Restaurants: Mexican (Spring-Summer 2014)

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Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Restaurants Mexican! And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must see hot spots off your Top 5 lists.



Top 5 Restaurants: Mexcian

Barrio Cafe
2814 N. 16th St. Phoenix, AZ 85006

(602) 636-0240
Website
Established in 2002 by partners Wendy Gruber and chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio was a dream come true for the duo — a little neighborhood eatery providing authentic southern Mexico cuisine and chef’s original creations in an unpretentious atmosphere.

Blanco Tacos + Tequila
Location: 4 Locations in Arizona
(602) 429-8000
Website
An afternoon at Blanco will make you wish that all your afternoons were spent south of the border, barefoot, with margarita salt on your lips. Try a perfectly prepared plate of street-style carne asada tacos, or award-winning barbecue pork tacos with sweet corn fresh tomato salsa.
The Mission
3815 N. Brown Ave. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 636-5005
Website
The sophisticated yet casual allure of the Mission seamlessly blends old world charm with modern elegance. Chef Matt Carter and Brian Raab mix tradition and ingenuity in their signature dishes and hand-pressed cocktails.

La Hacienda
7575 E. Princess Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85255

(480) 585-4848 ext. 7320
Website
Richard Sandoval brings the vibrant flavors and ingredients of Mexico into the culinary spotlight, combining the bold taste of classic Mexican cuisine with timeless European cooking techniques.

Milagro Grill
4280 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018

(602) 773-5844
Website
Milagro Grill serves Mexican-American fusion cuisine with a South American flair and European influences. Milagro Grill earned the title of Grand Champion at the 2012 Arizona Taco Festival.

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Mexican Restaurants - EAZ Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Mexican Restaurants (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Mexican Restaurants — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Los Dos Molinos

8684 S. Central Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85210
(602) 243-9113
losdosmolinosaz.com
Dig in to hot Mexican fare such as stacked enchiladas, tacos, burros and flautas at this casual eatery. The prices at Los Dos Molinos are reasonable and the food — a specialty is the adovada ribs — is amazing.


Aunt Chilada’s

7330 N. Dreamy Draw Dr.,
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602) 944-1286
auntchiladas.com
Nestled in the shadow of Squaw Peak Mountain, Aunt Chilada’s is truly an historic landmark with a personality all its own. Constructed in the 1890s from desert stone and railroad ties, the original building served as a supply depot and general store for the mercury miners passing through the Dreamy Draw.


Barrio Cafe

2814 N. 16th St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 636-0240
barriocafe.com
Established in 2002 by partners Wendy Gruber and chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio was a dream come true for the duo — a little neighborhood eatery providing authentic southern-Mexico cuisine and chef’s original creations in a unpretentious atmosphere.


La Hacienda at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

7575 E. Princess Dr.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 585-4848
fairmont.com
Richard Sandoval brings the vibrant flavors and ingredients of Mexico into the culinary spotlight, combining the bold taste of classic Mexican cuisine with timeless European cooking techniques.


Rancho de Tia Rosa

3129 E. McKellips Rd.,
Mesa, AZ 85213
(480) 659-8787
ranchodetiarosa.com
Rancho de Tia Rosa aims to provide guests with a unique experience that allows guests to feel as though they are in the heart of Guadalajara, Mexico.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

Top 5 Mexican Restaurants (Spring-Summer)

Top 5: Mexican Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Mexican Restaurants — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Aunt Chilada’s

7330 N. Dreamy Draw Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85020
602-944-1286
auntchiladas.com
Nestled in the shadow of Squaw Peak Mountain, Aunt Chilada’s is truly an historic landmark with a personality all its own. Constructed in the 1890’s from desert stone and railroad ties, the original building served as a supply depot and general store for the mercury miners passing through the Dreamy Draw.


Barrio Cafe

2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85006
602-636-0240
barriocafe.com
Established in 2002 by partners Wendy Gruber and chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio was a dream come true for the duo — a little neighborhood eatery providing authentic southern Mexico cuisine and chef’s original creations in a unpretentious atmosphere.  Mission accomplished!  The Barrio Cafe has been hailed as one of the hottest and original restaurants to hit Phoenix.


Manuel’s

Locations throughout the Phoenix area
602-957-7540
manuelsaz.com
Manuel’s mexican food restaurants were established in 1964 by Manuel and Alice Salazar to serve the finest food to their community. Manuel’s is still run by members of the Salazar family and the food is prepared from scratch daily.


La Hacienda

7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85255
480-585-4848
fairmont.com
Richard Sandoval brings the vibrant flavors and ingredients of Mexico into the culinary spotlight, combining the bold taste of classic Mexican cuisine with timeless European cooking techniques.


Los Dos Molinos

8684 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85210
602-243-9113
losdosmolinosaz.com
Dig in to hot Mexican fare such as stacked enchiladas, tacos, burros and flautas at this casual eatery. The prices at Los Dos Molinos are reasonable and the food — a specialty is the adovada ribs — is amazing.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Phoenix Sky Harbor, Photo: Flickr, flavouz

HMSHost Transforms Dining at Sky Harbor’s Terminal 4

HMSHost, a world leader in travel-venue food, beverage and retail experiences, is currently in the process of updating and renovating Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal 4 — bringing more than 20 new restaurants to the terminal.

The transformation will include the addition of several popular local restaurants, including NYPD Pizza, Press Coffee, Modern Burger, Blanco Tacos + Tequila and four La Grande Orange brand restaurants.

“This is a busy and exciting time of year for vacations and summer travel, and we are very happy to be able to begin providing a new experience at Sky Harbor Airport that will truly showcase an authentic taste of Phoenix,” says Stephen Douglas, vice president of business development for HMSHost. “Terminal 4 is the busiest spot in one of America’s busiest airports, and we’re bringing out the best-of-the-best to showcase the great dining in the city of Phoenix.”

HMSHost was awarded its current 10-year food and beverage agreement after a 2011 competitive bidding process. The company is thrilled to continue its relationship with Sky Harbor and the City of Phoenix.

“HMSHost has had a presence at Sky Harbor International Airport for more than 40 years,” Douglas says. “We have watched with admiration the growth of the city of Phoenix, and we’ve shared in the expansion and development of Sky Harbor. Continuing our commitment to serve the city and Phoenix travelers was an easy decision, and we are thrilled to have been awarded the opportunity to continue a tradition of excellence at what has been recognized as the world’s friendliest airport.”

HMSHost carefully selected the chosen restaurants in order to best reflect the local flavor of Phoenix.

“We want to show everyone who travels through Terminal 4 the very best of Phoenix, so it’s our privilege to partner with some of the very best chefs and restaurateurs in the city,” Douglas says. “With local restaurants such as Barrio Café and Chelsea’s Kitchen, travelers will now experience a truly authentic taste of Phoenix.”

The Terminal 4 project offers a unique opportunity for the local businesses to offer travelers excellent dining options, increase brand visibility and act as representatives for the community.

“It’s our belief that just because you are traveling, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to enjoy a great meal,” says Sam Fox, CEO and founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts. “We hope that locals will recognize their favorites, and travelers will enjoy a new experience comparable to as if they had stepped into one of our restaurants across the Valley.”

La Grande Orange Hospitality Partner and CFO, Jennifer E. Cole, says La Grande Orange is excited to continue investing in the Phoenix area.

“The airport venture lets us bring local flavors to customers that know us and to customers new to the Valley,” Cole says. “With [HMSHost], we will be able to take the quality of food and service to higher levels.”

NYPD Pizza CEO, Richard Stark, adds that being in such a high-traffic location will have a positive effect on the businesses’ locations outside the airport.

“We are very excited about the Sky Harbor restaurant’s opening as it will introduce the NYPD brand to Valley residents and visitors alike,” Stark says. “We foresee this location serving as a powerful ‘brand builder’ and reaffirming our standing as the Valley’s best, authentic New York pizzeria.”

Press Coffee Roasters’ owner/operator, Steve Kraus, sees the Terminal 4 project as an opportunity to spread his passion for great coffee.

“We are thrilled to be at Sky Harbor Airport, especially in Terminal 4,” Kraus says. “Being at Sky Harbor Airport gives us an opportunity to not only expand and share our love for coffee, but also showcase to the world how great coffee can taste. We are extremely proud of our product and to be representing the best coffee the Valley has to offer.”

Included in the renovations are certain technological advances to improve service, including a mobile app, which can be used to have food delivered to your gate, as well as a tabletop ordering device currently being tested.

Douglas adds that, when the project is completed in early October, Sky Harbor will feature more local restaurants in one terminal than any other airport in the country.

“When travelers come to visit Phoenix or pass through our airport, I want them to know what Phoenix is all about, and soon they’ll be able to taste it,” says Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “They’ll know that our city and our airport support our local businesses, and that Phoenix is an epicenter of high-quality, modern and authentic dining.”

For more information about HMSHost and/or Sky Harbor’s Terminal 4 transformation, including when the local restaurants are expected to open, visit hmshost.com or skyharbor.com, respectively.