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Podcast: Baby Boomers Redefining Retirement

Podcast: Baby Boomers Redefining Traditional Retirement

The baby boomers generation, comprised of about 90 million people, are beginning to head in retirement, but where are they headed?

In this week’s edition of the AZ Business Magazine’s podcasts, we’ll take a look at not only where the baby boomers will take up residence, but also how this transition into retirement looks, as well as the economical impact it can have in Arizona.

Starting back on January 1, 2011, 10,000 baby boomers will reach the age 65 every day for the next 19 years.

But the baby boomer generation is beginning to redefine how the public sees traditional retirement. According to a survey from the AARP, about 40 percent of baby boomers plan to continue to work until they drop.

It is evident that this new approach to retirement is filled with a generation of citizens looking to live an active lifestyle, and retirement communities filled with amenities can provide exactly what baby boomers are looking for.

With Arizona’s ideal weather and land to build on, new communities will being to take advantage of this new, in-demand market.

But how does this help our economy?

Baby boomers will begin to move to the Valley to call it home for retirement, and while doing so, they will begin to spend money, putting more into our economy; more people equals more demand for businesses and goods.

But what happens when the baby boomer community is gone? Will we still need these communities that were built to meet their needs? Or will businesses and communities have to close up shop once the demand is done?

This week, I spoke with Deborah Blake, vice president of marketing for Robson Resort Communities, about why the baby boomers are so interested in these active, adult living lifestyle communities and what we can expect to see here in Arizona as a result of that.

Also, Joe Scarp, owner and broker of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Phoenician Properties, called into the podcast to shed some insight on what kind of real estate trends we can expect here in Arizona and how the baby boomers will provide an impact on the state’s economy.

Hit play below to tune into this weeks podcast about the baby boomers generation, and don’t forget to leave a comment!

 

Kitchen designed by Faizi Urban Design

Have A Small Kitchen? Learn How To Make It Look Larger

Phoenix Metro is the 5th largest city in the United States, and we are seeing that more urban living optionsKitchen designed by Faizi Urban Design are growing. Unfortunately, these new smaller, urban living options — like lofts, condos and townhouses — are not as roomy as a traditional single-family home in the suburbs.

So, we end up compromising on some things — two bedrooms instead of three, tiny bathrooms, no wall space for your 32-inch plasma, and/or just enough room for a sink in the kitchen.

The kitchen is the heart of our home. Candlelit dinners, family brunches and birthday parties – they all begin here. A well laid out kitchen allows us to spend more time with loved ones; and a beautiful kitchen turns the cooking and baking hours into an enjoyable, warm experience.

Making the best use of a small space is tough, but it’s definitely achievable and well worth the initial planning you put into it. Smaller spaces just mean that you need to think a bit more creatively.

    TIPS TO MAKE YOUR KITCHEN LOOK LARGER

  • Think about choice of color.
  • Keeping walls and ceilings light and bright is always a top tip, especially if you have no windows.
  • Pay attention to the right type of flooring.
  • Sticking to the basics, choosing light cabinetry and opting for a darker bench top will create a flow between the walls, flooring and bench space and create an illusion of space.
  • The most expensive aspect of the kitchen is the appliances; try to stick with stainless steel or stainless steel finish products.
  • Think simple. Avoid cluttering this small space with too many counter-top appliances and accessories.

The exterior appearance of a small and well functioning kitchen is important. It is also just as important to feel happy in the space. The essentials to a kitchen are sometimes minimal, but without things like adequate bench space and the correct placement of appliances, you can become fairly dissatisfied pretty quickly.

Kitchen designed by Faizi Urban Design

Keep things simple and functional through cabinetry that has multi-leveled capabilities. Choose a trim-lined fridge and freezer systems, or chic, well-designed ovens and gas tops. Or, try open shelving with space for hooks and pot racks; these ideas are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to selecting the fun stuff for your small kitchen.

So, if you don’t have the imagination or time to lay out your smaller kitchen, let an interior designer do the work so you can save, enjoy and have endless family meals in your new kitchen space.

For more articles by Omer, please visit www.faiziurbandesign.com/blog

Intern Opportunity at AZ Big Media

Internship Opportunity At AZNow.Biz

AZNow.Biz is looking for interns. AZNow.Biz is a web companion to Arizona Business Magazine, Arizona’s largest and most reputable bi-monthly business magazine.

AZ Big Media, AZNow.Biz’s parent company, is expanding rapidly and looking to create several websites in the next few years, which makes it the perfect place to gain priceless experience.

We are looking for interns in several areas:

  • Graphics
  • Editorial
  • Design
  • Website Development

Interns work in a hands-on manner in an open and inviting environment, perfect for fostering learning and creativity. Ideas are not only welcome – they are encouraged.

At AZNow.Biz, we’re creating a top of the line website and are always looking to add more intelligent and diverse content to our website. As an intern you would have many opportunities to be published on AZNow.Biz. We are a lifestyle and business website, which means almost no topic is off limits.

Please submit your resume and portfolio of previous work (if applicable) to AZ Big Media’s assistant Web editor Kristine Cannon at kristine.cannon@azbigmedia.com.

Craig Jackson of Barrett Jackson

Craig Jackson – CEO Of Barrett-Jackson

When Craig Jackson took control of his family’s business, Barrett-Jackson, following the death of his father and brother in 1993 and 1995, respectively, he inherited a company that took in $15 million from one automobile auction. He was ready for the challenge, however, having grown up in the business and working in various roles. Today, the company has grown to three auctions — one in Scottsdale, one in Palm Beach, Fla., and one in Las Vegas — and made roughly $135 million at its 2008 auctions. But to achieve that growth, Jackson had to make several changes.

“My goal was to make it more inclusive and more of a family-oriented lifestyle event, whereas before, you’d call it the boys club,” Jackson says. “(It wasn’t) something the wives felt like they had their own place.”

Live television coverage on the SPEED Network, an active Web presence, myriad vendors of food, clothing and accessories, and a fashion show were all among the auction’s new image. Jackson also broadened the core of the auction — its selection of automobiles.

“Car collecting now isn’t just classics,” he says. “It’s everything that’s got collectability and uniqueness to it. It’s a much broader hobby and industry.

“To have sustainability in this business, you need to have new collectors and a much broader assortment because some things are hot one year and some things are cold another,” he continues. “We’re like the New York Stock Exchange — we sell commodities from all sorts of different types of cars to all sorts of different types of buyers in an open arms-like transaction.”

The current economy, Jackson says, has not had too much of an impact on the business as of yet. The auctions are still garnering a lot of attention. The 2008 Scottsdale auction alone had an attendance of 286,000 people, 30 percent of whom flew in from out of state. However, he is planning some cutbacks in regard to logistics for the auction, including ending the auction earlier than usual. This year’s Scottsdale auction runs from Jan. 11-18 at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

The tourism industry in Arizona is heading in the right direction during this time, Jackson says, but it needs everyone to work together in order to make it stronger.

“Tourism is one of those things that needs constant looking after,” he explains. “There’s constantly a game plan by other states and cities to whittle away at it; this one should have a game plan how not to allow that to happen and not take it for granted. … There are other communities that are very aggressive and their job is to come steal what we have here, and if there’s nobody making sure we’re all getting the support we need, then all of the sudden (moving an event) seems pretty attractive.”

It’s especially important that Arizona municipalities work together, considering that other destinations don’t consider the state a threat, Jackson says. He attended a meeting in Las Vegas when the city government was voting on funding for a new convention center, and while there he saw a chart that listed other cities considered to be their competition — and Phoenix wasn’t listed.

“They’ve already discounted us,” he says, “and that was pretty telling. … It’s in Scottsdale’s best interest, it’s in Phoenix’s, it’s in Paradise Valley’s, it’s in everybody’s to work together collaboratively. … I think it’s turning in the right direction. We’ve let it atrophy for a while, but it needs, actually, an infusion of capital and attention.”

www.barrett-jackson.com

Baker Scottsdale

Baker Scottsdale Enters The Arizona Market With A Diverse Selection Of Quality Home Products

The Netherlands — a place of supreme diversity — is home to the Dutch, a people known for their spirit of exploration. Like the inquisitive and adventurous people from this area, Siebe Baker was no different. Baker embarked on his own pilgrimage when he immigrated to the U.S. and started his own company in 1890. More than a century later, the nationwide store now known as Baker Knapp and Tubbs is known for its craftsmanship classic furniture, custom-selected materials and fine detailing.

The company’s products are best recognized for their classic style and quality. Materials are separately chosen for each individual product, resulting in superior features and characteristics. Sophisticated artisans use traditional techniques such as carving, hand planing, upholstery, inlay, marquetry and veneering. All products have a signature finish that is painstakingly applied by hand coloring.

It is only appropriate this level of quality furniture be housed in an equally superior showroom that’s truly like no other. Baker joined forces with its sister company, McGuire, to open Baker Scottsdale, a new location in the Scottsdale Airpark. An arched doorway unites the two stores to form a resource-rich hub for furniture, exclusive textiles and leathers all under one roof.

The 3,783-square-foot showroom’s black flooring and cream-colored walls provide a simple backdrop for the impressive array of furniture, lighting and accessories on display. Creatively exhibited in lifestyle categories — contemporary, casual and traditional — the displays feature one of the largest retail presentations of Baker products in the country, housing more than 20 in-house and designer collections, as well as an assortment of complementary items.

“The items selected for the Scottsdale location reflect a combination of our newest and most fashion-forward designer collections balanced by an assortment of the distinctive, classic looks long associated with Baker and McGuire,” says Lee Russ, business development manager for Kohler Interiors.

With the customer always in mind, staff members offer floor planning assistance and can visit customers’ homes for design consultations. For more complicated projects, customers are referred to independent design professionals who have access to the showroom.

“Together with (the collections) and the ability of our staff to special order any item, finish or option in the entire product range, (this) makes Baker Scottsdale a premier venue for two of America’s premier furniture brands,” Russ says.

Marta Szwaya, vice president of showrooms and stores for Baker Knapp and Tubbs agrees. 

“Previously, our retail customers simply haven’t been exposed to things like our lighting gallery and our proprietary accessories,” she says.  “Together with an innovative new resource area and many custom finish options, all of this promises to finally put the creative experience on the level of the brand.”

The company has high hopes the new location will be a popular shopping destination.

“Scottsdale is a very affluent and quality-focused city, with tremendous support for architecture and the performing arts,”  says Rachel D. Kohler, group president of Kohler Interiors. “This is a place where people have a passion for their home.”

The opening of the new store brings to life Kohler Interiors’ long-term goal to showcase a full range of its businesses at one location and create a truly pragmatic shopping destination. Flanking the Baker Scottsdale showroom will be the final two businesses under the Kohler Interiors umbrella with the opening of McGuire and Ann Sacks, which carries tile, stone and luxury plumbing products.

Baker Scottsdale’s mission statement sums it up to a tee: “Each day we strive to inspire and fulfill a higher level of gracious living for our customers, through design that distinguishes, quality that endures, and service that delights.

www.bakerfurniture.com