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Consumer Confidence

Consumer Confidence In The New Year Will Influence Buying Decisions

Employment and real estate prices have regularly influenced our economy over the last century. Recently, they have negatively compounded the economic crisis and will most likely continue to be an issue as we fight through to recovery.

What will it take to change the direction of unemployment and low real estate prices? It begins with corporate confidence and consumer spending. Due to the challenges we currently face, many corporations have held on to large amounts of cash. Until corporations feel the worst is behind us and start deploying their large cash reserves, we will see a delay in our recovery. These large cash reserves will be used for research and development, marketing, and most importantly, hiring. Over time, people’s confidence will increase due to hiring, and as this happens people will begin to tap into their savings to start buying goods and services such as clothes, small home appliances, automobiles and vacations.

As more time goes on and we experience improvement with unemployment, people will begin to feel more confident and see the opportunity to invest in the markets. Doors will open for new opportunity for individuals to consider buying homes again. People who thought that owning a home was once out of their reach can now afford to buy. Home buying will certainly increase as we see unemployment decrease, which will benefit most of us — as long as we don’t get greedy again. Slowly, both will recover. Unemployment will most likely come down before real estate goes back up.

Everything is cyclical. Eventually, low unemployment and higher real estate prices will help the economy again. How long will it take? We don’t know. Recovery from a crisis such as the recent recession will take longer than we think. Be patient and use the knowledge we have learned from this recession to plan appropriately for the next crisis.

Arizona Business Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Janet Perez

The Buzz on AZNow.Biz – October 25, 2010

There’s a lot of information headed your way, starting with our Buzz story. There’s a new health-care model that combines a doctor’s regular practice with  special one-on-one care for wealthy patients. It’s called hybrid-concierge care. Our health columnist, Dr. Michael Covalciuc, says we have to create our own health screening strategies. Our work force columnist, Marcia Rhodes, looks at  how cost cutting-employers are keeping paid time off programs.


Summer Ranch House

Western Mountain Cuisine At Hidden Meadow Ranch

Eat & Tell

Western Mountain Cuisine at Hidden Meadow Ranch is a Best Kept Secret No More

 

Rustic and luxurious Hidden Meadow Ranch, located just outside of Greer, is a year round, five-star-quality ranch offering high-end cabin rentals and property for sale along with a handful of outdoor activities, most of which are closed to the public. Fortunately, dining at the Lodge is one exception.

eat_and_tellHidden Meadow Ranch’s Lodge is a destination dining experience. Because it’s located in Northern Arizona’s high country, it’s not a place you pop in last minute. It’s a great incentive to take a scenic weekend road trip, perfect for celebrating a special occasion or as a reward for a day spent hiking or skiing. Approximately 15 percent of people dining at the Lodge come for the food only and are not cabin guests or living on property. A best kept secret no longer, this gourmet mountain cuisine is worth the drive.

The striking, 5,500-square-foot building made of hand-peeled logs is where all meals are served in casual elegance. During colder months, an enormous fireplace provides a cozy backdrop for the indoor dining area. When the ground thaws, meals are also served on a wrap-around porch overlooking a field of wildflowers.

A seasonal menu offers dishes with sophisticated, yet rugged flair. From main courses like stuffed pork loin with spinach wild mushroom phyllo to complimentary rosemary bread served with molasses-thick balsamic vinegar—Executive Sous Chef Joe Stoiber creates dishes with a delightful twist of the unexpected.

Food Review
Arizona Business Magazine Aug-Sept 2006Achiote-Marinated Elk Tenderloin—one of the best meals I’ve had. Ever. So good in fact, I wanted to order it for every meal thereafter: breakfast, lunchand dinner (and that’s coming from a borderline vegetarian). One bite and you’ll be a believer, too. The Lodge’s specialty and served year round, the New Zealand elk is teamed with braised red cabbage. The meat is remarkably more tender than the accompanying mushroom whiskey demi. Heaven.

Pan Seared Lump Crab Cakes—You wouldn’t think seafood served in the middle of a forest in Northern Arizona would be a party for the taste buds. Sometimes it’s nice to be wrong. Roasted corn relish and sweet Chile aioli accompany the appetizer that is just as tasty as it is pretty.

Green Chili Macaroni and Cheese—This supped up version of the staple comfort food has benign spiciness. The cheese gives it a thick, mild demeanor that kids and adults will enjoy.

Crème Brule—After breaking the caramelized surface of this favorite, the delicious body underneath has a pleasant cotton candy-like aftertaste.

 

 

Arizona Business Magazine Aug/Sept 2006