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As You Wish opening 7th studio at Westgate

Children explore art at As You Wish.

Children explore art at As You Wish.

Local “paint your own” pottery studio, As You Wish, celebrates its 19th anniversary and business success with the opening of its 7th studio in Glendale, Ariz.

One of the first paint-your-own pottery studios in the nation and the first in Arizona, As You Wish’s planned 2,109 square-foot studio next to AMC Theatres at the
Westgate Entertainment District, is a formula that has worked well for many of its other studios in the Phoenix metro area, yielding yearly growth of 5% in the last several years.

“Westgate Entertainment District is a natural fit for our seventh store,” says Scott Neff, who owns As You Wish with wife Lori Neff. The couple lives in Chandler, Ariz., where they opened their last studio in 2012. “We look forward to becoming part of the Glendale community and reaching new customers and families to help them create special memories through creative adventures at As You Wish.”

With the Super Bowl scheduled for Feb. 2015 at nearby University of Phoenix stadium, As You Wish expects many new families will join residents to opt for its special “Artistic Adventure.” While the studio opens it doors officially on September 20th, customers are invited to Glendale’s Grand Opening to enjoy discounted $1.90 sitting fees (usually $8 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and under) and $19 Gift Cards which will be raffled off several times each day during the
Anniversary weekend on Sept. 20th and 21st.

The same anniversary offer is available at all seven As You Wish studios that weekend.

“This is truly a celebration for our customers who have shared their time, experiences and memories in our studios,” saya owner Lori Neff. “We are proud to be a place for people to come together in a safe, fun, family environment and share an artistic adventure.”

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Westgate Firework Fest Will Light Up 4th of July

The sky will light up over Westgate Entertainment District this Fourth of July for the second annual Westgate Firework Fest presented by Sanderson Ford on Friday, July 4 from 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. during the West Valley’s largest fireworks show and festival.

Last year, more than 30,000 people turned out for the first-annual event and this year promises to be even more patriotic. The free, family-friendly event also has ample, convenient and free parking that will be available at all parking lots surrounding Westgate Entertainment District.

Arrive before all the festivities kick off at 5 p.m. to take advantage of all-day dining and shopping deals at participating tenants and have the kids play and cool off at Fountain Park’s Splash Pad, near AMC Theatres. From 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., live bands will perform on two stages. Radio Disney Phoenix will be hosting the family stage, located at Fountain Park, where national pop recording group, Before You Exit, will be performing. There will be a special fan meet-and-greet with the band following their performance. The second stage will be located at WaterDance Plaza, in front of Jobing.com Arena, with a variety of Rock, Blues, Country, Soul, R&B, Contemporary Funk performances by local talents Carvin Jones Band, Morgan Leigh Band, The Reality Band and Fat Tree.

An All-American Classic Car Show will line Coyotes Boulevard and Westgate Boulevard and display dozens of classic cars, from the 1980s and older. For the 21-and-over crowd, a beer garden will be setup near WaterDance Plaza with a broad selection of beer choices.

Bring blankets or lawn chairs and picnic in the park and the plaza with “Grab & Go” dining deals from participating Westgate restaurants before and during the 15-minute fireworks show at 9pm.

All restaurant tenants will be open with regular menu offerings along with varying holiday specials and discounts. The following tenants will have Fourth of July “Grab & Go” dining deals:

Calico Jack’s Mexican Cantina
Two tacos (carne asada or chicken) with chips and salsa for $5.
http://www.calicojacksglendale.com, 623-877-5225

McFadden’s
Grab & Go Dinner Box for $5 that includes a sandwich, chips, and a soda (juice box and fruit snacks available for children).
http://www.mcfaddensglendale.com, 623-872-0022

The Shout! House
Burger, fries, and a soda for $8. Doors open at 5pm.
http://www.theshouthouse.com/az , 623-772-1500

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
For kids, chicken tenders with French fries and drink for $6.99. For adults, Club Wrap with French fries and a drink for $9.99.
www.facebook.com/margaritavilleglendale
, 623-772-0011

Shane’s Rib Shack
Three-piece, freshly made chicken tenders, or a Big Dad BBQ Pork Sandwich, with the choice of coleslaw, potato salad, or baked beans, and a 20 oz. drink for $6.
www.shanesribshack.com , 623-877-7427

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant
Traditional and combination dinner entrees including soup, salad and rice starting at $11.95.
http://www.kabukirestaurants.com , 623-772-9832

Johnny Rockets
Hamburger or hotdog, chips, cookie and a drink for $8.50.
www.johnnyrockets.com , 623-877-2977

Which Wich
A small combo that includes a small Wich, chips or a cookie and a small drink for $6.
www.whichwich.com , 623-977-9424

Mama Gina’s
Sandwich, chips and a soda for $7.95.
http://mamaginaspizzeria.com
, 623-872-0300

Cold Stone Creamery
A 7.5 oz. Signature Creation and a bottle of water for $5
www.coldstonecreamery.com , 623-877-1580

Westgate Entertainment District is partnering with Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa for a “Stay & Play” package offer. Enjoy a one-night stay for $89 or a two-night stay for only $139. Plus, everyone who books a two-night stay is automatically entered for a chance to stay for free. One lucky winner will be drawn on Sunday, July 6 and surprised with their free stay upon check-out.

Westgate Firework Fest presented by Sanderson Ford is sponsored by Westgate Entertainment District, BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona, Dignity Health St. Josephs Westgate Medical Center, West Valley Resort, Metro PCS and in partnership with the City of Glendale. Westgate will be making a donation to Fighter Country Partnership and Policy Unity Tour will be the beneficiary of the sales in the beer garden.

For more information on the event, visit www.westgateaz.com/fourth.

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Spring Training Deals at Westgate District

It’s time to play ball! There is no better time to enjoy a spring afternoon, the smell of freshly cut grass and the thrill of cheering on your favorite baseball team than during Spring Training in Arizona.

Baseball reigns supreme in Glendale and the West Valley from February 26 to March 29 where five ballparks host more than half of the MLB teams in the Cactus League.

With over 20 restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues, Westgate Entertainment District is the hub of activity for baseball fans looking to grab a bite, a few beers and sweet treats or enjoy live music and a little shopping before or after the game.

Westgate has partnered with Camelback Ranch-Glendale, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox, to offer a flat Discount Cab rate from Westgate to the ballpark for only $15.

All season long, fans are encouraged to show their ticket stub to take advantage of the many deals offered by Westgate tenants including:

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant
Show your same-day ticket stub to receive 20 percent off your bill. Not valid during happy hour and reverse happy hour. Excludes alcohol, tax, gratuity and the purchase of gift cards. One offer per party, per table, per visit. Cannot be combined with other offers or rewards. For dine-in only.
http://www.kabukirestaurants.com , 623-772-9832

McFadden’s
Enjoy 15 percent off your total bill when you show your ticket stub. The discount does not apply on event and game days.
http://www.mcfaddensglendale.com , 623-872-0010

Just Sports
Receive 20 percent off one regular-priced item when you show your ticket stub.
www.justsportsaz.com , 623-872-9490

The Shout! House
Show your ticket stub to receive a $1 well drink or $1 domestic draft.
http://www.theshouthouse.com/az , 623-772-1500

Cold Stone Creamery
Cool down with a sweet treat and receive 10 percent off any order with a same-day ticket stub (excluding gift card purchases).
www.coldstonecreamery.com , 623-877-1580

Saddle Ranch Chop House
Guests will receive 20 percent off their total bill when they show their same-day ticket stub.
http://www.srrestaurants.com/glendale , 623-889-7770

IT’SUGAR
Enjoy 20 percent off bulk candy with your spring training ticket stub. Promote code: ST14.
www.itsugar.com , 623-877-8124

Razzleberriez Frozen Yogurt
Buy one yogurt, get the second one 50 percent off when you show your same-day ticket stub. Additionally, receive $5 off when you purchase $25 or more. Discounted yogurt of equal of lesser value; offer cannot be combined with other offers.
www.razzleberriezyogurt.com , 623-877-3542

Which Wich
Receive free chips or a cookie with every wich purchase when you show your ticket stub.
www.whichwich.com , 623-977-9424

M.U.G. Men’s Ultimate Grooming
Enjoy 20 percent off the Ultimate Haircut or Ultimate Shave when you show your ticket stub.
www.mugonline.co , 623-772-7279

la Lady Boutique
Enjoy 20 percent off anything in the boutique when you show your ticket stub.
www.facebook.com/laLadyDesigns , 623-872-9677

For more information about Spring Training deals, visit www.westgateaz.com/springtraining. For information on Westgate Entertainment District, a retailer directory or to see what’s happening today, visit www.westgateaz.com.

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Coyotes Season Kicks off at Westgate District

The Phoenix Coyotes are back in action starting Thursday, Oct. 3 for the home opener against the Rangers and fans can expect special offers and discounts all season long.

Westgate Entertainment District is the perfect place to grab a bite, sweet treat or refreshing beer or cocktail before or after the game and tenants are pulling out all the stops when fans show their ticket stub on home game days. Coyotes discounts and specials at Westgate include:

McFadden’s
15 percent off your total bill after any Coyotes with a game-day ticket stub.
http://www.mcfaddensglendale.com, 623-872-0022

Whiskey Rose
15 percent off your total bill after any Coyotes with a game-day ticket stub.
www.whiskeyrosewestgate.com , 623-877-7673

Calico Jack’s
Receive a complimentary House Margarita or Domestic Draft with the purchase of any entrée with a game-day ticket stub.
www.calicojacksglendale.com, 623-877-5225

Just Sports
20 percent off one regular-priced item with a game-day ticket stub.
www.justsportsaz.com , 623-872-9490

Which Wich
FREE house chips or a cookie with the purchase of any Wich and $10 off any catering tray. Offer valid any day of the week with a Coyotes ticket stub.
www.whichwich.com , 623-977-9424

Shane’s Rib Shack
FREE 10-piece traditional chicken wings with the purchase of 20-piece traditional wings and 15 percent discount on all catering orders with a game-day ticket stub.
www.shanesribshack.com , 623-877-7427

Hell’s Half Acre
Coyotes fans who show their ticket game-day ticket stub will receive their first drink on the house.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hells-Half-Acre/103233899752665, 623-877-8447

Razzleberriez Frozen Yogurt
Buy one yogurt, get one 50 percent off of equal or lesser value with a game-day ticket stub.
facebook.com/RazzleItUpWestgate, 623-877-3542

The Shout! House
Free cover for you and a guest with a game-day ticket stub.. Must be 21 or older.
http://www.theshouthouse.com/az , 623-772-1500

Cold Stone Creamery
10 percent discount to those who present their game-day ticket stub.
www.coldstonecreamery.com , 623-877-1580

IT’SUGAR
15 percent off bulk candy purchases with a game-day ticket stub.
www.itsugar.com, 623-877-8124

Johnny Rockets
10 percent off your entire bill when you present a Coyotes ticket stub any day of the week, except game days.
www.johnnyrockets.com , 623-877-2977

Mama Gina’s
10 percent off your entire bill (excludes personal pizza and liquor) with a game-day ticket stub.
http://mamaginaspizzeria.com, 623-872-0300

la Lady Boutique
FREE hair accessory (up to a $10 value) with your next handbag, jewelry, or hat purchase over $25 with a game-day ticket stub.
www.facebook.com/laladydesigns , 623-872-9677

M.U.G.
20 percent off the Ultimate Haircut or shave with a game-day ticket stub.
www.mugonline.com , 623-772-7279

Samira’s Accessories
15 percent off your next purchase with a game-day ticket stub. One coupon per day, per purchase.
http://www.samirasaccessories.webs.com/

So-Oh! Fashion
$10 off any purchase of $30 or more with a game-day ticket stub.
623-877-8546

For more information, visit www.westgateaz.com.

Architectural Photography by Michael Baxter, Baxter Imaging LLC

Cardinals to Host Game Day Parties at Westgate

The Arizona Cardinals and Westgate Entertainment District have teamed up this season to host a fan-friendly, Cardinals pre-game party before every home game at Westgate’s WaterDance Plaza, adjacent to the $6 million Bellagio-esque dancing fountains starting with the team’s home opener vs. Detroit on Sept. 15.

The pre-game festivities will begin three hours before kickoff and will include live music, free Cardinals Cheerleaders autograph sessions, Cardinals-themed inflatables, photo boards and stands and other fan-friendly and interactive experiences. The Cardinals will also provide an outdoor beer garden on the plaza as another venue for fans to enjoy the pre-game atmosphere before walking over to University of Phoenix Stadium.

Westgate Entertainment District has long hosted game-day activities, but this will mark the first season that such entertainment is coordinated with and hosted by the Cardinals.

“Westgate has always been a pre-game hub of fan activity, and we look at this cooperative relationship with the Cardinals as a way of expanding upon and broadening that experience,” said Jeff Teetsel, Westgate’s development manager. “The result will be a festive, Cardinals-themed fan environment, with an outdoor beer garden to complement the more than 15 restaurants we have.”

“We know that Cardinals home games are a day-long event for so many fans and pre-game traditions and rituals are a very big part of their game day experience,” said Ron Minegar, the Cardinals Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. “Providing as many quality options as possible only enhances that. We think this Westgate activation along with the pre-game festivities on the Great Lawn as well as new initiatives being rolled out on the plaza area around University of Phoenix Stadium will ensure that the Cardinals game day atmosphere remains among the best in the National Football League.”

Westgate Entertainment District offers easy and convenient $10 game-day parking during regular season games in the five parking lots that surround the center. A parking map and information can be found at www.westgateaz.com/visitorinfo/parking. For more information about Westgate and a retailer directory, visit www.westgateaz.com.  For more information about the Arizona Cardinals and the 2013 schedule, visit www.arizonacardinals.com.

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Two New Tenants Coming to Westgate in August

IT’SUGAR and RazzleberrieZ will open their doors this August at Westgate Entertainment District, adding even more family-friendly variety for West Valley patrons to enjoy.

IT’SUGAR, best known nationally as a novelty candy store, offers the world’s largest boxes of Nerds, Sweethearts and Pop Rocks, five pound Gummy Bears as well as candy themed accessories like Tootsie Roll shaped pillows and candy scented lotions. The new store will offer a fully stocked candy bar filled with a variety of favorites like gummy bears, hard shell candies, gumballs and much more. IT’SUGAR will be located in the 2,543 square-foot space next to Margaritaville, across from Yard House in the former Ride Makers location. Opening August 28, this is the first West Valley location for the company with four other Arizona stores in Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix.

“IT’SUGAR is the ultimate mixture of fun and indulgence. A little naughty mixed with a lot of nice.  With a nod toward sweetness and a wink toward irreverence, our goal is to bring out the inner child in all of us,” said Larry DeBerry of IT’SUGAR. “All of us at IT’SUGAR are thrilled to be a part of the outstanding lineup of retail, dining and entertainment offerings at Westgate. This will be our fifth location in the Arizona market, joining the 50+ other IT’SUGAR worldwide locations.”

With two Valley locations, RazzleberrieZ will open its third store at Westgate the first week of August, opening across from Yard House and next to IT’SUGAR. RazzleberrieZ offers the finest line of premium, low calorie, fat-free and dairy-free frozen yogurt, some with no sugar added. Guests can choose from over 70 toppings like fresh cut fruit, healthy granola, trendy mochi, Ghirardelli syrups and more.

“We are pleased to announce these two new leases, which is yet another indication of our positive leasing momentum,” said Jeff Teetsel, development manager of Westgate Entertainment District. “Like our leases with Chipotle in the Mexican fast-casual segment and Buffalo Wild Wings in the sports-bar niche, IT’SUGAR is the recognized market leader for candy stores and another example of the quality of tenants we have successfully targeted and attracted.”

For more information about Westgate Entertainment District, a retailer directory or to see what’s happening today, visit www.westgateaz.com.

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Terminix Bringing 300 Jobs to Glendale

iStar Financial announced today that Terminix, the world’s largest pest control provider, will open a new customer care center at Westgate Entertainment District in October that will bring as many as 300 jobs to Arizona and help invigorate activity within the office buildings of the Entertainment District.

At 32,800 square feet, the deal is the largest office lease in Westgate’s history. The Memphis, Tenn.-based company is expanding its customer service operations to Arizona and will take over the entire second floor of the east office building beginning October 1.

“With Westgate’s attributes, including over 15 on-site restaurants and abundant parking, we strategically and aggressively targeted large corporate users and are pleased to announce the full-floor lease to Terminix,” said Jeff Teetsel, development manager of Westgate Entertainment District. “This is the largest office lease in Westgate’s history, and is another indication of our positive momentum. With our direct freeway access and ease and efficiency for employees to walk to lunch, we have a uniquely desirable mixed-use environment for office tenants.”

The announcement comes on the heels of strong leasing activity at Westgate Entertainment District in recent months including signed leases from Buffalo Wild Wings and Whiskey Rose Bar & Grill and the recent openings of Chipotle, Gallery Glendale and The Arizona Republic, which relocated its West Valley office earlier this year.

“This lease is a validation of the market’s response to the nearly $1 million in investments iStar has made in upgrades to the property over the past year that includes improving the parking lot and common areas and installing new signage to benefit office tenants,” said Teetsel.

Terminix, a company with revenues exceeding $1.3 billion, is the largest subsidiary of ServiceMaster, one of the world’s largest residential service networks. Terminix services more than 3 million residential and commercial customers in 47 states and 14 countries.

“This new Arizona facility reinforces our commitment to enhancing the Terminix customer experience and providing one-call resolution to any customer questions or concerns,” said Larry Pruitt, president of Terminix.  “Terminix already earns best-in-class service ratings from customers, and this new center will help us take that service to an even higher level.”

Terminix conducted a site selection process throughout the western United States, narrowed the focus to Denver, Salt Lake City and Phoenix, and ultimately selected metro Phoenix and Glendale specifically.

CBRE’s Bryan Taute and Brad Anderson represented the landlord and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Aaron Sommer, of the Atlanta office, and Geoffrey Waldrom and Dan Dobric, of the Phoenix office, represented the tenant.

The City of Glendale Economic Development Department worked to expedite permit processing and coordination to help the tenant meet its expedited occupancy target date. Jeanine Jerkovic in City’s Economic Development department coordinated the City’s efforts, along with Department Director Brian Friedman.

For more information about Westgate Entertainment District, visit www.westgateaz.com.

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Generating Big Business out West

Nearly all retailers and restaurateurs will tell you that the key to having a successful business is largely based on the old adage – location, location, location.

For several national entertainment and restaurant brands with Valley-wide locations, revenue figures indicate that the West Valley now ranks number one in market share, with their top-producing stores at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale.

The bolstering of year-over-year revenue figures for nearly all of the big-name tenants at Westgate is largely attributed to the support of iStar Financial, who took ownership of Westgate Entertainment District in September of 2011. More than $300,000 in improvements and beautification have been made to Westgate’s common areas over the past year. Additionally, a strong focus has been placed on a better targeted and promoted events schedule, the hiring of Vestar to aggressively market and manage the property and the engagement with tenants to refocus their marketing and promotional efforts.

“By far, my most profitable store in Arizona is at Westgate,” said Rip Riva, owner of Johnny Rockets and JR Burger Grill, who has four other Valley locations of the popular all-American restaurant, including Scottsdale Fashion Square, Shops at Norterra, Arrowhead and Gateway Pavilion in Avondale. “I’ve been in the restaurant business for 40 years and have owned more than 30 different franchise restaurants. There’s now a synergy at Westgate that you can’t find anywhere else. With all of the events taking place, we’re seeing a constant increase in new customers. In the past few months, there is a new feeling, a new look and a new attitude. I’ve been at Westgate since the beginning and I just extended my lease another five years.”

Similarly, AMC Theatres at Westgate, which is the largest AMC in the state featuring 20 screens and an IMAX, is the top revenue producing AMC Theatres in Arizona. Yard House, with three Arizona locations, notes Westgate as its biggest revenue generating restaurant in the state. And, Saddle Ranch Chop House, with one location in Old Town Scottsdale and the other at Westgate, cites Glendale as its top-producing restaurant.

“The West Valley is a big market for us,” said Jeff Hall, owner of Which Wich at Westgate. “Westgate is our cornerstone location and our success there has allowed us to expand to other parts of the state including Tucson and two soon-to-open locations in the East Valley. We’ve seen about a 15 percent increase to our top-line revenue over last year. Between the concerts, on-site and nearby sporting events, movie theatre and very loyal office lunch crowd, there’s a formula there that just works.”

In September, Just Sports expanded their Westgate location, adding an additional 1,000 square feet to the existing 2,000 square feet, making it the company’s flagship location. Their Glendale location is their highest producing store among 18 stores on the West Coast.

Westgate Entertainment District encompasses more than 25 restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues including Yard House, The Shout! House, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, Johnny Rockets, Which Wich and AMC Theatres. More than 250 events take place a year ranging from live music every Friday and Saturday night at Fountain Park to Bike Nights, Radio Disney Wednesdays, a holiday ice rink and fan experience events.

Westgate is anchored by Jobing.com Arena, home to the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, headlining concerts and major events, and is adjacent to the University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.

For more information about Westgate Entertainment District and a retailer directory, visit www.westgatecitycenter.com.