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Westgate will host National Dance Day Zumba party

This Saturday, get up and dance in celebration of National Dance Day at Westgate Entertainment District with a fun Zumba class from Zumba Tasha!

The easy-to-follow dance and fitness party is a free, family-friendly event and is open to the public. Guests can register starting at 7pm on Saturday, July 25 with the Zumba class starting at 8pm in the Events Plaza.

After an uplifting outdoor Zumba class, pop in to any of Westgate’s bars and restaurants to keep the party going! Grab a bite to eat and enjoy a few well deserved drinks.

Event details include:

  • National Dance Day Zumba Party
  • Located at the Events Plaza at Westgate Entertainment District
  • Saturday, July 25
  • The Zumba class begins at 8:00pm. Registration opens at 7:00pm.
  • Zumba from Zumba Tasha.
  • Enjoy music, dancing and more.
  • FREE, open to all ages and abilities.
  • Don’t forget to hydrate and bring water!
Westgate Wednesdays - Excited Kids Crowd

Westgate’s free activities offer endless summer fun

All summer long Westgate Entertainment District is the go-to West Valley destination for free, family-friendly events and activities for all ages.

Whether it’s live music under the stars, kids cooling off at the Splash Pad on a warm afternoon, checking out over 1,000 bikes during Bike Night, meet-and-greets with movie-characters during Westgate Wednesdays or taking advantage of happy hour deals after a Cardinals Training Camp game – Westgate will be bustling almost every night of the week.

With over 20 restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues, there is no shortage of options when it comes to grabbing a bite, some sweet treats or ice-cold beverages while enjoying these activities:  

Live Music Under the Stars

Every Friday and Saturday night, live music from talented local bands share their sounds at Fountain Park from 6:30pm-9:30pm. Sit back, relax and enjoy music under the stars while the kids play at the Splash Pad. Ranging from rock, funk, soul and jazz, bands include Interfate, Ratio, Ghandi’s Garage, Kenny Love & The Rock-er-fellas, to name a few. You’re bound to see people break into dance, too! http://www.westgateaz.com/events/live-music/.

Splash Pad

Open daily from 10am-10pm, the Splash Pad at Fountain Park is always a family favorite. Families and friends alike can share in laughter as they pop in and out of spouting-streams of water and enjoy a sunny, Arizona afternoon. http://www.westgateaz.com/experience/amenities/.

Cardinals Camp

Arizona Cardinals Training Camp is returning to Glendale for the third year and Westgate Entertainment District is in walking distance of the pre-season practices. Cardinals Training Camp typically opens two weeks before the first preseason game, which is Saturday, Aug. 15 with practices from 2:00pm to 4:30pm. With so many happy hour specials at Westgate, it is easy to make your trip to the Training Camp and all-day event. The full Training Camp schedule can be found at: http://www.azcardinals.com/

Bike Night

Motorcycles are cruising into Westgate Entertainment Distinct every Thursday from 5pm-9pm this summer with Westgate Bike Night!  This hugely popular weekly event hosts close to 1,000 bikes and 1,500 guests for family-friendly fun, live music and more and will run until June 25. http://www.westgateaz.com/bikenight/.

Westgate Wednesdays

Running from June 3 through July 29, the free, family-friendly series goes from 6:00pm-7:30pm offering weekly themed events that draw hundreds of kids and parents to enjoy music, dancing, games and prize giveaways. New this year, Westgate Wednesday will have movie character meet-and-greets and photo opportunities each week. http://www.westgateaz.com/summer/.

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

Architectural Photography by Michael Baxter, Baxter Imaging LLC

Hot Rod Night and Bike Night return to Westgate

Classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles will be cruising into Westgate Entertainment District this spring with the return of Westgate Hot Rod Night and Bike Night!

The two highly anticipated, weekly events host close to 500-1,500 guests for family friendly fun, live music and more.

Hot Rod Night details include: 

  • Now underway!
  • Every Wednesday night starting March 11 through April 29, from 5:00-9:00pm.
  • Cars from the 80s and older park in WaterDance Plaza
  • Cars from the 90s and newer park on Westgate Boulevard near Fountain Park
  • Over 200 classic cars and close to 500 attendees. 
  • Classic car show in conjunction with Nancy Perry Productions. 
  • Live music.
  • Free and open to the public. 
  • http://westgateaz.com/hotrod/  

Bike Night details include: 

  • Every Thursday Night starting March 26  through June 25
  • Hosted at WaterDance Plaza from 5:00-9:00pm. 
  • Close to 1,000-1,500 bikes and attendees
  • The biggest bike night in the Valley is brought to you by Westgate in association with CycleRides.com
  • Live Music.
  • Bike Night deals from select Westgate tenants- http://www.westgateaz.com/bikenight/
  • Free and open to the public.
Architectural Photography by Michael Baxter, Baxter Imaging LLC

Phoenix Bikefest 2015 roars into Westgate

Phoenix Bikefest 2015 is back and bigger than ever, roaring into town March 26-28 at it’s new location, Westgate Entertainment District. This free event welcomes riders, spectators and enthusiasts to explore the world of motorcycles.

Live music, entertainment and demo motorcycle rides round-out the three-day event. All the biggest motorcycle manufacturers will be on-site demoing the latest products such as Harley-Davidson, Indian® Motorcycle, Yamaha, Cam-Am Spyder, Kawasaki, Star, Suzuki, Champion and Victory.

Here is the Phoenix Bikefest schedule:

Thurs. March 26 – 10am-5pm

  • 10:00am: Vendor area opens to public
  • 5:00pm: Westgate Bike Night
  • Event will start in Lot 1 and move to WaterDance Plaza at 5pm for Westgate’s Bike Night

Fri. March 27 – 10am-9pm

  • 10:00am: Vendor area opens to public
  • 4pm-5:30pm: Sour Diesel Trainwreck
  • 6:00pm-9:00pm: MMA Fights & autograph signing by Henry Cejudo

Sat. March 28 – 10am-9pm

  • 10:00am: Vendor area opens to public
  • 10:30am-3:00pm: Music & industry related product demonstrations
  • 3:00pm-4:30pm: Metalhead
  • 5:00pm-6:30pm: “Dead or Alive” the Bon Jovi Experience
  • 7:00pm-8:30pm: “TNT” the AC/DC show

The event will be located at Lot 1, just north of the AMC Theatre at Westgate Entertainment District (6770 N. Sunrise Blvd, Glendale). 

For more information, visit http://www.phoenixbikefest.com/ or www.westgateaz.com.

The Glen Condos sell for $5M

ORION Investment Real Estate is pleased to announce the successful sale of The Glen condominiums located near 63th Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Glendale, Arizona.  The condominium complex consists of 200 total units, of which 129 were just sold for $5,000,000.  The Seller in the transaction was Janet Azar and David Farjoodi of The Glen Condominiums, LLC, which is based in Woodland Hills, California.  The buyer was North63 Holdings LLC, based in Vancouver, BC.

The transaction was negotiated by Christopher Roach and Joseph Dietz of ORION Investment Real Estate based in Scottsdale.

The Glen Condominiums have great curb appeal and frontage on 63rd Avenue and is within walking distance of Harold Smith Elementary School providing a benefit to residents and their families as well as a huge rent driver for ownership. Within 5 minutes of the property is Westgate City Center, offering residents plenty of employment and entertainment through 6.5 million square feet of restaurants, bars, retail, and offices. Westgate is also home to Jobing.com Arena home to the Phoenix Coyotes and University of Phoenix Stadium home to the Arizona Cardinals. Furthermore the community is walking distance of Historic Downtown Glendale, an area known for its antique shopping, various restaurants & eateries, festivals, arts and cultural events.

ORION’s Christopher Roach noted, “The Seller purchased The Glen in early 2012 when it was highly distressed with high vacancy and in rough shape, they repositioned the property and worked with management and the in-place HOA to improve occupancy, upgrade the units and stabilize the property.  The Glen is currently a desirable place to live, and provided the buyer with a strong cash flowing investment with additional upside remaining through future rental increases.”


Things to do this week: Jan. 26 to Feb. 2

Last chance to ice-skate

Arizona’s only outdoor ice-skating rink comes down after Super Bowl weekend. The 5,442-square-foot rink has been in place on Central Avenue between Washington and Jefferson streets since late November. CitySkate offers a variety of special events throughout the rink, including theme days on Tuesdays. This week’s theme is Football Jerseys. In addition, the rink hosts Adult Skate this Saturday from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

CitySkate at CityScape, 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix, through February 2, $12

Super Bowl takes over downtown

Even if you do not have tickets to the big game on Sunday, there are still a number of events happening downtown that lead up to the big game. Starting Wednesday, Super Bowl Central will hold over thirty events. One of the largest attractions includes an 18-foot high rock-climbing wall that is a replica of the Grand Canyon. There is a concert series downtown every night beginning Wednesday that features bands such as Walk the Moon and The Roots.

Verizon Super Bowl Central, 5th Street to 1st Avenue and Jefferson to Monroe, January 28-February 1, Phoenix, free 

Super Music Series at Westgate

In addition to the Super Bowl activities in Downtown Phoenix, there are concerts all week long at Westgate. The Super Music Series is a five-day concert event that features bands from rock, pop, country, and other genres of music. Headlining bands include Los Lobos, The Chainsmokers, Eli Young Band, and Naked Eyes. The concert is hosted on the WaterDance Plaza at Westgate.

Westgate, 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale, January 28-February 1, free

Valor and Victors 5K

The NFL Valor and Victors 5K is part of the Super Bowl Run Series. The proceeds from the race benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation and the NFL Alumni Association. The top three overall finishers for men and women will receive awards as well as the top three from multiple age categories. Packet pick-up begins at 6:30 a.m. and the race starts at 8:30 a.m. After the race, there will be a post-race “tailgate” that all runners are welcome to take part in.

Arizona Canal Trail, 5th avenue & Goldwater Road, Scottsdale, January 31, $50 before January 28 or $60 after and same day

Glendale Chocolate Affaire

If you have a sweet tooth, this event is definitely for you. Over forty chocolate makers will be present in downtown Glendale for an ultimate sugar rush. There will be a variety of choices including chocolate dipped fruit, Twinkies, nuts, and more. This two-day event even has a Super Street area and Team Zones in honor of Super Bowl weekend. The Chocolate Affaire is open Friday noon-10p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-10p.m.

Murphy Park, 7010 N. 58th Ave., Glendale, January 30-31, free admission and parking

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Top Super Bowl parties across the Valley

If you can’t afford to go to the big game, you can definitely afford to party with the superstar athletes and rock stars coming into town. The game is in Glendale, but downtown Phoenix and Scottsdale have their share of events that are a must-attend.

Downtown Phoenix

1/31: Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Stage headlined by The Roots

The Roots are a hip-hop group also known for their jazz and soul elements. Jimmy Fallon’s house band is not new to the area and have headlined the McDowell Mountain Music Festival in Phoenix. The group is known for their heavy instrumental sound combined with rap that can bring out the energy of any crowd. They are one of the headliners for the Verizon Super Bowl Central, an ongoing concert series and Super Bowl block party, starting Wednesday Jan.28 until game day.

Verizon Super Bowl Central, Jefferson to Monroe Street and Central Avenue to 3rd Street., Phoenix, Saturday, Jan. 31, 8:15 p.m., Free


1/28: The Grand Canyon Experience

A 30-by-100 foot wide rock climbing station was built to emulate Arizona’s iconic Grand Canyon. This structure will have a waterfall streaming through it and an 18 foot screen. The canyon offers 20 different climbing positions that are kid-friendly and also doable by any professional.

Verizon Super Bowl Central, SW Corner of The Block between 1st and Jefferson streets, Phoenix, Wednesday, Jan.28,multiple dates and times, $5


1/24-2/1: 22nd annual NFL Experience

Ever dreamed of an NFL theme park? All week long in anticipation for the Super Bowl the NFL experience will offer free autograph sessions from NFL players, football displays, games and even a youth football clinics. A purchase of an NFLXtra wristbands will also allow unlimited times an attendant can participate.

Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, Thursday, Jan.24, multiple dates and times, $20-$35


1/29-2/1: Puppy Bowl Café

Animal Planet and the Arizona Humane Society are teaming up to present the Puppy Bowl XI at the Corner restaurant in Cityscape. There will be a football field where puppies will complete and also photo opportunities for guests to take pictures with the “players”. The Corner will open at 6 a.m. as the restaurant continues to serve food and the puppies will arrive at 10 a.m.

The Corner, 50. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Thursday, Jan. 29 through Feb. 1, 10 a.m., free



1/28-1/30: DIRECTV Super Fan Festival

Calvin Harris, Zac Brown Band, Snoop Dogg and Imagine Dragons are some of the headliners of this music festival right by the University of Phoenix Stadium. A zip line, a carnival-style shooting range and the opportunity for fans to test out new car are some of extra activities being featured. NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann of the Pittsburgh Steelers will hold a football skills challenge. Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen Experience,” will have contests and cash prizes as well.

Pendergast Family Farm, Bethany Home Road & N. 91st Avenue, Glendale, Wednesday, Jan.28 through Jan.30, 5 p.m., $99 and up


1/30 and 1/31: 20th annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire

About 40 chocolate makers will be there offering chocolate-covered strawberries, kettle corn, and cheesecake. The “Super Street” representing a Super Bowl celebration in old historic Glendale will be decorated with the colors of both teams and have NFL themed chocolate treats. There will also be live music, arts and crafts center and a rock climbing wall.

Murphy Park, 7010 N. 58th Ave., Glendale, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31, free


1/28-2/1: Super Music Series

The Chainsmokers, Los Lobos and the Eli Young Band are some of the few names that are all having free concerts before the big game. Along with a beer garden, attendants will be able to enjoy 5 days of free music. “Fans can enjoy a different genre each day—from classic rock to EDM to country to 80’s hits,” says Westgate. Westgate provides a handful of bars and restaurants surrounding the grass area will the stage will be held.

Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale, Wednesday though Sunday, Jan.28- Feb.1, 6 p.m., free


2/1: Club PrimeSport VIP Super Bowl Pregame Party

Emmitt Smith, Pro Football Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl Champion, will host the most popular VIP pregame party before the actual game. This exclusive party will have food, an open bar, NFL celebrity appearances, and entertainment.

University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, Sunday, Feb. 1., Time TBA, $625



1/28: Moves Magazine Kick-off Party presents Night Moves feat. DJ Grandmaster Flash & The Ting Tings

The Moves Magazine party is a legendary pre-Super Bowl event. Its attendees are usually a mixture of A-listers and athletes. Former Super Bowl champion and Cardinal’s own Simeon Rice, accompanied by an unannounced starlet, will co -host. The Tings Tings will give a life performance in the retro Hotel Valley Ho said to have interactive art. This hotel is designed with the fun glamour of the 80s and reminiscent of Studio 54.

Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 9:00 p.m.,$250


1/31: Bootsy Bellows Arizona Takeover hosted by Drake

Drake can literally say, “I’m at the W, but I can’t meet you in the lobby,” as he did in the hit “Bed Rock.” This pop-up party location is based on the Los Angeles nightspot Bootsy Bellows on Sunset Boulevard. Drake will be accompanied by a DJ set from William Lifestyle and reality TV star gone DJ Brody Jenner.

W Scottsdale, 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, Saturday, Jan.31, 10:00 p.m., $300



1/30: Tiësto

In the EDM world, Tiësto is often referred to as “The Greatest DJ of all time.” Also, as one of the biggest earning DJs, Tiësto is expected to have packed house and for it to sell out quick. Expect the Maya Day & Nightclub to be full with people jumping up and down with a light show over head.

Maya Day & Nightclub, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, Friday, Jan. 30, 9:00 p.m. $100


1/28: Suits and Sneakers

Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants will a fashion show dedicated to the Elevee Custom Clothing and Lifestyle line that makes custom wardrobes for celebrities and executives. Some of the models will be the NFL’s own football players like Patrick Peterson, Michael Floyd and Demaryus Thomas. This show will include a menswear line including custom suits and sneakers and definitely not one to be missed.

W Scottsdale, 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, Wednesday, Jan.28, 9 p.m., $30

Architectural Photography by Michael Baxter, Baxter Imaging LLC

New restaurants opening at Westgate

The dining scene at Westgate Entertainment District now has even more to offer with the opening of four new restaurants including Fractured Prune, Hot N Juicy Crawfish, OPA Life Greek Café and Crave Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches.

In two weeks, tens of thousands of people will descend on Westgate Entertainment District during the 2015 Pro Bowl, Super Bowl XLIX and Westgate’s own Super Music Series, a five-day free concert series leading up to Super Bowl. Beginning Weds. Jan. 28 through Super Bowl Sunday, Westgate’s WaterDance Plaza will transform into an outdoor concert venue with local and national bands hitting the stage. Each day will feature a different music genre, from classic rock and electronic dance music to country and 80’s hits. This is the Valley’s only free Super Bowl event.

“The restaurant offering at Westgate has never been more exciting or more diverse,” said David Sotolov, senior vice president of iStar Financial, owner of Westgate Entertainment District. “Football fanatics, music fans, families and those who just want to get in on the action will be coming from all over Arizona and the country to enjoy what Westgate has to offer. We’re proud to show off how significantly things have changed at Westgate in the last few years.”

These new additions to Westgate’s tenant mix brings the total number of new retail and office leases signed by owner iStar Financial to 20 since the company acquired Westgate Entertainment District.

Fractured Prune opened a1,463 square-foot location last week next to AMC Theatres, which is the third Valley location. Founded in 1976 in Ocean City, MD, the doughnut specialty shop garners crowds of doughnut lovers who line up in the early morning around the block in anticipation of tasting their own creation. Cake doughnuts are served hot and crispy on the outside and light and moist on the inside. Customers can custom-make their own doughnuts by choosing from more than 20 glazes, such as maple, mixed berry or caramel, and more than a dozen toppings. There are also pre-designed topping variations to choose from like Cookies and Cream, S’more and Strawberry Shortcake.

Hot N Juicy Crawfish is opening this Friday, serving crawfish and other seafood favorites like oysters, Dungeness crab, Blue crab, King crab, snow crab legs, lobster, clams and shrimp.  The restaurant company has eight popular restaurants with locations in California, Nevada, Florida and Washington DC. The 3,926 square-foot Glendale restaurant will be the second Arizona location.

Crave Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches, opening this week next to Johnny Rockets, is a new gourmet Belgian waffle restaurant unlike anything in the Valley from the owner of Razzleberriez Frozen Yogurt. Crave serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert and has a variety of savory and sweet waffle combinations including waffle sandwiches, salads, sweet waffle desserts and shakes.

OPA Life Greek Café, a Greek restaurant with a full-line coffee bar is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The 2,501 square-foot restaurant has a large patio overlooking Fountain Park in front of AMC. The newly launched brand, established by experienced restaurateurs, brings the liveliness of Greek culture and combine it with the flavors of the Mediterranean within an affordable dining experience.

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


Free fitness classes return to Westgate

Keep your New Year’s resolution of getting in shape by kicking it into gear with the return of Fitness in the District at Westgate Entertainment District!

The free weekly fitness series drew hundreds of participants last year and this time around, it promises to be even more popular.

• Fitness in the District at Westgate Entertainment District’s WaterDance Plaza
• Every Tuesday night from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. through February 24
• Free, open to all ages and abilities (just bring a mat!)
• Complimentary refreshments and giveaways at every class
• DJ spinning music
• Individualized instruction after class
• 1 hour fitness class
• All the details: www.westgateaz.com/fitness

Strengthen, tone, tighten and dance, all while having a blast during INSANITY®,TURBO KICK®, HIP HOP HUSTLE®, “PiYo” and ZUMBA combo classes. Certified instructors will teach the 1-hour classes on stage to bumping DJ beats, while fitness motivators work the group and assist attendees with moves and modifications as needed. Stick around after class to ask questions and receive individualized instruction.

INSANITY®, TURBO KICK®, HIP HOP HUSTLE®, “PiYo” and ZUMBA include plyometric drills, intervals of strength, power and resistance, kickboxing, pilates, yoga, dance and abdominal and core training moves. There is no equipment and no weights and participants will learn how to modify where needed for their fitness level as well as proper form and technique.

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Dave & Buster’s will open at Westgate

Dave & Buster’s, the ultimate destination to eat, drink, play and watch, will open at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale this fall.

Westgate’s owner, iStar Financial, will begin construction on a new, 41,000-square-foot building located to the west of AMC Theatres that will expand the existing entertainment district. Dave & Buster’s will join AMC as an anchor tenant.

“We are thrilled to announce Dave & Buster’s as the newest addition to Westgate Entertainment District,” said David Sotolov, senior vice president of iStar Financial. “When iStar acquired Westgate three years ago, we committed to investments of substantial money, new ideas and a concerted effort to solidify Westgate as the preeminent entertainment destination in the West Valley, if not all of metro-Phoenix. Dave & Buster’s is a transformative leap forward in our entertainment tenant mix, and builds upon our earlier successes including bringing Tanger Outlets to Westgate in 2012 as well as Tanger’s expansion in 2014.”

Dave & Buster’s currently has 73 locations in the U.S. and Canada. This is the third Valley location, joining Tempe Marketplace and Desert Ridge.

Teetsel Properties in Phoenix negotiated the lease and is the development manager for iStar. CBRE handled the leasing representation for both the landlord and the tenant. Butler Design Group of Phoenix and Linear! of Dallas are the architects.

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

Fountain Park at Westgate

Westgate is getting a Dave & Buster’s this fall

Dave & Buster’s, an arcade, bar and event venue for adults, will open at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale this fall.

Westgate’s owner, iStar Financial, will begin construction on a new, 41,000-square-foot building located to the west of AMC Theatres that will expand the existing entertainment district. Dave & Buster’s will join AMC as an anchor tenant.

“We are thrilled to announce Dave & Buster’s as the newest addition to Westgate Entertainment District,” said David Sotolov, senior vice president of iStar Financial. “When iStar acquired Westgate three years ago, we committed to investments of substantial money, new ideas and a concerted effort to solidify Westgate as the preeminent entertainment destination in the West Valley, if not all of metro-Phoenix. Dave & Buster’s is a transformative leap forward in our entertainment tenant mix, and builds upon our earlier successes including bringing Tanger Outlets to Westgate in 2012 as well as Tanger’s expansion in 2014.”

Dave & Buster’s currently has 73 locations in the U.S. and Canada. This is the third Valley location, joining Tempe Marketplace and Desert Ridge.

Teetsel Properties in Phoenix negotiated the lease and is the development manager for iStar. CBRE handled the leasing representation for both the landlord and the tenant. Butler Design Group of Phoenix and Linear! of Dallas are the architects.


Westgate turns into a winter wonderland

Westgate Entertainment District transforms into a winter wonderland starting Nov. 25 with the opening of the holiday skating rink, the lighting of the 33-foot holiday tree with over 3,180 sparkling lights, Santa’s official arrival, horse-drawn carriage rides and nightly snowfall.

All season long you can get into the holiday spirit and make Westgate your festive destination with ongoing events taking place through the end of the year. And, take advantage of special holiday savings at select tenants with online coupons available now through the end of the year by visiting http://westgateaz.com/shop/savings/.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & First Snowfall
Tuesday, Nov. 25
6:30pm at Fountain Park
Photos with Santa from 7-9pm
It’s the official kick-off to the holiday season! Start the evening with a holiday skating performance followed by the lighting of Westgate’s 33-foot holiday tree and Santa’s official arrival. At 7pm it will magically snow for the first time this holiday season!

Westgate Nightly Snowfall
Nov. 25 through Dec. 24 (except for Thanksgiving Day)
7pm and 8pm nightly at Fountain Park
The only place in the West Valley to see it snow nightly is at Westgate Entertainment District! Watch as Fountain Park magically turns into a living snow globe each evening with a snow show twice a night.

Free Holiday Skating
Wednesday, Nov. 26: 11am – 6pm
Friday, Nov. 28: 11am – 9pm
Saturday, Nov. 29:  11am – 9pm
Sunday, Nov. 30: 11am – 6pm
Enjoy FREE skating for children 5 years and older with skate rentals included at Fountain Park. Don’t forget to bring your socks.

Black Friday with the Arizona Coyotes
Friday, Nov. 28
10am – 3pm: Families can play ball hockey in front of Westgate’s WaterDance Plaza and enjoy an exclusive Holiday Flex Pack offer from the Arizona Coyotes that includes an autographed commemorative puck and a player meet-and-greet opportunity.
1-2pm: Kids can skate with an Arizona Coyotes alumni player and enjoy appearances by Howler and Paw Patrol on the Westgate holiday rink at Fountain Park.

FREE Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Fridays and Saturdays
Nov. 28 – Dec. 27
5-9pm at Fountain Park
Enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides around Westgate Entertainment District throughout the holiday season. Instead of just one carriage, this year there will be three that will allow you to hop in, take a spin and be whisked around Westgate.

Chabad West Valley Menorah Lighting
Thursday, Dec. 18
6:00pm at Fountain Park
Celebrate Hanukah with a Grand Menorah lighting along with activities, raffle prizes and games for children. Traditional light bites and latkes will be served.

Visit Santa Claus
Nov. 25 through Dec. 24
Saturdays from Noon -8pm, Sundays from Noon – 6pm, select weekdays from 4-8pm
For the full calendar of Santa’s appearances at Fountain Park, visit http://www.westgateaz.com/santa.
Are you on the good list or the bad list? Come meet jolly Old St. Nick himself at Fountain Park and find out. Share wishes, snap pictures and every child who visits Santa receives a free gift. A photo package is available for $24.99.

For more information about the holiday season at Westgate Entertainment District, visit www.westgateaz.com/holiday.

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

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.
, 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.
, 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

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

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:

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

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

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.

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

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.