Drybar Succeeds with Industry-Changing Benefits

by Rachel Brockway

It’s been 10 years since Amy Ross opened her first sunny-looking yellow and white Drybar location in the Valley — the popular blow dry-only hair salon famous for offering glamorous, stress-free “blowouts” to women of all hair lengths and styles. Her sixth franchise location recently opened in Tempe at the Watermark. While Drybar has continued to grow in popularity over the … [More]

Nomad Launches in Phoenix to Innovate the Long-Term Rental Market

by Matt Thelan

Nomad publicly launched the first-of-its-kind two-year Guaranteed Rent Offer in Denver in 2020, during the pandemic. While providing the certainty and ease of guaranteed rent to rental owners and helping guide residents through the depths of the pandemic, the company quickly gained hundreds of properties in less than 12 months. Capitalizing on the momentum, its leadership set … [More]

Nextgen Television Service ‘Turns On’ in Phoenix 

by Todd Achilles

Evoca TV is a totally new paradigm for TV delivery that is less expensive, more efficient and offers a superior picture to legacy providers. Evoca’s patent-pending architecture combines the power of ATSC 3.0 — the technology behind next generation television — with an innovative, hybrid method of using both over-the-air and over-the-top connections for TV services. The Evoca … [More]

Looking Good 2022 – January Standouts

  Achievements Award for EV Pilot Program Recognitions Fill AvAir’s 2021 Philanthropy Item 9 Labs Funds Cancer Support Western Wealth Contributes to Happier Holidays … [More]

Award for EV Pilot Program

by Mike Hunter

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Arizona recently received a Sustainable Options/Corporate Sustainability award from Valley Metro as part of the agency’s annual Clean Air Campaign recognition program. The award recognizes efforts by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits to reduce emissions in its delivery fleet by launching a pilot program to test two electric vehicles in … [More]

Recognitions Fill AvAir’s 2021

by Mike Hunter

AvAir, an industry leading inventory solutions provider for the aviation aftermarket, continued to have impressive growth and reached new milestones in 2021. Early in the year, the company earned the No. 1 position on Airline Economics’ Aviation 100 “Parts Supplier of the Year” rankings. This ranking is judged on several criteria that include parts stocked, clients and number … [More]

Item 9 Labs Funds Cancer Support

by Mike Hunter

Item 9 Labs went pink by giving green for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! The award-winning cannabis product brand — whose CEO entered the industry after seeing how cannabis helped his mother through the pain during her breast cancer treatments — donated $5,000 to the American Cancer Foundation and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk from sales of limited-edition pink … [More]

Western Wealth Contributes to Happier Holidays 

by Mike Hunter

Western Wealth Communities and Western Wealth Capital (WWC) were humbled to again share the annual Rent-Free Christmas program and provided free rent in December for 58 deserving families – one in each community WWC serves – so they may use those funds to instead create a Christmas/Holiday memory with their family. As part of the program, 14 families in 2021 also received a … [More]

Holiday Season Retail: Shoppers Will Make Up for Lost Time

by John Reva

JLL recently surveyed U.S. consumers to find out how they intended to shop for the holiday season … and the news is good for the retail sector. Shoppers plan to spend 25.4% more this holiday season than in 2020. That’s a rise from an average $694 per person last year to an average $870 per person this year — getting us back to almost pre-pandemic levels. Phoenix’s … [More]

Splitting the Homebuyer/Agent Commission

by Mike Hunter

Homie, a disruptive real estate technology company changing the way homes are bought and sold, recently implemented a 50/50 program that offers buyers an opportunity to get a rebate of up to 50% of the offered buyer agent commission when also using other Homie affiliated services such as Homie Loans, Homie Title and Homie Insurance.  “Our goal at Homie is to change the way … [More]

New Franchise Brings Personalized Fitness to Differently Abled 

by Fran Poloni

A new fitness franchise recently opened its doors in the West Valley, bringing the latest scientific approach to fitness to individuals with physical and mental challenges, including those diagnosed with conditions like autism, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy. The Special Strong franchise is growing rapidly, demonstrating the emerging … [More]

Colorado Fast-Casual Expands into Phoenix for Its First Franchise Foray

by Mike Hunter

Mici Handcrafted Italian, a family-owned, fast-casual concept based in Denver, has expanded into Phoenix with its first franchise deal — which will be Mici’s first locations outside Colorado. Founded in 2004 by siblings Jeff, Kim and Michael Miceli, the brand has positioned itself for growth since bringing on CEO Elliot Schiffer in 2017.  To lead Mici’s expansion and growth … [More]

Migration and the Pandemic – 1-800-JUNKPRO Sees Growth

by Mike Davis

An emerging franchise brand, 1-800-JUNKPRO identified Phoenix for its plans to develop and expand into Arizona after the market was recently voted one of the top 10 best places to live after the COVID-19 pandemic.  The junk removal and dumpster rental company has four locations available in the metro and surrounding areas and has reported a 16% average increase in same-store … [More]

Hiring the Right Fit Right Away

by Demetrius Warren

What a difference a year makes. During the pandemic, many people lost their jobs, but a tight labor market in 2021 is making it hard for employers to find top talent. There is a need for niche recruiters in fields such as finance, IT, engineering and construction, driven by the explosive growth these industries are experiencing in Phoenix. According to November 2021 data … [More]

Looking Good 2021 – December Standouts

  Achievements Delta Dental Recognized for Customer Service Excellence Philanthropy FirstBank and Phoenix Mercury Award $5,000 Scholarship Silver Lining Wealth Advisors Personalizes Its Charitable Donations … [More]

Strategic Planning for Growth: Putting the Best Foot Forward

by Jeff Schelter

Just as 2020 delivered a host of pandemic-related unknowns and hesitancy in planning far into the future, 2021 has proven to be ripe with new opportunities for expansion.  Fueled by the Valley’s exponential residential and business influx, growth opportunities for companies previously in a “wait-and-see” holding pattern are more eager to deploy their liquidity to support … [More]

Hospitality Delivers a Better Way to Buy and Sell Cars

by Mary Kay Wegner

Finding a better way is what we do at Vroom. It’s in our DNA. The team behind our national automotive e-commerce company is always looking at better ways to do things on the journey to making buying and selling cars more accessible for all. Over the past year, 2020 to 2021, we’ve seen Phoenix residents embrace this disruption. Local-area purchases of vehicles through Vroom’s … [More]

Wyndham Capital Mortgage: Growth and Disruption

by Mike Hunter

Charlotte-based Wyndham Capital Mortgage, a leading fintech mortgage lender, recently opened a new sales center in Phoenix. Located in the Biltmore Financial District, the Phoenix location has been ramping up since January 2021. The new center will serve as one of Wyndham Capital’s West Coast headquarters, where the company plans to triple its current staff size with … [More]

Looking Good 2021 – November Standouts

  Achievements Shea Homes’ Ken Peterson Wins 2021 TecHome Builder Award Local Private Equity Firm Named to Inc. Top Investors List Justin Bayless Recognized on Top 25 Emerging Leaders List  Philanthropy Phoenix Suns Charities Awards Grant to Local Girl Scout Council … [More]

Sports Betting’s Impact on Arizona’s Bottom Line 

by Alison Bailin 

On Sept. 9, sports betting was legalized in Arizona. During an event to celebrate the legalization in partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Caesars Entertainment — who have launched the Caesars Sportsbook app statewide and are in the midst of building a two-story, 20,000-square-foot sportsbook and sports bar adjacent to Chase Field set to open in early 2022 — Governor … [More]

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