Retail on Top: Why Brick-and-Mortar Businesses Are Booming

Tapping the power of ‘experiential’

by RaeAnne Marsh

Commerce makes the world go ‘round, and retail is its end play. With all the shifting and challenges of recent years, In Business Magazine decided to take a look at retail’s brick-and-mortar component, where transactions are made with a human connection. Here’s the human voice of retail enterprises that span merchandise and service, from one-shop businesses to those … [More]

Evolution of Retail and Malls in the Phoenix Metro

by Ryan Sarbinoff

Over the past 20 years, retail real estate has continued to adapt and evolve in the face of several headwinds, including the broader adoption of e-commerce and greater focus on social experiences. One of the key avenues by which the retail sector has changed is the embracing of an omnichannel presence. The second key avenue is integrating mixed-use spaces that expand the retail … [More]

Kate Borders, Downtown Tempe Authority

Gone Shopping

from Kate Borders

Experiential. That’s the buzzword in business these days. And, for retail, that’s where brick-and-mortar really shines. Individual businesses call it customer service, destinations like shopping districts and malls build on that through events and, yes, their mix of merchants. The street-level experience in Downtown Tempe is ever evolving and we are constantly looking for … [More]

Feedback: February 2023

by Leah Huss, Steve Mayer, Marc Shutro, Wayne Watson

Q: As a brick-and-mortar retailer, what are you doing to drive foot traffic?  Leah Huss Co-Founder Huss Brewing Co. Sector: Breweries We’re so proud to be celebrating 10 years in business as Huss Brewing this year! Our growth in our core business of selling local craft beer to consumers in grocery stores, bars, restaurants and resorts is all rooted in one fundamental … [More]

Fire Safety Tips for Commercial Building Owners

by Steve Lockwood

Commercial properties such as office building need to be a safe place for employees and customers. Myriad issues often arise during fire safety inspections in offices. The most common issues include not having enough fire extinguishers for the space, improper installation of safety equipment, out-of-date inspections and repairs not taking place or done incorrectly. Identifying … [More]

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Bets on Sustainability

by RaeAnne Marsh

“We acknowledge the science behind human-induced climate crisis and combat its effects with science-based targets and strategies that reduce our greenhouse gas emissions within our own operations and through our value chain,” says April Stovall, director of surveillance and facilities at Caesars Entertainment, Inc., Greater Phoenix Area. Reducing energy consumption is a key … [More]

Nonprofit Teen Lifeline Accepts Crypto Donations

by Mike Hunter

Phoenix-based nonprofit Teen Lifeline is now one of several thousand nonprofit organizations in the United States accepting cryptocurrency donations, joining the ranks of much larger, national nonprofits like the Ronald McDonald House, Save the Children and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.  The IRS classifies cryptocurrency as property, so donations to qualifying … [More]

Looking Good 2023 – February Standouts

  Philanthropy First Interstate Bank Says ‘Believe in Local’ with $2,500 Wilde Wealth Management Holiday Donation Cheered 800 Children Barro’s Pizza Helped St. Mary’s Food Bank Fight Hunger ProShred Arizona Partnered in Toy Drive Medieval Times Serves Up Donations to Food Banks … [More]

First Interstate Bank Says ‘Believe in Local’ with $2,500 

by Mike Hunter

First Interstate Bank and the First Interstate BancSystem Foundation, as a continuation of the inaugural Believe in Local grant campaign, recently donated $2,500 to MentorKids, one of 10 nonprofits nominated by employees that will receive a Believe in Local Holiday Edition grant. These funds will be deployed to equip and empower youth to be transformative leaders in their … [More]

Wilde Wealth Management Holiday Donation Cheered 800 Children 

by Mike Hunter

Wilde Wealth Management Group helped more than 800 children enjoy a “merry and bright” holiday season with a donation of 500 toys and $5,000 in additional cash donations to Toys for Tots in December. This was Wilde’s 18th year supporting Toys for Tots, and this annual tradition is in addition to the firm’s bi-monthly fundraising and volunteer programs for nonprofits across … [More]

Barro’s Pizza Helped St. Mary’s Food Bank Fight Hunger

by Mike Hunter

Barro’s Pizza did its part once again to help fight hunger in Arizona, raising nearly $415,000 for St. Mary’s Food Bank in a one-day event when 100% of all sales from 46 Barro’s locations in both Phoenix and Tucson are donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank to help those in Arizona facing hard times during the holidays. The Doran Barro Holiday Hunger Fight is St. Mary’s Food Bank’s … [More]

ProShred Arizona Partnered in Toy Drive

by Mike Hunter

ProShred Arizona did its part to help kids in need have a merry Christmas during its Shredding for Santa document shredding event in partnership with Operation Santa Claus toy drive, a local organization, helping more than 3,000 Arizona kids receive toys, food and clothing during the holidays. … [More]

Medieval Times Serves Up Donations to Food Banks 

by Mike Hunter

In the spirit of chivalry, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament donated $10,000 to Phoenix-based United Food Bank, along with nine other food banks and shelters across the U.S. and Canada — part of an effort to support families experiencing food insecurity as food banks and shelters experience a lower-than-usual amount of donations. Medieval Times dinner theater is based … [More]

Hesitation Hampers Marketers in Media Marketing 

New CMO council research reveals shortcomings in advertising strategies

by Mike Hunter

The media marketing and advertising landscape has become much more fragmented, unpredictable and vast with the rise of digital channels. The amount of consumer choices, heightened expectations for personalization, and the need to optimize based on real-time data insights make managing campaigns and achieving desired outcomes challenging today. New research from the Chief … [More]

ListenUp with This App That Tells Users All about Where They Are 

by RaeAnne Marsh

ListenUp is a revolutionary free audio app that tells its users stories about where they are, wherever in the world they may be. It uses artificial intelligence to assemble stories, then can translate them into up to 22 languages. In essence, the founders have discovered a way to source information about any location in the world, at almost no cost, and make it available to … [More]

Commercial Real Estate Trends to Look Out for in 2023

by Anita Verma-Lallian

The year 2023 could be a challenging one for the commercial real estate industry, with the combination of market volatility, high inflation and interest rate hikes. Not to mention, the latter half of 2022 brought instability to the U.S. economy, causing hesitation and anxiety in consumers and investors. With the rise in real estate prices and the prospects of another looming … [More]

Optima: LEEDing the Way in Sustainability and Conservation

by David Hovey Jr., AIA

Optima, an award-winning real estate development firm, recently announced plans to move ahead with its next Arizona residential development, Optima McDowell Mountain Village, in North Scottsdale after receiving the city’s approval for the $1-billion sustainable mixed-use community.  Breaking ground spring/summer 2023, the 22-acre site, located on the southeast corner of … [More]

Active Adult Living Community Breaks Ground in North Phoenix

by Mike Hunter

Liv Communities, a seasoned provider of luxury apartment homes, has entered the 55+ market with its recent groundbreaking of an age-qualified community in the Norterra area in North Phoenix. The upscale community, Liv+ Union Peak, on 21st Avenue north of Happy Valley Road, will boast 145 units and will be ready for occupancy in late summer/early fall of 2024. Active adults can … [More]

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