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VOC Outlet Mall Becomes Sedona Vista Village

The Village of Oak Creek’s Sedona Village Factory Outlets is being redeveloped by a new owner, with plans to revive the vacant former IMAX theater, to attract new retail and dining options and to turn approximately a third of the nine-acre property into a 117-room “Element by Westin” hotel. Rebranded as Sedona Vista Village, the […]

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Carmels Serving Simple Food, Out of this World Atmosphere

Flagstaff’s Southside renaissance continues with a new restaurant that offers no frills, simple food while paying homage to Flagstaff’s space training heritage. Owner Patrick Flanigan opened Carmels in June after hearing what the community wants in terms of food and atmosphere. “I didn’t want Scottsdale in Flagstaff. I’ve got an old building in a historic […]

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New Pizzeria Wants Your Pie to be Healthy

The personality of pizza has changed over the years… and much for the good of our health. The legendary and oh-so-popular flat bread has morphed into a hearty all-inclusive meal, which Your Pie Flagstaff is set to serve when it opens March 2018. Owners Pete and Lisa Muscarella plan to be dishing up a clean, […]

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Historic Maps Chart Path to Understanding, Honoring the Past

Maps used by early Arizona Babbitts are now preserved and available in the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library. Reference librarian and Babbitt relative Claudine Taillac says the weathered, frayed and stained documents likely were carried in pockets or saddlebags as ranchers rode horseback and moved cattle to pastures and water sources. Taillac has been carefully preserving […]

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When Stars Align, Businesses Appear

If location, location, location applies to lemonade stand success, best friends Ellia Williams, age nine, Lexi Arias, age eight, and little brother Evan Arias, age six, may well be the smartest and youngest entrepreneurs in the path of totality. Their pop-up street-side business, Solar Sips, no doubt brought in enough revenue the day before the […]

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Escape Indoors

Escaping to Indoor Adventure

What do you do if your family is too active to sit around and play board games? According to Vanessa Roer, you spend a lot of time outdoors and then you open Flagstaff Escape Rooms with your husband. She and Jacob opened the business six weeks ago and things are picking up steadily. “We’ve had […]

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Room to Grow

Perhaps it was a forecast of their future in the travel industry when Monika and Yves Leuenberger met 40 years ago. Monika was only 10 years old. Both of their families were vacationing at separate homes in Brusino, a municipality in the canton of Ticino on Lake Lugano in Southern Switzerland, about a mile from […]

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