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Back-to-School; Open for Business

It is August, back-to-school month, and Daniel Despain is busy. Despain is the store manager of the new Teaching & Learning Stuff in the Flagstaff Mall. With a motto of “Smart Starts Here” and banners inside urging learners to “Believe, Achieve, Succeed,” the store opened about two months ago and stands as a pantheon to […]

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Running Flagstaff Store for 37 Years

People often say “Wow!” when they walk into HomCo Ace Hardware for the first time, says Mike Brackin, the store’s owner. “They are surprised about how big our store is, the color on the walls, the color on the floors. It’s not a stale, dull store. It’s alive,” he said. “We are trying to give […]

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Agritourism Expanding in McGuireville

 Within 30 to 45 days, drivers on I-17 will see the earth being turned in preparation for 20-25 acres of grapevines to be planted near the McGuireville exit. According to Kelly Cathcart of SMC Operations LLC, the hillside vineyards will be planted by the end of June. Cathcart and partner Bernadette Selna are managing an […]

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Another Natural Market Coming to Flagstaff

Sunflower Farmers Market has announced it will open a new full-service grocery store in Flagstaff, Arizona, adjacent to Northern Arizona University, by the end of 2013. The market will join Bookmans, Michael’s, and Pier 1 Imports in the University Meadows Shopping Center located on Riordan Ranch Road. This Sunflower location will be the ninth in […]

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Downtown Shop Offering Local History

Jeffrey Bonner says he has a lot of fun teaching today’s high-tech kids how to use the old-fashioned bottle opener affixed to the wall of his store. “We had to teach about 500 kids how to use it. I enjoy teaching them. They think it’s crazy. They get a big kick out of it. They […]

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Last year, the Flagstaff Butler Chevron at Interstate 40 was purchased by Mark and Beverly Wagner.  Today, the store is much more than an everyday convenience store.  They feature a Wall of Wine (the WOW factor) with hundreds of unique bottles.  The Wagners also create a Craft Beer build your own section with more than […]

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Good Business Plan Includes Preparing For Disaster

One quarter of all businesses that close because of a disaster never reopen, according to the Institute of Business and Home Safety. Statistics like this demonstrate the importance for business owners to evaluate their potential risk of damage and take steps to lessen that risk ahead of time. “Whether the disaster comes in the form […]

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Turkey Drive Planned for Monday

The Northern Arizona Food Bank and Yavapai Broadcasting will be collecting perishable and non-perishable foods at the Turkey Drive Monday.  Collections will take place in front of Fry’s Food Store on Route 66.  Volunteers are needed for the event which runs from noon to 6:00p.m.  (0928)526-2211

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Weighing the Benefits of a Marketing Budget

In difficult economic times, many small businesses are forced to make difficult choices regarding their budgets. And while it may seem like a relatively easy choice to cut a marketing and advertising initiative before many other alternatives, the results – according to some within the Northern Arizona business community – could be devastating. In the […]

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