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When Jose Luis Meza was a boy in Silver City, N.M., he fetched avocadoes and peppers for his mom Goya at her restaurant job. “He would say ‘mom, when I grow up, I want to have a restaurant,’” Goya said. “Ok, mijo.”
Years later, Goya and her husband Raymundo have moved from Silver City to Sahuarita, “to help my son” open the Southern New Mexico-style restaurant in Oro Valley that bears her nickname.
“This is his dream.”
The Western National Parks Store is a window to the Southwest.
Right in Oro Valley, guests can nourish their souls with Native American jewelry, rugs, basketry and pottery. For the palate, Mexican chocolate, prickly pear candies and tepary beans. For the imagination, endless books about the great American West, calendars capturing its most beautiful sights, and trail guides to wander about them. There’s plenty for kids, too.
The Town of Oro Valley is excited to launch its sixth annual “shop local” holiday campaign today, with 90 prize drawings for participants. The Shop Oro Valley Holiday Campaign is held November 4, 2016– January 6, 2017. During this time, anyone who shops at an Oro Valley business and spends at least $25 is eligible to participate in a weekly prize drawing sponsored by 58 Oro Valley businesses.
The Gaslight Music Hall wants to be "Oro Valley's home for fun," said Robert Shaw, producer and artistic director of this Gaslight Theater offspring.
In turn, the Gaslight Music Hall has found a home in Oro Valley.
"The thing I hear most often is ‘we're so glad you're here. We need this in Oro Valley,'" said Shaw.
When students come to The Tutoring Center, “they go on a little bit of a journey with us,” co-owner and tutor Raymond Smith says.
“And we go with them. Each child learns a little different. It’s up to us to figure out how they learn.”
Photo: Raymond Smith and daughter Sydney
Anne Stancil earned a Ph.D at the University of Wisconsin. Soon, though, she realized "being a professional academic was not where my heart was, not where my passion was."
Her heart, and her passion, resided in her feet.
At Fruit Shack Smoothies & Yogurt, “we’re not selling junk food,” owner Yatin Parekh asserts. “It has to be healthy, and I have to believe in it.”
People believe in Fruit Shack. On a recent Monday afternoon, when the strip of businesses along First Avenue was a little slow, people lined up at Fruit Shack for handmade smoothies infused with their preferred supplements.
Lena and Chris Bergman are longtime Montanans, Lena from Darby, Chris from Miles City. They opened the successful Title Boxing Club in Missoula, where the winter can be lengthy.
“We hate cold,” Chris said. “We were familiar with Arizona, just not Tucson. Phoenix has Title Boxing, and we wanted to be the first in the market.”
They came to Oro Valley, “fell in love with Pusch Ridge and the Catalinas,” and found space that week.
For more than 26 years, on the north side of Magee just west of Oracle, the Ali family has served superlative Italian food and drink in a sublime space decorated with reproductions of works by the greatest Italian painter.
Michelangelo Ristorante Italiano reflects the intentions of the late Damiano Ali, who opened Michelangelo with wife Assunta and their three sons, Giuseppe, Franco and Vincenzo, back when tiny Oro Valley was far to the north.
Giovanni Rizza is a native of Sicily who emigrated to greater Chicago in 1967.
He’s brought a taste of Italy - in the form of brilliantly flavored gelato, not to mention modernist Italian design and display - to Oro Valley.
If you want to open a family bakery, you’ve got to love bread…and one another. Family forms the hand-shaped, hearth-baked, made-from-scratch grist of Breadsmith, open in Oro Valley since March 2015.
Nearly 500 years of coffee tradition has found its new home in Oro Valley! Burc Maruflu, coffee roaster and owner of Savaya Coffee Market, offers his family’s rich Turkish heritage of finely-procured and locally-roasted coffees to incite your senses one sip at a time. His coffee lineage is reflected in the selected organic coffees, teas and pastries that are offered at each of his coffee shops. Indulge your coffee ritual at the new Oro Valley Savaya Coffee.
Located at Magee and Oracle Road at Plaza Escondida, The Happy Saguaro of Oro Valley offers a lovely collection of hand-picked, regionally sourced pottery, metal garden décor, art and Native American jewelry. Come visit their showroom today and experience the craftsmanship and value of this locally owned and operated curio. Be inspired and express your inner southwest.
Summer in Oro Valley is the perfect setting for family get-togethers, celebrations, majestic monsoons and great barbecue.
During a visit to a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (Dickey’s) in Phoenix, first-time business owner and operator, David Wirth knew what was missing in Oro Valley and sought to bring a taste of Dallas, Texas BBQ to the community.
Heart and Soul, Gymnastics, Dance and Fitness (Heart & Soul) in Oro Valley, is celebrating their first summer with an exciting lineup of gymnastic and dance camps and clinics designed for kids of all ages.
Families who are familiar with Heart & Soul appreciate the clean, safe environment where children of all ages are active, learning and having fun.
Long time Tucson residents, Tom and Nancy Alfonso, are the owners and curators of Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oil & Balsamics who are celebrating the recent opening of their second location at Plaza Escondida in Oro Valley. The success of the Alfonso’s business is not by accident, but rather the result of hard work, attention to detail, a passion for quality and an enthusiastic customer following who appreciate the quality and experience that Tom, Nancy and staff provide every day.
November 2013 marked the two-year anniversary for Planet Smoothie, the meticulously-clean and wonderfully-operated frozen yogurt and smoothie bar owned by Tucson native and Oro Valley resident, Michelle Williams and family. The business has proven to be so successful, Michelle is planning a second location, slated to open Spring 2014, along the light rail route in downtown Tucson.
Perhaps your New Year’s Resolution is to feel healthier, improve your golf game, enjoy and keep up with your grandchildren, prepare for a marathon or endurance event, or as a current customer at the Personal Training Institute (PTI) said, “Shop in your own closet again.” With dedication and easy to schedule 30-minute full-body session, PTI can help you achieve success!
All About Running and Walking owners John and Alice Corbett are passionate about promoting health and the general well-being of the Town of Oro Valley. Realizing the potential for a business and a certain quality of life, John and Alice left their previous professions behind in Illinois and relocated to Oro Valley in 2000. Like most entrepreneurs, the Corbetts’ decision to open a store dedicated to running and walking stems from life experience.
Blue Banana Yogurt is this month’s Business Spotlight as well as this month's selected OV Cash Mob.
Husband and wife and Tucsonan natives Rick and Linda Brady bring inspiration, hard-work and attention to detail to Blue Banana Frozen Yogurt, located at the Oro Valley Marketplace. In 2008, Rick left his 36-year career in the electrical field and Linda, a retired teacher decided to open a business that would prove resilient during a recession.
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