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Shop OV Spotlight

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Photo of doctor at office entrance

As a promotional item, HealthySkin Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology once gave away branded shot glasses.

Sunline Design shop owner Diana Ditmanson with hanging necklaces

Influenced by her father, native Tucsonan Diana Ditmanson developed “a real love” for minerals and gemstones. The Southwest’s iconic turquoise, in particular, captured her fancy.

That affinity became a career. For years, she’s been making one-of-a-kind jewelry and building relationships at Sunline Design in the Catalina Foothills.

Photo of Freddy's staff holding milkshake and smiling

At Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, a bright, red-and-white, fast / casual '60s-style diner in Steam Pump Village, you can feast on prime beef burgers, Chicago-style hot dogs and custard treats so thick you can tip them over without consequence. 

Jersey Mike's Subs employees smiling and holding sandwich

At Jersey Mike's Subs, you can get an East Coast-style sub sandwich, made to order with fresh meats, cheeses and produce on freshly baked bread, all topped with…The Juice.

That's what Jersey Mike's calls the red wine vinegar and olive oil mixture used to dress each sandwich. "We like to think of it as a mouth explosion," says Bob Gregory, franchisee of the Oro Valley store with his sister, Rosey, and Eddy Madden.

Photo of woman dancing

Think you can’t dance?

"We are specialists in 2 left feet," quips Eileen O’Daly, the owner and rising ballroom dance competitor who operates Mystic Rhythms Ballroom, which opened in a beautifully renovated Circle K store on Oracle at Magee last fall.

Photo of Goyita's owner Jose Luis Meza and mom Goya in kitchen with big pot of beans on the stove

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.”

Inside the Western National Parks store with woman at cashier desk and man ringing up her order with books on shelf in foreground

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.

Shop Oro Valley Holiday Campaign graphic with Shop and win text and image of shopping family

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.

Audience watching band play on stage at the Gaslight Theater

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.

Photo of co-owner Raymond Smith and daughter Sydney in front of calendar and The Tutoring Center sign

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.

Owner Yatin Parekh with smoothie in hand and Fruit Shack sign in background

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.

Photo of the interior dining area of Michelangelo Ristorante Italiano

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.

Photo of the owner of Giovanni’s Gelato Café in front of glass case of gelato

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.

Photo of Breadsmith owners

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.

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.