Rest Your Head

Uniik Pillows bring seasonal décor to homes By Lauren Wise Photos courtesy Unik Pillows During the holiday season, home décor can always be counted upon to boost the seasonal cheer quotient. From minimal touches like wreaths and menorahs to giant Christmas trees and winter wonderland lights, everyone likes a splash of sparkle, color and texture. And local company Uniik Pillows offers a merry and bright plac ...

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Aspiring to Inspire

Former engineer Andres Orrego pens an unconventional self-help book By Eric Newman When most people think of life coaches, they imagine successful figures who have achieved the pinnacle in business and personal goals, someone who spouts poignant platitudes in TED Talks, someone to admire and aspire to be like, someone who knows exactly what they want and how to get it. North Phoenix resident Andres Orrego i ...

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Nostalgia and Growth

Deer Valley Airport is gearing up for an influx in corporate jet traffic By Jimmy Magahern Photos by Pablo Robles It’s shortly after sunrise on any given Sunday when the regulars start filing into the Deer Valley Airport Restaurant for its breakfast buffet. The oldest are first to arrive, grabbing the closest parking spaces in the airport’s single wide parking lot, itself a throwback to the golden age of ai ...

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What Rollout?

As 5G launches, consumers couldn’t care less. But they should. By Christopher Elliott   If you’re like most cell phone users, you probably aren’t paying attention to the slow rollout of 5G this year, including AT&T’s recent announcement that it would bring super fast mobile connection to 19 cities by early next year. But don’t worry, because your fellow wireless customers are ignoring the news, too ...

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New Skin

North Phoenix firm Axolotl Biologix is bio-engineering “replacement skin” and soon replacement blood vessels and heart patches. Is your body due for a high-tech upgrade?   By Jimmy Magahern At first glance, it might look like a miniature sandwich bag for a Barbie doll tea party, or maybe one of those clear breath-freshening strips that dissolve on the tongue. But in fact, the small, fibrous patch devel ...

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Cold and Clean

West Coast Plumbing & Air owners provide customers with life essentials   By Alison Stanton As co-owners of West Coast Plumbing & Air, Michelle Ricart and her husband John Ricart IV offer plumbing and HVAC services to residential and commercial customers. “We provide all plumbing and HVAC services from garbage disposals and toilet repairs to barbecue gas lines,” Michelle says, adding they also ...

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Field Goals

5 ways to coach your sales staff like a winning sports team   Special to 85085 Sales is a highly competitive field. People who sell for a living often face many rejections before receiving a “yes.” Coaching can be helpful to struggling salespeople, as shown by a recent Forbes article that reported many salespeople who quit cited a lack of coaches and mentors as one of the top reasons they bolted. Some ...

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Smile Doctor

Dr. Lisa Bienstock opens Norterra Kids’ Dentistry and Orthodontics   By Eric Newman Take one step into the new Norterra Kids’ Dentistry and Orthodontics office in North Phoenix, and it will be clear the do-it-all shop for everything mouth-related for kids and young adults is something special. Rather than the drab, melancholy mood one might expect at the dentist or orthodontist, everybody on staff is e ...

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Real Advice

How to save money on your next lease By Stephen A. Cross, CCIM   Real estate is generally the second greatest operating expense of a business after employee salaries and benefits. It’s also the area where most business owners overspend, generally without being aware of how much they could have saved to lease the same space, in the same condition and in the same building. The following discussion focuse ...

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Cool Beans

Amped Coffee Company goes to 11 By Shelley Sakala   The local community has a reputation for rushing to check out new businesses. So, when Amped Coffee Company opened their doors 90 days ago, they opted for a “soft” opening to help manage the initial rush. It didn’t work. Customers showed up from day one, and haven’t stopped coming since. Amped Coffee Company is the creation of owners Keith and Jeanine ...

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