1. Walking into the Phoenix office of Goodmans Interior Structures, you’re introduced to a sensory explosion of translucent glass doors, sculptures, art, and books. Employees freely traverse the floor, some at standing desks, others convening around the numerous common areas. One would be forgiven for mistaking the furniture company for a tech startup. According to CEO […]
    Mar 4, 2019
    5 min read
  2. Kade Mislinski, owner of Cafe Passe, joined Karla on this week's Thrive Tucson. What began as a quaint coffee shop with a cozy back patio has now expanded in the last year to introduce Bar Passe, a full-service bar open until 2 am on the weekends. Kade talks about running Cafe Passe and discusses his experience in the restaurant industry, sharing a little bit of what he's learned.
    Oct 23, 2018
    1 min read
  3. Andre Newman, co-owner of Purple Tree Organic Açai Blends, and daughter Savan Newman joined Karla on this week's Thrive Tucson. Since 2014 Purple Tree has served healthy açai bowls, fresh juice, ice cream, coffee, and smoothies. If you’ve been to any community events in Tucson over the past couple of years, odds are that you’ve seen their signature bright purple truck since. Andre and Savan talk about what it's like to own a food truck, how social media has helped their business stay connected with the community, and more.
    Oct 15, 2018
    1 min read
  4. Community Spotlight Host Frank Powers headed down to the Rillito Park Heirloom Farmers Market, where he wandered amongst the over 80 vendors offering fresh local produce, artisan foods, and all kinds of fun. Along with being a local food mecca, the Farmers Market showcases live music, cooking demonstrations, and bike events (since the River Loop is right beside it). Frank gets the skinny on what makes the market special, and explores the importance of conscientious consumption.
    Oct 9, 2018
    1 min read
  5. The past few years saw a flurry of articles breathlessly warning of the death of retail, crediting online shopping for its demise. But this narrative isn’t entirely accurate. Retail actually grew in 2017, with the industry seeing a net increase of 4,000 store openings and a 4.2% increase in sales. Curiously, it seems that the […]
  6. Kellan Fortier, co-owner of Wooden Tooth Records, joined Karla on this week's Thrive Tucson. After their 2015 opening in the backroom of Cafe Passe, Wooden Tooth Records has since relocated to their own space on 7th avenue. There they offer competitively priced vinyl from plenty of local and national acts, including lots of hard to find gems. Kellan talks about how Wooden Tooth Records got started, and what advice he'd give to those looking to start their own businesses.
    Sep 25, 2018
    1 min read
  7. Greg Stutz of Focus HR, Incorporated, joined Karla on this week's Thrive Tucson. Focus HR is a Tucson-based professional employer organization that provides human resource services to small businesses. Greg explains how Focus HR got started, how important the community has been to their success, and what advice he would give business owners who might find themselves in an HR dilemma.
    Sep 19, 2018
    1 min read
  8. Community Spotlight Host Frank Powers headed down to 4th Ave in Tucson to check out 91.3 KXCI, the city’s premier community radio station. Since 1983, KXCI has served as a voice for Tucson’s music-loving creatives, and also features locally-produced mini-programs, podcasts, and syndicated news shows such as Democracy Now. Frank chats with KXCI's Executive Director/Development Director Cathy Rivers, who shared how KXCI was founded and what keeps it chugging along.
    Sep 12, 2018
    1 min read
  9. Community Spotlight Host Frank Powers packed up his bags and headed to Tombstone for the second annual Doc Holli-Days, a festival that pays tribute to some of the legendary figures that helped make Tombstone, Arizona, a symbol of the Wild West. Watch as Frank learns about the Tombstone community and the stars of the festival (Val Kilmer and Dennis Quaid), while taking in the epic parade and Western-themed local wares.
    Sep 4, 2018
    1 min read