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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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Berridge Nurseries: 75 years and growing

As a teenager, Meredith Walton learned the value of “growing” a business. After school, she worked as a cashier at Berridge Nurseries in Phoenix, ringing up plants, seeds and gardening supplies for customers who came from all over the Valley. She worked alongside her stepfather, Jim Berridge, Jr, and shared his passion for working with […]

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Tolmachoff Farms: four generations of farmers

Tolmachoff Farms in Glendale was established in 1912 and has been in the family ever since. Bill and Gracie Tolmachoff now run the farm with the help of their four children, Bill Jr., 26, Ashley, 24, Michael, 13, and Brooke, 11. It is truly a family business. “The kids have been involved since the day […]

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The Pearson family: A shared passion for the arts

Andrea and Steve Pearson of Gilbert are not professional musicians or renowned artists. They have not spent countless years studying music theory or interpretive dance. And yet, the Pearsons managed to instill a love of arts in their three children and teach them that it’s a passion worth sharing. “I love music,” says Andrea. “My […]

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Dad-daughter dentists turn fear into fun

Preschoolers across the Valley are singing about a place that often strikes fear in children: the dentist’s office. The lyrics, penned by Nancy Smith of The Great Arizona Puppet Theater of Phoenix, are a fitting tribute to Raymond Solomon, DDS. Solomon, a pediatric dentist in Glendale, pulls out all the stops—including puppets—to ease anxiety in […]

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Furniture is “All in the Family”

Sitting in Adam Goodman’s office one afternoon, I was struck by the layout of the space. His parents, Murray and Dottie, were seated with us in modern, ergonomic chairs around a large table. We were surrounded by walls of glass; people were walking up and down the halls, raising a hand in greeting, popping in […]

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Forty years of food, friendship and family

Forty years ago, Earl and Dort Mettler packed up their young family and left a hectic California lifestyle behind. Earl didn’t mind leaving his thriving insurance career; instead of spending hours on busy freeways, he wanted to spend time with his family. When he arrived in Phoenix, he scanned classified ads in the newspaper until […]

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Mesa’s musical Milanos

Smack dab in the middle of downtown Mesa is a building that hums. Like an orchestra pit before the curtain rises, this former J.C. Penney store buzzes with scales, melodies and rhythms that float through the walls and out to the sidewalk. Thanks to 92-year-old Elma Milano, music has been a staple on Main Street […]

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Shamrock Farms: A spirit of innovation…and appreciation

Norman McClelland, Shamrock Farms, W.T. McClelland, Tucson, Arizona, Kent McClelland, Devon McClelland, Shamrock Delivery Truck

Cafe mocha. Two percent reduced-fat dulche de leche. Fat-free French vanilla half-and-half. Rockin’ Refuel. Could W.T. McClelland, who founded Shamrock Farms in 1922, have imagined the variety of products that evolved from the small dairy business he started in Tucson 90 years ago? Probably not, says W.T.’s son Norman McClelland, who has built on his […]

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Art runs in the family

Tempe Center for the Arts, Phoenix, Arizona

Teen artist Stephanie Angelica Solis-Kortlang, who often goes by Stephanie Solis, looked more like a journalist than a high school student when she walked through the giant double glass doors at Tempe Center for the Arts one July evening. A camera with giant lens hung around her neck, and she walked toward The Gallery at […]

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Standing on broad shoulders

“You stand on the shoulders of those who came before you.” It’s something college student Kelsey Jennings Roggensack recalls hearing her “mom’s mom” say, and a sentiment that continues to guide her each day. Kelsey’s mom, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, celebrates her 20th anniversary as executive director for ASU Gammage in Tempe this month. It’s one of […]

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