Tough question: What do you give a flower and gift shop when it wins an award?
The Arizona Retailers Association (ARA) recently honored 17 recipients of the ARA Retailer of the Year Award at the 2019 ARA Annual Awards Luncheon.
Republican State Rep. Shawna Bolick, D-20, presented the ARA Retailer of the Year Award to Barbara Gingerich, owner of Four Season Flowers and Gifts located at 6630 W. Cactus Road.
“Barbara has enjoyed working with flowers since she was a young girl,” Bolick said. “Four Seasons Flowers and Gifts is busy all year round and Ms. Gingerich, an interior designer by trade, is a wonderful businesswoman in Glendale.”
The Arizona Retailers Association recognize the value of small businesses in Arizona.
•There are who-knows-how-many communities popping up around the West Valley for home buyers.
But what about those just want to rent?
Enter Christopher Todd Communities at Stadium.
The single-story home community recently opened across the Loop 101 freeway from Glendale’s State Farm Stadium and Westgate Entertainment District. The first residents will start moving in this week.
“This new niche in rental living combines the best of apartment living with the freedom of a one- or two-bedroom, single-family home with private backyard,” said a press release for the community at 9999 W. Missouri Avenue.
The rents are currently listed at $1,129 for a one-bedroom home and $1,369 for a two-bedroom home.
This might be perfect for the “Who needs the house hassle?” crowd.
For instance, Cindy Drew, a retiree, is selling her Avondale home to live at Christopher Todd Communities at Stadium to be closer to her son and grandchildren and give up homeowner maintenance.
“I feel like a little kid at Christmas time. I’m so excited to make this my new home,” she said. “My current home is too big for me to care for and I don’t want to burden my family or neighbors to help me so it’s time to move on.”
She is looking forward to living in the gated, no-maintenance community and a backyard for her two small doggies.
The 313-home community is the largest for Mesa-based developer Christopher Todd Communities. “There is a cultural shift underway in this country recognizing many people are renters by choice and homeownership may not be the American Dream for all. The surge in rental offerings is supporting what many people want, especially Millennials and Baby Boomers,” said Christopher Todd Communities CEO Todd Wood.
Each home has 10-11 foot ceilings and comes equipped with smart home technology, including high-speed internet, keyless door entry, doorbell camera, and smartphone or tablet-controlled security and climate control.
This hip community features a resort-style pool with spa, fire pit, state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio.
For more information go to www.CTCPriority.com.