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Firehouse Subs franchisee Avril Tatum could have let the COVID-19 pandemic get the best of her. But she turned lemons into lemonade. 

Based at the 59th and Northern avenues store in Glendale, Tatum not only served her takeout guests, but she donated meals to the Boys & Girls Clubs, A New Leaf and area schools.

“The schools were looking for meals for kids who were not in school,” said Tatum, who was born in Guyana. “They still needed to be fed. With A New Leaf, we provided weekly meals for them.”

When the pandemic started, the meals were supported by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Firehouse Subs founders Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen traveled to Mississippi, where they fed first responders as well as survivors. As they traveled back to Florida, they wanted to do more, and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded.

Firehouse Subs area representative Scott Friedman partnered with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to donate 200 meals to doctors and nurses providing COVID-19 vaccinations at United Way in Phoenix.

Tatum said she frequently helps those less fortunate, including a local man who digs in her trash for food.

“I tell him, ‘You’re not doing that today. I’m giving you a sub,’” Tatum said.

The store at 5803 W. Northern Avenue in Glendale opened in 2017. 

Urban Margarita will celebrate Easter (Sunday, April 4) with brunch specials that pair with its regular offerings. 

Among those specials are hatch green chile cornbread with honey butter ($10); crab and lobster eggs benedict with housemade Meyer lemon hollandaise and scalloped potatoes ($18); and cinnamon swirl Frosted Flake French toast with vanilla cream cheese icing ($15).

Guests can also raise a glass in celebration of this holiday with $5 mimosas. Specials are available during brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; all-day menu is served from 1:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more, visit

Urban Margarita is located at 6685 W. Beardsley Road, Glendale. 

Historic Downtown Glendale will host its annual sidewalk sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 10.

Springtime savings is the theme, with many of the Historic Downtown Glendale boutiques and specialty shops offering sales on everything from fashion apparel and jewelry to home goods and collectibles. Those who get a little hungry from shopping can check out Old Towne and Catlin Court. 

Start the shopping at Arizona Information Center at Memory Lane Trinkets and Treasures, 5836 W. Palmaire Avenue, and Downtown Docents will provide event information and provide the activity list and walking map.

Looking ahead, Historic Downtown Glendale will celebrate Mother’s Day with a special day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 8. 

Start at the Arizona Information Center for this, too, to pick up the activity list and walking map. There will be fun things to do along the way, including make-and-take activities, artist demonstrations, photo ops, gift ideas at the locally owned unique boutiques and specialty shops, and sweet treats at iconic eateries. 

Historic Downtown Glendale businesses support numerous West Valley charities. This year’s Mother’s Day charity recipient is the Blue Star Moms of the Southwest Valley, which sends care packages monthly to deployed military personnel. Event attendees are encouraged to bring care package donations to the Arizona Information Center. 

A list of needed items is available online at