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Flagstaff Engineering Firm Receives LEED Platinum Award


Flagstaff, AZ – A 8,800sf building that recycles its own water and uses 80% less energy than others just like it.  A building where 85% of it’s construction waste was recycled or repurposed, an 100% of it’s lumber was sustainably grown.   A one of its kind, internationally recognized, award-winning sustainable building designed and constructed right here in northern Arizona.

2015USGBCHeavyMedals-498-EDIT-KWCivil Design & Engineering, Inc. is a Flagstaff-born engineering firm founded by Ms. Christine Laguna, P.E. in 1996 and specializes in LEED Design, which stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.  LEED certification, awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, is recognized across the country as the premier mark of achievement in green and sustainable building practices. Platinum is the highest of the four possible LEED certifications.

As part of a design-build contracting team for the National Park Service, CD&E was selected as the design firm to provide LEED engineering and architectural support to bring this project to life.

The Grand Canyon National Park Service needed a new Platinum LEED-rated laboratory to house it’s science and resource management staff on the South Rim.  The 8,800sf building required 16 offices, 15 large and 21 small cubicle offices, a large conference and training room, two science labs, a weather station, and a visitor lobby.  Working to provide the most sustainable and energy efficient project possible within the NPS’s budget, the building was designed with the following green features:


  • 100% of lumber was certified as sustainably grown by the Sustainable Forestry Institute (SFI)
  • 85% of construction waste was repurposed and diverted from the landfill by incorporating material recycling strategies


  • Building design that utilizes low flow fixtures
  • Water efficient / native plant landscaping, and a rainwater collection system for irrigation
  • A grey water collection system that reuses waste water and saves up to 182,000 gallons of potable water per year, and approximately 3,650 kWh (kilowatt-hours) of energy savings per year.


  • Solar energy through the use of photovoltaic panels
  • Natural lighting with solar tubes and light shelves
  • LED lighting features
  • Passive solar site orientation
  • Solar hot water heaters
  • Smart wiring for lighting control and communication
  • The use of solar panels will provide a viable source of onsite renewable energy that is expected to generate 5,300 kWh of energy savings per year.
  • A video display in the building’s lobby show’s show real-time solar power generation and use, as well as rain and grey water collection and use, helping to educate and inspire park visitors and residents to practice conservation and sustainable practices at home.

“Environmental sustainability played a major role in all of our design decisions, and we are very pleased with the final result which is a beautiful, inviting, and sustainable work space for NPS staff and visitors,” said Christine Laguna, P.E., LEED A.P., President of CD&E, Inc.

On February 12, 2015, CD&E was honored at USGBC Arizona Heavy Medals with an award for their commitment to green design and construction on this LEED Platinum-project. In addition to this award, this project has won a sustainability award from the Coconino County Sustainability Department, and has been internationally recognized for its green ingenuity.

If you are interested in sustainable construction, engineering or architecture for your project, home or building we invite you to contact CD&E for more information k.wyse@cdeinc.org.

TCC Verizon opens new store in Flagstaff

verizon-logo-transparentLargest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer makes charitable donation to Boys and Girls Club of Flagstaff in celebration of new “Rockstar” location

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (March 19, 2015) – TCC, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S., announces today the opening of its new store in Flagstaff, Ariz. Located at 1800 S. Milton Rd., in the plaza next to Target, the new store offers guests the ultimate experience in interactivity while shopping for wireless devices and accessories.

Featuring TCC’s “Rockstar” layout, the new store is designed as a destination for guests to get hands-on with the latest wireless devices. The back half of the store is a lounge area with couches and chairs, giving guests a comfortable place to play with devices and accessories.

On March 28, TCC will hold a grand opening event for the Flagstaff community, preceded by a ribbon
cutting ceremony at noon on Friday, March 27. Local radio station KFSZ (106.1 FM) will host a live
remote from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday. TCC will be giving away gift bags to the first 25 guests who
attend the event. They can also register in-store or by visiting www.fatwin.com/AZ2 to win a $250 TCC gift card, free tablet, or DBEST Bluetooth Speaker. For a limited time only, TCC customers can purchase any Verizon smartphone and receive $50 in free accessories.

In celebration of the new store, TCC will make a charitable donation to Boys and Girls Club of Flagstaff, a nonprofit organization that enables all young people, especially those in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

“The Flagstaff community will truly benefit from the opening of our new store,” said Scott Moorehead,
president and CEO of TCC. “Our dedicated team is committed to providing extraordinary customer
service to Flagstaff residents and will help them discover the latest devices, gadgets and accessories.”

The new Flagstaff store offers dedicated areas specific to a variety of home solutions, including audio systems, TV programming and home phone services that work with the customers’ wireless plans as well as the latest accessories and add-ons for mobile devices.

TCC’s long-standing relationship with Verizon Wireless coupled with its buying power allows the company to make its services more accessible to customers while offering unparalleled customer service and competitive pricing. The company sets itself apart from the many other cell phone retailers today by offering superior customer service. At big box stores, customers are just the next person in line. At every TCC location, customers get personalized, one-on-one attention.

TCC was recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies for the fifth consecutive year. To learn more about the company, visit www.TCCRocks.com. Consumers can also find more information about TCC at http://www.facebook.com/tcctalk and www.twitter.com/tcctalk.

Official Grand Opening of the Market of Dreams

Market of Dreams FlagstaffThe public is invited to the official grand opening ceremony of the Market of Dreams on Saturday, March 28 from noon till 6:00 p.m. There will be music and entertainment throughout the day, including face painting for children.

Liz Archuleta, Supervisor District 2, Coconino County Board of Supervisors will deliver opening remarks at 2 pm. Additional remarks will be given by Art Babbott, Supervisor District 1, Coconino County Board of Supervisors. Recognition of significant contributors to The Market will follow.

The Market of Dreams is a multi-cultural cooperative market and micro-business center located at 2532 East 7th Avenue, Flagstaff on the northeast corner of Fourth Street and 7th Avenue.

Its retail space displays unique crafts, jewelry, woodworking, knitted clothing, children’s furniture, medicinal balms, household goods and many other art works from local artisans, as well as fresh produce and other food items. The Market also offers business workshops, classes, and mentoring resources for people who are interested in starting a business or wish to expand one.

For more information, go to www.marketofdreams.com or www.facebook.com/MarketofDreams/ or call 928-213-5900.

Lowell Observatory’s Deidre Hunter Awarded AAS Education Prize


Seattle, Wa. – Deidre Hunter was awarded the American Astronomical Society’s (AAS) Education Prize this morning at the organization’s annual meeting in Seattle.

The AAS gives this award annually “to recognize outstanding contributions to the education of the public, students and/or the next generation of professional astronomers.”  Hunter was chosen for co-founding a now two-decade-old astronomy education program for 5th-8th grade Navajo-Hopi students in Arizona and New Mexico.

The specific goals of the program are twofold:  to help teachers excite Navajo and Hopi children about astronomy and to help the teachers learn about astronomy and astronomy activities so that they can better incorporate astronomy into their classrooms.  Hunter said, “The Navajo-Hopi program is a group effort and about 21 astronomers have participated in it over the past 18 years. I am thankful to them for making the program what it is today.”

The AAS was founded in 1899 and is the major professional organization in North America for astronomers.  It has granted a prize for education since 1992, when Carl Sagan won the inaugural award.  Hunter said, “I’m floored to receive this award because there are lots of people out there working on educating students and the public. I am just one of many and am astounded that this program was selected out of all of the other efforts.”

Lowell director Jeff Hall said, “I’m delighted to see this well-deserved recognition of Deidre’s longtime effort by our major professional society.”

Hunter has worked at Lowell since 1986, primarily studying the nature and behavior of tiny irregular galaxies.  In addition to her research, she has long been a proponent of education and in 1996 founded the Lowell Observatory Navajo-Hopi Astronomy Outreach program —with colleague Amanda Bosh— to reach underserved Native communities.

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Chambers Facing Challenges – Tales of Adaptability

Written by:  Chris Mead is senior vice president of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Apathy . . . what chamber doesn’t face it every now and then?  And how important is it to overcome it?

The chamber of commerce in Charleston, S.C., faced this problem in the middle of 1790.  Several members resigned and in July, there was a motion made to dissolve the chamber.  Fortunately, this motioned was postponed, and in September the motion was withdrawn and the chamber brought on a number of new members.

This revival was timely.  On March 30, 1791, the chamber approved a resolution to host President George Washington on his visit to the city.  The successful gala event took place on May 7.  Thus right after almost succumbing to apathy, the chamber members hosted the father of their country.

At other times in the nation’s history, chambers faltered, and some naturally disappeared from the scene.  Nothing is immortal.  But no major chambers vanished during the Great Depression.  Tactics for collecting dues then included suing nonpaying members, sending pretty girls to collect late dues, and sitting recalcitrant members at the head table at events next to powerful board members.

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‘Tis the Season of the Great Pinecone

pineconeDropFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – No matter where you are on Dec. 31st, you’ll likely be joining in the countdown as towns across America get their New Year’s Eve drops on. In Key West, Fla., crowds will be celebrating a six-foot queen conch shell, for folks in Mechanicsburg, Penn., it’s a giant wrench, and in Temecula, Calif., a bunch of grapes will take center stage.

However, in Flagstaff, it’s the Great Pinecone Drop (GPD) as thousands of cheering revelers celebrate at 7,000 feet in the mountain town surrounded by the world’s largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest!

As has been the tradition since 1999, the Weatherford Hotel’s GPD has been Flagstaff’s symbol of hope, peace, health, happiness and good fortune. New Year’s Eve festivities include a spectacular light show as thousands of voices join in the songs of the season and count down to 2015 with local radio personality Joe Harting.

“We love being able to share the joy of the holidays with our community and visitors,” said Weatherford Hotel co-owner Sam (Green) Taylor. “Through our efforts to restore the hotel, our goal has always been to keep the downtown vibrant and full of positive energy as a community gathering place,” adds co-owner Henry Taylor.

Currently, the six-foot tall, LED lighted pinecone is suspended from the top of the Weatherford Hotel like a giant holiday ornament bringing holiday cheer to downtown shoppers.

“This is the best New Year’s event in the West,” says Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours. “People come from everywhere because it is a classic New Year’s with a happy crowd, cold weather, historic buildings, a countdown and fireworks, and its free!”

To make the most of the New Year’s Eve magic, whether you’re hoping for more money, true love or improved health in 2015, it’s a good idea to eat some cabbage and black-eyed peas, stand next to someone you want to kiss, and carefully consider your underwear color: yellow for prosperity; red for romance; white for peace and harmony. And if you wake up in the New Year finding a pile of broken dishes at your door, be grateful because in Denmark, they consider this a good thing: the bigger the pile, the more friends you have!

The Weatherford Hotel also is offering New Year’s Eve dinner specials from 5 p.m. to10 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 31. Guests are encouraged to make their reservations as soon as possible, as the hotel’s rooms are already booked. Music from Stylus will be playing in the Gopher Hole Pub.

The free Great Pinecone Drop sponsored by the Weatherford Hotel, and in part by Nackard Bottling Company, will have two lowerings: one at 10 p.m. and one at midnight.

Also, the Weatherford Hotel is offering a free hotel stay on New Year’s Eve. Contestants can enter the drawing at the Nackard Bottling Company display in local Basha’s grocery stores.

The GPD was initially introduced on Dec. 31, 1999 by the Weatherford Hotel to ring in the new millennium and to celebrate the historic hotel’s 100th anniversary when John Weatherford first invited the world into his elegant building on Jan. 1, 1900.

Lowell Observatory Trustee Emeritus William Lowell Putnam Dies

Flagstaff, Arizona – William Lowell Putnam, III (“Bill”) died yesterday at the age of 90. Putnam was a prominent alpinist, broadcaster, and, for 26 years, Sole Trustee of the observatory his great uncle Percival Lowell founded in 1894.

Lowell Observatory director Jeffrey Hall said, “Bill Putnam is one of the monumental figures in the 120-year history of Lowell Observatory. The institution will forever benefit from his devotion and dedication to enhancing our research capabilities, expanding our outreach facilities, and beautifying our grounds. He will be deeply missed.”

Bill Putnam was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on October 25th, 1924, the third of six children born to Roger and Caroline Putnam. While studying geology at Harvard, he volunteered to fight in World War II, enlisting as a private and joining the elite 10th Mountain Division, a specialized ski unit trained to fight in mountainous and arctic conditions. He served in both the Aleutian and Italian campaigns, rising to the rank of first lieutenant. He was awarded two Purple Hearts for injuries sustained and earned the Silver and Bronze Stars for gallantry in action.

After the war ended, Putnam returned to Harvard to finish his schooling in geology and then briefly taught this subject at Tufts University. In September, 1951 Bill married Joan Faith Fitzgerald. The couple’s second child, William Lowell Putnam IV (Lowell) was born in 1954 and in 2013 succeeded his father as Sole Trustee of Lowell Observatory.

Moving back to Springfield, Bill turned his attention to television. In 1953, he founded WWLP, Springfield’s first TV station and the first licensed UHF television station in the United States. For his pioneering efforts, Putnam was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2001.

While making a name for himself in the broadcasting world, Putnam also became prominent in alpinist circles. He made several first ascents and exploratory expeditions in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia, establishing himself as a distinguished American climber. He served as president of the American Alpine Club and vice president and councilmember of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA). Putnam edited Canadian Rockies climbing guidebooks for years and in 2002, an alpine hut in the Selkirk Mountains was renamed the Bill Putnam Hut in his honor.

Putnam later took up writing and authored a score of books about a variety of topics, including mountain climbing, Lowell Observatory history, his wartime adventures, his recollections of the early days of WWLP, railroads, merchant ships of World War I, and freedom of the press.

After retiring from broadcasting, Putnam assumed the Sole Trusteeship of Lowell Observatory from his brother Michael. Putnam would hold this positon for 26 years, retiring in 2013. During his years at Lowell, Putnam significantly expanded the visitor program by spearheading the construction of a new visitor center in 1994. On the research side, he worked closely with then-director Robert Millis in developing and realizing a vision of a major modern facility, the Discovery Channel Telescope. In one of his final significant acts as trustee, Putnam guaranteed the construction of a new library and repository, the Putnam Collection Center, which opened in June, 2014.

Putnam and his second wife, Kathryn Elizabeth Putnam (“Kitty”), made significant philanthropic contributions. In Flagstaff, some of the recipients of their patronage included the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, United Way of Northern Arizona, and the Flagstaff Festival of Science. Because of his long record of philanthropy in the community, Bill was honored with a Viola Legacy Award in 2013, given annually to a citizen for lifetime contributions to the arts and/or sciences in the Flagstaff area.

Putnam is survived by his children Katherine E. Putnam (Timothy Delaney), Lowell Putnam (Kim) and Erica Broman (Christopher Millette); stepchildren Karen Talbot (David) and Morgan Broman (Amy Dale); brothers Roger and Michael Putnam; sisters Anna Lowell Tomlinson and Polly Chatfield; grandchildren and step grandchildren Eleanor L. Putnam-Farr, Keith C. Putnam Delaney, Margaret D. Putnam Delaney, Sara and Jennifer Putnam, Hale Alexander Talbot (Aki Kamozawa), Meredith Studioso (Brian), Russell Dale Broman, Graham and Flynn Vickowski; and assorted nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Barney Carriage House at Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts on Saturday, December 27 from 1-3 p.m. Another service will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona sometime in 2015.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to any of these organizations:

  • Lowell Observatory, 1400 W. Mars Hill Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001
  • Roger and Caroline Putnam Scholarship, Holyoke Community College Foundation, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke, MA 01040
  • Mount Washington Observatory, P.O. Box 2310, North Conway, NH 03860

ATHENA and Young Professional Awards

2014 ATHENA AwardsThe Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its ATHENA Awards recognizing women who demonstrate excellence, their leadership and creativity in their careers, valuable service to the community, and who mentor other women in reaching their full leadership potential.

The 2014 ATHENA Awards will also mark the eighth year that the Flagstaff Chamber recognizes an emerging female leader with the ATHENA Young Professional Award, designed to honor women under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence in their careers, contribute to the community, and clearly stand out as role models for young women both professionally and personally.

The ATHENA Award was founded nationally in 1982 by Martha Mayhood Mertz and ATHENA International, a non-profit organization that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders. The goddess Athena was chosen as the symbol for the program to reflect the qualities the award honors – strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment.

The Athena Leadership Model identifies eight tenets of leadership that reflect women’s unique ways of leading. Infused with the 21st century demands for balance, accountability, and continuous learning, the model is a guide for leadership behavior and emphasizes the tenet’s interdependent relationship to the practice of dynamic leadership. The tenets include the authentic self, relationships, giving back, collaboration, courageous acts, learning, fierce advocacy, celebration and joy.

The 2014 ATHENA and ATHENA Young Professional Awards will be presented during the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on Friday, February 6, 2014. Profiles of all the candidates will be featured in the Arizona Daily Sun, this newsletter and on the Chamber website.

Nomination Forms:

ATHENA Award Nomination Form

ATHENA Young Professional Award Nomination Form

Nomination deadline: Friday, January 9, 2015 at 12 noon.

Cost of Living Index

The Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce collected data for the national Cost of Living Index that was recently released for third quarter. The Council for Community and Economic Research produces the Cost of Living Index based on more than 90,000 prices, which are collected quarterly by chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and university economic centers in each participating urban area. Flagstaff weighed in with 118.2 or 18.2 % above the national average for a professional/managerial standard of living of all 264 areas in the study. Statewide we ranked the highest cost of living of all eight cities participating.

For over ten years, the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce has conducted the research required to calculate Flagstaff’s Cost of Living Index. The quarterly study measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services. The data requested is set by category and collected by each participating community on exactly the same timeframe nationwide.

This local economy research is provided by the Chamber as a community service. Greater Flagstaff Chamber officials make personal visits to each of the stores that must be visited to collect prices for 60 different items all set ahead of time in six categories. The average for all participating places in each category equals 100, and each participant’s index is read as a percentage of the average for all contributing areas. Categories are then aggregated into a composite index.

The study showed that Flagstaff utility prices are lower than the average price for utilities in the measured areas. Flagstaff numbers for two categories, “Health Care” and “Miscellaneous Goods and Services” were almost equal to the average. The price of grocery items in Flagstaff earned a 116.6 index, while transportation prices were at 112.4. However, a Housing Index of 154.3 was what drove up Flagstaff’s composite index to 118.2.

Among the 264 urban areas that participated in the third quarter 2014 Cost of Living Index, the after-tax cost for a professional/managerial standard of living ranged from more than twice the national average in New York (Manhattan) NY to almost 20 percent below the national average in McAllen, TX.

The Ten Most and Least Expensive Urban Areas
in the Cost of Living Index Third Quarter 2014
National Average for 264 Urban Areas = 100

Most Expensive Least Expensive
Ranking Urban Areas COL Index Ranking Urban Areas COL Index
1 New York (Manhattan) NY 214.5 1 McAllen TX 81.5
2 Honolulu HI 171.2 2 Ashland OH 83.4
3 New York (Brooklyn) NY 168.6 3 Harlingen TX 83.5
4 San Francisco CA 165.5 4 Martinsville-Henry County VA 84.6
5 Hilo HI 156.4 5 Richmond IN 84.6

The Cost of Living Index measures regional differences in the cost of consumer goods and services, excluding taxes and non-consumer expenditures, for professional and managerial households in the top income quintile. Small differences should not be interpreted as showing a measurable difference.

The composite index is based on six component categories – housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services.

The quarterly Cost of Living Index is available by subscription for $165 per year. A copy of the report is available to Chamber members for review at the Chamber offices.

Family Adventures at the North Pole Experience

North Pole ExperienceIt took a village to bring North Pole Experience to Flagstaff from Greer three years ago. It entailed a private-public partnership with Coconino County, a partnership with Little America and collaborations with local businesses.

North Pole Experience (NPX) brings a memorable, unique Christmas experience to all ages. It begins with a trolley ride that goes through a magical portal into the North Pole, followed by tours of Santa’s Toy Hall of Fame, Santa’s Workshop where kids help elves build toys, Mrs. Claus’s Bakery, and Santa’s Mail Room. Children also go to Elf University to learn how to be good elves and remain on Santa’s Nice List. The tour ends with a visit with Santa and his sleigh.

019-IMG_8699-2Since 2012, NPX partners exclusively with Little America Hotel, another popular Arizona holiday tradition and premier Flagstaff travel destination, for an “all-inclusive NPX package.” A package includes a lavish dinner buffet, a one-night stay, and breakfast with Santa. Just like a scene out of a favorite holiday movie, the Trolley Launch Station is located on Little America’s 500 acres of beautiful, private forest. Little America is decked out in over a million Christmas lights for the holiday season, making it the perfect backdrop for NPX guests, putting them in the Christmas spirit the moment they arrive. For guests that do not purchase the package, they are able to book the NPX rate at the hotel, or purchase breakfast with Santa the following morning. Little America provides the perfect check-in and gift shop for guests as they are comforted at the hotel before they are whisked off to the forest and taken to the North Pole.

Through its 40-day holiday season, NPX draws over 40,000 attendees from Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii and from around the globe, including Europe and Mexico. With over 85% tourists, NPX collaborates with local hotels, restaurants, and attractions to promote Flagstaff as a winter recreation destination. Some include Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course, Arizona Snowbowl, Doubletree Hilton, Courtyard Marriott and many other winter friendly attractions that offer special deals to NPX guests.

North Pole ExperienceOn its third year in Flagstaff, NPX welcomes upgrades to the experience including brand-new, state of the art trolley buses unveiling Santa’s new Aurora Borealis generator power system. The bakery is larger than previous years offering tastier cookies for all, and Elf University was expanded.

Owner and founder Scott Pace notes, “This year is the biggest year yet with day trips starting at 9:00 am and running every 15 minutes until 8:15pm on weekends and from 4:00 pm to 8:15 pm on weekdays. NPX has tens of thousands visit the North Pole Experience, and has grown at least 100% every year since the start of our operation in 2009.” Each Christmas season, NPX employs more than 120 part-time and full time employees, including all the elves.
The North Pole Experience runs until December 27, tickets range from $38 to $55. Give NPX a jingle 480-779-9679 info@northpoleexperience.com http://northpoleexperience.com/

Tourist Home Urban Market Opens for Business

FLAGSTAFF – AZ. For the first time in decades, the Tourist Home will illuminate the neon sign hovering above the San Francisco Street sidewalk in Flagstaff’s Southside, and open its doors to locals and visitors once more. A former boarding house for immigrant Basque sheepherders whose travels through Flagstaff once were widespread, the building has been sitting dormant; boarded up and decaying for the last 40-plus years. It wasn’t until visions for its revitalization and re-purposing were met with strategy and partnerships, did progress begin for the Heinonen cousins and new business partner, Chris Kemmerly of Miramonte Homes.

A natural extension of its sibling restaurant and bar businesses – Tinderbox Kitchen and Annex – Tourist Home Urban Market (THUM) will represent the retail arm of the three. Part storefront, part restaurant, part local hub, THUM provides counter service offering chef-driven foods, pre-packaged or made-to-order. Menu items include hot breakfast items and pastries, gourmet packaged foods, house charcuterie, chef-butchered steaks and chops, domestic cheeses, prepared-to-order sandwiches, plus an assortment of soups and salads. All foods are made on-premises and intentionally kept simple with no more than five ingredients. Drinks include fair-trade coffees, juices, sodas, beer and wine.

“We kept the integrity and style from the Tinderbox and Annex and implemented that quality into the market,” said Dara Wong, general manager, “It allows T-Box fans to access many of the specialty foods, meats, cheeses and wines we have at the restaurant, but in a one-stop- shop fashion, including made-to-order counter-service meals.”

The historic preservation and architectural efforts; local craftsmanship; and artistic vision that aligned to create Tourist Home Urban Market, did so in an unprecedented and synergistic way. The owners and staff are eager to share the building’s story and contribute to the next chapters in its history.

Tourist Home Urban Market, located at 52 S. San Francisco St., will open its doors for business on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6 a.m. Hours and days of operation are 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., seven days a week. More information at 928-779-2811 or 928-226-8400.

Chamber/Vora Financial Present Northern Lights Holiday Parade

Vora Financial and the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce are proud to present the Annual Holiday Parade of Lights, which will bedeck Historic Downtown in the glow of the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6 pm.

Bring your hat, mittens and plenty of hot chocolate and enjoy the beautiful sights as dozens of twinkling floats pass by. The parade begins at the corner of Beaver and Elm, proceeds south the Aspen, east past a reviewing stand at Heritage Square to San Francisco and then back up to Elm.

The Chamber encourages you to make a day of it by patronizing local businesses during the day and then enjoying the parade that night.



Northern Lights Holiday Parade Igloo

Deadline Extended for Young Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES) Week Applications

The deadline for applications for the 2nd Annual Young Entrepreneurial Scholars Week – an intensive summer experience to to encourage budding entrepreneurs – has been extended to Friday, June 15.

YES Week offers a limited number of incoming high school sophomores, juniors and seniors the chance to understand entrepreneurship as a career option, generate business ideas, meet and learn from successful business professionals and develop leadership abilities and skills necessary for business success.

The initiative, launched by the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, will be held from July 23-27 this year.

An atmosphere of constant creativity helps students generate business ideas and develop them into viable business plans. As part of YES! Week, business professionals and leaders will be volunteering their time to speak and interact with the participants by sharing their own career and professional experiences.

“The opportunity to meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs will help the students develop their critical thinking, life skills and leadership abilities,” said Chamber President / CEO Julie Pastrick. “We expect that these interactions will engage the students and help shed light on potential new businesses and future career goals.”

To download a YES! Week Application Form, please click here. For recommendation forms, click here.

Mayoral and City Council preference poll

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The Flagstaff Chamber has been hard at work this election season. Enclosed are answers to a candidate questionnaire we designed. Their responses should give you a sense of how each candidate would lead.  For your benefit, links to these answers are available on the next page. 

Your Mayor and City Council members make decisions daily that affect the local business environment in our community. From budget priorities to infrastructure, local officials play a crucial role in creating an environment conducive to business and job growth. Your vote in the upcoming election is your opportunity to improve our business climate and enhance our quality of living.

Once you read through these candidate responses, please participate in our confidential poll and rank your choices for City Council and your choice for Mayor. Your responses are kept completely confidential and secure and will aid the chamber in our endorsement process. Please complete only one survey per person.
Thanks for your investment in the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce!

My Best,

Tom Wyatt, IOM
Director, Government Affairs

Please click the “Continue” button below to view the answers submitted by candidates and to indicate your voting preference.