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As entrepreneurs, we’re always excited to see new businesses opening in the area. Indeed, there are so many interesting local companies and people running them in 85086. One of those businesses is Desert Lotus Boutique & Gifts. Kwailan Barsotti opened her Anthem store last month and it’s growing quite a following. As it turns out, people are drawn to Desert Lotus’ eclectic assortment of wares including women’s fashions, positive affirmation gifts, oils, candles, soaps, baby shower presents, and personal protection items from concealed carry handbags to pepper spray. Please help us welcome Kwailan to the 85086 business community, and turn to page 38 to learn more about her and Desert Lotus.
Another new business that recently rolled into town is Malave Rock LLC Video Game Theater. The ultimate mobile video gaming party trailer, you’ve likely seen it around town. Owner Andre Malave officially launched the business in April to bring smiles and happiness to local children and adults. Malave Rock’s entertainment concept sounds fun, see if you don’t agree after reading about it on page 30.
Meanwhile, as we approach the Fourth of July, get the lowdown on fireworks and the law on page 20. Did you know that Arizona’s fireworks laws begin by announcing that it’s illegal to sell, possess, or use fireworks unless there is an exception to that general rule? Since we’ve all seen fireworks used and for sale in Arizona, you might be scratching your head. Well, local judge Gerald A. Williams gives readers the legalities on the use of fireworks on page 20.
This issue also marks the departure of our Boulder Creek High School student journalist, Marcella Baietto. We thoroughly enjoyed having her on our team for the 2015–16 school year and we wish her the best as she heads to ASU in the fall. Keep a look out for next month, where we’ll introduce you to Marcella’s successor.
On the subject of students, we’re working on our August Back-to-School Issue. Please send us all your upcoming school-related news so that we can keep the community up to speed on local educational opportunities and news.
Adam & Matthew Toren
Kwailan Barsotti with her daughter
Photo by Shannon Fisher Photography