It’s Serendipity

Sawana Grimmett opens The Salt Spa with the help of Hair.n.Dipity By Heather Maxwell, Executive Director Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce Sawana Grimmett was working out of a local dentist office when, through mutual acquaintances, she met Rochelle Decker, owner of Hair.n.Dipity salon.  Grimmett then saw her business, The Salt Spa, take off.  “In 2016, a treatment room at her hair salon became available and ...

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Hidden Gems

Nate and Rochelle Decker spotlight local artists at their shops By Laura Latzko Neighbors on Innovative Drive, The Bloc Project arts studio and the Hair.n.Dipity hair salon are hidden gems in Anthem.  Inside the two spaces, visitors will find intricate angel wing designs, life casts of hands and other body parts and innovative photographs by local maker Nate Decker. His wife, Rochelle, owns the salon. Every ...

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DIY Staycation

Summertime activities strengthen family ties  By Pastor David Bowen, Standing Stones Community Church, Standing Stones Christian Academy St. Francis of Assisi once said, “A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” These are words of wisdom spoken 800 years ago. He also said “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” What was he trying to say?  Instead of see ...

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Eager to Serve

Rising senior Justice Banken represents BCHS at prestigious Boys State By Emma Suttell Whether he is leading a group in Arizona Hills’ youth ministry, working at Calvin Klein, or serving his peers as librarian of National Honor Society, senior Justice Banken is dedicating himself to serving others.  When an opportunity arose earlier this year to attend Arizona Boys State, Banken’s guidance counselor encoura ...

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Aiming High

Anthem teen headed to Junior World Skeet Championships By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski When Buzz and Jenn Thomas of Anthem introduced their 10-year-old son, Zyler, to skeet shooting, they were ready for the comments. But it’s changed the family’s life. “I know there’s a stigma about guns, but skeet shooting programs show the whole other side,” Jenn says. “It’s an Olympic sport and one day Zyler hopes to make ...

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Building a Dream

Dignified Home Loans opens Anthem location By Alison Stanton Deborah Hartwick was inspired to choose a career in the mortgage industry for two key reasons — she loves numbers and she’s a people person.  “I like walking my clients through the challenges each borrower can go through on the journey to homeownership,” Hartwick says. With 30 years’ experience in the mortgage lending industry, Hartwick is the sal ...

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Children First New River Kiwanis Club wants to help kids in need

By Ron Sanzone Kiwanis International is an organization that most people know of, but they are far less aware of its mission or deeds. Even when a branch is located in their own backyard. “Kiwanis International is about helping children worldwide,” says Ed Taylor, president of the New River branch of Kiwanis. Kiwanis International has raised hundreds of millions of dollars to fight and eliminate maladies th ...

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Designing Woman

Anthem chamber intern stitching her way to the top By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Abby Davis is one of those multihyphenate talents. She’s an intern with the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce. She is an ASU powerlifter and a fashion student. The incoming sophomore easily balances it, using powerlifting as her stress reliever.  “Fashion is the one thing that’s been so consistent in my life,” the 19-year-old Ant ...

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‘Cowboy Chic’

Glossy Heifer is an odyssey of comfort food By Ron Sanzone Anthem and New River diners frustrated with the lack of local full-service restaurants now have an option. Owner Billy Sims has brought 30 years of experience to the area’s newest eatery, the Glossy Heifer, at 46202 N. Black Canyon Highway in New River, just south of the I-17 exit at New River Road. It opened in April and is gearing up for several s ...

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Anthem Chamber Column

Collective Concepts proud to be part of the community By Heather Maxwell, Greater Anthem Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tracy van Ravensway was looking to make a change. Being in the real estate business for 18 years and practicing as a designated broker, she thought it was about time to start her own brokerage. Van Ravensway reached out to her title company representative and friend, Candis Creel, ...

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