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December 1 – 14, 2012


Fashion, comfort: try that on for size by Susan Henderson

No need to wait any longer for Prince Charming – Cinderella’s not the only one who can have a perfect fitting shoe. With “nothing is as thrilling as a shoe that looks and feels good,” as a motto, Shoe Thrill is now open in historic downtown Chandler. Newlyweds and Ironwood Vistas residents Carissa and Rich Thurman share fitting and owner duties with Carissa’s mom, Mary Krausman. Rows of Birkenstocks, Dansko, Olukai, Clarks, Keen, Merrells, Klogs, Alegria, Reiker, Miz Mooz and more await any client that “needs shoes for work, travel and play that will go the distance for quality and comfort,” says Carissa. In addition to sneakers, sandals, boots and heels, Shoe Thrill carries lots of industry shoes for hospital, restaurant and other foot-weary employees. Carissa walked a long road to end up in the shoes she’s in today. Born in Oregon, she transplanted to Chandler when she was 8. A graduate of Jacobson Elementary and Bogle Junior High, she was in the first graduating class of Hamilton High in 2000 before earning a degree in broadcasting from ASU. Her love of fashionable footwear landed her at the Shoe Mill in Tempe, where Carissa honed her skills for 10 years before opening Shoe Thrill this fall at age 30. “I love shoes, especially comfort shoes, so much so that even after

HAPPILY EVER AFTER: Newlyweds Carissa and Rich Thurman celebrate not only their summer nuptials, but the recent opening of Shoe Thrill, their historic downtown Chandler storefront offering comfort shoes with flair. STSN photo

obtaining my degree I knew I wanted to stay in shoe retail.” Returning to Chandler to live and work was as easy as sliding into an old

pair of slippers. “I knew if I opened my own business location would be key. Downtown Chandler has all the draw of Old Town

Scottsdale or Mill Avenue with none of the negatives. Fabulous places to eat, farmers’ market, festivals, events, nightlife … it has really been cleaned up see Shoe Thrill page 18



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and is a wonderful community, one that I am incredibly honored to be a part of.” With just the push she needed from her husband, Carissa jumped on the opportunity presented when Urban Tea Loft closed and knew exactly what her shoe focus would be. It was surgery that set Carissa on a path towards footwear that skimps on pain, not fashion. “After knee reconstruction at age 22, wearing good, supportive shoes was not just a choice but a necessity. However, I want to look cute while being comfortable. I knew from my own personal experience helping customers post-podiatry that I was not alone. Not one person I know wants to look old or frumpy. That is what my business is about.” Finding the look and feel her clients desire is important to Carissa, and she doesn’t take the shoe-buying experience sitting down, even if her customers do. “I believe in old-fashioned customer service. Come in, tell me what you’re looking for, sit down and relax. We will strap the shoes on your feet ourselves and are not afraid to bring lots of product and suggestions. Best of all, the shoes are really attractive, and I personally work very hard to bring in unique product that you can’t find at the malls or department stores. I feel like life is way too short to wear boring shoes, and the products I carry reflect that.” Shoe Thrill, currently offering $20 off a $50 purchase, is at 11 W. Boston St., Suite 2. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

FASHION FIT: Clients don’t need to forfeit fashion for comfort says Shoe Thrill owner Carissa Thurman. She stocks scores of name brand comfort shoes including boots, heels, sandals and sneakers at her new historic downtown Chandler shop. STSN photo

Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 480-275-2898 or visit

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Susan Henderson is managing editor of the SanTan Sun News and resides in Old Stone Ranch with her husband, three kids

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Free tax cut seminar

December 1 – 14, 2012


Learn to succeed from experts

Learn how to take advantage of tax cuts before they expire at the end of the year during a free Dana Law Firm seminar. The workshop is at 2 p.m. Wed., Dec. 5 at Dana Law Firm’s office in Mesa, 1234 S. Power Rd., Suite 102; and 10 a.m. Thu., Dec. 6 at the Dana Law Firm’s Scottsdale office, 8817 E. Bell Rd., Suite 201. For more information or to register, call 480-924-4424.

Frio Mio supports team parties

Local teams playing at Snedigar Sports Complex are eligible for $100 of in-store credit for end-of-year parties held at Frio Mio Frozen Yogurt, 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. The Fulton Ranch Promenade store, owned and operated by local residents Geoff and Brenda Roehrick, offers frozen yogurt, all-beef hot dogs, chips and soda. For more information or to schedule a team party, contact Geoff Roehrick at 480-609-0007.

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Technology entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies are the target audience for the TechEDge2012 Conference from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7 at the Chandler City Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago St. Highlights include real life stories from business owners, partnered with

practical tips from subject matter experts and industry peers who will offer practical tools and innovative resources. Keynote speaker Tom Wujec presents “Fostering Innovation in Turbulent Times,” discussing how great companies come up with new ideas and bring them to market. Other topics include incubator advantages, how to win Small Business Innovation Research awards and commercialization through strategic partnerships, crowd funding and the

JOBS Act, Internet Protocol / patents, resource pitches and an interactive lightning round. TechEDge2012 is hosted by Chandler’s Innovations Incubator in partnership with the Arizona Business Incubation Association. It is supported by the title sponsor, Fennemore Craig, and event sponsor Arizona State University. The cost for the interactive event is $50, with fees waived for students and incubator clients. For more details, visit


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December 1 – 14, 2012


Gilbert wants shoppers to stay local

Join the grand opening holiday party at John Allen’s Arizona Body Sculpturing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15 at the training facility’s new location at 2915 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 8 in Las Tiendas Village, Chandler. Meet the personal trainers and receive complimentary blood pressure checks and chair massages. There will also be boutique shopping, a bouncy and face painting for kids, food and beverages, and attendees can enter a drawing for prizes. For details, call 480-917-7270 or visit John Allen

Connie’s offering holiday specials

Jewelry is always a favorite gift to give or receive, and Connie’s Jewelry Gallery & Clock Shop in the Shoppes at Clemente Ranch is offering holidays sales of 20% off select jewelry and jewelry boxes. With other specials of 20 to 50% off “almost everything” in the store, Connie’s also features 30% off select wall clocks and 50% off select grandfather clocks. Connie’s is at 2040 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler and can be reached at 480-883-3320.

The first video in a series to remind Gilbert residents of the importance of keeping sales tax dollars in town is out. Called “When the Sun Goes Down,” it highlights Gilbert’s nightlife including recommendations of activities and venues to keep a night out on the town right in town. “The taskforce wanted to use resources to develop a campaign that would go the distance and would really highlight the variety of ways in which residents

can really heed the call to ‘Shop Gilbert,’” says Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. The video campaign includes four segments with emphasis on different industries, all of which contribute to the town’s tax base. “When the Sun Goes Down” will be shown as a public service announcement at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and can also be seen at

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Details on new Maricopa urgent care By spring of 2013, Dignity Health Arizona will open an urgent care center in Maricopa. The company, which owns Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers, finalized its agreement to lease retail space for a new Dignity Health Urgent Care Center in the Shops at Maricopa Fiesta, 20750 N. John Wayne Pkwy., Maricopa. The Center will be staffed with board certified / eligible doctors and registered nurses, and will be able to care for patients of any age with non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries that need immediate attention. Ailments ranging from a bad cough or serious sprain to a case of the flu, asthma and more all are treated at Dignity Health Urgent Cares. Maricopa residents will have access to onsite radiology and laboratory services at the facility, and it will offer the Call Ahead program beginning at 7 a.m. when patients can wait at home until the facility opens, and staff will call when it is their turn to come in to see the physician. The facility will be open from noon to 9 p.m. every day of the year including holidays. Dignity Health expects to spend about $600,000 in tenant improvements, according to a company news release.


“We look forward to bringing additional urgent care services to our neighbors in Maricopa,” says Linda Hunt, president and CEO of Dignity Health Arizona. “Patients and their families can rest assured their diagnosis and treatment are backed by the Dignity Health continuum of care. If a patient’s condition is worse than originally anticipated, the Urgent Care staff will coordinate the seamless transfer of care to our team at Chandler Regional Medical Center, and the Urgent Care copay will be applied to their emergency room visit.” Oliver C. Anderson and his wife, residents of Maricopa for more than 58 years, are the landlords for the Maricopa Building. Their son, Kelly Anderson, was the first elected mayor of Maricopa. The health services company currently operates three acute care hospitals: Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, as well as the St. Joseph’s Medical Group and three Urgent Care Centers in Gilbert, Ahwatukee and Queen Creek. For more, call 877-728-5414 or visit

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Chamber helps pets, members, more Tour city, attend ribbon-cuttings, attend seminars Donate to Lost Our Home Pet Foundation, which rescues abandoned animals left locked up without food or water in foreclosed homes, during the annual Chandler Chamber Women’s Council charity drive. Drop donations off at the Chamber or any Chamber networking event, including the next Women’s Council meeting from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tue., Dec. 4 at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Suggested donations are cat and dog food, all types and sizes of bedding, feeding dishes and pet toys.

Bird’s eye view

A double-decker bus tour of Chandler is the highlight of an economic update after breakfast with Christine Mackay, Chandler’s director of economic development, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wed., Dec. 5, beginning at Brunchies, 17 E. Boston St. The cost is $20 for Chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. The tour is sponsored by SRP, East Valley Tribune, APS, Cox Communications and Rogers Corp. in partnership with the City of Chandler.

Chiropractic clinic opens

Join the staff of San Tan Chiropractic Clinic for a ribbon-cutting at its new location, 5 p.m. Wed., Dec. 5 at 1900 W. Germann Rd., Suite 16, Chandler. Refreshments will be served during an open house from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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Find out what you need to know on the technical side, when the Technology Steering Committee meets noon to 1 p.m., Thu., Dec. 6 at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. There will be roundtable discussions. The meeting is free, but an RSVP is requested. For details, call Brad Ness at 480-963-4571 or email

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Local elected officials will be in attendance when the Chandler Chamber of Commerce unveils its annual publication outlining its political agenda for the year, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thu., Dec. 6 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. The cost is $20 for Chamber members and $30 for nonmembers. The informal reception of hors d’ oeuvres with a cash bar is sponsored by Air Products, Intel and Catalyst Computer Technologies.

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Prospective and new members are invited to a free welcome breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thu., Dec. 13 at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Employers with a new employee or a member that would like to meet new members are also invited. Sponsored by TruCom, LLC, the briefing offers information about the benefits. The continental breakfast is sponsored by Integrated Bookkeeping Services. Applications are being accepted for the 2013 Leadership Institute class that begins in January with an orientation and continues through October with its final class and a graduation dinner. Classes are held 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Friday of the month and are hosted by local businesses at their office locations. The 10-month program brings together individuals with diverse backgrounds

and experiences so that they can learn how to make a positive impact in their communities. Classes involve presentations by active professionals in each field, panel discussions, case studies or other instructional methods in the following areas: city government, public safety, business and industry, transportation, life and leisure, health, education, media, social services, leadership training and team building. The class also participates in a community-based class project designed and administered by the class members. For more information, email The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is at 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201. For more information and to register for these programs, call 480-963-4571, visit or


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A franchised juice bar chain that specializes in fresh-squeezed juices and real fruit smoothies, California-based Juice It Up!, is launching a national expansion plan to open five to seven Arizona locations in the next five years, with a focus on Chandler. “We hope to find franchisees that share our service-oriented mindset and

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Corporate Chronicles Mercy Gilbert Medical Center’s Diagnostic Imaging Department is accredited for the second time by the Accreditation Committee of the American College of Radiology (ACR) for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). “Physicians are very involved in the accreditation process, and it is because of their dedication to providing superb care that we have received this prestigious honor,” says Ed Jones, director of diagnostic imaging at Mercy Gilbert. Mercy Gilbert received accreditation earlier this year from the ACR for breast ultrasound and ultrasound with guided biopsy. Info: Jeffrey A. Kramer receives the 2012 Henning Award for his outstanding contributions to public management, which was awarded by the American Academy of Jeffrey A. Kramer Certified Public Managers at its 24th Annual Professional Development Symposium and Awards Banquet held in Columbia, SC. A Chandler resident, Kramer is the AACPM’s immediate past president and was the unanimous choice of the selection committee, which notes his 20 years of contributions to AACPM, including six years of national board

service, chairing eight different committees, serving on four additional committees and representing Arizona as a national delegate nine times. Currently the operations division manager for the Maricopa County Department of Transportation, Kramer is an Eagle Scout and was named this past year as a Public Works Leadership Fellow by the American Public Works Association. Kramer is the 23rd recipient of the Henning Award and will serve as chair of the award committee in 2013 when the award will be presented in Boise, ID. HDE Agency is handling promotional services for Phoenix Brewers Invitational –Get Crafty 2012 Fri. and Sat., Dec. 7-8 in Phoenix, featuring the six-piece Orange County band 80 Proof and more than 12 independent Arizona bands in competition, along with than 60 craft breweries, beerrelated vendors, beer memorabilia, home brewing demonstrations and a wide variety of local foods from some of Arizona’s best food trucks. For minors and designated drivers, there will be a craft root beer garden offering complimentary handcrafted sodas. Free admission; fees for alcoholic drinks with percentage of the proceeds to benefit The Beer for Brains Foundation, a national, nonprofit organization of craft-beer lovers, distributors and brewers, committed to raising public awareness about brain cancer. Info:

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