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Biltmore Loan and Jewelry says ‘yes when the banks say no’ BY ALISON STANTON

Families with unexpected medical bills. A couple who is planning their daughter’s wedding. Entrepreneurs needing additional capital for expansion or payables. Marc Israel, general manager of Biltmore Loan and Jewelry, says these are just a few of the many types of clients with whom he meets and works on a regular basis. Israel says Biltmore Loan and Jewelry—which came to Scottsdale two years ago and just recently opened a second location in Chandler—provides immediate cash for individuals or business people who are unable to get funding from a bank in a timely manner. “With our expertise in evaluating assets, we have become a leading collateralized lender and purchaser

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN UPSCALE SURROUNDINGS: Biltmore Loan and Jewelry features attractive décor and a discreet environment. Submitted photo

of unusual and high-end jewelry, watches, precious metals, coins, fine art antiques also sports memorabilia and collectables,” says Israel. Business is conducted in a very private and discreet manner in Biltmore’s upscale offices. The entire transaction is typically completed in about 30 minutes. “Biltmore also specializes in providing immediate cash using automobiles as collateral for title loans.” Referring to Biltmore Loan and Jewelry as “the alternative bank,” Israel says his clients have two options: to either sell their asset directly to Biltmore, or to use it as collateral for a short-term loan. “Our motto is, ‘We say yes when the banks say no,’” he says. The yearning to open Biltmore Loan and Jewelry began in 2008, when Israel says a great number of people were hit by the downturn in the economy. “There are a lot of people who find themselves ‘stuff rich and cash poor’—they purchased a Mercedes or Bentley just to have it, or they had two Rolex watches sitting in a safe deposit box; now these items can be converted to cash,” he says. “Many people have assets, but they might not have the $10,000 or more that they need for an unexpected expense relating to a legal matter, business or medical bill. Our extensive expertise allows us to pay the highest prices in the market, and provide the highest loan-to-value ratios in the industry.” By opening a new location in Chandler, Israel says the Biltmore experience will be even more accessible to residents of the Southeast Valley. “It’s just a dignified way for people to come in and get the money that they need. We pride ourselves on our expertise, and for being flexible, discreet and confidential,” he says. “The Biltmore staff derives satisfaction in knowing

READY TO HELP: The staff at Biltmore Loan and Jewelry— from left to right: Marc Israel, Harriet Bernick, Erin Kalmbach, David Goldstein, and Kylie Roswell—prides itself on offering top-notch customer service that is confidential and respectful. Submitted photo

that they are available when the bank cannot make a decision quickly, or when there isn’t a family member who can assist.” David Goldstein, founder of Biltmore Loan and Jewelry, can be seen between 9 and 10 a.m. Tuesdays on “Sonoran Living,” on KNXV-TV Channel 15. Goldstein will also write a regular column for the SanTan Sun News titled “What’s It Worth, AZ” within Biltmore Loan and Jewelry’s advertisement. Biltmore Loan and Jewelry is located at 670 N. 54th St., Suite 2 in Chandler. For more information, call 480705-LOAN (5626) or visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at alison@santansun. com.

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Kid to Kid offers upscale resale shopping experience BY ALISON STANTON

As most parents know quite well, young children outgrow clothing, shoes and accessories in the blink of an eye. This means moms and dads frequently have to shop for new

SAVING PARENTS MONEY: Erica Gentile, owner of the Chandler and Gilbert Kid to Kid stores, says she enjoys getting to know her customers and helping them save money on gently used baby and children’s items, all of which are in excellent condition. Submitted photo

outfits as well as other kid-related items. Erica Gentile, owner of the Chandler and Gilbert Kid to Kid locations, says her stores offer the ideal solution for parents who would like to sell their gently used children’s clothing and more, as well as those who are in the market for some newto-them items. “Kid to Kid is an upscale kids’ resale store that offers gently used items from our customers, which we then resell to people who are looking to buy the same items,” she says. In addition to a huge selection of baby and kids’ clothing in sizes from infant to 14, Kid to Kid features a wide range of pre-owned strollers, high chairs, walkers, toys, maternity wear and much more. Clients have two options when selling their items to Kid to Kid, Gentile says: They can either get cash on the spot, or they can receive 20% more in store credit. One of the best parts about Kid to Kid, Gentile says, is that her inventory is constantly changing. “We have customers who come in every week to see us,” she says. “Every day is like Christmas.” Making sure their customers have

COME ON IN: Erica Gentile’s son, Cooper, peeks out of the pink kids’ door which is adjacent to the regular door at Kid to Kid. Erica says kids love to have a door all their own and even ask their parents if they can go to “the pink door store.” Submitted photo

IN THE SWING OF THINGS: Parents and grandparents can find everything they need for babies and kids at Kid to Kid, including a great selection of pre-owned baby swings and other baby gear. Submitted photo

the best possible shopping experience is also extremely important to Gentile and her staff. Everything they sell is extremely clean and in excellent condition. She and her employees pride themselves on their friendly and upbeat demeanor. “We want to be the ‘Cheers’ of kids’ resale.” Gentile says. “We want to remember our customers’ names, and what they have purchased. We love it when our customers get to know our

staff, and we get to know them.” Gentile says she also works hard to be sure her stores are well organized, so that her customers can easily find what they are looking for. “I really focus on offering an upscale experience in every sense possible. I’ve even had customers ask me ‘Is this really used?’ because they cannot tell from looking at it.” Gentile says she especially enjoys meeting and working with her SEE RESALE PAGE 22


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El Palacio of Chandler hosts ‘Yappy Hour’ and adoption fair Arizona shelters house thousands of homeless, unwanted, abandoned, neglected and abused dogs that are in need of a forever home. With the help of volunteer run nonprofit organizations like the Arizona Small Dog Rescue, many of those dogs are able to find great homes. To help raise money, awareness and to help these pups find good homes, El Palacio of Chandler owner and head chef, Anthony Serrano, is hosting a series of Sunday Yappy Hour & Adoption Fair events. A dog friendly spin on Happy Hour, El Palacio encourages guests to bring their well behaved pups out for Yappy Hour— giving pet and owner a chance to relax, socialize and enjoy some yummy treats. During Yappy Hour, mom and dad can sip sangria while munching on chips and queso dip while Fido munches on a puppy taco salad, hot dog or doggy fajita from El Palacio’s dog friendly menu. Ten percent of all food and beverages purchased during Yappy Hour, 1 to 5 p.m. every Sunday, will benefit the Arizona Small Dog Rescue throughout the month of January. That money will be used to help with necessary food and shelter costs for the dogs.

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ADOPTION FAIR: El Palacio is hosting an Adoption Fair during Yappy Hour from 1 to 5 p.m., Sun. Jan. 19. Submitted photo



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customers, who come from all walks of life. “Some may think that people shop at resale stores because of need, but really, we all work hard for our money, so why waste it? Kid to Kid allows people to buy so much more with their money.” From grandmas who come in looking for onesies for their newborn grandsons to moms and dads who are in the market for a new-to-them stroller, Gentile says it’s always fun to help her customers find what they are looking for—and at a really good price. “I love it when people say things like, ‘Oh my gosh. We were just at Walmart and we saw that exact same swing, but you have it here for a lot less.’” Kid to Kid is located at 2815 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 12, Chandler and at 1652 N. Higley Rd., Suite 105, Gilbert. For more information, call the Chandler store at 480-726-2023 or the Gilbert location at 480813-1978, or visit chandler,, facebook. com/kidtokidchandler or Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at alison@

Chandler Chamber of Commerce keeping busy this year The Chandler Chamber of Commerce highlights community and chamber events in the coming months. To learn more or to RSVP to any event, visit chandlerchamber. com, call 480-9634571 or email info@ No refunds are available within 72 hours of an event.

2014 Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival The 2014 Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival will kick off with the mayor’s 5K Fun Run, which runs through downtown Chandler, on Sat., March 1. Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. with the run kicks off at 8 a.m. The top three overall male and female runners will be awarded, as well as the top three in each age group. Register online at events/the-mayors-ostrich-festival5km-2014.

Chandler Republican Women meeting set for Jan. 21

At 10 a.m. the Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival Parade will begin Sat., March 1. Entries include equestrian groups, local marching bands, dance groups and many oldtime favorites. The festival at Tumbleweed Park runs from Fri., March 7, through Sun., March 9. The carnival like atmosphere will include entertainment, acts, live music and tons of activities. Visit for further information.

Lead Groups held weekly

Brunchies, 17 E. Boston St., Chandler. Chandler Business Connections Leads Group meets from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Sun Lakes/Ocotillo Networking Group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Pecan Grove Restaurant, 4960 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Go-Getters Leads Group meets from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at Bourbon Jack’s, 11 W. Boston St., Chandler. Friday Cafe Leads Group gathers from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Fridays at Chompie’s Delicatessen Restaurant, 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. For those interested call 480-963-4571 or email

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Chandler Republican Women will host its first meeting of the New Year on Tue., Jan. 21. A meet and greet will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. State Sen. Michele Reagan, candidate for secretary of state and Christine Jones, candidate for governor,

will discuss their vision for Arizona during the meeting. The meeting will be held at Capitalist Labs, 250 S. Arizona Ave. Contact Lisa Askey at for additional information.

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is at 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201. Unless otherwise specified, for more information and to register for these programs, call 480-963-4571, visit or, or email


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Gilbert chamber news roundup for January and February Comprehensive membership orientation, the 411 Do you want to learn how to maximize the benefits of a chamber investment? The 411, which is sponsored in part by John’s Refrigeration and SCF Arizona, is a comprehensive membership orientation, which will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Wed., Jan. 22. Attendees will gain an insider’s view of its programs and services, ask questions of its staff, and develop an action plan for chamber engagement and success. Bruegger’s will provide breakfast and the meeting will be held at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert R., Suite 101, Gilbert. Admission is free. Seating is limited; registration required.

State of Business in Gilbert to be discussed during Mayor’s Annual Address Mayor John Lewis will present his annual address, the State of Business in Gilbert from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed., Feb. 19, to share with business leaders Gilbert’s major achievements over the past year. The address, which is sponsored by PhoenixMesa Gateway Airport, will be held at SanTan Elegante Conference & Reception Center at the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert. Lewis will take a look back, then a look forward to present goals for the future, with an emphasis on the efforts to assist businesses and economic development. Member admission is $35; general admission is $50 per person. A table for eight is $350 and includes company’s

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Conference & Expo will focus on ‘Grow Your Business’ The small business growth conference, which provides entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized business owners and their staff with affordable local and regional world-class training, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fri., Feb. 28. The conference will focus on sales, marketing, customer retention, and knowledge to acquire talent and is designed to help attendees grow their business and increase revenue. Attendees are encouraged to challenge their thinking and tap into fresh ideas, hands on tools, powerful insights and strategies that work. The expo will also offer the opportunity to get in the conversation with how-to sessions and a networking expo luncheon highlighting local businesses. Member admission for the expo and lunch is $35; general admission $50. Expo-only admission is $25. The expo will be held at Chandler-Gilbert Community College-Williams Campus, 7360 E. Tahoe Ave., Mesa. Sponsored inpart by BRIO Tuscan Grille, Hampton Inn & Suites and John’s Refrigeration.

Gilbert Chamber to name business man, woman of the year The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce will celebrate businessmen and businesswomen and their contributions to the local business community over the last year at the chamber’s annual Business Woman and Man of the Year Luncheon 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed., Jan. 29, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert/ SanTan Elegante Conference Center. The chamber has honored women and named a Woman of the Year since 2010; this will be the first time the chamber will present the Business Man of the Year award. Individuals are nominated by the business community and winners are selected by chamber member peers serving on the What Women Want and Men In Action committees. Business Woman of the Year nominees: • Tiffany Fisher, Sun Valley Medical Billing • Mai-Lin Garcia, Synergy HR Solutions • Paige Modlin, National Bank of Arizona • Shanna Tingom, Edward Jones • Dr. Mia Van Eken, Valley Women for Women OB/GYN • Stacey Waddell, 20 Volume Salon and Spa • Christine Wetherington, Gilbert CAN Business Man of the Year nominees: • Kevin DeRosa, Advance Paper and Maintenance Supply • Tim Hovik, San Tan Ford • Mark Newman, Newman Realty

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Super Market returns at Superstition Farm SuperFarm Market will re-launch its Super Market on Thursdays at Superstition Farm. The market will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Some of the produce includes Pepper Ranch local produce, cinnamon rolls, local honey, butter, farmers cheese and cheese curds, eggs, locally made tortillas, cookies, jams, pasta, popcorn, tea, coffee, sausages, breads, salsas, cakes, ice cream, Waffle Crush Truck and SuperFarm SuperTruck. A SuperFarm Barn Dance will be held

from 8 p.m. to midnight on Fridays at the farm. Admission is $5. Lessons are also provided from 8 to 9 p.m. Farm tour reservations are being accepted. If individuals book during January, Superstition Farm will honor their 2006 prices. The tours are available for schools, groups, families and individuals. Superstition Farm is located at 3440 S. Hawes Rd., Mesa. For information call 602-432-6865.

Joe Filter provides unique service Joe Filter, a new home service company, which is based in Gilbert, provides in-home replacement of air, fridge and RO filters, as well as water softener salt, light bulb replacement, vacuum cleanouts and barbecue cleanups on a schedule or as needed basis. Joe Filter’s goal is to take the hassle out of home filter replacements by offering home service without contractss or commitments. Individuals can pick the service they want and the frequency in which they want that service. “Nobody wants to spend their free time buying and installing filters and batteries,” Joe Filter owner Joe Jackson says. “Between finding the right size and remembering to pick them up, it’s no wonder we are being met with such a

Chompie’s celebrates 35th anniversary on Feb. 14 Chompie’s, Arizona’s NY Deli, has announced a celebration for its 35th anniversary. Chompie’s invites patrons to visit any location on Fri., Feb. 14, to join in on the festivities. To celebrate 35 years of business and to thank the community for their continued support, Chompie’s is offering all-you-can-eat made from scratch buttermilk pancakes for $3.35 per person all day. Buttermilk pancakes are regularly $5.69 for a two stack and $6.69 for a three stack. The offer is available for dine-in orders only. “I never expected to run Chompie’s for so long,” says Lovey Borenstein,

founder of Chompie’s. “But as I did it, I realized how it brought my family and other families closer together and so I kept going. It was all because of family.” Other anniversary specials include receiving 75 bonus rewards points, valid for $5 off your next visit, when you fully complete your Chompie’s Rewards registration online at on Feb. 14. The other special is buy three get the fourth free Chompie’s famous large NY black and white cookies. Chompie’s Chandler location is at 3481 W Frye Rd. Call 480-398-3008, or visit for more information.

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