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Oil & Vinegar offers culinary delights inside Chandler Fashion Center BY ALISON STANTON
Fresh and fragrant olive and nut oils in a variety of ﬂavors and hues. Rich and vibrant balsamic vinegars from around the world. Marinades and sauces that can help turn meat and pasta dishes into something truly spectacular. These are just a few of the many items that shoppers will ﬁnd when they step inside Oil & Vinegar inside the Chandler Fashion Center. Mike and Jessica Winn, co-owners of Oil & Vinegar, opened the location in mid-October. They say the store is already becoming very busy with customers who are happy to have a local source for top-quality oils, vinegars, mustards, salts, herbs and spices and much more. The average price for a 100 ml of vinegar runs about $4, while the same quantity of oil is about $6. The couple, who also own the Oil & Vinegar in Scottsdale, met when they were attending the University of Montana. They were regular customers at the Oil & Vinegar in Missoula, and always appreciated the impressive selection of imported food items, as well as the store’s commitment to customer service. “After Jessica and I got married, we opened an Oil & Vinegar in Spokane, WA, which became the fastest-growing location in the country,” Mike says. When he and Jessica wanted to expand into a larger market, they visited and fell in love with the Phoenix metropolitan area.
SAMPLE AND SAVOR: To help their customers decide which types of vinegars to purchase, owners Mike and Jessica Winn offer pieces of bread to dip into various selections. STSN photo by Kimberly Hosey ON TAP AND READY TO POUR: Oil & Vinegar offers a wide selection of ﬂavored oils and vinegars on tap. Owners Mike and Jessica Winn are happy to help their guests select the right products, as well as assist in ﬁlling the bottles. STSN photo by Kimberly Hosey
“We thought that Arizona was deﬁnitely the place for us, so we sold our store in Spokane, moved here, and opened the Scottsdale location and now the one in Chandler.” In addition to the wide variety of olive oils, Jessica says their selection of walnut, grape seed and pistachio oils are very popular with customers. Because Oil & Vinegar specializes in buying products from smaller, family-established
businesses around the world, customers can rest assured that they are getting the freshest products possible. To provide their customers with “truly genuine” items, Mike says Oil & Vinegar strives to focus on top-notch culinary products. “We believe in doing one thing well, so we try not to be too diverse with our offerings. We really try to offer our customers very consistent products.”
Mike and Jessica say they both enjoy meeting and teaching their customers, whom they call guests, about their store and its many products. “It can be a bit overwhelming when you ﬁrst come in because we have so much stuff,” Jessica says. “So we will take new customers on a tour of the store and help educate them about our products. We also have tasting parties when people can come in and learn about our different oils and vinegars.” SEE OIL & VINEGAR PAGE 22
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CULINARY ITEMS GALORE: Oil & Vinegar in Chandler features a wide range of oils, vinegars, herbs, spices, salts, sauces and much more. STSN photo by Kimberly Hosey
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Chandler Subway store honored The November Subway restaurant of the month went to store No. 51988, 4200 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, and its manager Briana Huffman, a ﬁve-year veteran of the store. Huffman began her career at Subway as a sandwich artist. Subway store owner Christine Blank says Huffman is “a very hard worker who strives for perfection.” The assistant manager for the Subway store is Jared Kincaid. The restaurant has maintained a customer service score above 90% for most of the year. Blank says employees
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Toliver’s Carpet supports community in many ways
Americans rate kindness as top factor in quality health care
Toliver’s Carpet One Floor & Home is a locally owned flooring store in Chandler. As part of the Carpet One Floor & Home cooperative, they are able to benefit from economies of scale such as lower product costs, but they remain independently owned and managed. As an independently owned business, Toliver’s Carpet One Floor & Home contributes to the local community in many ways—participating in community causes, employing local workers and contributing the local economy. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, local businesses donate two times as much to local charities. Supporting a local business allows them to continue supporting charities and community programs locally. Local businesses hire workers in their communities. In fact, local businesses account for over 65% of all new jobs. A thriving local business can help to reduce unemployment in the Chandler area. “We are proud to be part of the Chandler community and contribute as much as we can to making our community the best it can be,” says John Toliver of Toliver’s Carpet One Floor & Home. “We welcome our neighbors and friends to visit us to
Dignity Health, one of the ﬁve largest health systems in the United States, revealed through its nationwide survey that the power of human kindness in health care and the perception of kindness in society are important. Chandler Regional, Mercy Gilbert and St. Joseph’s hospital and medical centers are part of the Dignity Health System. According to the survey, which was conducted by Wakeﬁeld Research for Dignity Health, 87% of Americans feel kind treatment by a physician is more important than other key considerations in choosing a health care provider, including average wait time before appointments, distance from home and the cost of care. Yet, 64% have experienced unkind behavior in a health care setting, including the failure of a caregiver to connect on a personal level (38%), staff rudeness (36%) and poor listening skills (35%). “At Dignity Health, we have long believed that human kindness has the potential to heal and this survey conﬁrms that the vast majority of patients feel the same way,” says Lloyd H. Dean, president and CEO of Dignity Health. “We are committed to providing our patients with experiences where they feel welcomed, respected
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HIVAZ.ORG an online resource for testing and services. A portion of the campaign, made up of banners that will hang throughout the state, are in conjunction with World Aids Day and are designed to remind all Arizonans that HIV/AIDS is still one of the largest epidemics in global history. The only way to stop this epidemic is to know your status and get tested. The banners will hang in civic locations in more than 20 municipalities including Chandler, Phoenix, Tucson, Scottsdale, Tempe and Sedona as well as every Walgreens statewide and other locations such as select Safeway centers, Bicycle Ranch of Arizona and Carefree Resort & Conference Center. In total, more than 280 banners will hang across Arizona celebrating World AIDS Day. The banner campaign is the launch of ProjectHIVAZ, Aunt Rita’s new HIV education and awareness campaign introducing HIVAZ. ORG, Arizona’s ﬁrst comprehensive online database of services, providers, physicians, case managers and testing locations is the base of this campaign. HIVAZ.org is one of only a few sites of its kind in the nation and is Arizona’s online resource for HIV testing and prevention as well as to directly connect those affected by HIV/AIDS to the resources they need. According to the Centers for Disease
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Clay Strawn honored with coveted Silver Award Clay Strawn, an agent with EXIT Realty Sun Living in Chandler, was honored with the coveted Silver Award by EXIT Realty Corp. International. The award was given in recognition of achieving more than 50 closed transaction sides from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. For more information about EXIT Realty Sun Living in Chandler, visit exitrealty.com.
Save the Date The Arizona State University Chandler Innovation Center is holding a grand opening at 8:30 a.m. Fri., Jan. 17, for its world-class learning and research facility. More information to follow.
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7:30-9 a.m. Wed., Dec. 11 Wake-Up Chandler is a networking event. Businesses should bring brochures and promotional items and be prepared to give a 30-second commercial about your company. There is also a Christmas hat contest, so come show the group your holiday spirit. $5 members, and $15 nonmembers. Landings Credit Union 4850 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler
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Member Welcome Breakfast 7:30-9:30 a.m. Thu., Dec. 12 The Member Welcome Breakfast offers more information about the chamber. Take this opportunity to learn more about the beneﬁts of the chamber and bring your brochures, literature and business cards to distribute. Free; complimentary light breakfast included. Chandler Chamber of Commerce 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler
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Ribbon Cutting – Elite Shutters and Blinds 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tue., Dec. 17 Join the chamber in welcoming Elite Shutters and Blinds to the community at its ribbon-cutting ceremony. Free. 119 S. Weber Dr., Chandler
Business After Business 5-7 p.m. Thu., Dec. 19 The Chandler Chamber hosts this monthly Business After Business event to give businesses the opportunity to meet new chamber members, make business contacts and get a chance to win the “Chamber Cash Pot!” sponsored by Thorobred Chevrolet. There will also be an “ugly” sweater contest, so come prepared. $5 members, $15 nonmembers. Valle Luna Mexican Restaurant 1949 W. Ray Rd., Chandler
Small Business Counseling 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20 Experienced mentors provide help for
small business. Sessions at the Chandler Chamber are available by appointment only. Call the chamber ofﬁce for available times. Free. Chandler Chamber of Commerce 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler
Success Dynamics Leads Group 7:30-8:30 a.m. Mondays Dec. 9 and 16 This leads group meets every Monday morning to help our business members network and grow their businesses. Members are given the opportunity to give the group information on their company, talk about upcoming events and sales that they are running. First two visits are free. Brunchies 17 E. Boston St., Chandler
Chandler Business Connection Leads Group 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesdays Dec. 10 and 17 Chandler Business Connection Leads Group meets every Tuesday to help our business members network and grow their businesses. Each member is given the opportunity to give the group information on their company, talk about upcoming events and sales that they are running. First two visits are free. BLD 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler
The Sun Lakes Networking Group 11:30 a.m.-1 pm. Wednesdays Dec. 11 and 18 This Leads Group will focus on building business relationships in the Sun Lakes area with the support of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. The mission
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Go-Getters Leads Group 7:30-8:30 a.m. Thu., Dec. 19 The Go-Getters meet every Thursday to help business members network and grow their businesses. The Go-Getters Leads Group is a business referral network that helps businesses interact and network. First two visits are free. U.S. Egg 5840 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler
The Friday Cafe Leads Group 7:30-8:30 a.m. Fridays Dec. 13 and 20 The Friday Café Leads Group meets every Friday to help our members interact and grow their businesses. Each member is given the opportunity to give the group information on their company, talk about upcoming events and sales that they are running. First two visits are free. Chompie’s Delicatessen Restaurant 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler
Contact the Chamber 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 chandlerchamber.com or meetup.com/ ChandlerChamber, or email info@ chandlerchamber.com.
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Join the chamber from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wed., Dec. 11, at Higher Grounds Roastery and Cafe, 2556 S. Val Vista Dr., Suite 101, Gilbert. The gathering provides an informal atmosphere for individuals to share conversations with other professionals and learn more about businesses in the community. Individuals are responsible for the cost of their own meal. There is no admission. RSVP for seating estimate.
Network during Power Hour From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fri., Dec. 13, a Power Hour networking event will take place at Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Barbecue, 2206 E. Williams Field Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert. Power Hour is held quarterly to provide business professionals with networking opportunities to focus on connecting people, opening doors for new business, and developing new resources and relationships. It is $10 for member admission. For more information, call 480-8920056 or visit gilbertaz.com.
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