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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Biz Briefs

Noreen AyonayonSouth Phoenix Woman Helps Kids Get Ready for School

Noreen Ayonayon, owner of Illegal Ink Tattoo, 1010 E. Southern Ave., Phoenix, coordinated a back-to-school event on July 31 for needy and homeless youth that helped more than 100 children with haircuts and school supplies.

“It’s the second time that I have done this. I’ve been collecting school uniforms and supplies since I was 19,” Ayonayon said. “My network is so much bigger now than when I started out. This year was huge. It was such a great turnout.”

Her efforts helped 104 children and teens receive free haircuts, free hot dogs, snow cones, chips, cotton candy and backpacks filled with supplies for school. Ayonayon’s own background of growing up in the area prompted her to give back. Her family often struggled with having food and a place to live.

When she went into art and did more traveling and networked with more people, she started to realize “there was something wrong with the way I grew up.” That realization prompted her too take steps to help so others didn’t go through the same thing.

“It was awesome and she is an amazing young person for orchestrating this type of event being only 26,” said Lisa Cardinale, public relations and community outreach officer for Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development.

“Nearly 20 teenagers from Tumbleweed’s Casa de Suenos program attended. Some took advantage of the free haircuts, but all of the kids enjoyed complimentary treats, music and received backpacks filled with back-to-school supplies,” Cardinale said. “They were smiling and having a really good time from simply getting to participate in such a great community program.”

The 26-year-old Ayonayon recently opened her shop at the corner of 10th Street and Southern following a remodel in April of this year. She previously had another location in South Phoenix. She has been doing tattoos since 2009 and is a life-long resident of South Phoenix.

Visit Illegal Ink Tattoo’s Facebook page for more information.

Danzeisen Dairy Releases New Coffee-Flavored Product

Danzeisen Dairy in Laveen 

Danzeisen Dairy in Laveen released this month Cold Brew Coffee Milk. The product is a blend of cold brewed coffee mixed with the dairy’s 2% milk.

A spokeswoman said the new flavor can be found in Sprouts, AJ’s Fine Foods and select Safeway stores. Local residents can sample or purchase the coffee-flavored milk at the dairy, 6024 W Southern Ave.

 Laveen’s Playmakers Youth Sports seeks sponsors

The Laveen-based sports organization provides opportunities for children in the area to participate in flag football, soccer and cheer. CEO Damion Dedmon, a Laveen resident, seeks partnerships with other local businesses to sponsor the youth league.

Sponsorship packages start at $125 per year to sponsor a single player. Other sponsorship packages include: Veterans Package ($450) and the business receives a custom banner displayed on the field, your logo on the web site for one season and a Playmakers T-shirt; Pro Bowl Package ($750), which includes the banner, logo display for one season and T-shirt as well as 100 percent sponsorship of one player and a personalized league plaque.

The $2,200 Hall of Fame Package includes custom banner, displayed at all Arizona fields, two players 100 percent sponsored, a playing field named after your business, your logo and business on the website for one year, and the plaque and T-shirt.

For more information, visit www.pmyouthsports.com

 Retail space still available at Estrella Mountain Village

Estrella Mountain Village at 51st Avenue and Baseline Road in Laveen has about 4,500 square feet of space remaining to lease, according to company officials Irwin Paternack and Terrazona, the developers at the site.

The shopping center, at the southwest corner of the intersection, contains a mix of small and large tenants including these businesses that have opened in recent months: T-Mobile, Papa Murphy’s, Firehouse Subs, Dunkin’ Donuts and Mo’s Barbershop. Other leased tenants include: LA Fitness, Walgreens, KFC, Fry’s Fuel Center, Dairy Queen, Smashburger, Discount Tire, Peter Piper Pizza, StateFarm, a new dental office, Herbal Nails Salon, and Zoyo Yogurt.

“I’ve spoken with every tenant at Estrella Mountain Village, who report that traffic is strong and consistent,” said property co-owner and partner Randy Raskin of Terrazona. “We are very excited about our retailers’ success and our continued commitment to bring quality development to Laveen.”

Business owners interested in leasing may contact Michael Moreines at 602-909-2850 or sierrasun@cox.net for more information.

Businesses collect about 35 backpacks during drive

Several Laveen and South Phoenix businesses partnered throughout July to collect backpacks for distribution by the Laveen Lions Club to needy children in the Laveen Elementary District.

Eleanor Palmer, local businesswoman and hair stylist, said the group collected nearly 35 packs. “It’s always great to have the community come out and support the event,” said Palmer, who started the drive last year. “I hope we can continue it for years to come.”

The second annual drive ended on July 31 with a Family Fun Day at Smoothie Run Internet Café with several businesses donating coupons and other gifts to the families who brought backpacks to give away and a variety of children-friendly activities.


Do you have some news you want to share about your business? Email your information to the South Mountain District News with subject line: BUSINESS BRIEF. This is a perfect time to let people know about a business anniversary, special sales or events, an expansion, the addition of new staff, a promotion, etc. Send news to smdnews@cox.net.






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