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Gilbert 7th grader turning unique crocheting talent into successful business
GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — A lot of kids play video games or watch movies with friends. Jacob Morcos has a passion for pets that he makes out of yarn. “If I come home from school and I’ve finished my homework in class, I’ll come home and crochet,” said Morcos, who lives in Gilbert. “If I have to clean my room, I would clean it, then do my crochet.”A few months ago, the 11-year-old got a crash course in crochet from his grandmother, who taught him about loops and interlocking stitching. M...
GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — A lot of kids play video games or watch movies with friends. Jacob Morcos has a passion for pets that he makes out of yarn. “If I come home from school and I’ve finished my homework in class, I’ll come home and crochet,” said Morcos, who lives in Gilbert. “If I have to clean my room, I would clean it, then do my crochet.”
A few months ago, the 11-year-old got a crash course in crochet from his grandmother, who taught him about loops and interlocking stitching. Morcos has been hooked ever since. “My mom taught him the first stitch, and he just sat in front of the computer and started googling all kinds of stuff,” said Mariam Awad, Jacob’s mother. “He figured it out.”
Mom was so impressed by her son’s work that she posted a few photos of his animals on social media. That’s when things got a little crazy. Dozens and dozens of people have been reaching out, wanting to buy one of the crochet creations. “I started getting comments like, can I order this? Can I order that?” said Morcos. “I am like, you know what, that’s a great idea, maybe I’ll start selling and then I started selling.”
More than 80 orders have come in so far, with each of Morcos’ masterpiece’s selling for $10 to $25. The problem now is the seventh-grader doesn’t have the time to keep up. Each animal takes a few hours to a few days to make. The full-time student, who loves math and karate, isn’t ready to give up his dream of becoming an anesthesiologist, but he definitely wants to keep his hobby going.
Customers must be patient if they want a handmade crochet animal. “School comes first,” said Awad. “I’ve pretty much told everyone that if you are ordering something, don’t expect it in a week because he is in school. So everyone understands, saying, ‘We just want him to get work done and whenever it’s ready, we can pick it up.’”
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Gilbert approves $1 billion, 311-acre The Ranch mixed-use project
August 1, 2023The boutique commercial real estate company IndiCap, who specializes in industrial investment and development in Arizona along with Colmena Group, a real estate development and investment company headquartered in Salt Lake City, and Arizona-based Langley Properties announced today, after a near ...
August 1, 2023
The boutique commercial real estate company IndiCap, who specializes in industrial investment and development in Arizona along with Colmena Group, a real estate development and investment company headquartered in Salt Lake City, and Arizona-based Langley Properties announced today, after a near 18 month negotiation with both the town of Gilbert and their neighbors, that the groundbreaking project has received approval on its zoning request and general plan amendment revisions, which clears the way for development of The Ranch.
The groundbreaking 311-acre mixed-use project, located on the west side of Power Road between Elliot and Warner Roads directly off the 202 Freeway, will be the first mixed-use development of its kind to be built in Gilbert, a growing suburb of Phoenix. At build out, the project will be valued at more than $1 billion.
"We are incredibly excited and grateful for the Town of Gilbert's zoning approval, which solidifies our vision for this groundbreaking project," said Todd Ostransky, Regional Vice President of Development for Indicap. "This development will not only serve as an economic catalyst, but also as a testament to our dedication in creating a sustainable and vibrant destination that meets the evolving needs of the Gilbert community."
The Ranch in Gilbert will include multiple product types including industrial, residential, commercial, and retail. The plan also calls for more than 16 acres of green space.
Specifically, the project will include:
• Shops at the Ranch – General Commercial consisting of 39 acres that will include multiple types of commercial, including restaurants, drive thru (QSR), storage, convenient stores, small office, fitness center, small grocer, dental office, etc.
• Residences at the Ranch – an innovative and vibrant development of residential and commercial uses that will create live-work-play opportunities in the community surrounding Morrison Ranch. The plan calls for +/- 39 acres of multi-family and mixed-use product types. Multi-family will include two- and three-story homes with some ground floor commercial. Additionally, there will be a 16-acre green space that will include trails and landscaping for the community to use.
• $20m worth of offsite improvements are planned
The economic impact of this project is expected to be substantial, with the creation of thousands of jobs during the construction phase and ongoing employment opportunities across various industries upon completion. The development will attract new businesses, bolster the local economy, and serve as a catalyst for future growth in Gilbert and the surrounding region.
One of America's best ice cream parlors is coming to Arizona. Here's a peek at the menu
A Florida-based fantasy land "ice cream utopia," Sloan's, is debuting in Arizona with a location in Gilbert. Since opening in 1999 in West Palm Beach, the shop has expanded to 10 locations around the world. The East Valley shop will be the 11th Sloan's, a chain that USA TODAY named one of the 10 best ice cream shops in the country.Founded by Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Sloan Kamenste...
A Florida-based fantasy land "ice cream utopia," Sloan's, is debuting in Arizona with a location in Gilbert. Since opening in 1999 in West Palm Beach, the shop has expanded to 10 locations around the world. The East Valley shop will be the 11th Sloan's, a chain that USA TODAY named one of the 10 best ice cream shops in the country.
Founded by Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Sloan Kamenstein, the shops are sweet treat wonderlands with bright pink walls, swirl-back bistro chairs, twinkling chandeliers, ceilings covered in hand-painted angels and candy wreaths, model trains chugging around and see-through bathroom doors that fog as soon as the customers lock the door.
What is Sloan's ice cream shop famous for?
Waffle cones are made fresh daily. Patrons can indulge in desserts like ice cream, over-the-top sundaes, banana splits, decadent candied apples and bomboloni, which are Italian doughnuts filled with ice cream and served with different toppings. There's more: candies, cookies and milkshakes galore.
Sloan's has been featured on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and "The World According to Jeff Goldblum." And celebrities like the Kardashians, Megan Fox, Tom Holland and Sylvester Stallone have been spotted at the ice cream parlor.
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What's on the menu at Sloan's?
Sloan's offers over 50 ice cream flavors, including vegan options, as well as sundaes, shakes, smoothies, ice cream sodas, cookies, brownies and candy.
Ice cream flavors include:
The sundaes menu features:
Prices: $7.48 for a regular size or two scoops; $8.99 for a large or three scoops; $9.99 to $12.99 for sundaes; and $99 for Tracy's Kitchen Sink.
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Where to find Sloan's in metro Phoenix
Expected opening: First quarter of 2024 in Gilbert. The exact location has not been announced.
Mulch fire smoke moving toward Gilbert, Chandler as fire continues to burn
The Arizona Republichttps://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/mesa/2023/06/02/mulch-fire-smoke-moves-toward-gilbert-chandler/70282272007/
Although the May 31 mulch fire that began in the East Valley remains contained, the fire is still burning, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.In line with the original estimation of a 24- to 48-hour burn, no other updates were provided by MCSO.On Wednesday, Rural Metro Fire spokesperson Shawn Gilleland said that smoke would be lingeri...
Although the May 31 mulch fire that began in the East Valley remains contained, the fire is still burning, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
In line with the original estimation of a 24- to 48-hour burn, no other updates were provided by MCSO.
On Wednesday, Rural Metro Fire spokesperson Shawn Gilleland said that smoke would be lingering throughout the next few days, which crews would continue to monitor.
Previous coverage: Smoke persists after mulch fire near Mesa contained
"Smoke that moved over portions of the Valley yesterday (Thursday) cleared out of the area by mid-morning as temperatures warmed. All PM-2.5 (smoke) monitors within the Phoenix Valley yesterday were in the Good AQI category for the 24-hour average, which is what the EPA federal health standard is based on," Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Communications Manager Caroline Oppleman told The Arizona Republic.
However, light smoke produced from the fire had begun pushing toward the Gilbert and Chandler areas on Friday, but Oppleman noted that it will follow the same trend as Thursday, lifting and clearing out above the surface as the day moves on.
"While short-term light to moderate smoke impacts will be possible as the fire continues to burn, we are not expecting values to exceed the federal health standard," Oppleman said.
ADEQ meteorologist Matt Pace also provided an update via the department's hourly air quality Phoenix forecast.
"While you may smell smoke at the surface, monitors and sensors in the area have not seen values above the health standard set by the EPA. With that said, if you are smelling smoke, you are breathing smoke, and if you are sensitive to it, limit your outdoor activity," Pace said.
A high pollution advisory is in effect Friday through Sunday, June 4, but Pace said it is due to high levels of ozone and not due to high levels of smoke from the mulch fire.
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"As for air quality, with light winds for the next several days forecasting ozone to be in the USG category today through Sunday, so an Ozone High Pollution Advisory is in effect. By Monday, winds will help to clear the airshed of ozone and ozone precursors, with values lowering back into the Moderate AQI category," Pace said.
Those interested can monitor the Phoenix Air Quality Index to get up-to-date information on advisories and conditions at https://azdeq.gov/forecast/phoenix.
Every single restaurant in Epicenter at Agritopia, Gilbert's megaplex of things to do
Agritopia, founded by Joe Johnston, is a 160-acre planned community in Gilbert that's modeled after a traditional, walkable village. ...
Agritopia, founded by Joe Johnston, is a 160-acre planned community in Gilbert that's modeled after a traditional, walkable village. Epicenter is meant to be its urban center, spanning around 20 acres and five stories at the junction of Ray and Higley roads.
In addition to luxury apartment living at The Tyler, Epicenter is home to a number of restaurants, cocktail and beer bars, retailers, spas and fitness studios. Many of the dining and drinking options are outposts of popular Phoenix bars and restaurants, while others are unique to the Gilbert hub.
After years of anticipation, most of the shops are now open.
Here's your guide to all the bars and restaurants at Epicenter.
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Belly Kitchen + Bar
This is the second location of Instrumental Hospitality's popular Southeast Asian-inspired bar and restaurant. Some of the food options include Vietnamese elote, green papaya salad with softshell crab, crispy white fish and grilled oysters on the half shell. Sandwiches are available for lunch.
On the drink menu find natural wines, beer and cocktails, like the K-pop espresso martini made with Japanese vodka, cold brew, espresso liqueur, herbal liqueur, sweetened condensed milk, Korean cinnamon punch and Thai chili.
Hours: Lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dinner daily from 4 to 10 p.m.; Bar is open daily until 10 p.m. and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Details: Suite 180. bellyphx.com.
On the House Hospitality group opened its sixth concept with this beer-centric venue at Agritopia's Epicenter in Gilbert. Reclaimed wood, corrugated metal and a farm-house garage door are some examples of the design inspired by Gilbert's agricultural background. The menu features wine, over 30 rotating draft beers as well as a large variety of canned and bottled beers from Arizona and across the United States.
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday from 9:45 a.m. to midnight.
Details: Suite 150, beerbarnaz.com.
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Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup
This is the fifth location of the fast-casual Mexican restaurant, the first of which opened in 2013 by the Pool brothers, Aaron and Jared, who also own The Green Woodpecker with Drew Pool. The Gilbert Gadzooks offers indoor and patio seating. Its menu features its award-winning build-your-own tacos, enchiladas and soups with Modelo braised bison, sweet and spicy cornbread, honey vinegar slaw, pickled onions and house-made guacamole. In addition, patrons can enjoy Osborn Oro margaritas, made in-house, and beer from Drew's Wren House Brewery. For dessert, the eatery sells fresh-baked cookies.
Details: Suite 144. gadzooksaz.com.
Peixoto Coffee Roasters
Peixoto Coffee Roasters is a crop-to-cup coffee shop. The family farm in Brazil grows 18 distinct coffee plots and the shop roasts the coffee in-house and makes house-made syrups for unique beverages like the Moroccan latte. Peixoto Coffee at Epicenter offers seating on two floors and a patio.
Hours: Daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Detail: Suite 100. peixotocoffee.com.
Chef Claudio Urciuoli drew a loyal following of fans at the woodfire-themed Phoenix Pa'La restaurants, which he parted ways with in the fall of 2022 to focus on Source. Source is a causal Mediterranean restaurant where the quality of ingredients do the talking and bread is king. In addition to a menu of simple and flavorful options, like pizzas, hummus and bowls, Source also has a market corner, where people can snag pantry items like pasta and olive oil imported from Italy.
Hours: Wednesday to Monday from noon to 8 p.m., closed on Tuesday.
Details: Suite 104. eatatsource.com.
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Matt's Big Breakfast
A Guy Fieri favorite, Matt's Big Breakfast has been in business since 2004. The sixth location opened at Epicenter in February. Matt's Big Breakfast offers scratch-made breakfast and daily specials all day and lunch starting at 11 a.m. Belgian waffles with Vermont maple syrup and bacon, griddle cakes and the big papa burrito made with chorizo are some of the classic breakfast options. The menu also offers lighter options and sandwiches for lunch.
Hours: Every day from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Details: Suite 158, mattsbigbreakfast.com.
An acclaimed Phoenix tiki bar with a nautical-inspired theme opened its second location at Epicenter. A top 10 nominee for “New American Cocktail Bar” by Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards, the bar offers guests an immersive experience with drinks served in what looks like the belly of a spice trade ship. The Clipper, led by Captain John Mallory, is an unusual place to taste classic cocktails and a rare collection of rums as well as non-alcoholic beverages. UnderTow recommends reservations, which require a fee that goes towards the final bill, but they do accept some walk-ins.
Hours: Monday to Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight; Sunday from 2 to 10 p.m.
Details: Suite 184. drinkundertow.com.
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Restaurants coming soon to Epicenter
Buck & Rider
Buck & Rider first opened in Phoenix in 2014. The Gilbert location will be its third restaurant. Known for its raw bar, the restaurant promises to "do whatever it takes to serve the finest just-caught fish and shellfish of the East, West, and Gulf coasts and beyond." They will offer lunch, brunch with live music, dinner and happy hour.
Expected opening: Summer 2023
Details: Suite 194. buckandrider.com.
Spinato's Pizzeria and Family Kitchen
The official pizza of the Suns and Mercury at the Footprint Center, Spinato's, opened in 1974 and is known for its Chicago-style pizza made with a sweet sauce. Throughout the years, family members have added new recipes. The pizzeria now has six locations around metro Phoenix and a seventh opening in Gilbert.
Expected opening: Second quarter of 2023
Details: Suite 128. 480-534-8631, spinatospizzeria.com.
Visit Epicenter at Agritopia
There is plenty of parking along with electric vehicle charging stations at Epicenter.
Details: 3150 E. Ray Road, Gilbert. shop.epicenteratagritopia.com.
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