April kicks off the Chamber’s annual sales campaign for the 2017—2018 Chamber Community Guide!

This is your opportunity to reach existing customers and new customers at the moment they are ready to buy.  Twenty eight thousand guides will be delivered to homes and businesses located in zip codes 85262, 85266, 85377, 85331 and 85327. 

Do you want to increase your market share?  Three compelling reasons to make sure buying an ad in the guide is a part of your marketing mix:

  1. Affordability to reach your potential new clients and customers
  2. Greater impact on your potential new clients and customers
  3. Tell your story.  Grab the attention of your audience before they call your competition

If you want more information about placing an ad call the Chamber office at 480 488-3363 and schedule your appointment with Patty. 

Prop 206!  Is your business ready for the changes affecting you as an employer on July 1, 2017?  If you are not ready or confused about what is required of you as an employer call the Chamber Office for resources to help you in the process.  

Desert Treasures - 30 Years

Palm Desert Realty – 29 years 

Animal Health Services – 23 years 

Carefree Resort & Conference Center -21 years 

Desert Foothills Library – 18 years 

Aesthetic Family Dentistry – 16 years 

Kiwanis of Carefree – 16 years

Bartlett lake Marina – 9 Years 

Foothills Food Bank – 9 years 

Sonoran Beauty Salon – 9 years 

Hired Hands Graphic Design -8 years 

The UPS Store- 8 years 

The Grotto – 5 years 

Blue Ribbon Awards – 5 years 

Hand and Stone Massage – 4 years 

Joan Miller-Keller Williams Realty- 4 years 

Coyote House Design – 3 years 

Desert Foothills Handyman Service -3 years 

Edward Jones- Natasha Palmatier – 3 years 

Hyde Park Home Healthcare Professionals – 3 years 

Hundman Law Offices, PLLC- 3 years 

Watson’s Hat Shop – 3 years 

Wild at Heart  -2 years 

Carefree Acupuncture & Chiropractic – 2 Years 

OM Design Group – 2 years 

Arizona Auto License Service – 1 year 

Edible Arrangements – 1 year


Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce community! We look forward to seeing you at our events.

Insperity Performance & Workforce Optimization

WOW 1 Day Painting

Brashear Team at Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Partners Dog Training

VetBuilt Contracting

Mathnasium of Cave Creek

Carefree Church

Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation

Ultimate Lash & Brow

Morris Hall, PLLC

5734 E Rancho Manana Blvd, Cave Creek, April 12 @ 5:30

$5 for members; $15 for Non-members (non-members may attend twice before joining)  Raffle Tickets only $1 each!

Bring a $50 item to raffle and get a a 30 second commercial about your business.   

50/50 cash prize and many chances to win! 
Business Breakfast - April 27th @ 8am @ Harold's Corral.

Learn more about the Desert Mountain Expo! The Concierge from Desert Mountain will be discussing the upcoming Expo where you can get involved with this private, gated community.

ALSO! The ROI of Networking
  1. Develop stronger business referrals
  2. Meet like minded business owners
  3. Make lasting impressions
  4. Gain confidence
  5. Bottom Line…Make more money through networking
2017-2018 Chamber Guide
  • Chamber Business Directory
  • Relocation Section
  • Visitors Information
  • 30,000 copies direct mailed to 5 local zip codes
10% discount before May 1!
Advertise your business in the Annual Chamber Guide! Now taking orders. Ad space is limited! Colleen @carefreecavecreek.org or 480-488-3381

For complete monthly list please visit the Chamber website

Bella Cane Boutique - The Honest Kitchen - April 9.

Bryan's Barbecue - Chuck Hall - April 7 & 8.

Carefree Desert Gardens - Garden Seminar - April 8, Sunday Concert Series - April 9, 23 & 30.

Carefree Farmer's Market -  Every Friday, 8am - 1pm. Located at the Carefree Sundial in the Desert Gardens.

Cave Creek Museum - Historic Stamp Mill Run & Cave Creek Mining History - April 8, Family Fun Workshop - April 9.

Ciolim Gallery - Open Studio - April 6.

Desert Foothills Library - Various events and days, see website.

Desert Foothills Theater - Gypsy - April 7 - 9.

Desert Foothills YMCA - Monday Yoga in the Gardens, Carefree Sundial.

Foothills Community FoundationVarious events and days, see website.

Good Shepherd of the Hills - Blessing of the Animals - April 8.

Healing of Memories - Women Veterans Workshop- April 7-9.

Insperity Performance - Reinvent Your Sales - April 6.

Kiwanis Club of Carefree - Weds Meeting at Harold's Corral, 12-1:30pm. Speaker; Alicia Roberts, Director of STEAM at Foothills Academy. The Club has grant funded a STEAM lab at Foothills Academy and Alicia will speak about how the grant funding has benefited students.

Pancake Breakfast - April 8.

Local Jonny's - Live Music- April  5, Trivia Night - April 6.

ProMusica -The Unpredictable Adventures of Henry Hicklebee - April 7 & 8.

PVCC at Black Mountain - Faculty Concert - April 6.

Silver Spur Saloon - Mel's Auction- Feb 28, SONGO - March 4.

Sonoran Arts League - Annual Fundraiser & Garden Party - April 8.

Soroptimist - Ladies Bunco Night - April 6.

Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, Various events and days, see website.

UCP of Central Arizona- A Day of Giving at GWIN- April 5.

Watson's Hat Shop - Customer Appreciation - April 3.

Yoga Breeze  - Belly Dance Lessons- April 3.

What is Kiwanis?
Kiwanis is a service club whose mission is to serve the children in the community by sponsoring AKTION Club (community service for young adults with special needs), Key Club (service leadership organization for teens that teaches leadership through service to others), scholarships ($50,000 awarded in 2016), Science Fairs and other Science and Engineering related education activities and Terrific Kids & BUG programs.  They are able to sponsor these activities through fundraising at their Bi-Annual Pancake Breakfast, sales through the Marketplace re-sale store and through generous donations from community and club members.
What's in it for you to become a member of Kiwanis?
Fellowship and fun: Kiwanis members don't just do service-they have fun. Members make new friends by being part of the club where they attend meetings and participate in social events. Our local Kiwanis club also provides excellent networking opportunities for professionals. Members meet new people from all over their community through service projects, fundraising and by attending the weekly meeting.
The Kiwanis Marketplace is located just across the street from Dairy Queen at:
6535 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
Marketplace Phone Number:  480.488.7169

From the Cave Creek Museum 
Kraig Nelson, docent and historian

The covered wagon, known as the “prairie schooner,” was the iconic mode of transportation for almost a half-million brave pioneers, heading West, from 1836 to 1869, the year the transcontinental railroad was completed. The covered wagon was a smaller and lighter version of the Conestoga Wagon first developed around 1750 in the Conestoga Valley of Pennsylvania by Dutch and German settlers. It was a five to six-month challenging journey, about 2,000 miles. Here’s the minimum shopping list for one adult: flour (and yeast)/200 pounds, meat/75 pounds, coffee/15 pounds, sugar/25 pounds, salt/10 pounds, and citric acid, commonly known as vitamin C (to avoid scurvy). A chicken coop was attached to the side of the wagon and eggs were carried, immersed in flour, to avoid breakage during the bumpy trek.

Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain is the neighborhood choice for pursing your educational goals. Spring enrollment is ongoing, so stop by our office, or call (602)493-2600 to speak with an academic advisor. Advisors can assist you with registering for classes, making payments, and determining the steps necessary to turn your ambitions into reality.

Looking for something fun to do this month? PVCC at Black Mountain and the Phoenix Astronomical Society are hosting a star party! During the event, high-powered telescopes will be accessible for star-viewing. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (602) 561-5398. If you would like to RSVP for the event, email events@pasaz.org

Realty Reality: April, 2017
April, 2017
Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) data published March, 2017
Kraig R. Nelson, Associate Broker

Carefree - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 17.08% lower; active listings [143] were 9.49% lower; and the median sold price [$553,375] was 14.16% lower, compared to one year ago.  
Average days on market were 248.    15 residential units closed escrow.
Cave Creek - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 25.29% lower; active listings [304] were 20.00% lower; and the median sold price [$379,000] was 13.22% lower, compared to one year ago.  
Average days on market were 121.     49 residential units closed escrow.
Scottsdale - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 18.86% higher; active listings [3,213] were 11.71% lower; and the median sold price [$401,460] was 0.62% lower, compared to one year ago.
Average days on market were 106.     636 residential units closed escrow.
Phoenix (city only) - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 23.06% higher; active listings [3,935] were 3.72% lower; and the median sold price [$223,250] was 15.67% higher, compared to one year ago. 
Average days on market were 77.    1,563 residential units closed escrow.
Kraig’s Comments-

  • Distressed sales (short sales and lender owned) represent 3.90% of the total sales volume. Short sales are down 27.00%; lender-owned sales are down 26.10% from one year ago.
  • There is a 3.85-month supply of residential inventory in the Phoenix Metro Area. A balanced market for buyers and sellers is considered to be about 6 months.
  • Total residential inventory is 9.60% lower [24,762 units] than one year ago.
  • Entire Phoenix Metro Areamedian sold price is $230,0007.50% higher than one year ago.  Average days on market were 83.
  • Average sold price compared to original list price is 96.41% in the Phoenix Metro Area. This means a home listed for $400,000 sells for about $385,640.
  • Total Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed last month: 6,435. This is 12.50% higher than one year ago.
  • Total Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed dollar amount: $1,828,405,798. (that’s 1 billion, 828 million- rounded for conversation). This is 17.88% higher than one year ago.
Mayor Les Peterson
Town of Carefree Emerging as a Social and Cultural Hub

It is no wonder why eco-tourism plays a significant role in Carefree’s future economic development. Positioned between the stunning landscapes of Spur Cross Ranch, which the Town of Carefree made significant financial contributions to preserve, and the desert oasis of Bartlett Lake,  there is no letup of traffic coming through Carefree year ‘round.

The idea of “seasonality” is fading. Consistent traffic through the Town allows opportunities for our business sector to capture the critical mass of customers already enjoying the indelible landscapes, breathtaking views and easy access to the lakes in the summer.

For several years the Town of Carefree has strategically invested in infrastructure and unique events/experiences to build traffic within the Town Center.  As a result of these public investments, private investment is starting to excel within the community.   From the recent extensive Basha’s remodel, to the Spanish Village face lift and emerging new tenants and restaurants, to the pending new ownership of the Carefree Resort, there is a lot of positive synergy building within Carefree.

A recent sale of the northeast corner at the major intersection of Carefree Highway and Cave Creek Road, shows the promise of a “domino effect” starting to take place in and around Carefree and the driving force to create perpetual sales tax for the Towns’ sustainability.

The Town will continue to take an active role in seeking opportunities to forge mutually beneficial public and private partnerships to further cultivate the economic vision. Well-branded, restaurant concepts that offer a wider appeal to the trade area,  unique events that complement the critical mass and sales tax driven land development will all contribute to moving the economic engine forward and allow Carefree to emerge as the next social and cultural hub of the northeast Valley.

Click Here to read Cave Creek's General Plan Newsletter. 
Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce
748 Easy St.,  P.O. Box 734
Carefree, AZ 85377