November means Thanksgiving! I challenge each of you to think of one thing that you are thankful for each day in November.
Here are a few things that I am thankful for:
A husband that adores me and supports my crazy work schedule.
Getting to spend Thanksgiving with my mother for the first time in 10 years.
My wonderful family that includes my Handsome Hubby, my mother, my stepson, my daughter-in-law, my amazing adorable granddaughter, my two brothers, four brother-in-laws, four sisters-in-law, my 10 nieces and nephews and my 13 grand nieces and nephews.
My friends who know the real me and love me anyway…lol!
Having enough food, money and shelter.
Getting to lead the best Chamber of Commerce in the area.
Getting to work with two of the best people in the world…Colleen Rock and Jackie Vallaroni. These ladies work their you know what off to make me look good every day!
A great Board of Directors who have a vision for the future of this organization and support me in those endeavors.
The best Ambassador team on the planet who know how to have a great time and support our members in new and innovative ways.
The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce and its members. It gives me such joy to see our members be successful and know that my efforts on their behalf helped them in some way.
The just concluded Enchanted Pumpkin Garden event was a tremendous success. Our best estimate was that over 100,000 people attended this event, coming to Carefree from all over the Valley. We received many, many comments about how much they loved Carefree, and how thrilled they were with the creativity on exhibition. Many said that it was one of the few things that brought a smile to their face. One of the most frequent comments we received at the Information Booth was from people who were now visiting Carefree to participate in the Enchanted Pumpkin event for their third or fourth year in a row, and how they had now convinced their friends and neighbors to come to it with them because they raved about it so much.
The new event footprint, which broadened the vendor tents down Ho Hum Road towards Spanish Village, enabling us to open up Easy Street to people walking, parking and vehicles driving through, was well received as well. Many of our fine restaurants and retailers participated in the event, with some outstanding results being reported. The new activities for families with kids, including the “Kid’s Zone” with the haunted house, a petting zoo and pony rides, broadened the appeal of the event. The “Singing Pumpkins” were also a big attraction with many.
The upcoming schedule of events in the Downtown Carefree is very strong, and we would like to encourage every one of Carefree’s restaurants and retailers to talk with us about different ways that you could tie an and use the traffic generated by these events to help build your business. These upcoming events include:
- The 25th Annual Thunderbird Artists Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival November 2 – 4
- Carefree’s 10th annual Veterans Day event honoring all of our Veterans and their families on November 11th
- The lighting of the Carefree Christmas Tree ceremony on November 30th, followed by a showing to the movie “The Polar Express,” for free in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, with free hot coco and cookies (and a silver bell as the first gift of Christmas for all of the participating kids)
- The Celebration of Christmas in Carefree & Holiday Happenings December 7 – 9
Call either Beth Renfro or Les Peterson at 488-3686 and let’s work together to develop a program to use these and other events we have planned to help build your business. We would look forward to the opportunity to work together with you.
Thank you, and even though it a bit early, may we be among the first to wish you a “Happy Holidays.”
Welcome to November! In just a few Days the dust will have finally settled on the elections and we can finally get back to whatever is normal. Now it is on to Thanksgiving at hyper speed and beyond! Traffic is up and our Tourist dependent businesses are finally starting to do well again. We've got Hidden in the Hills and many other interesting events coming up.
Not that I want to scare you but have you looked at how many shopping Days you have left until Christmas? So, with all of the choices we've got, please try to buy Local. There are great gift choices available right here in our own back yard.
Just go slow enough to enjoy what we're Blessed with here in our great little Town.
Carefree Floors 20 years
Custom Eyes 11 years
Kathie Nohre Realtor 11 years
Lowe’s 11 years
PVCC at Black Mountain 11 years
Foothill focus 10 years
Better Homes and gardens Real Estate Sonoran Desert Lifestyles 9 years
Confluence 6 years
Tech 4 Life 7 years
Institute for Healing of Memories 4 years
Black Mountain Business Consultants 3 years
Black Mountain Coffee & Café 3 years
Cave Creek Dentistry 3 years
Discovery Map 3 years
Tractor Supply 3 years
Cave Creek Equine & Surgical Imaging 2 years
Market Street at DC Ranch 2 years
Paws & Whiskers Pet Sitting 2 years
Wells Fargo 2 years
Wyman Plumbing 2 years
A 360 View 1 year
AZ Right Sizing 1 year
Carefree Pet resort 1 year
Club Pilates North Scottsdale 1 year
Premier Documents 1 year
Real Premier Team REMAX 1 year
Thrivent Financial 1 year
Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce community! We look forward to seeing you at our events.
Extra Mile Painting Company
Platinum Realty Network
Phoenix Natural Doctor
Magic Bird Festivals (returning member)
Cave Creek Charities
Mr. Limousine Worldwide
If you are considering starting another business, growing your business or improving the management of your business and want face to face mentoring then come to SCORE!. Our focus is assisting the small business owner in becoming more successful!
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From the Cave Creek Museum
Kraig Nelson, historian
Romaine Lowdermilk (Romy) was the “Father of Dude Ranching in Arizona.” His first Dude Ranch was established in 1918, in Wickenburg. He named it the ”Kay El Bar” after his mother Katherine. In 2018, it is still in operation. His last Dude Ranch was Rancho Manana (1943-1955) in Cave Creek, which he owned with his wife Jean, and a Chicago couple, Ted and China Loring. Romy’s skills and achievements transcended dude ranching. He was a talented and prolific western, short-story writer. Romy was nationally published in
Adventure Magazine, Argosy, and Short Stories Magazine.
A least one short story was made into a silent film in 1924; the name of the film was
Tucker’s Top Hand
. Romy was a gifted singer, songwriter, musician, and entertainer. He published over 200 western songs. In 1935, Romy performed for a very popular national radio show called the
National Barn Dance
on Chicago’s WLS radio. Romy became a director for the
National Folksong Association.
Finally, Romy managed hotels in Arizona, Las Vegas, and San Francisco. While he managed the Arizona Biltmore which opened February 1929, Romy utilized his skills as a wrangler and musician at the hotel still known as the “Jewel of the Desert.” On June 23, 1970, Romy died, losing his battle with cancer, he was eighty.
Are you aware of all the many benefits membership offers? Are you taking full advantage of your benefits?
This months tip is how to best use the Employment/ Volunteer page on the Chamber website
CarefreeCaveCreek.org has 765.000
visitors annually. 70% of these visitors are from the greater Phoenix area. 3.2 million+ pages were viewed last year.
The Employment/ Volunteer Page
is one of the most viewed pages with almost 1 million page views! Several of our Chamber members have had great success by utilizing this member benefit. We also refer potential job candidates back to the employment page on social media every week.
Don't just hear it form us listen to just one of your fellow chamber members that has found the perfect, local employee through an ad on the employment page.
"Thanks again to you and the Chamber for the Employment listing. I received 2 qualified applicants from the Chamber listing, and hired one to start next week. Great results! I really appreciate this service and will definitely use it again if we have a position open." Cynthia Driskell - Carefree Physical Therapy
Send any open positions you would like to fill to Jackie@carefreecavecreek.org.
Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) data published September 2018
Kraig R. Nelson, Associate Broker
Carefree-Sold volume (dollar amount) was 3.46% higher; active listings  were 34.02% lower; and the median sold price [$291,500] was 15.81% lower, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 174. 8 residential units closed escrow.
Cave Creek-Sold volume (dollar amount) was 25.14% higher; active listings  were 12.02% lower; and the median sold price [$454,700] was 6.05% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 118. 70 residential units closed escrow.
Scottsdale-Sold volume (dollar amount) was 0.80% lower; active listings [2,195] were 12.81% lower; and the median sold price [$433,000] was 3.78% lower, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 99. 543 residential units closed escrow.
- Sold volume (dollar amount) was 3.19% higher; active listings [3,764] were 5.26% lower; and the median sold price [$245,000] was 8.89% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 62. 1,682 residential units closed escrow.
Distressed sales (short sales and lender owned) represent 1.40% of the total sales volume.
There is a 2.93-month supply of residential inventory in the Phoenix Metro Area. Generally, a balanced market for buyers and sellers is about 6 months; however, all accurate statistics are neighborhood specific.
Total residential inventory is 7.40% lower [20,200 units] than one year ago.
Entire Phoenix Metro Area
median sold price is $260,000; 7.60% higher than one year ago
. Average days on market were 63.
Average sold price compared to original list price is 97.07% in the Phoenix Metro Area. This means a home listed for $400,000 sells for about $388,280.
Production new-home “spec” (or speculation) count is 2,190; 166 more than 6 months ago. New-home subdivisions: 563: 22 fewer than six months ago. (from
Ultimate New Homes Newsletter
Total Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed last month: 6,897. This is 5.90% lower than one year ago.
Total dollar amount for Phoenix Metro
that’s 2 billion, 156 million
- rounded for conversation).
This is 1.43% higher than one year ago.