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Arizona Romance Writer Presents Latest Novel at Gifts to Go Book Signing   

SURPRISE, Arizona (August 29, 2014) Brenda Whiteside, a romance writer from northern Arizona will appear at Gifts To Go on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10:00am to 1:00pm for the northwest valley debut of her newest novel, The Art of Love and Murder.

Ms Whiteside, a prolific author, has penned six romance novels, is a regular blogger and communicates with her fans quarterly through a newsletter. Her earlier works include Sleeping with the Lights On, Amanda in the Summer, The Morning After, and Honey on White Bread.

“We’re particularly excited about Brenda Whiteside’s appearance because she’s our first romance writer and The Art of Love and Murder is an intricate web of love and trouble” says owner Tammy Fraser. “Plus she’s a native Arizonan with roots right in our community.”

Excerpts of Ms Whiteside’s books are available at along with her blog posts and a link to subscribe to her newsletter. Her books will be available for purchase at the event.

Gifts To Go’s gift shop and contract USPS post office operate inside the Barnaby Street Shoppes, adjacent to the 5 & Diner Delux at 11340 W Bell Road, Suite 128, Surprise, AZ . Gifts To Go is open Monday – Saturday from 9am to 5pm. For more information, please call 602 -403-0646.

Passport to Bell Mar Plaza Celebration Welcomes Small Business Patrons & Offers Chance to Win $100 Visa Gift Card

SURPRISE, Arizona (November 18, 2013)   Bell Mar Plaza businesses (Bell Road and 114th Avenue) invite the community to  Passport to Bell Mar beginningSmall Business Saturday (November 30, 2013).  The Saturday after Thanksgiving was dubbed Small Business Saturday by American Express. 

Event is sponsored by 5’n Diner Delux, Hurricane Grill and Wings, Bite Me Breads and Cookies, Imagine Spa and Salon, Son City Insurance, Son Glow Boutique and Barnaby Street Shoppes.  Arrowhead Health Center’s Surprise office, adjacent to the plaza, is also a sponsor.

Starting Saturday, November 23, visitors can get a Passport To Bell Mar.  They are encouraged to visit each storefront before December 14 to collect a ‘passport stamp’ from each.  Completed passports can be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Visa gift card.  No purchase is required at any business. The winning entry will be drawn on Saturday, December 14.  Winner need not be present to win.

Throughout the plaza, businesses will offer promotions and attractions to draw attention to the role small independently owned businesses play in local communities and economies. “We want everyone who stops by to enjoy the day, the season and every visit they make to Bell Mar” commented Gary Arnold, plaza spokesman. 

Santa will be onsite from 11am to 3pm and available for free picture taking inside Barnaby Street Shoppes from noon to 1pm and 2pm – 3pm.  Kids can enter a holiday coloring contest and mail letters to the North Pole from the post office. Bite Me Breads and Cookies will provide additional coloring contest seating as needed.  Also at Barnaby Street Shoppes, donations of new toys and pet supplies are being collected for El Mirage Firefighter Charities and Sun Valley Animal and 4 Paws shelters. 

On November 23, Arrowhead Health Center offers free safe skin and skin cancer screenings on November 23 along with fifty $15 cash flu shots.  On November 30, Arrowhead Health again offers fifty $15 cash flu shots.  On both Saturdays, they will conduct free consultations for osteoarthritis and neuropathy pain and provide tours of their facility.  An additional supply of flu shots will be available each day for $25 cash.

Terrie Maxine Frankel, bestselling author and ghost writer of “Nicole Brown Simpson – The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted” and Don Rasmussen, founder of ESPN will be available to event attendees.  They will be joined by several other local authors, Local First Arizona (non-profit organization supporting local businesses) and a variety of area independent businesses. Animals 4 God, a guide dog organization, and K9-Games will make appearances throughout the day.

For more information regarding Passport to Bell Mar Plaza, please call Tammy Fraser at 602 403 0646.

New Postal Contract Station Opens Inside Barnaby Street Shoppes

SURPRISE, Arizona (July 30, 2013) Gifts To Go, a resident business of the retail incubator Barnaby Street Shoppes, recently launched a United States Postal Service contract unit.

The postal unit is open six days a week from 10am to 5pm for stamp purchases, package shipping and mail drop-off. Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express boxes and envelopes are available at no cost. Gifts To Go offers a selection of boxes and padded envelopes for purchase.

Tammy Fraser, Gifts To Go owner, shared that she’s “always looked to enhance (her) business’ value to the community by adding a shipping service for customer convenience”. “We’ve always focusd our books on those written by Arizonans, now the post office is adding another ‘small town USA’ touch to every visit.”

Barnaby Street Shoppes, nearly fully leased, currently houses a variety of businesses all committed to working together to provide a quality local shopping experience. The other resident businesses are CC’s Wigs, Creative Treasures, Gift of Cheese, Painting 4 Fun, Pico’s Pantry, R&R Creations, Avon, Send Out Cards, Sharp Cutters Work (knife and scissor sharpening) and Wolf Paw Cheese.

Barnaby Street Shoppes, located adjacent to 5 and Diner Delux on the Bell Mar Plaza at 11340 W Bell Road, Suite 128, Surprise, is open Monday - Saturday 10a – 5p. Mail collection times are 12:30pm and 3:30pm.

Please direct questions about the post office to Tammy Fraser at 602-403-0646; questions about Barnaby Street including how to launch a business at the retail incubator should be directed to Gary Arnold at 480-776-7221.

Surprise Businesses Take Risks for Success by Angie Holdsworth
November 24, 2012

SURPRISE, AZ - It's a retail market where the crowds may not be busting down the doors this busy shopping weekend, but it is one where new businesses in the Valley are forming and growing. The Barnaby Street Shoppes in Surprise near 113th Avenue and Bell Road is a retail space that houses nine businesses in what is called a "retail incubator." It opened a little over two years ago.

"It is challenging to start a business, but it is also possible," said Elle Huber who just opened her booth "Gift of Cheese" at the location a month ago.

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