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MVD goes 'lean,' cutting back on wait times

Third-party providers see it as vindication

When he lived in Virginia six years ago, Todd Richardson would sometimes spend upward of six hours in the state’s department of motor vehicles.

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Need2Know: Alibertos closes in Prescott Valley; Treat Center celebrates anniversary

Treat Center on Whiskey Row, 156-A S. Montezuma St., opened for business on Sept. 22, 2002.

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Arizona jobless rate goes down, nation is up

Age and eating out affect state’s employment numbers

PHOENIX — Want to know what’s propelling Arizona employment? Old people. And folks who like to eat out.

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Equifax victims may face another hassle in buying an iPhone or other big items

NEW YORK — Apple fans who froze their credit after the Equifax data breach may end up with another hassle on their hands, if they try to get one of the new iPhones that can cost more than $1,000.

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Chamber Focus: CLA Realty

The Prescott Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 7 welcomed CLA Realty with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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As stocks set highs, investors still worry about the next crash

NEW YORK — What is the sound of a stock market at a record high and nobody buying it?

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American household income finally tops 1999 peak

WASHINGTON — In a stark reminder of the damage done by the Great Recession and of the modest recovery that followed, the median American household last year finally earned more than it did in 1999.

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Demand for premium drinking water on the rise

Consumers are thirsty for water. That’s how a Beverage Trends Report released this year by Google’s online publication, Think with Google, puts it.

Need2Know: Circle K has plans for old Hastings site; retail on Whipple; Forest Trails real estate office reopenss

Circle K has plans for old Hastings site Circle K has applied for a liquor license at the old Hastings Entertainment store, 940 Willow Creek Road.

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Chamber Focus: Walden Farms ribbon cutting

The Prescott Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 30 welcomed Walden Farms with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Cosmetics store draws considerable crowd Friday

People began lining up for the grand opening of Sephora before sunrise Friday, Sept. 8.

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Touchmark makes progress with hilltop development

Clubhouse, fitness center opening to public in October

“It’s just awesome views up here,” said Neal Sneller. Sneller is a marketing team member with Touchmark at The Ranch, a senior living community being built in Prescott overlooking Highway 69 near Wal-Mart.

Need2Know: Tea room changes name; Bistro St. Michael gets new chef, menu; T.F.C. Estate and Document Service changes hands

Tea room changes name English Garden Tea Room and Bistro has changed its name to Kensington’s in hopes of attracting more men to the business.

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Judge: Legislature can’t keep local governments from making requirements of businesses

A judge has slapped down efforts by Republican lawmakers to block local governments from requiring private employers to provide greater fringe benefits to workers than the minimum required by state or federal law.

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Donating unused food matter of choice, coordination for businesses

Some businesses donate their unused food to hunger relief programs. Others throw it away.

Need2Know: Building construction on Miller Valley Road; Feather Mountain auction; new PV yoga studio; new Prescott U-Haul provider

Building construction ON Miller Valley Road There has been some construction at the intersection of Miller Valley Road and Hillside Avenue in Prescott.

Food donations impact relief organizations

Locally, hunger relief organizations rely heavily on the charitable donations received from area businesses.

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Prescott area home sellers see significant profits

Ranks in top 20 most profitable U.S. markets

The Prescott area is one of the most profitable areas for home sellers in the nation, according to ATTOM Data Solutions.

Need2Know: Mexican street food in Prescott; Jim’s Auto Clinic awarded; Go Bananas has new owners; new Asian market in PV

Mexican street food in Prescott Three local brothers, Angel, Alex and Carlos Marin, have started a small eating establishment where the coffee shop Solanos Y Hermanos used to be, 520 W. Sheldon St., in Prescott.

Unemployment rate steady for Arizona, county

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained stuck at 5.1 percent in July, a figure now virtually unchanged for a year, even as the national jobless rate dropped a tenth of a point last month to 4.3 percent.

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Prescott’s ‘New’ Entertainment District: How will the designation impact downtown businesses?

Now that downtown Prescott has been designated an entertainment district, what does this mean for businesses in the area?

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Need2Know: Specialty cars; Canyon Auto; online school moves; Natural Grocers

A specialty car dealership will soon be opening where Prescott Honda used to be, 1230 W. Iron Springs Road.

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Valuing customer service

Providing more than just a product

Poor customer service is simply bad for business. Conversely, great customer service can pay off greatly.

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Need2Know: Foothills Bank relocating; Advance Auto Parts continues construction in PV; Dorn Homes donates to PUSDs

Foothills Bank relocating Foothills Bank will be moving its loan production center from the Bulleri Professional Building on Cortez Street to an 8,000-square-foot building currently being redeveloped at 222 W. Gurley St. in Prescott.

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Prescott Farmers Market turns 20 during National Farmers Market Week

The Prescott Farmers Market is celebrating 20 years in Prescott on Aug. 9. This week, Aug. 6-13, also happens to be National Farmers Market Week.