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Tuesday, January 26, 2021   /   by Adam Donaldson

Wine-centric boutique hotel coming to downtown Tucson in late spring

Article originally posted on tucson.com on January 24th, 2021
The old Tucson Citizen building on South Stone Avenue will soon be home to a 10-room, wine-centric boutique hotel, and tasting room.
The Citizen Hotel will be the second boutique hotel for former lawyer turned hotelier Moniqua Lane, who also owns the nearby Downtown Clifton Hotel at 485 S. Stone Ave.
Sand-Reckoner Vineyards, which has a Tucson tasting room at 510 N. Seventh Ave., will move its wine barreling and cellaring operation from its Willcox vineyards to the hotel's 5,000-square-foot basement, where it also will open a tasting room, said owner Sarah Fox Hammelman.
The collaboration between the winery and the hotel was born over a glass or two of wine, recalled Lane. She bought The Citizen Building for $1.45 million in 2018, about a year after Sarah and her husband/partner Rob Hammelman opened the Tucson tasting room in the Warehouse District. The couple initially commuted from Wik ...

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021   /   by Adam Donaldson

Longtime defense aerospace engineering firm opens Tucson office

Article originally posted on tucson.com on January 24th, 2021
Tucson has gained a new aerospace engineering firm — and a new female-owned small business — as an Alabama firm is setting up shop here to better serve Raytheon Missiles & Defense and other defense industry customers in the West.
Cummings Aerospace is preparing to move into a new office on Tucson’s northeast side where it will focus on its growing defense work. The company plans to hire more than 20 full-time employees over the next 18 months.
Besides Raytheon, Cummings’ customers include other major defense prime contractors like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman, and the company also does contract work directly for the Defense Department.
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Monday, January 11, 2021   /   by Adam Donaldson

El Charro & Barrio Bread's “Barrio Charro” is now open on Campbell

Article originally posted on tucsonfoodie.com on January 11, 2021
In case you missed it, Barrio Charro quietly opened up its doors on Campbell and Prince offering a new and exciting joint venture of two culinary powerhouses. The two Tucsonans, who have both been nominated for the James Beard Award, have worked together on several projects in the past and announced the creation of Barrio Charro back in September 2020. The new concept is located near the Safeway on Campbell and Prince Road a shopping center that currently houses Ghini’s French Caffe and the Mediterranean restaurant, Med Cuisine.
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Friday, December 18, 2020   /   by Adam Donaldson

3 Trends Driving Hyperactivity in the Real Estate Market

Article originally posted on Realtor Magazine on December 11, 2020
Despite the economic uncertainties continuing to surround the pandemic, one fact has become crystal clear: Americans are ready to buy a new home. Low inventory, bidding wars, and record-low mortgage rates are giving consumers a new sense of FOMO—fear of missing out—and spawning a hot housing market.

1.) Sellers, Builders May Ease Inventory Crunch
Inventory remains constrained as buyer demand surges. Potential sellers who are hesitant to list their home during a pandemic may not be aware of the housing market’s strength, said Danielle Hale, chief economist for realtor.com®. Sellers are often buyers, too, and they may not want to face the challenge of finding a home amid low inventory. These realities have limited the number of homes on the market during the pandemic, panelists said.Why can’t builders construct more housing to meet demand? Labor shortages and escalating prices fo ...

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020   /   by Adam Donaldson

How Previous Epidemics Impacted Home Design

Article originally posted on architecturaldigest.com on March 31, 2020
Whether you realize it or not, a number of the design features in our homes today originated, or were popularized, because of previous infectious disease outbreaks, like the 1918 flu pandemic, tuberculosis, and dysentery. Below are a couple of our favorites, for the whole list click the link below: Link

Though household closets have been around in some form for centuries, what we think of as the place where we store our clothes is a more recent innovation. In fact, when visiting (or living in) older American homes or apartments, you’ve probably noticed (and bemoaned) the lack of closet space. That’s because, up until the beginning of the 20th century, most clothing and related items were kept in stand-alone furniture. “It used to be that almost everything was [kept] in armoires,” Lloyd Alter, a former architect and design historian who now teaches sustaink ...

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