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Verhoff: Valley businesses giving thanks, giving back this holiday season

Elaina Verhoff
By Elaina Verhoff | Point of View

November gives Phoenicians so many reasons to give thanks. Cooler weather, the start of holiday season, and for many local businesses, it’s a time to give thanks to clients and colleagues and give back to the community. Here’s a peek at some of the ways Valley companies are showing their gratitude.

Pies, Pies, and More Pies

The Brokery started a Thanksgiving tradition a few years back that involves pumpkin and apple pies — two U-Hauls full of them! Just before Thanksgiving, the agents assemble their lists of clients, meet at the company’s Arcadia, Scottsdale, or North Central Phoenix offices, and customize their pies with stickers and cards, then deliver or meet their clients for pie pickup. It’s a tradition The Brokery team and their clients now look forward to every November.

Sip & Shop Events

Cave + Post Trading Co. owners Mary and Patrick Burch have found a unique way to give back to the community by hosting private Sip & Shop events with nonprofits. They enjoy staying open late on select nights to host shopping events for philanthropic organizations close to their heart and donating a portion of the night’s proceeds to the nonprofit. They recently hosted a “Home for the Holidays” Shopping Soiree for guests to sip, shop, and support the Arizona Housing Fund.

Sharing Local Love

ALINE Architecture, which was founded on the principals of craft, collaboration, and community, has created two Thanksgiving traditions to share their thanks with clients and the community. Instead of giving gifts in December, the nine-person architecture firm gives clients a Thanksgiving gift from a locally owned company. Last year they gifted clients with charcuterie boards from Mingle & Graze. In addition, ALINE partners each year at Thanksgiving with LIVE LOVE Chandler to fill dozens of Thanksgiving boxes for families in need.

Feeding families and seniors

Family-owned Camelot Homes has been giving back to local families in need since they were founded in 1969. This year, the Camelot team is coming together to support families and seniors in need. Through the city of Scottsdale Human Services department, Camelot has adopted two senior citizens as well as a family. They are also adopting a family in partnership with Save The Family. A company food drive will help fill abundant baskets for the families’ and seniors’ Thanksgiving dinners as well as fulfilling their wish lists for all family members for the holidays.

Early bonuses

Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen moves up the typical timeline for end of the year bonuses and recognizes the hard work of tenured employees with early bonuses so restaurant team members can use their bonuses as they wish throughout the holidays.

Editor’s Note: Ms. Verhoff is a public relations professional in the Valley of the Sun.

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