Maricopa summers are inevitably among the hottest in the state, so finding ways to stay cool is a high priority for residents. The heat can have a negative impact on some business, but many adjust to create different ways to keep their customers refreshed. For some business owners, in fact, summer is the busiest time of the year. Following is a sampling of Maricopa businesses meeting the challenge of summer head on.
Bet on it
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino
Director of Marketing and Operations: Michael Kintner
Products/Services: Entertainment, hospitality, gaming and dining
In Maricopa since: 1994
How does summer impact your business: We say goodbye to our winter visitors, but we are excited to continue to host our loyal Total Rewards members. Everyone knows everyone and we enjoy spending time with our local friends.
Most frequent request at your business during summer: It doesn’t matter if it’s summer; our guests always enjoy cool drinks and hot games… and a jackpot or two doesn’t hurt!
What is your favorite part of summer: Enjoying time with my family and friends. Camping and taking out the new RV and staying cool with the dogs.
Maricopa’s Water and Ice
Owners: Tonya Thompson and Michael Thompson
Products/Services: Best tasting purified water and ice through extensive reverse osmosis, alkaline water, water bottles/crocks/stands, Thrifty Ice Cream, real fruit smoothies, wall of nostalgic candy, over 100 Hawaiian Shaved Ice Flavors, Advocare “We Build Champions” products, soft-serve ice cream – shakes, sundaes and biggest banana splits.
In Maricopa since: 2004
How does summer impact your business: Business doubles! We cool off twice as many people in the summer as we do in the winter with cool treats.
Most frequent request at your business during summer: Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Thrifty Ice Cream
What is your favorite part of summer: Seeing all the smiling faces coming through the front door to cool off!
Some light refreshment
Arroyo Grille at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Executive Chef: Neil Magbanua
Products/Services: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
In Maricopa since: 2005 (original clubhouse restaurant)
How does summer impact your business: Summer slows down dramatically because of the heat; as a result, we are more diligent with scheduling and product ordering.
Most frequent request at your business during summer: Milkshakes, salads and light, refreshing meals
What is your favorite part of summer: There is more time to spend with friends and family and vacations.
A nice cold beer
Native Grill & Wings
Owner: Pat Kieny
Products/Services: Family restaurant and bar
In Maricopa since: 2005
How does summer impact your business: During June and July as customers are vacationing, it is slower. The rush at night starts later because of the heat.
Most frequent request at your business during summer: Make sure the AC and the beer are cold.
What is your favorite part of summer: I like that the roads, golf courses and shopping are not as congested.
Something in the air
McLaughlin Air Conditioning and Heating Service
Owner/Operator: Bruce McLaughlin
Products/Services: Air conditioning and heating repairs, installation and new-build construction for homes and businesses located within 100 miles of Maricopa.
In Maricopa since: We have had family here in Maricopa since 2004 and started McLaughlin Air full time at the end of 2014.
How does summer impact your business: Summer time for any air conditioning company can be challenging and very demanding. The smile on a happy customer who now has a working AC makes it worthwhile.
Most frequent request at your business during summer: The most common call we get is, “The AC has been running great for years and we never serviced it but now has stopped cooling.” The misconception on an AC unit is that if it’s running and cooling it must be OK.
What is your favorite part of summer: Any water sport is a must, and nothing beats stopping into the local Water and Ice store for some ice cream or shaved ice. I really enjoy the skies at night and the electric storms with the monsoon season. As someone who enjoys the heat when below 110, summer is very enjoyable and the rest of the time we make do and drink lots of water.
Cool down bug-free
Absolute Companies, LLC
Owners: Shane and Brennan Phillips
Products/Services: Air conditioning service, pest control and pool services
In Maricopa since: 2010
How does summer impact your business: The higher temperatures create more demand for all our services. Air conditioning maintenance and repair is in high demand due to the increased wear and tear placed on the equipment. Summer also brings out the ticks, bedbugs and bark scorpions. Pools are in full use in summer.
Most frequent request at your business during summer: We are a growing company, but the air conditioning repair is currently our busiest segment.
What is your favorite part of summer: I always enjoy the monsoon lightning shows. Some nights can have hundreds of lightning flashes.
The frozen treat
Owners: Bo Johnson and Michelle Harl
Products/Services: Frozen yogurt, smoothies, banana splits, shakes and floats
In Maricopa since: 2011
How does summer impact your business: A nice cold treat and nice cold AC draw a crowd.
What is your favorite part of summer: Swimming and eating frozen yogurt, of course
Shake it up
Owners: Lisa and J Curtis
Products/Services: Energy drinks plus smoothies packed with Herbalife Nutrition, coaches to help people get great health results
In Maricopa since: 2012
Most frequent request at your business during summer: Icy drinks, smoothies and teas, also ice cream sandwiches
What is your favorite part of summer: I love the extra family time in the summer months.
This article appears in the July issue of InMaricopa.