Queen Creek residents soon won't have to travel to neighboring cities to shop till they drop.
A building frenzy under way to bring residents more shopping amenities and development is nearing completion on several significant shopping centers like Queen Creek Marketplace at Rittenhouse and Ellsworth Loop roads.
Two smaller neighborhood shopping centers are also headed to the town.
While they may not be as large or gain as much attention as Queen Creek Marketplace, residents will no doubt be pleased to see doors open at Cortina Village Plaza at Germann and Rittenhouse roads, as well as Queen Creek Crossroads at Ellsworth and Rittenhouse roads.
It's still unclear about tenants, but Queen Creek Crossroads will encompass about 30,000 square feet of shop space, and Cortina Village Plaza will include more than 11,000 square feet.
RIBS IN CHANDLER
Pack the wet wipes, but leave your vanity at home before heading out to Shane's Rib Shack when it opens in Chandler. Diners will be smearing their faces in barbecue sauce when the restaurant opens at 54th Street and Ray Road at the end of the month.
PLANET BEACH TANNING
You may age prematurely, but you'll look good in the meantime if you're planning on using the tanning beds at the new Planet Beach Tanning and Spa in Old Town Scottsdale.
The spa owners had an official grand opening two weeks ago on Scottsdale Road, just north of Camelback Road.
FASHION SQUARE CHANGES
Look for lots of exciting changes at Scottsdale Fashion Square.
Some have already happened.
Leading the charge, Bang & Olufsen, a manufacturer of audio and video products, completed its move to a chunk of the open shop space near Dillard's formerly occupied by Brentano's.
Mall manager Steve Helms won't reveal who has dibs on the rest of the space until a deal is done.
Socrati, a South African-based luxury shoes and accessories store, opened this week.
And so did Marciano, a store sporting Guess' luxury brand, named for the founding - and still ruling - family.
The company is launching several Marciano boutiques in major metro areas. Scottsdale Fashion Square got the first Arizona version.
YOGI'S GRILL IN MESA
Yogi's Grill Teriyaki & Roll Restaurant has opened at Baseline and Ellsworth roads in Mesa.
THAI BASIL OPENS
A Thai Basil restaurant is open at Chandler Boulevard and 48th Street in Ahwatukee Foothills.
The restaurant is the chain's fourth location in the Valley.
Other Thai Basil restaurants are in Chandler, Tempe and Phoenix.