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Ten Southern Arizona Business Owners You Need to Know (Part I)

Learn how these influential business
owners made their mark on Southern Arizona.

February 8, 2017

Peter and Bree Wilke own Time Market, Wilko, and The B Line. A successful business model has enabled them to make their mark on Tucson’s food scene.

Manish Shah has run farmers markets in Tucson for over twenty years. Now, he serves as the Executive Co-Director for Heirloom Farmers’ Markets and the founder of Maya Tea Company.

Brothers Aric and Josh Mussman own Vero Amore and Noble Hops (which they paid off in a year and a half) and credit much of their success to the emphasis they put on quality.

In order to open Arizona Hops and Vines, sisters Megan Austin Haller and Shannon Austin Zouzoulas had to knock down Arizona liquor laws that prohibited a winery and brewery to operate on the same property. Talk about a feat!

With the help of his wife and daughter, Stephen Paul turned a successful 27-year-old furniture business into Hamilton Distillers, the first whiskey distillery in the Southwest.

Philippe Waterinckx founded Tucson CSA as a student back in 2003, long before people like Michael Pollen and Barbara Kingsolver tauted localism. Now, it’s a successful business with up to 500 members.

Margaret Hadley opened Le Buzz Caffé with her late husband, Dennis Hadley, in 1996. Today, it has evolved into a community gathering spot—for both pets & people.

After 50 years in New York, Peyton Tamburo moved to Bisbee and opened High Desert Market. 17 years later, it continues to be one of the most successful businesses in the city.

Almost 15 years after she first opened the doors at High Desert Market, Peyton Tamburo is still adding to the eclectic mix of food and wares.

If you’ve eaten at Little Cafe Poca Cosa, you know sisters and owners Marcela and Sandra Davila, who many consider to be “the heart of Tucson.”

Chris Bianco’s imaginative pizzas have been called the best in the United States. His love for food and commitment to quality explain why.







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