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💦 Quenching Gilbert's Thirst, Ink with Impact, Tacos Meet Sushi, and Life Through Kara's Lens

Issue #97 - February 6, 2024

💦 Gilbert's Water Future: North Plant Reconstruction to Enhance Supply Reliability

🖊 Tattooing with a Purpose: Gilbert Artist Transforms Skin Art into Charitable Giving

🌮 Taco H Brings Fusion of Mexican Cuisine and Sushi to Gilbert with New Location

🌟 Celebrating Life’s Milestones: The Unique Lens of Kara Hendricks Photography

🎈 Discover Local Events Coming Soon

And more…

Gilbert's Water Future: North Plant Reconstruction to Enhance Supply Reliability

In Gilbert, Arizona, a critical infrastructure project is underway at the North Water Treatment Plant, located at Higley and Guadalupe roads. This facility, vital for treating up to 45 million gallons of water daily from the Salt and Verde rivers for north Gilbert's 144,000 residents and businesses, is undergoing a comprehensive reconstruction.

Jeanne Jensen, the Gilbert Capital Projects Supervisor, highlighted the necessity of this project due to the plant's compromised structural integrity, a result of substandard construction practices in the 1990s and the evolving challenges of meeting state and federal water-quality regulations.

The project, with an estimated cost of $677 million, is a response not only to the immediate need for structural repairs but also to ensure the plant's capacity to meet the growing population's demands and stricter environmental standards.

This significant investment in Gilbert's water infrastructure aims to secure a sustainable water supply for the future, despite the rising costs attributed to inflation and the competitive construction market in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Tattooing with a Purpose: Gilbert Artist Transforms Skin Art into Charitable Giving

Caleb Wayne Hail, a Gilbert-based tattoo artist, has channeled his passion for ink and skin into a force for good through his nonprofit, TattooCharity.com.

Partnering with local organizations like State Forty Eight Foundation, Hail has raised nearly $50,000 for charity by offering unique Arizona-inspired tattoos. His journey from drawing at an early age to becoming a professional tattoo artist has taken him across the United States, but it's his commitment to community and philanthropy that stands out.

Hail's mother, who passed away from brain cancer, inspired his philanthropic efforts. Despite her initial reservations about tattoos, she became one of his biggest supporters, even receiving tattoos from him. Hail's story is a testament to the evolution of tattoos from rebellious symbols to expressions of personal narratives and community support.

Taco H Brings Fusion of Mexican Cuisine and Sushi to Gilbert with New Location

Taco H has broadened its culinary horizons with the opening of a second location in Gilbert on December 12, situated at 835 S. Gilbert Road, suite 104.

This new outlet seeks to bring the distinct flavors of Hermosillo-style Mexican food combined with sushi to a wider audience, following the success of its first location in Ahwatukee. The restaurant's innovative menu bridges the gap between traditional Mexican dishes and the intricate art of sushi, offering a unique dining experience that stands out in the local food scene.

With the expansion, Taco H not only aims to cater to its loyal customers but also to attract new patrons intrigued by its fusion cuisine. The establishment's presence on social media, particularly Instagram, provides updates and insights into their offerings, encouraging food enthusiasts to explore what Taco H has to offer.

Peacock Wine & Book Bar

Schnepf Farms

Archer’s Bikes

Pixie Sticks Boutique

Romeo’s Euro Café

Sip & Shop

Celebrating Life’s Milestones: The Unique Lens of Kara Hendricks Photography

In the heart of the East Valley, Kara Hendricks Photography emerges as a beacon of creativity, passion, and unparalleled service. Kara, a former educator with 20 years of experience, has channeled her understanding of children's self-esteem and family dynamics into her photography, creating not just images, but lasting memories for high school seniors and their families.

A Mission Rooted in Empathy and Excellence

Transitioning from a teacher to a photographer, Kara brings a unique perspective to her craft, emphasizing the importance of capturing the essence of her subjects. As a mother of two college students and a devoted wife, she deeply understands the whirlwind of emotions and significance that senior year brings to both students and their parents. Her commitment to easing the stress of this busy time, coupled with her dedication to excellence, has made her a sought-after photographer in the East Valley.

Accolades and Acknowledgments

Kara’s work has not only captured the hearts of her clients but has also earned her recognition in prestigious publications like the "Best of 2021 Senior Year Magazine," "Senior Year Magazine - Guys Only Edition," and "Shoutout Arizona." These accolades are a testament to her talent and her ability to tell unique stories through her lens.

Creating Memories Beyond the Click

For Kara, photography is more than capturing moments; it's about creating an experience that boosts self-esteem and celebrates individuality. Her approach ensures that children and high school seniors see themselves as valued members of their families, contributing to a stronger sense of self and belonging. Through her guidance, these precious moments transition from digital files to cherished prints and albums, adorning the homes of her clients.

A Personalized Senior Experience

Kara Hendricks Photography specializes in senior sessions that are as unique as the individuals she photographs. Recognizing that each senior is on the cusp of a new chapter, Kara is dedicated to providing a fun, relaxed, and personalized photoshoot that reflects each student's personality, passions, and journey. With a variety of locations, outfit changes, and professional hair and makeup services, each session is designed to celebrate and immortalize this pivotal time in their lives.

Investing in Memories

Understanding the significance of senior year, Kara offers sessions starting at $650, tailored to showcase each senior's distinct qualities. Her goal is to encapsulate the essence of this special time through vibrant, personality-driven images that families will treasure forever.

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We ❤️ Local Businesses!
We know our community is brimming with businesses that have fascinating stories and big hearts. If you're a local business owner making waves, crafting unique experiences, or simply putting a smile on our faces, we want to chat with you! Gilbert Thrive is eager to shine a light on the unsung heroes of our town. Let's collaborate and let the community know what makes your business special. Send us a message, and let's celebrate the spirit of Gilbert together!

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