An all-natural lemonade stand that started in Maui in 2012 has come to the mainland.
Wow Wow Lemonade Stand leased 1,485 square feet with a drive-thru window at 7705 N. Oracle Road and opened this week.
Local owner Jeff Laird got his first taste of the tropical treats while vacationing in Hawaii.
“I knew immediately following my first Wow Wow experience in Hawaii that I needed to get involved with the brand further,” he said. “My family and I saw a need for a healthy, high-quality food option in the greater Tucson area, and we could not be more thrilled to be able to bring this to our local community.”
Wow Wow offers flavors from classic lemonade to strawberry pineapple, butterfly mojito and the lava flow lemonade.
Foods include Black Lava Flatbread sandwiches, Island Berry Grain bowls, Superfruit Pitaya bowls and Chili Lime Avocado toast.
Customers who buy their drinks in a reusable mason jar receive a discount on their next purchase if they bring it in for a refill.
The new Wow Wow is open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Founded in Maui in 2012 as a stand, it grew to a trailer and opened its first brick-and-mortar shop on the island in 2014.
Chris Ray, with Catalyst Commercial Group, represented Wow Wow in its lease with landlord Town West Realty.
Other recent commercial transactions include:
DIVISM LLC bought an 8,556-square-foot office building at 9302 E. 22nd St. from Tucson Portfolio 4 LLC for $2.1 million. Jon O’Shea of Vast Commercial Real Estate represented the seller, and Sean Westfall, with Echo West Capital Advisors, represented the buyer.
Ventana Canyon Investments LLC bought the 12-unit Brick Homes of Geronimo complex at 3449, 3471, 3473 N. Geronimo Ave. and 350 E. Yavapai Road from BRInc Financial LLC for $1 million. Allan Mendelsberg and Conrad Martinez, with Picor, represented both parties.
Biggan Properties LLC bought a 2,083-square-foot office building in Old Farm Executive Park, 6019 E. Grant Road, from Fox Hollow Enterprises LLC for $387,500. Thomas J. Nieman, with Picor, represented the seller, and Joseph Nehls, with Sunvest Commercial Inc., represented the buyer.
Cam Vo and Trung Truong bought 1,066 square feet of retail space in Jacinto Plaza, 2567 N. First Ave. for $117,260 to open Abstract Aquariums. Craig Finfrock of Commercial Retail Advisors LLC represented the seller, Lisa McCullough.
Starry Sky LLC, dba Cactus Quilt Shop, leased 5,466 square feet at Casa Blanca Plaza, 6032 N. Oracle Road. Isaac Figueroa, with Larsen Baker, represented the landlord, Casa Blanca Plaza LLC. Michael Coretz, with Commercial Real Estate Group of Tucson, represented the tenant.
These Tucson restaurants and bars closed their doors in 2021
Boulevard Barbecue & Fixins
Boulevard Barbecue & Fixins was opened at 5737 E. Speedway Blvd. in October 2020 by the same minds behind Serial Grillers, brothers Travis and William Miller, and their business partner David Martin.
An increase in meat prices and a staffing shortage led to the trio closing down the restaurant on Sept. 22 this year.
In addition to their four Serial Grillers locations in Tucson, the Miller brothers recently opened Transplant Detroit Style Pizza at 4603 E. Speedway Blvd.
Fronimo’s Greek Café
Tracy and George Fronimakis, the owners of Fronimo’s Greek Café, announced New Year's Day that their restaurant at 3242 E. Speedway Blvd. would be closing after 25 years of business.
Fronimo's closure was credited to issues the couple faced trying to renew their lease with the owner of the building the restaurant operated out of.
The longtime Greek eatery stayed open through Jan. 15 this year before closing its doors.
The B Line
It was announced in March 2020 that The B Line would "suspend operations" as the COVID-19 pandemic began impacting the restaurant industry and warranting business closures.
Owner Peter Wilke planned to reopen the popular Fourth Avenue restaurant, which had been around since 2002, but it never happened.
Rigo's Restaurant, along with its mariachi performances and daily Mexican buffet, was a South Tucson hit for over 20 years before it closed for good Jan. 8.
After nearly a year of being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, owner Rigoberto "Rigo" Lopez said the restaurant had to close after the building, located at 2527 S. Fourth Ave., was bought out by a private lender.
Since 1980, the Bashful Bandit was a popular hangout and drinking spot for college students and bikers alike.
The iconic 40-year-old Tucson bar, which had a history of fights and noise complaints, closed its doors at 3686 E. Speedway Blvd. in June this year.
Toby Kyte, who bought the bar this year, plans to open a barbeque restaurant there this fall.
Senae Thai Bistro
Senae Thai Bistro was opened downtown in 2016 at 63 E. Congress Street by Amonwadee “Dee” Buizer, who permanently closed the restaurant in July.
After temporarily closing and reopening her dining room multiple times over the past year and a half, Buzier decided it was time for her to retire ahead of her 60th birthday this year.
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