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December’s 3rd Thursday is SAMA’s HOLIDAY PARTY
It’s a Potluck! So join us in the gorgeous winter weather for food, fun, and merriment!

Free Food! 
Bring something—you pick! Whether it’s beverages, finger food, paper plates, or a friend we’d love to see you there!

Games & Networking! 
Yep, there will be fun Games but also bring your business cards and any specials you are running so we can share them online!

What about
Moonlight on Melrose is a 3rd Thursday event, and for December it is doubling as the host for SAMA’s Holiday Party.


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General Meeting Recap! 

We had a great turn out! Thanks The Original Wineburger for hosting and the yummy food! Also, Congrats! Kenyatta Turner for winning the Costume Contest! And Thank You! Kharma Life Center for providing the prize. 

We got some really great Feedback, and here is what everyone had to say:
What 5 Projects do you want to see in Melrose?

Trash Receptacles                          

Safe Left Turns                           
More Parking

Bike Days                                    
Farmers Market

Ice Cream Shop                        
End Reverse Lane

Camelback Entrance Sign
More Retail North of Canal

More Pedestrian Crosswalks

What benefits would you like SAMA to offer?

ocial Events

Digital Directory

Group Insurance

Member to Member Discounts

Thanks for your feedback and stay tuned for our next General Meeting

Community Action Officer Update 

Violent Crime Rates

Are expected to increase due to the reclassification of “strangulation” from a misdemeanor to a felony.  So if you see a surge in statistics, this is probably why.


Homeless Task Force is here!

There are 10 assigned officers (up from 2 in April) focusing on “encampments” so if you see a large group, report it as soon as possible

Phoenix Cares - is not quite here yet but it is community outreach initiative to support the homeless. 


Stay Aware!

Please continue to report Suspicious Vehicles and Activities, it really does work to reduce crime.


Authority to Arrest Trespassers

Don’t forget to complete the Authority to Arrest Trespassers form:
Authority to Arrest!


Meet your new


Mike Poulton


Poulton & Noroian, PLLC


Kenyatta Turner

Vice President



Margot Magnum


Phoenix Preparatory Preschool


Annie Cavanagh


Rebel Salon


Theresa Snyder

Melrose Third Thursday

Kharma Life Center


Rochelle Poulton

Melrose Street Fair

AZ Credit Law Group, PLLC


Charley Jones

Community Alliance of Seventh Ave (CASA)

Miachelle DePiano 
Miachelle D. Photography

Merriment in Melrose

Saturday, December 16th 4:00 - 8:0 pm 
From Copper Star to Melrose Pharmacy 

Sponsored by CASA

In connection with Woodlea Melrose Luminaria Event with donations from Poulton & Noroain, PLLC 

·3 Music Stages

·Food Trucks

Come support Osborn Music Programs

Networking in MeLrose 


Want to increase business?

Then let’s do some Networking and learn about business development. This is our  Networking Mixer, brought to you by Kenyatta Turner with Legal Shield.

We need your input, so take this survey!
Take the Survey


Welcome to SAMA!


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Want to advertise?

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Michael Poulton, Attorney, SAMA President

Mike has been President of SAMA for 3 years. By day, Mike is an attorney, and owner of Poulton & Noroian, PLLC. His practice  primarily focuses on medical malpractice and business litigation. Mike’s firm is located at his building @ 4701 N 7th Ave– did you know the building is called Melrospace? Want to know more about Mike? Call his office at 602-427-5613 and set up a meeting!

Check him out online at PNLAW.PRO

Poulton & Noroain



The Refuge is a Coffee Shop & a Wine Bar! They serve yummy, great quality food for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner! They also have a killer Happy Hour!

The Refuge also provides funding for non-profits throughout the Valley! (wow!!!)

Did you know they also offer SAMA members a 15% Discount? Sweet! So happy to have them!




SAMA is about to celebrate 20 years of awesome-ness next year, and the Board has been evaluating SAMA’s purpose and what we hope to achieve in the next 20 years. Of course, you can’t really know where you’re going, unless you know where you’ve been so the Board invited past presidents, the City of Phoenix & SAMA creator, Lisa Huggins-Hubbard, and former board members to a Mission Statement Forum on November 1st.

SAMA’s mission tenants are Beautification, Safety, Community, & Revitalization - these are great, and will always be part of SAMA, but moving into the future we need to decide how we are going to stay relevant, and affect change, while preserving Melrose’s unique history and vibe. Melrose District is evolving and SAMA has some big goals, like influencing development projects, removing the reverse lane, increasing member participation, and create commerce within Melrose. To achieve these goals, we need to expand the SAMA Umbrella—Melrose District will always remain– but we want to add districts like Camelback Corridor, Encanto, Willow, Bethany Home, etc. with the increased revenue and larger geographical area we can support more business, drive more traffic to 7th Ave, and achieve our goals. With all this mind we drafted the following:

The mission of the 7th Avenue Merchants Association is to promote strong bonds among our local merchants and surrounding neighborhoods, supporting the diverse heritage of our district, and advocating for the prosperous growth of our local business community.

We want your feedback! You can message us on Facebook or contact us through

Thanks you to everyone who attended the Mission Statement Forum! It was a great time  and great conversation!




Lyceum Project Groundbreaking Ceremony

Coming Soon! Construction is already scheduled to begin December 18, 2017


Bike Rack Ribbon Cutting!

There are 25 new Melrose Bike Racks being installed in January 2018. 47 Businesses want them, and priority is given to those closest to the canal and expanding north and south. Want a Bike Rack? Of course you do! Contact Charley Jones



Become part of Melrose History and buy a Legacy Brick! 


Individual Brick $50

Business Brick $100 + Bulk Discounts!

·2 for $175

·3 for $250

·4 for $300

Contact CASA

Charley Jones 


Congrats Margot Magnum!

Phoenix Preparatory School is now open and in a Brand New Building @ 802 W. Osborn Rd! They are open from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm so if you have child care needs, then check them out!

PS: Margot’s son is The Shaolin Kid, a Boy in China!