Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Baron Ventures Inc, DBA Catherine’s Estates and Appraisals
4729 E. Sunrise, suite 437, Tucson AZ, 85718
Catherine has been appraising antiques and personal property since 1995 for museums and private clients. A native of Tucson, Catherine has lived all over the country and abroad. She earned a B.A. in Biology at the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Art History at the University of Memphis. She was Curator for the Historic Properties of the Memphis Museum System. That was when she began doing appraisals of antiques, art, and personal property for the museum and private clients. She returned to Tucson in 2001 as the Curator of the Arizona Historical Society. She has been published as a writer on art, antiques, and ancient coinage in selected museum and art publications and has served as editor for other author’s works. In 2004 she founded Baron Ventures, Inc., DBA Catherine’s Estates & Appraisals. We assist clients in appraisals, estate sales, and personal property liquidation. She has appeared as an expert appraiser on the PBS Public Television program Antiques Roadshow.
Catherine is on the board of Friends of Western Art Association and has served on the board of directors for the Arizona BBB. She enjoys travel, writing, antiques, art, laughter … and above all the art of good conversation.
Business info: Catherine’s Estates helps clients and companies in several ways. Catherine is a certified personal property appraiser who gives an impartial valuation to help in a fair market or replacement appraisals. Catherine’s Estates also helps clients to privately broker fine art, sterling, jewelry, and other shiny things. Lastly, we conduct estate sales that are curated with care. At Catherine’s Estates, we don’t sell the house, just everything in it.
Michelle Mange is the Tucson Branch Manager for First Credit Union. Michelle began her career as a full-time teller 19 years ago. She later became a member service representative and after 8 years of service was promoted to Branch Manager. Michelle leads a team of highly motivated individuals who embrace their work by helping their members reach their financial goals. Credit Unions are owned by their membership. Nationally, the CU motto is, people helping people. Michelle fell in love with the culture and values of the credit union movement which has instilled in her further dedication to her work and place of mission. Michelle volunteers as secretary for the Southern Arizona Chapter of the Mountain West Credit Union Association. Through the chapter, she is able to collaborate with like-minded leaders, train, and further help contribute to the local community of Credit Unions in Southern Arizona.
When Michelle’s not working she enjoys spending time with family. Her hobbies include party planning, having a good Netflix binge, gardening, and recently she’s taken to refurbishing furniture.
First Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative. We’re owned by our members, not shareholders. We’re local. First Credit Union was established in Arizona in 1929 and our HQ location is based in Chandler, AZ. With a network of 8 branch locations in the state, we offer a full suite of financial services from savings, to investments, to auto, credit card, and home loans. We pride ourselves on being a resource to the communities we serve and place focus on financial education. Simply put, we exist to serve our members.
Susan says, “Entrepreneurship is in my genetics- helped my grandmother bake pies for area restaurants and worked in our family restaurant at age 7. I supported myself through high school by painting anything on blue jeans and sold artwork while managing our family restaurant through my high school years. Married at age 20, a guy from the next small town in Ohio. We started a horseshoeing business in the winter and no one shoe’s their horses in the winter he didn’t know what to do. I told my husband to drive around the countryside and everywhere he saw a horse stop and give them a card. It actually worked. At age 20 we moved to Missouri and started the horseshoeing business again plus a horseshoeing school! While living on a cattle ranch, with milk goats, and a large garden we heated our home with wood and built a home with logs and natural resources from the ranch. I also had an antique business because of all the antiques in the barns where we went to shoe horses. After 10 years of living on the ranch we moved to the St Louis area and I went back into the restaurant/night club management. I joined a company and went around the United States opening 50/60’s themed nightclubs. In 1987 I moved to Tucson where my mother had moved and started in Business to Business sales. 1989 I started in Real Estate Sales and became an owner partner in a property management company. I sold that in 1998 moved to Michigan and started working in advertising sales at the Daily newspaper owned by Gannett and transferred to Tucson in 2007 working for the Arizona Daily Star, then managing the Saddlebag Notes and then left the corporate world starting the Oro Valley Voice and two years ago launching the Tucson Smart Shopper after the SavvyShopper left Tucson. In between, I joined two network marketing companies selling my downline and the other after reaching a nice level it went out of business.
I cannot remember any time that I have not been doing some kind of business for myself or for others. I love helping people”.
Business info: The Oro Valley Voice happened because a lot of my clients thought that I should start a community paper for just Oro Valley as it was really growing and they had to buy advertising in several publications. I put a business plan together and just did it. I had no loans, partners or really any money but many unbelievable things happened. I was approached by a person who had worked for the Savvy Shopper for many years and he said they were leaving town, we had many of the same clients and he said no one ever said anything negative about me and wanted to know if I would consider publishing the Tucson Smart Shopper 120,000 monthly magazines mailed 10 months out of the year. I got quotes and we started it. I have a lot of empathy.
After a long career as an executive in the Aerospace and Defense business and being a Mom, I recognize the dedication, time and endurance it takes to be successful both at home and working in a competitive industry. My personal experience at Fuchsia provided me the understanding that each of us needs and deserves a break from our busy lives to take time to relax and do something that makes us feel beautiful. After my personal experience, I couldn’t wait to bring this business to Tucson for my friends to enjoy.
Fuchsia was built and designed to bring delightful and relaxing services to a larger population who had been left out of the spa market. Beauty doesn’t have to come at a high price and Fuchsia’s goal is to provide the most current, results-based techniques in skin and body care along with with quality products, professional and passionate staff in an energetic, warm and welcoming environment. We use and sell high-end skincare products such as Eminence, Image and our own Fuchsia line. My goal is to provide every Fuchsia guest a wonderful, high-quality experience at an affordable price.
Business info: Fuchsia Spa is located at La Encantada, on the first level, across from Crate and Barrel, next door to Ann Taylor and Clark Shoes. We provide high-quality skin care services including facials, waxing and lash lifts as well as massage, and nail care