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Tanka Spotlight Business:
JR's Convenience Store, Scottsdale, AZ

By Jason Stover, social networking specialist intern

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Since our launch in October 2007, we have been privileged to work with outstanding retail partners. These folks are so passionate about their businesses and their customers, we decided we needed to share their unique stories. Our Tanka Spotlight series runs every other Thursday. If you'd like to be featured or if you'd like to nominate a Tanka retailer for a story, please contact Jason Stover,

RETAILER: JR's Convenience Store

OWNERS: Lambert and Diane Noline and their children Mark and Andrea

INTERVIEWED: Andrea Noline

LOCATION: 1601 N. Beeline Hwy., Scottsdale, AZ


Tanka Bar: How did you start your business?

Andrea: JR's Convenience Store has been Indian-owned and -operated on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community for 21 years. It is a family business that looks to serve the members of the Salt River Community and the Native community of the Phoenix Metropolitan area. We are, for the most part, a smokeshop. However, we are currently branching out and looking to include more arts and crafts among other enterprises.

TB: What do you like about the Tanka Bar?

Andrea: I like the fact that the Tanka Bar is a Native business endeavor.

TB: How do the Tanka Bars sell for you?

Andrea: We are always receiving calls whether we carry Tanka Bars in stock. I know that we are one of few vendors in Arizona that carry Tanka Bars. Occasionally, we even have customers buy an entire box.

How did you find out about the Tanka Bar?

Andrea: I believe it was at Morongo Pow-Wow where Tanka Bars were being handed out. We were immediately interested in the product and, of course, we are always interested in supporting our Native people in their business endeavors.

TB: Would you like to mention anything else before we end the interview?

Andrea: We are a proud distributor for the Tanka Bar in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Please feel free to visit us anytime. THANK YOU, Tanka Bar, for this great opportunity.

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