When the Arizona Cardinals are winning, so are local businesses. Many have come up with creative ways to show their team spirit.
At Vinnie’s Pizza in Peoria, the owner was inspired by last week’s win over the Green Bay Packers.
“It was just too exciting,” Nick Yatsinko said. “We didn’t want to leave, we were all amped up so we were like, ‘Let’s make a Cardinals pizza!'"
The pizza, shaped like a aardinal bird’s head, has already been extremely popular with fans. They’re asking customers to call in as far in advance as possible to order one.
At Papa Joe’s Barber Shop, Joe Lazzara is painting a cardinal on the head of any customer who asks for it.
“They’re going to win, Cardinals are going to win, not if or buts, they’re in it,” Papa Joe said. “We’re going to have a lot more people coming in to get this done.”
One of Papa Joe’s customers happens to be a bartender at The Reef located next door, and says they are preparing for a huge watch party Sunday afternoon.
“Oh gosh during the Cardinals games we have anywhere from 100 to 150 people in here, jam packed, no place to sit, sometimes standing room only,” David Daoudi said.
At Just Sports in the Chandler Fashion Center, jerseys and hats are just some of the items flying off the shelves.
“Larry Fitzgerald is awfully popular right now,” store manager Dusty Volner said. "The Red Sea is coming out and we’re seeing lots of Cardinals fans of all ages.”
Everyone is hoping for a big win against the Panthers to keep the momentum (and the cash flow) going as long as possible.