JD Ranch is definetely off the beated path...for now. Your best bet for shopping is going to be the Rita Ranch area. Take I-10 west and exit north on Houghton road. There are shopping centers a few miles north. There is a Home Depot and Walmart projected for the area near the freeway off Houghton. There are some decent restaurants, mexican food, ice cream, etc. in the Vail area north of I-10 off of Exit 279. Try Montgomery's for burgers and sandwiches. The clubhouse, Hacienda Del Lago, near the Del Lago golf course has a nicer, more expensive menu, and wonderful breakfast! There is a Walgreens open in Vail now, and a Safeway anchored shopping center is in our near future. As for what's up and coming, you are going to have a huge commercial/shopping center under construction very close to you. Have you heard of the Passages Of Tucson? See link below. This is a very intriguing, unique concept! There will eventually be all kinds of businesses at this site, but it may take several years. Real estate in your area is substancially less than in some areas closer to town due to the fact that some of the creature comforts are still in the works. Be patient and make due for now. I hope you enjoy your new home. Take care!