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Feb
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Business Briefcase: February 24, 2015

Rachel TrottFirst of all, I received lots of awesome responses about LASIK surgery last week. I’m still waiting for my poor little eyesight to stabilize enough to make the appointment, but everyone’s input has certainly helped me plan, so thank you for reaching out. I’ll know sometime this summer if I have the green light to go under the knife. (Laser beam?)

Tue
17
Feb
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Business Briefs: February 17, 2015

RE/MAX in Avondale announces 2 new hires

RE/MAX real estate company has received two new professionals. Christy Medina and Brittany Brown have joined the company at the Avondale office.

Local cotton farmers elected to NCC

Tue
17
Feb
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Business Briefcase: February 17, 2015

Rachel TrottThis week’s Briefcase is unintentionally Goodyear themed. Next week, I will try to spread the love out to other cities, but in the meantime, this is just how the press releases and news fell. I hope you Buckeyers, Avondalians, Tollesonians and Litchfield Parkers can hang tight until then.

First up, Katie’s Oasis assisted living facility recently opened at 16427 W. Watkins St. in Goodyear, just east of 165th Avenue.

Tue
10
Feb
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Business Briefcase: February 10, 2015

Let’s quickly start with some redemption for my past reporting errors.

After my snafu last December, I’m happy to report that the Blue Daisy Day Spa, Salon and Boutique and Barbershop on Main are now open at 21029 W. Main St. in Buckeye, west of Village Street.

Both businesses are owned by husband-and-wife team Craig and Emily Guincho of Utah, where they owned a chain of salons. They now live in Verrado.

“It’s taken a journey of two years and 2,000 miles to bring The Blue Daisy and Barbershop to life,” Craig wrote in a statement. “Life in Utah was great, but the distance separating us from my parents in California was too much. We made a conscious decision to move our families closer together.”

Tue
03
Feb
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Business Briefcase: February 3, 2015

Howdy, Briefcasers. This weekend has been busy for me and my family. My husband is about to leave on a year-long short tour with the Air Force, so we’ve been packing him up and trying to complete some “honey do” things on our list (who am I kidding? Things on my list. Thanks, honey.)

Now, this doesn’t have a whole lot to do with business, but I am shamelessly and perhaps selfishly asking for some good thoughts our way.

Back to business. I think WinCo is officially the most asked about business I’ve ever encountered while writing Business Briefcase. News of the Idaho-based grocer maybe, possibly coming to Goodyear on the southwest corner of PebbleCreek Parkway and McDowell Road first surfaced about a year ago.

The public’s excitement for it is probably accentuated by the only nearby grocery store (Bashas’) closing not too long ago.

Tue
27
Jan
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Business Briefcase: January 27, 2015

Hey there, Briefcasers. Hopefully the first month of 2015 has treated everyone well.

First up, Imagination Childcare opened earlier this month in Suite B112 at 5220 N. Dysart Road on unincorporated county land.

That’s just south of Colter Street in the Litchfield Park zip code.

The childcare center provides childcare and preschool for children as young as 6 weeks old all the way up to 5 years old, owner Trish Rosenthal said.

Each age group has its own room, including a room for preschool-aged learning.

“It’s the difference between childcare, we’re not babysitting, we have a strong curriculum for the kids,” Rosenthal said. “[Our teachers] meet or exceed all the state requirements. We have teachers who have taught pre-kindergarten, and teachers who have taught kindergarten.”

Imagination Childcare’s curriculum includes the Math Their Way program and Zoo-phonics, which is a multi-sensory language arts program.

Tue
20
Jan
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Business Briefs: January 20, 2015

SRP receives highest customer rank in the west

In a report issued Jan. 14 by J.D. Power, Salt River Project ranked highest in customer satisfaction for business electric service among large electricity providers in the West Region for the second consecutive year — the fifth time in the last six years SRP has been ranked highest in the study

SRP’s overall customer satisfaction index was 741 out of a possible 1,000 points in the 2015 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study. SRP ranked highest in the West in all six customer satisfaction factors: power quality and reliability, billing and payment, corporate citizenship, price, communications and customer service.

Tue
20
Jan
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Business Briefcase: January 20, 2015

Last week, I told all y’all about Hanna’s Original Italian Ice opening in Suite A5 at 14130 W. Indian School Road, west of Litchfield Road in Goodyear.

I had a chance to catch up with one of the owners, Jeff Lawson, a few days ago to get some more information and its hours of operation.

Lawson owns the ice shop with his wife, Stephanie. The couple moved from Illinois to the Valley to open the frozen ice business.

“My wife’s parents, my in-laws were in the Italian ice business. They had one named Stephanie’s, so we continued the trend out here where it makes sense because of the heat,” Lawson said.

Like Stephanie’s parents, the Lawsons also continued the tradition of naming their business after their daughter, Hanna.

Hanna’s Ice serves about 16 flavors of Italian ice every day, plus six rotating specialty flavors such as birthday cake, eggnog and pear.

Tue
13
Jan
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Business Briefcase: January 13, 2015

Rachel TrottHola, Briefcasers!

As of this past weekend, I’m now back in the U.S. and ready to bring you some business news. The world is big and beautiful, but nothing beats coming home (and the West Valley makes a great home).

Tue
13
Jan
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Business Briefs - January 13, 2015

W.V. Hospital Trauma Program manager named to ENA board

Tiffiny Strever, West Valley Hospital’s Trauma Program manager, has been appointed to the Emergency Nurses Association’s national board.

Strever, who began her two-year term Jan. 1, is the liaison to Delaware, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. She will assist those states with various issues and will speak at conferences.

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