Hello, readers! Welcome back to Business Briefcase. This week, I have some new and “old” developments to share. In addition to a new fun park for kids, I have some updates on businesses you may have seen me mention in past columns. Additionally, a monthly business-building workshop at a Goodyear library is returning.
But, with much going on in the area, don’t fret if you don’t see me mention something. As always, keep the suggestions coming, and if you’ve already suggested something, it’s likely still on my radar. Stay tuned for more developments, openings and events in the coming weeks’ columns. But, in the meantime, here’s the news!
First, Uptown Jungle will open its doors to the Avondale community this September. The multi-level fun park features rock/wall climbing, giant slides, an obstacle course, a zip line, a ninja course, a ball blaster arena and more. It is aimed at toddlers or even teens all the way up to 14. This marks the seventh location of Uptown Jungle, which also has spots in Peoria, Chandler and Mesa, all the way to California and Nevada. The Avondale location is at 1725 N. Dysart Road, northeast of McDowell and Dysart roads. Stay tuned for a feature-length story in the coming weeks. For more information, visit avondale.uptownjungle.com or find it on Facebook @uptownjungleavondale.
Next up, many of you are likely already aware, but Portillo’s opened recently in Avondale. The West Valley-via-Chicago eatery is famed for its hot dogs, beef sandwiches and much more. Other Valley locations are in Tempe and Scottsdale — as well as an outpost at Chase Field.
The 1950s- and 1960s-themed diner is located off McDowell Road, north of I-10 and east of 107th Avenue. In addition to indoor seating, it has an outdoor patio and a double-lane drive-thru. It is in the vicinity of Main Event and a Starbucks. For more information, visit portillos.com/avondale.
Moving along, Off the Hook Meat Shop — which I mentioned a few weeks ago — had a slight delay, but is now open at 14960 W. Indian School Road, Suite 380. A grand opening event is set for 10 a.m. Friday, August 23.
The city’s first butcher shop, Off the Hook is at the northeast corner of Indian School Road and Wigwam Boulevard. For more information, find it on Facebook @offthehookaz.
Finally, Goodyear Branch Library’s monthly Business Builders meet-up is returning. This month’s free gathering is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, at 14455 W. Van Buren Street, Suite C-102 (In Building C, adjacent to the library). Guest speaker Mario M. Columbia, CEO and president of Sustainability Business Consulting, will speak on how guests can develop the keys to successful sustainability entrepreneurship.
Beyond Columbia, time is allotted for each entrepreneur to give a 30-second introduction, and an hour for a networking and business mixer.
Attendance is free, but space is limited. Light refreshments will be provided, and it is recommended that guests bring business cards. For more information or to RSVP, visit developgoodyearaz.com/resources/innovationhub/business-builder.
The InnovationHub is a partnership between the city of Goodyear, Entrepreneurship + Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Maricopa County Library District, that — in addition to Business Builders — offers free resources like one-on-one business mentoring and the ASU Startup School.
That’s all the briefs for this week! Thanks for reading!
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