Hello, readers! Thanks for turning the page to Business Briefcase. I’ll waste no time dilly dallying, and instead get right down to the details. But first, I should mention I hear a lot is going on in Buckeye! And while I don’t have the specifics to confirm some developments just yet, I hope to mention some new ones as well as offer progress updates on ones previously covered soon!
In the meantime, today’s agenda includes a relocated business in Litchfield Park, a new wing spot in Tolleson, and then a couple award-related topics in Goodyear and Avondale. Here’s the news!
First, Small Goods Market recently relocated from the Grand Avenue Arts District to Purple Elephant Cakes in Litchfield Park. A coffee bar and local goods market, it sells items made by local arts, craftspeople and food producers out of the small, West Valley bakery. Items include Beehave Raw Local Honey, Tío Bens Coffee, Süss Pastries confections, candles, artwork and jewelry. The full-service coffee bar includes espresso, cold brew, iced tea, handcrafted lemonade and more. Military and first responders receive a 15% discount.
“We rented out the retail space, which allowed us to expand our coffee business and reach a growing part of the Valley,” said Paul Bratcher, who co-owns the shop with Benny Dixson. “This also allowed Purple Elephant to accept more cake orders since they no longer have to work the front counter during the day.
“Moving to Litchfield Park and sharing space with Purple Elephant has been an awesome experience for us so far. We’re super happy to be here.”
Purple Elephant Cakes and, now, Small Goods Market, are located at 13331 W. Indian School Road, Suite 202, right off Osborn Road. For more information, find it on Facebook @smallgoodsmarket.
Moving along, The Buffalo Spot opened in Tolleson recently. With other locations in Phoenix, Tempe and Tucson, this is the first for the West Valley. The Long Beach-based franchise features sauces from mild to atomic hot, Cajun to teriyaki, sweet and sour to honey BBQ, garlic parmesan to lemon pepper, and chipotle to Jamaican jerk. Boneless and bone-in wings are available, as are tenders. And bread sticks, French fries, onion rings and veggie sticks are available as sides. Even salads, wraps and shakes are on deck. Stop in and spice up your day at 9897 W. McDowell Road, Suite 550, at the southeast corner of McDowell Road and 99th Avenue. For more information, visit thebuffalospot.com/arizona/tolleson.
Then, skilled nursing facility and Genesis HealthCare affiliate Estrella Center, 350 E. LaCanada Boulevard, Avondale, received the American Health Care Association’s and National Center for Assisted Living’s Bronze — Commitment to Quality Award. The award will be presented at the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living 70th Convention & Expo in Orlando, Florida, from October 13 through October 16. Moving forward, Estrella Center can now pursue the subsequent Silver — Achievement in Quality Award. Estrella Center is west of Fourth Street and north of La Canada Boulevard. For more information, contact 623 932-2282 or visit genesishcc.com/estrella.
Finally, Dawn Baker of Goodyear, a meat/seafood merchandiser for Fry’s Food Stores, was recognized as one of Progressive Grocer magazine’s Top Women in Grocery. Baker, who previously received this award in 2017, is one of three Fry’s leaders on the local level to receive this national award for 2019. Those recognized display exceptional achievements in and out of the office. Baker will be formally recognized at the magazine’s awards gala in November in Orlando, Florida.
That’s all the briefs for this week! Stay tuned for next week! Thanks for reading!
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