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Greetings, readers! It’s a good day to live in the Valley, and with it comes plenty of great new happenings. From that Del Taco it seems like we’ve been waiting on forever, to a new treatment center for those with behavioral or substance abuse issues, even to the InnovationHub’s events, there’s no shortage of business news this week. So let’s get down to the details!

First, let’s get a long-awaited one out of the way. The Del Taco I mentioned back in December is open. It is located at 1901 N. Pebble Creek Parkway, Goodyear, within The Market at Estrella Falls, at the northeast corner of McDowell Road and Pebble Creek Parkway. When I last mentioned it, no official opening date was confirmed, but it celebrated its arrival to the West Valley with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring city officials like Mayor Georgia Lord at the end of January. For more information on Del Taco, visit

Moving along, Harmony Health & Wellness plans to open in mid-March, according to Kelly Stone, development coordinator. Located at 5220 N. Dysart Road, Building C, Litchfield Park, it will hold a grand opening/open house event first, however. That event – which Stone said will feature refreshments, food, door prizes and raffles – is 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 22. The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce will cut the ribbon at 3:15 p.m.

Stone classified the new West Valley outpatient rehabilitation agency as “intensive.” According to Stone, its focus is on the mental health side of counseling and therapy, but those with substance abuse issues are also supported. There is a 24/7 crisis service, as well as individual and group counseling, among other services. According to its website, it offers physical and behavioral health services, and life skills, education and vocational training. According to Stone, it also has a small gym and a kitchen with a chef.

“Part of treating the mind is treating the body as well,” Stone said. “So we’re going to focus on the person as a whole and really making sure their individual needs are being met, because even if people have a very similar diagnosis they still need to have a unique approach that’s going to help them positively move forward in their life.”

For more information, visit or contact Stone at

“We’re very excited to get started and open up and see how things go and help as many people as we can,” Stone said. “As our slogan says: ‘Changing lives one day at a time.’”

Also this spring, Splash Rite Swim School is poised to reopen March 1, according to owner Carlotta Knox. Though not technically a new business, she said the swim school, which is based at Palm Valley Community Center, 14145 W. Palm Valley Boulevard, Goodyear, is only open seasonally. As temperatures are rising and the weeks are rolling on by, it’s just about that time of year again. The community center is north of McDowell Road and west of Litchfield Road. For more information on swim programs, pricing and more, visit or email

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, February 19, at 14455 W. Van Buren Street, Suite C-102 (In Building C, adjacent to the library). Guest speaker Gregory Bullock, who is a marketing manager for TheraSpecs, will speak on digital marketing. Beyond Bullock, 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

The InnovationHub is a partnership between the city of Goodyear, Entrepreneurship + Innovation at 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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