Bella Luna Ristorante

"Bella Luna Ristorante, 14175 W. Indian School Road, Suite A4, underwent some renovations a few months back"

Hello, readers! Welcome back to Business Briefcase. Though I’m sure I say this often, this week is bound be a great one, as I have developments spanning the entire Southwest Valley, and even some areas not yet included.

From openings in Tonopah, Laveen and West Phoenix — the latter within a block of Tolleson and Avondale businesses — to construction in Buckeye, recent renovations in Goodyear, events in Litchfield Park and Avondale, and the highly anticipated return of a popular, spooky pop-up shop, there’s much to discuss as we sift through the Business Briefcase. Here’s the news!

First, let’s start in a part of the Valley that’s often underrepresented. Tonopaws, a swim center and dock-diving facility for dogs, is open in Tonopah. This way-out-west North American Diving Dogs-sanctioned facility has a 40-foot-by-45-foot pool and dock, and offers services such as assisted swimming, self swimming and dock-diving activities. It is at 227 S. 348th Avenue. Go south on 348th Avenue from Van Buren Street to reach it. For more information or to schedule some lessons for your pooch, visit or find it on Facebook @tonopaws.

A bit farther east from Tonopah, in Buckeye, a reader inquired about construction at the southeast corner of Watson Road and Sundance Avenue. Well, according to information provided by the city, this is a medical office building, which is 2/3 leased to a dental practice. The final 1/3 has not been taken yet. Still no word on if the dental practice is ready to be disclosed, but I will keep at it.

Continuing, if the season hasn’t signified it, the recent release of “It: Chapter Two” sure will. Fall is approaching, and with it comes Halloween. Now, Spirit Halloween stores are popping up all over the Valley. One is open in the former Office Max at 850 S. Watson Road, Buckeye, and another is next to BevMo at 15389 W. McDowell Road, Goodyear. A third Southwest Valley location is planned to open behind Applebee’s at 13800 W. McDowell Road, Suites 200-201, Goodyear, on Saturday, September 14. Freddy, Jason, Pinhead, The Tall Man, Pennywise — whoever your costume of choice may be, whatever makeup you may need and whatever décor you seek, there are aisles upon aisles of spooky merch at these seasonal pop-up shops. For more information, visit

Then, Goodyear staple Bella Luna Ristorante, 14175 W. Indian School Road, Suite A4, underwent some renovations a few months back, which have yet to be highlighted in the Briefcase. According to owner/chef Sam Billelo, the Italian restaurant underwent a 20-year facelift including redone interior walls and bathrooms, changes to the patio, a small upgrade to the bar area and the replacement of its air conditioner as well as nearly half its kitchen equipment. These changes, he said, make the restaurant more casual and comfortable. The restaurant also has a seasonal menu and $5 happy hour now. Still in the summer period, Billelo anticipates moving into the next season sometime in the next month or so. Bella Luna is southwest of Litchfield and Indian School roads. For more information on the restaurant, its menu and its happy hour, visit

Moving along, infectious disease practice eInfectionMD opened three new clinics in the Valley — one in West Phoenix, one in Glendale and the last in Scottsdale. Founded by Dr. Madhu K. Murthy in July 2018, the practice is growing rapidly. It allows in-office visits and can treat patients online via a secure video platform. The West Phoenix location is at 9520 W. Palm Lane, Suite 150-A, at the Loop 101 and McDowell Road. For more information, visit or find it on Facebook or Twitter @einfectionmd.

Elsewhere, in Laveen, which is not usually covered in the West Valley View, Sprouts is open. The new farmers market offers fresh, natural and organic foods. This 30,000-square-foot Laveen location is at 7700 S. 59th Avenue, off Baseline Road. Taste of Sprouts is set for Saturday, September 14, when guests can sample popular, trending natural and organic products. Visit for more information.

Up next, Larry H. Miller Dealerships is partnering with Safe Kids, Child Crisis Arizona and local first responders for its fifth annual Keys to Car Safety campaign. Two Avondale locations are involved — Larry H. Miller Dodge Ram Avondale, 10101 W. Papago Freeway, from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, September 28; and Larry H. Miller Volkswagen Avondale, 10205 W. Papago Freeway, from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, October 12 — in the free, public events. The campaign provides safety education and hands-on assistance from certified child passenger safety technicians regarding proper car seat installation.

Finally, Christian Brothers Automotive in Litchfield Park plans to hold Service Day from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 19. During this special day, Christian Brothers Automotive will help special needs families — by doing complimentary oil changes and basic inspections focused on safety items and fluids. There will also be snack opportunities, face painting, car washes, bounce houses and games. Christian Brothers Automotive is at 12337 W. Camelback Road, Litchfield Park, at the southwest corner of El Mirage and Camelback roads. For more information, contact co-owner Lisa Hassenger at

That’s all the briefs for this week! Stay tuned for more Avondale, Buckeye, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Laveen that are already on deck. Thanks for reading!

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