Business Briefcase

From left to right, Rupash Pudasaini, Wes Larson, Jana Dutton, Raman Khurana and Keagan Sweeney are the Litchfield Park Code Ninjas team. 

Hello, readers! This week I’ll welcome you back to the column just as I welcome a recurring anticipated business. A bike shop that has been in the works for quite a while has opened its doors in the Estrella area.

Similarly, please turn your focus to several other new openings, one related to coding and the other dance, along with a massive, 408-unit multifamily property sale. Here’s the news!

First, Copper State Bike & Hike is finally open. A new branch from Trek Bicycle Store of West Phoenix business partners Brian Abraham and Brandon van Leuven, it was originally slated to open in late April. It is located at 8175 S. Hillside Drive, Suite B, off Estrella Parkway, next to the Estrella Star Tower and as part of the Casa Lucero welcome/info center.

Van Leuven previously told the West Valley View the new Copper State demo store would differ from the showroom-style Trek. The new location is primarily targeted at bicycle enthusiasts looking to rent and test ride available biking technologies. According to its website, Copper State rents hardtail and full suspension mountain bikes, comfort bikes, e-bikes, cyclocross/gravel bikes, cruisers and road bikes. Customers in need of tune-ups or detailed services would be best suited to stop by Trek, 13810 W. Test Drive, van Leuven said.

For more information on either location, visit or find them on Facebook @trekbicyclewestphoenix.

Elsewhere, in Avondale, Aventura, a 408-unit multifamily property, sold for $65.4 million, or $160,294 per unit. Boston Capital is the seller and an institutional investment manager is the buyer. The sale was announced by Marcus & Millichap division Institutional Property Advisors.

For a different bit of news, Qaisar M. Odeh and Omar A. El-Mousa, owners of SERVPRO of Litchfield/West Phoenix, 1050 N. Fairway Drive, C-107, Avondale, received their parent company’s Director’s Silver award. Awards were handed out at Servpro’s 50th annual convention, this year themed “Making History” and held at the Sacramento Convention Center in California from June 24 through June 28. For more information on Odeh’s and El-Mousa’s SERVPRO branch, call 623-594-6033 or email

Over in Litchfield Park, Bravo Dance Family is now renting its own dedicated space, the opening of which will coincide with a grand-opening event with raffles and more from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Classes start Monday, August 5. Previously subleasing out of Little Sunbeams School, the studio offers a variety of courses, according to its website, from jazz/hip-hop to ballet, tumble, tap, creative and more. Classes are offered for kids ages 3 through 18, co-owner and office manager Anastacia Bravo-Robb told the West Valley View. Recitals and camps are held, too. Bravo Dance Family is at 5104 N. Dysart Road, Suite 108. For more information, visit or find it on Facebook @bravodancefamily.

Finally, also in Litchfield Park, Code Ninjas is up and running. At 13331 W. Indian School Road, Suite 203, Code Ninjas teaches children computer coding and problem-solving skills while building video games. Local business partners and franchisees — as well as PerfOpt Technologies and Immersive Teaching STEAM Academy cofounders — Jana Dutton and Raman Khurana plan to open locations in Goodyear and Peoria as well.

“Code Senseis” provide children ages 7 to 14 a fast-paced, but not self-taught, curriculum comprised of nine belts, effectively bringing STEM to karate. At “Belt-Up” celebrations, kids receive color-coded wristbands as they advance up the belt ladder. At program completion, kids publish an app in the app store. Flexible weeknight drop-in programs, camps, birthday parties and Parents Night Out events are other features. For more information, call 623-255-8954 or visit

That’s all the briefs for this week! Stay tuned for next week! Thanks for reading!

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