Hello and welcome back to Business Briefcase! This week we are going to highlight two businesses that have been part of the West Valley community for more than 10 years. The next time you’re looking for a bite to eat, a cup of coffee or searching for a new dentist, make sure to check out these loyal businesses that have been vital to the community’s growth.
Owner: Dr. Sam Thomas
and Dr. Tracy Thomas
This husband-and-wife dental team have been part of the West Valley since 2006, when their business was built in Litchfield Park. Since the pair opened their doors 15 years ago, Dr. Tracy Thomas said their revenue has increased by about 15%. In addition to the business’ success, she said being West Valley residents has been one of her favorite parts of their journey.
“It has a small-town feel. It feels like there’s maybe two to three degrees of separation between everyone that I meet here,” Thomas said.
“And raising a family is the greatest part, because it feels like my kids are going to be taken care of by people that I know.”
This family-owned business continues to welcome existing and new patients.
“Any dollar that gets spent at our office goes directly back into the West Valley community. We’re really a mom and pop, and you have access to us since we live in the area. We love living here, and we love working here,” she said. Dysart Dental can be found at 5220 N. Dysart Road, Suite 160. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit dysartdental.com or call 623-935-0500.
Owner: Ian Harwell
This bar, restaurant and coffee spot is the perfect place to visit when searching for dinner plans or just looking to grab something on the go. Ground Control has been part of the West Valley community since 2007, when Sean and Tara Rassas opened the business in Goodyear.
In 2012, Ground Control relocated to Litchfield Park to expand its kitchen by offering wood-fired pizzas and expanding the draft beer selection from six taps to a rotating 27 taps. In 2019, Sean and Tara handed over ownership to Ian Harwell. Under new ownership, 2020 initially looked to bring challenges for Ground Control, as the pandemic caused many businesses to suffer. However, Harwell said, thanks to the community, they were able to thrive and find success despite COVID-19.
“Our future seemed bleak when the pandemic and mandatory shutdown first occurred, but the outpouring of support we received was beyond amazing,” Harwell said. “The support of our loyal customers is the driving force as to why we are still operating today.”
Ground Control offers coffee that is roasted in-house; craft beer; gelato made in-house; and a new weekend brunch menu featuring chilaquiles and their fan favorite Nashville hot chicken offered in regular hot, extra hot or crazy hot in either a sandwich or tenders. Above all, Harwell said he is thankful for the community’s continuous support.
“Being a part of the community to us means bringing quality, hand-crafted eats and amazing craft beer to our local patrons and making them proud to support a Litchfield Park small business,” he said. Ground Control is located at 4860 N. Litchfield Road. For more information, visit groundxcontrol.com or call 623-535-9066.