Liberty utilities

Liberty utilities has a new facility in Litchfield Park.

Finally!

After much talk of industrial projects going up around the West Valley (“farm-to-warehouse”), big land deals and large-scale employer news, we have a new, small business aimed at local residents.

Amazing Lash Studio is opening Dec. 18 at 530 N. Estrella Parkway, Suite C-4, Goodyear.

If you walk into the store and think you’re seeing double, it’s not the holiday eggnog.

Leslie Philp is one of the owners of this unique family affair: “My twin sister Lindsey and I have spent the last four-plus years building a brand as influencers and wardrobe stylists (@style.twiins) before going into business with our mother in the beauty industry.”

This very-West Valley business (“We are members of the Buckeye Chamber of Commerce as well as the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce”) prepped for the big opening by taking part in the Dec. 5 Sangria and Shop event in Buckeye.

The “Lash family” is led by Susanne Ingram, mother of the style twins, who has been a businesswoman since her daughters were young.

 Lindsey Philp had an extensive background in the medical field before she graduated from Esthetics School at the Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics in 2017. 

Leslie Philp brings a public relations and marketing background, as she graduated from the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2014.

Liberty, the utility company, is moving its administration and customer service to a new facility at 14920 W. Camelback Road, Litchfield Park.

The new facility will be powered by 682 solar panels covering 14,792 square feet around the property, and batteries have been installed to store energy for use during nongenerating times. In addition, electric vehicle charging stations are available for employees and customers, promoting the use of zero- and near-zero-emission cars.

It’s a very “green scene,” with water use efficiencies and outdoor landscaping including plants that are drought tolerant and adapted to the desert climate. These plants are watered with treated recycled water from the Palm Valley Water Reclamation Facility. 

And a “pollinator garden” was constructed with 300 Arizona pollinator-friendly plants. Pollinators are essential for helping to increase food production, biodiversity, and supporting the overall health of ecosystems. 

Additional sustainable practices include LED lighting, skylights and solar lighting tubes to reduce the amount of energy consumed.

“We hope this type of sustainable building will be a model for future development and construction in Arizona,” said David Heighway, director of engineering for Liberty Arizona.

A staff of around 70 will work at the new building.

Christopher and Janis Welsh paid $9.3 million for property and buildings at Estrella Parkway and Elliott Road in north Goodyear. The main tenant there is Walgreens.

• Right across Litchfield Road from the office of your favorite weekly newspaper, Platinum Self Storage spent just under $2 million to buy a former Goodwill store.