Hello! And welcome back to Business Briefcase. This week we’re going to talk about the many small businesses throughout the state that are finding ways to keep their doors open. Some West Valley residents have even turned their hobbies into careers within the past year. Here’s a look at local businesses you can support, updates on menus, and answers to questions from our readers.
• Alashaholic LLC: owned and operated by Angelica Rico.
The 22-year-old runs her eyelash extension business from her Tolleson home. Since graduating with her associate degree in 2020, Rico committed to her business full time. In October 2020, Rico was named No. 22 on the Phoenix entrepreneur list. Rico has grown a loyal client base and has over 3,000 followers on her business page.
“When you support a small business like mine, you’re supporting a person’s dream,” she said. For more information or to book an appointment, follow
@alashaholic_ on Instagram.
• Arizona Wedding Photographer: owned and operated by Celeste Carbajal.
The Buckeye native turned her love for photography into a career two years ago. Carbajal said she enjoys the ability to document moments and unforgettable experiences that allow her clients to relive their best day ever. “You’re hiring someone who is going to cry behind her camera during your vows; gather your crazy, fun bridal party together; capture your sweet moments with family; and congratulate you every chance I get,” she said. For more information or to book an event, visit celestecarbajal.com.
• Hermanas Crumb Company: owned and operated by Esmeralda and Christy Romero.
The sister duo always seemed to be the life of the party, as they were the ones to bring homemade sweet treats to family gatherings. In 2020, the sisters decided to share their passion with the world. The extravagant cookies, cakes and treats are perfect for any birthday party, graduation, baby shower or celebration. “We have the support of our family and friends and wish to garner the support of the community on our mission to expand what is now just a part-time business. We hope to eventually commit 100% of our time doing what we love, baking and creating together. We truly believe in supporting small businesses, especially those within our own community. So please make sure to support Hermanas Crumb Company and place your order today, because our baked goods are delicioso till the last crumb,” the Romero sisters said. For more information or to place an order, visit their Instagram page
In other news…
• Fry’s Food Stores in Buckeye.
A reader inquired about the approximate opening date of Fry’s on West Indian School and North 195th Avenue in Buckeye. According to a Fry’s representative, at this time there is not an opening date. Please check Business Briefcase for updates.
• P.F. Chang’s.
Sad to see some of your favorite menu items go? You’re in luck. Holiday menu items including Korean bulgogi lettuce wraps and miso butter lobster dumplings will remain on the menu and are available for dine-in and to-go orders. P.F. Chang’s is also celebrating Lunar New Year with new menu items, including the Fire & Ice dessert and the Red Lantern cocktail. New menu items can be enjoyed now through March 30.