Osborne Jewelers

Osborne Jewelers celebrates its 30th anniversary in the West Valley.

Do you remember what Goodyear and the West Valley was like in 1990?

If you do, you might recall the launch of a jewelry store ... which is still in business.

Congratulations to Joanne and Ken Osborne and all at Osborne Jewelers, celebrating 30 years of doing business in the West Valley.

Osborne Jewelers has grown to a staff of six full-time jewelers and a horologist (watch repairman).

The husband-and-wife team of Ken and Joanne Osborne are active at the store. Ken is a gemologist, custom design specialist and appraiser. 

Joanne works behind the scenes for the business taking care of the marketing, inventory and finance. She is active in the community on the board of directors for the Abrazo West Hospital and the Homeless Youth Connection.

Osborne Jewelers is at 15350 W. McDowell Road, Goodyear. For more information, call 623-925-1815 or visit osbornejewelersinc.com.

This month is a double celebration for Joanne Osborne: She was just reelected to represent State District 13.

• Another business hopes to celebrate its 30th anniversary ... in 2050.

Goodyear’s Andrew Dana just opened First Step Gun Essentials, a garage-based business he hopes to expand.

An Air Force veteran and pilot, he was furloughed the day after the birth of his first child on the same day the lockdowns were announced.

Ouch.

Hearing about lines at gun stores during the COVID-19 pandemic, with many first-time buyers, a light bulb went off ...

“Our mission is to simplify the process for responsible firearms ownership,” he said. “Our vision is to promote safety and confidence for new and experienced shooters alike.”

First Step Gun Essential’s goal is to simplify access to training by providing ready to go range kits. FSGE sells kits, bags, holsters and other gun gear.

“We want to encourage individuals to get the best training and education possible. We believe that being able to defend yourself is empowering and brings added peace,” Dana said.

For more information, visit firststepgunessentials.com or call 253-381-4423.

• On a larger scale, Stevens-Leinweber Construction will lead a 153,721-square-foot tenant improvement for MiTek that will bring new jobs and expand MiTek’s footprint to over 400,000 square feet.

The new MiTek building will add to the company’s existing presence at Tolleson Corporate Park with an adjacent facility featuring new Class A office and distribution space.

“Tolleson is experiencing tremendous industrial growth, with even more opportunity on the drawing board,” said SLC Director of New Construction Erik Powell.

 In addition to office space, the construction will add a “state-of-the-art” dock loading facility.

MiTek is a global supplier of services and products to the construction sector. The company currently operates at 7890 W. Lincoln Street. Its second building will be at 7506 W. Lincoln Street.

SLC began improvements this month with completion and MiTek move-in expected in February.