Those who want their homes cleaned can simply sing out:
Louie Picazo Jr. is the owner of the family-based business Home Cleaning Centers of America at 303 W. Van Buren Street, Suite 101, Avondale; 623-248-1928.
You can say Picazo graduated from the School of Hard Knocks before starting his professional career.
He was born and raised in East Los Angeles and dropped out of school before eventually deciding education was for him after all.
He obtained a GED, then earned an undergraduate degree from University of Phoenix in business and marketing. He didn’t stop there, winning a scholarship to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he studied franchise management.
Since, Picazo has owned several insurance and franchise businesses, settling into Goodyear 20 years ago to raise a family.
His latest business is a Home Cleaning Centers of America franchise.
“Home Cleaning Centers of America prides itself of bringing quality home cleaning services to their customers, and we strive for long-term partnerships with our customers,” he said.
He stressed it’s not a “one bottle fits all” cleaning company: “Our cleaning services are not the same, and our cleaning products are OSHA approved for the protection of your family, pets and our crew members. “
Picazo offers a free in-home consultation. “We take into consideration the three elements of your home, stones, woods and metals. We then consider the contents and the square footage of your home and build a cleaning plan that fits your home.”
He likes the slogan of Home Cleaning Centers of America: “Happiness … is a clean home.”
• Sushi in the desert!
Stay tuned for details on “an event with free sushi” as Washington-based Trapper’s Sushi plans its first Arizona restaurant in Avondale.
According to Trapper’s Sushi marketing guru Melanie Koch, “We are hiring 45 employees for front and back of the house. Arizonians interested in working for Trapper’s can apply on at trapperssushi.com/careers.”
The Avondale location is 2,800 square feet featuring an all-you-can-eat sushi bar and 40-person patio at 10321 W. McDowell Road — in front of Main Event.
Register for the “soft opening” event slated for Feb. 27 at trapperssushi.com/avondale.
“I am super excited to share my brand with Avondale. I have been in business for over 16 years and have grown to 11 Trapper’s Sushi locations and another burger concept. I have always thought that AZ would be a great place to expand and create opportunities for employees,”said Trapper O’Keeffe, CEO/founder.
• Sweet tooth, anyone?
Soda Bomb — the spot for soda floats and baked-here cookies — is open at 633 S. Estrella Parkway, Suite 115, Goodyear.
After launching in the food truck business, local owner Scott Knight opened Soda Bomb in December in the Shops at Serafina on Estrella Parkway and Goodyear Boulevard.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
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For weekly specials, check facebook.com/sodabombaz.