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Business Briefcase

Hello, readers! Are any of you out there mead enthusiasts? Because the first item on today’s agenda may pique your interest.

Scale and Feather Meadery’s public opening is set for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, when the business will enact its regular business hours: 4:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Eight different meads — broken down in its simplest form as honey, water and yeast — will be available in 2-oz. tasting flights, 4-oz. full pours for traditional strengths and 12-oz. options for sessions. Bottles aren’t available yet. The meadery also offers unisex shirt designs and women’s tank tops. Also available for purchase are 5-oz. branded glasses.

Scale and Feather Meadery is at 1050 N. Fairway Drive, Building E, Suite 112, Avondale, between Van Buren Street and I-10. For more information, find it on Facebook @scaleandfeathermead or visit its website,

Over in a different industry — and locale — international real estate firm Hines announced plans for a new storage facility in Litchfield Park. The 96,000-square-foot, Class A storage facility is set to break ground next month, with construction completion planned by the end of the year. The 673-unit facility will be on 4.2 acres in a mixed-use development at the southeast corner of Camelback and Dysart roads. It will be air conditioned and feature amenities such as conference rooms, security systems enhanced by artificial intelligence, a fully automated rental process and personalized access. Pennsylvania-based national operator CubeSmart will manage the day-to-day operations of the facility, which was designed by RKAA of Phoenix.

“Class A self-storage facilities are desirable amenities for upscale residential areas,” said Chris Anderson, senior managing director and Arizona leader for Hines. “Building self-storage projects continues our desire to diversify our portfolio.”

Luis Castellanos, director of Hines’ Self-Storage Platform, added, “These facilities provide a convenient, clean and secure alternative for people safe-guarding their belongings outside of the home. They also help accommodate small businesses that need flexible storage space near their customers.”

Hines is also the owner of Goodyear Crossing II, a “Class A” industrial warehouse in — you guessed it — Goodyear.

On a different note, and for those of you perhaps looking to open a new business or build from the ground up, Avondale will implement new building construction codes on July 1. Codes to be implemented, as adopted by city council this spring, are the 2018 international building, residential, fuel gas, plumbing, mechanical, energy conservation and existing building codes and the 2017 national electric code.

Plans designed to the new codes may be submitted prior to the effective date. After July 1, plans submitted must be designed to the new codes.

Updated building codes are a regular process, with the city of Avondale periodically updating them to stay current with industry standards, be consistent with building regulations of neighboring jurisdictions and promote safe and healthy construction throughout the city.

To find the amendment package, visit

For more information, contact the Avondale development and engineering services department’s building safety division at 623-333-4005 or

Rounding out with one more for good measure, T&T Bakery Sandwiches has finally opened. If you’re no stranger to Business Briefcase, you should be no stranger to T&T, who we at the Briefcase have been anticipating since last year. Because we haven’t gone in depth on what exactly you can expect to eat at this bakery, here are a few categories: pastries, sandwiches, coffee and smoothies. And whether you select the T&T Special Rolls or a French baguette, or maybe even an apple pie or chocolate frappe, prices are affordable. They range from $0.65 for bread rolls to $8.75 for items like grilled pork with rice. T&T is at 560 N. Estrella Parkway, Suite B13, north of the northwest corner of Van Buren Street and Estrella Parkway. Stop by or visit it on Facebook, @tandtbakerysandwiches, to view more of the menu or find additional information.

That’s all the briefs for this week. Thanks for reading!

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