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West Valley View, Avondale, Arizona, Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Business Briefcase

by Rich Ott assistant editor

Hello everyone. Hopefully, you all had a splendid Memorial Day by honoring all the men and women who died protecting and serving this great nation we live in. Freedom comes at a steep price. OK, let’s get to the businesses at hand this week. First up is additional information about a business Mr. Briefcase previously mentioned was open. Rex’s Saloon, 24202 W. Highway 85 in Buckeye, has been open since Feb. 7. That’s the building that once housed Club Via’s and the Alibi Club. Sue Morse remembers the latter for she worked at the Alibi Club from 1986 to 1992. Well, she’s back as the day bartender at Rex’s Saloon.

“I’m back where I started,” she told Mr. Briefcase May 24. Back, too, are the spirits as the establishment serves every kind of alcoholic beverage you can imagine. While no food is offered, they do allow patrons to take food to the bar.

Tafoya said.

Other services offered by Buckeye Medical Center are ultrasounds, most laboratory work, bone density screenings and coming soon, X-rays.

Hours at both locations are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with Saturday appointments available upon request. Moving on, let’s get to some “sad” news that isn’t as sad as it seems.

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Posted hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Elsewhere in town, Buckeye Medical Center at 213 E. Monroe Ave. opened a second location May 17 at 4252 N. Verrado Way, Suite 100. The four-year-old business now has a north and south

Buckeye location and Dr. Rohit Malhotra spends his days traveling between the two, office manager Jennifer Tafoya said.

There is a physician’s assistant at the Monroe location to help alleviate some of the doctor’s workload.

The internal medicine practice specializes in cardiology. Malhotra used to be part of Advanced Cardiac Solutions, the business that formerly operated out of the Monroe office. “With the extensive testing he is able to do here in the office, we have the ability to find heart problems early,”

tables. “We have a very nice clientele,” Morse said. And as long as they are in the bar, the doors remain open as the saloon doesn’t close until “the rose is dead,” she said.

The establishment also has a jukebox and two pool

he wanted to retire,” after running the business for 34 years, said Sharon Wilson, the school director and also one of its instructors for the past 26 years. Wilson has decided to retire, too. “Everybody is sad except for us,” she said. “It was a choice; [Mehlhorn] did well for years.” The school offered courses in cosmetology, nail technology, esthetics and how to become a cosmetology instructor. The school stopped accepting new enrollment last August when Mehlhorn decided to close the business after unsuccessfully trying to sell it for two years, Wilson said.

Owner and instructor Glen Mehlhorn “decided

experience working as dance instructors for national franchises, such as Fred Astaire Dance Studios, before branching off on their own. The brothers, who grew up in Denver but have lived in Arizona for 10 years, wanted to start a business with a “drop-in format that anyone can go to at anytime,” Travis said.

Maricopa Beauty College at 515 W. Western Ave. in Avondale is set to close July 1.

“That is the big difference,” Travis said. “We have no contracts.” Private lessons are available for many dances, including salsa, bachata, ballroom, swing, country, west coast, Argentine, tango, cha-cha, waltz, foxtrot and samba. Lessons will be taught by one of the studio’s five instructors and can be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The studio also offers drop-in nightly group classes, which has proven to be the company’s most popular program, Travis said.

At the time the school stopped accepting new students, it had 125 enrolled, so Mehlhorn wanted to keep it going until they all completed their course work, she said.

Most dance studios have “contracts” where the student signs up for a certain number of classes ahead of time, he said. At Dance Doctors, students pay for their lessons as they go.

The school is down to 16 students as of May 24, and all of them will complete their courses by June 30, she said. “All students will graduate out,” Wilson said. Perhaps the saddest thing about the upcoming closure is that Maricopa Beauty College was one of the last privately owned cosmetology schools around, Wilson said. Those remaining in the West Valley are all run by corporations, she said. Though few students remain, the college is still accepting customers for its students to work on from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Clients will be available to use the school for its services through June 23, she said. “We will miss the clients,” Wilson said. Moving on, this next business is all about you moving your feet.

two weeks ago at 650 N. 137th Ave. in Goodyear, which is just east of Litchfield Road. The company’s original studio is in Surprise and its second studio is in Gilbert. The 4-year-old business is the brainchild of brothers Travis and Christopher Lansford. They both got

Dance Doctors opened its third Arizona studio

“Most people are looking for something fun and social to do in the evening,” he said. For $7 a person, they can take a group class from 7 to 8 p.m. Currently the Goodyear location only has the nightly group classes every Tuesday (the waltz), Thursday (swing) and Friday (salsa). Eventually, every night from Monday through Saturday will be filled up with drop-in group classes, Travis said. “And everyone gets their first lesson [private or group] for free,” he said.

Coming soon to the Goodyear studio will be a Zumba class and dance parties. The latter is when they turn the 2,700-square-foot dance floor into a big party room for three hours. “It’s like social dancing in a practice environment,”

Travis said. “Getting everyone together for these parties, it is like practicing your social dancing in a controlled environment.” The studio’s complete schedule is available at Mr. Briefcase wants to finish this week by giving a big thank you to all of the readers who wrote in with your suggestions for where the Briefcase clan could find gluten-free pizza. You guys are too kind. And now you know what I know.

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