9 West Valley View, Avondale, Arizona, Tuesday, June 12, 2012
by Rich Ott assistant editor
Welcome, one and all to another installment of the West Valley View’s most beloved column. Pay no attention to the fact that it’s the only column in the paper. For those new to it, this column runs
every Tuesday and focuses on businesses coming to the area and those leaving. Unfortunately this week, we have quite
a few that have left. Let’s begin with Cowgirls Steakhouse and Saloon at 1733 N. Dysart Road in Avondale. There is a Notice of Business Closure from the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department
W. McDowell Road, Suite D1, also has a letter posted on its vacated business, only this one is a little more forthcoming. The letter, sent by the landlord’s attorney, states that the tenant had abandoned the site on or before March 21 and still owes more than $14,900 in rent. Another closure to report is Yamis’
on June 14, 2010, and Cowgirls opening on Sept. 19, 2011. Cowgirls was owned by Buckeye residents Al and Cathy Saleh. Elsewhere, Teaching Stuff at 13215
the building, located just north of McDowell Road on the east side of Dysart, doesn’t remain empty for as long as it has in the past. There was a 15-month gap between Cucina Tagliani closing
posted on the door with a May 29 date.
Arizona Frybread moved in and has been open for business since June 1 at the 8-year-old site, which is just south of Interstate 10 and east of Dysart. Arizona Frybread closed its former location, 425 W. Western Ave. in Avondale, on May 26, its owner Jesse Davis said. Less than a week later, Davis opened his “permanent home,” he told Mr. Briefcase. Davis viewed the Western Avenue site, which opened April 8, 2011, as a temporary facility after he was forced out of his original location at 903 E. Monroe Ave. in Buckeye on April 1, 2011, as the building was foreclosed on. Through all the moving, the 2-year-old
business has maintained a loyal group of customers, he said. “We have people from Buckeye who still come in,” Davis said. And with his new location, he has two
new frybread options for his customers — Mom’s Special (shredded beef) and Dev’s Chicken Arizona (char-grilled) — bringing the total number of frybread varieties served to 16.
Banner Estrella Medical Waddell man starts work
earns Energy Star label Banner Estrella Medical Center,
9201 W. Thomas Road in Phoenix, is the first and only hospital in Maricopa County to be labeled an Energy Star certified building by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Currently, only four hospitals in Arizona and 150 hospitals nationwide have the EPA-certified Energy Star label.
an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than typical buildings. Fifteen types of commercial buildings can earn the Energy Star certification, including office buildings, K-12 schools and retail stores. The hospital’s facilities department
Hours are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Flowers at 13000 W. Indian School Road, Suite A-5, in Litchfield Park. The business, owned and operated by Goodyear residents Carl and Yamilet Lueck, was open for one year exactly — June 1, 2011, to June 1. “We gave it a year and it wasn’t
profitable,” Carl told Mr. Briefcase on June 7. “I don’t think the West Valley is ready for that type of flower shop.” Yamis’ Flowers was a high-end floral
shop. “A lot of people appreciated the quality, just not enough sales out here,” he said. “We had a lot of fun and we really appreciated the customers we had.” Another closure to report is Treasure Beach Island Cuisine at 1473 N. Dysart Road, Suite 103, in Avondale. The Jamaican-style restaurant was owned and operated by Buckeye resident Dorrett Moxam and opened Nov. 12, 2011. It didn’t even make it six months. However, the space, which was the home of Fritzi’s Heart and Soul BBQ from December 2007 to early 2011, didn’t stay empty for long.
at a new location is Dino’s Greek and Italian Grill. The restaurant was located at 14960 W. Indian School Road, Suite 380, since May 1, 2007. Owner Peter Katsaros closed his original location on May 27 and opened his new spot on June 8 at 1550 N. Dysart Road, Suite B8, in Goodyear, on the southwest corner of McDowell and Dysart roads. That is where Streets of New York operated before closing down on March 7, 2010. With the move, Katsaros picked up an additional 1,400 square feet, he told Mr. Briefcase. With the extra space, he has a bigger bar and a larger patio area, too. Other than that, “It’s the same great food,” he said.
OK, another restaurant that has opened
Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Elsewhere, ground has been broken for a new L.A. Fitness on the northeast corner of 99th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road in Phoenix. The fitness gym is being built at 9870 W. Lower Buckeye Road, in the same shopping center as Target. And now you know what I know.
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Another new restaurant that has opened up recently is Adam’s Pizza and Wings at 9550 W. Van Buren St. in Tolleson. The restaurant offers dine-in, take-out and delivery options. The name pretty much says it all as to what type of food it offers, though there are also salads and appetizers. The restaurant offers lunch specials as well.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
worked with Salt River Project over a 12-month period to track key metrics, such as energy intensity and costs, water use and carbon emissions, to reach the required benchmarks for the Energy Star label. The benchmarks take into account the number of staffed beds and workers and the types of services offered at the hospital to compare it with like facilities. Commercial buildings that earn
Energy Star certified buildings use
with COUNTRY financial Waddell resident Troy Geiger has been appointed a financial representative by Illinois-based COUNTRY financial.
business out of an office at 15396 N. 83rd Ave., Building A, Suite 304, in Peoria.
Geiger will operate his COUNTRY
Geiger’s new business will provide auto, home, life and long-term care insurance as well as annuities, mutual funds and college education options. Plus, Geiger will be able to offer investment management and retirement planning.
Spirit of Enterprise
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the EPA’s Energy Star label must perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide and must be independently verified by a licensed professional engineer or a registered architect.
One of the major contributing factors to achieving this recognition was the energy savings the hospital realized as a result of its participation in the SRP Retrocommissioning Solutions program. The program enhances existing systems through a tune up, rather than relying on major equipment replacement.
SRP collaborated with Banner Estrella’s facilities department to evaluate the chiller plant, HVAC fans, air handlers and reheat components and get them back to running in top shape. As a result of the findings, the hospital saved more than $100,000 in energy costs the first year.
Energy Star is a market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. With help from Energy Star, American families and businesses have saved about $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of carbon pollution. Today, the Energy Star label can be found on more than 60 kinds of products and more than 1.3 million new homes.
Launched in 1992 by the EPA,
in Arizona, now is the time to do something about it. State residents have an opportunity through July 31 to nominate a business for the 2012 Spirit of Enterprise Awards from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. The awards recognize firms that demonstrate ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship. Past winners include Cold Stone Creamery, China Mist, Grand Canyon Railway and Ollie the Trolley, as well as smaller businesses that set a great example. Anyone can nominate a company, as long as it meets the following criteria: • A for-profit enterprise in business for at least four years
• Incorporated, headquartered or
having a majority of its business operations in Arizona • With three or more full-time
employees • Able to demonstrate profitability
over the last three years combined In addition, one minority-owned
business will receive the Gary L. Trujillo Minority Enterprise Award sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.
The nomination process has started and companies must complete and turn in an awards application by July 31.
Winners will be announced
Nov. 1 at the 16th annual Spirit of Enterprise Awards event at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. For information on nominating a company, applying for the awards or attending the luncheon, call 480-965- 0474 or visit spiritofenterprise.org
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