New owners for Yuma Fun Factory
The management group for the Yuma Fun Factory has become the ownership group for the family entertainment mecca.
New owners are LaVette Malone, who is the general manager; Robert Busse; who designed the center; and Dan Thelen, owner of the land where Yuma Fun Factory sits at 4446 E. County 10th St., said Thelen.
The new ownership group bought out the interest of Frank Ruiz, who is focusing his efforts on renovating the Kress building downtown to create a restaurant, banquet hall and lounge there as well as his other business interests.
As part of the ownership change, the Canteen and Crowbar are now under general management of Yuma Fun Factory.
Da Boyz Pizza and Pasta, which previously operated the Canteen and snack bar, is focusing on its Foothills store and getting the restaurant open in the Kress building, said Shana Dempsey, Da Boyz manager. She said the target completion for the new restaurant is by the end of the year.
A call to Ruiz for comment was not returned by press time.
Shay Oil Co. has taken over the operation of the Chevron Quick Stop at the corner of 32nd Street and Araby Road, reported John Bornt, manager for Shay Oil. He said the company had been providing the fuel but now has taken over the lease to operate the store.
A building permit has been issued for a new office and warehouse for Tierra Management, a 2,250-square-foot building to be constructed on Kish Avenue in the Curtis Industrial Park, reported Alan Kircher, city of Yuma assistant building official. The comany manages leased farmland.
Pets Plus is packing up to move down the street a couple of blocks. The longtime pet store locally owned by Scott Stanhope is relocating to 1491 S. 4th Ave. where Rick's Discount Furniture previously was located. Stanhope said he expects to open in the new store Wednesday.
The new store will have the same phone number of 726-2880 and the same full line of pets and pet supplies - not to mention easier access and parking. It also will continue to have a veterinarian onsite from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays. The service is provided by Value Pet out of Phoenix.
The property where Pets Plus has been located for years at 1660 S. 4th Ave. was purchased a couple of years ago by the city. The pet store is the last tenant to move out.
ZPS Miniature Golf, 1335 S. Pacific Ave. in Pacific Plaza, is having a grand kickoff for its black night feature and invites people to come by and join in the fun. The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday with special rates, a disc jockey, prizes, giveaways and concessions.
Regular hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; noon to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays; 3 to 10 p.m. Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 276-3111.
It may not seem like fall yet, but various businesses are gearing up the winter season and expanding their hours:
• The Donut Corral, 11411 S. Fortuna Road, will reopen Tuesday after a much-needed vacation. It will be business as usual with the doors opening at 4 a.m.
• Ligurta Station is now open for the winter season from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch. To reach the establishment, take the Dome Valley exit off Interstate 8 east of Telegraph Pass.
• The Assistance League of Yuma Thrift Shop, 1054 S. 4th Ave., will reopen Tuesday for the fall season. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
All proceeds support Assistance League's philanthropic programs, including Operation School Bell, ALBY bears for trauma victims, assault survivor kits for Amberly's Place and vocational scholarships for AWC students.
• Ussery's Antiques and Gifts, 11242 S. Foothills Blvd. in the Foothills, is going back to winter store hours Sept. 15. Those hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
In addition, the shop has have become an exclusive Foothills dealer for San Francisco Music Box Company. For more details, call 342-3709.
• El Cafe del Coyote, 12471 E. South Frontage Road in the Foothills, will reopen for business Tuesday after being closed in August to make some repairs, according to a message on the restaurant's phone.
The church building at the corner of 16th Street and 8th Avenue has been purchased by Camino Nuevo, according to Realtor Dennis Krill.
Krill was the agent for Generations Church, which previously owned the property as a second campus for its ministry. Krill said that Generations Church currently has consolidated its ministry at 3185 E. 42nd St. while it is looking for a larger location.
Comings and Goings was unable to reach a spokesperson from Camino Nuevo by press time.
Karla Billdt, owner of Karla's Kreations, is offering a new concept in enjoying an evening of fine dining and touch of mystery with Karla's Rendezvous. Expect at least a seven-course meal, good company and multiple wines paired with the meal. The first rendezvous will be Sept. 26.
If interested in participating, e-mail Billdt at Chefkarlakay@ gmail.com, put rendezvous in the subject line and include name, e-mail and phone number. Seventy-two hours before the dinner, an invitation will be e-mailed to those on a compiled list with details on the time, place (dinners will be hosted in various homes), suggested donation and menu. Seating will be limited, and Billdt suggested that reservations be made quickly to get on the guest list.
Anyone interested in hosting a dinner can contact Billdt at the same e-mail address or call 210-8884.
Lourdes "Lulu" Cardiel-Mendoza has become a Cookie Lee independent jewelry consultant and is selling the product through individual orders or at office shows. Catalog ordering is also available.
She said the company has a full line of fashion jewelry, with most merchandise under $50.
She also will do fundraisers, with organizations able to earn a percent of the proceeds.
For more information, check out her Web site at www.cookielee.biz/ lulucardiel-mendoza. She can be reached by e-mail to cardiel-mendoza@msn. com or call 246-6731.
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