Comings and Goings
A new preschool, Wonderkidz, is now open at 2332 S. Arizona Ave. and is accepting full- and part-time enrollments for ages 2-12. Transportation and meals are provided. For more information, call 782-7777. The preschool was opened by Maria and Hector Hurtado. The assistant director is Devi Sighn.
The December issue of Yuma Business Direct is now available online at businessinYuma.com. The cover story features Linda Jordan, general manager of Horizon Moving Systems in Yuma. Jordan has more than 20 years experience in the moving business. The issue also features Dr. John Carson in the ongoing series about the hospitality industry. While hospitality isn't in his job description, Carson acts as an enthusiastic ambassador for the community whether with patients he sees or physicians being recruited to Yuma. In addition, Alsco is featured as the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month.
Sound by Sam Valley Stage Lighting is now available in the local area to provide sound, lighting and video production services for needs from a small gathering to a concert or convention, reported owner Sam Proffitt. The company has been providing audio reinforcement services throughout California and the western United States since 1978. Proffitt recently relocated to Yuma with his day job and brought his business with him. For more information, call 317-5091 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
A total of nine permits were issued in November by the city for single-family houses, reported Alan Kircher, deputy building official. That compares to eight permits issued in November 2008. Year to date for 2009, the city has issued 234 permits for single family homes compared to 223 during the same period in 2008.
Seen and heard around Yuma:
• A new eatery, Pollos El Corretendo, is now open at 1050 W. 8th St., Suite B (that's near the Walgreens on 8th Street).
• DeSantiago Auto Sales at 501 W. 8th St. has closed and a for sale sign is posted.
• Full Circle Health Foods, 1314 S. 4th Ave., is closed. A sign on the door says it is out of business.
• Hollywood Video at 2780 S. Pacific Ave. has closed its door. The store at 1555 S. Avenue B is remaining open.
• Las Herraduras Mexican Restaurant at 2256 S. 4th Ave is now open for business, serving lunch and dinner. The phone number is 783-0559.
• The new Taco Bell near the Albertsons store on Avenue B has been issued a certificate of occupancy.
A new coffee shop, Turtle Bay Cafe, is coming to 1400 S. 4th Ave. (where Java Oasis previously was located). It's a project by The Living Center as an extension of its programs for people in recovery. The business will have two components. It will have a public coffee shop to be operated by The Living Center clients to help them gain job skills and get back on their feet, said Anthony Alberta. The adjoining room will be for members only. Alberta said he estimates the Turtle Bay Cafe will be ready to open sometime in January.
Optician Abraham Ajsenberg is relocating his business, Yuma Optical, to 11242 S. Foothills Blvd., Suite 8, the last week of December with a planned re-opening on Jan. 4. The new location is in the store space previously occupied by Harris Tours in the Foothills Village. His phone number will remain 345-2020. Ajsenberg started as an optician in 1975, in Sweden, and went to optical school in Minnesota. He has been an independent optician in Yuma since 1986, and had his first store in Foothills from 1986 to 1989. In his optical practice, he fills eyeglass prescriptions and can also duplicate existing glasses and make repairs on them.
The next time you’re at Fry’s Grocery Store, pick up a Kroger “Bringing Hope to the Table” reusable bag. They cost $1.99, of which $1.30 will be donated to the Yuma Community Food Bank. That’s enough to provide a meal for a family of four.
Customers at Das Bratwurst Haus can now bring their own beer and wine to the restaurant to enjoy with their dinner. The limit is 24 ounces of beer or a bottle of wine per person.
Gloria Mendoza has rented space in the Whole Health Products store in the Foothills Village, 11242 S. Foothills Blvd., Suite 7, for a travel agency under the name GEM Travel. Mendoza, who has been in the travel business for 15 years, most recently was operating from a home office. Her business can be reached at 345-0200
Kindred Homes Assisted Living for seniors is accepting ALTC/Bridgeway members, announced owner/manager Georganne Erickson. She explained that ALTC is the Arizona long term care program for low income people who qualify for ACCCHS. Bridgeway is the organization that coordinates the care for the members. Through the contract with Bridgeway, Kindred Homes has a set number of beds for ALTC members.
The Entertaining Tea Store, 224 S. Main St., has worked out a "special-tea lunch plate" to be added to the menu at a fellow downtown business, Esther's Cafe at 133 S. Madison Ave.
The Yuma Safety Center is now offering a new service called GermWranglers to help combat the H1N1 virus, MRSA and other harmful bacteria and viruses. GermWranglers is a high-tech, anti-microbial treatment and application process used by cruise ships, airlines, hospitals and other high-risk areas. For more information, call 344-3898.
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