Some people have been anxiously awaiting the opening of the new Michaels Arts & Crafts. The store will open the doors at 1550 E. Yuma Palms Parkway in the Yuma Palms Regional Shopping Center on Saturday.

Michaels is moving into the former space of JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store, which closed its store last spring. And the arts and craft store is set to close its longtime location at 320 W. 32nd St. in the Big Curve Shopping Center.


And yet another business is gearing up for business next month. Nora Morris, wife of Yuma Councilman Chris Morris, plans to open Gracias Madre Clothing Exchange at 30 W. 3rd St. The store will be similar to the Buffalo Exchange fashion resale retailer that buys and resells used clothing.

Gracias Madre will buy and sell name-brand clothing in excellent condition. By focusing on brand names, Morris wants to offer customers a better experience. “No having to dig to find the good stuff,” she said.

For anything Morris buys, she will decide on a selling price and the customer will receive 30% of the selling price. But Morris invites customers to bring in any clothing and she’ll take a look at it. Anything she doesn’t buy, customers will have the option to donate the clothing, and in turn Morris will donate it to nonprofit thrift shops and charities.

She’s already buying clothes and is on the lookout for men’s clothing, jeans, sweaters, jackets, shorts, vintage items and plus sizes. 

Morris grew up hunting for good pieces at thrift shops. “I’ve been thrifting my whole life. When I was little, my mom went to thrift stores and yard sales and I tagged along.”

And that’s why Morris is naming the store “Gracias Madre,” which means “Thanks Mother,” in honor of her mom, Amelia Bravo. 

“We’ve had really great feedback. I’m excited to do this, and I’m hoping that it will be a success,” she said.

If you want to sell clothes, call Morris at 928-750-2505.


And if all went well, Sutton’s BBQ and Soul Food opened its doors last Saturday in the former Lincoln’s Market at 1840 S. Arizona Ave. I say “if all went well” because I prepared this column on Thursday.

Sutton’s has a small dine-in area but primarily serves as a carryout and delivery spot for the “best darn BBQ in Yuma.” It claims to make barbecue “the right and only way it should be: slow smoked over real hard woods. No cheating here. We never use electric smokers here.”

Besides barbecue, Sutton’s has “delicious” burgers and “mouth-watering” chicken wings. Kids meals are available too.

Sutton’s will carry various soul food options, including catfish dinners on Fridays, fried chicken on Saturdays and smothered chicken on Sundays. If that isn’t enough, try the homemade desserts such as banana pudding and caramel cake.

Sutton’s is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 928-248-4300.

Carry out and delivery available; place catering orders at 928-248-4334.


Several other businesses have recently opened as well. Asian Massage Therapy, 2754 W. 16th St., specializes in a variety of massage services, including Chinese-style, Swedish, aroma, sport, deep tissue, hot stone, target area, scalp massage, foot and chair.

Asian Massage Therapy is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. If you go by yourself, just walk in. If you have two or more people with you, call beforehand: 928-318-4068.


Anthony Gutierrez and Amber Marie Shaffer recently celebrated the opening of their new business, Compass Rose Tattoo, at 1840 S. 4th Ave., Space 21.

Compass Rose is a family-run and faith-based tattoo studio that “aims to provide a safe, clean and comfortable tattoo and art experience.” Gutierrez has 17 years of professional tattooing experience.

For more information, call 928-615-7503.


Another new business is SweetCream & Rose, a “little spa” located at 1700 S. 1st Ave., Suite 309. Owner Michelle West offers a variety of skin treatments, such as customized facials, dermaplaning, chemical peels and waxing, as well as eyebrow and eyelash tinting and massage.

West has created a “serene and beautiful oasis that you will surely enjoy.” For more information, call 928-920-8251.


 Under the ownership of Nonnie Gadingan, Ludi’s Pacific Barbeque has made its debut at 3939 S. Avenue 3E, Suite 108, in the Alarcon Shopping Center, across from the Marine Corps Air Station.

The Pacific-cuisine restaurant first opened last year as Poke Inato, but the owners temporarily closed the restaurant for renovations and recently reopened it with a new name and a bigger and better menu.

Ludi’s serves Filipino, food, poke and Hawaiian hot plates of Kalua pork, chicken or pork tonkatsu or teriyaki chicken with rice, macaroni and a fountain drink. Among the new items is sinigang soup, a Filipino soup known for its sour and savory taste. It’s available in port and salmon belly.

Business hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. For takeout or more information, call 928-248-4499.


And here is the Yuma Commercial Construction Project Update for this week:

Building Permits Issued: Yuma Regional Medical Center, 2400 S. Avenue A, for interim sterile processing improvements.

New Plans Submitted for Review: AT&T, 2300 S. Elks Lane, for a new cell tower; Carefree RV,  3900 S. Avenue 8 1/2E, for a new multi-purpose building; Central Church of Christ, 651 W. 28th St., for a new rooftop solar PV; Crane Salida del Sol School, 910 S. Avenue C, for a new multi-purpose building; Foothills Animal Clinic, 3325 S. Avenue 8E, Suite B3, for tenant improvements.


And that’s it for now! If you know of a new business that has or will be opening, relocating or closing, please let me know at

I get a lot of messages asking questions, which I welcome, but I can’t personally answer every question. If I find the answer to your question, I will answer it in the column. I appreciate the readers who always act as my eyes and ears. Thank you!


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