A few Yuma County residents have taken the plunge into business ownership in the past month.
Wellton residents Scott and Teri Gamble took over the Tiki Hut Frozen Yogurt, 11274 S. Fortuna Road, Suite B2, on June 12.
They were already happy customers, and when the Foothills shop became available, they grabbed it up.
“We ate here all the time. We love yogurt,” Teri said.
As the name implies, Tiki Hut offers self-service frozen yogurt. Customers grab a 16-ounce cup and pick from 10 flavors of yogurt and more than 20 toppings. At the end, the cup is weighed, and the customer is charged 59-cents an ounce.
Some of the toppings available include brownies, strawberries, blueberries, mango, pineapple, chocolate chip cookie dough, a variety of candy bars, buts and much more.
The Gambles have plenty of experience running businesses. They owned a bakery and ran a secondhand store in Wellton for 10 years. Scott sold his construction company after running it for 25 years. They have owned other businesses through the years.
The couple recently sold their house and decided they wanted to invest the money in a business. Teri majored in culinary arts and has always been into food. This is another reason why buying the Tiki Hut made sense to them.
In addition, the business is well established. The shop first opened in 2009 and has been in the same Pioneer Shopping Center location since then. The Gambles are the third owners. They have two sons, ages 17 and 14. The older teen works in the shop.
“We’re trying to keep things somewhat the same, but bring back some things and add new toppings,” Teri said.
They want to add more fresh fruits and bring back old favorites such as Dole pineapple whip, cheesecake bites and popping bobas. They will also switch the yogurt more often.
The Gambles hope to expand the shop into the adjacent space, which is vacant, and add an eatery of some kind, perhaps a bakery.
Tiki Hut now has extended hours, now opening earlier and seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Corey and Jami Kelly took over Mickey’s B Cocktail Lounge, 12635 S. Frontage Road, on June 18. It’s their first business, but they feel comfortable with buying the Foothills business because they also first enjoyed it as customers.
They loved the good atmosphere and live music, Corey said.
And it’s a nice place to get away from it all and just hang, he added.
They’re also confident that the community will continue to support Mickey B’s, which has been in business for almost 30 years.
Corey is also happy to stay in Yuma and spend more time with his family, including daughter Cienna, 12, and son Cash, 6. He worked in the oil field for the last 12 years and would be away from home at least half the time every month.
The Kellys have plans for the lounge, however, they’re not ready to disclose them. But the activities already popular at Mickey B’s, like karaoke and live music, will continue.
Karaoke is held twice a week, from 6-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Live music can be enjoyed from 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3-7 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call 928-342-5285.
Marvella Beauty & Brow has moved to 105 E. 24th St., the site of the Acacia Medical Laser Aesthetic Spa. The business was formerly located at 656 W. 16th St.
Cosmetologist Marva Uriarte first entered the beauty business about a decade ago, but a couple of years ago she became certified in microblading through the Branko Babic PhiAcademy.
Uriarte described microblading as the “most modern technique” available for brows. It is a form of semi-permanent tattoo that uses tiny needles to deposit pigment under the skin.
To book an appointment, call or text to 928-920-6203.
In reply to inquiries about when Harbor Freight Tools is moving, the tool company will eventually move — just not yet.
After outgrowing the current space, the company said last year that it hoped to move from its longtime location at 101 W. 16th St., Suite B, to the vacant space next to the 99 Cent Store, 1701 S. 4th Ave.
Ultimately, the company found that space not suitable. However, it’s still on the lookout for a new location.
To reach Harbor Freight, call 928-782-4720.
Also, I recently learned that Acme Auto Sales, 1350 S 4th Ave., has closed. I don’t have much information. The listed phone number is no longer working, and I drove by and the lot is empty.
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