After more than 30 years, Betty Winton has decided it’s time to close Ms. Betty’s Boutique and retire. The boutique is located in the 224 Shops, the complex right in front of the mid-block fountain on Main Street, in historic downtown Yuma. The address is 224 S. Main St., Suite 101

“It’s kind of emotional,” Winton said via an announcement from the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce.

She retired from Valley National Bank in 1991 to start “Yuma’s most unique boutique,” with clothing, accessories, collectibles, gifts and more. It has been a mainstay on Main Street, going through two different renovations to the mall.

Winton is now liquidating all the boutique’s merchandise starting at 20% off, with many selected items in the store marked down even more, effective immediately. Ms. Betty’s is keeping the same hours through the liquidation sale.

“Being open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 4 is what we’ve done for years, so we want to keep all that the same,” Winton said.

If you are looking for fixtures, Ms. Betty’s will be selling those too as she gets closer to closing.

“Since Ms. Betty will be spending time with the grandkids and doing a lot of fishing, those fixtures truly won’t be needed,” the announcement said, also noting that Ms. Betty’s was the chamber member of the month in January 2000.

“Yuma is losing an Icon, so if you want a piece of history, visit her store,” Executive Director John Courtis noted.

For more information, contact Winton at her store: 928-329-4409.


One business is closing and another one is opening. The family-owned and -operated 928X Motorsports will open its doors on Monday at 12209 S. Avenue 4E.

Owner Nick HoffmanJohn Thompson and Dawn Thompson bought the brand-new light industrial building with plans to open a state-of-the-art automotive repair shop and aftermarket accessories shop.

On the company’s website, John shared the story of how they decided to open 928X Motorsports in Yuma: During a late February dune trip last year, four buddies along with their wives discussed the idea of opening a new service and performance shop in Yuma.

“Yuma is a hidden gem that is nestled in the farming community bordering Mexico and California.This awesome little town is located near the oceans of California and very close to our favorite camping location, the Imperial Sand Dunes,” John said.

“This new adventure will be a team effort and we feel as though we have the perfect combination to provide this town with a level of service that they deserve,” he added. “We are just a group of gear heads with a need for speed, we love the dunes, campfires with friends and drag racing. We love building things that go fast and showcasing our talents at the same time.” 

928X Motorsports will have a highly equipped service department to maintain and service daily drivers and hot rods as well as a full service repair shop for cars, trucks, sandrails and SXSs.

It will carry a large inventory of performance parts for hot rods, sandrails, SXSs and sand drag Jeeps as well as well known products such as Aeromotive, ARP, Edelbrock, Holley and Mickey Thompson.

A fabrication shop will have a highly trained fabricator on site. To reach 928X Motorsports, call 928-318-6203.


The legal partnership of Hunt, Walsma & Gale has been dissolved, and Pamela Walsma, under Pamela Walsma PC, has moved to a new building located at 682 S. 4th Ave.

Walsma, who has practiced for nearly 30 years, provides a wide range of legal services for individuals, families and businesses. She plans to continue to focus her practice on guardianships and conservatorships, estate planning, trusts, probate, business law, contracts, and real estate law.

In addition to her practice, Walsma is an active member of the legal community. She holds membership in the State Bar of Arizona and the Yuma County Bar Association.

She is also active in the local community and serves and has served on many community boards

To schedule a consultation, call 928-783-7831.


Something new is coming to the former Lincoln’s Market at 1840 S. Arizona Ave. A sign on the door says that the building will serve as the new carryout location for Sutton’s BBQ and Soul Food.

There’s no opening date set yet, but Sutton’s posted this message online: “We are working hard to get our new carryout location open. We had to move the date to mid-February. “ 

Another message says that the former Sutton’s BBQ Shack changed its name to Sutton’s BBQ and Soul Food “to better reflect our new menu when we open our carryout location.”

We’ll keep an eye on it!


If you noticed that Poke Inato has been missing in action, it’s because the restaurant has temporarily closed. But it will be back with a new name and a bigger and better menu.

Owner Nonilon Gadingan said the space is being renovated and when it reopens the restaurant will be called Poke Inato Pacific Grill.

The Pacific-cuisine restaurant first opened last year at 3939 S. Avenue 3E, Suite 108, in the Alarcon Shopping Center, across from the Marine Corps Air Station.


Here’s Yuma Commercial Construction update for this week:

Building Permits Issued: Arizona Department of Child Safety, 2550 S. 4th Ave., for interior alterations; Valentine Guzman, 449 W. 20th Place, for a new office building; and Yuma Regional Medical Center, 2400 S. Avenue A, for alterations for a future interventional radiology suite and PBX area/office.

New Plans Submitted for Review: Yuma Senior Living, 2600 S. 4th Ave., for alterations.


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

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