Dutch Bros. Coffee had a “soft” opening on Tuesday that was anything but “soft.” When the company sent out a mass text announcing that the newly built stand would be giving away free drinks from 6-8 p.m., people showed up en masse. Lines of cars and people quickly formed at the coffee shop located at 1512 S. 4th Ave., in the Sprouts parking lot.

Owners Rachel and Chandler Roe of Redding, California, were thrilled with the turnout. It showed them how excited Yumans are for Dutch Bros. Coffee!

The “real” opening was on Friday, and $1 from each drink sold went to help those with food insecurity, which means they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

This is the first franchise for the Roes. It was offered to them after a combined 12 years of experience with the company, both as workers and in management.

“We grew up within the company,” Rachel noted.

When the Yuma franchise was first offered to them, they hopped a plane to check out Yuma and see if they liked it. It turns out that Yuma reminds them of their hometown.

“It’s a close community, the weather is the same, a river runs through the town. Everyone we’ve met has been really, really nice,” she said.

They took it as a sign, and accepted the franchise. “Everyone has treated us well. We’re really thankful to be here,” Rachel said. “We’ll be living here for awhile.”

Their second Dutch Bros. Coffee franchise is on the way. It will be located at the southwest corner of South 4th Avenue and West Catalina Drive in the Southgate Mall. The old Paul Bensel Jewelers building will be demolished to make way for the new 862-square-foot freestanding coffee stand.

Like typical Dutch Bros. Coffee shops, both Yuma locations will not have interior customer eating. Instead, the brand new shop and the soon-to-be-built shop will have walk-up windows and drive-thru lanes.

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Roberta “Bobbi” Dawson, the original owner of Dawson Documents in Yuma, has reemerged from retirement with a new business, Aardvark Paralegal Services, 250 W. 24th St., Suite J.

“After discussing retirement with my family and clients, and actually trying it out for a few months, I decided to start a new off-shoot of affordable legal document assistance offering significant savings for a limited number of services,” Dawson said.

She was a paralegal for many years and has been a licensed legal document preparer in Yuma for more than 15 years.  

She is currently doing business in the offices of Documents Plus in Yuma. She is in the office three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Dawson Documents is now in the hands of her son, John Dawson, who continues to offer a full array of services and can be reached at 928-726-6661. “He is knowledgeable, honest and able to assist with most legal cases,” Bobbi said.

Aardvark Paralegal Services offers assistance with divorce ($200), deeds ($40) or other select real estate services; last will and testament ($50) powers of attorney and trusts; and/or select probate matters.

For more information, give her a call at 928-248-5497.

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Moms-to-be desiring a more natural setting for labor and delivery now have another option. A freestanding birth center and clinic, The Midwife’s Kitchen Women’s Center, 2946 S. Avenue B, is now providing well woman care, counseling for birth choices, mood disorders, family planning, educational classes and more.

Founder Marsha Keechler, a certified nurse midwife with more than 28 years of experience, hopes “to give the women of Yuma a few more choices in their healthcare.” Her goal is to “develop relationships with women and their families through the child-bearing process and empowering women by encouraging evidence-based decision-making and childbirth education. We are passionate about providing quality low intervention care for healthy moms and babies in a beautiful setting.”

The Midwife’s Kitchen welcomes families and kids. It even has a play area with books and toys.

Also on staff is Angie Jacobson, a midwife senior student, who is taking patients for prenatal-postpartum care, including out-of-hospital birth options, and doing well-woman care such as annual PAPs, STD screenings, contraception options, etc. 

Montrice Linda Gomez assists women during pregnancy, birth and the immediate postpartum period by providing physical, emotional and informational support.

The clinic also offers prenatal yoga classes, montrice training and childbirth education classes. For more information, call 928-276-4998.

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Bajo El Sol, our Spanish sister newspaper, reported that construction of the new Valle del Sol III residential subdivision in Somerton kicked off Feb. 6. The new development will have 70 lots and is located on County 12th Street, east of Bingham Avenue.

The project is being developed by the construction firm Maxx Builders, with Alex Gallardo at the helm, and offered by his sister, Angela Gallardo of AV Realty. Angela expects that the residential subdivision will be fully occupied in about three years.

Both firms have more than a decade developing and marketing housing in the city.

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Here is Yuma’s Commercial Construction Project Update for this week:

Certificates of Occupancy Issued: Yuma County Fair, 3100 S. Avenue 2E, after a restroom facility replacement.

Building Permits Issued: Ron Watson Middle School, 9851 E. 2th St., for a classroom addition; Yuma High School, 400 S. 6th Ave., for classroom alterations.

New Plans Submitted for Review: Yuma Regional Medical Center, 2400 S. Avenue A, for sterile processing loading dock alterations.

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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 mknaub@yumasun.com.

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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