Business Briefcase: April 5, 2017

Hello again, everyone, and welcome to the Business Briefcase!

It’s good to be back. As you can tell, your Briefcase host made it back from Iceland without incident. I made sure to stay a respectful distance from the various volcanoes scattered about the island.

And yes, the trip was real, not part of an elaborate April Fools’ Day hoax.

April 1 quietly came and went for your Briefcase host. I’m not usually big on playing practical jokes, mostly because I don’t want to deal with the consequences of getting pranked in return. I’m also not willing to put that much work into irritating a friend, coworker or family member. Seems there are many unintentional ways of getting that job done.

The origin of April Fools’ Day seems to be a tricky (pun intended) thing to nail down. The internet tells me The Canterbury Tales, written in 1392 in medieval England, contains the first recorded association between April 1 and foolishness. One hundred years before Columbus sailed the ocean blue!

Here are this week’s business updates, no tricks included.

First up, Solterra Avondale is in the very early stages of coming to the city along the south side of Van Buren Street, just west of Fourth Street between Dysart and Litchfield roads.

The ownership group has formally submitted a rezoning application to allow the development of an assisted living and memory care facility.

Solterra has five senior living communities in Arizona: two in the Valley, and one each in Lakeside, Tucson and Yuma.

There’s still a ways to go on this project until the groundbreaking with various city meetings, but keep an eye out for it.

For information on Solterra, visit

My editor passed along a reader tip that let us know The Attic at the White House, 127 E. Western Ave. in Avondale, has now closed.

The Attic opened in 2005, and was a thrift store that was run by volunteers and offered household items, clothes, toys, electronics and office supplies among other donated items.

It looks like the thrift store closed up shop about a month ago.

Another reader tip has let the Briefcase know that G’s Food restaurant is now closed.

G’s was at 10328 W. Indian School Road in Avondale, and specialized in cheesesteaks, hot dogs and bratwurst.

The Briefcase wasn’t able to get in contact with the owners for more detail. As with most closing announcements, it’s not always easy to get a hold of the folks who ran the joint, and often times even if you do, they’re not keen on discussing details.

The Briefcase will share more if any information becomes available for G’s.

That’s all for this week, folks. It’s a bit of an abbreviated edition, since your Briefcase host only had a couple of hours to hit the trails for this week’s inclusions.

We’ll get back to the regularly scheduled Business Briefcase columns next week.

The Business Briefcase can be reached by email at or on Twitter @ShaneMcOwen.

Thanks for tuning in. Have a great week.


Shane McOwen can be reached at or on Twitter @ShaneMcOwen.

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