Business Briefcase: May 10, 2017

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Welcome to the Business Briefcase, readers!

I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day a few days in advance. Specifically all the mothers, just to clear that up.

We’re used to celebrating Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May, but that’s not the case for much of the world. In fact, one could do a world tour of celebrating Mother’s Day, starting in Norway on the second Sunday of February and ending in Indonesia on Dec. 22. Every month except January and September has at least one day celebrating mothers across the world.

I would imagine those two months aren’t very popular among mothers, but that’s just a guess.

Let’s get to the business news.

We’ll start with a few opening celebrations.

Planet Smoothie’s opening was mentioned in the April 26 edition of the Briefcase, and is celebrating the occasion with a grand opening ribbon cutting, put on by the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce, at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

The smoothie shop is in Avondale at 1573 N. Dysart Road, Suite B-2.

Planet Smoothie operates on Earth hours, and is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

CrossFit Rave is also celebrating its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. May 18, near the Randall McDaniel Sports Complex in Avondale, 765 N. 114th Ave.

CrossFit Rave is open for business.

If you want to break a substantial sweat, call 623-266-1410 or visit

Last week, the Briefcase talked about the final days of construction on Coldwater Depot Phase II, 127th Avenue and Van Buren Street in Avondale.

The nice folks at Avondale have filled me in that SanMar will occupy a little more than half of the newly constructed available space, 200,000 square feet, while the other 175,000 is available for lease, and is on the market.

SanMar manufactures and wholesales apparel and accessories, such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and bags. The company began in 1971 in a basement of a home in Seattle and has grown into eight warehouses that span every region of the United States.

In Litchfield Park, Ace Hardware is set to open May 15 in the Litchfield Marketplace shopping center on the northeast corner of Litchfield and Camelback roads.

Ace Hardware has more than 4,600 stores in 50 states and more than 70 countries. That’s a lot of nuts and bolts.

For information, visit

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading!

As always, send questions, tips or comments to or contact the Briefcase on Twitter @ShaneMcOwen.

I’d like to give one last shout out to the mother and grandmothers of the Briefcase Host! Thanks for being great!

Have a great week, everyone, and until next time, be well.


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

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