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Hello, readers! Welcome back to Business Briefcase. It’s time to get Briefed!

As can be expected in the column, we touch upon interesting new businesses, construction and developments; as well as chamber-produced events and other similar ones.

And this week, in particular, has quite the array of happenings. Our agenda this time will check off incoming businesses, those that have already been open for a couple months, and some more recurring networking-appropriate events for your business needs. But you’ll find out in a moment, so here’s the news!

First, Poke Maki is coming. What’s that? Thought it already was here? Well, that is true. But now, the fresh poke-, suhi- and rice bowl-oriented food truck is upgrading its arsenal to a full restaurant. Though no official grand opening date is set, and representatives for the company have not yet returned The Glendale Star’s requests for comment, it seems an opening may be sooner rather than later, if its Facebook page is anything to go by. According to its website, choices range from the simple – poke bowls and fresh hand rolls – to the more unique – Takis Fuego and Flaming Cheetos sushi burritos. Keep an eye out to try these and more. Applications for employment are available online, too. Poke Maki will be at 6070 W. Bell Road, Suite A-104. For more information, visit or find it on Facebook @pokemakiaz.

Another new business: Costa Vida. Sure, this isn’t exactly breaking news, but the fresh Mexican grill officially launched in Glendale earlier this year – and we haven’t discussed it yet. Burritos, enchiladas, tacos, nachos, quesadillas, Baja bowls, salads, desserts and even options for kids – Costa Vida has it all. If you have yet to give this popular spot a try, it’s at 7280 W. Bell Road, Suite 100, on the north side of Bell Road, east of 73rd Avenue. For more information, visit or find it on Facebook @costavidaglendale.

Next, I have a quick one. Hernandez Upholstery is open at 6317 W. Glendale Avenue. There’s not much to say, other than this shop – which opened earlier this year – specializes in upholstery for furniture, automobiles and boats. For more information, stop by or call 602-829-8846.

Moving along, I can’t neglect to mention another Downtown Glendale Merchant Meeting. This one will be from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Off the Cuff, 5817 W. Glendale Avenue, beside Cuff restaurant and north of Grand Avenue. The first half hour is dedicated to check-in, light refreshments and networking, while the meeting itself kicks off at 8 a.m. This time, the focus is a discussion on “The Good, the Bad and the Opportunities from the Chocolate Affaire Signature Event” by the Signature Event Advisory Group. The event is targeted at business owners and stakeholders in the downtown community. Registration is due by noon Monday, April 8, for participation in a drawing. The previous giveaway was a three-month button ad in the Experience Downtown Glendale e-newsletter and a $100 Southwest Airlines voucher. To be entered for door prizes, be sure to bring business cards; they’re good for networking, too. If you have a business, you can even contribute promotional materials to the door prize raffle.

Let’s discuss one more, for good measure. Lunch and Learn from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, will focus on the differences between and strengths of search engine marketing (SEM) and search engine optimization (SEO). The first half hour is dedicated to registration, with the program commencing at noon. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. A free monthly class, Lunch and Learn is held in collaboration between the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and Thryv. This event will meet in the chamber’s BNC National Bank Conference Room, 5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 275. For more information, contact Bre Pope at 623-937-4754 or [email protected].

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

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