A Village Health Club and Spa is coming to the corner of Alma School and Ocotillo roads in Chandler.
Construction on Ocotillo Village is slated to start in 2008. The club, which should open in fall 2009, will feature tennis, squash, racquetball and basketball courts, resort-style pool, lap pool, salon and cafe.
Ocotillo Village will be the fifth Village Health Club and Spa in the Valley. The others are Camelback Village in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix, DC Ranch Village in north Scottsdale, Gainey Village in Scottsdale and Verrado Village in Buckeye.
A new Bashas’ has opened at the corner of Val Vista Drive and Queen Creek Road in Gilbert. The supermarket features a bakery, deli, pharmacy, Chase bank branch, Starbucks coffee kiosk and gelato bar.
NEW STAPLES, OFFICEMAX
A Staples store has opened at Power and Ray roads on the Mesa-Gilbert border. Also, OfficeMax is coming to Longmore and Eighth Street in Mesa. Both stores sell office supplies and furniture.
CULVER'S IN MESA
A Culver’s restaurant has opened at Country Club Drive and Baseline Road in Mesa.
The restaurant serves burgers, frozen custard, sandwiches and salads.
SNEAK PEAK AT DILLARD'S
Dillard’s is offering the public a sneak peek of its new SanTan Village store in Gilbert on Oct. 23. The retailer is selling $20 tickets and will donate proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix.
Tickets are selling at the charity’s Web site at www.rmhcphoenix.com.
The 120-acre SanTan Village at Loop 202 and Williams Field Road is nearing completion, and the developer has announced three-fourths of its approximately 130 tenants. The center opens on Oct. 26.
FUN, EDUCATION START EARLY AT KIDS U
Kids U, at 15001 N. Hayden Road, on the northeast corner of Raintree Drive and Hayden, plans to open its doors Saturday.
The 7,000-square-foot, kid-centered fun and fitness center offers classes for children 1 to 9 in cooking, gymnastics, fitness, science and theater.
Parents also can plan children’s birthday parties at Kids U.
The business is owned and operated by Scottsdale residents Kim and Jonathan Hamblett.
A popular Chicago-based Asian eatery brand is planning its first Western U.S. restaurant at the Shops at Chauncey Ranch on the southwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Mayo Boulevard.
Big Bowl, featuring Chinese and Thai cuisine, said its ninth restaurant will open in the spring on the northeast Phoenix-Scottsdale border.
The 5,000-square-foot restaurant promises to serve “extremely hot and spicy dishes of northern China, made-from-scratch curries, several types of pad Thai, cooked-to-order hot and sour soup, and ginger ale made from fresh ginger root.”
Most Big Bowl dishes are priced at $15 or less.
The chain also promotes its green philosophy at its restaurants.
Not to ruin appetites, but here is an unusual product available in north East Valley supermarkets.
Manufacturer TerraCycle said it is testing a certified organic plant food at Fry’s stores in Scottsdale and northeast Phoenix. The stores are at 6321 E. Greenway Road, 10450 N. 90th St., 7628 E. Indian School Road, 8900 E. Via Linda, 4842 E. Bell Road and 6080 E. Thomas Road.
The product is made from organic waste that is composted by worms, liquefied and packaged in recycled soda bottles.
TerraCycle claims the “Worm Poop” plant food is the first product sold at Fry’s that is not only made from garbage, but also is packaged in garbage.
A TerraCycle spokesman said Fry’s parent Kroger picked the Arizona stores and a few in Colorado to test the plant food because they are “markets Kroger has deemed more progressive, more into eco-products.”