Businesses open at Post at Cooley Station in Gilbert and more local news

Fry's Marketplace is the anchor tenant for the Post at Cooley Station development. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Fry's Marketplace is the anchor tenant for the Post at Cooley Station development. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Fry's Marketplace is the anchor tenant for the Post at Cooley Station development. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Gilbert

5 businesses now open or coming soon to Post at Cooley Station


The Post at Cooley Station opened this month, with more stores soon to come online. Here are some of the initial offerings at the development at Recker and Williams Field roads in Gilbert.

Nico’s Barber Shop entrepreneur finds niche in cutting hair to help people look good, do good



Rajiv Patel grew up in Mesa with something of an entrepreneurial spirit. As an adult, that manifested in opening a home security and automation company. But after he sold that off, he started looking for the next thing.

“One of the things that I was almost fascinated with was doing a barbershop,” Patel said.

Simi’s Café has become gathering place for extended family

Eight years ago, Albert Kan found himself burnt out on the restaurant business and, perhaps more importantly, a little too far from his parents.

That, he said, is when he sold his Peoria restaurant to a friend, moved across the Valley to Gilbert, bought a small, hole-in-the-wall restaurant in a strip mall and renamed it Simi’s Café.

Gilbert's ile.gal Modern Cocktail Kitchen prepares to open after COVID-19 delay

Gilbert's ile.gal Modern Cocktail Kitchen plans to have a grand opening Dec. 29 as a rooftop bar at 313 N. Gilbert Road. The bar originally planned to open in April but postponed because of the pandemic, and additional health protocols will be in place.

Kayla Kolar leaving Gilbert's HD South museum for House of Refuge

Kayla Kolar, who has been president and CEO of HD South for 15 1/2 years, is moving on from being the only director Gilbert’s arts, culture and history museum has known.

Gilbert offering residents discount on recreation programs

Gilbert residents will get a 50% discount on recreation programs starting Nov. 30 as part of the town’s pandemic relief program.

Chandler

Chandler launches program allowing businesses to expand into on-street parking


The city of Chandler recently launched a program allowing businesses to expand their premises into on-street parking. The program, dubbed On the Street, was created to help businesses that have been faced with capacity restrictions due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Someburros opens location at Chandler's The Steelyard development

Someburros opened a location in November at Chandler's The Steelyard development. Located at 5095 S. Gilbert Road, Ste. 1, Someburros offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with menu items ranging from breakfast burritos and tacos to traditional Mexican cuisine to salads and bowls.

Kyrene School District names new superintendent

The Kyrene School District governing board voted Nov. 24 to approve the contract of a new superintendent to lead the district. Assistant Superintendent Laura Toenjes will serve as the next superintendent of the district beginning Jan. 1.

Alexa D’Angelo and Tom Blodgett contributed to this report.



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