NEED2KNOW: Mall gains businesses, loses children’s museum, offers free valet; hiring events at Goodwill Career Center this month

The Stringer family owns and operates the Peavine Coffee House, which just opened in Prescott Gateway Mall’s food court.

Photo by Max Efrein.

The Stringer family owns and operates the Peavine Coffee House, which just opened in Prescott Gateway Mall’s food court.

Mall ushering in new era

The Prescott Gateway Mall is seeing its first wave of new businesses opening up following increased efforts by the property ownership to fill vacant space.

Those that just opened June 1 are Peavine Coffee House and Barbudos Mexican Grill and Cantina, said Kayla Seisinger, property manager for the mall.

Peavine is located inside the food court. It’s a family-owned operation that offers breakfast through dinner items in addition to specialty coffees.

Barbudos has a significantly larger operation going where Macayao’s Mexican Restaurant used to be on the exterior courtyard of the mall next to the roundabout.

Primary owner Rex Edwards said he hired on about 25 new employees to execute this expansion.

A special service offered at this second Barbudos location is a free shuttle service for groups of between 6 and 15 people.

“We’ll pick them up at home, take them to the restaurant, and bring them home when they’re done,” Edwards said.

Several other businesses that have signed leases and are expected to open this summer are a baby store called The Kid’s Trading Post, a children’s boutique called Bloom Children’s Boutique, an e-cigarette shop called Prescott Vape Company, and a medical spa called Laserium LLC. Fly-U Shuttle, a shuttle service, will be sharing a lease with Laserium LLC.

The Spot… a Children’s Museum, has shut down regular operation

Located inside the Prescott Gateway Mall, The Spot… a Child’s Museum closed its doors over Memorial Day weekend. The nonprofit museum had been offering such things as special programs, field trips and interactive Quantum Quizzics exhibits for kids of all ages the past six years.

The closure is a result of insufficient funds to support staffing and programs despite increased visitor ship and attempts by the museum’s board of directors to find a consistent revenue source, according to a post on its website.

To see the full post, go to TheSpotMuseum.org.

Judy Paris, president and founder of the museum’s board, said they are currently in discussions as to whether or not programs will be offered on occasion in the future.

Free valet service at Mall

The owners of Barbudos Mexican Grill and Cantina have worked out an agreement with the owners of the Prescott Gateway Mall to provide complementary valet service for the shopping center.

Therefore, anyone having difficulty finding convenient parking at the mall may now drive up to the mall’s roundabout and have their vehicle parked for free by staff stationed outside the restaurant.

Hiring events in Prescott this month through Goodwill

Here is a list of hiring events hosted by Goodwill’s Prescott Career Center taking place this month.

Monday, June 6:

Child & Family Support Services from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Goodwill Prescott Career Center, 1385 Iron Springs Road, Prescott, Ariz. 86305.

Monday, June 13:

Goodwill from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Goodwill Prescott Career Center, 1385 Iron Springs Road, Prescott, Ariz. 86305.

Thursday, June 16:

Las Fuentes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Goodwill Prescott Career Center, 1385 Iron Springs Road, Prescott, Ariz. 86305.

Monday, June 27:

Angels on Duty from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Goodwill Prescott Career Center, 1385 Iron Springs Road, Prescott, Ariz. 86305.

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