Biz Buzz: Opening of a grocery store and a Mexican restaurant in Shelley
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After 10 years of operation, the local Mexican market opens in a new location
SHELLEY – A 10-year-old company in Idaho Falls just moved to Shelley.
El Chuy Market was named in honor of the owner’s grandfather, Jesús Rodriguez. (Chuy is a nickname for Jesús.) It opened in early December at 126 South State Street. The business is a deli/restaurant/meat market that offers a variety of authentic Mexican dishes, snacks, beverages, produce and other groceries.
Store and restaurant manager Juvia Patino told EastIdahoNews.com that they’ve enjoyed seeing a bunch of new faces since opening in the new location.
“We were originally in Idaho Falls, and a lot of people came to see us here. It was nice, really peaceful, really welcoming,” Patino says.
Patino says customers particularly appreciate the fruit water and freshly prepared produce. The most popular menu item is chilaquiles, which are tortilla chips with onions, cilantro, cheese, sour cream, steak, or pork, and topped with green salsa.
Juvia says the move stemmed from a desire to try something new in a building they owned, rather than continuing to rent space. They closed the Idaho Falls store in November before buying the building from Shelley.
Juvia’s parents, Roy and Clemencia Patino, opened the business on Shoup Avenue in downtown Idaho Falls around 2012 after immigrating to the United States from Mexico.
“My mom always loved cooking and my dad always loved being in business,” says Juvia. “They wanted to bring a piece of Mexico, the life they knew and the food they loved, here.”
The Patinos are from central Mexico and came to the United States about five years before opening the business. They lived in several states, including Utah, but eventually ended up in Idaho.
Juvia, 22, has been involved with the business for eight years. She describes her parents as hardworking people who sacrificed a lot to carve out a life for themselves and provide her and her siblings with opportunities they never had.
They are eager to win new customers and see the business continue to grow.
The El Chuy market is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. It opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday and closes at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Call (208) 357-1817 to place an order or learn more. You can also visit the website Where The Facebook page.
A local mental health clinic is holding a blood drive next week
AMMON – Pearl Health Clinic in Ammon is hosting a free health fair and blood drive on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the staff are asking for your support.
The US Congress designated MLK Jr. Day as a National Day of Service in 1994. The African American Alliance of Idaho Falls had a great response to its blood drive last year. In response to this and the nationwide blood shortage, clinic workers decided that a blood drive was the best thing they could do to help.
Pearl Health Clinic has access to many community resources that many people can benefit from. Event organizer Colin Waters says the health fair will give volunteers the opportunity to connect those in need with these resources.
The health fair will run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the blood drive will take place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you would like to register to donate blood, Click here.
Rigby woman opens flower shop
RIGBY – Tenille Byington has seen a steady stream of customers since opening her floral shop at 174 East Main Street in Rigby several months ago. She does a lot of custom arrangements for all occasions, which she says sets her boutique apart from others. She’s done similar projects away from home for years, and opening a business seemed like the natural next step. EastIdahoNews.com will publish a more in-depth story soon.
Rexburg’s new venture gives gamers a place to play with friends
REXBURG – When The Standard Journal moved from its building at 23 South 1st East several months ago, John Stevens thought it fit well with his business concept. He and his partners were looking for a place to open an electronic game store, and the abundance of power strips was one thing that appealed to them. Together they opened Blue Light Lobby in October. Stevens says it’s a good start, but a lot of people don’t know it’s open yet. A story emphasizing the specifics of the company and what it does will be published soon.
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