IMPERIAL – During its Fall Mega Mixer, the Imperial Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting Thursday at a multi-store building that is home to five new businesses. Chamber officials said the city is embracing its small local business owners and businesses, and the newest edition is located at 447 W. Aten Road in a large building housing The Brickhouse Deli, Val’s Furniture, the Imperial Coffee Company, Restorations: A Hair and Beauty Workshop, and Bliss.
Although a few of the businesses had been already been operating under a “soft opening,” the fanfare and the Chamber’s official ribbon cutting brought in families, friends, civic leaders, and new customers to witness the dedication. The front drive ways of the facility were lined with displays of classic cars from a local car club, and attendees enjoyed beverages from The Imperial Coffee Company.
On hand as well were other local small businesses showcasing business products, including Half Baked Powder Coating, StyleDots, Desert Olive Farms, SeneGence of Sense Skincare and Cosmetics, Wanda’s Wicks, Ashurst Honey, Bliss, Premier Designs Jewelry, Travel by Cheryl and The Pink Pineapple, all in hopes of garnering their own ribbon cutting one day by marketing their brands.
Builder and owner of these of the new developments, Jerry Tucker, explained the ribbon cutting all started with the purchase of a lot on West Aten for the intended purpose of building a storefront for Restorations: A Hair and Beauty Workshop. Shortly after, he purchased an old warehouse adjacent to the lot that became The Imperial Coffee Company, followed by The Brickhouse Deli and Bliss. Just recently, Val’s Furniture moved into its own storefront with construction already in progress, and unnamed prospective tenants are already showing interest, Tucker said.
“I want to thank the city for all their help in the last three to six months in developing this project out here. They have been really helpful. We have really enjoyed working with the city — they have been more than willing to help us out,” said Tucker.
“We like to highlight our members, that’s what we like to do,” said Rafael Galvan, Imperial Chamber president. “We have new members that just joined, and this is our way of thanking them for being a part of the Imperial Chamber of Commerce, but also letting our community know of these businesses and just a way of supporting them.”
“We want to make sure that they (the new businesses) get the opportunity to showcase their products and business and that other people get to know them as well,” said Galvan.
“We want to offer fresh food that has a lot of flavor — something that they can feel confident that what they are putting in their body is quality,” said Jordan Tucker, owner and operator of The Brickhouse Deli.
“My own personal desire for the business is that if you’re coming through those door, I hope that you are greeted warmly and feel loved. There’s a lot of hustle and bustle in life, you come and go, and even though everyone is in a hurry, you’re able to come in and we know your name. You feel like you’re a part of something especially in our community and this is about the community,” Jordan Tucker elaborated.
“In 2018, one of the things we are going to be focusing on is our businesses to be able to provide for them education in some areas that will help them develop and grow,” said Galvan. “How to run their business and to do more of these Mega Mixers to show their products and services.”