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tog­ra­phy, photo booths and video. It even hosts salsa dance classes ev­ery Wed­nes­day at 6 p.m.

Stu­dio 102 is lo­cated in the Lane Build­ing at 102 E. 3rd St. in down­town Yuma.

Reach the stu­dio at 928-580-9205 or visit www. doten­pho­tog­ra­phy.com. *** Wal­ter Hein and Dawn Nor­ris re­cently cel­e­brated the grand open­ing of their new busi­ness, 5 Star Sun­shades, at 11411 S. For­tuna Road, Suite 103. It is across from Wal­greens on the back side of the laun­dro­mat.

5 Star Sun­shades man­u­fac­tures and sells sun­shades for RVs and home win­dows as well as sun­shade tarps, per­gola cov­ers and more.

It is open Mon­day through Fri­day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Satur­day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a free es­ti­mate, call 928-3040988. *** Shar­ing a sim­i­lar name but in a to­tally dif­fer­ent in­dus­try and lo­ca­tion is 5 Star Hair­cuts. The new busi­ness opened Sept. 1 at 2855 S. 4th Av­enue., Suite 126.

Own­ers and cos­me­tol­o­gists are Isaac Ro­driguez, Ana Cortez, Cather­ine Wil­son, Dora Martinez and Janet Viz­carra.

They of­fer all hair ser­vices, “any­thing to do with hair,” for men and women, Wil­son said. They also do face shaves with hot tow­els, fa­cial wax­ing and reg­u­lar fa­cials.

The long­time cos­me­tol­o­gists had all been work­ing to­gether at a bar­ber­shop, but they de­cided to ven­ture out on their own and serve women as well.

5 Star Hair­cuts is open seven days a week, Mon­day through Fri­day from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Satur­day and Sun­day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walk-ins and ap­point­ments wel­come. To make an ap­point­ment or for more in­for­ma­tion, call 928726-2899. *** Rob­bie M. Fich­tel, a cer­ti­fied per­sonal trainer and fit­ness nu­tri­tion spe­cial­ist, is open­ing a yoga stu­dio in the Foothills on Oct. 2. It will be called The Saf­fron Stu­dio Yoga and Well­ness and will of­fer a va­ri­ety of yoga and fit­ness classes, in­clud­ing sev­eral Sil­verSneak­ers classes each week. Fich­tel is also a cer­ti­fied Sil­verSneak­ers in­struc­tor.

Fich­tel, who de­scribes her­self as a “Navy wife, mom of 2, an­i­mal lover, out­door en­thu­si­ast, lover of pizza,” said The Saf­fron Stu­dio was “born out of a de­sire to share my pas­sion for yoga and to­tal body well­ness through mind­ful­ness, fit­ness and whole food nu­tri­tion at ev­ery stage of life. My in­ten­tion is to cre­ate a tran­quil, lov­ing en­vi­ron­ment, where each stu­dent may ex­pe­ri­ence in­spi­ra­tional and heart­felt teach­ings, which foster mind­ful­ness and a con­nec­tion to com­mu­nity that will be car­ried for­ward out­side the stu­dio. “

The new stu­dio will be lo­cated in the Foothills Vil­lage at 11242 S. Foothills Blvd., Suite 8.

For the class sched­ule or more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.the­saf­fron­stu­dio.com or call 757-240-7863. *** There’s also an­other new busi­ness with a fit­ness fo­cus in the area. Fuel Fit­ness opened its doors on Aug. 8 at 1335 S. Pa­cific Ave., Suite 209, across from the Yuma Palms mall.

Owner/trainer Daniel Welch of­fers per­sonal train­ing as well as small group classes “in a FUN and wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment with work­outs that will help you tone up … We strive to pro­vide a friendly, safe en­vi­ron­ment that en­cour­ages people to push past their per­ceived men­tal lim­its.”

He’s also of­fer­ing a pro­gram for kids.

Welsh says his own story led to open­ing the gym. “I was 220 pounds. I was over­weight, de­pressed, and ex­tremely in­se­cure with who I was. I went down a path of self de­struc­tive be­hav­ior, and some­where along the way I dis­cov­ered Cross­fit. I de­cided that it was time, I had to change my life.”

He started eat­ing healthy and work­ing out on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. “I found that eat­ing healthy and work­ing out made me hap­pier. I found con­fi­dence, and it re­lieved my stress. It changed my life and pos­si­bly saved my life.”

He’s cur­rently 170 pounds and health­ier than he has been in years.

“It has been a hard, men­tal­ity test­ing jour­ney up to this point. My health jour­ney con­tin­ues as does ev­ery­one’s. From what I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced and been through, my goal is to help you achieve yours. Open­ing this gym was meant for chang­ing lives, one per­son at a time,” he pledged.

“I prom­ise you that if you make the de­ci­sion to change, noth­ing can stand in your way.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 928-487-0505. *** As for build­ing ac­tiv­ity in Yuma this week, Alan Kircher, deputy build­ing of­fi­cial, sent me the fol­low­ing re­port:

Cer­tifi­cates of oc­cu­pancy were is­sued to Easter Seals, lo­cated at 3860 W. 24th St. in the Mis­sion Val­ley Plaza, after ten­ant im­prove­ments were made, and The Rock Church, 2555 E. Gila Ridge Road, after build­ing al­ter­ations.

New plans were submitted for re­view by Quick Re­frig­er­a­tion, 190 W. 10th St., for a new so­lar PV sys­tem. *** Please re­mem­ber, if you know of a new busi­ness that has or will be open­ing, re­lo­cat­ing or clos­ing, let me know. Con­tact me at mk­naub@yu­masun.com or call 928-539-6853.

Un­til next week!

FUEL FIT­NESS, 1335 S. PA­CIFIC AVE., Suite 209, opened its doors on Aug. 8. Owner/trainer Daniel Welch of­fers per­sonal train­ing as well as small group classes in “a friendly, safe en­vi­ron­ment that en­cour­ages people to push past their per­ceived men­tal...

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