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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 limits.” It even has a program for kids.