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After 10 years of activity, the local Mexican market opens in a new location
SHELLEY – A 10 year old business in Idaho Falls has 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 grocery store / restaurant / meat market that offers a variety of authentic Mexican food, snacks, drinks, produce, and other grocery items.
Store and restaurant manager Juvia Patino told EastIdahoNews.com that she has 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, ”says Patino.
Patino says customers particularly appreciate the fruit water and the 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 stems 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 purchasing the building from Shelley.
Juvia’s parents, Roy and Clemencia Patino, started the business on Shoup Avenue in downtown Idaho Falls around 2012 after immigrating from Mexico to the United States.
“My mom always loved to cook and my dad always loved being in business,” says Juvia. “They wanted to bring here a piece of Mexico, the life they knew and the food they loved.”
The Patinos are originally from central Mexico and arrived in 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 company for eight years. She describes her parents as hardworking people who sacrificed a lot to carve out a life for themselves and provide them and their siblings with opportunities they never had.
They are eager to gain 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 or Facebook page.
Local mental health clinic holds blood drive next week
AMMON – Pearl Health Clinic in Ammon is having 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 in Idaho Falls had a big response to their blood drive last year. In response to this and the nationwide blood shortage, clinic workers decided that a blood drive was the best thing to help.
Pearl Health Clinic has access to many community resources that many people can benefit from. Event organizer Colin Waters said the health fair will give volunteers the opportunity to connect those in need with these resources.
The health fair will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the blood drive will be from noon 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 his flower shop at 174 East Main Street in Rigby several months ago. She makes a lot of personalized arrangements for all occasions, which she says sets her shop apart from the rest. She has been doing 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.
New Rexburg Company Provides A Place To Play With Friends
REXBURG – When The Standard Journal moved from its building to 23 South 1st East several months ago, John Stevens thought it fit his business concept well. He and his partners were looking for a place to open an arcade game store, and the abundance of power strips is one thing that attracted 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 focusing on the specifics of the company and what it does will be published shortly.
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