By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer
Business is booming with more than 10 new businesses which have been started in Portales over the last year, according to the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Annual Report.
It’s an encouraging sign for Kim Huffman, Community Development Director, and chamber officials.
“Portales is growing,” Huffman said. “The business climate is good. Everybody works together to bring in new businesses. The businesses that are already here create a good business climate and as a result new businesses open up.”
Huffman said many local business owners give advice and help to new business owners. The new businesses range from pet-grooming, nail and beauty salons to video editing, car washes and discount stores. The consensus from the owners is that they feel there was a need for their services in Portales.
Danny Jones and Michael Moore offer a combined 29 years of car repair experience for their new business, First Service Collision located at 601 S. Ave. C. Jones said the repair shop deals with paint and body work. Jones said he used to work for Classic Concepts in Clovis and Moore used to work for Ultra Works in Clovis.
“Portales needs a good body shop,” Jones said. “It’s a nice shop and one of the best-equipped.”
Jones said they offer computerized estimates, which insurance companies require. He said another factor in wanting to open up a business in Portales was because he lived in Portales and was tired of commuting from Portales to Clovis over the last 15 years.
Jimmy Chavez, owner of Wrapped Around U, saw an opportunity to bring in a new business which is rare — a body wrap business. Chavez said people’s bodies are wrapped around from head-to-toe in bandages which contain water soaked in minerals. Chavez said the body wraps help people tighten skin, lose inches and look firmer.
“There are people who are tired of the other methods,” Chavez said. “They want to see results. Many of our customers are in their late 30s and early 40s.”
Wrapped Around U opened up on Dec. 27 and is located in the Eastern Plaza.
Shannon Lujan, co-owner of Bargains 2 U, said she saw the potential for success the Portales market had to offer. The store, which is also owned by James Prewitt, has been open for approximately one year. Lujan and Prewitt sell merchandise, such as microwaves, trash cans and toys from department stores at a lower price. She said the merchandise they have is from overstocked department stores.
Two other new businesses are located in a new building where the Saga Motel used to be. Webb Direct 2U and A Cut Above opened up in the renovated building within the last six months. Suzi Webb purchased the property and opened Webb Direct 2U, which is a children’s clothing store.
Jolene Hale, who runs A Cut Above, has been a hair stylist for more than 10 years and used to work at Creative Images. A Cut Above is one of at least 14 beauty salons in Portales.
“The opportunity presented itself and it wasn’t expensive to open the business,” Hale said. “There’s a large market in Portales and it’s nice to be your own boss.”
Being your own boss is what Barbara Craig likes the most about her pet-grooming business, The Laundromutt. She said most of the pets are cats and dogs.
“I love doing it, they (pets) don’t talk back to you,” Craig joked. “The pet owners trust you because they (pets) are their kids. They want to make sure they are taken care of.”
Some of the other new businesses are: Susan’s Pet Shack (a pet store), Fancee Nails (nail salon), Custom Care Carwash, and Designs By J (an embroidery shop).
There are also plans for two new hotels to open up in Portales, the Holiday Inn Express and the Portales Inn.