Business Spotlights

The Gateway Business Spotlight showcases local businesses and fosters pride in the airport region’s thriving business community. The Business Spotlight is a free business recognition program designed to create awareness about the variety of local businesses. The series provides a great opportunity for local businesses to share unique information about what makes their business a great addition to the community

Sollazo’s 703 Club

Sollazo’s 703 Club Celebrates 50 Years: serving up a half-century of cold drinks and charming conversation. Ron and Terri Sollazo are celebrating 50 years together as business owners; this year marks 51 years of marriage for the lucky couple. Aptly named for its location at 703 W. Layton Ave., Sollazo’s 703 Club has been owned and operated by the pair since July 1, 1971. Originally opened by Ron’s father, the establishment changed hands a number of times until Ron expressed interest after returned home from the service. The newlyweds each had ‘day jobs,’ but that did not keep them from running a welcoming corner tavern where local workers and residents could unwind. Terri worked days at Briggs & Stratton and nights at the club. Meanwhile, Ron worked the night shift as a corrections officer, and later with the Sheriff’s Department, while he held down the fort during the day. Over the years this ambitious team built both a robust business and an adoring family; the Sollazo’s have four grown children and seven grandchildren. After retiring, the couple downsized their staff, leaving just the two of them to run the show. Terri tends bar during the day while Ron slings drinks and shares his stories each night. The Sollazos have seen plenty of changes to their business and the community while enjoying five decades behind the bar. Terri explained that in its heyday, the club would welcome local workers for lunch, and she knew exactly what they were going to order. “I had their sandwich ready, beer ready, shots ready.” 703 Club was open for all three shifts, ensuring that no matter when patrons left work they could swing by for a tasty drink and good conversation. Today the doors open at 1pm, signifying how jobs and businesses in the area …

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Reinders, Inc.

“For a business, I think it’s a home run.” Wayne Wheeler, Reinders Holiday Lighting Project Manager You may have noticed some ‘bright’ additions to the …

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Jen’s Sweet Treats

Making a Difference, One Cupcake at a Time With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, what better time to “Spotlight” Jen’s Sweet Treats. We …

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