Downtown Kingman landmark reopens at last

The iconic neon sign of the Kingman Club shines downtown as the House of Hops opened on May 1. (Courtesy)

The iconic neon sign of the Kingman Club shines downtown as the House of Hops opened on May 1. (Courtesy)

KINGMAN - Stacy Thomson opened the House of Hops beer and wine bar at the shuttered Kingman Club on May 1, bringing back to life the iconic sign with its neon-lit green martini glasses at 312 E. Beale St.

Thomson purchased the bar last year and spent more than $2,000 to restore the sign, which was part of the original building when it was built in 1944 and has been featured in Arizona Highways magazine.

The bar has been completely renovated with new flooring, walls, electrical and plumbing, and Thomson was issued a business license from the city of Kingman on April 27.

"We had a lot of people come in and say a lot of positive things about the upgrades we did," the owner said. "We have five TV screens and a juke box."

House of Hops offers 27 beers on tap, including selections from Kingman's Black Bridge Brewery, along with 10 wine taps. Business hours are from 2 p.m. until the last customer is served Monday through Friday, and from 12 p.m. Saturday.

A Kingman native, Thomson said she wants to keep the downtown scene alive.

"I really want to see it grow and get people in here that care about the downtown area," she said.

Route 66 promoter

Route 66 author and ambassador Jim Hinckley is being financially supported by Noble and Joel Zubaid, owners of the Ramada Inn and Canyon 66 Restaurant and Lounge, to promote the famous highway to a worldwide audience.

Hinckley has traveled nationally and internationally to speak with tourism groups and Route 66 associations, including The Netherlands.

The Ramada Inn owners, who recently partnered with the Mohave County Fairgrounds, have offered to subsidize a portion of Hinckley's travel expenses.

Scott Dunton of Dunton Motors will provide office space for Hinckley.

"I'm honored that Scott and Ramada Inn want me to do this on a larger scale," Hinckley said. "It's beneficial to the entire business community."

Marketing class

Mohave Community College's Small Business Development Center is offering a free marketing seminar 2-3:30 p.m. June 3 at Neal Campus, 1971 Jagerson Ave.

The seminar, "Build Your Marketing Tool Kit," is presented by Lynn Ruby of Ruby Marketing Systems.

Business owners and managers will learn how marketing has changed to benefit small businesses, how to set marketing goals and the four pillars of marketing success, said Lisa Card of the college's Small Business Development Center.

"We want to assure business owners that it's okay to start small and to start now," she said.

For more information, call (866) 664-2832 or email lcard@mohave.edu.

Home prices

The average sale price of a single-family home in April was $114,704, down from $119,273 in the previous month, according to the Kingman Golden Valley Association of Realtors.

The association reported 89 sold listings during the month, also down from 116 in March, for a total sales volume of $10.2 million.

There were 148 new listings and 134 pending listings, or homes under sales contract.

Agents noticed

Angie Whitesides at 701 Stockton Hill Road, Suite O, and Trini Theel, at 2901 Stockton Hill Road, Suite A, have been named Allstate Premier Agencies in 2015.

"The Premier Agency designation is not only about successful business results," said Jim Turner, regional sales leader for Allstate. "The honor also demonstrates our agencies' commitment to delivering an accessible, knowledgeable and personal customer experience."