For more than 15 years, Patricia Holmes worked as a music promoter, booking different DJs and other entertainment acts in clubs in Seattle, Las Vegas and other parts of the western U.S.

There’s nothing that thrilled her more than seeing a packed nightclub of people enjoying the music.

“To see everyone smiling and happy would do something to me,” she said.

Now Holmes, 39, is looking to evoke that same feeling, but this time as owner of PJ’s Music Box, a nightclub that will open in the coming weeks in the former Sky Bar space at 13 S. First St. in Yakima.

Holmes was friends with Sky Bar owner Sergio Badillo. When Badillo decided to close the nightclub after running it for eight years, Holmes saw an opportunity to fulfill a longtime dream.

Holmes is running the business with support from husband and co-owner Jared Holmes. (PJ’s stands for “Patricia and Jared.”)

Holmes also sees an opportunity to provide a more upscale entertainment spot, especially for professionals seeking a place to have fun and wind down after a busy week.

“We want to show there’s a safe way to hang out and listen to music and enjoy each other’s company,” Holmes said.

Rather than a house DJ, Holmes said she will book different DJs who will play a wide variety of music. There will be various theme nights, such as a classic rock night and a ladies night featuring music from popular female artists, such as Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande.

Holmes said she is working on securing a liquor license and hopes to open no later than early next month.

West Yakima health food store

By the time you read this, Mill Creek Natural Foods’ new location will likely be open inside the Chalet Place shopping center at 56th and Summitview avenues.

Mill Creek Natural Foods has had a longtime presence in Union Gap, but owner Mary Van de Graaf saw an opportunity to expand to a new customer base. “I think it’s the right time to open another store,” she


Van de Graaf also operates a health food store, Vibrant Health Foods and Vitamins, in Sunnyside.

Van de Graaf planned a soft opening for Saturday to coincide with Chalet Place’s June Art Fair, when many people would be visiting the shopping center.

A grand opening is planned for later this month. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but those can change depending on customer demand.

Papa John’s Pizza closes

Papa John’s Pizza at 3508 Summitview Ave. closed recently. The Yakima location had closed once before, in 2010, when a former franchisee closed it and several other locations. A new franchisee reopened the pizza place a few months later. I’ve reached out to Papa John’s for additional details.

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