Taquria La Plazita, a new Mexican restaurant, is scheduled to open in Charlie Kamuf’s West Parrish Plaza strip center about June 5.

Todd Humphreys, the leasing agent, said Trinidad Gonzales, who owns two Mi Ranchita locations, plans to close the one on Parrish and reopen in the new location with the new name.

“This is authentic Mexican food,” Humphreys said. “It’s Mexican home cooking, what they eat in Mexico.”

The 1,600-square-foot location is next to the former Wasabi location in the center.

• Speaking of restaurants, El Tucan Mexican Restaurant has moved from Halifax Square to the former Catfish Willy’s location on Tamarack Road.

• Two new businesses are coming to Heartland Crossing — in front of Menards and Meijers.

Hotworx Studio is a yoga and fitness studio.

And Profile by Stanford says it “provides nutrition, activity and lifestyle coaching.”

• The U.S. Census Bureau says it’s starting to hire for next year’s census.

Available jobs include census taker, recruiting assistant, office clerk and supervisory staff.

There are different pay scales for different jobs, but in Daviess County census takers will earn $14 an hour plus mileage and expenses.

Check it out at http://www .2020census.gov/

• The National Federation of Independent Businesses says its Small Business Optimism Index slipped 3.2 points in January.

That’s the lowest since just before the 2016 election.

The drop is a result of the government shutdown and “financial market instability,” the report said.

“Business operations are still very strong, but small business owners’ expectations about the future are shaky,” NFIB President Juanita D. Duggan said in a news release.

• Swedish Match said last week that its sales increased by 7 percent for the fourth quarter and by 9 percent for the full year of 2018.

It added that operating profit was up 8 percent in the fourth quarter and 12 percent for the year.

Keith Lawrence, 270-691-7301, klawrence@messenger-inquirer.com

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