Category Archives: Business news

Recent Local Business Expansions

Expansions are underway by Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center via the Downtown Commons (DOCO).  It is hoped that these endeavors will be beneficial to local businesses with the opening of a variety of pop up shops.  This is a relatively new idea for the area and could result in something more permanent, should success ensue.

Meanwhile, the City Council is looking to expand the Sacramento Convention Center and renovate the Community Center Theater.  It is likely that locals will be hired to better ensure project on time completion.  In addition, with the agreement in place it is less likely that strikes will occur resulting in delays.  And of course you have the added benefit of enhanced construction careers for locals while establishing “lucrative business opportunities for local companies.”

Woodland based Amos Metz Rentals has just been sold to Sacramento based investors.  According to one of the former owners, Joe Metz:

 “Amos Metz has been in business since 1945 and is a staple in its marketplace. We are very pleased to have sold our business to Sacramento-based investors who know our business very well. We had several options after our long-time manager, Willie Truitt, retired and selling to this group was a natural fit for both parties. Willie, who owned a portion of the business, had a wonderful career in rental for over 40 years and we appreciate all of his hard work and efforts.”

Hallmark Inn Prepping for Makeover

The Hallmark Inn, located at UC Davis, has some new owners and with them a new, modern finish. Renovations will begin this summer. According to the new owner, Sacramento’s Presidio Companies, the renovations will include the modernization of all guest rooms and common areas, including the lobby and meeting rooms.

Presidio is working with the design team at Gettys Group to bring a pastoral, agricultural feel to the new hotel, drawing on Yolo County’s history in agriculture and farmland heritage.

Managing principal of Presidio Companies Guneet Bajwa said: “We are proud to take ownership of this great hotel from the Youmans family. The Youmans owned and operated the property since 1998, and with great attention to service and hospitality, made it a welcoming home for the community at large. We are excited to continue that same sense of community spirit, while also transforming the entire hotel with a distinctive redesign and modernization.”

The company is also considering a new name for the hotel, which will be managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts.

Sacramento Planning New Bridge

Sacramento is planning a new bridge across the river. If planned correctly, the new addition has the potential to boost traffic between the Bridge District and West Sacramento as well as enhance riverfront development by drawing cyclists and pedestrians.

The Sacramento community is going to be directly involved in the process, and the public has been invited to a meeting to participate in the discussion. The new bridge will redirect most of the traffic from the old I Street Bridge, which is over a century old and too narrow for many vehicles. The old bridge will remain available to carry commuter and freight train, and the viaducts will be demolished to open up the riverfront on both sides.

According to the Sacramento Bee, “The new span is planned just north and would be the first linking Sacramento and West Sacramento since the Tower Bridge was built in 1934.”

Plans are for it be used by “vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians and a possible future streetcar line. It would be a direct route from the railyard, where a Kaiser Permanente hospital and a Major League Soccer stadium are planned, to the mixed-use Bridge District, which is already developing.”

Lyft Launches Black Car Service in Sacramento

Due to increasing demand, Lyft, Inc. has begun offering its luxury service in Sacramento. Based in San Francisco, Lyft is a ride-sharing service which has swept across the United States since its launch in 2012.  Providing stylish “black car” transportation, Lyft’s new Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV services are geared toward businessmen and other formal travelers. According to a Lyft spokesperson, the luxury drivers can earn up to five times the far of a regular Lyft driver.

“We’ve listened to our community and know that there is a need for a more premium ride. Our drivers who have high-end vehicles now have the opportunity to expand earnings and fulfill needs of their passengers,” spokewoman Darcy Nenni wrote in an email.

Lyfts new service will also be launched in numerous other cities across the country. Drivers who participate in the new venture will have to meet strict vehicle requirements: a 2011 or newer model car in excellent condition, black exterior and leather seats, and ratings of at least 4.7 of 5.

Sacramento Business Impacted by New Marijuana Grow Permits

Sacramento has approved 6 commercial grow permits, and dozen of other properties have also applied for permission to grow the plant on their properties. Real estate prices and local businesses are already being affected.

KCRA 3 reports that mall business owners throughout the city are concerned. The permit process has pushed commercial real estate prices up dramatically, and as leases expire, businesses are being forced to look for new locations.

Brian Bendix and his family run one such business. Their American Stripping Company, based in Sacramento, has been in business for over 30 years.  Now that marijuana grow licenses are bolstering the real estate prices in the area, they won’t be able to afford to stay once this year’s lease is up. They, like many other, anticipate having to leave the city to stay afloat.

 

Sacramento Resale Prices Reach Post-Crash High

Prices of homes in Sacramento County have been on the rise, and have recently hit the highest mark since before the crash in 2007.

According to CoreLogic, the average resale price of a family home in the area was $340,500 in July. In August 2005, when housing prices were at their peak, the average price was $374,000, whereas prices in October 2011 dropped as low as $155,000.

The latest increase in prices, which is 10% higher than last summer’s, has been driven by a small market and high demand.

“New home sales were on the rise in Sacramento County, with a 29 percent increase since July 2016,”  CoreLogic reported. “That’s partly the result of a resumption of construction in North Natomas, after federal authorities lifted a de facto building moratorium they’d imposed because of flood risks.”

Some experts believe the new developments in the resale market will make new homes a more viable option for buyers. As a result, housing construction may pick up; a critical improvement to the Sacramento economy.

Sneak Peek into Amazon’s New Sacramento Facility

Amazon has offered a sneak peek into its new Sacramento fulfillment center this week. According to County Supervisor Phil Serna, the construction is moving forward at a quick pace.

“I think it bodes well for the future of the business park and for other property owners here to see that this is not just going to be a very successful operation employing a lot of people, but that Sacramento County is very committed to making sure that the permits necessary to do something like this can be streamlined,” he said.

$15m Plan to Revive Old Sacramento’s Business Scene

Old Sacramento may be getting a $15 million revamp thanks to riverfront project manager Richard Rich’s plans to boost tourism and local business in the area. In an effort to make a new name for the historic district, Rich proposed a wide range of improvements at a recent City Council meeting, with everything from a new Ferris Wheel or other landmark to upping local artistry and encouraging a new startup scene amongst the upper floors of old buildings.

 

Rich’s vision extends beyond just flashy cosmetic improvements. He stated that he hopes to draw attention to Old Sacramento’s entertainment scene as well as its historical position by restructuring the pedestrian experience, mainly by fixing up the K Street pedestrian tunnel under Interstate 5 and turning it into a dramatic, interactive light show. He also hopes to draw visitors of the California State Railroad Museum into the district by enhancing access to the River, adding barges and building a themed waterpark to entertain both locals and tourists.

 

Downtown Sacramento Partnership executive director Michael Ault believes Rich’s plans “would be a great addition to Old Sacramento and would enhance the entire city.” It will also boost local businesses and attract new companies to the area, doing wonders for the city.

Raising the Bar on Sac’s Music Scene

A new record label has been launched by one of Sacramento’s very own.  Partly as an effort to raise the bar on Sacramento’s local music scene, James Cavern just created Tree Tone Records.  With his tagline Support local music because it’s good, not because it’s local, he is hoping it will become a “curation and networking tool [which will] elevate the artists [he respects].”

Cavern is on this mission not because of local “mediocre” talent but because there is talent and it’s not being recognized.  He said: “We’re leveling up as a city when it comes to food, the beer scene and the arena.  There’s a lot happening right now that is really turning the tides for Sacramento, and in turn, everything else should go up, too. Especially music.”

So far the label is doing well. The  lineup includes: Soosh*e! (rapper emcee), Cameron Calloway (R&B soul artist from Las Vegas).  In September an art block party is being hosted by Tree tone for the Labor Day Weekend.