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Business Journal: Cache Creek, Life Time Athletic, Cyclebar, Pick Up Sticks

Courtesy of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation

An artist's rendering of the expanded Cache Creek Casino Resort in Yolo County.

Courtesy of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation

The Indian tribe that owns Cache Creek Casino Resort, northwest of Woodland, is moving ahead with plans to expand its 200 room hotel to more than 650 rooms. The Sacramento Business Journal's Digital Editor Sonya Sorich says Yolo County Supervisors this week approved up to 459 new rooms.

"The expansion would make it the region's biggest hotel," says Sorich. "Right now that distinction goes to the Hyatt Regency Sacramento and the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, both in downtown Sacramento. They each have just over 500 rooms."

Under the agreement, the tribe will pay Yolo County $161 million over 22 years. Construction could start as early as this month.

It seems like there's still a lot of demand for big health clubs in the Sacramento region. A Minnesota-based fitness company has opened a second Sacramento area gym. Life Time Athletic's massive new facility is off of Highway 50 in Folsom. Sorich says the 300-thousand-square-foot gym took two years to build.

"In addition to your typical exercise equipment it has indoor and outdoor aquatic centers, a cafe, a spa, tennis courts," says Sorich. "Construction costs were more than $30 million for this project."

Life Time Athletics entered the Sacramento area about two years ago with a facility in Roseville. Meanwhile, there's also been a rise in smaller boutique gyms. The latest is Cyclebar, a luxury indoor cycling franchise opening soon in Roseville.

The Sacramento area could soon be getting a new business aimed at gamers that would offer food and alcohol for people playing both board games and video games. Sorich says it would be called Pick Up Sticks Gaming Parlor.

"This is a reference to how food will be served at the business," says Sorich. "Food would be offered on sticks or toothpicks so customers don't have to worry about touching food and handling a game at the same time."

A local entrepreneur has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $12,000 for the business which would likely be located near Sacramento State, around the area of Howe Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard.