In another sign that shopping malls are trying to attract more customers, Sacramento's Country Club Plaza at Watt and El Camino avenues is adding an indoor trampoline park. The Sacramento Business Journal's Digital Editor Sonya Sorich says the new business will fill the former Sport Chalet space.
"The trampoline park, which is from a franchise called Rebounderz, is expected to open in May 2018," says Sorich. "This is the first local site for the company to open. It offers attractions such as ninja warrior courses and open jump arenas."
Sorich says a new buffet restaurant recently opened at the center - and the new owners also added a Planet Fitness and WinCo market.
"A movie theater is still in the works there too," says Sorich. "There are other trampoline parks in the Sacramento area. But this addition is especially notable because it shows how these businesses aren't just reserved for warehouses and other big standalone spaces."
Analysts say shopping centers throughout the country are adding trampoline parks and other attractions in the hopes of bringing in more families who may also spend money at mall shops and eateries.
A well-known restaurant in midtown Sacramento is making a comeback...in east Sacramento. Celestin's served Caribbean food in midtown for 28 years. Sorich says the most recent incarnation of the restaurant, at K and 19th, closed a few years ago.
"Now it appears that its owners plan to fill a former gelato shop space on McKinley Boulevard," says Sorich. "We've seen other restaurants close and then return later so this idea isn't entirely unheard of. Ultimately a lot of the success depends on brand recognition and customer loyalty."
Patrick Celestin was born in Haiti and came from a family of chefs. He met his wife Pheobe while visiting Sacramento and they started their original restaurant on J Street in 1983.
Sacramento area entrepreneurs and tech professionals will soon have a place in Oak Park where they can share workspace without needing a long-term lease. Sorich says it's a co-working space called Coffee and Coworking.
"This newest venture replaces a former art gallery in Oak Park's 40 Acres complex," says Sorich. "The effort is spearheaded by two entrepreneurs and they say that in addition to the standard workplace amenities for tech professionals, they also want to be a place where young people can learn skills like coding."
The new site is expected to open by the end of the year. Co-work spaces are a growing business in Sacramento. Not too long ago there were only two in the region. Now there are around a dozen. Analysts say the flexibility of co-working spaces appeals to companies that are growing but don't want to sign an extended lease.