A new hotel called The Murieta Inn and Spa has opened in Rancho Murieta - the gated community east of Sacramento. The Sacramento Business Journal's Digital Editor Sonya Sorich says it's expected to attract a lot of people who own horses...since it's near the Murieta Equestrian Center which hosts more than 50 horse-related events a year.
"Each of those events can attract hundreds of people, many of whom previously stayed in nearby places such as Folsom or Rancho Cordova," says Sorich. "But now that's changed with this new hotel option which as 83 rooms."
The hotel includes a farm-to-fork restaurant, a pool, meeting spaces and a bourbon bar. The inn is one part of a development that's expected to include retail and housing.
A national retail store - that may not be everyone's cup of tea - is opening its first Sacramento location on Arden Way tomorrow. It's called Hustler Hollywood. The owner - pornography publisher Larry Flynt - is expected to attend tomorrow's opening. Sorich says Sacramento County is not classifying the business as an adult novelty retailer.
"That's because 80 percent of its sales floor will be devoted to general retail, things like fragrances and apparel displaying the Hustler brand name," says Sorich. "That portion of the store will be open to all ages. Another 20 percent of the store will be devoted to adult novelty items, and that will be open to shoppers 18 and older."
The store at Arden Way near Bell Street will be among more than 20 Hustler Hollywood sites throughout the United States.
Folsom is getting a couple of new craft beer businesses. Red Bus Brewing Company officially debuts today on Reading Street. And Rocklin-based Out of Bounds Brewing will be opening a Folsom site soon. But Sorich says there are still some challenges for potential brewery operators in Folsom.
"First of all, the city doesn't have a lot of the industrial space that often appeals to breweries," says Sorich. "And there are lots of big retail centers in Folsom, but operators might not have the money to open there. And finally, if you're looking at historic Folsom as a potential brewery location, you'll likely have to be prepared for all the work that comes with opening in an older building."
The owners of Red Bus Brewing Company are the same people who own The Brewmeister - a Folsom store where people can buy supplies to brew beer at home.
Sacramento is one of more than 40 places nationwide that will host a unique career-development event for women on Monday, February 12th. The Sacramento Business Journal is presenting Bizwomen Mentoring Monday, where local women can get career advice from female business leaders in a variety of industries, ranging from health care to retail.
"We hear a lot about the importance of mentoring," says Sorich. "But it's not always easy to find a mentor. And these types of events are even more important now, given the national focus on women's workplace issues."
The event at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center has a speed-dating setup, where guests have seven minutes with each mentor they choose.