Shenanigans, Shamrocks & Leprechauns Oh My… St. Patrick’s Day is Re-Imagined in Downtown Sacramento and at the Old Sacramento Waterfront

(March 1, 2021) Feeling lucky? The Downtown Sacramento Partnership has reimagined how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in fun and physically distanced ways throughout Downtown Sacramento and the Old Sacramento Waterfront. For five days starting on Saturday, March 13 and culminating on Wednesday, March 17, the community is invited to participate in two physically distanced St. Patrick’s Day Hunts (with prizes!) presented by Xfinity. Plus, on the evening of St. Patrick’s Day, visitors to the Old Sacramento Waterfront are encouraged to dress in the spirit of the Irish and enjoy entertaining live music provided by a talented local band – the Amador Sons – who will perform from the balcony of the What Cheer House (102 K St.) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Hunt throughout #DowntownSac

The community is invited to hunt for lucky shamrocks across #DowntownSac while participating in virtual photo, trivia, and location challenges to earn coveted points for prizes and bragging rights. Beginning March 13, lucky players can download the Eventzee app in their mobile app store, create a profile and enter “ShamrockHunt” to play. On March 18, the top three luckiest hunters with the most points will each win an Xfinity prize package that, depending on the level, includes Waterfront Wheel and Front Street Carousel tickets, a Boltron Wireless Charging Pad, an OrigAudio Aurabox 2.0 Speaker, an Octoforce 800mAH Power Bank, and more.

Leprechaun Hunt at the Old Sacramento Waterfront

Geared for younger children and families, a Leprechaun Hunt is in play at the Old Sacramento Waterfront. Those interested can pick up activity pages at the Old Sacramento Visitors Center (1002 Second Street) or download here to begin the quest to find eight leprechauns hidden throughout the district. Each leprechaun will have a corresponding secret word that families must fill in on the activity pages to move onto the next hidden leprechaun. Each clue is needed to solve the secret code at the end for a chance to win exciting prizes that, depending on the level, include a one-year pass to the Sacramento History Museum, Waterfront Wheel, and Front Street Carousel tickets, bingo games, and more.

To add to the fun and share the experience with others, scavenger hunt participants and visitors to the district are encouraged to capture images, post them on social media, and tag @DowntownSac and @OldSac. More detailed information about the St. Patrick’s Day activations is available at GoDowntownSac.com.

Visitors are encouraged to participate in the fun and free St. Patrick’s Day Hunt while shopping at or showing support for downtown Sacramento small businesses. The series of outdoor and physically distanced activations introduced this season are in line with a special “Keep COVID In Check” pledge launched by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership last year. For more details about the healthy and safe pledge, visit GoDowntownSac.com/experience/safe.

These new open-air activations continue the multi-phased marketing campaign led by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership titled “We are Downtown. Together.” Tapping into a deep sense of pride for downtown Sacramento, the campaign features a variety of new programs such as the “Keep COVID In Check” initiative, special activations such as Waterfront Wheel and Front Street Carousel rides, advertising, and signage support, and more, all are made possible by the area’s property-based improvement district (PBID), Downtown Sacramento Partnership. For more information about the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, visit www.DowntownSac.org.

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An Enchanting Front Street Carousel Joins the Waterfront Wheel at the Old Sacramento Waterfront

(February 1, 2021) In addition to the 65’ Waterfront Wheel that has been safely and spectacularly entertaining visitors to the Old Sacramento Waterfront since it debuted in October 2020, a Front Street Carousel is now in place to further dazzle and delight the community. Both operated by Brass Ring Amusements, the attractions are located in Waterfront Park (on Front Street in front of Rio City Café). To help keep the community safe, safety protocols are in place that include physically distanced line queues, regularly sanitized carts (with employee disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, restraints after patrons disembark, etc.), and contactless payment and admission.

Both the Waterfront Wheel and Front Street Carousel are operating every day, seven days a week as conditions allow. Hours of operation for both are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (with special holiday hours upon occasion). Cost to ride either attraction is $6 per rider per ride. Waterfront Wheel riders must be at least 42” to ride alone and all must be in the same household in each open-air cart (that holds up to four people). With 30 horses and two sleighs from which to choose, Front Street Carousel riders must be at least 36” to ride alone and children under 36″ in height may ride if adult is standing next to them holding them as they ride (one paid ticket allows for adult + child). For physical distancing purposes, middle horses will be closed to riders, allowing only the inside and outside horses to be ridden.

All Waterfront Wheel and Front Street Carousel rides are first come, first served. Due to the popularity of the entertaining attractions, the vision is to continue both outdoor attractions until further notice.

To add to the fun and share the experience with others, riders are encouraged to capture images of riding the whimsical attractions, post them on social media and tag @DowntownSac and @OldSac. More detailed information about the Waterfront Wheel and Front Street Carousel are available here and more information about the Old Sacramento Waterfront is available here.

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Love is in the Air at the Old Sacramento Waterfront when a 10’ ‘Heart Arch’ Activation is Installed on the Embarcadero

(February 1, 2021) — An eye-catching and new art activation is coming to the Embarcadero at the Old Sacramento Waterfront this week that will steal the hearts of Sacramentans looking for safe and fun ways to treat that special Valentine. Presented by Downtown Sacramento Partnership and created by local artist Alyse Porzio of Steadfast Craft, the temporary 10’ “Heart Arch” will be decorated with hundreds of colorful flowers and be installed in the public space on the elevated Embarcadero this Wednesday morning, February 3. With views of the Sacramento River, Delta King, and Tower Bridge shining in the background, the “Heart Arch” is a lovely spot for selfies and the community is encouraged to take share their iconic photos on social and tag @DowntownSac and @OldSac. The “Heart Arch” will remain in place through the month of February.

During the installation on Wednesday morning, a historic locomotive – decked out in Valentine’s décor – will be in place on the nearby tracks to signify the return of excursion train rides on Sundays in February beginning on Valentine’s Day. With limited seating available, train ride tickets for February 14 go on sale that same day (February 3 at noon) with three Valentine’s Day train rides at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

DATE/TIME:

  • Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 8 to 10 a.m. – “Heart Arch” installation

LOCATION:

  • 1000 Front Street (at K Street in front of Delta King) on Old Sacramento Waterfront

SPOKESPERSONS:    

  • Scott Ford – Old Sacramento Waterfront District Operations Manager, Downtown Sacramento Partnership
  • Alyse Porzio – Local artist with Steadfast Craft
  • Cheryl Marcell – President & CEO, California State Railroad Museum Foundation

In addition to the “Heart Arch” and excursion train rides, visitors to the Old Sacramento Waterfront will enjoy special Valentine’s Day offerings and activations, a few of which include 2-for-1 Waterfront Wheel and Front Street Carousel rides (2/14 only), inside jokes and outside laughs with outdoor comedy shows provided by Laughs Unlimited (2/11-14), and hard-to-find Disney Loungefly Bags at Stage Nine Entertainment (while supplies last), just to name a few.

More information about the new “Heart Arch” is available here; more information about excursion train rides is available here; more information about the Old Sacramento Waterfront is available here.

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There’s Still Time And Delicious New Ways To Support Local Restaurants With Dine Downtown Dollars & Bonus E-Gift Cards

(January 21, 2021) — With the delicious Dine Downtown culinary celebration continuing through this Sunday, January 24, Downtown Sacramento Partnership is excited to offer even more ways the community can support local restaurants through a new Dine Downtown Dollars e-Gift Card program that includes a bonus $25 e-Gift (while supplies last).

The newly launched Dine Downtown Dollars e-Gift Card is quick, easy to use and offers another way the community can support some of the participating restaurants (see list) by conveniently using just one card (plus they make for great gifts for foodie friends, family, and colleagues alike). As an extra incentive to help local restaurants thrive, Kaiser Permanente is sponsoring a bonus $25 e-Gift to use during Dine Downtown when purchasing $100 or more of Dine Downtown Dollars (limited to one per purchaser while supplies last). For more details and/or to purchase Dine Downtown Dollars (powered by Yiftee), visit GoDowntownSac.com/DineDowntown.

With nearly 30 restaurants participating in the 16th annual event, participating local restaurants are each offering three-course, prix fixe menus for dinner, lunch and/or brunch at one of three convenient price points – $25, $35 or $45. With menus available online, local foodies and families are able to choose from a delicious array of special prix fixe offerings available for takeout to enjoy in the comfort of home and al fresco dining at select locations. Also new this year, Dine Downtown has partnered with the locally created www.pickupfixe.com online platform that offers an easy-to-use, seamless, and touchless order placement and curbside pick-up at participating restaurants in free temporary parking zones provided by the City of Sacramento.

2021 participating restaurants include:

Tapa the World Solomon’s Delicatessen
Hoppy’s Railyard Kitchen & Hopgarden The Melting Pot
Kodaiko Ramen & Bar Tequila Museo Mayahuel
La Cosecha Sacramento Beach Hut Deli & Tap Room by DOCO
Dawson’s Steakhouse Falafel Corner
Steamers Bakery and Café Canon
The Porch Restaurant and Bar Capitol Garage
Frank Fat’s The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar
Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Co. Maydoon
Aioli Bodega Española Brasserie Capitale
The Firehouse Station 16 Restaurant & Bar
House Kitchen & Bar Camden Spit & Larder
Yard House at DOCO Kasbah
Polanco Cantina Midtown Sushi

*Also participating in Dine Downtown Dollars

Dine Downtown is produced by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, presented by Kaiser Permanente, sponsored by InterWest Insurance Services LLC with support from Entercom Radio, Sac365, and Yelp along with an official transportation partner, Sacramento Regional Transit District.

To learn more about how to support local businesses offering online gift cards, curbside pick-up, take-out or delivery, visit GoDowntownSac.com. The community can also learn more about the Keep COVID In Check pledge to ensure a safe and healthy experience for customers.

SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS: Tag foodie photos with @DineDowntown and #DowntownSac, #DineDowntownSac, #CovidInCheck, #DowntownTogether for a chance to be featured in promotions and on social media.

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Dine Downtown Offers New Delicious Ways to Support Local

(December 28, 2020) – Foodies rejoice! The award-winning Dine Downtown culinary celebration, presented by Kaiser Permanente in 2021, returns for the 16th consecutive year from January 8 through January 24, 2021. The participating 26 restaurants will serve Dine Downtown’s famous three-course, prix fixe menus to-go for dinner, lunch and/or brunch at one of three convenient price points – $25, $35 or $45. With most menus now available online, local foodies and families are able to choose from a delicious array of special prix fixe offerings available for take-out only – with plenty of delivery and curbside pick-up options – to enjoy in the comfort of home. New this year and given all special menu items are offered to-go for take-out only, Dine Downtown has partnered with the locally created www.pickupfixe.com online platform that offers an easy-to-use, seamless, and touchless order placement and curbside pick-up, conveniently available in the free temporary parking zones provided by the City of Sacramento.

“As we turn the corner on the New Year, we’re appreciative that Kaiser Permanente has joined us in presenting Dine Downtown to support our restaurants,” said Michael Ault, Executive Director of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. “Dine Downtown offers a safe and physically distanced opportunity to explore and enjoy delicious new experiences while providing critically important support for our restaurant community that needs it now more than ever.”

Launched in 2005, Dine Downtown provides a significant boost for local restaurants during a critically important (and usually slower) period for the industry. In its 15-year run to-date, Dine Downtown has generated nearly $6 million in restaurant sales for Central City restaurants.

2021 participating restaurants include (updated listing):

Tapa the World Solomon’s Delicatessen
Hoppy’s Railyard Kitchen & Hopgarden The Melting Pot
Kodaiko Ramen & Bar Tequila Museo Mayahuel
La Cosecha Sacramento Beach Hut Deli & Tap Room by DOCO
Dawson’s Steakhouse Falafel Corner
Steamers Bakery and Café Canon
The Porch Restaurant and Bar Capitol Garage
Frank Fat’s The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar
Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Co. Maydoon
Aioli Bodega Española Brasserie Capitale
The Firehouse Station 16 Restaurant & Bar
House Kitchen & Bar Camden Spit & Larder
Yard House at DOCO Kasbah
Polanco Cantina Midtown Sushi

 

In addition to the Dine Downtown menus available online, the community can purchase gift cards from participating restaurants via links available at GoDowntownSac.com/DineDowntown. Customers can also learn more about the Keep COVID In Check pledge to ensure a safe and healthy experience for customers.

Dine Downtown is produced by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, presented by Kaiser Permanente, sponsored by InterWest Insurance Services LLC with support from Entercom Radio, Sac365, and Yelp along with an official transportation partner, Sacramento Regional Transit District.

To learn more about how to support local businesses offering online gift cards, curbside pick-up, take-out or delivery, visit GoDowntownSac.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS: Tag foodie photos with @DineDowntownSac and #DowntownSac, #DineDowntown, #CovidInCheck, #DowntownTogether for a chance to be featured in promotions and on social media.

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Festive Outdoor Activations In Downtown Sacramento Help Make The Holidays Merry With Storefront Window Display Contest & Holidays Scavenger Hunt

(December 8, 2020) – As part of a continuing focus on reimagining the holidays in downtown Sacramento this season, a new storefront Holiday Window Display Contest and interactive app-based Holiday Hunt produced by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership is providing the community with more physically distanced outdoor experiences. Customers can enjoy the festive holiday displays and compete in the scavenger-style “hunt” while picking up take-out curbside and safely shopping in local retailers through the end of the year.

Holiday Window Display Contest
More than two dozen downtown Sacramento businesses have festively decorated their storefront windows as part of the new Holiday Window Contest presented by Xfinity designed to complement the Downtown Sacramento Partnership’s ongoing downtown support campaign, “Downtown Together.” The creative décor ranges from gnomes and grinches to twinkly lights and snowflakes, all designed to delight and share holiday spirit with downtown shoppers.

  • Inspired local businesses are competing in a variety of categories and each award winner will receive $1,000 cash. A special Judge’s Award will be chosen by a local panel of celebrity judges, with a winner announced on December 15, and the People’s Choice Award will be selected by downtown shoppers, guests, and online visitors after Christmas.
  • See a curated list of decorated storefronts – to view in person or virtually – and then vote for favorites at com or by “liking” favorites in the Facebook album at Facebook.com/GoDowntownSac. The deadline for the public to vote is December 26 and all Holiday Window Display Contest winners will be announced via #DowntownSac social media platforms.

Holiday Scavenger Hunt
Complementing the Holiday Window Display Contest, the Downtown Sacramento Partnership has also partnered with Eventzee to launch a new Sacramento version of its popular mobile app, filled with a variety of photo, trivia, and location challenges where users can earn points during the month of December. Users that earn the most points will be eligible to win a “staycation” prize package that includes an overnight stay at DOCO’s Kimpton Sawyer Hotel along with coveted downtown swag and gift cards. The festive and fun Holiday Scavenger Hunt game already has more than 100 downloads after the first weekend.

  • To play, download the Eventzee App, create a profile, and enter code “downtownsac” to play.
  • For details about how to get started on the Holiday Hunt, visit GoDowntownSac.com/holidays.

Shoppers are encouraged to participate in the fun and free Holiday Window Display Contest and the Holiday Scavenger Hunt while shopping at or showing support for downtown Sacramento small businesses. The series of outdoor and physically distanced activations introduced this season are in line with a special Keep COVID In Check pledge launched by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership earlier this year. For more details about the healthy and safe pledge, visit www.godowntownsac.com/experience/safe.

These new open-air activation dovetail with a multi-phased marketing campaign that continues to be rolled out through the end of the year by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership titled “We are Downtown. Together.” Tapping into a deep sense of pride for downtown Sacramento, the new campaign features a variety of new programs such as the “Keep COVID In Check” initiative, the Dignity Health Holiday Tree on display, special activations such as Waterfront Wheel rides, a ReImagine micro-grant program designed to drive art activations throughout the district, advertising and signage support, and more, all are made possible by the area’s property-based improvement district (PBID), Downtown Sacramento Partnership. For more information about Downtown Sacramento Partnership, please visit www.DowntownSac.org.

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With Most Menus Now Available, Dine Downtown Offers Delicious Ways To Savor New Culinary Experiences To-Go While Supporting Local Restaurants

(January 4, 2021) Foodies rejoice! The award-winning Dine Downtown culinary celebration, presented by Kaiser Permanente in 2021, returns for the 16th consecutive year from January 8 through January 24, 2021. The participating 27 restaurants will serve Dine Downtown’s famous three-course, prix fixe menus to-go for dinner, lunch and/or brunch at one of three convenient price points – $25, $35 or $45. With menus now available online, local foodies and families are able to choose from a delicious array of special prix fixe offerings available for takeout only to enjoy in the comfort of home. Also new this year, given all special menu items are offered to-go for takeout only, Dine Downtown has partnered with the locally created www.pickupfixe.com online platform that offers an easy-to-use, seamless, and touchless order placement and curbside pick-up at participating restaurants in free temporary parking zones provided by the City of Sacramento.

“As we turn the corner on the New Year, we’re appreciative that Kaiser Permanente has joined us in presenting Dine Downtown to help our restaurants thrive,” said Michael Ault, Executive Director of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. “Dine Downtown offers a safe and physically distanced opportunity to explore and enjoy delicious new experiences while providing critically important support for our restaurant community that needs it now more than ever.”

Launched in 2005, Dine Downtown provides a significant boost for local restaurants during a critically important (and usually slower) period for the industry. In its 15-year run to-date, Dine Downtown has generated nearly $6 million in restaurant sales for Central City restaurants.

2021 participating restaurants include:

Tapa the World

Solomon’s Delicatessen

Hoppy’s Railyard Kitchen & Hopgarden

The Melting Pot

Kodaiko Ramen & Bar

Tequila Museo Mayahuel

La Cosecha Sacramento

Beach Hut Deli & Tap Room by DOCO

Dawson’s Steakhouse

Falafel Corner

Steamers Bakery and Café

Canon

The Porch Restaurant and Bar

Capitol Garage

Frank Fat’s

Maydoon

Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Co.

Brasserie Capitale

Aioli Bodega Española

Yard House at DOCO

The Firehouse

Camden Spit & Larder

Kasbah

Hawks Provisions + Public House

Polanco Cantina

Midtown Sushi

In addition to the Dine Downtown menus available online, the community can purchase gift cards from participating restaurants via links available at GoDowntownSac.com/DineDowntown or Dine Downtown Dollars, a new e-Gift Card accepted at a growing number of Dine Downtown restaurants (see list here). Customers can also learn more about the Keep COVID In Check pledge to ensure a safe and healthy experience for customers.

Dine Downtown is produced by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, presented by Kaiser Permanente, sponsored by InterWest Insurance Services LLC with support from Entercom Radio, Sac365, and Yelp along with an official transportation partner, Sacramento Regional Transit District.

To learn more about how to support local businesses offering online gift cards, curbside pick-up, take-out or delivery, visit GoDowntownSac.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS: Tag foodie photos with @DowntownSac and #DowntownSac, #DineDowntownSac, #CovidInCheck, #DowntownTogether for a chance to be featured in promotions and on social media.

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Contact: Emilie Cameron / 916-287-9960

Think Big, Shop Small… Community Encouraged to Support Local Retailers in Downtown Sacramento on Small Business Saturday and All Through the Holidays

(November 25, 2020) – With safety measures in place throughout the Central City, the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, DOCO (Downtown Commons), Midtown Association and R Street Partnership are once again joining efforts to share exciting information about a variety of special Small Business Saturday activities, offerings and amenities launching for holiday shoppers on Saturday, November 28, 2020. Part of the year-round Shop Small concept, Small Business Saturday is highlighted as a national day to celebrate the ongoing effort to help local communities thrive – especially in this critically important year when small business need more support than ever.

In 2019, shoppers came together to support their local communities in amazing ways. The 10th Annual Small Business Saturday hit a record high with an estimated $19.6 billion in reported spending. Helping to make shopping in Sacramento’s urban core even more fun and convenient than ever in 2020, the City of Sacramento will continue to offer free metered parking on weekdays after 4:30 p.m. and all day on weekends as well as more than a dozen free curbside pick-up parking zones across the Central City.

To get started, shoppers are encouraged to stop by one of the Small Business Saturday “Welcome Stations” on Saturday, November 28 to pick up complimentary canvas Shop Small by American Express tote bags (while supplies last):

  • Gallegos Square Holiday Market (1125 11th Street) – Shoppers can load their totes with prepackaged gifts and DIY kits at the one-day outdoor holiday market hosted by The Allspicery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
  • DOCO/Downtown Commons (405 K Street) – With the plaza and shops open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Small Business Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests can pick-up a DOCO or KINGS tote with a surprise DOCO merchant gift card inside at a special station set up in lower West Plaza near Getta Clue Store, and can Spin the Wheel on the Terrace for gift card giveaways (all while supplies last). Plus, plaza guests will enjoy a Pop-Up Fly Market with local brand vendors and artists, and music by DJ Oasis and more from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
  • Sacramento Visitors Center at the Old Sacramento Waterfront (1002 Second Street) – Visitors can find shopping directories and helpful information about nearby holiday activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Businesses in the Central City have special offers and activities planned for Small Business Saturday on November 28 with many downtown businesses extending their specials on Saturdays through December 26. Small Business Saturday specials on November 28 (or longer as indicated), includes:

Downtown Sacramento/DOCO/Old Sacramento Waterfront (November 28 only, unless otherwise specified)

  • Allspicery (1125 11th Street) – Shoppers can receive 1 oz mulling spice with orders over $50;
  • Beach Hut Deli (711 K Street) – Customers receive free chip and soda coupon with regular menu item purchase and $3 first pint of any 20 tap handles (November 28, December 5, 12, 19 & 26);
  • Blu Nile Art & Tana Vivian At & Design (1112 2nd Street)Shoppers can find different discounts and sales every week through Dec. 26;
  • California Loan & Jewelry (916 J Street) – Shoppers receive 15 to 50 percent off purchases through Dec. 26;
  • Capital Agenda/DOCO – Shoppers can buy one, get one 50 percent off on all t-shirts;
  • Capital Books (1011 K Street) – For every $50 in gift certificates, shoppers will receive a free $10 gift certificate;
  • Falafel Corner (1004 J Street) – Customers can purchase any wrap, fries and drink for $10 or spend $15 and get three chicken wings free or spend $20 and get 18 chicken wings for $10 or buy one badmash burger and a drink and get fries free (limit one choice per customer) (Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 26);  
  • Fizz Champagne & Bubbles Bar/DOCO – Shoppers will receive a free $25 gift card when they spend $100 or get a free $10 gift card when they spend $50;
  • Getta Clue Store/DOCO – Shoppers can enjoy a BOGO 50 percent off anything in the store, some exclusions apply;
  • G Rossi Florist (1208 J Street): Shoppers receive a discount by snapping a picture in front of the store front then share and tag G Rossi Florist social media (Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 26);
  • Identity Boutique/DOCO – Shoppers receive free swag bags for the first 20 customers on November 28 only plus pop into the shop to take a selfie on the in-store swing that will be decked out for the holidays;
  • Mea Vita (121 K Street) – Shoppers can enjoy a 20 percent discount on clothing for Small Business Saturdays, plus a free scarf with purchases over $300;
  • Old Soul (555 Capitol Mall) – Shoppers can pay it forward with a $2 donation to My Sister’s House with the purchase of every bag/jar of High Hopes Blend or $2 donation to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services with the purchase of every bag/jar of Do Good Drink Well Blend;
  • Poke Ichii/DOCO – customers can enjoy 15 percent off their entire purchases;
  • Polanco Cantina/DOCO – Shoppers receive 25 percent off $100 gift cards (purchase a $100 gift card for $75) or 20 percent off $25 gift cards (purchase a $25 gift card for $20);
  • Stage Nine Family of Fine Stores (102 K Street) – Shoppers receive 25 percent off storewide when they mention “Small Business Saturday” at checkout at any of the five retail shops (November 28), then the following three Saturdays (December 5, 12 & 19), customers will receive valuable scratch-offs with discounts from 10 to 27 percent off (while supplies last) at all five retail shops. On December 26, shoppers receive 50 percent off during the “Annual After Christmas Sale”;
  • Temple Coffee (1010 9th Street, 2200 K Street, 1615 16th Street) – Customers receive a free Temple Holiday Mug with the purchase of two 12-oz. bags of coffee and find holiday specials from Festivity Blend Beans to Ginger Snap Lattes and Ginger Snap Steamers (November 28, December 5, 12, 19 & 26);
  • Vampire Penguin (907 K Street): Customers will receive $1 off any snow (November 28, December 5, 12, 19 & 26;

Plus, Holiday Window Décor Contest (various locations) – The community is invited to stroll through downtown and the Old Sacramento Waterfront to find holiday-inspired window displays and vote on a favorite by December 26. While strolling downtown, visitors can also participate in the Holiday Hunt November 27 – December 31 for a chance to win a “staycation” prize package. Participants can download the new downtown app to experience a fun, physically distant activity while supporting local businesses from www.GoDowntownSac.com. On December 19-20, shoppers can reserve a spot for Curbside Holiday (1011 & 1013 K Street where pre-purchased gifts from participating local retailers at Curbside.Holiday will be available for pickup by reservation with Santa bringing gifts to the car.

For more information about that national Small Business Saturday effort, please visit www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/; for more about the free metered parking, please visit www.sacpark.org.  For more about Downtown Sacramento, please visit www.GoDowntownSac.com/Holidays.

 

2018 Calling All Dreamers Winners Open NEO Escape Rooms At The Old Sacramento Waterfront

(November 24, 2020) – Today, the winners of the 2018 Calling All Dreamers competition presented by the Downtown Sacramento Foundation (DSF) are officially opening NEO Escape Rooms at 1124 Second Street at the Old Sacramento Waterfront. With allowance by Sacramento County public health officials, NEO Escape Rooms will be open by reservation only with a number of enhanced safety measures in place. The epic experience offered by NEO Escape Rooms, co-owned by Gabriel Berzamina and Acme Lee, assures all participants will engage their creativity and brainpower like never before as small family groups race to solve a series of puzzles within 60 minutes.

“At its core, Calling All Dreamers is a program to help provide the structure and support for these incredible entrepreneurs to turn dreams into businesses, even in the midst of this pandemic,” said Erika Bjork, Board Chair of the Downtown Sacramento Foundation. “For the participants, including those that didn’t take the top prize, this Downtown Sacramento Foundation program was the difference maker.”

Joining a handful of escape rooms in the region that continue to grow in popularity, NEO Escape Rooms is unique in its offerings as participants enjoy a Sacramento-themed immersive experience that brings the Capital City’s past, present and future to life. To start, NEO Escape Rooms is launching with a “Capitol Treasure” room concept that plays into obscure facts and fiction surrounding the State Capitol building complete with drama, suspense, and creative license artfully weaved in. The mysteries can be unlocked through a collaborative effort by tapping into knowledge and problem-solving abilities provided by each player.

“We are thrilled to be bringing a unique entertainment experience to the Old Sacramento Waterfront,” said NEO Escape Rooms Co-owners Gabriel Berzamina and Acme Lee. “We couldn’t have done it without the help of the Downtown Sacramento Foundation, our sponsors, our mentors, our family, and our friends. Apparently, it takes a village to launch an escape room.”

To keep employees and customers healthy and safe, NEO Escape Rooms has taken the pledge to “Keep COVID In Check” and operating with the following safety measures in place:

  • Bookings are exclusively for family/stay-at-home groupings only.
  • At time of booking and again on the day of the reservation, NEO Escape Rooms will confirm with participants that no one in their party is experiencing any symptoms of illness.
  • The main entry will remain locked to prevent walk-in traffic, ensuring that each group has the entire facility to itself (aside from a masked and socially distant NEO Guide).
  • Face masks must be worn at all times (free masks are available upon request).
  • As an added safety measure, the check-in process is 100 percent touchless and hand sanitizer is available upon entry and exit of NEO Escape Rooms.
  • Extra time is set aside between bookings to sanitize the escape room, lobby, and bathrooms. Certified HEPA ionizing air purifiers are also used between bookings to purify the air throughout the facility.
  • The initial plan is to operate at or below 15 percent occupancy until COVID-19 conditions improve and restrictions are lifted.

Cost to participate in the family-friendly NEO Escape Rooms experience is $39 per person and households of two to seven can be accommodated. The experience is recommended primarily for adults and children ages 10+. Participants are encouraged to visit neoescaperooms.com to reserve private experiences for small family groups.

Since 2013, Calling All Dreamers has continued to drive economic growth in the heart of the Sacramento region. While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted some of the past winners of the program, Calling All Dreamers has helped to launch more than two dozen local businesses. This year, the Calling All Dreamers program pivoted plans from adding a new class of applicants to support past winners to help them stay in operation with support from Kaiser Permanente and SMUD.

The Calling All Dreamers competition is produced by Downtown Sacramento Partnership and made possible by the generous support of the following 2018 program sponsors: Kaiser Permanente, City of Sacramento, Wells Fargo, SMUD, Marquee Media and more. The prize package is made possible with the support of sponsors who continue to be champions for the economic growth of the downtown core: Blanket Marketing Group, MeringCarson, LJ2 Interiors, SMP Law Corp and more.

Each year, Calling All Dreamers contestants compete for a coveted business start-up package that is designed to provide the winner with essential resources and helpful tools needed to successfully launch a downtown storefront. In addition, DSF helps the winning entrepreneur navigate a variety of challenges faced by many business owners during their first year in business.

Continued Bjork, “Our downtown established its place as the capital of the fifth largest economy long ago when it built its foundation after the city’s worst fire, flood and yes, a cholera pandemic. Downtown will continue to be a place for dreamers and entrepreneurs, just as we are witnessing today with the opening of NEO Escape Rooms.”

Economic development and small business growth are top priorities for the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, a Property Based Improvement District (PBID) focused on downtown Sacramento and sister organization to the DSF. The Shark Tank-style competition takes qualified applicants through a business development program that calls for extensive business planning, market research, proof of financial sustainability, and more. For more information, visit www.CallingAllDreamers.org

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Contact: Emilie Cameron / 916-287-9960

 

Central City Urges State to Allow Indoor Service

(November 10, 2020) — Sacramento’s Central City Property & Business Improvement Districts (PBIDs) – Downtown Sacramento Partnership, Midtown Association and R Street Partnership – sent the following letter to the California Health & Human Services Agency to urge reconsideration for limited indoor operations in Sacramento County under “purple tier.”

Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly
California Health & Human Services Agency
1600 9th Street, #460
Sacramento, Ca 95814

Dear Dr. Ghaly,

On behalf of the Central City Property and Business Improvements Districts (PBID) in Sacramento, we are writing to request the state re-evaluate the restrictions put upon Sacramento County businesses in the most restrictive COVID-19 tier (Purple). More specifically, we are writing to ask the state amend the tiered system to allow restaurants, museums and fitness industries to continue to operate indoors as they have been allowed to in the red tier.

California small businesses are drivers of economic growth—creating two-thirds of new jobs and employing nearly half of all private-sector employees. According to the California Restaurant Association, the State’s restaurant industry alone is the economic engine that employs 1.4 million foodservice workers and generates $7 billion annually in sales tax. Collectively, our three PBIDs represent over 35% of the total restaurants in Sacramento and as a whole generate just shy of $200 million in retail sales per square mile. Our restaurants are the backbone of our community and contribute to the vibrancy of our city. They have also been one of the most severely impacted industries by the shut downs of the last nine months.

According to Sacramento County Health Services, our County’s increase in positive COVID-19 cases has been tied directly to holidays, large family gatherings and nursing homes—not with restaurants. This is the case because of strong safety measures and guidelines that have been put in place for re-opening that keep both employees and guests safe. Governor Newsom and public health leaders have repeatedly stated that their guidance and decision-making process is based on science and the data. Sacramento County’s data is clearly linking transmission to private gatherings, disregarding this information penalizes businesses that have gone above and beyond to ensure a safe and healthy experience.

As we creep into the winter months, it will be impossible for restaurants to survive purely on outdoor seating as the weather changes. Using the health and safety standards put in place by state, local and industry leaders, we ask that restaurants, museums and fitness industries be afforded the opportunity to operate at a minimal indoor capacity in the purple tier.

Thank you for stewarding California through this very challenging situation. We ask that you work with the business community to ensure we protect the public’s health and allow for the survival of our small, locally owned businesses.

Sincerely,

Michael T. Ault, Executive Director, Downtown Sacramento Partnership

Emily Baime Michaels, Executive Director, Midtown Association

Michelle Smira, Administrator, R Street Partnership

Aïoli Bodega Espanola
Amourath 1819 Lounge
BAWK!
Beast & Bounty
Bottle & Barlow
Brasserie Capitale
Burgers & Brew
Café A Cote
Café Bernardo
CAFE DANTORELS
Cafeteria 15L
Centro Cocina Mexicana
Dawson’s Steakhouse
de Vere’s Irish Pup
Der Biergarten
Device Brewing Company
Ella Dining Room and Bar
Flatstick Pub & Trophy Club

Fox & Goose Public House

Heller Pacific
Hoppy Brewing Company
Hoppy’s Railyard Kitchen & Hopgarden
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
Iron Horse Tavern
LOWBRAU
Mas Taco Bar
MEET & EAT
Milk Money
Miry Development
Morgan’s Mill
NEO Escape Rooms
OBO Italian Table & Bar
Odd Cookie Bakery Cafe and Bar
Paragary’s Restaurant
Public House Downtown
Rio City Cafe
River City Saloon
Sean Finnegan’s Pub
Selland’s Market Cafe
SNUG
Starbucks
Steamers Bakery & Cafe
Tank House BBQ and Bar
Temple Coffee Inc
Temple Coffee Roasters inc
Ten Ten Room
The Firehouse Restaurant
The Grand Wine Bar
The Jungle Bird
The Kitchen Restaurant
Vines Café
Willie’s Burgers