Dine Downtown Starts Today with 30 Participating Restaurants and Expanded Menu Options

(January 7, 2022) – Presented by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, the annual Dine Downtown program returns today for its 17th year, January 7 through January 17, 2022. With enhanced safety measures in place, the 30 participating restaurants have the option to serve Dine Downtown’s infamous three-course, prix fixe menus for dinner, lunch and/or brunch at one of three convenient price points – $25, $35 or $45. Local foodies and families will be able to explore and support Sacramento’s top restaurants for dine-in, take-out and/or delivery depending on the restaurant’s offerings.

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 nearly two decade run to-date, Dine Downtown has generated more than $6 million in restaurant sales for Central City restaurants.

2022 participating restaurants include:

The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar Nash & Proper
Hawks Public House Frank Fat’s
Tequila Museo Mayahuel Kasbah Lounge
La Cosecha by Mayahuel Echo & Rig
Foundation Restaurant & Bar Kodaiko Ramen
Station 16 Seafood Restaurant & Bar Camden Spit & Larder
Dawson’s Steakhouse Rio City Café
The Firehouse Restaurant Solomon’s Delicatessen
Hoppy’s Railyard Kitchen & Hopgarden Aioli Bodega Espanola
Capitol Garage Brasserie du Monde
Tapa the World Midtown Sushi
The Porch Restaurant & Bar Prelude
Maydoon Revolution Winery & Kitchen
The Pilothouse Restaurant at the Delta King Public House Downtown
Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Company Cafeteria 15L

 

Dine Downtown menus are available online at GoDowntownSac.com/DineDowntown along with links to make reservations. Dine Downtown is produced by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership and sponsored by InterWest Insurance Services LLC with support from Sacramento Magazine and Yelp Sacramento.

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

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Dine Downtown to Return in January with New Restaurants and Expanded Menu Options

Popular culinary program continues with flexible options for community to support local restaurants

(December 8, 2021)  Downtown Sacramento Partnership today announced the annual Dine Downtown program will return for its 17th year, January 7 through January 17, 2022. The 24 restaurants (and counting!) will have the option to serve Dine Downtown’s infamous three-course, prix fixe menus for dinner, lunch and/or brunch at one of three convenient price points – $25, $35 or $45. Local foodies and families will be able to explore and support Sacramento’s top restaurants for dine-in, take-out and/or delivery depending on the restaurant’s offerings.

“The hugely popular Dine Downtown program celebrates our local chefs and restaurants that have created an iconic destination for dining in the heart of Sacramento,” said Michael Ault, Executive Director of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. “Restaurants have been through the wringer these past two years, and Dine Downtown provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy new culinary experiences and support some of our favorite restaurants.”

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 nearly two decade run to-date, Dine Downtown has generated more than $6 million in restaurant sales for Central City restaurants.

2022 participating restaurants include:

The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar The Pilothouse Restaurant at the Delta King
Hawks Public House Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Company
Tequila Museo Mayahuel Nash & Proper
La Cosecha by Mayahuel Frank Fat’s
Foundation Restaurant & Bar Kasbah Lounge
Station 16 Seafood Restaurant & Bar Echo & Rig
Dawson’s Steakhouse Kodaiko Ramen
The Firehouse Restaurant Camden Spit & Larder
Hoppy’s Railyard Kitchen & Hopgarden 7th Street Standard
Capitol Garage Rio City Cafe
Tapa the World Solomon’s Delicatessen
The Porch Restaurant & Bar Aioli Bodega Espanola
Maydoon Brasserie du Monde

 

Dine Downtown menus are now available online at GoDowntownSac.com/DineDowntown along with links to make reservations. Dine Downtown is produced by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership and sponsored by InterWest Insurance Services LLC with support from Sacramento Magazine and Yelp Sacramento.

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

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Annual Theatre of Lights, Presented by Dignity Health, Returns to the Old Sacramento Waterfront on November 24

Spectacular & FREE Family-Friendly Performances Continue Through Christmas Eve

 (November 19, 2021) The community is invited to experience another exciting season of Theatre of Lights, presented by Dignity Health, and electrifying and family-friendly holiday tradition. Taking place on K Street between Front and 2nd Streets, the ever popular (and FREE) performances will return to dazzle guests to the Old Sacramento Waterfront for 20 magical evenings this year. The performances kick off Wednesday, November 24, 2021, following a festive and fun tree lighting ceremony that is complete with pre-show holiday-themed entertainment.

With the 60’ tall Golden 1 Credit Union Holiday Tree serving as a visually exciting centerpiece, “Theatre of Lights,” presented by Dignity Health, was conceived and created by Stage Nine Entertainment’s Troy Carlson and is produced by some of California’s finest talents in the field of light and sound: BP Productions, Associated Sound and Skywalker Sound, and Emmy-nominated voice actor Bill Farmer, the voice of Disney’s Goofy. Theatre of Lights artfully mixes the historic charm of the Old Sacramento Waterfront with state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology to create a memorable holiday experience for visitors of all ages. Old Sacramento Waterfront’s “Theatre of Lights” blends a symphony of lights, sounds and visual effects that transport the audience back in time with a reading of the famous poem The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. The narrated reading of the powerful and nostalgic poem is brought to life through theatrical elements and visually exciting lighting choreography that takes place on the balconies and rooftops of the historic buildings. With a forecast calling for some snow- and blizzard-like conditions to delight the spectators below this season, the crowd-favorite villain Jack Frost returns to add dramatic tension and suspense to the show.

Back by popular demand, the debut evening (Wednesday, November 24) will include lots of free, family-friendly entertainment before the first Theatre of Lights performance. After the debut night, two 20-minute performances are offered on Thursdays through Sundays at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (with the exception of Thanksgiving Day when no performances are scheduled) that include pre- and post-show holiday themed entertainment each evening. With additional performances on Tuesday, December 22 and Wednesday, December 23 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., there will be only one performance at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve as the final performance for the season.

As a special – and often surprising – treat on many nights, local celebrities and influential community members will entertain the audience in the guest role of “papa” or “mama” wearing a stocking cap and oftentimes decked out in holiday pajamas. Community members are encouraged to make the Old Sacramento Waterfront a must-visit holiday destination to experience the magical Theatre of Lights performances every season while also supporting the array of locally-owned businesses, shops and eateries available in the historic district.

Each holiday season, it takes many dedicated partners, sponsors and supporting businesses to make this elaborate and FREE holiday light show happen. Proudly presented by Dignity Health, the event is produced by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership and Stage Nine Productions, and the Holiday Tree is made possible by Golden 1 Credit Union. Generous support is provided by AT&T, Sacramento Magazine, Evangeline’s, California State Railroad Museum Foundation, The Firehouse Restaurant, and Brass Ring Amusements. With media support generously provided by FOX40 and Audacy, additional support is provided by many actively involved Old Sacramento Waterfront merchants and small business owners.

Downtown Sacramento Partnership will be following all health authority and government agency guidelines surrounding COVID-19.  For more information about Downtown Sacramento Partnership, please visit www.DowntownSac.org.

More information about Theatre of Lights performances, events, activities and parking options at the historic Old Sacramento Waterfront is available by calling 916-970-5226 or visiting OldSacramento.com.

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Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink Opens November 11

29th season of Sacramento’s premier outdoor rink to kick off the holiday tradition

(Nov. 8, 2021) – The Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink presented by Dignity Health will open for the season on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 7th & K Streets in the heart of downtown Sacramento.Open Tuesday through Sunday through Sunday, January 16, 2022, the Downtown Sacramento Partnership is thrilled to bring back the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink for it’s 29th season after taking the year off in 2020.

“The Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink brings the community together every holiday season,” said Michael Ault, Executive Director of Downtown Sacramento Partnership. “We are beyond excited that we get to bring this family-favorite winter tradition back this year!”

Elected officials, community leaders, and others will celebrate the official “kick off” of the Ice Rink with a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 12, 2021. After the ceremony, skaters from the Capital City Skating Club will take to the ice for a brief program before the rink opens to the public for the day.

 

Ice Rink hours and pricing:

General admission is $13 and always just $6 for children 6 and under. Skating admission includes skate rental, sizes run as small as 8 youth. Skaters can enjoy the rink from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Find information about holiday hours and pricing at www.GoDowntownSac.com/icerink.

 

Special events and activations lineup:
The ice rink will host a variety of exciting events and activations perfect for enjoying the holiday season.

Veterans Day: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11

Downtown Sac is celebrating the men and women in uniform this Veterans Day. Active Military and Veterans skate free all day (with valid military ID).

Princess & Superhero Day: 12 – 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13

The annual Princess & Superhero day, presented by SacRT, returns to the Ice Rink , skaters of all ages are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite princess or superhero and can expect visits from special guests, face painting, and more. 

Crafting Kindness: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9

Presented by Dignity Health, celebrate Sacramento’s growing art scene by participating in the production of a community art piece at the Ice Rink. Enjoy a hands-on workshop to create unique crafts to share with friends and family, and skate into the week.

 

Seasonal discounts:

  • Every Day | $2 off with same-day Sac RT bus or light rail ticket
  • Every Day | $5 off with Western Health Advantage ID card
  • Every Day | Free skate for Sacramento Kings Kids Club members
  • Every Day | $5 off with a receipt for same-day purchase from a DOCO business

 

For more information about the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink or to book a group reservation, visit www.GoDowntownSac.com/icerink and join the conversation using #DowntownSac.

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Produced by Downtown Sacramento Partnership, the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink has been a family friendly tradition since 1991, attracting more than 40,000 skaters annually. The 2021-2022 Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink season is presented by Dignity Health with support from Western Health Advantage, Sacramento Kings, Downtown Commons (DOCO), Xfinity, Sacramento Regional Transit District, Residence Inn, and more.

Getting here early and staying late:
The Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink has partnered with Sac RT to encourage guests to take light rail to and from downtown. Skaters can also reserve nearby parking using SacPark.org. For information about getting around downtown, visit GoDowntownSac.com/get-around.

 

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After Five Years, Golden 1 Center Impact Fuels Downtown Momentum

(October 21, 2021) – As the Capital region rebounds and the Sacramento Kings kick off their sixth season at Golden 1 Center, a new snapshot compiled by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership shows continued investment and interest in the area surrounding the world-class facility over the last five years.

Golden 1 Center has been critical in not only bringing visitors to downtown Sacramento, but also in advancing an impactful mixed-use entertainment center-anchored project, Downtown Commons (DOCO) driving retail, housing, and events around the center.

Now the center of nearly $6.7 billion in investment, new projects around Golden 1 Center in Downtown, Midtown and West Sacramento are growing the region’s urban core and fueling its economy and quality of life.

Over the last five years, since the opening of Golden 1 Center in 2016, 41 properties totaling more than $1.5 billion and nearly 5.4 million square feet of commercial space have sold.

  • Since the arena project began in May 2014, nearby property sales have totaled nearly $2 billion. Golden 1 Center has been a key part of revitalization efforts with 66 properties and nearly 8.3 million square feet of space changing hands.
  • In the last 12 months alone, 13 properties totaling more than $450 million have sold. A $55 million increase year over year.
  • Today, there are 25 new development projects under construction and another 81 projects proposed.
    • Over the last five years, a total of 61 projects have been completed.

Downtown’s residential population is also growing, seeing a 7% overall increase since the opening of Golden 1 Center in 2016.

  • Since the arena opened, 2,068 new residential units have been created – 858 in the last 12 months.
  • Today, there are 3,332 units under construction.

As excitement and interest for proximity to Golden 1 Center increasingly grows, downtown Sacramento also continues to flourish as the employment hub for the region.

  • In the last five years, 150 new ground floor retail businesses opened in Downtown*.
  • In the last 12 months alone, 25 new ground floor retail businesses opened in Downtown*.
    • 3 opened in DOCO bringing the total number of DOCO restaurants, bars, eateries, shops, businesses and pop-up kiosk vendors to 36.
  • In the year ahead, another 16 new ground floor retail businesses are expected to open.

Downtown office vacancy rates have remained low, at just 7.5%, demonstrating strong demand by employers and employees looking to be near Golden 1 Center.

 

For the past five years, Golden 1 Center has been one of a number of factors contributing to the increasing growth, vibrancy and opportunity in Downtown.

  • Pedestrian traffic sees an average 48% increase on Golden 1 Center event days over a typical day.
  • Golden 1 Center has welcomed over 5.7 million guests over the past five years to hundreds of ticketed events and hundreds of community and private events held annually.
  • For its ticket sales performance in 2020 alone, PollStar ranked Golden 1 Center as 11th in the United States and 22nd in the world, outselling big cities like Boston, Atlanta and San Francisco.
  • The impact of increasing foot traffic near Golden 1 Center, with nearby hubs of activity like DOCO’s Block Parties and the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink at 7th and K Streets, are economic drivers for downtown.
  • The Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, located in DOCO, was recently ranked one of the world’s top 500 hotels by Travel + Leisure readers.

 

Sacramento continues to top the nation’s “best of” lists. Highlighted by the wide variety of “SACCOLADES” picked up over recent years, the region’s blossoming quality of life and growing culture have made it a destination for visitors and long-time Sacramentans alike.

#1      City in the U.S. with the Hottest Housing Market (Realtor.com)

#1      Large Metro Area with Increase in Construction Employment (CoStar)

#2      County in California for Population Growth (CA Department of Finance)

#4      Best Place to Live in California (U.S. News)

#6      U.S. City with the Happiest Workers (Lensa)  

#6      Best Foodie City in America (WalletHub)

 

For more information about downtown investment activity, visit DowntownSac.org.

 

 *Downtown is defined by Downtown Sacramento Partnership boundaries.

Data Sources: Downtown Sacramento Partnership, CoStar, MotionLoft, PollStar, Placer.ai, Travel + Leisure, Sacramento Kings

Seven Entrepreneurs Selected as Finalists in Annual Calling All Dreamers Retail Competition

Public asked to help select top concept in retail competition for downtown storefront.

(October 7, 2021) Downtown Sacramento Foundation today announced the seven business concepts selected to continue to the final phase of the 2021 Calling All Dreamers Competition: Gone Grazey, Gusto Gaucho, Plantura, River City Wine, Sweet Tooth Factory, The Jazzy Bird and The Urban Shaman. One of these seven entrepreneurs will be chosen to win $20,000 cash and a start-up package valued at $120,000 with in-kind services and resources to help launch their small business dreams into a reality with a downtown Sacramento storefront. 

“Being selected as a finalist provides support to refine, curate and develop these incredible business ideas so that at the end of the competition, all seven will be ready to open a storefront in downtown Sacramento,” said Michael Ault, Executive Director of Downtown Sacramento Partnership. “We’re eager to see how they further develop their concepts and excited to invite the public to vote for their favorite competitor.” 

The public can help to determine the winner by voting online at CallingAllDreamers.org by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 1, 2021. Ballots can also be cast in-person at 2019 Calling All Dreamers winner Nash & Proper’s storefront at 1023 K Street during operating hours, Wednesday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Meanwhile, finalists will continue working with their Capital Corridor SCORE mentors to refine their business concepts and prepare for the final pitch to the selection committee composed of downtown property owners, prominent business owners and Downtown Sacramento Foundation board members. The committee will review each concept for viability, resources, operating practices, investment, public votes and more, with the winner announced at the Downtown Sacramento Partnership’s annual State of Downtown program presented by Kaiser Permanente at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center on February 22, 2022. 

About the 2021 Calling All Dreamers Finalists: 

Gone Grazey – A charcuterie and cheese company where you can stop in and have your platters made to order, or grab a pre-plated platter to go. Gone Grazey allows you to order platters for any occasion, you can choose the types of cheese and charcuterie and Gone Grazey will design it beautifully for you. 

Gusto Gaucho – Gusto Gaucho produces hand-crafted empanadas and pastries. They invite customers to relish the Argentine flavor in each bite – from the rich, layered crust of their pastries, to the tangy chimichurri sauce that accompanies the empanadas – within the cozy, relaxing environment of their café. 

Plantura – Aiming to bring the magic of a morning in Mexico City to Sacramento through food and flora, Plantura is a contemporary Cali-Mexican bakery and plant café concept where Mexican staples like conchas, galletas, and churros are elevated with the best farm-to-fork ingredients. 

River City Wine – This retail center will serve to raise awareness for Sacramento’s unique position in the heart of America’s wine country where residents and visitors to the Capital City have unparalleled access to close proximity to the more than 1,000 wineries of Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Napa, Sonoma, Calaveras, Sacramento, and Yolo counties. 

Sweet Tooth Factory – Sweet Tooth Factory will be the dessert lover’s paradise featuring an ice cream scoop shop and “dessertie” offering whimsical modern twists to the desserts they grew up loving as a kid. Whether it is the spot where two lovers meet, grandparents taking the kids out, or a local foodie craving something sweet after a Sacramento Kings game – they aim to be the capital city’s dessert capital. 

The Jazzy Bird – The Jazzy Bird is a Peruvian restaurant concept specializing in rotisserie chicken and authentic Peruvian cuisine, with plans for live music. They aim to make guests feel as though their dining experience is a mini vacation from daily life. 

Urban Shaman – This retail expansion of downtown’s Safe Space Bodywork, will be a shop dedicated to providing a relaxing environment paired with self-care goods that give you confidence. Urban Shaman will be home to organic and fair-trade goods from both local Sacramento businesses and businesses around the world. 

More than just a retail competition, Calling All Dreamers has driven economic growth in downtown Sacramento for seven years, helping to open 29 businesses, create more than 100 jobs, and lease more than 26,000 sq. ft. Learn more about the finalists, watch their video pitch, see complete prize package details at CallingAllDreamers.org. 

The 2021 Calling All Dreamers competition is produced by Downtown Sacramento Partnership and made possible by the generous support of the Sacramento Chapter of SCORE and the following program sponsors: Kaiser Permanente, City of Sacramento, SMUD, and California Bank of Commerce. The prize package is made possible with the support of sponsors who continue to be champions for the economic growth of the downtown core: Marquee Media, Mering, DesCor Builders, Smith, McDowell & Powell Law Corporation, XSIGHT Productions, Inc., designTECH Interior Design Services, Inc., and many others. 

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Family-Favorite Activations Return to Make the Holidays Magical in Downtown Sacramento

(October 1, 2021) With the fall and holiday seasons quickly approaching, plans are in place for a fun, festive and fully reimagined holiday season in downtown Sacramento. After pausing for a season in 2020, the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink and Theatre of Lights are back, adding to Downtown Sacramento Partnership’s impressive lineup of holiday events. Movies Under the Stars was launched by the organization in 2020 and will be back this year, moving from Ali Youssefi Square to the Old Sacramento Waterfront.

“Being able to bring back the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink and Theatre of Lights this year is really special,” said Michael Ault, Executive Director for Downtown Sacramento Partnership. “We’re also excited to be bringing our Movies Under the Stars event to its new home at the Old Sacramento Waterfront!”

 

“Movies Under the Stars” returns in October

Thursday evenings this October, “Movies under the Stars” are back! This year, downtown visitors and residents can enjoy a series of outdoor family-friendly spooky movies at the Old Sacramento State Historic Park (111 I Street). Presented by Xfinity in partnership with California State Parks Capita District and the California State Railroad Museum, attendees are encouraged to arrive early and order takeout from the surrounding businesses. A full list of open businesses at the Old Sacramento Waterfront can be found at OldSacramento.com.

The 2021 “Movies Under the Stars” line-up is as follows:

  • October 7 at 7 p.m. – Original Ghostbusters
  • October 14 at 7 p.m. – Clue
  • October 21 at 7 p.m. – Hocus Pocus
  • October 28 at 7 p.m. – The Haunted Mansion

Movie tickets are $10 each, or $40 for a group of four, including a complimentary blanket. Tickets can be purchased at GoDowntownSac.com. Attendees must bring their photo ID and QR ticket confirmation to receive headphones to enjoy the movie.

 

Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink returns November 11

The Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink, the region’s oldest and most beloved outdoor rink, will open on Veterans Day (November 11, 2021) at Ali Youssefi Square (7th and K streets) in downtown Sacramento. Located steps away from the Golden 1 Center and DOCO (Downtown Commons), the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink will be open Tuesday through Sunday through January 16, 2022.

Ice Rink tickets are $6 for kids 6 and under, $13 per skater during regular hours, and $15 per skater during holiday hours. More information on daily hours and special events can be available at GoDowntownSac.com/icerink.

 

Theatre of Lights (November 24 – December 24)

To add to the winter festivities and continue the spirited holiday tradition for thousands of families throughout the region, the annual Theatre of Lights show will return to the Old Sacramento Waterfront this season. Presented by Dignity Health, Theatre of Lights was conceived and created by Stage Nine Entertainment’s Troy Carlson and is produced by some of California’s finest talents in the field of light and sound: BP Productions, Associated Sound and Skywalker Sound, and Emmy-nominated voice actor Bill Farmer, the voice of Disney’s Goofy. Theatre of Lights artfully blends the historic charm of the Old Sacramento Waterfront state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology to create a memorable holiday experience for visitors of all ages.

The electrifying and family-friendly holiday show will debut on Wednesday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Eve) immediately following the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Front & K Streets at 6 p.m. After the debut night, two 20-minute performances are offered on Thursdays through Sundays at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (with the exception of Thanksgiving Day when no performances are scheduled). Additional performances are scheduled for Tuesday, December 21 and Wednesday, December 22. Find more information about Theatre of Lights at GoDowntownSac.com.

 

Downtown Sacramento Partnership will be following all health authority and government agency guidelines surrounding COVID-19. For the safety of staff, vendors, and visitors, the following actions will be taken and Downtown Partnership will require that attendees also follow these protocols:

  • Hand sanitizer will be made available at the check-in booth.
  • Attendees are asked to do their part in physical distancing at least 6’ apart from those not in their group.
  • Attendees are required to stay home if they are sick or if they have any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, respiratory symptoms, or shortness of breath.

For more information about Downtown Sacramento Partnership, please visit www.DowntownSac.org.

 

*Note: all outdoor activation schedules could change due to inclement weather or air quality issues.

 

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Eleven Entrepreneurs Selected to Move Forward in Calling All Dreamers Retail Competition for Downtown Storefront

 (August 25, 2021) – Downtown Sacramento Foundation today announced the 11 business concepts selected to move forward in the 2021 Calling All Dreamers retail business competition. The semi-finalists will continue to compete for a downtown storefront, a $20,000 cash prize and the coveted business start-up package valued at more than $120,000. 

“Pairing down to the top 11 semi-finalists was a difficult job for our selection committee, we were blown away by the high caliber of applicants this year,” said Emilie Cameron, District Affairs & Development Director of Downtown Sacramento Partnership. “After such a challenging year, it’s exciting to see so many bright ideas move forward in this competition that will help downtown Sacramento fuel it’s recovery.” 

Semi-finalists will next be paired with local SCORE mentors to refine and prepare their business plans for the next evaluation phase in late September where the top concepts will move on to the public voting phase of the competition. 

The retailers vying to be downtown’s next signature storefront include: 

Anime Flexx – A retail store and hub for everything anime-related. Anime Flexx will provide everything from accessories, clothing, notebooks, keychains, and home décor for anime fans’ favorite shows. 

Bubble Cone – Bubble Cone is an existing food truck business with house-made savory and dessert waffles. Bubble Cone combines the tastiness and quality of good food with today’s social media-driven food craze giving you an Instagram-able photo that looks just as good as it tastes! 

Gone Grazey – A charcuterie and cheese company where you can stop in and have your platters made to order, or grab a pre-plated platter to go. Gone Grazey allows you to order platters for any occasion, you can choose the types of cheese and charcuterie and Gone Grazey will design it beautifully for you. 

Gusto Gaucho – Gusto Gaucho produces hand-crafted empanadas and pastries. They invite customers to relish the Argentine flavor in each bite – from the rich, layered crust of their pastries, to the tangy chimichurri sauce that accompanies the empanadas – within the cozy, relaxing environment of their café. 

Plantura – Aiming to bring the magic of a morning in Mexico City to Sacramento through food and flora, Plantura is a contemporary Cali-Mexican bakery and plant café concept where Mexican staples like conchas, galletas, and churros are elevated with the best farm-to-fork ingredients. 

River City Wine – This retail center will serve to raise awareness for Sacramento’s unique position in the heart of America’s wine country where residents and visitors to the Capital City have unparalleled access to close proximity to the more than 1,000 wineries of Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Napa, Sonoma, Calaveras, Sacramento, and Yolo counties. 

Sloppy 2nds BBQ – More than just a place for delicious California-style barbeque, Sloppy 2nds BBQ is looking to expand their Elk Grove business downtown. Sloppy 2nds BBQ is a place to gather and grab a bite to eat while creating beautiful memories of quality food, amazing atmosphere, and the company of great people. 

Streetzlan – This Galt-based restaurant is looking to expand, continuing serving their elevated street food made with the best farm-to-fork ingredients, and adding a full bar with Sacramento’s best mixologists creating great cocktails to add to the experience. 

Sweet Tooth Factory – Sweet Tooth Factory will be the dessert lover’s paradise featuring an ice cream scoop shop and “dessertie” offering whimsical modern twists to the desserts they grew up loving as a kid. Whether it is the spot where two lovers meet, grandparents taking the kids out, or a local foodie craving something sweet after a Sacramento King’s game – they aim to be the capital city’s dessert capital. 

The Jazzy Bird – The Jazzy Bird is a Peruvian restaurant concept specializing in rotisserie chicken and authentic Peruvian cuisine, with plans for live music. They aim to make guests feel as though their dining experience is a mini vacation from daily life. 

Urban Shaman – This retail expansion of Safe Space Bodywork, will be a shop dedicated to providing a relaxing environment paired with self-care goods that give you confidence. Urban Shaman will be home to organic and fair-trade goods from both local Sacramento businesses and businesses around the world. 

Learn more about each business concept, watch their video pitch and see complete prize package details at CallingAllDreamers.org and join the conversation on social media using #CallingAllDreamers and #DowntownSac. 

More than just a retail competition, Calling All Dreamers has driven economic growth in downtown Sacramento for seven years, helping to open 29 businesses, create more than 100 jobs, and lease more than 26,000 sq. ft. 

The 2021 Calling All Dreamers competition is produced by Downtown Sacramento Partnership and made possible by the generous support of the Sacramento Chapter of SCORE and the following program sponsors: Kaiser Permanente, City of Sacramento, Wells Fargo, SMUD, and California Bank of Commerce. The prize package is made possible with the support of sponsors who continue to be champions for the economic growth of the downtown core: Marquee Media, Mering, Uptown Studios, Inc., DesCor Builders, Smith, McDowell & Powell Law Corporation, XSIGHT Productions, Inc., designTECH Interior Design Services, Inc., and many others. 

SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS: #DowntownSac, #CallingAllDreamers, #DowntownTogether 

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Downtown Sacramento Partnership Launches “Welcome Back to Downtown Sac” Giveaway Program with Coveted Prize Packages

(August 11, 2021) – In partnership with the City of Sacramento, Downtown Sacramento Partnership is proud to launch a “Welcome Back to Downtown Sac” giveaway program designed to recognize and reward fully vaccinated workers who have returned to their downtown offices and who have continued to drive much-needed recovery for local businesses, restaurants, and retailers. Each week from August 18 to September 22, one winner will be randomly selected to receive a coveted prize package for two valued at approximately $550.

Prize packages will vary each week and include special experiences, overnight stays, and valuable gift cards. Examples of prizes include tickets to Visit Sacramento’s iconic Farm-to-Fork Tower Bridge dinner, 3-day VIP backstage passes to Aftershock Festival, tickets to popular Broadway Sacramento shows, tickets to Golden 1 Center events, Downtown Dollars e-gift cards to downtown restaurants and retailers, and more.

All employees currently working and/or returning to work in downtown Sacramento – in gyms, offices, restaurants, retail establishments and event venues, along with those in personal and professional service fields – are eligible if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (City of Sacramento employees are not eligible for this giveaway). Downtown workers are encouraged to enter early as they only need to apply once to be eligible for each week’s drawings. To enter the “Welcome Back to Downtown Sac” giveaway, downtown workers are encouraged to enter here.

“We are thrilled to welcome workers safely back to downtown Sacramento and are committed to identifying innovative ways to support a full recovery for our valued downtown businesses, restaurants and shops that have experienced and survived an incredibly challenging 18 months,” said Michael Ault, Executive Director of Downtown Sacramento.

The first winner will be randomly drawn on Monday, August 16 and will be announced at noon on Wednesday August 18 at the Downtown Certified Farmers’ Market (winner must be 21 years or older and must be present to win). The first prize package will include the following:

  • Two tickets to the Farm-to-Fork Tower Bridge dinner scheduled for September 12
  • An overnight stay for two at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
  • A $50 Downtown Dollars e-gift card

Each weekly winner will be announced on Wednesdays at noon at the Downtown Certified Farmers’ Market on Capitol Mall. To find more ways to support downtown businesses, restaurants and retailers, please visit www.GoDowntownSac.com.

With community safety in mind, the “Welcome Back to Downtown Sac” is a continuation of a 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 has featured a variety of new programs such as the “Keep COVID In Check” initiative, special activations, 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, visit www.DowntownSac.org.

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Visitors Flock Back to Downtown Sacramento in Q2 2021

(August 10, 2021) – Second Quarter data shows favorable recovery for downtown Sacramento.

Downtown Sacramento attracted visitors across the district in Q2 2021 according to a new investment activity snapshot released today by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. With a 58% increase in visitor traffic in Q2 2021 compared to the previous quarter and a 212% increase in visitor traffic compared to the previous year, downtown Sacramento leads the region’s recovery and continues to attract visitors to the urban core.

Key takeaways from Q2:

  • 2.84 million visitors came to downtown Sacramento in Q2 2021 compared to 1.8 million in Q1.
  • The completion of The Exchange Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, project has increased hotel room inventory by 100 rooms, bringing the total hotel rooms completed since 2015 to 455. The hotel is expected to open its doors September 2021.
  • The number of residential units under construction has increased by 19% from Q1 2021 with a total of 3,141 housing units now under construction.
  • 5 new businesses opened their doors in Q2 2021 for a total of 12 in 2021. Another 14 more businesses are anticipated to open later this year.

“Downtown is on the comeback – employees are coming back to the office, new businesses are opening and construction hasn’t stopped.” said Michael Ault, executive director of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. “We’re certainly looking forward to the return of major events too, from the Golden1 Center to the newly renovated SAFE Credit Union Convention and Performing Arts District, and everywhere else in between.”

Downtown Sacramento Partnership publishes quarterly reports with information covering pedestrian traffic, downtown demographics, development projects, investment activity, office market inventory and retail market trends. Access reports at www.downtownsac.org/about/reports.

For more information contact [email protected].

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