Welcome to Friday, loyal readers. Here’s what you need to know today.
Thinking of starting a business?
Despite the disruption the fitness industry encountered during the pandemic, gyms are a healthy bet for local entrepreneurs, a recent report suggests.
Austin-based ZenBusiness Inc., which helps people form businesses, has released a list of the most in-demand businesses in the nation’s 50 largest cities. These are businesses “that get the most Google searches relative to the number of local businesses already catering to that demand,” the report’s authors wrote, while describing their methodology.
Gyms are the most in-demand business in Sacramento, according to the report, which is based on data gathered in February.
Surprised? Me too. Amid temporary shutdowns to slow the spread of Covid-19, some observers wondered if home exercise equipment would replace gyms. This 2021 Associated Press story even asked if gyms could go the way of arcades and movie stores.
While the pandemic led to some gym closures, it appears to people are still drawn to the allure of group fitness. A variety of fitness chains, from yoga studios to traditional gyms, have ambitious local expansion plans.
The full report from ZenBusiness is available online.
New future for Goodyear site
After a recent sale, a property with an auto-related use in Downtown Sacramento is slated to become housing. The new owners of 1121 I St. are planning a mid-rise residential project there, according to deal broker Greg Levi, managing director at the Sacramento JLL office. A Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. store and service center has operated at the site for more than 50 years. Senior reporter Ben van der Meer has details.
Motel-sale talks end
El Dorado County has ended talks to potentially buy two motels in Placerville, with the two sides unable to come to terms. County supervisors voted this week to end talks to buy the Mother Lode Motel and Gold Trail Motor Lodge, two neighboring properties on Broadway in Placerville with the same owner. Senior reporter Ben van der Meer has the story.
Yes, we have beer news
Holly’s Hill Vineyards, a family-run winery outside Placerville that specializes in Rhone-style wines, is in the process of expanding its operations to include an on-site brewery. Learn more in this article by reporter Jake Abbott.
Let’s end with food
A new restaurant offering a spin on chicken and waffles is planning to open this summer in a prominent retail center in Roseville. Cluck N Cone plans to take over a space previously occupied by Trademark Pizza in Roseville’s Stone Point Retail Center. Cluck N Cone will sell hand-breaded chicken in waffle cones, with up to six different combinations including items such as bacon, lettuce and sauces. Reporter Jake Abbott has details.
Take care of yourselves, folks. Thanks for reading.
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