Founder Tom Romeo, middle right, meets with a team of company executives at Bearpaw headquarters in Citrus Heights. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights-based footwear company plans big expansion in Europe

A local company in Citrus Heights is planning a major expansion in Europe this year. Bearpaw, a footwear and apparel company with its global headquarters based at Sylvan Corners, currently supplies 45 countries but aims for an even greater presence.

Bearpaw President John Pierce said in a news release last month that after the company’s performance in North America, “now is the right time to further expand our efforts to creating a sturdy base in Europe.” Bearpaw has had some existing…

by · May 13, 2017 · Business
During a May 11 council meeting, the city released this list of 20 oldest businesses in Citrus Heights. // Credit: City of Citrus Heights

Here’s the ‘Top 20’ oldest businesses in Citrus Heights

Wondering what the oldest businesses are in Citrus Heights?

During a May 11 council meeting, city staff unveiled a community-generated list of the top 20 oldest, still-standing, businesses in Citrus Heights — with Harris Industrial Gases coming in as the oldest business, first opening on Auburn Boulevard in 1936. Others on the list include Hall’s Furniture on Mariposa Avenue, opened in 1946, as well as Walt’s Auto Service and The Lodge Coffee Shop, both opening on Auburn Boulevard in…

by · May 13, 2017 · Business
Best of Citrus Heights logo, 2016-17. Image credit:

Voting underway online to select ‘Best of Citrus Heights’ businesses

Got a favorite local business or restaurant you want to show support for?

Through May 31, the Citrus Heights community can cast votes online for local businesses they feel are worthy to win the “Best of Citrus Heights” annual award from the local Chamber of Commerce…

by · May 11, 2017 · Business
Staff member Seth Murphy accepts payment from a customer at the new Yellow Yo yogurt shop in Citrus Heights. // CH Sentinel

Yellow Yo: new frozen yogurt shop opens in Citrus Heights

Just in time for warm weather, a new frozen yogurt shop has opened its doors at the busy Sylvan Corners intersection in Citrus Heights.

Frozen yogurt fans will find the new Yellow Yo self-serve eatery with a bright and colorful look on the inside — along with four yogurt machines, each with two different flavors and an option to mix the two. Yogurt selections are all nonfat, with choices including Tahitian vanilla, “dreamy dark chocolate,” cheesecake, and the most popular pick so far, Cherry Amaretto…

by · May 3, 2017 · Business
The 13-acre lot at Sylvan Corners had been used to house the old Sylvan Middle School Property, which was demolished this year. // Credit: Google Maps

City makes formal step toward buying old Sylvan property

Wondering what lies in store for the future of the 13-acre property at Sylvan Corners, once home to the now-demolished Sylvan Middle School?

In a new development since March, Citrus Heights Mayor Jeff Slowey confirmed in an April interview that the city has met with school district representatives and formally expressed interest in buying the property…

by · April 29, 2017 · Business, City Hall
Citrus Heights News Briefs: home invasion, night club update, top 20 leaders

Citrus Heights News Briefs: home invasion, night club update, top 20 leaders

Latest local news briefs include a proposal for a Latin-themed night club gaining unanimous approval following a public hearing, a home invasion robbery under investigation, and the latest “Top 20” list unveiled in celebration of Citrus Heights’ 20th birthday.

New Citrus Heights night club approved 6-0 by planning commission–
The owner of Alley Katz bar on Arcadia Drive received a green light from planning commissioners on Wednesday, allowing him to proceed with plans to reformat his facility into a Latin-themed night club. The new “Plush Restaurant and Lounge” will…

by · April 16, 2017 · Business, Community
A Taste of Citrus Heights will be held at the community center on April 28. // Image courtesy, GFWC Citrus Heights Women's Club

‘Taste of Citrus Heights’ event to offer local flavor, raise funds for CHPD

An upcoming all-you-can-eat fundraiser at the Citrus Heights Community Center on April 28 is promising to treat attendees with catered food and beverage tasting from several dozen local restaurants, incorporated with an evening of comedy, dance, and support for local police.

GFWC Citrus Heights Women’s Club President Kristy Hernandez, whose group is putting on the “Taste of Citrus Heights” event, said the evening will feature DJ Angelique Bianca, a silent auction and raffle, stand-up comedy, two hours of all-you-can-eat tasting, and a…

by · April 14, 2017 · Business, Community
A computer rendering of the new three-story medical office building on Greenback Lane, approved by Citrus Heights council members on March 26.

3-story Dignity Health building on Greenback still moving forward, officials say

Construction of a 68,000-square-feet medical office building on Greenback Lane is now expected to begin by the end of May, following an extended period of delays since being approved by the Citrus Heights city council in March 2015.

Although an official groundbreaking date for the project has not yet been set, Dignity Health Spokeswoman Brooke Burgess said on Monday that a contract is being finalized with the project’s developer, Panattoni Development Company. She said a construction start date will be announced “as soon as [the contract is] set…”

by · April 12, 2017 · Business
A map included in planning commission documents indicates the proposed area for a new Quick Quack Car Wash in Citrus Heights. // Courtesy, City of Citrus Heights

Public hearings set for proposed Citrus Heights night club, car wash

Two separate public hearings will be held during an April 12 Citrus Heights planning commission meeting, where commissioners are expected to make a decision on whether to approve a new Latin-themed night club in the Citrus Town Center and a new car wash near Antelope Road and Interstate 80.

One proposal seeks to transform the existing Alley Katz bar at 7942 Arcadia Drive into a night club called “Plush Restaurant and Lounge.” According to planning commission documents, the proposal has been made by the current owner of Alley Katz, Felipe Olvera, along with two business partners, who are seeking…

by · April 8, 2017 · Business
Vacant lots in front of Costco and Walmart in Citrus Heights have remained dormant for years. // CH Sentinel

Will the empty lots in front of Costco ever be developed?

Wondering what’s going on with those vacant pads in front of Costco and Walmart on Auburn Boulevard?

Although development at the Stock Ranch Plaza appears to have stalled since Applebee’s Bar & Grill opened in late 2015, CBRE Senior Vice President Jon Schultz, the property’s leasing agent, told The Sentinel in an update last Thursday that construction on a new building at the site is “ready to launch.” He also said several deals are currently pending with multiple future tenants…

by · April 1, 2017 · Business