At last week’s ‘State of the City’ address, City Manager Evert Palmer, standing in for Mayor Kerri Howell announced that Vision Service Plan will be opening a new lens grinding facility in Folsom this year, and in addition to the approximately 380 employees being moved to the facility, they will be hiring 200 to 250 more.
They will be moving to the new facility, located on Blue Ravine Rd, by November.
Mr. Palmer also announced that another major company may be moving here as well, but it wasn’t final.
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The Folsom City Council recently passed an ordinance allowing the City to establish ‘entertainment districts’ to regulate live entertainment in town.
The Council is set to vote tonight on a resolution establishing much of the Folsom Historic District as the City’s first ‘entertainment district’.
If passed, the City will have the power to regulate what kind of entertainment is allowed, the hours it can be offered, and what kind of security and other measures that must be taken in order to comply with the new ordinance.
These new measure were prompted by months, if not years of complaints from Historic District residents concerned about noise, crime, litter, parking and other problems they face with the growing popularity of the district as an entertainment destination.
Live entertainment would be limited from 8am to 11pm during the week, and until 2am on weekends, with exceptions for holidays and special events.
One of the biggest challenges may be in limiting audible noise to 50 feet beyond the property lines of the premises, which can be tough for venues with amplified music, such as the Folsom Hotel and Hampton’s, each of which features live music adjacent to their front doors.
Unarmed security guards will be required, 1 per 50 guests, for those providing entertainment after 1130pm.
Businesses may also be held responsible for litter, vandalism and police calls to their establishments.
Folsom Mayor Steve Miklos says, “We’re not trying to put bars out of business, we just want to keep the district safe for everybody.”
If you’d like to make your voice heard, City Council meets tonight at 630pm, Folsom City Hall.
What do you think? Discuss in the forum: http://www.tomatopages.com/folsomforum/index.php?showtopic=39933
Folsom has no shortage of places to eat… and many new businesses have begun springing up! Are you interested in leaving some feedback on a new restaurant or a restaurant you love? Leave a review in our Folsom Restaurants forum. It’s a great way to let Folsom know!
Skipolini’s is enjoying favorable reviews in the first few weeks of opening. The expansive menu and enticing Happy Hour ($3 for a 22oz Coors Light) seem to be a hit with MyFolsomites. The ‘family friendly’ Italian restaurant is located at Folsom-Auburn and Blue Ravine, in the building formerly occupied by Tahoe Joe’s.
Small Business Saturday is tomorrow! When you do your Christmas shopping tomorrow, make an attempt to do all your purchases at a Folsom small business! Many of these businesses have as much as 60% of their sales in the next month, and every sale counts. Shop Local!
Straw Hat Pizza will end its short-lived Folsom life on August 1. In other news, Sports Authority is relocating to Palladio. No word on if tenants have been lined up for the spots vacated. Also in Palladio, San Francisco Sourdough is now open!
Folsom has seen a surge of new restaurants in the past few months. Here are some of the highlights:
- Folsom Palace, a new Chinese “tablecloth” restaurant in the Kinko’s center (food is awesome)
- Chick Fil-A, Toby Keith’s, Habit Burger, Baja Fresh
- Chops at Palladio
- Curry Express, at the former Kirala Sushi location
- a new Steakhouse on Sutter Street
- a Thai restaurant where Urban Dog was
- San Francisco Sourdough at Palladio
60 new jobs were created with the new opening of Chick Fil-A… the Fast food restaurant took the place of Sonic, which was originally slated to move in to the slot in front of Home Depot. Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill is now open as well, though early reviews are mixed. The popularity of the opening seems to be overwhelming to the staff; most are commenting that they need a little time to work out the kinks of a new restaurant.
Folsom is going through a good cycle of growth, a welcome change with the stagnant economy. With the growth of Palladio Mall and Folsom’s business-friendly climate, many businesses are giving Folsom a “go”. Folsom has a 5% unemployment rate, half the state average.