Life along Stockton Boulevard is changing. Neighborhoods and business communities are getting a fresh start and making steady advances all the way from Little Saigon to the UC Davis Medical Center campus. Present-day and future improvements are changing the way we live, grow and play. Revitalization is here.
Still very much in the planning stages and many years away, Aggie Square is fueling a Renaissance along Stockton Boulevard. On the campus of UC Davis Health in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood, the site identified as the future location of Aggie Square is near 2nd Avenue and Stockton Boulevard. A partnership between UC Davis, the City of Sacramento and the business community, Aggie Square will be a live, learn, work, and play innovation eco-system to help UC Davis take its research from the lab to the marketplace. It will help educate and employ students and grow economic development for the community.
“When identifying where to open new stores, we look at several factors including community need,” says Rich Tovatt, Smart & Final Regional Vice President. “We were especially drawn to this Stockton Boulevard location given the fact we have operated a store in this community since 1988, but at approximately 15,000 square feet, we had outgrown the space. We have also heard from this community that the area is currently underserved for household and business customers, so we are very excited to open and serve this community better than ever before.”
Smart & Final Extra! opened in December 2018 and is approximately 32,000 square feet. With expanded frozen, deli and meat selections, a full fresh produce section with organic options, and grocery and household products offered in a broad range of sizes, Smart & Final’s Extra! format stores provide an additional 6,000 club size items as compared to traditional Smart & Final stores. The store also features:
Vacant and rundown for many years, this retail corner has a new owner and purpose. The post office-approved store provides shipping cost comparisons for GSO, DHL, FedEx and USPS. “You’ll get the best rate based on destination, weight and time frame for delivery,” says owner Chinh Nguyen.
This is a one-stop shop for printing, copying, fax, scanning, signage and shipping. Printing costs are competitive and can include same-day delivery. The website provides customizable options to help small businesses design 12-month marketing campaigns. Relocating from Fruitridge Shopping Center in late 2018, Chinh completely renovated the storefront which includes one of the Boulevard’s “emerging murals”.
Founded in Surabaya, Indonesia in 2002, Biru (Indonesian for blue) opened their first American store on Stockton Boulevard in 2018 completely renovating a three-unit strip mall. Dispensing both alkaline and reverse osmosis waters, the store is state-of-the-art.
“This location has high-visibility,” said project manager, Amy Wongso. “Good traffic and nearby Asian and Latino communities–our target market—made this a good investment.”
With more than 300 stores, Biru has grown to be the leading refill water company in Indonesia and has received multiple awards such as WORLDCOB’s “The Bizz 2017” Business Award and Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award 2013. “We focus on what we do best, Water is the business!”
At this California meets Louisiana restaurant, guests will enjoy fresh seafood in a family-friendly atmosphere. Crawfish, lobster rolls, Dungeness crab and, yes, hush puppies! Wait until you see the mural-bejeweled entry, dining room and VIP room– Sacramento and New Orleans icons and glow-in-the-dark sea creatures. Come for the food. Stay for the art.
In 2016, Maria Cantrell started a pop-up called SoundOff Collaborations. “I wanted a physical location, but couldn’t find the right place. I started exploring Stockton Boulevard and found this site – a good spot for an independent music, art and co-working space.”
SOCO Studio has two components: recording and visuals comprised of photography and videography. There are currently two recording work stations. In spring 2019, an engineered recording area where you can do full recording, mixing and mastering will be available. SOCO Studio is Sacramento’s only woman-owned recording studio.
“A hip and retro-style hotel, we’re not doing anything crazy,” says new owner Dhruv Shah. “We’re thinking futuristically – all the way to 2021. A modern look that will last.” The 44-unit boutique-style hotel will focus on what most travelers need and want: clean rooms, comfortable beds, in-room refrigerators, WiFi and modern touches throughout. There will be a coffee bar in the lobby 24/7 and an on-sight manager. Reservations must be made online and payment is by credit card only. The Greens on Stockton Boulevard will not have food service.
Johnson’s Greenbriar Motel reincarnated, the u-shaped motor lodge was built in the early 1950s along the historic Highway 99 corridor near what were considered some of the finest wine vineyards in Northern California. The 240-acre property was owned by Peter Roemer, a native of Germany who came to California in 1881.
HT’s Spot BBQ specializing in chicken and waffles once lived at this location. Purchased and renovated by Grounded partners, Micah Baginski and Sam Allen, the now sunlit HT’s was split into spacious 800- and 3,000- square-foot commercial storefronts. Fadem Up Barbershop (3824 Stockton Boulevard) will relocate to the smaller space in 2019. The search is on for another tenant to occupy the larger unit. Stay tuned!
The iconic Merlino’s Freeze opened in 1946 near the old California State Fair. It’s been reinvented a number of times, most recently as the Orange Oven a halal Mediterranean eatery featuring gyros and fruit freezes. Ateeq Rahman, owner and head chef, grew-up on 1st Avenue and has received 5-star Yelp status since opening in 2018 and is working hard to deliver delicious food. Talk about multi-tasking, he’s also attending the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis.