What's Up In November 2023: Notable happenings in our local communities.
Savor a fusion of traditional Filipino desserts and drinks—all centered around ube and made using innovative culinary techniques—at Café 86 (cafe-86.com). The popular chain, which serves everything from ube leche flan cupcakes and ube truffles to “upside down halo halo” and ube tres leches—is making its local debut in Roseville at 3992 Foothills Boulevard.
Teriyaki Madness (teriyakimadness.com), which serves made-to-order teriyaki bowls prepared with fresh ingredients and ample protein choices, along with appetizers (eggrolls, crab rangoon, potstickers, edamame) and sides (fried rice, noodles, stir-fried veggies), is opening a brick and mortar at 4060 Town Center Boulevard in the El Dorado Hills Town Center.
Granite Bay’s The Marketplace is welcoming Yoshi Ramen to its list of merchants. Located at 6869 Douglas Boulevard, the fast-casual eatery will serve ramen—with various homemade broths (tonkotsu, chicken, and vegetarian) and a gluten-free “zoodle” option—in addition to sushi.
Enjoy delicious pastries, warm breads, stunning cakes, and expertly brewed drinks—plus gourmet sandwiches and salads—in a warm, welcoming ambiance at Paris Baguette (parisbaguette.com). The new bakery-café is slated to open soon at 1050 Pleasant Grove Boulevard in Roseville.
Find snacks, drinks, souvenirs, and fresh Folsom merch at The General Store (folsomgeneralstore.com). Sited at 200 Wool Street—the historic site of the Folsom Depot, which began service on February 22, 1856—the business is helmed by the same owners as Sociology Coffee Bar. For grand opening updates, follow the shop on Instagram @folsomgeneralstore.
California-based women’s lifestyle brand, Johnny Was (johnnywas.com)—known for their chic boho clothing with colorful prints and intricate embroidery, vintage-inspired style, one-of-a-kind kimonos, and high-quality swimwear—is opening a storefront in Roseville (1013 Galleria Boulevard, Suite 180) at the Fountains (fountainsatroseville.com).
Folsom-based men’s salon The Barber Lounge (folsombarberlounge.com) is opening their second location this month at the Palladio. Sited at 380 Palladio Parkway, Suite 309, the business strives to create an old-style barber experience in comfortable, modern-day environs—complete with beer, wine, and an array of services (haircuts, beard trimming, shaves, fades, and more).
Dave & Buster's (daveandbusters.com), a popular dining and entertainment venue with a vast number of video and arcade games, plus a full-service restaurant and bar—is opening at 430 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1817, in Folsom’s Palladio. The site—scheduled to open in 2024—will include a best-in-class viewing experience and expanded variety of play, so guests can immerse themselves in all things “Eat, Drink, Play, and Watch.”
A new boutique is coming to Cameron Park (3389 Mira Loma Drive, Suite 4). SWANK (swanklife.online) will feature hand-picked boho chic clothing, lifestyle gifts, and home décor, plus locally made jewelry, wares, and collectibles. In addition to new merchandise, pre-loved vintage items will also be sold—both in-store and online. For grand opening updates, follow the shop on Instagram @lovelifeandshopswank.
The Cookie Shoppe (folsomcookieshoppe.com)—whose tagline is "Home of the Big Cookie!”—recently opened at 1300 East Bidwell Street, Suite 140, in Folsom. Serving a variety of flavors, both traditional and gourmet, plus frosted sugar cookies, the business also fulfills special orders and aims to make special occasions a little sweeter.
Locally based health club California Family Fitness (californiafamilyfitness.com) and Stockton-based gym chain In-Shape Health Clubs (inshape.com) will now do business together under one name. Set to take effect next month, both businesses—which collectively operate 63 gyms throughout the state—will be known as In-Shape Family Fitness (inshape.com).
Head to Downtown Placerville and partake in the Miners on Main Scavenger Hunt (eldorado.com/miners-on-main), where 10 miners—who all had an impact on Placerville and El Dorado County during the Gold Rush—are hidden throughout the district. Each miner has a QR code on their medallion, which will take you to a webpage about them.
More than 1,800 volunteers joined together at Folsom’s Lakeside Church on September 16 for the 10th annual Community Service Day. After receiving an official event T-shirt, enjoying breakfast, and listening to encouraging words spoken by several community leaders—including Community Service Day Chair Justin Raithel and City of Folsom Mayor Rosario Rodriguez—the group eagerly headed to their respective projects. Assignments included assembling care packages for active-duty military service members, collecting and sorting food donations, and assisting local nonprofits. For more info, visit folsomcommunityservice.org.
Beloved restaurant Q1227 (q1227restaurant.com), which serves "modern comfort food" like chicken-fried lobster bites, dry-aged lamb Wellington, and jambalaya, is relocating from 1465 Eureka Road in Roseville to a 6,741-square-foot space at 1151 Galleria Boulevard, Suite 1175, at the Galleria at Roseville (westfield.com/galleriaatroseville). The award-winning eatery is scheduled to begin operating at the new site next spring.
If you’re wanting the benefits of compost but don’t have time for backyard composting—pick some up for free at one of two community compost piles: behind Folsom City Hall (50 Natoma Street) or at the Hinkle Creek Nature Trail (near Fire Station 36). The compost is free to Folsom residents and made from materials collected from the curbside green organics bin. For more info, visit folsom.ca.us/organics.
Sierra College (sierracollege.edu) is in the process of a $500 million makeover on their main Rocklin campus. The first stage includes a parking garage and newly opened three-story, 75,000-square-foot instructional building featuring classrooms, dedicated space for study groups, an outdoor lab with kiln ovens for ceramics classes, and a ground-floor café. A new gym, science building, technical arts buildings, and dorms are on the horizon.
Congrats to Amy Pooley on her appointment as the new executive director for the El Dorado Community Foundation (eldoradocf.org)—a nonprofit that brings together people who care with causes that matter. Currently serving as the executive director for CASA El Dorado, Pooley’s vision for the Foundation includes elevating philanthropy, supporting nonprofits, and helping to ensure a vibrant future for El Dorado County. Her role will officially begin in January 2024.
by MEGAN WISKUS
Cafe 86 photo by Russ and Cara Photography. The General Store photo by Jake Givens. Folsom Community Service Day photo by Tom Paniagua. Q1227 photo by Taylor Allred ©stylemediagroup. Sierra College photo courtesy of Sierra College. Other photos courtesy of their respective companies or organizations.