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What's Up In February 2024: Notable Happenings in our Local Communities.

Savor homemade Ethiopian cuisine—crafted using a unique blend of spices, ingredients, and cooking techniques—in a cozy, culturally rich ambiance at Gursha Ethiopian Cuisine ( in Roseville (1821 Douglas Boulevard, Suite C-5). The restaurant serves a variety of vegetarian dishes (made using lentils, potatoes, carrots, and greens) and meat entrées; both are meant to be enjoyed alongside injera: Ethiopioan flatbread made from the tiny grains of teff.

Gursha Ethiopian Cuisine


Raley's at the Parkway Center (, sited at the corner of East Natoma Street and Blue Ravine Road, is welcoming Pet Evolution (—a chain that sells a variety of pet products and offers pet grooming services—and BODYBAR Pilates (, which offers group Pilates workouts meant to build strength and endurance, to its list of retailers.



Fast-casual franchise, The Habit Burger Grill (, known for their award-winning “charburgers” grilled over an open flame, is coming to The Shops at Folsom Ranch (—a master-planned development that's expected to include thousands of new homes, as well as retail projects, medical developments, and a sports complex—along East Bidwell Street just south of the Highway 50 interchange.

The Habit Burger


Animal ONE (—a new veterinary hospital offering preventive care and wellness products and services to help build and maintain your pet’s optimum health—is coming to El Dorado Hills (2203 Francisco Drive). In addition to exams, the clinic will offer imaging, surgery, vaccines, and more.

Galleria at Roseville ( is welcoming a lengthy list of tenants this year, including eco-friendly footwear and accessories brand Rothy’s (; gorjana (, which sells thoughtfully designed jewelry designed to mix, match, layer, and have a whole lot of fun with; Jo Malone London (, known for its unique fragrance portfolio and luxury products for the bath, body, and homes; Aritzia (, an eclectic boutique stocked with trendy women's clothing and accessories; and Amour Vert (, a women's clothing company committed to sustainability. Halu Crystal Shop (—which sells handmade products and stones mostly sourced from Brazil; and donates a portion of proceeds to charities that help children in poverty, animals, and single mothers in need—opened their doors last month.

Halu Crystal Shop


Family-owned eatery Curries & Biryanis ( opened at 157 Iron Point Road in Folsom. Specializing in authentic South and North Indian cuisine with bold flavors and spices, the restaurant serves a lunch buffet seven days a week, along with a full menu.

Curries & Biryanis


National pop culture store BoxLunch ( is opening soon at Folsom’s Palladio (280 Palladio Parkway, Suite 925). For every $10 spent (merchandise includes everything from themed apparel and toys to novelty items, home goods, and gifts), the civic-minded brick and mortar helps provide a meal to a person in need through their philanthropic partnership with Feeding America (



Congrats to Gerardo Ocon, lead bartender at Milestone (, who won “Best Bartender” in the recent Junipero Cup. The competition, held at Sacramento’s Shady Lady, included bartenders from top-rated restaurants across the region. Ocon’s winning drink, the Horizon, tastes different depending which side of the glass you drink from, and includes Junipero gin, strawberry Aperol, lemon aperitivo, and orange bitters.



Tune into Food Network this spring (exact air date TBD) to watch top Placerville restaurants, including Hog Wild Bar-B-Que (, Rocker Oysterfeller’s (, and Enchanted Forest Dining Experience (, compete on the show Best Bite in Town. Filmed last August, the competition travelogue features Guy Fieri appointing his chef friends to visit different cities each week to find the best bite in town.

Commercial wineries are invited to compete in the El Dorado County Fair Open Wine Competition, where 30 prestigious experts from around the country will come together to judge wines. Each panel consists of one judge from each industry: education (winemaker, enologist, professor), media (newspaper, blog, radio), wine sales (restaurant, retail, hospitality). To enter (deadline is March 11) and for more info, visit

Palm Tree Brewing Company (—an island-style microbrewery—is relocating from Orangevale to an approximately 2,990-square-foot space in Fair Oaks (10148 Fair Oaks Boulevard). In addition to their production facility and a taproom, the new outpost will have occasional live music and 16 taps pouring everything from IPAs and ambers to lagers, stouts, and more.

Granite Bay-based mom-and-pop toy store Wit & Whimsy Toys ( is relocating across the parking lot to a bigger space at 7060 Douglas Boulevard—going from 928 square feet to approximately 2,600 square feet. The “new” shop—scheduled to open this spring—will have expanded product offerings and host regular events, including story time, craft activity days, and an adult game night.

Wit & Whimsy Toys


American River Conservancy (—a nonprofit that, since its inception, has completed 89 conservation projects protecting over 30,325 acres of native fisheries, endangered species habitats, and recreational lands— recently purchased 1,025 acres protecting riparian habitat and important oak woodland habitat near the Cosumnes River in El Dorado County. El Dorado Ranch is the first designated “wildlife area” in El Dorado County and was previously slated for extensive residential subdivision.

American River Conservancy


Females aged 22 or older who live on the western slope of El Dorado County and have been accepted by or plan to attend an accredited educational or vocational institution between June 1, 2024, and May 31, 2025, are encouraged to apply for a Wickline Scholarship. Applications for the award (up to $2,000) are due before 5 p.m. on March 15. To apply, visit

By Megan Wiskus
El Dorado Ranch photo by Elena DeLacy. Other photos courtesy of their respective companies or organizations.