I was surprised, as was airport management, apparently, to hear that the Silver Lining restaurant at the Humboldt County Redwoods whatever airport is closed. That’s a big step backward for the folks who have been promoting the airport and while I don’t think many flyers would cancel a flight because their destination didn’t have a coffee shop, it still doesn’t say much for the infrastructure we offer our visitors.
According to the NCJ, an attempt will be made to find another operator. That might be difficult. Most airport restaurants overlook a busy runway where diners can observe takeoffs and landings more often than four times a day. Maybe the County should contract with Dell’ Arte or Access Humboldt or someone else who can produce a light show to resemble a busy airport. At least it would LOOK like the return of normalcy. Stay tuned.
…at Bayshore Mall. The other stores in the County (Arcata, Fortuna, Myrtle Avenue) will remain open for the time being while radio Shack closes thousands of its locations. The staff at the Mall was very helpful when I asked why Fortuna and Myrtle weren’t answering their phones. It’s because they help live customers over phone calls- don’t you wish everyone did that?-and the stores don’t have answering machines. Yup, that’s right. They sell them, but don’t have one . The liquidation of the Mall location is well along and is the only store closing I’ve ever heard of that’s being advertised on Craig’s List. Entrepreneurs, check it out. They may have something you can use.
Thanks to Dr Escher and his hardworking crew at HSU, the Index is here. From December to January our mortgage rates went up slightly, unemployment rate and building permits went down. Home sales are definitely down. Our UI rate is now 6.6% and our median home value is $260,000. Enjoy!
I call Redding our step-sister city. No one really likes it, but we’re joined at the hip. The following are factoids gleaned from the Bee, the Record-Searchliight and the Sac Business News.
Their mall, the Mt. Shasta Mall, is owned by the owners of Bayshore Mall and has roughly the same number of stores. Unlike our mall, theirs is scheduled for a major renovation to make it more upscale. Hmm.
Like our ACV, Redding has also this week experienced the return of jet service, except for the flight to SFO that was cancelled this morning.
A couple of WOMEN are kicking butt in IT services. Their company is called Nerd Chicks , or officially Nerds on Call and is an onsite computer and laptop repair service. I wonder why we don’t have the equivalent over here. They write a column for the R-S a couple of times a month which is worth watching for if you’re not a complete geek yourself.
..and the good people of Palo Cedro, pop. 1400, are fighting Dollar General over its plans to build in their community. They fear the local stores already there will suffer if DG opens.
The Mad River Union has a helpful summary of recent business closures in Arcata. These include McKenny’s DIB, the St Vincent de Paul store on K Street, the Hunan Plaza Chinese restaurant (after 27 years!!), the Essence of Humboldt gift shop and , at the end of the month, the Eden seed and gift shop on Ninth Street. It looks worse when you list them all together. Thanks to the Union for compiling these. No link available.
“Please come to Boston in the springtime..” Remember that song? Well, you might not make it by springtime but starting June 18 and continuing till September you’ll be able to fly to Boston NONSTOP from Sacramento on Jet Blue for as little as $199 each way. Take your kids on the Freedom Trail! Or catch the train up to Montreal- a one day ride- and show them a foreign country. That last would be my plan and I’m almost excited enough about it to consider flying again.
In other transportation news, Siemens is having a kind of expo on February 25 and 26 on the Capitol Steps to advertise its bid re: the HSR contracts. Again, it sounds like a lot of fun for train freaks (like me) and kids (like me.) Check it out here or if the link doesn’t work check the Feb 12 edition of the Sacramento Business News.