HSU’s Economic Index for March is in. Most sectors were down with home sales and manufacturing orders slightly up. Thanks to Dr. Eschker and his hardworking crew!
…and we don’t just mean celebrating Easter. Here’s a summary of recent events in my favorite part of town.
Little Japan, which used to be on 4th Street across from where Liu’s used to be, is open for business at their new home on F Street next to the BofA. Harvey says they are yet to have a full-on grand opening but they’e already had the Chamber ribbon cutting and a cash mob. The new store is gorgeous and well-stocked. I bought some miso and realized how much I had missed this store as I tucked into my soup with the March winds blowing outside. No website, but they do have a Facebook page.
Next door, in the old pharmacy are signs indicating a Eureka Planning Commission hearing concerning four parking places in the adjacent lot. The parking is for a Chinese restaurant named Zoe, which will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Converting a drugstore to a restaurant is expensive so this is a massive investment for someone.
Another massive investment is contemplated for the space now occupied by Glow, a facial and nails salon that has taken its operation to an appointment-only model. A gentleman from Fortuna has advertised his intention to open the Diver Bar and Grille in the Glow space but the fictitious business name statement was filed back in December and it doesn’t look like much is happening. Stay tuned. And if you figure out the difference between a ‘grille’ and a ‘grill”, kindly inform me.
Lastly, the space vacated by the short-lived Caribbean Picnic operation is now occupied by Nourish Bistro and Catering which has a website up although it’s awfully heard to read. They will have their grand opening tomorrow, Friday, at 10am, and according to the Times they will be serving beverages and appetizers so there’s a chance to sample their wares. Wish I could make it.
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.
Here for your enjoyment is the January economic index from Dr Escker and his hard-working crew. Home sales and employment were up in January, retail sales. hospitality and lumber were all down.
The Index is here from those hardworking folks at HSU. Seasonal variations show an increase in retail and hospitality and declines in Home Sales, Employment and Lumber. Enjoy!
I think it was Mike Myers who described the French as “cheese-eating surrender monkeys” on SNL some years ago. I say they deserve credit for their competence. ‘Way to go, French guys!!
Best wishes to all in the new year! We are still recuperating but will be back in action soon.
I took my car into Old Town Brake and Auto at 4th and D as I have for the past 15 years and Wally told me he’s retiring at the end of the month, turning the shop over to his son Brian (whose own shop, Eureka Brake & Automotive, on Second Street, will remain open.) Wally has achieved the American dream- a successful business to pass on to his kids and as far as I can figure he did it the old -fashioned way-through hard work. Keeps the same employees around for years too. Stop by and say goodbye to Wally and Sharon, who are remaining in the area. We’ll miss ya, Wally.
And I’ll be offline for a few days while St. Joseph’s installs my new knee. Or should that be, my knew knee? Blessings of the season to all of you.
We are always proud to share the Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers’ newsletter because a) it’s informative and b) it LOOKS so good. Here is the latest from this stellar organization. It takes a while to load. Good things are worth waiting for.
This month’s Index reflects an economy in the doldrums. Although the Composite Index increased 1.2 points this month, it is down 2.2 points from this time last year. Retail and Employment are up, Home Sales, Hospitality and Lumber showed declines. Again our thanks to Dr. Eschker and his hardworking team.