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November 2010
In This Issue
New Auburn Thai Restaurant Draws Inspiration from Home
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard Opens Roseville Office
Placer Theater Ballet to Present Sparkling 'Nutcracker'
New Owners Rejuvenate Lincoln Holiday Inn
AGROart Competition Returns to Mountain Mandarin Festival
Rabobank Moves HQ to Roseville
Tahoe City Celebrates Holly-Days Jubilee December 4 & 5
Sleep Train pulling into New Rocklin HQ, Plans Expansion
Ex-Pro Cyclists Combine Passion for Bikes, Coffee
Placer County Vintners to Host Holidays in the Hills
County Redevelopment Agency Calls for Loan Committee Volunteers
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New Auburn Thai Restaurant Draws Inspiration from Home

When Anu Souliyonh recalls his childhood in northern Thailand, he remembers his mother's cooking. "A simple dish my mom used to make was coconut soup," he said. "Every time I tasted it, it was creamy, light, and flavorful. Every time I have that soup, it makes me think of home." Now, two decades later, that coconut soup is on the menu at Anu's restaurant, Auburn Thai Garden, and Anu's mother and wife Anne, both trained and experienced cooks, help in the business. The menu at Auburn Thai Garden has both Thai and Chinese dishes, reflecting Anne's Thai-Chinese heritage. One specialty is Panang curry. Lemon grass prawns and green apple fish salad are also popular, as well as fish cakes plate and curry puffs, Anu said. Seasonal dishes for fall include green avocado curry, red pumpkin curry, and red mango curry. Anu offers 18 international beers and several local wines. For details, visit the Auburn Journal at click here or Auburn Thai Garden at click here.

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Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard Opens Roseville Office 

 

In October, Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard (KMTG), a full-service law corporation, announced the opening of its fifth office, in Roseville at 2390 Professional Drive. The Roseville office will expand the firm's business and estate planning practices in Placer County. The opening coincides with the addition of Randall R. Wilson to the firm as a shareholder. A native of Placer County, Wilson has practiced in Roseville for more than 25 years. He is a CPA and a specialist in estate planning, trust, and probate law. Wilson also serves as general counsel to many Placer County companies. KMTG established its first office in Sacramento in 1959 and now has a legal team of more than 60 attorneys. A grand opening/welcome celebration for the new office will be held November 18. For details, visit KMTG at click here.

Nutcracker  
Placer Theater Ballet to Present Sparkling 'Nutcracker'

To the lushly melodic and emotionally rich music of Peter Tchaikovsky, the Placer Theatre Ballet company will perform "The Nutcracker" on November 27 & 28 and December 4 & 5 at Placer High Auditorium, in Auburn. The production will feature both student and professional dancers, beautiful costumes, and a sparkling take on the holiday classic. Placer Theatre Ballet, a non-profit organization, "is dedicated to the joy of storytelling through the art of dance." The company welcomes dancers from throughout the region in open auditions and offers "high-caliber performances that are accessible to our community." Tickets to "Nutcracker" are available online for details, visit Placer Theatre Ballet at click here

Holiday Inn Lincoln 

New Owners Rejuvenate
 Lincoln Holiday Inn

Shan Fazeli, of Internatonal Suites LLC (ISLLC), a California Limited Liability Corporation, said his company took over the title of the Lincoln Holiday Hotel and Suites in May. Since then it has been making improvements to the inn's maintenance, operation, and administration. "Our strongest attribute is teamwork on guest satisfaction," said Fazeli. "The owners, management and staff of the hotel go out of their way to make sure that guests feel at home." A team of professional employees runs the hotel, Fazeli said, and his company anticipates hiring more people in the near future. "The success of Holiday Inn Express/Lincoln is of particular importance to us," he noted. "ISLLC has spent considerable money to purchase the hotel, and we have committed resources to further improve the property and make a strong presence in the Lincoln/Roseville area." For details, visit Holiday Inn Express at click here.

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AGROart Competition Returns to Mountain Mandarin Festival

PlacerArts' AGROart Competition returns to the Mountain Mandarin Festival, Saturday, November 20 at Gold Country Fairgrounds, in Auburn. The competition, a unique celebration of Placer Country agriculture, pits sculptors, using fruits and vegetables, against each other, vying for cash awards for artistic creativity and complexity. Sculptors can compete in one of eight age-related categories of teams and individuals. For details and entry forms, visit Placer Arts at click here. The Mandarin Festival, November 19 - 21, celebrates the harvest of locally grown Owari Satsuma Mandarin oranges and includes all things Mandarin - foods, cooking demonstrations, recipe contest, products, and 15 local citrus farmers selling their freshly harvested Mandarin oranges. Children's activities, live entertainment and hundreds of quality crafters add to the festivities. For details, visit 2010 Mandarin Festival at click here.

 
Rabobank Moves HQ to Roseville

 

Fast-growing Rabobank NA is moving its headquarters from El Centro to Roseville. With $11 billion in assets, the bank is the California operation of Rabobank Group, the Netherlands banking giant. The California bank's four-year plan is to fill in areas where its branch network has gaps, including the Sacramento region. Rabobank entered California by buying Valley Independent Bank in El Centro in 2002. That location remained the bank's corporate headquarters even after it moved its executive headquarters to Roseville in 2006. With a focus on agricultural lending, Rabobank has bought banks throughout much of California. It plans to open new offices to fill its territory, including five branches by the end of the year. For details, visit the Sacramento Business Journal at click here.

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Tahoe City Celebrates Holly-Days Jubilee December 4 & 5

Downtown Tahoe City will celebrate the holiday season December 4 & 5 with activities and events for the whole family. Coldwell Banker Toys for Tots community event starts the jubilee on Friday afternoon with hot cocoa and cookies, wine and cheese, and a special appearance by Santa. Attendees can bring a new, unwrapped toy to help kick off the bank's month-long toy drive. Later that day, visitors can make a quick trip to Kings Beach for its annual holiday fair and tree lighting ceremony, starting at 5 p.m. On Saturday, December 5, children can have pictures taken with Santa in Tahoe City's Heritage Plaza, and visitors can find gifts in their favorite shops, galleries, and boutiques during a town-wide shopping soiree. Tahoe City's annual tree lighting closes the jubilee Saturday evening with cocoa, caroling, and the lighting of the new town Christmas tree by Santa. For details, visit Tahoe City at click here.

Sleep Train
Sleep Train pulling into New Rocklin HQ, Plans Expansion

The Sleep Train Inc. is doubling the size of its headquarters and plans to ramp up store growth in new and existing markets. The mattress retail chain is also becoming an employee-stock-owned company. The company expects to close escrow before year's end on a 22,000-square-foot building in Rocklin that will replace its headquarters in Citrus Heights. Sleep Train operates 230 stores and has revenue of about $300 million. The company is buying the last freestanding building in an 11.5-acre Stanford Ranch project developed by a partnership led by Larry Kelley between 2002 and 2007. The new building will replace Sleep Train's 12,000-square-foot building plus an overflow 900-square-foot building across the street. The company will move 58 employees into the new headquarters when it opens. This year Sleep Train had its best Labor Day weekend in the company's history. For details, visit the Sacramento Business Journal at click here or The Sleep Train Inc. at click here.

Trailhead Coffee 
Ex-Pro Cyclists Combine Passion for Bikes, Coffee

A year ago, professional bike-racer and coffee lover Jerry Cannon and another pro cyclist, Rob Johnson, started their own business, Trailhead Coffee & Cycling Lounge, at the corner of Taylor Road and English Colony Way in Penryn. The business has proved very popular. Cycling memorabilia and photos cover the lounge's walls; a Team Telekom bike ridden in the Tour de France hangs from the ceiling; a Greg Lemond bike frame sits on a shelf. "Everything in here is real," Cannon explained. "There's a story behind every jersey and every bike." The owners have ordered Trailhead jerseys and riding shorts that will soon be for sale at the lounge. They can assist customers in buying bikes, new or used, and also repair bikes. And they serve their own special blend of Trailhead coffee. For details, visit the Roseville Press Tribune at click here or Trailhead Coffee & Cycling Lounge at click here.

Placer County Vintner's Association 

Placer County Vintners to Host Holidays in the Hills

Placer County's annual Holiday in the Hills winery tour weekend, December 11 & 12, is packed with special events and tasting opportunities at some of the county's best local wineries and vineyards. Visitors on the tour, of about 15 stops, can meet winemakers, wine grape growers, and other wine enthusiasts while tasting award-winning artisan wines. Each winery will offer something different, from gift wine packages to the creations of local artists working onsite. Imaginative food and wine pairings will tempt visitors to stop and relax in the beautiful Sierra Foothills tour settings. Soon to be posted online are wine tour weekend hotel and dining specials. For details, visit Placer County Wine Trail at click here.

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County Redevelopment Agency Calls for Loan Committee Volunteers

The Placer County Redevelopment Agency is looking for interested citizens to volunteer to serve on the agency's loan committee. Committee members represent county government, financing, building, banking, or housing. They review housing and commercial loan applications, loan amounts, and terms. Loans are funded by Community Development Block Grants, Neighborhood Stabilization funds, and other publicly funded grant programs, such as housing rehabilitation, first-time homebuyer, and business improvement loans. Goals of the program include preserving housing stock, revitalizing neighborhoods, and supporting business growth and expansion. The loan committee meets monthly on the third Thursday, 10 a.m., at 3091 County Center Dr., in Auburn. Members must submit a yearly Conflict of Interest form to the Placer County Elections Division. The position includes no financial compensation. For details, contact Mimi Thomas at (530) 745-3172 or methomas@placer.ca.gov

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In Progress Online (IPOL), an economic development e-mail newsletter, is published bi-monthly. IPOL covers the latest news on Placer County business and industry, agriculture, tourism, and the arts. It reports on new projects in our cities and towns and keeps readers up to date on the state of the region's economy. IPOL posts news of state and local training, incentives, and loan programs that benefit business. It provides links to more information on each item. News about your business is always welcome.  Please send items, questions, comments, or suggestions to the Office of Economic Development at econdev@placer.ca.gov or visit the OED Web site. For past In Progress Online newsletters, go to Placer County Biz News