The holiday season is kicking off in downtown Sacramento with the opening of an ice skating rink in St. Rose of Lima Park.
The 26th annual event attracts an average of 30,000 skaters per year and numbers are expected to rise this year following the addition of the Golden 1 Center.
New businesses have popped up in the area surrounding the Golden 1 Center called the Downtown Commons (DOCO). Echo & Rig, Punch Bowl, and Century Theaters are expected to open later this year. Urban Outfitters, Pressed Juicery, State Fare, and Burger Lounge are also slated for spots in the DOCO.
"Yea, the energy down here is completely contagious,” said Jordyn Anderson, a spokesperson for the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. “Everyone is excited, there’s so many new things to experience.”
Tuan Tran has lived in Sacramento for more than 20 years. He says downtown was basically a ghost town five years ago, but has since become revitalized with new shops and restaurants.
“You start to see people come back, come out, eat, play, have fun,” said Tran.
However, some businesses near the arena are seeing negative effects since the arenas opening, said Moss Salman, the manager of Sports Kinds and Metro PCS on J Street.
“It’s been pretty slow lately,” said Salman. “Do to a lot of changes that happened in downtown.”
The family owned business pays $6,000 per month between two stores on J Street and rents continue to rise.
The manager decided to do thousands in renovations to both stores ahead of the Golden 1 Center opening last year. Despite the crowds on game day and during events, the Salman said the business just isn’t coming.
“There’s a variety of people that’s actually getting a lot benefits out of it,” said Salman. “And there’s a lot actually getting left behind like us.”
Security near the Golden 1 Center is tight and Salman said the homeless have been forced away from the arena and are often found in front of his business. He says customers have stopped patronizing his business because they don’t feel safe.