Raise your hand if, like us, you were a mallrat as a tween. | Photo by Sunrise Mall via Wikimedia Commons
For 50+ years, Sunrise Mall has stood just outside of Sacramento city limits as a beacon of suburban spending. But, years of online shopping, shifting consumer spending habits, and competing local shopping centers — not to mention that whole pandemic thing — have slowly moved the space closer and closer toward retail obscurity. The large number of empty storefronts within the space begs the question — what is next for Sunrise Mall?
After months of community outreach and input, Citrus Heights City Council unanimously approved the Sunrise Tomorrow Specific Plan in November 2021, which outlined a multi-phase project spanning 20+ years that will transform the 95-acre mall into a hub that extends beyond retail space. It will also include housing, community engagement, office space, outdoor events, and more.
ICYMI (or in case you forgot, these things move slowly) the transformation of the mall centers around Five Big Ideas laid out by the city of Citrus Heights:
Community + Regional Destination
The first Big Idea is to transform areas within the mall into mixed-use public gathering spaces, creating a “Main Street atmosphere” that acts as the centerpiece for all other Sunrise Mall amenities. This would feature family-friendly dining and activity options, while still leaving space for outdoor events such as farmers markets.
Connected Green Spaces
Part of the plan is for Sunrise Mall to contain a series of interconnected pathways and trails, allowing visitors to traverse the mall without a car. It would also feature playgrounds for children, water fixtures for the summer months, and an increased tree canopy to block heat and collect rainwater.
Wednesdays at Winn | Wednesday, Sept. 6 | 3:30-7:30 p.m. | Winn Park, 1616 28th St., Sacramento | Free | Check out 40+ booths filled with local crafts, produce, and more as you enjoy free activities fit for the whole family.
Street Legal Fun Drags | Wednesday, Sept. 6 | 4-9 p.m. | Sacramento Raceway, 5305 Excelsior Rd., Sacramento | $5-$20 | Live out your “Fast & Furious” fantasies in a fun and safe environment at this weekly gathering.
Barnflix: “Mean Girls” | Wednesday, Sept. 6 | 7:45-9:30 p.m. | Drakes: The Barn, 985 Riverfront St., West Sacramento | Free | On Wednesdays we wear pink — especially when watching this 2004 teen comedy that is so fetch.
Thursday, Sept. 7
MOSAC Happy Hours | Thursday, Sept. 7 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity, 400 Jibboom St., Sacramento | $15 | All exhibits are open for you to browse with a drink in hand at this suds-filled night of science.
Read to a Dog | Thursday, Sept. 7 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Carmichael Library, 5605 Marconi Ave., Carmichael | Free | Let your young ones practice their reading skills with a furry friend.
The Kings signed center JaVale McGee to a contract this week, the terms of which were not disclosed. The 15-year NBA veteran averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game last season with the Dallas Mavericks. (FOX40)
Folsom is getting its first Yemeni coffee shop soon. Qamaria Yemeni Coffee Co. is taking over the space at 13405 Folsom Blvd. that was previously occupied by the Waffle Experience. While the opening date is not yet set, two more Sac area locations are also planned to open by 2026. (Sac Bee)
San Francisco-based jewelry store Brilliant Earth is opening its new location at Roseville’s Westfield Galleria on Thursday, Sept. 14. The brand bills itself as a “digital-first jewelry company” that carries a wide selection of ethically sourced products. (Sac Biz Journal)
Following a fire, Streets Pub and Grub has closed its doors for repairs. The restaurant hasn’t given a timeline for its reopening, but said on social media that no one was hurt by the fire.
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The free event gives teenage girls (including transgender, non-binary, and female-identifying teens) a chance to learn search and rescue techniques, CPR, first aid, and gain a better understanding of public safety from a group of professional women firefighters. Attendees will also receive breakfast and lunch both days, along with a camp T-shirt.