We’ve been proud to partner with Councilmember Rick Jennings, II to encourage neighbors to “Think Local” when deciding where to shop and dine. Will and Devin just finished hanging and distributing signs today! (With the help of Will’s son Liam) After distributing the last few signs at local #PocketGreenhaven businesses, naturally they took the time to support a couple of them with #PocketPride!
The PGCA’s featured business is 9Round Fitness, join us as we get to know its new co-owner Adrienne Chargin.
Devin: Thanks for taking the time, Adrienne. Congratulations! Can you tell us what 9Rounds is?
Adrienne: Thank you so much, we’re excited to get everyone moving! 9Round is a world-wide organization that specializes in a 30 minute full body workout, which focuses on the skills of kickboxing. All skill levels can easily participate in the program, as it is adaptable to meet the needs of all members. In the 30 minutes that our members are working out, we are meeting all of their individual needs. We are able to do so by listening to what our members have to share with us about their health history, as well as their current fitness level. These are things that we take very seriously. We always look to create a dynamic workout that will push our members to their absolute best, while also taking into account any injuries or limitations that they may have. There is a place for all fitness and skill levels in 9Round.
Devin: Sounds fun! Functional exercise has always been my favorite. Tell me a little about yourselves.
The Pocket Greenhaven Community Association’s featured business is
Dental Excellence of Greenhaven , join Devin & Will as we get to know its new owner, Dr. Guillermo Arellano.
Devin: Dr. Arellano, or should I say, Coach Billy, thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Congratulations on the new business. Can you tell us about it?
Dr. Arellano: Thanks Coach Devin. As you know, aside from being a dentist, my main role is “Dad” and that has given me the opportunity to also be “Coach” to my daughters and many other kids in the Pocket community.
The Pocket Greenhaven Community Association’s featured business is Caffe Latte, join us as we get to know its new co-owner Fadi Tashman. He and his brother, Suleiman recently purchased the restaurant from its longtime owners Teresa and Daniel LaVelle who are enjoying retirement.
Devin: Hi Fadi, thanks for taking the time to talk to me. Congratulations on your new business! Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your background?
Fadi: Thanks Devin! We are excited to be here! It has been my passion and my dream to run my own restaurant for years! While I was attending San Jose State, I started working at a restaurant called Squat and Gobble. After graduating I was promoted to manager and really enjoyed learning the whole business, but making people happy is always my number one target.
This is a very challenging time for our local restaurants. Nearly all of our local restaurants remain open for takeout (T) or delivery (D). As of July 3, we have verified that all of the following are open, though mostly with limited hours. Restaurants with “Outdoor” are open for outdoor dine-in service, consistent with County regulations. Please support all of our local restaurants!
The Pocket Greenhaven Community Association’s featured business is Device Brewing, join us as we get to know its owner and head brewer Ken Anthony:
Devin: Hey Ken, we have been looking forward to this for a long time! I know this location means a lot to you, as Pocket residents. Can you start out by telling us a little about yourselves?
Ken: I started Device with my wife, Melissa. We opened in 2013, after about a year and a half of prep. We ran the first location until opening Ice Blocks in 2018. This will be our third, and perhaps final, location.
We’ve lived here for about 6 years. We like the community, the feel of the Pocket. It’s welcoming, not pretentious and it’s close to the things we need, downtown and the freeways. There’s good shopping with Nugget, Bel Air, Delta Shores. The neighborhoods are nice and quiet. We love walking on the levee, the bike paths, the parks. Garcia Bend is awesome. Marriott Park is where we spend most of our time. My only complaint is that there hasn’t been enough to do with the family, especially family dining options.
The Pocket Greenhaven Community Association’s featured business is A Taste Above, join us as we get to know its co-owner and manager Rich Wong:
Devin:Hi Rich, thanks for sitting down with me at your restaurant at Promenade Shopping Center, across from Bel Air. You’ve got a diverse menu, tell me about your inspirations …
Rich: Basically, I asked a lot of neighbors, what do you think is needed? They told me, something homemade, something unique, that we don’t have to travel miles and miles to get. In the beginning, we tried to please everyone, it was rough. But we were able to focus in on an Asian-fusion menu, with an island flair that really worked for the neighborhood. We’ve streamlined our service and have been getting the food out faster. Thankfully people gave us a second chance and people have been really enjoying it. We picked up a couple of big catering accounts with ACC and Bank of America. It’s humbling. People have choices, we understand that, so it’s humbling when people choose us.
Devin:TheGarcia Bend Mi is my personal favorite, what other dishes are popular? How about something unique you know everyone would love if they gave it a try?
The Pocket Greenhaven Community Association’s featured business is Beijing Garden, join us as we get to know its owner and manager Derek Hui:
Devin: Hey Derek, thanks for taking the time! I’d love to welcome you to the neighborhood, but you’re a local …
Derek: I am! I love Greenhaven. I grew up here and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. I managed multiple restaurant in the past 20 years. I’m living downtown, but own a home in the neighborhood where family lives. My hobbies are eating and wine tasting.
Devin: It’s a wonderful neighborhood! One of the few complaints I hear are not enough restaurants, so we’re glad you set up here. What are the inspirations for your restaurant?
The Pocket Greenhaven Community Association’s featured business is Mattress Express Sacramento, join us as we get to know its owner and manager Brianna Fischer:
Devin: Hi Brianna, thanks for sitting down with me at your store near Bel Air! We’re surrounded by dozens of comfy looking mattresses, but tell me about your business …
Brianna: We have brand name mattresses at a fraction of the price of big box stores, but we also have couches and bedrooms sets as well. I have been here about a year and a half. Everything is about 50-80 percent of retail. I used to work for Sleep Train which was an amazing experience and great company but they are no longer here. I have all the same great product but without the overhead it allows me to reduce my prices by 50-80%.
Devin: What got you into Mattresses? How is the business going?
The Pocket Greenhaven Community Association’s Featured Business is Riverside Sports Bar, join us as we get to know its owner Jay Jugoz:
Devin: Hey Jay, glad we were finally able to sit down and chat. My wife and I have enjoyed many a burger and football game here over the last couple years. The bourbon glazed burger is my personal favorite and the fries that come with it are a uniquely tasty treat. And, of course, it all tastes better served alongside a local craft beer, speaking of which, that New Helvetia Citra or Bust is calling my name. What is your favorite thing on the menu?
Jay: The bourbon burger is my favorite too. It’s been our flagship since the day we opened. I had a personal hand with the recipe.
Devin: I guess that explains why you like it so much. And great job! What makes this place special in your mind?