August 2, 2014

Business Beat: McHenry Village about to get hopping

Things are about to get hoppin’ in Modesto — literally. My colleague, Kevin Valine, passed on a tip about a new trampoline facility that is planned for Modesto.

Things are about to get hoppin’ in Modesto – literally. My colleague Kevin Valine passed on a tip about a new trampoline facility planned for Modesto.

Rockin’ Jump will occupy part of the former Valley Sporting Goods location in McHenry Village. The company is seeking a permit for remodeling work, according to city records.

Trampoline facilities are nothing new – my brother and I used to jump on them at the old Putt Putt on Oakdale Road way back in the day. But those were outdoor; inside jumping spots have surged in recent years.

The Bay Area is home to some of these facilities, and there is one in Fresno. Fans say it’s a good way to burn calories, and to burn off the energy of little ones.

According to the website, Rockin’ Jump was started in Dublin in 2010 by two families looking for a place to take their children for exercise that would be safe and fun.

In 2012, the second Rockin’ Jump opened in San Carlos. Three more have since opened – two in California and one in Connecticut. Ten more franchises are in the works, including Modesto’s.

It’s not clear when the facility is planned to open. I have reached out to the company for more information; I’ll share it when I have it.

It’s an interesting development for the venerable shopping center, coupled with the move of Juline School of Dance recently. McHenry Village seems to have a renewed focus on health, served also by Village Health Foods, Sprouts supermarket and On the Run.

Of course, you still can get a good meal at Verona’s, La Parilla, Mexicali or the other restaurants. And you can top it off with dessert from Village Baking Co. or See’s Candy.

ELSEWHERE AROUND THE BUSINESS BEAT – Waterford City Hall is going solar. According to this month’s update from the city, solar panels have been installed on the roof.

“The transition went well and the building is now producing power to offset the energy it is using,” the city newsletter said. A kiosk is being set up in the lobby so residents can see how much energy the city is producing from the City Hall site, as well as others in the area.

• Changes are happening at Vintage Faire Mall. DeVons Jewelers has closed its Modesto location. Mall spokeswoman Annie Amies said negotiations are underway for another retailer to take its place, but she couldn’t provide details until the deal is done.

Elsewhere in the mall, Build-A-Bear Workshop has moved from one end to the other. The popular make-your-own-stuffed-animal store is now located on the east end near Sears. Amies said an event aimed at children will be planned for a grand reopening.

And there’s more, but again, there are no specifics available. “Exciting things ahead,” Amies promised.

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