Biz Buzz: New Sport Clips comes to Roseville

Grand opening became a push for cancer research
By: Scott Thomas Anderson, Editor
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Kevin Henkel has been impressed by the work of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society since his days of being a school teacher.

The educator turned businessman has just opened his sixth Sport Clips location at the corner of Pleasant Grove and Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard in Roseville. Henkel used Friday’s grand opening to help the greater mission to end blood cancers.

Sports Clips has gained a fan base for offering neck and shoulder massage, steam towel treatment and haircuts while customers relax watching sports television. Customers who strolled into the new Roseville Sport Cuts between Dec. 22 and 24 were able to get a free precision haircut in exchange for a $10 donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

“I thought teaming up with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society would be the best way to do a grand opening project,” Henkel said. “It’s a way of getting the word out that we’re here while meeting the needs of a greater cause.”

Henkel other Sports Clips locations are in Natomas, Fair Oaks, Lincoln, Reno and Sparks. He viewed bringing his new barbershop to Roseville as ideal.

“The demographics of Roseville match well with traditional Sports Clips clients,” he said. “Plus we’re in a great neighborhood with a sports facility right across the street.”

Jodi Hass, development director for Sacramento’s chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, emphasized how important it is to have partners like Sports Clips.

“We are going to cure these cancers,” she said. “When we were founded in the 1940s a child’s survival rate was 3 percent. It’s 90 percent today because of research that was funded by the society. We’re going to get the rest of the way with partners like Sports Cuts.”

The new Sports Clips is at 4021 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd., #156.

Roseville’s business district is showing “positive signs of recovery,” according to a San Francisco real estate group that just purchased a spate of buildings in different sections of Douglas Boulevard.

Ellis Partners LLC is one of northern California’s largest investment groups. The company announced this week that it had purchased 670,000 square feet of property in Roseville. The acquisitions include a two-building complex called The Summit at Douglas Ridge, four buildings at the Olympus Corporate Center, two buildings at the Johnson Ranch Corporate Center and a building complex at the Roseville Corporate Center.

Representatives from Ellis Partners called Douglas Boulevard “one of the most desired corporate corridors in the region.”

Driver Please, Inc., a Roseville-based company that provides safe and sober rides for clients who can’t get behind the wheel, is reporting a increase in demand as the holiday season comes to a climax. Driver Please CEO Mike Dumke emphasized that DUI arrest and drunk driving tragedies are entirely preventable, and that his company is set to handle the rising demand it has seen in recent months. “Alcohol is blamed for about 52 percent of fatal collisions on Christmas and 57 percent on New Years Day,” Dumke said. “In the U.S., every 53 minutes someone is killed in a drunk driving crash.”

Sierra College Center is offering a one-day training class for businesses on what most customers view as waste. The class is being put on in partnership with the Continuous Improvement Network and the school’s Applied Competitive Technologies program. Two separate day-long courses entities, “Lean Principles,” will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 17 and 28. The cost is $120 and includes a box lunch. Both courses will be held at Rex Moore, 6001 Outfall Circle, Sacramento. To register, contact Judy Schmidt (916) 747-2162 or

Leticia Martinez, a 15-year employee of the Roseville nonprofit KidsFirst, was one of three people to be honored at the Parents as Teachers International Conference last month. The award recognized Martinez’s work providing support, encouragement and tools to developing children with needs in Roseville, Lincoln and Loomis. KidsFirst CEO Lisa Velarde said that Martinez has a special gift for getting kids “prepared and ready to learn.”  

California’s Employment Development Department announced this week Placer County’s unemployment rate for November 2012 was 8.8 percent. Officials said the number was identical in October. Roseville and Placer County also belong to a greater metropolitan statistical area, or MSA, which includes parts of Sacramento. The unemployment rate for that MSA in November was 9.8 percent, lower than earlier predictions it 11 percent. Data from Employment Development Department shows unemployment has been steadily dropping in Placer and Sacramento counties from a high of 13 percent in January 2011.   

Terri Black has been named the new Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager at the Mechanics Bank’s in Roseville. Black is an award-winning banker who specializes in business development and real estate. Prior to coming to Mechanic’s Bank, she had experience working at Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank and Bank of America.