Friday, July 6, 2018

Looking for a toy store to shop at? A local toy store in Folsom may be the right place you are looking for

If you are looking for a toy store to shop at, Brainy Zoo Toys in the Folsom Premium Outlets may be just the place for you. It is located a few doors right of the Merrill Shoes store in the Folsom Premium Outlets located at 13000 Folsom Blvd #1005.  Brainy Zoo Toys at their store offer their customers:

·         Active Play Toys

·         Building and Construction Toys

·         Science and Nature Toys and Kits

·         Cool Toys

·         Musical Toys

·         Arts and Crafts

·         Games

·         Fantasy Play Toys

Brainy Zoo Toys is family owned toy store that has been in business since 1982 and It is voted the best toy store by Style Magazine and KCRA 3. They have just recently moved into the Folsom Premium Outlets from their previous location in the Nimbus Station center. The purpose for Brainy Zoo Toys is to create happy and healthy childhoods and to encourage a love for learning!!

 I visited the new Brainy Zoo Toys on the Fourth of July and I purchased a fun toy NASA Space Shuttle which I love playing with. It was a fun experience shopping at the small toy store playing with toys such as sand foam, kits, puzzles, planes, and cars. I hope you enjoyed reading my article and I hope that you can shop at Brainy Zoo Toys someday.

Brainy Zoo Toys also has a website for more information about the toy store:

Thank You for reading my blogpost and God bless

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Lincoln Highway: America's First Highway

The Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental highway in the United States which went from coast to coast going from San Francisco to New York. The states and towns it went through were:
California: Oakland, Hayward, Livermore, Tracy, Stockton, Sacramento, Roseville, Folsom, Auburn, Placerville, and Truckee
Nevada: Carson City, Reno, Fernley, Fallon, Austin, Eureka and Ely
 Utah: Great Salt Lake Desert, Grantsville, Salt Lake City and Coalville
Wyoming: Evanston, Green River, Rock Springs, Rawlins, Medicine Bow, Laramie and Cheyenne
Colorado had a branch of the highway that went from Cheyenne, WY to Big Springs, NE: Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Denver, Fort Morgan, and Sterling
Nebraska: Sidney, North Platte, Kearney, Grand Island, Columbus and Omaha
Iowa: Ames, Marshalltown, Cedar Rapids and Clinton
Illinois: Aurora and Joilet
Indiana: Valparaiso, La Porte, South Bend, Elkhart and Fort Wayne
Ohio: Lima, Upper Sandusky, Mansfield, Canton, and East Liverpool in Ohio
Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh, Gettysburg, York, Lancaster and Philadelphia
New Jersey: Trenton, Newark, Jersey City and finally to New York City.  
The highway was originally 3,389 miles long.
The Lincoln Highway's history was started by Carl Fisher and Henry Joy, who had proposed a coast to coast highway. This highway was dedicated on October 31st 1913 as a memorial to the 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln.
The highway was not all paved, in fact some of the road was still dirt in portions of the country, especially in Iowa and the area in between Joilet, Illinois and California. Because of that, many changes were made to the highway over the years such as paving roads, straightening them, and adding links such as the Carquinez Bridge in Vallejo linking Sacramento to San Francisco without going through Stockton.
In California, there were two branches of the Lincoln Highway: the Pioneer Branch which went through Mills (now Rancho Cordova), Folsom, and El Dorado County. The Lincoln Highway was the predecessor of the Interstate 80 that was to come.
In El Dorado County, the highway went through the old town of Clarksville, the towns of Shingle Springs, El Dorado, Placerville, Camino, Riverton, Kyburz, Strawberry, and Meyers
The routes it went through in the county are the present day:
White Rock Road, Old Bass Lake Grade, Country Club Drive in Cameron Park, Durock Road, Mother Lode Drive, Pleasant Valley Road, Forni Road, Placerville Drive, Main Street, Broadway, the route of modern US 50 to Five Mile House, Carson Road, Pony Express Trail, Modern US 50 from Pacific House to Johnson Pass, and Pioneer Trail from Meyers.
I first heard about the Lincoln Highway from Ken Allen, one of my family's longtime friend,  talking about where it went and what it was like. When I heard about it, I was eager to take a tour of the old Lincoln Highway and see what it was like.
He finally took us on a tour a year later of the highway which we saw the route and the remnants of the old road. On the trip, we saw the old route of the highway from old Clarksville to Placerville.
A few months later, I looked at old maps that Mr. Allen gave me after the tour and I was fascinated at what the old highways looked like. Because of that interest, my family and I toured the old Rusch House in Citrus Heights which was one of the first houses in the area and saw exhibits about the history of Citrus Heights at the house. Citrus Heights was on the old Lincoln Highway.
On May 5th, we went to the fun Clarksville Days at the historic town of Clarksville, a few blocks away from the modern El Dorado Hills Town Center off of White Rock Road on the old Lincoln Highway. While we were there, we saw old cars, the old buildings and the remnants of them in the town, people riding on horses, and a fun model train set.
It was a blast learning about the old highway and the history of our area and I hope that you can learn about it also.
I learned about the Lincoln Highway from:
The Lincoln Highway Association's website:
 The El Dorado County A Pictorial History Book by Lisa M. Butler and Jon McCabe
 The History of A Place Called Rescue book from Francis Carpenter and William C. Teie
The Citrus Heights Images of America Book by Jim Van Maren
 the El Dorado History Museum on Placerville Drive
the Lincoln Highway Main Street Across America book by Drake Hokanson
 the NETR Historical Aerials website
some of the old California maps from Shell, Chevron, Texaco, and the old Richfield gas station.


   Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.  Psalm 25:4-5
                                   Thank You for reading my history lesson and may God bless you.

Friday, April 20, 2018

There's a revolution in the pizza business in Citrus Heights!!

                   The revolution in the pizza business has just begun with the opening of PizzaRev in Citrus Heights. Their grand opening also was a fundraiser for A Community of Peace, a local non-profit seeking to end all forms of violence against humanity and to promote peace in our community, which 100% of the funds raised from each guest's first donation went to the non-profit.  The restaurant offers a Craft Your Own pizza experience, empowering customers to customize an 11" pizza for one price. They offer homemade dough options including gluten free, flavorful sauces, all-natural cheeses, salads and more than 30 toppings for the pizza.  Then, the pizza is fired in a 900 degree, stone bed oven, which produces a crispy Roman style pizza in just three minutes. The bustling restaurant  was hopping with excitement with lines to the door. There were families, groups of friends, and individual people in line at the restaurant and some sat in the peaceful patio to enjoy the pizza without the noise. It is located in the strip mall with Nation's Giant Hamburgers and the future Dos Coyotes Border Cafe at 5450 Sunrise Blvd, Suite B-4 in Citrus Heights.  Along with this location, PizzaRev has more than 45 locations in the United States. 
   I wrote this article because I am currently an intern for the Citrus Heights Sentinel and one of my assignments was to attend the grand opening of this new restaurant and write about it.  I have been an intern since March 31st, attending classes to learn more about how to cover a variety of stories such as police logs, events, news articles, and summarizing them. It has been an interesting experience learning about the rules of journalism and the code of ethics. During this internship, I've visited the historic Rusch House and the Lincoln Highway which I hope to write posts on soon. I enjoyed a meal at a restaurant after reading an article written by the Sentinel. The restaurant is called Crepes and Burgers.  The internship is going on until May 12th 2018.  I appreciate the time and the mentoring that the Sentinel is investing in me.
The website for the Citrus Heights Sentinel if you want to read the news site:
The website for PizzaRev is:
                 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the LORD not for men.                                                                  Colossians 3:23
                                         Thank You for reading my blogpost and God bless!!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Breaking the ground for the new Sheriff's department!!

Me with an old friend and the new chaplain Lois

My friend kneeling at the groundbreaking ceremony

Senator Ted Gaines

Me with Sheriff D'Agostini's Father

A representative of McClintock handing an award for the project

County Supervisor Michael Ranalli speaking

Sheriff John D'Agostini speaking

                   The El Dorado County Sheriff's Department has finally broken ground to start working on their new facility. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on March 30th 2018 at 11:00am on the land at 200 Industrial Drive in Diamond Springs. It was a meaningful small-town community event with big names in attendance including State Senator Ted Gaines, County Supervisors Mike Ranalli and Brian Veerkamp, Sheriff John D. Agostini, and representatives from the offices of Congressman Tom McClintock and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow. They talked about the need for this new facility and what it would do for the department. At the ceremony, I also saw some of my friends who volunteer with the Sheriff Explorers. I saw an old friend who has become a new chaplain, and I also met Sheriff D'Agostini's parents. It was a monumental event for this community that was optimistic and enthusiastic about the new facility for our community's sheriff department. I was glad that I was able to attend the groundbreaking for this new facility. I hope that they can work on this new project  soon because it would be a huge help for the community and our sheriff department, LORD willing.


    The chaplain at the ceremony prayed that God would bless the project and He quoted from Psalms 127:1 in his prayer:  Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain, unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.                         

                This is the blogpost talking about the new police department:

                                Thank you for reading about the groundbreaking and God bless!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Hayden's Business Blog's 5th Anniversary!! My visit to a lovely new coffee shop in Placerville

                      My family and I visited a new coffee shop in Placerville called Love Birds Coffee and Tea. It is located at 1390 Broadway in Placerville next to the UPS Store and across the street from Jimboy's Tacos and Weinerschnitzel.
This new coffee shop serves:
·         Coffee which specially comes from single farms and co-ops
·         Tea
·         Pastries, most of which are homemade
This new shop has been open in this space since May of 2017 and the shop was originally located at the Smith Flat House. We visited this shop a few days ago and on our visit, we had a surprising encounter with two of our friends. While we were there, we heard about their  Bible study fellowship lesson and we read scriptures and talked about this new coffee shop. My friend talked about why she likes this new coffee shop. She said that due to its Christian owners, it's an inviting place to have a Bible study in a quiet environment. She's been coming here for six months and her favorite drink so far is the Hazelnut Latte. At the shop, the theme is the romantic Italian waterfront village with red and white checkered tablecloths showing their customers to love one another. The owners of the shop are Jasmin and Garrett Sanders, who are the Love Birds with 2 baby birdies that started this shop. This is their story about why they started this shop: I loved my visit this shop and that they serve the community with love and coffee. I hope that I can visit this shop again and I hope that you can visit it also!!
The hours at this new coffee shop are:
Monday-Friday:  5:30am-4:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8:30am-4:00pm                                                                                       
Love Birds Coffee and Tea has a website for more information about this cute coffee shop:
                  Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? And He said to them, "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and the first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets."                                                            Matthew 22:36-40
              We are celebrating the 5th anniversary of Hayden's Business Blog. My name is Hayden and I have been running Hayden's  Business Blog for 5 years and I hope that I can keep running this blog for another five years. I have written 318 blog posts on new businesses and my fun adventures.  My first blogpost was on March 8th 2013:
                                       Thank You for reading my blogpost and God bless!!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

El Dorado County's Sheriff Department combining under one roof

The El Dorado County Sheriff Department is planning a new facility for all of their departments. The planned location for the new building is at 200 Industrial Drive in Diamond Springs, California. I had the privilege of attending a community meeting Sheriff John D. Agostini held at the  El Dorado Hills Fire Station 85. The focus of the meeting was about this new facility. Sheriff D' Agostini talked at the meeting about what the new facility is, what it will have, the cost of the project, and the need for this new project. He talked about the current 22,000 square foot office which was too small even on day one of its opening in 1970. The current facility has leaks in the roof and requires buckets on the floor to contain the leaks every year, even on Sheriff D'Agostini's inauguration in 2011. Because of this, they have been planning the new sheriff facility  since 1984, which is a very long time. The good news is, they are finally planning the ground breaking ceremony on March 30th 2018 at 11:00am. The project construction costs of this new project is estimated to be $48 million dollars and the completion is estimated to be in October 2019. The contractors for the new project are Broward Builders from Woodland specializing in schools and law enforcement buildings and Clark Sullivan Construction from Roseville which has a lot of experience on commercial buildings. This new facility will contain office and administration space for the Sheriffs, a morgue, a shooting range, and a storage: for evidence, vehicles and special operations. The project if completed would be a big help for the sheriff department because it would consolidate all of the departments into one building instead of all over the county. It was interesting hearing everything he was saying about the new place  and looking at the plans for this facility. 

              Sheriff D' Agostini brought to our attention the need of a traffic light on Missouri Flat and Industrial Drive.  As a citizen of this community, I believe the sheriff's department and the county need to work together to create the traffic lights needed to keep our community safe. So please encourage the country to put in a light on Industrial Drive and Missouri Flat so the department can safely get in and out.   

              Because of my interest in the project, and my participation in the meeting, when my father happened to meet Sheriff D Agostini a few days later, he gave my dad a challenge coin to give to me as a gift. It's an honor and it will be something that I will treasure.
This meeting was filmed by Sierra TV Channel 2:
                    The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
                                                                Proverbs 18:10 (ESV)
                                        Thank You for reading the post and God bless