By John Knight
My wife Georgi and I have lived in our home for more than 18 years now and we decided it was time to begin an updating process for the house. So far all updates are going very well. We started with the exterior and replaced the roof two years ago and are continuing with other improvements.
Most importantly, what we have done is shop in El Dorado County. To date we have used only El Dorado County contractors — Straight Line Contractors Inc. and sub-contractors like Earthscapes for all of our major work. When we decided to replace appliances we shopped at the Home Depot in Placerville and not the closer store in Folsom. We had pictures frames at Town Center in El Dorado Hills and purchased many items at Target. The tires on our cars were purchased locally and get us out and about.
This is the Knight version of economic stimulus for El Dorado County. Sales tax dollars are generated in Placerville and Town Center. Contractors hire employees who live in the county and shop throughout El Dorado County and pay other taxes. When you take the time to search out what is available in the Placerville market, Missouri Flat area, Shingle Springs, Cameron Park and our own El Dorado Hills area we can do most or our shopping and meet most of our needs right here.
I have been an El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce member for at least 15 years and was president in 1999. This chamber, as well as the others throughout the county, helps support business. It is important not only to support the El Dorado Hills Chamber but to also support and shop with our local merchants. The chamber and many of the members contribute money and time to the health and welfare of El Dorado Hills. With the help of El Dorado Hills Chamber we were able to bring a major employer, Bloo Solar, to the business park, again strengthening our local economy with jobs, payroll and an increase in spending with our local merchants.
When eating out think of the many choices in Town Center before you take in a movie or attend the concert series. I am looking forward to trying the new Selland’s Market Café newly opened in Town Center and then have some ice cream at Baskin-Robbins or Cold Stone. One of our favorites and oldest spots in El Dorado Hills for delicious food is the Purple Place grill. Mike and Denise have done a great job making this a truly family friendly place. I could go on with all the merchants and restaurants that Georgi and I frequent — Chris at Big O Tires, Adam for my cigars, pool supplies, Rhianna for hair cuts, Sky Sushi, Sienna, Fortune Garden, Colina De Oro, Lakeforest Nails, Snap Fitness, Raley’s, Safeway, Nugget, Drew at CVS, Sheila for eye exams and glasses, Sabrina at Bass Lake Golf Course, fashion, fountains, and food at Montano, The Cellar, storage at Latrobe Road Self Storage … and the list goes on.
How great it is to have these great merchants and services here in El Dorado Hills and the county.
I think it is all here in El Dorado County. We have everything we need and wonderful choices. Building the local economy and supporting our local business is good business and is everybody’s business. Join us in seeking first what is in El Dorado Hills and do your part and “be” the local economic stimulus package. You’ll receive quality goods and services, build positive relationships, and support friends, family, neighbors with your economic local support. Think about it. We all get down to business each and every day.
I welcome any ideas or questions you may have. Please send them to me via e-mail at [email protected] and I will make sure that staff takes a serious look at them.
Until next time, Be Well and God Bless.
John Knight is the District 1 El Dorado County Supervisor.