The new Sacramento Kings arena that will eventually make its home on K Street has already taken its first casualty: The Zuhg Life Store in the Sacramento Downtown Plaza. There will surely be more Sacramento-favorite mom-and-pop businesses being given the boot in the sake of gentrification (I shudder to imagine a downtown without the Pre-Flite Lounge), but this particular loss is pretty sad for local music fans, tie-die shirt wearers and art lovers. The Zuhg Life Store sold all of those things for the last two-and-a-half years.
“The mall is super slow, especially upstairs,” says Zuhg’s Bryan Nichols. “It’s hard to make enough money to break even.”
Rather than wait around for the rest of the stores in the mall to close, Nichols will try to move the store to another location which is still to-be-determined. Stay tuned to Pageburner for more details on that. Nichols will still remain employed by the mall booking shows on the downstairs stage near Macy’s.
This Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m., Nichols is asking musicians, artists, customers and supporters of the store to take a group photo in front of the shop as they say goodbye. And on June 29, there will be a good-ol’ musical sendoff at the Assembly (1000 K Street) featuring Stable Hands, the Bennys, the Old Screen Door and Adrian Bellue. This “goodbye” show, which also features live art from Jared Konopitski, will start at 8 p.m. and cost $10.
See the flyers below for more information on both of these events: