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Laurie Ender: Do your shopping in Old Town Newhall

Posted: January 31, 2009 11:03 p.m.
Updated: February 1, 2009 4:59 a.m.
 
As the design, appeal and overall atmosphere of Old Town Newhall develop into a beautiful pedestrian-friendly development, new businesses continue to emerge and existing businesses continue to thrive despite current economic challenges.

Old Town Newhall is well on its way to offering residents and visitors alike all the amenities of a sophisticated cosmopolitan city fused with the distinctive small-town charm that classifies Santa Clarita.

Businesses old and new are finding Old Town Newhall a superior location and increasing in value as redevelopment continues.

Railroad Café, a new business to the area, recently opened its doors at the corner of Railroad Avenue and Market Street. Appealing to area residents and commuters from the Newhall Metrolink Station, Railroad Café offers a delectable menu of light breakfast items, as well as a specialty blend of coffee roasted by Newhall Coffee Roasting Company, also a Santa Clarita business.

A veteran to Old Town Newhall, Results Fitness offers customized fitness sessions. Located in Newhall for more than nine years, Results Fitness has expanded twice to accommodate increased demand.

Those at Results Fitness are excited about their recent grand re-opening, which showcases a larger workout area and a brand-new, full-service, 100 percent natural juice bar.

Initially, Results Fitness found Newhall to be the perfect place to locate as the surrounding demographic was well-suited for a small gym. Over the years, the gym has been surrounded by well-established
businesses such as Egg Plantation, Fresh and Yoga Yoga.

Though our national economy is undeniably facing difficult times, Railroad Café, Results Fitness and other local businesses are sustaining and anticipating an increase in the coming months.

Working together by harvesting business-to-business relationships and providing quality products are service is what is helping these businesses sustain.

The survival of businesses in our city is dependant upon embracing the idea of shopping local. A strong local economy and high quality of life within the city of Santa Clarita require that our community do their shopping within the city.

Sales tax is a primary source of revenue for the city of Santa Clarita, with 43 percent of the city's general fund coming from sales tax moneys.

When purchases are made within the city's boundaries and sales tax is applied, the city receives 1 percent of the taxable sale. Sales tax revenue is essential for funding projects, programs, and services in the community.

When you shop locally, you are also helping neighborhood businesses succeed and building a strong local economy. Locally owned businesses build strong communities linking neighbors, create more jobs locally, and contribute more to local causes.

Neighborhood businesses care about the community around them. They support local youth sports teams, dance teams, senior services, youth symphonies and numerous charitable organizations.

As existing businesses in Old Town Newhall continue to thrive, new businesses emerge and the redevelopment of Newhall begins to take shape, expect to see a beautiful transformation into a burgeoning arts and entertainment district offering a variety of shopping opportunities and plenty to do.

Let's show them our support by remembering to shop local!

Laurie Ender is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. "Live from City Hall" is a column provided to The Signal by the city of Santa Clarita.

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