Business & Real Estate

Iconic pottery business in Folsom closes out 40-year run

In this age of high-tech startups and monster-size mergers, you don’t hear much about the pottery business.

But Clouds Pottery in Folsom made it work for decades. The pottery store at 608  1/2 Sutter St., closed on Dec. 31, ending a 40-year run in business. In a note to customers on the Clouds website, Linda Allison and Penny Cloud said they received well wishes from many customers who were sad to hear of the closing and retirement announcement, first posted in September.

Clouds Pottery merchandise ran the gamut, from bathroom fixtures to ornate vases to lotus bowls to teapots.

A large sign thanking customers was put up on the side of the building in the final days. One of the shop’s last Facebook posts offered this message: “We will miss you and hope you enjoy our pottery for many many years.”


  • The Wienery, 715 56th St., Sacramento: The decades-old hot dog landmark announced in a Dec. 11 Facebook post that it had closed permanently, but signage at the site promises a reopening under new ownership in February.
  • Smart & Final Extra!, 905 Colusa Ave., Yuba City: The Commerce-based chain opened its 30,000-square-foot store on Dec. 20.
  • Century DoCo, 1015 Fourth St., Sacramento: The movie theater complex in the Downtown Commons development reopened Dec. 22 after an extensive upgrade.
  • Sourdough & Co., 510 Natoma Station Drive, Folsom: The chain specializing in sandwiches, soups and salads opened its Folsom eatery near the end of December.
  • Pressed Juicery, 1710 R St., Sacramento: The purveyor of nutrient-rich juices opened in December in the Ice Blocks development in midtown.
  • King Cong Brewing Co., 1709 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento: Following a pre-Christmas celebration, the new site opened for regular hours on Dec. 26, according to a Facebook post.
  • Jimmy John’s, 486 Howe Ave., Sacramento: The Illinois-based chain announced the opening of its fifth Sacramento-area sandwich shop on Dec. 28.
  • Philz Coffee, 521 2nd St., Davis: The San Francisco-based coffee company had a soft opening on Dec. 29 and is now operating with regular daily hours.
  • CycleLife Studio, 2996 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento: The new training/fitness center hosted its first class on Dec. 30.
  • Super X Market, 2711 Fairfield St., Sacramento: The grocery store featuring various specialty items from southeast and eastern Asia opened doors in North Sacramento last Tuesday.
  • Goodwill, 8831 Greenback Lane in Orangevale: Goodwill Sacramento Valley Northern Nevada will open its 31st regional store at 8 a.m. Wednesday, the first of five days of grand-opening festivities.
  • Bistro 33, 4364 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills: The 10-year-old eatery in the El Dorado Hills Town Center complex closed Tuesday; the business/events center hinted at another restaurant coming soon.
  • Stieber’s Sweet Shoppe, 1198 Roseville Parkway, Roseville: Opened in October 2012, the family-run candy store in the Fountains at Roseville shopping complex has closed, reportedly making way for a specialty burger restaurant.
  • Broadway Comics & Cards, 1508 Broadway, Sacramento: The business announced in a December Facebook post that it planned to close this Wednesday just prior to its 30-year anniversary.
  • Metro Kitchen + Drinkery, 1104 R St., Sacramento: After a four-year run, the business closed doors on Friday.

Open & Shuttered, a rundown of recently opened and closed businesses in the Sacramento area, will appear periodically in The Bee’s Sunday Business section.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover