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BLUE DIAMOND ALMONDS

Sacramento is home to the world’s largest tree nut processing company, Blue Diamond Almonds. Blue Diamond dates back to 1910 and is the first grower-owned cooperative of its kind. The local facility sorts, inspects, packs and ships almonds throughout the world and has helped make almonds California’s largest food export. Buy them whole in a multitude of flavors—Roasted Salted, Smokehouse, Honey Roasted, Salt ’n Vinegar—in Blue Diamond’s Nut Thins crackers or its Almond Breeze milk at grocery stores and at the Blue Diamond Nut & Gift Shop, 1701 C St. (916) 446-8438; bluediamond.com

 

TANK ESSENTIAL TANK TOPS

No two women are shaped alike, so why should basic tank tops all be the same? Susan Lapsley founded Tank Essential to provide highquality customized tank tops. Design your own using the Tank Builder feature on the website. Simply choose a neckline shape (V or scoop), length (hip, bum or thigh), strap width (spaghetti or not), bra support (shelf bra or not) and color (black, white or pink, with gray coming soon), and voilà: A great-fitting tank top arrives on your doorstep in about a week. Prices run $25–$30. tankessential.com

 

BARIANI OLIVE OIL

Locals can get a taste of Northern Italy when they sample Bariani Olive Oil. Seeking educational opportunities for their four sons, the Barianis emigrated from Italy to the United States in the late 1980s. They settled in Northern California and began producing olive oil for use in their own kitchen. With the encouragement of friends, they started Bariani Olive Oil Company, which produces raw, cold-pressed, unfiltered extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Find Bariani products at Corti Brothers, Taylors Market, Whole Foods Market, and the Davis and Sacramento food coops. barianioliveoil.com

 

MARC FOSTER CREATIVE: FURNITURE DESIGN

After settling in Sacramento in 2008, artist/designer Marc Foster fit right in to the local arts landscape with his clean-lined furniture, fixtures and sculptures. Whether creating a bed frame, dining table, lawn sculpture or light fixture, Foster works with clients to design personalized pieces that complement and enhance their living spaces—and function well, too. Whenever possible, Foster uses local and sustainably harvested woods in his designs. His work has been featured on HGTV and DIY networks on a number of series, including “Turf War,” “Bath Crashers” and “The Ultimate Crash.” Available by special order at Marc Foster Creative, 320 Alhambra Blvd. (916) 541-3145; marcfoster.com

 

STERLING CAVIAR

A pioneer in the industry with its sustainable white sturgeon farming practices and caviar production, Sterling Caviar was the first producer of farmed caviar—which is internationally recognized as a leading alternative to wild caviar. Sterling Caviar’s fish farm and processing center are in Elverta, and its products are available locally at Corti Brothers and Taylors Market. sterlingcaviar.com

 

REVOLUTION WINES

Wine country needn’t be thought of as someplace else, now that Sacramento’s got its own urban winery in midtown. Revolution Wines celebrates the “Sacramento terrior” by using grapes grown within 50 miles of town, transporting them to the Revolution facility where they are processed, aged, bottled and sold. Revolution then recycles its wine grape waste through an off-site company that distributes it to become grape seed oil, compost and biofuel. Purchase Revolution Wines locally at Sprouts Market, Taylors Market and the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, or at the pretty tasting room at 2831 S St. (916) 444-7711; revolution-wines.com

 

ITTYBOTS DECORATIVE ROBOTS

Veteran graphic designer Angela Tannehill had been seeking a personal creative outlet and found herself inspired by several Etsy stores selling small, handmade robots. Tannehill began making robot sculptures out of odds and ends around her home—screws, washers and the like—and realized they could be fastened on chains and worn as jewelry. Friends purchased her jewelry and urged her on, so Tannehill broadened her market by launching her own Etsy shop. Itty Bots also can be found at Trëzhers, 3214 Riverside Blvd. (916) 538-6584; trezhersgifts.com

 

TWO RIVERS CIDER COMPANY

If you’re looking for an alternative to beer, try Two Rivers Cider Company’s hard apple cider. The local award-winning hard apple cider company, founded by Vincent Sterne in 1996, uses locally milled apples from Barsotti Ranch in Apple Hill. Two Rivers has expanded beyond its flagship hard apple cider to brew seasonal ciders and flavors such as blood orange, huckleberry, raspberry, pear, pomegranate and dry oak. Find Two Rivers Cider at Taylors Market, Corti Brothers, Whole Foods Market, Nugget Markets and the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, as well as at many local dining establishments. tworiverscider.com