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Baking to His Own Beat

Bread bakers tend to be an obsessive bunch, and Mark Helms is no exception. He personally bakes every loaf of bread served at Juno’s Kitchen, an East Sacramento lunch spot known for its outstanding...
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New Life for Old Trees

The Sacramento Tree Foundation has come up with a novel way to manage wood waste from the urban forest. Through a program called Urban Wood Rescue, dead trees that normally would be chipped into...
pet tech

Pet Sitters Plus

When your pet has a special health condition, finding a pet sitter who can attend to its medical needs can be a challenge. That’s what prompted registered veterinary technicians Haley King and Taylor Guynn...
zachary dierdorff

15 Minutes With Zachary Dierdorff

Day job: General manager and ale curator at LowBrau Bierhalle Age: 26 Claim to fame: At age 22 ½, Dierdorff was one of the youngest people to become a certified cicerone, the beer equivalent of a...
bitte toys

Yes, Please!

Bitte, a German word that means “please” and “you’re welcome,” is also the name of a local retailer of children’s goods founded by mother-daughter duo Sara McDonald and Maia McDonald Smith. “I thought it...

Toast of the Town

What’s the best thing since sliced bread? It might just be brick toast, the over-the-top dessert that starts off looking like breakfast but is anything but. Pillowy milk bread—hollowed into a cubed bowl, sliced...
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Big Honors for Bogle

Bogle Vineyards in Clarksburg is a hometown gem with national clout. Named American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast in 2019, Bogle has been producing great wines at crowd-pleasing prices for more than...
finder keeper market

Finder, Keeper

FRANKLIN JOHN KAKIES loves a good flea market. A Sacramento based interior designer with a deep reverence for history, Kakies is a veteran market-goer with a knack for spotting unusual items, often for a...
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Get Write to It

On a crisp Wednesday morning at Shine coffee shop in downtown Sacramento, eight or so writers are pecking away at their laptop keyboards, focused and fully caffeinated. They’re here for Shut Up & Write,...
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Lights! Camera! Action?

Jennifer West’s task is to attract filmmakers to shoot movies, television shows, commercials and more in and around the capital, a job previously undertaken on a part-time basis by Visit Sacramento. Local leaders were...