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Cool Beans

How one local coffee shop found its groove. What does it take for a new coffeehouse to break into an already competitive java landscape in Sacramento? We talked with Samir Benouar, founder of Milka Coffee...
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He Believes in Beer

When Ro Nayyar opened RoCo Wine & Spirits in West Sacramento nine years ago, Sacramento’s craft beer scene was blossoming. Quick to spot a trend and capitalize on it, Nayyar convinced his father—who is...

Putting Down Roots

How two mobile chefs have embraced restaurant ownership. WHAT’S IT LIKE TO GRADUATE from running a mobile food operation to a brick-and-mortar restaurant? Two local chefs recently did just that, and with plum results. Keith Breedlove,...
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Secondhand Rose

Is a quilted Chanel bag trash or treasure? How about a pair of Christian Louboutin platform pumps? Answer: They’re both. Just ask stylist Mary Gonsalves Kinney, who recently launched a consignment business, The MGK...

Stitched Together

When artist-activist Jennifer Kim Sohn starting reading about the global refugee crisis three years ago, she saw an issue “so serious and difficult” that at first she was unsure how to respond. “I was...
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Vegging Out

A popular food truck offers a novel take on tacos. What do you get when a trio of talented food industry vets challenge themselves to create not just the best vegan tacos around, but the...
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Amblin’ Man

David Allen reflects on the joys of walking to work. Jump bikes are all the rage, and Uber can get you where you want to go fast, but for one Sacramento man, walking is where...
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Drag queens make a nice game a little naughty. There are few places in Sacramento more raucous than Mango’s Burgertown on the first Thursday night of the month. That’s when the Lavender Heights nightclub/restaurant hosts...
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A Therapy Horse? Of Course, of Course

Pure amazement. That’s the reaction that Mel Welcher, an animal therapy volunteer at Sutter Medical Center, inevitably gets when she and Lilly, her miniature horse, roam the halls and poke into the waiting rooms...

For Pete’s Sake

How friendship pulled a local mayor into the presidential campaign. When West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon first heard about a little-known mayor in the Midwest coming out as gay to voters, he was intrigued. “It...