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Alli Okumura

Alli Okumura first became enchanted with plants when decorating her home. “I realized that anytime there was something missing in a room, I would get a plant, and it would fill the space perfectly and tie the room together,” she explains. “In fact, I started collecting way too many houseplants. I had like 50 at one time.” Disenchanted with her public relations job, Okumura fantasized about opening a business dedicated not only to selling plants, but to bringing people together for unique experiences. “I’ve always been a people person, and I love connecting with strangers.” Last August, she turned her fervor into a brick-and-mortar reality with the opening of Propagate, a plant shop and events venue in midtown that hosts everything from intimate dinners to pop-ups and workshops with local makers. “It has been so much fun,” says Okumura. “I truly feel like I’m doing what I’m meant to be doing.”

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1700 I St., Sacramento; (916) 399-4804;

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