Made In Sac


Local producers, designers and artisans bring their wares to the Sacramento market and beyond.


Whether you can eat it or drink it, wear it, hear it, sit on it or ride it, items made right here in River City show local entrepreneurial spirit and give us yet another reason to rally behind the “buy local” movement. Here, we introduce you to a sampling of homegrown products—some distributed far and wide, some only available down the street.


When you sip a Ruhstaller, you not only are enjoying a great beer, you’re reviving a piece of Sacramento history. Swiss immigrant Capt. Frank Ruhstaller came to Sacramento in 1865 and became the city’s unofficial King of Beer when he co-founded Buffalo Brewery, which became the largest brewery west of the Mississippi. In 1942, Buffalo went bust. Now, J-E Paino and his brewer buddy Peter Hoey have brought the Ruhstaller brand back to life with the help of hop and barley farmers throughout Northern California. Ruhstaller can be purchased at Compton’s Market, Davis Food Co-op, Ikedas, Newcastle Produce, Nugget Markets, Taylors Market, Whole Foods Market and Corti Brothers, as well as at many local dining establishments.



When you’re running, the right music can make all the difference. That’s exactly what Sally Edwards—Fleet Feet founder, 16-time Ironman triathlon finisher and past winner of the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run—had in mind when she created the UpBeat Workouts App. This smartphone app automatically matches your running pace to the rhythm of songs in your stored music library. Change your pace, and the app will find a new song to suit your speed. The UpBeat Workouts App can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.



With 25 years of custom bicycle framebuilding experience, Steve Rex has helped world and national road and track cycling champions ride to victory. His bikes are known for their fit, design and craftsmanship, and his focus on his customers’ individual needs brings to fruition frames that can stand up to any terrain or type of rider. (916) 446-5706;



After years of hearing their patients complain about generic hospital gowns, sisters and registered nurses Selena Srabian and Anna Ryan recognized an opportunity to improve the experience: They designed a stylish alternative that—guess what?— covers your backside. Annie & Isabel hospital gowns, named for Srabian and Ryan’s great-grandmother and grandmother, are an especially big hit with moms-to-be.



Truly precious jewelry should be artistically inspired and infused with emotion, right? Wifeand- husband team Pamela Tuohy and Edward Novinsky bring that and more to their handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry line, 2ETN, which has garnered attention from the likes of L.A. designer Louis Verdad and a number of upscale shops around the country. All of 2ETN’s materials are ethically sourced and often are repurposed from vintage pieces, and placed in the center of each brooch, ring, necklace, choker or cuff is a hand-drawn or -painted image.



Folks across the country can enjoy fresh-baked scones, cookies and more thanks to Erik Finnerty and Anthony Van Rees, childhood friends who founded FatCat Scones in 2002. The men combined their baking and business expertise to develop a wholesale bakery. FatCat uses ingredients sourced within a 100-mile radius of Sacramento. Locals can purchase 12-scone bags in the freezer aisles of Whole Foods Market, Nugget Markets, Taylors Market, Corti Brothers and Ikedas. Try scones in Mandarin Orange Cranberry, Apple Cinnamon, Wild Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Spice, Savory Onion and Jalapeño Green Chili.



Ryan Douglas Hammonds, who studied fashion design, has been pursuing his passion of custom tailoring since 2003. His company makes men’s suits, blazers, shirts, coats, tuxedos, neckwear and shoes for distinguished clients in government, law, finance and business. Essentially a tailor on wheels, Hammonds brings shop to customer throughout Northern California. He consults with his clients to determine fit, style, cut and coloring; choose fabric; and work out a budget. His team of tailors then makes each item by hand, manufacturing and delivering the results within weeks. (916) 524-9274;



After living on Top Ramen throughout college, UC Davis grad Chris Johnson invented a way to ditch the stovetop and cook ramen in the microwave. Johnson came up with the Rapid Ramen Cooker, a square-shaped microwavable bowl that can cook a meal in four minutes and reduces the sodium content by requiring half the water and seasoning. Purchase a Rapid Ramen Cooker at Walmart in Natomas or at the UC Davis Bookstore.




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;



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.



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.



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;



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.



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;



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;



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.