Fresh Fruit

A Sacramento landmark is ripe for revitalization

With ground set to break on an entertainment and sports complex said to include state-of-the-art technology, owners of Downtown Plaza’s next-door neighbor, the California Fruit Building, have a high-tech makeover plan of their own.

Mar 1, 2014 Allison Joy
D&S Development rehabilitated the century-old Maydestone building at 15th and J streets in 2011. It now holds 32 small apartments with original design elements.

Hidden Treasures

Why Sacramento developers love historic remodels

Burke Fathy isn’t sure whether the building that housed Sacramento’s first Police Department will be converted to offices or apartments, but, as the managing partner of Sutter Capitol Group, he is sure the original architectural elements will stay.

Mar 1, 2014 Bill Sessa
In preparation for Sacramento Fashion Week, Kouri is putting in long hours. “It’s crazy. I’m thinking, ‘Why am I doing this?’ I could just not be doing anything and sleep in,” he says. But he says his passion is more important than the extra zzzs. “It doesn’t matter how prepared you think you are, you can still end up stitching designs until the last minute.”

Styling Sacramento

Backstage with local designer Nolan Kouri as he prepares for Sacramento Fashion Week. 

Feb 1, 2014 Mia Lopez

Philanthropy Isn’t What It Used to Be

Acuity with Crocker CEO Lial Jones

Since August 1999, Lial Jones has served as director of the Crocker Art Museum. During her tenure, she has led a capital campaign that successfully raised more than $120 million to finance the Teel Family Pavilion, a 125,000-square-foot addition that opened in October of 2010.

Dec 1, 2013 Douglas Curley

Hard Art

Metal Designer Thomas Ramey

Sacramento has not been kind to Thomas Ramey, though he loves the city and hopes it will someday let him succeed. A Southern California transplant, he’s accustomed to clients who value his contemporary metal sculptures, modern architectural design elements and hand-fabricated furniture.

Dec 1, 2013 Kibkabe Araya

Responsive Design

Creative Director Phil Tretheway

In today’s on-demand marketplace of real-time information delivered to mobile devices at lightening speeds, smart design is crucial for business success. And as the creative half of marketing firm Position Interactive, Phil Tretheway, 34, knows that without strategic and compelling design, consumers will pass his clients by.

Dec 1, 2013 Kibkabe Araya

Spacial Vision

Interior Designer Katrina Stumbos

Within three and a half years, 26-year-old Katrina Stumbos has transitioned from college graduate to business owner.

In her newly minted office on Fair Oaks Boulevard, Stumbos invites clients to brainstorm their dream spaces inside her treasure trove of fabrics, woods, wallpapers and tiles.

Dec 1, 2013 Kibkabe Araya

Styles to Strut

Fashion designer Richard Hallmarq

It’s been an extraordinary couple of years for Richard Hallmarq, the 41-year-old Sacramento native who last year made his fashion debut on national television and is now gearing up for New York Fashion Week from his design studio inside the Sacramento Art Complex on K Street.

Dec 1, 2013 Kibkabe Araya
Photo by Ken James  (http://www.kjamesimages.com/)

Capital Ink Tattoo

Mikhail Chernyavsky, host of the video series “Emerge” for Comstock’s magazine, sits down with the owner of Capital Ink Tattoo, Irish Cash, to learn about what it takes to start a business as a young entrepreneur.

Nov 1, 2013 Christine Calvin
Photo by Ken James  (http://www.kjamesimages.com/)

High Rollers

For Jacob Cotter, working at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is a family affair. While he works to maintain the safety and soundness of Roar, the towering wooden roller coaster, his wife spends her days as an animal trainer, with two feet planted solidly on the ground. Cotter, 27, is part of a four-man team of carpenters dedicated to maintaining the 13-year-old coaster, which is made up of more than 3,200 feet of track and includes an 85-foot drop. There’s no schooling for wooden coaster repair, so his training came almost entirely on the job. Perks include free park admission and all the rides you can handle (as seen in the October 2012 issue of Comstock’s magazine). — Christine Calvin

May 30, 2013 Christine Calvin

Master Crafts

The arts may be underfunded in the Capital Region, but creativity abounds. Among Sacramento’s prime talents, a number of product designers stand out for their vision, craft and ingenuity.

Dec 1, 2012 Christine Calvin

Creative Counsel

Next-step opportunities for creative startups

The enterprising minds behind the Sacramento Arts and Business Council and The Urban Hive believe growing artistic businesses in the Capital Region is key to economic success. So, to plant and nurture such endeavors, the organizations last month launched Flywheel Creative Economy Incubator.

Jul 1, 2012 Carol Crenshaw

Framed

The hand-carved Italian frame hanging in the back of Archival Framing is priced at $1,400. It surrounds a $10 plastic clock.

Jun 1, 2012 Dixie Reid