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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 29, 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.

Jun 30, 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.

May 31, 2012 Dixie Reid

Target Audience

Niche marketing for small-business growth

When photographer Jill Carmel moved to Sacramento in 2008, she brought a bevy of cameras, a keen eye for composition and her dream of launching a niche business in a new city — a risky move, but passion trumped fear.

Jan 1, 2012 Carol Crenshaw

Money Tree

New Helvetia Hardwoods is homegrown

Tree aficionado Clark Kayler rescues fallen elms, walnuts, sycamores and redwoods — giants that have lined the streets of midtown Sacramento for more than 100 years — and grants them new life in the form of furniture.

Oct 31, 2011 Carol Crenshaw

Voted Off the Island

Dream studio for filmmakers dissolves amidst Vallejo debate

Carissa Carpenter had her eye on Mare Island for the location of a state-of-the-art movie and television studio plus production company. Headed by Carpenter and studio president Howard Kazanjian, renowned producer of blockbuster films such as “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” the studio aimed to be an alternative to Hollywood’s heavily booked and expensive movie sound stages.

Oct 31, 2011 Carol Crenshaw

Curve Appeal

Plus-sized bridal boutique caters to brides of all sizes

Mandi Miculinich is on the hunt — the hunt for the perfect wedding dress. The Manteca resident has been to nearly half a dozen shops and has come as far as Sacramento to scout the gown worthy of a walk down the aisle.

The tricky part is that Miculinich is a size 22.

Mandi Miculinich is on the hunt — the hunt for the perfect wedding dress. The Manteca resident has been to nearly half a dozen shops and has come as far as Sacramento to scout the gown worthy of a walk down the aisle.

The tricky part is that Miculinich is a size 22.

Aug 31, 2011 Christine Calvin

Paper Pushers

On-the-walls art at Bradbury & Bradbury

Thoughts of living room wallpaper oft conjure memories of Grandma’s bathroom or a great-aunt’s old bungalow. At Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers in Benicia, the papermakers think that’s just fine.

Jul 7, 2011 Christine Calvin

A Greener Park

The history of Depot Park

During World War II, the U.S. Army put Depot Park on the map as a central location to collect and distribute war supplies to troops on the West Coast and across the Pacific. The military moved out in 1995, but government, nonprofits and businesses of all sizes have continued to leverage the site as a hub for green activities and technological innovations.

Jul 31, 2010 JT Long