Renewal is on our minds as we move through spring, and through the week’s stories. New homes are sprouting up. (Never mind that their construction is driving both builders and buyers bonkers.) A new coffee shop is growing its roster of regulars after cropping up in the space of a former, now-closed cafe. A professor who was rooted firmly in academia for decades is now sowing seeds for her own school.
No journey is without its growing pains, but — to use a hopeful, familiar phrase — “April showers bring May flowers.” Wishing you all the growth and blossoming this season, even if your plan is slow going or still just a seedling.
Here’s the latest Capital Region Rundown:
A former Salesforce Park coffee kiosk owner opens a cafe in Boulevard Park that specializes in Brazilian baked goods; major supply chain issues continue to roil the construction industry as well as new homeowners; a UC Davis professor of Asian American studies leaves the ivory tower to start her own school and farm; cooperative coffee shop Pachamama opens a new roastery in El Dorado Hills; and California is on track to remove any reason for its public university students to take out student loans.
Recommendations from our editors:
In this section we editors share what we’re reading, listening to, watching or even eating. Here’s what we’re consuming this week:
Vanessa: Usually Vogue’s fashion content feels a little inaccessible to me, if aspirational, but every once in a while it’ll serve up a gem I can apply to the day-to-day. Such was the case with its recent 12-minute YouTube video, “Every Outfit Sienna Miller Wears in a Week.” A fashion “it” girl of the early aughts, it was nice to see a snapshot of Miller’s current style, which is more approachable these days but still has that perfectly undone, bohemian je ne sais quoi.
It was not lost on me that many of Miller’s items were well-worn, which both looks cool and fits in with the industry’s continued trend toward sustainability. (Bloomberg recently reported the buying public’s interest in sustainability has never been higher.) And since the whole concept of sustainable fashion was recently deemed a myth by Harvard Business Review, Miller’s focus on well-loved items made me think how, instead of buying more “sustainable” clothing, we could refocus on keeping the things we already have a bit longer. Not a new idea by any means, but one I was happy to see reintroduced in such a stylish, fun format. I’m writing a fashion feature for an upcoming issue, so this was all a welcome dose of inspo!
Judy: The California Farm Bureau based here in Sacramento produces a weekly television show called “California Bountiful” spotlighting ranchers, farmers, restaurants and California’s abundant food scene around the state. Tracy Sellers, a graduate of Sacramento State, has been hosting the show for more than 15 years, taking viewers to almond orchards, wineries, fruit stands and even a camel farm. You can catch the 30-minute show locally on KOVR Channel 13 Saturdays at 6 p.m.
Jennifer: Visiting my parents back East this weekend, I saw “Come From Away” on Broadway. The musical tells the true story of the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, which welcomed more than 7,000 stranded passengers after the attacks on the World Trade Center caused dozens of planes to be grounded at its airport. My dad was among the crowds of workers fleeing Manhattan that day, so 9/11 stories usually make me emotional, and this was no exception — but this time the main emotion was a renewal of belief in the inherent goodness of people. The touring production will be coming to Sacramento in September, and I highly recommend it!
Odds and ends
The Boulevard Park corner cafe serves Brazilian baked goods such as cheese bread and fried dumplings, as well as an assortment of sandwiches and beverages.
Although the hot housing marketing has made it a great
time to be a builder in California, it’s also uniquely
challenging as supply chain issues create pricing
volatility, delays and decreased margins.
Encountering barriers in academia has prompted Dr. Robyn Magalit
Rodriguez to launch into entrepreneurship. She is leaving her
post as a full professor at UC Davis to create her own school,
farm and learning center.
The owners of Pachamama Coffee aim to operate their cooperative business sustainably, considering environmental, economic and social issues.
Roughly 360,000 UC and Cal State students may soon receive about $1,000 to $3,000 to fund their educations this fall as part of California’s effort to make college debt-free. Another form of aid to help more community college students has a less clear path.
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