Kibkabe Araya

Back Writer

Kibkabe Araya is a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in the Seattle Times, the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Business Journal and Redding Record Searchlight.

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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

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

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
Arcade Belts, a 3-year-old startup based in Squaw Valley, is supplying all-weather belts to retailers in six countries.

Arcade Winnings

An all-weather accessory company advances to the next round

A slope-loving trio needed durable, weatherproof belts that would fit comfortably, last a long time and look good. So the self-proclaimed ski bums decided to make their own. Olympic Valley-based Arcade Belts launched three years ago from a living room and specializes in belts made specifically for winter-sport enthusiasts.

Oct 1, 2013 Kibkabe Araya

Job Creation

Elk Grove’s plan to build new businesses from the ground up

In March, the Elk Grove city council voted to develop the last large swath of land in its jurisdiction. But this time around, instead of focusing on rooftops, as the city has for the past decade, leaders and developers hope to bolster the local economy by building new businesses.

Jul 1, 2013 Kibkabe Araya
Squaw Valley USA is about to undergo a massive expansion, including thousands of new guests rooms and a variety of amenities for off-season activity.

Water Under the Bridge

A plan for Squaw Creek is a plan for jobs

Squaw Valley USA was once the premier ski resort of California and the world-renowned site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. But in the decades that followed, the resort’s managers focused on the mountain, and Squaw became eclipsed by other resorts that boasted hotel rooms and other amenities to capture business in the dry months.

May 1, 2013 Kibkabe Araya