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Choosing a Wedding Photographer, 101

Your wedding day is approaching and there’s just one thing you can’t decide on…the photographer. You’ve met with a few, but it’s overwhelming and expensive and how do you choose the right one? Three recently married brides and a wedding planner (we will call them “Team Wedding”) tell you how to find a good photographer and why you won’t regret…

Three Real Sacramento Weddings

Stephen and Ashley were born and raised in the Sacramento area - Ashley from Carmichael and Stephen from Land Park. Although they both moved away for college and work, Stephen and Ashley eventually made their way back home to plant their roots. The couple now owns a home in Tahoe Park where they live with their six-month-old Australian Shepherd puppy…

Saint John’s is Making Real Changes for Homeless Women

Saint John’s has greatly evolved since its founding as a nonprofit in 1985—today it is a year-long rehabilitative program dedicated to the eradication of homelessness for each woman and child it serves. Program residents (and their children) live onsite in a communal housing setting and then in transitional housing. They are not required to pay rent, but must commit to…

Holiday Gift Guide

This Cherry Oval Dutch Oven can be used to slow roast a main course, simmer side dishes, and cook your favorite all day spaghetti sauce recipe. Meats turn out incredibly tender in this kitchen staple. It’s versatile and essential, at a remarkable price. With a stylish and durable cherry red enamel finish and sturdy handles, you’ll find yourself looking for…

Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra

Many Americans, especially in the Baby Boomer and earlier generations, grew up with choral music as part of their weekly church services. Whether Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, or many other denominations, most churches had a choir and hymnals, and choral music was part of everyday life. Now with praise and other types of worship music replacing traditional choirs in most churches,…

Traditional Charm: Land Park Home Remodel

The white brick house on 7th Avenue in Land Park is not the largest property in the neighborhood, but its charming curb appeal has passersby literally stopping to compliment the owners. “Your house is so cute! I drive by it every day and just love it,” says one neighbor driving through the tree-canopied street. With colorful impatiens encircling sycamore shade…

Growing the Good Life in the Gold Country

When the November sun rises above Rattlesnake Bar in Newcastle, CA, its glorious rays reach out to kiss the abundance of “Mountain Candy” growing throughout the foothills. That sweet deliciousness is the Satsuma mandarin at it’s prime, and growing it in their prime are the owners of North Fork Mandarins.

A Day in Historic Oak Park

Every Saturday during the cool morning hours, neighborhood volunteers and artisans, food vendors and farmers set up shop at the Oak Park Farmers’ Market held in McClatchy Park. Baskets of sweet berries and bunches of leafy greens decorate dozens of merchant tables followed by tents with fresh-cut wildflowers, savory and sweet locally baked goods, and the aroma of piping hot…

West Sacramento’s Bike Dog Brewing Co.

Let’s pretend you’re a loan officer in a bank and the following occurs: four young guys walk into your office and say that they want a loan to start a craft brewery. They happily respond to all of your follow-up questions: No, they don’t have any professional brewing experience, or even restaurant experience to speak of. No, they’re not going…

Date Night Day Dreams Come True for the Phifer Pavitt Winery

As fajitas sizzled in the cast iron skillet on their Calistoga car-camping campfire, Suzanne and Shane Pavitt sipped and savored a glass of wine, while day dreaming out loud. It was a beautiful time on their newly purchased property, and its possibilities overflowed with promise.

Sacramento River Train’s 
”Old Vine Express”

Board at a train station that doesn’t look like a train station, but don’t let that fool you. Once you get on, the wine starts flowing and the band starts playing, and the train keeps a rolling all afternoon. Welcome to the Sacramento River Train’s “Old Vine Express.” This fun and entertaining excursion features a three-hour train ride with wine…

Sacramento Children’s Museum

Don’t let the definition of a museum sway your thoughts about taking the kids to the Sacramento Children’s Museum. Merriam-Webster describes a museum as “a building in which interesting and valuable things, such as paintings and sculptures or scientific or historical objects, are collected and shown to the public.” The experiences of infants to eight-year-olds (and beyond) at the 7,000-square-foot…

Reader’s Choice 2016

Thank you Sacramento! When we put out the call for your favorite businesses on our ​Sacramento Lifestyle Magazine ​Facebook page, you responded in full force. All of the businesses were nominated by and voted on by you. With nearly 30,000 votes from June 25 to July 11, 2016, the results are in.

Rire Boutique – A “Happy Place” to Shop

Owner of Rire Boutique, Josie Lee, didn’t plan to have her own midtown clothing store. She didn’t plan to have a second boutique in Davis either. Instead, the former fashion blogger turned popular fashion retailer says everything just happily fell into place. Now, Rire Boutique’s newest and third location at 3330 Broadway in Oak Park’s bustling Triangle District brings affordable…

Downtown Sacramento Spices It Up

In fact, it’s Heather Wong’s travels around the world with her husband that have inspired the spices she cooks with and sells in her shop, which opened on April 1, 2016, just eight months after her daughter was born. At 34-years-old and a new mom, the extensive list of countries she has visited is impressive, though she feels there’s so…

Sacramento’s Sunday Morning Farmer’s Market

Ask 21-year-old Amy Espinoza how long she's been working at the Sacramento Central Farmer's Market, and she gives a surprising reply, “Since my mom was pregnant with me.” All kidding aside, the college student has only been selling fruits and vegetables as a vendor with the Newcastle-based Twin Peaks Orchards for about two years, but she's following in her mother's…

Back to School Tips

When the school bell chimes on its last day before summer break, kids, teens and teachers alike all breathe a little easier. Summertime means ocean view vacations, late-night slumber parties, and video game marathons fueled by pizza and sugary snacks. Still, all good things must come to an end and what better way to prepare your child for the new…

A Water Stay-Cay

There’s only one direction to head to in the middle of a Sacramento summer…the water! Luckily you’ll find many options in town and within an hour’s drive. Whether you’re ready to immerse yourself in the cool water, relax on the beach or bring on the adventure watersports, the region offers something for everyone.

Little Free Libraries: Coming to a Yard Near You

Little Free Libraries (LFL) are popping up everywhere and giving neighbors a way to connect with each other, in an almost old fashioned way. As Julie Harvey from Riverpark says, “It harkens back to older times. Because of the LFL, we've met all sorts of new people. Riverpark now has five or six LFLs just in our area. People stop…

Funderland

William Land Park is the center for Sacramento family fun. The 160 acre facility has wide open spaces for picnicking with barbeques, sports fields and basketball courts, a nine-hole golf course, duck ponds, pony rides, Fairytale Town, the famous Sacramento Zoo, and the small but wonderful amusement park, Funderland.

Real Men of Sacramento

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” In their careers and in their charitable contributions, the four real men of Sacramento embody this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote. They give of their time, talents and pocketbooks to make a difference in Sacramento and beyond.

A Look Inside Parkside Pharmacy

To learn more, visit Parkside Pharmacy at 4404 Del Rio Rd. in Sacramento or MyParksidePharmacy.com. John and Michelle Ortego had a unique idea when they opened Parkside Pharmacy in 2009—to combine their interests and expertise in compounding, pharmaceuticals, skin care and gifts. What evolved was a business that customers enjoy visiting, whether for customized medicine or a spa day.

Men’s Summer Fashions – Upcoming Trends

This summer, women won’t be the only ones who show a little skin, nor will they be the only ones with an appreciation for quality fabric, busy patterns and vintage-style apparel. Whether it’s a tailor-made suit, slim-fitting pants, or a pair of new wing-tipped Oxfords, move over stylish gals because guys, too, have a penchant for fashion, and some of…

Realizing the Dream: Creating a Custom Home in El Dorado Hills

A step through the double-windowed doors of the Miller home in El Dorado Hill's Serrano community is a step into luxury. Antique wall panels from the 1900s function as art in the foyer. Reproductions of hanging factory lights illuminate the dining table. In the master bedroom, farmhouse windows turned wall mirrors reflect the backyard. From the temperature-controlled wine room to…

Sweet Dreams: Dental Device Can Help Those Suffering from Sleep Apnea

Having trouble sleeping lately? You might be suffering from sleep apnea — a disorder where a person's breathing is interrupted repeatedly during sleep. An estimated 30 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, according to the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine.

Plant. Pray. Build.

During summer visits to the California Sierras as a rock climbing and mountaineering instructor, east coast native Jeanie Shaw says she simply fell in love. When a church opened up in Sacramento, she interviewed, admittedly, because it was close to the mountain ranges she grew to adore. That was in 1983. Since then, Rev. Shaw has served a number of…

What’s Growing in the School Gardens?

Whether it’s digging in the soil to plant fruits and vegetables or journaling about the changes they see in the garden, students throughout Sacramento are busy experiencing science firsthand, while at the same time growing in ways a classroom activity or textbook may not accomplish alone. School gardens are naturally a place where students can experience the outdoors while being…

Teen Hero Saves Neighbors From Burning Building

Clark Kent flies. Peter Parker scales buildings. And Bruce Wayne has the utility belt and drives one sweet car. Fourteen-year-old Christian Beecher may not have radioactive powers or top-secret, high-tech gadgets, but on February 1st he became a super hero to his neighbors all the same. The Sacramento Charter High School honor student was relaxing on his front porch in…

Beautiful Smiles — Lasting Relationships

We know from the musical Annie that “you’re never fully dressed without a smile.” Offering personalized orthodontic care for children, teens and adults, Kelly Giannetti, D.M.D. and Thais Booms, D.D.S. have been in the “smile” business in the Sacramento region for 17 years. Their goal is to make sure the customer has a great experience. Giannetti and Booms, Board certified…

The Vibrant Sacramento Theater Scene

Live theater is what makes a community distinctive in its entertainment and arts scene. While Americans everywhere share the same movies and television, it is the availability of quality live theater and music that can raise the level of cultural vibrancy for a region. Sacramento has been fortunate to be a growing center for the entertainment arts over the past…

The Tattooed Prince in Tights

If you catch Richard Porter at the pub, you probably wouldn't guess he's a principal dancer with the Sacramento Ballet. Sporting tattoos on his arms and piercings in his ears, the 31-year-old Australian looks more like he belongs drumming in a rock band than spinning pirouettes in second position. “I like to be different,” he says in an Aussie accent…

Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Effie Yeaw Nature Center, jewel of the American River Parkway, is a natural habitat of walking trails and abundant wildlife. A 100-acre preserve within Ancil Hoffman Park in Carmichael, the center offers a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of the nearby city.

It’s Time for a Home Refresh!

With the New Year upon us, it’s time to freshen up your home and look to the future. Here are a few tips from the Pros at Design Galleria by Valentine to help you out.

Midtown Cuisine Comes to Golden 1 Center

Some traditions are made to be broken. One of them is the godawful quality of food in sports arenas. Accordingly, the following items will not, repeat not, be on the bill of fare in the Golden 1 Center: tasteless hot dogs in soggy white buns, greasy fries sitting in pools of oil at the bottom of paper trays, gummy hamburger…

Your Best Sip — Tips for Storing Wine

The good news — you've found some wines that you adore and love sharing with family and friends. The bad news — the way you're storing them might be doing them more harm than good. Jeff Boucher, owner of wine storage facility Caverna 57 in East Sacramento, offers some tips on helping your wine collection age to perfection.

5 Fun Ways to Get Fit

If the thought of escaping adulthood to join the circus has ever tempted you, Aerial Evolution might be the next best thing. There, students perform stunning tricks on the silks, hoops and trapezes suspended in the air. Aerial Evolution's instructors come from varied backgrounds including gymnastics, rock climbing, yoga and dance, but say you don't have to be an athlete…

Celebrate January: It’s National Blood Donor Month

Donating blood is quick, safe and easy. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old (16 with a signed BloodSource parent consent form) and be in general good health. There are several ways to donate: giving a pint of whole blood (procedure takes 5-10 minutes) or giving platelets and/or plasma through automated donation (which utilizes…

MORRY’S ORIENTAL RUG BAZAAR

Step into Morry’s Oriental Rug Bazaar, 5623 H Street, Sacramento, and meet Morry Baghestanian himself — a kind and patient man who is happy to teach new customers how to choose the perfect rug for their home or business. A fixture in East Sacramento for the past 24 years, Morry’s Oriental Rug Bazaar is filled from floor to ceiling with…

ClutterFree Revolution

Evan Zislis had lived simply because the salary of a seventh-grade teacher in Aspen, Colorado didn’t provide for many housing options. After a frustrated search, Zislis was able to rent a 250 square-foot mining cabin without running water or electricity for $50 a month. The historic cabin was discordantly sandwiched in between two contemporary houses in a neighborhood where the…

Staying Healthy and Active as We Age

Aging is no excuse to give up exercise. Staying active can improve the way you feel, keep your mind and reflexes sharp, and research shows, add years to your life. So what can seniors do to slow down the aging process or at least stay active and healthy while aging?

Design by Galleria — 2016 Design Trends

Brought to you by Valerie Valentine at 
Design Galleria by Valentine, Inc. DGBV.com With the holidays around the corner, how do you make room for all the extra family and friends? How about this beautiful console that converts into another dining table that could comfortably seat an additional six people or more. Closed it measures 20" deep x 72" long.…

Sweet Dreams

Everyone knows a good night's sleep is important to your overall health, but sometimes it can be hard to come by. One reason a person may not be sleeping well at night could be due to sleep apnea — a disorder where a person's breathing is interrupted repeatedly during sleep. An estimated 30 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea,…

Giving Thanks

Many people may find themselves in need of help at some point in their life. Maybe they require assistance with feeding or clothing their family, or they want to further educate themselves to get a better job or improve their current situation.

A Cut Above

Although she may be a farm girl at heart, Nancy Leonard, owner of the recently opened Salon N, is all about bringing big-city hair knowledge to Sacramento. Having lived in Sacramento off and on throughout her life, Leonard decided to return to her hometown roots after completing her hair stylist training at the Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology in San…

Home for the 
Holidays

When Marc and Christine Yang bought their Pocket-area home in 1998, they looked past the Roman faux marble columns and the clear, glass-block wall in the entry way. Neither was into the Caesar's Las Vegas look. Marc Yang would much rather catch a fish than a straight flush at a Vegas poker table. Both led busy lives and the dated…

A Rising Building, Rising Hopes

With all legal challenges stopped at the baseline and half a billion dollars in funding secured with a slam dunk, it’s all systems go for the final steps in building the Golden 1 Center atop the hole that used to be the moribund Downtown Plaza shopping center.

First Person

Any publication is only as strong as 
 its readers. Any good periodical is going to rely on reader input, whether that’s a strongly worded letter to the editor or a snappy email suggesting a review of a favorite restaurant. Sacramento Lifestyle is no different. But where we are different is in this space.

Inspired by community.

Welcome to the first edition of Sacramento Lifestyle. I’m beyond excited for the launch of this publication and for it to be in the hands of thousands of area residents. I’ve been a Sacramento resident for almost 20 years and I'm so lucky to live in such an incredible place. From our theaters and fine dining, to snow skiing to…