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You don’t have to leave Sacramento to find top notch creatives. In our little city, you’ll find some of the best artists, designer, photographers, bakers, influencers, and so on. We’ve put together a list of locals who are doing amazing things in town. So fire up Instagram, and get your follow finger ready. Here is a list of people you’ll want to follow, if you aren’t already, in no particularly order.


Photo courtesy of Public Land

Austin McManus + Mel Eligon (@publiclandstore)

Austin and Mel landed in Sacramento by way of San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. They both enjoyed successful freelance careers prior to Public Land’s fruition. Austin held the position of photo editor and journalist for Juxtapoz Magazine for 7 years, while Mel was a wardrobe stylist for 9 years, working with photographers such as Collier Shorr, Patrick Demarchelier, Nagi Sakai, and more, along with artists and musicians such as Alicia Keys, Caroline Polachek, and many others.

Public Land offers an eclectic assortment of unusual cacti and succulents. Along with goods, collectables and original art from a wide range of artists who use various mediums to explore and re-imagine the ways we experience, interact, and perceive our natural environment. Austin and Mel want to facilitate a space that celebrates and also encourages positive engagement with the natural world.

Where may people know you from?

Austin was the Photography Director and an editor at Juxtapoz Magazine for 7 years, and Mel grew up in Sacramento after immigrating to the United States in 1992 from her home country, Trinidad and Tobago. 

What are you currently working on?

A custom plant stand collaboration with Trent Dean, an exhibition in April with renowned photographer, Mike Brodie, and Public Land merchandise line.

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

Anything at Kasbah & cappuccinos from The Mill.

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

Ben Roberts of Pizza Supreme Being and furniture designer Trent Dean.


Photo: Nicolette Lovell

Chase & Abbie (@barbabyco)

Bar Baby Co. is a Sacramento mobile bartending service started by Chase Daley and Abbie Crowther. Partners in love and business, they started the company as a creative way to return to the world of hospitality and spread their love of all things libations-related. Chase is a Sommelier and Chef, and currently works as an Art Director for a beverage packaging company, designing mostly beer and wine labels. And besides her day job, Abbie is really good at drinking gin-and-tonics, loves to garden, and is really into experimenting with shrubs that everyone goes crazy for!

In addition to their unique cocktails, they’re getting the most attention for their renovated horse trailer bar, which comes complete with a brass plated perlick tap tower, wrap around bar, and urban design. It adds a unique element to any celebration (especially the wedding circuit). They love collaborating with local businesses and truly believe in community over competition.

What are you currently working on?

We recently finished the renovation of our vintage 1973 Miley horse trailer into a modern mobile bar for special events. She’s looking pretty fine, and will be making her rounds this year at numerous Sacramento pop-ups, grand-openings, markets, and weddings. We’ve received such an awesome response from our Sacramento family, and are already booking up for 2019 and 2020.

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

We go absolutely bonkers for the Curry Ramen at Binchoyaki Izakaya, and we love the happy hour and any cocktail from Red Rabbit. If you serve mezcal in the form of a negroni, we’re there! We love a good riff on a classic.

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

Way too many to name! Megan Phillips of Honey really goes above and beyond with uniting brands with their community. We think the ladies at Broad Room (scroll down) are pretty rad as well, and think Sacramento needs more spaces for creatives. Truly we just love people who can help curate a culture that really generates creativity within this blossoming city!


Photo courtesy of Chassidy Bridges

Chassidy Bridges (@ChassidyBridges)

I am born and raised right here in Sacramento. I left the city for a few years and traveled the world as an active duty soldier in the United States Army. After six years of being away I returned home. Today, I am a blogger and published model. I have been very fortunate to collaborate with many awesome local companies, photographers and bloggers. I am so happy to be home.

Where may people know you from?

I am a two-time cover model and have been featured in multiple national magazines.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on my blog and YouTube content as well as continuing to collaborate with awesome local brands.

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

My favorite dish is the Petey’s Fried Chicken and macaroni and cheese from South.  I also love the margaritas as Mas Taco Bar.

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

I admire all the boss babes of Sacramento.


Photo: Nicolette Lovell

Christopher Beattie (@fariabakery)

I moved to Sacramento when my wife matched at UC DAVIS for Obstetrics and Gynecology residency, and I immediately fell in love with this city and its people. We walked along the river and sat beneath the city’s trees, and we fell in love with the closeness and charm of our new community. I wanted to give back to the city the best way I knew how – by baking. I set up a small cottage bakery, joined farmers markets, and sourced as many local ingredients as I could find. Now, we are so excited to be opening our bakery in our neighborhood, Oak Park.

Where may people know you from?

We have done pop-ups and farmers markets throughout Sacramento. Our passion is naturally leavened, whole grain breads and pastries. Come by and say hi anytime!

What are you currently working on?

We are working on opening our brick & mortar in Oak Park’s Triangle District. With so many great business like Strapping, Rire Boutique, and The Plant Foundry, we can’t wait to be apart of the community this Summer!

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

I am currently hooked on making your own spring rolls at a Vietnamese restaurant called Quan Nem Ninh Hoa. And, I always enjoy a cold beer from New Helvetia Brewing Company!

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

KC Kombucha – they are our Farmers Market friends and I can’t wait to visit their retail store opening this year too!


Photo: Anna Reid

Claire Curley (@broad_room)

Claire Curley is a Sacramento native who has been a creator her whole life. She is a writer who specializes in wellness and spiritual zines, essays, and is currently working on her first book. Claire is a co-founder of Broad Room, a nonprofit centered on supporting the creative community in Sacramento.

Where may people know you from?

Before opening Broad Room, I sold vintage online and at local markets as Southside Wares. Shevaun, the other Broad Room co-founder, and I actually met at the Midtown Bizarre at Identity Coffees while I was selling vintage and she was selling as Boxed & Potted.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on growing Broad Room into a sustainable nonprofit centered on physical, mental, and spiritual wellness in the creative community. A couple of my favorite projects we are working on right now include the monthly vintage flea market, Broad Room Flea, and Wellness Fairs.

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

The grilled oysters at Binchoyaki are one of the best kept secrets in Sacramento and they’re a dollar each on Wednesdays! My favorite drink is the Michelada at Midtown’s Cantina Alley – literally nothing better than spicy, savory, cold beer on a hot Sacramento summer day. Their version comes in a huge glass with a whole Corona bottle dumped into it. Literal perfection.

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

Shevaun Zakhir is a fearless, sensitive, creative business owner that I admire greatly and I am so happy to be in this Broad Room venture with her. She’s a talented ceramicist who is passionate about supporting the maker community in Sacramento. She jumped into this venture with me even though we didn’t know each other very well and has invested so much in me and our vision. I’m so glad to have her as my partner and can’t wait to see where her creativity takes us.


Photo: Nicolette Lovell

Gabriela Mendoza & William Mendoza (@weareshelf)

Gabriela is an interior and product designer from El Salvador, her designs has been displayed at ICFF and WANTED Design shows in New York and covered in magazines like DWELL and ELLE DECOR to name a few. She has always been surrounded by creatives and loved the idea of bringing this new concept to life with her partner William (La Mission Por Vida, VX) from San Francisco, together they wanted to create a shared retail space where Makers could showcase their products on a permanent basis through a membership.

Where may people know you from?

We both have a our hands in a few projects from Shelf to La Mission Por Vida a non-profit organization that brings access to clean water in developing countries. William is also a Writer/Director and his most recent work was “Justin Time” an award winning film based on true events, which won multiple awards from Audience Favorite to Producers Choice (2018).  

What are you currently working on?

We are launching our online store for Shelf and our Creative Markets which will include some amazing partnerships. Vendor applications will be open soon (TBA).  Also, we are really excited about helping our brands scale as we will be offering distribution.

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

Well being that we both have roots in El Salvador, pupusas are our favorite food and we go to La Flor de Michoacan on Northgate here in Sacramento or YD Korean Tofu on Freeport Blvd. which is also on our rotation. Definitely a must. We are foodies!

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

Well there are many amazing and inspiring people here in Sacramento, one of them being Paul Di Giordano with Lounge of Life, who is creating an alternative nightlife experience for Sacramento through their “Pure Fridays” events.  


Photo courtesy of Hans Bennewitz

Hans Bennewitz (@shampooswan)

Hans is an award-winning designer, illustrator, occasional adjunct professor, doodler, and wannabe musician. In between caffeine refills he expresses his affinity for intricate identity systems, rock&roll, rad illustrations, vintage type, comic books (ahem, graphic novels), star wars and spider-man toy collectibles (ahem, action figures). He’s also constantly trying to find a cure for sleep. You may think a fully grown man having the same hobbies as a teenage boy is a bit odd, but… well… it kind of is.

Where may people know you from?

I worked on a lot of branding and events for Hot Italian throughout the years, currently working on Solomon’s Delicatessen, and designed a mural in the Words on Walls event in Del Paso Heights.

What are you currently working on?

The past few years I’ve been working on the branding of Solomon’s Delicatessen, which recently opened in Davis and will soon open in Sacramento. I’ve been designing custom pins and patches for my personal brand that I’ve been building up over the years, and just recently started selling at events. I also silk screen custom designed posters with three other designer friends in a design collective called Interval Press.

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

I’m a simple guy — I’m a fan of Chando’s Tacos and Dad’s Kitchen. Temple Coffee has some great coffee too.

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

I have a lot of amazing creative friends — Benjamin Della Rosa is doing some amazing creative work on Tiger Bar and restaurant. Andrea Lepore for her inspired ideas and management with Solomon’s and Hot Italian and giving back to the community. Kyle Marks with his lettering and work he does at Position Interactive.  


Photo courtesy of John Bevel

John Bevel (@jbbevel)

IT Director by day, photographer by night.  John loves technology and serving the kids and families at his job with Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California.

Photography is a passion that has grown over the last seven years. Night photography is a first love, with landscapes and seascapes being thrown into the mix.  

Where may people know you from?

I was delighted to be part of the @SacAfterDark Gallery at the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento. I’m also an active coach for Special Olympics and can often be found exploring or sporting with my son Nate (the olympian)!

What are you currently working on?

I’ve been working on calendars featuring my work, with those close to me receiving first issues. Next in store is that elusive website featuring my work.

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

Multiple sushi dishes at Mikuni’s as it’s difficult to settle on just one. I’d easily say I prefer dark roast coffee from Philz Coffee, Jacob’s Wonderbar is excellent.

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

Vicky Thompson.  Her and her husband Thad have been inspiring this photography community for years. Her curation of @SacAfterDark and @igerssac has really brought together the overall photography community in Sacramento.


Photo: Mike Rafter

Julie Cassotta (@cellardoorplatters)

Julie has been a professional in the cheese industry for the better part of a decade. She has worked her way up from slicing cheeses and meats in restaurant kitchens, to becoming a general manager of a beloved Los Angeles cheese store.

After years of honing her cheese and customer service skills, she is putting her experience on the platter. Her product knowledge and attention to detail make her platters unique to each client and something truly special for each event.

Where may people know you from?

People may recognize my platters from various events all over the Sacramento and Northern California region.

What are you currently working on?

I am continually working on my business, this year I am focusing on putting together cheese platter workshops and classes and collaborating with other like-minded businesses.

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

Favorite dish is the grilled cheese Benedict at Bacon & Butter, favorite drink is a beautiful red wine, anywhere I can get it.

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

I find Kachet Jackson (scroll down) to be very inspiring, she’s always working on something to benefit others. Along with Lacadia Johnson, Sarah Barkawi (scroll down), Clay Nutting, and many others who work so hard to bring life, creativity, and culture into our city.


Photo courtesy of Kachet Jackson-Henderson

Kachet Jackson-Henderson (@thekachetlife)

Whether it’s doling out style advice, honed from her years as a fashion blogger and stylist at The Kachet Life (formerly The Lipstick Giraffe), advising as a marketing maven through Kachet Media Group or promoting fellowship and collaboration as the founder of The Blog Bloc, Kachet delivers authentic stories in vivid, interesting ways—sure to catch both your eye, your heart and maybe even a laugh.

Kachet rotates her many hats easily, having spent more nearly ten years working on marketing teams – both agency side and in-house, and independently. She has been recognized by Better Homes & Gardens, the New York Times, Sacramento News & Review and can be regularly spotted on Good Day Sacramento sharing the season’s hottest trends, lifestyle hacks, and events.

Where may people know you from?

The Lipstick Giraffe, The Kachet Life, Sacramento Mural Guide, The Blog Bloc, TV

What are you currently working on?

I have been blogging for seven years and for the past four, I have been a guest and now regular on Good Day Sacramento, coordinating segments with original content and offering commentary on hourly station-branded segments. I also the founder of the Blog Bloc, an influencer community in Sacramento that supports the creative community with monthly events, collaboration opportunities and sponsorships. Having my own marketing business serving a niche group of clients coupled with my strong personal brand, it allows me to continue growing opportunities for The Blog Bloc. This year we will bring more programming and events, partnerships around hallmark events in Sacramento, and launching another chapter.

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

Octopus at Localis or the Eggs Benedict at Cafe Bernardo. The Guy on a Buffalo at Block Butcher Bar is pretty fantastic. So is the Graham Beck Rosé at Fizz Champagne Bar.

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

Tiffani Sharp. She’s a badass wearing many hats, always in the vein of supporting others that need it.


Photo courtesy of Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair (@thekatrinablair)

Katrina Blair is an Interior Design & Lifestyle Blogger, living a full life in a small 1950’s rancher with her husband, two boys and lab Oliver. Teaching small home dwellers how to stylishly maximize their spaces and make them work for real life. Along with sharing do-able DIYers to upgrade your home.

Where may people know you from?

My home and blog have been featured in HGTV Magazine, This Old House Magazine, Real Simple and other online publications. I’m very proud of my home being featured in The Sacramento Bee, on the front page of home and garden section!

What are you currently working on?

On the homefront, I’m currently working on finishing up my master bedroom closet, it’s undergoing a huge transformation! Locally, my goal this year on my blog and Instagram is to share some of my local favorites with followers, I’m currently scouting the best coffee shops, brunch spots, and happy hours musts to share!

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

My husband and I love going to Urban Roots Brewing and Smokehouse for good local beer and food. They have the best brisket fries, plus I love that have large outdoor seating that’s pet-friendly! I’m also a huge fan of Tank House, when I’m craving BBQ, I love their collard greens and dirty tots!

I’m a huge coffee fan and love, Temple Coffee. Their almond lattes are incredible, the S Street location is the perfect spot for getting work done away from home.

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

It’s hard to just name one, Sacramento is a such a creative place to live and love seeing how the creative community is thriving. Leyla Jaworski of Design Shop Interiors is so inspiring, she’s grown an amazing Interior Design business and will soon be opening a storefront, its so inspiring seeing all her hard work!

I’m also very inspired by Kachet Jackson-Henderson of The Kachet Life, she’s incredibly talented and an amazing blogger-entrepreneur! Almost two years ago she launched The Blog Bloc as a resource for local creatives and bloggers, to build community and dive into topics of building a personal brand. I’m also proud to call her a friend, she’s always on the go and working with brands and creating amazing opportunities for herself and other bloggers!   


Photo: Nicolette Lovell

Lauren de Necochea (@laurendenec)

Born and raised in Sacramento, Lauren is one of seven children (all girls and one boy). Lauren manages social media and marketing for two local brands and one boutique.  @allgxxd –  a California lifestyle brand that celebrate the great outdoors, @official – a Sacramento staple that has been making hats, apparel and more recently Bags since ‘07,  and @heartboutique, where my #heartbreakers at? She likes to think of herself as a gal who just never outgrew playing dress up. Styling photo shoots are her bread and butter.

Where may people know you from?

Heart Clothing Boutique, you can catch me in the shop on Tuesday’s and Thursday. All Good Flagship, If I’m not at Heart chances are you can find me at the Ice Blocks or at the Official Crown of Laurel HQ. Gather Nights behind the bar, I’m the bar lead.

What are you currently working on?

Currently planning Heart’s Coachella themed photo shoot which will be happening at the end of March, planning a couple shoots for Official’s new products that are launching this month.

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

My favorite dish is the salumi pizza at Beast and Bounty. My favorite drink is a Negroni on a big rock, preferably at Bottle and Barlow.

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

This is a tough one! I’d have to say Roshaun and Maritza Davis, the founders of Unseen Heroes. They are constantly working on ways to improve and bring the community together. 

Also, Vanessa Lopez, Jason Maggio and Vanessa Maggio. They’ve created Sacramento staples that so many of us are proud to represent. I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for them and the platform they’ve given me to express myself creatively. 


Photo: Troy Cooper

Lily Therens (@lilytherens)

Born and raised in a remote area of Northern California without electricity, Lily still loves nature and the outdoors, but spends most of her time on a computer creating artwork and designs. From mural to logo design, Lily loves incorporating illustration with a fun yet sophisticated aesthetic. As a full time graphic designer and part time freelance illustrator, artist & maker, there are always projects on her plate–both personal and professional. Recently she began producing and selling her designs at local maker’s marts, which she loves using as an outlet to connect in person with the local creative community. Above all else, she believes that hard work, humility and humor can get you through anything.

Where may people know you from?

Mural design & other interior design elements for Urban Roots Brewing at 1322 V St. Logo design for new Bawk! Restaurant on R Street. I also just began selling at local markets this last year, so people may have seen me at local maker pop-ups (like the Maker Mart at Urban Roots or Last Minute Merry at the ICE Blocks).

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently a committee member for Sacramento’s very first Design Week (happening in May). There will be a series of workshops and events and I’m helping out where I can to plan and work the events. I’m also currently working on building up my personal inventory of designs for things like pins and greeting cards. This includes being involved with plenty of local makers events like Broad Room’s Broad Market and other local pop-ups.

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

I swear by the fried chicken sandwich at Pangaea Bier Cafe. That’s all around a great place for good beer, food and company. For a good cocktail, Bottle & Barlow or Jungle Bird. For coffee it has to be Chocolate Fish or Camellia Coffee Roasters.

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

The creative community is ripe with talent right now, but I particularly admire the women stepping up to the plate. Shevaun Zahkir (scroll down), owner of Broad Room and Zahkir Designs (formerly Boxed & Planted) is extremely admirable. I think she’s a very unique and dedicated voice of the Sacramento community. Whitney of Witt & Lore (scroll down) is truly a force. She’s a bad ass maker that I can’t get enough of, as well as an amazing musician and genuine person.


Photo: David Suh

Lin Fei Fei (@linfeifeiart)

Lin Fei Fei is a professional artist based in Sacramento, CA. She moved to America in the fall of 2015 after she completed her Master’s degree in Oil Painting from Luxun Academy of Fine Arts. She has experience working and painting in over a dozen countries and has participated in exhibitions in North America, Europe, and Asia. 
 
Her work has also been collected by the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo National Art Academy, Blue Roof Art Museum, Wang Shi Kuo Foundation, Eland Foundation, the Laforet Summer Vacation Project in Italy, Enter Art Foundation in Berlin, Germany, and many more. In 2016, she was chosen as one of the ten “Contemporary Chinese Artists of the Future” by the Wang Shi Kuo Art Foundation in Beijing, China.
 
Her artwork is created in a variety of different mediums. The themes revolve around humanity and the mixture between emotions and the real world. Many of her pieces combine abstract techniques and realism to explore the energy of life and the varying atmospheres that people live in.

Where may people know you from?

Last year, I had the opportunity to work with some local businesses and Wide-Open Walls. I painted murals for 58 Degrees Wine Holding Co. and Holy Diver bar and concert venue. At the end of 2018, I had the opportunity to create a drop ball for Crocker Art Museum’s Noon Years Eve Family Festival celebration. I teamed up with Bob Briscoe and David Stone to complete the project. On that day, it was so awesome and I felt so appreciative to see thousands of people counting down and celebrating the beginning of 2019. I was also honored to be selected as the winner of the Sacramento Republic FC mural contest which resulted in my mural being used as the design for the official Republic FC fan scarf that was released in February 2019.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on rabbit themed artwork for my upcoming solo exhibition “Not Your Bunny” with Wal Public Market Gallery. The reception night will held on April 5th from 5-8pm. In addition to creating my own artwork, I’ve also been busy promoting the art of other Sacramento and California artists in China. I’ve always loved the concept of exchanging art and culture around the world. To help people see art and give their appreciation to it is a true passion of mine. My next project is working with K11 in Shenyang, China. K11 just built a museum in which every piece of artwork displayed in the museum will be about 3cm in size. I introduced and brought the work of 12 Sacramento artists to China for this showcase. Its going to be a very exciting art project! 

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

I haven’t explored that many local restaurants and bars yet, I’ve been so busy! But I really enjoy some of the street food, like tamales and tacos. For drinks… I love the company of my friends while we’re working on art at my studio. I guess any kind of California wine works for me in that atmosphere! 

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

People always ask me why I came halfway across the world to live in Sacramento. The city that I come from has over 8 million people so Sacramento feels more like a neighborhood to me. But it’s a perfect size that allows me to meet wonderful people that I’ve loved getting to know. I want to mention that I really admire and respect some upcoming organizations like M5arts, 1810 Gallery, and Wide Open Walls. I’m an artist and I always will be. Since I moved to Sacramento, I’ve been lucky to work with these fine groups of people. Shaun Burner and Franceska Julianna, Seumas R Courtts Ph. D, Abraxis Spera, David Sobon, Raphael Delgado, Gale Harts and many more are beautiful souls that truly do what they love and help make this city a better place. Beyond that, I feel so thankful that people here are opening their arms to welcome me as a part of their city. It makes me feel like home.


Photo: Dominic Sacco

Mike Diamond (@mikediamond)

Co-creator of the HOUSE agency, dj by night, mezcal enthusiast.

Where may people know you from?

I’ve been djing around Sacramento for 15 years and most likely you’ve been to one of my parties, most notably the wild Risqué monthly’s. We’ve been doing a weekly party for the last few years at Golden Bear called Back Bar Saturdays in the back half of the bar. Over the years I’ve worked with some cool clients like Nike, Ford, Hypebeast, Toyota, and that’s are where my career in the creative agency world really kicked off.

 

What are you currently working on?

Right now at the HOUSE agency we’re working on a bunch of things for some amazing clients. Outside of that we’re creating our own line of candles, incense, diffusers, and creating health and fitness workshops for the community.

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

That’s a tough one, but you can always catch me at Skool enjoying oysters, a Wagyu Burger, and Ao-Nori fries. Overall, I just love that place. Drink wise I’m going with Diamond’s Mezcal Special at Golden Bear obviously.

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

All my friends keep me going and are always doing something that amazes me. My Cousin Vinny, Dwight Aims, Alex Sachs, Dj Vincent Salas, Shines Like Gold, Dj Ajotta, and Chris Supreme to name a few.


Photo: Yasmeen

Mona Seddeek (@thesmilingsweetheart)

I’m an Egyptian Irish American Muslim that uses style as a integral form of self expression and believes that if you feel great, that’s all that matters. The main drive behind starting my blog, The Smiling Sweetheart, was to share my love for style but also to provide lessons on life and empowerment as we grow through life. Plus, I needed a solid excuse to backup my shopping addiction. 

Where may people know you from?

I was fortunate enough to be one of the speakers at CAIR Talks last year and was given the opportunity to share my journey as a Muslim plus size blogger and the habits that have been my anchors throughout my journey.

What are you currently working on?

Right now I am in strategy mode and one of the biggest goals on my to-do list is to throw out “what if’s” and put myself “out there” more. There are so many amazing people in the Sac community and I would love to see how I can be of help to them. I’d also love to collaborate with local brands and work with them on efforts of inclusivity on all fronts.

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

It’s a tie between Philz Coffee, Jacob Wonderbar and Naked Coffee’s almond milk white mocha. Food would 100% have to be Tres Hermanas crispy chicken taco. Life changing.

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

I love what Ivy of Fig + Ivy is doing. Her entire boutique is size inclusive and her motto is that no lady should be left behind. It’s extremely rare that a boutique carries clothing in sizes past 10/12 that is on trend and actually exciting to wear.


Photo: Aldo Siananta

Rachel Kerns (@OliandBaz)

I grew up in a creative household where art was fun and had no rules. I wanted to go to art school, my mom on the other hand wanted me to get a degree and be a politician. I took some public school art classes, but mainly taught myself and I’m so thankful for that.

I moved to Sacramento in 2015 to follow my boyfriend and ended up getting an awesome job teaching people how to paint. From there I started selling miniature paintings for $12 at local markets and falling in love with the art community here. I couldn’t stop creating and found myself creating a style and building a community.

I quit my job and started my own business of traveling to teach classes at houses and businesses. I realized that what kept me passionate about art through all of this, was its ability to heal. I am a firm believer that art is an expression and a form of therapy!

Where may people know you from?

I have been at local markets for the last few years and also created a benefit concert with some close friends at Drake’s Brewing for people affected by the Camp Fire.

What are you currently working on?

I will be creating more paintings and murals! Also I will be bringing some really awesome classes to the community this year! I want to focus more on art as a form of therapy and help people get in touch with their creative side!

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

An eggs Benedict for breakfast at Tower Cafe and favorite drink is “Lavender Heights” from Lowbrau.

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

This is so hard to choose! I am friends with so many creative and passionate people that want to bring beautiful things to our city.


Photo: Felix Molina

Nicolette Skidmore (@nicolettelovell)

Nicolette owns and operates Nicolette Lovell, a cause-driven travel photography and creative consulting company. An adventurer and humanitarian at heart, she’s a passionate storyteller who works with nonprofits, socially conscious brands, and small businesses to share their unique stories. Nicolette lives in Sacramento, enjoys sleeping in, traveling with her family, and above all, eating her way through a new city.

Where may people know you from?

Co-founder of City Scout Magazine

You might have seen work I’ve done with City Scout Magazine, The Urban Hive, The Honey Agency, Osteria Moto, Solomons, or RAW Yoga.  My work is also featured in Sacramento Home’s Spring 2019 magazine.

What are you currently working on?

I absolutely love working with local businesses and creatives to tell their brand story. I’m currently busy working with some amazing local clients and am always looking for businesses that have a unique story to tell. Additionally, I have some fun projects and resources for photographers in the works so stay tuned!

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

Can’t. Choose. One.

Anything from Mother. Panang curry from Thai Canteen, burger from LowBrau, fish tacos from Midtown Cantina, cheesy tots from Tank House, toasted almond ice cream from Vic’s. I love a good beer from Urban Roots or any cocktail at Bottle and Barlow or The Snug.

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

Wow, too many people to list! Tiffani Sharp founded The Power of SHE which is an incubator for women of color entrepreneurs. It’s an amazing amazing program that provides participants with education and tools to start their own businesses. It’s such a great asset to these women but also to Sacramento as a whole.

Sara Muir is a badass business woman who is killing the game in real estate and Alina Tyulyu is an even planning boss.

But seriously, I could go on and on. This city is bursting with amazing talent and passion.


Photo: Whitney Atkinson

Rebecca Plumb (@studio plumb)

Rebecca Plumb is a multi-disciplinary designer and owner of Studio Plumb. She works to create design that reflect the people using them, whether it’s a home, commercial space or personal branding. Her style is best described as “collected eclectic,” combining vintage classics with modern pieces and meaningful objects. Bored of all neutral rooms, she strives to bring personality, character and color to each of her projects. She lives in Carmichael, CA with her design-agnostic husband, 4-year-old daughter and obnoxious Labradoodle.

She is the founder/host of CreativeMornings Sacramento a free breakfast lecture series for the creative community. Our local chapter is one of 196 worldwide and exists to not only celebrate a city’s creative talent but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded people. CreativeMornings happen one Friday a month from 8:30am to 10am.

Where may people know you from?

Freeport Bakery mural + exterior refresh

What are you currently working on?

I am the founding host of CreativeMornings Sacramento and we have free speaking events welcome to everyone the 3rd Friday of the month. Sign up for our newsletter for updates!

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

Splitting chicken nachos at Ernesto’s on the patio with a michelada is a longtime (cheap date) tradition.

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

There are so many but Kachet Jackson-Henderson is working hard to build a local community with The Blog Bloc and use her expertise to connect local bloggers with brand opportunities. She is always the first to make connections between people and shine a light on others.


Photo: Haleigh Noelle

Ruthie Ridley (@ruthieridley)

Ruthie Ridley Blog was established in January of 2015 out of a strong desire to have a place for creative expression both with her love for all things fashion and deep faith in Christ. Ruthie loves classic, timeless style with a side of fun, flirty flair! Faith and family is the foundation of her life where everything she does flows out from. She believes that with hard work and chasing big dreams, anything can be achieved!

What are you currently working on?

I am doing a take over for Visit Sacramento early May.

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

Anything on the Grange’s Menu- it is my favorite restaurant

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

Zayn with People Of Sacramento


Photo: Stephanie Russo

Sarah Barkawi (@sarahbarkawi)

Sarah Barkawi is the Vice President of Marketing for Fulcrum Property, where she strategically manages all marketing and design efforts within the company. 

Prior to Fulcrum Property, she has spent the last five years working in directorship roles at some of the region’s most visionary design and advertising agencies. 

Sarah is also a co-founder of Host Creative, a local event design business focused on crafting beautiful experiences for intimate events. Sarah sits on the board of directors at the Verge Center for the Arts and is heavily involved in the creative community of Sacramento. She is service focused and volunteerism is a big part of her life, having been a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and has served as a mentor through Women’s Empowerment program. She lives in Sacramento with her husband Eli and their two small children. She considers herself a Sacramento enthusiast, loving everything this city has to offer. She spent her childhood moving frequently, both nationally and internationally and has finally found a hometown here in Sacramento.

What are you currently working on?

Working with a team to launch Sac Made, a local initiative to support the local maker and manufacturing community.

Work-wise, focusing efforts on The Bridge District in West Sacramento. Building community and activating that area.

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

Mother’s Chicken Fried Mushroom Po Boy. Ella’s Gin + Tonic

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

Stephanie Russo – insanely talented photographer and all around incredible human. Everything she touches turns to magic.


Photo: Nicolette Lovell

Sarah Golden (@sarahgoldenart)

I’m a painter and surface designer living in Sacramento, California with my husband and twin girls. I paint abstracts, botanicals, collage, and design fabric for Andover Fabrics. I love working on multiple projects and getting paint on my hands. I love the freedom and intuitive workflow of abstract painting. For my surface design work, block printing, collage, painting both traditionally and digitally, are my mediums.  I have a deep love for Scandinavian design, a simple and clean aesthetic, vintage fabrics and geometric prints. I’m a self-taught artist, with an enthusiasm for texture and pattern in my work.

Where may people know you from?

My first solo art show Layers at WAL gallery in the summer of 2017.

What are you currently working on?

Planning a series of large abstracts and I’m looking to get an art studio outside of my home so I can have studio visits with collectors soon. I also just moved into a new studio in the ARTHOUSE building at 10th and R.

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

The eggplant at The Coconut on T. I’m still searching for my ideal Bloody Mary.

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

Sew Shop Sacramento, I’m really excited we have a new business with workshops for the sewing community in Midtown.


Photo: Ryan Donahue

Whittney Elyse Kebschull (@wittandlore)

Witt and Lore is a company owned by sisters Whittney, who resides in Sacramento, CA and Lauren, who lives in Minneapolis, MN. We consider ourselves a company taking pleasure in the ascetic and intricacies exercised in every medium of our crafts. Beginning the business over 10 years ago, we utilize a style of bead weaving into our pieces which have developed and evolved over the years. Each tiny bead, stranded by hand, composes a picture or pattern inspired by colors of the seasons and the textures we see in everyday life.

It was an interest in ceramics that took their jewelry to another level- Whittney is now handcrafting their own ceramic beads. By doing so, they have control over color, size, and design. All beads are mason stained by hand, smoothed, then sanded, glazed, and fired to give each bead and you a one-of-a-kind look. Stepping out of the jewelry realm, Whittney is now experimenting with various sculptural home decor and utilizing her pieces in floral design.

Where may people know you from?

I’ve participated in craft shows in the Sacramento area for the last 8 years.

What are you currently working on?

Currently working on a floral project with my partner Rose called Coma La Flor where I’ll be utilizing my ceramic vases for flower arrangements.

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

Anything at Mother. Eastern old fashion at Kasbah Lounge.

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

The good folks at Red Museum. They work very hard to offer a diy event space for all ages. That doesn’t exist otherwise in Sacramento.


Photo courtesy of Shevaun Zakhir

Shevaun Zakhir (@_super.fun + @broad_room)

Horticulturist and artist, Shevaun Zakhir, founded Zakhir Designs (formerly known as Boxed & Potted) in January of 2017. Currently she is focused on small batch ceramic wares production and mixed media projects.

In August of 2018 Shevaun co-founded Broad Room Creative Collective. Broad Room is a women-powered nonprofit collective that engages the creative community of Sacramento and surrounding areas by providing an inspiring and welcoming space to make and showcase art. Broad Room’s mission is to support women’s wellness through creativity and self-care.

Where may people know you from?

You may have seen me at Midtown Bizarre, River City Marketplace, or at Broad Room since I practically live there now!

What are you currently working on?

Broad Room is expanding into the warehouse space next to us, adding an additional 700 sq ft for large equipment. We will have a pottery station, drafting tables for garment-making, screen printing supplies, a commercial printer for zine-making, and other tools and resources for local creatives to build their brands (or pick up a new hobby). Besides all of that I’m personally excited to be making some of my own clothes!

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

This one’s easyyyy. Chow Bella roll at Nishiki Sushi. Favorite drink is Highwater’s Paloma. They use fresh squeezed grapefruit when they’re in season.

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

Susan at Strapping. The first time I met her I immediately felt comfortable enough to talk with her about my hopes and dreams. She has been a huge inspiration! She also does wonderful things for her community and sets an example for how all small business owners should operate.


Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Corkery

Elizabeth Corkery (@printclubltd)

My husband and I moved to Sacramento from the east coast 18 months ago when he joined the Art Department faculty at UC Davis. I have a personal art practice along with being the founder of a fine art silkscreen print publishing company called Print Club Ltd. Last year I began working from a studio space at the Verge Center for the Arts and we always try and get to contemporary exhibitions in Sac, the Bay Area and down in LA as often as we can.

What are you currently working on?

Not really in Sac but I’m currently preparing for a residency and solo exhibition in Providence, RI in April this year.

What’s your favorite dish or drink in Sacramento?

Blackened salmon at South. A classic marg at La Venadita.  

Who is someone you admire that is doing something cool in Sacramento?

Leyna of Urb Apothacary who makes amazing botanical skincare just moved front Santa Cruz to make Sacramento her new home.

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