Kristi Taylor, talented jewelry designer and owner of got sparkles, started out selling her handcrafted pieces at art and wine events. The popularity of her work has grown rapidly and is now available at the Artist’s Collaborative Gallery in Old Sacramento, Etsy and on her website. Taylor uses sterling silver and 14k gold, as well as gemstones, Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls. She makes custom pieces and beautiful, unique jewelry for brides and wedding parties, but also has pieces that are perfect for casual wear. Taylor currently has four specialty collections with a range of styles from fun and flirty to hammered metal urban-contemporary and fairy-tale romantic. Her designs are elegantly crafted and unique, and the prices are reasonable. Earrings from Taylor’s Vine Collection were in the swag bags given to celebrities at the 2013 Golden Globe awards.
Track 7 Brewing Company
3747 W. Pacific Ave. #F
Sacramento, CA 95820
826 Professor Lane, Ste. 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 520-HOPS (4677)
Sacramento is quickly becoming a hotspot for craft beer brewers, and Track 7 brewers Ryan Graham and Geoff Scott are masters of their trade. The rapid rise in the popularity of their beer has recently allowed them to open a second part-time tasting room in Natomas. Beers are crafted by hand in small batches of only 7 barrels, and the owners welcome adults, families and dogs to hang out and enjoy goodies from food trucks that stop by. The year-round beer menu includes the honeyed Bee Line Blonde, several IPAs, an American amber and Soulman Stout. Check out the growing list of seasonal brews, such as the Riot Act rye, Alkali Wit and a smoked porter called Burnt Fog.
600 Wise Road
Lincoln, CA 95648
Another up-and-coming craft beer label in the Sacramento region, GoatHouse is owned and operated Michael and Catherine Johnson. The couple left the Bay Area to buy farmland in Lincoln, where they began growing hops, fruit and other ingredients to start their “farm to glass” brewing venture. The brewery and tasting area started out as a barn, but they have remodeled it using items like salvaged wooden bleacher seats from the former Kezar stadium and redwood siding from the barns exterior. Equally clever in creating and naming their delightful brews, the GoatHouse couple offer selections such as their Ménage Belgian triple, Jagged Little Pils, GoatShaker Kumsquat farmhouse saison and Titey Witey, a Belgian witbier made with fresh lemon thyme and Meyer lemons.
Shawn Baird began making natural skin care products for her family and acquaintances after realizing that commercial items like soap are “just made of chemicals.” At the urging of friends, Baird started Enough Body, which is currently offering handcrafted lotions, bath salts, soaps, solid lotion bars, lip and body butters, shower gels, sugar scrubs and perfume oils through an Etsy site. She makes products in a tantalizing array of scents; favorites include pineapple jasmine, cucumber melon, lavender cedar and sunny herb garden. Baird will be a vendor at the River City Marketplace on May 2, 2015 at McKinley Park.
Cathy and Paul O’Donnell make eye catching, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and décor from unexpected upcycled materials. The Sacramento couple’s eclectic work, currently sold on Etsy, shows a powerful sense of whimsy along with true creative artistry. One inspired piece is a table made of a vintage sled with legs crafted from Fisher skis from the 1970s. Lamp bases may be made from an antique aluminum heater, car parts from 50s – 60s muscle car “rat rods”, jack stands, hard hats, license plates and industrial fluid cans. One wall clock is fashioned from an antique tractor seat, and cool mixed media art feature a mélange of antique items and other back-of-the-garage type “junk”. One excellent example of the O’Donnell’s work is a fanciful bar cart/coffee table made from a vintage British baby buggy.
Her work can be found at Examiner.com.