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Two local pop-up shops to open at Downtown Commons

09/19/18

Two local pop-up shops to open at Downtown Commons

Starting this weekend, Downtown Commons will sweeten the pot with new ways to shop local, as Andy’s Candy Apothecary and Display x Damas open pop-ups at the retail center. Andy Paul—who launched his eponymous candy store in 2013 a few blocks away, on 9th Street—is outfitting his new 1,000-square-foot DoCo outpost with signature sweets, such as sour gummy candies and artisan truffles by Sacramento’s Puur Chocolat and Berkeley’s Casa de Chocolates, and plans to open on Sunday, Sept. 23. Located next to Echo & Rig, the steakhouse on the ground floor of the Kimpton Sawyer hotel, the pop-up will look like a mini version of the current downtown location and feature half of the items the current store carries, according to Paul, who adds that he is...

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Acclaimed local sci-fi author gets Tom Hanks' tweet of approval

08/16/18

Acclaimed local sci-fi author gets Tom Hanks' tweet of approval

This past Sunday morning, while much of the West Coast was still asleep, Tom Hanks, aka Sacramento State's most famous alum, tweeted (and posted to Instagram) that a book he had read rocked his world, in turn rocking the world of the book’s author, longtime Davis resident Kim Stanley Robinson, a celebrated science-fiction novelist. The book in question is Aurora, a 2015 New York Times bestseller by Robinson about long-distance interplanetary space travel. How long distance? The ship at the heart of the story, the one after which the book is named, journeys so far across the universe that the passengers intended to arrive at the ship’s destination aren’t yet born when the ship leaves Earth. Hence, it’s called a “generation ship.” This...

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A new exhibit remembers Bee editorial cartoonist Rex Babin

08/14/18

A new exhibit remembers Bee editorial cartoonist Rex Babin

When The Sacramento Bee's Rex Babin passed away from cancer in 2012 at the age of 49, it rocked the world of editorial cartoonists. “Rex’s death was like the Kennedy assassination of American political cartooning in a lot of ways,” says Jack Ohman, Babin’s longtime friend who took over the cartoonist position at the Bee in 2012. “He was this young, vital guy who was there one minute... it was like, this seems so unfair and inexplicable and wrong.” During his 13 years at the paper, Babin—who was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2003, and was honored posthumously with the California Press Foundation's Mark Twain Award for Journalistic Excellence in 2015—drew thousands of cartoons that critiqued and poked fun at politics...

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Downtown Sacramento Partnership announces 2018 Calling All Dreamers finalists

07/16/18

Downtown Sacramento Partnership announces 2018 Calling All Dreamers finalists

Five eager entrepreneurs have made it to the final round of the sixth annual Calling All Dreamers contest, in which one hopeful business owner will receive a prize package valued at over $100,000 to help build their company from the ground up in downtown Sacramento.  Whittled down from 10 semifinalists, the final five must now vie for votes from the public, who will help a committee determine the winner, by casting their vote at callingalldreamers.org. (Voting will end at 5 p.m. on Aug. 20., and the winner will be announced a few days later.) From a farm-to-tub beauty boutique to a space for local creatives, and an environmentally conscious nail bar, one of these dreamers could soon be the newest addition to the downtown retail...

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