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Antique Roadshow
It’s open season for bargain and antique hunters, as hundreds of dealers converge every second Sunday of the month (from 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) spanning two blocks under Highway 50 filled with hundreds of booths in midtown at the Sacramento Antique Faire. It’s sweetly ironic that while the sound of car engines speed overhead, you’re strolling gently through row upon row of everything from delicate vintage French lace parasols to vintage furniture, tipping a hat to the slower pace of bygone eras. While the scene and wheel-and-deal attitude is more bustling flea market than dusty antique store, the wares lean toward quality collectibles. According to marketplace director Marylon Rose, about 20 percent of vendors own brick-and-mortar shops, like Steve Brooks, owner of Old Sacramento’s Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records, who hauls over vintage slot machines and neon signs from his Firehouse Alley location. 21st St. between W and X streets. 600-9770. sacantiquefaire.com

Room to Raise a Renoir
Maren Conrad’s Art Studio will transition your tyke from a Pollock phase to something closer to Picasso. Tucked in an East Sacramento strip mall devoid of signage, the nondescript space looks more like a warehouse then a Left Bank garret. But inside the cozy warren of rooms, youngsters crowd around long tables where Conrad and partner Gayle Stowell lead small classes through easy-to-follow steps that culminate in sophisticated projects, including folk-themed sugar skulls and Dutch-inspired still life paintings. Conrad opened the studio in 2009 after searching unsuccessfully for an art program for her young son, Hunter. An artist herself (with a degree in art education), she was concerned that most kids abandon any artistic pursuits by the time they hit puberty.
Determined to shift that trend, she began putting together programs for local schools that blended history on greats like Diego Rivera and Mary Cassatt with hands-on techniques. Classes run month to month, but drop-ins are welcome, and in summer, there are camps, some bending yoga into the mix. 3120 O St. 717-9948. marensartstudio.com

Example of Tea & Sympathy
It may look like your typical charming artisan coffee shop with its high ceilings, cheerful service and students’ heads bent over laptops. But look closer inside Origin Coffee & Tea in Rocklin and you’ll notice something different, like the oversized black-and-white photographs of children above the register, the all-volunteer staff, and the fair trade coffee brands that insure no child labor was involved in the production. That’s because, after covering overhead costs, every dollar made here goes to fighting human sex trafficking and supporting women and girls in recovery, with proceeds going to rescue groups like the International Justice Mission. It’s the first of its kind in the nation, and even scored some national recognition when its founders—Chad Salstrom and pastor Mark South—recently appeared on The Nate Berkus Show. We’ll drink to that. 2168 Sunset Blvd., Rocklin. 787-5676. origincoffee.org

Radio Station That’s Really Dialed In
The radio show podcast Phoning It In seeks high art in decidedly lo-fi places. Not only do up-and-coming bands call in from around the country to chat and to play some tunes, but they play into the phone. Seriously, into the phone. It’s as free-form and obscure in its musical subject matter as it could be. And yet it all transforms into something splendid. The result, broadcast Monday nights on UC Davis station KDVS 90.3 FM, is commensurately low in fidelity, and turns every band’s performance into a kind of threadbare folk music. Subsequent MP3 compression and distribution as a podcast just furthers the sonic decay. Even the lowest of lo-fi has its standards, however. Says the show’s current host, Elisa Hough, “I try to tell artists it definitely has to be a landline with a cord. Cordless phones pick up interference. I’ve never even experimented with cellphones. That’s a no-no.” phoningitin.com

Wheel Estate
When Coldwell Banker agents Leslie Tuel and Leslie Blevins found out about a real estate agent in Colorado who was showing his clients prospective homes by bike, their wheels started turning. Literally. After all, Tuel and Blevins were agents in Davis, the Bicycle Capital of the U.S.—what better place to roll out this eco-friendly concept? Thus last August, with a fleet of six cruiser bikes, Davis Homes by Cycle was born. “You get a truer sense of the neighborhood when you’re biking or walking, than when you’re driving up,” says Tuel. “People have really enjoyed it.” In fact, bike tours now account for one-third of all their appointments, and home sales have gone up roughly 20 percent. So despite the current housing crisis, with stats like those, it looks like these two will ride things out just fine. 505 2nd St., Davis. 530-522-8326. davishomesbycycle.com

Designing Woman with a Manhattan Project
New York, here she comes. Caren Templet, the British-born fashion designer who opened the doors to her chic midtown Sacramento boutique two Junes ago, is about to take Manhattan by storm. Already the toast of this town for her impossibly elegant fashion shows (see page 51 PROVIDE PARTY PAGE LINK WHEN UP HERE!) that showcase her luxuriously silken and decidedly feminine creations ranging from romantic maxi dresses to structured pencil skirts, Templet plans to make her Big Apple debut next year at either the high-profile New York Fashion Week or highly specialized Couture Fashion Week. Meanwhile, closer to home, the El Dorado Hills resident is planning her first couture wedding show, featuring a parade of exquisite custom dresses with hand-beaded details, in July or August (details will be on her Facebook page as it draws nearer), which would make this summer in Sacra-mento not just hot, but haute to trot. 1801 L St. 376-7361. carentemplet.com