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The Scene Setter

The Scene Setter

If dining out is a theatrical experience, then Sacramento interior designer Whitney Johnson may be the city’s leading set designer, crafting visual feasts to complement the edible art on our plates. From the Shady Lady Saloon’s lush Gold Rush bordello look to Hook & Ladder’s hipster-historic vibe and Kru’s Tokyo-inspired elevated elegance, she’s curating the culinary environment for some of the city’s most accomplished chefs and bar masters. And she’s just getting started. With a bevy of savory new projects about to be launched, the 31-year-old Rocklin native is more poised than ever to design and conquer.

Modern Classics

Modern Classics

With a new landmark study, Sacramento is at last officially recognizing the mid-century modern structures that define a critical period in our city’s architectural history. Here are five retro-cool gems—from Gunther’s to Eichlers—that deserve a deeper look into what makes them both time-specific and timeless.

Made in the Shade

Made in the Shade

A new global study conducted by MIT affirms Sacramento’s status as the City of Trees

Raising the Barn

Raising the Barn

On the banks of the mighty Sacramento River, an instant architectural icon has sprouted from the earth, connecting the natural landscape of the riverfront to its modern neighbors ashore, all while making a bold statement about our region’s history and our new civic identity. Here’s how our newest urban landmark was born.

Bruce Monighan Q&A

Bruce Monighan Q&A

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Modern Classics

Modern Classics

With a new landmark study, Sacramento is at last officially recognizing the mid-century modern structures that define a critical period in our city’s architectural history. Here are five retro-cool gems—from Gunther’s to Eichlers—that deserve a deeper look into what makes them both time-specific and timeless.

Living (Not So) Large

Living (Not So) Large

University students from across California compete to come up with big ideas for small spaces

A New Leaf

A New Leaf

When a Napa vintner moved to Amador County, she wanted to live in a space that blended seamlessly with the surrounding rolling vineyards and her busy lifestyle. With the help of two Sacramento architects, her Three Leaf House became a one-of-a-kind home.

Coyote Beautiful

Coyote Beautiful

The founder of Dos Coyotes Border Café created his home like any good chef prepares a gourmet meal—completely from scratch, served with warmth and color, and filled with distinctive flavors. And, in this case, one very important ingredient: Sage.

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R Street to host block party celebrating Sacramento’s growing food scene

R Street to host block party celebrating Sacramento’s growing food scene

On Saturday, June 23, foodies and food purveyors will gather in front of the Warehouse Artist Lofts for the Our Street Night Market block party to celebrate the city’s burgeoning culinary scene. “I’ve been enamored with night markets for a while. I saw and went to the one in...

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The hotly anticipated restaurant Beast & Bounty to open soon at the Ice Blocks

The hotly anticipated restaurant Beast & Bounty to open soon at the Ice Blocks

Beast & Bounty, owned by restaurateur Michael Hargis and chef Brock Macdonald, the pair behind midtown hot spots LowBrau and Block Butcher Bar, will open in late June, highlighting both meats (the beasts) and vegetables (the bounty) equally. Macdonald, who has previously worked...

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