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A local engineer's mini levitating hoverboard goes back to the future

08/11/15

A local engineer's mini levitating hoverboard goes back to the future

Can't wait to float around in your new Lexus hoverboard? Until the real thing comes on the market, you can get your hands on a miniature version, thanks to local engineer Eric Stave. With the help of his current crowdfunding campaign, Stave is creating Back to the Future Part II-style desktop hoverboards, which levitate using magnetic suspension technology. The engineer, who is based in the Gold Country town of Rescue and founded NeoLev Technologies, started the project after the Back to the Future trilogy’s co-writer and co-producer Bob Gale encouraged him to use Kickstarter to bring hoverboards to life. (The accessories are approved by Universal, the studio behind the massively successful film franchise.)  “Anyone who was a product of the ’80s loved these...

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Benjamins puts best foot forward with stylish shoes made in Sacramento

07/15/15

Benjamins puts best foot forward with stylish shoes made in Sacramento

Benjamin Schwartz knows what you’re thinking the first time you see Benjamins, his industrial workshop and store on the ground floor of the hip new Warehouse Artist Lofts (WAL) on R Street. “People come by,” Schwartz says, “and they kind of look at the sign, then they look at the table, and they look at us making stuff. And they say, ‘Are you making shoes?’ ” Indeed, Schwartz is making shoes—to order, by hand, one pair at a time, stitching cashmere or cotton uppers to rubber soles. The 31-year-old has seen demand for his eponymous footwear—which ranges in cost from $195 to $245 per pair and resembles a dignified hybrid between moccasin and deck shoe, crafted with high-end fabrics...

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Eclectic lighting and home décor store opens in East Sacramento

06/05/15

Eclectic lighting and home décor store opens in East Sacramento

A new shop specializing in American-made handcrafted goods and lighting is set to hold a soft opening next weekend on Saturday, June 13 in East Sacramento. East 40 Electric & Supply Co., located across from 57th Street’s Antique Row, is owned by husband-and-wife duo Mike Graffigna and Shawn King in their first retail venture. King describes the shop as “schoolhouse electric style” thanks to Graffigna’s handmade pendant and cage lights (which he makes onsite and range from $30-$99) hanging from the ceilings and his butcher-block and plywood fixtures that feature the store's merchandise. And she says the store takes its name from its neighborhood—“East” for East Sacramento, and “40” in reference to the nearby...

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New vintage craft store opening in Oak Park this fall

05/18/15

New vintage craft store opening in Oak Park this fall

For Lori Easterwood, what's old is newly fashionable. The former librarian is opening Make/Do Sacramento, a vintage, fabric and handmade goods shop, this fall in Oak Park. The cozy boutique will feature rare and vintage fabrics, antiques, craft materials and locally handmade products including jewelry, ceramics and bags. “A lot of things are languishing in closets that can be brought out and repurposed rather than just buying new—I love finding the utility in things,” Easterwood says. Currently, Make/Do operates as an online store, which highlights items like reclaimed, steam punk-style jewelry by Sacramento native Christina Edmondson and a ceramic elk skull wall lamp by Velk that’s adorned by mosaic tiles and light bulbs on its antlers.  ...

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A spring bazaar invites locals to Shop 'n' Stroll

03/17/15

A spring bazaar invites locals to Shop 'n' Stroll

On March 21, retail stores on 21st Street between 1st Avenue and X Street will open their doors and share the sidewalk with 36 local artisans and vendors for Shop 'n’ Stroll—a full-day bazaar for goods galore. Starting at 10 a.m., visitors can browse jewelry, shoes, handbags and other wares from local and out-of-town vendors alike. Sacramento will be represented both by stores along the route (including vintage outlets like The Antique Company, Fringe, and This ‘n’ That Thrift and Gift, whose proprietor Lynda Tyler founded the event) and vendors like AmberLilies Fashion (who will sell her handsome artisanal aprons), Two Flew the Coop (which makes swanky shelters for urbanite fowl), or Z to Z Creations (which creates functional artistic pieces out of such...

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