Fit for a Spin

While working in a bike shop in the early 1980s, Steve Rex was introduced to custom small-scale bikes.

Using his bachelor’s degree in economics was going to have to wait — Rex wanted to become a frame builder. He took machining and welding courses at Sacramento City College to learn the trade and made his first frame in 1987. He opened the Rex Cycles storefront in Sacramento in 1991, which he ran until retiring as a shopkeeper last year. He now makes frames out of his home workshop.

Jun 24, 2019 Sena Christian

Custom Creations

Local potter Joe Triglia of Tufarock Design details his process of making hand-crafted planters and other garden vessels that were inspired by a recent trip overseas.

May 17, 2019 Sena Christian

Keeping It Clean

Jazmine Bonnett, owner of Blossom Bathhouse, works at a brisk pace. If she doesn’t quickly finish her bubble bath bars, the ingredients harden and become unsalvageable. A batch takes 30 minutes to make and yields about 20 individual scoops, which sell for $8.95 each.

Apr 22, 2019 Sena Christian

Bean to Bar

Cru Chocolate’s Karla McNeil-Rueda takes beans to bars from her Roseville home. 

Mar 22, 2019 Ken James

No Frills

Artisan furniture maker Trent Dean shows how he makes his minimalist designs. 

Jan 4, 2019 Fred Greaves