In high school, Scott Harvey—an exchange student from California living in the Rheinland-Pfalz region of Germany—discovered a new passion: winemaking. The interest soon led him back to Germany to serve as an apprentice, and at the tender age of 23, Scott took over as head winemaker for a vineyard back home. After working at several Californian wineries honing and perfecting his skills, the vintner wunderkind began to craft his own vintages alongside his wife, Jana, also a wine-industry vet. Since 2004, the couple has expanded its portfolio into three collections of namesake wines: Scott Harvey, reflecting the fertile terroir of Amador County; Jana, bottled amid Napa Valley's grape-juice rivers; and InZINerator and One Last Kiss, blends of red and white varietals, respectively.
The Music Store nurtures aspiring musicians with an exhaustive collection of instruments and broad teaching resources. More than 40 teachers share their skills during lessons for classical and contemporary instruments, and sheet-music-literate students can learn new songs by sight from a selection of more than 800 titles. Staff can also order any music still in print and start the musical journey with the purchase of new and used pianos and band instruments. Grownups slowly slash chords with the purchase of a new guitar, whereas child-size guitars come equipped with Pop Rocks–flavored fingerboard.
Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios caters to both a younger and older crowd. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases and flatware—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Knitique satisfies the educational and material needs of needle-wielders with shelves of yarns, books, and patterns as well as a rotating selection of instructional classes. Stock up on knitting supplies and lavish fibers, such as Be Sweet Bambino Taffy yarn ($12.10/ball), ideal for making a soft cap for a pintsize family member, or threads from the colorful Classic Elite’s Waterlily ($12.10/ball), perfect for easily-spotted scarfs. Cordial clerks lead customers through the store's library of recently released knitting books, such as Wendy Knits Lace ($22.99) and My Grandmother’s Knitting ($22.50), that provide patterns, tips, and guides for at-home projects.
Sacramento magazine helps locals stay in touch with current happenings while sharing all the fun cultural and social opportunities the region offers. Each monthly issue includes regular departments and new features, including recommendations for noteworthy restaurants, previews of community events, and updates on the theater, art, and teacup-collection scenes. The magazine also highlights other locally themed stories and picturesque travel destinations in the surrounding region and beyond. Subscribers get another added bonus: the magazine's digital edition, which can be accessed via computer, smartphone, and tablet.