The Grapevine Independent has been crying the news for the California communities of Rancho Cordova, Mather, and Gold River since 1968. The locally owned and operated periodical covers everything from hard news to high-school sports and features columns from Kristin Middaugh, its editor in chief, and Bill Hicks, a former sports-radio personality.
Imparting crafty knowledge since 1968, the imagination mavens at Beverly’s supply and enhance hands-on projects with a surplus of glueable provisions and a cornucopia of fabrics. Jazz up dreary household items such as old throw pillows or Junior's collection of rare autographed baseballs with Kona solid cottons by the yard ($5.99). Quilters can stitch together decorative coverings for monster trucks with cotton quilting fabric ($9.99/yd.) and a wide selection of remnant fleece ($6.97/yd.). Serious stitchers can also revivify old windows or gussy up the neighborhood ghost with decorator tapestries by the yard ($9.97).
Brownie specialist Debbie Whiteside’s narrow focus gives her the freedom to experiment with heretofore unheard of flavor combinations at her bakery, Bombshell Brownies. While her simplest brownies nail the classic formula with pure cane sugar and gourmet semisweet chocolate, her 15 signature flavors expand upon the chocolaty palette with swirls of cream cheese, caramel, or fresh raspberry purée. Debbie also creates a kid's collection with brownies made with vegetable puree for extra nutritional value.
Dry Clean Today started with one location in Elk Grove in 1987 and has since expanded to 8 locations across the Sacramento area, including a brand new Folsom location. Open seven days a week, Dry Clean Today fastidiously expunges stains from favorite frocks and presses garments with haste, offering same- or next-day service. Professional cleaners also purge weather-borne impurities from raincoats or jackets, and keep fancywear spry with formal-gown or prom-dress cleaning. Otherwise, wedding-dress cleaning and box preservation keep sacred gowns in tiptop shape, ensuring that they can be passed down to children, grandchildren, or life-size Barbie dolls for use at their own weddings.
A knowledgeable staff that includes tennis instructors and former touring pros helps customers navigate the aisles of racket-sports equipment inside the two locations of Courtside Tennis & Apparel. A demo program lends out rackets from brands such as Babolat and Wilson for patrons to try out on the court or at John McEnroe–themed parties, and same-day stringing services get gear serve-worthy in a hurry.
The only store of its kind. One location, with 90+ vendors home improvement contractors, collectibles, art gallery, books - new and used by local authors, over 50 organic produce items during the weekend, in a friendly relaxed setting.