Vinyl Guy

Vinyl Guy

Steve Messinger, owner of Fly HiFi in East Sacramento, services, restores and sells vintage high-end stereo electronics, amplifiers, receivers and speakers made in the U.S. and Japan from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Messinger graduated from UC Davis with an English degree and began his business after catching the audiophile bug. His initial step on that path was as a consumer.

Music Maker

Music Maker

Music Maker Sacramento-born percussionist follows his own artistic path By Jessica Laskey January 2020 For Jacob Swedlow, “music is a religion.” “You have to spend countless hours with it,” says the Sacramento-born jazz drummer and vibraphonist. “You have to be...
Fruitful Thinking

Fruitful Thinking

Like many of us, Jeff Durston was quite troubled by the rhetoric coming out of the Republican primary in 2016. So what did he do? He wrote a children’s book.

“I wasn’t consciously thinking, ‘How can we resist this?’” Durston says. “I started thinking about how we could push back against the values we don’t support. My daughter was 3 at the time and we would read books to her every night. I realized that a lot of children’s books are passing down core, fundamental values like friendship, acceptance—human themes.”

Take A Hike

Take A Hike

Take A Hike Bike hikers ride their way to fun and health By R.E. Graswich December 2019 Steven Kahn was riding his bike along the American River Parkway when another rider came by and told him about the perfect club for people who ride bikes. It’s a club that...
On Life and Living

On Life and Living

On Life and Living Funeral home ownership provides life lessons By Jessica Laskey November 2019 “We’re all going to die,” Chris Meyer says. He’s not trying to be morbid. He’s just intimately familiar with the fact—he’s owned Lind Brothers funeral home in Carmichael...
Mixing It Up

Mixing It Up

When Linda Novi heard that Mixed Bag, a Midtown shopping fixture for 38 years, was closing, she knew she had to step in.

“It’s like Christmas every day!” says Novi, referring to her favorite store’s abundance of cool and creative merchandise.

Novi and her husband Tom, who live in Carmichael, purchased Mixed Bag, located at the corner of 24th and K streets, earlier this year from original owner Susan Larson who was ready to retire.