New on Q

Sacramento Boutique Apartment Community Comes to Midtown Life on the Grid

By Jessica Laskey
January 2019

If you’re looking for Midtown luxury living, the new Q19 community—developed by SKK Developments and Grupe Company—might be just your style. The project features 68 boutique apartments from studios to two-bedrooms. Q19 is the first in the region to offer a fully integrated Vivint smart home system platform, which includes programmable lighting, keyless entry and Alexa or Google Home voice-activated commands.

Other amenities are rotating art in the modern foyer, high-end finishes and a fleet of Envoy electric cars as part of Electrify America’s Sac-to-Zero program.

Q19 anchors the Midtown Quarter, a new residential enclave at various stages of completion, which will be made up of 400 new units, including 20PQR Townhomes and the Ice Blocks.

“We’re thrilled to bring Q19 to the heart of the Midtown Quarter,” says Sotiris Kolokotronis, president of SKK Developments. “It delivers a boutique living experience and enables a sustainable and exciting lifestyle.”

Have a pet? The pet-friendly complex features a pet spa and Truitt Bark Park just across the street.

Nearly 50 percent of the units are leased so far, many to out-of-town residents. For more information, visit


Visitors to Sutter Health’s new SeniorCare PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) facility—which opened in the River District in December—will notice the lively artwork that decorates the 45,000-square-foot center.

That’s because Sutter Health retained Art Consulting Services—a local woman-owned firm—to develop a unique package for its elderly patients. ACS worked with an art selection committee comprised of area interior designers, clinicians and Sutter leadership, as well as with current PACE patients to find the perfect artistic balance.

“They were funny and outspoken about not wanting ‘old people art’ in their new facility,” says ACS principal Kira Stewart. “It was really inspiring!”

The new state-of-the-art facility—located at 444 N. Third Street—boasts black-and-white photos of musicians like the Beatles and Elvis alongside vibrant abstract paintings by Roseville artist Margarita Chaplinska, as well as wall space for the seniors’ own creations.

PACE is a nonprofit, all-inclusive health plan that offers daily activities at the day center, roundtrip transportation to appointments and in-home medical care to adults 55 and older as an alternative to residence at a nursing home. For more information, visit



Local foodies can explore Sacramento’s top restaurants during this year’s Dine Downtown Restaurant Week taking place Jan. 11–21. Presented by Kaiser Permanente, Dine Downtown showcases unique, three-course prix fixe menus at $35 per person from celebrated local chefs.

“Dine Downtown is a celebration of the culinary talents that call our urban core home,” says Michael Ault, executive director of Downtown Sacramento Partnership. “Guests have an opportunity to explore new dining experiences and rediscover some of the most iconic restaurants in our region.”

Launched in 2005, Dine Downtown provides a significant boost for local restaurants, as well as local charities. One dollar from every Dine Downtown meal is donated to food literacy and social service programs in the community. In 2017, more than $13,000 was raised to support programs run by the California Food Literacy Center and Transforming Lives, Cultivating Success.

For a full list of participating restaurants and to make reservations, visit



For the first time in its history, the Sacramento Zoo is now home to an all-female clan of meerkats from the Brevard Zoo in Florida.

Contrary to what the name suggests, a meerkat is not a feline but rather a small carnivore belonging to the mongoose family native to Africa. These gregarious animals spend much of their lives in underground burrows in large family groups of up to 40 individuals.

This species is specially adapted to life in the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa, making them exceptionally well-suited for Sacramento’s hot days and cool nights, as well as relatively temperate winter.

Much of the construction work to augment the new meerkat habitat—which includes a central termite mound for the meerkats to plunder—was completed by the zoo’s in-house facilities team with training by Cemrock Landscapes Inc. For more information, visit

Jessica Laskey can be reached at Submissions are due six weeks prior to the publication month.

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