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Folsom Historic Museum

The last Second Saturday Art Walk of 2012 contained an assortment of events not only in Midtown and downtown but also in Granite Bay and Folsom.

Folsom hosted its 45th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair. Nearly 200 vendors, live entertainment and fun for the entire family was part of the event rescheduled from the week before because of weather.

Christmas craft vendors lined the middle of Folsom’s Historic Sutter Street to sell goods suited for children, adults, pets and Christmas gift giving.

45th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair in Folsom

Businesses were open along Sutter Street as well and visitors were able to enjoy the pubs, restaurants and shopping areas in Historic Folsom.

The Folsom Historic District  Ice Rink which had been closed because of the weather was re-opened for guests to enjoy. The rink will be open until Jan. 21 and is open seven days a week.

Visitors enjoying Folsom Ice Rink

One of my favorite places for art, jewelry, and local crafts is Spanglish Arte. Their new location at 2512 J Street has more than double the space than their last site. The store also has a back patio that was available to house several art stations during Second Saturday.

Holiday Bazaar at Spanglish Arte

Spanglish hosted a Holiday Bazaar that included holiday food such as pozole, hot chocolate, pan dulce and other items that went well in helping support local artists and vendors.

Artist John Huerta brought recently completed paintings and other items to the event. Huerta offered a large collection of art and had two tables set up, one was at the front of the store and the other at the back patio.

John Huerta at Spanglish Arte Holiday Bazaar

Lately, I’ve noticed new businesses starting up in Midtown, Oak Park as well as in other areas and December’s Second Saturday saw another grand opening event within days and within a block of each other. Muse Makeover held their grand opening on December 5 and Morris & Terry held their grand opening on Second Saturday.

Morris & Terry Athletic is located in an upstairs suite at 2115 J Street.

Morris Terry owners Marisa Minasian and Terry Buccat behind the counter helping customers

Many relatives and friends of owners Marisa Minasian and Terry Buccat attended the event. At times it seemed like a high school reunion as several friends indicated they attended high school together.

The J Spot, located next door to Morris & Terry Athletic, served as a gathering place where delicious food and drinks were served during the event. Kombucha Kulture served a variety of their organic and raw drinks for guests.

Owners of Kombucha Kulture at the Morris Terry grand opening

On the balcony outside the new shop artists and musicians entertained guests. Artist Gabriel Roberts and Samuel Ross Novinger exhibited their work. Martin Purtill and Jay Shaner shared their musical talents with the audience.

Artist Gabriel Roberts
Artist Samuel Novinger
Martin Purtill at Morris Terry grand opening
Jay Shaner performs at Morris Terry grand opening

Buccat and Minasian were quite busy during the event but they took a few minutes to talk about the grand opening. In describing their business Buccat said, “We are Morris & Terry and we just opened our first women’s boutique which branches out from our women’s yoga active lifestyle line; Morris Terry Sport and we’re soon bridging more into day wear pieces and building a more overall Morris Terry brand and so you’ll see more of that transition in our store.”

Minasian and Buccat have been working together since 2010 and attribute their growth to word of mouth. Buccat shared that they were relying on word of mouth by friends, press outlets like Juniper James, Sister Brother Style, Eat Breathe Fashion, facebook and a segment that morning on Good Day Sacramento would help bring clientele to their grand opening.

Morris Terry Athletic wear

Selection of their location was based on several factors. “We did a lot of research and it was good fit for us, for our size. We’re right in the middle of Midtown, it was a real nice space and our neighbors are so sweet we just kind of really love being back here,” Minasian stated.

Buccat and Minasian look forward to introducing new items to their store and holding future events. They also look forward to working with other local businesses saying, “Everything is made here in California we keep it as local as we can, we design everything ourselves here and we do a charity line that benefits foster youth.”

My last stop for December’s Second Saturday for the evening was a Christmas tree lighting event at the Quarry Ponds Shopping Center in Granite Bay. Artists Randy Rivera’s work was on exhibit at Crushed VLVT.

Randy Rivera afrt at Crushed VLVT

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