Archive for September, 2009

Not Too Late To Submit Your Snaps!

Recall, if you will, the Downtown Sacramento Partnership’s annual photography contest?  We talk about it every year – this year being no exception.

Well, the September 11 deadline has come and gone. But wait! Did you forget to send your entry?!  Julie Beckner of the DSP reports that the deadline has been extended to this Friday, September 18!  You haven’t missed your chance, but you’re officially down to your last, last minute.

Best of luck!

Forecast Sunny at new, improved Weatherstone

I was never a fan of Java City’s products, nor their employees’ attitudes, so when Old Soul Co. took over the 21st Street storefront, I welcomed the change.

Now, there is even more reason to celebrate as Weatherstone has improved the cafe even more.

New paint, a slightly altered layout and most apparent, the addition of a wine bar (and beer) have expanded the cafe’s offerings and made it even more inviting than before. Don’t worry, however, it still exudes an overwhelmingly neighborhood feel and given the frequently brimming inside and patio, I’d say it’s a hit.

One thing I love that you might not have noticed if you stick to their coffee and tempting baked goods, is the little, unexpected treats that come with sandwiches.  Delicious breakfast muffins arrive with an orange or apple to up your vitamin intake for the day. Today, my grilled cheese lunch (fantastic on foccacia with spinach and two kinds of cheese),  light and perfect side salad with cucumbers and goat cheese.  At a mere $5, I don’t think you’ll find a tastier option in a 4 block radius.

Second Saturday

We were lucky we found parking in Midtown Sacramento. Several streets were blocked off to traffic and packed with people mingling by tables of art, tchotchkes and fliers for future events.

It was my first Second Saturday and it was delightful.

I enjoyed listening to a DJ mixing Lady Gaga outside of Plum Blossom as another artist spray-paints the final touches on his canvas.
Outside of Plum Blossom

Before the pulsing dance club beats, we heard tabla drumming outside of McMartin Realty on K Street. That’s where we enjoyed a belly dancing performance as others browsed the photography and jewelery booths nearby.

Belly Dancers at Second Saturday

Finally on 21st Street, we watched Art Lessing and the Flower Vato play outside of Time Tested Books.

Art Lessing and the Flower Vato
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The End should end.

So, 107.9 The End began teasing “The End Says Goodbye” with a countdown clock last week. The obviously – and, come on, only assumption made by those seeing the countdown clock was that The End would go the way of 106.5′s alt format.

But oh no – who think their saying goodbye means they are saying goodbye? Sillies:

The End isn’t going anywhere. We wanted to clarify that the promotion “The End is saying Goodbye.” does NOT mean The End is going off the air. Rather than wait until Tuesday, we want to tell you today that we ARE saying goodbye to commercials after 9:30 AM on Tuesday.
We apologize to anyone who may have misunderstood the promotion.

Morons.  Now they just sound stupid.

But here’s the best part: all of this wondering about what the countdown clock meant with nothing to explain it left local news (TV and print) to add another sentence to their story by discussing the radio station’s role in the death of Jennifer Strange, the 31 year old mother who drank water to win a Wii for her kids.  By the way – that trial starts today.

Coincidence?  The station starts a promo to attract listeners the same day they go to trial?  Someone’s PR firm should be fired immediately.

Best advertisment for Sirius/XM ever, however.

Opa!

This week, I fell in love with Tiropita.

Sacramento Greek Festival

I couldn’t stop snacking on the savory Greek cheese puffs inside our newsroom. It was all part of our tasty preview of the 46th Annual Greek Festival in Sacramento. It runs today and tomorrow at the Sac Convention Center.

Bop your head to live music, check out some cool trinkets and art booths and bring an appetite because there’s plenty of yummy food – gyros, baklava and more.

Brief Updates from MBHQ

You’ve no doubt by now noticed that the sites got a bit of a re-design and some things got changed around last week. We wanted to highlight two changes to make sure everyone knows what changed.

The first and biggest is COMMENTS! Registration is no longer required to post a comment on any post. Of course if you already have an account you can still login to ensure your comments are attributed to you, but those who don’t can now post a comment without any long term commitment. Also, on the right you can see some of the recent comments so you’ll always know what the active discussions are. This was the most requested thing we’ve heard from people since our last redesign and we’re excited to see where it leads.

The next change is also something that was heavily requested, and that is a change to the ADS on the sites. You’ll immediately notice fewer of them, but what might not be as obvious is those smaller square ones to the right are specific to this city only and are being sold for a flat rate for a period of time rather than a confusing CPM/traffic/network model. Depending on the city, these range from $7-$175 for a full week. If you purchase one, during that time your ad will be the only one in that spot and will show on every page. We set these up both to make it easier for smaller local businesses to get their ads on our site, and also to help us bring in ads that relate better to our local audiences. Also, keeping these sites online is expensive and every little bit helps.

There are a bunch of other things we changed but we’ll leave those to you to investigate and take advantage of. Hope you like it, and we look forward to seeing you in the comments!!

Love,
The folks at MBHQ

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