Manny Crisostomo/ mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

“When people acknowledge what you do, they come again and again,” says chef Carlos Mares, setting out his creations at his Vanilla Bean Gourmet Cupcakes and Frozen Yogurt shop in midtown Sacramento. Two other area cupcake stores have closed, but Mares is staying in business and oftering, among other treats, vegan and gluten-free cupcakes.

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