As 2013 opens, I'm updating news on stories I told last year. This is the last of three columns using the economical dot-dot-dot format made famous by the late San Francisco newspaper columnist Herb Caen, but look for other updates as the year unfolds.
As we move into a new year, I'll be using several columns to check back in with some businesses and nonprofits I featured in 2012.
George Cummings was serving in Vietnam when his aunt and uncle, Beulah and Elliot Adams, started construction on a building at 1555 Fulton Ave. It would become a Pier 1 store.
Interviews with smart, passionate leaders yielded a treasure trove of quotes, memories and anecdotes this year.
Runyon Saltzman & Einhorn, one of Sacramento's most successful communications firms, named a new president Wednesday who doesn't come from the trio of pioneering women who founded the firm.
Lisa Spurney saw the recession coming a year or so before it hit as foot traffic withered away for her business, Bogy's Barkery and the Palette, at 1014 24th St. in midtown Sacramento.
At least once a month, Joseph Simpson gets the call. Simpson invented a combination-lock cap that fits onto a prescription medicine vial and deters drug theft.
Eric Knopf listened. Well, eventually, he listened.
Russell Breton sounds like an evangelist as he talks about how his Sacramento-based company, Vision Launchers, helps clients define concepts, develop brands and tell their stories.
A relentless Marylon Rose called or visited 3,000 vendors before she started the Sacramento Antique Faire under the W-X freeway about eight years ago. One hundred and forty-three accepted.
The party just keeps rolling on for David Rivera, the Sactown cabbie better known as Taxi Dave.
Penryn's Rich and Nancy Colwell teamed with an olive grower in Corning back in 2006 to produce cooking oils flavored with the Satsuma mandarins and Meyer lemons from their Thundering Herd Ranch.
Moms think that texting will land their teenagers in a fatal automobile crash. Dads, on the other hand, believe that drinking and speeding will be the cause.
Maria Vargas was bald at this time last year. Fighting breast cancer for a third time, she wanted just one more birthday.
One can't help but root for franchisee Anil Yadav to hit a grand slam.
A couple of years ago, Tom Sykes stumbled into an emerging industry that helps online shoppers score donations for their favorite charities.
Intel Corp., Otto Construction, The Niello Co. and other big local companies pay Robert Scherer thousands of dollars to train top managers in leadership, communication, teamwork and other skills.
Sacramento's Paratransit Inc. moved into the car sales business without a hitch earlier this year, hiring industry veteran Richard Rosebush to find affordable vehicles for the disabled.
One Rancho Cordova company designs, engineers and produces thermostats that run the heating and cooling systems in tens of thousands of area homes, but the home's owners probably don't have a clue.
The housing downturn made it seem as though Folsom city officials would have to wait a long while before seeing their vision for new residences south of Highway 50 come to fruition.
Picture yourself winning a jackpot at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Alexander Lowe is certain you'll want to capture this moment.
The phone rings every day at California Capital, the small business lender on O Street in midtown Sacramento, with calls from people who want money to start or expand a business.
Los Angeles schools serve something like 500,000 meals a day, Ann M. Evans told me, so if they put a California fruit or vegetable on their menu, it can be a game changer for state farmers.
Susan Tiesing "kind of snuck out" of her Tres Chic boutique at 2228 J St. in May, quietly closing the doors on the store where teenage girls found prom dresses for 18 years.
Small, organic farmers around the region focus on "innovation" and "savvy marketing" just as much as the folks over in Silicon Valley.
A new generation of food shops is emerging across the West with an old-fashioned focus on local, artisanal food, but at Taylor's Market in Sacramento, this approach has been a tradition for 50 years now.
Sharyn Holland, who lives near Town & Country Village, trilled an "O-o-h" of delight when I told her that Bed Bath & Beyond, Ross Dress for Less and T.J. Maxx are expected to take spaces at the shopping center near Fulton and Marconi avenues.
If you believe that, in this capitalist nation, competitors couldn't care less if a rival's business goes down in flames, then you won't be able to fathom what's happened to Susan and Lawrence Crane.
Media mogul Arianna Huffington offered advice on how to succeed in business at Thursday's Perspectives 2012: Get some sleep.
Savory banh mi, acupuncturists, bean curd paste, colorful saris, carne for roasting all can be found in Terrence Johnson's Stockton Boulevard business district.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein doesn't survive, but her creature and his story inspired an idea that the Sacramento Theatre Company is keeping alive.
The $70 million south wing of Marshall Medical Center in Placerville won't officially open for business for four to six weeks, but this Saturday, you can be among the first to see its new birthing center and emergency room.
Two discount retailers wanted to lease the space in North Sacramento where Dan Friedlander once housed his Limn furnishings store.
The Sacramento International Airport will land a second international tenant when Mexico's second-largest airline, the low-cost carrier Volaris, arrives in the market on Nov. 15.
If a coffee roaster wants customers to get the best cup of java, then he has to find the best beans. That sounds simple, doesn't it? Jon B. Rogers can tell you that it's anything but.