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What Makes You Dance?

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Stefanie Gernert | Small Business Owner

Bailarín Cellars celebrates those who do what they love. Their passion for life is unstoppable and their enthusiasm is infectious. We celebrate these heroes and learn from their words of wisdom as we chase our own pursuits.

This month we celebrate Stefanie Gernert, a talented local entrepreneur who started an innovative new spin company All City Riders in The Hardin near the Golden 1 Arena. All City Riders believes that people are what pushes cities forward. It is the energy generated by the people that makes up our civic identity. All City Riders sets out to create a place that represents that energy to help people lead healthier and happier lives. 

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WHAT MAKES YOU DANCE

"Spreading Positive Energy"

I believe positive energy doesn’t just help us better enjoy our daily lives, it also impacts our health and relationships.  Some days it comes easily and on others we have to work for it.   

Although I didn’t realize it at the time, fitness has acted as a way for me to reset since I was a young child.  I have vivid memories of walking onto the pool deck as an adolescent, carrying what felt like the weight of the world on my shoulders.  Once I powered off the wall in a tight streamline it was like I immediately sliced through the tension of my day, leaving it in the wake behind me. As an adult, I now understand the gift my parents and coaches were giving me.

As a cycle instructor I get to assist people in giving their brains a rest which is key in processing the challenges we face each day.  Each cycling class is an opportunity to add some play into your day, releasing the feel-good endorphins we need to keep ourselves positive. Helping others boost the positive energy they need to face the challenges of their day is extremely rewarding to me.

As an entrepreneur and mother of two young children I often find myself in need of a reset.  The bikes, music and lights at All City Riders are my saving grace.  They are what allows me to shed any unwanted negativity and walk out into the world sporting a smile on my face.  The very smile that I wear when I dance.  

Chrisa Pappas | Fashionista

Bailarín Cellars celebrates those who do what they love. Their passion for life is unstoppable and their enthusiasm is infectious. We celebrate these heroes and learn from their words of wisdom as we chase our own pursuits.

This month we celebrate Chrisa Pappas, local fashionista with global influence. Chrisa Pappas’ mission is to make luxury fashion more relatable – to give people the tools they need to make informed decisions when it comes to their fashion investments while offering insight and inspiration through a lens that is elegant, educated, sophisticated, forward, fun, and approachable.

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What Makes You Dance?

“Fashion! The combination of artistry and design gets me excited and brings me joy.”  

Ever since I was young, I have loved the creativity of putting outfits together. I’ve frequently been asked how or why I put certain pieces together. There are elements of elegance and sophistication, but at the end of the day, fashion is about self-confidence.   

I’ve been a lifelong luxury fashion aficionada, but my journey as a fashion entrepreneur and influencer started about two years ago, when I was sent to Paris Fashion Week. I learned so much from that experience! As I’ve continued to travel and work on this side of the industry, I’ve had the opportunity to meet fascinating people from all over the world. Meeting these talented artists, designers, and entrepreneurs is one of my favorite things. I find it inspiring to collaborate with different people with varying artistic visions to bring exciting new beauty into the world. 

My personal motivation for this work is to make luxury fashion more relatable to people. I want to help people incorporate fashion into their daily lives, whether it’s through a YouTube review or styling tips on Instagram. I want to see greater transparency in fashion and help people understand the great amount of effort that goes into a garment. Ultimately, that creative work, effort, time, and investment reflect the quality of the piece produced.  

Fashion is an art, created by inspiration and vision by designers. I truly believe, that whatever you do, you should have confidence to do it. And when something comes from your heart, because you love it, it will give you that confidence. 

One of the things I’m grateful for with my work, is that it all starts here in my lifelong home of Sacramento. I am fortunate to be close with my family and community without having to move to New York or Paris to do what I love. It is great having roots in Sacramento and watching the city transform into a new, exciting space. It is a wonderful place to live, work, raise a family, and do what you love. 

Mona Bahraini | Small Business Owner

Bailarín Cellars celebrates those who do what they love. Their passion for life is unstoppable and their enthusiasm is infectious. We celebrate these heroes and learn from their words of wisdom as we chase our own pursuits.

This month we celebrate Mona Bahraini, the talented small business owner of the Prickly Pear, a local nursery. The goal of The Prickly Pear is to be a facility for special needs adults to enjoy daily activities, gardening, and many other service-oriented events. You can find her work around Sacramento including at our Tasting Room.

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What Makes You Dance?

“Building an authentic, loving community”

From a young age, my mother taught me to always live my truth, honor a pure intentional heart and diversify my environment. That message has traveled with me to age 33 and continues to get stronger. The more I tap into my self-worth and authenticity, the more joy I bring to my family, friends and business. I feel that we are living in a generation that is empowering yet so fragile, mostly due to our access to everything by a tap on a screen. It’s of utmost importance to consciously remind ourselves to set aside time every day for self-care, when your body and soul are happy, you bring joy to everyone around you.

I feel fortunate to pursue my dreams through the Prickly Pear where I can bring a little more nature, sunshine, and joy to people’s lives every day.

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Lindsey M. Dillon | Ceramic Artist

Bailarín Cellars celebrates those who do what they love. Their passion for life is unstoppable and their enthusiasm is infectious. We celebrate these heroes and learn from their words of wisdom as we chase our own pursuits.

This month we celebrate Lindsey M. Dillon, a talented local ceramic artist who uses the lens of the imaginary to tell stories about human experiences. Lindsey was honored with the 2018 Emerging Artist Award from the Sacramento Region Arts & Business Council and the Expression of Excellent Award in 2017 at the Northern California Arts Inc. Bold Expressions exhibition. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions throughout California and locally, including the mugs and platters at our downtown Sacramento Tasting Room.

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What Makes You Dance?

“Exploring the relationship between what is and what could be”

I can say with some certainty that watching Jurassic Park at age four set me towards being an artist. Ever since I saw those velociraptors stalk through that kitchen, I’ve been fascinated with what could exist beyond the world we experience day-to-day. A love of dinosaurs led to a love of history, then to a love of mythology, fantasy, and science fiction.

These fields draw me in to this day not only because of the power of story, but also because, to me, they embody the essence of being human: using reality to create the imagined. We exist in the present, are entwined with the past, and shape our lives and the world based on what we can imagine could be. We dance between the mundane and extraordinary, between stasis and progress, between celebrating the present and striving towards the future, and time plunges us forward no matter which partners we favor. Exploring that nuanced relationship between what is and what could be is fundamental to who I am, how I approach my work as an artist, and what makes me feel alive.

One aspect of that relationship is no clearer than when I open my kiln after a final firing. Mugs or bowls or maybe a sculpture peer out from the dark interior, sticky mud and chalky minerals turned into stone-like forms and glass-like glazes by the magic of heat and chemistry. In this moment, each piece feels precious, representing the thousands of hours it took for me to develop the skill and creativity to bring it into existence; it also feels insignificant, a mere brick in the road of a vast ceramic history that spans thousands of years. As I turn each piece over in my hands, there is as much satisfaction and relief that it has survived its creation as there is a drive and curiosity to make the next one better or to experiment with something new.

Whether I’m making a mug or a sculpture, working in clay feels like engaging in the most rewarding part of being human: savoring progress with an eye towards the future, using what’s in front of me as a guide to what could be.

Through my work, I hope to invite others to do the same.

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Marc Foster | Artist & Designer

Bailarín Cellars celebrates those who do what they love. Their passion for life is unstoppable and their enthusiasm is infectious. We celebrate these heroes and learn from their words of wisdom as we chase our own pursuits.

This month we celebrate Marc Foster, a talented local artist and designer who is driven by the process and beauty of art and design. Marc was honored as the 2018 Visual Artist of the Year from the Sacramento Region Arts & Business Council. His many projects include collaborations with the IceBlocks in Midtown Sacramento, custom pieces for Wildwood Restaurant, and the floor to ceiling wine cabinets at our Tasting Room.

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What Makes You Dance?

“Design- all of it.”

Whether I’m working in my own studio or traveling the world with family and friends, the experience of interacting with exceptional, inimitable design makes me come to life. There is something so viscerally engaging, and often inspiring to me, in the play of dramatic lines, astounding environments and stimulating art forms coming together.

In my personal life, I find incredible moments of bliss free-diving in warm oceans, flying over gorgeous vistas, and generally traveling the planet as student of the natural phenomena of design that is the everyday. Coupled with the magnificence of designers and artists that create images and objects that silence me in awe and excitement, I am regularly “dancing” from my design interactions. At least that’s the goal.

Professionally, I am a self proclaimed “serial prototyper”...finding giddy, childlike moments in tinkering with fresh design, new ideas and even the big mistakes that often become next my big successes. It’s the challenge of working through the potential of a design where I feel alive and emotionally engaged in the process from start to finish.

The moments of inspiration for creating distinctive design are as simple as a comment or conversation with one of my children, to the wonder of walking the streets of México City and being imprinted with history and future in a single boulevard. I take all those moments and play with them over and over again.

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Marc at the installation of Le Feuille, a stainless steel sculpture at the entrance to McKinley Village in Sacramento.

Marc at the installation of Le Feuille, a stainless steel sculpture at the entrance to McKinley Village in Sacramento.

Bay Miry | VP of Development

Bailarín Cellars celebrates those who do what they love. Their passion for life is unstoppable and their enthusiasm is infectious. We celebrate these heroes and learn from their words of wisdom as we chase our own pursuits.

This month we celebrate Bay Miry, a talented local developer who is driven to bring value to the community. While only in his thirties, he already has accomplished much with successful historic rehab projects including 14th & R block anchored by The Shady Lady Saloon and Maydestone Apartments (15th & J) plus Powerhouse on 16th & P, a Platinum LEED Certified mixed use space. His visionary project on the 700 block of K Street has been ten years in the making and will house the future Tasting Room of Bailarín Cellars alongside many other local businesses and residents.

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What Makes You Dance?

"Building Community"

I’ve always been passionately drawn to trying to make sense of the world and what our purpose is while we are here. Through the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that contributing as much as possible to the improvement of the circle of people around me, and of those around them, is what makes the most sense to exert my energy towards. Creating a strong sense of community, as best I can, naturally feels like the most appropriate use of my time and focus.

So given that context, I discovered an incredibly rewarding feeling from contributing to neighborhoods through the creation of places for people to live, work, and play. This rewarding feeling especially resonates with me for development projects specifically within an urban environment where there is the greatest frequency of “human collisions” and interactions. 

So things like having a small hand in the opening of a quality housing project, neighborhood cafe, popular locally owned restaurant, or simply bringing people together for a special event in a public park, provide me with a sense of satisfaction and purpose. The strong sense of community and empathy that’s created across a wide demographic of people from these kinds of projects really fuels me to want to continue working on even more. 

I am excited to continue growing, learning, and contributing. I can’t think of a better thing to passionately focus on other than instilling as much of a positive impact on my surrounding community as possible in the time that I am on this planet. 

Bay Miry, second from right, with his parents and wife Katherine at the 700 block K Street groundbreaking event.

Bay Miry, second from right, with his parents and wife Katherine at the 700 block K Street groundbreaking event.

Photo courtesy of  The Sacramento Bee .

Photo courtesy of The Sacramento Bee.

William Weese | Winemaker

Bailarín Cellars celebrates those who do what they love. Their passion for life is unstoppable and their enthusiasm is infectious. We celebrate these "dancers" in our hero feature and learn from their words of wisdom.
This month we celebrate our Winemaker, Will Weese, whose love for his craft started early and goes well past production. We are fortunate to work with such a talent who also happens to be a great guy.
Will enjoying the view out near Manchester Ridge Vineyard.

Will enjoying the view out near Manchester Ridge Vineyard.

WHAT MAKES YOU DANCE?

“Finding the hidden beauty in life.”

Growing up in Sonoma County all my life I was surrounded by families that were in the Wine industry.  Watching, learning and practicing; I fell in love with the lifestyle that wine entails. It’s not about drinking, it’s about the company you share it with. The food you consume with it, the relaxation you feel while sipping a glass, that takes away your everyday stress.

I decided at an early age that I wanted to make wine. I set out on an adventure to see the world of wine and learn about the cultures that each wine reflects. My journey took me over seas to working harvest in New Zealand, France, and Chile, along with working harvests here in Napa and Sonoma county. I wanted to encompass both old world and new world styles in creating an identity of my own.  To help shape me as a winemaker.  But the hidden beauty for me was to find that wine is universal, we all create wines to help reflect a culture or to produce a wine that fits the wants and needs of the people that surround it.

I get excited to see how an individual has put their own personal touch on creating something that he/she wants you to see through their eyes.  To portray a place, a pin point on a map, a vineyard that lives in a different microclimate than the vineyard across the street. The sun, the soil, the wind, the fog, all different from place to place. Hillside verses valley, what root structure and trellising is chosen. So many variables that can change the outcome everyday. As a winemaker, I feel responsible to try and put all these hidden beauties inside a bottle, To pay tribute to the land that the vines call home. Not to take away any of it but to enhance each nuance, so that everyone can enjoy, what I get to experience while creating each and every wine.

Beyond that, it’s about the hidden beauty that is discovered in opening each bottle of wine. The sound a cork makes with the anticipation to see what lies inside. I love when others enjoy my wine and experience the hidden beauty for themselves.  Whether with an old friend or family during the holidays. Or maybe just sitting down on the couch and taking a deep breath to calm down from the crazy busy life that we live. When I get a message or a photo from friends telling me they are enjoying my wine, it puts a smile on my face to know I have helped them find a moment of beauty too.  

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