Posted on 07 January 2014 by Jonathan Carabba
More than just a coffee shop and café, Shine (located in the Mansion Flats neighborhood at 1400 E Street) has steadily been carving out its own niche in the local music and arts scenes for the last couple years, consistently hosting a variety of all-ages shows featuring both local and touring bands as well as hanging local artists’ work on their walls. They also host comedy shows, poetry readings, the list goes on. It’s the type of place that helps drive the city’s thriving arts and entertainment scenes forward, so you can imagine our concern when we heard from someone on the street recently that Shine had been sold to new owners. “We hope they keep up the love for local art and music,” we told ourselves. Turns out, after a little research and connecting with one of the new owners, 35-year-old Amanda Lawrence, we’ve got nothing to worry about. “Shine remains committed to supporting local art and music,” Lawrence recently told Submerge. “Each month we feature a new visual artist, each Tuesday is Jazz Jam Night, the second and fourth Wednesdays are Poetry Night and Fridays and Saturdays still feature bands.” She even went on to explain that they hope to further expand the genres that they bring in. “We are looking forward to drawing in more culturally diverse music and performances, such as bossa nova and Latin jazz, as well as African dance troops.” Lawrence, who moved to Sacramento from Portland in October, co-owns Shine with her older brother Lance (43) and their friend Tyson Wells (38). “This is our first venture into business ownership, but we each bring varying skills and knowledge from experience working in the coffee and restaurant world,” she said. “We bought Shine because it was overflowing with potential to be a part of the burgeoning ‘eat and drink local’ movement, as well as to serve the Mansion Flats neighborhood as its anchor coffee shop by day and a nice little place to get a drink and catch a show at night.” Since taking over in late November, the crew has added some nice personal touches to the space, including building and installing an awesome new stage for performers that features a background constructed with reclaimed barn wood and funky lighting features. They also upgraded the menu and are now serving Temple Coffee. Their official “grand opening” party will be on Friday, Jan. 10 and will feature live music from As Yet Untitled, Sicfus and POG. That show will be just $5 and will kick off at 8 p.m. As always, all ages are welcome. To learn more about the new Shine and to view their calendar of upcoming events, visit Shinesac.com. To Shine’s old owner, Rena Davonne, we’ll miss seeing you and your awesome, cheery daughter every time we drop off a stack of mags! To the new owners, welcome to the neighborhood and thanks for keeping up the local music and art love!