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Up to the minute in Midtown: get to know the newest businesses in the heart of Sacramento

Ready to hit up the freshest new spots in Midtown? From a clothing boutique to a unisex hair salon to two separate craft breweries, read on for the rundown of the newest businesses to open in this Sacramento neighborhood.

Alaro Craft Brewery

2004 Capitol Ave.

Photo: O. M. G./Yelp

Alaro Craft Brewery is a pub and brewery now open at 2004 Capitol Ave. in Midtown. The project of Ray and Annette Ballestero, with head brewer Chris Keeton and head chef Jason Azevedo, it's located in the former space of Rubicon Brewing Co.

The seven house-brewed beers on tap include several IPAs, a Czech-style pilsner and an oatmeal stout, while the food menu offers small plates like deep-fried pickles and clam and chorizo soup. (You can check out the full menu here.)

With a 4.5-star rating out of 20 reviews on Yelp, Alaro Craft Brewery has been getting positive attention.

"Let's start with the Frickles! Holy cow!  I've had deep fried pickles but these are head and shoulders above ... and the aioli!" said Yelper Jason M., who reviewed Alaro Craft Brewery on July 7.

"I tried every beer on tap and I was most impressed by the Pilsner. Everything is very drinkable and great for even non-beer lovers," Issy D. said of the beer selection, adding: "You absolutely must get the clams with in house made chorizo. The broth was full of flavor, spices and complexity."

Alaro Craft Brewery is open from 11:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Antloria's Things

2331 K St., Suite 2

Photo: Sandra M./Yelp

AntLoria's Things is a spot to score women's clothing and accessories. Located at 2331 K St., Suite 2, it sells dresses, handbags, jewelry and more.

The shop also stocks a selection of home decor, including candles, decorative calaveras (painted skulls), vases, and throw pillows.

AntLoria's Things currently holds five stars out of two reviews on Yelp, indicating a warm welcome for the newcomer so far.

M B., who was the first to review the new boutique on March 9 said, "Very cute boutique with a lot of great gift options. Candles, jewelry, handbags, clothing, miscellaneous gifts... this place has it all and the prices are amazing. The owner Sandra is also very sweet and helpful."

And Yelper Jazmine S. added, "I bought a classic black dress there a few months ago. After my best friend saw it on me, we ran down so she could buy one! Then I went back yesterday and they [had] purchased the dress in a few other colors because they knew we loved it so much."  

AntLoria's Things is open from 4:30–7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)

Burgers & Brewhouse

1616 J St.

Photo: Alex L./Yelp

The latest outpost of popular local chain Burgers & Brewhouse is a three-story Midtown brewery and taphouse with a rooftop patio and a basement that serves as the new home for its in-house Sacrament Brewing Co., as we recently reported.

There, head brewer Brendan Megowan brews signature beers like the Sac-Religious Pale Ale and the flagship Rapture Brown Ale, as well as the Danky Doodle Dandy west coast IPA.

As far as food goes, expect a focus on the eponymous burgers, with 25 different options including the spicy guacamole cheeseburger with Niman Ranch beef, housemade guacamole and pepper jack cheese.

With a three-star Yelp rating out of 68 reviews, Burgers & Brewhouse is still finding its way, but it's been in business less than three weeks.

Yelper Michelangelo S., who reviewed Burgers & Brewhouse on July 16, praised the food and the bar's look: "Absolutely gorgeous furnishings; full, long bars; multiple taps; beautiful picture windows looking over the brew tanks."

But Yelper Jeff B. was among several who criticized the new pub's chaotic service. "We were told we had 2 minutes before the kitchen closed, we were sent upstairs, sent back downstairs, told we had more than 20 minutes before the kitchen closed and that we'd be okay... confusing, to say the least. "

Burgers & Brewhouse is open from 11 a.m.–midnight Sunday-Wednesday and 11 a.m.–3 a.m. Thursday-Saturday.

Bishops Cuts/Color

1715 R St.

Photo: Bishop Cuts/Color/Yelp

Bishops Cuts/Color is a combined hair salon and barber shop. The location at 1715 R St. in Midtown is its first in the Sacramento area for the Portland-based national chain.

Coloring, barbering, and trims for people of all ages and both sexes are available at Bishops, but appointments are limited to the ability to "check in" for shorter wait times on the salon's website, where prospective customers can also check out the full menu of services.

Yelp users are excited about Bishops Cuts/Color, which currently holds five stars out of 17 reviews on the site.

Yelper Alvin P., who reviewed Bishops Cuts/Color on June 6, wrote, "The atmosphere is so friendly and comfortable, open & inviting. The staff are so much & take care of your needs. Kile is a wonderful stylist."

Lauren U. agreed, "I wanted my hair cut perfectly straight across and evened out since I never go for trims! Kile did an amazing job! I'm so happy with how it turned out. He really took the time to make sure it was perfect. I appreciated that."

Bishops Cuts/Color is open from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m.–7 p.m. on Sunday.