The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

Caroline Raffetto

Caroline Raffetto, Staff Writer

Caroline Raffetto (she/her) is a Journalism major and Humanities minor at SF State. She has always been passionate about writing since she was able to hold a pencil. After she attended two different community colleges and tested out almost every creative major under the sun, she finally discovered that journalism was her calling. She loves being able to give a voice to different communities and tell stories that normally don’t get told in mainstream media.

All content by Caroline Raffetto
The cast of Thicc Tease stands on the stage of The Oasis at the end of their show on Oct. 26. (Abraham Fuentes / Xpress Magazine)

Pop a Pasty

November 11, 2022

*This story uses widely-known stage names to protect the identity of the dancers and sex workers* Andy Rose nervously stands backstage behind a velvet red curtain in her light up rainbow pleasers, pounds...

Jaime Hiraishi, a partial owner of Wine Down SF, pours a glass behind the bar at the SoMa location on May 7, 2022. Whenever possible, the owners source “natural wines” and try to support other minority-owned businesses. (Morgan Ellis / Xpress Magazine)

Cheers to Women-Owned Bars

May 13, 2022

  Jaime Hiraishi stands behind the bar at Wine Down SF and peers out at customers toasting and enjoying a glass of wine during happy hour. It reminds her of when she and her business partner Sarah...

Alpha Acid Brewing Co. has food truck pop-ups every Thursday through Sunday, which allows their customers to grab a bite while they enjoy a beer in Belmont on May 8, 2022. (Bianca Heredia / Xpress Magazine)

Pop-up Culture — a Pandemic Trend on the Rise

May 13, 2022

  Under a big white pop-up tent with string lights hung up inside and lively rock music playing in the background are foldable tables with three portable pizza ovens on top. On the yellow tablecloths,...

Ed Wilkinson, a founder and current COO of Half Moon Grow, poses for a picture inside his greenhouse in Half Moon Bay on April 6, 2022. Wilkinson also rents out greenhouses for other growers at the same location. (Rashik Adhikari / Xpress Magazine)

Getting Higher

April 15, 2022

The rows of locked glass cases in Bay Area dispensaries display colorful jars and bags of premium Cannabis for customers to choose from, like fine jewelry. Much like the ingredients on the back of a cereal...

[Video] The Stained Glass Puzzle of the Winchester Mystery House – Video

March 18, 2022

This video was created to accompany the story "Peeling Back the Layers of the Winchester Mystery House," by Caroline Raffetto, published on March 18, 2022. 

The main dining room on the first floor of the Winchester House in San Jose on March 8, 2022. (Maximo Vazquez / Xpress Magazine)

[Video] Peeling Back the Layers of the Winchester Mystery House

March 18, 2022

  As Janan Boehme walks through the intricately decorated adjacent twin dining rooms of the 136-year-old Winchester Mystery House, she remembers what the rooms looked like for most of her lifetime.   “This...

Owner of Gold Leaf Ink, Regina “Push” Estrada, tattoos her apprentice at her studio on Feb. 10, 2022. (Garrett Isley / Xpress Magazine)

Old Scars, New Ink

February 18, 2022

Every time Crystal Poon goes to pick up their tattoo gun, they catch a glimpse of the tattoo on their outer wrist. Their client reciprocates their gaze, and they get into a conversation about what it is....

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