Comfort Suites Downtown Sacramento
226 Jibboom St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 446-9400
Fax: (916) 442-1100
This compact bookstore specializing in, 'whodunits' is fittingly located in Sacramento's oldest neighborhood. Since California's capital city was founded 150 years ago, the streets of Old Sacramento (today a living and working historical district designated a State of California monument) has witnessed many a crime, both solved and unsolved. Mystery authors such as Rex Stout, John D. MacDonald, Dame Agatha Christie and hundreds of other writers famous and not-so-famous are well represented here. Out-of-print searches are available; books by local authors are sold on consignment.
Festooned from the exposed wooden beams are more than 400 colorful kites in every style. From simple wood-framed triangular beginners' kites to six-foot wide quad-line power stunt kites complete with wrist straps for guidance. Other merchandise includes wind chimes and whimsical windsocks for the garden, mini-kite refrigerator magnets and windmills. The store stocks a wide range of parts for the serious hobbyist and offers a repair service. For busy travelers looking to bring home a unique present for the children, this store is worth browsing.
Elder Craftsman offers arts and crafts lovingly created by Northern California's senior artisans, 60 years and older. In this great little Old Sacramento shop, the craft items of clothing, jewelry, quilts, doll house furniture and other works of art, have a level of skill and craftsmanship missing from today's mass-produced products. The selection changes all the time and you are welcome to call the store to see if they have what you are looking for.
Whether you are a hardcore bug-eating motorcycle rider, or just admire fine leather craft, the items in Leathers by Mary Terry will give your pulse a real kick-start. The owner Mary Terry specializes in creating and repairing custom leather motorcycle wear and accessories. Just describe what you want and it will be made for you. The place also specializes in custom leather formal and casual wear. Every new or repaired piece comes with a lifetime guarantee.
One of the most popular stores in Old Sacramento, every square inch of this store is packed with the most outrageous gag gifts, novelties, crazy greeting cards, costumes and, most of all, laughing shoppers. The entire second floor is dedicated to Halloween costumes. Nostalgia fans will find Hollywood, TV stars, shows, and film memorabilia. Words used to describe Evangeline's have included zany, amazing, delightful, silly, and "you must be kidding".
This shop's wide selection of New Age necessities stands out in contrast to its historic Old Sacramento surroundings. Aromatherapy, wind chimes, crystals, incense, candles, Tarot and jewelry are all represented. For the bedroom, a nice selection of Celtic pattern tapestries and Indian bedspreads, along with pewter statuettes. Choose from a good selection of New Age and self-help books and tapes, or purchase a Beanie Baby or two for the kids.
One has to sweat it out to find good bargains for designer wear, but this is not the case at Forever 21. Located in the Westfield Downtown Plaza, this store is good for those who have a humble budget yet an eye for elegance. Accessorize yourself with the exquisite range available. From fashionable tops to lounge wear this place is the ultimate shoppers' paradise.
Extending from the K Street Mall to the walkway leading under Interstate 5 to Old Sacramento, this large open-air mall is a shopper's paradise. The Sacramento Downtown Plaza and rotunda are decorated with fountains and trees. The second floor houses a food court, even more stores and the Century movie theaters. For fun dining options, The River City Brewing Company is located on the lower level of the mall.
The shop is filled floor-to-ceiling with vinyl records of performers including Philip Glass, Bill Monroe and other more eclectic selections. A small selection of well-known musicians and bands on cassette tapes are available as well. The store has a nice selection of slightly used videos and DVDs. All merchandise is guaranteed. The proprietor is constantly visiting estate and garage sales, so you will never be exactly sure what treasures you will find here on any given day.
Watch the master Cuban cigar makers hand roll top tobaccos into Ecuadorian maduro wrappers at the El Embargo Cigar Factory. Owner Ricardo Aguilera and cigar makers Alejandro Duardo and Ernesto Rabasa have literally spent their lifetimes in the cigar business. By distributing his own product, Aguilera can offer these fine, hand-rolled cigars at affordable prices.
The humble, yet tasty, almond ranks sixth among all exported U.S. foods, and brings Sacramento Valley growers over half a billion dollars a year. More than 4,000 area co-op growers truck their harvests to the historic processing plant in Sacramento. In the lobby of this massive old brick building, you can learn all about the growing, harvesting and processing of almonds. In the gift shop, stand in amazement at how many different ways a single nut can be processed, packaged and, of course, purchased.
This warehouse-sized audio emporium offers arguably the broadest selection of vintage vinyl in the area. Looking for the greatest hits of a polka band that flourished in Chicago in the 1930s? You will probably find it here. The jazz and blues sections are particularly strong. Many record stores relegate cassettes to dim and dusty corners these days, but not here. Choose from hundreds of tapes in all genres. Check out your selection before you buy at the espresso “listening bar” which offers a large line of coffee drinks and sodas.