Econo Lodge Sacramento Convention Center
711 16th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 443-6631
Fax: (916) 442-7251
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.
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.
Feel like you've stepped into an eclectic market stall in some far off country when you visit Zanzibar Trading. Carry unique handmade products from all over the world, this gem of a shop has items like tribal artifacts, precious stone jewelry, authentic Asian artwork and more. Best of all, these products don't come from some factory and aren't mass produced. So your guaranteed to find something unique.
This is one of the best examples of putting old buildings to use. The present MAARS building is a former state office heritage. The Midtown Art Retail Restaurant Scene is a conglomeration of an art gallery (Solomon Dubnick Gallery), restaurants like Luigi's Slice and Fun Garden, clothing stores such as Asha Yoga, and corporate offices such as those of Heller Pacific, all in one. You can also publicize for them by buying any of their MARRS T-shirt merchandise around the place.
It can get stuffy inside the old Victorian that houses this unusual costume and used clothing shop, but if you do not mind a little discomfort, you can pick up some great bargains. Its main business is costume rental. Over 5,000 costumes are available for rent. You will find costumes from Snow White to harem girls (belly dancers) and Star Wars to Flintstone characters. The main floor is packed with slightly used women and men's clothing; much of it fits the retro craze of 1970s.
Many treasures are waiting to be found among the stacks of rare and out-of-print books. First editions and rare volumes from as early as 1871 in genres ranging from first-hand accounts of American history to detective novels and books on chess are available. You will not find today's best sellers here, but your favorites and classics of bygone days are at this shop. The owners are professional book collectors and will gladly help customers locate rare books. Also stocked are music titles produced by Sacramento's own S-S Records. Furthermore, readings are staged here from time to time, sometimes featuring authors as legendary as Dishwasher Pete.
Pouring her heart and soul into this beloved Sacramento boutique, Owner Vanessa Lopez takes pride in bringing a unique shopping experience to her clientele. Characterized by piece de resistance, a black chandelier, this charming shop features bold colors and statement pieces. Find your favorite brands like Keds, BB Dakota, Tulle, House of Harlow, Lush and more.
The Book Collector store specializes in history, literature, poetry and the humanities. Collectors will find first edition military books that emphasize the period around World War II. Row after row of classics and modern titles fill the walls. A large section of the bookstore is devoted to spirituality, belief systems, religion and philosophy. The best buys are found in the bargain bin on the sidewalk.
This shop features new and used women's clothing starting at about $3 but unlike classic thrift stores, it does not sell children's clothes, old blue jeans or household treasures. Period clothing from the 1920s through the 1950s is featured in one room along with jewelry and accessories of the period. This shop may be best known, however, for its amazing selection of exotic clothing. Thigh-highs, vinyl, leather, fishnet and long slinky gowns abound along with feather boas and outrageous costume jewelry.
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 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.
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.