Confession: Summer is our hibernation season. Regardless of our love of Sacramento, neither of us are cut out for the blazing heat of the Central Valley in the summer months. That being said, we did manage to venture out and find some new favorite spots in our beautiful city, as well as a few farther-flung small businesses. These are the five fab things that have made our summer sunny:
Shop Old Gold, 1104 R Street, Ste. 110, Sacramento: We’ve been posting about this place all over Instagram, so it’s no surprise that it made the list. A treasure trove of vintage clothes and shoes, local-made goods, and all-natural body products; we have found everything from a vintage Fanny Ann’s baseball tee to Oakland-based Penelope Candles (in scents like Flannel and Cashmere) here. Located inside the up-and-coming WAL Public Market, Old Gold has a funky vibe without giving off the feeling it’s trying too hard to be cool. The staff is so, so sweet and we’ve fallen in love with their selection of Herbivore Botanicals products and cat-eye sunglasses, both of which proved to be summer essentials.
Clearly Kombucha, San Francisco: We’ve always wished we could get in on the kombucha craze, but as two very texture-sensitive people, anything with little floating particles just really isn’t our jam. Somehow the universe decided to help us out and sent Clearly Kombucha our way. The San Francisco-based brand can be found at Whole Foods (and a variety of other grocery stores) and is delightfully floatie-free. With flavors like Asian Pear and Strawberry Hibiscus they are perfect for summer and we can finally load up our baskets and call ourselves Kombucha lovers.
City of Trees Music Festival, Sacramento: It has to be said that this event, hosted by Radio 94.7, was a huge success. We (along with over 9,000 other folks) braved the heat to spend the day at Gibson Ranch listening to some seriously wonderful sets. Bands featured included James Bay, Of Monsters & Men, and Cake (amongst others) and it was the perfect atmosphere to kick back in the grass and nosh on some local eats. We took a chance on the long line at Bacon Mania’s food truck and were not disappointed by the bacon mac n’ cheese fries, a dish as summer-friendly and delicious as it sounds.
Temple Coffee, 239 G Street, Davis: We are long-time Temple Coffee Roasters fans and were delighted to be invited to the opening of their new location in Davis. Chic and clean in it’s design, it sits right in the heart of Downtown, an area a little short on artisan coffee in comparison to Sacramento. Caffeine fiends can rejoice at the selection of hand-crafted drinks from newer additions like the nitro cold brew to classics like the Enlightenment Tea (one of our person favorites).
Daily Wares Co., Utah: While we usually only focus on the Northern California region, we can’t go without mentioning Daily Wares Co. (and we wore their jewelry all summer long, so that makes them honorary locals right?). Based in Utah and hand-made by Katie Buchanan, this collection of gold-filled necklaces and bracelets just keeps growing and growing (as does our addiction). Simple and delicate in design, we have found these minimalist pieces work with everything from jeans and a tee to date-night dresses. Make sure to check out Katie’s site here!