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Think big, shop small…community encouraged to visit the urban core during Small Business Saturday

Think big, shop small…community encouraged to visit the urban core during Small Business Saturday

The Downtown Sacramento Partnership, Midtown Association, R Street Sacramento Partnership, City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) are joining efforts to share exciting information about a variety of special Small Business Saturday activities, offerings and amenities available for holiday shoppers on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Helping to make shopping in Sacramento’s urban core even more fun and convenient than ever, the City of Sacramento is offering free metered parking on Small Business Saturday (and on weekdays after 4:30 p.m. and all day on weekends through December 24, 2017). Plus, new this year, SacRT is offering free “shopping shuttle” service (with stops/pick-ups every 20 minutes) that will operate from 9:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and take shoppers throughout midtown, downtown, along R Street and in Old Sacramento on Saturday, November 25, 2017 only.

“12 Days of Midtown” in December highlights festive & fun ways to celebrate the season

“12 Days of Midtown” in December highlights festive & fun ways to celebrate the season

Committed to fostering a center for culture, creativity and vibrancy in Sacramento’s urban core, the Midtown Association is pleased to present another season of “12 Days of Midtown” where local businesses and organizations offer celebratory events, activities and specials to encourage visitors to spend time in Midtown this season.

“Amid a thriving urban environment, the holidays offer a perfect opportunity to explore, discover and/or revisit Midtown,” said Emily Baime Michaels, Executive Director of the Midtown Association. “With so many locally owned businesses and eateries, guests to Midtown can take great pride in supporting the community while engaging in festive activities while finding unique gift items along the way.”

Throughout the first 12 days of December, Midtown guests can experience something extra special each day, a sampling of which includes the following:

Sacramento area museums encourage shoppers to visit local museum Stores during Museum Store Sunday

Sacramento area museums encourage shoppers to visit local museum Stores during  Museum Store Sunday

 In partnership with the Museum Store Association (MSA), many Sacramento area museums are proud to participate in Museum Store Sunday on November 26, 2017. With more than 525 museum stores participating across eight countries and three continents, the international effort is designed to remind consumers about the unique and inspired shopping experience that exists in one-of-a-kind museum stores all of which showcase a broad assortment of highly curated and mission-specific gifts. Museum Store Sunday is managed by the Museum Store Association based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Museum Store Sunday is open to all independently operated museum stores and non-profit retailers located at museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, historic sites, and other unique cultural institutions in the United States and internationally.

Help keep the city clean…report abandoned shopping carts!

The City is continuing to contract with California Shopping Cart Retrieval Corporation (CSCRC) for shopping cart removal. CSCRC provides three easy ways for anyone to report abandoned carts:

  1. iPhone/Android App: Download the West Sacramento Connect app and report the cart’s location right from your phone under “Abandoned Shopping Carts”
  2. Website: Report abandoned shopping carts online at http://www.cartretrieval.net. Just click the big red button and all you need to provide is the location of the cart.
  3. Phone: Call 800-252-4613 and provide the location of the cart.

Once reported, carts will be removed, on average, within 24 hours... Read More

Golden 1 Offers 8 Tips to Increase Identity and Financial Protection

Golden 1 Offers 8 Tips to Increase Identity and Financial Protection

As consumers increasingly rely on mobile and online banking tools, it’s easy to fall prey to identity thieves seeking to steal financial information.

Approximately 17.6 million people averaged a loss of $1,343 to identity thieves in 2014, with 86 percent of instances involving a victim’s existing accounts rather than newly created ones.[1].

April is Financial Literacy Month, and part of being financially literate is ensuring your financial information is secure. There are several steps consumers can take to mitigate crime and ward off identity thieves, both on and offline.

1.     Keep your computer hardware and software up to date. Make sure your computer’s operating system has all the necessary antivirus updates and upgrades. This includes Wi-Fi and broadband connections.

Sacramento’s Urban Core is a Festive & Fun Small Business Saturday Destination

Sacramento’s Urban Core is a Festive & Fun Small Business Saturday Destination

With a high concentration of locally-owned businesses filled with an amazing array of unique and treasured gift ideas, holiday shoppers are encouraged to visit Midtown, Downtown and Old Sacramento merchants during Small Business Saturday on November 28, 2015.   In addition to the assortment of goods that can be found at local retailers, Sacramento’s urban core offers a festive and fun holiday destination to make the shopping experience both magical and memorable.

Listed below is a sampling of suggested holiday shopping stops in Midtown, Downtown and Old Sacramento plus a few uniquely Sacramento experiences to enjoy during Small Business Saturday and/or throughout the holiday season.

Bridal Expo in Old Sacramento July 19

Bridal Expo in Old Sacramento July 19

Old Sacramento hosts more than 200 weddings a year, according to their Business Association, plus there are many wedding product offerings and scenic backdrops among its merchants.  It's only natural that a bridal show would be held there.  

Bridal Expo is Sunday, July 19, aboard the Delta King Hotel on Front Street in Old Sacramento.  The show hours are 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

This unique show includes a Treasure Hunt for wedding couples. They will find clues that will lead them from one spot to the other, until they find the Treasure - a honeymoon stay in Italy.

Wedding pros will be on hand to give the couples in-depth information to help them be better equipped to plan their weddings. Services and products represented include photography, videography, catering, venues, gowns, corsets, djs, music, florists, cakes, jewelry, beauty products and more.