In the large scheme of things, small business isn’t really that small. With more than 28 million small businesses in the United States according to the US Small Business Administration, small business “accounts for 54 percent of all U.S. Sales.” There are dozens of facts and reasons why you should shop small business, but the truth is that nowhere else will you receive the one on one attention, customer service, as well as quick turnaround time when you need something done, like at a small business. Here in Sacramento, we’re chock full of establishments worth patronizing. Remember that Small Business Saturday is the Saturday after Thanksgiving, it would behoove you to check out the “mom and pop” shops as well as the large retail stores.
Pachamama Coffee Co-op
521 1st. St.
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 746-2172
www.pacha.coop

Pachamana is the essence of small business. Not only do they partner with coffee farmers worldwide, their coffee is ranked as some of the best in the country. By partnering with farmers from all parts of the globe, they are able to eliminate the middle-men as well as provide a fresh source of coffee beans that no other supplier can beat. Their main distribution (headquarters) is located in the heart of Sacramento, but their Davis location is the only place you can actually sample some of their blends with coffees and cappuccinos galore.

Faria Printing And Graphics
1792 Tribute Road
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 927-1165
www.fariaprinting.com

Started over 22 years ago in 1993 by Dave and Allen Faria, Faria printing has been serving Sacramento for years, providing quality printing services, banners/signs, advertising and promotional items. If you name it, they’ll print your logo on it. If you’re a small business yourself and need promotional items, it would behoove you to check out Faria Printing and Graphics. Located smack dab in the middle of Sacramento County, location-wise, they can’t be beat.

Gold Country Run & Sport
4370 Town Center Blvd. Ste.150
El Dorado Hills, CA
(916) 303-4786
www.goldcountryrunandsport.com

Running shoe stores by their very nature are usually small and prone to be a small business, and Gold Country & Sport is no different. Anyone who knows anything about running knows that the proper shoe selected by a very knowledgable staff member can be the difference between a painful running experience and running bliss. And Gold Country Run & Sport definitely has the staff to make sure you choose the right shoe. With a huge selection, plenty of friendly faces and a no pressure shopping experience, if you’re looking into running, check these guys out.

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Action Camera
1000 Sunrise Ave.
Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 786-2288
www.actioncamera.com

If you’re a budding photographer who wants to get serious, or you’re a seasoned professional who needs the expertise of another professional, Action Camera is the place for you. With over 28 years serving Sacramento County, they’ve become known and trusted as time has gone by. As camera technology has shifted from film to digital, Action Camera has stayed on the cutting edge of what’s new. At the same time, they won’t push you to buy something you don’t need. With plenty of new and used products, they’ll be sure to have something to fit your budget and expertise.

Time Tested Books
1114 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 447-5696
www.timetestedbooks.blogspot.com

Remember when people used to crack open the spine of a book and snuggle under their favorite shade tree to enjoy a bit of reading? Time Tested Books certainly does. In operation for 34 years now, Time Tested Books is the place to go in Sacramento (and the greater Northern California) if you’re a casual or even a serious reader. They have readings and signings by famous authors all the time (check their website for details) and carry a wide selection of vinyl as well. So if you have a hard time finding a particular book or are looking for a unique gift, check out Time Tested Books.

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Paulo Acoba is a California native raised in the Bay Area and living in the Central Valley. He enjoys distance running, cycling and grassroots motorsports. He holds a degree in management from the University of California Merced. Paulo has been writing for Examiner.com since 2012 and covering the Fresno area.