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Trendy Vintage Summer Hot Spots

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 Canadian artist Frances Elizabeth Strathern once said,

I believe that art is needed to preserve the uniqueness of our human spirit. Economic globalization has resulted in a world where everyone is encouraged to buy the same products and think and act in the same ways. Artistic creation by its nature is unique. Our hunger for the special, the unique, the innovative, the one of a kind, will become greater as forces try to move people towards homogeneity. Art is the antidote a bland world.

 ImageSummertime is the perfect time to live like a free-spirited vagabond, by living life unconventionally and engulfing oneself in literary, artistic, and soul-searching pursuits. The hectic routine of the academic year is temporarily dormant, the weather is beautiful, and we have all this free time to hang out with our friends, as well as the time to understand ourselves in relation to our cultural and social worlds a little bit better. Uncover your passions and your deepest desires by being inspired by historic, unorthodox, expressions of art and scholasticism designed to stimulate serendipity and life changing epiphanies. Going to places like bookstores, museums, coffee shops, and thrift stores are hip ways to get a creative edge for the fall semester and great places to kick back with your closest friends. This article features a list of awesome places in Sacramento to definitely check out this summer!

Bohemian Bookstores:


Friends of the Library, The Book Den
8250 E Belvedere Ave, Ste E
Sacramento, CA 95826
(916) 731-8493

Reading novels, poetry, journals, and other forms of literature are fantastic ways to expand your creative and intellectual horizons because they allow one to take the perspective of someone else and observe a different reality. The Book Den is a wonderful warehouse of fabulously cheep books, DVDs, and CD’s, is place has a large selection of amazing finds. They have the most inexpensive books in town, and host quarterly super-sales. The Book Den has a beautiful marriage of the classic old school vintage stuff and the new modern era of entertainment. Everything from poetry, to philosophy, to science, the literature collection is vast and varied. The Book Den is an amazing place to walk in with five bucks, and walk out with a huge bag of treasure. This place definitely has what you are looking for if you are trying to find a new band to vibe to or a good book to delve into! Run by friendly and knowledgeable volunteers, The Book Den donates all proceeds to the Sacramento Public Library.

Other Awesome Bookstores to check out!

The Book Collector
1008 24th St
Sacramento, CA 95816
Neighborhood: Midtown
(916) 442-9295

Beers Books
915 S Street
(916) 442-9475

Trendy Thrift Shops:


2935 Arden Way
(916) 972-9900

For me personally, style is a form of art and self-expression. What we wear tells everyone else a little bit about who we are and what we like. Crossroads is an amazing place to get gorgeous clothes of all types of styles; it is where I find many of my favorite outfits. This upper-end thrift store has a huge collection of beautiful clothing for men and women for really great prices. They feature a clothing exchange where you can trade in clothes that you no longer wear for new, sizzling styles. Cross Roads is a great place to update your wardrobe for the fall semester!

Other fabulous thrift stores to find that perfect outfit:

Free Style Clothing
2101 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 441-3733
Crimson & Clover
1617 16th St
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-1800

The Cultured Café:


1400 E Street
Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 551-1400

A chill, artistic vibe with an environment that makes you want to paint a muse, write a manifesto, and call yourself a bohemian, Shine is the place to go for aesthetic inspiration! Their menu is excellent, complete with super tasty smoothies, warm Panini sandwiches and wraps, and a unique adult beverage list for those 21 and over! Stop in for a cup of coffee, check out the beautiful artwork that they feature from local artists, and listen to the amazing poetry readings, live music, and grass root talent that is nurtured and encouraged at Shine.

Other cool cafes that have awesome food and great entertainment:

The Art of Food Cafe and Tonic Bar
1825 Del Paso Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 920-4278

Lunas Cafe & Juice Bar
1414 16th St
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 441-3931

Must-See Museums and Gorgeous Galleries


The Crocker Museum
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814 916-808-7000

The Crocker Museum is a dynamic collection of art and culture that will definitely inspire you this summer. Currently they are featuring an exhibition by artist Mel Ramos entitled 50 Years of Superheroes, Nudes, and Other Pop Delights, and this features a colorful, eye-popping set of work in reverence to pop art. The Crocker Art Museum also features jazz concerts, film screenings, and lectures and symposia. The Crocker Art Museum is a fascinating place to spend hours being intrigued at all of the beautiful works of art.

 Other Gorgeous Galleries:

20th St. Art Gallery
911 20th St.
Sacramento, CA 95811

Appel Gallery Fine Art Photography
931 T St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 442-6014

Retro Record Stores


Dimple Records
2500 16th St
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 441-2500

A wise, and word-renowned reggae artist once said, The one good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. Bob Marley had it right when he was discussing the revitalizing power of music. Dimple Records has a large collection of music of all genres. Just going through the collection and hunting for hidden treasures at amazingly affordable prices is so rewarding, you will have a great time finding all of your favorite artists and discovering new ones.

Other Rockin Record Stores:

The Beat
1700 J Street
(916) 446-4402

1618 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 446-3973


The importance of developing our creative and intellectual selves facilitates our ability to experience the human condition, our ability of self-expression and self-awareness, and our ability to empathize, understand, and love. The trendy, vintage establishments discussed in this article will hopefully allow you uncover the areas of you are, and allow you to continue to grow and develop personally, professionally, and culturally.