Many people look to national businesses, mass retailers and big-box stores when shopping for gifts and services, but those who choose to patronize small businesses can accomplish more with their shopping dollars. They are contributing to the success of the local economy and, in the case of the following exceptional organizations, are also supporting businesses that donate to the same charities and nonprofits in which they believe.
1013 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Cynthia Broughton, owner of Cornflower, hand makes gourmet sandwiches, sublime desserts and the best artisan ice cream, Italian ice and sorbet in the region. Broughton does everything with an eye towards supporting the community and helping local small businesses, farms and charities. She uses all natural, locally sourced ingredients to make new flavors, like her popular baklava ice cream. Mayan chocolate ice cream, lemon rose petal Italian ice and the sensational fig and orange marmalade ice cream are just a few of the options. For nonprofits and other community organizations, Broughton will create a custom flavor, with a portion of the sales donated to that charity.
Nature’s Select of Northern California
5760 Roseville Road Suite 1
Sacramento, CA 95842
Animal lovers appreciate the super-premium pet foods, treats, supplements and pet accessories offered by Tony Reid and Crystal Ching, spouses and owners of Nature’s Select of Nor-Cal. In addition to proving free delivery of pet food to your door and giving exceptional customer service, the small business has a long history of assisting local nonprofits. As one example, for every pound of food sold, 10 cents-worth of food is given to a participating local charity. Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and the Front Street Animal Shelter are just two of the recipients of thousands of pounds of healthy animal food.
Trends-n-Treats Pet Supply, Spa and Boutique
8929 Madison Ave. Suite 200
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Trend-n-Treats offers a wide selection of super premium, healthy pet foods, toys, collars, leashes, dog apparel, cat trees, animal health supplements and much more for pets. It is an equally good source for gifts for pet owners, including animal-related jewelry, stationary, shirts, boutique items and home décor. With specialty raw diets, grooming services, vaccination clinics, specialty food for rabbits, “Yeowww!” catnip toys and Cowboys, Seahawks, Cubs, Steelers gear and apparel for dogs, it is a can’t-miss shop. Owner Millie Finch has made donations, given discounts and hosted events for many local charities, supporting causes that help humans and animals. These include Sacramento Children’s Home, Sacramento SPCA, Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode, Senior Gleaners and numerous other groups.
Purple Fox Crafts & Gifts
3214 Riverside Blvd
Purple Fox is an excellent source for unique, beautiful, quirky and fun gifts for virtually anyone for whom you wish to shop. The small shop carries everything from Kelly Rae Roberts’ inspirational and whimsical angel figurines, craft supplies for adults and kids and handcrafted lotions and soaps to jewelry, home décor and goodies for the men in the house. The prices are reasonable, and owner
Linda Cobarruvias and her staff donate time, money and products to a number of local nonprofit groups.