Summer Guide 2014 Shopping & Services picks

Get a fresh haircut and fresh produce without getting fleeced this summer

Joe Burns gets his summertime hair did, courtesy of stylist Maricela Philemon at Jimmy’s Barber Garage.

Joe Burns gets his summertime hair did, courtesy of stylist Maricela Philemon at Jimmy’s Barber Garage.

photo by steven chea

Drink and shear

Jimmy’s Barber Garage

Battle the heat: Shave your head. But seriously, dramatic haircuts are awfully helpful in the sweaty summertime. And at Jimmy’s Barber Garage, you can feel great about supporting a nonsexist business—a short haircut is $20 for men and women alike—and hip as hell. Stylists sport edgy cuts themselves, and the waiting room is stocked with cushy white chairs, Vice magazines, local art and a typewriter. You might feel some creative inspiration while you wait—and you can imbibe before lunch, because that haircut just came with a free adult beverage. And it’s not a shitty beer. It’s Track 7. 1017 24th Street, (916) 662-7695, J.B.

Fruits and veggies for all

Farmers markets

Try before you buy? We’re sure Emigh’s Outdoor Living employee Suzie Simas (standing) wouldn’t mind at all if customers Barbara Blatt (left) and husband Mark Blatt gave this set the all-important nap test.

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Shopping at Whole Foods Markets is expensive, with its excessively marked-up produce and all. But with all the farmers markets in Sacramento, it’s easy to get fruits and veggies on the cheap. Obviously, a good place to start are the 11 California Certified Farmers’ Markets ( in Sacramento County. There are also noncertified ones, like the one informally known as the “Asian farmers market” at the corner of Fifth Street and Broadway downtown every Sunday. Heading into the burbs, there’s the Carmichael Park Farmers Market (—also every Sunday—and Denio’s Farmers Market & Swap Meet in Roseville ( Little-known fact: There are 95 strawberry farms in the Sacramento area currently, and in 2008, a researcher from UC Berkeley made a helpful map of them. See it at, and check out for a comprehensive list of the area’s certified and noncertified markets. J.M.

Smell the nostalgia

Summer Porch

Sacramento’s all about vintage. We’ve got a lot of leftovers architecturally from the ‘50s and ‘60s. We even have a nonprofit called SacMod (short for Sacramento Modern) dedicated to “promoting, preserving and protecting modern art, architecture and design in the Sacramento region.” Sacto residents can deck out their homes and backyards in that nostalgic style with Summer Porch. The home-décor shop has vintage-looking art created by craftspeople, jewelry, furniture, linens, lamps, garden items and even a Pyrex kitchenware collection. It’s kind of like the East Sacramento cousin of Midtown’s Scout Living. 3254 J Street, (916) 444-2900, J.M.

Sweet outdoor furniture you can't afford

Emigh’s Outdoor Living

Across the street from the Country Club Plaza Mall in the Arden Arcade neighborhood is the friendliest and most customer-service oriented hardware store in town, Emigh Ace Hardware. Next door to it is Emigh’s Outdoor Living, which has some of the nicest, most expensive outdoor furniture one can ever imagine buying. It’s all stuff that would make summer parties the best, but that most of us will never be able to afford: $400 Adirondack chairs, Tommy Bahama brand patio cushions and those professional outdoor kitchens that you only see in mansions on TV—or in Granite Bay. Hey, one can dream, right? 3535 El Camino Avenue, (916) 486-9500, J.M.