The small community of Fair Oaks is one of the loveliest and most eclectic places in Sacramento County, with natives and residents that are professional athletes, film directors and actors, as well as TV host Joan Lunden and author Nicholas Sparks. In historic Old Fair Oaks, as well as in the more suburban areas, there are small businesses that have everything you need to find on your shopping list.
Trends-n-Treats Pet Supply-Spa-Boutique
8929 Madison Ave.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 536-0000
www.trendsntreats.comAnimals come to family-run Trends-n-Treat as much for the exceptional customer service as for the wide variety of quality products. The shop specializes in super premium pet foods, including grain-free, raw and organic diets. At mass retailers, the expertise level of employees is generally limited to running the cash register, but the friendly, knowledgeable staff at T-n-T is just the opposite. Employees can help you find the perfect foods for the long-term health of your one-of-a-kind cat or dog. Expert grooming services are available, and the shop offers vaccination clinics and anesthesia-free dental care as well. Pet toys and accessories abound, including an exceptional collection of stylish collars, leashes and clothing. Check out the fun “special occasion” attire for dogs, including bride, groom and ring bearer outfits. T-n-T supplies the top hats; your pets provide the tails.

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Moth Hole
11787 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 965-5542
www.mothhole.comAlthough the name might suggest otherwise, Moth Hole is an upscale boutique featuring new and consignment attire and accessories for women. Current and classic designs are available from designers like Ann Taylor, Kate Spade, True Religion, NYDJ, Nanette Lepore, Stuart Weitzman, BCBG, Burberry and Gucci. On-trend purses and shoes from Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Prada and more are often available, and the prices are hard to beat. The shop offers everything from jeans to ball gowns, and has a great selection of jewelry to suit any occasion.

FastFrame
5337 Sunrise Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 966-8766
www.fastframesacramento.com FastFrame is locally owned and operated, and is well known for its professional, high-quality work. Getting just the right custom-made frame, glass and matting will bring out the beauty in the piece, be it a Renoir or your kids’ finger-painted masterpiece. Photographs, posters, prints and everything from vintage stamps and maps to flags and needlepoint can be found. Shadow boxes and other specialty frames can be created to highlight your collectables like sports jerseys, military medals, tapestries and other memorabilia. Special imaging software allows shoppers to see exactly what their finished product will look like, and all work is done on-site and in a timely manner.

Wild Bird and Gardens
5339 Sunrise Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 966-5958
wildbirdsandgardens.comNature lovers, unite and flock to this shop full of goodies both beautiful and practical. Many fresh, high-quality birdseeds are available, and customers can earn free seed through a special bonus program. Serious birders can find excellent spotting scopes, binoculars, monoculars and other optics for every budget level, as well as specialty items like Vortex lens pens and binocular harness systems. The gorgeous collection of bird feeders includes hoppers, seed socks, houses, nyjer thistle holders, trays, gazebos and hummingbird and squirrel feeders. Garden art, birdbaths, jewelry and garden hats are offered, as well as games and toys that will get children interested in nature.

The Chocolate Architect
8505 Madison Ave.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 966-9006
www.chocsilk.comOwned and operated by a local architect-turned-chocolatier, this inviting shop offers irresistible treats from her trademarked Chocolate Silk collection. Made without edible wax, these artisan candies have an extraordinary texture and flavor. More than 60 types are available, along with seasonal favorites and low-sugar, sugar-free and vegan specialties. There are flavors for every palate, from lemon, lavender or orange to those with pretzels, caramel, cappuccino and ginger. More unique creations include Hot Chili Mango and the Baby Bleu Buttons, made with bleu cheese and toasted pecans. The ultimate, luscious comfort food is Anthony’s Medallion, made with oatmeal, peanut butter and toasted almonds. Unique gift packages and wedding favors are also available.

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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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