Sacramento County businesses are still expanding in the midst of a pandemic

Since March of last year, the county has seen 30-plus new businesses open their doors


Since opening three weeks ago, Brown Sugar Boba has made a name for themselves locally with their own collection of boba bottles called BSB bear bricks and BSB buddies. (Photo by Gwen Mahler)

Even though the hustle and bustle that is normally Sacramento County has quieted down in the last year doesn’t mean that this county still isn’t expanding and waiting for residents to visit again. Since March of last year, the county has seen 30-plus new businesses open their doors. 

New Restaurants

Beach Hut Deli is a beach-themed sandwich shop franchise with over 40-plus locations spanning over the southwest coast in California, Nevada and Oregon. Though their first location was established not too far from downtown back in 1981, the beach has finally made its way into downtown Sacramento. (711 K Street, downtown Sacramento) 

Blueprint Coffee Project is a nonprofit coffee shop partnered with Project Church to serve Mast coffee. Since opening in November, BCP has put all of its proceeds towards funding relief programs, for not only downtown Sacramento, but the surrounding cities as well. (1200 2nd Street, downtown Sacramento)

Darling Aviary is a restaurant bar, designed to look like a late 1800s exotic bird enclosure, that opened in October. The first of its kind in the Sacramento area, the Darling Aviary serves as the city’s only rooftop bar and lounge. (712 K Street, downtown Sacramento)

Devil May Care Ice Cream & Treats is an ice cream shop franchise that opened in January. They specialize in creating innovative ice cream flavors and interesting names for them, including bee pollen and mangonada. (710 K Street, downtown Sacramento)

Emma’s Tamales is a tamale food truck franchise that has opened a new location in the old Sacramento area. Their mission is to provide vegetarian and vegan tamale options as well as meat tamales without the harmful non-GMO expeller pressed oil Hexane. (1100 Front Street, Suite 130, downtown Sacramento)

Morgan’s Mill is a coffee shop franchise with a liquor license to boot. With its partners, Entimo’s Coffee Roasters, Morgan’s Mill has a drink for any and every time of the day. (1028 K Street, downtown Sacramento)

Smic’s Bar is a bar franchise established in 2020. Its variety of California wines and rotation of the local breweries’ best beers paired with their farm-fresh food makes Smic’s a must for anything from intimate birthday parties to influential political functions. (1200 K Street, downtown Sacramento)

Brown Sugar Boba is a bubble tea shop franchise that recently opened in Sacramento. Since opening three weeks ago, BSB has made a name for itself locally with its own collection of boba bottles called BSB bear bricks and BSB buddies. (4331 Elkhorn Boulevard, Sacramento)

PJ’s Coffee is a coffee shop chain, based in Louisiana, with over 90-plus locations, that is well-known for its cold-drip brewed iced coffee. (5146 Manzanita Boulevard, Carmichael)


New Specialty Retail Spaces

Atrium 916 is a collaborative community of creative entrepreneurs centered on doing business for good. With art, projects, solutions and events, the Atrium is where creatives come to be inspired, collaborate and innovate towards the omni-considerate future this planet needs. (1050 Front Street, Suite 100-140, downtown Sacramento)

Flip Flop Shop/Bearpaw is a dual retail franchise set on bringing the beach lifestyle to communities throughout North America. With 90+ brands to choose from, FFS and Bearpaw bring you a wide range of footwear all in one easy-to-shop location. (112 K Street, downtown Sacramento) 

Warehouse Creative is a one-of-a-kind retail shop selling handmade and unique goods from local artists in the Sacramento Area. They pride themselves on trying not to duplicate products or have similar vendors in the space, not only to allow them to shine but to allow customers the biggest variety to choose from when shopping for themselves or loved ones. (110 L Street, downtown Sacramento)


New Specialty Services

Dark Atelier Tattoo is a custom tattoo studio located in the heart of Old Sacramento. Specializing in quality tattoos, rendered with care and professionalism, this tattoo shop has made a name for itself since opening in late June. (1115 Front Street, downtown Sacramento)

Neo Escape Rooms is an entertainment franchise centered around the concept of an escape room, in which users must figure out how to get out. Set out on a heart-pounding secret mission, those who accept the challenge are given 60 minutes to find the clues, solve the mysteries, and succeed. (1124 2nd Street, downtown Sacramento)

TrueClmb is the first and only Versaclimber studio in Sacramento, blurring the line between working out and the nightlife of clubbing. Combining the natural movement of vertical cross body climbing with lighting, music and choreography for a fitness experience unlike any other. The use of technology makes its 30-minute workout classes engaging, effective and fun. (1011 8th Street, downtown Sacramento)

Waterfly Car Wash is an environmentally-conscious car-washing franchise that opened in 2020. Utilizing on-site solar energy paired with the conservation of water usage leaves you with not only a clean car but a clear conscience. (5505 Madison Avenue, Sacramento)

CapCity AI is a data science and consulting service provider for the greater Sacramento area. Established in 2020, CapCity AI has since dedicated itself to developing state-of-the-art ways to leverage Data Science and Machine Learning, all while accelerating tech in Sacramento. (Orangevale)