You guys! I’m so excited to partner with GIG Car Share and share how they helped me win at supporting small businesses this holiday season – and how they can help you, too. Have you seen the black Chevy Bolts around town and wondered what they were about? Well, I’m here to tell you…
What is GIG Car Share?
GIG Car Share – or simply Gig – is changing the way we get around our city. Gig is a one-way car-sharing service using an all-electric fleet of brand new Chevy Bolts to get us from Point A to Point B. The best part of Gig is that you can reserve your vehicle downtown and leave it wherever you want within the coverage zone when you’re done with the car. Each Gig features room for five, plenty of cargo space, bike racks, seat warmers, and so much more.
Quick Gig Facts
- No membership fees. You only pay when you use the service!
- Insurance is included. We’ll thank their parent company AAA NCNU for that.
- An hour will cost you about $15, which is comparable to a ride-sharing service with more flexibility.
- Parking on the street? Don’t worry about paying that meter. The partnership with the City of Sacramento will cover you in any non-restricted zones.
GIG Car Share also serves the Bay Area! Imagine taking a Gig to the Amtrak Station, then picking another one up once you get to the East Bay or San Francisco. So cool! Learn more about how it works here.
How to use GIG Car Share
Since I live a little outside of the GIG Car Share coverage area, it’s a part of my multi-modal mix in getting around Sacramento. When it came to getting together with friends for some holiday shopping, it was easier than pie for me to bike over to the first shopping stop, the Crocker Art Museum. I used a bike share, but if you wanted to ride your own bike, that’s where the bike rack on the top of every Gig comes in handy!
Crocker Art Museum
I insisted we start The Crocker Art Museum is one of my favorite places to find gifts. Their museum store always has treats that will appeal to everyone. I didn’t realize that until I worked there nearly 10 years ago, and felt like I had uncovered a hidden gem. Inside you’ll find books, home decor, clothing + accessories, jewelry, art supplies, and other unexpected gifts. If you are a museum member, you will save a little on every purchase. 🙂
Getting Around with GIG Car Share
Using GIG Car Share is super easy. All you do is open the app to see what cars are close to your location. Lucky for us, there was no shortage of them downtown, and there were several parked around Crocker Park. Showing Lauren and Missy how the app worked, they couldn’t believe it took just a few taps on the screen to get on our way to our next destination,
We wanted to check out Krazy Mary’s as they just celebrated 19 years in Sacramento. Krazy Mary’s has been a go-to for giftable items as well as things for myself. When it comes to special occasions and party dresses, the selection and varying sizes come in clutch. I unexpectedly found a sweater that I couldn’t pass up and wore it on a recent trip.
Goodside Coffee has been a staple in my fall routine in Sacramento. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know that the Harvest Chai might as well be called “The Kachet” because it’s all I order and I encourage everyone else to do the same! It’s seriously like a hug in a cup, something we all could use another one of no matter the season. 🙂 It was the perfect place to fuel up before continuing the shopping journey. We met up with Danna, who hung with us when Lauren had to go to a meeting.
Propagate is just a few blocks away from Goodside so while we could’ve gotten a Gig, it was nice to stretch our legs a bit and take a stroll to the store. Propagate is a plant shop in Midtown and has been open since August. Their location is everything! I blogged all about it, and it’s been my place for the perfect giftable plants. They even have greeting cards so you can grab one for whatever occasion you’re commemorating. We grabbed a rather large rubber plant and it fits inside the Gig with no issue!
Time to Get Another Gig!
So there was no way we were walking with the plant, and we were able to select one of the Art Gig’s! You may see a few of these around town, and this one was painted by Maren Conrad during Wide Open Walls! It’s big sister is on the back of the MARRS building, which you can see in my Sacramento Mural Guide. Once we put the tree in the backseat, we headed down to Old Sac for more shopping and to wrap up the evening.
The Kachet Life Shop Local Guide
I go to the mall when I need to, but there’s nothing better than spending my money locally and supporting small business owners. I wanted to share some of my go-to places to shop for gifts and for yourself! This list will grow because we have too many amazing places
Together Midtown, 920 24th Street, Midtown
ShopCuffs, 2523 J Street, Midtown
Sugar Shack, 2425 J Street, Midtown
Identity Boutique, 2600 J Street, Midtown and DOCO
Heart Boutique, 1903 Capitol Avenue, Midtown
Krazy Mary’s, 3230 Folsom Blvd., East Sac
Article Consignment Boutique, 706 56th Street, East Sac
Crocker Art Museum, 216 O Street, Downtown
The Quinn, 1103 T Street, Downtown
Propagate, 1700 I Street, Midtown
Mixed Bag, 2405 K Street, Midtown
The Kitchen Table, 1462 33rd Street, East Sac
R Cubed Lifestyle, 3214 Riverside Blvd., Land Park
Strapping Store, 3405 Broadway, Oak Park
Display: California, 3433 Broadway, Oak Park
Home + Design
Elliott Fouts Gallery, 1831 P Street, Midtown
Scout Living, 1215 18th Street, Midtown
Zanzibar Trading, 1731 L Street, Midtown
West Elm Sacramento (Check out their Local Section!), 1610 R Street, Midtown
University Art, 2601 J Street, Midtown
Public Land, 2598 21st Street, Broadway Dist.
Miel Apothecary, 3324 Broadway, Oak Park
Food + Beverage
Chef’s Olive Mix, 131 J Street, Old Sac
Andy’s Candy Apothecary, 1012 9th Street or DOCO location, Downtown
Fizz Champagne Bar, 615 David J. Stern Walk, DOCO
The Allspicery, 1125 11th Street, Downtown
Goodside Coffee, 1430 H Street, Downtown
58 Degrees + Holding, 1217 18th Street, Midtown
Preservation + Co, 1717 19th Street, Downtown
Don’t Miss the Makers Mart on December 7!
Makers Mart is Sacramento’s premier maker fair featuring 70+ makers, creators, artists, and entrepreneurs at The Mill at Broadway on Saturday, December 7 from 11am-5pm. My friends at GIG Car Share will be there with a fun photo opp. Plus, I’ll be there so let’s kick it and do it for the gram while supporting some talented makers and checking people off of our holiday list.
Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday! I can’t wait to hear how you use GIG Car Share to get around this season – and beyond.
Photos by Christina Best Photography
This post is in partnership with GIG Car Share. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support the blog.