Steeped in rich ranching history, a visit to Cottonwood is a must when traveling Interstate Highway 5 in Northern California. Metal memories of cowboy days long past line the street adding to the friendly feel of country hospitality that defines this nostalgic community. See what it’s all about with a tour of the unique business district like none you’ve wandered before.

Start out at The Bean & Mercantile where coffee and shopping go hand in hand. A full coffee bar allows you to get that little “pick me up” from your favorite espresso or latte as you gear up for the day. Owned and operated by Deidre McDougal, and her partner Karli Janc, this Cottonwood hot stop is well worth the visit, hosting a multi-vendor shop offering everything from clothing for the whole family to country whimsies and unique home decor. 20633 Gas Point Road, +1.530.347.9669 .

Everyone wants to look good and co-owners Esther Winn and Karen Coones are on hand at the Front Street Hair Salon to keep you looking and feeling your best. Locals and visitors alike enjoy this unique boutique for a refreshing new look and great company. Chat with the crowd while trying on a new cut, color or hair style. Get dressed up with manicure or entirely new nails while making fast friendships with Karen and Esther that will last a lifetime. All ages and genders, as well as walk-ins are welcome, or make an appointment ahead of time. No worries in relaxed Cottonwood. Kick back and enjoy the pampering. Open Monday-Saturday. 20834 Front Street, Suite A, +1.530.348.2333 .

Don’t forget to bring your K-9 companion along when visiting pet friendly Cottonwood. Whether you have a hard working cattle dog, or a fluffy ball of joy that inhabits your lap, owners and stylists Lyssa Sabia of Grateful Grooming and Denise Noble of The Noble Beast Mobile Pet Grooming have the time and experience to spoil your pet and have them looking sharp.

Spas aren’t just for people anymore. Get your pet pampered while you soak in the sites. Call Lyssa to set up an appointment @ +1.530.347.8084 or +1.530.378.5226

Drop in at Margo Fletcher’s Rustic Side Door and see what is new. This whimsical and eclectic local’s favorite offers a variety of shabby chic items with a western flair that feels like home. Upscale vintage collectibles, garden art and one of kind treasures will keep you coming back here over and over again. Say hello to the crazy lady in the apron when you go with friends to buy or trade. This shopping stop always benefits the Cottonwood community with ten percent of all profits donated locally, just to give back. 3318 Main Street, +1.530.776.4761 .

No home improvement project is complete without updating or refurbishing your appliances. Go modern with a visit to the past at Steve’s A to Z Appliance, housed in a building dating back to 1884. In business for over 40 years, owner Steve Inns has earned a reputation reaching far beyond his own community and offers outstanding service and parts throughout the valley. Browse through the wide selection of new and used appliances to satisfy any budget. Take a minute to chat with Steve and learn about the area and his personal fascination with trains and the railroad. 20804 Front Street, +1.530.347.1024 .

A quick stop at Melinda’s Interior Designs is a one stop shop to get some great ideas for your home or office project. Offering custom cabinets , window treatments, blinds, spree planning, fabrics and flooring, Melinda can make your dream a reality. 20832 Front Street.

Whether you want to check out the year – round Christmas store, visit the rodeo this fall or just stop in out of curiosity, Cottonwood is waiting to welcome you into their cozy, country community. Come explore!