The economy continues to claim more of our beloved stores: this time, longtime Berkeley boutique Dish (2981 College Ave.) and Walnut Creek store Hush (ironically, like Dish's Eastside counterpart). Both boutiques specialized in gorgeous clothes with a feminine, sophisticated aesthetic: silks, cashmere, tried-and-true names, as well as some independents graced the racks. And they were always counted on for gorgeous, last-minute, I-need-to-look-fabulous-without-trying-too-hard events (or moments). Pricey, yes, but Dish in particular helped transform the values of Elmwood locals from campus-casual to casual-elegance, cheap-and-disposable to treasure-this-piece-for-years. It was - an arguably still is - the only destination for such finds, so it's with a heavy heart that we wave farewell to our old friend. Saturday, January 31, 2009 will be the last day for the Berkeley store (due to a most untimely rent increase), though luckily we'll still have its Hayes Valley store to fulfill us. Stop by to pick up deeply discounted finds from recent and not-so-recent days. Hush's last day will be Feb. 7.
Last week, we told you all about the Shop Local pledge we launched here at the Express. (Check out our PSA video below.) We also gave you a monstrous list of local indie holiday sales, craft fairs, and bazaars. Well, since then, we've received a ton of new sales to tell you about. These aren't just your run-of-the-mill sale events either; many are fun, community-oriented events with music, art, food, drinks, and more -- helping you to support artists, your community, and find some really cool unique (and cheap) gifts in the process. There's really no excuse not to!
Not doubt you've already heard of the senseless violence and deaths that have occurred on Black Friday. There is another way to consume, peoples! Save lives, money, and help your community all at the same time by giving your hard-earned dollars to independent and locally owned businesses this holiday season. We've compiled a HUGE list of craft fairs, bazaars, sales, and more to help you achieve the goal. Not only will you find things that are unique and well-made, but you'll also feel good about your purchases because you're helping to support a local artist or craftsperson, who will in turn spend that money in the community. It's all part of the Express' Shop Local Pledge, which our publisher Jody Colley launched and is now spreading around the country with the help of other alt-weeklies. Read on for the mega indie local holiday sale list!
From the Oakland Tribune comes two stories of how the East Bay is getting the Obama administration up and running. First, Cal economist and recession expert Christina Romer will head the prez's Council of Economic Advisors. (hey Romer: just for fun, tell him we all went to hell when we went off the gold standard. Go on, mess with his head!) Second, Biscotti, an Oakland-based clothing designer, made the dress worn by Obama's eldest daughter on Election Night. Hey, you take your celebrity wherever you can find it.
In this edition of Buy Curious: In case you hadn't heard, our beloved (only?) locally designed high-end shoe store Twenty Two Shoes is closing this month. (Psst major sale going on now!) Looking for something totally different? Chillin Productions holds another fabulous independent shopping event at Minna this Saturday. Dust off your old-school outfit for this weekend's vintage car show at Forbidden Island in Alameda. While you're at it, stay on the island for the Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire.
This week, one of the saddest emails ever landed in our inbox. Twenty Two Shoes announced they're CLOSING ... like, for good. Done. Zip. Finished. Forever! There was no mention of the reasons why, but we can only guess that fewer and fewer folks can afford those gorgeous $350 Italian-made shoes these days. There is a silver lining in this dark and ominous cloud, however: a sale, of course. Read on for the details and more "good" news.
Is it just me, or did it become fall practically overnight? No doubt you were prepared to keep those frilly summer frocks out for another few weeks (well, don't put them away just yet, we're hearing rumors about near 80-degree weather next week). Still, no doubt the days are getting shorter and the nights cooler. Of course, you'll need something to wear! But what? Check out these fall sales this weekend to help you get started.
Does anyone else find it cruelly ironic that the "summer" here actually gets nice and summery just as soon as you have to go back to school? While you lament the sunny blue skies and warm temperatures from inside a windowless classroom under fluorescent lights, console yourself with a prettier view - your new wardrobe courtesy of some back-to-school sales. Don't miss out! All the info after the jump
Independence is in the air. The savvy shopper these days isn't just concerned with getting a bargain, but with supporting local independent designers. This weekend, take advantage of the independence boom by hitting up some big sales and street festivals going on. You'll take comfort in knowing not only that you're supporting a local designer, but also that you're getting something truly unique. All the details after the jump
Have you had an excruciating week? Do you need some reassuring news? Eye-candy perhaps? A little retail therapy? This weekend, a plethora of indie designers are ready to help calm your soul via a fashion-music-art extravaganza. There are also sales galore, discounts on discounts, and a few local kind souls wanting to help you out. Plus, croc sales are down. See? Things aren't so bad after all.