Both a record label and a brick-and-mortar, the record store carries everything from punk and hardcore to country and soul stuff, hosts shows regularly, and has what's probably the only publicly operating vintage photo booth in the East Bay.
510 offers a wide variety of skateboard decks and skate gear, as well as the knowledgeable staff required to assemble your board.
Features a treasure trove of European lingerie, jewelry, and boudoir accessories.
Sets the bar for independent shoe shops with a stellar selection of brands including Aerosoles, Born, Diesel, Simple, Wanted, and Dansko.
This record shop specializes in a variety of Mexican pop music, from Lupillo Rivera to La Banda del Recodo, Los Tigres del Norte to Selena.
The family-owned and -operated Berkeley institution has everything you need to fix a radio, stereo, or death ray.
A nonprofit computer recycler that fixes up old machines and gives them away to the needy.
With more than 800 dealer booths, this is the place to find items like Tiffany lamps, old paintings, ancient furniture, and all sorts of otherwise unique and weird antiques.
Studio of the Oakland designer, which sells limited styles and other accessories.
The design supply company stocks everything from blended soils for rooftop gardens to select stone for building restoration.
In addition to supporting musicians with compilations, recommendations, and now its own record label, Amoeba also hosts live bands several times a week in its San Francisco store. Saturday shows happen at 2 p.m. and weekday shows occur at 6 p.m., usually prior to the bands performance at some big club in the city. Theyre a great opportunity to see your favorite band for free if you cant afford a regular ticket, plus its a much more intimate environment. Amoeba also books local bands of all varieties, in conjunction with their CD releases. While it is slightly weird to see a band play amid the rows of CDs and vinyl, its also a natural place for music and a great alternative to those dark, loud clubs.
Amoeba houses virtually any medium for music and visuals — CD, DVD, records, cassettes — and any genre of music, from Bakersfield honky-tonk, punk from Texas 1965 and Iceland 1982, to baroque, hip-hop, bebop, remixes of remixes, old-school R&B, and obscure imports.
Having a difficult time finding a specific plant? Maybe a Dahlia coccinea or a Ranunclulus californicus? Check out Annie's. They specialize in rare annuals, perennials, and California native wildflowers, and also provide delivery and interstate shipping.
With a great selection of funky and classic yarns, this is not your grandma's knitting store (though she'll probably like it too). The small shop also hosts classes for both beginners and seasoned knitters.