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.
There are more than seventeen reasons to visit this salon, but here are a few: The relaxed decor is chic without being slick, the hair gurus are so friendly you’ll want to hug them when you leave, and the middle-of-the-road pricing is beyond reasonable given that they dole out some of the best cuts in town.
Live jazz music from some of the Bay Area's best artists flows from this North Oakland gallery on the regular. The space hosts rotating artist exhibitions and an ever-growing private collection of jazz- and blues-inspired paintings.
The restaurant serves Ethiopian dishes made from authentic traditional recipes, with options for carnivores and vegans alike.
Studio of the Oakland designer, which sells limited styles and other accessories.
A collection of small shops and galleries in the vibrant Temescal arts district.
This massive cafe features Bicycle Coffee (no espresso drinks), a small food menu, beer and wine, and plenty of tables and chairs, which has made it popular among the laptop crowd.
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.
A school that teaches contemporary artists the techniques used by the masters of realism.