Offers tests by (supervised) eye-docs-in-training, plus cheap glasses and chic frames.
A nonprofit economic development project of the African People’s Education and Defense Fund, Uhuru is the best place to furnish your apartment for cheap.
Part of the popuphood initiative in Old Oakland, Umami Mart sells Japanese bar, coffee, and kitchen supplies.
The place to find quirky and colorful glass-based home furnishings, from table lamps to light fixtures.
A 34-acre living museum featuring one of the most diverse plant collections in the U.S., arranged by region. Also includes a bookstore and a small commercial nursery, profits from which go toward the gardens' operating costs.
Dubbed the "Best Bookstore for Really Smart People" by the Express in 2009, the store specializes in stocking works published by university presses and hosts weekly lectures by notable authors and academics.
Specializes in brilliantly illustrated urban street wear with a hip-hop flair, designed by artists near and far.
Erected in the building that used to house the Oakland Box, this swank rock club is decked out with a classy mahogany bar inherited from the Old Spaghetti Factory, plus top-notch acoustics designed by the sound consultant at Yoshis. A lot of things have changed since the old Box days, most notably in terms of decor: Bushmamas old boutique is now The Green Room, where performers kick back before going onstage; and the clubs sign is now shaped like an electric guitar. The Uptown features local and touring acts in a variety of genres, including hip-hop, soul, rock, and ska.
A furniture consignment shop featuring gems like gold embroidered sofas and Spanish revival sideboards.
This kitschy-cool shop is crammed with unique (and reasonably priced) treasures like vintage-inspired jewelry, silly socks, terrariums, and various novelty items.
A large home furnishings consignment store filled with Victorian-era mirrors, classic dining room tables, and more.
The massive warehouse and lot hold all manner of salvaged goods, but specialize in housing fixtures like stoves, doors, windows, and toilets.