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Is full of fossils, sundry animal parts, and unusual jewelry — beetle wing or bacula earrings, anyone?

If salsa dancing is your thing, then Club Montero's is your nightclub. The Albany dance club, voted Best Latin Dance Club in the Express in 2004, features salsa lessons every Friday and Saturday, with live bands on Friday to put your skills to work. Do an underarm turn or take a dip on the huge wooden dance floor underneath a giant palm tree. If you need to take a breather, order a drink at the cabana-style bar or grab a bite to eat at Montero's Cafe next door. The cover charge is $15 on Friday, and $10 on Saturday, and the dress code requires semicasual to evening attire. No sportswear or tennis shoes allowed. Eighteen and over.

Flowerland is a quaint nursery with a good selection and a knowledgeable staff. It carries indoor and outdoor plants, fountains, edibles, and planters. It specializes in architectural plants, four-inch perennials, as well as plants from Australia. You won't get lost in a forest at this store but it carries a few trees including natives, magnolias, madrones, and some fruit trees. Of course, it also has necessary accessories like tools, pots, and fertilizers to help you wrangle your garden into shape.

A low-key smoker’s paradise and homey-feeling lounge, proffering more than fourteen blends of tobacco and a good selection of pipes, lighters, and cigarette holders, as well as beer on tap including Bass, Fullers, Guinness, and Harp.

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