The store sells lots of beautiful things that you probably don't really need but will surely want to buy anyway, like fancy paperweights, vintage craft supplies, art books, and stationery.
Metalsmith Kate Ellen's jewelry store, part of the popuphood initiative in Old Oakland, features a curated collection of jewelry and art from local designers, along with locally made home and body products.
Nestled between Alamedas bustling Park Street and Alameda High School, this 92-year-old hall draws about 250 people on Friday nights for dancing to live zydeco, and occasional Saturdays for swing. These weekly gigs are not too unlike a church function -- except for the full bar hidden in the back corner — with punch bowls filled with Oreos, pretzels, and chocolate chip cookies, and regulars who affectionately call each other by name. Tables line the wooden dance floor in this four-hundred-capacity hall, and its easy to see why people of all ages and walks of life from rockabillies to pimply-faced teens in Nirvana T-shirts to your aunt who frequents Ashkenaz come for the guaranteed crowd and, oh yeah, the handy dance lesson beforehand.
Stepping inside this cozy venue might conjure up sweet memories of sunny days spent in your grandma's kitchen. Beyond beer and wine, the cafe offers up a simple but sweet home-style menu of soups, sandwiches, and baked goods like lemon pound cake. Live bands, from jazz to bluegrass acts, hit the stage weekly. The Station also caters private events in its lounge area or in the entire cafe.
Operating out of his studio and boutique, potter Jered Nelson sells stoneware made from locally sourced clays.
Wedged next to a car dealership on the crummier end of Alameda’s Park Street, this honky-tonk-ish dive bar features live music, karaoke, and pool tournaments Wednesdays through Saturdays. Decked out with a pool table, jukebox, Big Toy machine complete with lesbian porn, several tables, and a small stage, John Patrick’s is no supper club, but it’s a fun, cash only neighborhood watering hole.
A modern gallery that carries contemporary art jewelry and fine arts from emerging and nationally acclaimed artists.
A pop-up gallery and boutique that features works by emerging and established East Bay artists.
Part of the popuphood initiative in Old Oakland, the shop sells items like uncommon home and personal accessories, jewelry, and clothing.
A full-service auction house that appraises and sells antiques and fine art. Michaan's also has a large theater that's available for rental.
A slow-fashion boutique, gallery, and design studio that sells handmade garments made from scavenged, re-purposed, and otherwise sustainable materials.
Located a couple blocks from Ashby BART, Nomad provides the soy-latte crowd a place to discuss their recent trips to Guatemala and work on their laptops, thanks to free wi-fi. In addition to the espresso menu, Nomad serves sandwiches, beer, and smoothies.
Sells pianos and holds concerts.
A shoe store, art gallery, and venue space.
A gift shop and family art studio that hosts various arts and crafts events and other family-friendly activities.