Offers new and used books and hosts a handful of author readings each month.
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.
A long-lived and well-loved sci-fi and fantasy specialty shop.
A bookstore specializing in Asian and Asian-American literature and books on Chinese medicine, martial arts, ethnic studies, and more.
A cooperatively run business and a hub of the local biker community, the shop sponsors local cycling teams, offers free in-store classes, and provides support to local participants in national Bike to Work Day.
The family-owned and -operated Berkeley institution has everything you need to fix a radio, stereo, or death ray.
A store specializing in outdoor, skiing, and snowboarding equipment.
A bead emporium with everything from Swarovski crystal to vintage Lucite, plus classes in all levels of beading, wirework, and even metalsmithing.
The shop specializes in custom dog collars and leashes made from sustainable leather.
The store sells new and vintage acoustic and electric guitars and amps, plus a hefty selection of supplies, including electronics.
With a little digging, one can score big-label clothing for a fraction of the original price.
This bike station also offers free valet parking, rentals, repairs & sales, classes, and events. Can store up to 268 bikes.
Dr. Wong will give you a thorough eye exam and afterward help you pick the ideal frames for your look and your pocketbook. Styles start at $42 and stop at, well, Moschino.
This is the liveliest game shop in the East Bay, with geeky guys and gals packed wall-to-wall late into the night.
Like The Escapist, Fantastic Comics rose out of the ashes of the defunct Comic Relief, and carries a wide range of comics.