Both a record label and a brick-and-mortar record store, 1-2-3-4 Go! 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.
With more than 800 dealer booths, this is the place to find items like Tiffany lamps, old paintings, ancient furniture, and all sorts of otherwise unique and weird antiques.
The store specializes in books about social movements, modern literature, children's books, and military history, but also stocks more general titles.
In addition to selling a wide selection of titles, the store's Alameda locale hosts weekly book clubs and readings by authors.
This isn’t your grimy, subterranean sex store; whether you’re looking for some devilish handcuffs, a discreet vibrator, or some trucker erotica, you can browse and feel an almost lofty exaltation about the place.
With new and vintage clothing at low prices.
The beloved North Berkeley institution is a children's mecca, offering unique and imaginative toys of all shapes and sizes.
Carries a large selection of books and hosts regular author readings and events.
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.
The bookstore has a politics section that could take an entire afternoon to browse, as well as ample labor studies and art sections. Walden also hosts a monthly mystery book club.
Amoeba houses virtually any medium for music and visuals — CD, DVD, records, cassettes — and any genre of music, from Bakersfield honky-tonk, punk from Texas 1965 and Iceland 1982, to baroque, hip-hop, bebop, remixes of remixes, old-school R&B, and obscure imports.
The world-famous store sells secondhand books in every imaginable category, and hosts a lively calendar of readings by visiting authors and poets.
510 offers a wide variety of skateboard decks and skate gear, as well as the knowledgeable staff required to assemble your board.
Features a treasure trove of European lingerie, jewelry, and boudoir accessories.