Best New Businesses
1-2-3-4 Go!!! Records and Manifesto Bicycles
Oakland's recent artistic revival has been reanimating quite a few formerly seedy neighborhoods lately. Notably, this stretch of 40th Street between Telegraph and MacArthur — formerly home to a few shuttered light industrial spaces — has welcomed two distinctly cool shops. 1-2-3-4 Go!!! is both a record label and a record store specializing in punk/hardcore and classic country records (limited CDs available). While the space is small and the stock necessarily limited, Stevo's discriminating taste ensures that everything in his shop is a worthwhile addition to your record collection. Right next door, Manifesto is the hippest little bike shop in town. Not only does it specialize in reasonably priced, high-quality single-speed bikes that are both perfect for the urban cyclist and incredibly hip, but it also has a selection of artfully restored, road-worthy steel-framed bikes for the everyday rider. Plus, with an on-premises art gallery, a selection of locally made bicycle-related crafts, and a casual Sunday morning "Bike Church" (free coffee, bike wrenching, gospel music, and hang-time with the two owners), Manifesto makes your bike into something so much more than just a way to get around.