Best Taxidermy Shop
The Bone Room
Who can resist the charms of this spooky "natural history store," whose delights range from baby llama skeletons to human finger bones? Biology nerds and gore-ophiles will fall in love with this tiny Solano Avenue shop full of fossils, sundry animal parts, and unusual jewelry — beetle wing or bacula earrings, anyone? (A "bacula" is the penis bone found in most mammals — but not humans.) Browse the aisles for a minute, ponder the weirdly small price difference between the taxidermied blasé pigeon ($150) and glamorous pheasant ($200), as well as the question of who has $900 to spare on a Sumatran spitting cobra skeleton. If you're looking for a quirky gift and are on a tighter budget, consider some chocolate-coated crickets or scorpion lollipops.