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Apple Store (5656 Bay St., Emeryville, 510-350-2400) is the best place to find iPhone needs, and a great spot to get advice on how to fix a broken Mac.
Best Buy (3700 Mandela Parkway, Oakland, 510-420-0323) is always a great place to find anything that plugs in and makes noise.
Fry's (1695 Willow Pass Rd., Concord, 925-852-0300; 43800 Osgood Rd., Fremont, 510-252-5300) is basically a Wal-Mart-size Radio Shack.
Looking Glass Photo and Camera (2848 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, 510-548-6888) is where the best equipment can be had at decent prices.
Sarber's Cameras (1749 Solano Ave., Berkeley, 510-526-0775) is the most reliable place to get your best photos printed out, though it can be pricey.
Sound Well (1718 University Ave., Berkeley, 510-549-2126) is a shop that still fixes stereo equipment and components.
Stereo Unlimited (1545 Locust St., Walnut Creek, 925-932-5835) is a great place to find all the high-end audio equipment you'll need to ruin your eardrums and shake your booty.
Used Computer Store (2277 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-548-8686) is the best place to find old equipment cheap for those who make their music, photos, and mixes in digital form.
Walter Bennett Cameras (3268 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, 510-893-6960) is another great place to find camera equipment, and to ask questions about taking better shots.
Cannabis Dispensaries & Supply
7 Stars Holistic Healing Center (3288 Pierce St., El Cerrito, 510-527-7827)
Berkeley Patients Care Collective (2509 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, 510-540-7878)
Berkeley Patients Group (2747 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, 510-540-6013) sells marijuana buds from the super-pure high level down to $100 ounces of the brown Mexican you smoked in high school, plus free food, coffee, classes, and on-site events.
Blue Sky (377 17th St., Oakland, 510-251-0690) coffee shop offers good prices on a limited selection of marijuana buds, consumables, and clones.
Harborside Health Center (1840 Embarcadero, Oakland, 510-533-0146) has a massive selection of high-end marijuana nuggets.
iGrow (70 Hegenberger Loop, Oakland, iGrowOakland.com), called the "Wal-Mart of weed," is a 15,000-square-foot facility featuring equipment, training, and on-site doctors to conduct cannabis-card evaluation.
Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Co-op (1733 Broadway, Oakland, 510-832-5346) is where you can get your cannabis card for only $25 so you can find your way to any of the hundreds of dispensaries in the Bay Area and get the stickiest of the icky.
Oaksterdam University (1600 Broadway, Oakland, 510-251-1544) offers classes in growing, legal issues, and patient care.
Purple Heart Patient Center (415 4th St., Oakland, 510-625-7677)
Clothing — New
A la Folie (1816 Fourth St., Berkeley, 510-845-1616, VisitAlaFolie.com) features exquisitely sexy lingerie.
American Apparel (2315 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, 510-981-1641, AmericanApparel.com) carries a rainbow of body-skimming cotton tees, tanks, sweats, and undies for guys and gals — all sweatshop-free and made in the USA.
Anthropologie (740 Hearst Ave., Berkeley, 510-486-0705, Anthropologie.com), a beautifully laid-out fashion emporium, is aimed at the stylish thirties-and-up woman with an equal eye for whimsy, sophistication, and professionalism.
Atomic Garden (5453 College Ave., Oakland, 510-923-0543, AtomicGardenOakland.com) is a truly unique boutique stocked with a small but exquisite selection of casual clothing and accessories made from organic, recycled, or sustainable materials.
Bancroft Clothing Co. (2530 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510- 841-0762) has fun, flirty dresses, jeans, and other staples for far less dough.
Dapper (5332 College Ave., Oakland, 510-594-1940, DapperMen.blogspot.com) is the East Bay's destination for picking up smooth duds for yourself or your dude.
Duchess Boutique (3587 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, 925-962-0208, ShopDuchess.com) is a super-stylish spot where you can find trendy designer threads, jewelry, shoes, and sunglasses.
Elements (2937 College Ave., Berkeley, 510-548-6876) offers an equal array of smart basics for work and play.
Erica Tanov (1827 Fourth St., Berkeley, 510-849-3331, EricaTanov.com) has intricately embroidered skirts and tops, light-as-air dresses, and perfectly tailored trousers by a local designer.
EVarize (2700 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, 510-845-0376, EVarize.com) specializes in customizing designs to fit each shopper's taste and body.
Golden Gate Western Wear (12153 San Pablo Ave., Richmond, 510-232-3644, GoldenGateWesternWear.com) is one East Bay store where shoppers can peruse Stetson hats, Wrangler jeans, and leather holsters, as well as faux-pearl-buttoned plaids, embroidered long-sleeve shirts, and, of course, cowboy boots.
H&M (5626 Bay Street, Emeryville, HM.com) has cheap clothes good for a half-dozen public displays before looking beat.
Habit (5659 Bay St., Emeryville, 510-652-2247, HabitOnline.com) is a mini designer outlet where you'll find denim by the likes of True Religion and Ernest Sewn, along with feminine tops, skirts, and frocks by other top brands — at up to 70 percent less than retail.
Halmar Work Clothes Center (1111 University Ave., Berkeley, 510-845-4771) is an authentic working-stiff haven where you'll find Dickies, Carhartt, and Ben Davis stuff for a steal.
Hot Topic (2332 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, 510-841-3128) is where skulls and Hello Kitty happily co-exist under one roof.
Jeremy's (2967 College Ave., Berkeley, 510-849-0701, Jeremys.com) offers some of the best bargains around for men and women on fancy brand-name clothing, from Barneys to J. Crew.
McMullen Boutique (4395 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, 510- 420-6906, ShopMcMullen.com) is a never-fail source for sophisticated, contemporary clothes by a slew of well-known and fresh designers.
Momoca (2447 Dwight Way, Berkeley, 510-486-8295, Momoca.com) is a tiny boutique that carries only handcrafted clothes and accessories made by local designers.
My Roommate's Closet (1366 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, 925-280-8400, MyRoommatesCloset.com) features a mouthwatering assortment of brand-new garments from designers like Mint, Theory, and Catherine Maladrino — all at least 50 percent off.
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