An Item for Every Whimsy 

You don't need to cross the bridge to find what you're looking for, whether it's an antique lamp, designer shoe, or thrift-store bargain.

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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 (1467 University Ave., Berkeley, 510-549-2126, is a shop that still fixes stereo equipment and components.

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.

Cannabis Dispensaries & Supply

7 Stars Holistic Healing Center (3288 Pierce St., El Cerrito, 510-527-7827)

Berkeley Patients Care Collective (2590 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,, 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 Patient ID Center (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, 510-625-7877)

Clothing — New

A la Folie (1844 Fourth St., Berkeley, 510-845-1616, features exquisitely sexy lingerie.

American Apparel (2315 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, 510-981-1641, 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,, 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, 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.

Duchess Boutique (3587 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, 925-962-0208, 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, has intricately embroidered skirts and tops, light-as-air dresses, and perfectly tailored trousers by a local designer.

EVarize (2634 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, 510-845-0376, specializes in customizing designs to fit each shopper's taste and body.

Golden Gate Western Wear (12153 San Pablo Ave., Richmond, 510-232-3644, 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 (5630 Bay St., Emeryville, has cheap clothes good for a half-dozen public displays before looking beat.

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, 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, is a never-fail source for sophisticated, contemporary clothes by a slew of well-known and fresh designers.

Slash (2840 College Ave., Berkeley, 510-665-5994,, an Elmwood mainstay whose genius salespeople have been matching men and women with perfect-fitting denim since 1979, carries new and vintage Levi's and other midpriced brands.

Urban Outfitters (2590 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510-486-1300, is for fashion-forward students seeking new duds for class and beyond.

Clothing — Used & Vintage

Buffalo Exchange (2585 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, CA, 510-644-9202, carries some vintage items, weird stuff from overseas, and, yes, barely worn H&M and Forever 21.

Community Thrift Store (625 Valencia St., San Francisco, 415-861-4910,

Crossroads Trading Co. (2338 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-843-7600; 5901 College Ave., Oakland, 510-420-1952, is where you can net some serious big-label scores on jeans and tops.

Down at Lulu's (6603 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-601-0964, is a kitschy, party-cool store where you can get rock 'n' roll boots and 1980s neon; it's also a hair salon.

Maribel (3251 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, 510-419-0677) high-ticket designer items in a true consignment boutique setting.

Mars Mercantile (2398 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, 510-843-6711) boasts two floors of vintage — guayaberas to Donna Reed housedresses to ironic T-shirts to 1980s prom — with a $20 median price and a stock that's organized by era and/or style.

Mercy Vintage Now (4188 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, 510-654-5599)

Painted Bird (1360 Valencia St., San Francisco, 415-401-7027)

Pretty Penny (5488 College Ave., Oakland, 510-594-9219, boasts local designers mixed with the, well, pretty side of the 20th century — rainbow prints, strappy sandals, and flowery purses — and shares space with Saturn Records, so you can browse music, too.


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