As of 2/7: Shopping Piedmont Ave & Montclair Village Sales, Events & More
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Merchants A Through D
NOW. NEW INVENTORY. Blue Door Beads is amagical place that feeds the creative soul.It’s where the artistically inclined go to “buy beads” only to transform them into beautiful works of personal jewelry, trinkets, and art. We’ve noticed that they’ve been on a bit of a bead buying FRENZY so we expect that they’ll have some NEW INVENTORY soon. Also, they always have classes and workshops.
NOW. SHOP. Cotton Basics. Looking for some comfy essentials? Are you picky about their cotton (play on words very intentional). We love the quality and expansive collection of clothing at this shop. It’s the place to stock up on everyday t-shirts and comfy clothes (a.k.a. the essentials for your closet). There is nothing basic about their selection!
NOW. NEW ARRIVALS. Dr. Comics and Mr. Games is a local institution devoted to making life more fun and always have new comics and games ARRIVALS. Make sure you ask them about their selection. They are pretty proud of it!
Merchants E Through K
2/9 6-8:30pm. CLASS. Think Gold and Rust for Valentine’s Day.Cassandra has arranged a floral class. Get it? Here are the facts: “Friends! We’re so thrilled to host Alyson in our shop for this incredible class. Her signature style is unique and captivating; she builds her arrangements with locally sourced (and foraged) flowers & plants, and happens to be one of the loveliest humans on the planet!
Alyson will talk about ethical foraging, local flower sources, tricks & tips to keep your blooms looking fresh. She’ll take you through all the steps to build your own gorgeous arrangement for yourself or a loved one. This class includes all the flowers, tools and accouterments you’ll need –just bring yourself — plus complimentary beverages & snacks.”
NOW. NEW ISSUE. Issues. “GIRLS LIKE US Magazine is here, unfolding feminist legacies in arts and writing. Mixing politics and pleasure, @girlslikeusmagazine is mapping collaborative routes towards a non-patriarchy. Find Issue Twelve now in store and online at issuesshop.com!
NOW. VALENTINE’S DAY PREP. J Miller Flowers. Can you believe that they are celebrating their 50 year anniversary this year? OMG. That means they know how to help you have a fantastic Valentine’s Day. Talk to Robbin and Valerie — the co-owners — or Maureen, who’s been designing flower arrangements for 40 years there. There’s nothing more romantic than a shop local Valentine’s Day!
Merchants L Through Q
NOW-2/7. ART EXHIBITION. Lireille. Did you know that many–we mean many–Oaktown indie shops host art exhibitions? Lireille is no exception. “Spring is here! Flowers by Kim Lipkin. Check out her show until 2/7. Not to mention, their jewelry collection is their own sparkling artwork and they are ready for you for Valentine’s Day.
NOW. GIFT IDEAS. Maple Street Denim is so proud to serve Oakland. And quite frankly, we’re so glad to have this classic denim emporium here in The Town. We thank proprietor, Julie Harleman, for having the vision and courage to open this special (and ever so rare) shop. Here’s why: Julie, is a denim aficionado who’s developed a deep expertise through years of work in denim retail. She’s always looking for unique statement labels. She prioritizes makers and brands that are local, sustainable, and crafted-with-care (and love). And she hires knowledgeable and friendly staff that are basically personal stylists. As such, Julie and her team will help you with your personal fit and your individual style. You know what we always say: You can’t buy that on the internet.
NOW. VALENTINE’S DAY PREP. Nathan & Co knows the art of gift-giving. And they’re thinking about Valentine’s Day. They say, “We’re proudly Cupid’s go-to choice for meaningful gifts for your sweetheart. Hysterical, but sweet cards, chic jewels and all kinds of other gifts that symbolize your love!”
NOW-2/14. SALE. Philippa Roberts Jewelry. They are having a diamond ring SALE and it’s going on until Valentine’s Day! Get your shopping done soon!
Merchants R Through Z
2/13. CLASS. Rare Bird “Mark the season of love and learn to make a sweet heart-shaped wreath of locally-grown heather and jasmine. Heather is cherished as a symbol of luck and protection while jasmine means beauty and sensuality. Create a genuine gift for yourself, your Galentine or Valentine and gain techniques that will allow you to festoon your home with natural materials all year long.”
2/16. CLASS. Rare Bird “Bring your Valentine or bring yourself for this heartwarming afternoon making your own, customized Love Potions with @white_sage_wellness. We will embark on a “scent-ual” adventure into Aromatherapy where you will follow your nose to discover the healing plant oils that speak your love language.
Choose from: 1) aroma spray 2) body oil 3) natural perfume oil, and make two separate scent blends to bring home.”
NOW. NEW ARRIVALS. Resurrect. We’ve noticed that they’ve been getting some new items in. We love these ceramics. “We have lots of adorable ceramics by @idathistleceramics including these bright Banana Glazed mugs!”
NOW. VALENTINE’S DAY PREP. Revelation in Fit through to Valentine’s Day! Pick up a free Cheeky panty or small Soak with purchase of $150 or more, or a Cheeky 3-pack or large Soak with purchase of $250 or more. These soft, lacy panties are a customer favorite, and make a perfect gift— we have a rainbow of new colors in the shop! If that doesn’t strike your fancy, Soak is the perfect no-rinse detergent to keep all of your delicate underpinnings looking their best.
NEWS. Thornhill Nursery has some bad news. The lease on their land is not going to be renewed as the property was recently sold. Business as usual in 2020 but this Oasis is going out of business. We hate to see small businesses go away.
2/8. 2-5pm. EVENT. Wine On Piedmont. Wine tasting events are one of our favorite shop local activities. It’s so much easier than driving to wine country. And it’s way better than buying wine at a giant retailer. Wine On Piedmont has tastings on Saturdays from 2-5. This week, they’re doing France!
More to Come
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