Our COVID-19 Special Edition
Sure, Oakland Indies are closed to the public. But many of them are open for business as UNusual. Many have an online presence. And, we’ve seen other imaginative workarounds to ensure we can still shop local.
As such, we continue to madly compile and update info about how to shop 120+ (and counting) Oakland Indies during the coronavirus health crisis. It’s an extensive listing of Oakland Indies: sales; shop online options; shop by appointment information; DM, email, and phone ordering deets; cool promotions; product news; online events; and more. There are lots of shopping tips to get through the crisis.
Our goal is to provide a one-stop resource to shop Oaktown. We hope you find it a valuable tool to do your Oakland shopping from the comfort of your own home!
We feel that it’s more important than ever to continue our mission to inspire a Shop Local mindset and So Oakland spirit.
One More Thing
In addition, you can use our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides. They’re a compilation of our Shop Local adventures and the merchants we’ve met along the way. We have written stories and collected info about 90 bricks and mortar indie retailers. And we continue to add to more everyday-ish. Indeed, we’ve learned a lot about shopping in Oakland over the last year and we hope to delight you with new information.
BRICK & MORTAR MERCHANTS: If you’re not in the LISTING or in our SHOPPING GUIDES yet, email email@example.com and we’ll work together to see what we can do. BOTH RESOURCES ARE FREE.
About Our Shop Oakland Indies Listing
To our knowledge, there is no listing quite like it. We compile info about local Indie Merchant Sales, Events, Classes, Product News, and much more. It’s packed with dozens of shop local tips! We also include info about Indie Markets, Neighborhood Events, Art Exhibitions, and other important Oakland happenings. We recently added a COMMUNITY NOTICE BOARD to post about important community issues, information, and events.
This collection of shop local love information is continually updated. So we recommend that you add it to your favorites and check back regularly!
We hope our listing inspires you to explore The Town with a shop small mindset and a live local spirit.
Oakland Indies Listings by Neighborhood: Don’t want to browse the entire Indie Oakland listing? We get it. So, you can now search by the following shopping districts too: Downtown Oakland, Grand Lake District, Laurel District & Fruitvale, Montclair & Piedmont Ave, Rockridge, and Temescal.
Please check directly with the merchants for more information about the event(s) that you’re interested in.
Community Notice Board
Do you know of a business in trouble? DM us and we’ll post about it here.
The Raven’s Wing Magical Co has an urgent message for all of us: A Bay Area institution needs your help!
Ancient Ways has been serving the pagan community for 31 years, long before other shops like ours even existed.
The new owners saved it after the former owner retired, but then the pandemic hit and now they’re struggling to re-open and stay afloat.
Please help if you can! It’s so important to support your local magical stores which are often community hubs as well as sources for supplies. Thank you!
If you have suggestions to add, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hot shopping Tip: Oakland Art Murmur would love to remind us all that the best way to support artists is to buy their artwork. And Oakland has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to talented artists. We can hardly wait to have an office and display Oakland Art all over the place.
Shopping in Oakland in the Time of COVID-19
Merchants A through B
510 Brand Feel the Oakland Love at 510 Brand. It’s part print shop, part artist studio, part art gallery, and all Oakland Love. Read more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online.
Hot shopping tip: Enjoy 50% off and spread some much needed Oakland Love.
Adventure Toys. They prove that learning is an adventure. They curate toys that expand knowledge and build skills. Most of all they have to be fun. It almost makes us want to be kids again. They’ve got Science Kits, Craft Kits, Puzzles, Games, Lego, Stickers, Activity Books… Follow them on Instagram to discover some of the unique toys that will amuse and challenge your kids.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/21): So many different ways to shop… Shop online. Also, call/text them at 510-452-6470, email them at email@example.com, or DM them on Instagram. You can now try ordering at the door to for instant gratification. Curbside pickup available Thursdays-Saturdays 1-5pm!
Hot shopping tip: They’ve always got games, toys, and activities that will expand your kiddos horizons. And, they are a go-to for puzzles too. Use the code “TAKE5” FOR $5 off your $50 purchase.
Alcatrash. Looking to have some alcatrashy fun shopping or need some objets de trash? Want to kick around and peruse lost and almost forgotten curios from the past? Then you’ve got to check this shop out. Oh, and ask them why “this place iz so weird.” Read about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: They don’t have a website. But, they do have an Etsy store. They’re listing cool stuff on Etsy.
Hot shopping tip: Follow them on Instagram and check out the trashy delights that they’re posting daily and DM them if something captures your imagination. Maybe there’s a deal to be had.
Alyce on Grand is a boutique for women who have a confident and classic sense of style. Here, you’ll find a finely curated collection of local and sustainable brands at very fair prices. Even better, owner Alyce is on a mission to source from women designers, makers, and artists. What this all means, we have discovered, is that the clothes will be of especially high quality, super comfy and cosy, and waaay stylish. The fashions are easy and versatile for any occasion. Also, there’s a lot of options to accessorize with jewelry, shoes, sunglasses, handbags, and more. We love visiting Alyce on Grand, learn why in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Their website is up and running and you can shop til you drop! Such great news.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/21): We are pretty sure this is the coolest thing we’re going to right about today: Alyce on Grand was featured in Forbes here!!!! Please shop at black & latinx-owned businesses. Oakland has the best of them!
How to shop during COVID-19: They’ve just added shop by appointment options. If you want to stay home, you can shop online. Also, follow them on Instagram to discover the delightful Care Packages they’re putting together. DM or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to order too. They offer local gloved delivery, curbside pickup, or free shipping.
Hot shopping tip (5/21): They’ve added private shopping appointments as a way to shop!
Hot shopping tip: This shop is new to us so we’re still learning about them. Hot tips to come!
Bay-Made It’s always fun to shop the 100+ talented local makers that they feature in their shop. This gift shop should be called “Bay-Love.” We wrote a feature about Bay-Made in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides. Indeed, they’re more than Bay-Made. Learn why here.
How to shop during COVID-19: They continue to update their site with more merchandise so keep checking back. Also, they have gift cards available too. If you’re passing by you can DM them on Instagram.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/21): Fun giveaway! GIVEAWAY!! Celebrate their new gift boxes arriving next week. They include some wonderful calming herbal gift items (Be Calm Balm, Scented Ritual Oil, and Sweet Dreams tobacco- and cannabis-free smoke blend) from @allelementsapothecary; ethically harvested sage smudge from @laureldistrictgoods; and a sweet van sticker and babe art lighter set from @jenoaksillustration. Shipping included! Go to their Instagram to get the rules! You have until 5/28 to enter.
Beast Oakland. This is an Oakland proud original. They always have new arrivals and they’re full of Oakland Love. Looking for some kick-around apparel? This is the place for you. Yes, we’ve written about Beast as well. Check the story out, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online! We think they might be open also Monday to Saturday 11:00 am – 6:30 pm Sunday 11 am – 3 pm. Call them at 510-328-1347.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/21): We are loving these pure Oakland Love t-shirts inspired by the BART route maps. Clever. Fun.
Bella Ceramica. Go on a little trip to Italy and find up and coming ceramic artists or artisans that have been at it for decades. Better yet, just go to Bella Ceramica and meet Claudio who does all the hard work finding ceramic treasures in Italy himself. Find out more about this little piece of Italy in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Please shop online. Follow them on Instagram for shopping tips. Also, you can reach out directly to Claudio at 510-297-9651 or email@example.com. They offer FREE SHIPPING.
Hot shopping tip: Since none of us are traveling to Italy anytime soon, this is the next best thing.
Bella Vita. A perfect mix of clothes, books, and toys for the kiddos and trendy fashion for mom. You can be sure that they are ready to help you for Spring and Summer. Do some retail therapy online! Learn more about them (and other shops) in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here!
How to shop during COVID-19: Please shop online. Free shipping within the US, free curbside pick up, and free local delivery.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/21): We’ve been perusing their Instagram. Lots of ideas from cute outfits to sure to be popular hand sanitizer to very hot soy candles. Plus, they’ve got stuff for kiddos, and kiddos at heart.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online.
Hot shopping tip: They’re Instagram is full of knife inspirations. And, they’ve been talking a lot about knife sharpening too.
Hot shopping tip: Let them help you with your gift-giving needs. They can put together a package of clothes, toys, and books like no other. They’ll make you look like a gift-giving savant!
Blue Door Beads. Okay, beads enthusiasts, Blue Door Beads is a magical 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. Also, they’ve got heart. Read about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/27): If you need to talk beads and make an order, email info@bluedoorbeads or stop by and they’ll shop for you. Curbside pick up offered Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 – 5:30 pm. have gift cards available for purchase on the page on their website.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/28): Sara has launched some virtual creative activities to keep aspiring artists and creatives busy so please follow them on Instagram to participate. Sara can inspire you and keep you creating while you SIP.
Classes and events: They’ve got lots of them so you might want to check out there page here. But next up is there 8th Anniversary Celebration! This means a big SALE on 6/5 and 6/6 with 30% off of gemstone strands, 25% off all other bead strands, plus seed beads & loose beads, 20% off tools & stringing material, 50% off clearance items! The first eight customers receive an additional discount! We are so happy for them.
How to shop during COVID-19: Broken Guitars is pleased to announce that they’ll be reopening according to state guidelines this Friday 5/8! They’ll accept repairs and setups, and will buy and sell guitars and accessories. Note that most of their stock is now listed in their Reverb store and is available for curbside pickup. Or call 510-250-9747 and they’ll certainly be happy to help you!
Hot shopping tip 5/21: They are OPEN FOR BUSINESS again.They’ve moved the counter up in front of the door and are helping one customer at a time. Yay!
Buckingham Wine and Spirits. Remember the days when your neighborhood Liquor Store was kind of seedy and had bottom of the barrel booze to sell? Well, that’s NOT BUCKINGHAM. No way. They’ve got some choice adult beverages. They’re always finding something new and local. Yes, they’ve got refreshing ideas. And they seem to have a lot of fun doing it. So, if you want something different, try out Buckingham. Rest assured, they hands-down beat Giant Retailer experiences. Read about our Shop Local adventure in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: They are offering some limited hours to shop so check with them directly. Alternatively, you can order by phone at 510-465-7000 or DM on Instagram. They’ve also partnered with @drizlyinc and @doordash so you can order online and get delivery straight to your door!
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/21): They have lots of ideas for our social distancing drinking habits. Lot’s of selection at Buckingham.
Merchants C through E
Cape and Cowl Comics. We just visited this downtown indie and fell in love. Did you know that every Wednesday is NEW RELEASE Day? This is a photo of our Owner Superhero, Eitan, getting ready for masses! We just wrote a story about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/22): Online shopping available. And, since you can’t go inside to browse the stands on New Comic Book Day, they’ll bring the stands to you! Curbside is kinda fun! (Pick up hours are 11-6 Mon-Fri & 1-5 Sat-Sun)
Hot shopping tip: We’ve noticed that they’ve been hosting regular Instagram Live SALES on the weekends, usually on Saturdays at 10am and Sundays at 4pm. Check in to see if they have one this weekend.
How to shop during COVID-19: Online shopping available. If you need any kid items (toys, games, puzzles, Frisbees, balls, scooters, and more) they can help. They also offer FREE Local delivery.
City Bloom. Dan has been up to something. Of course, he has his outstanding floral services but he’s amassed a great collection of gift items to make City Bloom a complete gift store. We spied flowers, vases, candles, soaps, chocolates, curios, cards, and more.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 4/17): Dan is starting to sell some of his gifty items on Instagram. DM him if there is something that interests you.
Hot shopping tip: Dan has 25 years of floral passion and experience that can serve you well for gift shopping. Check out the Instagram to see what beautiful things he is creating.
And they’re going to “share the love and celebrate ALL of America’s #heros , especially during this time…”
Crimson Horticulture. Once inside, feel your body decompress as you peruse the rare plants, florals, and beautiful and locally-crafted gift-y assortment. Everything is artfully displayed to maximize the beauty of each item. The longer you stay, the more you feel uplifted by the colors, selection, and positive energy. Read more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: They’ve got temporary online shopping capabilities now. Curbside pick-up and local delivery. Gift cards are also available!
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/21): Lots of new arrivals.
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). Find out why there is nothing basic about their selection in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, HERE.
How to shop during COVID-19: The online store is up. And you can purchase gift certificates as well.
Hot shopping tip: SALE! Spend more, save more and FREE shipping over $100! And, since we all have to stay home, we might as well be dressed in our comfy Cotton Basics clothes.
Crown Nine. We think shopping local for jewelry is so meaningful. The maker has a passion for their craft. The merchants choose pieces that are unique and made locally. A customer buys a ring, or necklace, or earrings that they just have to have. And it’s loved forever more. It’s a local jewelry love story. This is also Crown Nine.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/13): OMG, you can shop online, do virtual appointments, and limited in-person appointments. As of w/o 5/11, they’re back working in the studio so they’ll be able to do made-to-order consults again (virtually)!!!! Book your appointment here!
Hot shopping tip: Crown Nine continues their Instagram Story Sale! Every Monday morning at 9 am, go to their Instagram Stories to shop new items. Some of these items are only available to purchase through DM from the Instagram Stories, and will not be available on the website! They’re featuring items that make great gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, and personal treasures to hold dear.
Crush on College is happy to say they are getting ready for spring. Check out fresh new arrivals. Sounds like it’s time to start the wardrobe refresh for 2020. And this is a good time to support our local retailers. Read our case for shopping at unique Local Boutiques like this one in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Online shopping available. They’re working to upload more items to their website. So keep checking back. Reach out to Liz via DM on Instagram for your shopping needs. Free curbside delivery or shipping.
Hot shopping tip: SIP is going to end soon and they’ve got the outfits you’ll need to re-introduce yourself to the world.
How to shop during COVID-19: Bikes are transportation so they are an essential business. They’ll have reduced hours Monday to Saturday from 12:00 – 6:00pm. But if you don’t want to go inside, that’s okay too. Call them at 510-444-7900.
Hot shopping tip: They are open for service and it’s spring… and we all need to get outside and exercise. Maybe we can go visit them during the shelter-in-place?
Dandelion Post. This Temescal boutique is one more happy example that proves local merchants do retail best. While mega retailers are worrying about making numbers, Jaime, the owner of Dandelion Post, is pondering sustainability, ethical production, and fair wages. And while category buyers make product decisions based upon who’ll pay the big bucks to be on their shelves or who provides the biggest margins, there’s Dandelion Post carefully curating small local brands and handmade products. And while multimillionaire execs are counting their profits, our local heroine is assessing craft, quality, and design. Check out our article about this Temescal boutique in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guide, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Online shopping and gift certificates.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/27): Are you thinking about leaving your house and going swimming again? Well, they’ve got swimsuits online!
Dress Best for Less. It’s a recycled style boutique. And they just moved to Piedmont Ave. and reopened on March 7th. We dropped by earlier in March and spied a huge inventory and the place was packed with shoppers. They always have great prices and lots of sales too.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/7): They are now open for business online. Free local delivery. Also, DM them on Instagram or email them to make purchases. Or buy gift certificates online and/or donate!
Hot shopping tip (5/8): We’re still learning about them and their shop-for-good mission. But, we did spy a massive collection and a bright and comfy new shopping environment on Piedmont Avenue just before the shelter-in-place order. And they’re starting to post some cute stuff on Instagram now.
Dr. Comics and Mr. Games. Pssst. You want to know a secret? There’s this cool comic book store on Piedmont Ave called Dr Comics & Mr Games. It’s an unknown entity to many–hidden away in plain sight on Piedmont Ave. But, it’s actually a thirty-two year-old establishment that is also famous across the Bay Area for its massive collections of comics, manga, graphic novels, board games, and more. And, read more about why we love them in them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guide, here!
How to shop during COVID-19: Call the shop at 510-601-7800 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Curbside pick-up available!
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/27): So much going on at Dr Comics and Mr Games. They’ve restocked puzzles, games, and lots of teen reads. New comics come in today still mostly DC Comics and MANGA. They will keep you and the family entertained.
e14 Gallery. This little gallery brims with made-in-Oakland art and other surprises. Every detail of the shop is dedicated to Oakland heART. Even the floor is a work of art. But, you can’t buy the floor so luckily there are other things on offer: artwork from local artists, lifestyle apparel such as hoodies and t-shirts: jewelry; greeting cards, home accessories, and other curios. No matter what you buy here though, it’s Oakland art made with Oakland heart. Read more in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/1):Schedule a virtual shopping appointment. Buy gift certificates here. Online shopping available.Hot shopping tip: It’s pure Town Love the way it’s meant to be. Check out their stickers, pin, patch and magnets by @e14gallery and @shomari7382.
Another great reason to shop local: They are committed to paying higher more liveable wages to their employees and they are fully committed to paying their employees their full wage during the crisis! Our hearts are aflutter.
E-clectique Gallery. If you’ve never visited this little gem on Piedmont Avenue, now’s the time to go if you are a lover of vintage art-i-facts. They’ve always got new fascinating curios, art, furniture, jewelry, objets d’art, and more coming in. If you want to read more about this charming gallery, check out our story about them in our Oakland Indies Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Some online shopping available on their website. And now you can shop by appointment too! Give them a call at (510) 325-2520.
Hot shopping tip: We’re liking these Gene Anthony paintings.
Exclusive 9 Boutique. The’ve got a lot of new inventory and are ready to help you with retail therapy. We’ve had them on our list to visit and then COVID-19 got in the way. But we think big, bold fashion.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 4/29): You can now shop online. But even better, they’re taking shopping appointments from Tue through Sat 11am to 7pm. Call 510-213-1159.
Hot shopping tip: They’ve got new stuff!
Merchants F through L
Hot shopping tip: So many, literally hot shopping tips. OMG. We wouldn’t know where to begin. Besides, we’re on the shier side of the spectrum. It’s best you call their hotline! But we’re sure loving these t-shirts. They might not be online yet but you can also DM them on Instagram to order.
Field Day. If you’re anywhere near 19th street, Go visit Field Day. They will have Oakland designed and lovingly made clothes. Plus they’ve got local jewelry brands, apothecary products, and a very LOVE OAKLAND feel. And from what we can tell, they are loving that SPRING is in the air. We’ve been noticing that they have been prolific with their new arrivals lately. If you’re loving what you’re reading, learn more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guide here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online and get free domestic shipping for orders over $50. Note that they ship using 100% post consumer recycled packaging and keep things clean & sanitized in their packing process.
Hot shopping tip: All sorts of beautiful dresses to refresh our tired SIP wardrobe.
Read about this one-of-a-kind bricks & mortar in our Oakland Indie Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/8): OMG. Five and Dime has an online shop now.
Free local pickup! Shipping available.
DM on Instagram for info or questions.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/8): Follow her on Instagram and look for posts about items for SALE at a discounted rates! She’s been posting a lot lately.
Flax Art can supply you with art supplies and creative inspirations. We love this “creative’s candy store.” Find out why in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: HOT OFF THE PRESSES. With the new COVID-19 update on 3/31, Flax art is no longer considered an essential service. So, they’ve had to close. But, you can still shop online. We’re waiting for more updates on shipping and delivery and will update this as soon as we get more info.
Hot shopping tip: In the spirit of Art Jam — a Flax annual event, this year they are inviting you to spread the gift of creativity. Purchase FLAX GIFT CARDS in April. Once they reopen, you or the gift recipient, can simply say “FLAX Art Jam” at check-out and receive a 15% discount off the entire purchase.
Gold and Rust for a home decor refresh with a modern vintage touch. And it’s seriously fun to shop there. Explore our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, to learn more about Gold & Rust, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Stay tuned as they add goodies to their website. They’re also running Instagram flash sales and have gift certificates. DM them if you are looking for something in particular — they will help you find it. Curbside pick-up on Fridays & Saturdays.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/22): They need to make some space in the shop so you know what that means: EVERYTHING is on sale, for 20% off! Use code Thanks20. Sale ends at on 5/25. ⠀
Local order pickups start 5/27 3/6pm. ⠀
Goldenbug Shoes. In short, GoldenBug Shoes is a Shop Local Gold experience about expertise, commitment to the right fit, and love of kids and parents.
Learn more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guide, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Check out their new website! Get additional service by emailing Info@goldenbugshoes.com detailing your shopping inquiries and phone number.
Hot shopping tip: New product announcement: They’ve got some of the coolest sneakers around. The latest are these fab @merrell water shoes. Perfect for non-SIP summer activities like running about in streams and rivers and on dry land too!
Hot shopping tip: We fell in love with these baskets. Here’s more info: “Our Swahili baskets come from the West African nation of Senegal. Made by Wolof women. This new style of basket is made using strips of plastic from recycled prayer mats. The merging of traditional weaving skills with modern materials allows Wolof women to earn necessary income while sharing these modern creations with the world.”
How to shop during COVID-19: Call their shop at 510-465-4166. We are certain Hassan will be there.
Hot shopping tip: Never, ever buy a vacuum or sewing machine from a Corporate America retailer. Go here. Please.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/22): Shop their website. Email them at email@example.com. Or GO VISIT THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE OPEN AGAIN. Yes, limited hours sure, but THEY ARE OPEN. Here are the deets: Open every day 10-1, and also from 4-6 Wednesday through Sunday. No cash, charge only.
Hot shopping tip: Did you hear? THEY ARE OPEN AGAIN! And they’re also a Great Good Place for Grad Cards and some other activities to keep the kiddos occupied. And they just got a shipment of PUZZLES… check these New Yorker Cover puzzles out!
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop on Etsy. And, we’ll update this listing as we get more information.
In Full Swing Plus Sizes. Spring is in the air and In Full Swing has new Spring Arrivals! We’ve been noticing cool clothing on their Instagram Feed. The latest: “Underflax is here!! Call, email or drop in and we will show you the collection!” We are going to have to check them out next time we visit Rockridge!
How to shop during COVID-19: Looks like you can shop online!
Hot shopping tip: Tired of your SIP wardrobe. They can help you!
inner Desires. This shop on 17th St, iD Oakland, is for anyone with a discerning taste for men’s or women’s streetwear. Also, super helpful if you NEED to transform a boyfriend or husband’s closet with cooler jeans, jackets, hoodies, t-shirts, shirts, and kicks (sneakers). Style. Read more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guide, here!
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/22): You can now shop by appointment. Or you can shop online and do curbside pickup!
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/22): NEW BRAND Purple was created to meet the needs of a sophisticated consumer demanding equal parts aesthetics, quality and value. Inspired by vintage and utilitarian concepts, Purple is committed to constant innovation in product design and development with a particular emphasis on fit, fabric and construction.
Issues. They have a diverse collection publications. If you have had issues finding magazines that cover topics that your interested in, go to Issues. They’ll solve that issue for you. If you’d like to learn more about this fantastic Indie Shop, please read our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides story about them here.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/14): They’ve closed their business. They didn’t survive the COVID-19 epidemic. We’re depressed and cannot bring ourselves to delete them from our listing.
It’s Your Move Games has plenty to offer if you are a gamer. The deets. They have an expansive game inventory, a solid collection of games designed and made locally, and an up-to-date game library. They host game nights, youth camps, and test events of new games by local designers. And, they organize other random events like comedy nights. Something is almost always going on. Read more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online! And, they are opened for limited hours. They are a UPS access point so you can pick up packages there.
Hot shopping: They’ve got puzzles. Also, buy a membership and enjoy all sorts of discounts/perks. So rent or buy games to keep the family entertained during our shelter-in-place.
J Miller Flowers. We’ve been hearing about a lot of store closures lately and have been rather bummed. So, it’s nice to celebrate 50 year anniversary success stories! And, these floral artists are celebrating everyday with surprises, gifts, and fun. So, best go check them out and see what they’re up to… And, they are continuing to hold events too.
How to shop during COVID-19: They are designing flowers and delivering. Shop online or call the shop at 510-658-0613 to order. Safe, no-contact delivery and curbside pick-up at their shop.
Hot shopping tip: Peony Season has arrived in full color beauty directly from local farms to Piedmont Ave.
Cool event (updated 5/27): Their favorite special event is Bouquets to Art and it’s “Virtual” this year. Join them for a flower-filled week at http://deyoung.famsf.org/bouquets-to-art. It’s their 21st consecutive year as exhibitors.
Hot shopping tip:The KOSA “ease” oversized button down with cuffs. @vreseis “Sally Fox” Fabrics from Japan. FOXFIBRE® COLORGANIC® US grown cotton as weft, spun, woven and eco-finished in Japan. The white cotton used in these fabrics was organically grown in the USA as well. All the indigo blue warped fabrics were dyed with a combination of steps including primarily natural indigo and low impact dyed indigo. Wear the Farm. Made to order online. So Oakland!
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online. And, we bet if you DM Judith on Instagram, she might find a way to style you up from a distance.
Lesley Evers. When we think of Spring, we think of Lesley Evers. When we think of cute versatile clothing, we think of… Lesley Evers. Let’s just say that she is Evers ready to get you dressed up.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online.
Hot shopping tip: If you can believe it, we’ve never been to the boutique. We’re fans from afar. Because we love her bright, optimistic, happy designs right now. We think Lesley Evers makes masks to make us happy to wear them. Adorbs.
Lireille. Do you shop there for the jewelry or the art? Of course, you shop for both. So we just call it a contemporary jewelry art gallery. Sophisticated and beautiful and conveniently located on Piedmont Avenue.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online of course! And Shop with Confidence! Free Shipping! Full store credit refund! Free gift wrapping! Use code “FreeShipping”! Or Pay online & pick up at the store!
Hot shopping tip: Shop for birthstone jewelry! It makes a very thoughtful gift too. They can help!
How to shop during COVID-19: They had a flood recently and are finally mostly up and running. You can shop by following them on Instagram and checking out their Instagram Stories. DM them to make purchases. They’ll deliver locally to Berkeley and Oakland.
Hot shopping tip: Shop for a friend, shop for yourself, or shop for anyone that you want to spoil.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/14): Shop online now! Peruse their jam-packed window display and send a DM on Instagram with any inquiries. They offer curbside pickup, local delivery, and shipping!
Hot shopping tip: One of their Raisons d’etre is gift-giving whether for someone you love or to spoil yourself. We love the idea of using silk scarves as masks, their handmade one-of-a-kind pouches, bath bombs, pillows, glassware, and more… OMG.
Maker’s Loft. There is so much creativity bubbling through this maker’s boutique. Peruse the hundreds of products made by local women makers or be part of the creative energy and attend one of their many classes that they host. Needless to say, we can hardly wait for when it reopens. Read more about Maker’s Loft in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online on their website. Shop gift cards to be used later they don’t expire. They ship orders twice a week: Wednesdays and Fridays. Or, you can do curbside pick up for local orders by appointment only.
Hot shopping tip: There are so many beautiful pieces made and designed by over 50 local makers and brands. And they’ve got plants too.
Classes and events: They’ve got a lot to choose from. To view all classes, click here. But definitely put 5/31 from 3-5pm on your calendar! Let your art beat at the Bay’s largest Virtual Paint Party with live music by @djumami (from the @warriors & @peaches_crew). Each ticket includes a Paint Kit everything you need to make your art! Kits can be shipped or curbside pick-up. Save $5 on your ticket when you enter “XELA” at checkout.
Manna Gallery. When Manna reopens, Kathryn Arnold, Barbara Maricle, and Kay Marshall will resume the “Layers” exhibition for three weeks. The original exhibition was scheduled to be from 2/21 to 3/28.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/27): It looks like they are re-opening for their current show, “Layers”, by appointment only. Call 510-917-7466 to arrange a visit to see the show. Artists Kathryn Arnold, Barbara Maricle and Kay Marshall present a rich and varied exhibition of artworks which show a multi-layered approach in their artmaking strategies.
Maple Street Denim. 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. In our experience, there’s just no better way to buy jeans than from an old-school denim proprietor. Read more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: They have an online store now! Or purchase gift cards. Or reach out to Julie and just order over the phone. They’re offering free shipping or curbside pickup.
Hot shopping tip: We love these shorts. Julie says “Wear em slouchy or wear em tight, you’ll wear em every day when summer hits. Venice shorts from Jungmaven just dropped in 5 colors. Unisex, hemp and organic cotton, made in USA.”
Mercury20 Gallery. A gallery on 25th Street that is one of the must sees when you do your art walk.
How to shop during COVID-19: Visit the Mercury20 website for showings. Visit Artists’ websites or their Instagram pages: Chriskomater.com, ChristineMeuris.com, Leahvirsik.com, @christinemeurisstudio and @leahvirsik. There’s also an online show called “CARE PACKAGE” that demonstrates the power of art during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Event (updated 5/27): “FOUND OUT” is a new window exhibition (5/18 – 5/30) of sculpture and assemblage by Kathleen King. King’s visual vocabulary connects cast-off materials with precarities encountered in personal, social and political contexts. This work explores states of coexistence, contingency and control, drawing attention to how we make our social environments and are, in turn, made by them. The works juxtapose, engage, and balance, challenging viewers into empathy with sculptural objects and with each other. Or see the show on their website.
How to shop during COVID-19: Call 510-891-1024 to place orders or start your order online minimowine.com/deliveries. Delivery or pick up options available.
Mischief. When you walk into Mischief, it’s clear that someone is having a lot of fun there. We love that they feature Oakland and Bay Area Makers in their shop. This means lots of cool, unique gift inspirations to buy for yourself or someone else. If you want to learn about their mischief making, read about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guide, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Check out their website and shop without ever leaving your bunker! Or just DM Laura on Instagram to organize a virtual appointment. They offer FREE delivery to zip codes 94601, 94602, and 94619 or curbside pickup.
Hot shopping tip: New items on the website! Look for all sorts of gift-y items for someone you love or for yourself.
Classes and events: They’ve got a lot and they all sound fun. For example, they’ve got Virtual Ceramics classes coming!!! Click here for the calendar.
Mod y Vi carry tkt_clothing! They are the cool clothing brand that hand paints every item so each is a one-of-a-kind work of art. We love TKT. They make our LOCALMOTIV t-shirts too. Of course, Mod y Vi has a lot of other cool stuff as they are previously loved, sustainable little powerhouse.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/15): No online shopping capabilities. But you can buy e-gift cards here!
Hot shopping tip: They are getting ready for their next CLOTHING SWAP EVENT. So, since we’re all staying home, get some Spring cleaning done and save your previously loved clothing for this important fundraiser.
Montclair Toyhouse. They have an uncanny ability to curate a massive assortment of 8,000+ toys and games – the quality amusements that actually stimulate curiosity, creativity, and learning. And Montclair Toyhouse has a lot of items to satisfy the kid in all of us too. Chess, backgammon, cribbage, cards, and other classic games can all be found there. Read more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: No online shopping capabilities. But, call the shop at 510-339-9023 and let them know what you are looking for. They’ll work with you to source and fulfill the order.
Hot shopping tip: It’s a great old-school shop that perhaps never left the 70s behind.
Mountain Music. NEW LISTING AS OF 5/2. OMG. We just discovered that ACME HOUSE OF MUSIC on Piedmont Avenue is now Mountain Music. The previous owners sold the business to their manager and resident luthier recently and here we are! As a youngster, I grew up playing instruments and the local music store was central to my childhood. I ogled and played the guitars I dreamed of owning some day, got lessons, and just hung out. So much fun. So, I know how important local music shops are.
How to shop during COVID-19: You can shop online here. Or call the store at 510-655-2263 and chat with new owner, Adam Lipansky. They offer no-contact delivery & curbside pickup services to surrounding east bay cities during quarantine.
Hot shopping tip: So, Adam just opened his store on March 1, 2020. Needless to say, he is going to need community support as a businesses that opened right before the health crisis and the ensuing shelter-in-place orders. And, what better way to spend SIP than learning a new instrument. And pick up one of their new hoodies too!
Movement Ink. Is it a community hub? A screen printing shop? A refuge for artists and creatives? Or is it a local independent retailer? How about all of the above since 2009. We’ve wanted to meet Rene for some time. We love that he is so socially active in the community to enhance the lives of those around him. This is a legit Town Biz.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/15): Their online store is ready for you. Venmo and PayPal are preferable.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/15): They’ve got USA made Oakland printed custom masks. We also like their Oakland Love clothing. But, they’ve got this too: Proclub Warriors hoodie $40 shipped anywhere in US. DM them on Instagram, if interested.
Mud Lab Oak is fairly new to us. And it looks pretty cool. They are going to help us all live a more sustainable life! We can hardly wait to go visit them.
How to shop during COVID-19: They are open. They move to their new location on 6/1 to 440 Grand Avenue.
Hot shopping tip: They have masks, hand sanitizer from @reup_refills, bulk toilet paper, bulk flour, and local OAKLAND honey. They’ve got a lot of necessities of life.
Classes and Events: They’ve got tons of classes so be sure to peruse their website.
Merchants N through P
Narrative. It’s a delight to browse the various sections of the shop to peruse mid-century modern, antiques, 80s, and vintage stock. They’ve got it all: furniture, art, curios, home accessories and home decor. What a joy to flip through the old albums, examine the 60s glassware, and check out the varied artwork collection. We’ve imagined what a countless number of furniture pieces might look like in our homes. Read more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/27): They’re now open Saturday & Sunday for Open Air Vintage Market and Curbside Pickup. Get more deets from Vanessa at 916-860-9335 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Other options include shopping on chairish. Follow them on Instagram as they’re posting items there too.
Hot shopping tip: Follow them on instagram, it’s not wandering their store to find perfect treasures from a previous time… but it is a start.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online! But even better, they offer personal virtual shopping from Monday to Friday 12pm to 2pm. Just DM them on Instagram for an appointment. Special weekend appointments available too. No contact pay, no contact pickup and complimentary gift wrapping is part of this free personalized service. WOW.
Hot shopping tip: They are on fire. They’ve got kids stuff, puzzles, bath and body care, gardening tools, candles, purses, greeting cards, and an endless list of other surprises. It looks like they’re warming up for Father’s Day too.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/22): Shop online. Now you can opt for curbside pickup! So easy. Just shop the website, select the store pickup option, and voila! See their website for details.
Hot shopping tip: If you don’t know what you want, but you know you want to shop, you might find Oak Common inspires you. And, we like what they’re obsessing about right now. It’s the Olympic Jacket from @jungmaven paired with our Guatemalan Palm Sun
How to shop during COVID-19: Until further notice, they are open by appointment only Monday-Friday from 9-2pm. If you’d like to make an appointment, or pay for your interest, call them at 510-832-7358.
Hot shopping tip: We see some cute jewelry on Instagram. And all jewelry is 50% off and free shipping.
Oakland Yard Wine Shop. Don’t forget to buy your wine locally. Why? Because they are dedicated to delight and inform us at their wine events. Become a member of their wine club and enjoy all sorts of savings.
How to shop during COVID-19: They are now accepting ONLINE ORDERS. Use the easy ORDER FORM link on their website and they’ll call you to confirm and process your order. Or call them at (510) 808-5129. Tell them how many bottles you’d like and give them a price range. Let them know your style preferences and they’ll curate a selection just for you and set up your order for easy curbside pick-up. Curbside pickup Tuesdays through Saturdays 12-5 pm.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/27: 10% off all purchases of 6+ bottles. And Know, when you shop, they’re providing a selection of customer favorites. The most frequent requests are Mineral whites, dry rose, skin contact/orange wines, fresh chillable reds, Pet Nats. Check. Check. Check. Check. Check.
Oaktown Spice Shop. Looking to spice up your SPRING cooking? Think Oaktown Spice. They aren’t just a spice shop (which would be plenty). They’ve got advice and recipes that can inspire your culinary creativity! Learn about their Spicy Relationship with Oakland in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Online shopping is available! But they are also now open for curbside pickup. They’ll handpick your orders.
Hot shopping tip: This sounds refreshingly delicious for Springtime: “Our classic tonic water kits are back in stock! Perfect for SIP, these kits allow you to create a delicious and natural tonic water syrup that you can add to soda water and your liquor of choice.”
Oo La La Gifts and Accessories Lounge. This is a place to go if you want to feel like you’re shopping in a quaint Parisian side street boutique. You’ll find well curated, unique, mostly French-inspired curios, clothes, and more. Read more about Oo La La in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides here.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/27): DM to order. She accepts CashApp, Zelle or Square. There are a couple of pick up options too: @farleyseast Tues-Sat 8a-2p or @bellanicorestaurant_oakland on Wednesdays 1 pm- 6 pm.
Hot shopping tip: Following Tracey and Oo La La on Instagram is like walking down a Parisian side street and discovering that boutique that has that amazing… anything and everything. A perfect SIP getaway.
Pegasus Books. We cannot believe it but we still have not visited Pegasus Books on one of our Shop Local Adventures. But, its local and it’s books so it has to be brimming with literal excitement of books. It looks comfy and cozy and inviting from the outside… More to come.
How to shop during COVID-19: They continue to process delivery orders on their website, every morning as always. And, now you can buy gift certificates too.
Hot shopping tip (updated 4/22): Independent Bookstore Day is 4/25!!! And they’ve already started celebrating with a little contest on Instagram. Win your very own tote bag. As part of their #virtualbookstoreparty they’ll be selecting multiple winners in multiple cReAtIvE categories all week long! Go to their Instagram account for deets.
Pelago in Montclair Village is the one place my baby sis has to go whenever she comes to visit me in Oakland. Maybe it’s because every single square foot of this little hidden-treasure-in-plain-sight is packed with an expansive and creative gift-y assortment. Indeed, we see an inspired cooking and entertaining theme throughout the shop. But, it also includes: useful accessories that beautify the home; practical gifts like pens and notebooks; jewelry; enriching body care items like hand crafted soaps and body lotions; table top and recipe books; adorable stuffed toys; and, many other ingeniously curated curios.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/26): We just added them to our listing. We had no idea that they had an online shop until just now! Oh, yes, we’re just a little embarrassed that we missed them.
Philippa Roberts Jewelry. Aquamarines in all shades of gorgeous blue at this popular jewelry and gift shop that specialize in elegant timelessness. Read about Philippa in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online or by phone. Being stuck inside doesn’t mean you still can’t get beautiful things! And they also have gift cards available. Free Gift wrapping, curbside pickup, free delivery. And now, they’re taking baby steps to open. You can shop curbside at the door…
Hot shopping tip: Did you know that Philippa carries much more than just jewelry? For example, Vintage Girl plaques are back in stock and available on their website! And we were eying some scarves on Instagram too.
Pollinate Farm & Garden Supply. Are you familiar with Pollinate Farm on Fruitvale Ave? We weren’t until recently and we were blown away with what they have to offer: All things farming, preserving, beekeeping, raising chickens, supplies, and nursery. Here’s a story about our experience in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guide, here.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/27): Got to their website to see what they have available and call or email them to arrange your orders. Or visit them on May 30 from 10am to 2pm. Note that there will be protocols: limited number of shoppers, entry through nursery gate only, one person per family, 15-minute shopping sessions. For curbside pick up, ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NOON, MAY 27.
Hot shopping tip: Lots of PLANTS: If DIY food, sustainability, preserving, beekeeping, and gardening appeals to you, this whole shop is a hot shopping tip. One of the last chick events of the summer! Order yours by 5/28 for 5/30 pick up.
Preserved helps us preserve our love of food and desire for personal connections. They accompany us on our journey to expand our knowledge and skills in pickling, canning, kombucha, yogurt, cheese making and other preserving processes we don’t even know about. And this specialty Kitchen Shop has a high quality assortment of kitchenware, starter kits, supplies, accessories, tools, books, and more to inspire and cultivate our DIY natures. Read about why Preserved is such an awesome Local Indie in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: They’ve started to have limited hours. Shop online, buy gift certificates, email or DM them if there is something you are looking for — they will find a creative way to fulfill your orders! In-store pick-up or delivery to your door.
Hot shopping tip: Check out their Instagram for inspiring posts about DIY foods. There’s a lot of action at this little shop.
May events: Speaking of action, they’ve got a whole calendar of events for May. Here’s what they’ve got lined up: sourdough workshops, ricotta and butter making, jam making, quick pickling and canning, and kimchi making! To get more information and register, click here.
Merchants Q through R
Queen Hippie Gypsy always has something going on. Her shop is just something to experience. And she has the wisdom and experience to guide you on your quest. Read about the magic of Queen Hippie Gypsy right here in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/28): Lots of activities like: Virtual and Phone Oracle Readings. Virtual Yoga on Saturdays at 10am. They also now have an online store! And they’re open with new hours. And there are some rules to ensure health, wellness, and safety: 1) Purchase online. 2) At checkout, choose pick up option. 3) Go pick up your new spiritual stash at agreed upon time. 4) Follow social distance requirements. Please be patient…
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Rare Bird is artist/maker owned boutique that sells all sorts of gift-y items inspired by a powerful muse: nature. Everything is made by the owner, Erica, and other local makers and artists. This includes apothecary, greeting cards, prints, candles, jewelry, clothing, clothing accessories, wellness books, spirit enhancers, tarot cards, and, candy. Truly, it’s all art-y, lovely stuff. We feature this one of a kind gift boutique in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here!
How to shop during COVID-19: 1) Take an online class 2) Shop online & Instagram sales (curbside pick up will be available on Tuesdays & Thursdays 3) Reach out to them via Instagram DM.
Hot shopping tip: They seem to be getting lots of new shipments of masks on Wednesdays.
Resurrect. We have a rhetorical question. What would our talented makers, craftspeople, and artists do if Oakland didn’t have a vibrant Indie Merchant scene? What would we do without such eclectic and lovingly curated shopping? Resurrect treats us to a mix of local and regional handmade goods by over 75 artists and designers. Find clothing, art, accessories, apothecary, and jewelry.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online. They’re actively working to get more items on their website so be sure to check back. Call them to order gift cards at 510-653-8716.
Hot shopping tip: It’s so fun to peruse their Instagram account, they’ve got such a diverse selection and you just don’t know what cute number you might find. It could be a cute summer dress, something to layer, or one of these cool UFO tees.
Revelation in Fit. It’s no secret that we think that the only way to shop for bras is to shop local. Learn more in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Call 510-858-5459 or email email@example.com with any orders or questions you may have. Get a gift certificate for you or a loved one! They can take payment over the phone!
Hot shopping tip: Shipping for $5 to anywhere in the continental United States! And, we might only be speaking for ourselves but us women get tired of ill-fitting bras. If we were mamas, we’d welcome a gift of a bra fitting appointment and a gift certificate to this shop!
Rhythm Bikes. This shop has just the right inventory to hook the hilly montclair neighborhood on mountain bike riding. Just check out the high end brands available in there. Plus, they have an avid rider’s well-curated selection of the best accessories. No doubt, they can get you out riding the Oakland Hills trails in no time flat. It’s what they love to do every day. You can learn more about Rhythm Bikes in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here!
How to shop during COVID-19: Some services available. They “will be open starting Wednesday 3/18 on a limited basis. This is continue service and help with any needed bicycle parts and accessories. Current hours will be 11-4 Tuesday-Saturday closed Sunday and Monday.”
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/22): It’s time for new kids bikes! And they’re cooler than ever. Check this out: @clearybikes 20in kids bikes now in stock and they have the owl single and 3 speed ready to go.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/22): Check out these before and afters of their NEW Tighten Up | Neck Firming Cream! This is after 1 month of using this product 1x a day! Order now. FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS.
Hot shopping tip 5/14: They often have SALES and as it happens, they’re having a SALE NOW with 20% off all BDI furniture.
Rocky’s Market (added 5/7) is a small, community centered, grocery store located in Oakmore. The owners, Brady Bellis and Corinne Kinczel, who is also the founder of Two Local Girls, have cultivated a tight knit community and loyal following. No wonder, they work with local, organic, and quality brands to offer a well sourced grocery selection. As a local grocery, they pride themselves not only on the quality of the products they carry, but also in the role they play in the community. From our food truck parking lot gatherings, to our weekly new moms meet-up, they’re bound to be involved.
How to shop during COVID-19: Omg. they are open as an essential business so you can go there and be rest assured that they are taking care with precautions to ensure you safely shop for your grocery needs.
Hot shopping tip: We gave up on Corporate America grocery stores years ago. Here’s one reason why. My mother came to visit me from Canada. We went grocery shopping first at a big chain grocery retailer and then at a local market. On the next shopping outing, I asked her, “Mom, do you want to go to the National Grocery Store or the local market?” Her reply was swift, “the local market,” she said. I was curious to know why she preferred the smaller venue so I asked her. Her response changed my life forever: “Because that giant grocery store doesn’t have anything.” In short, shop local for groceries. It’s the only way.
Ruby’s Garden. IS CLOSING AS OF May 31, 2020. It’s one-stop shopping in a warm family hug. They’ve got an extensive collection of new and intriguing clothes and shoe brands. Also, they have a lovingly curated gently-used assortment. And Ruby’s carry books, toys, games, and other kid accessories. Read more about this awesome shop in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online. Plus, curbside assistance if you select In-Store Pickup! Call them when you’re on your way and they’ll bring it out to you.
Hot shopping tip: They’re closing soon… see what deals you can get before it’s too late.
Merchants S through Z
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 4/22: They’ve added online shopping capabilities! Or if you know what you want, you can shop by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 510-653-7196. They offer USPS shipping or a scheduled day/time to pick up outside.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/22): A little labradorite goes a long way. New collection at www.sagrada.com This piece from @mjdsales19 in Oakland. Wow. Feels perfect for Spring and Summer.
Shoes on Solano. Vegan new arrivals! The Earth ‘Valiant’ and ‘Groove’ are completely vegan and very comfy! And, they’ve got their own Oakland designed and portugal made brand Sole Terra. Those are a pair of reasons to shop at their Rockridge shop.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/22):Their newest Sole Terra shipment has landed from Spain! Don’t miss out on the Dela Sandal from their own brand, Sole Terra, before they sell out! Handmade with Italian leather, these will be the most comfortable walking sandals you own! OMG. SO OAKLAND.
Shoshin.. This shop bursts with a welcoming, enthusiastic, and creative energy. We know this because the day we visited, we met the effervescent Jessica, who is a designer and product curator for the shop. We wonder who wouldn’t want to work with her! But the openness starts with the inviting dutch doors entrance. And, it’s obvious in the carefully curated merchandise for sale. Each piece can spark a design idea that has limitless possibilities to grow. Read more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/7): You can shop online. Even better, text them at 510.399.5800 for a personalized Virtual Shopping Experience. They offer curbside pickup.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/22):Just text your number and let them help you bring some joy to your home base while hunkering down.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/22): Now offering private appointments. Also, you can order via DM on Instagram. Definitely you can browse their products online too (but we don’t think you can shop online). It’s an adorable assortment! And, best of all, 20% off and curbside pickup or local delivery during the quarantine. DM them for details.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/22): They’ve got puzzles! Everybody wants puzzles. But they’re pretty excited about @milesbabybrand and that makes us excited too!
SOBU Oakland When we visit, all we can say is “ooh, aah.” They’ve got a mid century modern feel updated with 21st century warmth and comfort. Best thing to do… if you love artfully designed and lovingly made furniture and other home accessories… they have it. Perhaps, you appreciate a non-big box furniture store. This is it. And if you like to support local emerging artists and makers? They feature them. We wrote an article about them for our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online. Free shipping through April.
Hot shopping tip: They are adding lots of new items to their website. And that includes this odyssey rug shown here. It’s made from a special blend of bamboo viscose and wool. super cool! available in 7 different patterns and colorways. Alessandro and Lelah love this one! We do too.
Hot shopping tip: The store is fully stocked with essentials you need to stay cozy and productive at home. Studies show that dressing for the office when you work remote leads to a higher level of focus and productivity. Reach out to them at email@example.com if you’re interested in having the shop all to yourself!
How to shop during COVID-19. Jennifer is very old-school and does not have a huge online presence. Text SITK at 510-356-7222 with your name, phone number, and what your gourmet needs are. She’ll call you back and help you with your shopping!
Hot shopping tip: Okay, we’ve all gone back to our Kitchens and we’re cooking and baking up a storm. Why not upgrade your kitchen gadgets and your cooking and baking talents with merchandise and expertise from Someone’s in the Kitchen? Seriously, they can help you.
Spectator Books. Is a trusty local book store on Piedmont Ave with an old-school, nerdy bookworm vibe. Love it.
How to shop during COVID-19: These guys have some imaginative solutions for getting through the Shelter in Place order. They’re going to curate a shopping feed on Instagram. All with stay-at-home themes. Follow them here to discover books, coloring books, crosswords, kids books, or even a themed batch of blank greeting cards. Get t-shirts and gift certificates too. Either call 510 653 7300 from 12-5pm or send an email order to firstname.lastname@example.org. So cool. They’ll ship! Or you can stop by for curbside pickup.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/22): They’ve got tons of JOURNALS for sale. You can browse the extensive collection on Instagram and DM them for more info and pricing.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/7): They’ve got some Quarantine ART Supplies. Go visit them at 2217 Adeline st Oakland for a nice selection of FREE art supplies… Their ramping up for a huge Original Art Sidewalk sale….weekends in May.
Spoiled Boutique. The Queen of Retail, Mika Mccants has regular SALES on Temptation Tuesdays. And if you go shopping there, you might start feeling a little royal yourself. Is it the cream colored Throne with gold accents? Is it the inspired hot pink and gold decor? Or is it the daring clothing and accessories that say “I am a Royal Trendsetter.” You’ve got to read more about Mika and Spoiled Boutique! It’s all in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Everything in-store is available online. There are options for pickup and shipping.
Hot shopping tip: Every Tuesday is Temptation Tuesday at Spoiled Boutique. It’s a day to shop and get great deals on your favorite items!! Not to mention, Mika gets HOT HOT HOT new arrivals weekly. But, we also wanted to special mention these masks available in black or white for $10. LOL.
Stacy’s Right Angle Salon & Barbershop Features local designers and artists. Lots to peruse in their boutique. They have a charming little boutique developing there. Don’t judge a book by its cover or its hairdo!
How to shop during COVID-19: We don’t see online shopping capabilities but we see that if you peruse their Instagram, you can shop for luxurious body care items and other home and clothing items. Just call 510-821-8886. Curbside pick up.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/22): OMG. They’ve got stuff going on. T-shirts, hand sanitizers, Masks, body care, and just a lot of other stuff. RAH! RAH! Get it?
Standard & Strange Style up a man in your life. We are in love with their clothes. They’ve always got new, rare, hard-to-find brands–with great stories–arriving in the store. And Gen can dress and get anybody out the door in 10 minutes or less! You can read more about Standard & Strange in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here!
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/22): Shop online to your heart’s content. Visit their Instagram account and see why they are such an awesome local business! And experience their new curbside pick up service. Here’s how it works – order online, select “Curbside Pickup” shipping, then call when you’re outside the store. Someone with a hook on a stick will appear with your order! Masks required. Seriously.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/22): OMG, there is so much we could feature in our hot shopping tips. How about this: They’ve released a new graphic tee, and 100% of the proceeds (revenue, not just profit) will be paid to their staff in Oakland and Santa Fe. The tee proceeds will be paid on top their regular salary to make sure they’re well taken care during the pandemic. The tees are 100% knitted, cut, sewn, dyed and printed in LA – and they’re available to order online now. Shipping is in roughly 2 weeks (on/around June 5).
Studios Eleven. There are at least 11 good reasons to go visit Studios Eleven and a new art show is another one. New show is up! It’s Kristen Jensen’s “North Coast Wandering” Scenes from the Marin and Sonoma Coasts.
How to shop during COVID-19: We assume that they are closed to the public but will update with more details once we have them.
UPDATE AS OF 5/22: We still don’t know their status but we saw this cool series of works on Facebook that everyone should check out if they need some art that expresses life in their life.
Taylor Jay Collection. OMG. Taylor is brilliant and beautiful. And so are the clothes that she designs. Simple, elegant, and versatile. Wow. We just had an epiphany: Oakland is the Indie Fashion scene. Read more about Taylor Jay in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guide, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Taylor urges you to support local businesses as much as you can. Gift certificates, online shopping… anything! You can shop Taylor Jay online too.
Hot shopping tip: They’ve got everything to ensure you are covered and in comfort and style. On 5/12, they launched their Work From Home Campaign! Each week they’ll release a new WFH Limited Edition. This polka dot number SOLD OUT pretty fast so be ready for the next WFH look!
Thornhill Nursery. Lot’s going on at the Nursery lately as they get all sorts of plants and veggies in preparation for Spring plantings! As far as we know, this business will be closing later this year as their lease was not renewed. So, we say, go enjoy them while you still can. It’s a little oasis in Oakland!
How to shop during COVID-19: Don’t let coronavirus get in your way. You can still create beauty in your garden. Order online! They deliver.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/21): You’ll find a lot at this little oasis in Montclair. This week, it looks like they took a trip to the succulents supplier.
Tip Top Bike Shop. Has “A family bike for every budget.” They specialize in the neighborhood street rides. And they have lots of events too. Please check out our story about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/7): Shop online 24/7. Now open by appointment everyday from 11am to 3pm. Schedule and appointment on their website. Plus *Free delivery in Oakland and Berkeley for any part or accessory order over $150.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/7): We were reminded by Willoughby that “shelter-in-place” does not mean “shelter-in-one-place — like your couch.” Visit your neighborhood bike shop and get motivated to move! Plus, there’s less traffic now so bike riding is more fun.
Tootsies, in Rockridge, makes shoe shopping really easy. That’s because owner, Liz Taylor, has put together a shoe selection that has the best of a little bit of everything. And so it is they have: casual; work; night-out; and perfect for this dress or outfit shoes; sandals; and boots.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online and keep checking back as more items get added regularly. Or DM on Instagram. Free local curbside delivery or shipping is available.
Hot shopping tip: This bag caught our eye but we’ve also seen a lot of new cute masks and, of course, shoes.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/21): They’ve got a new online shop up and running.
Fundingraising event (updated 5/21): They’ve launched a gofundme campaign to help with their overhead expenses and to help support artists. They’ll be grateful for the support.
Transports Run Swim Offers an expertise in running and swimming that will help you up your game, no matter your level. An extensive selection of swimwear, activewear, and running shoes. Other must-have accessories to assist you in your training. Events such as Weekly Warrior Runs. Participation in community running events, like the Oakland Marathon. The list goes on. A local institution. Read about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Send an email or visit their website to submit an order request. They offer curbside pick up (Saturdays 10-2!) or delivery.
Hot shopping tip: If you finally realized that Shelter-in-Place doesn’t mean Shelter-in-one-Place, reach out to them and let them help get you moving.
Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles. Uhuru, as far as we can tell, must mean “magic.” Because that’s what we discovered during one of our local shopping trips to Grand Avenue. We poked around and took pictures of this award winning not-for-profit Grand Ave institution. It overflows with second-hand furniture, housewares, and other collectibles. It’s not an overstatement to say that it’s a gold mine of gently used and restored furniture. And, all of these treasures are for sale at reasonable prices. Learn more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/21): YOU CAN STILL BROWSE ONLINE AND PURCHASE ITEMS! Call to Buy 510-763-3342 ext.1. Delivery to your curb or pick up by appointment. Don’t forget to attend their live Facebook Sales events! The next one is on 5/23.
Hot shopping tip: Please consider donating to the Uhuru Furniture cause. To donate, click here.
Umami Mart is a perfect example of why Shopping Local is just so damn fun. You can’t get experiences like this at ubiquitous Corporate Retailers nor online…
How to shop during COVID-19: Online shopping available.
Hot shopping tip: Umami Mart Sake Director Yoko always has yummy sakis lined up.
Urban Indigo. Let’s say you have an uncle that’s impossible to buy for because he has everything. You know what? Urban Indigo has that one thing he doesn’t have. Or perhaps you have a best girlfriend who just loves Oakland made and one-of-a-kind jewelry. Well, Urban Indigo has that too. Did your friend move away from the Bay Area and you want to give them an I Love Oakland gift to remind them of what they are missing? No problem, Urban Indigo has it. We’ve got a story about Urban Indigo in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Great news, their online store is now up and running. And, they take private appointments! How fun to have the shop to yourself! For more information and to schedule an appointment please click here.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/21): They’ve just finished creating their summer window to inspire your gift giving secret powers. Walk ups welcome too.
Urban Boutique and Furniture. This is a very special boutique on a mission that we admire. When you shop here for clothes, jewelry, art, and furniture, you are not only buying cool stuff for yourself and your loved ones. Your purchases go directly to help moms transition out of poverty. Their mission is to educate, employ, and empower single mothers. Indeed, sufficiency is the pathway to end homelessness.
How to shop during COVID-19 (updated 5/28): You can now shop on their website! Wow, they did it! And, they’ll be back OPEN for curbside pickup on 6/5.
Hot shopping tip (5/21): We’ve seen a lot of cool stuff on their Instagram account and website. They’ve got a lot of things happening.
Valentine’s Kids. Nothing like walking into a shop and feeling confident that you’ll find more than you need for your kids. New and gently used clothes and toys. And an abundance of love!
How to shop during COVID-19: “If you haven’t checked out our website, please consider shopping with us there! More fun stuff being added to the online shop daily. As long as there’s mail, we will get packages to you! Tell a friend!” And they have curbside pickup too.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/21): They can put together cute gift packs like this one over the phone with you! So many ways to shop local and with so much personal attention! YAY.
How to shop during COVID-19: They’ve got gift certificates now and they can be applied to their Etsy shop or to anything in their bricks & mortar shop. Follow them on Instagram. They’ll post items for sale. They are working on populating their Discogs shop in the coming weeks. They offer delivery, shipping, and pick up services.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/21): We all have more time than ever to listen to old records. And, VAMP RECORD CLUB is a fun way to experience “new” music! Each pack is personally curated specifically for your music/genre/era requests and to fit your budget! Each order is unique and especially chosen for YOU, their beautiful customers! If you’d like to “join”, send them a DM on Instagram for the deets. They typically deliver on Wednesdays each week.
Vessel Gallery. Visit our new show #MIGRATION and see this newest work by artist #CherylDerricote “The Return: CA edition 1995-2000” a research based map artwork showing a reverse migration of the black populace.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online. Also, they are continuing their exhibition by appointment only. Also, you can see artist’s talks online. Check out their website for more details.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/21): They’ve been posting artworks on Instagram and we love what we see. For some reason, this work speaks to us… Lung, Gordon Glasgow (2011) 13.63 x 10 x 2.38 in. linden wood hand carved sculpture hangs on wall. It’s fun to browse.
Walden Pond Books. Indeed, the process of discovering a new read at Walden Pond Books is a sensory delight. Dive into the vast book selections and listen to the floors creak their old bookstore music notes. Peruse their record and CD collections, or admire other art-y-facts. You may get lost for a few hours but you’ll be sure to return. And they have a kids playroom as well! It is all a refuge from the hustle of life. You can read more about Walden Pond Books in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: If you can believe it, they’ve now got online shopping capabilities. Any book you buy online will be shipped to you. Yes, you read that correctly. Also, they take orders for books over the phone at 510-832-4438 from 10am-3pm. They have curbside pick-up available.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/14): They have expert staff in all their reading categories who can help you find just want you are looking for or for something entirely new. So much better than a soulless algorithm. And, if reading isn’t your thing, they’ve got a cool collection of puzzles.
WINE ON PIEDMONT. We wonder why people would shop at National Chains for wine and other adult beverages when they can visit their neighborhood indie merchant. Rest Assured, Wine on PIedmont is finding the fun to drink wines by the lesser known wine makers. They know where the best deals are. And, they have plenty of wine tastings so you can experience the wines for yourself. Learn more about this Oakland Indie in our Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: They now have an App that you can download. Or order online. They offer curbside pick-up or delivery!
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/21): OMG. We sometimes forget that they’ve got so much more than just wine. They can help you with your cocktail habit too. Bloody mary? Mojito? Soixante-Quinze? What’s your favorite summer cocktail? Let them know, and they’ll help you create it at home!
How to shop during COVID-19: Their online store should be up and running any minute. Alternatively you can email them at email@example.com.
Hot shopping tip (updated 5/21): Hey everybody! BIG SALE TIME! Until the end of May, all New Life back issues are 50% off with the offer code “newlife” and the first three issues are freakin $9 for the set! There is so much rad work in all these books by so many amazing contributors! Maybe now iss the time to complete your collection? Maybe time to send to a friend?
Oakland Neighborhood Events, Markets, Craft Fairs, and More
LOCAL COMMUNITY Festival List 2020, Generated by SoOakland. Very handy! Some of these dates are tentative but the months are correct. Here are some additions and corrections to the list:
- 9/2020: Oakland Pride
- 8/8/2020: Laurel Street Fair (date correction)
- 8/17/2020: Umoja Festival
- 11/2020: Day of the Dead Festival
STATUS TBD. 6/18 and every third Thursday for 2020, Oakland Art Library Events. These ultra cool events feature Art Library artists who display their work for you to borrow…or buy! They have adult beverages, noshes. It’s FREE and fun. Note: the 2/20 event was canceled.
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