Shop Oakland Indies Weekly Listing

COVID-19 Special Edition Continues

Sure, Oakland Indies are “open” to the public. But it’s still business as very UNusual. The good news is that Oakland proprietors are making it easier than ever to buy local because they’ve created so many different ways for you to visit and shop.  

As such, we continue to madly compile and update information about how to shop 150 (and counting) Oakland Indies and Art Galleries during the coronavirus health crisis.

Indeed, you’ll learn about: hours of operation; online shopping capabilities; shop by appointment details; SALES announcements; product news; virtual events and classes; art exhibitions; and epic shopping tips. You’ll have — at your fingertips — all the contact info and necessary links to shop Oakland. 

Our goal is to provide a valuable one-stop resource to shop Oaktown. We hope our listing inspires you to explore The Town with a shop small mindset and a live local spirit.

BRICK & MORTAR MERCHANTS: If you’re not in this FREE LISTING yet, email sarah@localmotiv.social and we’ll work together to see what we can do. 

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.

 

Shopping in Oakland in the Time of COVID-19

Featured Merchant

Oakland has a vibrant and colorful indie scene. Many of our precious merchants have been hit hard by the pandemic. So, when we discover shops that need some extra shop local love we’ll feature them here. The first shop that we are highlighting was brought to our attention by a customer who is a very big fan.

African Rainbow Fashions and Gift Shop. We love it when Localists tell us about special merchants and the shops that they love. We learned about Teresa and African Rainbow from one of their big fans. It’s at the corner of 55th and MLK. Teresa is kind and generous and, as such, her shop is brimming with love. Shop for soaps, incense, masks from vintage African fabric she’s been collecting over the years, beautiful clothing, and incredible jewelry. It’s been in the same location for 30 years! Proudly Black woman-owned. 
How to shop during COVID-19: The shop is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11am – 5pm. Address: 787 55th St. Oakland, CA 94609.
Have questions? Call 510-653-2188.

Please go visit, her business. It has been hit pretty hard by the pandemic.
Hot shopping tip: Three words: Treasures from Africa. Right now, you’ll find some amazing hand-woven baskets.

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 quirky Oakland Love on t-shirts, hats, hoodies, kids clothing, and more. 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 the activities 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 both amuse and challenge your kids. POC women-owned. 
How to shop during COVID-19: They are now open for in-store shopping 11am – 6pm! Also, you can shop online. Or call/text them at 510-452-6470, email them at adventure3291@gmail.com, or DM them on Instagram. So many ways to shop!
Hot shopping tip: They’ve always got games, toys, puzzles, and activities that will expand your kiddos horizons. Right now, they’re focusing on diversity and inclusion themes! Try scrolling through their Instagram posts, it’s like browsing a bricks & mortar shop they’ve got so much material there. Wow.

 

 

African Rainbow Fashions and Gift Shop. We love it when Localists tell us about special merchants and the shops that they love. We learned about Teresa and African Rainbow from one of their big fans. It’s at the corner of 55th and MLK. Teresa is kind and generous and, as such, her shop is brimming with love. Shop for soaps, incense, masks from vintage African fabric she’s been collecting over the years, beautiful clothing, and incredible jewelry. It’s been in the same location for 30 years! Proudly Black woman-owned. 
How to shop during COVID-19: The shop is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11am – 5pm. Address: 787 55th St. Oakland, CA 94609.
Have questions? Call 510-653-2188.

Please go visit, her business. It has been hit pretty hard by the pandemic.
Hot shopping tip: Three words: Treasures from Africa. Right now, you’ll find some amazing hand-woven baskets.

 

 

Akoma Outdoor Market EVERY SUNDAY from 9am – 2pm in ⁣East Oaklaaaand! Are you going to the upcoming  AKOMA Outdoor Market happening this Sunday at Liberation Park? Enjoy shopping and mingling with many black and brown merchants, craft-makers, and organizations at the event that Queen Hippie Gypsy believes “will become the return of a mecca for black culture in the city of Oakland.” ⁣Brought to you by the Black Cultural Zone. They are a coalition of Black residents, leaders, and organizers on a mission to innovate and incubate art, culture, economic development for Black folks in East Oakland.

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. Women-owned. 
How to shop during COVID-19: They’re open now Tuesdays through Fridays 10am – 6pm and Saturdays 10am – 4pm. Or shop by appointment by calling 510-658-2734. They don’t have a website. But, they do have an Etsy store.
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.

 

All Things Hemp An Oakland/Berkeley family run business on Grand Ave in Oakland. They specialize in selling Organic/American made products derived from hemp. They carry everything from tinctures and topicals to bath salts to pet edibles. And, they strive to be ethical. As such, they consider how their business decisions and actions will impact the community and the environment around them. Proudly Black-owned business.
How to shop during COVID-19: They’re now open on Wednesdays through Fridays 11am – 5:30pm. But, you can also shop online.
Hot shopping tip: Not familiar with CBD? Let All Things Hemp explain its benefits and the products that can help you. Shop their Piece of Mind Sale. Just a little something we could all use right about now! Use code: Peaceofmind at checkout to receive 30% OFF our top brands!
All Things Vintage Studio. You might call them Vintage best friends since they’ve known each other since 1970. And co-owners Claudia and Lucy are also vintage lovers. They’ve combined their vintage passion for fashion and design to delight vintage enthusiasts. Indeed their studio is filled with the best vintage clothing, hats, accessories, home goods, and more.
How to shop during COVID-19: The studio is open every second weekend. Visit 3506 Woodruff St, Oakland CA 94602. Contact info: Call Lucy at 415-297-7459 or Claudia at 510-507-1901. Email Allthingsvintage@comcast.net.
Hot shopping tip: If you haven’t already, visit their shop on one of these weekends in 2020: September 19 & 20, September 26 & 27, October 10 & 11, October 24 & 25, November 7 & 8, November 21 & 22, November 27, 28 & 29, December 5 & 6, December 12 & 13, and December 19 & 20.

 

 

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 are 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. Proudly Black women-owned business. 
How to shop during COVID-19: You can now make an appointment to shop, here. Their website is up and running and you can shop til you drop there too!
Hot shopping tip: Shop by appointment is like getting styled by a personal stylist for FREE! And who wouldn’t want to be styled by Alyce? We just noticed a HUGE SUMMER SALE on their beautiful website. Take advantage of the bargains!

 

 

Art Tile. T’is the season of home improvements and if you are transforming your living space into your dream home and need tile, this is the place to go in Oakland. We know because they helped with ours. They say they are “your local tile showroom.” We say they are “your local tile art gallery.”
How to shop during COVID-19: SHOP BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays 9am – 5pm and Saturdays 10am – 4pm. Visit their gallery, er, showroom at 4336 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611.
Hot shopping tip: Do not go to their online gallery here… you’ll never stop browsing.

 

 

Atomic Garden. Home decor accents, women’s clothing, and body & soul care products make this shop a pleasure to peruse. You just never know what you might find to spoil a friend, loved one, or yourself.
How to shop during COVID-19:
Updated store hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays 11am – 5pm. And If you want to stay home, you can shop online. Also, follow them on Instagram to discover the delightful Care Packages and Gift Bundles they’re putting together. DM or email them at info@atomicgardenoakland.com to order too.

Hot shopping tip:
Lots of different ways to shop at Atomic Garden: Visit, shop online, shop on instagram. Anyway you do it, you’ll find housewares, clothes, jewelry, blankets, and other cool trinkets. They’re particularly adept at creating little thoughtful gift bundles!
A Verb for Keeping Warm (AVFKW). We have not visited this Ode to Textiles institution. Nor have we any creative maker’s talents. But, we’ve heard so much about AVFKW, from other people that we can’t wait to visit. First, it’s women-owned, founded by Kristine Vejar and Adrienne Rodriguez. Secondly, it’s part shop, part classroom, part dyeing studio, and 100% community oriented.  The 1,700 square foot space contains a symphony of textiles — from their own line of naturally-dyed yarn as well as other yarn, fiber, fabric, and natural dyes, tools, and more.
How to shop during COVID-19: Per their website, their bricks and mortar is closed due to the health crisis… But you can shop online to your heart’s content. Reach them at 510-595-VERB (8372) or info@averbforkeepingwarm.com. Located at 6328 San Pablo Avenue (x Alcatraz Avenue), Oakland, CA 94608.
Hot shopping tip: If you want to up your maker game, they offer classes for natural dyeing, knitting, sewing, spinning, and weaving. Their goal is to “create an inclusive, welcoming, and creative space as well as to support a just and healthy Earth and society.” LOVE IT.

 

Bay-Made. This gift shop should be called “Bay-Love.” It’s always fun to shop the 100+ talented local makers and artists that they feature here. But more importantly, Sarahjane is always thinking of ways to inspire your inner artist. 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: Open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11am – 5pm. They continue to update their site with more merchandise so keep checking back. If you’re passing by you can DM them on Instagram with inquiries.
Hot shopping tip: Lots of Bay Area Made cool unique stuff to be had at this Maker’s emporium. Or as one angry YELPER (is there any other kind?) whined, “overpriced garbage that looks like a 3 year-old made it.” LOL…whatever… WE LOVE IT.

 

 

Beast Oakland. This is an artist-owned, Oakland proud original. They always have new arrivals and they’re full of Oakland Love. Looking for some ultra-cool 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: They are open for business  Mondays through Saturdays 11am – 6:30pm and on Sundays 11am – 3pm. You can Shop online too. Questions? Call them at 510-328-1347.
Hot shopping tip: They are dropping lots of Oakland-cool stuff lately and they are having a glamorous and tasty event on 9/19! They will be hosting a pop up event with @mimisinstaglam and @rositas_kitchen_oak.

 

 

Bella Ceramica. Go on a little trip to Italy and find up and coming ceramic artists or artisans that have been creating ceramics for decades. Better yet, just go to Bella Ceramica and meet Claudio who does all the hard work finding ceramic treasures in Italy himself. He’s bringing to the Bay Area the best in handmade Italian ceramic gifts, dinnerware, and home accessories. 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 claudio@bellaceramica.com. They offer FREE SHIPPING.
Hot shopping tip: Since none of us are traveling to Italy anytime soon, this is definitely the next best thing. Seriously!

 

 

Bella Vita. A perfect mix of clothes, books, and toys for the kiddos and trendy fashions for mom. It’s a one-stop shop — a Purveyor of Lovely Things. A mix of fun and eclectic finds for women and children. You’ll see their love  of WHIMSY, Color and Pattern. Learn more about them (and other shops) in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here!
How to shop during COVID-19: Bricks and mortar is OPEN Tuesdays through Fridays 11am –  4pm, Saturdays 11am – 5pm, and Sundays 12pm – 4pm. If you’re not ready to unSIP, please shop online. Free shipping within the US, curbside pick up, and free local delivery.
Hot shopping tip: Fall selection is starting to arrive. And, they were having a SUMMER SALE  with an additional 20% off in-store and online. But, we don’t know if the SALE has ended… 

 

Bernal Cutlery. All we can say is that we wish we knew about them before we went on a kitchen knife shopping spree. So, if you’re in need of knives, don’t make the same mistake we did. Go to Bernal Cutlery. As the saying goes… Do not pass go. They specialize in Japanese knives, European knives, vintage knives, and waaay much more. And, they offer sharpening services and classes.
How to shop during COVID-19: Email them at

info@bernalcutlery.com to sign up for a virtual shopping appointment. Or shop online.

Hot shopping tip: They’ve got a DEALS section on their website, here. You’ll see that they’ve added some floor sample, trade-ins, and testers sale items too. Yay!
Fundraising effort! 100% of the proceeds to sales of Sharp and all the profits from other books and periodicals will go to @foodshift helping to feed and provide job training our neighbors here in the Bay Area.

 

 

 

Bird and Bean. They have boys & girls clothing from baby and toddler to young children. They also have toys, puzzles, games, and books. And, they’ve got the baby and toddler gear for moms and dads. But most importantly, they have Shop Local Angels that can help you find exactly what you need in a desperate gifting situation. Oh, and they have their own Bird & Bean house-designed brand which adds an additional unexpected value! Did we miss anything? Yes, we did… they have a refuge for moms and/or play space for kids in the back. We give this shop a five kittens, puppies, unicorns, blankies, and rainbows rating! Read more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guide, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: They are now open for business with limited hours and COVID-19 protocols. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays open 10am – 5pm. Saturdays & Sundays open 10am – 6pm. Tuesdays, you can shop by appointment. If you shop online, enjoy FREE shipping or curbside pickup. Call or DM on Instagram for assistance!
Hot shopping tip: Fall inventory is starting to arrive. Let them help you with your gift-giving needs. Their Shop Local Angels can put together a package of clothes, toys, and books like no other. They’ll make you look like a gift-giving savant! We know because they did it for us. Fall line is starting to come in!
Blk Girls Green House. This is a NEW BUSINESS that opened on 8/1, right in the middle of a pandemic. This feat tells us that these women are fierce! And we love what they are offering. “At the 1,500-square-foot outdoor locale, customers can purchase plants, beautiful ceramic and clay pots, thoughtfully curated goods for the home (magazines, coffee table books, candles, wall hangings, speciality teas, and more!), and locally produced apparel.” SoOakland! Proudly Black women-owned business. 
How to shop during COVID-19: Thursdays through Sundays, 10am to 5pm and by appointment only. Book one here! For more information, email hello@bggh.shop.
Hot shopping tip: Support a new business!

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: Shop hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:30am – 5:30pm and Sundays 11:30am – 5:30pm. If you need to talk beads and make an order, email info@bluedoorbeads.
Hot shopping tip: A SALE to 9/30: To help others give a little extra love to some beads we cherish, the beads/strands on display will be discounted by 15%. This sale is limited to these beads/strands through the month of September.
Classes and events: They’ve got lots of them so you might want to check out there page here. They’ve been thinking about metal skills lately. Check out a new display up to support all your metal-skilled needs. Also, check out our class lineup for metal skills, taught by our instructor Jessica.

 

 

Broadway Terrace Nursery is another Oakland plant Oasis. They are a design focused plant shop and nursery with “planty of high quality plants” and wonderful customer service. They lovingly hand pick all of their house plants every week! Yeah, that doesn’t happen at big box stores or national retailers. “Planty…” get it? OMG. Their pun, not ours — but we wish it was.
How to shop during COVID-19: Open for business everyday from 10am – 5pm.
Hot shopping tip: We know that you want to add some life to your abode. So why not visit them and pick up something from their vast hand-picked selection of house plants!

 

Broken Guitars… How have they not been on our list given that we were all taught to love and play music as youngsters. One of us lived in a guitar store for years. This place is an iconic Oakland music shop.
How to shop during COVID-19: Broken Guitars is pleased to announce that they are OPEN Tuesdays through Saturdays 11am – 6pm and Sundays 11am – 5pm. 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: It’s time to buy that guitar that you’ve always wanted to learn how to play. Take it from us, it’s not so difficult to learn. 

 

Brother and Sisters Flowers. Have you had the pleasure of walking into this secret garden? They’ve got flowers, plants, and decorative accessories. They think about what’s local and seasonal. 
How to shop during COVID-19: They are taking appointments online for every Thursday- Saturday from 10am – 2pm. Book here to enjoy a rejuvenating visit to their greenhouse and gardens with your bubble. Shop online. Follow them on Instagram to see their flower and plant inspirations. DM them to order. FREE delivery now! Now offering curbside pickup Thursdays through Saturdays from 10am – 2pm!
Hot shopping tip: They’ve got a lot of Fall ideas. “Are you taking advantage of the beginning of glorious fall weather?! Since we will all be entertaining our bubbles in our outdoor spaces, it’s a perfect time for a living succulent centerpiece for your table!!”

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, craft, 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. Proudly women POC-owned!
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: They have lots of ideas and expertise so you can travel the world and explore liquors from exotic places… since you won’t be traveling anytime soon. What are they thinking about right now? Oktoberfest and bier!

Merchants C through E

Cape and Cowl Comics. When we visited this downtown indie we fell in love. We think that the fearless owner, Eitan, might just be a local comic shop owner by day and a shop local superhero by night! We just wrote a story about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: 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 11am – 6pm Mondays through Fridays and 1pm – 5pm Saturdays and Sundays).
Hot shopping tip: We’ve noticed that they’ve been hosting regular Instagram Live SALES on the weekends, usually on Saturdays at 10am for all ages and Sundays at 4pm with a focus on adult comics. Also, don’t forget new Comics arrive on Wednesdays!
Special announcement: This is kinda cool, good shop local news: They are expanding their business. Yep, they’re going to break down their back wall and move into the space behind it — all this is legal of course — we think.

 

 

Child’s Play. Bricks and mortar business is closed permanently. Owners, Maggie and Ajay, learned first hand how fast children learn, grow, and love. They’ve put that experience into Child’s Play — a resale clothing/toys boutique. And they’ve done the hard work to source cool stuff. But they are closing their Bricks and Mortar shop for now with a vision to come back sometime in the future. 
How to shop during COVID-19: N/A
Hot shopping tip: Shop online!

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: Dan’s open for business. And you can peruse his gift-y items and inspirations 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 their Instagram account to see what beautiful things he is creating. Let him arrange something for you. Ha ha.

 

 

 

Claflin Thayer & Co. Wander into Temescal Alley and you’ll wonder if you are still in Oakland. Of course, the answer is — yes, you are. And in many ways, Temescal Alley and Claflin Thayer & Co. represent the #shoplocal gold that is this city. They prove that you don’t need 100,000 square feet to sell goods. Indeed, all a proprietor needs is a few hundred square feet of space and an infinite abundance of passion. As such, you will find something special here for yourself or someone else you are thinking about. In our visits we’ve spent a lot of happy time perusing their outerwear, bags, belts, classic small leather goods, locally-made kid’s clothes and gifts, clean skincare & cosmetics, leather and canvas care, and lots of USA-made wool blankets, t-shirts, and knit beanies. If you didn’t already know this, their line of jackets and leather goods are designed and produced in the shop. Outstanding craftsmanship and quality.
How to shop during COVID-19: Luckily they are open Fridays through Sundays from 12pm – 5pm. Or shop by appointment on Thursdays 12pm – 5pm. And, they’ve got a beautiful website to inspire your shop local spirit too.
Hot shopping tip: No matter what you want to buy — from a beanie or t-shirt to a one-of-a-kind leather jacket — it will be a very, very, very special purchase.

 

 

Creative Framing & Gallery. Heather Piazza has been an artist/custom framer in the Bay Area for more than 25 years. Plus she has also curated and hung over 100 Gallery Art Shows. She uses her space to create art, celebrate other local artists, and frame and reframe art for her clients. When you visit, you’ll find she has an eye for the non-traditional and the variety and complexity of light, color, texture, and design. Cool.
How to shop during COVID-19: Currently open by appointment (please call) Thursdays to Saturdays 12pm – 5pm and First Fridays 6pm – 9pm at 2700 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA. Call 510-482-1200. Check out her Etsy shop too.
Hot shopping tip: From 9/1 – 9/27, they’ll be featuring abstracts by Bill Laird and softer realism by Sharon Squires as they celebrate “23 Years of Love & Art”. This will be one of those special exhibits you won’t want to miss! Free and Open to the public, all ages welcome. The final Artists Reception on Sunday, Sept 27th from 2pm – 5pm.

 

 

Crimson Horticultural Rarities. 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: Shop is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays 12pm – 5pm. Or set up a private shopping appointment or shop online. Their Instagram feed is “over flowering” with inspirations and ideas. It’s great to browse the new arrivals and do some preshopping.
Hot shopping tip: They are having 15% off online SALE on all potted plants. They make perfect little gifts or add something special to your space. Use code PROMO15 at check out for the discount.
Coming soon: New location on Piedmont Avenue!

 

 

Cotton Basics. Three words: Made in Oakland. Looking for some comfy essentials? Are you picky about your cotton (play on words very intentional). We love the quality and expansive collection of 100% cotton 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 shop on Piedmont Ave is open 12pm – 5pm everyday but are subject to change without notice (unfortunately).
Hot shopping tip: Since we are all staying home more, we might as well be dressed in our comfy Cotton Basics clothes.

 

Crown Nine Jewelry. 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: As of 8/5, it looks like they’re are closing their retail shop due to health and safety concerns for their staff and customers. Now, shop zero-pressure by virtual appointment or online. Crown Nine will offer curbside pick ups for locals.
Hot shopping tip: T’is always the season to find love… and sealing your love with a locally designed and made piece is soooo romantic! Get inspired by following them on Instagram.

 

 

Crush on College. The more owners like Liz Taylor we have in The Town, the better it is for our shopping pleasure. After all, she has put together the complete women’s clothing boutique. She specializes in a little bit of everything for any occasion. 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: They are open for business 11am – 5pm everyday! Online shopping available too. Or reach out to Liz via DM on Instagram for your shopping needs.
Hot shopping tip: They’ve got the outfits you’ll need to re-introduce yourself to the post-SIP world. But we just saw these Black Lives Matter Tees and fell in love. One of them is ours if we get to Rockridge in time. 

 

Custom Sofa Co. Owners Diego and Damian are examples of how shopping Oakland sparks joy in unexpected ways. Honestly, we didn’t think we’d have so much fun at a sofa shop. Seriously, sofas had never been so interesting to us until dreamy Diego told us about his family venture with his twin brother. No doubt, they will connect with you and put together the perfect sofa for your home. From what we can tell, customization is mostly included in the cost. This means you have a pretty free reign to design the best sofa to fit your needs. So, they have the sofa selection, the colors, and the fabrics. Most importantly, they have the energy, enthusiasm, and 25 years of expertise to help you through the process. Read more about this dynamic duo and their sofa enterprise in our Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop COVID-19:
To schedule an appointment please call or text 510-316-4434 or email customsofaco@gmail.com.
Hot shopping tip: OMG A lowest price guarantee; a large selection of fully customizable sofas, love seats, sectionals, chaises, and ottomans; all locally made in California; choose your color and fabrics; and two of the nicest young entrepreneurs you’ll ever meet.

 

 

Cycle Sports. Since 1991! But even so, we don’t know much about them. They are definitely on our list to visit for a shop local adventure on Grand Avenue. We think bike shops are essential to every neighborhood!
How to shop during COVID-19: Bikes are transportation so they are an essential business. They’ll have reduced hours Mondays through Saturdays from 12pm – 6pm. But if you don’t want to go inside, that’s okay too. Call them at 510-444-7900.
Hot shopping tip: Looking for a bargain? Keep an eye on their online store for SALES and CLOSE OUT DEALS here

 

 

Dandelion Post. Is closing their Bricks and Mortar business in September. 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: They’re open Tuesdays through Saturdays 11am – 6pm. Book shopping or pick up appointments through the link here! If you’re not ready to leave the house, explore their shop online.
Hot shopping tip: They are closing their bricks and mortar store permanently in September so that means they’re hosting a HUGE SALE to clear out the Temescal Shop. You’ll find savings up to 50% off. The good news is that they will continue their online business!

 

 

Dress Best for Less. It’s pure recycled style for women, men, kids, and home. Even better, they have a meaningful mission to support Oakland Schools and other nonprofits in Oakland. And they 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: They are now open for business (with new mask protocols and lots of sanitizer and a new cleaning regimen). Of course, you can also shop online. Also, DM them on Instagram or email them to make purchases. Or buy gift certificates online and/or donate!
Hot shopping tip: Clearly, they are getting ready for Fall and there is always a great deal and hot SALES to be had. 

 

 

Dr. Comics and Mr. Games. Pssst. You want to know a secret? There’s this cool comic book and game 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, puzzles, 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: They are now open and have lots of Covid-19 protocols that you can read about here. If you’re not ready to shop in person, call the shop at 510-601-7800 or email them at drcomics@earthlink.net.
Hot shopping tip: They’ve got something for everyone in the family.

 

 

e14 Gallery. This little gallery and gift shop brims with made-in-Oakland art, Oakland pride, and other Oakland 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. Proudly Black and Brown-owned gallery. 
How to shop during COVID-19: Open Tuesdays through Fridays 12pm – 6pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm – 5pm. Reach out to them at E14gallery@gmail.com. Online shopping available.
Hot shopping tip: It’s pure Town Love and Art the way it’s meant to be. We’re loving the Black Panther Tee.

 

 

Eastbay Booksellers. It’s a neighborhood bookstore which means it’s also a community. And they’ve seen lots of changes over the 27 years in the Eastbay.  As they say “Industries rise and fall. People come and go. And the ground itself moves under our feet. This bowling alley turned bookstore, has been a community sounding board about these changes. A safe place in their midst. A discovery zone in their wake. In short, one of the best damn neighborhood bookstores you’re likely to find.”
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online. They take phone orders and also offer gift certificates. And they’re now doing front-door pickup seven days a week from 12pm to 6pm!!! ‬As of 7/23, you won’t want to miss the first volume of Stacks — their virtual browsing magazine! Click here
Hot shopping tip: Another FLASH SALE! They are marking art books down 25% this week. While supplies last! Some real treasures there.

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: If you have eclectique tastes, then they can help you find your newest e-clectique curio.

 

 

Exclusive 9 Boutique. They have closed their bricks & mortar store. 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. Proud Black woman-owned business!
How to shop during COVID-19:
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Hot shopping tip: You can still shop at their online store.

Merchants F through L

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines has an expert staff that can set you up with the perfect bottles of wine for your price range. And you can sample your way to the perfect cheeses. Plus they have an assortment of other fine foods like crackers, snacks, and chocolate that will pair perfectly with your purchases. Yum.
How to shop during COVID-19: They are open for business or you can call them during opening hours (510 864 9463  ext 1 for Oakland, ext 2 for Alameda). Operating hours: In Alameda: 9-6 and Oakland: 11-6 Mon – Sat; 9:30-5 on Sundays. Curbside pick up, and shipping available for California at $15/6 bottles or $25/12 bottles.
Hot shopping tip: We’ve shopped there for 15+ years. They are fantastic at helping you choose a new bottle. Discounts for wine club members and there are lots of different wine club options!
Feelmore Adult Gallery. Maybe you feel very shy about sex and sex toys or maybe you don’t. Perhaps you are a novice or maybe you are an expert. But, no matter what your situation, Feelmore Adult Gallery is the place to shop in Oaktown. And owner, Nena Joiner, is on a mission to serve her clientele with the highest quality products and caring service. Also, read about our Shop Local adventure in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online. Also, they have a Feelmore hotline for hot shopping tips at 510-891-0199.
Hot shopping tip: So many, literally hot shopping tips (yes, pun intended). 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 Oakland. 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.
How to shop during COVID-19: Open Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays 12pm – 6pm.
Hot shopping tip: The new website is LIVE at last. Go shop their catalog of goods for in-store pickup or delivery via USPS. YAY.

 

 

 

Five and Dime Vintage. Bricks & Mortar is closed. This outstanding little vintage outpost on Piedmont Ave is always getting new inventory, vintage, housewares, vinyl, and more. Here are a few of Terrie’s favorite things: vintage globes, pop art, and cool travel bars.
Read about this one-of-a-kind bricks & mortar in our Oakland Indie Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: N/A
Hot shopping tip: You won’t get to hang with Terrie, but you can still shop online at her Etsy store and follow on her on Instagram.

 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: They are OPEN FOR BUSINESS again and serving you safely. Book a shopping appointment here. Also conveniently shop online at flaxart.com with curbside pickup, delivery, and shipping options.
Hot shopping tip:You are invited to go paint your piece! Through September the Black Lives Matter Community Mosaic Mural is at Flax Oakland. Click here to learn more on their blog. Brought to us by @mosaiclisocial. So very cool. 

 

 

 

Free Bird of California is a little studio + boutique with made-in-Oakland and handmade-with-love leather goods! When we browse their Instagram, we are blown away by the artistry, craftsmanship, and care. It shines through the all the inventory in the shop. You’ll observe a high quality modern classic style that will surely last forever. So, these are not “leather products” or “leather brands” that you are going to find at ubiquitous National Retailers. No, these are personal works of art that will perfectly express your individuality. Proudly Black woman-owned business! 
How to shop during COVID-19: 5311 Fairfax Avenue Oakland, CA. Open Mondays through Fridays by appointment. Saturdays and Sundays 11am – 6pm.
Hot shopping tip: Head to their website and sign up for their newsletter that will keep you informed about EXCLUSIVE OFFERS, NEW ARRIVALS, PRIVATE TRUNK SHOWS & MORE. And, you’ll get a Coupon to SAVE 15% too!
Events and classes: Freebird Studio offers DIY and Do-It Together (DIT) art and sewing classes for youth and adults. Check their website for more info.

 

 

Free Oakland Up. Free Oakland UP is an alternative shop offering FREE treasures! That is FREE art, art supplies, decor items, smalls, books, toys, games fabric… You get the idea. They’re located at 2809 MacArthur Blvd. And the Outdoor FREE Market is every Sunday through September, 12pm – 3pm.
Hot shopping tip: Plants are for SALE inside every Sunday and the next one is 9/27! The Plant SALES raise funds for rent and expenses at Free Oakland UP and makes the Outdoor FREE Market possible.

 

 

Gold and Rust. Brick and Mortar is permanently closed. but we can’t bring ourselves to remove them from our listing. We are convinced that Cassandra was transported from the 1970s to the present to dazzle and delight us with her groovy mid-century modern vintage sensibility. So, 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: N/A
Hot shopping tip: Happily, we can all still shop online at Gold & Rust! Follow their adventures on Instagram too. 

 

 

 Gearbox Gallery. We are so lucky in Oakland and the Bay Area to have access to so many talented artists who are telling the stories of our lives during these tumultuous and urgent times. Gearbox Gallery is an artist-run contemporary art gallery that features the work of its members and a broad range of Northern California contemporary guest artists.
How to experience art during COVID-19: You can support local artists by visiting the gallery! Hours of operation: Open Thursdays & Fridays 12pm – 6pm, and Saturdays 11am – 5pm. Or go see them on First Fridays 6pm – 9pm. Need more info? Call them at 510-271-0822. Their address is 770 West Grand Ave Oakland, CA 94612.
Hot shopping tip: Harry Clewans & Arthur Gonzalez: Omens and Observations. Exhibition from 9/11 to 10/10.
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Goldenbug Shoes. In short, GoldenBug Shoes is a Shop Local Gold experience about expertise, commitment to the right fit, and love of kids and family. At risk of sounding a little creepy, it’s kind of fun just to watch families shop for their kiddos shoes. It is guaranteed to uplift a heart on a depressing COVID-19 day. Learn more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guide, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: At our Rockridge store they are offering appointments as well as walk-in shopping. And they have masks and hand sanitizer at the ready for ya! ⁣Store hours are: Mondays and Thursdays through Sundays 10am – 1:30pm for walk-in customers and 2:30pm – 4:30pm for customers with appointments (book your appointment on their website).
Hot shopping tip: It’s your Oakland source for kids shoes and they’ve been getting a lot of new arrivals lately… 

 

 

Good Neighbor. A beautiful shop and a secret backyard that is perfect for entertaining. They’ve got all sorts of knick knacks and accessories for the home, a luxurious body care selection, and other cool stuff.  
How to shop during COVID-19: Current store hours are Thursdays through Saturdays 11am – 5pm and Sundays 12pm – 5pm. Or shop by appointment Mondays through Wednesdays. Website coming soon! Other ways to reach them: DM them on Instagram. Email Neighbor4200@gmail.com and dana@wearegoodstock.com. Or call the shop at 510-594-2288. They’ll help to facilitate whatever you may need: drop off/ mail order/ etc.
Hot shopping tip: 
Grand Lake Sew & Vac. Very old-school and no social media so obviously, we love them. They epitomize what local shopping can be – and what big box, national, and ecommerce retailers definitely are not. Because when you walk into the store, you will meet two of the most honest, genuine, warm merchants you can imagine. Hassan has owned the store for several years now and Bobby, his nephew, helps out. They’d rather repair your vacuum than convince you to buy a new one. I know. Because the first time I met Hassan, he told me that my old Dyson was still about the best vacuum around and it wasn’t worth buying a new one. He said he’d fix mine and he did. It’s worked perfectly since. Read more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
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.
Gray Loft Gallery. Is indeed a hidden gem in Jingletown. A powerhouse of Oakland art. Head over to their website to see more about their latest exhibition called Summer Salon which is essentially a celebration of summer in the age of COVID-19.
How to experience art during COVID-19: Enjoy their exhibition from July 24 through September 7, 2020. The physical gallery is currently closed. But they are delighted to present an online experience for your viewing pleasure. SUMMER SALON is their annual celebration of summer – and this year they’re presenting this exhibit as an online group show of gallery artists featuring painting, mixed media, ceramics, photography and jewelry by Bay Area artists. Contact info: Address: 2889 Ford Street, third floor Jingletown Oakland, CA, 94601 email: grayloftgallery@gmail.com and phone number: 510-499-3445.
Hot shopping tip: Gray Loft Gallery proves that we have some very talented artists in the Bay Area. We all need to support their good work. Please contact them for purchasing information. If you are in the Greater Bay Area, they will be happy to deliver the work to you. Otherwise a shipping fee will be added to the cost of the piece.

 

 

Great Good Place for Books. As the story goes, just over twelve years ago, Kathleen woke up one morning and owned A Great Good Place for Books (a.k.a. GGP). And since then, she has been building and nurturing a beautiful book loving community. No doubt, she has done an exceedingly good job. First, she seems to know every book in her shop. And, she knows almost every customer too. As such, she can effortlessly make a recommendation. But especially important is the vibe. Read more about this local bookstore powerhouse in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: The shop is open. Here are the deets: Open every day 10am – 1pm, and also from 4pm – 6pm Wednesdays through Sundays. No cash, charge only. You can also shop their website.
Hot shopping tip: PRE ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY, RIGHT HERE! It’s that easy. We know because we pre-order books from time to time. Order one for yourself and one as a gift to someone you love!
Coming 11/17/21 A PROMISED LAND by Barack Obama. Or check out their prolific Instagram posts to get inspired for your next book purchase.
Gypsy Road Studio. It’s like a vibrant vintage market in some far off exotic country in another time. Discover its abundance of world treasures from different eras. They’ve got art, jewelry, collectibles, clothing, furniture, home decor, and more.
How to shop during COVID-19: We drove by recently and saw that they are open for business. Also, shop on Etsy. 
Hot shopping tip: Feel like travelling the world in search of beautiful treasures but can’t right now? Take a trip to their Instagram account and behold the artifacts from around the world there. Amazing.
Head West Marketplace This Saturday, September 19th at @hangar1distillery in Alameda from 11am – 5p. It’s another Outdoor Retail Marketplace of local brands and small businesses with nearly 75 Makers, Crafters, Designers, Vintage Merchants, Artists, and more. It’s a celebration of Oakland and Bay Area talent. Be safe and follow all their safety protocols!!!!

Hello Vintage. Is a very welcoming Vintage shop that has vintage clothing & accessories for everyone. They offer clothing for all genders from the 1790s to the 1990s, with pieces that range from everyday casual to museum-quality antique gowns.
How to shop during COVID-19: Now open for shop-by-appointment business! Also, follow them on Instagram and go to their stories to see what kind of deals you can work out with them.
Hot shopping tip: They’ve just listed nearly 100 prairie dresses on their Prairie Dress Instagram Story Highlight! Tap the bubble to shop their favorite cottage core approved looks including a RARE size 15 Gunne Sax dress. It begs the question: Where do they find this stuff?

 In Full Swing Plus Sizes. They carry a wide range of hard-to-find contemporary styles for plus-style women. With their outstanding expertise, they’ll put together unique looks for you. New clothes arrive every day, so check in often!
How to shop during COVID-19: They are now open for business and you can shop online.
Hot shopping tip: Tired of your SIP wardrobe? We’ve checked out their Instagram and they are ready for Fall. Lot’s of Fall Fashions! 

 

 

 

iD (inner Desires). This shop on 17th St, iD Oakland, is for anyone with a discerning taste for men’s or women’s street wear. 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! Proudly Black-owned business. 
How to shop during COVID-19: You can now shop by appointment. Or you can shop online and do curbside pickup!
Hot shopping tip: They’ve always got some exciting new arrivals. For example, they carry up and coming, hard-to-find, and exclusive designers and brands. This place might be too cool for middle-aged white women but we’ll shop there anyway! 

 

 

Issues. Bricks and mortar is permanently CLOSED but we cannot bring ourselves to remove them from the listing. 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: N/A.
Hot shopping tip: YOU. CAN. STILL. SHOP. ONLINE!

 

 

It’s Your Move Games has plenty to offer if you are a gamer probably because the owners are gamers. 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: They are open and you can shop online. Contact them at (510) 547-4386. Visit them at 4920 Telegraph ave. Temescal, Oakland, CA 94609.
Hot shopping tip: They’ve got a lot going on and we’ve all got a lot more time! Online RPG & gaming, MTG/core2021, game rentals, and more!
Fundraising event: THEY NEED YOUR HELP! If you can, please support this important business and community space. Do some gaming shopping or support a GoFundMe campaign here.

 

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: Shop hours are now Mondays through Saturdays from 8:30am – 3pm and Sundays, 9am – 3pm. Also, order flowers via phone at 510-658-0613, online, or by appointment. They offer curbside pickup and contact free delivery.
It’s so very easy.
Hot shopping tip: Live life colorfully! Here’s real flower power: “Farm to Table” is popular these days… but even more exciting for us is “Farm directly to J. Miller Flowers” at our shop on Piedmont Ave in Oakland!”

 

Kelly’s Corner Kids. If you are a mom-to-be or mom with tots from 0-12 years-old, this shop is a one-stop solution. They’ve truly thought of everything for moms-to-be to moms to kids. Find our more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guide, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Closed until further notice… no online shopping capabilities so far as we can tell. 

 

 

Kosa Arts. This is a special downtown boutique. Owner, Elaine Hamblin transforms art into comfortable life in all things clothing, jewelry, housewares, curios, and more. It’s a must shop. Also, she hosts intriguing events and workshops.
Please read more about Elaine and Kosa Arts in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here
How to shop during COVID-19: NOW OPEN Tuesdays through Saturdays 10am – 6pm and Sundays 12pm – 6pm. Expect COVID-19 protocols for our safety. Check out the website too. Also, if you see anything on Instagram that you are interested in, please DM Elaine on Instagram.
Hot shopping tip: How about KOSA double wrap dress in linen. As easy as it gets. Two pieces wrap front to back or back to front. Light and airy. Adjustable straps.
LaliSimone. Okay, if you have a passion for vintage, you need to visit LaliSimone. If you want to transform your shopping experience into a fashion show, again, you have to visit LaliSimone. If you want a dynamic, creative, warm fashionista to create a look for you, yes, You must visit LaliSimone.  Lately it looks like Judith has been getting a ton of new items so she is ready for you. Also, please learn more about Judith Sota and LaliSimone in Our Oakland Indies Shopping Guide, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Now you can book an appointment either online or DM them on Instagram.
Hot shopping tip: Judith is a purveyor of fearless style with zero waste. Shop Issue 01 of the Autumn 2020 LookBook.

 

 

 

Lesley Evers. When we think of the word “happy,” 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 happily ready to get you dressed up. Did we just write that? Yep, we did.
How to shop during COVID-19: They are now open 11am – 5pm Tuesdays through Saturdays! Also, shop online.
Hot shopping tip: If you can believe it, we’ve never Evers been to the boutique. So, we’re fans from afar. Because we love her bright, optimistic, happy designs with masks to match! We defy you to be in a bad mood when you wear a Lesley Evers outfit. And she’s bringing in warm Fall inventory. 

 

 

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. Or a contemporary art jewelry gallery. Either way, it’s sophisticated and beautiful and conveniently located on Piedmont Avenue.
How to shop during COVID-19: They are now open for business with limited business hours Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12pm – 6pm. Shop online of course! This is cool too: Morning hours are reserved for appointments only, either for custom designs or to fit your schedule, so you’ll have their 100% attention for what you are looking for. Free shipping! Full store credit refund! Free gift wrapping!
Hot shopping tip: Shop for birthstone jewelry! It makes a very thoughtful gift too. They can help!  

Merchants M 

MacArthur Skate Shop. We don’t see ourselves breaking our necks anytime soon on skateboards. One of us a great story about falling off one once with a full glass of beer and managed to save all of it on the way down. But we digress. Skate shops are key to every neighborhood. And MacArthur is one of the best of them.
How to shop during COVID-19: They are so hyped to say the shop is open again for daily pick ups from 12pm – 4pm!  Also, you can call them at 510-866-2698 to order or with questions. 
Hot shopping tip: If we were skateboarders, we’d want these “End Racism” boards gracias a @realskateboards
Maison d’etre. Is it okay if we love a business just for its name? Maybe it draws you in like it did us. Once inside you’ll find all the necessities and (and flourishes) to make your home homey-er.
How to shop during COVID-19 :  Open for social distance in person shopping 7 days a week from 11am – 6pm. Or 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. Right now, they’re thinking about how we can make our own homes feel like exotic places — like Morocco — since we’re not traveling anytime soon. FUN!

 

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: They are still closed to walk-in business to keep the community safe. They offer shipping and curbside pickup (Wednesdays and Fridays 12pm – 5pm) for all online orders. DM them on Instagram to book a private in-store shopping experience any day of the week + weekends too!”
Hot shopping tip: OMG, they are always doing customer appreciation events, like this one: They are doing a GIVEAWAY. The craft kits are also a NEW ITEM to the online store. They make for a super fun outdoor activity with a group or to give as a gift. Get all the information here.  

 

 

Manna Gallery shows contemporary paintings, collage and sculpture by Bay Area and Northern California artists. They are located in the heart of Oakland’s thriving arts district. For information on current and upcoming shows, see their calendar here
How to shop during COVID-19: Gallery hours are 12pm – 5pm every Saturday. Safety protocols are in place, so please bring a mask.

Hot shopping tip: This is so cool: Kathryn Arnold, one of the featured artists in the ”Layers” exhibition, has been juried into the De Young exhibition of Bay area artists. Congratulations, Kathryn! Wow. Current exhibition is “Dreaming City”, an installation by Dan Weber, opened 9/5 and continues to 10/24. 

 

Mannequin Madness. We can hardly wait to visit this fixture in Oaktown. Because it’s a multi-faceted company that sells and rents mannequinsmannequin parts, and mannequin art. They have new, used, and vintage. We think that if you need mannequins, you’ll find what you are looking for and more right there. The “and more” being new ideas for mannequins as art pieces. Let’s not forget, they offer several other services (e.g. photo studio, DIY workshops and tutorials) too. No wonder, owner Judi Henderson Townsend is affectionately called the “Queen of Mannequins” by her friends and customers. Awesome! Proudly Black woman-owned business. 
How to shop during COVID-19: Online orders are still shipping though taking a little longer to process orders due to COVID-19 limitations. They’ll try to accommodate any orders needed on a specific date though. In Person Orders: Their Oakland warehouse is open by appointment only now. Of course, everyone (including us) must wear a mask and gloves. Call them at 510 444 0650 to book a 1 on 1 shopping appointment.
Hot shopping tip: ONE WORD: HALLOWEEN: That’s right. If Halloween is your thing, You better go visit Judi ASAP. You can thank us later for the recommendation!

 

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. Plus they’ve got other clothing that rocks the denim. Read more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Bricks & Mortar hours are now: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12pm – 4pm, Thursdays through Saturdays 12pm – 6pm. Julie’s taking walk-in customers on a first-come-first-serve basis, but the website is still the best way to support your jeans habit. Or you can make a private shopping appointment if that is your preference. You can schedule your appointment now here!!!! Other options:
MSD also has an online store now. Or reach out to Julie and just order over the phone. They’re offering free shipping or curbside pickup.
Hot shopping tip: This whole store is a hot shopping tip. Julie can fit you in your next favorite pair of jeans that you will love forever. 

 

Marcus Books Eight words: This is an important and historic small business. Located at 3900 Martin Luther King Jr Way, it’s the oldest Black-owned bookstore in the US. And somehow, it’s still family-owned. It’s filled with books about Black people everywhere that are written by Black people everywhere. They’ve hosted readings for some of the most important authors of our time — Like Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou. Seriously, you cannot buy this history, this knowledge, this beautiful space on the internet. It’s the definition of shop local.
We hope you can support their GoFundMe campaign here. Proudly Black-owned for decades! 
How to shop during COVID-19: We know that they are open for business. They also now have an online presence but we tried to order books and see that due to an abundance of orders to fill, they’ve paused this service.
Hot shopping tip: White people like us need to get over to the nearest Black-owned bookshops and leverage their expertise to start studying black history and social justice issues. It’s time to read Black authors. We’re just saying…

 

McMullen Boutique in Oakland CAMcMullen Boutique. Oakland’s high-end fashion boutique with everything to make a woman look and feel her best glamorous self. Dresses, pants, skirts, shirts, blouses, jewelry, accessories, handbags, shoes, jeans, and more! No attitude, just So Oakland friendliness. It’s owned by legendary Sherri McMullen who demonstrates everyday that shopping locally is more than just buying stuff. It’s about community, connection, and caring. She exemplifies the type of leaders we all hope to be one day at LOCALMOTIV. Read more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here. Proudly Black woman-owned business!
How to shop during COVID-19: They are now open Wednesdays through Saturdays 10am – 6pm & Sundays 12pm – 5pm. They encourage you to make an appointment at hello@shopmcmullen.com.
Hot shopping tip: Do you want to look glamorous in jeans or a dress? Either way, McMullen can put together the movie-star outfit. We’re loving the neutral palette that is a theme of this Fall season.

 

Mercury20 Gallery. An art gallery on 25th Street that is one of the must sees when you do your art walk. You’ll enjoy seeing the work of contemporary artists from the San Francisco Bay Area.
How to shop during COVID-19: Gallery is open to the public Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm – 6pm.
For private walkthroughs: send an email to mercurytwenty@gmail.com.
Events: Christine Meuris, Permutations, solo exhibition; Chris Komater, Family Album, solo exhibition. Both July 31- September 5, 2020.
Hot shopping tip: New Exhibition from 9/12 – 10/17. Blackboards 1-10, The Unbearable Lightness of Mathematics, solo exhibition by Pantea Karimi @mercury20gallery. The difficult story of coming-of-age in the late 80s in Iran was accompanied by the pressure placed on the youth for excelling in mathematics. Mathematical formulas, subversive thoughts, and anxiety about learning and taking exams, written in white chalk, gradually fade into white… A chance to meet with the artist, Pantea Karimi, in the Gallery: 9/12, 3pm – 6 PM; 9/19, 12pm – 6pm; 10/3, 12pm – 6pm; and 10/17, 3pm -6pm.

 

  Mercy Vintage. We often say that Oakland is the Indie Fashion scene to Milan’s high fashion center. But, Oakland is also a Vintage fashion shopping mecca… and Mercy Vintage is one of the reasons why. Who doesn’t want to buy premium Vintage from someone like Karen whose love of vintage started as an obsession with thrifting and treasure hunting and has transformed this passion into a life affirming, life changing adventure. It brings shop local tears of joy to our eyes.
How to shop during COVID-19: Are you missing Mercy in person? They have set up an outpost just a couple of doors down @iheartgoodneighbor. Inside there are 2 racks of amazing vintage to shop from. They’re at 4188 Piedmont Ave. Oakland, CA 94611. Call them for more info at 510-654-5599 or email them at shop@mercyvintage.com. Of course, you can shop online too.
Hot shopping tip: Visit their Instagram feed and see their exciting and extensive Fall collection. So much intriguing vintage it was hard to choose the photos for their profile here!

 

 

Mignonne Decor is timeless vintage and antiques for modern interiors. And owner, designer, curator Johnelle Mancha is on the hunt — whether it’s her yearly trip to France or some other exotic expedition — to bring you home goods that will make your home feel homey-er. It’s a Rockridge institution since 2008.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop is open Fridays and Saturdays from 12:30 to 5pm. Also, shop online.
Hot shopping tip: Upon arrival, you might think that you’ve magically transported yourself to a French boutique. That’s because they specialize in those sought after timeless statement pieces that are perfect forever. And Europeans know how to do those pieces best. 

 

 

Minimo Wine Shop. Any time we find ourselves in the Jack London Square area, we drop by — all incognito — to explore some varietals we’ve never tried before. Discover the superior shop local wine buying experience here.
How to shop during COVID-19: They are open for business with COVID-19 protocols for health and safety. Shortened hours remain in effect and are Tuesdays through Sundays from 12pm – 6pm. They encourage pre-orders and online shopping. Call 510-891-1024 to place orders or start your order online. Delivery or pick up options available.
Hot shopping tip: When we scroll through their Instagram posts, we get the urge to travel. Probably because they have an intriguing selection of wines from all over the world. Sure, we can’t travel. But we can sip our way out of SIP with wines from Serbia, Hungary, France or where ever.

 

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: They are slowly opening the shop and seem to be open from 12pm – 6pm daily. Check out their website and shop without ever leaving your bunker! Or just DM them on Instagram or call them at 510-646-0453 to organize a virtual appointment. They offer FREE delivery to zip codes 94601, 94602, and 94619 or curbside pickup.
Hot shopping tip: This place will make you LOL all day long. Our personal favorites right now are their extensive options for protest. “SAY IT LOUD SAY IT CLEAR! Laurel District artist @theresgill makes it ridiculously easy to write to your local and state reps. Pre-stamped envelopes and foolproof letter writing tips included! @shanaleehampton made postcards using images of her badass embroidery art, so send away!! Plus, we just restocked NO TRUMP hoops by @sourpussjewelry so you can make a statement and look cute in your Zoom meeting. And we always need @graphicanthology statement pencils, am I right or am I right? Available online and in-store!”
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. Next one is Macrame Plant Hangers on 9/20. 

 

 

Mix Shade Store & More. If you’ve met Pat Benson, owner of Mix, you’ll appreciate that she is way too imaginative to limit herself. So, yes, Mix is anchored in her Shades business. But she’s there to Mix it up and support you with home decor and design advice too. Hence, there’s even more “& More” at her shop than you’d expect. She’s brought in a whole lot of eclectic – and even some one-of-a-kinds — “& More.” Visit her retail store to develop your own ideas and get inspired. Shop for furniture and home decor and accessories. You might even find yourself perusing unique scarves, hats, handbags and wallets, locally designed and crafted jewelry, or other delightful surprises.
How to shop COVID-19: We think they are open for some in-store shopping and you can definitely shop online.
Hot shopping tip: You might know this already but you cannot get design advice from an algorithm at a online ecommerce behemoth. But, you can from Pat.

 

 

The Modern Hanger. Another MacArthur Blvd women’s clothing boutique that we are excited to visit soon. They offer elegant, modern and contemporary styles to make you feel and look feel and look amazing! Check out new inventory weekly. Proudly Black-women owned!
How to shop during COVID-19. The shop is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12pm – 7pm. Or shop online. Call them at 510-328-1507.
Hot shopping tip: It looks like they can help you style up your SIP wardrobe without shrinking down your wallet. We’ve also seen a lot of SALES and NEW ARRIVALS announcements on Instagram lately.

 

Mod y Vi has a lot of other cool stuff as they are previously loved, sustainable little powerhouse in the Jack London Square area. Proudly Black and Asian women-owned business!
How to shop during COVID-19: We don’t have the details but we’re almost certain they’re open on weekends now with lots of bargains to be had. 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. OMG. We learned 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 oggled 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: They’re doing their FIRST GIVEAWAY EVER. See the details on their Instagram post. A little “players’ care package” with some swag from both Mountain Music and and @ghsstrings.

 

 

 

Movement Ink. The bricks and mortar location is permanently closed. 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. And it’s so much more. We’ve wanted to meet Rene for some time. We love that he is so socially active in the community to enrich and uplift the lives of those around him. This is a legit Town Biz that is all about Oakland HeArt. OMG.
How to shop during COVID-19: N/A
Hot shopping tip: Shop online. 

 

 

Mud Lab Oak is on a mission to help us all live more sustainable, zero waste, upcycling, and do-gooder lives! Less plastic waste and more preserving and pickling, and DIY projects… We can hardly wait to go visit them. Proudly Black women-owned business! 
How to shop during COVID-19: They are open. They moved to their new location on 440 Grand Avenue earlier this summer.
Hot shopping tip: Check out their sustainable products. They’ve always got something new. We just learned about Dropps Dish Detergent Pods! Plastic-free, plant-derived ingredients, and carbon neutral shipping. Did you know that traditional liquid detergents are packaged in high density polyethylene and 68% of these bottles are not recycled. We can make an impact and help reduce the 275 metric tons of plastic waste that goes into our oceans and waterways each year! OMG.
Classes and Events: They’ve got tons of classes and they also do “do-gooder” sustainable events like cleaning up Oakland and ridding the world of plastic, so be sure to peruse their website.
Upcoming Event: Join MudLab in participating in Bike to Wherever Day! Pledge to ride online and get some digital goodies. Then bike to pick up your bag from MudLab from September 24-30 and you’ll get $1 off your cafe order and can enter to win a $15 MudLab gift card!

 

Murasaki Fine Futon Shop. Yes, they have fine futons — much nicer than the ones we used to have. But they have so much more as well. The shop is a treasure trove of Japanese furniture, housewares, accessories, and gifts. It’s a celebration of Japanese style and culture. And the employee on site the day we visited, Julie, was so sweet and knowledgeable. We could see that she would be a pleasure to do business with. We fell in love with her authentic “customers are family” approach.
How to shop during COVID-19: We’re not sure of their hours of operation. Here are their contact deets: Address: 6050 College Ave, Oakland, CA, Phone: (510) 547-6252. For General Information: info@murasaki-oakland.com, Sales: sales@murasaki-oakland.com, and Customer Support: support@murasaki-oakland.com.
Hot shopping tip: A hidden gem in plain sight serving the Rockridge neighborhood for 35 years. So, they know what they are doing! 

 

 

Muse moved to 9th Street in October 2019 and sells curated vintage and also features independent sustainable designers. More proof that Oakland is the indie Milan! And one more reason to go to this quaint Old Oakland Street. It’s also one more shop that we’ve put on our list to visit in 2020.
How to shop during COVID-19: They are open to shop on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am – 3pm. Or you can make a private shopping appointment by calling 510-898-1371.
Hot shopping tip: We love this: Modern Lines, Vintage Finds, and One-of-a-Kinds! Owner Jenn Kubat has a passion for supporting local designers so look out for pop-up events featuring Bay Area talent! Jenn is making a big announcement on 9/19 about the business… We’ll update you when we know more!
Store closing sale: STARTING TODAY, they’re kicking off a Store Closing Sidewalk SALE! Visit them every Friday & Saturday until 10/17. For TODAY & TOMORROW 9/25 & 9/26:
• Take 30% off everything inside including already marked down items (excluding select vintage)
• Shop vintage fixtures & home goods
• Free Muse T-shirt with every $100 purchase
• and more!

 

Merchants N through P

Narrative. Travel through time and delight in the various sections of the shop and 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: Open daily from 11am – 6pm. Get more deets from Vanessa at 916-860-9335 or email at narrativeoak@gmail.com. Other options include shopping on chairish. Follow them on Instagram as they’re posting items there too.
Hot shopping tip: Shopping at Narrative is like shopping at a 20th Century museum and it is so much fun too! They’ve got a lot of NEW ARRIVALS. 

Nathan & Co. This institution has saved us many a gift-giving occasion. It’s the store we run to when we have to buy gifts for people we don’t know or people who have everything. It’s also handy to shop there when you are doing your last minute gift shopping. Read more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: They are open for business Mondays through Saturdays 11am – 5pm and Sundays 11am – 4pm. Or, shop online! Take advantage of their complimentary gift wrapping — it’s an art. 
Hot shopping tip: Their Instagram account is fun to follow. They are on fire. They’ve got kids stuff, puzzles, games, bath and body care, gardening tools, candles, purses, greeting cards, curios and an endless list of other surprises. Rigth now, we’re loving the RBG shrine.
Something new: If you’re like us, you love a clever card. They are the Kings of Kards! So, head over to their new card shop, shopsalutations.com! They won’t disappoint when it comes to a concise card. Same amazing cards as in their shops, but more. A. LOT. MORE. And…while you’re at it follow them at  @shop_salutations on Instagram. 
Oak Common. Have you ever shopped there? Oak Common is the place with cool uncommon goods! It has an inspiring selection of men’s and women’s apparel. But they also have jewelry, accessories, home decor, apothecary, coffee table books, and what we call Oakland love products. A shop local must. Read more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: 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.
Oakland Art Murmur. Is an important art organization in Oakland. They lovingly support and promote local art galleries, artists, and events like First Fridays and Art Walks the next day, on Saturdays. They’re your go-to source about the so Oakland art scene. We think Local artists are more important than ever in these turbulent, unpredictable times. They visually express and tell the stories — and challenge us to explore — the events of our times.  
Hot art tip: Follow them on Instagram and learn about the artistic talent all over Oakland.
Oakland Coin and Jewelry. Est. 1976, they buy, sell, trade and give loans on precious metals, coins and currency. It’s an old-school shopping experience.

How to shop during COVID-19: Until further notice, they are open by appointment only Mondays through Fridays from 9am – 2pm. Call them at 510-832-7358 to make an appointment.
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 Sundays 12pm – 6pm.
Hot shopping tip: There’s no better way to find a great wine at an even greater price than to shop local. Oakland Yard has over 70 wines $15 and under – and hundreds under $25. Mix or match any 6 or more bottles for 10% off anytime and ALWAYS!
Something New: OMG. CALLING ALL ROMANTICS OR PEOPLE WHO WISH THEY WERE ROMANTIC BUT DON’T KNOW HOW TO BE. Buy the love of your life (or the love of your life for the night) a bottle of wine and FLOWERS. Order your Bouquets by Wednesday night and pick them up on Thursday from 12pm – 6pm.

 

Oaktown Spice Shop. Looking to spice up your Fall 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: They’ve got all the spices that you’ll need to stock up your pandemic pantry to up your COVID-19 cooking streak.
Supporting the community! Oaktown Spice Shop is a proud supporter of Dine for Democracy 2020 – a campaign of collective action to support voting rights and beloved local restaurants across the country at the same time.

For this critical election year, @dinefordemocracy has set up a special Voting Fund through @movementvoterproject to support five organizations led by youth and people of color working to get out the vote in their communities: @allianceforyouthaction, @blackvotersmtr, @mifamiliavota, @montananativevote, and @wokevote. Last event is on 10/4. Plan to get involved!

 

 

Oo La La Gifts and Accessories Lounge. This bricks and mortar is closing permanently in September. Tracey has created a space that makes you feel as if you’re shopping in a quaint Parisian side street boutique. You’ll find well curated, unique, mostly French-inspired curios, clothes, jewelry, home decor accessories, and more. Read more about Oo La La in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides here. Proudly Black woman-owned business. 
How to shop during COVID-19: N/A
Hot shopping tip: Following Tracey and Oo La La on Instagram is like walking down a Parisian — or Oakland — side street and discovering that boutique that has that amazing… anything and everything. A perfect SIP getaway. AND NOW she is having a “LIQUIDATION SALE.” Everything must go… 

 

 

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 are open for distance browsing Mondays through Fridays 10am – 5pm. Or call them at 510-649-1320 so they can help you find your next book. Or go to their website to shop.
Hot shopping tip: Browse their Instagram. It’s as if you’re in their store! They’ve got so many posts to inspire you to pick out a new read. They’re focusing on some important titles about social justice issues and African American authors. We just spied a James Baldwin 1st Edition… Wow.

 

Pave Fine Jewelry. There’s Pave on College… Very unassuming and modest from the outside.  But, step inside and you cannot help but be bedazzled by the jewelry making talent and creativity. No wonder, they specialize in customized design. Get some personalized design touches or help design a ring. And, work with genuine 24 karat staff and designers who will guide you on your personalized jewelry buying journey… Nope we can’t understand why anyone would want to buy a piece of jewelry — a really personal possession — from completely impersonal Corporate America…
How to shop during COVID-19: It’s shop by appointment only right now. Call them at 510-547-7000 or book it on their website.
Shopping tip: We really can’t say it better than they can, “Sustainable, handmade, ethical, original, exquisite jewelry.” And they’ve got a lot of stones to choose from to get the process started. They are proof that shopping local is the most romantic way to buy engagement rings.

 

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: We did some father’s day shopping there. So, their open but you have to sanitize and one person shops at a time. Or you can shop online!
Hot shopping tip: This is where a LOCALMOTIV family member goes to shop every time she visits Oakland. They’ve got some one. of. a. kinds. for your one-of-a-kind people. 

 

 

Philippa Roberts Jewelry. Philippa has  jewelry making in her genes. Perhaps that’s why she creates timeless elegance, fit to be loved in any decade on any day. Not to mention, the DeYoung Museum and SFMOMA have featured her work. Also, specialty boutiques around the world sell her jewelry. She is a recognized talent in her craft. Luckily for Oakland, she lives her passion in her own studio and boutique on Piedmont Avenue. Read about Philippa in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: They are are OPEN Mondays through Saturdays from
10am – 6pm and Sundays from 11am – 5pm! There are some safety measures in place to keep you and the staff safe. If you’re not ready to visit the store, shop online or by phone. Being stuck inside doesn’t mean you still can’t get beautiful things! Free Gift wrapping, curbside pickup, free delivery. 
Hot shopping tip: SALE! Philippa is celebrating the 14th ANNIVERSARY for the shop, offering 14% off all jewelry in the shop and online until the end of September! OMG. We are so happy!

 

 

Piedmont Yarn. Hmmm. We don’t think we’ve ever thought about this before but Piedmont Ave has a collection of shops that support crafter’s, maker’s, sewists and DIY enthusiasts. And Piedmont Yarn is one of them. Shopping there is so easy, comfortable, and familiar — just like your favorite knitted sweater. No wonder, owners Celia McCarthy and Pamela McKinstry, have created a close-knit community space where everyone can share in the joy of fiber, textiles, and crafting. You can’t buy that on the internet.
How to shop during COVID-19: Visit their shop at 4171 Piedmont Avenue Oakland, CA 94611. Call them at 510-595-9595 with questions and orders. Hours of operation: Mondays through Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11am – 3pm; Thursdays, 3pm – 7pm; and Fridays, 11am – 7pm.
Hot shopping tip: They have the yarn and supplies you need and can help with advice and repairs too.

 

 

Pollinate Farm & Garden Supply. Bricks and mortar shop is permanently closed. 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. Proudly Black woman-owned business. 
How to shop during COVID-19: NA
Hot shopping tip: They offer a limited selection of products on their online store. Workshops and events will resume at alternate locations as it is safe to do so. And of course, Pollinate will continue to offer edible garden installation and coaching.

 

 

Preserved helps us preserve our love of food and our 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: Limited hours 11am – 4pm on weekends. 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 and the tools to DIY. We’ve seen a lot of our friends making homemade pizza lately…
Upcoming events: Speaking of action, they’ve got a whole calendar of events. To get more information and register, click here.

 

Proper Fashions Boutique is Bridget Cain’s passion project in Downtown Oakland to bring fun, sassy, sexy style to women of all sizes. They’ve been there for two years! They carry women’s quality contemporary, career and casual styles. Sizes Small – 3x. Also they’ve got the COVID-19 accessories, masks, and custom face shields. She believes that every woman should feel beautiful in all the clothes they wear. So she’s got wardrobe options and the skills to fit you with your next favorite outfit. Proudly Black woman-owned business.
Shopping during COVID-19: Shop Mondays through Fridays 10am – 5pm. You can also shop online. Other relevant contact deets include: address 1200 Clay Street, phone number 800-.285-4540 and email at info@properfashions.com.
Hot shopping tip: They are thinking about the elections in November.

 

 

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 spiritual quest. She’s the Queen of Oracle Readings, Spiritual Supplies, Crystals, Herbs, Incense, and more. Read about the magic of Queen Hippie Gypsy right here in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides. Proudly Black woman-owned business!
How to shop during COVID-19: They are open again as of today, 9/23, after so much work. Visit Wednesdays through Saturdays. Don’t want to go out? Book a virtual shopping appointment here. Or shop online, here’s the link to their online shop!
Hot shopping tip: Go to Queen Hippie Gypsy and just experience Lilly’s warm and loving vibes!

 

 

Rare Bird.  Bricks and mortar is permanently closed! It’s an 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: N/A
Hot shopping tip: They still have a shop online, including online events and classes.

 

 

Renegade Running. It’s a new local specialty shop for running enthusiasts. We don’t know much about them so here is what they say on their website: “Renegade Running is a retail store and community of runners in Oakland, California. Combining a curated collection of running shoes and apparel with training support and community programming, we strive to make running an inclusive experience for all across race, age, gender, and physical ability.”
How to shop during COVID-19: Visit them at 45 Grand Avenue in Uptown Oakland or shop online. Store hours: Mondays through Fridays 11am – 7pm, Saturdays from 10am – 6pm, and Sundays from 10am – 4pm.
Hot shopping tip: They’ve got a SALE page on their website, here. We skimmed it quickly and found any number of items that we’d want to buy…
Upcoming Events: OMG, after months of SIP, they are organizing a Sunday morning run. Meet at the shop on Sunday at 8am! And how about this: Umber Magazine, the creative thinker’s graphic journal, is an award-nominated print publication created from the Black & Brown perspective. Join them and @umbermagazine to celebrate their release of the SAM Issue: The only place you’ll see exclusively the BIPOC community in the world of sports athletics & movement.

 

 

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: The shop is now open and September hours are: Mondays and Thursdays through Saturdays 11am – 5 pm and Sundays 12pm – 5pm. Call with inquiries 510-653-8716.
Hot shopping tip: 8 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SALE! We are so happy for you!!!! Take 15% off everything in store and online with code: EIGHTYEARS. Resurrect is dedicated to bringing us the best in small artisan made brands that focus on the livelihood of the makers as well as the environmental sustainability of the products. They carry over 75+ artists, designers, & makers from Oakland and beyond.
Art exhibition to 11/15: And they are one of many local retailers that also support local artists and show their work in art exhibitions. We think the easy access to art helps us learn about art and the creative process. Here’s the latest: It’s a group art show “Liminal Daydreams,” featuring the artwork of @thedeskofp@gross_grain_press,  and @sasha_seonho in the shop or online.

 

 

Revelation in Fit. It’s no secret that we think that the only way to shop for bras is to shop local. For one thing, they’ve got over 170 sizes to choose from. This fact in itself proves that they believe in their motto “everyone deserves a bra that fits.” Learn more in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Call 510-858-5459 or email info@revelationinfit.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: Tired of ill-fitting bras? Then it’s time to visit Revelation In Fit.

 

 

Rhythm Bikes. This shop has just the right inventory to hook the hilly Montclair neighborhood residents on mountain bike riding. Just check out the high end  brands available 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:  Open currently 11am – 5pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. No rentals though. Offering curbside and front door pick up. More questions? Contact them at rhythm@rhythmbikes.com or 510-339-2953.
Hot shopping tip: Chad has been mountain biking all his life in the Oakland Hills and beyond. So, if you have a passion for mountain biking, this is the place to go.

 

 

Rockridge Day Spa. They are celebrating 7 years of business in the Rockridge community. They bring beauty, wellness, and love to all of Oakland. They’ve won “best place to get a facial” in Oakland magazine’s Best of Oakland and the East Bay contest for the 3rd year in a row!
How to shop during COVID-19: Spas are finally open again. But they’ve also created a boutique, shop-by-appointment retail experience with products specially curated so you can take the spa experience home. Also, their online store is up and running. If you have any questions or want to book an appointment, call them at  510-601-0366. 
Hot shopping tip: Make a “skinvestment” (we love puns)! They’ve created an opportunity for you to bring the essence of the spa to your own home. “We’ve carefully selected an array of exceptional products that we know you are going to love. From imported exotic teas and extra comfy linens to locally made accessories and pharmaceutical grade clinical skin care products, we’ve sourced the best items that meet our high standards as hospitality and aesthetic professionals.”

 

 

 

Rockridge Furniture & Design. You can either browse the internet for hours searching in a neverending labyrinth and wonder “is that the right color?” or “will it fit?” Or instead, you can have a rewarding shop local experience and get John or one of his employees to guide you through the process and offer helpful advice! All so you can make your home homey-er!
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online or by appointment. They offer delivery.
Hot shopping tip: They’ve always got good SALES going on. Their latest is a Comfort Sleeper SALE that started 9/4. We’re not sure how long the deals last…

 

Rocky’s Market is a small, community centered, grocery store located in Oakmore. The owners, Brady Bellis and Corinne Kinczel (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 food truck parking lot gatherings to weekly new mom meet-ups, 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.”

 


Ruby’s Garden. Bricks and mortar is permanently closed 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: N/A. 
Hot shopping tip: They’re closed now but we cannot bring ourselves to delete them from the listing.

 

 

Merchants S through Z

Sagrada Sacred Arts. Dedicated to the practice of awakening, energizing, and healing the soul. They’ve got books, icons, and other sacred goods to support our spiritual journey.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop by appointment. They’ve added online shopping capabilities! Or if you know what you want, you can shop by email at mail@sagrada.com or leave a message at 510-653-7196. They offer USPS shipping or a scheduled day/time to pick up outside.
Hot shopping tip: It’s been a long several months and our souls need a little pampering too.

 

Seulberger’s Florist. These merchants have local Seul and they melt our shop local hearts. From Mike: “Flowers and nature have been my passion since childhood and I am very lucky to have a career in a field that I love so much and have so much knowledge and experience. Using fresh flowers and making beautiful arrangements has brought joy to my heart and the people that receive them. And it is so rewarding when we get a nice feedback. I get great satisfaction when my flowers come together,in a beautiful way and the right way as if there is a creation made. We appreciate the experiences we have gained in so many years and the fact that we learn new things every day. After so many years we stay young as our hearts are chanting with what we do.”
How to shop COVID-19: Store and Pick-Up at 562 14th St Oakland, CA. Call them at 510-601-7600 or email them at Hours of Operation are Mondays – Fridays 9am to 5:00pm and Saturdays 10am – 3pm.
Hot shopping tip: They are so full of genuine shop local Seul, it makes us want to buy flowers — not only from them — but for them.

 

Shoes on Solano. A local shoe shop serving their community! And, they’ve got their own Oakland designed and Portugal made brand Sole Terra. Those are a comfy pair of reasons to shop at their Rockridge shop! We just published a story about our shop local adventure to Shoes on Solano in our Shopping Guides, here. 
How to shop during COVID-19: They are open for business again. And they’ll take appointments for customers who would prefer a one on one experience. For those who are not ready shop, there’s the online store.
Hot shopping tip: They’ve got a HUGE CLEARANCE SALE on their webshop! Up to 75% off. They’re making room for new Fall inventory. Hurry, we’re not sure when the SALE ends! Seriously… Go shoe shoe shopping.

 

 

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: Usually, they’re open from 12pm – 3pm on Fridays through Sundays. But they were broken into on 9/8 so we’re not sure. What we do know is that you can shop online. And, even better, text them at 510.399.5800 for a an appointment.
Hot shopping tip: Just text your number and let them help you bring some joy to your home base while you’re hunkering down.

 

 

Silver Moon Kids. A children’s new and resale store that carries clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, and books. Super adorbs stuff. Get inspired when you browse online.
How to shop during COVID-19:
Now open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am – 4pm. If you would feel safer with a private appointment, you can reserve a time. Private shopping appointments are available at  9-10am and 4-5pm. Curbside pickup and free local delivery continues. Get an idea about their assortment when you browse their products online too.  
Hot shopping tip: They’ve always got some good deals.
SLATE Contemporary is on a mission is to create opportunities for people to experience art that delights and stimulates the mind and senses, inspires creativity and innovation, and expresses individual taste and values. This special retail gallery produces six shows each year featuring forty artists. It’s known for its emphasis on abstract painting and photography, but also features figurative, landscape, nature-based work, as well as mixed-media art, and sculpture.
How to experience Art during COVID-19: Gallery open on Saturdays from 12-5pm. You can contact them to request a week day appointment. Call 510-652-4085 or email info@slateart.net. They’re located in the HOT gallery community on 25th Street at 473 25th Street, Oakland, CA.
Hot shopping tip: See their latest show that runs to 10/10 — Color Fields, featuring painting by Juan Alonso-Rodríguez and photography by Carol Inez CharneyWhile working in two different mediums, Alonso-Rodríguez and Charney both address the expansive nature of color, light, and space.

 

 

 

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: They’re doing reduced hours now Wednesdays through Saturdays 11am – 4pm. Closed Sundays through Tuesdays. Also, you can shop online. We think they might have free delivery in the Bay Area???? WHAT???
Hot shopping tip: So much beauty in one place.

 

 

Sola Lucy. Consignment. A long-time Montclair Village staple that focuses on chic women on the go. They’ve got clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories to complete the look.
How to shop during COVID-19: They’re now open for business. Stop by to shop on Wednesdays through Sundays 11am – 4pm. Shop their Instagram account for inspiration too. Have any questions? Email them at solalucy@gmail.com.
Hot shopping tip: Shop their end of SUMMER SALE online now! so many pieces for a great new price! Get 40% off select items when using code SUMMERSALE2020 at checkout! 
Someone’s In The Kitchen. We don’t know of any other kitchen supply stores in Oakland like this one. It has the tools for your kitchen. And it’s also a perfect gift shop should you feel compelled to buy a gift for someone who has a passion for cooking, baking, and an overall love for all things kitchen and household. Le Creuset? Got it… Cuisinart? All-Clad? Lodge? Yep, yep, and yep… Pots, pans, and kitchen gadgets. Proprietor, Jennifer Sandstrom, has it all. Read more about this amazing store in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here
How to shop during COVID-19.
We stopped by on 7/25 and they’re still not open for business. but they MIGHT BE NOW… Jennifer is very old-school and does not have a huge online presence. So, If you can’t make it to Montclair Village, 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. As they say, they’ve got “curated new & used books, movies, cards & other rad stuff.” Love it.
How to shop during COVID-19: These guys have some imaginative solutions for getting through the SIP order. They’ve got a curated shopping feed on Instagram.  Follow them to discover books, coloring books, crosswords, kids books, t-shirts, or even a themed batch of blank greeting cards. Either call 510 653 7300 from 12-5pm or send an email order to spectatorbooks@gmail.com. So cool. They’ll ship! Or you can stop by for curbside pickup.
Hot shopping tip: OMG, we’re very impressed with their Instagram feed. Looking through their posts is like browsing a bookstore. And we like all the titles about Black issues and social justice.

 

Spirithaus Gallery. Nope, we don’t know much about them but we like what we see: It’s an organic art/music house preserving the Oakland aesthetic. And, it’s rooted in the movement of self-determination and the upliftment of the under-represented. We love that…

 

 

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. Proudly Black woman-owned. 
How to shop during COVID-19: Everything in-store is available online. There are options for pickup and shipping. We think that perusing their Instagram is like being at a fashion show and will inspire your new fashion adventures.  
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!! And they have hot new arrivals every. single. week! We can’t keep up with Mika!

 

 

Stacy’s Right Angle Salon & Barbershop Don’t judge a book by its cover or its hairdo! Stacy has a cute little boutique on the other side of the salon that features local designers, makers, and artists. They’ve got candles, bodycare items, shampoo, hand sanitizer, t-shirts, and more. It’s all local love!
How to shop during COVID-19:  Store is open Thursdays through Saturdays 11am – 4pm. Curbside pick up Monday – Saturday. Call 510-821-8886 to set up a date and time that works for you.
Hot shopping tip: OMG. They’ve got locally-made stuff going on. T-shirts, socks, hand sanitizers, masks, body care, and just a lot of other stuff. RAH! RAH! Get it? And, they are having a SEPTEMBER SALE MONTH. Most items are 20% off!

 

 

Standard & Strange Own fewer better things… Yeah, we like their philosophy. They’ve always got new, rare, hard-to-find brands — with great stories — arriving in the store. Oh, so you are one of those guys who don’t like to shop… Don’t worry, Gen can dress anybody from head to toe and get them 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: Shop online to your heart’s content. Visit their Instagram account and see why they are such an awesome local business! And take advantage their curbside pick up service.
Hot shopping tip: If you are a guy or partner of a guy who needs new duds with some manly style, this whole store is a shopping must. And they’re ready for your Fall wardrobe needs: “A big delivery of The Real McCoy’s just arrived – including these alpaca lined vests – basically a vest version of the N-1 deck jacket. We’ve got them in khaki, olive and navy. We also just received two variants of the combat jacket (also known as Jacket, Winter, Combat), the M-1943 jacket and a huge restock of loopwheel sweatpants. These are all available now online.”

 

 

Studios Eleven. Located at the back of Narrative (see above), there are at least 11 good reasons to go visit Studios Eleven and a new art show is another one. Eleven talented artists producing meaningful Bay Area art.
How to shop during COVID-19: They are open by appointment only.
Hot shopping Tip: Buy art directly from the 11 talented artists in their studio. Support artists who are telling the stories of our turbulent times.

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor Jay CollectionOMG. 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 up and coming Indie Fashion scene to MIlan’s high fashion establishment. Read more about Taylor Jay in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guide, here. Proudly Black woman-owned business. 
How to shop during COVID-19: Taylor Jay will not open to the public this summer but… you can  shop online and arrange for curbside pickup. They’re working on delivery services too.
Hot shopping tip: They’ll dress you for comfort and for style. Follow them on Instagram and see what’s hot and new!
A few poignant must read words from Taylor Jay. We loved this Instagram post: “Our clothing is designed & made with Love… It’s important to know who you are spending your money with! My introduction to fashion had more to do with insecurity and trying to find a way to express myself… I was really really thin, talked a bunch and I put the A in awkward so I decided to never follow the crowd, and create my own space. This is what I did to make myself feel comfortable and I’ve always wanted to share that same experience with others. Having my daughter at the age of 14 introduced me to many more challenges and a ton of uncomfortable situations. I’ve experienced judgement, discrimination and so many other things, but they all pushed me to be a better human at heart.”

 

 

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 11am – 3pm on Tuesdays through Sundays. Schedule and appointment on their website. Plus *Free delivery in Oakland and Berkeley for any part or accessory order over $150.
Hot shopping tip: Visit your neighborhood bike shop and get motivated to move! Plus, there’s less traffic now so bike riding is even more fun. It’s a good time to shop because they just received a large shipment of new bicycles with hybrid bicycles please stop by to try one out.

 

 

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 these jeans outfit shoes; sandals; and boots.
How to shop during COVID-19: They are open 11am – 5pm daily! Shop online and keep checking back as more items get added regularly. Peruse their account on Instagram for inspirations.
Hot shopping tip: Shop next door at their sister store Crush on College and then come here to get the shoes for your outfits! That is easy.

 

 

Transmission Gallery. Transmission Gallery celebrates regional and national figurative artists with an emphasis on Expressionism, California Funk, Neo-Funk and Socially Engaged Art. As artists and art educators themselves, gallery owner/directors Ruth Santee and Cameron Brian have a passion for art and its various forms of expression, often showing unconventional work with a  point of view. They’ve got paintings, sculpture, and jewelry.
How to shop during COVID-19: They’re now open 12pm – 5pm Fridays and Saturdays. 770 West Grand Ave., Oakland, CA. 94612. They’ve got a new online shop up and running as well. Peruse their Instagram account as if you’re visiting the gallery because they have so much art content there. Yay.
Hot shopping tip: Galleries are a great place to go to expand and challenge our COVID-19 weary minds and energize the creative soul. We’ve just noticed some posts about this event: Trump Card Exhibition featuring Travis Somerville, Patrick Martinez, Mac Mechem and Enrique Chagoya.
Fundraising event: They’ve launched a gofundme campaign to help with their overhead expenses and to help support artists. They’ll be ever so grateful for the support.

Transports Run Swim Since 1982 they’ve been offering unparalleled expertise in running and swimming that will help you up your game, no matter your level. They’ll help you analyze your equipment needs. You’ll shop an extensive selection of swimwear, activewear, running shoes, and other must-have accessories to assist you in your training. They host events such as Weekly Warrior Runs and  participate in community running events like the Oakland Marathon. A locally run running institution. Read about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here.
How to shop during COVID-19: Their new hours are 12pm – 5pm Wednesdays through Sundays. Have a question? Send an email to info@transportsrunswim.com or visit their website to submit an order request.
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 on Lakeshore AveUhuru 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. Uhuru Furniture is a Black community led non-profit. 
How to shop during COVID-19: They’re now open from Wednesdays through Sundays from 12pm – 6pm. But, they’ve got other ways you can shop if you feel better sheltering in place. YOU CAN STILL BROWSE ONLINE  and call to BUY 510-763-3342. Delivery and curbside pickup options available.
Hot shopping tip: Don’t forget to attend their live Facebook SALES events on Wednesdays and Saturdays at noon where they feature NEW ARRIVALS! They always have SALES and good deals. There’s always something going on! 
Fundraising event:
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. They celebrate Japanese culture and source drinks, housewares, foods, and more so we can celebrate Japan too. 
How to shop during COVID-19: Online shopping available. Curbside pick up at 4027 Broadway Wednesdays through Saturdays 12-3 pm! Or, they can deliver. 
Hot shopping tip: A vast and impressive collection to meet your sake, shochu, beers + Japanese whisky needs. And we are intrigued by this offering: “We’ve got a shelf full of Nikka whiskies and other spirits right now, including the newest addition to the Nikka whisky family, Nikka Days. Meant to be enjoyed on any give occasion, Days is a vibrant blend of whiskies from Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Get notes of fresh stonefruit, nuts and vanilla. Drink neat, on the rocks, or in a highball. Don’t miss out on Days and other coveted, hard to find bottles in the Nikka repertoire like From The Barrel, Yoichi Single Malt, Miyagikyo Single Malt, and Kayoko’s favorite Taketsuru Pure Malt. Kanpai!

 

 

 

 Urban Boutique and Furniture. This is a very special boutique on a mission that we admire. When you shop here for clothes, jewelry, art, accessories, 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: You can now shop on their website! Wow, they did it! Or go visit them when they host their Open Air Markets on Fridays through Sundays 11am – 3pm. Or explore the treasures at their Instagram Live shows that they host on Fridays at 1pm.
Hot shopping tip: Seriously, we’ve seen A LOT OF COOL STUFF on their Instagram account and website.

 

Urban Eclectics in OaklandUrban Eclectics. Oh, Kimberly Jones, has an up-cycle eye and a repurpose heArt. She’s a local artist, collector, and designer. She channels her talents into “creative recycling” projects and up-cycles, repurposes, paints, and restores once discarded pieces. It’s an abundant miscellany of Eclectic objets d’everything that she has lovingly put together. Her mission is to connect them with customers who’ll love and appreciate them again. Read more about Urban Eclectics in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guide here.
How to shop COVID-19: Urban Eclectics is open for shopping Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11am – 5pm and Sundays from 11am – 4pm. The’ve got an online shop as well. Or call Kimberly at 209-324-0789 and she can help connect you with your next previously loved treasure. Curbside pickup available.
Hot shopping tip: Need an escape to brighten your day? Experience the warmth of Kimberly and enjoy her shop. Plus, she is always ready to make a deal.

 

 

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: Hours of operation and curbside pickup times: Tuesdays through Fridays 11am – 5:30pm, Saturdays 10:30am – 5:30pm, and
Sundays 11:00 – 5:00 PM. Call them with inquiries at 510-419-0451 during store hours. And their online store is now up and running.
Hot shopping tip: Do you think they are ready for Fall? We’re not sure. Anyhoo, they’ve got lots of new puzzles and other amusements. Plus shopping there is sure to put a smile on your COVID-19 weary, mask covered face and make you LOL.

 

 

 

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: Guess who’s OPEN FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS NOW!! 12-5!!
Go visit and browse! They’ve missed you! Would you prefer to shop by appointment? No problem, you can make an appointment for shopping other days. And the website is still hot, hot, hot!

Hot shopping tip: They are very adept at putting 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.

 

 

Vamp Vintage, Art & Music for the People! This 19th Street vintage shop is a cool find in itself. And, it’s little powerhouse of cool finds. It’s one of those shops in Oakland that evoke the question: “Where’d you get that?” You’ll find a solid collection of vinyl, statement clothing, local art, and very curious curios. You’ll want to keep this shop a secret — but don’t. It’s not right.
 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’re posting TONS OF OLD RECORDS 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: This is so not a soulless algorithm! 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. Okay, so we stole this quote from East Bay Express: “Owner and curator Lonnie Lee never misses a beat: Somehow, she manages to put together brilliant and monumental group shows every month. They always push the envelope in terms of vision, execution, scope, and presentation.” 
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop online. Also, they are continuing their exhibitions by appointment only. Or see artist’s talks online. Check out their website, call them at 510-920-0126, or email them at info@vessel-gallery for more details.
Hot shopping tip: They’ve been posting artwork on Instagram and we love what we see. Next online art show begins 9/5: Art is Essential.

 

 

Vintage Rug Shop. It’s one of those spots that we’ve walked by a few times and noted to self… “we must visit it someday soon.” Everybody has those spots right? The ones where you mean to visit but haven’t. It seems like we are the only people in Oakland who have not gone to this Temescal shop since it opened last year. As with all Oakland Indies, we already know their secret: they deliver much more than their name reveals. Here’s what they really do: “The Vintage Rug Shop is a home furnishings destination known for heirloom-quality goods. We source vintage rugs, handcrafted furniture, and one-of-a-kind textiles from all over the world. Our designs are inspired by the messiness and patina of everyday living, translating into a warm, lived-in feel for your home.” But we think Brittany is the true secret sauce. Brittany, we can hardly wait to meet you.
How to shop during COVID-19: Shop is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am – 6pm, Sundays 11am-4pm, and Closed Mondays. Book an exclusive shop by appointment here. Email them at HELLO@THEVINTAGERUGSHOP.COM. Of course, you can also shop online.
Hot shopping tip: Thinking about how to add something old to create something new to your home or something new to make it feel old? It’s another Oakland shop that can help guide you on your SIP and WFH journey. Follow them on Instagram to get some inspiration.

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: 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.
Hot off the presses: As of 8/31 they’ve launched their online Gift Shop stocked with their favorite gift-y items from the shop. You’ll find puzzles, calendars, records, journals, knick knacks, tarot cards, and more. Click here to shop!

 

Werkshack is a local “loveshack” for people who value local culture, creativity, and community. It’s a shared workspace, gallery, and retail location featuring art, apparel, home goods, and jewelry. Currently it is shared by 10 resident makers and rotating art exhibitions.
How to shop during Covid-19: Open on Saturdays from 12pm – 5pm and every First Friday of the month for Art Murmur starting at 5pm – 9:30pm. Or book an appointment here to visit the treasures at another time.
Hot shopping tip: We are currently fascinated with this stunning timely work by @janwattenphotography . Visit Saturday 1 – 5pm. Make sure to go see them in person! These works are very popular! For price inquiries DM them on Instagram.

 

 

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! Or call Brian at (510) 595-9463.and wine on the phone. Get it? OMG.
Hot shopping tip: OMG. We sometimes forget that they’ve got so much more than just wine. They can cater to your cocktail and beer habits too. Also, the first time you order online, you get $5.00 OFF.
Upcoming event: Virtual wine tasting with Tessier on 8/30!

 

Wisteria Rockridge. Wisteria Rockridge has some sort of magic power to make flowers even more beautiful and colorful. Either that or they use paint guns because how else can they get them to be so vibrant? We don’t know. Whenever we walk by, we have to stop and admire the beauty — or as they say — stop and smell the roses. LOL. I can’t believe we just wrote that.
How to shop during COVID-19: Open Wednesdays through Saturday for curbside pickup and deliveries. For orders, contact them here. Alternatively you can email them at fleuristas@wisteriarockridge.com or call them at 510-350-8296.
Hot shopping tip: We cannot say enough about their beautiful flowers.

 

 

Wolfman Books. Once upon a time, in another life, we worked in the building next door to Wolfman Books. We watched them open. And we wondered how such a shop could survive on 13th Street. Then we went in and fell in love with this indie Oasis of books and love of knowledge. Flash forward 6 years and they are as awesome as ever. Read more about them in our Oakland Indies Shopping Guides, here
How to shop during COVID-19: Their online store is live and stocked and ready for you!
Hot shopping tip: Wolfman Books is permanently closed as of 7/31. But we’re anxiously awaiting the reincarnation by 5 of its former employees. Wolfemme+them will be opening a new rad bookstore, collaboration, movement space soon. More details to come.
Fundraising event: Contribute to this new opportunity on their gofundme page here — if you can. Here’s what they say: “wolfemme+them is launching a brand new cooperatively run community center for education, organizing, and resource distribution! We believe it is absolutely vital as BIPOC and QTPOC that we have a physical space for connecting, building, learning, and DREAMING!”
Yarrow Nursery. This new business just opened up on Thornhill Road, nestled in the idyllic Montclair Hills at Thornhill Nursery’s old location. We haven’t visited yet but here is what we know so far: They specialize in sustainability and design and offer carefully curated outdoor and indoor plants and pottery for your home and garden. YAY!
How to shop COVID-19: Open everyday from 10am – 5pm.
Hot shopping tip: As the new biz in town, see if they have any good introductory deals! Most importantly, support a new business while engaging in a pastime that supports your health and well-being.

 

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!”

It’s Your Move Games has a fundraising campaign. They need your help! For the last 17 years the family-run business has been a community and retail space dedicated to encouraging children and adults to put their phones and computers aside and interact with each other over gaming and the arts. They are currently struggling to stay open through this pandemic and are asking for donations. To donate, click here. Anything helps! You can also order games on their online store! ⁠PLUS there are summer camps for kids too!

 

Oakland Art Murmur is the comprehensive listing of resources for Oakland Artists, Creatives and Small Businesses. Check out their website and find the information you need, all in one place, hereHere’s the latest: APPLY NOW! $1000 Grants Available for Individual Artists & Cultural Practitioners. The @calartscouncil is excited to announce the newest grant opportunity to aid California’s individual artists & cultural practitioners impacted by Covid-19. More than 900 artists to be supported! Apply now to receive $1,000 in unrestricted rapid-relief funding through an easy application process, administered in partnership w/ @cci_arts. More info here.
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.
Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce (OAACC) has set up a fundraiser. The proceeds for the Resiliency Relief program will go to support Oakland Black-owned businesses. If you can, please donate here.
Right Way Shoe Repair. We heard that they are struggling to stay afloat. Gerardo Peña has owned his shop on College Avenue for 16 years and a sister store on Piedmont Ave for the last 7 years. The family’s struggling to stay afloat during this stressful time. For more, see Otis Taylor’s column in the April 10th SF Chronicle, here or donate here. We hope you can help them out!
We are SoOakland LLC, a respected Oakland,Ca  based community events organization that has been around for 5 years. We are putting our efforts together to help rebuild, and clean up Black businesses that have been looted, vandalized, and affected by the recent protest.

This is a time that we need the community to come together and show your love for the people, and the businesses that have added light, and value to the beautiful community of Oakland.

Thank you for visiting our GoFundMe fundraising campaign here

 

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: They host “Open Air Markets from Fridays through Sundays from 11am – 5pm. Or, you can now shop on their website!
Hot shopping tip: We’ve seen a lot of cool stuff on their Instagram account and website. They’ve got a lot of things happening from beautiful works of art and home furnishings to clothing and jewelry.
Supporting the Black Community: Oh, that’s what they do 24/7. They are uplifting mothers out of poverty. And black mama’s are often the most marginalized.

 

 

Shopping Local: An Act of Resistance and Assistance

It’s worth noting in these times that shopping local has a profound effect on all of us — for the way better. In short, the Monopoly Corporate America economy is part of the problem. In order to achieve social and economic equality, we need to create a diverse and dynamic small business economy.

RESIST shopping at Corporate America retailers. This small but powerful act transfers wealth from money-hoarding billionaires and their seedy companies to our own communities. ASSIST by shopping local. Because it’s an investment in our own diverse and equitable economic, cultural, and social growth. It particularly benefits our treasured Black communities when we shop at Black-owned businesses too.

You can read our manifesto on the subject here.

 

Before you go

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. 

We would love it if you would check out more about who we are and our mission.

And, if you are interested in the importance, benefits, and joys of shopping local, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or read our Blog here. Join the conversation!

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