5453 College Ave., Oakland
This cute, artfully cluttered shop is one of those places where you go to buy one gift, and walk out with all sorts of treasures, whether it's a tiny baking set for kids, a silk-screened linen throw pillow, or beautiful brass hairpins.
482 A 49th St., Oakland
Everything in Temescal Alley is great but this jewelry store is a definite highlight. It's beautifully merchandised with geodes, bones, stones, feathers, and plenty of other hippie paraphernalia (most of it is for sale). The actual jewelry—some vintage some contemporary—has a witchy, kind of dark-magic vibe to it.
1235 Grand Ave., Oakland
The buyer, Sherri, worked at Neiman Marcus for years, so she has pretty great and sophisticated taste. To stock her elegant, comfortable shop she travels to Paris, London, and New York to bring back the best of the shows (Marni, Preen, and Natasha Zinko to name a few). It's best to let her or a member of her knowledgeable team to take the reins and fill the fitting room for you, as more often than not, they can predict what you'll want before you know you want it.
Temescal Alley, Oakland
We can easily write a love letter to each of the 18 local-owned specialty shops lining this adorable, strollable alley. Here you'll find a dreamy florist, an excellent book shop called Book Shop, a vintage store, a handful of galleries, our favorite jewelry store in the city (Esqueleto), a place that specializes in stuffed donuts, and so much more.
4200 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
A little bit fishing lodge, a little bit mountain ranger, this shop’s aesthetic is a modern take on cozy cabin décor. Carrying everything from Turkish towels to Ace & Jig quilts, to dreamcatchers, it’s fun for anyone with nostalgia for that summer cabin by the lake, whether real or fictional.
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