Love in Oakland?


Valentine’s Day is just another opportunity to express your local love. Instead of buying corporate flowers and gifts, treat your loved one to a truly meaningful day. 


Tony Rossi And Sons Florists
1508 Fruitvale Avenue

The Flower & The B
5655 College Avenue

The Flower & The B

The Flower & The B

J. Miller Flowers 
4416 Piedmont Avenue

Wisteria Rockridge
6307 College Avenue

Wisteria Rockridge

Wisteria Rockridge


Steps on Toes Dance Lessons
If you're living life without being able to get it on, on the dance floor, with your partner, then you're not fully living life. Surprise your partner with new moves, or share a couple's class together. 
714 Prospect Avenue

Flax Art + Design
They've selected the most unique, adorable, hand crafted, and locally made cards for you to give to your Valentine.
1501 Martin Luther King Jr Way

Flax Art + Design

Flax Art + Design

Atomic Garden
Get this dreamy, velvet lingerie set by Solstice Intimates, along with jewelry and body products at this Rockridge boutique.
5453 College Avenue

Atomic Garden

Atomic Garden

Marion + Rose Fine Goods
Give your special Valentine a card! This retailer has gift cards, bath and body products, and an excellent selection of gift items.
461 9th Street

Marion + Rose Fine Goods

Marion + Rose Fine Goods

Lisa Yvette's Creative Allure
Adorn your nest with Creative Allure's new collection of accent pillows for lovers. 

Lisa Yvette's Creative Allure

Lisa Yvette's Creative Allure


Local Food Adventures
The Rockridge Ice Cream & Gelato Tour by Local Food Adventures is a unique experience to lovingly share with your sweetie.
Valentine's Day Tour
Wednesday, February 14th 2018 @ 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Mamacitas Cafe
Custom Donut Kebabs! Pick a flavor for your sweet thang and send your order to

Mamacitas Cafe

Mamacitas Cafe

Dashe Cellars
Put a bottle on ice! Founded by the husband and wife winemaking team of Michael and Anne Dashe, this family-run artisan winery is focused on crafting small allotments of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Dry Riesling using Californian and French winemaking techniques. 
55 4th Street

Dashe Cellars

Dashe Cellars

Communitē Table
Keep it intimate at a neighborhood restaurant featuring seasonal American comfort food. Come for the homestyle cooking, stay for the great wines, leave with warm, fuzzy feelings.
4171 MacArthur Boulevard

Communite Table

Communite Table

Wine on Piedmont
A great selection of hand-crafted wines, artisanal spirits, microbrewed and imported beers, premium sakes, accessories, gifts and more to compliment a romantic evening.
4183 Piedmont Avenue

Wine on Piedmont

Wine on Piedmont

Piedmont Grocery
With an amazing selection of artisanal cheeses and specialty foods, this grocer can help you set the perfect table.
4038 Piedmont Avenue

Piedmont Grocer

Piedmont Grocer


Getting Fit in the New Year!


Urban Fitness
121 2nd Street

If you’re looking for your next gym, this ain’t it. Urban Fitness is more than a gym. It is an action-oriented network designed to train you for the real world so that you can run, jump, play, lift, squat, skate, ski, hike, rock climb – or do whatever other activities that life happens to throw at you.


The Queer Gym
1243 East 12th Street

The Queer Gym was founded in 2010 as the first and only all inclusive LGBTQ and hetero friendly gym in the nation! It's been voted the 2013 & 2014 Best of Oakland Award. Each workout is small group, 50 minutes long, and the music is hella good.



Mountain Yoga
2071 Antioch Court, Suite 100

Mountain Yoga is a friendly yoga studio in the Oakland Hills with yoga classes of all levels taught by a diverse staff of exceptional teachers. They are committed to helping all of their students improve their health — and more — to flourish.



Dogtown Athletic
3109 Adeline Street

Whether you are interested in functional fitness, HIIT, boxing, speed and agility, or personal training, they have the program for you. Whether you are already a professional athlete, or have never worked out before, they can match your goals with their trainers.


East Bay Fencer's Gym
1429 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

The East Bay Fencers Gym is committed to providing a fun, low-stress environment for fencers of all levels. They help you define and reach your own personal goals, whether that means learning the basics or competing. 



Crossfit Oakland
310 41st Street

They provide a fitness program and support system unlike anything you will find in a traditional gym. The CrossFit methodology is based on functional movements that you will need for your daily life.


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King's Boxing Gym
843 35th Avenue

Home to boxers of all ages and skill levels, King’s provides the perfect environment for athletes to get in shape while learning the sport of the boxing. A trainer will work with you to educate you on the sport of boxing, provide you with tips on what equipment you need and where to get it, help with your diet and exercise routine, and get you on your way to becoming a boxer.



Namaste Yoga + Wellness
3229 Lakeshore Avenue

The potential benefits of yoga are limitless. Yoga has shown tremendous physical benefits for people seeking fitness, as well as those looking for a more therapeutic practice for chronic ailments and injuries. Yoga promotes mental clarity and an overall sense of well-being that can reduce stress, anxiety, depression and mind-body disorders.



Guardian Gym
1922 Webster Street

Guardian is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit martial arts gym that offers classes in boxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and kick boxing. The gym is free for kids ages 10 – 18, and offers affordable sliding-scale memberships for adults. 



Boxing for Health
452 Santa Clara Avenue

This gym offers you the opportunity to work out like a pro boxer to lose weight, increase muscle tone, and gain mental toughness while learning boxing techniques. In addition to boxing classes and programs, they also offer personal training, open gym memberships, kids classes, and teen classes, all taught by professional boxers, coaches, and trainers.


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Cycle for Life
3241 Grand Avenue

Get your blood pumping and have fun. They have classes ranging from 45 to 60 minutes long. You’ll burn anywhere from 400-800 calories. Want to tone the muscles in your legs while you strengthen your core and exercise your heart? Focus your mind and ride. They guarantee you’ll be challenged and exercised by the time you leave.



Anasa Yoga
4232 MacArthur Boulevard

Anasa Yoga improves the health and well-being of their students, empowering them to live life more fully. They are committed to deepening community connections by providing quality instruction through a variety of class offerings for new and experienced practitioners.



RAD League
5750 College Avenue

Recreational Adult Dodgeball League was created with the sole purpose of bringing together different groups of people who know how to have a good time and love playing dodgeball. 


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Great Western Power Co.
520 20th Street

They offer a comprehensive range of fitness classes and programs including yoga, TRX, core conditioning, boot camps, and cardio boxing. Plus, the 12,000 square feet of world-class rock climbing and bouldering! So if you've been looking for a vibrant community where your fitness and adventure goals come together as one, look no further!



31 4th Street

They offer monthly youth training memberships, private training, adult league play, open shoot and pick-up games, birthday parties, corporate events, and more! They have four full hardwood courts, 24 baskets, shooting machines, and an awesome team of pro trainers.



3925 Piedmont Avenue

FLEX specializes in the 30 minute, 24 station circuit workout, and also offers group exercise, free weights, personal training, and a dedicated cardio room.



Oakland Fitness Company
6465 San Pablo Avenue

Their programming is made up of dynamic movement, mobility, calisthenics, raw strength and metabolic conditioning. They utilize a variety of tools and methodologies to challenge athletes everyday. Their coaches are educated, experienced, and encouraging.

One-Stop Gift Shops

It's pretty much too late to order online. You're running out of time to shop around. You lost track of the days. Panic is starting to set in. 

Don't worry. You're not alone. And, we've got you covered with last minute shopping spots at Oakland's independent businesses! Also, don't miss our blog post about where you can park and shop within a couple blocks and (frantically) find something for everyone on your list! 

1444 Broadway &
3419 Fruitvale Avenue

Oaklandish is a great one-stop shopping destination. They have baby and youth items; men, unisex, and women options; fun stocking stuffers; Oakland-branded shirts for out-of-town relatives; professional sports fandom; accessories like hats and socks; pet collars; and other gift items of varying price ranges. 


Laurel ACE Hardware
4024 MacArthur Boulevard

Hardware store? You betcha! Did you know that ACE Hardware stores are locally-owned and independently operated? Yep, true. And, they carry a wide variety of products that make great gifts such as cooking supplies, camping gear, games for kids, arts and craft supplies, holiday-themed collectables, candles, electronics, home décor, assorted candies, bird and pet supplies, plants, and so much more! 


Rockridge Market Hall
5655 College Avenue

You can't go wrong with fancy food as gifts. Everyone eats. At Rockridge Market Hall, you can buy coffee beans, packaged foods, wine and bubbly, olive oils, seasonal fruits, sauces, spices, chocolates and candies, cheeses and breads, kitchen wares, gift baskets, desserts, flowers, and more. 


Marion + Rose Fine Goods
461 9th Street

There's something for everyone at this well-appointed shop of American-made goods. They have purses, blankets, candles, mugs, art, jewelry, linens, pillows, diffusers, books, chocolates, wall hangings, stocking stuffers, and more. They even have a great selection of holiday cards, so it won't look you don't know how to do Christmas. 


Nathan & Company
4025 Piedmont Avenue
& 5636 College Avenue

You can run through here randomly grabbing as you head to the counter and come out with amazing basket full of gifts. Or, take your time and really experience this classic gift shop. There are so many cool items to pick from, plus the second floor has kitchen items that make amazing gifts. We like this shop if you're on a budget, especially. They have a lot of options in all price ranges. So if you have a big family, lots of friends, or office to shop for, this is a great choice. They carry cute, funny, risqué, fancy, practical... everything.

Urban Indigo
3339 Lakeshore Avenue

They made this handy video to make our jobs easier. A great selection of gifts, including some nicer and more intimate gift items for moms and lovers. Home decor, apparel, kids stuff, dust collectors, and holiday cards. This is another great shop if you have a lengthy list of people to buy for and want to find the perfect gift for each one.


2054 Mountain Boulevard

This unique shop carries environmental friendly, sustainable gift items. Does their ethics limit their selection? NO! They have a store full of amazing (guilt-free) gift items for men, women, and kids. They even carry office/desktop products for your boss or the work-aholics in your life. They also carry playful, DIY, and creative gift items, especially for kids and youth. And, their kitchen items are just lovely!  

Home Entertaining for the Holidaze

Whether it's home decor, cooking supplies, table settings, or holiday decorations, we've got you covered with our picks from Oakland's independently owned businesses!

Laurel Ace Hardware
4024 MacArthur Boulevard [map]
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-7pm | Sat-Sun 8am-6pm

ACE offers online ordering and you can pick it up free in the store on the same day! How totally convenient!  


Pyramid Propane Heater  for the chilly Oakland evenings. $269.99

Pyramid Propane Heater for the chilly Oakland evenings. $269.99

Slide Show  so no one needs to read your house number. $41.99

Slide Show so no one needs to read your house number. $41.99

Queen Air Bed  for your guests who are too cheap to get a hotel room. $71.99

Queen Air Bed for your guests who are too cheap to get a hotel room. $71.99

Too busy or Tetris-challenged to get your home ready for guests?
All Things Home Organizing can take care of that for you. Kitchen - Closets - Home Office - Garage - cabinets, drawers and bookshelves. Give Gayle a call!

We aren't good at Tetris either... 

We aren't good at Tetris either... 


Rockridge Furniture & Design
5601 College Avenue [map]
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm | Sun 11am-6pm

Don't cover your old couch with blankets! Have some pride with the  Emeline sofa . $1287 

Don't cover your old couch with blankets! Have some pride with the Emeline sofa. $1287 

The elegant  Kent Table Lamp  will keep your guest from stumbling around in the dark. $165

The elegant Kent Table Lamp will keep your guest from stumbling around in the dark. $165

Atomic Garden
5453 College Avenue [map]
Hours: Mon - Sat 11am-6pm | Sun 12pm-5pm

Linen Oven Mit  (or fancy hand puppet) - $19

Linen Oven Mit (or fancy hand puppet) - $19

Linen Dish Clothes  that are too nice for dishes - $16

Linen Dish Clothes that are too nice for dishes - $16

Linen Bag Holder  for tidy environmentalists - $22

Linen Bag Holder for tidy environmentalists - $22

Have a great, old chair or couch that you want to salvage? The folks at Kay Chesterfield, Inc are the very best! Every piece that comes through their doors is given the eyes and attention of their craftsmen and treated with respect as it’s supervised from plain start to stunning finish.


SOBU Oakland
5451 College Avenue [map]
Hours: Mon - Sat 11am-6pm | Sun 12am-5pm

Holy cow! We love this  Harry Lounge and Ottoman  and it's on sale! $875, normally $1250!

Holy cow! We love this Harry Lounge and Ottoman and it's on sale! $875, normally $1250!

The functional  Wired Jaw Chair  doubles as sculpture for any room. $295

The functional Wired Jaw Chair doubles as sculpture for any room. $295

Handmade  Santa Cruz Quilt  will make you feel warm and homey. $480

Handmade Santa Cruz Quilt will make you feel warm and homey. $480

Mulberry's Home
160 41st Street [map]
Hours: Mon - Sat 11am-6pm

Kick up your dogs on this  Andy Ottoman , a modern but warm piece. $384

Kick up your dogs on this Andy Ottoman, a modern but warm piece. $384

The  Slim Bench  will be your new, favorite piece for the entry way, bedroom, or living room. $763

The Slim Bench will be your new, favorite piece for the entry way, bedroom, or living room. $763

Carlo Lamp  adds sophistication to any table. $600

Carlo Lamp adds sophistication to any table. $600

Pro Arts Gallery
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza [map]
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am-5pm | Sat 11am-4pm

" Logs on Yellow " acrylic art. $75

"Logs on Yellow" acrylic art. $75

" Parrots and Raptures " artist ed. mugs. $43

"Parrots and Raptures" artist ed. mugs. $43

Set of 4  paintings by Amanda Church.. The vibrant colors - hot pinks and oranges contrasted with cool yellows, grays, and deep purples - reflect the Los Angeles environs from which these scenarios were derived. $95 ea.

Set of 4 paintings by Amanda Church.. The vibrant colors - hot pinks and oranges contrasted with cool yellows, grays, and deep purples - reflect the Los Angeles environs from which these scenarios were derived. $95 ea.

Oak Common
3231 Grand Avenue [map]
Hours: Sun 12pm-6pm | Mon-Thurs 12pm-7pm | Fri-Sat 11am-6pm

Authentic  African Mud Cloth Pillow . $100

Authentic African Mud Cloth Pillow. $100

Comfy  Pine Lodge Hooked Pillow . $79.50
The  Triad Wall Hanging  fills a vertical space perfectly. $132

The Triad Wall Hanging fills a vertical space perfectly. $132

Warm Things
6011 College Avenue [map]
Hours: Mon - Sat 10am-6pm | Sun 12pm-5pm

Coastal Life Sheets , Cal King. On sale for $45.49, normally $64.99

Coastal Life Sheets, Cal King. On sale for $45.49, normally $64.99

Down Pillow , medium firmness. On sale for $79.29, normally $132.99

Down Pillow, medium firmness. On sale for $79.29, normally $132.99

Waffle Texture Berkshire Blanket . On sale for $26.99, normally $55

Waffle Texture Berkshire Blanket. On sale for $26.99, normally $55

Gift Cards from Oakland Indies

Here's our list of Oakland independent businesses that offer gift cards. We like to recommend gift certificates to out-of-town family buying for their loved ones in Oakland. They are a also a great option when you are uncertain of exactly what someone may want. No matter your reason, it's far more meaningful to give a little local love - even in card format - than your big box generic alternatives.


T-Shirts, hoodies, outerwear, socks, hats, fan gear, and accessories for men, women, youth, and babies. 

Nathan & Co.

Gift shop with candles, kitchen items, home goods, decor, lighting, textiles, cards, jewelry, gadgets, and toys for everyone.


Local and regional handmade goods, clothing, jewelry, accessories, apothecary, and home goods. 

Dashe Cellars

Dashe’s have focused on producing exceptional, single-vineyard wines using a traditional, non-industrial approach to winemaking.


Furniture, pillows, throws, mirrors, rugs, desks, kids room, lighting, and art. 

Shoes on Solano Rockridge

Women's comfortable and fashionable shoes for most occasions, plus handbags and accessories. 

Awaken Cafe

Live music venue, espresso bar, organic restaurant, beer and wine bar, and gallery in the heart of the new downtown.

Breema Clinic

Drop concern, worry, and anxiety, which get replaced by a sense of comfort, support, relaxation and harmony. 

In Full Swing

Plus-size woman's boutique of hard-to-find contemporary styles, put together unique looks, and excellent personal service.

Laurel Book Store

A literary opportunity for everyone in the family at this full-service bookstore. 

Maple Street Denim

Quality denim and wearable everyday basics with personalized service to find the best fitting jeans. 

Pollinate Farm & Garden

High quality supplies for caring for the food you grow, animals you care for, and foods you preserve. 

Ali Golden

This women's boutique is the embodiment of the modern (and not too serious) ladies uniform.

Ruby's Garden Kidwear and Gift

New and gently used children's clothes and shoes, gifts, toys, and books.

Umami Mart

A lovely curation of bar tools and glassware from Japan, as well as a bottle shop dedicated to sake and Japanese beer.

Field Day

Timeless, impeccably-crafted clothing from completely conscious materials that transcend trendy.

Beast Mode Apparel

Active wear and accessories with NFL local legend Marshawn Lynch's popular brand.

A Verb for Keeping Warm

They offer classes in knitting, sewing, natural dyeing, weaving, and spinning. They sell yarn, fabric, natural dyes, and fiber. 

Tara's Organic Ice Cream

The best organic ingredients, hand crafted in small batches with only the purest organic ingredients, and using fresh herbs and freshly ground spices.

Local Food Tours

The best gift for anyone looking to discover one of the Bay Area’s hidden gems and enjoy a day filled with yummy food and tons of fun!

Oak Common

Men and women's clothing and accessories store.

Pretty Penny Clothing

A large and constantly changing collection of vintage and contemporary clothing, shoes, and accessories with a variety of local jewelry designers and clothing.

Bella Vita

They sell local and independent designers for women and kids with a splash of vintage thrown into the mix. 

Market Hall Foods

Their e-Gift cards are valid for online purchases on only and cannot be redeemed in the brick-and-mortar stores. 

Urban Indigo

A popular gift shop for all ages with cards, jewelry, clothes, decor, books, and more.

Tootsie's Boutique

Their full-service women's shoe boutique carries a well-edited selection of name-brands.

E.M. Wolfman Books

A general interest small bookstore and gallery in downtown Oakland.


Women's and men's shoes, sneakers, and accessories for the feet.

Wine on Piedmont

A great selection of hand-crafted wines, artisanal spirits, microbrewed and imported beers, premium sakes, accessories, gifts and more.

Flax Art + Design

Artists and crafts people love this store for all the products and inspiration they need.

Stocking Stuffers #3

Sometimes you just need to buy a little somethin' somethin' for the stocking, office gift exchange, that crazy uncle from the Lake of the Ozarks (hi Uncle Don!), friends you only kinda still care about, etc. Maybe you're just on a budget this year or work for a nonprofit like us. Regardless, we've got you covered with our gifts from Oakland's locally-owned, independent businesses. [Jump to our first post, Stocking Stuffers #1, or second post, Stocking Stuffers #2.]


Deep East Patch - $3
Truly as Oakland as it gets. Sizing: 3.5" x 1".

OAK Smile Patch - $7
Smile, you're in Oakland! 3" diameter



TERRA Sugar Body Polish - $12
Natural clay, rich in minerals, gentle body scrub.

Ember 7oz Soy Candle - $19.50
Get lost in the outdoors without leaving the comfort of home.


Oak Common

Wild Medecine Handmade Soap - $22
Obsidian / Cedar / Rose. Obsidian promotes qualities of compassion, honesty, strength and self-control.

Baggu - $10
Stick this handy little bag in your backpack or purse. Perfect for all of your shopping needs!


Wine on Peidmont

Drusian Rose Prosecco - $19.99
Intriguing, vivacious, and palatable are the characteristics of SpumanteRosè.


Freeze Pint Cooling Glass - $17.99
Say goodbye to lukewarm drinks. Place the Freeze Beer Pint in the freezer for perfectly chilled beer.


Marion + Rose Fine Goods

Wool Coffee Cozy - $13
Enjoy 100% natural wool as you keep your coffee hot and your hands cool. 


Sea Salt Soap - $8
This all-natural Soap creates soft suds for bathing and a great lather for shaving.


Atomic Garden

Incausa Incense Sticks - $20
Supports indigenous people in Brazil.


Fog Linen Work Dish Cloth - $16
Fog Linen Work's 100% linen dish cloth made in Lithuania. 


Flax Art + Design

Aitoh Origami 100 Color Paper Pack - $5.40
These solid colored, square sheets are amazingly simple and incredibly beautiful.


How to Draw Flipbooks Kit - $13.94
This How-To kit is ideal for teachers, students, aspiring cartoonists, and all ages.


Laurel Book Store

Carter Beats the Devil - $14.99
Set in and around Oakland, there's magic, action, a little romance, the death of a president, the birth of television.


Blood Strangers: A Memoir - $16.95
Wonderful story of family, adoption, and the layers that you find in all of it. Great read.


Gifts for the Mind and Body

This holiday season, look beyond the traditional ideas and give gifts that offer more a nourishing, self-caring experience for loved ones on your list. We're rounding some of our picks from Oakland's locally-owned, independent health and beauty providers. Shop online or contact the providers for gift cards!


Resurfacing Glycolic Peel Facial Treatment, 30 Min. - $50
17 Jewels Salon + Spa
4801 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

An advanced resurfacing treatment without the redness and recovery of other peels. glycolic acid does wonders to promote the growth of new skin cells, revealing a youthful glow and feel. Suitable for all skin types, this peel addresses pigmentation, acne, dry skin, and overall texture.

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Pomegranate Elixir Facial Treatment - $80
BIBO Salon
2509 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
510-838-BIBO (2426)

The Pomegranate Elixir is an antioxidant-rich treatment ideal for combination, sun-damaged or hyperpigmented skin.  While an enzyme action sloughs away congestions, L-Lactic acid stimulates the skin’s natural moisture factor and lifts pigment, leaving skin radiant, renewed and glowing.

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California Body Oil - $90
Becky's Skin + Body Care
600 Grand Avenue, #301
Oakland, CA 94610

California body oil is an ideal moisturizer for all skin types. It absorbs rapidly and has many anti-aging benefits. It’s a true gift for the mind, body, and spirit.

This body oil features Avocado, Rosehip Seed, and Tamanu for their rich texture, rich vitamin and mineral content, and healing nature. Red Raspberry Seed Oil is a stand out in this formula as well, adding to the other oils’ pre-existing sun protection properties. Organic and therapeutic grade essential oils of Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Scotch Pine, and Cedarwood are chosen to reflect some of the many scents of California.


Full Balayage - $180-$195
Manifesta Salon
831 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

Balayage has softer, less noticeable regrowth lines than traditional highlights - the idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks. There's no stripy look like you can get with foil highlights. Balayage emulates the parts of your hair that would naturally lighten in the sun.

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Gentleman's Facial, 55 Min. - $85
Freddy Fox Face
3530 Grand Avenue, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94610


This customized treatment for men includes no frills, just real results. Includes facial cleansing, exfoliation, and added boosts of Vitamin C and Retinol to keep you looking and feeling your best.

Complete Breema Session - $60
Breema Center
6076 Claremont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618

Breema bodywork exercises use nurturing touch, tension-relieving stretches, and rhythmic movements to create physical, mental, and emotional balance. It’s easy to drop concern, worry, and anxiety, which get replaced by a sense of comfort, support, relaxation, and harmony. Letting go of our habitual preoccupations frees our energy and enthusiasm, and offers the possibility of new ways of thinking and feeling, and a new posture towards life.


Tranquility Herbal Tincture - $22
Five Flavors Herbs
344 40th Street
Oakland CA 94609

Supports a calm mind in cases of mild anxiety or irritability. Suggested use: Take 15 - 60 drops in ¼ cup water 3-5 times daily or as directed.

Chiropractic Packages Gift Certificates - Prices Vary
The Source Chiropractic
3825 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619

At The Source Chiropractic, instead of treating symptoms, they look for the basic fundamental underlying cause of your health problems. Voted Best Chiropractic Team in Oakland: 2015, 2016 & 2017. Specializing in affordable family plans, long-term results, and connection-based care.


Dance Lessons - Prices Vary
Steps on Toes
Oakland, CA

Private lessons are available at any time, days, evenings, or weekends. They can be for one or two people or for a small group. You decide what you want to learn, or ask for suggestions. LaurieAnn has been teaching dance since 1980. She specializes in teaching the skills of leading and following, dancing to the music, and working with psychological and physical barriers.


Yoga 5-Class Gift Card - $85
Anasa Yoga
4232 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619
510-482-YOGA (9642)

Anasa Yoga improves the health and well-being of their students, empowering them to live life more fully. They are committed to deepening community connections by providing quality instruction through a variety of class offerings for new and experienced practitioners in a welcoming and inclusive environment that honors diversity. 


Honey Butter Tough Love Scrub - $22
Beija Flor Naturals
4727 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

A detoxifying raw sugar base makes this perfect for anyone who wants to get down to serious exfoliating business. Can also be used to pamper feet and rough areas of the skin (elbows, knees etc). The lasting moisture and lightly sweet scent will have you wishing you could fast forward to the next scrub day.


Refresh: Holistic Mouth Rinse - $20
Dr. H. & Co.

Refresh is the only dentist-formulated, all-natural, herbal mouth rinse using Aloe Vera Gel, Licorice Root, Holy Basil, Calendula, and White Oak Bark. Refresh is alcohol free, vegan, gluten-free, and has no chemical additives. It is non-toxic and safe to use everyday. Refresh is strong and effective. Its unique combination of herbs supports optimal dental and gum health while it also:

  • Prevents gingivitis and bleeding gums,
  • Kills germs that cause bad breath
  • Prevents tooth decay
  • Leaves your mouth clean and refreshed!

Stocking Stuffers #2

Sometimes you just need to buy a little somethin' somethin' for the stocking, office gift exchange, that crazy uncle from the Lake of the Ozarks (hi Uncle Don!), friends you only kinda still care about, etc. Maybe you're just on a budget this year or work for a nonprofit like us. Regardless, we've got you covered with our gifts from Oakland's locally-owned, independent businesses. [Jump to our first post, Stocking Stuffers #1.]

Rare Bird

Rad Women Worldwide - $15.99
From artist to athletes to pirates and punks... women rule the school

Single Malt Scotch Toothpick - $8.99
One tinted glass tube of artisanal toothpicks


Chabot Space & Science Center

Astronaut Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Sandwich - $5.99
An out-of-this-world culinary experience


I Love You to the Moon & Back Trinket Plate - $12.99
When you can't afford to gift the actual trinkets


Umami Mart

Ramen Print - $18
The visual yum yum without the actual mess mess

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Baby Owl Print - $18
You know who this gift is perfect for?
Who? Who?

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Hatch Ecolifestyle

Man Can Candles - $16
For the dude that's too MANly for normal candles


Gentleman's Tweed Aftershave - $12.95
For the other kind of dude


Five Flavors Herbs

Calm Kid Herbal Tincture - $20
For pretty much every parent, especially if they're neighbors

Pain & Trauma Oil - $20
For pretty much every woman in the world. #metoo


Lisa Yvette's Creative Allure

Knit Caps Note Card - $5
Nothing says holidays, or any day in Oakland, like knit caps

Yester Year Oh Snap! Buttons - $4.50
Vintage cameras seek jean jacket


Atomic Garden

Star Chime - $11
Steel, bronze, sand, and fire created these chimes


Habit Nail Polish - $19
Made with myrrh extract to strengthen nails and cuticles


Stocking Stuffers #1

Sometimes you just need to buy a little somethin' somethin' for the stocking, office gift exchange, that crazy uncle from the Lake of the Ozarks (hi Uncle Don!), friends you only kinda still care about, etc. Maybe you're just on a budget this year or work for a nonprofit like us. Regardless, we've got you covered with our gifts from Oakland's locally-owned, independent businesses.

Marion + Rose Fine Goods

Barack Obama Enamel Pin - $12
All together now... Sigh...

USA Shaped Bottle Opener - $17
Because, 'Merica. Amirite?

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Alchemy Bottle Shop

Grapefruit Bitters - $7
We use it in the Love Burns cocktail. Bitter? You betcha.


Strongwater Fire Tamer - $16
Bitters to fire up your gin, vodka, and whiskey. You're welcome.



Charcoal Exfoliating Mask - $4
Happy holidays, now fix your face

Ember Candle - $14
Campfire scent w/o the camping



Oaklandish Sock - $15
Who doesn't love new socks?
Kids. New lovers. But aside from them, you're safe.


OAK Wood Ornament - $7
If I were a cut-down tree, I'd want to be decorated with other cut-down trees. It's only fair.



Spray the Bitch Away - $20
For people who are irritated, pissed off, annoyed, tired, peeved, frustrated, enraged, or follow politics


Self Care Bath Soak - $18
Do they sell this by the gallon?


Nathan & Co.

California Glass Ornament - $16
Inspired by state song (who knew?), "I Love You California"


Retro Pen Set - $6
Don’t forget to write grandma (...hint hint)


Local and Dapper

Seeking the perfect outfit for looking dapper out in the Town? We've got you covered! Here's some of our favorite apparel items found at Oakland's locally-owned, independent shops:

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Oaklandish Snow Wash Pullover
1444 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

Luxe snow wash, 'Oaklandish' text embroidered across chest. 330 gsm 80/20 cotton/poly fleece.

Our mission is to spread “local love” by way of our civic pride-evoking tees and accessories, while creating quality inner city jobs for locals, and giving back to the people and places that maintain our city’s trailblazer spirit.


Levi's® Vintage 1947 501® Jeans
Two Jacks Denim
2355 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

Fit: High mid-rise, slim straight leg. After soaking, these jeans will shrink 2" in the waist and 2-3" in length. Order one size up. LVC 501s are authentic reproductions of vintage Levi's jeans. This post-WWII 501 was trimmed down (no suspender buttons or cinch-back). Hidden back pocket rivets, Two Horse leather patch, Big E red tab.


Floral Cascade Shirt
Oak Common
3231 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610

The floral cascade is an autumnal print infused with colourful florals and the cascade floral pack features a jumpsuit, dress and a crop top, as well as complimentary men's shirt to mix and match. The men's floral cascade shirt is made from 100% viscose, making it super soft and silky. This shirt features a standard button-up closure, long sleeves for the colder months and features the all-over print. Made from 100% Viscose. 

Please wash on a cold wash by itself and re-shape whilst it's still wet to avoid the garment shrinking.


Trend Blue Suit
3864 Piedmont Avenue
Oakland CA 94611

The solid suit is the basic building block for any guy's office and formal wardrobe, and you'll be glad to have Trend Maxman's pared-down wool blazers and trousers in your closet. You can mix and match this blue suit with any shirt, making it an easy pick for those who don't want to fuss over their Monday through Friday look.

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Stadium Jacket
Olive-Waxed Canvas

Standard & Strange
5010 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA, 94609

The Stadium Jacket from 3sixteen is one of their perennial top-sellers, and for good reason. A classic silhoutte, trimmed up and cut from 8oz American made waxed canvas, with rib knit cuffs and waist. It’s an easy-wearing jacket for all seasons. Made in the USA.


BEASTMODE Sweatshirt
Beast Mode
811 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

Men's Oversized Logo Crewneck Sweatshirt, 8.5 oz fleece. 80% cotton 20% polyester blend fleece. Split stitch double needle sewing on all seams. Twill neck tape. Machine wash.


Town Business T-Shirt
Movement Ink
3832 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619

Available in Large, Medium, Small, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, and 6X. Movement Ink has been delivering quality screen printing, embroidery and logo design since they opened in 2009.


Snake Skin Cammo Pullover
Beast Oakland
3720 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, California 94619

100% Polyester. Front pouch. 3 panel hood.

Made by Oaklanders and for Oaklanders, for those that were born here. For those that were brought here and grew up here. For those that recently moved here and fell in love with this beautiful city that's now what they call home. For North, West, East, for all Oakland. Beast Oakland.


Spectrum Rainbow Hat
Show & Tell
1714 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Show & Tell is a concept shop, gallery, and gathering space located in vibrant downtown Oakland that serves as a platform for sustainable and socially responsible apparel, accessories, and gift items.

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City Puff Jacket
1542 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

Alamere jackets are made in the Bay Area for Bay Area weather. They're perfect for cool evening A's games. That's right, these light and breathable yet warm jackets are perfect for layering. The wind-resistant and water-resistant outer layer protects from the elements while packable and lightweight 60g primaloft fill will keep you warm without weighing you down. Plus, a soft taffeta interior and fleece-lined hand warmer pockets add a level of coziness. This is sure to be an easy go-to jacket for many winters to come. 


Kasson Parka - Masculine Fit
Maple Street Denim
465 9th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Classic parka from Penfield with a light wool lining for warmth in the winter months. 80/20 Poly/cotton shell is water resistant and wind proof. 2-way side pockets, chest flap pockets, adjustable hood and waist cinch, snap closure storm flap with full zip closure.


Puma IGNITE evoKNIT Hypernature Black
1714 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, California 94612

The unique IGNITE evoKNIT Hypernature provides a knitted upper for form fitting comfort and bold collar heights for a fresh look. A TPU piece and support strap stabilize the heel by locking it onto the platform, while seamlessly bonded overlays increase wearing comfort. The IGNITE 3 tooling offers enhanced energy return, with the faster Chevron design guaranteeing a premium look and smooth ride.


Damascus Ring
482 A 49th Street
Oakland, CA 94609

Seamless hand forged stainless steel damascus band in the 'Banded Ladder' pattern with silver rails. 8mm total width & with 1mm rims Low Dome style. Round shaped ring.


Ruska Sock - Aqua
Standard & Strange
5010 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

CHUP socks are made in Japan, using a time-consuming process that, while limiting production capacity, ultimately yields a higher-quality sock, comparable to one that was knitted by hand, with the toes being hand-linked at the closure point.


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Juniper Ridge Cologne
Sampler Set

Marion + Rose Fine Goods
461 9th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Designed to be worn by women and men, the colognes are made from real plants and tree trimmings harvested in the backcountry.


Marisa Mason
484 D 49th Street
Oakland, CA 94609

A clean lined and simple cuff with square edges and ends. 

Starting at 3 inches in diameter, our Men's cuffs are slightly larger then our regular cuffs to accommodate a larger wrist, and can be stretched wider. 

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Blacked-Out Selvedge Duffle
1542 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

YKK zipper opening makes it perfect for carry-on luggage (conveniently fits under the seat or in the overhead bin), but its durable enough for use as an everyday travel bag. NOTE: The handles and straps are black leather rather than the tanner leather shown.


Crew Socks - Varsity Rebel
Tootsies Rockridge
5525 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618

The Varsity Rebel is a collegiate tribute to those who've attended the University of ...well... Rebelling. Root for Star Wars most trained and skillful rebels with this classic crew created from combed cotton and tight, 200 needle count stitching. A reinforced heel and toe provide additional durability while an elastic arch and self-adjusting cuff hug the contours of your feet.


Unisex Organic Hoody with Bamboo Buttons
Field Day
329 19th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

The body is made from 100% organic cotton. It features a giant hood with lining to keep  the cold out. Big pockets for holding all your nuts and bolts. Bamboo button closure for looking good and secure, contrast elbow patch detail. Brass made in America separating Zipper. They searched far and wide for the most durable, soft, warm, and light weight fabric known to man.  


Jersey V T-Shirt
Oakland's Own
Online Only

Various colors available. 

They started this brand to show Civic Pride with local roots and give back to the community! 

Oakland's Own represents for everyone that makes up our beautiful city.

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RAIDER Nation Champion Brand Sweatpants with Pockets
Oakbrand USA
Online Only

82% cotton/18% polyester fleece. 

Low shrinkage. Side pockets. Self-fabric waistband with cotton draw cord. Encased elastic cuffed leg hems. “C” logo at left hip. 

Silver Gray: 80% cotton/20% polyester; Oxford Gray: 78% cotton/22% polyester. 

Sizes: S-3XL


HT Cassette Button Up
Hella Thrifty
Online Only

A Hella Thrifty original. For lovers of 80s and 90s fashion.

One standard size. 

Length: 31 inches (From top of collar)

Width: 22.5 inches (across)

Sleeve: 17.5 inches (from base of collar)


Minimalist Diamond Tooled Leather Bracelet
Barbered Leather
Online Only

Minimalist leather bracelet with a small diamond tooled detail. 1/2" width.

Comes In waxed natural, black or brown with nickel or brass hardware. 

Add initials up to 3 letters free!


White Shirt with Hand-Painted Details
Plastic Foliage
Online Only

Small: 20" across         23.5" long
Medium: 22" across     24.25" long
Large: 24"across          25" long

Measurements across are taken at the armpit, length is just below the collar stand to bottom hem.


Online Only

Kitanicas Nylon Ripstop Down Vest is filled with 100 grams of Goose Down and equipped with 2 interior and 2 exterior pockets. This vest also packs miraculously into one of its own pockets for tight and lightweight stowage.  

*The Vest is filled with natural down (not feathers) and will leak small pieces of down

Local Liquor Retailers

No excuses. We have too many craft booze options in Oakland to show up to a dinner or party empty handed or with a blah beverage. Here's some options to consider:


Dashe Cellars

Pick up 1.5L magnum bottle, which serves about 10 people, for your next dinner party. One of the oldest vineyards in the state, the Bedrock Vineyard was originally owned by Generals Sherman and Hooker of Civil War fame. These particular vines were planted in 1888, making them some of the oldest vines in the state.

This isn't a dark, brooding wine—it's a celebration of old-vine fruit flavor with only 79 cases made.

2013 Zinfandel, Bedrock Vineyard 1.5L (Sonoma County)
Dashe Cellars
55 4th Street, Oakland, CA 94607



Piedmont Grocery

Home Base Bourbon is a balanced and delicate grain-forward whiskey made with sustainably grown corn, rye, and lots of malted barley.

The whiskey is aged in new American oak barrels at char 3, allowing the flavors from the high malt content - honey, maple and nut - to complement the caramel, toffee, and vanilla notes typical of bourbons. Made in Oakland.

Piedmont Grocery
4038 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611


St. George Green Chile Vodka is made from a variety of California-grown hot and sweet peppers (jalapenos, Serranos, habaneros, red and yellow bell peppers) that build layers of sweet, savory heat. Format: 750ml. ABV: 40%.

The sweet/savory heat makes it ideal for the perfect Bloody Mary, a Moscow Mule with extra kick, a zesty Gimlet, or whenever you’re craving something fresh and spicy in your glass. Find a few recipe ideas here.

Wine on Piedmont
4183 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

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Umami Mart

Don't let this ginjo fool you. This genshu (cask-strength) yamahai sake is smoky, oaky, and has a fair amount of acid for a sake.

Have Cowboy on the table when you have steak. Serve slightly chilled in small, somewhat narrow glassware or ceramics. This is an easy-drinking sake. 

Brewed in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. 24 fl oz (720ml). 18-19% ALC/VOL.

Umami Mart
815 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607


Alchemy Bottle Shop

Fortaleza Tequila Anejo has a deep, rich agave flavor. Aromatic, spicy, and insanely creamy, with tons of butterscotch and caramel. Incredibly delicious and unlike anything else. 

This tequila is so rich and complex that some people are even able to detect pineapple, peach, orange blossom, nutmeg, and raisin in the nose. 40% ABV, 750ml.

Alchemy Bottle Shop
3256 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

Other Liquor Retail Listings

Minimo Wine - a wine shop focusing on small-production, independently-owned wineries that follow sustainable practices. 420 3rd Street, Oakland, CA 94607

Good Hop Bottle Shop - offers a retail shop with roughly 450 bottled and canned craft beers from around the world. 2421 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

Beer Revolution - hundreds of bottles of beer available for purchase. 464 3rd Street, Oakland, California 94607

Ordinaire - a neighborhood wine shop & wine bar that focuses on natural wines from Europe and California. 3354 Grand Avenue, Oakland, California 94610

Bay Grape - in addition to wine, they also offer beer, specialty sodas, and a small retail selection of local, artisanal foodstuffs. 376 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

Oakland Yard - a neighborhood wine shop with a carefully curated selection of dynamic bottles from small producers around the world. 420 40th Street, Oakland, CA 94609

Paul Marcus Wines - carrying European and domestic wines, with an emphasis on distinctive French, Italian, German, Austrian, Spanish, Eastern European, and Californian producers. 5655 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618

Crooked City Cider - producing a variety of kick-ass craft ciders, currently available at select Oakland bars and restaurants and at their tasting room. 477 25th Street, Oakland, CA  94612

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines - a destination for Bay Area foodies and named Best Cheese Store and Best Wine Store by several East Bay publications. 6218 La Salle Avenue, Oakland CA 94611

That Perfect Holiday Dress

It's that time of year again! Between the dinners, office parties, family events, and New Year's Eve celebrations, you're probably looking for a dress or three to add to your wardrobe. We've got you covered! Here is a photo gallery of offerings from some of our favorite local, independent shops in Oakland that carry dresses.  

Boutiques with online stores

Ali Golden, 482 49th Street, Oakland, CA 94609

Dandelion Post, 4243 Telegraph Ave, Oakland CA 94609

Hawthorn, 5854 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618

Field Day, 329 19th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

McMullen, 1235 Grand Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94610

Harper Greer, 43 Grand Avenue, Oakland CA 94612

Taylor Jay Collection, 3304 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

Pretty Penny Clothing, 5488 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618

Bella Vita, 5511 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

Lesley Evers, 5501 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618

Lalisimone, online only

Boutiques to visit in person

In Full Swing (Plus Sizes), 5937 College Avenue, Oakland, California 94618

Regina's Door, 352 17th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Alyce on Grand, 3223 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

Kosa Arts, 386 19th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Corporate Gifts

We've been getting Concierge Service inquiries about gifts for clients, donors, bosses, and employees. Here is a starter guide, but contact our service for other ideas! 

Umami Mart is an amazing Japanese-inspired kitchen/home boutique in Old Oakland. It's hip, yet sophisticated and high quality. They have a lot of good options, but we'll link you directly to their holiday gift guide here:

Marion + Rose Find Goods has so much great stuff! Here is a gift option from their shop that we love:

Endorfin Chocolates is located in West Oakland (we've toured their warehouse). It is truly artisanal, each flavor is delicious, and it has a great story. We've given these as corporate gifts in the past and it was loved.

Oaktown Spice Shop is a fun gift idea. You really can't go wrong with quality spices. They have some gift boxes that look amazing:

Rockridge Market Hall has some food baskets that represent Bay Area California, which could be especially nice for out-of-town folks:

Peerless Coffee & Tea is fantastic and a pretty safe bet for gifting to anyone. Scroll down this page and see some great options:

Kampai Sake Box is a fun idea:

Local Food Adventures is wonderful and could be a truly memorable gift for a small team AND provide some team building. Consider gifting them a food tour of Rockridge:

Little Shop Artisan Box is an Alameda-based company that sources a lot of Oakland companies with their gift boxes. We don't typically recommend a company outside Oakland city limits, but they are a very good and convenient option that still supports the Oakland economy through their procurement:

Happy holidays, and happy gifting with local love and generosity! -- Oakland Grown


The Gift of Art

We've been getting questions through our Concierge Service about buying art as holiday gifts. We love art, so this is fun, but it's also a little complex. Art can be a truly meaningful and lasting gift if you do it right. Outside of finding a beautiful piece, consider the following:

Local art with a local story. Art that was made by someone in your hometown or the recipient's home town, and knowing about the artist, gives the gift a more meaningful story. Ask the artist to include an artist statement and information on the art piece. (This is also useful for insuring the art piece or reselling it at a later date.)

Aesthetics of the recipient. You may love a piece of art, and that's great. But, consider the tastes of the person you're buying for. Do they like art that's more folksy, modern, abstract, political, bright, bold? If you're not sure, think about the interior design of the home. Art doesn't need to match the couch, but you may want to let the environment that's housing the piece guide your choice. If you're still not sure, the simpler and smaller the better. 

Delivery, installation, framing. Try to think through gift giving art, especially larger pieces. There are independently-owned frame shops in Oakland that will not only frame (with helpful recommendations), but safely deliver, and professionally hang art pieces. Good framing is so important. It can really make the art piece shine, and also protect it from light/UV damage over time. You may want the recipient to pick their own frame, in which case, a gift certificate for these services is totally acceptable. 

Below are some resources to help you in buying art as a gift.

Finding art:
You can search for art, and then select Oakland, CA as the "shop location". 
You can search for upcoming art shows.
You can search for galleries and inspiration.

Our top picks of local full-service framers:
Galleria Scola
Panorama Framing

Still have questions? Fill out our Concierge Service form found on




On Giving Tuesday, and throughout the holiday season, Oakland Grown is encouraging your support of the Alameda County Food Bank. The food bank provides essential, nutritious food to our friends, neighbors, and so many in our community. In fact, they serve 1 in 5 of our neighbors in our county. Two-thirds are children and seniors. Chances are, you know someone that relies on their support. 

Please support the Alameda County Food Bank with cash or food donations, volunteers, and spreading the word. Thank you, Oakland!


Oakland Grown Concierge Service > Pick of the Week


Im looking to buy some men's sneakers for my husband. I'd love to buy locally if possible. Do you have any suggestions of places to buy from?

Concierge Service Answer:

You have a some really great options for men's sneakers. I don't know your husband's style preference, so here are a few ranges to consider:

Option #1:

I'd start with SoleSpace: 

They have a great selection of modern styles. The owner is a huge community advocate; supporting local artists, designers, and Oakland in general. 

SoleSpace - Sneaker Boutique
1714 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612 (map)

They have a second location on Grand Avenue that is worth a look as well.

3304 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610 (map)

Option #2:

The Shoe Spot in Old Oakland has been around for long time and has a loyal following.

The Shoe Spot
598 7th Street
Oakland, CA 94607 (map)
* No website.

Option #3:

McCaulou's is an indie department store in Montclair Village. They have a shoe department with a good selection of shoes for everyone in the family. Their website is very limited and doesn't display all the options they have available.

McCaulou's Shoes
2020 Mountain Blvd
Oakland, CA 94611 (map)
(510) 339-4500

Option #4: 

These guys have all types of athletic shoes and sneakers. They are open on Sunday and just down the street from McCaulou's.

Montclair Sports
1970 Mountain Blvd
Oakland, CA 94611 (map)


These slip-ons from Oak Common are 50% off right now:

I hope this helps point you toward a great gift purchase! Happy holidays! - Oakland Grown


Plaid Friday Weekend Donations and Fundraising

Here is a round up of the participating Plaid Friday Weekend (Nov. 24-26) merchants that are using this holiday event to help support local charities. Thank you, Oakland business community!


A Verb for Keeping Warm
6328 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA 94608
Paradise Park (map)
Open: Fri (11/24), Sat (11/25), Sun (11/26)
10% of profits go to Global Glimpse, a local non-profit supporting low-income students to study abroad. 

Crown Nine
515 9th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Old Oakland (map)
Open: Fri (11/24), Sat (11/25), Sun (11/26)
Fire Recovery Benefit Sample Sale: we are putting all our samples on sale for 50-75% off and donating 100% of all proceeds to Local American Red Cross. 

Five Flavors Herbs
344 40th Street
Oakland, CA 94609
Temescal (map)
Open: Fri (11/24), Sat (11/25)
10% of our daily proceeds will be going to Charlotte Maxwell Clinic in Oakland.

FLAX art & design
1501 Martin Luther King Junior Way
Oakland, CA 94612
Downtown (map)
Open: Fri (11/24), Sat (11/25), Sun (11/26)
We'll have a barrel for the mayor’s toy drive - we appreciate your donations of new, packaged toys for donation.

GoldenBug Children's Shoes
5509 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
Rockridge (map)
Open: Fri (11/24), Sat (11/25), Sun (11/26)
5% donation of sales to My New Red Shoes- a local organization that provides new school shoes to those in need.

Laurel Ace Hardware
3545 California Street
Oakland, CA 94118
Laurel (map)
Open: Fri (11/24), Sat (11/25), Sun (11/26)
Canned food drive each day: Bring your cans/boxes to the register to donate and receive a discount of $0.25 per item off your purchase.

The Lei Company Cooperative, Inc.
[Online Only]
10% of sales goes to the Pasifika Center, a non-profit that advances Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian cultures and communities.

Mix Montclair
6136 Medau Place
Oakland, CA 94611
Montclair (map)
Open: Fri (11/24), Sat (11/25), Sun (11/26)
10% of sales on Thursday, November 30, will be donated to North Bay Fire Victims.

NuSpirit Deisgns
[Online Only]
Raffle with all proceeds going to a local family whose child is fighting pediatric cancer.

6134 Medau Place
Oakland, CA 94611
Montclair (map)
Open: Fri (11/24), Sat (11/25), Sun (11/26)
We participate with Big Pie, donating 5% of pre-tax sale to the charity Big Pie participates in. 

Reclaimed Luminosity
[Pop-up at E14 Gallery]
472 9th Street
Oakland CA 94607
Old Oakland (map)
Open: Fri (11/24)
$10 off and 10% to fire victims.

Regina's Door
352 17th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Uptown (map)
Open: Fri (11/24), Sat (11/25)
While you are here, pick up a resource packet of information on the fight against human trafficking here in Oakland.


Food, Drink & Services

Alan Cash Video - ACV
[Online Only]
15% donation of any sale to local charity.

Ancestral Apothecary
3798 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
Grand Lake (map)
Open: Fri (11/24), Sat (11/25), Sun (11/26)
Planting Seeds Herbal Fair, Saturday November 25th at Studio Grand Oakland. Find unique herbal products and gifts. This is a fundraiser for our student of color scholarship fund.

Farmstead Cheeses and Wines
6218 La Salle Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611
Montclair (map)
Open: Fri (11/24), Sat (11/25), Sun (11/26)
Wine Tasting Friday 5-7:30, Saturday 2-5. $1 fee, all proceeds to local elementary schools.

Hopscotch Oakland
1915 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
Uptown (map)
Open: Fri (11/24), Sat (11/25), Sun (11/26)
25% of all proceeds from bottles of wine purchased on Plaid Friday, Nov. 24 will be donated to North Bay fire victims.

Local Food Adventures
[Online only]
10% donated to the Alameda County Community Food Bank on Giving Tuesday, 11/28/17.

Luka's Taproom & Lounge
2221 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
Uptown (map)
Open: Fri (11/24), Sat (11/25), Sun (11/26)
From Friday 11/24 through Sunday 11/26 Luka's will be donating 25% of the purchase price of select cocktails to the Alameda County Food Bank.

Oakland Grown
[Online Only]
Fundraising for the Alameda County Food Bank Nov. 1 - Dec. 31. 

Riverstone Chiropractic
3409 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
Grand Lake (map)
Open: Fri (11/24)
20% donation to local charity.

The Terrace Room Restaurant & Bar
1800 Madison Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Downtown (map)
Open: Fri (11/24), Sat (11/25), Sun (11/26)
We have a Food Bank Barrel in our lobby and are thankful for any nonperishable donations.

Donate now to the Alameda County Food Bank! 

Make your online tax-deductible donation now. It’s quick, easy and secure. For your convenience they also accept donations through PayPal.

You can also mail your donation. Please download their printable form and send your check made out to Alameda County Community Food Bank (or “ACCFB”) to PO Box 2599, Oakland, CA 94614.



Kids: Gift Idea for the Developing Minds

Magna-Tiles® are super fun! They were invented in 1992 by a Japanese math teacher to teach children about shapes through play. Kids can construct dollhouses, race tracks, boxes to hold stuff, "stained glass" art, abstract objects, and more! Magna-Tiles® are made with a high grade ABS (BPA FREE) plastic that is free of phthalates and latex.

You can purchase this item at Ruby's Garden, 5026 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609.

5 Short Walks to Fill Your Gift Bags

While you're enjoying free parking today (mind the time limits), we thought we'd list some great spots that are highly dense with shops. But keep in mind, Oakland is very walkable and bike friendly, so don't cheat yourself - explore outside these suggestions!

Temescal Alleys Area - This beautiful walkway and neighboring streets host world-class food, luxurious fashion and jewelry for everyone in the family, pampering services, toys, and endless artisanal charm. These merchants are seriously lovers of Oakland and USA made goods and services. Visit their website

Rockridge Market Hall Area - Conveniently located at Rockridge BART station, this area is a home entertainer's heaven. If you want to serve the most decadent dinner spread with impeccable wine pairings in the most well-appointed home, everything you need is within a couple blocks. Visit their website.

Old Oakland Area - Lovers of Victorian architecture and tree-lined streets with holiday lights should experience this small box store mecca in the evenings. These shopkeepers are merchandising experts, finding the most unique products and displaying them in the most perfect ways. You can't help but fall in love with everything they have to sell. Visit their website.

Montclair Village Area - If you want to feel like you're in a little mountain town, smell some evergreen in the air, and have a more 'vacation' feel to your shopping excursion, Montclair Village is for you. From the anchor independent department store, to boutique kitchen and home stores, the Village welcomes you with small town hospitality and charm. Visit their website.

Piedmont Grocery Area - This stretch of Piedmont Avenue is ideal if your gift recipients are a very eclectic crew. If you need fancy foods, Oakland-made to costume jewelry, shoes and clothes, rare books and magazines, comic books, holiday cards, vintage handbags, handmade ceramics, international fashion, cigars, spa gift certificates, crafts supplies, and more! Visit their website.


Mayor Libby Schaaf and Councilmember Dan Kalb with friends and local media shopping Temescal Alley on Plaid Friday.

Mayor Libby Schaaf and Councilmember Dan Kalb with friends and local media shopping Temescal Alley on Plaid Friday.