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Best Of Oakland and the East Bay 2019

Our annual celebration of The Town and the East Bay.

Winners

2019 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Alternative Medicine Practice

For the Love Acupuncture & Wellness

2019 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Shopping District

Fourth Street, Berkeley

2019 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Event Space

Fox Theater

2019 Food & DrinkEditors' Choice

Best Hamburger Blast From the Past

Frosty King

The outside looks like a movie version of a 1960s hamburger joint. Located kitty-corner from Nystrom Elementary School in Richmond, this family-owned place, Frosty King, also revisits the past with its friendly customer service and seriously yummy fast food. If you're not old enough to remember going for burgers and fries in the station wagon, never mind. The blackberry milkshakes, hot pastrami sandwiches, chicken dinners, and of course, burgers and cheeseburgers don'€™t care what age you are. You may do a double-take if your cashiers are the family twins.

2019 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Frame Shop

Galleria Scola Custom Framing

2019 Food & DrinkEditors' Choice

Best Barrel Brewhouse

Ghost Town Brewing

Oakland's craft beer scene may be crowded, but Ghost Town Brewing has managed to carve out a name for itself among Bay Area beer enthusiasts. Prior to starting a brewery, Ghost Town'€™s co-founders — Sam Carr-Prindle, Jason Gehman, Adam Hill, and Ryan Nosek — were in a metal band, and the West Oakland quartet gathered on weekends to home brew. Their first location, on Union Street, was more of a rehearsal space than a brewhouse, and in 2017, they upgraded their current operation to include 15 barrels and a taproom. With an ever-revolving menu of beers, Ghost Town Brewing also sells four-pack cans, growlers, and crowlers, and the brewhouse is both kid and pet friendly. Better yet, there'€™s usually a food truck outside.

2019 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Men’s Fashion

Ginger Parnes, J. Hilburn Men's Clothier

2019 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Nonprofit Group

Girls Inc. of Alameda County

2019 Lifestyle & LeisureEditors' Choice

Best Soccer Clothing for Women

Goal Five

Did you know that the only soccer apparel brand for women, Goal Five, is based in Oakland? Founded by three lifelong soccer players — Keely Wachs, Carrie Kessler, and Ann Kletz — Goal Five is inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5: “€œAchieve equality and empower all women and girls.”€ This mission-driven clothing company offers performance gear designed for females that can be worn on and off the soccer pitch. Five percent of profits go to organizations that promote soccer to girls worldwide. You can find their collection of shorts, joggers, shirts, hoodies, and tights with a built-in sleeve for shin guards.

2019 Goods & ServicesEditors' Choice

Best Real Western Gear Store (With Large Fake Golden Horse)

Golden Gate Western Wear

You'€™re minding your own business driving down San Pablo Boulevard, and before you hit Macdonald Avenue, you glance over — and notice a very large fake gold horse outside a store, with an equally fake cowboy standing behind it. But the merch inside is the real thing. Golden Gate Western Wear has every form of Western garb you can think of, with a huge Selection of hats and boots. (‘€œ1890s Campaign’€ hat could have come right off Teddy Roosevelt'€™s Rough Riders'€™ head.) This is a very manly place, but there'€™s a good selection of women'€™s Western-style jeans as well. Bully!

2019 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Hardware Store

Grand Lake Ace Hardware

2019 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Farmers Market

Grand Lake Farmers Market

2019 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Breakfast/Brunch

Grand Lake Kitchen

2019 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Band

Green Day

2019 Goods & ServicesEditors' Choice

Best Showcase for East Bay Makers

Head West Marketplace

Support local makers at the Head West Marketplace, a series of pop-up gatherings at various locations, such as Old Oakland and Hangar 1 Vodka in Alameda. Expertly curated by West Perro'€™s Jimmy Brower (look for the lanky bearded guy wearing the desert sun hat), the market was born out of “the desire to create accessible and affordable space for others.” The vibe is slightly bohemian and decidedly feel-good. Past vendors include clothing designer Mira Blackman, Revive Kombucha, Curvy Girl Vintage, and SF artist Sofia Shu. Check the website for dates and locations.