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Matt Kalkstein Makes Custom Boomboxes

Carpenter, artist, and MAKBuilt founder Matt Kalkstein loves music, classic cars, and vintage clothes, combining his interests with his craft to make handcrafted “funk-tional” art.

Marilyn, Martinis, and Muir

Visitors to the charming Contra Costa town can sip stout coffee, browse for antiques, and see where John Muir lived.

Our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Board games and spunky knives, flashy watches and necklaces, flying drones and scooters are among the hot gifts of the season.

Solano Avenue Is Paradise for Consumers

From one end to another, Solano Avenue is an alluring destination for shopping, dining, and hanging out.

Charming Benicia is Just a Bike Ride Away

First Street is the place to hang in this one-bustling port town where the arts, attractions, and dining are as vibrant as the quaint natural setting.

Emeryville as Entertainment Mecca

Cocktails on tap, high-end shopping, and artistic sensibilities greet visitors to the little city by the bay.

Free Oakland Up’s Jocelyn Meggait Gives Away Stuff to Change the Perception of Stuff

An art studio in the Dimond District melds economics, social studies, and art in a space where everything is given away.

Sandra Michaan’s Tips for Shopping the Alameda Point Antiques Faire

The organizer of Northern California’s largest outdoor antique extravaganza has bargain advice for shoppers and the fashion-focused.

Chinatown Without the Tourist Kitsch

Eat, shop, and play in a vibrant neighborhood full of busy markets, public performances, and remarkable cuisine.

Soul and Food in West Oakland

Brown Sugar Kitchen, FuseBox, and Zella’s Souful Kitchen, along with music and art, put more than touch of soul into West Oakland, the Harlem of the West Coast.