Once known as Ocean View for its sweeping views of the Golden Gate, West Berkeley has been many things: a stagecoach stop, an offbeat arts community, an industrial hub, and, most recently, a premier East Bay shopping destination, thanks in part to Fourth Street’s still-growing stretch of stores and restaurants.
In October, Oaktoberfest brings beer lovers from all over the Bay Area to the Dimond District. But the Dimond’s offerings are far more diverse than just a local beer festival on a crisp fall day. You can visit Fruitvale Avenue for a smattering of independent shops and lush parkland any day of the year.
Shop, eat, and play in Jack London Square.
Kristine Vejar celebrates textiles and associated art, including indigo dyeing, at her store, A Verb For Keeping Warm.
Cheese, wine, bread, snacks, and the just-right containers for a picnic.
How does an artist know when he has made it? When he is invited to participate in RAW, the swanky and exclusive artistic showcase popping up in cities worldwide? When his work is featured in an art magazine? Or when it has been stolen twice? By all these criteria, Michael J. Marx has arrived. He has been creating wearable sculptures from precious metal clay, or PMC, for 14 years, and don’t even think about calling them necklaces.
Tara Eglin and Chris Mock have known each other for years. They are both graphic designers, had played on the same soccer team, and had, in fact, designed their team’s jerseys. They had always talked about doing more work together, maybe even starting a clothing design company.
Shopping for a bike can make the average Joe feel like he has to be the next elite spandex-clad racer. That’s not the case at Public Bikes.
Is making more “me time” on your list of New Year’s resolutions? Jumpstart a more relaxed and tranquil 2014 with a visit to one of these terrific East Bay spas.
There are all kinds of bookstores: emporiums like Barnes & Noble; neighborhood shops with handwritten shelf-talkers and disaffected, bespectacled staff; and dusty vaults, teeming with musty books in a disorganized jumble, threatening to topple over. And then there’s Book/Shop in Temescal Alley.