8 Unique Shops in Oakland
California is filled to the brim with touristy shops for those who escape to the West Coast on vacation, but there’s more to these neighborhoods than cookie-cutter trinkets. Take Oakland, for example. From the apartments in Berkeley, you can find a wealth of unique shops and stores that only locals can truly appreciate. For proof, check out these eight unique shops.
Viscera is a must-stop jewelry shop, but it’s unlike any other you’ve set foot in. For starters, their works are 3-D printed masterpieces. It isn’t the creation process that keeps people coming in, though. The founder’s background in urban planning translates into her work, creating one-of-a-kind designs that blend seamlessly with the city.
Every accessory you purchase is made in-house on your visit, making it as unique as possible. Viscera also sells high-quality clothing made entirely in the U.S.A. Given that the jewelry is made in-house, make sure to budget extra time when visiting this shop.
2. 1-2-3-4 Go! Records
This vinyl shop is as retro as they come. The walls are lined with records, there’s an old-school photo booth, and you can listen to any album before buying it via a repurposed phone booth. Patrons can buy, sell, and even trade their records inside.
The shop also doubles as a venue. All shows are family-friendly, alcohol-free, and offer an intimate experience with only 49 guests. Check 1-2-3-4 Go!’s weekly listings to find a new favorite local artist.
3. Crimson Horticulture Rarities
The name alone is enough to tell you that this is a unique shop in the Oakland area. Crimson Horticulture Rarities is the result of two gardening and floral design fanatics, producing a decadent green and vibrant storefront on Temescal Alley.
The store sells an interesting combination of home goods, but they’re best known for their arrangements. If you have an upcoming event, this is your one-stop-shop for all things floral.
4. Feelmore 510
Uniqueness comes in various shapes and forms, one of which is the adult gallery of Feelmore 510. Earning the title “Best of the Bay” for five consecutive years, this is a one-stop shop for all of your bedroom pleasures and erotic reads.
On the third Thursday of each month, Feelmore 510 spices things up with a comedy night. You can catch local acts at 8:30 p.m., giving you a chance to laugh it up while browsing the shop’s more risqué offerings.
5. Oaktown Spice Shop
There’s a spice rack in nearly any foods store, but you’ve never seen one like this. Walking into the Oaktown Spice Shop is an experience best described as sensory overload. Spices from around the globe tantalize and pull you in various directions as you sniff scents from across the globe.
While the spices are the main attraction, there’s more in store. Oaktown also offers various workshops each month that range from a “how-to” on making chocolate truffles to hosting the perfect summer BBQ.
6. The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse
The East Bay Depot originally opened in the late ‘70s as a reuse store for teachers. While it still serves the same purpose today, it has also become a hub for artists looking for unique pieces to add to their works.
Each year, this unique shop offers over 200 tons of reusable material to the public that would otherwise needlessly enter landfills. That means you can uncover unique finds while helping the environment at the same time.
Located in downtown Oakland, this shop is for the adult gamer. They offer everything from board to video games in their full-line store, alongside hosting an incredibly popular Dungeons & Dragons Encounters event every Wednesday night.
It isn’t just tabletop and video games, though. Upstairs on the mezzanine, you can find space for both miniature and roleplaying games as well. If you have your finger on the pulse of the gaming community, then this is a must-stop shop.
8. Urban Indigo
Urban Indigo caters to the design community in Oakland. Their home furnishings and handmade jewelry are so vast that the shop has something for nearly every taste. Pieces and works selected by the owner also tend to have a touch of humor and always offer a distinct design. Best of all, this is one of the most affordable shops in the neighborhood.
Apartments in Berkeley
After a day spent shopping, there’s nothing like returning home to unwrap your finds and relax in the comforts of luxury. Aventine combines the best of contemporary coastal and comfortable living into new, thoughtfully designed apartment homes. Spacious living areas, modern interiors, and hotel-style amenities create a one-of-a-kind experience inside and out.
Each home within Aventine features the finest in modern finishes. Wood-style vinyl plank flooring and 10’-14’ ceilings combine with bay windows for ample amounts of natural light. Quartz kitchen countertops are accentuated by modern cabinetry and stainless-steel appliances. Walk-in closets, full-size front-load washers and dryers, and in-home air conditioning create the comforts of home.
Step outside your front door to find hotel-style amenities that enhance your sense of living. Stay active in the fitness studio, pamper your pets in the parlor, or find you Zen in the bay garden. Entertain guests or mingle with residents in the clubroom complete with terrace. Whether you’re coming home or leaving, the elegant plaza is your welcoming party and launching pad.
Located moments from the water, the bulk of the Bay Area is at your fingertips. Enjoy premier shopping, fine dining, and outdoor escapes just moments from your home. A commuter’s paradise, Aventine offers simple access to I-80 and BART to get you to work and help you explore the neighborhood. With Oakland right next door, there’s no end to the possibilities.
Families can enjoy the stellar school system available just moments from home. Ohlone Elementary School takes care of your little ones, while Hercules Middle and High School see them through their K-12 years. A Little World Motessori Academy pre-school rests minutes to the north, as well.
Welcome to an unparalleled community experience in the Bay Area. Welcome to Aventine, where home awaits.