It is like a museum of 20th-century clothing here. This shop specializes in, and is quite proud of, its collection of all things Hawaiian, so there is no lack of bright shirts, hats, surfing shorts, authentic grass skirts and other items shipped directly from Hawaii. You will also find an impressive and ever-changing collection of vintage items spanning the decades from the 1940s onward, with plenty of swinging 70s polyester button-downs and polos with turtles on the pocket to spice up even the dullest of wardrobes.
Once a small and funky co-op store where you could find locally grown and organic produce, this store moved into a former Safeway building and expanded its offerings to appeal to everyone from the granola to the yuppie. You will still find bushels of fresh and organic produce, a wine selection to rival most specialty wine shops, and a complete bakery, butcher and fish market. It specializes in organic items, but there are many national and conventional brands as well. Bulk buying for grains and nuts and pasta is second to none, and the cheese section is first-rate.
Like its partner in music crime, Amoeba Records down the street, Rasputin's name on Telegraph Avenue connotes hours spent rifling through bins and bins of varied music. Although you will find more new and popular releases than down the street, there is a great selection of smaller and local labels promoting rap and hip hop and a small but nice used CD and vinyl area. The store is always buying items if you want to trade something old for something new.
This destination draws music lovers from all over the Bay Area. When you first walk in, you will be overwhelmed by the vast selection of CDs, vinyl and tapes. Take a deep breath, find your area of interest, and begin. It boasts one of the largest selections of any used music store in the East Bay, and not a subject, from the most common to the most eclectic, goes uncovered. The classical section is most impressive, as is the collection of vinyl and posters. Be prepared to spend a few hours hunting and discovering.
Since its founding in 1964, Shakespeare & Co. has become one of Telegraph Avenue's world famous bookstores. Here you will find tomes stacked floor to ceiling, close as stalagmites. Although it carries some new titles and bestsellers, the treasures are its used books, with thousands covering just about every subject and genre. For the student there are many textbooks, as the owners are constantly buying and reselling. Check them out, especially if the hunt is as important as finding the book itself.
Since the 1960s, the street vendors of Telegraph Avenue have been fixtures here. It began as a few students and artists trying to earn a buck selling their handmade wares and has turned into a thriving and colorful open-air market. You can purchase jewelry, crockery, clothing, books, incense, pipes, bags, etc. Follow the Deadhead music to the Russell's amazing display of pottery. He can tell you stories about the late 60s, when he slept in the trees and chained his goods to the street-poles to keep the police from confiscating them. Note: Credit card acceptance varies by vendor.
Since 1939, this small store, once an Indian crafts trading post, has sold only the finest authentic American Indian items, many from local artisans descended from the Bay Area nations. Find some of the usual crafts like fine turquoise, Kachinas and fetishes, Navajo blankets and baskets, as well as rare items like Zuni bowls, Acoma sculpture, fossilized walrus tusk carvings from the Northwest and tons more. The selection is varied and mind-boggling. Items are displayed museum-style, with each piece identified by nation and significance. Spend hours here learning about the beauty, art and artistry of these wonderful craftspeople.
Here book-lovers will find the romantic notion of shelves stacked up to the ceiling with books, so heavy they threaten to give way. The fading smell of bookbinding glue conjures images of ancient libraries. You could spend hours wandering the aisles like that kid in The Neverending Story. If you do not find what you are looking for, which is nearly impossible since Moe's has just about everything ever printed, you are sure to find something to appease you. For those looking for antique or rare books, check out the huge collection on the fourth floor.
Since 1970, this Berkeley-based company has offered custom scenting of its products. You can add the scents of your choice to face and body lotions, cleansers, foot lotions, massage oils, shampoos and gels. You can choose from simple essential oils like lavender, orange, mint and grapefruit, to custom-blends like their Sore Muscle Formula, Anti-Anxiety, Calming Blend, Goodnight Blend and Sensual and Citrusy. This store also offers candles, hand-cut soaps and all manner of bath accessories to turn your home or bathroom into an aromatic paradise. You will also find a nice selection of comfortable cotton dresses and pajamas made by local clothiers.
Mars is repeatedly voted the best vintage clothing store in the East Bay by local newspapers, and it is one of the best sources for fun and unusual retro garb. It has two stories filled with hip basics, shoes, glamorous accessories and clothing from a variety of time periods ranging from the Renaissance to the awesome 80s. Stock up on zoot suits, bell-bottoms, worn Levi's, leather coats and poodle skirts. It also specializes in a lot of theme attire for the seasons. Find costumes around Halloween, luau-worthy Hawaiian shirts for summer and fabulous faux and vintage fur coats for winter.
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