The Sacred Wheel is a specialty gourmet cheese shop located in Oakland's Temescal neighborhood. Sacred Wheel stocks a selection of delicious cheeses and other gourmet food items like olives, spreads, wine, charcuterie and more. Sacred Wheel also serves up a small but tasty selection of soups, salads and sandwiches- of which the grilled cheese is always especially popular. They also feature a lunch special for USD5, making it an excellent alternative to the other nearby sandwich shops and their long waits.
Already an institution in the East Bay, Bakesale Betty has local families, hipsters, and sweet teeth forming a line out the door for delicious baked goods. Everything tastes great, but the words you'll hear coming from the lips of everybody waiting are "fried chicken sandwich." The unbelievably filling sandwich is piled high with delicious fried chicken covered with a faintly spicy, not at all soggy jalapeno coleslaw. Other favorites are the carrot cake cupcakes, the strawberry shortcake, and the bake-at-home chicken pot pies. The staff, including Betty, the eponymous owner (you can spot her by the blue wig), are all friendly and more than willing to make recommendations to newcomers. Don't let a long line put you off- they usually move fast, and people waiting to order get free cookies and lemonade. No seating inside can be a problem, but outside are stools and ironing boards serving as makeshift tables. Stop by and see what all the fuss is about.
Walk past this bakery and you will be lured in by the delicious aromas wafting out into the street. Once inside, you will be faced with a spread from the oven-hot breads, fresh pastries, creamy croissants, sticky buns, scones, cookies-the list is endless! Delicious little bite-sized goodies also catch the eye, while scrumptious party desserts line the shelves invitingly. The pride of the store is the regal wedding cake section, with sinful delights towering over side decorations, flowers and ribbons. Grab a bagful of treats for tea, or place an order; there's a promise of satisfaction in every bite.
On sunny East Bay Saturdays, and even the cloudy ones, residents take a trip to this farmers' market, set in a charming part of downtown Oakland near Lake Merritt and the Grand Lake Theatre. It is an ongoing market and offers the chance to buy seasonal and organic produce, homemade baked goods, large farm eggs, and more. You will enjoy the opportunity of buying such items as fresh-cut sunflowers and ripe cherries direct from local growers. Admission is free. Some vendors may take credit cards.
Sway is a popular, trendy boutique located on Oakland's bustling Lakeshore Avenue. Sway is always stocked up with the latest fashions and trends, all at relatively reasonable prices. The sale racks always have some hidden gems on them, too. In addition to the clothing, Sway has a great selection of shoes and sandals, as well as accessories like purses and jewelry. If you're looking for a great new outfit for a special occasion or just to beef up your wardrobe, Sway should definitely be a stop on your shopping trip.
The first of these gourmet bakeries in the Bay Area (they now have stores in San Francisco and Emeryville), Arizmendi bakes up amazing fresh breads and gourmet pizzas daily. Some baked goods are regulars, while others change daily, like Irish Soda Bread and fig-Fennel Sourdough. The huge draw here, besides the urge to overstuff your breadbox are the fresh, specialty pizzas which change daily. Whether its a more basic version like Tomato Sauce, Olives and Rosemary, or slightly more daring and unusual, like Pasilla Peppers, Red Onions, Zucchini and Cilantro Pesto, the pizza will please any palate. Pizzas can be bought by the slice, half-pizza, or a whole and can be heated up there for immediate consumption, or half baked for you to finish yourself when you get home.
Urban Indigo is one of those stores where you can find something worth buying every time you enter. From jewelery to greeting cards, this place has it all. Pick up an interesting lamp or buy some scented candles or perhaps a nice photo frame. This brightly lit shop is nice for souvenir shopping or picking up some knick-knacks on the go. A friendly staff is always present to help you around the shop and make recommendations.
The Loakal Gallery & Boutique is located near Oakland's Jack London Square. The gallery frequently hosts exhibits from emerging as well as established artists, many of them local. The adjacent boutique sells clothing, accessories and home decor items from the Oakland-based fashion label fiftyseven-thirtythree and other local independent designers.
The Raider Image is the best place to stock up on all your Oakland Raiders gear. Whether you're looking for trendy women's clothes sporting the famous logo or official Oakland Raiders jerseys, the Raider Image has you covered. In addition to Raider apparel, the store also has all kinds of accessories and novelties like shot glasses, black and white footballs, umbrellas, hats and everything in between. You can also check out the pretty sweet selection of autographed memorabilia available for sale.
You definitely won't mind paying more for the quality of products on offer at Atlas. Located on the North Main Street in Walnut Creek, this place is a storehouse for men's apparels and accessories from well-known brands like 55DSL, Gytha Mander, G-Shock, Mark Nason and more. Be it a trendy jacket or a stylish pair of outdoor shoes, the store is a perfect place to shop for quality products. You can also pick up home decor products such as soy based candles, wall clocks and showpieces.
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