Oaklandish has become an Oakland institution since its inception as a renegade street art campaign in 2002. Starting with their iconic oak tree with roots logo, they eventually progressed to making apparel with this and other Oakland-centric designs and selling them from booths at street fairs and farmers markets. Booths gave way to a truck, and in 2011 they opened their own store front. The clothing has come a long way since their single logo, and now savvy shoppers can pick up shirts, sweatshirts, hats and more in a variety of clever, stylish and just plain cool colors, designs and logos.
Wanting to own a piano? Look no further as you have the popular Piedmont Piano Company. Since 1978, this family business has been providing the top quality pianos including Bechstein pianos, Fazioli pianos and pre-owned Steinways. Besides these, the store also displays new and used guitars and also offers piano rentals. If you have a piano and just want to learn to play it or just want to learn a new instrument, you need not fret, as this place also conducts a music school to help you strike the right note. Visit website for information.
10th Street Market, also known as the Oakland Free Market, was a commercial market and city attraction that now features on the National Register of Historic Places. The Swan Market features several tourist-oriented businesses including restaurants and boutiques, as well as the Museum of Children’s Art. This complex has also been awarded for its urban excellence.
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.
This charming little Japanese furnishing store sells unique items. Its specialty is custom made futon covers, duvets, and comforters, plus handcrafted tatami beds, futons and frames. Pick your favorite fabric from over 50 selections. You will also find a nice selection of shoji screens, meditation mats, tatami lights, indoor fish fountains, kimonos, and gifts such as Japanese porcelain and art.
The Oaktown Spice Shop, right next to Lake Merritt, is a dream for people who love to cook. The interior is designed to look a bit like an old fashioned general store, with wooden barrels serving as tables, and of course walls lined with clear jars full of fragrant spices. You can find almost any spice you're looking for, and will probably discover some new ones in the process! They also sell gift boxes with several different complimentary or themed spices that come with several recipes utilizing them.
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.
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.