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Soul and Food in West Oakland

Brown Sugar Kitchen, FuseBox, and Zella’s Souful Kitchen, along with music and art, put more than touch of soul into West Oakland, the Harlem of the West Coast.
May 22, 2015

Tigerlily, Foxglove, Celtic Inheritance New to Gourmet Ghetto

If the Bay Area ever has a lampoon of Portlandia proportions, it should be centered in Berkeley, where political debate can still be heard between people sorting carrots at a farmers’ market and where there are more electrical outlets to keep vehicles going than gas stations. The Gourmet Ghetto, on Shattuck Ave. between Hearst and Vine streets, a venerable district that has churned out top-notch cuisine and artisan wares with laid-back charm for nearly 50 years, could provide plenty of funny fodder for this imagined satire. But instead of looking back, look ahead to the newcomers keeping the neighborhood edgy.
March 15, 2015

Shop, Eat, Play on 40th Street in Oakland

The 1-mile strip of 40th Street, between Webster Street and Broadway, buzzes with mom-and-pop businesses showcasing gourmet food, craft beers, and sustainable goods. It's the next place to be in Tha Town.
February 18, 2015

Shop, Eat, Play on 40th Street in Oakland

The 1-mile strip of 40th Street, between Webster Street and Broadway, buzzes with mom-and-pop businesses showcasing gourmet food, craft beers, and sustainable goods. It's the next place to be in Tha Town.
January 22, 2015

Partnerships Between Decorators and Retailers Lead to Good Deals

For those who can't hire a professional decorator, the next best alternative is shopping from designer collaborations at retailers with lines at Target, Walmart, Macy's, or CB2.
January 20, 2015

El Cerrito Beyond the Plaza

Vintage pinball machines, a renowned records collection, and fresh brews make El Cerrito an invigorating destination.
December 22, 2014

Presents of Mind: Our Holiday Gift Guide

Our holiday gift guide takes the guesswork out of the shopping season.
December 1, 2014

Presents of Mind: Our Holiday Gift Guide

Our holiday gift guide takes the guesswork out of the shopping season.
December 1, 2014

An End for Odds and Ends

New shop puts leftover yarn, thread, and fabrics to crafters’ use.
November 26, 2014

Beyond El Cerrito Plaza

Vintage pinball machines, a renowned records collection, and fresh brews make El Cerrito an invigorating destination.
November 26, 2014