Kutz For Mutz has been here for many years and isn't leaving anytime soon, not with their grooming skills. I entrusted my tiny toy poodle into their hands many times and was never disappointed in his care while their or his haircut. The gentleman at the counter was nothing but courteous. They are more expensive than I on a low budget can afford. However, if my income went back up, they would once again be my poodle's groomer.
The store itself is funky and dusty but the treasures and styles inside are unparelled. The staff all makes the sinks or refurbishes the older models so are knowledgeable and helpful in designing your new bathroom or kitchen. Exquisite clay bowl style sinks to hundred year models or hand painted and fired with flowers, you can not lose by shopping here.
What can one say about snakes, lizards, turtles, geicos and more from around the world, all under one roof? It is fascinating, educational and sometimes scary! The East Bay Vivarium has a highly educated staff that treats their inventory of exotic species more humanely than most humans treat other humans. A pleasure to tour or to buy from.
Fenton's is so hot with locals and customers from miles around that when it burnt down several years ago, they didn't hesitate to rebuild. Their handmade icecream is heaven and worth the price to sit and eat in luxury in the red shiny booths. Personally, I can never finish mine. If your in the Oakland, CA area, make a stop for one of thier specialities.
CCAC is one of the local icons in the East Bay Area. It has been lively and professional for decades now, graduating some of our most interesting local artists. I have recommended to my own daughter and several of her friends.
The East Bay Depot For Creative Re USe is one of the more centrally placed booths at our local, Berkeley, fourth of July celebration. This booth is always filled with children and adults all caught up in the spirit making art from items others have thrown away. And its Free, Bravo!