Interested in exploring some hidden retail gems in the East Bay? Maybe you're looking for a cool part-time job? Whatever it is, there's plenty of incredibly unique spots to visit in the East Bay area! Scroll through our list to find and support amazing local businesses!  


1. Twisted Thistle Apothicaire

Twisted Thistle Apothicaire takes pride in being a hub of health, happiness, and education in their community. They have a heartfelt desire to help people discover herbs and other products that create positive change in their lives.

Their two locations in San Francisco & Oakland are community centers — run by people who care, and filled with herbs and products which can help calm the anxieties of life, fill the bedroom with magic, take back control from an addiction, reduce the physical, emotional and mental drain of a night out, and help prevent and combat most health challenges.

2. Artist & Craftsman Supply

Artist and Craftsman Supply’s first store opened in Maine in 1985. They now operate multiple retail locations nationwide and a website business. They enjoy the same buying power as the so-called “big” suppliers.

3. Holistic Hound

Their mission is to help improve the health, wellness and longevity of dogs and cats. They provide ongoing support to our clients through consultations, inspiring on-site classes/talks, referrals to holistic practitioners and by offering excellent products and services including their CBD Dog Treats which are available to purchase online.

4. Earthly Goods

A celebrated retailer carrying an assortment of eco-friendly women's clothing, accessories & footwear.

5. Blue’s Chocolates

Blue's Chocolates is a small mom and pop business specializing in hand-made chocolates.

6. Cactus Jungle Nursery and Garden

Cactus Jungle Nursery and Garden is a retail nursery and garden center in Berkeley, California. They offer many different types of cactus and succulents, low-water grasses, summer-drought bamboos, California natives and more at their local Berkeley, California store.

7. Les Lunes

Les Lunes is a lifestyle Paris - San Francisco fashion house that marries comfort and sexiness for a timeless wardrobe. Design and fit is engineered in Paris and the garments are ethically made in their company managed LL.Atelier in Shanghai. 

8. RAWR

RAWR is a small cat food manufacturer and Coffee Bar located in uptown Oakland.

9. Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation is a classic American lighting and house parts general store for home improvement whose mission is to add real value to homes, buildings, and projects. From the front porch to the back door, they provide lighting, hardware, bath hardware and functional home goods based on the best pieces of the past, designed for today, and made to last for years to come.

10. Books, Inc.

They are an independently owned and operated bookseller with 11 locations in California. The can trace our history back to 1851 making them The West's Oldest Independent Bookseller.

11. Claremont Rug Company

Their specialty is offering rarely found antique Persian carpets and rugs that possess great artistic individuality and uncompromising craftsmanship. They offer the sublime rather than the mundane. These are pieces that express a refreshing uniqueness and an unquestionable joie de vivre.

12. Rare Bird

Rare Bird is a boutique, gallery & studio in Oakland, California. They feature independent artists, brands, and makers from California & the U.S. Founded in 2010 by maker & arts educator, Erica Skone-Rees, Rare Bird's focus is on celebrating creativity and cultivating community. 

Rare Bird is carefully curated with handcrafted finds for him, her, home and baby. They offer d.i.y workshops in our Makers' Studio, lead team building workshops and host monthly art shows.

13. Static Vintage

Static Vintage a small vintage and contemporary clothing business with both retail and online sales.

14. Twig & Fig

What a couture gown designer is to fashion Twig & Fig is to custom invitations. First, they custom tailor a unique design fully sparked by their clients’ style and infused with their creative expertise. Then, they seek out the best papers from around the world, the most flowing calligraphy, the edgiest fonts, and whip everything up with most brilliant finishing touches. 

They then materialize the concept just for you; one at a time, on their iron hand-fed letterpresses, marrying vintage artisan with modern sensibilities.

15. Urban Indigo

There’s good design in store for you. From home furnishings to handmade jewelry, Urban Indigo has something for everyone, including the kids. Or the kid inside you. Help yourself to an organically shaped object or a one-of-a-kind piece of art. 

Everything we select for the store is distinctively designed, always affordable, and often has a touch of humor.  

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