With so many beloved stalwarts and several new residents clamoring to move in, Temescal Alley shows no signs yet of losing its edge. Once home to the horses that drew the local street car lines, this pathway has since been re-appropriated into some of Oakland’s most charming stores and eateries.
A quick walk through Temescal Alley will show you why it was coined “The East Bay’s hippest street” in 2014 by Condé Nast Traveler!
1. Homestead Apothecary
Your one-stop-shop for all-natural cures and home remedies. From tea blends that can “slay” allergies, to dried herbs and tinctures made from local plants, Homestead Apothecary stocks it all. Also found here: crystals, knowledgeable shopkeepers, and good vibes.
2. Cro Café
Size ain’t no thang for this kiosk-turned-coffee shop; the emphasis is on the Sightglass drip coffee and artisanal pastries, after all. And they’re able to squeeze in plenty of style and function into this 240-square-foot space. Don't forget to check out their gorgeous built-in copper-finished espresso bar!
Vintage rings | Photo Credit: Esqueleto
Adorned with succulents, dream catchers, and animal skulls, this space is much more than a retail location. It’s a thoughtfully assorted museum of objects that happen to be for sale. In addition to curator Lauren Wolf’s own namesake line of jewelry, Esqueleto stocks bags, and homewares by other Bay Area-based artists and designers.
10. Doughnut Dolly
Delectable donuts are hand-pumped and filled-to-order, which means you can mix-and-match dark chocolate with naughty cream, bourbon cream, strawberry rhubarb – whatever you're in the mood for! The possibilities are endless depending on the selection of the day (or until sold out).
Side note: the Parisian décor adds an extra oomph of adorable.
Marisa Mason | Photo Credit: Tiffany Wang
4. Marisa Mason (previously known as Marisa Haskell)
A talented jewelry designer in her own right, Marisa Mason grew up in the canyons of Santa Barbara and spent some time in Mexico. Her upbringing is reflected through her boho-chic creations and in her boutique’s interior (which is decorated with hanging driftwood, cacti and rope twine).
The best part? Many products are handcrafted from scavenged metals, Mexican jewelry scraps, and tanned leather.
Prior to opening this brick-and-mortar, this homewares store already had a fanbase on Etsy and at the Alameda flea market. Dubbing themselves the “upcyclers of vintage and pre-owned goods,” owners Wendy Renz and Camille Snyder breathe new life into antique furniture, old fabrics, and artisanal tools. Their goal is to give them purpose in a modern context.
Crimson Horticultural Rarities | Photo Credit: Tiffany Wang
5. Crimson Horticultural Rarities
Picture a botanical wonderland in your head. Do you see air plants hanging from the ceiling, ferns swaying in every corner, and exotic greens stacked up to your head? If so, Crimson Horticultural Rarities is the perfect place.
The staff is on hand to lend their expertise and recommend a plant or two regardless of your level (or lack) of green thumb.
7. Temescal Alley Barber Shop
Walk-ins are not only welcome - they’re the only option at this old-school barber shop! Temescal Alley Barber Shop is complete with nostalgically retro décor that harkens back to a bygone era when we all lived at a slower pace. Just jot your name down on the chalkboard and grab a nip of whiskey while you wait.
Photo Credit: Standard & Strange
8. Standard & Strange
Rugged & well-kept, urban & outdoorsy, Standard & Strange is the menswear boutique setting out to prove that these traits are not mutually exclusive. All-American brands like Taylor & Stitch and Rogue Territory dominate here, though recently, brands from Japan and Europe have been woven into their tightly curated collection of button-downs, work boots, and selvedge denim.
9. Ali Golden
Welcome to the studio of Oakland-based womenswear designer Ali Golden who has a penchant for flowy fabrics and clean lines. Such aesthetics make for beautifully chic and very wearable clothing – all of which are handmade in San Francisco to boot! Her latest collection features baggy knit cardigans, denim jumpers, and kimono tunics perfect for fall.
Photo Credit: Minds Eye Vintage
11. Mind’s Eye Vintage
Finally, a vintage store where you actually want to buy everything. No need to rifle through the racks for hours here! Mind's Eye Vintage's selection of denim, flannel, cowboy boots, and turquoise jewelry has been pre-approved by the stylish owners Sarah Rainey and Maya Messoriano themselves. You can be sure you'll be the most stylish person around!
With white walls and minimalist shelving, Book/Shop is a far cry from the dark, dusty spaces some might associate with bookstores. Here, 80 books are always on rotation from vintage books to rare editions. The atmosphere and good vibes here are all in an effort to coax discovery and celebrate book culture.