Monday, January 30, 2012

Pop Up Hood picks!

Some of you have heard about the amazing Pop Up Hood that is happening here in Oakland. If you're not familiar with it, take a few minutes to watch this inspiring video.

I'm very excited to be involved in such an innovative and exciting project as part of Crown Nine, one of the 5 stores that opened in December.

Last week I visited the Pop Up Hood retailers with my trusty camera to share my favorite picks from each shop. Come down to Old Oakland for lunch and a little shopping trip. Old + new = the best of both worlds.

Start off your exploration with lunch at Tamarindo, Cafe 817 or old school Ratto's. All three are solid choices and offer outdoor seating for this glorious weather we've been having.

Wander over to Piper and John's General Goods for a modern day general store experience.

I'm obsessing over these dream catchers by Papa Llama
I could live in this perfect top by the PODOLLS
Stunning lamps by ANK ceramics
Great vintage picks

Mosey next door to Marion & Rose's Workshop, a wonderfully curated selection of high craft, art and design. The owners are both artists themselves, so they clearly have an eye for wonderful things.

Adorable tea towels by Leah Duncan
Love this modern take on veladoras by artist Gina Tuzzi
Really cool products by Juniper Ridge
Prints by Michael McConnell

Next head on over to the "secret" breezeway that houses Crown Nine, which is the boutique that I'm part of. Crown Nine carries handcrafted luxury good for home & body. We specialize in the wonderful world of jewelry.

The three of us jewelers take turns working the shop!
I want all of theses patches by Jen Lorang of Alchemilla
Beautiful and useful jars by Vitrified Studio
These amazing clutches by El Hustle are constant best sellers for us

On the corner of 9th and Broadway sits Manifesto Bicycle. I dream of building my bike collection and there are more than a few beauties at Manifesto that I would be proud to own.

This cherry red Linus Dover stole my heart.
Must have market tote for the bicycle lover in your life
This beauty couldn't help but catch the sunlight.

Finally, around the corner is Sticks and Stones Gallery which occupies a lovely brick lined space. They were in the middle of installing a new show when I was making the rounds, but they have amazingly fun art openings, so definitely check out their calendar of events.

If you still have hours left in your day, explore Oakland Chinatown. I much prefer it San Francisco's version, as it's a bit more tame. You could also hop on the free Broadway shuttle and head Uptown for great food, bar and live music options. Or take the shuttle towards Jack London Square and explore this industrial wonderland (home to my studio) and some of my favorites like Chop Bar, Blue Bottle, and Heinolds.

1 comment:

Christina said...

Hello Sarah!
Saw you on the video! Hope I can visit Oakland someday and come and see the Pop Up Hood!

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