If you follow the signboards for cacti, you'll end up on a driveway off San Pablo called Cactus Jungle. You won't find people with more of a passion for the pricklies than these fine folks. Their cactus and succulent nursery includes specimens from around the world, as well as right here in the Bay Area. A great place to browse as well as buy.
I often wonder how this place stays in business. Picture like a little rocking chair and maybe a wrought-iron bird cage against an open door leading to more little rocking chairs and some wicker and antique-ish furniture. For some reason, I'm recalling exclusively pastel hues. I immediately wonder, "front for drugs?" but then I see the wicker, and I think, nah.
Berkeley sure does have its share of people preaching a cause, but not doing much more than putting a bumper sticker on their cars. Not the case with the East Bay Ecology Center. While they loan and sell books, magazines and supplies related to Bay Area environmental issues, the real gem is the info hotline. You can call with questions from how to get involved to how to get that old couch off your curb. A wealth of knowledge lies within.
Clay of the Land has a cooler name than pot garden to be honest. There is some sort of burnt out steel structure inside there that is just overgrown in an unintentional way. I think they could use the space better, but no one asked me. What I ought to convey is that they do have a vast selection of pots of different types, sizes, shapes and colors. Prices seem OK.
Lucky Dog Pet Shop & Supplies is the definitive neighborhood pet shop(ppe). They carry all the typical dog, cat, rodent, and reptile fare, but also a large amount of unusual or specialty items. If the big chain pet supply stores are starting to feel a little Walmart, try this place. Lucky Dog Pet Shop = lucky you.
Builders Booksource has the unique mission of bridging the gap between Good Design and Good Construction, and they've been at it since 1982. Types of books include: home building, interior design, landscaping, graphic design, engineering, green building, and legal information. Friendly, knowledgeable staff.
These days, modern offices are all about the cubes. The Berkeley Outlet is a throwback to the days when office furniture was massive and hulking, made out of wood or steel, impossible to move, and vaguely forboding. They've got things like old card catalogs, gym lockers, gradeschool desks, ergonomic keyboard slides, and various other items you can use creatively...so long as you can actually move them.
All You Knead is a great temporary escape when you're wandering down Haight Street. Comfortable booths and ample seating with an enhanced diner menu. Portions are large and service is good. There used to be a sign posted near the restrooms that said something like, "Not for use for doing drugs." I think they took that down, but I kind of thought it added character.
OK, this place probably doesn't "deserve" four stars, but I'm attempting to express some Jewish solidarity. People tend to come down on the table service there, but I've never personally found it to be a problem. Saul's serves some traditional foods, and can be quite crowded during the holidays. Sandwiches are much like you'd find in a NY deli--piled high with prices to match.
East Bay Insomniac brings Berkeley and Oakland's late night establishments out of the darkness. Whether you need an eclair or creampuff at 2am, to do laundry at 3am, or to mail a package at 5am, EBI has you covered. Browse menus of restaurants serving until or past midnight. No tears for the creatures of the night.