Anubis Warpus specializes in tatoo and body piercing. They also carry jewelry, clothing, shoes, books, magazines and more. The magazines are really the reason to go in and check it out. Lots of stuff you can't find elsewhere. They've still got back issues of Propaganda for sale, for instance. Books on true crime and anything trendy, like serial killing, can also be purchased.
Many people discover the unassuming Pegasus & Pedragon during their yearly calendar clearance. If you can stand to be calendarless through the first few weeks of a new year, you can buy that same Crazy Cats or Salvador Dali calendar here for just a couple bucks. Oh, yeah, also they have books at good prices and a large selection of magazines.
Berkeley Indoor Garden is a great place to buy everything you need for your plants from soil to lights to bat guano. The plant people on staff will help you with whatever you're growing, so long as it's legal. Lots of unique and organic products too. Friendly vibe.
Why is bagel-making a geographical thing? Why can no one accomplish what I took for granted on the east coast--a bagel that is hard on the outside and soft on the inside? Why are all west coast bagels basically kaiser rolls? Anyway, Izzy's comes the closest to delivering a real bagel experience. Pretty good selection of bagels and spreads. They'll also sell you a bag of day-olds at a great price if you're broke or cheap.
Whenever I need to buy a gift for a child, I go here. It's a small place, but they've got a great selection of things for smart and creative kids--as opposed to just some piece of useless junk with Spongebob on it. Also, they'll help you pick out age-appropriate stuff and gift wrap for free. Easy street parking on and off Solano too.
Annapurna is a holdover from when Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue meant hippies, drugs, and radical politics. Now there's just a bunch of fake punk squatters and crazies. But you can still go into Annapurna and come out loaded with pipes, incense, and vibrators. One-stop shopping indeed.
Bill's Mens Shop sells shoes and boots, but not sneakers. Brands include: Clark, Timberland, Merrell, Skechers, Dr Martens, Brutini, GBX, Caterpillar, Wolverine, Dansko, Woolrich, Quick Reflex, Jockey, Frye, Rockport and NPS. Good service, well-made shoes.
You know what this place is? It's like the place you go to when you need to get a gift for somebody, and you want it to be unique and possibly ironic and/or trendy. Lots of collectibles and home and person accessories. Dollybird is sort of like a store you'd expect to see on Haight Street, but better and less pretentious.
Mod Lang stocks European imports and indies,
classic and rare re-issues, contemporary U.S. indies,
the latest in electronica, and music memorabilia. It's a small space, but on a recent visit, I noticed they had the entire Pixies and Jesus & Mary Chain back catalogs--always a good sign in a record store.
This unassumingly little Juice Cafe is literally a hole in the wall, but it's developed a devoted following among those who prefer carob to chocolate and smoothie to super-size-me. Items aren't cheap but then again neither are healthy, wholesome ingredients. Smoothies, snacks, and sandwiches.