What's up! I have been MIA and I apologize. You have been keeping me very busy and I am so blessed and grateful to have sold 2 dozen homes thus far in 2013, keep it coming!
Here are few local businesses that I want to pump!
3838 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
I am pretty addicted to the Classic closed face bagel with lox, capers, red onion, cream cheese on a salt and pepper bagel. They are Montreal- Style Wood-Fired bagels that are hand rolled, boiled in honey water, and then roasted in a wood-burning oven.
482 B 49th Street at Telegraph on "Alley 49"
The Doughnut Dolly Naughty Cream Donuts are ridiculously good. I have brought them to my office to give to the staff and I have heard comments such as, "that is the best thing that I have eaten". This is the creation of a Chez Panisse alum's baby, Hannah. She wakes in the middle of the night to bake fresh donuts and then has several fillings available and fills them to order.
482 49th Street , Suite A Oakland, CA 94609
Esqueleto is Jewelry Designer, Lauren Wolf's shop that features her designs as well as many other creative artists' work. She has a mix of fine jewelry, chunky statement pieces, beautiful art, all in an uber dreamy store. I walk in and want to buy armful's of stuff.
5640 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618
Maison d'Etre is a Rockridge staple and is always one of my faves to find both new and vintage treasures. I keep hoping I'll walk in one day and find a vintage bronze or enamel letter J for my home. Owners Patty and Fred curate a unique mix of coffee beans, candles, jewelry, pajamas - basically a really cool place to pick up a gift.
Jack London Kitchen & Bath
2500 Embarcadero St. Unit F - Oakland, CA 94606
I set out with a goal to renovate my bathroom without products made in China. Everyone said it would be impossible. I was lucky enough to find Brianna Dukes at Jack London Kitchen & Bath. I found a cool tub and vanity, toilet and linen cabinet all made responsibly in the US. I also found faucets from Germany, a medicine cabinet made in Switzerland and received a good discount on my order. Brianna was available to help me with measurements, suggestions and recommendations.
4206 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
My favorite Jeweler is J Sahadi on Piedmont Ave. I have been going to Jeff for repairs for years. I absolutely love Jeff and when you look at his hands, you will immediately recognize that he is a true artisan. He creates handmade, exquisite pieces that are sure to be heirlooms. I have a few of his treasures, but think this rare, peridot, deco inspired ring is the business.
Grand Lake Kitchen
576 Grand Ave
I am loving Grand Lake Kitchen, I have had 2 meals there and both were fresh and delicious. Try the, Breakfast Sando - fried eggs, country ham, jack cheese, avocado on ciabatta or the Savory French Toast - rye bread, 2 poached eggs, wild mushrooms, parmesan, arugula and herb oil.