Deidre's Fave's

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!

salt and pepper bagel filled with lox, capers, cream cheese and red onions

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. 

Stop in at Doughnut Dolly and Esqueleto, they are neighbors

Doughnut Dolly 

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. 

Lauren Wolf inside her super cute boutique in Temescal Alley

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.

vintage numbers, why is there never a J

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.

Art Deco inspired rare peridot and diamond ring designed and crafted by Jeff Sahadi

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.

Saturday Brunch @ Grand Lake Kitchen

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.

North West Oakland, Time to Visit


If you follow my blog, you know what a foodie I am.  I love exploring new taste treats in Oakland and Berkeley.  A coworker told me about the new storefront for James and the Giant Cupcake. Eurydice Manning opened her concept in 2008, but realized her dream of opening her own shop, when her North Oakland location opened for business, just last week.

My Daughter, Nia has already made a special request for these cupcakes in lieu of a birthday cake for her next special day. Here you can also order gluten free and vegan varieties.

A thriving retail corridor, the area along the Oakland Berkeley border at San Pablo has been growing and is part of the Walk Score Renaissance that Oakland has experienced. This week Walk Score announced that Oakland ranked number ten in the nation’s most walkable cities.  In the past ten years, walk-ability has become more important to Oakland families and is part of the reason that home prices have remained relatively stable in our neighborhoods. Click here to read the article.

While I was there, I happened along the Actual Café, which is, as the name states, (with tongue firmly in cheek,) an ACTUAL Café, not a cyber one.  The owners invite you to unplug, kick up your feet and stay a while. There is a wonderful bike rack, free WiFi and they sell seriously local coffee, McLaughlin Coffee that is roasted a few blocks away in Emeryville.

A Verb for Keeping Warm is one of those Etsy-esque artisan knitting shops whose purveyors have a penchant for doing things by hand.  I discovered knitting classes and yarn dyed by hand right on the premises.

I love exploring my City, and it’s always a great time to support local business.  Consider a stroll in your very walkable Oakland!

Grand Opening of New Oakland Winery!

Stage Left Cellars Opening and Wine Tasting

This Saturday, April 4th,  from 11:00- 5:00 pm Owners Melinda and Rich Doty of Left Stage Cellars will be having their grand opening in their new space at 2102 Dennison St., in Oakland. (Click here for a map) Come see this new Oakland business and see 13 original works of art by Oakland artist, Scott Courtenay-Smith.  (Click here for Scott's website)  It's at the 23rd Avenue exit from 880 South, in a cool little industrial park.   Support Oaklanders who are making Oakland a great place to work, live and thrive!


Shop Oakland on a Budget - Issues Magazine Shop

Here is a snapshot that I took of the cool paintings by Olivia Allums on the wall of Issues last December.

Okay, I know I am urging you to get out and support your local businesses of Oakland and Berkeley and here is one more shop to put on your to-do list. Issues Magazine Shop at 20 Glen Avenue, off of Piedmont Avenue, in Oakland is an ultra cool magazine-media shop featuring magazines from all over the globe. Contact Issues at 510-652-5700

So if you need a pick me up without spending the entire contents of your wallet, stop by Issues for a French Vogue or Atomic Ranch Magazine.


Every time I stop by, proprietor Noella always has a smile on her face. Last December Issues had a special art exhibit featuring Olivia Allums. Issues commissioned Olivia to paint historic signs of Oakland businesses. I arrived at the gala about 45 minutes after it started and found that most of the 30 collection were already sold. Olivia has been requested to make a second edition of these works. I already have put my name on the waiting list for painting of Giant Burgers. (Back in the day, this burger joint had a cult following.)

Shop Oakland and Give The Gift of Art

This weekend will be buzzing with fresh new art!

Creative Growth's Annual Holiday Sale opens Friday, it's also First Friday / Art Murmur in Oakland. Creative Growth Art Center serves adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities, providing a stimulating environment for artistic instruction, gallery promotion and personal expression, Click Here for more information.



This Friday evening from 5-9 ISSUES on Glen Avenue off Piedmont Avenue will host a special opening for artist, Olivia Allums. This show will feature 30 small paintings that feature signs from Oakland businesses. Click Here for more information.

My friend and client, Leah Rivers will sell her handmade jewelery including white pearl double-wrap dewdrop necklaces; contemporary new all-silver pendants on chains; unusual antique glass bead bracelets; earrings with deep red garnets, cheery green peridot, tourmaline, and turquoise; and many other fantastic jewelry creations.

When: Sat & Sun, December 6th & 7th10 am - 5 pm

Where: Whitney Smith Pottery Studio

539 Athol Ave. Oakland, CA

If you are going to shop, shop Oakland!