Most Revolutionary Strip Mall

Temescal Alley and Alley 49

A strip mall? In Temescal? You betcha, and it's no surprise that the Oakland district's version of this suburban staple fills a string of old horse-stables-turned-carriage-houses-turned-storage-lockers off Telegraph. Even the shop names are enticing: Check out Bounty and Feast (offbeat home furnishings), Crimson Horticultural Rarities (unique botanicals, vintage collectibles, wedding design, and floral staging), Marissa Haskell Design (Western-inspired jewelry), Mind's Eye Vintage (über-cool, hard-to-find clothing), Oakland Dry Goods (locally made and organic artisan pantry items), and Temescal Alley Barber Shop (haircuts $22, straight razor shaves $30). Who knew that in Temescal, earning the nickname "mall rat" may just be a good thing?

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