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Genova (5095 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-652-7401) evokes Italian-American delis of yore; folks line up for large sandwiches stacked with cold cuts and more at this Oakland favorite.
Grand Bakery (3264 Grand Ave., Oakland, 510-465-1110), the only kosher bakery in Northern California, features delicious challah .
Grand Lake Farmers' Market (Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., year-round, Splash Pad Park, Grand Ave. at Lake Park Ave., Oakland MarinCountyFarmersMarkets.org) features super-fresh seasonal produce, along with breads, oils, other organic foods — and samples.
Grocery Outlet (2001 Fourth St., Berkeley, 510-845-1771) features name-brand staples and delicacies and lots of wine and beer marked way, way down.
Hooper's Chocolates (4632 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-653-3703) has been handcrafting Belgian-style sweets since before World War II.
Indus Food Center (1920 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, 510-549-3663) is a thriving part of Berkeley's Middle Eastern food nexus with halvah by the tub, soft flat Afghan bread, and eye-poppingly hot harissa sauce.
Ici (2948 College Ave., Berkeley, 510-665-6054) serves house-made ice cream, from honey-lavender to gingersnap, along with the classics for purists.
It's All Good Bakery (5622 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Oakland, 510-597-9700), run by a rapper turned baker, offers his Southern grandmother's specialties including peach cobbler, sweet-potato pie, and 7-Up Pound Cake.
Kensington Farmers' Market (Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oak View Ave. at Colusa Circle, Kensington, AboutKensington.com/farmersmarket.html) features super fresh seasonal produce, along with breads, oils, other organic foods — and samples.
Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant (1605 San Pablo, Berkeley, 510-524-1524) features French and Italian sippables spanning a wide range of prices.
La Farine (6323 College Ave., Oakland, 510-654-0338) is a French bakery offering rich galettes, brioches, and croissants — the latter sold plain or laced with chocolate, fruits, and nuts.
Masse's Pastries (1469 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510-649-1004), run by Paul Masse, a former pastry chef at the Ritz-Carlton, blends the breathtaking with the traditional.
MoreBeer! (975 Detroit Ave., Unit D, Concord, 925-671-4958) sells beer-making machinery and all the related essentials.
Nabolom Bakery (2708 Russell St., Berkeley, 510-845-2253) is a worker-owned, vegan-friendly cafe serving baked goods like the Infinite Twist, a brown-sugar-topped carbo-rush.
Neldam's Danish Bakery (3401 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-658-1967), a neighborhood institution since 1929, has made the birthdays and weddings of several generations of Oaklanders very happy indeed.
Old Oakland Farmers' Market (Fridays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. year round, 9th St. between Broadway and Clay, Oakland, UrbanVillageOnline.com) features super fresh seasonal produce, along with breads, oils, other organic foods — and samples.
Rosenblum Cellars (2900 Main St., Ste. 1100, Alameda, 510-865-7007) gained an international reputation for their Zinfandel and Rhône varietal wines.
Solano Cellars (1580 Solano Ave., Albany, 510-525-9463) serves light meals to accompany its vino, with a tasting bar in the back.
Sweet Adeline Bake Shop (3350 Adeline St., Berkeley,510-985-7381) features tea cakes, ginger sticks, peppermint patties, and chocolate cream pie complement cheese quiches, challah, and more.
Teacake Bake Shop (5615 Bay St., Emeryville, 510-655-0865) makes the handsomest cupcakes and cookie sandwiches around out of high-class ingredients like imported Belgian Chocolate and Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla.
Ver Brugge (6321 College Ave., Oakland, 510-658-6854) features meat, poultry, and fish sold by white-aproned butchers who offer traditional skill and solid suggestions for how to prepare their fare.
The Wine Mine (5427 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-547-9463) specializes in under-$15 bottles and offers $1 Saturday tastings.
Furniture & Home Furnishings
Art Deco Collection (3227 14th Ave., Oakland, 415-255-1902, by appointment only), an SF retail outlet with an Oakland warehouse, is full of furniture, art, and collectibles carefully selected by consummate dealer Richard Fishman, who has a penchant for Euro finds, particularly French and Belgian ceramic cloisonné pottery, French lighting, and all things cocktail.
Bed Bath and Beyond (multiple locations) builds its brand on selection, medium to high prices, and the "beyond" section of items you never knew you couldn't live without.
Berkeley Horticulture (1310 McGee Ave., Berkeley, 510-526-4704) is a family-owned top retail nursery with horticulture advice, garden info, plants, and accessories.
Berkeley Lighting Company (1623 San Pablo Ave., 510-524-1782, Berkeley) is where savvy shoppers expect to find those just-right lighting options for in and outside the house.
Berkeley Mills (2830 Seventh St., Berkeley, 510-549-2854), established in 1988 by woodworkers, is the one and only stop for ultra-chic, high-end, quality-crafted custom furniture.
Clausen House Thrift Shop (4834 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-653-6812) is literally packed with new and used electronics, clothing, furniture, and household goods, all at very affordable prices, and helps developmentally disabled adults in Oakland live independently.
Cost Plus World Market (multiple locations), an import junkie's safe house, features furniture, bedding, housewares, knickknacks, alcohol, and specialty food items.
Crate & Barrel Berkeley Outlet (1785 Fourth St., Berkeley, 510-528-5500) carries merch that might be from a season or two ago; otherwise, it's the same great stuff.
CVS/pharmacy (5100 Broadway, Oakland, 510-654-1556) has it all, but the real treat is the well-stocked, outstanding garden center from whence many a North Oaklander has started a garden.
Design Within Reach (1770 Fourth St., Berkeley, 510-524-1994) pulls together classic furniture, lights, flooring, and domestic accessories made by the likes of Herman Miller, Artek, and Objekto — the companies who hold the licenses for the original designs.
East Bay Nursery (2332 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, 510-845-6490) is a family-run gardener's dream founded in 1926, where the folks behind the watering cans, rakes, and hoes are helpful and knowledgeable about the nursery's fine Japanese maples, specimen trees, perennials, natives, shrubs, roses, conifers, water plants, pottery, and seasonal shop.