7 Boutique Shops That Are Uniquely Oakland

If your home or wardrobe (or both) could use a refresh for spring, it’s time to head to Oakland for a shopping day. There are so many amazing neighborhood boutiques to check out. Most of them feature Bay Area artisans and makers, so you know you’ll be shopping local and supporting independent businesses. Here are a few of our favorite East Bay boutique finds.

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Oak Common - Grand Lake

Oak Common in Grand Lake is stocked full of hipster-approved attire for both men and women. You’ll find options from local, independent, and well-known designers inside. Browse the racks of clothing, then pick up some household wears like artisanal candles, mugs, and books before you check out.

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Hawthorn Boutiques - Rockridge

Need a trendy gift for one of your best gal pals, mom, or sister? Visit Hawthorn, an upscale women’s clothing and accessories boutique located in Rockridge. You’ll find jewelry and clothing from top designers like Miranda Bennett and XiRena. There’s also swimwear and purses, so you’re sure to find something for yourself, too. Check their hours before you visit, they close at 4 p.m. on most weekdays and are closed Mondays.

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Narrative - Jack London Square

Consider Narrative in Jack London Square your new go-to for antiques, vintage furniture, Kilim rugs, and art. Whether you’re shopping for a specific sofa or armchair or just looking for somewhere fun to browse for your home, head here. There’s also an artist's studio onsite that you can peruse. Maybe you’ll just get inspired to redecorate your entire place. 

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Oakland Supply Company - Jack London Square

Oakland Supply Company is located in a massive warehouse space in Jack London Square. If you like to shop local, the store stocks mainly West Coast and Bay Area brands. You’ll find clothing, sunglasses, leather goods, housewares, gifts, and more. 

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Marisa Mason - Temescal

The jewelry shopping doesn’t have to end at Esqueleto. Just across the street in Temescal Alley is Marisa Mason. The jewelry boutique, which has a distinctly bohemian vibe, specializes in handmade necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Looking for something unique? Check out the selection of gorgeous handmade hair pins and men’s bracelets.

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Esqueleto - Temescal

If you have plans to get engaged this year, you could pick out a diamond from any name brand store. Or, you could check out the unique selection at Esqueleto in Temescal AlleyTheir options range from vintage rings for $300 to designer rings for over $10,000. Don’t worry if there aren’t any wedding bells in your future — in the boutique, you’ll also find all types of jewelry, candles, rugs, and cards to send to your loved ones.  

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Atomic Garden - Rockridge

Atomic Garden in Rockridge is one of those stores where you come in just to browse but walk out with wooden kitchen utensils, adorable bath products, and new throw pillows for your couch. They have a wide selection — the store sells everything from clothing to housewares to fun gifts, so be prepared to leave with heavy bags and a lighter wallet.

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