Though Joe Alexander has worked in the mattress industry for years, he opened Nest Bedding to be unlike all the others. He achieves that by making sure the shop's sock of memory-foam and latex mattresses are entirely organic and made with nontoxic materials that are only dangerous to monsters trying to hide beneath them. The store's staffers, for their part, never pressure customers to make a purchase, and instead help them decide on the perfect bed only when they're ready. Visitors to each Nest show room will find a wide assortment of mattresses, naturally derived sheets, pillows, and crib bedding. For a bed that fits their sleeping style perfectly, Build-A-Nest kits allow guests to assemble their own organic mattresses to specification, from the base layer underneath to the comfort layers and cottony covering on top.
The Berkeley Bikes & Skateboards team keeps skate and bike wheels steady with a comprehensive offering of components, accessories, and maintenance services. Specialists are on hand to adjust brakes, derailleurs, hubs, and bearings in professional tune-ups, and they keep riders safely equipped with a supply of Continental tires, Kryptonite U-locks, and Kali helmets to prevent injury from unexpected downpours of cats or dogs. In addition, the shop carries a full line of custom West Art skateboards hand painted by artists Ian and Adahn Stewart. The colorful decks showcase rhythmic, surreal, and chaotic scenes ideal for displaying on walls or boastful refrigerators.
As a quarterly resource dedicated to the Bay Area landscape, Bay Nature magazine celebrates each season with full-color features on the region's natural environment. Photography and local artwork complement the articles on the area's environmental significance, as well as highlighting places of interest. Clear, intelligent, and sometimes playful language guides readers through the magazine's articles, which have been known to include reports on local birds, plants, weather, and trends like urban agriculture.
Destination 1440 swathes snow sculptors and land surfers alike in extreme sporting apparel. Mountainside sliders can get a one-day snowboard rental package ($35), and head hoarders can collect hair and their entire skull collection under with beanies starting at $20. Destination is also selling all skateboard decks for $48.
Unless the ceramic-robot coup d'état comes to pass, fine pottery isn't going to paint itself. In order to become a decorated hero of ceramic lore, all artists pay a modest studio fee ($7.50 for kids under 18, $9.50 for adults) and then pick from a dimensionally diverse range of pottery shapes, priced from $3 for small ornaments to $60 for platters fit for a king who loves to host royal potlucks. Creatively stymied artists can either browse the samples for inspiration or mimic the enthusiasm of the nearest euphoric child lost in a paint-speckled universe.