Founded in 1974 by three "hippie glassblowers," Bullseye Glass Co produces internationally renowned glass materials in thousands of colors and finishes suitable for artistic endeavors of all kinds, such as mosaics and stained glass. Aside from being beautiful to look at, most of Bullseye's glasses are compatible for fusing and kilnforming—something that's especially important for glass artists to know. Bullseye also passes on the ancient art of glass shaping through artist-guided classes. Graduates of these kilnforming classes can return to craft additional treasures or explore the cyclical nature of art by turning a wineglass back into a sandbox.
U Threads facilitates the profession of love for alma maters with officially licensed products from the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University. The contrast Cal Z cap proudly proclaims school allegiance while concealing forehead tattoos with its classic fitted back and raised, embroidered school logo ($22.99). Large and small craniums snuggle between the adjustable cloth buckles of the Stanford arched-logo cap ($18.99), and the Stanford swimming T-shirt declares specific sport membership with a simple pairing of school and athletic iconography ($14.99). Display the classic Cal script on a hooded sweatshirt ($39.99), a mug ($6.99), and a car flag ($15.99). Parents can convert children to familial fanaticism with youth shirts and baby clothes instead of only feeding them food shaped like the Stanford Tree.
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In the past, Brendan Eliason's oenophilia has landed him gigs at David Coffaro Winery in Dry Creek and Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar in Walnut Creek. These days, he mans Periscope Cellars, which stocks an impressive selection of Californian wines. Available by the bottle or from up to 10 taps, the tasting room showcases everything from pinot noirs and zinfandels to mulled wine in winter.
Pours pair perfectly with gourmet bites from the surrounding Swan’s Market; Rosamunde Sausage Grill, for instance, is just steps away. Of course, Periscope's libations are also available to go in refillable 500ml bottles or unlimited handfuls.
Committed equally to modern aesthetics and environmental consciousness, each item in Teak Me Home’s collection of sleekly styled furniture is constructed from reclaimed teak. The wood—reclaimed teak, approximately 100 years old and salvaged from houses being demolished—is resurfaced and air-dried before artisans give it new life in dining tables, consoles, dressers, and other household furnishings. To further help reduce its environmental impact, Teak Me Home donates 1% of all sales to Conservation International to help preserve Earth’s forests.
Like breakfast cereals packaged with toys, Wonderland Trees offers fun where you least suspect to find it. Amid rows of handpicked, fresh-cut noble, douglas, Nordman, and grand firs, inflated bounce castles entice visitors to exercise their shopping legs and expend holiday energy. Baying animals revel in the attention of petting hands, while artists paint colorful images on customers' faces. Additionally, a children's play area rewards kiddies for helping their parents pick the ideal tree with fun activities.