The Tulip Grove nurtures an educated support community of local moms for new and expecting mothers with professionally led classes and a comprehensive supply of safe baby gear, clothing, and toys. The resource center's workshops fill parents' noggins with know-how in breastfeeding, postpartum and newborn care, and infant massage for babies stressed by their new surroundings and piles of postbirth paperwork. In addition, The Tulip Grove gathers new and expecting parents for peer support groups and provides a lending library for nursery necessities. With daily classes available at each location, parents continually learn childcare skills such as proper nutrition, infant and child CPR, baby sign language, and how to win arguments with babies in sign language.
Teaching robotics at the Chabot Space & Science Center, Jutiki Gunter realized that his pupils had few robotics-learning resources outside the classroom. He aimed to fill that gap by founding Robotics for Fun in 2004, supplying students with a year-round space where they can construct robots and enrich their mathematic and scientific skills along the way. Gunter's team of instructors fills inquisitive minds with basic design and programming know-how, as well as teaching them how to make two robots communicate and fashion a racing robot programmed to express crippling anxiety. Students enrolled in the membership program tinker on themed projects throughout the year, while attendees of the Robotics for Fun summer camp study programming languages or the fundamentals of RC-vehicle technology.
Slouchy tops, 1950s-inspired dresses, and bohemian-chic rompers stock the racks at Taylrz Joynt, home to the proprietary Taylr Jay line. Spanning two locations, Taylrz Joynt's collection of young, feminine clothing flatters a wide spectrum of body types with shoulder-baring tops and Bohama pants, Taylr Jay's chic update to harem pants and the long-anticipated solution to the problem of transporting bags of goldfish home from the pet store. The store also stocks upscale dresses, such as a flirty pleated cocktail dress in on-trend orange shades. The boutiques donate 5% of all profits to the Hopes and Dreams Foundation.
Operating for more than a decade, Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch both hosts Halloween outings and brings autumnal revelry to you. The expansive pumpkin patch and halloween store sell 15 types of pumpkins, as well as fall essentials such as gourds, masks, spider webs, and multicolored Indian corn. A harrowing haunted house tests visitors’ adrenal glands with dark corners, spooky sounds, and a befuddling maze. In addition to supplying frights, the staff also constructs pumpkin patches off site, redecorating homes and offices with pumpkins, straw bales, and house-trained scarecrows.
With roots that stretch back to 1927, the Oakland Flower Market stretches across 10,000 sq. feet, with one-third dedicated to the floral department, and houses three walk-in coolers that store aesthetically pleasing ground-sprouts imported from countries as far reaching as the Netherlands, Thailand, and Australia. The large coolers keep floral varieties such as lilies and tulips (market price) from breaking a sweat. Patrons may also take home a phalaenopsis orchid ($15.99+) or cymbidium orchid plant ($29.99) to add an exotic flair to dull living rooms or drab ovens.
Broadway Terrace Nursery shelters a large collection of colorful flora for green-thumbed fauna to decorate their homes and gardens. Trees, houseplants, vegetables, and succulents line this blossoming boutique alongside a variety of orchids ($19.99–$49.99) such as the oncidium orchid ($49.99), a species known for its long, graceful stem and deep baritone singing voice. With many indoor and outdoor specimens hand-selected weekly from growers in Half Moon Bay, prices and selection change often, but recent examples of inventory include bright 4-inch perennials ($4.99) and sturdy 5-gallon shrubs ($29.99–$39.99). Gardening accessories allow harvesters to appease hungry greenery with a bag of organic fertilizer, trim petals for school pictures with Felco pruning shears ($19.99), or keep insect populations at bay with pest controls.