We're a friendly low key wine "warehouse" with the lowest prices in the Bay Area. We offer a wide selection of handpicked wines from around the world. This is done in a relaxed, but informative, environment in which we strive to provide excellent customer service.
Every Sat you can try 5+ wines for only $1.
Gil Stancourt says he'll put a light bulb in anything. Take one look around his studio and you'll believe him. The born tinkerer, who built his first lamp at the age of 12, has spent the last quarter century restoring antique lamps and designing original lighting fixtures, and in that time he's custom-made crystal fixtures, reproductions of cathedral chandeliers, and even art objects from repurposed items. Gil's specialty is bringing back to life antique lamps, which he can convert into more eco-friendly fixtures by retrofitting them to use energy-efficient GU-24 compact fluorescent bulbs and to not shine directly in the eyes of an endangered species that's trying to get some rest.
The lighting master shares his expertise in instructional classes, during which students learn basic wiring techniques and proper tool usage by constructing their own lamp from a wine bottle and other materials.
Knowledgeable staffers handpick every boudoir accouterment at A la Folie, from fine European lingerie and artisan jewelry to comfy loungewear, with an eye toward choosing pieces that will best accentuate their clients' beauty. The team at A la Folie helps fit clients with the ideal bra, from strapless and backless items to supportive designs that accentuate plunging necklines. Guests can also freely browse the shop's stock of wares from designer brands such as Valery Prestige and Christine Vancouver, named for the woman who constructed a giant supportive bra to stop a famous Canadian bridge from collapsing. Along with bras, A la Folie's intimate apparel includes camisoles, slips, and hosiery, while its other aesthetically appealing apparel range from one- and two-piece swimsuits to loungewear such as masks and backless gowns that ease wearers into deep, stylish slumbers.
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.
With more than 3,000 titles in the store, Issues contains enough information to finally put the smug Dewey Decimal System to shame. Brush up on foreign policy with the latest issue of the Monocle ($10), ruminate on the cultural impact of food (especially the beautifully photographed variety) in Gastronomica ($13), or challenge your love of corporations with some anti-corporate critical thinkery with Adbusters ($8.95). While browsing, don't hesitate to tap the friendly staff's deep knowledge of the store's catalog, which can be accessed either by asking them or by rubbing their magical bellies.
Optical Works, Phoenix Optical, and Fine Arts Optical have manufactured frames by hand for more than 70 years, resulting in a cache of tens of thousands of contemporary styles as well as more than 3 million unused vintage frames. Artisans handcraft each pair of glasses in French or Italian factories using materials such as bamboo, buffalo and ram horn, traditional metal, and plastics to customize specs and keep up with current ocular trends. A prescription lab forges custom lenses that fit into frames, enhancing vision with polarized sunglasses, hidden bifocals, special coatings, and hard-to-fit prescriptions for nearsighted third eyes. Each store showcases around 3,000 different pairs of frames that both emulate the looks of celebrities and suit individuals’ styles.