Thomas Edison was said to continue his brain growth after sunset by reading as many as 14 magazines a night under the glow of his originally dubbed "lightning-powered magazine illuminator." Light up your intellect with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of periodicals and more at Issues, the East Bay newsstand that's home to one of the Bay Area's most comprehensive magazine selections. Tucked away just off of charming Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, the neighborly establishment welcomes browsers to drop by with a coffee, peruse its shelves, and even borrow a cup of sugar.
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.
Named Best Magazine Shop of 2009 by East Bay Express, Issues has in three years become a staple of the East Bay community. In addition to the astounding collection of periodicals, locally made art and jewelry are showcased, as well as books by local authors with local back-cover thinker-pose portraits. Peruse and purchase any of the aforementioned, or feel free to comb the selection of letterpress paper goods, Issues T-shirts, and other gifts.
Issues has received a lot of press, including winning the Magazine Heaven category in the Best of the Bay contest from Diablo magazine, a listing in the Best Unique Shops in Oakland from Ruba, and being named Best Magazine Shop by the East Bay Express. It was also featured by Artists and Astronauts, and over 150 Yelpers give it an average rating of five stars:
- Count on finding any magazine you can imagine along with a few others you never would have! – World Traveler, Ruba
- More than just a magazine store, Issues is also a neighborhood go-to for gifts, culture, and conversation. – East Bay Express
- I finally found a store in my neighborhood that sells tons of great magazines, books, music, and other stuff with a pleasant and really neighborly atmosphere! – Serena, Artists and Astronauts
20 Glen Ave.
Oakland, California 94611Get Directions