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  • Nest Bedding
    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.
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    1053 Solano Ave.
    Albany, CA US
  • Stella Carakasi
    Established: 1993 Handicap Accessible: Yes Staff Size: 2?10 people Reservations/Appointments: Not offered Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
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    1370 10th Street
    Albany, CA US
  • Solano Cellars Bistro and Winebar
    Boasting a bacchanal of wallet-friendly selections from local and international wineries (most bottles are under $25), Vintage Berkeley promotes an atmosphere of grape-loving camaraderie. Pick up a limited-edition bottle of 2007 Tayerle pinot noir ($15), culled from old-vine fruit in the Rio San Lucas vineyard in California, or a vivacious and slightly fizzy 2009 Muralhas vinho verde ($15) from Monco, Portugal. To lubricate a languid backyard barbecue or a daunting brick of cafeteria meatloaf, pick up a bottle of 2007 Chateau l’Estagnol ($10) from the Rhone Valley—with solid tannins and rich notes of blackberry and cherry, it has a meaty finish to tame even the heartiest of rib eyes. Celebrate an end-of-summer LAN party with a bottle of 2009 Preston sauvignon blanc from Dry Creek Valley in California, made from organic grapes and featuring flavors of lime, chive, and fig ($16).
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    1580 Solano Ave
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Amoeba Music San Francisco
    Just like the organism from which it takes its name, Amoeba Music?s stock of tunes has no definite form. At each location, expert music gurus?many of them musicians themselves, all of them record-store veterans and dedicated sonic obsessives?amass thousands of new and used CDs and LPs from the most mainstream artists to the most obscure underground bands around. LPs, posters, and memorabilia surround the musical inventory, which, like Ringo Starr?s pants, changes every day. Amoeba buys goods from customers, meaning that on any given day the store might usher in a rare vinyl LP, DVD, VHS, or even LaserDisc. Visitors can sign up for any number of contests while admiring Amoeba?s enduring dedication to its green practices and community outreach. Amoeba couples its huge selection of entertainment with visits from the artists themselves, welcoming past guests such as Paul McCartney, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords, and Elvis Costello to play in-store.
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    2455 Telegraph Ave.
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Bear Basics Berkeley
    Bear Basics dedicates three floors of retail space to UC-Berkeley apparel and gear. Nearly everything comes in a combination of Yale blue and California gold, from hoodies and T-shirts to buttons and bottle openers. The store not only roots for the home team, but also supports it financially. A portion of proceeds from every garment goes to the university, which in turn pays the heating bill for Oski the Bear’s den.
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    2350 Telegraph Avenue
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Heavenly Couture
    At Heavenly Couture, visitors shop chic clothes, accessories, and shoes from major department-store brands.?The one thing shoppers won't find, though, is department-store prices. The brand-new items are marked down up to 85% from their original list prices, thanks to the boutique's savvy bulk-buying practices.
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    2315 Telegraph Ave.
    Berkeley, CA US

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