Find Farm-Fresh Produce at the El Cerrito Farmers Market

The El Cerrito Farmers Market was established more than two decades ago to forge direct relationships between growers and consumers, and when you visit, it's easy to see that those relationships are still going strong. Many of the farmers and food purveyors who helm the booths are on a first-name basis with the patrons who […]

Go Bargain-Hunting at the Citywide Garage Sale on May 19th

The impetus for the Citywide Garage Sale was actually an earthquake in 1989. The Loma Prieta earthquake left many homes around El Cerrito shaken and in need of inspection. However, most of these abodes had garages that were packed full of junk, which meant the inspector couldn't fully assess the foundation. This gave Marianne Hegeman […]

Shop Fair Trade and Organic Gifts at Jenny K

Jen Komaromi—the owner of namesake Jenny K—truly cares about her community. That's why she's so concerned with where and how the gifts she stocked are produced. Jen relies on small, U.S.-based manufacturers as much as possible, especially Californian artisans, when she sources her gifts, toys, and accessories. Almost all of the items are organic and […]

Express Your Amore This Valentine’s Day with Green Tea Kit Kats From Candy Box

If you're not in a typical romance, then why would you go with chocolates and flowers for Valentine's Day? Candy Box offers an alternative for the quirky Romeos and their significant others. Instead of truffles and bonbons, Candy Box stocks candies and toys from Japan and China that you'll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else […]

Find Unique International Snacks and Knick-Knacks at Daiso Japan

Whether you're a native of Japan who's craving a piece of home or someone simply looking to explore an offbeat array of unique, colorful treats and knick-knacks, you'll find what you're looking for at Daiso Japan. For more than 40 years, Daiso Japan shops have imported Japanese culture to cities around America, including El Cerrito. […]

Find Unique Gifts at Zipang, a Store Specializing in Japanese Products

From calligraphy pens to crispy rice crackers, El Cerrito's Zipang boasts a broad inventory of eclectic Japanese goods. If you know anything about Japanese history, then you might've been able to guess the store's theme from its name—"Zipang" was inspired by a 13-century word for Japan, "Chipangu." So you can expect to encounter almost exclusively […]

Homegrown Oakland: Rice Bowls, Sandwiches, and Salads

Homegrown Oakland keeps its menu simple, colorful, and healthy. It pulls from the seasonal bounty of California, using this as the basis for its menu, and then building upon the fresh foundation with influences from Latin America, Asia, and the Mediterranean. The results are bowls, salads, sandwiches, and freshly pressed juices that do the body […]