Sex Pioneer, 'Good Vibrations' Founder Joani Blank DiesFriends say the founder of Good Vibrations died earlier this month, at the age of 79 in Oakland, as she lived, facing a terminal illness head-on, and talking about it without shame.
Best Places To Buy Yoga Gear In San FranciscoYoga is a hot trend to not only get a great work out but also focuses on the spiritual, surrounded by it's own culture. Although there are several larger chain stores you can find apparel and gear from, we take a look at some of the best local shops in the San Francisco area.
Minimum Wage Hike Hits Oakland Chinatown Shop, Restaurant Owners HardSome shop owners in Oakland’s Chinatown say business is down, and they are struggling to stay afloat after the city’s minimum wage increased to over $12-an-hour, making it the highest in the country.
Philz Coffee Planning To Expand Beyond Bay Area, Go NationwidePhilz Coffee wants to take its brew beyond the Bay Area and go nationwide.
Oakland Affordability Becoming A Growing ConcernIn Oakland, unemployment is down, but still high. Homicides are down, but home invasions spiked. Now, questions about affordability are creeping into the conversations about Oakland.
Etsy Hosting Hundreds Of Vendors At SF's Pier 35 For Small Business Shopping WeekendShopping for Christmas gifts at local malls can get infuriating. Between the lines, the crowds, and the madness over this year’s hot on-sale item, it’s almost enough to make you give up on playing Santa.
Oakland Upholstery Shop Owner Says Business Down 90-Percent Because Of Caltrans ProjectThe owner of a 30-year old business in Oakland says a Caltrans construction project is running him out of town.
Looking For Lottery Luck? Here Are The 5 Winningest Bay Area Lotto SellersRule changes to the Mega Millions draw and a the introduction of Powerball in California have led to some of the biggest jackpots in history lately. Is there a method to the madness? A way to find an edge on other ticket-holders? Probably not, but that won't stop us from trying.
Belmont Sandwich Shop Robbed At GunpointA Subway sandwich shop in Belmont was robbed at gunpoint on Monday night, a police spokesman said.
ConsumerWatch: How To Get The Best Value When Bike ShoppingIn the market for a new bicycle? Go to a shop that offers great service, because prices for new bicycles don’t vary much from store to store, according to a report by Bay Area Consumers’ Checkbook.
California Supreme Court Allows Cities To Ban Pot ShopsCalifornia’s highest court has ruled that local governments have legal authority to ban storefront pot shops within their borders.
Best Skateboarding Shops In San FranciscoNobody beats San Fran for skate shops, but finding the right fit is paramount for anyone who loves the skateboarding life. Shops like the best five here provide a tight-knit community that keeps every boarder up to par in addition to sending shoppers home satisfied.