Is Oakland the West Coast Brooklyn?

Anchor LightThis article from SFgate features a grouping of fabulous home and garden shops in, yes… you heard us right… Oakland, just a short trip through the tunnel from Orinda. We can’t deny that Oakland has a reputation for crime, but there is another side to Oakland waiting to be enjoyed. With its close proximity to the Lamorinda area these shops are waiting to be explored offering unusual and eclectic treasures. Why don’t more people visit the place being called (by that other coast) the Brooklyn of the West? “Only because they don’t know what a gem it is,” says Melissa Davis, author of “This Is Oakland,” a new guide profiling some of the city’s most interesting places to eat, shop and play. “Not even people in Berkeley know what Oakland has to offer. That’s crazy!” She the list of shops and more information in the full article http://bit.ly/1lQfgY4