I had a grand shopping adventure a few days ago while waiting to meet Max in Oakland. My East Bay travels took my from Telegraph and College Avenues in Berkeley to the lower area of College Ave. in Rockridge. I love Berkeley and explore whenever I can, usually in areas around campus. This time I visited the awesome and very vintage thrift store Mars Mercantile and bought myself a floral 90’s skirt that I fell in love with (and who knew the decade I grew up in is considered vintage now? I’m not even hitting 30 yet!). The rest was exploring other fun stores like Daiso, the Japanese “Container Store-meets-Dollar Tree” market, and walking around the UC Berkeley campus.
Usually I stumble upon things by simply driving through them, or just getting lost-which happens frequently. This time I got lost on College Avenue, a street that lay in my memory from a night I’d driven by and ogled the adorable stores. I recalled a few shops that I knew had moved there from the city, namely Jeremy’s (a shop that sells Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie overstock for way cheap!) that were on College and visited those first. I also discovered Gorgeous and Green, which functions as an eco-friendly garden shop, gift store, and florist:
What resonated with me about this store was its commitment to sustainability and locally sourcing the items and plants they sell. My design schooling was based upon these principles so I love to see businesses that promote them. Gorgeous and Green carries a slew of unique handmade pieces from designers in the area, like candles, greeting cards, jewelry, bags, and vintage items. The whimsical space is also filled with colorful potted plants and mini succulents, and evidence of its “floristry” throughout (i.e. a lovely flower filled clawfoot bathtub to the left of the front desk). Basically, the shop is like an Anthropologie of garden stores.
The llamas tipped me off to what a wonderful shop this place is and the beautiful crafts and artwork they sell. I would have bought this whole display including its vintage suitcase, and I can only hope to one day fill my future San Francisco clawfoot bathtub with vibrant flowers.
Gorgeous and Green proudly displays their sustainability mission statement on a chalkboard for all to see…while simultaneously teaching customers some of the principles of eco-friendliness in a business. The florists there were also quite friendly and kindly allowed me to photograph their store, so thank you guys and gals!