Holiday shopping 2017: 8 small, local, BARTable shops of Downtown Oakland

Let us guess: Your holiday shopping list features a large cast of characters, but you're running low on time and thoughtful ideas for every last one of them.

Lucky for you, we sensed that coming. So, we partnered with Hoodline to bring you a holiday shopping cheat sheet — featuring the top locally-owned shops you can hit from popular BART stops across the Bay.

Today we're looking at Downtown Oakland's 12th St./Oakland City Center Station. Hop off there and you'll find yourself surrounded by friendly proprietors slinging all you need for everyone on your list—from the eco-conscious minimalist fashionista to the comic book geek.

After exploring the shops below, catch up on our previous guides for Powell Street, Civic Center/UN Plaza and 16th St. Mission stations. The series continues with a rundown of all your shop small opportunities around Downtown Berkeley Station. And in the meantime, you can pick up even more ideas for celebrating the holiday season via BART on the BARTable website.

For The Hella Proud Oaklander


1444 Broadway, Oakland

Oaklandish by 12th Street/Oakland City BART Station. Oaklandish is BARTable.

Photo by Oaklandish/Facebook

A holiday shopping spree for the local who eats, sleeps and breathes Oakland should start at Broadway's Oaklandish. Every piece in the shop's own line of apparel and accessories for men, women and children—from embroidered hats and hoodies to printed tees and onesies — emits civic pride.

For The Sake Savant

Umami Mart

815 Broadway, Oakland

Umami MNART is located by 12th Street/Oakland City Center BART Station. Umami Mart is BARTable

Photo by Umami Mart/Facebook 

Does your Secret Santa have a fine taste for sake? Then sign them up for a membership to Umami Mart's sake club. It works just like a traditional wine club, sending members two 300ml bottles to taste each month. Or, pop into the shop to hand-select a bottle of sake to pair with sleek Japanese barware. 

For The Fashionista

Urban Stitch Boutique

1635 Broadway, Oakland

Urban Stitch Boutique in Oakland by 12th Street/Oakland City Center BART Station.

Photo by Alanna R./Yelp 

The petite boutique overlooking Broadway stocks a curated selection of trendy yet timeless apparel for women and men, accessories and home decor.

The majority of the shop's stock features local designers, and owner Alanna Rayford will graciously help you decide on the perfect piece for your fashion-forward special someone.

For The Comic Book Nerd

Cape & Cowl Comics

1601 Clay St., Oakland

Cape & Cowl Comics in Oakland. By 12th Street/Oakland City Center BART. It's BARTable

Photo by Tommothy Y./Yelp 

Self-proclaimed geeks rave about the wide selection and knowledgeable owner at Cape & Cowl Comics. The shelves are stocked full with new releases as well as back issues, rare collections and vinyl toys.

For The Parisian At Heart

Oo La La Gift & Accessories Lounge

386 17th St., Oakland

Oo La La Gift and Accessories Lounge is in downtown Oakland. By 12th Street/Oakland City Center and 19th Street/Oakland BART stations.

Photo by Oa La La/Yelp 

From floor to ceiling, the tiny 17th Street boutique is packed an eclectic selection of clothes, accessories and trinkets from owner Tracey Friley’s travels through France, the US and beyond. Something silky, shiny or feathery will inevitably catch your eye.

For The Budding Bookworm

Laurel Bookstore

1423 Broadway, Oakland

Laurel Bookstore is located by 12th Street/Oakland City Center BART. It's BARTable.

Photo by Laurel Bookstore/Facebook 

The independent bookseller, which moved to Downtown Oakland just two years ago, offers a large children's section, featuring a diverse selection of local authors. Stop by to explore their latest recommendations, but also keep an eye on the shop's Facebook page for updates on future book launches and readings.

For The DJ

Champion Sound Records

1743 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

Champion Sound Records is located by 12th Street/Oakland City Center BART station

Photo by Champion Sound Records/Yelp

Champion Sound is the place to head for all your favorite DJ's soulful needs. The shop stocks a healthy selection of new and used records, spanning reggae, hip hop, soul, jazz, funk and Latin music. Big spenders can peruse the selection of collector's items for a splurge, while budget buyers can dig through dollar bins to discover more affordable gems.

For The Minimalist


1542 Broadway, Oakland

Viscera Boutique is located by 12th Street/Oakland City Center and 19th Street/Oakland BART Station. BARTable

Photo by Walter Thompson/Hoodline 

Shopping for someone who's sworn off fast fashion? Then pop by Viscera. An advocate of minimalist wardrobes, founder Ari Takata-Vasquez sources sleek, eco-conscious, American-made staples. Takata-Vasquez also offers 3D printed jewelry, allowing clients to choose the design and materials, and skincare essentials.

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