Holiday shopping 2017: 8 ways to shop local in Downtown Berkeley

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we know you have a lot on your mind. There are trips to book, parties to plan and, of course, presents to purchase. To help you with the latter, we've partnered with Hoodline to compile a handy guide to knocking out all your holiday shopping with the assistance of BART.

Today we're stopping at Downtown Berkeley Station, which conveniently sits among a wide array of diverse local businesses. In just one trip you can pick up locally-designed jewelry, custom-scented skincare products, a brand new bike, and much more. 

Check out our recommendations below for every personality on your list, before perusing our previous guides to Oakland's 12th St./Oakland City Center Station and San Francisco's Powell, Civic Center/UN Plaza and 16th St. Mission stations. Then, hop over to BARTable for even more ways to put BART to good  this holiday season.

For The Handicraft Collector

Telegraph Avenue Street Vendors

Bancroft to Dwight Way, Berkeley

BART in nearly any weekend to take full advantage of Telegraph Avenue's creative set. Across four blocks, worldly artisans set up sidewalk shops to offer a diverse array of handcrafted wares, including jewelry, ceramics, leather accessories, vibrant textiles, tie-die shirts and much more.

For The Self-Care Enthusiast

Body Time

1950 Shattuck Ave.,Berkeley

Body Time by downtown Berkeley BART

Photo by Body Time/Facebook

If your Secret Santa's favorite pastime is soaking in essential oils, then it's time to hit Body Time. Family owned and operated since 1970, the Shattuck Avenue shop offers a wide selection of face, body and hair care products—including its own line scent-free line that can be custom scented.

The Cyclist

Missing Link Bicycle Cooperative

1988 Shattuck Ave.,Berkeley

The Cyclist by downtown Berkeley BART station

Photo by Missing Link Bicycle Cooperative/Facebook

Looking to get a special someone on two wheels for the first time? Or find a quality add-on for an avid cyclist? Missing Link Bicycle Cooperative is a great place to start. You'll find a wide range of styles, including upright step throughs, folding and touring bikes, plus clothes and accessories to go with them.

If you do go all in with a brand-new bike, remember: you can take it on any BART car but the first.

For The Fashionista


2142 Oxford St.,Berkeley

viv&ingrid by downtown Berkeley BART station. BARTable

Photo by viv&ingrid/Facebook

Just outside the UC Berkeley campus, in the historic Oxford Hall, sits gift shop and jewelry design studio viv&ingrid. Launched by East Bay native and Cal grad Ingrid Chen, the brand produces little luxuries for everyday wear. 

Chen's work has adorned the likes of Jessica Alba and Uma Thurman and will surely please your favorite fashionista.

For The Proud Cal Bear Family

Shop College Wear

2350 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley

Shop College Wear by Downtown Berkeley BART station.

Photo by Ralphy J./Yelp 

For the moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas and aunts and uncles who are over the moon that you've joined the club, bring home some fresh blue and gold they can wear with pride year-round. For 30 years, Shop College Wear has stocked a solid inventory of licensed Cal gear.

For The Comic Book Junkie

Fantastic Comics

2026 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

Fantastic Comics by downtown Berkeley BART station. BARTable

Photo by Ann S./Yelp 

Local comic book junkies flock here for its diverse selection and inclusive vibes. You'll find both new releases and back editions from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse and more, graphic novels and accessories.

For The Fashion-Forward


1746 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

Foxglove by downtown Berkeley BART station

Photo by Foxglove/Instagram

With an air of Parisian class, Foxglove stocks the latest trends in women's, men's and children's fashion. From jeans and dresses to backpacks and jewelry, you'll find a carefully curated mix of international brands and local designers.

For The Folk Fanatic

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

2020 Addison St., Berkeley

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse is by downtown Berkeley BART Station. BARTable

Photo by Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse/Facebook

While it's no longer housed in an actual coffee shop, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse has kept Berkeley's folk and old time music scene alive and well since 1968. Front row seats to a blues revival or banjo extravaganza will indulge your favorite person with old-timey sensibilities.

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