If you have a dog and are going out of town, consider boarding them at Citizen Canine. They defininitely give your dog attention and they have "play time" so he or she isn't locked up in a small kennel all day. You can even get extras like massages for you pooch or agility lessons. This is definitely a fancier dog boarding place than most so it's a little pricey, but hey, if you have they money....
It's conveniently located by the airport too!
PROS: Fun and love for dogs while you're away.
CONS: A little pricey.
Sirus Puppy training is an excellent program all puppies and their owners should go through. They have all kinds of classes - for new puppies and things like basic obedience, and workshops for specific behaviors you want to modify. The instructors are excellent - they had a good command of the classes and knew a lot about dogs and the way they learn. The puppy classes had around 12 or so dogs (maybe fewer) where you'd learn a specific behavior and how to shape it (ie 'sit', 'come', etc.) and go home and practice. It was a lot of fun!
PROS: Great facility, useful class.
The folks that work here love animals so you feel a good sense of security that they want your pet to be well. It's a little small, but they do have seperate doors and waiting rooms for cats and dogs. They have two rooms, one seems to be more for routine exams, and they also have a boarding area for pets that may need to stay and be observed. (I believe you can also board your pet there if you go on vacation.) They have a small parking lot also, so you won't have to walk far at all.
PROS: friendly animal-loving folks that work there
Yoko's Hair Classics is in the Marina Shopping complex next to the Albertson's. It's an affordable place to get a haircut (I recall it being somewhere around $20, extra for long hair.) There are maybe three chairs there but for the numerous times I've walked by, I've only ever seen one woman (maybe Yoko?) working on people's hair.
PROS: convenient location
CONS: only one stylist?
This place was highly recommeded to me by several people as the place to get a Brazillian wax. You can make an appointment, or come the day you want to get waxed and wait (it's a little cheaper, but you may have to wait a while.) I've gone to get waxed three or four times and it's always been less than 15 minutes for the entire experience, and relatively painless. It's a mid-sized salon that also offers other spa services and such so the waiting area is fairly good-sized and comfortable.
PROS: Very fast, thorough waxing.
The Borders bookstore in Emeryville is a single level bookstore and they carry the things most Borders do. The space seems to be shaped like a giant inverted "L" and coupled with all the books shelves and racks make for some pretty cozy nooks to read a book in. There's also a cafe area, but that always seems to get pretty crowded with more people browsing books and doing work on laptops.
PROS: you get what you expect
CONS: can get a little crowded
The Barnes & Noble in the Emery Bay mall is really quite nice. It's two levels, and an escalator is right in the middle of the store so you can see the rows of books and such. The magazine section downstairs is pretty massive, and you'll find people comfortably planted around the store reading them - or browsing books. The second level has more books and a cafe, and the cafe area has a nice little cozy fireplace. This is a popular spot but never feels over crowded.
PROS: Big and spacious.
CONS: might have to pay for parking
If you've been to an IKEA anywhere in the United States, then you'll know what's it's like to be in the Emeryville store. It's pretty much the same as the others, compared with the ones in So. Cal. and around the Bay Area. Maybe it's a little bigger, but nothing out of the ordinary... except... they have a pretty good parking solution. When they first built it out there was one huge lot, then they built a structure to accomodate more cars. I have always found parking at this IKEA.
PROS: cheap furnitue and lingonberry juice
CONS: lots of parking spaces
This 7 Eleven is not on a main road in Alameda, but it still sees plenty of action. It's right off Webster Street in Alameda, so it's not too far away. It's a pretty standard 7 Eleven (note: no gasoline services) and they carry the typical stuff any other 7 Eleven would carry. There are neighborhood kids and teens that stop by for slurpees and candy, and maybe the occasional questionable type - but in all, it's safe 7 Eleven.
If you've always wanted to learn how to do the fox trot or do the tango, you might want to come to the Allegro Ballroom. They have a very large facility in Emeryville which includes a large ballroom area for their weekly "dances," amd several smaller and seperate rooms for different classes. Admitedly the classes are for the 40+ crowd, but there are a few people of different ages that show up, so you won't stick out like a sore thumb. They definitely have A LOT o f classes - so varieity isn't a problem...
PROS: Lots and lots of classes!