My best friend and his wife hired Michelle Walker to photograph their wedding last year. Michelle was very friendly and made us all feel comfortable and relaxed when she took group pictures. The photographs were great and very high quality. My friend even bought their wedding album from her. Her fees are not inexpensive though.
Copia is a great little museum to visit if you are in the Napa area that showcases exhibitions related to cooking, wine and the arts. The have beautiful gardens that are meticulously maintained and even have an area where vegetables are harvested for their cooking classes. They also have an exhibit of Julia Childs copper cookware if youre a fan.
Sweet Dreams is a great little store that sells a wide range of items for kids and for those who are kids at heart. They have a great selection of candies and some imported from around the world. It reminds me of the old vintage candy stores with jars of candy behind the counter shelves. They also sell some kids clothing and shoes in the back.
Ive only been in Navlets Garden Center once but I have to say that they are a very nice store and worth going to for quality plant material and gardening supplies. They have all a gardener could need and then some. Their staff are very friendly and knowledgeable as well. Their store is also conveniently located by the freeway and can been seen from the freeway.
Tri-City Worlds Largest Sporting Goods is a great place to go for bargain priced sports gear for things like camping, biking, skiing, roller blading. They have a very large selection of everything related to sports at really great prices. Their sales staff are very friendly too and very willing to help you find what you are looking for.
Matsu is a nice little store selling Japanese style furniture, home dcor and accessories. They also have small selection of small table water fountains and decorative items for a Japanese garden. They have some beautiful comforters and comforter covers made with beautiful Japanese designs. They also carry many futons, tatamis and zaisus.
Gathering Tribes is a great little shop selling a very nice collection of native American products. Their wide range of products are all handmade by native Americans. They sell jewelry, crafts, fine art, folk art like drums, pottery and musical instruments. Their items are very beautiful and unique but not inexpensive either.
I discovered the Bone Room while window shopping in Berkeley with my wife one day and thought this store was really unique and interesting. They carry a wide variety of unique items like earrings with scorpions in lucite, scarab beetle bracelets and fossil shark tooth necklaces. Its a great place to find very unique gifts for someone.
A friend of mine recommended East Bay Nursery to me when I was looking for roses to plant in my back yard. This nursery is pretty large and has a very large selection of roses as well as many other plant materials for the perennial garden or even if you are looking for annuals.
When I worked overtime one Saturday for a couple of hours I happened onto the Berkeley Farmers Market. There were quite a lot of people milling about the many vendors selling all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables. It was rather fun to browse though all the vendors little temporary stalls to see what they had to sell. The vendors were very friendly too.