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What’s in Store: Deals for Dad – Plus Shopping Events Galore

Fathers Day gift ideas; fashion fun in Oakland; a gallery opening in Danville; and more in our retail report.

There are a select few who say shopping for the man in their life is easy. What makes it even harder? Trying to find the perfect gift for Dad on Father’s Day. It’s highly likely he already has every tool he needs in the shed, and socks to last him through next year (you already used that one, remember?). That’s why we checked in with some of our favorite local shops for gift ideas and sales for June 16. Read on for pops’ presents, details on a fun Oakland fashion night, and a new gallery opening in Danville, among other retail news.


Danville deals for Dad

Chances are good you’ll find something he likes at Danville Cigar, Fine Wine & Gifts. The shop on Hartz Avenue carries Davidoff cigars, including limited-edition smokes that are hard to come by in the Bay Area. A selection of William Henry pocketknives, money clips, and cufflinks appeal to the non-smoking dudes and Prince William, who added the American brand to his wedding gift list.      

Courtesy of Pegasus Bicycle WorksActive dads might like new cycling gear from Pegasus Bicycle Works over at 415 Railroad Avenue. Save $500 on a selection of Swiss-manufactured BMC bikes, or hit the sale rack for cycling gear from North Face and Emeryville-based Capo. Other recommendations from storeowner Chris Rodriguez include tubes, Co2 cartridges, tires, socks, (maybe he does need bike socks?) and new carbon cages for the bike.

“Buying him something for his bike [that he] may not expect is always nice. Most people shy away from the bike shop because of its technical nature. For those people, we have gift cards,” Rodriguez said.


Brave boxers

Gift cards are always a safe bet, but we encourage taking a few risks. Or rather, we encourage something risqué for wives and girlfriends. Give your baby’s daddy a pair of underwear with built-in storage for keys and credit cards. Racked SF reports Speakeasy boxer briefs are the new hot commodity for safely stashing your goods with a front-facing zipper pocket large enough to stash a flask (hello, football season).

Courtesy of Venture Quality Goods

According to the article, you can preorder the skivvies on the San Francisco-based company’s website. Shipments roll out in July, allowing you plenty of time to prepare for all of the unsolicited jokes about what he’s packing in his pants.


Fashionable fathers

For clothes to wear over those new Speakeasy undies, head to Venture Quality Goods in Lafayette for a sale on SeaVees shoes, handsome shirts and ties from Blade + Blue, and a complimentary gift if you purchase any Patagonia merchandise. For those who haven’t stopped by the store before, you won’t miss it: Look for a giant mustache stuck to the window at 3571 Mt. Diablo Boulevard.


Cyber shopping, pop-up fashion

Once you’re done shopping for the dad in your life, get your feminine fix with some super summery arrivals at Vici. The online boutique—with a Walnut Creek showroom located at 1875 Olympic Boulevard in Suite 107—constantly updates its Facebook page with blouses, maxi dresses, jumpsuits, and other colorful pieces.

Courtesy of Vici

One of the bummers of online shopping is the lack of instant gratification. You usually have to wait for those gladiator sandals you wish you could wear that evening. Well, what if you could get your hands on the merch merely hours after you confirm your shipping details and credit card info?

According to Mashable, Google is working on making that a reality with the expansion of its same-day delivery program known as Google Shopping Express. The service was originally only available in San Francisco, but Google plans to roll it out to entire Bay Area soon. So you would have those gladiator sandals in time for happy hour after all.

Speaking of happy hour, on June 21, join sartorial savants at the Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland for popuphood’s Fashion Friday on the Plaza.

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., nine trucks—including Topshelf, Oaklandish, and Go Go Glam—line the streets between Broadway and 14th for a night of clothes, beauty, and drinks. The event rolls into Oaktown courtesy of the West Coast Mobile Retail Association. The traveling show starts up in Seattle on June 14 and ends in San Diego on June 30. Don’t miss it! In fact, you might as well RSVP here.


Courtesy of Castle in the AirGreat art on both sides of the tunnel

Pop-up shops are alive and well around the Bay Area, but many close up as quickly as they open their doors. So what happens when a successful project transforms into a full-fledged storefront? Read a quick blog post from Yoko at Oakland’s Umami Mart on how the popular food-focused spot is learning to “grow up.”

Nearby in Berkeley, check out a new exhibit of the late artist Chet Pennington at Castle in the Air.  The local painter, who passed away earlier this year, left all of his supplies and some of his works to the Fourth Street store without ever stepping foot in it. He decided to do it because people in the community spoke highly of the shop’s passion for arts education and imagination.  Among his detailed works on display are many of the objects you see in the paintings, such as a silver pitcher and a breadboard. The show ends on June 30.

Back in Danville, Fine Art 360 is set to open in the Iron Horse Plaza next month. The gallery will partner interior designers who will design a display window with art from the Fine Art 360 collection. The space will also host art classes. Stay tuned for more details on the opening.

Down the road at Alamo Hardware, kids are encouraged to drop off drawings to help the store prepare for its Fourth of July float in the Danville Parade. When the little artistes drop off their masterpieces, they will receive a small gift as a “thank you.”


Erica Tanov // Courtesy of Leslie WilliamsonAround the Web

According to Beyond the Creek, the Lafayette Beauty Store opened on Mt. Diablo Boulevard, and Big Dave’s Bikes opened at 609 Gregory Lane near the Contra Costa Canal Trail.

Ending on a sweet note: East Bay designer Erica Tanov, defining boho chic with her Fourth Street boutique, and her home were recently featured on Martha Stewart Crafts as a tastemaker. We wholeheartedly agree with Martha: it’s a good thing.

Got news about new or expanding East Bay businesses? Or tips on great sales and deals? We want to know! E-mail us at style@maildiablo.com, and look for "What's in Store" every other Tuesday.