DishThe exuberant Desiree Alexander founded Dish in 1996 in Berkeley. In 2020, Desiree moved her store from Hayes Valley in San Francisco to a charming brick building in downtown Oakland. She focuses on sustainably produced lines, especially those from local BIPOC women. I was not surprised to learn that she donates a percentage of her sales to youth programs in Oakland. It’s a minimal, gallery-like space which really allows the products to shine – clothing from the likes of The Odells, Apiece Apart, and Kule…jewelry from Acanthus and Marie Laure Chamorel…. chic shoes from Coclico and Closed Official. Her selections are perfect for a luxe casual look. She definitely knows what her clients need here in the Bay Area! I loved that on my recent visit, my size 2 friend and my size 16 self both left with new items! If you’re in the need of a cup of coffee after shopping, head across the street toward the end of the block and enjoy a special blend at Ayesha Curry’s store, Sweet July.