First Fridays // Temescal Alley // Oakland

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a new friend's art show which was being hosted at Walrus in Temescal Alley. The little store itself was really well curated with many covetable upcycled home decor items. My favorite of which were lamps made from recycled glass bottles. But mostly I was impressed with Jennie's art! Jennie Lennick is a "San Francisco-based artist who reinterprets traditionally domestic and feminine imagery into drawings, sculpture, animations, and functional items that investigate the relationship between high art and kitsch." For her collection Reheat on High, she created a series of hand-embroidered vintage meals. They are adorable.

reheat on high Jennie Lennick

All the shops were open late so Nicole and I did some shopping. 

homestead apothecary

Homestead Apothecary has more herbs and remedies than I knew existed. And everything is beautiful. Nicole found a really nice lunar calendar for $12. 

homestead apothecary temescal alley

Another favorite shop is Crimson, which carries a great selection of plant varieties and pretty pottery (which is surprisingly hard to find! If you know of any places I can find good pottery, let me know. I feel like our options are very limited in the Bay Area).


For dinner we enjoyed carnitas nachos (street style) from Doña Tomás, which were absolutely delicious. 

dona tomas carnitas nachos

Altogether a really lovely evening. I can't believe it's my third August living in Oakland and that was my first time going to First Fridays. If you live here, check it out, even if just for the people watching, window shopping, and free beer! But definitely stay for the food.