By Dominic Lucchesi
The holiday season is upon us, and if you’re anything like me, you haven’t even begun your X-Mas shopping. Not that you have to buy a damn thing. However, if you are going to spend your hard-earned cash on gifts anyways, PedX is here to give you a few suggestions.
Full disclosure: the following list is comprised of folks who use Pedal Express in one way or another. Many of whom have been clients of ours for several years or even decades. They are all local, small businesses committed to socially just and environmentally sustainable business practices. Perhaps more importantly, they are all real friendly, hard-working folks who help make our communities more vibrant places to live.
2946 College Avenue, Berkeley | (510)665-7974
One of our all-time faves. Pilar and the crew at Gorgeous & Green will blow you away with their meticulously assembled, stunning floral arrangements. In addition to their vast selection of locally-sourced, organic flowers, you can find awesome vintage glass, jewelry, cards, terrariums and other thoughtful gifts. Can’t make it in to the boutique? No problem. Place an order online or over the phone and have it delivered to that special someone by a handsome bicycle courier.
A recent addition to the PedX family, the Oakland-based House Kombucha makes the best tasting fermented teas you’ll ever have. Hands down. Pick up a bottle or two (or three!) from your local cafe or super market. I highly recommend the new Smoked Pear flavor!
2110 Vine Street, Berkeley | (510) 848-5599
I love making deliveries for Twig & Fig. The owners are awesome: Suzie is the sweetest and Serge is a bicycle enthusiast who is always happy to show me all the crazy toys in his print shop. Together, Suzie and Serge produce some of the finest paper products you’ll ever see. Stop by their shop in North Berkeley to check out a wide selection of papers from around the world, pens, journals and more!
One of our longest standing clients. From their website, “Heyday is an independent, nonprofit publisher and unique cultural institution. We promote widespread awareness and celebration of California’s many cultures, landscapes, and boundary-breaking ideas. Through our well-crafted books, public events, and innovative outreach programs we are building a vibrant community of readers, writers, and thinkers.” How cool is that? You can purchase Heyday books on their website or at virtually any bookstore in California.
I rarely drive, but when I do, I use City CarShare.
We love these folks. Based out of Berkeley, Palm Press publishes a unique collection of greeting cards for all occasions. Featuring high quality photographs from all over the world, you can find their products at several local stores. Keep an eye out for their signature palm tree logo!
1407 San Pablo Ave | (510) 524-3400
We handle catering deliveries for these cats. For years, Stella Nonna was based out of a commercial kitchen near Telegraph Ave. This past year, they have branched out and opened a stellar new restaurant on San Pablo Ave. A perfect place for a delicious holiday meal!
1988 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley | (510) 843-7471
These folks have been huge supporters of Pedal Express since day one. Need something for your bike? Want to buy a gift for that bike fanatic in your life? This is the shop you want to visit. They have a super helpful staff and are worker-owned!
Lastly, I’ll throw in a shameless plug for Pedal Express. I’ll spare you the Santa Claus/bike messenger analogies but do give us a buzz if you need help with your holiday deliveries. We specialize in same-day deliveries throughout Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville and beyond!
Happy Holidays, y’all!