Albany Shop Rises & Shines


With the holidays upon us, there are two things circling people’s minds: gift shopping, and how to stay calm during the festive but hectic holiday season. Morningtide, a lifestyle shop in Albany, both inspires and anticipates these impulses.

The store is the passion project of Lisa Fontaine and Lisa Jackson. Located off lower Solano Avenue, the owners describe Morningtide as “minimal, modern, a little bohemian and functional with the ease of a lifestyle along the coast.”

This coastal lifestyle isn’t Santa Cruz sporty-surfy or Venice Beach glam-boho — it’s an ode to the Northern California-raised owners’ grounded, refined aesthetic.

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Local Color

Photo: Ariel Nava

Photo: Ariel Nava

Local color: Brighten Fogust mornings in Oaklandish’s Pigment Dyed Classic Crew in ’80s-esque colors. The fit (sizes XS-XXXL) is unisex, and longer in length — guys will want to size up, as it’s cut slim. There’s a color for every mood. The green says a hike in the redwoods, the blue for a kayak on Lake Merritt, the pink is for wine tasting around Jack London, and the yellow spreads sunshine wherever you go. $55; a portion of sales support nonprofits bettering the Oakland community. At and other retailers.