If you are looking for casual or upscale, but in a small store atmosphere, Earthly Goods is the place to hit. Just off ... More
If you are looking for casual or upscale, but in a small store atmosphere, Earthly Goods is the place to hit. Just off Shattuck, this little boutique offers a combination of 5th Avenue designers as well as smaller local labels; you will find everything from cotton basics to sundresses, casual chic to after eight. The shoe selection is particularly noteworthy and includes designers like Kenneth Cole, Paul Green, Camper, and 9 West. The service is non-hurried and non-pretentious.
Earthly Goods is one of my favorite stores and has been for many years. The store is well organized
and the sales people are helpful and warm. I have
only had positive visits throughout the years as far
as customer service.
In response to the first reviewer who said the staff "couldn't be bothered" to help them - are you joking?!? The women and girls who work here are some of the most helpful and friendly people I have ever met. If they couldn't help you, they were most likely either extremely busy/short-staffed, you didn't express that you needed help with something or you were being rude. (Sorry but that's the truth.)
The buyers & owners are actually at the store most days, but everyone on staff is pretty knowledgable about the products and lines they are selling, and are more than willing to help you find what you need (except sometimes on Saturdays when it's a madhouse in there). Earthly Goods appeals to a wide variety of customers, which is also nice, and the shoe department is great as well.
In short - large botique, nice family owned buisness, helpful staff, I like it.
What an unBerkeley experience to try to shop in this store! You'd think you were in a snotty boutique with the staff's attitude (they can't bother to help you), which is so unlike other stores in this community. The merchandise is an unusual mix of "women of a certain age wearing elastic wastebands" and "I wannabe be a style victim" with little in between. The combination of staff with attitude and limited selection/sizes is enough to drive you to Peet's Coffee or the wine shop up the street.
Earthly Goods is actually a very large boutique that has been in the North Berkeley area for 30 or so years, helpful staff a one stop shop. Has brands my wife and daughters love, if your visting the area you will find something to bring home, although not cheap the quality of merchandise is top notch.
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