Four Faves in our Backyard

While there are numerous things we treasure about our City by the Bay, in this new ongoing series we’ll highlight a few Emeryville institutions that make us proud to be a part of Emeryville’s fabric.

  1. Amtrak – It’s a little magical to think you can hop on a train just across the tracks from Public Market and travel as far as Chicago. Following the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, a new Amtrak depot was built in Emeryville to replace the damaged 16th Street Station in West Oakland. The Emeryville station serves Amtrak’s California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, San Joaquin, and Capitol Corridor trains, with service to destinations including Salt Lake City, Sacramento, Los Angeles and Denver.
  2. Peet’s Coffee – Founded originally in Berkeley by Dutch immigrant and the son of a wholesale coffee operator, Alfred Peet has come to be known as “the godfather of gourmet coffee in the U.S.” Peet’s is headquartered in Emeryville and our favorite Peet’s locations is undoubtedly the one at Public Market. Along with founding the “original craft coffee,” Peet’s is also known for its commitment of doing good through charitable donations and sustainable sourcing.
  3. Emeryville Mudflats – This Bayfront segment of Emeryville was the site of an extensive conservation effort in the 1950s. In the following decades, the “Mudflats” gained notoriety when various professional and amateur artists installed striking sculptures made from driftwood timbers found in the Bay’s. The Mudflats were even featured in the 1971 cult classic film Harold and Maude.
  4. Head Over Heels Athletic Arts- Who knew there was a youth facility training some of the best gymnasts in the country, right here in Emeryville? Last winter, HOHAA-trained athlete Frida Ezparza qualified for an elite national championship in Las Vegas. Not only for gifted and talented kids, Head Over Heels Athletic Arts offers gymnastics classes for all ages, seasonal camps, birthday parties, and physical education for local preschools.