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Supporting Oakland's Local Independent Businesses and Artists

4th Annual Oakland Indie Awards – It’s nomination time! ,

More info at http://oaklandunwrapped.org/indies/

Please take a few minutes to nominate the Oakland
business or artist(s) that inspired you this year.

Nominations Due by March 24

Click here

Save the date!
Come to the Awards Party May 14

Cheer on the winners as you enjoy food from
over 20 different Oakland restaurants, local beer, wine, tea,
coffee, and chocolate, DJ spinning Oakland music,
cool products from Oakland Unwrapped stores, and more!

Friday, May 14, 2010
5:30 – 9:00pm

Jack London Pavilion
(Formerly Barnes & Noble)
98 Broadway, Oakland

Tickets

Early Bird Tickets
$15 each or 2 for $25

After April 1
$20 each

Buy Tickets here

Getting there:

Bike valet
by East Bay Bicycle Coalition

Parking
Available in Jack London Square

Bus
Accessible by Multiple AC Transit Lines

Ferry
Docks at Jack London

Spread the Word!

Indie Awards on Facebook
Find the Indies on Facebook

Sponsor the Event!

Help support this inspiring event, and get
exposure in front of Oakland lovers, businesses,
nonprofits, policy makers, bankers, investors, and more!
See our sponsor details and packet here

Volunteer

Opportunities available prior to and day of event!
Contact Andrea Walker for more details.
510.663.2253 x301
awalker@onecalfoundation.org

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Thank you to our sponsors!

 

Coffee Drinks and Cool Diversions at Farley’s East ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Food and Drink,Independent / Indie Business — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 7:44 am

Coffee Date meets Play Date 

While most independent coffee shops seem to cater to a bookish, adult clientele, Farley’s is focused on creating a place “where everyone is comfortable and welcome.” Farley’s second café (their first opened in Potrero Hill in 1989) is  in the up-and-coming Uptown neighborhood of Oakland, and the particularly family-friendly java stop has been appropriately dubbed Farley’s East.

read more here

 

App to Find Taco Trucks ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Food and Drink,Independent / Indie Business — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 12:58 am

Gadgetwise nytimes.com by ROY FURCHGOTT

Gourmet food trucks are all the rage, now offering upscale mobile meals of everything from carnitas and crepes to schnitzel and cupcakes. While that might seem like good news to foodies everywhere, there is a problem. Where do you find these trucks?

Not only do these portable feasts keep inconsistent hours, there is little telling where they will show up, or when they will be forced to move along.

But an app maker in California has come up with a solution – of sorts.

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A baffling story about crime and Oakland nightlife ,

Oakland Tribune Outtakes by Angela Woodall

The Journal has to be kidding with this article: Oakland Tries to Stir Nightlife by Shaking Up Cabaret Laws
”This city wants to heat up its nightclub and bar scene by relaxing local cabaret laws that govern its late-night venues. That’s raising safety concerns in a town that already has a reputation for crime,” according to the reporter. What? Since when?

read more here

 

Oakland Tries to Stir Nightlife by Shaking Up Cabaret Laws

Peter McCollough for The Wall Street Journal

Would be interestingto hear feedback from this article -TTR

The Wall Street Journal San Francisco Bay Area  By Bobby White

OAKLAND — This city wants to heat up its nightclub and bar scene by relaxing local cabaret laws that govern its late-night venues. That’s raising safety concerns in a town that already has a reputation for crime.

Andrew Jones is one of those who’s concerned. Mr. Jones, a service manager for the Downtown Oakland Association and Lake Merritt/Uptown Association, says the city has to get a handle on its crime problem — such as shootouts and robberies — before it expands its club scene.

“The city wants to attract hundreds of new people to party here, but it hasn’t solved the problem of how to keep them safe,” says Mr. Jones. “It just doesn’t make much sense.”

But some city officials and club owners see a chance to generate business in a city hit hard by the recession — Oakland’s unemployment rate was 16.8% in November — by attracting more late-night crowds.

Read more here

 

Countdown to Oakland’s NYE Celebrations to Ring in 2010! ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Events,Food and Drink,Music — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 6:29 pm

Have you made plans yet? If not, Oakland Grown is here to help!

Here’s a list of comprehensive guides to help you find the right party to ring in the New Year:

DO Oakland Grown New Year’s Eve Festivities

East Bay Express NYE Event Search for Oakland

East Bay Express Countdown to Midnight

The DTO (Downtown Oakland) New Year’s Eve 2010

Oakland Local New Year’s Eve in Oakland and around the Bay Area

Restaurant NYE Dinners

Spice Monkey Cafe & Restaurant

Vo’s Restaurant

 

Doing the Broadway Shuttle ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Food and Drink,Ideas,Music,Oakland Recreation — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 12:41 pm

from theOakBook.com

As Jack London Square and Uptown become more popular destinations for drinking, dining, and entertainment, a new City service will soon link the two districts with a free, weekday shuttle running down Broadway between the waterfront and Grand Avenue.
As Jack London Square and Uptown become more popular destinations for drinking, dining, and entertainment, a new City service will link the two districts with a free, weekday shuttle running down Broadway between the waterfront and Grand Avenue.

The Broadway Shuttle is expected to begin early next year, and comes as Jack London Square seeks to become a regional culinary destination on a par with the Ferry Building in San Francisco or Pikes Place Market in Seattle. A $1 million grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District combined with $200,000 from Jack London Square Partners and $160,000 from downtown area redevelopment funds will pay for most of the shuttle’s first two years of operation.

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Huge thanks to all who gave to the Blogoaksphere Food Drive!

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Food and Drink,Leaders and Activists,News — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 12:36 pm

ABetterOakland.com by V Smoothe

If you didn’t donate earlier this month, and are now wishing you had, go for it! The Food Bank set a goal of raising a total of $200,000 from their virtual food drive for the holiday season, and right now, they’re only at $123,541.53. So please, help if you can.

I also want to extend a huge thanks to all the bloggers who participated in the virtual food drive, either with posts asking their readers to donate or by placing donation buttons on their sidebars (and in several cases, both). It feels so nice to do something together. I’m hoping that next year we can do it again (or maybe pick a different cause to raise money for, who knows) and have even more blogs participate! Anyway, big thanks to participating blogs Living in the O, Future Oakland, City Homestead, Today in Montclair, Rebuilding Oaktown, Diary of an Oakland Shopgirl, Back to Oakland, Oakland Grown, and Welcome to the Prescott-Oakland Point Neighborhood. I was totally terrified when I first set up the virtual food drive that nobody would donate and no other blogs would want to do it, so getting so much participation just thrilled me. Thank you all so much!

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Express Launches a New Beer and Live Music Venue

EastBayExpress.com by Robert Gannon

The East Bay Express is sticking its toe into the beer and entertainment business with the launch of EBX Bleeding Heart Lager and Club X. In keeping with the newspaper’s commitment to localism, the beer is brewed a few blocks from the Express’ office, and the 500-capacity club is conveniently located downstairs from the paper’s headquarters.

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Oakland’s local shops brim with holiday cheer ,

Ariel Gallegos, in Nathan & Co on Piedmont Avenue, says shopping local is one of her values. (by Emilie Raguso)

OaklandLocal.com by Emilie Raguso

Oakland merchants are making it easy to buy unique goodies this season with extended hours, a thriving online marketplace and holiday shopping events galore.

This Friday, for example, from 6 to 8 p.m., more than 100 Oakland shops will join in a citywide Open House to celebrate the season. Shoppers around Lakeshore will find carriage rides and face painting. Merchants from Fruitvale to Rockridge, all around Lake Merritt, uptown, downtown, Montclair, Laurel and East MacArthur Boulevard will offer refreshments, specials and entertainment.

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