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Supporting Oakland's Local Independent Businesses and Artists

Bicycle-Friendly Business Awards 2010 ,

East Bay Bicycle Coalition Submitted by Dave Campbell

Nominations open for Bicycle-Friendly Business Awards through March 26, 2010

Know a company that super-promotes bicycling? Want to recognize them? All you have to do is…

Submit Your Nomination Today!

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H&M and Wal-Mart destroy and trash unsold goods ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Green / Sustainable,Leaders and Activists — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 9:05 am

Shine by Yahoo Fashion + Beauty by Joanna Douglas

Cynthia Magnus holds up unworn, destroyed clothing she found in the garbage. Photo by Suzanne DeChillo/New York Times

This week the New York Times reported a disheartening story about two of the largest retail chains. You see, instead of taking unsold items to sample sales or donating them to people in need, H&M and Wal-Mart have been throwing them out in giant trash bags. And in the case that someone may stumble on these bags and try to keep or re-sell the items, these companies have gone ahead and slashed up garments, cut off the sleeves of coats, and sliced holes in shoes so they are unwearable.

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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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Locavore Holiday Shopping Events This Weekend ,

NYTimes.com The Bay Area by Armand Emamdjomeh

The second night of Oakland’s Holiday Buy Night kicks off at 5 p.m. tonight and will run until 10 p.m. inside the Jack London Market. It features crafted goods with an emphasis on merchants who don’t have traditional storefronts. There, Linden Street Brewery will officially launch the new East Bay Express-sponsored beer, Bleeding Heart Lager.

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CBS Video: Holiday Buy Night Day 1

Day 1 (Thursday 12/10/09)

Featuring a profile of Yazi Rose clothing and spotlighting Oaklandish and Oakland Unwrapped c0-founder Erin Kilmer-Neel!

Reported by Sherri Hu:


Join us for Day2 TONGHT Friday 12/11/09 from 5-10pm in the Jack London Market



Oakland “Holiday Buy Night” offers indie Christmas shopping choices

Oakland Tribune by Angela Woodall

Shoppers looking for big-screen TVs and video game consoles at the “Holiday Buy Night” on Jack London Square Thursday and Friday night would be disappointed. But the waterfront market would be just the place to find hand-printed T-shirts, plates with scenes of Oakland, dresses, a menorah carved from stone, stationary, handcrafted jewelry, candles, boxes, bowls, baby blankets and unique offerings that no Walmart could come close to…

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The challenge of the aged padrón ,

Filed under: Food and Drink,Green / Sustainable — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 8:31 am

© 2006-2010 Eugenia E. Gratto

From TheInadvertentGardener.com

On Sunday, I thought I’d remedied this when I located some red, luscious padróns at Happy Boy Farms’ stand at the Jack London Square Market. I brought them home, posted a photo of my find to Facebook, and planned for a fun evening of sautéing them up and playing padrón roulette… Continue here.


Oakland Grown Pledge ,

Take the pledge to shop at only locally-owned independent businesses this holiday season!  Sign up for the pledge here, and feel free to share your experiences in the comments section below!  Thanks for supporting Oakland’s local indie busiensses and artists – together our individual choices can change the world!


A national movement of foodies, farmers, parents and educators is pushing for better school food

From left, 5th graders at ACE Charter School Noemy Lopez, Dominick Fuentes and Cesar Lopez enjoy their lunch, which is prepared by Oakland based Revolution Foods, on Sep. 1, 2009 in San Jose. Photo from the Mercury News

Check out this Mercury News article highlighting the new movement to make school lunches fresh, healthy and affordable. Also included, the Oakland based company, Revolution Foods, leading the pack delivering fun and nutritious food to our children.


Just Around the Corner ,

Check out this great youtube link about why you should shop at your local book store instead of ordering it on-line.


Sent to me by:

Luan Stauss
Laurel Book Store
4100 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619
M-F 10-7 Sat 10-6 Sun Closed