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Small, Local Retailers Had a Good Christmas ,

EastBayExpress.com Robert Gammon

Small, local retailers outperformed national chains during the holiday season, especially in cities that have “Buy Local” campaigns, according to a national survey by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

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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?

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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.

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More Bands Are Chasing Fewer Bucks ,

East Bay Express

This article as well as the comments paint an ominous picture of what is happening to the Bay Area and Oakland indie music scene. Well, at least what is left of it…

Support your independent music venues and music stores. Their existence depends on us. -TTR

EastBayExpress.com by David Downs     Additional Reporting by Kathleen Wentz

There’s music everywhere. Money? Not so much.

In these tech-savvy, DIY times, the spectrum of a band’s economic options has widened to include more ways of doing business. Bands can write, record, distribute, and market music globally for next to nothing. If you’ve got the hooks, the Internet can make you a big fish fast. But that doesn’t necessarily translate to more dollars. In fact, if anything, it’s become even harder for bands to make a living.

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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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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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