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Supporting Oakland's Local Independent Businesses and Artists

There is always time for Happy Hour! ,

Doesn’t matter how heavy the workload, what the weather’s like or if I have friends in tow or not, there is always time for Happy Hour! I tend to head for the spots that also have food generally small plates to nibble on with my adult beverage of choice. While the time range on these vary quite a bit, I tend to show up between 5-6pm to score a seat and hang out for awhile. Here are my neighborhood haunts.

Penelope at the corner of 11th & Clay on the border between Old & Downtown Oakland, Tung & Johnny always have a list of specials at the end of the bar. Creative original cocktails and bar bites.

2022 Restaurant & Bar (formally know as AVE) 2022 Telegraph Ave on the backside of the Paramount Theater Stop by and say hello to Gairy, Robert or Mesfin and partake in some drink and small plate specials.

Levende at 8th & Washington in Old Oakland This one ends at 6pm so don’t be late! Many of the regular appetizers show up in bar bite sizes and the beer special is pretty good.

Look for a more detailed, comprehensive list here in January 2010. Want to share your favorite Happy Hour spot with Oakland Grown? Shoot us an email at oaklandgrown@omlf.com with the bar/restaurant name, address and why you like it there!


Oakland Grown website – just launched!! ,

We  just launched the new Oakland Grown website: http://oaklandgrown.org  Check it out to see shopping ideas, member profiles, and lots more!


The Compound Gallery Presents: Art in a Box ,

Most of us like surprises and wish we had more time to appreciate and possibly own art. Following the concept of wine clubs and produce box subscriptions here is Art in a Box! Read more about The Compound Gallery and this service here.


Elfster.com: plan your Secret Santa gift exchange online for free ,

Filed under: Holiday Shopping,Independent / Indie Business — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 11:35 pm

This online Secret Santa gift exchange website is the brainchild of “Head Elf” and Oakland based programmer Peter Imburg. Set up an exchange for a group of family, friends or co-workers and the name drawing, wishlists, planning of the exchanges and anonymous questions are all taking care of by a simple series of questions. Not sure what you want to add to you own wishlist? Check out local and independent shops on the Oakland Unwrapped! Store and handmade items on Estsy.com.


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


Berkeley Sales Tax Increase Attributed to Indie Businesses ,

Finally getting around to posting this article about how Berkeley’s sales tax revenues went up during the recession and that the City Manager attributes it to the small local businesses!   See a nice quick summary in the East Bay Express or the full article in the Chronicle.


Buy Fresh Buy Local Guide ,

The fine folks over at Buy fresh Buy Local have come up with the 3rd edition of the Sf Bay Area shopping guide. It’s chock full of information about real food, where it’s grown, locations to buy and even pick your food at a farm.

Check it out here:

PDF version http://guide.buylocalca.org/PDFs/BFBL_bayarea_guide-jun09.pdf

Online Search http://guide.buylocalca.org/search.phpJUL09-home

The Buy Fresh Buy Local Campaign, a project of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, helps consumers find and choose local products while building relationships between growers, food artisans, farmers’ markets retailers, restaurants, and institutions. http://guide.buylocalca.org/


The Best Lemonade Stand in America Contest 2009 ,

Filed under: Food and Drink,Independent / Indie Business — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 12:31 pm

main_headerFrom Inc. Magazine

Calling all business-savvy kids ages 5-12! Summer is here and that means our search is on once again to find the best lemonade stands in America. Think you have what it takes to put together an award-winning stand? We want to hear from you! Share your story with us about building and running a lemonade stand, and you could be one of our top winners and receive money for college.

To help you get started, check out this sample entry, and the featured resources at right. For more inspiration, you can read about our 2008 winners below.

And don’t forget, each week during the summer you will have a chance to be featured as the Lemonade Stand of the Week and win a special t-shirt. Learn more about our fourth annual Best Lemonade Stand in America Contest and what it takes to enter.

Read more and how to enter here.


Fresh Produce in West Oakland? ,

Yes, it’s true Mandela Foods has arrived! To read the scoop, check out this SF Business Times article here.


No such thing as too many bars! ,

It’s always nice to read a positive story about Oakland and especially the birth of new indie businesses. The Uptown district is seeing a ton of new, cool watering holes opening in the wake of the Fox Theater renovation. Read more about them here Oakland Bars Tap into Demand.