Oakland Grown.org Blog

Supporting Oakland's Local Independent Businesses and Artists

Blue Bottle Coffee in Brooklyn Raises Brewing to a Science ,

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 11:30 am

The New York Times   By Oliver Strand

While the coffee bar will start at full steam, the roaster, one of a growing number in New York, will begin slowly, with only five or so different types of coffee at first. (Around 15 are roasted in Oakland.) As production increases, Mr. Freeman wants the New York coffee to be suggestive of San Francisco.

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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

Support the Oakland community when you shop
Oakland Unwrapped!: Oakland’s Online Marketplace

Thank you to our sponsors!

 

Consumers Buy Into ‘Buy Local’

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Independent / Indie Business,News — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 8:02 am

BussinessWeek.com   By Kimberly Weisul
More groups are forming to send shoppers to home-grown independent businesses. But their impact on jobs is hard to quantify

Advocates say that locally owned stores spend proportionately more on payroll than chains and that buying local will save jobs. Plus, for every $100 spent at a locally owned store, $45 remains in the local economy, compared with about $13 per $100 spent at a big box, according to research by the nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Austin (Tex.) consulting firm Civic Economics. That’s because independents tend to do their purchasing locally, while chains usually centralize it from a head office.

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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.

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Directory of East Bay Arts + East Bay OPEN STUDIOS 2010 ,

Filed under: Art and Artists,Community Wealth and Ownership,Events,Made in Oakland — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 12:48 pm

Pro Arts
CALL FOR ARTISTS
Directory of East Bay Arts
+ East Bay OPEN STUDIOS 2010

Expand your Audience!
Prepare work for Sale!
Network with Artists, Patrons, Curators and Galleries!
Exhibit in the Gallery!
Oakland/East Bay Artists: Be part of the largest art event in the region. After nearly 30 years, Pro Arts’ East Bay OPEN STUDIOS continues to bring over 50,000 visitors from all over the Bay Area to local artists’ studios for the opportunity to see the best art made in the East Bay. The annual Directory of East Bay Arts extends the reach of the event and provides a year-long reference, a Who’s Who guide for artists. Artists choose “Open By Appointment Only”, or open for OPEN STUDIOS.

Artist Deadline: February 20, 2010

REGISTER ONLINE NOW
More Info:  http://www.proartsgallery.org/ebos/artistinfo.php

SAVE THE DATE! Open Studios is June 5 – 6 and June 12 – 13, 2010

Artist Entry Includes

* Full Color Artist Listing in 60+ page magazine (circ. 60,000)
* Inclusion on Map
* Web Page for one year with 8 images and Artist Statement
* Professional development workshops on framing, marketing and more,
* Exhibit space in the Preview Exhibition
* Online Gallery and Maps, and more

Together, the Directory of East Bay Arts and East Bay OPEN STUDIOS serve as essential resources for artists to cultivate new audiences for their work.  Spread the word! For more information, go to  http://www.proartsgallery.org/ebos/artistinfo.php

New in 2010:  Announcing Pro Arts, Berkeley Art Center and Richmond Art Center to collaborate in the presentation of the 2010 East Bay OPEN STUDIOS Preview Exhibition. This ‘living catalog’ of over 400 artworks will be shown across three of the East Bay’s most celebrated arts spaces in May/June: Berkeley Art Center, Richmond Art Center, and Pro Arts.

About Pro Arts
Pro Arts provides critical access to contemporary art in Oakland and the Bay Area through its independent curated exhibitions, capacity-building artist services, open studios, juried programs, and diverse collaborative programs. In addition to serving as an advocate for regional artists, Pro Arts offers youth and community programs to further engage art audiences that reflect innovative artistic expression, and the rich cross-section of cultures, ethnicity, age, and race in the Oakland/Bay Area. Last year Pro Arts exhibited 690 artists and produced 62 events drawing an annual audience of 65,000. Additionally, Pro Arts provides professional art services to partnering institutions, and provides fiscal sponsorship to artists.

Pro Arts supports the arts within communities by serving the ongoing needs of artists.
http://www.proartsgallery.org

 

Neighborhood Revitalization Through Retail ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Independent / Indie Business,Made in Oakland — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 10:40 am

East Bay Express Small Business Monthly by Bernice Yeung

That there’s nowhere to shop in Oakland is a common gripe with at least a grain of truth to it. Ever try to buy a head of lettuce near the Coliseum or furnish an apartment without leaving the city limits? Established commercial districts notwithstanding, Oakland has long struggled to convince its residents to spend money within its borders.

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Are you the fiftyseven-thirtythree AMBASSADOR OF SEXY? ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Independent / Indie Business,Made in Oakland — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 11:01 am

The rules are simple. Send us your best pics with some fiftyseven-thirtythree gear and make sure they are dripping with sexy.

The fiftyseven-thirtythree staff will vote by secret ballot and choose the 1st ever

AMBASSADOR OF SEXY!!!! The Winning entry will receive the highly sought after and much coveted Japanese schoolgirl flag hoodie

more info here