From online to pop-up to permanent: Six months ago we sat down with Yoko and Kayoko and talked about their business. We were impressed. They explained that their online japanese kitchen and barware website had international contributors sharing insights into Japanese culture and lifestyle. We liked the idea of linking this global community to a flagship shop in Old Oakland. They expressed that they wanted to be a part of the energy in Oakland right now and they wanted to be a part of Popuphood, siting the awesome Popuphood neighboring shops as a main reason. They were a solid and delightful team with great products, a growth strategy, and an amazing community of people online and off to assist them to realize their vision. We are so happy that these women are going to be a permanent addition to Popuphood in Old Oakland! Come celebrate, details below:
From the Umamimart website:
In August, Tomo gifted us a daruma to celebrate the opening of Umami Mart. It is tradition to draw in one eyeball when you receive it while making a wish, then fill in the other when the wish comes true. Our wish was to sign a lease in six months.
And we did it! We signed a lease! WOOOOOO-HOOOOO!!! Who knew that Oakland was starved for a shop that specialized in Japanese kitchen and barware??? It’s so necessary. Well, you asked for it, Oakland, and we’re all yours for the next TWO years. Yoko and I have so many ideas of what we want to do with the space, but to kick off our two-year commitment, we want to say thanks to our community and supporters who have made our lease-signing possible. That’s YOU! Let’s sip bubbly and kampai!
WHAT: Umami Mart lease-signing celebration!
WHEN: Tuesday 3/19, 6-8pm; Champagne toast at 6:30pm!
WHERE: Umami Mart
Old Oakland, CA
BART: 12th Street
This is a FREE event! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
See you next week!