The East Bay Express loves what we're doing in downtown Oakland! In fact, we're proud to announce that THREE of our retailers there won "Best Of" awards in the recent "(The New) Authentic" issue.
We were excited for our retailers to be called out alongside of some of the most inspired shop and restaurant owners around town.
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HUB Oakland won "Best Place to Be Creative" as the place to " Get the inspiration flowing." We offered the HUB Oakland founders a place to Pop-up in May in our Plaza location. It gave them an opportunity to begin fundraising as well as launch their marketing and outreach with fantastic events and programming. After a successful kickstarter campaign, as stated in the East Bay Express "HUB plans to move in October to a 16,000-square-foot spot in Uptown that will include offices, collaborative space, conference rooms, an art gallery, and a meditation and yoga area. Members can join at varying levels.
Crown Nine Jewelry won "Most Covetable Gems." With an ever-changing inventory of beautiful, limited-edition jewelry by local makers (and herself), as well as a rotating art gallery, owner Kate Ellen is doing amazing things. The Express says, "This holistic approach to jewelry design and story makes each piece feel like a true treasure, and the entire approach, we admit, feels like a rarity." Photo by Sophie Hughes
Photo Credit: Eva Kolenko
Come celebrate their One year anniversary this First Friday!
Some of our Oakland retail friends and partners received awards as well. A big congratulations to the following folks:
Keep your eyes on this blog for a forthcoming timeline of retail launching in Oakland.