Archer Bicycle

SHOPPING

www.facebook.com/archerbicycle
Archer Bicycle is a bike shop whose main focus is NOT selling you a bike (although we are happy to do so). We want you, and whatever bike you own, to be well cared for. We want to make sure that the bike runs as well as it can, and that you understand its ins and outs. As a bonus, we have an art gallery upstairs!

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
When I opened Archer Bicycle, the goal was to have a “service station” for bikes. I wanted to have a place where no matter what you rode, you’d get great service at a reasonable price. Basically, our philosophy is that any bike you use and enjoy is a GOOD bike.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
Customers love the business because they get an excellent mechanic, awesome customer service, and reasonable prices. (Check out Yelp; it must be working!)

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
Downtown Oakland was a gamble for me. I was relatively new to the area and there were no other bike shops nearby. I didn’t know if the location would support a good bike shop I figured it would either turn out to be a really good, or a really bad, decision. I started suspecting it was going to work out, when, within the first few days of signing a lease, people walking by stopped and said, “A bike shop is coming? Great!”

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
I have the good fortune of having a number of great shops in my neighborhood. My little slice of downtown has a barber/hair salon(“Blade the Barber/Drastic Changes”), a bookstore (“Wolfman Books”), a coffee shop (“Modern Coffee”), a bar dating back to the 1920’s (“Radio”), the “Tribune Tavern” (good eats, nice bar), and for those with a vegetarian persuasion, the “Golden Lotus.” The newest addition to our block is “CamBurger,” and the “Mockingbird” restaurant is due to open this summer. In addition, along with our art gallery, there is another art venue across the street, “Good Mother.” We also have the absolutely gorgeous Tribune Tower anchoring the block.

Jamaican Jerk Cook Off 2016

MAY 2016 | EVENTS

www.jamaicanjerkcookoff.com

On Memorial Day Monday May 30, the annual Jamaican Jerk Cook Off invites eight teams to square off with their unique version of jerk to impress attendees. Entertainment includes live music and a live Sepak Takraw tournament, MC ~ Greg Bridges of KCSM, steel pan music, awesome feat of athleticism in a combination of soccer, volleyball, acrobatics, and martial arts delivered by members of the Men’s USA National Sepak Takraw team. While the grown-ups enjoy a visit to the Rum Shack or grab a craft beer, the kids get to hang at the Kids zone which will offer opportunities to play the beautiful game with MYS coaches and Teen Mentors.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
The money raised from the event will allow My Yute Soccer to continue on their mission. Since 2008, My Yute Soccer has provided a one-week soccer camp each summer to 70 children at Oakland Technical High School, at no cost to parents or participants. It has since grown to offer additional camps each year along with a Teen Mentor program.

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
People just love the event and keep coming back year after year to experience the great vibe, incredible food and all-round high spirited atmosphere.

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Community! Oakland youth are dear to our hearts and what better place to hold the event than right at the heart of the Oakland, on Broadway.

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
Yes! We could not do this without the generosity of our partners. Drake’s Dealership www.drinkdrakes.com/visit/dealership is sponsoring the event and we have amazing Chef partners that volunteer their time from: Chop Bar www.oaklandchopbar.com, The Dock at Linden Street www.thedockoakland.com, Jimmie’s Jerk Chicken, S + S Gastro Grub www.ssgastrogrub.com, La Marcha & Mohari Wellness. In addition with local support from: Calavera www.calaveraoakland.com, People’s Barber Shop www.peoplesbarber.com, Periscope Cellars www.periscopecellars.com, Red Bay Coffee www.redbaycoffee.com, Yahshi Bakes www.yahshibakes.com, The Oakland Chocolate Company and Oakland Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Clinic.

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
It’s home. It feels like one big family.

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
This is an awesome chance to kick back with friends and family and have a great time, while bringing your excitement and enthusiasm for My Yute Soccer initiatives. This is our main fundraising event. We are a grassroots organization, operated solely by volunteers providing kids with excellent opportunities.

Food Truck Pod at Snow Park

food truck

The Snow Park Food Truck Pod hosts 2-3 rotating food trucks based in the Bay Area every Wednesday from 11am-2pm. It’s organized by Doc’s Classic.

Number of years in Oakland? 3

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
We figured there were many food trucks like Doc’s that could benefit from the visibility of a consistent market that didn’t charge the small businesses. We also just wanted to serve in Oakland and it’s a nice spot.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
We consolidate the best soul food, Taiwanese bao, empanadas, tacos, pupusas, burgers, fried chicken, and vegan Filipino food to one accessible spot.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
It’s not just a verbal exchange. Our customers return every week and are appreciative and fun. Changes in our menus don’t go unnoticed.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Cassave Taqueria, Kenny’s Heart and Soul, Go Streatery, Fist of Flour, No Worries Filipino Vegan, The Chairman, Firebrand Bakery

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
Great weather. And Steph and Ayesha Curry. (It’s a tie.)
Wednesdays from 11am-2pm

www.snowparkfoodpod.com
19th and Harrison Streets

Fairy Winterland

December 2015 | ACTIVITIES

fairyland.org
December 4th
Children’s Fairyland
699 Bellevue Avenue

For twelve exciting days, Fairyland will be transformed into Fairy Winterland! Featuring live performances celebrating holidays from many cultures, appearances by Santa Claus, special decorations and thousands of twinkling lights, with rides, puppet shows, arts and crafts, free holiday treats, cider and hot cocoa, and more surprises! Park hours: Noon until 7pm.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
To celebrate the holidays and help teach people about different ways to celebrate.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
It’s an opportunity to see the park at night, dressed up in lights and there are special performances that aren’t regularly seen in Fairyland.

Q. What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
We get a wide variety of people every year who come for various reasons (Santa, hot cider, dancing Christmas trees)

Q. Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
We partner with many businesses throughout the year for all of our events.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
Oakland has been our home for 65 years.

Q. What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
It is a one of a kind event and Fairyland goes all out!

The Amazing Lake Merritt Doggy Scavenger Hunt

Lake Merrit doggy and outdoor activities

October 2015 | OUTDOORS

pogoevents.com
599 El Embarcadero
10/25/2015 1:30 pm
How long has this event been in Oakland? This is our first year!

Join POGO Events for some Sunday fun with your furry friend around beautiful Lake Merritt! For this scavenger hunt, both you and your dog will go through a series of challenges together as you race to beat the clock. You have two hours to complete the race and no matter what place you get you won’t leave empty handed! Doggy bags will be given to each participant and prizes will be handed to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Tickets are $30 per dog!

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
We offer public events all around New York and San Francisco Bay such as Amazing Scavenger Hunts, Badass Board Game Battles, Trivia Challenges and more.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Great way to meet new friends and have fun with new ones.

Q. What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Oakland is a great city.

Q. Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
No.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
Everything.

Q. What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
This is a scavenger hunts for dogs and their owners.

The Amazing Haunted Old Oakland Scavenger Hunt

halloween scavenger hunt in Downtown Oakland

October 2015 | OUTDOORS

pogoevents.com
538 9th Street
10/24/2015 4:30 pm
How long has this event been in Oakland? This is our first year!

Come get spooked and have a blast on our haunted hunt through one of the oldest neighborhoods in the state! POGO’s Amazing Scavenger Hunts are an exciting way of seeing the city in a new way, meeting new people, and having bucket loads of fun along the way. Armed with a smartphone, sharp ingenuity, high levels of energy, and all-important team spirit; contestants race around the city searching for clues to the finish line.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
We offer public events all around New York and San Francisco Bay such as Amazing Scavenger Hunts, Badass Board Game Battles, Trivia Challenges and more.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
It is a great way to meet new friends and have fun with old ones.

Q. What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Oakland is an amazing city.

Q. Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
No.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
Everything.

Q. What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
POGO’s Amazing Scavenger Hunts are an exciting way of seeing the city in a new way, meeting new people, and having bucket loads of fun along the way.

The Amazing Jack London Square Scavenger Hunt

Jack London Square scavenger hunt

October 2015 | OUTDOORS

pogoevents.com
Overland Country Bar & Grill
101 Broadway
How long has this event been in Oakland? This is our first year!

Make sure you answer this Call of the Wild! Join us Sunday in Oakland’s Jack London neighborhood for a scavenger hunt like no other! Form teams of 2 – 5 people, or, if you’re solo, we’ll happily create a team for you on the day of! Armed with a smart phone, sharp ingenuity, high levels of energy, and all-important team spirit; contestants race around the city searching for clues to the finish line.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
Our company hosts scavenger hunts.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
POGO’s Amazing Scavenger Hunts are an exciting way of seeing the city in a new way, meeting new people, and having bucket loads of fun along the way.

Q. What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Best city in CA.

Q. Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
No

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
Everything

Q. What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
Fun for all ages!

Oakland Treasure Hunt

Oakland Treasure hunt, urban adventures in Downtown Oakland

October 2015 | OUTDOORS

www.gametheoryacademy.org
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza
10/17/2015 – 12:00 pm
How long has this event been in Oakland? 2 years

Join us for the Oakland Treasure Hunt! A unique urban sleuthing adventure through the streets of downtown and uptown Oakland. Teams have three hours to solve clues leading to unique locations. Team up with friends and coworkers to solve clues and win prizes! Additional prizes for the team with the best costumes. It’s a great way to meet and share a fun experience with friends and make new friends along the way!

Q: What was the inspiration behind the event?
The inspiration is the Chinese New Year Hunt in SF, and we wanted to bring the fun and excitement to Oakland by working with the company who puts on the Chinese New Year Hunt.

Q: Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Attendees get to see parts of Oakland that they could have passed over without noticing or that they would not have seen otherwise.

Q: What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Showing people great new places to explore in Oakland.

Q: Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
Yes

Q: What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
Oakland offers diverse spaces to explore, making the clues challenging and fun to solve.

Q: What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
The profits go to an Oakland-based nonprofit that works with youth, Game Theory Academy.

Outdoor Afro

Outdoor Afro activies in Downtown Oakland

OUTDOORS

www.outdoorafro.com
2323 Broadway

Outdoor Afro is a cutting-edge platform that organizes recreational events here in Oakland and around the country to help people of all interests and fitness levels get re-connected to nature. We share tips, history, and inspiration via our social networks to help positively shift the visual representation of who gets outdoors.

Q: What inspired you to start your business?
My parents had a ranch in Lake County we would visit often while growing up, and that was like my nature laboratory — and I became hooked! But when I started venturing into the woody far reaches of the wilderness as an adult, I noticed too few people who liked like me out there. So I decided to do something about it, and started an online community back in 2009 to combat the false stereotype that black people don’t like the outdoors. We have come a long way from that blog and now we have 30 trained national leaders who help people connect to nature through camping trips, hikes, river rafting, and other activities to reach nearly 10,000 people each year around the country.

Q: Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
Because we re-connect people to nature, and to one another.

Q: What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
I was born and raised here, so it’s about heritage and legacy. I stand on the shoulders of my parents who migrated here from the south in search of better opportunities, and visionary movements like the Black Panthers. I am living the dream my ancestors had for me to live a life of self-determination and agency that brings such a deep sense of satisfaction in my work here. It is an honor to contain my work, play, and engagement in such a magnetic place that truly has everything you could ever want in a city.

Q: What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
It’s Your Move Games and Hobbies, Lois the Pie Queen, Mi Pueblo on High Street

Q: What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
Lake Merritt!

Lake Merritt

Lake Merrit In Uptown Oakland
Photo Credit: Karen Wertman

OUTDOORS

www.lakemerritt.org
Surrounded by parkland and bordering diverse urban neighborhoods, Lake Merritt is more than a natural wonder; it’s an opportunity to experience the city’s extraordinary diversity. On any given day you will find hundreds of people of differing ages, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds enjoying the many options offered by this magical place – the country’s largest saltwater lake within city boundaries.

Technically a tidal lagoon, Oakland’s stunning Lake Merritt comprises 140 acres with 3.4 miles of shoreline. It is also the location of the oldest designated wildlife sanctuary in the United States, with 70 species of birds calling the heart-shaped lake home.

Walkers, runners and workers taking a lunch break can traverse the paved path encircling the Lake. When they do, they will be able to observe wildlife as well as kayakers, sailors, and rowers skimming across the water. They’ll pass by the Rotary Nature Center, a museum and interpretive center with exhibits, science classrooms, freshwater viewing ponds, five habitat islands, a geodesic dome for injured birds and the Lake Merritt Wildlife Refuge.

Within view of grand old apartment buildings, neighborhood outdoor cafes and small businesses along Grand Avenue is Children’s Fairyland, the oldest themed amusement park in the United States and an early inspiration for Walt Disney. Fairyland includes 10 acres of play sets, small rides, and animals. The park is also home to the Open Storybook Puppet Theater, the oldest continuously operating puppet theater in the United States.

Not far from the Lake Merritt Botanical Gardens and lawn bowling green is the Lake Chalet Restaurant, housed in the former municipal boathouse, where dockside diners can enjoy watching a sunset and hearing the songs of gondoliers taking their fares for a romantic rides in Venetian gondolas. Curving past recently opened architectural marvel: the Cathedral of Christ the Light you find other modern buildings that grace the urban skyline including the curved Kaiser Center a mid-century office complex and that houses one of the Uptown neighborhoods best-kept secrets, a 3-acre roof garden. The historic Camron-Stanford House can be found at the South side of the Lake and is the last of the 19th century mansions that once surrounded the Lake. It is now fully restored and opened as a museum and event venue.

On a sunny weekend afternoon, Lake Merritt becomes the city’s favorite picnic ground, where families, old and young residents, salsa dancers, jugglers and acrobats and musicians spontaneously gather on her grassy banks. The newly constructed amphitheater at the Lake’s West end is not only a venue for concerts, but a home for neighboring Chinatown’s graceful older residents and others to practice morning Tai Chi. On Saturdays you will also find young families enjoying the playground adjacent to the Lake Merritt branch of the Oakland Public Library and buff athletes working the pull-up bars at the Lake’s Eastern end, adjacent to the Grand Lake Farmer’s Market an East Bay institution that’s considered one or the region’s best.

For residents and visitors alike, the Lake is perhaps most breathtaking at night, when the historic neon sign at the glorious old Grand Lake Theater is in view and the famed necklace of lights that encircle the Lake’s perimeter are glowing. Featuring pearly bulbs suspended between 126 lampposts built in 1924, the lights of Lake Merritt are symbolic of the glow of pride that Oakland exudes from residents who get to call this city and its many treasures home.