Town Biz Oakland

Town Biz Oakland Retail
Town Biz Oakland Shopping

SHOPPING

www.townbizoakland.com

Oakland doing business with Oakland. Town Biz is the brain child of Oakland native Chaney Turner, along with her business partners Christine De La Rosa, Charleen Caabay, Michael Schlieker and Maureen Benson they wanted to showcase the amazing artists, artisans, craft workers and designers from and/or based in Oakland.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
The need for spaces that set a stake in the ground focused on Oakland locals and merchants while welcoming visitors into the store amongst a rapidly gentrifying downtown.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
We are about Oakland love and we love Oakland, we truly are about that Town Biz.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The people, we have such a lovely and woke city.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Super Juiced, Show & Tell Concept, SoleSpace

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
Diverse culture

Minimo Wine in Oakland

Minimo Wine Tasting Oakland
Minimo Wine Tasting in Oakland

SHOPPING

www.minimowine.com

Retail wine shop specializing in small production, sustainable wines and ciders. Enjoy a bottle in the shop any time, or join us for thematic wine tastings every Wednesday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
I wanted to create a unique wine shop that invited customers to learn the stories behind small independent wineries, unusual varietals, and lesser-known regions, as well as to support wineries that follow sustainable farming practices (organic or biodynamic) and make wines without unnecessary additives.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
Cool, unpretentious space to learn about wine and find unique bottles for any occasion.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
Amazing supportive diverse community. Lots of love.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Umami Mart, The Punchdown, Oaktown Spice Shop, Viscera Studio, and all the restaurants in Swan’s Market.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
An adventurous food & wine scene.

Dax Lee’s Barber and Apothecary

SERVICES

www.daxlees.com

Dax Lee’s is a community based barbershop with a highly curated men’s apothecary featuring all natural and handmade products. We provide luxury barbering services including Haircuts, Beard Trims, Shaves, and Hot Towel Facials.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
I’ve been barbering in the Bay Area for 12 years and it was just time. I chose Downtown Oakland because I loved my time living on Madison and wanted to be a part of the growing small business community. Furthermore, I wanted to preserve a part of the bay area that a lot of the bigger companies moving in won’t be able to replicate. We’re from the Bay, and it doesn’t get realer than the real thing.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
I think people enjoy the simplicity of the place. Booking is simple, the location is simple, and they get what they want. The positive vibes and good soundtrack are definitely a plus to patrons as well. There’s a lot of things that go into it, we just try to provide a great experience.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The support of the community, Everybody has been so nice. Our main focus is to cater to the folks that were already here, and it’s working. A shop for Oakland, done by Bay Area natives. Everyone is welcome.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Coloso Coffee, Vamp Records, Elis Mile High Club, Shan Dong, Beautys Bagels, King Kog, the list goes on and on. Beer revolution, true burger, The Alley, Starline Social Club, Regina’s Closet, Pretty Penny Etc. blah blah blah. Oakland rules.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
The entire park system, I like that it’s available to me and my family. It’s wonderful to live in a place that’s full of nooks and crannies to get away from the day and enjoy little slice of solitude, and as a person who works around people and a family man… I need that from time to time.

Umami Mart

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www umamimart.com
Umami Mart is a curation of bar tools and glassware from Japan, as well as a bottle shop dedicated to sake and Japanese beer.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
Umami Mart sprouted into this world as an international food + drink blog in 2007. Over the years, it has grown into a Japanese kitchen and barware importing business and bottle shop.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
Functional design, quality, and service are all a part of the Umami Mart philosophy, reflected in every facet of the business.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The community! We have been fortunate to join a strong community of small businesses + makers and artists. Our regulars and local clientele have all been so supportive. Oakland invited us in with open arms in 2012 and we never intend to leave.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Our neighbors, Marion and Rose Workshop, Maple Street Denim, Manifesta, Beast Mode, Crown Nine, the Trappist, everyone at Swan’s Market, Ratto’s. We also love Camino, B-Dama, Abura-Ya, Oaktown Spice Shop, Red Bay Coffee, Bicycle Coffee, Roast Co, and so many others we can’t name them all.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
Not to sound like a broken record, but it’s all the amazing people here who support and promote us. We couldn’t do it without them!

Archer Bicycle

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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.

Viscera

Viscera shopping in Downtown Oakland

SHOPPING

viscerastudio.com
1542 Broadway
Number of years in Oakland <1

Viscera curates a collection of American-made men’s and women’s clothing. We also design and produce a line of 3D printed jewelry in a range of materials.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
My background is in architecture and city planning but really what drives me is a love for design. There weren’t any jobs that I felt could give me all the creative outlets I wanted–so I made one. At Viscera, the store design, photography and graphics are all done in-house and creativity always comes first. We’re even designing a parklet in-front of the shop.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
They love our commitment to American-made quality.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
Other business-owners! They are all fun, spunky (and a little bit stubborn) people who love what they do.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
I love to eat so all my favorites are food related. Sobo Ramen in Chinatown is a weekly must-have. Donut Savant makes some slamming cro-nuts (that’s right a croissant donut hybrid). Aburaya makes the BEST karage and always has interesting takes on Japanese classic dishes. Adachi doesn’t play when it comes to making great food.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
People. Oakland’s vibe is like no other. I’m from Hawaii where everyone is very friendly and I get that here too. On my walk to the shop I’m greeted with pleasant ‘good mornings’ and people are always willing to strike up conversation.

Show & Tell Concept Shop

SHOPPING

showandtelloakland.com
1427 Broadway
Number of years in Oakland: 4

Show & Tell is a concept shop, gallery, and gathering space located in vibrant downtown Oakland that serves as a platform for sustainable and socially responsible apparel, accessories, and gift items. We offer an eclectic selection of items from a rotating roster of up and coming brands with an emphasis on goods made in California.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
Show & Tell was born out of a desire to shift the paradigm of retail. We wanted to be inclusive of all people regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender presentation, size, economic status, etc. and to support brands that focused on sustainability and social responsibility. We believe that what you choose to purchase is a reflection of your values, what you choose to put on communicates who you are- essentially how you Show & Tell what you are about.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
Customers love our welcoming atmosphere, excellent customer service, and eclectic mix of items from independent designers.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
It’s no secret that the best thing about Oakland is her people. We have the best customers and a wealth of super creative local designers and artists to work with.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
There are so many favorites- Crown Nine, Marion and Rose, Owl N Wood, Viscera…. We could go on and on!

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
The relationships we’ve built here. There’d be no Show & Tell without Oakland!

Flax Art & Design Now Open

SHOPPING

www.flaxart.com

FLAX art & design, serving Bay Area creatives since 1938, is excited to be back in Oakland (we had a store here in the 50s)!

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
My grandfather started the business in 1938 on the heels of the depression. He moved here from New Jersey with very little to make a living for his family.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
As a long-time purveyor of art supplies with a focus on service, people have established an emotional connection with us because we help them bring the fruits of their imagination to life

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
We’ve yet to find out, but I’m guessing it will be the people and community.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
An affordable location to operate our business, with parking and good access to public transit and the freeway.

Repair Revolution Winter Camp at Owl N Wood

repair revolution

February 2016 | SHOPPING

repairrevolution.com
Winter Camp at Owl N Wood ends on February 15th! has been extended through March 15th!
45 Grand Ave

We’re camped out in the loft of Owl N Wood for the winter where we’ve assembled trusted repair professionals to make it easy to fix the things you love in a positive environment. Our suite of services include clothing, denim, jewelry, and iPhone repairs, as well as knife sharpening and shoe shining. Drop off services available!

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
The intention behind Repair Revolution is to nurture a simple, positive feedback loop: Buy what you love. Fix what you buy. Love what you fix. We love that repair allows you to enjoy what you love longer, supports local skilled jobs, reduces waste, and adds to the resilience of our neighborhood and planet.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
Repair Revolution makes it easy to know where to go and who to trust when it’s time to fix the things you love.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The supportive community, whose values reflect our own.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
We must give a huge shout out to our amazing and brilliant host, Owl N Wood, for letting us test our model in a real brick and mortar location!

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
Real people working on real things in a community-centered way.

Know Yourself

February 2016 | SHOPPING

knowyourself.com
337 17th Street
Number of years in Oakland? 1

Know Yourself promotes self literacy—a working knowledge of body and mind—through anatomy books, adventuresome comics, and more. For every BODY aged 2-200!

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
When my oldest daughter was 3 or 4, she came running over to me in the kitchen super excited. ‘Mom feel this!’ She made me put my hand to her sternum. ‘Can you feel that?’ She’d discovered her heartbeat. ‘Mom, it goes like all the time. It never stops.’ I laughed and said, ‘That’s right, honey,’ and we talked about how her heart was responsible for pumping blood all through her body. This was just the first of many curious investigations my tiny girl initiated about her body. I’ve found knowing how my own body and mind work mitigates a lot of fearfulness and serves as the foundation of my self esteem, my confidence, and my ability to make good decisions. When my children arrived, I was reminded that this is some of the most important learning I could pass along. I also decided, having come from a family that did not discuss body parts or feelings in any way shape or form, I wanted to be a parent that my kids could learn who they are with—from the inside out. It is such a gift to watch and help my children grow. Teaching my girls how the body works seemed like an easy task to take on, but when I looked around for materials to support my kids’ curiosity around their inner workings, what I found was either too basic ‘you smell with your nose’ or way too complicated ‘the whole human body book.’ I was born an artist with lots of energy, so I started creating the resources that I had hoped to find. Know Yourself is the result of this art project. The name comes from the ancient Greek aphorism ‘Know Thyself’. Still a great idea, we just updated it a little.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
“Such great quality and unique products that encourage children to learn!” – Miss Frugal Mommy

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The best thing about doing business in Oakland is quite frankly hard to lock down to a single point. I’ll say – the community connections have been incredible, smart, energizing and I know I have made friends for life through many of the collaborations I’ve engaged in.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Too many restaurants to mention but that said, I must shout out to Yoshi’ s and Spice Monkey. Also, Maureenbenson.org (Strategic and organizational planning, Public relations, Event production and Business finance mastery). Maureen and her team are unstoppable.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
Diversity in people, their interests, food and creative energy.