October 2015 | ARTS & CULTURE
1714 Franklin St. Suite 102
Part cafe, retail shop, gallery, and shared workspace, Qulture Collective is an inclusive space with multiple businesses operating together under one roof, dedicated to serving the queer and allied community in Oakland and the greater Bay Area.
Q: What inspired you to start your business?
We envision a multi-faceted shopping destination that doubles as a community space. Oakland is home to a diverse and vibrant queer community, but lacks central, devoted specifically queer spaces. Qulture Collective focuses on providing a platform for creative and entrepreneurial ventures. Having a shared space will allow for the diverse and talented queer and allied community to connect, share stories and promote inspiration and growth. Our hope is that Qulture Collective will be a home base for exciting new activity and innovations.
Q: Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
Our customers feel a sense of belonging at Qulture Collective, and a freedom to pursue their visions in a healthy, supportive environment.
Q: What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The love! Oakland has a full heart, and the connections that form between people here are genuine and inspiring. People understand the power that comes with purchasing, and the ways that we can create cycles of support by being mindful of what and where we make our purchases. It is clear that the community genuinely supports inclusive spaces.
Q: What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Tay Ho, 19th Street Station, Bergeron Books, Viscera
Q: What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
Mindful community. Community members value each other and the contributions we all make toward creating a reality that reflects the needs of and benefits for all.