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Africana studies community research center has a welcome debut

Guests could hear music and laughter the moment they walked through the entrance of Building L at Merritt College one chilly March evening. They were here for the community open house for the new Africana...
Fiber Florist, otherwise known as Vivian Truong, makes everlasting flowers out of felt.  (Photo courtesy of Fiber Florist)

At “Fiber Florist,” a local artist creates everlasting bouquets

In the window display of Vivian Truong’s studio there are rose petals as soft as a newborn’s hair, tulips as vibrantly colored as wild birds, and daffodils as bright as the early morning sun. It...
Man preparing marijuana.

As the marijuana industry heats up, street dealers think about going legal

Entrepreneurs from other industries are moving into the space and creating a social bubble that excludes the “underground” group.
Uli Elser's homemade pretzels. (Photo by Isara Krieger)

Is this Oakland startup an Etsy for home-cooked food?

This startup's goal is to ensure the future of home-cooking, connecting local chefs to a hungry community.
Pamela Baron started the House Portrait Commission, a collection of painted homes from the Bay Area. (Photo by Libby Leyden)

Capturing Bay Area houses with watercolors and a brush

Watercolor illustrator Pamela Baron has set out to capture Oakland’s unique neighborhoods through her hand-painted images of people’s homes, a project she calls “The House Portrait Commission.”
Adam Hubenig is owner and designer of Gneiss Wood.

Artist’s love for driftwood anchors Gneiss Wood in Oakland

Adam Hubenig grew up in Quebec and Ontario, Canada, surrounded by lush forest, hidden brooks and rivers, with access to a secluded cabin where he could completely escape into nature. He moved to Oakland in...
Brittani Sensabaugh's "222ForgottenCities" project documents African American communities in cities around the country. Photo by Angelica Casas.

Oakland native documents forgotten communities

When Brittani Sensabaugh walks down the streets of East Oakland, she notices a combination of characteristics among those who live there—strength, struggles and power. It is those features she wants to capture in her photography....
Greeting over drinks at Sunset Magazine party

Sunset Magazine relocates to Oakland, setting sights on younger, urban readers

Sunset Magazine hosted a party in mid February to celebrate its new move, new editor - in - chief, and new direction it planned to take editorially at its new Oakland location.
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Historic deli faces closure from increased rent

The Genova Delicatessen, located at 5095 Telegraph Avenue, has been part of the famous Temescal Plaza since 1926. When it first opened it sold mostly just pastas and sauces but in the late 1960s the...
Alex Masi of Sacramento and her Star Wars-themed Bernie Sanders poster.

Hundreds rally for Bernie Sanders in Oakland as Super Tuesday looms

As voters went to the polls in South Carolina, and with Super Tuesday looming on March 1, about 300 people rallied for Bernie Sanders in downtown Oakland on Saturday. Local group SambaFunk provided a pulsating...
Bernie Sanders Meet - Up Attendees hold signs of support.

Oakland women rally for Bernie Sanders

A multicultural and multigenerational group of women met to discuss Sen. Bernie Sanders' platform earlier this month in Oakland.
Public shows support in keeping Director Charles Lester.

California Coastal Commission fires executive director Dr. Charles Lester

Earlier this February, the California Coastal Commission voted during a 12-hour public hearing in Morro Bay to fire its executive director, Dr. Charles Lester.
Molly and Karina started a kickstarter campaign to make their dream of selling their hand blended tea by a mobile truck a reality. (Photo courtesy of Steep Tea Co.)

“Steep Jeep” is bringing a modern take on tea

Revamping an ice cream truck into a mobile tea business is just one part of Molly Gaylord and Karina Vlastnik’s vision for Steep Tea Company, based in West Oakland. They are renovating the “Steep Jeep,”...