Tag Archives: Oakland local business

A glimpse to an aisle at the Video Room in Piedmont Ave. on Friday December 2, 2016. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

Video rental, antiques, shoe repair: Old-fashioned shops struggle to hang on

A big red house stands in the middle of Telegraph Avenue, two blocks from the Berkeley border with Oakland. It resembles Santa’s workshop: fun, colorful and packed with a massive amount of “stuff.” The building...
Mike Saidi is the owner of Helen's Flower Shop. This Valentine's Day, the shop, established first in Berkeley, celebrates its 30th anniversary. Photo by Angelica Casas.

Oakland florist celebrates Valentine’s Day with business anniversary

Mike Saidi has never received flowers from his wife on Valentine’s Day, but he would not mind it if he did. After all, Valentine’s Day is his favorite holiday and flowers are his favorite plants....
Rebbeca Kaplan (At large) says new food-pod site program will greatly reduce illegal food vending in Oakland. Photo by Ryan Phillips

Oakland’s City Council approves point system, businesses can earn city contracts

In a lengthy meeting Tuesday, the Oakland City Council approved a pilot program to give more of a preference for city contracts to local and small local businesses and another one to establish mobile food...