Tag Archives: small business

Community members and leaders discuss future of Oakland at Impact Hub

Community members and leaders gathered at Impact Hub Oakland Tuesday night for a discussion about the future of Oakland and the idea of cultural prosperity. The event is a part of Co-Creating the Future of...

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...

“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,”...

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....
The Scott brothers were busy selling bagels at last week's Kiva Zip event.

City celebrates new Kiva Zip-funded local businesses

The Authentic Bagel Company was one of 12 Oakland-bred businesses honored last week at a party for a special program that helps entrepreneurs gather zero-interest startup funds through online crowd-funding. Other entrepreneurs at the party...
Lance Winters of St. George Spirits discusses distillation in front of a copper distillation system.

Local distilleries toast new law allowing charging for spirit tastings

This holiday season, local high-end spirit makers are rejoicing over the end of a Prohibition-era law. Starting in January, California distilleries will be able to charge for tastings like wineries and breweries currently can.
Owner John Beaver

Oaktown Spice Shop sells spices for holidays, all seasons

The Oaktown Spice Shop, at 530 Grand Avenue across from Lake Merritt, is gearing up for Thanksgiving with holiday spice blends and gift boxes...

At Tech Liminal, digital workers find a place to connect

Tech Liminal in downtown Oakland bills itself as a tech “hotspot and salon.” It's a shared office space for professionals who work at home and a DIY workshop for office workers. Tech Liminal is one...

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...
Gary Shields owns God's Gym, located at Broadway and 25th St. in Oakland.

At God’s Gym, members find kindness, support and an unlikely spiritual leader

On any given day, close to 90 clients come to God’s Gym for personal training from 49-year-old Gary Shields. Some clients lift heavy weights and work on their massive physiques. Others have more modest routines,...

Opportunity Fund offers micro lending to help small Bay Area businesses succeed

The all-Latina members of an East Oakland cleaning cooperative enjoy financial security and business-ownership with the help of Bay Area micro-enterprise development firms.

Xolo raises the bar for late night dining in Uptown Oakland

Xolo, downtown's newest restaurant, which is open until midnight on Friday and Saturdays, offers an alternative to the standard hot dog that most Oakland Uptown revelers have grown accustomed to for pre- or post- drinking...