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Nominate an Innovator!

Oakland’s innovators inspire our shirts, and the shirts in turn support the Innovators. 2012 marks the sixth year of annual grants given to organizations that are doing pioneering work in our community. If you know an artist, nonprofit, or other group that deserves a grant, send an email to innovators@oaklandish.com and nominate them! At least […]

The Sounds of the Town

The Sounds of the Town

We have Oakland pride every day, but from 7 – 11 this Friday, our praises will be louder than ever. Music has always been one of Oakland’s most celebrated exports, and on March 2nd the incomparable DJ Dion Decibels will release a mix of the greatest sounds to ring out from our fair city. The […]

A bright future in plastics

Even if you’re technically a grownup, Legos never stop being fun. But great design does more than make you look good — it starts conversations, and snaps people out of their dreary daily grind. Seeplus‘s Chris Mueller just wanted to make some cool jewelry out of primary-colored plastic. Then more and more people were asking […]

Video: Journey of a Shirt

We get it all the time. Where do we get our designs? How do they end up on t-shirts, and do those shirts give anything back to the city that inspired them? Our very talented friends at French Press Films helped us film a video that follows the journey of an Oaklandish tee, from the […]

First Friday with James & Evander

This Friday: free beer, truffled tater tots, and an all-vinyl DJ set. In the words of Jack London, “You take paradise. I’m going back to Oakland.” On Friday, Feb. 3rd, swing by the Oaklandish spot at 1444 Broadway between 7 and 11 for the best in Oakland-generated entertainment. This month, native sons James and Evander […]

Elizabeth Lydon’s handmade rock group

Elizabeth Lydon’s handmade rock group

As a kid, Elizabeth Lydon knew she’d be a rock star someday. And while she might not have an album and entourage, she’s an expert at making wearable geological wonders. Her jewelry features chunky, colorful stones and geodes, each one hand-picked and polished. We talked to her about in inspiration behind her own Oakland charms. […]

Prizes for giving back

Prizes for giving back

Some of our friends from around the Town are helping us give back to three outstanding local charities on Wednesday night. In addition to proceeds from ticket sales, the Oaklandish Give Back Benefit Show will also hold a raffle between each musical performance with prizes from a plethora of local and independent businesses. Raffle tickets […]

Oaklandish gives back all holiday season

Oaklandish gives back all holiday season

Oaklandish regularly donates a portion of proceeds to local non-profits, and this holiday season is no exception. Throughout the month of December, we’ll be taking donations in the store for three of Oakland’s finest service-based non-profits — the Alameda County Community Food Bank, the Oakland Firefighters Random Acts, and DreamCatcher Runaway/Homeless Youth Services.   All […]

My Yute teaches the language of soccer

My Yute teaches the language of soccer

When playing soccer, My Yute Soccer co-founder, Rovel “Steve” Sparkes doesn’t look for the limelight. “My biggest joy comes from passing the ball. It’s not about scoring to me, it’s about passing. I always tell myself, ‘What good is it if you have all this knowledge and you don’t pass it on?’” Sparkes has always […]

These veggies are too good to eat

These veggies are too good to eat

Margaret Dorfman makes jewelry and bowls that looks good enough to eat. That could be because she creates parchment using dried fruits and vegetables, then crafts them into wildly colorful and textured works of art. We talked to her about the best places to buy and eat, and wear strange fruits in Oakland. Tell us […]

Linda LaTouche: Oakland pride with a vintage twist

Linda LaTouche: Oakland pride with a vintage twist

Ever wanted to wear a little piece of Oakland near your heart? Linda Latouche can help with that. Her jewelry — from map pendants to cuff links — celebrates Town pride with a vintage twist. She specializes in affordable, kitschy-in-a-good-way pieces that liven up any outfit. Her map jewelry has been such a hit that […]

Plaid Friday at Oaklandish!

Plaid Friday at Oaklandish!

Wake up the day after Thanksgiving and join us downtown for Plaid Friday! We’re extending our store hours on Friday, November 25th from 10am to 8pm in order to celebrate local indie merchants. All day long, we’ll bring you gifts, treats, and the best in Oakland-made goods! Inspired by the day, we have created a […]

Get Down, Give Back!

Get Down, Give Back!

Get down at The New Parish on December 7th, and make the holidays a little brighter for your neighbors in need. Your ticket will help buy your fellow Oaklanders a hot meal, a safe place to sleep, and an extra present under the tree. The Town’s best talent is coming together to give back to […]

Brave Moonman’s throwback accessories

Brave Moonman’s throwback accessories

Ever wish you could return to the dawn of the digital age — the days of floppy disks and classic Nintendo? Thanks to Brave Moonman, you can shelter your gadgets and spare change in a little bit of 80s nostalgia. Oakland’s own Lindsey Porter renders the greatest hits of the era — mix tapes, pocket […]

Working for Oakland

Working for Oakland

The City of Oakland’s lifeblood has always been its small business community. From tiny cafes to family-owned beauty shops to hole-in-the-wall restaurants, often times walking into a small shop in Oakland is the best way to get to know people in the city.   At the beginning of November, the folks at WorkingFor put together […]

Love letters to Oakland

Love letters to Oakland

For months now, we and the excellent folks at 38th Notes have been collecting letters to the Town. This little leather-bound book has been quietly resting at Oaklandish Headquarters, inviting Oakland’s citizens to spill their hearts on its pages. And now it’s full of notes: messages of love, longing, celebration and regret. Here are some […]

Celebrate First Friday 11/4 at Oaklandish!

Celebrate First Friday 11/4 at Oaklandish!

This Friday night, the heart of Oakland beats on. Join us at Oaklandish HQ from 7–11pm on November 4th for our last First Friday event of 2011! This month Earshot Entertainment is helping us bring out some great MCs and singers, all performing back to back to back, with our resident DJ Dion Decibels holding […]

See the heart of Oakland for yourself

See the heart of Oakland for yourself

We all know that there’s more to this town than the pictures on the news. Oakland has always been a hotbed of renegade activity. But it’s also home to a thriving community of small businesses — neighbors that need your local love more than ever. So whether it’s for a walk, a drink, or just […]

Heidi Cregge: capturing the tides within a frame

Heidi Cregge: capturing the tides within a frame

We conclude this week’s Live Artist profile series today with Heidi Cregge, a Hawaii-born artist and educator, who inspired by oceanic beauty.   Give us a short run down of who you are. How long have you lived in Oakland? Did you go to school for art or are you self taught? How has your […]

Nesting with live artist Alex Rosmarin

Nesting with live artist Alex Rosmarin

In our third installment of our Live Art Wednesdays artist interview series, we chat with Alex Rosmarin, the pragmatic penciler. In asking the same questions to each artist, it is interesting to see how each artist got their start just doodling very young and progressed from there. Give us a short rundown of who you […]

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