It’s been an amazing year for revitalization, and Oakland’s pop-ups have been part of that. Pop Up Hood has been a great supporter of all this popping up, and has been instrumental in helping some of these businesses to flourish. And now, for the popping-up-est pop-ups of the year! Whether they popped up in 2013, expanded and got everyone’s attention, or were just notably awesome this year, check out this array, Oakland!

10. HUB Oakland
Located at 1423 Broadway, it’s a pop-up that, among other things, helps other pop-ups. It opened in its current spot July 1 and offers co-working space and introductions to other cool people and resources. Its self-description: “Hub Oakland is equal parts inspiring co-working space, entrepreneurial incubator and community of socially engaged people. Located in the heart of one of the coolest cities in the United States (move over…Brooklyn), we cultivate, support and connect purpose-driven people as they pioneer solutions for a sustainable and equitable world.” Weekdays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

9. The Flora Cultural Society
How does the botanical world influence your everyday life? Should your everyday life and your senses be further enhanced with flowers and natural botanicals? But of course. Says the Society, “We use flowers not just to cut and arrange but also to make dyes, weave and create other botanical goods. So how do you rewild your life? Our flower farm, classes and products drive us to explore just how the botanical world enhances our senses.” Makes us want to run down to 461A 9th Street just for the sensory experience. Pop Up Hood has some additional interesting tidbits about this pop-up, which just opened earlier this month. Check for hours.

8. SOBU
It may sound like a noodle joint, but it’s a furniture and design outfit at 465 9th Street. Of the exceptional craftsmanship of this husband-and-wife team, SOBU says, “SOBU believes the world is a miraculous place, in every piece of furniture they create, a spirit and character is bestowed that will travel along with it into your home; from their initial sketches, into the craftsman’s hands, and to the final journey through your door. Each piece is branded with the SOBU spirit as well as a unique marker that identifies it as a handmade product of exclusive and limited lineage. Designed here, made with international craftspeople with long relationships to SOBU.” They also use reclaimed and recycled materials whenever possible, and keep the fibers natural. Tuesday through Sunday, 12 – 6 p.m.

7. Fauxnuts Pop-Up at Stag Lunchette
Amie Bailey created the “Fauxnut” in response to the croughnut, and we love her for it. At 362 17th Street, Stag Lunchette debuted these on a Sunday in September, until they sold out. It did not take long. It’s worth checking in to see when Ms. Bailey’s amazing concoctions might be around… and then get there early.

6. Kitchener Oakland
Located at 372 24th Street, Kitchener Oakland hand-picks the pop-up co-working artisan chefs who make their delights there. It is a place “where micro food entrepreneurs launching catering, baking, or pop-up food businesses can cook, create, and thrive with the support of a strong food-making and entrepreneurial community.” It is associated with multiple cool pop-up food events, most recently a First-Friday Comfort Food pop-up held earlier this month, and seemingly something new and cool on a more or less monthly basis. Event times vary.

5. The Octopus Literary Salon
In July, while it waited for its permanent home, The Octopus started running monthly pop-up events. The next one is the Winter Solstice Salon at Chabot Space and Science Center. Salons feature readings and music, as well as one-of-a-kind experiences. Locations and times vary.

4. Saint Harridan
This is a nifty spot for women who are more comfortable in what may be considered traditional “menswear,” but still want it to fit. “Imagine a store where you are the expected customer. Where the clothes are designed to fit your body and your gender. Where you will be served by people who live to see you look your best,” Saint Harridan challenges. “Now stop dreaming and come down to Saint Harridan’s Oakland Pop-Up Shop at 1420 Broadway, where we aim to give you the best shopping experience you’ve ever had.” It reads less like a specialty shop and more like a special place. Open through December 24 daily, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

3. Ronca’s Kitchen
The customer reviews about this 3838 Telegraph item are impressive to say the least. Does anyone care that it’s only open on Mondays? Well, sure. It makes them sad 6 days a week. The good news is that Monday has utterly redeemed itself, at least in North Oakland. Bacon waffles to what is reputedly the most succulent, crisp fried chicken known to humanity inhabit the menu, as does some awesome slaw. Mondays only, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 5 – 8 p.m.

2. Oaklandish
Oaklandish has grown hugely in the past year! Its pop-up in Jack London Square is still such a great spot, and the way a lot of folks got introduced to Oaklandish in the first place. Even though it’s now open downtown and in the Dimond, its 472 Water Street location is still there and still awesome. There’s even an Oaklandish pop-up in the airport (Southwest terminal, across from Gate 25). Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

1. Latham Square
Although controversial in some circles, what a great experiment! In a city known for great parklets and awesome pop-ups, oh yes: a pop-up parklet (for those keen on alliteration, we might even say a pilot project pop-up parklet)! There is something uniquely Oakland about it, from the combination of great ideas, to its intended purposes, to the contentiousness about it. Broadway and Telegraph is both an odd spot for it and the perfect one in so many ways. It’ll be fun to see how it ultimately takes its final shape.

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