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Oakland children’s author Aliona Gibson’s ‘Justice pon di Road’

By Kristin Scheel “It was an intense thirty days,” Aliona Gibson said, of the Kickstarter campaign to self-publish her children’s story, Justice pon di Road, “but my friend told me, if you are not...
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Oaktech: Nicole Lazzaro: Pioneer game designer based in Oakland

Nicole Lazzaro, founder of Oakland-based XEODesign, opened the curtains of a picture window behind her desk overlooking College Avenue, to reveal a super-sized “Clyde” Pac Man ghost, made of 1.5-inch...
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Blackbird Underpinnings: A new Oakland-based intimate apparel line

Local artist Marin Camille remembers the first time she bought lingerie. She will tell you that it was the perfect thing and the right occasion, and it is an experience she wants you to have. Marin has also...
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Alexeis Filipello/ Stag’s Lunchette and Dogwood

You know it's a good sandwich when at the first bite, you can't wait to tell someone about it. The Five Dot roast beef sandwich at Stag's Lunchette  is named for the ranch in Napa Valley where the beef is...
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Get those greens ! Freedom Farm Stand opens on San Pablo and Market on Wednesdays

13-year old Madison Akins is wearing a smile and a red Mickey Mouse tee-shirt as she mists the greens at the new Freedom Farm Stand at San Pablo and Market Street. She says she likes the string peas the best,...
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From punk to press: 1984’s Amy Watson does it all

Amy Watson used to book punk bands in Ohio. Now she runs her own small press, 1984 printing, here in Oakland.  A punk ethos has made 1984 more than just a great place for perfect binding. Carved out of a...