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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Can alternative local currency, Bay Bucks, reinvent money in Oakland? (Analysis)

On Saturday May 3rd, the 25th St. Collective hosted an arts and music bazaar featuring local artisans and entertainment. Almost no U.S. legal tender cash-money traded hands. The whole thing went down using Bay Bucks. Because the New Economy is here to stay, this will not be the last time you hear about Bay Bucks, but

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Community Benefit Districts: The new source for city services?

It’s no accident that the all the neighborhoods in Oakland that are likely to spring to mind when you think thriving—Temescal, Lakeshore, Rockridge, Uptown and KONO—also happen to be the neighborhoods with CBDs. Community Benefit Districts are...

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Surviving Valentine’s Day in Style, the Oakland Local Way

Whether you’re celebrating February 14th with a special someone or solo, Oakland Local’s got you covered with some local flavor to help you survive Valentine’s Day. Events This month, the Feelmore-sponsored women’s comedy show Ladies Love the Layover is “love...

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Valentine’s Day: A Sustainable Future Blooms at Whole Foods Market Oakland (Sponsored)

  With their delicate petals and radiant hue, red roses are the classic Valentine’s Day gift. But how many people think about where their bouquet comes from? In an industry with endemic human rights violations, it’s important to...

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Dispatches from City Council: Virtual inspections, micro-lending and the business of innovation (Community Voices)

By Libby Schaaf, District 4 City Councilmember The Business of Innovation One of my passions has been making Oakland’s government more transparent, innovative and user-friendly. One group that needs more help from City Hall in this arena...

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Oaklandish opens new store in the Dimond

You may have noticed that the designs of Oaklandish have become our city’s de facto branding scheme. Chinwe Okona, a new member of the store’s civic engagement team, believes the public here in Oakland would not be...

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

9 holiday craft fairs in Oakland and nearby that will knock your hand-knitted socks off

Feeling craftsy? Want to find a unique gift for some impossible person on your list? Just want to shop local, do some good with your holiday dollars and support local artists and artisans? Lucky you! Here are...

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Shop Local: Back to the Roots mushroom kit

Innovative Oakland business Back to the Roots creates delicious, educational, sustainable products that are the perfect gift for that wonder-filled kid in your life. With the Back to the Roots mushroom kit, children can watch gourmet oyster...

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Shop Local: Bocanova

Support local business by treating your friends/family to a delicious meal at Bocanova in Jack London Square. Bocanova serves up gourmet Latin American-style dishes that are as rich in color as they are in flavor. Whether you...

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Shop Local: Oaktown Spice Shop

Looking for a thoughtful holiday gift for a cooking enthusiast? Check out Oaktown Spice Shop, a local treasure and gastronome’s dream-come-true. Situated right by Lake Merritt, Oaktown Spice Shop is a beautiful haven of colors, fragrance, and...

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