The writers at OL have been hit hard by the summer and can now only write the most heart-affirming and/or fluffy and/or fuzzy Oakland stories. You as readers seem to be on the same wavelength about that. All of this week’s top reads are about the way this city does business: the distinctly not business-as-usual way we get down to it.

The coming Cat (Shelter/) Cafe is taking social entrepreneurship to new places (/species). The many record stores in this city are taking music to old, sacred places. And a Bay Area food truck organization is taking Uptown Oakland Off the Grid. Meanwhile, Zoo Labs–part music residency program, part business incubator–is our last hope for figuring out ways for musicians to support themselves with their music.

Heart still not warm enough? I bet this article on Oakland’s Solidarity Economy features at least one of your favorite businesses that you didn’t even realize was worker-owned. In order to see what the principles of collectivity look like when they are embodied at home, look inside these two Bay Area Housing Co-ops.

Angela Tsay, founder of Oaklandish and its associated ventures, has proven that the community does not represent externalities to which business must make concession. Her experience has taught her to view community as the roots of good business.

Still harboring some curmudgeonly feelings against the world? These people are building tiny armoires to live in public spaces and filling them with free books. They call themselves Libros Libres and they are urban super heroes.

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