Oakland Central

Oakland Central You’ve landed in the heart of our city – the energy, excitement and beauty of the area that connects Uptown, Downtown and Jack London Square.
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It’s also known as Oakland’s Broadway corridor. We call it “Oakland Central”! The Oakland Central project and this web platform are sponsored by two of Oakland’s largest Community Benefit Districts (CBDs) –Uptown/Lake Merritt and Downtown Oakland. While our districts provide important services to our stakeholders there is a bigger story here, one that’s already being told by extraordinary artists, vibrant small businesses, community organizations, residents and the people who work in this area every day.

“Oakland Central” is not a specific neighborhood or business district but a brand uniting the area that extends from “Uptown” at 27th St. through “Downtown” and all the way to Jack London Square – and not just on Broadway but extending from Lake Merritt over to the 880 Freeway. Oakland Central isn’t just a destination, it’s a state of mind. It’s the heartbeat of the central business district, Oakland’s hip arts and entertainment hub, the area with the largest concentration of art galleries as well as some of the city (and country’s) best- reviewed restaurants. It’s streets lined with diverse small businesses, big tech companies like Pandora, and tech startups located in innovative co-working spaces. It includes one of the largest urban lakes, our historic waterfront, and the Beaux Arts architecture of City Hall (the nation’s tallest when it opened in 1914). It’s the 10-minute walk that can take you from the historic Fox theater to the spot where you can see rowers skim across the 140-acre Lake Merritt, the nation’s first official wildlife refuge and the largest salt water lake in the country that’s within city limits. Whether you’re the employee on the 15th floor who has never wandered out to Ike’s Place for a sandwich or to Café Van Kleef for a fresh-squeezed Greyhound or the visitor from a neighboring city or even another country who wants to know where to get a great meal or a craft beer, this is the place to share the great stories, events and happenings that the center of our beautiful city has to offer. There’s no place quite like this. Welcome to Oakland Central.

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Today was National Goof Off Day!  Where would you go to goof off in downtown Oakland? Do something a little out of the o...
03/23/2021

Today was National Goof Off Day! Where would you go to goof off in downtown Oakland?

Do something a little out of the ordinary like try a new cocktail at Sobre Mesa Oakland, order take out from Kingston 11 Cuisine by 7:30pm this evening, and then watch Cool Runnings for a little comedy.

#Repost @sobremesaoak with @get_repost・・・Live music by Brazilian Funk Band @ndlband on Thursday evening from 7-10pm!  Bo...
03/22/2021

#Repost @sobremesaoak with @get_repost
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Live music by Brazilian Funk Band @ndlband on Thursday evening from 7-10pm! Book your @resy or just stop in! We have tables set aside for walkins every night!

Follow @sobremesaoak to find out who is on the roster to perform weekly.
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#oakcentral, #oaklandcentral, #downtownoakland, #oakland, #oaklandperformers, #oaklandarts, #oaklandmusic, #sobremesa

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!  Luka's Taproom & Lounge is offering $5 beers all day along with a St. Paddy's Day menu.
03/17/2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! Luka's Taproom & Lounge is offering $5 beers all day along with a St. Paddy's Day menu.

03/15/2021

We are giving a BIG congrats to Fantastic Negrito for another Grammy win yesterday!!

In honor of Black History Month, @The Cook and Her Farmer is hosting Saturday Brunch with a curated Jazz playlist, Febru...
02/25/2021

In honor of Black History Month, @The Cook and Her Farmer is hosting Saturday Brunch with a curated Jazz playlist, February 27. What's on the menu you ask? Check it out.
Shrimp & Grits/Buckwheat Waffles
Catfish Po'Boys/Oysters
Wanda's Pepper Chowchow
Mimosas, wine, and batch cocktails from Miss Ollie's

Enjoy brunch in the garden or order to-go.

#eatinoakland, #oaklandrestaurant, #downtownoakland, #supportlocaloakland, #oaklandcentral,

OMG! We are hella excited for Nelson German representing Oakland aka The Town on Top Chef season 18 starting April 1, 20...
02/10/2021

OMG! We are hella excited for Nelson German representing Oakland aka The Town on Top Chef season 18 starting April 1, 2021!! Let's show our Town support and send Nelson those winning vibes.

Have you been to either alaMar Kitchen & Bar or Sobre Mesa Oakland? If so, what would you recommend to a friend coming to visit?

oaklandchef, #oaklandrestaurant, #oaklandbusiness, #downtownoakland, #supportoaklandlocal, #oakland, #chefcompetition, #topchefcontestant

How can we make the Bay Area a better place? Share your priorities for the future with @MTCBATA — you could win a $50 gi...
01/27/2021

How can we make the Bay Area a better place? Share your priorities for the future with @MTCBATA — you could win a $50 gift card. Text "Plan" to (415) 639 5040 #PlanBayArea2050

Congratulations Vice President Kamala Harris for making history!
01/22/2021

Congratulations Vice President Kamala Harris for making history!

It was a blast working with Daniel and Shirin owners of @barshiruoakland for the Oakland Merchant Interview Series.  Tha...
01/19/2021

It was a blast working with Daniel and Shirin owners of @barshiruoakland for the Oakland Merchant Interview Series. Thank you @portworkspaces for letting us hang out for the day. @sterlingjamesradio, @jordyparks, @binh4thewin
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We would like to wish Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a happy birthday! Please remember what we do does affect someone whethe...
01/19/2021

We would like to wish Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a happy birthday! Please remember what we do does affect someone whether directly or indirectly. Let's stay mindful!!
#MLKday, #martinlutherkingbirthday
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Are you a business and looking for funding?  Make sure to get in your application TODAY! See below for details.
01/13/2021

Are you a business and looking for funding? Make sure to get in your application TODAY!

See below for details.

BREAKING NEWS: The #PaycheckProtectionProgram re-opens TODAY, January 11, for new borrowers and Second Draw borrowers on Wednesday, January 13. We’re here to help your small business!

We know this funding is critical for Bay Area businesses, and we are ready to help you with your applications. Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) — like Community Bank of the Bay — are opening applications before other lenders. There is $12 billion set aside exclusively for CDFI banks to support communities hardest hit by the pandemic.

For more information about PPP loans, or to begin an application, please complete the contact form on our website at https://www.bankcbb.com/ppp/.

01/12/2021
The Afro-Brazilian Street Food King Of Oakland

Have you been to @Damel on Broadway? Meet Oumar Diouf, Senegalese chef, who is the king of West African cuisine in Oakland.

Hurry up and get there for some authentic Afro-Brazilan food and make sure to grab 2, 3, or dozen of the empanadas, which are great!!

#oakcentral, #oaklandcentral, #downtownoakland, #oakland, #oaklandeats, #oaklandrestaurant, #westafricainoakland, #supportoaklandlocal, #supportlocal

Oumar Diouf is a Senegalese chef whose culinary career blossomed while working in South America and led him to create The Damel, an Afro-Brazilian food truck...

Do you remember Alyah Baker, the owner of Show and Tell Concept Shop, a boutique that was located in downtown Oakland fo...
01/06/2021
2020-2021 GRADUATE ARTS FELLOW IN SOCIAL CHOREOGRAPHY AND PERFORMANCE ALYAH BAKER - The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University

Do you remember Alyah Baker, the owner of Show and Tell Concept Shop, a boutique that was located in downtown Oakland focusing on ethical and sustainable design.

We would like to congratulate her on becoming the Kenan Graduate Arts Fellow in Social Choreography and Performance! Congratulations Alyah!!!!🙌

https://kenan.ethics.duke.edu/2020-2021-graduate-arts-fellow-in-social-choreography-and-performance-alyah-baker/

“I’m proud to be a Black, Q***r, Woman and the intersection and complexities of these identities is something I explore and celebrate in my work. At the same time, I’ve experienced how these labels and the norms associated with them have quite literally impacted where and how I’m allowed to ...

Happy New Year's Eve!!!!Looking for ways to celebrate New Year's Eve at home? Here are some ideas: 🎉Go ahead, get dresse...
12/31/2020

Happy New Year's Eve!!!!

Looking for ways to celebrate New Year's Eve at home? Here are some ideas:
🎉Go ahead, get dressed up in your party gear
🎉Set out your New Year decoration, with the tiara, party hat, and of course, you have to have the noisemakers
🎉Create a festive cocktail or pick-up a cocktail kit from one of the local bars in downtown Oakland
🎉Put together a party tray with appetizers and sweets from your favorite restaurant downtown Oakland
🎉Host a virtual toast with your peeps
🎉Put on the music and dance the night away
🎉Keep it quiet and end out the year watching your favorite flicks of the year
🎉Get some comic relief by checking out Comedy Oakland Goodbye to 2020 - Thursday December 31, at 7pm. with the best comedians from their 2020 shows.
🎉Watch the ball drop virtually

Most of all, bring in The Town style!

#oakcentral, #oakland, #NewYearsEve2021, #happynewyearseve, #HappyNewYear2021

12/23/2020
Flax Art & Design

Two days of shopping left before the Holiday on Friday, do you still need a couple of stocking stuffers?

Do you have an artist friend or family member to purchase something for? We have an idea, visit FLAX art & design known as 'the candy store for the creative'. Flax carries a variety of papers, almost every type of pen, different paints, canvasses for your art, drawing supplies, and more.
Sterling James, Jordan Parks, and Binh Huynh.
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#oakcentral, #flaxarts, #shoplocaloakland, #supportsmallbiz, #oaklandart, #oaklandshopping, #oaklandretail, #downtownoakland, #artsandcrafts, #localoaklandartistsupply, #supportoaklandretail, #spendstaylove

Run over to Renegade Running and pick-up a little something for the runner/jogger/walker in your life! Shop the online s...
12/14/2020

Run over to Renegade Running and pick-up a little something for the runner/jogger/walker in your life! Shop the online store or make a visit at 45 Grand Avenue next door to The Athletic Club Oakland.

#shopoakland, #shoplocaloakland, #oaklandshopping, #oaklandretail, #oakcentral, #renegaderunningoakland, #runningstore, #downtownoakland.

Hanukkah Sameach!  Happy first day of Hannukkah and with Latkes on the menu, go ahead and place your order with Wise Son...
12/10/2020

Hanukkah Sameach! Happy first day of Hannukkah and with Latkes on the menu, go ahead and place your order with Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen on 17th and Franklin in downtown Oakland. They also have their housemade applesauce pairing perfectly with the latkes. matzo ball soup, and of course braised brisket! So, let Wise Sons do the cooking for you this season.

Bonus: Wise Sons is hosting a Hanukkah Giveaway!
https://www.facebook.com/wisesonsdeli/photos/4892576764118346

#oakcentral, #oaklandcentral, #hanukkah2020, #happyhanukkah, #oakland, #downtownoakland, #latkes, #latkesandapplesauce, #wisesonsdeli

Have you started your holiday shopping just yet?  Are you looking to support local Oakland businesses but not leaving th...
12/10/2020

Have you started your holiday shopping just yet? Are you looking to support local Oakland businesses but not leaving the house right now? Well, here's a solution, shop Keep Oakland Alive! All you have to do is visit the website, select your items, and provide where to deliver within Oakland and you are all done with your shopping only using maybe 2 fingers to type.
Click link below in the first comment to start shopping.
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#keepoaklandalive, #shopoaklandlocal, #shopoakland #keepitlocal, #oaklandcentral, #oakcentral, #oaklandretail, #oakland.

The ribbon has been cut!! Welcome to the neighborhood Shake Shack!!!#shakeshack, #oaklandrestaurant, #oaklandeats, #down...
12/08/2020

The ribbon has been cut!! Welcome to the neighborhood Shake Shack!!!

#shakeshack, #oaklandrestaurant, #oaklandeats, #downtownoakland, #oakland, #oaklandcentral, #oakcentral, #supportoakland. #newplacetoeatinoakland, #newoaklandrestaurant, #newoaklandeats,

Guess who opens tomorrow for take out?  The burger sensation of the East Coast, Shake Shack, is opening its doors in Oak...
12/08/2020

Guess who opens tomorrow for take out? The burger sensation of the East Coast, Shake Shack, is opening its doors in Oakland at 1954 Telegraph Avenue, 11am to 7pm. Grab a holiday favorite like the candy cane marshmallow shake or Christmas cookie shake along with the Bay Area-specific burger, the Golden State Double.

The artwork in the restaurant has pieces from Oakland artists such as Andre Jones, who leads the local public art nonprofit the Bay Area Mural Program.

#shakeshack, #burgers, #oaklandeats, #downtownoakland, #oakland, #oaklandcentral, #eatlocal, #oaklandrestaurant

12/08/2020
E14 Gallery Downtown Oakland

Welcome to the Oakland Central Merchant Interview series where we are highlighting the essence of our downtown Oakland, the businesses that make up The Town.

First up in the series is E14 Gallery, located in Old Oakland at 461 9th Street, Oakland, CA. Stop by and meet the owners, Viviana and Shomari, as well as browse their store filled with beautiful artwork from local artists of color. As you will see in this video, they carry everything from handcrafted notecards to unique pieces of jewelry, clothing, books, and more!

Follow them on IG: @e14gallery.

Credits: Jordan Park (video) and Binh Huynh(photo and video). Hosted by the one and only Sterling James

#oakcentral, #e14gallery, #shoplocaloakland, #supportsmallbizsaturday, #oaklandart, #oaklandshopping, #oaklandretail, #downtownoakland, #localartists, #localoaklandartists, #supportoaklandretail, #supportlocalartists

Let's continue to support local small businesses especially during this holiday season.  There is still time to register...
12/03/2020

Let's continue to support local small businesses especially during this holiday season. There is still time to register!

Thank you Oakland Indie Alliance and Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center.

#shoplocal, #shopsmallholiday, #shopoakland, #shopoaklandsmallbusiness, #oakland.

Who's ready to have some fun, support local small businesses, and spread some holiday cheer? YOU ARE!

We have an exciting lineup of giveaways, interviews with small businesses, Q&A sessions, fashion talk, gift cards, and more and it's all happening for FREE during the Virtual Holiday Showcase. Register now at bit.ly/holiday-showcase

11/29/2020

We ❤️ what @e14gallery is doing and stands for in supporting the community and the artists. Thank you for keeping it Oakland:)!

#oakcentral, #oaklandcentral, #supprtoaklandlocal, #supportsmallbusiness, #localoaklandartists, #oakland, #downtownoakland, #oaklandmerchants.

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Thank you @abc7newsbayarea ! #oakland #shopsmallholiday #supportsmallbusiness

11/28/2020
E14 Gallery Support Oakland Local

It's Support Small Business Saturday and have you been to E14 Gallery in Old Oakland? Make sure to stop by and meet owners Viviana and Shomari to check out all the great artwork on the walls and even the floor. They have everything from art to jewelry, to clothing, books, and more. All of their products are handmade in Oakland by local artists of color who use high-quality materials, while always keeping in mind, Mother Earth.

Sterling James(host), Jordan Park (video) and Binh Huynh(photo and video).

#oakcentral, #e14gallery, #shoplocaloakland, #supportsmallbizsaturday, #oaklandart, #oaklandshopping, #oaklandretail, #downtownoakland, #localartists, #localoaklandartists, #supportoaklandretail, #supportlocalartists

11/21/2020

We are cooking up a new project to support our local downtown Oakland businesses!! Stay tuned...

Thank you Sterling James, Jordan Park, and Binh for capturing all the footage!!

We just had to share this post by Visit Oakland about the Joyce Gordon Gallery on 14th Street downtown Oakland.  We love...
11/10/2020

We just had to share this post by Visit Oakland about the Joyce Gordon Gallery on 14th Street downtown Oakland. We love Joyce she is one of the hearts of Oakland. Thank you Joyce for all you do in the community and for bringing art to the youth.

#oakcentral, #blackbusiness, #supportoaklandlocal, #downtownoakland, #oaklandartgallery, #joycegordongalleryoakland, #joycegordon, #mustseeinoakland

Joyce Gordon Gallery exhibits art that reflects the social and cultural diversity of the Bay Area as well as international artists. Located in #DowntownOakland, the gallery has spent the past 16 years curating exhibitions, community events, workshops and sharing stories through the arts.

For events, and info about visiting the gallery: xhttps://bit.ly/36fWQQS

#oakland #oaklandca #oaklandart #blackownedbusiness #townbiz #supportlocalbusiness #oaklandafricanamericanchamberofcommerce

Check out this project featuring some of our favorite local artists!
10/30/2020

Check out this project featuring some of our favorite local artists!

Join us online Sunday, November 1st at 5pm PST for a special LIVE video premiere by Bay Area artists for housing justice.

The film will include music, conversations & memories by local talent to inspire you to think, laugh, dance, and act to take care of our home.

Featuring the Bay's own:
RyanNicole, Jenn Johns, Kev Choice, Daveed D. Diggs, Goapele, Fantastic Negrito, Ruby Ibarra, Destani Wolf, Karega Bailey, Chris Riggins, Rocky Rivera, GINA MADRID, Zion I Crew, Alan Dones, Don Reed, and more!

RSVP & share the event:
HAVEN Video Premiere: Bay Area Artists for Housing Justice

Happy FriYeah and Happy Halloween weekend🎃🎃!  There are a few things happening around The Town. Tomorrow is the last day...
10/30/2020

Happy FriYeah and Happy Halloween weekend🎃🎃! There are a few things happening around The Town.

Tomorrow is the last day of the Great Pumpkin Patch of Uptown Oakland, next to the Fox Theater. Stop by for fun for the family.

Fairyland is hosting its Monster Mash Parade at Halloween Jam until Sunday.

It is DogFest this weekend grab your furry love and head over to Jack London Square or if you prefer to stay in, take part in the DogFest Bay Area: Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites. Dress your dog and show them off and win the costume contest.

Check out Thriller Halloween: Hogan Brothers ft. Omega, Luq & James Harman, Saturday, online live starting at 7pm.

Have you been to the Flex Street in Old Oakland? Well, take a stroll over to celebrate Day of the Dead at Cosecha Oakland they will have tamales and peanut mole with pomegranate margaritas on deck, just be sure to make reservations first.

El Molcajete Cocina Mexicana is celebrating Dia de los Mu***os with DJ [email protected], Saturday, 5pm-9pm. It will be good food and good music. Mask and social distance are required.

Lastly, enjoy Sunday brunch at Sobre Mesa Oakland in their new outdoor parklet as they serve up unique signature cocktails, a pop-up menu courtesy of Chef Mike Woods plus live music.

Come out and make a great time this weekend in The Town and support local businesses!!

Did you know you can vegan at restaurants that are downtown Oakland that are not vegan?  Check out the blog post on Oakl...
10/26/2020
Vegan Friendly Eats - Oakland Central

Did you know you can vegan at restaurants that are downtown Oakland that are not vegan? Check out the blog post on Oakland Central by the Plant Based Vegan Sistah to find a few her faves. https://oaklandcentral.com/vegan-friendly-eats/

Downtown Oakland has several spots to satisfy vegan and non-vegan eaters alike. Let’s uncover a few places that are vegan friendly in downtown Oakland.

Check out Sobre Mesa Oakland today:)!
10/24/2020

Check out Sobre Mesa Oakland today:)!

Every hour deserves to be happy. ✨ Swing by between 3-5pm today for a special Saturday happy hour and enjoy one of our signature cocktails in our new outdoor parklet! $2 off cocktails & $8 bubbly special available 🥂
📸 - @baydish
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Address

388 19th St
Oakland, CA
94612

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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(510) 238-1122

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