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November Nonprofit of the Month: Level Playing Field Institute

November Nonprofit of the Month: Level Playing Field Institute

Oaklandish is excited to announce that the November Nonprofit of the Month is Level Playing Field Institute, an Oakland-based organization working to eliminate the barriers that underrepresented people of color face in the STEM field. Founded in Oakland in 2001, Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI) envisions a world where the playing field is truly equitable and everyone, especially the historically disenfranchised, have access to the opportunities they seek. To do so, LPFI provides STEM education and support programs to students in middle school, high school, and college. One example of such programs is the SMASH, or Summer Math and Science Honors,...

October Nonprofit of the Month: Housing Consortium of the East Bay

October Nonprofit of the Month: Housing Consortium of the East Bay

Our Nonprofit of the Month for October, the Housing Consortium of the East Bay (HCEB), is tackling one of the most prominent local issues: affordable housing. At Oaklandish, we're very pleased to have the opportunity to recognize and support the important work this local nonprofit is doing in the community. The Housing Consortium of the East Bay seeks to improve access to affordable housing for folks with developmental disabilities and other special needs in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. To do this, HCEB provides housing outreach and support services, develops affordable housing options, partners with other nonprofit and for-profit companies to...

#Fairyland4GrownUps FAQ:

YES! Tickets are still available for sale at Oakland Supply Co. in Jack London Square: 427 Water Street. Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, which opened in 1950, is famous as a family attraction and for its outreach — including hands-on science classes and free field trips and family memberships for children from underserved communities. And yet […]

July Nonprofit of the Month: Youth Business USA

This month, Oaklandish is pleased to announce that Youth Business USA is our July Nonprofit of the Month. Youth Business USA is an Oakland-based nonprofit that supports low-income youth and youth of color to build their own businesses — starting from an idea, to crafting their pitch, to developing a quality product or service and […]

Spotlight on AXIS Dance Company

Local dance company, AXIS, has been at the forefront of exploring contemporary dance, integrated dance, and disability culture for the past 30 years. Founded in 1987, AXIS is our nation’s most acclaimed dance ensemble of disabled and non-disabled performers. The Oakland-based group has visited over 100 cities in the USA, Europe and Russia. They have […]

May Nonprofit of the Month: Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland

May Nonprofit of the Month: Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland

Oaklandish is for the children! We could not be more excited to announce that The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland will be our Nonprofit of the Month for May! The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland have a simple mission: to develop the community’s youth into positive contributors to society. Started in 1941, The […]

BOSK 1 Year Anniversary Party feat. DJ Umami

BOSK 1 Year Anniversary Party feat. DJ Umami

Our BOSK shop in Old Oakland is celebrating its one year anniversary! Come vibe and chill with us from 5-8pm at the shop (494 9th Street, at the corner of 9th and Washington) on Friday, May 5th! Sounds by DJ Umami, plus giveaways from select brands including Huf, New Era, and Ethika!

Michael Wertz’s ‘ABC Oakland’ in stores now!

Michael Wertz’s new book is now available at the Oaklandish downtown and Dimond shops! ‘ABC Oakland’ is one of the only—if not the only—picture books about the city of Oakland. It highlights landmarks and themes that exemplify Oakland’s unique culture, from the myriad food trucks on International Boulevard to giant redwoods that stretch up to […]

October Nonprofit of the month: Oakland Trails

October Nonprofit of the month: Oakland Trails

We are proud to announce Oakland Trails as Oaklandish’s nonprofit of the month for October 2016! Over the past few years, Oaklandish has developed a close relationship with this local nonprofit. OaklandTrails.org began as a committee of the Dimond Improvement Association (DIA) formed by Stan Dodson in 2010. With a group of DIA volunteers, Stan led several trail […]

2017 Oaklandish Innovators Awards : Call for Nominations

2017 Oaklandish Innovators Awards : Call for Nominations

Oakland is known for its extensive history of innovators – people and groups who flip the establishment on its head and reinvent the norm for future generations. Oaklandish also has a rich history of supporting Oakland’s local innovators. A portion of proceeds from Oaklandish gear goes to support local organizations working to strengthen the community. […]

SAVE THE DATE: 6th Annual #Fairyland4GrownUps!

SAVE THE DATE: 6th Annual #Fairyland4GrownUps!

This is the sixth annual Fairyland for Grownups benefit, co-presented by Oaklandish and Children’s Fairyland. Proceeds help Children’s Fairyland keep admissions low (or even free) for local kids. Fairyland for Grownups tickets will go on sale at BOSK in Old Oakland (494 9th Street) starting Saturday, July 23 at 10am. Ticket sales are limited to […]

July Nonprofit of the Month: The Town Kitchen

July Nonprofit of the Month: The Town Kitchen

Oaklandish is proud to announce The Town Kitchen as our Nonprofit of the Month for July! The Town Kitchen, also the recipient of one of our 2016 Innovators Awards, was started with one goal in mind: to create a community through local food, one where low-income Oakland youths are able to shine. The Town Kitchen delivers […]

July First Friday: Fever Charm

July First Friday: Fever Charm

As we soak up the first days of Summer in the beautiful Bay Area, we’re changing it up from our usual First Friday vibes and trying a something a little something different. This First Friday, we’re featuring Oakland’s very own Fever Charm, a band with a unique Rock/Indie-Pop crossover sound that matches the sunny California weather […]

City Slicker Farm: West Oakland Farm Park Opening

This weekend, City Slicker Farms invites you to the biggest party they’ve ever thrown. After six years of designing, fundraising, digging, building, and planting, they’re opening the West Oakland Farm Park — the largest farm they’ve ever cultivated, a public park, and an active educational space. We couldn’t be more excited about the launch of […]

June Nonprofit of the Month: Upward Roots

June Nonprofit of the Month: Upward Roots

Oaklandish is proud to announce Upward Roots as our Nonprofit of the Month for June! Founded in 2010, Upward Roots was created to develop leadership and to empower under-resourced youth through youth-led, youth-driven community service. After launching their pilot program in the spring of 2011 at Esperanza Academy in East Oakland, which included 28 boys and […]

April Nonprofit of the Month: Bottoms Up Community Garden

April Nonprofit of the Month: Bottoms Up Community Garden

Oaklandish is proud to announce Bottoms Up Community Garden as our Nonprofit of the Month for April! Based in West Oakland, California, Bottoms Up Community Garden is a community-based organization that grows food on three separate lots, experimenting with urban agriculture and inspiring the local community to engage in food security. Located at 8th and Peralta, […]

Ricky Watters Meet and Greet Recap

Ricky Watters Meet and Greet Recap

Superbowl week has come and gone. There were events all over the Bay Area commemorating the big game, but for the Oaklandish and Never Elsewhere crew the in-store meet and greet with Ricky Watters was the only event we had our minds on. With the unveiling of a collaborative tee shirt there was plenty to […]

Oaklandish 2015: A Year in Review – Giving Back

Oaklandish 2015: A Year in Review – Giving Back

Throughout the year and every year, Oaklandish gives donations to local nonprofits, community groups, independent businesses, and artists. These donations come in the form of gear, event sponsorships, auction donations, and more.  A partial list of recipients of Oaklandish donations in 2015 includes: Alameda County Social Services Committee Asian Health Services Asian Pacific Environmental Network […]

Oaklandish 2015: A Year in Review – Made in Oaklandish

Oaklandish 2015: A Year in Review – Made in Oaklandish

We’re known for the designs we put on tees, but we also partner with other local artists, businesses, & organizations on designs that promote civic pride and celebrate Oakland spirit that is often imitated, but never replicated. Here are the some of the 2015 designs that were Made in Oaklandish. We choose a select group of […]

Goapele In-Store Meet & Greet

Goapele In-Store Meet & Greet

Oaklandish is proud to announce a holiday meet & greet with none other than Oakland icon Goapele! Born Goapele Mohlabane, Goapele has found herself on radio waves all around the world ever since her 2001 debut album Even Closer hit the shelves. Her smooth sounds often have a political and socially conscious bent, but what […]

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