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First Friday with Los Rakas

First Friday with Los Rakas

You heard right. Tomorrow, July 6, downtown Oakland comes alive with the beats of Panabay. For the one-year anniversary of our downtown retail flagship, we’re celebrating with Los Rakas. The critically acclaimed duo will be filling the night with their swagger, infectious rhymes, and dancehall beats. Only in the heart of Oakland. Join us from […]

Kindah Khalidy’s curious textiles

Kindah Khalidy’s curious textiles

People in the fashion world are always throwing around the term “wearable art.” But Kindah Khalidy‘s accessories are the real thing — the patterns on her clutches and scarves are based on her own abstract canvases. If that’s not arty enough for you, she also sews her own “wearable paintings” — perfect for one-upping the […]

Support your local swarm with Bubble Farm soaps!

Support your local swarm with Bubble Farm soaps!

Would I want to rub this on my face? That’s the question that Jean and her husband Chris ask when they’re coming up with new product recipes for the Bubble Farm Soap Co. Their beeswax comes straight from their backyard hives in Alameda. We talked to Jean about what it’s like to stand in the […]

Free tee for the Oakland-educated!

Free tee for the Oakland-educated!

This summer all OUSD high school students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are entitled to one free, limited-edition Oaklandish shirt, made just for the Oakland-educated. To pick up your free shirt, just bring a copy of your official Spring 2012 report card (the one that comes in the mail) into the Oaklandish store […]

First Friday with the Memorials

First Friday with the Memorials

Brace yourself, Oakland. First Friday is fast approaching, and this one promises to be especially wild. Come to the heart of the city as the murmur beats into the summer night. Last month, Grammy winner Thomas Pridgen (formerly of the Mars Volta) and The Memorials dropped in at the end of First Friday for a […]

.retool.’s industrial-strength accessories

.retool.’s industrial-strength accessories

A few years ago, the guys at .retool. came up with the genius idea of sewing vegan wallets with an industrial twist. They’re best known for their handmade seatbelt wallets: a sturdy, sustainable way to keep your cash strapped in tight. When they’re not sewing, they also scour the country for industrial-strength scrap materials, like […]

Salvaged charm by Recyclewear

Salvaged charm by Recyclewear

Madison Hardy sees glamor in the strangest places: toilet chains, Barbie shoes, even snipped-off locks of hair. Ever since childhood, she’s been collecting tiny treasures, and giving them new life. Imagine tiny glass bottles with plastic food suspended inside, or statement rings made from dollhouse lamps. We talked to her about her family’s boat travels […]

First Friday, April 6th!

First Friday, April 6th!

Come out on Friday April 6th, and watch downtown Oakland come alive. From 7 – 11, Oaklandish will be bumping with free drinks, music, and art. 1444 Broadway, in the heart of downtown Oakland. As always, this party is open to everyone with local love in their hearts. The night’s festivities will feature: Music from […]

By Nieves: skincare that passes the taste test

By Nieves: skincare that passes the taste test

Nieves Rathbun mixes up small batches of serums and sprays, made from gentle natural ingredients — but without the new age mumbo-jumbo and strange herbal smells. Her skincare line, By Nieves, includes balms, serums and scrubs are multipurpose natural wonders, safe to smooth on skin, hair and lips. In fact, the ingredients are so wholesome, […]

The Sounds of the Town

The Sounds of the Town

We have Oakland pride every day, but from 7 – 11 this Friday, our praises will be louder than ever. Music has always been one of Oakland’s most celebrated exports, and on March 2nd the incomparable DJ Dion Decibels will release a mix of the greatest sounds to ring out from our fair city. The […]

First Friday with James & Evander

This Friday: free beer, truffled tater tots, and an all-vinyl DJ set. In the words of Jack London, “You take paradise. I’m going back to Oakland.” On Friday, Feb. 3rd, swing by the Oaklandish spot at 1444 Broadway between 7 and 11 for the best in Oakland-generated entertainment. This month, native sons James and Evander […]

Elizabeth Lydon’s handmade rock group

Elizabeth Lydon’s handmade rock group

As a kid, Elizabeth Lydon knew she’d be a rock star someday. And while she might not have an album and entourage, she’s an expert at making wearable geological wonders. Her jewelry features chunky, colorful stones and geodes, each one hand-picked and polished. We talked to her about in inspiration behind her own Oakland charms. […]

Prizes for giving back

Prizes for giving back

Some of our friends from around the Town are helping us give back to three outstanding local charities on Wednesday night. In addition to proceeds from ticket sales, the Oaklandish Give Back Benefit Show will also hold a raffle between each musical performance with prizes from a plethora of local and independent businesses. Raffle tickets […]

Oaklandish gives back all holiday season

Oaklandish gives back all holiday season

Oaklandish regularly donates a portion of proceeds to local non-profits, and this holiday season is no exception. Throughout the month of December, we’ll be taking donations in the store for three of Oakland’s finest service-based non-profits — the Alameda County Community Food Bank, the Oakland Firefighters Random Acts, and DreamCatcher Runaway/Homeless Youth Services.   All […]

These veggies are too good to eat

These veggies are too good to eat

Margaret Dorfman makes jewelry and bowls that looks good enough to eat. That could be because she creates parchment using dried fruits and vegetables, then crafts them into wildly colorful and textured works of art. We talked to her about the best places to buy and eat, and wear strange fruits in Oakland. Tell us […]

Plaid Friday at Oaklandish!

Plaid Friday at Oaklandish!

Wake up the day after Thanksgiving and join us downtown for Plaid Friday! We’re extending our store hours on Friday, November 25th from 10am to 8pm in order to celebrate local indie merchants. All day long, we’ll bring you gifts, treats, and the best in Oakland-made goods! Inspired by the day, we have created a […]

Brave Moonman’s throwback accessories

Brave Moonman’s throwback accessories

Ever wish you could return to the dawn of the digital age — the days of floppy disks and classic Nintendo? Thanks to Brave Moonman, you can shelter your gadgets and spare change in a little bit of 80s nostalgia. Oakland’s own Lindsey Porter renders the greatest hits of the era — mix tapes, pocket […]

Love letters to Oakland

Love letters to Oakland

For months now, we and the excellent folks at 38th Notes have been collecting letters to the Town. This little leather-bound book has been quietly resting at Oaklandish Headquarters, inviting Oakland’s citizens to spill their hearts on its pages. And now it’s full of notes: messages of love, longing, celebration and regret. Here are some […]

Celebrate First Friday 11/4 at Oaklandish!

Celebrate First Friday 11/4 at Oaklandish!

This Friday night, the heart of Oakland beats on. Join us at Oaklandish HQ from 7–11pm on November 4th for our last First Friday event of 2011! This month Earshot Entertainment is helping us bring out some great MCs and singers, all performing back to back to back, with our resident DJ Dion Decibels holding […]

Heidi Cregge: capturing the tides within a frame

Heidi Cregge: capturing the tides within a frame

We conclude this week’s Live Artist profile series today with Heidi Cregge, a Hawaii-born artist and educator, who inspired by oceanic beauty.   Give us a short run down of who you are. How long have you lived in Oakland? Did you go to school for art or are you self taught? How has your […]

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