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Bike to Work Day “after party” returns to Old Oakland – May 8, 2014

Don’t forget, Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 8th!
Once again Bike East Bay will be hosting hundreds of Energizer Stations throughout the East Bay, distributing goodie bags and celebrating the joy of biking. Last year over 15,000 cyclists participated throughout Bike to Work Day. We had a record number of children bike to school and mayors leading by example and biking to city hall.


We hope you’ll be biking to work, school, or even around your neighborhood on the day of. Please join us in Old Oakland for the “after party” where 9th Street and Washington will be closed for the event!

New retail in Old Oakland – opening in time for your holiday shopping!

Old Oakland is excited to announce three new retail stores that are scheduled to open just in time for the holidays!

Manifesta Salon

Manifesta is opening on the corner of 9th and Broadway in Old Oakland the second week of December.  We are thrilled to welcome KC, Lindsay and Mireya – three superb Berkeley stylists.  They are excited to be part of Oakland’s growing community.  Stay tuned for more about their community/co-op plan that will allow for a very unique use of the store during office hours.


SOBU will be opening the week before plaid Friday and will be located next to Marion Rose Workshop on 9th Street! In every piece of furniture they create, a spirit and character is bestowed that will travel along with it into your home; from their initial sketches, into the craftsman’s hands, and to the final journey through your door. Each piece is branded with the SOBU spirit as well as a unique marker that identifies it as a handmade product of exclusive and limited lineage. At SOBU they believe in using plantation grown, reclaimed and FSC certified lumber. Each species of wood has it’s own natural character and variation, and they prefer to simply apply water-based sealers and traditional wax finishes. They don’t fill knots and season splits with epoxy or putty, so you can see and experience the real materials. They use fabrics with natural fibers like cotton, linen and wool whenever possible and if we can find recycled aluminum and steel, they use it.  Packaging is a huge issue in the furniture industry and at SOBU they strive to minimize (and eventually eliminate) all non-recyclable materials used in our packaging. If you have kids in the house be sure to let them build some rockets and skyscrapers with their boxes before recycling them.

Flora Cultural Society

Flora Cultural Society will be arranging for a soft opening for Plaid Friday and a full opening in early December! The Flora Cultural Society is opening their first brick and mortar (after having a ‘popup” at The Ferry Bldg in SF).  They have a wonderful “heritage” garden in Old Oakland, near 980 and are eager to educate people about flowers and the process – farm to home concept.  The farm to home concept has happened for food but not flowers yet and they are eager to share their story.  All flowers are varieties that pre-exist 1950 and they utilize all parts of the flower to create oils and other items!
This quaint flower shop will be located in the breezeway in Old Oakland, right off of 9th Street.
Along with Marion Rose Workshop and Unamimart, Old Oakland can be your one stop shopping destination!

Donato Scotti’s “Desco” set to open in Old Oakland for lunch and dinner

Old Oakland is excited to welcome Donato Scotti and Desco to the neighborhood!

Donato Scotti

Borgo Italia in Old Oakland has sold their business to South Bay Italian restaurateur Donato Scotti. A native Italian who runs the popular Donato Enoteca in Redwood City, Scotti will be opening up his own trattoria-style Italian eatery Desco this month.

Scotti, who says the new restaurant will be more casual than his Enoteca, plans a menu of seasonally fresh, ingredient-driven regional Italian cuisine including fresh pasta and pizza from the existing wood-fired oven. There will also be a “robust Italian wine program” under wine director Eric Lecours, a full bar with classic cocktails plus amaro, aperitivi and digestivi, outdoor seating, and an afternoon happy hour with Italian bar snacks. “It’s going to be very authentic, we’ll bring in an Italian chef to run things, and we want to improve the overall experience,” says Scotti, who told me he “fell in love” with the century-old brick building at Ninth and Washington streets at first glance. “It’s just beautiful, between the building and the neighborhood, you get this old town feeling that could be anywhere in Europe. We’re planning farm-to-table kind of food, and we think it can be a very successful and fun place for a lot of people.

Please visit Desco for lunch or dinner – www.descooakland.com

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Please join us in saying farewell to two of our popuphood tenants, McMullen Boutiques and Piper & John Goods.  We will miss them greatly and appreciate their participation and dedication to the neighborhood and community.

We are very excited to continue working with popuphood whom is finalizing plans for two more new retail tenants and  anticipate an early spring opening!

Please visit popuphood’s website for more information about this program  at www.popuphood.com.

Old Oakland welcomes two more tenants to the neighborhood!

We are pleased to announce that Cohen Law Firm and Brilliant Ink have joined our family of office tenants at Old Oakland!

Both tenants are moving into the Arlington Building on 9th Street, filling the last of the available office space in the building.

Cohen Law Firm out of San Diego has opened a satellite office in Oakland and represents professional athletes in California.  They are a “boutique” law firm able to handle small and large cases with special attention to every client.  Please visit their website at www.thecohenlawfirm.net

Brilliant Ink, relocating from San Francisco, has chosen Oakland as their new home!  Brilliant Ink is an internal communications consulting firm with a simple yet mighty mission:  to help their clients inspire their employees to do their best work.  Please visit their website at www.brilliantink.net for more information.

Exciting Retail Changes in Old Oakland!

As summer arrives, we are thrilled to announce some exciting new changes in Old Oakland!

Long time tenant, B Restaurant has closed for business in Oakland.   Although we are sad to see them leave, we are looking forward to welcoming a new Italian Bistro, Borgo Italia!  We are VERY excited for this new venture and look forward to delicious, authentic food.  Two of the three owners, along with Paul Ferrari of Ferrari Foods, arrive straight from Italy and will create delectable, tasty dishes.  They will be working in the space over the next 2 months, changing decor and creating a new atmosphere.  Borgo Italia will open in late summer and serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  

We are also excited to announche that three out of four of the popuphood tenants will remain on in Old Oakland!  We are happy to welcome Crown Nine, Marion and Rose’s workshop and Piper John Goods, all of which were part of popuphood revitalization project! 

We also have the honor in welcoming Sherri McMullen and McMullen Boutique.  Sherri has a current location on Grand Avenue, specializing in savvy pieces for the modern woman. She will sell stylish, feminine frocks that are unique and timeless. A shop filled with beautiful jewelry, handbags, unique gifts, and, of course, clothing. Impeccable customer service, personal attention, and community.  You can visit her website at http://www.shopmcmullen.com/.  Sherri is scheduled to open July 1st.

Old Oakland will also welcome UNAMIMART mid-summer.  Kayoko and Yoko launched the Unamimart shop online in 2010 selling high-quality kitchen and barware from Japan.  They also write a weekly column on UNAMIMART.com called “Japanify” which teaches readers how to make Japanese food in an American kitchen!  More information about their products can be found at http://www.umamimart.com/.

We are also happy to welcome Art House which has landed in Oakland from Brooklyn for the month of June in the old Chronicle space.  The entrance is located in the main parking lot and Art House is an independent Brooklyn-based company that organizes global, collaborative art projects. Their flagship endeavor is the Sketchbook Project: an evolving library that features more than 18,000 artists’ books contributed by creative people from 130+ countries. Please be sure to visit them this month before they leave!  http://www.arthousecoop.com/

We are looking forward to the new tenant mix and the vibrant energy it will bring to Old Oakland!

Old Oakland’s popuphood retailers celebrate six months of success!

Please join us on Friday, May 4th from 5pm – 10pm as we close 9th Street and celebrate six months of popuphood success with Music and free visual art displays.


DJ Hakobo is the owner of Som Bar and co-creator Wonder-Full. Hakobo has an open ear to emergent electronic styles.

The John Brother’s Piano Co. playing an upright in the street with old time-y jams.


Howard Wong a visuals projection artist and mostly known as Public Works’ resident VJ.

<.o’> A vet on the scene noted for impressive live visuals

Cuco Vega 3D animated visuals

Crown Nine: C A L I F O R N I A P O L A R O I D special Guest Philipp Striebe.

Manifesto Bicycles: Major Taylor Presentation. Copies of Major Taylor: The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World will be available for purchase and book signing by the author,

Andrew Ritchie. Extras: FREE Posters + Refreshments + Prizes!

popuphood co-founders, Sarah Filley and Alfonso Dominguez