Posts Tagged ‘holiday shopping’

Oakland Indie Awards

Friday, August 26th, 2011

The 5th Annual Oakland Indie Awards were a smashing success! On May 13th, Oaklanders honored local artists and small businesses at the Indie Awards. Check out photos of the event at The Oakland Indie Awards encourages people to recognize the community, economic, environmental, and political impact of supporting Oakland’s locally-owned businesses and artists instead of chain stores. It also provides rare opportunities for recognition for the small businesses and artists that make Oakland such a wonderful, creative place. Finally, it’s a chance for Oaklanders to just celebrate Oakland by enjoying Oakland food, wine, chocolate and music.

Congratulations to the Indie Awards winners:

This event would not have been possible without the support of our committed sponsors including: Mattmar Group, Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass, Uptown Apartments, Dan Carroll and Stasia Obremskey, Pete Higgins and Leslie Magid, Blue Heron Catering Company, SuperPrint, Exploratorium, Jack London Square, California Waste Solutions, First Solar, YMCA of the East Bay, City of Oakland, Urban Legends Winery, East Bay Community Foundation, Ron Beller and Jennifer Moses Family Foundation, Bay Area Derby Girls, Oakland Outlaws, AnewAmerica, Kipp and Sara Howard, Nancy Neel, and Bruce and Susan Kelley.

Give Something Back - Indie award winner is local office supply company

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Did you know that you can buy office supplies locally and for less than the big box stores? Give Something Back is a local office supply company that provides full service, free nationwide delivery and a low price promise. It also happens to be a 2011 Indie Award winner!

What’s even better is that Give Something Back donates 75% of their net earnings to a variety of nonprofits in the West. By purchasing supplies from Give Something Back, you are supporting a local business and you can even vote on which nonprofits receive donations. Learn more about give something back at

Holiday Buy Night at Jack London Square

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

holidayevent1There are ways to avoid the mall this holiday season, support local stores and artists, and still buy gifts for everyone no your list.  Oakland Unwrapped, in collaboration with Jack London Square, ProArts, adn Oakland Grown, is putting on a “mall-ternative” shopping event, Holiday Buy Night, on Thursday and Friday, December 10th and 11th, from 5 to 10 PM.  From pet lovers to food lovers, fashionistas to athletes, women, men, children, and everyone in between, Holiday Buy Night promises to have something for everyone on your list.

If you need a shopping break, be sure to check out the music and live entertainment going on throughout the evening.  Have the young ones check out the kids section for games, arts and crafts, and a movie.  And if you get hungry or thirsty, be sure to check out the “food court” at the event.  Restaurants from Jack London Square will be selling food, including Kincaids, Cocina Poblana, Ben and Jerry’s, and others.  Awaken Cafe will provide coffee and hot chocolate and Numi and L’Amyx will provide hot tea to keep you warm and alert while shopping.  There will also be a beer and wine bar, featuring the East Bay Express’ holiday lager!  This is one shopping event you won’t want to miss this December!

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East Bay Gift Certificates from the East Bay Express!

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

ebx-logoIn the world of gift giving, a growing trend is to give a gift certificate instead of an item.  Be it a gift certificate to a restaurant or coffee shop, a bookstore or clothing store, gift certificates allow the recipient to buy what they want or to spend some time out with a friend or loved one of their choice.

This holiday season, if you are thinking about getting a gift certificate from a business in the East Bay, the first place you should check out is the new East Bay Express eDeals online store.  The East Bay Express launched their eDeals store last month, featuring gift certificates from independent businesses that have been donated to the weekly paper.  To spread the wealth, the East Bay Express has started selling some of these popular gift cards and certificates at their new online store at 25 to 50% off regular prices.  Gift certificates are available for all sorts of businesses, including clothing stores, spas and body product shops, tickets for local holiday events, sporting equipment stores, local restaurants and eateries, and more! 

This is a great way to support the East Bay Express (a weekly, FREE newspaper) and get diverse gift certificates for family and friends at a discounted rate!  New gift certificates are added all the time, so keep checking out the East Bay Express eDeals website for more.

To find this store and other Oakland-based stores online, shop at

Shop Smart this Holiday Season

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

As the holiday season approaches, we all want to show how much we love our family and friends by impressing them with gifts on the top their wish list. Yet, I urge you to resist the temptation of spending outside your means. The easiest way to spend only what you can afford- make a budget and STICK TO IT!

Before you hit the stores plan out what type of gift you would like to get each person on your list. Then comparison shop online for the cheapest options. There are many small businesses in the Bay Area that have amazing deals on locally made products. To view over 160 local stores click here. The more planning you do BEFORE you set out to shop, the more likely you will follow your budget.

Here are a couple tips from nonprofit financial literacy site,

  • Many stores offer one-day or weekend money-saving sales during the month. Plan to shop your favorite stores on these days.
  • Don’t be tempted to overspend on last minute purchases. Planning ahead could prevent night-before emergency shopping trips.
  • Exchange favors as gifts or make handmade gifts such as baked goods and ornaments. A great online gift-exchange site is
  • Send e-cards. Savings could be significant depending on the length of your mailing list.
  • Pay with cash whenever possible. Interest charges accrued by not paying off your credit bill in January may offset any savings you received.
Another great resource for shopping smart this season is Frugillionaire’s most recent blog post,
Remember that spending time with family and friends, and giving back to your community is really what matters every holiday season!
Andrea Walker
Executive Assistant and Financial Literacy Instructor at OneCalifornia Foundation in Oakland, CA.




Neighborhood Stores Host Holiday Open House

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

oakmerchantsshoppingAre you a last minute shopper?  You can still buy your holiday presents last minute while supporting the local economy and enjoying yourself!  This year on Friday, December 18, merchants in multiple shopping districts, including the Lakeshore Shopping District, are staying open late to give you time to shop.  There will also be live entertainment and face painting for the kids!  For details check out the Shop Oakland Events page here.

2nd Annual Temescal Holiday Skate & Stroll

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

temescalskatestrollOn Saturday and Sunday, December 12th and 13th, from 12:30PM - 4:30PM, come down to Temescal Avenue to shop, stroll, and skate!  Show your moves at the outdoor skating rink at 49th and Telegraph, visit your favorite merchants for some holiday shopping, and enjoy the popcorn, candy canes, hot chocolate, carolers, and other fun treats.  More event details are listed on the Temescal District’s website.

Montclair Village Holiday Stroll

Monday, November 30th, 2009

montclair-holiday-strollOn Thursday, December 3rd, from 6-9 in the evening, the merchants of the Montclair Shopping District are staying open late so that you can come down and do your holiday shopping early and locally!  Merchants will provide treats for shoppers and strolling the streets of Montclair Village will be other fun people–you don’t want to miss this!  Find out more information on the Montclair Village Association’s website.

Plaid Friday is the New Black Friday

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

plaid-friday-logoLooking for great holiday shopping this Black Friday?  Want to get great deals while supporting the local economy?  Merchants in Oakland, Berkeley, and the greater Bay Area have teamed up this year to bring you Plaid Friday!  Local shops, both in store and online, will be offering great holiday deals this friday, November 27th while providing you with an alternative to the malls.  Want to learn more and check out what local vendors will be having Plaid Friday sales?  Check out Plaid Friday’s website.

An Oakland Unwrapped Holiday Shopping Bazaar at Jack London Square

Thursday, November 5th, 2009


holidayevent1October’s Full Moon Buy Night Shopping Bazaar was such a hit that we’re bringing it back–just in time for your holiday shopping!  On the evenings of December 10th and 11th, Oakland Unwrapped, in collaboration with Jack London Square, ProArts, and Oakland Grown, will be hosting a Holiday Buy Night Shopping Event.  Cozily situated inside a festive market hall with entertainment, activities for the kids, hot cocoa, beer, wine and creative gifts from local businesses and artists - it’s the best mall-ternative you could ask for. More details to come, so keep checking back here!

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