What “Local” Means to Oakland Grown Members

As we enter the last week of the first ever Ideal Date Night contest, I’d like to introduce four more female business owners who are open-minded and forward-thinking. Plus they all accept the Oakland Grown gift card, and someone’s about to win a shopping spree this week!

Q & A with Laurel Bookstore

Answers provided by Luan Stauss

4100 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland, CA 94619 510-531-2073

4100 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619
510-531-2073
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WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF LOCAL?

Local is my community. Most of it is within a mile or so of my store, but also Iconsider anywhere in Oakland local for who I believe my customer base is. And when I think of local authors and illustrators, local is anywhere in the bay area as we’re rich in talent.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE OAKLAND AS THE HOME OF LAUREL BOOKSTORE?

I chose Oakland for my business for the same reasons I choose to live here; the diverse community. As a bookseller I greatly appreciate the amazing mix of education levels, cultures, ages, and interests that make up Oakland. It’s a challenge but also an amazing joy and privilege to serve such a diverse customer base.

WHAT DOES LAUREL BOOKSTORE CONTRIBUTE TO OAKLAND?

My business provides a place where people will run into their neighbors, meet new friends, talk about issues of the day, commiserate about issues, and delight in each others’ triumphs. It contributes to the sense that if you pay attention, our neighborhood is a small town where people take an interest in each other, work for a better city, and appreciate the diversity of our people. Books are just the beginning!

Q & A with marion and rose’s gift shop

Answers provided by Kerri Johnson

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WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF LOCAL?

Local is your community, supporting and connecting to what is happening around you.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE OAKLAND AS THE HOME OF MARION AND ROSE’S WORKSHOP?

I love the vibrancy and supportiveness of the small business community in Oakland.  Oakland is my home and I want to contribute to making it stronger and keeping it unique.

WHAT DOES MARION AND ROSE’S WORKSHOP CONTRIBUTE TO OAKLAND?

My business supports the local makers, artists and designers that I showcase directly with monthly sales.  Indirectly my business adds to the local economy by choosing to buy from other small businesses and keeping my money in the community.

Q & A with The 25th Street Collective

Answers provided by Hiroko Kurihara

477 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612 Like them on Facebook Tweet them on Twitter

477 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612
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WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF LOCAL?

Local is generally seen as economic activity and exchange occurring within a 150 mile radius, however, from a global context, local can be regional and relative.  For example, if I’m producing a product for the European market I would do better to work with a worker-owned, profit-sharing collective in India or Hungary, right?

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE OAKLAND AS THE HOME OF THE 25th STREET COLLECTIVE?

It’s where I live and have lived for a quarter of a century!  Oakland represents a proving ground of multi-faceted vibrancy and verve!

WHAT DOES THE 25th STREET COLLECTIVE CONTRIBUTE TO OAKLAND?

The 25th Street Collective offers the space to sustainable artisan producers of wine eco-shoes, re-fashioned garments, fine woolen home furnishings and hand-blocked hats a place to thrive and grow the Creative Economy in Oakland.  We offer residents the opportunity to witness and support craftsmanship and “making in the making” and take part in workshops like “Re-Purpose with Purpose” where creations are made and then shared with our young friends at Oakland Elizabeth House.

Q & A WITH ENERGY MATTERS ACUPUNCTURE AND QIGONG

Answers provided by Kirstin Lindquist

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WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF LOCAL? 

Local is home.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE OAKLAND AS THE HOME OF ENERGY MATTERS ACUPUNCTURE AND QIGONG?

Oakland is my home. 25+ years. I never considered any other city.

WHAT DOES ENERGY MATTERS ACUPUNCTURE AND QIGONG CONTRIBUTE TO OAKLAND?

We help people become more of who they are, so they can go out and do more in the world.

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