Lucky Three Seven

An Oakland restaurant serving fresh Filipino food is feeding the Bay Area community by giving away free food until it runs out on December 23, 2014. 

The restaurant is located at 2868 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland, CA 94602


PIC Oakland Prize: The $250+ Rare Bird Gift Basket

Overview with This Is OaklandUnlike last year’s Ideal Date Night, we were more selective with seeking prize donations for PIC Oakland. The theme for our prize giveaways during the PIC Oakland Reception at the Gondola Servizio & Lake Chalet Docks are prizes from Oakland Grown members who are featured in This Is Oakland.

The Rare Bird fits this theme and founder Erica Skone-Rees was super excited to put together an amazing gift basket that includes:

  • Woven basket
  • Woven zipper pouch
  • Breathless coasters
  • By Nieves bath salts
  • Upcycled Book journal
  • Cardboard Safari Moose Trophey
  • Prospector & Co products
  • Gift Certificate for one art class (expires 12/2014)
  • Rare Bird gift certificate for $50!

Vintage PoseKnowing that Rare Bird is an Oakland Grown member, we can be sure that they are doing their part to keep our local economy strong and that they do their best to be a sustainable independent, locally-owned business. Furthermore, Erica and Rare Bird has spearheaded community activities such as creating the Piedmont Avenue Art Walk that is held every third Thursdays from 6:00 – 9:00pm. Erica’s vision brought about a shift on the Avenue and many other merchants followed by opening their doors late every month. 

Q & A WITH Rare Bird

Answers provided by Erica Skone-Rees

What does local mean to you?

To me Local means neighbors, faces, pets, businesses, plants & trees that make up the community I love, support & appreciate 

Why did you choose Oakland to be the home of Rare Bird?

Oakland is Rare Bird’s home because this city is a perfect blend of rich culture, creative energy & forward thinkers

What does Rare Bird contribute to Oakland?

Rare Bird provides a mix of new, vintage, & hand crafted jewelry, art, home decor, clothing & accessories. We are especially proud to feature two local artists every month during Third Thursdays Piedmont Avenue Art Stroll and provide a market place for over 50 local artists & designers work year round. 

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Follow Rare Bird on Twitter: @TheRareBirdCA

Follow Rare Bird on Instagram: @therarebirdoakland

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RSVP to the This Is Oakland Book Signing & PIC Oakland Reception

Rare Bird Prize

PIC Oakland Prize: Crown Nine Cerco Necklace By Kate Ellen Metals

Last year I wrote an article titled Open Minds and Forward Thinking: Women Impact in the World of Business to thank the women entrepreneurs – all Oakland Grown members – who responded so quickly to my request for donations to run the Bay Area’s Ideal Date Night Contest. So it didn’t surprise me at all that Kate Ellen, founder of Crown Nine (also an Oakland Grown member) responded so quickly to my request for prize donations for PIC Oakland 2014.

She offered her beautiful Cerco Necklace to be given away as a prize during the PIC Oakland Reception on September 4, 2014 at the Gondola Servizio & Lake Chalet docks in Oakland from 5:30 – 8pm.

I asked Kate to share what local means to her:

Local means being engaged.  It means knowing and caring about the complexity and vitality of our neighborhoods and people.  It means choosing to do small and big things that help keep prosperity in our town.  

Visit Crown Nine’s website:

Follow Crown Nine on Twitter: @Crown9Oakland

Follow Kate Ellen Metals on Instagram: @KateEllenMetals

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Crown Nine Cerco Necklace

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