This engaging tour will take you to the vibrant Uptown scene where artisans are embracing sustainable and locally driven business practices. Join us to learn about the latest Do It Yourself (DIY) trends, which began in the Bay Area, by visiting several Maker workshops to watch artisans do their thing and try your own hand at “making”.
Some Suggested Stops
Red Bay Coffee
Red Bay Coffee focuses on creating opportunities within the community at large while fostering single origin, fair trade, direct trade, organic and sustainable coffees. They believe in the creation of a value chain emphasizing ethics and diversity, not just a supply and demand chain. They envision a world in which coffee is a vehicle for inclusion, social and economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, innovation, and environmental sustainability. Located in a repurposed shipping container!
Impact Hub Oakland
Take a look at this member-based shared office space whose mission is to build an entrepreneurial community and coworking space to create solutions for a world that works for all! It is a community of changemakers that support professional and personal growth. Connecting and collaborating with other members, being part of a community and having a great place to work are just a couple of benefits of working at a coworking office.
Two Jacks Denim
Enter the passionate world of the Handmade Denim Jeans, know the story of the designer/maker, feel the materials from denim to pocket bags, and the workmanship that goes into each stitch. When you step into this shop, you will no doubt hear some of these stories and learn more about the value and benefits of raw selvedge denim.
Spun Smoke Gallery
This is a studio of artist-made objects that dance the line between function, decoration, wearable or edible. Understand how we find ways of looking, acting – being creative in all aspects of our lives. So, become a connoisseur, enhance your lifestyle through artful works that transcend function. This was the owner inspiration for founding Spun Smoke, in December 2014 – in Oakland, the city of “Makers.” Experience Spun Smoke…a place of remarkable possibilities.
Take a look at the place that makes everything possible, Werkshack is a shared work and retail location featuring art, apparel, home goods and jewelry. Their focuse is put on create a fabulous community of makers that inspire each others.
Local Language Art
This creative Hub sources talent, promotes artistic thought, and produce unique costume products. This art, design and fabrication studio is specialized in the Hospitality, Healthcare, Corporate and retail markets.
Forage Kitchen is an incubator for food crafters and a home for anyone who loves to cook. With shared rental kitchen space, business support, promotional help, and access to local farmers, they make the business of starting a business just a little bit easier.
Turtle & Hare
This furniture showroom and Gallery wants to promote Oakland and the Bay Area with locally made products of exceptional design and heirloom quality. Pioneers of the slow craft movement since 2004 Weiss & Reskala knows how crucial it is to be able to see and touch such products before committing. They decided to create a “store” that would showcase carefully selected products, and which could also be a launching pad, so to speak, for new young talent. In addition, they represent both new and established craftsman from Japan.
Uptown Auto Body
At Uptown Body & Fender they believe auto body work is both a science and an art. Their technicians employ the most advanced technology in returning vehicles to its original factory specifications.Their body framing technicians are experts, and their painters combine the latest techniques with unsurpassed workmanship to restore cars’ style and character.
Join the Slow Fashion movement and learn about handmade clothing as well as natural, plant based home and body goods from other local makers. They make their garments in an Oakland studio from natural fibers and dye them by hand with natural plant dyes; leaves, bark, roots, flowers, and extracts. They are living, breathing creations that are imprinted with the scents, energy, and often the images of the plants they are dyed with.
Lunch Stops May Include
This classic brick building on Oakland’s historic Broadway Auto Row was once the Sales and Service department of an old Dodge dealership. Enjoy a wood-fired pizza and sample our fresh beer, brewed right here in the East Bay. Kick back and welcome to the Drake’s family!
Lost & Found Brewery
This tranquil spacious sun-filled indoor/outdoor beer garden, where you can get lost in the extensive beer offerings, and found in an accesible menu of high quality, healthy, delicious fare. The family behind this project is expert at creating inviting space and atmosphere, so look at all this all-ages oasis in Uptown Oakland.