Venerable art supply store Flax Art & Design is relocating to Oakland. Flax, which has been serving the Bay Area since 1938, will open a 14,500-square-foot store Downtown at 1501 Martin Luther King Way. The City has been seeking strong retail tenants to complement Downtown’s rich entertainment and restaurant scene. “Flax is the perfect fit for Downtown. It will be a great anchor for that area and serve our creative community,” says Downtown project coordinator Brian Kendall. The store is scheduled to open late next month.
In addition to Flax, popular independent department store Jeremy’s will also be opening in Downtown
Oakland. Following the closure of their original South of Market store in San
Francisco, Jeremy’s has purchased the historic First Church of Christ Scientist building
at 17th and Franklin streets. Consistent with the design of their previous stores,
Jeremy’s will maintain as much of the beautiful, historic interior of the
building as possible. "This store will be the largest designer apparel and shoe store in Uptown Oakland since I.Magnin closed in 1995," says founder Jeremy Kidson. "We see it as an honor and a privilege to be entrusted with the restoration and preservation of this amazing property." The store is expected to open in May.
Resources are available to help nonprofits secure affordable
space in Oakland while demand for space continues to tighten. The City of
Oakland is partnering with the Northern
California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) to
bring a series of workshops to help non-profits assess their spaces needs, negotiate
leases, purchase property and access financing. Workshops will be held January
15, February 4 and March 1 at the California Endowment Conference Center at 1111
Broadway in Downtown Oakland. RSVP
The Planning Department is currently studying setting new
development impact fees and will present its findings to the Community and Economic
Development (CED) committee on January 26. The proposed fees could go to support
three categories: affordable housing, transportation and capital improvements (parks, libraries, fire, police and storm water). The City conducted a nexus impact fee study assessing maximum allowable fees and is evaluating the potential economic impacts for multiple proposals. More information is available at www.oaklandnet.com/impactfee and the full CED report will be posted on January 15.
The City of Oakland will be issuing a Call for
Startups later this month for entrepreneurs to work on civic challenges through a new tech Startup In Residence program. Part of a regional partnership with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Innovation,
based on their successful Entrepreneur
in Residence program, the four-month residency provides a
risk-free space for City departments to work with entrepreneurs to co-create
and test drive new digital products and services. For more information or to find out how your startup
can participate, please contact Marisa
Raya in the Special Projects Division.
Oakland Job Resource Center, which prepares workers for careers in the building
and construction trades, has received an $850,000
job training grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in partnership with the East Bay Alliance for A Sustainable Economy.
The Center offers local residents a rigorous apprenticeship program requiring
both school and on-the-job training. Many program participants have families,
so the funds will provide financial, childcare and housing services to support
them while apprentices are enrolled in the program. For more information or to
partner with the West Oakland Jobs Resource Center, please contact Executive
Director Julina Bonilla.
Oakland Restaurant Week is here! For 10 days (January 14-24), restaurants such as The
Half Orange, Plum Bar, Pour, Bourbon and Beef, Home of Chicken
& Waffles and Italian
Colors will offer special prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus at $20, $30,
$40 and $50 price points. That’s two weekends of awesome deals from Fruitvale
to Montclair. Check out Visit
Oakland for participating restaurants.