its relocation to the Jack London neighborhood
with a 10-page Oakland spread in the April issue. Featured businesses include
restaurants Miss Ollie’s, Homestead, Shanghai Restaurant,
Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana
and Juhu Beach Club, meal-delivery
startup The Town Kitchen, and
shops Suru, Urban Stich Boutique (pictured below),
Show & Tell and Atomic Garden. Pick up the April
issue at Oakland newsstands De Lauer’s, Farley’s or Issues and check out Sunset’s Weekend in Oakland
Mayvenn, a technology company re-shaping the distribution of hair
extensions, has relocated back to Oakland after launching here in 2011. Over 30,000 hair stylists now use the Mayvenn platform
to sell hair weaves directly to clients, supplementing their own business income.
Mayvenn has raised $10 Million in funding from investors including Andreessen
Horowitz and Serena Williams. Says CEO and Founder
Diishan Imira, “Not only is Oakland transforming into a new tech center for the
Bay area, but it has some of the best trained African American beauty
professionals in the country…it’s really a dream come true to be able to build
this company here.” For more information on tech in Oakland, contact Marisa Raya.
Oakland native and NFL star Marshawn Lynch opened his inaugural Beast Mode store in Old Oakland. The former Superbowl winner and Oakland booster presided on opening day as 900 fans waited in line to purchase Beast Mode gear, celebrating the toughness and persistence that characterized his career. Like other local retailers, Beast Mode began as an online operation using the Shopify e-commerce platform and built on this success to open the first brick and mortar store. For more information on retail in Oakland, contact Keira Williams.
Foundation connects nonprofits with
passionate, skilled volunteers who share their pro bono expertise in marketing,
strategy, HR and IT solutions. Taproot recently relocated from San Francisco to Oakland, leasing a 3,000-square-foot
space at 1700 Broadway. The Foundation offers grants
strategies as well as volunteer
opportunities and matchmaking for professionals.
Did you know that popular movies such as the Matrix, Rent,
Moneyball, Fruitvale Station and East Side Sushi were filmed in Oakland? With its appealing, diverse landscapes, from
a vibrant downtown and industrial areas to beautiful open space, Oakland is a
great place for creative film projects. In 2015 there were 246 total filming
dates in Oakland, including feature films, documentaries, television series and
commercials. The Oakland Film Office assists location scouts and producers,
notifies local businesses and secures permits to film in public areas around the
city. For more information or assistance setting up a film shooting, contact Jim MacIlvane at the Oakland Film
Small Business Week is May 1 - 7! Oakland activities
will include free training classes and workshops for entrepreneurs, artists, and makers, including Tech Tools for Small Businesses, a full day of training and networking dedicated to Diversity in Entrepreneurship, and Access to Capital and Financing Workshops in English, Spanish, and Chinese. On Friday, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras Sweet, a member of President Obama's Cabinet, will
visit Oakland as part of National Small Business Week. For more information, contact Business
Specialist Susana Villarreal.