Author:Danielle Cohen

BLACK FRIDAY GIVEAWAYS

1. BEFORE THE SHOW

 

Leading up to our Virtual Market on Black Friday we are having our BIGGEST instagram giveaway yet. That means 20 individual winners will be selected to WIN one of these 20 free gifts from our online market’s featured brands:

To celebrate our first ever virtual Black Friday Holiday Market with Urban Air Market and Shop LIT LIve, we are doing a giveaway to 20 lucky winners who will receive one of these unique prizes created by the independent artists who are participating in the holiday market.

Entry is easy:

1.     Download the Lit.Live app here:  https://bit.ly/litholiday

2.     Comment on the “Giveaway” IG post with your Lit.Live app username

The raffle will close on 11/23, the winners will be announced on 11/24 via Instagram DM.

*Must have a U.S. mailing address.

*Only 18+years of age, and entrants release Instagram and all brands of all responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.

#UAMOnline #LitHolidayMarket #BlackFriday #SmallBusinessSaturday #giveaway #contest #instagiveaway #instacontest #sweepstakes


2. DURING THE SHOW

Here are some virtual “rooms” to look for during our Virtual Market from 12pm-2pm on 11/27 and 11/28 and some additional ways to WIN more #FREESTUFF

“My idea is everyone who stops into my shop gets entered in a drawing to receive a candle gift set, with a drawing at the end of each event day.” Leona from JiaHomeCo

“Get a free  pair of hoop earrings for following us @OraAnaOfficial on instagram. One pair goes to one random new follower both Saturday and Sunday.” Veronika from OraAnaOfficial

“Guess the mystery tea!  We will have  the tea leaves and liquor on display. Visitors to our stream who want to enter the contest will let us know their name and email and then their guess. Whoever guesses correctly (or closest) will win a box of this tea. We will announce the winner on our stream at the end of the second day.” Zo from Fox and Moon Tea

“We want to do a contest during the stream where people can enter by submitting where they want to travel to when it is safe. This enters you to win our Anti-theft Waterproof Full Crossbody with Chain Strap with Classic Hardware in the color & strap length of your choice.”  Karin of Arden Cove

“Optical Underground will host a sunglass giveaway (each worth $300) on both days of the event. Customers will be asked to follow us on Instagram in order to qualify for entry.” Melissa of Optical Underground

“To enter: Simply ask any questions or chat during the live streaming. Prize: A winner will be randomly picked after the two-day steaming to receive a bottle of Laloirelle’s bestseller Age Renewal Serum, a $118 value.” Yin from Laloirelle

“Our giveaway will be an Iva Jewell clutch, the winner can pick from 2 styles, I will show them during the live stream.” Iva Jewell by Dionne

“I’m offering life-size wishbone necklaces (in three kinds of finishes: antique silver, bronze, and rose gold plated) for my contest. The rules are 1) follow both @soradesigns and @urbanairmarket on IG and 2) leave a comment on the wishbone necklace post on whom s/he would like to share the wishbone necklaces (one for her/him and one for the other person).” Wen from Sora Designs

“We plan to give away a free scrunchie to the 20th visitor to our live stream.” Cameo of WHouse SF

 

P.S. Don’t forget to use your gift credit from ShopLitLive before checkout with the promo code: uamholiday10

3. AFTER THE SHOW

Yes, we are going to KEEP ON giving away presents, even after our Holiday Show is over!!! Because some of our favorite CBD products didn’t make it in due to some federal technicalities. And we’ll still all need to relax after Thanksgiving 🙂

Giveaway Hint: Think bath balls by Floramye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. Want to know more about our INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS? Check out this article

Urban Air Market Holiday Show: Online

This holiday season, Urban Air Market has partnered with Shop Lit Live to launch our first ever Urban Air Market Holiday Show: Online Edition. Join 50 + of our favorite brands as we “go live” to share our newest creations and holiday gift ideas with anyone who has the app.

As an attendee, you can view different “rooms” to enter. Think of it like approaching a maker’s pretty booth space at one of our street fairs. But you know, inside of your phone. 

Each maker will be live-streaming their own video and discussing their products and process. Decide which rooms to enter and communicate (text chat) with your favorite designers in real time. It’s easy to complete your holiday purchases directly through the app and you’ll checkout from just one collective shopping cart.

That said, it’s always been a priority for us that our markets are about building community and more than just shopping. Read on to find out about the interactive workshops and DIY activities available to you during our virtual show and find our complete list of the participating artists, designers, and makers.

As always, Urban Air Market is a totally FREE event to attend, from 12pm to 2pm PST on Black Friday (November 27th) and Small Business Saturday (November 28th).

Please download the Shop Lit Live app to shop with us and:

 

Here’s a taste of what we have in store for you.

HIIDE: During Saturday’s show Lauren will be doing an in-studio behind-the-scenes preview of her Spring line. Watch for live illustrations, draping, and a sneak peek of some of her first samples.

White Cotton Rose: Bretton will write live custom poetry especially for you (based on your answers to a couple of questions). Plus the first person who buys a poem during the event on both Friday and Saturday will get one free poem (i.e. order one for yourself and a loved one for the price of one).

Yuriyasa: Learn yoga poses that will help with your post-Thanksgiving detox!

Fabula Tea: Kenny will demonstrate how to utilize a meditative tea ceremony to reconnect with your 5 senses and create an inner sanctuary that you can revisit over and over again.

Rosanna Diggs Embroidery: If you or a friend are just getting started with the relaxing hobby of embroidery, join the live Q & A Session with our resident expert. Check out her DIY Embroidery Kits, too!

Elka Herbals: Make your own salt scrub during Erika’s live-stream demo. She’ll also have all her product testers out to share.

Regenerous Designs: Unleash your inner artist and experience Alyssa’s live DIY kit demo to learn some creative ways to upcycle your textile remnants.

Stacy Wong Handmade: Experience a different virtual workshop BOTH days of the virtual market. Friday at 12:30p it’s Holiday Decorating with Jingle Bell Ornaments. Saturday at 1pm come learn about Stick Book Binding. Let’s do this! 

Virtual Holiday Show Participating Brands:

Want to know more about our product GIVEAWAYS? Check out this article

Vendor Spotlight: Atelier Prelude + Black Market Group + Minkara

At Urban Air market, we celebrate the focal point of sustainability through various talented vendors. We have three particular Vendor Ambassadors who we feel truly lead by example. To show our appreciation for their continued excellence, we wanted to share their stories and highlight their missions and contributions towards a social good.

The first of our Vendor Ambassadors is Atelier Prelude, a brand committed to sourcing the world’s softest, natural fabrics with a mission to promote sustainable and ethical fashion. Beginning in 2015, the San Franciscan label creates fashionable and timeless garments in the current era of “fast fashion”, where low-quality textiles are produced in bulk and designed to be disposed of in a relatively short period. To Atelier Prelude, quality clothing will always be superior to cheap clothing with respect to texture and comfort; reasonably so, as these are the two factors that are arguably the most important when discussing wearable goods. This brand places great emphasis on sourcing premium materials from around the world to produce beautiful pieces that will last long, feel great, and look amazing. One would not need to look any further than their signature cotton and cashmere to see that they meet sustainability guidelines by being officially certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard.

 

Our next Vendor Ambassador is The Black Market Group, East Bay based skincare brand delivering beautiful skin through products such as face masks, bar soaps, and moisturizers, all of which are made using natural resources. The brand is able to give back by going against the grain of cosmetics made through conventionally produced methods, which have been known to deposit chemicals such as BHA/BHT into the air and ocean. This is toxic to our environment and strongly contributes towards the death of aquatic species. In light of this fact, Black Market Group utilizes ingredients for their natural health and beauty products that are farmed and manufactured organically to ensure fewer detrimental chemicals are put into the air and water. Through this methodology, the label is able to give back towards consumers while still being mindful of the world we all reside in. Additionally, there are also many benefits of using natural beauty goods. One of their products, traditional African Black Soap, has moisturizing properties, anti-eczema/psoriasis applications, and active ingredients which will work with your skin to decrease redness, irritation, and breakouts.

Finally, we have Teresa Soler, a Los Angeles based jeweler who handcrafts unique, elegant, and lasting accessories under the brand Minkara. The name Minkara is a reference to the Australian Indigenous word for the “Silver Wattle Tree” (also called Mimosa or Acacia Dealbata), and is a tribute to the evolution of her creative process from influences during her time living in Australia. Inspired by nature and various cultures, Minkara utilizes a combination of materials such as Gold, wood, silver, copper, brass, gold, and gemstones gathered from all corners of the world. Minkara is conscious of minimizing the environmental impact of the jewelry making process, choosing to opt-in for the usage of recycled metals, found objects, and resourced remnants. If you are looking to up your personal aesthetic while also retaining cultural, social, and environmental consciousness, see for yourself how Minkara’s minimalist designs result in pieces that are both effortlessly stylish and truly outstanding.

If you are looking to experience the luxurious feel of Atelier Prelude’s curated fabrics, enhance your day/night routine and end up with silky smooth skin through Black Market Group’s cosmetic goods, or simply accessorize and elevate your look through Minkara’s specialty jewelry, then be sure to check out them out at Urban Air Market. You won’t want to miss it!

** All photos have been taken from Vendor’s respective websites **

To learn more about guest blogger Tony Nguyen and Hidden Fest, visit @nguyenynot @hiddenfest and hiddenfest.com 

Hayes Valley Beats

It’s almost time for our last event of the year and we’re bringing you the best local talent to San Francisco | Hayes Valley.

We’ve got over 150+ creative makers in one space with all things sustainable in home decor, jewelry, contemporary art  PLUS interactional activities, fashion boutiques on wheels and amazing discounts on offer from the snazzy neighborhood! All this with smooth tunes from bay area’s best brought to you by Trixie Rasputin. Here’s the lineup!

We can’t wait!

ARTISTS:

AIRSTREAM STAGE

REED AWAKENING

Reed Awakening is a cuddly woodwind trio based in San Francisco. The members are Brian Bosley (clarinet), Thomas Hill (bassoon) and Chloe Veltman (oboe.)

 

FRANCES ANCHETA

Frances Ancheta is a San Francisco based musician, singer/songwriter, and performer. With two albums to date and a third one on the way, she has been performing original music and her own interpretations of covers for the past 17 years. Frances Ancheta continues to reach fans around the world with her distinct and enjoyable musical style, described by many as “tropical new wave folk”, reflecting the eclectic sounds she grew up with as a Filipina American in the San Francisco Bay Area.

MIRACLE FISH

Stevie Q’Pons has many a brainchild. Miracle Fish is one of them. For people that love guitar, rhythm, quirk, and melody, this guy has your back. Stevie has played in many bands, including Dead End Boyfriend, Trixie and the Skates, and Maximum Poltergeist. Hailing from somewhere back east, he’s a maverick on the guitar, a lark on vocals, and totally entertaining.

FULTON STREET STAGE

E.G. PHILLIPS

E.G. Phillips is a San Francisco based songwriter who creates lyric-driven songs with his own special blend of whimsy and cinematic imagery.  He comes from a country called the Midwest, has a degree in Geography, and his favorites include Bob Dylan and the Kinks as well as Duke Ellington and that crowd. Phillips has been the “Songwriter-in-Residence” at Bazaar Cafe (September 2015 and April 2017) and a featured performer at San Francisco venues such as the Hotel Utah, The Lost Church, Neck of the Woods, PianoFight, and Cafe International. “Ducks With Pants” is the name of his so-called fake (and sometimes real) band.

BROTHER SPELLBINDER

An inter-generational band, Brother Spellbinder is the vision of Alzara Getz. As the daughter of rock drummer, Dave Getz, original drummer of Big Brother & The Holding Co. (Janis Joplin), she developed a taste for passionate music worn on the sleeve. She formed Brother Spellbinder with guitarist Jamie Wilson. Wilson was an early graduate from San Francisco’s School of the Arts High School and counters Alzara’s dulcet voice with a dollop of gristle in his vocals and a rhythm guitar that resonates with an earthy om.

JESSE LOREN STRICKMAN

Oakland-native singer-songwriter Jesse Loren Strickman is known for potent lyrics and powerfully minimal acoustic music. Annually touring the Pacific West Coast, Strickman has played everywhere from intimate cafes to outdoor amphitheaters and festivals. He’s opened for national and world acts such as Damien Jurado, CAKE, The T Sisters and many more. Emotionally charged vocals sail over jaunty acoustic chords in songs about personal love and the power of social change. 

AIRSTREAM STAGE

11.15 AM – 1.15 PM: Reed Awakening

1.30 PM – 3.30 PM: Frances Ancheta

3.45 PM – 5.45 PM: Miracle Fish

FULTON STAGE

11 AM – 1 PM: E.G. Phillips

1.15 PM – 3.30 PM: Brother Spellbinder

3.45 PM – 5.45 PM: Jesse Loren Strickman

It’s going to be a street fair experience you won’t wanna miss!

RSVP NOW!

UAM Hayes Valley Scenes

 

Sustainable shoppers, Urban Air Market will be in Hayes Valley for the last time this year! We’ll be taking over Octavia x Hayes St. on Sunday, September 15th 2019 with the best artistry, contemporary makers, eco-friendly apparel and eclectic jewelry! We are the largest outdoor marketplace experience with 150+ creators + the sweet sounds of local musicians to fill the air AND an exciting mix of neighborhood wine and dine options to enjoy!

 

As always, Urban Air Market is a totally FREE pop-up street fair, on Sunday, September 15th from 11am – 6pm.

 

GET INVOLVED WITH THE ARTISTS!

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Get 10% off a custom-made watches by Bespoke Watch Projects

Watch carving and sgraffito techniques by Seoul Sister Studio and Freeborn Claywork

Get half-price off your candles when you purchase from Often Wander and return the vessel back to them for a refill!

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Fashion on Wheels:

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PARTICIPATING VENDORS

 

 

Adelyn

Aether Beauty

Alamere Designs

Amare Wear

Amos Goldbaum

Amy Kuschel San Francisco

Andino

Angie Chua /bobo design studio

Animal Instincts

Annachich Jewelry

Anna Monet Jewelry

ArchiTec

Artistic Jewelry by PLT

ARTNWORDZ

Atelier Prelude

Baizaar

Basik Candle Co

Bathing Culture

Beam and Branch Co.

BEKSAN DESIGNS

BENDY by Ashbury Skies

Bespoke Watch Projects

Bloody Girl Gang

Blow Your Succs Off

BODHI SWAG

Bright and Beauty

Carly Foster Jewelry

Carmen McNall

Christiana Layman Designs

Chuck & Sam

Clever Hands

Codacraft Designs

Coffee n Cream Press

Cotton the First

Crystal & Gold

Cu Au Atelier

CULK

Cursive M Ceramics

Dear Archaeologist

DiamondL Leatherworks

Domey Pins

Doodles.ink.

Drew Shanklin Shirts

Eden & Zoe

Eiar Candle

ELLERALI

ENGRAFFT

Eurca Distribution

Fiery Red Design SF

Focalpoint Home

Fortified for Health

Fractal Flora

Freeborn Design

Frolick Jewelry

GirlsCrew

Green and Gorgeous Organics

Groovy Frisco

Girls Curls and Jewelry

Hadas Kol Collection

Haight St. Shroom Shop

Hana Moriah

Hannah Frost Jewelry

Hatbitual/ Friends of Friends

Hilary Finck Design

Ilke Studio

INDOSOLE

Island Memories sf

JazzyBowTies

Jennifer Clifford Art + Design

JFOX Jewelry

Kaleen Cameron

Katie Dean Jewelry

Kausay Flow

Keepsake Collection

Khordz

Korina Naturals

Lacson Ravello

Lady Alamo

LIKHÂ / The Global Artisan Inc.

LIX PERLE Accessories & Apparel

Lux + Stone

Made by Chanamon

Magical Realism Ceramics

Malisa Suchanya illustration

Maya Bauman Design

Mayumix

Mbukii

Melinda Gail LLC

Messy Play Kits

METTA GOOD

Mia Lara Jewelry

Michezo

Midori Handmade Goods

Mindful Paw Dog Training

Momper Romper

Moon + Leaf

Moon Looms

More the Merrlier

Murphy Munday

MXM Jewelry & Design

Noe Osada Design

O.R. Sight Designs

OD Ceramics

Ofina

Often Wander

Oleema Skincare

Part & Parcel

PHIOSUWAN

Poppy and Honeybee

Poppy & Quail

Prism Jewels

Project Squeeble

Quench Botanica

Quintessence

Quixotic

RAANU Handwoven

ROYALISTIQUE

Rumble Jar

Rust & Flourish

S for Sparkle

S.Kanouni

Saara Reidsema

Sam Lee

Say Something Cards

Seoul Sister Studio

Sheila Miller Pottery

SHILSHOL

Shiny Notions

Signature Innovation Group

Simple Metal Studio

Slate & Stone Jewelry

Sonya Lee Barrington

SORA DESIGNS

STORY SPARK

Stylestream

Sunde White Industries

Sunski

Susie Q Skin

Sweet & Spark

Swing Artisan Jewelry

Tap Tap Organics

Tessa Kemp Jewelry

The Cloud Factory

The Nature of Jovie

Thetrendyones

Tide and Tied

TOA

Tomoko Ceramics

Topaz & Pearl

Turkish Modern

UniqueFITZ

Unsettle&Co.

Untold Rebel

VAMVAS eco-friendly shoes

Village Child

Vital Mystic

Vina Shih Jewelry

Wen Wen Designs

Yawata ceramics

Young America Creative

YUZU SOAP

ZEBA

 

 

 

RSVP now and watch this space for more updates on our music line up and happenings!

UAM Fall Totebag Contest

Shoppers, we’re back with our absolutely amazing, sustainably-satisfying, creatively stuffed FREE tote bag contest for our Fall show!

TWO lucky winners will get a chance to win over a dozen goodies donated by our super talented, creative hustlers! All you gotta do is share the love for UAM and you’re entered! Click below for the deets!

WIN here:

Tote bag 1 winner :

 

Tote bag 2 winner:

 

CONTEST DEADLINE: Friday, September 13th

Both winners will be notified via email on Saturday, September 14th. Please bring your ID to the info booth (Hayes Valley) on the day of the event (Sunday, September 15th) to pick up your prizes!

Good luck 😉

Also, RSVP’ing in advance to Urban Air Market Hayes Valley Fall, gets you eligible to pick up a custom tote bag at our information booth on the day of the event! Our SUPER cute totebags are designed by Uniquefitz and are IN LIMITED SUPPLY! So, arrive early to not be disappointed!

 

 

 

Our winners’ wall 🙂

A little Yelp from our sponsor friends!

There’s very few who have not heard of our popular Oakland sponsor – Yelp.

Yelp has been around for over 15 years as a growing business database for small and big businesses alike. Not only does it help business grow, it’s also been the no.1 go-to by user to check-out businesses in a new location or review a favorite coffee shop. So it’s no wonder, we were delighted to have them on board with us as our summer sponsor!

We had the opportunity to sit down with Emma W., Yelp’s East Bay Community Manager, and ask her a few questions about the best way users can utilize the Yelp platform in order to get discover and be discovered!

 

 

Q1) How can Yelp help small businesses like our participating makers get noticed by potential customers?

Yelp connects people with great local businesses! Creating or claiming a Yelp business page is one of the easiest ways potential customers discover your brand (and it’s completely free!). We offer a slew of free tools for business owners, such as providing your contact info, website, and business hours (which you can adjust anytime you’d like).

We believe Yelp provides a valuable service for business owners to market themselves based on the reputation they rightfully earn, and we’ve compiled a list of useful tips for them on how to do that effectively in Yelp’s Guide to Success.

 

 

Q2) What are best practices for using Yelp to explore new businesses and events?

We have just the thing! Yelp has a “Hot and New” search filter that will show you new and trending businesses in your neighborhood! It’s my favorite way to see what new shopping spots or restaurants are popping up in my community. We’re also testing out some exciting new functionality that will be announced soon. This new feature will totally revolutionize the way you interact with Yelp and how you discover your next go-to spots — stay tuned! Looking for local events? Head to yelp.com/events anytime to explore happenings near you (or upload your local event to let fellow Yelpers know what you’re planning!).

 

 

Q3) How does Yelp stay up-to-date with the growing needs of small businesses?

Yelp’s product team is always working on new features to help solve business pain points. In fact, Yelp has been talking to all kinds of businesses to understand how we can better serve as a partner to local businesses. A suite of products that have come out of these conversations is business page upgrades. If you’re just starting out, or haven’t had an active Yelp business page, products like Business Highlights help demonstrate what makes your business special and why local customers should work with you!

 

 


Q4) Can you tell us one or two success story examples of a small businesses that have grown with the help of Yelp?

Absolutely! So many small businesses have found success growing their brands with the useful features that we offer. Rachel, co-owner of artisanal eatery Homage, says, “Yelp has been vital to our success! It has put our restaurant in front of thousands of people in such a short time! Their public and free platform has allowed customers to share their reviews of our food quickly and easily and people are able to read insights from others and be convinced to pay us a visit! We have had customers from as far as San Jose who have visited because of Yelp alone. As an added bonus hosting a Yelp Elite Event was a simple and painless way to gain many new customers in a short time. Our business would not have been able to gain as much public attention as quickly as it has without the help of Yelp!”

The creative folks over at upscale jewelry brand, Melissa Joy Manning, agree: “As a small business, tools that open a dialogue between ourselves, our customers, and the population at large are invaluable. It’s so great to have a community that believes in shopping locally, and Yelp gives us the visibility we need to connect with new people who share our ethos.”

 

 

Q5) Where can Yelpers find out more about Urban Air Market in San Francisco?

Did you know the Urban Air Market has its very own Yelp page?! If you haven’t stopped by before, be sure to bookmark Urban Air Market on Yelp! And if you’ve recently visited, you can always share your experience and photos on their page.

 

 

 

How SAVA – Our Oakland sponsor is changing the cannabis industry!

Sava: Women Supporting Women in Cannabis

 

 

Women have been involved in the cannabis industry for decades. As growers, as product formulators, as caregivers who provide it to loved ones in pain. As the green rush takes over and money pours into the cannabis industry – which has historically had a higher than average number of women founders and CEOs – we are seeing a decline of women in leadership positions. Sava is working to change that. 

 

As a women-founded and led company, Sava is committed to lifting up other women founders. That’s why half of the products on their platform are from women-owned brands. You can even sort by that value in their shop. 

 

Furthermore, their product selection is curated with women in mind. “We carry the products we want to use, and those we would recommend to our best friends, mothers, and sisters,” says Andrea Brooks, Sava founder and CEO. “In addition to our rigorous screening process around the source of the cannabis and the manufacturing process, that test really is at the heart of our curation – would I use this product?”

 

Sava founders believe that there is a perfect cannabis experience for everyone, and they are on a mission to help you discover what that means for you. They do this via online educational resources, a  well-trained customer support team that is available by phone and email, and by offering free 20-min phone consultations.

 

Want to unwind after a long day, get a good night’s sleep, or replace that cocktail with something that will leave you far less hungover? Visit their online marketplace to see the best cannabis California has to offer, and order for delivery to your door. Visit www.getsava.com to get started! 

 

A Seat with Gather – Our Oakland Sponsor

If you’re a vendor or a creative maker, you’ve probably heard of our Oakland sponsor, gather. They’re the amazing husband wife duo that created a space where local artists and crafters can host workshops! With a wide variety of classes ranging from calligraphy, natural perfume making, knitting, tarot, and candle making, their aim is to create an engaging experience that can build real relationships within the community of craftsmen and women!
Urban Air Market had the chance to sit down for a quick get-to-know, to discover more about the awesome duo behind their brand.
Q) Give us a brief history (from vendor at our markets to brick and mortar store owner, to workshop hub, etc.)?
My husband Christian and I moved from Washington, DC to San Francisco 6 years ago with the intention of opening up a store. I already had a small business where I sold my handmade jewelry in boutiques and participated in markets all over the country but Urban Air Market in Hayes Valley was my very first show in the bay! How funny that my shop gather opened just a few months in later same neighborhood?! Many of the items I curated I found at UAM so it’s always been dear to my heart. In addition to a shop filled with locally and independently made goods we also decided from day one we wanted to have a deeper connection with our new community and since the space was so large, we decided to host workshops taught by our makers.
Q) Tell us about your the motivation behind your recent move from SF to OAK?
Recently we moved our business from San Francisco to Oakland in order to be closer to where we live in Berkeley and spend more time with our young children. We were thrilled when our friend Jaime who owns Dandelion Post said she had an attached studio to her store that she would love to rent to us. It’s the ideal location for us – less than 10 minutes from our home, in a neighborhood filled with shops and restaurants we adore, and super convenient for our students to get to with the BART just a couple blocks away and super easy access from the highway.
Q) How did your focus shift from retail to creative workshops?
Our original shop in SF ended up being larger than we needed so we made the decision to host workshops led by local artist so that we would get the most out of our new home.  After 5 years in Hayes Valley we decided to close the retail portion of our shop and move the workshop component of our business to the East Bay where we have been living for the past 5 years. With our 3rd
baby on the way, we decided we needed to be closer to home and focus on our most successful part of our business.
Q) Tell us more about your your new space and who you share it with?
Our new space is located at 421 40th St in Oakland, inside the lovely Dandelion Post. It ticked off all the boxes for us and we even have an awesome outdoor space, a lovely patio where we can hold events and messier workshops. Since we no longer have the retail portion of our business it’s nice to be connected to one with the same values. Dandelion Post curates local and sustainable goods, many from designers we used to carry. And bonus, you get a discount there every time you take a workshop with us!
Q) What do you have on the horizon that we should know about?
We are expanding the number of private workshops we do as well as offering new and unique classes. We are super excited for things like our Sandal Making Workshop and are planning some exciting food related classes!
Upcoming workshops:
Our Hand Cut Acrylic Earrings Workshop: https://www.gathersf.com/shop/acrylicearringsworkshop
And our Sandal Making Workshop: https://www.gathersf.com/shop/sandal-making

Oaktown Music

Marketgoers – We’ve got your Sunday music line-up all ready to keep you company while you shop and stroll!

It’s summer in Oaktown and we’ve got everything you’d want for a perfect Sunday in East Bay. Head on over to The Hive – Oakland to shop over 80+ creative makers in one space with all things sustainable in home decor, jewelry, contemporary art and lots more! PLUS, lots of interactional activities, tea tasting ceremony and amazing discounts on offer all against a backdrop of smooth tunes brought to you by Trixie Rasputin.

We can’t wait!

ARTISTS:

 

 

AFROHOLIX

Afroholix blends Funk, Soul, Hip Hop and Jazz improv from deep outer space to make the mix just right. Featuring some of the Bay’s top talent, Afroholix combines many different genres of Black music to make something beautiful, funky and fresh. Every show is a unique event. We drop Soul, Funk, Hip Hop and Jazz with love and soulful improvisation to make each night a special one. Born and raised from Oakland’s rich musical legacy, Afroholix began our journey in early 2015. Influenced by Miles, Jimi, Sade, classic Hip Hop and golden era Jazz, we do our thing and make it funky!

 

MANOS LINDAS

Manos Lindas is the product of what its name suggests. Blurring an array of genres and origins, each member contributes their individual hands for a collective sound that can’t be pinpointed. The Bay Area is a cultural melting pot and certain aspects of that culture are fading, natives would tell you. The eccentricity, the color, the nerve, the beauty, and the edge: this is what Manos Lindas sounds like. Come and bear witness to something you’ve never seen before. 

 

JESSE LOREN STRICKMAN

Oakland-native singer-songwriter Jesse Loren Strickman is known for potent lyrics and powerfully minimal acoustic music. Annually touring the Pacific West Coast, Strickman has played everywhere from intimate cafes to outdoor amphitheaters and festivals. He’s opened for national and world acts such as Damien Jurado, CAKE, The T Sisters and many more. Emotionally charged vocals sail over jaunty acoustic chords in songs about personal love and the power of social change. 

 

LOUIZA

Born and Raised in California, Becky Mimiaga has been studying voice since age 11. She started writing and performing her own music at age 16, while fronting various rock, folk and blues bands. She spent two years studying classical voice at Skidmore College before transferring to the New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. There, she completed her BFA in Vocal Performance studies. In 2015, she left NYC for Oakland and, within a year, began recording Party Trick at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco. Currently, Rebecca is mixing her second LOUIZA album.

 

THE ALEGRE SISTERS

The Alegre Sisters are a harmonizing, uke-strumming, sister band. 

Mama Alegre taught sisters CJ & Lauren to sing when they were knee high to a grasshopper, and today their sweet, intimately blended vocals conjure the one-of-a-kind magic of homegrown music.

 

 

LINEUP:

11 AM – 12.30 PM: Afroholix

12.45 PM – 2 PM: Manos Lindas

2 PM – 3.15 PM: Jesse Loren Strickman

3.15 PM – 4.30 PM: Louiza

4.45 PM – 6.00 PM: The Alegre Sisters

 

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