July 9, 2019
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!
Our Hand Cut Acrylic Earrings Workshop: https://www.
And our Sandal Making Workshop: https://www.