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Wellness Zone at Urban Air Market’s Holiday Show

 

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Start the New Year at your peak performance by visiting our Health and Wellness Zone at our Holiday Show. With leaders in sustainable health care, you can get your end-of-the year body tune up or just check out what they have to offer for you and your family for the coming year.

Dogpatch Massage and Bodywork helps people overcome life altering injuries so they can live life with the passion and vigor they long for. Modalities include a combination of deep tissue, swedish, trigger point therapy, active release, and myofascial active release. Each treatment is personalized to your goals, needs and personality.

The owner, Jennifer, started her massage therapy business in 1995 in Austria, Italy and Slovenia where she worked with the national ice hockey teams as well as professional downhill skiers. She works with people who are focused on improving their quality of life. She specializes in Swedish, deep tissue and trigger point therapy….helping to release old, negative energy that keeps you from functioning freely, whether it be physical, mental, or spiritual.

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Body Gallery can help you get back to the active lifestyle you were meant to have. Their boutique in San Francisco captures the art of personalized pilates using a cutting-edge assessment technique that reveals your specific areas of weakness. This highly sophisticated program helps with recovery or body adjustments needed so you can experience healing and power for the new year.

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The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a leader in promoting sustainable health care will be there taking in new patients. They are the “Best of the Bay” in service, proudly diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco since 1981. ACTCM provides effective, affordable treatment for a wide variety of conditions and diseases using acupuncture, herbs and other healing modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Dr. Lawlor, the Upper Cervical Chiropractor of San Francisco, is hoping he won’t need to do any adjustments at the show. He specifically evaluates, measures and monitors head-neck alignment and also helps with other neurological disorders from headaches and migraines, to TMJ dysfunction and traumatic events. Stop by to see if you need an adjustment or become a regular patient for 2016.

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Our Wellness Zone has been curated for our holiday shoppers to start a happy and healthy new year!

See you on Sunday, December 13th. Don’t forget to RSVP here.

Top 5 Reasons to Bring Your Kids to our Holiday Show

Attention family festivity seekers and holiday gift shoppers, the indie pop-up market season upon us! And the question you might be asking yourself is, “Should I bring my kids?”

Our answer is a resounding YES!

Urban Air Market’s Holiday Show at Pier 70 in San Francsico is 11am-5pm on Sunday, December 13th.

We’ll have 170 vendors to introduce you to the most unique gifts in the Bay Area, live music to entertain you, food trucks to feed you, a bar to keep your spirits high, and several activity zones like a DIY zone, an interactive art zone, a relaxation zone, and a wellness zone. In addition to being our first ever holiday season show (after eleven years in the Bay Area as a traveling summer street fair) this is also the first time we have a Kids’ Zone!!

Here are the Top 5 reasons you should bring your kids to Urban Air Market at Pier 70:

1. Gingerbread houses with the Junior League SF

Step right up to the community gingerbread tables and build your own house made of candy to bring home when the shopping day is done.

This yummy activity is brought to you by The Junior League of San Francisco, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

 

2. Hoola hooping with Helga

Helga’s Hoop Magic offers high-quality handmade hula hoops in a range of sizes for kids and adults. Have fun at the show hula hooping with Helga’s practice hoops.

 

3. Reading corner plus new indie books

Kids can also check out the reading corner for some quiet, educational time. You might even want to bring your own book, like those available from vendors at Urban Air Market:  Is There Enough? by Faye Ellen Hartzell and Jaya’s Golden Necklace by Peter Linenthal.

 

4. Face painting with Bay Area Face Painters

Bay Area Face Painters is a network of professional, experienced, full-time artists serving the Bay Area ~ Offering high quality Face Painting for kids & Adults, Hair Braiding, Nail Art, Glitter Tattoos, Henna, and Balloon Twisting!

 

5. Gift shopping for kids

We can’t seem to do a “Top Reasons” post without including a list-within-a-list.  It’s kinda our favorite thing. So here are the top 10 Urban Air Market vendors you should visit at the show to find sustainable products your children will love:

Tofufu, NV Blue, Fish Bow Designs, Eden & Zoe, Studio Nico, Doalittle, Oh Melody Cave Illustration, Courtney Courtney, Wisdom Publications, and Tina Produce.

See you on Sunday, December 13th. Don’t forget to RSVP here.

Where to Shop in Berkeley

Look out festival goers and sun bathers, summer is unofficially upon us! While city dwellers are still experiencing nippy mornings and spontaneously windy afternoons, the East Bay is definitely feeling the heat.

For those who recently made the move across the bridge realizing they don’t own any “airy” clothing (let alone a pair of shorts), you’re probably looking to add some key elements to your wardrobe (like shorts). Instead of clicking “add to cart”, step away from the computer and explore local, sustainable and community enriching fashions from your local boutiques. And hello… you’ll get the added benefit of being able to try things on!

This month we’re all about Berkeley. I mean, they started the whole “Shop Local” movement anyway, right? Here are some local gems currently on our radar, plus some pro summer styling tips to keep in mind for all the fun adventures that await you this season:

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Randy Brewer Convert BerkeleyOwner Randy Brewer opened Convert back in 2009 with the goal of making quality, sustainable fashion — for men and women– easier to come by. Find anything from organic cotton tees by PACT and upcycled leather backpacks and belts by Will Leather Goods to eco cult classics like Prairie Underground and the Pendleton Portland Collection.

Summer Style Tip: Mix it upConvert Berkeley

Instead of that simple white dress, pair a mismatched pattern skirt and top. I’m a big fan of mixing patterns. Yes, that floral tank looks great with that polka dot skirt! Throw in some metallic sandals as well. Versatile and fun.

Men, don’t be afraid to tuck a nice button up shirt into those shorts, with a belt of course. Also, oxfords without socks (or no see ums) with those shorts is a great alternative to sneakers. Lots of comfortable options that just take the ensemble to the next level.

 

 

Empress Vintage

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Empress Vintage is a newbie to Berkeley! This vintage oasis doubles as a community space and garden and is host to monthly workshops, trunk shows and other events. And did we mention the amazing finds? Bonus: Make an appointment with the owner Janina Angel Bath for a tarot reading after you shop.

Summer Style Tip: Rock a crop topempress vintage Berkeley

Who doesn’t love a cute crop top? They’re easy to dress up or down, and pair perfectly with pretty much anything high-waisted: long breezy skirts, classy trousers, tight jeans, cut offs. They also look amazing paired with things that have no waist at all- crop tops and overalls are an easy outfit for playing in the sun. And they come in so many styles! Casual t-shirts and tanks, flirty tie-ups, lacy nothings, more modest button ups, all made a little more saucy and a lot more steezy when cropped.

In the heat of the summer crop tops let the breeze in. So come now, before it gets too hot, and find some cropped cuties of your own at Empress! 

Photos by: Casey Fyfe

 

UrbanityAngela Cadogan UrbanityAt Urbanity you’re sure to score something unique from their highly edited selection of designer clothing. Done with your Spring cleaning? Urbanity does consignment so you can rest assured that your old threads get a loving new home and don’t head for the dreaded landfill.

Urbanista Summer Style Tips:Urbanity Berkeley

  1. Always rock a little block | Sunblock that is! Our foggy, gray weather can often be deceptive. UV rays are ever present in our atmosphere and high on the list of causes for premature aging of the skin. As a lifelong fashionista I first recommend protecting your individually natural look with SPF 30+ and don’t forget to top your block with this summer’s hottest fashion accessory: a wide brimmed hat!
  2. Layer, Layer, Layer – and then add a Layer | We often find ourselves leaving the house in the morning bundled in a jacket and scarf, but as soon as noon rolls around, the temps are climbing to the high 70’s. Layers are the sure fire way to fashionably face whatever your days bring your way. Think summer dress, crop cardi, denim jacket, clogs (tights or crop leggings optional!), and a light weight scarf. The key is keeping these layers light so that as they are shed they can fit into your tote or day bag so you won’t get stuck carrying a heavy layer over your arm come midday.

 

 

FoxgloveRachel Kinney FoxGloveFoxglove is a great place to shop for men, women and kids — plus they have a superbly curated home goods selection (gifts!). They are big on supporting local and showcase a number of local designers as well as those that manufacture fair trade and organic. Their mantra: every purchase makes an impact.

Summer Style Tip: Shop “Thoughtful”foxglove Berkeley

What do you look for when curating/buying for your boutique?

I ask questions like: Does this have a unique perspective? Is it well-made? I prefer natural materials because they’re comfortable, easy to wash and maintain, and have a lower environmental impact than synthetics. The majority of our clothing is cotton!

One of my favorite (clothing and jewelry) brands that we carry is Mata Traders, which is a fair trade company based in Chicago. Fair Trade companies are devoted to ensuring that artisans are paid fair wages and empowered by their handiwork rather than exploited for it. Beyond the politics of fair trade, they produce a really cool range of clothing that suits many body types. So many fair trade clothing companies fall into the trap of producing “ethnic” products that don’t really appeal to a broad audience. Mata Traders, on the other hand creates modern and classic silhouettes, but with hand block-printed fabric which gives them a look that is less traditional. Their jewelry collection is chunky and vibrant, full of statement pieces.

 

 

Urban Air MarketDanielle Cohen Urban Air MarketIf you haven’t heard, Urban Air Market is popping-up in Berkeley on Saturday, June 20th from 11am – 6pm (rsvp here). The sustainable design festival will feature 100+ innovative designers of fashion accessories, home goods, jewelry, beauty and more. A great one-stop local shopping experience– plus it’s free to attend! Bonus: a live music showcase, a nearby farmer’s market, and art installations!

Summer Style Tip: Buy Reclaimed

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Even though we’re a pop-up Berkeley destination for one day only, we’re helping to bring great shopping from local designers to the heart of downtown Berkeley, where there currently isn’t a lot of this kind of retail. My summer fashion tip: help divert waste from the landfill by shopping from our participating vendors who make jewelry, shoes, and handbags with reclaimed materials. Talk directly with the vendors and I bet they will give more advice about how to style your specific outfit.

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