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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.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is a little over a week away! Don’t worry- Urban Air Market is this Sunday and with our highly curated marketplace of sustainable and locally made goods, you’re sure to find something special to gift to that lovely lady who gave birth to you.

Here are some of our picks…

Leslie Francesca Designs – Amethyst Stalactite Earrings

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No mom is quite like the other. Same goes for the natural characteristics of stones. We like the raw, organic feel of Leslie Francesca‘s designs and light up at the thought that each necklace, ring, bracelet, or pair of earrings is one of a kind. So perfectly imperfect.


Foggy Notion – Cardamom & Coffee Body Scrub

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Can’t afford to get mom a day spa get away? Try putting together a gift basket with decadent lotions, serums and scrubs. We love this Fig+Yarrow Cardamom+Coffee Scrub which will be available at the Foggy Notion booth this Sunday. A great way for mom to prep for summer!


Skincare by Feleciai – Body SoapsSkincarebyFeleciai

This one you can add to that gift basket too! Skincare by Feleciai soaps are not only delightfully aromatic, the bars themselves are beautiful. Remind mom how beautiful she is with a sudsy scent that suits her personality and style.


Handloom Nation – Faded Denim Scarf

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If you live far away from your mom, give her a gift that will hug her all day long. We like the beautiful handloomed Spring scarves by Handloom Nation. Like denim, this soft and luxurious scarf goes with anything Mom wears. She’ll love the fact that is also contributes to preserving an artform that has been passed down for generations.


Devika’s Art – Poppy Coasters

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Bring the Spring into Mom’s home with gorgeous hand painted coasters by Devika Keskar of Devika’s Art. These poppies will make a nice accent to her living room… or her glass of wine.


Fiber Florist – Bouquet

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There’s something very sweet about gifting freshly picked flowers, but then they die. Get Mom something she can use over and over again like a Fiber Florist arrangement with a variety of flowers and foliage to choose from.


For those still completely stumped on what to give for Mother’s Day, Get a pre-made gift set any mom would love from Sojourn Box– tasteful and worldly.

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Or, for the mom who loves to cook, try a foodie subscription to Saffron + Kumquats. These subscription boxes (your choice of 1, 3 or 5 months) take Mom on a culinary tour around the world. One month might be Persian food and another might be Thai.  Each box contains ingredients and recipes for her to experiment with.

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PLUS… You’re in luck! SFEtsy will be hosting a gift wrapping station in Patricia’s Green and offering free gift wrapping for Mom’s Day gifts. Can’t get better than that…

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Spring Wellness Pop-up

Spring is a time for renewal. Just as the nature around us, it’s a season that makes us feel like blooming and starting anew. While many of us are making the time to organize and clean our spaces, we also need to remember our most important space: our bodies.

In addition to shopping for sustainable locally made goods, refresh your body and mind at Urban Air Market next weekend with a Wellness pop-up in Patricia’s Green that includes:

  • Aromatherapy with Organic Devotion
  • Massage with KneadNetwork
  • Yoga with Yoga Tree
  • Chiropractic with Life Chiropractic
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    (from left to right: Ishwari Jay, Marissa Nasca, Aromatherapy, Founders of KneadNetwork table massage)

    Here are some great Yogic tips from Yoga Tree to keep you feeling refreshed this Spring: 

    1. Always listen to your body and breath. Only you know how the poses feel. The breath can give you clues about when to go deeper into a pose and when to modify.

    2. Don’t over do it. Rest and modify when you need to.  When in doubt ask your teacher if you are unsure about doing a pose.

    3. Every day is a new day on the mat. Don’t expect things to go the same way they did last time.

    4. Alignment is important but so is your own rhythm. Try to strike a good balance between doing the poses and experiencing the flow within them. This gets easier with practice.

    5. Have fun! Yoga is about being present and exploring your body and mind. Enjoy the ride and notice the things that show up on your mat. Be patient with yourself and remain open to learning.

     

    Yoga Tree will be offering two FREE yoga classes in the park. Join Marissa Nasca at 12:30pm or Ishwari Jay at 2pm. Bring your own mat. All levels welcome!

 

MarrisaNascaMarissa Nasca has a background in dance and has been practicing yoga for many years. She has studied several styles of yoga including Vinyasa and Anusara yoga. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2008 and has continued her studies with several notable teachers including Sianna Sherman and Katchie Ananda. Marissa also works closely with the Art of Yoga Project and deeply believes in seva.

Marissa has found much healing through her own yoga practice and enjoys helping others connect with their body and mind. Anatomy, philosophy, and heart felt enthusiasm are at the core of her classes. Marissa’s light spirit provides a playful atmosphere for her students to build confidence and expand.

 

 

IshwariBalance Ishwari Jay is a yogini, entrepreneur, “lightworker” and healthy lifestyle advocate. She began her meditation journey at six, and began teaching yoga amd meditation in 1998. Ishwari’s classes and workshops playfully invite her students to discover their fullest potential and expand their awareness of reality. Her deep knowledge of the yogic scriptures and biomechanical physical principles of alignment blended with her heart centered themes and great humor are weaved throughout the sessions, taking the students to a powerful transformational journey.

 Ishwari is the author of her self published book, The Power of Breath, the co-author of the national bestselling book, Initiative and the creator of the Amazon best-selling yoga DVD “Heart Flow Yoga.”

 

 

 

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