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Ikeena Hardman

Chef, Farmer, Epicurean

I seek to bring to light that Soul Food encompasses Slow Food and is by its very is nature organic, local and sustainable. An Oakland native, I grew up in the Lake Merritt area. I have a passion for the city and it’s rich cultural legacy–Art, Social Activism, and Food.

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BARE Magazine

Fashion & Arts Publication

BARE Magazine is UC Berkeley’s premier fashion and arts publication. Through the production of our bi-annual publication, we transform the individual ideation of a diverse assemblage of people into one. Each issue is different, but all are cohesive in their pursuit of self-expression. Our approach to fashion is artistic, conceptual, and thought provoking. BARE celebrates the power of a publication to make a collective vision tangible.

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Highwire Coffee Roasters

Coffee Experts

We are three friends who have a shared love of high quality teas and coffee. Combined, we bring over 55 years of coffee and tea experience. We are excited to be running Highwire to be able to share our experience and passion with our customers and community.

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1-2-3-4 GO! Records

Record Label and Store

An Independent record store and label dedicated to vinyl with a small selection of CD’s and Tapes. Genres covered include; Punk, Indie, Hardcore, Garage, Classic Rock, R&B, Soul, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Ska, Funk, Country etc. Located in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland.

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Rebecca Gomez Farrell

Bay Area Food Blogger

Since 2007, Rebecca Gomez Farrell has blogged about food, drink, and travel from the average consumer’s perspective at theGourmez.com. The Bay Area’s inspiring cuisine—from ritzy, hidden bars to hole-in-the-wall sandwich spots—keeps her hopping and hungry.

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Adrienne Schell

Lifestyle Blogger

I’m Adrienne Schell. I am an Oakland native and a mom of 2 little ones. Oakland Momma is a lifestyle site where I share my love for all things Oakland. From The Town’s history and community, to its people and present vibe. Local love is where it’s at; it’s my lifestyle, made locally.

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Rachel Konte

Designer and Owner of OwlNWood

Designer and Owner of OwlNWood, a small boutique in the heart of Oaklands Uptown area. Specializing in vintage finds and local quality products.

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Laura McLively

Dietitian and food writer

Dietitian and creator of MyBerkeleyBowl.com, I seek to demystify unusual ingredients, one delicious recipe at a time.

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Slick and Dapper

Barber Shop

Established in 2012, Slick and Dapper Barber Shop is now serving Oakland in two locations. Please visit us on Grand Avenue or Broadway. We are a classic barber shop, with a dash of an old beauty parlor. High class cuts on a blue collar budget. Men, women, and even the lil ones are welcome.

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Melanie Kaufman

Yoga Teacher and Health Counselor

Melanie is a passionate and creative Vinyasa Yoga instructor based in Oakland, CA. Upon completion of her first teacher training in 2007, Melanie spent a year teaching and exploring the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Since then she has taught in studios, spas and a variety of other spaces both on the East and West coasts. She is also a certified Holistic Health Counselor with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

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Jenny Cornbleet

Raw Food and Vegan Author

Jennifer Cornbleet is a raw food author and instructor, known for creating tasty and nutritious recipes that anyone can make fast. Jenny wrote the books Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People, which has sold over 100,000 copies, and Raw For Dessert. Jenny currently lives in Northern California, though she can often be found on a plane, headed toward another exciting adventure in exploring regional or international cuisines.

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Michelle Moquin

Style Specialist

“The Quest for Killer Style is like the Hunt for the Holy Grail.”

Michelle Moquin is a Specialist in Styles that provides a variety of style services for women and men who want to transform and/or refine their professional and personal style/image, or increase their self-confidence, through a process of discovery that is exciting, fun and easy!

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Amanda Kate Hill

Personal Trainer

I am a Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I am also a Certified Nutritional Consultant with the Global College of Natural Medicine and a Level 1 Certified Sports Nutrition Coach with Precision Nutrition. I have been a Certified Massage Therapist since 1992 after attending massage school at the Institute of Conscious Body Work in Marin County.

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Cristina Drafta


I am an addicted photographer, and a traveler passionate about the world. I write for Argophilia and other travel sites, and I like to use Stay.com to plan my trips. Hopefully, you can use my guides to plan yours too.

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Active Holidays in Oakland

Active Holidays in Oakland

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Yours truly

Enjoy the great outdoors. For the active traveler who enjoys a cool swim more than a dusty museum, Oakland may be the perfect destination. Rodeo Beach to hiking the Redwood Regional Park, and way beyond, there's a lot of adventure and sightseeing on the go to be done here. Check out Airship Ventures, for a Zeppelin ride to remember, and get remote at Angel Island too. These and many more active pursuits wait your trip to the city.

  1. Quinn's Lighthouse Pub +Add

    Quinn's Lighthouse Pub

    Have a beer in a historic lighthouse
  2. Heinhold's First and Last Chance, Oakland California +Add

    Heinhold's First & Last Chance Saloon

    Toast to Jack London in a century-old bar
  3. Oh so Oakland #latergram +Add

    Actual Cafe

    Park your bike inside and enjoy your coffee
  4. Skyline Jazz at Yoshis 2014 +Add

    Yoshi's Oakland

    Famous Oakland jazz club
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    Lake Chalet

    Seafood bar with a view
  6. Children’s Fairyland +Add

    Children’s Fairyland

    Explore America’s first storybook theme park
    Locals' Pick
  7. Angel Island Hike 2013 +Add

    Angel Island

    Spend a day away from urban life
  8. temescal canyon park +Add

    Temescal Park

    Explore an urban oasis of recreation and fun
  9. joaquin miller grove +Add

    Joaquin Miller Park

    Explore the trails and enjoy the outdoors
    Locals' Pick
  10. Foxen Canyon Road +Add

    East Bay Winery Bicycle Tours

    Tour the wineries of the area on a bike
  11. 2012-03-10 Oakland 018 Harbour, Jack London Square +Add

    Jack London Square

    Experience the true essence of Oakland
    Locals' Pick
  12. 2012-06-09 Oakland Zoo 001 (7439584718) +Add

    Oakland Zoo

    Explore local and exotic wildlife
    Locals' Pick
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    Redwood Regional Park

    Explore a hidden redwood forest
    Locals' Pick
  14. USS Potomac @ Jack London Square +Add

    USS Potomac

    Sail aboard the Floating White House
  15. Lake Merritt 12-27-12 +Add

    Gondola Servizio

    Enjoy a Venetian-style gondola cruise
  16. Fort Cronkhite (Sausalito, CA) +Add

    Rodeo Beach

    Surfers' paradise
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    Sand Springs Beach

    Sun bathe and enjoy the view
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