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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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Kids' Activities in Oakland

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Yours truly

Fun for everyone Oakland suggestions. Oakland is a very family friendly destination, with tons of attractions and things to do. Downtown's high rise cityscape gives way to Jack London Square to reveal a city with several personalities too. Daytime sightseeing, nighttime leisure and entertainment, everyone will have a favorite story to take home. Visit the Oakland Zoo, one of California's best, and be sure to show the kids Rodeo Beach before you leave too. Surfing, fine dining, classy shopping, it's all here.

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    Bonsai Garden

    Northern California's only public bonsai collection
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    Preservation Park

    Explore a beautiful Victorian neighborhood
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    Temescal Park

    Explore an urban oasis of recreation and fun
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    USS Potomac

    Sail aboard the Floating White House
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    Rodeo Beach

    Surfers' paradise
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    Sand Springs Beach

    Sun bathe and enjoy the view
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    Oakland Walking Tours

    Discover downtown Oakland on foot
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    Chabot Space & Science Center

    Interactive, hands-on museum dedicated to the Universe
    Locals' Pick
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    The Crucible

    Explore fine and industrial arts
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    Oakland City Center

    Shop in the heart of Oakland
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    Lake Merritt Boating Center

    Enjoy a day boating on Lake Merritt
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    Kaiser Center Roof Garden

    Enjoy a music concert over lunch
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    Fox Theater

    Music and concert hall with a troubled history
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    Trapeze Arts

    Become a trapeze artist
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    Yoshi's Oakland

    Famous Oakland jazz club
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    Woodminster Amphitheater

    Oakland's preferred hall to enjoy musicals
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    Oracle Arena

    Oakland's premier concert arena
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    Piedmont Avenue

    Shoppers' paradise in Oakland
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    Oakland Museum of California

    Explore California's cultural and historic heritage
    Locals' Pick
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    Morcom Rose Garden

    Get married surrounded by beds of fragrant roses
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    Oakland Zoo

    Explore local and exotic wildlife
    Locals' Pick
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    Old Oakland

    Discover the historic heart of Oakland
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    Lightship Relief

    Go aboard a floating lighthouse
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    Jack London Square

    Experience the true essence of Oakland
    Locals' Pick
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    Joaquin Miller Park

    Explore the trails and enjoy the outdoors
    Locals' Pick
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    Downtown Oakland Historic District

    Explore marvelous 1900s archivecture
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