A Peek Inside Old Oakland’s New Popuphood


Pop-up shops? So 2011. Popuphoods? Hello, 2012.

With the New Year just around the corner, Old Oakland’s new neighborhood revitalization effort, Popuphood, just kicked-off thanks to locals Alfonso Dominguez and Sarah Filley. Their creative concept to breathe life into the locale’s hip, historic downtown offers up a curated selection of six new retail shops in once vacant storefronts. Rounding out the eclectic mix of eateries and nightspots, the artsy new vendors—from vintage threads to handmade local designs—give folks a place to dine, drink and browse, while exploring the charming, tree-lined hood and investing locally.  

With six months free rent (now that’s a Merry Christmas!) retailers include: Manifesto Bicycles, Marion and Rose’s Workshop, Sticks + Stones Gallery, Piper and John General Goods, Turtle and Hare, and Crown Nine. The shops are centered at 9th and Washington Streets at Broadway in Oakland.

Here’s an inside peek at this undiscovered Oakland hot spot:

Crown Nine (above and below) offers a curated collection of jewelry and art from Bay Area jewelers and makers including Sarah Swell, Aiko Designs, Kate Ellen Metals,  Type.lites, Jon Carling, DAB, Peasants and Travelers, and In Haus Press. Expect everything from letterpress to one-of-a-kind works.

Marion and Rose’s Workshop (below) features local independent designers, crafts and uncommon goods from awesome journals to homemade jams.

Sticks + Stones Art Gallery (below) is an exploration in all things artistic by local creatives.

Looks awesome, right? Check out Popuphood, score some sweet holiday gifts – and help a ‘hood.

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