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13 Movies You Didn't Know Were Filmed Oakland, CA

Whether you live and breathe Oakland, are a newbie to our Town scene, or just a movie fanatic, learning that some of your favorite movies were filmed close by is always fun. Here are a few of our favorites, feel free to add these places to your where to take a selfie list…

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From Pop-Ups to Delivering Groceries, Oakland Caterers Got You Covered

For Oakland Restaurant (and More) Week,we look at all the businesses that make up Oakland’s culinary fabric.   Caterers can not only make an occasion extra special by offering services for a privately catered function, but have also stepped in during COVID-19 to support local bars with meals to sell, feed the local community through charity initiatives and enrich our daily routines with online culinary classes.   Montperi Catering, for example, is doing a number of holiday specials as well as fun online courses.  “Oakland is such an amazingly strong food community,” said Amanda Pinkham, owner of Montperi Catering. “We are so blessed to be working with organizations to help feed the people in our city, and to have the support of the residents who continue to order and host small events!”  Looking ahead in 2021 to when Shelter-in-Place orders will be lifted, here are some reasons why Oaklanders should consider caterers:  Purchasing direct helps support local businesses instead of what can be expensive online delivery apps.    Some caterers offer daily meal plans so you don’t have to worry about going to the grocery store.   Caterers can bring food to your favorite venue or to your house for a special event (like a birthday).     Whether you enjoy their food via a virtual class or in person, here’s some caterers to support in 2021: …

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Oakland’s Independent, Local Markets to Support

For Oakland Restaurant (and More) Week, we look at the businesses – in addition to restaurants – that have been nourishing Oakland’s communities.  Oakland is home to a number of independent grocery stores with deep connections to local communities, often times filling gaps in fresh, affordable groceries for Oakland’s communities of color.   Yolanda Romo, one of the members from the DEEP Grocery Cooperative (formerly known as the East Oakland Grocery Cooperative), has taken on the mission to provide a reliable grocery store in Deep East Oakland - reliable meaning options in dairy, meat, produce that’s fresh, organic and affordable.   “East Oakland residents are surrounded by liquor stores and major supermarkets that give highly processed or not the freshest food. DEEP Grocery Cooperative is a remedy to that." DEEP Grocery started selling at AKOMA Market, a local open-air market put on by Black Cultural Zone to give a vending space to Oakland’s Black and Brown businesses. While DEEP Grocery is prioritizing finding a brick-and-mortar space, seeking fundraising and looking for a fiscal sponsor, the cooperative’s mission and vision remains as important as ever:   “The DEEP is a worker-owned grocery cooperative dedicated to restoring East Oakland’s community through fresh organic produce, community education, and cooperative economics, prioritizing the wellbeing of Black and Brown people.” …

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Where to Get a Beer in Oakland

The Oktober festivals may be over, but October (or any month really) is still a great time to go grab a beer. Beer snobs and casual enthusiasts alike can agree Oakland is full great bars and its beer scene is a big reason why…

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Gift Yourself an Epic Oakland View

ShopThe Town's Local Hot Spots and See Oakland from Above: From Hotel Rooms with a View  For the time-being, we are all back at home again. But instead of reminiscing on what could or should have been, do something different. If there is one thing 2020 has taught us, it’s innovation.  So #KeepItOakland; support local businesses, grab takeout from a new restaurant or an old favorite, and treat your future self to a night out of the house at an Oakland hotel. Soon it will be time to safely get out of the house again and by that time, we know you’ll be ready to enjoy A New View. …

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Work from Oakland Hotels instead of Home

Needing a change of scenery? Try working from home a hotel in Oakland and curb that travel itch! Many Oakland hotels are safe and COVID compliant, having gone through rigourous trainings, developed cleaning procedures, and have strict guidelines to ensure safety for guests and staff. Plus, many are…

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Find Peace of Mind Staying in Oakland

Comfort and reassurance is the name of the game for Oakland's hotels, restaurants, and more local businesses. This year has been a little different. For a lot of us, we’ve been at home more, more careful about who we are seeing and where we are going, and more intentional about supporting small…

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Holiday Events in Oakland, California

It's the holiday season here in Oakland, California! Although we are celebrating differently this year, there are still plenty of ways to get in the holiday spirit! Here’s a list for holiday shopping, and more to get you started! So, get your calendar out, pick the events that look the most fun for…

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Made in Oakland, California

Oaklanders are a crafty bunch who are working diligently to bring manufacturing back to their home town. And they are succeeding. Groups like theOakland Makers and Oakland Grown are acting as forums and incubators for creators. Check out these made-in-town pieces to get a taste of Oaklands manufacturer spirit. …

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