Adorable Energy – Healing & Coaching

Adorable Energy Oakland

Looking to relieve stress?

Adorable Energy offers quality alternative healing/coaching services for stressed out urban dwelling professionals, leaders in service-oriented industries, and nonprofits. People new to astrology, tarot, energy healing sessions and those seasoned both benefit from gaining new perspectives, clearing and grounding their energy, and assistance with moving their lives into a new direction.

What inspired you to start your business? Why did you choose Oakland?
For over a decade, I taught health and wellness to youth and adults all across the Bay Area, and realized that true health comes from the inside out. When you gain awareness of who you are and make life decisions in alignment with love, then you can live a happier life in alignment with your path. It is my desire to bring empowering healing support to Oakland and the greater Bay Area.

What are a few of your favorite businesses in downtown Oakland? Why?
I love the family owned Afghani restaurant across the street from my business,Kamdesh Afghan Kabab House. I met them the first week I moved in and they were so friendly and loving. The food is amazing as well!

What inspires you to go to work everyday?
The thought that my service provides genuine healing support that can radiate out into my community is spectacular. We are all connected, and when people are beaming with joy, it infects everyone around.

Do you have any advice for people looking to start a business in Oakland?
I myself have received a lot of resources for starting my business from Oakland Impact Hub and Centro Business training. If you are starting from scratch, having experienced coaching can make a huge difference in helping you better manage your time and energy.

What do you love most about community in Oakland?
I consistently witness transformation of the U.S emerging first from Oakland. We are the spiritual, artistic, social justice hub of our nation. People walk around wearing these identities of change proudly is awe inspiring and shapes my work for the better.

What’s your favorite hidden gem in Downtown Oakland? Why?
Compared to SF the entire Downtown Oakland is a hidden gem.

Do you partner with local suppliers / craft people / artists? Why?
I partner all the time with local businesses and events to lead rituals and workshops on energy healing. Collaboration creates so much more awareness as I get to connect with new audiences and bring my following into new spaces.

What must-see spots are within walking distance to you?
Clearly everyone who visits or lives here MUST frequent Lake Merritt. It’s like the heart of Oakland.

What’s your favorite Nightlife/Cultural destination in Downtown Oakland? Why?
First Friday is a monthly event that I enjoy frequently. The event brings out all of the diversity within the crowds, musical artists, vendors, food, etc.

What are your favorite things to do in Oakland? Why?
Hands down my favorite place to visit is the Redwood Regional Park. I feel there’s no place that’s more important than nature. I go there often to clear my head and breath in fresh energy.

Where’s the best spot to catch live music Oakland? Why?
Over the years I’ve enjoyed the quality music from the The New Parish.

Who’s your favorite Oakland-based visual artist or performer?
My favorite Oakland-based group is actually the Thrive Choir. They sing amazing spiritual, social justice songs at the Thrive monthly gathering and have a street choir that sings at protests and demonstrations. I love Thrive East Bay.

The Oakland Symphony

Oakland Symphony

The Oakland Symphony, Youth Orchestra and Chorus bring together orchestral music, choral music and youth education to strengthen the Oakland/East Bay community.

What does your business offer and why should people check it out?
We offer classical and symphonic music not only “for” Oakland, but “of” Oakland’s diverse communities.

What inspired you to start your business? Why did you choose Oakland?
The desire to celebrate inclusion and diversity through classical music.

What are a few of your favorite businesses in downtown Oakland? Why?
The Paramount Theatre – beautiful, historic, great shows.
The Port Bar– friendly, local, community.
The Uptown Nightclub – intimate live shows.

What inspires you to go to work everyday?
Our mission – to make classical and symphonic music available to all, especially those who might not normally be exposed to it.

Do you have any advice for people looking to start a business in Oakland?
Develop a mission around how your business will contribute and enhance the Oakland diaspora and use that as your guide.

What do you love most about community in Oakland?
A sense of togetherness and focus to preserve and enhance Oakland’s rich culture.

What must-see spots are within walking distance to you?
Lake Merritt, statutes in Kaiser Park.

What’s your favorite Nightlife/Cultural destination in Downtown Oakland? Why?
I like the Port Bar for it’s sense of community.

Where’s the best spot to catch live music Oakland? Why?
The Paramount Theatre, it’s beautiful and historic.

Who’s your favorite Oakland-based visual artist or performer?
Michael Morgan, Music Director and Conductor of Oakland Symphony.

Win A Date Night for Valentine’s Day Weekend

Valentine Date Night in Oakland
Win a Valentine date night in Oakland


Oakland Central, BARTable and The Attles Group have partnered to plan the perfect Valentine’s date. Visit BARTable to enter to win a night of food, drinks, comedy, and a hotel stay in the hella cool town of Oakland the weekend of February 10-11, 2018!

The Grand prize on Saturday, February 10, 2018 includes a one-night stay at the charming Washington Inn, dinner for two at Agave, a Oaxacan farm to table restaurant, 2 tickets to Laugh Fest 2018 at the Paramount Theater, and, finishing the evening, superb cocktails at The Miranda.


SLATE Art - Andrzej Art Piece
Andrzej Art Piece at SLATE Art.

473 25th Street

SLATE Art is a boutique creative firm. They exhibit and sell the work of their favorite artists armed with their in-depth knowledge of contemporary art, as well as an interest in curating, architecture, and interior design.

What does your business offer and why should people check it out?
The mission of SLATE Art is to create opportunities for people to live, work, and engage with art that delights and stimulates the mind and senses, inspires creativity and innovation, and expresses our clients’ individual taste and values. People should check out SLATE’s gallery for curated shows and come to SLATE for art consulting needs.

What inspired you to start your business? Why did you choose Oakland?
SLATE contemporary gallery was founded in Oakland in 2009, and SLATE Art Consulting in 2013. These positions allow SLATE to develop relationships with artists all over the Bay Area, to curate over sixty-five temporary exhibitions in both gallery and office environments, to advise both commercial and private clients regarding permanent acquisitions, and sales at auction.

What are a few of your favorite businesses in downtown Oakland? Why?
Kuhl Frames + Art is one of our favorite businesses for custom framing because of their amazing attention to detail and in-depth knowledge of archival issues and environment. We love seeing fine and functional art together so Marion + Rose is another favorite as they have great taste and a deep commitment to the local community.

Do you partner with local suppliers / craft people / artists? Why?
Yes, because local arts are important to us as a business!

Insider Guide to Making the Most of Art & Soul Festival

Art&Soul Oakland 2017


Get there Quickly and Conveniently – Take Transit: Avoid the driving/parking blues and take public transit – BART, Amtrak, AC Transit, SF Bay Ferry, or try Ford’s new GoBike bike share program. If you ride your own bike, there will be free attended bike parking service available both days at the 14th Street & Broadway festival entrances.

Think like a Scout – Be Prepared: Summertime in Oakland can be unpredictable. Be ready for it all by packing sunscreen, layers, and a reusable water vessel you can refill at water stations. And don’t forget to don some cool shades representing The Town. Be sure to pick some up at Oakland Central’s booth #102 across from City Hall and learn about all the things to do in Oakland while you’re there!

Location, Location, Location-Designate a Meet-up Spot: Festivals are more fun with friends. To avoid texting or calling them during the event, pick a designated spot ahead of time and reserve your phone battery for IG stories and Snaps (don’t forget to tag #OaklandCentral in all your festival fun!). Here are the main entrance locations and key landmarks:

14th Street & Broadway: Walgreens, Downtown Wine Merchants, and Rite Aid. These locations border the corner of 14th & Broadway.

16th Street & San Pablo: End of San Pablo near the Bruce Beasley statue

Promenade beside City Center West Garage (off Martin Luther King Jr. Way between 12th and 14th Street

All in the Family – Make a Parent Plan: Art & Soul is all about family fun! There will be kid-friendly carnival rides, a petting zoo, interactive art and other great activities, making it super exciting for kids. Plan ahead and identify a meeting place just in case you get separated. Also, be sure to point out Art & Soul staff and security to your kids so they know who to reach out to for help. But most of all be sure to have FUN!

Sip and Savor – Enjoy All the Local Flavors: First things first – bringing alcoholic beverages into the festival is not allowed. Never fear, there will be beer, wine, and lots of tasty food vendors onsite. The hardest part will be making room to taste a little bit of everything – so buddy up and go halfsies on twice as many bomb bites. Bonus tip: don’t just settle for your closest food vendor because you are starving and want food NOW, do a walkthrough first to see all of the different offerings. Remember, help Oakland go green and compost your food service items in composting bins located around the festival grounds.

Groovin’ to the Music – Scope Your Stage Strategy: Art & Soul is awesome because of the fantastic lineup of popular artists and hot, local talent featuring: Goapele, Los Rakas, Angie Stone, and more! Visit the website ahead of time to find who you want to see and when they will be onstage. Arrive to the stage early for a seat or a good spot to groove to the music.

So, go out and make it a GREAT day at Art & Soul. For more information on what to do in Downtown Oakland visit Explore page and ‘Like’ our Facebook page.

Nailphoria Day Spa

Nailphoria Day Spa
Nailphoria Day Spa
Nailphoria Day Spa is family owned and was established in 2005. We provide a variety of services for men and women such as massage, facials, waxing, manicure and pedicure.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
After working a 9-5, I decided to take a leap of faith and pursue my passion in beauty. I received my cosmetology license from Paul Mitchell and decided to collaborate with the founder of Nailphoria Day Spa Cynthia Harris. Oakland and the people inspire me! I love making each client feel unique and special.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
Our clients love our business because we believe in “Peace, Rejuvenation and Relaxation!”

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The diverse clientele and the amazing community of business owners!

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Howden Market for an amazing cup of coffee, Brown Sugar Kitchen for my cornmeal waffle and Urban Stitch Boutique for my inner fashionista.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
Oakland is very unique and vibrant! The rich culture that makes anyone feel at home.

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square 2017 Event Series

Kev Choice
Kev Choice Ensemble

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square offers family-friendly live entertainment, food, beverages and shopping, all right here in Downtown Oakland.

October is the last show of the 3rd Thursdays at Latham Square series and we are closing it out with a bang!

October 19, 2017 – Kev Choice Ensemble
Kev Choice leads The Kev Choice Ensemble, a jazz-hip-hop-funk big band, in addition to producing and performing his own material, which includes original jazz and classical compositions as well as classical-, jazz-, and funk-inspired hip-hop.

“I may travel and dip to different places from time to time, but The Town will always be home,” he says. “I grew up in Oakland so I definitely have a strong connection to the city and community.“ Check out his YouTube. To find out more , visit Kev Choice.

PIC Oakland 2017 Photo Contest

PIC 217 Photo Contest
Join Oakland's most ePIC Photo

PIC Oakland Photo Contest 2017 is a month-long event accepting photo submissions of anything Oakland from local amateur and professional artists. Created by Shift Local, who advocates for consumers to support indie, locally-owned businesses, we’ve teamed up with local businesses Gondola Servizio, Panorama Framing and Bay Area Custom Prints to provide a unique opportunity for the contest’s Top 10 Finalists to have their winning photo or “pic” professionally printed and framed to be showcased at the PIC Oakland Exhibition that consists of Oakland Galleries: Oakstop, The Flight Deck, Panorama Framing, the 3rd floor at Oakland City Hall and more!

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
April Quinn, the owner of Gondola Servizio approached her friends Marc and Mari of Shift Local to create a photo contest to lead up to a book signing event for This Is Oakland by Melissa Davis. Our vision was to create a photo contest accessible to everyone who loves taking pictures and have an opportunity to get their photo featured in an exhibition. We also saw this as an opportunity to engage local businesses to support the local arts community.

Q. What do attendees love most about the event?
All participants love seeing the gallery of Oakland photos accumulated during the contest event.

Q. Do you have any insider tips for people attending the event?
Trust your eye for beauty. You’re sharing your lens of how you see the world so it’s a one-of-a-kind perspective.