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.