331 19th Street
Number of years in Oakland? almost 3
VAMP is a vintage shop focusing on used vinyl records, with vintage clothing & accessories, art & coffee table books, and unique housewares and bric-a-brac from the 1940s through 1980s. We appreciate the unusual and interesting, bright and colorful, funky and fun, just as much as the classics! We also strive to keep our prices affordable, so anyone who walks through the door can afford to buy something. Additionally, we curate rotating art shows each month and feature many local and up-&-coming artists, as well as book live music, in-stores every 1st Friday and various nights throughout the month.
Q. What inspired you to start your business?
Our passion for music, records and unique vintage items lead us to the natural progression of opening our shop! As creatives, we also found that being our own bosses has helped us to build an environment and community that thrives, and this has been most enriching!
Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
We offer a warm, creative and safe environment where everyone is welcome, regardless of ethnic, cultural or social standing!
Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The diversity of our city is hands down, the best thing about doing business in Oakland. We have such a rich musical history, as well. Having been a melting pot during the first half of the 20th Century…this continues to influence the unique mix of people, backgrounds and experiences!
Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Because of our location, we are close with a few great businesses in the surrounding blocks. This includes Aroma Cafe (Corner of 19th & Franklin), Colosso Coffee, Regina’s Door, Maryweather, Tilde, Naming Gallery, Spice Monkey. There are so many great businesses in our city, it’s hard to narrow it down!
Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
I think what makes a city is the essence of its people and so I am going to say, the one thing I couldn’t live without, is the city’s rich history that continues to live on through its longtime residents.