436 14th Street, Suite 1511
Number of years in Oakland? 2.5
I own boutique PR agency Ruby Press and wrote a city guide/travel book about Oakland called “This is Oakland: A Guide to the City’s Most Interesting Places”. At Ruby Press, we provide public relations services for lifestyle clients around the globe (and here in Oakland!), including those in the food/beverage, design, fashion, and beauty industries.
Q. What inspired you to start your business?
I started Ruby Press back in 2001. I was a fashion editor in NYC prior to moving to California in 2000, and was so wowed by the talent I came across in the Bay Area that I started a PR agency to help spread the word about what was happening here. I broadened my scope pretty quickly to work with clients as far away as Australia, but the SF Bay Area has always been very important to me and to Ruby Press.
Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
At Ruby Press, our clients tell us that they appreciate that we are authentic, thoughtful, and enthusiastic about their brands- and they appreciate that we have excellent relationships with the media.
Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
We love it all! The lunch options are spectacular- its’ sometimes hard to choose, we have so many top-notch spots. We love the convenience- there’s a BART stop at our building’s front door and by car, we can be on the highway within 3 minutes. Our building is a gorgeous, historic space with a great view and the best doorman in Oakland. I have lived in Oakland for 12 years and was so happy to move my business here in 2013.
Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
We are lucky that we get to work with some of our very favorite Oakland spots- Dona Tomas, Miette, Fenton’s Creamery, Flora, and Xolo. It’s so hard for me to pick just a few- but my book profiles 90 businesses that I truly love in this city.
Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?