- Coffee with a Beat
Coffee with a Beat is a family-owned coffee shop located in the heart of Lake Merritt. It offers local coffee and fresh food including many varieties of fresh pastries, bagels, and cakes. Coffee with a Beat takes tremendous pride in offering superior customer service. The next time you need fresh coffee and a welcoming atmosphere, don’t settle for Starbucks; try Coffee with a Beat!
2. Urban Furniture
3241 Grand Avenue
Located in Oakland’s Grand-Lake commercial district, Urban Furniture is a social enterprise thrift store that sells quality used furniture. It also serves as a platform to provide education and on the job training to low-income single moms in Oakland. In addition, they provide a free donation pick up service if there are any goods you’re willing to donate.
3. Marcus Books
Conveniently located near MacArthur BART, Marcus Books is the oldest black bookstore in the country and specializes in titles by and about black people. Marcus Books also has a location in San Francisco’s Fillmore District which is under the threat of closure. Check out their “Keep it Lit” campaign for information on ways to help preserve their legacy.
4. A Diva’s Closet
A Diva’s Closet is a women’s clothing boutique located in the heart of downtown Oakland. They offer fun and affordable fashions for the community’s movers and shakers. Their motto is “We are where the night begins.” The next time you’re in the need of a new outfit for a nighttime outing, check out A Diva’s Closet!
If you’re looking for a sophisticated and delicious dining experience, stop by Pican in Oakland’s Uptown District. It specializes in Southern cuisine with a California twist. While you’re there, check out their bar/lounge and try a selection from their large bourbon portfolio.