This past week, we did a City Guide post for Design Sponge Online on Oakland! In case you didn’t catch it, here it is or just read on below. It was so fun to create and even better to share with you, our readers. Please do add on (send us an email) if you have a place that just can’t be missed. Unfortunately, we couldn’t include everything, there is just too much to do!
Illustration // Michael Wertz
Bio: Catherine Weis, along with Gretchen Krebs, is the co-founder of Local Social: An art and event styling company in Oakland, California. They formed the group as a platform to explore a shared love and talent for throwing parties and bringing people together. Between Catherine’s strong individual background in graphic design and Gretchen’s experience in interior design they can collectively curate every element of the events that they host and design to provide a unique experience for their guests. So far they’ve hosted gatherings focused around everything from felt-making to mixology, to urban gardens and pickling, to orchestrating a full-scale pop-up dinner and art event.
I moved to Oakland in 2000 and always thought I would move to San Francisco because I heard so many amazing things about the culture there. But after living in Oakland for a little over 10 years now, I can’t seem to pull myself away! The diversity and history of Oakland, not to mention the cheaper living and constant growth, has kept me glued. Sure it’s a gritty place; but a place, nonetheless, with a great mix of historic art deco architecture and an emerging contemporary eclectic style. Oakland is also rich with culture: over 100 dialects and languages are spoken in the city and it’s the birthplace of the Black Panther movement as well as home to the Hell’s Angels and now many ethnically diverse neighborhoods.
Oakland is experiencing a revival similar to Brooklyn, the alternative sister city to New York. It offers a younger, hipper, underground scene, and fresh, new exciting things to see and do! In my eyes the two most impressive revolutions taking place are the underground art world and the culinary scene (not to mention the wine and mixology scene), both now in full swing and impressively rivaling that of our neighbors across the Bay in San Francisco. But families and children are not to worry: there is plenty of entertainment for all ages to enjoy. Take a look below for a list of some the best Oakland has to offer. It’s a roster as rich and diverse as the city itself.
I’ve been praising Oakland for it’s culture, it would be wrong of me not to mention the variety of activities that abound in Oakland, from family oriented wholesomeness to nightlife excitement. Where to begin: Fairyland, summer movie nights in the Temescal neighborhood, farmer’s markets, Art Murmur, Gondola rides on our beloved Lake Merritt, swimming at the Lake Temescal, and shopping in the Rockridge district, to name a few. Because of Oakland’s size, it’s almost impossible to hit every area, so I’ve picked out a few for your viewing pleasure.
(check out our full design guide after the break)
Posted by Catherine on July 29th, 2011 at 3:58 AM | Comments (11)