Movement Ink shuts down this month. Meanwhile, the online directory Local Motiv is tracking business closures and hoping for the future of retail.
Traffic safety, housing, small businesses: District 5 residents talk election issues
Fruitvale residents say both voters and city officials need to become more engaged in solving new and old problems.
Sick of plastic waste? Re-Up Refill in West Oakland can help with that
Since opening in April, the seller of soaps and more at O2AA has kept over 2,400 plastic bottles and containers from entering the waste stream.
Beyond business: Oakland’s LGBTQ establishments offer community
For decades, these bars and shops have been support networks, too. The pandemic brings new challenges.
“A bigger, wilder expression:” former Wolfman Books workers plan co-op bookshop
The Wolfemme+Them collective is fundraising to reopen the downtown Oakland storefront as a shop and events space.
How Uptown and downtown Oakland bars are surviving the pandemic
We spoke with four nightclub and bar owners about their strategies for safely serving up drinks and food and fun.
A new streetfest aims to safely draw diners and shoppers back to Chinatown
The weekly outdoor event could help struggling businesses stay afloat during the pandemic.
Beloved Oakland DJs are struggling to make it work during the pandemic
With bars closed and parties prohibited, some Oakland DJs are turning to virtual events to keep the music going.
A life at Bonanza Hardware
The Fruitvale institution is closing. Its longtime manager, Julian Villalobos Delgado, spent 24 years tending a seemingly limitless, useful, and strange collection of tools.
Rideshare tax rejected again by Oakland City Council
Lyft claimed the tax would negatively impact low income communities, and several council members agreed.
Two Black-owned Oakland businesses are finding new life, online
Proper Fashions Boutique and Queen Hippie Gypsy had loyal in-store customers. Now, the Black Business Fund is helping them recover and find new clientele.
Oakland business tax reform put on hold until 2022
After intense lobbying by business leaders, the City Council voted not to put the reform on this year’s ballot.
Rasul Oriental Rugs rolls up its wares for good, signaling a changing Oakland
Rasul Salahi escaped Soviet-occupied Afghanistan and sold carpets on Grand Avenue for 24 years, until the pandemic.
UPS deliveries in Oakland are collapsing under the pandemic
Customers and local employees are begging for help. The Oaklandside investigated.