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Holiday Season Edition: Oakland Indies Shopping Guide

Holiday Season Edition: Oakland Indies Shopping Guide

Special Holiday Season Edition Oakland Indies Shopping Guide  Whatever the gift-giving challenge, we have the solution: Holiday Season shopping in Oakland! Welcome to our Special Holiday Edition Oakland Shopping Guide. We hope it will serve as your go-to resource for...

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Shop Oakland Independent Merchants

Shop Oakland Independent Merchants

Shopping Local at Oakland Independents Are you looking for inspiration to shop local at Oakland Indies and to live local in The Town? Then you've come to the right place. We publish this listing weekly to drive awareness about Oakland Indies sales, events, new product...

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Oakland Independents Sales & Other Things to Do

Oakland Independents Sales & Other Things to Do

Day 4: Save our Oakland Independents Letter Writing Campaign We're into Day 4 of our fight for Oakland Independents. With all our So Oakland love, we're fighting for our Indie Merchants. Their future is in the balance due to the almost insurmountable difficulties of...

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Save our Oakland Indies Letter Writing Campaign

Save our Oakland Indies Letter Writing Campaign

Scroll down to the "Save Our Local Indies" Letter Template. We Need to Save our Oakland Indies We wrote a blog in July about the plight of Oakland independent proprietors. It was an impassioned plea for action straight from our Localist hearts to save our Oakland...

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Oakland Independent Merchants Sales and Events

Oakland Independent Merchants Sales and Events

Why Shop Local at Oakland Independent Merchants? Shopping local is a small but profound action that has almost limitless benefits. For example, it: reduces our impact on the environment, generates equitable and sustainable economic growth, and strengthens our...

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Oakland Indies Sales and Events & Other Things to Do

Oakland Indies Sales and Events & Other Things to Do

Why Shop Local at Oakland Indies? Shopping local has almost limitless benefits. For example, it: reduces our impact on the environment, generates equitable and sustainable economic growth, and strengthens our communities. In short, it enhances our own lives and the...

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Local Shopping in Oakland: Indie Sales and Events

Local Shopping in Oakland: Indie Sales and Events

There is some outstanding local shopping in Oakland! And, each week, we publish Oakland Indies Sales and Events plus other happenings here in Oaktown. We hope this listing inspires you to explore Oakland and to shop local. We continually update this listing as we get...

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The Problem with a “See in Store and Buy Online” Mentality

The Problem with a “See in Store and Buy Online” Mentality

The Scenario: Go See, Touch, Try In Store First, Get a Deal Later It's referred to as "see in store and buy online." And, we’ve all done it. We’ve entered a local store, sought expertise and advice from the proprietor, and maybe tried something on. Then, we've checked...

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Oakland Indie Sales and Events and Other Things to Do

Each week, we publish Oakland Indie Sales and Events plus other happenings here in The Town. Oakland has an abundance of talented, passionate, and beautiful local independent merchants. We think that they are hidden gems in plain sight. And, it means Oakland is a...

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The Challenges of Running a Small Business

The Challenges of Running a Small Business

By Guest Blogger, Judith Soto, Owner of LaliSimone in the Laurel District Staying Alive in the Age of Amazon There are many challenges to running a small business and statistics don't lie. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20% of new small businesses will...

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Oakland Indies Need Our Help!

Oakland Indies Need Our Help!

It's Time to Help our Oakland Indies We’re distraught about the recent closings of some epic and "so Oakland" small businesses. And given the current environment, more are guaranteed to follow. We feel helpless and want to do something. It's time to go to battle for...

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The Benefits of Small Business and a Vision for America

The Benefits of Small Business and a Vision for America

Appreciating the Benefits of Small Business We have always appreciated the importance and benefits of a thriving small business economy.  But, in our journey to launch our one-stop local shopping website, something very odious has been confirmed for us: That federal,...

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Shop Local for Valentine’s Day. Here’s Why.

Shop Local for Valentine’s Day. Here’s Why.

With some Valentine's Day Planning, and by shopping locally, you can make this Hallmark Holiday more meaningful and romantic. Here's how to make a Perfect Valentine’s Day. It starts with a "shop local" mindset and buying your flowers from an independent merchant....

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Think Local: The Best New Year’s Resolution

Think Local: The Best New Year’s Resolution

We all know that New Year’s resolutions are hard to keep but did you know that new year’s resolution statistics show that only 9.2% of resolutions are achieved? If you google “how to keep a New Year’s resolution” you will find a plethora of articles, blogs, and other...

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