Sure, we have issues. Our biggest one being that we worry about the survival of our Oakland Indies. Sure they have the ecommerce problem and their everyday business challenges. But they also face obstacles in Oakland such as: byzantine City processes, skyrocketing rents, increasing fees and taxes, construction projects that block foot traffic, and lack of City of Oakland support, to name only a few.
So, we all need to shop local just a little more often. This simple but impactful action is an economic, social, cultural, and environmental investment in our communities.
In short, it enhances our own lives and the lives of those around us.
Some proof of this is Issues, a compact but awesome shop devoted to print media, on Piedmont Ave. As it happens, partners-in-life, Noella Teele and Joe Colley had a big issue on January 1, 2007. On that fateful day, they searched all over Oakland for a particular British Magazine. They didn’t find it. The good news is that, due to this failure, they left their corporate careers, became business partners, and launched Issues six months later.
Happily, for 10+ years now, Oakland has had this ultra cool independent shop for people who have a love of world, special interest, and hard-to-find magazines and books. Plus they have other interesting stuff. If you have a curious mind, are an independent thinker, interested in art and culture, or have a niche hobby, we’re sure you’ll solve your issues there. From what we saw during our visit, you can also instantly find a like-minded but beautifully diverse community.
And we loved the so oakland vibe. It has a laid back and happy feel that has to be grounded in Noella’s creative, inquisitive, and open nature. Indeed, when you meet her, it feels like you’ve already known her for years.
Here’s the issue though: If we don’t shop local, we won’t be able to find our beloved magazines anymore. And, we lose out on enriching experiences.
More About Issues
Address: 4198 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
Phone: (510) 652-5700
Neighborhood: Piedmont Ave