At OBDC, we know our clients represent and reflect the best of our communities. Their businesses create jobs, offer products and services that residents and visitors want, and make Oakland a great town to live and work in. We were thrilled to see our clients and their exceptional businesses highlighted in the New York Times article “36 Hours in Oakland, California”.
Congratulations to our clients – you deserve all this recognition and more:
Honorable mention to Miss Ollie’s – not a borrower, but a staff favorite in Old Oakland.
Click here to read the entire article. Excerpts featuring our clients are below.
THE NEW OLD TOWN, 5 P.M.
At Umami Mart, a sublime Japanese kitchen and barware shop, food, drink and design intersect. Its Bottle Shop, which focuses exclusively on Japanese beer, sets it apart. Umami Mart’s sake club, Sake Gumi, delivers two bottles of sake, along with tasting notes and pairing suggestions ($29, or $75 monthly). Afterward, head to Swan’s Market, a historic “housewives’market,” with an exceptional food court, from the Japanese set lunches at B-Dama to The Cook and Her Farmer’s mind-blowing oyster po’ boy. Miss Ollie’s is an Afro-Caribbean restaurant where the jerk shrimp are big and scorchingly spicy ($12.50) and the skillet-fried chicken (a generous portion for $17.75) is among the best in the Bay Area.
ON (AND OFF) BROADWAY, 8 P.M.
In a city with an abundance of Art Deco-era movie palaces, the Paramount has transformed itself into a multipurpose venue for everything from classics like “The Wizard of Oz” to performances of “The Nutcracker” and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. Alternatively, head to the New Parkway Theater, where there are love seats and vintage chairs and a cafewith local wine and beer. Shows ($8) range from blockbusters like “Straight Outta Compton” to viewings of the presidential debates.