“I had lived in this neighborhood for five years before opening Oakland Chop Bar and I really felt we needed a place where people could walk from their homes, have a great meal and just hang out together,” said Pastena.
Outgrowing the living rooms that previously held events, the new space hosts musicians, performances, and literary events, reinterpreting the literary salon to fit the 21st century.
For Noble Brewer, it’s more than just craft beer but creating a unique experience by sharing the story of the homebrewers with friends and family. While stationed in Seattle and then in San Diego, Claude took advantage of the great beer scenes, developing a deeper interest in craft beer.
Luan Stauss, the owner of Laurel Book Store, started her business to build community. She said, “We truly want to be ‘Your Neighborhood Bookstore in Downtown Oakland.’”
Rosa says, “I opened my business for many reasons, but the most important thing for me was to be able to employ my family.”
All three entrepreneurs knew that they wanted to run a business that gives back to the community.
A soul food restaurant owned by Tanya Holland and located in West Oakland. This East Bay gem has been featured in many places and often cited for pioneering Oakland’s thriving restaurant scene.