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    Ama Wertz

    Ama Wertz is a talented weaver who shares her creative passion for the craft with strangers and friends in city of Oakland.  Moving from her home away from home in Germany, Wertz has found a new community here that is bonded by the “generosity of spirit [that] is quintessential Oakland.”

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    Erica Perez and John Beaver
    Owners of Oaktown Spice Shop

    When spice shop owners John Beaver and Erica Perez opened doors to their shop, Oakland’s diverse customers inspired and influenced their growth, leading them to source even more varieties of culinary spices, high-quality herbs, salts, and blends. Given the access to so much delicious ethnic food, Erica adds, “The city has seen more and more specialty shops open up and flourish. That makes Oakland truly special.” Read the story…


    Crystal Morey
    artist & sculptor

    Raised by earth-loving parents, Crystal Morey moved to Oakland from the Sierra Foothills and found a “strong emerging art scene” that has inspired and nurtured her life as an artist in an urban landscape. “I like to explore ideas of human interaction with the natural environment,” she says, “and Oakland is a wonderful example of human adaptation and ingenuity over time.”
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    Maria Schoettler
    artist & illustrator

    The artist behind the popular Eat Local Calendar, Maria Schoettler draws inspiration from Oakland’s farmer’s markets and reminds us how lucky we are to have so much beautiful produce at our fingertips. When she first moved here, she says “Oakland felt like uncharted territory, where exciting things had space to grow.” Read the story…


    Lisa Congdon
    artist & illustrator

    After more than two decades living in San Francisco, artist + illustrator Lisa Congdon found a new home in Oakland. It was quite a change, but on her first morning waking up in the little bungalow she shares with her wife, she says, “All I could hear were birds chirping, and the sunshine was streaming in through the blinds on what was a gorgeous February day. I decided right then to treat my Oakland move like an adventure.”  Read the story…

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    Christina Song

    Exploring the streets of Oakland, Christina Song has found rhythm, inspiration, and even a surprise furry friend. A paper-cut illustrator by trade, she says low-key Oakland gives her the space to focus on her own projects and she loves living in “one of the most up-and-coming creative cities in the country.”  Read the story…