Oakland, here we come!


We have exciting news- Ruby Press will be packing up and moving our office to downtown Oakland and we couldn’t be more thrilled.  Yes, it will be a shorter commute for us all {I have lived in Oakland for the past ten years}, and we’ll have insanely delicious options for food {we’ll be just a few blocks from both Uptown and Old Oakland}, and will get to work in the beautifully restored Historic Central Building,…but I think I’m most excited about recreating our office in our top floor space.  We move at the beginning of March and we’ll keep you up to date!  Have a great weekend, friends!  xx

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Crown-Nine


Have you been to First Friday {the Oakland Art Murmur} in downtown Oakland? Every first Friday of the month from 6-9 pm, twenty-one Oakland art galleries host a free art walk with a curated selection of local artists.

At the last one, I stopped by jewelry and art gallery, Crown-Nine in the Popuphood of Old Oakland. Kate Ellen teaches weekend jewelry making classes where she teaches students to make molds, hammer and stamp jewelry- right up my alley!  And how cute is this video of Kate working on her line?  It makes me miss my design school days…

{Images from here}

Downtown Oakland


My husband and I are moving back to Oakland this summer, which for those of you not familiar with the Bay Area, is just across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco. (We moved from San Francisco in 2003 because I just couldn’t take one more cold, foggy summer.)

I have a real love for Oakland, and I’ve been so happy to see it getting more attention- with the up-and-coming neighborhood of “Old Oakland” and that article in the NY Times a few weeks ago about Oakland being the ‘Brooklyn’ of San Francisco- and vice versa.

I’m especially fond of the old theatres- the Paramount, which is a shrine to Art Deco and The Fox Theatre, which will be done with it’s renovation later this year. The Paramount offers a tour once a month, and I highly recommend it if you’re into architecture. I’m dying to check out the Fox when it’s complete…

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{the fox theatre, from pbo31’s flickr album}

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{all paramount theatre photos from halberst’s flickr album}

Downtown Oakland is really pretty cool if you’re obsessed with old buildings like I am. Some of my favorites:

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{the cathedral building, which is being renovated into gorgeous lofts, photo by pbo31’s flickr album}

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{the oakland tribune tower, photo from tellumo’s flickr site}

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{a building on my favorite block of old oakland, photo from soleilcourant’s flickr album}