oaktownman finally got around to strolling Piedmont Avenue during their new monthly Third Thursday Art Walk. Wow this was fun. Piedmont Ave is already one of the nicest shopping experiences in Oakland with endless unique boutiques and eateries to visit. Now a handful of businesses are staying open till 9pm every 3rd Thursday and serving tasty treats and beverages while upping the fun level.
First stop was The Rare Bird. Some of you may have seen oaktownman’s post about happening upon their grand opening party back in November of 2010. Well proprietor Erica Skone-Rees did not just stop with this little whimsical store. She joined the Piedmont Avenue Merchants Association and said why not have member shops stay open late one evening a month and feature these wonderful unique things the Avenue has to offer.
So here we are and it looks like it’s an event that will be sticking around. You can see the list of businesses involved and more info at the Merchants Association website.
Next was a stop at NATHAN&CO, another place recently covered by oaktownman. The place is always a delight to the senses, made doubly so by the bubbly being served.
Nathan was featuring these vintage repurposed paper maché centerpieces by local artist Christy Smith.
It was getting toward 9pm but Mercy Vintage Now was hosting a jewelry trunk show by L.A. based designer Rhiannon Griego — Ghost Dancer Collection. So there were a bunch of folks in there not ready to stop shopping, drinking, and mingling. Check out Rhiannon’s jewelry line because it is exquisite, pure, and expressive.
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Owners Jenny & Karen are true professionals of vintage clothing with years of experience between them. They have a refined eye for quality & style and carry a wide range of merchandise in a comfortable space that really breaths. Mercy Vintage Now has only been here since 2009, but their business expands beyond the local realm as they’ve made quite a name for themselves in the L.A. glamour realm.
Piedmont Avenue Third Thursday Art Walk
The Rare Bird
3883 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland
NATHAN & CO
4025 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland
Mercy Vintage Now
4188 Piedmont Avenue, OaklandTags: Art, Events, Piedmont Avenue, Retail, Vintage