Yesterday I dropped off some earrings at a small collective boutique in uptown Oakland called:
If you haven't stopped in yet, DO! This place is a great example of how a collective business can be successfully run and can provide the community with some amazing resources.
These guys/gals are not only a boutique featuring local designers, they also offer up an Arts lab space to come and create which includes a sewing machine and supplies. RPS hosts events and community classes. They have a gallery space with different artists monthly and are a major participator in Oakland's Art Murmur. They even have a zine library and youth programs.
My personal favorite thing about RPS? Their bike advocacy and friendliness of course!
March 22nd, 6-9pm they will be hosting a "Mess with Bikes" workshop where you can bring your bike down and get help fixing it. The workshop is run by donations so just give what you can and be on your merry way once your bike is rolling again.
The Gallery the entire month of May will be dedicated to Bicycles!!!
"BEYOND BICYCLES will be an exhibition documenting the many ingenious uses of human power past and present. Our month long exhibition will consist of a collection large color photographs of works, accompanied by a printed zine. There will also be a web zine which will be more extensive than the printed version."
I'll get more info on the show up a bit later.
Go check out their website for more info and pictures on the greatness that is RPSC
While you are visiting RPSC make sure to look for my earrings amongst all the other amazing locally handmade goods.