Last night, the heart of Oakland showed up for the 9th annual Oakland Indies award ceremony. Located in Jack London at appropriately dubbed Indie Marketplace, Oakland came out hard, honoring the local economy and thriving art scene. From live performances by Netta B, Jennifer Johns and Fantastic Negrito, among others, Indie Marketplace was the spot to be last night. The event was produced by Beneficial State Bank, founded by Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor, with a longstanding history and ethos of social responsibility.
Wear Your Voice Magazine was proud to be key media sponsors, as well as nominees for the Social Changemakers awards. While we didn’t win our category, some quite amazing (and inspiring) people did–here’s a list of the winners of the 9th annual Oakland Indies Awards Festival. Be sure to head out to Wear Your Voice next week for a full recap of the awards show. See you next year, Oakland!
Category: Greenie Award/Winner: American Steel
American Steel Studios provides affordable space in which artists and entrepreneurs can create and inspire.
Category: Job Creator/ Winner: Zachary’s Chicago Pizza
Image Credit: Flickr user Caitlin Childs via Creative Commons
Zachary’s Chicago Pizza was founded by Zach Zachowski and Barbara Gabel in 1983. When they decided it was time to retire, they sold their company to their experienced crew, rather than a third party company. With every bite of Zachary’s Pizza, is the love, spirit and generosity of Oakland.
Category: Oakland Soul/ Winner: TIE 1. Cafe Gabriela, 2. The New Parkway Theater
Cafe Gabriela was named after Gabriela Silang, a revolutionary Filipina leader, Cafe Gabriela strives to keep her courageous and independent spirit alive by making a conscious effort to support and promote local businesses in the East Bay. The The New Parkway Theater is a movie theater and event space for local artists and community members.
Category: Innovative Newcomer/ Winner: Qeyno Labs
Category: Oakland Pillar/ Winner: Geoffrey’s Inner Circle
For almost 20 years, Geoffrey’s Inner Circle has been an integral staple to Oakland downtown’s thriving arts and entertainment scene.
Category: Ripple Effect/Winner: TIE 1. Concept 47 2. OwlNWood
Concept Forty-Seven and OwlNWood are both local boutiques here in Oakland. Concept 47, which began as an organic beauty line, specializes in organic beauty and lifestyle boutique. At OwlNWood, you can find local design, international brands, second hand and vintage products.
Category: Social Changemaker/Winner: Regina’s Door
Regina’s Door is a customer-service oriented boutique specializing in vintage dresses, and is in partnership with the Bay Area Anti Sex Trafficking Organization, Love Never Fails. Founded by Regina Evans, a survivor or sex trafficking, Regina’s Door’s mission is to eradicate sex trafficking in the Bay Area and beyond.
Featured Photo: Photo Credit: Wear Your Voice Magazine. Syd Ames interviews Mercedes Gibson, Oakland Soul winner on behalf of The New Parkway Theater.