The 9th Annual Oakland Indie Awards were Friday, May 29, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm in Jack London Square 's Market Building


Oakland Soul: The New Parkway Theater

Oakland Soul: Cafe Gabriela

Social Changemaker: Regina's Door

Job Creator: Zachary's Chicago Pizza

Ripple Effect: OwlNWood

Ripple Effect: Concept 47

Pillar: Geoffrey's Inner Circle

Greenie: American Steel Studios


Previous years:



2015 Nominees:

Oakland Soul: Represents the soul, essence and spirit of Oakland. This business or artist appreciates diversity and creativity, is confident in their individuality and humbly supports their brothers and sisters. 
Aisha Fukushima
Amani Carey Simms
Arisa White
Be the Change Consulting
Beast Oakland
Betti Ono Gallery
Cafe Gabriela
Candice "Antique" Davis
D Edward
Digital Roots Studio
Dr. Wesley Watkins
Era Lounge
Feelmore Adult Gallery
Field Day & Friends
Flavors of Oakland
Garden House
Gingi Allen/The Art of Mothering
Jennifer Johns
Johnny Lopez
Jonez Cain
Karen Doolittle
Karen Less
Kev Choice+
Kymberly Jackson

Kymm Wilson
Laurel Bookstore
Los Rakas
Lost and Found Store
Mahogany Foster
Maya Songbird
Naming Gallery
New Normal Brewing
Nona Brown
Oakulture/Eric Arnold
Oakland Mural Project*
Oaktown Spice Shop
Ratka Mira Popovic
Robert Bess
Robert Trujillo
Skin World Wide
Starr Saunders
The New Parkway
The Perfect Sidekick
Tony Rossi & Sons Florist
Tu Tienda Azteca
Underground Runway
Urban Stitch Boutique
Valerie Troutt
Vamp Vintage Music & Arts
Woody's Café
Young Shorty Doowop

Ripple Effect: A business that supports the local economy by buying supplies and services from other local vendors, creating a “ripple effect” as money circulates within the community.
Angelisse Karol Design
Arizmendi Bakery
Awaken Café
Beulahs Bean Truck
Bissap Baobab Oakland
Concept Forty Seven
DaniBensimon Catering
Leo's Music Club
Little Shop Artisan Box
Magic Carpet Yoga Mats
Mary Weather
Oakland Juice & Co
Oakland Makers*
Phat Matt's BBQ
S+S Gastro Grub Catering
Seven Salon
Shift Local
Show & Tell Concept Shop
Two Jacks Denim


Social Changemaker: This socially responsible business or individual incorporates positive social change into their mission, operations, and/or measures of success. They use creative approaches to give back to the community and address economic and environmental issues. 
Downtown Oakland YMCA*
Dr. Crystallee Rene Crain*
Free Oakland UP*
Get Goes Mobile Café
Harborside Health Center
Her Resilience Artist Collective
Hipline Dance Studio
House Kombucha
It's Your Move Games & Hobbies
Joy Elan
Kin Folkz
Mamacitas Café
Marion and Rose's Workshop
Oakland Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Clinic
Paws and Claws Pet Food Store
Planting Justice*
Phat Beets*
Prescott Joseph Center For Community Enhancement Inc.*
Regina's Door
Revolution Foods+
Sean Sullivan (West End Strategies)
The Great Wall of Oakland*
The Living Room Project
The Town Kitchen
Top Ten Social
Wear Your Voice
Yakub Bey
Zach Seal (B Shuttle)

Innovative Newcomer: A business or artist who started in the last three years that excites and inspires with a creative new idea, perspective, model or solution. 
Bergeron's Books
Black Medicine
Bud Snow
Building Robotics
Cat Town Café
Courtsmith Basketball Industries
Fuming Guerilla Productions
Green Girl Bakeshop
Hack the Hood*
HiHAT Oakland
Homestead Apothecary
Know Yourself
Late Nite Art
Left Coast Power Yoga
Maple Street Denim
Merch Monster
Natalie Coblentz
Noble Brewer
Oakland Certified
Oakland Flag Co
Oakland Future Trio
Parliament Event Venue
Pr3ss Play Poets
Present Perfect Wellness
Qeyno Labs
Quincy Carroll
Sonjhai Meggette
The Real Oakland
Tilde Vintage
Tracie Collins Productions
Turtle & Hare
Umami Mart
Underground Runway*
Uptima Businesss Bootcamp
Zella's Soulful Kitchen

Greenie: An environmental champion who works to improve our community through sustainable practices, products or services. This local business or individual reduces waste or consumption, creates green products or provides green services. 
Alouba Arts
American Steel Studios
B Green 4 Life
Back to the Roots+
East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse*
Green Copy
Green Mary
Habitat for Humanity*
Local Hands Soap Company
Lotus Cleaning Services
Premier Organics
Simply Bliss Catering & Events
Temescal Farmer's Market/Urban Village Farmers' Market Assoc
The Window Lady
Tip Top Bike Shop
Uptown Juice Company
Why Ha*

Pillar: A long-established Oakland business or artist with deep roots in the community and long-standing ties to the people, culture and history of The Town. This person or business mentors newbies and is renowned for their contributions to Oakland’s living history.
Bike East Bay*
Café Van Kleef
Cole Coffee
Creative Framing & Gallery
David Sturdevant
Elliot Schneider
Emory Douglas
Fentons Creamery
Form & Reform
Genny's BBQ
Geoffrey's Inner Circle
Gondola Servizio
International Contact Inc
Joyce Gordon Gallery+
Kelly's Corner
Marcus Book Store
Minh Tsai (Hodo Soy)
Oakland Museum*
Portal Restaurant
Sew Images
Strategic Urban Development Alliance
The Terrace Room
Xochitl Guerrero

Job Creator: An independent business that has a positive effect on the region by consistently providing good jobs for residents of the Bay Area, employs 50 people or more, is socially responsible and/or environmentally sustainable.
Blue Bottle Coffee
Community Bank of the Bay
Farmer Joe's Marketplace
Jabez Enterprise Group
Grand Lake Theater
Numi Tea
Piedmont Grocery
Planting Justice*
Room 389
Urban Furniture Store
Zachary's Chicago Pizza


* Nominee is ineligible to win because it holds 501c(3) charitable status or is a not-for-profit entity.
+ Nominee is ineligible to win because s/he/it is a winner within the past four years. Click here to view past winners!