Keep Oakland Alive was born out of a deep and pervasive feeling that we were being terrible people for buying things online while our neighborhood shops were shut down and starving for business. So here's how we're fixing that.
Everything you find on this site comes directly from a local Oakland retail store. The shops owned by the people who live right next to you. The shops you go to when you forgot to buy your spouse or your kiddo a present and today is the day. The shops who always welcome you with open arms and greet you with a hearty "Hello!" when you walk through the door.
You can put everything you need into your shopping cart, just like you would at any other major online retailer. It doesn't matter if it's environmentally friendly toothpaste from Mudlab, a hoodie from Oaklandish, or some cumin from Oaktown Spice Shop, and it will show up on your doorstep, all together.
(Delivery is free in Oakland, $5 to Berkeley and Alameda, and $10 to anywhere else in the U.S. Delivery turnaround is generally same day to 4 days to Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda, and packages shipped anywhere else take 4-5 days to arrive from the time we receive the order. See our FAQ.)
But it doesn't end there. This is a movement now, and you're all invited. It may have started here in Oakland but we're ready to bring this show on the road. If you'd like to nominate your own town, anywhere in the U.S., and learn more about what we're up to outside of Oakland, then come say hi to Nearby.
We're here for you. We're here for the shops. And we're here to make ourselves feel better.