Use Your Money: Uptown Crawl

We present this as an opportunity to be involved in a Use Your Money effort for Uptown Oakland. Learn more about the Use Your Money campaign now!

Calling all businesses, shops, bars, restaurants in the Uptown Area, we would like your participation in a coordinated marketing and promotions effort to highlight the Uptown Arts & Entertainment business district during the festive holiday season during the weekend of December 16-18th. We want to promote the district and its complimentary businesses- art galleries, bars, restaurants, retail stores (clothing, shoes, wares, gifts) and the Uptown neighborhood to residents, workers and the general public.

Some of these businesses already participating include: Betti Ono Gallery & Shop (Formerly SMSHBX), Bench & Bar, Catered To You, Dogwood, Entrez! Open House, Flora, Feelmore 510, Fox Theatre, Make Westing, Oakland School for the Arts, Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe, Somar Bar, Uptown Studios, The Uptown, Xolo, and Van Cleefs.

Opening night is Friday December 16th from 7-10 pm in the gallery with music, food, drinks and holiday festivities. The event continues through the weekend on Saturday and Sunday with the shop open from 11- 5 p.m. Join us as a vendor for "Show & Sell" a new quarterly shopping/fundraiser event showcasing art, design and innovations of local makers, designers, labels and brands from across the Bay Area. Set up shop inside Betti Ono Gallery to show & sell gift priced items, while raising funds to support the work of local non-profit organizations.

The main goals are to create an ongoing event/activity that:

#1:  Highlights the thriving and exciting district that has developed

#2: Encourages sales, foot traffic and local patronage of the businesses and shops in the area.

#3: Raises funds in support of Oakland based non-profit  & charitable organizations doing great work in the community.

How to participate: Your business can join in this effort by signing on to:

  1. Offer product  and/or service promotions during the weekend of December 16-18th,
  2. Donate a percentage of your sales to support the local non-profit Covenant House, providing shelter and services to homeless youth, and/or
  3. Market the activity through your respective businesses as well as online. We'll have a Facebook page, and encourage businesses to email their lists and promote on their websites.

If you want to join the Uptown Crawl, confirm your participation by emailing with business contact info, description/tagline you want to use, weblinks and identified promotion. We would like to see this happen at least quarterly, if not more frequently. We would love to schedule a time to connect with everyone to discuss other ideas and ways to co-promote, as well as get support from the CBD's and City of Oakland. Questions, thoughts or suggestions? Please email or call Anyka Barber (Owner of Betti Ono Gallery & Shop ) at or 510.717.3175