Support downtown Oakland businesses that were vandalized

12 Jan

ichi-japonThanks to everyone who helped compile the list of Oakland businesses that were vandalized last Wednesday, January 7th. I hope you will join me in supporting these businesses in the coming weeks. Many of these businesses still had boards over there windows on Friday, but they’re open so don’t let that deter you.

The list is compiled below as well as mapped out on Google Maps. Please let me know if there are any businesses missing, and I’ll add them to the list.

UPDATE: I’ve now updated the list and map with businesses that were hit on January 14th.


Independent Stores

  • Beauty Center – 501 14th Street #125 (City Center)
  • Change Hair Studio – 374 17th Street
  • City Bloom – 500 12th Street (City Center)
  • Creative African Braids – 339 14th Street
  • Fashion & Art Revival – 371 17th Street
  • Greg’s Barbershop – 306 14th Street
  • Hair by Margret – 373 17th Street
  • Le Magic Cleaners – 1706 Franklin Street
  • Mimi’s Beauty Supply – 350 17th Street
  • Mimi’s Custom Design – 366 17th Street
  • News City Plus – 417 14th Street
  • Patrick & Co – 1820 Franklin St
  • Pedicure Shop – 389 15th Street
  • Psychic Reader – 376 17th Street
  • Psychic Reality – 1630 Webster Street
  • Satisfied Nails – 389 15th Street
  • Shoe Repair – 312 17th Street
  • Showcase Wigs – 372 17th Street
  • Temple Tattoo – 384 17th Street
  • Top Notch Hair Designs – 389 17th Street
  • Unique Braids – 386 17th Street
  • Yoon’s Pharmacy – 337 14th Street


  • Bagel St. Café – 501 14th Street (City Center)
  • Colonial Donuts – 1636 Franklin Street
  • Espresso Café – 409 14th Street
  • Flora – 1900 Telegraph Ave
  • Henry’s Gallery Cafe – 1700 Franklin Street
  • IB Hoagies – 1601 San Pablo Ave
  • Ichi Japon – 382 17th Street
  • *Maly Donut & Burger – 144 14th Street (Maly Donut & Burger did not sustain physical damage but two of the employees were beat up.)
  • *Pho 84 – 354 17th Street (Pho 84 did not sustain physical damage because its employees formed a human chain in front of the restaurant and protected it through the night.)
  • Pure Natural Café – 376 17th Street
  • Take it Easy Thai – 351 17th Street

Entertainment Venues

  • The Fox Theater – 1807 Telegraph Avenue
  • The Uptown Nightclub – 1928 Telegraph Avenue

Professional Offices

  • Accident Case Experts – 1701 Harrison Street
  • Center For Elders Independence – 510 17th Street
  • Disability Access Advocacy Law Office – 310 17th Street
  • Haley Law Offices – 1633 San Pablo
  • Turner Construction Offices – 1912 Telegraph Ave
  • Komorous Towey Architects – 315 14th Street

Chain Stores

  • Club One – 1200 Clay Street (City Center)
  • GNC – 501 14th St #27 (City Center)
  • Jamba Juice – 500 12th Street (City Center)
  • McDonald’s – 1330 Jackson Street
  • Quizno’s – 1200 Clay St #150 (City Center)
  • Radio Shack – 501 14th St (City Center)
  • Sears – 1955 Broadway
  • Wells Fargo – 1221 Broadway (City Center)

14 Responses to “Support downtown Oakland businesses that were vandalized”

  1. peggyluwho January 12, 2009 at 10:32 am #

    I think I’ll be having some Take It Easy for lunch today.

  2. Genie January 12, 2009 at 1:27 pm #

    Becks, thanks so much for compiling this. I’m amazed no one has covered the story of Pho 84’s employees — that’s incredible. I’m going to make it a point to patronize as many of these businesses as I can in the coming weeks.

  3. Citizen Mother January 12, 2009 at 3:05 pm #

    The visitors who came to Oakland to indulge in destruction of the lives of innocent people in downtown Oakland, a place that doesn’t have all that much going for it to start, should be charged and made to pay restitution to these people. Call the City Attorney’s office at 510 238-3812 oe 238-6623.

    These people did absolutely nothing to get justice for Oscar Grant but did plenty to hurt a struggling city. Did any of them actually know that it was a BART cop who murdered Oscar Grant? Of course they don’t care about the facts or about the actual process that will force BART and Alameda Co. to prosecute the cop who quite without being interviewed or tested for drugs or alcohol–his superiors need to be pressured and you can’t do that at a riot. But that wouldn’t be as much fun for those who love to riot and call themselves revolutionaries, and then leave Oakland worse off.

  4. SA January 12, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    The Uptown hosts Hubba Hubba Revue for burlesque every Monday night – doors at 9, show at 10, only $5. It’s always a fun time. I don’t know who the lineup is tonight off the top of my head, but I’m never disappointed.

    I’m busy this week but I think next week I may try to go have dinner at Flora, then head down to the Uptown for a nightcap and some performances.

  5. Chuck January 12, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

    Great sentiments, Becks. My roommate has also been workin’ the networks on this as well for a night out on Friday. Feel free to join in the fun / healing / fun / libation / revelry / fun. Oakland rocks.


  6. Matt H January 12, 2009 at 4:45 pm #

    An article in Saturday’s SF Chronicle says that 300 businesses were damaged.

    Can that possibly be right?

  7. Becks January 12, 2009 at 4:51 pm #

    Matt – via Navigator in the comments section of A Better Oakland:

    “Hunter clarified a statement he made at a news conference Thursday that there were “300-plus businesses affected.” He said he was referring to the number of businesses in the area city officials were surveying for vandalism.”

  8. Pekoebrew January 12, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

    Maly’s employees were beat up?? was that in the media at all?

  9. Becks January 12, 2009 at 5:17 pm #

    It was not reported in the media, but I heard it from two reliable sources. I know the media reported that there was no violence and no injuries that evening, but that does not seem to be true. What’s true is that there were no major injuries (nobody ended up at the hospital). It does sound like at least a few fights broke out, sometimes between different sets of protesters. Luckily, nobody was more seriously hurt.

  10. Tony January 12, 2009 at 9:52 pm #

    Ichi Japon has a happy hour?! Thanks Beck, I’m there.

  11. AustinOAK January 13, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    Me 2 – thanks – I will focus ongoing to help all of these buisnesses. This is right down where the DEM Campaign Hdqtrs was on Broadway. Flora was just around the corner behind there. Fox Theatre – right there. This is not the way to exercise ur right 2 protest. It makes it hard for us that do it when we need 2 – those of us that also never intent on destruction of property to be on a level playing field with authorities. i am wrecked over the death – just can’t get my head around it. at a total loss for understanding on my own. and wish we’ll know what our community needs 2 learn soon about that really happened so we can start 2 heal.

  12. Mike Caton January 15, 2009 at 10:54 am #

    Maybe we should plan an Oakland night out? My wife and I were planning in eating at one of the restaurants on 17th in the spirit of patronizing these businesses. If we could get a crowd of people down there and meet our neighbors we could turn this into something positive. Having just started my blog I’m eager to meet people anyway. Bloggers and readers could even wear goofy nametags so if we’re sitting in the same bar we’ll at least know who it is.

    Friday night? Saturday night?

  13. Becks January 15, 2009 at 2:18 pm #

    Mike – that’s a great idea, and some people over at Yelp are trying to organize just such an event on Friday night. I <a href=""blogged about it yesterday.

  14. Andy January 22, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    Pho 84 employees did not form a human chain. I confirmed it with the maître d today. They did lock their door and call the police, who fortunately for them, showed up soon enough to ward off any damage to their storefront.

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