urban furniture & boutique

Located in Oakland’s Grand-Lake commercial district, urban furniture and boutique is a reuse furniture, clothing and housewares store that serves as a platform to provide on-the-job training in retail and customer service skills along with professional development, to low-income single mothers transitioning from public assistance. Mothers learn skills, in real time. She handles customer transactions, calculates percentages and negotiate discounts.  Advanced learning occurs as she manages store inventory, receives donated items and completes administrative tasks. Empowerment occurs as a mom communicates to customers, identifies their needs, directs them to a product and completes a sale.  Come visit our store at 3237 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610.

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Hey you, I know it’s been on your mind to realize that goal and present to the world your “thang.’ Are you that poet that wants to share your latest creations? Are you a singer and interested in building a circle of women to listen and sing along? Would you like to bring meditation forth? Maybe you’re good at finance and want to share tips? It can’t be boring though. Or, maybe your thing is guiding local women into a powerful discussion about politics and womanhood today..Whatever your power is, whatever your ‘thang,’ this is your time..Be bold, comment to secure your date on our calendar. Each workshop/event can be up to 2 hours. ... See MoreSee Less

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Pretty dresses & skirts @ urban furniture & boutique ~ 20% off clothes to celebrate our 20th year serving the community. 🌞 ... See MoreSee Less

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what time do you open???

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We just received a beautiful donation of mid-century design ribbed, armless office chairs from @hotelshattuckplaza in Berkeley. Thanks to Kim Ho, for choosing our mission. Tough canvas material, looks like leather but not. All levers and swivel work, in super condition. Each $25, way below their value. We have 19. Great donations to provide a platform to alleviate poverty for single mothers. ... See MoreSee Less

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Join us tonight at Brittany’s reception to support her @heymagoodsco @urbanuniversityoakland 2/1 6:30pm. Drinks, small bites, music, good peeps. ... See MoreSee Less

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Let’s support the art work of Brittany Luby @ Hey Ma Goods Co. Posters, Totes, Tops celebrating the intersectional feminist in all of us ~ are available to purchase. Wine, bites, good music, vibes. Come out and support a sistah.
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Join us this Thursday to support the art of Brittany @heymagoodsco. Posters, totes, tops that celebrate the intersectional feminist in all of us ~ will be available for purchase. You will also have the opp to contribute to Brittany’s Gofundme Q1 goals. Wine, bites, music, good vibes. ... See MoreSee Less

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Urban Furniture and Boutique is with Urban Furniture.

Our Success Story. Meet Donna Williams. She completed our Single Moms at Work Program 6 years ago. She started as a Customer Service Associate in our stores while receiving public assistance. Today, wait for it, wait for it....She is a Supervisor for Home Depot (6 years), earning a living wage with benefits and upward mobility. You’ll hear her story at our Sidewalk Talk event in May to celebrate her story, her life, her success. If you’ve shopped or donated to our store, or@volunteered or donated to the cause, know that you helped make this happen. We did this y’all.
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uu is excited to introduce artist Brittany Luby of HeyMaGoodsco. Join us @ her reception @ the urban store on 2/1 @ 6:30pm. You will love her menagerie of art to include totes, posters and tops ~ to celebrate the intersectional feminist in all of us. Small bites, wine, good music and peeps. See you there. 💕 ... See MoreSee Less

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We’re excited to kick-off our First Thursday’s on Grand Artist Showcase for February 2018 with Brittany Luby of @heymagoodsco. All are welcome to join us @urbanuniversityoakland on 2/1 @ 6:30pm to celebrate, support and purchase Brittany’s menagerie of art, and apparel for the magickal, inspired and intersectional feminist in all of us. I love that it’s all “Made with moxie in Oakland, Calif.” Small bites and win ... See MoreSee Less

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Video made my day. So nice to see my plants are enjoying good tunes and raindrops! I hope my art/plants find good homes.

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Meet Sean Lindy. Our board of director-at-large, Sean grew up in an economically challenged section of Peoria, IL. As the only child of a single working mom, he attributes his success to the determined will of his mother and the family and community support she received. Sean received an MBA from the University of Illinois and worked for Whirlpool Corporation in Benton Harbor, MI. During his time in Benton Harbor, Sean was involved with several social impact programs. He was transferred to Brazil with Whirlpool, where he later helped create the award-winning ACE accelerator in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A recent transplant to the Bay Area, Sean brings these skills and experiences to uu in recognition of his mother and the belief that a well-timed helping hand can permanently change the trajectory of a family. I appreciate Sean’s clarity and energy to “get things done.” ... See MoreSee Less

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Meet Marta Del Castillo, uu’s board of director-at-large. Marta is an executive leader with 20 years of entrepreneurial experience in the Technology industry worldwide, with a proven track record of transforming and building businesses through turnarounds, M&A Integration and innovative growth plays. Marta is passionate about taking initiatives from ideation to impact. I’m grateful to Marta for helping to create our SWOT, to analyze our strengths and weaknesses, a critical part of the strategic planning process. While it’s tough to face your vulnerabilities, it’s important to do so in order to position the mission for success. Additionally, Marta’s compassion for the moms, comes through clearly, in all of her contributions on our team. #boardofdirectors #leader #womensupportingwomen #womanleader #genius #compassionate #businessleader #teamuu ... See MoreSee Less

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On Feb 25th, uu celebrates 20 years of social impact. Woot! Woot! As we move towards our bday, I thought it would be good to share more about our organization, mission and leadership team, folks that work without fanfare, to help guide and scale our mission to empower single mothers. I’ll post pics and brief stories. Let’s kick off with Kimberly Christensen, our Board President (yes our Prez is a woman). In this role, Kimberly leads the board towards achieving its strategic priorities and is committed to scaling our transformative services for each single mother. Kimberly currently works as the operations manager for a high-volume outpatient imaging center in Oakland. Kimberly earned her Molecular Biology from UC San Diego, worked in basic science and clinical research, and transplanted from southern California to Oakland in 2011. Kimberly brings an intelligent, calm and hip presence to our team and is an awesome role model for the mothers. I can always count on Kimberley to be by my side when needed. #madampresident #ourleader #mspresident #committed #volunteer #rolemodel #womanleader #womanleaders #socialenterprise #oakland #ourstory #20years #womensupportingwomen ... See MoreSee Less

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Beautiful wood bar stools @ the urban store. Excellent condition. $50 each. Beautiful condition. ... See MoreSee Less

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