urban furniture

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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. On any given business day, while providing customer service to bay area individuals and businesses, our moms experience skill gain, in real time. Learning occurs as a mom counts money, calculates percentages and negotiate discounts.  Advanced learning occurs as a mom manages store inventory, accrues donation 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.  Empowerment also occurs as a mom undergoes individual self-esteem coaching.  These realities are what we mean when we say urban furniture and boutique is ‘more than a furniture and clothing store.’  Come visit our store at 3237 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610.

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When a beautiful customer donates a car to urban university.... ... See MoreSee Less

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urban university has the daily opportunity to work on the behalf of low-income single mothers ~ as they 'spin their stories and tell their tales.' Thank You. When you Shop, Donate or Volunteer, you become a part of this important journey. ... See MoreSee Less

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