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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23 hours ago

We are pleased to announce Ms. Helen Mitchell, will be an esteemed panelist at Beacon Of Light, urban university’s 20th Anniversary and Celebration of mothers on 5/6 @ the Sierra Club.
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Ms. Helen was born and raised in the bay area and attended Oakland public schools. She started working at the age of 15 years old and recently celebrated 25 years of marriage.
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Helen has one biological daughter and 3 bonus children, 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
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Helen worked in corporate America for 35 years, but she always had the desire to own and operate a women’s boutique. In 2012, she decided to start a small boutique part time with $300. Starting with handbags and jewelry online, she added women’s clothes in 2013. “This was the best decision I could’ve made.” Her online business took off so fast, it was blowing her mind. Since her job was stressful, after 3 years of operating the boutique, she decided to step out on faith and operate her boutique full time. “Yes, I quit my corporate job that I had been working at for 19 years. Great benefits and great pay. But very stressful.” Today, Helen is the founder of the beautiful ElanofEulalia.com.
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In 2016, Helen was diagnosed with breast cancer, in 2017 she under went surgery and had a mascetomy. Today, Helen is cancer FREE. “Daily, I say I am grateful and thankful for all things.”
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In addition to her entrepreneur life, Helen has been a Sickle Cell Advocate for 30 years, her daughter has sickle cell. Helen's greatest gift is helping others,”When you stretch yourself God will get in the flow.”
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A beautiful warrior in her own right, our paths crossed when Helen walked into our enterprise. She expressed her joy when she heard about our purpose and mission for single mothers. She told me, “Now I know where I’m going to donate my clothes.” Right away, Ms. Helen began donating brand new Elan of Eulalia clothing, accessories and shoes, to our boutique. Her donations bump up our revenue, facilitating our ability to do the work. Our peeps love her sparkly T’s and unique clothing, we’re grateful for this partnership, I’m grateful for her friendship. You’ll be grateful too. See you there.
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2 days ago

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Did you read the bios of our beautiful panelists? The energy in the room is going to be 🔥. Women that have transcended and made their way. You, yes you, ~ are going to be us to be inspired, informed and compelled to act. Let’s celebrate uu’s 20 years and the beauty of motherhood. Love y’all. #beaconoflight #light #women #womenofcourage #courage #fire #event #village #inspire #inform #action #beaboutit #love ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago

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We are pleased to announce Ms. Paula Pyt, will be an esteemed panelist at Beacon Of Light, urban university’s 20th anniversary and celebration of mothers on 5/6 @ the @sierraclub in downtown Oakland.
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Ms. Paula was a teen single mom to a daughter who is turning 18 and graduating high school. A woman warrior of courage, she was in the foster care system at age 3 then age 7 until 18, she was taken away from her mother due to severe physical abuse that almost took her life. As a result, Paula was placed in approximately 13 foster homes and group homes thru her teen years.
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Two days after turning 18, her beautiful daughter was born. Her daughter’s father was a drug dealer, heroine and cocaine addict, and abusive. “I finally had the courage to leave him when I was 19 and homeless living in a hotel with a baby.”
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As a part of her new life journey, Paula lived in transitional housing where she was forced to choose a better life.
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She went to Medical Assistant school at 19, graduated at 20, and started working in the medical field at 20 to the present.
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Steady on the track to upward mobility, Paula became a clinical supervisor, and was recently promoted to office manager for a dermatology practice.
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I met Paula while teaching self-esteem and life skills in the community almost 20 years ago. I felt her warrior spirit and knew she would forge a way. I’m blessed to know her and you will be too.
See you there.
#beaconoflight #womenwarriors #warrior #overcomer #beauty #20years #anniversary #womensupportingwomen #womensupportwomen #women #oakland
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3 days ago

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We are pleased to announce Ms. JP Hailer, will be an esteemed panelist at Beacon Of Light, urban university’s 20th Anniversary and celebration of mothers.
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JP Hailer is the Director of Youth Food Project, a culinary and entrepreneurship training for formerly incarcerated young people in Oakland.
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JP was raised in southern Arizona by a single mother that was forced to leave a physically abusive marriage. She and her brother are the first people in their families to graduate from college. Her brother is now a professor after being incarcerated as a young person.
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The effects of abuse and poverty made a lasting impact on JP and created a lifelong passion for work that provides opportunity, dignity and compassion at it's core. JP is the co-parent to one little boy and has found profound healing and joy as a mother.
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I met JP in 2009, and immediately connected to her genuine spirit. She led our LIFT team helping single mothers transition from public assistance into entry level teaching positions, an initiative sponsored by the City and County of San Francisco.
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I admire JP’s work and devotion to the community, I look forward to her truth.
#beaconoflight #panelist #sidewalktalk #womenrock #motivationmonday #courage #womanofcourage #yes
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4 days ago

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We are pleased to announce that Ms. Haninah Abdullah, will be an esteemed panelist at Beacon Of Light, uu’s 20th Anniversary and Celebration of Mothers.
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Haninah was born in Berkeley, and has lived mostly between Berkeley and Oakland. “I grew up during a time when children played outside for hours until the street lights came on. My grandmother would say we all smelled like little puppy dogs when we came back inside from playing.”
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Haninah graduated from Berkeley High School, attended Laney, Merritt Colleges and SF State. Later, she moved to SF and began working in law firms by day, and partying by night. At one festive event, she met her future husband and her child’s father. “Unfortunately, sometimes love is not meant to last. And when we parted, I spent some years dating as a single parent, which has its own set of sometimes great or painful stories.”
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Twenty years later, Haninah has grown in strength and in courage and perhaps in ways a co-parenting family would not have known. “I’ve had to smile when I wanted to cry. I’ve eaten Top Ramen when I wanted shrimp. I’ve gone on dates that I suspected were not going to have a positive outcome. I’ve witnessed solo triumphs with my daughter because I was the only parent. It’s been challenging and joyful, heartbreaking and uplifting as I continue riding the ever-moving rollercoaster of single parenting. “
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Haninah and I met 22 years ago as employees at the Episcopal Community Services Shelter, she listened to me as I talked about my dream called before ‘urban university.’ We gravitated to each other as 2 new single mothers, figuring stuff out, providing each other ‘girlfriend comfort, as we raised our children. Wow, she knows about some of my interesting dating stories, Lordy, Lordy.
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A dignified soul, I love Haninah and I’m looking forward to hearing her truth. Aren’t you? See you there.
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#beaconlight #20 #celebrationofmotherhood #mothersday #mothersdaycelebration #singlemothers #topramen #endurance #truth #friends #sierraclub #girlfriends #singlemomdating #raisingkidssolo #waterlady
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5 days ago

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We are pleased to announce, Ms. Amanda Christine Ajisebutu, will be an esteemed panelist on our #beaconoflight @urbanuniversityoakland’s 20th Anniversary fundraiser and celebration of mothers on 5/6 @ at the Sierra Club.
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Ms. Amanda is a San Francisco native and freelance fashion designer, who specializes in high-end clothing for adults and children. Her gift for designing began at the age of five, taking old socks and shoe strings to make doll clothes. She launched her clothing line, "Aji by Amanda Christine" in 2008, the same year she learned to sew, on a home sewing machine. Aji was taken from the first three letters of her last name, Ajisebutu, which is derived from her Nigerian culture.
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Amanda Christine draws inspiration from her African heritage, all genres of music, contemporary art, nature and life. In this collection, Amanda Christine's appreciation for colors and textures are boldly expressed in every detail. She believes that, "art imitates life, life imitates art. Expect the unexpected.”
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As a new mom, the "unexpected" has allowed Amanda to transform into the most important position a woman can face, becoming a mother. “With all of the challenges of raising a black man-child, through many experiences of life, the beauty of raising a little superhuman, has given me a new perspective and determination of wanting to do more and be more, to assure that my son and I have a bright and successful future.”
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Amanda is a beautiful representation of the creative and woke consciousness of the Bay Area. I look forward to her truth.
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See you there.
#beaconlight #urbanuniversityoakland #celebrationofmotherhood #mothersday2018 #mothersday #bayarea #sanfrancisco #oakland #beauty
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6 days ago

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It is our pleasure to announce Ms. Alnesha Brown, will be one of our esteemed panelists on the Sidewalk Talk panel @ urban university’s #beaconoflight 20th Anniversary fundraiser and celebration of mothers.
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Alnesha is a bay area native, mother of two, college graduate, LEAP graduate and feminist.
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Alnesha is a home health care provider for the elderly and disabled. Alnesha has worked in this field for 5 years. She believes the services she provides improves the quality of life of her clients. “I really enjoy what I do for a living. and that makes it all worth it.”
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Alnesha’s thoughts about her hopes, “ I want to live in a world where equal opportunity actually exists. I want to see issues addressed such as our justice systems, and we need to identify areas of law that are broken, unfair or outdated. We need to explore solutions that will be transparent and fair to all.”
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I love Alnesha. Earthy. Real. She’s a genuine and deep spirit. Alnesha is a graduate of the Legal Employment Action Program, our longtime workforce development collaboration where we prepared single mothers for entry into the legal field in partnership with the Bar Association of San Francisco.
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I’m looking forward to Alnesha’s truth. See you there.
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7 days ago

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Great News Peeps, we are pleased to announce Ms. Theresa Fortune will be an esteemed panelists on our Sidewalk Talk panel at Beacon Of Light, urban university’s 20th Anniversary fundraiser and Celebration of Mothers, 5/6 @sierraclub, downtown Oakland.
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Theresa Fortune is the Owner of Rese Cuisine & Catering. The beginning of her entrepreneurial journey stemmed from being a single mother and having to make ends meet for herself and two-year-old daughter after a very emotionally traumatic divorce. While pushing through a heartbreak, severe depression, experiencing her individuality for the first time and motherhood, Theresa realized that depression and pressure activated her spirit! She discovered her greatest talents through her season of pain and solitude.
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Theresa’s focus is to inspire other mothers to push through their pain and to offer a support system through a platform of sisterhood and nutrition. She is committed to being in service to the community by sharing her story and letting other mothers know that there is joy, peace, clarity, power and light on the other side of pain waiting for them!
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Ms. Theresa walked into @urbanuniversityoakland one day, our spirits connected right away. You’ll feel her beautiful energy right away as she shares her thoughts on transformation and motherhood.
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See you there!💕💕💕
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Great News Peeps, we are pleased to announce that Ms. Melanie Tavare, will be a panelist on our Sidewalk Talk Panel of Mothers at Beacon Of Light, urban university’s 20th anniversary fundraiser and celebration of mothers, 5/6 @ the @sierraclub, downtown Oakland.
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Melanie was raised in Berkeley, California and has lived in Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco. After attending college at UC Berkeley, Melanie went on to law school at the University of San Francisco. She is the first in her family to go to college and beyond. Right after law school Melanie was hired as a bankruptcy attorney at a high volume bankruptcy firm and feels blessed to have been given this tremendous opportunity to help people. She truly enjoys the bankruptcy field because it is one area of law where she is able make a real difference in people’s lives. Melanie is passionate about fighting for the rights of debtors and takes great personal care in representing each of her clients.
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In 2012, Melanie decided to start her own firm where she can spend more individual time with her clients.
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Her other great passion is being a good mom to her two young children. She and her husband are dedicated to giving them as many opportunities for growth as possible.
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I was introduced to Melanie by her kind husband Matt, a military veteran who completed our PGE Veteran’s Employment Action Program collaboration and single handedly built our window display platform in our first store. Melanie accompanied him that day and volunteered to help prep the space for our opening. I was touched by her immediate generosity ~ it ain’t easy getting people to help you with manual labor okay....Recently, Melanie and I became fb buds, in which we share like-minded views on women’s empowerment and social justice. I really dig her and trust, you will too.
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Some of Melanie’s favorite activities include taking the family and their two dogs on long walks at Lake Chabot, visiting the neighborhood splash park and cooking. Melanie is also an avid writer and is currently working on a children’s book and Sci-Fi novel.
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1 week ago

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Urban Furniture and Boutique is with Belinda Jackson.

We are excited to announce our first Sidewalk Talk panelist ~ Ms. Belinda Jackson. **
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Ms. Belinda was born and raised in the Air Force, having lived in 3 foreign countries and 3 different states by the 7th grade. Although not a California native, Belinda has been here so long (40+ yrs) the Bay Area is her home.
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Belinda’s career in the field of social services started 36 years ago, initially as a temporary clerk on a six-week assignment which later became permanent. She successfully worked her way up the ranks as an eligibility worker, supervisor, staff development trainer, and I now an Employment & Eligibility Manager for almost six years.
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Along the way, as a single mother, Belinda was able to return to school to earn her AA in Liberal Arts, and continued her education at Cal State East Bay with a Bachelor's in Human Development.
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From Belinda, “ None of my achievements would have been possible without a support system. I am at a place in my life where I can help others. Although my entire career has been as a public servant, I have decided that when I grow up I want to continue helping those in need, focusing on the homeless, and helping with a more "direct touch.”
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I am so happy Belinda will be on our panel speaking her truth. Ms. Belinda is my college buddy, we hustled to get our coursework completed for our degrees along with buddy Valerie Stewart, encouraging each other as we raised our children, worked our jobs and achieved our academic goals. Powerful, loving spirit. I’m glad you’ll get the chance to hear her truth. See you there.
#beaconoflight #abeaconoflight #thebeaconoflight #urbanuniversityoakland #20 #celebrationofmothers #mothersday #bayareamothers #sidewalktalk
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If you shop, donate or volunteer @urbanuniversityoakland, you are a part of this feeling of peace, for Lisa.

Thank You.
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We are excited to announce ~ Ms. Vanesse Johnson, will be our Panel Moderator for Beacon Of Light, uu’s 20th Anniversary and Celebration of Mothers. Vanesse is an award winning global speaker, leadership coach, brand strategist and the founder of the new global movement, No Permission Necessary (tm). A transformation visionary, Vanesse will guide the questions and answers posed to the panel of mothers in order to create a safe environment that informs and inspires us all to greater connection and action. Join us as on this beautiful day honoring uu’s 20 years and the beauty of mothers. #urbanuniversityoakland ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

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Join us @ the Sierra Club in beautiful downtown Oakland to celebrate 20 years of devoted service to low-income single mothers. Save the date. 🙏🏿 ... See MoreSee Less

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When you operate a house for single mothers.....I melted when she ran up and hugged me while on a walk with her mom this morning. She’s no longer homeless. Makes it all worthwhile, always grateful to Bob Lycette. If you shop, donate or support us, know that this happy face, is because of your love. We all did this. ... See MoreSee Less

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