Oakland Biz: RAWR Coffee Bar, JingleTown Recording, Bay Area Bikes, More

Photo: Cat Town/Facebook
By Susan Xu - Published on April 27, 2017.

It's been a few weeks since we last checked in on Oakland's business openings and closures. Today, another roundup of the latest activity taking place around The Town, from a new cat-themed coffee shop to a bike shop that has spun down.

Photo: Jetta Rae/Hoodline

New Businesses

Mischief (3908 Macarthur Blvd.)

As we reported last week, owners Julien and Laura Shield just debuted their new Laurel District gift shop, Mischief, on April 15. The 1200-square-foot store sells jewelry, paper goods, art, vintage signs, pillows, tote bags and block print T-shirts, among other "vintage-inspired" and modern items. 

Mischief will also be used as a community space for workshops, classes, screenings and monthly pop-ups.

RAWR Coffee Bar (2869 Broadway)

Oakland-based cat food company RAWR has partnered with Cat Town nonprofit rescue and adoption center to open the RAWR Coffee Bar at Cat Town. Launched in mid-March, the space serves an assortment of baked goods (for humans), Highwire coffee, espresso drinks and cat treats.

Photo: JingleTown Recording

Recently Shuttered Businesses

JingleTown Recording (829 27th Ave.)

In a notice posted on their website, partners Lee Bothwick, Chris Dugan and Mari Tanaka announced the closure of JingleTown Recording studio, thanking "the artists, musicians, engineers, producers and other music makers who have occupied our studios and helped to create the incredibly fun and creative environment that had inhabited our walls."

Established in 2012, the studio was comprised of three large recording bays and an office complex. Past clients have included Green Day, Smash Mouth and Machine Head, among others.

Photo: Bay Area Bikes/Yelp

Bay Area Bikes (2400 Broadway)

Full-service bike shop Bay Area Bikes has permanently closed. Located in Uptown, it offered bike gear, rentals, accessories, apparel and repair services.

"It is with heavy hearts that we conclude our chapter of serving the community for 9 years," stated a Facebook post. "It has been a fantastic ride; we can't thank you enough for all the support you have shown."

Other closures & openings:

High Expectations Barber Salon (2010 Park Blvd.) and RadioShack (4230 Park Blvd.) on Park Boulevard have shuttered, and a new Metropcs (7324 International Blvd.) opened two months ago.

See something interesting while you’re out and about? Text Hoodline and we’ll see what we can find: 510-757-9959.

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