We're husband and wife designers who once had a dream of opening up a little store together. We'd design cool stuff, we'd meet lots of interesting people in the neighborhood, we'd show local artists' work and have parties at our store, we'd put a sign in the window sometimes saying 'closed early' just because we could, we'd pick up the kids right when school got out. That's SOBU!
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Our mission with SOBU is really the same which we live by and which guides us as parents: to be authentic, respectful, generous, joyful and creative.
Alessandro and I also strongly believe that we do not exist in a self-serving bubble. We believe that the more we connect with members of our community, with fellow artists and our neighbors, then we can all mutually benefit and can thrive. You will always find art and creations by local artists at our Oakland shop. Artists do not have a lot of outlets for exposure and appreciation and we are an alternative to the exclusive gallery world.