I personally could not be more excited about today’s release of This Is Oakland. This stunning new guide book, written by dear friend and publicist Melissa Davis and photographed by Kristen Loken, pays tribute to the city I now call home. With profiles of Oakland’s best cafes, top restaurants, unique boutiques and one of a kind speciality stores, it’s easy to understand why this vibrant, culture rich city was recently named the #5 city to visit in the world by The New York Times. Below is just a highlight of some of my favorite local haunts which include Escqelito, Mind’s Eye Vintage, Atomic Garden and Maison d’Etre. Whether you’re a resident, just passing through, or know someone who is relocating, This Is Oakland will undoubtedly inspire. Oh, and come knock on my door!

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(This Is Oakland available for purchase here)