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OAW Businesses

Let a thousand businesses bloom!

In 2015, we launched our first business, West Oakland Farms, at 7th & Campbell in West Oakland. In September 2021, we launched our food truck business, Soul on a Roll. Upon completion of the 7th & Campbell development, the commercial spaces on the ground floor will house our four new OAW businesses, including the neighborhood market, the restaurant, the fitness center, the tech center, and our new installation of West Oakland Farms. Once OAW businesses are profitable, they will become independent and cooperatively owned.

The 7th & Campbell businesses

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The Technology Business Center

Brothers Michael and Reuben Buckley, raised on the streets of West Oakland, who were incarcerated, and now are both tech developers heading up OAW’s Tech Business Center.  Our OAW Tech Business Center will be an incubation hub for innovative technological products and services, including 3-D printer products and app design. 

Michael and Reuben Buckley
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The Restaurant

The restaurant A Taste of Power, being organized by Maury McFadden and Tashara Newton,  will resurrect the spirit and vitality of 7th Street back in the day, before racist gentrification destroyed it, when it was known all over the country as “Harlem West”. It will make West Oakland a destination for great food and live entertainment.

Maury McFadden
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The Neighborhood Market

Michael Lewis, Incarcerated at 13 years old, in Atlanta Georgia for Murder he did not commit, was sentenced to life but finally released at 40 years old after 27 years. Michael Lewis will be heading and organizing the Neighborhood Market. Seventh and Campbell is a food desert. The OAW neighborhood market will bring high quality, affordable, fresh, food, produce and household products to the West Oakland community and will be accepting food stamps.

Michael Lewis
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The Fitness Center

Joli Zahra Drevitch is a formerly incarcerated fitness trainer who is organizing our Body & Soul Fitness Center. The fitness center will be equipped with the finest workout equipment for members and residents. Fitness center classes will include yoga, boxing, cardio, strength training and health and wellness programs.

Joli Zahra Drevitch
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West Oakland Farms

Kelly Carlisle is leading the development of the West Oakland Farms, launched in 2015 as OAW's first business. West Oakland Farms was operated by a group of formerly incarcerated people. Crops on the farm were produced through sustainable organic growing methods and were sold to local grocers and restaurants. West Oakland Farms has been dismantled and will be incorporated into The Black Panther building and is organized by both Kelly Carlisle and Tashianna Brown.

Kelly Carlisle and Tashianna Brown
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OAW Food Truck

In September 2021, OAW launched Soul on a Roll, a food truck business cooperatively owned by formerly incarcerated people. The Oakland A's made a significant contribution to the launch of Soul on a Roll. Look for our truck on the streets of Oakland.

Oakland and The World
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