The Bay Street shopping center saw a few retailers open and close over the past few months. Among the three businesses that have changed hands, two of the new stores are local brands.
Bay Street’s management indicated this was part of a strategy in an evolving retail environment. “We’re working towards a good mix of local, regional and national brands at Bay Street,” said Madison Marquette senior general manager Nathaniel Centeno. “We believe the Timbuk2 and Oaklandish brands help bring a great mix of retail to our community.”
Bay Street also kicked off its spring/summer community event series that includes free Yoga by Athleta, Salsa Sunday and Peewee Playtime.
BOSK opened on May 12th replacing Aerosoles. BOSK’s original location is on 9th street in Old Oakland. They carry an assortment of “streetwear, workwear, and gameday apparel” including the popular Oaklandish brand. They also stock an assortment of smaller, independent brands including WRK, Huf, Zanerobe and many others.
Closed: L’Occitane, Opening: Timbuk2
French home and body care retailer L’Occitane closed back in May. Replacing them will be SF-based Timbuk2, who manufacture custom messenger bags and backpacks. The Bay Street location will be their eleventh retail location.
Danish jewelry manufacturer, Pandora, opened back in May. They replaced Fossil who announced store closures amid declining sales.