Kara’s Cupcakes, Levi’s Store Grand Openings at Bay Street

Published On August 31, 2016 | By Bobby Lee | In the Neighborhood, Local Businesses

Kara’s Cupcakes

Kara’s Cupcakes held its grand opening over the Weekend taking over the former Teacake Bakery spot. Kara herself was on site and could be seen busily directing her new staff with her daughter in tow. A former advertising sales executive turned executive pastry chef, Kara Haspel Lind founded the first Kara’s cupcakes in SF’s Marina District. Ten years later, she now has a total of ten stores that range as far as Monterey. Kara started out with her signature cupcakes, but has branched out to cookies, decorative cakes, caramel corn and continues to innovate with new treats including ice cream.

Kara was optimistic of the demand for her product and the success of her latest endeavor “Emeryville was a logical next step for us. This is a great opportunity to still be close to where it all started. We can actually see where it all started right from there” pointing to the elevated Bay Street promenade. “Emeryville is a new area where we can continue to captivate people’s sweet senses and inspire celebratory moments!”.


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Levi’s Store

Levi’s opened their doors to Bay Street shoppers this past Saturday, taking over the space that Coach and Arts Africains previously occupied (Arts Africains moved across the street). Opening day celebrations included a food truck, beer and wine, and a sale.

The store features a selection of Levi’s signature denim jeans and other clothing for men and women. The Emeryville location is also only one of only four Levi’s owned retail locations in the U.S. that offers special embroidery.

This is Levi’s fifth full-service store in the Bay Area and the only company-owned location in the east bay. The San Francisco-based company also operates five Levi’s outlet stores in the area as well.

Bay Street’s Store Directory →


In addition, Bay Street hosts a variety of weekly events:

Workday Unwind Yoga at Athleta on Wednesday from 7-8 pm:

unnamed (1)Join Nicolette Tura for a Mindful Movement Yoga class. This gentle yoga flow with focus on releasing office posturing tension and stress along with Yoga Tune Up Ball Release (shoulders, hips, and back oh my!) If you have been sitting at your desk all day, this is the perfect way to relax and have a peaceful night’s sleep. The class is free and open to all. Bring a mat and bottled water.


Catch the Fever on Thursday from 7-9 pm:

unnamed (2)Bay Street sizzles on Thursday nights with Latin dance! Each week our instructor Hebert Aguilar teaches a unique Latin dance style and then hosts a dance party where everyone can practice their moves and have a great time.This week is Cha-Cha! Whether you are new to Latin dance or a seasoned dancer, this event is for everyone. Most dance classes will cost you at least $15 per class, but this one is FREE! Take advantage and head on over for a fun way to spice up your week.


Farmer’s Market on Saturday from 3-7 pm:

Enjoy the final days of summer by strolling the Farmer’s Market and enjoying the sights and smells of farm-fresh produce and other gourmet treats. Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift? Nneka’s marketplace hosts local artisans where you will find unique arts and crafts. Enjoy some live music while you shop!


Boot Camp on Sunday from 10-11 am:

unnamed (3)Do you want to work out more and get in great shape without having to go to the gym? Well, the professional trainers at Athleta have you covered!Sunday morning is a FREE boot camp class that will get your blood pumping and work your entire body. You will leave feeling righteous and victorious! Everyone is welcome- just bring water and a towel.


Bay Street’s Event Calendar →


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About The Author

is a Bay Area native who’s lived in the Christie Core Neighborhood since 2010, Bobby enjoys exploring the far corners of our region, trying the newest restaurants in the area, or relaxing to 80's era television sitcoms and game shows. For the past six years, he's hosted a web video series called 2 Minute Finance teaching basic money management and consumer education.

2 Responses to Kara’s Cupcakes, Levi’s Store Grand Openings at Bay Street

  1. Anonymous says:

    What are these employers thinking? Don’t they know about our minimum wage? No business can afford to sell cakes to wealthy people AND afford to pay their indentured servants! 🙂

    • Anonymous says:

      You nailed it. Businesses in Emeryville can’t sell to normal people any more. And they can’t hire low skill workers.

      The name of the game: provide whatever Tech Workers want, charge as much as possible for it, and eliminate as many workers as you can.

      Welcome to Gentryville!

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