FLAX art & design, the Bay Area’s oldest art supply business runs a terrific flagship store in a huge downtown Oakland shop. They run periodic workshops using all sorts of artistic materials. If you are creative or aspire to be artsy in any way, you just have to check it out!
As a twenty-something in San Francisco, I walked by the gloriously creative FLAX art & design on Market Street countless times. The exterior alone was inspiring with its bright colors and goofy artist mannequin figures popping out all over. Wandering the aisles of shelves caused me to buy oil paints, large canvas, pretty paper, and dozens of other supplies that evolved into weird projects and gifts for friends. As with my own migration, San Francisco’s loss is the East Bay’s gain.
Why should parents be excited about FLAX art & design in Oakland?
Parents will enjoy the immense kids section stuffed with perfect activities and birthday gifts with a kids’ table for engaging little people while you shop. You will also like the free parking.
There is a full schedule of workshops and events on their website from cartooning, calligraphy, and painting for adults to kids’ crafts and pumpkin painting for children.
Plan your visit to FLAX Oakland
- Location: 1501 Martin Luther King Jr Way (at 15th St, Downtown) Oakland CA, 94612
- Phone: 510-867-2324
- Hours: Mon – Sat, 10 am – 6:30 pm and Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm
[All photos: Heather Flett]