Oakland’s Pop Up Hood: Crown Nine

Crown Nine Oakland

Crown Nine Oakland, tucked away in a brick alley.

Crown Nine’s Jewelry Selection

 

Crown Nine Oakland

Crown Nine Oakland

Crown Nine Oakland

Crown Nine Oakland

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Featured Art at Crown Nine: Angela Simione

Crown Nine Oakland

Angela Simione’s Skull Art

Crown Nine Oakland

Artist Angela Simione’s angst-ridden sweaters. She said it takes her about 4 days to finish a sweater if that’s all she has to do.

 

The lovely owner…

Crown Nine Oakland

Kate Ellen

Crown Nine Oakland

aromatic Paella at the store event

Crown Nine is Oakland-based jewelry designer, Kate Ellen’s flagship store.  I first stumbled upon her shop one with a friend after we picked up our girls’ afterschool nearby.  We strolled over to Old Oakland and checked out the Pop Up Hood.  It was a warm bright Friday afternoon and when we got to Crown Nine it was closed, but a couple minutes later Kate stylishly arrives from a beer run, lets us in and of course offers us two cold ones, now that’s a warm welcome!

 While browsing the shop, Kate entertained and put our first graders (at the time) to work,  and let them stamp the Crown Nine logo on their shopping bags, the girls loved being part of the action.  Stepping into Crown Nine is more like walking into a well curated museum for jewelry,  it’s visually pleasing to the eye.  It is a clean modern space with some edge to it sprinkled with a touch of rock and roll glam.  Along with housing her own jewelry line,  Kate Ellen Metals, Crown Nine carries well-crafted  jewelry with timeless appeal from talented local artisans.  There is also a cool men’s selection.

Another cool option is their bridal selection, something different from the typical traditional bridal jewelry everyone is so used to seeing. If you’re interested in learning the craft, they offer specialized workshops.  Crown Nine will definitely be a go to spot for us.

Fluently lived,

K.

 

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