We operate urban furniture & boutique, a mission driven re-sale enterprise in the heart of Oakland’s Grand/Lakeshore Business District. Our enterprise is the home to Single Moms at Work, transitional employment and education to single moms living in poverty. Through on-the-job training, we provide skills and resources, mothers need to transform their lives.
We initially launched urban furniture in 2009. From 2009-2016, we operated two enterprises, urban furniture and urban boutique. Over 7 years, we grew our stores and provided transitional employment to 25 single parents. However, in the fall of 2016, we experienced the changing face of retail and decided to downsize into our smaller store in order to create a new path to sustainability, which includes clarity of vision, staffing our enterprise, expanding our nonprofit team and business growth.
We are concentrating on volunteer recruitment, updating our training model for the moms and expanding our fundraising strategy beyond the revenue of the store. While we are fortunate to be in one of America’s greatest socially responsible communities, we clearly understand that the one of the most significant factors that will contribute to our continued success will be to build our staff, grow the enterprise and collaborate with employers to create a long-term employment pathway for our program participants.
Local residents love our store. We offer awesome treasures you find in re-sale stores like quality furniture, housewares, clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women. Our stores offer an inspiring place to shop because we combine profit with purpose. The better we do, the more parents we can hire. That motivates us all.
urban furniture & boutique
3237 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA, 94610
p: (510) 835-3165
Wed – Sat 11:00am-6:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 5:00pm