A Guide to 19th Street in Uptown Oakland with Elaine Hamblin of Kosa Arts

Oakland’s Uptown District has been getting a lot of attention recently, and for good reason – it’s one of the coolest and most exciting areas of the city.

In 2015 Elaine Hamblin opened Kosa Arts, her own brick and mortar shop on 19th Street in a beautiful 1920’s building that doubles as her design studio/workshop. Here she takes us on a tour of some of the gems along her street.


Elaine’s boutique that showcases a curated selection of highly crafted home wares and apparel (many from Bay Area Made members) including her KOSA line. On the mezzanine is her design studio/workshop, where she creates her line of small-batch, minimal silhouette apparel for men and women.

386 19th Street


Traditional Spanish and contemporary influenced food and drink. I love the fresh quality with a twist. Great space with rich ambiance, within eye shot of The Fox Theater. Owner Paul Duende is a lovely supporter of the Oakland arts and community scene.

468 19th Street

Modern Coffee

A Modern Euro vibe with great coffee, including their own roasts as well as other artisanal coffee brands. They also sell local baked goods and host tastings. (photo © Misha Burke 2015)

381 19th Street


Our next door neighbors, and the best chill bar ever!!! A moody vintage-industrial space (layers of wallpaper, old wood floors, globe lighting) with a relaxed vibe and a nice selection of cocktails, beer and wine – and the occasional food pop-up inside.

382 19th Street


I like to walk our customers over to see the spacious, airy and lightly rustic interior. Once they see the interior, they always come back to the area to go there. Ever changing menu, including small dishes, pizza, entrees and desserts. I love the vegetables from the wood-burning oven, the house bread is not to be missed. Nice selection of cocktails, wines and beers. The staff is warm and floats around (not bustling in your way) with easy, pleasant service. Spend time with the bartenders.

357 19th Street

Bar 355

Next door to Parlour, and owned by the same folks. I love the “Hollywood Regency” decor – cozy and dark with pineapple glass swag lighting!!! A great neighborhood destination with lovely cocktails.

355 19th Street


Vintage clothing, bric-a-brac and vinyl – specializing in Jazz, Soul, Blues and Gospel. Owners Tracy Parker and Fernando Carpenter are big supporters of the local art and music community, and are excellent DJ’s to boot.

331 19th Street

Field Day & Friends

Field Day & Friends owner Trinity Cross designs a line of timeless, locally crafted apparel using consciously sourced fabrics, and her shop carries multitudes of natural body care products, essential oils, jewelry, leatherwork and more. It’s a wonderful world there.

329 19th Street

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