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Umami Mart Now Hiring!

We're slowly growing our team. It's an exciting time for us here at Umami Mart! We're looking for someone bright and attentive to work with us at our Oakland headquarters. Please read the job description below and drop us a line if...

Hello 2014!

After a seriously insane final few weeks of 2013, I'm SO ready to dive into the new year. Literally. Yoko and I, our partners, along with Atelier Dion, and my brother, are off to Hawaii for five days of sun, sleep and...

One Year of Umami Mart Oakland

Our first year as Umami Mart in 3D has zipped by. We opened our doors at 815 Broadway on August 3, 2012, and what a year it's been! It seems like only yesterday that Yoko and I were having one of our weekly meetings at...

Umami Mart Closed This Sunday

Guess what, we're re-doing our floors!!! This is SO exciting for us -- as many of you know, our floors are white. While beautiful, we've come to a point where they must be replaced. We'll be getting down on our hands and...

U + MAMI: Gift Sets for Mother's Day

Yo Martians! Mother's Day is NEXT SUNDAY MAY 12!!! Have you thought about what you're gonna do yet? Maybe take Mom out for a nice brunch? You can also get her something fun and original for her kitchen and home from Umami Mart! We've put...

Umami Mart Seeks Intern!

It's been over six months now since Yoko and I started our shop in Oakland, and we'd love a motivated team member to join us! We're ready for a star intern to help us grow and be a part of the...

Happy Holidays at Umami Mart

The holidays are just around the corner, can you believe it??? I absolutely can not. It's been a crazy year for us at Umami Mart, and it's only about to get busier. I can't even believe it's Thanksgiving tomorrow, I have...

Coffee + Tea Month @ Umami Mart

Happy October! The air is a bit crisper, the leaves, brighter. What better way to get ready for the colder months than to cozy up with coffee and tea? We'll be celebrating the mighty bean and tea leaf all month, with...

UMAMI MART OPEN

Photos by Erin Gleeson We did it! With the loving support from our friends, family, and community, Yoko and I have opened Umami Mart, a retail shop in Oakland, CA, specializing in kitchen + barware from Japan. The idea for starting a brick-and-mortar shop really...

This Friday: UMAMI MART OPENING PARTY!

ARE YOU READY FOR THIS??? Umami Mart's big grand opening is tomorrow night! The doors will officially open at 6pm sharp, and we'll be having a special kagamiwari ceremony at 6:30pm, which is a tradition of breaking open a cask of sake. It symbolizes the...

Umami Mart Grand Opening August 3 (OAK)

Hello! Sorry I haven't been blogging much, but I wanted to update you on how the shop is coming along. Our big opening day will be next Friday 8/3! Waaaaa! We're slaving away here every day and have put everyone we know to work. Ha!...

Big News! Umami Mart Lands in Oakland

I am ecstatic to announce that Yoko and I will be opening a real-deal brick and mortar store in Oakland, California!!! This all happened very quickly for us and these last few weeks have been filled with meetings, many trips to...