Did you hear we've moved? It's been nearly a month now that we've been open at our new home at 4027 Broadway. We're still in Oakland, still on Broadway – just two miles up from our old location downtown.
This is the rebirth of Umami Mart. When we opened in 2012 in Old Oakland, we had no idea whether or not our little dream of opening a Japanese kitchen and barware shop would make it in this town – let alone that we would be redesigning and rebuilding our business completely from scratch, seven years later.
Yoko and I put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into the old space and it was very sad for us to leave our neighborhood. We made many sweet, fond memories and friends in our years that were instrumental in building our business and community. We are so fortunate to have come so far and won't ever forget the sweet space from where we first sprouted.
With that, we have grown. We needed more space for our online business, and we've welcomed a new member of the Umami Mart family: our BAR. But more on that later.
Our new space is most certainly Umami Mart X. It feels fancy and fresh, with polished white floors and vast ceilings. It has taken us a while to get settled in, but we're almost there. We're surrounded by awesome other small businesses and bars and feel an immense energy from these new (to us) streets of Oakland. Luckily, many of our customers who have been visiting us in our new space tell us that they live closer to us in our new location – it's a relief that we are more centrally and conveniently located for ya'll.
Of course we worked with the same team as we did for our original location: Anders Arhoj from Denmark, and Joe + Devin from Manual Labor. We are beyond fortunate to work with such talented professionals, who also happen to be dear friends.
We are beyond grateful to have this opportunity to be in a new space, in a new part of town. Here are photos of the new space taken by Yoko. Please visit us soon!
Oakland, CA 94611