Father's Day is June 16

Attention Umami Mart friends! We are growing our team and are calling out to those who would be interested in working with us. This is your dream job, right? To work alongside Yoko, Chris, Sarah, and yours truly, at Umami Mart, a wonderland of bar tools, kitchen gadgets, glassware, salty snacks, Japanese beer and sake -- yes, you have been yearning for this day for a long time now. I know how you feel.

Yoko and I opened our shop in Old Oakland in 2012 -- this is a dynamic neighborhood and our community means everything to us. Most importantly, we are having a blast. Come join the fun!


Umami Mart, a retail store specializing in kitchen- and barware from Japan, as well as a bottle shop dedicated to sake and Japanese beer, seeks a friendly, responsible, and take-charge Shopkeeper. This position is part-time at our shop in Old Oakland at 815 Broadway. Applicants must be able to work Saturdays (10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.) and Fridays (11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.) and/or Sundays (10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.), as well as during the holidays.

Responsibilities include:

  • Welcoming customers and staying attentive to their needs and requests. Suggesting products to customers. Taking special orders and requests when possible.

  • Opening and closing the shop, helping customers, creating gift sets as requested, charging customers, accepting exchanges and returns.

  • Maintaining customer relationships to grow the Umami Mart community.

  • Tallying cash drawer at the beginning and end of the day; matching against the day’s sales.

  • Maintaining cleanliness throughout the shop, including spot-cleaning/mopping, dusting products, straightening items on tables and shelves, re-stocking items on the floor.

  • Making sure all items are priced, making labels.

  • Packing online orders.

  • Ordering stock and supplies for the shop.

  • Unpacking deliveries, receiving items, stocking items accordingly.

  • Accepting mail and placing in appropriate files folders.

  • Referring customers to the blog when applicable.


  • Is friendly, outgoing, has a positive attitude, and a good sense of humor. Has great customer service skills and gets along with co-workers and managers.

  • Is punctual, responsible, and reliable.

  • Enjoys being part of a small, but growing team.

  • Has a genuine interest in Umami Mart, including the products and services we offer, our events, and our overall brand.

  • Has the ability to lift a maximum of 50 lbs.

  • A passion for food, Japanese drink culture, and design is not required, but is a definite plus.

  • Can work on weekends and holidays, but ideally, has a flexible schedule to cover shifts.

Pay is $14/hr. A 90-day probationary period will apply. Please send your cover letter and resume to shop@umamimart.com. Please specify the days you are available (Fri.-Sun.) and tell us why you want to work at Umami Mart. Feel free to contact us with any questions.



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