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We are growing our team and calling out to those interested in working with us at Umami Mart. We're currently looking for a part-time shopkeeper. Read on for details.

Part-Time Shopkeeper


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.), one weekday, and during the holidays. This position starts as soon as the first week of August.


  • 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, 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 and won't scoff at breaking down boxes and taking out the recycling.

  • 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 (one of your available days must be Saturdays) and tell us why you want to work at Umami Mart. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

1 comment

  • I am a 19 year old Oakland local looking for a cool part time job. I will be enrolling in Apparel Arts Fashion School in September.

    Roen Adams on

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