Local Businesses Win Indie Awards

By D. Jean Collins
Special to the Post

Valerie Cotton (left) of Your First Thought Gifts & Events and D. Jean Collins of Beadwork by Black Louts show off their crafts at the Third Annual Indie Awards  celebration, held at the Crucible in West Oakland.

Valerie Cotton (left) of Your First Thought Gifts & Events and D. Jean Collins of Beadwork by Black Louts show off their crafts at the Third Annual Indie Awards celebration, held at the Crucible in West Oakland.

Allen Michaan, owner of Oakland’s landmark Grand Lake Theatre, triumphantly waved his Indie Award at an annual celebration honoring achievements of the city’s independent small businesses, artists and craftspeople.
“When your government tries to prevent you from speaking the truth don’t back down,” said Michaan, whose award recognized him  “Pillar” of the community.
The event was OneCalifornia Foundation’s 3rd Annual Indie Awards, held last Friday evening at the Crucible, a fine arts and industrial training center in West Oakland. Hundreds of people turned out to honor award winners, listen to music, examine and sample the products of local restaurants, artists, craftspeople and merchants.
This year’s winners included Woody’s Drapery & Laundromat and Rough and Ready Repairs, both winning “Neighborhood Dynamo” awards; Awaken Café, the “Greenie” environmental hero award; Khalil Shaheed, the “Oakland Soul” award; Girl with a Truck, the “Innovator” award; Margo Weiss, the “Ripple” effect award; Hip Learning, the “Youth Empowerment” award; and Catered to You, the “Newbie” award.