The trend of converting suburban yards into native gardens has been an ongoing tradition for ages. The idea is to move from a purely ornamental garden, which often includes exotic, harder-to-cultivate plants, to a more indigenous mindset; curating a garden that wants to grow.
I still remember the first time I opened a box from Oaktown Spice Shop. My best friends and I have a gift-giving ritual. The gifts are always thoughtful and often handmade (jars of toffee or pickled green tomatoes from someone’s overeager tomato plant) but when Oaktown opened in 2011, everything changed.
LAB 200 is a creative collaboration space for makers, artisans, entrepreneurs and those that support their growth. On the east side of the mezzanine (those windows you see upstairs from Castro Valley Boulevard!), LAB 200 members benefit from being part of a collective.