A regular stopped in one evening a while back, inquiring if his partner was here at the shop. Peeking around quickly and then noting the restroom was vacant, I told him I hadn't seen him yet. He explained that he was locked out of the apartment and was hoping his partner would stop here on his way home from BART. A couple weeks after that, a regular named Kim stopped in- she had the same inquiry, and I mostly the same answer. She had lost her phone and had no way of connecting with her husband. But it was simply understood, as she made her way to the bar for a glass of rosé, that he'd find her here, eventually.
It took me a few moments in both cases to realize what was was going on. But something resembling pride swelled when it clicked. Their understanding was this: If lost, or if all else failed... meet here. At OAKLAND YARD. This shop was their safe place. Their rendezvous point. Their fountain at 2 o' clock, their statue in an hour, their top of the empire state building. The simplicity if it really moved me and still does.
Funny enough, just this past weekend a dog was here making friends, and we had assumed it belonged to one of the guests here. At some point we discovered the dog had no owner present and so we called the number on the tag. Turned out it had gotten out of the house and made its way down 40th and, having recalled the good vibes here, just walked right into the shop with some evening customers.
Even dogs know this to be a happy haven. A warm and welcoming space. And It will continue to be in 2019 and beyond. The years change, but some things are fixed. This will always be your shop. A place to meet, to connect. And to reconnect again and again.
We are so honored to be your emergency contact. Here's to the warmth and holiday spirit never ending. And to a year of joy and wonder ahead..
An ALL SPARKLING weekend ahead...
Sparkling Flights to sample and savor, SATURDAY & SUNDAY! Saturday (12/29) we'll be popping corks and pouring dry, delightful bubbly from around the globe: Champagne, organic Prosecco, and a dynamic domestic sparkler from Anderson Valley. On Sunday (12/30) we'll be showcasing a stellar selection of Spanish sparklers. Flights $15 from 2-6 both days and wines by the glass until close (9pm SAT and 8pm SUN).
And first... TONIGHT (12/27): Thursday Night Flights! A crazy delicious lineup of 6 wines from Spain. Both Red & White Flights, just $12 from 4-8pm and wines by the glass as always.
Please note SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS:
OAKLAND YARD will be OPEN MONDAY (NYE) from 2-8 pm for all your party provisions and festive fixes! Bar will be open with drink specials too!...
We will be closed January 1st and 2nd and then OPEN again and back to regular hours and fun on Thursday, January 3rd.
Happy New Year, friends. Happy every darn day to you all.