First Friday Art Walk


Fri February 22, 2013
Cops & Courts

East Bay Express: The fate of alcohol at First Fridays

The City of Oakland plans to clamp down on drinking at the popular monthly street festival, but it promises to be an uphill battle.
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A few months ago, Kim Nguyen realized she had a problem on her hands — except maybe it wasn't a problem, or at least it was the kind of problem every business owner dreams of having: Saigon Market, the narrow, cluttered convenience store that she runs along with her husband just north of the corner of Telegraph Avenue and 23rd Street, was absolutely overrun with customers. Or rather, it was overrun exactly one night a month: the first Friday, when the art walk and street fair of the same name descends on Uptown Oakland, its center right in front of her little store.

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