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Oakland Store

Our doors in Oakland are OPEN!

The FLAX Market Street store has relocated to downtown Oakland. 


FLAX is excited to be in Oakland and become integrated into the East Bay arts community. We're centrally located downtown just one block from the Elihu M. Harris State Office Building. Our 14,500 sq ft space is brimming with supplies to bring your creativity to life.

We were honored to have Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf attend our Grand Opening, where she said "FLAX is really meant for Oakland … this is a family-owned business … so it’s perfect to place this in a city with so much artistic energy and legacy — so close to public transportation and in the center of the Bay Area, where all artistic souls can get here conveniently.” (from this KQED article)

Art Supplies · Paper · Albums & Journals · Stationery · Picture Frames · Fine Pens · Kids Stuff   (see our brands)






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Annual Store Events

Kid's Fest - Saturday July 30th from 11am - 2pm


Please join us for our eagerly anticipated always celebrated annual Kidsfest, a fascinating day of discovery, imagination and learning for children and their parents. Learn more...

Pen Faire - (Next one coming in November)

This one-of-a-kind event is the best way to sample a variety of pens and find the one that is just right for you, and at a special price. Treat yourself and others to a great gift. Whether you are an enthusiast or a novice you will be sure to find the right pen at the right price. Learn more...

Flax Store Exhibit - Self As Super Hero


What's THAT soaring in the rafters of our Oakland store? Real life superheros! These inspiring portraits are on exhibit now at FLAX from Attitudinal Healing Connection's award winning art and literacy program, ArtEsteem.

Through the program, students re imagined themselves as superheroes solving problems in their own lives and neighborhoods based on real and imaginary heroes.

The artwork and their unique stories are on display at the store. Some of the artwork is for sale and 50% of the proceeds goes to the student and the other 50% goes to the future of the ArtEsteem program. Come shop the store... and be sure to 'look up!

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Store Services


Be a Live Artist

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Learn about the in-store services we offer including Display Easel Rental, Envelopments Custom Stationary, Pina Zangaro Custom Albums, and Cannizzaro Custom Wax Seals and Embossers.    Learn More>>



FLAX has an established in-store Live Artist program to support local artists. If you are an art student to an accomplished professional, with an interest in sharing your talents, we welcome you! Learn More>>

Grand Opening Celebrations!

Our Grand Opening was a huge success!

Thank you to all who joined us for a day of live music, food, arts & crafts and community building!

Special thanks the community members who made us feel so welcome including Oakland's Private Industry Council,New Beginning International Ministry, Adnawal Foundation, and Love 113 Inc. food donators supplying their famous free bag lunches to the children in the neighborhood.


ogojacquard.jpgogokids02.jpgAnd thank you to all the participating vendors: 

Stabilo & Coloring Books   Lascaux
Jacquard Screenprinting   Fabriano
Liquitex Artist Acrylics   Strathmore
Cavallini   Art Alternatives
Sennelier   Sakura
Montana Paint Pens   Tombow
Escoda Brushes   Faber Castell
Golden Artist Acrylics   C&T Publishing
Princeton Brushes   Pentel Inking Center


Special thanks also to the Michael Shiono Trio.



Flames & Sparks to kick off Ribbon Cutting Event!

The official Ribbon Cutting event for our new store in Oakland kicked off Thursday amidst flames and sparks! Mayor Schaff arrived in a flame throwing Snail Car to torch a titanium rod marking the opening of our new flagship store. Live artists and members from the community joined to celebrate this memorable event in true Oaklandish fashion.

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As one chapter in our 78 year history ends, a new one begins. This move is actually a return to Oakland for FLAX, where we once operated an art supply store in the 1950's alongside our first San Francisco Store which opened its doors in 1938.

Our new 14,500 square foot space in Oakland is located at 1501 Martin Luther King Jr Way at 15th, 2 blocks from City Hall. Built in 1922, the building retains many of its original art-deco architectural features. Previously used as an an automotive repair shop and indoor soccer facility, the space is fully stocked with the familiar and extensive range of products previously carried at our Market Street store location.

To learn more about our move click here... 

We are in Downtown Oakland, just a 5 minute walk from BART, either the 12th or 19th street stations, and a few blocks off the freeway with plenty of free parking in our back parking lot off 15th. 

Address1501 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: 510-867-2324

Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9:30am - 6pm, Sunday: 10am - 5pm


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