"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.”
~ Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, at our Grand Opening on April 2, 2016. (from this KQED article)
Art Supplies · Paper · Albums & Journals · Stationery · Picture Frames · Fine Pens · Kids Stuff (see our brands)
Come see our murals by Heather Day, Nychos and Natty Rebel! (click photos above for more info)
We are in Downtown Oakland, one block west of the Emilu Harris State Building at MLK and 15th.
Public Transit: We are a 5 minute walk from BART, either the 12th or 19th street stations.
Driving: Super easy access just off hwy 980, we have free parking in our back parking lot off 15th. See map at right.
Address: 1501 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94612
Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 6:30pm, Sunday: 10am - 6pm
Annual Store Events
Pen Faire - (Next one coming in May of 2017)
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. Stay tuned for more info on our next Pen Faire & Sale coming to the FLAX Oakland store in May of 2017!
Next Kid's Fest - (Next one coming July 30th 2017)
Our eagerly anticipated always celebrated annual Kidsfest is a fascinating day of discovery, imagination and learning for children and their parents. Learn more...
Be a Live Artist
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.
And thank you to all the participating vendors:
|Stabilo & Coloring Books||Lascaux|
|Liquitex Artist Acrylics||Strathmore|
|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.
Click here to learn more!
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...