Oakland Store

We are OPEN!

If you are unvaccinated it is required that you wear a mask in all indoor settings. In addition, and in solidarity with our front line employees (who are all vaccinated), we ask that everyone continue to wear a mask when visiting our stores. There remains much uncertainty as we transition out of this pandemic. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding, and we look forward to serving you.

FLAX is the East Bay's only independent art store.

Family owned and operated for 82 years, the Flaxes are committed to the local community.

Flax Oakland Store

Thousand of items to stimulate your creativity! (see our brands)

Buy a FLAX Gift Card

Workshops and Events

Getting Here

We are in Downtown Oakland, one block west of the Elihu Harris State Building at MLK and 15th.

Address: 1501 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510-867-2324
Public Transit:
We are a 5 minute walk from BART, either the 12th or 19th street stations.
Free ParkingDriving: Super easy access just off hwy 980, we have free parking in our back parking lot off 15th.


Monday - Saturday, 10:00am - 6:30pm
Sunday, 10:00am - 6:00pm

Come see our murals!

Annual Store Events


Pen Faire - (November, 2021)

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.
Click here for more info!

Next Kid's Fest - (July, 2022)

Our eagerly anticipated always celebrated annual Kidsfest is a fascinating day of discovery, imagination and learning for children and their parents.
Learn more

Best of Oakland, 2017 Best of East Bay, 2017