Oakland Promotional Products
Oakland Promotional Products can be found at shops, museums, and restaurants throughout the greater Oakland/East Bay area which is in the county seat of Alameda County. Oakland is located directly across from San Francisco and shares the San Francisco Bay as a major port that stretches out to neighboring Santa Clara County, Contra Costa County and San Joaquin County. There are many different neighborhoods in Oakland: from Downtown Oakland, Chinatown and the Jack London District to Alameda, Emeryville, Piedmont and San Leandro. Oakland is also home to several major corporations including Clorox, Kaiser Permanente and Cost Plus World Market.
Oakland at Local Attractions
In addition to being an ideal location for major businesses, Oakland also has many local attractions that bring in visitors and tourists throughout the year. Right in Downtown Oakland is Lake Merritt that has walking and jogging paths around its perimeter as well as beautiful views of the city's skyline. To the west of Lake Merritt is Chinatown which has lots of authentic restaurants, cultural centers and shops that sell everything from t-shirts and hats to mugs and key chains. Jack London Square is another hot spot for tourists right in Downtown Oakland across the Oakland Estuary from Alameda. The Jack London District is home to many restaurants, bars and shops, most famously the historic Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon which has been around since 1883. If weather permits, Jack London Square is a great place to walk the waterfront and shop for souvenires.
Oakland for Area Sports Fans
Oakland is home to three professional sports teams, the Oakland Raiders (football), Oakland Athletics (baseball) and the Golden State Warriors (basketball). The Oakland Raiders and Oakland Athletics play at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, which can house up to 63,026 spectators for football games. With its large capacity, sports fans from all over the East Bay from Piedmont to San Leandro come to support their team wearing sports apparel from jerseys and hats to foam fingers and Mardi gras beads. For those fans that may of have forgot their team colors at home there are many shops and kiosks inside that sell a variety of sports gear.
Celebrate Oakland with a Mai Tai
Many people may not know that the Mai Tai cocktail was invented in Oakland, California back in 1944. The name Mai Tai came from the Tahitian word for "good" and is made from rum, Curacao liqueur and lime juice. This Tiki-themed cocktail became world famous at Trader Vic's Polynesian restaurant that first opened its doors in Oakland. In 1972 the original Oakland restaurant was closed and re-opened in nearby Emeryville. The Trader Vic's restaurant chain has expanded throughout the United States and into Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Tourists and Mai Tai fans alike, still come to Trader Vic's flagship restaurants to try their legendary drinks and food as well as to purchase items such as Trader Vic's t-shirts, hats and commemorative glasses.