This is Oakland: A Guide to the City's Most Interesting Places is a photo-driven travel/guide book that informs, entertains, and inspires. The book profiles 90 of the most interesting places to visit in Oakland- from cafes to boutiques- and the innovators who own them.

This book is of course for anyone who lives in or is visiting Oakland or the San Francisco Bay Area and wants to know where to go for food, drink, shopping or just plain fun. Perhaps more importantly, though, this book is for anyone, across the country, who is inspired by creative thought and the pioneering spirit. Oakland's restaurants are trend-setting, and its shops are getting national attention. People who want to know what's next are looking to Oakland. We're offering them a glimpse inside.

This is Oakland: A Guide to the City's Most Interesting Places

Retail price $34.99; Release date June 2014;  10 x 8 in; 200 pp; limpbound cover

This is Oakland has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Sunset, Design Sponge, Conde Nast Traveler, C Magazine, Lonny, Anthology, Refinery29, Honestly WTF, Rue, PopSugar, PureWow, City Sage, SFGirlbyBay, 7x7, and on KTVU Fox 2. For a full list of coverage, please see our press page.

This is Oakland won a 2015 Ippy Award (bronze medal) for Best Non-Fiction Book in the West/Pacific category.


Melissa Davis

Melissa Davis lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and son, and runs the Oakland-based public relations agency Ruby Press. Before moving west and breaking into PR, she was a fashion editor for 8 years in New York City, working at Harper's Bazaar and Mademoiselle magazines.  Melissa continued to work in magazines when she arrived in San Francisco, as both a fashion editor at San Francisco city magazine, 7x7, and as the Northern California editor for Lucky magazine.  She launched Ruby Press in 2001, and moved to Oakland in 2003.  Melissa has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Martha Stewart Weddings, Marie Claire, Lonny, The San Francisco Chronicle, PopSugar, and Refinery29, and her PR advice has been featured in Chronicle Books' Craft Inc. and Ready to Launch: The PR Couture Guide to Breaking into Fashion PR. In This Is Oakland, she combines her love of Oakland with her passion for good design and great stories. 


Kristen Loken

Kristen is a Bay Area native, living and working in Oakland.  Her commercial photography business grew out of a love of visual storytelling after receiving an interdisciplinary degree at UC Berkeley.  Since starting her business in Oakland in 1997, Kristen’s photography has helped a wide variety of commercial and editorial clients tell their stories through vivid, stylized and light filled images. 

Her work has been featured in numerous print and online news sites and blogs including California Brides,  Gourmet, Martha Stewart Weddings, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, Saveur, Sunset Magazine, Time, The Wall Street Journal, the Glitter Guide, Casa Sugar, Honestly WTF, Style Me Pretty, Snippet & Ink, San Francisco Classical Voice ( &  

Kristen’s commercial clients include: Chandon, Chewing the Cud, La Condesa Restaurant, The Culinary Institute of America, Darms Lane Winery, Newton Vineyards , Parallel 37 at the RItz Carlton San Francisco, The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Sonoma State University, & Whole Foods Market.