Friday, June 27, 2008

Party with Pia the Chicken this Sunday in Oakland!

As we celebrate our five years of animal protection work, enjoy seasonal vegan appetizers, Sugar Beat Sweets, Lagunitas brews, straight-edge mojitos and much more!

You will have an opportunity to meet our guest of honor—Pia. Our friend, Pia is a young chicken recently rescued from certain-death in meat production.

From 3:30 to 5:00 PM, Micio Mambo, the premier vegan boutique, will be open for your shopping pleasure. All attendees are welcome to ten percent off Micio Mambo store times (excluding any sale items, skincare & cosmetics).

At 5:30 PM, join us for a champagne toast to the animals.

Throughout the party, we will host a silent auction. Check out the auction line-up:

· Zuzu Luxe Cosmetic Gift Basket

· Frey Vineyards Vegan Winetasting and Lunch with Wine Teaser

· A 75-minute Swedish and/or Deep tissue massage

· Autographed Book: Why Animals Matter

· Autographed Book: Striking at the Roots

· Bizarro and Other Strange Manifestations of the Art of Dan Piraro

· Farm Animal Art

· Pangea Printed sweatshirt and tote bag

· Guitar Lessons: Three Sessions

· Candle Illumination Gift Basket

· Vegan Home-Cooked "Dirty South" Dinner for Six People

$25 Donation Minimum

Can't attend, please consider making a donation online at

Friday, June 20, 2008

Shopping Right in Oakland: Micio Mambo

Later this month, Micio Mambo will host our five-year birthday bash. EBAA's Emily Ziebell recently chatted with Ursula Calderon, the owner of Oakland’s new vegan boutique:

What made you decide to open a vegan boutique?

I became a vegetarian in 1992 and made the transition to veganism almost four years ago. I had been looking to incorporate non-leather, cruelty-free products in my personal life, but was never very impressed with the way it was pulled together in a store and I was tired of buying online. My sister, Erika, and I were in New York about 3 years ago when I had an "ah-ha" moment. We were on the subway after a day of shopping for fashionable vegan accessories and I said to her, "I could do just as good of a job as the stores we visited today"! She looked at me and said "Why don't you?". I thought why not! I had been in retail for over 12 years and 10 years in design/advertising and knew that would give me a good foundation for success. Two years later, I quit my advertising job as an account executive and opened up Micio Mambo last November.

What kind of items do you carry?

I'm out to prove that you can be stylish and make good choices for the animals and the environment. I have everything from shoes, handbags and jewelry to skincare and cosmetics. I also just started carrying shoes, belts and wallets for guys. Everything is leather-free, cruelty-free and environmentally friendly.

What's behind the name, Micio Mambo?

Micio is pronounced "Mee-cho" and it means kitty in Italian. My sister Erika lived in Milan for awhile and we've been referring to our kitties as "micios" ever since then. When I was thinking about a name for the store I knew I wanted to use micio somehow. Mambo came about as a nod to my latin background (my father is from El Salvador). I thought Micio Mambo was unique and fun to say!

Location and contact information:

Micio Mambo
474 Santa Clara Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 836-4246
Store Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 AM - 5 PM; Sunday Noon - 5 PM.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Seal of Approval

EBAA is proud to be apart of the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence Program, which is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the US Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.