Sale books and cupcakes and raffles!

If you didn’t make it out to the Issues Anniversary party last weekend, allow us to recap for you what you missed:
There were out-of-control stacks of sale books lining the sidewalk, giant piles of t-shirts for only $10 (Joy Division? Check. The Smiths? Check. The Issues store logo? Double check.), free food provided by Casa Latina, free palm reading, free beer(!), a giant raffle with prizes from more than 20 local small businesses, and, of course, a table full of Fat Bottom baked goods.
It sounds like almost too much, right? Like you can’t even imagine how awesome it was? Or maybe you just need photographic evidence to believe this shit really happened. Well, we’ve got that for you too.

Allow us to start with our own goods:
We’ve got mint chocolate and vanilla strawberry cupcakes…
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And chocolate chip and maple-walnut cookies.
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Debbie and Tiffany demonstrate the proper way to be stoked about baked goods.
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Indigo is unsure…
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…But comes around after a bite or two (we knew he would!)
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Fan, helper, and sometimes-photographer of Fat Bottom Bakery, Jose, fell in love with a puppy.
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Meanwhile, inside the store, Issues owners and friends work diligently to keep their valued customers happy.
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While outside, we prepared our raffle prize to go to its lucky recipient– we told you we had a prize in the raffle, right?
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Carolynn even made a fancy box for it.
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Raffle time came around at 4pm, and store-owner and generally-awesome-lady Noella got the crowd pumped up…
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Seriously, the crowd was like 20 times that big. It was massive. Like, too-big-to-all-fit-in-one-photo-style.

We couldn’t have had a better time!
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I’m telling you, that’s genuine delight on our faces.

All in all, it was a pretty perfect day. We got to meet tons of new local folks and convince them of our merit as a local Oakland business (I think it’s called “networking” or something), run into some good friends, meet some cute dogs, hang out with the folks from Issues and even win a prize (I won a tote bag from Spectator Books in the raffle!). Oh, and we got sunburned! That part may not have been perfect, but rest assured it was our own damn fault.

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