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Hello friends! It's been a while : )

This year has been... a lot so far, huh? I'm personally on an emotional rollercoaster of gratitude, stress, empowered activism, pessimism and fear, youthful optimism and cooking documentaries over sushi.

And here comes Valentine's Day, a holiday that you either love or hate. I'm usually single on this commercial day of romantic showing-off, but I love the message hidden beneath all the sugar and fancy dinners. I think of V-Day as an opportunity to be grateful for love of all kinds. A day to celebrate human's capacity to feel and care deeply for each other. It's not the most popular perspective, but it keeps me happy and sane through mid-February. 

Last year, I was new-ish to Oakland, single, and with nothing to do on Valentine's Day. I wanted to do something fun that wasn't a matchmaking event, where I could meet some new people maybe, no pressure, and I found nothing! So this year, Puja and I decided to host it ourselves. On Tuesday, at Solespace Downtown, we will be hosting a Makers' Fair. There will be great food, drinks, music and goodies to gift yourself (or your boo), straight from local makers! If you're single and ready to... do something fun and community-oriented, or coupled and want to stop by before/after your dinner reservation downtown, we would love to see you!

Makers include: 

Emma & Puja of Dating Between the Lines illustrated dating book and debuting our QUEER ZINE!

Marcia of Pixie Rocks Crafts organic and responsibly-sourced body care products

Sara Mae of Glass. Pets stain glass paintings

Sharada with her work of zines, illustration prints, and stationery 

Sarah of Martine USA handmade leather accessories for women

Jenny of Floral Construction Co. floral arrangements

Kate of Starsight Tarot offering readings on a sliding price scale

Kate F. of Pussy Pack hand-made and screen-printed totes, fanny packs etc. with a kitty cat theme

Seasonal bites from Chef Dan Hanken -- Dan will be cooking us some delicious bites using Imperfect Produce veggies!

Beats all night by DJ Uni of Rising Star Productions

Free drinks!


RSVP on Eventbrite below and receive a
free V-day goodie bag from us!
(only if you show up)
RSVP on Eventbrite
RSVP on Facebook

To celebrate Valentine's Day, we are offering Dating Between the Lines on our website for $10.95 + shipping (if applicable) for today and tomorrow only. Use the code ILIVEHERE to get free shipping and pick up your new book from me (bay area only, obviously). Books will ship Wedn. morning so they arrive Tues - just in time for Valentine's Day! 

Do you already have the book?
Do you love it!?

Leave us a review!

Reviews are crucial to getting more
people on the dating empowerment train!
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Love and pick up lines,
Emma & Puja
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