September/October Art: Marcy Voyevod

Black Cat India ink on paper
gouache on paper and canvas
oil on canvas

By Marcy Voyevod

There is strength in acceptance,
Built from debris, sorrow and loss,
Held in balance.
Engineered for safety and stability.
Rest my weary soul and body,
Give way to acceptance and trust.


Show runs Sept 11-Nov 11, 2015

Customer Celebration Day: Sept 12th

We Love Our Customers!
Come to Downtown Alameda for a day in celebration of YOU
Saturday, September 12th


What’s Happening at Julie’s:
enter drawing to win $100 gift certificate
Schedule of events at Julie’s:

 10am-12pm FREE cup of coffee or tea

11am Live Bluegrass with  THE SWEET BY AND BY
10am-12pm Face painting for kiddies
10am-4pm tastings, discounts, prizes
Start your day at Julie’s then stroll up Park Street and visit your favorite businesses  for more treats and happenings.
Over 50 participating merchants
 Look for the balloons!

July/August Art: Douglas DeVivo

paper collage
By Douglas DeVivo

DeVivo’s collages are intended to hit people on different levels causing them to be drawn in, engaged, constantly surprised, and never able to see it all.

Show runs July 16-Sept 6


We will set up a COLLAGE table for all to play!
Douglas will bring supplies and guide us in creating group or individual collage projects.

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I paint with paper, creating depth and shadow from bits of written history, old illustrated technology and slivers of our own personal histories, all the while hiding the complexity of the collage behind fun colorful imagery. As you focus the layers peel away, revealing new ever-changing stories and perspectives.  -Douglas DeVivo

May/June Art: Dale Dombrowski

drawing with mixed-media and collage




My work speaks to the moment I cross the threshold of my dreams and step into the studio to work. That studio could be a designated room, a kitchen table or a seat on the Larkspur Ferry.

I have been drawing from a very young age and I feel just now I am at the beginning of my creative journey. My drawing practice gives me the delight of observation and it also allows me to stay engaged with giving form to my dreams. My life as an illustrator and artist has grown out of my many experiences of various fashion / retail involvements during my life.

As a teacher / mentor I have always said to my students that it is important to explore and relinquish the idea of perfect outcomes. Too often we lose our creativity or hold ourselves back from full exploration of our creativity. We forget to play. When we are so concerned with making it look good or wanting it to be perfect we do not give ourselves the chance to fail, and allow our natural state of being to come to the paper, canvas or stone.

I have found my way through my work as my drawings have always given me the courage to go where I would let them take me.

The drawings in this show represent the beauty of the hand drawn line, the flourish and the sudden inspiration of color and gesture. In an age when so much artistry relies on the computer, this becomes a fresh approach to the viewer.

Dale Dombrowski graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and did graduate study at Parsons School of Design in New York City. He has been a director of visual merchandising  (display) for two popular specialty retail stores, Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware. He was  responsible for the merchandising direction and store expansion/development for both companies. With a combined twenty year career in visual merchandising for both of these companies behind him, he came to teach at the Academy of Art University as a fashion department instructor in 1999. Dale teaches fashion drawing, fashion design, visual merchandising display. He lives in Oakland, California.

Julie’s Celebrates 10 Years!

Julie’s opened January 1st 2005. We are celebrating with a retrospective exhibit, which includes “Julie’s Inspired” paintings, sketches, poetry, photographs, stories, textiles and a timeline featuring 10 years of employees and milestone markers.

Anniversary Party will take place on Friday, February 13th 8:00-11:00pm
Join us for Customer & Employee awards, Food, Drink & Merriment. DRESS: FLORAL

Exhibit will run through March 6th

Steep it Real

The Modern Wreath


“Full Circle” Modern Wreath III
showing at Julie’s November 20, 2014-January 5, 2015

When I was living on the land, I made wreaths for a living. Although I’ve made hundreds of wreaths using dried and fresh plant materials, I never really felt compelled to hang one in my house, it just isn’t my style. They felt old-fashioned and short-lived. In recent years I realized that what compelled me to keep making them, besides the money they generated, was the deeper meaning that the symbolism of the wreath inspired in me….mainly, the eternal circle.

I started looking at the succession of material objects in my world. Running a cafe has been particularly inspiring for this theme. The never-ending stream of things, from people to broken china, creates a pattern of repetition that is impossible for me to ignore. Making them into wreaths allows me to give new life and beauty to these objects, many of which would be discarded or unnoticed.

This exhibit is a collaborative show which explores the symbolism and tradition of wreath making using nontraditional elements. Artists were asked to use the circle, repetition and the constant flow of material objects through our lives, as inspiration for their creations.

Many thanks to the contributing artists: B. Cisek, Kelly Conley, Karen Jarratt, Marcy Voyevod, Ginny Parsons, Stephanie Rodreguez, Cynthia Winton Henry, Serena Wright, Julia Marchand & Julie Baron

Proceeds from wreath sales will be donated to Midway Shelter of Alameda.



Customer Profile: Mary Spicer

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Mary Spicer is a Professional Psychic & A Good Life Development Coach. She’s been offering Psychic Readings every Tuesday from 4:00pm to 7:00pm  at Julie’s since February of 2014.

Fellow coach Heidi Bennett interviewed Mary on the garden patio at Julie’s.

HB: It’s so nice to finally meet you face to face Mary, I’m curious, how did you first connect with Julie’s?

MS: Well, I came in here one night and thought “Oh, I should do readings here.” I haven’t thought that about coffee shops that I’ve been to before but I just thought this would be a great place to do intuitive insights, psychic readings, life coaching and energy work.

The next day I was at a party on MountTam in Marin and I met interesting, creative people from all over the area. I was getting to know one woman and she asked what I did, I said I do life coaching, energy balancing, psychic reading, I work to heal the inner dynamic of the masculine and feminine, so that’s relationship and sexuality and she said “oh, where do you live” and I said, Alameda and she said “Oh, I have a business in Alameda, Julie’s coffee and tea garden” and I explained that I had just been there the day before and thought I should do readings there and she agreed and so, here we are!

HB: Oh, I love when life lines up like that.

MS: Yes, that’s an amazing, synchronistic story and I believe the more we trust our own synchronicity the more we surrender to life, then the more we’ll have moments like that where we’re just in the right place at the right time and everything is in alignment. So that’s how I met Julie.

HB: So, how long have you been in Alameda?

MS: I’ve been in Alameda about three and a half years and I love it here. I lived in Maui and Kuai and came back to the bay area looking for a place that kind of felt like Hawaii and I live right near Crab Cove which really does remind me of Hawaii. I have a little stand-alone beach cottage here and I paddle board out near my home and at Jack London. So, it’s as close to living like I did in Hawaii but also close to the creativity that’s alive in Alameda and Oakland!

I love being able to go through the tunnel and into Oakland. It reminds me of the Mission, I used to live in the Mission twenty years ago and I think Oakland is culturally on fire right now, it’s playing an important role in the bay area, in a beautiful and organic way.

HB: I agree, it’s so exciting to be a part of what’s happening creatively in the east bay right now! So, what do you recall about walking into Julie’s that gave you the idea you wanted to do something here?

MS: Well, her food here at the cafe is very healing and I was looking for that in Alameda. I feel it’s very important what you put in your body whether it’s psychically, physically, emotionally, nutritionally or mentally. There is a very nourishing and grounded energy here.

HB: When we first opened Julie and I collaborated on the menu and it was important to grow it slowly and mindfully. It’s been exciting to see how Julie has developed such a soulful, delicious and nourishing menu over the years. It’s different but at the same time accessible. People can start with a salad and then get adventurous and try the tea soaked quinoa with seaweed and edemame. 

MS: Yes, I love that. I think it’s very alchemical. The work I do is about mixing things together to create something different. When you think of energy work it is really about shifting the alchemy of your body and of your life to create something new. I love that quinoa and miso served with tea, it’s so interactive.

HM: Yes, I love it because it’s different, there is a slowing down, a ritual to preparing it at your table.

MS: Yes, it is ritualistic and it slows you down. I find that at a cafe, especially this one, you get to slow down and enjoy. I think it’s important to slow down and have that stillness in our lives. It allows us to think, feel and integrate. We can get swept up in the idea that chaos equals success.

HB: I agree. My personal goal right now is to start each day in a slowed down and more compassionate space and I come back to that throughout the day. I find the more I slow down and see what’s right in front of me the more gratitude I have for my life and those who are around me. Then when I add compassion to it, I am gentler to myself and those around me. It is a really sweet way to view your life. And it also lets you be more in tune into your intuition and recognize that synchronicity because you are not rushing to the next experience. 

MS: Yes, it’s funny, I teach a class on synchronicity, receptivity and the magnetic potential of the body and it is about stillness and slowness. So, through listening we open up that receptive force. I think so many of us are taught that we need to go out and achieve, activate and create. There’s a whole other force that gets ignored in our busy life that, that slowing down stillness that allows for the listening, activates the magnetism in our body and it draws to us those synchronistic experiences like when I met with Julie. I work with the energy fields, I studied Energy Medicine for three and a half years at the School of Intuitive Medicine in Sausalito and I mostly approach the intuitive work I do by reading people’s energy fields.

It’s interesting, when people are sourcing from that future part of themselves you can see they are literally forcing their mind out of their current selves and somewhere in the future where they think their supposed to be. That’s a mental creation and when you can gently work with a client to listen to their heart and body, their body only wants to live in present time, it’s not worried about the future, that worry is only in the mind. So then we get to allow or train the mind to trust the body more, trust your heart, be in the present and be more in a place of compassion. We can then allow ourselves to be gentler, gentler on ourselves and others. We are so hard on our selves, living in such a perfectionist state of being that we’re hurting ourselves. So often we have been trained to be our own worst enemy so self love and self compassion is the basis for the work I do. It’s empowering to really love yourself!

HB: It is! Learning not to be hard on yourself and start tapping into your intuition and inner wisdom is so powerful! This is why I love coaching artists and performers because they can be so self critical but when that inner voice becomes a supporter rather than a critic they have access to so much more creativity it’s mind blowing!

Well, II think this a natural place for us to stop, although I could talk with you all day! Thank you for taking the time to share what it is you do and a little bit about why you enjoy being here at Julie’s!

MS: It’s been a lovely time, thanks.
For more info, testimonials, mini-meditations and The Mary Spicer Radio Show Archive go to

For more information about Heidi Bennett, Creative Life Coach go to




Customer Profile: Sandy Blaine


CUSTOMER NAME: Sandy Blaine 

OCCUPATION: Yoga Teacher and Wellness Consultant


Heidi Bennett – So, when did you first start coming to Julie’s?

Sandy Blaine – I guess, about eight years ago. I saw an ad, it looked like a cool place and now I come here on a regular basis! This is my choice when I want to get out of the house to write, answer emails etc. There are other cafes I go to in Berkeley and Oakland but Julie’s is my favorite cafe in the east bay.

HB – What has made you a long time Julie’s customer.

SB – The extremely friendly atmosphere and the healthy, delicious food. I can always get a clean, organic meal here at a reasonable price. I buy loose leaf tea here to take home. I bring people here, especially people who are visiting from out of town. I’ve had gathering in Julie’s upstairs parlor.

HB – What kind of gatherings have you had?

SB – It’s a great space and I’ve had meetings with my yoga teachers there.

HB – What do you think might surprise people about Julie’s.

SB – That you now serve alcohol (laughs) – I really like that. I don’t drink very often but every once in a while…

HB – What is your favorite order at Julie’s?

SB – Well, it depends on the day. I like to get a cup of soup and the cheese plate, I had a Friday night Sangria at the end of the week and I love that.

HB- Any tips for people new to Julie’s.

SB – The back patio is a wonderful place on a sunny day. Come back and check out the flowers on the patio.

HB – Thank you so much Sandy. It was great to sit down and talk “Julie’s” with you

Learn more about Sandy:

Heidi Bennett is a Creative Life Coach and lives in Oakland, CA. She enjoys frolicking with her rescued Tibetan Spaniel, Poki, getting to ride her beach cruiser to yoga, singing with her brother in an old time bluegrass band, meeting friends for tea at Julie’s, and hosting barbecues with her husband. Learn more about her coaching practice at:


Sept/Oct Art: Chaves Smith

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Acrylic & Mixed Media on Paper & Canvas
by Chaves Smith

September 10-November 12, 2014
ARTIST CELEBRATION: Friday, October 10th 7-9pm

My work is about love, pain, joy, fear freedom, lust, struggle, and societal friction. I try to convey the human experience through augmented portraiture and color. In sense they are a distorted visual representation of us all. -Chaves Smith

July/August Art: The Place I Want to Be

A Light Shower

The Place I Want to Be
oil paintings & pastel works by Carl Stieger

June 27-September 8th
Opening Party: Friday, July 11th 7-9pm

Artist Statement:

“My art is an attempt to combine the elements of an impressionist landscape with the energy and brushwork of abstract expressionism. I work directly on canvas or paper with no reference, intuitively using the paint to create depth and show movement throughout the picture. I try to create a space that the viewer can explore and experience in a way that is moving, but still feels real. My inspirations come from both the tangible beauty of the natural world, and the intangible but expressive power of music. It is a way to connect the external with the internal, and to convey things that words cannot express.”

Carl Stieger graduated from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1997 and have been living and painting in the east Bay ever since.

To see more of Carl’s work: