One of our favorite things about Bayview is that it is full of culture and home to people from all walks of life who have a deep love and pride for the neighborhood and the community. This Saturday, join us for a spirited day of music and arts at “An Afternoon at The African Outlet”.
The African Outlet has been around the Bay Area for over 25 years and opened-up shop here in Bayview just over a year ago. The small specialty store carries only authentic African items that have been carefully selected over the past decade. In fact, once you purchase an item at the store, you will also learn the geographical and tribal origin and the history behind the piece.
“An Afternoon at The African Outlet” highlights the unique elements of the African culture and invites artists, historians and performers every two months to share their knowledge of their homeland with attendees. On Saturday, August 13 from 2-5pm, the free event will host Yacouba Diarra, premier ngoni and kora player from Burkina Faso, West Africa and the Mama Africa food truck to serve fine Nigerian bites for purchase.
We sat down with one of the owners of The African Outlet, Judah Dwyer-Dahlstrom to get the inside scoop: What has been your favorite part about being in Bayview since opening shop over a year ago?
The first and lasting good feeling I cherish about the Bayview is the sense of neighborhood, family and history. Folks greet each other, ask about family members and give updates on recent incidents. There still exists a delicate yet secure pipeline of careful neighborhood comradery to help each other out.
What can people expect when stepping foot into The African Outlet for the first time?
When anyone crosses our threshold for the first time, they can, for sure, experience a wonderful energy rush! The ambience and the visuals are equally inviting. One will see a fine selection of African art and culture, past and present. Over the past 26 years we have been able to give safe keeping to the most authentic African pieces. History is still breathing here!
What are some of your favorite items in the store?
To state my favorite items means I have to eliminate many things. That is too hard! I can, however, claim a passion for Sahara jewelry – from the Tuareg and Wodaabe. I love fabrics, the traditional garments and our collection of bronze figures and adornments. To be sure, one of my favorite things about our store is the ever-growing family of The African Outlet – we are so happy to be in the Bayview!
Tell us a little about the “An Afternoon at The African Outlet” series? What was the inspiration behind it and what fun things can people expect?
“An Afternoon at The African Outlet” grew out of a wish to share the treasures of African culture to respectfully present for all to enjoy and appreciate. Every two months, for just three hours on a Saturday afternoon, we will showcase an artist of Africa, whether visual or performing, and select items from the store that represent the artist’s homeland to compliment the event. There will always be food, libation and great company! Horgan and I also invite you to visit The African Outlet Facebook page to see the event we have planned for this Saturday. Please come on over, you will be delighted!
The African Outlet is located at 4942 Third Street. Also, check out their Facebook page at – https://www.facebook.com/TheAfricanOutlet/.