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How Kinfolx, Downtown Oakland’s New Coffee Shop, Celebrates Connection in the Black Community

“How do you maintain what Oakland was?” That’s a question attorney Creighton Davis, an Oakland resident, has pondered as he’s seen the town change over the past few decades. He misses the days when he’d be out with his dad, who’d point someone out and say, “That’s our kinfolk.”

The desire to celebrate the sense of connection that Oakland’s Black families once enjoyed inspired Davis, along with friends Nicole Reyes and Akintunde Ahmad, to create Kinfolx, a community-focused coffee shop and wine bar. They hope Kinfolx will become a neighborhood gathering place when it makes its soft opening on November

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