Congratulations to All the Indie Awards Winners!



Every year, the Oakland Indie Awards is one of the events the Express is happiest and proudest to help put on, and the 2012 festivities — which went down at the Kaiser Center — were no different: There were DJs! There were people on stilts! There was free soda! And possibly even more importantly than stiltwalkers and free soda, there were nine local businesses, nonprofits, and individuals (plus approximately a gazillion very-worthy nominees) being rewarded and celebrated for their contributions to the community. Without further ado, the winners:

Oakland Soul Award
Ise Lyfe

Ripple Effect Award

Taco Grill Taqueria and Pozoleria

Innovative Newbie Award
Ecologic Brands

Greenie Award
BaDesign and Green Planet 21

Socially-Responsible Rockstar Award
Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Revolution Foods

Mike Pherson Pillar Award
Head Designs