(Photo by Myleen Hollero/Courtesy of Umami Mart)

Friends and founders of Umami Mart Yoko Kumano and Kayoko Akabori grew up in Cupertino, the California town many people first become acquainted with upon opening their first Apple product. Like Apple, good design--where looks matter as much as utility--reigns in their store.

Situated in Downtown Oakland since 2012, Umami Mart’s roots span the globe. What began as a humble blog during Kumano’s and Akabori’s post-college stints in Tokyo and New York City, respectively, soon had a thriving community of contributors penning restaurant reviews, travel tips, and recipes from around the world.