May all beings everywhere, whether near or far, whether known to me or unknown, be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

meet the team


Erica is Rare Bird's mama.  She created Rare Bird as a space to nurture herself as an artist, along with her creative community. She sees the shop space as her canvas to decorate and merchandise with the goal of creating a welcoming, inspirational environment. Erica is the buyer for Rare Bird, curating the shop with vintage finds, hand crafted goods by local and independent artists, and carefully selected brands & treasures new and old.  She is a maker who has spent 15 years designing jewelry, painting, sewing, making terrariums, sun catchers, scarves and more. Erica's creations are available in the shop, for custom orders & she offers DIY workshops.  When Erica's not at Rare Bird you can find her crafting in her home studio with her man, hiking in the woods or canoeing down a river somewhere.



craftsman & graphic designer

Matt is Rare Bird’s builder and crafter who makes the stores infrastructure beautiful, functional and cool. Matt built our classroom, our new wooden sign, cash wrap, fixes just about anything and dreams up new crazy cool ideas and solutions for the shop. He also cameos as the men’s clothing buyer as well as our in house graphic designer. Matt is an artist born and raised in Oakland, creator of MAKBUILT "funk-tional" art, furniture & those sweet retro luggage boomboxes we have in the store. Check out his work at  When Matt's not at Rare Bird he's building homes in the Bay Area, creating in his home studio with his lady, or out in nature or hangin' with his favorite Siberian Husky friend. 





Alexandria is Rare Bird’s super star Jane of all trades! She is a bright shining light, a well of wisdom and a kitty cat lover! Alexandria's positive outlook on life and enthusiasm brings sparkling energy to the shop creating great relationships with customers and artists. When she's not at Rare Bird you can find Alexandria behind a book, or with a pen in hand writing one. 

sales associate

Sara is a beaming ray of sunshine with an infectious smile! She and her dog, Wallace, will greet you at the shop with the warmest welcome, ready & eager to help you with all of your Rare Bird needs.  When Sara is not at the shop, you can find her creating her hand crafted line of stained glass Botanical Bungalow gardens, (pictured here), which are available exclusively at Rare Bird! 








sales associate 

Emma loves connecting with our community.  She is always happy to meet new faces and engage with life in a meaningful way.  In the shop you can find her plotting her next hand-made acquisition. When Emma's not at Rare Bird you may find her campaigning for her new self published book, Pick Up Lines, hosting a women's group or sitting on the board of a non-profit.  Yep, she's a precocious young one!