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A Booklover’s Guide to East Bay Bookstores

Our 15 favorite literary haunts for browsing, buying, selling, and just hanging out.
November 2, 2014

Paint the Town Plaid

Shake off that Thanksgiving food coma with deals at your favorite local shops.
November 1, 2014

Merrymaking and Hunting for Gifts at Pippa and Therapy

From party supplies to furniture and gifts, Alameda’s latest retailers focus on purveying unique items just in time for the holiday shopping and party season. One store conveys a feeling of fairy tale–like magical celebration, while the other embodies the California lifestyle—free-spirited, a bit of ruggedness, and distinctly unique. Both stores will make you realize that you won’t have to stray far from the Island for needed holiday goods.
November 1, 2014

Hidden Stretch of 19th Street Reveals Treasures

Veer slightly off the beaten path in Uptown onto 19th Street, between Webster and Franklin streets, to find a strip of shops and bars where you’ll find happy hour libations, music, and fall fashion.
October 8, 2014

Studio Grow and Sweet Charlie Boutique Open

Making play dates and shopping for vintage-style kids' clothes gets a lot easier on the Island.
October 2, 2014

Shop Eat Play in Golden Gate District

Blink and you might miss a hive of artisan activity in the Golden Gate district, the North Oakland neighborhood that straddles the Berkeley and Emeryville borders and apparently was once known as Klinknerville in honor of its colorful founder, Charles Klinkner, a rubber stamp salesman and developer.
September 3, 2014

Tips on Photography

The digital age has ushered in instant sharing of almost every image imaginable. Within seconds, images of you—including the good, the bad, and sometimes, the ugly—can be viewed by hundreds, even thousands of people. If you find yourself shuddering more than smiling at pictures of yourself, take the time to see how you can look your best before your next snapshot.
July 3, 2014

Pollinate Farm & Garden Thrives

Ethnic and cultural diversity prevail in Oakland. Take the Fruitvale and Dimond districts, where hip apparel store Oaklandish recently opened next to an old-fashioned butcher shop that’s been there for decades. In the same vicinity, an authentic Filipino restaurant operates near a grocery store that sells almost exclusively imported Mexican goods. That’s Oakland.
July 3, 2014

Jazeera Market Spreads Global Tastes

Looking for spices from Pakistan, desserts from the Middle East, tea from London and Iran, coffee from Yemen? These culinary treats and much more can be found in Alameda’s newest foodie destination, Jazeera Market (1525 Webster St., 510-263-9058), an unpretentious 1,700-square-foot mecca of international specialty foods on the corner of Webster and Haight.
July 3, 2014

Toni Hudson of Goods

Toni Hudson, owner of Goods, an eclectic gift shop on Santa Clara Avenue, is a self-proclaimed “accidental shop owner.” A quick chat with the knowledgeable owner and the chic look of the store make it no secret that Hudson’s innate sense of style and business is very good.
July 3, 2014