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Are you in favor of the proposed relocation of the Harbor Bay Club?

Ron Matthews: I am in favor of such a move for many reasons; the most important is a decrease in traffic on Packet Landing Road, Robert Davey Drive, and on Island Drive. It is my understanding that over 52 percent of the nearly 4,000 members are from outside 94502, which means all of those cars will be taking Harbor Bay Parkway instead of Island Drive. The current location is too small for the demand that has grown in Alameda and the facilities are old.
November 4, 2013

Swirl and Peruse Novelties—A peek at Alameda’s newest retailers.

Stroll down the brick hallway of Park Street Plaza’s newly refurbished space, and for a moment, you just may feel like you’ve been transported to a European alleyway. It’s only fitting that Bonne Vie, meaning good life, greets you at the corridor with warm wood floors, a Native American wood statue (a former Pillow Park Plaza icon), and racks of wine, champagne, beer, and cigars from France, Germany, Spain, Africa, New Zealand, and other countries worldwide.
November 4, 2013

Kitchens We Love

Built by an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1960s, this Piedmont home was made for parties. In fact, the living room’s barreled ceilings were specifically designed to enhance the acoustics of the first owners’ grand organ concerts.
August 30, 2013


Kids need gear. From bassinets to French couture, we have you —and your kids—covered when it comes to shopping.
May 1, 2013

Take 5: Boutique Shopping

Before opening Lilac Dress Boutique, London-born Pilar Burlingham worked at small and large retail institutions including Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and Bloomingdale’s.
March 1, 2013

Rest and Recharge in 2013

There’s one New Year’s resolution you’ll literally want to sleep on. Commit to restful sleep each night, and you’ll feel how it can boost your health and mood.
January 3, 2013

Retail Roundup

Shopping Therapy on the Island
December 3, 2012

Take 5

Tim Herndon and James Cook have had their antique store, Good, Better, Best, on Encinal Avenue for almost 13 years. Herndon talks about some exciting changes they’ve made to their business and shares with us some lesser-known tidbits.
December 3, 2012

Retail Therapy

Unique One-Stop Shopping for Everyone on Your List
December 3, 2012

Wild for Wedgewoods

When Laura Mankikar was working in the high-tech field as a technical writer, she never envisioned herself as a shopkeeper, especially not one specializing in stoves built before the age of computers.
August 31, 2012