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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.

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.

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.

Dandelions, Wine, and Beer

When you want to know the story behind your drink, come to CRAFT Beer & Wine. Owners Russell Rasmussen and Dan Marshall know more than a thing or two about their crafts and can expertly discuss how your beer and wine were made and who makes them. They can also recommend food pairings for each brand, and much more.

Berkeley’s Westbrae Wakes Up

Once known as Ocean View for its sweeping views of the Golden Gate, West Berkeley has been many things: a stagecoach stop, an offbeat arts community, an industrial hub, and, most recently, a premier East Bay shopping destination, thanks in part to Fourth Street’s still-growing stretch of stores and restaurants.

Gems of the Dimond District

In October, Oaktoberfest brings beer lovers from all over the Bay Area to the Dimond District. But the Dimond’s offerings are far more diverse than just a local beer festival on a crisp fall day. You can visit Fruitvale Avenue for a smattering of independent shops and lush parkland any day of the year.

Block Party Goes to Jack London Square

Shop, eat, and play in Jack London Square.

Reviving the Ancient art of Indigo

Kristine Vejar celebrates textiles and associated art, including indigo dyeing, at her store, A Verb For Keeping Warm.

Alameda Cheese and Goods Purveyors Give Picnic-Packing Tips

Cheese, wine, bread, snacks, and the just-right containers for a picnic.

Michael J. Marx creates wearable sculptures.

How does an artist know when he has made it? When he is invited to participate in RAW, the swanky and exclusive artistic showcase popping up in cities worldwide? When his work is featured in an art magazine? Or when it has been stolen twice? By all these criteria, Michael J. Marx has arrived. He has been creating wearable sculptures from precious metal clay, or PMC, for 14 years, and don’t even think about calling them necklaces.