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Funky Furniture From SOBU

Alessandro Latini spent more than a decade designing furniture that wound up at places like Crate & Barrel, Macy’s, Pottery Barn, and other mass-market stores. Now, the designs he creates for SOBU, a company he owns and runs with his wife, Laleh, veer far away from those mall favorites.

Rachel Konte of OwlNWood describes her store.

The OwlNWood’s fashion maven Rachel Konte talks shop as her store celebrates an anniversary.

Our holiday gift guide scours East Bay stores for fabulous finds.

Our don't-miss list of what's hot and exciting this season in the East Bay.

Outside-the-box ideas for your favorite sports fiend.

Sure-to-please gifts for the active people in you life.

Alameda shopping stops for the holidays.

Gifts for all on your list.

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.

A Very Finny Story

A midnight-blue fish swims back and forth inside a plastic tank. End of story? Not by a long shot. The fish’s natural waste products, upcycled into plant-pots fitted across the tank’s top, fertilize edible plants growing in those pots. Cleaned by the plants, the water returns to the tank.

Kid-O-Rama

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

Kid-O-Rama

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

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.