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Beyond El Cerrito Plaza

Vintage pinball machines, a renowned records collection, and fresh brews make El Cerrito an invigorating destination.

Is the Third Time the Charm for Mighty Aphrodite?

Women’s consignment store gains a boutique vibe.

A Booklover’s Guide to East Bay Bookstores

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

Paint the Town Plaid

Shake off that Thanksgiving food coma with deals at your favorite local shops.

Crowdsourcing a Move

Crowdsourcing a Move

Laurel Book Store heads to downtown Oakland with help from Indiegogo.

A Booklover’s Guide to East Bay Bookstores

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

Paint the Town Plaid

Shake off that Thanksgiving food coma with deals at your favorite local shops.

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.

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.