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Against the Grain

Denise DeRose’s exquisite handbags don’t come from a fabric-strewn atelier. They’re born in her Oakland wood shop. DeRose is one of the only artisans in the country turning wood into wearable art.
May 03, 2012

A Little Alchemy and a Lot of Heart

What does a one-time English teacher do upon moving to Oakland and finding a tough job market? Open a most charming spice shop with his fiancé, of course. John Beaver and Erica Perez opened Oaktown Spice Shop in December to fanfare from friends and neighbors.
May 03, 2012

Word on the Street

What should replace the former Borders Bookstore space at South Shore Center?
May 03, 2012

Hella Local

The Oaklandish tree has new digs. With its roots as deep as its branches are long, the ubiquitous symbol is getting screen printed at the apparel brand’s first retail store in downtown Oakland.
November 30, 2011

In the Market for Cultural Adventure?

Outside the crimson and yellow arched entrance, dozens of split-chickens grill to a golden brown, emanating tantalizing scents.
October 26, 2011

The Best of Alameda 2010

Alameda Magazine celebrates Island living all year long, but once a year we pull out all the stops for the annual Best of Alameda issue.
June 29, 2010