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Local designers create T-shirts based on Alameda’s storied past.

Tara Eglin and Chris Mock have known each other for years. They are both graphic designers, had played on the same soccer team, and had, in fact, designed their team’s jerseys. They had always talked about doing more work together, maybe even starting a clothing design company.

Book/Shop marries books and shopping, a fine match.

There are all kinds of bookstores: emporiums like Barnes & Noble; neighborhood shops with handwritten shelf-talkers and disaffected, bespectacled staff; and dusty vaults, teeming with musty books in a disorganized jumble, threatening to topple over. And then there’s Book/Shop in Temescal Alley.

Public Bikes lands in the East Bay.

Shopping for a bike can make the average Joe feel like he has to be the next elite spandex-clad racer. That’s not the case at Public Bikes.

Charmed by Point Richmond

Get away this weekend without crossing a Bay bridge with a trip to Point Richmond.

Phoenix Commons offers cohousing for seniors in Jingletown

In East Oakland’s Jingletown, a new twist on senior housing is in the works. The neighborhood known for its artists’ lofts will soon be home to Phoenix Commons, a “cooperative lifestyle community” for older adults. The four-story complex of 41 units will be the East Bay’s first senior cohousing development, according to project CEO Chris Zimmerman. Look for it on 29th Street overlooking the waterfront, just off Alameda’s Park Street bridge. Move-in date: early 2015.

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.

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.

East Bay online shopping guide

Not interested in braving the shopping crowds? Visit online stores of notable East Bay artisans to check out goods sold exclusively on the web, or that are hard to find in stores.

Alameda shopping stops for the holidays.

Gift-giving on the Island is simple with our holiday shopping guide.

Charmed by Lodi’s Old Vines

For a town that’s best known for Creedence Clearwater Revival’s lyrical languishing at their misfortune to be stuck in Lodi (again), it’s no surprise to find an underdog undercurrent running through the vineyards and into downtown Lodi. Over the years, Lodi has watched Napa command the wine spotlight, all the while supplying many Sonoma Valley wineries with grapes. These days, you’re more likely to see Lodi printed on a Sonoma Valley wine label. While the Central Valley residents are pleased that their hard work is finally being recognized, they aren’t afraid to remind you that the recognition is decades late in arriving. Today, outsiders are finally discovering this small town and the charm it’s held onto while thriving in Napa’s shadow.