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Santa Cruz in the Off Season

A winter trip to Santa Cruz takes in the sights, from Seabright Brewery to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.
March 05, 2014

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.
January 02, 2014

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.
January 02, 2014

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.
January 02, 2014

Charmed by Point Richmond

Get away this weekend without crossing a Bay bridge with a trip to Point Richmond.
January 02, 2014

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.
December 03, 2013

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.
December 03, 2013

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.
December 03, 2013

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.
December 03, 2013

Alameda shopping stops for the holidays.

Gift-giving on the Island is simple with our holiday shopping guide.
December 03, 2013