Shopping in Alameda

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For Books Inc., it's been a long road, and if you trace the lines back to its origins, it's California's oldest bookstore. After striking gold?literally?back in 1851, Anton Roman set up shop as a bookseller. Although the shop moved, was sold, burned down, changed hands again, and was rebuilt, the spirit remained intact, and today, multiple locations of the indie bookstore have sprouted up across The Golden State. Staff members keep the shelves lined with classic and contemporary tomes in all genres, and a myriad of book clubs help keep the love of literature alive. They also run a vibrant event program featuring author events and readings where patrons can enjoy an experience they can't download.

1344 Park St
Alameda,
CA
US

Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.

2205 S Shore Center
Alameda,
CA
US

The Magic Paintbrush’s fully stocked studio adds a thick brushstroke of creativity to everyday life, giving nascent Monets and Rembrandts of all ages the chance to craft artworks and celebrate occasions such as birthdays and bridal showers. Nontoxic paints in dozens of hues give corporeal form to the figures that dance through patrons’ imaginations as they size up their blank templates. The Magic Paintbrush also holds classes that teach students ages 7 and up useful techniques for crafting pottery, tiling mosaics, fusing glass, and sculpting papier-mâché statuettes from unpaid credit-card bills.

943 Marina Village Pkwy
Alameda,
CA
US

We are a collectible bookstore with all types of books, including Fiction, Non-Fiction, Vintage Paperbacks, Childrens and Illustrated books. We have been in business for 25 years. We are on the 2nd floor in the Historical IOOF Building in Downtown Alameda. We are open Monday thru Friday 11-5 and some Saturdays.

2329 Santa Clara Ave
Alameda,
CA
US

Shunning saturated fats, high-fructose corn syrup, and artificial ingredients, the dessert experts at Marshmallow Mischief sate sweet teeth with a variety of all-natural, low-calorie confections made with gourmet marshmallow and organic, crispy brown rice, along with gluten-free choices. Eight delectable bites nestle in long, elegant Guiltless Pleasures boxes waiting to ambush taste buds with dark cocoa, masala spiced tea, smooth vanilla, and cinnamon-ginger-chunk flavors and longing for a ninth treat to field a candy baseball team. The Tropics to Tuscany set hosts an international sweet summit of coconut-dark-chocolate, hazelnut-milk-chocolate, cinnamon-peanut-butter, and white-chocolate-macadamia-nut pieces. Confectioners select a chorus of 16 pieces that features all eight scrumptious flavors in the Crispy Collection Favorite variety pack so that each recipe gets an opportunity to serenade eaters with its dulcet notes. The sweets are made in a facility that also processes nuts and soy, but eschew gelatin and wheat, making Marshmallow Mischief's boxes excellent gifts for friends with dietary restrictions or gluten-intolerant reindeer.

2601 Blanding Avenue
Alameda,
California
US

3 Wishes Cards and Gifts is a locally owned-and-operated gift shop known for its panoply of intriguing items and cheeky sense of humor. Pick up a wide variety of scented Pacifica soy candles ($15.95–$19.95) for covering up lingering aromas of disappointment, or bring home bushels of produce in an Envirosax eco-friendly shopping bag ($9.95). A locally crafted Scrabble tile necklace ($14) makes an ideal gift for a retired typesetter or wordsmithing blacksmith, and a tubful of Thymes bath products ($10.95–$29.95) soothes their word-weary shoulders. Wrap up a wee one or a sentient sack of sugar with Angel Dear baby snugglies ($11.95), or pick up a set of six baby socks from Trumpette ($23.95–$28.95) to keep their toes toasty.

1428 Park St
Alameda,
CA
US

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