Business

Photo by Allan Mendez.

If you’ve been wanting to become a Bay Area coffee connoisseur, Indie Coffee Passport East Bay can get you on your way, and a few Alameda cafes – Beanery, Wescafe and Beulah’s Bean Truck – are among the 22 cafes participating.

Video courtesy of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance.

The East Bay Economic Development Alliance, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this October, honored three Alameda-based businesses at its 2015 Innovation Awards ceremony on February 19 at the Fox Theater in Oakland.

Alameda was recently named a finalist for Sunset Magazine’s first “Sunset Travel Awards” in the category “Best Municipal Makeover/Reinvention Town” for Spirits Alley – the stretch of wineries, distilleries, and a brewery along Monarch Street on Alameda Point that the city christened with its new moniker last October.

Got plans for Valentine’s Day? If not, look no further: We’ve got the 411 on where you and your sweetie can enjoy a special dinner, a few glasses of wine or some sweet treats, right here on the Island.

Here’s a rundown; if you’re a business owner hosting an event we missed, feel free to leave it in the comments section of this piece.

Dragon Rouge will be offering a four-course dinner for Valentine’s Day for $30 per person. They will also offer a couple’s package that includes a bottle of Rock Wall wine for $99. 2337 Blanding Avenue; 521-1800. Open 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Pagano’s Hardware Mart has occupied the corner of Lincoln Avenue and St. Charles Street for nearly 70 years. But in a few short months, the iconic Island shop, which bills itself as “so much more than a hardware store,” will be moving to a new location.

Wander down the cozy hall of Park Street Plaza, and you’ll find a charming shop that Park Street Business Association has named its 2014 Retailer of the Year.

You probably don’t need to be told that this is the last shopping weekend before Christmas. This final weekend can test the strongest holiday spirit, but as the holiday stress crescendos, there’s one holiday tradition that can defuse my irritation instantly: Christmas trees.

November 29 is national Small Business Saturday, a day to shop local and express gratitude for the small businesses that add character and variety to our lives.

With the addition of a new winery, Building 43 Winery, and Rock Wall Wine Company’s ability to now stay open later during the summer months, Spirits Alley appears to be on the brink of a growth spurt.

After a long and frustrating renovation of the old A-1 Vacuum & Sewing location on Park Street, Sergio Silva of Team Silva Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and his wife, Rebecca Trissell of Yoga Alameda, are planning to open their his-and-hers studio Tuesday.