Business

On the corner of Santa Clara Avenue and Fifth Street sits a little deli that’s easy to miss, but its sandwiches — stuffed with a generous serving of meat on a wonderfully fragrant choice of breads — are hard to forget. Just take a step inside this classic corner eatery, and you’ll see why Santoro’s Italian Market & Deli is a neighborhood gem.

With morning and evening commute traffic expected to grow as the Island develops, the pressure is on to get out of the car and onto a bike.

The water crisis makes research by companies like Liquidity, based right here in Alameda, all the more relevant.

Spring is here, and even with the drought, flowers are blooming, and trees are putting on their frills. Over at Megan Small Photography, Megan Small is getting ready to celebrate her first year of business in Alameda (her sixth year overall) – and keeping busy with the demand that spring and the quickly approaching Mother’s and Father’s Day holidays create.

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.