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Fans of Rosenblum Cellars’ prized zinfandels and Rhone varietals will only be able to sample the winery’s 50-plus wines “next to the docks in Alameda” for a few more months.

Rosenblum’s owners announced Monday that when the lease on their current East Bay visitors center on Main Street expires in June, they’ll be vacating their Island home of 27 years for Oakland’s Jack London Square.

Amidst many relatively new shops and restaurants on and surrounding Park Street – hopefully keeping people shopping in our city – is one that truly stands out with its own tremendous bit of East Bay history.

Google may be expanding its private transit service for employees from the streets of San Francisco to the waters of San Francisco Bay.

Daisy’s owner Barbara Mooney starts buying Christmas ornaments for her Park Street boutique not too long after the New Year’s Eve ball has dropped.

“Somebody said, ‘What do you do for Thanksgiving?’ I said, ‘I enjoy my kids, because the day after, they become employees,’” Mooney quipped.

While much of the attention paid to the holiday shopping season is focused on major retailers and the deals they’re offering on “it” gifts to entice customers, holiday sales are equally critical to the small, independent retailers whose shops populate Alameda’s Park Street shopping district.

The once bustling Harbor Bay Landing now resembles more of a ghost town than a shopping center. But recent work on Harbor Bay Landing’s roofs has made some Alameda residents wonder if things are about to turn around.

For years, Alameda has served as a destination for onetime city dwellers who prize its vintage homes, tree-lined streets and not-too-suburban feel. But almost as often as not, Alamedans leave the Island to buy the things they need.

The in-progress development of the long-awaited Alameda Landing project near the Webster Tube – a project that includes a 291,000-square-foot Target-anchored shopping center – has stirred hopes at City Hall and citywide that long-desired retailers offering clothing, high-end grocery, paper goods and more will finally come to the Island. But retail experts and city staffers who have been working to bring stores to town said drawing them requires a carefully crafted admixture of demographics, relationships, timing, space – along with a little luck.

Target is holding a job fair to fill 300 positions in their new Alameda store. Video by Michele Ellson.

The Bank of Alameda is set to be acquired by the Bank of Marin, the Novato-based bank announced Monday.

"Bank of Marin can provide the resources Bank of Alameda needs to continue providing our customers with the dedicated community-based banking and the high level of personal service that they have come to enjoy,” said James B. Davis, chairman of the board for NorCal Community Bancorp, the Bank of Alameda’s parent company.

Photo courtesy of the Yu family.

On the corner of Park Street and Central Avenue, The Pampered Pup has been offering up hot dogs to hungry Alamedans since 1967. With its iconic sign of a reclining, diamond-studded pooch holding aloft a hotdog on a fork, and an interior in vintage orange and yellow, it is one of Alameda’s unofficial landmarks.

Since the 1990s, the Yu family has operated the Pup, and it rarely closed - even on holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Day, one could find Pak or Kit behind the counter. But in early May, Pak died after a difficult battle with cancer.

Divorce with Dignity's Denise Foster and Cindy Elwell. Photo by Kristen Hanlon.

Divorce with Dignity is a network of divorce support professionals that was founded in Alameda in 1996 by Cindy Elwell. Divorce with Dignity is an alternative for couples wishing to divorce amicably and avoid the lengthy and expensive process of traditional divorce in which each party hires a lawyer and spends thousands of dollars. Over the years it has grown from a single office in Alameda to dozens of affiliates in California, Florida, Illinois and Washington. In addition to services related to divorce, the office also handles deeds, trusts, and conservatorships.