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Features meat, poultry, and fish sold by white-aproned butchers who offer traditional skill and solid suggestions for how to prepare their fare.

A gallery and boutique that features works by emerging and established East Bay artists.

The optometry office sells distinctive, flattering frames made from the lightest, thinnest, most flexible materials.

The Temescal shop sells hip clothing and gifts for babies and children up to eight years old (think onesies emblazoned with an image of a BART ticket).

Carries a wide selection of magazines, from Hi-Fructose to Atlantic Monthly, in addition to books and a cool selection of old punk and rock 'n' roll pins, tapes, and T-shirts.

Nestled between Alameda’s bustling Park Street and Alameda High School, this 92-year-old hall draws about 250 people on Friday nights for dancing to live zydeco, and occasional Saturdays for swing. These weekly gigs are not too unlike a church function -- except for the full bar hidden in the back corner — with punch bowls filled with Oreos, pretzels, and chocolate chip cookies, and regulars who affectionately call each other by name. Tables line the wooden dance floor in this four-hundred-capacity hall, and it’s easy to see why people of all ages and walks of life – from rockabillies to pimply-faced teens in Nirvana T-shirts to your aunt who frequents Ashkenaz – come for the guaranteed crowd and, oh yeah, the handy dance lesson beforehand.

Lunch: Tues.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.;Saturday noon-3 p.m.;Dinner Tues.-Thurs. 5:30pm-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

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