Encinal Nursery has a great selection of plants and flowers. I always look forward to going there at the beginning of Spring. Their staff is very knowledgeable and provide great service and information on how to care for the plants that you purchase.
This is a Chinese buffet with GREAT food. They have all kinds of Chinese food, but my boyfriend used to go there for their crab legs. It is reasonably priced and you get to finish off your meal with a chocolate fountain.
Mark's Paint is a great place for your paint and stain needs. They have great pricing for contractor's and are very knowledgeable to answer any questions that a homeowner may have. They have a good selection of Benjamin Moore paints, Minwax stains and more. They also have a design center with a knowledgeable staff to assist you in fulfilling your needs.
Jim's s a pretty good restaurant. The food is always good. A really good place to go for lunch. It says coffee shop, but they have really good food, too.
This is one of my grandparent's favorite restaurants. We went there last year for their anniversary and had a GREAT meal. The service was also very good.
This place has it all to include a deli inside the store with great sandwiches. They has a small produce section that is a little pricey, but if you just need that one or two veggies it is worth it to not have to drive to the grocery store, walk all over the big store, and stand in the long lines. They have a little bit of everything which is perfect for one stop shopping or just picking up on or two things, trying to avoid the supermarket. As with most places near the high school, you will want to avoid it during the lunch break and right after school.
These people make some good sandwiches. I love stopping in for the New Yorker. They used to have another location down on Central, but the sandwiches are just as good here as long as you can avoid the High School lunch rush.
This is a good place to go for party supplies. They have a wide selection of products. A lot of things are a little pricey, and if you can find them you are better off buying them at Wal-mart. For the things that they don't have, specialty cake decorating supplies, wide variety of party themes and balloons, etc. this is the place.
I LOVE their clam chowder in the amazing sourdough bowls. Both the New England and the Manhattan are very good, depending on your preferences. This is a must visit whenever any of my family comes to town. I also like to get an extra order to go and reheat it the next day and dump it into a bread bowl. Delicious!!
I have never been to Dianda's and had something that I didn't like. Everything that I have tried there is amazing. I drive over there from Alameda just to fatten up on their delicious pastries.