Interested in starting a native garden? Now you have the thyme.

The trend of converting suburban yards into native gardens has been an ongoing tradition for ages. The idea is to move from a purely ornamental garden, which often includes exotic, harder-to-cultivate plants, to a more indigenous mindset; curating a garden that wants to grow. 

How You Can Support Marketplace Merchants

Gift Certificates, Online Orders, Pickup and Curbside Options As the Castro Valley Marketplace continues to build toward opening…

Erica Perez and John Beaver of Oaktown Spice Shop

I still remember the first time I opened a box from Oaktown Spice Shop. My best friends and I have a gift-giving ritual. The gifts are always thoughtful and often handmade (jars of toffee or pickled green tomatoes from someone’s overeager tomato plant) but when Oaktown opened in 2011, everything changed.

What is LAB 200?

LAB 200 is a creative collaboration space for makers, artisans, entrepreneurs and those that support their growth. On the east side of the mezzanine (those windows you see upstairs from Castro Valley Boulevard!), LAB 200 members benefit from being part of a collective.

Thanksgiving Wine Recommendations from Cordial Bottle Shop

Simon Tingstrom of Cordial Bottle Shop (and the future Cordial Cellar + Lounge in the Castro Valley Marketplace) rescues us with some wine advice.

A Love Letter to Castro Valley

You’ve been waiting for a place to gather. A place to meet a friend for a drink. Or get out for a last-minute date night. A local place where your kids are welcome, and adults will truly enjoy.

Donna Layburn, curator of good things

I loved the Alameda Marketplace, an oasis of good food on Park Street in Alameda, long before I got to interview its founder. The brick building filled…