Castro Valley Natural Grocery will stock locally sourced foods, organic produce, green household goods, natural supplements and more.
In 2003, Donna Layburn, then the owner of a small vitamin shop wanting to expand into groceries, took a leap of faith by purchasing a vacant Ford dealership and created the Alameda Marketplace, named the East Bay’s “Best One-Stop Shop for Foodies” by the East Bay Express.
Committed to giving her employees a stake in the company she created through a stock ownership plan, Donna is thrilled to give her staff the opportunity to expand and serve the Castro Valley community. Donna’s team will also tend to beehives on the rooftop in Castro Valley to produce a special local blend of honey, just as they do in Alameda.
Owners of the perennially packed Gogi Time and Blind Tiger in North Oakland, husband and wife team, Edward Yoo and Sandy Liu brings nightlife to the Castro Valley Marketplace.
Night Owl, a restaurant and craft cocktail lounge focused on offering food and libations created with seasonal ingredients sourced from local purveyors, will build fresh and new menus every season from the incredible ingredients available to us in Northern California.
Julien Wagner, an award-winning chef with experience at top restaurants in Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco, most recently spent a decade deep into crafting artisanal bread and pastries at Feel Good Bakery in Alameda. His new venture, called Seven Hills Baking Company, will flank the front entrance of the Castro Valley Marketplace, and will likely drive all who pass through crazy with the scent of freshly baked bread.
In addition to the classic baguettes and other French loaves he has perfected over the years, Julien is also looking forward to featuring nourishing whole grains and sprouted grains on his bread menu, sandwiches to take away, and classic laminated croissants and Danish pastries.
In 2005, David Samiljan opened his flagship butcher shop in the Alameda Marketplace to offer only the highest-quality and best-tasting sustainably sourced meat and poultry, and added a second location in 2016 in a historic space in San Francisco’s Noe Valley.
Named after his great grandfather's shop in Brooklyn, NY, Baron's Meat & Poultry specializes in humanely raised meat, poultry and fish that is free of hormones, and antibiotics. A classically trained chef, some of David’s signature products include “Black Dragon” marinated tri-tip (recipe includes a “very secret, secret ingredient”) and amazing house recipe sausages, made entirely by hand.
In July of 2014, Oakland based Blue Heron Catering’s Debbie Pfisterer and longtime Bay Area chef Jeff Rosen opened the Cannery Cafe at the Hayward Area Historical Society museum to share their vision of community and soulful, honest cooking that featured the bounty of our wonderful Bay Area foodshed. Local brunch favorites include their rancheria chilaquiles, Meyer lemon ricotta pancakes and fried chicken sandwich.
Debbie and Jeff will bring those same values to their new Cannery Kitchen and Tap in the Castro Valley Marketplace.
Pop Out Kitchen on the mezzanine level is Castro Valley Marketplace’s commercial kitchen and event space, which will host a local cooking school offering a variety of classes including baking, fermentation, and cocktail making. Pop Out Kitchen will also allow for a seasonal rotation of indie and local makers to pop up and share their culinary talent and products with the Castro Valley community.
Above the sights and smells of the marketplace, the mezzanine is home to Lab 200, a creative collaboration and event space, an oasis of focus for those who want to be productive in a collaborative work space and close to great coffee and food (not to mention uber-convenient grocery shopping!)
Lab200 will offer flexible membership options from hot seats to offices and conference rooms available to reserve for meetings and presentations. As a bonus, shopping at marketplace merchants will give members credit on work space and services.
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