At Merle's Hallmark, every day is Christmas... or any other holiday you might want it to be, like Father's Day perhaps, which is coming up on June 19, or even graduation day, which will be June 16 at Castro Valley High School.
The store carries everything from Christmas villages, nativity scenes and ornaments to plush toys, fragrant lotions and collectibles.
Don't let the brevity of our list interfere with your imagination. Go in and see for yourself. Bet you can't walk down the aisles without experiencing a surge of nostalgia or affection for loved ones.
It's a feel-good place that also helps you cross items off your to-do list.
How to get there
From the south south side of Castro Valley Boulevard, cross the street at Wilbeam Avenue to enter the village. From the north side, enter off Redwood Road near Peets or Santa Maria Avenue near the post office.