Sprouts & Shutters: The Game Alley to Close; Ruffles and Rust Vintage Now Open

Here’s your roundup of retail, restaurant and other business news in San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Castro Valley.

Wondering what new businesses are opening and changing in your town? Our “Sprouts & Shutters” column highlights restaurant, retail and other business news in Castro Valley, San Lorenzo and San Leandro. 


A new Mexican restaurant has opened in San Leandro. El Portal began cooking up dishes on Friday afternoon. It's located at 2028 Lewelling Blvd. in the shopping center anchored by Food Net. It's open from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week.

The Eddie Bauer clothing store at the Marina Square Shopping Center in San Leandro has closed. A sign on the store last week informed customers of the closure and asked them to visit other nearby Eddie Bauer shops.


The Game Alley on Redwood Road in Castro Valley is closing its doors by the end of February. A message on the store's website says Game Alley will be selling its inventory during its final weeks of operation. It states the store will close once all its inventory is sold.

Ruffles and Rust Vintage is now operating in Castro Valley. The shop specializes in selling rescued and refurbished antique furniture and decor. The store is located at 2568 San Carlos Ave. It's open the second Sunday of every month or by appointment.

A portrait framing store is now open in Castro Valley. Door to Door Framing set up shop last fall. Owner Tracy Quattrin relocated her business from Las Vegas. Her store is at 2419 Irma Way. It's open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

A retired accountant has started up a part-time business in Castro Valley. Charlie Goldie, who worked as an accountant for 15 years for an Emeryville company, has set up a business for companies that want someone to do accounting work such as sales tax receipts and bank accounts for one or two days a month. You can reach Goldie, a 25-year resident of Castro Valley, at cgoldie4427@gmail.com.

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Tracy Quattrin February 04, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Thank you for the announcement of my studio opening of DoortoDoorFrames.com. I've been custom picture framing for 14 years designing for a variety of projects including original and limited edition art, needlework, shadow boxing, and posters. You can find me on Yelp and I can be reached for an appointment at 510-397-9585 or email me at Tracy@doortodoorframes.com
Karen Alexander February 05, 2013 at 07:27 AM
And I, also want to thank you for posting my shop's opening ~ I'm already getting calls from people who saw us on Patch! We've expanded our open days and hours recently to EVERY Thursday, Friday (12-4), and Saturday (10-4), or any time by appointment (510) 886-RUST. We're having so much fun and meeting so many wonderful, creative people. And, we've also got great neighbors on each side of us - Cisco of Restore and Rework, and Arnie of AJ's Attic Antiques. All kinds of vintage shopping on one street :) Thank you again ~ Karen@rufflesandrustvintage.com


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