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Proper Cuts
17387 Hesperian Blvd, San Lorenzo, CA 94580

Operating in this location since 1983, this barber shop serves men, women and children. However, it has gained localMore fame for its $11 flattops and $8 fades of all styles. On a recent visit, all five sylists' chairs were occupied by young men getting fades.

Kids' haircuts are $7; the shop also offers color, highlights and perms.


Smoker Friendly
15935 Hesperian Blvd, San Lorenzo, CA 94580
This locally owned branch of the Smoker Friendly smoke-shop chain offers a good selection of cigars, including itsMore house brand, as well as the usual cigarettes and loose pipe and shisha tobacco. It sells shisha pipes in unusual shapes, including California Wine and Cola. The shop also sells the usual T-shirts (plain and printed), cold drinks, ice cream and snacks. It's on southbound Hesperian Boulevard, a couple of blocks north of Paseo Grande.
Eden Bicycles
3318 Village Dr, Castro Valley, CA 94546
This spacious full-service bike shop is an official Giant retail partner, offering Mountain, Road, BMX and Family BikesMore from names such as Giant, Haro, Verde, Orbea and Pinarello. Twenty-four-hour try-out bikes are available for certain models, so you can see what the ride will really feel like before you buy. There's a well-equipped and competent repair shop, and two different levels of professional bike fittings are available in a special area at the back of the store. Aside from the expected assortment of tubes, tires, lights and pumps, the shop carries six-six-one mountain biking armour, Camelbaks, Giro helmets, Fox gear, Timbuk2 messenger bags, Quick Track trunks and apparel from Lance Armstrong's Live Strong line. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, there's plenty of room to hang out on the nice chairs at the rear, and the shop sponsors local youth sports and has its own Eden Bicycles Racing Club as well as free casual group rides for all levels.
PW Supermarkets
4015 E Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley, CA 94552
Castro Valley's PW, in the 580 Marketplace shopping center, is one of seven stores in the proudly independent--and stillMore family-owned--local grocery chain founded by Joey Franco in San Jose in 1943. The store participates in the eScrip program to benefit Castro Valley schools. Check out the website for weekly coupons and specials. 
Hutch's San Lorenzo Car Wash
17945 Hesperian Blvd, San Lorenzo, CA 94580
Hutch's celebrates its 55th anniversary in 2010. Three levels of clean are offered here, from the standard full-serviceMore tunnel car wash to professional auto detailing. The waiting area is pleasant, as is the staff. The car wash is active in the community, partnering in fundraising opportunities for many local schools and groups. A shop sells car-care items and snacks. Oil changes, diagnostics and other maintenance and repairs are available from Lim Auto Repair, on the same property.
Village Plaza Barbershop
18902 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541
Village Plaza Barbershop, located next to Tai's Beauty Salon, fosters a very friendly atmosphere, accompanied by a decorMore consisting of sports articles and pictures of local teams such as the Raiders, A's and the Warriors. The barbershop specializes in men's haircuts, and payment is by cash only. Shampoos, blow-drys, beard trimming and senior discounts are also available. The shop has a loyal clientele base and is usually very busy, especially on weekends.
Treible Stationers
20579 Santa Maria Ave, Castro Valley, CA 94546
Personal service has been a hallmark of this locally-owned shop since it opened in 1959. Treible Stationers carriesMore bookkeeping supplies, toner cartridges, calendars, reams of copy paper and office furniture at competitive prices. The art section includes full lines of acrylic, oil, tempera and watercolor paints, and a large selection of Prismacolor markers and colored pencils. Crafters can find a full selection of Fimo, Claytoon and other modeling clays, and parents can pick up poster-board for those last-minute school projects.
Preferred Mortgage Services
3137 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley, CA 94546
Preferred Mortgage Services serves as a boutique specialty firm whose reputation lies in their commitment to customerMore service. With one finger on the pulse of national financial markets and another on the pulse of its local clientele, Preferred Mortgage Services agents are ready to assist you in your mortgage needs. They are conveniently located in the plaza directly across from the Adobe Shopping Center along Castro Valley Boulevard. 
Redwood Escrow Services, Inc.
19131 Redwood Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94546
Anna Arvetis-Seoane and Janet Carrera combined more than 40 years of local escrow experience to open their own shop twoMore years ago. "We know we're in competition with larger companies," Anna says. "We try always to give personalized service. And rarely do we have our voicemail on." The office is above Bonfare Market on the west side of Redwood, opposite Redwood Chapel's north campus. 
Village Crafters
20297 Patio Dr, Castro Valley, CA 94546
Open since 1993, this shop offers a huge potpourri of handicrafts, antiques, jewelery and gift ideas. With booths fromMore more than 50 mostly-local vendors, the variety is simply staggering. From tea cups, stained glass and vintage collectibles to sock monkeys, dog toys and hand-made doll clothing, you never know what kind of treasure you'll discover, so it pays to take your time exploring each and every cubby. "Red Hat Society" gals will be glad to know there is a booth here especially for them.
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