Blogging Bayport Alameda

November 14, 2014


Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

Something light to take us into the weekend. Despite the inauspicious beginnings of PV Square, aka the Phua property on Park Street aka destroyer of the little yellow house to make way for parking, it appears that PV Square will be housing two of the more interesting new businesses since Capone’s. (Joke).

The first is Alameda Island Brewing Company which has been in the works for a while now. According to their Facebook page they are much farther along and are looking to open maybe sometime in December? But as I don’t drink it’s not all that appealing to me with the exception that it’s pretty cool and speaks to a larger transition that Park Street and Alameda in General is undergoing.

The more exciting thing is that a cool bakery is coming to PV Square called Crispians Bakery. The exciting thing is not that it’s a bakery because Feel Good Bakery is right across the street, but because of the pedigree of the two owners behind the new bakery. According to their bios on their website they met while working at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon in New York. Yes, that Thomas Keller.

The special order menu sounds delicious and this is the kind of place that no one, even the grumpiest of grumps, can find fault with. Oh, it is a little pricey, but if you’ve ever plunked down $3 for a tiny chocolate bouchon at Bouchon I’m sure you’ll know that some things are worth their high price tag.

Also in other development news, VF Outdoor is looking to expand their campus on Harbor Bay, these plans predates Trish Spencer as Mayor, in case we’re keeping tabs.



  1. Nice way to end the week. Park Street is coming along very nicely, and PV Square and the Market Place adds a very special touch. Exciting to see the new bakery — and the brewery I’m sure will be well attended. I like the fact that the developer is taking his time to find the right tenant mix — thank you!

    Comment by Karen Bey — November 14, 2014 @ 6:28 am

  2. It’s great to see Trish has already attracted new businesses and abolished traffic jams.

    Seriously, am excited about the brewery opening!

    Comment by BC — November 14, 2014 @ 8:57 am

  3. “But as I don’t drink…” maybe you should start. Might make you less grumpy.

    Comment by jack — November 14, 2014 @ 9:29 am

  4. Getting baked is much more effective for grumpiness than drinking.

    Or so I’ve heard.

    Comment by dave — November 14, 2014 @ 10:12 am

  5. A LITTLE pricey? Are these prices PER COOKIE? For stuff I can make at home? or buy at a church bake sale for a good cause? We have needed new bakeries in Alameda for a long time, but this takes the cake. Are you saying you want New York prices to come to Park St.? Businesses that outlandish usually fail in Alameda.

    Comment by vigi — November 14, 2014 @ 11:23 am

  6. Teacake bake shop in Emeryville sells cookies for $2.25/cookie. Cookiebar (on Webster) sells their cookies for $1.25, I don’t think the prices for Crispians baked goods are that out of line.

    Comment by Lauren Do — November 14, 2014 @ 11:34 am

  7. Vigi, we’re still waiting for you to read your property tax statement and respond to Dave …

    Comment by alamedian — November 14, 2014 @ 11:54 am

  8. I am looking forward to this new Bakery. I have been less than impressed with FeelGood over the last few years- their cupcakes taste like “blah”, their selection is not always great and pretty much always the same and they are not cheap either. Crispians stuff looks really interesting also. My schedule does not permit time for baking (also skill level) and not sure why anyone would think that because people will shop there, sales at infrequent church bake sales will be devastated? I used to manage to shop at Boniere and the Holiday home tour event every year. Can always count on some people in Alameda to start complaining before a business even opens it’s doors.

    Comment by librarycat — November 14, 2014 @ 12:14 pm

  9. After noting the various rap titles and lyrics she titles her scribble with, I suspect she’s already baked when posting. Plus getting baked is more expensive than taking the edge off grumpiness with a shot of Eagle Rare.

    Comment by jack — November 14, 2014 @ 1:31 pm

  10. Seriously Jack? It took you this many years to figure it out? I’ve been doing it pretty much from the very beginning.

    Comment by Lauren Do — November 14, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

  11. This is why I’m hot, I don’t gotta rap.

    Comment by jack — November 14, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

  12. Vigi, New York prices are lower on a lot of things than in San Francisco and even in Alameda. The amount of competition here is so much greater, it keeps prices down. Also, European ingredients are less expensive to import since New York is so much closer. The notion of everything being absurdly expensive in New York is outdated; The tourist area of Manhattan is high, but a just a block or two away the prices dip significantly. A slice of pizza from a street vendor, for instance, is $1.00.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — November 14, 2014 @ 2:19 pm

  13. Well I’ll tell you one price that can’t be beat East, West, North or South and that’s at Rock Wall, everyday. Just returned from large pouring of wine…in my case a luscious Petite Sirah from Jacks vineyard Dry Creek and for the wife a Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands…the price four dollars and thirty six cents for the half order (huge) of fries, wine…free..

    Comment by jack — November 14, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

  14. Lauren, I hope you’ve checked out this new Alameda rap video:
    BTW I notice that the “Trish Truth” tumblr hasn’t been updated since Election Day. Is the person who started it too disheartened to go on?

    Comment by trow125 — November 14, 2014 @ 5:18 pm

  15. Has anyone heard who the tenants will be for the building between Alameda Marketplace and the Walgreens on Park Street?

    Comment by Mike McMahon (@MikeMcMahonAUSD) — November 14, 2014 @ 6:01 pm

  16. I’m hoping the Trish Truth author is resting ahead of the bonanza of material that Trish will excrete from the podium. Public duty should motivate the author to continue.

    Comment by BC — November 14, 2014 @ 6:14 pm

  17. Lovely intelligent song, really depicts Alameda to it’s fullest. I especially like the use if the N word repeatedly to every beat. How creative.

    Actually, I really prefer our former world renowned Gold Coast celebrities version: Apparently she left our fair island because she didn’t like where Alameda was heading.

    Or my fav Alameda song , Elliot Smith, RIP: (over 130,000 views)

    Comment by Wendy — November 14, 2014 @ 7:10 pm

  18. One thing I think will happen. The council meetings will become the most watched new series on the net for Alamedans. Personally I can’t wait for the excretions from both the podium and the semi-circulars.

    Comment by jack — November 14, 2014 @ 7:35 pm

  19. I’m so excited for a GREAT new bakery. The icing on this cupcake is we won’t have to cross paths with Vigi when we go. She can continue to buy her baked goods at Safeway…

    Comment by Barbara M — November 14, 2014 @ 7:58 pm

  20. Barbara, I like that — icing on the cupcake — cute! And by the way, I love your shop. It’s too bad we can’t entice you to open a store on this end of Park Street.

    Comment by Karen Bey — November 15, 2014 @ 7:39 am

  21. It is good to see that end of Park street changing after all the car places left.

    I baked chocolate chip cookies with the 2 kids staying with us from El Salvador for the next 2 months and they liked making a mess and were interested until it was time to bake them then lost interest, and I ended up do it all. I didn’t realize they are mostly sugar, white sugar, brown sugar, flour which turns into sugar, chocolate chips and butter (I didn’t eat any)…They had more fun playing on the computer…they are 7 & 9 and everything is about the computer.

    Comment by Jake — November 15, 2014 @ 10:54 am

  22. Vigi doesn’t shop at safeway…never has…Alameda Rec & Park had wonderful classes in yeast bread baking when I was a teenager… I only buy “baked goods” that i cannot make myself or that are more expensive to make from scratch than to buy, like at Kam Land, or profiteroles from North Beach.

    This generation would rather buy everything than learn a skill. Seriously, it used to be taken for granted that everyone knew how to bake a dozen cupcakes or cookies and banana bread. And meringues are super easy-no flour or manteca.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if houses in Bayport were available without kitchens. Who needs ’em?

    Thx dave, for taking the bait & revealing where you live by how much parcel tax you pay. Mission Accomplished

    Comment by vigi — November 15, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

  23. While I did reveal what I will pay for the new bond issue, I said nothing about my parcel tax payments. I do encourage you to point and click on your own, though. You might learn a few things, such as that your recent rant was grossly inaccurate. Or that while you tout 30 years experience in such matters, you really don’t know a damn thing about them.

    Comment by dave — November 15, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

  24. Vigi the houses at Bayports do have kitchens, we have 2 ovens one convection and 1 regular for cooking and a 5 burner stovetop as well as a gas barbeque. I don’t know where you got the idea people at Bayport don’t cook. We usually have 2 potlucks a year and there are some great dishes, although I myself am not a good cook. I have made bread before but I don’t like it as I think it is only good if it is fresh. Today, I made some homemade humus. We also eat out a lot …tonight it is sushi which I wouldn’t attempt to make.

    Comment by Jake — November 15, 2014 @ 5:06 pm

  25. Let us know how the Salvadorian kids like sushi, Jake

    Comment by jack — November 15, 2014 @ 7:54 pm

  26. They hated it, but I could have told you that…but they wanted to try it. One ate a few sips of her soup and a little rice…the other ate his soup and rice around the California roll but left the rest. The dogs enjoyed the leftovers. I ate chicken teriyaki, and the other tow adults ate sushi. I like sushi some but a hour later I find myself hungry.

    Comment by Jake — November 16, 2014 @ 8:21 am

  27. SPEAKING OF BAKED. Lauren, an article revisiting the “purple elephant” dispensary in Alameda would be nice. Seriously, why don’t we have a nice, clean dispensary near the base in an industrial area (perhaps an addition to spirits alley?). This town really needs one. The commenters here really need one. It would create demand for Crispians. Holla!

    Comment by Big Johnson — November 17, 2014 @ 12:14 pm

  28. Alameda has a four year old ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

    Comment by Lauren Do — November 17, 2014 @ 1:01 pm

  29. We are just sooo behind Berkeley.

    Comment by frank m — November 17, 2014 @ 1:25 pm

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