• WHEN: Now Open Daily: M-Sa 11am-8pm; Su 11am-6pm
  • WHERE: South Shore Shopping Center in the Plaza behind Trader Joe’s
  • WHY: In celebration of Whales & Friend’s 32nd anniversary on Lincoln Ave, owners Christine Gonsalves and Steve King thought it would add to the whimsy and fun for the holidays to bring you a second location for all your gift shopping needs. So they are popping up your favorite gift store at South Shore Center across from Trabocco Kitchen & Cocktails.

Christine Gonsalves and Steve King founded the Whales & Friends on Lincoln Ave in Alameda that you know and love. Christine is the buyer and really knows our tastes and what will enhance our lives and the lives of the friends we care about. “Opening up the Whales & Friends popup means we can bring more joy to our Bay Area friends,” says Christine. “Over the years we became famous for having a delightful gift for anyone on your gift list – even the crazy uncle.”

Steve designed the space. “Filling such a large store front space was a challenge, but I think we’ve been able to capture the flavor of our original smaller Lincoln Avenue store at the South Shore Center, at least that’s been the feedback we’ve gotten from our first customers.”

The beauty of this new space is that it is large and airy with lots of windows providing natural light and enough room for an art museum displaying the