Alameda is rapidly growing and many new businesses are thriving. But one trademark type of establishment the venerable antique shop, epitomized by the monthly Alameda Antique Fair remains an undiminished staple of the islands commercial base. A lot of this has to do with the fact that, despite its recent boon in prosperity, Alameda remains for many an idyllic hipster haven, frozen in time, preserving a sense of healthy nostalgia for eras when the simple life truly had style. In any case, iconic and memorable and well worth saving from the dustbins of history. For this reason, Alameda has become a famed destination for Bay Area residents as well as visitors from all over the globe seeking to own precious pieces of our collective, duly romanticized past. Michelle Kelley, who for ten years was the store manager for Paulines, a local institution, is in a unique position to expand upon the islands reputation as a reliable resource for retro collectibles. She is bringing both her 24 years of experience in the trade as well as her own vast vault of vintage valuables to open her very own store, together with her husband Michael, who was literally raised in the business of antique dealing. Collectively thats a lifetimes worth of experience, knowledge and acquisitions, all of which promise a shopping experience that is truly special, even among the similar shops already lining the island. A Gilded Cage by M and M Antiques Collectibles and Unique Gifts is conveniently and centrally located in the Park Street Landing Shopping Center, just this side of the Park Street bridge. The new store is approximately 1000 square feet in size, packed floor to ceiling with showcases that are themselves stuffed to the brim with all sorts of antiques and collectible items. This vast inventory of merchandise features a wealth of jewelry in all varieties: Sterling, costume and gold plated. The store offers bountiful riches (in terms of rarity) for coin and token collectors, and for those that are a bit more reflective in their tastes, there is a treasure trove of both both signed and unsigned pieces of art glass and glassware on the shelves, ranging in origin from the Victorian era to modern times. Here, like a museum where you an actually take these amazing things home with you, you will marvel at the autographed art of Waterford, Libbey, Fenton, and Stuben. And for the retro-minded renovator, a variety of random household items and hard-to-find pieces provide a decorators delight.