There’s No Place Like Downtown Alameda for the Holidays

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The Historic Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do for the entire family! Enjoy holiday shopping, dining, movies, and more… right here in Downtown Alameda.

Santa Is Coming To Downtown Alameda’s Park Street!

Santa GreetingSanta Claus will be roving in the Park Street Business District on December 13 and December 20. Shoppers and diners of all ages are encouraged to take a “selfie” with Santa and then share it with family and friends! (Don’t forget to bring your camera or cell phone.)

Santa will also be making a number of scheduled stops during his downtown visit. Bring the kids to share their holiday wishes with Santa and receive special treats from the following businesses:

Saturday December 13

1:00pm Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (1223 Park Street)

2:00pm We Are Hair (1343 Park Street)

3:00pm Park Street Plaza (1419 Park Street)

Saturday December 20

1:00pm Tucker’s Ice Cream (1349 Park Street)

2:00pm Lola’s Chicken Shack (1417 Park Street)

3:00pm Lost City Antiques (1519 Park Street)

Advance Screening Hobbit Marathon at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex

Hobbit 3 at Alameda TheatreAlameda Theatre & Cineplex is hosting a “Hobbit Marathon” on Monday, December 15 starting at 1:00pm. See all three Hobbit films including the new release “Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.”

LIMITED RESERVED SEAT BONUS!! You won’t miss a moment of these great Hobbit films when you order food and drink to be delivered to your seat via a free downloadable PayPal app! The in-seat menu offers many great selections from the newly opened Alameda Cinema Grill including Individual Pizzas, Cheese & Nuts, Sweet & Sour Eggplant Dip, Crab Corn Dogs, Sweet Potato Fries, Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sliders, and a full bar menu.

Marathon Reserved Seating: $26 (eligible for In-Seat Service). General Seating: $25 (not eligible for In-Seat Service). Tickets are available at or the Theatre Box Office.

Alameda Cinema GrillAlameda Cinema Grill recently opened next to the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex. The family-friendly restaurant offers a pleasant and casual atmosphere. The menu features eclectic comfort food and a craft cocktail program inspired by Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Give the Gift of Movies! Valid for movie tickets and snacks — a great gift!

There’s No Place Like Downtown Alameda for the Holidays

Santa on Park Street, Alameda

As a consumer, you can play a key role in helping our local community thrive. Instead of driving off-island to the nearest mega-mall or shopping online for the holidays, consider visiting independent, local businesses right here in Alameda. By shopping or dining at a small business, you’re helping to preserve our downtown character and reinvest in this great community you call “home.”

To learn more about holiday activities in Downtown Alameda, visit our website: You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on FacebookTwitter, and other social sites.

Sign up for our Customer Club to receive event announcements and special offers from businesses in the Park Street Business District! Click Here 

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Shop Local Saturday #ShopAlameda – November 29

Shop Local Saturday Shop Smalll AlamedaMake local businesses a part of your holiday tradition and let our merchants help you find your holiday gifts, jewelry, clothing, toys, wine, and much more!

We invite you to join us for Shop Local Saturday on November 29 (the day after Black Friday) when businesses throughout Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District will be offering special discounts, contests, and other fun activities.

Downtown Alameda offers an eclectic collection of shops and restaurants. By shopping or dining at a small business in Alameda, you’re not only showing your support for local businesses but you’re also investing in our island community and preserving Alameda’s unique charm.

Enjoy these “Shop Local Saturday #ShopAlameda” business specials, treats, and happenings in Downtown Alameda on November 29:

Aphrodite’s Closet (1419 Park Street) – 15% off all day and Treats!

Artistic Home Studio & Boutique (1419 Park Street) – Drop-in Fuse Glass Workshop & Sale!

Bead Inspirations (1544 Park Street) – All jewelry 10% off

Julies Coffee & Tea Garden, AlamedaBetter Trade Discount (1623 Park Street) – 15% off all day on Himalayan Handmade Clothing and all other gift items

Bonne Vie Beer Wine & Fine Cigars (1419 Park Street) – 15% off All Beer and Wine; Buy 3 Get 1 FREE on Cigars; PLUS 25% off accessories

C’era Una Volta Restaurant (1332 Park Street #D) – Special prices on our retail wines and shopping totes

D20 Games (2311 Santa Clara Ave) – Small Business Saturday sale… stay tuned for details

Daisy’s (1347 Park Street) – Get a tasty treat from Doughnut Dolly and meet the authors of “This Is Oakland” from 9am to 11am

Goods, AlamedaDandelion Flowers & Gifts (1419 Park Street) – We’ll be serving Treats for all our customers!

GOODS (2537 Santa Clara Ave) – Stop by for some HOMEMADE cookies, warm apple cider, and 10% off your entire purchase.

Julie’s Coffee & Tea (1223 Park Street) – FREE Tea Tastings from 9am-4pm.

M&M Antiques and Collectibles (2307 Blanding Ave) – 30% off items on regular prices (up $500*), PLUS chocolate fountain with sweet dippings from 3pm to 6pm

Pauline’s Antiques (1427 Park Street) – 30% off All Items! (excluding items over $500 and already marked down items)

Paulines Antiques Alameda Holiday Open HouseSabai Salon & Dry Bar (2515 Santa Clara Ave #102) – 20% off Blow Dry Bar PLUS Free Travel Size Gift with any purchase. MENTION THIS ARTICLE TO RECEIVE PRICE

Sumbody (1350 Park Street) – Purchase $175 worth of product and receive a free gift valued at $45

The Sewing Room (2434 Webb Ave) – $5/hour drop-in sewing, 10% off purchases, PLUS treats for everybody who visits — open Noon-6pm

To Herb With Love (1336 Park Street) – 15% off all purchases — open late, 11am-9pm

We Are Hair (1343 Park Street) – 20% off all hair care products

More businesses are being added each day. Stay in the know for all the happenings by joining our Facebook Event: Shop Local Saturday #ShopAlameda

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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, professional services, and fun things to do! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our website: You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on FacebookTwitter, and other social sites.

Sign up for our Customer Club to receive event announcements and special offers from businesses in the Park Street Business District! Click Here 

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Lost City Antiques – Discover Treasures from the Good Old Days in Alameda

Lost City Antiques, AlamedaCongratulations to Lost City Antiques for celebrating their grand opening Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 5:30pm! You’re invited to join them in celebrating this exciting event — ribbon cutting, free drawings, food & beverages to be served!

Lost City Antiques is located at 1519 Park Street and run by owner David George along with over 20 dealers/vendors. Some of the vendors are well-established and have been there for more than 15 years.

The stately brick building that houses Lost City Antiques has been used as an antique store under several different ownerships for the past 30 years (including Park Street Antiques). But the building itself is much older than that – it was built in 1897, most likely as a mercantile.

Today, the immense building showcases three levels packed with an amazing assortment of antiques, collectibles, and vintage clothing:

Lost City Antiques, AlamedaThe Main Floor contains a large number of glass display cases that hold every collector’s favorites, from an extensive assortment of vintage jewelry and pocket watches to a collection of ephemera and other bric-a-brac. You can stroll down the aisles and open spaces throughout the floor to find antique lighting and furniture from the Victorian, Art Deco, Mid-Century, and Arts & Crafts eras. There are a number of rooms and alcoves that also feature assortments of old tools, classic bikes, vintage clocks, and much more. In addition, you might find Italian and French collectibles alongside an assortment of other collections — from tea cups, vintage magazines, and kitchenware, to kitsch and tiki items from the 50s onward. Lost City even has a book room!

The Upper Floor is where you will find a huge selection of clothes and accessories, including vintage and contemporary styles. Whether you are looking for something from the Victorian era, the roaring 20s, WWII, or a piece of Hawaiian clothing for your next party, you will be sure to find it on the upper floor. Along with the wide variety of clothing, you will find a variety of shoes, hats and accessories to accent any outfit you have in mind. There is even a collection of vintage clothing for children! But if that’s not enough, Read the rest of this entry »

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (Sept/Oct 2014)

This week’s happenings in the Park Street Business District: View Calendar

We invite you to take a stroll in the Park Street Business District and explore the wonderful changes that continue to take place in Downtown Alameda’s commercial, cultural, and civic center… new businesses have opened, some businesses have changed hands, and even more businesses are anticipated to open soon.

The Park Street Business Association welcomes the following new businesses to Downtown Alameda’s historic shopping district:

New Businesses (November):

sandwich at Banh Mi Shop, Alameda

Binh Mi Shop, Alameda

Banh Mi Shop, 2353 Santa Clara Ave
* Vietnamese sandwiches, spring rolls, and gelato.

Helios Images, 1242 Park Street #B
* Intimate destination weddings and lifestyle portraiture.

Little Psychic Shop, 1407 1/2 Park Street
* Spiritual life coach: palm, tarot cards, psychic reader.

Sabai Salon & Blow Dry Bar, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #102
* Upscale, full-service hair salon offering high quality beauty services.

More New Businesses:

Pippa & Co., Alameda

Pippa & Co.

Alameda Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga Alameda, 1502 Park Street - Grand Opening Nov. 16
* Family-run business offering high quality yoga, martial arts, and fitness classes.

Alameda Personal Training, 2414 Central Ave
* Individual exercise training and group fitness (Zumba, QuickFit, and Yoga).

Capone’s Speakeasy, 1400 Park Street
* Lounge experience in the spirit of the Roaring Twenties – specialty drinks, small plates, live music.

Pippa & Co., 2544 Santa Clara Ave
* Unique and handmade party decor, accessories, and gifts; plus design workshops.

Therapy Home, Alameda

Therapy Home, Alameda

Studio D, 2329 Santa Clara Ave
* Beginning and intermediate Ballet classes for adults led by Oakland Ballet Principal David Bertlin.

Therapy Home, 1428 Park Street
* Eclectic selection of furniture, home decor, and accessories for all budgets.

Walgreens, 1600 Park Street
* The East Bay’s newest “Well Experience” flagship store.

Xuan’s Beauty Salon, 2313 Santa Clara Ave #A
* Hair care for women and men; walk-ins welcome. (formerly Hair House)

New Associate Members:

M&M Antiques and Collectibles, Alameda

M&M Antiques and Collectibles

M&M Antiques and Collectibles, 2307-D Blanding Ave
* Unique and quality antiques and collectibles; owned and operated by Michael and Michelle Kelley.

Detect All, 1805 Clement Ave, Suite D
* Security and fire systems for residential and commercial.

Island Pets,
* Full-service, veterinarian recommended, in-home pet sitting company.

New Owners:

Aphrodite’s Closet, 1419 Park Street

Gim’s Chinese Kitchen, 2322 Lincoln Ave

New Location:

Alameda Physical Therapy, 1700 Park Street, Suite 200

Businesses in the Works:    Read the rest of this entry »

Alameda’s First Blow Dry Bar Celebrates Grand Opening: Sabai Salon & Blow Dry Bar

Yin-dee-ton-rab! or “Welcome!” to Sabai Salon & Dry Bar, the first blow dry bar in Alameda. After nearly four months of construction and planning, Sabai Salon will be celebrating their much anticipated grand opening in front of city officials, friends, and family on Saturday, November 15.

Sabai Salon and Blow Dry Bar AlamedaSabai Salon is an upscale, full service hair salon offering the ultimate experience in relaxation. Shampoo, conditioning, haircuts, color, blow dry’s, styling, and specialized treatments help clients look and feel their best. The top-tier services available make Sabai Salon a premier East Bay beauty destination for salon services. Outfitted with the most modern equipment and stocked with the hottest items, customers can purchase products from top brands like Rene Furterer and Coppol to bring home the luxury of the Sabai experience.

The word SABAI (“suh-BYE”) refers to comfort and relaxation. Sabai Salon’s mission is to provide high quality beauty services by highly educated stylists in an elegant, well-designed setting. “We here at Sabai know everyone’s life can be hectic from time to time, so we have created a place of zen and beautification for you,” says Tik Coleman, Owner/Master Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist.

Sabai Salon and Blow Dry Bar AlamedaFrom the moment you walk in, you will be greeted with a warm smile and cool beverage followed by a scalp and neck massage using 100% natural products. Stylists are knowledgeable and equipped to combine Western and Eastern techniques to create a great experience which will leave you feeling invigorated and ready for the world. You will love the transformation as the stylist massages your scalp the Thai way – with deep conditioning for healing and relaxation.

Owner Tik Coleman brings over 10 years of professional experience to Sabai Salon. A licensed cosmetologist and massage therapist with training in the original Thai massage “Wat Po,” Tik is also known for her excellent hair cutting and styling techniques. Her new posh salon is attracting both locals and socialites for top-notch blowouts (shampoo/dry/style treatment to help you look your best for any function – from super straight smooth “Be Calm” to big curl and volume “Be Sassy”).

Tik Coleman owner Sabai SalonBorn in the Thailand province of Si Sa Ket, Tik has lived in San Francisco for over 10 years. Reflective of her Buddhist philosophy, Tik’s passion is beautifying her clients from the inside out — a process that creates a sense of personal healing felt by each of her clients. Tik interacts with clients and everyone she meets, bringing a message of love and peace.

Each of the stylists at Sabai Salon embrace this philosophy while transforming hairstyles with a cut, shaping, highlights, or color that enhance a client’s inner beauty. You will love the transformation as they massage your scalp the Thai way – with deep conditioning for healing and relaxation. The result: both Western and Eastern approaches that help you express your best every day. For a complete experience, they will complement the styling with suggestions to enhancing your makeup.

“We view ourselves not just as a salon, but an experience. We want your experience at Sabai Salon to be relaxing.” said Tik Coleman. “Everybody is passionate about some aspect of their life. Our passion is making you feel beautiful from the inside out with our positive energy. The wellness and self-rejuvenation that our services provide is something we take great pleasure in.”

Tik dreamed of owning a high end, luxury salon in Alameda and her dream has become a reality. Read the rest of this entry »

Downtown Alameda Businesses Hosts Adopt-A-Classroom Fundraiser on November 5

Shop For Alameda Adopt A ClassroomsLocal businesses are terrific supporters of the Alameda community. There are many ways that the businesses give back to the community throughout the year, from donating food and gifts for local fundraisers to sponsoring sports teams.

Merchants in the Park Street Business District are especially proud to assist in the educational enrichment of Alameda students. On Wednesday, November 5, a number of businesses are joining together to donate a portion of their sales to Alameda Education Foundation’s Adopt A Classroom program. The goal is to collectively raise $2,000 – enough to adopt four of Alameda’s most underfunded classrooms.

AEF President Bill Sonneman promises that 100% of the Adopt A Classroom donations will be given to the person who knows best what is needed for his/her students — the teacher.

“Teachers have told us how they like being able to choose what the money is used for based on student needs. We especially appreciate ‘open’ or undirected donations that we can give to teachers most in need who may not have the same access to resources as teachers at more affluent schools.” says Bill Sonneman.

Teachers spend an average of $513 annually on supplies and materials for their classrooms, so Adopt A Classroom donations are enormously helpful. But Adopt A Classroom does more than just purchase supplies and materials, it makes a profound impact.

AEF Adopt A ClassroomLast year, Downtown Alameda merchants raised $1,500 to help purchase new library books for Maya Lin Elementary and robotic supplies for an after-school class at Wood Middle School. In addition, donations provided an opportunity for students of Island High to discover and reflect on our American history at the Oakland Museum of California.

This year, participating businesses are donating 5-15% of each purchase made during the day to the Adopt A Classroom program.

So get a jump on your holiday gift-buying and help support our local youth… Plan to eat, drink, and shop to support Alameda classrooms on Wednesday, November 5!   Read the rest of this entry »

“Sunday Fund Day” This Week in Downtown Alameda

Sunday Fund Day Alameda for Angela's BistroAs reported in the media earlier this month, a fellow Park Street Business Association member lost his business in the arson fires just before it had a chance to get off the ground. Saboor Zafari, the owner of Angela’s Restaurant, has been a generous supporter of Alameda non-profit organizations as well as the community at large for many years. Now he needs our help!

Sunday Fund Day is a fundraiser to help re-establish Angela’s Restaurant and bring the community together. It takes place in Alameda’s historic downtown district on Sunday, October 26.

Saboor Zafari was close to opening the new Angela’s Restaurant when the business was destroyed by a devastating arsonist fire. “My partner and I went through a similar situation two years ago and I was astounded at the damage that a fire could do. I know from experience that the road to recovery is a long one. Because of the uncertainties that lie ahead for Angela’s, this event is intended to help Saboor and his family cover any immediate costs while the waiting game gets off to a start,” remarked event organizer Melanie Hartman of American Oak.

(Editors Note: American Oak was forced to temporarily close a couple of years ago as a result of an arson fire before the holiday season. With the help of supporters from the community, the restaurant was able to re-open after a year and many of the staff were able to return to their jobs.)

A number of restaurants and lounges found in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District will each be offering special menu items on Sunday, October 26, of which the proceeds will help Saboor replace all that was lost in the fire.

Please help get the word out and plan to attend Sunday Fund DayRead the rest of this entry »


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