30th Annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire in Alameda — Fun for Everyone!

Park Street Art & Wine Faire 2014The Park Street Business Association is proud to bring the 30th Annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire to Alameda on July 26 & 27. Enjoy the summer sun at one of Alameda’s biggest and best events of the year! And, of course, this year promises to be even bigger and better.

Voted “Best Event in Alameda” each year, festival-goers can stroll along Alameda’s vibrant and historic downtown district and enjoy arts, crafts, and food vendors; local wines and regional beers; live music on two stages; and a special kids’ play area. Event hours run from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

Plan to attend the Park Street Art & Wine Faire!
It has something for everyone!

Arts & Crafts… Stroll among the 250 arts and craft booths located between Encinal Ave and Buena Vista Ave. Vendors will be offering items ranging from ceramics and metal art to paintings, photography, wood crafts, toys, handbags, clothing, jewelry, and more.

Zebop! Tribute to SantanaLive Entertainment… Each day offers continuous live entertainment on two stages as Bay Area favorites perform classic rock, bluegrass, funk, jazz, and soul. This year’s featured line-up includes popular tribute bands The Sun Kings (The Beatles), Night Moves (Bob Seger), Petty Theft (Tom Petty), Fleetwood Mask (Fleetwood Mac), AjaVu (Steely Dan), Stealin’ Chicago (Chicago), and Zebop! Tribute to Santana. view the complete schedule

Kids’ Area… A special area for kids and their families features bounce houses, games, carnival rides, slot cars, face painting, and that incredibly wacky attraction… Waterballerz!

Food at Park Street Art & wine Faire, AlamedaFestival Food… Satisfy your taste buds with a festive selection of street favorites such as Lockeford Sausage, corndogs, gyros, roasted corn, fried calamari, funnel cakes, and more!

Beer & Wine… For the adults, we’ll have four beverage booths pouring regional beers and wines, plus mimosas. And since Alameda is known for its fabulous vintners, we are proud to feature Rock Wall Wines at a special premium booth. Look for Rock Wall’s own rockin’ staff to be pouring a selection of their award-winning wines.

Rock Wall Wine CompanyRide Your Bike to the Festival… Free, secure bike parking will be provided near the corner of Park Street and Webb Avenue. There couldn’t be a better way to experience the festival than after a pleasant ride along the charming streets of Alameda.

Shop Park Street… In addition to all the activity on the streets, we encourage you to take the time and visit the local shops and restaurants. The merchants in Downtown Alameda are open for business and have terrific merchandise, fabulous food, and great customer service. Many of them are even running specials in conjunction with the street fair.

Park Street Art & Wine Faire vendorThe Park Street Art & Wine Faire is a dog-friendly event. The official watering station is located in front of Alameda See Spot Run, located at 2510 Santa Clara Ave. In addition, they will have two manufacturer’s reps onsite giving out free pet supply samples.

We’d like to take a moment to thank the volunteer organizations who will be serving as your friendly bartenders this weekend. We’d also like to thank our commercial sponsors for making this event possible. Our annual events mean a great deal to the Park Street Business Association. Proceeds from the street events are used to promote our shopping district both on and off the island and to maintain Alameda’s historic Park Street Business District as the vibrant downtown we all love.

We hope you have fun in Alameda’s historic Park Street Business District. Enjoy the sun, the music, and the great shopping deals up and down the street. Visit old friends, explore new places, and see new things.

The Park Street Art & Wine Faire is free to the public. For more information, call (510) 523-1392 or visit www.ShopParkStreet.com

Shop Park Street… Enjoy Art & Wine Faire Specials

The Park Street Business District is “historic, hip, and worth the trip.” Nearly 500 businesses are located in the Alameda’s downtown commercial district and feature a unique variety of fabulous food and drink establishments, charming shops, and friendly services. Many of the businesses will even be offering discounts and specials during the event. Here’s a sample list of participating businesses: 

Alameda Eyes Optometry (1432 Park Street) Beat the heat at the Faire! We are having a special on sunglasses from Tag Heuer and Ray-Ban! Buy 1 pair and save 20%; Buy 2 pairs and save 30%! Spend more, save more!!

Alameda See Spot Run (2510 Santa Clara Ave) We’ll be having a sidewalk sale all weekend. In addition, two manufactures reps will be onsite giving out samples. Dogs are invited too… we’ll have a complimentary water station for them.

Bead Inspirations (1544 Park Street) Learn how easy it is to make jewelry with our free “Intro to Jewelry Making” class on Sunday, 12:00-12:30! There will also be weekend specials throughout the store and a Free Raffle!

Bonne Vie – European Spirits, Fine Wines & Cigars (1419 Park Street) Purchase $25 in beer or wine to take home and get a commemorative Art & Wine Faire logo glass for free!

C&M Upholstery & Fabric (1211 Park Street) Arts & Wine Festival Sale good through July 30… save 30% off stock fabric, excluding clearance fabrics.

C’era Una Volta (1332 Park Street) Come to C’era Una Volta in Redwood Square for authentic Italian cuisine and music all weekend. $10 Art & Wine Faire Special Discount… 3-Wine Flight $10… 3-Course Menu Pairing $20.

Cafe Q (2302 Encinal Ave) Mention “Art & Wine” to receive 10% off your entire order.

Glass Tek (1726 Park Street) Take $40 off of any new windshield installation. Call us for a quick quote: 510-217-8210 and mention “Art & Wine Faire.” Valid through July 31.

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines (1650 Park Street) $1 wine tasting from 2:00pm to 5:00pm benefits Wood Middle School. We’re pouring some amazing rosés!

Heavenly Stems Acupuncture (2229 Santa Clara Ave #B) Save $25 on your first acupuncture appointment with mention of “Art and Wine”. Valid for July 2014.

High Scores Arcade Museum (1414 Park Street) First anniversary special… $10 all day unlimited play.

IPX-Island Print Express (2534 Santa Clara Ave) Get 500 Free #10 reg. envelopes with purchase of 500 #10 reg. envelopes. Offer expires September 1. Open Mon-Fri. Call (510) 263-9420 for details and mention “Park Street” for discount.

Progressive Education Center (1361 Park Street, Suite 210) provides individualized tutoring, after school, and college prep programs for students of various grades and subjects.  For new students, mention “PSBA” and receive 10% off the first month when you sign up for one month of classes or lessons during July and August.

Sidestreet Pho (2304 Encinal Ave) Mention “Art & Wine” to receive 10% off your bill when purchasing a minimum of four entrees; excludes desserts and alcoholic drinks.

Sumbody (1350 Park Street) Product of the week: Get 10% off our Sensitive Face Formula.

The Clothes Line (1407 1/2 Park Street) Visit our shop to receive a 10% discount on all regular priced merchandise. Also, we have many great clearance items. The Clothes Line carries beautiful clothing, shoes, and accessories, from everyday wear to designer fashion.

We Are Hair (1343 Park Street) All our hair care products will be 20% off during the Art &Wine Faire, including Aveda!

For a complete list of business specials, visit www.ShopParkStreet.com/artwine

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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our website: www.ShopParkStreet.com/news. You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on Facebook and Twitter.

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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Best of Alameda 2014: The Best Shopping District in Alameda

The winners of Alameda Magazine’s annual poll have been announced! Congratulations to all the downtown businesses that were selected “Best of Alameda 2014.” As usual, there are a lot of them — a total of 44! So it’s no surprise that Park Street was once again selected by islander dwellers as the Best Shopping District in Alameda.

Taking top honors for individual awards are a number of well-established businesses that received multiple “Best of Alameda 2014” awards:

  • Scolari's and Lucky 13 Best of AlamedaPappo was recognized for Best Restaurant, Best California Cuisine, Best Steaks, Best Wine List, Best Date Night Restaurant, Best Chef, Best Restaurant Service, and Most Charitable Business.
  • Scolari’s Good Eats was voted Best Burger, Best Sandwiches, and Best Late Night Munchies Spot.
  • La Penca Azul received honors for being selected for Best Mexican, and having the Biggest Portions, Best Happy Hour Food, and Best Happy Hour Crowd.
  • Lucky 13 was selected for Best Bar, Best Neighborhood Bar, Best Beer Selection, Friendliest Bar, and Best Bartenders.

But some of Downtown Alameda’s newest businesses certainly weren’t overlooked. Consider the following list of winners to be a hearty recommendation to check out the newer “Best of Alameda” businesses:

To view an alphabetic list of ALL the “Best of Alameda 2014” winners located in Alameda’s downtown Park Street Business District, visit our summary page: http://parkstreetbusiness.wordpress.com/best-of-alameda/  Read the rest of this entry »

Alameda 4th of July Parade 2014 – Find the Best View on Park Street

Alameda July 4 ParadeFourth of July in Alameda is a terrific day to head downtown with family and friends to enjoy a good old-fashioned parade. Celebrate America’s birthday and show off your red, white, and blue while viewing one of the largest and longest Independence Day parades in the nation.

The Mayor’s Alameda 4th of July Parade started in 1976 and has become one of the best July 4th celebrations in the San Francisco Bay Area. The parade now boasts over 190 “floats” and over 2,500 participants that travel along a 3.3 mile route across Alameda – starting on Park Street in the East End and progressing all the way to Webster Street on the West End.

The holiday parade is sure to be fun for all. The procession includes a multitude of antique cars, hand-decorated flatbeds (“floats”), dancing horses, marching bands, dance troupes, cheer squads, bicyclists, musicians, costumed characters, and clowns.

Where’s the best place to view the Alameda 4th of July Parade? Our answer every year is… Park Street, between Lincoln and San Jose.

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (May/June 2014)

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

It’s not often that there are so many changes on one street. But if you walk along Santa Clara Avenue from Oak Street to Broadway, you’ll notice a number of transformations… new businesses have opened, some businesses are being remodeled, and more businesses are soon to be opened.

The next time you’re on Santa Clara Ave, look for these changes: A quality custom tattoo parlor (“the East Bay’s biggest and cleanest”) is now located above American Oak. Park Place Tavern and Sakura Sushi Bar & Grill are both under construction. On the other side of Park Street, a new hair salon has opened next to Razor’s Edge. And the Alameda Hotel Apartments management team has announced seven new businesses along the ground floor (although not all are open for business at this time).

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

Country Grill food truck in Alameda

Country Grill – HELLA GOOD.

New Businesses:

Alameda Bagels & Donuts, 1227 Park Street (formerly Boogie Woogie Bagel Boy)
* New name and expanded menu… fresh bagels AND DONUTS

Country Grill, 1415 Broadway Suite K
* Catering truck specializing in locally sourced rotisserie chicken and more.

GreytFox Threads, 2546 Santa Clara Ave
* Custom embroidery and screenprinting.

Nora Spanish Cuisine Alameda

Nora Spanish Cuisine

Honey Salon, 2516 Santa Clara Ave #B
* Glamorous hair and make-up by stylists Nicole Van Alstyne and Jone Stebbins.

NORA Spanish Cuisine, 1415 Broadway Suite K
* Catering service specializing in paella, tapas, and Spanish influenced cuisine.

Tiger’s Blood Social Club, 2319 Santa Clara Ave #B
* Fine art, quality custom tattooing, high-end body piercing, and jewelry.

Alameda Eyes Optometry

Alameda Eyes Optometry – Dr. Larsson and staff

New Associate Members:

Alameda Personal Training, alamedapersonaltraining.com
* Personal trainer dedicated to functional, efficient fitness. Individual training, partner training, and group training available.

New Owners:

Alameda Eyes Optometry, 1432 Park Street

Hair House, 2313 Santa Clara Ave #A (aka Xuan’s Beauty Salon)

More Businesses In the Works:  Read the rest of this entry »

Food, Fun, and Flowers for Father’s Day — You Can Find It All in Downtown Alameda

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

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 15. The best gifts come from the heart, and from another place close at hand – your local businesses. Forget the malls and massive chain stores. You can find truly unique and interesting gifts for Dad in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street Business District.

FOOD & DRINK
American Oak burger, AlamedaIt’s hard to fail when it comes to providing Dad with good fare and good libations. Downtown Alameda’s Park Street Business District offers plenty of food and drink establishments that make a memorable outing. For a hearty breakfast, you might want to take Dad to a classic favorite like Ole’s Waffle Shop and Jim’s Homestyle Diner, or a new favorite like The Original Red Onion and Café Q. If your father enjoys relaxing with live music, C’era Una Volta will have “a taste of Tuscany, a bit of folk, and a lot of Higgins & Sheehy” at Sunday brunch from Noon to 3:00pm. For a casual outing with outdoor seating, Mama Papa Lithuania and American Oak both have comfortable patios.

Prime rib is a favorite of many dads. Both Linguini’s and Pappo have special prime rib menus in the works complete with veggies and mashed potatoes — but don’t delay in making a reservation. As a back-up plan, you can always stop at Baron’s Meat & Poultry to pick out choice steaks or a roast to take home and fix yourself. In addition, CRAFT Beer & Wine is the place to pick up an assortment of small batch brews for Dad to have a tasting at home.

Alameda Theatre & CineplexFUN & GAMES
Dad could have a blast spending an afternoon or evening in Downtown Alameda’s Park Street Business District. Treat him to a movie at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, stop in for a round of golf or let him show off his driving skills by going head-to-head in a slot car race at Subpar Miniature Golf, or challenge him to a classic video game (the kind he played as a kid) at High Scores Interactive Arcade.

For a family night at home, D20 Games offers a excellent variety of the most popular tabletop games and card games.

FLOWERS & GIFTS
Dandelion Flowers and Gifts, Alameda
Flowers aren’t just for Mother’s Day — surprise Dad with a Father’s Day gift that will brighten his whole week. Handmade bouquets can be arranged at Central Florist, Dandelion Flowers & Gifts, and South Shore Florist.

To find a unique gift that fits your father’s personality, there are a number of shops in Downtown Alameda that cater to the special guy in your life. GOODS has a great selection of handmade and locally made products from aftershave to leather products. Along with a wonderful assortment of fine cigars and European beers, Bonne Vie has a couple of special offers for Dad – receive a free beer glass with every beer purchase or a free cigar with the purchase of three cigars.

Fort Knox Rare Coins, AlamedaCOLLECTIBLES
If your dad likes to collect coins and things from his past, be sure to check out the collections available at Fort Knox, Silver Baron’s Coins, and Bay Farm Collectibles. You might also find a few treasures at Park Street Antiques, and Pauline’s Antiques.

For the ultimate personalized gift that will provide long-lasting memories, consider making an appointment with Raintree Studios or Megan Small Photography to create a family portfolio that Dad can cherish for years to come.

Still looking for more ideas? You’ll also find auto supplies, bike accessories, and jewelry at the many shops located in Downtown AlamedaRead the rest of this entry »

East Bay Open Studios in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District

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

3 Venues, 18 Artists participating in Open Studios on Park Street 

Gary Francis Fine Art, East Bay Open StudioEast Bay Open Studios has been offering an opportunity for art fans of all ages to visit artists’ studios, glimpse the creative process, and purchase affordable art directly from the local artists since 1979. It has become the largest art event in the region and now draws an annual audience over 60,000!

This year over 400 hundred artists (!!!) will be opening their studios to art adventurers across the East Bay during the weekends of June 7-8 and June 14-15, from 11:00am to 6:00pm each day.

But what if you have only one day to visit the studios?

If you don’t have time to explore the entire list of East Bay studios, there are a number of artists that will be featured in Alameda’s Historic Park Street District where you can top off your plans by starting your visit with lunch at one of the local cafes or finishing it with dinner at one of the popular fusion restaurants (see our list below).

Participating galleries include Gary Francis Fine Art, The Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, and Autobody Fine Art. You’ll get a chance to meet the gallery owners who will be displaying their own original works of art along with other featured artists.  Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Activities For Kids in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District

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

As the school year draws to an end, it’s time to be thinking about how to keep the kids entertained during the summer months. To help you out, we have a number of ideas from businesses located in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street Business District:

Descipable Me 2 at Alameda Theatre

Family Summer Movie Series at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex

2014 Family Summer Movie Series
Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave
(510) 769-3456, www.alamedatheatres.com

The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex starts its Family Summer Movie Series on June 17. One kid movie favorite will be shown each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00am in the historic theatre. This year’s Family Summer Movie Series features Despicable Me 2, Turbo, The Nut Job, The Lego Movie, and 5 other popular G-rated films.

You can purchase the whole series of 9 family movie tickets for $9 per person. Single tickets are available on the day of the show for $2 per person at the Theatre Box Office. This is not only super fun for kids but it’s also a fundraiser for local schools and youth organizations.

For a complete list of movies and the organizations that are selling summer series tickets, go to: www.shopparkstreet.com/theatre

High Scores Video Arcade, Alameda

High Scores Video Arcade Museum

Retro Video Games
High Scores Interactive Arcade Museum, 1414 Park Street
(609) 468-3083, www.highscoresarcade.com

High Scores Arcade is the newest entertainment center on Park Street. The video arcade offers classic games of the 1980’s and 1990’s – all set to unlimited play! The arcade currently features 45 cabinets with over 400 playable classic games such as Tron, Star Wars, Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, and more.

Cost is $5 for one hour or $10 for all day admission. What a terrific way to share a favorite pastime with the kids!

Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, Alameda

Artistic Home Studio & Boutique workshops

Drop-In Fused Glass Studio
Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza)
(510) 263-0337, www.artistichomestudio.com

Take the budding artist (age 10 and older) to Artistic Home Studio & Boutique to make AMAZING fused glass art — jewelry, suncatchers, nightlights, plates, bowls, and more! The studio provides the stained glass, tools, and kiln firing. They’ll even teach first-timers how to use the glass cutting tools and simple fusing techniques.

Drop-in times are Tuesday through Sunday, Noon-5:00pm. There’s no studio use fee, you just pay by the piece.

Artistic Home Studio & Boutique also offers summer camps for painting, mosaics, and glass art.

Subpar Mini Golf and Slot Cars

Subpar Mini Golf and Slot Cars

Indoor Miniature Golf
Subpar Miniature Golf, 1511 Park Street
(510) 521-GOLF, www.subparminigolf.com

Subpar Miniature Golf offers a one-of-a-kind indoor 18-hole mini golf experience with all your favorite Bay Area landmarks, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Winchester Mystery House. The holes vary in difficulty from those that first-time golfers can find success on, to those that will challenge the older kids. Golf fees start at $5 for kids and $7 for adults on weekdays.

In addition to mini golf, Subpar has air hockey, pool tables, and a mini arcade with pinball machines, skeeball, and modern video games. Have the need for speed? Then head over to the new slot car area and take some thrilling trips around the giant race track!

During the summer, Subpar Miniature Golf opens at 11:00am on weekdays and 10:00am on weekends.

D20_kids-playing

D20 Games kids play

Tabletop Gaming
D20 Games, 2311 Santa Clara Ave
(510) 522-2109, www.d20alameda.com

D20 Games is a place dedicated to face-to-face play (not face-to-screen). They feature regular events for players of Magic the Gathering, Pokemon, and other strategy games in a friendly, fun, and comfortable environment. Two-Headed Giants is a GREAT way for parents and kids to play Magic as a team – the parent gets to play without needing to worry about “doing it wrong” and the kid gets to be the smart one for a change.

D20 also has a great selection of quality board games for sale. They even do game rentals so that your kids can try it before you buy it.

More Slot Car Racing
Homeroom Racing Cafe, 1307 Park Street
(510) 865-1575

For the little ones that might be too intimidated by the larger race track, Homeroom Racing Cafe still has a shorter track for family and friends to challenge each other.

NASA Ames visit, Child Unique Montessori School

Summer Camp at Child Unique Montessori and other locations

Summer Camps

You can find plenty of classes and summer camps in the Park Street Business District to keep the young ones entertained this summer… ballet, martial arts, home arts, music, sewing, and more. There are also numerous summer tutoring programs offered by the same folks who provide after-school programs.

For a list of organizations that offer youth programs, go to: www.shopparkstreet.com/schools

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The Historic Park Street Shopping District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our website: www.ShopParkStreet.com/news. You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on FacebookTwitter , and Google+.

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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