New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (July/Aug 2014)

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We invite you to take a stroll in the Park Street Business District and explore the wonderful transition that is taking place in Downtown Alameda. There continues to be plenty of changes in our commercial, cultural, and civic center… new businesses have opened, some businesses have been remodeled, and even more businesses are anticipated to be open soon.

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

Joanne Yada artist

Jo Anne Yada at Redux

New Businesses:

AEC Living, 1516 Oak Street #100
* Administrative offices for Alameda Elder Communities (Waters Edge Lodge, etc).

Classy Nail Spa, 1317 Park Street
* Quality manicures, pedicures, and nail design. Walk-ins and appointments.

Jo Anne Yada, 2315 Lincoln Ave
* DIY upcycling classes held at Redux Studios & Gallery; voted “Best Artist” by Alameda Magazine readers.

Lost City Antiques, 1519 Park Street
* Co-op space with over 20 dealers offering antiques and collectibles. (formerly Park Street Antiques)

The ReCrafting Co.

The ReCrafting Co.

Lovely, 1414 Everett Ave – Grand Opening celebration August 23
* Specializing in eyebrow shaping, brow and lash tinting, body waxing, spray tans, and Eminence Organic skincare. In collaboration with Complements Hair Design

Mercy and Grace Home Healthcare and Hospice Services, 1516 Oak Street #104
* In-home care and supportive services.

The ReCrafting Co., 2449 Santa Clara Ave
* Consignment crafting supplies.

Re-Opened:

Sakura Sushi & Grill, 2408 Santa Clara Ave (remodel and expansion)

Sakura Sushi Bar, Alameda

Cherry Blossom at Sakura

Super Scholars, 2451 Santa Clara Ave (new location)

New Owners:

Kumon Math & Reading Center, 2325 Alameda Ave

McGee’s Bar & Grill, 1645 Park Street (now owned by Tim & Tracy Goodman; happy retirement to John & Linda Costello)

Pretty Hair Salon, 1219 Park Street

More Businesses in the Works: 

Alameda Grocery, 2536 Santa Clara Ave

Alameda Island Brewing Company, 1716 Park Street

Yoga Alameda

Rebecca Trissell’s Yoga Alameda

Alameda Jiu-Jitsu & Yoga Alameda, 1502 Park Street – opening soon

Capone’s Speakeasy, 1400 Park Street – Grand Opening August 30

Park Place Tavern, 1437 Park Street

Pippa & Co., 2544 Santa Clara Ave – opening in September

Sabai Salon and Dry Bar, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #102

Studio D, 2329 Santa Clara Ave

Walgreens, 1600 Park Street – Grand Opening September 4

Reopening Soon: 

Scolari’s Good Eats, 1303Park Street – closed for remodeling until August 28

Fire Den and Mama Rose’s Recipes, 1231 Park Street – closed for remodeling until September 3

Park Jewelers, 1401 1/2 Park Street – closed for remodeling

Do you know of a new business not mentioned above? Please let us know by posting a comment. Thank you!

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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: www.ShopParkStreet.com/news. You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on Facebook and Twitter.

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American Oak: Alameda’s Purveyor of Fine Food and Fine Spirits

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American Oak, AlamedaPeople have been noticing that Downtown Alameda is a bit more hip these days. Funny how that thought has crept up on us. When did this happen? Well, it might appear that Alameda wasn’t hip enough for today’s generation until American Oak opened its doors.

Charles Carlise and Melanie Hartman started BarCeluna at 2319 Santa Clara Ave in July 2008. After a few years in business they decided they wanted to re-brand their restaurant. This led to the birth of the Alameda gastropub and whiskey bar called American Oak which they opened in its place in January 2012.

Things were going great and the whiskey bar concept was really taking off when a devastating fire forced them to shut down in December 2013. But this didn’t keep them down. Fortunately, as a result of the tremendous support of the community and a lot of hard work, they were able to re-open American Oak (aka AO) in May 2013.

In October 2013, Charles and Melanie hired executive chef Harte Singer. Since then, the food at AO has been taken to a new level!

American Oak burger, AlamedaLocated in Downtown Alameda right off Park Street, American Oak has become the East Bay’s premier whiskey bar with one of the biggest selections of whiskeys and bourbons. In addition, AO’s dinner menu has made it a destination restaurant with its staple of comfort food favorites and a super seasonal menu with daily specials.

On the AO menu you will usually find  Read the rest of this entry »

Alameda Real Estate Agent Philip Kaake Creates Memorable Home Stories

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Alameda Real Estate Agent Philip KaakeThis month, we introduce the Park Street Business Association’s newest Associate Member… Philip Kaake of KaakeProperties. Businesses that are located outside of the Park Street Business District yet operate within Alameda are welcome to join our strong, dynamic organization.

Are you relocating? Is your family growing? A longtime resident of Alameda, Philip Kaake is an accomplished real estate agent and part of the Fusion Real Estate Network.

Buying or selling a home can be an emotional and life changing decision. Warm and personable by nature, Alameda real estate agent Philip Kaake can help you navigate the process gracefully while keeping your most important goals as his focus.  Read the rest of this entry »

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.  Read the rest of this entry »

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)

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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 »

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