Downtown Easter Egg Hunt in Alameda’s Park Street Business District

Shops and restaurants in the Park Street Business District invite families to join in on a special Downtown Easter Egg Hunt. Grab a basket and come out to enjoy the search for prizes and treats on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

Downtown Easter Egg Hunt, Alameda 2014

Park Street Easter Egg Hunt

All ages are welcome… some businesses will even have special treats for parents, including coupons and discounts!

The hunt begins on the sidewalks…
Bring the kids and search for colorful “Bunny Banners” posted in the windows of participating businesses. Find a Bunny Banner and that’s your clue there is a special treat waiting for you inside.

With nearly 20 local businesses participating, kids will have an opportunity to gather a basket full of treats.

For a fun holiday photo opportunity, plan to make a special stop outside Daisy’s (1347 Park Street) where kids can meet the Easter Bunny in person.

Clues to get you started on this fun family activity…
Look for the “egg-stra” special windows of these participating businesses:

Daisy's, 1347 Park Street, Alameda

Go store-to-store searching for Bunny Banners

Santa Clara Ave
Alameda See Spot Run
Pixies & Peony

Encinal Ave
Urgent Care Center of Alameda

Oak Street
Professor Ha Tutoring Center

Park Street
Aphrodite’s Closet
Artistic Home Studio & Boutique
Bead Inspirations
C&M Upholstery
District Footwear
Monkey Bars
Park Street Antiques
The Clothes Line
Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream
We Are Hair

More businesses will be added on the day of the event. So look for the trail of “egg-stra” special signs displayed in the business windows throughout Alameda’s Historic Park Street District and enjoy the search!

For more information, visit

Bunny Bead at Bead Inspirations

Bunny Bead at Bead Inspirations

Bead Hunt…
Bead Inspirations is doing a 4-day Bead Hunt from April 16 to April 19. Find beads that match certain descriptions, write down the bead numbers, present it to the staff, and receive a special gift!

In addition, Bead Inspirations is hiding Easter eggs throughout their shop. Inside each egg is a number with the discount percent that customers will get off purchases during those four days — receive anywhere from 10% to 30% off (although some restrictions apply). There are also eggs with sweet treats inside! There’s something for everyone so, if you are on Park Street, it’s definitely worth a stop starting on Wednesday!

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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 Facebook and Twitter.

The Park Street Spring Festival is May 10 & 11. Click Here to sign up for our Customer Club and receive event announcements and special offers from businesses in the Park Street Business District!  

Downtown Alameda’s Park Street Business District: Shopping Guide 2014

2014 Park Street Alameda Shopping GuideHave you ever wondered how many types of businesses are in Alameda’s downtown historic shopping district? Are you wondering how many restaurants are now in operation, or how many beauty salons are located in the Park Street Business District? Maybe you’re looking for a unique gift store or a re-use boutique.

The 2014 Park Street District Shopping Guide & Business Directory is now available and provides insight into the types of businesses that are located within Alameda’s historic downtown district, including the side streets and alleys. When thumbing through the booklet, you might even discover a business that is new to you.

Pick up a free copy of the 2014 Park Street District Shopping Guide & Business Directory at one of your favorite businesses in downtown Alameda, or give the PSBA office a call at (510) 523-1392 to have one mailed to you.

Number of business in Alameda's Park Street District

Speaking of favorite businesses, it’s not too late to vote for this year’s Best of Alameda 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Best of Alameda 2014 – Cast Your Vote

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Best of Alameda 2014

Cast Your Vote Today!

The most popular “Best Of Alameda” poll is up and running… this is your chance to show support for your favorite local independent businesses.

What’s the best new restaurant in Alameda — or should we say in the Park Street Business District? Which restaurant has the best service? Where can you find the best selection of eyewear? Who carries the best vintage clothing? Where can kids get the perfect haircut? Where is the best place to board pets?

Also, what do you think is the best annual event that takes place in Alameda? Is it the Park Street Spring Festival, the Park Street Art & Wine Faire, or the Park Street Classic Car Show?

You can vote for your favorite people and places in the Park Street Business District (and in the rest of Alameda) in Alameda Magazine’s annual Best of Alameda poll. Categories include Food & Drink, Goods & Services, Families & Pets, and Lifestyle & Leisure.

The “Best of Alameda 2014” poll is available online at www.alamedamagazine.comThe deadline to vote is May 2. 

Best of Alameda 2013We’d like to take this moment to thank you for supporting our local businesses! Last year, more than 36 businesses in the Park Street Business District were named “Best of Alameda” in the 2013 poll! In addition, the Park Street Business District was selected as the “Best Shopping District” in Alameda and the Park Street Art & Wine Faire was named as Alameda’s “best local festival.”

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Look for the “Best of Alameda 2014″ winners to be announced in the July/August 2014 issue of Alameda Magazine.

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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, professional services, and fun things to do! An online directory with links to business websites is available at:

To learn about the latest news and events in Alameda’s historic downtown district, visit our “What’s in the News” page. 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 

First Pitch Benefit Party at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex

Call your pals, grab your mitt, and head out to the “First Pitch Benefit Party”! The public is invited to celebrate the reprise of the Alameda Tee-Shirt League on Thursday, March 20 at the Alameda Theater and Cineplex. A VIP reception starts at 6:00pm and General Admission seating begins at 7:00pm.

Alameda Tee-Shirt League fundraiser

All ticket holders will enjoy live entertainment and a special historic theatre presentation of the documentary film “Play Ball” by Kin Robles. This film chronicles the story of a simpler time when kids played baseball in Alameda for the sheer love of the game.

VIP guests will be treated to a pre-show reception with appetizers and drinks in the beautiful Theatre Mezzanine and exclusive seating in the historic Theatre Balcony. VIP tickets are limited and must be purchased prior to the event.

Tickets are $10 for General Admission and $50 for VIP guests. Proceeds benefit the Alameda Recreation & Park Tee-Shirt League.

Purchase tickets at the Theatre Box Office (2317 Central Ave), or online at www.AlamedaTheatres.comRead the rest of this entry »

Alameda’s Best Outdoor Dining Space: Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden

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Julies Coffee & Tea Garden, AlamedaJulie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, located at 1223 Park Street, is Alameda’s one-of-a-kind spot for organic coffee and tea, healthy eats, artisan wine and beer, unique gifts, and outdoor dining. Community craft nights, art parties, and other events are also a  popular attribute.

The neighborhood cafe is the heart-felt expression of proprietress, Julie Baron.

Julie’s pathway into the world of tea and coffee began with her love of herbs. Starting in the western hills of Sonoma County in 1990, she raised aromatic and tonic herbs and flowers which she sold at local farmers’ markets. In 1995, Julie hooked up with the folks at Taylor Maid Farms and was given the opportunity to create and develop their tea division.

After spending ten years in wholesale, Julie yearned to serve her customers face-to-face and create a soothing space for people to share and learn. From a love of all things plant-made, Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden was born Jan 1, 2005.

Julies Coffee & Tea Garden, AlamedaJulie takes pride in stocking local or organic consumables. She carries premium organic coffee that is small-batch roasted by Taylor Maid Farms in Sebastopol; the several dozen varieties of loose-leaf teas from around the world are organic and free-trade; and the food menu consists of fresh, organic dishes, all from ingredients grown within a hundred miles.

Enjoy a soothing pot of tea in the garden surrounded by aromatic plant or sink into a stuffed chair sipping on a custom brew of freshly ground organic coffee. On a warmer day, ask for one of Julie’s refreshing specialty drinks such as the ginger-lemon brew, flower power punch, rosemary-mint green tea cooler, or lavender lemonade.  Read the rest of this entry »

New Businesses in Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (January/February 2014)

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The beginning of the year brought lots of new changes to the Park Street Business District. The Park Street Business Association welcomes the following new businesses to Alameda’s historic downtown shopping district:

New Businesses:

Craft Beer & Wine, Alameda

CRAFT Beer & Wine

Bay Area Immigrant and Refugee Services, 2515 Santa Clara Ave, #205
* Assist recent immigrants and refugees in gaining self-sufficiency. Services include immigration legal assistance, employment & job training, social services, interpretation services, and a range of other programs.

BrightSource Productions, 2412 Central Ave 
* Photo, audio, and video services specializing in company profiles and product demos.

Christina Narensky, PsyD., 2515 Santa Clara Ave, Suite 207
* Child and family psychologist with an interest in parenthood and adolescent therapy.

CRAFT Beer & Wine, 2526 Santa Clara Ave (formerly Du Vin Fine Wines)
* Offering a growing selection of American craft beers and select imports from other great beer countries, plus an extensive array of wine produced by small, independent winemakers.

Gotham Harbor Coffee, Alameda

Gotham Harbor Coffee

Gotham Harbor Coffee Company, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza)
* Quality coffee and treats, with old-world style. Featuring locally-roasted Bicycle Coffee.

Hannon Law Office, 1516 Oak Street #311
* Estates and probate attorney

International City Mortgage, Inc., 1414 Park Ave
* Provider of best-in-class mortgage products and services for home buyers and owners.

Levine Fine Jewelry, 1361 Park Street #222
* Unique custom jewelry design. By appointment: Jaymar, (510) 589-1195 or

Line 2 Line Architectural Design Group, 2413 Webb Ave #D
* The Line2Line team provides novel results, sustainable design practices, and environments that are responsive to people in their lives and experiences.

Lola's Chicken Shack, Alameda

Lola’s Chicken Shack

Lola’s Chicken Shack, 1417 Park Street
* Upscale fried chicken tenders, sandwiches, soups, and salads made fresh on the premises.

Merideth Mehlberg, Career Strategist, 1516 Oak Street, #328
* Executive Coach and Career Strategist. Facilitator for business retreats and planning workshops for major corporations and nonprofit organizations.

Premier Homecare Angels, 1516 Oak Street, #228
* Personalized Quality In-Home Care for Seniors in the Bay Area.

Urgent Care Center of Alameda, 2421 Encinal Ave
* Provides prompt, caring, and personalized medical care. Walk-in services include physicals and check-ups, women’s health, treatment of illnesses and infections, immunizations, travel medicine, and injury care.

Name Changes:

All Good Living, 2332 Alameda Ave (formerly known as ShopMixcrate)
* Lifestyle products that are earth-friendly and made in the USA. Specialties include fashionable and socially-aware tees and kids’ onesies.

The Sewing Room, 2434 Webb Ave (space formerly shared with the Style Lounge)
* Sells fabric, sewing patterns, and professional dress forms. Also offers sewing classes for kids and adults.

New Location:

Core2400, 1516 Oak Street #310

Law Office of Andrew Dosa, 1516 Oak Street #311

Wilson & Tornlof, Inc., 1516 Oak Street #104

New Owners:

Fruitti Yogi, 2321 Santa Clara Ave

Ocean Nails & Spa, 1235 Park Street (formerly Fusion Nails & Spa)

In the Works:  Read the rest of this entry »

PSBA Businesses Give Back to the Community

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Please join us in congratulating the first recipients of our newly created “President’s Award.” The Park Street Business Association’s Board of Directors is presenting this award on a monthly basis to businesses and/or individuals who have done something extraordinary for the Alameda community and/or the PSBA community. Our first awards were presented to a couple of restaurant owners in the district for their humanitarian service during the holidays:

The Great Turkey Give-Away…The Dudum family, owner of Linguini’s Restaurant and Habanas, and their management staff provided 1,500 free turkeys to the public at Thanksgiving time. They have been doing this in Alameda for three years and say this past year was probably their biggest giveaway yet. When asked about how the annual program started, restaurant manager Shadi responded, “The owners of Linguini’s & Habanas have been fortunate enough to be successful here on Park Street for many years and wanted to give back to the community.”

Linguini's Turkey GiveAway

Warm Soup for Everyone… Every year on Christmas Eve, John Thiel, owner of Pappo, provides hot soup to anybody in need of a warm meal. John and his staff have been doing this since 2006. Even his family pitches in to spread the cheer. In addition to providing a sustainable meal, they distribute toiletries and warm winter coats that are donated for the event. John told the PSBA Board of Directors that he continues to do this because he just feels he needs to give something back to the community.

The Park Street Business Association commends these restaurant owners and managers for their exemplary community service and going that extra yard for the Alameda community.

If you would like to recommend a PSBA member for a President’s Award, please contact our office at (510) 523-1392 or parkstreet1 @

More about the restaurants…  Read the rest of this entry »


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