“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 before it even 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 Day.

American Oak, 2319 Santa Clara Ave – Featured cocktails with 100% going toward the fund, 3-5pm

Speisekammer,  2424 Lincoln Ave – Special themed menu with 100% going toward the fund, all day

Pappo, 2320 Central Ave – Purchase raffle tickets for $5 and all proceeds will go to the fund, all day

Cafe Q, 2302 Encinal Ave – 20% of all sales will be donated to the fund, all day

Sidestreet Pho, 2304 Encinal Ave – Special beer & appetizer pairing with 50% going toward fund, 3-5pm

East End, 1650 Park Street – $1 from every cocktail purchased will be donated to the fund, all day

Bowzer’s Pizza, 1330 Park Street – 20% of pizza purchases to be donated to the fund, dine-in Noon-7pm

Lola’s Chicken Shack, 1417 Park Street – $1 of every fountain drink sold will be donated to the fund, all day

Other restaurants and eateries making plans for special menu items on “Sunday Fund Day” include:

C’era Una Volta, 1332 Park Street #D, 769-4828

Linguini’s Pizza, 1508 Park Street, 865-5101

TASTE at McGee’s, 1645 Park Street, 517-7887

Tucker’s Ice Cream, 1349 Park Street, 522-4960

More restaurants are pitching in every day. Please check with your favorite eateries to see if they have any special items or activities planned for Sunday Fund Day. You might even consider making Sunday a true “Fund Day” by strolling through the district and ordering special dishes and/or drinks from a number of establishments.

Thank you for supporting a local business and helping to re-establish Angela’s Restaurant! 

Angela's Bistro Arson in Alameda

Another Fundraiser Date to Save – Shop & Dine for Alameda Classrooms on November 5

The merchants in Downtown Alameda’s Park Street Business District are always proud to assist in the educational enrichment of our local students. On Wednesday, November 5, more than 15 businesses will be joining together to donate a portion of their sales income to the Alameda Education Foundation’s Adopt A Classroom program.

AEF will be directing funds raised on November 5 to classrooms not yet adopted and whose teachers demonstrate the most need. The goal is to collectively raise $2,000 during the day – enough to fund four classrooms in need.

You can help support the teachers and their students while also getting a jump on your holiday gift-buying. Look for more information to be posted on the PSBA website: www.ShopParkStreet.com/news

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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 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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Alameda Zombie Crawl Pre-Party at Tiger’s Blood Social Club

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

Alameda Zombie Crawl 2014This is not a PSBA event, but the 6th Annual Alameda Zombie Crawl will be filling Park Street and other nearby streets with hordes of the walking dead this Saturday, October 18. Dress up as a Zombie and join the horde! Crawl participating bars, mingle with fellow undead, and enjoy drink specials made by our local necromantic bartenders.

The event is open to everyone 21 and over. There is no itinerary, so zombies can feel free to roam wherever they like. For those who are not ready to join the undead, the event is still worth a trip to Downtown Alameda to view some of the most frightening and creative creatures on the island as the zombies shuffle along the sidewalks.

Zombie Crawl 2014 at Tiger's Blood Social ClubIn the spirit of the Zombie Crawl, Tiger’s Blood Social Club, located at 2319 Santa Clara Ave, will be hosting a Zombie Crawl Pre-Party. They promise “Bands, Burlesque, Tattoos, and General Mayhem.” But it’s all in fun. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Alameda Education Foundation’s Adopt A Classroom program.

Starting at Noon, professional make-up and photo sessions will be available at the tattoo parlor (but it’s advised to call ahead and reserve a time). Then from 4:00pm to 9:00pm, the party will be in high gear with live bands including Misfits tribute band, Braineaters; Siouxsie & the Banshees tribute band, Voodoo Dolly; and local band The Up and Down. Emcee Shotzi BlackHeart “Queen of the Damned” will introduce the festivities which also include a burlesque show by some of the hottest zombies around.

Alameda Zombie CrawlersThis year organizers of the Alameda Zombie Crawl have arranged for a “shuffle” bus to circle the island between the hours of 8:00pm and1:00am. The stopping points in the Park Street District are Churchward Pub (1515 Park Street) and Lucky 13 (1301 Park Street). The donation for the shuttle is $7 for unlimited rides (a wristband will be issued during your first ride).

Other official participating businesses in Alameda’s historic Park Street Business District include Lost Weekend Lounge, Club House, The Hobnob, Fire Den, Monkey King Pub & Grub, and Starbaby Studio.

More information: www.zombiecrawl.info/zombify-yourself/

Event updates are posted on the official Zombie Crawl Facebook page.

“Sunday Fund Day” – October 26

Save the Date! An industry-driven fundraiser to help re-establish Angela’s Restaurant and bring the community together is being planned for Sunday, October 26.

Saboor Zafari was close to opening the new Angela’s Restaurant earlier this month when it fell victim to a devastating arsonist fire.  Read the rest of this entry »

2014 Classic Car Show in Downtown Alameda Revs Up Park Street

Park Street Classic Car Show, Alameda 2014Get ready to start those engines!

The 21st Annual Park Street Classic Car Show takes place on Saturday, October 11. More than 400 classic vehicles of every description will be on display in Alameda’s historic downtown district from 10:00am to 4:00pm – antique roadsters, vintage coupes, hot rods, muscle cars, and so much more.

Most of the cars come from the magical decades of the ’50s and the ’60s, but there will also be plenty of muscle cars from the ’70s and a number of rare beauties from the ’30s and ’40s.

Park Street Classic Car Show has a lot to offer! This free event is fun for the whole family and is not to be missed. Entertainment and prizes will be available and DJs will be spinning oldies from the ’50s and the ’60s. A national representative of the Mustang Club of America even declared Park Street’s annual Classic Car Show to be “the best that he has ever seen.”

Park Street Classic Car Show AlamedaAlongside the Classic Car Show, Alameda Bicycle (1522 Park Street) will be hosting a Classic Bike Show — show off your low rider cruiser, vintage road bike, or any other bike you deem a classic.

In addition, many of the Downtown Alameda shops and restaurants will be open for business. Spectators are invited to explore the unique collection of stores and enjoy the tasty fare of the fabulous eateries. You can even test your gaming skills at Subpar Miniature Golf and High Scores Arcade Museum, catch a movie at the historic restored Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, or enjoy a live Rockabilly show reminiscent of the 50’s at Capone’s SpeakeasyRead the rest of this entry »

Capone’s Speakeasy: The Ultimate Lounge Experience Comes to Alameda

Capone's Speakeasy, Ultimate Lounge Experience in AlamedaCapone’s Speakeasy is providing the East Bay with an intriguing new nightlife option. Step back in time into the Roaring Twenties… a time when speakeasies were hip and jazz was cool. At Capone’s Speakeasy you’ll find a warm and friendly place with a sophisticated atmosphere; a place where you always get the best of everything.

Staff adorned in period dress (think flappers and men in vests) set the stage for a spectacular night out.

Start your evening in a stunning dining room with a vintage bar and 1920′s bank vaults that is evocative of a 1920s speakeasy. Then stick around for the best local bands and DJ’s — patrons will especially appreciate the live jazz and light rock on Fridays and Saturday nights.

Capone's Speakeasy, Ultimate Lounge Experience in Alameda, small dishesCapone’s Speakeasy offers an extraordinary list of signature drinks and a menu of mouth-watering small plates of modern American cuisine inspired by international specialties. Complementing the food is a robust selection of contemporary and classic cocktails; a California-centric wine list; and small-producer beers.  Read the rest of this entry »

Unleash Your Creativity at Artistic Home Studio & Boutique: Alameda’s Destination for Home Art Fans

Artistic Home Studio AlamedaArtistic Home Studio & Boutique in the heart of Alameda is a creative combination of studio and boutique with a focus on home décor arts, teaching, selling supplies, and doing custom work for clients. With numerous 5-star reviews on Yelp and awarded “Retail Business of the Year,” it has become a destination for home arts enthusiasts and novices to explore their creativity.

JaYing Wang and Rachel Gingold — two of the Bay Area’s finest art and craft professionals — started Artistic Home & Boutique in 2013. The business partners met through their adopted Chinese daughters and agree that “Opening the studio has changed our lives. We love the interactions with customers, and our daughters get to see (and participate) in making a creative business work.”

Artistic Home Studio Alameda InstructorsTogether with other instructors, JaYing and Rachel hold classes in glass arts (fused glass, stained glass), mosaics, and decorative painting techniques for furniture and the home. Additionally, they have a youth programs consisting of summer camps and after-school art classes. All classes are held in a stunning, light-filled 1100 sq. ft. studio with gabled and beamed 20-ft high ceilings (the space was originally a historic barn).

In the adjacent boutique, they sell custom-painted furniture, local artisan-made glass jewelry, as well as décor products to try at home, including Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan (Artistic Home is the main Annie Sloan ‘stockist’ for the San Francisco Bay Area).

JaYing and Rachel affirm: “Our mission is to make your home more ARTISTIC, one project at a time!”  Read the rest of this entry »

Power Box Art + Customer Appreciation Day in Downtown Alameda

Power Box Art in Alameda

Power Box designed by 6-year-old Lars Petersen III

Come celebrate and meet the artists and sponsors who are making our city an even greater place to live! Power Box Art is Alameda’s newest public art. Kick off the unveiling with food, drink, and music at Rhythmix Cultural Center (2513 Blanding Ave) on Friday, September 12, 6:00-9:00pm.

6pm-9pm: Power Box Art Show gallery opening in K Gallery featuring work by the same artists who have wrapped their visions around Alameda’s utility transformers. This event will also include a slide show of all the art submissions.

7pm-8pm: A formal reception in the theater to acknowledge the power box artists, sponsors, and participants who made it all happen.

Congratulations to the selected artists! Emily Bonnes, Delena Britnell, Nancy Crookston, Flavia Krasilchik, Clare Rickard, Chris Rummel, Stephen Seche, Jessica Warren, and Wesley Warren. 6-year-old Lars Petersen III was selected in the student category. All artists are Alameda residents.

Take a self-guided tour! Want to view the Power Box Art in person? Maps of all 10 Power Box Art locations will be available at the kick-off celebration. Maps will also be available at many of the businesses in Downtown Alameda on Customer Appreciation Day.

More information: www.alamedamp.com/working-with-amp/power-box-art

Power Box Art is a partnership between AMP, PSBA, and Rhythmix Cultural Works.

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Customer Appreciation Day is September 13: We Love Our Customers!

Customer Appreciation Day 2014, Park Street, Downtown AlamedaThe merchants in Alameda’s Park Street Business District appreciate your support and would like to honor YOU, our valued customer.

As a special thank you, we are celebrating “Customer Appreciation Day” on Saturday, September 13 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Businesses throughout the district will be offering special discounts, prizes, and giveaways!

We invite you to stroll through Alameda’s historic and vibrant downtown district to visit your favorite shops, restaurants, and services. During the day, take a self-guided tour of the new Power Box Art and maybe even discover some new places along the way. Self-guided maps will be available at many of the businesses.

In addition to plenty of discounts being offered at all the businesses, a number of merchants have special activities planned for everyone including a free Zumba lesson, free food tastings, free photo opportunities, and free hair chalking.

More than 50 merchants are taking part in this year’s Customer Appreciation Day — look for the colorful balloons that will be posted in front of the businesses! (view the list of special offers)

Enter to Win: For a chance to win gift cards and other prizes valued over $250 from the local businesses, be sure to stop at the PSBA information table to enter the FREE DRAWING. (The info table will be located at the corner of Park Street & Central Avenue from 11am to 4pm.)

Take note: There are even more chances to win something since many of the merchants will be holding free drawings inside their businesses!

For details about the event and a list of special offers, visit the PSBA website:
www.shopparkstreet.com/news.html#CustomerAppreciation

(Related post: http://parkstreetbusiness.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/customer-appreciation-day-in-downtown-alameda/)

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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.

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

Power Box Art

Customer Appreciation Day in Downtown Alameda: We Love Our Customers!

Customer Appreciation Day 2014, Park Street, Downtown AlamedaThe merchants in Alameda’s Park Street Business District appreciate your support and would like to honor you, our valued customer.

As a special thank you, we are celebrating “Customer Appreciation Day” on Saturday, September 13. Over 50 businesses will be offering special discounts, deals, and giveaways from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

We invite you to stroll through Alameda’s historic and vibrant downtown district to visit your favorite shops, restaurants, and services. Take a self-guided tour of the new Power Box Art and maybe even discover some new places along the way.

Enter for a chance to win prizes valued over $250 from the local businesses 

Stop by the Park Street Business Association‘s information table at the corner of Park Street & Central Ave between 11:00am and 4:00pm to enter a FREE DRAWING. This is your chance to win a variety of gift cards and prizes valued over $250 from the local businesses. In addition, many of the merchants will be holding free drawings inside their businesses.

Look for the colorful balloons that will be posted in front of participating businesses. More than 50 merchants are taking part in this year’s Customer Appreciation Day.

Again, thank you for supporting local businesses! We look forward to seeing you!

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Look for the Balloons in front of these Participating Businesses

CHILDREN
    Monkey Bars, 1339 Park Street – Receive a $10 gift card and free recycled tote bag when you spend $50.
    Pippa & Co., 2544 Santa Clara Ave – Come shop our grand opening + between 11am-1pm get your photo taken in our party photobooth by Megan Small Photography!
    Tot Tank, 1413 Park Street – Get 10% off when you buy any two regular priced toys or clothing.
    Toy Safari, 1410 Park Street – Buy 2 toys, get 1 free of equal or lesser value

ENTERTAINMENT & ART
    Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave – Theatre Lobby Photo Op with Movie Costume Characters, plus Free Wooden Nickle Give-away good for $1 OFF Snack Bar Combo. 11am-4pm
    Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, 1419 Park Street – Come in for free treats plus glass and paint demos. Select items on sale and 10% off all ChalkPaint® colors.
    D20 Games, 2311 Santa Clara Ave #B – Buy 4 packs, get 1 free (limit one per customer)
    High Scores Arcade, 1414 Park Street – Free play $5/hour or $10/day — we love our customers!
    Subpar Miniature Golf, 1511 Park Street – Everyone plays at kid’s price ($7)

FOOD & DRINK
    American Oak, 2319 Santa Clara Ave – Receive 10% off your bill of $50 or more all night
    Angkor Grill, 1319 Park Street – Free salad w/ entree purchase, 11am-4pm
    C’era Una Volta, 1332 Park Street #D – Free canvas tote with purchase (min. $20)
    Doggy-Style Hotdogs, 1234 Park Street – Receive 10% off any purchase
    Juanita’s Restaurant, 1324 Park Street – Free Soft Drink with purchase of entrée; free ice cream for kids 12-5pm
    Julie’s coffee & tea garden, 1223 Park Street – Grab bag of discounts & prizes, plus complimentary taste samples.
    Lola’s Chicken Shack, 1417 Park Street – Free fountain soda with purchase of any entree (all day)
    Mama Papa Lithuania Restaurant, 1241 Park Street – 20% off all beer in the beer garden, 2pm-5pm
    McGee’s Bar & Grill, 1645 Park Street – Free soda with purchase of any burger or entrée
    Ole’s Waffle Shop, 1507 Park Street – One free coffee with purchase of breakfast, 8am-10am
    PS Eatery, 1363 Park Street – Complimentary fountain soda and home fries with any sandwich or burger purchase, 11:30-4:00pm
    The Original Red Onion, 1222 Park Street – Buy any 2 sandwiches and get fries and 2 drinks on the house
    Tucker’s Ice Cream, 1349 Park Street – Buki The Clown will be doing face painting and glitter tattoos 3:30 to 5:00!
    Wine & Waffles, 1505 Park Street – Two complimentary 1 oz. wine tastes with purchase of Wine & Dine Board
    Zen Restaurant, 2315 Santa Clara Ave – Free Creme Brulee dessert with minimum $25 purchase (mention Customer Appreciation)

RETAIL & GIFTS
    Alameda See Spot Run, 2510 Santa Clara Ave – 20% off Wild Calling dog food while supplies last (dry food only)
    Aphrodite’s Closet, 1419 Park Street – Up to 30%, 50%, and even 75% off.
    Bead Inspirations, 1544 Park Street – Receive a free bag of beads with any purchase or buy one gemstone bead strand and get one free; Open Beading Studio 3-6pm
    Bonne Vie, 1419 Park Street – Free Raffle! Enter to win a bottle of French Jaffelin Rose Champagne ($25 value)
    Daisy’s, 1347 Park Street – “Enter our free raffle! No purchase necessary. “
    Dandelion Flowers, 1419 Park Street – Stop in for a complimentary treat; select items on sale
    De Lauer’s Newsstand, 1412 Park Street – Buy any magazine, get 30% off a second (of equal or lesser value)
    Juniper Tree Vintage, 1320 Park Street – 10% off all purchases
    Lost City Antiques, 1519 Park Street – 50% off all “DG” items downstairs; other discounts storewide
    Ni Sa Bula, 1415 Park Street – Receive 15% off regular marked prices
    Ozone, 1431 Park Street – Buy 2 pieces of clothing and get 1 free; 10% off custom built skateboards
    Park Jewelers, 1401 1/2 Park Street – $5 off any repairs of jewelry
    Pauline’s Antiques, 1427 Park Street – 30% off regular marked prices up to $500; hot apple cider 10am-noon
    Pixies & Peony, 2305 Santa Clara Ave – Stop by for your free gift and save 10% on any purchase
    Scott’s Shoes, 1330 Park Street #B – $10 off your purchase of $50 or more
    To Herb With Love, 1336 Park Street #A – Get 25% off everything in the store

BEAUTY
    Seven Salon, 1629 Park Street -
    Starbaby Studio, 1309 Park Street – $10 off first haircut in the month of September (new clients only)
    Sumbody, 1350 Park Street – Complimentary Make-Your-Own-Facemask Bar
    Tomo Mini Spa, 1411 Park Street – Buy four 50-minute massages, get one free
    We Are Hair, 1343 Park Street – Complimentary “hair chalking” (temporary color, one streak per person); receive 20% off all haircare products.

HEALTH & WELLNESS
    Alameda Natural Grocery, 1650 Park Street – 10% off all purchases. First 100 customers to spend $20 receive a bag of goodies.
    Alameda Personal Training, 2414 Central Ave – Sign up for 2-weeks of unlimited fitness classes (limit 1x/day)
    Team Silva Martial Arts, 1502 Park Street – Enter to win free martial arts classes valued at $50
    Urgent Care Center of Alameda, 2421 Encinal Avenue #A -
    Yoga Alameda, 1502 Park Street – Enter to win a free yoga mat and yoga classes valued at $50

SERVICES
    Alameda Business Machines, 2309 Santa Clara Ave – Free consultation
    Alameda Collision Repair, 1911 Park Street – 20% off your insurance deductible OR 10% off labor
    Allstate Insurance, 2504 Santa Clara Ave #5 – We love our clients! Thank you for your business!
    C&M Upholstery and Fabrics, 1211 Park Street – 30% off Stock Fabric and 20% off Special Orders of 5 yards or more; offer good thru Sept. 30
    Edward Jones Investments (Deb Knowles), 1336 Park Street #D – Complimentary portfolio review through September; call 510-749-0403.
    Island Print Express, 2534 Santa Clara Ave – We love our customers! Thank you for your business!
    Lee Auto Supply, 1525 Park Street – Stop by for a free cookie and other treats
    Megan Small Photography – Get a free photo in Pippa & Co.’s party photobooth 11am-1pm @ 2544 Santa Clara.
    Quick Communications, 1526 Park Street – Receive $50 worth of free accessories with any phone purchase

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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.

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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