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 »

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 @ comcast.net.

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2013 PSBA Business Awards

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The 15th Annual Park Street Business Association Awards were presented at the PSBA holiday party held last month. The awards are given to businesses in five different categories. Finalists are selected based on their involvement in PSBA, participation in district-wide activities, and making a positive contribution to the Park Street Business District.

Congratulations to the following businesses!

New Business of the Year
Island Print Express
, 2434 Santa Clara Ave
Island Print Express, Alameda, Joe DalipeWhen owner Joe Dalipe first opened Island Print Express at the beginning of 2013 his mission was to “keep Alameda in business, one document at a time.” Joe has truly gone beyond that simple statement by providing excellent print services for everybody – whether it’s banners, envelopes, or larger print jobs. Additionally, he jumped right into PSBA activities by participating in roundtable discussions, offering special services for PSBA members, and designing the promotional materials used for last year’s Customer Appreciation Day.

Retail Business of the Year
Artistic Home Studio & Boutique
, 1419 Park Street
Artisitc Home Studio & Boutique, AlamedaArtistic Home Studio & Boutique opened its doors inside Park Street Plaza in May 2013. Created by two local artists, the combination art store and studio has brought a fresh sense of creativity to the Park Street district. In the boutique, you’ll find beautiful artisan-made items, hand-painted furniture, glass supplies, as well as the full line of Chalk Paint® decorative paint. In the studio, people can participate in classes on mosaics, stained glass, and decorative paint for refinishing furniture and other household items. For a fun experience, sign up for one of Rachel and JaYing’s group sessions such as ladies’ night out for adults or after-school art classes for youth.

Professional Business of the Year
Park Centre Animal Hospital
, 2501 Central Ave
Park Centre Animal Hospital, AlamedaOne of Alameda’s oldest veterinarian clinics, the Park Centre Animal Hospital has been serving pets since 1964. Their exceptional care of animals reflects their motto: “We care for your pet as we do our own; with gentleness and understanding.” Services range from routine physical exams and preventive care to senior care and laser therapy. In addition, Park Centre Animal Hospital provides veterinary-supervised boarding facilities for both cats and dogs — all boarders enjoy clean, bright, comfortable surroundings in the well-maintained building. And you won’t find a better maintained building and grounds anywhere in the district.

Culinary Business of the Year (tie)
With so many food and drink establishments in our district, the membership committee always has a tough decision in this category. Our two award winners are longtime favorite establishments in the district; both restaurants have been in business for over 10 years and have hosted some of the best PSBA mixers:

C’era Una Volta, 1332 Park Street
Cera Una Volta, AlamedaNestled in the back of Redwood Square, C’era Una Volta has something for everybody. They serve a great Panini (those wonderfully tasty Italian sandwiches), exceptional crepes and frittatas, and world-class coffee and cappuccino. But what truly sets C’era Una Volta apart is Chef Rudy’s presentation of food and wine. His dinner menu provides diners an avenue toward understanding Italian traditions while offering a classic selection of slow-cooked pasta dishes and traditional Italian entrees, along with an extensive wine menu.

Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
Speisekammer, AlamedaSpeisekammer is one of those treasured spots located on one of our side streets — there’s an outdoor beer garden; cozy, low-lit dining areas; and regular, live entertainment. But it’s the food that keeps people coming back. You won’t find a better Sauerbraten, Wiener Schnitzel, or potato pancake elsewhere. Their annual Oktoberfest celebration is not to be missed and attracts families of all ages to the district.

Member of the Year
Terry Mitchell
– Allstate Insurance, 2504 Santa Clara Ave
Terry Mitchell, Allstate insurance, Alameda“You’re in Good Hands with Allstate” definitely describes insurance agent Terry Mitchell. He has been with Allstate for over 12 years and is said to have worn many hats. But namely, Terry has been leading PSBA’s Membership Committee for nearly five years. With his oversight, our members receive regular district news updates and enjoy monthly business mixers. (He’s also been known to entertain us with a song or two.)

Special Awards

In recognition of our 15 years of business awards, the Membership Committee and the PSBA Board of Directors thought it fitting to extend special awards to two of our longtime merchants:  Read the rest of this entry »

Best Holiday Windows in Alameda

The Park Street Business District is looking quite cheerful this holiday season thanks to all of the businesses that have decorated their windows and shops.

Our blue ribbon committee took a stroll through the district and came up with a list of this year’s standouts. The judges looked for unique displays that invoke smiles, dreams, and warm holiday wishes. We hope you get a chance to stop by each of the businesses and take a look yourself. You just might discover your own favorites.

Congratulations to the following businesses for their fun and creative displays!

Artisitic Home Studio & Boutique, Alameda

Artisitic Home Studio

Best Nutcracker Display -
Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, 1419 Park Street

Best Accessorized for Winter -
Lanvie, 1419 Park Street

Best Decked for the Holidays Display -
Juniper Tree Vintage, 1320 Park Street

Pixies & Peony, Alameda gift shop

Pixies & Peony

Best Winter Playland -
Pixies & Peony, 2305 Santa Clara Ave

Best Skate Girl -
Starbaby Studio, 1309 Park Street

Best Snow Creatures -
Subpar Miniature Golf, 1511 Park Street

Best Cool Rider Display -
Lee Auto Supply, 1525 Park Street

Dog Bone Alley, Alameda

Dog Bone Alley

Best Holiday Warmth Display -
Dog Bone Alley, 1342 Park Street

Best Frosted Sign -
Redux Studios & Gallery, 2315 Lincoln Ave

Best “Shop Local” Window -
Goods, 2537 Santa Clara Ave

Juniper Tree Vintage Clothing, Alameda

Best Holiday Window:
Juniper Tree Vintage

Grand Prize Winner: Photos were posted online and our Facebook fans got to select their favorite holiday window displays. This year’s PSBA Facebook Fan Award goes to… Juniper Tree Vintage!

In addition the winners listed above, we had a number of Honorable Mentions in the Park Street Business District:

Alameda See Spot Run, Aphrodite’s Closet, Daisy’s, Happy Feet, Jadyn Taylor Nail Spa, Kamakura, Ole’s Waffle Shop, Park Street Antiques, Rocket Reuse, Starland Music Center

We’d also like to recognize our other businesses for getting into the spirit and decorating their windows for the holidays:

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Best of Alameda 2013: Park Street is Alameda’s Best Shopping District (and more)

Best of Alameda 2013, Alameda Magazine

John Thiel, Pappo

“Alameda is the kind of place movie location scouts probably dream about as the setting for a film about the quintessential American town. Neither too big nor too small, Alameda manages to hold on to its charm while still offering everything that the most discerning resident could possibly want — from shopping to restaurants to recreation…” writes Paul Kilduff in the July/August issue of Alameda Magazine.

What do discriminating Alameda Magazine readers love most about Alameda? The results of this year’s Best of Alameda poll were announced last month. Categories include Restaurants, Drinks, Goods & Services, Kids, Pets, and Lifestyles.

Congratulations to all the Park Street District businesses that have been selected “Best of Alameda 2013.”  As usual, there are a lot of them (a total of 36) so it’s no surprise that Park Street was chosen as the Best Shopping District.

Taking top honors are a number of businesses that received multiple Best of Alameda awards this year:

  • Scolari's burger, Alameda

    Scolari’s Good Eats

    Pappo – Best Overall Restaurant, Best California Cuisine, Restaurant With the Best Service, Best Restaurant With Staying Power (5-plus years in business), Best Date Night Restaurant, Best Wine List, and Best Chef

  • Scolari’s Good Eats – Best Burger, Best Nonburger, Best French Fries, Best Late-Night Munchies, and Best Food Truck
  • La Penca Azul – Best Mexican Restaurant, Best Happy Hour, and Best Margaritas
  • Lucky 13 – Best Beer Selection, Best Neighborhood Bar, and Best Place to Drink Cheap
Speisekammer patio, Alameda

Speisekammer German Restaurant

  • Speisekammer - Best Outdoor Restaurant, Best Dog-Friendly Restaurant, and Best Live Music Venue

The Park Street Business District as a whole also won a couple of Best of Alameda 2013 awards: Best Shopping District and Best Local Fest or Annual Event (Park Street Art & Wine Faire).

To view an alphabetic list of ALL the winners in the Park Street Business District, visit:
http://parkstreetbusiness.wordpress.com/best-of-alameda/

But here’s a tip… To enjoy the great photos and business spotlights that accompany the original Best of Alameda 2013 article, look for a copy of Alameda Magazine’s July/August issue at  Read the rest of this entry »

Congratulations! 2012 Park Street Business Award Winners

The 14th Annual Park Street Business Association Awards were presented at December’s PSBA holiday party. The awards are given to businesses in five different categories. Finalists are selected based on making a positive contribution to the Park Street Business District and their participation in PSBA activities. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

New Business of the Year

Juniper Tree Vintage, 1320 Park Street

Juniper Tree Vintage - 1320 Park Street, AlamedaJuniper Tree Vintage may be new to Alameda, but the charming shop has been in existence for quite a few years. Juniper Tree Vintage relocated from Oakland’s Lakeshore district just in time for the Park Street Spring Festival, bringing their “vintage” fans with them and a new clientele to the Park Street District. Juniper Tree Vintage carries “upscale fabulous vintage clothing from the 1940s to the 1970s.” Before stepping into the store, be sure to pause and admire their delightful and ever-changing window displays.

Retail Business of the Year

Silk Road, 1412 Park Street

Silk Road - 1412 Park Street, AlamedaSilk Road is a fair-trade store dedicated to making a change in the world, both near and far. The family-run business offers a selection of jewelry, baskets, tableware, soaps, food items, and knitting supplies. There’s even a story behind each item, all of which support craft folks in under-developed countries or are provided by local artisans. In addition, customers can participate in craft events created for adults and for kids throughout the year. Don’t miss their awareness events such as “Rock the Vote” or their annual “Harvest Festival.” Silk Road’s positive outlook is reflected in the inspirational quotes that are posted outside the store each day.

Culinary Business of the Year (tie)

With so many food and drink establishments in our district, the membership committee always has a tough decision in this category. This year was no different and resulted in Read the rest of this entry »

Gingerbread Park Street — Which is Your Favorite Holiday Display?

Gingerbread Park Street 2012

Take a bite out of Park Street!

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

The Park Street Business District is looking cheerful this holiday season thanks to all the businesses that have decorated their windows and shops. Our blue ribbon committee took a stroll the other night and came up with a list of standouts. The judges looked for unique displays that invoke smiles, winter dreams, and holiday wishes. We hope you will stop by each of the businesses and take a look yourself. You just might find your own favorites.

Congratulations to the following businesses for their fun and creative holiday displays!… Read the rest of this entry »

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