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!

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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 »

Best of Alameda 2012: Park Street Businesses Are Favorites

Summer is definitely here! The Best of Alameda 2012 list has been released!

For those who don’t know, the July/August “Best Of” issue of Alameda Magazine is the one that the editors go all out to showcase the everyday greatness of Alameda.

Our congratulations go to the Park Street District businesses that received Readers’ Choice and Editors’ Choice awards for this year’s Best of Alameda 2012. As usual, there are a lot of them! Categories include Restaurants, Drinks, Goods & Services, Kids, Pets, and Lifestyles. For your convenience, our winning businesses have been alphabetized in each category.

Tip: Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the list to find out what Alameda named as the best annual event.

RESTAURANTS

Asena Restaurant (2508 Santa Clara Ave) Best Mediterranean Restaurant, Best Restaurant with Staying Power (5+ years in business)

Bowzer’s Pizza (1330 Park Street) Best Thick Crust Pizza

Burma Superstar (1345 Park Street) Best Exotic Comfort Food

C’era Una Volta (1332 Park Street, Suite D) Best Italian Restaurant

Ching Hua (1650 Park Street) Best Chinese Restaurant Read the rest of this entry »

Congratulations! 2011 Park Street Business Awards

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The 13th Annual Park Street Business Association Awards were presented at last month’s PSBA holiday party. Congratulations to the following businesses!

New Business of the Year

Flowers Clothing CompanyFlowers Clothing Co., 2305 Santa Clara Avenue

Flowers Clothing Co. is a unique business in the Park Street district, providing the very best in work, uniform, and fashionable clothing for men and women. How did they end up with such a dainty name? “Flowers” embraced the existence of a historic sign above their doorway (the building was formerly the site of Towata Flowers) — and that’s just one of the many reasons we like them.

Retail Business of the Year

Happy Feet Children's ShoesHAPPY FEET Children’s Shoes, 1354 Park Street

HAPPY FEET Children’s Shoes has the largest selection of competitively priced, high-quality footwear and accessories for children. In 2011, during a questionable economic time for most businesses, the owners took a leap of faith and moved from a small space on Santa Clara Avenue to a much larger space on Park Street. What a great addition this “happy” space has brought to the mix of businesses on the 1300 block of Park Street!

Culinary Business of the Year

Julie's Coffee & Tea GardenJulie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street

Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden is Alameda’s one-of-a-kind spot for organic coffee and tea, with a quaint garden patio in the back. The business continues to evolve and attract a great clientele with the addition of a wholesome selection of organic breakfasts, lunches, and other snacks. Favorites include morning eggs, quinoa bowls, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Some of the food stuffs are even supplied by other businesses in the district (Scolari’s and Feel Good Bakery to name a couple). Be sure to stop by Julie’s during one of the weekly live music or craft nights!

Professional Business of the Year (tie)

Kevin R. Kearney, CPA, 1516 Oak Street #207

Kevin Kennedy, LLC, 1516 Oak Street #101

The “two Kevins” are a couple of hard working guys. In addition to running their independent businesses in the Park Street Business District, they both serve the City of Alameda as auditor and treasurer, respectively. Their diligence benefits the city and the Park Street Business District!

PSBA Member of the Year

Bruce Reeves, Law Office of Reeves & Seidler, 2527 Santa Clara Ave

Bruce Reeves is a truly dedicated participant in the Park Street Business Association. He’s served as the secretary of the PSBA board for numerous years, is a member of PSBA’s Economic Revitalization committee, and is an original member of the Park Street Art & Wine Faire committee. Bruce also currently serves on the City’s Economic Development Commission as the commission’s chair.

Support your local businesses! Shop Park Street! (online directory) Read the rest of this entry »

Park Street Windows Brighten the Holidays

The Park Street Business District is looking cheerful this holiday season thanks to all the businesses that have decorated their windows. Our blue ribbon committee took a stroll the other night and came up with a list of standouts. The judges’ criteria for selection included unique displays (not just trees and lights) that worked for both daytime and nighttime. We hope you will stop by each of the businesses and take a look. You might find your own favorites.

Congratulations to the following businesses for their fun displays!

Dog Bone Alley Holiday Window

Dog Bone Alley

Larger Windows

  1. Dog Bone Alley, 1342 Park Street – “Cute doggies! I want to take them all home with me!”
  2. Toy Safari, 1410 Park Street – “Every kid’s dream! Definitely took a lot of work to set the displays!”
  3. Park Street Antiques, 1519 Park Street – “Love how items from the store were used!”

Honorable Mention: C&M Upholstery & Fabrics, Happy Feet Children’s Shoes, Ole’s Waffle Shop, Olympic Florist, Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream

Rocket Reuse Holiday Window

Rocket Reuse

Smaller Windows

  1. Rocket Reuse, 1355 Park Street - “I remember Christmases like that! There’s even milk and cookies for Santa!”
  2. Silk Road, 1412 Park Street – “Adorable! Great stockings!”
  3. Bead Inspirations, 1544 Park Street – “Simple yet elegant! “

Honorable Mention: Daisy’s, Dr. Daniel Chin Optometrist, Monkey Bars, Sumbody

For more photos… view the Park Street Holiday Window Contest photo gallery. Read the rest of this entry »

Best of Alameda on Park Street

This Week’s Happenings in the Park Street District: Calendar, August 15-21

The Best of 2011 Alameda Magazineissue of Alameda Magazine hit the stands back on June 30. Now that we’ve wrapped up “The Best Event in Alameda” and a lot of the hoopla has settled down, we thought it would be fun to review the list of Park Street District businesses that received Readers’ Choice and Editors’ Choice awards. And there were a lot of them!

Congratulations to the Best of Park Street:

FOOD & DRINK

Angela’s Bistro and Bar – Best Early Bird Special, Best Place to Sip Wine with the Gals
Asena – Best Mediterranean Restaurant, Best Established Restaurant (5 years or older)
BarCeluna – Most Sumptuous Starters Read the rest of this entry »

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