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 www.levinejwl.com

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)

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New Businesses in Alameda’s Park Street District (October 2013)

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

New Businesses:

Dandelion Flowers & Gifts

Dandelion Flowers & Gifts

Baron’s Eats, 1650 Park Street (inside the Marketplace)
* An extension of Baron’s Meats & Poultry serving hamburgers, sausages, and sandwiches.

Dandelion Flower & Gifts, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza)
* New flower shop by Karim features locally sourced flowers and other gifts.

Gary Francis Fine Art, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza)
* Art gallery with monthly exhibitions featuring Bay Area artists.

Mama Papa Lithuania, 1241 Park Street
* Eastern European and Baltic cuisine — potatoes, meat, and greens are a dominating influence.

New Associate Member:

Alameda Bilingual Preschool, 2152 Buena Vista Ave
* Private preschool offering a bilingual program through play and hands on activities.

Avalon School of Cosmetology

Avalon School of Cosmetology

New Name:

Avalon School of Cosmetology2318 Central Ave (formerly Alameda Beauty College)

New Location:

Alameda Nutrition2447 Santa Clara Ave #301 (previously at 1414 Everett St)

Nancie Odbert, DC, 2447 Santa Clara Ave #301 (previously at 1414 Everett St)

Suzanne Ochs2447 Santa Clara Ave #301 (previously at 1414 Everett St)

Susan Parks, L.E.2447 Santa Clara Ave #301 (previously at 1414 Everett St)

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New Businesses in Alameda’s Park Street District (September 2013)

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

New Businesses:

Bonne Vie Fine Cigars and Wine, Alameda

Bonne Vie

Bonne Vie, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza) 
* Cigars, fine wines, and European beers

DeLauer’s Newstand, 1412 Park Street – opening Saturday, Sept 14
* Specialty newspapers and magazines, including foreign and imports

Keiser Family Law, 1516 Oak Street #321
* Premarital agreements, divorce, custody disputes, appeals

Seven Salon, 1629 Park Street
* Hair and skin care services

Studio 23, 2309B Encinal Ave
* Art studio and art gallery hosted by Alameda Artists Group

Re-Opening:

Bowzer’s Pizza, 1330 Park Street #A
New look and table service added!

88 Sports Bar (formerly Scobie's), Alameda

88 Sports Bar (formerly Scobie’s)

88 Sports Bar & Korean Grill, 2431 Central Ave (formerly Scobie’s)

New Owners/Managers:

Juanita’s Mexican Restaurant & Bar, 1324 Park Street

Subway, 1407 Park Street

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New Businesses in the Park Street Business District: Game On! (June/July 2013)

High Scores Arcade, AlamedaThe Park Street Business District just got a little more fun. Please welcome one of our newest businesses and entertainment centers… High Scores Interactive Arcade Museum.

High Scores (1414 Park Street) is a vintage arcade museum dedicated to the preservation of the classic era of gaming and offers a vast collection of classic video games for public play.

Husband and wife team Shawn & Meg Livernoche built their collection of classic arcade games over the past 10 years and first opened High Scores 1.0 in Burlington, New Jersey in 2010. After relocating to Alameda in January 2013, Shawn and Meg searched for a space on Park Street to display their games and were thrilled to opened the doors to the public on July 1.

High Scores Arcade, Alameda

High Scores Arcade Museum focuses on the classic games of the 1980′s and features an incredible collection of popular consoles (Tron, Pac-Man, Star Wars, Donkey Kong, Punch-Out!), cult favorites (Star Castle, Congo Bongo, Ladybug), and a few 90′s titles (Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat II, Revolution X). Available for play are a total of 32 dedicated cabinets and 6 multicades (one of the multicades offers over 250 game titles in the one console!), plus a well-stocked jukebox pumping out 70′s and 80′s pop/rock hits. Each game has been meticulously restored to original condition.

High Scores Interactive Arcade Museum is meant to be enjoyed by the whole family. Adults can visit and experience a sense of nostalgia, while introducing to their children the games that they once played. Children can discover games of the past that challenge their ability to memorize patterns and strategy.

Stop by and try to beat the high scores! The cost is a $5 donation for 1 hour of free-play and $10 for a day pass.

High Scores Arcade
1414 Park Street
www.highscoresarcade.com

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Goods, AlamedaMore New Businesses:
Goods, 2537 Santa Clara Ave
High Scores Arcade, 1414 Park Street
Mei Mei Restaurant, 2520 Santa Clara Ave

New Locations:
Aphrodite’s Closet, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza)
East End Pizza Co., 1650 Park Street (larger space in Marketplace)

In the Works:
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New Businesses in Alameda’s Park Street District (April/May 2013)

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

New Businesses:

McGee's Black Skillet Grill, AlamedaArtistic Home Studio & Boutique1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza)
* DIY home decor art studio and store features workshops, hand-crafted items, and arts supplies.

Berg Capital Mortgage, 2329 Central Ave
* Full service mortgage banker offering expertise in every area of mortgage lending.

Black Skillet Grill, 1645 Park Street (inside McGee’s)
* Fresh new menu offering burgers and healthy choices

Core2400, 1516 Oak Street #100
* New Summer/After-School academic enrichment institute.

Luna’s Longstockings, 1242 Park Street #B
* Sock shop filled with men’s and women’s socks, stockings, tights, leg warmers, & other accessories.

Name Changes:

Thai Noodle House of AlamedaCellar Door Cafe (formerly Angela’s Bistro), 2301 Central Ave
* New American food in a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere with a Wine Market & Tasting Room.

Thai Noodle House of Alameda (formerly King of Thai), 1635 Park Street
* Same staff, same hours, same great menu. New owner = New name.

Re-Opened:

American Oak, 2319 Santa Clara Ave

New Owners:

Fusion Nails & Spa, 1235 Park Street

Zen Asian Tapas & Lounge, 2315 Santa Clara Ave

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New Businesses in Alameda’s Park Street District (February 2013)

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

New Businesses:

Hang Ten Boiler, Alameda (formerly Hawaiian Drive-In)

Hang Ten Boiler

Hang Ten Boiler (formerly Hawaiian Drive-In), 2306 Encinal Ave
* Cajun seafood and Hawaiian favorites

Island Print Express, 2534 Santa Clara Ave
* Print, copy, posters, banners, envelopes

JP Seafood Co. (inside Dan’s Fresh Produce), 2300 Central Ave
* Fresh fish and seafood

Joy In Home Care, 1516 Oak Street #108
* Providing care to you and your love ones in the comfort of your own home

Mama Rose’s Recipes (inside Fire Den), 1231 Park Street
* Original recipes from Acapulco Restaurant served Thurs-Sun

Sidestreet PhoMints Design, 1517 Park Street
* Wedding event & floral design

Mischief Labz, 2515 Santa Clara Avenue #202
* Digital media production

Sidestreet Pho, 2304 Encinal Ave Grand Opening Celebration, February 24
* Traditional Vietnamese noodle soups and rice dishes

Sun’s Free Solar, 1516 Oak Street #106
* Authorized SunPower dealer

New Location:

Wellguard Insurance Solutions, 1516 Oak #218 (moved from #100)

In the Works: Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome New Businesses in Alameda’s Park Street District (December 2012)

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

1-800 Flowers Central Florist, Alameda

1-800 Flowers Central Florist

New Businesses:

1-800 Flowers Central Florist, 2404 Central Ave
* Flowers for all occasions including exotic and tropical floral design.

Baron Electric, 1223 Park Street
* Electrical contracting for home or business

Bella Nail Spa, 1409 Park Street
* Specializing in manicures, pedicures, and waxing

Ploythai Spa, 2410 Central Ave
* Organic spa treatments including massage, waxing, facials, and manicures

PS Eatery, 1363 Park Street
* Serving creative comfort food

SeeMoCars, 1812 Park Street
* Quality pre-owned vehicles at competitive, hassle-free prices

Shop Mixcrate, Alameda

Shop Mixcrate’s delHIERO Pop-Up Shop

Shop Mixcrate2332 Alameda Ave
* Quality hard goods for your “Mixcrate” lifestyle

Sparadise, 1430 Park Street
* Facial waxing, foot massage, and nail care

Thi P Luu, 1415 Broadway #16
* Notary service

Tint-n-Sound, 1825 Park Street #C
* Window tinting and audio systems for cars

New Owners, Partners, and Independent Practitioners: Read the rest of this entry »

Park Street Plaza Renaissance

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Park Street Plaza, AlamedaBig changes have happened at 1419 Park Street this past month. Once a full-line furniture store called “Pillow Park Plaza,” owners Frank and Debbie George have turned the building back into a mini mall and have given it a new name. “Park Street Plaza” is now emblazoned on the building in bright red lights.

Frank and Debbie are no strangers to change. Debbie says that they have changed their business a few times over the years to adapt to changing market trends.

Frank and Debbie started Pillow Park more than 40 years ago. They first had a small shop on Park Street and sold pillows — that’s why the business has been called “Pillow Park” all these years. They later moved to where Tomatina is currently located and sold waterbeds. In 1996, Debbie and Frank bought a small shopping mall at 1419 Park Street, converted it into one big furniture store, and called it “Pillow Park Plaza.”

Park Street Plaza, AlamedaAfter serving the community for many years, and as a result of the recession, Frank and Debbie decided to downsize. They are now in the process of turning the building back into a mini mall and are recruiting new businesses that they feel will fit nicely into the Park Street Business District and the Alameda community. Businesses that have been recruited so far include The Cupcake Shoppe and Lanvie (both now open).

Frank and Debbie continue to operate their own shop in the back of the plaza. They are presently redesigning one of the smaller spaces and plan to call it Bonne Vie. “We’re going to sell wine, cigars, and selected spirits. I want to have fun!” says Debbie. In the meantime, you can still find Pillow Park and a selection of mattresses and home accessories in the back of the remodeled plaza.

Stop by and see the newest changes at 1419 Park Street…

Lanvie Women's Designer Apparel, AlamedaLanvie had its formal grand opening on Customer Appreciation Day. The women’s boutique clothing store is located in the front space of the building and features its own line of dressy casual wear and office clothes for women. The selection includes blazers, tailored slacks, skirts, and blouses. The store also carries handcrafted necklaces and other accessories.

Chief designer Lan Liu created Lanvie after finishing fashion school. Her goal was to create a collection of creative, yet affordable, clothing with an international flair.

By incorporating in-house design and direct sourcing of high-end fabrics, Lanvie is able to bring innovative designs right to the store at a reasonable price. To compliment her vision, Lan Liu also chooses a handful of other collections and accessories to produce a fashion boutique with the same high-quality you will find in stylish department stores.

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Welcome New Businesses to Alameda’s Park Street District (September 2012)

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

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

New Businesses:

Lanvie, 1419 Park Street, Alameda CA

New Business: Lanvie

Cardel Catering, 2404 Lincoln Ave
* Gourmet catering for all occassions.

Lanvie, 1419 Park Street
(
inside Park Street Plaza)
* Fine women’s apparel.

Richard M Dawkins Catering & Events, 1515 Everett Street
* Bistro-style, “farm-to-table” catering.

Subpar Miniature Golf, 1511 Park Street
* Indoor mini golf and entertainment center.

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Welcome New Businesses to Alameda’s Park Street District (August 2012)

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

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

New Businesses:

Alameda Vintners ClubAlameda Vintners Club, 2301 Central Ave
(inside Angela’s Bistro)

* Wine tastings and food pairings.

Eagle Rock Recording Studio, 2516 Santa Clara #A
* Full-featured digital recording studio.

Gold Spa, 2311 Santa Clara Ave
* Full-service spa: facials, body scrubs, massages.

Givegoods, 1516 Oak Street #102
* Earn rewards for supporting charities and local merchants.

Pacific Excel Financial & Insurance Services, 2413 Webb Ave #B
* Full-service financial and retirement advising firm.

Pixies and PeonyPixies & Peony, 2305 Santa Clara Ave
* Re-purposed furniture and home furnishings.

New Owners:

Aphrodite’s Closet, 1201 Park Street
* Women’s consignment clothing and accessories.

Genghis Khan Kitchen, 1540 Park Street
* Mongolian barbecue buffet and all-you-can-eat sushi.

In the Works: Read the rest of this entry »

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