New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (Sept/Oct 2014)

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We invite you to take a stroll in the Park Street Business District and explore the wonderful changes that continue to take place in Downtown Alameda’s commercial, cultural, and civic center… new businesses have opened, some businesses have changed hands, and even more businesses are anticipated to open soon.

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

New Businesses (November):

sandwich at Banh Mi Shop, Alameda

Binh Mi Shop, Alameda

Banh Mi Shop, 2353 Santa Clara Ave
* Vietnamese sandwiches, spring rolls, and gelato.

Helios Images, 1242 Park Street #B
* Intimate destination weddings and lifestyle portraiture.

Little Psychic Shop, 1407 1/2 Park Street
* Spiritual life coach: palm, tarot cards, psychic reader.

Sabai Salon & Blow Dry Bar, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #102
* Upscale, full-service hair salon offering high quality beauty services.

More New Businesses:

Pippa & Co., Alameda

Pippa & Co.

Alameda Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga Alameda, 1502 Park Street - Grand Opening Nov. 16
* Family-run business offering high quality yoga, martial arts, and fitness classes.

Alameda Personal Training, 2414 Central Ave
* Individual exercise training and group fitness (Zumba, QuickFit, and Yoga).

Capone’s Speakeasy, 1400 Park Street
* Lounge experience in the spirit of the Roaring Twenties – specialty drinks, small plates, live music.

Pippa & Co., 2544 Santa Clara Ave
* Unique and handmade party decor, accessories, and gifts; plus design workshops.

Therapy Home, Alameda

Therapy Home, Alameda

Studio D, 2329 Santa Clara Ave
* Beginning and intermediate Ballet classes for adults led by Oakland Ballet Principal David Bertlin.

Therapy Home, 1428 Park Street
* Eclectic selection of furniture, home decor, and accessories for all budgets.

Walgreens, 1600 Park Street
* The East Bay’s newest “Well Experience” flagship store.

Xuan’s Beauty Salon, 2313 Santa Clara Ave #A
* Hair care for women and men; walk-ins welcome. (formerly Hair House)

New Associate Members:

M&M Antiques and Collectibles, Alameda

M&M Antiques and Collectibles

M&M Antiques and Collectibles, 2307-D Blanding Ave
* Unique and quality antiques and collectibles; owned and operated by Michael and Michelle Kelley.

Detect All, 1805 Clement Ave, Suite D
* Security and fire systems for residential and commercial.

Island Pets, alamedaislandpets.com
* Full-service, veterinarian recommended, in-home pet sitting company.

New Owners:

Aphrodite’s Closet, 1419 Park Street

Gim’s Chinese Kitchen, 2322 Lincoln Ave

New Location:

Alameda Physical Therapy, 1700 Park Street, Suite 200

Businesses in the Works:    Read the rest of this entry »

Alameda’s First Blow Dry Bar Celebrates Grand Opening: Sabai Salon & Blow Dry Bar

Yin-dee-ton-rab! or “Welcome!” to Sabai Salon & Dry Bar, the first blow dry bar in Alameda. After nearly four months of construction and planning, Sabai Salon will be celebrating their much anticipated grand opening in front of city officials, friends, and family on Saturday, November 15.

Sabai Salon and Blow Dry Bar AlamedaSabai Salon is an upscale, full service hair salon offering the ultimate experience in relaxation. Shampoo, conditioning, haircuts, color, blow dry’s, styling, and specialized treatments help clients look and feel their best. The top-tier services available make Sabai Salon a premier East Bay beauty destination for salon services. Outfitted with the most modern equipment and stocked with the hottest items, customers can purchase products from top brands like Rene Furterer and Coppol to bring home the luxury of the Sabai experience.

The word SABAI (“suh-BYE”) refers to comfort and relaxation. Sabai Salon’s mission is to provide high quality beauty services by highly educated stylists in an elegant, well-designed setting. “We here at Sabai know everyone’s life can be hectic from time to time, so we have created a place of zen and beautification for you,” says Tik Coleman, Owner/Master Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist.

Sabai Salon and Blow Dry Bar AlamedaFrom the moment you walk in, you will be greeted with a warm smile and cool beverage followed by a scalp and neck massage using 100% natural products. Stylists are knowledgeable and equipped to combine Western and Eastern techniques to create a great experience which will leave you feeling invigorated and ready for the world. You will love the transformation as the stylist massages your scalp the Thai way – with deep conditioning for healing and relaxation.

Owner Tik Coleman brings over 10 years of professional experience to Sabai Salon. A licensed cosmetologist and massage therapist with training in the original Thai massage “Wat Po,” Tik is also known for her excellent hair cutting and styling techniques. Her new posh salon is attracting both locals and socialites for top-notch blowouts (shampoo/dry/style treatment to help you look your best for any function – from super straight smooth “Be Calm” to big curl and volume “Be Sassy”).

Tik Coleman owner Sabai SalonBorn in the Thailand province of Si Sa Ket, Tik has lived in San Francisco for over 10 years. Reflective of her Buddhist philosophy, Tik’s passion is beautifying her clients from the inside out — a process that creates a sense of personal healing felt by each of her clients. Tik interacts with clients and everyone she meets, bringing a message of love and peace.

Each of the stylists at Sabai Salon embrace this philosophy while transforming hairstyles with a cut, shaping, highlights, or color that enhance a client’s inner beauty. You will love the transformation as they massage your scalp the Thai way – with deep conditioning for healing and relaxation. The result: both Western and Eastern approaches that help you express your best every day. For a complete experience, they will complement the styling with suggestions to enhancing your makeup.

“We view ourselves not just as a salon, but an experience. We want your experience at Sabai Salon to be relaxing.” said Tik Coleman. “Everybody is passionate about some aspect of their life. Our passion is making you feel beautiful from the inside out with our positive energy. The wellness and self-rejuvenation that our services provide is something we take great pleasure in.”

Tik dreamed of owning a high end, luxury salon in Alameda and her dream has become a reality. Read 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 »

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (July/Aug 2014)

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

We invite you to take a stroll in the Park Street Business District and explore the wonderful transition that is taking place in Downtown Alameda. There continues to be plenty of changes in our commercial, cultural, and civic center… new businesses have opened, some businesses have been remodeled, and even more businesses are anticipated to be open soon.

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

Joanne Yada artist

Jo Anne Yada at Redux

New Businesses:

AEC Living, 1516 Oak Street #100
* Administrative offices for Alameda Elder Communities (Waters Edge Lodge, etc).

Classy Nail Spa, 1317 Park Street
* Quality manicures, pedicures, and nail design. Walk-ins and appointments.

Jo Anne Yada, 2315 Lincoln Ave
* DIY upcycling classes held at Redux Studios & Gallery; voted “Best Artist” by Alameda Magazine readers.

Lost City Antiques, 1519 Park Street
* Co-op space with over 20 dealers offering antiques and collectibles. (formerly Park Street Antiques)

The ReCrafting Co.

The ReCrafting Co.

Lovely, 1414 Everett Ave
* Specializing in eyebrow shaping, brow and lash tinting, body waxing, spray tans, and Eminence Organic skincare. In collaboration with Complements Hair Design

Mercy and Grace Home Healthcare and Hospice Services, 1516 Oak Street #104
* In-home care and supportive services.

The ReCrafting Co., 2449 Santa Clara Ave
* Consignment crafting supplies.

Re-Opened:

Sakura Sushi & Grill, 2408 Santa Clara Ave (remodel and expansion)

Sakura Sushi Bar, Alameda

Cherry Blossom at Sakura

Super Scholars, 2451 Santa Clara Ave (new location)

New Owners:

Kumon Math & Reading Center, 2325 Alameda Ave

McGee’s Bar & Grill, 1645 Park Street (now owned by Tim & Tracy Goodman; happy retirement to John & Linda Costello)

Pretty Hair Salon, 1219 Park Street

More Businesses in the Works:  Read the rest of this entry »

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (May/June 2014)

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It’s not often that there are so many changes on one street. But if you walk along Santa Clara Avenue from Oak Street to Broadway, you’ll notice a number of transformations… new businesses have opened, some businesses are being remodeled, and more businesses are soon to be opened.

The next time you’re on Santa Clara Ave, look for these changes: A quality custom tattoo parlor (“the East Bay’s biggest and cleanest”) is now located above American Oak. Park Place Tavern and Sakura Sushi Bar & Grill are both under construction. On the other side of Park Street, a new hair salon has opened next to Razor’s Edge. And the Alameda Hotel Apartments management team has announced seven new businesses along the ground floor (although not all are open for business at this time).

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

Country Grill food truck in Alameda

Country Grill – HELLA GOOD.

New Businesses:

Alameda Bagels & Donuts, 1227 Park Street (formerly Boogie Woogie Bagel Boy)
* New name and expanded menu… fresh bagels AND DONUTS

Country Grill, 1415 Broadway Suite K
* Catering truck specializing in locally sourced rotisserie chicken and more.

GreytFox Threads, 2546 Santa Clara Ave
* Custom embroidery and screenprinting.

Nora Spanish Cuisine Alameda

Nora Spanish Cuisine

Honey Salon, 2516 Santa Clara Ave #B
* Glamorous hair and make-up by stylists Nicole Van Alstyne and Jone Stebbins.

NORA Spanish Cuisine, 1415 Broadway Suite K
* Catering service specializing in paella, tapas, and Spanish influenced cuisine.

Tiger’s Blood Social Club, 2319 Santa Clara Ave #B
* Fine art, quality custom tattooing, high-end body piercing, and jewelry.

Alameda Eyes Optometry

Alameda Eyes Optometry – Dr. Larsson and staff

New Associate Members:

Alameda Personal Training, alamedapersonaltraining.com
* Personal trainer dedicated to functional, efficient fitness. Individual training, partner training, and group training available.

New Owners:

Alameda Eyes Optometry, 1432 Park Street

Hair House, 2313 Santa Clara Ave #A (aka Xuan’s Beauty Salon)

More Businesses In the Works:  Read the rest of this entry »

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (March/April 2014)

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 historic downtown shopping district:

New Businesses:

Bambu Desserts & Drinks, Alameda

Bambu Desserts & Drinks

Bambu Desserts & Drinks, 1321 Park Street
* Vietnamese desserts, blended coffees, and exotic smoothies.

International City Mortgage, Inc., 1416 Park Ave
* Provider of best-in-class mortgage products and services for home buyers and owners.

Kristine’s, 1419 Broadway
* Hair salon; appointments only (510) 701-5440.

Tetsu Ramen, Alameda

Tetsu Ramen

Megan Small Photography, 2511 Santa Clara Ave
* Specializing in Weddings, Pregnancy, Newborns, and Families with an artful and editorial slant.

Pacific Union Real Estate, 1414 Park Ave
* Full range of real-estate services, including buying, selling, and relocation in the Bay Area.

Tetsu Ramen, 1245 Park Street
* Japanese-style noodle soup.

Vena Nail Salon, 2548 Santa Clara Ave
* Classic and French manicures and pedicures. Nail polish design available.

Wine & Waffles, Alameda

Wine & Waffles

Wine & Waffles, 1505 Park Street
* Jazz lounge pouring regional and hard-to-find wines alongside tapas, appetizers, and dessert waffles.

New Associate Members:

Bayside Real Estate, 1812 Santa Clara Ave
* Alameda’s boutique real estate company specializes in residential properties, representing both buyers and sellers in all price ranges.

The Alamedan, www.thealamedan.org
* Providing high quality, nonpartisan news coverage of Alameda’s civic life.

More Businesses In the Works:  Read the rest of this entry »

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

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

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)

In the Works:  Read the rest of this entry »

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