Join the Easter Bunny on an Easter Egg Hunt in Downtown Alameda

Grab a basket (and the kids) and come out to enjoy the search for prizes and treats in Downtown Alameda!

Downtown Alameda Easter Egg HuntShops and restaurants in the Historic Park Street Business District invite families to join in on a special Downtown Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. All ages are welcome… some businesses will even have special treats for parents.

The event is free, but bring your own basket.

Follow the Bunny Trail…

Start the egg-hunt by searching for colorful “Bunny Banners” posted in the windows of participating businesses. Find a Bunny in the window and that’s your clue there is a special treat waiting inside.

With more than 20 local businesses participating, kids will have an opportunity to gather a basketful of treats.

Meet the Easter Bunny on Park Street…

A visit with the Easter Bunny will make this family egg-hunt even more special. For a memorable holiday photo opportunity, plan to make a stop at Daisy’s (1347 Park Street) where the kids can meet the Easter Bunny in person.

“It’s always a pleasure to work with other merchants on events that bring families to Park Street. It’s especially fun to see the huge smiles as youngsters go door-to-door looking for treats,” says Barbara Mooney, this year’s event organizer.

To find the special treats, hop on down to Downtown Alameda on April 4 and look for Bunny Banners in the windows of these participating businesses:

Easter Egg Hunt in the Park Street Business District, AlamedaEncinal Ave
Urgent Care Center of Alameda, 2421 Encinal Ave

Oak Street
Professor Ha Tutoring Center, 1416 Oak Street

Santa Clara Ave
Pixies & Peony, 2305 Santa Clara Ave
The ReCrafting Co.,  2449 Santa Clara Ave
Alameda See Spot Run, 2510 Santa Clara Ave
Goods, 2537 Santa Clara Ave
Pippa & Co., 2544 Santa Clara Ave

Park Street
C&M Upholstery, 1211 Park Street
Daisy's, 1347 Park Street, AlamedaWe Are Hair, 1343 Park Street
Daisy’s, 1347 Park Street
Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream, 1349 Park Street
Sumbody and Sumtime Spa, 1350 Park Street
Lola’s Chicken Shack, 1417 Park Street
Aphrodite’s Closet, 1419 Park Street
Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, 1419 Park Street
Bonne Vie, 1419 Park Street
Dandelion Flower Shop, 1419 Park Street
Divine De-lites, 1419 Park Street
Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio, 1419 Park Street
Lauren’s Closet, 1420 Park Street
Alameda Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga Alameda, 1502 Park Street
Lost City Antiques, 1519 Park Street
Bead Inspirations, 1544 Park Street

More businesses will be added on the day of the event. So look for the trail of “egg-stra” special signs displayed in the business windows throughout Alameda’s Historic Park Street District and enjoy the search!

For more information, visit www.ShopParkStreet.com/news.

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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly 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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Downtown Alameda’s Friendly Mechanics Take the Pain Out of Auto Repair

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Car repairs are one of the most expensive services that you can spend money on. So, when spending that kind of money, it helps to have an auto mechanic that you can trust.

What sets trustworthy mechanics apart are the ones that quote you reasonable and fair prices, work on your vehicle in an ethical and fair manner, fix what they say they’re going to fix, and are careful about preventative measures to ensure you don’t run into additional problems down the road.

It might seem difficult to know where to find a friendly and trustworthy mechanic, but we have plenty of them in Downtown Alameda. To help you get to know our downtown mechanics better and the quality of their work, we’ve compiled a summary of recent Yelp reviews:

Alameda Alfa 76

Alameda Alfa 76, 1541 Park Street

Alameda Alfa 76 (1541 Park Street)
Raymond does a great job with his customer’s cars. He explains all that he would do with the repairs in detail; no hidden agenda. He shows all the parts that was changed and replaces original parts which would cost you a lot more at the dealer. He is a honest human being.” – March 15, 2015

Alameda Auto Center – Smog Station (2267 Lincoln Ave)
“Been coming here to Alameda Auto Center for my smog checks. The technicians, Wing and Dave, are prompt and professional in performing the service. It is also great that they alert and advise me of things that they notice with my car during the inspection.” — March 11, 2014

Alameda Collision Repair (1911 Park Street)
“This is a great place! We had a small accident, found Jose Arce at this shop and could not be happier. Kind, professional, competent, went out of his way to offer suggestions, the work was timely – and the list goes on… Everyone we had interaction with was pleasant.” — February 9, 2015

Car Care Services, Alameda

Car Care Services, 1639 Park Street

Big O Tires – Alameda (1200 Park Street)
“It’s always a pleasure going to this store! Gary and his crew always take very good care of me, service is quicker than expected, I always feel like I get VIP service and it always seems like I get a very fair price. It all makes doing business locally much nicer.”  – March 4, 2015

Car Care Service (1639 Park Street)
“Highly recommended! Very polite, professional and honest at Car Care Service. The owner Brett is a great guy and easy to talk to about any car problem you may have.” – January 6, 2015

Cliff’s C-5 Automotive Volvo Service (2429 Lincoln Ave)
Cliff is as nice as they come and is extremely knowledgeable about Volvo’s. He took his time reviewing the car and made some additional suggestions that we could try out. This will save us $’s… I will not hesitate to take the car back to Cliff for required maintenance.” – April 18, 2014

German Auto Repair, Alameda

German Auto Repair, 1719 Park Street

Fink’s Automotive (2326 Times Way)
“I went in to get my 100K tune-up and not only did Joe get the job done under the original quoted price, he also brought to my attention how severally damaged my front tires were on the inside. The tire place I eventually went to mentioned that I was lucky that they didn’t blow out on the freeway. Thank you Joe! Your honesty and workmanship has earned you a life long customer.” – December 9, 2014

German Auto Repair (1719 Park Street)
“I am a mechanic myself but didn’t have the tools necessary to do the work myself. Their service was able to receive my vehicle, give me a ride back to work, complete the repair, and charge me a fair price all within six hours… Thanks Chris, Rob and Tyler.” – February 22, 2015

Tony's Moter Service, Alameda

Tony’s Motor Service, 1800 Park Street

Jerry’s Tire & Auto Center (2501 Santa Clara Ave)
Jerry’s is the friendly Mom-and-Pop auto repair shop that you thought was long extinct. They are friendly, fast, and honest. Moreover, they stand behind their work, as I have learned when I had to return and have something re-repaired, not due to any fault of theirs, but because a part was defective. They cheerfully took care of it, without any arguments.” – March 26, 2014

Tony’s Motor Service (1800 Park Street)
“What can you say… there are so many auto mechanics all over the Bay Area but for me this is my go to spot for all my cars. I met Robert through our local community basketball league. Not only does this guy take pride in his game on the court but when it comes to servicing clients, they do good business.” – October 20, 2014

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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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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (Jan/Feb 2015)

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Good things are still happening in the Park Street Business District. We invite you to take a stroll and explore the wonderful changes that are taking 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.

Most notable is the new addition connected to the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex. And we do mean connected. Alameda Cinema Grill offers a “backstage pass” allowing ticket holders to take food and drinks into the movie theaters.

Word is also spreading quickly about the wonderful selection of beers available at Alameda Island Brewing Company. The brewery doesn’t serve its own food, but they have no problem with folks bringing in “take-out” from one of the nearby restaurants. Suggestions include pizza from East End, burgers from Baron’s Eats, sushi from Sushi King, or a snack from Alameda Natural Grocery.

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

New Businesses:

Alameda Island Brewing Company

Alameda Island Brewing

Accel Employment, 1516 Oak Street #310
* Full-service executive search firm.

Alameda Cinema Grill, 2301 Central Ave
* Featuring eclectic comfort food and a craft cocktails.

Alameda Grocery, 2536 Santa Clara Ave
* Neighborhood convenience store.

Alameda Island Brewing Company, 1716 Park Street
* Making great beer in a great town!

Divine De-lites, Alameda

Divine De-lites

All In One Fitness Training Lab, 2317 Santa Clara Ave
* Premier training destination and gym facility.

Divine De-lites, 1419 Park Street
* Gourmet baked goods: cupcakes, cookies, and other goodies.

DLJ Business Services, 2532 Santa Clara Ave #343
* Financial and accounting services for small businesses.

Kirsten Fairbanks, 1500 Park Street #9
* Certified health coach and holistic life coach.

Milestone Legal, PC, 2544 Santa Clara Ave
* Law corporation serving entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes.

New Associate Members:

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, 1805 Clement Ave, Suite D
* Professional spa experiences at affordable prices.

New Owners:

Goods, 2353 Santa Clara Ave

Salon One, 1327 Park Street

Businesses in the Works:   

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Downtown Alameda’s Home Services Help You Prepare For Spring Cleaning

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Spring is on its way. Now is a good time to start those larger home projects. Not sure where to begin? This list of home services available in Downtown Alameda’s historic Park Street Business District can give you new ideas or help you complete your dream project:

Heating & Plumbing

AT Weber, AlamedaA.T. Weber is Alameda’s hometown plumbing & heating experts. They have the expertise to handle anything from minor repairs to large installations. Their professional services include heating, plumbing, and sewer pipe replacement. If you’re looking for ways to save on energy costs, this might be a good time to have their experts service or replace your furnace or air conditioner. They can also help you earn tax credits and rebates for installing a tankless water heater.
A.T. Weber Plumbing & Mechanical, 2313 Encinal Avenue, Alameda

Electrical Work

Baron Solar and Electric, AlamedaWhether it’s new construction, remodeling, or tenant improvements, Baron Solar & Electric offers full-service solar and electrical contracting services for home or business. No job is too small. With 14 years of electrical experience, design work is available to help you make your next project beautiful as well as functionally sound. Owner Joel Baron can even take care of all the paperwork necessary for you to receive available rebate money from local, state, and federal sources.
Baron Solar & Electric, 1223-A Park Street, Alameda

Solar Installation

Suns Free Solar, AlamedaSolar power not only helps you save money but it helps preserve our environment. The professional staff at Sun’s Free Solar designs and installs only solar power systems. Their global green business model means that you get the highest quality, most ecologically responsible solar array. You can also depend on Kevin Good and his staff to handle everything, from installation to government rebate applications to building department permitting.
Sun’s Free Solar, 1516 Oak Street #106, Alameda

Bath & Kitchen Remodel

Cal Tile, AlamedaHave you been thinking about remodeling your kitchen or bath? Cal Tile Co. offers a large selection of high quality floor and wall tiles: luxury vinyl, ceramics, natural stones, hardwood, and more. They also offer maintenance products and specialty tools. The helpful staff takes pride in their customer service and extensive product knowledge. If you are a do-it-yourself, they can guide you from the start to finish. But if DIY is not for you, they can recommend reliable licensed and bonded contractors.
Cal Tile Company, 1713 Park Street, Alameda

Home Expansion

Ignition Architecture, AlamedaFor those that need more efficient space, Ignition Architecture is an architecture and design studio that has an extensive portfolio that includes remodels, additions, multi-family housing projects, and restaurants. Their thoughtful design work incorporates economical and sustainable solutions that are responsive to client needs and budget. Veronica Hinkley Reck and her staff are also well-versed in the city’s building permit submittal procedures.
Ignition Architecture, 1347 Park Street #D, Alameda

Seating and Window Treatments

C and M Upholstery_AlamedaIf you’re looking to add new color or style to your  existing furnishings, C&M Upholstery and Fabrics is a full service business that provides reupholstery services and custom window treatments. With hundreds of fabrics in stock, as well as thousands of samples in the books that line the walls of their comfortable and convenient downtown location, you’re sure to find something that fits your style. Contact Lisa Amaral to arrange for a free estimate.
C&M Upholstery & Fabrics, 1211 Park Street, Alameda

Repair Services

Alameda Repair_AlamedaLocks, keys, glass and window repair, lawnmower and tool sharpening, small engine service… Alameda Repair Shop can do it all. They even provide 24 hour emergency service if needed. Located 3/4 block off Park Street, you’ll find parking a breeze.
Alameda Repair Shop, 2436 Webb Avenue, Alameda

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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly 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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2015 Academy Awards — Free Live Simulcast in Downtown Alameda

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Academy Awards at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex

On Sunday, February 22, the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex will present a LIVE simulcast of the 87th Academy Awards on the historic theatre big screen. Red Carpet Doors open at 3:30pm with the awards presentation at 4:00pm. Admission is FREE.

Want the fun to continue? Don’t miss the “After Party” hosted next door to the Theatre at Alameda Cinema Grill. Mingle the night away in true Hollywood style. “Movie Star” attire encouraged, of course.

Free Admission tickets are now available on a first come, first served basis. Seating is limited. 

Stop by the Alameda Theatre Box Office located at 2317 Central Avenue. Or order your tickets online: www.alamedatheatres.com  Read the rest of this entry »

Where to Pick Out a Special Valentine in Downtown Alameda

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South Shore Florists, AlamedaValentine Flowers

There’s no excuse for going home empty-handed on Valentine’s Day. There are a number of florists that can be found in the Downtown Alameda’s Park Street Business District. To personally pick out a beautiful arrangement of flowers, stop by one of these lovely flower shops (or, shall we dare say, order online)…

Central Florist, 2404 Central Ave, 510-864-0809

Dandelion Flowers & Gifts, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza), 510-388-2215

Pixies & Peony, 2305 Santa Clara Ave, 510-523-1463

South Shore Florist, 1311 Park Street, 510-523-6655

Bonne Vie Beer Wine & Fine Cigars,  AlamedaRed, Red Wine

No matter what he or she may tell you, Valentine’s Day is a big deal and he/she wants you to make a big fuss! The wine shops in Downtown Alameda have made it easier for you by stocking up on a number of luscious (and affordable) red wines that are great for a romantic evening with your sweetie….

Bonne Vie Beer Wine & Fine Cigars, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza), 510-521-6227

CRAFT Beer & Wine, 2526A Santa Clara Ave, 510-769-9463

Farmstead Cheeses & Wine, 1650 Park Street (inside Marketplace), 510-864-9463

Sweet Treats

Goods, Alameda on Santa ClaraChocolates may be the norm for Valentine’s Day but there are also many unique treats to be found in Downtown Alameda. Visit your favorite bakery and/or shop to purchase gifts of Raspberry Truffle ice cream, artisan cakes, divine cookies, and specialty peanut butter. (Yes, we really are suggesting peanut butter for Valentines Day… Have you tried Coffee & Chocolate PB? Chipotle PB? Better yet, have you tried dipping a piece of dark chocolate into some Pumpkin Pie PB? The producers of the locally made Carver’s Peanut Butter invite you to try a few samplings at GOODS on Thursday from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.)

Divine De-Lites, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza), 614-961-2312
*Grand Opening on Friday, Feb 13

Feel Good Bakery, 1650 Park Street (inside Marketplace), 510-864-2733

Goods, 2537 Santa Clara Ave, 510-749-1055

Tucker’s Ice Cream, 1349 Park Street; 510-522-4960

Tigers Blood Social Club and Tattoos, AlamedaSomething Completely Different

There’s no need to purchase a “store-bought” card when Pippa & Co has a collection of handmade, Valentine-themed gifts and cards. Then for something sexy and fun, you may want to check out the selection of lingerie at Aphrodite’s Closet (all at 15% off until Feb. 14). But for an entirely different Valentine’s Day gift, take your significant other to pick out an artistic rose or heart tattoo at Tiger’s Blood Social Club during their “Valentines Day Tattoo Massacre.”

Aphrodite’s Closet, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza), 510-521-3313

Pippa & Co., 2544 Santa Clara Avenue; 510-263-9487

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Congratulations To These Downtown Alameda Businesses (2014 PSBA Awards)

Every year the Park Street Business Association (PSBA) presents awards at the end of the year to members for outstanding performance in their specific category. The selected businesses (owners, managers, and staff) elevate the success of our shopping district by actively participating in our local business association and its activities. They also go out of their way to support the local community. These businesses and individuals are excellent examples of the quality of goods and services, along with fantastic customer service, you will receive from PSBA members.

We’re proud to announce the 2014 award winners. Be sure to stop by and check out these businesses the next time you are in Downtown Alameda’s historic shopping district…

Dandelion Flower Shop, Alameda

Dandelion Flower Shop

Retailer of the Year:
Dandelion Flower Shop, 1419 Park Street
Dandelion is a flower boutique located in the heart of Alameda’s historic Park Street District. Founded in 2010 under the leadership of Karim Preuss, Dandelion has grown from a humble flower stand to a full-service flower resource offering elegant arrangements and a wide array of memorable locally-made gifts.

Professional Business of the Year:
Island Print Express, 2534 Santa Clara Avenue
Owner Joe Dalipe is “Keeping Alameda in Business, One Document at a Time.” But he doesn’t stop there. Joe cares about the people around him and was instrumental in starting a campaign and organizing fundraisers to aid individuals who lost their personal belongings in last year’s arson fires. Joe is a member of numerous community groups and continually finds ways to support those in need — if you have any surplus kids’ books, he is currently collecting donations for a children’s reading project.

Lola's Chicken Shack, Alameda

Lola’s Chicken Shack

Culinary Business of the Year: (tie)
Lola’s Chicken Shack, 1417 Park Street
“Incredible Food with Exceptional Hospitality.” That’s the mission of Lola’s Chicken Shack. The menu provides a terrific selection of healthy chicken dishes and the food is made fresh on the premises. The restaurant is operated by a longtime Alameda family. The Rogers are helping Park Street to thrive by opening the restaurant in a space that was vacant for too many years.

American Oak, 2319 Santa Clara Avenue
Located just off Park Street, American Oak is the purveyor of fine foods and even finer spirits. The popular restaurant features a variety of classic comfort food favorites and over 120 different whiskeys. But what is incredible is that the owners were able to bounce back following a mysterious fire that closed the restaurant for nearly a year. As a result of that experience, co-owners Melanie and Chuck were instrumental in organizing an event to help a downtown restaurant that was destroyed by an arson fire this past year.

Urgent Care Center of Alameda

Urgent Care Center of Alameda

New Business of the Year:
Urgent Care Center of Alameda, 2421 Encinal Avenue #A
Opening its doors last January, Alameda Urgent Care brings a new kind of service to Downtown Alameda. Their professional, courteous staff provide personalized, compassionate, thorough, and timely medical care to the community — from preventative care to urgent care issues. In addition, Sonia Shefayee (executive director and physician’s assistant) is now on hand at our street fairs to provide first aid assistance if needed.

PSBA Member of the Year:
Kate Pryor (Tucker’s Ice Cream, 1528 Park Street)
Tucker’s Ice Cream has been a part of Alameda’s historic Park Street shopping district for over 70 years. As part of a much loved establishment, Kate does her best to give back to our local community in whatever way she can. This past year, she revived our Maintenance & Improvement Committee and is making good strides in bringing recycling and other improvements to the downtown district.

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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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