Downtown Alameda’s 16th Annual Spring Festival Brings Fun to Park Street

Downtown Alameda Spring Festival 2016Don’t miss Downtown Alameda’s 16th Annual Spring Festival! The two-day street fair brings arts, crafts, music, craft beer, regional wines, and a whole lot of fun to Downtown Alameda!

This year’s FREE street fair will be held May 7 and May 8 on Park Street. Hours run from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

With over 150 street vendors and more than 50 retail shops, this is a perfect place to find a gift for Mother’s Day. Or maybe you would like to bring Mom for a mimosa and lunch at one of the downtown district’s many restaurants.

There’s certainly something for everyone at Downtown Alameda’s Spring Festival

Arts & Crafts Stroll among 150 arts and craft booths featuring handcrafted items ranging from ceramics and metal art to paintings, photography, wood crafts, toys, handbags, clothing, jewelry, and more.

Live Music This year’s line-up features a range of music styles on two stages, including some of the Bay Area’s most popular tribute bands: Life in the Fast Lane (Eagles), Long Train Running (The Doobie Brothers), Joyride (The Cars), and Zebop! Tribute to Santana

Zebop at Downtown Alameda Spring FestivalKids’ Area A special area for kids and their families on Alameda Avenue features bounce houses, slot cars, climbing walls, giant slides, facepainting, and WaterBallerz! Kids and adults alike will have fun listening to local children’s dou The Dilly Dallies. In addition, students from New Style Motherlode Dance will take a turn on the main stage to show off the latest hip hop moves and modern dance styles.

Festival Food Satisfy your taste buds with a great selection of festival favorites such as Lockeford Sausage, corndogs, gyros, fried calamari, teriyaki chicken, tamales, beef skewers, funnel cakes, and more! Premium vinegars and gourmet fudge will also be available for purchase. 

Downtown Alameda Spring Festival street sceneBeer & Wine Quench your thirst at one of the three booths serving local craft beer, regional wines, and bubbly mimosas. This year’s featured beer provider is local brewer Alameda Island Brewing Company. Look for signature flavors such as Cavanaugh Kolsch, Neptune’s Pale Ale, and Alameda’s IPA at each of the beverage stations.

Discover Downtown Alameda Stroll through Alameda’s historic downtown business district to explore the wonderful variety of shops and restaurants. Many of the Downtown Alameda businesses will be offering weekend specials during the Spring Festival. Look for free raffles and giveaways at businesses throughout the downtown area!  Read the rest of this entry »

Downtown Alameda Green Businesses: Gifts and Personal Services

Earth Day is celebrated each year on the third Friday of April. The first Earth Day arose from an interest in gathering national support for environmental issues.

The following businesses are doing their part to make Alameda a green-powered community by purchasing wind and solar energy. Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) and the Downtown Alameda Business Association encourage you to show your support for “Alameda Green” businesses by visiting them in person.

1-800 Flowers Central Florist, Alameda

Central Florist

Central Florist, 2404 Central Ave
Visit Central Florist to find the perfect flowers and gifts for any occasion and can even create a custom bouquet to fit your unique needs.

Daisy’s, 1322 Park Street
Necessities, Frivolities, & Embellishments for everyday life! Bringing a sense of carefree beauty and fanciful elegance to Alameda, this award-winning boutique is a beloved home accents and gift shop.

District Footwear & Apparel, 1336 Park Street #A
District Footwear has an inner-city vibe and carries a great selection of sneakers and apparel.

Helios Images, 1242 Park Street #B
This nationally ranked photographer specializes in destination weddings and documentary portraits. Douglas Despres and Katherine Park Deakin create lifestyle inspired photographs full of warmth and love.

Janene's Bridal Boutique Alameda

Janene’s Bridal Boutique

Himalayan Gift Shop, 1623 Park Street
Himalayan Gift Shop offers incredibly priced handcrafted clothing from India, Nepal, and Tibet. Find unique gifts for any occassion, from jewelry to Nepalese singing bowls.

Island Print Express, 2534 Santa Clara Ave
Island Print Express provides fast service for all your printing needs including posters, banners, and envelopes.

Janene’s Bridal Boutique, 2418 Central Ave
This local bridal shop offers top-of-the-line wedding dresses featuring exquisite silks, delicate European laces, beautiful embroidery, and fine hand beading. The staff are dedicated to making dream weddings a memorable reality.

Lauren’s Closet, 1420 Park St
Lauren’s Closet features new and used clothes plus accessories, toys, and more for expectant mothers, children, juniors, and young adults.  Read the rest of this entry »

Downtown Alameda Green Businesses: Food & Drink Places

AMP Alameda Green stickerEarth Day is Friday, April 22. Ever wondered how Earth Day started? The first Earth Day was observed in 1970 and arose from an interest in gathering national support for environmental issues.

The following businesses are doing their part to make Alameda a green-powered community by purchasing wind and solar energy. Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) and the Downtown Alameda Business Association encourage you to show your support for “Alameda Green” businesses by visiting them in person.

Alameda Natural Grocery, 1650 Park Street
Alameda Natural Grocery is committed to bringing you the finest in affordable natural and organic foods (plus supplements, personal care products, household goods, and more). This is a market where you can shop knowing you are leading a healthier life for you and your family.

Baron’s Meat & Poultry, 1650 Park St
Baron’s Meat & Poultry offers a full line of high-quality, natural, organic, and grass-fed meats inside the Alameda Marketplace. In addition, Baron’s provides exclusive house-made sausages and Black Dragon Marinated Tri-tip.

Beanery of Alameda coffee beans

Beanery of Alameda

Beanery of Alameda, 1650 Park Street
Located inside Alameda Marketplace, the Beanery offers up their own roasted, as well as organic and fair trade coffees and blends. They also carry a range of pastries, gelato, and sandwiches.

Churchward Pub, 1515 Park Street
Come and watch your favorite sports game with friends, play a game of pool, or hang out on the weekends to dance to the Bay Area’s best DJs.

East End, 1650 Park Street
East End’s seasonally-driven menu features award-winning wood-fired pizza plus a whole lot more: fresh oysters shucked to order, inventive salads, dishes to share (or enjoy all yourself).

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines, 1650 Park St
Located inside the Alameda Marketplace, Farmstead Cheeses & Wines provides the finest in boutique and bargain wines, hand cut artisan cheeses, oils, vinegars, and accessories from around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Into Action and Take A Class in Downtown Alameda

Craft Night at The Sewing Room in Alameda

The Sewing Room

Alameda offers a wide range of activities for all ages, all levels, and all interests. Look for some of the best classes in Downtown Alameda — art classes, jewelry workshops, ballet classes, martial arts instruction, and more.

You’ll never be able to say there’s nothing to do in Downtown Alameda‘s historic Park Street District. Whether you want to explore a new hobby, get more physically fit, or turn an interest into a profession, there’s something for everyone.

Spring is a new beginning and it’s a terrific time to learn something new.

Art Classes & Hobby Workshops

Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, 1419 Park Street
Instructors at Artistic Home Studio teach easy techniques for decorative furniture painting, mosaics, stained glass, and fused glass. Popular workshops include “Pinterest Unplugged,” “Trash to Treasure Furniture Transformation,” and “Drop-in Fused Glass.” Youth summer camps and after-school art classes are also available.

Bead Inspirations jewelry classes in Alameda

Bead Inspirations

Bead Inspirations, 1544 Park Street
Find out how easy it is to create your own unique jewelry. Bead Inspirations offers a number of one-day classes, along with a plethora of jewelry-making materials. Learn to create earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and pendants out of everything from beads to metalwork.

Dandelion Flowers & Gifts, 1419 Park Street
Founded in 2010 under the leadership of Karim Preuss, Dandelion has grown from a humble flower stand to a full-service flower resource. Look for scheduled flower and art workshops that are held at the shop or other locations.

Jo Anne Yada @ Redux, 2315 Lincoln Avenue, Studio M
“Ms. Y” loves teaching art to all ages, particularly kids. Students paint, print, cut, and color original art projects while learning new art-making techniques. Summer art classes are taught Read the rest of this entry »

Searching for Antiques and Collectibles in Downtown Alameda

Vintiq Alameda vintage collectibles


Do you love the hunt and the find? Plan to spend an afternoon strolling through Downtown Alameda’s historic Park Street District in search of out-of-the-ordinary collectibles and antiques. You’ll find one of the best selections of vintage clothing, estate jewelry, period furniture, and forgotten memorabilia from your childhood days.

There is no shortage of vintage shops and re-use boutiques to explore in Downtown Alameda and you may be surprised at the places you come across.

Here’s a recommended path to get you started:

Juniper Tree Vintage, 1320 Park Street
“Come into the Juniper Tree for all that’s vintage, beautiful, poodle-liciois, glitter-tastic,and one-of-a-kind!” Juniper Tree is the place to find fabulous vintage clothing from the 1940s, to now.

Rocket Reuse, 1355 Park Street
You’ll find a terrific selection of used books, movies, music, vintage clothes, and more at Rocket Reuse.

Toy Safari, 1410 Park Street
Toy Safari creates a magical atmosphere that engages the imagination. You’ll find an enormous inventory of new, used, and collectible toys at this popular toy store. Since opening its doors on Park Street, Toy Safari has become a destination for many serious toy buyers from all over the Bay Area.

Paulines Antiques Alameda collectibles

Paulines Antiques

Therapy Home, 1428 Park Street
Therapy Home is an eclectic circus offering everything from one-of-a-kind vintage finds to locally handmade furniture. Whether you need to completely revamp the old homestead or are just looking for that perfect finishing touch, go make yourself at home at Therapy!

Pauline’s Antiques, 1427 Park Street
“Whatever you need, we probably have it.” With over 25,000 sqare feet of floor space and over 54 years in business, Pauline’s Antiques is sure to have everything you’re looking for. Pauline’s Antiques carries items from the Victorian Era through the 1970’s.

Silver Baron’s Rare Coins, 1435 Park Street
Silver Baron’s buys and sells rare coins, bullion, scrap gold and silver, stamps, sports memorabilia, and other collectibles.  Read the rest of this entry »

Find Spring Fashions in Downtown Alameda

Lauren's Closet, Alameda

Lauren’s Closet

Looking for fresh spring fashions? You’ll find some of the best clothing and shoe stores in Downtown Alameda. Whether it’s your favorite designer or vintage look, there’s something for you. Everything from trendy dresses and shoes to bags and blouses. Get inspired while visiting our local women’s apparel shops and consignment boutiques.

Look for New Spring Arrivals at these locations:

AG Living, 2332 Alameda Ave
All Good Living offers lifestyle products that are earth-friendly and made in the USA. Specialties include fashionable and socially-aware tees and kids’ onesies.

Aphrodite’s Closet, 1419 Park Street
Don’t pay retail for designer fashion that you can get at a fraction of the cost. Aphrodite’s Closet is an upscale women’s consignment boutique that makes fashion and designer style affordable for everyone. If you’re looking for formal wear, shoes, active wear, jewelry, scarves, and belts… check out Aphrodite’s Closet.

District Footwear & Apparel, 1322 Park Street
District Footwear has an inner-city vibe and carries the absolute latest in metro-hip sneakers and apparel. Whether you love to skate, or just need to look fresh, District Footwear provides a great selection of sneakers and apparel with excellent customer service.

Juniper Tree Vintage

Juniper Tree Vintage

Janene’s Bridal Boutique, 2418 Central Ave
Janene’s Bridal Boutique provides the best possible setting for brides to select the perfect wedding gown. They are dedicated to making this important process enjoyable and stress free while helping you make your dream wedding a beautiful and memorable reality.

Juniper Tree Vintage Clothing, 1320 Park Street
Upscale fabulous vintage clothing from the 1940s, to now. Come into Juniper Tree for all that’s vintage, beautiful, poodle-ilicious, glitter-tastic, and one-of-a-kind.

Lanvie, 1419 Park Street
Lanvie Apparel offers the contemporary woman the innovative concept of fashion that one finds in a boutique, but with the same high-quality apparel found in stylish department stores. Lanvie incorporates its own in-house design and sourcing teams, enabling them to skip the middleman and bring the savings directly to you.

Lauren’s Closet, 1420 Park Street
Lauren’s Closet features children’s clothing, trendy fashions, and maternity wear , as well as new toys, books, gifts, and accessories. They buy from you and carry new items too.

Shoe Stores in Downtown Alameda:   Read the rest of this entry »

2nd Friday Art Walk in Downtown Alameda

2nd Friday Art Walk in AlamedaThe galleries, clubs, restaurants, and coffee shops that make Downtown Alameda a vibrant destination welcome you to 2nd Friday Art Walk every month. Take in some of the most exciting, beautiful, and challenging contemporary art from the Bay Area and beyond.

It’s a totally free event with a little something for everyone. Artist receptions abound on 2nd Fridays along with live music, DJ’s, jewelry demonstrations, art classes, and wine tastings. It’s also a chance to get to know local artists and learn about their creative process.

Start your 2nd Friday Art Walk experience at any of the participating venues in Downtown Alameda. As you stroll from venue to venue, you’re invited to partake in wine and light refreshments at many of the galleries and shops.

Maps are available at Studio 23 (2309B Encinal Ave). Visit their website for current information:

Featured events for Friday, March 11:

Studio23 2nd Friday exhibit Inside OutINSIDEOUT Closing Reception
Studio 23, 2309B Encinal Ave
Join local East Bay artists for this group art show featuring unique and thought-provoking interpretations of “INSIDEOUT.” Insides consist of a crazy mix of emotions, neuroses, fears, beauty, love,… and organs too. Come see what happens when artists bring the insides out — metaphysically, physically, and anyway the artist sees it. Studio 23 is open up to the public on Second Fridays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Light appetizers and wine served.

Julies Coffee and Tea Garden Art Party March 11Art Party: Photographs by Marlene Winell
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street
This exhibition of photographs on paper, canvas, and metal are about the Zen of “NOTICING” – really noticing the details of everyday life. These “found” images are unusual and sometimes beautiful, but not often considered so lovely. They are often missed because they are in contexts that are very ordinary. (Opening party, March 11, 7:00-9:00pm; Show runs March 11-May 4)

Vintiq 2nd Friday Art Walk March 11Art Show at Vintiq
Vintiq, 2305 Santa Clara Ave
Vintiq is hosting a very special art show this month. Artists on display are BELY, MUSK, MASKA, HAM, TUPAC, and NITE OWL. In addition, music will be provided by electronic music artist Mike Cadoo who will be making a rare live appearance as Dryft while also calling up tunes from former bands Gridlock and Bitcrush.

Open Studios at Autobody
Autobody Fine Art, 1517 Park Street
Autobody Fine Art provides studio space for emerging artists working in contemporary graphic design, fashion design, painting, and sculpture. The gallery and art studios are open 6:00-9:00pm during 2nd Friday Art Walks.

Food + Drinks + Open Studios 
Redux Studios & Gallery, 2315 Lincoln Ave
This is another chance to Read the rest of this entry »

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (Jan/Feb 2016)

Home Skillet Alameda donuts

Home Skillet – Alameda

One of the things that makes Downtown Alameda an interesting destination is that it is a vibrant and ever-changing district. When exploring the downtown area, it seems that there are always new surprises appearing among the rows of storefronts.

Although it’s sad to see some businesses close, it can be exciting to see what new businesses pop up in their place — whether it’s new eateries, retail shops, personal services, or business services.

Did you happen to catch the donut giveaways at Home Skillet when they opened in January?

Help us welcome the newest businesses to Alameda’s historic Park Street Business District. Stop by and say “hello” to these folks the next time you’re in Downtown Alameda.

New Businesses:

Affinity At Home Care, 1516 Oak Street #106 *Providing Personal Care Services, Routine Home Care Services, and other Care Services.

Home Skillet, 1363 Park Street
* Offering an extensive menu that includes hearty breakfast and lunch items. Donuts are their specialty!

Pretty In Ink AlamedaMelissa Grohs, MA, LPCC, 2515 Santa Clara Ave, Suite 210
* Counseling and psychotherapy services that help clients feel more satisfied in their day-to-day lives.

Pretty In Ink, 2329 Santa Clara Ave
* Female owned and operated private tattoo studio. Custom tattoos are according to your specifications.

The Central Body, 2416 Central Ave
* Dr. Ashyanna Keli specializes in chiropractic sports medicine and advanced extremity adjusting.

Vietnam House, 1527 Park Street
* Authentic Vietnamese menu including Pho, rice plates, and banh mi sandwiches. Outdoor seating.

New Associate Member:

Curves For Women, 2528 Blanding Ave
* Provides fitness and weight-management programs designed for the modern woman’s busy schedule.

The Central Body AlamedaNew Owner: 

Jerry’s Tire & Auto Center, 2501 Santa Clara Ave

In the Works:  Read the rest of this entry »


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