Find the Best Views of Alameda’s Fourth of July Parade on Park Street

Alameda July 4 ParadeOn July 4, be sure to find your way to Downtown Alameda to view one of the longest Independence Day parades in the nation. The Alameda Mayor’s 4th of July Parade is one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in the Bay Area and it starts right here on Park Street.

The Alameda parade boasts over 170 floats and 2,500 participants that traverse a 3.3 mile route across Alameda — from Park Street on the east end of the island to Webster Street on the west end. Beginning at 10:00am on the corner of Park Street & Lincoln Avenue, the parade first meanders down Park Street and then continues around the corner along Otis Drive.

Spectators enjoy a huge variety of hand-decorated flatbeds, antique cars, marching bands, dance troupes, cheerleading squads, dancing horses, bicyclists, musicians, clowns, and costumed characters. Performers come from Alameda and all around the Bay Area. 

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2015 Parade Photo Gallery

There’s also a 5K run and walk that follows the route of the Mayor’s 4th of July Parade. The R.A.C.E. starts at 9:00am — an hour before the parade — in front of the Bank of Marin (1416 Park Street).

The Alameda Mayor’s 4th of July Parade and race attract over 20,000 people and many of the spectators search out the best viewing spots along Park Street where parade entrants start off with lots of energy. The performances, cheering, and flag waving tend to be particularly exciting in front of the Judging Stand located at the intersection of Park Street & Alameda Avenue.  Read the rest of this entry »

Experience the Ultimate High-Tech Spa Treatment in Downtown Alameda

Oakland Raiders Rodney Hudson at Redux Cryotherapy

Rodney Hudson, Oakland Raiders

Discover the power of the most advanced spa treatment… experience the rush, feed off the adrenaline, feel re-energized, and be revived. Let REDUX Cryotherapy give you a jumpstart and a surge of healing power.

Opened in Alameda on April 9, 2016, REDUX Cryotherapy is the first cryosauna in the East Bay.

One of the best centers in the NFL, Rodney Hudson of the Oakland Raiders, has added REDUX Cryotherapy to his training regimen for this upcoming season. In fact, multiple players from the Oakland Raiders are new clients at REDUX.

Although commonly used by high-performing professional athletes and celebrities, REDUX Cryotherapy also provides high-tech “Whole Body Cryotherapy” treatments to the public.

What Is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy literally means “cold therapy” in which you expose your body to subzero temperatures ranging from -166 to -210 degrees Fahrenheit.

Joel Siapno at Redux Cryotherapy in Alameda

Joel Siapno, Professional Boxer

This medical therapy popularly known as Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) was first developed in Japan in 1978 to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis. The idea then traveled into other countries within Asia and Europe where doctors discovered the many benefits that cryotherapy provides the human body. WBC has now made its way into the US and many are raving about this modern form of medical therapy.

WBC has been shown to help with insomnia, muscle aches, joint pain, cellulite reduction, skin conditions, and skin toning. Cryotherapy treatments activate endorphins that numb pain and reduce inflammation, providing much-needed relief. The activation of endorphins also increase metabolism, improve mood, and reduce stress.

Professional and recreational athletes began incorporating cryotherapy into their daily routines to enhance performance. In fact, many athletes now make this their ultimate healing and recovery method knowing it will help reduce muscle soreness, treat injuries, and accelerate workout recovery periods.

Celebrities are taking advantage of the benefits that cryotherapy has on the skin since subzero temperatures stimulate the production of collagen so that stretch marks, cellulite, and fine lines become less visible. As a result, skin looks tighter and healthier. 
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Launch Party: Downtown Alameda To Get New Look

Downtown Alameda Street Banner preview

Downtown Alameda will be getting a slightly new look when the Downtown Alameda Business Association installs new street banners this week.

Designed by local artist Felicia Ann, the banner images blend the nostalgic style of posters from the early 1900s with contemporary figures and fresh colors.

The banner project was created to help define Downtown Alameda beyond Park Street and to celebrate the wealth of unique services available throughout the entire district. Residents and visitors alike will be beckoned to Shop, Play, Learn, Wine & Dine, and Catch-Up in Downtown Alameda.

Downtown Alameda Is “Historic, Hip, and Worth the Trip”

The Park Street District has been evolving into a modern and lively downtown area that is “Historic, Hip, and Worth the Trip.”  Not only are popular destination businesses locating along the side streets in Downtown Alameda, but new growth is also happening along the stretch of Park Street north of Lincoln Avenue.  Read the rest of this entry »

Tucker’s Ice Cream Celebrates 75 Years in Alameda

Tucker's Ice Cream, AlamedaThe History of Tucker’s Ice Cream

Tucker’s Ice Cream has been an Alameda and Bay Area favorite for over 75 years. Generations of customers have been enjoying their rich and full-flavored old-fashioned “super creamed” ice cream, along with yogurt, sorbets and sherbets, fresh fudge, ice cream cakes, Cho Cho’s, and Tommy Tuckers.

Tucker’s Ice Cream is SUPERCREAMED! Made the old-fashioned way in batch freezers with only the freshest ingredients available — real fruit and nuts are hand picked for taste and texture and carefully blended with the finest flavorings to produce their trademark super creamed ice cream.

Marshall Tucker at Tucker's Ice Cream in AlamedaIt all began in the spring of 1941 when Marshall Tucker and his wife Verda left their Chico, California home to establish an ice cream business in the city of Santa Cruz. Taking a break on the journey South, they stopped for lunch and ventured into the city of Alameda. What they found here was a unique and warm community that would make an ideal home to raise their children and build a business.

Mr. Tucker had learned the trade from his aunt and uncle in an ice cream store that is still going to this day. With the decision to remain in Alameda, Marshall Tucker opened his shop at 1518 Park Street (corner of Park Street and Webb Ave) utilizing his family recipes for super creamed ice cream. When he celebrated the grand opening on June 3, 1941, some 381 customers were served that day with total receipts of $40.40.   Read the rest of this entry »

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (Apr/May 2016)

Redux Cryotherapy Alameda

Redux Cryotherapy… second floor

When visiting Downtown Alameda, it’s sometimes easy to miss the businesses that occupy spaces above and behind the street-level storefronts. If you take the time to explore the district, you might be surprised at what you find. It could be a welcoming studio that offers quality tattoos, a t-shirt design house that brings attitude to current affairs, or even a high-tech spa that provides whole-body cold therapy for professional athletes (and people like you).

Help welcome the newest businesses to Alameda. The next time you’re in Downtown Alameda, stop by and check them out.

New Businesses:

3Dot Art Gallery 2309A Encinal Ave Alameda

3Dot Art Gallery… alley entrance

3Dot Art Gallery, 2309A Encinal Ave
* Innovative specialty gallery offering various forms of unique art.

Causewear, 1361 Park Street, Suite 218
* Wholesale and custom design t-shirts with “Attitude.” (Look for their t-shirts at Doumitt Shoes.)

Kris Velsaco, LCSW, 1516 Oak Street #313
* Kris has over 15 years of experience in helping people through painful times and hard changes.

Lucky 13 Tattoos, 1301-1/2 Park Street
* Locally owned and operated shop with a team of diverse artists crafting quality tattoos.

Lucky 13 Tattoos Alameda

Lucky 13 Tattoos… second floor

Redux Cryotherapy, 2416A Central Ave, Suite #D
* Revive, recover, and rejuvenate with whole-body cold therapy treatments. Single sessions and packages available.

Stitches, 2537 Santa Clara Ave
* High quality custom sewing, clothing alterations, and tailoring.

New Owner:

Bambu Desserts, 1321 Park Street

Name Change:

Big Discount Tire Pros, 1200 Park Street (formerly Big O Tires)

In the Works:  Read the rest of this entry »

Island City Waterways Lands in Downtown Alameda

Alameda Island City Waterways eventCelebrate the birth of our Island City with a free public art event open to all ages. On May 21 and 22, audiences will be taken on a guided journey to four sites along the water’s edge to experience art, dance, music, and tales connecting them to Alameda’s rich maritime past.

The half-mile walking route follows Alameda’s historic Waterfront Trail, starting near the foot of the Fruitvale Bridge and ending at the public walkway near the Park Street Bridge.

More than two dozen performing and visual artists will be contributing to the event. Actor Ed Holmes will share stories of immigrants drawn to the city’s booming maritime trade while the audience is surrounded by historical and present-day images of the estuary. Muralist Mark Lewis Wagner will honor the immigrants who built the tidal canal by creating large-scale drawings on sail cloth that will become a backdrop for choreography by Kim Epifano and music by Maze Daiko.

Alameda Island City Waterways TrailTour times on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 are 10:30am-Noon, 12:30pm-2:00pm, and 2:30pm-4:00pm. Participation on each tour is limited to 100 people, with 50 spots per tour available for advance reservation. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early to park and register.

The event is conceived and directed by Rhythmix Cultural Works Founder and Artistic Director Janet Koike.

Reservations and info: www.islandcitywaterways.org

 

Learn more about Alameda’s maritime history at these downtown locations:

Rhythmix Cultural Works AlamedaRhythmix Cultural Works, K Gallery (2513 Blanding Ave)
In conjunction with Island City Waterways, Rhythmix Cultural Works presents “Island City Waterways: Waves of Inspiration” is on display through June 29. This three-person exhibition investigates Alameda’s industrial landscape along the water’s edge. The featured works are by environmental painter Ginny Parsons, photographer Pons Maar, and industrial designer and artist Marc Ribaud. All three artists reside in Alameda.

Alameda Free Library (1550 Oak Street)
The library maintains a rich array of historical materials including books, pamphlets, and clippings relating to Alameda’s history — some more than 100-years-old. The Alameda Collection reflects the city’s historical and cultural development. When perusing the shelves, you’ll find non-fiction books based in Alameda, biographies of Alamedans, and materials written by Alamedans.

The Alameda Museum (2021 Alameda Ave)
Exhibits at The Alameda Museum celebrate and preserve the colorful past of this unique island city. You’ll find a number of maritime stories among the displays of early life in Alameda: history of Alaska Packers Association, a 1892 model of a tall-masted sailing vessel, a model of the ferryboat “Sacramento,” and more.

Island City Waterways is made possible by a number of Downtown Alameda businesses:  Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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