Get Into Shape In Downtown Alameda

Yoga Alameda

Rebecca Trissell’s Yoga Alameda

Want to get your body into shape and improve your health? It’s easier than you think. There are many different types of activities to choose from in Downtown Alameda including nutrition planning, muscle conditioning, cardio classes, yoga, and fitness dance.

When getting started with a new health program, there are a number of things to consider:

  • Find activities that are right for you.
  • Start slowly.
  • Include strength training along with cardio exercises.
  • Change your routine periodically.
  • Make it a priority; don’t make excuses.

So if you’re looking for motivation to exercise and get into shape, let the professionals in Downtown Alameda help you build a safe and fun routine:

Alameda Athletic Club (1226 Park Street)
Established in 1979, Alameda Athletic Club is a premier health and fitness center offering weight training, state-of-the-art cardio equipment, and a wide variety of exercise classes to help you improve your overall health and well-being. Information: 510-521-2001;

Alameda Personal Training

Alameda Personal Training

Alameda Nutrition (2447 Santa Clara Avenue #301)
Alameda Nutrition is your guide on the journey to better health. Whether you are interested in weight loss, diabetes management, increased energy, or more,… Ruth Schrager can provide information and motivation to help you achieve your goals. Information: 510-872-2199;

Alameda Personal Training (2414 Central Ave)
Efficient, effective fitness for all! Alameda Personal Training can help you set goals, and keep you accountable and driven. You’ll find a program that works best for YOU… from personal training to group classes and from yoga to high intensity training. Information: 510-712-0093;

Alameda Physical Therapy (1700 Park Street #200)
The therapists at Alameda PT are dedicated to helping people recover their movement and return to the activities and lifestyles that are important to them. Their philosophy is to help patients thrive through individualized treatment, education, and prevention. Services include work conditioning, gait training, and sports-specific training. Information: 510-521-5900;

All In One Fitness Training Lab, Alameda

All In One Fitness Training Lab

All In One Fitness Training Lab (2317 Santa Clara Ave)
All In One Fitness Training Lab is Downtown Alameda’s premier gym facility offering cutting edge programming and services for all ages. They have everything you need to help you achieve your goals… whether you need to lose weight, increase muscle or strength, reduce stress, improve sports performance, or simply just feel better. Information: 510-523-3300;

Anew Physical Therapy & Wellness (2447 Santa Clara Avenue #205)
Alicia Perez provides individual personalized care and can help develop a plan for you that promotes healthy habits and decreases the risk of injuries. Exercises with alternative techniques can assist in reaching the goal of restored health by improving balance, coordination, strength, and flexibility. Information: 510-521-3746;

Jazzercise (1402 Park Street)
Jazzercise is a pulse-pounding, beat-pumping fitness program that gets you results fast. It’s a calorie-torching, hip swiveling dance party with a hot playlist to distract you from the burn. Information: 510-522-2527;

Yoga Alameda (1502 Park Street)
Yoga Alameda is proud to offer a variety of classes and workshops from their line-up of talented teachers. Their studio offers different styles of Yoga so you can find your perfect practice — from Fitness Flow to Restorative Yoga! Information: 510-263-8700;

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You’ll always find great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit

Save the Date! Customer Celebration Day in Downtown Alameda is Saturday, September 12.  Free Drawings, Giveaways, Demos, and Entertainment!

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Downtown Businesses Are Best of Alameda 2015

Congratulations to all the Downtown Alameda businesses that have been selected “Best of Alameda 2015” by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine. As usual, there are a lot of them — a total of 46 this time around!

Taking top honors are a number of Downtown Alameda businesses that received multiple “Best of Alameda 2015” awards:

  • Best of Alameda 2015American Oak (2319 Park St) Best Steaks; Best Rib Eye; Best Spirits Selection
  • Asena (2508 Santa Clara Ave) Best Greek/Mediterranean Restaurant; Best Middle Eastern Restaurant
  • Burma Superstar (1345 Park St) Best Thai/Burmese Food; Best Vegetarian Restaurant; Best Salads
  • Cinema Grill (2301 Central Ave) Best New Restaurant; Best New Business
  • East End (1650 Park St) Best Pizza; Best Raw Oysters
  • Farmstead Cheeses & Wines (1650 Park St) Best Cheeses; Best Wine Store
  • Jim’s Homestyle Diner (2333 Lincoln Ave) Best Breakfast; Best Diner
  • Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (1223 Park St) Best Coffeehouse; Best Bulk Loose Tea 
  • La Penca Azul (1440 Park St) Best Mexican Restaurant; Best Late Night Munchies Spot; Biggest Portions
  • Pappo (2320 Central Ave) Best California CuisineBest Wine List
  • La Penca Azul (1440 Park St) Best Mexican Restaurant; Best Late Night Munchies Spot; Biggest Portions
  • Pappo (2320 Central Ave) Best California CuisineBest Wine List
  • Scolari’s Good Eats (1303 Park St) Best BurgerBest Sandwiches, Best Comfort Food
  • Speisekammer (2424 Lincoln Ave) Best Sausages
  • Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream (1349 Park St) Best Ice Cream; Best Desserts
  • Lauren’s Closet (1420 Park St) Best Children’s Store [tie]; Best Consignment Clothing
  • Toy Safari (1410 Park St) Best Children’s Store [tie]; Best Games and Toys

This year we saw a number of service-oriented businesses receive “Best of Alameda” honors for the first time since we’ve been compiling our annual version of the list. These professional service people are definitely worth checking out:

Of course, there are many more “Best of Alameda” winners located in Downtown Alameda. We’ve posted all the winners (with links to their websites) on our blog page:

For those who prefer to flip through the original “Best of Alameda 2015” magazine article to view all the great photos and business spotlights, look for Alameda Magazine’s July 2015 “Best of Alameda” issue at Books Inc. (1344 Park Street) or De Lauer’s Newsstand (1412 Park Street).

There is one other new service on the list that is definitely a “Best of Alameda” winner… 
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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (June/July 2015)

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

Park Street is certainly in bloom this summer with new eateries. By chance did you notice the new food places while attending this year’s Art & Wine Faire? You might agree that Downtown Alameda has become an incredible destination where you can find international fare of all flavors.

Just last week we saw the opening of a few new restaurants, from Ethiopian cuisine (Injera Restaurant) to French-inspired pastries (Crispian Bakery). In addition, a new Hawaiian restaurant (Kau Kau Corner) opened last month at 1635 Park Street serving everything from barbecue chicken to fresh poke. They have parking too. (Which reminds us… be sure to check out the new location of Thai Noodle House of Alameda. They’ve moved to a larger space but have kept the same late hours.)

Help us welcome the following new businesses to Alameda’s vibrant and historic downtown district:

New Businesses:

Crispian Bakery Alameda

Crispian Bakery

Crispian Bakery, 1700 Park Street #120
* Small-batch bakery producing French-inspired American breads and pastry.

Engage Hospitality, 2447 Santa Clara Ave #203
* Hotel management company with portfolio of 13 Bay Area hotels.

Injera Restaurant, 1307 Park Street
* Authentic Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine.

Kau Kau Corner, 1635 Park Street
* Hawaiian restaurant and catering.

Namaste Craft, 1415 Park Street
* Global handcrafted and fair trade gifts for every occasion.

Smashburger Alameda


Smashburger, 1640 Park Street
* Handcrafted “smashed” burgers always made-to-order.

Twirl, 1424 Park Street
* Design lab and play gallery for kids.

New Name:

Island Acupuncture, 2424 Blanding Ave #102 (formerly Tracy Zollinger L.Ac.)

New Location:

Bella Hair Salon, 2311 Santa Clara Ave #B

Thai Noodle House of Alameda, 1700 Park Street

Businesses in the Works: 

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Get Pampered in Downtown Alameda

A trip to a local spa in Downtown Alameda can be the perfect way to pamper yourself. It might seem like an indulgent thing to do but there are many health benefits to visiting a spa or professional massage therapist. Not only is it a form of healthy relaxation, but massage can help to soothe sore joints and muscles. It can also help to improve posture and range of motion.

There are many different kinds of therapeutic massages to choose from including Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Thai Massage, and neurologic techniques. You’ll find all of these choices (and more) at the spas located in Downtown Alameda.

Want to feel better? Let the professionals in Downtown Alameda take care of you:

PloyThai signature massage

PloyThai, Alameda

PloyThai Spa (2410 Central Ave)
Whether you want to enhance your natural beauty or just escape from the trials of a long day, PloyThai Spa offers a retreat tailored to your specific needs. Traditional Thai massage is a type of massage that involves stretching combined with deep massage. Other services include waxing, facials, manicures, and pedicures. Appointments: (510) 865-6099

Gold Spa (2311 Santa Clara Ave #A)
Looking for a spa date? Gold Spa is the perfect place for this — intimate, cozy, and welcoming. Try out the deep soaking tub for couples before or after your massage session. It’s all about healthy skin and body as well as a private individually-prepared bath experience. Appointments: (510) 521-8819

Ocean Spa (2323 Santa Clara Avenue #A2)
Ocean Spa offers a variety of services including facials and massages. Located on the second floor of a classic downtown building, the spa areas are warm and friendly. Appointments: (510) 337-0999

Suzanne Ochs Therapeutic Massage (2447 Santa Clara Avenue #301)
Suzanne Ochs has been working as a massage therapist in Alameda for over 8 years. Services include: Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, Pre-Natal/Pregnancy Massage, Reflexology, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage. Appointments: (510) 304-3058

Hand & Stone Massage, Alameda

Hand & Stone Massage, Alameda

Kevin Minney – Your Professional Partner in Wellness (2515 Santa Clara Avenue #107)
Want to work with the natural capacity of the body to speed healing or restore correct muscle tone? Kevin Minney combines a number of neurological techniques, including Bowenwork and Quantum Touch, to promote the body’s innate healing capacity. His innovative method has non-intrusive applications for pain relief, injury recovery, stress reduction, and enhanced performance for sports or work. Appointments: (510) 333-4324

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa (2661-C Blanding Ave)
Hand & Stone provides professional spa experiences at affordable prices seven days a week. They are conveniently located in the Nob Hill shopping center on Blanding Ave. Guests entering their spas are enveloped in soothing sounds and aromas before beginning the journey to relaxation and restoration. Appointments: (510) 523-3500

Sumbody in Alameda

sumbody (1350 Park Street)
The Sumtime Spa at Sumbody offers massage, waxing, facial, and nail care services. The spa also carries a variety of all-natural skin and body care products. Appointments: (510) 523-2639

Tomo’s Mini Spa (1411 Park Street)
Tomo’s Mini Spa offers relaxing foot massages and full body massages at great prices. Appointments: (510) 865-8840

On The Spot Massage (1650 Park Street)
Want to feel rejuvenated while you are shopping healthy? On The Spot Massage practitioners offer chair-massage services inside Marketplace. Drop in at their Relaxation Station to transform your day with a 10-minute session. Appointments: (510) 704-0359

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You’ll always find great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit

The Park Street Business Association is changing its name. With over 425 businesses located in the historic commercial, civic, and cultural center of Alameda, we’re more than just Park Street. Look for our new name and new website to be announced soon!

Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire – July 25 & 26, 2015

Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire 2015Enjoy the summer sun at one of the biggest and best events of the year! Downtown Alameda’s 31st Annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire features over 300 arts, crafts, and food vendors; local wines and regional beers; live music on two stages; and a special kids’ area. This year’s street fair will be held the weekend of July 25 and July 26. Hours run from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

Voted “Best Event in Alameda” by Alameda Magazine readers each year, there is sure to be something for the entire family. Festival-goers can also enjoy a stroll along Alameda’s vibrant and historic commercial district where unique shops and restaurants will be offering event specials throughout the weekend.

Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire… It’s fun for everyone!

Arts & Crafts… Stroll among the 250 arts and craft booths with items ranging from ceramics and metal art to paintings, photography, wood crafts, toys, handbags, clothing, jewelry, and more.

Downtown Alameda Park Street Art  Wine Faire bandLive Entertainment… Each day offers continuous live entertainment on two stages as Bay Area favorites perform classic rock, bluegrass, funk, jazz, and soul. This year’s line-up features some of the best tribute bands: Petty Theft, Life in the Fast Lane, Long Train RunningLong Time, and Zebop! view the complete schedule

Kids’ Area… A special area for kids and their families features bounce houses, games, carnival rides, slot cars, face painting, bungee jumping, and… Waterballerz!

Food & Drink… Satisfy your taste buds with a festive selection of street favorites such as Lockeford Sausage, corndogs, gyros, roasted corn, fried calamari, funnel cakes, and more! Plus, there will be multiple beverage booths serving beer, mimosas, and a wonderful selection of local Rock Wall wines.

Downtown Alameda Park Street Art  Wine Faire Jewelry VendorShop Downtown Alameda… Downtown Alameda’s Park Street District is “historic, hip, and worth the trip.” More than 400 businesses are located in Alameda’s downtown commercial district. You’ll find a unique variety of fabulous food and drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do. Many of the businesses will even be offering weekend specials during the event.

Free, secure bike parking will be provided at the corner of Park Street and Webb Avenue. There couldn’t be a better way to experience the festival than after a pleasant ride along the charming streets of Alameda.

Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire is free to the public. For more information, call (510) 523-1392 or visit the rest of this entry »

Sweet Viewing Spots of the Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade on Park Street

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

Alameda July 4 ParadeFourth of July in Alameda is a wonderful excuse to find your way to Downtown Alameda. Be sure to bring along family and friends to celebrate America’s birthday by viewing one of the largest and longest Independence Day parades in the nation.

The Mayor’s Alameda 4th of July Parade has become one of the best July 4th celebrations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since its start in 1976, the annual parade has grown to boast over 190 “floats” and over 2,500 participants that travel along a 3.3 mile route across Alameda. The grand old parade begins on Park Street in the East End of Alameda and progresses all the way to Webster Street in the West End.

The holiday parade provides amusement for all ages. Spectators will enjoy the procession of vintage cars, hand-decorated flatbeds (“floats”), dancing horses, marching bands, dancing troupes, cheering squads, bicyclists, musicians, costumed characters, and plenty of clowns.

Where’s the best place to view the Alameda 4th of July Parade? Our answer to that question…
You can find some of the best and sweetest viewing spots along Park Street — anywhere between Lincoln Ave and San Jose Ave.

Alameda July 4 ParadeParade entrants start off at the corner of Lincoln Ave and show lots of energy along the first stretch of the parade route. The performances and the cheering in the parade tend to be especially best near the Judging Stand which is positioned on Park Street near the intersection of Alameda Avenue. The rivalry for attention can be very entertaining along Park Street and there’s usually lots of candy to be handed out to the kids.

For the optimal viewing of the Alameda 4th of July Parade we recommend that you arrive well before the 10:00am start time in order to save a “front row” seat along the sidewalk curbs on Park Street. But once the parade begins you should still be able to find standing room in the back rows along Park Street. (Be warned, the end of the parade usually clears Park Street by 11:30am.)

Plan to have fun on July 4 in Alameda — adorn yourself in red/white/blue attire, grab the kids, invite the friends, and head over to Downtown Alameda for one of the best Fourth of July parades in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Also, if you’re hankering for a refreshment or snack while attending the parade (or maybe even do a little shop browsing), you’ll find plenty of businesses open in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street Business District.

Be sure to check out the “parade” of independent shops and restaurants in Downtown Alameda. You’ll find coffee shops, sandwich shops, convenience shops, and dessert shops; breakfast places, lunch places, dinner places, and drink places; gift stores, book stores, apparel stores, antique stores, and children’s stores; and many, many helpful services!

Bambu Desserts & Drinks, AlamedaSweet frozen treat spots along the Alameda parade route on Park Street:

Fruitti Yogi, 2321 Santa Clara Ave

Tuttimelon, 2402 Central Ave

Tucker’s Ice Cream, 1349 Park Street

Yogofina Frozen Yogurt, 1335 Park Street

Sweet bakery spots along the Alameda parade route on Park Street:

Feel Good Bakery, 1650 Park Street

Alameda Bagels & Donuts, 1227 Park Street

Tucker's Ice Cream AlamedaSweet coffee spots along the Alameda parade route on Park Street:

Beanery of Alameda, 1650 Park Street

Peet’s Coffee & Tea, 1365 Park Street

Starbucks Coffee, 1364 Park Street

Teazzert, 1342 Park Street

Blue Danube Coffee House, 1333 Park Street

Bambu Desserts & Drinks, 1321 Park Street

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Living Well With All In One Fitness Lab — Alameda’s Newest Gym

Train Smart. Play Hard. Live Well.

All In One Fitness Training Lab, AlamedaAll in One Fitness Training Lab, located at 2317 Santa Clara Avenue, is Downtown Alameda’s premier training destination and gym facility. Their mission is to help people live healthy, fit, and pain-free lifestyles. With over 25 years experience in the fitness industry, they bring experience you can trust to get you the results you need.

Whether you want to lose weight, increase muscle, regain strength and stability after an injury, improve sports performance, or just simply feel better, the staff at All In One Fitness are dedicated to giving you the tools and support necessary to accomplish your goals.

All In One Fitness Training Lab, AlamedaMaking great use of 3,200 square feet of open space and high ceilings at their new location, All In One Fitness Training Lab has outfitted their Alameda gym with cutting edge, innovative equipment including astro-turf workout lanes, a MoveStrong jungle gym with cargo net and 15 training stations, Marpo 360 rope stations, selectorized and cardio machines, free-weights, medicine balls, kettlebells, and more.

But it’s not just the unique assemblage of equipment that All In One Fitness has to offer that sets them apart, it’s also their strong reputation for providing excellent programming and services. Read the rest of this entry »


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