Downtown Alameda’s Classic Car Show Revs Up Park Street

2015 Downtown Alameda Classic Car ShowGet Ready! Get set! Downtown Alameda’s 22nd Annual Classic Car Show takes place on Saturday, October 10. The free one-day event runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm and is fun for everyone.

Cars of every description will line up along Park Street, from Encinal Ave to Buena Vista Ave — antique roadsters, coupes, hot rods, muscle cars, and much more. Entertainment and prizes will be available and DJs will be spinning oldies from the ’50s and the ’60s.

Enjoy over 400 classic vehicles on display as you meander through Alameda’s historic downtown district. Most of the cars come from the magical decades of the ’50s and the ’60s. You can also expect to see plenty of muscle cars from the ’70s, along with vintage beauties from the ’30s and ’40s.

The Wounded Warrior Project will have a booth to sell raffle tickets for a drawing being held on January 1, 2016. The grand prize is a 50th anniversary Shelby Cobra. You’ll find the Wounded Warrior booth and car located in front of Capone’s Speakeasy.

Downtown Alameda’s Annual Classic Car Show is one of the best car shows in the Bay Area. A national representative of the Mustang Club of America has described the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show as “the best that he has ever seen.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Get Your Holiday Craft Projects Started in Downtown Alameda

Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, Alameda

Fused Glass Drop-In Sessions at The Artistic Home Studio & Boutique

With summer at an end and fall in the air, it’s time to start thinking about this year’s holiday projects. You can give the holidays a personal touch by creating your own homemade gifts or holiday decorations. DIY projects are also a good way to get the kids psyched about the holidays.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration, supplies, or a bit of know-how, the shopkeepers in Downtown Alameda will be delighted to help you with ideas for your holiday projects. Here are some local shops and classes to check out:

The Artistic Home Studio & Boutique (1419 Park Street)
This shop is part art studio and part art store. You can stop by just about any day of the week to make beautiful gifts created from fused glass — staff will be happy to show you fusing techniques and how to use the tools. It’s also a terrific place to learn mosaic or decorative paint techniques that can transform household accessories into truly unique gifts. Information and class schedules: 510-263-0337,

Bead Inspirations (1544 Park Street)
From beads and stones to tools and wire, this craft and jewelry store has a plethora of supplies for any arts and crafts project. They also offer fun classes on numerous jewelry making techniques. Get inspired and create your next gift with help from this shop! Information and class schedules: 510-337-1203,

The Sewing Room, Alameda

Sewing Nights at The Sewing Room

Pippa & Co. (2544 Santa Clara Ave)
Pippa & Co. is a one-of-a-kind whimsical store specializing in unique and handmade party decor, celebration accessories, and gifts. Pippa & Co. also offers crafts and design workshops where you can learn a new skill, meet new friends, and have fun while creating a gift with your own hands. Information and class schedules: 510-523-3561,

The Sewing Room (2434 Webb Avenue)
The Sewing Room is a sewing workshop and retail store offering lots of fun craft and gift ideas. You’ll find everything you need to start a project — fabric, sewing patterns, and pre-assembled kits. They also offer sewing classes for kids and adults. Information and class schedules: 510-332-9807,

The ReCrafting Co. (2449 Santa Clara Avenue)
The ReCrafting Co. is the crafter’s resource for quality recycled crafting materials, supplies, and tools at prices far below original retail. Visit the store and be inspired by the ever-changing inventory of quality recycled crafting supplies (sewing, needle craft, and more) and how-to craft books. Information: 510-263-0249,

The ReCrafting Co, Alameda

Craft Supplies and How-To Books at The ReCrafting Co

C&M Upholstery & Fabrics (1211 Park Street)
Looking for a unique fabric piece to enhance your holiday gift project? You’ll find hundreds of fabrics in stock at C&M Upholstery & Fabrics. Don’t forget to check out their sample sales too. Information: 510-865-7171,

Twirl (1424 Park Street)
Grandparents appreciate gifts that are handmade by the kids. Twirl is Alameda’s newest design lab (and play gallery) for little ones! Drop-in with your child for open studio or sign up for one of their classes to make anything from nature-inspired gifts to paintings or paper art. Information and class schedules: 510-473-0812,

Alameda Custom Framing (2445 Santa Clara Avenue)
Your holiday gift project is finished and ready to be framed… Alameda Custom Framing is a terrific place to frame your pictures, photo collages, art, or anything. The owners are very friendly and provide the best quality of framing work. Information: 510-522-1882

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

Save the Date! Downtown Alameda’s 22nd Annual Classic Car Show is October 10. More than 400 classic vehicles will rev up Park Street!

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Customer Celebration Day in Downtown Alameda

Downtown Alameda Customer Celebration Day 2015 posterThe merchants in Downtown Alameda’s historic business district appreciate your support and would like to honor YOU, our valued customer.

As a special thank you, we are celebrating “Customer Celebration Day” on Saturday, September 12. Participating businesses will be offering free giveaways, entertainment, and special discounts from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

We invite you to stroll through Alameda’s historic and vibrant downtown district to visit your favorite shops, restaurants, and services. Enjoy the entertainment and activities on the sidewalks and maybe even discover some new places along the way.

Look for the balloons in front of participating businesses.

For a chance to win a wonderful assortment of gift certificates and goodies from local businesses, be sure to stop by our information table at 1419 Park Street (in front of Park Street Plaza) to enter the FREE DRAWING. The grand prize is valued over $250!

Plan Your Visit

While exploring the shops and restaurants in Downtown Alameda you can enjoy musical entertainment, vintage fashion shows, jewelry demonstrations, and belly dancers. Plus, you can enjoy free treats along the way…

  • 10:00-11:00am, Start your stroll with a free cup of coffee or tea at Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden.
  • Noon-1:00pm, When you’re ready for a break, find your way to C’era Una Volta for free cannoli and receive a free tote too.
  • 1:00-4:00pm, After lunch, head over to Bonne Vie for a free Prosecco tasting (21+ only).
  • 2:00-4:00pm, Don’t forget dessert — for a little family fun, stop at Twirl for a free cupcake decorating activity.

Visit our event page for the complete list of activities and locations: Event Schedule

Look for the Balloons to find Special Promotions
(click on each name for address and info about the business) 
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Introducing the Downtown Alameda Business Association

Downtown Alameda Business Association logoHave you noticed that our posts have been including the words “Downtown Alameda” quite a bit? Well, the Park Street Business Association is officially changing its name. The new name is… Downtown Alameda Business Association.

Alameda’s downtown association is comprised of over 425 businesses located on Park Street and surrounding areas. Member businesses are not only located along Park Street (from San Jose Avenue to the Park Street Bridge), but you’ll also find businesses on each of the side streets from Oak Street to Broadway.

“The new name is more indicative of what our association is about. Together, we are not just Park Street — we are the entire Downtown Alameda district,” says Robb Ratto, Executive Director of the Downtown Alameda Business Association (“DABA” for short).

Along with the new name, there is a new logo and a new website. Both have a more modern and fun appearance, just like our vibrant downtown district. Plus, the new online business directory offers more options for finding the perfect eatery, gift shop, or professional service. 

To find out the latest happenings in Downtown Alameda or to look up one of the many downtown businesses, be sure to visit our new website at

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

Keep following us on your favorite social media sites as we switch over to our name and add fresh content: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and Google+

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

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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!

Park Street Business Association PSBA logo

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!


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