Summer Fun (For Kids) in Downtown Alameda

As the school year comes to an end, you may be wondering how you’re going to keep the kids entertained on summer days in Alameda. If you’re putting together a list of things to do this summer, we have a number of ideas from local Downtown Alameda businesses:

2015_Family_Movie_Series at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex2015 Summer Family Movie Series
Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave
(510) 769-3456,

The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex starts its Summer Family Movie Series on June 16. One kid movie favorite will be shown each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00am in the historic theatre. This year’s Summer Family Movie Series features How To Train Your Dragon, Rio 2, The Box Trolls, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and six other popular G-rated films.

You can purchase the whole series of 10 family movie tickets for $10 per person. Otherwise, single tickets will be available on the day of the show for $2 per person. This is not only a super fun outing for the kids but it’s also a fundraiser for local schools and youth organizations.

Art Lab and Play Gallery
Twirl, 1424 Park Street
(510) 473-0812,

Twirl play space in AlamedaTwirl is Alameda’s newest design lab and play gallery for kids. Younger children can take a ride on the tike track, climb through the tree house, build a fort in the construction zone, or snuggle up and read in the book nook. The studio is open for all ages with things like pottery wheels, glass painting, playdough experiments, and papercutting workshops. Different activities are available each week.

Drop-in admission for unlimited play is $12 per child. Special classes are also offered on a sign-up basis.

Drop-In Fused Glass Studio
Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza)  Read the rest of this entry »

Lola’s Chicken Shack Serves Up Fresh Chicken and Exceptional Hospitality

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Lolas Chicken Shack, AlamedaThe concept of Lola’s Chicken Shack is simple… Serve fresh, made from scratch, wholesome food at an affordable price in a friendly, welcoming environment. You’ll find that the Rogers family has accomplished this at their 1417 Park Street location in Downtown Alameda.

After more than three decades in the food business, Alameda resident Mark Rogers felt that quality chicken was an under-served item and had the potential for a new approach. As he, his wife Nancy, and son Ryan began to develop the concept, there were a few key goals that were essential. The food had to be:

  1. Fresh and made with “real” ingredients.
  2. Flavorful with an emphasis on savory and healthy.
  3. Served in a friendly, clean atmosphere with a goal of exceptional hospitality.

Lola's Chicken Shack wrapThe first goal was fairly easy since the Rogers have always been “foodies,” long before the term ever became popular. Many of the recipes are items that they have been making at home for years, and in some cases, generations!

“We understand the benefits from healthy eating and home cooking,” says Nancy. “I was raised on fresh, homemade foods and continued that tradition with my own family. We have always loved to entertain friends and family with the focus on the meal. Lola’s is an extension of that.”

For the second goal, Mark did his research and started experimenting with Koji, Read the rest of this entry »

Music and Promos at the Downtown Alameda Spring Festival 2015

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Downtown Alameda Spring Festival 2015The annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival takes place this weekend! People enjoy coming out for the music, the food, the kids’ area, the craft beer and regional wine sales, and the terrific selection of gifts for Mom.

The FREE street fair features over 150 vendors in the street along with a unique selection of independent shops and eateries in the heart of Downtown Alameda’s historic Park Street Business District. No wonder Mom likes to attend this event! Maybe you would like to treat her to a mimosa and lunch at one of the district’s savory food establishments.

But the festival isn’t just for Mom. It’s fun for everyone!

Each day offers live entertainment on two different stages. Take your pick as some of the best Bay Area musicians perform everything from bluegrass to classic rock, and from fusion jazz to funk. This year’s line-up also features some of the region’s most popular tribute bands.  See the schedule posted below for times and locations.

How about treating yourself to some eats, drinks, and shopping galore? Many of the businesses will be offering weekend specials for savvy festival-goers. Check out our sample list of specials and make plans to step inside the businesses and take a look around.

Don’t miss the Downtown Alameda Spring Festival!  Read the rest of this entry »

Downtown Alameda’s 15th Annual Spring Festival

Music Schedule and Business Specials:

Downtown Alameda Spring Festival 2015The annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival is a Mother’s Day weekend tradition in Alameda and the San Francisco Bay Area. The two-day street fair attracts over 50,000 people each year to the beautiful island community of Alameda.

Weekend activities include art and craft vendors, live music, food vendors, beer and wine sales, and a special kids’ area. This year’s event will be held in Downtown Alameda on May 9 and May 10. Hours run from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

The Downtown Alameda Spring Festival can be fun for the whole family! With over 150 street vendors set up along Park Street and more than 50 unique retail shops, this is a perfect place to find a gift for Mom. Or maybe you would like to treat Mom to a mimosa and lunch at one of the district’s many food establishments.

Come join the fun!

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

Live Music Each day offers continuous live entertainment on two stages with talented musicians performing a wide range of music such as classic rock, bluegrass, funk, and soul. This year’s line-up also features some of the Bay Area’s most popular tribute bands: Journey Revisited, Stealin’ Chicago, Zebop! Tribute to Santana, Revolver, and Rock of Ages.

Festival Food & Drink Satisfy your taste buds with a great selection of festival favorites such as Lockeford Sausage, corndogs, gyros, roasted corn, fried calamari, teriyaki chicken, tamales, beef skewers, funnel cakes, and more! Premium vinegars and gourmet fudge will also be available for purchase. Then quench your thirst at one of the three booths serving craft beers, regional wines, and bubbly mimosas.  Read the rest of this entry »

Go Warriors! Free Live Simulcast at Alameda Theatre

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Update… The Warriors games are being shown on the big screen as long as they are winning. The next games are May 27, and…

Check out this preview:

Alameda Theatre & Cineplex has been selected as one of three Golden State Warriors “Watch Party” locations for viewing the NBA Finals LIVE. The theatre is teaming up with the Warriors to offer FREE admission to view the games on the theatre movie screen beginning Thursday, April 23 at 6:30pm.

Fans will also have a chance to win special giveaways such as Warriors merchandise, Warriors t-shirts, and Theatre movie tickets… to name a few.

Warriors NBA Playoffs at Alameda Theatre

Alameda Cinema Grill will be offering bar and menu specials such as “3-Point Punch Cocktail” and “Steph Curry Noodle Bowl.”  Fans can also celebrate at Cinema Grill Bistro & Bar after the game and continue to enjoy game day discounts and win Warriors merchandise. A percentage of the sales from the special menu will be donated to the Warriors Community Foundation.

Alameda Cinema Grill specialsDowntown Tip: The first 50 Cinema Grill pre-game guests will receive a surprise Warrior’s gift awaiting their arrival! (Alameda Cinema Grill opens at 5:00pm.)

The Theatre Snack Bar will be selling movie snacks as well as Cinema Grill wine, beer and pizza. In-Seat Service will be available to those who request “reserve” seating. Perhaps a Warrior’s Girl will deliver your order!

So go enjoy the NBA Finals in style… recliner seat; 50′ Hi-def cinema presentation; In-Seat Service for snacks, beer, and wine; Warrior freebies; and FREE Admission!

Alameda Theatre & CineplexLook for more Golden State Warrior games to be shown on the big screen… Warrior games will be presented on the big screen until the last Warriors game — hopefully the Championship Game.

For ticket information, visit the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex website at

Get your free tickets at the box office early. Go Warriors!!  Read the rest of this entry »

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (Mar/Apr 2015)

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Wow! More new businesses are popping up in Downtown Alameda’s ever-expanding Park Street Business District.

It’s going to be a little busy on Saturday, April 11. We hope you will join us… Vintiq is a wonderful addition to the selection of retail shops on Santa Clara Ave; the shop opens to the public that Saturday and will be offering complimentary food and drink starting at Noon. In addition, Alameda Island Brewing Company (1716 Park Street) will finally be hosting an official grand opening celebration starting at 3:00pm.

Eva Cazeres of Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio is already in full operation after returning to Park Street following a number of years at South Shore Center. Look for her grand opening celebration to take place on Friday, May 1. In fact, all the shops at Park Street Plaza will be joining in on the fun and are making plans to host a fabulous “Ladies Night” to celebrate the addition of another woman-owned business.

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

New Businesses:

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio Alameda

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio

AAA Alameda Live Scan, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #103
* Fingerprinting and notary services.

ATMs Unlimited, 1820 Park Street
* Providing complete ATM solutions for businesses.

Intuitive Counsel & Healings, 2447 Santa Clara Ave #305
* Integrated approach to healing by Pam Flowerday.

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio, 1419 Park Street
* Beauty experts offering advice and services for skin care and color cosmetics.

My Angel Nails, 1532 Park Street
* Professional nail salon offering top quality services.

Randall B. Weil, MD, 1414 Everett Street
* Board-certified plastic surgeon.

Teazzert Alameda


Sheira Kahn, MFT, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #106
* Psychotherapist specializing in individuals, couples, and emotional eating.

Streamline Bookkeeping, 2447 Santa Clara Ave #300B
* Bookkeeping and tax return preparation for small businesses.

Teazzert, 1342 Park Street
* Premium coffees, organic teas, and a variety of fresh desserts.

Tootsies Alameda, 1350 Park Street #A
* Shoes for women 10 to 80; all occasions.

Vintiq, 2305 Santa Clara Ave — opening April 11
* Home decor, fashion, and resurrected artifacts.

Vivian L. Young-McDonald, 2315 Lincoln Ave
* Artist in residence at Redux Studios & Gallery.

Toomie's Thai AlamedaNew Owners:

Pampered Pup, 1401 Park Street

New Name:

Toomie’s Thai by Mee Choke, 1433 Park Street

Businesses in the Works:  Read the rest of this entry »

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:  Read the rest of this entry »


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