New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (Aug/Sept 2016)

Poke Koma Alameda

Poke Koma

There’s always something new to discover in Downtown Alameda, from great food & drink establishments to friendly services.

We’ve seen a number of popular “life-style” eateries open in Downtown Alameda over the last couple of months. A new boba tea cafe and a new Asian fusion take-out restaurant have both opened in the North of Lincoln District. In addition, a new dining spot opened in the Theatre District that is the first in Alameda to specialize in customized Hawaiian poke bowls.

Personal services in Downtown Alameda are important too… a new family therapist, a new in-home care agency, and a new hair salon have opened recently. You’ll also find a beautiful boutique gallery space on Park Street that is now home to a private performing arts center that offers programs in voice and piano.

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

New Businesses:

Alameda Monkey King at the Brewery

Monkey King at the Brewery

Holly Brown, MFT, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #210
* Marriage and family therapist with fifteen years of clinical experience

i-Tea, 1626 Park Street
* Authentic Boba Milk Tea, Fruit Tea, and Juice Bar. “Not just a cup of tea’… it’s a lifestyle.”

Katherine Parks Center of the Arts, 1242 Park Street
* Private and group programs in music, dance, and theater.

Monkey King at the Brewery, 1716 Park Street
* Chinese/Asian Fusion in a take-out setting.

Sessions Salon Alameda

Sessions Salon

Peace of Mind Home Care, 2515 Santa Clara Ave
* In-home care agency providing compassionate care.

Poke Koma, 1354 Park Street
* Hawaiian Poke Bowls… choose from our signature bowls or customize your own!

Sessions Salon, 2323 Santa Clara Ave
* Full-service modern hair salon and blow dry and color bar.

New Owner:

Aphrodite’s Closet, 1419 Park Street

In the Works:  Read the rest of this entry »

Downtown Alameda’s Classic Car Show Revs Up For Family Fun

Downtown Alameda Classic Car ShowReady! Set! Go!… Downtown Alameda’s 23rd Annual Classic Car Show is just around the corner. The free one-day event takes place on Saturday, October 8 and runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Downtown Alameda’s Classic Car Show is fun for the entire family. You’ll be amazed at the number of cars on display! Over 400 classic vehicles of every description will be lined up along Park Street, all the way from Encinal Ave to Buena Vista Ave — antique roadsters, vintage coupes, hot rods, muscle cars, and more. Most of the cars come from the magical decades of the ’50s and the ’60s. But you’ll also see plenty of muscle cars from the ’70s, along with beauties from the ’30s and ’40s.

While meandering through Alameda’s historic downtown district, enjoy a blast from the past as DJs spin some of the best oldies over the loudspeakers. Plus, keep your eyes and ears out for more entertainment and fun things to do along the way.

In addition to the cars and entertainment, many of the businesses in Downtown Alameda will be open for business. So plan to set aside some time to explore the unique selections of our shops (antiques, apparel, gifts, and more) and enjoy the tasty fare of our fabulous eateries (breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and snacks).

More details are available on the official event page: 

Helpful Tips for Downtown Alameda’s 23rd Annual Classic Car Show  Read the rest of this entry »

Customer Celebration Day in Downtown Alameda

We’re celebrating YOU!

The merchants in Downtown Alameda appreciate your support and would like to honor YOU, our valued customer. As a special thank you, we’re hosting a “Customer Celebration Day” on Saturday, September 24.

We invite you to take a stroll through Alameda’s historic downtown district for a day of fun. Participating businesses will be offering free giveaways, prizes, and special discounts. Plus, enjoy a variety of entertainment and activities on the sidewalks from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

So plan on visiting your favorite shops, restaurants, and services on Customer Celebration Day… and maybe even discover some new places along the way. Over 50 businesses will be participating!

Here’s a small sample of special activities:
* 10:00am-11:00am – Free Coffee and Tea Tasting @ Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden
* 11:00am-12:00pm –  Complimentary Croissants @ C’era Una Volta
* 11:00am-2:30pm – Meet the Minions – Photo Op @ Cinema Grill
* 2:00pm-4:00pm – Free Sangria Wine Tasting @ Bonne Vie Beer Wine & Fine Cigars
* 4:00pm-6:00pm – Free Face Painting @ Tucker’s Ice Cream

For a chance to win a fabulous assortment of gift certificates and goodies from downtown merchants, be sure to stop by one of our sponsoring businesses to pick up your free entry form — the grand prize is valued over $500!

Look for a complete list of businesses, special offers, and scheduled events on our website:  Read the rest of this entry »

Find Student Lunch Specials in Downtown Alameda

Bowzer's Pizza AlamedaSchool is back in session and the sidewalks in Downtown Alameda are once again buzzing during lunch hour.

Many downtown restaurants offer lunch specials that keep business flying through the afternoon. Lunch specials are especially helpful to the nearby Alameda High students who have limited time to pack a lunch, want something different from the standard cafeteria menu, or just want to take advantage of the privilege of leaving campus during lunch break.

With tons of options available with Downtown Alameda being just a short stroll away from the high school, “Where shall we eat?” can be one of the biggest and most exasperating questions among Alameda High students when friends gather together for a quick lunch break.

So where can a budget-conscious student fill up fast if he or she didn’t bring a homemade lunch? $5 can get you a pretty hearty meal at just about any of the nearby downtown destinations that offer weekday specials — from take-out spots to family restaurants, and everything between. Just look for the  “Student Special” signs in front of the local eateries.

These are some of the student favorites that can be found just a few blocks from AHS in Downtown Alameda…  Read the rest of this entry »

Find Back-to-School Shopping Ideas in Downtown Alameda

Back To School_Walgreens AlamedaBack-to-school shopping can be daunting. Whether you’re shopping for an elementary student, middle-schooler, high-schooler, or college student, back-to-school shopping means stocking up on school supplies. Instead of going back to the mall or driving to the big box stores, take a relaxing stroll through Downtown Alameda where you are sure to find everything you need to make this the best school year yet!

Basic School Supplies – The essential school supplies include paper, pencils, pens, rulers, markers, notebooks, lunch boxes, and bags. You’ll find all of these items and more at neighborhood convenience stores and pharmacies in Downtown Alameda.

Walgreens – “Everything your child needs to make the grade.

CVS Pharmacy – Name brand school and office supplies.

Clothing and ShoesTo make sure your child starts the school year in style, drop into one of Downtown Alameda’s clothing shops where you will find the latest apparel for fashion-conscious kids — everything from trendy shoes to socially aware t-shirts. On a budget? You can also find gently worn fashions at the re-use boutiques.

Doumitt ShoesBack to School_Doumitts Shoes Alameda – Trendy, fashion shoes for the entire family.

District Footwear & Apparel – The latest in metro-hip sneakers and apparel.

Lauren’s Closet – Clothes, accessories, and more for children and juniors.

All Good Living – Lifestyle clothing that is earth-friendly and made in the USA.

Computers & Electronics – Whether it’s new phones to stay connected with the kids, new computers to help with completing homework assignments, and or calculators for fun and learning, you’ll find a number of retail shops in Downtown Alameda that offer the right gadgets to help students get through the school year successfully.

Quick Communications – Verizon Wireless Authorized Exclusive Retailer.

Grand Communications – MetroPCS Authorized Dealer.

ABM Computers – Vast array of hardware and software solutions.

Music & Art Supplies – New supplies for music and art classes will help students master those extracurricular activities. There are a number of shops in Downtown Alameda worth checking out — whether it’s painting and drawing supplies, sewing supplies, or musical instruments and sheet music. (By the way, now is a good time to start making reservations for school holiday camps.)  Read the rest of this entry »

Find Your Way in Downtown Alameda for the 2nd Friday Art Walk

2nd Friday Art Walk Downtown AlamedaWhen is a Friday night better than any other Friday night in Downtown Alameda? When it’s a 2nd Friday Art Walk! (By the way, this month’s 2nd Friday is just a few days away.)

2nd Fridays are a monthly celebration of the arts and worth the experience. Whether your interest is in paintings, photographs, printmaking, sculpture, or mixed media, there’s something for everyone to enjoy while in Downtown Alameda on a 2nd Friday. Best of all, 2nd Friday Art Walks are totally free and guests can go from venue to venue at your own pace. 

Local galleries and businesses throughout Downtown Alameda work hard to make 2nd Fridays an exciting and relaxing evening for the community. Studios throughout the district take the time to open their creative havens to the public. Artists make huge efforts to show fresh, new, and exciting works.

Studio 23 AlamedaYou’ll want to visit multiple galleries on 2nd Fridays to view amazing visual art alongside performance art, live music, DJ’s, and/or film screenings. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and to learn about their creative process.

Most venues serve wine and light snacks; some provide live music or other entertainment. Local restaurants, shops, and coffee houses in Downtown Alameda also participate in 2nd Fridays by featuring changing art exhibits, special guest appearances, or creative dining experiences.

2nd Friday Art Walk at Studio 23 AlamedaThe 2nd Friday Art Walk is held every second Friday of the month. Activities are typically scheduled from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, but times may vary slightly at some locations. Be sure to check the event website for locations and schedules:

You can also find official art walk maps at a number of Downtown Alameda businesses.

Artists Supporting Community, Local Business, and Local Art

Studio 23 AlamedaStudio 23 is a small independent art studio and community gallery space located just off Park Street. You’ll find it on the corner of Encinal and Oak, behind the old Lock & Glass building. The gallery is run by Wesley and Jessica Warren (aka Wes and Jess), two artists who have been creating art together for over 20 years.

Opening an art studio and starting the art group Alameda Artists in 2013 has led to several reoccurring group art shows happening in conjunction with 2nd Fridays: February’s “Eat Your Heart Out”, June’s Alameda Summer Art Fair, and October’s Black Light Art Show.  

This September, prompted by Vintiq’s Steve Gray Digilio, they will be promoting “Art For Animals” where a portion of proceeds from the 2nd Friday art walk will go to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS).   Read the rest of this entry »

Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire… In Pictures

Beer and Wine at Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire

The Downtown Alameda Business Association (DABA) is proud to bring the annual annual Art & Wine Faire to Downtown Alameda each year. We hope you, your family, and your friends were able to join us for a terrific weekend in Alameda’s downtown district.

We keep saying that each year is “bigger and better” and it’s true… each year does get bigger and better! This year saw the biggest turnout and the biggest smiles during the event’s span of 32 years. Even with the large crowds, people were calling it “mellow.” We think this is a testament to the smooth operations that makes it fun for everyone. And we’re happy you could be part of it.

We saw plenty of activity and fun throughout the weekend…

  • True Covers Tribute Band at Downtown Alameda Art & Wine FaireThousands of people were enjoying the huge selection of arts, crafts, and food vendors. 
  • The four beverage stations were pouring beer and wine almost nonstop. (Thanks to Alameda Island Brewing Company and Rock Wall Wine Company, we think we have the best beer and wine selection in the Bay Area!) 
  • People of all ages were kicking back and dancing to the lively music on our two stages. (Who can resist the music made famous by The Beach Boys, The Cars, The Doobie Brothers, The Eagles, and Santana?) 
  • Parents and kids were having a blast in the two kids’ areas while spectators had fun watching the kids roll around in those wacky waterballs.
  • Kid activities at Downtown Alameda Art & Wine FaireFolks were enjoying all of interactive activities scattered around the downtown district, including Alameda’s own The Dilly Dallies and Alameda String Academy
  • Lots of festival-goers were also taking the time to visit our local shops and restaurants.

To see what we are talking about, view more photos in our photo album on Facebook.

Our annual events mean a great deal to Downtown Alameda and the Downtown Alameda Business Association. Not only are we able to offer family fun and an opportunity for friends to reconnect in Downtown Alameda, but proceeds from the our street fairs are used to maintain and enhance the downtown district. Without your support of the annual Art & Wine Faire we couldn’t promote and maintain Downtown Alameda and the historic Park Street District as the vibrant downtown we all love. Read the rest of this entry »

Find Something For Everyone at Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire

Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire on Park Street 2016Here’s an event you don’t want to miss… Downtown Alameda’s 32nd Annual Art & Wine Faire will be held the weekend of July 30-31 on Park Street, with activities scheduled from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

The annual street fair is free to the public and offers something for everyone. You’ll find over 300 arts, crafts, and food vendors up and down the street; a terrific selection of craft beers and local wines; live music on two stages; and a special kids’ area. While strolling around Alameda’s vibrant and historic commercial district, festival-goers can also find unique shops and restaurants that will be offering event specials throughout the weekend.

Enjoy the summer sun at one of Alameda’s biggest and best events of the year!

Arts & Crafts… Stroll among the 260+ art and craft booths located on Park Street. You’ll find handcrafted ceramics, metal art, paintings, photography, wood crafts, toys, handbags, clothing, jewelry, and more.

Park Street Art & Wine Faire, AlamedaFood & Drink Satisfy your taste buds with festival favorites such as Lockeford Sausage, corndogs, gyros, roasted corn, fried calamari, funnel cakes, and more! For the 21+ crowd, there will be multiple beverage booths serving craft beers by Alameda Island Brewing Company and local wines by Rock Wall Wines.

Live Entertainment… Enjoy continuous live entertainment on two stages as Bay Area favorites perform classic rock, bluegrass, funk, jazz, and soul. This year’s line-up will feature some of the best tribute bands from the 70’s and 80’s: True Covers, Joyride, Life in the Fast Lane, Long Train Running, and Zebop! Tribute to Santana. (2016 Music Schedule)

Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire music stageKids’ Area… A special area for kids and their families will be set up on Alameda Ave with bounce houses, carnival rides, slot cars, puppet shows, face painting, bunjee jumping, and that wacky attraction… Waterballerz!

Free Bike Parking… Free, secure bike parking will be available near 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.  Read the rest of this entry »

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