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

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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

Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street

We wish you and your family a safe and fun summer!

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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 Business District! To find out more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit www.ShopParkStreet.com.

You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on FacebookTwitter, and other social sites.

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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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 »

Find Yourself in Downtown Alameda For Father’s Day Gift Ideas

If you are looking for unique gift ideas for Father’s Day this year, you’ll find plenty to choose from in Downtown Alameda’s shops and restaurants. From family pictures to self-defense classes, these are just a few of the interesting gift ideas that you will find in Alameda’s Historic (but hip) Park Street Business District

Megan Small PhotographyFamily Pictures
Family photos always make a memorable Father’s Day gift that lasts for years. Megan Small Photography (2511 Santa Clara Ave) is offering $50 off the session fee if you book a family session in the month of June. Megan specializes in families and lifestyle portraits. Her portfolio is available at www.megansmall.com. To book an appointment with Megan, call her at (510) 219-6028.

Father’s Day BBQ & Ribs
Planning to take Dad out for a special meal on Father’s Day? C’era Una Volta (1332 Park Ave) is putting together special menus for breakfast and lunch. Dad will especially enjoy Rudy’s famous Tuscan Ribs and other BBQ dishes that will be available in the afternoon. Reservations can be made by calling (510) 769-4828.

Dad-Worthy Wines
The gift of wine is something that Dad can enjoy immediately, or save for a special occasion. Farmstead Cheeses & Wine (inside Marketplace at 1650 Park Street) has a great selection of gift-worthy, Dad-worthy wines for you. To sweeten the purchase, look for a couple of Father’s Day specials to be announced over the next couple of weeks.

Bonne Vie, AlamedaFine Cigars
For Father’s Day give him what he wants for a relaxing evening…a good drink and a fine cigar. Bonne Vie (1419 Park Street) offers both at terrific prices for this annual occassion. All individual cigars are currently selling for 15% off the regular price and 25% off the entire box. Wine and beer imports are currently 10% off regular prices and 15% off case prices.

Self-Defense or Yoga
Maybe Dad has been talking about doing something different (and fun) to get into shape. Give him a hand by purchasing a package of yoga classes at Yoga Alameda or a package of self-defense classes at Team Silva BJJ. All classes are conveniently located at 1502 Park Street in Downtown Alameda. Call (510) 263-8700 for more info.

Alameda BicycleLast-Minute Bicycle Gifts
For the gift-buying procrastinators or savvy bargain hunters, Alameda Bicycle (1522 Park Street) has their annual Father’s Day Sale during the weekend of June 19-21. Everything — bikes, accessories, clothing, etc — will be on sale with some of the largest markdowns in the Bay Area, including special orders!

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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 Business District! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit www.ShopParkStreet.com. But look for a new website coming soon!

You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on FacebookTwitter, and other social sites.

Sign up for our Customer Club to receive event announcements and special offers from businesses in the Park Street Business District! Click Here 

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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, www.alamedatheatres.com

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, www.twirlalameda.com

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: https://parkstreetbusiness.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/

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 »


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