Downtown Alameda’s Home Services Help You Prepare For Spring Cleaning

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Spring is on its way. Now is a good time to start those larger home projects. Not sure where to begin? This list of home services available in Downtown Alameda’s historic Park Street Business District can give you new ideas or help you complete your dream project:

Heating & Plumbing

AT Weber, AlamedaA.T. Weber is Alameda’s hometown plumbing & heating experts. They have the expertise to handle anything from minor repairs to large installations. Their professional services include heating, plumbing, and sewer pipe replacement. If you’re looking for ways to save on energy costs, this might be a good time to have their experts service or replace your furnace or air conditioner. They can also help you earn tax credits and rebates for installing a tankless water heater.
A.T. Weber Plumbing & Mechanical, 2313 Encinal Avenue, Alameda

Electrical Work

Baron Solar and Electric, AlamedaWhether it’s new construction, remodeling, or tenant improvements, Baron Solar & Electric offers full-service solar and electrical contracting services for home or business. No job is too small. With 14 years of electrical experience, design work is available to help you make your next project beautiful as well as functionally sound. Owner Joel Baron can even take care of all the paperwork necessary for you to receive available rebate money from local, state, and federal sources.
Baron Solar & Electric, 1223-A Park Street, Alameda

Solar Installation

Suns Free Solar, AlamedaSolar power not only helps you save money but it helps preserve our environment. The professional staff at Sun’s Free Solar designs and installs only solar power systems. Their global green business model means that you get the highest quality, most ecologically responsible solar array. You can also depend on Kevin Good and his staff to handle everything, from installation to government rebate applications to building department permitting.
Sun’s Free Solar, 1516 Oak Street #106, Alameda

Bath & Kitchen Remodel

Cal Tile, AlamedaHave you been thinking about remodeling your kitchen or bath? Cal Tile Co. offers a large selection of high quality floor and wall tiles: luxury vinyl, ceramics, natural stones, hardwood, and more. They also offer maintenance products and specialty tools. The helpful staff takes pride in their customer service and extensive product knowledge. If you are a do-it-yourself, they can guide you from the start to finish. But if DIY is not for you, they can recommend reliable licensed and bonded contractors.
Cal Tile Company, 1713 Park Street, Alameda

Home Expansion

Ignition Architecture, AlamedaFor those that need more efficient space, Ignition Architecture is an architecture and design studio that has an extensive portfolio that includes remodels, additions, multi-family housing projects, and restaurants. Their thoughtful design work incorporates economical and sustainable solutions that are responsive to client needs and budget. Veronica Hinkley Reck and her staff are also well-versed in the city’s building permit submittal procedures.
Ignition Architecture, 1347 Park Street #D, Alameda

Seating and Window Treatments

C and M Upholstery_AlamedaIf you’re looking to add new color or style to your  existing furnishings, C&M Upholstery and Fabrics is a full service business that provides reupholstery services and custom window treatments. With hundreds of fabrics in stock, as well as thousands of samples in the books that line the walls of their comfortable and convenient downtown location, you’re sure to find something that fits your style. Contact Lisa Amaral to arrange for a free estimate.
C&M Upholstery & Fabrics, 1211 Park Street, Alameda

Repair Services

Alameda Repair_AlamedaLocks, keys, glass and window repair, lawnmower and tool sharpening, small engine service… Alameda Repair Shop can do it all. They even provide 24 hour emergency service if needed. Located 3/4 block off Park Street, you’ll find parking a breeze.
Alameda Repair Shop, 2436 Webb Avenue, Alameda

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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our website: www.ShopParkStreet.com/news.

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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2015 Academy Awards — Free Live Simulcast in Downtown Alameda

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Academy Awards at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex

On Sunday, February 22, the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex will present a LIVE simulcast of the 87th Academy Awards on the historic theatre big screen. Red Carpet Doors open at 3:30pm with the awards presentation at 4:00pm. Admission is FREE.

Want the fun to continue? Don’t miss the “After Party” hosted next door to the Theatre at Alameda Cinema Grill. Mingle the night away in true Hollywood style. “Movie Star” attire encouraged, of course.

Free Admission tickets are now available on a first come, first served basis. Seating is limited. 

Stop by the Alameda Theatre Box Office located at 2317 Central Avenue. Or order your tickets online: www.alamedatheatres.com  Read the rest of this entry »

Where to Pick Out a Special Valentine in Downtown Alameda

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South Shore Florists, AlamedaValentine Flowers

There’s no excuse for going home empty-handed on Valentine’s Day. There are a number of florists that can be found in the Downtown Alameda’s Park Street Business District. To personally pick out a beautiful arrangement of flowers, stop by one of these lovely flower shops (or, shall we dare say, order online)…

Central Florist, 2404 Central Ave, 510-864-0809

Dandelion Flowers & Gifts, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza), 510-388-2215

Pixies & Peony, 2305 Santa Clara Ave, 510-523-1463

South Shore Florist, 1311 Park Street, 510-523-6655

Bonne Vie Beer Wine & Fine Cigars,  AlamedaRed, Red Wine

No matter what he or she may tell you, Valentine’s Day is a big deal and he/she wants you to make a big fuss! The wine shops in Downtown Alameda have made it easier for you by stocking up on a number of luscious (and affordable) red wines that are great for a romantic evening with your sweetie….

Bonne Vie Beer Wine & Fine Cigars, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza), 510-521-6227

CRAFT Beer & Wine, 2526A Santa Clara Ave, 510-769-9463

Farmstead Cheeses & Wine, 1650 Park Street (inside Marketplace), 510-864-9463

Sweet Treats

Goods, Alameda on Santa ClaraChocolates may be the norm for Valentine’s Day but there are also many unique treats to be found in Downtown Alameda. Visit your favorite bakery and/or shop to purchase gifts of Raspberry Truffle ice cream, artisan cakes, divine cookies, and specialty peanut butter. (Yes, we really are suggesting peanut butter for Valentines Day… Have you tried Coffee & Chocolate PB? Chipotle PB? Better yet, have you tried dipping a piece of dark chocolate into some Pumpkin Pie PB? The producers of the locally made Carver’s Peanut Butter invite you to try a few samplings at GOODS on Thursday from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.)

Divine De-Lites, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza), 614-961-2312
*Grand Opening on Friday, Feb 13

Feel Good Bakery, 1650 Park Street (inside Marketplace), 510-864-2733

Goods, 2537 Santa Clara Ave, 510-749-1055

Tucker’s Ice Cream, 1349 Park Street; 510-522-4960

Tigers Blood Social Club and Tattoos, AlamedaSomething Completely Different

There’s no need to purchase a “store-bought” card when Pippa & Co has a collection of handmade, Valentine-themed gifts and cards. Then for something sexy and fun, you may want to check out the selection of lingerie at Aphrodite’s Closet (all at 15% off until Feb. 14). But for an entirely different Valentine’s Day gift, take your significant other to pick out an artistic rose or heart tattoo at Tiger’s Blood Social Club during their “Valentines Day Tattoo Massacre.”

Aphrodite’s Closet, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza), 510-521-3313

Pippa & Co., 2544 Santa Clara Avenue; 510-263-9487

Tiger’s Blood Social Club, 2319B Santa Clara Ave, 510-523-1743

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Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden, Alameda

Happy 10th Anniversary to Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden

Congratulations to Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden for ten terrific years on Park Street! You can celebrate with the owners and staff at Julie’s 10th Anniversary Party taking place on Friday, February 13. Join them for Food, Drink & Merriment! In addition, be sure to check out the current “In Retrospect” exhibition which includes “Julie’s Inspired” paintings, sketches, poetry, photographs, stories, and textiles… plus a timeline featuring 10 years of Julie’s milestone markers.

More details: http://juliestea.com/2015/01/julies-celebrates-10-years/

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Valentine’s Day can be a special night in Alameda’s historic downtown district. It’s not too late to make plans to share the evening with that special person at one of our many restaurants. For a list of restaurants and shops, visit our website at www.ShopParkStreet.com

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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Congratulations To These Downtown Alameda Businesses (2014 PSBA Awards)

Every year the Park Street Business Association (PSBA) presents awards at the end of the year to members for outstanding performance in their specific category. The selected businesses (owners, managers, and staff) elevate the success of our shopping district by actively participating in our local business association and its activities. They also go out of their way to support the local community. These businesses and individuals are excellent examples of the quality of goods and services, along with fantastic customer service, you will receive from PSBA members.

We’re proud to announce the 2014 award winners. Be sure to stop by and check out these businesses the next time you are in Downtown Alameda’s historic shopping district…

Dandelion Flower Shop, Alameda

Dandelion Flower Shop

Retailer of the Year:
Dandelion Flower Shop, 1419 Park Street
Dandelion is a flower boutique located in the heart of Alameda’s historic Park Street District. Founded in 2010 under the leadership of Karim Preuss, Dandelion has grown from a humble flower stand to a full-service flower resource offering elegant arrangements and a wide array of memorable locally-made gifts.

Professional Business of the Year:
Island Print Express, 2534 Santa Clara Avenue
Owner Joe Dalipe is “Keeping Alameda in Business, One Document at a Time.” But he doesn’t stop there. Joe cares about the people around him and was instrumental in starting a campaign and organizing fundraisers to aid individuals who lost their personal belongings in last year’s arson fires. Joe is a member of numerous community groups and continually finds ways to support those in need — if you have any surplus kids’ books, he is currently collecting donations for a children’s reading project.

Lola's Chicken Shack, Alameda

Lola’s Chicken Shack

Culinary Business of the Year: (tie)
Lola’s Chicken Shack, 1417 Park Street
“Incredible Food with Exceptional Hospitality.” That’s the mission of Lola’s Chicken Shack. The menu provides a terrific selection of healthy chicken dishes and the food is made fresh on the premises. The restaurant is operated by a longtime Alameda family. The Rogers are helping Park Street to thrive by opening the restaurant in a space that was vacant for too many years.

American Oak, 2319 Santa Clara Avenue
Located just off Park Street, American Oak is the purveyor of fine foods and even finer spirits. The popular restaurant features a variety of classic comfort food favorites and over 120 different whiskeys. But what is incredible is that the owners were able to bounce back following a mysterious fire that closed the restaurant for nearly a year. As a result of that experience, co-owners Melanie and Chuck were instrumental in organizing an event to help a downtown restaurant that was destroyed by an arson fire this past year.

Urgent Care Center of Alameda

Urgent Care Center of Alameda

New Business of the Year:
Urgent Care Center of Alameda, 2421 Encinal Avenue #A
Opening its doors last January, Alameda Urgent Care brings a new kind of service to Downtown Alameda. Their professional, courteous staff provide personalized, compassionate, thorough, and timely medical care to the community — from preventative care to urgent care issues. In addition, Sonia Shefayee (executive director and physician’s assistant) is now on hand at our street fairs to provide first aid assistance if needed.

PSBA Member of the Year:
Kate Pryor (Tucker’s Ice Cream, 1528 Park Street)
Tucker’s Ice Cream has been a part of Alameda’s historic Park Street shopping district for over 70 years. As part of a much loved establishment, Kate does her best to give back to our local community in whatever way she can. This past year, she revived our Maintenance & Improvement Committee and is making good strides in bringing recycling and other improvements to the downtown district.

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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, professional services, and fun things to do! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our website: www.ShopParkStreet.com/news. 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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Downtown Alameda Is the Place for Food, Drink, and Super Bowl 2015

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Come out to Alameda’s downtown district on Super Bowl Sunday and cheer on your favorite team on Sunday, February 1. For those who enjoy gathering with a crowd for food and drinks during the big game, a number of popular eateries and sports bars in the Park Street Business District that will be televising the game live on their big screens:

Super Bowl at Alameda TheatreAlameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave, invites the community to watch the Super Bowl game on the **BIGGEST** movie screen in the Bay Area! Admission is FREE and tickets are available now at the Theatre Box Office on a first come, first served basis. For cozier viewing, you can also opt to watch the game in the new Cinema Grill. Beer, wine, and food specials will be available inside the restaurant, or you can take your food and drinks into the theatre with a “backstage pass.”

American Oak, 2319 Santa Clara Ave, is your destination for NFL football and Sunday Brunch. Celebrate the Super Bowl kick-off while enjoying a casual brunch with a classic cocktail or two.

Capone’s Speakeasy, 1400 Park Street, will be offering drink discounts for those wearing team colors. This is Alameda’s newest spot to view the game on big screen TVs. Enjoy drink specials and a game-day menu starting at 1:00pm. But you’ll want to get there early to grab a good seat.

Super Bowl specials at Linguinis AlamedaFire Den Bar & Grill, 1231 Park Street, is the perfect place to meet with friends and enjoy great food and cold beers. FD Bar is newly renovated and features an array of big screen HDTV’s, making them the destination for everyone from the casual sports fan to the die-hard fanatic.

Linguini’s Pizza & Brew, 1506 Park Street, invites football fans to enjoy the action with food and drink specials starting at 1:00pm… $2 beef sliders, $3 garlic fries, $3 beers, and more.

McGee’s Bar & Grill, 1645 Park Street, is Alameda’s original family-friendly sports bar. With plenty of TV screens indoors and a screen on the back patio, you won’t miss a minute of the game. And food from the new kitchen won’t disappoint either.

Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave, does things BIG. This is where you can sip big beers while watching the Big Game on the big screen. They also have a big selection of appetizers and German dishes.

The Churchward Pub, 1515 Park Street, will be “off the chain” with pre-game parties on Friday and Saturday night. But be sure to stop in on game day for a free Hawaiian BBQ and drink specials.

The HobnobSuper Bowl specials at Churchward Alameda, 1313 Park Street, serves food and drink earlier than usual on Super Bowl Sunday. Root for your favorite team while watching the game on two TV’s with sound.

More Fanfare in Alameda’s Downtown Zone

There are plenty of other places showing the game too. These neighborhood bars don’t necessarily offer food are have big screens but they are still a fun place to catch the game with a group of friends on Super Bowl Sunday:

Club House, 1215 Park Street

Lemon Tree, 2542 Santa Clara Ave

Lost Weekend Lounge, 2320 ½ Santa Clara Ave

Lucky 13, 1301 Park Street

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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, professional services, and fun things to do! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our website: www.ShopParkStreet.com/news. 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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There’s No Place Like Downtown Alameda for the Holidays

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The Historic Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do for the entire family! Enjoy holiday shopping, dining, movies, and more… right here in Downtown Alameda.

Santa Is Coming To Downtown Alameda’s Park Street!

Santa GreetingSanta Claus will be roving in the Park Street Business District on December 13 and December 20. Shoppers and diners of all ages are encouraged to take a “selfie” with Santa and then share it with family and friends! (Don’t forget to bring your camera or cell phone.)

Santa will also be making a number of scheduled stops during his downtown visit. Bring the kids to share their holiday wishes with Santa and receive special treats from the following businesses:

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Shop Local Saturday #ShopAlameda – November 29

Shop Local Saturday Shop Smalll AlamedaMake local businesses a part of your holiday tradition and let our merchants help you find your holiday gifts, jewelry, clothing, toys, wine, and much more!

We invite you to join us for Shop Local Saturday on November 29 (the day after Black Friday) when businesses throughout Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District will be offering special discounts, contests, and other fun activities.

Downtown Alameda offers an eclectic collection of shops and restaurants. By shopping or dining at a small business in Alameda, you’re not only showing your support for local businesses but you’re also investing in our island community and preserving Alameda’s unique charm.

Enjoy these “Shop Local Saturday #ShopAlameda” business specials, treats, and happenings in Downtown Alameda on November 29:  Read the rest of this entry »

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