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: http://fridayartwalk.com

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 »

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (May/June)

The Station by Alameda Natural Grocery

Healthy meal options at The Station

There’s always something new to discover in Downtown AlamedaIn addition to the terrific shopping choices, you’ll find an ever-increasing variety of food places that cater to different tastes and budgets.

Recently added to the list of convenient take-out spots are a couple of new deli-style eateries, both located in neighborhood markets and offering their own spin on gourmet sandwiches, fresh soups, and prepared meal options. There are also a number of eateries still in the works — look for country barbecue and Hawaiian poke to be available in Downtown Alameda before the end of the year.

Help welcome these newest businesses to Alameda. The next time you’re in Downtown Alameda stop by and check them out.

New Businesses:

Everest Market Alameda grocery and cafe

Crepes at Everest Market

A Street Corner, 1623 Park Street
* Handcrafted clothing and gifts from India, Nepal, and Tibet.

Chef M at Everest Market, 2536 Santa Clara Ave
* Gourmet sandwiches, salads, fresh soups, and crepes.

The Station by Alameda Natural Grocery, 1650 Park Street
* Premium made-to-order sandwiches and prepared meal options for healthy eating and convenience.

New Owners:

Alameda Printing Services, 2408 Lincoln Ave

Club House Cocktail Lounge, 1215 Park Street

In the Works:  Read the rest of this entry »

Kids Can Always Find Summer Fun in Downtown Alameda

Alameda Theatre 2016 Kids Movie SeriesSchool has officially come to an end and it’s time to start planning some summer fun for the kids. For your list of “Things To Do,” we’ve come up with a number of activities that can be found in Downtown Alameda:

Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave
The 2016 Summer Family Movie Series is in full swing at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex. One kid-favorite movie is shown each week in the historic theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00am. Upcoming movies include Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip, Minions, The Peanuts Movie, Goosebumps, and three other popular G-rated films. You can still purchase series tickets for $10/person from fundraising organizations or you can purchase single tickets on the day of the show for $2/person.

The Sewing Room Alameda summer classesThe Sewing Room, 2434 Webb Ave
The Sewing Room still has openings in their Sewing Summer Camps that run each week this summer through August 26. During sewing camp, children have fun acquiring a deeper skill level because they get to spend a longer time sewing the projects of their choice. Upcoming classes include “Sewing for the American Girl Doll,” “Teen Fashion and Design,” and other flexible projects. Sewing patterns are also available for purchase in the shop for take-home projects.

Twirl Alameda summer campsTwirl, 1424 Park Street
“Camp Twirl” is in full effect and they have a few spots left. The weekly kids’ camps have six exciting “maker” themes from Whimsical Wonders to Tinkering Twirlers… plus special camps in their new Pottery/Mosaic Studio. Twirl is also a daily 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. Older kids can create things from pottery wheels, glass painting, playdough experiments, or papercutting activities. Drop-in admission for unlimited one-day play is $12/child.  Read the rest of this entry »

Find the Best Views of Alameda’s Fourth of July Parade on Park Street

Alameda July 4 ParadeOn July 4, be sure to find your way to Downtown Alameda to view one of the longest Independence Day parades in the nation. The Alameda Mayor’s 4th of July Parade is one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in the Bay Area and it starts right here on Park Street.

The Alameda parade boasts over 170 floats and 2,500 participants that traverse a 3.3 mile route across Alameda — from Park Street on the east end of the island to Webster Street on the west end. Beginning at 10:00am on the corner of Park Street & Lincoln Avenue, the parade first meanders down Park Street and then continues around the corner along Otis Drive.

Spectators enjoy a huge variety of hand-decorated flatbeds, antique cars, marching bands, dance troupes, cheerleading squads, dancing horses, bicyclists, musicians, clowns, and costumed characters. Performers come from Alameda and all around the Bay Area. 

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2015 Parade Photo Gallery

There’s also a 5K run and walk that follows the route of the Mayor’s 4th of July Parade. The R.A.C.E. starts at 9:00am — an hour before the parade — in front of the Bank of Marin (1416 Park Street).

The Alameda Mayor’s 4th of July Parade and race attract over 20,000 people and many of the spectators search out the best viewing spots along Park Street where parade entrants start off with lots of energy. The performances, cheering, and flag waving tend to be particularly exciting in front of the Judging Stand located at the intersection of Park Street & Alameda Avenue.  Read the rest of this entry »

Experience the Ultimate High-Tech Spa Treatment in Downtown Alameda

Oakland Raiders Rodney Hudson at Redux Cryotherapy

Rodney Hudson, Oakland Raiders

Discover the power of the most advanced spa treatment… experience the rush, feed off the adrenaline, feel re-energized, and be revived. Let REDUX Cryotherapy give you a jumpstart and a surge of healing power.

Opened in Alameda on April 9, 2016, REDUX Cryotherapy is the first cryosauna in the East Bay.

One of the best centers in the NFL, Rodney Hudson of the Oakland Raiders, has added REDUX Cryotherapy to his training regimen for this upcoming season. In fact, multiple players from the Oakland Raiders are new clients at REDUX.

Although commonly used by high-performing professional athletes and celebrities, REDUX Cryotherapy also provides high-tech “Whole Body Cryotherapy” treatments to the public.

What Is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy literally means “cold therapy” in which you expose your body to subzero temperatures ranging from -166 to -210 degrees Fahrenheit.

Joel Siapno at Redux Cryotherapy in Alameda

Joel Siapno, Professional Boxer

This medical therapy popularly known as Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) was first developed in Japan in 1978 to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis. The idea then traveled into other countries within Asia and Europe where doctors discovered the many benefits that cryotherapy provides the human body. WBC has now made its way into the US and many are raving about this modern form of medical therapy.

WBC has been shown to help with insomnia, muscle aches, joint pain, cellulite reduction, skin conditions, and skin toning. Cryotherapy treatments activate endorphins that numb pain and reduce inflammation, providing much-needed relief. The activation of endorphins also increase metabolism, improve mood, and reduce stress.

Professional and recreational athletes began incorporating cryotherapy into their daily routines to enhance performance. In fact, many athletes now make this their ultimate healing and recovery method knowing it will help reduce muscle soreness, treat injuries, and accelerate workout recovery periods.

Celebrities are taking advantage of the benefits that cryotherapy has on the skin since subzero temperatures stimulate the production of collagen so that stretch marks, cellulite, and fine lines become less visible. As a result, skin looks tighter and healthier. 
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