Get Pampered in Downtown Alameda

A trip to a local spa in Downtown Alameda can be the perfect way to pamper yourself. It might seem like an indulgent thing to do but there are many health benefits to visiting a spa or professional massage therapist. Not only is it a form of healthy relaxation, but massage can help to soothe sore joints and muscles. It can also help to improve posture and range of motion.

There are many different kinds of therapeutic massages to choose from including Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Thai Massage, and neurologic techniques. You’ll find all of these choices (and more) at the spas located in Downtown Alameda.

Want to feel better? Let the professionals in Downtown Alameda take care of you:

PloyThai signature massage

PloyThai, Alameda

PloyThai Spa (2410 Central Ave)
Whether you want to enhance your natural beauty or just escape from the trials of a long day, PloyThai Spa offers a retreat tailored to your specific needs. Traditional Thai massage is a type of massage that involves stretching combined with deep massage. Other services include waxing, facials, manicures, and pedicures. Appointments: (510) 865-6099

Gold Spa (2311 Santa Clara Ave #A)
Looking for a spa date? Gold Spa is the perfect place for this — intimate, cozy, and welcoming. Try out the deep soaking tub for couples before or after your massage session. It’s all about healthy skin and body as well as a private individually-prepared bath experience. Appointments: (510) 521-8819

Ocean Spa (2323 Santa Clara Avenue #A2)
Ocean Spa offers a variety of services including facials and massages. Located on the second floor of a classic downtown building, the spa areas are warm and friendly. Appointments: (510) 337-0999

Suzanne Ochs Therapeutic Massage (2447 Santa Clara Avenue #301)
Suzanne Ochs has been working as a massage therapist in Alameda for over 8 years. Services include: Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, Pre-Natal/Pregnancy Massage, Reflexology, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage. Appointments: (510) 304-3058

Hand & Stone Massage, Alameda

Hand & Stone Massage, Alameda

Kevin Minney – Your Professional Partner in Wellness (2515 Santa Clara Avenue #107)
Want to work with the natural capacity of the body to speed healing or restore correct muscle tone? Kevin Minney combines a number of neurological techniques, including Bowenwork and Quantum Touch, to promote the body’s innate healing capacity. His innovative method has non-intrusive applications for pain relief, injury recovery, stress reduction, and enhanced performance for sports or work. Appointments: (510) 333-4324

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa (2661-C Blanding Ave)
Hand & Stone provides professional spa experiences at affordable prices seven days a week. They are conveniently located in the Nob Hill shopping center on Blanding Ave. Guests entering their spas are enveloped in soothing sounds and aromas before beginning the journey to relaxation and restoration. Appointments: (510) 523-3500

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Sumbody in Alameda

sumbody (1350 Park Street)
The Sumtime Spa at Sumbody offers massage, waxing, facial, and nail care services. The spa also carries a variety of all-natural skin and body care products. Appointments: (510) 523-2639

Tomo’s Mini Spa (1411 Park Street)
Tomo’s Mini Spa offers relaxing foot massages and full body massages at great prices. Appointments: (510) 865-8840

On The Spot Massage (1650 Park Street)
Want to feel rejuvenated while you are shopping healthy? On The Spot Massage practitioners offer chair-massage services inside Marketplace. Drop in at their Relaxation Station to transform your day with a 10-minute session. Appointments: (510) 704-0359

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

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!

Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire – July 25 & 26, 2015

Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire 2015Enjoy the summer sun at one of the biggest and best events of the year! Downtown Alameda’s 31st Annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire features over 300 arts, crafts, and food vendors; local wines and regional beers; live music on two stages; and a special kids’ area. This year’s street fair will be held the weekend of July 25 and July 26. Hours run from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

Voted “Best Event in Alameda” by Alameda Magazine readers each year, there is sure to be something for the entire family. Festival-goers can also enjoy a stroll along Alameda’s vibrant and historic commercial district where unique shops and restaurants will be offering event specials throughout the weekend.

Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire… It’s fun for everyone!

Arts & Crafts… Stroll among the 250 arts and craft booths with items ranging from ceramics and metal art to paintings, photography, wood crafts, toys, handbags, clothing, jewelry, and more.

Downtown Alameda Park Street Art  Wine Faire bandLive Entertainment… Each day offers continuous live entertainment on two stages as Bay Area favorites perform classic rock, bluegrass, funk, jazz, and soul. This year’s line-up features some of the best tribute bands: Petty Theft, Life in the Fast Lane, Long Train RunningLong Time, and Zebop! view the complete schedule

Kids’ Area… A special area for kids and their families features bounce houses, games, carnival rides, slot cars, face painting, bungee jumping, and… Waterballerz!

Food & Drink… Satisfy your taste buds with a festive selection of street favorites such as Lockeford Sausage, corndogs, gyros, roasted corn, fried calamari, funnel cakes, and more! Plus, there will be multiple beverage booths serving beer, mimosas, and a wonderful selection of local Rock Wall wines.

Downtown Alameda Park Street Art  Wine Faire Jewelry VendorShop Downtown Alameda… Downtown Alameda’s Park Street District is “historic, hip, and worth the trip.” More than 400 businesses are located in Alameda’s downtown commercial district. You’ll find a unique variety of fabulous food and drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do. Many of the businesses will even be offering weekend specials during the event.

Free, secure bike parking will be provided at 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.

Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire is free to the public. For more information, call (510) 523-1392 or visit www.ShopParkStreet.com/artwineRead the rest of this entry »

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  Read the rest of this entry »

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.  Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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