New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (March/April 2014)

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The Park Street Business Association welcomes the following new businesses to Alameda’s historic downtown shopping district:

New Businesses:

Bambu Desserts & Drinks, Alameda

Bambu Desserts & Drinks

Bambu Desserts & Drinks, 1321 Park Street
* Vietnamese desserts, blended coffees, and exotic smoothies.

International City Mortgage, Inc., 1416 Park Ave
* Provider of best-in-class mortgage products and services for home buyers and owners.

Kristine’s, 1419 Broadway
* Hair salon; appointments only (510) 701-5440.

Tetsu Ramen, Alameda

Tetsu Ramen

Megan Small Photography, 2511 Santa Clara Ave - Opening Reception May 2, 5-7pm
* Specializing in Weddings, Pregnancy, Newborns, and Families with an artful and editorial slant.

Pacific Union Real Estate, 1414 Park Ave
* Full range of real-estate services, including buying, selling, and relocation in the Bay Area.

Tetsu Ramen, 1245 Park Street - Ribbon Cutting April 23, 1:00pm
* Japanese-style noodle soup.

Vena Salon, 2548 Santa Clara Ave
* Classic and French manicures and pedicures. Nail polish design available.

Wine & Waffles, Alameda

Wine & Waffles

Wine & Waffles, 1505 Park Street
* Jazz lounge pouring regional and hard-to-find wines alongside tapas, appetizers, and dessert waffles.

New Associate Members:

Bayside Real Estate, 1812 Santa Clara Ave
* Alameda’s boutique real estate company specializes in residential properties, representing both buyers and sellers in all price ranges.

The Alamedan,
* Providing high quality, nonpartisan news coverage of Alameda’s civic life.

More Businesses In the Works:

Alameda Island Brewing Company, 1716 Park Street

Capone’s Speakeasy, 1400 Park Street

GreytFox Threads, 2546 Santa Clara Ave

Honey Salon, 2516 Santa Clara Ave #B

Sakura Sushi & Grill, 2408 Santa Clara Ave (remodel and expansion)

Tiger Blood Social Club, 2319 Santa Clara Ave #B

Walgreens, 1600 Park Street

Yoga Alameda, 1502 Park Street (moving from 1706 Lincoln Ave)

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Tetsu Ramen, Alameda Ribbon Cutting: Tetsu Ramen

The Alameda Chamber of Commerce, the Park Street Business Association, and the owners of Tetsu Ramen invite you to attend a ceremonial ribbon cutting with Mayor Marie Gilmore on Wednesday, April 23, at 1:00pm to celebrate the opening of the new restaurant located at 1245 Park Street.

Tetsu Ramen specializes in Japanese-style noodle soup and is proud to be the first true ramen shop in the city of Alameda.

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“Sip & See” with Megan Small Photography

Megan Small Photography, AlamedaBay Area family and wedding photographer Megan Small invites you to attend a grand opening “Sip and See” on Friday, May 2, 5:00-7:00pm to celebrate the opening of her first studio, located at 2511 Santa Clara Ave.

The open house will be an opportunity to see highlights from Megan’s portfolio, which exhibits an artful and editorial view on family, maternity, newborn, and wedding portraiture.

The “Sip and See” also celebrates the spirit of small business as a number of local merchants come together to make it a memorable evening by providing hors d’oeuvres, dessert, wine, and champagne. Dandelion Flower Shop (another PSBA member) is providing all the floral arrangements.


Do you know of a new business that is not mentioned above? Please let us know by posting a comment. Thank you!

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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: You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on Facebook and Twitter.

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

Downtown Easter Egg Hunt in Alameda’s Park Street Business District

Shops and restaurants in the Park Street Business District invite families to join in on a special Downtown Easter Egg Hunt. Grab a basket (and the kids) and come out to enjoy the search for prizes and treats on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

Downtown Easter Egg Hunt, Park Street Alameda 2014All ages are welcome… some businesses will even have special treats for parents, including coupons and discounts!

The hunt begins on the sidewalks…
Bring the kids and search for colorful “Bunny Banners” posted in the windows of participating businesses. Find a Bunny Banner and that’s your clue there is a special treat waiting for you inside.

With nearly 20 local businesses participating, kids will have an opportunity to gather a basket full of treats.

For a fun holiday photo opportunity, plan to make a special stop outside Daisy’s (1347 Park Street) where kids can meet the Easter Bunny in person.

Clues to get you started on this fun family activity…
Look for the “egg-stra” special windows of these participating businesses:  Read the rest of this entry »

Downtown Alameda’s Park Street Business District: Shopping Guide 2014

2014 Park Street Alameda Shopping GuideHave you ever wondered how many types of businesses are in Alameda’s downtown historic shopping district? Are you wondering how many restaurants are now in operation, or how many beauty salons are located in the Park Street Business District? Maybe you’re looking for a unique gift store or a re-use boutique.

The 2014 Park Street District Shopping Guide & Business Directory is now available and provides insight into the types of businesses that are located within Alameda’s historic downtown district, including the side streets and alleys. When thumbing through the booklet, you might even discover a business that is new to you.

Pick up a free copy of the 2014 Park Street District Shopping Guide & Business Directory at one of your favorite businesses in downtown Alameda, or give the PSBA office a call at (510) 523-1392 to have one mailed to you.

Number of business in Alameda's Park Street District

Speaking of favorite businesses, it’s not too late to vote for this year’s Best of Alameda 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Best of Alameda 2014 – Cast Your Vote

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Best of Alameda 2014

Cast Your Vote Today!

The most popular “Best Of Alameda” poll is up and running… this is your chance to show support for your favorite local independent businesses.

What’s the best new restaurant in Alameda — or should we say in the Park Street Business District? Which restaurant has the best service? Where can you find the best selection of eyewear? Who carries the best vintage clothing? Where can kids get the perfect haircut? Where is the best place to board pets?

Also, what do you think is the best annual event that takes place in Alameda? Is it the Park Street Spring Festival, the Park Street Art & Wine Faire, or the Park Street Classic Car Show?

You can vote for your favorite people and places in the Park Street Business District (and in the rest of Alameda) in Alameda Magazine’s annual Best of Alameda poll. Categories include Food & Drink, Goods & Services, Families & Pets, and Lifestyle & Leisure.

The “Best of Alameda 2014” poll is available online at www.alamedamagazine.comThe deadline to vote is May 2. 

Best of Alameda 2013We’d like to take this moment to thank you for supporting our local businesses! Last year, more than 36 businesses in the Park Street Business District were named “Best of Alameda” in the 2013 poll! In addition, the Park Street Business District was selected as the “Best Shopping District” in Alameda and the Park Street Art & Wine Faire was named as Alameda’s “best local festival.”

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Look for the “Best of Alameda 2014″ winners to be announced in the July/August 2014 issue of Alameda Magazine.

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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, professional services, and fun things to do! An online directory with links to business websites is available at:

To learn about the latest news and events in Alameda’s historic downtown district, visit our “What’s in the News” page. 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 

First Pitch Benefit Party at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex

Call your pals, grab your mitt, and head out to the “First Pitch Benefit Party”! The public is invited to celebrate the reprise of the Alameda Tee-Shirt League on Thursday, March 20 at the Alameda Theater and Cineplex. A VIP reception starts at 6:00pm and General Admission seating begins at 7:00pm.

Alameda Tee-Shirt League fundraiser

All ticket holders will enjoy live entertainment and a special historic theatre presentation of the documentary film “Play Ball” by Kin Robles. This film chronicles the story of a simpler time when kids played baseball in Alameda for the sheer love of the game.

VIP guests will be treated to a pre-show reception with appetizers and drinks in the beautiful Theatre Mezzanine and exclusive seating in the historic Theatre Balcony. VIP tickets are limited and must be purchased prior to the event.

Tickets are $10 for General Admission and $50 for VIP guests. Proceeds benefit the Alameda Recreation & Park Tee-Shirt League.

Purchase tickets at the Theatre Box Office (2317 Central Ave), or online at www.AlamedaTheatres.comRead the rest of this entry »

Alameda’s Best Outdoor Dining Space: Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden

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Julies Coffee & Tea Garden, AlamedaJulie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, located at 1223 Park Street, is Alameda’s one-of-a-kind spot for organic coffee and tea, healthy eats, artisan wine and beer, unique gifts, and outdoor dining. Community craft nights, art parties, and other events are also a  popular attribute.

The neighborhood cafe is the heart-felt expression of proprietress, Julie Baron.

Julie’s pathway into the world of tea and coffee began with her love of herbs. Starting in the western hills of Sonoma County in 1990, she raised aromatic and tonic herbs and flowers which she sold at local farmers’ markets. In 1995, Julie hooked up with the folks at Taylor Maid Farms and was given the opportunity to create and develop their tea division.

After spending ten years in wholesale, Julie yearned to serve her customers face-to-face and create a soothing space for people to share and learn. From a love of all things plant-made, Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden was born Jan 1, 2005.

Julies Coffee & Tea Garden, AlamedaJulie takes pride in stocking local or organic consumables. She carries premium organic coffee that is small-batch roasted by Taylor Maid Farms in Sebastopol; the several dozen varieties of loose-leaf teas from around the world are organic and free-trade; and the food menu consists of fresh, organic dishes, all from ingredients grown within a hundred miles.

Enjoy a soothing pot of tea in the garden surrounded by aromatic plant or sink into a stuffed chair sipping on a custom brew of freshly ground organic coffee. On a warmer day, ask for one of Julie’s refreshing specialty drinks such as the ginger-lemon brew, flower power punch, rosemary-mint green tea cooler, or lavender lemonade.  Read the rest of this entry »

New Businesses in Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (January/February 2014)

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The beginning of the year brought lots of new changes to the Park Street Business District. The Park Street Business Association welcomes the following new businesses to Alameda’s historic downtown shopping district:

New Businesses:

Craft Beer & Wine, Alameda

CRAFT Beer & Wine

Bay Area Immigrant and Refugee Services, 2515 Santa Clara Ave, #205
* Assist recent immigrants and refugees in gaining self-sufficiency. Services include immigration legal assistance, employment & job training, social services, interpretation services, and a range of other programs.

BrightSource Productions, 2412 Central Ave 
* Photo, audio, and video services specializing in company profiles and product demos.

Christina Narensky, PsyD., 2515 Santa Clara Ave, Suite 207
* Child and family psychologist with an interest in parenthood and adolescent therapy.

CRAFT Beer & Wine, 2526 Santa Clara Ave (formerly Du Vin Fine Wines)
* Offering a growing selection of American craft beers and select imports from other great beer countries, plus an extensive array of wine produced by small, independent winemakers.

Gotham Harbor Coffee, Alameda

Gotham Harbor Coffee

Gotham Harbor Coffee Company, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza)
* Quality coffee and treats, with old-world style. Featuring locally-roasted Bicycle Coffee.

Hannon Law Office, 1516 Oak Street #311
* Estates and probate attorney

International City Mortgage, Inc., 1414 Park Ave
* Provider of best-in-class mortgage products and services for home buyers and owners.

Levine Fine Jewelry, 1361 Park Street #222
* Unique custom jewelry design. By appointment: Jaymar, (510) 589-1195 or

Line 2 Line Architectural Design Group, 2413 Webb Ave #D
* The Line2Line team provides novel results, sustainable design practices, and environments that are responsive to people in their lives and experiences.

Lola's Chicken Shack, Alameda

Lola’s Chicken Shack

Lola’s Chicken Shack, 1417 Park Street
* Upscale fried chicken tenders, sandwiches, soups, and salads made fresh on the premises.

Merideth Mehlberg, Career Strategist, 1516 Oak Street, #328
* Executive Coach and Career Strategist. Facilitator for business retreats and planning workshops for major corporations and nonprofit organizations.

Premier Homecare Angels, 1516 Oak Street, #228
* Personalized Quality In-Home Care for Seniors in the Bay Area.

Urgent Care Center of Alameda, 2421 Encinal Ave
* Provides prompt, caring, and personalized medical care. Walk-in services include physicals and check-ups, women’s health, treatment of illnesses and infections, immunizations, travel medicine, and injury care.

Name Changes:

All Good Living, 2332 Alameda Ave (formerly known as ShopMixcrate)
* Lifestyle products that are earth-friendly and made in the USA. Specialties include fashionable and socially-aware tees and kids’ onesies.

The Sewing Room, 2434 Webb Ave (space formerly shared with the Style Lounge)
* Sells fabric, sewing patterns, and professional dress forms. Also offers sewing classes for kids and adults.

New Location:

Core2400, 1516 Oak Street #310

Law Office of Andrew Dosa, 1516 Oak Street #311

Wilson & Tornlof, Inc., 1516 Oak Street #104

New Owners:

Fruitti Yogi, 2321 Santa Clara Ave

Ocean Nails & Spa, 1235 Park Street (formerly Fusion Nails & Spa)

In the Works:  Read the rest of this entry »


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