The 14th Annual Park Street Business Association Awards were presented at December’s PSBA holiday party. The awards are given to businesses in five different categories. Finalists are selected based on making a positive contribution to the Park Street Business District and their participation in PSBA activities. Congratulations to this year’s winners!
New Business of the Year
Juniper Tree Vintage, 1320 Park Street
Juniper Tree Vintage may be new to Alameda, but the charming shop has been in existence for quite a few years. Juniper Tree Vintage relocated from Oakland’s Lakeshore district just in time for the Park Street Spring Festival, bringing their “vintage” fans with them and a new clientele to the Park Street District. Juniper Tree Vintage carries “upscale fabulous vintage clothing from the 1940s to the 1970s.” Before stepping into the store, be sure to pause and admire their delightful and ever-changing window displays.
Retail Business of the Year
Silk Road, 1412 Park Street
Silk Road is a fair-trade store dedicated to making a change in the world, both near and far. The family-run business offers a selection of jewelry, baskets, tableware, soaps, food items, and knitting supplies. There’s even a story behind each item, all of which support craft folks in under-developed countries or are provided by local artisans. In addition, customers can participate in craft events created for adults and for kids throughout the year. Don’t miss their awareness events such as “Rock the Vote” or their annual “Harvest Festival.” Silk Road’s positive outlook is reflected in the inspirational quotes that are posted outside the store each day.
Culinary Business of the Year (tie)
With so many food and drink establishments in our district, the membership committee always has a tough decision in this category. This year was no different and resulted in a tie that reflects the old and the new.
The Original Red Onion, 1222 Park Street
With its opening in January of 2012, the Red Onion brought a new energy to the 1200 block of Park Street – diners on that end of Park Street can now enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the day. Not only is the Red Onion dedicated to providing delicious burgers, but the owners are also dedicated to preserving Alameda’s local architecture – in May, they won a preservation award for incorporating the original art deco style of the commercial building into their modern restaurant.
McGee’s, 1645 Park Street
McGee’s Bar & Grill is an institution in Alameda and in the Park Street Business District. The neighborhood restaurant is a favorite stop for both locals and visitors (including former Alameda residents who come back for a visit). McGee’s maintains a respectable place for both sports fans and families, offering great food and spirits, friendly staff, and comfortable atmosphere. The owners of McGee’s are great supporters of the community and are always willing to give a hand to local organizations.
Professional Business of the Year
Alameda Podiatry Group, 1504 Park Street #39
The doctors at Alameda Podiatry Group are foot and ankle specialists, including sports medicine, foot surgery, and complete foot care. Dr. Dale Wright and his twin brother Dr. Randy Wright have been in business together for 35 years. Dr. Dale Wright has also been an active member of the Park Street Business Association for many years. When Dale isn’t helping people with their foot care, he is helping the community through various service clubs.
PSBA Member of the Year
Donna Layburn – Alameda Marketplace, 1650 Park Street
Donna is a dedicated participant in the Park Street Business Association. She’s been serving on both the PSBA Board of Directors and the Economic Revitalization committee for numerous years. Donna is a visionary – not only for her own business (she converted the old Ford dealership building into a market for independently-operated businesses that focus on gourmet, all-natural, sustainable, handmade, artisan, and organic foods) but for Alameda’s hometown shopping district. This past year, Donna has been instrumental in bringing businesses together to discuss new ideas… so get set for some new events in Alameda’s historic downtown in 2013!
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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 what’s happening in Alameda’s historic downtown district, visit our website: www.ShopParkStreet.com/news. You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on Facebook and Twitter.