Father’s Day is this Sunday. They say the best gifts come from the heart. Well, the best gifts also come from another close place – your local small businesses. Forget the malls and the massive chain stores. You can find truly unique and essential gifts for Dad in Alameda’s Park Street Business District.
There’s something about Dads and cars. Which is why car “stuff” always makes great gifts. If your father loves to fix cars then think about getting him some quality tools and equipment from Lee Auto Supply/NAPA Auto Parts. And if you have a dad that enjoys listening to tunes while driving (or while working on his car), check out the selection of car radios available from Tint-N-Sound. For the dad that doesn’t particularly like to wash and clean his own car, how about surprising him with a detail job at Bill Botts Mirror Finish Auto Detailing.
For the sporty dad, head over to Alameda Bicycle or Stone’s Cyclery for the latest bicycle accessories. If your father is a skateboard buddy, Ozone has some rad items for any age. And for a truly unique experience on wheels, Spyder-Rentals.com can hook your dad up with a Can Am Spyder rental – no motorcycle license required!
Does your dad like to collect coins and other old stuff? Be sure to check out the collections available at Fort Knox, Silver Baron’s Coins, and Bay Farm Collectibles. You might also find a treasure at Park Street Antiques or Pauline’s Antiques. If you’re looking for vintage-inspired items with a modern twist, visit GOODS to peruse the shelves of the district’s newest shop. And for the ultimate personalized gift that will provide long-lasting memories, think about making an appointment with Raintree Studios to create a family photo portfolio that Dad can cherish for years.
Help Dad dress down to the toes with a trip to one of the shoe stores on Park Street. Doumitt Shoes, Scott’s Shoes, and District Footwear & Apparel all offer the latest fashions… along with retro fashions too. For the ultra hip father, check out the latest “pop-up” collection of t’s at Shop Mixcrate.
It’s hard to fail when it comes to offering your father good grub. There are plenty of family-friendly restaurants in the Park Street Business District. For a casual outing, take Dad and the rest of the family to an old favorite like Linguini’s Pizza & Brew and McGee’s Black Skillet Grill or help him find new favorites at Hang Ten Boiler or East End Pizza Co. Can’t decide between breakfast and dinner, then we suggest that you take Dad to Ole’s Waffle Shop or Jim’s Homestyle Diner.
Mobile phones seem to be one of the most essential items these days. If you want to introduce Dad to on-the-go technology or want to give him a boost to a higher level of mobility, the knowledgeable staff at Quick Communications and Grand Communications can provide you with the best fitting phones and accessories. Or think bigger and check out Alameda Business Machines for a customized laptop.
Dad could have a blast spending an afternoon or evening in the Park Street Business District. You could treat him to a movie at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex or stop in for a round of golf at Subpar Miniature Golf. Or let him show off his driving skills by going head-to-head in a slot car race at Homeroom Racing Cafe. Want to continue the fun at home? The Alameda Video Game Exchange has plenty of classic games to choose from.
If you’re looking for more ideas, there’s always flowers and jewelry. Happy Father’s Day!
Over 400 businesses are located in the Park Street Business District. For a complete list of restaurants, stores, and services, visit the Park Street Business Association’s website at www.ShopParkStreet.com.
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