You may have already heard of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.” Now there’s an even better shopping day: Small Business Saturday® (#SmallBizSat for you Twitter users). Small Business Saturday is a national event created to encourage holiday shoppers to celebrate small businesses and all they do for their communities. Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving – one of the biggest shopping days of the season. This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 30.
Please join the Park Street Business Association in supporting your local merchants during this year’s holiday rush. Instead of driving to the nearest mega-mall or shopping online for the holidays this weekend, please consider visiting independent, local businesses here in Alameda.
Pauline’s Antiques, 1427 Park Street
Holiday Open House
November 29 – December 1; 10:00am-5:00pm
Hot Apple Cider, cookies, and raffle. 2 – $25 gift certificates and 1 – $50 Gift certificate will be awarded. Plus, receive up to 45% off regular marked items. More info: www.paulinesantiques.com
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Gary Francis Fine Art, 1419 Park Street
First Annual Holiday Open House
Saturday, November 30; 9:00am-8:00pm
Come enjoy a more relaxed and pleasant shopping experience this year. A gift of art is a timeless remembrance of the joy, love, thankfulness, and beauty experienced and shared. We have a beautiful selection of unique, hand-made leather, ceramics, jewelry, and fine art works by over 40 artists that you will feel proud to give and your loves ones will cherish. Mention “PSBA” to receive a 10% discount on any purchase. More info: www.garyfrancisfineart.com
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Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 12223 Park Street
Coffee & Tea Tasting
Sat, November 30; 10:00am-4:00pm
Stop by to taste a select variety of organic coffees and teas — you might discover a new favorite! Plus, Julie’s has lots of creative gift items in stock: bulk coffee & tea, brewing accessories, garden art, gift cards…and more. More info: www.juliestea.com
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D20 Games, 2311 Santa Clara Ave
Small Business Saturday & Mystery Box Two-Headed Giant
Sat, November 30; 10:00am-9:30pm
We will be doing a Small Business Saturday Sale starting at 10:00am….very good stuff, good prizes, and the return of our bonus stocking stuffer freebies. Mystery Box Two-Headed Giant starts at 4:00pm… in general, two-headed giants are a ton of fun and best way EVER for bringing in people who haven’t felt comfortable playing Magic: The Gathering. It works great for significant others, buddies who want to check it out, or just friends who want to play. It is particularly great for Moms or Dads who want to have a really cool date night with their kids. More info: www.d20alameda.com
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Bead Inspirations, 1544 Park Street
Intro to Jewelry Making
Sat, November 30; 11:00-11:30am
Find out how fun and easy it is to create your own unique jewelry. This free introductory class is designed to help beginners learn basic techniques of jewelry making and will provide information to help you make and finish fabulous handmade gifts. No experience necessary! It’s open to ages 7 and up. Students can stay after class to work on projects in our Open Beading Studio. More info: www.beadinspirations.com
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Artistic Home Studio and Boutique, 1419 Park Street
Paint A Gift Day
Sat, November 30; 11:00am-5:00pm
Drop in and decorate a gift item with Chalk Paint®, decoupage, stencils, and more. All supplies & instruction included! Priced according to the piece. Also, in celebration of Small Business Saturday, receive 10% off selected jewelry and decor items. Chalk Paint® specials will also be available in store! More info: www.ArtisticHomeStudio.com
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Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave
Sat, November 30; 8:00pm
An evening of spoken word and spontaneous composition featuring poet, composer, artist and 88-year-old veteran Toby Lurie and the band These Are Not My Hands. Cost: $10 – $25 suggested donation. All proceeds will benefit the veterans organization, The Mission Continues. More info: www.rhythmix.org
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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, professional services, and fun things to do! They support our local economy year-round, so let’s support them during this holiday season! When you start making plans for your holiday shopping, we hope that you will think of Alameda’s historic downtown district first for your shopping itinerary.
Santa is Coming to Park Street!
Santa will be roving in the Park Street Business District on Saturday, December 7 and Saturday, December 14! Shoppers and diners of all ages can have their photo taken with Santa! Look for him on the sidewalks from Noon to 4:00pm.