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Julie’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.
Julie 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.
The food menu is also inspiring. Choose from the daily selection of locally made pastries, toasted artisan breads served with herbal jellies, seasonal veggie quiches, and daily sandwich “melts.” Other tasteful delights include vegan pate and tea-soaked quinoa.
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden is also a specialty store that offers a selection of unique tea and coffee accessories, recycled wood furniture, plants, pots, bird feeders, fountains and trellises… just to name a few of the items.
To add to the tranquil setting, Julie’s features the work of local artisans on the walls and on the shelves. The beautiful selection of paintings, ceramics, and handcrafts is always changing. (Be sure to check out the opening artist receptions held in conjunction with 2nd Friday Art Walks — scroll down for info about this month’s art party.)
After browsing the art inside Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, step into the back garden where Julie has created a green oasis using native herbs, plants, and locally made ceramic and metal garden-ware. It’s a quiet retreat just steps away from the bustle of Park Street.
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden
1223 Park Street, Alameda CA
Phone: (510) 865-2385
2nd Friday Art Walk in the Park Street Business District
Discover the creative life of the Bay Area on Friday, March 14. Start your 2nd Friday Art Walk experience at a participating venue in Alameda’s historic downtown district or at one of the many coffee houses, lounges, or restaurants. This month’s exhibition highlights:
Art Party: Secrets Everywhere
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street
Opening party and in-house scavenger hunt. Adam Davis’ art from his upcoming Public Scavenger Hunts will be on display at Julie’s. Secrets Everywhere is an ongoing scavenger hunt leading participants to the locations of hidden art… Follow the path, solve the clues, take home the art you find! Info: www.juliestea.com
Open House Art Show
Starbaby Studio, 1309 Park Street
New artwork by Gerald Perkins, Laurel Wilton, and Mary Rose Branchaud. Come check out some cool new art and have some refreshments! Kid and dog friendly. Info: www.starbabystudioalameda.com
Opening Night: The Figure
Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery, 1419 Park Street
The Figure: A Bay Area Legacy is an exhibition that demonstrates our enduring interest in the human figure and the impact of the engaging and flexible Bay Area Figurative style — an art movement which spanned two decades during the 1950s and ‘60s. Opening night features 16 extremely talented Bay Area. Info: www.garyfrancisfineart.com
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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: www.ShopParkStreet.com/news. You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on Facebook and Twitter.