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Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 15. The best gifts come from the heart, and from another place close at hand – your local businesses. Forget the malls and massive chain stores. You can find truly unique and interesting gifts for Dad in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street Business District.
FOOD & DRINK
It’s hard to fail when it comes to providing Dad with good fare and good libations. Downtown Alameda’s Park Street Business District offers plenty of food and drink establishments that make a memorable outing. For a hearty breakfast, you might want to take Dad to a classic favorite like Ole’s Waffle Shop and Jim’s Homestyle Diner, or a new favorite like The Original Red Onion and Café Q. If your father enjoys relaxing with live music, C’era Una Volta will have “a taste of Tuscany, a bit of folk, and a lot of Higgins & Sheehy” at Sunday brunch from Noon to 3:00pm. For a casual outing with outdoor seating, Mama Papa Lithuania and American Oak both have comfortable patios.
Prime rib is a favorite of many dads. Both Linguini’s and Pappo have special prime rib menus in the works complete with veggies and mashed potatoes — but don’t delay in making a reservation. As a back-up plan, you can always stop at Baron’s Meat & Poultry to pick out choice steaks or a roast to take home and fix yourself. In addition, CRAFT Beer & Wine is the place to pick up an assortment of small batch brews for Dad to have a tasting at home.
FUN & GAMES
Dad could have a blast spending an afternoon or evening in Downtown Alameda’s Park Street Business District. Treat him to a movie at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, stop in for a round of golf or let him show off his driving skills by going head-to-head in a slot car race at Subpar Miniature Golf, or challenge him to a classic video game (the kind he played as a kid) at High Scores Interactive Arcade.
For a family night at home, D20 Games offers a excellent variety of the most popular tabletop games and card games.
FLOWERS & GIFTS
Flowers aren’t just for Mother’s Day — surprise Dad with a Father’s Day gift that will brighten his whole week. Handmade bouquets can be arranged at Central Florist, Dandelion Flowers & Gifts, and South Shore Florist.
To find a unique gift that fits your father’s personality, there are a number of shops in Downtown Alameda that cater to the special guy in your life. GOODS has a great selection of handmade and locally made products from aftershave to leather products. Along with a wonderful assortment of fine cigars and European beers, Bonne Vie has a couple of special offers for Dad – receive a free beer glass with every beer purchase or a free cigar with the purchase of three cigars.
If your dad likes to collect coins and things from his past, be sure to check out the collections available at Fort Knox, Silver Baron’s Coins, and Bay Farm Collectibles. You might also find a few treasures at Park Street Antiques, and Pauline’s Antiques.
For the ultimate personalized gift that will provide long-lasting memories, consider making an appointment with Raintree Studios or Megan Small Photography to create a family portfolio that Dad can cherish for years to come.
Still looking for more ideas? You’ll also find auto supplies, bike accessories, and jewelry at the many shops located in Downtown Alameda.
Happy Father’s Day!
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Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street Shopping District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do! Over 400 businesses are located in the downtown district. 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, Twitter , and Google+.