Classic Cars and Ghostly Fun in Downtown Alameda

Classic Car Show posterDowntown Alameda 24th Annual Classic Car Show

Don’t miss Alameda’s biggest and best car show! You’ll be amazed by the number of cars! Over 400 classic vehicles of all eras will be lined up along Park Street – antique roadsters, vintage coupes, hot rods, muscle cars, and much more. The Downtown Alameda 24th Annual Classic Car Show happens Saturday, October 14, 10:00am-4:00pm and is free to the public.

There’s something for everyone. In addition, many of the local shops and restaurants will be offering special promotions throughout the day.

Want to hear the engines rev? Plan to arrive early to watch the cars parade to their parking spots.

For more info, visit the official event page:
www.DowntownAlameda.com/Classic-Car-Show

Friday the 13th Art Walk

The Red Door - Friday the 13th3Dot Art Gallery (2309A Encinal Ave) Gaze at creepy art pieces, monsters, and the surrealistic themes that appear in works by Raul D’Mauries and several other local artists.

Studio 23 (2309 Encinal Ave) Do you dare enter the “Dark Side of The Grimm” fairytale? Studio 23 will be transformed into a pulsing powerhouse of spirits as local artists toil and trouble to bring you feasts that glow in the 4th Annual Black Light Art Show.

The Red Door On Encinal (2309 Encinal Ave) Marvel at Friday the 13th artworks by Zachary Sweet.

Julies Coffee & Tea Friday the 13thJulie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (1223 Park Street) View handmade one-of-a-kind Halloween Monster Masks and mask-inspired photography while enjoying special drink concoctions. Come dressed to KILL!

Phoenix (2315 Lincoln Ave) Get your costume on at the Halloween Costume Swap. Downtown tip: Drop off your costumes for exchange today and get a ticket for first dibs on the coolest costumes on the block.

Alameda Island Brewing Company (1716 Park Street) View artwork by Alameda artist Carolina Tapia.

Wine & Waffles (1505 Park Street) Sing along with Dmitry Panich on piano, 8:00-10:00pm.

Shops and restaurants throughout the downtown district join in the fun by creating special deals and treats for 2nd Friday patrons. This Friday, hang out with award winning tattoo artists at Tiger’s Blood Social Club and maybe even leave with a flash tattoo. Or take a break at Tomatina and enjoy a free order of their 4-piece garlic rolls as part of the 2nd Friday Art Walk.

There are also fun ways for kids to participate in the Friday the 13th Art Walk. For example, you can reserve a spot for the kiddos in an art class at Twirl where they will get to experiment with slime while creating glitter slime monsters to take home! Advance reservation required; class fee applies.

For more Friday the 13th Art Walk happenings in Downtown Alameda, visit the official event site:
www.fridayartwalk.com

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You’ll always find great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do in Downtown Alameda! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our new website: www.DowntownAlameda.com.

Downtown Alameda Business Association

Downtown Alameda is the commercial, cultural, and civic center of our island city. We represent over 425 businesses in the Historic Park Street District and nearby side streets. Follow us on your favorite social media sites for updates: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and Google+

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Become a ReThink Disposable Volunteer Ambassador

ReThink Disposable: Unpackaging Alameda launch

Clean Water Action is teaming up with the City of Alameda to persuade 100 businesses to go packaging free!

Are you a community member that is passionate about reducing packaging, waste, and litter so commonplace in food service these days? Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity to make a real difference in your community and the environment?

If so, Clean Water has a groundbreaking grant funded project ReThink Disposable: Unpackaging Alameda that is looking to train a team of volunteer Ambassadors to be representatives and support this project’s success in Alameda.

ReThink Disposable Program Ambassador TrainingJoin the team and gain valuable work experience and community organizing skills. ReThink Disposable Ambassadors will earn prizes and awards!

Sign up for the first training meeting here.

Hope to see you there! Please register or email questions to Samantha Sommer at ssommer@cleanwater.org.

Note: This is a two-part training series and both meetings are mandatory. We hope you can join us for the scheduled sessions but, if you really can’t make it, we will organize a follow-up training schedule in October.

About the ReThink Disposable: Unpackaging Alameda

Clean Water is taking-on single use products: from shopping bags, to food and beverage packaging, to plastic water bottles. Their goal is to minimize the use of single-use products.

To help food businesses reduce waste, the city and the Downtown Alameda Business Association have partnered with ReThink Disposable, a project of environmental nonprofit Clean Water Fund. Businesses can receive free assistance and financial support to implement best practices for reducing disposable and litter prone packaging. The program saves the average small food business $5,000 in packaging costs by reducing disposable waste.

Have a favorite restaurant that you eat at often using too many disposables?

Ask them to sign up for ReThink Disposable, a free technical assistance program that helps businesses implement voluntary best management practices to reduce waste and cut costs by minimizing disposable product usage.

Congratulations to Alameda Theatre & Cineplex and Cinema Grill for stepping up to become the first businesses to sign up for this program!

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You’ll always find great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do in Downtown Alameda! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our new website: www.DowntownAlameda.com.

Downtown Alameda Business Association

Downtown Alameda is the commercial, cultural, and civic center of our island city. We represent over 425 businesses in the Historic Park Street District and nearby side streets. Follow us on your favorite social media sites for updates: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and Google+

We’re Hiring! Membership & Event Coordinator

Downtown Alameda Business Association logoWe’re looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team! 

The ideal candidate will enjoy being immersed in our collaboration to keep our downtown exciting, friendly, and diverse. This person can creatively imagine and implement promotions and events that invite visitors to the district, foster relationships with our membership, and cultivate good will in the community.

The individual will be knowledgeable about Downtown Alameda, its shops, restaurants, services, and is interested in working with member merchants.

Position Summary:

The Membership & Event Coordinator will be responsible for event planning and implementation; membership relations and database maintenance; downtown promotions; and office management. This is a part-time, 25-30 hours a week, position with some weekend and evening work.

The position requires initiative and self-direction. An outgoing personality is a must in being able to work with property and business owners, merchants, board members and committees, city officials, community nonprofits, residents, and other stakeholders.

Marketing/Customer Service skills include customer relations, event management, membership management, email marketing such as MailChimp, and social media marketing. Office skills include MS Office Suite (including Access database), Google Drive, other collaborative tools, and Quickbooks. 

For more about this position or to apply, please click here. (Deadline to apply is September 8)

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You’ll always find great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do in Downtown Alameda! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our new website: www.DowntownAlameda.com.

Downtown Alameda Business Association

Downtown Alameda is the commercial, cultural, and civic center of our island city. We represent over 425 businesses in the Historic Park Street District and nearby side streets. Follow us on your favorite social media sites for updates: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and Google+

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (Aug 2017)

Downtown Alameda Celebrates New and Old

Helen Dean at Toy Safari AlamedaFirst of all, congratulations to Helen Dean and Toy Safari for celebrating the toy store’s 25th anniversary this month. Toy Safari is a longtime retailer in Downtown Alameda and has grown to offer a HUGE array of new, used, vintage, and collectible toys. Some even say Toy Safari is home to the greatest toys on Earth. Be sure to stop and take a look inside the next time you’re taking a stroll along Park Street.

This month also marks a change for a longtime business as it steps back to let a new business shine in the storefront. When you walk by the street corner at 1229 Park Street, you’ll notice that the window is no longer full of old televisions waiting to be repaired. Elite Electronics has moved to the rear of the shop and allowed the front to be transformed into a premier nail salon. Nailbar officially opened its doors on August 5. Swing by and take a look at the swanky new interior!

Another new happening on the street… more banners have been installed on street poles throughout the district, including Lincoln Ave and Santa Clara Ave.

Nailbar AlamedaNew Businesses:

Nailbar, 1229 Park Street
* Nail care and waxing.

Phone Repair Hut, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza)
* Phone repair services for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones.

Wild Ginger AlamedaWild Ginger, 1239 Park Street
* Spicy street food from the western regions of China.

New Location:

Alameda Personal Training, 1416 Park Street

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Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire 2017: Come See What’s New!

Downtown Alameda Art and Wine Faire 2017Enjoy the summer sun and experience island fun at one of Alameda’s biggest and best events! The 33rd Annual Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire features over 250 art & craft vendors, mouth-watering festival foods, local craft beer and wine, live music on three stages, and two kids’ areas with games and carnival rides. Festival-goers will enjoy a stroll in Alameda’s historic downtown district where unique shops, restaurants, and services will also be offering specials throughout the weekend.

The 33rd Annual Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire has something for everyone and is FREE to attend. The fun happens July 29 & 30 from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

Downtown Alameda street fair musicMusic is always a big draw at the annual street fair. Bay Area favorites will be playing classic rock, bluegrass, funk, jazz, soul, and salsa on THREE different stages this year. The featured bands include a fabulous line-up of the area’s most popular tribute bands.

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July 4 Parade: Find the Best Views in Downtown Alameda

The Downtown Alameda Business Association wishes each and everyone of you a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Alameda July 4 Parade

We hope you’ll find your way to Downtown Alameda on July 4 to view one of the longest Independence Day parades in the nation. The Alameda Mayor’s 4th of July Parade is one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in the Bay Area and begins at 10:00am on the corner of Park Street & Lincoln Avenue.

Watch as over 170 entries and 2,500 participants travel along Park Street before heading to Webster Street. You’ll see a unique variety of hand-decorated flatbeds, antique cars, marching bands, dance troupes, cheerleading squads, bicyclists, musicians, clowns, costumed characters, and dancing horses. The participants come from Alameda and all around the Bay Area.

Alameda July 4 Parade HorsesThe performances, cheering, and flag waving are especially exciting along the first stretch of the parade. So, for optimal viewing, plan to arrive well before start time to grab a front row seat along Park Street. And, if you’re in want of a refreshment or are looking to do a little shopping, you’ll find plenty of businesses open in Alameda’s downtown district.

There’s also a 5K run and walk that follows the parade route, starting in front of 1417 Park Street at 9:00am — an hour before the parade.

Lucky 13 logo

After the parade, stick around Alameda’s vibrant downtown district for lunch and more shopping before heading over to Alameda Point for the inaugural Alameda Coast Guard Festival that will be held at Pier 3 from Noon to 4:00pm. Enjoy live music and activities for all ages, view a collection of floats from the parade, and witness Coast Guard exhibits and rescue demonstrations. You’ll also find a number of Downtown Alameda businesses at this event: Bowzer’s Pizza will be selling pizza by the slice and Lucky 13 will be there with their beer truck.

Find more details at www.alamedaparade.com.

Celebrating More Milestone Anniversaries

As we prepare for the Fourth of July festivities in Alameda, there’s another reason to celebrate our nation’s independence… the existence of local, independent businesses that embody the spirit and individuality of our country.

Congratulations to the Downtown Alameda businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries this month. To all of you independent business owners, we celebrate you!

15 Years

Steven M. Chabre, Attorney-at-Law

10 Years

John M. Jameson Construction

Agatha Sembajwe, Accounting Solutions

5 Years

Pho Sinh Restaurant

Ocean Spa

All Good Living

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Celebrate Local Art: 2nd Friday and Other Events in Downtown Alameda

Happening this month in Downtown Alameda: 2nd Friday Art Walk, Rhythmix 10th Anniversary Celebration, and Summer Art & Maker Fair

Summer Art and Maker Fair AlamedaSummer Art & Maker Fair

Enjoy the work of 65 Alameda and Bay Area artists at this free outdoor art festival, along with music, live demos, open studios, and other activities. See live painting, sketching, sculpting, and illustration as artists create unique artwork during the fair. From comic book art to clothing and jewelry to metal sculpture, the Summer Art & Maker Fair will have something for everyone.

The outdoor art festival takes place Sunday, June 25 from 1:00pm to 7:00pm just off Park Street in thelot of Studio 23 Gallery at 2309 Encinal Ave. Look for friendly Lord Zondar, the giant metal robot, to be perched on the roof overlooking the festivities. All ages are welcome; there will be a kids creative corner where children can participate in fun art projects.

This event is sponsored in part by the Downtown Alameda Business Association.

More details are available at www.studio23gallery.com.

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (May 2017)

Bay Language Academy Alameda

Bay Language Academy

Downtown Alameda Welcomes a Diverse Mix of Businesses

Alameda is blessed with a diverse community. This is reflected in just about anywhere one travels on the island. It is also reflected in the mix of businesses that co-exist in Downtown Alameda.

The downtown businesses have long catered to different cultures, different age groups, and people who have different interests. Whether it’s dining, learning, playing, relaxing, or working, Downtown Alameda always has something new that brings people together.

Recently added to the diverse mix of businesses are a new Hawaiian restaurant, a school that teaches foreign languages and culture to all ages, and a shop that provides a friendly place for kids and adults to play board games (welcome back, D20 Games!).

The next time you’re in Downtown Alameda, take time to reflect on the diverse collection of businesses. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you find… and where you find them.

AHI Hawaiian Poke BarNew Businesses:

AHI Hawaiian Poke Bar, 2353 Santa Clara Ave
* Serving fresh fish with a combination of homemade sauces and veggie toppings.

Bay Cater, 2312 Alameda Ave
* Catering service located inside the Alameda Masonic Center.

Bay Language Academy, 1412-1416 Park Ave
* Offering innovative and fun language classes and cultural instruction for kids and adults.

D20 Games Alameda

D20 Games, 1530 Park Street
* Friendly joint to buy and play games; dedicated to face-to-face play, good fun, and fair play.

Mercy and Grace Staffing Solutions, 1516 Oak Street #108
* Recruiting for job opportunities in the nursing field.

The Red Door on Encinal, 2309 Encinal Ave
* Grassroots gallery in a very unconventional location.

New Owner:

Habanas Cuban Cuisine, 1518 Park Street

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