Downtown Alameda Businesses Receive Outstanding Service Awards (2016 DABA Awards)

Edward Jones Investments Alameda Office Jane Watson

Edward Jones (Office of Jane Watson)

At the end of each year, the Downtown Alameda Business Association presents special awards to member businesses in recognition of their outstanding service. The awards are given in four categories: Retail Business of the Year, Professional Business of the Year, Culinary Business of the Year, and New Business of the Year.

The selected businesses are recognized for their contributions to the success of our downtown district — owners and staff actively participate in downtown activities and they find ways to give back to the community in a number of ways. These businesses are excellent examples of the quality of service you can expect to find in Downtown Alameda year-round.

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2016 Downtown Alameda Business Awards!

Retail Business of the Year

Alameda See Spot Run pet supplies and cat adoption

Alameda See Spot Run

Alameda See Spot Run, 2510 Santa Clara Ave
Alameda See Spot Run is a local, family-owned store committed to providing products, services, and educational programs that help customers care for their pets without breaking the bank. When you shop with them, you receive personal service by staff who have a sincere desire to share their time and knowledge. Owner (and Alameda resident) Cynthia Schorle is also committed to serving the community at large. She serves on two of our committees — the Membership Committee and the Maintenance & Improvement Committee.

Professional Business of the Year (tie)

The Sewing Room Alameda sewing workshops and instructor classes

The Sewing Room

The Sewing Room, 2434 Webb Ave
The Sewing Room is not only a retail store, but it’s also a sewing workshop. Jennifer Serr and her instructors have a passion for the needle arts and enjoy sharing their expertise with students of all skill levels. Jennifer is known to have a remarkably relaxed and respectful way with kids that allows them to take risks and gain confidence. Jennifer also inspires community members to participate in sewing projects that benefit various charities. Jennifer first joined our Membership Committee in October 2016. Shortly after, she was appointed to our 2017 Board of Directors.

Edward Jones (Jane Watson), 1430 Everett Street, Suite A
There’s an advantage in working with an advisor who knows you and provides top-notch service. Edward Jones advisor Jane Watson exemplifies this by taking the time to help her clients identify personal financial goals, develop strategies to achieve those goals, and then monitor the progress for potential adjustments. Jane is also dedicated to supporting the greater Alameda community. She regularly hosts free retirement planning events and has served on our Membership Committee since 2013.

Culinary Business of the Year

Speisekammer German Restaurant Oktoberfest in Alameda

Speisekammer

Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
Owners Peter Kahl and Cindy Kahl know how to provide an experience that entices people to return again and again. Patrons routinely go to Speisekammer for the authentic German food, one of the best beer lists in the area, and the weekly live music. Their hugely popular Oktoberfest is a signature event in the district every year. In addition, the staff at Speisekammer graciously play host for the Downtown Association’s annual meeting/mixer. Cindy has also been involved with our Maintenance & Improvement Committee for the last two years.

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (Aug/Sept 2016)

Poke Koma Alameda

Poke Koma

There’s always something new to discover in Downtown Alameda, from great food & drink establishments to friendly services.

We’ve seen a number of popular “life-style” eateries open in Downtown Alameda over the last couple of months. A new boba tea cafe and a new Asian fusion take-out restaurant have both opened in the North of Lincoln District. In addition, a new dining spot opened in the Theatre District that is the first in Alameda to specialize in customized Hawaiian poke bowls.

Personal services in Downtown Alameda are important too… a new family therapist, a new in-home care agency, and a new hair salon have opened recently. You’ll also find a beautiful boutique gallery space on Park Street that is now home to a private performing arts center that offers programs in voice and piano.

Help welcome the newest businesses to our district! The next time you’re in Downtown Alameda, be sure to stop by and check them out.

New Businesses:

Alameda Monkey King at the Brewery

Monkey King at the Brewery

Holly Brown, MFT, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #210
* Marriage and family therapist with fifteen years of clinical experience

i-Tea, 1626 Park Street
* Authentic Boba Milk Tea, Fruit Tea, and Juice Bar. “Not just a cup of tea’… it’s a lifestyle.”

Katherine Parks Center of the Arts, 1242 Park Street
* Private and group programs in music, dance, and theater.

Monkey King at the Brewery, 1716 Park Street
* Chinese/Asian Fusion in a take-out setting.

Sessions Salon Alameda

Sessions Salon

Peace of Mind Home Care, 2515 Santa Clara Ave
* In-home care agency providing compassionate care.

Poke Koma, 1354 Park Street
* Hawaiian Poke Bowls… choose from our signature bowls or customize your own!

Sessions Salon, 2323 Santa Clara Ave
* Full-service modern hair salon and blow dry and color bar.

New Owner:

Aphrodite’s Closet, 1419 Park Street

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Find Your Way in Downtown Alameda for the 2nd Friday Art Walk

2nd Friday Art Walk Downtown AlamedaWhen is a Friday night better than any other Friday night in Downtown Alameda? When it’s a 2nd Friday Art Walk! (By the way, this month’s 2nd Friday is just a few days away.)

2nd Fridays are a monthly celebration of the arts and worth the experience. Whether your interest is in paintings, photographs, printmaking, sculpture, or mixed media, there’s something for everyone to enjoy while in Downtown Alameda on a 2nd Friday. Best of all, 2nd Friday Art Walks are totally free and guests can go from venue to venue at your own pace. 

Local galleries and businesses throughout Downtown Alameda work hard to make 2nd Fridays an exciting and relaxing evening for the community. Studios throughout the district take the time to open their creative havens to the public. Artists make huge efforts to show fresh, new, and exciting works.

Studio 23 AlamedaYou’ll want to visit multiple galleries on 2nd Fridays to view amazing visual art alongside performance art, live music, DJ’s, and/or film screenings. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and to learn about their creative process.

Most venues serve wine and light snacks; some provide live music or other entertainment. Local restaurants, shops, and coffee houses in Downtown Alameda also participate in 2nd Fridays by featuring changing art exhibits, special guest appearances, or creative dining experiences.

2nd Friday Art Walk at Studio 23 AlamedaThe 2nd Friday Art Walk is held every second Friday of the month. Activities are typically scheduled from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, but times may vary slightly at some locations. Be sure to check the event website for locations and schedules: http://fridayartwalk.com

You can also find official art walk maps at a number of Downtown Alameda businesses.

Artists Supporting Community, Local Business, and Local Art

Studio 23 AlamedaStudio 23 is a small independent art studio and community gallery space located just off Park Street. You’ll find it on the corner of Encinal and Oak, behind the old Lock & Glass building. The gallery is run by Wesley and Jessica Warren (aka Wes and Jess), two artists who have been creating art together for over 20 years.

Opening an art studio and starting the art group Alameda Artists in 2013 has led to several reoccurring group art shows happening in conjunction with 2nd Fridays: February’s “Eat Your Heart Out”, June’s Alameda Summer Art Fair, and October’s Black Light Art Show.  

This September, prompted by Vintiq’s Steve Gray Digilio, they will be promoting “Art For Animals” where a portion of proceeds from the 2nd Friday art walk will go to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS).   Read the rest of this entry »

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (May/June 2016)

The Station by Alameda Natural Grocery

Healthy meal options at The Station

There’s always something new to discover in Downtown AlamedaIn addition to the terrific shopping choices, you’ll find an ever-increasing variety of food places that cater to different tastes and budgets.

Recently added to the list of convenient take-out spots are a couple of new deli-style eateries, both located in neighborhood markets and offering their own spin on gourmet sandwiches, fresh soups, and prepared meal options. There are also a number of eateries still in the works — look for country barbecue and Hawaiian poke to be available in Downtown Alameda before the end of the year.

Help welcome these newest businesses to Alameda. The next time you’re in Downtown Alameda stop by and check them out.

New Businesses:

Everest Market Alameda grocery and cafe

Crepes at Everest Market

A Street Corner, 1623 Park Street
* Handcrafted clothing and gifts from India, Nepal, and Tibet.

Chef M at Everest Market, 2536 Santa Clara Ave
* Gourmet sandwiches, salads, fresh soups, and crepes.

The Station by Alameda Natural Grocery, 1650 Park Street
* Premium made-to-order sandwiches and prepared meal options for healthy eating and convenience.

New Owners:

Alameda Printing Services, 2408 Lincoln Ave

Club House Cocktail Lounge, 1215 Park Street

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Experience the Ultimate High-Tech Spa Treatment in Downtown Alameda

Oakland Raiders Rodney Hudson at Redux Cryotherapy

Rodney Hudson, Oakland Raiders

Discover the power of the most advanced spa treatment… experience the rush, feed off the adrenaline, feel re-energized, and be revived. Let REDUX Cryotherapy give you a jumpstart and a surge of healing power.

Opened in Alameda on April 9, 2016, REDUX Cryotherapy is the first cryosauna in the East Bay.

One of the best centers in the NFL, Rodney Hudson of the Oakland Raiders, has added REDUX Cryotherapy to his training regimen for this upcoming season. In fact, multiple players from the Oakland Raiders are new clients at REDUX.

Although commonly used by high-performing professional athletes and celebrities, REDUX Cryotherapy also provides high-tech “Whole Body Cryotherapy” treatments to the public.

What Is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy literally means “cold therapy” in which you expose your body to subzero temperatures ranging from -166 to -210 degrees Fahrenheit.

Joel Siapno at Redux Cryotherapy in Alameda

Joel Siapno, Professional Boxer

This medical therapy popularly known as Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) was first developed in Japan in 1978 to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis. The idea then traveled into other countries within Asia and Europe where doctors discovered the many benefits that cryotherapy provides the human body. WBC has now made its way into the US and many are raving about this modern form of medical therapy.

WBC has been shown to help with insomnia, muscle aches, joint pain, cellulite reduction, skin conditions, and skin toning. Cryotherapy treatments activate endorphins that numb pain and reduce inflammation, providing much-needed relief. The activation of endorphins also increase metabolism, improve mood, and reduce stress.

Professional and recreational athletes began incorporating cryotherapy into their daily routines to enhance performance. In fact, many athletes now make this their ultimate healing and recovery method knowing it will help reduce muscle soreness, treat injuries, and accelerate workout recovery periods.

Celebrities are taking advantage of the benefits that cryotherapy has on the skin since subzero temperatures stimulate the production of collagen so that stretch marks, cellulite, and fine lines become less visible. As a result, skin looks tighter and healthier. 
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Tucker’s Ice Cream Celebrates 75 Years in Alameda

Tucker's Ice Cream, AlamedaThe History of Tucker’s Ice Cream

Tucker’s Ice Cream has been an Alameda and Bay Area favorite for over 75 years. Generations of customers have been enjoying their rich and full-flavored old-fashioned “super creamed” ice cream, along with yogurt, sorbets and sherbets, fresh fudge, ice cream cakes, Cho Cho’s, and Tommy Tuckers.

Tucker’s Ice Cream is SUPERCREAMED! Made the old-fashioned way in batch freezers with only the freshest ingredients available — real fruit and nuts are hand picked for taste and texture and carefully blended with the finest flavorings to produce their trademark super creamed ice cream.

Marshall Tucker at Tucker's Ice Cream in AlamedaIt all began in the spring of 1941 when Marshall Tucker and his wife Verda left their Chico, California home to establish an ice cream business in the city of Santa Cruz. Taking a break on the journey South, they stopped for lunch and ventured into the city of Alameda. What they found here was a unique and warm community that would make an ideal home to raise their children and build a business.

Mr. Tucker had learned the trade from his aunt and uncle in an ice cream store that is still going to this day. With the decision to remain in Alameda, Marshall Tucker opened his shop at 1518 Park Street (corner of Park Street and Webb Ave) utilizing his family recipes for super creamed ice cream. When he celebrated the grand opening on June 3, 1941, some 381 customers were served that day with total receipts of $40.40.   Read the rest of this entry »

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (March/April 2016)

Redux Cryotherapy Alameda

Redux Cryotherapy… second floor

When visiting Downtown Alameda, it’s sometimes easy to miss the businesses that occupy spaces above and behind the street-level storefronts. If you take the time to explore the district, you might be surprised at what you find. It could be a welcoming studio that offers quality tattoos, a t-shirt design house that brings attitude to current affairs, or even a high-tech spa that provides whole-body cold therapy for professional athletes (and people like you).

Help welcome the newest businesses to Alameda. The next time you’re in Downtown Alameda, stop by and check them out.

New Businesses:

3Dot Art Gallery 2309A Encinal Ave Alameda

3Dot Art Gallery… alley entrance

3Dot Art Gallery, 2309A Encinal Ave
* Innovative specialty gallery offering various forms of unique art.

Causewear, 1361 Park Street, Suite 218
* Wholesale and custom design t-shirts with “Attitude.” (Look for their t-shirts at Doumitt Shoes.)

Kris Velsaco, LCSW, 1516 Oak Street #313
* Kris has over 15 years of experience in helping people through painful times and hard changes.

Lucky 13 Tattoos, 1301-1/2 Park Street
* Locally owned and operated shop with a team of diverse artists crafting quality tattoos.

Lucky 13 Tattoos Alameda

Lucky 13 Tattoos… second floor

Redux Cryotherapy, 2416A Central Ave, Suite #D
* Revive, recover, and rejuvenate with whole-body cold therapy treatments. Single sessions and packages available.

Stitches, 2537 Santa Clara Ave
* High quality custom sewing, clothing alterations, and tailoring.

New Owner:

Bambu Desserts, 1321 Park Street

Name Change:

Big Discount Tire Pros, 1200 Park Street (formerly Big O Tires)

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Downtown Alameda Green Businesses: Gifts and Personal Services

Earth Day is celebrated each year on the third Friday of April. The first Earth Day arose from an interest in gathering national support for environmental issues.

The following businesses are doing their part to make Alameda a green-powered community by purchasing wind and solar energy. Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) and the Downtown Alameda Business Association encourage you to show your support for “Alameda Green” businesses by visiting them in person.

1-800 Flowers Central Florist, Alameda

Central Florist

Central Florist, 2404 Central Ave
Visit Central Florist to find the perfect flowers and gifts for any occasion and can even create a custom bouquet to fit your unique needs.

Daisy’s, 1322 Park Street
Necessities, Frivolities, & Embellishments for everyday life! Bringing a sense of carefree beauty and fanciful elegance to Alameda, this award-winning boutique is a beloved home accents and gift shop.

District Footwear & Apparel, 1336 Park Street #A
District Footwear has an inner-city vibe and carries a great selection of sneakers and apparel.

Helios Images, 1242 Park Street #B
This nationally ranked photographer specializes in destination weddings and documentary portraits. Douglas Despres and Katherine Park Deakin create lifestyle inspired photographs full of warmth and love.

Janene's Bridal Boutique Alameda

Janene’s Bridal Boutique

Himalayan Gift Shop, 1623 Park Street
Himalayan Gift Shop offers incredibly priced handcrafted clothing from India, Nepal, and Tibet. Find unique gifts for any occassion, from jewelry to Nepalese singing bowls.

Island Print Express, 2534 Santa Clara Ave
Island Print Express provides fast service for all your printing needs including posters, banners, and envelopes.

Janene’s Bridal Boutique, 2418 Central Ave
This local bridal shop offers top-of-the-line wedding dresses featuring exquisite silks, delicate European laces, beautiful embroidery, and fine hand beading. The staff are dedicated to making dream weddings a memorable reality.

Lauren’s Closet, 1420 Park St
Lauren’s Closet features new and used clothes plus accessories, toys, and more for expectant mothers, children, juniors, and young adults.  Read the rest of this entry »

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