Downtown Alameda Green Businesses: Food & Drink Places

AMP Alameda Green stickerEarth Day is Friday, April 22. Ever wondered how Earth Day started? The first Earth Day was observed in 1970 and 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.

Alameda Natural Grocery, 1650 Park Street
Alameda Natural Grocery is committed to bringing you the finest in affordable natural and organic foods (plus supplements, personal care products, household goods, and more). This is a market where you can shop knowing you are leading a healthier life for you and your family.

Baron’s Meat & Poultry, 1650 Park St
Baron’s Meat & Poultry offers a full line of high-quality, natural, organic, and grass-fed meats inside the Alameda Marketplace. In addition, Baron’s provides exclusive house-made sausages and Black Dragon Marinated Tri-tip.

Beanery of Alameda coffee beans

Beanery of Alameda

Beanery of Alameda, 1650 Park Street
Located inside Alameda Marketplace, the Beanery offers up their own roasted, as well as organic and fair trade coffees and blends. They also carry a range of pastries, gelato, and sandwiches.

Churchward Pub, 1515 Park Street
Come and watch your favorite sports game with friends, play a game of pool, or hang out on the weekends to dance to the Bay Area’s best DJs.

East End, 1650 Park Street
East End’s seasonally-driven menu features award-winning wood-fired pizza plus a whole lot more: fresh oysters shucked to order, inventive salads, dishes to share (or enjoy all yourself).

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines, 1650 Park St
Located inside the Alameda Marketplace, Farmstead Cheeses & Wines provides the finest in boutique and bargain wines, hand cut artisan cheeses, oils, vinegars, and accessories from around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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Spring Into Action and Take A Class in Downtown Alameda

Craft Night at The Sewing Room in Alameda

The Sewing Room

Alameda offers a wide range of activities for all ages, all levels, and all interests. Look for some of the best classes in Downtown Alameda — art classes, jewelry workshops, ballet classes, martial arts instruction, and more.

You’ll never be able to say there’s nothing to do in Downtown Alameda‘s historic Park Street District. Whether you want to explore a new hobby, get more physically fit, or turn an interest into a profession, there’s something for everyone.

Spring is a new beginning and it’s a terrific time to learn something new.

Art Classes & Hobby Workshops

Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, 1419 Park Street
Instructors at Artistic Home Studio teach easy techniques for decorative furniture painting, mosaics, stained glass, and fused glass. Popular workshops include “Pinterest Unplugged,” “Trash to Treasure Furniture Transformation,” and “Drop-in Fused Glass.” Youth summer camps and after-school art classes are also available.

Bead Inspirations jewelry classes in Alameda

Bead Inspirations

Bead Inspirations, 1544 Park Street
Find out how easy it is to create your own unique jewelry. Bead Inspirations offers a number of one-day classes, along with a plethora of jewelry-making materials. Learn to create earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and pendants out of everything from beads to metalwork.

Dandelion Flowers & Gifts, 1419 Park Street
Founded in 2010 under the leadership of Karim Preuss, Dandelion has grown from a humble flower stand to a full-service flower resource. Look for scheduled flower and art workshops that are held at the shop or other locations.

Jo Anne Yada @ Redux, 2315 Lincoln Avenue, Studio M
“Ms. Y” loves teaching art to all ages, particularly kids. Students paint, print, cut, and color original art projects while learning new art-making techniques. Summer art classes are taught Read the rest of this entry »

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Searching for Antiques and Collectibles in Downtown Alameda

Vintiq Alameda vintage collectibles


Do you love the hunt and the find? Plan to spend an afternoon strolling through Downtown Alameda’s historic Park Street District in search of out-of-the-ordinary collectibles and antiques. You’ll find one of the best selections of vintage clothing, estate jewelry, period furniture, and forgotten memorabilia from your childhood days.

There is no shortage of vintage shops and re-use boutiques to explore in Downtown Alameda and you may be surprised at the places you come across.

Here’s a recommended path to get you started:

Juniper Tree Vintage, 1320 Park Street
“Come into the Juniper Tree for all that’s vintage, beautiful, poodle-liciois, glitter-tastic,and one-of-a-kind!” Juniper Tree is the place to find fabulous vintage clothing from the 1940s, to now.

Rocket Reuse, 1355 Park Street
You’ll find a terrific selection of used books, movies, music, vintage clothes, and more at Rocket Reuse.

Toy Safari, 1410 Park Street
Toy Safari creates a magical atmosphere that engages the imagination. You’ll find an enormous inventory of new, used, and collectible toys at this popular toy store. Since opening its doors on Park Street, Toy Safari has become a destination for many serious toy buyers from all over the Bay Area.

Paulines Antiques Alameda collectibles

Paulines Antiques

Therapy Home, 1428 Park Street
Therapy Home is an eclectic circus offering everything from one-of-a-kind vintage finds to locally handmade furniture. Whether you need to completely revamp the old homestead or are just looking for that perfect finishing touch, go make yourself at home at Therapy!

Pauline’s Antiques, 1427 Park Street
“Whatever you need, we probably have it.” With over 25,000 sqare feet of floor space and over 54 years in business, Pauline’s Antiques is sure to have everything you’re looking for. Pauline’s Antiques carries items from the Victorian Era through the 1970’s.

Silver Baron’s Rare Coins, 1435 Park Street
Silver Baron’s buys and sells rare coins, bullion, scrap gold and silver, stamps, sports memorabilia, and other collectibles.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Find Spring Fashions in Downtown Alameda

Lauren's Closet, Alameda

Lauren’s Closet

Looking for fresh spring fashions? You’ll find some of the best clothing and shoe stores in Downtown Alameda. Whether it’s your favorite designer or vintage look, there’s something for you. Everything from trendy dresses and shoes to bags and blouses. Get inspired while visiting our local women’s apparel shops and consignment boutiques.

Look for New Spring Arrivals at these locations:

AG Living, 2332 Alameda Ave
All Good Living offers lifestyle products that are earth-friendly and made in the USA. Specialties include fashionable and socially-aware tees and kids’ onesies.

Aphrodite’s Closet, 1419 Park Street
Don’t pay retail for designer fashion that you can get at a fraction of the cost. Aphrodite’s Closet is an upscale women’s consignment boutique that makes fashion and designer style affordable for everyone. If you’re looking for formal wear, shoes, active wear, jewelry, scarves, and belts… check out Aphrodite’s Closet.

District Footwear & Apparel, 1322 Park Street
District Footwear has an inner-city vibe and carries the absolute latest in metro-hip sneakers and apparel. Whether you love to skate, or just need to look fresh, District Footwear provides a great selection of sneakers and apparel with excellent customer service.

Juniper Tree Vintage

Juniper Tree Vintage

Janene’s Bridal Boutique, 2418 Central Ave
Janene’s Bridal Boutique provides the best possible setting for brides to select the perfect wedding gown. They are dedicated to making this important process enjoyable and stress free while helping you make your dream wedding a beautiful and memorable reality.

Juniper Tree Vintage Clothing, 1320 Park Street
Upscale fabulous vintage clothing from the 1940s, to now. Come into Juniper Tree for all that’s vintage, beautiful, poodle-ilicious, glitter-tastic, and one-of-a-kind.

Lanvie, 1419 Park Street
Lanvie Apparel offers the contemporary woman the innovative concept of fashion that one finds in a boutique, but with the same high-quality apparel found in stylish department stores. Lanvie incorporates its own in-house design and sourcing teams, enabling them to skip the middleman and bring the savings directly to you.

Lauren’s Closet, 1420 Park Street
Lauren’s Closet features children’s clothing, trendy fashions, and maternity wear , as well as new toys, books, gifts, and accessories. They buy from you and carry new items too.

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C’Era Una Volta Brings Tuscany to Alameda and the East Bay

Cera Una Volta Alameda cateringIt’s easy to pretend you’re in Tuscany when you step into C’Era Una Volta… located at 1332 Park Street in the quiet tree-lined Redwood Square, a cobblestoned promenade leads you to this hidden gem with a canopy of amber lights laced with trumpet vines. Tucked away off the main street, the ambiance is European and cozy.

C’Era Una Volta is the Italian phrase for “Once Upon a Time.” And just like every good story, the telling paints a picture with its words. From the day they opened their doors in 2004, C’Era Una Volta has received numerous awards for their regional Italian dishes, warm hospitality, romantic ambiance, and extensive wine selection.

Whether it’s dinner, brunch, a special Sunday morning breakfast menu, or a tasty bar menu, Chef Rutilio “Rudy” Fanetti-Duran pours his heart and soul into his Tuscan-influenced food — it’s “slow cooking” with love and respect. Favorites include Antipasto, Gnocchi, Pesto Pasta, Lobster Ravioli, Lamb Loin Chops, and Steak Florentine. All of the delicious dishes are even better when finished with traditional Italian Gelato for dessert.

C’Era Una Volta is also host to cabaret-style dining featuring Virginia Iglesias & Flamenco Dance Company, Island City Opera, and faculty concerts of Alameda String Academy. Saturday night music sets the scene for a great night out with family, friends, or that special date.  Read the rest of this entry »

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SpeedPro East Bay Supports the Local Community

SpeedPro East Bay Ribbon CuttingSpeedPro East Bay is your place for high-quality, jaw-dropping visual graphics, including wall murals, window graphics, trade show displays, photography reproduction, signs, banners, and vehicle graphics and wraps. Alameda residents Ed and Carrie Owens celebrated the grand opening of their new business with a ribbon cutting by Trish Spencer, Mayor of Alameda, and an open house for the community last month.   

“Our goal is to partner with East Bay businesses and organizations to help them catch their customers’ attention and get their messages out,” explained co-owner, Carrie Owens.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Valentine’s Day Ideas: Date Night in Downtown Alameda

There are a number of wonderful restaurants that have been in existence in the historic Park Street district for a many years. These restaurants have a well-earned reputation for being a place to go for special occasions. The restaurant owners pride themselves in offering fresh cuisine and impeccable service. Perfect for a night out with your Valentine!

Guide to Classic Dining in Downtown Alameda

Asena Restaurant Alameda


Asena (2508 Santa Clara Ave, 510-521-4100)
An Alameda favorite since 1996, this Zagat-rated restaurant features seasonal cuisine that is influenced by the owners’ Mediterranean roots and infused with wonderfully delicate flavors. Each dish is lovingly prepared and graciously served.

C’era Una Volta (1332 Park Street, 510-769-4828)
This authentic Tuscan Italian restaurant is a neighborhood gem tucked away in Redwood Square. It boasts an elegant environment and features classic dishes like Spiedini and Risotto Mare e Monte. The restaurant’s name translates to “Once Upon a Time.”

Gold Coast Grill Alameda

Gold Coast Grill

Gold Coast Grill (1901 Park Street, 510-522-5388)
Gold Coast Grill opened its doors in 1992 and was the first restaurant in Alameda to feature Greek cuisine. Enjoy a wide variety of appetizers, salads, pastas, steaks, seafood dishes, and their popular rack of lamb. Other house made delights include Moussaka and Souvlaki.

Kamakura (2549 Santa Clara Ave, 510-521-9121)
Alameda’s original Japanese restaurant since 1981, where traditional and authentic Japanese cuisine is enjoyed along with innovative and creative dishes not found anywhere else. Fresh ingredients are combined with their award-winning hospitality. (Feb 2017 Update: Kamakura is currently closed for repairs)

Linguini’s Pasta & Vino (1508 Park Street, 510-865-5101)
Linguini’s is a fine Italian restaurant. Dine on classic pasta dishes paired with a wonderful selection of wine. Specialties include fettuccine al pesto, penne burina, spaghetti bolanese, and portabella ravioli.

Speisekammer German Restaurant Alameda


Pappo (2320 Central Ave, 510-337-9100)
Pappo is an award-winning bistro located in the heart of Alameda’s Park Street district. Their menu of New American food is based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably, locally and, whenever possible, organically.

Speisekammer (2424 Lincoln Ave, 510-522-1300)
Patrons enjoy the authentic German food at Speisekammer for many years. The Bavarian menu features hearty dishes like Sauerbraten and Schweinebraten. Other menu choices include a German take on grilled salmon and roasted chicken.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Downtown Alameda: Super Bowl 50 on the Big Screen + Party Trays

Don’t settle for a TV screen when you can watch Super Bowl 50 in style on a giant movie screen in Downtown Alameda…

Super Bowl 50 at Alameda TheatreA FREE live simulcast of the Denver Broncos vs Carolina Panthers game will be shown at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex on Sunday, February 7 at 3:30pm.

Don’t wait to get your FREE TICKETS at the Theatre Box Office. They are available now on a first come, first served basis (limit 2 tickets per person).

The Theatre Snack Bar will be open for snacks, hotdogs and beer.  No outside food or beverages allowed.

Reserved Seating is available at Cinema Grill for those interested in In-Seat Food/Bev Service. Seating is limited for this option so stop by for reservations today.  

Looking for other places to watch the Big Game? The post of last year’s Super Bowl bar specials is a terrific guide for more gathering spots in Downtown Alameda.

Downtown Alameda’s Best Party Foods for the Super Bowl: 
Sandwiches, Sausages, Cheeses, and Veggie Sticks

Super Bowl Sunday is a great time to gather with friends and family to watch the “Big Game.” It’s also a big day for party food and beer. Last week, we posted suggestions on where to pick up pizza, chicken, and beer.  Many of the food places found in Downtown Alameda can also help you build festive party platters for game day with friends and family.

Sandwich Platters

Sandwich Board Alameda Turkey Sandwich

Sandwich Board

Dimitra’s Sandwiches To Go (1251 Park Street) – Dimitra’s has been serving its signature subs since 1976. The service is fast and friendly, and the food is fresh and flavorful. Ask them to slice the sandwiches into quarters. Alameda pick: The “Texarkana” (turkey, roast beef and avocado with all the fixings).

Subway Sandwiches (1407 Park Street) – Did you know that Subway offers sandwich platters that are made fresh and piled high with a variety of tasty subs that can serve 5-9 people? They also make 3-foot Giant Subs (serves 9-15) and 6-foot Giant Subs (serves 18-25). Alameda pick: The “Flavor Craver” Platter.

Sandwich Board (2412 Webb Ave) – Sandwich Board has been roasting fresh turkeys daily for over 30 years and they are particularly known for their fabulous turkey sandwiches. The sandwich shop is family-owned and operated so they are able to accommodate special requests not found on the menu. Ask them about putting together a platter of sliced turkey for game day. Read the rest of this entry »

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