Catch the “Luck of the Irish” in Downtown Alameda

St Patrick’s Day is this Friday! Enjoy a day of green shenanigans in Downtown Alameda on one of the most festive days of the year. Put on your greenest attire, gather your friends, and prepare to embark on a cultural journey.In addition to the abundant plates of delicious corned beef and cabbage, you’ll find culinary treats such as corned beef sliders and Reuben sandwiches, green beer and Guinness, all day drink specials, and even Irish Coffee flavored ice cream.

Some of our favorite stops:

Club House – Corned beef & cabbage; Guinness and Jameson drink specials

Linguini’s Pizza & Brew $3 green beer, $4 Guinness, corned beef & cabbage, Reuben sandwiches, and PRIZES

Lost Weekend Lounge St. Patrick’s Day PARTY starts at 9:00pm

Lucky 13 – Luck of the day drink specials all day

McGee’s Bar & Grill – Food and drink specials for St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness

Ole’s Waffle Shop Corned beef & cabbage dinner — served with a beer (for those 21+, of course)

Speisekammer – Corned beef & cabbage, Irish whiskey, beer, and Irish Fiddle music

The Churchward Pub – Guinness promos and specials

The Lemon Tree – Serving corned beef & cabbage at lunch and for dinner

Wine & WafflesCorned beef sliders

Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream– Irish Coffee flavored ice cream

To learn more about the St. Patrick’s Day happenings in Downtown Alameda, go to www.DowntownAlameda.com.

Irish Traditions That Began in America

corned beef and cabbageThe tradition of wearing of green on St. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us, along with the tradition of drinking Guiness and eating corned beef and cabbage. But you might be surprised to learn that most St. Patrick’s Day traditions have their roots in America — not Ireland. *

St. Patrick’s Day began as a religious occasion in Ireland— for over 1,000 years the faithful spent the day in quiet prayer at church or at home in observance of the saint’s death. (In fact, up until the 1970s, Irish laws mandated that pubs be closed on March 17.)

The first parade held to honor St. Patrick’s Day took place not in Ireland but in the United States. The parade was organized in New York City on March 17, 1762 and helped the immigrants reconnect with their Irish roots. Read the rest of this entry »

Taco Tuesday Blood Drive in Downtown Alameda

Downtown Alameda Elks Blood DriveDid you know that less than 40% of the general population is eligible to donate blood and less than 10% of those eligible actually donate?

The Alameda Elks and the Downtown Alameda Business Association are making it easy to save lives. We’re asking eligible blood donors to join us at the upcoming Taco Tuesday Blood Drive on Tuesday, March 14. All blood donors will receive two free tacos!

There is a blood shortage alert and time slots are still available… Schedule an appointment by visiting www.bloodheroes.com, click the “Locate a Blood Drive” tab, and enter Sponsor Code: AlamedaElks.

Blood Center of the PacificA simple donation can have a profound impact in saving lives. Hospital demand for blood has increased significantly this past year and there is a shortage of all blood types. Each week, Blood Centers of the Pacific need at least 8,000 donors to meet the needs of patients in our community.

“Many people suffer needlessly because of lack of their type of blood,” says Rose Chastain, Marketing/Promotions Manager for the Downtown Association. “Community coming together makes a difference in the needless suffering. Most often when you donate, blood goes to a large geographic area — this one serves the local community.”

There is no substitute for human blood. If patients lose blood from surgery or injury or if their bodies can’t produce enough, there is only one place to turn—volunteer blood donors.

Blood Centers of the Pacific bloodmobileFor over 75 years, Blood Centers of the Pacific has been providing the critical link between blood donors and local patients in-need by providing blood to more than 50 hospitals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. More than 50,000 patients annually receive the gift-of-life through the generosity of community donors.

Blood Centers of the Pacific is grateful to partner with the Alameda Elks and Downtown Alameda businesses to achieve their lifesaving mission of providing an adequate and safe blood supply to meet the health and safety needs of the public.

Help save lives and enjoy Taco Tuesday at the Elks Lodge!

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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+

Oscar Winners Shine at the Spring Classic Movie Series

2017 Spring Classic Movie Series at Alameda Theatre & CineplexThe Oscar stars are shining at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex! Step back in time for a vintage movie experience that includes a restored 1932 art deco theatre, recliner seats, and huge movie screen.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Downtown Alameda’s historic theatre presents a lineup of outstanding classic films — among them are some of the best actors and actresses to grace the silver screen. Show times vary by film, but movie-goers can catch either a matinee or evening show.

Tickets are available at the Alameda Theatre’s Box Office in advance and on the day of the show. Single ticket prices are $8.00-$11.25. And don’t forget the popcorn!  A special Classic Snack Pack is offered at a vintage price of only $4.50. This deal includes popcorn, drink, and candy.

Downtown Tip: Save over 50% off the regular ticket price by purchasing the Classic Movie Ticket Pack — choose any 8 classic movies for $40. Share with a friend, come as a group, or give as a gift. The ticket pack NEVER EXPIRES and is valid for any classic film in this series and in any future classic movie series. 

2017 Spring Classic Film Series

2/21 – 2/22    Singin’ in the Rain   (Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly)

2/28 – 3/1      Rio Bravo (John Wayne, Dean Martin)

3/7 –   3/8      Ordinary People  (Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland)

3/14 – 3/15    The Hustler (Paul Newman)  Read the rest of this entry »

Love, Community, and 2nd Fridays in Downtown Alameda

Wine & Waffles Chocolate Pairing

Wine and Chocolate Pairing at Wine & Waffles

As the popular song goes… “All you need is love.” Love for ourselves, our community, our earth, our country, and our world.  

One of the challenges we all face is that the fate of our communities lies in our collective abilities to support each other and communicate in meaningful ways. With everything that’s going on in our world, people have a deep need to feel connected.

In times of great divide the best strides will come in “breaking bread” with family and friends or sharing a “cuppa” with our neighbors.

Valentine’s Day is not just about romance these days. It’s about showing you care for the people around you. This amazing community — the people who live here, who work here, and those who visit us — these folks can be our focus for this month of LOVE.

Come create a culture of positive appreciation with us. Let’s help each other find new ways to connect.

“Love is about doing what you can, where you are, with what you have.”

Donna Layburn, President
Downtown Alameda Business Association

Downtown Tip: Downtown Alameda restaurants are putting together special menus and events for Valentine’s Day — you’ll want to book a reservation at your favorite place before they are full.

2nd Fridays in Downtown Alameda  Read the rest of this entry »

Downtown Alameda Welcomes 2017!

Welcome to the year of the Rooster! Fun and interesting things are being planned by the Downtown Alameda Business Association. In addition to our annual events, we will be supporting many more merchant sponsored community events.

Look for events like these to take shape in Downtown Alameda this year:

2nd Friday Art Walk Downtown Alameda2nd Friday Art Walks – Celebrating artists and merchants in Alameda.

Made in Alameda Showcase – Sponsored by the Friends of the Alameda Free Library.

Community Blood Drive – People need and we can give.

Saint Patrick’s Beer Crawl – For the luck of the Irish!

Easter Egg Hunt – Help your kids find the eggs and collect the treats.

Wine & Chocolate Walk – Perfect for a date night in Downtown Alameda.

Downtown Alameda Spring Festival 2015Downtown Alameda’s Spring Festival – More artists and music than last year.

Night Markets – Lights, Music, Food, and Shopping!

4th of July Celebration – After the parade passes Park Street, remain in Downtown Alameda where the celebration continues.

Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire – The biggest collection of art, shopping, music, and fun in Alameda at one time.

Scarecrow Contest – It gets a little scary around Halloween. Come judge the Scarecrow competition!

Zombie Crawl – Alameda pub crawl benefiting local schools and charities! Don’t loose your head!

America Recycle Day – Alameda is working on being a “Zero-Waste” city.

The Downtown Alameda Business Association and our merchants are working hard to promote an economically vibrant community and make a lasting positive impression on visitors. Look for several clothing and food drives benefiting local charities to take place this year.

Additionally, we have many more exciting businesses moving into our downtown district. Stay tuned for announcements…

Downtown Alameda is the place to be in 2017!

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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+

Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016 In Downtown Alameda

You’ll find a New Year’s Eve celebration for every taste and every budget in Downtown Alameda. Meet up with friends at one of your favorite restaurants, catch a movie, play a game, or extend the evening by ringing in the new year at one of the district’s many parties.

Looking for ideas? You can find a list of the best night spots in Alameda on our website: www.DowntownAlameda.com/Food-Drink

The Downtown Alameda Business Association wishes you a safe and happy new year!

New Year’s Eve Pajama Movie Party

Alameda Theatre Pajama Movie NightWhat’s better than curling up in your PJ’s with some popcorn and a movie at home? Dressing up in your PJ’s and hitting the town to watch a current blockbuster on the big screen!

For the regular price of movie admission at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, guests are welcome to come wearing pajamas and enjoy free pinball games, live music and magic, photo ops with costume characters, and any movie on the theatre’s marquee (current selections include Moana, Rogue One, Sing, and Passengers). Movies ending at 9:00pm and 12:00am will be treated to an on-screen New Year’s countdown to welcome the new year.

More information: www.alamedatheatres.com or (510) 769-3456.

Downtown Tip: If you’d like to celebrate the new year with the family but want the kids in bed early, opt for an early showtime to watch the East Coast countdown at 9:00pm.

New Year’s Eve “Secret” Party  Read the rest of this entry »

Shop Local: Holiday Events in Downtown Alameda

Shop Local Saturday in Downtown AlamedaNestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is another opportunity for shoppers to have some fun and get terrific deals. Forget the malls on Saturday, November 26 and make local businesses a part of your holiday tradition.

By shopping or dining at a small business in Downtown Alameda, you’re not only showing your support for local businesses but you’re also investing in our island community and preserving Alameda’s unique charm.

So let our merchants help you find unique holiday gifts, jewelry, clothing, toys, wine, and much more! Gift certificates also make a wonderful surprise.

Holiday Happenings in Downtown Alameda

Be an Alameda Island Shopper! Enjoy these special holiday happenings in Downtown Alameda:

The Sewing Room holiday stockingWed, November 23:
Relax before the holidays with an evening of live music at Speisekammer. The Saddle Cats play western swing starting at 8:30pm; no cover charge.

Thur, November 24:
Need last-minute holiday meal items? Alameda Natural Grocery and Farmstead Cheeses & Wines will have special hours Thanksgiving morning from 9:00am to Noon.

Fri, November 25:
Daisy’s is celebrating the return of Gilmore Girls to television on Friday, November 25. Enjoy special gifts and food — celebrated festival style!
Celebrate local music with four Alameda acoustic acts at McGee’s. Show starts at 8:00pm: Wicked LobstahAcoustic EmbersFlunch, and My Friday NightRead the rest of this entry »

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Find Pumpkin Everything in Downtown Alameda

Holiday pumpkin assortmentPumpkin spice can be found in many different forms this time of year. From the minute we feel a slight chill in the air, people start seeking this autumn delight with flavor notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Is it even fall if you aren’t burning a pumpkin-scented candle in your home? (Look for scented candles at Daisy’s and Therapy Home.)

Thankfully, pumpkin-inspired treats of all kinds are available in the shops and restaurants throughout Downtown Alameda.

Pumpkin pie slice at Julie's Coffee and Tea Garden AlamedaThe first thing that comes to mind is a heavenly Pumpkin Spice Latte. This is sure to warm the hands and the tummy. Next in mind are pumpkin spice bagels, bread, cookies, and cupcakes. In addition, a rich and smooth pumpkin pie will always have a place on the table. (Order a latte at The Beanery, Blue Danube Coffee House, or Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden. Look for more sweet treats at House of BagelsCrispian Bakery, and Feel Good Bakery.)

Just because temperatures are cooling off doesn’t mean it’s time to stop eating ice cream or frozen yogurt. This is actually the best time to try the seasonal pumpkin flavors found at your favorite dessert spots. (Enjoy a date night at Tucker’s Ice Cream, Teazzert, or Yogofina.)

Pumpkin Pie cocktailLooking for something different while in Downtown Alameda? There are plenty of other pumpkin spice alternatives to satisfy your sweet tooth — pumpkin spice waffles, pumpkin spice donuts, and even pumpkin spice cocktails. (Find good eats and drinks at Ole’s Waffle Shop, Homeskillet, and Cinema Grill.)

On the savory side, you might consider stopping at one of the downtown eateries to try a pumpkin soup, a hearty pumpkin stew, or a slightly spicy red curry dish with pumpkin. (Order pumpkin flavored dishes at Chef M at Everest Market, Burma Superstar, and Spice I Am.)

Even the beauty shops offer pumpkin recipes for facials, skin treatments, and hair treatments. (Try the hair and skincare products at Sumbody and Avalon School of Cosmetology.)  Read the rest of this entry »

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