Vote for Your Favorite in the Downtown Alameda Holiday Window Contest

Books Inc Alameda Holiday Window ContestIf you haven’t quite rallied your holiday spirit yet, take a stroll in Downtown Alameda and enjoy all the wintry, whimsical wonder that is on display in over 30 of the downtown business windows. Local artists from 2nd Friday ArtWalks have been teamed up with downtown businesses to create dazzling holiday window displays this season.

Discover all the wonderful nooks and crannies along Park Street and throughout the Downtown Alameda shopping district as you view the creative work of these artists, from imaginative creatures to trees made of ice cream cones:

Alana Dill – Toy Safari (1410 Park St.)
Ash Cheshire – D20 Games (1530 Park St.)
Charlise Tiee – Starland School of Music (1631 Park St.)
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Eat, Shop (late) and Be Merry in Downtown Alameda!

From Shop Late Thursdays to holiday window displays, the Downtown Alameda merchants have plenty to offer for a festive holiday shopping experience.

Holiday Activities in Downtown AlamedaShop Late Thursdays

The shops in the downtown district are making it easier to check off the items on your holiday gift-giving list. Over 30 retailers are joining our restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues in staying open until 8:00pm or later during the holiday season for Shop Late ThursdaysGrab a bite to eat, catch a movie, or toast the holidays with co-workers, and then get a little holiday shopping done afterwards!  

In addition, Santa will be out and about greeting downtown visitors from 6:30pm to 8:00pm on most Shop Late Thursdays.

Shop Late Thursday dates are November 30; December 7, 14, and 21.

Downtown Alameda Holiday Window ContestDowntown Alameda Holiday Window Contest

Local artists have been teamed up with 30 businesses to create dazzling holiday window displays. Shoppers can vote for their favorite display on social media until December 21 .

How to vote: 1) Take a photo of your favorite participating window, 2) Post on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter, and 3) Tag photo with #DAHWC. Be sure to include the store name in your post!  Read the rest of this entry »

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Local Businesses Doing Good in Alameda

Alameda Warriors CourtThe Downtown Alameda Business Association would like to thank the public and the admirable folks at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex. Together, under the leadership of owner Kyle Conner and the inspiration of Marketing Director Allison Shannon, they raised $60,000 to refurbish two basketball courts at Washington Park in great need of a facelift. On September 29 the Alameda Theatre presented a check to the Warriors Community Foundation and the ribbon was cut on our amazing new “blue top” courts.

The staff at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex provided a path forward to accomplish this work when they opened their historic auditorium for free for three seasons so that thousands upon thousands of Warriors fans could watch their beloved team battle in the playoffs on the big screen. Collecting donations by any means possible, the partnership between the Alameda Theatre, the Warriors, and our residents was game on. “Be a Warrior & Donate” was the theme at theAlameda Theatre & Cineplex and Cinema Grill in their quest to raise funds for the Golden State Warrior’s Community Foundation during the 2015-2017 NBA Playoffs.

Alameda Theatre and Warriors ribbon cutting day“By teaming with the Warriors as an Official Watch Party venue, we created fun game nights for Bay Area families to enjoy and they generously thanked us by donating to the Warriors Foundation for the kids. We’re very proud and grateful to our community,” stated Theatre Event Director Allison Shannon.

Now children and adults alike can shoot hoops with the satisfaction that they collaborated with an organization that led the way for our island to receive this extraordinarily, generous gift. As a former Warriors guard Kelenna Azubuike said to the guests  in the crowd that day, “Let’s wear this rim out!”

Check out this inspiring footage taken during the ceremony:
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More Good Work Around Town

The spirit of service is alive and well in our island community. It’s all around us and you can help.

The Alameda Eagles and Alameda Elks are working together, along with other service groups, to host a city-wide fundraising event on Sunday, October 29 to support families affected by the devastating fires in Northern California. The event takes place at the Alameda Elks Lodge located at 2255 Santa Clara Ave from 11:00am until 7:00pm. The benefit will include live music from five different Bay Area bands, food, and beverage. Suggested donation is $20.

The Elks Lodge is also a donation drop-off location for items to be delivered to fire victims. Items most needed include tents, sleeping pads/cots, pillows, sheets and pillow cases, water, non-perishable food, masks, gloves, personal hygiene products, socks, extra phone chargers, reading glasses, diapers (adult and child), can openers, kids’ games, and pet food.

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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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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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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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Downtown Alameda’s Spring Festival Brings Weekend Fun To Mother’s Day

Downtown Alameda Spring FestivalPlan to attend Downtown Alameda’s 17th Annual Spring Festival. The free two-day street fair will be bringing arts, crafts, music, and a whole lot of excitement to the downtown district. The event takes place on May 13 and May 14 from 10:00am to 6:00pm each day.

Downtown Alameda’s Spring Festival is a Mother’s Day weekend tradition in Alameda and the San Francisco Bay Area. The popular street fair offers something for everyone… over 150 quality arts and crafts booths, continuous live music that will get festival-goers dancing in the street, interactive activities for all ages, mouth-watering festival foods, and local craft beer and wine sales.

Children will have fun in a special kids’ zone on Alameda Avenue. Adults can quench their thirst at one of the beverage booths serving local craft beer from Alameda Island Brewing Company and outstanding wines from Rock Wall Wine Company.

With over 150 art and craft booths and more than 50 retail shops open for shopping, Downtown Alameda will be the perfect place to find a gift for Mom… or maybe you would like to bring Mom to the celebration for a mimosa and lunch at one of the downtown district’s many restaurants.

Enjoy a level of festivity that is beyond what you have seen before with more room to stroll among the displays and more room to dance in the street!

Event Highlights:
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