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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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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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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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (Jan/Feb 2016)

Home Skillet Alameda donuts

Home Skillet – Alameda

One of the things that makes Downtown Alameda an interesting destination is that it is a vibrant and ever-changing district. When exploring the downtown area, it seems that there are always new surprises appearing among the rows of storefronts.

Although it’s sad to see some businesses close, it can be exciting to see what new businesses pop up in their place — whether it’s new eateries, retail shops, personal services, or business services.

Did you happen to catch the donut giveaways at Home Skillet when they opened in January?

Help us welcome the newest businesses to Alameda’s historic Park Street Business District. Stop by and say “hello” to these folks the next time you’re in Downtown Alameda.

New Businesses:

Affinity At Home Care, 1516 Oak Street #106 *Providing Personal Care Services, Routine Home Care Services, and other Care Services.

Home Skillet, 1363 Park Street
* Offering an extensive menu that includes hearty breakfast and lunch items. Donuts are their specialty!

Pretty In Ink AlamedaMelissa Grohs, MA, LPCC, 2515 Santa Clara Ave, Suite 210
* Counseling and psychotherapy services that help clients feel more satisfied in their day-to-day lives.

Pretty In Ink, 2329 Santa Clara Ave
* Female owned and operated private tattoo studio. Custom tattoos are according to your specifications.

The Central Body, 2416 Central Ave
* Dr. Ashyanna Keli specializes in chiropractic sports medicine and advanced extremity adjusting.

Vietnam House, 1527 Park Street
* Authentic Vietnamese menu including Pho, rice plates, and banh mi sandwiches. Outdoor seating.

New Associate Member:

Curves For Women, 2528 Blanding Ave
* Provides fitness and weight-management programs designed for the modern woman’s busy schedule.

The Central Body AlamedaNew Owner: 

Jerry’s Tire & Auto Center, 2501 Santa Clara Ave

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (Nov/Dec 2015)

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Sole Desire Shoes Alameda

Sole Desire Shoes

This past year saw an explosion of new businesses in Downtown Alameda — plenty of new restaurants, bakeries, craft spaces, personal services, and business services. It seemed there was always a new surprise appearing around the corner. The last few months of the year were no different.

We eagerly waited for the new bakery to open as an extension of Mama Papa Lithuania. We also waited with anticipation to see what was happening behind the brown papered windows of the former yogurt shop on Santa Clara Ave.

But one of the biggest surprises was the sudden closure of longtime independent shop Scott’s Shoes back in October. Thankfully we didn’t have to say goodbye to owner Scott Erwin. Instead he was proud to announce that family friends were taking over the Park Street location and he would remain as the local manager for Sole Desire Shoes.

Help us welcome the newest businesses to Alameda’s historic Park Street district. Stop by and say “hello” to these folks the next time you’re in Downtown Alameda.

New Businesses:

Hot Spot Soup Place, 2321 Santa Clara Ave
* Taiwanese cafe offering hot soups (hot pots), tea drinks, and shaved ice.

Kimbu Ventures / Shaabi Denim, 1516 Oak Street #320
* On-line catalog featuring limited-production clothing handmade with high-quality, tough fabrics.

Mama Papa Lithuania Bakery Alameda

Mama Papa Lithuania Bakery

Mama Papa Lithuania Bakery, 1239 Park Street
* Traditional and modern pastries handcrafted from the Lithuanian in-house-chef’s cookbook.

Psychtools Psychology Group, 1402 Park Street #G
* Therapy that helps you better manage painful life issues setting personally meaningful goals.

Sole Desire Shoes, 1330 Park Street #B
* Independent women’s fashion comfort footwear and accessories, including hard-to-find brands.

Suzanne Hayne, LMFT, 1516 Oak Street #314-315
* Experienced therapist providing couples and individual counseling.

T4, 1431 Park Street #A
* Taiwanese premium teas and smoothies made with natural ingredients; large selection of snacks.

New Associate Member:

SpeedPro Imaging East Bay, 1734 Clement Ave — grand opening January 15
* Providing large format printing: signs, banners, window/wall/floor graphics, vehicle wraps, and more.

Symmetry Health Center AlamedaNew Location:

Symmetry Health Center, 1708 Park Street #103
* Advanced chiropractic care, weight loss management, massage therapy, and personal training.

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (Aug/Sept 2015)

My Hidden Lagoon_front door Alameda location

My Hidden Lagoon

Sometimes it’s worth the extra steps to explore the side streets and alley spaces in Downtown Alameda. Just like Park Street, there’s always something new to be found.

If you take the time to walk through Redwood Square (the open space located between Tomatina and Sole Desire Shoes), you’ll find a gorgeous brick building to the left. The building was originally home to the Park Theater (1904-1919) and was the first vaudeville theater in Alameda. Although its heyday was brief as bigger and more modern movie theaters opened, the building was solid enough to stand up against time. Over the years, the large building has housed a warehouse, a showroom, and miscellaneous office spaces.

A branch office of Edward Jones has been visible on the ground floor for a number of years. But most folks don’t realize there is a door next to the office that leads to more office spaces on the second floor. If you climb the stairs, you’ll discover two of Downtown Alameda’s newest businesses… My Hidden Lagoon and Secrets & Winks.

Save the date! Come welcome chef Saboor Zafari back to the Downtown district. A Mayor’s Ribbon Cutting is being planned for Angela’s Restaurant to be held on Monday, November 2, 4:00pm.

Help us welcome all of these new businesses to Alameda’s vibrant and historic downtown district:

New Businesses:

Angela's Restaurant_Chef Saboor

Angela’s Restaurant

Angela’s Restaurant, 1640 Park Street
* Mediterranean cuisine. Chef Saboor Zafari is back!

Cut Hair Studio, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #102
* Hair Salon for men and women.

My Hidden Lagoon, 1336 Park Street #F
* Full body waxing services available for both men and women.

Refinement Salon, 2323 Santa Clara Ave
* Hair salon where every stylist is a true artist.

Secrets & Winks, 1336 Park Street #F
* Waxing and lash services for both men and women.

Taste of Alameda, 1354 Park Street
* American and Vietnamese menu.

The Law Office of Holly Gutkovsky, 1402 Park Street #F
* Dedicated attorney who handles a wide range of family law and divorce issues.

New Location:

Honour Brand, 2447 Santa Clara Ave #204
Heritage graphic t-shirts and hoodies.

In the Works: 
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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (June/July 2015)

This week’s happenings in the Park Street Business District: View Calendar

Park Street is certainly in bloom this summer with new eateries. By chance did you notice the new food places while attending this year’s Art & Wine Faire? You might agree that Downtown Alameda has become an incredible destination where you can find international fare of all flavors.

Just last week we saw the opening of a few new restaurants, from Ethiopian cuisine (Injera Restaurant) to French-inspired pastries (Crispian Bakery). In addition, a new Hawaiian restaurant (Kau Kau Corner) opened last month at 1635 Park Street serving everything from barbecue chicken to fresh poke. They have parking too. (Which reminds us… be sure to check out the new location of Thai Noodle House of Alameda. They’ve moved to a larger space but have kept the same late hours.)

Help us welcome the following new businesses to Alameda’s vibrant and historic downtown district:

New Businesses:

Crispian Bakery Alameda

Crispian Bakery

Crispian Bakery, 1700 Park Street #120
* Small-batch bakery producing French-inspired American breads and pastry.

Engage Hospitality, 2447 Santa Clara Ave #203
* Hotel management company with portfolio of 13 Bay Area hotels.

Injera Restaurant, 1307 Park Street
* Authentic Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine.

Kau Kau Corner, 1635 Park Street
* Hawaiian restaurant and catering.

Namaste Craft, 1415 Park Street
* Global handcrafted and fair trade gifts for every occasion.

Smashburger Alameda

Smashburger

Smashburger, 1640 Park Street
* Handcrafted “smashed” burgers always made-to-order.

Twirl, 1424 Park Street
* Design lab and play gallery for kids.

New Name:

Island Acupuncture, 2424 Blanding Ave #102 (formerly Tracy Zollinger L.Ac.)

New Location:

Bella Hair Salon, 2311 Santa Clara Ave #B

Thai Noodle House of Alameda, 1700 Park Street

Businesses in the Works: 

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (Mar/Apr 2015)

This week’s happenings in the Park Street Business District: View Calendar

Wow! More new businesses are popping up in Downtown Alameda’s ever-expanding Park Street Business District.

It’s going to be a little busy on Saturday, April 11. We hope you will join us… Vintiq is a wonderful addition to the selection of retail shops on Santa Clara Ave; the shop opens to the public that Saturday and will be offering complimentary food and drink starting at Noon. In addition, Alameda Island Brewing Company (1716 Park Street) will finally be hosting an official grand opening celebration starting at 3:00pm.

Eva Cazeres of Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio is already in full operation after returning to Park Street following a number of years at South Shore Center. Look for her grand opening celebration to take place on Friday, May 1. In fact, all the shops at Park Street Plaza will be joining in on the fun and are making plans to host a fabulous “Ladies Night” to celebrate the addition of another woman-owned business.

The Park Street Business Association welcomes the following new businesses to Alameda’s most vibrant shopping district:

New Businesses:

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio Alameda

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio

AAA Alameda Live Scan, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #103
* Fingerprinting and notary services.

ATMs Unlimited, 1820 Park Street
* Providing complete ATM solutions for businesses.

Intuitive Counsel & Healings, 2447 Santa Clara Ave #305
* Integrated approach to healing by Pam Flowerday.

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio, 1419 Park Street
* Beauty experts offering advice and services for skin care and color cosmetics.

My Angel Nails, 1532 Park Street
* Professional nail salon offering top quality services.

Randall B. Weil, MD, 1414 Everett Street
* Board-certified plastic surgeon.

Teazzert Alameda

Teazzert

Sheira Kahn, MFT, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #106
* Psychotherapist specializing in individuals, couples, and emotional eating.

Streamline Bookkeeping, 2447 Santa Clara Ave #300B
* Bookkeeping and tax return preparation for small businesses.

Teazzert, 1342 Park Street
* Premium coffees, organic teas, and a variety of fresh desserts.

Tootsies Alameda, 1350 Park Street #A
* Shoes for women 10 to 80; all occasions.

Vintiq, 2305 Santa Clara Ave — opening April 11
* Home decor, fashion, and resurrected artifacts.

Vivian L. Young-McDonald, 2315 Lincoln Ave
* Artist in residence at Redux Studios & Gallery.

Toomie's Thai AlamedaNew Owners:

Pampered Pup, 1401 Park Street

New Name:

Toomie’s Thai by Mee Choke, 1433 Park Street

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