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)

CLICK HERE to view our round-up of new businesses that opened in 2015

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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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (Jan/Feb 2015)

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

Good things are still happening in the Park Street Business District. We invite you to take a stroll and explore the wonderful changes that are taking place in Downtown Alameda’s commercial, cultural, and civic center… new businesses have opened, some businesses have changed hands, and even more businesses are anticipated to open soon.

Most notable is the new addition connected to the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex. And we do mean connected. Alameda Cinema Grill offers a “backstage pass” allowing ticket holders to take food and drinks into the movie theaters.

Word is also spreading quickly about the wonderful selection of beers available at Alameda Island Brewing Company. The brewery doesn’t serve its own food, but they have no problem with folks bringing in “take-out” from one of the nearby restaurants. Suggestions include pizza from East End, burgers from Baron’s Eats, sushi from Sushi King, or a snack from Alameda Natural Grocery.

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

New Businesses:

Alameda Island Brewing Company

Alameda Island Brewing

Accel Employment, 1516 Oak Street #310
* Full-service executive search firm.

Alameda Cinema Grill, 2301 Central Ave
* Featuring eclectic comfort food and a craft cocktails.

Alameda Grocery, 2536 Santa Clara Ave
* Neighborhood convenience store.

Alameda Island Brewing Company, 1716 Park Street
* Making great beer in a great town!

Divine De-lites, Alameda

Divine De-lites

All In One Fitness Training Lab, 2317 Santa Clara Ave
* Premier training destination and gym facility.

Divine De-lites, 1419 Park Street
* Gourmet baked goods: cupcakes, cookies, and other goodies.

DLJ Business Services, 2532 Santa Clara Ave #343
* Financial and accounting services for small businesses.

Kirsten Fairbanks, 1500 Park Street #9
* Certified health coach and holistic life coach.

Milestone Legal, PC, 2544 Santa Clara Ave
* Law corporation serving entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes.

New Associate Members:

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, 1805 Clement Ave, Suite D
* Professional spa experiences at affordable prices.

New Owners:

Goods, 2353 Santa Clara Ave

Salon One, 1327 Park Street

Businesses in the Works:   

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (Sept/Oct 2014)

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We invite you to take a stroll in the Park Street Business District and explore the wonderful changes that continue to take place in Downtown Alameda’s commercial, cultural, and civic center… new businesses have opened, some businesses have changed hands, and even more businesses are anticipated to open soon.

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

New Businesses (November):

sandwich at Banh Mi Shop, Alameda

Binh Mi Shop, Alameda

Banh Mi Shop, 2353 Santa Clara Ave
* Vietnamese sandwiches, spring rolls, and gelato.

Helios Images, 1242 Park Street #B
* Intimate destination weddings and lifestyle portraiture.

Little Psychic Shop, 1407 1/2 Park Street
* Spiritual life coach: palm, tarot cards, psychic reader.

Sabai Salon & Blow Dry Bar, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #102
* Upscale, full-service hair salon offering high quality beauty services.

More New Businesses:

Pippa & Co., Alameda

Pippa & Co.

Alameda Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga Alameda, 1502 Park Street – Grand Opening Nov. 16
* Family-run business offering high quality yoga, martial arts, and fitness classes.

Alameda Personal Training, 2414 Central Ave
* Individual exercise training and group fitness (Zumba, QuickFit, and Yoga).

Capone’s Speakeasy, 1400 Park Street
* Lounge experience in the spirit of the Roaring Twenties – specialty drinks, small plates, live music.

Pippa & Co., 2544 Santa Clara Ave
* Unique and handmade party decor, accessories, and gifts; plus design workshops.

Therapy Home, Alameda

Therapy Home, Alameda

Studio D, 2329 Santa Clara Ave
* Beginning and intermediate Ballet classes for adults led by Oakland Ballet Principal David Bertlin.

Therapy Home, 1428 Park Street
* Eclectic selection of furniture, home decor, and accessories for all budgets.

Walgreens, 1600 Park Street
* The East Bay’s newest “Well Experience” flagship store.

Xuan’s Beauty Salon, 2313 Santa Clara Ave #A
* Hair care for women and men; walk-ins welcome. (formerly Hair House)

New Associate Members:

M&M Antiques and Collectibles, Alameda

M&M Antiques and Collectibles

M&M Antiques and Collectibles, 2307-D Blanding Ave
* Unique and quality antiques and collectibles; owned and operated by Michael and Michelle Kelley.

Detect All, 1805 Clement Ave, Suite D
* Security and fire systems for residential and commercial.

Island Pets, alamedaislandpets.com
* Full-service, veterinarian recommended, in-home pet sitting company.

New Owners:

Aphrodite’s Closet, 1419 Park Street

Gim’s Chinese Kitchen, 2322 Lincoln Ave

New Location:

Alameda Physical Therapy, 1700 Park Street, Suite 200

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Alameda’s First Blow Dry Bar Celebrates Grand Opening: Sabai Salon & Blow Dry Bar

Yin-dee-ton-rab! or “Welcome!” to Sabai Salon & Dry Bar, the first blow dry bar in Alameda. After nearly four months of construction and planning, Sabai Salon will be celebrating their much anticipated grand opening in front of city officials, friends, and family on Saturday, November 15.

Sabai Salon and Blow Dry Bar AlamedaSabai Salon is an upscale, full service hair salon offering the ultimate experience in relaxation. Shampoo, conditioning, haircuts, color, blow dry’s, styling, and specialized treatments help clients look and feel their best. The top-tier services available make Sabai Salon a premier East Bay beauty destination for salon services. Outfitted with the most modern equipment and stocked with the hottest items, customers can purchase products from top brands like Rene Furterer and Coppol to bring home the luxury of the Sabai experience.

The word SABAI (“suh-BYE”) refers to comfort and relaxation. Sabai Salon’s mission is to provide high quality beauty services by highly educated stylists in an elegant, well-designed setting. “We here at Sabai know everyone’s life can be hectic from time to time, so we have created a place of zen and beautification for you,” says Tik Coleman, Owner/Master Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist.

Sabai Salon and Blow Dry Bar AlamedaFrom the moment you walk in, you will be greeted with a warm smile and cool beverage followed by a scalp and neck massage using 100% natural products. Stylists are knowledgeable and equipped to combine Western and Eastern techniques to create a great experience which will leave you feeling invigorated and ready for the world. You will love the transformation as the stylist massages your scalp the Thai way – with deep conditioning for healing and relaxation.

Owner Tik Coleman brings over 10 years of professional experience to Sabai Salon. A licensed cosmetologist and massage therapist with training in the original Thai massage “Wat Po,” Tik is also known for her excellent hair cutting and styling techniques. Her new posh salon is attracting both locals and socialites for top-notch blowouts (shampoo/dry/style treatment to help you look your best for any function – from super straight smooth “Be Calm” to big curl and volume “Be Sassy”).  Read the rest of this entry »

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