New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (November 2017)

The Local Alameda coffee shopBig Changes in Downtown Alameda

When you stroll from one end of Park Street to the other end, you will notice changes on just about every block. The streets are abuzz with new auto technicians, exercise trainers, steaming coffee, and deep dish pizza. Help welcome these new businesses to Downtown Alameda:

New Businesses:

AutoZone, 1125 Park Street
* Quality aftermarket auto parts.

Rise Bodyworks Alameda fitness clubRise Bodyworks, 1226 Park Street
* Comprehensive sports performance/rehabilitation/wellness center.

The Local, 1333 Park Street
* Gathering spot with great coffee and a fun atmosphere.

The Star on Park, 1400 Park Street
* Family-friendly restaurant specializing in deep dish pizza.

Caffrey Insurance Solutions, 2413 Webb Ave #C
* Providing clear and creative benefit solutions.

The Star on Park Alameda deep dish pizza

T-Mobile Store, 1634 Park Street
* Great service and deals on cell phones and cell phone plans.

Business Mergers:

Merle Norman Cosmetics & Bay Threading, 1419 Park Street
* Now offering additional services: European facial, threading, and waxing.

New Owners:

KD Nails & Hair, 1619 Park Street (formerly Jo Ann’s Nails & Hair)

Rob’s Garage, 1800 Park Street (formerly Tony’s Motor Service)

Smog Dog, 1726 Park Street (formerly Speedy Smog)

To find out what other businesses are currently in the works, visit the Downtown Alameda website at www.DowntownAlameda.com/New-Business

If you know of a new business that isn’t listed, please give the Downtown Association office a call at (510) 523-1392 or email office@downtownalameda.com.

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (Aug 2017)

Downtown Alameda Celebrates New and Old

Helen Dean at Toy Safari AlamedaFirst of all, congratulations to Helen Dean and Toy Safari for celebrating the toy store’s 25th anniversary this month. Toy Safari is a longtime retailer in Downtown Alameda and has grown to offer a HUGE array of new, used, vintage, and collectible toys. Some even say Toy Safari is home to the greatest toys on Earth. Be sure to stop and take a look inside the next time you’re taking a stroll along Park Street.

This month also marks a change for a longtime business as it steps back to let a new business shine in the storefront. When you walk by the street corner at 1229 Park Street, you’ll notice that the window is no longer full of old televisions waiting to be repaired. Elite Electronics has moved to the rear of the shop and allowed the front to be transformed into a premier nail salon. Nailbar officially opened its doors on August 5. Swing by and take a look at the swanky new interior!

Another new happening on the street… more banners have been installed on street poles throughout the district, including Lincoln Ave and Santa Clara Ave.

Nailbar AlamedaNew Businesses:

Nailbar, 1229 Park Street
* Nail care and waxing.

Phone Repair Hut, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza)
* Phone repair services for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones.

Wild Ginger AlamedaWild Ginger, 1239 Park Street
* Spicy street food from the western regions of China.

New Location:

Alameda Personal Training, 1416 Park Street

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (May 2017)

Bay Language Academy Alameda

Bay Language Academy

Downtown Alameda Welcomes a Diverse Mix of Businesses

Alameda is blessed with a diverse community. This is reflected in just about anywhere one travels on the island. It is also reflected in the mix of businesses that co-exist in Downtown Alameda.

The downtown businesses have long catered to different cultures, different age groups, and people who have different interests. Whether it’s dining, learning, playing, relaxing, or working, Downtown Alameda always has something new that brings people together.

Recently added to the diverse mix of businesses are a new Hawaiian restaurant, a school that teaches foreign languages and culture to all ages, and a shop that provides a friendly place for kids and adults to play board games (welcome back, D20 Games!).

The next time you’re in Downtown Alameda, take time to reflect on the diverse collection of businesses. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you find… and where you find them.

AHI Hawaiian Poke BarNew Businesses:

AHI Hawaiian Poke Bar, 2353 Santa Clara Ave
* Serving fresh fish with a combination of homemade sauces and veggie toppings.

Bay Cater, 2312 Alameda Ave
* Catering service located inside the Alameda Masonic Center.

Bay Language Academy, 1412-1416 Park Ave
* Offering innovative and fun language classes and cultural instruction for kids and adults.

D20 Games Alameda

D20 Games, 1530 Park Street
* Friendly joint to buy and play games; dedicated to face-to-face play, good fun, and fair play.

Mercy and Grace Staffing Solutions, 1516 Oak Street #108
* Recruiting for job opportunities in the nursing field.

The Red Door on Encinal, 2309 Encinal Ave
* Grassroots gallery in a very unconventional location.

New Owner:

Habanas Cuban Cuisine, 1518 Park Street

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (March 2017)

MGH Discovered Art Alameda displayThere’s always something new and interesting to discover in Downtown Alameda. Newly added, among other businesses, are a vintage art gallery and a venue that plays host to an eclectic mix of social gatherings.

If you wander through Post Office Alley (warning: you won’t find any post office in this location) and around to the back of the buildings, you’ll find an upper floor gallery where the proprietor offers a collection of handpicked one-of-a-kind vintage art pieces perfect for enhancing home or office. But be sure to call first — it’s open by appointment.

Ready to walk into a place where creativity meets productivity and get started right away? Alameda’s first co-work space is now open near the library. This is where you will find a synergistic atmosphere for workers of all types to share their workday. The venue brings together artist studios, maker spaces, event facilities, and office amenities.

The district is blossoming with creative spaces! Be sure to check out all the newest businesses in Downtown Alameda.

Felix College Prep AlamedaNew Businesses:

EstaR Mortgage, 2413 Webb Ave #E
* Personalized mortgage solutions.

Felix College Prep, 2534 Santa Clara Ave
* Test prep tutoring gurus. (SAT, ACT, GRE)

MGH Discovered Art, 1406 Park Street #400
* One-of-a-kind original, vintage art. Open by appointment.

Phoenix Alameda co-work space

Phoenix, 2315 Lincoln Ave
* Co-working space, event venue, and artist studios.

New Owners/Name Change:

Autobody Fine Art Gallery, 1517 Park Street

Bay East Assoc. of Realtors, 2504 Santa Clara Ave (formerly Alameda Assoc. of Realtors)

Starbaby Studio, 1309 Park Street

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (January 2017)

There’s always something new to discover in Downtown Alameda. If you look closely while strolling through the downtown district, you’ll find an ever-changing business landscape. During the past year we delightedly announced the opening of 28 new businesses in the district. These included everything from personal services to local eateries. The variety of businesses is also reflected in those that recently opened, just in time to kick off the new year.

Help welcome the newest businesses to our downtown district! Stop by and check them out…

Black Bull Tacos Y Cerveza Alameda

Black Bull Tacos Y Cerveza

New Businesses:

Black Bull Tacos Y Cerveza, 1635 Park Street
* A creative and flavorful twist on Mexican favorites.

Hewitt, Jones, & Fitch, 2421 Encinal Ave #C
* Certified public accountants serving closely held businesses.

New Owner:

Park Family Dental, 1621 Park Street (formerly Albert S. Lin, DDS)

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (Oct/Nov 2016)

Tango Leather Alameda authentic Argentina leather goods

Tango Leather

There’s always something new to discover in Downtown Alameda, from charming shops to friendly services. These past few months have brought a number of changes along Santa Clara Avenue as businesses have found terrific spaces to occupy not too far from Park Street.

While strolling along Santa Clara Ave, you’ll find two new family-operated real estate offices that can help you acquire either a new home or an investment property. You’ll also find the new office location for the folks that know how to get things up and running on a timely schedule.

New retail is always of special interest in Downtown Alameda. The next time you’re window shopping on Santa Clara Ave, you might find yourself enticed by a stylish boutique that redefines trends with their display of unique handcrafted leather goods. There’s also a new shop-inside-a-shop on Park Street.

Help welcome the newest businesses to our downtown district! The next time you’re in Downtown Alameda, be sure to stop by and check them out.

New Businesses:

ReMax Tribute Alameda real estate

RE/MAX Tribute

NextHome Generations, 2545 Santa Clara Ave
* Real estate services with focus on investment opportunities.

PK Consultants, 2516 Santa Clara Ave
* Strategic management services and event planning for corporations, businesses, and individuals.

RE/MAX Tribute, 2437 Santa Clara Ave
* Full service real estate office owned and operated by a local family.

Tango Leather, 2543 Santa Clara Ave #C
* One-of-kind authentic leather purses and accessories handcrafted in Argentina.

New Associate Member:

Hilliard Management Group, 3527 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Ste 390
* Financial accounting and bookkeeping consulting firm dedicated to helping Alameda small businesses.

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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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