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 »

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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)

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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.

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In Celebration of Local Business in Downtown Alameda

Small businesses in Downtown AlamedaPark Street Plaza, Alameda have a huge impact on our community. They bring approximately $360,000 in sales tax revenue to the City of Alameda. This provides clean streets, visual improvements, safer neighborhoods, and many other important things.

According to a national study, one new small business annually contributes:

> $250,000 in economic activity

> $56,800 in payroll

> $8,400 in rents

> $17,000 in bank deposits

Speisekammer, Alameda> $39,500 in loan demand

> $2,200 in bank fees

> $25,000 in State and Local Sales Tax

> $4,700 in utilities

> $6,200 in marketing and advertising

> $4,100 in professional services (insurance, legal, accounting)

> $2,700 in supplies and maintenance

But these are national averages — you can expect Alameda’s numbers to be much higher.

Speedy Smog Alameda

Speedy Smog

So, as you can see, small businesses make Alameda a better place. With that in mind, we’d like to honor the business owners that are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year… starting with the months of January and February.

Please join us in acknowledging the anniversaries of these Downtown Alameda businesses:  

30 Years
Oil Changers

Red Onion owners

The Original Red Onion

20 Years
Pacific Coast Real Estate Company 

15 Years
Speisekammer
Linda C. Avery, CP, Ph.D.

10 Years
Speedy Smog
Lucky 13 
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Decorating for the Lunar New Year in Downtown Alameda

Lunar New Year at Monkey King Pub in Alameda

Lunar New Year at Monkey King Pub & Grub

As the Lunar New Year approaches, some of our downtown merchants can be seen decorating their businesses with lanterns, couplets, paper cuttings, and other items. Dazzling and glittering Chinese New Year decorations never fail to capture the magic and energy of this fabulous season.

Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival in China, is the most important traditional holiday in Chinese communities. It takes place on a different date each year because it is based on the lunar calendar, marking the ‘Start of Spring’. This year’s lunar new year begins on Saturday, January 28, 2017. It is said to be a powerful one, with no middle of the road when it comes to moving forward. 

Be sure to look for colorful decorations when visiting some of the Asian-inspired restaurants, martial arts studios, and other businesses in Alameda’s downtown district.

It’s interesting to know that the decorations you may see also carry symbolic meaning:

Chinese Lunar New Year decorationsChinese Red Lanterns — Hanging a red lantern in front of the door is believed to drive off bad luck. During Chinese New Year it is not uncommon to see lanterns hung on business offices.

Door Couplets — New Year couplets contain brush works of Chinese calligraphy posted on each side of a door frame. The message on the couplets is filled with best wishes for the coming year. The couplets are thought to keep evil away.

Paper Cuttings — It is customary to display paper cutouts on windows during the Chinese New Year for luck and happiness. The theme of the New Year’s paper cutting typically contains the image of an auspicious plant or animal. The rooster is expected to be a popular image this year.

Upside-Down Fu Characters — The pasting of big diamonds of paper calligraphy with the “fu” Chinese character is deliberately inverted on or over doors. It means a business wishes for “good fortune” to “pour out” on them. Read the rest of this entry »

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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.

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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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Find Student Lunch Specials in Downtown Alameda

Bowzer's Pizza AlamedaSchool is back in session and the sidewalks in Downtown Alameda are once again buzzing during lunch hour.

Many downtown restaurants offer lunch specials that keep business flying through the afternoon. Lunch specials are especially helpful to the nearby Alameda High students who have limited time to pack a lunch, want something different from the standard cafeteria menu, or just want to take advantage of the privilege of leaving campus during lunch break.

With tons of options available with Downtown Alameda being just a short stroll away from the high school, “Where shall we eat?” can be one of the biggest and most exasperating questions among Alameda High students when friends gather together for a quick lunch break.

So where can a budget-conscious student fill up fast if he or she didn’t bring a homemade lunch? $5 can get you a pretty hearty meal at just about any of the nearby downtown destinations that offer weekday specials — from take-out spots to family restaurants, and everything between. Just look for the  “Student Special” signs in front of the local eateries.

These are some of the student favorites that can be found just a few blocks from AHS in Downtown Alameda…  Read the rest of this entry »

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