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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Find Back-to-School Shopping Ideas in Downtown Alameda

Back To School_Walgreens AlamedaBack-to-school shopping can be daunting. Whether you’re shopping for an elementary student, middle-schooler, high-schooler, or college student, back-to-school shopping means stocking up on school supplies. Instead of going back to the mall or driving to the big box stores, take a relaxing stroll through Downtown Alameda where you are sure to find everything you need to make this the best school year yet!

Basic School Supplies – The essential school supplies include paper, pencils, pens, rulers, markers, notebooks, lunch boxes, and bags. You’ll find all of these items and more at neighborhood convenience stores and pharmacies in Downtown Alameda.

Walgreens – “Everything your child needs to make the grade.

CVS Pharmacy – Name brand school and office supplies.

Clothing and ShoesTo make sure your child starts the school year in style, drop into one of Downtown Alameda’s clothing shops where you will find the latest apparel for fashion-conscious kids — everything from trendy shoes to socially aware t-shirts. On a budget? You can also find gently worn fashions at the re-use boutiques.

Doumitt ShoesBack to School_Doumitts Shoes Alameda – Trendy, fashion shoes for the entire family.

District Footwear & Apparel – The latest in metro-hip sneakers and apparel.

Lauren’s Closet – Clothes, accessories, and more for children and juniors.

All Good Living – Lifestyle clothing that is earth-friendly and made in the USA.

Computers & Electronics – Whether it’s new phones to stay connected with the kids, new computers to help with completing homework assignments, and or calculators for fun and learning, you’ll find a number of retail shops in Downtown Alameda that offer the right gadgets to help students get through the school year successfully.

Quick Communications – Verizon Wireless Authorized Exclusive Retailer.

Grand Communications – MetroPCS Authorized Dealer.

ABM Computers – Vast array of hardware and software solutions.

Music & Art Supplies – New supplies for music and art classes will help students master those extracurricular activities. There are a number of shops in Downtown Alameda worth checking out — whether it’s painting and drawing supplies, sewing supplies, or musical instruments and sheet music. (By the way, now is a good time to start making reservations for school holiday camps.)  Read the rest of this entry »

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Find Your Way in Downtown Alameda for the 2nd Friday Art Walk

2nd Friday Art Walk Downtown AlamedaWhen is a Friday night better than any other Friday night in Downtown Alameda? When it’s a 2nd Friday Art Walk! (By the way, this month’s 2nd Friday is just a few days away.)

2nd Fridays are a monthly celebration of the arts and worth the experience. Whether your interest is in paintings, photographs, printmaking, sculpture, or mixed media, there’s something for everyone to enjoy while in Downtown Alameda on a 2nd Friday. Best of all, 2nd Friday Art Walks are totally free and guests can go from venue to venue at your own pace. 

Local galleries and businesses throughout Downtown Alameda work hard to make 2nd Fridays an exciting and relaxing evening for the community. Studios throughout the district take the time to open their creative havens to the public. Artists make huge efforts to show fresh, new, and exciting works.

Studio 23 AlamedaYou’ll want to visit multiple galleries on 2nd Fridays to view amazing visual art alongside performance art, live music, DJ’s, and/or film screenings. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and to learn about their creative process.

Most venues serve wine and light snacks; some provide live music or other entertainment. Local restaurants, shops, and coffee houses in Downtown Alameda also participate in 2nd Fridays by featuring changing art exhibits, special guest appearances, or creative dining experiences.

2nd Friday Art Walk at Studio 23 AlamedaThe 2nd Friday Art Walk is held every second Friday of the month. Activities are typically scheduled from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, but times may vary slightly at some locations. Be sure to check the event website for locations and schedules: http://fridayartwalk.com

You can also find official art walk maps at a number of Downtown Alameda businesses.

Artists Supporting Community, Local Business, and Local Art

Studio 23 AlamedaStudio 23 is a small independent art studio and community gallery space located just off Park Street. You’ll find it on the corner of Encinal and Oak, behind the old Lock & Glass building. The gallery is run by Wesley and Jessica Warren (aka Wes and Jess), two artists who have been creating art together for over 20 years.

Opening an art studio and starting the art group Alameda Artists in 2013 has led to several reoccurring group art shows happening in conjunction with 2nd Fridays: February’s “Eat Your Heart Out”, June’s Alameda Summer Art Fair, and October’s Black Light Art Show.  

This September, prompted by Vintiq’s Steve Gray Digilio, they will be promoting “Art For Animals” where a portion of proceeds from the 2nd Friday art walk will go to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS).   Read the rest of this entry »

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Kids Can Always Find Summer Fun in Downtown Alameda

Alameda Theatre 2016 Kids Movie SeriesSchool has officially come to an end and it’s time to start planning some summer fun for the kids. For your list of “Things To Do,” we’ve come up with a number of activities that can be found in Downtown Alameda:

Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave
The 2016 Summer Family Movie Series is in full swing at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex. One kid-favorite movie is shown each week in the historic theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00am. Upcoming movies include Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip, Minions, The Peanuts Movie, Goosebumps, and three other popular G-rated films. You can still purchase series tickets for $10/person from fundraising organizations or you can purchase single tickets on the day of the show for $2/person.

The Sewing Room Alameda summer classesThe Sewing Room, 2434 Webb Ave
The Sewing Room still has openings in their Sewing Summer Camps that run each week this summer through August 26. During sewing camp, children have fun acquiring a deeper skill level because they get to spend a longer time sewing the projects of their choice. Upcoming classes include “Sewing for the American Girl Doll,” “Teen Fashion and Design,” and other flexible projects. Sewing patterns are also available for purchase in the shop for take-home projects.

Twirl Alameda summer campsTwirl, 1424 Park Street
“Camp Twirl” is in full effect and they have a few spots left. The weekly kids’ camps have six exciting “maker” themes from Whimsical Wonders to Tinkering Twirlers… plus special camps in their new Pottery/Mosaic Studio. Twirl is also a daily play gallery for kids. Younger children can take a ride on the tike track, climb through the tree house, build a fort in the construction zone, or snuggle up and read in the book nook. Older kids can create things from pottery wheels, glass painting, playdough experiments, or papercutting activities. Drop-in admission for unlimited one-day play is $12/child.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Downtown Alameda Green Businesses: Gifts and Personal Services

Earth Day is celebrated each year on the third Friday of April. The first Earth Day arose from an interest in gathering national support for environmental issues.

The following businesses are doing their part to make Alameda a green-powered community by purchasing wind and solar energy. Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) and the Downtown Alameda Business Association encourage you to show your support for “Alameda Green” businesses by visiting them in person.

1-800 Flowers Central Florist, Alameda

Central Florist

Central Florist, 2404 Central Ave
Visit Central Florist to find the perfect flowers and gifts for any occasion and can even create a custom bouquet to fit your unique needs.

Daisy’s, 1322 Park Street
Necessities, Frivolities, & Embellishments for everyday life! Bringing a sense of carefree beauty and fanciful elegance to Alameda, this award-winning boutique is a beloved home accents and gift shop.

District Footwear & Apparel, 1336 Park Street #A
District Footwear has an inner-city vibe and carries a great selection of sneakers and apparel.

Helios Images, 1242 Park Street #B
This nationally ranked photographer specializes in destination weddings and documentary portraits. Douglas Despres and Katherine Park Deakin create lifestyle inspired photographs full of warmth and love.

Janene's Bridal Boutique Alameda

Janene’s Bridal Boutique

Himalayan Gift Shop, 1623 Park Street
Himalayan Gift Shop offers incredibly priced handcrafted clothing from India, Nepal, and Tibet. Find unique gifts for any occassion, from jewelry to Nepalese singing bowls.

Island Print Express, 2534 Santa Clara Ave
Island Print Express provides fast service for all your printing needs including posters, banners, and envelopes.

Janene’s Bridal Boutique, 2418 Central Ave
This local bridal shop offers top-of-the-line wedding dresses featuring exquisite silks, delicate European laces, beautiful embroidery, and fine hand beading. The staff are dedicated to making dream weddings a memorable reality.

Lauren’s Closet, 1420 Park St
Lauren’s Closet features new and used clothes plus accessories, toys, and more for expectant mothers, children, juniors, and young adults.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Downtown Alameda Green Businesses: Food & Drink Places

AMP Alameda Green stickerEarth Day is Friday, April 22. Ever wondered how Earth Day started? The first Earth Day was observed in 1970 and arose from an interest in gathering national support for environmental issues.

The following businesses are doing their part to make Alameda a green-powered community by purchasing wind and solar energy. Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) and the Downtown Alameda Business Association encourage you to show your support for “Alameda Green” businesses by visiting them in person.

Alameda Natural Grocery, 1650 Park Street
Alameda Natural Grocery is committed to bringing you the finest in affordable natural and organic foods (plus supplements, personal care products, household goods, and more). This is a market where you can shop knowing you are leading a healthier life for you and your family.

Baron’s Meat & Poultry, 1650 Park St
Baron’s Meat & Poultry offers a full line of high-quality, natural, organic, and grass-fed meats inside the Alameda Marketplace. In addition, Baron’s provides exclusive house-made sausages and Black Dragon Marinated Tri-tip.

Beanery of Alameda coffee beans

Beanery of Alameda

Beanery of Alameda, 1650 Park Street
Located inside Alameda Marketplace, the Beanery offers up their own roasted, as well as organic and fair trade coffees and blends. They also carry a range of pastries, gelato, and sandwiches.

Churchward Pub, 1515 Park Street
Come and watch your favorite sports game with friends, play a game of pool, or hang out on the weekends to dance to the Bay Area’s best DJs.

East End, 1650 Park Street
East End’s seasonally-driven menu features award-winning wood-fired pizza plus a whole lot more: fresh oysters shucked to order, inventive salads, dishes to share (or enjoy all yourself).

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines, 1650 Park St
Located inside the Alameda Marketplace, Farmstead Cheeses & Wines provides the finest in boutique and bargain wines, hand cut artisan cheeses, oils, vinegars, and accessories from around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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Spring Into Action and Take A Class in Downtown Alameda

Craft Night at The Sewing Room in Alameda

The Sewing Room

Alameda offers a wide range of activities for all ages, all levels, and all interests. Look for some of the best classes in Downtown Alameda — art classes, jewelry workshops, ballet classes, martial arts instruction, and more.

You’ll never be able to say there’s nothing to do in Downtown Alameda‘s historic Park Street District. Whether you want to explore a new hobby, get more physically fit, or turn an interest into a profession, there’s something for everyone.

Spring is a new beginning and it’s a terrific time to learn something new.

Art Classes & Hobby Workshops

Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, 1419 Park Street
Instructors at Artistic Home Studio teach easy techniques for decorative furniture painting, mosaics, stained glass, and fused glass. Popular workshops include “Pinterest Unplugged,” “Trash to Treasure Furniture Transformation,” and “Drop-in Fused Glass.” Youth summer camps and after-school art classes are also available.

Bead Inspirations jewelry classes in Alameda

Bead Inspirations

Bead Inspirations, 1544 Park Street
Find out how easy it is to create your own unique jewelry. Bead Inspirations offers a number of one-day classes, along with a plethora of jewelry-making materials. Learn to create earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and pendants out of everything from beads to metalwork.

Dandelion Flowers & Gifts, 1419 Park Street
Founded in 2010 under the leadership of Karim Preuss, Dandelion has grown from a humble flower stand to a full-service flower resource. Look for scheduled flower and art workshops that are held at the shop or other locations.

Jo Anne Yada @ Redux, 2315 Lincoln Avenue, Studio M
“Ms. Y” loves teaching art to all ages, particularly kids. Students paint, print, cut, and color original art projects while learning new art-making techniques. Summer art classes are taught Read the rest of this entry »

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Searching for Antiques and Collectibles in Downtown Alameda

Vintiq Alameda vintage collectibles

Vintiq

Do you love the hunt and the find? Plan to spend an afternoon strolling through Downtown Alameda’s historic Park Street District in search of out-of-the-ordinary collectibles and antiques. You’ll find one of the best selections of vintage clothing, estate jewelry, period furniture, and forgotten memorabilia from your childhood days.

There is no shortage of vintage shops and re-use boutiques to explore in Downtown Alameda and you may be surprised at the places you come across.

Here’s a recommended path to get you started:

Juniper Tree Vintage, 1320 Park Street
“Come into the Juniper Tree for all that’s vintage, beautiful, poodle-liciois, glitter-tastic,and one-of-a-kind!” Juniper Tree is the place to find fabulous vintage clothing from the 1940s, to now.

Rocket Reuse, 1355 Park Street
You’ll find a terrific selection of used books, movies, music, vintage clothes, and more at Rocket Reuse.

Toy Safari, 1410 Park Street
Toy Safari creates a magical atmosphere that engages the imagination. You’ll find an enormous inventory of new, used, and collectible toys at this popular toy store. Since opening its doors on Park Street, Toy Safari has become a destination for many serious toy buyers from all over the Bay Area.

Paulines Antiques Alameda collectibles

Paulines Antiques

Therapy Home, 1428 Park Street
Therapy Home is an eclectic circus offering everything from one-of-a-kind vintage finds to locally handmade furniture. Whether you need to completely revamp the old homestead or are just looking for that perfect finishing touch, go make yourself at home at Therapy!

Pauline’s Antiques, 1427 Park Street
“Whatever you need, we probably have it.” With over 25,000 sqare feet of floor space and over 54 years in business, Pauline’s Antiques is sure to have everything you’re looking for. Pauline’s Antiques carries items from the Victorian Era through the 1970’s.

Silver Baron’s Rare Coins, 1435 Park Street
Silver Baron’s buys and sells rare coins, bullion, scrap gold and silver, stamps, sports memorabilia, and other collectibles.  Read the rest of this entry »

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