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)

In the Works:  Read the rest of this entry »

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Downtown Alameda Welcomes 2017!

Welcome to the year of the Rooster! Fun and interesting things are being planned by the Downtown Alameda Business Association. In addition to our annual events, we will be supporting many more merchant sponsored community events.

Look for events like these to take shape in Downtown Alameda this year:

2nd Friday Art Walk Downtown Alameda2nd Friday Art Walks – Celebrating artists and merchants in Alameda.

Made in Alameda Showcase – Sponsored by the Friends of the Alameda Free Library.

Community Blood Drive – People need and we can give.

Saint Patrick’s Beer Crawl – For the luck of the Irish!

Easter Egg Hunt – Help your kids find the eggs and collect the treats.

Wine & Chocolate Walk – Perfect for a date night in Downtown Alameda.

Downtown Alameda Spring Festival 2015Downtown Alameda’s Spring Festival – More artists and music than last year.

Night Markets – Lights, Music, Food, and Shopping!

4th of July Celebration – After the parade passes Park Street, remain in Downtown Alameda where the celebration continues.

Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire – The biggest collection of art, shopping, music, and fun in Alameda at one time.

Scarecrow Contest – It gets a little scary around Halloween. Come judge the Scarecrow competition!

Zombie Crawl – Alameda pub crawl benefiting local schools and charities! Don’t loose your head!

America Recycle Day – Alameda is working on being a “Zero-Waste” city.

The Downtown Alameda Business Association and our merchants are working hard to promote an economically vibrant community and make a lasting positive impression on visitors. Look for several clothing and food drives benefiting local charities to take place this year.

Additionally, we have many more exciting businesses moving into our downtown district. Stay tuned for announcements…

Downtown Alameda is the place to be in 2017!

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You’ll always find great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do in Downtown Alameda! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our new website: www.DowntownAlameda.com.

Downtown Alameda Business Association

Downtown Alameda is the commercial, cultural, and civic center of our island city. We represent over 425 businesses in the Historic Park Street District and nearby side streets. Follow us on your favorite social media sites for updates: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and Google+

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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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Downtown Alameda Businesses Receive Outstanding Service Awards (2016 DABA Awards)

Edward Jones Investments Alameda Office Jane Watson

Edward Jones (Office of Jane Watson)

At the end of each year, the Downtown Alameda Business Association presents special awards to member businesses in recognition of their outstanding service. The awards are given in four categories: Retail Business of the Year, Professional Business of the Year, Culinary Business of the Year, and New Business of the Year.

The selected businesses are recognized for their contributions to the success of our downtown district — owners and staff actively participate in downtown activities and they find ways to give back to the community in a number of ways. These businesses are excellent examples of the quality of service you can expect to find in Downtown Alameda year-round.

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2016 Downtown Alameda Business Awards!

Retail Business of the Year

Alameda See Spot Run pet supplies and cat adoption

Alameda See Spot Run

Alameda See Spot Run, 2510 Santa Clara Ave
Alameda See Spot Run is a local, family-owned store committed to providing products, services, and educational programs that help customers care for their pets without breaking the bank. When you shop with them, you receive personal service by staff who have a sincere desire to share their time and knowledge. Owner (and Alameda resident) Cynthia Schorle is also committed to serving the community at large. She serves on two of our committees — the Membership Committee and the Maintenance & Improvement Committee.

Professional Business of the Year (tie)

The Sewing Room Alameda sewing workshops and instructor classes

The Sewing Room

The Sewing Room, 2434 Webb Ave
The Sewing Room is not only a retail store, but it’s also a sewing workshop. Jennifer Serr and her instructors have a passion for the needle arts and enjoy sharing their expertise with students of all skill levels. Jennifer is known to have a remarkably relaxed and respectful way with kids that allows them to take risks and gain confidence. Jennifer also inspires community members to participate in sewing projects that benefit various charities. Jennifer first joined our Membership Committee in October 2016. Shortly after, she was appointed to our 2017 Board of Directors.

Edward Jones (Jane Watson), 1430 Everett Street, Suite A
There’s an advantage in working with an advisor who knows you and provides top-notch service. Edward Jones advisor Jane Watson exemplifies this by taking the time to help her clients identify personal financial goals, develop strategies to achieve those goals, and then monitor the progress for potential adjustments. Jane is also dedicated to supporting the greater Alameda community. She regularly hosts free retirement planning events and has served on our Membership Committee since 2013.

Culinary Business of the Year

Speisekammer German Restaurant Oktoberfest in Alameda

Speisekammer

Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
Owners Peter Kahl and Cindy Kahl know how to provide an experience that entices people to return again and again. Patrons routinely go to Speisekammer for the authentic German food, one of the best beer lists in the area, and the weekly live music. Their hugely popular Oktoberfest is a signature event in the district every year. In addition, the staff at Speisekammer graciously play host for the Downtown Association’s annual meeting/mixer. Cindy has also been involved with our Maintenance & Improvement Committee for the last two years.

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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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Shop Local: Holiday Events in Downtown Alameda

Shop Local Saturday in Downtown AlamedaNestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is another opportunity for shoppers to have some fun and get terrific deals. Forget the malls on Saturday, November 26 and make local businesses a part of your holiday tradition.

By shopping or dining at a small business in Downtown Alameda, you’re not only showing your support for local businesses but you’re also investing in our island community and preserving Alameda’s unique charm.

So let our merchants help you find unique holiday gifts, jewelry, clothing, toys, wine, and much more! Gift certificates also make a wonderful surprise.

Holiday Happenings in Downtown Alameda

Be an Alameda Island Shopper! Enjoy these special holiday happenings in Downtown Alameda:

The Sewing Room holiday stockingWed, November 23:
Relax before the holidays with an evening of live music at Speisekammer. The Saddle Cats play western swing starting at 8:30pm; no cover charge.

Thur, November 24:
Need last-minute holiday meal items? Alameda Natural Grocery and Farmstead Cheeses & Wines will have special hours Thanksgiving morning from 9:00am to Noon.

Fri, November 25:
Daisy’s is celebrating the return of Gilmore Girls to television on Friday, November 25. Enjoy special gifts and food — celebrated festival style!
Celebrate local music with four Alameda acoustic acts at McGee’s. Show starts at 8:00pm: Wicked LobstahAcoustic EmbersFlunch, and My Friday NightRead the rest of this entry »

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Downtown Businesses Receive Honors

There’s no denying that you’ll find some of the best businesses in Downtown Alameda. Our businesses are recognized on both a local and a national level.

Congratulations to these two businesses for recently receiving award recognition from the community and their peers!

Kate Pryor and Tucker's Ice Cream receives service awardCommunity Service Award

On October 27, the City of Alameda 2016 Community Service Award – Business Person was presented to Kate Pryor and Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream. The community awards honor extraordinary people who make a difference in our community. Kate was recognized for her support of the library’s summer reading program along with the many, many other contributions she and Tucker’s have made in support of youth education and community activities. This was the first year that awards were given to businesses. “It was an extremely positive, professional, and heartfelt event,” said Kate.  

Sustainability and Peer Awards

Alameda Natural Grocery and Donna Layburn receives awardAlameda Natural Grocery was recently honored as “Retailer of the Year” in the sustainability category by New Hope Network. The award was presented in Baltimore last month. Alameda Natural Grocery was the only west coast natural grocery store to win one of four award categories. Bees on the roof, adaptive reuse, recycling, composting, California Green Business Certification, and the Alameda Green program were a few of the business practices recognized. “We are grateful to Alameda Municipal Power for their retrofitting assistance programs and the Alameda Green program,” said Donnna. “They help us all be better to our environment.”

It’s also worth noting that, back in June, business owner Donna Layburn received an Innovation Award from the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association for her creative business savvy in an ever-evolving marketplace.  Read the rest of this entry »

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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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