Family Fun at the Downtown Easter Hunt

Thank you to all who joined us for this fun family event in Downtown Alameda. Were you there? Post your photos on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DowntownAlameda

Downtown Alameda Easter HuntThe Downtown Alameda Business Association, in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Alameda, is hosting a Downtown Easter Hunt on Saturday, April 15 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Kids and their families are invited to take part in the fun.

Over 25 shops and restaurants will be providing free treats, as well as a variety of other family activities. Children ages 12 and under are welcome with an adult… some businesses will even have special treats for parents.

The event is free. So grab a basket (and the kids) and come out to enjoy the search for prizes and treats in Downtown Alameda!

How It Works:

1) Bring Your Own Basket

The event is for children ages 12 and under. Bring your own basket to collect treats from participating businesses, or decorate a bag before you start the hunt (see details below).

2) Pick Up a Passport

We’re providing adult chaperones with a “passport” list of clues so you can help in the hunt. Get your passport stamped by 15 or more businesses for a chance to win family prizes. Pick up your passport at Phoenix — a new event space located near the Main Library at 2315 Lincoln Ave.

3) Look for Window Banners

Look for special Downtown Easter Egg Hunt banners in the windows — this is your clue that a treat for kids is waiting inside.

4) Receive a Treat

Kids receive a treat inside participating businesses. Adults, don’t forget to get your passport stamped at each stop you visit! You’ll need to visit 15 or more businesses to be eligible for the prize drawings.

5) Enter to Win Family Prizes

After you have collected at least 15 stamps, return your completed passport to be entered in the free drawings. Winners will be drawn at 2:15pm — no need to be present.

Don’t miss these other Family Activities:  Read the rest of this entry »

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

In the Works:  Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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)

3/14 – 3/15    The Hustler (Paul Newman)  Read the rest of this entry »

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.

2nd Fridays in Downtown Alameda  Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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