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
Linda C. Avery, CP, Ph.D.

10 Years
Speedy Smog
Lucky 13 
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Tucker’s Ice Cream Celebrates 75 Years in Alameda

Tucker's Ice Cream, AlamedaThe History of Tucker’s Ice Cream

Tucker’s Ice Cream has been an Alameda and Bay Area favorite for over 75 years. Generations of customers have been enjoying their rich and full-flavored old-fashioned “super creamed” ice cream, along with yogurt, sorbets and sherbets, fresh fudge, ice cream cakes, Cho Cho’s, and Tommy Tuckers.

Tucker’s Ice Cream is SUPERCREAMED! Made the old-fashioned way in batch freezers with only the freshest ingredients available — real fruit and nuts are hand picked for taste and texture and carefully blended with the finest flavorings to produce their trademark super creamed ice cream.

Marshall Tucker at Tucker's Ice Cream in AlamedaIt all began in the spring of 1941 when Marshall Tucker and his wife Verda left their Chico, California home to establish an ice cream business in the city of Santa Cruz. Taking a break on the journey South, they stopped for lunch and ventured into the city of Alameda. What they found here was a unique and warm community that would make an ideal home to raise their children and build a business.

Mr. Tucker had learned the trade from his aunt and uncle in an ice cream store that is still going to this day. With the decision to remain in Alameda, Marshall Tucker opened his shop at 1518 Park Street (corner of Park Street and Webb Ave) utilizing his family recipes for super creamed ice cream. When he celebrated the grand opening on June 3, 1941, some 381 customers were served that day with total receipts of $40.40.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Where to Pick Out a Special Valentine in Downtown Alameda

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South Shore Florists, AlamedaValentine Flowers

There’s no excuse for going home empty-handed on Valentine’s Day. There are a number of florists that can be found in the Downtown Alameda’s Park Street Business District. To personally pick out a beautiful arrangement of flowers, stop by one of these lovely flower shops (or, shall we dare say, order online)…

Central Florist, 2404 Central Ave, 510-864-0809

Dandelion Flowers & Gifts, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza), 510-388-2215

Pixies & Peony, 2305 Santa Clara Ave, 510-523-1463

South Shore Florist, 1311 Park Street, 510-523-6655

Bonne Vie Beer Wine & Fine Cigars,  AlamedaRed, Red Wine

No matter what he or she may tell you, Valentine’s Day is a big deal and he/she wants you to make a big fuss! The wine shops in Downtown Alameda have made it easier for you by stocking up on a number of luscious (and affordable) red wines that are great for a romantic evening with your sweetie….

Bonne Vie Beer Wine & Fine Cigars, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza), 510-521-6227

CRAFT Beer & Wine, 2526A Santa Clara Ave, 510-769-9463

Farmstead Cheeses & Wine, 1650 Park Street (inside Marketplace), 510-864-9463

Sweet Treats

Goods, Alameda on Santa ClaraChocolates may be the norm for Valentine’s Day but there are also many unique treats to be found in Downtown Alameda. Visit your favorite bakery and/or shop to purchase gifts of Raspberry Truffle ice cream, artisan cakes, divine cookies, and specialty peanut butter. (Yes, we really are suggesting peanut butter for Valentines Day… Have you tried Coffee & Chocolate PB? Chipotle PB? Better yet, have you tried dipping a piece of dark chocolate into some Pumpkin Pie PB? The producers of the locally made Carver’s Peanut Butter invite you to try a few samplings at GOODS on Thursday from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.)

Divine De-Lites, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza), 614-961-2312
*Grand Opening on Friday, Feb 13

Feel Good Bakery, 1650 Park Street (inside Marketplace), 510-864-2733

Goods, 2537 Santa Clara Ave, 510-749-1055

Tucker’s Ice Cream, 1349 Park Street; 510-522-4960

Tigers Blood Social Club and Tattoos, AlamedaSomething Completely Different

There’s no need to purchase a “store-bought” card when Pippa & Co has a collection of handmade, Valentine-themed gifts and cards. Then for something sexy and fun, you may want to check out the selection of lingerie at Aphrodite’s Closet (all at 15% off until Feb. 14). But for an entirely different Valentine’s Day gift, take your significant other to pick out an artistic rose or heart tattoo at Tiger’s Blood Social Club during their “Valentines Day Tattoo Massacre.”

Aphrodite’s Closet, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza), 510-521-3313

Pippa & Co., 2544 Santa Clara Avenue; 510-263-9487

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Mother’s Day, Artful Celebrations, and the Park Street Spring Festival

Mother’s Day, Artful Celebrations, and the Park Street Spring Festivalit’s all happening in Alameda this weekend.

2nd Friday Art Walk in Alameda and the Park Street Spring Festival

"Alice" at Gary Francis Fine Art

“Alice” by Jim Damron, showing at Gary Francis Fine Art

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate life and art is a celebration of life. Why not start your Mother’s Day weekend this Friday by accompanying Mom on visits to some of the art galleries that are part of the 2nd Friday Art Walk.

Start your Art Walk at any of the participating art venues featuring performance art, live music, DJ’s, and film screenings; alongside a rotating schedule of amazing visual art. Grab a delicious snack to eat or drink along the way as you stroll from venue to venue (many offer complimentary wine and crackers). End the evening by treating Mom to dinner or a cocktail at one of the many tea/coffee houses, lounges, and restaurants in the Park Street area.

To help you out, we’ve picked out a number of interestingvenues that will be exhibiting on Friday night and during the Park Street Spring Festival:

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Alameda Businesses Host Special Activities during the Classic Car Show Weekend

This Friday, October 11, is an exciting night for Alameda’s 2nd Friday Art Walk. There are quite a few special celebrations taking place throughout the district:

Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery opening, AlamedaGary Francis Fine Art Gallery (1419 Park Street) is celebrating its Grand Opening with an artist reception from 6:00 to 9:00pm. The inaugural exhibit titled “Transported” coincides nicely with this weekend’s Park Street Classic Car Car Show. 15 artists will be in attendance to discuss their works that celebrates our love of cars, trains, motorcycles, bikes, and other modes of transport.

Dandelion Gifts & Flowers (1419 Park Street), the new shop owned and operated by Karim, is celebrating its Grand Opening with light refreshments from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Karim’s arrangements are delightful and the flowers are locally sourced.

Redux Studios & Gallery (2315 Lincoln Ave) is celebrating its 2-year Anniversary by hosting an artist reception for renowned Oakland folk artist Leon Kennedy from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. There will be lots of special guests like Rock Wall Wine Company, Linden Street Brewery, and Nothing Bundt Cakes. Plus, live jazz, open studios, and refreshments by the SVdP Culinary Program. Mayor Gilmore will be on hand to open up the evening.

Books Inc. (1344 Park Street) is where you will find B movie impresario and former host of the cult movie cabaret “Thrillville,” Will Viharo. Will will be in the store from 7:00 to 9:00pm to celebrate the re-release of his modern, ironic detective story Love Stories Are Too Violent For Me, a cult classic that is in development as a film starring and directed by Christian Slater.

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Alameda’s Park Street Antiques Brings Back the Good Old Days

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Congratulations to Park Street Antiques & Collectibles for celebrating their 7th year in business this month!

Park Street Antiques display casesLocated at 1519 Park Street in Alameda, the building has been used as an antique store under several different ownerships for the past 26 years. Today, Park Street Antiques is run by a partnership and co-op with over 20 dealer/vendors that offer a wide-ranging variety of antiques and collectibles. Some of the dealers have been there for more than 15 years.

But the brick building is much older than that — it was built in 1897, most likely as a mercantile.

The immense building has three levels packed with an interesting assortment of antiques and collectibles:

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Monkey Bars Offers Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

This Week’s Happenings in the Park Street District: Calendar, November 21-27

Monkey Bars profile picWhen looking for Eco-Friendly and hip alternatives to conventional baby/toddler/big-kid gear, be sure to check out Monkey Bars, located at 1339 Park Street. The Earth-Friendly boutique specializes in Feeding, Clothing, Diapering, and Fun solutions for the busy but Earth-Conscious parent. The store even has goodies for grown-ups, making Monkey Bars your one-stop spot for Going Green this Holiday Season.

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Welcome New Businesses! (October 2011)

This Week’s Happenings in the Park Street District: Calendar, October 24-30
(take a look at the new calendar grid… see events happening next month too!)

PSBA welcomes the following new businesses and business owners to the Park Street Business District:

New Businesses:

    Brooks Dubin LLP, 1516 Oak Street #203

    Doggy-Style Hotdogs, 1234 Park Street

    Halloween City, 1511 Park Street

    Speedy Inspections, 1726 Park Street

    Kim’s BBQ, 2431 Central Ave (inside Scobies)

    Malay Asian Express, 1363 Park Street

    REDUX Studios & Gallery, 2315 Lincoln Ave

    Spice I Am, 1353 Park Street

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