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 »

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.

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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.

New Year’s Eve “Secret” Party  Read the rest of this entry »

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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Island City Waterways Lands in Downtown Alameda

Alameda Island City Waterways eventCelebrate the birth of our Island City with a free public art event open to all ages. On May 21 and 22, audiences will be taken on a guided journey to four sites along the water’s edge to experience art, dance, music, and tales connecting them to Alameda’s rich maritime past.

The half-mile walking route follows Alameda’s historic Waterfront Trail, starting near the foot of the Fruitvale Bridge and ending at the public walkway near the Park Street Bridge.

More than two dozen performing and visual artists will be contributing to the event. Actor Ed Holmes will share stories of immigrants drawn to the city’s booming maritime trade while the audience is surrounded by historical and present-day images of the estuary. Muralist Mark Lewis Wagner will honor the immigrants who built the tidal canal by creating large-scale drawings on sail cloth that will become a backdrop for choreography by Kim Epifano and music by Maze Daiko.

Alameda Island City Waterways TrailTour times on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 are 10:30am-Noon, 12:30pm-2:00pm, and 2:30pm-4:00pm. Participation on each tour is limited to 100 people, with 50 spots per tour available for advance reservation. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early to park and register.

The event is conceived and directed by Rhythmix Cultural Works Founder and Artistic Director Janet Koike.

Reservations and info: www.islandcitywaterways.org

 

Learn more about Alameda’s maritime history at these downtown locations:

Rhythmix Cultural Works AlamedaRhythmix Cultural Works, K Gallery (2513 Blanding Ave)
In conjunction with Island City Waterways, Rhythmix Cultural Works presents “Island City Waterways: Waves of Inspiration” is on display through June 29. This three-person exhibition investigates Alameda’s industrial landscape along the water’s edge. The featured works are by environmental painter Ginny Parsons, photographer Pons Maar, and industrial designer and artist Marc Ribaud. All three artists reside in Alameda.

Alameda Free Library (1550 Oak Street)
The library maintains a rich array of historical materials including books, pamphlets, and clippings relating to Alameda’s history — some more than 100-years-old. The Alameda Collection reflects the city’s historical and cultural development. When perusing the shelves, you’ll find non-fiction books based in Alameda, biographies of Alamedans, and materials written by Alamedans.

The Alameda Museum (2021 Alameda Ave)
Exhibits at The Alameda Museum celebrate and preserve the colorful past of this unique island city. You’ll find a number of maritime stories among the displays of early life in Alameda: history of Alaska Packers Association, a 1892 model of a tall-masted sailing vessel, a model of the ferryboat “Sacramento,” and more.

Island City Waterways is made possible by a number of Downtown Alameda businesses:  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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