New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (March/April 2016)

Redux Cryotherapy Alameda

Redux Cryotherapy… second floor

When visiting Downtown Alameda, it’s sometimes easy to miss the businesses that occupy spaces above and behind the street-level storefronts. If you take the time to explore the district, you might be surprised at what you find. It could be a welcoming studio that offers quality tattoos, a t-shirt design house that brings attitude to current affairs, or even a high-tech spa that provides whole-body cold therapy for professional athletes (and people like you).

Help welcome the newest businesses to Alameda. The next time you’re in Downtown Alameda, stop by and check them out.

New Businesses:

3Dot Art Gallery 2309A Encinal Ave Alameda

3Dot Art Gallery… alley entrance

3Dot Art Gallery, 2309A Encinal Ave
* Innovative specialty gallery offering various forms of unique art.

Causewear, 1361 Park Street, Suite 218
* Wholesale and custom design t-shirts with “Attitude.” (Look for their t-shirts at Doumitt Shoes.)

Kris Velsaco, LCSW, 1516 Oak Street #313
* Kris has over 15 years of experience in helping people through painful times and hard changes.

Lucky 13 Tattoos, 1301-1/2 Park Street
* Locally owned and operated shop with a team of diverse artists crafting quality tattoos.

Lucky 13 Tattoos Alameda

Lucky 13 Tattoos… second floor

Redux Cryotherapy, 2416A Central Ave, Suite #D
* Revive, recover, and rejuvenate with whole-body cold therapy treatments. Single sessions and packages available.

Stitches, 2537 Santa Clara Ave
* High quality custom sewing, clothing alterations, and tailoring.

New Owner:

Bambu Desserts, 1321 Park Street

Name Change:

Big Discount Tire Pros, 1200 Park Street (formerly Big O Tires)

In the Works:  Read the rest of this entry »

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Downtown Businesses Are Best of Alameda 2015

Congratulations to all the Downtown Alameda businesses that have been selected “Best of Alameda 2015” by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine. As usual, there are a lot of them — a total of 46 this time around!

Taking top honors are a number of Downtown Alameda businesses that received multiple “Best of Alameda 2015” awards:

  • Best of Alameda 2015American Oak (2319 Park St) Best Steaks; Best Rib Eye; Best Spirits Selection
  • Asena (2508 Santa Clara Ave) Best Greek/Mediterranean Restaurant; Best Middle Eastern Restaurant
  • Burma Superstar (1345 Park St) Best Thai/Burmese Food; Best Vegetarian Restaurant; Best Salads
  • Cinema Grill (2301 Central Ave) Best New Restaurant; Best New Business
  • East End (1650 Park St) Best Pizza; Best Raw Oysters
  • Farmstead Cheeses & Wines (1650 Park St) Best Cheeses; Best Wine Store
  • Jim’s Homestyle Diner (2333 Lincoln Ave) Best Breakfast; Best Diner
  • Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (1223 Park St) Best Coffeehouse; Best Bulk Loose Tea 
  • La Penca Azul (1440 Park St) Best Mexican Restaurant; Best Late Night Munchies Spot; Biggest Portions
  • Pappo (2320 Central Ave) Best California CuisineBest Wine List
  • La Penca Azul (1440 Park St) Best Mexican Restaurant; Best Late Night Munchies Spot; Biggest Portions
  • Pappo (2320 Central Ave) Best California CuisineBest Wine List
  • Scolari’s Good Eats (1303 Park St) Best BurgerBest Sandwiches, Best Comfort Food
  • Speisekammer (2424 Lincoln Ave) Best Sausages
  • Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream (1349 Park St) Best Ice Cream; Best Desserts
  • Lauren’s Closet (1420 Park St) Best Children’s Store [tie]; Best Consignment Clothing
  • Toy Safari (1410 Park St) Best Children’s Store [tie]; Best Games and Toys

This year we saw a number of service-oriented businesses receive “Best of Alameda” honors for the first time since we’ve been compiling our annual version of the list. These professional service people are definitely worth checking out:

Of course, there are many more “Best of Alameda” winners located in Downtown Alameda. We’ve posted all the winners (with links to their websites) on our blog page: https://parkstreetbusiness.wordpress.com/best-of-alameda/

For those who prefer to flip through the original “Best of Alameda 2015” magazine article to view all the great photos and business spotlights, look for Alameda Magazine’s July 2015 “Best of Alameda” issue at Books Inc. (1344 Park Street) or De Lauer’s Newsstand (1412 Park Street).


There is one other new service on the list that is definitely a “Best of Alameda” winner… 
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Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire – July 25 & 26, 2015

Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire 2015Enjoy the summer sun at one of the biggest and best events of the year! Downtown Alameda’s 31st Annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire features over 300 arts, crafts, and food vendors; local wines and regional beers; live music on two stages; and a special kids’ area. This year’s street fair will be held the weekend of July 25 and July 26. Hours run from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

Voted “Best Event in Alameda” by Alameda Magazine readers each year, there is sure to be something for the entire family. Festival-goers can also enjoy a stroll along Alameda’s vibrant and historic commercial district where unique shops and restaurants will be offering event specials throughout the weekend.

Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire… It’s fun for everyone!

Arts & Crafts… Stroll among the 250 arts and craft booths with items ranging from ceramics and metal art to paintings, photography, wood crafts, toys, handbags, clothing, jewelry, and more.

Downtown Alameda Park Street Art  Wine Faire bandLive Entertainment… Each day offers continuous live entertainment on two stages as Bay Area favorites perform classic rock, bluegrass, funk, jazz, and soul. This year’s line-up features some of the best tribute bands: Petty Theft, Life in the Fast Lane, Long Train RunningLong Time, and Zebop! view the complete schedule

Kids’ Area… A special area for kids and their families features bounce houses, games, carnival rides, slot cars, face painting, bungee jumping, and… Waterballerz!

Food & Drink… Satisfy your taste buds with a festive selection of street favorites such as Lockeford Sausage, corndogs, gyros, roasted corn, fried calamari, funnel cakes, and more! Plus, there will be multiple beverage booths serving beer, mimosas, and a wonderful selection of local Rock Wall wines.

Downtown Alameda Park Street Art  Wine Faire Jewelry VendorShop Downtown Alameda… Downtown Alameda’s Park Street District is “historic, hip, and worth the trip.” More than 400 businesses are located in Alameda’s downtown commercial district. You’ll find a unique variety of fabulous food and drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do. Many of the businesses will even be offering weekend specials during the event.

Free, secure bike parking will be provided at the corner of Park Street and Webb Avenue. There couldn’t be a better way to experience the festival than after a pleasant ride along the charming streets of Alameda.

Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire is free to the public. For more information, call (510) 523-1392 or visit www.DowntownAlameda.com/Art-Wine-FaireRead the rest of this entry »

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30th Annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire in Alameda — Fun for Everyone!

Park Street Art & Wine Faire 2014The Park Street Business Association is proud to bring the 30th Annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire to Alameda on July 26 & 27. Enjoy the summer sun at one of Alameda’s biggest and best events of the year! And, of course, this year promises to be even bigger and better.

Voted “Best Event in Alameda” each year, festival-goers can stroll along Alameda’s vibrant and historic downtown district and enjoy arts, crafts, and food vendors; local wines and regional beers; live music on two stages; and a special kids’ play area. Event hours run from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

Plan to attend the Park Street Art & Wine Faire!
It has something for everyone!

Arts & Crafts… Stroll among the 250 arts and craft booths located between Encinal Ave and Buena Vista Ave. Vendors will be offering items ranging from ceramics and metal art to paintings, photography, wood crafts, toys, handbags, clothing, jewelry, and more.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Best of Alameda 2014: The Best Shopping District in Alameda

The winners of Alameda Magazine’s annual poll have been announced! Congratulations to all the downtown businesses that were selected “Best of Alameda 2014.” As usual, there are a lot of them — a total of 44! So it’s no surprise that Park Street was once again selected by islander dwellers as the Best Shopping District in Alameda.

Taking top honors for individual awards are a number of well-established businesses that received multiple “Best of Alameda 2014” awards:

  • Scolari's and Lucky 13 Best of AlamedaPappo was recognized for Best Restaurant, Best California Cuisine, Best Steaks, Best Wine List, Best Date Night Restaurant, Best Chef, Best Restaurant Service, and Most Charitable Business.
  • Scolari’s Good Eats was voted Best Burger, Best Sandwiches, and Best Late Night Munchies Spot.
  • La Penca Azul received honors for being selected for Best Mexican, and having the Biggest Portions, Best Happy Hour Food, and Best Happy Hour Crowd.
  • Lucky 13 was selected for Best Bar, Best Neighborhood Bar, Best Beer Selection, Friendliest Bar, and Best Bartenders.

But some of Downtown Alameda’s newest businesses certainly weren’t overlooked. Consider the following list of winners to be a hearty recommendation to check out the newer “Best of Alameda” businesses:

To view an alphabetic list of ALL the “Best of Alameda 2014” winners located in Alameda’s downtown Park Street Business District, visit our summary page: https://parkstreetbusiness.wordpress.com/best-of-alameda/  Read the rest of this entry »

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Best of Alameda 2014 – Cast Your Vote

This week’s happenings in the Park Street Business District: View Calendar

Best of Alameda 2014

Click Here to Cast Your Vote Today!

The results are in! See which businesses in the Park Street Business District are the Best of Alameda 2014

The most popular “Best Of Alameda” poll is up and running… this is your chance to show support for your favorite local independent businesses.

What’s the best new restaurant in Alameda — or should we say in the Park Street Business District? Which restaurant has the best service? Where can you find the best selection of eyewear? Who carries the best vintage clothing? Where can kids get the perfect haircut? Where is the best place to board pets?

Also, what do you think is the best annual event that takes place in Alameda? Is it the Park Street Spring Festival, the Park Street Art & Wine Faire, or the Park Street Classic Car Show?

You can vote for your favorite people and places in the Park Street Business District (and in the rest of Alameda) in Alameda Magazine’s annual Best of Alameda poll. Categories include Food & Drink, Goods & Services, Families & Pets, and Lifestyle & Leisure.

The “Best of Alameda 2014” poll is available online at www.alamedamagazine.comThe deadline to vote is May 2. 

Best of Alameda 2013We’d like to take this moment to thank you for supporting our local businesses! Last year, more than 36 businesses in the Park Street Business District were named “Best of Alameda” in the 2013 poll! In addition, the Park Street Business District was selected as the “Best Shopping District” in Alameda and the Park Street Art & Wine Faire was named as Alameda’s “best local festival.”

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Look for the “Best of Alameda 2014” winners to be announced in the July/August 2014 issue of Alameda Magazine.

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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, professional services, and fun things to do! An online directory with links to business websites is available at:
www.ShopParkStreet.com/businessdirectory

To learn about the latest news and events in Alameda’s historic downtown district, visit our “What’s in the News” page. You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on FacebookTwitter, and other social sites.

Sign up for our Customer Club to receive event announcements and special offers from businesses in the Park Street Business District! >>> Click Here 

2013 PSBA Business Awards

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The 15th Annual Park Street Business Association Awards were presented at the PSBA holiday party held last month. The awards are given to businesses in five different categories. Finalists are selected based on their involvement in PSBA, participation in district-wide activities, and making a positive contribution to the Park Street Business District.

Congratulations to the following businesses!

New Business of the Year
Island Print Express
, 2434 Santa Clara Ave
Island Print Express, Alameda, Joe DalipeWhen owner Joe Dalipe first opened Island Print Express at the beginning of 2013 his mission was to “keep Alameda in business, one document at a time.” Joe has truly gone beyond that simple statement by providing excellent print services for everybody – whether it’s banners, envelopes, or larger print jobs. Additionally, he jumped right into PSBA activities by participating in roundtable discussions, offering special services for PSBA members, and designing the promotional materials used for last year’s Customer Appreciation Day.

Retail Business of the Year
Artistic Home Studio & Boutique
, 1419 Park Street
Artisitc Home Studio & Boutique, AlamedaArtistic Home Studio & Boutique opened its doors inside Park Street Plaza in May 2013. Created by two local artists, the combination art store and studio has brought a fresh sense of creativity to the Park Street district. In the boutique, you’ll find beautiful artisan-made items, hand-painted furniture, glass supplies, as well as the full line of Chalk Paint® decorative paint. In the studio, people can participate in classes on mosaics, stained glass, and decorative paint for refinishing furniture and other household items. For a fun experience, sign up for one of Rachel and JaYing’s group sessions such as ladies’ night out for adults or after-school art classes for youth.

Professional Business of the Year
Park Centre Animal Hospital
, 2501 Central Ave
Park Centre Animal Hospital, AlamedaOne of Alameda’s oldest veterinarian clinics, the Park Centre Animal Hospital has been serving pets since 1964. Their exceptional care of animals reflects their motto: “We care for your pet as we do our own; with gentleness and understanding.” Services range from routine physical exams and preventive care to senior care and laser therapy. In addition, Park Centre Animal Hospital provides veterinary-supervised boarding facilities for both cats and dogs — all boarders enjoy clean, bright, comfortable surroundings in the well-maintained building. And you won’t find a better maintained building and grounds anywhere in the district.

Culinary Business of the Year (tie)
With so many food and drink establishments in our district, the membership committee always has a tough decision in this category. Our two award winners are longtime favorite establishments in the district; both restaurants have been in business for over 10 years and have hosted some of the best PSBA mixers:

C’era Una Volta, 1332 Park Street
Cera Una Volta, AlamedaNestled in the back of Redwood Square, C’era Una Volta has something for everybody. They serve a great Panini (those wonderfully tasty Italian sandwiches), exceptional crepes and frittatas, and world-class coffee and cappuccino. But what truly sets C’era Una Volta apart is Chef Rudy’s presentation of food and wine. His dinner menu provides diners an avenue toward understanding Italian traditions while offering a classic selection of slow-cooked pasta dishes and traditional Italian entrees, along with an extensive wine menu.

Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
Speisekammer, AlamedaSpeisekammer is one of those treasured spots located on one of our side streets — there’s an outdoor beer garden; cozy, low-lit dining areas; and regular, live entertainment. But it’s the food that keeps people coming back. You won’t find a better Sauerbraten, Wiener Schnitzel, or potato pancake elsewhere. Their annual Oktoberfest celebration is not to be missed and attracts families of all ages to the district.

Member of the Year
Terry Mitchell
– Allstate Insurance, 2504 Santa Clara Ave
Terry Mitchell, Allstate insurance, Alameda“You’re in Good Hands with Allstate” definitely describes insurance agent Terry Mitchell. He has been with Allstate for over 12 years and is said to have worn many hats. But namely, Terry has been leading PSBA’s Membership Committee for nearly five years. With his oversight, our members receive regular district news updates and enjoy monthly business mixers. (He’s also been known to entertain us with a song or two.)

Special Awards

In recognition of our 15 years of business awards, the Membership Committee and the PSBA Board of Directors thought it fitting to extend special awards to two of our longtime merchants:  Read the rest of this entry »

Best of Alameda 2013: Park Street is Alameda’s Best Shopping District (and more)

Best of Alameda 2013, Alameda Magazine

John Thiel, Pappo

“Alameda is the kind of place movie location scouts probably dream about as the setting for a film about the quintessential American town. Neither too big nor too small, Alameda manages to hold on to its charm while still offering everything that the most discerning resident could possibly want — from shopping to restaurants to recreation…” writes Paul Kilduff in the July/August issue of Alameda Magazine.

What do discriminating Alameda Magazine readers love most about Alameda? The results of this year’s Best of Alameda poll were announced last month. Categories include Restaurants, Drinks, Goods & Services, Kids, Pets, and Lifestyles.

Congratulations to all the Park Street District businesses that have been selected “Best of Alameda 2013.”  As usual, there are a lot of them (a total of 36) so it’s no surprise that Park Street was chosen as the Best Shopping District.

Taking top honors are a number of businesses that received multiple Best of Alameda awards this year:

  • Scolari's burger, Alameda

    Scolari’s Good Eats

    Pappo – Best Overall Restaurant, Best California Cuisine, Restaurant With the Best Service, Best Restaurant With Staying Power (5-plus years in business), Best Date Night Restaurant, Best Wine List, and Best Chef

  • Scolari’s Good Eats – Best Burger, Best Nonburger, Best French Fries, Best Late-Night Munchies, and Best Food Truck
  • La Penca Azul – Best Mexican Restaurant, Best Happy Hour, and Best Margaritas
  • Lucky 13 – Best Beer Selection, Best Neighborhood Bar, and Best Place to Drink Cheap
Speisekammer patio, Alameda

Speisekammer German Restaurant

  • Speisekammer – Best Outdoor Restaurant, Best Dog-Friendly Restaurant, and Best Live Music Venue

The Park Street Business District as a whole also won a couple of Best of Alameda 2013 awards: Best Shopping District and Best Local Fest or Annual Event (Park Street Art & Wine Faire).

To view an alphabetic list of ALL the winners in the Park Street Business District, visit:
https://parkstreetbusiness.wordpress.com/best-of-alameda/

But here’s a tip… To enjoy the great photos and business spotlights that accompany the original Best of Alameda 2013 article, look for a copy of Alameda Magazine’s July/August issue at  Read the rest of this entry »