Alameda’s 2013 Park Street Art & Wine Faire Offers Summer Fun

2013 Art & Wine Faire PosterEnjoy the summer sun at one of Alameda’s biggest and best events of the year! The 29th Annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire is a hometown tradition in the San Francisco East Bay area. Located on the island city of Alameda, weekend activities feature 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 festival will be held the weekend of July 27 and July 28. 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 stroll along Alameda’s vibrant and historic commercial district where unique shops and restaurants will be offering specials throughout the weekend.

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Best of Alameda 2013 – Cast Your Vote

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Alameda Magazine’s Annual Poll “Best of Alameda 2013”

Alameda’s most popular “Best Of” poll is off and running… this is your chance to show support for your favorite local businesses.

What’s the best new restaurant in Alameda — or should we say in the Park Street Business District? Which bar pours the best cocktails? Which store stocks the best gifts in the Park Street Business District? Where can kids get the perfect haircut? Who’s the best veterinarian around?

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 & Restaurants, Drink, Lifestyle, Goods & Services, Kids, and even Pets.

The annual “Best of Alameda 2013” poll is available online at www.alamedamagazine.comThe deadline to vote is March 15.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Meet the Best Shopkeeper in Alameda

Meet Maggie Cummingham, owner of The Clothes Line. Maggie is much beloved in the Park Street Business District and was voted Best Shopkeeper in 2012

Maggie Cunningham, The Clothes LineThe Clothes Line, Consignment Fashion For Women first opened its doors in a small space above To Herb With Love on Santa Clara Ave. In December 2011, we moved to 1407-1/2 Park Street, again a small space. As my wonderful customers say… “The Clothes Line is like a large closet, stocked with great clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories.”

The Clothes Line came from my love of fashion and from the encouragement of my daughters and friends. They all believed there was a ‘niche’ in Alameda for this type of business and persuaded me to open a shop here in my hometown. Since the beginning, the ladies of Alameda have been extremely supportive. Some come in for a chat and others come faithfully to shop. They often bring friends and family for a visit and to shop.

It makes me very happy when someone, man or woman, pops their head in to say how much they love my window display, or says things like ‘Wow’ you really have made this unique space look so inviting and charming.

The Clothes Line, AlamedaOur inventory of clothing and accessories is ever changing. Many of our customers come back time and again, knowing they will find something special. Ladies not only come in to browse and see what’s new, many are looking for something quite specific… maybe a cocktail party, work wear, wedding, school dance, themed event, or just something fun and different to wear on a date. Read the rest of this entry »

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Park Street Art and Wine Faire 2012 — Fun in Alameda!

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2012 Park Street Art & Wine Faire promoThe annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire is a hometown tradition in the San Francisco East Bay area. Located on the island city of Alameda, weekend activities include live music, kids’ area, art and craft vendors, food vendors, and beer and wine sales. This year’s street fair will be held the weekend of July 28 and July 29. 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 everyone. Festival-goers can even stroll along Alameda’s vibrant and historic commercial district where shops and restaurants will be offering weekend specials.

The Park Street Art & Wine Faire is fun for the whole family!

Arts & Crafts… Stroll among the 250 arts and craft booths located between Encinal and Buena Vista avenues. 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 »

Best of Alameda 2012: Park Street Businesses Are Favorites

Summer is definitely here! The Best of Alameda 2012 list has been released!

For those who don’t know, the July/August “Best Of” issue of Alameda Magazine is the one that the editors go all out to showcase the everyday greatness of Alameda.

Our congratulations go to the Park Street District businesses that received Readers’ Choice and Editors’ Choice awards for this year’s Best of Alameda 2012. As usual, there are a lot of them! Categories include Restaurants, Drinks, Goods & Services, Kids, Pets, and Lifestyles. For your convenience, our winning businesses have been alphabetized in each category.

Tip: Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the list to find out what Alameda named as the best annual event.

RESTAURANTS

Asena Restaurant (2508 Santa Clara Ave) Best Mediterranean Restaurant, Best Restaurant with Staying Power (5+ years in business)

Bowzer’s Pizza (1330 Park Street) Best Thick Crust Pizza

Burma Superstar (1345 Park Street) Best Exotic Comfort Food

C’era Una Volta (1332 Park Street, Suite D) Best Italian Restaurant

Ching Hua (1650 Park Street) Best Chinese Restaurant Read the rest of this entry »

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Congratulations! 2011 Park Street Business Awards

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The 13th Annual Park Street Business Association Awards were presented at last month’s PSBA holiday party. Congratulations to the following businesses!

New Business of the Year

Flowers Clothing CompanyFlowers Clothing Co., 2305 Santa Clara Avenue

Flowers Clothing Co. is a unique business in the Park Street district, providing the very best in work, uniform, and fashionable clothing for men and women. How did they end up with such a dainty name? “Flowers” embraced the existence of a historic sign above their doorway (the building was formerly the site of Towata Flowers) — and that’s just one of the many reasons we like them.

Retail Business of the Year

Happy Feet Children's ShoesHAPPY FEET Children’s Shoes, 1354 Park Street

HAPPY FEET Children’s Shoes has the largest selection of competitively priced, high-quality footwear and accessories for children. In 2011, during a questionable economic time for most businesses, the owners took a leap of faith and moved from a small space on Santa Clara Avenue to a much larger space on Park Street. What a great addition this “happy” space has brought to the mix of businesses on the 1300 block of Park Street!

Culinary Business of the Year

Julie's Coffee & Tea GardenJulie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street

Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden is Alameda’s one-of-a-kind spot for organic coffee and tea, with a quaint garden patio in the back. The business continues to evolve and attract a great clientele with the addition of a wholesome selection of organic breakfasts, lunches, and other snacks. Favorites include morning eggs, quinoa bowls, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Some of the food stuffs are even supplied by other businesses in the district (Scolari’s and Feel Good Bakery to name a couple). Be sure to stop by Julie’s during one of the weekly live music or craft nights!

Professional Business of the Year (tie)

Kevin R. Kearney, CPA, 1516 Oak Street #207

Kevin Kennedy, LLC, 1516 Oak Street #101

The “two Kevins” are a couple of hard working guys. In addition to running their independent businesses in the Park Street Business District, they both serve the City of Alameda as auditor and treasurer, respectively. Their diligence benefits the city and the Park Street Business District!

PSBA Member of the Year

Bruce Reeves, Law Office of Reeves & Seidler, 2527 Santa Clara Ave

Bruce Reeves is a truly dedicated participant in the Park Street Business Association. He’s served as the secretary of the PSBA board for numerous years, is a member of PSBA’s Economic Revitalization committee, and is an original member of the Park Street Art & Wine Faire committee. Bruce also currently serves on the City’s Economic Development Commission as the commission’s chair.

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Best of Alameda on Park Street

This Week’s Happenings in the Park Street District: Calendar, August 15-21

The Best of 2011 Alameda Magazineissue of Alameda Magazine hit the stands back on June 30. Now that we’ve wrapped up “The Best Event in Alameda” and a lot of the hoopla has settled down, we thought it would be fun to review the list of Park Street District businesses that received Readers’ Choice and Editors’ Choice awards. And there were a lot of them!

Congratulations to the Best of Park Street:

FOOD & DRINK

Angela’s Bistro and Bar – Best Early Bird Special, Best Place to Sip Wine with the Gals
Asena – Best Mediterranean Restaurant, Best Established Restaurant (5 years or older)
BarCeluna – Most Sumptuous Starters Read the rest of this entry »

Best of Alameda 2010 (Park Street)

Congratulations to our PSBA Members! The following businesses were selected by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine in the publication’s 2010 Best of Alameda issue.

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