Find Back-to-School Shopping Ideas in Downtown Alameda

Back To School_Walgreens AlamedaBack-to-school shopping can be daunting. Whether you’re shopping for an elementary student, middle-schooler, high-schooler, or college student, back-to-school shopping means stocking up on school supplies. Instead of going back to the mall or driving to the big box stores, take a relaxing stroll through Downtown Alameda where you are sure to find everything you need to make this the best school year yet!

Basic School Supplies – The essential school supplies include paper, pencils, pens, rulers, markers, notebooks, lunch boxes, and bags. You’ll find all of these items and more at neighborhood convenience stores and pharmacies in Downtown Alameda.

Walgreens – “Everything your child needs to make the grade.

CVS Pharmacy – Name brand school and office supplies.

Clothing and ShoesTo make sure your child starts the school year in style, drop into one of Downtown Alameda’s clothing shops where you will find the latest apparel for fashion-conscious kids — everything from trendy shoes to socially aware t-shirts. On a budget? You can also find gently worn fashions at the re-use boutiques.

Doumitt ShoesBack to School_Doumitts Shoes Alameda – Trendy, fashion shoes for the entire family.

District Footwear & Apparel – The latest in metro-hip sneakers and apparel.

Lauren’s Closet – Clothes, accessories, and more for children and juniors.

All Good Living – Lifestyle clothing that is earth-friendly and made in the USA.

Computers & Electronics – Whether it’s new phones to stay connected with the kids, new computers to help with completing homework assignments, and or calculators for fun and learning, you’ll find a number of retail shops in Downtown Alameda that offer the right gadgets to help students get through the school year successfully.

Quick Communications – Verizon Wireless Authorized Exclusive Retailer.

Grand Communications – MetroPCS Authorized Dealer.

ABM Computers – Vast array of hardware and software solutions.

Music & Art Supplies – New supplies for music and art classes will help students master those extracurricular activities. There are a number of shops in Downtown Alameda worth checking out — whether it’s painting and drawing supplies, sewing supplies, or musical instruments and sheet music. (By the way, now is a good time to start making reservations for school holiday camps.)  Read the rest of this entry »

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Find Spring Fashions in Downtown Alameda

Lauren's Closet, Alameda

Lauren’s Closet

Looking for fresh spring fashions? You’ll find some of the best clothing and shoe stores in Downtown Alameda. Whether it’s your favorite designer or vintage look, there’s something for you. Everything from trendy dresses and shoes to bags and blouses. Get inspired while visiting our local women’s apparel shops and consignment boutiques.

Look for New Spring Arrivals at these locations:

AG Living, 2332 Alameda Ave
All Good Living offers lifestyle products that are earth-friendly and made in the USA. Specialties include fashionable and socially-aware tees and kids’ onesies.

Aphrodite’s Closet, 1419 Park Street
Don’t pay retail for designer fashion that you can get at a fraction of the cost. Aphrodite’s Closet is an upscale women’s consignment boutique that makes fashion and designer style affordable for everyone. If you’re looking for formal wear, shoes, active wear, jewelry, scarves, and belts… check out Aphrodite’s Closet.

District Footwear & Apparel, 1322 Park Street
District Footwear has an inner-city vibe and carries the absolute latest in metro-hip sneakers and apparel. Whether you love to skate, or just need to look fresh, District Footwear provides a great selection of sneakers and apparel with excellent customer service.

Juniper Tree Vintage

Juniper Tree Vintage

Janene’s Bridal Boutique, 2418 Central Ave
Janene’s Bridal Boutique provides the best possible setting for brides to select the perfect wedding gown. They are dedicated to making this important process enjoyable and stress free while helping you make your dream wedding a beautiful and memorable reality.

Juniper Tree Vintage Clothing, 1320 Park Street
Upscale fabulous vintage clothing from the 1940s, to now. Come into Juniper Tree for all that’s vintage, beautiful, poodle-ilicious, glitter-tastic, and one-of-a-kind.

Lanvie, 1419 Park Street
Lanvie Apparel offers the contemporary woman the innovative concept of fashion that one finds in a boutique, but with the same high-quality apparel found in stylish department stores. Lanvie incorporates its own in-house design and sourcing teams, enabling them to skip the middleman and bring the savings directly to you.

Lauren’s Closet, 1420 Park Street
Lauren’s Closet features children’s clothing, trendy fashions, and maternity wear , as well as new toys, books, gifts, and accessories. They buy from you and carry new items too.

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (Nov/Dec 2015)

CLICK HERE to view our round-up of new businesses that opened in 2015

Sole Desire Shoes Alameda

Sole Desire Shoes

This past year saw an explosion of new businesses in Downtown Alameda — plenty of new restaurants, bakeries, craft spaces, personal services, and business services. It seemed there was always a new surprise appearing around the corner. The last few months of the year were no different.

We eagerly waited for the new bakery to open as an extension of Mama Papa Lithuania. We also waited with anticipation to see what was happening behind the brown papered windows of the former yogurt shop on Santa Clara Ave.

But one of the biggest surprises was the sudden closure of longtime independent shop Scott’s Shoes back in October. Thankfully we didn’t have to say goodbye to owner Scott Erwin. Instead he was proud to announce that family friends were taking over the Park Street location and he would remain as the local manager for Sole Desire Shoes.

Help us welcome the newest businesses to Alameda’s historic Park Street district. Stop by and say “hello” to these folks the next time you’re in Downtown Alameda.

New Businesses:

Hot Spot Soup Place, 2321 Santa Clara Ave
* Taiwanese cafe offering hot soups (hot pots), tea drinks, and shaved ice.

Kimbu Ventures / Shaabi Denim, 1516 Oak Street #320
* On-line catalog featuring limited-production clothing handmade with high-quality, tough fabrics.

Mama Papa Lithuania Bakery Alameda

Mama Papa Lithuania Bakery

Mama Papa Lithuania Bakery, 1239 Park Street
* Traditional and modern pastries handcrafted from the Lithuanian in-house-chef’s cookbook.

Psychtools Psychology Group, 1402 Park Street #G
* Therapy that helps you better manage painful life issues setting personally meaningful goals.

Sole Desire Shoes, 1330 Park Street #B
* Independent women’s fashion comfort footwear and accessories, including hard-to-find brands.

Suzanne Hayne, LMFT, 1516 Oak Street #314-315
* Experienced therapist providing couples and individual counseling.

T4, 1431 Park Street #A
* Taiwanese premium teas and smoothies made with natural ingredients; large selection of snacks.

New Associate Member:

SpeedPro Imaging East Bay, 1734 Clement Ave — grand opening January 15
* Providing large format printing: signs, banners, window/wall/floor graphics, vehicle wraps, and more.

Symmetry Health Center AlamedaNew Location:

Symmetry Health Center, 1708 Park Street #103
* Advanced chiropractic care, weight loss management, massage therapy, and personal training.

In the Works:  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 Plaza Renaissance

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Park Street Plaza, AlamedaBig changes have happened at 1419 Park Street this past month. Once a full-line furniture store called “Pillow Park Plaza,” owners Frank and Debbie George have turned the building back into a mini mall and have given it a new name. “Park Street Plaza” is now emblazoned on the building in bright red lights.

Frank and Debbie are no strangers to change. Debbie says that they have changed their business a few times over the years to adapt to changing market trends.

Frank and Debbie started Pillow Park more than 40 years ago. They first had a small shop on Park Street and sold pillows — that’s why the business has been called “Pillow Park” all these years. They later moved to where Tomatina is currently located and sold waterbeds. In 1996, Debbie and Frank bought a small shopping mall at 1419 Park Street, converted it into one big furniture store, and called it “Pillow Park Plaza.”

Park Street Plaza, AlamedaAfter serving the community for many years, and as a result of the recession, Frank and Debbie decided to downsize. They are now in the process of turning the building back into a mini mall and are recruiting new businesses that they feel will fit nicely into the Park Street Business District and the Alameda community. Businesses that have been recruited so far include The Cupcake Shoppe and Lanvie (both now open).

Frank and Debbie continue to operate their own shop in the back of the plaza. They are presently redesigning one of the smaller spaces and plan to call it Bonne Vie. “We’re going to sell wine, cigars, and selected spirits. I want to have fun!” says Debbie. In the meantime, you can still find Pillow Park and a selection of mattresses and home accessories in the back of the remodeled plaza.

Stop by and see the newest changes at 1419 Park Street…

Lanvie Women's Designer Apparel, AlamedaLanvie had its formal grand opening on Customer Appreciation Day. The women’s boutique clothing store is located in the front space of the building and features its own line of dressy casual wear and office clothes for women. The selection includes blazers, tailored slacks, skirts, and blouses. The store also carries handcrafted necklaces and other accessories.

Chief designer Lan Liu created Lanvie after finishing fashion school. Her goal was to create a collection of creative, yet affordable, clothing with an international flair.

By incorporating in-house design and direct sourcing of high-end fabrics, Lanvie is able to bring innovative designs right to the store at a reasonable price. To compliment her vision, Lan Liu also chooses a handful of other collections and accessories to produce a fashion boutique with the same high-quality you will find in stylish department stores.

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Welcome New Businesses to Alameda’s Park Street District (September 2012)

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The Park Street Business Association welcomes the following new businesses to Alameda’s downtown shopping district:

New Businesses:

Lanvie, 1419 Park Street, Alameda CA

New Business: Lanvie

Cardel Catering, 2404 Lincoln Ave
* Gourmet catering for all occassions.

Lanvie, 1419 Park Street
inside Park Street Plaza)
* Fine women’s apparel.

Richard M Dawkins Catering & Events, 1515 Everett Street
* Bistro-style, “farm-to-table” catering.

Subpar Miniature Golf, 1511 Park Street
* Indoor mini golf and entertainment center.

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Welcome New Businesses to Alameda’s Park Street District (August 2012)

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

The Park Street Business Association welcomes the following new businesses to Alameda’s downtown shopping district:

New Businesses:

Alameda Vintners ClubAlameda Vintners Club, 2301 Central Ave
(inside Angela’s Bistro)

* Wine tastings and food pairings.

Eagle Rock Recording Studio, 2516 Santa Clara #A
* Full-featured digital recording studio.

Gold Spa, 2311 Santa Clara Ave
* Full-service spa: facials, body scrubs, massages.

Givegoods, 1516 Oak Street #102
* Earn rewards for supporting charities and local merchants.

Pacific Excel Financial & Insurance Services, 2413 Webb Ave #B
* Full-service financial and retirement advising firm.

Pixies and PeonyPixies & Peony, 2305 Santa Clara Ave
* Re-purposed furniture and home furnishings.

New Owners:

Aphrodite’s Closet, 1201 Park Street
* Women’s consignment clothing and accessories.

Genghis Khan Kitchen, 1540 Park Street
* Mongolian barbecue buffet and all-you-can-eat sushi.

In the Works: Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome New Businesses! (6/14/11)

PSBA welcomes the following new businesses and business owners to the Park Street District: Read the rest of this entry »