Holiday Window Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Downtown Alameda Holiday Window Contest!

Local artists from 2nd Friday ArtWalks were teamed up with Downtown Alameda businesses to create dazzling holiday window displays. To see all the whimsical wonder that is on display, be sure to take a stroll in the downtown district before the year ends. You’ll be delighted by the imaginative creatures, delicious trees, adventurous mountainsides, snowy galaxies, fanciful dresses, and more. You’ll also see why the judges had an extremely difficult task of selecting the best of the best.

Best Overall – Tucker’s Ice Cream, 1349 Park Street (artist: Ryan LaLonde)
• Most Creative – Books Inc., 1344 Park Street (artist: Dave Sylvester)
• Best Use of Lights – RE/MAX Tribute, 2437 Santa Clara Ave (artist: Jamie Banes)
Best Use of Product/Merchandise – Toy Safari, 1410 Park Street (artist: Alana Dill)
Social Media Favorite – The Sewing Room, 2434 Webb Ave (artist: Nikki Romero)

Honorable Mentions:
Alameda Marketplace • Dandelion Flowers & Gifts • Janene’s Bridal Boutique • We Are Hair • Tootsies Alameda

Learn more about the creative personalities behind each of the holiday windows by viewing the artists’ profiles on the 2nd Friday ArtWalk website:

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Vote for Your Favorite in the Downtown Alameda Holiday Window Contest

Books Inc Alameda Holiday Window ContestIf you haven’t quite rallied your holiday spirit yet, take a stroll in Downtown Alameda and enjoy all the wintry, whimsical wonder that is on display in over 30 of the downtown business windows. Local artists from 2nd Friday ArtWalks have been teamed up with downtown businesses to create dazzling holiday window displays this season.

Discover all the wonderful nooks and crannies along Park Street and throughout the Downtown Alameda shopping district as you view the creative work of these artists, from imaginative creatures to trees made of ice cream cones:

Alana Dill – Toy Safari (1410 Park St.)
Ash Cheshire – D20 Games (1530 Park St.)
Charlise Tiee – Starland School of Music (1631 Park St.)
Dave Sylvester – Books Inc. (1344 Park St.)  Read the rest of this entry »

Eat, Shop (late) and Be Merry in Downtown Alameda!

From Shop Late Thursdays to holiday window displays, the Downtown Alameda merchants have plenty to offer for a festive holiday shopping experience.

Holiday Activities in Downtown AlamedaShop Late Thursdays

The shops in the downtown district are making it easier to check off the items on your holiday gift-giving list. Over 30 retailers are joining our restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues in staying open until 8:00pm or later during the holiday season for Shop Late ThursdaysGrab a bite to eat, catch a movie, or toast the holidays with co-workers, and then get a little holiday shopping done afterwards!  

In addition, Santa will be out and about greeting downtown visitors from 6:30pm to 8:00pm on most Shop Late Thursdays.

Shop Late Thursday dates are November 30; December 7, 14, and 21.

Downtown Alameda Holiday Window ContestDowntown Alameda Holiday Window Contest

Local artists have been teamed up with 30 businesses to create dazzling holiday window displays. Shoppers can vote for their favorite display on social media until December 21 .

How to vote: 1) Take a photo of your favorite participating window, 2) Post on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter, and 3) Tag photo with #DAHWC. Be sure to include the store name in your post!  Read the rest of this entry »

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (November 2017)

The Local Alameda coffee shopBig Changes in Downtown Alameda

When you stroll from one end of Park Street to the other end, you will notice changes on just about every block. The streets are abuzz with new auto technicians, exercise trainers, steaming coffee, and deep dish pizza. Help welcome these new businesses to Downtown Alameda:

New Businesses:

AutoZone, 1125 Park Street
* Quality aftermarket auto parts.

Rise Bodyworks Alameda fitness clubRise Bodyworks, 1226 Park Street
* Comprehensive sports performance/rehabilitation/wellness center.

The Local, 1333 Park Street
* Gathering spot with great coffee and a fun atmosphere.

The Star on Park, 1400 Park Street
* Family-friendly restaurant specializing in deep dish pizza.

Caffrey Insurance Solutions, 2413 Webb Ave #C
* Providing clear and creative benefit solutions.

The Star on Park Alameda deep dish pizza

T-Mobile Store, 1634 Park Street
* Great service and deals on cell phones and cell phone plans.

Business Mergers:

Merle Norman Cosmetics & Bay Threading, 1419 Park Street
* Now offering additional services: European facial, threading, and waxing.

New Owners:

KD Nails & Hair, 1619 Park Street (formerly Jo Ann’s Nails & Hair)

Rob’s Garage, 1800 Park Street (formerly Tony’s Motor Service)

Smog Dog, 1726 Park Street (formerly Speedy Smog)

To find out what other businesses are currently in the works, visit the Downtown Alameda website at

If you know of a new business that isn’t listed, please give the Downtown Association office a call at (510) 523-1392 or email

What’s Happening on Park & Blanding?  Read the rest of this entry »

Become a ReThink Disposable Volunteer Ambassador

ReThink Disposable: Unpackaging Alameda launch

Clean Water Action is teaming up with the City of Alameda to persuade 100 businesses to go packaging free!

Are you a community member that is passionate about reducing packaging, waste, and litter so commonplace in food service these days? Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity to make a real difference in your community and the environment?

If so, Clean Water has a groundbreaking grant funded project ReThink Disposable: Unpackaging Alameda that is looking to train a team of volunteer Ambassadors to be representatives and support this project’s success in Alameda.

ReThink Disposable Program Ambassador TrainingJoin the team and gain valuable work experience and community organizing skills. ReThink Disposable Ambassadors will earn prizes and awards!

Sign up for the first training meeting here.

Hope to see you there! Please register or email questions to Samantha Sommer at

Note: This is a two-part training series and both meetings are mandatory. We hope you can join us for the scheduled sessions but, if you really can’t make it, we will organize a follow-up training schedule in October.

About the ReThink Disposable: Unpackaging Alameda

Clean Water is taking-on single use products: from shopping bags, to food and beverage packaging, to plastic water bottles. Their goal is to minimize the use of single-use products.

To help food businesses reduce waste, the city and the Downtown Alameda Business Association have partnered with ReThink Disposable, a project of environmental nonprofit Clean Water Fund. Businesses can receive free assistance and financial support to implement best practices for reducing disposable and litter prone packaging. The program saves the average small food business $5,000 in packaging costs by reducing disposable waste.

Have a favorite restaurant that you eat at often using too many disposables?

Ask them to sign up for ReThink Disposable, a free technical assistance program that helps businesses implement voluntary best management practices to reduce waste and cut costs by minimizing disposable product usage.

Congratulations to Alameda Theatre & Cineplex and Cinema Grill for stepping up to become the first businesses to sign up for this program!

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You’ll always find great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do in Downtown Alameda! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our new website:

Downtown Alameda Business Association

Downtown Alameda is the commercial, cultural, and civic center of our island city. We represent over 425 businesses in the Historic Park Street District and nearby side streets. Follow us on your favorite social media sites for updates: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and Google+

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We’re Hiring! Membership & Event Coordinator

Downtown Alameda Business Association logoWe’re looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team! 

The ideal candidate will enjoy being immersed in our collaboration to keep our downtown exciting, friendly, and diverse. This person can creatively imagine and implement promotions and events that invite visitors to the district, foster relationships with our membership, and cultivate good will in the community.

The individual will be knowledgeable about Downtown Alameda, its shops, restaurants, services, and is interested in working with member merchants.

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Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire 2017: Come See What’s New!

Downtown Alameda Art and Wine Faire 2017Enjoy the summer sun and experience island fun at one of Alameda’s biggest and best events! The 33rd Annual Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire features over 250 art & craft vendors, mouth-watering festival foods, local craft beer and wine, live music on three stages, and two kids’ areas with games and carnival rides. Festival-goers will enjoy a stroll in Alameda’s historic downtown district where unique shops, restaurants, and services will also be offering specials throughout the weekend.

The 33rd Annual Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire has something for everyone and is FREE to attend. The fun happens July 29 & 30 from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

Downtown Alameda street fair musicMusic is always a big draw at the annual street fair. Bay Area favorites will be playing classic rock, bluegrass, funk, jazz, soul, and salsa on THREE different stages this year. The featured bands include a fabulous line-up of the area’s most popular tribute bands.

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July 4 Parade: Find the Best Views in Downtown Alameda

The Downtown Alameda Business Association wishes each and everyone of you a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Alameda July 4 Parade

We hope you’ll find your way to Downtown Alameda on July 4 to view one of the longest Independence Day parades in the nation. The Alameda Mayor’s 4th of July Parade is one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in the Bay Area and begins at 10:00am on the corner of Park Street & Lincoln Avenue.

Watch as over 170 entries and 2,500 participants travel along Park Street before heading to Webster Street. You’ll see a unique variety of hand-decorated flatbeds, antique cars, marching bands, dance troupes, cheerleading squads, bicyclists, musicians, clowns, costumed characters, and dancing horses. The participants come from Alameda and all around the Bay Area.

Alameda July 4 Parade HorsesThe performances, cheering, and flag waving are especially exciting along the first stretch of the parade. So, for optimal viewing, plan to arrive well before start time to grab a front row seat along Park Street. And, if you’re in want of a refreshment or are looking to do a little shopping, you’ll find plenty of businesses open in Alameda’s downtown district.

There’s also a 5K run and walk that follows the parade route, starting in front of 1417 Park Street at 9:00am — an hour before the parade.

Lucky 13 logo

After the parade, stick around Alameda’s vibrant downtown district for lunch and more shopping before heading over to Alameda Point for the inaugural Alameda Coast Guard Festival that will be held at Pier 3 from Noon to 4:00pm. Enjoy live music and activities for all ages, view a collection of floats from the parade, and witness Coast Guard exhibits and rescue demonstrations. You’ll also find a number of Downtown Alameda businesses at this event: Bowzer’s Pizza will be selling pizza by the slice and Lucky 13 will be there with their beer truck.

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Celebrating More Milestone Anniversaries

As we prepare for the Fourth of July festivities in Alameda, there’s another reason to celebrate our nation’s independence… the existence of local, independent businesses that embody the spirit and individuality of our country.

Congratulations to the Downtown Alameda businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries this month. To all of you independent business owners, we celebrate you!

15 Years

Steven M. Chabre, Attorney-at-Law

10 Years

John M. Jameson Construction

Agatha Sembajwe, Accounting Solutions

5 Years

Pho Sinh Restaurant

Ocean Spa

All Good Living

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