Celebrate Local Art: 2nd Friday and Other Events in Downtown Alameda

Happening this month in Downtown Alameda: 2nd Friday Art Walk, Rhythmix 10th Anniversary Celebration, and Summer Art & Maker Fair

Summer Art and Maker Fair AlamedaSummer Art & Maker Fair

Enjoy the work of 65 Alameda and Bay Area artists at this free outdoor art festival, along with music, live demos, open studios, and other activities. See live painting, sketching, sculpting, and illustration as artists create unique artwork during the fair. From comic book art to clothing and jewelry to metal sculpture, the Summer Art & Maker Fair will have something for everyone.

The outdoor art festival takes place Sunday, June 25 from 1:00pm to 7:00pm just off Park Street in thelot of Studio 23 Gallery at 2309 Encinal Ave. Look for friendly Lord Zondar, the giant metal robot, to be perched on the roof overlooking the festivities. All ages are welcome; there will be a kids creative corner where children can participate in fun art projects.

This event is sponsored in part by the Downtown Alameda Business Association.

More details are available at www.studio23gallery.com.

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (May 2017)

Bay Language Academy Alameda

Bay Language Academy

Downtown Alameda Welcomes a Diverse Mix of Businesses

Alameda is blessed with a diverse community. This is reflected in just about anywhere one travels on the island. It is also reflected in the mix of businesses that co-exist in Downtown Alameda.

The downtown businesses have long catered to different cultures, different age groups, and people who have different interests. Whether it’s dining, learning, playing, relaxing, or working, Downtown Alameda always has something new that brings people together.

Recently added to the diverse mix of businesses are a new Hawaiian restaurant, a school that teaches foreign languages and culture to all ages, and a shop that provides a friendly place for kids and adults to play board games (welcome back, D20 Games!).

The next time you’re in Downtown Alameda, take time to reflect on the diverse collection of businesses. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you find… and where you find them.

AHI Hawaiian Poke BarNew Businesses:

AHI Hawaiian Poke Bar, 2353 Santa Clara Ave
* Serving fresh fish with a combination of homemade sauces and veggie toppings.

Bay Cater, 2312 Alameda Ave
* Catering service located inside the Alameda Masonic Center.

Bay Language Academy, 1412-1416 Park Ave
* Offering innovative and fun language classes and cultural instruction for kids and adults.

D20 Games Alameda

D20 Games, 1530 Park Street
* Friendly joint to buy and play games; dedicated to face-to-face play, good fun, and fair play.

Mercy and Grace Staffing Solutions, 1516 Oak Street #108
* Recruiting for job opportunities in the nursing field.

The Red Door on Encinal, 2309 Encinal Ave
* Grassroots gallery in a very unconventional location.

New Owner:

Habanas Cuban Cuisine, 1518 Park Street

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Downtown Alameda’s Spring Festival Brings Weekend Fun To Mother’s Day

Downtown Alameda Spring FestivalPlan to attend Downtown Alameda’s 17th Annual Spring Festival. The free two-day street fair will be bringing arts, crafts, music, and a whole lot of excitement to the downtown district. The event takes place on May 13 and May 14 from 10:00am to 6:00pm each day.

Downtown Alameda’s Spring Festival is a Mother’s Day weekend tradition in Alameda and the San Francisco Bay Area. The popular street fair offers something for everyone… over 150 quality arts and crafts booths, continuous live music that will get festival-goers dancing in the street, interactive activities for all ages, mouth-watering festival foods, and local craft beer and wine sales.

Children will have fun in a special kids’ zone on Alameda Avenue. Adults can quench their thirst at one of the beverage booths serving local craft beer from Alameda Island Brewing Company and outstanding wines from Rock Wall Wine Company.

With over 150 art and craft booths and more than 50 retail shops open for shopping, Downtown Alameda will be the perfect place to find a gift for Mom… or maybe you would like to bring Mom to the celebration for a mimosa and lunch at one of the downtown district’s many restaurants.

Enjoy a level of festivity that is beyond what you have seen before with more room to stroll among the displays and more room to dance in the street!

Event Highlights:
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Family Fun at the Downtown Easter Hunt

Thank you to all who joined us for this fun family event in Downtown Alameda. Were you there? Post your photos on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DowntownAlameda

Downtown Alameda Easter HuntThe Downtown Alameda Business Association, in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Alameda, is hosting a Downtown Easter Hunt on Saturday, April 15 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Kids and their families are invited to take part in the fun.

Over 25 shops and restaurants will be providing free treats, as well as a variety of other family activities. Children ages 12 and under are welcome with an adult… some businesses will even have special treats for parents.

The event is free. So grab a basket (and the kids) and come out to enjoy the search for prizes and treats in Downtown Alameda!

How It Works:

1) Bring Your Own Basket

The event is for children ages 12 and under. Bring your own basket to collect treats from participating businesses, or decorate a bag before you start the hunt (see details below).

2) Pick Up a Passport

We’re providing adult chaperones with a “passport” list of clues so you can help in the hunt. Get your passport stamped by 15 or more businesses for a chance to win family prizes. Pick up your passport at Phoenix — a new event space located near the Main Library at 2315 Lincoln Ave.

3) Look for Window Banners

Look for special Downtown Easter Egg Hunt banners in the windows — this is your clue that a treat for kids is waiting inside.

4) Receive a Treat

Kids receive a treat inside participating businesses. Adults, don’t forget to get your passport stamped at each stop you visit! You’ll need to visit 15 or more businesses to be eligible for the prize drawings.

5) Enter to Win Family Prizes

After you have collected at least 15 stamps, return your completed passport to be entered in the free drawings. Winners will be drawn at 2:15pm — no need to be present.

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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

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Catch the “Luck of the Irish” in Downtown Alameda

St Patrick’s Day is this Friday! Enjoy a day of green shenanigans in Downtown Alameda on one of the most festive days of the year. Put on your greenest attire, gather your friends, and prepare to embark on a cultural journey.In addition to the abundant plates of delicious corned beef and cabbage, you’ll find culinary treats such as corned beef sliders and Reuben sandwiches, green beer and Guinness, all day drink specials, and even Irish Coffee flavored ice cream.

Some of our favorite stops:

Club House – Corned beef & cabbage; Guinness and Jameson drink specials

Linguini’s Pizza & Brew $3 green beer, $4 Guinness, corned beef & cabbage, Reuben sandwiches, and PRIZES

Lost Weekend Lounge St. Patrick’s Day PARTY starts at 9:00pm

Lucky 13 – Luck of the day drink specials all day

McGee’s Bar & Grill – Food and drink specials for St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness

Ole’s Waffle Shop Corned beef & cabbage dinner — served with a beer (for those 21+, of course)

Speisekammer – Corned beef & cabbage, Irish whiskey, beer, and Irish Fiddle music

The Churchward Pub – Guinness promos and specials

The Lemon Tree – Serving corned beef & cabbage at lunch and for dinner

Wine & WafflesCorned beef sliders

Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream– Irish Coffee flavored ice cream

To learn more about the St. Patrick’s Day happenings in Downtown Alameda, go to www.DowntownAlameda.com.

Irish Traditions That Began in America

corned beef and cabbageThe tradition of wearing of green on St. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us, along with the tradition of drinking Guiness and eating corned beef and cabbage. But you might be surprised to learn that most St. Patrick’s Day traditions have their roots in America — not Ireland. *

St. Patrick’s Day began as a religious occasion in Ireland— for over 1,000 years the faithful spent the day in quiet prayer at church or at home in observance of the saint’s death. (In fact, up until the 1970s, Irish laws mandated that pubs be closed on March 17.)

The first parade held to honor St. Patrick’s Day took place not in Ireland but in the United States. The parade was organized in New York City on March 17, 1762 and helped the immigrants reconnect with their Irish roots. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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In Celebration of Local Business in Downtown Alameda

Small businesses in Downtown AlamedaPark Street Plaza, Alameda have a huge impact on our community. They bring approximately $360,000 in sales tax revenue to the City of Alameda. This provides clean streets, visual improvements, safer neighborhoods, and many other important things.

According to a national study, one new small business annually contributes:

> $250,000 in economic activity

> $56,800 in payroll

> $8,400 in rents

> $17,000 in bank deposits

Speisekammer, Alameda> $39,500 in loan demand

> $2,200 in bank fees

> $25,000 in State and Local Sales Tax

> $4,700 in utilities

> $6,200 in marketing and advertising

> $4,100 in professional services (insurance, legal, accounting)

> $2,700 in supplies and maintenance

But these are national averages — you can expect Alameda’s numbers to be much higher.

Speedy Smog Alameda

Speedy Smog

So, as you can see, small businesses make Alameda a better place. With that in mind, we’d like to honor the business owners that are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year… starting with the months of January and February.

Please join us in acknowledging the anniversaries of these Downtown Alameda businesses:  

30 Years
Oil Changers

Red Onion owners

The Original Red Onion

20 Years
Pacific Coast Real Estate Company 

15 Years
Speisekammer
Linda C. Avery, CP, Ph.D.

10 Years
Speedy Smog
Lucky 13 
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