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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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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Downtown Alameda Businesses Hosts Adopt-A-Classroom Fundraiser on November 5

Shop For Alameda Adopt A ClassroomsLocal businesses are terrific supporters of the Alameda community. There are many ways that the businesses give back to the community throughout the year, from donating food and gifts for local fundraisers to sponsoring sports teams.

Merchants in the Park Street Business District are especially proud to assist in the educational enrichment of Alameda students. On Wednesday, November 5, a number of businesses are joining together to donate a portion of their sales to Alameda Education Foundation’s Adopt A Classroom program. The goal is to collectively raise $2,000 – enough to adopt four of Alameda’s most underfunded classrooms.

AEF President Bill Sonneman promises that 100% of the Adopt A Classroom donations will be given to the person who knows best what is needed for his/her students — the teacher.

“Teachers have told us how they like being able to choose what the money is used for based on student needs. We especially appreciate ‘open’ or undirected donations that we can give to teachers most in need who may not have the same access to resources as teachers at more affluent schools.” says Bill Sonneman.

Teachers spend an average of $513 annually on supplies and materials for their classrooms, so Adopt A Classroom donations are enormously helpful. But Adopt A Classroom does more than just purchase supplies and materials, it makes a profound impact.

AEF Adopt A ClassroomLast year, Downtown Alameda merchants raised $1,500 to help purchase new library books for Maya Lin Elementary and robotic supplies for an after-school class at Wood Middle School. In addition, donations provided an opportunity for students of Island High to discover and reflect on our American history at the Oakland Museum of California.

This year, participating businesses are donating 5-15% of each purchase made during the day to the Adopt A Classroom program.

So get a jump on your holiday gift-buying and help support our local youth… Plan to eat, drink, and shop to support Alameda classrooms on Wednesday, November 5!   Read the rest of this entry »

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Alameda Businesses Help Students to be “Equipped 4 Success”

Equipped 4 Success is a community-wide school supply drive to collect school supplies for low-income Alameda public school students. The goal is to collect enough school supplies to fill backpacks for 1,000 students (kindergarten through 12th grade) so that they can be ready to learn on the first day of school. To help the Alameda Education Foundation meet the goal, a number of businesses in the Park Street Business District are pitching in to host collection bins.

Equipped 4 Success - link to website

Education budget shortfalls mean longer lists of supplies that families must provide, and many just can’t afford it. Last year, 900 filled backpacks were distributed to students and more are expected to be needed this year.

The backpacks and school supplies will be distributed to low-income students served by the following organizations: Alameda Education FoundationAlameda Unified School DistrictAlameda Point CollaborativeAlameda Boys & Girls ClubHead StartGirls Inc., and Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth, and Families.

“Students need to be ready to go day one, with all the supplies they need,” says Bill Sonneman, president of the Alameda Education Foundation and a former principal.  “If a student falls behind, they may never catch up.”

Equipped 4 Success Collection BinSchool supplies may be dropped off at any of the following PSBA member businesses now through August 19:  Read the rest of this entry »

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Exciting Summer Programs offered by The Child Unique Montessori School

The Child Unique Montessori School & Montessori Elementary School of Alameda (MESA) presents: 
“The Dawning of the Summer of the Creative Child”

The Child Unique, AlamedaThe Child Unique Montessori School celebrates three decades of excellent, community-oriented, student-driven education. Their unique summer program harnesses the excitement of education with their renowned thematic camps: SPACE! (including a visit from representatives of NASA), Kyoto Camp (experience Japan), Culinary Academy, Photography/Art Camp, and much, much more!

If you are looking for a fun and unique summer program for your child, look no further. The following is a list of this year’s exciting themed summer camps…

Lights! Camera! Action! (June 17 – July 5) Young actors learn the basics of character development, improvisation, group work, and script analysis. Children also create costumes, props, and sets for their performance.

NASA Ames visitSpace Camp (July 8 – July 19) The Child Unique Montessori School’s signature camp is back and it’s an out-of-this-world experience! Campers aged 2-7 will enjoy a visit from a NASA Ames Research Center representative at the school. Campers will learn exactly how the NASA astronauts get ready for their mission and flight to the international space station and their return home — they will have an opportunity to try on a real space suit, play with objects from the space station and shuttle orbiters, munch on tasty space food, and conduct far-out space experiments. Campers will also be provided with numerous opportunities to explore the solar system and beyond by creating planets, constellations, spaceships, and other astronomical phenomena.

Kyoto Camp (July 22 – August 2) Even if you cannot visit Japan, Read the rest of this entry »

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Welcome New Businesses! (2/17/11)

PSBA welcomes the following new businesses and business owners to the Park Street District:

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