Downtown Businesses Receive Honors

There’s no denying that you’ll find some of the best businesses in Downtown Alameda. Our businesses are recognized on both a local and a national level.

Congratulations to these two businesses for recently receiving award recognition from the community and their peers!

Kate Pryor and Tucker's Ice Cream receives service awardCommunity Service Award

On October 27, the City of Alameda 2016 Community Service Award – Business Person was presented to Kate Pryor and Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream. The community awards honor extraordinary people who make a difference in our community. Kate was recognized for her support of the library’s summer reading program along with the many, many other contributions she and Tucker’s have made in support of youth education and community activities. This was the first year that awards were given to businesses. “It was an extremely positive, professional, and heartfelt event,” said Kate.  

Sustainability and Peer Awards

Alameda Natural Grocery and Donna Layburn receives awardAlameda Natural Grocery was recently honored as “Retailer of the Year” in the sustainability category by New Hope Network. The award was presented in Baltimore last month. Alameda Natural Grocery was the only west coast natural grocery store to win one of four award categories. Bees on the roof, adaptive reuse, recycling, composting, California Green Business Certification, and the Alameda Green program were a few of the business practices recognized. “We are grateful to Alameda Municipal Power for their retrofitting assistance programs and the Alameda Green program,” said Donnna. “They help us all be better to our environment.”

It’s also worth noting that, back in June, business owner Donna Layburn received an Innovation Award from the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association for her creative business savvy in an ever-evolving marketplace.  Read the rest of this entry »

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (Aug/Sept 2016)

Poke Koma Alameda

Poke Koma

There’s always something new to discover in Downtown Alameda, from great food & drink establishments to friendly services.

We’ve seen a number of popular “life-style” eateries open in Downtown Alameda over the last couple of months. A new boba tea cafe and a new Asian fusion take-out restaurant have both opened in the North of Lincoln District. In addition, a new dining spot opened in the Theatre District that is the first in Alameda to specialize in customized Hawaiian poke bowls.

Personal services in Downtown Alameda are important too… a new family therapist, a new in-home care agency, and a new hair salon have opened recently. You’ll also find a beautiful boutique gallery space on Park Street that is now home to a private performing arts center that offers programs in voice and piano.

Help welcome the newest businesses to our district! The next time you’re in Downtown Alameda, be sure to stop by and check them out.

New Businesses:

Alameda Monkey King at the Brewery

Monkey King at the Brewery

Holly Brown, MFT, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #210
* Marriage and family therapist with fifteen years of clinical experience

i-Tea, 1626 Park Street
* Authentic Boba Milk Tea, Fruit Tea, and Juice Bar. “Not just a cup of tea’… it’s a lifestyle.”

Katherine Parks Center of the Arts, 1242 Park Street
* Private and group programs in music, dance, and theater.

Monkey King at the Brewery, 1716 Park Street
* Chinese/Asian Fusion in a take-out setting.

Sessions Salon Alameda

Sessions Salon

Peace of Mind Home Care, 2515 Santa Clara Ave
* In-home care agency providing compassionate care.

Poke Koma, 1354 Park Street
* Hawaiian Poke Bowls… choose from our signature bowls or customize your own!

Sessions Salon, 2323 Santa Clara Ave
* Full-service modern hair salon and blow dry and color bar.

New Owner:

Aphrodite’s Closet, 1419 Park Street

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Find Student Lunch Specials in Downtown Alameda

Bowzer's Pizza AlamedaSchool is back in session and the sidewalks in Downtown Alameda are once again buzzing during lunch hour.

Many downtown restaurants offer lunch specials that keep business flying through the afternoon. Lunch specials are especially helpful to the nearby Alameda High students who have limited time to pack a lunch, want something different from the standard cafeteria menu, or just want to take advantage of the privilege of leaving campus during lunch break.

With tons of options available with Downtown Alameda being just a short stroll away from the high school, “Where shall we eat?” can be one of the biggest and most exasperating questions among Alameda High students when friends gather together for a quick lunch break.

So where can a budget-conscious student fill up fast if he or she didn’t bring a homemade lunch? $5 can get you a pretty hearty meal at just about any of the nearby downtown destinations that offer weekday specials — from take-out spots to family restaurants, and everything between. Just look for the  “Student Special” signs in front of the local eateries.

These are some of the student favorites that can be found just a few blocks from AHS in Downtown Alameda…  Read the rest of this entry »

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (May/June 2016)

The Station by Alameda Natural Grocery

Healthy meal options at The Station

There’s always something new to discover in Downtown AlamedaIn addition to the terrific shopping choices, you’ll find an ever-increasing variety of food places that cater to different tastes and budgets.

Recently added to the list of convenient take-out spots are a couple of new deli-style eateries, both located in neighborhood markets and offering their own spin on gourmet sandwiches, fresh soups, and prepared meal options. There are also a number of eateries still in the works — look for country barbecue and Hawaiian poke to be available in Downtown Alameda before the end of the year.

Help welcome these newest businesses to Alameda. The next time you’re in Downtown Alameda stop by and check them out.

New Businesses:

Everest Market Alameda grocery and cafe

Crepes at Everest Market

A Street Corner, 1623 Park Street
* Handcrafted clothing and gifts from India, Nepal, and Tibet.

Chef M at Everest Market, 2536 Santa Clara Ave
* Gourmet sandwiches, salads, fresh soups, and crepes.

The Station by Alameda Natural Grocery, 1650 Park Street
* Premium made-to-order sandwiches and prepared meal options for healthy eating and convenience.

New Owners:

Alameda Printing Services, 2408 Lincoln Ave

Club House Cocktail Lounge, 1215 Park Street

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Tucker’s Ice Cream Celebrates 75 Years in Alameda

Tucker's Ice Cream, AlamedaThe History of Tucker’s Ice Cream

Tucker’s Ice Cream has been an Alameda and Bay Area favorite for over 75 years. Generations of customers have been enjoying their rich and full-flavored old-fashioned “super creamed” ice cream, along with yogurt, sorbets and sherbets, fresh fudge, ice cream cakes, Cho Cho’s, and Tommy Tuckers.

Tucker’s Ice Cream is SUPERCREAMED! Made the old-fashioned way in batch freezers with only the freshest ingredients available — real fruit and nuts are hand picked for taste and texture and carefully blended with the finest flavorings to produce their trademark super creamed ice cream.

Marshall Tucker at Tucker's Ice Cream in AlamedaIt all began in the spring of 1941 when Marshall Tucker and his wife Verda left their Chico, California home to establish an ice cream business in the city of Santa Cruz. Taking a break on the journey South, they stopped for lunch and ventured into the city of Alameda. What they found here was a unique and warm community that would make an ideal home to raise their children and build a business.

Mr. Tucker had learned the trade from his aunt and uncle in an ice cream store that is still going to this day. With the decision to remain in Alameda, Marshall Tucker opened his shop at 1518 Park Street (corner of Park Street and Webb Ave) utilizing his family recipes for super creamed ice cream. When he celebrated the grand opening on June 3, 1941, some 381 customers were served that day with total receipts of $40.40.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Downtown Alameda Green Businesses: Food & Drink Places

AMP Alameda Green stickerEarth Day is Friday, April 22. Ever wondered how Earth Day started? The first Earth Day was observed in 1970 and arose from an interest in gathering national support for environmental issues.

The following businesses are doing their part to make Alameda a green-powered community by purchasing wind and solar energy. Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) and the Downtown Alameda Business Association encourage you to show your support for “Alameda Green” businesses by visiting them in person.

Alameda Natural Grocery, 1650 Park Street
Alameda Natural Grocery is committed to bringing you the finest in affordable natural and organic foods (plus supplements, personal care products, household goods, and more). This is a market where you can shop knowing you are leading a healthier life for you and your family.

Baron’s Meat & Poultry, 1650 Park St
Baron’s Meat & Poultry offers a full line of high-quality, natural, organic, and grass-fed meats inside the Alameda Marketplace. In addition, Baron’s provides exclusive house-made sausages and Black Dragon Marinated Tri-tip.

Beanery of Alameda coffee beans

Beanery of Alameda

Beanery of Alameda, 1650 Park Street
Located inside Alameda Marketplace, the Beanery offers up their own roasted, as well as organic and fair trade coffees and blends. They also carry a range of pastries, gelato, and sandwiches.

Churchward Pub, 1515 Park Street
Come and watch your favorite sports game with friends, play a game of pool, or hang out on the weekends to dance to the Bay Area’s best DJs.

East End, 1650 Park Street
East End’s seasonally-driven menu features award-winning wood-fired pizza plus a whole lot more: fresh oysters shucked to order, inventive salads, dishes to share (or enjoy all yourself).

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines, 1650 Park St
Located inside the Alameda Marketplace, Farmstead Cheeses & Wines provides the finest in boutique and bargain wines, hand cut artisan cheeses, oils, vinegars, and accessories from around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (Jan/Feb 2016)

Home Skillet Alameda donuts

Home Skillet – Alameda

One of the things that makes Downtown Alameda an interesting destination is that it is a vibrant and ever-changing district. When exploring the downtown area, it seems that there are always new surprises appearing among the rows of storefronts.

Although it’s sad to see some businesses close, it can be exciting to see what new businesses pop up in their place — whether it’s new eateries, retail shops, personal services, or business services.

Did you happen to catch the donut giveaways at Home Skillet when they opened in January?

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

New Businesses:

Affinity At Home Care, 1516 Oak Street #106 *Providing Personal Care Services, Routine Home Care Services, and other Care Services.

Home Skillet, 1363 Park Street
* Offering an extensive menu that includes hearty breakfast and lunch items. Donuts are their specialty!

Pretty In Ink AlamedaMelissa Grohs, MA, LPCC, 2515 Santa Clara Ave, Suite 210
* Counseling and psychotherapy services that help clients feel more satisfied in their day-to-day lives.

Pretty In Ink, 2329 Santa Clara Ave
* Female owned and operated private tattoo studio. Custom tattoos are according to your specifications.

The Central Body, 2416 Central Ave
* Dr. Ashyanna Keli specializes in chiropractic sports medicine and advanced extremity adjusting.

Vietnam House, 1527 Park Street
* Authentic Vietnamese menu including Pho, rice plates, and banh mi sandwiches. Outdoor seating.

New Associate Member:

Curves For Women, 2528 Blanding Ave
* Provides fitness and weight-management programs designed for the modern woman’s busy schedule.

The Central Body AlamedaNew Owner: 

Jerry’s Tire & Auto Center, 2501 Santa Clara Ave

In the Works:  Read the rest of this entry »

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C’Era Una Volta Brings Tuscany to Alameda and the East Bay

Cera Una Volta Alameda cateringIt’s easy to pretend you’re in Tuscany when you step into C’Era Una Volta… located at 1332 Park Street in the quiet tree-lined Redwood Square, a cobblestoned promenade leads you to this hidden gem with a canopy of amber lights laced with trumpet vines. Tucked away off the main street, the ambiance is European and cozy.

C’Era Una Volta is the Italian phrase for “Once Upon a Time.” And just like every good story, the telling paints a picture with its words. From the day they opened their doors in 2004, C’Era Una Volta has received numerous awards for their regional Italian dishes, warm hospitality, romantic ambiance, and extensive wine selection.

Whether it’s dinner, brunch, a special Sunday morning breakfast menu, or a tasty bar menu, Chef Rutilio “Rudy” Fanetti-Duran pours his heart and soul into his Tuscan-influenced food — it’s “slow cooking” with love and respect. Favorites include Antipasto, Gnocchi, Pesto Pasta, Lobster Ravioli, Lamb Loin Chops, and Steak Florentine. All of the delicious dishes are even better when finished with traditional Italian Gelato for dessert.

C’Era Una Volta is also host to cabaret-style dining featuring Virginia Iglesias & Flamenco Dance Company, Island City Opera, and faculty concerts of Alameda String Academy. Saturday night music sets the scene for a great night out with family, friends, or that special date.  Read the rest of this entry »

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