New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (Aug 2017)

Downtown Alameda Celebrates New and Old

Helen Dean at Toy Safari AlamedaFirst of all, congratulations to Helen Dean and Toy Safari for celebrating the toy store’s 25th anniversary this month. Toy Safari is a longtime retailer in Downtown Alameda and has grown to offer a HUGE array of new, used, vintage, and collectible toys. Some even say Toy Safari is home to the greatest toys on Earth. Be sure to stop and take a look inside the next time you’re taking a stroll along Park Street.

This month also marks a change for a longtime business as it steps back to let a new business shine in the storefront. When you walk by the street corner at 1229 Park Street, you’ll notice that the window is no longer full of old televisions waiting to be repaired. Elite Electronics has moved to the rear of the shop and allowed the front to be transformed into a premier nail salon. Nailbar officially opened its doors on August 5. Swing by and take a look at the swanky new interior!

Another new happening on the street… more banners have been installed on street poles throughout the district, including Lincoln Ave and Santa Clara Ave.

Nailbar AlamedaNew Businesses:

Nailbar, 1229 Park Street
* Nail care and waxing.

Phone Repair Hut, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza)
* Phone repair services for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones.

Wild Ginger AlamedaWild Ginger, 1239 Park Street
* Spicy street food from the western regions of China.

New Location:

Alameda Personal Training, 1416 Park Street

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SpeedPro East Bay Supports the Local Community

SpeedPro East Bay Ribbon CuttingSpeedPro East Bay is your place for high-quality, jaw-dropping visual graphics, including wall murals, window graphics, trade show displays, photography reproduction, signs, banners, and vehicle graphics and wraps. Alameda residents Ed and Carrie Owens celebrated the grand opening of their new business with a ribbon cutting by Trish Spencer, Mayor of Alameda, and an open house for the community last month.   

“Our goal is to partner with East Bay businesses and organizations to help them catch their customers’ attention and get their messages out,” explained co-owner, Carrie Owens.   Read the rest of this entry »

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

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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.

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McGee’s Bar and Grill Announces New Kitchen: Park Street Grill

McGee’s Bar and GrillMcGee's Bar and Grill, Alameda (1645 Park Street, Alameda) was established in 1977 by John Costello on the ground floor of the old Leona Hotel. It soon became one of Alameda’s favorite local hangouts. As the years passed, McGee’s evolved into a family-friendly sports bar and grill. In August 2014, long-time manager Tim Goodman and his wife Tracy purchased the business from the Costellos. Tim and Tracy are proud to carry on the Alameda legacy that is “McGee’s.”

The Bar

Beer at McGee's, AlamedaMcGee’s is one of the best places in Downtown Alameda to stop in for a drink with friends or to watch your favorite sports teams. The bar has 13 flat screen TV’s showing all major sporting events with DirecTV’s MLB package and NFL ticket. The shuffleboard table and internet juke box are also fun, entertaining, and favorites with customers.

The bar at McGee’s features 13 beers on tap, along with a full selection of wine and spirits. McGee’s supports local breweries like Faction Brewing and Alameda Island Brewing Company by having their beers on tap, along with St. George Distillery vodka (original, citrus and chili flavors). Daily drink specials are also offered.

The Grill

Cardel Catering, AlamedaThe owners of McGee’s are very excited to announce that, as of November 3, Chef Scott Cardel and Chef Michele Cavaleri have taken over the kitchen and are cooking up new and innovative pub-style cuisine along with a kid-friendly menu. The new restaurant inside the bar has been dubbed Park Street Grill.

Scott and Michelle have been working side-by-side for the last 12 years at nearby Cardel Catering in Alameda. With Scott’s 40 years chef experience and Michele’s 25 years experience (including the opening of Speisekammer), they promise to offer fresh, seasonal items for lunch and dinner that everyone can enjoy. On weekends, they will also be offering brunch for football fans.

Putting It All Together 

McGee’s Bar and Grill is the perfect place to bring the whole family — booster seats and high chairs are available for the little ones.

Looking to have a small private or team party? The outdoor patio is perfect for outdoor dining. It’s wind-protected with heater lamps and a flat screen TV. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (Aug/Sept 2015)

My Hidden Lagoon_front door Alameda location

My Hidden Lagoon

Sometimes it’s worth the extra steps to explore the side streets and alley spaces in Downtown Alameda. Just like Park Street, there’s always something new to be found.

If you take the time to walk through Redwood Square (the open space located between Tomatina and Sole Desire Shoes), you’ll find a gorgeous brick building to the left. The building was originally home to the Park Theater (1904-1919) and was the first vaudeville theater in Alameda. Although its heyday was brief as bigger and more modern movie theaters opened, the building was solid enough to stand up against time. Over the years, the large building has housed a warehouse, a showroom, and miscellaneous office spaces.

A branch office of Edward Jones has been visible on the ground floor for a number of years. But most folks don’t realize there is a door next to the office that leads to more office spaces on the second floor. If you climb the stairs, you’ll discover two of Downtown Alameda’s newest businesses… My Hidden Lagoon and Secrets & Winks.

Save the date! Come welcome chef Saboor Zafari back to the Downtown district. A Mayor’s Ribbon Cutting is being planned for Angela’s Restaurant to be held on Monday, November 2, 4:00pm.

Help us welcome all of these new businesses to Alameda’s vibrant and historic downtown district:

New Businesses:

Angela's Restaurant_Chef Saboor

Angela’s Restaurant

Angela’s Restaurant, 1640 Park Street
* Mediterranean cuisine. Chef Saboor Zafari is back!

Cut Hair Studio, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #102
* Hair Salon for men and women.

My Hidden Lagoon, 1336 Park Street #F
* Full body waxing services available for both men and women.

Refinement Salon, 2323 Santa Clara Ave
* Hair salon where every stylist is a true artist.

Secrets & Winks, 1336 Park Street #F
* Waxing and lash services for both men and women.

Taste of Alameda, 1354 Park Street
* American and Vietnamese menu.

The Law Office of Holly Gutkovsky, 1402 Park Street #F
* Dedicated attorney who handles a wide range of family law and divorce issues.

New Location:

Honour Brand, 2447 Santa Clara Ave #204
Heritage graphic t-shirts and hoodies.

In the Works: 
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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (June/July 2015)

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

Park Street is certainly in bloom this summer with new eateries. By chance did you notice the new food places while attending this year’s Art & Wine Faire? You might agree that Downtown Alameda has become an incredible destination where you can find international fare of all flavors.

Just last week we saw the opening of a few new restaurants, from Ethiopian cuisine (Injera Restaurant) to French-inspired pastries (Crispian Bakery). In addition, a new Hawaiian restaurant (Kau Kau Corner) opened last month at 1635 Park Street serving everything from barbecue chicken to fresh poke. They have parking too. (Which reminds us… be sure to check out the new location of Thai Noodle House of Alameda. They’ve moved to a larger space but have kept the same late hours.)

Help us welcome the following new businesses to Alameda’s vibrant and historic downtown district:

New Businesses:

Crispian Bakery Alameda

Crispian Bakery

Crispian Bakery, 1700 Park Street #120
* Small-batch bakery producing French-inspired American breads and pastry.

Engage Hospitality, 2447 Santa Clara Ave #203
* Hotel management company with portfolio of 13 Bay Area hotels.

Injera Restaurant, 1307 Park Street
* Authentic Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine.

Kau Kau Corner, 1635 Park Street
* Hawaiian restaurant and catering.

Namaste Craft, 1415 Park Street
* Global handcrafted and fair trade gifts for every occasion.

Smashburger Alameda

Smashburger

Smashburger, 1640 Park Street
* Handcrafted “smashed” burgers always made-to-order.

Twirl, 1424 Park Street
* Design lab and play gallery for kids.

New Name:

Island Acupuncture, 2424 Blanding Ave #102 (formerly Tracy Zollinger L.Ac.)

New Location:

Bella Hair Salon, 2311 Santa Clara Ave #B

Thai Noodle House of Alameda, 1700 Park Street

Businesses in the Works: 

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (Mar/Apr 2015)

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Wow! More new businesses are popping up in Downtown Alameda’s ever-expanding Park Street Business District.

It’s going to be a little busy on Saturday, April 11. We hope you will join us… Vintiq is a wonderful addition to the selection of retail shops on Santa Clara Ave; the shop opens to the public that Saturday and will be offering complimentary food and drink starting at Noon. In addition, Alameda Island Brewing Company (1716 Park Street) will finally be hosting an official grand opening celebration starting at 3:00pm.

Eva Cazeres of Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio is already in full operation after returning to Park Street following a number of years at South Shore Center. Look for her grand opening celebration to take place on Friday, May 1. In fact, all the shops at Park Street Plaza will be joining in on the fun and are making plans to host a fabulous “Ladies Night” to celebrate the addition of another woman-owned business.

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

New Businesses:

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio Alameda

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio

AAA Alameda Live Scan, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #103
* Fingerprinting and notary services.

ATMs Unlimited, 1820 Park Street
* Providing complete ATM solutions for businesses.

Intuitive Counsel & Healings, 2447 Santa Clara Ave #305
* Integrated approach to healing by Pam Flowerday.

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio, 1419 Park Street
* Beauty experts offering advice and services for skin care and color cosmetics.

My Angel Nails, 1532 Park Street
* Professional nail salon offering top quality services.

Randall B. Weil, MD, 1414 Everett Street
* Board-certified plastic surgeon.

Teazzert Alameda

Teazzert

Sheira Kahn, MFT, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #106
* Psychotherapist specializing in individuals, couples, and emotional eating.

Streamline Bookkeeping, 2447 Santa Clara Ave #300B
* Bookkeeping and tax return preparation for small businesses.

Teazzert, 1342 Park Street
* Premium coffees, organic teas, and a variety of fresh desserts.

Tootsies Alameda, 1350 Park Street #A
* Shoes for women 10 to 80; all occasions.

Vintiq, 2305 Santa Clara Ave — opening April 11
* Home decor, fashion, and resurrected artifacts.

Vivian L. Young-McDonald, 2315 Lincoln Ave
* Artist in residence at Redux Studios & Gallery.

Toomie's Thai AlamedaNew Owners:

Pampered Pup, 1401 Park Street

New Name:

Toomie’s Thai by Mee Choke, 1433 Park Street

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street District (Jan/Feb 2015)

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

Good things are still happening in the Park Street Business District. We invite you to take a stroll and explore the wonderful changes that are taking place in Downtown Alameda’s commercial, cultural, and civic center… new businesses have opened, some businesses have changed hands, and even more businesses are anticipated to open soon.

Most notable is the new addition connected to the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex. And we do mean connected. Alameda Cinema Grill offers a “backstage pass” allowing ticket holders to take food and drinks into the movie theaters.

Word is also spreading quickly about the wonderful selection of beers available at Alameda Island Brewing Company. The brewery doesn’t serve its own food, but they have no problem with folks bringing in “take-out” from one of the nearby restaurants. Suggestions include pizza from East End, burgers from Baron’s Eats, sushi from Sushi King, or a snack from Alameda Natural Grocery.

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

New Businesses:

Alameda Island Brewing Company

Alameda Island Brewing

Accel Employment, 1516 Oak Street #310
* Full-service executive search firm.

Alameda Cinema Grill, 2301 Central Ave
* Featuring eclectic comfort food and a craft cocktails.

Alameda Grocery, 2536 Santa Clara Ave
* Neighborhood convenience store.

Alameda Island Brewing Company, 1716 Park Street
* Making great beer in a great town!

Divine De-lites, Alameda

Divine De-lites

All In One Fitness Training Lab, 2317 Santa Clara Ave
* Premier training destination and gym facility.

Divine De-lites, 1419 Park Street
* Gourmet baked goods: cupcakes, cookies, and other goodies.

DLJ Business Services, 2532 Santa Clara Ave #343
* Financial and accounting services for small businesses.

Kirsten Fairbanks, 1500 Park Street #9
* Certified health coach and holistic life coach.

Milestone Legal, PC, 2544 Santa Clara Ave
* Law corporation serving entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes.

New Associate Members:

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, 1805 Clement Ave, Suite D
* Professional spa experiences at affordable prices.

New Owners:

Goods, 2353 Santa Clara Ave

Salon One, 1327 Park Street

Businesses in the Works:   

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