Downtown Alameda Green Businesses: Gifts and Personal Services

Earth Day is celebrated each year on the third Friday of April. The first Earth Day 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.

1-800 Flowers Central Florist, Alameda

Central Florist

Central Florist, 2404 Central Ave
Visit Central Florist to find the perfect flowers and gifts for any occasion and can even create a custom bouquet to fit your unique needs.

Daisy’s, 1322 Park Street
Necessities, Frivolities, & Embellishments for everyday life! Bringing a sense of carefree beauty and fanciful elegance to Alameda, this award-winning boutique is a beloved home accents and gift shop.

District Footwear & Apparel, 1336 Park Street #A
District Footwear has an inner-city vibe and carries a great selection of sneakers and apparel.

Helios Images, 1242 Park Street #B
This nationally ranked photographer specializes in destination weddings and documentary portraits. Douglas Despres and Katherine Park Deakin create lifestyle inspired photographs full of warmth and love.

Janene's Bridal Boutique Alameda

Janene’s Bridal Boutique

Himalayan Gift Shop, 1623 Park Street
Himalayan Gift Shop offers incredibly priced handcrafted clothing from India, Nepal, and Tibet. Find unique gifts for any occassion, from jewelry to Nepalese singing bowls.

Island Print Express, 2534 Santa Clara Ave
Island Print Express provides fast service for all your printing needs including posters, banners, and envelopes.

Janene’s Bridal Boutique, 2418 Central Ave
This local bridal shop offers top-of-the-line wedding dresses featuring exquisite silks, delicate European laces, beautiful embroidery, and fine hand beading. The staff are dedicated to making dream weddings a memorable reality.

Lauren’s Closet, 1420 Park St
Lauren’s Closet features new and used clothes plus accessories, toys, and more for expectant mothers, children, juniors, and young adults.  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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Park Street, Alameda — The Greenest Shopping District in America

Join us on Saturday, April 20, for special Earth Day activities in the Park Street Business District: View List of Activities

Earth Day is being celebrated in Alameda this Saturday, April 20. In recognition of the annual event, businesses in Alameda’s Park Street Business District were asked to reflect on what they do to preserve our natural resources and to reduce the amount of garbage thrown into our landfills.

Earth Day Leaf displayed at LanvieTo keep unnecessary garbage out of the landfills, a majority of the businesses in the Park Street District recycle paper, cardboard, and plastic. In addition, a majority of the restaurants participate in an “organics” waste program. Several businesses even make special trips to recycling centers and E-Waste centers to discard batteries, light bulbs, paint cans, metal, and electronics. Some shops, such as The Clothes Line and Pillow Park, donate unsold clothing and furniture to local charities. Lesser known facts are that numerous district restaurants recycle their used cooking oils to bio-diesel companies and that cafes and markets (such as The Beanery) recycle coffee grounds, fruits, and vegetables by giving the discarded food stuff to customers for gardening compost and rabbit/chicken feed. Tucker’s Ice Cream even gives away their unused egg yolks.

Fun Fact: The appearance of the Alameda Theatre Treat Team Characters on the movie screens has helped the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex recycle 80% of their trash this year!

Park Centre Anaimal Hospital, AlamedaWhen you step inside the businesses, you will notice that many of them have switched to LED lighting. In addition, Park Centre Animal Hospital installed a solar panel system that now produces 30% of their electricity usage – the CO2 offset is equivalent to taking 4 automobiles of the road each year. Businesses throughout the district also boast water savings by installing low flow toilets and sinks.

Fun Fact: The Marketplace has reduced their building’s water usage by 400 gallons per day! This was accomplished by Read the rest of this entry »

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