Spring Into Action and Take A Class in Downtown Alameda

Craft Night at The Sewing Room in Alameda

The Sewing Room

Alameda offers a wide range of activities for all ages, all levels, and all interests. Look for some of the best classes in Downtown Alameda — art classes, jewelry workshops, ballet classes, martial arts instruction, and more.

You’ll never be able to say there’s nothing to do in Downtown Alameda‘s historic Park Street District. Whether you want to explore a new hobby, get more physically fit, or turn an interest into a profession, there’s something for everyone.

Spring is a new beginning and it’s a terrific time to learn something new.

Art Classes & Hobby Workshops

Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, 1419 Park Street
Instructors at Artistic Home Studio teach easy techniques for decorative furniture painting, mosaics, stained glass, and fused glass. Popular workshops include “Pinterest Unplugged,” “Trash to Treasure Furniture Transformation,” and “Drop-in Fused Glass.” Youth summer camps and after-school art classes are also available.

Bead Inspirations jewelry classes in Alameda

Bead Inspirations

Bead Inspirations, 1544 Park Street
Find out how easy it is to create your own unique jewelry. Bead Inspirations offers a number of one-day classes, along with a plethora of jewelry-making materials. Learn to create earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and pendants out of everything from beads to metalwork.

Dandelion Flowers & Gifts, 1419 Park Street
Founded in 2010 under the leadership of Karim Preuss, Dandelion has grown from a humble flower stand to a full-service flower resource. Look for scheduled flower and art workshops that are held at the shop or other locations.

Jo Anne Yada @ Redux, 2315 Lincoln Avenue, Studio M
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Downtown Alameda’s Home Services Help You Prepare For Spring Cleaning

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Spring is on its way. Now is a good time to start those larger home projects. Not sure where to begin? This list of home services available in Downtown Alameda’s historic Park Street Business District can give you new ideas or help you complete your dream project:

Heating & Plumbing

AT Weber, AlamedaA.T. Weber is Alameda’s hometown plumbing & heating experts. They have the expertise to handle anything from minor repairs to large installations. Their professional services include heating, plumbing, and sewer pipe replacement. If you’re looking for ways to save on energy costs, this might be a good time to have their experts service or replace your furnace or air conditioner. They can also help you earn tax credits and rebates for installing a tankless water heater.
A.T. Weber Plumbing & Mechanical, 2313 Encinal Avenue, Alameda

Electrical Work

Baron Solar and Electric, AlamedaWhether it’s new construction, remodeling, or tenant improvements, Baron Solar & Electric offers full-service solar and electrical contracting services for home or business. No job is too small. With 14 years of electrical experience, design work is available to help you make your next project beautiful as well as functionally sound. Owner Joel Baron can even take care of all the paperwork necessary for you to receive available rebate money from local, state, and federal sources.
Baron Solar & Electric, 1223-A Park Street, Alameda

Solar Installation

Suns Free Solar, AlamedaSolar power not only helps you save money but it helps preserve our environment. The professional staff at Sun’s Free Solar designs and installs only solar power systems. Their global green business model means that you get the highest quality, most ecologically responsible solar array. You can also depend on Kevin Good and his staff to handle everything, from installation to government rebate applications to building department permitting.
Sun’s Free Solar, 1516 Oak Street #106, Alameda

Bath & Kitchen Remodel

Cal Tile, AlamedaHave you been thinking about remodeling your kitchen or bath? Cal Tile Co. offers a large selection of high quality floor and wall tiles: luxury vinyl, ceramics, natural stones, hardwood, and more. They also offer maintenance products and specialty tools. The helpful staff takes pride in their customer service and extensive product knowledge. If you are a do-it-yourself, they can guide you from the start to finish. But if DIY is not for you, they can recommend reliable licensed and bonded contractors.
Cal Tile Company, 1713 Park Street, Alameda

Home Expansion

Ignition Architecture, AlamedaFor those that need more efficient space, Ignition Architecture is an architecture and design studio that has an extensive portfolio that includes remodels, additions, multi-family housing projects, and restaurants. Their thoughtful design work incorporates economical and sustainable solutions that are responsive to client needs and budget. Veronica Hinkley Reck and her staff are also well-versed in the city’s building permit submittal procedures.
Ignition Architecture, 1347 Park Street #D, Alameda

Seating and Window Treatments

C and M Upholstery_AlamedaIf you’re looking to add new color or style to your  existing furnishings, C&M Upholstery and Fabrics is a full service business that provides reupholstery services and custom window treatments. With hundreds of fabrics in stock, as well as thousands of samples in the books that line the walls of their comfortable and convenient downtown location, you’re sure to find something that fits your style. Contact Lisa Amaral to arrange for a free estimate.
C&M Upholstery & Fabrics, 1211 Park Street, Alameda

Repair Services

Alameda Repair_AlamedaLocks, keys, glass and window repair, lawnmower and tool sharpening, small engine service… Alameda Repair Shop can do it all. They even provide 24 hour emergency service if needed. Located 3/4 block off Park Street, you’ll find parking a breeze.
Alameda Repair Shop, 2436 Webb Avenue, Alameda

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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our website: www.ShopParkStreet.com/news.

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Unleash Your Creativity at Artistic Home Studio & Boutique: Alameda’s Destination for Home Art Fans

Artistic Home Studio AlamedaArtistic Home Studio & Boutique in the heart of Alameda is a creative combination of studio and boutique with a focus on home décor arts, teaching, selling supplies, and doing custom work for clients. With numerous 5-star reviews on Yelp and awarded “Retail Business of the Year,” it has become a destination for home arts enthusiasts and novices to explore their creativity.

JaYing Wang and Rachel Gingold — two of the Bay Area’s finest art and craft professionals — started Artistic Home & Boutique in 2013. The business partners met through their adopted Chinese daughters and agree that “Opening the studio has changed our lives. We love the interactions with customers, and our daughters get to see (and participate) in making a creative business work.”

Artistic Home Studio Alameda InstructorsTogether with other instructors, JaYing and Rachel hold classes in glass arts (fused glass, stained glass), mosaics, and decorative painting techniques for furniture and the home. Additionally, they have a youth programs consisting of summer camps and after-school art classes. All classes are held in a stunning, light-filled 1100 sq. ft. studio with gabled and beamed 20-ft high ceilings (the space was originally a historic barn).

In the adjacent boutique, they sell custom-painted furniture, local artisan-made glass jewelry, as well as décor products to try at home, including Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan (Artistic Home is the main Annie Sloan ‘stockist’ for the San Francisco Bay Area).

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Alameda’s Best Outdoor Dining Space: Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden

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Julies Coffee & Tea Garden, AlamedaJulie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, located at 1223 Park Street, is Alameda’s one-of-a-kind spot for organic coffee and tea, healthy eats, artisan wine and beer, unique gifts, and outdoor dining. Community craft nights, art parties, and other events are also a  popular attribute.

The neighborhood cafe is the heart-felt expression of proprietress, Julie Baron.

Julie’s pathway into the world of tea and coffee began with her love of herbs. Starting in the western hills of Sonoma County in 1990, she raised aromatic and tonic herbs and flowers which she sold at local farmers’ markets. In 1995, Julie hooked up with the folks at Taylor Maid Farms and was given the opportunity to create and develop their tea division.

After spending ten years in wholesale, Julie yearned to serve her customers face-to-face and create a soothing space for people to share and learn. From a love of all things plant-made, Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden was born Jan 1, 2005.

Julies Coffee & Tea Garden, AlamedaJulie takes pride in stocking local or organic consumables. She carries premium organic coffee that is small-batch roasted by Taylor Maid Farms in Sebastopol; the several dozen varieties of loose-leaf teas from around the world are organic and free-trade; and the food menu consists of fresh, organic dishes, all from ingredients grown within a hundred miles.

Enjoy a soothing pot of tea in the garden surrounded by aromatic plant or sink into a stuffed chair sipping on a custom brew of freshly ground organic coffee. On a warmer day, ask for one of Julie’s refreshing specialty drinks such as the ginger-lemon brew, flower power punch, rosemary-mint green tea cooler, or lavender lemonade.  Read the rest of this entry »

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CompoClay Unveils Historic Train Station Sign

This Week’s Happenings in the Park Street District: Calendar, July 25-31

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Unveiled: New sign manufactured by CompoClay

Come see the unveiling of the Willow Station Sign, still looking the same but now recast in an eco-friendly, durable material by Alameda’s own CompoClay. The ceremony will be held July 28, 5:30pm, outside of Acapulco Restaurant at 2104 Lincoln Ave. Music and Refreshments. Appetizers generously provided by Acapulco Restaurant.

The sign replacement project is a joint undertaking by the City of Alameda and the Greater Alameda Business Association. All seven of Alameda’s historic Train Station signs are being replaced and the Willow Station has been selected to anchor the debut of the new signs.

“CompoClay” is an eco-friendly material, mainly made of minerals, water and sand. It has the ability to emulate everything from wood and metal to concrete and pottery without sacrificing safety and durability. The new sign pictured at right is expected to last for generations; the previous sign lasted only 10 years. 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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Welcome New Businesses! (1/6/11)

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

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Best of Alameda 2010 (Park Street)

Congratulations to our PSBA Members! The following businesses were selected by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine in the publication’s 2010 Best of Alameda issue.

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