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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Island City Waterways Lands in Downtown Alameda

Alameda Island City Waterways eventCelebrate the birth of our Island City with a free public art event open to all ages. On May 21 and 22, audiences will be taken on a guided journey to four sites along the water’s edge to experience art, dance, music, and tales connecting them to Alameda’s rich maritime past.

The half-mile walking route follows Alameda’s historic Waterfront Trail, starting near the foot of the Fruitvale Bridge and ending at the public walkway near the Park Street Bridge.

More than two dozen performing and visual artists will be contributing to the event. Actor Ed Holmes will share stories of immigrants drawn to the city’s booming maritime trade while the audience is surrounded by historical and present-day images of the estuary. Muralist Mark Lewis Wagner will honor the immigrants who built the tidal canal by creating large-scale drawings on sail cloth that will become a backdrop for choreography by Kim Epifano and music by Maze Daiko.

Alameda Island City Waterways TrailTour times on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 are 10:30am-Noon, 12:30pm-2:00pm, and 2:30pm-4:00pm. Participation on each tour is limited to 100 people, with 50 spots per tour available for advance reservation. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early to park and register.

The event is conceived and directed by Rhythmix Cultural Works Founder and Artistic Director Janet Koike.

Reservations and info: www.islandcitywaterways.org

 

Learn more about Alameda’s maritime history at these downtown locations:

Rhythmix Cultural Works AlamedaRhythmix Cultural Works, K Gallery (2513 Blanding Ave)
In conjunction with Island City Waterways, Rhythmix Cultural Works presents “Island City Waterways: Waves of Inspiration” is on display through June 29. This three-person exhibition investigates Alameda’s industrial landscape along the water’s edge. The featured works are by environmental painter Ginny Parsons, photographer Pons Maar, and industrial designer and artist Marc Ribaud. All three artists reside in Alameda.

Alameda Free Library (1550 Oak Street)
The library maintains a rich array of historical materials including books, pamphlets, and clippings relating to Alameda’s history — some more than 100-years-old. The Alameda Collection reflects the city’s historical and cultural development. When perusing the shelves, you’ll find non-fiction books based in Alameda, biographies of Alamedans, and materials written by Alamedans.

The Alameda Museum (2021 Alameda Ave)
Exhibits at The Alameda Museum celebrate and preserve the colorful past of this unique island city. You’ll find a number of maritime stories among the displays of early life in Alameda: history of Alaska Packers Association, a 1892 model of a tall-masted sailing vessel, a model of the ferryboat “Sacramento,” and more.

Island City Waterways is made possible by a number of Downtown Alameda businesses:  Read the rest of this entry »

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Historic Downtown Alameda – A View of the Old Bank Buildings

Park Street, Alameda, 1909Sometimes, “what’s new” is not as interesting as “what’s old.” That’s certainly the case with the grand old buildings in Downtown Alameda.

Prior to 1864, Alameda was home to a few small farmhouses scattered around the peninsula. However, things began to change in that year when a rail and ferry system was introduced to the city. With the improved transportation, businesses began to crop up near the train stations.

By 1905 over 150 structures lined Park Street and the surrounding roads. Apparently this became an ideal place to build a bank, or two, or three…

Citizens Bank, Alameda 1907We invite you to step back in time and take a stroll through Downtown Alameda. Look for these large ornate bank buildings that are contributors to the Park Street Historic Commercial District (National Register, 1982):

Citizens Bank of Alameda Building
1500-1504 Park Street

The Citizens Bank building was completed in 1907 at a cost of $30,000 and was the second reinforced concrete structure on Park Street,. It was designed by Oliver & Foulkes, and built by Grank B. Gulbreth & Co. A major addition completed in 1924 nearly quadrupled its size to the current dimensions.

What’s there now? This is the easiest bank building to spot and houses the longest serving bank in Alameda. Citizens Bank was acquired in the 1920’s by the Bank of Italy, which was to become the Bank of America in 1930. Read the rest of this entry »

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Historic Downtown Alameda – Respect Your Elders

Park Street, Alameda historic buildingsSometimes, “what’s new” is not as interesting as “what’s old.” That’s the case with our great old buildings in Downtown Alameda.

Prior to 1864, Alameda was home to a few small farmhouses scattered around the peninsula. However, things changed that year when a rail and ferry system was introduced to the city.

With improved transportation, hubs of commerce sprang up along the train routes. The primary local stop for the San Francisco & Alameda Railroad was Alameda Station, located near what is now the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Park Street. From that point, businesses spread out mostly in a linear fashion along a road that divided two large tracts of land. That road ultimately became “Park Street.”

Between 1877 and 1880, more than thirty large ornate commercial buildings were erected — ones that were grander than their wooden predecessors. In 1896, Alameda’s City Hall building was completed and by 1905 over 150 structures lined Park Street and the surrounding roads.

There were a few building booms following The Great Earthquake (1906) and between the two World Wars. But the old Victorian landmark buildings didn’t seem that cool any more, so they were either torn down or converted into something else. Thankfully, thirty of the historic structures were left standing, including one that still retains its original architecture.

It was in 1981 that a group of merchants in their wisdom applied to have Alameda’s downtown area designated a national historic business district. Since then, from an architectural standpoint, Park Street has pretty much remained as we see it today.

We invite you to stroll through Downtown Alameda and look for the buildings that are contributors to the Park Street Historic Commercial District (National Register, 1982):  Read the rest of this entry »

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Capone’s Speakeasy: The Ultimate Lounge Experience Comes to Alameda

Capone's Speakeasy, Ultimate Lounge Experience in AlamedaCapone’s Speakeasy is providing the East Bay with an intriguing new nightlife option. Step back in time into the Roaring Twenties… a time when speakeasies were hip and jazz was cool. At Capone’s Speakeasy you’ll find a warm and friendly place with a sophisticated atmosphere; a place where you always get the best of everything.

Staff adorned in period dress (think flappers and men in vests) set the stage for a spectacular night out.

Start your evening in a stunning dining room with a vintage bar and 1920′s bank vaults that is evocative of a 1920s speakeasy. Then stick around for the best local bands and DJ’s — patrons will especially appreciate the live jazz and light rock on Fridays and Saturday nights.

Capone's Speakeasy, Ultimate Lounge Experience in Alameda, small dishesCapone’s Speakeasy offers an extraordinary list of signature drinks and a menu of mouth-watering small plates of modern American cuisine inspired by international specialties. Complementing the food is a robust selection of contemporary and classic cocktails; a California-centric wine list; and small-producer beers.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Iconic Pampered Pup is a Tribute to a Father’s Dedication

Update: Happy retirement to Kit after 16 years of service! The new owner, Tony Yu, will officially take over on April 2, 2015.

Pampered Pup iconic sign on Park Street, AlamedaAmong the changes that have been taking place in the Park Street Business District this past month, people have been surprised to see that Pampered Pup has been closed for a few weeks. Many have asked what is happening to Alameda’s iconic restaurant… is it closing? has it been sold? is it being replaced?

In following up on these questions, we were sad to learn of the recent passing of the owner, Pak. His son is currently in town and explained that the family is making some upgrades to Pampered Pup as a tribute to his father’s work. Sam says the changes they are making are the things that his father had always wanted to do, but just didn’t have the time or the energy.

Recognizing that “The Pup” is a landmark on Park Street, Sam says the changes will be in keeping with the existing retro character of the hot dog place. Visits have been made to the Alameda Museum to find old photos, ensuring that design updates are authentic to the original style.

The following announcement was provided by Sam Yu, son of the owners of Pampered Pup: Read the rest of this entry »

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View the 2012 Alameda July 4th Parade from Park Street

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Alameda July 4 ParadeFourth of July is coming up and in Alameda that means a day to head downtown to view one of the longest Independence Day parades in the nation.

Stretching from Park Street to Webster Street, the Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade boasts over 170 “floats” and 2,500 participants that travel a 3.3 mile route. In addition to performers that come from the Bay Area, many local businesses, schools, and organizations participate in the parade. Entries include hand-decorated flatbeds, antique cars, marching bands, dance troupes, cheer leading squads, horses, bicyclists, musicians, and clowns… to name a few favorites.

With so much to see, where’s the best place to view the parade? Our answer: Park Street, between Lincoln and San Jose.

*** 7/5/12 Update, view photos from this year’s parade: http://photobucket.com/2012july4alameda  Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Fun at the Alameda Theatre and Cineplex

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Alameda Theatre & Cineplex — Take the Magic With You!

Alameda Theatre & CineplexSchool is almost out for the summer and there’s good reason to head to the local movie theater in the Park Street Business District. Alameda Theatre & Cineplex has created two different movie series for the months of June, July, and August.

Maybe you would like to take the kids to a morning Family Movie Series that features some of the most entertaining children’s favorites released within the past few years. Or maybe you would like to indulge in the late-night openings of this summer’s most anticipated blockbuster films by attending the Midnight Movie Series.

On Friday and Saturday nights, Dave May hosts “Alameda’s Got Talent.” The mini-contest precedes the evening movie in the Historic Theatre and showcases some of Alameda’s hidden talent. Interested in performing? The Theatre takes sign ups at the Box Office.

With 8 different screens at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, Read the rest of this entry »

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