New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (Oct/Nov 2016)

Tango Leather Alameda authentic Argentina leather goods

Tango Leather

There’s always something new to discover in Downtown Alameda, from charming shops to friendly services. These past few months have brought a number of changes along Santa Clara Avenue as businesses have found terrific spaces to occupy not too far from Park Street.

While strolling along Santa Clara Ave, you’ll find two new family-operated real estate offices that can help you acquire either a new home or an investment property. You’ll also find the new office location for the folks that know how to get things up and running on a timely schedule.

New retail is always of special interest in Downtown Alameda. The next time you’re window shopping on Santa Clara Ave, you might find yourself enticed by a stylish boutique that redefines trends with their display of unique handcrafted leather goods. There’s also a new shop-inside-a-shop on Park Street.

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

New Businesses:

ReMax Tribute Alameda real estate

RE/MAX Tribute

NextHome Generations, 2545 Santa Clara Ave
* Real estate services with focus on investment opportunities.

PK Consultants, 2516 Santa Clara Ave
* Strategic management services and event planning for corporations, businesses, and individuals.

RE/MAX Tribute, 2437 Santa Clara Ave
* Full service real estate office owned and operated by a local family.

Tango Leather, 2543 Santa Clara Ave #C
* One-of-kind authentic leather purses and accessories handcrafted in Argentina.

New Associate Member:

Hilliard Management Group, 3527 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Ste 390
* Financial accounting and bookkeeping consulting firm dedicated to helping Alameda small businesses.

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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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Find Award-Winning Businesses in Downtown Alameda (2015 DABA Awards)

We’re proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Downtown Alameda Business Awards!

At the end of each year, the Downtown Alameda Business Association presents special awards to business members for outstanding performance. The selected businesses (owners, managers, and staff) are recognized for contributing to the success of our shopping and entertainment district by actively participating in downtown activities and attracting a strong customer base. These businesses also demonstrate support for the community by giving back in various ways.

Congratulations to our 2015 award winners! These businesses and individuals are excellent examples of the quality of goods and services, along with fantastic customer service, that you can expect to receive year-round in Downtown Alameda.

Retail Business of the Year 

Alameda Bicycle family rides

Alameda Bicycle

Alameda Bicycle, 1522 Park Street
It’s not enough just to sell bikes. Alameda Bicycle also works to ensure that customers enjoy their new purchases by inviting them to be part of a community through organized bike rides and offering free lifetime maintenance services. In addition, Alameda Bicycle supports our downtown events by providing space for secure bike parking at each of the street festivals.

Professional Business of the Year

Alameda Eyes Optometry, 1432 Park Street
Whether you need a routine eye examination, an eyeglasses fitting, contact lenses, or treatment for an eye infection, the staff at Alameda Eyes Optometery will provide you with the best care, advice, and options. They take the time to get to know you, your eye care history, and your vision needs. As the newest owner of the downtown business, Dr. Anders Hansson doesn’t hesitate to volunteer at our district events.

Culinary Business of the Year

East End pizza in Alameda

East End

East End, 1650 Park Street
East End is in it for the love of good food, good drink, and good company. The seasonally-driven menu features award-winning wood-fired pizzas (plus a whole lot more) while the bartenders excel at craft cocktails with a healthy dose of imagination. In addition to providing a comfortable and inviting atmosphere, East End puts great effort in supporting the community by hosting fundraiser events throughout the year.

New Business of the Year

Alameda Island Brewing Company, 1716 Park Street
Since opening earlier this year, AIBC has been about more than just making great beers. Brewmaster Matthew Fox and his wife strive to be innovative while embracing the island’s history with names such as Neptune’s Pale Ale, Cavanaugh Kolsch, and Park St. Morning Porter. The beautiful tasting room and the relaxing patio are welcoming gathering places for all in the downtown district.

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

CLICK HERE to view our round-up of new businesses that opened in 2015

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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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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Downtown Businesses Are Best of Alameda 2015

Congratulations to all the Downtown Alameda businesses that have been selected “Best of Alameda 2015” by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine. As usual, there are a lot of them — a total of 46 this time around!

Taking top honors are a number of Downtown Alameda businesses that received multiple “Best of Alameda 2015” awards:

  • Best of Alameda 2015American Oak (2319 Park St) Best Steaks; Best Rib Eye; Best Spirits Selection
  • Asena (2508 Santa Clara Ave) Best Greek/Mediterranean Restaurant; Best Middle Eastern Restaurant
  • Burma Superstar (1345 Park St) Best Thai/Burmese Food; Best Vegetarian Restaurant; Best Salads
  • Cinema Grill (2301 Central Ave) Best New Restaurant; Best New Business
  • East End (1650 Park St) Best Pizza; Best Raw Oysters
  • Farmstead Cheeses & Wines (1650 Park St) Best Cheeses; Best Wine Store
  • Jim’s Homestyle Diner (2333 Lincoln Ave) Best Breakfast; Best Diner
  • Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (1223 Park St) Best Coffeehouse; Best Bulk Loose Tea 
  • La Penca Azul (1440 Park St) Best Mexican Restaurant; Best Late Night Munchies Spot; Biggest Portions
  • Pappo (2320 Central Ave) Best California CuisineBest Wine List
  • La Penca Azul (1440 Park St) Best Mexican Restaurant; Best Late Night Munchies Spot; Biggest Portions
  • Pappo (2320 Central Ave) Best California CuisineBest Wine List
  • Scolari’s Good Eats (1303 Park St) Best BurgerBest Sandwiches, Best Comfort Food
  • Speisekammer (2424 Lincoln Ave) Best Sausages
  • Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream (1349 Park St) Best Ice Cream; Best Desserts
  • Lauren’s Closet (1420 Park St) Best Children’s Store [tie]; Best Consignment Clothing
  • Toy Safari (1410 Park St) Best Children’s Store [tie]; Best Games and Toys

This year we saw a number of service-oriented businesses receive “Best of Alameda” honors for the first time since we’ve been compiling our annual version of the list. These professional service people are definitely worth checking out:

Of course, there are many more “Best of Alameda” winners located in Downtown Alameda. We’ve posted all the winners (with links to their websites) on our blog page: https://parkstreetbusiness.wordpress.com/best-of-alameda/

For those who prefer to flip through the original “Best of Alameda 2015” magazine article to view all the great photos and business spotlights, look for Alameda Magazine’s July 2015 “Best of Alameda” issue at Books Inc. (1344 Park Street) or De Lauer’s Newsstand (1412 Park Street).


There is one other new service on the list that is definitely a “Best of Alameda” winner… 
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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.

You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on FacebookTwitter, and other social sites.

Sign up for our Customer Club to receive event announcements and special offers from businesses in the Park Street Business District! Click Here 

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Congratulations To These Downtown Alameda Businesses (2014 PSBA Awards)

Every year the Park Street Business Association (PSBA) presents awards at the end of the year to members for outstanding performance in their specific category. The selected businesses (owners, managers, and staff) elevate the success of our shopping district by actively participating in our local business association and its activities. They also go out of their way to support the local community. These businesses and individuals are excellent examples of the quality of goods and services, along with fantastic customer service, you will receive from PSBA members.

We’re proud to announce the 2014 award winners. Be sure to stop by and check out these businesses the next time you are in Downtown Alameda’s historic shopping district…

Dandelion Flower Shop, Alameda

Dandelion Flower Shop

Retailer of the Year:
Dandelion Flower Shop, 1419 Park Street
Dandelion is a flower boutique located in the heart of Alameda’s historic Park Street District. Founded in 2010 under the leadership of Karim Preuss, Dandelion has grown from a humble flower stand to a full-service flower resource offering elegant arrangements and a wide array of memorable locally-made gifts.

Professional Business of the Year:
Island Print Express, 2534 Santa Clara Avenue
Owner Joe Dalipe is “Keeping Alameda in Business, One Document at a Time.” But he doesn’t stop there. Joe cares about the people around him and was instrumental in starting a campaign and organizing fundraisers to aid individuals who lost their personal belongings in last year’s arson fires. Joe is a member of numerous community groups and continually finds ways to support those in need — if you have any surplus kids’ books, he is currently collecting donations for a children’s reading project.

Lola's Chicken Shack, Alameda

Lola’s Chicken Shack

Culinary Business of the Year: (tie)
Lola’s Chicken Shack, 1417 Park Street
“Incredible Food with Exceptional Hospitality.” That’s the mission of Lola’s Chicken Shack. The menu provides a terrific selection of healthy chicken dishes and the food is made fresh on the premises. The restaurant is operated by a longtime Alameda family. The Rogers are helping Park Street to thrive by opening the restaurant in a space that was vacant for too many years.

American Oak, 2319 Santa Clara Avenue
Located just off Park Street, American Oak is the purveyor of fine foods and even finer spirits. The popular restaurant features a variety of classic comfort food favorites and over 120 different whiskeys. But what is incredible is that the owners were able to bounce back following a mysterious fire that closed the restaurant for nearly a year. As a result of that experience, co-owners Melanie and Chuck were instrumental in organizing an event to help a downtown restaurant that was destroyed by an arson fire this past year.

Urgent Care Center of Alameda

Urgent Care Center of Alameda

New Business of the Year:
Urgent Care Center of Alameda, 2421 Encinal Avenue #A
Opening its doors last January, Alameda Urgent Care brings a new kind of service to Downtown Alameda. Their professional, courteous staff provide personalized, compassionate, thorough, and timely medical care to the community — from preventative care to urgent care issues. In addition, Sonia Shefayee (executive director and physician’s assistant) is now on hand at our street fairs to provide first aid assistance if needed.

PSBA Member of the Year:
Kate Pryor (Tucker’s Ice Cream, 1528 Park Street)
Tucker’s Ice Cream has been a part of Alameda’s historic Park Street shopping district for over 70 years. As part of a much loved establishment, Kate does her best to give back to our local community in whatever way she can. This past year, she revived our Maintenance & Improvement Committee and is making good strides in bringing recycling and other improvements to the downtown district.

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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, professional services, and fun things to do! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our website: www.ShopParkStreet.com/news. You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on FacebookTwitter, and other social sites.

Sign up for our Customer Club to receive event announcements and special offers from businesses in the Park Street Business District! Click Here 

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