Introducing the Downtown Alameda Business Association

Downtown Alameda Business Association logoHave you noticed that our posts have been including the words “Downtown Alameda” quite a bit? Well, the Park Street Business Association is officially changing its name. The new name is… Downtown Alameda Business Association.

Alameda’s downtown association is comprised of over 425 businesses located on Park Street and surrounding areas. Member businesses are not only located along Park Street (from San Jose Avenue to the Park Street Bridge), but you’ll also find businesses on each of the side streets from Oak Street to Broadway.

“The new name is more indicative of what our association is about. Together, we are not just Park Street — we are the entire Downtown Alameda district,” says Robb Ratto, Executive Director of the Downtown Alameda Business Association (“DABA” for short).

Along with the new name, there is a new logo and a new website. Both have a more modern and fun appearance, just like our vibrant downtown district. Plus, the new online business directory offers more options for finding the perfect eatery, gift shop, or professional service. 

To find out the latest happenings in Downtown Alameda or to look up one of the many downtown businesses, be sure to visit our new website at

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You’ll always find great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do in Downtown Alameda! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit

Keep following us on your favorite social media sites as we switch over to our name and add fresh content: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and Google+

Save the Date! Customer Celebration Day in Downtown Alameda is Saturday, September 12. Free Drawings, Giveaways, Demos, and Entertainment!

Downtown Alameda Business Association

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Power Box Art Contest: A Call for Artists to Beautify Alameda’s Downtown

Power Box Art in AlamedaAcross the country communities have been covering utility boxes with art to beautify their downtowns, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Alameda’s Power Box Art pilot program invites local artists to re-energize the utility boxes on their own streets.

Power Box Art, a partnership between Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), Park Street Business Association (PSBA) and Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) is seeking artists to design art for 10 utility boxes in the Park Street Business District. (The location of the transformers is available on the Power Box Art website,

Transformer Art

Transformer Box Art sample

Artists who live or work in the City of Alameda are invited to submit art that reflects the way the community can reduce its carbon footprint through:

  • Renewable power sources,
  • Cleaner transportation,
  • Recycling and reuse,
  • Being an Alameda local shopper,
  • Supporting local farmers, and
  • Water and energy conservation.

Ten designs will be chosen by a panel of judges. Selected artists will receive a $500 honorarium, have their name displayed on the transformer, and will be featured in a Power Box Art show at Rhythmix Cultural Works. Most importantly, the 10 artists chosen will have their designs transferred to a large-scale vinyl adhesive film that will be wrapped around a transformer box for everybody to admire.

Transformer Box

Transformer Box as it appears today.

One transformer box will be designated for student artwork (K-12). Students can submit art work individually or as a class or organization.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 16 at 5:00pm.  Winning designs will be announced on Wednesday, July 2. The transformers will be unveiled during a special “art walk” scheduled for Friday, September 12.

In the spirit of community, each transformer is sponsored by a local business. The 10 sponsors are: Alameda Collision Repair, Alameda Island Brewing Company, Alameda Natural Grocery, Berg Injury Lawyers, The Marketplace, Mason Management, Ole’s Waffle Shop, Rhythmix Cultural Works, Rich and Rose Krinks (Broker and Associate Realtor, Harbor Bay Realty), and Tucker’s Ice Cream.

For more information or to submit your artwork, visit

Grand Opening: Tiger’s Blood Social Club

Joe Parker, Tiger's Blood Social ClubS.J. Parker and Sammytown present the grand opening of Tiger’s Blood Social Club, a new custom tattoo and piercing studio located at 2319-B Santa Clara Ave (above American Oak). The opening celebration will be held Saturday, May 17, 5:00-9:00pm with live music by He Who Cannot Be Named, Bill Collins, and Evan Martin. Refreshments will be provided.

Meet artist and tattooer Joe Parker: Joe began drawing as soon as he could hold a crayon. He has explored many mediums. His career started in 2000 as a body piercer and by 2006 he was tattooing full-time. For Joe, tattooing is all about the entire experience. If you can dream it, Joe can tattoo it.

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

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2013 PSBA Business Awards

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

The 15th Annual Park Street Business Association Awards were presented at the PSBA holiday party held last month. The awards are given to businesses in five different categories. Finalists are selected based on their involvement in PSBA, participation in district-wide activities, and making a positive contribution to the Park Street Business District.

Congratulations to the following businesses!

New Business of the Year
Island Print Express
, 2434 Santa Clara Ave
Island Print Express, Alameda, Joe DalipeWhen owner Joe Dalipe first opened Island Print Express at the beginning of 2013 his mission was to “keep Alameda in business, one document at a time.” Joe has truly gone beyond that simple statement by providing excellent print services for everybody – whether it’s banners, envelopes, or larger print jobs. Additionally, he jumped right into PSBA activities by participating in roundtable discussions, offering special services for PSBA members, and designing the promotional materials used for last year’s Customer Appreciation Day.

Retail Business of the Year
Artistic Home Studio & Boutique
, 1419 Park Street
Artisitc Home Studio & Boutique, AlamedaArtistic Home Studio & Boutique opened its doors inside Park Street Plaza in May 2013. Created by two local artists, the combination art store and studio has brought a fresh sense of creativity to the Park Street district. In the boutique, you’ll find beautiful artisan-made items, hand-painted furniture, glass supplies, as well as the full line of Chalk Paint® decorative paint. In the studio, people can participate in classes on mosaics, stained glass, and decorative paint for refinishing furniture and other household items. For a fun experience, sign up for one of Rachel and JaYing’s group sessions such as ladies’ night out for adults or after-school art classes for youth.

Professional Business of the Year
Park Centre Animal Hospital
, 2501 Central Ave
Park Centre Animal Hospital, AlamedaOne of Alameda’s oldest veterinarian clinics, the Park Centre Animal Hospital has been serving pets since 1964. Their exceptional care of animals reflects their motto: “We care for your pet as we do our own; with gentleness and understanding.” Services range from routine physical exams and preventive care to senior care and laser therapy. In addition, Park Centre Animal Hospital provides veterinary-supervised boarding facilities for both cats and dogs — all boarders enjoy clean, bright, comfortable surroundings in the well-maintained building. And you won’t find a better maintained building and grounds anywhere in the district.

Culinary Business of the Year (tie)
With so many food and drink establishments in our district, the membership committee always has a tough decision in this category. Our two award winners are longtime favorite establishments in the district; both restaurants have been in business for over 10 years and have hosted some of the best PSBA mixers:

C’era Una Volta, 1332 Park Street
Cera Una Volta, AlamedaNestled in the back of Redwood Square, C’era Una Volta has something for everybody. They serve a great Panini (those wonderfully tasty Italian sandwiches), exceptional crepes and frittatas, and world-class coffee and cappuccino. But what truly sets C’era Una Volta apart is Chef Rudy’s presentation of food and wine. His dinner menu provides diners an avenue toward understanding Italian traditions while offering a classic selection of slow-cooked pasta dishes and traditional Italian entrees, along with an extensive wine menu.

Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
Speisekammer, AlamedaSpeisekammer is one of those treasured spots located on one of our side streets — there’s an outdoor beer garden; cozy, low-lit dining areas; and regular, live entertainment. But it’s the food that keeps people coming back. You won’t find a better Sauerbraten, Wiener Schnitzel, or potato pancake elsewhere. Their annual Oktoberfest celebration is not to be missed and attracts families of all ages to the district.

Member of the Year
Terry Mitchell
– Allstate Insurance, 2504 Santa Clara Ave
Terry Mitchell, Allstate insurance, Alameda“You’re in Good Hands with Allstate” definitely describes insurance agent Terry Mitchell. He has been with Allstate for over 12 years and is said to have worn many hats. But namely, Terry has been leading PSBA’s Membership Committee for nearly five years. With his oversight, our members receive regular district news updates and enjoy monthly business mixers. (He’s also been known to entertain us with a song or two.)

Special Awards

In recognition of our 15 years of business awards, the Membership Committee and the PSBA Board of Directors thought it fitting to extend special awards to two of our longtime merchants:  Read the rest of this entry »

All A-Twitter in Alameda’s Park Street Business District

Many of the businesses in the Park Street Business District can be found on social media sites such as the ever-popular Facebook. But what about Twitter? What is that and how are businesses using it?

Similar to Facebook, Twitter is where businesses are posting updates about new products, events, and special promotions… in 140 characters or less. These short text messages are called “Tweets“.

ShopParkStreet - Twitter pic

To make it easy to view updates from businesses located in Alameda’s historic Park Street Business District, we’ve made their Tweets available in one handy place at You can also view the real-time “feed” on our What’s in the New page.

To give you an idea of what our businesses are tweeting about, this is a sample of recent “Tweets” from the Park Street Business District along with links to their official Twitter pages. Which of these businesses would you like to follow?

Tomatina on TwitterTomatina Restaurant, @eatatTomatina
At #Tomatina we make our own cheese, here is a DIY recipe for delicious Ricotta cheese, enjoy!

Monkey Bars, @MonkeyBarsCA
Went to a gorgeous 1st birthday party for one of our lovey customers… And about died from the cuteness.

Books Inc., @‏BooksIncEvents
Happy Friday, here’s some beautiful books! [19 Awesomely Designed Books From 2013]

Starbucks Coffee, @Starbucks
#ProTip: Stay in the know about special deals and offers when you follow @StarbucksStore ; )

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines, @Farmstd
$$ Dollar Tastings $$: This week at the Tasting Bar, we’ve got some great wines on tap for your edumacational.

American Oak, @AmericanOakAlam   Read the rest of this entry »

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Welcome New Businesses to Alameda’s Park Street District (August 2012)

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

New Businesses:

Alameda Vintners ClubAlameda Vintners Club, 2301 Central Ave
(inside Angela’s Bistro)

* Wine tastings and food pairings.

Eagle Rock Recording Studio, 2516 Santa Clara #A
* Full-featured digital recording studio.

Gold Spa, 2311 Santa Clara Ave
* Full-service spa: facials, body scrubs, massages.

Givegoods, 1516 Oak Street #102
* Earn rewards for supporting charities and local merchants.

Pacific Excel Financial & Insurance Services, 2413 Webb Ave #B
* Full-service financial and retirement advising firm.

Pixies and PeonyPixies & Peony, 2305 Santa Clara Ave
* Re-purposed furniture and home furnishings.

New Owners:

Aphrodite’s Closet, 1201 Park Street
* Women’s consignment clothing and accessories.

Genghis Khan Kitchen, 1540 Park Street
* Mongolian barbecue buffet and all-you-can-eat sushi.

In the Works: Read the rest of this entry »

Park Street Art and Wine Faire 2012 – Weekend Business Specials in Alameda

Park Street Art & Wine Faire 2012The Park Street Business Association is proud to present the 28th Annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire – one of the biggest and best events in Alameda. Enjoy more than 300 arts, crafts, and food vendors; live music on two stages; a special kids’ area with amusement rides; beer & wine sales for the adults; and great shopping in Alameda’s historic downtown business district. The street fair takes place this weekend, July 28 & July 29, from 10:00am to 6:00pm each day.

This year’s street fair is going to be bigger and better than ever, and it’s free for the whole family! The streets will be overflowing with art, crafts, food, wine, and beer!

The Park Street Art & Wine Faire is located on the four big blocks between Encinal Avenue and Buena Vista Avenue — in the heart of the Park Street Business District and Alameda’s commercial center. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome New Businesses! (May 2012)

This Week’s Happenings in the Park Street District: View Calendar

The Park Street Business Association welcomes the following new businesses to the district:

New Businesses:



Boomtown LLC, 2413 Webb Ave #C

Greens & Grains, 1650 Park Street

Juniper Tree Vintage, 1320 Park Street

Law Office of Steven P. McFarlane, 1516 Oak Street #216

Pho Sinh Vietnamese Cuisine, 1434 Park Street

Spyder-Rentals.Com Inc, 1825 Park Street #B

In the Works: Read the rest of this entry »

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Congratulations! 2011 Park Street Business Awards

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The 13th Annual Park Street Business Association Awards were presented at last month’s PSBA holiday party. Congratulations to the following businesses!

New Business of the Year

Flowers Clothing CompanyFlowers Clothing Co., 2305 Santa Clara Avenue

Flowers Clothing Co. is a unique business in the Park Street district, providing the very best in work, uniform, and fashionable clothing for men and women. How did they end up with such a dainty name? “Flowers” embraced the existence of a historic sign above their doorway (the building was formerly the site of Towata Flowers) — and that’s just one of the many reasons we like them.

Retail Business of the Year

Happy Feet Children's ShoesHAPPY FEET Children’s Shoes, 1354 Park Street

HAPPY FEET Children’s Shoes has the largest selection of competitively priced, high-quality footwear and accessories for children. In 2011, during a questionable economic time for most businesses, the owners took a leap of faith and moved from a small space on Santa Clara Avenue to a much larger space on Park Street. What a great addition this “happy” space has brought to the mix of businesses on the 1300 block of Park Street!

Culinary Business of the Year

Julie's Coffee & Tea GardenJulie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street

Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden is Alameda’s one-of-a-kind spot for organic coffee and tea, with a quaint garden patio in the back. The business continues to evolve and attract a great clientele with the addition of a wholesome selection of organic breakfasts, lunches, and other snacks. Favorites include morning eggs, quinoa bowls, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Some of the food stuffs are even supplied by other businesses in the district (Scolari’s and Feel Good Bakery to name a couple). Be sure to stop by Julie’s during one of the weekly live music or craft nights!

Professional Business of the Year (tie)

Kevin R. Kearney, CPA, 1516 Oak Street #207

Kevin Kennedy, LLC, 1516 Oak Street #101

The “two Kevins” are a couple of hard working guys. In addition to running their independent businesses in the Park Street Business District, they both serve the City of Alameda as auditor and treasurer, respectively. Their diligence benefits the city and the Park Street Business District!

PSBA Member of the Year

Bruce Reeves, Law Office of Reeves & Seidler, 2527 Santa Clara Ave

Bruce Reeves is a truly dedicated participant in the Park Street Business Association. He’s served as the secretary of the PSBA board for numerous years, is a member of PSBA’s Economic Revitalization committee, and is an original member of the Park Street Art & Wine Faire committee. Bruce also currently serves on the City’s Economic Development Commission as the commission’s chair.

Support your local businesses! Shop Park Street! (online directory) Read the rest of this entry »

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