Family Fun at the Downtown Easter Hunt

Thank you to all who joined us for this fun family event in Downtown Alameda. Were you there? Post your photos on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DowntownAlameda

Downtown Alameda Easter HuntThe Downtown Alameda Business Association, in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Alameda, is hosting a Downtown Easter Hunt on Saturday, April 15 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Kids and their families are invited to take part in the fun.

Over 25 shops and restaurants will be providing free treats, as well as a variety of other family activities. Children ages 12 and under are welcome with an adult… some businesses will even have special treats for parents.

The event is free. So grab a basket (and the kids) and come out to enjoy the search for prizes and treats in Downtown Alameda!

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In Celebration of Local Business in Downtown Alameda

Small businesses in Downtown AlamedaPark Street Plaza, Alameda have a huge impact on our community. They bring approximately $360,000 in sales tax revenue to the City of Alameda. This provides clean streets, visual improvements, safer neighborhoods, and many other important things.

According to a national study, one new small business annually contributes:

> $250,000 in economic activity

> $56,800 in payroll

> $8,400 in rents

> $17,000 in bank deposits

Speisekammer, Alameda> $39,500 in loan demand

> $2,200 in bank fees

> $25,000 in State and Local Sales Tax

> $4,700 in utilities

> $6,200 in marketing and advertising

> $4,100 in professional services (insurance, legal, accounting)

> $2,700 in supplies and maintenance

But these are national averages — you can expect Alameda’s numbers to be much higher.

Speedy Smog Alameda

Speedy Smog

So, as you can see, small businesses make Alameda a better place. With that in mind, we’d like to honor the business owners that are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year… starting with the months of January and February.

Please join us in acknowledging the anniversaries of these Downtown Alameda businesses:  

30 Years
Oil Changers

Red Onion owners

The Original Red Onion

20 Years
Pacific Coast Real Estate Company 

15 Years
Speisekammer
Linda C. Avery, CP, Ph.D.

10 Years
Speedy Smog
Lucky 13 
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Shop Local: Holiday Events in Downtown Alameda

Shop Local Saturday in Downtown AlamedaNestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is another opportunity for shoppers to have some fun and get terrific deals. Forget the malls on Saturday, November 26 and make local businesses a part of your holiday tradition.

By shopping or dining at a small business in Downtown Alameda, you’re not only showing your support for local businesses but you’re also investing in our island community and preserving Alameda’s unique charm.

So let our merchants help you find unique holiday gifts, jewelry, clothing, toys, wine, and much more! Gift certificates also make a wonderful surprise.

Holiday Happenings in Downtown Alameda

Be an Alameda Island Shopper! Enjoy these special holiday happenings in Downtown Alameda:

The Sewing Room holiday stockingWed, November 23:
Relax before the holidays with an evening of live music at Speisekammer. The Saddle Cats play western swing starting at 8:30pm; no cover charge.

Thur, November 24:
Need last-minute holiday meal items? Alameda Natural Grocery and Farmstead Cheeses & Wines will have special hours Thanksgiving morning from 9:00am to Noon.

Fri, November 25:
Daisy’s is celebrating the return of Gilmore Girls to television on Friday, November 25. Enjoy special gifts and food — celebrated festival style!
Celebrate local music with four Alameda acoustic acts at McGee’s. Show starts at 8:00pm: Wicked LobstahAcoustic EmbersFlunch, and My Friday NightRead the rest of this entry »

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Customer Celebration Day in Downtown Alameda

We’re celebrating YOU!

The merchants in Downtown Alameda appreciate your support and would like to honor YOU, our valued customer. As a special thank you, we’re hosting a “Customer Celebration Day” on Saturday, September 24.

We invite you to take a stroll through Alameda’s historic downtown district for a day of fun. Participating businesses will be offering free giveaways, prizes, and special discounts. Plus, enjoy a variety of entertainment and activities on the sidewalks from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

So plan on visiting your favorite shops, restaurants, and services on Customer Celebration Day… and maybe even discover some new places along the way. Over 50 businesses will be participating!

Here’s a small sample of special activities:
* 10:00am-11:00am – Free Coffee and Tea Tasting @ Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden
* 11:00am-12:00pm –  Complimentary Croissants @ C’era Una Volta
* 11:00am-2:30pm – Meet the Minions – Photo Op @ Cinema Grill
* 2:00pm-4:00pm – Free Sangria Wine Tasting @ Bonne Vie Beer Wine & Fine Cigars
* 4:00pm-6:00pm – Free Face Painting @ Tucker’s Ice Cream

For a chance to win a fabulous assortment of gift certificates and goodies from downtown merchants, be sure to stop by one of our sponsoring businesses to pick up your free entry form — the grand prize is valued over $500!

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Find Student Lunch Specials in Downtown Alameda

Bowzer's Pizza AlamedaSchool is back in session and the sidewalks in Downtown Alameda are once again buzzing during lunch hour.

Many downtown restaurants offer lunch specials that keep business flying through the afternoon. Lunch specials are especially helpful to the nearby Alameda High students who have limited time to pack a lunch, want something different from the standard cafeteria menu, or just want to take advantage of the privilege of leaving campus during lunch break.

With tons of options available with Downtown Alameda being just a short stroll away from the high school, “Where shall we eat?” can be one of the biggest and most exasperating questions among Alameda High students when friends gather together for a quick lunch break.

So where can a budget-conscious student fill up fast if he or she didn’t bring a homemade lunch? $5 can get you a pretty hearty meal at just about any of the nearby downtown destinations that offer weekday specials — from take-out spots to family restaurants, and everything between. Just look for the  “Student Special” signs in front of the local eateries.

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Find Back-to-School Shopping Ideas in Downtown Alameda

Back To School_Walgreens AlamedaBack-to-school shopping can be daunting. Whether you’re shopping for an elementary student, middle-schooler, high-schooler, or college student, back-to-school shopping means stocking up on school supplies. Instead of going back to the mall or driving to the big box stores, take a relaxing stroll through Downtown Alameda where you are sure to find everything you need to make this the best school year yet!

Basic School Supplies – The essential school supplies include paper, pencils, pens, rulers, markers, notebooks, lunch boxes, and bags. You’ll find all of these items and more at neighborhood convenience stores and pharmacies in Downtown Alameda.

Walgreens – “Everything your child needs to make the grade.

CVS Pharmacy – Name brand school and office supplies.

Clothing and ShoesTo make sure your child starts the school year in style, drop into one of Downtown Alameda’s clothing shops where you will find the latest apparel for fashion-conscious kids — everything from trendy shoes to socially aware t-shirts. On a budget? You can also find gently worn fashions at the re-use boutiques.

Doumitt ShoesBack to School_Doumitts Shoes Alameda – Trendy, fashion shoes for the entire family.

District Footwear & Apparel – The latest in metro-hip sneakers and apparel.

Lauren’s Closet – Clothes, accessories, and more for children and juniors.

All Good Living – Lifestyle clothing that is earth-friendly and made in the USA.

Computers & Electronics – Whether it’s new phones to stay connected with the kids, new computers to help with completing homework assignments, and or calculators for fun and learning, you’ll find a number of retail shops in Downtown Alameda that offer the right gadgets to help students get through the school year successfully.

Quick Communications – Verizon Wireless Authorized Exclusive Retailer.

Grand Communications – MetroPCS Authorized Dealer.

ABM Computers – Vast array of hardware and software solutions.

Music & Art Supplies – New supplies for music and art classes will help students master those extracurricular activities. There are a number of shops in Downtown Alameda worth checking out — whether it’s painting and drawing supplies, sewing supplies, or musical instruments and sheet music. (By the way, now is a good time to start making reservations for school holiday camps.)  Read the rest of this entry »

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Find the Best Views of Alameda’s Fourth of July Parade on Park Street

Alameda July 4 ParadeOn July 4, be sure to find your way to Downtown Alameda to view one of the longest Independence Day parades in the nation. The Alameda Mayor’s 4th of July Parade is one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in the Bay Area and it starts right here on Park Street.

The Alameda parade boasts over 170 floats and 2,500 participants that traverse a 3.3 mile route across Alameda — from Park Street on the east end of the island to Webster Street on the west end. Beginning at 10:00am on the corner of Park Street & Lincoln Avenue, the parade first meanders down Park Street and then continues around the corner along Otis Drive.

Spectators enjoy a huge variety of hand-decorated flatbeds, antique cars, marching bands, dance troupes, cheerleading squads, dancing horses, bicyclists, musicians, clowns, and costumed characters. Performers come from Alameda and all around the Bay Area. 

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2015 Parade Photo Gallery

There’s also a 5K run and walk that follows the route of the Mayor’s 4th of July Parade. The R.A.C.E. starts at 9:00am — an hour before the parade — in front of the Bank of Marin (1416 Park Street).

The Alameda Mayor’s 4th of July Parade and race attract over 20,000 people and many of the spectators search out the best viewing spots along Park Street where parade entrants start off with lots of energy. The performances, cheering, and flag waving tend to be particularly exciting in front of the Judging Stand located at the intersection of Park Street & Alameda Avenue.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Launch Party: Downtown Alameda To Get New Look

Downtown Alameda Street Banner preview

Downtown Alameda will be getting a slightly new look when the Downtown Alameda Business Association installs new street banners this week.

Designed by local artist Felicia Ann, the banner images blend the nostalgic style of posters from the early 1900s with contemporary figures and fresh colors.

The banner project was created to help define Downtown Alameda beyond Park Street and to celebrate the wealth of unique services available throughout the entire district. Residents and visitors alike will be beckoned to Shop, Play, Learn, Wine & Dine, and Catch-Up in Downtown Alameda.

Downtown Alameda Is “Historic, Hip, and Worth the Trip”

The Park Street District has been evolving into a modern and lively downtown area that is “Historic, Hip, and Worth the Trip.”  Not only are popular destination businesses locating along the side streets in Downtown Alameda, but new growth is also happening along the stretch of Park Street north of Lincoln Avenue.  Read the rest of this entry »