Downtown Alameda News
Downtown Alameda 2017
Downtown Alameda Business Associaton
2447 Santa Clara Ave., #302
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 523-1392
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Find Classic Dining in Downtown Alameda

Valentine’s Day is certainly a special night in Downtown Alameda. With that in mind, local restaurants are putting together special menus and events for you to share with that special person in Alameda’s historic Park Street district. 

There are a number of wonderful restaurants that have been in existence in the historic Park Street district for a many years. These restaurants have a well-earned reputation for being a place to go for special occasions. The restaurant owners pride themselves in offering fresh cuisine and impeccable service. Perfect for a night out with your Valentine! 

Alameda’s historic downtown shopping district is also a wonderful place to find a special gift — from flowers and treats to handmade art. For a complete list of restaurants and gift stores, check out our Business Directory page. 

Read more about Downtown Alameda's classic restaurants in our downtown blog: 
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Shop Local: Find Unique Gifts

Downtown Alameda has a terrific collection of shops and restaurants. Did you know that by shopping at a small business in Alameda, you’re not only showing your support for local businesses but you’re also investing in this island community, helping to preserve Alameda’s unique charm. When shopping local, a greater share of every dollar spent is recirculated into our local economy. 

Be an Alameda Island Shopper! Make local businesses a part of your holiday tradition. Let the merchants in Downtown Alameda help you find your holiday gifts, jewelry, clothing, toys, books, and much more. 

Read more about Downtown Alameda's unique gift stores in our downtown blog: Downtown Alameda - Straight from the Street



Pauline's Antiques

Welcome New Businesses! (Mar/Apr 2017)

The Downtown Alameda Business Association welcomes the following new businesses to Alameda’s historic Park Street District:
New Businesses:

Felix College Prep, 2534 Santa Clara Ave
MGH Discovered Art, 1406 Park Street #400
Phoenix, 2315 Lincoln Ave (co-working and event space)

Even more businesses have opened within the past year. View our lists here: 


Downtown Alameda Gets a New Look 

Downtown Alameda got a slightly new look when street banners were installed throughout the commercial district. Designed by local artist Felicia Ann, the street banners 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 are beckoned to ShopPlayLearnWine & Dine, and Catch-Up in Downtown Alameda.

Get the details in our downtown blog: 

Downtown Alameda - Straight From the Street 


Power Box Art: Take a Self-Guided Tour

Take a stroll through Downtown Alameda and celebrate Alameda’s newest public art. You’ll be delighted to see that local artists have transformed the ordinary into the extraordinary. Ten utility boxes have been re-energized and are now covered by whimsical graphics that reflect ways the community can reduce its carbon footprint. 

FREE GUIDE MAPS of all ten Power Box Art locations are now available at businesses located in the downtown area. Look for a map at one of your favorite businesses to learn about the inspiration that artists injected into these wonderful designs. 

In the spirit of community, each transformer is sponsored by a downtown business: Alameda Collision RepairAlameda Island Brewing CompanyAlameda Natural GroceryBerg Injury LawyersThe MarketplaceMason ManagementOle’s Waffle ShopRhythmix Cultural Works, Rich and Rose Krinks (Broker and Associate Realtor, Harbor Bay Realty), and Tucker’s Ice Cream.  

Power Box Art is a partnership between Alameda Municipal Power, the Downtown Alameda Business Association, and Rhythmix Cultural Works

For more information, visit


Pledge to be an Alameda Island Shopper

The businesses in Alameda are an important part of our community. They support our local economy year-round by contributing taxes and donating to local charities. A greater share of every dollar spent in Alameda is recirculated in the local economy.

When you make plans for shopping or dining, we hope you will think of Downtown Alameda’s historic Park Street District first for your shopping itinerary. 

Read more about the "Alameda Island Shopper" initiative:

Bowzer's Pizza
2016 Downtown Merchant Awards

The 18th Annual Downtown Alameda Business Association Awards were presented at December’s holiday party. The awards are given to businesses in five categories each year, plus President's choice awards. Finalists are selected based on their participation in the Downtown Association's activities and making a positive contribution to the Downtown Alameda community.

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2016 Downtown Alameda Business Awards!

Retail Business of the Year

Alameda See Spot Run, 1510 Santa Clara Ave


Professional Business of the Year (tie)

The Sewing Room, 2434 Webb Ave
Edward Jones (Office of Jane Watson), 1430 Everett Street #A


Culinary Business of the Year

Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave


New Business of the Year

Sole Desire Shoes, 1330A Park Street


Member of the Year

Julie Baron - Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street


Presidential Award

Terry Mitchell - Allstate, 2504 Santa Clara Ave #5

"Mister Park Street"

Duane Watson - Lee Auto Supply, 1525 Park Street


Learn more about these outstanding businesses on our blog site:
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Sole Desire

Welcome New Businesses! (July/Aug 2017)

The Downtown Alameda Business Association welcomes the following new businesses to Alameda’s historic Park Street District:
New Businesses: 

Nailbar, 1229 Park Street 
Phone Repair Hut, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza)
Wild Ginger, 1239 Park Street

New Location: 

Alameda Personal Training, 1416 Park Street

Even more businesses have opened within the past year. View past lists on our blog site:


2017 -- Exciting Times Are Ahead!

Alameda's Downtown... it’s growing up and growing out; changing direction and moving forward to meet the demands of an increasingly dynamic changing market. 

As stakeholders (business people and community members) we all share the vision of what we want our downtown to be -- a viable, vital, and valuable business district. We want our district to mirror the island city vibe of being unique, independent, and entrepreneurial of culture, art, entertainment, shopping, and dining. 

The consensus from an off-site we did with our Board representatives listed the following goals for activities in the downtown district:
1.  Have them be unique enough to set us apart from others in the bay area.
2.  Be representative of our community.
3.  Promote the district, drive foot traffic, bring in new customers.
4.  Involve the whole family.
5.  Create more connection to community.
Tall orders but all doable. 


Read more about the fun and interesting activities that could take place this year: 
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Getting to Downtown Alameda is Easy

Transit riders now have more options for getting to Downtown Alameda. Whether you need assistance or just want to leave the car behind, there have always been plenty of choices. But now it’s even more convenient...

New Alameda Shuttle - The Alameda Loop Shuttle provides a way for all people to get around Alameda for free, regardless of age or ability. The shuttle operates three loops that run on Tuesday (West Loop), Wednesday (East Loop), and Thursday (Central Loop) from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Each loop brings passengers to Downtown Alameda every half hour with stops at Kaiser Permanente, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, and the Alameda Main Library.

New Bus Line - AC Transit Line 19 now connects to Downtown Alameda via Buena Vista Avenue. The new bus line also provides riders with direct access to/from the 12th Street/Oakland City Center and Fruitvale BART stations. Service is available seven days a week from 6:00am to 10:00pm. 

You can find information and schedules for both of these transportation services at:


Search For Collectibles in Downtown Alameda

Do you love the hunt and the find? Plan to spend an afternoon strolling through Downtown Alameda’s historic Park Street District in search of out-of-the-ordinary collectibles and antiques. You’ll find one of the best selections of vintage clothing, estate jewelry, period furniture, and forgotten memorabilia from your childhood days.

There is no shortage of vintage shops and re-use boutiques to explore in Downtown Alameda and you may be surprised at the places you come across.

Check out our downtown blog for a recommended path to get you started: 
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Find Lunch Specials in Downtown Alameda

School 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 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, “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.


Check out these quick and inexpensive favorites found a few blocks from AHS:

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The Sewing Room

2nd Friday Art Walk in Downtown Alameda

There’s something for everyone to enjoy on 2nd Fridays -- whether your interest is in paintings, photographs, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, or just having fun. 
Most venues feature changing art exhibits and artist receptions with wine and light snacks, while others host live musical performances and entertainment. Nearby businesses also join in the fun by creating special treats for 2nd Friday patrons. 
2nd Friday Art Walks are totally free and guests can go from venue to venue at their own pace. Activities are typically scheduled from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, but times may vary slightly at some locations. 

Official event page:
Read more about the folks who help make 2nd Fridays possible each month:
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Welcome New Businesses! (May/June 2017)

The Downtown Alameda Business Association welcomes the following new businesses to Alameda’s historic Park Street District:
New Businesses:

AHI Hawaiian Poke Bar, 2353 Santa Clara Ave
Bay Cater, 2312 Alameda Ave
Bay Language Academy, 1412-1416 Park Ave
D20 Games, 1530 Park Street
Mercy and Grace Staffing Solutions, 1516 Oak Street #108
The Red Door on Encinal, 2309 Encinal Ave

New Owner:

Habanas Cuban Cuisine, 1518 Park Street

Even more businesses have opened within the past year. View our lists here:

Art & Wine Faire Keeps Downtown Alameda
Clean, Green, and Safe

The Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire is always an exciting time for the downtown district and its merchants as we share our beloved Park Street with tens of thousands of attendees. The annual fundraising event allows the Downtown Association to introduce our district, its merchants, and our events to folks living both on and off the Island. 
Additionally, we’ve established a “Clean, Green, & Safe” fund to further support our efforts to maintain our tree-lined streets. A portion of the proceeds from beverage purchases during the weekend will help us keep the district clean and green and create an inviting experience for all to enjoy. 

We are ever grateful for the business association merchant members for their hospitality. It does not go unnoticed that their normal business and daily operations are changed dramatically to insure that this event takes place.

View photos from this year's Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire:

Best Of Downtown Alameda

Congratulations to all the Downtown Alameda businesses that have been selected “Best of Alameda 2017” by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine. As usual, there are quite a lot of them — a total of 55 this time around! Categories include Retail, Services, Lifestyle & Leisure, Food, and Drinks.

A number of service-oriented businesses, along with some of Downtown Alameda’s newest businesses, received “Best of Alameda” honors for the first time since we’ve been compiling our annual version of the list. We encourage you to take time to check them out the next time you're in Downtown Alameda.
View an alphabetic list of all the downtown “Best of Alameda” winners on our blog:
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Wild Ginger

Welcome New Businesses! (Sept/Oct 2017)

The Downtown Alameda Business Association welcomes the following new businesses to Alameda’s historic Park Street District:
New Businesses: 

AutoZone, 1125 Park Street
Caffrey Insurance Solutions, 2413 Webb Ave #C
Rise Bodyworks, 1226 Park Street
T-Mobile Store, 1634 Park Street
The Local, 1333 Park Street
The Star on Park, 1400 Park Street

Business Merger: 

Merle Norman Cosmetics & Bay Threading, 1419 Park Street  (inside Park Street Plaza)

New Owners: 

KD Nails & Hair, 1619 Park Street  (formerly Jo Ann's Nails & Hair)
Rob's Garage, 1800 Park Street (formerly Tony's Motor Service)
Smog Dog, 1726 Park Street (formerly Speedy Smog)

In the Works: 

Cholita Linda, 1337 Park Street
Saigon Bistro, 2315 Santa Clara Ave
Town Tavern, 1437 Park Street
Twelve 31 Eatery, 1231 Park Street

Even more businesses have opened within the past year. View past lists on our blog site:

Do you know of a business that is not on our list? Please give the Downtown Association a call at (510) 523-1392.

Call For Artists: Holiday Window Contest

Through a collaboration with the Downtown Alameda Business Association and 2nd Friday ArtWalk, artists can be teamed up with downtown businesses to create festive holiday window displays.
Visitors to Downtown Alameda and our judges panel will vote for their favorite windows November 30 – December 21. Winners will be selected in five categories: Best Overall, Best Use of Lights, Most Creative, Best Use of Merchandise/Products, and Social Media Favorite. Winning windows will receive a $100 dollar gift card from FLAX and cash prizes from Glass Tek.
Deadline to submit applications is November 16. Get more information: 
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ReThink Disposable: Unpackaging Alameda

Are you passionate about reducing packaging and waste? Would you like to make a real difference in your community and the environment? Ask your favorite restaurants to sign up for ReThink Disposable, a free technical assistance program that helps businesses implement voluntary best management practices to reduce waste and cut costs by minimizing disposable product usage.

Find out more about ReThink Disposable:
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