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In Memory of Maggie Adams

We are shocked and saddened by the loss of Maggie Adams, owner and creator of Magpie & Thorn. Our hearts go out to her husband, children, staff, friends and all those who knew and loved her.  She was a bright and dynamic member of our community who led with enthusiasm and joy. We will miss her friendly light.

In that spirit of kindness and friendship we will share opportunities to help her family as they are available.

Friends and neighbors of Maggie’s family have opened a GoFundMe to support the family for the cost of the funeral services and support for the children’s future. Please consider donating whatever you can to Maggie’s family as they attempt to deal with the devastating loss of their mother and wife.

We will miss you Maggie.

Sip, Savor, Discover: 6th Annual Whiskey Stroll

It’s back! Sip and stroll your way through our historic downtown district tasting premium small-batch whiskeys paired with yummy bites at select locations during the 6th Annual Downtown Alameda Whiskey Stroll. Enjoy an evening filled with food, drink, and entertainment while learning about the unique styles of California distillers and local chefs. The popular event returns on Friday, March 22, 6:00-9:00pm.

The Alameda Strolls are a great way to discover new places and support local businesses. Ticket holders will visit 12+ unique downtown shops and spaces to taste small-batch whiskeys from a fantastic selection of California distilleries. And while at select stops, guests will enjoy a savory or sweet bite perfectly paired with the whiskey. 

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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (January 2024)

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Happy New Year! We’d like to introduce the newest Downtown Alameda businesses to open, and others that are in the works.

New Downtown Businesses:

Back & Body Sports Wellness, 2421 Encinal Avenue Unit B
Dr. Banks treats patients of all activity levels and integrates a unique approach to patient care by incorporating various treatment methods including Graston, active myofascial release, in conjunction with adjustments of the spine and extremities as needed. Dr. Banks prioritizes a collaborative approach by working directly with patients to meet their activity goals.

Fikscue Craft BBQ, 1708 Park Street
Indonesian-Texan barbecue restaurant, infusing smoke into Indonesian flavors. This is Fik and Reka Saleh’s first brick-and-mortor after three years as a pop up running on delivery and online pick up orders. Open Saturday and Sunday from 12-5pm, or until sold out.

Francesca Ricci Floral Art, 1311 Park Street
Custom, one of a kind floral pieces. Francesca’s work is infused with her deep love of California. Creating bold botanical designs sometimes subtle and sometimes whimsical brings her so much joy and allows her to share the surrounding beauty with the world.

MO’s Wine Bar, 1515 Park Street
MO’s is a new neighborhood wine bar in Alameda, focused on women owners and producers, where you can enjoy quality wine, beer and locally sourced food in a friendly atmosphere. Just Pop in!

Treats by Mrs. T, 1311 Park Street
After rediscovering her love for baking in 2020, Mrs. T began offering her signature cookie to friends & neighbors in their hometown of Alameda. Quickly gaining a following of repeat customers, word of these delectable delights started to spread, and Treats by Mrs. T was born.

More Businesses in the Works:

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Last Minute New Year’s Eve Ideas in Downtown Alameda

Looking for last minute NYE plans? It’s almost time to toast to 2024, and there are still plenty of ways to celebrate right here in Downtown Alameda. Meet up with family and friends at a favorite restaurant or extend the evening by ringing in the new year at one of the district’s many gathering spots (and try to catch a performance of Auld Lang Syne on the bagpipes at one of the bars to raise money for ACS). There’s even a balloon drop at noon for the little ones, and a family friendly, all-night carnival!

Featured Celebrations:

New Year’s Eve Bash @ Alameda Theatre
Countdown to 2024 with a family friendly, all-night carnival at the Alameda Theatre! Enjoy games and attractions suitable for all ages from the moment the doors open at 5pm. Plus Ozzy’s Music Academy Kids perform LIVE on the Historic Theatre Stage, followed by a NYC Times Square Simulcast Ball Drop, kid friendly feature of MIGRATION, and then Airwaves perform LIVE on the Historic Theatre Stage to rock in the New Year.

NYE Afro Gatsby: Harlem Nights @ Karibu Wine Lounge
It’s that time of the year again! Join Karibu Wine Lounge for the Third Annual AfroGatsby Extravaganza, where they are bringing the glamour of Harlem Nights to life. Prepare for a night filled with the soulful beats of music, delectable catered bites, and the exhilaration of casino games. Your ticket grants you access to complimentary bites, a sparkling midnight toast, and the chance to try your luck at blackjack and craps. Don’t miss out on this elegant affair!

New Year’s Eve with Myles Weber @ Alameda Comedy Club
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with comedian on the rise, Myles Weber, joined by the fabulous Drag Queens Ava LaShay and Queera Nightly and live music provided by Scotch and Soda. Enjoy a full bar and restaurant with a delicious menu of sharable plates. There is a two-item minimum for all guests.

New Year’s Eve @ MO’s Wine Bar
Toast to 2024 at the district’s newest wine bar! They will have food specials, drink specials (hello, champagne & caviar) and guest DJ Justyn Myers. End the year in style from 8pm-after midnight.

Noon Year’s Eve @ Twirl
Enjoy some fun in the studio with your little one, with cookie decorating, New Years crafts and more. Balloons drop at noon and then get back home just before nap time hits.

Alameda Hogmabay Pipe-athon for ACS @ Every Bar in Alameda
Andy MacKay will be playing Auld Lang Syne on the bagpipes in every bar in Alameda to bring a wee bit of Scottish New Year Cheer to all, and will be fundraising for a worthy cause, American Cancer Society. You can donate online here and also on the night as they make their way around the City of Alameda, starting around 6pm in McGee’s on Park Street, followed by Park Street Tavern, Preacher’s Daughter, Mo’s Wine Bar, Speisekammer, Lemon Drop, Star Pizza, Hobnob, Lucky 13, Club House and more…

More New Year’s Celebrations:

For additional family activities, High Scores Arcade will be open 12:00-10:00pm for unlimited gaming on New Year’s Eve, and Subpar Miniature Golf will be open from 10:00am-6:00pm for indoor mini golf (reservations recommended), arcade games and pool tables.

And if you’re looking for a last-minute gathering place with a 21+ audience on New Year’s Eve, these Downtown Alameda nightspots provide plenty of festive fun (you may even catch Auld Lang Syne on the bagpipes!) — no reservations required: 

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Holiday Happenings: Downtown Alameda Winter Market

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Celebrate the season with sparkle & fun! Our inaugural Downtown Alameda Winter Market will welcome local vendors, entertainment, festive sips and delicious bites. As daytime turns to dusk, the lights start to twinkle and the Hot Cocoa Stroll will begin. The Hot Cocoa Stroll & Winter Market will pair nicely with the City of Alameda’s Holiday Celebration planned for that evening.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, December 2nd from 12-8PM 

We will feature as many of our local artisans, purveyors and vendors as possible. You can find out more information and sign up for a booth here: Vendor Online Application – Winter Market.

The event will be Saturday, December 2nd from 12-8PM and will take place on Central Ave (between Park and Oak) and in Parking Lot C. The family favorite Hot Cocoa Stroll is scheduled that same evening from 6-8PM! For more holiday happenings in the district, check out:

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