Valentine’s Day is around the corner and worth celebrating all weekend. If you’re looking to make dinner plans or need to buy a unique and special gift, it’s not too late. Downtown Alameda has everything you need to curate the perfect Valentine’s Day experience.
Downtown businesses are Open With Care, providing convenient and safe options from in-person shopping and online opportunities, to curbside pickup, outdoor dining, and local delivery. Show your love for local businesses and your special person.
Something Sweet… Grab a bouquet of cupcakes or other treat to celebrate Valentines Day. Sweet hearts for your sweetheart are available at favorite stops like Crispian Bakery, Feel Good Bakery, Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, and Tucker’s Ice Cream.
Gifts and Bouquets… There’s no excuse to go home empty-handed when a number of florists and gift shops can be found in Downtown Alameda. Unique gifts can be found at local shops like Bead Inspirations, Daisy’s, and Sumbody. You can also pick out gifts and beautiful flower arrangement at Central Florist and South Shore Florist. And for the man in your life, Bonne Vie has a terrific selection of quality cigars (and beers too!).
Dining On the Patio… Valentine’s Day may look a little different this year but downtown restaurants are able to offer a variety of outdoor seating options. Check for patio seating at Alley & Vine, American Oak, Asena, Cinema Grill, Spinning Bones, The Park Street Tavern, and more.
Dinner & Wine at Home… In the mood for a quiet evening at home? Downtown restaurants are making it easy to share a special meal. Take advantage of pick-up or delivery options from restaurants like Angela’s, East End, Hobnob, Pappo, and Wine & Waffles. And don’t forget the bubbles… Alameda Cellars, Bonne Vie, CRAFT Beer & Wine, Farmstead Cheeses & Wines, Park Street Wine Cellars, and The Preacher’s Daughter all offer a wonderful selection of sparkling wines.
Indoor Fun with the Family… For after-dinner fun with the family, set aside space for a puzzle or game. D20 Games carries top-rated family games and two-player games. You’ll also find a large selection of games and puzzles at Toy Safari.
Pictured above: Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, American Oak, Bonne Vie, Tucker’s Ice Cream, Toy Safari, Sumbody, The Park Street Tavern, Alley & Vine
Alameda Restaurant Week is back for a 4th year! Join us January 21-31 for a week of sweet, savory, and safe local dining!
This restaurant week may be the most important one yet as the restaurants weather through the second wave of shutdowns. You can support Downtown Alameda’s dining scene by ordering signature food & drink items from these participating restaurants during Alameda Restaurant Week 2021:
Alley & Vine, American Oak, Asena, Cinema Grill, Dragon Rouge, East End, Hang Ten Boiler, Hobnob, Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, La Penca Azul, Lola’s Chicken Shack, Poke Koma, Sidestreet Pho, Speisekammer, Spinning Bones, The Park Street Tavern, The Preacher’s Daughter, The Star on Park, Toomie’s Thai, and Town Tavern
Whatever you’re eating this restaurant week, be it a wood-fired pizza from East End or a rotisserie platter from Spinning Bones, you can’t go wrong.
Ordering directly from restaurants rather than third-party apps allows your purchase to go directly to the restaurants. And think about ordering a little extra with your main dish — that dessert or specialty cocktail.
Stop by Daisy’s on Park Street and pick up an Alameda Strong face mask with your donation to the Alameda Strong relief fund.
These face masks have 3 cloth layers, a filter pocket and nose wire, and are a really comfortable way to show you are “Alameda Strong” and keep our community safe. Suggested donation is $20 or more.
Daisy’s is located at 1347 Park Street. Alameda Strong face masks are also available at Calafia Taqueria on Webster Street.
Alameda Strong Relief Fund:
Many of our local small businesses need your help. The goal of the Alameda Strong Community Fund is to raise over $1 million for grants that will help our small businesses reopen and recover.
Please consider making a donation today: www.alamedastrong.org
Have you noticed the donation meters for the homeless on Park Street? In 2018, the City Council approved a parking meter donation program to help raise money for programs and services for Alameda’s unhoused residents.
See if you can spot all 20 bright orange meters around the island and contribute what you can!
The City of Alameda and its community partners are committed to addressing homelessness in our island city. Sponsorship from local businesses, benevolent associations, and individuals and families will also help raise funds for these programs. Visit the city’s website for more information on Homelessness Initiatives and Programs.
Photo credit: @loveourisland
Downtown Alameda is ever-changing with new places to discover on each visit. You can always find what you need in the way that works for you, whether it’s in-store visits, ordering out, shopping by appointment, virtual experiences, or purchasing gift certificates.
Help us welcome the newest downtown businesses to Open With Care… and please remember to wear a mask.
New Downtown Businesses:
Alameda Comedy Club, 2431 Central Ave
Live comedy shows featuring nationally-touring headliners as well as local Bay Area talent. (Please Note: At this time, the restaurant is open for takeout only; shows are streaming online.)
Alley & Vine, 1332 Park Street #D (inside Redwood Square)
Showcasing dishes prepared with locally sourced produce, fresh seafood, and sustainably raised meats.
Highwire Coffee Roasters, 1234 Park Street
Small-batch coffee roaster devoted to the promotion of organic farming, sustainable practices, and creating balanced cups of coffee they love to share with the community.
Preacher’s Daughter Wine Bar & Cafe, 1629 Park Street
Serving old world wines, locally brewed beer, 3rd wave coffee, and delectable sandwiches.
More Businesses in the Works: