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2021 in Pictures: Celebrating Local Businesses

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | January 19, 2022
Lauren's Closet shop owners

Thank you for continuing to support local businesses. It’s been incredible to witness the strength and creativity of our community.

As we move forward into the new year, we want to take a moment to celebrate and reflect on the accomplishments of the past year… a year of rebounding, adapting, and persevering. We saw businesses reopening, new businesses welcoming customers for the first time, and established businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries. (And downtown restaurants served lots of delicious food too!)

We hope 2022 continues to be filled with brighter days for all.

To celebrate the achievements of our local businesses, here’s a look back at your favorite Instagram posts in 2021:

2021 Year In Review: Timeline of the Top 10 Instagram Posts

Thanks to all who contributed photos to our social media pages by tagging #DowntownAlameda in your posts!

**Spoiler Alert** Pictured here is the #1 most liked/commented post from last year. Back in March 2021, Lisa Oyen celebrated 30 years of being in business on Park Street. Congratulations to Lauren’s Closet!

Alameda Restaurant Week 2022 Features Island Delights

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | January 7, 2022

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the sharp rise in COVID cases and the resulting staffing shortages for many dining establishments, Alameda Restaurant Week has been postponed to March 25th – April 3rd, 2022. The new dates are in alignment with Oakland and Berkeley Restaurant Weeks, which have also been postponed.

There is no better way to explore a city’s unique dining scene than Restaurant Week. And Alameda is no exception. Join us March 25 – April 3, 2022 for a ten-day event celebrating the culinary delights of our island city. Alameda Restaurant Week is back for a 5th year with more than 40 participating restaurants and bars!  

Explore the diverse variety of restaurants that prepare exceptional ethnic and American fare throughout Alameda, from casual eateries to upscale dining rooms. Visit places you’ve always wanted to try and rediscover old favorites. Whatever you crave, you’ll find it in Alameda.

In celebration of restaurant week, participating restaurants are offering special menus, discounts, and signature fare for dine-in, carryout, or delivery. In addition to indoor dining, many of the local eateries provide comfortable outdoor seating in patios and parklets.

And after dining with any of the fabulous restaurants, be sure to enter the AWR2022 raffle for a chance to win some great prizes. Over $1,000 in prizes are available and it’s easy to enter.

So go ahead… enjoy Alameda Restaurant Week 2022 and celebrate the cuisine that makes Alameda a trending culinary hotspot.

Participating Downtown Alameda Restaurants

Alameda Comedy Club, Alley & Vine, American Oak, Asena, Cinema Grill, Dragon Rouge Bistro, East End, Hang Ten Boiler, Hobnob, Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, Lola’s Chicken Shack, McGee’s Bar & Grill, Speisekammer, Spinning Bones, The Park Street Tavern, Toomie’s Thai, Tucker’s Ice Cream

Sample list of special offers:

Restaurant:ARW2022 Special Offer:
Alameda Comedy ClubFree appetizer! Tempura Fried Mushrooms with Truffle Aioli.
American OakFree bread pudding upon request.
East EndRed wine-braised short ribs, served with creamy mashed potatoes and sauteéd broccoli spigarello.
Lola’s Chicken ShackSouthwestern Chicken Burger, with fire roasted Hatch Chilis, sharp cheddar cheese, honey cured bacon, pico de Gallo, crispy onions and Cholula aloi.
McGee’sFree soda with purchase.
The Park Street TavernPrefix menu options for 1 to 2 people.

Get details about each of the participating restaurants and discover what’s on the menu:

Tag #DowntownAlameda

Show us how you’re experiencing ARW2022! Tag us on social media for the chance to be featured: #DowntownAlameda #AlamedaRestaurantWeek

Please note: Local restaurants are doing their part in slowing the spread of the omicron variant. As a preventive measure, some restaurants may choose to close their indoor dining rooms. But pick up and delivery orders continue to be gladly accepted.

To further support your local businesses, consider ordering a little extra with your main dish — a dessert or specialty cocktail. And kindly remember that ordering directly from restaurants rather than third-party apps allows your purchase to go directly to the local restaurants.

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (Jan. 2022)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | January 2, 2022
Casa Revolucion Taqueria logo

Here’s to the start of a new year! We’d like to introduce the newest Downtown Alameda businesses to Open With Care… and others that are in the works. Find what you need in the way that works for you, whether it’s in-store visits, ordering out, arranging for an appointment in advance, or online experiences.

Kindly remember that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear face coverings when indoors in public settings. Thank you in advance for remaining kind, supportive, and respective when doing business in the district.

New Downtown Businesses:

Axum Auto Sales, 1927 Park Street
Pre-owned, late model vehicles at competitive prices.

Artsy Color Lounge, 1421 Broadway
This is where the magic happens! Aana is a creative hairstylist and hair educator.

Body Mind Chiropractic, 1415 Broadway #29
Dr. Ashanna is passionate about working with patients so that the body, mind, and heart are all healing together.

Casa Revolución Taqueria, 2520 Santa Clara Ave
Enjoy fresh, reasonably priced Mexican food. The handmade corn tortillas, tacos, and salsa bar are a standout at this cozy location.

D.H. Charles Engineering, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #210
A professional and experienced staff of engineers and CAD drafters dedicated to providing construction engineering services to contractors.

New Owner:

The Local, 1333 Park Street

More Businesses in the Works:


Celebrate a New Year in Downtown Alameda

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | December 21, 2021

Let’s celebrate a new year! Meet up with family and friends at a favorite restaurant in Downtown Alameda, catch a movie, or extend the evening by ringing in the new year at one of the district’s many gathering spots. There’s even family fun for the kids.

Businesses are open with care… care for customers, staff, and the community. Celebrate responsibly with us and kindly wear a face covering while attending indoor activities.

Featured Activities:

New Year’s Jokin’ Eve @ The Local
Let’s put an end to the madness of 2021 with a bit of dry, calculated satire. This all ages show features comedian Scott Capurro, a regular on Alice Radio with Sarah & Vinnie.

New Years Eve with Eddie Pepitone @ Alameda Comedy Club
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with cult-comic Eddie Pepitone. A force of nature on stage, Eddie is hailed as a modern day cross between Jackie Gleason, Don Rickles and Eckart Tolle.

Glitz & Glamour Gala @ Alley & Vine
Book your table today for an Old Hollywood-era Glitz & Glamour Gala. Enjoy a 5-course menu, live music, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. (An earlier seating is available too.)

Afro Gatsby NYE @ @ Karibu Wine Lounge
Curated 4-course dinner and wine pairing menu, live Jazz, a live DJ, and a complimentary midnight toast!

New Year’s Day Party @ Swings and Wings
Start the New Year on January 1st by having fun as a family! Breakfast, music, photo booth, yummy treats, and kids playspace.

More New Year’s Celebrations:

For additional family activities, High Scores Arcade will be open 12:30-9:00pm for unlimited gaming on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Or kick back and enjoy a blockbuster movie at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex.

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 — no reservations required: 


Holiday Happenings: Shop Sip Gather Together

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | November 29, 2021
Shop Sip Gather Together postcard image

Oh, what fun it is in Downtown Alameda this holiday season! Downtown merchants have plenty to offer for a festive holiday shopping experience, from Shop Late Thursdays to our popular Hot Cocoa Scavenger Hunt.

So bundle up the kids, buy a warm beverage, and take a stroll downtown to enjoy the holiday together with friends and family:

Get the details about this year’s holiday happenings and more…

Shop Late Thursdays

The shops in the district are joining our restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues in staying open until 8:00pm (or later) on Thursday nights in December. Let the merchants in Downtown Alameda help you find unique gifts, jewelry, clothing, toys, books, and much more!

Grab a bite to eat, stop to enjoy the holiday entertainment, and get a little shopping done! (All performances are on Alameda Ave near the Al Fresco Dining Area, 6-8pm.)

Santa Visits

Santa will be strolling the district and popping into businesses, handing out treats, and posing for photos on Thursday nights, 6-8pm. Have your cameras ready for a fun photo opportunity!

Plus, our friends at Twirl are hosting a special Letters To Santa station, 5-7pm. Once your child’s letter is ready, drop it in one of the special Letters to Santa Mailboxes located at businesses throughout the district. Or hand it to Santa and his elves in person during our Shop Late Thursdays!

Hot Cocoa Crawl Scavenger Hunt

The hunt is on! Search the window displays to find a series of festive holiday items needed to enjoy a yummy serving of Hot Cocoa. Find all 8 window clings and enter to win a Hot Cocoa “Together” Kit for Two. (The scavenger hunt is available every day until December 15.)

Alameda Shop & Visit eGift Cards

When shopping online, consider giving Visit + Shop Alameda eGift Cards as gifts to friends and family, and add them to your own wish list. This unique Alameda gift card is extremely versatile — a single Visit + Shop Alameda eGift Card can be used at more than 20 different businesses in Alameda, and the list is growing!

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