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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (July 2019)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | July 15, 2019
Made Pho You Alameda

Downtown Alameda is a marvelous destination for shopping, dining, playing, relaxing, and socializing. The district is ever-changing with new places to discover on each visit. Help us welcome our newest businesses!

New Downtown Businesses:

Lashfab, 1421 Broadway
Quality eyelash services.

Made Pho You, 1245 Park Street
Trendy Vietnamese restaurant utilizing fresh ingredients and old family recipes in every dish.

Nicola Ries Taggart , 2447 Santa Clara Ave #306
Life and leadership consultant, strategist, trainer, and speaker.

New Associate Members:

Heidi Thompson Coaching, Oakland
Certified holistic health & life coach for women age 40-60.

Law Office of Kathleen Day-Seiter, 2219 Santa Clara Ave, Suite C
Focuses on elder law, estate planning, and trust administration.

Law Offices of Kimberly C. Vaughn, 2219 Santa Clara Ave, Suite B
Areas of practice include Estate Planning, Trust Administration, Probate, and Entity Formation.

In the Works:
B. Graham – Market & Nest, 2310 Alameda Ave — open now
Dunkin’ Donuts, 2413 Clement Ave
Fire & Wings, 1620 Park Street
Holiday Inn Express, 1825 Park Street
Park Street Bar & Grill, 1511 Park Street
Spinning Bones, 1205 Park Street
Twelve 31 Eatery, 1231 Park Street

Do you have a new business in the works within the downtown district? Contact the Downtown Alameda Business Association at (510) 523-1392 or office@downtownalameda.com.

New! 2nd Friday ArtWalk Shuttle

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | July 9, 2019
2nd Friday ArtWalk Shuttle in Alameda

There’s always something happening in Downtown Alameda during the 2nd Friday ArtWalks, whether your interest is in attending artist receptions, dancing to live music, or having fun shopping and dining. And now the 2nd Friday ArtWalk Shuttle makes it even easier to experience a fun-filled evening.

The new 2nd Friday ArtWalk Shuttle loops around the island from 6:00pm to 9:00pm with several stops along Park Street, Jingletown, and Webster Street. Guests can go from venue to venue at their own pace by walking or catching a ride on the hourly loop shuttle.

The launching of the FREE 2nd Friday ArtWalk Shuttle was made possible by a grant from the City of Alameda’s Public Art Fund along with sponsorship from Sierra Nevada, MV Transit, and ARTPUSH.

2nd Friday ArtWalks are free to attend. Check the official website for updated show listings, walking map, and shuttle schedule: www.fridayartwalk.com

Catch a ride on the free shuttle during the next 2nd Friday ArtWalk on Friday, July 12 and enjoy these special happenings:

Shuttle Stops: 1333 Park Street & 2309 Encinal Ave

  • 3Dot Art Gallery (2309A Encinal Ave) Hand-sculpted jewelry in unique styles by artist Sara Edge. Closing reception, 7:00-11:00pm.
  • Studio 23 (2309B Encinal Avenue) 100 Under 100 Group Art Show — East Bay’s most affordable art show. Closing reception, 7:00-9:30pm.
  • The Local (1333 Park Street) Horns a Plenty Brass Band. 7:00–8:30pm.

Shuttle Stops: 2300 Lincoln Ave & 1523 Park Street 

  • Autobody Fine Art (1517 Park Street) Paintings, mixed media, sculpture, prints and lithographs by artists housed in the gallery studios. 7:00-9:00pm. 
  • Curated (1523 Park Street) Art gallery and fine furniture shopping experience.
  • The Space (2319 Santa Clara Ave, Suite B) Group Show with some of the Bay Area’s top artists. Also featuring a never before seen drawing by a historically famous painter. 6:00-9:00pm. 
  • PHOENIX (2315 Lincoln Ave) Coworking space and art studios. Open house, 6:00-9:00pm.
  • Speisekammer (2424 Lincoln Ave) Irish sessions with Brian Thierault & Burke T. 8:30–10:30pm.

Shuttle Stops: 1700 Park Street, 1820 Park Street, & 1645 Park Street

  • NoFu Skincare Studio (2531 Clement Ave) Rotating artist display. Snacks, wine, beer, and dancing! 6:00-9:00pm.
  • Alameda Island Brewing Co. (1716 Park Street) Rotating artist display. 
  • McGee’s Bar & Grill (1645 Park Street) The next generation of MILO returns to McGee’s with great music for a fun evening with lots of dancing. 9:00-11:30pm.

Strolling Historic Downtown Alameda – Part 3

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | July 2, 2019

Strolling through our downtown commercial district and viewing the varied architecture reveals that Downtown Alameda has long been historic, hip, and worth the trip. At the time that the historic Alameda Theater was being built on Central Ave in 1930s, Art Deco was swiftly becoming the preferred style for the new age. Confident, vibrant, and electric, it was different from styles of the past and its new message fit the growing Park Street community.

The next time you stroll the downtown district, see if you can identify the Art Deco details on these and other buildings:

1222 Park Street – Bernardi Building

Built in 1946, this structure is a late example of Moderne Art Deco style architecture and is notable for its stepped pylon, metal signage, and high degree of historic integrity. It is a prime example of how even small structures can contribute significantly to the overall character of a historic district.

The commercial building was built for Bernard Bernardi as a tailor shop and clothes cleaners. Bernardi learned his trade while working in the family business originally established directly across the street in the 1920s.

What’s there now? The building has remained in its original splendor throughout its later owners that include a tropical fish store and now a restaurant. The Original Red Onion opened its Alameda location in 2012.

2320 Central Avenue – Alameda Dairy Company

The first business at this location was a retail outlet for the milk and ice cream of the Alameda Dairy Company — their main store and processing plant was located on Webster Street.

Built in an Art Deco style in 1931, the building had a black tile facade flanked by stepped pilasters and Mayanesque transoms. During subsequent remodeling, the tilework was trowelled over with stucco. When the building was improved in 1995, the stucco was removed and the broken glass in the transom was repaired.

What’s there now? Pappo is a New American bistro serving a fresh seasonal menu produced sustainably and from locally purchased ingredients.

1419 Park Street – Longs Drugstore

In 1936, a large building was constructed at 1419 Park Street and a few other Deco buildings were built on the block as well. Longs Drugstore moved into the large commercial space sometime within the first decade it was built.

Sometime in the 1970s, a facade “makeover” covered the Art Deco details. In 1999, new owners Frank and Debbie George began re-adding art deco architectural details with completion being done in 2011. A new black and red Art Deco building sign was added, accent tiles were added to the storefront, and striped black and maroon awnings were selected to echo the original Longs awning.

An interesting note: A one-story wooden building attached to the rear of the building appears to date from the 1900’s when a bowling alley was located at this site.

What’s there now? Park Street Plaza is a collection of local shops including Lanvie Apparel, Joona Fabriculture, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Bonne Vie (fine wine, beer, and cigars), Dandelion Flowers & Gifts, and Tutu School Alameda.

As you stroll through the historic downtown district and view these magnificent buildings, imagine the bustling streets of another time. 

Read about other historic Downtown Alameda buildings in Part 2 of our history series: https://downtownalameda.com/news/historic-downtown-alameda-part-2/

View the July 4 Parade on Park Street

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | June 28, 2019
Alameda July 4 Parade viewing on Park Street

Have fun in Downtown Alameda on July 4 while viewing one of the longest Independence Day parades in the nation. The Alameda 4th of July Parade is one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in the Bay Area and begins at 10:00am at the corner of Park Street and Lincoln Ave.

Watch as more than 170 entries and 2,500 parade participants travel along Park Street before proceeding to Webster Street. Spectators will marvel at the huge variety of hand-decorated flatbeds, antique cars, marching bands, dance troupes, bicyclists, musicians, clowns, costumed characters, and dancing horses.

The 2019 July 4 Parade Grand Marshals are two downtown business owners who are known for their inspiring community support:

Otto Wright (The Local, 1333 Park Street) has hosted community food and supply drives for victims of the North Bay fires, federal employees during the government shutdown, and residents of Midway Shelter. He also employs students with disabilities through a program with AUSD.

Gene Oh (Alameda Bicycle, 1522 Park Street) conceived of and organizes the annual Bike For The Parks fundraiser that raises thousands of dollars for our parks each year. He also sponsors an annual kids’ Books 4 Bikes program and gives away bikes and helmets to encourage reading for fun.

The best viewing spots for the parade can be found in Downtown Alameda where the performances, cheering, and flag waving are especially exciting along the first stretch of the parade. For a front row seat along the sidewalks, plan to arrive well before the parade’s start time.

There’s also a 5K run and walk that follows the parade route starting at 9:00am — an hour before the parade. The start line is located in front of Lola’s Chicken Shack at 1417 Park Street.

And, if you’re in want of a refreshment or are looking to do a little shopping on July 4 (or any day of the year), you’ll find a parade of locally-owned businesses in the downtown district, from breakfast spots to bookstores.

For more information, go to www.alamedaparade.com

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (June 2019)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | June 21, 2019
Tinker Bus Alameda activity lab

Downtown Alameda is a marvelous destination for shopping, dining, playing, relaxing, and socializing. The district is ever-changing with new places to discover on each visit. Help us welcome our newest businesses!

New Downtown Businesses:

Dose of Lashes, 1343 Park Street (inside We Are Hair)
Customized eyelash extensions.

Lashfab, 1421 Broadway
Quality eyelash services.

Made Pho You, 1245 Park Street
Trendy Vietnamese restaurant utilizing fresh ingredients and old family recipes in every dish.

New Style Salon, 1219 Park Street
Styling for men, women, and children. Walk-ins welcome.

The Cusack Group, 2310 Alameda Ave
Real estate matchmakers dedicated to refining the process of buying and selling homes in the East Bay.

Windermere Bay Area Properties, 1700 Park Street #220
Experts in all areas of real estate focused on creating thriving communities.

New Associate Members:

Admiral’s Cove by Greystar, 101 Singleton Ave
Luxury townhouse apartments with with easy access to entertainment and dining.

Bloom Innovations (Alameda NUG Shop), www.nug.com
Vertically integrated Cannabis company with state-of-the-art retail stores.

Coral Reef Inn, 400 Park Street
Family owned and operated hotel featuring well appointed rooms, a pool, private balconies, and lagoon views.

Edit One Productions, 2310 Clement Ave
Full service video production for commercials, corporate videos, live events, and more.

Jamestown Properties, 523 South Shore Center West
Open-air shopping destination featuring nationally known retailers, local businesses, and restaurants.

Tinker Bus, www.tinkerbus.com
Mobile maker space, classroom, and innovation lab for kids of all ages — on a remodeled school bus!

In the Works:
Dunkin’ Donuts, 2413 Clement Ave
Fire & Wings, 1620 Park Street
Holiday Inn Express, 1825 Park Street
Park Street Bar & Grill, 1511 Park Street
Spinning Bones, 1205 Park Street
Twelve 31 Eatery, 1231 Park Street

Do you have a new business in the works within the downtown district? Contact the Downtown Alameda Business Association at (510) 523-1392 or office@downtownalameda.com.

Downtown Alameda Filled with Summer Activities

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | June 5, 2019
Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire on Park Street 2019

School break is almost here and it’s time for families to make summer plans. Get ready to shop, play, eat, and learn in Downtown Alameda while enjoying art, music, and more. Our historic business district is full of fun things to do this summer.  

Alameda 4th of July Parade
Thursday, July 4th, 10:00am

Alameda’s parade is one of the largest in the nation and it starts on Park Street at 10:00am. The Alameda R.A.C.E. is a 5K run/walk that starts at 9:00am in front of Lauren’s Closet (1420 Park Street) and follows the Alameda parade route. For optimal viewing of the activities, arrive well before the start time to grab a front row seat on the curb. Details and parade route: www.alamedaparade.com (Note: Volunteers are needed for the parade: www.alamedaca.gov/parade)

Alameda Summer Art Fair & Maker Market
Sunday, July 7, 10:00am-6:00pm

See over 65 local Alameda and Bay Area artists at this free outdoor art festival. Mingle with local emerging and established artists while enjoying art demonstrations, poetry, live music performances, kids creative activities, and open studios. The outdoor festival takes place in the lot of Studio 23 near the intersection of Oak Street and Encinal Avenue. Details: www.alamedaartfair.com

35th Anniversary Art & Wine Faire
July 27 & 28, 10:00am-6:00pm

Come see what’s new at the Art & Wine Faire and stay to enjoy all that Downtown Alameda has to offer! Visit local shops and restaurants while browsing over 250 art and craft booths; dance the day away in front of three music stages. The expanded area on Central Avenue features local talent on the third stage, lots of dining tables, and family-friendly activities. Details and music schedule: www.DowntownAlameda.com/artandwine

Alameda Mini Maker Faire at Alameda Point
Sunday, August 11, 10:00am-4:00pm

FREE, all-ages event where makers, businesses, artists, DIY enthusiasts, and crafters showcase their work. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience interactive exhibits and be inspired by the creativity and innovation of the maker community. The Alameda Mini Maker Faire is a collaboration between Downtown Alameda Business Association, West Alameda Business Association, and the City of Alameda. More information: www.alameda.makerfaire.com


Best of Alameda 2019: Downtown Winners

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | May 17, 2019

Congratulations to all the Downtown Alameda businesses that have been selected “Best of Alameda 2019” by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine. A number of downtown businesses, both new and old, received recognition for the very first time.

Winners were selected in four categories: Food & Drink, Retail, Services, and Lifestyle & Leisure.

We encourage you to check out these Best of Alameda 2019 winners the next time you find yourself in the Downtown Alameda business district…

(blue = first-time winner)

Alameda Bicycle Family Rides
Alameda Bicycle: Best Bike Shop

LIFESTYLE & LEISURE

Alameda Bicycle (1522 Park Street) Best Family Bike Ride

Mayor’s 4th of July Parade (Park Street and beyond) Best Cultural Event

Starland School of Music (1631 Park Street) Best Music Lessons

The Local (1333 Park Street) Best New Business; Best Comedy Night 

RETAIL

Alameda Bicycle (1522 Park Street) Best Bike Shop

Alameda Eyes Optometry (1432 Park Street) Best Eyeglass Store

Alameda See Spot Run (2510 Santa Clara Ave) Best Pet Store

Books Inc. (1344 Park Street) Best Book Store

Lauren’s Closet (1420 Park Street) Best Children’s Clothing; Best Resale Clothing

Second Home (2534 Santa Clara Ave) Best Furniture Store; Best Antique Store

The ReCrafting Company (2449 Santa Clara Ave) Best Way to Clear Out Your Crafting Stash

To Herb With Love (1336 Park Street) Best Spot to Score a Pair of Retro Sunglasses

Toy Safari (1410 Park Street) Best Children’s Store

Walgreens (1600 Park Street) Best Pharmacy (more…)

Strolling Historic Downtown Alameda – Part 2

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | May 2, 2019
Starbucks in the Historic Post Office Block

Strolling through the downtown district reveals that Downtown Alameda is historic and hip. With its grandiose old buildings, its unique businesses, and its vibrant community, the Historic Park Street district is always worth a trip.

Prior to 1864, the Park Street area was home to just a few scattered farm houses. With improved railroad transportation came hubs of commerce. By 1905 over 150 ornate commercial buildings lined the downtown streets. But, as time progressed, many of the older buildings were either replaced or converted into something else.

Today, thirty of the historic structures still stand with a variety of commercial uses. Here’s a story about two of the buildings:

1435-1437 Park StreetSchroeder Building

Believe it or not, this is the oldest building in what is officially designated as the Historic District. It was built in 1873 for Fritz Boehmer who had a grocery and hardware business on the ground floor. The upper floor contained a public meeting hall. In 1876, Fritz sold the building to Adolph Schroeder (co-owner of a local feed and fuel business), who used it as rental property. Between 1882 and 1894, a portion of the ground floor housed Alameda’s first telephone exchange. While significantly altered over the years, the building still retains its original architectural shape.

What’s there now? The ground level corner space is now occupied by Town Tavern — one of the newest businesses in Downtown Alameda. Above, on the second floor, is China House — one of the district’s oldest continuously operating restaurants.

1350-1364 Park Street; 2402-2410 Central Ave – Post Office Block

Originally completed in 1890, the “Post Office Block” was a landmark on Park Street with its prominent Queen Anne architecture and corner tower. William Patton, the designer, was a noted San Francisco architect and Alameda resident. The grandiose commercial building housed Alameda’s main post office from 1890-1900, and then the Commercial National Bank starting in 1922. In 1938, the bank commissioned a major remodel that resulted in the building’s present appearance. With the removal of the corner tower and the addition of stucco walls, it became an excellent example of Streamline Moderne.

What’s there now? The eye-catching building is currently home to a multitude of popular businesses. Sumbody Spa, Tootsies, Poke Koma, Rocket Fizz (the newest business in the block), House of Bagels, and Starbucks fill up the Park Street side while TuttiMelon and Central Florist face Central Ave. Additionally, PloyThai Spa can be accessed from the adjacent parking lot.

As you stroll through the historic downtown district and view these magnificent buildings, imagine the bustling streets of another time.

Read about other historic Downtown Alameda buildings in Part 1 of our history series: https://downtownalameda.com/news/historic-downtown-alameda-part-1/

Celebrate Mom at the Spring Festival

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | April 29, 2019
Downtown Alameda Spring Festival on Park Street

The 19th Annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival is a Mother’s Day weekend tradition and has something for everyone. The outdoor street fair will be packed with 150 art and craft vendors, festival foods, local craft beer and premium wine sales, nonstop live music on three stages, and an interactive kids’ area. The fun happens May 11 and May 12 from 10:00am to 6:00pm each day.

Festival-goers will enjoy a stroll in Alameda’s historic downtown district where unique shops, amazing restaurants, and other businesses will also be offering event specials throughout the weekend, making this the perfect place to find a gift for Mom. Or bring Mom to the festivities and treat her to a mimosa and lunch!

The expanded area on Central Avenue called “Alameda Alley” will contain an enlarged outdoor dining area, local talent on a third stage, and fun activities. The Alameda Stage sponsored by Common Networks and programmed by Alameda musician Jim Parodi, will be rich with local talent including Amber Marie Knezevic (finalist at The Voice auditions in San Francisco), Michael Barrett (member of The Sun Kings), Dave May (host for Alameda’s Got Talent), and Kevin Kearney with The Mighty Neptunes.

downtown alameda spring festival on park street

“I am thrilled to work with such amazing local talent to put together a super show for the 19th Annual Spring Festival,” says local music coordinator Jim Parodi. “The two-day, live sets will feature a wide variety of island favorites as well as some newcomers. The show includes acoustic rock, blues, and folk music and even dancers from Encinal High School.”

The 19th Annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival is presented by the Downtown Alameda Business Association as a fundraiser for the district. Proceeds help keep Downtown Alameda clean, green, and safe.

Getting to the event is easy. AC Transit bus lines run through Alameda with stops at the festival. Complimentary secure bike parking will be available at Vietnam House (1527 Park Street).

View music schedule and details on the official event page: www.DowntownAlameda.com/SpringFestival

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (April 2019)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | April 18, 2019

Downtown Alameda is a marvelous destination for shopping, dining, playing, relaxing, and socializing. The district is ever-changing with new businesses to discover with each visit. Help us welcome these newest businesses!

New Downtown Businesses:

Baguette, 2353 Santa Clara Ave
Vietnamese sandwiches and salads.

Curated, 1525 Park Street
Mid-century modern furniture and accessories.

Gong cha, 1501 Park Street
Menu includes boba tea, foam tea, milk tea, fruit tea, smoothies, and coffee.

The Space, 2319 Santa Clara Ave
Multi-functional art studio and website dedicated to Art and Pop Culture

New Associate Members:

Fraction, www.fractiondeals.com
Creates digital offers for businesses that drive in-store traffic and increase revenue.

In the Works:  (more…)

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