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Cast Your Vote! Holiday Window Contest

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | December 13, 2018

Downtown Alameda Holiday Window Contest 2018Businesses have teamed up with local artists to create festive holiday displays. Bundle up the kids, buy a warm beverage, ice cream or fro yo and take a stroll to enjoy the wonderful sights. Vote for your favorite and help artists win cash and prizes from sponsors Digifli and Flax Art & Design. Voting ends on December 17.

To place your vote for the People’s Choice category, post a picture of your favorite window on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtag #DAHWC — be sure to include the shop name in your post.

Not on social media? You can still grab a ballot at your favorite window and then drop it in Santa’s Mailbox in front of the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex.

Prizes will be awarded in four additional categories: 1) Most Original, 2) Most Traditional, 3) Best Use of Lights, and 4) Best Use of Merchandise/Products.

Jessica and Wes Warren, owners of Studio 23, have been working hand-in-hand with the Downtown Association to make the district twinkle. Jess & Wes matched local artists with downtown business owners and the end results can be seen in the dozens of holiday window displays.

Our wonderful panel of judges will be out viewing the windows on an unannounced night: Mayor Trish Spencer (City of Alameda), Amos White (manager of Beyond Words: Jazz and Poetry), Liz Rush (Public Arts Commissioner, City of Alameda), Heather Reed (photographer), and Sarah Henry (Public Information Officer, City of Alameda).

Information about the artists and the judge can be viewed on the 2nd Friday ArtWalk website.

To find the 26 businesses that are participating in the contest, view the interactive map on our website: www.DowntownAlameda.com/holidays#windows.

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Who has the best window display? Cast your vote for one of these businesses:  (more…)

Shop Late Thursdays With Santa

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | December 13, 2018

Dozens of shops in the district will be open until 8:00pm or later on Thursday nights. Grab a bite to eat, catch a movie, or toast the holidays with co-workers and then get a little holiday shopping done afterwards! Plus, look for Santa to be out and about visiting the shops from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

In addition to the many shops that already stay open late, these retailers are extending their hours just for Shop Late Thursdays:

Airloom Deluxe & Natural Mystics (2322 Santa Clara Ave)
All Good Living (2332 Alameda Ave)
Bead Inspirations (1544 Park St)
Bonne Vie (1419 Park Street)
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (1223 Park St)
Lauren’s Closet (1420 Park St)
Lost City Antiques (1519 Park St)
Sole Desire (1330 Park St)
To Herb with Love (1336A Park St)
Tootsies Alameda (1350A Park St)
Tot Tank (1413 Park St)

To find all 24+ businesses staying open late, just look for the Shop Late Here posters or view the complete list and interactive map on the website: www.DowntownAlameda.com/holidays#shop.

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Can’t make it to Shop Late Thursdays? These other retailers are open late most nights of the week:  (more…)

Hot Cocoa Crawl Special Offers & Activities

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | December 7, 2018

Downtown Alameda Hot Cocoa Crawl 2018Join Santa and the Mayor when they light the official island holiday tree this Saturday at City Hall. Enjoy live holiday performances at the Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony beginning at 4:30pm and meet the big guy himself. Afterwards, do the Hot Cocoa Crawl with family and friends to enjoy sweets and treats while voting on your favorite downtown holiday window display.

Enjoy these special offers and activities during the Downtown Alameda Hot Cocoa Crawl:

Airloom Deluxe & Natural Mystics (2322 Santa Clara Ave) Complimentary S’mores in the courtyard firepit.
Daisy’s (1347 Park St) Serving classic chocolate with all the toppings.
Habanas (1518 Park St) Serving cuban coffee.
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (1223 Park St) Hot cocoa specials all day! Craft-Chocolates will be featured for tastings.
Lauren’s Closet (1420 Park St) Complimentary cookies.
Lola’s Chicken Shack (1417 Park St) Complimentary hot cocoa.
Lost City Antiques (1519 Park St) Complimentary hot cider.
Main Squeeze (2300 Central Ave) Free kids hot cocoa + 30% off other menu items.
Starbucks (1364 Park St) Serving Peppermint hot cocoa.
Team Silva Martial Arts (1502 Park St) Yogi Tea with a $1 donation to fire relief victims.
The Beanery (1650 Park St) 50% off all hot cocoa — huge variety including Peppermint, German, Mayan, Raspberry, and Old Fashioned!
The Local (1333 Park St) Buy One, Get One Free Award-Winning Zacatecas hot chocolate.
Tucker’s Ice Cream (1349 Park St) Free homemade marshmallows with purchase of hot cocoa.

To find the 15 businesses participating in the Hot Cocoa Crawl, view the complete list and interactive map on the website: www.DowntownAlameda.com/holidays#cocoa(more…)

Eat, Shop, and Be Merry

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | November 26, 2018

Holiday Events in Downtown AlamedaTake a stroll downtown and enjoy all the wintry, whimsical wonder that is on display. From Shop Late Thursdays to the popular Hot Cocoa Crawl, downtown merchants have plenty to offer for a festive shopping experience.

Shop Late Thursdays & Santa Visits
Dozens of shops in the district will be open until 8:00pm (or later) on Thursday nights this holiday season. Grab a bite to eat, catch a movie, or toast the holidays with co-workers and then get a little holiday shopping done afterwards! Plus, look for Santa to be out and about visiting the shops from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

View a list of participating businesses and interactive map:
www.DowntownAlameda.com/holidays/#shop

Holiday Window Contest
Businesses have teamed up with local artists to create festive holiday displays. Bundle up the kids, buy a warm beverage, ice cream or fro yo and take a stroll to enjoy the wonderful sights. Vote for your favorites and help artists win cash and prizes from sponsors Digifli and Flax Art & Design. Pick up a ballot at your favorite window and drop it in Santa’s Mailbox in front of the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex. Voting ends on December 17.

View a list of participating businesses and interactive map:
www.DowntownAlameda.com/holidays/#windows

Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony & Hot Cocoa Crawl
Join Mayor Trish Spencer and Santa when they light the official island holiday tree on December 8 at City Hall. Enjoy live performances beginning at 4:30pm and meet the big guy himself. Right after the tree lighting ceremony, do the Hot Cocoa Crawl with family and friends and vote on your favorite downtown holiday window. Many of the businesses in the district will have special treats and activities.

View a list of participating businesses and interactive map:
www.DowntownAlameda.com/holidays/#cocoa

Free Holiday Parking
To make shopping downtown easier, the parking meters in the downtown district and the Civic Center Garage are FREE on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the year.

Oh, what fun it is in Downtown Alameda this holiday season! To learn more about the holiday happenings, go to www.DowntownAlameda.com/Holidays.

Free Holiday Parking

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | November 21, 2018

As in years past, the City of Alameda will be providing free holiday parking for customers on all Saturdays between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Keep in the mind, the 2-hour limit will still be enforced so that others can share in the gift.

The 2018 Park Free Saturdays are:

November 24
December 1
December 8
December 15
December 22
December 29

Shop Local in Downtown Alameda

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | November 19, 2018

From Small Business Saturday to the popular Hot Cocoa Crawl, downtown merchants have plenty to offer for a festive holiday shopping experience. Let the merchants in Downtown Alameda help you find unique gifts, jewelry, clothing, toys, books, and much more!

Kick off the holiday season in Downtown Alameda on Small Business Saturday. Celebrate and support small businesses by shopping and dining locally on Saturday, November 24. Small business owners are getting into the spirit with special offers, free treats, and other activities.

Here are just a few examples of the happenings on Small Business Saturday:

  • Bonne Vie  — Adult shoppers are invited to a “Rosé All Day” wine tasting where rosé wines from various countries can be sampled. Saturday Hours: 11:00am-6:00pm
  • Daisy’s — Enjoy complimentary small nibbles from around the world while perusing the alluring selection of gift item. The first 50 shoppers will be treated with small gifts. Saturday Hours: 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden — Enjoy a complimentary cup of hot Flower Power Cider while scanning the shelves for coffee, tea, accessories, and artsy gifts. Saturday Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm.
  • Lanvie — Shoppers at the Park Street location can look forward to receiving small gifts all day long. Saturday Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Lost City Antiques — Shoppers can receive 10-50% off selected items. Complimentary Hot Apple Cider will be served all day. Saturday Hours: 11:00am-7:00pm
  • The Sewing Room is hosting a “Sew-cial” where friends can sew together — use of the machines, tools, and tables is only $10/hour. In addition, shoppers will receive 20% off store merchandise (excluding machines & dress forms). Saturday Hours: Noon-4:00pm

And to make shopping downtown easier, the parking meters will be FREE all day on every Saturday through the end of the year.

Welcome, Aviva!

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | November 13, 2018
Aviva Kellman, Downtown Alameda Membership & Events

Aviva Kellman, Membership & Events

We have a new full-time Membership & Events Coordinator. Aviva Kellman will not only be working on events and promotions, but she is looking forward to getting to know our members!

Aviva joins the Downtown Alameda Business Association with over 10 years of varied professional experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Aviva is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, with a degree in French Language studies. She studied in Avignon, France and enjoys tutoring French in her spare time.

A resident of Alameda for 12 years, and a Bay Area native, Aviva has a true love of this city and its surroundings. In her role as Membership & Events Coordinator, she looks forward to working to create relationships with businesses and our local community.

During her time off, you can find Aviva cooking, playing weekly team trivia, or sharing her expertise with new parents as a doula.

Donations Needed

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | November 7, 2018

Alameda County Food Bank

Members of the Downtown Alameda Business Association are supporting two wonderful charities this month. You can help too! 

The following items may be dropped off at The Sewing Room at 2434 Webb Ave on November 12, 13 & 14, 3:30 – 5:30pm.

Alameda County Food Bank — Non-perishable food items.

Love Never Fails — Women’s coats/jackets, business attire for their “Career Closet,” shoes, accessories, new makeup, home décor, kitchen items, books, games, and unwrapped gifts for women and children.

 

Local Artists at Second Friday ArtWalk

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | November 7, 2018

Encinal Art Galleries in AlamedaEnjoy an evening of art and fun conversation in Downtown Alameda at this week’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk. Take in some of the most exciting, beautiful, and challenging contemporary art from the Bay Area. It’s a totally free event with a little something for everyone.

Artist receptions abound on 2nd Fridays along with live music, DJ’s, jewelry demonstrations, art classes, and wine tastings. It’s a chance to get to know local artists and learn about their creative process. Activities typically take place from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and guests can go from venue to venue at their own pace.

Look for these special happenings on Friday, November 9:

The Local (1333 Park Street) Alameda Women Artists (AWA) is exhibiting at The Local from November 5 through December 27. The exhibit showcases the art of eight talented members who work in diverse mediums. Friday ArtWalk Hours: 6:00-9:00pm

3Dot Art Gallery (2309A Encinal Ave) Memento Mori Art Show Closing Reception — Memento mori means “remember death.” Celebrate life with art that reveals the beauty of death. Friday ArtWalk Hours: 7:00-11:00pm

Studio 23 (2309 Encinal Ave) Halloween Blacklight Art Show Closing — Last chance to view the Blacklight Art Show. Special installations and Mermaid Room! Friday ArtWalk Hours: 7:30-9:30pm

PHOENIX (2315 Lincoln Ave) The Mountain Beneath The Soul — Opening reception of large scale original painting by local painter, David Nyquist. The new show consists of paintings and poetry created through his practice of living an unhurried life for the wellbeing that accompanies a conscious “belonging” to the natural world. Friday ArtWalk Hours: 6:00-9:00pm

NoFu Skin Studio (2531 Clement Ave) American Requiem — American Requiem is a creative journey along the political landscape of Americanisms during the age of Donald Chump. The art is a visual melody of blues vibrating at the threshold of HipHop culture and Afrofuturism. Friday ArtWalk Hours: 6:00-9:00pm

Other locations worth visiting during 2nd Friday ArtWalks:

The Red Door on Encinal, 2309 Encinal Ave
Autobody Fine Art, 1517 Park Street
Alameda Island Brewing Company, 1716 Park Street
Bonne Vie, 1419 Park Street
Lucky 13 Tattoos, 1301 1/2 Park Street
Wine & Waffles, 1505 Park Street

Although 2nd Friday ArtWalks occur only once a month, most of the rotating exhibits remain in place until the next event — contact the galleries regarding their schedules.

Get more details: http://fridayartwalk.com/

Downtown Spirits Stroll (Craft Distilleries)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | October 21, 2018

Downtown Alameda Spirits Stroll 2018Last Friday evening hundreds of people strolled downtown on a very warm evening during the Spirits Stroll and Love Our Island ArtWalk.  All enjoyed premiums sips, delectable bites, live music, and art throughout the district. Thanks to all the sponsors, downtown businesses, and area distillers who participated. A big shout out to our partner Rhythmix Cultural Works. We’re planning our next Downtown Stroll in early March. Stay tuned!

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Start your holiday celebration with the Downtown Alameda Spirits Stroll!

Handcrafted small-batch spirits and tasty bites await guests as they stroll through the historic district at the Downtown Alameda Spirits Stroll on Friday evening, November 2 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Guests will have the opportunity to taste a variety of artisanal spirits from Bay Area distilleries paired with small bites at ten unique locations in Downtown Alameda. During the stroll, enjoy the sights and sounds of art installations and live music brought to you by Rhythmix Cultural Works and featuring a variety of local artists. Then complete the evening with a late-night meal or entertainment at one of the participating After-Stroll locations offering specials and discounts.

The “grain to glass” distilleries represented at the event come from different regions of the Bay Area including Hangar 1 from Alameda, Wright & Brown Distilling Co. from neighboring Oakland, and TreeCraft Distillery from Treasure Island. Other artisan distilleries are Seven Stills, Distillery No. 209, Raff Distillerie, Griffo Distillery, Spirit Works Distillery, and Alley 6 Craft Distillery. Each distillery will be providing a taste of a handcrafted small-batch Gin, Vodka, Whiskey or Rye.  (more…)