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Free Holiday Parking

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | November 13, 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

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…)

Classic Car Show Celebrates 25 Years on Park Street

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | October 10, 2018

Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show 2018

Check out photos on our FB pageThanks to everyone who celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show with us!

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Celebrate the silver anniversary of the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show presented by General Auto Parts / NAPA on Saturday, October 13! Over 400 classic vehicles of all types will be lined up along Park Street, from Encinal Ave to Buena Vista Ave — roadsters, coupes, hot rods, muscle cars, antique trucks, and more. The free one-day event runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm and offers fun for the entire family.

Most cars on display come from the iconic decades of the ’50s and ’60s. There will also be antique roadsters from the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s, plus lots of American muscle cars from the ’70s and ‘80s. Car enthusiasts will be able to get a close look at makes and models of all types.

Bring your camera and take a minute to get to know the owners — they love to talk about their cars. Some of them even have some local history:

One of the cars on display will be a rare 1929 Durant Model 60 Deluxe Sport Roadster made in the Oakland factory once located on International Blvd & Durant Ave. (The former factory location is now called Durant Square. Before creating the Durant Motor Company in 1921, Billy Durant created both GM and Chevrolet as separate independent car companies.) Also in the show is a 1939 GMC Stake Bed truck that was featured in the 1939 World’s Fair on Treasure Island and a 1967 Pontiac GTO that was built in the GM plant in Fremont which is now the Tesla factory.  (more…)

We’re Hiring! Membership & Event Coordinator

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | October 2, 2018

Downtown Alameda Business AssociationWe’re looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team!

The ideal candidate will enjoy being immersed in our collaboration to keep our downtown exciting, friendly, and diverse. This person can creatively imagine and implement promotions and events that invite visitors to the district, foster relationships with our membership, and cultivate good will in the community.

The individual will be knowledgeable about Downtown Alameda, its shops, restaurants, services, and is interested in working with member merchants.

Position Summary:

The Membership & Event Coordinator will be responsible for event planning and implementation, membership relations and database maintenance, promotional activities, bookkeeping, and office management. This is a full-time hourly position with various weekend and evening work.

The position requires initiative, self-direction, excellent communication skills, and the ability to manage the details of multiple events and projects. An outgoing personality is a must in being able to work with property and business owners, board members and committees, city officials, community nonprofits, residents, and other stakeholders.  (more…)

ReThink Disposable Save Dollars and the Environment

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | September 25, 2018

ReThink Disposable Certified Business Sign for Downtown AlamedaAbout a year after its launch, the ReThink Disposable program is really building momentum — 25 businesses have been certified (18 of them in the downtown district), 13 are in the process of being certified, and 24 more businesses have signed up.

ReThink Disposable helps businesses save thousands of dollars while contributing positively to the environment. The program, developed in partnership with the City of Alameda and funded by the Ocean Protection Council, has a goal of helping 100 businesses switch from disposable foodware to reusable foodware in an effort to reduce the amount of solid waste being added to our landfills.

The ReThink Disposable program recently analyzed the combined accomplishments of five businesses in the program and announced these results:

  • 314,499 single-use items reduced annually
  • 1,976 pounds of waste prevented annually
  • Average annual cost savings to businesses: $1,598

With numbers like these for only five businesses, the numbers will be even more astonishing when the program meets its goal of 100 participating businesses.

Crispian BakeryTaqueria Viva Mexico, and Habanas Cuban Cuisine are wonderful examples of what can be accomplished by completing the ReThink Disposable certification process. Auditors were able to work with staff to make simple changes that reduced annual waste and also resulted in total cost savings to the businesses.  (more…)

Oktoberfest Kicks Off In Downtown Alameda

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | September 20, 2018

Speisekammer Oktoberfest in AlamedaOktoberfest kicks off in Downtown Alameda with Speisekammer’s annual 3-week celebration! Enjoy German beer, dance, and grilled meat in their beer garden. Dancing with the Golden Gate Bavarian Dance Club, Polkageist, and Bayern Maiden makes this one of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations in the Bay Area. There’s also a jump house for kids.

Speisekammer’s Oktoberfest takes place three Sundays in a row at 2424 Lincoln Avenue, from Noon to 6:00pm. Admission is free for all; beer and food are available for purchase.

Featured performances:  (more…)

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (September 2018)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | September 10, 2018
Main Squeeze Alameda

Main Squeeze – acai bowl

Downtown Alameda is an ever-changing landscape as new businesses open. Within the last month a number of  new business owners have brought their visions to the downtown district and have opened their doors to the public:

Best Beauty Bar (2544 Santa Clara Ave)
Newly opened in the former Pippa & Co space, this beauty salon provides hair, makeup, and threading services.

Cholita Linda (1337 Park Street)
Downtown Alameda’s newest restaurant got its start as a food stand at the Jack London Square farmers market before opening a spot in Oakland’s Temescal district. Cholita Linda serves Latin American comfort food including its famous fried fish tacos and pressed asado sandwich.

Joona Design Playground (1419 Park Street)
Owner Jeanne Henzel is an interior designer specializing in all-natural upholstery, innovative curtain making and contemporary hard treatments, color & design consulting, and on-site upholstery repair. Joona is currently open by appointment.

Main Squeeze (2300 Central Ave)
Head to Downtown Alameda for some delicious antioxidants and get your juice on! Alameda’s newest juice bar is serving fresh organic juices, acai bowls, smoothies, and wellness shots. Favorites include the Oasis Bowl and Maca Mama Smoothie.

Zap Payroll (2504 Santa Clara Ave, Suite #9)
Zap Payroll provides affordable payroll and HR that’s quick and easy. They provide services that are perfect for small business needs. Their knowledgeable and professional Payroll Advisors and HR Pros help employers every step of the way.

GRAND OPENING: Alameda Scoop

Alameda Scoop gelatoCalvin Ton and Linda Phung, husband/wife owners of Monkey King Pub & Grub and Monkey King at the Brewery, invite you to join them for the grand opening of their latest downtown eatery.

Alameda Scoop opens on September 15 at 1:00pm with free gelato, live music, and fun activities for kids. The menu of the new snack spot includes daily handmade gelato and other desserts. Look for matcha, black sesame, durian, lychee, thai tea, mangonada, taro, and other unique flavors to be offered on a rotating basis.

Additionally, a collaboration between Monkey King at the Brewery, Alameda Island Brewing Company, and Alameda Scoop includes an expanded 90+ seating area for patrons that will be family-friendly. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy food from Monkey King, beer from AIBC, and a treat from Alameda Scoop.

MORE NEW BUSINESSES

View our August post for more new businesses and a list of others in the works. Do you have a new business that is in the works or opening soon in the downtown district? Contact the Downtown Alameda Business Association at (510) 523-1392 or office@downtownalameda.com.