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By Downtown Alameda Business Association | March 30, 2020

We are currently living in uncertain times, but there are still ways to support friends and neighbors while maintaining social distancing. Shopping online, over the phone, ordering out, and promoting our wonderful local businesses are just a few of the ways you can support your community and independent, family-owned businesses.

How you can support local while maintaining social distancing:

Shop Online – Many local businesses have an online presence and can mail your items. It’s also a great time to stock up on gift cards for future visits or gift giving opportunities.

Order Out – If you’re feeling well, order takeout, delivery, or curbside pickup from your favorite restaurant.

Leave a Review – Did you have a wonderful experience with the owner or an employee the last time you were at a local business? Show your love for favorite shopping, service, and dining establishments by leaving a review.

Promote on Social Media – By interacting virtually with businesses, you can help them survive this difficult time. Comment and share posts from your favorite local businesses. Post about your favorite places using hashtag #DowntownAlameda and tag us @DowntownAlameda. And be sure to follow Downtown Alameda on Instagram and Facebook.

Like and Subscribe – Be sure to like your favorite local places on all social media channels, and subscribe to their email lists to stay up to date on their activities.

During this unprecedented time, many of our businesses are still able to serve you. We want our community to stay up-to-date with information about downtown businesses offering take-out, delivery, gift certificates, services, and virtual experiences. The following list is updated often with more businesses being added...

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New Executive Director Joins Downtown Alameda

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | March 13, 2020
image: Kathy Weber introduced at Pedal Cycling

The Downtown Alameda Business Association board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathryn Weber as its new Executive Director. Kathy Weber officially joined the Downtown Alameda Business Association on March 9.

“Kathy comes to us at an exciting time in the evolution of Alameda’s downtown,” said Otto Wright, President of the Downtown Association. “With an extraordinary background that will contribute to the continued growth of our district, she has a keen understanding of business associations and the ability to help us create and execute our long-term strategic plan and vision.” 

Kathy has more than ten years of experience running downtown associations, first as Director of the Downtown Marquette Association (Michigan) and then as Events Manager with Benicia Main Street. Most recently, she served as Corporate Partnership & Events Manager with Alameda County Community Food Bank

“Alameda’s downtown business district is rapidly becoming a destination for both islanders and the greater East Bay. With new restaurants, bars, shops, and entertainment, the district is a hub of retail, arts and culture, and entertainment,” comments Kathy. “I am so excited to join the team and work with the business and property owners, staff, and customers who make the district so vibrant!”

Pictured: Kathy Weber being introduced to business members at the February Downtown Mixer.

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (March 2020)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | March 9, 2020
The Massage Clinic at Park Street Plaza

Downtown Alameda is an exciting 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 downtown businesses!

New Downtown Businesses:

Happy Lemon, 2321 Santa Clara Ave
Enjoy real fresh boba teas.

Homeroom Thai Cuisine, 1307 Park Street
Country-style Thai cuisine.

Kokoro Donburi, 1518 Park Street
Traditional Japanese rice bowls.

Park Street Wine Cellars, 2315 Central Ave
Sommelier Christopher Massie offers unique values in the world of wine.

The Massage Clinic, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza)
Chair massage from 10 minutes to 30 minutes.

New Associate Members:

Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Lawyers, San Francisco
Representing injured plaintiffs in Alameda, San Francisco, and the Bay Area.

In the Works:


New Bike Racks Installed

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | February 6, 2020

Thanks to hard working City of Alameda staff, 17 new bike racks were recently installed throughout our downtown district near these locations :

  • San Jose Ave, east of Park Street (Washboard)
  • Encinal Ave, near Oak Street (Roll & Bowl)
  • Central Ave, east of 1400 Park Street (The Star)
  • Santa Clara Ave, near Everett Street (MASH Building)
  • 1344 Park Street (Books Inc.)
  • 1415 Park Street (Navadurga Handicraft)
  • 1416 Park Street (Alameda Personal Training)
  • 1427 Park Street (formerly Pauline’s Antiques)
  • 1440 Park Street (La Penca Azul)
  • 1504 Park Street (Team Silva)
  • 1527 Park Street (Vietnam House)
  • 1532 Park Street (Genghis Khan Kitchen)
  • 1623 Park Street (A Street Corner)
  • 1708 Park Street (Monkey King at the Brewery)
  • 1818 Park Street (Litho Printing)

The Downtown Alameda Business Association is always working to make our downtown district more pedestrian and bike friendly for all to enjoy.

Tickets Available for Whiskey Stroll 2020

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | January 29, 2020
Downtown Alameda Whiskey Stroll

Handcrafted small-batch whiskeys paired with yummy bites prepared by local chefs await guests as they stroll through Alameda’s historic district at the 3rd Annual Downtown Alameda Whiskey Stroll on Friday evening, March 6 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Ticket holders will have the opportunity to visit unique downtown shops and spaces while tasting more than ten different premium whiskeys from around the Bay Area and learning about the creative process behind each handcrafted flavor. Price of admission includes collectible tasting glass, whiskey tastings at more than ten unique downtown businesses, a delicious bite at each location prepared by downtown eateries, a commemorative guide, as well as exclusive offers from downtown businesses.

“Our events help people discover that Alameda is a fantastic destination to shop, eat, and play. The Whiskey Stroll is a unique opportunity to attract downtown visitors who may not already be familiar with our diverse range of local businesses,” states Aviva Kellman, Membership & Events Coordinator of the Downtown Alameda Business Association. “Talking to people at the event is always interesting. Guests enjoy coming to the Whiskey Stroll because it makes them feel like part of a community that is vibrant and active.”

Tickets are on sale now!

To purchase tickets and for more information, go to


Thank You, Janet

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | January 23, 2020

The Downtown Alameda Business Association’s Board of Directors wish to thank Janet Magleby for serving as our Executive Director for these past years.  

Janet has been instrumental in injecting a renewed energy into the Downtown Association; bringing new events to the district; building member relations; and working diligently with the City to keep our downtown clean, green, and safe. 

With Janet’s departure, the Board is dedicated to finding a replacement who can match her strong qualities. 

Proclamation Declaring January 21, 2020 as Janet Magleby Day in the City of Alameda: 

Whereas, as Executive Director of the Downtown Alameda Business Association (DABA) for the last three years, Janet Magleby provided inspired leadership, promoted Downtown Alameda, built business relationships, and vigorously advocated on behalf of local businesses; and 

Whereas, Janet oversaw the addition of Park Street Landing to the downtown historic district, strengthening the connection between the waterfront and North of Lincoln Gateway district; and 

Whereas, Janet also guided the successful vote of commercial property owners to increase the Landscape & Lighting assessment, enhancing maintenance of the downtown district – a long sought, important goal; and 

Whereas, Janet originated and implemented the Clean, Green, and Safe Fund, which raises thousands of dollars from street events to improve the appearance of our downtown; and 

Whereas, Janet also introduced new and widely successful fundraising events, including the Whiskey Stroll and Hot Cocoa Crawl; and                      


New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (January 2020)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | January 14, 2020

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!

Spinning Bones rib platter

New Downtown Businesses:

Duringer Orthodontic Lab, 1926 Park Street, Suite 6
Providing clinicians with top quality dental appliances since 1980.

Edward Jones, Daniel T. Jew, 2413 Webb Ave #D
Helping families achieve their lifetime financial goals.

Fire Wings, 1620 Park Street
Over 20 wing flavors, beer on tap, and unbelievable sides to pair with your meal.

Lemonshoots, 2504 Santa Clara, Suite #8
Marcela Limon is a certified maternity and newborn photographer specializing in motherhood images.

Spinning Bones, 1205 Park Street
Contemporary rotisserie restaurant fusing quality meats and new flavors.

The Codependency Clinic, 1926 Park Street, Suite 2
Individual and group treatment designed specifically for codependency recovery.

New Associate Members:

Alameda County Office of the Assessor, Oakland
Information on property ownership, assessed values, and property taxes.

Alameda Homemade, 2400 Monarch Street
Providing wholesome, frozen food for busy people. Delivery or pick up.

New Owners:

Toomie’s Thai by Thai Golden Rice, 1433 Park Street

In the Works:


Alameda Restaurant Week and Mixologist Contest

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | January 9, 2020
Alameda Restaurant Week 2020

Alameda Restaurant Week returns to the island January 16-26. Enjoy Alameda’s dining scene by visiting your choice of over 30 participating restaurants offering prix fixe menus and specials. Visit any six restaurants to get your card stamped for a chance to win over $1,000 in Alameda restaurant gift cards.

New this year… Alameda Restaurant Week kicks off on Thursday, January 16 with an evening of craft cocktails, delicious bites, and a competition to crown Alameda’s 2020 Master Mixologist! Guests over the age of 21 will get to sample cocktails crafted by local bartenders and then cast their vote for Master Mixologist 2020. Bite-sized offerings from select ARW restaurants will be paired with the cocktails. This special activity is a ticketed event that will be held at PHOENIX (2315 Lincoln Ave). Purchase Tickets

So come try our Michelin recommended, Zagat rated, and Check, Please! Bay Area cuisine during Alameda Restaurant Week. We know you’ll love it! Downtown Alameda locations include:

Alameda Cinema Grill,
American Oak,
C’Era Una Volta,
East End,
Jim’s Coffee Shop,
Johnathan’s Sandwich House
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden,
Lola’s Chicken Shack,
Mama Papa Lithuania,
Poke Koma,
Roll & Bowl,
Spinning Bones,
The Hobnob,
The Park Street Tavern,
The Star on Park,
Town Tavern,
Tucker’s Ice Cream,

View a comprehensive list of participating restaurants throughout Alameda and their special event menus on the official event page:

Downtown Alameda Announces 2020 Events

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | January 2, 2020
Downtown Alameda Spring Festival on Park Street

Events and activities are abundant in Downtown Alameda, from the popular Downtown Strolls to the family-friendly street fairs. Mark your calendar for these fun happenings:

Downtown Whiskey Stroll

March 6, 2020

Ticket holders will stroll our historic downtown district tasting premium small-batch whiskeys crafted by Northern California distilleries paired with locally prepared bites at more than 10 unique pouring locations. Tickets are on sale now!  Official Event Page

Downtown Easter Egg Hunt

April 11, 2020

Kids and their families are invited to bring a basket to collect treats from participating businesses. Colorful posters in the windows and doors of participating businesses provide a clue that a treat is waiting inside.

Downtown Alameda Spring Festival

May 9 & 10, 2020

Enjoy a Mother’s Day weekend tradition in Alameda with a marvelous assortment of arts and crafts booths, festival foods and beverages, live music, as well as a play area for kids. Relax in an expanded area on Central Avenue featuring local talent on a third stage and a large outdoor dining area.  Official Event Page

Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade

July 4, 2020

Grab breakfast, a smoothie, or a coffee and then plop yourself down for the best seat in the house during the 4th of July parade. Best viewing spots can be found along the first stretch of the parade on Park Street.

Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire

July 25 & 26, 2020

The Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire has something for everyone — over 250 artisans, festival foods, local wines and craft beers, continuous live music on THREE stages, as well as kids’ areas with games and carnival rides.  Official Event Page

Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show

October 10, 2020

The Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show brings over 400 classic vehicles to Alameda’s historic Park Street district. Classic cars of every description line up along Park Street – antique roadsters, coupes, hot rods, muscle cars, and much more. In addition, “Electric Alley” features a display of modern electric vehicles. Official Event Page

Halloween Treats

October 31, 2020

Downtown Alameda merchants are delighted to provide a safe place to trick-or-treat on Halloween. Kids in costume can collect sweet treats from participating businesses.

Holiday Happenings

Thanksgiving Weekend – New Year’s Eve

Eat, Shop, & Be Merry in Downtown Alameda! From Small Business Saturday and Shop Late Thursdays to our popular Hot Cocoa Crawl and thrilling New Year’s Eve parties, downtown merchants have plenty to offer for a festive holiday experience.


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Congrats to our 2019 Business Award Recipients

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | December 30, 2019
2019 New Business Award to
Swings & Wings owner Sadiya Kazi-Koya pictured with Otto Wright

At our annual holiday party in December, the Downtown Alameda Business Association presents awards to member businesses in recognition of their contributions to the success of Alameda’s historic downtown. The awards represent examples of the top-notch service that is provided by businesses throughout the district. The owners and staff of these businesses are also active in Downtown Association activities and strive to cultivate improvements in our community.

Congratulations to our 2019 business award recipients!

Retail Business of the Year:
Toy Safari, owner Helen Dean

Food & Drink Establishment of the Year:
Sidestreet Pho, owned and operated by the Nguyen family

Service Business of the Year:
Visiting Angels, owner/manager Andrew Slakey

Associate Member of the Year:
Craft Chocolate, owner/chocolatier Bente Peterson

Clean, Green, and Safe Business of the Year:
Alameda Natural Grocery, owner Donna Layburn

New Business of the Year:
Swings & Wings, owner Sadiya Kazi-Koya (pictured above with DABA President Otto Wright)

Individuals were also recognized for their inspiring contributions:

Ron Mooney, Daisy’s (Member of the Year)
Allison Shannon, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex (President’s Award)
Eric Olney, Shum Financial (Block Captain of the Year)
Lois Butler, City of Alameda (City Person of the Year)

Stop by and congratulate these folks the next time you’re in Downtown Alameda!

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