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Best of Alameda 2017: Downtown Alameda Businesses Take Top Honors

Congratulations to all the Downtown Alameda businesses that have been selected “Best of Alameda 2017” by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine. As usual, there are a lot of them — a total of 55 this time around!

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

A number of service-oriented businesses, along with some of Downtown Alameda’s newest businesses, received “Best of Alameda” honors for the first time since we’ve been compiling our annual version of the list.

A number of service-oriented businesses receive “Best of Alameda” honors for the first time this year, along with some of Downtown Alameda’s newest businesses. We encourage you to take time to check them out the next time you’re in the business district.

Continue reading to view an alphabetic list of all the Best of Alameda 2017 winners located in Downtown Alameda… 


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

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

Rhythmix Cultural Works (2513 Blanding Ave) Best Flamenco

Yoga Alameda (1502 Park Street) Best Yoga Teacher [Rebecca Trissell]


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

Aphrodite’s Closet (1419 Park Street) Best Resale Clothing

Books Inc. (1344 Park Street) Best Book Store, Best Spoken Word or Story Slam

Dandelion Flowers & Gifts (1419 Park Street) Best Flower Shop

Global Treasures and Unique Gifts (1415 Park Street) Best Sounding Path to Peaceful Awakening

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

Rocket Reuse (1355 Park Street) Best Vintage DVD and VHS Store

To Herb With Love (1336 Park Street) Best Standout Shades, Salts, and Soaps

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

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

Walgreens (1600 Park Street) Best Pharmacy


A.T. Weber Plumbing & Mechanical (2313 Encinal Ave) Best Plumbing Contractor

Alameda Collision Repair (1911 Park Street) Best Auto Body Shop

Carroll Construction (1504 Park Street) Best Building Contractor

Complements Hair Design (1422 & 1414 Everett St) Best Hairstylist or Colorist [Andrea Guyette]

Edward Jones (1430 Everett Street #A) Best Financial Planner [Jane Watson]

Island Acupuncture (2424 Blanding Avenue, Suite 102) Best Acupuncturist [Tracy Zollinger, L.Ac.]

Lars G. Hansson (2504 Santa Clara Ave) Best Accounting or Tax Practice

Lovely Brows & Skin (1414 Everett Street) Best Place to Get a Facial

Lucky 13 Tattoos (1301-1/2 Park Street) Best Tattoo Parlor

Raintree Studios (1205 Park Street) Best Commercial Photographer [Al Wright]

Sumbody (1350 Park Street) Best Spa

Tulip Nails (2313 Santa Clara Ave) Best Nail Artist [Tammy Cao]

US Bank (2424 Santa Clara Ave) Best Bank, S&L, or Credit Union


Alameda Island Beer Co. (1716 Park Street) Best Beer Selection; Best Family-Friendly Brewery

American Oak (2319 Park St) Best Cocktails; Best Restaurant Spirits Selection

CRAFT Beer & Wine (2526 Santa Clara Ave) Best Retail Beer Selection

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines (1650 Park St) Best Wine Store

Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (1223 Park St) Best Coffeehouse

Lucky 13 (1301 Park St) Best Neighborhood Bar


American Oak (2319 Park St) Best Steaks

Asena (2508 Santa Clara Ave) Best Greek/Eastern Restaurant

Black Bull (1633 Park Street) Best New Restaurant

Burma Superstar (1345 Park St) Best Thai/Burmese Food; Best Salads; Best Fusion Menu

Crispian Bakery (1700 Park St., Suite 120) Best Place to Gleefully Blow Your Diet

Dan’s Fresh Produce (2300 Central Ave) Best Produce Delivery Service

East End (1650 Park St) Best Pizza; Best S’mores

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines (1650 Park St) Best Cheeses

Feel Good Bakery (1650 Park St, Suite I) Best Bakery

Homeskillet (1363 Park St) Best Doughnuts

House of Bagels (1362 Park St) Best Bagels

Jim’s Coffee Shop (2333 Lincoln Ave) Best Diner

JP Seafood Company (2300 Central Ave) Best Seafood Retailer

Kamakura Restaurant (2549 Santa Clara Ave) Best Japanese Restaurant

La Penca Azul (1440 Park St) Best Mexican Restaurant; Best Late-Night Dining; Biggest Portions

Sandwich Board (2412 Webb Ave) Best Sandwiches

Scolari’s Good Eats (1303 Park St) Best Burger; Best Caterer

The Hobnob (1313 Park St) Best Bottomless Mimosa

Tomatina (1338 Park Street) Most Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream (1349 Park St) Best Desserts

A complete list of the 2017 Best of Alameda winners is available on Alameda Magazine’s website.

For winners of previous years, check our archives:

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