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Holiday Window Contest Winners

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | December 23, 2017

Tucker's Ice Cream winning windowThis past holiday season, downtown businesses were teamed up with local artists to create festive holiday window displays. Our downtown was looking quite festive. Shoppers and their families enjoyed strolling the district looking at the fantastic windows.

We’d like to thank all the businesses and artists that participated in our Downtown Alameda Holiday Window Contest. The judges had an extremely difficult job of deciding on the contest winners.

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Downtown Alameda Holiday Window Contest:

Best Overall…. Tucker’s Ice Cream designed by artist Ryan LaLonde
Best Use of Lights…. RE/MAX Tribute designed by artist Jamie Banes
Best Use of Merchandise/Products…. Toy Safari designed by artist Alana Dill
Most Creative…. Books Inc. designed by artist Dave Sylvester
Social Media Favorite…. The Sewing Room designed by artist Nikki Romero

Honorable Mentions went to Alameda Natural Grocery, Dandelion Flowers & Gifts, Janene’s Bridal Boutique, Lauren’s Closet, Tootsies, and We Are Hair.

Special thanks to our wonderful sponsors FLAX and Glass Tek, as well as the artists with 2nd Friday ArtWalk. Jessica and Wes Warren of Studio 23 spearheaded our contest this year and we are extremely grateful to both of them.

View more images and learn about the artists behind the creations: (more…)

Call For Artists: Storefront Art Installation Grant

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | December 1, 2017

Storefront Window Art Grant in Downtown AlamedaArtists and artist teams are being sought for creative projects in Downtown Alameda…

Artists will have an opportunity to create public art displays in vacant storefront windows in Downtown Alameda. The project’s theme Radical Beauty encourages artists to create displays that inspire awe and wonder. Opening celebrations will take place as part of the 2nd Friday ArtWalks beginning in March 2018.

Applications are open to artists working in or across all disciplines, including drawing, painting, illustration, multimedia, sculpture, photography and time-based works. Artists need not have previous publicly displayed work to be considered. (more…)

Eat, Shop & Be Merry in Downtown Alameda

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | November 20, 2017

downtown alameda holiday activitiesFrom Shop Late Thursdays to this year’s holiday window contest, downtown merchants have plenty to offer for a festive holiday shopping experience.

Shop Late Thursdays

Grab a bite to eat, catch a movie, or toast the holidays with co-workers and then get a little holiday shopping done afterwards. More than 30 retailers are extending their hours until 8:00pm or later on Thursdays, doubling the number of shops open in the evening!

Holiday Window Contest

Downtown businesses have teamed up with local artists to create festive holiday window displays. Bundle up the kids, purchase a warm beverage, and take a stroll to enjoy the sights of the holiday season. To place your vote, post a picture of the window on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using #DAHWC.  (more…)

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (November 2017)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | November 2, 2017

The Local in AlamedaWhen you stroll from one end of Park Street to the other end, you will notice changes on just about every block. The streets are abuzz with new auto technicians, exercise trainers, steaming coffee, and deep dish pizza.

Help welcome these new businesses to Downtown Alameda:

New Businesses: 

AutoZone, 1125 Park Street
* Quality aftermarket auto parts.

Rise Bodyworks, 1226 Park Street
* Comprehensive sports performance/rehabilitation/wellness center.

The Local, 1333 Park Street
* Gathering spot with great coffee and a fun atmosphere.

The Star on Park, 1400 Park Street
* Family-friendly restaurant specializing in deep dish pizza.

Caffrey Insurance Solutions, 2413 Webb Ave #C
* Providing clear and creative benefit solutions.

T-Mobile Store, 1634 Park Street
* Great service and deals on cell phones and cell phone plans.  (more…)

What’s Happening on Park & Blanding?

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | October 27, 2017

Park Esquina Alameda projectOn Wednesday, October 25, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for a small property located across from the Park Street Bridge. Park Esquina will be a micro-office park with a pedestrian-friendly courtyard weaving its way through the property. The public courtyard will offer ample green space and abundant seating outdoors with an onsite cafe situated on the corner to serve tenants and pedestrians alike.

“This specific parcel has always been dear to me as it is the very first sight while crossing the Park Street Bridge,” comments property owner Marcel Sengul. “Having served duty as a used car lot successfully for over 35 years, the land at 1926 Park Street is now primed for major refinement.”

“This beautiful project is the culmination of a journey that creates a cool, modern entrance to our downtown district,” stated DABA President Donna Layburn during the ceremony.

ReThink Disposable: Unpackaging Alameda

By developer | October 7, 2017

alameda getting greenerAre you passionate about reducing packaging and waste? Would you like to make a real difference in your community and the environment? Ask your favorite restaurants to sign up for ReThink Disposable, a free technical assistance program that helps businesses implement voluntary best management practices to reduce waste and cut costs by minimizing disposable product usage.

Find out more about ReThink Disposable:
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Getting to Downtown Alameda is Easy

By wpengine | August 20, 2017

Transit in AlamedaTransit riders now have more options for getting to Downtown Alameda. Whether you need assistance or just want to leave the car behind, there have always been plenty of choices. But now it’s even more convenient…

New Alameda Shuttle – The Alameda Loop Shuttle provides a way for all people to get around Alameda for free, regardless of age or ability. The shuttle operates three loops that run on Tuesday (West Loop), Wednesday (East Loop), and Thursday (Central Loop) from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Each loop brings passengers to Downtown Alameda every half hour with stops at Kaiser Permanente, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, and the Alameda Main Library.

New Bus Line – AC Transit Line 19 now connects to Downtown Alameda via Buena Vista Avenue. The new bus line also provides riders with direct access to/from the 12th Street/Oakland City Center and Fruitvale BART stations. Service is available seven days a week from 6:00am to 10:00pm.

You can find information and schedules for both of these transportation services HERE

Best of Alameda 2017: Downtown Alameda Businesses Take Top Honors

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | July 10, 2017

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…  (more…)

Power Box Art: Take a Self-Guided Tour

By developer | March 7, 2017

Power Box Art AlamedaTake a stroll through Downtown Alameda and celebrate Alameda’s newest public art. You’ll be delighted to see that local artists have transformed the ordinary into the extraordinary. Ten utility boxes have been re-energized and are now covered by whimsical graphics that reflect ways the community can reduce its carbon footprint.

FREE GUIDE MAPS of all ten Power Box Art locations are now available at businesses located in the downtown area. Look for a map at one of your favorite businesses to learn about the inspiration that artists injected into these wonderful designs.

In the spirit of community, each transformer is sponsored by a downtown business: Alameda Collision RepairAlameda Island Brewing CompanyAlameda Natural GroceryBerg Injury LawyersThe MarketplaceMason ManagementOle’s Waffle ShopRhythmix Cultural Works, Rich and Rose Krinks (Broker and Associate Realtor, Harbor Bay Realty), and Tucker’s Ice Cream.

Power Box Art is a partnership between Alameda Municipal Power, the Downtown Alameda Business Association, and Rhythmix Cultural Works.

For more information, visit

Launch Party: Downtown Alameda To Get New Look

By developer | June 7, 2016

Welcome to Downtown Alameda

Downtown Alameda will be getting a slightly new look when the Downtown Alameda Business Association installs new street banners this week.

Designed by local artist Felicia Ann, the banner images blend the nostalgic style of posters from the early 1900s with contemporary figures and fresh colors.

The banner project was created to help define Downtown Alameda beyond Park Street and to celebrate the wealth of unique services available throughout the entire district. Residents and visitors alike will be beckoned to ShopPlayLearnWine & Dine, and Catch-Up in Downtown Alameda.

Downtown Alameda Is “Historic, Hip, and Worth the Trip”

The Park Street District has been evolving into a modern and lively downtown area that is “Historic, Hip, and Worth the Trip.”  Not only are popular destination businesses locating along the side streets in Downtown Alameda, but new growth is also happening along the stretch of Park Street north of Lincoln Avenue.    (more…)

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