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New Happenings at the Spring Festival

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | May 1, 2018

Downtown Alameda Spring Festival street fair

Long time residents, recent arrivals, and island visitors alike enjoyed all that Downtown Alameda had to offer at the 18th Annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival.

The Spring Festival is one of a few annual fundraising events. Part of the proceeds from the wine, beer, and mimosa sales goes to our “Clean, Green, & Safe” fund to further support our efforts to maintain our tree-lined streets.

The Downtown Alameda Business Association is grateful for those who attended… Thank you!

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The Downtown Alameda Spring Festival brings 150 art and craft vendors, mouth-watering festival food, local craft beer and premium wine sales, nonstop live music on multiple stage, and an interactive kids’ area to the island city. Festival-goers will enjoy a stroll in Alameda’s historic downtown district where unique shops, amazing restaurants, and other businesses will also be offering event specials throughout the weekend, making it the perfect place to find a gift for Mom. Or bring Mom to the festivities and treat her to a mimosa and lunch.

The 18th Annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival is a Mother’s Day weekend tradition with something for everyone. The fun happens on Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13 from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days and is FREE to attend.

Come see what’s new at the Spring Festival and stay to enjoy all that Downtown Alameda has to offer!

New for 2018:

Alameda Alley: Catch up with friends at a newly expanded section located on Central Avenue near the historic Alameda Theatre & Cineplex. Thanks to Alameda music legend Jim Parodi and Habanas Cuban Cuisine, the new Alameda Stage area will be bursting at the seams with local talent; plus, lots more tables and chairs to encourage visitors to sit and enjoy the all that the festival and the downtown district have to offer.

Free WiFi: All festival attendees can enjoy free, high-speed internet service throughout the event area compliments of Alameda’s own Common Networks.

Free secure bike parking: An upgraded bike valet is located at Vietnam House at 1527 Park Street.

ATM’s: ATMs Unlimited will have ATM machines in convenient locations near each of the three beer/wine/mimosa booths as well as in Alameda Alley.

“It’s exciting to be able to offer so many new free activities and services to our visitors this year.” says Janet Magleby, Executive Director of the Downtown Alameda Business Association. “Some of my favorite moments at the Spring Festival are watching people taking selfies with their favorite food in hand, toasts being given over the amazing beer and wine selections, and the faces of kids on the bungee jumper!”  (more…)

Classic Car Show Celebrates 25th Year

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | April 27, 2018
Duane Watson and Mayor at Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show

Duane Watson and Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer at the 2017 Classic Car Show

Registration for the 25th Annual Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show is now open.

Lee Auto Supply says good-bye; Classic Car Show continues!

After 60 years on Park Street, the World Famous Lee Auto Supply located at 1525 Park Street will be closing its doors on Saturday, April 28. A retirement sale is now in progress and so are plans for the Silver Anniversary Celebration of the annual Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show that Lee Auto Supply owner Duane Watson founded on Park Street.

When Duane took over the business from his father in 1986, it was not only with a passion for cars but also a passion for the customers and the business community. Duane has always valued customer focus, team effort, attention to detail, integrity, honesty, and pride. These qualities are also shared by the small but dedicated staff as they welcomed each and every visitor with a friendly smile.

“It has been a great run. We thank you all for the support and the great friends we’ve made over the years,” states Duane upon reflection of his time at Lee Auto Supply.

Duane has been a positive force in Downtown Alameda over the years. In recognition of all that he has done for the downtown district, Duane has been the recipient of the Downtown Alameda Business Association’s “2017 Member of the Year” award and the “2016 President’s Award.” As examples of the many ways he has contributed to the success of the downtown district, Duane served on the board of the Downtown Association for 24 years and he has delighted thousands of Alameda children by playing Santa during the holiday season.

Of all of the wonderful things that Duane has done for the district, perhaps the most well-known is the Classic Car Show he created for Park Street. Duane presided over the car show committee for 24 super-charged years and he revved up car enthusiasts from all around the East Bay with this annual family-friendly event.  (more…)

Building a Greener Economy in Downtown Alameda

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | April 21, 2018

Earth Day AlamedaWith Earth Day being celebrated in Alameda this Saturday, April 21, it’s a terrific time to reflect on how the Downtown Alameda businesses do their part to protect the environment and make Alameda a greener community every day.

Common green practices in the district include reducing water use with low flow toilets and auto-off faucets; conserving energy by upgrading lighting and equipment; diverting waste from the landfill through reuse, recycling, and composting; and using non-toxic or low-toxic cleaners.

When it comes to being green, the Downtown Alameda has racked up some impressive numbers:

  • Over 45 businesses have participated in Alameda Municipal Power’s energy efficiency programs in the past 3 years.
  • More than 30 businesses have signed up for AMP’s “Alameda Green” program, helps bring more renewable energy to Alameda.
  • Nearly 75 restaurants and eateries participate in “organic” recycling of all food waste. According to Alameda County Industries, that’s over 1/3 of all participating businesses on the island.
  • Over 20 retail shops sell almost exclusively reused and reclaimed items… clothing, furniture, toys, antiques, videos, books, and more.
  • 4 downtown businesses have recently completed the new ReThink Disposable: Unpackage Alameda program and have switched more of their disposable items to re-usable items, with dozens more ready to “graduate.”

As a commitment to sustainability, eleven Downtown Alameda businesses have taken steps to become a Certified Green Business. The green practices of these business has been verified by the California Green Business Network(more…)

Tucker’s Ice Cream Announces New Ownership

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | April 9, 2018

David Lee and Kate Pryor, previous owners of Tucker’s Ice Cream

A ribbon-cutting to celebrate the transfer of ownership will be held on Sunday, April 15, 1:00-4:00pm. The community will be treated to games, a baby scoop, and fun time for all.

Stephen Zimmerman and Lauren Zimmerman Cook, longtime Alameda residents and CEO and COO of Alameda-based AEC Living, and their spouses, Joshua Cook and Erika Zimmerman, have become the new owners of Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream. The Zimmerman’s are the fourth owners of Tucker’s since 1941. They are dedicated to keeping the famous ice cream parlor under local, independent ownership, and continuing the traditions set over the last 77 years of business.

Kate Pryor: Commitment to Community

Kate Pryor, a second generation Alamedan, grew up enjoying Tucker’s Ice Cream and purchased the business in 1990 while it was still located at the corner of Park Street and Webb Ave (the current site of Habanas Cuban Cuisine). In April of 2000, the business was moved to its current and larger location at 1349 Park Street.

While carrying on the tradition of producing the finest “Supercreamed Ice Cream,” Kate also invested in her community through service and support. Through the years, Tucker’s Ice Cream has grown to be a central meeting place and a supporter of community programs, sports activities, and youth.  (more…)

New Associate Members (April 2018)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | April 3, 2018
Big Discount Tire Pros Alameda location

Big Discount Tire Pros, new office on Oak St.

With the support of member businesses, the Downtown Alameda Business Association works hard year-round to promote a healthy retail and service climate on our island city as well as a district that is clean, green, and safe. When businesses thrive, the entire community benefits.

Businesses operating in Alameda, but outside the geographic boundaries of the District, are invited to join the Downtown Alameda Business Association as an Associate Member. (Businesses within the boundaries of the Park Street Business District are members of the Downtown Alameda Business Association by virtue of their BIA assessment.)

Help welcome our newest Associate Members:

Bank of Marin, 2208 South Shore Center & 805 Marina Village Parkway
* Full banking services.

Big Discount Tire Pros, 1835 Oak Street
* Auto repair and tire services.

Common Networks, 2183 Harbor Bay Parkway
* Bringing better, faster and more reliable internet access to everyone.

Farm Fresh To You (service in Alameda)
* Delivering seasonal, organic fruits and veggies to your doorstep.

Law Offices of Gerard Falzone, 2233 Santa Clara Ave, Suite 7
* Family law attorney and mediator.

Nannies Plus (service in Alameda)
* Placement service creating authentic relationships between families and nannies.

NoFu Skincare Studio, 2531 Clement Ave
* A no fuss skincare lifestyle focusing on customized attention and results.

Reiki For Inner Peace, 2233 Santa Clara Ave, Suite 4
* Sessions for relaxation, pain relief, physical and emotional healing, mental clarity and spiritual connection.

SHM Classic Motors (service in Alameda)
* Organizers of classic car shows and brokers for dream cars.  (more…)

Hop On Down for a Downtown Easter Egg Hunt

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | March 29, 2018

Hunt for the hidden bunny in the windows of downtown businesses…

Kids and their families are invited to take part in a Downtown Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Bring a basket and hunt for colorful paper eggs in the windows and doors of local businesses— that’s your sign a treat is waiting inside.

With more than 30 downtown businesses participating, kids will have an opportunity to gather a basketful of treats.

Adults can join in the hunt too. By visiting 10 or more participating businesses, chaperones can enter for a chance to win prizes from downtown businesses.

Here’s how the Downtown Easter Egg Hunt works…

Start at Phoenix
The event officially starts at Phoenix (2315 Lincoln Ave) where adults can pick up a map of clues to help in the hunt.

No basket? Not a problem… supplies will be available for kids to decorate a goody bag before going out on the hunt.

While at Phoenix, families can gather treats from Common Networks and Farm Fresh To You. Resilience, the Recycling Environmental Superhero, will be making a special appearance too.

Treats & Prizes
Use your map of clues to look for the hidden bunny in the windows and doors of downtown businesses — this is your sign that a sweet treat is waiting inside for the kids.

For a chance to win an assortment of gift cards and other prizes from local businesses, get your map signed by 10 or more businesses. Bring your completed entry form back to Phoenix or leave it with any participating business. Winners will be drawn at 2:30pm — no need to be present.  (more…)

Honoring a Living Treasure: Pauline Kelley

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | March 15, 2018
Pauline Kelley stand in front of Pauline's Antiques

Pauline Kelley stand in front of Pauline’s Antiques

Downtown Alameda is losing a living treasure this month. After more than 60 years in business, Alameda resident and icon Eunice “Pauline” Kelley is closing up shop and retiring. A retirement sale at 1427 Park Street begins on Friday, March 16.

To call Pauline’s Antiques a local institution is an understatement. Pauline’s has been more than just a place for bargain hunters and collectors. Patrons have been frequenting the store on a regular basis for years to chat it up with their neighbors and soak in the friendly and historic atmosphere. Local television legend Bob MacKenzie even made Pauline’s Antiques a regular stop to host his Christmastime broadcasts for many years.

The store has been a labor of love ever since Pauline and her late husband Bob Kelley opened its doors in 1957. Bob had previously been working in the construction field with side jobs hauling trash and cleaning out basements. After accumulating everything from cast iron pots and pans to oak tables and bronze vases, Pauline suggested they just sell the stuff to get rid of it — and that’s how the idea of the store came about.

By assisting customers in selling their collectibles and arranging estate sales, the selection in the store quickly became a massive treasure trove. “Whether you’re looking for it or not, chances are you’ll find it here,” has always been one of Pauline’s favorite quotes.  (more…)

Radical Beauty Comes To Downtown Alameda

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | March 7, 2018

“Radical Beauty” storefront display on Park Street

Rhythmix Cultural Works has put together a #LoveOurIsland Art Walk series to bring some “Radical Beauty” to Downtown Alameda’s vacant storefronts.

The series of art exhibitions showcases a diverse range of Bay Area artists by featuring temporary art installations in empty storefront windows along the city’s Park Street business corridor. The project name stems from the premise that searching for beauty is, in itself, a radical act.

Supported by the California Arts Council, and produced in partnership with the Downtown Alameda Business Association and the City of Alameda, the Love Our Island Art Walks aim to elevate Alameda as a recognizable destination for the arts, and engage locals and visitors to the island as part of that experience.  (more…)

Welcome Our Newest Associate Members (February 2018)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | February 23, 2018
Modern Mouse Alameda display

Modern Mouse, Alameda South Shore Center

With the support of member businesses, the Downtown Alameda Business Association works hard year-round to promote a healthy retail and service climate on our island city as well as a district that is clean, green, and safe. When Alameda businesses thrive, the entire community benefits.

Businesses operating in Alameda, but outside the geographic boundaries of the District, are invited to join the Downtown Alameda Business Association as an Associate Member.

Help welcome our newest Associate Members:

Alana Dill – Face Painting (Alameda)
* Face painting, body painting, and theatrical make-up.

At Home Real Estate, 415 South Shore Center #139
* Real estate sales and rentals.

Modern Mouse, 2223 South Shore Center
* Fun, stylish collection of handmade goods by independent artists and small manufacturers.

RJV Elements (service in Alameda)
* Eco-friendly power washing and cleaning specialists.

SpeedPro East Bay, 1734 Clement Ave
* Large format display graphics for windows, walls, banners, vehicles, events, and more. Speedpro East Bay is a returning member.

Zhaldee’s Eats & Beats (service in Alameda)
* One-stop shop for all of your event needs, from catering to music and lighting.  (more…)

Local Businesses Un-Package Alameda

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | February 16, 2018

Rethink Disposable Youth Park Street Litter ArtCongratulations to Lola’s Chicken Shack for being the first business in Alameda to complete its certification with ReThink Disposable’s “Un-packaging Alameda Island” initiative — a new project put together by the Clean Water Fund and the City of Alameda in coordination with the Downtown Alameda Business Association and the West Alameda Business Association.

Mother and son team Nancy and Mark Rogers opened Lola’s Chicken Shack on Park Street in late 2013. They were the first business in Alameda to sign up for ReThink Disposable, when they heard that the program would work with them to figure out how to replace items like disposable cups with reusable plastic ones. Signing up has not only helped the environment but it’s also saved the business some money, too.

Recently, Lola’s Chicken Shack has begun using reusable straws. “We’ve been getting compliments each day for championing a reusable lifestyle over disposable plastic straws,” said Mark Rogers. “Customers know the straws go through the dishwasher and are sanitized, so they’ve been a big hit.”

ReThink Disposable Student Ambassadors

ReThink Disposable student ambassadors are working to raise awareness in the community about the impact of disposable foodware and single-use plastics. The students recently conducted litter audits on Park Street to profile the types and brands of litter. In the process, they collected the litter and created artwork which is now on display at Tucker’s Ice Cream(more…)