Remember sitting in computer lab carefully weighing your rations, assessing the health of your oxen, and trying to get to the other side of the Snake River? You can now play the computer game Oregon Trail as an arcade machine. High Scores Arcade has reimagined the beloved circa 1974 educational game via a first-of-its-kind arcade cabinet playable to the public.
With hand-burnt wood construction, brushed copper finish metal work, and wagon-wheel inspired speaker grates, the game cabinet has been meticulously constructed by Denver, CO artist Sam Bahman under the direction of High Scores owners Shawn and Megan Livernoche. Adding to the original feel of the cabinet are hand-drawn and inked artwork for the game bezel, side art, and marquee created by Brighton, CO artist Brandon Hovet. The game also includes an IBM keyboard as the control interface, inviting the gamer to an authentic experience of playing some of PC gaming’s earliest adventure and text-based titles.
Players can select games via a user interface created by High Scores manager, Jonathan Williams. In addition to Oregon Trail, the multi-game cabinet offers arcade classics such as Lemonade Stand, Lode Runner, Prince of Persia, and DOOM. Also playable are a carefully curated collection of text-only adventures such as Colossal Cave Adventure and towering classics like ZORK. The system also dedicates some digital real estate to the adventure game powerhouse Sierra Online, featuring Mystery House, Kings Quest, Space Quest, and Leisure Suit Larry. (more…)
Studio 23 invites you to see over 30 local Alameda and Bay Area artists creating unique artwork during the Alameda Summer Art Fair & Maker Market in the downtown district. Enjoy live music, open studios, art cars, kids creative area, and other festivities all afternoon. The free outdoor art festival is in collaboration with the Downtown Alameda Business Association and takes place Sunday, July 1, 10:00am-7:00pm in front of Studio 23 Gallery at 2309 Encinal Ave.
As part of the festivities, Studio 23 is hosting an all ages coloring contest. Pick from 6 awesome images to color and bring it with you to the art fair.
Coloring Contest Rules:
* One entry per person. Ages 1-5, Ages 6-10, Ages 11-16, Ages 16+ (4 winners total).
* Hang your entry on the official Studio 23 Coloring Contest Wall no later than 2:00pm.
* Winners must be present to receive their prize.
Visit the website for more details: www.alamedaartfair.com/coloring-contest/
About the graphic: The artwork was created by Wesley E. Warren, co-owner of Studio 23. The real life robot was created with recycled metal and mechanical parts sourced from local scrap yards. “Lord Zondar” now sits perched over coffee drinkers at The Local coffee shop (1333 Park Street).
Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 17. The island’s downtown district is a great place for families to spend a memorable day with Dad.
Dad will have a blast spending an afternoon or evening in Downtown Alameda. There are plenty of activities to choose from… You could treat Dad to the latest blockbuster movie at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, challenge him to a classic video arcade game (the kind he played as a kid) at High Scores Arcade, or stop in for a round of golf or slot car racing at Subpar Miniature Golf.
Sharing food and drink over a nice conversation on Father’s Day is a longtime tradition. If doughnuts and pastries are a favorite morning snack, treat Dad to something tasty at Alameda Bagels & Donuts, Crispian Bakery, Feel Good Bakery, or Homeskillet.
If Dad is more of a burger kind of guy, there are a number of local eateries that offer their twist on the classic hamburger: Scolari’s Good Eats was featured on Check, Please! for their Blueberry Bacon Blue Cheese Burger; The Red Onion is the place to get a Hawaiian Burger; and the Mini Burgers with caramelized onions and truffle fries at The Hobnob makes for an easy plate to share with Dad. Project Burger located next to the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex is the newest addition to downtown and offers a beef and lamb burger among other choices.
For an upscale burger experience at dinner time, American Oak offers outstanding Bison Burgers and Kobe Burgers while Pappo has been long known for its premium Angus Burgers.
Maybe Dad has been talking about doing something different (and fun) to get into shape. Give him a hand by signing him up for a martial arts class at Team Silva Martial Arts Academy, USA Kung Fu Studio, or West Wind Karate School. If a traditional fitness class is more his style, group sessions and private training sessions are available at Alameda Personal Training, All In One Fitness Training Lab, and Rise Bodyworks. Gift certificates are conveniently available at each of the locations. (more…)
Love Our Island Art Walk comes back to Downtown Alameda for a fun-filled evening during the next 2nd Friday ArtWalk. On Friday, June 8, 6:00-9:00 pm, Rhythmix Cultural Works and the Downtown Alameda Business Association will present three hours of of art and music along Park Street for the third installation of the creative art event.
Love Our Island Art Walk – Radical Beauty, Part 3 presents three new art installations to be revealed in empty storefront spaces between Encinal Ave and Buena Vista Ave, along with six live musical acts. To help attendees visit all the sites in style, LimeBike will have complimentary bikes available at Redwood Square Alley, Alameda Bicycle, and Walgreens.
1320 Park Street (former Juniper Tree Vintage) Joanna Ruckman is an Alameda-based artist who teaches printmaking workshops at Phoenix co-working space and artist studios. Her current work explores the symbolism of braids, weaving together art, textiles, and storytelling.
1326 Park Street (former Juanita’s Restaurant) The collaborative duo known as RoCoCo is comprised of KC Rosenberg and Modesto Covarrubias. Together their works explore complex emotional states, social justice, and contemporary culture.
1617 Park Street (former Alameda Video Game Exchange) Heather Deyling’s “Invented Hybrids” is imagined variations of flora, fauna, and fungi representing an alternative future in which species have merged to create new life forms. (more…)
Downtown Alameda is ever-changing when it comes to dining, learning, playing, relaxing, or working. New possibilities are created each month as entrepreneurs find opportunities to open new businesses or find new locations as their businesses expand.
With the support of member businesses across the island, the Downtown Alameda Business Association works hard year-round to promote a healthy retail and service climate as well as a district that is clean, green, and safe. When businesses thrive, the entire community benefits.
Acanthus Architecture & Design, 1516 Oak Street #108
* Design of historically inspired custom residences and renovations.
Lush Eye Bar, 2447 Santa Clara Ave #103
* Eyelash extensions and maintenance.
The Park Street Tavern, 1901 Park Street (former Gold Coast Grill location)
* Central Mediterranean casual fine dining restaurant and bar.
Utzutzu, 1428 Park Street (former Yume location)
* Okimari-style sushi bar.
New Associate Members:
Anchor Alameda (service in Alameda)
* Fostering arts activity in the city of Alameda; including the Alameda International Film Festival.
LimeBike, 1901 Park Street
* Dock free bike share solutions.
In the Works:
Random giveaways will be awarded to lucky movie goers each day of the celebration. Giveaways will include free Theatre movie tickets, candy, Movie Money, free In-Seat food delivery before the movie. Two tickets to the premiere of “Solo: The Star Wars Story” will be given away daily and a handful of lucky movie-goers will receive tickets to Golden State Warriors Playoff Games at Oracle Arena.
Other special offers:
- Box Office Specials include “2 for $10 Tuesday” and “Age 10 & Under FREE Wednesday.”
- Cinema Grill will offer a special “Anniversary Appetizer” with any $10 drink order.
- Daily Pop-Up Popcorn Stands will offer free popcorn outside the theatre. Pop-Up locations will be emailed to those who sign up for the Alameda Theatre Newsletter at www.alamedatheatres.com
It’s been 10 years since the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex opened its doors following an extensive restoration in 2008.
Theatre Management wishes to say Thank You to the community and to those who have enjoyed the films and special events over the past 10 years.
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!
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…)
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…)
With 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…)
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…)