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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…)

Downtown Announces First-Ever Whiskey Stroll

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | March 6, 2018

Update: Our first-ever Whiskey Stroll was a huge success and a sellout! Hundreds of people strolled downtown to enjoy premiums sips and yummy bites throughout the district. Thanks to all the sponsors, downtown businesses, and area distillers who participated. We’re planning another Downtown Stroll in March 2019. Stay tuned!

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Premium whiskey and tasty bites await you and your friends as you stroll through historic Downtown Alameda at the first-ever Downtown Alameda Whiskey Stroll. Grab your sweater and join the fun on Friday evening, March 2 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.

Guests will have the opportunity to taste premium, hand-selected whiskeys from NorCal distilleries paired with yummy bites at ten unique pouring locations in the historic downtown district. Then complete the evening with late-night fun at participating restaurants and bars offering “After-Stroll” discounts and specials.

Price of admission includes a collector’s glass, whiskey tastings and tasty “bites” at ten pouring stations, and a commemorative guide. Tickets are $40 until February 23 and increase to $50 after that date (if still available).

All participants must be 21 and over. Proceeds benefit programs that help keep Downtown Alameda clean, green, and safe.  (more…)

New Businesses – Welcome 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…)

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (January 2018)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | January 13, 2018

Saigon Bistro Alameda

Saigon Bistro

It’s a fresh new year and we’re watching a number of businesses that are slated to open soon in the downtown district. It’s always exciting to find out about new restaurants in Alameda and this month saw the opening of one on Santa Clara Ave.

Additionally, a new tax firm has set up shop in a convenient location off Park Street — just in time for tax season.

Help welcome the newest businesses to Downtown Alameda:

New Businesses: 

Fabian Magaloni – Photographer, 2515 Santa Clara Avenue #108
* Photography services and instruction.

L.F. Cochrane & Associates, 2504 Santa Clara Ave, Suite A
* Tax preparation for small and medium sized businesses, families, and individuals.

Saigon Bistro, 2315 Santa Clara Ave
* Vietnamese noodles and grill with extensive selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

New Owners:

Mei Mei Restaurant, 2522 Santa Clara Avenue
Subway Sandwiches, 1407 Park Street  (more…)

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