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New Businesses – Welcome 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…)

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…)

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