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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (March 2023)

By Alameda | March 1, 2023

Welcome the spring season and new beginnings! We’d like to introduce the newest Downtown Alameda businesses to open, and others that are in the works.

New Downtown Businesses:

Lemon Drop, 2542 Santa Clara Ave
When life gives you lemons…make a lemon drop! Craft cocktails, great music, and fun vibes all around.

NUG Alameda, 2416 Lincoln Ave
The first cannabis dispensary in Alameda’s East End, with a wide selection of award-winning NUG Premium indoor flower, award-wining chocolate and edibles, live resin cannabis cartridges and more.

Pho Nation, 1511 Park Street
Enjoy favorite pho dishes, in addition to cocktails, a full bar and music. Open daily from 5pm-2am.

Subpar Miniature Golf, 1600 Park Street
Bay Area themed 18 hole indoor miniature golf course that specializes in fun for all ages. In addition to miniature golf, there’s arcade games, pool tables, air hockey, laser maze, food and drinks.

Yoga Amansala, 1217 Park Street
Offers many yoga styles for all levels in temperatures between 80-100 degrees. Whether you’re new to yoga or want to deepen your practice, your new neighborhood yoga studio is here for you!

New Locations:

TROY Greek Cuisine, 2320 Central Avenue

Yojimbo, 2319 Santa Clara Avenue

More Businesses in the Works:


Alameda Business Associations launch new Electronic Community Bulletin Boards

By Alameda | February 28, 2023

Downtown Alameda and West Alameda Business District Associations have partnered with Digifli to bring dynamic
community bulletin boards to Alameda. This partnership will bring cutting-edge technology to the community and help keep
residents informed about local events and news.

Electronic bulletin boards are being installed in local businesses throughout Alameda providing real-time updates on
events, promotions, fundraisers, and other important information. The boards will be interactive and allow users to access
additional information and resources through QR codes that link to websites.

“We are thrilled to bring this new technology to our community,” said Linda Asbury, Executive Director of the West
Alameda Business Association. “We believe that these bulletin boards will help to foster greater communication,
collaboration, and engagement among our local residents and businesses, which will ultimately benefit everyone in our

The new bulletin boards feature “upcycled” high-resolution displays and a user-friendly interface that makes it easy
for members of the community to stay informed and engaged. The boards will be strategically located within local
independent businesses in high-traffic areas throughout Alameda, making it convenient for people to access the information
they need and easy for the associations to get information out to the community.

“Providing our community access to this technology helps bridge an informational divide. This accessible, dynamic
and user-friendly platform enables businesses, artists and organizations to easily share information and effectively engage
our community. Digifli offers a local solution tailored to local residents and businesses.“ said Kathy Weber, Executive Director
of Downtown Alameda Business Association.

Digifli’s electronic bulletin boards are powered by a secure and user-friendly platform that makes it easy for
organizations to manage and update content. The platform also provides detailed analytics, allowing advertisers to track the
effectiveness of their communications.

“Our mission at Digifli is to foster communities by supporting local nonprofits, artists,and independent businesses.
We do this in an environmentally friendly way by reducing e-waste.” said Wes Warren, Founder of Digifli. “90% of our
monitors come from e-waste recyclers, keeping them out of the dump and providing them with a new useful second life.”
You can currently find Digifli boards at over 50 locations around the island such as Fireside Lounge, Books Inc.,
Pacific Pinball Museum, and Alameda Natural Grocery. More locations are being added every week.

“Customers and store vendors love how community oriented Digifli is. It’s great to be able to support other local
businesses in Alameda!” said Karen Katz, owner of Katz Meow on Park Street.

Digifli supports local nonprofits and charities providing free and deeply discounted promotions on the network. Every
advertising purchase allows the advertiser to select a local non-profit and Digifli donates free impressions to these
organizations. Digifli donates over a million ad impressions a year to local nonprofits.

” Digifli helps FAAS get the word about upcoming events.” said Carla Thornton, Marketing and Communications
Manager of Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. “ Digifli shows pictures of our animals up for adoption and helps us
promote events like the Huge February Clearance adoption drive.”

Digifli currently promotes FAAS, Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc. of the island city, and We are adding
more organizations every month.

“Connection through community and art is something I feel very passionate about. As the Director of Community
Outreach at Digifli, I am able to work closely with the local organizations and empower them to meet their goals. ” said
Jessica Warren, Co-founder of Digifli “ We promote fundraisers and events for several Alameda based nonprofits. I feel great
that we are able to give something back to these fantastic organizations that make Alameda such a special place”

About West Alameda Business Association
The West Alameda Business Association is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of businesses in
the West Alameda neighborhood. The Association’s mission is to support and promote local businesses, enhance the
community’s quality of life, and improve the economic viability of the neighborhood.

About Downtown Alameda Business Association
Downtown Alameda covers the Park Street business corridor from the Park Street Bridge to San Jose Avenue.
Downtown Alameda offers a vibrant mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. From unique local boutiques to
bustling bars and restaurants, Downtown Alameda is a great place to be.

About Digifli Community Bulletin Boards
Digifli was invented right here in Alameda. Digifli offers a unique, secure, and user-friendly platform for local
organizations to manage and update content in real-time. With a focus on innovation, the environment, and community
engagement, Digifli is dedicated to helping build stronger and more connected communities. Digifli donates free ad
impressions to local charities from every sale.

For more information, please contact:
Linda Asbury, Executive Director, West Alameda Business Association
Kathy Weber, Executive Director, Downtown Alameda
Wes Warren, Founder, Digifli
Jessica Warren, Co-Founder and Director of Community Outreach

Sip, Savor, Discover: 5th Annual Whiskey Stroll

By Alameda | February 23, 2023

It’s back! Sip and stroll your way through our historic downtown district tasting premium small-batch whiskeys paired with yummy bites at select locations during the 5th Annual Downtown Alameda Whiskey Stroll. Enjoy an evening filled with food, drink, and entertainment while learning about the unique styles of Northern California distillers and local chefs. The popular event returns on Friday, March 24, 6:00-9:00pm.

The Alameda Strolls are a great way to discover new places and support local businesses. Ticket holders will visit twelve unique downtown shops and spaces to taste small-batch whiskeys from a fantastic selection of Northern California distilleries. And while at select stops, guests will enjoy a savory or sweet bite perfectly paired with the whiskey. 


Toast to 2023: Celebrate the New Year in Downtown Alameda

By Alameda | December 21, 2022

It’s almost time to toast to 2023, and there’s plenty of ways to celebrate right here in Downtown Alameda. Meet up with family and friends at a favorite restaurant, catch a movie, or extend the evening by ringing in the new year at one of the district’s many gathering spots. There’s even early family fun for the kids without any missed bedtimes.

Featured Celebrations:

NYE Afro Gatsby: A Night at the Cabaret @ Karibu Wine Lounge
Start the night off with an intimate fundraiser concert in partnership with the Oakland Symphony featuring Kev Choice, along with hor d’oeuvres and a glass of wine from Wachira Wines. End the night by dancing into the new year with DJ JohnnyBeats and a complimentary midnight toast!

New Year’s Eve with Eddie Pepitone @ Alameda Comedy Club
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with cult-comic Eddie Pepitone. A force of nature on stage, Eddie is hailed as a modern day cross between Jackie Gleason, Don Rickles and Eckart Tolle. Late show includes live music.

New Year’s Eve Disco Wonderland @ Alley & Vine
Dress in disco chic, nosh on favorites from this retro era, and sip champagne to ring in 2023! The 5-course menu evening features two seatings, the second of which includes disco hits from DJ Vinyl Richie, party favors, and a midnight toast. (The earlier seating is designed for guests with plans elsewhere at midnight.)

New Year’s Eve Party @ Wine and Waffles
Come taste a collection of exotic wines and cuisines from around the world. Along with performances by R&B artists Elaine Johnson and Luhtakizz, this promises to be an unforgettable party.

New Year’s Eve Party @ Swings and Wings
Swing into 2023 from 4:00-6:00pm and be home before bedtime with goodies and a memorable picture taken in their chic photo booth. Expect a winter wonderland complete with fancy bites, bubbly drinks, warm cocoa, and fun filled stations.

More New Year’s Celebrations:

For additional family activities, High Scores Arcade will be open 12:30-10:00pm for unlimited gaming on New Year’s Eve, and Subpar Miniature Golf will be open from 10:00am-6:00pm for indoor mini golf (reservations recommended), arcade games and pool tables. Or kick back and enjoy a blockbuster movie at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex.

And if you’re looking for a last-minute gathering place with a 21+ audience on New Year’s Eve, these Downtown Alameda nightspots provide plenty of festive fun — no reservations required: 


Holiday Happenings: Shop Sip Gather Together

By Alameda | November 23, 2022
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Oh, what fun it is in Downtown Alameda this holiday season! Downtown merchants have plenty to offer for a festive holiday shopping experience, from Shop Late Thursdays to our popular Hot Cocoa Stroll.

So bundle up the kids, buy a warm beverage, and take a stroll downtown to enjoy the holiday together with friends and family:

Get the details about this year’s holiday happenings and more…

Hot Cocoa Stroll

Enjoy the Hot Cocoa Stroll on Friday 12/2 from 5-7pm with family and friends in Downtown Alameda. A variety of businesses will offer a warm welcome and a delectable assortment of sips & nibbles, while supplies last. There’ll be live music and activities on Alameda Avenue. Join Santa as he strolls to sweet & treat locations throughout the district! Take your time while visiting the shops, restaurants, and other fabulous services located in Alameda’s downtown district.

Learn about the participating businesses:

Shop Later Thursdays

The shops in the district are joining our restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues in staying open until 7:00pm (or later) on Thursday nights in December. Let the merchants in Downtown Alameda help you find unique gifts, jewelry, clothing, toys, books, and much more!

Grab a bite to eat, stop to enjoy the holiday entertainment, and get a little shopping done! (All performances are on Alameda Ave near the Al Fresco Dining Area, 5-7pm.)

Letters to Santa

Want to share a wish list with Santa? We will be hosting a special Letters To Santa station on Alameda Avenue the same evenings that Santa is visiting throughout December. Once your letter is ready, drop it in one of our special Letters to Santa Mailboxes!

City of Alameda’s Shop Local Campaign

From Nov.17 – Dec. 25, shop local at participating retailers and enter the giveaway for collectible tokens and other fun swag! For every $1 spent locally, 67¢ remain in circulation in our economy. Spending local is a gift to the community. #ShopLocalAlameda and Support our Small Businesses!

More information and giveaway form:

Alameda Visit + Shop eGift Cards

When shopping online, consider giving Visit + Shop Alameda eGift Cards as gifts to friends and family, and add them to your own wish list. This unique Alameda gift card is extremely versatile — a single Visit + Shop Alameda eGift Card can be used at more than 27 different businesses in Alameda, and the list is growing!

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