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Dispatch Goods Available at Alameda Restaurants

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | April 29, 2021
Lola's Chicken Shack using Disposable Goods reusable containers in Alameda

Who is ready to enjoy restaurant take-out without the waste? No more plastic… no more single-use packaging…

Dispatch Goods has recently launched in Alameda to help our community solve the ever increasing problem with restaurant take-out foodware, and to give restaurant owners a new option to comply with Alameda’s Disposable Foodware Reduction Law (no more plastic, effective Jan 2019).

We have three amazing restaurants that have started offering the reusable foodware service provided by Dispatch Goods. Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, Spinning Bones, and Lola’s Chicken Shack not only offer Dispatch Goods reusable containers, but the restaurants are also hosting return bins.

Look for the service to launch soon at Speisekammer.

Join us in supporting this pioneering business. With the help of Dispatch Goods and the community, local restaurants can prevent thousands of pieces of plastic from entering landfills and waterways.

(pictured above: fresh hand-breaded Chicken Tenders and Cobb Salad from Lola’s Chicken Shack)

Something Special for Mom in Downtown Alameda

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | April 27, 2021
Magpie and Thorn preview sale

Visit local shops and restaurants for everything Mom loves and treat her to something special. With plenty of options in Downtown Alameda, you’re certain to find something for that special Mom in your life. Plus, downtown businesses make it easy by offering in-store shopping, take-out, delivery, gift certificates, and virtual experiences.

Looking for last-minute inspiration? We’ve found some special happenings and gift ideas for you:

Pick Out a Gift for Mom:

Bead Inspirations – Bead Inspirations is your source for making adorable jewelry for Mom, yourself, or anyone else. To honor Mothers & Nurturers — spend $35 or more on products or gift certificates and receive a free necklace.

Central Florist – Central Florist has flowers for Mother’s Day that will suit any style. Wish her a Happy Mother’s Day with a beautiful bouquet of flowers!

Daisy’s – Give tailored gifts and make happy memories with your loved ones that will last a lifetime. Let us take the work out of searching for those perfect pieces.

Farmstead Cheeses & Wine – Farmstead’s dedicated staff can make it easy to choose the right cheese and wine. Pick up some creamy cheeses, a pâté, some salume, a bottle of rosé or three, or a bottle of Champagne.

Magpie & Thorn – Mother’s Day Preview Sale with an assortment of unusual and strange plants. (May 1, May 2, and May 8)

MGH Discovered Art – Original, vintage art by undiscovered artists. MGH is having a Super Sale just in time for Mother’s Day… 100 @ $100. Sale ends Saturday.

Park Street Wine Cellars – Dedicated to the discovery and enjoyment of the world’s most unique and affordable biodynamic superstar wines. Share a toast to Mom with a nice burgundy wine that comes from vines that have been pampered with care.

To Herb With Love – To Herb With Love is brimming with wonderful accessories. All of our soaps, bathbombs, and essential oils are handmade and customizable with over 300 fragrance options to choose from.

Take Mom Out or Eat at Home:

Alley & Vine – In addition to our regular Brunch and Dinner menus, we will offer a special menu for Mom. And if you prefer to celebrate at home, our menus are available for takeout & delivery too!

C’era Una Volta – Plan ahead for Mother’s Day and order from C’era Una Volta. All 3-Course Dinners will include Baci Perugina Italian Chocolates for your special mother.

Cinema Grill – Mother’s Day Dinner and Brunch Specials are happening Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Order for dine-in or pick-up.

Karibu Wine Lounge –  Give a toast to mom! Ladies get $5 glasses of Wachira Sparking White on Friday night. You can also shop for Mother’s Day specials online at (use code MOM2021 to get a bottle of Wachira Sparking and Wachira Muscat for $39.99).

Linguini’s – Come celebrate Mother’s Day with us. Enjoy our Mother’s Day special — pick your favorites from our 4-course menu.

Pappo – Treat Mom to something special… start with our delicious Brunch or plan a nice Dinner with the family. Make a reservation for outdoor seating in the “parklet” or order your meal to go.

Share Your Favorite Finds:

This is just a sample list from the 100+ restaurants and shops located in Downtown Alameda. Share your favorite finds on social media and tag us with #DowntownAlameda

Spring Scavenger Hunt in Downtown Alameda

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | March 31, 2021
Downtown Alameda Spring Scavenger Hunt 2021

It’s time for another scavenger hunt! Have fun doing this season’s outdoor socially-distanced Spring Scavenger Hunt in Downtown Alameda. Colorful spring decals have been placed in some of the window displays. Stroll the downtown sidewalks to find the items needed to create a colorful Spring basket.

Click to print this Coloring Page for kids to join the hunt! Each of the items to be found is pictured on the page.

Do the scavenger hunt in one day or take your time while visiting the fabulous businesses located in Alameda’s downtown district.

Prizes! Find all 8 items for a chance to win one of ten $25 gift cards to a favorite downtown business. Submit your completed entry form no later than Sunday, April 11.

Special Offers! Businesses are extending the fun by offering treats, contests, and special discounts during the downtown scavenger hunt. Step into shops and restaurants for these springtime happenings.

Get all the details here:

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (March 2021)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | February 27, 2021
Sushi & More Alameda

Welcome the newest Downtown Alameda businesses to Open With Care… find what you need in the way that works for you, whether it’s in-store visits, ordering out, shopping by appointment, or virtual experiences.

New Downtown Businesses:

Electric Heroes, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #210
Comprehensive array of electrical services for residential and commercial customers at reasonable rates.

Elaine’s Gourmet Chinese, 2522 Santa Clara Ave
Chinese Szechuan cuisine with the freshest ingredients. The menu offers a large selections of traditional Chinese plates.

Good 2 Go Liquor & Curry, 2536 Santa Clara Ave
Neighborhood convenience store with an impressive selection of grocery items and beverages. Shanvi Indian Kitchen is located inside and serves a delicious hot bar of fresh Indian food all day, every day.

Joy Soulier & Associates, 1516 Oak Street #320
Joy Soulier is an experienced CPA specializing in tax preparation and planning for individuals, trusts, and estates. 

The Massage Clinic, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza)
Baby Lee is an outstanding massage practitioner who is is passionate about sharing the art and science of giving an incredible massage.

Sanjeevani Beauty Studio, 2544 Santa Clara Ave
Wide range of beauty services including facials, waxing, eye services, and hair styling. Natural products are used to provide great results for clients.

Sushi & More, 1245 Park Street
Fast food style Japanese cuisine. Menu includes udon, ramen, bento boxes, sushi rolls, and sashimi. Also offering boba tea.

More Businesses in the Works:


Valentine’s Day — Make It a Weekend Celebration

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | February 11, 2021

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and worth celebrating all weekend. If you’re looking to make dinner plans or need to buy a unique and special gift, it’s not too late. Downtown Alameda has everything you need to curate the perfect Valentine’s Day experience.

Downtown businesses are Open With Care, providing convenient and safe options from in-person shopping and online opportunities, to curbside pickup, outdoor dining, and local delivery. Show your love for local businesses and your special person.

Something Sweet… Grab a bouquet of cupcakes or other treat to celebrate Valentines Day. Sweet hearts for your sweetheart are available at favorite stops like Crispian BakeryFeel Good Bakery, Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, and Tucker’s Ice Cream

Gifts and Bouquets… There’s no excuse to go home empty-handed when a number of florists and gift shops can be found in Downtown Alameda. Unique gifts can be found at local shops like Bead Inspirations, Daisy’s, and Sumbody. You can also pick out gifts and beautiful flower arrangement at Central Florist and South Shore Florist. And for the man in your life, Bonne Vie has a terrific selection of quality cigars (and beers too!).

Dining On the Patio… Valentine’s Day may look a little different this year but downtown restaurants are able to offer a variety of outdoor seating options. Check for patio seating at Alley & Vine, American Oak, Asena, Cinema Grill, Spinning Bones, The Park Street Tavern, and more.

Dinner & Wine at Home… In the mood for a quiet evening at home? Downtown restaurants are making it easy to share a special meal. Take advantage of pick-up or delivery options from restaurants like Angela’s, East End, Hobnob, Pappo, and Wine & Waffles. And don’t forget the bubbles… Alameda Cellars, Bonne Vie, CRAFT Beer & Wine, Farmstead Cheeses & Wines, Park Street Wine Cellars, and The Preacher’s Daughter all offer a wonderful selection of sparkling wines.

Indoor Fun with the Family… For after-dinner fun with the family, set aside space for a puzzle or game. D20 Games carries top-rated family games and two-player games. You’ll also find a large selection of games and puzzles at Toy Safari.

Pictured above: Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, American Oak, Bonne Vie, Tucker’s Ice Cream, Toy Safari, Sumbody, The Park Street Tavern, Alley & Vine

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