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We’re Hiring! Membership & Event Coordinator

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | October 2, 2018

Downtown Alameda Business AssociationWe’re looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team!

The ideal candidate will enjoy being immersed in our collaboration to keep our downtown exciting, friendly, and diverse. This person can creatively imagine and implement promotions and events that invite visitors to the district, foster relationships with our membership, and cultivate good will in the community.

The individual will be knowledgeable about Downtown Alameda, its shops, restaurants, services, and is interested in working with member merchants.

Position Summary:

The Membership & Event Coordinator will be responsible for event planning and implementation, membership relations and database maintenance, promotional activities, bookkeeping, and office management. This is a full-time hourly position with various weekend and evening work.

The position requires initiative, self-direction, excellent communication skills, and the ability to manage the details of multiple events and projects. An outgoing personality is a must in being able to work with property and business owners, board members and committees, city officials, community nonprofits, residents, and other stakeholders.  (more…)

ReThink Disposable Save Dollars and the Environment

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | September 25, 2018

ReThink Disposable Certified Business Sign for Downtown AlamedaAbout a year after its launch, the ReThink Disposable program is really building momentum — 25 businesses have been certified (18 of them in the downtown district), 13 are in the process of being certified, and 24 more businesses have signed up.

ReThink Disposable helps businesses save thousands of dollars while contributing positively to the environment. The program, developed in partnership with the City of Alameda and funded by the Ocean Protection Council, has a goal of helping 100 businesses switch from disposable foodware to reusable foodware in an effort to reduce the amount of solid waste being added to our landfills.

The ReThink Disposable program recently analyzed the combined accomplishments of five businesses in the program and announced these results:

  • 314,499 single-use items reduced annually
  • 1,976 pounds of waste prevented annually
  • Average annual cost savings to businesses: $1,598

With numbers like these for only five businesses, the numbers will be even more astonishing when the program meets its goal of 100 participating businesses.

Crispian BakeryTaqueria Viva Mexico, and Habanas Cuban Cuisine are wonderful examples of what can be accomplished by completing the ReThink Disposable certification process. Auditors were able to work with staff to make simple changes that reduced annual waste and also resulted in total cost savings to the businesses.  (more…)

Oktoberfest Kicks Off In Downtown Alameda

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | September 20, 2018

Speisekammer Oktoberfest in AlamedaOktoberfest kicks off in Downtown Alameda with Speisekammer’s annual 3-week celebration! Enjoy German beer, dance, and grilled meat in their beer garden. Dancing with the Golden Gate Bavarian Dance Club, Polkageist, and Bayern Maiden makes this one of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations in the Bay Area. There’s also a jump house for kids.

Speisekammer’s Oktoberfest takes place three Sundays in a row at 2424 Lincoln Avenue, from Noon to 6:00pm. Admission is free for all; beer and food are available for purchase.

Featured performances:  (more…)

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (September 2018)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | September 10, 2018
Main Squeeze Alameda

Main Squeeze – acai bowl

Downtown Alameda is an ever-changing landscape as new businesses open. Within the last month a number of  new business owners have brought their visions to the downtown district and have opened their doors to the public:

Best Beauty Bar (2544 Santa Clara Ave)
Newly opened in the former Pippa & Co space, this beauty salon provides hair, makeup, and threading services.

Cholita Linda (1337 Park Street)
Downtown Alameda’s newest restaurant got its start as a food stand at the Jack London Square farmers market before opening a spot in Oakland’s Temescal district. Cholita Linda serves Latin American comfort food including its famous fried fish tacos and pressed asado sandwich.

Joona Design Playground (1419 Park Street)
Owner Jeanne Henzel is an interior designer specializing in all-natural upholstery, innovative curtain making and contemporary hard treatments, color & design consulting, and on-site upholstery repair. Joona is currently open by appointment.

Main Squeeze (2300 Central Ave)
Head to Downtown Alameda for some delicious antioxidants and get your juice on! Alameda’s newest juice bar is serving fresh organic juices, acai bowls, smoothies, and wellness shots. Favorites include the Oasis Bowl and Maca Mama Smoothie.

Zap Payroll (2504 Santa Clara Ave, Suite #9)
Zap Payroll provides affordable payroll and HR that’s quick and easy. They provide services that are perfect for small business needs. Their knowledgeable and professional Payroll Advisors and HR Pros help employers every step of the way.

GRAND OPENING: Alameda Scoop

Alameda Scoop gelatoCalvin Ton and Linda Phung, husband/wife owners of Monkey King Pub & Grub and Monkey King at the Brewery, invite you to join them for the grand opening of their latest downtown eatery.

Alameda Scoop opens on September 15 at 1:00pm with free gelato, live music, and fun activities for kids. The menu of the new snack spot includes daily handmade gelato and other desserts. Look for matcha, black sesame, durian, lychee, thai tea, mangonada, taro, and other unique flavors to be offered on a rotating basis.

Additionally, a collaboration between Monkey King at the Brewery, Alameda Island Brewing Company, and Alameda Scoop includes an expanded 90+ seating area for patrons that will be family-friendly. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy food from Monkey King, beer from AIBC, and a treat from Alameda Scoop.


View our August post for more new businesses and a list of others in the works. Do you have a new business that is in the works or opening soon in the downtown district? Contact the Downtown Alameda Business Association at (510) 523-1392 or office@downtownalameda.com.

LOIAW: Radical Beauty, Part 5

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | September 7, 2018
Alameda Love Our Island Art Walk 5

Download Map – LOIAW #5

The fifth installation of the Love Our Island Art Walk returns to Downtown Alameda with a fun-filled evening on Friday, September 14. Rhythmix Cultural Works and the Downtown Alameda Business Association present three hours of art and music along Park Street and Santa Clara Ave as part of the 2nd Friday ArtWalk from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Radical Beauty, Part 5 brings empty downtown windows to life with images, light, sound, and conversation. Look for colorful light to spill through the windows on the corner of Park Street and Santa Clara Ave while sounds of Spanish gypsy guitar and driving percussion flow from a neighboring courtyard during this creative art event. Enjoy free musical performances on the street by Barrio Manouche, Inspector Gadje, and Omar & Friends.

Featured Art Installations:

1501 Park Street (future site of Gong Cha) – Nicole Mueller brings the tradition of stained glass into a new context, creating an abstract collage that is ephemeral, light-filled, and beautiful.

2353 Santa Clara Ave (future site of Baguette) – Using still-frame image sequences paired with short poetic statements, Najib Joe Hakim explores the themes of migration, borders, the environment, and conflict.

2301 Santa Clara Ave (historic gas station site next to Vintiq) – Charlie Sullivan repurposes found and discarded everyday items by rearranging them in a playful balance.

The Love Our Island Art Walk series is a two-year initiative supported by the California Arts Council. Learn more about the project, upcoming event dates, and featured artists at www.rhythmix.org.

Monthly 2nd Friday Art Walk

Enjoy art, conversation, and meeting new people at the monthly 2nd Friday ArtWalk in Downtown Alameda. Look for artist displays and special happenings at participating art venues, coffee houses, and nearby businesses.  (more…)

Facade Grants Improve Downtown Businesses

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | August 28, 2018

Alameda Bicycle new pole signAttractive building façades (or storefronts) support and encourage local business. They can have a significant effect on the attractiveness and marketability of the surrounding area. To encourage business owners to invest in the downtown and neighborhood business areas, the City of Alameda offers 50/50 matching grants to assist them in restoring or beautifying their façades.

Each business owner or property owner makes a commitment to finance 50% of the cost of improvements. Improvements can include:

  • New awnings or signs
  • Refurbishment of existing awnings
  • Restoration of legacy signs
  • Exterior Painting (including murals)
  • Replacement of windows and doors
  • Refurbishment of architectural features
  • Rehabilitation of historic features
  • Construction of outdoor eating areas

Benefits of the program include increased business exposure, more attractive streets, better first impressions for businesses, enhanced property values, improved marketability of the local business area, and more inviting places to walk and shop.

Nineteen façade grants were awarded in the downtown district during the 2017/18 fiscal year, resulting in over $240,000 being invested in the beautification of our downtown district. These are a few examples of successful projects, varying in size:

With the support of the Façade Grant Program, The Sewing Room (2434 Webb Ave) is now more visible from the street. Colorful new signs were installed on both the awning and the side wall facing Park Street.  (more…)

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (August 2018)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | August 14, 2018

Baby Cafe – Beef Stew Rice Cube

Downtown Alameda is ever-changing when it comes to dining, learning, playing, relaxing, or working. Discover great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do in Downtown Alameda!

New Downtown Businesses:

AirLoom Deluxe, 2322 Santa Clara Ave
* Sneakers, streetwear, and vintage clothing.

Baby Cafe, 2321 Santa Clara Ave
* Hong Kong style cafe… delightfulness without boundaries.

Natural Mystics, 2322 Santa Clara Ave
* Everything for all your smoking needs… vapes, ejuice, pipes.

Project Burger, 2319 Central Ave
* Gourmet burgers, sandwiches, and tacos.

Romano Welch Architects, 1428 Park Street, Suite #C
* Architecture + Planning + Interiors.

New Associate Members:

Angela Klein Architect, 2622 Lincoln Ave
* Residential and small commercial architecture and interior design.
Beacon Business Bank, 1442 Webster Street
* High-quality financial solutions and personalized relationship-based service.
Clean Sidewalks+, service in Alameda
* Pressure and power washing services.
Fast Imaging, 835 Marina Village Pkwy
* High resolution printing at competitive prices. Design work available.
Golden West Betterway Uniforms, service in Alameda
* Delivering quality floor mats, uniforms, and linens — rent or buy direct.
Togo’s Sandwiches, 1929 Broadway
* Creating real, honest-to-goodness sandwiches.

New Location: 

Hang Ten Boiler, 2315 Santa Clara Ave

In the Works:  (more…)

Last Days of Summer in Downtown Alameda

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | August 9, 2018

First day of school is nearly upon us but with the time left this summer you can still enjoy some summer fun on the island. Here’s a list of family activities that can be found in Downtown Alameda:

D20 Games Alameda Two Headed GiantTabletop Gaming
D20 Games is a dad-run place for tabletop gaming. The shop features regular kid-friendly events for players of Magic the Gathering, Pokemon, and other strategy games. “Two-Headed Giants” is a great way for parents and kids to play Magic as a team. Cost is $20/person and includes game packs. D20 Games, 2311 Santa Clara Ave

Sewing Fun
Children have fun acquiring new skills. The Sewing Room hosts classes and workshops year-round. The “Machine Basics Sewing Class” is perfect for those who have never used a machine ($50 fee). Sewing patterns and kits are also available for purchase in the shop for take-home projects. The Sewing Room, 2434 Webb Ave

Classic Video Gaming
Kids and their parents will have fun trying their hand at over 500 playable classic video arcade games from the 1980’s and 1990’s – all set to unlimited play! Some all-time favorites include Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Mario Bros., Paperboy, and Asteroids. Unlimited play is $5 for one hour or $10 for all-day admission. High Scores, 1414 Park Street

Art Lab and Play Gallery 
Twirl is a daily play gallery for kids. Younger children can take a ride on the tike track, climb through the treehouse, or build a fort in the construction zone. Older kids can create things with play-dough experiments, wood and glass painting, or paper cutting activities. Drop-in admission for unlimited one-day play is $12/child. Twirl also offers Kid Art Evenings on Friday nights. Twirl, 1424 Park Street  (more…)

Best of the East Bay 2018 in Downtown Alameda

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | July 30, 2018

Look for this summer’s East Bay Express “Best of the East Bay 2018” issue in local newsstands. This year’s results include plenty of old favorites as well as some first-time winners. These Downtown Alameda businesses are among the winners. Congratulations to all!

  • Lucky 13 Tattoos AlamedaHigh Scores is deemed the Best Place to Relive Your ’80s Childhood. The arcade is chock-full of nostalgia, classic jams on the jukebox, and good old-fashioned low-tech fun.
  • The artists at Lucky 13 Tattoos are known for crafting quality tattoos in a welcoming atmosphere and have deservedly earned the reputation as Best Tattoo Parlor.
  • Twirl is noted as a favorite for Best Indoor Play Space for Kids. Twirl has created a community hub where groups not only play, create, and explore but share experiences and build friendships!
  • With comfy seats and in-theater dining and drinking, the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex offers the Best Luxury Theater Experience in the Bay Area.
  • Burma Superstar is hands down the Best Burmese Restaurant in the Bay Area to experience Burmese homestyle cooking and their award winning tea leaf salad. We think the Alameda location is one of the best.
  • Peet’s Coffee at the corner of Park Street & Central Ave is one of many locations serving the Best Coffee throughout the Bay Area.
  • It’s not enough just to sell bikes. Alameda Bicycle also wants to make sure that the people who buy them use them and enjoy them. This makes them one of Best Bike Shops.
  • You’ll find La Penca Azul serving delicious Mexican food and margaritas every day of the week. It’s no surprise that they are considered one of the Best Mexican Restaurants in the East Bay.

View all the results here: www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/BestOf

Street Fair Loaded With Crafts, Food, and Music

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | July 17, 2018

Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire 2018Enjoy the summer sun and experience island fun at one of Alameda’s biggest and best events! The 34th Annual Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire will be loaded with art & craft vendors, mouth-watering festival foods, local craft beer and wine, live music on three stages, and two kids’ areas with games and carnival rides. Festival-goers will also enjoy a stroll in Alameda’s historic downtown district where many of the unique shops, restaurants, and services will be offering specials throughout the weekend.

When you combine our lovely weather, live music, refreshing libations, games and rides, and your favorite fair food all wrapped up in Alameda’s beautiful island surroundings, you have a must-attend event. The 34th Annual Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire has something for everyone and is FREE to attend. The fun happens July 28 & 29 from 10:00am to 6:00pm each day.

Each day offers nonstop live entertainment. Swingtown is coming all the way from Florida to perform a tribute to Steve Miller & Peter Frampton on Saturday starting at 1:00pm. Some of the Bay Area’s best tribute bands will also be here to get the crowds dancing in front of the stages. (view music schedule)

Thanks to Coconut Cay SkyJuice, the new acoustic Alameda Stage will be bursting with local music programmed by Alameda guitarist Jim Parodi. Catch performances by Alameda amatuer and professional musicians including solo artists Drew Harrison, Michael Barrett, and Paul Manousos, and bands Flunch and Wicked Lobstah(more…)

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