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Visit + Shop Alameda eGift Cards

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | December 14, 2020
Toy Safari

When shopping online, think local first and consider giving Alameda eGift Cards as gifts to friends and family, and add them to your own wish list. It’s also a perfect way for grandparents to give a gift that always fits, provides a fun adventure, and is just what they wished for.

This digital gift card is extremely versatile. A single Visit + Shop Alameda eGift Card can be used at more than 20 different local businesses throughout Alameda including these downtown locations: Bead Inspirations, Daisy’s Mercantile, Fort Knox, Hobnob Restaurant, Ozone Skateboards, Park Street Wine Cellars, Swings and Wings, The Preacher’s Daughter, and Toy Safari. (list updated 12/14/20)

And the list is growing!

When you buy a Visit + Shop Alameda eGift Card, you’re also giving a local business a gift that says, “We appreciate you and want you to stay a part of our community.”

Click the image below to purchase your Visit + Shop Alameda eGift Cards today!

Visit and Shop Alameda gift card

Open With Care for the Holidays

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | December 5, 2020
CRAFT Beer & Wine retailer

Downtown Alameda shops are open for the holiday season and they need your support more than ever. Local retailers continue to be Open With Care and provide a variety of convenient and safe ways you can shop safely:

  • In-Person: Visit a local shop in person to browse the shelves and find that perfect gift. The reduction in customer capacity ensures that you’ll have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience.
  • By Appointment: For a safe in-person shopping experience at the highest level, local shop owners will gladly schedule a private shopping appointment.
  • Remote/Online Shopping: More comfortable shopping from home? Think local first. In addition to providing online stores, many of our local shops are providing personal shopper services via video chats, email, or text.
  • Delivery/Pick-Up: For your convenience, businesses are offering curbside pick-up and some offer same-day local delivery.

Please continue to support local businesses in whatever capacity you feel comfortable with.

View a list of downtown gift stores here:

Now more than ever is the time to support local businesses.


Six Ways To Spend Local in Alameda

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | November 24, 2020
Spend Local Alameda

This year, while you are staying local for the holidays, consider spending local too. When you spend local, you are giving a gift to the community.

Buying gifts and meals in town supports our businesses that have been severely impacted by the pandemic, the same businesses that were always there for the community, supporting youth sports and community fundraisers throughout the year.

Here are six ways to spend local and shop safely in Alameda:

Shop local online. Several Alameda stores and restaurants have gone digital for convenient and safe online ordering while keeping it local.

Order curbside pick-up. Order in advance and pick-up safely out front. Who can beat that? Some stores also offer quick local delivery services.

Schedule a private shopping appointment at your favorite retail store. Many local retailers will make special arrangements for in-store visits and purchases.

Buy something extra when shopping. It’s a way to show our appreciation to local retailers, similar to leaving a generous tip at our favorite restaurants and coffee houses.

Encourage friends, neighbors, and relatives to support local businesses. Local businesses provide income and jobs for Alameda residents. When you suggest purchasing gifts locally to friends and relatives, they are supporting neighbors too! Be sure to share online about the items you find in town with #SpendLocalAlameda

Buy Alameda e-gift cards. This Alameda-only gift card is a great suggestion to out-of-town grandparents or relatives who are looking for family gift ideas. And many Alameda businesses offer their own gift card

For more information about Alameda’s spend local campaign, please visit

Spend Local Alameda Giveaway

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | November 18, 2020
Alameda Strong Spend Local Giveaway

Starting on November 21st, and while supplies last, spend $50 or more at a participating Alameda business, and receive a free gift bag of goodies.

When you spend local, you are giving a gift to the community, so the City of Alameda, in partnership with the local business associations, are giving you a thank you gift! The Alameda Strong goodie bags are filled with a cloth mask with filter pocket, hand sanitizer, and cleaning wipes to bring on the go.

Alameda Bicycle
Alameda Natural Grocery
Bead Inspirations
Bonne Vie
Books Inc
D20 Games
DeLauer’s Gift and Smokeshop
Katz Meow Antiques
Lauren’s Closet
Park Street Wine Cellars
Rocket Reuse
South Shore Florist
Sumbody Spa
Tot Tank
Toy Safari
Video Factory
Watch Hospital


New Outdoor Dining Space on Alameda Ave

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | October 15, 2020

Effective December 7, communal outdoor dining areas are closed due to the latest Stay At Home Order.

The businesses in Downtown Alameda are joining together to create safe outdoor spaces for visitors to enjoy, from individual parklets to communal dining areas.

Nearly half of Alameda Avenue is now closed to vehicular traffic to provide an expanded area for outdoor dining. You’re welcome to bring in food and beverages from any of our wonderful downtown eateries.

Here are a few tips to help keep the communal dining space clean and safe for all:

  • Order In Advance… consider ordering online or by phone to avoid waiting in line at the restaurants or holding a table.
  • Pack In, Pack Out… it’s important that everybody picks up after themselves and leaves the tables clean for the next users; garbage cans are conveniently placed within the area.
  • Sanitize, Sanitize… it’s always a good idea to bring your own hand sanitizer when out and about and sharing public spaces.
  • Six Feet Rule… remember to maintain a 6-ft distance from those not in your household or “social bubble.”
  • Wear a Mask… please wear a face covering when not actively eating or drinking.
  • Keep Dogs Close By… we love the company of our furry friends, but ask that dogs are kept on a short leash.

View a running list of downtown restaurants open for take-out:

We look forward to providing this open street space as a welcoming resource for our community.

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We appreciate your understanding as our businesses slowly and cautiously open their doors with this consideration to their staff and other customers.

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