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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…)

Welcome Our Newest Associate Members (February 2018)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | February 23, 2018
Modern Mouse Alameda display

Modern Mouse, Alameda South Shore Center

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 Alameda 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.

Help welcome our newest Associate Members:

Alana Dill – Face Painting (Alameda)
* Face painting, body painting, and theatrical make-up.

At Home Real Estate, 415 South Shore Center #139
* Real estate sales and rentals.

Modern Mouse, 2223 South Shore Center
* Fun, stylish collection of handmade goods by independent artists and small manufacturers.

RJV Elements (service in Alameda)
* Eco-friendly power washing and cleaning specialists.

SpeedPro East Bay, 1734 Clement Ave
* Large format display graphics for windows, walls, banners, vehicles, events, and more. Speedpro East Bay is a returning member.

Zhaldee’s Eats & Beats (service in Alameda)
* One-stop shop for all of your event needs, from catering to music and lighting.  (more…)

Local Businesses Un-Package Alameda

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | February 16, 2018

Rethink Disposable Youth Park Street Litter ArtCongratulations to Lola’s Chicken Shack for being the first business in Alameda to complete its certification with ReThink Disposable’s “Un-packaging Alameda Island” initiative — a new project put together by the Clean Water Fund and the City of Alameda in coordination with the Downtown Alameda Business Association and the West Alameda Business Association.

Mother and son team Nancy and Mark Rogers opened Lola’s Chicken Shack on Park Street in late 2013. They were the first business in Alameda to sign up for ReThink Disposable, when they heard that the program would work with them to figure out how to replace items like disposable cups with reusable plastic ones. Signing up has not only helped the environment but it’s also saved the business some money, too.

Recently, Lola’s Chicken Shack has begun using reusable straws. “We’ve been getting compliments each day for championing a reusable lifestyle over disposable plastic straws,” said Mark Rogers. “Customers know the straws go through the dishwasher and are sanitized, so they’ve been a big hit.”

ReThink Disposable Student Ambassadors

ReThink Disposable student ambassadors are working to raise awareness in the community about the impact of disposable foodware and single-use plastics. The students recently conducted litter audits on Park Street to profile the types and brands of litter. In the process, they collected the litter and created artwork which is now on display at Tucker’s Ice Cream(more…)

Downtown Announces First-Ever Whiskey Stroll

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | February 1, 2018

Tickets on sale NOW! 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…)

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (January 2018)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | January 13, 2018
Saigon Bistro Alameda

Saigon Bistro

It’s a fresh new year and we’re watching a number of businesses that are slated to open soon in the downtown district. It’s always exciting to find out about new restaurants in Alameda and this month saw the opening of one on Santa Clara Ave.

Additionally, a new tax firm has set up shop in a convenient location off Park Street — just in time for tax season.

Help welcome the newest businesses to Downtown Alameda:

New Businesses: 

Fabian Magaloni – Photographer, 2515 Santa Clara Avenue #108
* Photography services and instruction.

L.F. Cochrane & Associates, 2504 Santa Clara Ave, Suite A
* Tax preparation for small and medium sized businesses, families, and individuals.

Saigon Bistro, 2315 Santa Clara Ave
* Vietnamese noodles and grill with extensive selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

New Owners:

Mei Mei Restaurant, 2522 Santa Clara Avenue
Subway Sandwiches, 1407 Park Street  (more…)

Downtown Businesses Receive Annual Awards

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | January 6, 2018
Phoenix Alameda awarded New Business of the Year

New Business of the Year: Phoenix (Ben & Saskia Winter)

At the end of each year, the Downtown Alameda Business Association presents awards to member businesses in recognition of their contributions to the success of the downtown district. The owners and staff of the selected businesses are active in Downtown Association activities, participate in district events, and cultivate improvements in the business community. The businesses are excellent examples of the quality of service you can expect to find throughout the district.

Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s Downtown Alameda Business Awards:

Retail Business of the YearBooks Inc., presented to Melanie Knight

Culinary Business of the YearHabanas Cuban Cuisine, presented to Jason Tsang

Professional Service Business of the YearStudio 23, presented to Jessica & Wes Warren

New Business of the YearPhoenix Co-Working & Event Space, presented to Benjamin and Saskia Winter

Member of the Year — Duane Watson (Lee Auto Supply)

President’s Award — Kyle Conner and Allison Shannon (Alameda Theatre & Cineplex and Cinema Grill)

Look for these businesses to be spotlighted in future issues of the Alameda Sun. In the meantime, be sure to stop by and congratulate these folks the next time you find yourself in Downtown Alameda.

Holiday Window Contest Winners

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | December 23, 2017

Tucker's Ice Cream winning windowThis past holiday season, downtown businesses were teamed up with local artists to create festive holiday window displays. Our downtown was looking quite festive. Shoppers and their families enjoyed strolling the district looking at the fantastic windows.

We’d like to thank all the businesses and artists that participated in our Downtown Alameda Holiday Window Contest. The judges had an extremely difficult job of deciding on the contest winners.

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Downtown Alameda Holiday Window Contest:

Best Overall…. Tucker’s Ice Cream designed by artist Ryan LaLonde
Best Use of Lights…. RE/MAX Tribute designed by artist Jamie Banes
Best Use of Merchandise/Products…. Toy Safari designed by artist Alana Dill
Most Creative…. Books Inc. designed by artist Dave Sylvester
Social Media Favorite…. The Sewing Room designed by artist Nikki Romero

Honorable Mentions went to Alameda Natural Grocery, Dandelion Flowers & Gifts, Janene’s Bridal Boutique, Lauren’s Closet, Tootsies, and We Are Hair.

Special thanks to our wonderful sponsors FLAX and Glass Tek, as well as the artists with 2nd Friday ArtWalk. Jessica and Wes Warren of Studio 23 spearheaded our contest this year and we are extremely grateful to both of them.

View more images and learn about the artists behind the creations:
http://fridayartwalk.com/holiday-window-contest/ (more…)

Call For Artists: Storefront Art Installation Grant

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | December 1, 2017

Storefront Window Art Grant in Downtown AlamedaArtists and artist teams are being sought for creative projects in Downtown Alameda…

Artists will have an opportunity to create public art displays in vacant storefront windows in Downtown Alameda. The project’s theme Radical Beauty encourages artists to create displays that inspire awe and wonder. Opening celebrations will take place as part of the 2nd Friday ArtWalks beginning in March 2018.

Applications are open to artists working in or across all disciplines, including drawing, painting, illustration, multimedia, sculpture, photography and time-based works. Artists need not have previous publicly displayed work to be considered. (more…)