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New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (May 2021)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | May 18, 2021
Karibu Wine Lounge Alameda
Karibu Wine Lounge

Welcome the newest Downtown Alameda businesses to Open With Care… and please remember to mask up. 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:

Alameda Eye Center, 2418 Central Ave
Personalized, high-quality eye care including routine eye exams and management of a variety of eye conditions. 

Best of Thai, 1305 Park Street
Market and cafe offering the best products of Thailand.

Glory, 1330 Park Street
Locally owned retail shop curating the best brands of street shoes, sneakers, apparel, and accessories.

Ding Tea, 1342 Park Street
Serving authentic hand crafted Taiwanese Tea beverages

Karibu Wine Lounge, 1419 Park Street
Cultural gallery featuring an assortment of great but under-served wines from makers of color, women, and locals.

Magpie & Thorn, 2305 Santa Clara Ave
The greenhouse store is a magical wonderland of exotic plants, unique pottery, and sustainable gifts for all ages.

More Businesses in the Works:


Introducing Flavors of Alameda!

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | May 1, 2021
Flavors of Alameda event  in May 2021

We are excited to introduce the City of Alameda’s new Flavors of Alameda event, a month-long celebration of the many bold flavors of Alameda.

With more than 50 participating restaurants, bars, breweries, and wineries across the island, you’re invited to try new dishes and drinks throughout the month of May, collect points each time you do, and submit your points to get some great prizes.

Prizes include reusable metal straws, travel flatware kits, and a retro Flavors of Alameda lunchbox and are reflective of the City of Alameda’s commitment to reduce single-use plastics and are themed around dining out. We know you’ll love them!

Dine safely indoors, dine outdoors, get it to-go, or have it delivered.

Whatever you choose in Downtown Alameda, you can’t go wrong… Paella from Asena Restaurant, Cornish Hen with Egg Noodle Soup from Sidestreet Pho, Rhubarb Vodka Soda from Angela’s Kitchen, and so much more!

Learn more about the flavors each establishment has carefully selected and start earning your points:

Participating Downtown Alameda Restaurants:

Share your favorite Flavors of Alameda from our downtown restaurants on social media. Tag us for the chance to be featured!  #DowntownAlameda  #FlavorsofAlameda

Alameda Island Brewing Company, Alley & Vine, American Oak, Angela’s Kitchen, Asena, Burma Superstar, C’era Una Volta, Dragon Rouge Bistro, East End, Genghis Khan Kitchen, Hang Ten Boiler, Hobnob, Johnathan’s Sandwich House, Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, Karibu by Wachira, Kobe Ya, La Penca Azul, Linguini’s, Lucky 13, McGee’s Bar & Grill, New York Pizza, Pappo, Pho Sinh, Poke Koma, Sidestreet Pho, Speisekammer, Spice I Am, Spinning Bones, Sushi & More, The Park Street Tavern, The Preacher’s Daughter, Toomie’s Thai, Tucker’s Ice Cream, Vietnam House, Wild Ginger, Yojimbo

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:

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