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Best of East Bay 2019: Downtown Winners

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | July 31, 2019

Congratulations to the Downtown Alameda businesses that were selected “Best of the East Bay 2019” by the readers and editors of East Bay Express. The theme of this year’s awards was “Splurges and Steals” and the list was created to help you find many wonderful ways to pamper yourself while also living within your means. Winners were selected in various categories: Goods & Services, Restaurants & Bars, and Arts & Culture.

We encourage you to check out these Best of the East Bay 2019 winners (and other businesses) the next time you find yourself in Downtown Alameda…



Alameda Bicycle (1522 Park Street) Highest-Quality Bike Selection; Most Affordable Bike Repairs

Alameda Eyes Optometry (1432 Park Street) Best Designer Eyeglass Shop

Lucky 13 Tattoos (1301 – 1/2 Park Street) Best Tattoo Parlor



Burma Superstar (1345 Park Street) Best Burmese Restaurant


For a complete list of the 2019 Best of the East Bay winners, check out the list on the East Bay Express website:

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (July 2019)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | July 15, 2019
Made Pho You Alameda

Downtown Alameda is a marvelous destination for shopping, dining, playing, relaxing, and socializing. The district is ever-changing with new places to discover on each visit. Help us welcome our newest businesses!

New Downtown Businesses:

Lashfab, 1421 Broadway
Quality eyelash services.

Made Pho You, 1245 Park Street
Trendy Vietnamese restaurant utilizing fresh ingredients and old family recipes in every dish.

Nicola Ries Taggart , 2447 Santa Clara Ave #306
Life and leadership consultant, strategist, trainer, and speaker.

New Associate Members:

Heidi Thompson Coaching, Oakland
Certified holistic health & life coach for women age 40-60.

Law Office of Kathleen Day-Seiter, 2219 Santa Clara Ave, Suite C
Focuses on elder law, estate planning, and trust administration.

Law Offices of Kimberly C. Vaughn, 2219 Santa Clara Ave, Suite B
Areas of practice include Estate Planning, Trust Administration, Probate, and Entity Formation.

In the Works:
B. Graham – Market & Nest, 2310 Alameda Ave — open now
Dunkin’ Donuts, 2413 Clement Ave
Fire Wings, 1620 Park Street
Holiday Inn Express, 1825 Park Street
Park Street Bar & Grill, 1511 Park Street
Spinning Bones, 1205 Park Street
Twelve 31 Eatery, 1231 Park Street

View more new businesses:

Do you have a new business in the works within the downtown district? Contact the Downtown Alameda Business Association at (510) 523-1392 or

New! 2nd Friday ArtWalk Shuttle

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | July 9, 2019
2nd Friday ArtWalk Shuttle in Alameda

There’s always something happening in Downtown Alameda during the 2nd Friday ArtWalks, whether your interest is in attending artist receptions, dancing to live music, or having fun shopping and dining. And now the 2nd Friday ArtWalk Shuttle makes it even easier to experience a fun-filled evening.

The new 2nd Friday ArtWalk Shuttle loops around the island from 6:00pm to 9:00pm with several stops along Park Street, Jingletown, and Webster Street. Guests can go from venue to venue at their own pace by walking or catching a ride on the hourly loop shuttle.

The launching of the FREE 2nd Friday ArtWalk Shuttle was made possible by a grant from the City of Alameda’s Public Art Fund along with sponsorship from Sierra Nevada, MV Transit, and ARTPUSH.

2nd Friday ArtWalks are free to attend. Check the official website for updated show listings, walking map, and shuttle schedule:

Downtown Alameda Shuttle Stops:

2309 Encinal Ave (Studio 23, 3Dot Gallery)
1333 Park Street (The Local)
2300 Lincoln Ave (PHOENIX, Speisekammer)
1523 Park Street (Curated, Autobody Fine Art, The Space)
1645 Park Street (McGee’s Bar & Grill)
1700 Park Street (Alameda Island Brewing Co.)
1820 Park Street (NoFu Skincare Studio)

Strolling Historic Downtown Alameda – Part 3

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | July 2, 2019

Strolling through our downtown commercial district and viewing the varied architecture reveals that Downtown Alameda has long been historic, hip, and worth the trip. At the time that the historic Alameda Theater was being built on Central Ave in 1930s, Art Deco was swiftly becoming the preferred style for the new age. Confident, vibrant, and electric, it was different from styles of the past and its new message fit the growing Park Street community.

The next time you stroll the downtown district, see if you can identify the Art Deco details on these and other buildings:

1222 Park Street – Bernardi Building

Built in 1946, this structure is a late example of Moderne Art Deco style architecture and is notable for its stepped pylon, metal signage, and high degree of historic integrity. It is a prime example of how even small structures can contribute significantly to the overall character of a historic district.

The commercial building was built for Bernard Bernardi as a tailor shop and clothes cleaners. Bernardi learned his trade while working in the family business originally established directly across the street in the 1920s.

What’s there now? The building has remained in its original splendor throughout its later owners that include a tropical fish store and now a restaurant. The Original Red Onion opened its Alameda location in 2012.

2320 Central Avenue – Alameda Dairy Company

The first business at this location was a retail outlet for the milk and ice cream of the Alameda Dairy Company — their main store and processing plant was located on Webster Street.

Built in an Art Deco style in 1931, the building had a black tile facade flanked by stepped pilasters and Mayanesque transoms. During subsequent remodeling, the tilework was trowelled over with stucco. When the building was improved in 1995, the stucco was removed and the broken glass in the transom was repaired.

What’s there now? Pappo is a New American bistro serving a fresh seasonal menu produced sustainably and from locally purchased ingredients.

1419 Park Street – Longs Drugstore

In 1936, a large building was constructed at 1419 Park Street and a few other Deco buildings were built on the block as well. Longs Drugstore moved into the large commercial space sometime within the first decade it was built.

Sometime in the 1970s, a facade “makeover” covered the Art Deco details. In 1999, new owners Frank and Debbie George began re-adding art deco architectural details with completion being done in 2011. A new black and red Art Deco building sign was added, accent tiles were added to the storefront, and striped black and maroon awnings were selected to echo the original Longs awning.

An interesting note: A one-story wooden building attached to the rear of the building appears to date from the 1900’s when a bowling alley was located at this site.

What’s there now? Park Street Plaza is a collection of local shops including Lanvie Apparel, Joona Fabriculture, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Bonne Vie (fine wine, beer, and cigars), Dandelion Flowers & Gifts, and Tutu School Alameda.

As you stroll through the historic downtown district and view these magnificent buildings, imagine the bustling streets of another time. 

Read about other historic Downtown Alameda buildings in Part 2 of our history series:

View the July 4 Parade on Park Street

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | June 28, 2019
Alameda July 4 Parade viewing on Park Street

Have fun in Downtown Alameda on July 4 while viewing one of the longest Independence Day parades in the nation. The Alameda 4th of July Parade is one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in the Bay Area and begins at 10:00am at the corner of Park Street and Lincoln Ave.

Watch as more than 170 entries and 2,500 parade participants travel along Park Street before proceeding to Webster Street. Spectators will marvel at the huge variety of hand-decorated flatbeds, antique cars, marching bands, dance troupes, bicyclists, musicians, clowns, costumed characters, and dancing horses.

The 2019 July 4 Parade Grand Marshals are two downtown business owners who are known for their inspiring community support:

Otto Wright (The Local, 1333 Park Street) has hosted community food and supply drives for victims of the North Bay fires, federal employees during the government shutdown, and residents of Midway Shelter. He also employs students with disabilities through a program with AUSD.

Gene Oh (Alameda Bicycle, 1522 Park Street) conceived of and organizes the annual Bike For The Parks fundraiser that raises thousands of dollars for our parks each year. He also sponsors an annual kids’ Books 4 Bikes program and gives away bikes and helmets to encourage reading for fun.

The best viewing spots for the parade can be found in Downtown Alameda where the performances, cheering, and flag waving are especially exciting along the first stretch of the parade. For a front row seat along the sidewalks, plan to arrive well before the parade’s start time.

There’s also a 5K run and walk that follows the parade route starting at 9:00am — an hour before the parade. The start line is located in front of Lola’s Chicken Shack at 1417 Park Street.

And, if you’re in want of a refreshment or are looking to do a little shopping on July 4 (or any day of the year), you’ll find a parade of locally-owned businesses in the downtown district, from breakfast spots to bookstores.

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