Update: Last Friday evening hundreds of people strolled downtown on a very warm evening during the Spirits Stroll and Love Our Island ArtWalk. All enjoyed premiums sips, delectable bites, live music, and art throughout the district. Thanks to all the sponsors, downtown businesses, and area distillers who participated. A big shout out to our partner Rhythmix Cultural Works. We’re planning our next Whiskey Stroll in early March. Stay tuned!
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Start your holiday celebration with the Downtown Alameda Spirits Stroll!
Handcrafted small-batch spirits and tasty bites await guests as they stroll through the historic district at the Downtown Alameda Spirits Stroll on Friday evening, November 2 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
Guests will have the opportunity to taste a variety of artisanal spirits from Bay Area distilleries paired with small bites at ten unique locations in Downtown Alameda. During the stroll, enjoy the sights and sounds of art installations and live music brought to you by Rhythmix Cultural Works and featuring a variety of local artists. Then complete the evening with a late-night meal or entertainment at one of the participating After-Stroll locations offering specials and discounts.
The “grain to glass” distilleries represented at the event come from different regions of the Bay Area including Hangar 1 from Alameda, Wright & Brown Distilling Co. from neighboring Oakland, and TreeCraft Distillery from Treasure Island. Other artisan distilleries are Seven Stills, Distillery No. 209, Raff Distillerie, Griffo Distillery, Spirit Works Distillery, and Alley 6 Craft Distillery. Each distillery will be providing a taste of a handcrafted small-batch Gin, Vodka, Whiskey or Rye. (more…)
Check out photos on our FB page. Thanks to everyone who celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show with us!
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Celebrate the silver anniversary of the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show presented by General Auto Parts / NAPA on Saturday, October 13! Over 400 classic vehicles of all types will be lined up along Park Street, from Encinal Ave to Buena Vista Ave — roadsters, coupes, hot rods, muscle cars, antique trucks, and more. The free one-day event runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm and offers fun for the entire family.
Most cars on display come from the iconic decades of the ’50s and ’60s. There will also be antique roadsters from the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s, plus lots of American muscle cars from the ’70s and ‘80s. Car enthusiasts will be able to get a close look at makes and models of all types.
Bring your camera and take a minute to get to know the owners — they love to talk about their cars. Some of them even have some local history:
One of the cars on display will be a rare 1929 Durant Model 60 Deluxe Sport Roadster made in the Oakland factory once located on International Blvd & Durant Ave. (The former factory location is now called Durant Square. Before creating the Durant Motor Company in 1921, Billy Durant created both GM and Chevrolet as separate independent car companies.) Also in the show is a 1939 GMC Stake Bed truck that was featured in the 1939 World’s Fair on Treasure Island and a 1967 Pontiac GTO that was built in the GM plant in Fremont which is now the Tesla factory. (more…)
We’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.
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…)
About 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 Bakery, Taqueria 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 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…)
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 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.
MORE NEW BUSINESSES
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 email@example.com.
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…)
Attractive 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…)
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.
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.
Hang Ten Boiler, 2315 Santa Clara Ave
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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 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
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…)