From Shop Late Thursdays to this year’s holiday window contest, downtown merchants have plenty to offer for a festive holiday shopping experience.
Shop Late Thursdays
Grab a bite to eat, catch a movie, or toast the holidays with co-workers and then get a little holiday shopping done afterwards. More than 30 retailers are extending their hours until 8:00pm or later on Thursdays, doubling the number of shops open in the evening!
Holiday Window Contest
Downtown businesses have teamed up with local artists to create festive holiday window displays. Bundle up the kids, purchase a warm beverage, and take a stroll to enjoy the sights of the holiday season. To place your vote, post a picture of the window on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using #DAHWC. (more…)
When you stroll from one end of Park Street to the other end, you will notice changes on just about every block. The streets are abuzz with new auto technicians, exercise trainers, steaming coffee, and deep dish pizza.
Help welcome these new businesses to Downtown Alameda:
AutoZone, 1125 Park Street
* Quality aftermarket auto parts.
Rise Bodyworks, 1226 Park Street
* Comprehensive sports performance/rehabilitation/wellness center.
The Local, 1333 Park Street
* Gathering spot with great coffee and a fun atmosphere.
The Star on Park, 1400 Park Street
* Family-friendly restaurant specializing in deep dish pizza.
Caffrey Insurance Solutions, 2413 Webb Ave #C
* Providing clear and creative benefit solutions.
On Wednesday, October 25, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for a small property located across from the Park Street Bridge. Park Esquina will be a micro-office park with a pedestrian-friendly courtyard weaving its way through the property. The public courtyard will offer ample green space and abundant seating outdoors with an onsite cafe situated on the corner to serve tenants and pedestrians alike.
“This specific parcel has always been dear to me as it is the very first sight while crossing the Park Street Bridge,” comments property owner Marcel Sengul. “Having served duty as a used car lot successfully for over 35 years, the land at 1926 Park Street is now primed for major refinement.”
“This beautiful project is the culmination of a journey that creates a cool, modern entrance to our downtown district,” stated DABA President Donna Layburn during the ceremony.
Are you passionate about reducing packaging and waste? Would you like to make a real difference in your community and the environment? Ask your favorite restaurants to sign up for ReThink Disposable, a free technical assistance program that helps businesses implement voluntary best management practices to reduce waste and cut costs by minimizing disposable product usage.
Find out more about ReThink Disposable:
Downtown Alameda – Straight From the Street
Transit riders now have more options for getting to Downtown Alameda. Whether you need assistance or just want to leave the car behind, there have always been plenty of choices. But now it’s even more convenient…
New Alameda Shuttle – The Alameda Loop Shuttle provides a way for all people to get around Alameda for free, regardless of age or ability. The shuttle operates three loops that run on Tuesday (West Loop), Wednesday (East Loop), and Thursday (Central Loop) from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Each loop brings passengers to Downtown Alameda every half hour with stops at Kaiser Permanente, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, and the Alameda Main Library.
New Bus Line – AC Transit Line 19 now connects to Downtown Alameda via Buena Vista Avenue. The new bus line also provides riders with direct access to/from the 12th Street/Oakland City Center and Fruitvale BART stations. Service is available seven days a week from 6:00am to 10:00pm.
You can find information and schedules for both of these transportation services HERE
Congratulations to all the Downtown Alameda businesses that have been selected “Best of Alameda 2017” by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine. As usual, there are a lot of them — a total of 55 this time around!
Winners were selected in four categories: Food & Drink, Retail, Services, and Lifestyle & Leisure.
A number of service-oriented businesses, along with some of Downtown Alameda’s newest businesses, received “Best of Alameda” honors for the first time since we’ve been compiling our annual version of the list.
A number of service-oriented businesses receive “Best of Alameda” honors for the first time this year, along with some of Downtown Alameda’s newest businesses. We encourage you to take time to check them out the next time you’re in the business district.
Continue reading to view an alphabetic list of all the Best of Alameda 2017 winners located in Downtown Alameda… (more…)
Take a stroll through Downtown Alameda and celebrate Alameda’s newest public art. You’ll be delighted to see that local artists have transformed the ordinary into the extraordinary. Ten utility boxes have been re-energized and are now covered by whimsical graphics that reflect ways the community can reduce its carbon footprint.
FREE GUIDE MAPS of all ten Power Box Art locations are now available at businesses located in the downtown area. Look for a map at one of your favorite businesses to learn about the inspiration that artists injected into these wonderful designs.
In the spirit of community, each transformer is sponsored by a downtown business: Alameda Collision Repair, Alameda Island Brewing Company, Alameda Natural Grocery, Berg Injury Lawyers, The Marketplace, Mason Management, Ole’s Waffle Shop, Rhythmix Cultural Works, Rich and Rose Krinks (Broker and Associate Realtor, Harbor Bay Realty), and Tucker’s Ice Cream.
Power Box Art is a partnership between Alameda Municipal Power, the Downtown Alameda Business Association, and Rhythmix Cultural Works.
For more information, visit www.alamedamp.com/art.
Downtown Alameda will be getting a slightly new look when the Downtown Alameda Business Association installs new street banners this week.
Designed by local artist Felicia Ann, the banner images blend the nostalgic style of posters from the early 1900s with contemporary figures and fresh colors.
The banner project was created to help define Downtown Alameda beyond Park Street and to celebrate the wealth of unique services available throughout the entire district. Residents and visitors alike will be beckoned to Shop, Play, Learn, Wine & Dine, and Catch-Up in Downtown Alameda.
Downtown Alameda Is “Historic, Hip, and Worth the Trip”
The Park Street District has been evolving into a modern and lively downtown area that is “Historic, Hip, and Worth the Trip.” Not only are popular destination businesses locating along the side streets in Downtown Alameda, but new growth is also happening along the stretch of Park Street north of Lincoln Avenue. (more…)
Sometimes, “what’s new” is not as interesting as “what’s old.” That’s the case with our great old buildings in Downtown Alameda.
Prior to 1864, Alameda was home to a few small farmhouses scattered around the peninsula. However, things changed that year when a rail and ferry system was introduced to the city.
With improved transportation, hubs of commerce sprang up along the train routes. The primary local stop for the San Francisco & Alameda Railroad was Alameda Station, located near what is now the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Park Street. From that point, businesses spread out mostly in a linear fashion along a road that divided two large tracts of land. That road ultimately became “Park Street.”
Between 1877 and 1880, more than thirty large ornate commercial buildings were erected — ones that were grander than their wooden predecessors. In 1896, Alameda’s City Hall building was completed and by 1905 over 150 structures lined Park Street and the surrounding roads.
There were a few building booms following The Great Earthquake (1906) and between the two World Wars. But the old Victorian landmark buildings didn’t seem that cool any more, so they were either torn down or converted into something else. Thankfully, thirty of the historic structures were left standing, including one that still retains its original architecture. (more…)
Downtown Alameda, commonly referred to as the Park Street Business District, is Alameda’s vibrant historic commercial and civic downtown with buildings dating back to the late 1800’s and unique local businesses.
The Downtown Alameda Business Association (DABA) is a non-profit organization designed to serve as a support network for the nearly 500 businesses located in the Park Street Business District. The Downtown Association’s goal is to develop an economically prosperous business district to ensure that the Park Street Business District continues to be the business, cultural, and civic center of Alameda, CA.
Through a united effort, we encourage the membership to promote trade, commerce, and cooperative relationships among diverse individuals and businesses. The Downtown Association also provides a collective voice to City Hall and has been instrumental in effecting numerous policy changes and improvements in the district over the past several years.