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Downtown Easter Egg Hunt for Kids and Families

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | April 3, 2019
Downtown Alameda Egg Hunt

Kids and their families are invited to take part in a Downtown Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Businesses will be providing free treats, as well as a variety of other family friendly activities. The annual event is in partnership with downtown businesses, the Downtown Alameda Business Association, and Kiwanis Club of Alameda.

Hop on down to Downtown Alameda! With more than 25 downtown businesses participating, kids will have an opportunity to gather a basketful of treats.

Follow the Bunny Trail

Children ages 12 and under are invited to bring a basket to collect treats from participating businesses. Look for special Downtown Easter Egg Hunt posters in the windows or doors — this is your clue that a treat is waiting inside.

Adult chaperones can help in the hunt by downloading a map of the places to be found.

Goodie Bag Decorating Party

Before heading out on the hunt, Kiwanis members will be available to help children decorate a personalized goodie bag for collecting treats. Free bags and supplies can be found at PHOENIX (2315 Lincoln Ave).

Printed maps will also be available here.

Meet the Easter Bunny

A visit with the Easter Bunny will make this hunt even more special. Stop by Daisy’s (1347 Park Street) and have your camera ready for a fun family photo. Share your photos on your favorite social app using hashtags #downtownalameda #downtowneasterhunt.

Family Friendly Activities

You’ll be surprised at what you find along the way! Stop by Tutu School Alameda (1419 Park Street, inside Park Street Plaza) for hand-painted glitter tattoos and other activities. Go on a fun Bead Hunt inside Bead Inspirations (1544 Park Street). Get a photo of the kids in front of a “How to Train Your Dragon 2” backdrop and others while at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex (2317 Central Ave). These are just a few of the activities happening during the Downtown Easter Egg Hunt.

More Information

Get more details and download a map: www.DowntownAlameda.com/egg-hunt

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (March 2019)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | March 25, 2019

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

New Downtown Businesses:

It’ll Do, 2516 Santa Clara Ave
East End barbershop.

PEDAL Cycling Alameda, 1525 Park Street
Alameda’s only dedicated indoor cycling studio.

Rocket Fizz, 1356 Park Street
Specialty soda, candy, and novelty items.

Returning Associate Members:

Big Discount Tire Pros
Common Networks
Heavenly Stems Acupuncture
Hilliard Management Group
Zhaldee’s Eats & Beats

In the Works:  (more…)

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in Downtown Alameda

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | March 12, 2019

Enjoy a day of revelry in Downtown Alameda in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 17. Put on your green attire, gather your friends, and prepare to embark on a cultural journey. In addition to abundant plates of traditional corned beef and cabbage, you’ll find culinary treats such as corned beef sliders, Reuben sandwiches, pints of Guinness, and all-day drink specials.

For a great night of traditional entertainment, join Brian Theriault & Burke T at Speisekammer (2424 Lincoln Ave) for a bit of Irish fiddle music. The event is free and starts at 8:00pm.

American Oak (2319 Santa Clara Ave) has one of the largest whiskey selections in the Bay Area. To taste the differences in Ireland’s popular drink, ask the bartender to put together a flight of Irish whiskeys.

Looking for a traditional dinner of corned beef? Check out one of these places:

Jim’s Homestyle Diner (2333 Lincoln Ave)

Linguini’s Pizza & Brew (1508 Park Street)

McGee’s Bar & Grill (1645 Park Street)

Ole’s Waffle Shop (1507 Park Street)

The Hobnob (1313 Park Street)

Town Tavern (1437 Park Street)

For the crafters, Bead Inspirations (1544 Park Street) is offering 20% off Green Beads, Pearls, and Gemstones this weekend.

Erin go bragh!

Strolling Through Historic Downtown Alameda – Part 1

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | February 28, 2019

Sometimes, “what’s old” is more interesting than “what’s new.” That’s the case with our great buildings on Park Street.

Prior to 1864, Alameda was home to just a few small farm houses scattered around the peninsula. With improved railroad transportation came hubs of commerce along the train routes, including the Historic Park Street District. By 1905 over 150 ornate commercial buildings lined the downtown streets. But, as time progressed, many of the older buildings were either torn down or converted into something else.

Today, thirty of the historic structures are still standing. Here’s a story about two of them:

1327-1333 Park Street – Old Masonic Temple

The stately structure located at 1327-1331 Park Street is the last monumental Victorian building in the downtown district to retain its original form. It was completed in 1891 in a style that is essentially Italianate with Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival elements. The construction contract of $31,250 went to local brickmason James H. Cory. Originally bid to be a three-story structure, plans were altered when construction bids exceeded budget.

The Masons final meeting in the Temple was in 1927, when a new temple was dedicated next door.

What’s there now? The ground-floor spaces are currently leased to various retail businesses: All Good Living, The Local, Supercuts, and Salon One.

1402-1410 Park Street – Alameda Savings Bank Building

The commercial building located at 1402-1410 Park Street is noteworthy not only for its distinguished architecture, but for its historic integrity. The building was completed in 1910 and its exterior has remained mostly unchanged. Built by the Alameda firm of MacRae & Swenson at a cost of $30,000, the building served as income property for the Alameda Savings Bank, which was located next door at the time (the space is now occupied by The Star on Park).

An interesting note… the stuccoed north wall is adjoined by a fragment of the Artesian Waterworks Building, which was demolished in 1955.

What’s there now? The front of the building is recognizable with Toy Safari, The Watch Hospital, and Alameda Ballet Academy. Separate entrances are in the back of the building for additional commercial spaces: Ushakiran Khade, MD; Jazzercise; and MGH Discovered Art.

As you stroll through the the historic downtown district, look for these marvelous old buildings and imagine the bustling streets of another time.

Read more about the historic buildings.

New Businesses in Downtown Alameda (February 2019)

By Downtown Alameda Business Association | February 19, 2019
Tutu School Alameda kids play education

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

New Downtown Businesses:

AVN Motorsports, 2429 Lincoln Ave
Your source for passenger and light truck tires and wheels.

Therapy with Audrina Smith, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #106 
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in working with teens, adults, and highly sensitive people.

Tutu School, 1419 Park Street 
Boutique-style ballet school that cater specifically to children 18 months to 8 years-old.

New Associate Member:

Little House Cafe, 1300 Blanding Ave
Serving farm fresh, sophisticated yet down home Breakfast, Lunch and Weekend Brunch plus Catering

In the Works:  (more…)

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