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2019 New Business Award to
Swings & Wings owner Sadiya Kazi-Koya pictured with Otto Wright

At our annual holiday party in December, the Downtown Alameda Business Association presents awards to member businesses in recognition of their contributions to the success of Alameda’s historic downtown. The awards represent examples of the top-notch service that is provided by businesses throughout the district. The owners and staff of these businesses are also active in Downtown Association activities and strive to cultivate improvements in our community.

Congratulations to our 2019 business award recipients!

Retail Business of the Year:
Toy Safari, owner Helen Dean

Food & Drink Establishment of the Year:
Sidestreet Pho, owned and operated by the Nguyen family

Service Business of the Year:
Visiting Angels, owner/manager Andrew Slakey

Associate Member of the Year:
Craft Chocolate, owner/chocolatier Bente Peterson

Clean, Green, and Safe Business of the Year:
Alameda Natural Grocery, owner Donna Layburn

New Business of the Year:
Swings & Wings, owner Sadiya Kazi-Koya (pictured above with DABA President Otto Wright)

Individuals were also recognized for their inspiring contributions:

Ron Mooney, Daisy’s (Member of the Year)
Allison Shannon, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex (President’s Award)
Eric Olney, Shum Financial (Block Captain of the Year)
Lois Butler, City of Alameda (City Person of the Year)

Stop by and congratulate these folks the next time you’re in Downtown Alameda!

Downtown Alameda Retail Store of the Year Daisys

Retailer of the Year: Barbara Mooney (Daisy’s) with Janet Magleby

At its annual holiday party in December, the Downtown Alameda Business Association presents awards to member businesses in recognition of their contributions to the success of our historic downtown. The awards represent splendid examples of the top-notch service provided by businesses throughout the district. The owners and staff are also active in Downtown Association activities and strive to cultivate improvements in our community.

Congratulations to our 2018 recipients:

New Business of the Year:
The Star on Park, owners Ben Seabury and Susannah Blumenstock

Culinary Business of the Year:
The Park Street Tavern, owner Christos Frangoulis

Retailer of the Year:
Daisy’s, owner Barbara Mooney

Service Business of the Year: (two winners)
Honey Salon, owner Jone Stebbins
West Wind Karate School, instructor Krizten Delossantos

Associate Member of the Year:
Nannies Plus, owner Joy Colino

Member of the Year:
Otto Wright, owner of The Local

Additional business award recipients include:

Rick Krinks, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices | Drysdale Properties (President’s Award)
Tracy Goodman, McGee’s Bar & Grill (Block Captain of the Year)
Julie Baron, Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (Outstanding Service Award)
Kyle Conner, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex and Cinema Grill (Outstanding Service Award)
Donna Layburn, Marketplace and Alameda Natural Grocery (Special Board Recognition)

Stop by and congratulate these folks the next time you’re in Downtown Alameda!

Look for this summer’s East Bay Express “Best of the East Bay 2018” issue in local newsstands. This year’s results include plenty of old favorites as well as some first-time winners. These Downtown Alameda businesses are among the winners. Congratulations to all!

  • Lucky 13 Tattoos AlamedaHigh Scores is deemed the Best Place to Relive Your ’80s Childhood. The arcade is chock-full of nostalgia, classic jams on the jukebox, and good old-fashioned low-tech fun.
  • The artists at Lucky 13 Tattoos are known for crafting quality tattoos in a welcoming atmosphere and have deservedly earned the reputation as Best Tattoo Parlor.
  • Twirl is noted as a favorite for Best Indoor Play Space for Kids. Twirl has created a community hub where groups not only play, create, and explore but share experiences and build friendships!
  • With comfy seats and in-theater dining and drinking, the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex offers the Best Luxury Theater Experience in the Bay Area.
  • Burma Superstar is hands down the Best Burmese Restaurant in the Bay Area to experience Burmese homestyle cooking and their award winning tea leaf salad. We think the Alameda location is one of the best.
  • Peet’s Coffee at the corner of Park Street & Central Ave is one of many locations serving the Best Coffee throughout the Bay Area.
  • It’s not enough just to sell bikes. Alameda Bicycle also wants to make sure that the people who buy them use them and enjoy them. This makes them one of Best Bike Shops.
  • You’ll find La Penca Azul serving delicious Mexican food and margaritas every day of the week. It’s no surprise that they are considered one of the Best Mexican Restaurants in the East Bay.

View all the results here: www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/BestOf

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