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Business Profile: Lola's Chicken Shack

The concept of Lola’s Chicken Shack is simple… Serve fresh, made from scratch, wholesome food at an affordable price in a friendly, welcoming environment. You’ll find that the Rogers family has accomplished this at their 1417 Park Street location in Downtown Alameda.

Lola's Chicken ShackAfter more than three decades in the food business, Alameda resident Mark Rogers, along with his wife Nancy and son Ryan, began to develop the concept with a few key goals. The food had to be:

  • Fresh and made with “real” ingredients.
  • Flavorful with an emphasis on savory and healthy.
  • Served in a friendly, clean atmosphere with a goal of exceptional hospitality.

There’s something for everyone at Lola’s. Besides the excellent chicken tenders, patrons can choose from a selection of creative sandwiches, salads, soups, and the very popular Lola Mac & Cheese.

Read more of the family story to learn the secret behind Lola's moist and juicy chicken

posted 5/18/15

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Welcome New Businesses!

The Park Street Business Association welcomes the following new businesses to Alameda’s historic downtown shopping district:

New Businesses:

Twirl AlamedaTwirl, 1424 Park Street

New Name:

Capone's Steakhouse, 1400 Park Street

In the Works:

Angela's Restaurant, 16xx Park Street

Crispian Bakery, 1700 Park Street #120

Kimbu Ventures, 1516 Oak Street #320

Oakitori Village, 1307 Park Street

Smashburger, 16xx Park Street

Thai Noodle House, 1700 Park Street (new location)

Town Tavern, 1437 Park Street

If you know of a business that is not listed above, please give the PSBA office a call at (510) 523-1392.

updated 5/18/15

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This Week's Happenings
in the Park Street Business District

May 18-24

Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street
Flower Arranging w/ Dandelion Flowers
Mon, May 18; 6:00pm
Join Karim Preuss from Dandelion Flowers. Make an arrangement to take home. Pre-registration required:

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Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave
Warriors Playoff Watch Party
Mon, May 19; 6:00pm
Wed, May 21; 6:00pm
Unite with fellow fans to cheer on the Warriors as they vie for the NBA Championship. More info:

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Books Inc., 1344 Park Street
Big Yes Society Discussion
Thur, May 21; 7:00pm
Award-winning professional speaker and author Allen Klein discusses “You Can't Ruin My Day: 52 Wake-Up Calls to Turn Any Situation Around.” A self-proclaimed Jollytologist®, Allen's latest guide offers wisdom, good humor, and coping skills that improve the quality of life. More info:

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Books Inc., 1344 Park Street
Author Appearance: Lyndsay Faye
Fri, May 22; 7:00pm
Edgar Award-nominated author Lyndsay Faye shares her latest boisterous and suspenseful historical thriller The Fatal Flame, masterfully recreating mid-19th-century New York. More info:

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Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
29th St. Swingtet
Fri, May 22; 8:30pm
Gypsy jazz, swing, be-bop, Latin, blues, and touches of pop music. No cover. More info:

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Capone’s Speakeasy, 1400 Park Street
Rock Islanders
Fri, May 22; 9:30pm-12:30pm
Live Music with Alameda's own Rock Islanders! RnB, Rock, Soul... all music to get you dancing. No cover; ages 21+. More info:

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Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
Tin Cup Serenade
Sat, May 23; 8:30pm
A fresh take on old time jazz. No cover. More info:

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Calendar of Events

The Park Street Business District is the commercial, civic, and cultural center of Alameda. There's always something happening here! To receive news about events and happenings in the district, follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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Tuesdays; 10:00am-Noon, New Mothers Support Group
Tot Tank
, 1413 Park Street

Wednesdays; 4:30-7:30pm, D&D Encounters
D20 Games
, 2311 Santa Clara Ave

Wednesdays; 5:00-7:00pm, Craft Wine & Beer Tasting
CRAFT Beer & Wine
, 2526 Santa Clara Ave

Wednesdays; 6:30-7:30pm, Wednesday Fitness Rides
Alameda Bicycle
, 1522 Park Street

Thursdays; 5:00-7:00pm, Get Crafty Night
Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden
, 1223 Park Street

Thursdays; 10:00pm, Karaoke Night
The Hobnob
, 1313 Park Street

Fridays and Saturday Nights, Alameda’s Got Talent
Alameda Theatre & Cineplex
, 2317 Central Ave

Fridays; 8:30pm, Zydeco Music & Dance
Eagles Hall
, 2305 Alameda Ave

Fridays; 9:00pm-12:30am, Karaoke
Club House
, 1215 Park Street

Saturdays; 11:00am-1:00pm, Pokemon League
D20 Games
, 2311 Santa Clara Ave

Saturdays; 2:30-4:30pm, Weekly Wine Tastings
Farmstead Cheeses & Wines
, 1650 Park Street

Daily; 1:00-5:00pm, Fused Glass Drop-In Studio
The Artistic Home Studio & Boutique
, 1419 Park Street

Downtown Alameda’s Spring Festival
May 9-10, 10:00am-6:00pm

Downtown Alameda Spring Festival on Park Street

The 15th Annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival is a Mother's Day weekend tradition the Bay Area. There’s something for everyone… arts and crafts vendors, live music, kids' area, food vendors, and beer & wine sales.

With over 150 vendors and 50 unique shops, Alameda's downtown street fair is a perfect place to find a gift for Mom. Or maybe you would like to treat Mom to a mimosa and lunch at one of the downtown eateries.

Don't miss it! Downtown Alameda's free street fair is fun for the whole family!

Visit the official event page for more details.

posted 4/23/15

Heroes Wednesday at Alameda Cinema Grill

The newly opened Alameda Cinema Grill is extending a “Thank You” to all of Alameda’s local heroes from Firefighters to Teachers. Every Wednesday, the restaurant will offer a half-off entrée to any Firefighter, Police Officer, EMT, Military personnel, Coast Guard member or Teacher with an active credential and I.D.

Coined “Heroes Wednesday,” this weekly gesture is a nod to the men and women who support the many needs of Alameda’s citizens and serve the community.

Please share this with a Local Hero. You can find out more by visiting the Alameda Cinema Grill website at

posted 4/20/15

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Welcome New Businesses!

The Park Street Business Association welcomes the following new businesses to Alameda’s historic downtown shopping district:

New Businesses:

AAA Alameda Live Scan, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #103

ATMs Unlimited, 1820 Park Street

Intuitive Counsel & Healings2447 Santa Clara Ave #305

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio

MA Trading, 1812 Park Street

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio, 1419 Park Street

My Angel Nails, 1532 Park Street

Randall B Weil, MD, 1414 Everett Street

Sheira Kahn, MFT, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #106

Streamline Bookkeeping, 2447 Santa Clara Ave #300B

Teazzert Alameda

Teazzert, 1342 Park Street

Tootsies Alameda1350 Park Street #A

Vintiq, 2305 Santa Clara Ave

Vivian L. Young-McDonald, 2315 Lincoln Ave

Toomie's Thai Alameda

New Name:

Toomie's Thai by Mee Choke1433 Park Street

New Owner:

Pampered Pup1401 Park Street

If you know of a business that is not listed above, please give the PSBA office a call at (510) 523-1392.

updated 4/6/15

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 Downtown Easter Egg Hunt

Downtown Easter Egg Hunt 2015Shops and restaurants in the Historic Park Street Business District invite families to join in on a special Downtown Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4, from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

With more than 20 local businesses participating, kids will have an opportunity to gather a basketful of treats. All ages are welcome… some businesses will even have special treats for parents.

So grab a basket (and the kids) and come out to enjoy the search for prizes and treats in Downtown Alameda! 

Plus, plan to make a stop at Daisy’s (1347 Park Street) where kids can meet the Easter Bunny in person.

The event is free. Look for colorful "Bunny Banners" in the windows to find the prizes. To help you get started, we've put together a list of participating businesses:

posted 3/24/15

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Friendly Mechanics Take the Pain Out of Auto Repair

Car repairs are one of the most expensive services that you can spend money on. So it helps to have an auto mechanic that you can trust

What sets trustworthy mechanics apart are the ones that quote you reasonable and fair prices, work on your vehicle in an ethical and fair manner, fix what they say they’re going to fix, and are careful about preventative measures to ensure you don’t run into additional problems down the road.

Auto Mechanics in Downtown Alameda

It might seem difficult to know where to find a friendly and trustworthy mechanic, but we have plenty of them here in Downtown Alameda.

To help you get to know our downtown mechanics better and the quality of their work, we’ve compiled a summary of recent Yelp reviews

posted 3/19/15

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2014 PSBA Business Awards

The 16th Annual Park Street Business Association Awards were presented at December’s PSBA holiday party. The awards are given to businesses in five different categories each year. Finalists are selected based on their participation in PSBA activities and making a positive contribution to the Park Street Business District.

Congratulations to the following businesses!

Dandelion Flower Shop

New Business of the Year
Urgent Care Center of Alameda
, 2421 Encinal Avenue #A

Retail Business of the Year
Dandelion Flower Shop
, 1419 Park Street

Professional Business of the Year
Island Print Express
, 2434 Santa Clara Ave

Lola's Chicken ShackCulinary Business of the Year (tie)
Lola’s Chicken Shack
, 1417 Park Street
American Oak, 2319 Santa Clara Avenue

Member of the Year
Kate Pryor - Tucker’s Ice Cream
, 1349 Park Street

Read more about these terrific businesses on the PSBA blog:

posted 1/18/15

Power Box Art:
Take a Self-Guided Tour

Power Box Art in AlamedaTake a stroll through the historic Park Street district 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.

Power Box Art is a partnership between Alameda Municipal Power, the Park Street Business Association, and Rhythmix Cultural Works.

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.

For more information, visit

posted 9/12/14

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Pocket Guide to the Park Street Business District

Downtown Alameda Business DirectoryAre you wondering how many different types of businesses are in Alameda’shistoric shopping district? Have you ever wondered how many restaurants are in the district, or how many beauty salons are located in the Park Street Business District? Maybe you’re looking for a unique gift store or a re-use boutique.

Ask for a free copy of the 2014 Park Street District Shopping Guide & Business Directory at your favorite business in downtown Alameda.

With over 450 businesses located Alameda's historic business district, you might discover something new!

posted 4/9/14

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Pledge to be an Alameda Island Shopper

Shop Local Alameda Island Shopper campaignThe businesses in the Park Street Business District are an important part of our community. They support our local economy year-round. When you start making plans for your holiday shopping, we hope you will think of Alameda’s historic downtown area first for your shopping itinerary.

Take the Alameda Island Shopper Pledge and make an effort to shop local during the holiday season!

Read more about the "Alameda Island Shopper" initiative:

posted 12/9/13

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In the Media:

 Best of Alameda 2014:
Park Street is Alameda’s Best Shopping District (and more)

Best of Alameda 2013, Alameda MagazineCongratulations to all the Park Street District businesses that have been selected “Best of Alameda 2014.” As usual, there are a lot of them -- a total of 44! So it’s no surprise that Park Street was once again selected by island dwellers as the Best Shopping District in Alameda.

Taking top honors for individual awards are a number of well-established businesses that received multiple "Best of Alameda 2014" awards: PappoScolari’s Good Eats, La Penca Azul, and Lucky 13.

Some of Downtown Alameda's newest businesses certainly weren't overlooked either: American Oak, CRAFT Beer & Wine, Greens & Grains, High Scores Arcade, Juniper Tree Vintage, Mama Papa Lithuania, Redux Studios & Gallery, Seven Salon, and Subpar Miniature Golf.

To view an alphabetic list of ALL the Best of Alameda 2014 winners located in Alameda's downtown Park Street Business District, visit:

posted 7/15/14

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Park Street featured on CBS’s Eye on the Bay

Some of the District’s hometown businesses were recently featured on CBS Channel 5’s “Eye on the Bay.” Stops included Alameda Marketplace, Alameda Museum, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, Jon’s Street Eats, Ole’s Waffle Shop, Toy Safari, Tucker’s Ice Cream, and Zen Restaurant.

If you missed the original episode shown on May 19, 2011, you can view it on this page: 
Eye on the Bay - Day Trip Alameda (5/24/12)

posted 5/25/11

The Park Street Business District is California's Gold

Huell Howser made a stop in Alameda back in 2009. The Alameda episode of California's Gold features Ole’s Waffle ShopAlameda Theatre & Cineplex, and Tucker's Ice CreamWhile strolling along the sidewalk of our historic downtown, Huell exclaims in his distinctive Southern accent, "Look at the windows! Look at the work!... The architecture!" as he points out the buildings that are home to We Are HairBurma Superstar, Daisy's, and Books Inc.

If you missed the original episode, you can view it on the California Redevelopment Association's YouTube page. It's also available for purchase on the Huell Howser Productions website.

posted 1/9/13


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