Read on to learn about events and happenings in Park Street Business District -- Alameda's vibrant downtown!
Monthly Calendar of Events
Santa Claus is Coming to Park Street!
Shoppers and diners of all ages,… have your photo taken with Santa and then share it with your family and friends! * Bring your camera and/or cell phone
Santa Claus will be roving in the Park Street Business District on Saturday, December 7 and Saturday, December 14 from Noon to 4:00pm. Plus, visit our many businesses for special promotions, complimentary holiday treats, and in-store events.
In addition to greeting folks on the street, Santa is scheduled to make special stops at a number of businesses so that kids can tell Santa their holiday wishes and receive free candy canes:
Saturday, December 7
1:00pm We Are Hair 1343 Park Street
2:00pm Happy Feet 1354 Park Street
3:00pm Alameda See Spot Run 2510 Santa Clara
4:00pm Marketplace 1650 Park Street
Saturday, December 14
12:30pm Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden 1223 Park Street
1:30pm Toy Safari 1410 Park Street
2:30pm Alameda Bicycle 1522 Park Street
3:30pm McGee's Bar & Grill 1645 Park Street
This Week's Happenings
in the Park Street Business District
Free street parking is available at the meters every Saturday and Sunday in December. Although the meters will be free on these days, the 2-hour limit will still be in effect.
Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave
Classic Film Series: It’s a Wonderful Life
Tues, December 10; various times
Wed, December 11; various times
Movie-goers of all ages are invited to step back in time for a vintage movie experience with some of the best films ever made. See them in the style and grandeur of the restored 1932 Historic Alameda Theatre! More info: www.alamedatheatres.com
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Dog Bone Alley, 1342 Park Street
Holiday Open House
Wed, December 11; 6:00-8:00pm
You and your pets are cordially invited for an evening of fun and good cheer. Enjoy tasty treats, mix and mingle with other pets and pet parents, and join our Holiday Scavenger Hunt where you will have a chance to win great prizes. 10% of the evening's proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society of Alameda. More info: www.dogbonealley.com/events
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Artistic Home Studio and Boutique, 1419 Park Street
Stained Glass Snowflake Workshop
Wed, December 11; 7:00-9:30pm
Make a gorgeous stained glass snowflake in this two evening workshop. The second workshop will be held on December 18. More info: www.ArtisticHomeStudio.com
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Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
Thur, December 12; 8:30pm
Funky 60’s soul jazz. No cover. More info: www.speisekammer.com
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Gary Francis Fine Art, 1419 Park Street
The Art of Giving Art
Friday, December 13; 6:00-9:00pm
Second Friday Art Reception: The Art of Giving Art, features fine art works of leather, book arts, ceramics, furniture, sculpture, collage, paintings, fine art prints and more by over 40 artists. We have a stunning array of unique, fine art gifts from some of the Bay Area's most skillful and talented artists. This year, instead of a sweater or tie, why not give a loved one a gift of art? More info: www.garyfrancisfineart.com
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REDUX Studios & Gallery, 2315 Lincoln Ave
Collage Composition Workshop
Fri, December 13; 6:00pm
Bunnie Reiss, the 2013 SVdP Artist in Residence, invites you to a 'World Without End,' an immersive fabric and painting installation inspired by her recent travels to India. This opening reception is part of Second Fridays Art Walk. More info: Redux Studios & Gallery, Events (Facebook page)
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Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave
Veterans' Voices IV
Fri, December 13; 6:00-9:00pm
2nd Friday Reception: Veterans' Voices IV is the fourth veterans’ art show in Alameda curated by Ed Holmes and features paintings, sculpture, collage and video by Bay Area men and women veterans. Cost: Free. More info: www.rhythmix.org
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Dog Bone Alley, 1342 Park Street
Doggie Cookie Decorating
Sat, December 14; 9:00-10:00am
Children are invited to make a special gift for their favorite furry friend and help pets in need at the same time. Kids can decorate their own holiday dog treats to take home or give away. A suggested donation of $5 to the Alameda Animal Shelter is requested. More info: www.dogbonealley.com/events
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Park Street Business District, various locations
Santa on Park Street
Sat, December 14; Noon-4:00pm
Shoppers and diners of all ages,… have your photo taken with Santa and then share it with your family and friends! Santa Claus will be roving in the Park Street Business District from Noon to 4:00pm with a few spots at some special places. Plus, visit our many businesses for special promotions, complimentary holiday treats, and in-store events.
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Bead Inspirations, 1544 Park Street
Sun, December 15; Noon-2:00pm
Come in and work on beading projects for holiday gifts or for yourself. Join with other creative souls to do some beading! These are free fun social events so you can make space and time for your creative spirit and be a part of a creative community! Bring your own materials, or buy what you need to finish your project from the store. More info: www.beadinspirations.com
Calendar of Events
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Tuesdays; 10:00am-Noon, New Mothers Support Group
Tot Tank, 1413 Park Street
Thursdays; 5:00-7:00pm, Board Game Test Night
D20 Games, 2311 Santa Clara Ave
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; 6:00pm, Friday Night Tastings
American Oak, 2319 Santa Clara Ave
Fridays; 8:30pm, Zydeco Music & Dance
Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave
Saturdays; 2:30-4:30pm, Weekly Wine Tastings
Farmstead Cheeses & Wines, 1650 Park Street
Saturdays & Sundays; 1:00-5:00pm, Fused Glass Drop-In Studio
The Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, 1419 Park Street
Small Business Saturday is November 30!
Please join the Park Street Business Association in supporting your local merchants during the holiday season.
As a consumer, you are a key part in helping small businesses thrive -- which in turn helps your local community thrive. By shopping or dining at a small business in Alameda, you’re not only showing your support for your local merchants but you’re also reinvesting in the community you call “home.”
View a list of activities planned in the Park Street Business District for Small Business Saturday: http://parkstreetbusiness.wordpress.com/
Welcome New Businesses!
Alameda Bilingual Preschool, 2152 Buena Vista Ave
Baron's Eats, 1650 Park Street (inside Marketplace)
Dandelion Flowers & Gifts, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza)
DeLauer’s News Stand, 1412 Park Street
Gary Francis Fine Art, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza)
Mama Papa Lithuania Restaurant & Tea House, 1241 Park Street
Avalon School of Cosmetology, 2318 Central Ave (formerly Alameda Beauty School)
Alameda Nutrition, 2447 Santa Clara Ave #301 (previously at 1414 Everett St)
Nancie Odbert, DC, 2447 Santa Clara Ave #301 (previously at 1414 Everett St)
Suzanne Ochs, 2447 Santa Clara Ave #301 (previously at 1414 Everett St)
Susan Parks, L.E., 2447 Santa Clara Ave #301 (previously at 1414 Everett St)
In the Works:
Alameda Island Brewing Company, 1716 Park Street
Bambu Desserts & Drinks, 1321 Park Street
Capone's, 1400 Park Street
Gotham Harbor Coffee Co., 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza)
Lola's Chicken Shack, 1417 Park Street -- opening December 2
Sakura Sushi & Grill, 2408 Santa Clara Ave (remodel and expansion)
Walgreen's, 1600 Park Street
Wine & Waffles, 1505 Park Street
Shop For Your Schools!
On Tuesday, October 22, merchants in the Park Street Business District are joining together to donate a portion of their sales to the Alameda Education Foundation’s Adopt A Classroom program. Our goal is to collectively raise $1,500 – enough funding for 3 classrooms. Shop at participating businesses during the listed hours and each will donate 5-20% of their sales during that time to benefit Alameda classrooms.
The Park Street Business Association is proud to support our Alameda schools!
These businesses will be donating 5% of all sales during the designated hours:
Park Jewelers (
These businesses will be donating 10% of all sales during the designated hours:
Artistic Home Studio & Boutique (
Bead Inspirations (
The Clothes Line (
Julie’s Coffee & Tea (
Monkey Bars (
Pixies & Peony (
Tucker’s Ice Cream (
We Are Hair (
In addition, Island Print Express (
We’d also like to extend a special thank you to Alameda Collision Repair for donating $500 to sponsor a classroom.
For more information about AEF and the Adopt A Classroom program, visit www.alamedaeducationfoundation.org.
20th Annual Park Street Classic Car Show
The 20th Annual Park Street Classic Car Show takes place this year on Saturday, October 12. More than 400 classic vehicles of every description will be lined up along Park Street between Encinal Ave and Buena Vista Ave – antique roadsters, coupes, hot rods, muscle cars, and much more.
The free event runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm and is fun for the whole family. Entertainment and prizes will be available and DJs will be spinning oldies from the '50s and the '60s.
More info: www.shopparkstreet.com/carshow.html
Join our Customer Club to receive exclusive discounts during our events.
Exhibit Opening: Transported
In conjunction with this year's car show, don’t miss a special artists' exhibit. "Tranported" will be on display at the newly opened Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery (1419 Park Street). The grand opening exhibition celebrates our love of cars, trains, motorcycles, bikes, and other modes of transportion.
Join Gary for opening night on Friday, October 11 or stop by the gallery during the car show.
More info: www.garyfrancisfineart.com
Welcome New Businesses!
Bonne Vie, 1419 Park Street (inside Park Street Plaza)
Keiser Family Law, 1516 Oak Street #321
Seven 7 Salon, 1629 Park Street
Studio 23, 2309B Encinal Ave
88 Sports Bar & Korean Grill, 2431 Central Ave (formerly Scobie’s)
Bowzer’s Pizza, 1330 Park Street #A
Juanita’s Mexican Restaurant & Bar, 1324 Park Street
Subway, 1407 Park Street
Customer Appreciation Day!
Saturday, September 21
We Love Our Customers!
The businesses in the Park Street Business District appreciate your support. As a special thank you, we are celebrating “Customer Appreciation Day” on Saturday, September 21, 2013.
Businesses throughout the District will be offering discounts, give-aways, and other special promotions from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
We invite you and your friends to spend the afternoon in Alameda’s historic and vibrant downtown area to visit the restaurants, shops, and services to enjoy the special treats!
Enter to win! We’re giving away a “Shop Park Street” shopping spree worth over $250. This is a FREE drawing that you can enter at the PSBA information table located at the corner of Park Street & Central Avenue. For the kids, we’ll be giving out complimentary balloons (while supplies last).
In addition, many of the merchants will be holding free drawings inside their business!
Look for the balloons in front of over 50 businesses and join in the fun!
(Updated 9/21/13. Click on business names for more information. Please mention event.)
FOOD & DRINK
Angkor Grill, 1319 Park Street - Free Cambodian style chicken salad w/ entrée purchase, 11am-4pm
C'era Una Volta, 1332 Park Street #D - Purchase a wine tote for $10, receive a 2nd tote FREE plus bag of Pasta
Doggy-Style Hotdogs, 1234 Park Street - Receive 10% off any purchase
Juanita's Restaurant, 1324 Park Street - Free Soft Drink with purchase of entrée; free ice cream for kids 12-5pm
Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street - Free Tasting Table, 25% off all Drinks, plus Raffle Prizes!
Ole's Waffle Shop, 1507 Park Street - Receive a complimentary coffee or soda with breakfast purchase
Tucker's Ice Cream, 1349 Park Street - Free Raffle: Enter to win Tucker's Ice Cream gift certificates
Zen Restaurant, 2315 Santa Clara Ave - Free glass of mimosa with any tapas purchase
Alameda Business Machines, 2309 Santa Clara Ave - Free consultation
Alameda Collision Repair, 1911 Park Street - 20% off your insurance deductible OR 10% off labor
C&M Upholstery & Fabrics, 1211 Park Street - Save 50% off stock fabric; 20% off special orders
Island Print Express, 2534 Santa Clara Ave - We love our customers! Have a nice weekend!
Lee Auto Supply, 1525 Park Street - Stop by for a free cookie and other treats
Perfect Vision, 1356 Park Street - Up to 50% off frame or lens with complete purchase (restrictions apply)
Quick Communications, 1526 Park Street - $50 free accessories with any phone purchase
RETAIL & GIFTS
Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, 1419 Park Street - Sale plus free drawing; Free Chalk Paint demonstration
Bead Inspirations, 1544 Park Street - Free leather bracelet make & take for first 20 customers starting 11am
Bonne Vie, 1419 Park Street - Buy 3 cigars, get 4th one free; 10% off beer and wine purchases
Daisy's, 1347 Park Street - Receive 25% off one item
GOODS, 2537 Santa Clara Ave - $10 off when you spend $50 or more
Ni Sa Bula, 1415 Park Street - Receive 15% off regular marked prices
Ozone, 1431 Park Street - 10% off clothing and any custom built skateboard
Park Jewelers, 1401 1/2 Park Street - $5 off any repairs of jewelry
Park Street Antiques, 1519 Park Street - Save 10-20% storewide
Pauline's Antiques, 1427 Park Street - 30% off regular marked prices up to $500
Pixies & Peony, 2305 Santa Clara Ave - Stop by for your free gift and save 10% on any purchase
Poppy Red Flowers, 1428 Park Street - Stop in for a complimentary treat; select items on sale
To Herb With Love, 1336 Park Street #A - Receive free specialty bath salts with purchase of $10 or more
Aphrodite's Closet, 1201 Park Street - Receive an extra 15% off everything in the store
District Footwear, 1322 Park Street - 15% off any regular priced item
Doumitt Shoes, 1501 Park Street - $5 off your purchase of $25 or more
Janene's Bridal Boutique, 2418 Central Ave - Free veil or accessory ($200 value) with wedding dress purchase
Juniper Tree Vintage, 1320 Park Street - 10% off all purchases
Luna's Longstockings, 1242 Park Street - 15% off your purchase
Scott's Shoes, 1330 Park Street #B - $10 off your purchase of $50 or more
The Clothes Line, 1407 1/2 Park Street - 15% off regular price merchandise; light refreshments
The Sewing Room and Style Lounge, 2434 Webb Ave - 20% off summer styles
Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave - Free drawing for 2 Classic Movie Series Tickets
D20 Games, 2311 Santa Clara Ave #B - Buy 3 packs, get 1 free
High Scores Arcade, 1414 Park Street - Grand Opening admission extended! Free play $5/hour or $10/day
Alameda See Spot Run, 2510 Santa Clara Ave - Save 10% off all cat and dog treats
Dog Bone Alley, 1342 Park Street - Receive 15% off all dog and cat treats
Lauren's Closet, 1420 Park Street - Spend $50 and receive $10 off your purchase
Monkey Bars, 1339 Park Street - Receive a $10 giftcard and free tote bag when you spend $50
Tot Tank, 1413 Park Street - Get 10% off any clothing purchase over $100
Toy Safari, 1410 Park Street - Buy 2 toys, get 1 free of equal or lesser value
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Sumbody, 1350 Park Street - Complimentary Make-Your-Own-Facemask Bar
Tomo Mini Spa, 1411 Park Street - Buy four 50-minute massages, get one free
We Are Hair, 1343 Park Street - 30% off all haircare & skincare products
INSIDE THE MARKETPLACE
Alameda Natural Grocery, 1650 Park Street - Every 10th customer gets to spin the wheel to win a prize
Baron's Meat & Poultry, 1650 Park Street - Every 10th customer gets to spin the wheel to win a prize
Beanery, 1650 Park Street - Every 10th customer gets to spin the wheel to win a prize
East End Pizza Co., 1650 Park Street - Every 10th customer gets to spin the wheel to win a prize
Farmstead Cheeses & Wines, 1650 Park Street - Every 10th customer gets to spin the wheel to win a prize
Greens & Grains, 1650 Park Street - Every 10th customer gets to spin the wheel to win a prize
Feel Good Bakery1650 Park Street - Every 10th customer gets to spin the wheel to win a prize
Sushi King, 1650 Park Street - Every 10th customer gets to spin the wheel to win a prize
Best of Alameda 2013:
Park Street is Alameda’s Best Shopping District (and more)
The results of this year's Alameda Magazine's "Best of Alameda" poll have been announced. Congratulations to all the Park Street District businesses that have been selected “Best of Alameda 2013.” As usual, there are a lot of them (a total of 36) so it’s no surprise that Park Street was chosen as the Best Shopping District.
Taking top honors are a number of businesses that received multiple Best of Alameda awards this year:
La Penca Azul, Lucky 13, Pappo, Scolari’s Good Eats, Speisekammer, The Hobnob, and Toy Safari.
The Park Street Business District as a whole also won a couple of Best of Alameda 2013 awards: Best Shopping District and Best Local Fest or Annual Event (Park Street Art & Wine Faire).
To view an alphabetic list of ALL the winners in the Park Street Business District, visit: www.parkstreetbusiness.wordpress.com
School Supply Drive
"Equipped 4 Success"
Equipped 4 Success is a community-wide campaign to collect school supplies for low-income Alameda public school students. The goal is to collect enough school supplies to fill backpacks for 1,000 students (Kindergarten through 12th grade) so that they can be ready to learn on the first day of school. To help the Alameda Education Foundation meet the goal, a number of businesses in the Park Street Business District are pitching in to host collection bins.
The backpacks and school supplies will be distributed to low-income students served by the following organizations: Alameda Education Foundation; Alameda Unified School District; Alameda Point Collaborative; Alameda Boys & Girls Club; Head Start; Girls Inc., and Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth, and Families.
School supplies may be dropped off now through August 19 at any of the PSBA member businesses listed on this page: www.parkstreetbusiness.wordpress.com
For a complete list of items being accepted, please visit AEF’s website at:
Park Street Art & Wine Faire
With a Little Help from our Friends
The 29th Annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire was held July 28-29 and once again proved to be the “Best Annual Event in Alameda.” The weekend event drew over 100,000 friends and families to the Park Street Business District to enjoy the summer afternoon sun along with a fabulous variety of arts & crafts vendors, great music, tasty festival foods, cold beers and lush wines, and a couple of lively children’s areas.
The Park Street Business Association would like to thank all those who participated in this year’s Park Street Art & Wine Faire – the people who came to enjoy the fair, the merchants who got into the spirit of the event, and all of our terrific volunteers.
We would especially like to recognize the organizations that kept the drinks flowing at our beverage booths: Alameda Business Network, Alameda Chamber of Commerce, Alameda Credit Union & Provident CU, Alameda Eagles #1076, Alameda Elks Lodge #1015, Alameda Navy League, Alameda Successful Thinkers, Alameda Sun, Bank of Alameda, Cerda-Zein Real Estate, Gallagher & Lindsey Realtors, Kiwanis Club of Alameda, OMM Inc / Mason Management, Pacific Excel Financial & Insurance Services, and Rotary Club of Alameda.
View photos from this year's street fair: www.ShopParkStreet.com/artwine
Pocket Guide to the Park Street Business District
Are 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 lawyers have an office downtown? Maybe you’re looking for a clothing store or a funky re-use boutique.
Ask for a free copy of the 2013 Park Street District Shopping Guide & Business Directory at your favorite business in the Park Street district.
With over 450 businesses located Alameda's historic district, you might discover something new!
2012 PSBA Awards
The 14th Annual Park Street Business Association Awards were presented at December’s PSBA holiday party. Finalists were selected based on making a positive contribution to the Park Street Business District and their participation in PSBA activities. Congratulations to the following businesses!
New Business of the Year
Juniper Tree Vintage, 1320 Park Street
Retail Business of the Year
Silk Road, 1412 Park Street
Professional Business of the Year
Alameda Podiatry Group, 1504 Park Street #39
Culinary Business of the Year (tie)
The Original Red Onion, 1222 Park Street
McGee’s Bar & Grill, 1645 Park Street
Member of the Year
Donna Layburn, Alameda Marketplace, 1650 Park Street
You can read more about each of the businesses on our WordPress site:
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)
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 Shop, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, and Tucker's Ice Cream. While 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 Hair, Burma Superstar, Daisy's, and Books Inc.