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  Sunday Fund Day:
Fundraiser for Angela’s Restaurant

Sunday Fund Day for Angela's Restaurant in AlamedaA fellow PSBA member lost his business in the arson fires before it even had a chance to get off the ground. Saboor Zafari, the owner of Angela’s Restaurant, has been a generous supporter of Alameda non-profit organizations as well as the community at large for many years. Now he needs our help!

A fundraiser to help re-establish Angela’s Restaurant and bring the community together is taking place in Downtown Alameda on Sunday, October 26. Numerous restaurants, bars, and eateries will each be offering a special item for the day, of which all proceeds will go to helping Saboor replace all that was lost in the fire.

Please help get the word out and plan to attend Sunday "Fund Day" in Downtown Alameda.

American Oak, 2319 Santa Clara Ave
Featured cocktails with 100% going toward the fund, 3-5pm

Bowzer’s Pizza, 1330 Park Street
20% of pizza purchases to be donated to the fund,
dine-in Noon-7pm

Cafe Q, 2302 Encinal Ave
20% of all sales will be donated to the fund,
all day

East End, 1650 Park Street
$1 from every cocktail purchased will be donated to the fund,
all day

Lola’s Chicken Shack, 1417 Park Street
$1 of every fountain drink sold will be donated to the fund,
all day

Pappo, 2320 Central Ave
$10 from each ticket sold to Sunday’s beer dinner will be donated to the fund,
reservations required

Sidestreet Pho, 2304 Encinal Ave
Special beer & appetizer pairing with 50% going toward fund,

Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
Special themed menu with 100% going toward the fund, all day

Additional restaurants and eateries making plans for special menu items on “Sunday Fund Day” include:

C’era Una Volta, 1332 Park Street #D, 769-4828

Linguini’s Pizza, 1508 Park Street, 865-5101

TASTE at McGee’s, 1645 Park Street, 517-7887

Tucker’s Ice Cream, 1349 Park Street, 522-4960

More restaurants are are pitching in everyday. Please check with your favorite establishments to see if they have any special items or activities planned for the day. You might even consider making Sunday a true “Fund Day” by strolling through the district and ordering special dishes and/or drinks from a number of businesses.

Thank you for helping to re-establish Angela’s Restaurant!

posted 10/22/14

Shop to Adopt:
Wednesday, November 5

Businesses in Downtown Alameda's Historic Park Street District are hosting a shopping day on Wednesday, November 5 for AEF's Adopt A Classroom program. The goal is to raise $2,000 -- enough to adopt four underfunded classrooms.

To date, 15 shops are participating by donating a percentage of sales from the day including: Alameda Natural Grocery, Aphrodite's Closet, Pixies & Peony, Artistic Home Paint and Glass Studio, Bead Inspirations, Daisy's, Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden, Lost City Antiques, Monkey Bars, Tucker's, We Are Hair, Cafe Q, East End, Lola's Chicken Shack, and Tracy Zollinger L.Ac.

So plan to eat, drink, and shop to support Alameda classrooms on November 5! (Please check back for more details.)

posted 10/23/14

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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Welcome New Businesses!

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

New Businesses:

Alameda Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga Alameda, 1502 Park Street

Alameda Personal Training2414 Central Ave

Capone's Speakeasy, 1400 Park Street

Helios Images, 1242 Park Street #B

Little Psychic Shop, 1407 1/2 Park Street

Pippa & Co., 2544 Santa Clara Ave

Studio D, 2329 Santa Clara Ave

Therapy Home, 1428 Park Street

Walgreens, 1600 Park Street

Xuan's Beauty Salon, 2313 Santa Clara Ave #A

New Associate Members:

M&M Antiques and Collectibles2307-D Blanding Ave

Detect All, 1805 Clement Ave, Suite D

In the Works:

Alameda Grocery, 2536 Santa Clara Ave

Alameda Island Brewing Company, 1716 Park Street

Angela's Kitchen, 1613 Park Street - postponed due to arson fire

Banh Mi & Gelato, 2353 Santa Clara Ave

Divine De-Lites, 1419 Park Street

Sabai Salon and Dry Bar, 2515 Santa Clara Ave #102

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 10/13/14

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This Week's Happenings
in the Park Street Business District

Event Highlights
October 20-26

Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave
Classic Film Series: Frankenstein
Tues, October 21; various times
Wed, October 22; 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:

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CRAFT Beer & Wine, 2526 Santa Clara Ave #A
Meet the Winemaker: Blacksmith Cellars Wine Tasting
Wed, October 22; 5:00-7:00pm
First in a new program of special guests… Matt Smith, owner and winemaker at Blacksmith Cellars in Alameda, will be pouring two exciting wines: a "one of a kind" new release white wine and his 2008 Blacksmith Cellars, Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Come meet one of the East Bay's most outstanding winemakers!! More info:

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Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street
Meet the Authors: Kazu Kibuishi and Raina Telgemeier
Wed, October 22; 6:30-8:00pm
Books Inc. and the Alameda Free Library present TWO #1 New York Times-bestselling authors for ONE fabulous evening! Kazu Kibuishi celebrates the latest in his bestselling Amulet series and Eisner Award-winner Raina Telgemeier celebrates the follow-up to the wildly popular Smile -- Sisters. (Customers must hold a Books Inc receipt for access to signing line.) More info:

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Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street
What It Is Like to Go To War
Thur, October 23; 6:00-8:00pm
Duffy Hudson reads and discusses Karl Malantes’ “What It Is Like To Go To War.” Duffy has performed on Broadway and in theatres across the U.S. as well as in television and in motion pictures. More info:

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Capone’s Speakeasy, 1400 Park Street
Stompy Jones
Fri, October 24; 8:00-11:00pm
Swing/Jazz/Blues. No cover; dress code; 21+. More info:

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Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
The Saddle Cats
Fri, October 24; 8:30pm
Western Swing. No cover. More info:

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Capone’s Speakeasy, 1400 Park Street
Bay Tones Jazz Trio with Emily Ann
Sat, October 25; 8:00-11:00pm
Jazz/Swing. No cover; dress code; 21+. More info:

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Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
Howell Devine
Sat, October 25; 8:30pm
Gritty Mississippi Blues. No cover. More info:

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Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave
Café Flamenco
Sun, October 26; 7:00-9:00pm
Experience the passion of Flamenco music and dance, up close and personal. Featuring a rotating cast of world class flamenco artists of Caminos Flamencos directed by Emmy Award-winning dancer Yaelisa. Cost: $15/advance, $20/door. More info:

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Calendar of Events

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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


Unleash Your Creativity
at Artistic Home Studio & Boutique

Artistic Home Studio and Boutique, AlamedaArtistic Home Studio & Boutique in the heart of Alameda is a creative combination of studio and boutique with a focus on home décor arts, teaching, selling supplies, and doing custom work for clients. With numerous 5-star reviews on Yelp and awarded “Retail Business of the Year,” it has become a destination for home arts enthusiasts and novices to explore their creativity.

JaYing Wang and Rachel Gingold — two of the Bay Area’s finest art and craft professionals — started Artistic Home & Boutique in 2013. Together with other instructors, JaYing and Rachel hold classes in glass arts (fused glass, stained glass), mosaics, and decorative painting techniques for furniture and the home. Additionally, they have a youth programs consisting of summer camps and after-school art classes. All classes are held in a stunning, light-filled 1100 sq. ft. studio with gabled and beamed 20-ft high ceilings (the space was originally a historic barn).

In the adjacent boutique, they sell custom-painted furniture, local artisan-made glass jewelry, as well as décor products to try at home, including Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. (Artistic Home is the main Annie Sloan ‘stockist’ for the San Francisco Bay Area). 

Artistic Home can provide private workshops for groups of friends outside of normal studio hours. The studio space is also available to rent for private parties and events. Birthday, bridal, corporate team building, girls night out… you think of it, they’ll help you host it!

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posted 10/12/14 

Classic Car Show Revs Up Park Street
October 11, 2014

Park Street Classic Car Show 2014, AlamedaThe 21st Annual Park Street Classic Car Show takes place this year on Saturday, October 11. More than 400 classic vehicles will be on display in Alameda’s historic downtown district. Classic cars of every description will line up along Park Street between Encinal Ave and Buena Vista Ave – antique roadsters, coupes, hot rods, muscle cars, and much more. Most of the cars come from the magical decades of the '50s and the '60s, but there will also be plenty of muscle cars from the '70s along with classic beauties from the '20s, '30s, and '40s.

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.

In addition to the cars and entertainment, many of the businesses in the Park Street Business District will be open. Spectators are encouraged to “Shop Park Street” and explore the unique collections of our stores and enjoy the tasty fare of our fabulous restaurants. (click here to receive exclusive discounts)

More information:

posted 9/29/14

Welcome New Businesses!

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

The ReCrafting Co, 2449 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda

New Businesses:

AEC Living1516 Oak Street #100

Classy Nail Spa1317 Park Street

Jo Anne Yada2315 Lincoln Ave

Lost City Antiques1519 Park Street

Lovely1414 Everett Ave (collaboration with Complements Hair Design)

Mercy and Grace Home Healthcare & Hospice Services1516 Oak Street #104

The ReCrafting Co.2449 Santa Clara Ave

Sakura Sushi Bar & Grill, AlamedaRe-Opened:

Sakura Sushi & Grill2408 Santa Clara Ave (remodel and expansion)

Super Scholars2451 Santa Clara Ave (new location)

New Owners:

Kumon Math & Reading Center2325 Alameda Ave

McGee's Bar & Grill1645 Park Street

Pretty Hair Salon1219 Park Street

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

posted 8/21/14

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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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