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Customer Appreciation Day!
Saturday, September 13

We Love Our Customers!

Customer Appreciation Day, Park Street, Downtown AlamedaThe businesses in the Park Street Business District appreciate your support. As a special thank you, we are celebrating “Customer Appreciation Day” on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

Businesses throughout the District will be offering discounts, give-aways, and other special promotions from 10:00am 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!

Look for the balloons in front of over 50 businesses and join in the fun!

posted 8/28/14


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

In the Works:

Alameda Grocery, 2536 Santa Clara Ave

Alameda Island Brewing Company, 1716 Park Street

Alameda Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga Alameda, 1502 Park Street

Alameda Personal Training2414 Central Ave

Capone's Speakeasy, 1400 Park Street

Park Place Tavern, 1437 Park Street

Pippa & Co., 2544 Santa Clara Ave

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

Studio D, 2329 Santa Clara Ave

Walgreens, 1600 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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This Week's Happenings
in the Park Street Business District

Event Highlights
August 25 - September 1

Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave
Glamour on the Gold Coast
Thur, August 28; 6:30pm
Historian and author Woody Minor will delve into the origins and architecture of Alameda’s glamorous Gold Coast. Dating back to the railroad era, this leafy shoreline neighborhood boasts Alameda’s most impressive collection of fine homes and garden. Exhibits will be open for the first half-hour. Admission is free for museum members and $10 for others. More info: www.alamedamuseum.org

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Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
Le Jazz Hot Trio
Thur, Aug 28; 8:00pm
Vintage guitar jazz in the vein of Django Reinhardt. No cover. More info: www.speisekammer.com

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Books Inc., 1344 Park Street
Meet the Authors: Jason Sinclair Long & Lois Ann Abraham
Fri, Aug 29; 7:00pm
An evening featuring short stories that pack a big punch with dramatist, and former member of the Blue Man Group, Jason Sinclair Long sharing Tiny Giants: 101 Stories Under 101 Words. Joining Jason is professor of English at American River College, and prize-winning fiction writer, Lois Ann Abraham sharing Circus Girl and Other Stories. More info: www.booksinc.net

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Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
The Cottontails
Fri, Aug 29; 8:30pm
American musical styles from the 1920s to the 1960s. The Cottontails play old gin-house blues, riff on a Charlie Parker tune, and rock out on a Smokey Robinson song,… all in a single set. No cover. More info: www.speisekammer.com

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Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
Mitch Polzak & The Royal Deuces
Sat, Aug 30; 8:30pm
Drawing deep from the traditions of Rockabilly, Honky Tonk, Bluegrass, truck driving music -- with hot original numbers. No cover. More info: www.speisekammer.com

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Bead Inspirations, 1544 Park Street
Intro to Jewelry Making & Open Beading Studio
Sun, August 31; 1:00-4:00pm
Take a class with a friend & you both receive 20% off the class fee in store credit on the day of the class. In our Basic Earring & Wire class, you'll learn techniques to make professional-quality earrings. You'll design your earrings out of beads and materials that you select. Most people leave with 2-4 finished pairs. More info and reservations: www.beadinspirations.com

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Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave
Café Flamenco
Sun, Aug 31; 7:00-9:00pm
Caminos Flamencos in a showcase featuring a rotating cast of world class flamenco artists of Caminos Flamencos directed by Emmy Award-winning dancer Yaelisa. Cost: $15/advance, $10/kids. More info: www.rhythmix.org

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Labor Day
Mon, September 1
We wish you and your family a terrific weekend!

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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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WEEKLY EVENTS:

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

Wednesdays; 6:30-7:30pm, Wednesday Fitness Rides
Alameda Bicycle
, 1522 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; 8:30pm, Zydeco Music & Dance
Eagles Hall
, 2305 Alameda 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

 


American Oak: Purveyor of Fine Food and Fine Spirits

Downtown Alameda appears to be a bit more hip since American Oak re-opened its doors at 2319 Santa Clara Ave.

American Oak burger, AlamedaAfter starting BarCeluna in July 2008, Charles Carlise and Melanie Hartman wanted to re-brand their restaurant. This led to the birth of the Alameda gastropub and whiskey bar called American Oak (aka AO) which they opened in its place. Things were really taking off when a devastating fire forced them to shut down in December 2013.

As a result of the tremendous support of the community and a lot of hard work, they were able to re-open American Oak in May 2013 -- with a whole new look. Then in October 2013, the owners hired executive chef Harte Singer and the food at AO was taken to a new level!

Although best known for their kobe beef burger and seasonal dinner menu, American Oak’s new Sunday Brunch menu will surely satisfy your breakfast cravings! Choose from AO Eggs Benedict, bourbon-infused French Toast, house-made Biscuits & Chorizo, or Breakfast Grits served with fried egg and bacon.

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posted 8/14/14


Business Spotlight: Real Estate Agent Philip Kaake

Businesses that are located outside of the Park Street Business District yet operate within Alameda are welcome to join our strong, dynamic organization. This month, we introduce PSBA’s newest Associate Member… Philip Kaake of KaakeProperties.

 Alameda Real Estate Agent, Philip KaakeBuying or selling a home can be an emotional and life changing decision. Warm and personable by nature, Alameda real estate agent Philip Kaake can help you navigate the process gracefully while keeping your most important goals as his focus.

Philip can also help sell your home by using his years of expertise as both a professional photographer and a real estate agent. Philip produces memorable home stories and spectacular video tours of properties as a marketing tool for his clients.

A longtime resident of Alameda, Philip is proud to be a part of a community that has a celebrated historical past. He is also excited to be a part of the next phase in the growth of Alameda.

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posted 8/6/14


Park Street Art & Wine Faire
July 26-27, 10:00am-6:00pm

2014 Park Street Art and Wine Faire in AlamedaEnjoy the summer sun and Alameda’s best event of the year! The 30th Annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire features over 300 arts, crafts, and food vendors; local wines; regional beers; live music on two stages; and a special kids’ area.

Festival-goers can stroll along Alameda’s vibrant and historic commercial district where local shops and restaurants will also be offering specials throughout the weekend.

The Park Street Art & Wine Faire is fun for the whole family!

Don’t miss the excitement! This year brings a line-up of the best classic rock cover bands – from the ever-popular Sun Kings to Petty Theft. Plus, spectators and kids alike will get a kick out of the Bay Area’s newest craze – WaterBallerz!

See our event page for music schedule and info: www.ShopParkStreet.com/artwine

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

Best of Alameda 2014, Alameda MagazineThe winners of 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 2014.”

As usual, there are a lot of them (a total of 44) so it’s no surprise that Park Street was chosen as the Best Shopping District. It was also chosen for having the Best Annual Event (Park Street Art & Wine Faire).

The businesses that received multiple Best of Alameda awards this year were La Penca AzulLucky 13Pappo, and Scolari’s Good EatsBut Downtown Alameda’s newest businesses certainly weren’t overlooked either.

To view an alphabetic list of ALL the Best of Alameda 2014 winners located in the Park Street Business District, visit: www.parkstreetbusiness.wordpress.com

posted 7/15/14

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 Summer Activities For Kids

D20 Games, Alameda, Magic card gamesAs the school year draws to an end, it’s time to be thinking about how to keep the kids entertained during the summer months. To help you out, we have a number of ideas from businesses located in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street Business District:

Alameda Theatre & Cineplex (2317 Central Ave) - Family Summer Movie Series
Artistic Home Studio & Boutique (1419 Park Street) - Drop-In Fused Glass Studio
D20 Games (2311 Santa Clara Ave) - Tabletop Gaming
High Scores Interactive Arcade (1414 Park Street) - Retro Video Games
Homeroom Racing Cafe (1307 Park Street) - Slot Car Racing
Subpar Miniature Golf (1511 Park Street) - Indoor Miniature Golf and Slot Car Racing

Various Locations – Summer Camps and Classes

updated 7/10/14

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Alameda's 4th of July Parade 
Celebrating Our "Independents"

Alameda July 4 ParadeThe Alameda Mayor’s 4th of July Parade is one of largest and longest Independence Day parades in the nation. Starting at the corner of Park Street and Lincoln Ave, the parade boasts over 170 floats and 2,500 participants that travel a three-mile route.

Where is the best place to view the parade? Our answer is... on Park Street between Lincoln Ave and San Jose Ave!

While you’re in Downtown Alameda's Historic Park Street Business District, be sure to check out the “parade” of local shops and restaurants!

More information and parking tips (plus photos from last year's parade): 
Alameda 4th of July Parade – Find the Best View on Park Street

posted 7/1/14


 Food, Fun, and Flowers for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15. Need a last minute gift idea? You can find truly unique and interesting gifts for Dad in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street Business District.

American Oak cheeseburger, 2319 Santa Clara Ave, AlamedaIt’s hard to fail when it comes to taking Dad out for good fare and good libations. Downtown Alameda’s Park Street Business District offers plenty of food and drink establishments that make a memorable outing.

Subpar Indoor Miniature Golf, AlamedaDad could also have a blast spending an afternoon or evening in Downtown Alameda. Treat him to a movie, a round of indoor golf, head-to-head slot car racing, or classic video games like the ones he played as a kid.

Dandelion Flowers & Gifts AlamedaTo find a unique gift that fits your father’s personality, there are a number of retail shops in Downtown Alameda. If your dad likes to collect coins and things from his past, be sure to check out the antique stores and collectible shops on Park Street. Also, who says flowers are just for Mother’s Day? — surprise Dad with a colorful arrangment that will brighten his whole week. 

The Historic Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do! Over 400 businesses are located in the Alameda's downtown shopping district.

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posted 6/11/14


Power Box Art: 
Call for Alameda Artists

transformer boxPower Box Art, a partnership between Alameda Municipal Power, the Park Street Business Association, and Rhythmix Cultural Works is seeking artists to beautify the utility boxes in the Park Street Business District. 

Artists who live or work in the city of Alameda are invited to submit art that reflects the way the community can reduce its carbon footprint.

Ten designs will be chosen by a panel of judges. Selected artists will receive a $500 honorarium, have their name displayed on the transformer, and will be featured in a Power Box Art show at Rhythmix Cultural Works. Most importantly, the 10 artists chosen will have their designs transferred to a large-scale vinyl adhesive film that will be wrapped around a transformer box for everybody to enjoy for years in the Park Street Business District.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 16. Winning designs will be announced on Wednesday, July 2 and the transformers will be unveiled during a special “art walk” scheduled for Friday, September 12.

More information or to submit your art work: www.alamedamp.com/art

posted 5/15/14 

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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:

Bambu Desserts & Drinks, AlamedaBambu Desserts & Drinks1409 Park Street

International City Mortgage, Inc.1416 Park Ave

Kristine's1419 Broadway

Megan Small Photography1511 Santa Clara Ave

Wine & Waffles, AlamedaPacific Union Real Estate1414 Park Ave

Tetsu Ramen1245 Park Street

Vena Salon2548 Santa Clara Ave

Wine & Waffles1505 Park Street

BrightSource Productions, 2412 Central Ave

Line2Line Architectural Design Group, 2413 Webb Ave #D

New Associate Members:

BaySide Real Estate, 1812 Santa Clara Ave

The Alamedan, www.thealamedan.org

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

posted 4/21/14

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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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PSBA Businesses Receive Spirit Award

Please join us in congratulating the first recipients of our newly created “President’s Award.” The PSBA Board of Directors presents this award to businesses and/or individuals who do something extraordinary for the Alameda community and/or the PSBA community. Our first awards were presented to two restaurant owners for their humanitarian service during the holidays:

  • The Dudum family, owner of Linguini’s Restaurant and Habanas, and their management staff provided 1,500 free turkeys to the public at Thanksgiving time. They have been doing this in Alameda for three years as a way to give back to the community.
  • Every year on Christmas Eve, John Thiel, owner of Pappo, provides hot soup to anybody in need of a warm meal. John and his staff have been doing this since 2006. In addition to providing a sustainable meal, they distribute toiletries and warm winter coats that are donated for the event.

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If you would like to recommend a PSBA member for a President’s Award, please contact our office at (510) 523-1392 or parkstreet1 @comcast.net.

posted 2/25/14


2013 PSBA Business Awards

The 15th Annual Park Street Business Association Awards were presented at December’s PSBA holiday party. The awards are given to businesses in five different categories. 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!

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

Retail Business of the Year
  Artistic Home Studio & Boutique
, 1419 Park Street

Professional Business of the Year
  Park Centre Animal Hospital
, 2501 Central Ave

Culinary Business of the Year (tie)
  C’era Una Volta
, 1332 Park Street
  Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave

Member of the Year
  Terry Mitchell
- Allstate Insurance, 2504 Santa Clara Ave

You can read more about these terrific businesses on the PSBA Wordpress site:
http://parkstreetbusiness.wordpress.com/

posted 1/22/14

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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: 
http://alamedaca.gov/economic-development/shop-local

posted 12/9/13

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In the Media:

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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